Monday, November 12, 2018

Funko POP! 6" Spider-Hulk


I usually start a post on a Funko POP! stating my best intentions in limiting the number of them in my collection, but in the case regarding this oversized 6" Spider-Hulk, but in the immortal words of the recently departed Stan Lee, " 'Nuff said!" Check out the video:


Spider-Hulk's first appearance was in Web of Spider-Man #70 (1990), but he appeared again a decade later in Hulked Out Heroes, a 2-comic mini series, part of the World War Hulks crossover in 2010. You can still find the 2006 pre-Marvel Legends Spider-Hulk from ToyBiz on eBay, commanding a respectable price on the secondary market twelve years after it's release. Below, Spider-Hulk towers over the Funko POP! Homecoming Spider-Man... 

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R.I.P. Stan Lee (1922-2018)

Sunday, November 4, 2018

POP! Venomized Iron Man


I'm constantly fighting the urge to buy another Funko POP! vinyl, and while I prefer the regular ball joint head design featured on the DC characters over the bobble-heads on the Marvel figures, I could not resist this Venomized Iron Man. The other Venomized characters of this series are cool, but Iron Venom was a standout! See more in the video below:


Below, Venomized Iron Man with Funko POP! Homecoming Spider-Man 

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

DC Collectibles Vibe


Another recent eBay find, DC Collectibles Vibe, another New 52 action figure from what I feel was a great moment in the line. For two or three years there around 2011 - 2013, DC Collectibles was making some beautifully sculpted action figures with nice paint apps. I bought several of the New 52 Justice League figures, and what they lacked in articulation was doubly repaid in aesthetics. I picked up the first issue of Vibe's New 52 solo title in February of 2013, and while I didn't stick with it, I did read more issues of different titles relaunched by DC around the sane time. I will say DC Collectibles did a commendable job capturing the character's look, producing a detailed figure with lots of great incised sculpting throughout Vibe's outfit.





Vibe's shoulders are mounted only to a swivel, no hinge to facilitate lateral articulation, and he has nothing in the waist. He utilizes DC Direct's classic Y-hinge at the hips, allowing only forward and back movement, but these figures have always been about aesthetic with less joints to break up the sculpt. While I enjoy a figure with expanded articulation, I do appreciate the beauty of these.


Vibe appeared first in Justice League of America in 1984, the first member of that team to be killed in action. He appeared in Blackest Night as a Black Lantern, but was retconned with the DC New 52 reboot, Cisco Ramon gaining his vibratory powers while being pulled from the event horizon of a boom tube by his brother, who was subsequently killed. Hence the impetus for Cisco becoming the hero Vibe.



Below, Vibe with the DC Collectibles Katana, another figure that came only in a 2-pack (Vibe w/Flash, Katana w/Wonder Woman). Like Vibe, Katana was reintroduced in the New 52 relaunch, and also enjoyed ten issues of her own solo title, starting in February of 2013.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

DC Multiverse Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark)


This DC Multiverse Cassie Sandsmark was another eBay find, a figure I was curious about but not willing to pay retail for. As stated in my last post, I was a big fan of Mattel's DC Universe Classics, and the DC Mutiverse line is essentially an extension of that with the TV and movie characters mixed in. 


Female DCUC figures had notoriously poor abdominal articulation, and Cassie is no different, the swivel at her midriff offering not much beyond ten or fifteen degrees of lateral shift. Few of these figures have double joints in the elbows or knees, or rocker joints in the ankles either. Mattel hid the pins at the elbows and knees, but the shoulder joints are more pronounced on this figure than any of the past DCUC figures I remember. That said, I enjoy the DCUC aesthetic still present in many of the comic-based DC Multiverse figures. 



I feel my interest in Cassie is due in part to fondness for my DCUC Donna Troy, who shares similar design elements. I love the stars incorporated in the outfit and bracers like Donna, together in red with black boots make for quite the pair of warriors. Cassie made her firsr appearance in January 1996, Wonder Woman #105, 31 years after Donna graced the pages of DC Comics. My experiences with the character are limited mostly to Infinite Crisis, which found her lamenting over Conner Kent's body, murdered by Superboy Prime, but she was reintroduced in the New 52 relaunch as well as the more recent Rebirth relaunch. Read more about Wonder Girl at the DC Database!



