Sunday, January 22, 2017

#6: Star Wars The Black Series - Obi-Wan Kenobi

There's a definite pattern for Black Series figures that if a character is a con exclusive, it will later show up as a retail figure, with fewer accessories. So I was glad to see Obi-Wan as an exclusive months ago, and now the regular figure is out. So here's old Ben himself, the first Alec Guinness figure in this scale. This is one of the better likenesses I've seen on these figures, and Obi-Wan has this great "not this shit AGAIN" expression. While his outer robe is soft goods, the rest of his outfit is plastic. It's slit down the sides, so you can sort of use the leg articulation. As usual with soft goods at this size, the hood doesn't quite sit right. At least it's better than on the smaller scaled figures. Naturally, his lightsaber is included, and it has a loop so it can hang from his belt. I think the blade is removable, but if so it is pretty well secured in the hilt on my figure. While Obi-Wan is somewhat lax in regards to lightsaber safety, I doubt that even he would want an ignited lightsaber hanging from his belt.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

#5: Star Wars The Black Series - AT-AT Driver

This series of figures is something of a mixed bag in terms of source material. We started with original Star Wars Leia, now here's the AT-AT Driver from Empire Strikes Back. These guys never get shown doing anything other than sitting down while driving an AT-AT, so they are not the most exciting of Imperial forces. But they do get to drive AT-ATs, which is totally cool. Interestingly, these guys have the fighter pilot loops on their legs, while TIE pilots do not. While the uniform is mostly grey, there are small touches of color on the the helmet and the technology bits on the chest armor that get paint apps. The figure is also armed with the standard Stormtrooper blaster.

Friday, January 20, 2017

#4: Star Wars The Black Series - Princess Leia Organa

It took them a couple years, but Hasbro finally made the version of Princess Leia that I wanted for the six inch scale. This is Leia as we first met her, in what I think of as her most iconic costume. She is appropriately short (standing next to a Sailor Moon Figuarts figure, which is in a smaller scale, she is still shorter) and comes armed with two blasters. She has the standard Stormtrooper blaster that she uses aboard the Death Star, as well as the smaller blaster she uses aboard the Tantive IV. Her dress is soft goods, which has its positive and negative aspects. Mostly it looks good, but the hood doesn't quite hang right.

This figure was released right around the time of Carrie Fisher's death, so getting it now lends it an extra poignancy.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

#3: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - Mighty Micros: Iron Man vs Thanos (76072)

This is my first foray into the LEGO Micro Minis sub-line. This one features Thanos riding around in a car that looks like the Inifinity Gauntlet, so of course I had to buy it. Thanos himself has an Infinity Gauntlet that can go on his hand. It's exactly the kind of ridiculous that I love. The mini in the name seems to correspond to the minifigures as well as their vehicles. Instead of the standard legs, they have the shorter unarticulated legs usually used for child or short characters. I'm assuming that's to help keep costs down, because two figures and two vehicles for ten bucks is remarkably cheap for a LEGO set. Also included is Iron Man (with a hair piece if you want an unmasked Tony Stark) in a more classic style of armor than usually seen these days.. His car looks like a more traditional go kart with repulsor jets added to the back. He also gets a wrench.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

#2: The LEGO Batman Movie Minifigures - Nurse Harley Quinn

Although I didn't find all the minifigures I wanted on my first try, a more recent visit to Target yielded at least some new minifigures to search through. Although I still haven't found Catman and Pink Fairy Batman, I was at least able to find the Nurse Harley Quinn minifigure. Presumably this is meant as an homage to Nurse Harley from the fantastic Arkham Asylum video game. Her accessory is a clipboard from Arkham with a file for the Joker on it. She's written "H + J" in the middle of a heart on it. Since it is a 2x2 flat plate, it is one of the easy ways to narrow down the search for Harley through the packaging, as only a few characters in this series have one. The other main way to identify her is by her big pig-tailed hair piece.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

#1: S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon - Sailor Uranus

The completion of my Sailor Scout lineup is in sight, and after getting Sailor Neptune the logical next choice was Sailor Uranus. While Haruka and Michiru were lovers in the original Japanese version, they were infamously re-worked into oddly flirtatious cousins for the American dub. Uranus is the tallest of the Sailor Scouts, and her figure follows suit. Like the rest of the figures, she gets several alternate hands and faces, as well as a display stand. Unique to Uranus is an alternate pair of arms that are folded, and her Space Sword. In a first for this series, she also gets an accessory for a different figure entirely: she has an alternate "heart eyes" face for Sailor Moon. Now that is a great way to add value.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

#124: World of Nintendo - K.K. Slider

I was checking out Target to see if there were any good post-Christmas deals, and found some new World of Nintendo mini figures. I don't really keep close tabs on this line, so it was a nice surprise to find K.K. Slider from the Animal Crossing series. He moves at the neck and shoulders and has his guitar case on his back. Since K.K. Slider typically appears in game on Saturday nights, it's appropriate that my last post of the year is about him and is being posted on a Saturday night. Thanks for reading, everyone. See you next year, and I promise not to let myself get months behind on posting like I have the past two years.
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