One of the interesting things about collecting merchandise featuring a specific character is that you often end up venturing outside of your collecting norms. By and large I tend to purchase (and review) the same kinds of things: 6-7 inch action figures, 1/18th scale faux retro figures, and minifigures. Collecting a variety Batgirl stuff not gives me a chance to pick up various interpretations of a character I love but also the opportunity to experience many different types of collectibles. Today I'm looking at a Sofubi, or Japanese soft vinyl, version of Batgirl from Medicom. I remember seeing plenty of Medicom's offerings years ago in the back of Lee's Action Figure New and Toy Review but I don't believe I've ever owned anything from the company until now. Batgirl comes from their DC Comics Retro Sofubi Collection, a line that seems to blend the vintage Mego styles of DC Characters with the Sofubi form. I wasn't at all familiar with this style of figure but, after watching this video review from Daring Doodads, I decided to snag her. Want to see more? Then join me after the break...
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Friday, July 31, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Coinciding with the films 40th anniversary, Funko's Jaws ReAction line has quite possibly been one of the most anticipated new toylines of the year. What can I say? People love Jaws! It's one of those seminal film classics that continues to hold up well over time but which has never had that much merchandise attached to it. There have been various Jaws themed trinkets sold over the years at Universal Studios and of course there is McFarlane's Movie Maniacs boxed diorama of the Orca being attacked by Jaws, but that's about it. Considering Jaws hit theaters less than two years before Star Wars and, in many ways, paved the way for Star Wars to become a blockbuster hit, releasing these characters as vintage styled action figures feels like it makes a lot of sense. Today I'm looking at Quint, the salty fishermen and captain of the Orca played by the late Robert Shaw. Ready for a closer look? Then join me after the break...
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
As I mentioned yesterday in my review of Tony Montana from the Scarface ReAction line, I'm absolutely loving how Funko is giving so many cult classic characters a shot at having an action figure again. It's been around 8 years since lines like Cult Classics, Now Playing, and Movie Maniacs graced toy shelves. Heck, I think we can largely attribute the deaths of those toylines to the decline of media focused stores such as Sam Goody, Suncoast, Tower Records, and Media Play. Whilebookstores like Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million are carrying more action figures, most collectors are ordering their figures directly from online retailers, so the whims of traditional retailers no longer need to be as heavily catered to. I'm a big fan of Martin Scorsese's 1976 film Taxi Driver and while I've never really felt there was a need for a Travis Bickle action figure, the fact that he exists in the delightful faux-Kenner style is just too hilarious. Imagine these guys sitting on shelves back in the late 1970s for kids to buy? Anyways, here's a closer look at Travis Bickle, after the break...
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of the ReAction style as I've reviewed around two dozen of these little buggers on the site and own a few more that I've never gotten around to reviewing. Besides just liking the style and characters, though, I love the diversity of licenses and characters offered under one banner. You know what it reminds me of? Movie Maniacs, Cult Classics, Now Playing, and other similar action figure lines from the late 90's and early 2000's that features the gimmick of multiple iconic characters who couldn't stand on their own but worked great as a set. The first series of McFarlane's Movie Maniacs brought about an extremely exciting time for the hobby of action figure collecting as it seemed to open the floodgates to companies trying to release the most outrageous, obscure, cult favorite toys that they could. While that period saw many new companies appear on the scene (and disappear, too), it didn't last forever. What Funko is doing with their ReAction line simultaneously makes me nostalgic for the 1980s and for the early 2000s. Bizarre huh? Anyways, today I'm looking at Tony Montana from Scarface. Is there anyone who isn't aware of Scarface? This figure of Tony is the only figure in the line but I thought he'd be an interesting guy to add to the shelf. Ready for a closer look? Then join me after the break...
