Monday, December 11, 2017

#104: Star Wars The Black Series (The Last Jedi) - Maz Kanata

Backlog update: I bought this figure in October, so now I'm only two months behind in my blogging. Smaller scale aside, there wasn't a Maz figure from The Force Awakens. Going by the bio text on the back of the package, this is a Last Jedi figure, but this definitely looks like a TFA figure. The coolest thing about this Maz is that the lenses on her glasses can swivel up like in the movie. Since the lenses don't actually magnify her eyes, they end up being too large when compared with her onscreen appearance. Oddly, Maz is packaged with her glasses in the up position, revealing her too large eyes. But it's a cool touch either way. For accessories, she has a blaster, and the chest in which Rey found Luke's lightsaber, as well as the lightsaber itself. Those are very definitely TFA accessories.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

#103: Star Wars The Black Series (Revenge of the Sith) - Commander Gree

Hey, it's Commander Gree, who was beheaded by Yoda. He's a Toys R Us exclusive. I feel like I've bought so many clone trooper figures in the past 12 years that I have a hard time saying anything else about them. He's got some unique tooling, so he's not just a repaint at least. He's got the usual blaster and blaster rifle, as well as a set of macrobinoculars.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

#102: The Nightmare Before Christmas - Lock, Shock, and Barrel

For the price of one figure, here are three figures. Lock, Shock, and Barrel are the three trick or treaters of Halloween Town who hench for Oogie-Boogie. Although they are semi-antagonists, I've always liked the characters. The gag about them looking similar to their costumes when unmasked is fun. These aren't particularly heavily articulated figures, and they are slightly screen-inaccurate but I like the characters enough to overcome any gripes. Accessory-wise, their masks are removable, and there's a lollipop that none of them can hold. Apparently the comic shop version of these figures include their walking claw foot bathtub. I bought mine at Toys R Us, and didn't even know there was an alternate version at the time. Alas.

Friday, December 8, 2017

#101: Star Wars The Black Series (The Last Jedi) - First Order Stormtrooper Executioner

I was thinking that the name of this figure made it sound like it's his job to execute Stormtroopers. Then I read the bio text on the box, and apparently, these guys punish traitorous soldiers. So, maybe Finn is going to have to deal with some of these guys, aside from his fight with Phasma that's shown in the trailer. So yeah, this is just a regular First Order Stormtrooper with a slightly different paint job and some sort of electro-axe instead of a blaster. We've got less than a week left to wait to see what role this trooper will play.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

#100: Transformers Platinum Series - Optimus Prime and Megatron

The main reason I got back into Transformers as an adult was the Classics line, which was updated versions of the old school G1 toys from when I was a kid. For whatever reason, I never got the Optimus and Megatron toys which were released at the time, although I did get the repainted Optimus as Ultra Magnus. Ten years or so later, fortunately both toys were re-released for the 30th anniversary of the animated movie as part of the platinum series. Since those are usually overpriced, it was doubly fortunate that they were apparently not selling well, and I was able to get the set for a reasonable price from Amazon. Overall, Optimus is a good robot, aside from the chunks of his cab mode that just kind of hang off his forearms. At least in this version, they're clear blue plastic, so maybe they are like energy shields. Oh yeah, the clear plastic. To set this re-release apart from the original. there is a dramatic increase in clear plastic being used. It's really weird, honestly. Similar to Optimus, Megatron is overall pretty cool aside from randomly having wings. At least they look cooler than the bits on Optimus's arms.

Optimus mostly looks good in truck mode, although the blue clear plastic pieces here are really jarring. I dig that there's a huge Autobot logo on his roof. Megatron turns into basically a Nerf gun. Although slightly undersized for my adult hands, it's still really fun as a toy gun. The trigger even clicks when you pull it, which is a nice touch.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

#99: Star Wars The Black Series (Rebels) - Grand Admiral Thrawn

One of the good things about Disney getting rid of the old Expanded Universe is that it allows us to ignore all the bad parts, while a lot of the good stuff gets to crossover into the new canon. So of course Thrawn is back. While it remains to be seen if he will still be an important presence after Return of the Jedi, he is now prominent during the rebellion. Judging by the bio text on the back of the package, this is definitely based on Thrawn's appearances in Rebels. Which makes sense, since he's otherwise only appeared in one novel in the new canon so far. For as long as I had to wait for an update to Thrawn in the smaller scale, I'm glad that Hasbro got one out in the six inch scale so quickly.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

#98: Pokemon - Mimikyu and Poke Ball

Like much of the rest of the internet, I've been a fan of Mimikyu since it was first revealed over a year ago. Since this toy was released, I've waffled between definitely wanting to buy it, to not wanting to spend 10 bucks for basically a minifigure, to finally just buying it anyway. It's just a little unarticulated Mimikyu, with a Poke ball that opens and can clip on to your belt. It seems way overpriced for what you're getting. It would feel like a better value if Mimikyu was released in a two pack with another Pokemon. Which is probably what will end up happening now that I've bought this version. But hey, now I have a little toy Mimikyu, and that's the important thing here.

