Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Up next in the Guardians of the Galaxy wave of Marvel Legends is Drax. Since these are movie based figures, they mostly have more realistic physiques, but Dave Bautista is frigging huge, so consequently his figure is more of a comic character look than the others. All his tattoos/markings are sculpted and painted on, which is some pretty impressive detail work. He's got all the articulation of the other figures, but none of his joints feel soft or floppy. Accessory-wise, he's got two daggers which can be sheathed on the sides of his boots. Drax is probably the best figure in this wave.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Rocket Raccoon has somewhat surprisingly had two comics based action figures released so far. Rocket is the smallest figure of the line, so he feels like the worst value. But he's a talking space raccoon with a big gun, so that kind of novelty does help make up for that a bit. His feet are too tiny for him to balance on, aside from not being perfectly level with each other, so fortunately his tail can be used to help keep him upright. He's decently articulated above the waist, but below the waist, the only point of articulation is his swivel tail.
Aside from the Groot build a figure piece, Rocket also includes another accessory, somewhat boosting his value. It's a really big gun for Star-Lord that probably uses as much plastic as is used for Rocket himself. The gun unfortunately doesn't have the best grips, and has no other means of support, so it's probably not good for a display option unless you use other means to attach it to Star-Lord's chest. It does make an appearance in the trailer, but until I see the movie, I won't know how vital an accessory it will turn out to be.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Second in the Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Legends figures is Gamora. When I first saw pictures of the figure, I thought the head looked a little big. Now, I think it's just that the figure's body is too thin. Her arms are so thin, she doesn't get double hinged elbows but rather the swivel-hinge joint. Gamora's pretty light on accessories, she has a sword and a build-a-figure piece. Having not seen the movie yet, maybe that's the only accessory that would makes sense. Unusually, Gamora (as the sole female of the wave) doesn't come with the largest piece of the build-a-figure. For once, the woman in the line isn't the smallest figure, thanks to Rocket.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy is being released to theaters in a couple weeks, and I've been looking forward to it for a while. I'd thought about pre-ordering the figures, but decided to hold off. Then when they were released, half of them shot up in price, so I figured I had missed my chance. I kept an eye on things, and was able to order all the figures at retail or slightly below retail online. First up is Star-Lord, who's wearing a fairly casual outfit for his movie re-design. It's a good looking figure. I'm not sure if the weathering on his coat is meant to make it look dirty or not, but at least it's not flat looking. He's got double hinged knees and elbows, which use the softer plastic that makes the joints feel a bit fragile. He's armed with a pair of sci-fi looking blasters.
Other accessories include an alternate unmasked head. It's a pretty decent likeness to Christ Pratt, better at some angles than others. There's also a set of headphones and a Walkman. The other accessory is the sphere he's shown stealing in the first trailer.
If you'd told me a year ago that I would have two Chris Pratt toys in a year's time, I wouldn't have believed you. Yet, here we are.
Monday, June 30, 2014
My roommate knew I was going to buy the Figuarts Mario figure, so he asked which of the accessory packs I liked better and got it for me as a birthday gift. Good deal, since I wasn't planning to get either of them myself. Basically I picked this set because it has green pipes. There are two pipes, one tall and one shorter. The tall one has a very shallow platform inset, so Mario appears to be standing on top of it. The short pipe has a much deeper recess, so it will look like Mario is going into or popping out of the pipe. Also included is a coin (with a short stand and a tall stand to give it the appearance of floating), a Goomba, a Koopa Troopa shell, an alternate pair of hands, and some clear plugs that help the hands hold the shell.
Now that I've got this accessory set, I'm kind of thinking about getting the other one, which has a base and a stand so Mario can do some jumping.
Since Figma made Samus and Link figures, I hoped that they would make a Mario as well. For whatever reason, Bandai ended up being the company that made a comparable Mario figure, in the Figuarts line. I pre-ordered a few months ago, pleased that the anticipated release date was my birthday. The figure arrived the day after my birthday, so that was pretty good timing. Mario's appearance was kind of variable for the first few years, but was basically settled by the time Super Mario Bros. 3 was released, and this is the Mario we all know and love. Mario's pretty well articulated, although due to the relative thickness of his limbs, they don't bend as much as they might if they were thinner. But really, it's good articulation, and fairly well coordinated with the sculpt so that it still looks good.
For accessories, Mario comes off a little light in comparison to other figures of this variety. But he's also notably cheaper as well. And if these aren't enough accessories for you, Bandai has released two sets of extras to supplement the figure (more on those later...). But for this figure, there's a "?" block, a coin (with stand), and a power up mushroom. The block has a notch in the bottom for attaching a stand (not included).
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Basically the best thing about the new Transformers movie is that it means new Dinobots. The new versions are mostly cool, but nothing beats the classics. There's no way I'm shelling out for the SDCC G1 style Dinobots repaint set, so I'm glad that Hasbro put out this G1 style Grimlock as a Kre-O building set. This is my first building set proper from Kre-O, and it's pretty decent for being not-LEGO. There are a lot of specially shaped pieces, which I'm okay with, especially since Kre-O doesn't have the long history of LEGO. I'm kind of surprised at just how few exposed studs there are on the final build, but it does look good when built. Unfortunately, the set was missing one piece: one of the toe claws. I've e-mailed customer support, and hopefully can get a spare piece. If not, at least it wasn't a piece key to holding the toy together. I'd say that this is the best Grimlock to be released as part of the Age of Extinction product push.
There are five included Kreons in this set. There's a Grimlock in bot mode, and his helmet can be swapped for a crown. Since he can only wear it with the helmet piece removed, it really makes his head look too small. Also included are some movie bots: Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Galvatron, and Lockdown. None of the Kreons transform.