BATTLE FORCE 5 HOT WHEELS
BUTCH & SUNDANCE
CHUCK NORRIS KARATE KOMMANDOS BY KENNER
CLASH OF THE TITANS
COPS N' CROOKS
DRAGONRIDERS OF THE STYX
ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
FAMOUS MINI MONSTERS
FISHER-PRICE ADVENTURE PEOPLE
FLASH GORDON/DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH
GI JOE VINTAGE
G.I. JOE VINTAGE 3 3/4 CARDED
G.I. JOE (2000-2006)
G.I. JOE 25TH ANNIVERSARY
INDEPENDENCE DAY ID4
THE LAST AIRBENDER
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED
LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS
MONSTER IN MY POCKET
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
THE OTHER WORLD
THE PIRATES OF DARK WATER
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
PLANET OF THE APES
PRINCESS OF POWER SHE-RA
RAMBO & THE FORCES OF FREEDOM
THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS
STAR WARS MODERN FIGURES & TOYS
STAR WARS VINTAGE ACTION FIGURES
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
TRANSFORMERS: GENERATION 1
TRANSFORMERS: GENERATION 2
TRANSFORMERS: G1 ACTION MASTERS
ZAP POWER FORCE
TRANSFORMERS: BEAST WARS
TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES
TRANSFORMERS MOVIE TOYS
TRANSFORMERS: G1 MINIBOTS & SMALL FIGURES
WAR PLANETS SHADOW RAIDERS
TRON / TRON LEGACY
What can I say? I buy a lot of toys.
Therefore, I figure I might as well pass along my thoughts. I have
provided a number rating system as simple as can be:
1 = A waste of plastic 2 = For diehard fans
only 3= Good effort and may be worthy of purchase 4 = Great! 5=
A must have!
If you are a toy manufacturer and are interested in having
your product reviewed, feel free to email me@
Please note, I am honest and impartial with all reviews.
Masterpiece Rodimus Prime MP-09
Transfomers by Takara 02-02-11
||In 1986, On the big screen the most
sacrilegious thing happened to Transformers fans- The leader of
the Autobots, Optimus Prime was killed. Kids across
America wept. In his place a new leader arose, Rodimus
Besides the ridiculous name, Rodimus
wasn't half the bot as Optimus but he still had his own thing
going. The original Rodimus Prime toy was about as
lackluster as can be. This was unacceptable to me.
The leader of the Autobots must have a cool toy!
Over the last ten years, Hasbro has
produced several new incarnations of Rodimus. A few of
them were cool toys but nothing of the standard he deserved.
In Japan, Hasbro's sister company Takara
has been producing Transformers Masterpiece toys of the highest
standard and a high retail price. No matter the high two
hundred dollar price tag I had to add this to my collection.
The first reviews of MP-09 were starting
to show up about three days before I got mine and most of them
were not kind. Many complained about quality control
issues and difficulty in the transformation. I was getting
a little nervous but I was still excited.
Rodimus arrived and I was excited to
finally have it yet nervous he may break or cause me stress.
I am happy to report that he is worthy of the Masterpiece name.
Snake Eyes GI Joe Pursuit of Cobra
Series 3 by Hasbro 01-20-11
|Not everyone grew up in the 1980's and
had the joy of coming home from school, plopping down in front
of the TV and watch cartoons such as Transformers, Masters of
the Universe and G.I. Joe. I sincerely feel bad for those
of you out there who were not fortunate enough to share in such
a delight. Nevertheless, most Americans are still familiar
with these cartoons I mentioned whether it is from the nearly
unwatchable movie counterparts or even perhaps modern versions
of cartoons based on these popular toy properties.
As far as the toys go, G.I. Joe was the
one for me. There was a great variety of characters both
good and bad. The action figures were loaded with great
articulation and accessories and could be had for under three
bucks. Which meant I had a better chance of convincing my
mom to buy me a Joe than a Transformer.
Snake-Eyes was a definite favorite of mine
and most kids my age. How could you go wrong? He
wore all black and had swords. Well, at least the second
version of this character did. Snake-Eyes started out as a
Commando but soon his mythos got more complicated and he was
turned into the silent ninja. Over the last twenty-five
plus years, Snake-Eyes has become one of G.I. Joe's top
brand characters. Therefore, in nearly every new
incarnation of G.I. Joe you can almost guarantee to see several
newly designed Snake-Eyes action figures. It has
gotton to the point where I, and many other Joe fans are sick of
seeing this once adorned hero.
With Hasbro's most recent (and
greatest) series of G.I. Joe - Pursuit of Cobra, Hasbro has
already given us two new Snake-Eyes figures. However, this
time- three's definitely a charm.
