Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DC Comics Bombshells Keychain - HARLEY QUINN!

DC Comics Bombshells - Collector Series Keychains - Elephant Gun LLC 2016

Check out this tiny little beauty! It's amazing how much detail they can cram into a 3" tall keychain these days. If these existed in my school days, I totally would have been one of those kids with a tricked out backpack that jingled and rattled as I sprinted late to every class (tardiness is forever one of my biggest flaws). These keychains from Elephant Gun are amazing to me. I really enjoy Ant Lucia's DC Bombshells designs. I have an affinity for pin-up art, and regular readers will know I'm gaga over my DC ladies. So this property seems like a perfect fit for me. However, I never even considered buying the Bombshells statues due to price and lack of display space. I have kind of made it a habit to ignore anything related to the Bombshells during the past three years for just those reasons. However, these tiny keychain versions are well within my budget and they can easily squeeze into any of my shelf displays. I'm very excited to buy them all as they come out. Let's check out Bombshell Harley below!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Marvel Legends - BEETLE!

Spider-Man Legends - Absorbing Man Series - Edge of Spider-Verse - Hasbro 2016

This figure was quite a surprise. When there was a leaked list of Spider-Man Legends figures last year including a female Beetle I immediately had to resort to google to find who she was. I was really excited about the prospect of this character, but I had honestly never heard of her. The list was apparently from a Walmart computer and was met with initial suspicion. That is of course until the first half of that roster was shown at SDCC. I still haven't read any comics with this particular Beetle in it (her name is Janice Lincoln), but I love a good insect-themed character. When we got the Wasp figure last year I was in love with her wings and was desperately trying to think of another character that they could be re-used on. The only idea I had at the time was Pixie from the X-Men, but that's before I was aware of this female version of the Beetle.  She's a pretty awesome looking figure and she makes a great addition to my Marvel Legends collection. Let's check out this purple winged beauty in detail below!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Marvel Legends - MOCKINGBIRD!

Marvel Legends - Captain America (Red Skull) - Agents of Shield - Hasbro 2016

Hasbro has been doing an awesome job of making first-time Marvel Legends figures of deserving characters lately. Mockingbird has been around for over 40 years but has received very little merchandising. The recent Valkyrie, Medusa, Hela, Gamora, and Hellcat figures are just a few similar characters who are highly recognizable in the Marvel Universe (and who have been around for decades), but always seemed unlikely for Marvel Legends treatment. This is actually kind of bad because now I think that anyone is possible. Maybe a classic Polaris or Firestar will be unveiled next week at Toy Fair. At this rate we're bound to see them eventually.  Of course, Mockingbird, Hellcat, and Gamora all have media tie-ins to TV shows and movies now, which is a sure-fire way to get the green light for a Legends figure. Perhaps I need to start bribing TV writers to incorporate my favorite characters into the shows. I need to start scheming. Let's check out the long-awaited Mockingbird below!


Friday, February 5, 2016

The Women of Marvel MINI-MATES SERIES 64!

Marvel Mini-Mates - Series 64 - Capt Marvel, Thor, & Dazzler - DST 2016

Here's the second part of the amazing Mini-mate day from a month ago. Marvel Mini-mates Series 64 was Secret Wars themed and included the new Lady Thor, Carol Danvers Captain Marvel, and the long-awaited Disco Dazzler. Each of these characters seem like they would be prime candidates to anchor their own waves, so to get them all together (let alone on the same day as the awesome ladies in the Deadpool wave) was a little mind-blowing. Hopefully there will be many more waves like this in the future. I'm really looking forward to what DST shows at Toy Fair next week. The only character I'm really wishing for is Silk, but other than that I'm just expecting to be pleasantly surprised. I'm going to have to seek out some new display options for my Minimates soon, as I've somehow managed to amass a small army in the past few years. Maybe I can finally put my old spice racks to good use. Let's check out Captain Marvel, Lady Thor, and Disco Dazzler below!

