Category: Toys and Action Figures

Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Legends Infinite Figures

Marvel has released the following image of Hasbro’s forthcoming (tentatively scheduled mid/late July 2014) Guardians of the Galaxy figures. Guardians of the Galaxy Toy, Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Starlord

I’m probably more excited for this flick more than any other movie Marvel’s got on its slate, so the sight of these toys has only got me more excited. You?

In classic Marvel Legends fashion each standard figure comes with a piece of Groot, so you’ve got to collect them all to put him together. But doesn’t he look so fantastically Grooty?

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Troy’s Toys, but with Comics: Shots fired

A few days ago, Image Publisher Eric Stephens more or less called out the greater comics publisher community for reasons I don’t and do agree with. Said speech went down at retailer’s meeting ComicsPRO, and the full details can be seen here.

I agree with Stephens that $5-$8 comics are not the future of the industry. Put those comments regarding licensed books is kind of dickish, especially with the quality of the KaBOOM Cartoon Network books. It’s definitely worth a read though, and again, while I don’t agree with everything Stephens says, he does raise a lot of good points.

QUICK PICKS!

Furious #2

Mind MGMT #19

Tomb Raider #1

Aquaman #28

Lois Lane #1

Wake #6


Black Science #4

Chew #4

Deadly Class #2

Rat Queens #6

Walking Dead #122

Deadpool #24

Mighty Avengers #7

Thunderbolts #22

Uncanny Avengers #17

Wolverine and the X-Men #42

REVIEWS!

 

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Kelly Sue Deconnick/ Warren Ellis/ Matteo Buffangi/ Ruth Redmond

Marvel, $3.99, 20 pages

Matteo Buffangi I want to love you, but you gotta stop drawing Hawkeye with those James Worthy-esque goggles. Or start drawing him riding a snowboard every time he’s on panel. (( Call me Marvel, I have ideas! ))

My nitpicking aside, it’s another fun issue of Spider-Girl teams up with an Avengers. Having Warren Ellis and Kelly Sue Deconnick writing Iron Man is the closest we’ve seen a Robert Downey Jr-esque Iron Man on page for awhile, which I imagine is what a LOT of people want when it comes from the character. And him teaming with Spider-Girl is a fun  follow up to the previous’ issue Wolverine team up. It’s a fun, bright and good looking (sans Hawkgoggles) Avengers book that ramps things up for the book’s end next issue. I’m going to be sad to see it go, as the Ellis/KSD/Buffangi/Redmond team have turned AA into extremely satisfying must-read every month.

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Matt Fraction/ David Aja/Matt Hollingsworth/Chris Elliopoulous

Marvel, $2.99, 20 pages

Oh god everything hurts and nothing will be okay ever again.

It’s been entirely way too long since we’ve seen the Matt Fraction/ David Aja team on Hawkeye. So while I’m glad to see them back, the ending of this book has me cureled up in a corner weeping. And it’s not a quality thing. Oh no, far from it.

Why I complained about the delays in the book, it’s easy to see why it takes a little longer to come out, and the end result is worth it. The majority of the pages are crammed with perfectly crafted art, enhanced with Matt Hollingsworth’s colors and Chris Ellipoulos‘ word balloons. There’s even so great used of the white between panels. This book works even without Fraction delightful dialogue, and you can easily follow the story without paying attention to the dialogue.

Also, much like Fuse #1, the cover in so well designed and clever that you’ll appreciate it much more once you read the issue.

It’s a brutal issue of Hawkguy, as the brothers Barton learn what the say about good intentions. And the cliffhanger comes with a price , because I don’t think we’re getting any more of Clint’s story until May at the earliest. So yeah, brb, running into the ocean.

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Brian Michael Bendis/Sara Picehlli/Stuart Immonen/ Wade Grawadger/Justin Ponsor

Marvel, $3.99, 20 pages

Once again, I find myself torn with this crossover. Bendis’ dialogue is not at it’s best, and why there’s some solid pieces here and there, overall it’s fairly average. But visually. Damn, just damn

Sara Pichelli delivers when it comes to several highly emotional scene in this issue. It’s a dialogue heavy issue, with a few powerful moments that Pichelli draws beautifully. Justin Ponsor‘s color definitely deliver, especially when the book shifts from deep space to the Shi’iar home planet.

And while Pichelli not being able to draw the entire book irks me a tad, having Stuart Immonen pitch in is more than fine. He and Von Grawbadger are handling the art for the X-Men side of things anyway, so it works, especially given how talented they are.

