Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Minifigure Review: Bumblebee from DC Comics Lil Bombshells by Cryptozic Entertainment

 Today I'm checking out Bumblebee from DC Comics Lil Bombshells by Cryptozoic Entertainment. I'll have to be honest and admit that Bumblebee is a DC Comics character whom I am not very familiar with even though she has been around since 1976 and has been affiliated with the Teen Titans and the Doom Patrol. My first introduction to the character was through the DC Super Hero Girls line and, at first, I thought she was created for that series. Nope, I was wrong! It turns out that Bumblebee was DC's first African American female superhero. Looking at her history, it seems like she was mostly involved in periods before I was born or when I wasn't actively keeping up with DC Comics. Since seeing her in DC Super Hero Girls I've now seen her pop up in DC Rebirth and as a statue in the Bombshells line. Bumblebee's Bombshells design is meant to evoke an old school cheerleader using the yellow and black of her costume as the team colors. Let's check her out after the break...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Road to the Last Jedi: Finn (First Order Disguise) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

  I was fortunate enough to snag some new Star Wars: The Black Series figures off of Ebay last week and I'm looking at the second figure in the quartet I purchased: Finn in First Order Disguise. Apparently at some point in The Last Jedi Finn will go undercover into First Order territory, which makes sense: Being a former Stormtrooper, the guy knows the First Order inside and out. I've always loved disguised versions of "disguised" Star Wars characters (I still want Jyn and Cassian in their Imperial disguises from Scarif) and Finn is another entry in that long and storied tradition. Does he pass muster, however? Read on to find out...

Monday, September 18, 2017

A New Batgirl Review: Batgirl from DC Comics Lil Bombshells by Cryptozoic Entertainment

 Today starts the long journey of reviewing series 2 of Cryptozoic Entertainment's DC Comics Lil Bombshells (with plenty of Star Wars reviews mixed in to keep things fresh). Series 2 once again has ten unique figures in it along with two variants (specially repainted versions of Batgirl and Supergirl). I'm a huge fan of the Bombshells and I love this series of minifigures: It's a great way to be able to show off all of the unique character designs without breaking the bank on the statues (I own seven of those, so I'm by no means a completest on the series). Today I'm starting things off with a review of Bombshells Batgirl. I actually reviewed the Batgirl statue a few years ago and, I have to confess, it's one of my least favorites in the Bombshells series. I feel like this minifigure manages to bypass all of the problems that one had, though. Let's dive in to series 2 after the break...

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Road to the Last Jedi: Captain Poe Dameron from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   What makes a Star Wars costume iconic? That's tough to say. It's easy to point to incredibly well designed costumes like Darth Vader and Boba Fett and point out how incredible they are, but why is there so much love for a simpler outfit. Say, something like Han Solo's simple outfit with a dark jacket from The Empire Strikes Back? It's tough to quantify, really. Today I'm looking at the new Black Series Captain Poe Dameron figure from Hasbro and I'm still trying to decide what I think of Poe's new outfit. If you remember from Episode VII that Finn took Poe's jacket after he thought Poe was killed in the crash on Jakku, then you know that Poe just had to find something new to wear. Plus, new costumes sell more toys, right? Poe has a very simple, very basic outfit here, but there's something very classic about it too. Let's check this new Black Series release out after the break...

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Confirmed Epic Podcast #75: It

On the landmark 75th edition of the Confirmed Epic Podcast The Reel Brad Bell reviews one of the most anticipated horror films in decades: the first ever theatrical adaptation of Stephen King's seminal horror classic, director Andres Muschietti's It. As always we get into the epic news items of the week, as well as what we have been checking out.

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

 Over the past few years Roy Harper has absolutely become one of my favorite DC characters. While Red Hood and the Outlaws may have started out a bit rough it quickly became one of my favorite books of the New 52 era and was followed up by the excellent Red Hood/Arsenal. Whether you call him Speedy, Red Arrow, Arsenal, or just Roy, Roy Harper has carved himself out a place in the DC Universe. He's not A-list, but he certainly belongs. That's one of the things that makes Roy's inclusion in Mezco's One:12 Collective line; he's definitely the most "wildcard" member of the One:12 Collective heroes right now. Of course, the reason for this is that Arsenal is a slightly elaborate variant of the previously released Green Arrow. Released near the end of last month as a Previews Exclusive, Arsenal uses all of Green Arrow's accessories and most of his body and outfit to deliver a unique character. He also comes packaged in one of those deluxe metal storage tins rather than the standard Mezco 5-panel box. Let's check this guy out and see how he stacks up to the other figures in this series after the break...

Friday, September 15, 2017

Road to the Last Jedi: First Order Stormtrooper Executioner from Star Wars: The Black Series by Hasbro

   Today I'm excited to be reviewing a new First Order trooper type from The Last Jedi: The First Order Stormtrooper Executioner. Apparently these are the guys who get called in to "dispense final justice" against traitors in the First Order, or so says the small blurb on the back of the package. I'm assuming they mean executions and not handing out copies of the Joe Don Baker classic "Final Justice," which just so happens to be one of my favorite MST3K episodes. The First Order Stormtrooper Executioner is a Target exclusive and I managed to order him from His package did have some sort of green serial number sticker on it but it peeled off easily. Ready for a closer look at this cool new Black Series figure? Then join me after the break...