Saturday, June 24, 2017

Confirmed Epic Comeback #1: Release Dates, Movie Mysteries, & Nostalgia


Welcome to the Confirmed Epic Podcast Youtube Channel's first attempt to raise our game up! The Confirmed Epic Comeback is a weekly to bi-weekly Youtube series that allows to examine the three to 5 biggest entertainment stories in under 15 minutes.  Beyond that, the purpose of the Confirmed Epic Comeback is to examine how these stories impact the broader entertainment landscape, not just regurgitate the news.

In the inaugeral show we discuss: If fans should get upset or excited over release dates based on the recent news of Miller and Lord being replaced as Han Solo Directors, the revelation of movies mysteries in relation to Ridley Scott's huge Blade Runner 2049 announcement, and answer the question of: are fans satisfied with the use of nostalgia in blockbuster filmmaking.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Confirmed Crap Podcast #2:Tales from The Shack, The PIT, & Baywatch

 




Once every dark of the moon The Epic Review not so proudly presents The Confirmed Crap Podcast. A podcast in which the team discusses pretty much anything they want to, while there is usually Film, TV, and Comics discussion, this pod is not limited to those themes.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy some low brow unstructured entertainment.

For example in this episode we discussed: Old Jobs, The Beach, Baywatch, Dwight Howard, Heroes-Con 2017, Last Knight Reviews, and addressed listener comments.

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Confirmed Epic Podcast Retro Rewind: Episode #32, Transformers 4 Age of Extinction

  


In honor of the release of Transformers 5 The Last Knight this week, and The Reel Brad Bell finally picking up one of his collection grails: The Transformers Age of Extinction Blu-Ray Collectors Edition (Seen Above!); The Epic Review proudly presents one of it's most requested/downloaded retro episodes, from The Epic Review Vault: Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode #32, Transformers 4 Age of Extinction.  Listen as The Reel Brad Bell, AKA Andrew Stokes, and Jerry 'Barbecue 17' Reed review/discuss one of the worst, but most entertainingly hilarious films released since they started the podcast. Also enjoy Jerry's attempt to review the film with actually seeing it.

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Action Figure Review: Seth Rollins from WWE Zombies by Mattel

 Ready for yet another WWE Zombies review? How about we take a look at the Architect, the King Slayer, the Man, and the cover star of the upcoming WWE 2K18: Seth Freakin' Rollins! Seth is definitely near the top of the list of my favorite current WWE Superstars and I'm glad to be able to add him to my growing horde of WWE Zombies. He looks great alongside of the other former members of the Shield, too. Who would have thought we'd be able to assemble a zombified version of the Shield, right? That's pretty cool! Let's take a closer look at zombie Seth Rollins after the break...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Action Figure Review: Sasha Banks from WWE Zombies by Mattel

    Ready for another WWE Zombies review? I hope so because today I'm checking out the zombified version of the 3 time WWE Women's Champion and legit boss herself, Sasha Banks. Sasha Banks is a pretty cool looking figure and really adds a splash of color to the WWE Zombies line thanks to her bright pink hair. Sasha is easily in my top five favorite female Superstars currently on the roster and is without a doubt one of the most talented in ring performers in her division. Mattel did a pretty impressive job of translating Sasha Banks' appearance into the zombie line, so let's check out the impressive work they did. More after the break...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Action Figure Review: Kevin Owens from WWE Zombies by Mattel

  While the writing might be a bit iffy (I'm still pretty pissed about the finish to the women's Money in the Bank match on Sunday), there is some incredible talent in the WWE these days and one of my favorites superstars is Kevin Owens. The dude is just incredible. I feel like like KO could sell any gimmick or storyline he's involved with. Even a zombie gimmick. Yup, in the 2nd series of WWE Zombies we get an action figure of the current "Face of America" Kevin Owens. Let's take a look at a zombified version of Chris Jericho's former BFF after the break...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Action Figure Review: Brock Lesnar from WWE Zombies by Mattel

   Oh my gosh! Bork Laser is a zombie! Yes, indeed: The newest series of WWE Zombies action figures includes a zombified action figure of Brock Lesnar. I am absolutely not that big of a fan of Brock Lesnar for quite a few reasons, but that doesn't mean that I'm not going to pick of a zombified version of the guy. I can respect that many collectors of wrestling figures are not that into this line but I'm digging them. I'm digging them hard. Like a madman digging up corpses in a graveyard. That's how much I dig this concept. Despite being a champion who rarely shows up at shows and who is devoid of almost any personality, Brock is a big deal and I couldn't pass him up as he makes for a pretty terrifying zombie. Let's take a look at zombified Brock Lesnar after the break...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Confirmed Epic Podcast #65: 'Black Panther' Teaser, 'The Mummy', & The Icons of Cinema Summer Showdown of the 1970's




In the 65th edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast The Reel Brad Bell, Aka Andrew Stokes, and Jerry "Barbecue 17" Reed return to the Icons of Cinema Summer Showdown with the 1970s.  The Goal of this podcasting series will be to determine the 8 most iconic characters of each Decade continuing in the 1960's, and then let you decide who is the king of each decade of cinema.  The series will eventually put the most iconic roles of the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 2000's, and the NOW'S against one another in showdown for the title of most iconic film character of all time.

