Monday, November 10, 2014

#97: Assassin's Creed - Ezio Auditore

Ezio is the most well known protagonist from the Assassin's Creed series, starring in three games. There are a variety of looks McFarlane could have gone for, and for this figure they went with the version of Ezio that appears in Revelations. This is an older Ezio, who has adventures in Constantinople. Ezio is armed with a sword, a dagger, and his trusty hidden blades. The blades can be swapped out for retracted or extended versions. Also, Ezio includes two sets of hands. One set is sculpted to hold weapons, while the other has open hands. Presumably this is meant to replicate the widely used promotional image of Ezio with his arms held out to his sides with blades extended. Although, that's a younger Ezio. The hood is easily removable, but it sits a little too high on the head. So far, there haven't been many variants in this line (Connor has a couple), but I wouldn't be surprised if there are different versions of Ezio down the line.

Friday, October 31, 2014

#96: Star Wars The Black Series - Imperial Shadow Squadron

Here is where the Black Series really lives up to its name. The Imperial Shadow Squadron is a Target exclusive black repaint. When the set was announced, there were some rumblings that it would be available for forty dollars as a Black Friday special. Ultimately, it ended up available on Target's website a couple weeks ago, for ten dollars more than the rumored price. Even still, it's a good deal. Perhaps it will still show up as a forty dollar Black Friday exclusive, but that wasn't a risk I wanted to take. The set features a speeder bike with shadow scout and a shadow Stormtrooper commander. I have several of the various shadow troopers in the smaller scale, so this set is right up my alley. Aside from the new color schemes, these are the same toys. The only real difference is that the commander has the sandtrooper shoulder pauldron and belt, which means he can't holster his blaster. The blaster rifles that come with the regular Stormtrooper and sandtrooper are also included.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

#95: LEGO Minifigures Series 12 - Spooky Girl

Compared to previous series, I restrained myself with this one, and the spooky girl is the last minifigure I picked up. She was easy to identify in the packaging by feeling for the teddy bear. Also, the hair piece is made of a softer plastic than I was expecting, but it is something that can be helped to identify her as well.

Here's the bump code for the spooky girl, as seen on the back of the packaging, with the code 421B4 stamped into it.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

#94: LEGO Minifigures Series 12 - Piggy Guy

Were I to only get one minifigure from this series, it would have been the Piggy Guy. It's the person in an animal suit member of this series, and that's one of my favorite themes with these. I found him by feeling for the apple, which is identifiable by touch as the little round piece with a flat protrusion next to the narrow protrusion. I felt for the pig head piece as secondary confirmation. The apple is oddly smooth on the bottom, lacking a socket for a LEGO stud to plug into.

Here's the bump code for the Piggy guy, as seen from the back of the package, with the code 421B4 stamped on it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

#93: LEGO Minifigures Series 12- Wizard

LEGO minifigures are back! Thankfully, the pace at which these series of blindpacked minifigures has slowed down enough that I was ready for more this time around. I opted to get the wizard because it's a cool archetype, and it's very much a cliche wizard design. His staff is in three pieces. I really dig his cape and collar combo, which is made from two pieces of soft goods. There is a shiny silver star pattern printed on it as well. Finding him is pretty easy by feeling for the skirt piece. To make sure I wasn't getting the princess, I made sure to also feel for the pieces that form his staff.

For the bump code, here it is as it appears on the back of the package, with the code 421B4 stamped into it.

Monday, October 27, 2014

#92: Star Wars The Black Series - Chewbacca

Rounding out the latest group of Black Series figures is everyone's favorite Wookiee, Chewbacca. Not surprisingly, he's super tall. Groot is only about an inch taller. Not bad for a non-BAF. For accessories, Chewie includes his bowcaster, plus his bandolier/satchel is a separate piece. Chewie's face is sculpted in mid-roar, which seems pretty typical for his figures. The paint does a good job of picking out the differently shaded areas of his coat. I don't really have a lot to say, but this is a very cool Chewbacca figure.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

#91: Star Wars The Black Series - Luke Skywalker

As I've mentioned on every other post involving Luke Skywalker, Return of the Jedi was the first Star Wars movie I watched, so that version of Luke has always been my favorite. Trying to keep character repeats to a minimum for the new scale, I held off on getting a Luke until this version was released. This has the usual Black Series articulation, which is well done. Although it would be nice if the elbows bent a little more.

Like previous Lukes in the smaller scale, there is an alternate chest piece that can be swapped out if you'd prefer to display Luke with the flap of his tunic fastened or not. The lightsaber has a removable hilt, but instead of having a peg that plugs into the belt like usual, this one has a loop that hangs from a hook on the belt. I think this is the first time I've seen a lightsaber toy that attaches that way.
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