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Best of 2011: Super late edition part 1

By Chris Troy

My 2012 is off to a brutal start, as the first day of the year started with me having no power in half of my apartment for 4 days, but rebounded when I went down to DC for MAGfest 2012 for another 3. The latter was rad, but explains my absence. NO WORRIES, NOW I’VE RETURNED, I CAN TALK ABOUT TOYS THAT CAME OUT LAST YEAR, SEVERAL OF WHICH YOU CAN STILL PURCHASE AT FPNYC!! So without further delay, my ultimately meaningless list:

Let’s start off with some import goodness shall we? While not the strongest year for Figma as a brand (IMO, people who love them some Madoka may disagree), Max Factory managed to pop out a few rad figures this year, one of them being the Figma based on Evangelion 2.2 ‘s Mari. In a sea of Asuka/Rei merchandise, Mari was a welcomed addition and her Figma, which came with a cockpit and a ton of variant parts and accessories, was great. In addition to that, the Dorothy (of Big O fame) Figma dropped as well, and I am bias as hell towards Big O merch, so that makes the list. Also Robocop, because, well, he’s Robocop; why wouldn’t he, right? 2012 looks solid too, as we’re expected to get a Figma based on Guts from Beserk, as well as Samus Aran of Metroid fame. This is best in life. We still have the Eva girls and Dorothy in stock BTW, as well as several other characters I couldn’t tell you about.

Revoltech had a stellar year, especially if you’re into giant robots. Evas? A ton of them, all of them rad. Zone of the Enders finally got some love, with the release of Jehuty, and more are on the way apparently, which pleases me to no end. A ton of American properties got some love as well, including the likes of Iron Man, War Machine, Optimus Prime, and Bumblebee, rocking their Michael Bay designs. 2012 looks to be full of more giant robots AND more movie stuff, including the likes of Pixar movies NOT named Toy Story. In the words of Achewood‘s Ray Smuckles “That’s alright, coz that’s okay.” And wrapping up the super pose-able import toy trinity is SH Figuarts: which, while delivering awesome Godzilla, Gundam, Dragon Ball Z, Megaman X, and One Piece figures, stole my heart with the release of their Tiger and Bunny line. This line is hot, and I think we had the Tiger and Bunny Figuarts in for like a few hours before they sold out. We do have a nice variety of non-T&B Figuarts still in stock though, so hey, it’s not a complete loss if you come in looking for some. We also got a ton of new Gunpla in this year, including kits from the new series Gundam Age. Continue reading

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Transformers DOTM Nitro Bumblebee Review

By Loran

I’ve managed to be pretty responsible with Transformers Movieverse figures until now. Up until about March this year, I bought one version of each on-screen character and left it at that. Well, after picking up the Hunt for the Decepticons Rescue Ratchet that sort of changed. I figured it was time to update my movie cast; get the definitive versions. Thankfully, Dark of the Moon has been giving me plenty of figures that do just that. Continue reading

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Transformers Human Alliance Jazz Review

By Loran

Like I said the reviews for Icepick and Thunderhead, I couldn’t get into Transformers Human Alliance originally because it was all characters I already had. Buying the same character more than once just bores me unless it’s some super-duper upgrade or something. But one of them caught my eye; probably because of how lame his Deluxe figure was. That figure was Jazz. The moment I set eyes on him, I knew I had to have him, because well, we still haven’t gotten a good Deluxe of him and I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Does the Human Alliance figure make a decent substitute? You’re damn right he does, scale be damned.

Ah, licensed alt-modes, how I love thee. I like it when my Transformers turn into actually things, branding and all. The Pontiac Solstice was an odd choice for Jazz, but it’s a nice looking car. I was initially turned off by the silver when his first figures came out and tried to pursue the G1 colored version, but when I never found it, I just settled for the Premium. Like the other HA cars, he has opening doors and a detailed-enough interior. Unfortunately some of the panels have a bit of a hard time staying together in this mode. Continue reading

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The New Additions to the Dark of the Moon Family

by Loran

It’s almost time, dear readers. The new Transformers film, “Dark of the Moon” makes its debut in North American theaters on July 1st. But what would the movie be without the toys? Yep, those are even closer, with a street date of May 16th. Many retailers have actually broken the street dates, throwing the toys on the shelves a few weeks ahead of schedule. I can’t quite say I’ve been all that lucky, though. I guess people in Massachusetts really adhere to what they read on the box. Ah well, not that it matters. It’s almost tiiiime!

Now, I wanted to take a look at the two new types of Transformers toys we’ll be seeing with the new movie: The Cyberverse Action Series and the Human Alliance Basics, two sublines that build on concepts started by the previous movies and beyond. Continue reading

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Reveal the Shield Bumblebee Review

By Loran

Love him or hate him, ever since he became a big movie start with the 2007 movie, Bumblebee’s back to being a huge part of Transformers lore. It’s a good thing, too, because Hot Shot was starting to get kind of annoying outside of being a meme generator. I was never really the biggest fan of Bumblebee (I had the G2 Hubcap as a kid), but hey, the kids love him, and that’s good for business, even if it does leave us with a slew of pointless redecos and remolds. Being yet another seemingly superfluous subline, Reveal the Shield naturally got a new Bumblebee!

This figure uses the same mold as the 2006 Classics Bumblebee, transforming into a cute little PT Cruiser-looking car. Yes, it’s not a Bug, and no, it doesn’t really matter at all to me. I like this vehicle mode for Bumblebee. It’s cute, quaint, and fitting. Continue reading

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Tuesday Toys 2/2/10

Select toys uploaded to forbiddenplanetusa.com today…

Battlestar Galactica Tigh & Gaeta 2-pack

TighGaeta2pkAccessories included:  sidearms, Dradis display, clipboard, and, of course… HOOCH!

Transformers Revenge of the Fallen N.E.S.T. Battlefield Bumblebee & Infiltration Soundwave 2pk.

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Classic Monster Funko Force figures:

Dracula

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Werewolf

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Creature from the Black Lagoon

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and Frankenstein.

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Fantastic?  Yes. But where’s the frggin mummy????

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