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Sunday, January 29, 2017
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
Trasher! Let's take a closer look at them after the break...
Friday, January 27, 2017
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
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
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
Monday, January 23, 2017
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
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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
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
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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
Monday, January 9, 2017
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
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Friday, January 6, 2017
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
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
Monday, January 2, 2017
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...