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Old 2018-05-12, 11:23 PM   #1221
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Warcry - Is your Domino figure from the new Deadpool movie? I haven't seen it yet, so I don't know if it implies her age, but the actress is 26.
 

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Old 2018-05-15, 04:48 AM   #1222
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Nah, she's a comic design. The Domino from the movie is just some random girl with her natural skin tone other than some makeup around her eye, and a 'fro straight out of a 70s blaxploitation pic. The figure looks like this:



She looks really sharp alongside the modern Cable that came out two years ago (how has it been that long?) in the Juggernaut wave, but probably won't blend in with the more 90s-themed X-Force figures (including the Cable that Amazon FINALLY actually shipped out). And after doing some Googling, apparently she does look that young in the comics now. I'm just going to go ahead and pretend that they shot her with that anti-aging magic that they break out for Magneto every couple decades when the writers realize just how old someone who'd been in Auschwitz as a twelve year old would be in modern times.
 
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Old 2018-05-16, 03:33 AM   #1223
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I bought some old Star Wars toys.

POTF2 Luke Skywalker with floppy hat
POTF2 C-3PO
POTF2 Commtech R2-D2 with holographic Leia
POTF2 Commtech Han Solo
POTF2 Commtech Leia Organa
POTF2 Chewbacca
POTF2 Blast Shield Luke Skywalker
POTF2 Freeze Frame Darth Vader
POTF2 Freeze Frame Stormtrooper
POTF2 Freeze Frame Obi-Wan Kenobi
POTF2 Luke Skywalker in Ceremonial Outfit
Episode I Tatooine Accessory Set
Episode I Commtech Reader


That's quite a lot for an impulse buy, but that's the great thing about these POTF2 figures, most of them are dirt cheap.

I haven't opened Blast Shield Luke, Leia or Ceremonial Luke yet, but here's what I got so far;

C-3PO is pretty bad. He's got a massive chip in his chrome on his crotch, his entire pelvis splits when you move the legs up while his arms are ridicilously tight.
Darth Vader and Chewbacca are both from the first wave when they had the kind of MOTU thing going on where everybody was crazy beefy, it works with Vader since he was played by a bodybuilder, and it works with Chewie too. Vader's lightsaber was pretty badly faded though, it was almost white under some lighting conditions so I took a red gundam marker to it, it's still translucent and a bit uneven but at least now it's as vivid as Obi-Wan's. Chewie's sculpting prevents him from holding his guns properly, just sort of vaguely pointing them at not quite the same direction he's looking at because he can't actully turn his head.
Floppy hat Luke has a pretty badly discoloured upper torso. I think. They could've just overdone the sand effect too because they did that with the Sandtrooper who looked similarly discoloured when it was in fact paint. He's also why I got the Episode I accessory set, it comes with Qui-Gon's poncho that is very similar to the one Luke wears in ANH and I could create the full deleted scene/moisture farmer look. I even got a landspeeder (which I've never had any figures for until now) from my childhood to pose him with.
R2-D2 has soft legs and was kind of deformed out of the packaging, but what's worse is that I almost immediately lost one of his stickers which after about 20 years are just barely clinging on, I managed to find it and glued it back on.
Stormtrooper is...okay. I really have no strong feelings about him one way or the other. His "mouth" is painted a little lopsided tho.
Han Solo is easily the most solid of the ones I've opened; great sculpt, working holster, got no real complaints except for the weird way his left arm is posed which makes it difficult for him to not look silly in a neutral pose. He also has some odd articulation with a swivel joint in his upper left thigh and left elbow but not on the right. It's probably so he can (sort of) recreate his iconic shooting pose, as well as hoist his leg up over his knee like in the cantina when he's accosted by Greedo.

Oh yeah and I did open the Commtech reader. After watching a few review videos of the thing, I am now convinced that it is using actual voice clips from the movies, but because they are so heavily compressed they all end up sounding like a speech synthesis on an 8-bit home computer.
 
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Old 2018-05-16, 08:19 PM   #1224
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Marvel Legends Thanos BAF Taskmaster
Marvel Legends haven't really taken old in the UK. TRU carried them, but always one of the weaker movie tie in lines (basically anything with Thor on the package). Even the Legends Spidey waves haven't done well and ended up remaindered at Value Bastard. BUT! There's a big shiny Avengers film out the moment, and Asda have had a punt on the Thanos wave figures, which at 18.97, are about 5 cheaper than they are online. I've got Songbird, so picked up Taskmaster who's the only other one from the wave I'm slightly interested in. He's pretty nifty, but as with the Vision figure I got, the cape is awkward and slightly taller than the figure, so he stands awkwardly. I like his sword, shield and golden gun (that fits in a holster!!!) Paint apps are clean and tidy, and I like his very clean teeth
 
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Old 2018-05-17, 05:57 PM   #1225
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I prefer the more modern Taskmaster than came in the Red Onslaught wave a couple years ago, but I don't really know the character and I'm going solely based on how cool he looks.

