R276 SDCC Bandai S.H. Figuarts Dragon Ball Z Piccolo Special Color Edition Review

27 07 2013

Piccolo gets re-released as an US exclusive Special Color Edition at San Diego Comic-Con. This figure is features anime style coloring. Piccolo is an awesome sculpt and with a wide range of articulation.  Include a variety of extra accessories as you might expect for a S.H. Figuarts action figure. Priced at about $45.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Today’s Arrival: Hasbro Iron Man 3 Movie (Series 1) 6″ Action Figure Series: Iron Patriot

7 02 2013

This is the Iron Patriot (Norman Osborn), part of the Iron Man 3 Movie (series 1) 6″ action figure line. Yes, he is a repaint of the Marvel Legends Extremis Iron Man but I gotta say this figure looks much more dynamic with this patriotic color palette. He comes with a build a figure part for the Iron Monger. I got this guy loose without that part.

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As mentioned, the body mold is the same as the Extremis Iron Man. Which looks better in your eyes? Loving the Iron Patriot a lot more in my opinion. Instead of the triangle Arc reactor, Iron Patriot sports a Star shaped chest piece.

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The colors are descent enough: Metallic blue, red, pearl white, and orange colored eyes. The figure could have used an extra layer of white paint. In some areas like the lower abs and face plate, you can see a hint of the underlying color. The photos provided don’t really show this too well but in hand you’ll see it. The Red is a bit bright for my taste and could have been deeper in hue and metallic.

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Iron Patriot has an open blast gesture right hand and a closed left fist. The Extremis Iron Man has the opposite. One nice creative bonuses you can do is part swap between the 2 figures for extra playability. You’ll have to deal with the power sources being different colors though (yellow and white).

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Articulation is Ok. Not much tilting range for the head. The leg articulation at the hips don’t have quite enough range of free motion for spread out leg poses, same can be said of the feet.

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Overall this figure is a great repaint of an already great figure. Those of you trying to build your Dark Avengers team just got a new member to go out and pick up. Retails for $14.99

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Today’s Arrival: Hasbro Marvel Legends (Hit Monkey Series) Red She-Hulk

25 01 2013

Another figure in the Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Hit Monkey series is the Red She-Hulk (Betty Ross). I got this one out of package off eBay for about retail price but without the Hit Monkey build-a-figure part. She sports by all accounts a new female sculpt and is taller than recent Marvel Legends females like Madame Mask and Hope Summers. She comes with a very saturated red skin color (which kinda burns the eyes) & yellow eerie colored eyes. Her facial expression has no charisma which is kind weird to me. She could have used a sinister smirk.

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Her suit has a combat design done in three colors: black with touches of purple and silver.

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She includes a very sizable and well designed sword that can only fit in her open right hand. It has a very nice metallic red paint job accompanied by flat silver.

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She scales almost the same in height when posed with the original She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters). She’s just a tad shorter 😥

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She has all the typical female articulation points and relatively tight joints all around except in the ankles which are just a bit loose to give you dynamic posing problems. She’s easier to articulate in the thighs than She-Hulk which is very much appreciated by this collector. I do wish she had double-jointed elbows rather than a ball hinge for a better range of bending motion. The sword is a tad loose when held in hand so there will be sword holding problems. Like all females with long hair, she has problems with her head range of motion. Still, even though it may sound like I’m putting her down and I really like this figure a lot and recommend her to Hulk fans out there.

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Adventures in Toy Shopping: Marvel Legends (Hit Monkey Series) Ultimate Captain America

22 01 2013

Dropped by my local Target and spotted the next Marvel Legends (Hit Monkey Series) Action Figures. The only figure that tickled my fancy was the Ultimate Captain America action figure. He’s one of the figures in the line without a Hit Monkey build-a-figure part.

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He has a brown combat vest that gives him a more equipped look. He rarely used a vest in the comics but its nice edition for the figure.

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He’s not entirely accurate to his comic book design. He lacks gray paint apps under the shoulder joints like the gray areas on the inside of the biceps. He also is missing the star logos on top of the shoulders.

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Note all the extra combat gear on the rear of his belt. Too bad its not painted differently so they stand out better.

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There’s a gun but its molded into his thigh holster 😥 At least it’s painted.

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His shield is the same as Bucky Captain America’s with a nice metallic paint palette on the front of the shield.

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The head sculpt has the same facial design as the Steve Rogers Super Soldier mold. Very cool because you can head swap between the two figures and have extra display options.

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This is a great figure and a must own for Cap fans. He scales perfectly with previous Cap figures. He has all the articulation for great posing with relatively tight joints. You can even remove the combat vest for a more classic look 🙂

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