Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Batman Returns CATWOMAN Dorbz!

Batman Returns - SDCC / GameStop Exclusive Dorbz 3-Pack - Funko 2016

I just can't get enough Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman toys in my life. I'm thinking the 25th Anniversary of Batman Returns in 2017 is playing a big part in the recent burst of products. The Mini Mez-Itz and upcoming NECA 1:4 scale figures join this surprise SDCC Exclusive Dorbz set to really bolster our Pfeiffer collections. (I'm still waiting on a mini-bust though!) This three pack was a shared Summer Exclusive between SDCC and GameStop. I heard that most GameStop stores only got one or two sets, but they were available on GameStop.com on SDCC Preview Night so hopefully everyone was able to snag a set if they wanted it. I'm becoming very addicted to Funko's secondary product lines like Rock Candy and Dorbz and I'm already eager for the NYCC exclusives. Since Funko products have a knack for making me appreciate underwhelming costumes, I'd love to see their take on a Batman & Robin Alicia Silverstone Batgirl. Fingers crossed that we'll get her! Let's check out this Catwoman Dorbz below!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Miraculous - LADYBUG & MARINETTE!

Miraculous - Action Figures Series 01 - Ladybug & Marinette - Bandai 2016

We are in the middle of a revolution of female-led action properties and toylines. The I Am Elemental Kickstarter got the ball rolling last Summer. Then DC Superhero Girls burst onto the scene this Spring. Then Ghostbusters flooded the shelves. And next year Mysticons will be sure to be a hit. But right now we're seeing the first figures for a lesser-known but very cool property called Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. Miraculous is a French CGI-animated series following the adventures of Marinette, a young fashion designer and her male model crush Adrien who fight crime as Ladybug and Cat Noir. The first season began in December 2015 here in the US (on Nickelodeon) and I believe seasons 2 and 3 are already completed and airing in foreign markets. I've seen about 6 episodes (last night!) and I really like it. Hopefully this action figure line continues because there are a lot of cool characters I would love to see in my collection. Let's check out Ladybug and her secret identity Marinette below!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Rock Candy - HARLEY QUINN (New 52)!

DC Comics - Rock Candy - Summer Exclusive - Harley Quinn - Funko 2016

When DC launched the New 52 back in 2011, I was left with a lot of conflicting emotions. On the positive side, some of my favorites like Barbara Gordon Batgirl, Amethyst, and Hawk & Dove were all making comebacks. But on the negative side were some really unfortunate costume changes. Some, like Poison Ivy's, really grew on me after a while, but this red and blue ill-fitting corset with clown collar and thigh-high socks is just about the most ridiculous outfit I've even seen on Harley. (Yet somehow it looks pretty cute on a Rock Candy). She only wore this in the 2011 Suicide Squad series which lasted about 30 issues and for the first few issues of New Suicide Squad in 2014 before it got phased out in favor of her Rollergirl costume. Funko made some good choices with their Summer Exclusives this year. Neither this costume nor the Purple Catwoman are iconic enough to be absolute must-haves for collectors, but they are really fun if you have the resources to hunt them down. Let's check her out below!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Rock Candy - CATWOMAN (Purple Suit)!

DC Comics - Rock Candy - Summer Exclusive - Catwoman - Funko 2016

I've never been a huge fan of the 1990's Purple-suited Jim Balent Catwoman. I didn't like much about superhero comics at all in the 90s and even a favorite character of mine like Selina wasn't an exception. I felt that her constantly gritted teeth, oversized chest, and impractical mane of hair was just silly. The gray catsuit that preceded it and the Darwyn Cooke version that succeeded it were two of my favorites, but the purple one always made me wince. That said, I think this SDCC/Hot Topic exclusive is too cute for words. I'm now a big fan of these Rock Candy figures. They don't really fit in with my collection, but that's never stopped me before - although I'm strictly limiting myself to Bat-family characters for real estate reasons. I expected these SDCC/Summer Exclusives to be impossible to find. But I was able to preorder one for myself easily, and then this afternoon I went into my Hot Topic and they had 5 or 6 of her. Hopefully all my future hunts go so smoothly. Let's check out Catwoman below!

