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Old 2016-12-26, 10:49 PM   #981
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Sounds like I'm better off sticking with my ML4 Punisher still.

Not a christmas present but I did get the last toy I bought this month (and probably year); Superboy VTOL Cycle by Kenner.

The Greek guy was selling for 15 dollars but he accepted my offer of 10 dollars, which made me think 1) whatever happened to the fine art of haggling, and 2) I wish I'd offered even less to see how low he'd go.

The box was opened but the toy itself was apparently unused, which meant I got to stick the single decal on (a silver Superman shield) myself...as well as discover that once you plug the handlebars in, they're in for good. Whoops. Considering this thing was made specifically for Superboy, you'd think he'd fit on the bike a little better, but you really do have to bend the handlebars to fit them in his hands, and the harness/seatbelt doesn't fit on quite as well you'd think. Still, a neat addition, and I like that the winch for the grappling hook rope is designed to not hinder the spring-loaded firing mechanism, even if it means it does slip off even when it's not supposed to.
 
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Old 2016-12-28, 11:58 AM   #982
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Anyway I just got the Sandman wave (Huzzah? Let's find out!)

Teh Green Goblin is pretty much what you'd expect them to do from the already excellent Hobgoblin figure. New head, no cloak, yadda yadda. The plastic of the glider's got an ugly swirl right at the front, but the new effects on the pumpkin bomb are cool. Could have done with an alternate head, or at least to not have been packed with two heads from his cousin(?) with the same hairstyle...

Shocker is... alright? Could do with something to break up the colour scheme in the body. The expression on his face is ace, and Hasbro just throwing those energy effect pieces in with everybody is ****ing hilarious. It's nice to have Shocker, but it would have been nicer to have a better Shocker...

The Jackal is blatantly going to be one of the shelfwarmers from this wave. Even with The Clone Conspiracy arc happening right now (and being ****ing awesome), it's the Jackal for ****'s sake. Which is a shame because it's actually a surprisingly good figure. Nice fur scuplting, a great head and some excellent detailing/paintwork on the clawed hands/feet.

Kamala Khan's an ace little figure too. She makes the most sense in a Spider-Man assortment given the connection to Miles, rather than waiting for whenever a Captain Marvel wave might turn up. The lack of double-jointed elbows isn't so much of an issue here, as the forearms are interchangeable so that would probably have ****ed up the gimmick. Flat feet too, which is always nice to see on the female figures. Cool headsculpt with some nice detailing. Very nice.

The new Spider-Man 2099 looks sleek and awesome. I'm behind on his book so I don't know the story with Miguel's new costume and can't judge the accuracy, but it looks good. There's a lot of fiddly detailing and paint apps here which probably explain the lack of interchangeable hands or accessories - probably got the paint budget saved from having black costume Spidey here. He's got the butterfly shoulders, but I don't think the torso is the same as the standard Spidey - it's bulkier. Haven't done any comparisons outside this assortment yet, but it's nice if they're bringing that gimmick into other bucks.

Spider-UK (sorry - "Marvel's Spider-UK" to presumably distinguish from all the other characters with that name, or because they've not got the trademark right yet) is also cool. Okay it's the lazy repaint in the wave - fairly generic body (no butterfly joints), plain blue legs, no other parts, etc. But it's the Captain Britain Corps Spidey from Spider-Verse, so that in itself is ****ing excellent. The plastic has sprue-mark bruising on the biceps and forearms and there's some paint chips on the back of the body, but other than that he's good for what the toy is.

Black Costume Spider-Man is the usual Spidey figure in the colour scheme you're expecting. We all know what we're getting here by now, right? The white paint on the spider logo is a bit spotty. There are no webslingy hands (just fists and the grasping hands). The head is the one with the oversized eyes from the SDCC Raft set.

Aaaand the Sandman BAF. Oh. The body and legs are (I think) from the Absorbing Man figure. The belt's a separate piece but not loose enough to flop around. The sand effect arms are phenomenal pieces of sculpting, and both heads are great...

BUT... there's joint tolerance issues. Actually the joints across this entire wave are really stiff. Not entirely sure what's going on there, but I've noticed it on all the figures, but it's only here that it becomes a serious issue. Because the head and the left arm are the only parts that will peg in properly and hold firm. The legs and right arm... nah. The best they'll do is just sort of sit there - no firm final click. Or at least not yet. There's probably a heat-manipulation trick that'll do it, but the point is there shouldn't need to be.

The tight joints mean you can get those comedy oversized sand arms to stay up in whatever position you want. But there's nothing to counterbalance the weight of them... and with the legs not pegging in properly, it seriously limits any attempt to pose him so that it's distributed sensibly. Sad face. All in all it should be a superb figure, but it's let down by the fact it won't ****ing stay together.