Monday, December 4, 2017

#97: Star Wars The Black Series (The Last Jedi) - Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)

Like his sister Leia, Luke Skywalker did not get a six inch figure based on The Force Awakens. Sure, he didn't show up until the very end of the movie, and he didn't have any lines. But come on. Ah, well, since The Last Jedi apparently picks up directly after the end of TFA, this is functionally a TFA version of Luke, so it works. Luke's only accessory is his hooded cape, which is soft goods. Unfortunately, there's no real good way to keep it in place. There are two very short strings that can be tied together to hold it on. I blame the costume designers for not making it a proper robe, which would stay on a little better in this scale. Because I'm sure costume designers are very concerned with action figure reproductions of their designs.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

#96: Star Wars The Black Series (The Last Jedi) - Kylo Ren

Another Force Friday figure from The Last Jedi, here's Kylo Ren. He's wearing a similar costume to his appearance in The Force Awakens. For all I know, this is what was under the long robe and scarf, but now with a cape thrown on top. Now that he has a cool facial scar, it seems Kylo no longer feels the need to wear a helmet. Unfortunately, the scar on the figure is pretty hard to see. It's definitely sculpted in, but there's no paint to help it pop, son in this small scale it kind of gets lost. The cape is a plastic piece that is removable and just rest on the shoulders. Naturally, Kylo Ren's lightsaber is included in both activated and unactivated modes. The hilt plugs into his belt.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

#95: Star Wars The Black Series (The Last Jedi) - Rey (Jedi Training)

So, this is basically the Rey figure we should have had from The Force Awakens. Sure, her hair and costume are different, but she actually comes with all the accessories that make sense for her. Aside from her trusty staff, she has her lightsaber (#reyisaskywalkerconfirmed) and the blaster Han gave her (#reyisasoloconfirmed) which has a holster on her belt. The costume she's wearing is very similar (Rey loves her armwraps), but with her legs fully covered and a more grey color scheme (#greyjediconfirmed). This figure is an improvement over the previous Rey in that her face is flesh colored plastic rather than being covered in paint. Oddly, she's more tan now. Sadly, Rey does not include a porg. She has three accessories already, so it's not a complaint. Word is that Hasbro will be releasing some sort of porg release in the six inch scale later on.

Friday, December 1, 2017

#94: Star Wars The Black Series (Rebels) - Hera Syndulla

In case you're wondering how far behind I still am, we have now reached my Force Friday haul. So, about three months. But here's another realistically styled character in the line who is from Rebels: Hera Syndulla! I'm always glad to get figures of more characters from Rebels, which is in the middle of its final season. As captain of the Ghost, she's one of the main protagonists from the show. Translated to a more realistic appearance, Hera makes for a nice looking figure. Her only accessory is a small holdout blaster, which has a holster on her boot.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

#93: Marvel Legends - Man-Thing

I have on a few occasions in the past thought about picking up the older Marvel Legends Man-Thing figure, but never did. Since the only figure from this series that I was kind of on the fence about buying was Bullseye, Man-Thing was enough of an incentive to buy him as well. I don't really know much about the character, although I do remember he was randomly living in the "Danger Arboretum" at the Massachusetts Academy in Generation X. Mainly, I'm just interested in the cool design.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

#92: Marvel Legends (Jessica Jones) - Jessica Jones

While half of the figures in this series are from Daredevil, one other Netflix Marvel show gets representation with Jessica Jones. Usually when a character is just wearing street clothes, the only way their figure is available is as part of a multipack, like Mary Jane, Bruce Banner, Coulson, etc. But Jessica Jones gets a solo release, so kudos to Hasbro for showing some faith. It's a very nice figure, with a great Krysten Ritter likeness. My only complaint is that she doesn't have a scarf. Word on the street is that the scarf from Jyn Erso can, with some modification, make for a good substitute.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

#91: Marvel Legends (Daredevil) - Elektra

Although only briefly teased during the first season of Daredevil, Elektra was a major player in the second season (yeah, there was a lot going on in the second season). Although I'm glad there is an Elektra figure, this was released before the Defenders series, and I kind of wish they had waited to make that version of her, because she was wearing a more comics inspired costume. But this figure is a good representation of her onscreen appearance. Armed with, of course, a pair of sai, Elektra also has an alternate unmasked head.

