Tuesday, March 19, 2019

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power - CATRA!

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power - Battle for Etheria - Catra - Super7 2019

Everyone loves Netflix for a number of different reasons. But my favorite aspect has been their amazing original animated programs. I have always loved cartoons, but a lot of modern properties have a tone and style that I can't get into. Before Netflix, the last show I really loved was way back in 2011 (ThunderCats). But now I have several shows that I adore: Voltron: Legendary Defender, The Dragon Prince, and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. These cartoons combine the themes I love from my childhood with the more mature storylines I crave as an adult. It makes me feel like a kid again having numerous cartoons on my watchlist. My favorite part of the new She-Ra show was the complex relationship between Adora and Catra. There was nothing like this in the original series. We all know Adora started out as a Horde Force Captain, but the original series never delved into that Horde-to-Rebellion transition. It really is a great show and I can't wait till Season 2 (April 26th!) Let's check out Catra below!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Marvel Select - THE WASP!

Marvel Select - Ant-Man and the Wasp: The Wasp - Diamond Select Toys 2019

This year is set to be a record-breaking year for female figures in the Marvel Select line. Between now and June we should have a Captain Marvel, Psylocke, and Rogue in addition to this terrific Wasp. Up until now, the most females we've seen in a single year has been three (in 2005 & 2017). And considering the 17-year run of the line, 6 years had no females, and 7 had only one. So having four figures in the first six months is a great sign. It's also pretty amazing how far the quality of these figures has come. Back in the day they tended to be fairly pre-posed with limited (and often awkward) articulation. But now they are right up there (and sometimes better than) Hasbro's Marvel Legends. This Wasp figure is great. The Legends figure was pretty terrific so I wasn't particularly eager for another. But in all honesty, I like this second one better. The wings are nicer, the body seems more cinematic, and I love how smooth the ribcage articulation is (it makes for really dynamic poses). Let's check her out below!

Friday, March 15, 2019

MOTUC Filmation Style - SHE-RA!

MOTUC - Club Grayskull (Series 3) - She-Ra - Super7Store Exc - Super7 2018

I have been waiting for this toy for a long long time. When the Masters of the Universe Classics line first began in 2008-2009 and gave us Teela and Adora, I was immediately excited for a She-Ra. But when we finally got her (a speedy 6 months later), I was really disappointed. To me, this figure looked like the (beautiful) Adora sculpt with sloppy play-doh add-ons. It was the first figure in the entire line, male or female, that I thought was lackluster. And for such an iconic character I thought that was unacceptable. I wanted an instant apology figure. Well, it took nine years, but we finally got a true Filmation-style She-Ra and I'm in love with the figure. I actually ordered 4 of her because I was so nervous about QC problems, but they honestly all looked great. I know Super7 has had a variety of technical problems with this line, but in my eyes the figures just keep getting better and better. I'm excited for the Kittrina and Shadow Weaver and any other great figures coming after. Let's check out this long-awaited She-Ra below!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Star Wars Black Series - VAL!

Star Wars 6 " Black Series #71 (Solo Movie) - Val (Vandor-1) - Hasbro 2018

This is one of those figures I've had for a while now but just never got around to posting on. Thandie Newton's portrayal of Val in Solo: A Star Wars Story was one of my favorite parts of the film. She always struck me as an actor who focused on award-caliber films, and not necessarily taking the roles that would get her made into an action figure. But now between Westworld and Solo, we're likely to see several figures of her in a short time. I always think that if I were an actor I would strive for roles that would get me immortalized in plastic. I admire Johnny Depp for having an unprecedented number of characters worthy of action figures, and I would love to see Thandie do the same. This figure itself is great. I never realized how much I liked her outfit while watching the movie. I remember thinking the exact opposite about Qi'Ra (disliking the outfit on the toy, but thinking it looked cool with all the cinematic filters toning it down). But I think Val looks like a funky stylish aviator and I love it. Let's check her out below!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Star Wars Black Series - VICE ADMIRAL HOLDO!