These crossover is getting better, so hopefully the last 2 chapters deliver. Bendis has two amazing art team working with him, so hopefully his scripts will perform as well as Sara and Stuart are.

 

 

 

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Troy’s Toys, actually with toys

What’s this?! An article where I actually talk about the thing I was hired to do?! I too am surprised about this turn of events!

It’s been awhile, mostly because I’ve been a bit burnt out talking about toys (you can only talk about Batman figures on a weekly basis for so long), and because there was a lack of toys that caught my eye. That’s since changed, as we’ve received plentiful comics and videya game type toys in recently. Let’s start off with a few imports yes?

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First and foremost is the Max Factory Legend of Zelda Link Figma. For one of the premiere video game franchise for 25+ years, there’s a shocking lack of decent action figures for the game. Figma Link, based on the Skyward Sword game for the Nintendo Wii, changes that, offering the best plastic incarnation of the character to date. The sculpt is 100% faithful to the game, and the paint job, while simple, captures the graphics of the game quite well. There’s not much to discuss in terms of accessories, but they’re the type of things you expect to come packaged with a Figma-variant face, alternate hands, a stand, the iconic Master Sword and Hylian Shield, and a swinging effect for the sword. It’s a dream figure for those who’ve been waiting for a good Link figure, and one that’s not going to be around for long. Link retails for $54 and it’s totally worth every penny for long suffering Nintendo fans.

945789_549811575060624_2112295557_n31854-sailormarsfiguartsheader1Our selection of S.H. Figuarts has also expanded with a ton of #ladies! The super-popular Sailor Moon line has expanded, as we have both Sailor Mars and Mercury in stock, as well as the Pink Ranger from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers line. All of these figures are super faithful to their source material, and posses about 30-4o points of articulation. And of course there’s variant hands and a few accessories per figure.

Both Sailor Scouts (I have a passing familiarity with Sailor Moon lingo) have changeable faces and wands, where as the Pink Ranger (Kimberly right?) has her bow and blaster. The lack of stands is a back whack, but it lowers the price point a bit, so that’s cool. Theses all retail in the $40 range, and we have a few other Sailor Moon/Power Rangers Figuarts in stock if you want to check those out too.

Amazing-Spider-Man-2-Marvel-Legends-Infinite-Series-Set HAS23425Concluding this return to form, I’m ending this article at a look at some new super hero figures. With Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (sploosh) due out in theaters this spring, Hasbro has rolled out 2 separate waves of 6″ Legends figures. The Spider-Man wave consists of movie-accurate Spider-Man and Electro, Ultimate Beetle (with modern Boomerang as the variant!), Carnage, the Superior Spider-Man AND Black Cat (with Spider-Girl as the variant). The Cap wave consists of Marvel NOW! Cap, Captain America from The First Avengers, Baron Zemo, the Red Skull, and both Hydra and A.I.M. grunts. Both waves have figures packaged with Build-A-Figure pieces, meaning if you drop close to $200 on buying either of these complete waves, you can get the Ultimate Green Goblin or a Mandroid. Please note that Hasbro has one again jacked up the cost of these figures, so they’re retailing close to $30 a pop.

That’s all for this week. With Toy Fair around the corner, I’ll try to update the toy side of things more often, but no promises FPNYC! Although there are some new Play Arts worth talking about….

 

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What time is it? Adventure Time Gift Idea List Time!

Another day, another gift idea list! In the last couple of years Adventure Time has become one of those trail blazing pop culture phenomenons that just doesn’t seem to have a foreseeable end to its popularity. That being said, when your little one comes to you this holiday season and says “Mom, it would be totally Algebraic if you got me a Lumpy Space Princess this Christmas!” it is still understandable for you to respond with a blank expression, slacked jawed and wide eyed. Don’t worry your kids are not on drugs, this is really something that they are interested in. Ok, your kids may be on drugs but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make them happy this holiday.

Lumpy Space Princess Pull String Plush with Sound – Let’s start with that Lumpy Space Princess we we’re just talking about. Let’s call her LSP for short. Pull the string on the back of this 12 inch plush and hear her say some of her most popular catch phrases like “Drama Bomb” and “Oh My Glob!”

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Fold Up Finn Stereo Headphones – Rock out with your… wiggly arms out? These sweet fold up headphones have Finn’s image on each ear piece! Also comes in Jake, LSP, and Lady Rainicorn! See, you thought LSP was weird.

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Marceline Comic Pack – Marceline is one butt kicking, axe grinding, rocker of a Vampire Queen. Get the fist issue of her own comic mini series and a 12 inch plush representation of her in this self contained gift box with carry handle. Perfect for the little Scream Queen in your life.

