Bandai Star Wars 1/12 Darth Vader Model Kit

13 03 2015

When Bandai announced they were doing model kits with the Star Wars brand, I never would have guessed they’d be doing characters. What better way to kick off the line than the Sith Lord Darth Vader. He scales perfectly with the Hasbro’s 6″ black series. This kit is very, very detailed but because its a model kit, you have to detail all the little buttons on Vader’ s chest and belt. Luckily you have 2 decal sheets to help but ideally, you’ll want to use paint for a better look. The articulation system isn’t super out of this world but you definitely get all the need points for good posing. The cape can be annoying to pose with due to its 3 part functionality. I found the outer pieces popped off a little too easy. The assembly process is pretty easy, maybe a 2-3 hr build with stickers application. I definitely prefer this kit to Hasbro’s 6″ Black Series Vader figure, especially the helmet which looks so much more screen accurate.

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Adventures in Shopping: Catching Up

22 11 2014

The frequency of video reviews has been down as of late but I have been picking up new items for my collection, just have no plans to review everything due to lack of time. Here’s what I’ve picked up in the past month’s time. Enjoy the pictures.

First up a Bandai Power Rangers Super Megaforce 5″ figure of Timeforce’s Red Ranger from Target ($8.99).

Time Red

Hasbro’s 3.34″ Star Wars Black series repackaged Darth Malgus. Been hunting for him and lucky for me got him from Toysrus ($9.99)

Darth Malgus

Walgreen’s had to my surprise a Hasbro 6″ Star Wars Return of the Jedi Luke Skywalker ($19.99).


A very impressive figure but his eyes balls were way too big so I repainted them to be smaller.


At my local Fry’s Electronics, I spotted the DC Multiverse 4″ Batman based off the upcoming Arkham Knight video game ($8.99)

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a very impressive sculpted and painted figure. Note the cloth cape.

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For a 4″ figure, he has some pretty good articulation. He lacks a bicep swivel, ankle articulation and ab crunch but he has everything else a DC Classics 6″ figure would have which is very surprising.

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If you happen to own the Harley Quinn mini-figure that came with the Batman Assault on Arkham DVD box set from Best Buy, he scales perfectly with her.

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Lastly, I was able to track down a Target exclusive Marvel Legends Infinite series Ms. Marvel on eBay. She was part of a 3 pack but I just wanted her. I paid aftermarket prices cause I’m a huge Ms. Marvel fan. Paint apps are a bit sloppy in a few areas but not super terrible. Her body mold is basically a repaint of the Moonstone figure. Overall, one of my favorite female Marvel Legends to date. Love Ms. Marvel!

Ms Marvel

R279 Hasbro Star Wars Black Series Darth Maul 6 Inch Action Figure Review

3 08 2013

Hasbro kicks off their Black Series 1st wave of 6″ action figures with #2 in the wave, Darth Maul. With screen accurate sculpting and multiple points of articulation for a wide variety of poses, this figure can do particularly anything. Includes his trademark double-bladed lightsaber, binoculars, and an extra robe attachment. Priced at about $20.

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Adventures in Toy Shopping: Star Wars the Clone Wars Battle Packs: Darth Maul Returns

9 09 2012

Welcome to a new feature I decided to start here on the blog page I’m calling Adventures in Toy Shopping, which basically means me finding cool toys in-person at the stores.

For this entry, I made my way to Target on a very late Sunday afternoon after watching my San Francisco 49ers beating the Green Bay Packers and San Fransisco Giants beating the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Needed to do a little grocery shopping for breakfast and lunch. For me, it’s very hard to find cool toys on a weekend because stores get very crowded but I lucked out. Strolling into the action figure section, there was bunch of special sales going on for every Hasbro toyline on display – Transformers, Avengers, Spider-Man, and Star Wars. Most of what I saw were 3.75″ figures. I recently decided to stay away for that scale and just focus on 6″ scale figures so nothing really special stood out except for a familiar Sith Lord giving a me an evil look. Glancing towards the Star Wars section, specifically the vehicle shelf was a Star Wars Battle Pack peaking its head behind a Jedi Starfighter entitled Darth Maul Returns. OMG! It was the Clone Wars version of the returning Darth Maul along with Savage Opress and Mother Talzin (Night Sister). Despite being a 3.75″ scale 3 pack, I instantly grabbed it, dropped it into my shopping basket and made my way to checkout. I really didn’t care how much it cost and didn’t bother to check the shelf price tag but I figured $29.99. To my surprise it was $19.99.

After getting home, popping on NFL network in the background, I took a closer look at my purchase. First off it’s a Target Store Exclusive. Secondly, this is the 1st Darth Maul and Talzin figures in the Clone Wars toyline. I have no intention of opening this up, they look so good in packaging and will mostly be worth a lot if I hold on to it. I suspect this Battle Pack just hit the shelves so if you’re a fan starting hunting. Check out the photos below.

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The title of this battle pack says it all.

Darth Maul sports an awesome sculpt. Interesting lightsaber.

Card never mentions her real name – just Nightsister.

This Savage Opress looks to be a reused mold originally released in single card format.

Closer look at the back product photo.