Toy Review- Super7 Masters of the Universe Classics Collector’s Choice Wave 2

After a bumpy start, Super7’s Masters of the Universe Classics lines saw their first waves released earlier this year.  This time,  they promised the second wave by late August/early September.  They kept that promise, mostly as wave 2 of both Club Grayskull and Collector’s Choice started shipping the second week in September.  I had ordered Collector’s Choice wave 2 solely on the figure based on Karg from the live action He-Man movie from 1987.  Lets take a look at all of the figures in the set.

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L-R: Dylamug. Karg, Wrap-Trap, and Granita

Wave 2 consists of four figures from various parts of the Masters of the Universe line’s history.  From the aforementioned live action movie (Karg) to characters from the various cartoons (Dylamug and Granita) to unproduced characters finally seeing the light of day (Wrap-Trap), the Collector’s Choice line pulls from various sources  Let’s look at each figure.

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The first figure is a member of the Horde, Dylamug.  He checks off two categories that this line pulls from: unproduced figures from the original line and secondary characters from the Filmation cartoons.  Dyalmug was a planned character who never go out of the development stage.  He was used, however, as a character in the She-Ra cartoon.  Dylamug appeared working with the Horde for three episodes of the original series.

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The Dylamug figure is an entirely new sculpt as there have not been any characters like this produced before.  He main feature is his large face that is in his chest.  The eyes and mouth are on dials so you can rotate them to get his face in various expressions (dial a mug!) He has ball joints at the shoulders, allowing for a range of movement hindered a bit by the wire that runs from his shoulder to his arm.  His elbows can bend over 90 degrees and his legs can move forward and backwards at the hip.  There are no knee joints but they do rotate at the thigh cut and his ankles can move up and down and pivot.

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You can move the dials in his mug to get different expressions.

For accessories, he comes with three Horde crests which go on his forehead.  The first two are cartoon accurate with one being his normal crest and the other representing shooting a laser blast from the crest.  The third is a toy line accurate crest, so he can fit in with the rest of the Classic line Horde figures.

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Next we got Karg.  Karg is a character from the 1987 live action Masters of the Universe movie.  He was a gruesome, yet well-spoken lackey of Skeletor that was introduced in the movie in lieu of more recognizable characters.  He never has a figure in any of the previous line and there has been some interest in seeing characters from the movie get a figure.  So Karg here joins Blade, Sauroid and Gwildor as the only MOTU movie characters to get a figure.

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In hand, Karg is a nice, solid figure.  His suit in the movie was black though and there wasn’t any red on his cape, but overall they go his look down nicely. There could be many reasons for the colour change, but I think it allows the Four Horsemen (the team that sculpts/designs these figures) to show more detail.  His skin is  a sickly green here instead of pale as in the movie (maybe for him, it’s a healthy green as the pale look didn’t look healthy either) and his hair is a darker shade of blonde.  According to Wiki Grayskull (here), this is based on his look in the comic book adaptation of the movie by Star/Marvel Comics.)  He looks nice and even has the hook hand as in the movie.  But, honestly the movie was so long ago and I’m just glad we have a figure of this guy.

Articulation-wise, he is like most other male Classics figure.  The head, while on a ball joint, moves left and right al the way around, but on a bit up and down due to the hair.  The ball-jointed shoulders ge ut a good range of motion even with the rubber pauldron on his shoulders.  His elbows bend 90 degrees, his wrist rotate and has the newer joint to move left or right.  Legs can go forward and back, out and in, knees bed to a right angle, there is a boot cut to allow some rotation, and the ankle can move up and down but no ankle pivot!

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For accessories, he has two (the hook, which is non removable, does not count.)  He comes with a blaster and a knife, which is assume is a laser knife as the blade is blue.

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Next is Granita, the sole female in this wave.  Granita is a female from the Rock Person race, the same as Stonedar and Rokkon.  While Stonedar and Rokkon were in the original toy line, Granita was not, only appearing in a couple of episodes of the She-Ra cartoon along with the other two.

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Granita looks like she did in the episodes of She-Ra that the Rock People were in.  Her red and pink suit, gold belt, blue skin and green hair are straight from the Filmation designs.  Her articulation is similar to the Hawke figures from the last wave but much more tighter.  Her head is on a ball joint, but her hair doesn’t allow for much movement .  Her arms are the same as Hawke, down to the newer wrist joints.  She has a joint below the breasts in lieu of a waist swivel ,again like Hawke.  Her hip, knee and ankle joints are the same too, complete with ankle pivot.  The right arm swivel on mine a bit looser than I’d like, but definitely a tighter figure than Hawke.

