Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Action Figure Review: Starfire from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

    I know that I've been making my way through the most recent (and final) series of DC Comics Multiverse figures lately but I am going to take a brief detour and check out a couple figures that were released earlier this year. Starfire is from the Ninja Batman Collect & Connect series which ended up being rather difficult to get a hold of due to the poor distribution this line has suffered for the past few years. Starfire was a must buy for me, particularly because Mattel's DC Universe Classics release was pretty disappointing. This one's a lot better though and while it doesn't feature Koriand'r's classic costume, it does feature her modern costume which is really, really nice. Honestly, I'm a big fan of this look. My daughter was really into the DC Super Hero girls line which used a similar outfit, so I've wanted this look for Starfire in my preferred DC line for a few years now. I actually preordered Starfire through Amazon months ago but she finally showed up at the end of September. Let's take a look at her after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Jason Voorhees from Toony Terrors by NECA

    We're creeping closer and closer to Halloween and today I've got another cool new figure to check out: Jason Voorhees from NECA's Toony Terrors! I checked out Freddy Krueger earlier this month but, if you somehow missed that review, Toony Terrors are stylized renditions of some of the A-listers of slasher and horror cinema designed to look like the starts of a Saturday morning cartoon. Imagine that there had been a Friday the 13th animated cartoon in the 1980s, or even better yet an ensemble show with Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, and Leatherface solving mysteries: This is what they would have looked like! It's a pretty cool approach and NECA has done a darn fine job with this line. I bought Freddy back in August sometime but these guys soon became rather scarce. Target seemed to restock them again near the end of September, which is when I finally stumbled upon Jason. Ready for a look at the most classic slasher star there is (I like Michael Myers more than anyone, but Jason is definitely the first person anyone thinks of when they think of a slasher movie star)? Then get your ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma on and let's check him out after the break...

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Action Figure Review: Leviathan from Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares

    Are you ready for another review from Jazware's excellent Fortnite: Legendary Series? Of course you are! Today I'm checking out the incredibly crazy cool fishman Leviathan. Leviathan appears to be a fish of some sort chilling out in the glass globe helmet of a diving suit. Pretty funky, right? I see all sorts of possible sources of inspiration here including Fearless Fish from Sweet Pickles, Bob the Killer Goldfish from Earthworm Jim, and apparently Minion from Megamind (I also see elements of both Johann Kraus and Abe Sapien, too, though that just might be me). This guy is easily one of the coolest looking figures from Series II of this line and he's been hitting stores for around a month or so. Let's check out Leviathan after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: The Bride of Frankenstein from Universal Studios Monsters Mystery Minis by Funko

    Who would have thought that the Bride of Frankenstein would get two appearances on The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror? Funko recently released these very cool Universal Monsters Mystery Minis and I stumbled upon them while checking out a Halloween City store. Yes, my smaller city just got out own Halloween City pop-up store. It's the first of these kinds of stores we've had in the 12 years I've lived here and it's already made Halloween 2019 one to remember. There's nothing like being able to hop in the car and run over to Halloween City to get a quick dose of spookiness! We checked this out back in late September when it first opened and they had a fresh case of these Universal Monsters Mystery Minis set out. I decided to go with just one since they can be unevenly packed to a case (they have lots of figures with rarities like 1/36 and 1/72, meaning that I definitely was not going to buy case. If they'd all been packed 1/12, I definitely would have grabbed the case and took it right up to the register. Anyways, let's check out the iconic Bride of Frankenstein after the break...

Monday, October 21, 2019

Road to Rise of the Skywalker: Second Sister Inquisitor from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    Triple Force Friday 2019 earned it's name because it included product not just from the upcoming Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of the Skywalker but also merchandise from the upcoming Disney+ show the Mandalorian and the video game Jedi: Fallen Order. Today I'm checking out the Second Sister, one of the Inquisitorius from Jedi: Fallen Order. GameStop has an exclusive Carbonized Graphite variant of the character but I passed her up and just went with the standard figure. The Inquisitors first showed up in Rebels but now they're making their way into more areas of the Star Wars Galaxy. The Second Sister is a new character (different from the Seventh Sister from Rebels) who actually appeared in an issue of the Darth Vader comic series last year. Of course, Jedi: Fallen Order is going to be her first real hurrah so let's get a jump on checking out a new evil Star Wars villain after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Michael Myers from Halloween: Mezco Designer Series by Mezco

   There's someone who usually makes some sort of  appearance during 31 Days of Toy Terror: Michael Myers! Michael may show up more than once this year as well, if things work out according to plan! For today's installment of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror I'm checking out a very cool new Michael Myers figure from the Mezco Designer Series. I actually reviewed the Sam in this style back in 2017 so I was familiar with the line. I really liked Sam, but let me tell you: Michael Myers is even better! Mezco has definitely added in more articulation here making him even more fun to play with and display. Michael Myers is one of the undisputed Halloween icons (I put him up there with Sam, Jack the Pumpkin King, Elvira, and David S. Pumpkins) and this is his season, so let's let him loose, shall we? More after the break...

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Action Figure Review: Red Robin from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

   Today I'm checking out the fifth figure in Mattel's final series of DC Comics Multiverse figures and this time it's Tim Drake in his Red Robin Disguise. Having worn the tights since 1989, Tim Drake was Robin when Mattel began releasing DC Comics figures in 2003 (though Stephanie Brown took on the role for a while in 2004) and he held the title until 2009 when he became Red Robin after Battle for the Cowl (Damian Wayne stepped in as Robin at that point). When Mattel released Robin for the first time in DCUC, it was Tim in his then recent red and black outfit and in 2012 they released him in an earlier Red Robin costume. This is his most recent look, however, and makes for a great figure to further fill out the batfamily. While Mattel has neglected lots of older teams like the New Gods, the JSA, and previous Justice Leagues, they've been good about filling out the bat-family over the past two or three years. Let's check out Red Robin after the break and see how he stacks up among the other figures in this series.