Back from San Diego Comic-Con 2013: The Haul

25 07 2013

Comic-Con down in San Diego is always a combination of fun and exhaustion. Here’s a few things I snagged.

SDCC Exclusive Dragon Ball Z Saiyan Scouter. This had to be one of the most sought after exclusives courtesy of Bluefin Distribution. Cosplayers rejoice.

SDCC Exclusive Dragon Ball Z Saiyan Scouter

SDCC Exclusive Dragon Ball Z Saiyan Scouter

Bandai S.H. Figuarts Dragon Ball Z Piccolo Special Color Edition was a Comic-Con exclusive. The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Red Ranger got an early release at Comic-Con before hitting retail.

Bandai S.H. Figuarts Piccolo Special Color Edition and MMPR Red Ranger

Bandai S.H. Figuarts Piccolo Special Color Edition and MMPR Red Ranger

Bluefin was also giving an exclusive Power Ranger Megaforce card that can be used with a Gosei Morpher.

SDCC Bluefin Exclusive Power Ranger cards

SDCC Bluefin Exclusive Power Ranger cards

Not to be out done, the Bandai booth had 2 exclusive cards of their own.

SDCC Bandai Exclusive Power Ranger cards

SDCC Bandai Exclusive Power Ranger cards

I snagged the exclusive SDCC Shazam action figure from Mattel.

SDCC Mattel DC Universe Shazam

SDCC Mattel DC Universe Shazam

Got my hands on the SDCC Exclusive 6″ Star Wars Black Series Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite. This one was a quick sell out.

SDCC Hasbro Boba Fett Black Series with Han Solo in Carbonite

SDCC Hasbro Boba Fett Black Series with Han Solo in Carbonite

To my surprise, Entertainment Earth had Hasbro’s Transformers Masterpiece Soundwave on site. This was a tough one to get but I got in line early on Saturday for $120.

Entertainment Earth Masterpiece Transformers Soundwave

Entertainment Earth Masterpiece Transformers Soundwave

For my cousin, I snagged this Mego-style action figure of Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory TV Show. Featured an exclusive SDCC bag for Sheldon to carry around.

SDCC Entertainment Earth Big Bang Theory Sheldon Action Figure

SDCC Entertainment Earth Big Bang Theory Sheldon Action Figure

The Plants vs. Zombies booth had a variety of free giveways like an exclusive tote bag, comic,  pins and gummie candies. They had a very cool metallic Pop Vinyl Conehead Zombie figure I had to snag for my nephew.

SDCC Exclusive Plants vs Zombies

SDCC Exclusive Plants vs Zombies

Other things I found where these really cool Mega Man X T-Shirts.

Mega Man X T-Shirts (Daft Punk Tribute & Zero Word Silhouette)

Mega Man X T-Shirts (Daft Punk Tribute & Zero Word Silhouette)

Mega Man X T-Shirt (X Word Silhouette)

Mega Man X T-Shirt (X Word Silhouette)

While not an exclusive, I’ve had the hardest time tracking this figure locally. Nice to have plenty of options at Comic-Con to pick up the Sqaure Enix Play Arts Kai MG Rising Raiden.

Sqaure Enix Play Arts Kai Metal Gear Rising Raiden

Sqaure Enix Play Arts Kai Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Raiden

To my surprise, 1 dealer had a Hasbro Star Wars Black Series 1 Darth Maul 6″ Action Figure for sale. I’m a big Darth Maul fan and definitely overpaid for this figure ($45).

Hasbro Star Wars Black Series 1 Darth Maul 6" Action Figure

Hasbro Star Wars Black Series 1 Darth Maul 6″ Action Figure

I’ll be doing video reviews on Piccolo, Red Ranger, Raiden and Darth Maul so stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Adventures in Toy Shopping: Super Heroes a plenty :)

22 04 2013

Over the weekend, I found myself at the mall and wandered into the Disney Store. To my surprise, I spotted Marvel Select figures for $24 each. They apparently carry exclusive Avengers figures. Had to grab Captain America and Black Widow.

Cap comes with a special display stand and his trademark Shield. His face sculpt is very much based off art by John Cassaday, an artist who has drawn him in past comics.

