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Old 2016-10-12, 08:35 PM   #941
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Not a new acquisition per se, but an update on an old one. A few months back I bitched about my Legends Boomerang and how he rattled around at the hips and couldn't stand. So I finally decided to try and fix him! It was, well...not as easy as I might have expected. His hip sockets were harder than the plastic that the ball joint was made from, and the joint was super tight, so I couldn't just pop them off. Even after heating the plastic, trying to pop the joint apart wasn't going to accomplish anything but tearing the joint off of his crotch. So I actually needed to take the entire crotch apart, slicing it open at a joint where it had been glued and then prying the two halves apart.

It turned out that the bar that the hip ball joints were attached to hadn't been installed properly -- there's a spur on it that's supposed to fit into a socket on the body so that it doesn't wobble, and it hadn't been. So actually fixing the problem, once I got to it, was easy! Unfortunately it took over an hour to get there, and while I was putting the thing back together an air bubble in the glue I was using popped and threw glue everywhere, so I spent another hour afterwards carefully sanding and scraping glue off of Boomerang's legs. But at least at the end of it all, the sonofabitching thing can stand properly now.

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This is the newish magazine thing that's been running in the UK for a couple of years now, I think they've got an American website as well now. Did you ever see the old Micro Machines ships? Basically the same size.
Is that...Eaglemoss, I think it's called? Where each issue of the magazine comes with a ship? I've heard good things about those too, but the lack of scale between the ships puts me off some. Though the old Micro Machines were totally out of scale but still good fun.

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Apparently they're going to do larger models of the hero ships, if they've any sense they'll do a large gold Stargazer as well.
You know, I've never thought of that myself, but it'd be a brilliant idea. I'm sure a lot of Trek fans would love a replica of that prop. Though if they get into that, surely wall-mountable ship models like from the Enterprise-D's observation lounge would come first?

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Surely the Borg cube wins all?
You joke, but the Borg cube is awesome. Just looking at it tells you everything you need to know about the species that flies it, which is something that you can say about all the best Trek ships. The designers, especially in TOS and TNG, did a wonderful job of giving their major ships a "personality" that meshed well with the race they were designed for.

Not the first thing I'd choose as a display model, though.
 
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Old 2016-10-12, 08:50 PM   #942
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You joke, but the Borg cube is awesome. Just looking at it tells you everything you need to know about the species that flies it, which is something that you can say about all the best Trek ships. The designers, especially in TOS and TNG, did a wonderful job of giving their major ships a "personality" that meshed well with the race they were designed for.
The only major alien ship that falls a bit short is the Cardassian battlecruiser, mostly because...well, it's shaped like their freakin' emblem.

Also weren't the Eaglemoss ships a lot bigger than the Micro Machines ones? I thought they were closer to the Hot Wheels ones that came out a few years ago.
 
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Old 2016-10-15, 02:08 PM   #943
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Lego Star Wars 75147 StarScavenger
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out Of The Shadows Mutant Melee 6-figure pack -
Bought at K-Mart with the Lego set discounted and the figure pack including the four Turtles and Bebop and Rocksteady.

Lego Ghostbusters 75828 Ecto-1 & 2 - Picked up as a Click&Collect from Myer, was also discounted.

Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Truck - As part of a Lay-by I picked up.

Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of The Shadows Bebop Moto Attack
Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of The Shadows Rocksteady Moto Attack.
 

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Old 2016-10-16, 01:06 AM   #944
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Is that...Eaglemoss, I think it's called? Where each issue of the magazine comes with a ship? I've heard good things about those too, but the lack of scale between the ships puts me off some. Though the old Micro Machines were totally out of scale but still good fun.
A Transformers fan worried about scale?!

To celebrate having seen every Trek film at the cinema now, I decided to pick up something from the stall Orbital Comics had set up in the foyer. Behold the Art Asylum (NX rather than NCC version) Excelsior! In a scale so different from the smaller ships Warcry will...well cry.

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The old girl really is much flatter and longer than she ever looked on screen where she's mainly shot from just slightly off three quarter views (except for that much repeated stock shock of every Excelsior class ship flying alongside the Enterprise D, but of course she'd scaled to look smaller and shorter than the new ship).
 
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Old 2016-10-22, 12:22 PM   #945
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Marvel Super Heroes 76049 Avenjet Space Mission - Had to go to a couple of K-Marts to find it at on clearance, thankfully the two K-Marts are pretty close together.
 

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Old 2016-10-29, 02:31 PM   #946
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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 76059 Spider-Man: Doc Ock's Tentacle Trap

Lego City 60123 Volcano Supply Helicopter & Star Wars 75148 Encounter on Jakku - The former was on discount while the latter was a lay-by I picked up.
 

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Old 2016-10-31, 07:07 PM   #947
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Picked up a bulk lot of the MotU Classics "Club Grayskull" Filmation-style Skeletor, Beast Man and Trapjaw.

Really like them. Obviously the colours are bright and blocky without much detailing, but that's sort of the point. Still plenty of detailing in the sculpts themselves.

