Thursday, January 19, 2017

Funko POP Suicide Squad - DR. HARLEEN!

Suicide Squad POP! Heroes #135 - Dr. Harleen (Walmart Exc) - Funko 2016

I made an important decision this week to purge most of my POP variants. Harley Quinn was honestly the reason for this. I have a ton of Harley POPs. By getting rid of the black & white versions, the metallics, the GITDs, I am able to pare down the collection to a mere eleven figures (and then the Bombshells Harley was announced which will make it twelve!). I've had this Dr. Harleen Quinzel POP in my collection for a while but keep forgetting to post about it. I love that the Suicide Squad movie managed to work Harley's origin story into the plot. It has recently been altered in the comics and I wasn't a fan of the changes, so it was nice to see the classic smitten psychiatrist on the big screen. It's also pretty rare to get a civilian version of a female hero. This was the first POP I've personally owned that has glasses and I'm pretty impressed at how nice they look. I feel like glasses on toys are usually a train wreck, but Funko pretty much nailed it. Let's check out the Walmart exc Dr. Harleen Pop below!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Invisible Jet with Mini Retro WONDER WOMAN!

Invisible Jet w/ Mini Retro Wonder Woman - Legion of Collectors Exc - Funko 2016

Funko makes a lot of different products these days. I think it's fun to see them experiment with new styles, and lately their test kitchen seems to be the various "powered by Funko" subscription boxes. The Women of DC box surprised everyone with this 1:28 scale retro Wonder Woman. My first reaction was slight disappointment over the loss of a potential Pop, Dorbz, or Mystery Minis. But when I finally opened her (three months later), I really appreciated the effort. I love this scale, but it's pretty rare these days (especially for DC characters). When the 3.75" Harley and Joker action figures were included in the Suicide Squad box, it was also a completely new product with uncertain future plans, but now we know there will be a whole line supporting the scale. I'm hoping there will also be future figures in this 1:28 scale, but I'm not sure how marketable they'll be to a wider audience. Maybe we'll see something more at Toy Fair in a month. I'm really looking forward to it. Let's check her out below!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Marvel Legends - MS. MARVEL (KAMALA KHAN)!

Marvel Legends - Sandman Series - Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) - Hasbro 2016

Hasbro has been doing a great job at getting new characters on the shelves in record time. I think the fastest has been Spider-Gwen with only 16 months between her first appearance and shelf. Kamala Khan isn't too shabby either at 32 months (Silk at 23 months is another recent notable one). Kamala Khan is the third official Ms. Marvel (I usually exclude Moonstone) and is notable for being the first Muslim character to star in her own book. I love this character. She has a great personality, her costume is a awesome (I love the re-purposing of the lightning bolt and sash), and it doesn't hurt that one of my favorite artists (Takeshi Miyazawa) draws of ton of her issues. I only have one problem with Kamala, but it's a big one... I can't stand her powers. Kamala is a shapeshifting inhuman that can stretch like Mr. Fantastic and Plastic Man. Aesthetically, I just don't like oversized swinging fists, spaghetti arms, and stilt legs. It looks clownish to me. Oh well you can't win them all. Let's check her out below!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Masters of the Universe Dorbz - SHE-RA!

Funko Dorbz #245 - MOTU She-Ra - Funko-Shop.com Exc - Funko 2016

I first discovered Funko-Shop.com in September when I saw that there had been an exclusive Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute Dorbz 2-pack on sale (and I'm still very sad that I missed it). I quickly learned that since December 2015, the website has been releasing new exclusive items every week. I'm a pretty OCD person, so of course I started compiling a list of every exclusive I had missed. Luckily there weren't really any "must-haves" that slipped by (just a lot of Hikari and Freddy Funko items for the most part). The coolest one was the Paul Feig Pop. Anyway, I've been checking the site every Wednesday since and the items have been getting better and better. In December, the website has "Funko's 12 Days of Christmas" where there are 12 consecutive days of product reveals. It's was on the 10th day this year that this beautiful She-Ra Dorbz was listed. She was limited to 3000 pieces and has since sold out. Hopefully everyone who needed her snagged one. Let's check her out below!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Miraculous Ladybug - WAVE TWO VILLAINS!

