Saturday, July 15, 2017

#44: DC Comics Multiverse - Batgirl of Burnside

Since the New 52 reboot, Batgirl was given a soft reboot, for which she got a new costume and moved to Burnside, Gotham's equivalent of Brooklyn. This has proven to be a popular change, and although this isn't the first figure of Batgirl in the new costume, we're finally getting to a point where there are options. I opted not to go for the DC Collectibles version, because it's a deluxe figure which includes her motorcycle and consequently costs around 50 bucks. Fortunately, Mattel's attempt turned out pretty nice looking. It's fairly representative of Babs Tarr's depiction in the comics. Batgirl's two accessories are a cell phone (because y'know, millennials... selfies, etc), and a batarang. The legs seem a little loose, but keep her upright, so my only real complaint about the figure is that the sculpt of her lower and upper torso don't really seem to match up well. From the front it's not noticeable, but from the sides it looks weird.

Monday, July 10, 2017

#43: DC Comics Multiverse - Jim Gordon Batman

Remember when Batman "died" but thanks to Lazarus pit-like chemicals was healed but lost his memory, and Jim Gordon took over as Batman for a while? Those were crazy times. But Scott Snyder is one of my favorite Batman writers, and it was an interesting spin. While the mech suit is probably more well known (and I think will be un upcoming build-a-figure), Gordon ran around outside of it fairly often, so it's cool to get a figure of this costume. Also, it's a rare instance of Batman using a gun and having it make sense. There's an alternate unmasked head, featuring an oddly un-stached face. Yeah, Jim Gordon shaved his trademark mustache while filling the Batman role. Now I really want a figure of a Batman with a mustache.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

#42: DC Comics Multiverse The Flash - Zoom

Next up from Mattel is the main antagonist for the second season of The Flash, Zoom. Yeah, another evil speedster. They really like that concept, and hopefully the next season's main villain is a different kind of foe. The good news is that Zoom is pretty cool looking. There are a couple removable Speed Force lightning pieces for the arms, but the piece on his back is annoyingly glued on. I mean, it looks cool and all, but I'd like to have the option of removing it. I'm not sure if it can still be attached, say via a peg in the back, without the glue holding it on. Thanks, Mattel!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

#41: DC Comics Multiverse The Flash - Earth-2 The Flash

One of the great things about the Flash TV series is that it's so willing to use a lot of the crazy comic book stuff. So in the second season, they started using the Multiverse, which was a way to bring in the Jay Garrick version of the Flash. So, um... SPOILERS from here on out.

This, of course, is not Jay Garrick, but rather Hunter Zolomon impersonating him to gain Barry's trust. He's basically a live action version of the comics version of Jay Garrick. He gets more accessories than the Flash himself, with a couple detachable Speed Force lightning bolts, swappable running hands, and a removable helmet. He looks kind of terrible without the helmet, and as a result of it being removable, it looks too big. So I think a non-removable version would have looked better. Otherwise, this is a pretty typical Mattel figure in terms of articulation and looks.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

#40: World of Nintendo - Skull Kid

Fortunately, the World of Nintendo line has stopped with the mystery accessory gimmick, because otherwise I wouldn't have bought this figure. A Skull Kid isn't that interesting on its own, but when it's the one from Majora's Mask and includes the titular mask as an accessory, then I'm interested. The Skull Kid has two big slots on his face where the mask plugs in, so he looks kind of terrible without it on. There aren't any other accessories, but I figure that's all that's needed here. Maybe some different masks would have been cool, but it was Link who wore the rest of them in the game. Now I want them to make a Goron Link figure.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

#39: Marvel Legends Spider-Man Homecoming - Vulture

Even though Spider-Man is on his second cinematic reboot, more Spider-Man movies means more chances to see different villains for him to fight (hopefully they don't bring back Green Goblin again too soon). Spider-Man has arguably the best collection of foes in comics, so I'm looking forward to seeing the classic villain the Vulture on the big screen. Casting Michael Keaton was a great touch, and he gets to join the select club of actors to have been in both DC and Marvel movies in major roles. The most striking thing about this figure is that Vulture is missing his defining characteristic: his wings. They are pretty massive, and serve as the build-a-figure for this series of figures. But the central part of the wings is included with Vulture. There's also a clear plastic stand to help bear the weight of the wings once fully assembled. While the live action costume is perhaps a little too "realistic" for my tastes, I like that Vulture retains the neck ruff by wearing a bomber jacket.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

#38: Pokemon - Squirtle vs Charmander

Somewhat surprisingly, this is the first time I've had Pokemon toys to post about here. Thanks to Go and Sun/Moon, as well as my ongoing attempts to catch 'em all in Pokemon Shuffle, Pokemon has been taking up more headspace than usual lately. There are these two packs of little non-articulated Pokemon, so I went with two of the original starters, Squirtle and Charmander. The original starters are some of the most iconic Pokemon, and I usually pick the water type starter, so I chose this set first. Both Squirtle and Charmander have a small hole on the bottom of their body, as if for a stand. There are no stands included, but they don't need them anyway.

Monday, June 12, 2017

#37: Marvel Legends Series (12 inch) - Deadpool

Because Deadpool is having a surge in pop culture awareness due to last year's movie, he gets to be the fourth figure in the current 12 inch line of Marvel Legends. I was impatient, and got it when it was first available, but I should have waited because it is currently being marked down in stores. Oh well! Overall, this is a good Deadpool figure. There are a couple swappable heads: one battle damaged, and one standard. There are several different hands: fists, hands with trigger fingers extended, a burrito holding hand, and a thumbs up hand. And a burrito. I'm digging this trend of including food accessories. His swords are removable, and there are a couple of large guns and knives. Sadly, the pistols in his holsters are not removable. But that's not all that's included, there is also a second figure: Headpool. Headpool's propellor actually spins, and there is an included stand to keep him afloat.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

#36: S.H. Figuarts Dragonball Z - Perfect Cell (Premium Color Edition)

The Cell Saga of Dragonball Z is what I consider its peak, before the whole concept of the Super Saiyan became almost meaningless. So Cell is probably my favorite villain from the series. Since I missed out on the original release, I was glad that Bandai was re-releasing him in the premium color edition. Cell gets the standard alternate hands, and faces (I'm amused that to swap faces you have to remove the entire top part of his head), as well as a solid piece that replaces his arms so they are crossed. But he also gets something different:

A big effects piece! This is a very cool display piece, featuring an energy blast kicking up dust on the ground.

Monday, May 1, 2017

#35: Marvel Legends - Angela

Like Dazzler, Angela is one of those characters that I'm getting the figure more for the sheer incredulity that it exists than anything else. Originating in Spawn, Angela has been around for a while and has had several McFarlane Toys figures. But due to behind the scenes craziness, she's now a part of the Marvel universe (she's Asgardian apparently) and has a Marvel Legends figure. I think the figure is an entirely new sculpt, the only parts that look like they could have potentially been reused are her lower torso and upper thighs. For accessories, she gets two bladed weapons of some sort and a sword, which can be sheathed. Her hair is pretty massive and makes her a little back heavy. Fortunately, she's not wearing heels, so getting her steady isn't too difficult.
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