Saturday, August 17, 2019

Action Figure Review: Tracer (Posh) and McCree (White Hat) from Overwatch Ultimates by Hasbro

    Series 2 of Hasbro Overwatch Ultimates is just starting to trickle out and I was quite surprised last week when the 2-pack of Tracer in her Posh outfit and McCree in his White Hat outfit shipped. Hasbro has a few different SKUs for Overwatch Ultimates and they've definitely been putting out some cool 2-packs so far, pairing together two characters from the game. This is an interesting 2-pack that some folks will love because of the slick color scheme and other will skip because both of these figures are available individually in their standard looks. Since the Overwatch Ultimates line uses new sculpts for each character, Hasbro is definitely going to be using repaints to help balance costs. So far I've been a fan of all the repaints shown and this one is very, very cool. Let's check out Tracer and McCree in their white outfits after the break...

Friday, August 16, 2019

Action Figure Review: Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars: The Black Series Archive by Hasbro

 While I pick up most Star Wars: The Black Series releases, I actually haven't picked up any of the Archive series figures yet. If you're not familiar with the Archive series, Hasbro has been rereleasing some of the harder to find and more desirable Black Series figures from the early years of the line a rerelease in new packaging. Most of the figures aren't really any different but for some figures with visible faces, such as Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot) and Yoda, Hasbro has improved the figures with the new face printing technology. Anakin was the first figure that appealed to me from the Archive series because even though I have the original release, he's one of the few Black Series releases with an alternate portrait. Considering he comes with two improved portraits, I figured he was worth a second purchase. Let's see what the new and improved portraits look like after the break...

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Action Figure Review: Stinkor from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjects

   Today I'm checking out the last figure from the case of series 2 of The Loyal Subjects' Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls, and it's Stinkor! I really like Stinkor and while he's not one of my very top favorite MOTU characters he's definitely a character I have vivid memories of from childhood. I distinctly recall my mom taking me to see the 1987 re-release of Snow White, taking me to dinner at McDonald's, and then buying me the vintage Stinkor figure. I still like Stinkor figures although I gotta give The Loyal Subjects some criticism since their version of Stinkor doesn't stink. Why not? The vintage figure reeked of patchouli and nearly every Stinkor since then has attempted to replicate the feature. Not this one, though. Still, he's a colorful design and a fun figure, so let's check him out after the break...

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Action Figure Review: Sorceress (Pink) from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls from The Loyal Subjects

    Like many other blind boxed lines, The Loyal Subjects have assigned various rarity ratios to the Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls. For series 2 there are two different variants of the Sorceress offered: A standard, Filmation/ vintage toy colored Sorceress who is listed at 1/24, or 1 in every 2 cases, and a "Pink" Sorceress who is listed as a 1/96 rarity, or 1 in every 8 cases. I didn't get the regular Sorceress in my case but I did end up with the "Pink" Sorceress. The vintage minicomcs features lots of unique color schemes for the MOTU crew (often because the artists and colorists were working before toys were finalized or because they sometimes received black and white photos to work with) and the Sorceress in her pink outfit appeared in some of the series 4 and series 5 minicomics, first appearing in Skeletor's Dragon, as well as The Stench of Evil, The Battle of Roboto, The Flying Fists of Power!, and King of the Snake Men, as well as the Princess of Power comic The Story of She-Ra. The Sorceress is one of those characters whose look changed drastically throughout the early years of MOTU, so it's interesting to have different variations of her. The Loyal Subjects seems to love the minicomic variants, so let's check out this somewhat rare variant of the Sorceress after the break...

Monday, August 12, 2019

Action Figure Review: Ram-Man from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls

    I've got three Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls figures left to review and after today's review I'll be down to two. Today I'm checking out Ram-Man, one of my favorite Masters of the Universe characters. I never owned Ram-Man as a kid but I always was intrigued by how differently he was constructed from the rest of the figures. The vintage Ram-Man is such a unique figure though he's obviously built around his action feature. Most subsequent Ram-Man figures have worked to meet a balance between offering up some updated articulation while still also capturing the Heroic Human Battering Ram's classic proportions. Let's see how The Loyal Subjects captured Ram-Man in this line after the break...

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Action Figure Review: Genji (Chrome) from Overwatch Ultimates by Hasbro

   A week or two ago a new Overwatch Ultimates figure popped up unannounced on Amazon: Genji in his Chrome outfit! While Genji is going to be released in his regular skin as a 2-pack with Hanzo and in the upcoming GameStop 4-pack in his Carbon skin, this version of Genji was a surprise. Genji is a very cool character who not only has a fairly intriguing backstory (which I'll delve into more when the 2-pack comes out) but also has the game-winning strategy of being a cyborg ninja. When I was in 9th grade, back in 1998, I was obsessed with Metal Gear Solid. I loved the game, loved the toyline from McFarlane toys, and even went so far as to make my own Metal Gear movies with friends. Anyways, Genji reminds me a lot of Ninja/ Gray Fox from Metal Gear Solid and that makes me happy. I seriously want to love this guy but the figure has some issues that make him weaker than he should be. Let's check Genji (Chrome) out after the break and see how he fares...

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Random Overwatch Pics: Review Coming Soon!