I was worried about going full rabbit hole with this stuff, but I'm fairly certain I'll be able to limit myself to just the core characters (assuming Super7 carry on the subline, which I think they've indicated they'll do). Evil Lyn is on the way and I'm hunting for a He-Man that doesn't cost a limb.
 
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Old 2016-10-31, 07:20 PM   #948
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Lego Ghostbusters Ecto 1 & 2

Had my eye on this for a while and double points day at Lego made it worth picking up I liked the original Ideas set based on the classic film, but the 2016 film version seemed to me to have a bit more going for it - all four figures can comfortably sit in the car, for one. The female Ghostbusters are all great, really nice prints and hairpieces (and facial expressions!), and the inclusion of the token male character and a spooky demon guy are welcome too. The principle vehicle is a good build and a sizeable model too. It looks a bit more 'junk shop' than the original, and a shade more blocky, but I like its styles.
 
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Old 2016-11-01, 03:13 AM   #949
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Got a Marvel Legends Taskmaster in the mail today. I'm not super-familiar with the character beyond the basic "trains henchmen for other bad guys" shtick, but the figure looked super cool (in spite of, as I understand it, looking very little like his "proper" comic outfit). And in person, he really does.

I can't decide whether the "Terminator" or "General Grievous" heads work better with the body (as I understand it, the former is his classic head and the latter is the one that actually goes with the body?) but they both look cool. The, uh...lightsaber? is a nice touch and actually looks a ton better than the actual lightsabers that come with Hasbro's Black Series figures. The shield is a nice addition too, even though it's really hard to look at it and not see that it's Cap's shield. That's not really the toy's fault though, as it replicates the comic design well (though personally I prefer the art that makes his symbol look more explicitly like a 'T' rather than just a three-pronged sigil).

The best thing about the figure is probably the ankles, though. Legends are already better than most figures with their ankle rockers, but Taskmaster has a ball-joint above the rocker that gives him even more range of motion than his brethren. It's just a shame that more of the new Legends figures don't copy that engineering.

Also, I now need to find a sufficiently fascist-looking body to pop the Red Skull BAF's head onto.
 
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Old 2016-11-05, 07:37 AM   #950
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I was nosing about the Entertainer and picked up Marvel Infinite Series Emma Frost. Or as I now recognise it, 'the scale for less popular characters' . Although I'm not a huge X-Men fan, I did really enjoy her and her relationship with Scott Summers which was one of the best things about those comics.

This figure is AMAZING. The level of detail is excellent, with her nice pearlescent costume and neat paint applications. Best of all is the fearsome pouty scowl she has - she looks brilliant, giving you the evils. Articulation is, as ever, bonkers on these smaller scale figures. She does have some balance issues, as the rubbery cape adds a bit too much weight to her back. Other than that, I am well pleased.
 
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Old 2016-11-05, 02:32 PM   #951
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Bought a limited edition of Star Trek: Beyond that included some statues of the Enterprise as well as two other ships that I'm not familiar, one looks like a smaller, less hi-tech star ship similar to the Enterprise and the last one is probably one of those units that smash through the Enterprise as shown in the trailer.

Lego City 60121 Volcano Exploration Truck

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Old 2016-11-07, 07:19 AM   #952
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Some K/O LEGO JP stuff I paid too much money for:

2. Cute little Indominus Rex (pic 1 was also of this figure)
3. Clever girls, riders sold separately (and this is exactly how they're going on my shelf)
4. Dilophosaurus
5. Triceratops
6. Tyrannosaurus Rex
 
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Old 2016-11-07, 07:27 AM   #953
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7. Pteranodon
8. Rounded out the collection of Thrones K/Os with Varys, Brienne/Jamie (in bubble packages with a neat homemade card, nice touch), Ygritte, Melisandre, and Joffery (I think?) .
9. Same person I bought the packaged and carded GoT K/Os from had also given these Battle Beasts the same treatment.
 
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Old 2016-11-07, 04:41 PM   #954
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Those KO Lego dinosaurs look pretty good quality for KOs.
 
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Old 2016-11-07, 07:18 PM   #955
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They're surprisingly good, I haven't tried to stand them on baseplate or anything so I'm not sure if they have the same problems my GoT KOs have (don't quite fit on baseplates) but the paint apps are good and the joints seem to keep together well. They do have the occasional mould/paint defect to remind you they're KOs but not a big deal IMO. They look very nice and my three year old played with them yesterday and they didn't fall apart, so I'm calling it a win.
 

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Old 2016-11-07, 08:20 PM   #956
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I'm glad your three year old didn't fall apart.


I bought some Hot Wheels cars from BIG DISCOUNT where I bought a box and some Weetabix from also. I've stumbled into picking Hot Wheels cars up as and when - and if there's something that looks half decent. Not into all the weird made up stuff they churn out, which all looks horrible. ANYWAY.

