Bossfight Studios’ Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. enter a world of fantasy with Aspen the Spring Elf Archer
With the success of the first series of Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S figures from Bossfight Studios, the creators decided to switch up the setting for series 2. Since they already had skeletons, snake-women and gorgons in their line, it makes sense to shift into a fantasy setting. The line has human nights along with orcs, elves, fairies and the undead. One of the first figures in this series is Aspen, the Elven archer.
The package is in the usual style of this line. The package is collector friendly and the card art is excellent. As with the first wave, the figure is given a back story told on the card back. Told from the view of the same time travelers from the series one bios, they are exploring this alternate timeline that resulted from the Gorgon invasion. Aspen is a member of the Spring Guard, who patrols the Elven homelands against invaders. She is cautious, but friendly, freely talking to outsiders who do not pose a threat.
The figure is of a blonde elf woman, with pale skin and dressed in a leafy green outfit, as are all Spring Elf patrollers (the Autumn elves, those who hunt down threats external to their lands, are in a brown outfit.) The articulation is the same as the other figures in this line, with a good range of motion possible. Aspen’s hair is a separate piece and her ears are pointy, as one would expect from an elf figure. Her pupils are painted blue and there is some colour added to her lips. She’s got a large forehead, but overall, it is a pretty sculpt.
Removing her outfit, again we see the body is made in the skin tone plastic, with no paint save her underwear, which is more brief-like than the Amazons’ thongs. The two piece outfit is in two tones of green, with leafy details around the collar and the belt. The top is looped around the neck and the chest; you have to take off the head and torso to remove it. The skit works similar to the Amazons, where you take off the torso and slip it over the abdomen onto the hips. She has the loop on the back of the skirt to store a weapon.
As for weapons, being an archer, she comes with a bow and arrows. The bow is light brown with a dark brown grip. There is no bow string, but there are notches for those incline to add one. She comes with 5 arrows; each has a brown shaft, with metal grey tips on one end and feathers on the other. The feathers can fit in between the index and middle finger on each hand so Aspen can be posed drawing her bow. She also comes with a quiver that pegs into her back and can hold her arrows. It also holds two small daggers for close-up fighting. They hold in her hands well, despite being small. Her last accessory is another head. This head is blond with bigger ears than Aspen. You could use this head to army build your own group of Spring elves, if you so wish.
There is nothing more I could say about this figure that I have not already covered in the last two reviews. I like the fantasy setting for this line. There are not too many fantasy lines out there that are not Lord of the Rings related and none that are as posable. I hope to see a male elf figure in this line; there are male and female orc figures that have been released. I seen pictures of the male elf ranger (sporting colours of the old Paraley figure from the old LJN Advanced Dungeons and Dragons toys of the early 1980’s) but have not heard about a release date. Still the line has orcs, cave fairies and demons (with articulated wings), undead knights and dragon hunters. They are definitely worth checking out more.
All the Virtuvian H.A.C.K.S. figures are available through select online retailers, EBay or through Bossfight Studios themselves. They are priced from $25 USD (about $34 CAD) but prices can vary by site.
Thanks for reading this review. More reviews are on the way, including a review of the video game Senran Kagura: Burst Renewal for PS4. Until the next post!
This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Bossfight Studios, Kokomo Toys, eBay or anyone else for this review. The item was purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are mine and any pictures were taken by me and are for review purposes only.
It’s been a while, but I couldn’t be bothered to write a review. I’m ready, now and it’s time once again to look at an anime that I am currently watching. I will give a brief synopsis of the series, my thoughts on the plot, animation and voice acting/dubbing, as well as any content of the anime that might get a WTF! moment. Boy, this one has some. Let s take a look at KEIJO!!!!!!!!
KEIJO!!!!!!!! (yes, that is a lot of exclamation points), which means “competitive girl”, is an anime based on a Japanese sports manga of the same name. Also called “Hip Whip Girl”, it was made by XEBEC and licensed in North America by Crunchyroll, with Funimation producing a dubbed version. This review is of the Funimation dub.