Action Figure Review: Mer-Man from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjects

      I've been slowly making my way through some of series 2 of The Loyal Subjects' Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls line and today I'm checking out one of the original Evil Warriors: Mer-Man! Like the other figures in this series, Mer-Man is a 3 and a 1/4 inch stylized figure that sort of feels like a miniature version of a Masters of the Universe Classics figure. For series 2, The Loyal Subjects made some changes to the line including changing the base bodies up a bit and selling some of the figures in window boxes. It seems to me that around half of the figures in each case are sold in an open window box while half are sold in a blind box. It's an interesting way to approach a line that previously was fully blindboxed. Anyways, let's dive in and check out Mer-Man after the break...

Friday, August 9, 2019

Action Figure Review: Reinhardt (Bundeswehr) from Overwatch Ultimates by Hasbro

    Want to know a secret? So far this year, Hasbro's Overwatch Ultmates line is one of my favorite toylines. Other than being passingly familiar with a few of the characters, prior to 2019 I hardly paid Overwatch any attention. The Overwatch Ultimates line has been one of my favorites of 2019, though, and thus I've found myself delving into the incredibly deep mythology and storyline of the series. I haven't played the game any, as I don't really like multiplayer games or team shooters, but I'm still loving the strong characters Blizzard has created. Having now read up on the game I can say with a bit of experience now that Reinhardt Wilhelm is indeed one of my favorite characters. He must be fairly popular as Hasbro released an exclusive version of him at SDCC 2019. Decked out in his camouflaged armor from his time in the German Armed Forces, this version of Reinhardt is noticeably different from his non-exclusive counterpart. While this isn't the character's signature look this definitely is the stronger of the two figures. Let's check out Reinhardt (Bundeswehr) after the break...

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Action Figure Review: Fisto from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjects

    Today I'm checking out yet another figure from series 2 of The Loyal Subjects' Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls line and this time it's one of the Heroic Warriors: Fisto! I love Fisto as he's just a simple, bearded warrior with a massive metal fist. What's not to like? Despite being gimmicky (again, giant metal fist and he's named Fisto), he definitely didn't feel as gimmicky as some of the later Heroic Warriors in the line. Fisto always felt like a character who was just waiting to break into the A-list of MOTU characters, especially in the 200x series where he was written as Man-At-Arms' brother and, possibly, the true father of Teela. Fisto: Heroic hand-to-hand fighter, foe of the Snake Men, absentee father, and star of multiple memes. Let's check this guy out after the break...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Action Figure Review: Modulok B from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

   Today I'm checking out one of the two Modulok action figures from the most recent series of Masters of the Universe ReAction figures. While you probably think of the "evil beast of a thousand bodies" when you think of Modulok, the Filmation cartoons made the character much simpler by giving him a standard, symmetrical body and only one head. This figure is actually labeled as Modulok B; while this head is indeed one of the two included with the vintage toy, Modulok didn't actually "wear" it on the Filmation series (although he did pick it up one time and show it off." Still, this must have seemed like an easy chance to reuse the mold for Modulok, so Super7 went with it. I really think swappable heads would have been a cool feature here but that's not how things played out. Let's check out Modulok after the break...

Monday, August 5, 2019

Action Figure Review: Malynna from Mythic Legions by Four Horseman Studios

   Today I'm checking out the second Masters of the Universe homage figure from the Soul Spiller series of Mythic Legions figures and this time it's Malynna, an evil Uubyr who pays tribute to Evil-Lyn. Malynna is an Uubyr which is a hybrid of a vampire and an orc and who hangs around as part of the villainous Circle of Poxxus. While I haven't really collected Mythic Legions, I've lately been picking up the MOTU tribute figures. What's really cool about these is that they really show how strong the MOTU color palettes were for the vintage figures. Just seeing the yellow and that light blue color on this figure alone immediately brings to mind the vintage Evil-Lyn figure. Like most other Mythic Legions figures, Malynna seems to feature a number of reused parts mixed with some new parts and colors. Since this is my first female Mythic Legions figure, she's all new to me, though. Let's check out Malynna after the break...

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Action Figure Review: Mantenna from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

    Today I'm checking out another member of the Evil Horde from Super7's Masters of the Universe ReAction line: Mantenna! Like with the rest of the Horde in this series, Super7 has opted to go with a more Filmation inspired look rather than a toyline inspired appearance. I wonder why, since the line usually seems so inspired by the earliest years of the toyline? Anyways, Mantenna is still easily recognizable and definitely more lovable here. He's just such a lovable loser in the Filmation series that you can't help but feel bad for the poor guy. Mantenna stands out not only because of his unique appearance but also because he features an action feature, something that doesn't often happen in this line (Mekaneck has a working neck while Scare Glow actually glows). Let's check out this evil spy with pop out eyes after the break...

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Action Figure Review: Cowarros from Mythic Legions by Four Horsemen Studios

    Prior to a month or so ago the only Mythic Legions figure I owned was the Orc Legion Builder 3 figure but recently Four Horsemen Studios released the Soul Spiller series of figures and I just had to pick up the Masters of the Universe inspired characters from the line. Today I'm checking out Cowarros, a heroic feline warrior who serves under the lion warrior Leodysseus. Of course, this guy is absolutely inspired by Cringer/ Battle Cat from Masters of the Universe. I mean, where else have you ever seen a green tiger with orange stripes? My guess is that the name Cowarros might be a play on the word "coward" since the Filmation version of Cringer was notoriously cowardly (plus, his name featured the root word "cringe"). Cowarros went on pre-order last summer but he's finally here to either bolster your Mythic Legions or give your MOTUC collection an alternate take on Cringer. Let's check him out after the break...