Sunday, September 21, 2014

Magic the Gathering - LILIANA VESS!
Magic The Gathering: Legacy Collection 5 - Liliana Vess - Funko 2014
The Magic the Gathering Legacy Collection was by far the most exciting thing I saw at Toy Fair 2014.  There was an announcement several weeks before the Fair about the Game of Thrones Legacy Collection from Funko and I think most collectors were ecstatic to have a new player in the 6-7" action figure market.  I certainly was.  But that excitement was taken to a new level when I walked into the Funko booth and saw these Magic the Gathering figures.  They looked like they had very similar bucks to the wildly popular MOTUC figures and the character designs were fantastical.  I used to play Magic in the mid-90s but never stuck with it.  Over the years, I was aware of various comics and "expanded universes", but I had no idea there were actual developed characters now.  Liliana Vess is a Planeswalker Necromancer with a very detailed backstory.  She has been featured on twelve MTG cards and referenced on another seventeen.  I learn new things every day.  Let's check out Liliana in detail below!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Evil Horde's ENTRAPTA!
Masters of the Universe Classics - Club Etheria Mattycollector Exc - Mattel 2014

Entrapta was always one of my least favorite characters from She-Ra.  I didn't like her design, I didn't like her powers, she inexplicably had Catra's voice, and most of all, I just hated her color palette.  She stood out from the rest of the red, black, and blue Horde with her bright colors.  In the cartoon she wore purple, blue, and gold with orange hair.  The toy was even less "evil" looking with bright pink and shiny metallic gold.  If the toy line was to end early before completing the vintage roster, I would have gladly sacrificed Entrapta.  All this former disdain is why I'm so bowled over at my infatuation over this toy.  The Four Horsemen didn't even drastically change her design, but somehow they made this "dud" (IMO!) of a character amazing.  Sure, her colors still look much more Rebellion than Horde, but something about the look on her face and the menacing look of her hair thrills me.  The hair is amazingly well done.  Who needs a crossbow when you have those locks?  No one!  Let's check out Entrapta below!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Big Hero 6 - HONEY LEMON!
Marvel Entertainment & Disney:  Big Hero 6 - Honey Lemon - Bandai 2014

Following hot on the heels of yesterday's Go Go Tomago review comes the other lovely lady from the Big Hero 6 team.  Honey Lemon seems like the polar opposite of Go Go.  Where Go Go is fierce, skilled, and super-serious, Honey Lemon is more like a timid brainy magician-type.  She seems shy and cute and her super-skills are based around  her (self built) Nano-Purse.  Her purse actually houses micro-wormholes which let her store gigantic objects within it.  I picture it as an accessory version of Cloak's power from Cloak & Dagger.  Honey Lemon was introduced in 1998's Sunfire & Big Hero 6.  I haven't read those early books, and the Disney-fied movie doesn't come out for another two months, but I can pretty much guarantee the two versions of the character will be vastly different.  The comic version is a super-sexy genius secret agent.  I get a feeling that the animated Honey will be more of a lovable nerd.  Either way, I'm excited to see the movie after playing with these toys.  Let's check Honey out below!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Big Hero 6 - GO GO TOMAGO!
Marvel Entertainment & Disney:  Big Hero 6 - Go Go Tomago - Bandai 2014
Big Hero Six is a relatively unknown Marvel Comics superhero team that first debuted fourteen years ago in their own mini-series as well as in the pages of Alpha Flight.  Following the acquisition of Marvel by Disney in 2009, Big Hero 6 will be the first true collaboration of the two entertainment giants.  The movie doesn't come out for another two months so a lot of the plot and characteristics of these heroes are pure conjecture.  It's pretty safe to assume the kid-friendly Disney version will differ greatly from the comic though.  In the comic, Go Go Tomago is a badass ex-motorcycle gang convict who is made a test subject for a power suit that lets her speed up and burst into energy (at least that's what I gather from what I've read).  It's kind of like a hybrid of Speedball and Captain America in the pages of the Suicide Squad.  In the Disney version I doubt she'll be a convict on "hero release."  It appears her Mag-Lev disks are the basis of her powers.  She uses them as wheels on her hands and feet, flying devices, and projectiles.  Go Go is also touted as the sole hero with experience in a group of amateurs.  Let's check her out!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Planet Heroes VENUS DAZZLE!
Planet Heroes - Basic & Metallic Squad - Venus Dazzle - Fisher-Price/Mattel 2006