My Marvel Legends 90s Cable finally arrived, and...blah. I really shouldn't have gotten my hopes up for this. Hasbro does a lot of things right with their ML line, but when a character's costume is this layered, thing go awry. Cable's bulky gear was always going to cause some problems with joint mobility, but the overlay pieces that Hasbro use make that even worse than they need to be. The football pads restrict his shoulders a lot and the necklace gets in the way of his head, while the belt hampers the waist. And don't even think of using the ab crunch if you want anything to stay in place! A lot of this would have been avoided if they'd just tooled up new torso parts instead of covering a standard one with rubber bits. I would say that this is just how Hasbro rolls, but they didn't half-ass the Modern Cable figure like this, so I dunno.

It's a shame because he actually looks pretty good. The head sculpt in particular is nice -- it's awesome that they sculpted in his eye-flash instead of just painting it! -- and the guns are very 90s even though some of them are based on Nerf designs. It's all for naught when you can't even pose him without having to spend the next couple minutes readjusting all the floaty costume bits, though.
 
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Old 2018-05-19, 06:37 PM   #1226
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Lego Jurassic World 75926 Pteranodon Chase &
Lego Jurassic World 75927 Stygimoloch Breakout.

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Old 2018-05-20, 12:57 PM   #1227
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I prefer the more modern Taskmaster than came in the Red Onslaught wave a couple years ago, but I don't really know the character and I'm going solely based on how cool he looks.
I know jack about Taskmaster, but always liked the look of him. He's one of those characters that just has such a great look, that I don't need to know much about him. His look just sells what he's all about. Although he's a bit bloody obvious and flamboyant looking for a mercenary. I liked that modern one, but he just looks a touch too Star Wars for me.
 
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Old 2018-05-24, 08:33 PM   #1228
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Marvel Legends Sasquatch BAF Wave Deathlok
I've no idea who this Deathlok is. It looks like the one from the recent Remender run of X-Force, but I've no clue. Anyway, he looks bloody amazing and I like his silly big gun and the small one he can holster.

Marvel Legends Sasquatch BAF Wave X-23
Q: What's the cheapest way to build a Marvel Legends collection?
A: Buy all the female figures. No one seems to like them and they end up heavily discounted about a month after release.
Q: Why?
A: Dunno. Fanboy sexism...?

X-23 is ace. I remember owning the original purple outfit effort Toybiz parped out and it was horrible. This version, in the sexy X-Force duds is excellent. I kind of miss the foot blades, but not enough to really care. Love her look, the paint apps and the red eyes. Top stuff.
 
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Old 2018-05-24, 09:19 PM   #1229
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I'm not a super big fan of the reduced articulation compared to the male characters. Or the limited selection of base bodies and parts compared to the guys. There's a huge variety of different male bodies to choose from (compare Venom to Sunfire to Speed Demon to Wolverine to Ultimate Spidey). But the female bodies in use all have basically the same anorexic proportions with slight variation in bust size or hips. So by comparison they're a bit boring and easier to pass up on, unless they've got a killer head sculpt or a great costume.

X-23 does look pretty good though. The sneering head sculpt gives the figure a lot of personality. I don't really want two figures of the character though, so I'm waiting until I see pictures of the Wolverine-costumed version that's coming in the Sauron wave before I decide whether or not I want this one. I'd bet there's more than a few other people with the same idea.
 
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Old 2018-05-25, 07:28 PM   #1230
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I think the articulation is fine on the lady figures. I don't mind it being reduced slightly for the girls, as too much gives you horror shows like Toy Biz Spider-Woman or the gangly things that turn up in the Select line. I think if action figures were made at a larger scale, you'd be better able to get as similar amount of joints into the female figures as you do the blokes. The generally slender nature of female superheroes means putting the extra joints in would make them a bit too fragile. At least that's my take on it.

X-23 is brilliant. I really like her. Although she's the boring 'female version of...'; she's always had enough about her to be interesting in her own right. And this is such a cool toy of her.
 
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Old 2018-05-25, 09:14 PM   #1231
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I get where you're coming from but I still think Hasbro could do better. I know the most common complaint is the lack of double elbows (and that's hard to fix unless they start sculpting their female figures with less-twiggy arms) but even putting that aside I think they could make some pretty easy improvements.

Even without changing the basic layout of the figures, they could definitely get more range of motion out of the torso ball joints. Some of the female Legends figures I own are pretty poseable but others can barely move at all. And I've seen a lot of non-Hasbro figures that put Legends to shame with a joint like that, so they could definitely make gains there. And even without adding double elbows, they could get better range of motion with slightly different engineering (they've apparently managed this on their Star Wars figures with the same joint).