Monday, July 27, 2015
Action Figure Review: Jack Skellington (evil smile) from The Nightmare Before Christmas ReActon by Funko
I've been a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas since it came out in theaters in 1993. I'm not trying to sound like a hipster or anything but I remember a time when not everyone loved the movie. Heck, until it hit VHS I remember most of my friends not even knowing what the movie was. My parents took me to see it it, however, as I've always loved Halloween and this movie was a perfect Halloween treat for 11 year old me. When the movie hit theaters I had purchased a number of the toys (many from Suncoast!) and still have a number of my originals. My wife is also a huge fan, so our house if filled with a number of Nightmare Before Christmas themed trinkets: Salt and pepper shakers, pillows, jewelry, storage boxes, framed pictures, and plenty of toys! While I have a very decent sized collection of the beautiful (but fragile) NECA Nightmare Before Christmas and haven't really felt the need to pick up any new figure series since their release, I was interested in owning a Jack to go with my ReAction collection. During a buy 2 get one free sale at Toys 'R Us a few weeks ago I finally saw the opportunity and added the Pumpkin King to my collection. Ready for a closer look? Then join me after the beak...
Friday, July 24, 2015
I think it's extremely probable that DC Collectibles' work on the Batman: Arkham-verse games has created the fullest, most robust action figure line of Batman heroes and villains in one fairly consistent style. Even though the game has almost been out for 4 years, DC Collectibles saw it fit to release what I believe is the largest 7-inch scaled figure they've ever produced: Clayface! While Clayface had a cameo appearance in Batman: Arkham Asylum, his role in Batman: Arkham City was far more substantial. Considering the game has been out for a few years and has had both a sequel and a prequel, I don't imagine anyone who cares isn't already aware of the game's plot but just be forewarned that this Clayface figure really does give away a major plot twist from the game. This is your warning!
I knew this figure was coming out and had been paying attention to it, but it was actually this review from Phantom Troublemaker at Needless Things that finally gave me the confidence to jump in and purchase this big guy. I'm happy to report that the quality is much better than some of the previous oversized DC Collectibles figures. Anyways, ready to look at an absolutely massive Clayface action figure (seriously this guy would look suitable monstrous next to most 1/6th scale figures)? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Today I'm recycling a bit! In early June I showed off the first series of October Toys' Z.O.M.B.I.E. figures that I found while on a road trip. I liked them quite a bit and noticed that October Toys was still advertising that an airsoft gun shop, Tsunami Tactical, was supposedly still carrying the Red Edition of series 1. I clicked the link and quickly purchased my set. It took a few weeks but my set finally arrived and I'm just not getting around to showing it off. These are the exact same figures as the "Flesh" colored series 1 figures but now cast in a cool red plastic. My descriptions for these figures are the same but the pictures are knew! You get something to read today and I have less work to do! Everyone wins! Ready for a closer look at these? Then join me after the break...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Collectible Review: Loot Crate Exclusive 1/2 Scale Endo Skull from Terminator Genisys by Chronicle Collectibles
June's crate was my last in the sub and pretty much the crate that caused me to decide not to re-up my sub. Still, there was something in the crate that I thought was pretty nifty: This 1/2 Scale Endo Skull from Terminator Genisys. It seems that I was one of the few people who really enjoyed the movie (largely thanks to Emilia Clarke) but I imagine any Terminator fan would be intrigued to have an Endoskeleton skull sitting on their desk. This came in the Loot Crate packaged in it's own separate window box and was manufactured by a company called Chronicle Collectibles. It's made from rotocast plastic and while it doesn't weigh very much, it also it quite sturdy and won't break if you drop it. Ready for a quick look? Then join me after the break...
Monday, July 20, 2015
their website you actually order the body, the head, and the various pieces and accessories separately, essentially building your figure. It's kind of like Build a Bear for military enthusiasts. For the Kickstarter campaign Marausers, Inc. through in stands, weapons, and some extra pieces, so your buying experience will differ a bit. Today I'm looking at the first figure I received from the campaign, the Desert Ops Trooper. More details after the break...
Friday, July 17, 2015
In the fall of 1997, fresh on the heels of the turd that was Batman & Robin, Batman: The Animated Series gave way to its spiritual successor The New Batman Adventures. With a greater focus on Batman's crime-fighting partners, The New Batman Adventures revamped the designs of the characters, including Batgirl. With a more stylized appearance, a new costume reflecting the Carmine Infantino cover of Detective Comics #359, and a new voice actress in Tara Strong, Barbara Gordon's Batgirl experienced a resurgence in popularity. Today I'm looking at the Batgirl bendable figure from NJ Croce's The New Batman Adventures Bendable line. I've already looked at a few of the Batman Classic TV Series bendable figures from NJ Croce and I've had mixed feelings on them. Ready to see how this Batgirl stands up to other figures? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, July 16, 2015
those were resolved in September of 2013 and now we're beginning to see a variety of products featuring Ms. Craig's portrayal of the Dominoed Daredoll. Diamond Select, Tweeterhead, and Tonner all have high end collectible dolls and statues coming out over the next 6-8 months while Mattel has an SDCC exclusive Batgirl figure hitting this week. Prior to this figure, the only new Batgirl collectible from the 1966 series I own is the plush Batgirl from Bleacher Creature, so it's kind of exciting to add another to the collection! I first found about this line when a friend bought me Batman for Christmas. I had hoped that they would produce Batgirl and, sure enough, they did! Ready for a closer look? Then join me after the break...
