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Saturday, December 31, 2016
Friday, December 30, 2016
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Alien ReAction line, I thought that we might finally see the entire crew rendered in plastic in the same scale. Well, no such luck. Neca doesn't seem to have much intention (or the ability, due to likeness rights) to do it, either, so I'm giving major props to Super7 for nailing the entire crew of the Nostromo in one go! Today I'm checking out Pack B in the M.U.S.C.L.E. Alien series, which includes Kane in Spacesuit, the Alien Egg, and Parker. Let's check these out after the break, shall we?
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
M.U.S.C.L.E. There was something so insanely cool about those little, inexpensive guys that I've always been charmed by them. While nothing compares to the originals, it's a pretty darn good time to be a fan of those classic little rubber guys as many smaller companies have been making homage figures to that line while Super7 has managed to get the license to the original M.U.S.C.L.E. name and logo from Mattel. While they're not releasing any figures based on the classic M.U.S.C.L.E. characters (since those were based on a Japanese property, Kinnikuman), Super7 has released M.U.S.C.L.E. figures based on Masters of the Universe and, now, Alien. Today I'm looking at Pack A from the new Alien themed series which includes the titular alien, Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver), and Ash (played by Ian Holm). Let's take a look and see how these little guys fare, shall we?
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016
Action Figure Review: Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
Visual Dictionary to look for all the cool stuff I want to keep an eye out for during the second showing. The battle on Scarif was absolutely fantastic and I imagine the Scarif Stormtroopers (officially called Shoretroopers) will quickly become a troop building favorite. While they didn't have a ton of screen time, they just looked absolutely incredible. I reviewed the standard Shoretrooper a couple of weeks ago, so here's a look at the Squad Leader. More Star Wars goodness after the break...
Warning!!! Minor spoilers after the break!!!
Warning!!! Minor spoilers after the break!!!
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Para Troopa with a green shell and green shoes. Let's take a closer look at this guy after the break...
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
2016 GameStop exclusive Funko Mystery Box and was included alongside one of seven different POP! vinyls and two blind bagged Five Nights at Freddy's Pint Sized Heroes. To be honest, the only thing I was at all interested in was Enchantress so I went ahead and picked up the box. While the Enchantress centered plot was a weaker part of the film, the character design and the way Cara Delevingne portrayed the character was incredible. There has been quite a lack of Enchantress merchandise so I was pretty glad to see Enchantress released in a format other than just as a POP! vinyl. Every mystery box includes Enchantress, so she shouldn't be too difficult to find if you're looking for her. More details on this Rock Candy exclusive after the break...
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
R2-D2 and C-3PO. There is also a Walgreens' exclusive classic C-3PO that's starting to hit shelves now too (review coming in a couple of weeks), so you can have your pick. Or buy both. Whether you call him Goldenrod, the Professor, Threepio, or any other nickname, you'll be glad to have this guy as a permanent resident on your shelf. More details after the break...
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Monday, December 12, 2016
Road to Rogue One: 442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Utapau Trooper, Coruscant Guard (Phase II), and 501st Legion Clone Trooper from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
Like last year, Entertainment Earth is offering an exclusive set of four Star Wars action figures. This time it's a set of Phase II Clone Troopers in a variety of colors. While all four figures are exactly the same so far as sculpts go, the paint work on these troops is some of the best we've seen in the Black Series. These guys started shipping a couple of weeks ago and come packaged in a single box that features a removable slipcase and all four figures in their own trays, although they are connected together. Let's take a closer look at this set of Clones after the break...
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
SDCC Exclusive Obi-Wan Kenobi from earlier this year). I love the armored Imperial troops and the Snowtrooper has been a figure I've been anticipating for some time. He's always been a cool figure whenever released in any line (no pun intended) and I was excited to see how he turned out in the Black Series. The short answer is that he's quite good but there are some odd problems that mostly have to do with color choices. Let's take a closer look at the Snowtrooper after the break...
Friday, December 9, 2016
Mattel released earlier this year in the first series of their 6 inch DC Comic Multiverse line! Who did the better job, though? Let's find out after the break...
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Imperial Death Troopers seem to be the early favorite in the race for coolest costumed characters, I'm actually digging the Scarif Stormtroopers even more. Also called Shoretroopers, the Scarif Stormtroopers patrol the tropical planet of Scarif, home to a number of top secret Imperial installations. I love their mixture of a more traditional military color scheme with some of the standard flare of Imperial Armor. While the Squad Leader is a regular release, this standard Scarif Stormtrooper is actually a Wal-Mart exclusive, like last year's Imperial Shock Trooper. These still haven't hit in mass yet, but they do seem easier to find than the Shock Troopers. Let's take a closer look at these beachfront troopers after the break...