Star Wars Black Series #80 - Vice Admiral Holdo (The Last Jedi) - Hasbro 2019

I thought one of the most intriguing characters from Star Wars: The Last Jedi was Vice Admiral Holdo. I had always liked Laura Dern's work, but it was her role in 2017's Big Little Lies that finally made me realize how great she really is. Then, in true karmic fashion, she has a pivotal role in the Star Wars movie later that same year. I don't really pay attention to Star Wars fandom, but apparently her character was met with very mixed reactions. But I had no such issues. I liked her aggressive authority and her mysterious history with General Leia. I even liked how her elegant style was so incongruous with the rest of the Resistance. This Black Series figure was very unexpected for me. For some reason I never expected her character to get the figure treatment, regardless of how much I liked her. I'm not super keen on her soft goods gown, but the draped scarf  that is sculpted down her back balances out the frumpiness of the cloth. Hopefully Hasbro will ditch the cloth one of these year. Let's check out Holdo below!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Shazam! Movie - DARLA DUDLEY!

Shazam! (Movie) - Power Slingers Basic Series 01 - Darla Dudley - Mattel 2019

I'm super excited for the Shazam! movie now. The character of Captain Marvel himself has never really spoken to me, and even Mary Marvel just never sparked an interest in me. But in the early 2000s, the Flashpoint storyline rewrote the history of Shazam. Suddenly there was a group of six friends (and family) of Billy Batson that each gained a single unique power from the wizard. Those six friends could then combine to form the ultimate hero, Captain Thunder (aka Shazam). Darla's power was the Speed of Mercury. The trailers for the movie seem to show the traditional billy-centric origin, but this basic assortment of figures contain Darla, Freddy, Pedro, Mary, Eugene and Billy and make me think the newer origin story is a big plotline of the movie. I know it's a pipedream, but I would also love for more Darla (and Mary) product in different scales. The 12" and Multiverse lines for this movie were pretty short on character assortment (only Billy and Dr. Sivana included). Let's check out Darla below!


Thursday, March 7, 2019

DC Essentials - BATGIRL!

DC Essentials - Action Figure #10 - Batgirl - DC Collectibles 2019

I don't think I will ever get enough Batgirl action figures. I feel for the longest time she was absent from the action figure world. Sure, there were some animated toys and some weird stylized ones (the Legends of the Dark Knight one was especially trippy), but I feel like the first true Batgirl action figure didn't come out until 2003 - which was long overdue. And ever since then I've been hooked. I especially long how the Burnside Batgirl revamp has given her a lot of new momentum. This DC Essentials figure is the fifth figure in this design in the past two years. And I especially love that this design features a purple and yellow color scheme so reminiscent of Yvonne Craig. Of course her current comic costume is already vastly different and I expect a few figures in that style soon. And I'm not even diving into my excitement over the DC Essentials line as a whole. I'm really impressed so far and really looking forward to the inevitable Catwoman (and wishes for Huntress, Ivy, and Batwoman). Let's check out Batgirl below!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Star Wars Black Series - PADMÉ AMIDALA!

Star Wars Black Series #81 - Padmé Amidala (Arena Battle) - Hasbro 2019

I'm a big fan of Star Wars, but like a large faction of the fandom, I did not enjoy the prequels. They had a lot of good storybuilding, but they lacked the charm of their predecessors (and recent successors). But the one thing that I credit those movies for is introducing me to Natalie Portman. Despite her rather robotic line delivery in these movies (which I credit 100% to art direction, not her talent), I found her very engaging and always made it a point to see all her work since. This is actually only the second toy I've ever purchased from Episodes 1-3 (Zam Wesell being the first), but I'm expecting there will be a lot more in the Black Series line - even it's it's just more Amidala figures in different costumes. Similar to Leia in Episodes 4-6, Amidala is known for a numer of iconic looks. Luckily this one (from the Arena Battle in Episode II: Attack of the Clones) is my favorite. It's most reminiscent of the original movies and it's the most practical one in her wardrobe. Let's check out Padmé Amidala below!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Marvel Legends - CAPTAIN MARVEL (STARFORCE)!

