Thursday, October 19, 2017

#74: Figma The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Princess Zelda

Since it came out at that weird cusp when the Gamecube was on its way out, and the Wii was new, I never got around to actually playing Twilight Princess. Since they keep making Figmas of Nintendo characters that I want figures of, but based on games I haven't actually played (like the Link and Samus Figmas I already have), I'm just glad to have cool versions of those characters. She has the usual Figma alternate face and multiple sets of swappable hands as well as a stand. For accessories, she has a swords, and some sort of magical bow and arrow. It's a very cool looking Zelda figure. My only complaint is that her dress inhibits her leg articulation. That's always going to be a problem for a figure wearing a dress, unless you go with soft goods, though. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

#73: Star Wars The Black Series - Chirrut Imwe

Chirrut Imwe was one of the great new character additions from Rogue One. So of course this figure was impossible to find. Presumably some of them must have made it to stores, but I never saw one. I was only able to finally get one by paying slightly above retail and ordering online. And even that took a lot of patience. Chirrut turned out pretty well in action figure form. He's armed with his staff and bowcaster (?), and the lower parts of his robes are soft goods, which allows for more leg mobility than plastic robes would.

Friday, September 29, 2017

#72: Marvel Legends Series (12 inch) - Spider-Man

I guess I just can't resist these 12 inch Marvel Legends figures Hasbro has been putting out, because here's Spider-Man. As part of Amazon's Prime Day sale, this figure was marked down to the price of a standard ML figure, which was exactly the incentive I needed to go ahead and buy it. These figures continue to be cool, so I'm happy to go on buying them. Spidey gets the assortment of swappable hands that include fists, open hands, and "thwip" hands, and a couple extra heads including one that's unmasked and one with the mask lifted partially up exposing the lower half of his face. Interestingly, the tips of his webshooters can be seen peaking out from the gloves, which I think is a detail that's never been on a figure before. There's an intriguing paint touch where the eyes aren't just flat white paint, but seem to be slightly pearlescent. It makes for an unusual visual effect, and I dig it.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

#71: Friday The 13th (The Final Chapter) - Jason Voorhees

Friday the 13th The Final Chapter is the last movie in which Jason isn't a supernatural creature. Sure, he's ridiculously resilient and should have been dead a couple times over, but he's not yet a reanimated corpse. It's also one of the best movies in the series, and also happens to star Corey Feldman and Crispin Glover. So that's the version of Jason that this figure represents. Since NECA figures are more of a 7 inch scale, Jason is pretty huge. He features his mother's tombstone as an accessory as well as a small arsenal. There's a machete, an axe, a meat cleaver, a knife, a hacksaw, and even a corkscrew. He also has a swappable alternate head, and two removable masks. One head is regular levels of messed up, and the other has damage that's inflicted on him throughout the movie.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

#70: Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2) - Nebula (Daughters of Thanos)

Finally, the figure I've been waiting years for. There was no Nebula figure for the first Guardians movie. I think Nebula would have been a much better use of the slot in the first series than space Iron Man, but we can't have nice things, so here we are. Maybe Hasbro will even release a Ronan figure at some point. I'm not holding my breath. Anyway. Nebula turned out well. She's got a pistol and a swappable left forearm depending on whether you want to display her with her normal arm or her kind of sad looking robotic replacement arm. Now the number of Karen Gillan figures in my collection has doubled.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

#69: Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2) - Gamora (Daughters of Thanos)

Following Rocket's lead of improved versions of figures from Guardians of the Galaxy, here's the new Gamora figure. This new version can stand much more easily, and can actually reliably hold her sword. Plus, I generally like the design of the costume better. I think it's even a better likeness of Zoe Saldana. There are two versions of her sword, regular and folded up. The folded up version fits into a holder on her side. There's also a big space gun.

