Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bandai Gundam Converge- Char's Zaku II

I found this odd, little 2 1/4" Gundam Converge at TRU a couple weeks ago, and as I'm a fan of vinyl figures, particularly of Japanese import, I thought I'd take a chance on him. He has some limited articulation in the shoulders and neck, merely plugged into the torso, and a removable bazooka. The eye moves side to side under his removable helmet as well, a nice touch. He stands okay with his bazooka down, but requires the included base with the weapon extended.

I know nothing of the anime Mobile Suit Gundam that populate the Universal Century metaverse, but I do admire the exotic appeal of this vinyl minifigure. For the same reasons I own Power Rangers,/Super Sentai and Sofubi vinyl, these Gundam Converge interest me, and the detail in the sculpt is great. Fun!

Below, the Gundam Converge with my Hot Wheels Mega Bloks Racer, Mighty Minis Batman Beyond, Evangelion Bearbrick , MiniMates Heartbreaker Iron Man, and Lego Deadpool Minifigure...

Below, the Gundam Converge with the Mighty Minis Batman Beyond from my last post- I like these two together, a pairing I would have happily teamed up as a kid!

Below, the Gundam Converge takes aim with my Stealth Strike Knight Battle Batman...

Below, the Gundam Converge battles with my TMNT Mega Bloks Foot Soldier...

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Batman Unlimited Series 1 Mighty Minis

I couldn't resist some more of these DC Mighty Minis! Perhaps it's the challenge of photographing these impossibly tiny 2" figures. I like their sculpt and stance, and they'll be fun to pose with other toys! 

Mighty Minis Cyborg:

Mighty Minis Cyborg with my Imaginext Cyborg and DC Collectibles Cyborg... 

Mighty Minis Batman Beyond:

Mighty Minis Batman Beyond with my POP! Batman Beyond and Batman Unlimited Bat-Mech...

Mighty Minis Flash:

Mighty Minis Flash with my DC Action League Flash and  Kid Robot Flash...

Mighty Minis Robin:

Mighty Minis Robin with my 6" Strike Shield Robin and 4" Tech Glider Robin...

Mighty Minis Green Arrow:

Mighty Minis Green Arrow with my DC Action League Green Arrow and Kid Robot Green Arrow...

Aside from Green Arrow being unarmed, I'm glad I went back for these- I'm particulary fond of the Batman Beyond's semi-translucent plastic. At $2.99, I paid less that the first few Mighty Minis I purchased- perhaps still a questionable value, but improved.

*See my October post on the Batman v Superman Mighty Minis!
*See my January post on Batman Unlimited Series 1 Batman and Batman v Superman Armored Batman!

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Mega Bloks TMNT Out of the Shadows

This blog has remained bereft of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles until now, not for my lack of appreciation for the franchise, but rather for the fact that I was past toys and cartoons by the time the characters from Eastman and Laird's underground comic drew mainstream attention. And while I already have a handful of Mega Bloks minifigures, it's the first time I've posted about them on this blog. 

The articulation and details on these tiny figures are impressive for their size! I'm a fan of minifigs generally speaking (Imaginext, Lego, MiniMates, Be@rbrick), but the Mega Bloks minifigs have their own charm. Hot Wheels, also owned by Mattel, released some Mega Blocks car builds with minifigures that I love and has since released several "ride-on" series castings made to accommodate the Mega Block figures as well. Below, Raphael and a Halo Mega Bloks figure with the Hot Wheels Tanknator, and the TMNT Foot Soldiers take a ride on the Fig Rig with a Hot Wheels Mega Bloks Driver:

I really enjoyed these, my favorite perhaps Casey Jones with his hockey gear, and may go back for Mikey Leo and Donnie! Collecting TMNT in miniature form may be the best way for me!

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Hot Wheels Marvel Daredevil

I've been posting more on the Super Fun Hot Wheels Blog lately, which when combined with my vaious other hobbies and activity has probably taken some attention away from the Super-DuperToyBox in the last couple years. There's always more I want to share with you, but for now check out this killer Hot Wheels Daredevil car! Check out the video and my post on the Super Fun Hot Wheels Blog:

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Mighty Minis Gold Superman & Silver Batman

I don't want to get too caught up in these as they are a poor value dollar-wise, but did hunt down this Mighty Minis Series 1 Gold Superman and Series 2 Silver Batman recently. That said, I kinda want an Aquaman and/or Robin now, and there's also a bronze colored Wonder Woman. While I like the monochromatic Mighty Minis. it would be fun to have a couple more with some color. I've said before, the DC Imaginext are superior in design and twice the size, but I am drawn to these  impossibly tiny 2" action figures, in spite of their balance issues.

