Sunday, July 5, 2015

UNKL DC Comics Heroes & Villains - HARLEY QUINN!

UniPo DC Heroes & Villains - Blind Box Harley Quinn - UNKL/Toynami 2013

My Harley Quinn collectibles hobby has been booming lately. It seems like every time I head into my comic shop or Hot Topic there is another little red and black jester taunting me. I first saw this UNKL Harley Quinn a few years ago in the Toynami booth at ToyFair 2013. For me it was an easy pass. I thought these figures looked like a bizarre cross of Funko Pop and Mighty Muggs with the facial stylings of Beavis & Butthead. Then I waited for her to show up in stores (just to solidify my criticisms in person). She never appeared. The preorder dates on websites kept being bumped later and later. I started getting mildly obsessed with finding her. Then finally a couple weeks ago I was picking up a few Dorbz at Hot Topic and I saw the UNKL blind boxes. There was a sale. It was destiny. I bought one with fingers crossed. It was my lovely Harleen. Now I'm kind of obsessed with this odd little addition to my collection. She's definitely ugly, but in a quirky way that I can get down with. Let's check her out in detail below!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The New Batman Adventures - Bendable BATGIRL!

The New Batman Adventures - Bendable Figures - Batgirl - NJCroce 2015

NJ Croce is having a killer year with their Batman novelties. These bendable figures are the perfect thing to fill the doldrums in the weeks leading up to SDCC.  They're bright. colorful, well-made, and inexpensive.  I've never been much of a fan of bendies, but in a few short years I've acquired six and I must admit I think they're pretty cool. Batman the Animated Series (and all its subsequent iterations) are getting a lot of love this year.  There is an awesome New Adventures Batgirl action figure due out next month from DC Collectibles.  And Diamond Select showed a BTAS mini-bust and PVC statue at Toy Fair in February.  Up until this point I've actually had very few animated-style Batgirls in my collection (I used to be a "comics-style" purist until a few years ago).  But now I welcome them with open arms.  I don't want to backtrack too far though because collecting all 2 billion Kenner variants will kill me.  I'm fine with this glorious bendie for now.  Let's check her out below!


Monday, June 29, 2015

Age of Ultron (Miniature) SCARLET WITCH!

Avengers Age of Ultron - Miniature Scarlet Witch vs Sub-Ultron 008 - Hasbro 2015

I have a recently rekindled love for 2.5" scale action figures. I've been Googling all these great long-forgotten (for me anyway) eighties toy properties since I posted on Gamora a few weeks ago. I now have a lot of tiny eBay packages due on my doorstep, and I've been obsessively hunting for this Scarlet Witch figure. I finally found her at Target this week. That find has been kind of bittersweet though. While I'm ecstatic to have another tiny lady in my collection (she makes 8!), I was pretty bummed that she was so out-of-scale with the Guardians of the Galaxy figures. I was imagining a whole line of Marvel heroines; one per movie.. Black Widow, Wasp, Sif, Captain Marvel. It was a pretty potent fantasy. But unfortunately the first two offerings are out of sync. It doesn't mean I don't still love this perfect little toy, but I'm just disappointed that Hasbro didn't have the foresight to tie their lines (and their future lines) together. I'll be okay though.  I just need time to sort out my feelings. Let's check out Wanda below!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Batman Dorbz Series 1 - BATGIRL!

Batman Dorbz - Series 01 #027 - Batgirl - Vinyl Sugar / Funko 2015

I think Dorbz are going to be a major problem for me. In the past week I've bought four of these cute little figures and I'm sure there will be more in my future. When these figures were first teased before Toy Fair this Winter, I was apprehensive about their size and cost. The Vinyl Vixens series turned me off a bit when I saw how large and pricey they were. And these Dorbz had the potential for the same disappointments. Then at Toy Fair I saw the size first hand and I really liked it. They stand about 3/4" shorter than a POP figure with heads just slightly larger than a golf ball. The price was still a mystery to me, but luckily now that they're showing up in stores, I know that they're anywhere from 8 bucks (DC ones at my record store) to 10 bucks (Guardians of the Galaxy at Hot Topic). So, yeah, I'm hooked. I'm excited for the upcoming Catwoman and Poison Ivy (as well as Mystique and Scarlet Witch). And I'm predicting tons of variants. Black-suited and '66 TV style Batgirls will be a welcome addition. Bring them on!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Batman '66 Bendable BATGIRL!