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Accessory-wise, she comes with rock armour to complete her look.  The pieces snap or peg onto her back, arms and legs to make her looks like the other rock people figures.  The pieces stay on pretty good and can actually help to stand your figure better.  She also comes with a laser gun similar to Stonedar and Rokkon.  Like the Classics versions of those figures, you can have her hold it in her hand or plug it into her belt.

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Belt guns are all the rage in Etheria this year.
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Granita comes with rock armour and this extra piece.

The original Stonedar and Rokkon figures were designed to be able to change into rocks (because in the mid 1980’s the most popular things were toys that change and rocks) and the Classic version included pieces to mimic this.  Granita is no exception.  With all her rock armour on, you take this extra piece and bend the figure over to get… a rock.

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Thrilling.

The 1980’s were a simpler time, that’s for sure.

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Lastly, we have Wrap-Trap.  Also known online as Fear-Ro or the much simpler Horde Mummy, Wrap-Trap was an unproduced figure from the original toy line.  Over the years, He-Man fandom have comes across the original concept art for this character and at last, he see an official release.

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Seemingly a mostly new sculpt, Wrap-Trap  has off-white mummy wrapping over a light green skin and red eyes.  His Horde harness is sculpted on, which might disappoint some.  His articulation is nice and tight and are not hindered much by the sculpted  He does have the newer wrist articulation and, unlike Karg, he  has ankle pivot joints.  He is a fierce-looking mummy.

He has two accessories.  First is a scimitar, done to look old and worn.  The blade is a dull, metallic grey and tha handle is gold.  Next we have Wrap-Trap’s crossbow.  Crossbows are a thing in the Horde and every humanoid Horde member has got one.  Wrap-Trap’s has an Egyptian feel to it with the gold and metallic blue, winged beetle motif.  Say what you will about the Horde, but, at least with the crossbows, they allow you to be you.

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For the best of the wave, i will have to go with Dylamug.  I was all set to really like Karg, and I do, but Dyalmug, a character that I wasn’t so thrilled about when he was announced, impressed me with how well it was made.  His action feature works well and it can stand on his own.  There is not really a dud amongst these figures, either.  Granita make be the weakest, but the design and look of the figure is good and the accessories included just to make her be able to turn into a rock shows how Super7 and the Four Horsemen are dedicated to give us figures we’ll like

So, that was wave 2 of the Masters of the Universe Classics Collector’s Choice.  These figures have been anticipated  since last fall, and, with all of the wait we had for wave 1, I am glad we only had to wait six months from actually ordering them. (unless you one of those you ordered even before the first wave oc Collector’s Choice or Club Eternia., then, over a year…)  While the wave three of Club Grayskull was revealed back in July, we have yet to see the next iteration of this subscription.  I hope that changes next week as Super 7 will be at New York Comic Con.  Depending on who they are offering, I might go with the Filmation line as it would be the only way to get a Fisto without paying $200 for a loose figure.

Masters of the Universe Classics Collector’s Choice Wave 2 was purchased from http://www.Super7.com as a preorder.  They are no longer available on that site, but could be found on at websites like Big Bad Toy Store or on eBay.  Check back with Super7 website in the near future for more information on the next round of preorders.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have no affiliation with Mattel, Super 7 or any other website mentioned.  These items were purchased by me with my own money. I have not received any payment for this review. All opinions are mine and any pictures taken are for review purposes only.

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“And I thought She Ra was a pain in the disk drive!”

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Toy Review- Super7 Masters of the Universe Classics Collector’s Choice Wave 1

 

 

Super7 is a company out of San Francisco, California that specializes in pop culture products.  They are most famous for producing merchandise based on licensed items like Aliens, Street Fighter, Universal Monster and more.  They have recently obtained the license for Masters of the Universe from Mattel, producing new figures in the original 5″ style, as well as reimagined “retro” figures in the lines of classic Kenner-style 3 3/4″ figures (i.e. the original Star Wars figures) from the 70s and 80s.  They haven’t been the only company churning out new He-Man figures in the past 9 years, though.

