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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...
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
DC Designer Series of action figures based on Greg Capullo's work on Batman in the New 52. Now they're starting to branch out and soon will be offering figures based on the art of Amanda Conner, Ant Lucia, Lee and Bermejo. Currently, you can pick up figures based off of the art of Darwyn Cooke. Sadly, Cooke passed away in May of this year, and thus these figures are now a testament to the legacy of work he left behind. I recently picked up this figure of his distinctive interpretation of Catwoman. Let's take a closer look at her after the break...
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Keshi Drop near the end of September/ beginning of October and, after a day or two of debating once they went live, I decided to jump in and pick of the full set of these guys in the classic M.U.S.C.L.E. inspired "flesh" color. I'm a sucker for 2 inch figures in that familiar style and while the bigger companies aren't really producing much, many smaller companies are releasing some truly cool stuff. I have no idea how big of a company Violence Toy is (they seem like a fairly small operation thus far) but they've released a pretty nice set of figures with Gorelords. While every figure in the set might not be to everyone's liking, there really is a pretty diverse range of figures here, so everyone should be able to find at least a few figures they like from the set. Let's take a look at Pack D after the break...
Monday, November 7, 2016
Prime Evil from Filmation's Ghostbusters. While this version from the Midnight Special release is in a blue cloak and the main release will have a black cloak, it would be amazing to see this guy repainted with a red cloak at some point in the future. Wouldn't that just be incredible? Still, as it is, this guy is just to frigging cool. One of the things I love about this line is that these characters kind of look familiar, but they're unique creations. You feel like you might have seen them before, but clearly you didn't. I could see this guy showing up in an episode of Futurama or appearing on the box for an NES game. He's just so darn versatile. Let's take a closer look at the Robot Reaper as part of our Re-Halloween festivities after the break...
Harvey Mercheum and Cool & Collected who helped contribute to the prize package this time around. Let me tell you that this prize package is a real gem. I'm honestly going to have to find a box big enough to put all of this stuff in! Action figures, comics, minifigures, pogs, vintage puzzles, out of date calendars; this thing is a veritable treasure trove of goodness. Heck, there's even some Christmas items thrown in for good measure since the winner will probably be receiving this in mid-late November. So let me announce the winner of the grand prize!
Drum roll please and follow me after the break...
Drum roll please and follow me after the break...
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Egyptian styled snake person action figure, that doesn't mean that I'm not up for another one! Super7's The Worst is a really fun faux retro toyline comprised of random villains who kind of look like other characters you're familiar with, but they're generic enough to fit in with a number of other displays. Take Snake Tut here: He could fit in with Super7's retro styled Masters of the Universe figures or chill out with Funko's Universal Monsters Mummy. Heck, he might even want to chill out in the McFarlane Monsters' Mummy playset. With Snake Tut by your side, there's no end to the wacky adventures you might have! Let's take a closer look at this squirmy guy after the break...
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Violence Toy that just started showing up in early October. Essentially a line of mutant gladiators ("mutant death match fighters"), the Gorelords are nasty, angry, and armed to the teeth. There's something about these guys that feel kind of dangerous. You know, the same way that toylines like Savage Mondo Blitzers, many McFarlane Toys in their prime, and various 80s stuff like Mad Balls or Garbage Pail Kids felt like something you really weren't supposed to be playing with. These were the kind of toys that your mom wouldn't buy you, but your dad might. The Gorelords are divided into 4 sets of 3 and are available in "Flesh" sets or multicolored sets with the figures randomly appearing in 9 different colors. I opted for the M.U.S.C.L.E. standard "flesh" set and I'm looking at Pack A today, featuring Maggotgagger, the Suffer, and Time-Gore. Let's take a closer look at these lords of gore after the break...
Friday, November 4, 2016
Yeesh. Tough crowd.
31 Days of Toy Terror Lives: Vampire Curia (Pop Version) from Resurrection of Monstress by Yellow Submarine
standard version in black, a translucent version, and this "Pop Version" (I don't know what that means, but it's on the package) in bright red which was limited to 1500. Ready for a closer look at this vampire hunter? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Action Figure Review: Clown with the Tear-Away Face from The Nightmare Before Christmas ReAction by Funko
series 1 figures, series 2 has blown my mind. My favorite background Halloween Town resident is without a doubt the Clown with the Tear-Away Face. I actually collected the original 1993 Hasbro line as a kid and this guy was one of the figures I always wanted to make. How funny that movie I loved when I was 9 or 10 which no one else ever seemed to care about for years is now one of the most recognizable pop culture properties out there? Now my daughter loves it, too, so I'm glad that this excellent film continues to delight audiences and give fun creatures for the toy shelf and the toy box. Let's take a look at the Clown with the Tear Away Face after the break...
31 Days of Toy Terror Lives: Howling Wolfinica (Limited Verson) from Resurrection of Monstress by Yellow Submarine
OAFE a few years back and since then I've picked these up whenever I get the chance. Today I'm looking at Howling Wolfinica, a musical werewolf hunter who transforms under a crescent moon. Ready for a look at one of the craziest figures you'll see today? Then join me after the break...
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Re-Halloween/ Day of the Dead: Mariachi Skeleton from Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 7 by Fisher-Price
Re-Halloween content, and we'll get there, but let's give another fabulous holiday it's due! Fisher-Price's Imaginext Collectible Figures Series is infamous for giving us some really cool "almost but not quite" variations of popular characters (consider the "not-Jason Voorhees" Zombie or the "not one of the Three Storms" Chinese Warrior) and today we're looking at what is essentially El Mariachi from Robert Rodriguez's Mexico Trilogy (El Mariachi, Desperado, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico) with a calavera . Yeah, they're calling it Mariachi Skeleton, but you're not fooling anyone, Fisher-Price! Let's take a look at this incredibly cool Imaginext figure after the break...