R285 Bandai S.H.Figuarts Gosei Sentai Dairanger Ryuranger Action Figure Review

31 08 2013

Ryuranger makes his S.H. Figuarts debut as the 1st of the Dairanger team to join the action figure line. Includes a variety of extra hands and weapons. Highly pose-able and fantastically sculpted, this figure is a great addition to any Super Sentai fans toy shelf.

*This version (Japanese release) includes bonus body parts to recreate the Akibranger version of the Ryuranger. If this figure ever gets official brought over to the US, chances are the bonus parts will not be included.

Highly recommended and sells for about $40 (Amazon, bigbadtoystore)

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R284 Square Enix Play Arts Kai Dark Knight Trilogy Catwoman Action Figure Review

24 08 2013

Square Enix welcomes Catwoman to their Play Arts Kai Dark Knight Trilogy Line. This figure is sculpted with a sexy physique and has amazing articulation. Includes alternate head, extra hands, handgun, and display stand. About $60 (Amazon)

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R283 Mattel WWE Elite Series 22 The Rock Action Figure Review

24 08 2013

The Great One returns with his latest action figure in Mattel’s WWE Elite Series 22. He comes with newly re-designed WWE Championship Belt. About $16.99 (Target)

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Adventures in Toy Shopping: Hasbro Avengers Assemble Animated Action Figures

24 08 2013

Scaling at about 3.75″ are these Avengers Assemble action figures based on the hit animated series on Disney XD. These figures have very nice packaging with comic art on the front of the card.

Here we have Captain America which is a reused figure from the Captain America First Avenger series just with light blue metallic paint job. Probably THE BEST recoloring on this figure to date.

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Cap comes with a shield blast launcher. Note the reverseside of the shield cannot be attached to the arms of the figure. WTF?

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You’ll need to grab an attachable Shield from another Captain America to complete this figure. Cap lacks a waist swivel and wrist and ankle articulation.

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This version of the Red Skull maybe his best in the 4 inch scale to date. Loving the hat and overcoat that can be attached to the figure.

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The Red Skull includes a flame thrower type of weapon.

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This is a very cool figure with good articulation but needs a handgun and cosmic cube.

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The invincible Iron Man looks to a be combination of different parts from earlier figures from the Iron Man 2 and Marvel Universe lines. The paint job uses a much plastic-looking colored red.

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A thunder blade shield is included with Iron Man.

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This figure looks great but lacks double jointed knees and wrist and ankle articulation.

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Black Widow looks very cool with nice gold trims and cool head sculpt. I like how the hair has a little flare to it like its flowing in the wind.

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Widow includes a inferno cannon.

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Widow is by far the best of the line and has lots of right articulation points with exception of a waist swivel and ankle rocking. You’ll need to borrow a handgun from another figure (I chose G.I. Joes) to really complete this figure.

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The body mold of this Black Widow is the same one from the Avengers Movie line. Note the different hands, belt and gold paint app differences.

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Even thought Hasbro is just reusing molds, adding minor new parts, doing repaints, the line is solid. These are just showing in retail shops like Toysrus and are priced the same as Marvel Universe figures ($9.99).





R282 Square Enix Play Arts Kai Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Raiden Review

18 08 2013

Square Enix’s Play Arts Kai welcomes another awesome figure from the Metal Gear franchise with cyborg ninja Raiden. Sporting a very impressive sculpt, this figure is based of the Metal Gear Rising Revengeance design of Raiden. Includes a variety of different weapons, extra hands, alternated visor attachement, and a clear display stand. Priced at about $85 (Amazon).

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R281 MegaHouse Saint Seiya Omega Aquila Yuna PVC Statue Review

18 08 2013

MegaHouse releases another top notch PVC statue with Aquila Yuna from the popular Saint Seiya Omega series. Stands just above 8 inches, she includes a clear display stands and 2 alternate face attachments (aggressive expression and masked). Priced at about $75 (hlj.com)

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Adventures in Toy Shopping: Mattel Batman Unlimited: Beware the Batman

15 08 2013

Walked into my local Target and spotted the finally wave of Mattel’s Batman Unlimited action figure line with the Beware the Batman action figure (Retails for $16.99). This CG Animated version of Batman comes in Batman Unlimited style packaging.

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His design is pretty accurate to CG animated show. To me though, it’s not Batman’s best looking figure. His proportions just seem odd with his thin arms and legs. His colors are so dark that its tough to see any distinction between the 2 blacks that he uses within his costume. He’s head sculpt is pretty good but I would have loved more sharpness to his bat ears.

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He functions mainly with ball hinges for articulation which allow for 90 degree bending and 360 rotation. I’m never satisfied if a bend only goes 90 degrees because dynamic posing just can’t be achieved. Would have loved an ab crunch, ankle tilts, and bicep swivels.

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The paint job is sloppy with the belt and the skin on his head sculpt. Come on now Mattel!?!

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He scales equal to DCUC figures like this New 52 Batman.

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This isn’t a must buy but maybe your only Beware the Batman action figure to get your hands on. I’m really hoping a Beware the Batman toyline launches next year, its really the only way the animated series will succeed.

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