Marvel Legends - Captain Marvel (& Minn-Erva) Starforce - Target - Hasbro 2019

I'm very excited to see the Captain Marvel movie this week. Beyond the fact that we'll be a seeing a kickass female superhero take center stage, I'm now super intrigued to see how her blue-skinned Starforce teammate, Minn-Erva, is portrayed. I actually just learned about this character this week. I have some fuzzy memories of her on a cover of Quasar when I was a kid, but mostly she's brand-new to me. She was introudced around the same time as Carol's Ms. Marvel debut, but she was a villain to the male Captain Marvel. I'm guessing that Carol's Starforce teammates will be unhappy with her defecting to become and Earth hero. And I'm really looking forward to that conflict. This Target-Exclusive Starforce Captain Marvel comes with an assortment of accessories to make a Minn-Erva. Kudos to Hasbro for this collector-friendly bonus. The leaked Endgame 2-pack with pieces to make 5 characters shows a continuation of this trend and I couldn't be more excited (C'mon New Mutants! Hellion! Original X-Men!).

Saturday, March 2, 2019

DC Essentials - HARLEY QUINN!

DC Essentials - Action Figure #13 - Harley Quinn - DC Collectibles 2019

I'm really excited for this new DC Essentials line from DC Collectibles. There have been a lot of all-encompassing toy lines developed for DC properties over the years. DC Universe Classics and the more recent (but short-lived) DC Icons line come to mind as two stand-outs. But even after only seeing one female figure from this new DC Essentials line, I already love the body structure so much more than the previous attempts. I had gotten so used to those gangly arms and gaudy joints that I was blindly accepting them instead of demanding something better. So seeing this strong, well-proportioned buck is a breath of fresh air. I'm already excited for the Batgirl, Cheetah, and Supergirl figures coming out this year, and I'm eagerly anticipating future characters like Poison Ivy and Catwoman (They seem to only be A-List heroes and villains for now). I think the quality, price point, character selection, and character design is all finally in balance and I hope this line will have years of momentum. Let's check out Harley below!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Transformers Scout Class - SHADOW STRIKER!

Transformers: Cyberverse (Scout Class Wave 3) - Shadow Striker - Hasbro 2019

I'm loving how the Transformers: Cyberverse line is releasing all their main characters in multiple scales so quickly. And I'm also loving how three of those main characters are female. We already have two Windblades, two Slipstreams, and now a second Shadow Striker. The best part is that my favorite scale (the Warrior Class) has only had a Windblade so far. So potentially my favorite figures have yet to be unveiled: a Warrior Class Slipstream and Shadow Striker. And that's not even mentioning the other potential secondary characters from the cartoon: Arcee, Chromia, and Nova Storm. But in the meantime, I truly am a big fan of these small Scout Class figures. They are bigger than the Legion Class figures of the past, but they're still pretty small and adorable. They have great robot forms, but sacrifice a lot in the vehicle mode (which is a change up from past smaller-scale-transformers, but I much prefer it). I can't wait to see what gets released next. Let's check out Shadow Striker below!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Transformers Ultra Class - SLIPSTREAM!

Transformers: Cyberverse (Ultra Class Wave 3) - Slipstream - Hasbro 2019

I recently acknowledged the cartoon trope of purple being a villainous color. It almost becomes a subconscious thing that you don't realize, but it's really everywhere. This past Summer I was making a collage of 80s villainesses and it ended up looking really weird because it was so purple. Think about it: Evil-Lyn, Queen Merla, Malvanna Wilde, Scorpia (Sectaurs), Vipra, Queen of the Crown, Erica Slade, Virulina, there are a ton. And that's not even mentioning the Transformers: Blackarachnia, Airachnid, Shadow Striker, Strika, Flamewar, Cindersaur, and of course Slipstream. I was really excited when I discovered that Slipstream would be a major character in the Transformers Cyberverse cartoon. Her Legends figure is one of my favorites and I definitely thought animated-style toys would be very cool. Unfortunately her first release, a Scout Class, was just a repaint of Starscream and I was very disappointed. I was afraid this figure would be the same, but luckily she appears to be a completely new figure.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Ralph Breaks the Internet - SHANK!