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
original Batgirl POP! Let's take a look at this rather unusual POP! after the break...
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Kanan Jarrus (and Ahsoka Tano, although she's not part of the Ghost crew) and Sabine Wren makes the second member we've received. Arguably my favorite member of the Ghost crew (probably tied with Zeb and Chopper), Sabine has turned out to be one of the finest figures in The Black Series released to date. Ready for a closer look at this incredible figure? Then join me after the break...
Monday, December 5, 2016
Darwyn Cooke Catwoman from this series and now I'm checking out the late Darwyn Cooke's take on Harley Quinn. Based on his artwork for the cover of Harley Quinn #13 from December 2014, this version of Harley is depicted in one of her outfits from her excellent self titled series that launched during the New 52. I love Cooke's style and while I'm a big fan of having a line of DC characters in a unified style, when you have beautiful sculpts based on the work of a good artist, who can resist, am I right? Let's take a closer look at this figure after the break...
Sunday, December 4, 2016
31 Days of Toy Terror or Re-Halloween 2016 but by the time I finally was able to pick her up it was almost Halloween and the schedule was already completely filled. Now it's December and I'm reviewing Elvira. I've been a fan of Elvira since I was in Middle School but I can't say I've picked up many Elvira collectibles or action figures over the years. I was thrilled to see Funko move the Mistress of the Dark into the POP! line, and I guess the POP! Television range makes the most sense due to her debut in Elvira's Movie Macabre in 1981. Let's get better acquainted with this ravishing horror host, shall we? Join me after the break...
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Friday, December 2, 2016
Fox McCloud was the first release, Falco Lombardi was the second, and Peppy Hare has appeared in series 2-3 (he's sitting on my shelf, so the review will be coming soon!), so throw Slippy in the mix to have the main four (although Rob 64 and Krystal could make cool additions, too!). How cool to have Jakks already on their way to completing some teams in the Nintendo Universe, right? Let's take a closer look at Slippy after the break...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
Mattel has released this figure in their DC Comics Multiverse line, MAFEX has one out, and DC Collectibles is getting ready to release one in their already ill fated DC Films Premium line (seriously, they've already canceled 5 or 6 scheduled figures before the first figure has even been released). Mezco's One:12 Collective line has been building a solid reputation, though, and this guy features some die-cast metal parts, a soft goods cape and bodysuit, and light up eyes. He was pre-ordered for me as a birthday present back in June or July, but Mezco didn't release him until mid October. He got shipped to my parents' address, and not mine, so I had to wait a bit longer to collect him. I've got him now, though, so was he worth the wait? Find out after the break...
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Funko announced that Super7 will be handling the future design and distribution of the ReAction range of products. Super7 has been heavily involved with the line since it's inception and it doesn't seem like Funko was as ever as thrilled with the concept as Super7 was. I think this is great news, and I'm hoping it means we see more Nightmare Before Christmas action figures from the ReAction line soon. While Jack has been built more like a traditional faux-retro figure, this line doesn't feel like your typical nostalgically antiquated line; it actually just feels like a solid Nightmare Before Christmas toyline. As someone who collected Hasbro's original releases when the film came out, these hold a ton of nostalgia for me just because they're so well done. I still have my original Santa Jack from 1993 and I'm glad to have this newer version, too! Let's take a closer look at this guy after the break...
Friday, November 25, 2016
standard version is pretty basic while the exclusive version has the explosives and chest straps. Which one will be more prominent in the movie? We'll know in under a month! In the meantime, let's check out this cool new POP!
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Japanese Sofubi styled figures but available more readily in US Markets. I didn't know there was a mini line of these coming out, so Darth Vader is a cool way to kick things off. He's available in five different colors at random in the boxes: Red, Black, Silver, Gold, and Blue. Ready for a closer look at a cute, glittery, vinyl version of the guy everyone is waiting to see in Rogue One? Then join me after the break...
