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Old 2018-06-29, 07:29 AM   #1241
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POTF Rancor w/ battle-worn Luke

This thing's a lot bigger than I expected. I see why it goes for so much on ebay now.
 
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Old 2018-07-06, 10:06 AM   #1242
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POTF Millennium Falcon
Shadows of the Empire Slave I

Well ofc I bought Slave 1. There was a dead bug inside the box. Lovely.
 
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Old 2018-07-07, 04:46 AM   #1243
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My X-Men Legends figures are starting to show up piecemeal.

Gladiator is the oft-reused "big guy" body shared by Venom, Captain Britain, wavemate Sabertooth and countless others. The cape is probably a reuse too, so the only unique part the character has to his name is his head sculpt. But it's a very expressive head sculpt that captures his alien features quite well, and Gladiator really doesn't have much in the way of costume detail that shouldn't just be painted on. I guess maybe his belt could have been done as an overlay? He doesn't have any accessories either, but again, it's not like Gladiator makes a habit of using weapons. The figure's really well done but not particularly exciting, which makes it a good fit for Mohawked Purple Jobber Superman.

Tiger Stripe Wolverine stands as a bit of a disappointment, to be honest. It's not a bad figure by any stretch of the imagination, but the problem is that the brown costume Wolvy from the Juggernaut wave was pretty close to perfect and I don't think any of the changes they made for this version of the character actually make it any better. The new head sculpt has more emotion to it than the previous one, but the silhouette of the mask doesn't look quite right. The shoulder pads are articulated, I guess so they don't get in the way of shoulder movement, but they almost never look right either. I think it would have worked out better if the pads had just been molded as part of his shoulder balls, even if that meant 5% less range of motion in some directions. And the molded arm hair is meant to address the complaints that the previous Wolvie didn't have any hair on his arms, but it's completely unpainted and winds up looking more like scar tissue that his healing factor hasn't quite caught up with yet. There's also issues with the deco, with both the yellow and the blue being a few shades darker than they really should be.

Accessory-wise, he comes with the same clawed and unclawed hands as the previous figure, but nothing unique to him. Though as with Gladiator, Wolverine doesn't really need much in the way of accessories.

I don't want to leave the impression that I think that this is a bad toy -- if the previous figure was a 9/10 then this one is still a solid 8. It's just that Hasbro set the bar really, really high with the brown outfit, and it's too bad that the tiger stripe suit doesn't quite reach the same mark. And that makes to way too easy to find nits to pick.
 
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Old 2018-07-07, 05:03 PM   #1244
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Lego Star Wars 75170 The Phantom - Missed my chance to buy it before it was retired so had to go a somewhat expensive route to attain it.
 

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Old 2018-07-13, 04:43 PM   #1245
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More Legends!

80s Storm is fantastic. I know that everyone else wants either the TAS outfit or the 70s swimsuit look, but not me! Storm is one of my favourite X-Men because of the stories that happened while she was wearing the mohawked punk outfit, so this is how I think of her even though it's not the outfit she wore for the longest or the one that's necessarily the most iconic (basically how I feel about Brown Wolverine too). I had high hopes for this figure and it didn't disappoint at all. The lightning effects are great (though a bit superfluous since the character was depowered for most of this run), the head sculpt is great and they captured the look of the costume really well.

Modern Magneto isn't a look that I'm very familiar with, and I really don't know why the comic artists would veer so far away from his traditional palette. It kind of looks like a "player 2" colour swap from a video game. But as an action figure, I think this is an amazing look! Now obviously the reason why Hasbro made a toy of it is so they can sell us the same toy (with a different cape) in classic colours in 2019 or 2020. But as with last year's Colossus, it's hard to get too upset with these obvious "placeholder" figures when they're really quite good on their own merits. I can see why the people who only want designs straight out of the Jim Lee/90s cartoon era might be annoyed by figures like this. But as someone who likes a good chunk of the designs starting from the 70s reboot until the modern day, I'm glad the design team is willing to explore more than just the "iconic" costumes of the main cast.

I suppose I'm missing the point of Multiple Man by only buying one, but Legends are pretty expensive to army-build and they take up a lot of space. Maybe I'll buy a couple more if he winds up on Amazon for less than half retail around Christmas like a lot of fellow D-listers do every year, but for now Jamie Madrox is going to have to settle for just looking cool instead of showing off his powers. And it IS a cool-looking figure, something that's helped by having three different heads to choose from.

A lot of people are convinced that they're going to use the exact same parts to make a new Gambit in the next few years. I suspect they're right. In fact, when Hasbro revealed the wave they'd mentioned that they'd had a different character planned out but had to push him back to the next wave for cost reasons. After handling Madrox, I have to wonder if Gambit originally had this slot, and they wound up replacing him with a cheaper "pretool" because Madrox would require fewer new parts. After all, a proper Remy would require his staff, new hands with two ungloved fingers, a "card throwing" effect similar to Bullseye's knife one, plus belt, collar and shin overlay parts on top of what they used for Madrox. If that's true I'd be pretty excited for that Gambit figure, because Madrox is a pretty damn solid base to build off of.