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Finn Head Belt Buckle – Don’t get caught with your pants down this Christmas when your giftee asks for a sweet new belt buckle. Lucky for you this Finn Head belt buckle is readily available for you to present as a present.

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Fionna and Cake Mad Libs – Remember Mad Libs? Who doesn’t? People who don’t know what fun truly is, that’s who. You’ll be dropping nouns and adjectives till the sun comes up when you give this Fionna and Cake (Finn and Jake’s female counter parts) Mad Libs to your Adventure Time obsessed buds.

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Adventure Time Memory Challenge – Here is a perfect way to get to know the ins and outs of the Adventure Time universe with your gift recipient. This edition of the classic game of Memory replaces the classic images of apples and worms with the Adventure Time Crew! After a few rounds you’ll never foolishly get The Lich and the Ice King mixed up again!

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Oh no! A huge shipment just showed up! I’m gonna have to cut this list a little shorter than hoped to process all this new Adventure Time stuff we got in… looks like this Adventure Time gift list might just have a part 2 in the future.

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Troy’s Toys: REVIEW Armored Red Ranger.

Confession time: Even in the midst of the big Power Rangers boon back in the mid-90s, I did not own a single figure that could be described as “Mighty” or “Morphin”. Mostly because I was at that age where it was considered uncool to still be playing with action figures, and that the acceptance of my peers was way more important to me than what I actually liked. Looking back, I was kind of a dumb kid in some ways. Now I’m just a dumb adult in MANY ways. Also they were kinda big, and I was never a fan of oversized action figures.

photo 1Skip ahead 20 years (ugh, I am old) and we find ourselves celebrating the 20 Anniversary of the Power Rangers American debut. What does that mean for the show? I dunno, I think I stopped watching it after the first season. For the toys it means Bandai has released a line of S.H. Figuarts based on the popular live-action show. The line started off with both the White and Green Ranger, as well as the Red Ranger, but what got me to drop $45 on one was the Armored Red Ranger variant, which as you can see comes with the golden armored chest piece, armbands and a Dragon Dagger and holster for said blade.

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It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten my hands on a SH Figuarts, and I’m really pleased with the final product. While the knee, wrist and elbow joints look at little odd at times (well at all times with the knees), the figure seems a little more durable than it’s competition. The sculpt is extremely faithful to the show, and the paint job is great, as the armored pieces are nice and shiny, where as the parts that are supposed to be fabric are “flatter” for lack of a better word. My only issue that the diamonds on the boots on my A.R.R. were not fully filled in with paint, so they look at a little off. I’m also glad Bandai didn’t skimp on the sculpting for the chest and belt, because they look great up close, and it’s impossible for me to hate on any figure that hans a tiny T-Rex slapped on it’s belt.

photo 2(1)photo 3(1)In terms of accessories, The Armored Red Ranger does not disappoint. You get 4 pairs of variant hands which can be swapped out to hold one of the 3 weapons packaged with the figure. Said weapons consist of  a Power Sword, Ranger Stick, and Dragon Dagger, all of which sound like something you’d find in a Sex Shop (Please tell me I’m not the only one who thought that). Much like the figure itself, these weapons are all well sculpted and painted, the sword especially rocking some sick detailing, by which I mean another tiny T-Rex. The weapons fit nice and snug into the Ranger’s hands, although I had some issues fitting the Stick into the white holster and….yo that still looks in an innuendo. #ladies

It’s nice when a figure you were excited for delivers. If you’re a fan of the show, or hell just want a cool piece of nostalgia in Figuarts form like I did, this is the figure for you. It looks great, it’s plenty poseable and the selection of accessories packaged with it is kinda swell too. I just wish it came with some sort of stand like past Figuarts, instead of it being a separate purchase. But still for $45, you’re getting your money’s worth. We have both the Armored and non-armor versions in stock, as well as previously mentioned Green and White Rangers, so if you want ‘em, we got ‘em!

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Troy’s Toys: The one where I realise it’s been awhile

FACT: I HAVE NOT BEEN DOING A GREAT JOB OF KEEPING UP ON THIS PART OF THE BLOG, A DOZEN APOLOGIES! NYCC prep has been crazier than usual.

