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Star Wars The Ultimate Action Figure Guide At Least for Now

Star Wars collectors!!! The only truly indispensable archive of action figures from a galaxy far, far away is in stock NOW! World famous SW expert Stephen Sansweet (author of more than a few of my fave pictorial books on the subject) returns to exhaustive reference books with this gorgeous tome…

Stephen Sansweet Actrion Figure collection

Pretty sweeeeeeeeet.  It’ll be outta date faster than you can say “BoShek is a nerf herder,” but it’s highly recommended nonetheless.  You can find this in-store and online.

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Pursuit of Cobra Snake Eyes Review

By Loran

Snake Eyes is quite possibly the most overused character in G.I. Joe. Over the past 30 years the guy has gotten over fifty figures. It’s not without good reason, though. His image is rather iconic as far as 3 ¾” Joes go, but not quite as much as Cobra Commander. He’s often considered the Wolverine of G.I. Joe, since he started off as a side-character that pretty much became a main character with all sorts of stories revolving around him. Sure, Snake Eyes’ backstory makes much more sense than Wolverine, but it’s still a central part of almost every continuity. I’m pretty sure every Joe fan has at least five figures of the guy.

And there’s a damn good reason for it. Continue reading

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Review: Pursuit of Cobra Ripcord

By Loran

Sometimes, toys get canceled. In some cases, it can be a mercy killing. Other times, though, it’s really sad to see that awesome toy we wanted get the axe. But in some rare cases, like almost every Pursuit of Cobra figure, that awesome figure does make it out, but with some changes. It’s been a mixed bag so far, with the Duke figure looking much more like a true Duke, while some like Destro look kind of boring without the movie likeness. But there’s one in the line that’s getting released as a new character, and right here, I have the unreleased base figure we’ll be seeing soon as Pursuit of Cobra Skydive: Ripcord.

There’s nothing I can say about the character of Movie Ripcord that hasn’t been said, but one thing that bugged me about the Rise of Cobra line was a proper paratrooper outfit for him. Thankfully, the Pursuit of Cobra line was scheduled to have one… and then it got cancelled. Myself and many others were able to get a hold of a pre-production sample to fill that slot. Was he worth it? Let’s take a look…

Underneath all of his gear, you have your typical modern-era Joe. Like the Jungle Strike Duke figure, he uses the standard Reactive Impact Armor torso, which is fine by me. Besides, it’s not like it’s gonna be visible too often, right? His head is the regular Marlon Wayans Ripcord head, which looks much better unpainted than painted…

His arms are nice and puffy, previewing the look with the rest of the gear on and don’t look too awkward without it. His legs remind me of the Tiger Force colors, and on his boot is a very nice working holster. Really, I don’t think you see these often enough. The pistol even looks like a new sculpt, to boot.

But now we move to his gear. Holy crap, look at all of this stuff! It’s amazing that Hasbro can include this much stuff with a 3 ¾” figure and keep it at the $7-$8 pricepoint. Bandai USA can’t even give us good articulation at that price!

Getting all of this stuff on him is kind of annoying, just because of how much of it there is! When it’s all on, though, you’ve got one awesome paratrooper of the future. So many pouches! So many cables! So many things I don’t know what they are! So much STUFF THAT REALLY LIKES TO POP OFF. Yeah, if I have one complaint about this guy, it’s how easily stuff comes loose. While typing the review I misplaced one of the cables for the helmet. D’oh.

Of course, his poseability is REALLY hindered by the sheer amount of… stuff strapped to him, but that shouldn’t come as any surprise. Like the Para-Viper from 25th Anniversary line, he’s a display piece. And what a display piece he is. I’m hoping to get two Skydives when they come out to make his escorts. Gotta have some grunts, right?

He also has a spring-loaded backpack akin to the ones also from Rise of Cobra and Resolute. The painted detail on this is awesome, even if the design is rather questionable. Really, I think even with his helmet on those missiles would cause Rip here to go deaf, or at least singe his flightsuit…

Unfortunately, all the other accessories kind of killed his gun budget, as he only got saddled with the standard-issue Rise of Cobra machine gun. It’s a nice gun, don’t get me wrong, but it’s kind of overdone, and I have more of these than I need…

Ripcord here is one AWESOME figure. It’s a shame he got canceled, but if we’re talking colors, Skydive wins, generic head aside. I’d say this mold is awesome enough to be bought regardless of what colors or character he is. When Skydive hits our shelves, you’d better be first in line to get him!