Monday, November 27, 2017

#90: Marvel Legends - Blade

Oddly enough, Blade was the first Marvel hero to really do well on the big screen, which helped usher in X-Men, Spider-Man, and ultimately the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie version of Blade did get a Marvel Legends figure years ago, and now here's a comic version of him. True to his name, Blade comes armed with a sword with a sheathe on his back, which is attached to a bandolier of stakes. He's ready to fight some vampires. His other accessory is an alternate head, which has a more Wesley Snipes feel to it.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

#89: Marvel Legends - Bullseye

Bullseye is probably Daredevil's most iconic foe, so it makes sense to include him in a series featuring the Netflix version of him. But since he hasn't made an appearance in live action since the Ben Affleck movie, this is the comic version. It's a nice looking figure that's mostly a repaint of Spider-Man with the extra arm swivels. Where he really shines is the accessories. He has an alternate unmasked head which has a great maniacal yelling expression, as well as a pistol and a knife. His left hand has a cool knife throwing effect, and there are a couple alternate left hands: one for holding a gun, and one doing a pointing/finger gun gesture.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

#88: LEGO Minifigures series 17 - Rocket Boy

Rocket boy is a person in a costume, which is one of my favorite sub-themes to the various series of LEGO minifigures. It's a very cool rocket costume, with the face looking out from a porthole. Underneath, the kid is wearing a grey jumpsuit with the old school LEGO space series design on his chest, which is reproduced in a more hand-drawn looking form on his flag. Maybe this is Benny as a child? If this series is even in stores any more, it's easy to find the rocket boy by feeling for the rocket piece, which is very distinctively shaped.

Friday, November 24, 2017

#87: Marvel Legends (Daredevil) - Daredevil

Daredevil is basically the foundation to the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So of course he gets a figure. Since he barely had his costume during the first season of the show, I'm just considering this a season two figure. I'm sure there were some differences between the two seasons that can positively identify this costume from which specific person, but I'm not that invested in the difference. For what it's worth, I think this costume looks better in action figure form than in TV form. As usual, Daredevil's baton can be split in two, and there's a holster on his leg for it. He also gets alternate fist hands to swap. An unmasked head would have been cool here, but I'm not complaining.

#86: Star Wars The Black Series (Rogue One) - Baze Malbus

Unless Hasbro decides to at some point make a Bodhi or Saw figure, this is probably my last Rogue One figure. It's too bad Baze and Chirrut were so hard to find, since you probably wouldn't want one without the other. Like I did with Chirrut, I had to wait to find one online for a price I was willing to pay. Baze is a cool figure, but his giant cannon (it comes in three parts: gun, hose, and power pack) makes him back heavy.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

#85: Marvel Legends (Daredevil) - Punisher

Finally, a post that's (somewhat) timely! I got this figure a couple months ago, but the Punisher Netflix series just dropped a few days ago. I've been too busy playing the new Assassin's Creed to have watched it yet (not to mention being a week behind on my regular TV shows), but I hope to soon. Either way, this Punisher figure is based on his appearance in the second season of Daredevil. It's a nice looking figure, and he's got a pistol and rifle for accessories. When I opened this figure, the lower torso was rotated off center, so I thought the lower part of the skull marking was missing. I don't think that's ever happened to me before.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#84: Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2) - Star-Lord and Ego

Fun fact #1: You can get this set really cheap, for less than the price of a single figure, online these days. Fun fact #2: Since I'm super behind on blogging, this is a set I bought a few months ago, when it was new. So I paid full price for it. Yay! Since the set is the only way to get the Ego figure (hey, I wouldn't have minded if they gave him Ex Nihilo's spot in the regular release series), I bought it. It's a nice figure, a mini Kurt Russel ready for space adventures. There's an alternate head with a more stern expression. Otherwise, Ego has no accessories. There are three Star-Lord figures from Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2, but this is the only one I'm getting. The costume on this one is different enough from the first movie's, so I'm okay with that. Also, the Chris Pratt likeness on this one is light years beyond the first movie version. Star-Lord has an alternate masked head, his two blasters (which can hang off pegs on his hips), and a little black rectangle which I think is a Zune.

Monday, November 20, 2017

#83: Marvel Legends (Thor Ragnarok) - Hulk (build a figure)

Movie Hulk has previously been a regular single release, but gladiator Hulk gets extra accessories and armor, so he's a build a figure. Fair enough! Hulk is, naturally, pretty massive, and the crest on his removable helmet makes him even taller. He's got a big axe and hammer for any gladiatorial combat needs. Since I already have shredded pants Hulk and stretchy pants Hulk, I wouldn't have thought I would even want another movie Hulk. But put him in some armor, and I'm sold.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

#82: Marvel Legends - Odinson

When Thor loses Mjolnir and therefore can't be called Thor any more, he has to fall back on his family name and just go by Odinson. Unless he's Marvel Cinematic Universe Thor, in which case he continues to be Thor. But this figure is comic Odinson. With has tattered cape and rope belt, he looks kind of like a hobo. No cool helmet or chest disks here. He does get a pretty large axe, though. Odinson isn't the most necessary figure for a collection, and I mostly got him for the build a figure piece, but he does look pretty cool at least.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

#81: Marvel Legends - Thor

Marvel hasn't been shy lately about shaking up many of their major characters. Thor is one of those characters with a major change in the status quo, with the mantle of Thor and Mjolnir passing on to Jane Foster. This new Thor has been pretty popular, so we didn't have to wait too long for a figure of her. It's a really cool design, and probably your only chance to get a Jane Foster figure that isn't a Minimate. Thor naturally includes Mjolnir, and her cape is removable.