Miraculous Ladybug: Wave 02 - Antibug, Chloe, and Stormy Weather - Bandai 2017

I'm so glad that the Miraculous Ladybug line is continuing. I saw major potential in the cool roster of characters, but I was afraid that the first wave of the two main characters (Ladybug and Cat Noir) and their civilian identities (Marinette and Adrien) might be the beginning and end of the line. But then I was in Target last week and literally did a double take when I noticed these new figures hanging next to the DC Superhero Girls. I guess my expectations for a second series were pretty low because I've since discovered that information about these toys has been on the internet for a while. I realize that I haven't googled the line since the first wave came out in July.  And that is very unlike me. But I won't make that mistake again. I'm already hyped about the third wave (two characters verified already!) The action figure revolution is happening, and it's in the pink aisles! Next I want to see Monster High and SpacePop in this format. (Not to mention DC Superhero Girls Wave 02). Let's check out the villains below!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Warcraft Movie 6" Figures - GARONA!

Warcraft (The Movie) - 6" Action Figures: Wave 02 - Garona - Jakks Pacific 2016

I feel really bad when a toy company puts a lot of effort into a movie-based toyline only to have the whole thing flop. It makes it worse when it's not a top-tier company with lots of overhead (like Mattel and Hasbro) either. I didn't hear anything about the Warcraft movie. Nothing good, nothing bad, nothing. That's never a good sign. The toy line from Jakks Pacific didn't fare too well either. I swear my TRUs and Targets didn't sell any of these toys. They are now stuck on clearance endcaps gathering dust. Somehow I doubt this second wave of 6" figures will ever see the light of day in stores, but I was luckily able to snag her pretty cheap on Amazon before Christmas.  It's a shame because too few companies are producing figures in this scale and I always want to see more. This line reminds me a lot of 2012's Hobbit series from Bridge Direct. It also wasn't a perfect toyline (nor successful), but both also showed a lot of potential. Hopefully Jakks gets another cool license soon so they can keep the momentum going.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Avengers 6" Action Figures - BLACK WIDOW!

Avengers 6" Action Figures - Wave 01 - Black Widow - Hasbro 2017

It's pretty rare when I'm totally caught off guard by an action figure hanging on the pegs. Especially when it comes to the big toy companies like Hasbro and Mattel. But yesterday I stopped in Target before work (I'm desperately seeking the Cheetah and Sinestro Imaginext set) and I did a doubletake when I saw this figure hanging next to the Marvel Legends. My immediate thought was "Oh, they're expanding that Guardians of the Galaxy Animated line to include the whole MCU." But there is a distinctive scale difference so this wave is a new thing all-around. This Black Widow isn't the most amazingly-sculpted figure ever, but at a price point of $7-8 it's pretty nice. I'm all about seeing a good mix of collector-quality figures and regular retail figures on the shelves, especially when they are decently articulated, sculpted, and priced. Hopefully we see a lot more figures like this in the future. And kudos to Hasbro for including a female in the first wave (of only 4 characters). Let's check out Black Widow below!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Star Wars The Force Awakens - REY!

Star Wars: Force Awakens - Rey (Limited Articulation Figure) - Hasbro 2016

There has been an interesting trend in recent years where the big toy companies (Mattel, Hasbro, Bandai, etc) have been maximizing their profit potential by offering lesser-quality versions of their hot sellers to discount stores. These assortments almost never include female figures so I haven't paid much attention. But then I was strolling through Big Lots back in November (the day after election day if I recall correctly) and I found this pretty stunning little figure for $6. She only has four points of articulation (neck, shoulders, and waist), but she has a unique scale (somewhere between the 5.5" Black Series and the 6" Elite Series), and a great sculpt. I'll totally keep my eyes peeled for similar figures in the future. I've read a lot of vitriol aimed at these figures from the collecting community, but you won't hear that from me. I think they're pretty sweet. In fact, if they do a Leia I'll be ecstatic since it will probably have only sculpted clothing (Yay for no cloth!). Let's check out the limited articulation Rey below!