In 2009, Mattel (the company that owns the Masters of the Universe characters) started to sell figures based on the classic Masters of the Universe characters through a subscription on its website, mattycollector.com.  Their goal was to release a updated version of all the classic MOTU toys by the end of the line’s run.  They preceded to do so, pacing them out over 6 years, interspersed with characters from other related media as well as some new characters or some based on unused concept art.  The line officially came to an end in 2015,but it continued as two separate lines; Collector’s Choice, continuing the Classics line with characters from outside the original toy line; and Club Grayskull, releasing new versions of classic characters, but done to closely resemble their look in the original Filmation cartoon.  Both lines had six figures in the initial run but shortly before San Diego Comic Con 2016 (where upcoming figures were usually showcased) Mattel announced it was closing down Mattycollector and awarding the license to produce Master of the Universe Classics lines to Super7.

That was in 2016 and fans of the line waited to see what Super7 was going to offer them. First, Super7 produced a line called Masters of the Universe Classics Ultimates, which were re-releases of some of the older figures, but with additional weapons and alternate heads that were added as bonuses with other figures or with alternate versions of the same character during the original run.  These were released in 2017, with fans liking them for the most part, but there were some concerns with the plastic being too hard or issues swapping the heads.  There were also some Power Con convention exclusives (three repaints, three new characters) that suffered alternately from stiff  or loose joints.  Then they offered the new wave of Collector’s Choice and Club Grayskull figures in May of last year.  The original delivery day was Sept of 2017, then November, then the new year.  Quality control issues cropped up and Super7 was determined to release the best version of the characters they could.  Finally, they shipped in Feb 18 and I got a set of the Collector’s Choice (because I prefer the Classics design than the less detailed Filmation look.)IMG_1879

Super7 first set of The Collector’s Choice line consists of four figures.  Unlike the Mattycollecter subscription mode, in which you commit to 13 or so figures while only seeing the first three, Super7 was upfront on the four figures being offered.  The packaging is the same as the original Classic line, with the yellow sky and green/grey bricks decoration the packaging.  This is so they can fit in with the collection of those who keep them mint or card (not my style).  The back is similar to those of the original Classics line, with cross sell art showing the characters from this set as well as the four from Club Grayskull.  Unlike the other Classic lines, there is some new art on the side of the card, showing the packages figure.  It also has a bio card (missing from the Collector’s Choice wave from Mattel.)  Depending on your own “head canon,” or if you only go with what was written in official publications or cartoons, you might enjoy these bios or dismiss them.  There is nothing too shocking that hasn’t been mentioned before, like Man-At-Arms turning into a Snakeman or the Unnamed One, the big bad behind the Snakemen, being a evil sorcerer from Orko’s race (all in previous bios/mini-comics)

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Both “facts” mentioned above are in Fang-Or’s bio.

Now lets look at the figures:  First up is Hawke

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Hawke is an Avionian, a race of flying Simian led by her brother and Heroic Warrior Stratos.  Obviously, Hawke got the looks in the family because she is less “ape-y” than her brother, and I guess all female Avonians are like this (that’s a helmet on her head apparently.)  She is based on her Filmation appearance as Stratos was the only Avonian in the original toy line.  She also appeared in the 2002 version and, despite a different character design, also appeared more like a normal woman than her brother.

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The figure articulation is fairly typical of figures in this size and is mostly the same on all female figures in this line.  The head is on a ball joint allowing standard movement and is removable (more on that later).  The shoulder joins are also on ball joints and can move up  and down and up to the sides.  The elbow is a single joint with about a 90 degree bend and the wrist rotate and can bend in and out, with is a new feature seem mostly on the Club Grayskull figures.  Legs are ball jointed at the hips, there is a boot cut swivel at the top of her boots, the knee are single jointed and the ankles can bend and has some pivot.  The only different joint is the torso swivel  mid chest underneath her breasts.  Most female figures have the torso cut at the waist.  The joints on my figure were good, with none of them being too tight or loose.IMG_1885

She comes with three accessories:  A sword (as seem in the picture of Hawke above), a rather large gun (a smoke screen gun, probably from the cartoon) and an extra blonde head,  This head belongs to Delora, Stratos wife (though some sources say sister.  Maybe it’s both?).  People with the forethought (and extra cash) to order two of her could have two separate characters to display, if they choose to.  Both heads are pretty much the same, with the hair color being the only difference.