Below, the Series 2 Silver Batman with Batman v Superman Series Armored Batman, which has the best sculpt of any of these, and may be my favorite. I'd like to find the Armored Batman Unlimited Series Batman to compliment these...

Below, the 11.5" Bat-Mech I review this summer with the featured Superman and Batman, and Armored Batman who resides in the Mech's chest loading cockpit...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

GIANT 18in. Mego-Styled Figures Toy Co. Joker!

As stated in my last post on the Figures Toy Co Batman and Robin, and have surely said many times, the entire genesis of this blog was due to my childhood love of the 70's Mego figures, my earliest exposure to both action figures and comic book heroes. When I discovered the existence of this 18" Figures Toy Co. series, authentically upscaled from the original Megos, I instinctually picked out my favorite. Check out the video:

Pictured below are a couple comparison pics with other figures who make an appearance in the video above- the 19" Jakk's Pacific Silver-Age Batman, and 8" Figures Toy Co. Super Friends Series Batman and Robin. Regarding the aforementioned, I'm ultimately more fond of the larger Joker and Batman, due in part to their size, but also for the stunning, enlarged version of the Joker, probably my favorite childhood Mego figure, and the faithful execution of artist Jima Aparo's work in Jakk's Pacific's 19" Batman. The two oversized action figures are literally the stuff of boyhood dreams... 

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

8" Mego-Styled Figures Toy Co. Super Friends Batman & Robin

This blog exists due in large part to the resurgence of these 8" Mego-styled action figures/dolls, modeled after the wildly successful World's Greatest Heroes line from the 70's. In fact, he second post on the Super-DuperToyBox was about Mattel's DC Retro-Action Batman & Superman, bringing the excitement of action figures from my childhood back to life. Check out the video:

Guest starring in the video above are the DC Retro-Action Batman and Two-Face. While the line suffered from some pelvic joint issues, these Figures Toy Co. figures had their own problems, namely a very loose head atop the Robin that had a hard times standing up due to balance issues. I'm unsure I prefer the wired capes on the Figures Toy Co. figures, but there quality and black inner-lined construction are certainly nice looking. I loved the Mattel Retro-Action figures and their upgraded styling, which Figures Toy Co. follows in this series, also making more exact replicas of the original Mego World's Greatest Heroes characters, complete with oven mitt gloves! In spite of their issues, Figures Toy Co. did reproduce the look and feel of the Super Friends Batman and Robin here, the Saturday morning cartoon from which was a childhood favorite and appealed to my desire for Mego World's Greatest action figures.

*Read my past posts on DC Retro-Action figures!
*Check out the online Mego Museum for all of what's new and old!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Iron Man #290 (1993)

Fresh from the dollar comics bin, this 30th Anniversary issue #290 of Iron Man, complete with '90s foil embossed cover, a trait I'm actually fond of. Though formerly unfamiliar with artist Kevin Hopsgood, I enjoyed the dramatic art in this issue, complimented by Steve Mitchell's inks and Ariane's colors. Like a lot of fans, Iron Man was a sort of 2nd tier character for me until the 2008 film starring Robert Downey Jr., even if unfairly so. It's fun to go back and appreciate the character properly, pulling stories randomly throughout Iron Man's history, and this issue did not disappoint me!

Presumed dead back in issue #284, Tony Stark miraculously wills himself back to life, having reprocessed his memories and artificial nervous system- like rebooting a computer! Through the Stark Enterprises computer, Tony summons Abe Zimmer to bring a neural interface to C.A.D.A.M., helping the paralyzed hero access and operate an automated design and manufacturing facility.

Stark proceeds to build the Neuromimetic Telepresence Unit (see The Iron Man Armory) remotely, powering the suit up just in time to save his company from hostile takeover by entrepreneur Osamu Moroboshi's drone army!

Iron Man is surprised by Moroboshi International's armored resilience, but comes back for round two swinging! The Telepresence Unit (NTU-150) enhances Stark's senses, a tactile simulation processor making it feel and react as though he were there in it, the disadvantage a sort of neural feedback that could kill the operator if fatally damaged in combat. That said, Tony won't allow this year's model to go down without a fight ...!

Angrily quitting his temporary CEO duties after discovering Tony alive, and unaware of what's happening back at Stark Enterprises, a rejected James Rhodes is violently targeted by Moroboshi International's drone army! I'm unsure of what happens in issue #291, "Judgement Day", but I'm sure curious if War Machine makes a comeback, his first appearance only six issues back in the September 1992 issue of Iron Man #284! Riveting!

*Explore the invincible online Iron Man Armory!
*Check out my 2013 post on Iron Man figures from the Super-DuperToyBox Armory!
*My post on the recent 12" Hasbro Marvel Legends Iron Man!

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