Friday, July 29, 2016

Action Figure Review: Boba Fett #102 from POP! Star Wars by Funko

 I've been subscribed to the Smuggler's Bounty since the first box back in November 2015 (before The Force Awakens was even released!) but I unfortunately had to change a debit card number at some point and missed out on the first shipping of the Bounty Hunter themed box. I managed to get things rectified, though, and now I have some really cool Bounty Hunter themed swag along with two cool exclusive Star Wars POP!s from Funko. Today I'm looking at the POP! Boba Fett #102 which is exclusive to this box and features Boba Fett flying around with his jet-pack in his more colorful Jedi outfit. Funko has released at one other Boba Fett figure (and a white Prototype Armor variant) but it's in a more neutral pose. This guy is rocking, though. Seriously, if you asked me to pick my five favorite Star Wars characters, Boba Fett is easily going to be in the upper part of that short list (so is Admiral Ackbar, BTW) so this guy was a pretty sweet surprise. Ready for a closer look at the Smuggler's Bounty Exclusive Boba Fett #102? Then join me after the break...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Action Figure Review: Rick Flag from DC Comics Multiverse: Suicide Squad by Mattel

 Today's review is a look at the second of two Wal-Mart exclusive figures from Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse Suicide Squad subset: Rick Flag. Played by Joel Kinnaman (Alex Murphy/ RoboCop in the remake), Flag is the guy who is put in charge of the on the ground supervision of the Suicide Squad. Originally Tom Hardy was cast in this role but he had to bow out due to filming conflicts with The Revenant, so Kinnaman is in playing a character who has had a pretty long history in DC Comics with little recognition. I found this figure in a bunker display at my local Wal-Mart around July 11th and he seemed pretty plentiful at the time. Since then I haven't seen any of the Suicide Squad figures at any other Wal-Mart stores, though, which is kind of odd. Hopefully you're having good luck in your area finding these guys! Let's take a look at Rick Flag, a figure I'm pretty glad I found so early. Wal-Mart exclusives can be insanely hard to find due to their haphazard stocking practices!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Action Figure Review: Harley Quinn from DC Comics Multiverse: Suicide Squad by Mattel

 Last week I reviewed the 12 inch Harley Quinn from the DC Comics Multiverse series and today, as part of a big run of Suicide Squad coverage, I'm reviewing the first 6 inch Harley Quinn from the basic series. The closer we get to Suicide Squad the more excited I'm getting! I really think this movie has some incredible potential and it's definitely a film I'm going to see as early as possible (the last film that warranted an opening viewing for me was Civil War). Mattel seems to have a nice selection of Suicide Squad product being released including exclusives with three retailers (Amazon, Toys R Us, and Wal-Mart) but thus far I'm finding it very hit or miss as to if retailers are stocking their stuff yet. Toys R Us seems to be the most consistent but Target and Wal-Mart seem to be really lacking. Fortunately I found a Wal-Mart that had one of the end-cap displays with the Suicide Squad merchandise and I picked up all of series one and both exclusives in one go. Harley here was part of that epic score and I'm excited to finally be reviewing her. Ready for a closer look? Then join me after the break...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Action Figure Review: Diablo from DC Comics Multiverse: Suicide Squad by Mattel

Today I'm looking at the first of two Wal-Mart exclusive Suicide Squad action figures from Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse line: Diablo. Well, it's actually El Diablo, I believe, but the package actually does just refer to the character as Diablo. Played by Jay Hernandez, El Diablo is a former criminal named Chato Santana who was given mysterious powers that manifest themselves in a vengeful pyrokinesis. Hernandez's costume looks really accurate to the comic source material and I'm pretty excited to see this guy on the screen. If you're a fan of El Diablo you can try to hunt him down at Wal-Mart currently where he seems to be kind of short-packed compared to the other exclusive figure, Rick Flagg. Wal-Mart exclusives can be notoriously difficult to find! Let's take a closer look at El Diablo after the break, shall we?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Action Figure Review: Deadshot from DC Comics Multiverse: Suicide Squad by Mattel

  Today my coverage of Mattel's Suicide Squad action figure line continues with a look at Deadshot. Deadshot, AKA Floyd Lawton, is an assassin and marksman who is typically the backbone of the Suicide Squad. Will Smith is playing Deadshot in the movie and surprisingly, in a film with Jared Leto's Joker and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, I think he's kind of the wildcard; how is Smith going to play Deadshot? Is he going to be a classic Smith character cutting wisecracks or something different? While the trailers have given us more of a feeling for Harley and Joker, Deadshot's personality is still a bit mysterious. I'm excited to see how Will Smith handles the role. Let's take a closer look at the action figure, shall we? Join me after the break for a closer look at Deadshot...

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Micro Review: Endor Forest Battle from Micro Machines: Star Wars by Hasbro

 Today I'm doing a micro review of one of the Micro Machines three packs from last year. While I've been really harsh on Hasbro's playsets (which are terrible) their vehicles have been quite nice. They've offered a ton of variety. The paint applications could be improved but the sculpts are rather good. I was out at the store and stumbled upon the Endor Forest Battle which includes an AT-ST and two Speederbikes: One with Luke Skywalker and one with a Biker Scout. Read for a short look at some tiny toys? Then join me after the break...

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Action Figure Review: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (PX Previews Exclusive) from One:12 Collective DC Universe by Mezco

 Yeah, I'm about a year late but I finally decided to pick up a One:12 Collective action figure from Mezco. Over the past few months me and the Reel Brad Bell have been talking about the influx of "high end" 1/12th scale action figures in the market lately and it got me interested in looking into One:12 Collective more closely. If you're not familiar with the concept behind the line, these are high end 1/12th scale action figures with alternate hands and portraits, an abundance of accessories, extremely well thought out articulation, and actual cloth outfits. Think of more modern Megos or smaller scaled Hot Toys. While the One:12 Collective branding now covers a diverse array of properties including Marvel Comics, Star Trek, Universal Monsters, Judge Dredd, and even Hanna-Barbera, the first figure released in the line was Batman from Frank Miller's classic The Dark Knight Returns. Mezco released a few different costume variations but I've decided on the PX Previews Exclusive that's a modified version of the classic silver age Batsuit. It's the first outfit Bruce wears in the book and is on of my favorites. I found a heck of a deal on this and probably paid a bit less than I would have originally factoring in shipping. Ready for a closer look at an incredible action figure from last year? Then join me after the break...