Toy Review – One:12 Collective Iron Man from Mezco

As a sometimes reluctant toy addict I have started many a toy review with the words, “I hadn’t planned on buying this…”

This is one of those reviews.

Mezco’s One:12 Collective line of action figures has been my favorite toy line for a few years now. Aside from one release that had a production error (Reverse Flash, who I returned three times and never got one that wasn’t defective) every figure I’ve bought from this line has ranged from very good to amazing. They’re expensive, but out of everything I collect these figures leave me feeling like I got my money’s worth more than anything else.

Although I have to admit that in the last year Hasbro has upped their game with the MCU Marvel Legends in a big way.

One:12 is still the premiere line in my opinion, though, and the one giving me definitive versions of my favorite characters. The key is that I try to stick to just my favorite characters due to the premium pricing. But sometimes due to extenuating circumstances that doesn’t always work out.

In a good news/bad news situation, my Local Comic Shop has a new deal with a toy distributor. This means that rather than going through Diamond, who are unreliable at best and aggressively bad at worst, these toys are coming direct from NECA, Funko, and Mezco. So now there’s a whole section of current releases from those companies, plus a ton of Marvel Legends that you won’t necessarily see at Target right now.

The best/worst part is that the seller has most of the One:12 Collective figures that have come out over the past couple of years and they’re right there on the shelf where you can look at them. And as I’ve mentioned in these reviews before, seeing these figures in person is a whole different experience from seeing them online.

So now I own a One:12 Collective Iron Man.

Our Head of Research, Ryan, had been telling me how great it was and after seeing it and holding the box, I had to see for myself. Is it as definitive as other One:12 figures or should you stick to your twenty dollar Hasbro figure? Read on and find out! Continue reading “Toy Review – One:12 Collective Iron Man from Mezco”

Toy Review – One:12 Collective Evil Dead 2 Ash from Mezco

Ashley J. Williams is my guy, my hero.

Thanks to Bruce Campbell’s irresistible charm and charisma Ash is that rarest of commodities in the horror genre – the good guy that’s the center of the franchise. For three films and thirty television episodes, the mad and gruesome story of the Necronomicon and the Deadites revolved around this unsophisticated yet lovable chump.

I own a lot of Ash figures. Rarely can I resist the temptation to buy a new one, even if it’s part of a line I don’t necessarily collect or a scale that isn’t on my shelves. Heck, I’ve got an Ash bobblehead and I can’t stand bobbleheads. I see a halfway decent Bruce Campbell likeness and I am compelled to open up my wallet.

Which, by the way, is a Necronomicon wallet.

Mezco’s One:12 Collective is by far my favorite line of action figures, but I’ve tried to stick to comic book characters. I didn’t buy Jason or Michael Myers and I don’t plan to get Freddy, even though he’s my favorite horror icon. I bent the rules with Alex from A Clockwork Orange just because he seems like he’d be a great villain in the worlds of Batman or Judge Dredd.

I had to have Ash, though. Initially I was reluctant, but in the end the fact that my favorite action figure line was going to have one of my favorite characters was too much for me. I had to have it. I had to know if this would be the best Ash ever or another “almost got it”.

Was it worth it? Read on and find out! Continue reading “Toy Review – One:12 Collective Evil Dead 2 Ash from Mezco”

Toy Review – One:12 Collective Popeye from Mezco

Grown-up Dave doesn’t think about Popeye the Sailor Man all that much, but kid Dave loved him.

It started with the cartoons, obviously. When I was very young Popeye cartoons were just as heavy in rotation as Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry. I don’t know what happened or why the Sailor Man hasn’t remained as relevant as many other animated icons, but for whatever reason he doesn’t have a very high profile nowadays.

The cartoons were one thing, but in 1980 something very peculiar and quite special happened – Robin Williams starred in a musical Popeye movie directed by five-time Academy Award nominee Robert Altman. The same Robert Altman who directed MASH, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Long Goodbye, and Nashville. It was surprising to the world and to this day I think film fans are a bit confused, but of course four-year-old me didn’t know any of that when Mom took me to the theater to see this unique cinematic experience.

While my actual memories of Popeye come from later viewings, I do know that I loved that movie and that it reinforced my fandom for the character. One of my earliest memories is of begging Mom for a can of spinach until she finally broke down and got one. I tried it raw – like Popeye – hated it, and switched to a can of Fritos like they used to have back in the day.

HEALTH ADVISORY – Fritos will not make you strong like Popeye, but they also will not make you throw up like raw spinach out of a can.

My Popeye fandom probably peaked right around the movie coming out and has slowly waned ever since. At no point have I disliked him; he just hasn’t loomed large in my pop culture awareness for quite some time.

I have a collection of comic strips that my mom gave me years ago, but I can’t pretend I’ve read it cover to cover. At most it’s been perused a time or two with only a few pages read in their entirety.

Actually, the last time I gave Popeye any real thought was the last time Mezco put out Popeye toys. Popeye the Sailorpedia lists way more figures than I remember actually being released. I just had Popeye, Bluto, and Wimpy from the first wave. I passed on Olive Oyl because she is the worst.

Clearly someone at Mezco is a much bigger Popeye fan than I am. Between those excellent figures from eighteen years ago(!) and this new One:12 Collective figure, they are carrying the torch for an animated hero who deserves much more recognition than he seems to get. This was one of the earliest announced One:12 figures and it’s been clear from that initial peek that this figure is a serious labor of love.

This is a truly weird concept and design – bringing a character whose most remarkable features are incredibly anatomically improbable into the One:12 semi-realistic format resulted in a look that many found off-putting at first, but that has become more acceptable as the line has gone on. I, for one, hadn’t planned on getting this one due to my strict One:12 collecting rules, but apparently at some point I relented and ordered one because it came in at the Local Comic Shop. By that time I was delighted that Past Me had made the decision because reviews were coming in and Popeye seems to be a hit, making many “Best of 2018” lists.

Is the figure worth the wait and worth possibly going outside of your fandom to obtain? Read on and find out! Continue reading “Toy Review – One:12 Collective Popeye from Mezco”

One: 12 Collective Wonder Woman Action Figure from Mezco

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”

Toy Review – One:12 Collective Punisher: Special Ops Edition from Mezco

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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?”

We’ll see.

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