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Next up is a character from one of the original pack in mini-comics, Lodar

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In the story titled “Slave City”, Lodar was the ruthless leader of an army of Kolbolds that capture people and brought back to their underground city.  He-Man was captured by them and forced to fight in the arena, but overcame his opponent then took on Lodar himself.  Lodar stood toe to toe with He-Man exchanging blows but also cast magic blasts which He-Man turned back on him.  Lodar was one of many characters featured in the mini-comics that never got a figure.

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Lodar is made from the standard figure buck seen throughout the line.  The head is new as is the chest piece, but with Beast-Man’s arm pads converted into shoulder pads. The rest of him is reused molds but they recreate his look from the comic nicely.  His main weapon is a back mace, see before in the weapons included with Castle Grayskull (but in silver).  Articulation is similar to Hawke, but with an ab crunch and waist swivel.  He also has the extra wrist articulation.

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His other accessory is a set of chains.  This enables you to recreate scenes from the story and have Lodar have He-Man chained up.

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Like so.

The third figures is this guy, Quakke

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Hailing from the often forgotten 1989-1990 The New Adventures of He-Man cartoon and toy line, Quakke is a member of the Evil Mutants, a faction led by Skeletor trying to conquer known space and take over the planet Primus, protected by He-Man and the Galactic Protectors.  Yes, it is He-Man in space..  Quakke uses his “Grabatron Meteormace” (I can’t make this stuff up) to create tremors to defeat his opponents.

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The figure’s design is faithful to the design of his original figure (from what I’ve see on Google) and has a futuristic look to it.  He is different from the usual barbarian look of most figures, but remember, even the original toys has futuristic vehicles and characters like Roboto.  His armour has a lot of wire sculpted into it with a seismograph screen built in.  His helmet is cracked and it look like even his face is slightly lopsided like the helmet.  His articulation is standard, with his ab crunch hindered by the armour overtop of it.  He also lacks the extra wrist articulation, which would have been handy for holding his oversized weapon.

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His Grabatron Metoermace is his only weapon but it comes in two parts.  The first part is his staff, with is a gun metal grey and fits in his right hand with the top part resting in the palm of his left hand.  The other part is a meteor itself, which fits in (and easily pops out) of the grabbing part of the staff.  The meteor even splits open, revealing  a mechanical interior.

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Lastly, we have the newest character in this set, the Snakeman, Fang-Or.

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Appearing as a background character in a large battle scene in one of the more recent mini-comics produced for the Classics line, Fang-Or is the Snakemen’s mechanical expert.  Apparently he was able to learn quickly under the tutelage of the transformed Man-At Arms.  He is a well designed figure with  new armour and belt pieces on a Snakeman body.  The Head is a gruesome sight, with his mouth wide open and his pointy fangs on display. HIs extra head features retracted fangs.  His articulation is in line with what we’ve seen, but his armour does not hinder his ab crunch, but he lacks the extra wrist joint.

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He has a few accessories that are all well done.  He has a wicked looking sword, which fits easily in his right hand.  He also comes with a winged snake pet, which, while neat looking really has no place to go on him, unless you carefully balance it on Fang-Or.  Finally, being a mechanic, he comes with tools.  The wrench and hammer all have snake designs incorporated into the tools,  The screwdriver does not, but it is just a screwdriver. They are all panted gold with brown handles.

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Fang-Or’s accessories.  Missing is the screwdriver, because it fell out of the package and I didn’t notice it until later.
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You can get his pet snake to balance on his shoulders, if you are careful.

 

Overall, this is a great initial set from Super7.  The figures look great  I didn’t have joints that were too loose or tight and my paint apps were spotless.  The weakest figure, in my opinion is Hawke, because of the minimal detail on her.  That can be chalked up to her design, since it was based on the Filmation version.  Hawke could have been in either line (Collector’s Choice or Club Grayskull and not be too out of place.  The best was Fang-Or, despite being the newest character and not having a previously known backstory.  He is still an awesome looking figure and we can always use more Snakemen to fill King Hiss’ ranks.

Both Master of the Universe sets (Collector’s Choice and Club Grayskull) waves were preorder only, which means you can only find these figures on reseller websites or eBay.  Expect to pay extra for those figures.  The preorder for the second wave ended mid-March, with a expected delivery date of late Fall.  A third line is planned but will no be announced until the summer at the earliest and not available for preorder until some time after the announcement.

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Why aren’t the Avionian women as hairy as the men? Almost like they use the same logic as the WoW races (males ugly, females hot.)