Wreck-It Ralph 2 - Action Figures Series 02 - Shank - Bandai 2019

Hot on the heels of yesterday's review of Yesss comes this final figure of Shank from 2018's Ralph Breaks the Internet (aka Disney's Wreck-It Ralph 2). Shank is a tough street racer from the fictional game Slaughter Race. She is voiced by the amazing Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and seems like a great addition to the cast (I haven't seen it myself yet). I love how this character and toy fit in with the diverse aesthetics of the multi-genre movie while still capturing the essence of the voice actors behind them. (I would love to see someone make an animated Wonder Woman from this headsculpt). Bandai always has a knack for putting out great product from popular animated properties, and this movie has been no exception. The four females figures they've released so far in this line have been really fun and almost perfectly executed. The only thing lacking is more articulation. But these are simple toys aimed at kids, so I give Bandai a lot of wiggle room here. Let's check out Shank below!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Ralph Breaks the Internet - YESSS!

Wreck-It Ralph 2 - Action Figures Series 02 - Yesss - Bandai 2019

I'm woefully behind on Disney movies. I just counted and there are 14 movies from the past seven years that are on my list to watch. I only just saw the first Wreck-It Ralph in the last year (a mere 6 years after its initial release). But I will definitely try to speed up my schedule now though because I'm really curious to see Ralph Breaks the Internet  - after seeing all the action figures of these cool female characters of course.  Yesss is an amazing looking character voiced by Taraji P. Henson. She is the embodiment of an algorithm that determines trending videos on the fictional site BuzzzTube. Her design is based on Cruella de Vil (although I never would have guessed that before I read it). I'm obsessed with her multi-tonal blue features contrasting with her bright red clothes. I know this figure only depicts one of her many fashions, but from what I can tell via google image searches, I think it's my favorite. Bandai has a knack for perfectly capturing CGI-animated figures in action figure form. Let's check out Yesss below!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Marvel Legends - MYSTIQUE!

Marvel Legends - Walgreens Exclusive X-Men Legends - Mystique - Hasbro 2019

I predict that 2019 will be a pretty awesome year for Marvel Legends. The announcements last week at Toy Fair included two of my most wanted figures: Julia Carpenter Spider-Woman and Blue-suited Dazzler. (Not to mention an updated Scarlet Witch, Peggy Carter, Shuri, MJ, etc). And I have a hunch that we will finally see a classic Firestar in one of the unannounced Spider-Man or Avengers slots (the  recent Night Thrasher figure and her appearance in Iceman fuel my hopes). Also, I think it's very likely we'll see an MCU Rescue. But the fact that we are getting at least four classic characters this year is extremely exciting for me (Silver Sable, Spider-Woman, Dazzler, and this Mystique). I have really grown to love Mystique over the years. When I was a kid, she kind of freaked me out, and that kind of lingered until I read her Brian K Vaughn solo series in 2003. However, I prefer the classic costume and this figure is an unexpected favorite for me. Let's check out this beautiful blue-hued shapechanger in detail below!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

DC Multiverse - VIXEN (REBIRTH)!

DC Multiverse - Lex Luthor Collect & Connect: Vixen - Mattel 2019

I've always been fascinated by Vixen and have wanted to learn more about her. I love her look and her powers. I also love her historical significance as the (intended) first African heroine to star in her own DC comic series (in the late 1970s). I say "intended" because her series was cancelled before it was ever released. She instead began appearing in team books like Justice League, Suicide Squad, and Checkmate. I don't really love most team books so my first real exposure to her wasn't until her solo mini-series in 2008.  But his figure has so enthralled me that I've been catching up on her backstory and legacy and becoming a big fan. I'm also excited to get the Vixen movie (re-edited from her animated web-series). But in the meantime I will just bask in the glory of this amazing toy. I hadn't even noticed that she got a new costume, but it looks great. Mattel's DC Multiverse line is really going out with a bang. The previous Vixen figures can't hold a candle to this one. It's a shame that we won't see much more.


