Friday, May 27, 2016

Action Figure Review: Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection: The Secret of the Ooze by Playmates Toys

 Today I'm looking at the first figure in the newest series from Playmates' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection: Donatello from 1991 cinematic classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze! Back in 2012 Playmates released four 6 inch, highly articulated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures in a series they called the Classic Collection. These were the most well articulated and possibly most cartoon accurate TMNT toys ever at that time and fans gobbled them up. With that kind of success, how did Playmates react? Well, they released Rocksteady and Bebop and then proceeded to cancel the line. You're telling me Masters of the Universe fans will buy figures of nearly every character in existence but Playmates doesn't think they can make a dime off of classic interpretations of characters like Casey Jones, Shredder, April O'Neil, and Master Splinter? Perhaps they were too focused on the wildly successful Nickelodeon line and the then upcoming movie but eventually they did release movie versions of the four turtles in 2014. Now they've essentially just repackaged those four figures with more accessories and have released them as a Wal-Mart exclusive, just in time for the newest TMNT film. I skipped out on these figures the first go around, so I'm pretty excited to see them available again with cooler accessories and alternate portraits. I'll be reviewing the rest of the set early next week since I bought them all in one go but today I'm starting with Donatello, the brainiac of the group. Ready for a closer look at this new version of Donatello? Then join me after the break...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A New Batgirl Review: Batgirl (Pensive Face) from DC MyMojii by Funko

 Last Saturday I was out with my wife and the little one and we ended up at a Books a Million. I typically don't purchase many blind bagged items but I'm always curious to see what's out there. I was quite surprised to find out that there were two series of blind bagged trinkets that featured Batgirl items I just had to have. The first and most recent of these two collections is the DC MyMojii collection of little plastic emojii heads by Funko. Fortunately, these were blind bagged and not blind boxed so I was able to sit on the floor of the Books a Million with my very helpful two year old and track down a Batgirl. I was right on my first try! Go me! Each minifigure in this series is available with three different facial expressions (mine is the "pensive" version but there is also a happy and a really happy version) and also comes with a download code for a free emojii. Are emojiis something people actually buy? I thought they were just images you used on message boards to temper passive aggressive posts? Anyways, let's take a look at a pensive looking Batgirl emojii, after the break...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Action Figure Review: Batman from DC Comics Multiverse: Batman v. Superman by Mattel

  I first saw this figure on January 1st, 2016 when Toys R Us put these out on shelves. I originally wasn't sure I was going to pick up the entire set so I just grabbed the Armored Batman figure. Fortunately, Batman has been insanely easy to find and I waited until I could get him at a discount. Just recently did I manage to get him from a seller on Amazon who only wanted $12 bucks for him (with free Prime shipping), so now I have a new Batman figure to review. I've already reviewed the Toys 'R Us exclusive unmasked Batman figure which reuses most of this figure, although it does have a different cape and a unique head along with a different paint job. Honestly, that's quite a few differences and it totally justifies me snapping up another Batman figure! Ready for a look at Batfleck? Then join me after the break...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Action Figure Review: Lex Luthor from DC Comics Multiverse: Batman v. Superman by Mattel

   Today I'm checking out another figure in Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse: Batman v. Superman themed series of figures: Lex Luthor. Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice definitely made some changes and took some risks with reinterpreting characters and one of the most drastic just might have been Lex Luthor. While Luthor has almost always been portrayed as a powerful alpha male (the guy has been POTUS in the comics) BvS subverted that by casting Jesse Eisenberg, who gives Lex a very different vibe. He's more Mark Zuckerberg than Kenneth Lay. Of course Lex had to make his way into the toyline but while the more kid friendly received made-up versions of Lex in his Warsuit, the collector focused Multiverse line gets a more standard Lex. Is he a decent toy or something you're going to have to buy just to complete the Grapnel Blaster "Collect & Connect" accessory? Find out after the break...

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Action Figure Review: Sting (Series 39) from WWE Elite by Mattel

 Tonight, May 22nd, is WWE Extreme Rules 2016 so in celebration I just had to throw up a WWE review! Today I'm looking at an older figure I actually just purchased fairly recently through a Ringside Collectibles sale: Sting! Sting was a WCW guy for years and years who wound up in WWA and TNA, not signing with WWE until 2014. He first appeared at Survivor Series 2014 and debuted on RAW in January 2015 where he feuded with the Authority, fought (and insanely lost to Triple H) at WrestleMania, and fought a pretty good match against Seth Rollins at Night of Champions 2015. Unfortunately, he was injured in that match and it pretty much seems like it has ended his in-ring career. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, which is pretty cool, and of course now that he's an official WWE player Mattel is cranking out the Sting figures. This one was part of Elite series 39 which was released at the end of last year and is the first modern Sting figure from Mattel (the others have been Flashback figures). Ready for a meeting with the Icon? The Franchise? The Vigilante? The Man They Call Sting? Then join me after the break...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Action Figure Review: Bat Creature from DC Comics Multiverse: Batman v. Superman by Mattel

 Don't you love when a movie based toyline releases a completely out of left field character who gets only a fraction of a second of screen time? You have to admit that it's interesting to see what secondary (or lower) characters make their way into a toyline and I think you'll be hard pressed this year to find an action figure based on a more obscure character in a recent movie line than the Bat Creature from Batman v. Superman. This guy was a pretty big surprise, especially considering that he's a hallucination in a brief dream/vision sequence fairly in the film. I respect Mattel for picking a fairly toyetic character although I do wish that this spot had been given to Lois Lane. Or Bruce Wayne. Or a Parademon. Alfred. Or Diana Prince. Or Anatoli Knyazev. Or Zod's corpse. Seriously, any of those characters had more screen-time than this guy. Still, that doesn't mean it's a bad figure does it? Let's take a closer look and see what we can see, after the break of course...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Action Figure Review: Rey (Starkiller Base) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

 # Where's Rey? Here she is! While the whole "Where's Rey?" thing made major waves, it turned out to be a pretty uneducated and reactionary movement; The issue is that everyone was buying the Rey figures! The same thing happened with Captain Phasma, too. Heck, we could have said "Where are Force Awakens Toys?" in general as Hasbro seemed woefully unprepared for the release of the Force Awakens with a toyline that was too diverse in terms of scales and types of product offered while offering little depth. I will express some solidarity with the movement, though, in saying that I'm incredibly disappointed that Hasbro hasn't offered all of Rey's costumes in the 6 inch Black series yet. While she was one of the first five figures released in Phase III of the Black Series, she's the only main protagonist to not get a legitimate variant. Hasbro had better show off a Jakku Scavenger Rey and a Resistance Rey at SDCC or people will be pissed! Anyways, today I'm looking at a "variant" that's really just a fancy repaint: Rey from Starkiller base. The second figure in a K-Mart exclusive series of deluxe boxed figures, Rey connects with the earlier Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base) figure to reenact their duel on Starkiller Base. Remember when we all the second figure that would connect with Kylo Ren was going to be Finn? Anyways, this is a simple repaint of the first Rey figure with two diorama pieces and a repacked lightsaber. Is it worth it? Learn more after the break...