Friday, May 29, 2015

#29: Hot Wheels - The Jetsons Capsule Car

Mattel originally released the Jetsons car a couple years ago, but I never saw one. They do seem to be pretty good about re-releasing hard to find Hot Wheels cars, and I happened to see one at the grocery store recently, long after I had given up on finding one. This is a pretty decent adaptation of the cartoon design to a wheeled toy. The wheels in this case are clear plastic, and the two propulsion tail things are sculpted into the underside of the car. It could perhaps be more rounded on the bottom, but that probably wouldn't be feasible with the wheels in place.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

#28: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars - Decepticon Viper

There were two reasons I wanted to get Viper. One: it's a Transformer with a G.I. Joe altmode, the Cobra Rattler, which is one of my favorite G.I. Joe vehicles. Two: it's basically the only G.I. Joe toy available from Hasbro at mass retail this year. It's not exactly a Rattler, but it's got the right colors and if you squint, it's hard to tell them apart. There's also a cool Cobra/Decepticon mashed up logo.

This is one of the smaller Transformers toys, so going between robot and jet is pretty simple. Another cool touch is that Viper's head looks like the Rattler pilot helmet. Viper doesn't include any weapons, but has a third mode that serves as a weapon for other figures. There have been several G.I. Joe/Transformers mashup toys available as SDCC exclusives, but I believe this is the first one available at retail. I'm not sure if this is just a one-off type of thing, but it would be cool to see more G.I. Joe influenced Transformers toys, especially since the Joe line is currently cooling its heels.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

#27: Marvel Legends Infinite Series - Daredevil

I only bought this figure because the Daredevil Netflix series was so good. I watched the whole series in a two day period. Shortly after finishing it, I went out to do some shopping, and saw the new Daredevil figure on the peg. Given the timing, I wasn't going to look that gift horse in the mouth, so I bought the figure. Good thing too, it's a hard one to find. Daredevil is your basic figure where most of the costume details are painted on. His belt and holster are additional pieces, and his head is obviously a unique sculpt. The shin swivel on his right leg is one of the loosest I've ever seen, but it doesn't seem to prevent him from being able to stand. He includes one accessory in two parts: his billy club. It can stored in the holster on his leg in two parts, and he can hold them separately or as one piece. It's made of a pretty soft plastic and is already somewhat bent from the packaging.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

#26: DC Pop! Heroes - Harley Quinn

Recently, my local Target restocked its Funko Pop! section, finally getting some Harley Quinn Pop!s in stock. Since it's the classic (by which I mean best) costume, I figured what the hell and decided to add it to my collection. This version of Harley features her holding a pop-gun, while there is another version with her holding her trademark oversized mallet. This is probably easily the cutest toy version of Harley that's been made so far.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

#25: Transformers Generations - Megatron (Combiner Wars)

I never did get around to buying a release of Masterpiece Megatron, although it's always been something I've thought about. I never had the original Megatron toy, and it's always held a bit of mystique for me, so I'm usually interested in a Megatron that's G1 influenced. This new leader class Megatron definitely hits the right notes design-wise, in robot mode. The only things I don't really like about robot mode are the big backpack kibble, and that the arm with the cannon on it can't bend at the elbow because the cannon gets in the way.

Of course, this Megatron turns into a tank rather than a handgun, but I'm okay with that. It's a pretty cool looking silvery tank, and if I didn't know any better, I'd find it a perfectly fitting alt mode. The coolest thing about tank mode is that the treads are rubber and can actually roll.

Monday, April 27, 2015

#24: Marvel Legends Infinite Series - Thanos

I don't know whether or not Thanos puts in an appearance during Age of Ultron, but he's the build a figure for the wave that includes movie figures. Since there was only one figure in the wave that I didn't want, I considered it a good buy to just go ahead and buy all of them. That way, I could get Thanos, and just sell off the Spider-Woman figure, and call it even. This Thanos isn't the movie version, but he's not exactly wearing the classic costume that I think of. It's close enough for me, though. He's pretty solid, and taller than the standard Marvel Legends figure, although shorter than the Hulk. Unfortunately, there's no Infinity Gauntlet.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

#23: Marvel Legends Infinite Series - Batroc the Leaper

I was pretty excited when I saw that Batroc the Leaper was getting a Marvel Legends figure. What's not to love about this extravagantly facial haired villain with the outrageous French accent (I briefly toyed with writing this post using such an accent, but decided against it)? Fortunately, he was released in this half-movie-Avengers-half-random-characters wave of figures, so his build a figure piece won't go to waste. Acrobatic fighter that he is, Batroc has double hinged elbows and knees, just as you'd hope. There are no accessories, aside from the build a figure pieces. It seems like the female characters usually include the torso, but in this case it is included with Batroc. The tip on the left side of Batroc's mask is a little bent on my figure. I'm not sure if that's something that can be fixed, but I'm okay with just imagining that it's the result of a resound thrashing from Cap.

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