Friday, April 22, 2016

Tatsunoko Heroes Fighting Gear Gatchaman G-1 & G-2

These two 6.75" Heroes Fighting Gear Series Gatchaman were an impulse buy, my nostalgia for the '70s animated TV show Battle of The Planets the driving force. As a child I had no concept of the idea it was an Americanized version of the Japanese anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. I do however remember thinking Mark and Jason were the coolest of the five G-Force members, the latter my favorite in his darker uniform. Check out the video:

Aside from snapping one of Mark's shoulder pads, and the butt-end off Jason's gun, they are beautiful figures with TV accurate accessories, including weapons, extra hands, and a sturdy flight stand. If that weren't enough, the chest lights up, the cape is cloth, and most of the limbs, torso and pelvis are diecast metal, giving the figure a satisfying heft. Don't be fooled though, they are fragile and have lots of small parts easily damaged or lost. That said, they honor the beautiful design of the original costumes in an updated, hyper-stylized form.

Below, Fighting Gear Gatchaman G-1 and G-2 with my Marmit Heavy Gokin Devilman, another imported diecast figure based on an anime TV series I found recently...

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Medicom 1:6 Scale Real Action Heroes New 52 Superman

I found this  Medicom RAH New 52 Superman not long after I ordered the RAH Flashpoint Batman in my last post, for an even better price on I love his bright colors, and though I'm leary of it's durability, the shiny vinyl bodysuit. Like the Batman figure, Superman has wire in the cape- I prefer just a straight softgoods piece in this department, but it does add a certain flair, even if minimally. The chest shield on this figure is a raised piece, which does a lot for it visually. As I said before, Hot Toys and Sideshow 1:6 figures offer a better overall value than these Medicom, but they do have their own charm being very comic book in style. Check out the video:

Below, Medicom 1:6 Scale RAH Superman with my other New 52 Supermen, including the 11.5" Mattel Superman I reviewed in back in November of last year. Jim Lee's reimagined Superman outfit appealed to me almost immediately upon DC Comic's New 52 relaunch back in 2011...

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Medicom 1:6 Scale Real Action Heroes Flashpoint Batman

As soon as I discovered this 1:6 scale Flashpoint Batman existed, I hunted down the best deal I could find. In Flashpoint (DC, 2011), Barry Allen is pulled into an alternate Universe where the history of the heroes he knew had been altered, the mantle of Gotham City's Batman filled by Thomas Wayne, son Bruce having been killed that fateful night in Crime Alley. I'd contemplated purchasing earlier Real Action Hero series Batman figures, admiring their styling but somewhat underwhelmed by their construction after viewing a few reviews, but caved when this one was recently released. There is indeed a slightly chintzy quality to the vinyl bodysuit, snap-in hands, and cheap plastic sword. That said, he's sure a looker- check out the video:

Below: Batman, Thomas Wayne, runs Eobard Thawne through with an Amazonian sword at the climax of Flashpoint, setting the stage for DC Comics' 2011 relaunch, The New 52. This book and that moment are are memorable to me, as not long before this I'd regained interest in comics with a passion unmatched before in my life, perhaps even during my childhood.

 Medicom Real Action Heroes Batman with Sideshow Collectibles 1:6 Scale Batman. At about the same price, the Sideshow is a far better value, constructed of superior plastic and fabric, and realistic paint subtleties the Medicom just doesn't have. Still, the Flashpoint Batman does have a simplicity and vampiric style I really enjoy...

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SH Figuarts Yellow Buster & Usada Lettuce

I had been on the lookout for a yellow Ranger/Sentai, and while I likely know even less about Go-Busters than I do the domestic Power Rangers franchise, I am loving these SH Figuarts Sentai figures. The flawless paint, fluid articulation, and great accessories are several steps above what we see here on the American retail market. According to Wikipedia,  Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters debuted in Japan on Feb, 12th, 2012, and began airing in South Korean as Power Rangers Go-Busters the following year. Three children gaining super powers from an accident at the Energy Management Center have sentient robot partners called Buddyloids, in Yoko Usami's case the Usada Lettuce mecha, in matching color and rabbit theme. Check out the video:

SH Figuarts Shinken Red Samurai and Yellow Buster...

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Revoltech Yamaguchi Getter 1

I've collected some Transformers in the last year, so this Revoltech Getter was a natural evolution in regard to my interests. I got him used at a great price with free shipping off eBay a couple months ago, my first Revoltech, fascinated by his dynamic articulation, fun design, and great accessories. Double assault rifles and tomahawk! Check out the video:

Revoltech Yamaguchi Getter 1 with my Takara Transformers Hot Rodimus...

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Monday, March 21, 2016

SH Figuarts Shinken Red- Samurai

When you've experienced the difference in an SH Figuarts, it's mildly difficult to pay attention to domestic action figures. I mean, wow... just wow. Sure, the exotic appeal of characters unfamiliar with a slender physique (as opposed to exaggeratedly musclebound) is refreshing, but the naturally fluid articulation, generous accessories, and perfect paint apps are commendable. Peerless, for that matter. You can get most of the red Ranger/Sentai varieties at pretty reasonable prices on eBay and Amazon, the other colors, and particularly the female characters, seem to demand higher prices. Check out the video:

SH Figuarts Shinken Red with my Chojin Sentai Redhawk...

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Bandai Power Rangers Dino Supercharge Purple & Pink Ranger

I'd often passed by the 5" American market Bandai Power Rangers, admiring their colorful designs, but opting for the imported, higher grade adult collector line of SH Figuarts. For their far more modest price point, the American market Bandai figures have a respectable amount of articulation, though these two skirted females are limited in their hip articulation due to their attire. That said, I love the color and design of these petite figures, their individualized helmets reflecting their assigned dinosaur motif, and they make a delightful pair! Check out the video:

5" Bandai Power Rangers Dino Supercharge Purple & Pink Rangers with my 12" Bandai Dino Charge Rangers- the girls actually go really well with their larger counterparts...

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Monday, March 14, 2016

SH Figuarts Chojin Sentai Jetman Redhawk

I've become a fan of the SH Figuarts line by Bandai, particularly the tokusatsu inspired characters of Japanese sci-fi such as Ultraman, Kamen Rider, and Super Sentai- the inspiration for the Power Rangers. I realize I'm pretty far behind the curve, but am glad I discovered these amazing action figures. Aside from their supernatural articulation, the paint applications are flawless, and I appreciate their slender build. Accessories are off the charts with these Figuarts action figures, which will take some care in keeping track of, but opens up the posing opportunities significantly. I'm a novice on Super Sentai/Power Rangers, so some of the weapons look bizarre to my eyes, but I suppose their exotic styling is part of what appeals to me. Check out the video:

SH Figuarts Jetman Redhawk with my black & blue Overdrive Rangers...

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