Friday, February 22, 2019

History in Action - BESSIE COLEMAN!

History in Action - Action Figures Series 01 - Bessie Coleman - HIA Toys 2007

When I started this blog seven years ago, I was thrilled with the idea of regular groupings of reviews based on a common theme. My first post was in late January so the natural first theme was Black History Month for February. I was really on top of things that first year - coming up with themes left and right, but soon I realized how stressful it was to put reviews on hold just so I could lump a few together. I made up for it by adding appropriate hashtags where applicable; "redhead", "felinoid", "fembots", etc, so those themed lists could be assembled at any point by clicking links on the hashtag list at the bottom of the page. By the way, I've continued to use the "BHM" (Black History Month) hashtag ever since, regardless of the actual month it's posted. This is all a long-winded way to say how excited I am that I just got my hands on the perfect figure for a February review - and I'm feeling very excited and nostalgic. HIA Toys ("History In Action") made this great series of historic action figures over a decade ago.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Rescue Bots - WHIRL!

Playskool Heroes - Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy - Whirl - Hasbro 2019

I've been really obsessed with robot toys lately. I literally just re-did a huge portion of my toy display with the sole intention of dedicating a lot more space to my burgeoning Transformers collection. I think one of the main reasons I feel so consumed by them is that I honestly never thought female robots would be something I could find in the action figure aisles. For a few decades it was quite a boys club. But now they are coming out with increasing regularity. This Whirl figure was a complete surprise to me when I found her in Target. She is from the new show Rescue Bots Academy show that premiered last month on Discovery Family. I haven't seen the show, but I love the design of this character and I'm excited to watch it when it's streaming somewhere (I imagine her to be energetic and spunky). I also expect to see more of Whirl in the toy aisle. My hopes are for one of the smaller scale figures eventually, and maybe even a blind bag or two. Time will tell. Let's check Whirl out in detail below!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Jazwares - The Ladies of FORTNITE!

Fortnite: Cuddle Team Leader, Brite Bomber, and Teknique - Jazwares 2018

The momentum of Fortnite product doesn't seem like it's going to slow down anytime soon. Every store I go into these days has a decent-sized display of their toys and roleplay weapons. Walmart, Target, GameStop, FYE, even my grocery store (totally not kidding). I don't play video games, but the character designs are so fun that I can't stay away. I especially love the girls dressed in animal onesies (Cuddle Team Leader, Tricera Tops, and Bunny Brawler are my favorites). I think everyone was shocked when Jazwares announced their license for 1:18 scale Fortnite figures. It's been a while since those Assassin's Creed figures of their's came and went. They definitely have a knack for video game properties: Minecraft, Sonic, Megaman, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, etc. I'm hoping there is a second Fortnite wave soon because there are so many more characters to make (and their lines tend to fizzle out unexpectedly). Fingers crossed! Let's check out Brite Bomber, Teknique, and Cuddle Team Leader below!

Friday, February 1, 2019

DC Multiverse - WONDER WOMAN (REBIRTH)!

DC Multiverse - Lex Luthor Collect & Connect: Wonder Woman - Mattel 2019

Jim Lee is one of the most iconic comic artists of my generation. My middle school, high school, and early college years were in the 1990s and his impact on that decade was undeniable. His X-Men run alone would have immortalized him in the Pantheon of all-time greats, but in addition he had excellent work on Punisher, WildCATs, Heroes Reborn, Deathblow, and Divine Right (among many others). But the interesting thing about really distinct illustrators is that more often than not, there styles do not translate well into 3-D. I have always felt that the most notorious case of this has been with Mr. Lee himself. The Hush figures were the best attempts, but they don't really look like his art. Neither did any of the DC Universe Online Statues, and honestly neither do these Rebirth action figures.It has nothing to do with the sculptors either. Literally the most talented names in the action figure market have attempted his style (Brucker, Palinko, and both Matthews!) but I'm beginning to think it's an impossible feat.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Masters of the Universe - DREE-ELLE!