This Review is for entertainment purposes only.  I have not received any payment for this review. All opinions are mine and any pictures taken are for review purposes only.

Subscription Box Review- DC Legion of Collectors: Teen Titans

It’s my first post of 2018, and we are starting off with the latest DC Legion of Collectors  box by Funko.  This month’s theme is the Teen Titans, based off of the “New” Teen Titans comics that ran from 1980 to 1996.  Will this box rate a “Boo Yah!” from Cyborg?  Let’s take a look!

For those unfamiliar with the Teen Titan’s history, here is a little back story.  Originally conceived as a team made up of the sidekicks of various Justice League members, the Teen Titans featured Robin, Kid Flash, Speedy (Green Arrow’s sidekick), Aqualad and Wonder Girl. The group had two series in the 60’s and 70’s (plus a cartoon that omitted Robin) and was mildly successful.  But in the 70’s, the trend was to age up the sidekicks:  Robin and Kid Flash went to college, Speedy became a heroin junkie.  Aqualad… got wet, and Wonder Girl went to comic book limbo as she never really fit into the Wonder Woman comics at the time.

Then, in 1980, the series was revived.  Guided by the creative Team of Marv Wolfman and George Perez, the series reunited Robin, Wonder Girl and Kid Flash along with Beast Boy (then called Changeling) from Doom Patrol.  It also introduced three new characters:  Cyborg, Starfire and Raven, all who are would be familiar to those who watch the recent cartoon.  The new series was called “The New Teen Titans” because, well, it was new at the time, though most of the characters were pushing 20, so, not teens.  The series saw many of the other Titans returned (Speedy got off the smack, Aqualad was…still wet) and show the evolution of two of its characters: Robin, looking to get out of Batman’s shadow, adopted the name Nightwing, and Kid Flash took over as the Flash after Barry Allen died (he got better 25+ years later), leaving the team and eventually joining the Justice League.  The comic was a hit and even had a crossover with Marvel’s #1 team at the time, the X-Men.

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But enough history, let’s look at the box.  The lid features the silhouette of Nightwing in his 1980’s costume.  I had always called it his disco costume, not only because of the large collar, but also because he was written by Marv Wolfman, which made me think of the 70’s DJ, Wolfman Jack (side note, I have see pictures of Marv and he is not nearly as hairy as my 10 year old self though he’d be.).  Beside, he was the writer; George Perez probably had more influence in the design.

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The lining has artwork featuring the Titan members most would be familiar with (i.e. from the cartoon)  The art seems to resemble George Perez’s work.  I could be wrong.

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First out of the box is the T-Shirt.  There are two variants this month and both feature Beast Boy.  Once has him changing from a tiger, the other (i.e. this one) has him changing from a eagle.  I personally like the Changeling name better than Beast Boy, especially since he was more mature over the course of  the New Teen Titans series.

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There is no flap any more and we only get a patch this time.  Cyborg is featured on the patch in his 80’s design.  It is good that this character has evolved over the years and now is part of the Justice League franchise.

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We get a comic this time, too.  It is a copy of The New Teen Titans #1 from 1980.  IT features a new cover by artist Phil Jimenez, the original story from 1980 and a couple of Who’s Who in the DC Universe pages from 1986 featuring the team and the Titans Tower.  The cover is really nice and the story, well old, still holds up.

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Next we get…figures!  I really like the Funko figures we have been getting and I have said that I wanted more.  There are four different figures available and you get two of them per box:  Cyborg and Starfire are featured here, but Raven and (disco) Nightwing are the other two.  Funko said there may be a way to order the figures you are missing, and I hope these turn up at comic shops and EB Games along with the other original members.

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Finally, we get to the Pop!  It is Nightwing, in all his pop-collared glory!  In the comics, Dick Grayson, looking to distance himself from Batman (and wear big boy pants), decided to give up the Robin identity (which Bruce fills really quick!) and takes the name Nightwing, based on a hero he met/heard about (depending on the story) who protect the streets of the bottle City of Kandor..  Dick used that name exclusively since them, only dropping it to take over as Batman for a few months in the early 90’s and from 2009-2011 (Note.  Kandor did have a modern Nightwing for a while when Power Girl went there for a bit.)

