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Sunday, January 29, 2017
My Top 10 Toylines of 2016
Every year around the end of January/ beginning of February I start sharing my picks for the toys I enjoyed best from the previous year. The first list I always put out is my10 favorite toylines and this is the fifth year that I've created a list of my top 10 toylines (you can read my 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 lists if you'd like). It's something I always enjoy compiling and sharing in examining my collecting habits over the past year and thinking ahead to the year to come. Keep in mind a few things:
First, this is a list of my favorite lines, and thus it's even more subjective than the standard "best of" list (which is already quite subjective). If I were doing a "best of 2016" I'd definitely be looking at the merits of lines that I don't even collect. For this list, though, I'm factoring in the fun I had collecting these lines, discussing them, and reviewing them in addition to the merits of the toys themselves.
Second, I've started doing a separate top ten for individual figures from lines that I didn't mention here. Sometimes a single action figure release or a standout figure from a line I'm not overwhelmed by captures my attention and I want to give them some attention.
Third, I try my best to be fair in determining what constitutes a toyline. Sometimes I mix stuff that I feel is really part of a singular line, such as Mattel's work on the WWE license. Mattel's WWE basic line and WWE Elite line are the same license in the same scale, share parts, and are intended to work together; why separate them? I wouldn't try to separate Hasbro's various Marvel Legends assortments that have different names, either, although I would separate Hasbro 1/18th scale Star Wars Black figures from the 6 inch scaled Black Series figures. If the lines are in the same scale and style and from the same property and same company, I'll probably join them together.
Fourth, I list these alphabetically, not by merit. It's just easier that way.
Ready to get started with my top 10 favorite lines of 2016? Then join me after the break...
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Minifigure Review: Sewerot from Trash Bag Bunch by Galoob
Trasher! Let's take a closer look at them after the break...
Friday, January 27, 2017
A New Batgirl Review: Batgirl (Batgirl of Burnside) from DC Comics Icons by DC Collectibles
MWCtoys.com and cast your vote in the People's Picks! I'm one of the judges for the 2016 Poppies, too!) My final 2016 product review is a figure I was anxious to finally get my hands on: Batgirl from DC Collectibles' excellent DC Comics Icons line. Based on her incredible new look in the Batgirl of Burnside storyline, this version of Babs sports what is quite possibly the coolest costume the character has ever worn. Heck, not only did DC Collectibles release a cool figure but they gave her her slick motorcycle, too! This release sneaked out at the end of the year and was well worth the wait. I had to wait a bit longer for mine to come in at my local comic shop, but it finally arrived last weak and I'm ready to review it! More bat-tastic action after the break...
Thursday, January 26, 2017
POP! Review: Licker #158 from POP! Games by Funko
craziest moments early on occurs when you first encounter the terrifying Licker. Nearly 20 years later, that's still a really, really cool scene. Funko has included a POP! of the Licker in their first series of Resident Evil POP! vinyls and I had to have one. Let's check out this terrifying little guy after the break...
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
POP! Review: Nemesis #157 from POP! Games by Funko
Tyrant/ Mr. X from Resident Evil 2 and upped it exponentially by following you non-stop throughout the game. To this day I still can't think of many villains that have given me the same sense of dread as waiting for this guy to pop up. The sheer craziness of this guy has still never been replicated in a Resident Evil title to date, although I've just started playing Resident Evil 7 and there definitely seems to be a few recurring villains who actively chase you like Nemesis, so we'll see. Let's take a look at the POP! vinyl version of the Nemesis, after the break...
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
POP! Review: Leon Kennedy #156 from POP! Games by Funko
Monday, January 23, 2017
Statue Review: Wonder Girl from DC Comics Bishoujo by Kotobukiya
Raven if you're going for a Teen Titans display. These statues look incredible together and truly justify the expression "the more the merrier." Join me in taking a closer look after the break...
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Minifigure Review: Junker from Trash Bag Bunch by Galoob
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Minifigure Review: Garbeast from Trash Bag Bunch by Galoob
Friday, January 20, 2017
POP! Review: Jill Valentine #155 from POP! Games by Funko
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Action Figure Review: Batman (Batman v. Superman) from One:12 Collective DC Universe by Mezco
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
A New Batgirl Review: Batgirl & Oracle from Batman: Arkham Knight by DC Collectibles
New 52 version of the character, the fact that we're getting Babs as Oracle is huge. It's been almost 15 years since DC Direct released the Birds of Prey set with an Oracle figure, and now that figure commands some insane prices. This set is cool as it captures both of Barbara's crime-fighting identities in one set. Is it as good as it seems on paper? Let's take a closer look and find out...