MTY9633BlgMTY9633AAlgIT HAS BEGUN! Revealed back at San Diego Comic Con this past summer, the first 2 waves of Batman ’66 figures have finally hit our shelves. FINALLY MORE BATMAN FIGURES JOKE GOES HERE! I imagine there’s actually some hype around these toys, as the long beloved TV show still has a huge fanbase, despite the fact that you can’t watch the show in any format due to legal problems. At least in a manner that Fox or Warner profits from. You can however give us cash money for action figures though. Series 1 has Batman, the Riddler and Penguin, and series 2 adds the Jokers and Surf’s Up Batman, complete with Bat-trunks and Bat-surf board. Which is pretty great, at least in my opinion you guys. Mattel, forced to not being able to recycle parts, has done a great job with these sculpts, going as far as to sculpt on a tiny mustache on the Joker’s upper lip and putting slippers over the Riddler’s leotard, both nice nods to the show. And the paint jobs are super sharp, only matching the figures up to their on-screen counterparts even more. At $24 a pop, this probably only appeals to older collectors/ fans of the show, but at least you’re getting your money’s worth. And it’s only beginning, as we’ll be getting a button more Batman ’66 related products in.

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Maybe you’re saying to yourself “Chris, maybe I want some DC toys, but I want them with some questionable designs!” ARE YOU EVER IN LUCK MYSTERIOUS INTERNET PERSON. The first line of the DC Variant Play Art Kai figures are out and man. Just..man.

LOOK AT HOW FRIKKIN HUGE THEIR LEGS ARE!

As someone who’s played his fair share of Japanese video game and  watched a decent amount of the animes, I really don’t get what’s going on here. These are like Amei-Con statues gone rogue, only articulate and packing variant pieces and weapons. LIKE A KATANA, WHY WOULD BATMAN BE PACKING A KATANA, THAT IS A FINE WAY TO KILL PEOPLE, SOMETHING BATS DOES NOT DO. And don’t be fooled by these preview shots, the shoulders on these things are actually awful and bulky on both Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. I’m not sure who’d want to spend $80+ on these, but we have them in stock if you’re someone who is.

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Going to stop talking DC for the day to point out that we also have some new Minimates in stock. There’s a Tomb Raider series, which is pretty great and diverse as hell IMO, a The Wolverine set which is kinda bland, and a new Marvel set featuring Marvel NOW character like Superior Spider-Man and the new Nova. It’s hard to judge these things, as they’re pretty much perfect. Standard figures with fun accessories, some cool, minimal sculpts and a good price point. I’m a big fan of the Tomb Raider game, and these minimates are a nice alternative to the solo Tomb Raider Play Arts we got earlier this year, although the Wolverine set remains a cruel tease to that Legends set we’ve yet to get. BOO URNS!

That’s all for this week! I’ll probably get another bunch of new toy preview/reviews up after NYCC, where I’ll be drunk on news/booze.

 

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Troy’s Toys, Todd’s Turn

I’ll be honest; from time to time, I forget that McFarlane Toy’s are still around. Which is probably due to the fact that I’m not 13 anymore so I don’t give a damn about Spawn, and for the longest time they were making cheap statues trying to pass as action figures. Then I guess some time passed as they made smaller figures and picked up the Halo license and here we are today! I’m going with a McFarlane Toy-theme article today because….well because. Screw logic and/or reasoning.

First up we have the debut line of McFarlane’s Assassin’s Creed line. This is a nice lead in as it’s also something else I stopped caring about. TODAY I AM THE SNARKIEST CHRIS! Too be fair, there’s been a ton of Ass Creed games and toys so I’ve lost count which ones were good and which are bad. But apparently Todd and friends secured the right to make toys based on AC3 and the upcoming Ass Creed 4, so we have some pretty good looking 6″ figures out now. Each figure sports 20 something points of articulation, and a code for downloadable content for AC4 as well as few accessories, so you’re definitely getting your money’s worth, especially when you consider how good they look. Series 1 consists of  Connor, Edward and Haytham Kenway, Benjamin Hornigold and Ratonhnhake:Ton and retail for about $18 a pop.

While I’m fairly certain the company has stopped making Spawn toys, they’ve found a new comics cash cow in Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. And in a genius power move, McFarlane has 2 different series, one based on the super popular television series and another based on the comics. The 4th wave of the TV series isn’t due out until  the fall (not unlike the 4th season-SYNERGY!), but we DO have the 2nd comics series now in stock, so there is still way to give us your cash-monies! The 2nd wave consists of ultra-baddie The Governor, his ZOMBIE DAUGHTER Penny, Glenn and series badass Michonne’s pet zombie Mike. These are $17 a piece, are stupid articulated and come with a butt ton of accessories/variant parts. And if you’re in the mood for something colored like the comics, there’s a black and white Governor & Penny 2-pack  that comes with all sorts of MATURE AUDIENCE ONLY accessories. That one’s a tad more expensive obviously. But hey, they’re 100% more Charles Adlard-accurate, which is dope.

