Saturday, March 16, 2019

Action Figure Review: Mario with Super Star from Super Mario by Jakks Pacific

   I don't remember if I mentioned it in my previous reviews from the new Jakks Pacific Super Mario figures but I actually preordered a whole set of series 1 figures. While these are technically a new line, the figures pretty much feel like a continuation of the long running World of Nintendo series. I'm not sure of the reason for the change in name (I'm assuming that overall Jakks just wasn't interested in releasing anything but Super Mario based figures) but I'm not overly concerned. While World of Nintendo relies heavily on repaints and reuse, series 1 of Super Mario features some straight up repacks. Basically, for ordering a complete set of series 1 figures I've ended up with some figures I didn't really need. Let's take Mario here: He's basically the same as the original 1-1 Mario and the 2-4 Mario. I was really hoping for a new Mario to kick off the new series, but that's not what we got. Let's take a quick look after the break...

Friday, March 15, 2019

Action Figure Review: Werewolf Biker from The Worst by Super7

    I feel like you couldn't even begin to enjoy this review unless you imagine Werewolf Biker being in a sleazy grindhouse styled trailer with the old fashioned movie trailer narration. Because that's exactly the vibe I get from this figure: Werewolf Biker is a vicious, brutal, bad guy that audiences root for despite him being Hairy Hell on Wheels. I like to believe that in some alternate reality there is an Earth where Werewolf Biker was a long running series of over the top 70s and 80s films that have now became legendary as cult classics. In the (early) 1990s there was even a revival TV show on USA and an attempt at a kids cartoon called Werewolf Riders. You just gotta look at this figure from Super7's The Worst line and the infinite possibilities start to flow through your mind...

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Action Figure Review: The Joker from DC Primal Age by Funko

    It's taken me a couple of months but I'm finally getting around to finishing my reviews for Series 1 of Funko's DC Primal Age. I'm going to be reviewing the Target exclusive black and grey Batman soon as well but, with the Joker here, all of the standard series 1 figures, vehicles, and playsets have been covered. While I purchased most of the series 1 figures at the same time the Joker took me a little longer to track down. The Target closest to me didn't have any Joker figures even though their shelves were quite full so I had to check other Target stores until I tracked him down. While I know not everyone digs the faux retro lines and the Masters of the Universe styled aesthetic of this line, I sure do. I'm really impressed with Funko's work here and I really hope they at least continue this line past the second series. To be honest, I think I would have liked to have seen what might have been if Funko had been awarded the main DC license for action figures. I'm curious what McFarlane is going to do but I think Funko could have produced great stuff. Hopefully fun stuff like this is still possible for them after this year! Anyways, let's check out this very cool swords and sorcery rendition of the Joker, shall we? More after the break...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Action Figure: Cortex Commander from The Worst by Super7

    While we don't know much about the leadership structure of The Worst, I believe we can say with confidence that Cortex Commander is the .... brain of the operation. OK, bad joke! I really like The Worst. Super7 really does a good job with most of their ReAction figures and the idea of a line consisting solely of absurd villains is just too fun. Today I'm checking out Cortex Commander from Series 2, a villainous military officer billed as the Ruthless Mastermind of Chaos! These figures are really fun amalgams of all sorts of villainous tropes and Cortex Commander is one of my favorites. He reminds me of a character from a Mike Mignola comic, particularly one of the villainous Nazis from Hellboy, or perhaps a villains from The Tick. Let's check out this cool new addition to The Worst after the break...

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Action Figure Review: Wonder Woman from DC Primal Age by Funko

    I'm currently on a roll trying to review the rest of series 1 of Funko's DC Primal Age toyline and I'm finally getting around to checking out Wonder Woman. The fourth of the series 1 heroes, Wonder Woman is actually one of the coolest figures in the line. Since Princess Diana is already a magical/ fantasy based character who tends to wear armor and use a sword and shield her redesign isn't as drastic as some other characters in the line. Still, it works and we've received another really good Wonder Woman figure. Ready for a closer look at this incredible barbarian/fantasy version of Wonder Woman? Then join me after the break...

Monday, March 11, 2019

Action Figure Review: Red Tiger from The Worst by Super7

 Ready for another review from Super7's The Worst? Today we're getting another figure from Series 2: Red Tiger, the Brutal Champion of Carnage! Mixing together elements of an old school wrestler and a man-eating tiger, Red Tiger adds a bit more savagery to the villainous ranks of The Worst! Initially I wasn't thinking that Bronze Tiger would be one of my favorites from the series but having him in hand I really like him. He's crazy, over the top, and a true bad guy if you've ever seen one. He does bear an uncanny likeness to Bronze Tiger, though Bronze Tiger is by no means an actual tiger nor does he eat people. Let's check out Red Tiger, a humanoid tiger who does eat people, after the break...