But the biggest failing of female action figures in general might be their necks. Partly that's due to how the hair is sculpted for long-haired characters, but Hasbro don't do themselves any favours either by not giving most of their female figures the second point of neck articulation that all the male figures have.
 
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Old 2018-05-26, 06:43 PM   #1232
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Lego DC Comics Super Heroes:
76096 Superman & Krypto Team-Up,
76097 Lex Luthor Mech Takedown,
76098 Speed Force Freeze Pursuit.
 

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Old 2018-06-02, 04:37 PM   #1233
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All five deluxe Netflix Voltron lions.

Disney Infinity 2.0 - Falcon.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 76107 Thanos: Ultimate Battle.
 

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Old 2018-06-08, 03:52 AM   #1234
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I got last year's Walmart exclusive Marvel Legends Ultimate Spider-Man and Vulture set. I held off originally because I didn't really want to pay for another Spidey, even though I liked the look of Vulture. But when the set hit 50% off clearance on Walmart Canada's website, I figured why not?

So naturally, once I had them in hand I decided that Vulture was just okay, while Spidey is probably my favourite Spider-Man figure out of the half dozen or so that I own. The colours just pop! I love the dark shade of blue they used. And the Teen Spidey body is really poseable.

Vulture has a ton of unique parts, though I think he's got Pizza Spidey's legs. But most of the upper body is new. Unfortunately the wings aren't articulated at all, and the ab crunch is restricted by some of the costume details, so he can't get as many cool flight poses as I'd like. He still looks really cool though, especially with the included helmet.

I've also got the entire Apocalypse wave preordered and I'm going to be nuts with anticipation until they arrive a month or so from now.
 
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Old 2018-06-12, 08:42 PM   #1235
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Marvel Legends Series Gamora
In all the excitement over Hasbro's 6" scale figures, I forget sometimes that the 3.75" scale actually turns out some pretty banging stuff. Gamora caught my eye as I was surfing the interwebs and she's lovely. I like her white space armour look , the sculpting is really nice and she has a fantastic headsculpt. The downside is that the body is painted white plastic, so the joints conspire to make her look a bit unfinished. The paint hasn't adhered so well to some of the surfaces, but I couldn't do any better (I tried with Warhammer stuff years ago and was rubbish).
 
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Old 2018-06-15, 02:38 PM   #1236
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Oh look, more Power of the Force figures!

Yoda w/Jedi training backpack
R5-D4
Bossk
Lando Calrissian
Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker
Flashback Luke Skywalker
Bespin Han Solo
Luke Skywalker in Ceremonial Outfit
Deluxe Crowd Control Stormtrooper
Commtech Stormtrooper w/ battle damage
Freeze Frame Leia Organa w/ blaster rifle
Freeze Frame Leia Organa in Hoth gear
Freeze Frame C-3PO w/ cargo net & removable limbs
Freeze Frame Ewoks Wicket & Logray
Freeze Frame Boba Fett
Freeze Frame Lando Calrissian in General's gear


I've only opened the Stormtroopers, R5-D4 and Bossk so far. Bossk looks amazing for the era the figure came out in, and I love that ridicilous oversized backpack on the Crowd Control Stormtrooper. It's kind of lame that he has no other weapons - and the Commtech Stormtrooper only has a long rifle and no standard issue blaster, but it's a great way to armybuild the guys because there's so many variants that I can at least put together a small squad of them without buying the exact same figure twice, now the only one I'm missing is the Sandtrooper. R5-D4 is ridicilous because they just completely made up a gimmick for him by having him turn into a friggin' missile launcher. Which is why I wanted one.

I bought dupes of the Flashback Luke and Ceremonial Luke because of discolouration, but in the case of the latter it seems more likely that the plastic colour between his sleeves and jacket which are made of different plastics just never quite matched in the first place, so I'm probably just gonna sell the other one.

Oh yeah, I also got the Freeze Frame Slide Viewer - it's like a crappier Viewmaster you can gawk at the Freeze Frames some of the figures come with. It looks like the Macrobinoculars from ESB and comes with two relevant slides of it's own, which is pretty cool. I say "crappier" because the slides don't really fit into the slot snugly and you have to hold them down with a fingertip to actually turn the light on. Rather amusingly, because of the speckled plastic, any white and thus completely seethrough area of the slides will also have that speckled effect. Also ironically you can get this thing very cheaply these days, I got mine for about 20 bucks shipped - but the slide holders, which are just basic plastic pockets with enough space for about sixteen slides, are much harder to come by and thus more expensive.
 

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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 76108 Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown.

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