Adventures in Toy Shopping: Black Friday 2012: Grab Zags Marvel Minis Ultimate Spider-Man

24 11 2012

As you might expect, Black Friday was filled with big crowds and long lines at pretty much every big name store. I did most of my shopping on Amazon. Just out of shear curiosity, me and my cousin decide to hit a few stores. First stop was Gamestop at around 11am. Pretty crowded but the lined moved rather timely. Next up was Toysrus. Place was like tornado hit it. It was just a big mess and the line was so long I decided to hold off what I intended to buy. Walked over to Best Buy and that place was even worse. Decided to head home and chill out a bit. Did some more online shopping and realized I missed a few presents. Hit up Gamestop and Toysrus again. Lines were long but they moved pretty well. Even the clerks who checked me out seemed to be friendly and up beat at the 8pm hour. While I was in line at Toysrus, I spotted these little 1″ Grab Zag Minis Ultimate Spider-Man blind pack figures. They looked pretty good from the product shots on the packaging and are priced at $2.99. Because they are blinded pack figures its difficult to know what you’re getting. The figure inside is actually sandwiched with 2 cardboard sheets to make it a bit difficult to feel up the bag for the figure you want.

To my luck, I scored the figure I wanted : Spider-Man

As mentioned, the figure stands about 1″ tall.

The figure comes with a deep gray stand with a clear plastic poll. One end pegs into the stand and the other into the back of the figure. I especially like the official Ultimate Spider-Man logo on the stand.

The figure is sculpted very nicely, reminds of  the Japanese Super-Deformed cartoon style. The paint apps are a bit messy but what do you expect for something so small. I like the fact the web are black panel-lined.

Next to my G.I.Joe Storm Shadow, you can really get sense of scale. It’s an awesome little figure, perfect next to a computer monitor. I just might pick up a few more.





Adventures in Toy Shopping: Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Donatello

12 11 2012

It took me awhile but I finally assembled the entire Turtle team based off the 2012 Nicktoons animated series. Before I go any further, the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series just might be the best cartoon I’ve seen in a very loooooooong time. Picked up Donatello today at Target for $7.99.

With my trusty .005 black Micron pen, I added panel lining to bring out some depth and detail in the figure. Here’s Donnie with the rest of his brothers.





Adventures in Toy Shopping: Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo

25 10 2012

I’m 4 episodes into Nick’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon and loving it. Because of this I really wanted to start picking up the action figures for the show. I already own Raphael who is my favorite. Walked into my local Target store and snagged Leonardo.

Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo 1

I wondered what the figure would look like with black panel lining. So  I grabbed my trustee black .005 Micron pen and gave it a go. Here’s what it looks like: