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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Review: Mezco One:12 Collective Wonder Woman Collectable Figure

Mezco has continued with its One:12 Collectables line, licensing characters from various mediums and producing high quality figures.  With the Suicide Squad Harley Quinn figure from earlier this year, they has shown that they can do female figures well.  Before the Harley figure was even released, they announced that they would be doing a Wonder Woman figure based on Gal Gadot version from 2017’s Wonder Woman movie.  Much like the Harley figure, it was delayed for almost a year.  They finally released the figure in August 2018, and hopes are high that it is as impressive as the Harley Quinn figure, if not more.  Let’s find out

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The front of the box features the movie “WW” logo on a blue background.  In case that wasn’t enough to let you know who you are buying, they have Wonder Woman in gold lettering, along with the One:12 logo and DC logo (in dark blue.)

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The back showcases the contents of the box and gives us some action shots using the figure.

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Removing the outer slip cover, you see a window box with the figure ang accessories displayed.  The arm for the stand is in a tray behind the one with the figure.  You can see my sword came loose and fell down, since I had opened the figure earlier.

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In hand, the figure looks nice.  The likeness is close enough to actress Gal Gadot (some may say otherwise) that it is easily identifiable as her incarnation of the character.  Her bustier is molded plastic, not cloth like Harley’s outfit, which makes sense for the figure.  Her skirt is cloth, though I wish it was make from a more leather like material.  Her straps are plastic as is the rest of her outfit.  Her articulation is less than the Harley Quinn figure, with Wonder Woman missing a torso joint and waist joint.  Maybe I they used some sort of material for the bustier, but that could introduce slippage and result in a “wardrobe malfunction” with the figure.  I’m sure they could have did something, but it is fine as it is.  The rest; head arms wrists and legs are the same as Harley.  You can get a decent range of motion with the figure, though mine can’t stand up without the base.  Double jointed elbows and knees would be better for posing, but for a premium figure meant for display, this fine.

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For accessories, she comes with six pairs of hands (including the ones on her, two heads (ditto), a sword, shield, a coil lasso and a bendy, plastic string that supposed to be used as the lasso un action.  As I stated earlier, the heads are a good likeness.  The sword and shield are well done and detailed, imitating the ones in the movie. her hands come in two fisted, two gripping and two open hands.  The are firm but  rubbery and pop on and off easily, but fit tight.  The gripping hands can firmly hold her sword with out it felling you might break the sword or the hand. The coiled rope fits on her belt easily, as does her sword.  The “uncoiled” lasso, (though more like “magic rope,” as it is not tied in a lasso) is a lighter colour than the other one, perhaps indicating it is glowing like in the movies.  Sure you can have her hold it and bend it around, but it should look like a lasso.

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Wonder Woman next to the One:12 Collective Suicide Squad Harley Quinn.

All that is fine, but scale wise, this figure loses me.  The One:12 Wonder Woman is about the same size as the One:12 Harley Quinn.  Now, in the comic, Wonder Woman is supposed to be tall and is taller than Harley Quinn.  “But these are the movie version,” you say.  True, and Margot Robbie is 5’5″ and Gal Gadot is 5’10”.  Even factoring in Harley’s 4″ heels, Wonder Woman is in heels (at least 3″.)  As I type this, I realize Wondy is a bit taller, but I think she should be a bit more bigger.

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Mattel version (left) next to the Mezco version (right)

In the end, this is a high quality figure and you get what you pay for.  The design, sculpt, accessories and likeness all out due the cheaper mass marketed figures.  There are other high end Wonder Woman figures in this scale for this version and there are varying opinions on which one is the best; I think as a collector of high end DC specific/superhero figures in general, you can’t really go wrong with this one.

The One:12 Collective Wonder Woman figure was released earlier this summer and may be found at comic book/collectable shops, toy/comic conventions or online.  I picked mine up at the Kingston ToyCon from Silver Screen Toys and Collectables for about $104 Cdn before taxes.  Thanks for reading!

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Comparing her to the Mattel DC Multiverse Dark Knight Strikes Back Wonder Woman (left) and the DC Collectables DC Bombshells Wonder Woman (right)

 

This Review is for entertainment purposes only.  I have not received anything from Mezco Toys, Silver Screen Toys and Collectables, Kingston ToyCon, 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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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: Legion of Collectors Green Lantern Corps

We are back, with what is. sadly, the last box in the Funko DC Legion of Collectors Box.  The final box features the emerald protectors of all  3600 Sectors of the Universe, the Green Lantern Corps.  So, don’t be a “poozer” and read on as we look into the box!.

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The cover features the silhouette of Green Lantern Hal Jordan on the box.  The Legion of Collectors logo is there, as always.  Moving on.

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The liner features some Silver-Age artwork, featuring Kilowog, Hal Jordan and Sinestro in his classic outfit and in his Green Lantern duds.  Once again, it looks nice.

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No patch or pin this time.  The t-shirt is this black Green Lantern shirt, featuring Hal, John Stewart and Guy Gardner flying out front, with other Green Lanterns hanging in the background.  The art gives me an early 90’s vibe, I’d say around the Green Lantern: Mosaic era (mostly because there is no Kyle Rayner.)  It also looks like Hal has grey in his hard, as he did in the comics at that time.  It’s a good shirt and the not pop style is appreciated.

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We also get this lantern-shaped stress toy.  It is fairly squeezeable and can be used as you worry over how you’ll get your DC pop vinyl fix without the subscription.

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Next, we get this set of Green Lantern Pint-Sized heroes.  We get these ridiculously cute version  of main GL Hal Jordan and his arch-nemesis Sinestro.  Sinestro is even in his modern Sinestro/Yellow Lantern uniform.  These always give be a Fisher-Price Little People vibe, which, to be honest, is a bit weird.  Still, more nic-nacs for your shelf.

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For the last Pops in this subscription, we get a three pack!  We get three Green Lanterns; Ch’p, Guy Gardner, and Kilowog.  Each figure is a different sculpt and size, which gives you three unique Green Lantern Pops for your collection.  I was personally hoping for a Ch’p pop and Funko came through.  You got to love a sentient chipmunks wielding a power ring!

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This box is what a  Green Lantern Corp box should be.  With so many different, unique characters showing up in the comics over 60 years, the only way they do the box wrong was to only focus on Hal Jordan and Sinestro.  Both Guy Gardner and Kilowog have their fans and Ch’p was too of a unique character to not make into a Pop.  The shirt, stress toy and Pint-Sized heroes were all great, but the Pops make the box, as it should be.

Sadly, this is the last box in the Legion of Collectors subscription.  You can go to https://legionofcollectors.com/  to find out more, but they haven’t really said what the next step is.  Those who had a subscription can log in and buy this or any other box that they have left in stock.  Supplies are limited, though.

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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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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Puddin’!

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- 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.