Saturday, May 27, 2017

Action Figure Review: R5-D4 from Star Wars: 40th Anniversary Collection by Hasbro

   Legend says there is only one way for a character in the Original Trilogy to be truly immortalized: To have had an action figure released by Kenner in the vintage Star Wars action figure line. R5-D4 is one of those characters. While the little R5 unit does have an overall effect on the plot, it's doubtful anyone would ever know his name if it weren't for the fact that Kenner released him in the 1979 series of Star Wars action figures. R5-D4 (AKA Skippy the Jedi Droid. It's true. Look it up.) wasn't one of the original 12, but Hasbro still decided to give him a release in the 40th Anniversary Collection as an exclusive to both GameStop and ThinkGeek. He was pretty tough to track down initially, but now he's starting to become a bit more common so look around at your local stores before you pay a bit more for him online. While he's lacking the proton torpedo launcher and blaster cannons of the POTF2 release, he's as film accurate as he's ever been. Let's take a closer look at R5-D4, the slacker droid with no motivation, after the break...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Action Figure Review: Legacy Pack from Star Wars: 40th Anniversary Collection by Hasbro

 I'm a bit late posting this but yes, today is the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars. To celebrate I'm looking at one of the releases from Hasbro's recent Star Wars: 40th Anniversary Collection action figure series: The Legacy Pack. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film, Hasbro has released (or re-released) Black Series figures of all twelve of the original Kenner Star Wars action figures from 1978, plus a few random extras as exclusives like R5-D4 and Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing Pilot gear. While the rest of the figures are available on upsized vintage style cards, Darth Vader is unique in that he comes included with what is labeled as the Legacy Pack. The set, retailing at $40 bucks, includes a carded Darth Vader figure and a display stand that's very similar to the one included with the 1978 "Early Bird Kit." Besides this desirable due to being part of the 40th Anniversary Series, this is also Hasbro's second attempt at sculpting a Vader; the original Black Series figure, based on Vader's Return of the Jedi costume, turned out being just so-so. This one, it turns out, is a complete new sculpt based on the A New Hope outfit. Ready for a closer look at this set? Then join me after the break...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Action Figure Review: Spacesuit Harley Quinn from DC Designer Series: Amanda Conner by DC Collectibles

 Earlier this week I reviewed the Traditional Harley Quinn figure and now I'm looking at the second figure in the Amanda Conner inspired DC Designer Series: Spacesuit Harley Quinn. Coming from the cover of issue #12 of the comic (she wears an outfit similar to this in the story, but it's a bit different) this figure represents an outfit Harley wore in space during her team-up with Power Girl against the evil Manos. Heck, it also includes the guardian of Manos' realm, a giant talking slice of pizza. This line definitely manages to capture the offbeat humor and fun of the Harley Quinn comic, but does it capture the quality? Join on and learn more after the break...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Action Figure Review: Traditional Harley Quinn from DC Designer Series: Amanda Conner by DC Collectibles

 The DC Designer Series seems to be getting back in a pretty steady groove. Just in the past couple of months DC Collectibles has released the incredible Ant Lucia Bombshells figures and the Amanda Conner inspired Harley Quinn series. Harley Quinn seems to be more popular with DC Collectibles than even Batman these days, so I imagine they have high hopes for an entire line of just Harley figures. If you haven't read Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti's Harley Quinn comics, you're missing out on some incredibly fun books. One of the things that is kind of off, though, is that of all the various Harleys offered in this series of figures, not one of them is anything that you might call a standard outfit for the character in the books. Even her "traditional" outfit rarely shows up. Still, it's not like a traditional Harley Quinn rendered in Conner's incredibly fun and expressive art style isn't going to sell, so I can completely understand why DC Collectibles released "Traditional Harley Quinn" as one of the first four figures in the line. Let's jump in and take a closer look at this figure after the break...

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Statue Review: Poison Ivy from Vinyl Vixens by Vinyl Sugar/ Funko

   Today I'm looking at the Vinyl Vixens Poison Ivy from Vinyl Sugar, a statue I picked up on a really good clearance sale! Sometime last month I was at Manifest Disc (a record store in Charlotte, NC) and found that they were having a pretty incredible sale on a variety of toys and statues: Buy 1 get 2 free! I ended up grabbing six items from the sale including the Diamond Select Gotham Jim Gordon, the DC Collectibles B:TAS Riddler and Penguin, the DC Icons Green Arrow, and of course, the Poison Ivy vinyl statue I'm looking at today. I reviewed the Vinyl Vixens Batgirl back in 2015 and I liked it quite a bit. I think I might like Ivy even a bit better. Funko/ Vinyl Sugar has put out a number of different lines like this and while some have had some true longevity (POP! and Rock Candy come to mind), others like Vinyl Vixens and the atrocious Vinyl Idolz don't seem like they caught on. Still, I think Vinyl Vixens was a pretty decent line of vinyl statues and considering that most of them can be found at clearance prices, fans of the Gotham City Sirens might still be interested in tracking them down. Let's check out the beautiful and deadly Poison Ivy after the break!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Action Figure Review: Shazam from One:12 Collective DC Universe by Mezco

    What do you get when you combine Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury? Why Shazam of course! Today I'm checking out the newest One:12 Collective action figure and it's Shazam from Mezco's DC Universe range of characters. Mezco has stuck to extremely popular modern characters thus far but Shazam seems like the first character that has a very classic feel to him. Yeah, I know he's still a part of the DC Universe and only had his named changed to Shazam (from Captain Marvel) in 2011, but when compared to Batman, Punisher, Green Arrow, and the Flash, Shazam just feels a bit more more obscure. Still, I like that. I dig the more obscure DC characters and while Shazam has never been one of my favorites, he's a great character and well deserving of a figure. Of course, he does have a film slated for 2019, so Shazam might come back around to being a household name in the next few years (in the 1940s the guy outsold Superman!).With Shazam Mezco has showed off some neat tricks in how they might pull off some more traditional superheroes in the future, so even if you're not a fan of the character he's worth paying attention to just because of his execution. Join me in taking a closer look at young Billy Batson as the heroic Shazam!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Action Figure Review: Jim Gordon Batman (Batman: Superheavy) from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

 Near the end of last year I reviewed DC Collectibles' GCPD Batman which is based on the New 52 Batman story arc where Jim Gordon takes over as a Gotham City sanctioned Batman in Bruce Wayne's absence. Today I'm looking at Mattel's version of the character from the most recent DC Comics Multiverse series. Mattel's take is called Jim Gordon Batman which more easily identifies who is actually underneath the cowl. It also includes an unmasked Jim Gordon head which definitely makes this a pretty worthwhile purchase. I'm really liking the fact that Mattel has been giving us action figures based on very specific books and story arcs, especially some more recent ones. That's always a cool feature for a comic book focused toyline. Let's take a closer look at this new version of Gordon Bats after the break...