Friday, April 28, 2017

Action Figure Review: Diana of Themyscira from DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel

   Care to spend your Friday with Wonder Woman? Yep, I'm back with another review of a figure from Mattel's Wonder Woman inspired DC Comics Multiverse line and this time it's Diana of Themyscira, AKA a pre-Wonder Woman version of Princess of Diana. Diana is the third figure in the series of four (along with a Toys R Us exclusive standard Wonder Woman and an Amazon exclusive Menalippe that just went on pre-order this week) and the second Wonder Woman variant available in the 6 inch line. I'm digging her outfit and this new headsculpt, and it seems like a lot of other folks are, too. I think Mattel definitely made some improvements with this line, especially in regards to the headsculpts, but they still have a ways to go to make Multiverse feel like it's in the same league as other comparable retail lines such as Hasbro's Marvel Legends and Star Wars: The Black series or even Mattel's own WWE Elite Series. Fortunately for Mattel, I'm a pretty serious DC collector and I'm more willing to give these a shot than others might be. Let's take a closer look at the mighty Princess Diana of Themyscira and see how she stacks up to other figures in this line!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Action Figure Review: Steve Trevor from DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel

    Today I'm looking at Steve Trevor from Mattel's Wonder Women themed DC Comics Multiverse line. Not only is Steve a new figure from the upcoming Wonder Woman film but he's also the first Steve Trevor action figure since the 1976 Mego line and the first in the 6-7 inch scale. Played by Chris Pine in the upcoming film, Steve Trevor is a long time secondary player in the DC Universe and it's pretty cool that we're getting an action figure of him in the line. While DC Comics Multiverse has been fairly uneven with some highs, some lows, and lots of just average figures, the selection has been pretty diverse. Though the Wonder Woman line only includes four standard figures (there seems to be one or two retailer exclusives coming, too), it does offer a fairly decent sized Collect & Connect figure across the series. Steve comes with three build-a-figure pieces to help construct Ares which really offers a bit more bang for your buck. That's something, too, because Steve needs a bit of help. read on and find out why after the break...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Action Figure Review: Wonder Woman from DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel

Wonder Woman comes out on June 2nd and, hopefully, it will be a success both critically and financially. I've enjoyed the DC films but they definitely need another movie in their repertoire that doesn't prove to be insanely divisive. Wonder Woman could be that hit as it has a lot going for it. Gal Gadot absolutely owned BvS as Wonder Woman and giving her a whole film to do her thing sounds like a pretty good idea. I'm also always a fan of the fictional history World War II era story lines presented in films like Captain America, The Rocketeer, and the Indiana Jones franchise, so Wonder Woman seems like it could capture the same feeling with a fresh take due to it's 's World War I setting. Today I'm looking at the first figure from Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman subset which features four standard figures, along with some upcoming exclusives. Today I'm looking at the main Wonder Woman figure from the line which is a bit odd as she's not a standard looking Wonder Woman (that appears to be a Toys 'r Us exclusive). Let's take a closer look at this figure after the break...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Action Figure Review: Deathstroke (The Judas Contract) from DC Comics Icons by DC Collectibles

   This could very well be my last DC Icons review for quite a few months, as DC Collectibles seems intent on cancelling nearly every figure that I've had preordered for almost a year. I'm most upset about Etrigan, Deadshot, and the Jim Balent Catwoman, so let's hope this newest series of Icons sell better than previous ones to give DCC some more faith in the line. They've definitely improved over the past year or so and the series, while somewhat oddly scaled, has seen some really good releases. One of the things I really like about this series is that while the characters are typically based on their design in a particular storyline, they're all rendered in a standard style that gives them a cohesive appearance. DC Collectibles and DC Direct before them have never been big on offering action figures in cohesive styles and, while I like artist specific figures, there is absolutely something appealing about building a diverse collection in one unified style. While the design of this figure is clearly Deathstroke from the early 1980s Marv Wolfman and George Perez era of Teen Titans, the style doesn't set him apart from any other DC Icons figure. DC Collectibles must like Deathstroke as they've released multiple figures of Slade Wilson over the past few years.  I own a few of them and, let me say, this one might be the best. More Deathstroke coolness after the break...

Monday, April 24, 2017

Action Figure Review: The Punisher: Fully Loaded from One:12 Collective Marvel Universe by Mezco

 It's been a frustrating road filled with me having multiple preorders cancelled from various e-tailers and shelling out a bit more money than I originally planned but, finally, I have the Previews exclusive One:12 Collective version of The Punisher: Fully Loaded in my hands. And he's pretty darn impressive. While I really haven't been too tempted by any of the Captain America or Daredevil variants, the Punisher is just unreal in terms of how much stuff he comes with. If you count the interchangeable heads and hands, along with the magazines included with each weapon, I count 51 accessories plus the metal storage box and accessory bag. That's insane! If you pick this guy up at the retail price of $129.99, you're still getting your money's worth. I had to pay a bit more, unfortunately, and while I hemmed and hawed over the initial purchase, once the figure arrived I forgot how much I'd spent. This is a pretty amazing package! Let's take a look at this very deluxe version of Frank Castle after the break, shall we?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Action Figure Review: Swamp Thing (Dark Genesis) from DC Comics Icons by DC Collectibles

A week or so ago I read the excellent Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death by Amy Chu and Clay Mann which features an appearance by Swamp Thing near the end of the book. That evening I ended up at my local comic shop and stumbled upon this new Swamp Thing action figure from DC Collectibles' DC Comic Icons line. I decided to pick him up both as I don't own a Swamp Thing action figure and this one seemed pretty cool. I had lots of Swamp Thing action figures from Kenner's cartoon based line when I was a kid, but those ended up getting sold/ traded away during my younger and dumber years. I was glad to see this guy on the shelf, particularly due to the weird place that the DC Icons line is in right now. DC Collectibles has cancelled a number of single cared upcoming figures such as Deadshot and the amazing looking Etrigan with an intention of focusing on multi-packs and diorama like two-packs. Just this past week, however, they have announced single packed releases of Batman and Superman. Does that mean good things to come with this line or does DC Collectibles just know that Supes and Batman will sell? Who knows! We'll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, let's check out this new figure of Swamp Thing, shall we?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Action Figure Review: Imperial AT-ACT Driver from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

 Hasbro has a great showing for Star Wars: The Black Series last weekend at Celebration, something that was desperately needed as the line has had some fans concerned. While we have some great things to look forward we're currently seeing a mixture of cool stuff and some pretty simple repaints/ repackages. Today's review is one of those simpler repaints that is currently a Target exclusive: The AT-ACT Driver. I haven't picked up Rogue One on Blu-Ray yet, but from everything I've read and everything I can recall from seeing it in theaters, the AT-ACT Driver doesn't actually appear in the film. The AT-ACTs certainly do, but I just don't think the driver was actually shown. There's a small image of the helmet in the Visual Guide, so the character certainly does seem to be something legitimately from the film. He's a creative mixture of two different previously released figures but that seems pretty accurate to the source. He was pretty easy to find, unlike some of the other Black Series exclusives. Let's take a closer look at him after the break...