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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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SH Figuarts Red Hawk Review

“Well, I wasn’t going to buy this, but now I guess I should…”

Those are the famous last words of many toy collectors.

Earlier this season, we saw the premier of Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger Season 2. A new season of Akibaranger means new Super Sentai Figuarts, hell yeah! This year, we’re seeing new figuarts from Dairanger, Zyuranger, Hurricanger, and who knows what else. But the first episode of Akibaranger Season 2 also showed us full teams for Dekaranger, Jetman, and Boukenger. Dekaranger’s main team has already been released, with Boukenger getting figuarts for Black and Blue in the fall. Could this mean that the rest of the Jetman team isn’t far behind? Let’s hope so!

I know I’ve picked up and reviewed Black Condor already, but I figured I’d take a shot at reviewing his leader, mostly because some of my feelings about him are different. I should also point out that the version I have here is his American release, which means he unfortunately lacks his accessory for the Akibarangers. This is something I actually wouldn’t mind, were it not for the fact that I’m actually interested in that series now. It’s just so adorable, fun, and addicting. It’s a shame the Figuarts don’t have an official US release through Bluefin. I’m honestly not sure why…

So my main differences in opinion between Red Hawk and Black Condor are mostly in regards to the color scheme. Black Condor looked incredibly fancy in his black/white/yellow color scheme, in a great contrast to most Sentai Blacks. With Red Hawk, there is just something about the mix of red and yellow that just looks amazing. I guess there’s just something about that Sentai Red.

Everything I said regarding the toy’s design and structure from the Black Condor review holds true here. The articulation is great (and thankfully, this one doesn’t have a messed up shoulder socket). He is pretty much the same level of quality I’ve come to expect from the Super Sentai Figuarts, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. All of them thus far have been great (save for the Gokaigers, who are all AMAZING), but they always have some niggling little problem. The Jetmen are all saddled with those awkward holsters that don’t stay on and just get in the way. It’s unfortunate, mostly because it’s an issue of design rather than of execution.

All of his weapons and accessories are just as good here as they were with Black Condor. This time I was smart enough to take pictures without the gun or sword in the holsters when filming the combined blaster. It’s a shame he doesn’t have any unique weapons. I guess individual weapons weren’t that common before Zyuranger, but my knowledge of pre-1990 Super Sentai is kind of limited.

Regardless of what color you fancy, the Jetman Figuarts mold is excellent, despite some little flaws. I’m hoping we see the rest of the team in Figuart form before the end of the year, and I hope even more that we’re able to get them stateside. Remember to check FPNYC for your own Red Hawk!

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SH Figuarts Black Condor Review

Okay, okay, I’ll admit, I haven’t seen Jetman yet! I don’t have an excuse really; everybody (“YOU MEAN NERDS!”-Chris) considers it to be one of the best Sentai series of the 1990’s. Still, I’ve always been a fan of the costumes from the series (they’re probably some of my all-time favorites!) and I’ve always wanted a nice figure of one of the girls. Since we probably won’t get one of those, I opted for Black Condor instead. For those of you that have seen Gokaiger, you’ll understand my reasoning. When I first heard he was getting a Figuart along with Red Hawk, you can guarantee he was on my list.

Now, unfortunately, Black Condor was a Tamashii Web exclusive in Japan, and a very limited Amazon release in the US. However, I’m reviewing him because from an accessory standpoint, he is identical to the domestic release of Red Hawk, with the colors and helmet shape being the only thing that differentiates them. This is part of the reason why I’m probably only going for him, unless they release Figuarts of the Jetman girls. They’re all basically the same toy, and I’m really not going to go out of my way to buy the same toy in different colors five or six times. If they didn’t make the “less important” ones webshop exclusives all the time, things would be more reasonable…

Black Condor has a very lean frame, similar to the other Sentai Figuarts we’ve seen recently. His helmet is actually painted in a different type of paint than the main body; it’s glossier. Some people found this to be a turn off but I quite like it—the helmet is obviously made out of a different material than the rest of the suit, so it only makes sense that it would be different.

