Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Toy Shopping: Marvel Isle, TRU August 2016

I can hardly believe they have the new cinematic Spider-Man in action figure form already, but there he was in a 3-pk with Cap and Iron Man at a local TRU last weekend. He was too darkly colored, but had a grip on Cap's sheild just like in the movie!  :D   Far more interesting to me were the new 1:6 scale Marvel Legends line- very cool! I could not have imagined both DC and Marvel would go big like this, especially with the recent reduction in articulation on the 3 3/4" scale figures, peg saturation with simpler toys for smaller children, and the like. They are well articulated too, unlike the Titan Series. I't like the return of the Icon Series from 2006-2009! Wonderful!

Back to the 3 3/4" scale Legends for a minute, isn't it great we are seeing both movie based figures like Falcon from Capt. America: Civil War and the classic Triton from Jack Kirby's Inhumans on the pegs at the same time? Unfathomable! I kind of wish Marvel had left the series names unique, Icons, Legends, and Universe. It gets old watching companies rebrand every six months, and doubt it helps, but they didn't ask me. They probably should have   :D

And in the 6" Legends department, I still love that black & gold Marvel NOW! Iron Man! Great redux on the Iron Avenger! I'm pretty sure this was the first Kitty Pryde I've seen in person, there was a Phoenix Jean Grey in green and gold as well, among others! I've all but stopped buying 3 3/4" and 6" figures like these, but I had to stop and look...

And just because I love Guardians of the Galaxy so much, the 5" scale Rocket Raccoon and Groot- yes their teammates were backing them up. I got into Guardians about a year or so before the announcement a movie would be made- I was surprised at the decision, and delighted with the movie! I like these!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mattel Batman Unlimited 11.5" Bat-Mech

I passed on this guy a couple times at TRU, but eventually succumb to the realization that a Batman mech is hard to come by- lots of armored Batman following the Batman v Superman film, but few Batman robots. Additionally fun is that the Bat-Mech's chest is the cockpit for the Batman Unlimited Mighty Minis!

This is a big, dumb toy in essence, but does feature a respectable range of articulation- the hinge/swivel elbows make up for lack of lateral motion in the shoulders, and he can do the splits with those hinge/swivel hips. The knees are jointed as well, and the head and wrists swivel. Bat-Mech's batarang pegs onto ports in the forearms, shoulders, and back much like the Batman Brave and the Bold Series figures I loved so much. Check out my video:

Pictured below, Bat-Mech with my Brave and the Bold Series Proto Bat-Bot...

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Toy Shopping: DC Comics Isle, TRU July 2016

BubbaShelby reminded me this weekend that it had been awhile since I last posted here on the SuperDuperToyBox, and while it's been on my mind and I have plenty in my collection to show, the truth is that I'd been very busy posting on my Super Fun Hot Wheels Blog. That said, Bubba's comment did inspire a trip to TRU to check out the scene, which was revealed some new  Suicide Squad merch, including six and twelve inch Mattel figures pictured above and below. I loved these! There were only Deadshot and Harley in 12", but there is also a Joker!

Also on the shelves were some great Jada diecast statues of the Joker, Harley Quinn, and Deadshot! I have an Batman v Superman Armored Batman like this from Jada, which has some problems standing, but these don't look as top heavy. 

It looked as though the demand for '66 Batman merch has slowed, most of it on sale for 30% off! Very tempting, but I'm so far behind photographing what I'd bought this past spring that it wouldn't make sense.

Also of personal interest was this great Mini Mezitz Batman Returns box set- at $24.95 the value is dubious, but what a great pack! This is possibly my favorite Batman movie of all time- I still have  the movie poster, which I framed around the time I started this blog.

While I've seen DC Direct/DC Collectibles release multi-packs of Batman and Superman, this may be the first time I've seen Mattel do it. If you are new to collecting action figures, these would get things started for you in a fun way! I collected from all these different lines, except the 6" Batman v Superman series... 

I've started to notice elements of the Flashpoint storyline seeping into different toy lines, including the very cool Batman Unlimited Molten Mayhem set pictured below, featuring a Batman figure obviously inspired by the Thomas Wayne Batman from the popular pre-New 52 storyline. Check out my Medicom Real Action Heroes Flashpoint Batman I reviewed in April!

And finally, what I went back to check out once more, these extremely cool Green Arrow and Bat-Mech figures from Mattel. While it's started to gain some more traction due to the recent Batman v Superman film, as well as the comics in the last year, Batman as an armored mech can be hard to come by. It's been a theme present in recent animated TV shows like Batman: The Brave & the Bold my personal favorite, but we usually otherwise get an armored Batman- this is a robot! While I do have a sort of Green Arrow sub-collection, my collection of Batman figures, unusual and conventional, is far more expansive, so I chose the Bat-Mech. Tomorrow I will post about him- meet me back here!

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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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