We also discuss the first teaser trailer for Ryan Coogler's upcoming Black Panther film, and review Alex Kurtzman's The Mummy.

*After realizing twitter only allows 4 option polls we changed it to a bracket system: two best of 4 series with the winners meeting in the finals.

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Confirmed Epic Podcast #62: The Icons of Cinema Summer Showdown of the 1960's



  

In the 62nd edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast The Reel Brad Bell and Aka Andrew Stokes kickoff the Icons of Cinema Summer Showdown with the 1960s.  The Goal of this podcasting series will be to determine the six most iconic characters of each Decade starting in the 1960's, and then let you decide who is the king of each decade of cinema.  The series will eventually put the most iconic roles of the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 2000's, and the NOW'S against one another in showdown for the title of most iconic film character of all time.

As always we get into what we have been checking out this week, as well as the epic news items of the week before the showdown commences.

*After realizing twitter only allows 4 option polls we changed it to a bracket system: two best of three series with the winners meeting in the finals.

*Thanks to Mondo Artist JC Richard for the header image of his epic The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly variant

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Action Figure Review: AJ Styles from WWE Zombies by Mattel

 You know what? the only WWE figures I've purchased this year have been from the insane but awesome WWE Mutants line. I love the figures from that line that I picked up, but there was one WWE line I was really looking forward and ordered the whole set ASAP: WWE Zombies series 2! Last year Mattel's WWE Zombies line was one of the best things about Halloween 2016 and I'm glad that the concept seems to have proven popular enough to warrant a second outing. Yeah, they're not your typical WWE figures, but I really like them. Whether you love the concept of the WWE Superstars as zombies or just like pretty slick zombie action figures in the 6-7 inch scale, these should scratch a (possibly necrotic and infected) itch. First up in my review of series 2 is the Face that Runs the Place and the Champ who Runs the Camp: It's the Phenomenal One, AJ Styles! Since I'm most likely going to be cheering for AJ Styles at Money in the Bank tomorrow I figured I'd give him first dibs in the reviews. Let's check out yet another Georgia zombie after the break...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Action Figure Review: Wonder Woman from DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel

  As Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman enters it's third weekend at the box office it's probably not going to come out as the number #1 film (I imagine that will be Pixar's Cars 3) but it most likely will still come in #2. The movie is having a great run in theaters and I'm really curious how merchandising tie-ins are performing. Mattel has put out a pretty decent line of Wonder Woman action figures, particularly the Wonder Woman subset of the DC Comics Multiverse line. Today I'm looking at the Toys 'R Us exclusive standard Wonder Woman whom has been relatively easy to find (Mattel and Toys R Us have both done a great job of making sure their joint DC Multiverse exclusives have been available both in stores and online!) and whom I picked up the week the movie was released. It's kind of interesting that Mattel chose to make the "standard" Wonder Woman the exclusive, isn't it? While there are rumors that we may get one more figure in this series (possibly another Amazon exclusive or an SDCC exclusive), this could be the last figure in the line. While it would have been cool to have received a Dina Prince figure from her time in London or Wonder Woman undercover in her blue part dress, we did get three variants of the character. Let's take a look at this classically styled Princess Diana after the break...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Action Figure Review: Menalippe from DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel

 So, Wonder Woman: Pretty incredible movie, right? It's nice to see that DC has a legit hit on their hands in the DCEU that is both critically and commercially successful. It's always interesting to look at a movie based line after the film is released; sometimes the character choices are rather odd. Take the subject of today's review, Menalippe. While I loved characters in the film like Sameer, Chief, Charlie, and General Antiope, we haven't received any of them in the toyline. We do have Menalippe, however, who I didn't even remember seeing in the film. I had to look her up in Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film. She's currently a shared exclusive between Amazon and Toys 'r Us and has been available for around a month now. Let's take a closer look at Menalippe after the break...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Action Figure Review: Luke Skywalker with Speeder #175 from POP! Star Wars by Funko

Today I'm checking out the lone POP! vinyl from the most recent Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty Box from Funko: Luke Skywalker with Speeder! Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars: A New Hope, this crate included a few items that hearkened back to classic elements from that film. The set includes the standard patch and pin (Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca, respectively), Han Solo and Greedo salt and pepper shakers, some Star Wars wristbands, and this oversized POP! vinyl piece. I really like these deluxe POP! vinyls and this might be one of the best yet. While Hasbro is releasing a Luke Skywalker with landspeeder later this summer, Funko has beat them to the punch. This is a pretty iconic Star Wars vehicle that looks great on your shelf. More details after the break...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Action Figure Review: Damian Wayne Robin (Robin War) from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

