Monday, June 24, 2019

Action Figure Review: BT-1 (Beetee) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    The newest series of Star Wars: The Black Series figures have started showing up and today I'm checking out the first figure from the series I managed to get my hands on: BT-1 (Beetee). A BT-1 assassin droid disguised as an astromech droid, BT-1 is half of the infamous and murderous droid duo alongside his killer counterpart 0-0-0. Originally appearing in the third issue of Marvel's Darth Vader comic series, BT-1 now appears fairly regularly in the pages of Marvel's Doctor Aphra comic. I was pretty excited last year when Hasbro announced Doctor Aphra, BT-1, and 0-0-0 as these are the first figures based on books or comics from the New Canon. Hasbro used to release a lot of Expanded Universe/ Legends stuff back in the day, and still does on occasion, so it's nice to see the New Canon supported as well. The various Marvel series have been very, very good with some strong character designs. I picked up BT-1 on my lunch break at a GameStop near my office and, apparently, they were only getting in 1 per store. Weird, huh? GameStop is getting these in separately rather than as cases. Let's check out BT-1 after the break...

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Action Figure Review: Teela from Masters of the Universe by Super7

 Today I'm reviewing the fourth and final figure in the second series of Super7's Filmation inspired, vintage styled Masters of the Universe figures: Teela! Of the four figures in series 2, Teela was probably the one I was most looking forward to. While Robot He-Man is technically a new character and Man-At-Arms with his mustache was a long anticipated addition to 5.5 inch MOTU collecting, I really was looking forward to a Filmation inspired Teela. Sadly, Teela turned out to be a fairly disappointing figure. She's not terrible but she definitely has some flaws that hold her back from being recommended to all but the most enthusiastic MOTU collectors. Let's check her out after the break...

Saturday, June 22, 2019

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

  Last weekend I had the chance to go to HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC and  ended up with some pretty cool stuff. One item I picked up was this incredible Masters of the Universe ReAction Trap Jaw from Super7's blind boxed assortment. Trap Jaw is one of the four characters in the villain blind boxes and he's available in two flavors: Cartoon Colors and Metallic. A vendor actually had these available opened and labeled so I scooped up the Cartoon Colors version of this evil menace. Oddly enough, I don't actually own a carded ReAction Trap Jaw so picking one up seemed like a pretty good idea. It turns out that Trap Jaw is actually one of the cooler figures in the series as he not only really looks like his Filmation counterpart but he has a working action feature as well. Let's check out Trap Jaw after the break...

Friday, June 21, 2019

Action Figure Review: Robot He-Man from Masters of the Universe by Super7

    I'm slowly making my way through series 2 of Super7's vintage styled line of Masters of the Universe action figures and I'm only now coming to the third figure in the line: Robot He-Man, a bizarre He-Man variant from the Filmation episode "Disappearing Act." When Prince Adam is kidnapped, Man-At-Arms builds a robotic He-Man to take his place. Well, not quite. Robot He-Man serves as more of a decoy so that Skeletor (and everyone else not in on the secret) won't realize that Adam is really He-Man.I know that companies always want to get more mileage out of their tooling dollars, so being able to slap a new head on He-Man and sell another figure is an easy win. Now that Mattel has revealed that they're doing their own vintage styled line (possibly called Masters of the Universe Origins), it seems we have an answer as to why Mattel has apparently been fairly controlling about what Super7 is allowed to make in this toyline. Apparently, Super7 is mostly limited to the Fimation license. That's not too limiting, though, although there are far fewer He-Man variants in that cartoon. Probably why we got Robot He-Man so soon, huh? Let's check him out after the break...

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Minifigure Review: Skeletor (Blue) from Masters of the Universe Micro Vinyl by Super7

 A little over a week ago I reviewed Super7's Micro Vinyl He-Man they sold at the Five Points Festival and now I'm checking out his arch-nemesis: Skeletor! Both He-Man and Skeletor were available in either blue or orange so rather than buying one of each (these guys were a tad pricey at $10 each) I went with an orange He-Man and a blue Skeletor. Blue just seemed more fitting for Skeletor, you know? I don't own many Japanese vinyl toys of this sort so getting these two guys in the mail definitely added something a but unique to my collection. Let's check out this miniature Skeletor after the break...

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Action Figure Review: Mothman #484 from POP! Games by Funko

   I haven't played Fallout 76 nor do I have any intention of playing it. I bought this POP! vinyl simply because it is based on Mothman, a legendary cryptid that I've been fascinated with since I was 8 years old. In addition to having a small but respectable collection of Mothman items and artwork and a shelf full of Motham books I've also made the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia a few times (including once to attend the Mothman Festival), so I'm always down for anything Mothman related. Since Fallout 76 takes place in Appalachia and the Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant is a location in the game, it's no surprise that the Mothman makes an appearance. I was really pleased that Funko added this legendary being as a POP! to coincide with the game's release. Let's check out the mysterious Mothman of Point Pleasant after the break...

Friday, June 14, 2019

Action Figure Review: Mercy and Pharah from Overwatch Ultimates by Hasbro

  It's been a few days so it's time for another review from Hasbro's Overwatch Ultimates toyline. As I've stated on all of these reviews, I've never played Overwatch. Prior to picking these figures up I wasn't even familiar with the story. Heck, other than recognizing a few of the main characters, I was completely ignorant of the property. Cool action figures is enough to get me excited, though, and now I'm starting to pick up on some of the lore. Today I'm checking out a very cool two-pack that features two of the more popular characters from the game: Mercy and Pharah. Mercy is the code name for Dr. Angela Ziegler, a 37 year old Swiss field medic and first responder from Zurich while Pharah is the code name for Fareeha Amari, a 32 year old security chief from Giza, Egypt. While the characters in Overwatch have multiple different "skins" that showcase different appearances for the figures, Mercy and Pharah come in their standard looks. Let's take a look at this two-pack after the break...