EVERYONE SHUT UP, I JUST REMEMBERED THAT FOOTBALL IS BACK IN A FEW SHORT DAYS! Also McFarlane also makes NFL figures, and they’re very much still very small statues. Some things never change. There’s also the more articulate Playmakers line, but the less said about those, the better. Anywho, this wave has a ton of dudes I’ve drafted in a number of Fantasy leagues- Arian Foster, Robert Griffin the 3rd, Ray Rice, Jordy Nelson, Vernon Davis, Andy Dalton, Peyton Manning and Antonio Brown. If most of those names are foreign to you, I thank you for reading this far. Again, they look like the guys they’re based on, so that’s good. Aside from that, there’s not much worth ‘em unless you’re into football, or into collectible toys which a crazy number of rare variants. They go for $15 a pop.

That’s all for this one. Hopefully I’ll remember the company still exists before another year goes bye, HARF HARF SNARF!

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Troy’s Toy: The One when Marvel makes a come back.

Still no Wolverine Legends, or whatever the crap they’re supposed to be called. I’m hearing September at this point, supposedly comics shops exclusives, so that’s cool. Well it’s only cool if I can snag both Emma Frost and Cyclops. Otherwise it’s the WORST THING EVER.

Remember last week when I was a huge liar and said there’s been a severe lack of new Marvel stuff out there? Hasbro’s gone done called me out by releasing a BUTT TON of new Marvel things. First up, what will ultimately phase out the Marvel Universe line (BOOO!) is the initial wave of Avengers Assemble figures. Based on the new animated series currently airing on Disney XD, the first wave consists of Iron Man (not pictured), Captain America, the Hulk, Falcon, Black Widow and the Red Skull. I bought myself the Black Widow because it’s arguably the best Widow figure to come out in the 3.75″ inch scale. Each of these figures posses somewhere between 12-15 points of articulation, fairly good sculpts and all non-Hulk figures come with S.H.I.E.L.D gear aka, spring loaded weapons that you can aim at your cat when she’s being dumb (yes I’m speaking from experience). I’m really digging the Widow figure, which I’m fairly certain it is re-worked movie Avengers figures with a non-ScarJo looking head sculpt. They’re $15 a pop, and I’m sure the short-packed characters are going to be harder and harder to find with every passing week.

The Marvel Legends line gets a HAWKGUY FIGURE BROS, BRO BRO BRO SERIOUSLY BRO HAWKGUY.  That’s Tracksuit Dracula for Rocket Raccoon line, who’s the build a figure for this wave. Includes is Black Panther, 2 members of the Wrecking Crew (I think Wrecker and Pile Driver, hell if I’m gonna google them), 90s Jim Lee Era Jean Grey, the 2012 Scarlet Spider and Hawkguy….Hawkeye if you’ve ignored my sage-like words to buy the book and am not in on the joke. Note, the variant figures will probably ship in the new few weeks- Pile Drive, Heroic Age Hawkeye, White Phoenix Jean Grey, and Age of Apocalypse Jean Grey. I’m not too crazy on Jean’s face sculpt with the final product, but the rest of the line is fine. Obviously I am a big fan of the Hawkguy, which means he too was bought this week. These figures are more in the 20 point range of articulation, and go for about $25 bucks a pop. I’d grab em as soon as possibly, except maybe for 90s Jean, and hope that the Phoenix version is better. Oh, and the Blade/Punisher figure from last year was re-released, now with a red skull on his chest to mirror his current look in Thunderbolts.

And to complete the Marvel trifecta is a quartet of new Marvel Universe figures. Spider-villains Rhino and Mysterio make their Marvel Universe debut with a pair of sharp figures, and are joined by a iconic take on Captain America, and Elektra, who I also think is making her MU debut. I don’t know, I think to ignore Elektra whenever she’s mentioned. But each of these figures are great, ESPECIALLY Mysterio, with his big dumb fishbowl. Not unlike the AA line, these also are going for $15, and are worth buying immediately because they’re gonna be harder and harder to fine as the series is phased out. And again, MYSTERIO PEOPLE, WHY WOULDN’T YOU WANT TO BUY HIM AND HAVE YOUR SPIDER-MAN/MEN ASSAULT HIM?

Yes I’m aware I have some weird criteria for toys to buy. What of it?

