Saturday, April 29, 2017

Amanda Conner - SPACESUIT HARLEY QUINN!

DC Designer Series: Amanda Conner #2 - Spacesuit Harley Quinn - DCC 2017

I love DC Collectibles' Designer Series line. One of the things I get the most joy out of in this hobby is seeing very stylized 2-Dimensional comic and cartoon designs translated into 3-Dimensional sculpture. The more stylistic the art, the harder the challenge for the sculptor, and (generally speaking) the more impressed I am. I hope we see future lines from Dustin Nguyen and Mike Allred, mostly because the art seems like a challenge and I'd love to see the results. An Amanda Conner line was an obvious choice from the beginning, but I think having the first wave be all Harleys was a surprize to most. Hopefully there's a second line with other Amanda classics like Power Girl, Terra, and Black Canary. This Spacesuit Harley is a fun choice for this line. Although the outfit only ever appeared on a single comic cover (the spacesuit inside the issue was really different). It's a perfect wacky variant. The final two (Holiday and Superhero) will be here by next week and I'm excited! Let's check out Spacesuit Harley below!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

DC Multiverse - WONDER WOMAN (CLOAKED)!

DC Multiverse - WW Movie (Ares Series) - Cloaked Wonder Woman - Mattel 2017

Here is my final review of the basic Wonder Woman 6" line. I'm looking forward to reviewing the awesome 12" figure (I saw it at Barnes & Noble today, but couldn't bring myself to pay $3 above MSRP for it haha). And I'm super excited about the Menalippe and "standard" Wonder Woman 6" figures that should be popping up as exclusives soon. If you haven't seen the exclusive Wonder Woman figure yet, check out the Hong Kong TRU site. It's a scaled-down version of the 12" figure with a shield accessory for Ares. I think she'll be my favorite of the series when I finally get her. This cloaked Wonder Woman is a very nice figure, but definitely my least favorite of the group so far. I feel like this should have been the exclusive like the Nightclub Harley last year with the standard version seeing a wide release. But who knows what additional Diana figures we'll see with the Justice League film this Fall. We could be gearing up for a full-on Amazonian overload. Let's check out the cloaked Wonder Woman below!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Women of the COOPERSTOWN COLLECTION!

Starting Lineup - Dottie Kamenshek (Kenner 1996) & Pepper Davis (Hasbro 1998)

I've been meaning to review these two figures forever. Then recently I saw a post from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Facebook page (I suggest following it!) about 2017 being the 25th Anniversary of A League of Their Own. I love that movie and it exposed me to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League when I was a young lad of 13. At the time, Startling Lineup figures were the bane of my existence. Scarce toy aisle space was being taken over by sports junk, and along with it came jock collectors, which was an awkward hybrid kind of peer I had trouble relating to. It wasn't until about six years ago that I discovered the inclusion of eight female athletes in the line. My favorites of the group were easily the two baseball players from the AAGPBL. I only wish they had made more. It's notable that these two figures also mark the transition between the Kenner and Hasbro brands (All the Kenner lines were absorbed into Hasbro between 1991 and 2000). Let's check out Pepper and Dottie below!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Star Wars 6" Black Series - SABINE WREN!

Star Wars: The Black Series #33 (Rebels) - Sabine Wren - Hasbro 2017

When the Star Wars Black Series was just announced I wasn't sure how robust the line would be with female characters. I wasn't too excited about getting a dozen different Leias (This was before we knew any details of The Force Awakens or Rogue One after all). And sure, I have three Black Series Leias already and they are all great figures in their own ways, but what I was really waiting for were characters from the Star Wars animated universe in this scale. Last year we saw Ahsoka Tano and now we get the infamous Mandalorian graffiti artist (and bounty hunter dropout), Sabine Wren. Hasbro alters these characters a little bit to fit in with their live-action Black Series counterparts. I really appreciate the stylistic changes because Star Wars will always be one unified universe in my head, but the animated designs really don't blend in well on my toy shelves. Rest assured this Sabine fits in perfectly. Now I'm super excited about the Hera Syndulla figure. I love this line. Let's check out Sabine below!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Funko Guardians of the Galaxy MANTIS Collection!

