Review: Mezco One:12 Collective Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Collectable Figure

There are a lot of companies out there that produce high-end collectable figures in various scales, the most popular being 1:6 scale, or around 12 Inches.  But these figures are a far cry from the Holiday edition Barbies and the Bob Hope G.I. Joes you might has see at a Toys’R’Us over the years.  Companies like Dragon, Sideshow and Hoy Toys produced beautifully designed figures with cloth costumes and detail accessories that capture the look and feel of the comic or movie character they are producing.  But all this attention to detail is costly and the lower production runs means these figures cost around $200 (Cdn) or more and can only be found at comic/pop culture stores or online.

Mezco Toys, trying to produce an alternative at a lower cost yet with the same quality, has come up with the One:12 Collective.  It is a line of 1:12 scale (around six inches) of figures based on various pop culture properties, from comic books to TV and film.  Like their larger 1:6 counterparts, the sculpt are highly detailed, capturing the look and feel of the character it is based on.  They also have cloth outfits, tailored for the character so that it looks straight from the source material.  Starting off in 2016, they have produced over a dozen of different characters, but they have all been larger, male characters.  Now Mezco Toys has produced the first female figure in the One:12 Collective line; Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad.

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The One:12 Collective Suicide Squad: Haley Quinn figure is based on the character in 2016’s Suicide Squad movie, as played by Margot Robbie.  How you feel about that depends on your own taste, but I liked the look.  The figures comes in a box with a red slip case featuring the characters name, the movie logo and the One:12 collective logo.  On the back we see the contents of the box and various action shots of the figure  The sides of the cover has the “Q” of the Suicide Squad logo (and “Q” for “Quinn”).

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Removing the sleeve and you get the first look at the figure.  Harley is displayed with her alternate heads, hands and weapons. In behind you can see the base of the stand with the Suicide Squad logo on it. When you open that up, you will find the arm for the stand and the jacket that goes with the figure.

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With the figure in hand, see seem so… small.  Having never had a One:12 Collective figure before, I have no way to compare her with the male figures in this line.  I am a bit.. obsessed with figures I display together be in (or at least close) to scale.  The figure is about 6 inches, which in the 1:12 scale is 6 feet scaled.  Too tall to have be next to a 6 inch Batman (who would be 6’3″ or so).  Margot Robbie is about 5’5″ in real life.  Add that she was wearing 4-inch heels on those Adidas pumps in her Harley outfit, it would bring her to 5’9″.  She’d pair well with figures in the 7 inch scale, I guess, like older DC Direct ones or Mattel’s  DC Multiverse Dark Knight Returns figures.

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The figure is great though  The outfit looks great and close to the movie, but without the wear and tear shown in the movie (no rips).  The shorts fit well and she even has actual fishnet stockings, which are sewn around the legs.  There is a noticeable seam in the back, but it doesn’t distract from the overall aesthetic of the figure.  They even got her tattoos on her, from her face, arm and legs to the ones on her stomach and lower back (if you move up her shirt.)  There is even a red bra painted on that shows through the shirt, like in the movie.  As for the likeness, well, I spend hours on the internet, looking up facts about Ms. Robbie (including the size of the heels on those Adidas shoes) and  painstakingly going over pictures after picture of her in costume and I can say it is a very good likeness.  The butt could be better, but it is a awesome likeness for the scale.

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Research.

 

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As for her accessories, she comes with three different heads;  a closed mouth smiling, and open mouth laughing and a blowing bubblegum head.  She has five interchangeable hands; three right hands (trigger finger, gripping hand for the bat and an open hand) and two left (open and gripping.).  She comes with her baseball bat from the movie as well as a gun with the shoulder harness holster.  She also comes with two wrist bands, one saying “Yes” and the other “Sir,” and two spiked bracelet, which can fall off easy and are a bit small.  Lastly there is the coat, with looks like it did in the movie, from the colour scheme to the having “Property of the Joker” on the back.  It fits quite well, though be sure to remove the bracelets and wrist band before you put it on her.

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The jacket fits well enough.

 

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The design is authentic to the movie.