In the fictional all-women sport of Keijo, competitors must force their opponents off of floating platforms into the water. The catch is, this must be done using only their breasts and butts. Former gymnast Nozumi Kaminashi joins the sport in hopes of becoming rich, helping her family escape the poverty she’s known all her life. Despite this, she easily gets along with her friend, Sayaka Miyata and their two roommates, Kazane Aoba and Non Toyoguchi. Despite a less that spectacular start, she attracts the attention of the instructors and Elite students alike with her skill, determination and quick mastery of the dreaded “Vacuum Butt Cannon.” Just… just let that sink in. Nozumi and her friends soon find themselves among the elite and training to take part of the East-West Challenge against a rival Keijo school
The character of Nozumi is a likable main character. Sure, her motivation is money, but it is help her family. She is very friendly and open to the other girls on her team. She can be a bit ditzy and a little too forward, but she means well and is very determined. Her friend Sayaka is more serious, having left a promising career in judo to take up Keijo. This created a rift between her and her family, but she is determined to make it and be successful. She is also self-conscious of her bust size as compared to Nozumi and the others. Their two roommates, Non and Kazane are an unlikely pair. Non is very clumsy but nice and tries to hide her country accent. Kazane is quiet and shy, but she is very knowledgeable about Keijo and even has an ability to read her opponent’s weaknesses.
The girls find themselves at odds with members of the elite class at first. Girls such as Hanabe and Mio take a liking to Nozumi, with Mio making some unwanted sexual advances (because what’s an anime without a predatory lesbian, right?). They eventually warm up to the Nozumi’s friends, accepting them when they move up to the Elite Squad.
Now, what’s a fighting anime without special attacks, right? The world of Keijo has that, as hinted at with Nozumi’s Vacuum Butt Cannon. Yes, somehow her ass is able to create a vacuum to propel her butt attack, with the added bonus of shedding their bathing suits. Other moves have names such as Heat Seeking Butt Missile, Butt Gatling, and Titty Hypnosis. All these have flashy effects and shows this anime does not take itself seriously.
The Funimation dub I’ve watched is good. The voices seem to fit the characters and synchs up well with what is on-screen. The only nitpick would be how they portray Non’s country accent. They give her a Southern twang in the dub. I guess it would be hard to convey what the Japanese would consider a “country bumpkin” accent in a another language. I guess a southern drawl would be better than, say, a North Dakota dialect (you betcha!)
THE WTF FACTOR- Medium. Which the premise of being a sport in which you attack with boobs and butts, you know KEIJO!!!!!!!! would raise a few eyebrows. Close-ups of the girls’ breasts and butts are common, especially when they are competing. Some of the girls (Mio) get handsy with the other girls, as is common in anime fanservice. Surprisingly, though, there is only partial nudity. The girls go from one piece bathing suits to bikinis as the series progresses and of course, there are changing room scenes, shower and bath scenes and of course wardrobe malfunctions due to special attacks, but all the naughty bits are covered up. I was surprised there wasn’t an occasional topless scene of fan service-y peek in the shower, as there was in a similar girl sports anime, Wanna Be the Strongest in the World (women’s wrestling, BTW). It wouldn’t have been unwelcome, to be honest. All the girls are adults in the anime (have to be 18 to be in Keijo) and none of them skewed young. I wouldn’t watch this in mixed company as it is and a little T&A wouldn’t have mattered.
KEIJO!!!!!!!! is a solid, if different, anime series. It is one that you come for the fan service, but stay for the characters and story. I am sad to hear that there will not be a season 2 and that the manga has stopped in Japan, but hopefully international interest may revive the series. The series is streaming on both Crunchyroll (subtitled) and Funimation (dubbed) with all the episodes available.
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.)
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)
Now lets look at the figures: First up is Hawke
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.
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.
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.
Next up is a character from one of the original pack in mini-comics, Lodar
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.
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.
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.
The third figures is this guy, Quakke
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.
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.