... and in my final attempt to get it to plug together, while writing this, the ****ing peg's snapped off inside the right leg. Faaaantastic. Gonna need some glue...
 
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Old 2016-12-30, 01:09 PM   #983
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Star Wars 3.75" Rogue One K-2SO and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)

I was idly looking around for K-2SO online last night and was balking the prices he's selling for. My local Asda have all Star Wars 3.75" figures reduced at the moment, so picked up him and another Jyn for a 5er each whilst doing the shop. The packages are so nice I'm not sure I can bring myself to open them. Sigh. Might have to find my scalpel and carefully open these as I like the packaging design and artwork as much as the figures. Have to say, the likenesses at this small scale are very impressive! Detailing is good. Bit puzzled by the Black Series releases at this scale, which just leave out the launchers and whatnot but charge you twice the price of the regular retail figures for the sake of having the same toy in a black box. I don't get it.
 
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Old 2016-12-31, 03:16 PM   #984
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Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turtle Sewer Lair - This set was on clearance and had been for a few weeks, so I finally bit the bullet and bought the last one.
 

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Old 2016-12-31, 06:48 PM   #985
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Picked up the Target Star Wars BS 6" Death trooper specialist, Cassian Andor, and Jyn Erso 3 pack, and at Walmart got K-2SO and Director Krennic. I liked Rogue One.
 

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Old 2017-01-03, 06:40 PM   #986
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Old 2017-01-03, 07:23 PM   #987
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Star Wars Disney Elite Series 6" Jyn Erso, Star Wars Black Series 5" Jyn Erso and Star Wars 3.75" Cassian Andor (Eadu)

I heart Jyn Erso. She is my new favourite fictional character. So I felt compelled to pick up two more figures of her and online reviews weren't much help in making a decision on which one of the larger toys to go for (that isn't one of those slightly frightening doofy huge figs or some Hot Toys 'thats cool, but how much?!'), so I got both. I think the Disney one has the better face sculpt, which is kind of vacant and cheery looking, and the Die Cast gives it a pleasing heft. The Hasbro Black Series wins out on articulation and having a better body. And I got a little Cassian in his winter woolies in the proper Star Wars scale. I like the zip line he comes with - thats cool. Better than some silly missile launcher thingy.
 
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Old 2017-01-03, 08:56 PM   #988
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Have to say, the likenesses at this small scale are very impressive! Detailing is good. Bit puzzled by the Black Series releases at this scale, which just leave out the launchers and whatnot but charge you twice the price of the regular retail figures for the sake of having the same toy in a black box. I don't get it.
It all boils down to the articulation. The 'regular' line that goes for $7-8 USD typically runs what they call '5POA' meaning 5 Points of Articulation. They're basic figures with fun little weapons (at least the Rogue One figures do, the TFA figures came with nonsensical Build-A-Weapon pieces). The Black Series is more aimed at long-time collectors with ~15 POA. You're right about the likenesses - they are so good on the cheaper figures, it's hard to shell out $15 USD for a Black Series 3.75" figure. On top of that, Wal-Mart regularly discounts the 6" figures to ~$17 USD.

Personally I now prefer the 6" scale for the price, and I was a 3.75" collector quite some years ago.
 


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Old 2017-01-03, 10:37 PM   #989
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Old 2017-01-07, 03:21 PM   #990
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Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sewer Hideout
Lego Ideas 21302 The Big Bang Theory
These two I picked up from Toys'R'Us from Lay-By.

Lego DC Comics Super Heroes 76056 Batman: Rescue from Ra's al Ghul
Bought from a roughly local K-Mart before they got any more hard to find.

Lego City 60124 Volcano Exploration Base
A Lay-By from Big W I finished up.
 

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Old 2017-01-08, 09:52 AM   #991
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Lego DC Superheroes Scarecrow's Harvest Of Fear

A Lego set that hits two of my favourite themes in one go : Farming and Batman. Currently reduced from the excessive RRP on Amazon (no doubt ahead of the glut of Batman Movie sets that are about to hit), this put something I've wanted for a while in my price range and it doesn't disappoint. For your money you get three vehicles - Batcopter, a modified Combine Harvester and an old-school Tractor. Set comes with 5 Minifigures - Batman, Scarecrow, Killer Moth, Blue Beetle and a terrified Farmer.