 

As it comes with a stand and a posing post, this figue is mean to be displayed and posed.  She has good articulation, with the head being on a post with a ball joint.  She can look up, down and side to side with ease.  The heads are easy to swap and I never felt like I was going to break it when I swapped heads.  The arms are also ball-jointed at the shoulder and you get a good range of motion even with the cloths goods in the way.  The elbow is, sadly, single jointed and hidden by the shirt and you can rotate the arm at the elbow.  The hands attach at the wrist, also ball jointed and, though the post is small, they are easy to exchange and stay on well.  There is a diaphragm joint beneath the breast and articulation at the waist, though she can’t turn side to side much.  The waist joint is the most noticeable, with her low riding hot pants.  She is articulated where the legs and crotch meet, with each leg being able to move forward a fair bit but no much back.  Her legs can spread a part a fair bit, but not to a split.  With the fishnets being two pieces around each leg, it does not hinder the movement.  The knees are single jointed and can bend to almost a 90 degree angle and the ankles joints allow side to side pivot, left and right turning but little forward and back movement.

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Use the stand and posing arm for dynamic displays

 

This figure is definitely a high quality figure.  Compared to the DC Multiverse Suicide Squad Harley Quinn, this figure stand out in quality and attention to detail.  The faces, body and outfit really capture the likeness of Margot Robbie playing Harley in that movie.  But like the 1:6 Scale figures, the quality comes at a higher price point.  This figure retails for about $89.00 US (I paid $108 Canadian from a Canadian distributer) so it is a pretty big purchase for a 1:6 scale figure (mass market 6 inch figure retail for about $30 CDN)  But if you have already bought a One:12 Collective figure, you know the quality that is put in it.  If you haven’t and you pick up this figure, you’ll know soon enough.

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Heads and hands swap easily.

 

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Comparing the Mezco Harley Quinn (center) with the Mattel versions.  I think a One:12 version of the one in the dress would be sweet.

 

The One:12 Collective Suicide Squad Harley Quinn figure is out now.  You can check your local comic, toy and hobby shop for availability, or you can order online from various resellers.  I got mine from Canuckables.ca, a Canadian source for toys and collectables.  This is not a plug;  I just saying where I bought it from.  For more information on this line and upcoming and current figures, you could check out www.mezcotoys.com.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only.  I have not received anything from Mezco Toys, Canuckables.ca, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros or anybody else 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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Movie Review: Justice League

Note:  Yes, this is incredibly late.  I know that.

Justice League is the latest movie in the DC Extended Universe, which started with Man of Steel.  It stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavil Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher, amongst others.  It was directed by Zack Snyder, with an assist from Joss Whedon.  It came out in theatres on 17 Nov 17 in North America.

Justice League takes place after the events of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, with Superman dead and Batman and Wonder Woman looking for the three super beings that were being watched by Lex Luthor,  They suspect a new threat is  coming, and they will need to work together to stop it.

The threat comes in the form of Steppenwolf, a New God from the planet Apokolips, who, with his army of Parademons, intend to conquer the word and turn it in to a hellish landscape like their home world.  This was not Steppenwolf’s first time trying to conquer earth:  thousands of years ago, an alliance of humans, Atlanteans, gods, Amazons and aliens (Green Lanterns) forced him back.  They managed to capture his doomsday weapon and separated it into three parts called Mother Boxes.  The human champions, the Atlanteans, and the Amazons were all  given a box to hide.  The one that the human champions took had been lost, however, only to be discovered in the present, which drew Steppenwolf back to Earth.

Now. Batman, Wonder Woman and three untested heroes; Arthur Curry, the Aquaman; Barry Allen, The Flash; and Victor Stone, Cyborg must face a god and his army from beyond.  Steppenwolf doesn’t see to care, because with ‘No Kryptonians, no Lanterns,” he believes the world will fall.  Can the heroes stop him?  Or will they need to find away to bring back their fallen protector?