Sabertooth doesn't quite work for me, though that's more my fault than the toy's. There's nothing wrong with it, it's just that when I think of this costume I see him as the hulking brute from the TV show with the ridiculously broad shoulders, not the more athletic, normal-proportioned dude he was often drawn as in the comics. I'm surprised to see the amount of new tooling that they did give him -- the forearms are new, and I'm pretty sure his "claw" hands are new too (they seem sharper at the tips than Venom's). I was expecting him to be a plain body reuse with a new head and fuzzy collar, so this level of effort surprised me.

Psylocke, however, is exactly the zero-effort retool that I'd expected Sabes to be. No unique costume parts, just paint on a naked figure. And after showing off a prototype that looked really Asian, I was really disappointed to see how little that carried forward to the final figure -- Betsy's skin tone is just as Caucasian as Madrox or Magneto, so even though the head sculpt has somewhat Asian features she still winds up looking like a white girl. On top of that, her hair isn't purple (though I hear there's a variant that corrected that).

All of those are a bit disappointing, but the real problem is that Betsy's bathing suit look just doesn't work with the way that Hasbro builds its action figures. The cut of the suit doesn't align with the cut of the figure, and the hip joints in particular wind up looking really, really bad. There's highly visible gaps between the legs and the torso that just jump out because of how light her skin is.

Hasbro did make some tweaks to her elbows and hips to give the figure more range of motion, and that's great. The accessories are nice too. But the overall package is a major disappointment.

I was prepared to hate the Apocalypse BAF simply because I think the character is a joke, but no, it's fantastic. The colours are great, the sculpting is great and for the most part the poseability is good too. The elbow joints don't get much range of motion, but that's a problem for a lot of BAFs. The biceps and forearms are just so huge there's not much room for them to move. The size of the figure is just about perfect too -- big enough to be intimidating but not crazy like the ToyBiz one was.

I don't have too many completed BAFs but I'd have to say he rivals Juggernaut for my favourite.

All in all, a really solid wave. Even if Wolverine and Sabertooth weren't quite what I was hoping for they're still good figures, and Psylocke is the only one I'd call below average.
 
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Old 2018-07-13, 05:32 PM   #1246
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Got some new(ish) Legos in recent history, some from eBay, some from a pretty spiffy new and used (locally owned) Lego shop that just opened near my home. From ebay, the Blacktron II 6851 Tri-wheeled Tyrax that's in pristine condition. Seriously, the cockpit doesn't have a single scuff on it - I'm impressed!

And from the local shop, Galaxy Squad 30230 Mini-Mech and a small tub of used parts - mostly all space-y things (wings, antennae, rockets, etc.) and some parts I needed for my older sets that I think were lost somewhere over the years. The Mini-Mech is neat for such a tiny thing of few parts. Not sure if I really dig the newer Space guys with fancy helmets and no oxygen tanks. They're OK, I just prefer the older style Space look. Overall though a big
 

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Old 2018-07-18, 11:17 AM   #1247
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Another 90's Star Wars haul.

POTF Commtech Darth Vader w/ Interrogation Droid
POTF Malakili
POTF Captain Piett
POTF Grand Moff Tarkin
POTF C-3PO w/ cargo net
POTF Mara Jade
POTF Grand Admiral Thrawn
POTF Kyle Katarn
POTF Dark Trooper
POTF Sandtrooper
POTF Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper disguise
POTF Commtech Luke Skywalker
POTF Cinema Scene Mynock Hunt
ROTJ Teebo

 
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Old 2018-07-28, 03:58 PM   #1248
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Lego City 60170 Off-Road Chase.

Lego City 60171 Mountain Fugitives.

Lego Star Wars 75210 Moloch's Landspeeder - This set marks the last toy I will have bought from Toys 'R' Us since they are now closing down.
 

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Old 2018-08-04, 07:03 PM   #1249
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Lego City 60176 Wild River Escape.
 

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Old 2018-08-05, 02:12 AM   #1250
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Marvel Legends Doctor Octopus! Until I had the figure in hand I don't think I ever truly appreciated just how much the character actually really does look like Alfred Molina. That was a brilliant casting choice back in the day.

The figure is on an all-new body as far as I can tell, which could best be described as "fat bastard" body type. I suppose there's not much call for bodies like this in a superhero line, so I'm not sure what parts could be reused other than maybe the hands. Some folks think it'll get reused as the Toad, but (aside from the fact that Toad is a skinny-ass guy in almost all the appearances I've seen...I guess he was rounder in the 60s?) the upper torso and gut pieces both have costume-specific details molded in so I'm not sure that would work. So basically they invested in a whole new mold for this one specific toy, which isn't something that you see for single-packed comic book Legends...well, pretty much ever. And the body of the figure is basically perfect. So with all the time and investment they put into it, it's a shame that they cut themselves off at the knees by making the tentacles out of more or less inflexible plastic. You can still get him into fun enough poses for displaying or taking pictures, sure, but if the tentacles were poseable this would have been one of my top five Legends figures ever. As-is, it's nice-looking but not one that I'm ever going to reach for to play with the way I have been with so many of the new X-Men figures.