   While I love the DC Collectibles Bombshell figures and I think that Mezco's One:12 Collectives are among the best (if not the best) DC Comics action figures ever made, I gotta give Mattel credit for being the only company right now who seems to be creating actual comic inspired figures from more recent stories (yes, it feels like DC Collectibles has given up in this area). Today I'm looking at one of those figures: Damian Wayne from his role in Robin War. I'll admit that while I've ready most everything vaguely Batman related from the New 52 and Rebirth, somehow I let Robin War and We Are Robin pass me by. It's in my pile to read right now, so I should be getting to it in the next few days. Having not read the story certainly didn't deter me from wanting to pick this guy up, though. Damian Wayne has really evolved into a great character over the past decade but his action figure appearances have been few and far between (my favorite is still the Batman Incorporated version from DC Direct). This is Mattel's second shot at the character (a Damian Wayne Robin was also released near the end of the MattyCollector only DC Signature Collection) and the results are a bit mixed. He's exclusive to Toys R Us and seems to be pretty easy to pick up online (pair him with one of the Wonder Woman TRU exclusives and you'll get free shipping, too!), so hopefully he'll fill a gap in a number of Damian-less collections. Let's take a closer look at this new release after the break...

Monday, June 5, 2017

Minifigure Review: Pack D from M.U.S.C.L.E. Mega Man by Super7

   Let me say that 99% of the time I take no joy in giving a toy or action figure a bad review, and these Mega Man M.U.S.C.L.E. figures certainly do not fall into that 1% rarity (every now and then I buy something that I know will be terrible just to review it). Not only do I feel like I wasted some money but I know that releasing bad product typically hurts a companies reputation, especially a smaller company like Super7 who is still establishing themselves. I've really enjoyed the Super7 stuff I've purchased over the past few years, particularly their various M.U.S.C.L.E. sets and the amazingly bizarre The Worst. Sadly, these Mega Man figured just didn't turn out well and are cursed with flimsy plastic, soft details, and an odd, shiny finish. My hope is that Super7 figures out what happened here ASAP, acknowledges it, and finds a way to rectify it. I'd love to own these figures in the same quality of plastic as the Street Fighter II or Alien minifigures and hopefully Super7 will find a way to offer these that doesn't reek of "double dipping." For now, though, I'll finish up this set of figures with a look at Pack D, containing Dr. Light, Elec Man, and Bomb Man.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Minifigure Review: Pack C from M.U.S.C.L.E.: Mega Man by Super7

I've already voiced my disappointment with Super7's new Mega Man series of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures so let me go ahead and get right into showing off these minifigures for the sake of having a complete archive on the site. It's disappointing when a company seemingly continues to get better and better (last years Alien M.U.S.C.L.E.s were an improvement over most of the Masters of the Universe stuff while the Street Fighter 2 minifigures blew everything before it out of the water) and then inexplicably takes quite a few steps back, but that's exactly what Super7 has done with the Mega Man series. These just aren't good minifigures due to the overly soft sculpts, oddly colored plastic (far too shiny and strangely bendy but not rubbery), and weird sticky, oily feel. These are a mess and this review is to serve as a cautionary tale: Read on to learn more about Pack C after the break...

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Minifigure Review: Pack B from M.U.S.C.L.E.: Mega Man by Super7

As someone who absolutely loves minifigures, particularly M.U.S.C.L.E., it hurts my hear that Super7's Mega Man M.U.S.C.L.E. figures are so terrible. Yeah, that's a spoiler for the rest of the review. Oh well. If you read my reviews fairly often, you might come to the conclusion that I'm not too harsh of a critic on most toys. That's partially because I usually buy stuff I'm predisposed to like but also because most modern action figures and toys that I pick up are actually pretty decent. Something happened with Super7's recent efforts on the Mega Man minifigures, though: The plastic is overly shiny, the figures feel bizarre (kind of oily/ sticky and not at all "solid"), and the sculpts are pathetically soft. Compare these to the Street Fighter II M.U.S.C.L.E. figures Super 7 released earlier this year and you'll wonder what happened. How did the same company release some of the greatest minis ever and some of the worst in such a short span of time? Who knows? Since I bought them and opened them, I feel compelled to at least review these as a cautionary tale for anyone who might be contemplating them!

Monday, May 29, 2017

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

 I'm just going to come out and say it: These are terrible. I love both the vintage M.U.S.C.L.E. and Super7's M.U.S.C.L.E. revival. I've reviewed nearly everything they've released thus far and nearly all of them have received high marks. While I'm certainly anywhere as big of a fan of Mega Man as I am of Masters of the Universe, Alien, or Street Fighter, I certainly have enjoyed a number of the games and I'm almost always willing to pick up some minifigures, particularly M.U.S.C.L.E. Folks, let me tell you that these are quite possibly the most disappointing minifgures I've ever owned. I hate to say that as I really was excited for these. They fail on almost every level, however; the plastic quality is crap, the detail is soft, the color isn't right, and the figures just feel sticky and oily. If you read my reviews regularly, you know that I don't usually write too many negative reviews. That's because I tend to only buy figures I'm pretty sure I'll like. I ordered this set as soon as I received the notice that it was available from Super7, so I kind of ordered sight unseen, knowing how good the stuff is Super7 usually produces. I'm not sure what happened here, though. Let's take a closer look at Pack A from M.U.S.C.L.E. Mega Man and see if you agree me...

