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Monday, August 31, 2015
Action Figure Review: The Street Deacon from Shadowrun Duels by WizKids
Heroclix gaming system based in the Shadowrun Universe, Shadowrun was an action figure line that failed to catch on with gamers and a gaming system that seemed to avoid the attention of most action figure collectors. I've owned eight of the line's thirteen figures for quite a few years (ever since I actually bought them in a game store) and lately I've been wanting to complete my set. The first figure I picked up that I didn't own was the Street Deacon from the first series of figures released in the Summer of 2003. Ready for a closer look? Then join me after the break...
Friday, August 28, 2015
Minifigure Review: Purple Skeletor and Skeletoken from M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. by Super7
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Minifigure Review: Whiplash, Tri-Klops, & Mer-Man from M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. by Super 7
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Minifigure Review: Ram Man, Buzz-Off, & Man-E-Faces from M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. by Super 7
I'm still making my way through the first series of M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. figures, the new Masters of the Universe and M.U.S.C.L.E. mash-up line from Super 7. Over the past few years we have seen an upswing in the number of retro inspired minifigure lines paying homage to Kinnikuman, M.U.S.C.L.E., Monster in my Pocket, and the other great minifigure lines of the 80's and 90's. Super 7 has officially stepped into the ring, attempting to marry the characters of MOTU with the style of M.U.S.C.L.E. While I have some problems with the execution I can't help but love the spirit of this awesome 80's amalgamation. Today I'm looking at the set of three figures which includes Ram-Man, Man-E-Faces, and Buzz-Off. While Ram-Man and Man-E-Faces were second year MOTU characters, Buzz-Off was from the third year of the line. Hopefully Stratos and Zodac, both first year figures, will make it into a future series! Ready for a closer look at these guys? Then join me after the break...
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Minifigure Review: Skeletor, Beast Man, & Trap Jaw from M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. by Super 7
Monday, August 24, 2015
Minifigure Review: He-Man, Teela, & Man-At-Arms from M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. by Super 7
Super 7's website and while they're sold out as of the writing of this article, they're supposed to continue releasing these. The packaging art featuring the red exploding rocks over a blue background is perfectly vintage MOTU while the style of the card and blister with the leaping He-Man is pure M.U.S.C.L.E. (M.U.S.C.L.E. and MOTU are both Mattel properties, so it's all good!). Each set comes with three figures and today I'm looking at the set which includes He-Man, Teela, and Man-At-Arms. Ready for a closer look? Then join me after the break...
Friday, August 21, 2015
Action Figure Review: Triple Threat from The Corps Elite by Lanard
Just yesterday I reviewed one of the new sets of figures from Lanard's newest incarnation of their budget 1/18th scale military line: The Corps Elite! While not as articulated as many 1/18th scale military figures, The Corps makes up for their shortfalls in price. Guess how much a pack of three figures and a motorcycle or small vehicles costs? About $6-$7 dollars. That's cheaper than Hasbro asks for one 5 POA Star Wars figure. Unbelievable, right? While these might not be up your alley, they're a fun line that's easily available at most Wal-Marts across the country. Ready for a closer look at Rain, Puma, and Dozer, the Triple Threat? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Action Figure Review: The Corps Elite Vs. The Curse from The Corps Elite by Lanard
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Action Figure Review: Batman Beyond from Total Heroes Ultra by Mattel
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Action Figure Review: Hover Robots from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Strobo, and Goat Man weren't army builders. This year's traveling convention exclusive, Skeletor's Hover Robots, are. It's kind of odd to make an army builder an exclusive as it seems like something that folks might want multiples of, wouldn't you think? Fortunately, Mattel opted to include three of the Hover Robots in each set. That was a great idea as these guy nearly always showed up in groups in the Filmation cartoon series where they originated (you gotta have robots for the bad guys to beat up in a kids cartoon, after all). Ready for a closer look at the Hover Robots three-pack? Then join me after the break...