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Action Figure Review: Harley Quinn (Injustice Version) from S.H. Figuarts Injustice: Gods Among Us by Bandai
Mattel figures and a handful of 1/18th scale two-packs from DC Collectibles. Harley Quinn + Unique look + Injustice: Gods Among Us + 6 inch scale equals a purchase from me. Harley has a few different looks in the game and this one actually isn't her default look. Instead, it's her insurgency look. I'd probably by the other one if they released it, too, especially considering how great this figure is. Ready for a closer look? Then join me after the break...
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
my Batgirl collection. The figures in the Batman series of Dorbz sell for between $8-$12 dollars each and offer a wide variety of characters to choose from: Two versions of Batman, Robin, Joker, Harley Quinn, Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Riddler, Scarecrow, Killer Croc, and Batgirl of course! The name Dorbz seems to be derived from the slang term "dorb" meaning adorable. Ready for a quick look at this totally dorb Batgirl? Then join me after the break...
Monday, July 13, 2015
Oola is cool and all but not only did Star Trek have Susan Oliver as Vina, who I'm reviewing today, but they also had Yvonne Craig as Marta in the season 3 episode "Whom Gods Destroy." Vina was featured in the original pilot episode, "The Cage," and the first season episode "The Menagerie" which reused a great deal of footage from the pilot. Need an Orion to spice up your retro action shelf? Then join me after the break...
Friday, July 10, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Monday, July 6, 2015
MOTUC version came around and Multi-Bot has always just seemed less interesting to me. Still, I'm a subscriber to the line and I want to complete the entire vintage collection so Multi-Bot was a must have. Like Modulok, Mattel and the 4 Horsemen really showed how good of a job designing and producing these figures they can do when everyone is working together. While this line has had some difficulties in the past with handling unique elements and action features (I'm thinking the cracking translucent plastic of characters like the Goddess and Roboto, Hurricane Hordak's chipping vac metal armor, and Snout Spout's disintegrating trunk) Modulok and Multi-Bot fire on all cylinders and are masterpieces of toy design. Ready for a closer look at this guy (these guys)? Then join me after the break...
Friday, July 3, 2015
Folks, the release of Sssqueeze is a huge deal! With the arrival of Sssqueeze, the Snake Men are the first faction that we've completed! That's huge! This line has been going since July of 2008 (I jumped in with Moss Man in early 2010) and we've finally completed our first faction. Of course, with this year focused on completing the vintage toyline, we should see the vintage rosters of the Evil Warriors, Heroic Warriors, Great Rebellion, and the Evil Horde all completed by the end of the year. Still, the Snake Men did it first! Woohoo! Sssqueeze first appeared in the 1987 series of the vintage Masters of the Universe toyline but I've never owned that figure. He also had "staction" figure in NECA's 5th series of Masters of the Universe mini statues, but again I've never owned one. This is my first Sssqueeze figure ever! Ready for a closer look at this Evil Long Armed Viper who surely has to tell everyone he meets that his name is Sssqueeze with three S's? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Crash Test Dummy could go either way, I imagine) and makes a excellent addition to the other fantasy or medieval Imaginext figures. Ready for a closer look? Then join me after the break...
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Frankenstein's Monster into the mix while series 3 gave us Dracula and the very cool Gillman. Series 4 didn't have the Wolfman figure that we all expected, so we were left without the Monster Squad crew for a bit longer (although the Witch was still an nice addition). Finally, though, we have the Wolfman. Arooo! Ready for a look at this guy? Grab yourself some wolfsbane and a silver bullet and join me after the break...