Thursday, March 16, 2017
Along with Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z was probably the most prominent anime series on Toonami when I was younger. Fortunately, Bandai has been making Figuarts for this series as well, which are huge improvements over the five points of articulation DBZ toys they had at back then. Although Goku is the hero of the series, I've always thought Vegeta is a lot more fun as a character. It was an important moment for him when he finally achieved the ability to go Super Saiyan, and his Saiyan armor is much cooler looking than the earlier version with the big shoulder pads, so this is the best version of the character figure form for me. It's got the usual high level of articulation for Figuarts figures, as well as a dew swappable hands and faces. Since I'm just getting around to buying these figures, I'm glad that Bandai is doing these "premium color edition" re-releases. They are a way better value than the original releases which have shot up in price, and they feature more anime-inspired bright color schemes.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
With her bellbottoms, Farrah hair, disco singing career, and disco ball necklace, Dazzler is one of the most 70s things ever. Oddly, the character didn't actually debut until 1980. I don't think I've ever actually read a comic with Dazzler in it, and this is definitely one of those cases of buying the figure because I'm so impressed that it exists. Also, roller skates. Sadly, the wheels don't roll. At this size, and for this price, I didn't expect them to, but it would have been cool. For accessories, she has a microphone, and a multi-colored effects piece to represent her mutant ability to convert sound into light.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
As cool as the Batmobile is, it is ultimately limiting as a purely wheel based ground based vehicle. Traffic can be killer. The Tumbler addressed this by being able to leap around on rooftops, but the Scuttler does it one better. Basically looking like a giant mechanical bat walking around, the Scuttler can handle a wider variety of terrain with its leg based locomotion. Not only that, it can convert to flight mode for when land based travel just won't cut it. While this set doesn't have an alternate build for that configuration (although I'm sure someone has already worked one out), that's the way it worked in the movie. I thought the Scuttler was really cool in the movie, enough so that I was convinced to buy the most expensive LEGO set I've ever bought for myself. You know how sometimes aspects of different adaptations work their way back into the comics (most famously Harley Quinn from the Animated Series)? I hope the Scuttler or something like it makes its way back into the comics. The toy itself is quite cool looking. The legs and head are posable, there's a net launcher, a couple stud launchers, and the front legs are also extendable. The set comes packaged in seven bags and took a fair amount of time to assemble.
Part of the fun of a big LEGO set is all the minifigures, and here are the non-costumed types. There's a Barbara Gordon in a tactical police outfit. The vest is really thick at the top, making her head sit oddly high. It's one of those things you can't un-see once you've seen it. Next up is the James Gordon, wearing his formal dress uniform. Rounding this half of the minifigures out is Dick Grayson in his 70s prom formalwear. The hair and glasses are one piece, and he has beady eyes printed on his head.
There's the obligatory Batman, who has a jetpack. Poison Ivy also has some sort of plant monster she can ride around on. The Joker has a "bang" flag gun and ridiculously long coattails. That's definitely my favorite part of his design.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Along with the green lion, I bought the blue lion, figuring a leg would go well with an arm. As a leg, it is slightly larger, and has a more defined midsection since it doesn't need to function as an elbow. The blue lion has a water/ice affinity. There is a removable ice beam cannon with a launching projectile. Now I just have to wait for the red and yellow lions to become available again so I can assemble Voltron.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
It took forever to get the rest of the legendary sized lions in stock, but they finally showed up at Target. My local Target does sometimes have trouble getting new things in stock in a timely manner, but it does seem to be a widespread problem with this line, so it is probably fault of Playmates in this case. I did buy two of the lions when I first saw them, but by the next time I was there, the other two had been sold and stock hasn't been replenished. Anyway, green generally being my favorite color, I decided to go with the green lion as one of my first choices. Piloted by Pidge, the green lion's specialty is stealth. It has a shield on its back that ends up on Voltron's shoulder, but is not what Voltron actually uses as a shield. That's formed by the black lion's red "wings." Forming Voltron's arm, this version has the advantage over the original toys of being able to tuck its legs into its body, so they're not just hanging there like in the old version. There is also a missile launcher that can be mounted on its back, and the green lion includes part of Voltron's sword. There's also the tiny speeder with pilot that all the lions include, which can be stored in the lion's chest. What's really amusing is that if you plug only one of the lions into the black lion, it will only play voice clips of Shiro asking where the other pilots are.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
I saw a while back that Funko would be coming out with Pop! versions of Ash vs Evil Dead (at this point, nothing being made into Pop! form will surprise me), but kind of forgot about it. Then on a recent trip to Target, they were in stock so I got the Ash. Since Ash vs Evil Dead takes place a couple decades after the movies, this is middle aged Ash, as you can tell by the graying sideburns and crow's feet on his eyes. But since he's still wearing basically the same outfit as in Evil Dead II, you can just ignore those subtle touches and pretend it's that version of Ash if you want to.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Finally, I have Sailor Saturn, completing my team. For whatever reason(I've heard conflicting rumors of lower production runs/exclusivity), Saturn has become expensive/hard to find recently, making me regret not buying one a couple years ago at a reasonable price. Although I had to pay more than I would have liked, most of it was through gift card credit online so I only had to spend about 15 bucks out of pocket (for about the same price, you can buy a bootleg!). Since Saturn is younger than the rest of the Sailor Scouts, she's also the shortest figure (aside from Chibisua, of course). Her main accessory, the Silence Glaive, is bigger than her. She also includes the standard extra faces, hands, and a stand. Now that I've collected the whole team, I'm still deciding whether I want Sailor Mask, Chibiusa, or any of the others.