Friday, July 22, 2016

3.75" Marvel Legends - ROGUE!

Marvel Legends 3.75" Series - Wave 3 - Rogue - Hasbro 2016

Rogue's popularity really exploded in the early 90s during the Jim Lee run on Uncanny X-Men and the success of the X-Men The Animated Series. Her sultry relationship with Gambit suddenly highlighted her sex appeal and she became a supermodel right along with Psylocke and Storm. However, I was never too taken with this interpretation of her. I liked the moody, conflicted girl whose power alienated her from her peers. I also love characters that start out as bad guys and have a rocky beginning before joining the good fight (think She-Ra, Spider-Woman, Cassandra Cain, etc). This figure represents Rogue in her mid-1980's John Romita Jr design. Her costumes in the 80s were ever-changing and rarely lasted more than a few issues, but they always retained the same color scheme and protective black body suit underneath. To me this is a very classic Rogue looks that I wish we would see in a 6" scale. But in the meantime I'm happy with this newest addition to the 3.75" line. Let's check her out below!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Character Spotlight on SNOWBIRD!

A Collection of Alpha Flight's Most Mysterious Inuit Demi-Goddess Snowbird

I discovered Alpha Flight very late in the game. I believe I was in college in the late nineties and I won an eBay auction for the first 50 issues for like ten dollars. I had become a fan of John Byrne through all his Legend titles and realized that he was the man behind Alpha Flight. I loved this series. The characters were interesting and weird, the stories were compelling, and the art was on point. I liked all the characters, but Snowbird always stood out to me. I always leaned towards Sorceress-type characters. Wise, powerful, mysterious, and animal-themed - it's like she was custom-made for me. Snowbird is the daughter of the Inuit Goddess Nelvanna and a mortal man. She is tasked with protecting Canada against the Great Beasts and is mystically bound to Canadian land. She can transform into any native animal, albeit snow-white in color. I always thought she was an odd addition to the team, but she captured my imagination like no other (except maybe Marrina). Let's check out her collection below!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Suicide Squad HARLEY QUINN Dorbz!

Suicide Squad Dorbz Vinyl Collectibles #163 - Harley Quinn - Funko 2016

Dorbz are one of my favorite new collectibles of the past couple years. The size, character selection and price point are perfect. Plus they scratch a nostalgic itch because of their resemblance to the 1980's Little People. I think the only thing that is going to turn me off will be my inability to keep up with a complete bat-lady collection because of the SDCC exclusive Batman Returns Catwoman Dorbz this year. Nothing makes me give up on a line faster than having impossible-to-obtain "must-haves." I still have dozens of awesome female G.I.Joes, but they've been in storage for years since Hasbro started making the newer figures so impossible to obtain. I really hope Dorbz don't go the same route because they've barely started. This Suicide Squad Harley Dorbz also marks the first time I've been disappointed with the execution of one of these figures. I feel like the eyes and mouth are printed about 1/4" too high on the face. It changes the whole demeanor of the figure in my opinion. Let's check her out below!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Transformers Battle Packs - STRONGARM!

Transformers: Robots in Disguise - Strongarm & Mini-Con Sawtooth - Hasbro 2016

Strongarm is one of the few fembots that I know nothing about. I'm usually intrigued enough about new female Transformers that I read up on their history and check out their key episodes or comic issues, but I just kind of blindly accept Strongarm as a cool character. I've never watched a single episode of Robots in Disguise, but I eagerly hunt down all her action figures. And this new one is definitely no exception. This is the first Transformer I've owned in this mid-sized scale (it's somewhere in between Deluxe and Legion Class scales). I really love having multiple scales of the same character so this figure has been high on my priority list for several months. I thought I would never find her in the wild until I stumbled across her in K-Mart (of all places) last week. She's a fun figure and great addition to my collection. I'm hoping we might see a Windblade in this scale in the future. Or maybe the new Rescue Bots Quickshadow character. Fingers crossed for SDCC reveals! Let's check out Strongarm below!