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.
Lastly, we have the newest character in this set, the Snakeman, Fang-Or.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The inside liner features the symbols of the six heroes from the movie.. We also get the Justice League movie logo.
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.
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.
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.
Next we get… a straw! A subliminal message to all the Zack Snyder haters to “suck it”? No. It goes with this!
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.
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.
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.
Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash is a third person action shooter developed by Tamsoft (through Honey Parade Games) and published by Marvelous and XSEED Games. It is a PS4 exclusive and the second Senran Kagura game on that system. It follows the events in last years Senran Kagura: Estival Versus but is more of a spin-off than part of the Versus series. It is rated M for Mature.
Peach Beach Splash finds the girls of the Senran Kagura series transported to a mysterious island. There, they are greeted by two familiar-looking hosts, Ms R and Mister K (Hebijo/Crimson Squad master Rin and Hanzo instructor Kiriya in disguise). They tell the girls they are to participate in an ancient Shinobi tradition: a water gun tournament called Peach Beach Splash, or PBS. The winners will receive whatever they wish for. All four groups agree to participate to find out the real purpose of PBS, and why Rin and Kiriya are wearing those ridiculous outfits.
The roster for the game is robust. It includes all the girls from the four schools (Hanzo, Gessen, Hebijo, and Homura’s Crimson Squad. Ayame, the shop girl playable as DLC in the last game, also joins the Hanzo Squad. Rin can be unlocked as well as Daidoji, along with the Mikagura sisters, Ryoki, and Jasmine from Estival Versus. Former DLC characters Naraku and Kagura are also unlockable in the main game. Also include right off the bat are characters from the Japan-only mobile phone game, Senran Kagura :New Wave: Souji, Leo and Yuyaki.
The gameplay is pretty straight forward. You control a character a group of up to six girls and battle groups of grunts, robots and other teams using water guns. The water guns come in a variety of styles, such as pistols, shotguns, assault rifles, gatling guns,water bazookas, water grenade launchers and shower heads. Each weapon has its strength and drawbacks, like range, strength, clip size and reload times.
Unlike the Versus series and the 3DS Senran Kagura games, there is no shinobi transformation or magic. Instead, you get special abilities from cards you collect by winning battles. You equip the cards in your character and activate them in battle using the D-Pad These cards can affect your character’s stats, such as health, accuracy and clip size. They can also activate a special attack, like flames, lightning or poison that will affect you enemy. Other cards that can be earned are weapons. Each Faction has their own effect cards with their girls on them. Sometimes you will get higher ranking cards, depending on how well you did, the level you played or the difficulty. You only need one type of each card however and you will get a lot of doubles.
The doubles have a purpose, however. You can trade them in for points to level up you cards, weapons of you characters. Each card gives you a certain amount of experience points, depending on the rarity of the card (From Common to Ultra Rare). You can use the points to upgrade your favourite girl to give her an edge in battle.
As you beat the other girls in the game, you get an opportunity to initiate the Splash Mode. Using a rubber duck squirt gun you target the fallen girl’s head chest or butt to humiliate them. Score enough before the time runs out and her top or bottom will pop off. Of course, lights protect their modesty. Note that, no matter the outfit the character was wearing, they revert to the default white bikini for this mode.
The single player mode have three options. You have the main story, Single Splash, which follows the PBS storyline: Paradise Episodes, which you unlock through playing the main game, featuring one or multiple characters in a five level arc; and the V-Road Challenge, which you battle different teams to win the tournament. There is multiplayer, which has Co-Op survival, , Ranked matches for the online ranking system and free matches in which the host can set the rules.
Like the other Senran Kagura games, you have a shop and a dressing rooms to explore. The Shop have various hairstyles, outfits and card packs, amongst other things, for you to buy. New items are unlocked by playing through the various modes of the game. The Dressing room is where you can customize the girls’ outfits. All the default costumes are white, two piece swim suits but you can change it to their individual swimsuits from Estival Versus. You can also dress them in their school uniforms and shinobi outfits along with outfits that you buy. These outfits get shredded as you take damage in the game, like in the regular games. There are also outfits that become transparent as you get them wet. The default one is a t-shirt over a bikini and other one can be bought at the store. There are also accessories as in the other games to be used or bought. No balloons, though that may be DLC.
