Wednesday, April 26, 2017
I haven't been able to find the Baze and Chirrut figures yet, but in the meantime there's the Target exclusive AT-ACT driver. I definitely remember the AT-ACTs in the movie, the AT-AT's weaker cousin, but not sure if any of the drivers appeared onscreen. Maybe somewhere in the background. Before I saw this figure, I would have assumed they looked more like an AT-AT driver. But they are just repainted Scarif sandtroopers. Go figure. At least they still look cool. The only accessory is a standard stormtrooper blaster.
Monday, April 24, 2017
After his appearance in Deadpool, Colossus is probably the most culturally relevant that he's ever been. So it's fitting that he get a new Marvel Legends figure. He's appropriately massive, and is sporting a modern costume that I'm not familiar with. Definitely an improvement over his original costume with the thigh boots, though. He has two interchangeable heads, one with the classic flattop, and one with a slightly longer 'do and a beard. Superheroes have classically been a clean shaven bunch, but I think the bearded look works surprisingly well for Colossus.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Falcon was really cool when he showed up in The Winter Soldier, so I was disappointed that Hasbro didn't make a Marvel Legends version of him. So when he showed up with a more comic inspired color scheme for Civil War, I was pretty glad that Hasbro was finally making him. I was less thrilled that he would be a Wal-Mart exclusive. Although I've never seen one at a Wal-Mart in person (except the one I saw which had been swapped out for a Vision figure and returned), I was finally able to get one from Amazon for retail price, plus shipping. Overall, it's a cool figure, with suitably big wings. They aren't articulated, but they plug into his backpack in a way that keeps them removable. There is a folded up Redwing drone that plugs into his backpack as well, and another version that is unfolded for flight mode. With the wings, it's not surprising that there aren't more accessories, but it would have been cool if he'd included his machine pistols as well. At last, my Team Cap is complete.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
I'm glad Mattel likes to re-issue Batmobiles because I never got a regular version of the Tumbler. I have the Dark Knight Rises version with desert camo, but that's way less cool looking than black. When they re-issue vehicles, they tend to slightly alter coloring, presumably to differentiate releases. So this version has red rings on the wheels, as well as red tinted windows. That's obviously not true to screen, but I can live with that kind of difference.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Having always been interested in the supernatural, the Undertaker was of course a wrestler I liked during the small amount of time I was paying attention to wrestling. I first learned the word pallbearer thanks to his manager being named Paul Bearer. This version is from the same cheaper sub-line of figures that I got Sgt Slaughter from, so he only has swivel hips. Judging by the "Deadman Inc" on his pants, this Undertaker is from the early 2000s when he was doing some sort of biker persona, rather than the supernatural act I associate with him. My timing on getting this figure was pretty appropriate, as the Undertaker has just retired.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Finally, with all five of the lions in my collection, I can form Voltron. At about a foot and a half tall, this is a pretty sizable Voltron, definitely bigger than the original from when I was a kid. I like that all four of the lions that form the limbs get different sculpts from each other. Although that's accurate to their design, it would have been easy to cheap out and just do one sculpt for the legs and one for the arms. All the limbs are the same price, so they are all similarly sized, with the legs being larger. This does have a drawback of the arms looking a little too long. Also, the elbows are fairly restricted and don't bend as much as I'd like. While there are some definite drawbacks to this version of Voltron, they are outweighed by having such a large Voltron that is assembled from the five different lions. It's still very cool looking. There is a smaller, Voltron that can't be disassembled which is cheaper and more proportional, and looks to have better articulation. That might be a better option, depending on what you're looking for. For me, having a Voltron that is formed from the lions is pretty important, so I'm glad to have this version.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Finally, the last lion of the Voltron force, the red lion. Its main accessory is a big projectile launcher that plugs in on its back. It looks like it could do some damage as a melee weapon as well, if ammo runs low. There's also the small Keith in speeder accessory which can be stowed in the lion's chest. Voltron's sword comes in two pieces, and one of them comes with the red lion (not pictured here).