GOTG Vol. 2 - Rock Candy, POP, Dorbz, & Pint Size Heroes - Funko 2017

One of the things I'm most excited about with the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 movie is to get to know the character Mantis better. I've always noticed her in the comics, but her character's origins and powers always confused me. Although her look has changed pretty drastically over the years, her signature antennae and Asian features have remained constant. But as far as her powers and origins go, I've always been kind of lost.  She can communicate with plants and certain alien races, she is empathic, she's a martial arts master, and she has bizarre control over her body (like heartbeat and bleeding). And now in her most recent incarnations she's also a telepathic precog. Her background is equally muddy. With depowerings, mindwipes, time travel, and celestial prophecies, it's kind of hard to keep straight. That's why I'm looking forward to the movie version. I'm assuming they'll take the best parts of the character and make it as cohesive as possible. Plus her look is very cool update of the comic design.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Miraculous Ladybug - LADY WIFI!

Miraculous Ladybug Action Figures: Wave 02 - Lady Wi-Fi - Bandai 2017

I'm very excited about what the future holds for all the various Zag Heroez/Zagtoons properties and all the potential action figures that could come from them. If this Miraculous line from Bandai is any indication of the production quality and character assortment coming down the line, we are going to have a great few years. Check out Superstar, Pixie Girl, Zak Storm, Ghostforce, etc to see just a small selection of the new cartoons on the horizon. This Lady Wi-Fi figure is pretty elusive. I believe she is supposed to be included in the second wave of Miraculous figures, but she is not in the assortments that are showing up in stores, and she's not ever shown on the character lineup on the cardbacks (but the rest of wave two is). There is a third wave in the works including Volpina, Puppeteer, Bumblebee, and a new Ladybug, so I have feeling this little lady is going to get lost in the mix. I caved and ordered mine off Amazon to avoid missing out. Let's check out Lady Wi-Fi below!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Wonder Woman - DIANA OF THEMYSCIRA!

DC Multiverse - Wonder Woman Ares Series - Diana of Themyscira - Mattel 2017

I'm loving the look of this Diana of Themyscira costume. Usually the island apparel for Wonder Woman is nothing more than a toga -- which isn't a bad thing. I actually like the nod to ancient Greece with the gladiator sandals and olive leaves in her hair, but I feel like I have a few action figures like that already and them seem so nondescript. This movie version of that look pays homage to the classic design but tweaks the color palette toward earthtones and adds some details that make it more formidable and battle-ready. I love it. And once again Mattel knocked it out of the park. I had really low expectations but now I have a renewed sense of excitement for all the upcoming Multiverse ladies: Batwoman, Jessica Cruz Green Lantern, DKIII Wonder Woman, Wonder Girl, and New52 Wonder Woman. They're going to be so great (if they actually all get released - there was a disheartening lack of these figures shown at Toy Fair). Time will tell. Let's check out Diana of Themyscira below!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Justice League Action Mini HARLEY QUINN!

Justice League Action - Mighty Minis 3-Pack #4 - Harley Quinn - Mattel 2017

For some reason this 4th set of Justice League Action Mighty Minis is extremely difficult to find. I feel really bad for the folks trying to assemble the Collect-n-Connect Darkseid figure (because the legs included in the set are rather integral to his imposing stature). This Harley Quinn figure was a surprise for most toy hobbyists and I actually think she was unknown until people saw the cardback in the stores. In the cartoon she looks very different; with red eyes and spiky costume details; but I think that funky design in this scale would look like a mistake so I'm glad they chose the classic look. She seems to be popular in the cartoon so hopefully she gets a figure in the upcoming 4-5" line. I always love a unique Harley toy. And who knows, there are lots more interesting heroines in the series that are well-deserving of toys: Poison Ivy, Star Sapphire, Faora, Killer Frost, Cheetah, etc. I hope the series and toy lines are a success because the designs are pretty cool. Let's check out the Mighty Mini Harley Quinn below!