Thursday, March 31, 2016

#26: Star Wars The Black Series - First Order Snowtrooper

After having nothing but Finn and Constable Zuvio for what seems like forever, my local Target finally stocked some newer figures, including the Snowtrooper I've been waiting on. It's exactly the same as the Snowtrooper officer, except for the shoulder pauldron. Now I've got all the Force Awakens figures I want, until they make some new ones. Fingers crossed for a General Organa and unmasked Kylo Ren!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

#25: LEGO Minifigures Series 15 - Shark Suit Guy

I'm kind of burnt out on the blind packed minifigure thing now that we're on series 15. But I knew that I wanted to at least get the shark suit guy, because people in costumes is my favorite theme of the minifigures. I'll probably pass on the entire next series, which is all Disney characters. Shark suit guy is easy to feel for because his torso has flippers instead of arms. Also, the head/fin/tail piece is pretty distinctive as well.

#24: iZombie - Liv Moore

For whatever reason, iZombie got an action figure. As a fan of the show, I'm cool with that. Apparently, it's not the best seller, and I was able to get one marked down from the Toys R Us website. Anyway, Liv is a cool figure with one huge problem: her left leg is longer than her right leg. It's fortunate that there is a stand included, otherwise there's no way she could stand up on her own. She has a few alternate hands, as well as accessories like a length of pipe, a bottle of hot sauce, and a cup of coffee. Pictured is her alternate chopsticks holding hand, and a brain noodle casserole dish.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

#23: Bandai Star Wars - Ronin Boba Fett

Thinkgeek was having a really good sale, and next thing you know, this shows up at my doorstep. I've been interested in this line of Star Wars characters re-imagined as feudal Japanese warriors, but have held off on buying any until now. I figured if I only get one, Boba Fett works best as a one-off, plus I like his design best. These figures are in a larger scale, more of a 7 or 8 inch scale. Aside from the variety of interchangeable hands, Fett's accessories include several knives that stow on his legs, a short sword, and a flintlock version of his usual blaster. The jet pack is removable, and the antenna on his helmet can be rotated up or down.

#22: DC Comics Multiverse - Superman (The Dark Knight Returns)

A couple years ago when DC Universe Classics was in its dying throes, Mattel put out a Batman based on The Dark Knight Returns which was based on the Masters of the Universe Classics body. It seemed like that was a one off, but now there's a Wal-mart exclusive wave that continues that concept. So now we get the companion Superman to that Batman figure, which I'd been hoping for. Being based on the MotUC body, Superman is appropriately chunky. The head is fairly stylized to reflect the artwork from DKR, and it has the most extreme S-curl on Superman's hair that I think I've ever seen on a figure. Superman includes one accessory, the kryptonite arrow that was fired at him, appropriately enough, by Green Arrow.

Monday, March 28, 2016

#21: DC Super Hero Girls - Batgirl

DC is finally wrapping its head around the concept that super heroes aren't just for boys, and a big part of their way of handling that is the DC Super Hero Girls brand. There is a web series, and the merchandise includes dolls and action figures. I'm always down for a Batgirl, so I picked up this figure. Although lacking a cape, this design is pretty obviously influenced by the current Batgirl of Burnside look she's sporting in the comics, right down to the stylish yellow boots. The action figures are in a near six inch scale, and decently articulated. Batgirl doesn't have any accessories, although her hood is removable. The packaging notes that she includes "batpack" which is also removable, although with more difficulty than the hood.

#20: Spider-Man Marvel Legends - Villans of the Night (Jack o' Lantern)

Jack o' Lantern isn't a character I'm familiar with, I gather he's some second rate Green Goblin knock off, but he's got a flaming jack o' lantern for a head. That's just cool as hell, and it screams Halloween. For accessories, he's got a pumpkin bomb, a giant sickle, and Harry Potter's Nimbus 2000. The two larger accessories both have big handles on them, which while goofy looking, is kind of helpful as his hands aren't sculpted to hold things.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

#19: Star Wars The Black Series - First Order General Hux

I still haven't seen a General Hux figure out in the wild, so it was fortunate that I was able to find one on the Toys R Us website during a rare window of availability. Hux's only accessory is a small blaster, and unfortunately the hat is not removable. Maybe they'll release a Hux later on that has no greatcoat or hat.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

#18: Star Wars The Black Series - Poe Dameron and First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper

I originally passed on this Target exclusive set because I wanted to get the Poe in flight suit figure. By the time I had it and realized that the Poe in this set has a much better likeness, my local Target was long sold out. I happened to be visiting an out of town Target, and they still had it in stock. This is Poe from the early scenes on Jakku, and he is oddly paired with internet fan favorite stormtrooper TR-8R (AKA FN-2199) who probably was on Jakku, but doesn't really make his presence felt until later in the movie when he fights Finn amid the ruins of Maz's castle.

Friday, March 25, 2016

#17: Sphero - BB-8 App enabled droid

I had a bit of a "treat yo self" day and decided to get myself one of the more expensive pieces of merchandise affiliated with our new lord and master of mechanical cuteness, BB-8. It's a remote controlled toy, with the twist that it's controlled by your phone through an app. This gives things a few more options than a standard remote control set. There's the standard remote control settings, and BB-8 can be set to patrol mode, and can be issued voice commands. You can also use the camera to record holographic messages. BB-8 is recharged with a USB docking station, so there are no extra batteries needed.

Monday, March 7, 2016

#16: Pop! Television (Bob's Burgers) - Louise Belcher

Once again, I am glad that Funko seems to be attempting to license everything in the world, because I don't think anyone else is going to make figure for Bob's Burgers. Louise is canonically the best character on the show, so of course I bought her. Fun fact: I dressed up as a genderswapped Louise for the most recent Halloween. Louise is one of the smallest Pops, and includes a stand to make sure she stays upright.
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