Monday, July 22, 2019

Action Figure Review: Rabbit Raider from Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares

   One of the cool things about the Fortnite designs is that they seem to be full of little pop culture references. Take the Rabbit Raider here: This is clearly an action figure of Ralphie from A Christmas Story as a maladjusted adult. That's why I bought him, anyways. The Fortnite: Legendary Series has been a huge surprise and considering they're sold at mass retail for the average going rate for 6 inch scaled figures, you get a ton of value. The Rabbit Raider definitely stands out on the shelf! Large pink bunnies just tend to do that, though, don't they? Apparently is was sold as an alternate costume in April 2018. Of course, there seems to be a Joney head included with this set to capture a version of the character's appearance in Save the World. I've never played that, though, and I've probably only played Fortnite 5 or 6 times. What can I say? I'm just a sucker for cool toys. Let's check out the Rabbit Raider after the break...

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Action Figure Review: Havoc from Fortnite Legendary Series by Jazwares

  About two weeks ago I did my first review from Jazwares' 6 inch scaled Fortnite Legendary Series and today I'm checking out another figure from the line: Havoc. Now, to be completely honest, Havoc is the figure that got me interested in this line. I'm not a Fortnite player though I have admired the 1/18th scale figures from afar. Havoc appealed to me, though, because he looks just like Firefly from G.I. Joe. Sometimes all you gotta do is look cool and you've already grabbed my attention! I don't know much about Havoc. Fortnite doesn't really seem to have characters as much as they have "skins" as the most I can tell is that Havoc is an outfit players could get if they linked a Twitch Prime account with their Fortnite account before 5/9/2018. He's a cool looking tactical guy who would go well as a Marvel Legends villain or even another player in the old Special Forces line by Plan B. Heck, that might be who my figure gets displayed with in my hobby room. Let's check out Firef..err. Havoc after the break...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Action Figure Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Padawan) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    Today I'm checking out the sixth figure from the most recent series of Star Wars: The Black Series figures: Obi-Wan Kenobi from Episode 1. 2019 has finally been the year that we've gotten a decent collection of characters from the Prequels, possibly thanks to the fact that it is the 20th anniversary of The Phantom Menace. This isn't actually the first release of this version of Obi-Wan Kenobi, though; he was actually released as a Celebration exclusive in Episode I throwback packaging. I missed that one but I didn't fret too much because I knew this one was coming. Obi-Wan makes a great companion piece to hang alongside of Qui-Gon Jinn or to face off against Darth Maul, a figure released way back in the first series of figures from 2013. While largely the same figure as the Celebration exclusive, this figure is lacking the two interchangeable hands that figure came with. Picking up this figure reminds me a lot of getting the Episode I Jedi Duel Obi-Wan Kenobi back in 1999. Gosh, that was an exciting time back then, wasn't it? Let's check this figure out after the break...

Monday, July 15, 2019

Action Figure Review: Battle Armor He-Man from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjcts

 While I've reviewed Panthor and two different versions of Battle Cat, I haven't actually reviewed any of the standard figures released by The Loyal Subjects in their Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls line of miniature action figures. The second series of figures just started showing up a month or so ago, although they did have early variant releases through Hot Topic at the end of 2018. Today I'm checking out the first of the standard Series 2 releases: Battle Armor He-Man! I've always loved Battle Armor He-Man ever since I was a child and I'm always down for a version for the figure. Battle Armor He-Man shouldn't be a tough figure to find as his rarity is 2/12, or about two per case. While the series 1 figures were all blind boxed, series 2 has moved towards window boxes and window boxed with blacked out windows. Most of the standard 2/12 figures can easily be found in a visible window box, so at least getting the basic figures in a set should be easier.  Let's take a look at Battle Armor He-Man after the break...

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Action Figure Review: Chopper (C1-10P) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    Every time I review a Rebels figure I go on and on about my love for the series. Rebels was fantastic and it's been fun to see the characters show up in other areas of the Star Wars universe. Most exciting for me was seeing Chopper show up at the Rebel Base on Yavin 4 in Rogue One. While Chopper is an animated character, Hasbro's aesthetic goal with the Black Series is to depict all characters from animated and comic media in a more realistic style so we're kind of getting a version of Chopped appearing as he looked in Rogue One. This guy is loaded with features and definitely makes for one of the most feature intensive figures in the newest series of Star Wars figures. Interestingly, this series has consisted of 50% droids. Crazy, huh? Let's check out Chopper/ C1-10P after the break...

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Action Figure Review: Panthor (Flocked) Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjects

   Recently I got my hands on the Hot Topic exclusive flocked Panthor from The Loyal Subjects' Masters of the Universe Acton Vinyl line so today I'm going to be checking him out. I reviewed the flocked Battle Cat from the Action Vinyls earlier this month and, if you remember, I had some problems with him due to the flocking covering the paint. I obviously love all things MOTU, especially the big cats, and I'm thrilled that The Loyal Subjects released flocked variants of these guys. While Battle Cat has never been flocked before, most releases of Panthor have been (outside of the MOTUC version). Unfortunately, these versions of the big cats have flocking that covers over the eyes, claws, and teeth. Weird, huh? I'm guessing this really was a production error as I'm not sure why any company would intentionally cover all of the painted detail. Let's take a look at the flocked Panthor after the break...

Thursday, July 11, 2019

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

   One of the coolest lines in recent memory is NECA's The Guillermo del Toro Signature Collection. It really is a very unique, very special action figure line. Not only do I love how NECA has selected characters from across three different del Toro films thus (Pan's Labyrinth, the Devil's Backbone, and The Shape of Water) but they've also been willing to give each figure multiple unique accessories. Ofelia is the protagonist of Pan's Labyrinth, so fans of the film will want her for that reason alone, but she also comes with an incredible statue of one of the ruins from the film. I believe it's actually made from polystone. It's amazing to see such an accessory come with a 6-7 inch scaled figure and it really makes this line feel like a signature, special event. Played by Ivana Baquero, Ofelia is a young girl who deals with the grim reality of the world she lives by embracing fantasy, believing that she may truly be the reincarnated Princess Moanna, the daughter of the king of the underworld. Let's delve in and explore the magic NECA has crafted with this figure after the break...