Wednesday, May 17, 2017

#36: S.H. Figuarts Dragonball Z - Perfect Cell (Premium Color Edition)


The Cell Saga of Dragonball Z is what I consider its peak, before the whole concept of the Super Saiyan became almost meaningless. So Cell is probably my favorite villain from the series. Since I missed out on the original release, I was glad that Bandai was re-releasing him in the premium color edition. Cell gets the standard alternate hands, and faces (I'm amused that to swap faces you have to remove the entire top part of his head), as well as a solid piece that replaces his arms so they are crossed. But he also gets something different:


A big effects piece! This is a very cool display piece, featuring an energy blast kicking up dust on the ground.

Monday, May 1, 2017

#35: Marvel Legends - Angela


Like Dazzler, Angela is one of those characters that I'm getting the figure more for the sheer incredulity that it exists than anything else. Originating in Spawn, Angela has been around for a while and has had several McFarlane Toys figures. But due to behind the scenes craziness, she's now a part of the Marvel universe (she's Asgardian apparently) and has a Marvel Legends figure. I think the figure is an entirely new sculpt, the only parts that look like they could have potentially been reused are her lower torso and upper thighs. For accessories, she gets two bladed weapons of some sort and a sword, which can be sheathed. Her hair is pretty massive and makes her a little back heavy. Fortunately, she's not wearing heels, so getting her steady isn't too difficult.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#34: Star Wars The Black Series - Imperial AT-ACT Driver


I haven't been able to find the Baze and Chirrut figures yet, but in the meantime there's the Target exclusive AT-ACT driver. I definitely remember the AT-ACTs in the movie, the AT-AT's weaker cousin, but not sure if any of the drivers appeared onscreen. Maybe somewhere in the background. Before I saw this figure, I would have assumed they looked more like an AT-AT driver. But they are just repainted Scarif sandtroopers. Go figure. At least they still look cool. The only accessory is a standard stormtrooper blaster.

Monday, April 24, 2017

#33: Marvel Legends - Colossus


After his appearance in Deadpool, Colossus is probably the most culturally relevant that he's ever been. So it's fitting that he get a new Marvel Legends figure. He's appropriately massive, and is sporting a modern costume that I'm not familiar with. Definitely an improvement over his original costume with the thigh boots, though. He has two interchangeable heads, one with the classic flattop, and one with a slightly longer 'do and a beard. Superheroes have classically been a clean shaven bunch, but I think the bearded look works surprisingly well for Colossus.

Friday, April 21, 2017

#32: Marvel Legends Civil War - Falcon


Falcon was really cool when he showed up in The Winter Soldier, so I was disappointed that Hasbro didn't make a Marvel Legends version of him. So when he showed up with a more comic inspired color scheme for Civil War, I was pretty glad that Hasbro was finally making him. I was less thrilled that he would be a Wal-Mart exclusive. Although I've never seen one at a Wal-Mart in person (except the one I saw which had been swapped out for a Vision figure and returned), I was finally able to get one from Amazon for retail price, plus shipping. Overall, it's a cool figure, with suitably big wings. They aren't articulated, but they plug into his backpack in a way that keeps them removable. There is a folded up Redwing drone that plugs into his backpack as well, and another version that is unfolded for flight mode. With the wings, it's not surprising that there aren't more accessories, but it would have been cool if he'd included his machine pistols as well. At last, my Team Cap is complete.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

#31: Hot Wheels - The Dark Knight Batmobile (228/250)


I'm glad Mattel likes to re-issue Batmobiles because I never got a regular version of the Tumbler. I have the Dark Knight Rises version with desert camo, but that's way less cool looking than black. When they re-issue vehicles, they tend to slightly alter coloring, presumably to differentiate releases. So this version has red rings on the wheels, as well as red tinted windows. That's obviously not true to screen, but I can live with that kind of difference.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

#30: WWE - Undertaker


Having always been interested in the supernatural, the Undertaker was of course a wrestler I liked during the small amount of time I was paying attention to wrestling. I first learned the word pallbearer thanks to his manager being named Paul Bearer. This version is from the same cheaper sub-line of figures that I got Sgt Slaughter from, so he only has swivel hips. Judging by the "Deadman Inc" on his pants, this Undertaker is from the early 2000s when he was doing some sort of biker persona, rather than the supernatural act I associate with him. My timing on getting this figure was pretty appropriate, as the Undertaker has just retired.
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