Sunday, February 19, 2017

Action Figure Review: Mario (2-4) from World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific

 I've recently acquired a number of figures from series 2-3 and series 2-4 of Jakks Pacific's World of Nintendo. These all came out near the end of 2016 but they're just starting to hit the saturation point where they can be more easily found. Between the 10 figures from 2-3 and 2-4 there have only been three all new sculpts (Inkling Boy, Villager, and Peppy) compared to 6 repaints. And then, there's Mario here. Mario was originally released back in late 2014 and while variations of the main man of gaming have been prevalent in the line, if you wanted a straight up Mario you might have to look around a bit. It seems that Jakks definitely wanted to get Mario back on shelves and they took an interesting route: This Mario not only features a new accessory but also a new headsculpt and new hands. He's more of a retool or a true "version 2" than a repaint. I considered skipping him, but the newly sculpted parts, the cool new accessory, finding him for retail price won me over. What can I say? I'm a sucker for this line! Let's check out the series 2-4 version of Mario after the break...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Top 10 (And Bottom 5) DC Comics Multiverse Figures of 2016


   For the past 3 years I've created a list of my top 10 (and bottom 5) Masters of the Universe Classics figures of the previous year. This year, though, MOTUC didn't make my top ten lines, nor did I buy much of what was released. I've decided to continue this tradition with other lines on my Top 10 Toylines of 2016 list, though. Here's the criteria for a line to warrant a list: It had to make my Top 10 Toylines list, there had to be at least 10 releases, and I had to purchase at least 75% of the releases from that year). First up is DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel.

   As a collector of pretty much anything Batman related in the 6-7 inch scale, I was really happy to see Mattel return to toy aisles with the DC Comics Multiverse line. I enjoy picking these up although, I must admit, the line was a real mixed bag this year. There really was a mix of very good figures and some extremely weak ones with a lot of average ones in between. I know these are a mass market line, so I'm not expecting DC Collectibles or One:12 Collective quality, but I did hope for a little more. Oddly, the line features dozens of original sculpts, but the sculpts were often underwhelming with some useless articulation. Still, there were some gems. Here's my list of the top 10 DC Comics Multiverse figures from 2016 along with some commentary from my original review, after the break...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Action Figure Review: Captain America from One:12 Collective Marvel Universe by Mezco

 I am absolutely impressed by Mezco's One:12 Collective line and I'm getting ready to begin a string of reviews for some of the most recent figures, but first I want to look back at one of last year's releases that I just picked up: Captain America. Mezco has released three versions of Cap (this one, a deluxe Classic con exclusive version, and a Previews exclusive Commander Rogers) but this modern version was the one that jumped out at me due to the more subdued, yet classic, color scheme. He was a 2016 release and is my first One:12 Collective figure in the Marvel Universe series. Had I picked him up last year there is no doubt he would have made my Best of the Rest list. Let's jump in and take a look at what was one of the coolest release of last year! Join me after the break...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Action Figure Review: Blue Yoshi from World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific

 Today I'm looking at Blue Yoshi, one of the repaints in series 2-4 of Jakks Pacific's World of Nintendo line. Series 2-4 features quite a few redone characters including another Samus repaint (Phazon Suit) and redone versions of the basic Mario and Wind Waker Link (the only "new" figure is the Inkling Boy from Splatoon). I'm hoping that we see some more interesting releases at Toy Fair 2017 this coming weekend but, for now, I'll talk about the most interesting figure in this series for me: Blue Yoshi. The Mario figures are definitely my favorites and now I'm finally reaching a point where I want to own every different color of Yoshi. Considering the seemingly limited distribution of this line, I know Jakks has gotta make some money back and I'd much rather have an army of colorful Yoshi's than other repaints. Jakks is calling this guy Blue Yoshi, but, to be honest, he's actually not. He's Light Blue Yoshi. They are two separate characters and, considering Jakks made a legit Blue Yoshi in the 2.5 inch line, this was an odd mistake to make. Still, this guy's a good figure and clearly Light Blue Yoshi (he has the purple shoes), so let's take a closer look at him after the break...

Monday, February 13, 2017

Action Figure Review: Finn Balor from WWE Mutants by Mattel

 Today I'm looking at the second figure from the WWE Mutants series that I picked up: Finn Balor. Unlike the other characters in the WWE Mutants series, Finn Balor actually does dress up in an elaborate costume, thus giving Mattel something to shoot for when designing a mutant version of the character. Finn Balor takes on the persona of the Demon King, coming to the ring in a slow, walking crawl with some incredible music setting the proper mood. What Mattel has done here has taken Finn's bodypaint and style and imagined them as an actual creature. It's actually a really cool concept; this is probably how Finn is "supposed to appear" to his opponents. Let's take a look at this very unique wrestling figure after the break...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Action Figure Review: John Cena from WWE Mutants by Mattel

 Tonight is Elimination Chamber, only on the WWE Network, and we're going to see if John Cena can defend his WWE Championship against AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, The Miz, Baron Corbin, and (my favorite) Bray Wyatt. While I'm hoping Bray takes it, setting him up to face off against current Royal Rumble winner and his current family member Randy Orton, there are quite a few big draws in this match. That's neither here nor there right now, though: What you're really here to see is a metallic mutant John Cena. Like last year's WWE Zombies, Mattel's WWE Mutants does something different with the WWE Superstars by forgoing their usual athletic appearances and turning them into something extreme. Mutant Brock Lesnar has fours arms (a Brocktopus?), Sting is a literal scorpion, Finn Balor is a literal demon king, and John Cena here is made of metal. A robotic mutant John Cena. There is no way I could pass this toy by as it is so ridiculous I just had to own it. Just look at that card art above: That card art sold me on this guy. It's just so...crazy. If Saban were making a WWE show, that's what Cena would look like. Let's take a look at the interFace that runs the place after the break...

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Missing in Action! Toylines that Didn't Make the Cut in 2016.

   Last year I started a new "end of the year list" called Missing in Action. While my other lists recognize my favorite toys and toylines from the previous year, Missing in Action does something a little different: It looks at the toylines that made my top 10 list the previous year that failed to show up again for the current year. There are toylines that make my top 10 list one year that fail to show up again the next year for various reasons. Sometimes a line has a sudden decrease in quality. Other times a line ends or has a significant drop in releases. Of course, there are also always lines I lose interest in and lines that just got beat out by something better. So, why do this? For me it's simply interesting to look back and figure out how my collecting habits change from year to year. Let's check out 7 toylines that went Missing in Action this past year!