Adventures in Toy Shopping: Hasbro Marvel Universe Captain America 2013

15 10 2013

Doesn’t take much for Hasbro to produce another Captain America. This new version sports a more tough guy looking head sculpt and slightly deeper blue. All-New character art by Mike Deodato is featured on the front of the card. priced at $9.99 (Target).

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R290 Square Enix Variant Play Arts Kai DC Comics Batman Action Figure Review

29 09 2013

Square Enix’s Variant Play Arts Kai kicks into high gear with their version of the Batman. Using elements of Japanese armor, Batman’s design has a very Final Fantasy feel to it. Beautiful paint app work brings life to this armor like I’ve never seen. Top notch sculpting and a wide range of articulation makes this one of Square Enix’s best figures to date. Batman includes extra hands, batarang, ninja sword, gadget gun, and display stand. Priced between $60-$75 (bigbadtoystore, amazon).

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R288 Square Enix Variant Play Arts Kai DC Comics Wonder Woman Action Figure Review

29 09 2013

Square Enix takes a stab at their version of DC Comic character with the Variant Play Arts Kai series. Wonder Woman stands at 10 inches tall and sports a very Final Fantasy style design. She includes alternate hands, shield, and display stand. Sells between $60-$75 (Amazon, bigbadtoystore).

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R286 Covergirls of the DCU Batgirl Statue Review

14 09 2013

DC Collectibles Cover Girls of the DCU Statue series continues with the New 52 version of Batgirl. Made of high quality resin, this statue scales 10 inches tall, and is beautifully sculpted. Batgirl is based off the artwork of Stanley Artgerm Lau and is sculpted by Jack Matthews. Includes preattached batarang and an attachable display base. Limited to 5,200. Sells for about $100 (DCcomics.com, amazon).

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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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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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R268 Mattel DC Universe Classics Wave 4 Batman Beyond Review

27 05 2013

Originally released back in 2007, Batman Beyond best action figure to date. Features accurate TV Animation design and multiple points of articulation. Includes a silver batarang and a build a figure part for DC villain Despero. Tough to find these days so expect to pay a high collector price to add him to your collection.

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