This isn't your Daddy's Fisher-Price. When I was a kid, all I had was the old peg-style Little People and the "everyday hero" Adventure People. They were fun and all, but they certainly didn't spark the wild imagination that the "big kid" action figures of the time had. Somewhere along the line though, Fisher-Price has really made a huge leap forward in the "cool" department. These Planet Heroes figures from 2006 are a prime example of that. The heroes of the team each represented a planet (or heavenly body: ie, sun, moon, stars). Simple, Educational and Entertaining. The planetary figures all had a design motif with colors, powers, and even physical size to correspond to their namesake planet. Venus Dazzle is the only female in the toyline. Her design and weaponry is lava and fire themed which gives her one of the coolest looks in my opinion.  She was released in both a regular version as well as a Metallic Squad version wherein her red parts are painted in metallic red.  Let's check out Venus in detail below!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

DC Collectibles SUPERGIRL (and Customization)!
DC Comics: The New 52 - Supergirl - DC Collectibles 2014
Supergirl is one of my favorite characters since the DC Comics New 52 reboot in 2011.  Some of my tried and true favorites (like Batgirl) have been a little "meh" since the switchover.  But for me, the surprise standout has been Supergirl.  Her book has had great artists and writers and the new costume design is my favorite of any of her numerous looks.  DC Collectibles has really been doing an amazing job in the last few years.  This Supergirl figure was revealed right before Toy Fair this year and she looked like perfection.  She was one of my most anticipated figures of the year to be honest.  But when I ran to the comic shop today to pick her up, I can't deny that I was extremely let down by yet another weird set of facial paint apps.  Her eyes just looked wrong.  Earth 2 Wonder Woman and Huntress had similar problems.  Luckily I knew I would be able to touch her up just enough to quell my concerns.  My customization shots will be at the bottom of this review.  Let's check Supergirl out below!

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Women of WETWORKS!
Wetworks: Series 1 & 2 - Pilgrim, Mother-One & Blood Queen - McFarlane 1995-96

Whilce Portacio's Wetworks was originally intended to be one of the core titles of Image Comics' initial barrage of titles in 1992.  It was delayed for 2 years which, for me, made it become the "breath of fresh air" for Image after my interest in the erratically released Spawn, Wildcats, and Youngblood had begun to wane.  Whilce Portacio gained much fame for his pencils in X-Factor and Uncanny X-Men, but it took Wetworks to make me view him as the 90's powerhouse artist he was.  I think the metallic design of the characters really showed off his talents.  Wetworks is about a Black Ops team who utilize golden metallic symbiotes as full-body protection when warring again supernatural foes (lots of vampires and werewolves).  A great storytelling twist is that they were doublecrossed by their parent organization and are now rogue - it's like A-Team meets Underworld meet Silverhawks. There were several great female characters in the comics and luckily three were made into toys.  Let's check them out below!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Assassin's Creed: Series 02 - Aveline de Grandpré - McFarlane Toys 2014

McFarlane Toys never ceases to amaze me recently.  Between Walking Dead, Halo, and now Assassin's Creed, they have produced some of the best female action figures of the past few years.  I know nothing about Assassin's Creed aside from what I read about in preparation for this review, but I know this is a beautiful toy.  Aveline de Grandpré was an assassin of French and African heritage who lived in New Orleans during the mid-18th century.  She first appeared in Assassin's Creed III: Liberation from 2012 and has appeared in subsequent games as well.  I first became aware of this figure when a drawing of the figure was shown in the McFarlane booth at Toy Fair two years ago.  (I enter that booth every year in hopes that a new line of Saga toys will be unveiled.  I think McFarlane is the only modern toy company that could do that property justice.)  But alas, no Saga, but I was very intrigued with this female assassin and two years later I decree she was well worth the wait.  Let's check her out in detail below!