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Friday, April 28, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
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
Monday, April 17, 2017
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
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
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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
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
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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
Sunday, March 12, 2017
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
Friday, March 10, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
If you want to talk about a success story for introducing new comic characters to audiences, look no further than 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy. Featuring a group of characters that at the time were Marvel C-listers (at best), the combination of an incredible cast, a seriously fun film, and one of the greatest soundtracks ever elevated the eponymous Guardians of the Galaxy into the spotlight. Remember when everyone was saying Guardians of the Galaxy was going to flop? As Rocket might say: Hahahahaha. Anyways, today I'm looking at the current Marvel Legends Toys 'R Us exclusive which features three versions of the insanely popular flora colossus Groot. If you meet someone who doesn't know who Groot is, you've probably met someone who has been living in a bomb shelter since at least the 1980s. The guy became a pop culture phenomenon overnight and Hasbro is absolutely capitalizing on his popularity in their merchandising for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. While Groot was a build-a-figure in the Marvel Legends tie-in series from the first film, now Hasbro is releasing him on his own. I found this guy the other night and I'm pretty thrilled, as I anticipated him being pretty hard to get my hands on. Let's take a closer look at the Groot Evolution set after the break...
Monday, March 6, 2017
Mezco's One:12 Collective line, I was absolutely willing to make an exception for Hasbro's new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 figures. I love the Guardians and these new Marvel Legends are largely better than the ones from the first film. Except for Drax. Drax is still incredible but, so far as I can tell, he is the only figure that reuses parts heavily from the original release. Of course, that was a darn fine figure and it still holds up well. Considering the paintwork is redone and Drax has a new headsculpt and a new accessory, I decided he was worth a buy. He's part of the first series of 6 figures which also includes Yondu, Vance Astro, Angela, Darkhawk, Nova, and Star-Lord which include the build a figure parts for Titus, a character I know nothing about. Actually, this set includes quite a few characters I know little to nothing about (Vance Astro, Titus, and Darkhawk). Drax, though, I'm absolutely familiar with. Let's take a closer look at this super cool guy after the break...
Sunday, March 5, 2017
standard Crayboth that has been released over and over again, I'm going to be pretty brief. More Crayboth madness after the break...
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Flesh Crayboth, one of the three Crayboths I picked up at the Charlotte Minicon in January. Today I'm showing off the second Crayboth I picked up: Crayboth Marezioc. Crayboth Marezioc showed up in June of 2016 as part of Wave 56: Chariot's Keep. I had no idea Onell Design had released so much stuff! Since this guy is exactly the same as the Flesh Crayboth I reviewed earlier this week, I'm really just looking commenting on the new color scheme. A few more pics and some words after the break...
Thursday, March 2, 2017
first being the Mutant Leader). Sneaking out at the tail end of February, the Joker was the last release in what turned our to be a very busy month for One:12 Collective. I'm not sure the line has ever been hotter and more and more collectors are starting to pay attention to this line. It's a crucial time for the line right now and while figures like the Punisher and Daredevil demonstrate how perfect this line can be, the Joker is an example of a few of the pitfalls this line needs to avoid in the future. Let me temper that comment by saying that the Joker is a gorgeous figure with two of the most amazing (if not the two most amazing) Joker headsculpts I've ever seen; it's just that it also has some odd decisions, particularly in regards to the alternate hands and the accessories, that kind of make you think twice about this one. Let's take a closer look at Mezco's take on the clown prince of crime after the break...
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Chirrut Imwe and now I'm finally getting to review his fellow Guardian of the Whills, Baze Malbus! At this point, Baze Malbus is the final member of the Rogue One crew to be announced by Hasbro. What sucks is that probably means we're not going to see Bodhi Rook at all. How in the world did Hasbro miss out on that character? Anyways, now that I have Baze in hand I have to say that I'm very conflicted by him. There are some really good things about this figure, but also some very negative aspects, too. I'm disappointed by those as Chirrut was incredible and he, along with Baze, were probably the two most memorable characters in the film, so I really wanted some incredible figures of the pair. There is a book about these guys coming out by Greg Rucka (titled Guardians of the Whills) , so hopefully we'll continue to see tales of their earlier exploits. For now, let's look at how Hasbro translated actor Jiang Wen's awesome character into plastic. More after the break....
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
horrible Power Rangers stuff sitting on shelves right now. Bandai's S.H. Figuarts range of product puts out some incredible product for collectors, though, so you can't paint all of their stuff with the same brush. Harley came out over the last month or so and I've had mine sitting around just waiting for her big Academy Awards win. Let's take a closer look after the break!