This movie has been the subject of a lot of debate. With Warner Bros trying to fast track a “Shared Universe” for its DC Entertainment superheroes as was done for Marvel they seem to want to jam a lot in these movies.  While I believe Man of Steel was necessarily darker to give us a Superman who is not perfect, Batman v Superman was consumed with its darkness, trying to mimic comics from twenty to thirty years ago without the shared history between the characters that fueled those stories.  Wonder Woman was the highlight of that movie and she wasn’t even in the title.  Her solo movie proved that there is room for levity in these “serious comic book movies” (as had been shown in the Marvel movies.)  They have seemed to have learnt that lesson.

The acting was overall good.  Ben Affleck, despite was most want to believe, is a good Batman.  He has some pretty fully interactions with Aquaman when they meet and is less murder-y with the crooks of Gotham (the Parademons dont’ count as that is an invasion) and Affleck plays the weariness of years of crime fighting well.  I want to see more Bat-Fleck in a solo outing to get that history.  Gal Gadot is perfect as Wonder Woman.  SHe represents Wonder Woman in a different way than in the past, playing up the warrior/Amazon side of the character.  And that accent…mmm.  Lynda Carter is still my #1 Wonder Woman, but the more I see Gal, the more I like her in the role.

Out of the rest of the cast, Jason Momoa is the favorite..  His Aquaman is a bad ass, echoing his comic book series during the mid to late 90’s.  The character of Aquaman is frequently the butt of jokes but Jason Momoa’s version may change that, if his solo film is handed right.  Ezra Miller’s flash is much different from what the character has been protrayed as in the comics (and the Flash TV series), being a computer/tech whiz and a fast talker (with fits, in a way)  His Flash suit is great, though and he grew on me as character.  CYborg, played by Ray Wise seemed to have the less character development, but needed it the most.  They touched upon how his father used a Mother Box to save his life, and his reluctance to team up, but he needs to be fleshed out.  Let’s not forget about Henry Cavil who plays Superman who… is dead.  Yes.  Best portrayal of a corpse since Weekend at Bernie’s?

Supporting cast wise, we have Amy Adams back as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Ma Kent, and Connie Nielson as Hippolyta.  J.K. Simmons portrays Commisioner Gordan, making it two comic book supporting characters under his belt (first being J. Jonah Jameson in the Rami Spider-Man trilogy), and Jeremy Irons comes back as Alfred Pennyworth, who seems a bit less sick of Bruce’s shit.  Steppenwolf is played by Ciarán Hinds, who used motion capture to portray the villain.  Steppenwolf’s look is based on his more recent incarnation, which, admittedly is better than the green outfit he wore originally.  I prefer the redesign Jack Kirby did for the Super Powers toy line, myself.

I found the movie good.  I think is it a step in the right direction that the DCEU must take, as long as the suits don’t mess it up trying to reproduce Marvel’s success without the effort and output.  We still have the issue of Eisenburg as Lex Luthor (who they yet to get right in the movies) but perhaps they could recast?  Make the Luthor we saw Alexander Luthor Junior?.  We at least have Aquaman to look forward to and I hope the positive changes for this franchise follows that movie in its production.

Still, while DC‘s products do better on the small screen (Batman:TAS is better than any Marvel made for TV cartoon and the Arrowverse is doing well compared to Agents of Shield) Marvel is the king of the box office.  Warner Bros can change this, but they got to put in the work

 

Justice League is in theatres.

3/5

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Subscription Box Review- DC Legion of Collectors: Justice League (Movie)

It is November, so it is time for the last Funko/DC Legion of Collector’s subscription box of the year.  To probably no one’s surprise, the current theme is the Justice League movie, coming to theatres 17 Nov 17.  What’s in the box?  How many Pops do we get?  Can Jason Momoa make Aquaman seem cool?  We will answer two of those three questions in the review.

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The box design remains the same.  This time, we get the shadow of Aquaman, as portrayed by Jason Momoa. He is holding his signature weapon, a…Quindent?  It is not a trident, because there is too many prongs.  Maybe it is a giant shrimp fork?  An Atlantean pitch fork for kelp farming?  Hopefully the movie cleans that up.