Monday, October 30, 2017

#80: Marvel Legends - Ares

One of the weird things about the Marvel universe is that it has both Norse and Greek (and others?) gods running around acting as superheroes or villains. He's been a Thor villain, so he's here for the Ragnarok series. I'm not really familiar with the character at all, and if not for the build a figure, I wouldn't have bought him. But he's a cool looking figure, and he can do double duty as an Ares for Wonder Woman to fight, since I didn't feel like building that figure. He's a huge figure, befitting a literal god, and he fits right in with the Asgardians. He's got a ridiculously oversized sword and axe, as well as a dagger that fits into a sheathe on his leg. Also his helmet is removable. His face has a dark wash on it to make it look more shadowed under the helmet, so he looks kind of weird without it.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

#79: Marvel Legends (Thor Ragnarok) - Hela

The Hela figure poses quite a quandary for me. See, there are two interchangeable heads. One has this absolutely fantastically ridiculous headgear, while the other one is goth Cate Blanchett. I can't decide which one I like more. As the primary antagonist from Ragnarok, I am glad that Hela wasn't relegated to a store exclusive, 2 pack, or a build a figure. She turned out to be a cool figure. My only complaint is that the hip joint is kind of loose, but that's probably just an issue with my specific figure. Aside from the two heads, her cape is removable, and she has some crazy looking sword.

Friday, October 27, 2017

#78: Marvel Legends (Thor Ragnarok) - Loki

Back when the Avengers figures came out, the only six inch figures were exclusives, but at least we got a Loki. Both previous Thor movies only got smaller 3 and 3/4 inch figures, but Loki's back in the six inch scale for Ragnarok. While I still like his Avengers outfit the best, the one is cool too. Bonus points for it including the half helmet with trademark horns. The helmet and cape are removable, and those are the only accessories. There are pegs for the cape to plug into on his shoulders, but the one on the left side has been exceedingly uncooperative. But it stays on well enough. The lower part of the tunic is a separate piece, so it has a tendency to slide up on the torso.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

#77: Marvel Legends (Thor Ragnarok) - Thor

The toys for Ragnarok came out a couple months ago, but the movie isn't out until next month. So even though I'm behind on blogging about my toys, I'm still ahead of the movie game. Thor here is the only figure I saw in the store a day or so after the street date, so it's the first figure from the series that I picked up. So this is Thor in the gladiator scene from the trailer, which means he's wearing that cool helmet. Since Mjolnir has been destroyed, he's armed with two swords. It's a different look for Thor, but still manages to look appropriately Thor-like. Also I'm glad to finally get a movie Thor figure with a cool helmet on.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

#76: S.H. Figuarts Pokemon - Team Rocket

Released alongside Ash is everyone's favorite duo of ne'er do wells, Team Rocket. Jessie and James (and Meowth!) are sold as a set. They look good and are well articulated, and have a couple alternate pieces. They each have an alternate screaming/alarmed face, as well as fists or open hands. Jessie gets an extra pointing hand while James gets the best extra hand: one holding a rose. James and his roses is one of those weird affectations that I really love, so I'm glad it got made into action figure form. There's also a stand, which I presume is for Jessie. With her outrageous anime hair, she can stand unassisted, but it does leave her with a pronounced lean. Meowth, like Pikachu, isn't particularly articulated. But he does get an alternate face with a stunned expression.

Friday, October 20, 2017

#75: S.H. Figuarts Pokemon - Ash and Pikachu

In honor of new ghost types showing up in Pokemon Go today, here's everybody's favorite kind of terrible Pokemon trainer, Ash Ketchum. In Figuarts form, he looks just like you remember from the original cartoon. The most important accessory in this set is Pikachu. It's got a couple points of articulation, and there's a plastic stand that can be used to help Pikachu sit on Ash's shoulder. Ash has a couple swappable right hands: a fist, a pointing hand, and one holding a Pokeball. His hat is removable, sort of. If you take it off, there's not a proper top of his head underneath, it's more so you can have Pikachu posing with the hat or whatever. There is an alternate hat-less head, however. There are definitely cheaper Ash figures out there, but this one is his classic look, has cool accessories, and is super posable.

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.
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