Friday, August 18, 2017

#52: Pokemon - Bulbasaur vs Pikachu

While the two pack with Squirtle and Charmander was pretty easy to find, it took me a while to find the two pack with Bulbasaur and Pikachu. Pikachu, being Pikachu, is included in various two packs, but Bulbasaur is only in this one. Of course I wanted all three of the original starters so I waited to get this Pikachu. Like all the other figures in this line, these Pokemon are small plastic figures with no articulation. Bulbasaur is taking things easy, and is posed in a crouch, while Pikachu is ready for action, posed in mid-stride. There is a three pack of the middle evolutions of the starters, and they are sold separately in their final forms.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

#51: Marvel Legends - Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson

So the last time Hasbro made a Mary Jane figure, it was in the smaller scaled Marvel Universe line, and pretty scarce. This time, she's a Toys R Us exclusive packaged with another Spider-Man figure. The previous six inch version was from the Spider-Man 3 movie line, and she wasn't exactly a peg-warmer. What I'm getting at is I think Mary Jane would sell well enough by herself. Ah well. So this version of Spider-Man is from some storyline I'm unfamiliar with. Why does he have glowing eyes and a glowing spider on his chest? No clue. It also has weirdly angular boot tops, further setting it apart from the classic Spidey suit. The main appeal of this figure for me is that there is an alternate unmasked Peter Parker head. Mary Jane turned out pretty well. She's basically wearing her classic "Face it tiger, you just hit the jackpot" outfit, although with a more modern hairstyle. Her lower torso and legs are new, because the jeans have sculpted wrinkles that most skintight superhero costumes don't have. She also get a purse for an accessory. I don't know if it's just me, but I see some Emma Stone in the face. Sure, she was Gwen Stacy in the Amazing Spider-Man movies, but she would have been a good MJ.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

#50: Pop! Games (Overwatch) - D.Va with MEKA

Not surprisingly, Funko was one of the first companies to get Overwatch toys to market, as part of the soon to be all encompassing Pop! line. I had to wait for the second series to get my favorite character, D.Va, and she turned out pretty cool. While Funko could have just released her as a standard sized Pop! figure, they opted to include MEKA, so she's one of the mini Pops and MEKA is one of the oversized figures. The canopy on MEKA flips open, so D.Va can sit inside to pilot it. Apparently the Overwatch Pops have been plagued with quality control issues, and mine was no exception. Upon opening the package, MEKA's left arm fell off. Rather than dealing with the hassle of getting a replacement, I just super glued it back into place, and that seems to have worked. You can see in the picture that the two arms aren't exactly even with each other, but that doesn't bother me.

Friday, August 11, 2017

#49: DC Comics Multiverse (The Flash) - King Shark

Fun fact: King Shark is a shark! Sure, for the TV version on The Flash, King Shark may have been a metahuman, but we all know in our hearts that he is truly a shark. I was pretty stoked to see King Shark on TV, and very pleasantly surprised that Mattel decided to immortalize him in plastic. Fortunately the series his various body parts were sold with was pretty decent. King Shark is one of the more massive build a figures Mattel has done, and ends up around nine inches tall. It's a very cool looking figure, and even the jaw is articulated, which is a neat touch. Remember how the Suicide Squad Killer Croc had variant pieces? King Shark similarly has a variation, which is a different hammerhead shark style head. I definitely prefer the great white style head.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

#48: DC Comics Multiverse (Legends of Tomorrow) - Hawkman

I mainly got Hawkman for the King Shark piece he comes with. For whatever reason, there weren't many of them on Ebay, so I got impatient and decided to just get the figure. This is the TV version of Hawkman, from Legends of Tomorrow. The first season was kind of dodgy, but the second season was a huge improvement and a lot of fun. Part of that improvement was that Hawkman wasn't around anymore. I'm actually surprised they made Hawkman before Hawkgirl, since she was a more important character. Maybe with Batgirl in this series already, they didn't want another female figure. Aside from the wings, Hawkman is an entirely new figure (okay, maybe the mace is re-used). These are the same wings from the earlier DCUC versions of Hawkman and Hawkgirl, so they continue to be cool. Due to TV budget issues, the Hawks spent most of the time with their wings hidden (in another dimension? shrunk to microscopic size?), so the wings are removable.