Sunday, February 26, 2017
couple of Glyos compatible items before but this is the first true product from Onell that I've purchased. The first minifigure I grabbed is, I believe, Flesh Crayboth from Wave 50: Union of Exiles. I always prefer to grab the classic "flesh" colored minifigures first since I've been conditioned to their coolness thanks to M.U.S.C.L.E. Let's take a closer look at Crayboth after the break...
Saturday, February 25, 2017
For the past 3 years I've created a list of my top 10 (and bottom 5) Masters of the Universe Classics figures of the previous year. This year, though, MOTUC didn't make the list of my top ten lines, nor did I buy much of what was released. Still, I've decided to continue this tradition of picking my 10 favorite releases (and sometimes my bottom 5) from other lines on my Top 10 Toylines of 2016 list. Here's the criteria for a line to warrant a list of it's own: It had to make my Top 10 Toylines list, there had to be at least 10 releases, and I had to purchase at least 75% of the releases from that year). Last week I looked at my favorite (and least favorite) releases from Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse. Today I'm looking at Hasbro's Star Wars: The Black Series! Join me for my ten favorite figures after the break...
Friday, February 24, 2017
Green Arrow's late January release we received the Punisher and Daredevil, and now the Joker is on the way! Today I'm going to check out Daredevil, another superhero who has had a very good past few years thanks to an excellent television show. While I haven't watched much of DC's television universe, thanks to Marvel going with Netflix to distribute their series I've had the chance to watch both seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones (I need to get around to watching Luke Cage; I'm a slow TV watcher). While Mezco is planning on releasing a Charlie Cox styled Daredevil sometime later this year or early next year, this version of the Devil of Hell's Kitchen is based on Mezco's own unique blend of various looks. Like with Green Arrow, you could probably look at this figure and see elements of multiple different costumes throughout the years from both comics and live-action sources. Mezco also has released one variant (an exclusive Shadowland Daredevil) with a Previews exclusive First Appearance Daredevil on the way, but I opted for the classic red costume. Let's check out Mezco's One:12 Collective version of the Man Without Fear after the break...
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Previews Exclusive version of the Punisher but after seeing a few reviews of this guy from other sources I knew I had to have him, too. He's the standard version and he just started shipping in early February. Let's check out this really cool figure after the break...
Monday, February 20, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Peppy) compared to 6 repaints. And then, there's Mario here. Mario was originally released back in late 2014 and while variations of the main man of gaming have been prevalent in the line, if you wanted a straight up Mario you might have to look around a bit. It seems that Jakks definitely wanted to get Mario back on shelves and they took an interesting route: This Mario not only features a new accessory but also a new headsculpt and new hands. He's more of a retool or a true "version 2" than a repaint. I considered skipping him, but the newly sculpted parts, the cool new accessory, finding him for retail price won me over. What can I say? I'm a sucker for this line! Let's check out the series 2-4 version of Mario after the break...
Saturday, February 18, 2017
For the past 3 years I've created a list of my top 10 (and bottom 5) Masters of the Universe Classics figures of the previous year. This year, though, MOTUC didn't make my top ten lines, nor did I buy much of what was released. I've decided to continue this tradition with other lines on my Top 10 Toylines of 2016 list, though. Here's the criteria for a line to warrant a list: It had to make my Top 10 Toylines list, there had to be at least 10 releases, and I had to purchase at least 75% of the releases from that year). First up is DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel.
As a collector of pretty much anything Batman related in the 6-7 inch scale, I was really happy to see Mattel return to toy aisles with the DC Comics Multiverse line. I enjoy picking these up although, I must admit, the line was a real mixed bag this year. There really was a mix of very good figures and some extremely weak ones with a lot of average ones in between. I know these are a mass market line, so I'm not expecting DC Collectibles or One:12 Collective quality, but I did hope for a little more. Oddly, the line features dozens of original sculpts, but the sculpts were often underwhelming with some useless articulation. Still, there were some gems. Here's my list of the top 10 DC Comics Multiverse figures from 2016 along with some commentary from my original review, after the break...
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Best of the Rest list. Let's jump in and take a look at what was one of the coolest release of last year! Join me after the break...
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Blue Yoshi in the 2.5 inch line, this was an odd mistake to make. Still, this guy's a good figure and clearly Light Blue Yoshi (he has the purple shoes), so let's take a closer look at him after the break...
Monday, February 13, 2017
actually does dress up in an elaborate costume, thus giving Mattel something to shoot for when designing a mutant version of the character. Finn Balor takes on the persona of the Demon King, coming to the ring in a slow, walking crawl with some incredible music setting the proper mood. What Mattel has done here has taken Finn's bodypaint and style and imagined them as an actual creature. It's actually a really cool concept; this is probably how Finn is "supposed to appear" to his opponents. Let's take a look at this very unique wrestling figure after the break...
