As I mentioned on last week’s Needless Things Podcast, I just can’t seem to choose a Star Wars line.
The less articulated basic line gives the best character selection, the Vintage Collection is the style and size I prefer, and the Black Series has finally achieved a level of quality where I find some of the releases irresistible.
If I can actually find them.
The bounty hunters – the group Darth Vader assigns to hunt down the Millennium Falcon in Empire – transcend those decisions, though. I’ve loved those character designs since I was a child, but the best thing is that they’re a small, specific group and that every Star Wars line tends to represent all six of them – Boba Fett, IG-88, Dengar, Bossk, 4-LOM, and Zuckuss. So I’ve developed a habit of just buying all of the bounty hunters when I see them, even if I’m not collecting that line.
As for the Black Series, I hadn’t intended to buy anyone but Fett. At twenty bucks a pop these aren’t the same kind of fun impulse buy as Galactic Heroes or a small LEGO set that has three of the characters. I passed on Bossk and IG-88, but then when Hasbro hit us with the triple threat of Dengar, 4-LOM, and Zuckuss (a Disney Store exclusive and therefore much more easily obtained), as well as the announcement that they would be rereleasing the first two, I couldn’t resist.
Mainly because for one reason or another I’ve managed to stock an entire shelf with Black Series releases.
Am I dumb for continuing to dabble in this line, or is 4-LOM the kind of figure that could make you question your style loyalties? Read on and find out.
Continue reading “Toy Review – Star Wars Black Series #67 4-LOM Action Figure from Hasbro”
Big thanks to super-fun site The Toy Box for bringing this figure to my attention!
As I commented on the above linked post, I remember this figure coming out back in 2002, but at the time I was hoping we might get a character from a different movie, like Dr. Phibes or Nicholas Medina. The Raven isn’t my favorite Price vehicle.
2002 was a very different time for NECA, the company we now know as the masters of toy horror. Their Reel Toys imprint (which this figure is a part of) had just launched and didn’t have the multitude franchises it does today. There was a focus on more obscure and classic horror. I’m actually struggling to recall what their first offerings were.
That was also the year that Randy Falk joined NECA and brought several former McFarlane Toys employees with him. It was the start of a huge shift in pop culture and genre action figure business.
I’m pretty sure this Vincent Price ended up being a sort of one-off item, because I don’t believe NECA released any more Vincent Prices or sixth scale figures in this style (if I’m wrong, let me know). Continue reading “Toy Review – Vincent Price as Dr. Erasmus Craven Action Figure from NECA”
Gal Gadot blew away audience expectations with her portrayal of Diana of Themyscira in DC’s films.
She soared above the material of her first appearance in Dawn of Justice, providing a truly unforgettable segment in an otherwise… let’s say “divisive” film. She carried a solo film that was “pretty good” at best to greatness in the eyes of most fans, and as a result was the centerpiece of the follow-up, Justice League.
Now, thanks to Gadot’s bright, magnetic performance and admittedly good care being taken of her character, Wonder Woman is the sole point of positivity and high expectations in an otherwise highly questionable DC movie universe.
Note – While I am super-stoked for Aquaman and Shazam and relatively excited for Joker and Suicide Squad 2; not everyone is. So I speak from a “in the public eye” perspective.
I fell in love with Diana just as much as everyone else did. This of course meant that, me being me, I wanted the best Wonder Woman figure I could find (that wasn’t a $275 Hot Toys release).
I adore Mezco’s One:12 Collective line and had no doubt that they’d create the best possible movie Wonder Woman for the money I was willing to spend. I have had exactly two product issues with this line so far. The first was that every single Reverse Flash that came into the comic shop had a twisted up belt (which turned out to be a widespread production error), so I ended up without a Reverse Flash.
The second was the broken arm on my Special Ops Punisher, which Mezco made right with impressive quickness; after a phone call.
I hate to say it, but this might be the first One:12 figure I’m truly dissatisfied with. There are a couple of issues I just can’t get past. Do they ruin the figure or will I get over it? Read on. Continue reading “One: 12 Collective Wonder Woman Action Figure from Mezco”
It looks like Funko has found the next action figure format to go completely bonkers with.
Their initial launch of Mortal Kombat characters didn’t exactly excite me, but once they added Conan, Thundercats, these horror icons, and most recently a crazy assortment of DC Comics characters; I had to consider myself a fan.
I suppose these horror figures are sort of divisive. If you’re a fan of weird stuff and different takes on or mash-ups of things you love, these are great. If you’re a stuck-up sourpuss that hates fun, they probably aren’t for you. Continue reading “Halloween 2018 Toy Review – Savage World Horror from Funko”
NECA has been on a roll this year with their line of “Ultimate” horror figures.
Rather than releasing the same figure three of four times with different accessories, they’ve embraced one that includes everything – extra heads, hands, hatchets, noisemakers; whatever.
Because of this, I’ve been a little more liberal with which characters I buy because I know it’s much less likely I’m going to have to buy a new version of a character I love just to get a specific head or whatever. Of course, there are still the two-packs that come with one new character and one that I already own five of, but that’s just the toy biz.
Continue reading “Halloween 2018 Toy Review – IT (1990) Pennywise the Dancing Clown Action Figure from NECA”
These vintage Masters of the Universe-inspired figures caught my eye from the second I saw them at Toy Fair or SDCC or wherever they were first shown off. Continue reading “Toy Review – Savage World Mortal Kombat X from Funko”
Welcome to the third or fourth version of the Needless Things toy review on the all-new, slightly different Needless Things!
The new motto around here is “keep it simple and stupid”…
No, wait – “keep it simple, stupid”.
I’ve been reviewing toys for over a decade now and quite frankly I’m sick of it.
Not sick of toys, certainly. And I’m not even sick of writing about toys. But I am sick of dissecting toys and figures to the degree of what I previously considered to be a proper toy review. There’s only so much you can say about different figures from the same lines.
I don’t know exactly what form these newer reviews will take, but there’s gonna be a lot less “this figure features 32 points of articulation, including blah, blah, blah…” and a lot more “this figure has plenty of joints”. Although I might get as specific as “why the crap did they bother with double-jointed knees when the hips and ankles barely move?”
Continue reading “Toy Review – One:12 Collective Punisher: Special Ops Edition from Mezco”