Batman: Classic TV Series - Bendable Figures - Batgirl - NJCroce 2015

This little beauty was one of my favorite discoveries at Toy Fair '15. Ever since I stumbled across the NJ Croce booth in 2013 and saw the very cool JLA New Frontier bendable figures, I have made it a point to stop by each year to see what new offerings they have. They have yet to disappoint me. Last year they had a Julie Newmar Catwoman. Then this year they wowed us with a BTAS Harley Quinn and Batgirl, as well as this Batman 1966 Classic TV Series Batgirl. I honestly already have low hopes for 2016 because this year will be a tough one to beat. I supposed a BTAS Poison Ivy or Catwoman is possible (and a Mystery of the Batwoman figure would make me faint). But this Batgirl '66 figure is something special. I believe this is the first official piece of merchandise featuring the Yvonne Craig Batgirl on the market. We have 2 Statues (Tweeterhead & DST), a Bust, and an action figure due out later this year, but I think this is the first. Hopefully this is only the beginning. Let's check out Batgirl below!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Funko POP! Guardians of the Galaxy NEBULA!

POP! Marvel #76 - Guardians of the Galaxy - Nebula - Funko 2015

Nebula was my favorite character from 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy movie.  I thought she had a very cool look, and she seemed to differ greatly from her comics counterpart (who I was never truly in love with).  In the movie she was Thanos' adopted daughter and had a major sibling rivalry with her sister Nebula. This tension exploded in the final scenes of the movie giving her tons of screentime. She was played by Karen Gillan, known to most Geekdom as Amy Pond from BBC's Doctor Who (although others might know her from the failed 2014 ABC sitcom, Selfie).  I actually can't remember if she survived the GOTG film or not, but hopefully she'll be in the sequel.  I heard somewhere last year (I believe at SDCC) that there would be a second wave of Marvel Legends for the movie.  A Legends-style movie Nebula would be awesome.  Fingers crossed that she shows up in a future movie wave.  This Funko POP! figure showed up in stores a few months ago, so I think another wave of delayed merchandise is a definite possibility.  Let's check out Nebula below!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Imaginext POWER RANGERS!

Imaginext Power Rangers - Pink & Yellow Rangers - Fisher-Price/Mattel 2015

Fisher-Price's super-popular Imaginext line has a knack for incorporating cool character licenses into its products. While the majority of their products seem to be original themes (like Castles, Dinosaurs, and Space), I think the most popular figures and playsets in recent years have been their DC Super Friends line. Other media tie-ins have included Spongebob Squarepants, Monster's Inc, and Toy Story, but DC  has outlasted and outshone them all. The first real competition in my opinion is the new Power Rangers theme. In a few short weeks on the shelves, I think these figures have completely won over all the Imaginext fans out there. For a property that is inherently vehicle-driven, it's surprising that there hasn't been a smaller-scale action figure series before (with corresponding zords of course). These toys are more playable and fun than any Power Rangers products I've ever seen. Now the test will be to see if the line can continue. There are pictures floating around of a second assortment, so it's looking good!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Marvel Legends - WASP!

Marvel Legends Infinite Series - Ant-Man (Ultron Wave) - Hasbro 2014

Woohoo lookee what I found yesterday!  I wasn't paying attention to release dates for the Ant-Man wave (or any of the upcoming ML waves for that matter), so when I went into Toys R Us yesterday afternoon and saw this I thought I was hallucinating.  Buried there amongst the overstocked Avengers and Spider-Man figures was this lone Wasp. There wasn't another Ant-Man figure in sight.  I snatched her up and immediately started looking over my shoulder in paranoia as if her appearance was some mistake. But alas, she was real.  Janet van Dyne first appeared as the Wasp in Tales to Astonish #44 in the Summer of 1963 as a partner to Ant-Man.  Within a few months she would earn her permanent place in the Marvel universe by becoming one of the founding members of the Avengers in Avengers #1 1963.  I was a little upset that she wasn't included in the two previous Avengers movies, but then again I never thought there would ever be a solo Ant-Man film.  It makes sense that they saved her for this movie.