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Dean Ambrose, The Miz, Baron Corbin, and (my favorite) Bray Wyatt. While I'm hoping Bray takes it, setting him up to face off against current Royal Rumble winner and his current family member Randy Orton, there are quite a few big draws in this match. That's neither here nor there right now, though: What you're really here to see is a metallic mutant John Cena. Like last year's WWE Zombies, Mattel's WWE Mutants does something different with the WWE Superstars by forgoing their usual athletic appearances and turning them into something extreme. Mutant Brock Lesnar has fours arms (a Brocktopus?), Sting is a literal scorpion, Finn Balor is a literal demon king, and John Cena here is made of metal. A robotic mutant John Cena. There is no way I could pass this toy by as it is so ridiculous I just had to own it. Just look at that card art above: That card art sold me on this guy. It's just so...crazy. If Saban were making a WWE show, that's what Cena would look like. Let's take a look at the interFace that runs the place after the break...
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Last year I started a new "end of the year list" called Missing in Action. While my other lists recognize my favorite toys and toylines from the previous year, Missing in Action does something a little different: It looks at the toylines that made my top 10 list the previous year that failed to show up again for the current year. There are toylines that make my top 10 list one year that fail to show up again the next year for various reasons. Sometimes a line has a sudden decrease in quality. Other times a line ends or has a significant drop in releases. Of course, there are also always lines I lose interest in and lines that just got beat out by something better. So, why do this? For me it's simply interesting to look back and figure out how my collecting habits change from year to year. Let's check out 7 toylines that went Missing in Action this past year!
Friday, February 10, 2017
Resident Evil POP! vinyls, so I kind of anticipated I may never see this set. I'm glad I was wrong! For the uninformed, what's really neat about this set is that these POPs are actually based on action figures from the vintage Kenner Star Wars toyline rather than on the film characters themselves. Rather than use the now canonical names for Mamow Nadon and Ponda Baba, Funko also went with the Kenner designations of Hammerhead (a name that is in fact very offensive to Ithorians) and Walrus Man. I'm sure that most Star Wars collectors own these vintage figures (they were part of the 1979 series, although mine came from an antique shop many years later as I wasn't born until '83) and will probably get a real kick out of this set. Let's take a look at three of Kenner's Cantina Four after the break...
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
GameStop exclusive Hunter and now the Hot Topic exclusive Tyrant. The Tyrant was the final B.O.W. faces in the original Resident Evil and he's a pretty intimidating guy, perfect for a 6 inch POP!. He's also available as a Target exclusive that glows in the dark. The Tyrant never glowed in the dark, though, did he? That's why I opted for the Hot Topic version. Let's take a look at this big, mean monster after the break...
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Monday, February 6, 2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Saturday, February 4, 2017
When it comes to creating my top 10 lists for the year I always do one featuring my 10 favorite lines as a whole and one that features individual figures. Sometimes a toyline is so small, possibly consisting of only a single release, and it just doesn't make sense to place it in the list of my 10 favorite toylines. Other times there's a figure which ends up being a real gem in an otherwise ho-hum line. Of course, there are also times when I only wanted one figure from a larger line and I was impressed by what I picked up. That's where this list comes in.
Like in my previous top 10 individual figures lists, remember that individual taste really determines what ends up winning in my awards. While I do try to include figures that are objectively really well done (detailed sculpted, neat paintwork, functional articulation, no issues with breakage), character selection and style play a huge part, too. To put it simply, I like what I like. One thing I do really make an effort to do is to look at a wide range of product. On this list you'll figures from low-end lines and high-end lines. You'll see standard mass market lines and lines you might have never heard of before. For this list, these winners are simply in alphabetical order.
Second, action figures from lines in my Top 10 Favorite Toylines of 2016 list are ineligible. There are some lines that could just come in and dominate half the slots on this list. That wouldn't be any fun, would it?
Ready for the fun to start? Then let's get going after the break:
Friday, February 3, 2017
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Top 10 list of my favorite toylines of 2016) and while I love me some Alien and Masters of the Universe, I think Street Fighter II is the best fit for the M.U.S.C.L.E. aesthetic yet. It's just perfect, really. While I've never been a huge fan of fighting games, Street Fighter II totally won me over years ago on the Super Nintendo. I have fond memories of not just the game but also of the Street Fighter subset of G.I. Joe figures and of the 1994 masterpiece starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia. You heard me right; that film is a flippin' treasure. I still watch it pretty regularly. Street Fighter II really felt like one of the first games that transcended it's origins and expanded itself beyond just what was on the screen. Comics, toys, an anime, and even Spin Fighters tops helped fans to immerse themselves in the world of the World Warrior. Now, years later, we have Street Fighter II M.U.S.C.L.E. figures! Let's check the first set out after the break...