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Harley Quinn in the outfit she wore during the earliest days of the New 52. This is definitely not one of my favorite Harley Quinn looks but it is a colorful and dynamic outfit, perfect for a v2 figure. Today I'm looking at a variant of that figure which Kotobukiya offered at NYCC and through their website. While you might think this is simply a black and red repaint of the standard statue, you'd be mistaken: This figure actually has a new left hand, a pistol instead of a mallet, and a newly sculpted face. Let's take a closer look at this exclusive version of Dr. Quinzel after the break...
Monday, November 21, 2016
Action Figure Review: Zero Year: Survival Batman from DC Comics Designer Series: Greg Capullo by DC Collectibles
"Knightmare" outfit from BvS in that sense. Released as part of the DC Comics Designer series line, this figure really does a nice job of capturing Greg Capullo's distinctive artwork. Let's take a closer look at Survival Batman after the break...
Sunday, November 20, 2016
DC Comics Icons series so far, and the Joker here makes my third purchase. I pretty much only collect Batman related characters in the 6-7 inch scale DC lines, so there are plenty of other cool figures out there that I've not picked up or reviewed. The aesthetic of this line is that while all of the characters have a similar aesthetic (designed by artist Ivan Reis), they are all based off of different storylines from across DC history. This version of the Joker should look very familiar to comic fans as it's been around for years (it looks very much like the Neal Adams licensing art from throughout the 80s) although this figure is billed as being based on the storyline A Death in the Family by Jim Starlin and artist Jim Aparo. Featuring the death of Jason Todd, A Death in the Family seems like a great choice for a Joker figure. Unfortunately, this outfit is not seen in that story, so I'm not sure what exactly DC Collectibles was thinking. Let's take a look at this figure and see if it's still worth a purchase after the break...
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
mentioned a few times before that Walgreens' is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to shop for toys. They get great exclusives, tend to do a pretty good job of stocking both their exclusive items and most regular lines, and they're usually conveniently located. I'm currently hunting for Walgreens' exclusive C-3PO from Star Wars: The Black Series, so I'm in one or two stores nearly every weekday on my lunch break. Last week I happened to walk into one of my local Walgreens' stores and found a few of their new exclusive Star Wars POP vinyls. I was originally planning on just grabbing the Rebels' helmeted Sabine POP, but the fact that Walgreens' was having a buy one get one free sale led me to snatch Grievous too. You know, because he was essentially free. General Grievous is a character who seemed really cool prior to Episode III, was kind of underwhelming in the film, and then who was greatly improved by The Clone Wars. Let's check out this new exclusive POP! after the break!
Thursday, November 17, 2016
the game's flashback to the horiffic crippling of Barbara Gordon. That's all I want to say about that right now. What I do want to address is that this is a figure that I'm about to give a very, very low rating to for reasons which I'll explain in the review. If you read my reviews regularly, you've probably come to notice that I don't give super low ratings very often. Ever wonder why that is? There's two reasons: One, the simple fact that a figure looks decent and doesn't break already helps it to not receive one of my lowest ratings. Second, since I'm not making any money off of this site nor do I receive review samples, I tend to only buy stuff I'm already pretty sure I will like. I don't buy stuff I'm not interested in, thus my reviews tend to be higher. Of course, sometimes I preorder a figure from a line I like, get it in hand, and am wildly disappointed. That's what is happening today, folks. Jump in and learn more after the break...
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Ashley Eckstein. This Ahsoka POP! is an exclusive to Hot Topic and is part of the upcoming Rebels subset which includes the rest of the crew of The Ghost as well as a masked variant of Sabine. Ready for a closer look at Ahsoka? Then join me after the break...
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Road to Rogue One: Imperial Death Trooper, Captain Cassian Andor, and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
few Obi-Wans for sale if you want them) but this is the first time they've forced collectors to buy a straight repack as part of an exclusive set. It's pretty annoying. Join me after the break...
Monday, November 14, 2016
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Batman, Catwoman) and some more obscure characters (Professor Pyg), DC Collectibles has now been supporting this line for about a year and a half. Things seem to be winding down, though, as series 4 was originally supposed to include Poison Ivy alongside of this flashback Harley and a Killing Joke inspired Joker, along with a boxed set of Batman and two of the Arkham Knight's henchmen. Poison Ivy and the henchmen set have been cancelled, which really stinks as Poison Ivy played a pretty integral role in Arkham Knight. The sheer popularity of Harley and the Joker kept those figures alive, though, and today I'm looking at a figure of Harley in her classic duds. This is a very nice realistic looking Harley and, while we've received this outfit a few times this year already, I'm not sure we've ever seen a version quite like this. Read on after the break...