MOTUC Club Grayskull - Dree-Elle & Uncle Montork - Power-Con - Super7 2018

When I was a kid I had a theory about Orko. Here was this playful magical being, with a mysterious hidden face, blue skin, and a high pitched voice. This wasn't too many years after I had outgrown my first childhood love, The Smurfs. The Smurfs were also blue-skinned, had high voices, and displayed occasional (often backfiring!) magic powers. I was certain I had figured it all out. But my siblings weren't convinced by my arguments. But then we met some additional Trollans: Dree-Elle and Uncle Montork (who were clearly Smurfette and Grampa Smurf) and I was finally vindicated! (Right?) Fine. Even if Dree-Elle isn't actually Smurfette, she is definitely a prime example of the Smurfette Principle. She appeared in five episodes (4 He-Man, 1 She-Ra, Plus the Christmas Special) along with an assortment of male Trollans. Only in her final appearance was another female Trollan shown (Foosabella the Muckess), but honestly Dree-Elle is the most memorable. I'm so glad she got a figure. Let's check her out below!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Marvel Legends - SILVER SABLE!

Spider-Man Legends - Kingpin Build-a-Figure Wave - Silver Sable - Hasbro 2019

Before I saw The Dark Knight, I never liked the Joker. Before I read her 2000 comic series, I never liked Harley Quinn. And similarly, I never really cared for Silver Sable until I got my hands on this gorgeous toy. I never had anything against the character per-say. In fact, I fondly remember reading her 1992 solo series. But in the wide spectrum of awesome female comic characters, I tend to lean toward the outlandish costumes, with tights and capes, rather than militant types with guns and headbands. Silver Sable's saving grace is in her namesake color and thematically consistent costume. So she's always been on my radar, but I never elevated her to my typical obsessive levels. However, when I found this new Marvel Legends figure in Target last week, I was genuinely intrigued like never before. Now I'm finding myself googling this morally dubious bounty hunter and wanting to read all her backstories. (And I expect her movie to further lead me down this rabbit hole). Let's check out Silver Sable below!


Monday, January 14, 2019

Marvel Legends - BLACK CAT!

Spider-Man Legends - Kingpin Build-a-Figure Wave - Black Cat - Hasbro 2019

With all the great Marvel heroines who have yet to be immortalized in plastic, it's hard to justify a character getting a second figure within five years. Even sticking to the Spider-Man theme, the fact that we don't have a Firestar or a Julia Carpenter yet is shocking (Not to mention all the awesome second and third-stringers like Lady Spider, Madame Web, Mania, Charlotte Witter, etc). But I know the (now cancelled) Silver & Black movie meant we would be getting Silver Sable and Black Cat, and that Felicia would need a costume variation since her 2014 figure still holds up nicely. My initial reaction to her new look wasn't a positive one (I first saw it with her 2017 Minimate). But the weird cat eyes on her jacket are kind of winning me over. Plus I was always 50/50 on the big puffy white details on her classic look. Sometimes I thought it cool, and other times I thought it was ridiculous. At the very least, this new look retains a lot of the same elements while being much more utilitarian. Let's check out Black Cat below!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Star Wars Black Series - L3-37!

Star Wars Black Series #73 - Solo: A Star Wars Story - L3-37 - Hasbro 2018

The new series of Star Wars films inspired me to look back at the prequel trilogy (which I hated) and analyze what was so wrong with them. The list of grievances was pretty extensive, but I thought one of the most glaring faults was the absence of likable droids. Imagine episodes 4-6 without C3PO or R2D2... it's really hard. From the very beginning droids were an essential part of Star Wars lore. Luckily the new movies are fully embracing the formula. The main trilogy has given us BB-8, Rogue One gave us K-2SO, and of course Solo gave us L3-37. This is the first "female" droid with a major role in the series (voiced by British actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge). She is Lando's pilot and navigator and is notable for her ability to self-improve (by taking parts from other droids and rebuilding herself) and also for being atypically political and independent instead of subservient. I thought she was terrific. Funny though, I really thought she was voiced by Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma). Let's check out L3-37 below!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Marvel Legends - CAPTAIN MARVEL (Movie)!