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...

Friday, May 5, 2017

Action Figure Review: Batgirl (The Batgirl of Burnside) from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

 Mattel's most recent series of DC Comics Multiverse figures has some pretty current characters in it, including the most recent incarnation of Batgirl. Based on her redesign from he Batgirl of Burnside soft reboot during the New 52 era, this figure also stands in just fine for the current Rebirth era Batgirl. I've been reading a ton of Rebirth stuff lately (I read trades, so most of the volume 1 books are just hitting) and I'm loving it. While I certainly didn't have any ill will towards the New 52 (I read mostly Batman/ Gotham centric titles and those were all pretty good), Rebirth definitely seems to have a more consistent quality across the board. Batgirl stars in two titles in the New 52, Batgirl and Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, so this figure definitely represents a character who is currently available in comics in a costume pretty accurate to what they're currently wearing. I can dig that. Let's take a closer look at the Batgirl of Burnside after the break...

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Action Figure Review: The Joker (The Dark Knight Returns) from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel


   If you're sitting online and reading action figure reviews (which isn't at all something to be ashamed of!) then you really do not need me telling you who the Joker is or why The Dark Knight Rises is such an important part of the history of sequential art (that's a fancy way of saying comic books). Despite Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse line rarely offering up figures that compare to Hasbro's Marvel Legends line, when Mattel puts out comic based figures I think they tend to do really strong work. One of the coolest sub-lines for the Multiverse series has been the various The Dark Knight Returns figures sprinkled into the line. Today I'm looking at The Joker from The Dark Knight Returns, one of the figures from the new Multiverse series which features a King Shark build-a-figure. This is an incredible Joker figure and proof that Mattel can do some great work when they want to. Let's take a closer look after the break...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Action Figure Review: Angela from Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy by Hasbro

 Back when I was just a boy, Angela was not "Marvel's Angela" as the package of this action figure proclaims: She was McFarlane's Angela. Well, technically Todd McFarlane and Neil Gaiman's Angela, but Todd didn't see it that way. So Neil Gaiman sued Todd McFarlane in 2002 and Angela went from being McFarlane's Angela to McFarlane and Gaiman's Angela. I think. Along the way, McFarlane may have also sold Gaiman the rights to a character that McFarlane didn't actually own (Miracleman/ Marvelman). Anyways, Gaiman eventually earned full rights to Angela, making her Gaiman's Angela. Gaiman, probably due to working on clarifying rights to Miracleman, sold Angela to Marvel, making her Marvel's Angela now. She's also apparently Thor's sister. Back when I was just a boy, Angela was part of the second series of Spawn action figures and was know for having a particularly rare and unusual variant where the earliest runs of the figure were released without painted shorts, thus earning the nickname Party Angela. This was a rare and expensive variant, because of course it was. To be brief, I have no connection to Angela as a character; I've never read any Spawn or Marvel comics she has ever appeared in. My connection is due to the fact that she was a huge icon in toy aisles back in mid 1990s when McFarlane pretty much revolutionized the action figure industry overnight. Even though I was just a preteen who was buying toys but also reading Lee's Action Figure News & Toy Review (and later ToyFare), I knew something special was happening in the action figure aisles. To me, Angela is a representation of that magical era in toys and I picked her up due to nostalgia alone. That and she's a pretty incredible action figure. Read on and learn more after the break...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Action Figure Review: Ares from DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel

 The Wonder Woman inspired Multiverse line has been kind of a mixed bag (great sculpts, poor articulation), but one of the cool aspects of this figure is the inclusion of a build-a-figure that can be built by only picking up four figures. Ares, allegedly the primary villain of the Wonder Woman film, is the Collect & Connect figure for this series and he seems like a pretty beastly dude. I'm really excited to see Ares make his onscreen debut in the film. Heck, I'm really excited to see that a DC villain in one of the DC movie based lines. While Man of Steel did include Zod and his crew, the BvS Multiverse line was missing Doomsday while the Suicide Squad Multiverse line included neither Enchantress or Incubus, so it's pretty nice that Ares is already in the line. Let's take a closer look at this buildable baddie after the break...

Monday, May 1, 2017

Action Figure Review: Queen Hippolyta from DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel

   Today I'm looking at the fourth standard figure in the Wonder Woman inspired DC Comics Multiverse line from Mattel: Queen Hippolyta. Played by Connie Nielsen, Wonder Woman's mother Hippolyta is slated to appear in both Wonder Woman and Justice League. While the Wonder Wman Multiverse thus far have been just OK, Hippolyta bucks the trend by being pretty good. She's one of the best Multiverse figures we've seen released, particularly in the movie-based lines. How cool that we're getting a Wonder Woman specific line too, right? A few years back, when most manufactures only wanted to short pack the few female figures in a line, the thought that Wonder Woman would get her own line seemed highly improbably. Now we've received a line dominated by female figures. Pretty cool, right? Let's take a closer look at this battle ready queen after the break...

Friday, April 28, 2017

Action Figure Review: Diana of Themyscira from DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel

   Care to spend your Friday with Wonder Woman? Yep, I'm back with another review of a figure from Mattel's Wonder Woman inspired DC Comics Multiverse line and this time it's Diana of Themyscira, AKA a pre-Wonder Woman version of Princess of Diana. Diana is the third figure in the series of four (along with a Toys R Us exclusive standard Wonder Woman and an Amazon exclusive Menalippe that just went on pre-order this week) and the second Wonder Woman variant available in the 6 inch line. I'm digging her outfit and this new headsculpt, and it seems like a lot of other folks are, too. I think Mattel definitely made some improvements with this line, especially in regards to the headsculpts, but they still have a ways to go to make Multiverse feel like it's in the same league as other comparable retail lines such as Hasbro's Marvel Legends and Star Wars: The Black series or even Mattel's own WWE Elite Series. Fortunately for Mattel, I'm a pretty serious DC collector and I'm more willing to give these a shot than others might be. Let's take a closer look at the mighty Princess Diana of Themyscira and see how she stacks up to other figures in this line!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Action Figure Review: Steve Trevor from DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel

    Today I'm looking at Steve Trevor from Mattel's Wonder Women themed DC Comics Multiverse line. Not only is Steve a new figure from the upcoming Wonder Woman film but he's also the first Steve Trevor action figure since the 1976 Mego line and the first in the 6-7 inch scale. Played by Chris Pine in the upcoming film, Steve Trevor is a long time secondary player in the DC Universe and it's pretty cool that we're getting an action figure of him in the line. While DC Comics Multiverse has been fairly uneven with some highs, some lows, and lots of just average figures, the selection has been pretty diverse. Though the Wonder Woman line only includes four standard figures (there seems to be one or two retailer exclusives coming, too), it does offer a fairly decent sized Collect & Connect figure across the series. Steve comes with three build-a-figure pieces to help construct Ares which really offers a bit more bang for your buck. That's something, too, because Steve needs a bit of help. read on and find out why after the break...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Action Figure Review: Wonder Woman from DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel

Wonder Woman comes out on June 2nd and, hopefully, it will be a success both critically and financially. I've enjoyed the DC films but they definitely need another movie in their repertoire that doesn't prove to be insanely divisive. Wonder Woman could be that hit as it has a lot going for it. Gal Gadot absolutely owned BvS as Wonder Woman and giving her a whole film to do her thing sounds like a pretty good idea. I'm also always a fan of the fictional history World War II era story lines presented in films like Captain America, The Rocketeer, and the Indiana Jones franchise, so Wonder Woman seems like it could capture the same feeling with a fresh take due to it's 's World War I setting. Today I'm looking at the first figure from Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman subset which features four standard figures, along with some upcoming exclusives. Today I'm looking at the main Wonder Woman figure from the line which is a bit odd as she's not a standard looking Wonder Woman (that appears to be a Toys 'r Us exclusive). Let's take a closer look at this figure after the break...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Action Figure Review: Deathstroke (The Judas Contract) from DC Comics Icons by DC Collectibles

   This could very well be my last DC Icons review for quite a few months, as DC Collectibles seems intent on cancelling nearly every figure that I've had preordered for almost a year. I'm most upset about Etrigan, Deadshot, and the Jim Balent Catwoman, so let's hope this newest series of Icons sell better than previous ones to give DCC some more faith in the line. They've definitely improved over the past year or so and the series, while somewhat oddly scaled, has seen some really good releases. One of the things I really like about this series is that while the characters are typically based on their design in a particular storyline, they're all rendered in a standard style that gives them a cohesive appearance. DC Collectibles and DC Direct before them have never been big on offering action figures in cohesive styles and, while I like artist specific figures, there is absolutely something appealing about building a diverse collection in one unified style. While the design of this figure is clearly Deathstroke from the early 1980s Marv Wolfman and George Perez era of Teen Titans, the style doesn't set him apart from any other DC Icons figure. DC Collectibles must like Deathstroke as they've released multiple figures of Slade Wilson over the past few years.  I own a few of them and, let me say, this one might be the best. More Deathstroke coolness after the break...