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
POP! Review! Hunter from POP! Games by Funko
As soon as I discovered that Funko was making Resident Evil POP! vinyls, I knew immediately that I'd be buying them all. I love Resident Evil. I have 7 preordered and paid for already. I'm planning to go see the Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Heck, I've read the novels by S.D. Perry, won a costume contest dressed as Chris Redfield, and own the Alice Hot Toy (the only Hot Toy I own, in fact). I've been a fan of the game series and the Resident Evil universe since the summer of 1998 and I've been collecting Resident Evil toys just as long. No one has ever really released a collection that began to feel complete. Toy Biz stopped before Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Palisades never got beyond a third series, and thus never got around to making a Jill Valentine. Moby Dick Toys never managed to make Leon. NECA has messed around with the license on a few occasions, but they've only released a handful of figures from different games, and never have made a Claire Redfield. Someone needs to do a comprehensive Resident Evil series featuring all of the main cast and, right now, my hope is with Funko. Can they do it? Let's hope so! The first release I picked up is the GameStop exclusive Hunter. I located and reserved him through my local store on GameStop's website and picked him up in store. Let's check out this B.O.W. after the break...
Monday, January 16, 2017
Statue Review: Edwards Scissorhands from Horror Bishoujo by Kotobukiya
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Action Figure Review: The New Day Pack from WWE Elite by Mattel
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Action Figure Review: Kanan #132 from POP! Star Wars by Hasbro
Friday, January 13, 2017
Action Figure Review: Hera #136 from POP! Star Wars by Funko
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Christmas Haul 2016: Diorama Playset E from S.H. Figuarts Super Mario Bros. by Bandai
World of Nintendo line, and I think these pair up really nicely with those releases. Jakks hasn't released any of these enemies in the line yet, so this is a good option to add them to my collection. As someone who has always wanted Nintendo action figures, specifically from Super Mario Bros., these really seem quite magical. I love this set! Let's take a closer look at it after the break...
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Christmas Haul 2016: Sabine #135 from POP! Star Wars by Funko
Monday, January 9, 2017
Christmas 2016 Haul: R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2 from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
first version and the K-Mart exclusive Starkiller Base version, so there was nothing new in the set), the standard Kylo Ren (he's the same as the Celebration version, just without the cool accessories), and the single carded Obi-Wan Kenobi (who's the same as the SDCC 2016 Obi-Wan, again without the cool accessories). This set is a Toys R Us exclusive that was also kind of, but not really, a SDCC 2016 exclusive featuring three astromech droids from the Battle of Yavin: R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2. Two of these droids are straight up repaints of the Black Series Phase I R2-D2 while R5-K6 features a new head, so refer back to that review for a full rundown of the sculpt and such. I'm going to be paying more attention to the new or unique stuff here. Let's check these droids out after the break...
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Christmas Haul 2016: K-2SO #146 from POP! Star Wars by Funko
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Christmas Haul 2016: Chirrut Imwe #140 from POP! Star Wars by Funko
Friday, January 6, 2017
Christmas Haul 2016: C-3PO from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Christmas Haul 2016: Bray Wyatt #28 from POP! WWE by Funko
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Christmas Haul 2016: Armored Batman from Batman v. Superman MAFEX by Medicom
Armored Batman from the DC Comics Multiverse line and as a belated birthday present I received Mezco's One:12 Collective Armored Batman. Despite having two versions of the costume, I was still drawn to Medicom's MAFEX version. It seems like MAFEX has some cool plans for this line and I wanted to go ahead and get an Armored Batman while they can still be found. You never know what toys are going to disappear and become harder to find, you know? Let's take a look at another Armored Batman figure after the break...
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Christmas Haul 2016: Captain Cassian Andor #139 from POP! Star Wars by Funko
Monday, January 2, 2017
Christmas Haul 2016: Jyn Erso #138 from Pop! Star Wars by Funko
Jyn Erso in her combat gear from Eadu, I was still pretty pleased to receive this POP! of Jyn in her more standard outfit from Rogue One. Ready for another POP! review? Then join me after the break...
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Christmas Haul 2016: Ventriloqust & Scarface from Batman: The Animated Series by DC Collectibles
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