Monday, September 25, 2017

#68: Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2) - Rocket Raccoon & Groot

While I was excited for figures of new characters from Guardians of the Galaxy, I wasn't thrilled with new versions of old figures. But I want the Mantis build a figure. Fortunately, most of the re-hashed characters are better figures than the older versions. Rocket here has improved articulation (his legs are posable now!) and has better balance thanks to having two small pistols rather than a large gun. He also has swappable heads. Technically, this is a two pack, as baby Groot is included. Groot is naturally adorable and tiny, and is sporting the Ravagers jumpsuit from the movie. Unfortunately, mine won't stand unsupported. Rocket's never going to be the best value, but it's a definite improvement over the first movie version, so depending on how you feel about these things, he may or may not be worth picking up. I'm okay with having bought him.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

#67: Marvel Legends (Spider-Man Homecoming) - Spider-Man (homemade costume)

According to the packaging, this is just Spider-Man, with no mention of which costume this is. I never thought I'd see the Ben Reilly costume in a movie, but making a color inverted version of it Spidey's original homemade costume was a stroke of genius. I like that it's basically just a sweatsuit. Like the other movie Spidey, this has swappable fists and "thwip" hands. There's only one head, but there are two hood pieces, so it can be worn up or down. And that should be it for Spider-Man figures, for a while. Oh, there's the big one...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#66: Marvel Legends (Spider-Man Homecoming) - Spider-Man

So, inevitably, there is a movie Spider-Man figure for the recent movie. Which renders the Civil War version moot, especially given the earlier figure's inaccuracies. Ah well. This version is generally improved, and includes a piece of Vulture's wings. Spidey has swappable fists and "thwip-ing" hands, as well as two different heads. One with larger eyes and one with squinty eyes. If nothing else, incorporating Spidey's shifting eye size into movie canon is pretty damn cool. This version also uses the underarm webbing, which I think is a first for Marvel Legends figures, since the first appearance Spider-Man figure from years ago. Here, they are plastic pieces that plug into the undersides of the arms. They look cool enough, but only when the arms are in a set position. They're also not super secure. I'm sure there will be more Spider-Man figures in the upcoming years, but unless they do something radically different (symbiote suit?), this will probably be good enough for me.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

#65: Star Wars The Black Series - Death Squad Commander

For the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, Hasbro started releasing the six inch Black Series figures on vintage style card backs. I saw the first series, which were mostly re-releases of figures I already had, then didn't see any more, except for this guy. Supposedly there is a Jawa and C-3PO out there. Somewhere. Basically they were a victim of being stuck between all the leftover Rogue One stuff, and when stores stopped ordering in anticipation for the upcoming Last Jedi stuff. Since this guy was one of the original 12 Star Wars figures, it got an update for the 40th anniversary line. I was thinking about how goofy his helmet looks, but now I'm wondering if it's modeled after samurai helmets. That's completely possible given the various influences that went into Star Wars. Either way, this is a good figure of a generic Imperial. He's got a blaster and his helmet is removable.

Monday, September 18, 2017

#64: LEGO Minifigures Series 17 - Connoisseur

I think my local Target ordered way too many cases of the LEGO Batman Movie series of minifigures, because series 17 never showed up there. While visiting a Target in a different town, I was able to find some of the series 17 minifigures still in stock. The stereotypical French guy is officially known as "Connoisseur" which I guess is a better name than stereotypical French guy. It's French, even. I mostly wanted this minifigure because it comes with a baguette and a French bulldog, which is way too cute. Why a French bulldog and not a poodle? I don't know. Poodles seem more stereotypically French to me. He's pretty easy to find through the bag by feeling for the baguette.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

#63: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Usagi Yojimbo

Here we are, the last of my birthday gifts for the year. This Usagi Yojimbo figure is one I've been waiting nearly 30 years for. The original Usagi figure was wearing armor, and the more recent version was in an awkward pose due to an action feature. At last, there is an Usagi Yojimbo figure that is articulated and is wearing his standard outfit. I haven't been keeping up with the Ninja Turtles cartoon, but now that it's been responsible for this figure, it has achieved its purpose and can now be rebooted.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

