Sunday, July 15, 2018

Destiny - IKORA REY!

Destiny 2 Color Tops 7" - Ikora Rey (Vanguard Mentor) - McFarlane Toys 2018

As I've repeated ad nauseam every time I attempt to post a review on a video game-based action figure, I have not played a console or computer game in over twenty years. I realized very early on in my life that my obsessive compulsive tendencies to not lend themselves well to infinite virtual environments. It's hard enough to reign myself in when it comes to toy collecting, but video games are a temptation I just steer clear of completely. That said, I'm a sucker for a beautiful action figure no matter what the source material. Ikora Rey is a human Vanguard for the Warlock class in the game Destiny (this figure is technically for Destiny 2). She is a character that supplies armor, emblems, and weapons in the first-person shooter online environment. I'm very impressed with McFarlane Toys' ability to produce beautiful women of color. I feel that skin tones and textures have missed the mark with other companies in the past, but lately McFarlane seems to nail it every time. Let's check out Ikora Rey below!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Batman Missions HARLEY QUINN!

Batman Missions - Basic Series 01 - Harley Quinn (Rebirth) - Mattel 2018

I've never found myself too excited about the various Batman evergreen series over the years. Mostly because they just seemed like endless repaints, limited articulation, oversized accessories, and a complete lack of female characters. But this new Batman Missions series (sometimes referred to as Knight Missions) seems to remedy all those previous gripes of mine. The first female in the line is a 6" Harley Quinn in the style of Amanda Conner's Rebirth Harley (which is a great blend of comic and Suicide Squad movie looks). The first wave has a few Batman repaints as is expected, but the repaints aren't absurd. But what's more impressive are the other 6" characters on the horizon like a Killing Joke Joker, Robin, Bane, Nightwing, and Batgirl. And that's not even mentioning the equally impressive 12" lineup whose Batgirl I'm dying to get my hands on. Hopefully this line will continue to impress me. It's one of the things I'm most looking forward to hearing about at SDCC. Let's check out Harley Quinn below!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Marvel Toybox - WASP!

Toybox - Marvel Action Figures #11 Wasp - Disney Store Exclusive - 2018

This Disney Store Exclusive Toybox line is impressing me so much. In eight short months I've already picked up four pretty awesome female action figures (Rey, Black Widow, and Leia), plus a few I haven't picked like Jesse from Toy Story and Elastigirl and Violet from the Incredibles. I like the articulation, I like the playable quality, and I like the overall design. This Wasp figure marks a departure from the line in that (I'm pretty sure at least) this is the first figure that didn't exist in the Disney Infinity realm. All the other figures so far are direct copies from that style, but this is a new design done in the same aesthetic. It really opens the possibilities for the future of the line. I think the next marvel ladies we'll see will be Gamora, Captain Marvel, Storm, and She-Hulk. But I'm actually most looking forward to a great Tinkerbell figure. She's just one of those iconic characters that surprisingly has never had a true action figure made. Playing with Wasp's wings got me thinking about Tink. Let's check out the Wasp below!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Marvel Legends X-Men - STORM!

X-Men Legends: Wave 2 (Apocalypse BAF) - Storm (Mohawk) - Hasbro 2018

Storm is probably the coolest Marvel heroine ever. Her powers are awesome, her disposition and personality are motherly and regal, and her costumes are always fun. This mohawk punk rock look debuted in 1983 and stayed around until 1987. I forget the exact reasoning for the change from her classic look, but I think it was because her personality darkened after her encounters with the Brood. I mostly remember this mohawked leather-clad Storm being depowered and dueling Calisto for leadership of the Morlocks, but those events were probably a single issue in the midst of three years of stories. Either way, this costume is one of her most iconic looks, despite not featuring her trademark flowing hair and cape. This Marvel Legends figure is terrific. I especially love that the face looks like a simple retooling of the 2015 version. I would be really annoyed if I had two modern Legends figures of Ororo only to have them looking like different people. But luckily they look awesome next to each other. Let's check her out!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Marvel Mini-Bust - WASP (RETRO)!

Marvel Mini-Busts - Wasp (Classic / Retro Version) - Bowen Designs 2007

I just bought my tickets to see Ant-Man and the Wasp this coming Saturday and I'm suddenly feeling super nostalgic for the classic Janet van Dyne with her red shoulderpads, pointy helmet, antennae and mouthpiece. I'm hoping there will be some flashback scene showing Michelle Pfeiffer's Janet in this costume. IMDB lists her as "Wasp" so the chances are pretty good. Then, of course, my follow-up wish is for a Marvel Legends figure in this outfit. Considering she was one of the founding Avengers, it's shocking that there are only a couple pieces of merchandise of her in this outfit. In fact, I think we are owed a Legends figure with a pack-in 3.75" figure as an accessory. And while we're at it a Nadia van Dyne as the Unstoppable Wasp would be welcome as well. I'm really curious to see the impact of this film when we see new product unveiled at SDCC in a few weeks. I'm always overly optimistic, but I think some of my wishes are a good bet this time. Let's check out this classic styles Wasp bust from Jim Maddox and Bowen Designs.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Funko Vynl - SORCERESS!

MOTU Vynl - Beast Man & Sorceress 2-Pack - ECCC LE 2500 Pcs - Funko 2018

An easy way to get me to open my wallet is to give me product of one of my childhood icons. I have trouble putting my love of certain characters into words. With the Sorceress, I remember sitting in front of my TV every day after school just in hopes I would catch a glimpse of her. When I was a toddler and all my peers and siblings were obsessed with trucks, I was instead obsessed with birds. I was one of those little prodigies (in my parents' minds at least) that could name any species that visited our bird feeders. It never occurred to me to actually be a bird. But then I saw Sorceress with her feathered arms outstretched and her amazing falcon headdress and suddenly my roleplay and my birdwatching merged. For years I ran around our woods with a blanket around my neck and goggles on my head screeching and cawing and scaring away every real bird for miles. I wanted to be her so bad. And don't even get me started on her transformation into Zoar. Whenever I see her I'm swept back into that nostalgic feeling.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Kickstarter: SUPERHEROINE 1:10 BLANKS!

Superheroine 1:10 Scale (7") Action Figure Blanks - Maven Collectibles 2018

I'm really excited about this new Kickstarter campaign from Maven Collectibles. The Superheroine 1:10 Scale (7" inch) Action Figure Blanks campaign features two beautifully sculpted and highly articulated female bucks with a wide variety of interchangeable parts available (heads, hair, hands, and feet). Plus a number of stretch goals that include weapons, different skin tones, and a third (petite) body style. The two initial bucks are (1) Superheroine Tall - which measures 8" and seems like a She-Hulk or Big Barda type. And (2) Superheroine Athletic - which measures 7" and seems like a Rogue or Power Girl. I'm not even a customizer but I'm very excited to add these two to my collection (ideally with blue skin and white hair!)  And I'm even more excited to see what all the actual customizers do with them. This is only the 5th Kickstarter I've ever pledged, so you could say I'm pretty selective. I encourage everyone to check out the campaign page to see all the photos and make a pledge. I want all the stretches!