The Batcopter is probably my least favourite thing here. It's a good toy and has a nice action feature, but is very bulky and has an incredibly wibbly rotor. This is brick built and has to have 2 and a bit bricks' clearance so the tail doesn't get jammed up in the rotors when you use the action feature - pushing the tail in makes two dual stud-shooter cannons pop out the sides. The weight of the rotors makes it wobble about, which is a shame. Aesthetically, its kind of chunky and blocky, so despite being a fun toy, it doesn't look very good.

Scarecrow's combiner harvester, on the other hand, is excellent. It's a smaller build than the old City one from 2009, but has an excellent action feature - a small gear system causes the front blades to rotate! A simple thing, but very effective and good for play. Speaking of play, there's a pod on the back that can flip open to capture an unwilling victim to be exposed to a heavy dose of the Scarecrow's neuro-toxin. I like that this is on heavy ratchets so it doesn't flop around when its lying horizontally, and that when you put it upright it just flips open so your victim can just be callously dumped (probably in the fetal position jibbering about their worst fears). The stud shooter on the front shoots canisters of fear gas, which makes for a nice change and actually makes me enjoy the stud shooter feature for once, as there's a greater chance of finding these things once they've been shot off. The light tan and brown livery is excellent and the luminous lime green used for the fear canisters and engine detail fit well. There's a little bit of forward rake to the thing, with the rear wheels being set slightly higher which makes this look like the aggressive custom job it really is. Scarecrow can comfortably sit in the driver's seat and there's a clip for his pitchfork on the side.

The little red tractor is also a surprise hit. I wasn't expecting much of this, but its a great little build and uses a surprising amount of parts and would make for a good stand alone Creator set - it's that good. There's some nice detailing with the exhaust stack, lamp and mis-matched body work to play up the slightly vintage nature of this design.

The Minifigure selection is good, with Scarecrow looking suitably fearsome and Batman looking cool with his rebreather and green eyes. The panicked Farmer is cute (love his stained vest and hinted- at paunch) and whilst Killer Moth and Blue Beetle are nice to have, they do feel a bit superfluous. Uber-nerds will get more out these guys than I will.

Personally, I think the set would have been strong enough to live without the inclusion of the Batcopter (or, if it did have to be thrown in, why not make it one of those lighter ones with crop sprayers, to keep in with agricultural theme?) and the two minor superheroes. This would also have helped keep the RRP down, although I do see the appeal of making a full on playset with a good vs evil theme. Problem with this though is it instantly jacks up the price. I think Lego need to be making the DC theme a bit more accessible and going for more of the 20 price point that does well for the Marvel theme. I suppose Marvel's more recognisible stable of characters makes this easier to do than for DC though, where outside of the Justice League, you're pretty much straight onto D list characters only fanboys know about.
 

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Old 2017-01-08, 05:49 PM   #992
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First Yondu is best Yondu, as far as nostalgia factor goes imo.

I'm afraid to take him out of his box right now as I don't have a permanent home for him and I'm afraid to lose his little arrow.
 
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LEGO Dimensions Fun Pack - Marceline

Is currently exclusive to Big W, but since there's no telling how the distribution's going to be I figured I'd pick her up.

Lego Star Wars 75154 TIE Striker
Lego Star Wars 75155 Rebel U-Wing Fighter
Lego Star Wars 75156 Krennic's Imperial Shuttle

These were all on lay-by that I finished up during the week.
 

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Old 2017-01-16, 02:29 PM   #994
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A Disney plush! A Lion King one! And it's...one of the hyenas.

Okay, I actually saw the movies in the theaters but I never got any toys then - come to think of it, I don't think I ever saw any - and the prices on Disney plush toys being what they are, getting any now would be costly, so I settled for one from that new TV show. It's close enough!
 
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Lego Nexo Knights 70322 Axl's Tower Carrier &
Lego Nexo Knights 70323 Jestro's Volcano Lair -

Paid off the lay-by for these items during the week.
 

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Old 2017-01-22, 04:36 PM   #996
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Lego The Batman Movie 70902 Catwoman Cycle Chase

First, the positives! This is a really great little set. The main build - Catwoman's Cycle - is one of the best official brick built bikes Lego have ever done (so much so, I've actually bought a 'split-from' set off ebay with thoughts of giving Ghost Rider a slightly less silly looking bike), with a very neat looking cycle achieved with a handful of technic elements and some small bricks. I really like the purple flame deco on the fuel tank and it looks powerful and nimble. Catwoman is pretty cool, nice printing and detail. And a whip. I'm not a fan of the weird dark flesh tone Lego have unveiled for a lot of the Batman mini-figures though. It looks like fake tan.