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The week in Troy’s Toys.

Swear to Glob that’s probably the unintentional dirtiest title attached to an article of mine to date.

In case you somehow missed the news yesterday, New York Comic Con 2013 tickets go on sale tomorrow at FPNYC. More info can be found here: http://www.fpusadailyplanet.com/2013/08/09/new-york-comic-con-2013-tickets-on-sale-at-forbidden-planet-nyc-monday-august-12th-at-7pm/

If you’re interested in going, I urge you to get there early, as these things have been selling out everywhere real fast. Also prepare to deal with some sort of line, which is pretty much unavoidable at this point, and is good training for the show itself. NYCC be crowded man.

So let’s take a look at some new toys, yes? If you’ve been keeping up to date on these reviews, you should be aware that I’ve not been particularly kind to the DC Collectibles Injustice 2-packs. There’s a new set available, and man, I’m glad the company’s step up their game, as the new figures are actually quite excellent. There’s 2 sets available,  Superman/Nightwing  & Black Adam/Aquaman and as you can tell by the image attached, the sculpts are really solid. While I know the redesigns are not everyone’s thing, you have to admit the detailing on this figure’s sculpts are nuts, even if the faces are still kind of off. That’s the trade off with dealing with 3.75″ figures. Also worth noting that at least one figure per set comes with accessories, as Nightwing comes back with his fighting sticks and Aquaman comes with a trident. They’re fairly priced at $30 a pop, and I imagine these won’t be around as long, given how popular these character are…despite Aquaman’s presence. (And the traditional Aquman joke has been made, hurray!).

Mattel has also put out some new DC toys, all of various degrees of quality. There’s one of the final Justice League Unlimited 3-packs in stock, featuring Dr. Destiny, Toyman and Firfly, the later 2 available for the first time ever. Stylized and limited in articulation, this a definitely a collector’s only set. Then there’s the newest wave of Batman Unlimited figures. Aside from a New 52 Batman figure that’s been released at least 4 times, there’s a creepy as hell Vampire Batman based on the classic Elseworld stories, as well as the first “Beware the Batman” style figure. Truth be told I’m not that crazy about that Beware figure in a 6″ scale, but that’s a matter of taste, not quality. The Vampire Batman is  horrifying, and I mean that in the best way. It’s nice to see some new sculpts come out of Mattel, even if both of them are Batman-related.

It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a look at anything Marvel related, mostly because it’s been awhile since we’ve gotten anything from Hasbro Marvel-related. Thor 2 doesn’t open until November, Iron Man 3 stuff has been out for, I’ve yet to see Wolverine stuff anywhere, and there’s been nothing from the Universe/Legends lines in months. However there is the Ultimate Spider-Man toy line, which is 100% for kids, and currently in stock. Based on the hit Disney XD cartoon, there’s both 3.75″ and 6″ inch figures, usually packaged with some sort of action accessory. It’s cool to see something aimed at kids, considering most Marvel stuff is aimed at collectors, but it makes them difficult to review from an adult perspective. I’m mean they’re great for kids, and man, we now live in a world where Nova and Iron Fist are now household names. Good on Disney-Marvel right? If you’re interested, we got ‘em in stock, although the pricing is all over the place, because there’s a ton of different types of toys available. Hasbro is definetly looking to get money= get paid with these toys.

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This week in toys: BAT SHOCK

It’s been hella fortnight since we’ve last taken a look at Heroclix-stuff, mostly because Square Enix drops enough product on a weekly basis to that point where I can ignore the tabletop gaming section. However, NECA has released a line based on Bioshock Infinite, one of my favorite video games from the past few months, so now I’m contractually obligated to care. Currently available are single blind-box Clixs, as well as a six Clix starter set with Booker Dewitt, Elizabeth, Daisy Fitzoy, an Automated Stallion, and both a Handyman and a Flakman (ALL OF THE MANS!). The starter set, which retails for about $25, comes with the respected Clix’s character cards, 5 Object token, 1 powers and abilities card, 1 rule book, 2 dice and 2 maps. A solid starter set, at least in my opinion, but I’m not exactly the biggest Heroclixs guy, you YMMV. And if Bioshock Infinite isn’t your thing for some reason, we all have tons of Marvel and DC-based sets and expansions, Gears of Wars Clix, and as mentioned in the past Pacific Rim. NECA is gunning hard for my wallet, and I applaud them for their efforts.

