R252 Marvel Select Classic Venom Action Figure Review

24 02 2013

This is definitely one of the best figures Marvel Select has ever released by releasing one of Marvel’s most popular anti-heroes, the classic Venom. He scales 7 inches tall, amazingly sculpted, and includes a variety of extra accessories. His pose-ability reminds me of Mattel’s DC Classics action figures. Priced at about $20 and is available through many US comic book shops as well as Amazon.

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R251 Bandai S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Wizard Flame Style Action Figure Review

23 02 2013

Powered by the Wizardriver, Haruto Soma transforms into the hero known as Kamen Rider Wizard. Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts action figure line bring this Kamen Rider into plastic form with his Red Flame Style. Standing just under 6 inches tall, this figure sports a show accurate design that will astonish the eyes. He includes a variety of extra hands, 2 forms of the wizard-gun-sword, alternate driver for the belt, action style robe, and a customized Tamashii stage. As a bonus for the 1st release of the figure comes the separately boxed strike style robe for his rider kick pose. Priced at about $45 (Amazon, eBay, cstoysjapan.com).

Bandai S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Wizard Flame Style 01

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R250 DC Collectibles Batman Arkham City Series 4: Batman Action Figure Review

23 02 2013

DC Collectibles takes a stab at their 1st action figure with real multiple points of articulation with this version of Batman in the Arkham City Series 4 line. Batman sports a video game accurate design and comes equipped with a single batarang. Standing about 6 inches tall, made of good tough plastic, does DC Collectibles deliver with this Batman? Can it measure up to Mattel’s DC Classics line? Watch to find out. Priced at about $24.99 and available through most US comic shops.

DC Collectibles Arkham City Series 4 Batman 01

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R249 Bandai Super Robot Chogokin Gaogaigar Volfogg Review

18 02 2013

One of my favorite characters in the Gaogaigar anime series is the stealthy Volfogg. Stands a bit over 4 inches tall and sports an anime accurate sculpt. Features amazing articulation supported by a great accessories and weapons for reliving those classic moments for the anime series. He also comes with a quarter section of the Big Order Room diorama. Priced at about $60 (eBay, Amazon).

Super Robot Chogokin Gaogaigar Volfogg 01

Super Robot Chogokin Gaogaigar Volfogg 02

Super Robot Chogokin Gaogaigar Volfogg 05

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Super Robot Chogokin Gaogaigar Volfogg 03

Super Robot Chogokin Gaogaigar Volfogg 06

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R248 Bandai S.H. Figuarts Go-Busters Blue Buster Review

18 02 2013

The Blue Buster joins Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts Go-Busters action figure series. Blue uses the same body mold as the Red Buster with a new head mold and blue color palette. He includes extra hands, sougan blade, ichigan buster, and the special ichigan buster. This is a Tamashii Web exclusive so expect to pay more than your typical S.H. Figuarts action figure. Goes for about $75 (eBay, cstoysjapan.com).

Bandai S.H.Figuarts Blue Buster 01

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R247 Figma Ex Ride Fate/Zero Saber Motored Cuirassier Bike Review

17 02 2013

This is the perfect companion piece for the Figma Fate/Zero Saber action figure. Made of high quality plastic with good weight to it, this bike is beatifically sculpted and sports an amazing paint palette. Includes a set of handle bar holding hands and an alternate head for a better range of motion when figure is placed on the bike. Price at about $50 (Amazon, eBay).

Figma Ex Ride Saber Motored Cuirassier 01

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Adventures in Toy Shopping: Bandai Power Rangers Megaforce 2″ Battle Ready Mini-Figures

17 02 2013

These caught my eye at Target this morning while I was doing some shopping. They are 2 inch tall Super Deformed style figures priced at $3.99 (Target) that come in blind bags. This particular series covers the Power Ranger Megaforce team but also features Mighty Morphin Power Ranger chase figures that are blacked out on the backside of the packaging.

Power Ranger Mega Force Battle Ready Mini Figures Packaging

I picked up a couple. Here’s the Robo Knight. Each figure includes battlecard that can be read by the downloadable Card Reader App (iOs or Andriod) for your mobile phone or the DX Gosei Morpher toy. You also get a fold out checklist for all the other figures in the series that are also picture on the packaging. A downside I learned about these figures coming in blind bags is that some of the parts, specifically the weapons can get bent in odd positions. You would need to dip the figure in hot water for 40 seconds or hit it with a blow dryer to soften up the plastic to get it straight again.

Power Ranger Mega Force Battle Ready Mini Figures Robo Knight

I lucked out with my second figure and got the beloved MMPR Red Ranger. Its a shame the red diamond on his gloves and boots aren’t painted in.

Battle Ready Mini MMPR RED Ranger 01

Battle Ready Mini MMPR RED Ranger 02

Battle Ready Mini MMPR RED Ranger 03

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Battle Ready Mini MMPR RED Ranger 04

Around noon that same day, I ended up going back to the same Target store hoping to get a Megaforce Yellow but ended up getting a duplicate Robo Knight.  I guess that’s the risk you take by playing the blind bag game. I was determined though, I hit a different Target store for another bag but I spotted this 6 pack set for $19.99. This was even better because you obviously get what you want, all the figures are in better condition, and the packaging looks sweet for display purposes.

Power Ranger Mega Force Battle Ready Mini Figures Box Set

A friend of mine tracked down a Yellow Ranger for me. Was so happy to have one out of package.

Power Rangers Megaforce Yellow Ranger Battle Ready Mini Figure 01

Power Rangers Megaforce Yellow Ranger Battle Ready Mini Figure 02

Overall, these figures look really cool for what they are. I wouldn’t recommend these to collectors who aren’t into the SD style of design but Power Ranger fans just might enjoy them to a degree.