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
When I got the green and blue lions, the yellow and red lions were gone by the next time I went back. I had to wait a while, but eventually they got back in stock. When I found them, the blue and green lions were already gone, so it makes me wonder if the same person who bought the yellow and red lions before got the blue and green lions this time. So anyway, here's the yellow lion, piloted by Hunk. Of the lions, this one is the tank, and forms the left leg. There is a detachable disk launcher that shoots the disks surprisingly far. This time around, I remembered to leave out the little speeder for size comparison.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
I got the Macho Man figure a while ago, and was impressed by it. Since I never got a Sgt. Slaughter figure in the GI Joe line (old school or more recent revival), I figured my best bet would be a wrestling figure. So when I saw this figure for a surprisingly cheap 10 or so dollar price, I bought it. As far as I can tell, these basic figures are cheaper because they have decreased hip articulation and are re-releases of older figures. The hips have only swivels, so they can move forward and backward, but with no lateral movement. The date sculpted onto the bottom of his boots is 2011. Fair enough, I guess the lower price is a reasonable trade off for a six inch figure these days. Aside from the hips, the articulation is otherwise good enough. His hat and sunglasses are both removable. I don't know if he ever wore this particular outfit in the ring, but it's basically what he wore in the G.I. Joe cartoon, so I'm thinking of this as the only six inch G.I. Joe figure.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Since I enjoyed the 12 inch Marvel Legends Iron Man figure, I decided to get the Captain America too. Initially, I was not a fan of the weird shoulder pad thing he's got going on. I'm still not a fan, but that's really my only complaint about the figure. Naturally, he comes with his shield. It has straps to attach to his arm, or the straps can be removed and it can plug into his back. The spot where it plugs in on his back is covered with a star, and if you push the star on his chest, it pushes out the star on his back. I guess that's one way of making sure he doesn't go around with a random hole on his back when not stowing his shield there. He also has an alternate unmasked head, as well as a spare mask. He has two sets of hands: one for grasping, and one set of fists.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
I usually can't resist Animal Crossing toys, so I was keeping an eye out for the Villager figure from World of Nintendo. It actually comes in two sizes, the smaller unarticulated version, and this larger version with some articulation. Due to the design of the character, having articulation once translated to three dimensions isn't very helpful. Mostly it's only useful for making sure he stays balanced enough to stand. I'm kind of disappointed that this version of the Villager isn't the default skin from Super Smash Bros, because that had all those memes about the character being a psycho killer. Alas, the hands are just spherical and unable to hold anything, like an axe. This version is wearing the Nintendo shirt with the number 1889 on it, which is the year the company was founded. The Villager's only accessory is a piece of furniture, represented as a leaf in game. Which piece of furniture is it? That's up to you to decide.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Although Yondu was left out of the Guardians of the Galaxy series of Marvel Legends for the first movie, this time around there will be two series and the first one does include him. There are two heads included for the figure, both with great likenesses of Michael Rooker, that reflect his appearance in both films. There is the first movie version with a great grin, and the second movie version with the more comic-styled big red mohawk. That head has his lips pursed in a whistle, which goes with Yondu's accessory, the arrow that he used to great effect in the first movie. It's attached to a long trail of energy which can plug into the holster on his side. It's kind of thin plastic, so it will definitely start drooping due to gravity.
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.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Sailor Pluto is the penultimate Sailor Scout to be added to my collection. Not really a regular member of the team, she guards the Door of Time and Space. She includes the standard array of different expressions, various hands, and a stand. Her main accessory is the Garnet Rod, which splits into three pieces for ease of putting it into her hands for holding it. The Garnet Orb on top is removable as well, and there is a special hand that it plugs into so she can hold it. Given that Pluto is no longer considered to be a planet, I wonder if her character would even exist if Sailor Moon were being written for the first time today.
Monday, January 30, 2017
I think that most people who are fans of Catman can think Gail Simone's runs on Secret Six. I am definitely one of those people. While Catman did have a six inch figure from Mattel a couple years back, it was a pleasant surprise to see him show up in the movie series, and of course it was one of must haves. The claws he uses are more like brass knuckles, but for the minifigure they are Wolverine claws, so they are kind of too long. But that's understandable, as it's a way to save on new tooling. Interestingly, Catman's mask is completely different from Batman's. This is one of the pieces that you can feel for, it feels different from a Batman mask because the ears are shorter, and more distinctively there's no chin strap piece to it. The claws are also something fairly distinctive to feel for.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Ever since The Killing Joke, it's more or less been accepted canon that the Joker was operating under the Red Hood identity prior to getting dumped in a vat of chemicals, and that even survived into the New 52. So that's basically what you're getting here, a guy in a nice suit with a cape and dome over head head, armed with a couple pistols. Feeling for the dome or the pistols is probably the best way to find him. Interestingly, the head underneath the dome is the modern Jason Todd Red Hood mask. I'm not sure if this is true, but I'm assuming all the characters in this minifigures series will be in the movie. So how does Red Hood figure into it? I would guess a flashback for the Joker, since he seems to be the primary antagonist of the movie. Since this version of Batman is just starting to work with Dick Grayson as Robin, having Jason Todd wouldn't make any sense. So the Jason Todd head here is probably just a fun Easter egg. I guess we'll find out in a couple weeks!
Saturday, January 28, 2017
The other Batman variant I wanted to get was Vacation Batman. Normally Batman doesn't seem like the kind of guy that would let himself take a vacation, but LEGO Batman isn't quite so serious. He may be all about Darkness and the color black, but he likes to have a good time as well. So this is Batman ready for some pool-time fun. He's got his bat-trunks, bat print aloha shirt, flippers, goggles, and floatation device. The goggles are a permanent part of the cowl. I found him in the packaging by feeling for the big round flotation device, although the swim fins are somewhat distinctive as well.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Target got another case of two of the LEGO Batman Movie minifigures in, so I was finally able to get the rest of them that I wanted. Naturally, Fairy Batman is a must have. I don't know what role this costume will play in the movie, but hopefully it's more than a background cameo. Batman in a pink fairy costume with a wand is just one of those things that you'll probably either love or hate, and I'm definitely in the loving it camp. Finding this one is probably easiest by looking for the wings piece, although the skirt and wand are helpful as well.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Stranger Things may have been the big hit of the Summer from Netflix, but the first season of the new Voltron cartoon was also released around the same time. I've only recently got around to watching it, and I am enjoying it so far. I have long ago learned the lesson that cartoons I enjoyed as a child have not aged well, so I am not particularly interested in re-watching the original series. But the new one modernizes things well enough, while retaining the things I remember enjoying. And just in time for the second season, there are now toys. I passed on the semi-recent Mattycollector exclusive Voltron for cost reasons, and y'know... Because Mattycollector. But now the Voltron toys are being made by Playmates and available at retail, so I am definitely down for a Voltron toy that is formed from the five individual lions. So far, Target has only been stocking the Black Lion, so that is the one I am starting with. Apparently this version of Voltron is 16 inches tall, so the black lion is pretty sizable. The newer Voltron design is less blocky, so the individual lions are as well. There are electronics, there is a button that plays different sounds and makes the chest light up. Adding each additional lion unlocks more phrases and sound effects, with apparently more than 50. I haven't heard "And I'll form the head" but I hope that's in there. There is a tiny speeder with Shiro in it that fits inside a space inside the lion's chest. It's really small and not very detailed, so I didn't include it in the picture. But at least we are getting toys of the pilots in some form.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Last year, we got the First Order Snowtrooper, but now it's back to basics with the classic Imperial Snowtrooper. It's surprisingly beige this time. I had to go look up reference pictures, and it appears that the costume is somewhat beige, but a bit too much so on this figure. Oh well, it's still a cool figure. Remember when they did the Snowtrooper figure in the smaller scale with a removable helmet and a Jango head underneath? That was a weird time, although I think that canon is clear that Imperial troopers are not clones. Anyway, that's just to say that the Snowtrooper doesn't have a removable helmet. He is armed with the standard Stormtrooper blaster as well as the DLT20A rifle, which has some nice wear painted on it.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
While this entire series has a very good selection of characters, I am guessing that the hardest figure to find will be fan favorite Darth Revan from Knights of the Old Republic. While there have been allusions the pieces of KotOR lore in the new canon, a lot of this stuff is still up in the air, so Revan's position in canon these days is uncertain. But the important thing is that he has a new figure, which is an improvement on his smaller scale predecessor. While the smaller figure had a plastic lower robe which hindered leg movement, this figure has a soft goods cape and lower robe, allowing the leg articulation to be used more. The hood of the robe is plastic, which does hinder movement of the head, but does a much better job of maintaining its shape than soft goods would. Revan comes armed with two lightsbabers, one of which is the first purple one in this scale.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Another addition to the more realistic take on cartoon character ranks, Sabine Wren is one of the figures I was most looking forward to in this series. Sabine is of course from the Rebels cartoon series, which coincidentally had a very Sabine-centric story in the most recent episode. It's too bad that this figure isn't based on that episode, because then she could have included the Darksaber. This Sabine is from season one, as indicated by her hair and armor. I'm still getting used to her face rendered in a realistic style, but this seems a fair approximation of how she would appear as an actual person rather than her more stylized animated appearance. For accessories, Sabine includes a removable helmet (it's a rather tight fit), twin blasters which can be holstered, and befitting a demolitions expert, a detonator. Sabine's a cool figure, so I'm glad to add her to the ranks. The next Ghost crew member that will be appearing in the line is Hera, although I'm not sure when.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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.