I made that Square Enix joke above for a reason by the way. Once again the company is flooding our shelves with Play Art Kai figures, which I’m sure has nothing to do with all the negative press the new Final Fantasy game has been getting (No it doesn’t but the timing IS funny to me). The Arkham line gets 2 new additions in the form of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and we get our first Dead Space Play Arts figures with DS3 Issac Clarke. As you see from the photo attached, Ivy is SUPER GREEN and SUPER PANTLESS, and I think I have a bigger problem with her given paint color more than I do with her design. The New 52 Harley has soften my stance on her Arkham City counterpart, so I kind of dig it now. Issac….Issac is a busy figure, and I’m still not sure how I feel about the fur collar with armor thing he’s got going on there. My issues aside, the figures are extremely well put together, fairly articulated, and well-stocked in the accessories department: They all come with alternate hands, and Ivy comes with some plant life, Harley with some guns and a baseball bat, and Isaac comes with a Plasma Cutter and a rifle. They run the usual $60-$70 price point, and given the fact that Harley and Ivy are fan favorites, I imagine keeping them on our shelves is a little more difficult than usual.

And big ups to Squenix for releasing 2 different Batman-related lines without actually releasing a Batman figure in either of them (not a dig by the way, I’m being as sincere as I can be when talking about Bat-Merch here). The Dark Knight Joker and Dark Knight Rises Catwoman figures are also in stock, and are probably the best plastic versions of these characters that aren’t Hot Toys releases. Square Enix did a fantastic job of capturing the actor’s likenesses with these collectibles, to the point that it’s almost creepy. Catwoman comes with a variant head, 3 alternate hands and a gun, and the Joker comes packaged with 2 variant heads, a pair of hands, playing cards and a knife.  These are a huge step-up from the previous movie-verse Play Arts, and are a good sign for the upcoming Man of Steel figures dropping later this year.

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Faster, Empire! Strike! Strike! Figures by Silloff Now on Display at Forbidden Planet

Custom action figure artist extraordinaire Sillof was recently commissioned by comedian/actor Pattton Oswalt to create some suh-weeeeeeet toys… and Forbidden Planet has The Russ Meyer-inspired Star Wars mashup line Faster, Empire! Strike! Strike! on display!!!!

Patton Oswalt Siloff Faster Empire Milky Way Falcon

He wanted me to do the re-imagining thing I do but this time rather than an era or genre he wanted me to fuse the line with the wildly fun films of exploitation film maker Russ Meyer, in particular, with the film “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”  He gave me a few ideas  but really left most of it up to my imagination (which is the way I prefer to work).  One catch, because most of Meyers films, 99.9% to be exact,  feature busty females protagonists Patton wanted me to gender flip every character making the characters I would usually make men into woman and vice versa.  He also had a specific vision involving a mini bar and a GTO.

Patton’s a regular at the shop and asked if we wanted to showcase Sillof’s work. Needles to say we graciously accepted the offer.  As Snagglepuss might say, “Jumped at the chance, even.”

Come on by and check out the line, and be sure to visit Sillof’s site for more fantastic custom figures!

Patton Oswalt Siloff commission

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Troy’s Toys 4/27- Oh look, imports!

What is the haps Forbidden Planet Faithful? No time for crappy intro jokes, we got a ton of new stuff to look at, so let’s get to it!

If you’re an avid gamer like me, you probably own a 3DS by now (And if you bought a Vita instead, my condolences). You may also may be a strategy RPG fan, which means you’re probably playing Project X Zone (or SMT IV. Or Fire Emblem Awakening still. I may have not though this through.) For all of you not in the know, PXZ is a cool crossover RPG featuring characters from Capcom, SEGA and Bandai-Namco franchises. Not exactly the deepest SPRG, but fun regardless, at least in my opinion. I mention this because I was looking through our import toys section recently and spotted 2 females from the game in VERY cool action figure form (NOTE: If you’re looking for something a little more Street Fighter, Devil May Cry or Tekken-ish, obviously Square Enix has you covered). From Bandai’s D-Art line is ::: Takes a breathe ::: Alisa Illnichina Amiella from God Eater Burst (Avail on PSN for your PSP/PS Vita), and from Max Factory, Figma T-Elos of Xenosaga fame (Playstation 2. It….took awhile Xenosaga to get quality figures apparently)!

It’s been some time since I’ve last taken a look at any high-end import figures, but not much has changed since. The Figmas are still a little on the fragile side, but T-Elos does comes with the usual insane amount of accessories you’d expect from the line, and still maintains a ridiculous amount of articulation. Plus I’m a big fan of how T-Elos armor came out in the final product, despite there not being much of it. And no complaints in the sculpt or paint department, despite the fan-servicey design. A slight downside is that she’s not strapped like the KOS-MOS Figma, which came with a bad-ass Gattling Gun.  Instead you get a pistol, variant parts and a stand.