I got a '70 Camaro in black WITH FLAMES, a yellow Porsche Carrera GT, a 1985 Honda CR-X (white), '73 BMW 3.0 CSL (black) and a green '69 Mercury Cyclone* WITH FLAMES and they are all splendid.

Sometimes I feel a pang of guilt for not picking Matchbox cars (my childhood toy car of choice), but since Mattel bought Matchbox, they've turned the once proud British toy cars into the most garish looking crap I've ever clapped eyes on. It makes me sad.


*with names like that, its no wonder American cars always seem so awesome next to the Austin Alegro and Triumph Herald. Our cars always conjur up some image of a Neville who works in the civil service in the 1950s, where as American cars sound sexy and exciting. Which is no doubt in part why the roads are now choked with traffic and the air is full of crap.
 
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Old 2016-11-16, 09:29 PM   #957
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BanDai DX Leopold Tank Robo or something

Pre-Robo Machines Pre- Gobots branded Tank faced fella from BanDai's Machine Robo line. Bought for not much more than the 7.75 price sticker on the box, and he's minty. Just missing an alternative barrel I never knew this figure had. I like the big GoBots. They're fun and weird looking.
 
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Old 2016-11-17, 12:07 PM   #958
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Old Batman toys! I was contemplating on buying the BvS Batmobile and either the armored or "grapple attack" Batman to go with it but I couldn't get over the crappy plastic capes Mattel gave them, so instead I got...

Legends of Batman Knightquest Batman - actually a miscoloured Knightsend Azrael, he's got a red costume and black shoulderpads and wings when the latter should be red and the former silver. The missile launcher is surprisingly powerful.
Legends of Batman Batmobile - this is probably the first toy I've bought that I actually remember seeing in a catalog or in the back of a box for another Batman toy, wanting as a child and actually buying as an adult; while the same probably applies to a lot of Transformers, I have no recollection of actually seeing them in catalogs as a kid. As a toy it's basic but also striking, namely how they try to sell the opening cockpit as a gimmick since all it does is fire a missile, but the silver colour and the curves really make it stand out.
 
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Old 2016-11-17, 06:35 PM   #959
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AH GOTS SERM MARVEL LEDGE-ENDS.

Unlike me, I ****ing know.

First off, picked up Nico Minoru from the Doctor Strange/Dormammu wave. Waiting to buy things at retail is awful. How do you normals do it?

Reasonable figure. Some nice paint detailing on the face and upper arms. They've captured the goth girl aesthetic well, even if I'm not keen on the particular costume they've opted for. Nice that she's got flat boots. Staff of One really feels like it should be longer though. Magic arm is staying away.

AND courtesy of toybitch Clay, I have the recent TRU exclusive three pack. A week later than I should have done because the post office didn't bother giving me a missed delivery card and I only found out when I went to pick up a Seacon...

- Current version Vision, from Mark Waid's ANAD Avengers and Tom King/Gabriel Walta's EXCELLENT Vision series (recently concluded and excellent). Standard Vision toy in the new colour scheme. Really busy paint job that works better on page than it does on toy. Two closed fists with no alternate hands feels a bit saddening, but hey ho. He's not the reason I went for the set.

- Sam Wilson, Captain America. I likes. Big fan of Sam as Cap. Marvel's recent thematic of characters picking up the mantle of other heroes has had generally good results for me, but this was definitely one of the braver ones and possibly my favourite, given the effect the character's existing history has on the dynamic. Good figure, really captures the essence of Captain Sam, rather than being Steve Rogers with the head of a black guy. Would have been nice if we'd got a wingpack for him as well, but budget clearly prohibits.

- And finally, the main event, everybody's favourite archer. Lady Hawkguy, Kate Bishop. Not sure if it's a body re-use from Madame Hydra/Masque, but it works for her well - tall and uncomplicated. Height-wise her shoulder is level with Nico's eyes. Not a lot of detailing, but the minimalist purple look suits the character. Not sure about the cutout panels on the hips, but hey ho. Though you can see the moulded bellybutton under the paint, so react to that how you will.

Flat shoes - LOVE flat shoes on the female figures, shame we're not getting double jointed elbows yet, though. Nice accessories - quiver hangs off the side of a loose fitting belt, while the bow looks all high-tech (I DON'T KNOW ARCHERY).

Good head sculpt. The sunglasses are the sort of thing that could have been lazy, but works as cool. Very Kate Bishop. Is she bored, is she not taking it seriously, is she passing through on the way to the beach, is she massively hungover? WHO KNOWS. We just need a Pizzadog toy now.

One down on each of the Runaways and Young Avengers.
 
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Old 2016-11-19, 12:11 PM   #960
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Lego DC Comics Super Heroes 76054 Batman: Scarecrow Harvest of Fear
Lego Star Wars 75152 Imperial Assault Hovertank
Lego City 60122 Volcano Crawler
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes 76055 Batman: Killer Croc Sewer Smash
Lego Ideas 21304 Doctor Who
Lego Nexo Knights 70338 Ultimate General Magmar

All bought in the last two weeks, some on discount, some not, one I'm still paying off.
 

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