Marvel Select Captain America

Black Widow has a very classic hairdo and beautiful face. Unfortunately she has a few problems. She’s isn’t black but in a metallic like purple spy suit. It’s a nice paint job but she hardly feels like the “Black Widow” with this paint scheme. Both her hands are molded with a gun gesture but she has no guns. Weird. Lastly, her hips are bit skinny for my taste and you lose that sexy look the Black Widow is know for having. You get a custom debris style base with some broken parts of Ultron and little Ant-Man figure.

Marvel Select Black Widow

Not to out due my Marvel findings, walked into my local Target and spotted a couple of Mattel DC Unlimited figures. First up is the New 52 design of Aquaman. His design is just awesome with good looking head sculpt, updated design and very size-able trident.

Mattel DC Unlimited Aquaman New 52

Got the Injustice (Regime) Superman. The figure has a very nice design but his articulation is very lacking. Feels like DC Direct figure. I really like how they pulled off the shoulder pads with the cape underneath. I used the custom base that came with the Marvel Select Captain America for special photo with Superman on top of it.

Mattel DC Unlimited Regmine Superman

And if your wondering what he looks like next to the Injustice Batman here you go 🙂

Mattel DC Unlimited Regime Superman & Insurgency Batman





Adventures in Toy Shopping: Mattel DC Unlimited Wave 2: New 52 Wonder Woman

12 03 2013

Another buy I found at my local Target was the newest version of Wonder Woman from the New 52 universe. Courtesy of Mattel, this figure comes in the new DC Unlimited packaging.

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Sporting her new design, this figure really does have a refreshing modernized look to the Amazon warrior we know and love.

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Her limbs are pretty much reused parts from the previous released DC Classics Wonder Woman. The head sculpt and torso are all new parts. The blue and red are darker. The lasso is a nice bright gold and she’s accented by very nice silver trims. Note the crisp looking WW logo on her left bicep.

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Here she stands next to the previous released DC Classics Wonder Woman. Notice the head is smaller and better proportioned with the body.  The shoulders are smaller and less ball-like.

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Here shes stands next to DC Collectibles version of the New 52 Wonder Woman. There’s an obvious size difference but I feel the sculpt is better with the Mattel version. Also note the Mattel sword is better in design.

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She comes with a short sword that can be stored on this small loop on the back of her belt.

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The articulation is pretty much the same as the previous released DC Classics Wonder Woman except for the high ab swivel instead of an ab crunch. I really recommend this lady. She has a good sculpt/design and fairly descent articulation for a female action figure. Sells for about $14.99 at retail (Target, Toysrus).

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Adventures in Toy Shopping: Mattel DC Unlimited Wave 2: Injustice Batman

12 03 2013

Stopped by my local Target and spotted the newest wave of DC Unlimited action figures. This is Batman from the Injustice video game.

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The design may not appeal at 1st glance but I have to admit its very impressive action figure in-hand.

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The paint job is amazing and very metallic.

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The figure lack eyes which kinda seems odd compared to the video game design which has them. I think what bugs me most about them is there roundness. I would have preferred angrier sculpted ones.

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This figure really fails when it comes to articulation. There is no bicep or waist swivel. There is a swivel above the abs but its tight and limited by the sculpt. Single jointed elbows and knees only allow for 90 degree bends which really don’t help for dynamic posing.  The last disappointment which was kinda of expected was no ankle tilt. All the other typical Mattel points of articulation are there.

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He does scale with other DC Classics/DC Unlimited figures by Mattel. Here he is next to Mattel’s New 52 Batman. I would strongly stay away from this figure. He seems very lacking in the articulation department and just doesn’t seem worth the retail price of $14.99.

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Adventures in Toy Shopping: Mattel DC Comics Unlimited New 52 Superman

22 12 2012

I’m really digging the new Superman design based off DC Comics New 52 Universe. Here’s Mattel’s 2nd release of him but this time with an awesome metallic paint job. The packaging is very modern and slick.

Mattel DC Unlimited New 52 Superman 01

Sculpted by the Four Horsemen, this figure looks even better just by the shiny paint job alone.

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Here’s a side-by-side comparison with Mattel’s DC Classics All-Stars version of the figure (on left).

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He’s to scale with all previous DC Classics and Unlimited figures by Mattel. Here he is next the Mattels’ DC Classics All-Stars  (New 52) Batman and Batman Unlimited (New 52) Batgirl.

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This is definitely the better of the 2 versions of this figure. I can’t say enough about how the metallic paint job makes this figure feel more finished. Retails for about $20.

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