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And that is it for the box.  I really enjoyed this one as we got a lot of cool stuff and figures!  The figures have been improving over the years with these ones slightly larger than the Suicide Squad ones.  They also have ball-jointed arms (Starfire even has a ball-jointed head!)  The Golden-Age Superman figure from last April also had ball-jointed arms, but I never noticed until I compared him to Starfire! And we get a Pop of Nightwing! This is a good buy for both old and new Teen Titans fans.

The next DC Legion of Collectors box ships in March 2018 and will feature the Green Lantern Corps.  I am hoping for a Ch’p pop, Funko If you wish to get the next box, you can subscribe at https://legionofcollectors.com/ .  The deadline is 1 March 2018.  By subscribing, you can order boxes from previous months like this one. (supplies are limited.)

This Review is for entertainment purposes only.  I have not received anything from Funko, DC, or Warner Bros for doing this review.  The item was purchased with my own funds.  All opinions are mine and any pictures taken are for review purposes only.

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Interior shot of the comic

 

 

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All the Legion of Collector Funko action figure thus far.  They are getting better.

 

 

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Classic Starfire and Cyborg next to a modern Nightwing (from Mattel)

Subscription Box Review: Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty- Jan 2017- The Empire Strikes Back

Finally, the next Smuggler’s Bounty box has arrived.  Funko decided to base this month’s theme on one of the better, if not best of the Star Wars movies, Empire Strikes Back.  Lets see how they decided to celebrate one of the most exciting chapters in the Star Wars saga..

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First off, this box is huge.  It is definitely the largest of the boxes so far.  Besides the size, the only noticeable difference is the image of Luke in his Dagobah fatigues.  Other than that, it is the standard box.

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Opening it up you see the standard patch and pin.  The patch is of Yoda with Empire Strikes Back written on the side.   The pin features Lando Calrissian, though, if you look at it at a certain angle, you would swear it’s a pin of Lionel Ritche.  I can’t be the only one, right?

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Beneath the flap, we find another little Star Wars plushie.  This time, we get a Wampa, the creature thar captured Luke on Hoth.  It is very cute and has nice soft fake fur.  Including the Boba Fett one from a half a year back, I now have two from this line.

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Funko has given us hats and shirts so what other clothing items will they branch into?  How about socks?  Yes, we get a pair of Pop! Socks, with a Star Wars theme, featuring Pop heads of Darth Vader and Storm Troopers..  They fit me fine (size 10 1/2 feet) and are mostly polyester.

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Last is the much hyped Han on a TaunTaun.  This was revealed at least a far back as November and it looks fantastic.  Han is wearing a brown coat (which I thought was blue; even my action figure of him had a blue coat) but obviously, Funko falls into the brown camp.  It doesn’t bother me but I’d hate to start a debate like the blue and gold/white and gold dress from the internet last year.  Anyways, the Han Soo Pop is not removable from the TaunTaun, but it comes with a large base with pegs to plug into the Tauntaun’s feet.  Finally, the Han figure is a bobble head, but the Tauntaun isn’t.

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It’s brown! It’s blue!  WHO CARES!

This newest box may seem a bit light, but it is still a good value.  The deluxe Pop definitely is of the most value and is the best part of the box.  The socks are nice and I could always use more (they get lost so easily.)  The plushie is nice.  I’d give it to my dog, but he’d destroy it in seconds.

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The next Smuggler’s Bounty box will ship in March 2017.  January’s theme is Star Wars Rebels, the current animated show on Disney XD.  The Smuggler’s Bounty page promises an exclusive Darth Maul Pop! bobble head in that box..  You can subscribe to Smuggler’s Bounty at https://www.smugglersbounty.com/  You can also purchase the previous boxes like the one just reviewed, but supplies are limited.  The deadline to subscribe for the Empire Strikes Back box is 15 March, 2016.

I hope you enjoyed this review.  Excuse me as I look for my Lando pin.  I seem to have misplaced it.

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Hello?. Is it me you’re looking for?

 

Subscription Box Review- DC Legion of Collectors- Batman Villains- Nov 2016

Here we are, the latest box  of the Funko/DC Comics Legion of Collectors subscription.  This months theme is Batman Villains.  Will this box make us a giddy as the Joker or will it disappoint us like Killer Moth?  Let’s get into it.

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Nothing new on the box front, except it is pretty hefty this time around.  The box features the silhouette of the Joker on it.  The inside of the box is decorated with comic panels of various Bat-villains. mostly in their classic Silver Age looks.