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The inside liner features the symbols of the six heroes from the movie..  We also get the Justice League movie logo.

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No patch again, but we do get this pin of the Batman.  He is wearing goggles, which makes me think of Nite Owl from Zack Snyder’s other superhero film, Watchmen.  Snazzy pin, though.

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Next it this T-shirt.  This black shirt features a straight up illustration of the heroes in the Justice League movie.  The art reflects their look in the movie, but depicts the characters in a way more akin to the comic book, not going for the actor’s likeness.

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Next, we get stationary, featuring the Flash (think about it!)  These sticky notes feature a running Popified Flash.  All of the pages are the same, so no flip book action, which would have been cool, but more expensive to produce.

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Next we get… a straw!  A subliminal message to all the Zack Snyder haters to “suck it”?  No.  It goes with this!

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It is a Wonder Woman tumbler with a lid.  It is made of a very thick plastic and seems durable.  It is a nice change from the coffee mugs.  I am going to have to fight the wife over this one.

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Now, we get to the Pops.  Yes, we get two of them: Steppenwolf and Aquaman.  Both of these are exclusive to the Legion of Collectors.  First is Steppenwolf.  A general of Darkseid’s army and a vanguard for his invasion forces, he will take you on a magic carpet ride of destruction.  I’m sure he was born to be wild.  Next we get Aquaman..  He comes with a stand to show him bursting out of the water..  He is shirtless and we get to see his tattoos.

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So that’s the box.  This is a really solid one and I like all the items included.  The pop vinyls are probably the highlight for me (as they should be) with the tumbler and T-shirt close behind.  I hope the movie will be as good or better.  I plan to do a review of it next weekend, providing I go see it.

The next DC Legion of Collectors box ships in January 2018 and will feature the (mostly) Teen Titans.  It looks to be based of the comics, not the crappy Teen Titans GO! cartoon.  You cancelled Young Justice of that, WB?   If you wish to get the next box, you can subscribe at https://legionofcollectors.com/ .  The deadline is 1 January 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.

Movie Review- Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  It is co=produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios and released by Sony Pictures.  It is the second reboot of the Spiderman franchise which started 16 years ago with Tobey McGuire.  It is a collaboration between Sony Pictures (which wns the movie rights to Spider-Man) and Marvel Studios (which is owned by Disney.)  It stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favereau, Robert Downey Jr and Marissa Tomei

The movie opens up with a salvage crew, rum by Adrian Tooms (Keaton) collecting alien tech in the aftermath of the the climatic events of The Avengers.  When they are forced to halt operations  by a government organisation called Damage Control, Toombs and his crew find themselves out of work and broke.  Using some of the tech that they previously acquired, they decide to keep collecting the tech and make money developing and selling weapons.

Fast forward eight(!) years and we meet Peter Parker, fresh from events in Captain America: Civil War.  Using the new suit from Tony Stark, he patrols Queens, New York, stopping low level crime while waiting for the call to join the Avengers.  Meanwhile, he has to deal with school, friends like Ned Leeds, classmates and his over-protective (and uncharacteristically attractive) Aunt May (Marissa Tomei).

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Spider-Man (Tom Holland) pulls it together.

In the usual Spidey fashion, things start to turns south.  Tooms gang has been selling advanced weapons to street gangs and criminals.  Once Spider-Man interferes with a buy, he gets noticed by Tooms , who has got a powerful flying jetpack which makes him look like a vulture (so, lets call him Vulture).  Spidey fights the Vulture and comes up short, prompting a warning from Tony Start to let the adult heroes handle it.  But he persists and ends up failing and losing Stark’s trust and the suit.  But the Vulture is still out there and Spider-Man has to try to stop him, using only his powers, his wits and his home-made suit.

Spider-Man was a nice surprise addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he appeared in the last Captain America movie.  Fans wanted to see the character in the proper movie universe, so the announcement of a partnership between Sony and Disney/Marvel Studios was met positively, though there was concerns.  People did not want another origin story and we already has a Spidey reboot in 2011.  I am sure some were surprised when it was announced that Tom Holland would take the role from Andrew Garfield.

