Monday, January 15, 2018

Action Figure Review: Harley Quinn from One:12 Collective: DC Universe by Mezco

    At the end of January I'll be releasing my annual "best of the previous year" lists so over the next week or two I'll be catching up on a few more items that either came out near the end of the year or that I wanted to make sure I reviewed before making my final decisions. You better believe that Mezco's One:12 Collective line is going to be a major player in my 2017 favorites and I'm getting ready to review a few of them in a row. First up is the Suicide Squad version of Harley Quinn. Harley is an interesting figure for One:12 Collective for a few reasons. Number one, she is the first female character that Mezco has tackled in this line. That means a completely new body with no reuse fro  previous figures. Secondly, Harley has a fairly unique costume. While most figures have traditional superhero outfits, jumpsuits, or outfits with the pants and shirt stitched together, Harley has multiple individual articles of clothing. While it may not seem like it at first glance her outfit is actually really quite complex. Third, this version of Harley Quinn is a character that multiple high end companies have already released, so there are going to be more comparisons made than on a standard One:12 Collective figure. Harley doesn't seem to be as in demand as some other figures (it's really tough to tell which One:12 Collective figures are going to be almost impossible to get a hold of immediately and which ones will linger and drop in price a bit) as I picked her up around a month after her initial debut at slightly lower price. I will go ahead and say that Harley is one of the figure I'm the most conflicted about in this line. The figure has a lot of issues but there's also plenty of really cool aspects to it, too. In the same figure you can see the merits of cloth outfits and removable accessories alongside some of the problems that still come up when working with them in this scale. Let's check her out after the break...

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Christmas Haul 2017: BB-9E #202 from POP! Star Wars by Funko

 This is the last item from my Christmas 2017 haul and it was a big surprise. I took some vacation time from work and when I got back to my office I found this on my desk as a gift from a friend and cowoker. Pretty cool! While BB-9E didn't have a bunch of screen time in The Last Jedi I definitely found the droid's presence memorable. BB-9E definitely had more screen time than the mouse droid or the Death Star Droid and everyone still goes nuts over those droids, am I right? Plus, he kind of played  a crucial role in the plot by exposing Finn, Rose, DJ, and BB-8 when they sneaked on board the Supremacy. It appears that early on there were plans to call this little guy BB-H8, so essentially BB-Hate. Kind of silly but kind of funny, too. Anyways, BB-9E is going to be the last 2017 POP! vinyl I review before my best of 2017 awards so let's get to it! More rolling goodness after the break...

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Christmas Haul 2017: Wonder Woman (DC38) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

 Want to hear something funny? My daughter and I both received this Wonder Woman in our stockings! If you can please a grizzled 34 year old DC fan and toy collector and a 4 year old child, I think you're doing something right and, believe me, I think Jada Toys is doing something right with the Nano metalfigs line, particularly the DC and Marvel lines. Those lines always seem to move in stores. I love these little die-cast metal figures and this classic/ Rebirth looking version of Diana is pretty slick. Let's check her out after the break...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Christmas Haul 2017: Resistance BB Unit from Mystery Minis: Star Wars by Funko

  My Christmas haul is winding down and this time I'm showing off another stocking stuffer I received: A Resistance BB Unit from Funko's Star Wars Mystery Minis. The Mystery Minis are little blind boxed minifigures with bobbling heads to presumably get around a licensing restriction that Hasbro has in place. While they are available everywhere Wal-Mart has exclusive case packs that include three additional figures in the series from The Last Jedi: A Praetorian Guard with a whip sword, Kylo Ren, and the Resistance BB Unit that I'm reviewing today. His rarity is 1/12, meaning that he's included in one out of twelve boxes. That's pretty average (only Captain Phasma and BB-8 can be found more frequently) as there are some figures that are pretty rare and come packed 1 in every 72 cases. I do pick up a lot of Funko stuff but crazy chase figures are a prime reason I don't collect any of their lines seriously. This little guy may have only appeared in the film briefly but he does get a mention in the visual dictionary for the film. I think this is supposed to be the droid the book refers to as 2BB-2.  Let's call him 2BB-2, shall we? I like that a bit better. More on 2BB-2 after the break...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Christmas Haul 2017: Parademon from DC Comics Multiverse: Justice League by Mattel

   Today I'm checking out one more thing that was left under my Christmas tree this year: The Toys 'R Us exclusive Parademon from the DC Comics Multiverse line. Based on the Parademons appearing in Justice League this figure gives you someone for your Multiverse Justice League to fight. Pretty cool, huh? First appearing in Jack Kirby's The New Gods #1 back in 1971, these monstrous minions of Apokolips have been a mainstay in the DC Universe ever since. I love the two Parademons I have from Mattel's DC Universe Classics line but I was looking forward to the release of this one, too. Unfortunately, he's kind of a disappointment like most of the Justice League toyline. Let's take a look at the Parademon after the break...

Confirmed Epic Podcast #81.5: Oprah, Valkyrie, and Kitty Pryde





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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Christmas Haul 2017: Nightwing (Hush) from DC Comics Icons by DC Collectibles

    Today I'm looking at the last DC Icons figure I'm going to be reviewing from 2017 (unless I pick up some of the others down the line): Nightwing. Inspired by the now classic Batman tale Hush, DC Collectibles has delivered about as iconic of a Nightwing figure as you could expect. Yeah, it's not his original look but odds are that if you think of Dick Grayson these days this is how you immediately picture him. We've received this version of Nightwing many times over the years so it's not the figure we most needed to see in Icons but it is still cool to have a very highly articulated version of him. Let's take a look at this very cool Dick Grayson in a box that I received as a Christmas gift this year. More after the break...