His articulation is quite good, but I’m kinda worried about the connections on the shoulders. Mine feel incredibly tight, and I’m constantly afraid I’m going to break them. I might have to go inside and loosen some screws.

…which is actually quite easy, thanks to his wings! His back plate swaps out to place the wings in, and they look pretty cool. Unfortunately I can’t pose him properly with them due to my lack of a Tamashii Stage…

Another well-designed accessory is the Wing Gauntlet which, instead of being a finicky accessory you swap out in his hands, has a hand molded into it! It can still be a pain to get in and out, but it’s much easier than sticking it in a hand.

One thing that didn’t fare too well was his holsters. While the one for the sword is fine, the one for the gun barely stays in place. Additionally, they’re very clunky and kind of get in the way.

The Bringer Sword itself is rather nice, however, and both combinations of the Bird Blaster look and feel great.

The assortment of hands is great, too, with ones for all purposes. My favorites are the hands for the fighting pose, which, let’s be honest, just look like he’s making air quotes.

Overall, Black Condor is an excellent figure. While I doubt FPNYC will be able to get this figure in stock, his mold-mate Red Hawk is a definite, and in spite of some small problems, he comes highly recommended to any Sentai fan or even a general Figuarts collector.

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SH Figuarts Kamen OOO TaJaDol Form Review

By Loran

Ah Kamen Rider OOO… how I hated you when I first saw you.

Maybe it was just coming off the elegant simplicity of Double/W, but OOO’s design just rubbed me the wrong way. The colors just seemed gaudy, and I wasn’t really sure how they were going to be used in the show. Thankfully, the toys focus on the single-color forms, which was okay with me. At first I only went for the few that I really liked (SaGoZo, ShaUTa, and PuToTyra), but after I won TaToBa in a giveaway, I figured, “Oh, why not, I guess I’ll just grab them all”. And thus, I did. I haven’t even watched the show yet!

TaJaDol is essentially OOO’s mid-series upgrade, using all bird themes. I was really mixed on it at first. While I loved the design, early pictures made the color scheme of the head look almost washed-out, which turned me off of it. It didn’t look as good as it did in the show. Having it in-hand alleviated most of my problems, though, and I’m glad I got him.

The standard body for the OOO Figuarts is used, and it’s much more effective here than some of the earlier attempts. TaToBa, GataKiriBa, and RaToraTa all felt flimsy, but things started to pick up with SaGoZo. I guess it took Bandai a bit to get used to the idea of all-plastic Figuarts. While I’ll miss the diecast, later figures in the OOO line don’t feel that hurt by it.

TaJaDol’s paint applications are slick and clean. The metallic red looks amazing and offers a great contrast to the other OOO forms. He stands out very brightly compared to his companions. As far as just color schemes are concerned, TaJaDol looks the best.

As I mentioned before I was initially turned off of this figure because of the head. The final product looks fantastic, with a clear red screen going over the face itself. I guess it just didn’t translate well in the early pictures. Now I wish I’d gotten to see him in-person a lot earlier, otherwise I probably would’ve bought him upon his first release!

Now of course, we come to the elephant in the room: the accessories. He comes with your average hand assortment for a Rider Figuart: Open hands, closed fists, and two sets of “grabby” hands; the great Taja Spinner accessory, and that same stupid sword almost every OOO Figuart has. But then we get to the big problem: His wings, or lack thereof! Yep, the item that makes him stand out isn’t included with the produced figure. Maybe it had something to do with tooling budgets, but it’s annoying all the same.

You can buy the wings and the talons, but unfortunately for us, they’re Tamashii Webshop Exclusives. So unless you have a reliable middleman, you’re out of luck. Thankfully, they’re getting a second issue early next year. I imagine they were a popular enough accessory to justify this, seeing as it’s very rare to see webshop exclusives get a second run.

I’d dare say out of all the OOO Figuarts, TaJaDol is one of my favorites, if not my #1. He’s a very solid figure and doesn’t run into the problems the first few had, but also doesn’t have any extraneous body parts that get in the way of articulation. His only real drawback is the lack of wings, which can be fixed, but at a high cost. Still, if you like what you see, come down and get yours from FPNYC!

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