Monday, April 24, 2017

Action Figure Review: The Punisher: Fully Loaded from One:12 Collective Marvel Universe by Mezco

 It's been a frustrating road filled with me having multiple preorders cancelled from various e-tailers and shelling out a bit more money than I originally planned but, finally, I have the Previews exclusive One:12 Collective version of The Punisher: Fully Loaded in my hands. And he's pretty darn impressive. While I really haven't been too tempted by any of the Captain America or Daredevil variants, the Punisher is just unreal in terms of how much stuff he comes with. If you count the interchangeable heads and hands, along with the magazines included with each weapon, I count 51 accessories plus the metal storage box and accessory bag. That's insane! If you pick this guy up at the retail price of $129.99, you're still getting your money's worth. I had to pay a bit more, unfortunately, and while I hemmed and hawed over the initial purchase, once the figure arrived I forgot how much I'd spent. This is a pretty amazing package! Let's take a look at this very deluxe version of Frank Castle after the break, shall we?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Action Figure Review: Swamp Thing (Dark Genesis) from DC Comics Icons by DC Collectibles

A week or so ago I read the excellent Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death by Amy Chu and Clay Mann which features an appearance by Swamp Thing near the end of the book. That evening I ended up at my local comic shop and stumbled upon this new Swamp Thing action figure from DC Collectibles' DC Comic Icons line. I decided to pick him up both as I don't own a Swamp Thing action figure and this one seemed pretty cool. I had lots of Swamp Thing action figures from Kenner's cartoon based line when I was a kid, but those ended up getting sold/ traded away during my younger and dumber years. I was glad to see this guy on the shelf, particularly due to the weird place that the DC Icons line is in right now. DC Collectibles has cancelled a number of single cared upcoming figures such as Deadshot and the amazing looking Etrigan with an intention of focusing on multi-packs and diorama like two-packs. Just this past week, however, they have announced single packed releases of Batman and Superman. Does that mean good things to come with this line or does DC Collectibles just know that Supes and Batman will sell? Who knows! We'll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, let's check out this new figure of Swamp Thing, shall we?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Action Figure Review: Imperial AT-ACT Driver from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

 Hasbro has a great showing for Star Wars: The Black Series last weekend at Celebration, something that was desperately needed as the line has had some fans concerned. While we have some great things to look forward we're currently seeing a mixture of cool stuff and some pretty simple repaints/ repackages. Today's review is one of those simpler repaints that is currently a Target exclusive: The AT-ACT Driver. I haven't picked up Rogue One on Blu-Ray yet, but from everything I've read and everything I can recall from seeing it in theaters, the AT-ACT Driver doesn't actually appear in the film. The AT-ACTs certainly do, but I just don't think the driver was actually shown. There's a small image of the helmet in the Visual Guide, so the character certainly does seem to be something legitimately from the film. He's a creative mixture of two different previously released figures but that seems pretty accurate to the source. He was pretty easy to find, unlike some of the other Black Series exclusives. Let's take a closer look at him after the break...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Action Figure Review: Bombshells Batwoman from DC Designer Series: Ant Lucia by DC Collectibles

 Today I'm checking out Bombshells Batwoman, the fourth and final figure in the first series of the Ant Lucia inspired action figure from the DC Designer Series. I'll readily say that Batwoman is tied with Hawkgirl as my favorite Bombshell design and statue. It might come off as a bit "punny" but I love the idea of Kate Kane running around as a literal "Batwoman," both as a 1940's era baseball player and a baseball themed vigilante. Kate plays a pretty big role in the Bombshells comic (which is really quite good) and is a just a stunning design, so she's really a figure to not miss. While I'm a bit aggravated that DC has released this figure before a true modern Batwoman action figure (Batwoman probably had the best costume of the New 52 and I'd tie her with the Snyder/ Capullo Batwoman as the most consistently wonderful book), that's totally on DC Collectible's often bizarre practice; this is a solid figure who just oozes moxie. Check her out after the break...

Monday, April 17, 2017

Action Figure Review: Bombshells Poison Ivy from DC Designer Series: Ant Lucia by DC Collectibles

 I'm on a roll looking at the DC Comics Bombshells action figures from the Ant Lucia inspired DC Designer Series! Last week was Wonder Woman, yesterday was Harley Quinn, and today is Poison Ivy! I'm a huge Ivy and I'm loving this take on her. In some ways she's the plainest of the Bombshells as she's just wearing some fancy 1940's styled lingerie. Of course, she's also still Poison Ivy, so the bright red hair, green skin, and intricate vine designs help to add some more excitement. Poison Ivy was the third character released in the DC Comics Bombshells statue line (October 2013). This action figure is incredibly faithful to her statue and art origins, so let's jump in and see how well she translated, shall we? More pin-up Poison Ivy goodness after the break...

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Action Figure Review: Bombshells Harley Quinn from DC Designer Series: Ant Lucia by DC Collectibles

   Ready for another review of a DC Comics Bombshells item? Then how about we move on to the second figure in the series: Harley Quinn! The DC Designer Series has been a pretty solid line but I definitely think the current Ant Lucia inspired subset is the best yet. Wonder Woman was incredible and folks, let me tell you, Harley might be even better. Harley Quinn was the fourth character to appear in the Bombshells statue series and she definitely represented a somewhat different style for the line; while Wonder Woman is very "true" to a classic 1940's pinup style, Harley has more elements that, to my eyes anyway, come across as more rockabilly. She's not sporting the tattoos that some of the characters have but she definitely has more of a modern feel. I'm cool with that, though, as the style and inspiration is still there. I really just dig the Bombshells aesthetic and it seems I'm not alone. Let's take a look at this insanely cool Harley Quinn figure after the break...