Of course, the popular Diorama mode comes back, with various settings and poses available to create your perfect scene. Outfits can be set to be ripped or wet, depending on the outfit. You can also adjust the characters head position and even their size. The pervy mode is back too, now in a separate section called Intimate Mode. You can look at, rotate and zoom in on your chosen girl. You can also grab them, poke them and do really…unacceptable-in-polite-society things to them, which, for some reason, increases their Like meter and enables you to go in for a kiss. You can also get a good look at the wet cloth physics by spraying the girls with water to get wet drenched. You can even change the colour of the water by buying different duck guns in the store. I didn’t see a yellow colour, thank God…
There is actually a story in all of this, but it is not as deep as Estival Versus. During the story for each faction, the girls deal with a conflict with in the group such as Ikaruga realizing graduation will mean leaving her friends and Murasaki getting jealous when her sister, Imu, pays more attention to Miyabi. The story is fine, but not deep enough to balance out Katsuragi’s groping obsession and Ryona and Ryobi’s…interesting family dynamic. But, it is what you would expect from a Senran Kagura game.
The thing you expect is fan service and PBS has that in spades. In fact, the game is built around the wet cloths physics that was created for Estival Versus. The outfits combined with either the ripping or the see-thru when wet mechanics is definitely front and center. I will state that I like this series because it is a little naughty. My complaint that I have with the other Senran Kagura games still stands with this one: some of the girls look too young. Mirai is the one I most have a problem with, though her default bathing suit is modest. But, with the Splash mode, she is on a two piece like the other girls. At least the girls are not hacking each other and fighting with swords, knifes and guns. Well, they do use water guns , but at leat they aren’t trying to kill each other.
There is a lot of DLC coming out for this game. This comes in the form of new outfits, weapons, accessories and cards. In fact, the FIrst Week DLC bundle cost over $73 Canadian. The DLC most are interested in though, are the guest characters. In Japan, they got Ayane, Honoka and Marie Rose from Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, Ikki Tousen, with Sonsaku, Kan’u, Ryofu and, my favourite, Ryomu, and Super Sonico, the busty, pink-haired girl from the anime, Super Sonico and the game Communication With Sonico. No North American Release datehas been confirmed, but if the Ikki Tousen girls come over, they will probably have their Chinese names. Super Sonico may have an issue depending on the publishing rights Nitro+ has with JAST USA.
Overall, this is a fun game. It is nice to see a new game in the series come out so soon after the last one and even better that the localization was fast enough to have a worldwide release within six month of the Japanese release. With a remake of Senran Kagura Burst coming for the PS4 in 2018, Peach Beach Splash will tide us over until the eventual English release. It is good to see the series thriving after six years. It might be a few more years until the next chapter in theses girls’ story, but it will be interesting to see what direction they will take.
Funko has shipped out the latest DC Legion of Collectors subscription box. This time the theme is DC’s Most Wanted, again focusing on the villains. Will it be any good? How many Batman villains take up spots in the box? Let us see!
The box has the Scarecrow on it. That’s one. Nothing out of the ordinary here.
The inside liner features an assortment of villains (8 in total). Half of them are (surprise) Batman villains. though I think Catwoman should be considered an anti-hero at this point. The other half are from the rest of the universe, with two Superman villains (Luthor and Bizzaro), Black Manta and Deadshot, who, wait – started off as a Batman villain! I’ll count that as two.
There is not flap for the patch and pin this time. In fact, there is no pin! The patch does feature Black Manta, an Aquaman villain that deserves some recognition.
Next in the box is a Funko Pop luggage tag… of the Joker. That’s three! I know that the Batman Villain box was ten months ago, but there was a Batman themed box last time. Could you please spread the love, Funko? A Captain Cold or Kalibak luggage tag would be nice.
