Thursday, September 29, 2016

Micro Review: Kylo Ren Playcase from Micro Machines: Star Wars Gold Series by Hasbro

 I'm a huge fan of Star Wars Micro Machines and they were definitely the Episode 7 toys I was initially most looking forward to on Force Friday 2015. Something happened, though: The vehicles were nice but the figures were nearly non-existent and the playsets were weak. I honestly waited until most of them went on clearance to pick them up as they didn't seem to be going anywhere and it made good financial sense. I did the same thing with this relatively new Kylo Ren Playcase. It's a carrying case with a couple of play features that reminds me of some of the carrying cases of the past. I've been reading through the new book Action Figure Carrying Cases by Philip Reed of Battlegrip and I was finally inspired to pick up this case up after being reminded of the prominence of carrying cases in action figure history. I'll just admit right now that I like the concept of this case better than it's design and function, but we'll get into that after the break...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Action Figure Review: Juggernaut from Marvel Legends: X-Men by Hasbro

Back on August 31st I reviewed Kitty Pryde from Hasbro's recent X-Men subset of Marvel Legends, which includes the pieces needed to build an action figure of the Juggernaut. Today I'm finally reviewing the big guy himself, fully assembled and ready to ram his way into your collection. I'm definitely nostalgic for Toy Biz's 1991 X-Men line, Fox's cartoon, and the earliest Jim Lee era issues, so anything from those media usually get a automatic buy from me. Only once before have I ever built a Marvel Legends build-a-figure and that was Iron Monger from the Iron Man 3 tie-in series. While I was really introduced in most figures from this series due to being from the above mentioned X-Men era, the Juggernaut's presence sold me on the entire series. He was just a character I had to own in the Marvel Legends format. Now that I've picked up all seven figures needed to build him (Deadpool doesn't come with a BAF piece) I can review this guy, so let's get to it after the break...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Action Figure Review: Iceman from Marvel Legends: X-Men by Hasbro

 Today I'm looking at Iceman, so guess what? That means I have all of the figures needed to build the Juggernaut! Yup, old Juggsy is sitting on my shelf right now just waiting to be reviewed. As of this writing I still haven't picked up Deadpool yet, though. Hasbro really needs to release a refresher case for this series including Deadpool, Rogue, and Wolverine as those figures seem hard as heck to find. Iceman is a fairly easy find, though, but I got stuck initially ordering him back in August from a cruddy Amazon seller who just never shipped the figure. Of course, I couldn't file for a cancellation until some time had passed (first problem like that I ever recall having on Amazon) but now that that has been taken care of I was able to pick up an Iceman. Ready to see how this frosty fellow stacks up against the other figures in the line? Then join me after the break...

Monday, September 26, 2016

Action Figure Review: Demolition Man (Mercenaries of Mayhem) from Marvel Legends: Captain America by Hasbro

 Today I'm looking at a Marvel Legends figure from earlier this year that I finally picked up because he just looks so darn cool. Do you know who it is? No, I'm honestly asking you. The packaging says this is Demolition Man (specifically "Marvel's Demolition Man" so you don't mistakenly believe this is Sylvester Stallone) but when I look up that character I find information on a guy I have no clue about who looks nothing like this guy. To be honest, I'm not that concerned about it, either: I bought this figure because he is freaking cool. He looks like some sort of mercenary or black ops operative who would fit right at home in the Metal Gear or G.I. Joe universe. He was released earlier this year as part of the Captain America inspired "Red Skull as Onslaught" series and was one of Hasbro's weird variant that's not really a variant, as both Demolition Man and Taskmaster are sold as Mercenaries of Mayhem. Ready for a look at this Mercenary of Mayhem? Then join me after the break...

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Minifigure Review: Hawkgirl from DC Comics Lil Bombshells by Cryptozoic Entertainment

 It's time for another review of one of Cryptozoic's DC Comics Lil Bombshells and today it's Hawkgirl! The first time I found these figures my first two choices were Batwoman and Hawkgirl. Someone at the store I purchased had opened all of the cans (there is only a flimsy piece of shrink wrap holding them on) and so I was able to actually select who I purchased. That worked out because had these been truly random I just wouldn't have bought any. I'm OK with the blind bag concept so long as it's not truly random. If I can feel the bag and have a pretty good shot of knowing which figure I'm getting or if there is a code system in place (like the Imaginext Collectible Figures). If it's like this, though, where each figure costs $10 bucks and comes in a metal tin so you can't feel for the figure you want? Absolutely not. I'm glad someone did the dirty work so I could give over my hard earned money with confidence. Anyways, enough blind bag rants: Let's look at toys! More fun after the break...

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Minifigure Review: Batwoman from DC Comics Lil Bombshells by Cryptozoic Entertainment

Today's my first review in Cryptozoic Entertainment's new DC Comics Lil Bombshells series of minature vinyl figures and I'm starting with Batwoman, who is quite possibly my favorite design in the bombshells series (Hawkgirl is my other favorite). I'm a trade paperback reader so I haven't had the chance to delve into her appearances in Rebirth's Detective Comics yet but I absolutely thought Batwoman's self titled series in the New 52 was one of the three strongest titles during that era. The character is incredible and I'm glad to see Kate Kane included in this series of minifigures. She's definitely one of my favorite characters and was the first figure from this series I picked out. I've completed the 10 basic figures in this series already (there are two black & white variants but I'm not too interested in them) and this starts things off. Think of these reviews as little treats from me during the Halloween season, eh? Let's jump in and play ball after the break...

Friday, September 23, 2016

Action Figure Review: Princess Zelda from World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific

 It's been over a month since I found Red Toad and Cat Mario from series 2-2 of Jakks Pacific's World of Nintendo line but I've finally found the third figure in the series: Princess Zelda! Based on her appearance in The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, Zelda adds another character to the growing roster of action figures Jakks has released from that game. While these aren't the most impressive action figures on the market I find that this is one of the action figure lines I look forward to the most. They're colorful, fun, and feature so many characters who have never had action figures made of them before! While I do own a Princess Zelda action figure from 1998, it's still amazing to see a new Zelda figure on toy shelves today. Let's take a closer look at one of the heroes of Hyrule after the break...