R330 Bandai Figure-Rise Masked Rider Kabuto Model Kit Review

12 06 2014

Bandai takes another stab at their character model kit series with Masked Rider Kabuto. This kits assemble much like a HG Gundam kit. With a few runners and few hours of assembling/painting, this kit assembles into a solid 6″ action figure with very well designed elements and great articulation. Accessories include all parts to put Kabuto into his armored Masked form as well as parts to form his various weapons. Included is a decal sheet that helps put the finishing touches on kit in detail sense and as a bonus, you get stickers that allow you to convert the kit into Dark Kabuto if you wish (minor repainting required). Priced at about $30.

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S.H. FIguarts Masked Rider Kabuto Renewal version on the right

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R259 Square Enix Play Arts Kai Batman Arkham City Catwoman Action Figure Review

18 03 2013

Based off the hit Batman Arkham City video game, here’s the 8 inches tall Catwoman, includes extra hands, alternate head, and trademark whip. About $60 (Amazon or local comic shops).





R257 DC Collectibles Batman Arkham City Nightwing Action Figure Review

16 03 2013

DC Collectibles releases Nightwing into their Batman Arkham City action figure line. Nightwing sports a video game accurate design and comes equipped 2 night sticks. Standing about 6 inches tall, made of good tough plastic, does DC Collectibles deliver with this knight of Gotham City? 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.





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.

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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).

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R246 Figma Fate/Zero Saber Action Figure Review

16 02 2013

This version of Saber is based off the Fate/Zero design as she is dressed in a dark business suit. She comes with 2 versions of Excalibur, Avalon, Invisible Air Effect part, Display Stand and a variety of extra hands. She is sculpted just beautifully and sports all the typical Figma articulation points for dynamic posing. Price at about $45 (Amazon, eBay).

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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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