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Friday, October 12, 2018

DC Multiverse Zero Year Batman


I scored this DC Multiverse Zero Year Batman off eBay this past summer at a greatly discounted price, curious about some of the Mattel figures that have passed me by the last couple years. I really enjoyed Batman: Zero Year back in 2013, and it's hard to believe how fast the last five years have flown past! A funny aside regarding this action figure: I have the DC Collectibles version of this Batman (pictured to the right), a gift from Kevin Kiniry after receiving an Earth 2 Hawkgirl with two left hands. It has more accessories than the Mattel Batman and a more Capullo-inspired portrait, as expected, but I was a big fan of the DCUC line, for which this figure's styling pays tribute. Mattel can't seem to compete with Hasbro in the 6" scale these days, their Marvel Legends line continuing to surpass in articulation and aesthetic, but I like this Batman well enough.



Mattel never really got back to a generous accessory count with it's 6" figures, but we did get a grapple gun, which though somewhat flimsy does fit neatly into it's holster strapped to Batman's thigh. Their failure to include just a couple batarangs may have stalled my retail purchase a couple years ago and cost them a sale ultimately, a far heftier price than a two slivers of plastic.



No development in range articulation from DC Universe Classics to the Multiverse line, but the hips on this particular figure has changed from the more typical, gappy DCUC joint that irked some action figure collectors a decade ago. Mattel has covered the pins at the elbows and knees, but I may have preferred double hinges there instead, or a hinged neck and ankle rockers. That said, if you are a fan of DC Universe Classics, this will likely do it for you- it does for me in some regard. I would have loved this figure as a kid, and I do really like the clean paint and sculpt details throughout. It's a cool Batman.


Below, Zero Year Batman with Mattel's more recent, and somewhat smaller DC Multiverse Rebirth Batman, both sporting a flash of purple in their outfits.  Zero Year Batman's purple gloves are an homage to the vigilante's first appearance in Detective Comics #27 from 1939, writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo's redefining Batman's origins post-New 52 relaunch. Though I didn't keep up with DC into 2016, consequently missing DC Rebirth, I'm unsure how I feel about DC Comics constant need to upend continuity only a few years after New 52. Regardless, Mattel's DC Universe Classics really got me into 6" action figures shortly after starting this blog eight years ago, and I have a soft spot for that style- especially in a Batman figure.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

My 1st 1:12 Scale Diorama


Seeing all the fantastic dioramas used by some of the ACBA artists on Instagram inspired me to test my mettle in the craft. My original intent was a wall or two with a door, which evolved into what you see above, measuring 21 x 21, 14". I thoroughly enjoyed the process and want to try another, perhaps to sell. Check out the video for a closer look:


The scale of this roomy diorama roughly approximates 1:12, perfect for 
6" action figures like Marvel Legends Deadpool and Colossus...

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Marvel's Spider-Man Limited Edt. PS4 Pro


I have not been a gamer in my adulthood, my experience in video games stopping short of the mid '80s: Donkey Kong, Defender, and Pole Position in the arcades, and Pac-Man or Pitfall on a friend's Atari 2600. After purchasing a new flat screen TV this year, and recent rounds of  Lovers in a Dangerous Space Time at a few social gatherings, I wondered if purchasing a game console would be a more fun way to expand my home entertainment options than simply finding a DVD player. As the Marvel hype machine wound up for the release of Spider-Man, I was pulled in, obsessed by the redesigned outfit and vast cityscape rendered by Insomniac. A life long fan of the webbed wallcrawler, I couldn't have chosen a better first game console than the new Marvel's Spider-Man Limited Edition PS4 Pro. I have a long way to go in regard to handling the PlayStation game controller, but sincerely enjoyed my first night playing Marvel's Spider-Man, tutored by an experienced, skilled friend who was kind enough to help me get set up. The fighting was challenging for me, but there's so much to do in this world, including laboratory puzzles to solve as Peter Parker and smaller crimes to stop along the way. And swinging from building to building is nearly breathtaking! We even got into photo mode, offering all kind of fun filters and editing options, including a selfie option, my first pictured below. Recommended!

