Saturday, February 24, 2018

Minifigure Review: Pack A (Red) from M.U.S.C.L.E.: The Worst by Super7

   On Valentine's Day Super7 released a few sets of red minifigures to celebrate. I've already reviewed the 3-pack of Iron Maiden M.U.S.C.L.E. figures and now I'm checking out Pack A of The Worst M.U.S.C.L.E. figures.  I've already reviewed these same three figures cast in purple but now I get Batula, Robot Reaper, and the Gas Phantom cast in a lovely blood red. What a way to celebrate Valentine's Day, huh? This is going to be a pretty quick review as I've already talked about these guys extensively but I do have a few pictures of the figures and the packaging after the break...

Friday, February 23, 2018

Action Figure Review: Batwoman (DC Rebirth) from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

 For years Batwoman has been one of my most desired action figures in any DC line. While DC Direct released one in 2007 as part of the 52 line it definitely doesn't fit in well with any of Mattel's DC Universe lines. I really expected to see Batwoman appear in DC Collectibles' New 52 line as well but she never materialized even though she had a solo title and was a part of the Batman family (yes, we got the incredible Bombshells Batwoman, but that doesn't count). Finally, to coincide with Mattel now going full steam ahead in offering DC Rebirth designs in the DC Comics Multiverse line, we have a true modern Batwoman action figure. Upon reading Batwoman at the beginning of the New 52 relaunch (which really was a true continuation of her pre-New 52 series) Kate Kane became one of my favorite comic characters. She's definitely in my top 10 overall and I'd probably put her book as one of the three strongest and most consistent of the New 52 as well. Now Batwoman both her own series in Rebirth and is huge part of the Detective Comics crew so Mattel has wisely given us a figure of her in the newest series which features a Clayface Collect & Connect figure. My Clayface series just arrived in the mail yesterday and I'm anxious to dive in and start things off with a look at Batwoman...

Confirmed Epic Podcast #85: New York Toy Fair 2018

In the 85th edition of the Confirmed Epic Podcast  Jerry "Barbecue17" Reed and The Reel Brad Bell breakdown New York Toy Fair 2018, giving you their top picks from the show, and what to expect in collecting throughout 2018.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Minifigure Review: Pack A from M.U.S.C.L.E. Robotech by Super7

 Over the next week or two I will be taking some time to check out Super7's newest series of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures: Robotech. Be forewarned that my knowledge of Robotech is extremely limited and consists of my memories of the Matchbox toyline from 1985 (most of the figures were the same size as G.I. Joes and I ended up with quite a few of them because they were heavily discounted at some point) and my memories of Robotech being shown on Toonami when I was in high school. I definitely remember watching it, but certainly not every day which makes keeping up with a show like Robotech pretty tough. I'd love to give it a watch through but my guess is that you're not here to hear me muse about Robotech are you? Let's talk about the minifigures. The Robotech M.U.S.C.L.E.s are some of the best that Super7 has made. They're a bit more more rubbery than some of their best lines like Street Fighter II, The Worst, and Iron Maiden, but the sculpts are super crisp and probably as good as any other M.U.S.C.L.E.s except for Street Fighter II. The color is a bit brighter than your standard M.U.S.C.L.E. color but it doesn't look bad and manages to avoid the waxy look of some of these kind of lines. They're quite nice and since the line consists of so many mechs, robots, and fighting units, you should be able to enjoy them even if you have no knowledge of the series. Let's check out Pack A after the break...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Minifigure Review: Pack B from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

  Today I'm back with another review of the second 5-pack of DC Nano Metalfigs that is new for 2018. It's called Pack B and includes three new characters (Lobo, Darkseid, and Bizarro), a new Batman, and a repacked Braniac. Braniac was the one figure I didn't pick up from last year's releases because he was only available in a 20-pack and by the time I learned of its existence I already owned the other 19 figures in the set so, personally, I am really glad he's included here! While not as many news outlets covered Jada Toys at Toy Fair 2018 by looking around I've learned that Jada showed off a ton of new DC Nano Metalfigs including the Atom, Ra's al Ghul, Scarecrow, a Rebirth Batman, a Cesar Romero Joker, a repainted Killer Croc, armored Lex Luthor, a repainted Wonder Woman, a Black and White Harley Quinn, Bane, Deadshot, Batman Beyond, a Tim Drake Robin, General Zod, more Justice League film heroes, and some Teen Titans Go Metalfigs. I'm super excited for these and I hope they continue cranking them out as fast as they can! Anyways, let's talk about who we have in hand right now, shall we? Let's tear into Pack B after the break...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Minifigure Review: Pack A from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

 One of my favorite toylines of last year was Jada Toys DC Nano Metalfigs. Jada Toys is starting off the new year strong by already putting out some more cool little diecast metal DC heroes and villains. As a fan of DC Comics and minifigures, there is no way that I could ever pass up this series. Plus, they cost about a dollar each. That's a crazy deal! DC Nano Metalfigs has excellent character selection which makes picking up these little wonders just so much fun. This set has an incredible roster of characters including Batman (I'm pretty sure every multi-pack has Batman), Black Canary, Batgirl, Catwoman, and The Riddler. That's some A-list level star power right there. Let's check them out after the break...

Monday, February 19, 2018

Minifigure Review: Iron Maiden 3-Pack (Red) from M.U.S.C.L.E.: Iron Maiden by Super7

  One of the hallmarks of a cool toyline is that it manages to get you interested in characters you otherwise have no interest in. Super7's M.U.S.C.L.E. revival is doing a great job because I just purchased a pack of minifigures based on the band Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie despite not being an Iron Maiden fan at all. Seriously, the only song of theirs I think I can even recall is "The Trooper" and that's because of Rock Band or Guitar Hero. This pack of three minifigures was released on Valentine's Day 2018 and features three different versions of Eddie molded in heart red plastic. Whether you're a fan of the band or you just like minifigures of a zombie/ skeleton guy these are a pretty cool little pickup. Learn more after the break...