#62: Transformers Titans Return - Perceptor and Convex

I am in general a Transformers fan, and I have a keen appreciation for absurdity. So I'm always pleased by Transformers with somewhat ridiculous alt-modes. A microscope alt-mode fits under that category, so I wanted to get Perceptor. I never had one as a kid, and the previous version turned into a vehicle, so I skipped it. I thought this was going to be the last series of toys before the movie stuff hit, and that they would be impossible to find. But I lucked out and found Perceptor on the shelf. In robot mode he looks reminiscent of the original version, with the distinctive red and blue color scheme.

The alt microscope mode isn't exactly going to fool anyone that it's an actual microscope, but it gets the idea across. There's a neat feature where the dial on the scope can be used to adjust the focal length of the lenses in the scope. There are two actual lenses in the scope, but they don't function to magnify anything. Still, a neat feature. Perceptor's head, Convex, can sit in the rifle.

Friday, September 15, 2017

#61: Star Wars The Black Series - Royal Guard

Long time blog readers may recall that I am always down for a Royal Guard figure. There's a online exclusive four pack that features a Senate Guard, a Royal Guard, a Shadow Guard, and a Praetorian Guard that I am super tempted to get. But for now here is the Royal Guard. Like most Royal Guard figures from the last few years, the robe conceals a fully sculpted set of armor, and the figure is armed with the typical force pike and holdout blaster. I think this figure is unique in that the cloak is only split along the right side, whereas previous versions have basically had a "cape" for the front and the back that kind of close around each other. It's too bad that we never got to see these guys in action during their appearance in Return of the Jedi, but maybe the Praetorian Guard will get to show off their moves during The Last Jedi.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

#60 LEGO Star Wars Microfighters - Wookiee Gunship (75129)

This was another birthday gift. Since this is a Wookiee who isn't Chewbacca (you can tell because he's completely nude), this is a set based on Revenge of the Sith. But it turns out there is a larger Wookiee Gunship set that's based on Rebels, so maybe not. My Shyriiwook is terrible, I can't come up with an appropriate name for him, so I'll just go with Frank. Frank's bowcaster looks suspiciously like a regular crossbow. I've never had a Chewbacca minifigure before, is this "crossbow as bowcaster" treatment standard for Wookiees in LEGO form? The gunship itself is a fun little build, with adjustable wings and flick out missiles.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

#59: Power Rangers Legacy Collection - Green Ranger

My birthday was about two and a half months ago. This was a birthday gift. That's how far behind I am currently. Anyway, Bandai has been putting out these Power Ranger Legacy figures for a while. They're basically the Marvel Legends of Power Rangers, as they're in a six inch scale and well articulated. They even have a build a figure, which for the first couple of series is the original Megazord. The movie reboot wasn't out yet when the Green Ranger was in stores, so I missed out. Fortunately, I was given this figure for my birthday. My only experience with Bandai figures recently has been the Figuarts toys, and while this figure isn't as nice, this does feel like it's by the same company. There is plentiful articulation, and overall the figure feels well made. There are a few accessories: the Sword of Death, the infamous dagger/flute, and a spare set of hands posed for flute playing. If the first series of figures was still readily available, I'd feel very tempted to assemble the classic MMPR team.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

#58: Star Wars The Black Series- Tusken Raider

The Tusken Raiders are one of the iconic alien groups from Star Wars. Completely covered from head to toe, and speaking in unintelligible grunts, there's something unnerving and mysterious about them. If someone wanted to make a horror movie in the Star Wars universe, they would be great antagonists. The first six inch figure turned out pretty well, fortunately. The soft goods robe has a nice rough look to it, although it does hang somewhat oddly. Hopefully gravity will sort that out with time. The other accessories are a long blaster rifle and a gaffi stick. Well, three gaffi sticks, sort of. There are three different interchangeable ends for the gaffi stick. Why so many? I'm assuming it's meant to reflect different onscreen props, so you can choose which specific Sandperson you want the figure to reflect. I just opted for the one that I think looks best.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

