R227 Bandai S.H. Figaurts Jetman Red Hawk Action Figure Review

23 09 2012

Time to fly with Red Hawk from the classic Super Sentai series Jetman. Standing 5.5 inches tall, figure includes extra hands, bird blaster, 2 versions of the bringer sword, jet hand cannon, bird gauntlet, wing attachment, optional belt holsters and bonus a Jet Winger for the Akiba Red S.H. Figuarts action figure. Highly detailed and pose-able with its many articulation points, Red Hawk well capable for any battle situation you wanna put him in. Get yours now for about $40 (eBay, Amazon).


US Versions of Tamashii Nation Figures get no Bonus Parts

21 09 2012

Some of you out there may know this already but it’s worth mentioning. Some 1st Editions releases of  Tamashii Nations figures which include S.H. Figuarts, D-Arts, Ultra-Act, Monster Arts, etc. sometimes include free bonus parts. A couple of examples include Gokai Red & Ultraman Gaia V2. Gokai Red include the Steering Wheel for the Gokai-Oh while Ultraman Gaia V2 include debris effect parts. These extras usually come in separate packaging of their own. Another thing to note is these 1st edition bonus releases are only available in Japan and Hong Kong. That there lies the problem for US releases. That kind of separate packaging wouldn’t work when distributed in the US through Blue Fin – the official US company bringing over Tamashii Nation figures. A new kind of packaging would have to be made to contain everything in one which I highly doubt would ever come to pass unless Bandai knew they could sell enough of them to justify the cost.

With newly released Jetman Red Hawk in Japan, things are a bit different. The Japanese release of this figure will include the bonus Akibaranger Jetwinger which is actually packaged with the figure rather than separately. Thanks to cstoysjapan’s recent video review, the US release won’t get this part. I was shocked. The only reason I could think of the Jetwinger being taken out is it would confuse the US buyer who probably has no clue about the Akibaranger release. I already pre-ordered the figure and found myself quickly calling my source to cancel my order. Thanks to the convenience of the internet I quickly ordered the overseas version which arrived today. Video Review to come.

R226 Bandai S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Den-O Sword Form Action Figure Review

19 09 2012

Bandai finally releases the much anticipated Kamen Rider Den-O Sword Form in the S.H. Figuarts line. This lead form in the Kamen Rider Den-O series and comes with a variety of extra hands, different versions of the sword form DenGasher, and even special effect parts for the sword DenGasher. Made of high quality plastic, beautifully sculpted with show accurate design, this one impressive figure. Goes for about $35 on eBay and Amazon.

R225 Hasbro Walmart The Amazing Spider-Man Movie 6 inch Action Figure Review

19 09 2012

Exclusively released through Walmart stores comes the 6 inch Amazing Spider-Man Movie action figure. Includes display stand and 3 web lines, this figure is ready to join your 6″ Marvel Legends action figure collection. Sporting a movie accurate sculpt, figure is highly poseable. Watch the video and see if this worth your money.

Ending the Week

14 09 2012

Ending the week with some cool mail orders arriving today.

First up is my next Gundam model kit – Gundam AGE HG 1/144 Fx that I ordered for hobbywave.com. I’ve been in the habit of always tweaking the colors around to make it more personal/originally. I’ll need to load some product photos into Photoshop and experiment with the re-color paint pallet I wanna go with. I usually assemble while watching baseball…Go SF Giants!

Along with my Gundam kit was a Pink Gundam Marker I wanted to try out on my Transformers Prime Deluxe Class Arcee. She’s known for sporting small sections of pink on her body when you watch the show, unfortunately they aren’t found on the toy. So I tried out the marker on the toy only to discover the marker really has runny paint and is hard to control. It also goes on too thick. It’s almost better to put on a little paint and use a small brush to spread the paint around so you don’t accidentally bleed into areas you don’t want to be in. The pic below shows how it turned out. I’ll have to extract it with paint thinner and redo it.

Stopped by Target and snagged another Darth Maul Returns Star Wars Battle Pack so I could have loose versions to pose on my desk. Below is the pic I took so you could see how he compares to the vintage collection Darth Maul.

Lastly, I shot video intros for 2 upcoming reviews I hope to have done by Sunday. S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Den-O Sword Form and Hasbro Walmart Amazing Spider-Man 6″ action figure.

Adventures in Toy Shopping: Star Wars the Clone Wars Battle Packs: Darth Maul Returns

9 09 2012

Welcome to a new feature I decided to start here on the blog page I’m calling Adventures in Toy Shopping, which basically means me finding cool toys in-person at the stores.

For this entry, I made my way to Target on a very late Sunday afternoon after watching my San Francisco 49ers beating the Green Bay Packers and San Fransisco Giants beating the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Needed to do a little grocery shopping for breakfast and lunch. For me, it’s very hard to find cool toys on a weekend because stores get very crowded but I lucked out. Strolling into the action figure section, there was bunch of special sales going on for every Hasbro toyline on display – Transformers, Avengers, Spider-Man, and Star Wars. Most of what I saw were 3.75″ figures. I recently decided to stay away for that scale and just focus on 6″ scale figures so nothing really special stood out except for a familiar Sith Lord giving a me an evil look. Glancing towards the Star Wars section, specifically the vehicle shelf was a Star Wars Battle Pack peaking its head behind a Jedi Starfighter entitled Darth Maul Returns. OMG! It was the Clone Wars version of the returning Darth Maul along with Savage Opress and Mother Talzin (Night Sister). Despite being a 3.75″ scale 3 pack, I instantly grabbed it, dropped it into my shopping basket and made my way to checkout. I really didn’t care how much it cost and didn’t bother to check the shelf price tag but I figured $29.99. To my surprise it was $19.99.

After getting home, popping on NFL network in the background, I took a closer look at my purchase. First off it’s a Target Store Exclusive. Secondly, this is the 1st Darth Maul and Talzin figures in the Clone Wars toyline. I have no intention of opening this up, they look so good in packaging and will mostly be worth a lot if I hold on to it. I suspect this Battle Pack just hit the shelves so if you’re a fan starting hunting. Check out the photos below.

front shot

back shot

The title of this battle pack says it all.

Darth Maul sports an awesome sculpt. Interesting lightsaber.

Card never mentions her real name – just Nightsister.

This Savage Opress looks to be a reused mold originally released in single card format.

Closer look at the back product photo.

R224 Hasbro Walmart Thor The Mighty Avenger Movies Series: Thor 6″ Action Figure Review

8 09 2012

Released in conjunction to it’s live-action counterpart exclusively through Walmart, this Hasbro 6″ scale movie version of Thor is one impressively sculpted action figure. Standing closer to 7″, Thor includes a movie accurate sculpt complete with his hammer Mjolnir. One of the toughest Walmart Exclusives to find for a descent price not just because of it’s scale but because of the battle helmet head sculpt briefly seen in the live-action movie.