Friday, April 14, 2017

Action Figure Review : SDCC 2011 30th Anniversary Set from Indiana Jones by Hasbro

 Recently I acquired something I've wanted for a few years but haven't been able to get my hands on until now: The lost Indiana Jones wave from Hasbro's 2008 action figure line. Released as a SDCC exclusive in 2011 for the 30th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the set contains five action figures from Raiders of the Lost Ark that were originally intended to make up the 5th series of figures released by Hasbro (and another basic Indy tossed in for good measure). Unfortunately, the line ended before these ever made it to production (even the fourth series was fairly tough to come by) and thus it seemed like they would be lost to fans. For being as successful and as well loved of a property as it is (Raiders ties with Ghostbusters as my favorite film of all time) it's amazing how few Indiana Jones toys have been released over the years. Hasbro's series is the only toyline cover all four films and feature a wide variety of characters, so it was already streets ahead of the others. While it's far from a perfect toyline with its odd articulation scheme and some questionable likenesses, I absolutely love it. It's one of my favorites and I'm thrilled to finally have a "complete" collection. Let's take a closer look at this 6 pack after the break...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Action Figure Review: Bombshells Wonder Woman from DC Designer Series: Ant Lucia by DC Collectibles

 As some of you may (or may not know) I went a few weeks without a camera capable of doing solid macro photography. Well, that has changed and I'm now back and better than ever. Well, in my mind, anyways. Yesterday's review of the Mezco One:12 Collective Flash was the first to use my new Canon EOS M10 with a specialized macro lens but today's starts a set of reviews I'm extremely excited to look at and photograph: The DC Bombshells action figures! Technically this series is titled DC Designer Series: Ant Lucia and it's part of the long running series that has featured action figures rendered in the styles of a number of great DC artists. It's no understatement to say that Ant Lucia's DC Bombshells have been one of the most successful DC properties we've ever seen. Starting as only a line of beautiful statues (still ongoing, FYI), Bombshells has evolved into it's own entity with an ongoing comic, merchandise, clothing, costume patterns, Funko POP! vinyls, and now action figures. First up I'm looking at Wonder Woman. Not only is she #1 in this series but she was the subject of the first statue released under the Bombshells banner in September 2013 and she's the first lady of DC Comics. Let's take a closer look at the Bombshells Wonder Woman after the break...

Monday, April 10, 2017

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

 I really believe that the Super Powers versions of the Flash and Hawkman were the first two DC Comics action figure I ever owned. Sometime around 1987, when I was probably only around 4, my family attended a church that had a treasure box of goodies you could get for various accomplishments. The goodie box included various action figures (I also ended up with a boxed mail-away version of Emperor Palpatine), so you know I was hooked. Come to think of it, we lived right outside of Cincinnati, Ohio during that time, so it's possibly someone at the church worked for Kenner (headquartered in Cincinnati) and had access to promotional items and such. Anyways, I've always had an affinity for the Flash's costume and used it as an inspiration for the design of the protagonist of my 3rd grade Young Authors entry, Flamefighter! Couple my love for the Flash's costume, my love of the DC Universe, and my affinity for Mezco's One:12 Collective line and getting the Flash was inevitable. He showed up at my house on the same day as Professor Zoom with Zoom arriving a bit earlier through a different shipping company, so in that instance the bad guy won. Who will win the contest of being the better figure? Let's find out after the break...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

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

 I held a little race last month: I ordered the Mezco One:12 Collective Flash and Zoom (AKA Reverse Flash) from two different sellers and waited to see who would arrive first. Guess what? Zoom managed to arrive just a few hours before Flash due to him arriving via one shipping company and Flash another. Still, arriving the same day was pretty close right? Well, guess what else is close? The Flash and Zoom. Zoom is the first Previews Exclusive figure we've received that is actually a completely different character from the standard release, as Zoom is really the variant of Flash. I wasn't planning on picking Zoom up, but then I started thinking about how cool these two would look together on the shelf. Usually I'd review Flash first since he's the default figure, but you know what? I'm going to honor the results of the race and give Professor Thawne the first go. Let's take a closer look at Zoom after the break...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Action Figure Review: Yondu from Marvel Legends: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 by Hasbro



   I'm really looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 and, fortunately, Hasbro's Marvel Legends offerings for GOTG2 appear to be quite a bit more robust than their offerings for the first film. While we received the main Guardians of the Galaxy heroes in that line, that was it; no Nebula, no Yondu, and no Ronan the Accuser. Hasbro has been really weird about not making villains from many of the Marvel films, haven't they? Fortunately, this new series already has some other characters like Mantis, Ego, and Nebula revealed and Yondu was released as part of the first series. Michael Rooker always stands out in everything he is in and his role as Yondu, the father figure who see his decision to not eat a young Peter Quill as something to brag about, was a highlight in a film that was chock full of highlights. Hasbro has released a 1/18th scale Yondu in their smaller Marvel "Universe/Legends/ whatever they're calling it these days" line, but I'm looking at the 6 inch Yondu. Let's check him out after the break...