Monday, August 17, 2015
Action Figure Review: Rotar and Twistoid from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
strong-arm retailers to carry other MOTU products in order to earn the privilege of selling MOTU figures, Mattel was also trying out a number of gimmick figures. One of these ideas led to the creation of Rotar and Twistoid, the Energy Zoids. Essentially some form of battle tops, Rotar and Twistoid ended up being pretty obscure figures. Many fans, myself included, don't even seem to remember them from back in the day. Only after getting back into MOTU thanks to Masters of the Universe Classics did I discover these two. Since 2015 is all about finishing up the vintage line of action figures we knew these two would be coming. They made their appearance as as a set of SDCC 2015 exclusives that were also sold on Matty's own website. Ready for a look at the Rotar and Twistoid, the Energy Zoids? Then join me after the break...
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Episode 3 of The Collection Agency Podcast is Up at Geeks With Wives Radio!
Me and my good friend Brad Bell have released our newest podcast episode!
On Episode 3 of The Collection Agency Podcast
Give us a listen and let us know what you think about exclusives. Or anything, really! We just want some comments and to know you're listening!
Friday, August 14, 2015
Action Figure Review: Nightwing from The New 52 by DC Collectibles
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Action Figure Review: Callix from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Action Figure Review: Peekablue from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Minifigure Review: OMFG! Series 4 from OMFG! by October Toys
I originally reviewed OMFG series 3! It's taken some time but October Toys has finally counted to 4 with their signature Kickstarter backed minifigure line. While there are many toys originating on Kickstarter these days, OMFG! is the first line I remember showing up there and succeeding. Can anyone recall anything else? Anyways, if you've ever held a M.U.S.C.L.E., a SLUG Zombie, or a Monster in My Pocket minifigure, you should know what to expect: These guys are small (around 2 inches, give or take depending on the characters) solid plastic unarticulated minifigures. They're all the same shade of pink, like M.U.S.C.L.E., but are available in different colors from different sources. They come packaged together in a very cool little blister pack that's very evocative of 1980's styled packaging. Fans submit these designs and then vote on who was included. Ready to see who showed up? Then join me after the break...
Monday, August 10, 2015
A New Batgirl Review: SDCC Exclusive Batgirl from Batman: Classic TV Series by Mattel
Friday, August 7, 2015
A New Batgirl Review: Batgirl Premium Format (Sideshow Exclusive) from DC Comics by Sideshow Collectibles
Geeks with Wives and The Collection Agency podcast) has long been a fan of the Premium Format's 1/4 scale and I've had a chance to view a few of his figures. For me, though, I knew it would take something pretty special to finally cough up the cash for a 1/4 scale figure. That something special turned out to be Batgirl. It's not much of a secret that Batgirl is probably tied with Batman for the title of my favorite superhero. I say probably because it's entirely possible that Batgirl is actually at the top of the list (although by a small margin). As a comic fan, I find Barbara Gordon fascinating and relatable: She is an idealistic and driven character inspired by Batman. While she borrows the motif of the Caped Crusader she also makes it her own. I think it's pretty clear that in most portrayals Batgirl is not a sidekick: She's an independent operator who gets the privilege to work alongside the person who inspired her. Unlike many superheroes, Babs doesn't really possess some defining event such as possessing powers, a life-changing tragedy, or recruitment by an alien race that spurs her to become a crime fighter: She does it because it's what she see needs to be done. While many things about Barbara have changed in various depictions over the years (family history, career, age, etc.), the core elements of her character have remained the same: She's competent, driven, and talented enough to hang with folks possessing legitimate superpowers and still make her mark. Today I'm looking at Premium Format Batgirl, definitely the largest and certainly one of the most impressive Batgirl collectibles I own. Ready for a closer look and lots of pictures? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Action Figure Review: The Terminator from The Terminator Reaction by Funko
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Action Figure Review: Kyle Reese from The Terminator ReAction by Funko
Universal Monsters and Horror Series were really strong, the Back to the Future, Firefly, and Terminator lines felt rather lacking. Today I'm taking a look back at one of those lesser ReAction lines from last year, The Terminator, because I found a couple of the figures on clearance at a Barnes & Noble for $5. At that price I couldn't resists and so I picked up Kyle Reese and the Terminator himself. Today I'm looking at Kyle Reese. Ready for a closer look? Then join me after the break...
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Statue Review: Armored Wonder Woman from DC Comics Bishoujo by Kotobukiya
Monday, August 3, 2015
Action Figure Review: The Creeper from The New Batman Adventures by DC Collectibles
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