Saturday, August 17, 2019

Action Figure Review: Tracer (Posh) and McCree (White Hat) from Overwatch Ultimates by Hasbro

    Series 2 of Hasbro Overwatch Ultimates is just starting to trickle out and I was quite surprised last week when the 2-pack of Tracer in her Posh outfit and McCree in his White Hat outfit shipped. Hasbro has a few different SKUs for Overwatch Ultimates and they've definitely been putting out some cool 2-packs so far, pairing together two characters from the game. This is an interesting 2-pack that some folks will love because of the slick color scheme and other will skip because both of these figures are available individually in their standard looks. Since the Overwatch Ultimates line uses new sculpts for each character, Hasbro is definitely going to be using repaints to help balance costs. So far I've been a fan of all the repaints shown and this one is very, very cool. Let's check out Tracer and McCree in their white outfits after the break...

Friday, August 16, 2019

Action Figure Review: Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars: The Black Series Archive by Hasbro

 While I pick up most Star Wars: The Black Series releases, I actually haven't picked up any of the Archive series figures yet. If you're not familiar with the Archive series, Hasbro has been rereleasing some of the harder to find and more desirable Black Series figures from the early years of the line a rerelease in new packaging. Most of the figures aren't really any different but for some figures with visible faces, such as Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot) and Yoda, Hasbro has improved the figures with the new face printing technology. Anakin was the first figure that appealed to me from the Archive series because even though I have the original release, he's one of the few Black Series releases with an alternate portrait. Considering he comes with two improved portraits, I figured he was worth a second purchase. Let's see what the new and improved portraits look like after the break...

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Action Figure Review: Stinkor from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjects

   Today I'm checking out the last figure from the case of series 2 of The Loyal Subjects' Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls, and it's Stinkor! I really like Stinkor and while he's not one of my very top favorite MOTU characters he's definitely a character I have vivid memories of from childhood. I distinctly recall my mom taking me to see the 1987 re-release of Snow White, taking me to dinner at McDonald's, and then buying me the vintage Stinkor figure. I still like Stinkor figures although I gotta give The Loyal Subjects some criticism since their version of Stinkor doesn't stink. Why not? The vintage figure reeked of patchouli and nearly every Stinkor since then has attempted to replicate the feature. Not this one, though. Still, he's a colorful design and a fun figure, so let's check him out after the break...

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Action Figure Review: Sorceress (Pink) from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls from The Loyal Subjects

    Like many other blind boxed lines, The Loyal Subjects have assigned various rarity ratios to the Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls. For series 2 there are two different variants of the Sorceress offered: A standard, Filmation/ vintage toy colored Sorceress who is listed at 1/24, or 1 in every 2 cases, and a "Pink" Sorceress who is listed as a 1/96 rarity, or 1 in every 8 cases. I didn't get the regular Sorceress in my case but I did end up with the "Pink" Sorceress. The vintage minicomcs features lots of unique color schemes for the MOTU crew (often because the artists and colorists were working before toys were finalized or because they sometimes received black and white photos to work with) and the Sorceress in her pink outfit appeared in some of the series 4 and series 5 minicomics, first appearing in Skeletor's Dragon, as well as The Stench of Evil, The Battle of Roboto, The Flying Fists of Power!, and King of the Snake Men, as well as the Princess of Power comic The Story of She-Ra. The Sorceress is one of those characters whose look changed drastically throughout the early years of MOTU, so it's interesting to have different variations of her. The Loyal Subjects seems to love the minicomic variants, so let's check out this somewhat rare variant of the Sorceress after the break...

Monday, August 12, 2019

Action Figure Review: Ram-Man from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls

    I've got three Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls figures left to review and after today's review I'll be down to two. Today I'm checking out Ram-Man, one of my favorite Masters of the Universe characters. I never owned Ram-Man as a kid but I always was intrigued by how differently he was constructed from the rest of the figures. The vintage Ram-Man is such a unique figure though he's obviously built around his action feature. Most subsequent Ram-Man figures have worked to meet a balance between offering up some updated articulation while still also capturing the Heroic Human Battering Ram's classic proportions. Let's see how The Loyal Subjects captured Ram-Man in this line after the break...

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Action Figure Review: Genji (Chrome) from Overwatch Ultimates by Hasbro

   A week or two ago a new Overwatch Ultimates figure popped up unannounced on Amazon: Genji in his Chrome outfit! While Genji is going to be released in his regular skin as a 2-pack with Hanzo and in the upcoming GameStop 4-pack in his Carbon skin, this version of Genji was a surprise. Genji is a very cool character who not only has a fairly intriguing backstory (which I'll delve into more when the 2-pack comes out) but also has the game-winning strategy of being a cyborg ninja. When I was in 9th grade, back in 1998, I was obsessed with Metal Gear Solid. I loved the game, loved the toyline from McFarlane toys, and even went so far as to make my own Metal Gear movies with friends. Anyways, Genji reminds me a lot of Ninja/ Gray Fox from Metal Gear Solid and that makes me happy. I seriously want to love this guy but the figure has some issues that make him weaker than he should be. Let's check Genji (Chrome) out after the break and see how he fares...