Friday, March 24, 2017

POP! Review: Darth Maul #165 from POP! Star Wars by Funko

 It's time to check out the 3rd vinyl figure from the Rebels inspired Smuggler's Bounty Crate from Funko: Darth Maul from Rebels. Sorry for the spoiler, but Darth Maul is still alive and kicking on Rebels. Well, the last time I saw him anyways. Who knows what has changed recently, huh? Anyways, I'm always a sucker for Darth Maul stuff and I was pretty thrilled to know that he was going to be included in the crate. Let's check him out, shall we? More Darth Maulness after the break...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Toy Review: Chopper (Black) from Hikari Minis: Star Wars by Funko

    The March 2017 Smuggler's Bounty crate from Funko turned out to be one of the best they've ever offered. Not only did it include two Rebels themed POP! vinyls (Captain Rex and Darth Maul) but it also includes a Hikari Mini. This time it's Chopper and he is the second Hikari Mini I've owned (I reviewed my first Hikari Mini back in November of 2016) and while I'm not actively collecting them, I kind of like getting them in these crates. They kind of remind me of oversized, Star Wars shaped gummy bears. I think they're intended to pay homage to the Japanese Sofubi styled figures, meaning they're made from a softer vinyl than your average POP! vinyl figure. They also come in multiple colors packed at random. I've heard there is also red, orange, clear, and... yellowish? I received black, which looks really cool. Orange may have been the coolest, since Chopper is overwhelmingly orange, but I'll settle for this one, too. Let's take a short look at this guy after the break...

Monday, March 20, 2017

POP! Review: Captain Rex #164 from POP! Star Wars by Funko

I just received my March 2017 Smuggler's Bounty crate on Saturday so I'm jumping right in to look at some of the cool stuff it included. Being a big fan of Star Wars: Rebels, I was pretty excited for this box. After opening it, I really think this might be the best crate Smuggler's Bounty has produced yet. It includes a Rebels t-shirt, a Sabine Wren pin, a Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios patch, a Darth Maul POP!, a Chopper Hikari vinyl, and the Captain Rex POP! that I'm looking at today. That's a lot of really good stuff for $25 bucks! Funko had advertised the Darth Maul POP! but Captain Rex was quite a surprise, and a good one at that. Rebels is absolutely one of my favorite Star Wars things ever and the reappearance of Captain Rex and his comrades is just one of the many reasons why. Today, though, we're just talking about the toy, so let's take a look at Captain Rex after the break...

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Action Figure Review: Villager from World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific

 Today I'm checking out another World of Nintendo figure from series 2-3 which, with series 2-4, sneaked out at the end of the year and has just started to saturate the market. Well, as much as World of Nintendo figures can saturate the market, anyways. The Villager is from Animal Crossing and, like yesterday's Inkling Boy, it's another Nintendo game I've never played. I'm only passingly familiar with it and it's never quite seemed like a game I'd spend much time with. Being a huge fan of this series of figures, though, I was happy to give the Villager a home due to his Mii-styled vibe and his cool Nintendo t-shirt. He's a completely unique sculpt, so that's worth a look at least, right? Let's check out the villager a bit more closely after the break...

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Action Figure Review: Inkling Boy from World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific

 My guess is that most collectors of Jakks' World of Nintendo line grew up with Nintendo's characters on their classic consoles. Nintendo definitely tends to rely on their classic characters like Mario, Link, Samus Aran, and Donkey Kong, so it's interesting to see what they come up with when releasing a new IP. I'm not very familiar with Splatoon, but it seems like an interesting game. The Inkling Boy I'm reviewing today is one of the protagonists of the Splatoon series and is some sort of a human/ squid hybrid. He's part of the recent series 2-4 and is the only completely new sculpt in the series. Let's take a closer look at the Inkling Boy after the break...

Friday, March 10, 2017

Action Figure Review: Star-Lord from Marvel Legends: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 by Hasbro

  Star-Lord has become one of my favorite superheroes/ sci-fi characters and I'm always a sucker for a cool Star-Lord toy. Fortunately, Hasbro has went all out and produced one of the best mass market action figures we've ever seen for Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I really do not think I'm exaggerating when I say that looking at Hasbro's work here, there's no reason they shouldn't be able to complete dominate the 6 inch market, as both headsculpts included with Star-Lord are as good (if not better) than what I've seen from more expensive companies. Let's take a closer look and see if you agree that Hasbro has just raised the bar for both themselves and others with this release...