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Women of Marvel MINI-MATES SERIES 65!

Marvel Mini-Mates - Series 65 (Deadpool) - Siryn & Copycat as Domino - DST 2016

A few weeks ago on January 6th, there was a day of Mini-mate releases that blew my mind. On that one day there were six amazing female characters released, several of which I never thought I would see produced in plastic. Of course it happened to be on a Wednesday when I was out of town. It took me weeks to track them down.  Mini-mates have a long and wonderful track record for team completion. I think the first team I completed was Alpha Flight, followed by Excalibur, Thundercats, and the New Mutants. At one point I thought I also had a complete X-Force set as well. But then DST made a Siryn and Copycat.. two characters I never expected to see in the lineup. It's great that the popularity of the upcoming Deadpool movie made these two obscure ladies possible. Maybe some miracle will give us a Rusty and Skids set next.  That would be amazing. In a short 12 days I'll be on the showroom floor of NY Toy Fair and scoping out all the new Minimates (And you just know there will be some awesome ones!)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Star Wars 3.75" Black Series - REY (JAKKU)!

Star Wars: Black Series (3.75") - Rey (Jakku) - Walmart Exc - Hasbro 2015

In all the hub-bub leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I was never able to find a 3.75" Rey in the stores. I heard woeful stories from many a Dad trying desperately to find a Rey figure before Christmas.  It's a shame there wasn't more product on the shelves leading up to the holidays. I personally didn't find this figure until January 8th, so I feel your pain.  There are actually two 3.75" Rey figures (so far) in her Jakku outfit. The other version (the "Starkiller Base" version) is slightly shorter and much less articulated, but at a quick glance they are very similar figures. From the comparisons I've seen online though, I think I made the right choice in grabbing this one. It should be interesting to see what new costumes Rey gets in the upcoming films.  Like Leia, I think she's destined to have a variety of unique looks throughout the course of the series. So because of that hunch, I'm going to slow down my Rey purchases.  The three I have will have to tide me over. Let's check out the 3.75" Black Series Rey below!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Diamond Select HARLEY QUINN Bust!

Batman: The Animated Series - Harley Quinn Bust - Diamond Select Toys 2015

One of the most exciting things for me at last year's Toy Fair was the new line of Batman: The Animated Series products from DST. Namely their mini-busts of Batgirl, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn. I used to be a action figure purist, not even bothering with high end collectibles like statues and busts. But eventually I started to cave with the early Covergirls and Women of the DCU lines. I'm still pretty selective, mostly because of budget and shelf space, but I'm now addicted to the idea of having all my favorite characters represented in mini-bust format.. and especially having every possible version of those characters. I already have seven different Catwoman busts and I don't even have the animated one yet (and I'm predicting we'll see a Michelle Pfeiffer one eventually). This is my fourth Harley and I'm expecting many more. (In fact, I'm willing to bet there will be a Suicide Squad line revealed in the next few weeks). Totally digging the BTAS love lately. Let's check out the animated Harley bust below!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Wild Kratts - MANTIS POWER AVIVA!

Wild Kratts - Crawlers Set - Mantis Power Aviva - Wicked Cool Toys 2015

The Wild Kratts is a PBS Kids show that is now in its 4th season. I've been noticing the toys at TRU for years and was always intrigued by the animal themed costumes (and realistic animal accessories).  At some point I googled the show to discover if there were any female characters I should be keeping my eye out for (all of the toys seemed to be focused on the main two Kratt brothers in their Blue and Green animal power suits). Sure enough I discovered the character Aviva and found lots of pictures of her as purple-hued animals from the cartoon. I figured they would have to make toys of her eventually. A few months ago I discovered two versions of a civilian Aviva had been released.  Of course they were included in expensive boxsets and weren't all that interesting looking.  I wanted her in an animal form! Then my wishes were granted with this cool Mantis Power Aviva figure. These figures are small and unarticulated, but I think they are just great. I'm just hoping we see Aviva (or Koki) in more animal forms!