Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Action Figure Review: Shadow Link from World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific

 Today I'm looking at yet another figure from Jakks Pacific's World of Nintendo line, but this time is a retailer exclusive: The Spencer's exclusive Shadow Link. Hailing from the Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time (remember this is Shadow Link; Dark Link appeared in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link), this guy confronted you inside of the Water Temple. It's easy to forget he was there, though, as the Water Temple's insanely frustrating layout tends to overshadow everything else about it. Anyways, Shadow Link is a repaint but he also qualifies as a unique character, at least in my mind. Spencer's seems to have a full line of Shadow Link merchandise so this is a pretty cool exclusive from them. World of Nintendo is one of my current favorite lines and, while I'm always fearing that the line will just disappear one day without a trace, the recent number of store exclusives seems to bode well for the line's survival. I was easily able to head to my nearest Spencer's and find this guy sitting on the shelf. Let's jump in and check out Shadow Link, shall we?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Action Figure Review: Red Yoshi from World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific

  Today I'm looking at Red Yoshi, one of the two repaints in series 2-1 of Jakks Pacific's World of Nintendo line (the other one is White Tanooki Mario). Back when the original Yoshi figure was released in series 1-1 I comment in my review: "Now, we'll wait and see if Jakks tries to release Yoshi in a multitude of colors. I don't know if I'd be into that. But maybe..."
   And then, in my review of the Pink Yoshi figure from last year I stated: "I'm not sure how many Yoshi figures Jakks could release before it seems like we're getting too many Yoshi's but one a year doesn't feel like too many."
   Well, Jakks seems to be doing the one a year thing with Yoshi's and we now have the Red Yoshi. He's one of the original Yoshi colors that appeared in Super Mario World where he had the ability to breathe fire every time he swallowed a shell. Pretty slick, right? A fire breathing Yoshi? Let's take a look and see how this guy stands up to the past Yoshi releases, after the break...

Monday, August 22, 2016

Action Figure Review: Para Troopa from World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific

 Today I'm looking at the 3rd figure in series 2-1 (the 6th overall) of Jakks Pacific's World of Nintendo line: Para Troopa. Yeah, that's what they call him on the packaging. Everything I've ever seen (including the Nintendo Wikia) calls these guys Koopa Paratroopas, so that's probably how I'll refer to him throughout the review. Along with Goombas, the Koopa Troopas and Paratroopas are the most common minions of Bowser's army and thus get plenty of screen time in the Super Mario Bros. series of video games. These guys first appeared in level 1-3 of the original Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System when you come out of your first underground level and began traversing across a series of giant pedestals. Dang, now I'm starting to feel some nostalgia rolling in! Want to join in on the nostalgia train as we take a look at the Para Troopa? Then join me after the break...

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Minifigure Review: White Washer from Trash Bag Bunch by Galoob

I've always liked the Disposers figures in this line better than the Trashors so I'm thrilled to be adding a new Disposer to my Trash Bag Bunch collection: White Washer. This guy is a pretty decent sized minifigure and has a ton of detail on him. Since this is a minifigure review I'll just jump right in and get started. Learn more about White Washer after the break...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Minifigure Review: Wastor from Trash Bag Bunch by Galoob

It's time for another look at a minifigure from Galoob's 1991 blind bagged toyline Trash Bag Bunch: Wastor! A member of the villainous Trashors, Wastor is a really odd looking duck. It's interesting to look at these figures years after the fact and try to wonder what was going on in the designer's mind. More about Wastor after the break...

Friday, August 19, 2016

A New Batgirl Review: Modern Batgirl from DC Comics Rock Candy by Funko

 A week or so ago I reviewed the Classic Batgirl from relatively new Funko's Rock Candy line of vinyl figures and today I'm looking at the second Batgirl from the series: Modern Batgirl! Based on the costume introduced in the Batgirl of Burnside storyline during the end of the New 52, this figure manages to capture the likeness of a Batgirl costume design that seems to be nearly universally loved. I love this costume design, too, and I was thrilled that Funko put her in the first series of these small, vinyl collectibles. So far I haven't heard anything about this line continuing but with a great design aesthetic and low price point of around $10, these seem like they should be pretty popular. Let's check out this cool Modern Batgirl after the break...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Action Figure Review: Link (The Wind Waker) from World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific

 When Nintendo first revealed the screenshots of the new cell shaded "Toon Link" from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker back in 2001, people were pissed (remember how everyone was calling it "Celda?"). After the world collectively went nuts over Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, it was hard to wrap one's mind around a version of Link that looked like a Colorform. Of course, when we finally got to play Wind Waker in 2003, it was insanely impressive and fun with some wonderfully unique gameplay elements. I loved the freedom of exploration the game had (even if the sailing segments themselves got a bit old). In the years since Toon Link has become a fairly popular Link variant and now Jakks has included him in series 2-1 of their World of Nintendo line. Ready for a closer look at this colorful, cartoony hero of Hyrule? Then join me after the break...