Saturday, December 16, 2017

A New Batgirl Review: Bombshells Batgirl from DC Designer Series: Ant Lucia by DC Collectibles

   Every time I review a DC Collectibles product now I feel like I'm picking on them because I just have to mention how seemingly irrational their approach to action figure releases and cancellations has been this past year or so. Prior to the release of series 2 of the Bombshells figures (which are part of the larger DC Designer Series line) DC Collectibles went ahead and cancelled series 3. Before series 2 ever shipped. Way to build retailer and customer confidence, DC Collectibles. Now they've come back and said they've only cancelled two of the four figures, but still; what exactly is going on? It really feels like DC Collectibles wants to get out of the action figure business. Is this the case or did Mattel renegotiate a contract or something and that's putting pressure on DC Collectibles, forcing them to cancel certain releases. Who knows? All I know is that going into 2017 I had dozens of DC Collectibles releases preordered and about half of those were cancelled. Going into 2017 I have 6. That's pretty low. Anyways, today I'm here to talk about the Bombshells Batgirl. Bombshells Batgirl is definitely one of my least favorite Bombshells statues but I think this figure works better than the statue did. Let's check her out after the break...

Friday, December 15, 2017

Action Figure Review: Crow #488 from Mystery Science Theater 3000 from POP! Television by Funko

   Two of my favorite shows returned to TV this year: Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Twin Peaks. Twin Peaks was weird, oddly paced, and apparently loved by most David Lynch fans according to everything I've read. It left me almost completely cold, though. Mystery Science Theater 3000 however, was incredible and I've rewatched it multiple times. For a show that has never had a bad season MST3K: The Return kept things going along with a great new cast, excellent writing, some fantastic cameos, and some upgrades for our favorite robots. These POP! vinyls are actually based on the Netflix series and thus Crow shows off his upgraded design. Last month I looked at Funko's Tom Servo POP! vinyl and now I'm finally getting the chance to check out Crow. Apparently Tom and Crow didn't ship on the same day.  Now that they're both out, why not order them for the MST3K fan in your life who needs something special for Christmas? It's a much easier Christmas gift to give than letting them decide who lives and dies! Let's take a look at Crow T. Robot after the break...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Contest: Identify as Many Toys in my California Job Case as you Can and Win a Prize Package!

 This contest is simple! All you have to do is identify as many of the 91 toys as possible in the display case. Here's the catch: It's also a race!

Step 1: Try to identify as many toys in the California Job Case as you can (there are one or two I'm not even sure about, so I feel like that adds to the challenge, right?) Try to be as specific as possible but don't feel like you have to ID them all. Do your best!

Step 2: Email your list to barbecue17 at actionfigurebarbecue.com with the headline California Job Case Contest! Please include your user name you post by in the email so I know who you are.

Detailed pictures and the rules are after the page break...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Minifigure Review: Tactical Suit Batman (DC32) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

  Like in all things, Batman has definitely come out on top in the DC Nano Metalfigs line. With nine different versions of the Caped Crusader (including one that's actually Thomas Wayne!) Batman minifigures make up about one fourth of the line! Still, who am I to complain about more Batman? Well, I do hope that Jada Toys continues to diversify the line and release more characters and less variants but I'll take what I can get. Today I'm looking at the Tactical Suit Batman based on the suit Batman wears at the end of Justice League. Hey, that's another thing: What the heck is wrong with you people? Go see Justice League! It's incredible fun and is a dream come true for this DC fan! I know it has some weak parts but it's well worth watching. Anyways, let's check out this figure after the break...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Road to the Last Jedi: Darth Vader from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III Titanium Series by Hasbro

   While the 1/18th scale Titanium Series Black Series figures have been out for months due to being one of the product ranges specifically released for the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars, I just received Darth Vader this past week. He was a Christmas gift from a friend so, for that reason alone, I am ver appreciative of him. While I haven't really seen these pegwarming too much I think it is safe to say that they weren't received as well as Hasbro might have hoped. They're one of those products that I'm hard pressed to determine who the Target audience and where they'd fit into a collection. Obviously, they're smaller so they're not marketed towards collectors of the 6 inch Black Series. They're also a hair too large so it's tough to say that 1/18th scale collectors would be interested in these either. Vader is more like a statue, but he has some articulation and doesn't particularly stand up terribly well on his base. It's an odd product range that doesn't seem to complement any existing product range nor does it seem to really cater to a new audience. Let's check out die-cast Darth in a bit more detail after the break...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

My California Job Case Complete with Toys!