Marvel Legends Kree Sentry Series - Captain Marvel (Helmeted) - Hasbro 2019

I'm very excited about the Captain Marvel movie. When I was a kid I was obsessed with the comic Spidey Super Stories. In issue #22 I was first exposed to Carol Danvers as Ms. Marvel and I just thought she was fantastic. As I grew older I realized how dated her costume and hair were, but I still loved her. Her black thonged Warbird outfit made me cringe so I ignored her as a modern character for decades. But then in 2012, she took on the iconic mantle of Captain Marvel and finally fulfilled her destiny. Suddenly her costume lacked both a bare midriff and thong, and predictably she looked better than ever. I always thought it was interesting that the after-thought female version of an established male character has become more popular and long-lasting than the original. There are tons of gender-swapped heroes like this, but none has surpassed her predecessor quite like Carol. I'm so happy that this movie will launch her into the public eye in such a spectacular fashion. Let's check out Captain Marvel below!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Marvel POP! Vinyl - SPIDER-WOMAN!

Marvel POP! #392 Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) NYCC/EE Exc - Funko 2018

I told myself a while ago that I was going to stop doing full photo reviews for Funko Pops. They're just so abundant (and stationary) that they don't make for exciting reviews. Instead, I now just post a few simple shots on instagram and leave the full photo sets for action figures. But then this NYCC 2018 Spider-Woman POP was announced and I knew I would backtrack and give her the full treatment. I love the bright iconic costume of the classic Jessica Drew Spider-Woman and I always thought she was a glaring omission from the Marvel POP lineup. Unfortunately she was a NYCC exclusive (shared with Entertainment Earth) so she wasn't super easy to come by. It was actually very hard for me to obtain one with a decent paint job (this particular lady was my third purchase). But I think she's my favorite Pop in years so she was worth it. I'm really hoping we somehow get a Rock Candy of her. The Pop, Pint-Size Hero and Mystery Mini need a taller companion. (C'mon subscription boxes!) Let's check out Spider-Woman below!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Marvel Titan Hero Series - SPIDER-GWEN!

Spider-Man Into the SpiderVerse - 12" Spider-Gwen - Wal-Mart Exc - Hasbro 2018

I have to start off with a huge shout out to my Instagram friend Dean (xii22loop) for helping me get this figure. I'm totally smitten over her and I probably couldn't have gotten her any other way. I owe you! As popular as 12" figures are becoming over the past few years, the distribution is erratic. I missed out on the 2011 Cheetara (from Brazil), the Halo Spartan Vale, and even the recent Enfys Nest. All of which are still on my grail list. So when I discovered this Spider-Gwen and read that she's apparently a Canadian Walmart exclusive, I didn't waste any time trying to procure her. She looks really good. There often isn't a lot QC scrutiny given to kid's products (like Titans), and I feared the scale of the head would be mismatched with the re-purposed Spider-Girl body (like the standard release Black Widow Titan last year). But she looks great and now I want a Silk and Jessica Drew (for the upcoming Spider-Women movie perhaps?) I can hope. Let's check out the Titan Hero Series Spider-Gwen below!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Marvel Legends Black Panther - DORA MILAJE!

Marvel Legends - M'Baku Wave - Dora Milaje (Avengers Infinity War) - Hasbro 2018

I'm kind of new to the whole "army builder" concept. For someone who collects mostly female figures, there really hasn't been a lot of opportunity for a female army of any kind. Sure, 3.75" figures have had a few fun armies: female Cobra Troopers from G.I.Joe and the Gorgons from Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S., but in larger 6-7" scales I don't believe historically there have been any. However, in the last few years we saw an Amazon Army in Wonder Woman (which sadly received no real army builder toys), several varying-species ladies from Mythic Legions, and of course the amazing Dora Milaje from Black Panther. When we got the Okoye and Nakia figures this time last year, I was smitten. But I wanted more and wished for some more Wakandan soldiers. I honestly never expected Hasbro to come through with this amazing solution though. This Dora Milaje figure comes with three unique heads and really fills out the ranks. I hope they do the same with classic New Mutants figures someday. Let's check her (them) out!