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On the top flap are the patch and pin.  The patch is of Bane, the man who broke Batman’s back (after coming out of nowhere)  The patch is designed to look like his luchador mask like he wears in the comics.  The pin features the Riddler, more specifically, his silhouette, and is dome in black and green.  It is a very nice pin.

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The comic is a reprint of Batman (2011) issue 23.2, which was a part of Villain Month.  The story features The Riddler, so it is fitting that the cover shows a Popified Riddler with a tied up Robin, with Batman swinging in for the rescue.  The story is a stand alone one, with no appearance of Batman or any other hero.

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Next up is a new mug.  Funko continues to release new Pop mugs based on various properties and this time it is the Joker.  The mug is really nice  with the Joker’s eyes being all swirly.  Like all the Funko mugs, they are a bit hard to drink out of  but there of a very good quality.IMG_1504.JPG

We also get another hat from Funko’s Pop Top line.  This hat is grey, black and purple and features The Joker.  No worries about Batman’s most iconic villain being underrepresented.  The hat is nice and it is good to switch up with the T-shirts once in a while

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Next up, you get one of Funko’s other line of vinyl figures, Dorbz.  In this month’s box, you get a Dorb of Two Face.  Now, if you though the Pops were cutesy, the Dorbz (short for “Adorable,” get it?) are even more so..  Even Two Face’s scarred side is cute.  This is my first Dorb and I like them, but between them and the Pops, I’ll stick to Pops,

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And finally, we get to the Pop!  Funko decided to go for a classic Batman villain,  Catwoman.  She is featured in her Silver Age “more anti-hero than villain” look.  Surprisingly, this is the first Catwoman pop of her in a comic accurate costume.  It is not her current costume, but I do remember it from comics I had read in my youth.

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This box was definitely a solid one.  The Dorb was a nice get and the mug and hat really added to the value.  Three boxes in and I am still interested in seeing what the next box will be.  I am still hoping for more of the figures:  Harley and Joker need someone to face off with.

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The next Legion of Collectors box will be shipping in early January 2017.  The next box’s theme is DC Legacy, with the ad featuring classic versions of Batman, Green Arrow and Plastic Man.  You can subscribe at https://legionofcollectors.com/ in order to get your box.  The deadline is 1 Jan 17.  Subscribers can order any of the previous boxes, but supplies are limited.  I hope you enjoyed this review.

 

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Subscription Box Review: DC Legion of Collectors- Women of DC box (Sep 2016)

Legion of Collectors, Funko’s DC comics-themed collector’s box has released another installment.  This month’s theme is “Women of DC,” celebrating the sensational heroines and perilous villainesses of the DC Universe.  Funko did a similar theme with their Marvel box a few months back and delayed this one for a bit.  Let’s see if it was worth the wait.

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As expected, the box features art that reflects this month’s theme.  As it is Women of DC, what better character to feature than DC most iconic and longest running female superhero?  Wonder Woman is celebrating her 75th anniversary so it is fitting she is on the box.

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Inside we get the standard pin and patch.  The patch features Batgirl, depicting her cowl and her bright blue yes.  The pin is of Harley Quinn, in her classic costume.  Fans of Harley Quinn will appreciate that, as there has been much division over her current comic getup and her movie outfit (featured in the previous collector box).  Both look great and, with Wondy on the box, all three DC women from the preview have been featured.

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Moving under the flap, we get this month’s t-shirt.  There are two versions:  one featuring Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Woman and one featuring Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman.  All the shirts come in a dark grey colour.  The art has a classic 80’s art look (I can’t place the artist.  George Perez, maybe?)  and almost looks like a stamp.  I got the Heroes shirt, but I think the villains one could use less Bat-Villains.  Really, no Cheetah?

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Next is the comic.  We get a copy of Batgirl #35, the first part of the Batgirl of Burnside story arc.  The cover features Pop version of several DC heroines, including Batgirl, Katana and Wonder Woman.  The comic itself is pretty great, too, as Batgirl has been one of the better parts of DC’s Nu-52 reboot.  You can find it collected in Batgirl Vol 1: Batgirl of Burnside.

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The next item is what they delayed the box for.  It is a Wonder Woman Invisible Jet.  Inspired by the classic 1970’s TV show and the 75th anniversary of the character, this set invokes the classic 70’s and early 80’s era of Wonder Woman (before they decided Amazons having invisible jet technology was too ridiculous)  The jet is made of clear, durable plastic .The figure is tiny, with only four points of articulation and, although Funko says she was inspires she from the TV show, she features the later double “W” symbol, not the eagle on her bustier.  Minor nitpick.  Though I wish she was the size of the Suicide Squad figures from the last box.

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Finally we come to the Pop vinyl. Funko did not have to loo far for a female character that they did not do a Pop of and they chose Hawkgirl.  Based on her classic comic book look, not the TV version, Hawkgirl has the wider stance of the male figures and is pretty easy to get standing.  Collectors of comic accurate pops will appreciate her look and she will fit in their collections.  I think Hawkgirl was a good choice, as she is getting some exposure, both on Legends of Tomorrow and in DC Super Hero Girls.

So this was a solid box for me.  The shirt is good, the pop is good and the extras held the them together.  I’m a bit disappointed in the size of the Wonder Woman figure, after last box debut of their new action figures, but then the jet would have been too expensive to make.  Still, as it is, you can’t deny the value you get in the box.

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The next Legion of Collectors box will be shipping in early November.  The next box’s theme is Batman villains.  You can subscribe at https://legionofcollectors.com/ in order to get your box.  The deadline is 1 Nov 16.  Subscribers can order any of the previous boxes, but supplies are limited.  I hope you enjoyed this review.

Subscription Box Review: Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty: Bounty Hunter Box (May 2016)

Funko has released the May 2016 edition of its Star Wars-themed Smuggler’s Bounty Subscription box. Their newest box celebrate the Bounty Hunters, some of the coolest-looking yet criminally underused characters in the Star Wars movies. Let take a look inside to see what we get this time!

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This month’s box is what we have come to expect from the subscription.  This month, a FUNKO-ized Boba Fett is featured on the box.  Since he is the most recognizable bounty hunter in the Star Wars series, it is appropriate for him to feature on the box.  Who else would they put there?  Bossk?  The Star Wars logo is featured as well, without the “The Force Awakens” subtitle like the last few boxes.  That was a minor nitpick I had with the Cantina box, so it’s good to see that FUNKO is changing things up.

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Under the lid we see our standard club pin and patch, reflecting this month’s theme.  The pin features the reptilian bounty hunter, Bossk, who has all but three seconds of screen time, but was fleshed out in the books and in the Clone Wars cartoon.  The patch is rightly everyone’s favorite clone son of Jango Fett, Boba Fett.  There is even the Mandalore symbol on the patch too.  I’d like to see a Mandalore themed box in the future, perhaps with some characters from the Clone Wars cartoon and Sabine Wren from Star Wars: Rebels.

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The next thing is the T-Shirt.  This time we get some awesome art of various bounty hunters from the Star Wars universe, including Boba Fett (of course).  The art features descriptions of the gear and weapons of each of the featured characters.  It is good to see that the shirts will vary in art style from box to box.  While the ones featuring FUNKO-ized characters are good, some straight-up Star Wars T-shirts is nice to have.

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Now for the main draw of this subscription box, the FUNKO Pops!  We get two of them this time and both are extra special.  We get the killer robot, IG-88 and, of course, Boba Fett!  I’m sure there would have been an outcry if one of the Pops weren’t old Boba here, but FUNKO delivered.

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IG-88 is a brand-new Pop created for this subscription.  He (or “It”) had not had a Pop released up until now.  His unique  look will make the figure stand out amongst your other Pop vinyls as his head is much skinnier.  Still, the sculpt captures the look of the character perfectly.

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Boba is unique too as his stand is built in to the sculpt.  He is in a launching pose, with the fire and exhaust from his jet pack serving as the stand for the figure.  This is a perfect pose for the character, as it shows how awesome the character could be, if only he wasn’t defeated so easily in Return of the Jedi.

This has been my favourite box so far in the Smuggler’s Bounty subscription.  The Bounty Hunters looked awesome to me as a kid and Boba Fett is my all-time favorite, if only for the fact he was a mail-in figure I got as a kid and the comics and books I’ve read and the games I played with him make him seem like a bad-ass.  There was not little item like a pen or lanyard this time around, but the overall awesomeness of this month’s offering made up for it.

Smuggler’s bounty will ship again in July with the Jabba’s Palace box.  You can subscribe to Smuggler’s Bounty at https://www.smugglersbounty.com/  You can also purchase the previous boxes like the one just reviewed, but supplies are limited.  The deadline to subscribe for July’s box is 15 July, 2016.  May the Force be with you!