Monday, May 20, 2019

Action Figure Review: Han Solo (Mimban) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   I finally got my hands on the final figure from the latest series of Star Wars: The Black Series figures from Hasbro thanks to a GameStop preorder: Han Solo in the Mudtrooper outfit he wears on Mimban. Solo had some of the best costume designs of any of the Disney era Star Wars films and the Mudtrooper design was a great design that managed to expand the Imperial legions while still hearkening back to the Original Trilogy sensibilities. Hasbro continues to improve the Black Series and this version of Han might easily be one of the best figures ever released in the entire series. Not only is this an incredible Han Solo variant but it also can be used as an army builder as well. Let's check out Han Solo (Mimba) after the break...

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Action Figure Review: Orko (Cartoon Colors) from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

    Today I'm checking out another ReAction figure from Super7's line of Masters of the Universe ReAction figures only this time it is one of their blind boxed offerings. Yes, for some reason Super7 decided to release blind boxed ReAction figures. There are two different assortments (one for heroes and one for villains) with each assortment including four characters. Oh, and each character has a variant. So...16 blind boxed figures. Crazy, huh? Yeah... anyways I did pick up one figure from each of the assortments and from the Castle Grayskull heroic assortment I ended up with Orko. I love Orko but this guy is really, really similar to the Orko figure Super7 just released. The differences are extremely minor but this Orko is actually based more on the Filmation cartoon color while the previous Orko is based on the toy version. Let's check out the cartoon colors Orko after the break...

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Action Figure Review: Man-At-Arms from Masters of the Universe by Super7

    Today I'm checking out another figure from Super7's newest series of vintage styled Masters of the Universe figures and this time it's a Filmation styled version of Duncan, the Man-At-Arms to the Eternian royal family. While most of the vintage toys differed from their Filmation counterparts, Man-At-Arms always really stood out to me due to his mustache. Without the stache, the vintage toy just seems like a completely different character. Super7's current run of vintage inspired figures are all based on the Filmation cartoon (apparently a Mattel directive, as Mattel seems to be interested in doing something with the license again fairly soon) and thus have a different aesthetic from the original toyline. Seeing as Man-At-Arms is one of the core cast members from the vintage series, his presence here is very welcome. Let's check him out after the break...

Friday, May 17, 2019

Action Figure Review: Mer-Man (Carry Case Color) from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

    Today I'm checking out another one of Super7's Variable Variants from the Masters of the Universe line and this time is Mer-Man in his Carry Case Colors. What does that title refer to you might ask? It actually refers to the the blue colored Mer-Man on the vintage Jumbo Collectors Case. Yeah, this figure is based on the specific color scheme of a character from a 1980s action figure carrying case. That might be scraping the bottom of the barrel just a bit, huh? OK, I kid, I kid. I actually like the unusual themed variants that Super7 is throwing out here. It's fun for folks who like that kind of stuff and it's a great way to make Mer-Man available to the masses again. This is actually the first ReAction Mer-Man I own so let's check him out after the break...

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Action Figure Review: Beast Man from Masters of the Universe by Super7

    While I've reviewed one of Super7's first attempts at recreating a true vintage Masters of the Universe action figure, I didn't review any of their first full series of vintage styled MOTU figures based on the Filmation designs. The first series apparently had a lot of problems and I skipped most of them (I own She-Ra and she's great, though I never reviewed her). The second series just hit and I decided to pick them up. The first figure from the new series I'm looking at is "Biff" Beast Man. Strange things are happening with the Masters of the Universe license now and one oddity is that it appears like Mattel has restricted Super7 to mostly making figures styled after the Filmation cartoon rather than figures from other mediums such as minicomics and such. The Filmation characters always seem to be a hit, though, so let's check out Skeletor's number one numbskull after the break...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Action Figure Review: Man-At-Arms (Movie) from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

    Today I'm checking out another Masters of the Universe ReAction figure from Super7's Variable Variants series and this time it's a Man-At-Arms figure inspired by the 1987 film. I actually don't own the standard ReAction Man-At-Arms so this is my first time checking out this sculpt. I am actually a pretty big fan of the 1987 Masters of the Universe film, so getting a movie inspired Man-At-Arms is a real treat. Jon Cypher's portrayal of Man-At-Arms is easily my favorite portrayal of the character from any media source. Cypher really captured the character's nature as both a tough, dedicated veteran and a loyal, fatherly influence. Plus, his costume is excellent. While the colors are different the design was an excellent translation of Duncan's battle armor. While we're not getting a William Stout inspired Man-At-Arms from Super7 in their upcoming subset of MOTUC figures, this is an OK consolation prize. Let's check him out after the break...

Monday, May 13, 2019

Action Figure Review: The Faun from The Guillermo del Toro Signature Collection by NECA

    Considering that the film is about 12 years old now would you have ever imagined that Pan's Labyrinth would now finally receive action figures? The Guillermo del Toro Signature Collection is one of the most exciting lines NECA has released lately and it continues with the Faun. The titular character from Pan's Labyrinth, the Faun is one of the most interesting look film creatures of all time and a great character that always leaves you guessing at his true intentions. NECA is the perfect company to take the terrifyingly beautiful designs from del Toro's imagination and turn them into action figures and they're doing a heck of a job. Today it seems that most toylines rely on heavy reuse in order to minimize costs, so a line with such unique and outrageous designs like this is a real treat. Let's check out Ofelia's guide to the land of faerie after the break...