Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kreon Micro-Changers SLIPSTRIKE!
Transformers Kre-O Mini-Figures - Series 4 - Slipstrike - Hasbro 2014

This little beauty totally snuck up on me.  Beyond the fact that I didn't know this figure was in stores, I had no idea this character even existed.  The Transformers of the Kre-O universe are actually considered different characters than the other properties.  Most of the time the difference in negligible.  But this time, there's a total name change that probably threw a lot of collectors off her scent.  Slipstrike is the Kreon version of Slipstream, who is a female clone of Starscream from Transformers: Animated.  Starscream made a lot of clones of himself, but it seems that Slipstream had the most staying power - making cameo appearances in video games and comics and even getting a Botcon exclusive toy (basically a repainted Starscream with lips).  I've been in a Transformers kick lately with the introduction of all these new fembots in the comics (and the new Windblade mini-series starting this coming Wednesday 4/16) so discovering this cool little lady was kismet.  Let's check Slipstrike out in detail below!

Friday, April 11, 2014

DC Comics Super-Villains SUPERWOMAN!
DC Comics Super-Villains - Crime Syndicate Superwoman - DC Collectibles 2014

Has everyone been noticing the amazing year DC Collectibles has planned for us?  Just a few short years ago fans were fine-tuning their eulogies for the demise of DC Direct action figures.  I'll admit that I was believing the naysayers as well.  Sure, there were still plenty of statues and video game figures, but the previous decade of amazingly varied comic figures definitely seemed to be coming to an end.  But now 2014 seems to be the year of rebirth and I am going to be positively broke.  The sculpt and articulation of these new figures is better than ever.  This version of Superwoman is basically the evil Wonder Woman (from Earth-3).  I haven't been reading the recent Trinity War or Forever Evil storylines where I know she plays an important role, but I've always been a fan of this character (and of all evil doppelgangers in general).  The figure is beautiful, well-articulated, and easily the coolest Superwoman in my collection.  Let's check out this other-dimensional vixen in detail below!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bruder Spielwaren - The WOMEN of BWORLD!
BWorld - Woman Blonde & Woman Dark with Boots - Bruder Toys 2010
I stumbled across these little gems in a boutique toy store last week.  The German toy company Bruder is known for making very realistic toys.  These toys take on the themes of farmwork, construction, forestry, etc, with detailed vehicles, playsets, and action figures.  They really remind me of a hybrid of two of my early childhood favorites, Tonka & Adventure People.  What struck me about these figures (aside from their realistic appearance) was the high level of articulation (especially considering they are aimed towards young children).  There is only one female sculpt that I am aware of, but you can get her in a variety of color palettes.  I chose two that seem very different despite being clones of each other.  In a perfect world, the horses from the equestrian sets would be as articulated as the figures (they aren't), because the horse and rider combos would make for some amazing custom fodder.  The playsets also come with accessories like the occasional helmet or tool.  Let's check them out below!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Marvel 3.75" Infinite Series WASP!
Marvel Infinite Series - Wave 1 - Marvel's Wasp - Hasbro 2014

Now here's a rebranding that I don't quite understand.  The newest incarnation of Hasbro's 3.75" Marvel Universe action figure line is now known as Marvel: Infinite Series (not to be confused with the Marvel Legends Infinite Series in a 6" scale.  Regardless of the name change, we are still due to receive plenty of great figures in this line.  Janet Van Dyne (aka the Wasp) is one of the original members of the Avengers and was a glaring absence from this series.  This figure is pretty awesome.  The sculpt is great, the wings are well-tooled, and the overall look just hits the bullseye.  I've even heard collectors excited to add her to their 6" figure collections.  One of the unseen benefits of making a size-changing character is that scale is suddenly completely unimportant.  Perhaps that's why this figure seems to be the hard one to get from wave 1.  I almost decided to hold out for one with better paint when I found her at Target this week, but I'm glad I didn't since she's not in any stores (and I've been a'huntin).  Let's check out Wasp!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

DC Comics Cover Girls HUNTRESS Statue!
DC Comics Cover Girls Statue Series - Huntress - DC Collectibles 2014
The inclusion of Huntress into the super-popular Cover Girls statue series has been a long time coming.  She is pretty much a fifth or sixth wheel in the Gotham City vigilante game, but she has a dedicated fanbase and a steady stream of comics under her belt since her introduction in 1977.  Huntress was first created as Helena Wayne, the daughter of Batman and Catwoman in DC's alternate universe Earth 2.  In the 1980's the big DC Comic event Crisis on Infinite Earths did away with Earth 2, but luckily the character was salvaged, albeit revamped with a new origin and identity.  This new Huntress was Helena Bertinelli, a vengeful daughter of a murdered mob boss hellbent on destroying organized crime in Gotham City.  Flash forward to 2012, in the New52 title World's Finest, her origin is once again revamped/reverted.  Turns out she is indeed still Helena Wayne, but assumed the Bertinelli identity in order to obscure her other-dimensional connection to Batman.  I'm going to go out on a limb and assume this statue is the modern incarnation.  Let's check her out below!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gremlins Mogwai PENNY!
Gremlins: Mogwai Series 4 - Penny - NECA 2014
Sorry for the lack of posts lately!  I just moved and my priorities are completely shuffled around.  All my toys are packed (but itching to be put out on brand new shelves) and I don't even have internet yet.  I was uncertain when I would be able to post again but it's always on my mind.  It's amazing how much I've missed reviewing toys the past few weeks.  Luckily I developed a new obsession which inspired me to spend an evening in my old apartment (where I still have keys - and internet) and write this quick review.  Gremlins was a smash hit in 1984.  I was both in love with and terrified of this movie.  Most all all I remember desperately wanting a pet Mogwai like Gizmo (I think it goes hand-in-hand with my Ewok obsession).  Then Gremlins 2 came out in 1990 and I just loved it.  I was older so the Gremlins didn't bother me in the least, plus I realized the movies were a great mix of silly and scary.  NECA has been producing an amazing line of Gremlins toys for the past few years.  Penny is the first girl and my first purchase from the line, but definitely not my last. (I ordered three more already)  Let's check her out below!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - APRIL O'NEIL!
TMNT (Nickelodeon): Series 1 - April O-Neil - PlayMates 2012

More than any other reporter in comics and cartoons, I think April O'Neil embodied an iconic look that none of her predecessors were able to achieve.  Lois Lane and Betty Brandt pretty much have to be introduced each time they appear because the rarely look the same twice.  But April O'Neil, throughout all her iterations, is always recognizable.  The newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series from Nickelodeon has the most drastically different April so far, but she's still very recognizable with auburn hair and a yellow outfit  (it doesn't hurt that she's the only girl in a handful of green mutant turtles either).   This version of April isn't actually a reporter at all, but rather a high school student whose parents have been kidnapped by the Krang (now a whole race of brain aliens).  April still fulfills her role as the Turtles' link to the outside world and it's a fun modernization of their classic dynamic.  The CGI look of the new series is an interesting departure from the classic looks as well, but it's a change that seems to be working as the toy aisles are filled with TMNT lately.  Let's check out April below!