Monday, August 7, 2017

#47: Marvel Legends (Doctor Strange) - Dormammu

I figured since I already had over half of the Dormammu build a figure, I ought to complete it. What's not to like about a big evil magic dude with a flaming head, who also has two flaming skulls as accessories? That's Ghost Rider level metalness. His armor does kind of get in the way of his movement, but as a possibly non-corporeal magical being, he's probably more about the magic attacks than punching anyone out. Dormammu was previously released fully assembled as part of a SDCC exclusive box set, with a slightly different color scheme. So if you already had that one, this version would be redundant. I haven't even bothered with trying to get any SDCC exclusives for a couple years now, so this was a good way to get him.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

#46: DC Comics Multiverse (Wonder Woman) - Diana of Themyscira

I was pretty psyched for the Wonder Woman movie to come out, and the toys hit shelves before the movie, so I decided to pick up this version of Diana in her Themiscyrian outfit (yeah, I'm like a couple months behind with my blog here). It's a much better likeness than the BvS figure, so it's already an improvement. For accessories there is her godkiller sword and the Lasso of Truth, which is a separate piece this time. The build a figure for this series is Ares, which I'm not going to be completing. Interestingly, the Ares is based on concept art rather than his final onscreen appearance, so there's no David Thewlis likeness to be had. I've got my Rey figure on my desk, and the whole "brunette with tied back hair wearing a tan outfit" similarity keeps catching my eye while I type this. Maybe Rey is secretly an Amazon!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

#45: DC Comics Multiverse - "The Dark Knight Returns" Joker

Mattel's been putting out Dark Knight Returns figures sporadically for a while now, and they've finally arrived at the most obvious omission so far, the Joker. Since the Masters of the Universe Classics line didn't feature any characters wearing a modern (well 80s style) suit, this is all new parts as far as I can tell. It's a pretty good adaptation into three dimensions of the artwork from the original comics, without being super stylized. For accessories, there is a knife and a gun, as well as one of the best alternate heads ever. The standard head has a kind of disdainful expression, but the alternate one has the Joker laughing wildly, with a batarang embedded in his eye. The batarang is actually a separate piece, packaged separately from the head.

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.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#34: Star Wars The Black Series - Imperial AT-ACT Driver

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

#33: Marvel Legends - Colossus

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

#32: Marvel Legends Civil War - Falcon

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

#31: Hot Wheels - The Dark Knight Batmobile (228/250)

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

#30: WWE - Undertaker

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

#29: Voltron Legendary Defender - Voltron

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

#28: Voltron Legendary Defender - Legendary Red Lion

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

#27: Voltron Legendary Defender - Legendary Yellow Lion

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

#26: WWE - Sgt. Slaughter

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

#25: Marvel Legends Series (12 inch) - Captain America

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

#24: World of Nintendo Animal Crossing - Villager

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

#23: Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 - Yondu

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

#22: S.H. Figuarts Dragonball Z - Super Saiyan Vegeta (Premium Color Edition)

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

#21: Marvel Legends X-Men - Dazzler

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

#20: The LEGO Batman Movie - The Scuttler (70908)

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

#19: Voltron Legendary Defender - Legendary Blue Lion

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

#18: Voltron Legendary Defender - Legendary Green Lion

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

#17: Pop! Television Ash vs Evil Dead - Ash

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

#16: S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon - Sailor Saturn

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

#15: S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon - Sailor Pluto

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

#14: The LEGO Batman Movie Minifigures - Catman

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

#13: The LEGO Batman Movie Minifigures - Red Hood

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

#12: The LEGO Batman Movie Minifigures - Vacation Batman

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

#11: The LEGO Batman Movie Minifigures - Fairy Batman

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

#10 Voltron Legendary Defender - Legendary Black Lion

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

#9: Star War The Black Series - Snowtrooper

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

#8: Star Wars The Black Series - Darth Revan

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

#7: Star Wars The Black Series - Sabine Wren

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

#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.
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