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Mattel DC Multiverse Rebirth Batman & Superman


I hadn't been keeping up much with Mattel's DC Multiverse, the aesthetic of a lot of what I've seen eclipsed by Hasbro's recent, extended run of one excellent Marvel Legends figure after another. Still, my love of the 6" scale was really excited by DC Universe Classics several years ago, these DC Multiverse being the very descendants of. Check out the video:



Below, DC Multiverse Rebirth Batman with my and Batman Unlimited New 52 Batman and Beware the Batman figures, and Rebirth Superman with my DC Universe Classics Superman and Man of Steel Superman:


While hiding the pins at the elbow and knee joints is a visual improvement, these Multiverse figures haven't really evolved past what we were getting with the DCUC Series years ago. That said, DC Universe Classics was a great line of action figures with a unified style and enormous cast of characters that I truly loved. I appreciated the extra hands with Superman, but am left empty handed with Batman, Mattel again refusing to give us even one batarang. Unfamiliar with the recent DC Rebirth story arc, I bought these loose on eBay, merely for my love of the characters and admiration for the outfits. Mattel isn't revolutionizing the future of the modern action figure here, but it was fun to have a couple "new" DCUC-styled heroes.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Marvel Legends All-New, All-Different Daredevil


I was always a fan of the highly coveted 2015 Hobgoblin Wave Daredevil in red, but was glad to get this updated version from the 2018 SP//dr Wave. Modeled after the All-New, All-Different. the wrapped forearms and laced boots make for a more interesting figure, in my opinion, and despite complaints from the collector community, I actually like the zig-zag pattern of the rope accessory. Like the other recent Daredevil figures, this one was built on the oft used Bucky Cap body, which Hasbro has got some serious mileage out of- it works fine, though some butterfly joints at the shoulders would have added to an acrobatic character like Daredevil. I found this sample for under half the retail priced shipped, without the box or SP//dr BAF part, which didn't interest me that much anyway.





Below, All-New, All-Different Daredevil with my 12" SDCC Daredevil...


Below, Daredevil spars with the recent 1st Appearance Deadpool...


I'd certainly recommend this Daredevil figure, now the only 6" version of the character in my collection after having recently sold off my 2009 Nemesis Series Daredevil. Matt Murdock only wore this black outfit briefly, but it captures the spirit of the character, and the sculpt upgrades sure add visual interest. I'm currently catching up on some of this Daredevil Vol. 5 from 2016, and enjoying it. The character has been enjoying a resurgence in popularity due to the popular Netflix series after 50+ years in publication, first appearing in 1964, a creation of writer Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett. Daredevil is one of Marvel's most unique characters, evoking a deep psychological aspect due to his disability as well as his profession as a lawyer. Because of this layered complexity, so many stories of the blind Devil of Hell's Kitchen have been told.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Marvel Legends Edge of Spider-Verse Spider-Gwen (2015)


On the heels of my last post on the Marvel Legends Edge of Spider-Verse Series Ben Reilly Spider-Man, I though I'd crack this Spider-Gwen I'd been holding onto the last three years. Packed with far less accessories than Ben Reilly, extra hands would have made this better, but I'm okay with the unmasked portrait. And as stated on ItsAllTrue.Net, the character was barely a year old when Hasbro pushed out an action figure due to her sudden upshot in popularity. Pretty impressive.




I won't go on about the action figure community's bemoaning of Marvel Legends female's underperformance in the articulation department, but a better abdominal joint could have made a world of difference for Spider-Gwen. That said, the design looks great, and the paint apps are pretty decent for a mass produced figure like this- the webbing on the inside of the hood and undersides of the arms are admirably executed.


Below, Spider-Gwen with Ben Reilly Spider-Man from the Edge of Spider-Verse Series:


Spider-Gwen spars with Shuri from the recent Black Panther Klaw/Shuri 2-pack...


And finally, Spider-Gwen with Ashley Barton Spider-Woman...


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