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Action Figure Review: Scarecrow from DC Primal Age by Funko

    The second series of DC Primal Age figures are starting to show up online in a few places. Will I complete reviewing the first series before the second series arrives? Let's hope so! Today I'm checking out another villain in the series and this time it's the villainous Scarecrow! Do you think the master of fear fits well within the DC Primal Age line? I definitely do! He's really cool as he kind of brings the same vibe as Skeletor and Scareglow while also bringing his own unique and terrifying charm. I'm always down for a Scarecrow figure as he is one of the Batman villains who often gets a very unique makeover whenever he shows up in a new toyline. Let's check out the DC Primal Age Scarecrow after the break!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Action Figure Review: Captain Deadstar from The Worst by Super7

    While you may have thought the faux Kenner action figure trend was over, it is actually still moving along with a number of figures still being created by Super7, who now has the ReAction brand name. Interestingly, even Hasbro is getting in on the genre by re-releasing vintage Kenner Star Wars figures and sculpting at least one new figure, too. While Funko's time with the ReAction brand seemed to be kind of a "throw everything against the wall and see what sticks"), Super7 is much more intentional about what licenses they pursue and develop product for. One of my favorite brands from Super7 is The Worst, a series of random in-house villains done in the Kenner style with glorious card artwork from Ed Repka. Super7 just released the second series of these so I ordered them and they just arrived in the mail this week. Let's check out the first one, Captain Deadstar: The Cosmic Ghoul Renegade! More weirdness after the break...

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Action Figure Review: Mister Freeze from DC Primal Age by Funko

 Last month I reviewed the Ice Mode version of Mister Freeze that was given out free at NYCC 2018. I really liked that guy so today I'm checking out the normal version of Mister Freeze from Funko's DC Primal Age line. Like the rest of the figures in the series, the early shipments released through Amazon in 2018 were prone to breakage so Funko completely released a second run of these through Target in January. These seem to be selling well as the classic DC Comics characters blend together quite well with the 1980s barbarian fantasy style of the classic Masters of the Universe toyline. Let's check out Mister Freeze after the break...

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Action Figure Review: Bizarro from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

 Me is Bizarro Barbecue17. Me not like DC Comics action figures. Me hate Batgirl, Masters of the Universe, and carbonated water. Me not find new Bizarro figure at Walgreens last week. This not a short review of Bizarro from Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse line....

OK, sorry, I can't keep that up that long! Yes, this is the DC Comics Multiverse Bizarro that is exclusive to Walgreens. I found it a week or so ago on a quick trip there while picking up some Chinese food next door and boy did it pay off! New DC Comics Multiverse figures have been hard to come by and Bizarro has been what I've really been looking for. He's a great classic version of the character and it's been well over a decade since Mattel last gave him a new sculpt (although his last repack release was in the MOTUC vs DCUC Faker vs.Bizarro set). This guy came at a great time as just a few weeks ago my daughter brought home one of the kids DC storybooks from school and it was a Superman and Bizarro story, so she's been really interested in Bizarro lately. This one was a hit! Let's check him our after the break...

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Action Figure Review: King Shark from DC Primal Age by Funko

  I've been slowly working my way through the DC Primal Age toyline and today I'm checking out another one of the series' villains: King Shark. King Shark is a pretty cool addition to the line and provides a nice counterpart to Aquaman in the line. While DC Primal Age has the usual complement of Batman foes and A-list DC villains like Bizarro and Lex Luthor (coming in series 2), King Shark is a nice lower tier villain to add some flavor to the line. A giant, savage shark man fits in perfectly with the barbarian fantasy aesthetic of the line, doesn't it? Let's check this guy out after the break...

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Action Figure Review: Dryden Vos from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   Today I'm checking out another figure from the newest series of Star Wars: The Black Series figures and this time it's the public face of the Crmson Dawn crime syndicate, Dryden Vos. Played by Paul Bettany after the original actor couldn't be present for the Ron Howard directed reshoots (Michael Kenneth Williams originally played the role with the intention of Vos being a motion captured character, possibly a Lasat), Vos provides Han Solo a charming yet menacing introduction to the true nature of the criminal underworld. Since Bettany joined the cast later it took longer for Hasbro to get us an action figure of him. Where's a decent Qi'ra now, huh Hasbro? Anyways, Dryden Vos is one of the two Solo characters in this series. Let's check him out after the break...