A small (and it is small! If this was 1987 and a Town set, this would be fine) jewellers is included with two jewels for Catwoman to pinch. Small though it is, it has some nice details with the signage, awning, lost cat sign, trash can (box?) and street lamp. Its really sparse inside, with just the two jewels and room for two mini-figures (at a push). Its not a huge deal, but building in a counter would have made this feel a little less of a side-show. Or at least giving us a shop keeper. This does have a small action feature of sorts, with the street lamp being hinged it can be brought down by Catwoman as she evades her two pursuers...Batgirl and Robin!

Batgirl is nice and colourful. Like Catwoman, she has her face printed onto a purple head piece, which makes it look a bit murky and orange. The moulding on the mask does also cover a lot of her face. I do like the comics-accurate ponytail though! Robin is brilliant, looking daft and colourful. Not to mention incredibly short-sighted if the size of those goggles is anything to go by!

Now, the drawback. Just the one, but I feel its worth commenting on. Its very telling that with its licensed products, Lego doesn't splash the part count on the box. Whilst there's a general level of acceptance that you'll pay a little over the average for a licensed set compared to your standard CiTY fare, the Batman Movie sets have distinct whiff of "How Much?!" about them. There really isn't a lot here to justify the RRP of 19.99 and if I hadn't managed to get this for half price, I'd feel stung paying that amount for what you actually get here.

Whether its because of Brexit, mad exchange rates, declining resources or greed, or a combination of all the above, I don't know, but comparative prices against Lego's other main major license Star Wars make the latter seem extremely reasonable. Maybe its the short shelf life of licensed movie sets or trying to nobble those folk who buy these sets just to sell the figures off for a mint on ebay, I don't know. Maybe its because Lego knows they're onto a good thing with Batman and its a license to print money (judging by the rapid sales of the Batman blind bags at 2.99 a go) , but something is a bit off.
 
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Old 2017-01-26, 04:41 PM   #997
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SH Figuarts Apollo Geist Reborn

The regular Apollo Geist was already a web exclusive, but Bandai apparently didn't consider the reborn variant viable even for that limited release outlet so it was instead sold in another Japanese-only webstore by Toei. Mandarake last sold him for about 7k yen but after waiting months for them to get any in stock again, I finally caved in and started looking at other, more expensive options; ebay had him going for like $150 at lowest and even that one was used, but then I eventually found one on the amazon marketplace of all places for $117 plus shipping and bought that.

...and just a few days before I finally got him, Mandarake suddenly had him in stock again. D'oh!
 
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So apparently Mattel are making Super Friends-themed figures in their DC Multiverse line. I didn't realize this until I actually saw them in stores (and apparently no one knew they were coming until they started popping up this week at Canadian Walmarts). Batman looked cool though, so I grabbed it.

So, the bad news here is that this is the same timeworn body that Mattel has been using for Batman figures since the DC Superheroes line a decade ago. Anyone who followed the DC Universe Classics line probably has this figure 100 times over by now in different colours with different heads, as Batman and a ton of other people. So it's not super fresh at all.

The good news is that the dark blue colour scheme looks really good on it. The cloth cape is a major improvement too, in my opinion, since the rubber capes most modern figures use are always way, way too heavy. Using the Super Powers-style collar attachment for the cape maybe not so much, but considering the Mattel line's most obsessive collectors are Super Powers fanboys I'm sure they'll appreciate the reference. Oh, and it has actual accessories (a batarang and a batclaw) something that modern superhero figures are seriously lacking at times. It was also almost $10 cheaper than a Marvel Legend, at least at the Walmart I grabbed it from, which makes the clearly-inferior articulation a lot easier to swallow than when the BvS figures were $30.

So it's pretty, but not super fun to play with compared to modern figures. Also it's based on a cartoon from 1973 using a mold from 2006 that's been reused a zillion times. Not sure I'd really recommend this to anyone for anything other than nostalgic reasons, but if you grew up with the Super Powers toys or have a collection of DCUC stuff, this may hit the spot.
 
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Lego DC Superheroes 76012 Batman: The Riddler Chase

Managed to finally land one of these loose and grubby and in need of a bath off of the ebay. The Batmobile is awesome. Easily the best Lego Batmobile ...ever! The Riddler's dragster is pretty cool too. And there's the Flash too, although ...why???

Lego The Batman Movie 70900 The Joker Balloon Escape

Four pieces less than the Catwoman set I bought earlier, one less Minifigure and comes in at 11.99. Madness. Good little set with a nice scenery build with action feature and the principle figures from the world of Batman. Excellent little starter set!
 
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The new Marvel Legends Black Panther is very good. I think it's a Walgreens exclusive or something? I don't know.

It's a revamp of the previous comics version from the early Hasbro waves, but with some new accessories and I think a new colour scheme.

Reallllly like it.

That's all I can be bothered to say. It's a win.
 
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