Today’s Arrival: Batman Unlimited: Batgirl (New 52) Action Figure Photo Review

29 10 2012

Got my hands on a loose Batman Unlimited Batgirl action figure by Mattel. Found it loose on eBay and I was quick to buy it even though she was out of packaging and had no accessories. I’m huge Batgirl fan and paid more than I should of.

She stands same scale as the 6″ Batman Legacy Batgirl figure (see photo below). She sports entirely new body sculpt except for the head which is a re-used mold. She has high-gloss black body suit with  slick gold colored belt, gloves, and boots. Notice the high detail sculpted armor throughout the whole body. Her cowl and backside of her cape are flat black. Inside cape is a bright purple.

Articulation has changed this time around. You will notice there is no bicep swivel this time around. This is a disappoint because you can’t  get good range for dynamic arm poses. She has ball hinged elbows that allow for 360 rotation and a 90 degree bend. A nice plus this time around is 360 swiveling wrists. Right hand is open for holding accessories such as a batarang while the left hand is a closed fist. She can barely rotate just above the abs but not with a lot of range due to the sculpt’s design. No waist articulation in the belt area which is surprising. You have new better looking thigh-high articulation for the legs which makes for a better visual look. Its similar to the Mattel’s Catwoman figure from the Arkham City video game. Everything else is the same from her Batman Legacy edition: ball jointed head, lower leg thigh swivel just above the knees, ball hinge arms with good range of motion, single jointed knees with a max bend of 90 degrees, and hinge feet. As a nice extra touch, you have peg holes under her feet, perfect if you have an extra stand not being used in your action figure collection.

Batgirl (New DC 52 Version)

Head sculpt is a reused mold that was used in Mattel’s DC Superheroes and Batman Legacy lines. It’s a very good mold and I’m kinda glad to see it with this figure. The strong red lipstick is a nice touch.

Slick new body mold with some impressive sculpted elements and shiny black and gold colors.

Notice the lack of a high bicep swivel

Knees are single jointed with a max bend of 90 degrees. Could use more range.

Comparison shot with the Batman Legacy Batgirl. Legs are bit thicker with the new 52 Batgirl

Standing with Mattel’s DC New 52 Batman. Good scale against Batman.

Other things to note: The thigh joints are very loose so dynamic posing like a fighting stance can be difficult. To get around that problem, grab a extra DC Classics display base and take advantage of those peg holes under her feet. I feel like Mattel cut some corners with this figure. A lack of no high bicep & waist swivel and double jointed knees should be a standard Mattel should stick to like with past figures but I guess we can’t have everything. Don’t get me wrong, this without a doubt is the best Batgirl action figure to date…it’s stunning. This will release Fall 2012 at around $16 .

R232 Bandai Ultra-Act Ultraman Max Action Figure Review

27 10 2012

Young Kaito Toma transforms himself into the hero of light known as Ultraman Max. As part of Bandai’s Ultra-Act action figure series, Max sports a Ultraseven tribute design, scales at 6.5 inches tall with multiple points of articulation for all kinds of dynamic poses. He includes extra hands, Max Spark, Max Spark with Max Cannon effect part, Max Galaxy with remove blade effect part, Max Sword, alternate red chest power source, and alternate back connector piece for a Tamashii Stage. This figure goes for about $40 (Amazon, eBay).

Adventures in Toy Shopping: Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo

25 10 2012

I’m 4 episodes into Nick’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon and loving it. Because of this I really wanted to start picking up the action figures for the show. I already own Raphael who is my favorite. Walked into my local Target store and snagged Leonardo.

Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo 1

I wondered what the figure would look like with black panel lining. So  I grabbed my trustee black .005 Micron pen and gave it a go. Here’s what it looks like:

R231 Bandai S.H. Figuarts Boukenger Power Rangers Overdrive Bouken Red Action Figure Review

22 10 2012

Leading the charge for treasure is Bouken Red from the Super Sentai series Boukenger. Sculpted with the original suit design in mind, this figure sports highly detailed paint apps not just on the figure but on the accessories/weapons. Stands about 6″ tall, includes various extra hands, Accellular (3 versions), Surivbuster (2 versions), Surviblade, Bouken Bo, Bouken Javelin, and the Akibaranger bonus weapon – the Bouken Scooper. Priced about $40 (eBay, cstoysjapan).

R230 Bandai S.H. Figaurts Kamen Rider Fourze Cosmic States Action Figure Review

21 10 2012

The ultimate form of Kamen Rider Fourze – Cosmic States. Visually stunning – with a sleek metallic paint job, super detailed sculpting, and phenomenal articulation, this figure is quite possibly the best state of Fourze in the S.H. Figuarts line. Features various extra hands, different versions of the Cosmic Switch, the Barizun Sword, and the Chicken Nugget Foodroid. Goes for about $40 (Amazon, eBay).

Adventures in Toy Shopping: Star Wars – Buy 1 Get 1 free at Toysrus!

19 10 2012

Walked into my local Toysrus and spotted new versions of Captain Rex and Commander Wolfe from the Star Wars Clone Wars animated series by Hasbro. I didn’t see any special sale tags for Star Wars toys so I’m guessing there was special going on for Rewards Card holders. 2 for the price of 1…Awesome.

Adventures in Toy Shopping: Hasbro Marvel Universe She-Hulk

12 10 2012

It’s rare for me these days to collect Hasbro’s Marvel Universe 3.75″ action figure line these days. I decided to stay clear of that scale because 6″ is just better in my opinion. Plus I’m running out of shelf space.

I was at my local comic shop browsing around and She-Hulk caught my eye. She’s sports her current design, nice sculpt, paint apps were descent, and good packaging design not to mention she’s a fan favorite of mine. I was hesitant to buy her because she was priced at $12.99 but I had to consider the time and gas I’d waste trying to find her at retail stores like Toysrus or Target. So I caved and picked her up.

11/12/2012: Was at my local Target and saw this figure on sale for $7.99. Finally, I can pick another of her and open her up. 1st thing you get as an extra is this tiny card shot of a She-Hulk comic. Honestly, this is pretty pointless to have. I really wish for a display stand.

Out of package, She-Hulk is pretty impressive. Areas of dark shading is painted in to give off that pro-artist feel. Not clean but descent enough. The purple used on her is metallic…very cool. She has a very unique, non-reused mold which makes me happy. Articulation is awesome. You get all the typical points but I’m loving the double-jointed elbows and knees. Thigh swivel is also a nice touch.

Close up, She-Hulk has pretty developed muscles for that body builder look. Curvy!

Her head sculpt is the best female sculpt I’ve seen the Marvel Universe line. The facial and hair sculpting rock.