Alisa is also guilty of not being the most modest dresser, but she’s a cool figure. Her joints are well hidden, which for a super-poseable figure, is nice. Her design translates well into the 3rd dimension, and I really like how the plaid paint job came out. Also, her hat is removable, which amuses greatly for some reason. She also comes with a HUGE sword, which I’m a fan of. Oh and variant faces, hands, blah blah blah, you know the drill by now. Both these figures go for about $70, which isn’t too bad considering their imports, but they may not your thing. If they are, then I suggest you get here soon, because supplies are limited.

Making a surprise appearance on our shelves is the Chris Nolan take on the Batmobile, the Tumbler  (WAY different from the Batmobile Tumblr btw) from the Revoltech line. You’d think there wouldn’t be much to offer from a vehicle-based Revoltech, but no, it’s actually pretty sweet. This spring loaded badass can transform between modes, open up it’s cockpit so you can place a tiny Batman figure in there and…has a blue flame speed effect. Alright so that last one isn’t that cool, but again, I’m easily amused. There’s also a surprisingly sturdy clear stand packaged with it, so you can make the Batmobile look airborne (with help from the blue flame. Go Flame!). This 5 1/2 long vehicle retails for about $45 which is GREAT for a Revoltech, especially one that probably won’t be in stock for too long.

That’s is for toys this week! Next time we got some new Heroclixs to look out, some classic Sci-Fi figures getting new awesome figures and…..more Batman figures from Square Enix ::: insert multiple profanities here :::

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New Toys: Beaten to the Robo-punch

Whelp! I was going to talk about all the new “Pacific Rim” swag we currently have in at FPNYC, but it seems that Jeff beat me to the punch. In his defense, I probably shouldn’t been focused on the current Steam sale as hard as I’ve been. In my defense, Steam sale. Regardless, go see Pacific Rim, it’s awesome, and worth the 3-D IMAX prices, and then come by the shop and pick up some goodies. Unless you don’t like giant robots, then I don’t want to know you. You should still buy stuff from us though.

But by bringing up NECA and Steam, I CAN discuss some other stuff related to those topics. Since the initial releases sold so well,  both the Team Fortress 2 and Claptrap (Borderlands) figures have been re-released, with a nice new blue paint jobs. How do they stack up you ask? Well they all look great, no doubt about that, posing both great sculpts and great paint jobs. And the TF 2 figures (Demoman and Pyro) are loaded with accessories (Claptrap not so much :/ ), and codes for in-game content for said free-to-pay shooter (again the TF 2 figures only). But articulation for all 3 is limited, a little weird depending on the figure, with locked joints (a NECA staple), and there will be some SERIOUS paint wear if you switch up the poses at lot, at least with the TF2 guys. Still, it’s unlikely Square-Enix  will be making figures based on these guys anytime soon, and they sold well enough to warrant repaints, so you probably want to grab them sooner than later, especially how hard it is to find the Portal 2 and Half-Life figures. They retail for a little over $20 each.

Keeping the unofficial video game theme alive, the 2nd wave of Injustice 2-packs is out from DC Comics. The terribly redesigned Juggaglo Harley Quinn joins the probably slimiest version of Cyborg to date, and a rather well redesign Raven joins the Flash.  Each of these lil buggers clock in at 20 points of articulation, but their quality in terms of sculpt and paint vary, so you may want to compare sets. Something that irks me is that NONE of these 4 come with any accessories, which is kind of beat as series 1 did. They retail for about $30 bucks a pop, about the same price point as 2 Marvel Universe figures. Again, I dig the Flash/Raven set, but you can avoid the other 2 unless you’re a big fan of the characters or a completionist.

But for $10 more, you can pick up a Flash/Vibe 2 pace from the New 52 Justice League line. A smart move, because I can’t see too many people wanting to pick up Vibe by themselves, and it gives any late comers a 2nd chance to pick up the Flash figure. And these suckers go for about $25 single card, so you’re definitely saving some cash. They look MUCH better than their Injustice counterparts, but they’re also not as articulate. It’s kind of an even trade given the fact that you’re getting more for your money in terms of scale….I guess? Martian Manhunter also makes his new 52 figure debut, with a solid sculpt, good paint and mediocre articulation. Again great for fans/completitionists, hard to recommend for anyone else.

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