But Holland fills the role nicely.  He is sufficiently geeky like Peter in the early comics but not as much as Tobey Maguire..  He is wiry and not too buff, but he looks the part.  His Spider-Man acts much like any 15 year-old with superpowers and an overly developed sense of responsibility would act.  He seems to have fun in the role and embodies the character nicely.

The rest of the cast is good too.  Peter’s friends at school, Ned, Liz and Michelle, act like movie school kids act and provide some lighter, down to earth scenes for Peter.  Flash Thompson is changed from a athletic sometime bully to a spoiled rich kid who looks down on Peter.  There is also the adults, with Happy Hogan acting like aa uninterested intermediary between Peter and Tony Stark, who is trying to encourage peter to be better than him.  Then, there is Marrisa Tomei’s Aunt May, which is the most attractive portrayal of Peters doting aunt EVER.  She acts as Peter’s grounding rod, reminding him to act like a normal teenager, blissfully unaware of his double life.  But the film does not hide the fact that she is attractive, with several characters, including Tony Stark, commenting on it.  But let’s be honest:  who wouldn’t stay for breakfast if she’d make you wheat cakes?

Sorry.  Old joke.

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Your Aunt’s hot, Peter. Keep her away from mad scientist with robotic tentacle arms.

But the standout character is The Vulture.  Keaton plays him as a blue collar person.  He works hard for his success and hates it when the rich and powerful steal opportunities from him.  His actions may not be relatable but his motives are:  it’s family.  That gives him a certain likability as a villain.

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Michael Keaton: From Batman to Birdman to Vulture

Overall, this was a good movie.  I am not a big fan of Spider-Man in his high-school days, but this was a good adaptation of it.  The filmmakers were smart enough to realize we did not need a origin rehash so soon after the last one.  The smaller scale of this adventure, as compared to the other MCU movies is good too.  It sets up this new version nicely and hopefully will lead to more movies in this franchise.  Just avoid anything like the dancing Peter from Spider-Man 3.

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Peter loves to eat Aunt May’s Wheat cakes

4/5

 

Subscription Box Review- DC Legion of Collectors: Wonder Woman (Movie)- May 2017

Funko’s DC Legion of Collectors have returned once again with a new box in its subscription.  This time, to probably no one’s surprise, the theme is the upcoming Wonder Woman movie.  Will this box be worthy of the Amazon warrior princess?  Read this review and wonder no more…

First we start with the box.  The overall design of the Legion of Collectors’ boxes is still intact, with the featured character’s silhouette on the top, this time being WW.  It is a different outline of Wonder Woman than the Women of DC Box from September of last year, with the tiara looking like the DC Cinematic Universe version.  The inside of the box features pictures of Wonder Woman in various action poses.  They seem to be original drawings (or from design art from the film) and I don’t recognized the art style.

Next, we get to the standard patch and pin.  Of course, both are centered on Wonder Woman this month.  The patch centers around the tiara and eyes of Wondy.  It looks nice and you can tell it’s the movie WW because in the comics, her eyes are blue.  The pin is of the movie logo, with “Legion of Collectors” on the bottom.

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Next we get…socks?  Yes, forgoing a T-shirt or hat, we get these Funko Wonder Woman socks.  They are dark blue with red heels and a picture of a POP Wonder Woman on each sock.  There are WW logos and stars done in a lighter blue.  They are a bit tight on me (I am size 10.5 US in shoes).  I don’t know why they didn’t go with a shirt (I’d unironically rock a cool POP WW shirt.)  Just socks seems like a let down.

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Next we get another Funko product, a Pint-Sized Heroes figure.  These look like tiny versions of their Dorbz figures.  This one comes in a blind bag, but there is only one of Wonder Woman.  It’s cute, but could be a choking hazard to young kids or dogs.