Here’s something new! We get this set of almost chibi versions of DC baddies. We get (clockwise from the top left) Harley Quinn, Black Manta, Deathstroke and Sinestro. I won’t even ding the Batman count because three out of the four didn’t originate in the Batman comics. Besides, this year is Harley’s 25th birthday so she gets a pass.
Next, we get the t-shirt. The design shows off six of DC’s major villains each who oppose a major hero. We got Luthor (Superman), Ares (Wonder Woman), Sinestro (Green Lantern), Black Manta (Aquaman), Joker (Batman) and Captain Cold (the Flash). All six sure live up to the Most Wanted tagline so I like it. I won’t ding the count, though I think Circe or Cheetah would be better for a Wonder Woman villain. Ares was in the recent WW movie though. so I see why he is there.
Finally we get to the Pops. We get two awesome-looking Pops; Lex Luthor in his Battle Suit and the man who broke the Bat (that’s 4!), Bane. Both look great, with Luthor’s battle suit nicely detailed and Bane having his Venom tubes running to the back of his head. I love the more dynamic poses the Pops have been in recently.
Overall, I liked this box. The stickers were nice in lieu of the pins, because I really have no use for them (or the patches, for that matter) but the stickers I could put on my laptop. My one gripe is the abundance of Batman villains so soon after a Batman box. Batman is popular. I am sure Batman-related Pops would do well at retail. This box should have the lesser-known villains: Mirror Master, Fatality, Doctor Psycho, Lord Manga Kahn… okay, maybe not the last one. This box does have a pretty awesome shirt and some great Pops, though.
The next DC Legion of Collectors box ships November and will be based on the upcoming Justice League movie. Will it feature something Batman related? Probably. I am hoping for a movie Parademon Pop. Make it happen, Funko! If you wish to get the next box, you can subscribe at https://legionofcollectors.com/ . The deadline is 1 November 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, 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.
Just when I think I am out, they pull me back in. Funko got around to doing a box based around the popular Star Wars: Rebels cartoon. I could not pull out of the sub if there was a chance to get some cool merch with my second favorite Mandalorian on it (Sabine Wren), so I let it go for another round. Will it be worth it? Let’s see.
The box has the Star Wars Rebels logo and a pop style Ezra on it. Other than that, the box is the same one we’ve come to know and love. Next!
Under the lid we see this month’s pin and patch. The patch is of Zeb Orrelios, the Lasat honour guard who is the team’s muscle. His look was based on the Ralph McQuarrie sketches for Chewbacca. The pin is of Sabine Wren (yes!), or, at least, her helmet. Both are pretty decent.
Next is the shirt, featuring the main Rebels cast in Pop form. The blue and orange in the picture looks good on the black shirt. There are no variants for this month’s shirt.
Next is a Hikari of the Ghost’s resident droid, Chopper. This is supposed to be a Hiraki Mini, but it is larger than my Darth Vader one from months back. It stinks as well. I mean there is a strong plastic smell. There are five colours variations that you can get (red, orange, silver, black or white.) I am still not a big fan of these figures.
Finally we get to the Pops. We get two. One is Darth Maul, who has recently been featured on the show. He was reveled to be alive on the Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon. with a robotic lower half. The other is another holdout form The Clone Wars: Captain Rex, one of Kenobi’s and Anakin’s trusted clone troopers. Now aged and grizzled and on the run from the Empire, he also helps the Rebels. Though both are on the series, I am disappointed we did not get one of the main characters, they are still cool looking Pops.
So that was the Rebels box. I am kind of disappointed by it, as there is no Sabine pop and I don’t like the Hikari Minis. Still what we got was good so, it just the was it goes. Maybe a future Mandalorian Box will get me the unique Sabine Pop I want to pair with my Boba Fett.
The next Smuggler’s Bounty box will ship in May 2017. May’s theme is Star Wars 4o0 anniversary. 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 May 2017.