 
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Old 2018-08-06, 05:10 PM   #1251
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POTF Luke Skywalker in X-Wing Fighter pilot gear
POTF Darth Vader w/ removable helmet
POTF X-Wing Fighter
POTF TIE Fighter
 
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Old 2018-08-11, 02:38 PM   #1252
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Lego Jurassic World 75930 Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate.

Lego Nexo Knights 72005 Aaron's X-bow.

75209 Han Solo's Landspeeder.
 

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Old 2018-08-16, 01:01 AM   #1253
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POTF AT-AT

Biggest shock, 20 year old batteries hadn't leaked at all.
 
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Old 2018-08-18, 04:21 PM   #1254
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Lego Star Wars 75206 Jedi and Clone Troopers Battle Pack.

Lego Star Wars 75208 Yoda's Hut.
 

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Old 2018-08-25, 07:50 PM   #1255
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Lego Star Wars 75207 Imperial Patrol Battle Pack.
 

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Old 2018-09-01, 04:37 AM   #1256
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Marvel Legends Bishop and Omega Red finally arrived from Amazon, after them making confused promises about how they'd be here any day now since late June. Probably my last Marvel figures of the year, since EB Games have suddenly decided to sent one-per-store out of their exclusives (so I'll probably never see The Thing or Archangel ).



Bishop is one of my favourite designs, if not quite one of my favourite characters -- he's cool but his arc never really seems to go anywhere. And he comes off great in the plastic. His glorious 90s mullet does hamper his head movement a bit, but nowhere near as much as you'd expect. He's got up-down wrist hinges, way better than the side-to-side that Legends usually get for a weapon-wielder, and the futuristic space-shotgun that he comes with works better for him (a dude from the future) than the space-guns that come with some of the other, more grounded Legends figures. His costume is basically a bunch of overlay parts over a standard "big guy" Legends torso, but he pulls it off way better than 90s Cable did. I was really looking forward to him and he doesn't disappoint. From the head sculpt on down, the figure looks like it jumped straight out of a mid-90s X-book.

I wasn't anticipating Omega Red nearly as much, but now that I've got them both in hand, Arkady is definitely my favourite of the two! His head sculpt is just as good as Bishop's, his costume overlay works just as well, and his swappable Carbonadium coil accessories are surprisingly dynamic (especially after how relatively disapointing Doc Ock's tentacles were). But what really makes me love the figure is the new torso it's built on. To the best of my recollection none of the previous "big guy" Legends molds have had the butterfly swivel, and it's amazing how big of a difference it makes here. The only problem is that the joint itself is actually quite unsightly, and when this torso eventually gets reused on a figure that doesn't have Omega Red's huge shoulder pads, that's going to be pretty obvious. So while it works great for him, it may not be quite as good an addition to Hasbro's body library as fans were hoping.

As much as I like Punk Storm, 90s Wolvie and modern Magneto, I think these two are far and away the best X-figures I've gotten this year.
 
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Old 2018-09-01, 07:13 PM   #1257
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Lego Jurassic World 75931 Dilophosaurus Outpost Attack.
 

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Old 2018-09-07, 09:48 PM   #1258
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So I got the super colossal Tyrannosaurus Rex made by Mattel.

It's been sitting in the HLJ private warehouse for two months because, well...

It only cost like 50-60 euro which wasn't so bad, but the shipping was more than the toy itself, and then I got slapped with customs on top of it, so the whole thing ended up costing me about 2.5x the amount of the toy itself, and to add insult to injury, 1.5x as much than I'd spent if I simply bought it domestically. Which I would've had I known it was going to be actually stocked by anybody in Finland.

The only solace I can take is that at least I could split the costs over several months, but I still feel like a dumbass.
 
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Old 2018-09-08, 06:52 AM   #1259
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Batman Missions Harley Quinn
This caught my eye in The Entertainer's current sale. 8.00 for one of the nicest action figures Harley Quinn has ever had. The design and headsculpt are very much based off the work of Amanda Connor, and the character's Rebirth design. I'm not familiar with this line from Mattel - in the era of SHFiguarts, its easy to overlook more mainstream fare aimed at actual kids, rather than grown up ones - but this seems to be a line of decent looking figures without the usual clutter of nonsense gimmicky weapons. Articulation is basic, but nevertheless, this is a great great action figure and I'm really impressed with her.
 
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Lego City 60190 Arctic Ice Glider.

Lego Jurassic World 75929 Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape.
 

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