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Finally, we get to the Pops!  We get two this time:  A new Wonder Woman Pop and one of Doctor Poison.  The Wondy one is new, with a more dynamic pose than the one in the Batman V Superman line.  She is getting ready to use her magic lasso with a determined (for a Pop!) look on her face.  Doctor Poison, a character that can be traced to the early stories in the 1940’s, is in a stand-at-ease type pose, similar to the Grand Moff Tarkin Pop for the Smuggler’s Bounty Death Star box, but with her hands in front.  Her outfit looks like the one from the movie and they even gave her the half-face mask she’s been rocking in the trailers.

So, that is all that is in the LoC box for May 2017.  I must admit, I an a little disappointed with the lack of a t-shirt  The socks aren’t really my thing, but they even got a hashtag for wearing them to see the WW movie (#SockItToEmWW).  The two Pops helps to make up for the shirt, and the Pint-Sized Hero WW gives you another Funko item to try.  Still, and I will keep repeating myself, I wish they’d include more of those 3 3/4 inch Funko action figures, like the Suicide Squad ones or the first appearance Superman from March.  A movie WW in that size would have rocked, Funko.  Well, with this subscription, sometimes you get more, sometimes you get less.

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That is all for this time.  The theme for the next DC Legion of Collectors box is Batman: the Animated Series, the classic cartoon from the 1990’s that spawned the DC Animated Universe (Superman: TAS, Justice League, Batman Beyond.)  You can subscribe at https://legionofcollectors.com/ in order to get your box.  The deadline is 1 July 2017.  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, Warner Bros or the Kingdom of Themyscira for doing this review.  The item was purchased with my own funds.  All opinions are mine and any picture staken are for review purposes only.

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: Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty – Rogue One (Nov 2016)

The next Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box is out now.  This month’s theme is the upcoming movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  The movie tells the story of a group of Rebels who set out to steal the plans for the Death Star before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope (the original movie).  Will this box help to build the excitement for the movie?

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The box have the same over all look as the other boxes we’ve gotten.  This month has the title Star Wars: Rogue One on the top flap, with a picture of a storm trooper variant of some kind.  While not as large as some of the last boxes, it is a bit longer than a standard box.

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Opening it up, we see the pin and patch for this box.  They are of… characters from Rogue One I guess.  The pin is of a droid (K-250) that has been featured in some of the Rogue One trailers.  He is an enforcer droid, so he’ll be doing more than C-3po has even done.  The patch is of Cassian Andor as best I can tell.  I think the likeness is a bit off.  It looks like David Tennant in a beard (David Tennant is NOT in Rogue One) than whoever plays Cassian.

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We also get a shirt.  Seen above is the image on the shirt, with the characters from Rogue One done in the Funko Pop style.  It s cool shirt and I’m sure I’ll like it more after I know more about the characters.  Most of what I’ve read or seen have been focused on Jyn Erso.  The image of Darth Vader’s helmet reminds me of Darth Stewie from the Family Guy parodies.

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We also get a special collectible vinyl this month.  It is from the min-Hikari line of Japanese style vinyl figures.  Darth Vader came in 5 different colours randomly inserted in the box.  There is black, while, gold blue or red (seen above).  The paint is also a bit sparkly.  It is different but I probably won’t actively seek out more.

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Finally, we get two Pop vinyls this time.  One is the Imperial Death Trooper, the fierce new flavor of Storm Trooper featured in the movie.  We als get a vinyl of main heroine Jyn Erso, in a helmet and poncho outfit echoing the rebel outfits on Endor,  Both a new to the line so they definitely would be new to your Pop collection and they look good.

This was a good box.  Great on value if a little light on content.  Like the Force Awakens box from last year, we are going on hype whether or not the movie will be any good.  There hasn’t been as longa as a build up for Rogue One than Force Awakens, and there is no new bad guys to hype (we get some Imperial dressed in white and Darth Vader is kicking around.  We got Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso) and she’s hot and the promise of delving into the history of the Star Wears universe.  I have high hopes ans so far I haven’t seen a Jar Jar or equivalent in the trailer.

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The next Smuggler’s Bounty box will ship in January 2017.  January’s theme is The Empire Strikes Back, the second Star Wars movie released.  The ad above promises an exclusive Han Solo on a Tauntaun in every 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 January, 2016.  May the Force be with you!

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