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Collecting Comic Figures part 1-DC Comics

By Christopher Troy

Greetings FPNYC faithful. It’s a new week, so it’s time for my weekly review, and this week’s feature focuses on a topic near and dear to my heart: Action Figures and collectibles based on the 2 biggest super hero publishers in the US- Marvel and DC. Assuming you read the title, you already know that this weeks focus will be on the universe that’s home to Batman, Superman, the JLA, as well a bunch of heroes and villains the average person probably isn’t familiar if they’ve only watched DC based movies and animated projects. Familiar or not, this article was written to help you figure out what figure lines are and aren’t worth your time and money. Let’s begin shall we?

Line: DC Direct/DC Unlimited

Price: Standard figures usually cost around $15-$20, deluxe figures vary in price.

Description: DC Direct started in the 90s, and was usually a toy line created for DC’s non-Superman/Batman proprieties, as well as imprints like Wildstorm and Vertigo. Eventually, the in-house line got the rights to make proper figures on the core-DCU characters, and that’s resulted in no less than a dozen Batman/Superman figures a year. DC Unlimited usually deals with non-DC own properties, mostly video games like World of Warcraft, Ratchet and Clank, Resistance, and soon Bioware RPGs like Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2.

Pros: Diversity. In the image from the right, you’ll see Captain Marvel (Batman/Superman: Public Enemies), John Constaine (of Hellblazer fame), The Comedian (The Watchmen movie) Blue Beetle III (1st appearances) and Super-Lois (All-Star Superman), something you would never see on the shelves on Wallmart. Since the majority of these lines only appear in comic shops, you get a whole bunch of different and obscure character most of the time, based on certain artists or story arcs. Also the $15-20 price point is pretty solid.

Cons: I wasn’t joking when I said 20-30 Batman/Figures a year. Also, while the articulation is okay, it’s limited, especially compared to the smaller and cheaper DCU classic lines. Continue reading

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Loran’s Otakon Adventure part 2: The Competition

by Loran
Otakon 2010 came and went, and it was a decent year, to say the least. Not as good as previous years, but passable, nonetheless. Of course, what I’m here to talk about is the model contest, and thanks to the presence of the BAKUC prelims, it was one of the biggest I’d ever seen. Unfortunately I couldn’t get any pictures of the entire table on Saturday thanks to some a-hole pulling the fire alarm. It went off RIGHT as my friend and I were checking on the progress of the judging. Arg.

There were about 30 entries this year across all categories, but only a handful were entered in BAKUC. Prizes were given across many different categories, including Best Small Scale, Best Large Scale, Best Diorama, Best Figure, Best General Mecha, and Best in Show. Both Best Large Scale and Best in Show went to our very own Monty, who wrote a review on the HGUC Unicorn Gundam kit earlier this year. He won for his awesomely-done Char’s Gelgoog, and his prize for Best in Show was a Perfect Grade Titans MK. II! He also won the local BAKUC competition and got a Master Grade Full Armor Gundam for that. The look on his face when they pulled out the Perfect Grade was priceless. Of course, he was in the masquerade, so I had to drag all of his stuff back to our hotel room, along with my prizes.

Oh yeah, I didn’t mention that-my GM Sniper, which I covered here a few months back, won best small scale! It also placed second in the World Championship preliminaries for BAKUC, and my Hi-Nu Gundam placed second in the 1/144 category for the US championship! I didn’t get any prizes for the BAKUC stuff, but I won two SD kits for the Otakon competition (Monty got one as well, which he later gave me cuz he didn’t want it-oh well, his loss!).

It was nice to enter the contest again. The real fun came from getting to chat with other modelers, exchange tips and other random comments. It’s not the kind of thing you get to do much anymore, mostly due to how inactive the Gunpla community has become since 2002.

I’m a little upset that my white Gelgoog-a restoration job made from two kits-didn’t place in any category. Which I find kinda ironic, mostly-as sort of an in-joke from ’08 I made my badge name “Gelgoog Builder”, and I didn’t even enter the winning Gelgoog! Whoops.
It turns out that BAKUC had been looking to do preliminaries are a few other cons before the year is out. I’m hoping to get them to come to New York Anime Festival/New York Comic Con in October. This will give us a second chance to compete, and hopefully bring in more of the local crowd. I’ve come to notice that comic conventions tend to draw in more Gundam fans than anime cons do. Fancy that. Regardless, if this ends up working out, I hope to see some of you there. If not, myself and some of the other contributors will be hosting a panel at the con sometime that weekend. We hope to see you there.

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