Adventures in Toy Shopping: It Ain’t Human

28 06 2014

Hopped around during the week to a few local establishments and picked up few cool things. None of them human.

First up I got Neca’s poseable Godzilla 2014 movie action figure. He’s equal to scale with the S.H.MonsterArts figures but not as well sculpted or highly articulated. Still, he has enough articulation to be considered very good in my book.

Neca Godzilla 2014 Movie Action Figure

My local Target had just got in the TMNT movie figures. I most likely won’t get all the figures, but I got my favorite Turtle Raphael. The sculpt is pretty good for a $9 figure.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Movie 2014 Playmates

They’re priced the same as the Animated Nick TMNT figures. He actually scales a bit taller than my Battle Shell Raph. His articulation system is the same as Battle Shell Raph.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Movie 2014 vs Animated Nick

My comicshop owner buddy gave me this UltraAct Glenfire. Apparently it was misordered and the distributor didn’t want it back. Lucky to have friends in the right places.

UltraAct Glenfire

Lastly, this one was an online deal I got from when they had their Botcon 2014 sale. MP Lambor (aka Sideswipe) was $10 off so I was able to get him for $70. He looks great next to my MP Prowl.

Takara Tomy Masterpiece Lambor Sideswipe Autobot Transformers

Transformers Masterpiece Lambor Sideswipe Prowl Autobot Takara Tomy


Adventures in Toy Shopping: TF4 Day and Big Wow in San Jose

17 05 2014

Today marks the official retail release date of the Transformers Age of Extinction movie toys. Earlier in the week, I took advantage of Amazon’s buy 1 get 1 for 30% off when they sold their stock online last Monday. Apparently Monday was referred to Cybertron Monday – the official online release date for the movie figures. I was able to get the Scorn and Slug through that deal and today I hopped over to Toysrus and used my $5 off coupon and picked leader class Optimus Prime. I honestly like the design of these toys.


After learning Takara Tomy was doing a more movie accurate colored Optimus with more silver paint apps but selling for $80, I decided to take time to add some more silver paint to my US version Optimus myself. Using Tamiya Acrylic paint,  I painted parts of the arms, chest, head, and fully painted thighs and feet.



The annual Big Wow Comic Convention hit San Jose, CA this weekend. It’s more fan friendly convention for better interaction with comic creators. Relatively a small show but there was a descent seller presence. I was able to track down a very cool Evil Lyn from the 2000’s MOTU as well as TF Generations Scourage. Also snagged the DC Collectibles Designer Series Nightwing based off the art designs of Greg Capullo.


The real bargain I found was an Ultra-Act Ultraman Tiga Sky Mode figure for $20.




Today’s Arrival: Takara Transformers MP-17 Prowl

15 10 2013

Nothing like a Masterpiece from Takara Tomy to make my month. The 1st of fair ladies is hear with one of my all-time favorite G1 characters.

Box is simple and keeps with the style of recent MP figures.

Takara Transformers MP-17 Prowl 01

Takara Transformers MP-17 Prowl 02

You get figure (in car mode), his main rifle, instructions (in Japanese), and character card (in Japanese).

Takara Transformers MP-17 Prowl 03

Car Mode is what you expect. Rolls smoothly and has a very accurate looking design with nice crisp markings.

Takara Transformers MP-17 Prowl 02

In robot mode, he’s simply amazing.

Takara Transformers MP-17 Prowl 04

His classic rifle is pretty sizable in length and sculpted in basic silver.

Takara Transformers MP-17 Prowl 05

Top notch figure from Takara that is a must own for TF fans. Priced at about $80 (

Takara Transformers MP-17 Prowl 06

Adventures in Toy Shopping: Hasbro Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Deluxe Class Prowl

27 09 2013

Even though TF Prime is off the air, the toys keep rolling out. Spotted Prowl at my local Target ($14.99) and love how Hasbro handled this figure.

Transformers Prime Prowl 01

He uses the same bold mold as the previously release Smokescreen with new paint apps, new head mold, and light bar. He’s whiter in color than Smokescreen which is really nice.

Transformers Prime Prowl 02

The head mold has more of TF Animated feel than his Classic G1 look. The light piping is one of the best I’ve seen in a long time.

Transformers Prime Prowl 03

Next to Smokescreen, you can see how Hasbro can craft out another character with some simple changes.

Transformers Prime Prowl Smokescreen

Adventures in Toy Shopping: Hasbro Transformers Generations: Deluxe Class: Orion Pax

7 08 2013

I can’t remember Hasbro ever releasing a Orion Pax version of Optimus Prime but this guy is definitely a welcome edition to my Transformers collection.

orion pax 01

Orion Pax is based off the IDW comics universe. The figure includes a reprint of Transformers Spotlight comic featuring Orion Pax

orion pax 02

He comes in his typical colors. His vehicle mode is sporty looking truck.

orion pax 03

In robot mode, he has very youthful design.

Hasbro Transformers Generation Orion Pax 00

His head sculpt features no mouth guard.

orion pax 05

He has very sizable energon axe that can be mounted on the side of his vehicle mode.

orion pax 06

In robot mode, the axe compliments Orion very well.

orion pax 07

His blaster has elements of his classic G1 gun but a little more compact.

orion pax 08

This figure is great all around. Good design in both modes, highly articulated, and clever in transformation (About $14.99, Target).

orion pax 04



Transformers Generations Springer: Customizing with Reprolabels

3 07 2013

Thanks to good folks at reprolabels, I was able to customize my Transformers Generations Voyager Springer with their very cool decal sticker set. Very cool set for $11.

Transformers Generations Springer Reprolabels Custom 01

Transformers Generations Springer Reprolabels Custom 02

Transformers Generations Springer Reprolabels Custom 03

Adventures in Toy Shopping: Target Finds

20 06 2013

It’s been a few weeks and I really haven’t had much luck in spotting anything descent on the shelves but all that changed with this morning recent Target visit. Spotted a Hasbro Marvel Universe Nova figure and Transformers Voyager Class Springer. Oh Happy Day.

Nova is a favorite character of mine. I love his recent redesign a lot but the figure doesn’t really deliver. All he is a new head sculpt with gold armor bits attached.

Hasbro Marvel Universe Nova action figure

Hasbro Marvel Universe Nova

Springer may be one of the best Hasbro TF figures to come out in years.  He doesn’t share the problem most recent TF toys have of being hollow in certain areas. He’s solid and extremely fun to mess with. His transformation between the 3 different modes (robot, car, helicopter) is clever and fun. His sculpt is just amazing and comes with really sool weapons. So impressed.

Hasbro Transformers Generations Voyager Class Autobot Springer

Hasbro Transformers Generations Voyager Springer 02