   Earlier this year I was reading Action Figures Adventures when I found a great project that Buzz Chuck had worked on: Turning a California Job Case into a display box for minifigures and other smaller toys! A California job case is a fascinating type of tray featuring 89 distinct compartments that was used to store movable type for letterpress printing. As soon as I watched Buzz Chuck's video I immediately had to locate one. I told my parents about this since they tend to travel to lots of flea markets and antique stores and they found one within a month or so. It's taken me a few months but last night I finally mounted this cool tray in our living room while my wife and daughter helped me fill in the compartments. Pretty cool, right? I have a contest based on my display case soon so stay tuned!

Minifigure Review: Superman (DC15) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

   Today I'm looking at the second Superman released in the DC Nano Metalfigs line. The first (DC3) was released both individually and in 5-pack B, the 10 pack, and the 20 pack while this one is available single packed and in the 20 pack as well. I picked up the single packed version a week or two ago and I'm checking him out today. He looks much more like the Rebirth Superman rather than the New 52 Supes represented by the DC3 figure. Let's check out this die-cast metal version of the Man of Steel after the break...

Minifigure Review: Harley Quinn (DC5) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

   Another day another Nano Metalfig from Jada Toys. Today I'm checking out the Suicide Squad version of Harley Quin, perfect to pose with the Suicide Squad Joker figure released earlier this year. I've reviewed lots of versions of this Harley Quinn but this is probably the smallest version of her I've reviewed so far. She's a fun little trinket and another cool addition to a Harley Quinn collection. Let's check out this little die-cast diva after the break...

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Road to the Last Jedi: Rey (Jedi Training)- Crait from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

 Just a few weeks ago I received in the mail the latest Toys R Us Star Wars exclusive action figure from the Black Series: Rey in her Jedi Training outfit on the planet Crait. While Rey is quite similar to the previously released figure that appeared in both the SDCC 2017 exclusive two-pack and as a single packaged release, there are actually quite a few differences here that should make this figure appealing to you if you're a die-hard Black Series fan including a pretty awesome display base and some die-cast weapons. The figure is actually different as well, featuring improved paint and actual soft goods. Hasbro has released some of these "deluxe" variations of the popular characters for both Episode VII and Rogue One so they're just continuing the tradition here. Let's check out this new version of Rey after the break...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Minifigure Review: The Joker (DC18) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

 I'm going to be blowing through these DC Nano Metalfigs because I definitely want to show them all off (they're just really cool and appeal to me for some reason) but there really isn't a whole lot to say about them. I mean, they're little die-cast metal painted DC minifigures; what you see is what you get. Today I'm looking at the Joker. I've already reviewed the Suicide Squad based Joker previously but this new one is a more standard comic based Joker. There's definitely some Batman: The Animated Series influence in here, too. Let's take a look at this diminutive version of the clown prince of crime after the break...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Minifigure Review: The Flash (DC34) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

    I enjoyed Justice League immensely and Ezra Miller's portrayal of the Flash was one of the highlights. I found him to be quite funny and I loved the manic, nervous energy he gave the character. While the Flash is absolutely a metahuman, he also served as the approachable audience surrogate who projected on screen our excitement at seeing the Justice League united. The comic based Flash Nano Metalfig was one of the best releases in the first wave of figures and this Justice League inspired version is almost as good. Let's check this one out after the break...

Minifigure Review: Commissioner Gordon (DC20) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

   Time for another DC Nano Metalfigs review! Today it's the always vigilant Commissioner Gordon! Commissioner Gordon is a pretty cool inclusion in this line as he's definitely not one of those characters that typically sees a release in most DC lines. I'm very curious to see how deep Jada Toys will go with the DC Nano Metalfigs line and characters like Jim Gordon, Metamorpho, and Killer Croc give me hope that they'll continue to go deeper! This version of Commissioner Gordon clearly seems to be inspired by the Batman: The Animated Series version of the character as he's a bit older and is wearing that character's trademark outfit. Let's check this guy out a bit more closely after the break...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Minifigure Review: Classic TV Series Batman (DC13) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

  Just last week I was at my local Wal-Mart and I found a bunch of new DC Nano Metalfigs from Jada Toys! I love this little line; while they're not the best sculpts for being 97 cent die-cast metal figures of DC heroes I'm all in. I grabbed every new figure they had and I'll be looking at them over the next week or two. Today is the Classic TV Series Batman based on Adam West's portrayal of the Caped Crusader. A few pictures and some words about a tiny metal Batman are yours to read after the break, chum!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Action Figure Review: Supergirl (Rebirth) from DC Comics Icons by DC Collectibles

  Often we exchange gifts with my wife's family around Thanksgiving due to our various schedules making it difficult to see each other closer to Christmas. We had an early Christmas this year and one of my gifts was the DC Comics Icons Supergirl. At the end of 2015 with the release of the first series of Icons figures it really seemed like DC Collectibles was going to create an incredible line of figures. Heck, earlier this year it seemed like things were going well too as figures like Deathstroke and Swamp Thing were incredible and upcoming releases like Deadshot, Catwoman, Etrigan, and the Blue Beetle/ Booster Gold two-pack looked amazing as well. Unfortunately, DC Collectibles started cancelling figures left and right and all of those upcoming releases were cancelled. The recent Superman versus Doomsday set was slated to be the final release in the line, so reviewing another excellent figure from this line is kind of bittersweet. This Supergirl figure is based on the DC Rebirth series which is quite good so far (I've only read the first trade; the second is sitting on my nightstand just waiting to be read once I finish the most recent volume of Justice League of America). Let's take a look at this very impressive version Kara Zor-El after the break...

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Road to the Last Jedi: Poe Dameron with X-Wing #227 from POP! Star Wars by Funko

    Today I'm checking out the the second toy item from the latest Smuggler's Bounty crate and it's a deluxe POP! vinyl: It's Poe Dameron with X-Wing #227! This is a huge win in my opinion because I really like Poe Dameron (if you're not reading the Marvel Comics series Poe Dameron you really need to!), I like X-Wing fighters, and I like POP! vinyls. Funko has been offering a nice mixture of POP! vinyls in these boxes and while I kind of wish we had received something a bit more specific to Episode VIII, this is still a cool figure/ vehicle combination. Let's check Poe out after the break!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Road to the Last Jedi: Luke Skywalker (Jedi Exile) from Mystery Minis: Star Wars by Funko

    It's time to look at one of the toys included with the latest Smuggler's Bounty box and this month (well, technically last month) we received a Mystery Mini of Luke Skywalker. The box for Luke shows a figure with Luke dressed as we saw him at the end of The Force Awakens and in this outfit, so I'm guessing it's one of those releases that has a variant. I'm not sure if one is rarer than the other, though. This outfit is pretty cool, though. I'm calling it the "Jedi Exile" outfit since that's what the Hasbro release calls this figure. This crate's theme was "The Last Jedi" so we've received a plethora of goodies from the new film including a Rey keychain, a First Order bandanna, some Elite Praetorian Guard socks, and a Poe Dameron POP! that I'll be reviewing here soon, too! Oddly enough there is no pin or patch, making this the first Smuggler's Bounty crate to come without those pieces. Let's check out this new version of the now mysterious Luke Skywalker after the break...