#57: Star Wars The Black Series - Qui-Gon Jinn

Next up from Star Wars is Qui-Gon Jinn. As a Jedi who wasn't particularly concerned with the rules of the Order, he was probably responsible for Obi-Wan's loose interpretation of honesty. I just realized that this is only the second Phantom Menace figure in the six inch line. I mean, Artoo technically could be a Phantom Menace figure, but his accessories are specific to later movies in the series. I'm not too surprised, given the film's notoriety. I will be very impressed if Hasbro ever makes a six inch Jar-Jar figure.  Anyway, Qui-Gon has the usual level of articulation for six inch Star Wars figures, and mostly looks pretty good. The face looks better in person than in this picture. Naturally, he includes his lightsaber, which has a removable blade, and an alternate Force gesture left hand. So far, none of the Jedi in this scale have included robes. I hope at some point in the future they start making them, although I wouldn't want to have to re-buy figures just for robes.

Monday, September 4, 2017

#56: Star Wars The Black Series - Lando Calrissian

Force Friday II was a couple days ago, but I'm still super far behind with my blogging. So here's a Star Wars figure I got a couple months ago! I think this is the last series in the regular packaging before the 40th anniversary stuff was supposed to hit. So if you're anything like me, you haven't seen it in a store. I got mine online. But yeah, Lando! Lando's always been cool, so I'm glad to get his figure in this scale. He's got a blaster, a commlink, and his cape is removable. I wonder if they'll make a Lando figure for the upcoming untitled (still!) Han Solo movie. Then I could have Billy Dee Williams standing next to Donald Glover on my shelf.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

#55: Marvel Legends - Beetle

I've been trying to force myself not to buy figures solely for build a figure pieces. So that's not why I bought this Beetle figure, but it did certainly play a part in helping me decide to get it. I'm not familiar with the character at all, but he's got a cool design. And there's just something about winged action figures, it's like they're a better value because you're getting all the extra plastic. The wings are cool looking, and a good re-use of those from the Wasp figure from a couple years back. They can be removed, and the shell folded into place as if the wings were tucked away. I'll be keeping them on for display, since they look cooler that way. Unless you count the wings or the build a figure piece, there are no accessories.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

#54: DC Comics Multiverse (Wonder Woman) - Wonder Woman

Perhaps because they had so recently released a Wonder Woman figure for Batman v Superman, there wasn't actually a regular in-costume Wonder Woman figure in the movie series of the DC Comics Multiverse line. Sort of. They did release one, but it was a Toys R Us exclusive. The likeness on the BvS version was so terrible that I was glad to get a chance to get an upgrade. Of course, I could have waited for the Justice League version. But this one has a shield and that one doesn't, so I guess that's a bonus. From the neck down, this is mostly the same figure as the BvS version, but most importantly a the head is completely new and actually looks like Gal Gadot rather than her stuntwoman or whatever. This time around, her golden lasso is removable, although it's permanently coiled, so there aren't too many exciting posing options for it. While the main movie series includes all the pieces to put together an Ares figure, this figure includes a shield for him to use. It's larger and spikier than Diana's shield.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

#53: DC Comics Multiverse - Damian Wayne Robin

Mattel made a Damian Wayne Robin before, but it was a Mattycollector exclusive so I never got it. More recently it was re-tooled for a Toys R Us exclusive. Damian is a really fun character, and adds a certain murderous something to the Robin role. The major issue with the figure is that it's a teen body, so it's too big for Damian, who is still a kid. Otherwise, it's the Mattel DC figure we're all used to from the DCUC days. This version of Robin has the hood on his cape up, while I think the previous version didn't. For accessories there is a sword, as well as a Court of Owls mask. It slides over his face and the hood holds it in place pretty well. The kneepads are separate pieces held on by friction. While this isn't my ideal Damian Wayne figure, it's still pretty cool.

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.
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