The designers at Hasbro clearly were going
for the end all be all of Snake-Eyes figures here as they went
all out and skipped no minor details.
The sculpt is absolutely brilliant!
The figure's design is modeled after the 12" collector version
released by Sideshow collectables a couple of years back and
features much to gaze upon. He shares both the aesthetic
of the original commando and the popular ninja.
The articulation is where this figure
really begins to get fun. Any modern Joe collector is
familiar with the extent of the pose ability of the current
action figure line but what sets this Snake-Eyes apart from the
rest is the added wrist articulation. The wrists don't
just turn but can be moved up and down to add some exceptional
The accessories are a plenty.
Perhaps even too much for one figure. He includes two
swords with sheaths, a samurai sword, a couple hand guns, a
larger machine gun and his signature Uzi. In addition, he
has two silencers which not only attach to three of the guns but
one can actually be stored in a holster attached to his leg!
However, the best accessories (if you can call them that) are
his two different heads. Hasbro clearly did not want to
pick favorites with this design and gave us both the original
styled commando head and the famous ninja head with the visor.
Both heads look fantastic and I believe the favorite is an issue
of personal preference. I prefer the ninja head myself.
However, I do believe the body may be a better match for this
more realistic uniform.
I really could go on and on about this
brilliant action figure. I myself have gotten a little
carried away as I seem to buy this figure every time I see him
on the store shelves (I think I am up to eight). In my
defense, I often give them to friends hoping they see the
brilliance in it and share some of my enthusiasm.
Whether you grew up with G.I. Joe or not.
If you have any appreciation for action figures of any kind, YOU
MUST PICK UP THIS ACTION FIGURE! You will not be
disappointed especially for the seven dollar retail price.
I've loved G.I. Joe all my life but the new Pursuit of Cobra
series by Hasbro has truly brought out the kid in me.
5 out of 5
Cobra H.I.S.S. GI Joe Persuit of
Cobra by Hasbro 7-16-10
|In general, I don't collect vehicles that
go along with action figure toy lines. It's not that I
don't like them it is just a matter of money and space.
They are often big and hard to find space for. With that
said, over the last year I have had a growing interest in them.
I still don't have the space for them but on occasion, I do what
I can to make some room.
original Cobra H.I.S.S. is a classic vehicle. It may be
the signature Cobra vehicle. When I saw pictures of the
new version, I liked it but didn't really see the need to own
it. When I saw it in the store in the box it gave me a
slight feeling like I was a kid again and just discovered a
great new Joe vehicle. I picked it up out of curiosity and
I am fairly glad I did.
What I think I like the best about this
toy is out of the box it reminds me of that feeling as a kid
when you got a new Joe toy. You have to put it together
and it includes a comprehensive sticker sheet that is sure to
take up some time to apply. Putting together the H.I.S.S.
isn't difficult but is certainly fun.
The color does bother me a bit. The
original H.I.S.S. was black and made it seem more imposing.
The new one is a dark brown. Perhaps it is to match the
desert theme and I am sure they will release a black one within
the next year or two.
The H.I.S.S. features some action
features. There is a button that lifts the main body from
the bottom. It is a cool feature. However, I find it
difficult to keep it locked into place before activating.
It also features rotating guns, shooting missiles and two
opening canopies. The main canopy in the front is not
transparent. I do wish it was but I suppose with modern
war machines, they have camera's and computers to navigate.
The back canopy is a bit cooler as it opens for a surprise
The H.I.S.S. comes with a new H.I.S.S.
driver. I am not sure how much of this mold is a new
sculpt but it looks refreshing while remaining true to the
original character design. He includes a gun and a Cobra
banner on a pole.
The stickers are perhaps the most fun
aspect of this toy and there are a lot of them. So many
that I did not apply every one. It is clear that the team
at Hasbro working on the current GI Joe toys are genuine fans of
the originals and are doing a great job of creating something
fresh while still paying homage to the original Real American
I probably could have gone without owning
the new Cobra H.I.S.S. but that does not mean I regret
buying it. I think Hasbro is showing that they can create
new & interesting vehicles as part of the new GI Joe line
instead of repainting and reissuing the originals. Out of
all the toy lines Hasbro continues to pump out there, GI Joe
provides the greatest quality & freshness while giving this
child of the 80's the nod to the past I so desire.
4 out of 5
Blue Devil DC Universe Classics by
|I love Mattel's DC Universe Classics
figures. However, due to the difficulty in finding them,
the retail price and just keeping up with line altogether, I
stopped collecting them but that wasn't going to stop me from
picking up a figure here and there.
Blue Devil is a rather obscure DC
superhero but as a child of the 1980's, I remember the character
fondly and knew I was going to break down and buy the DC
Classics version if I ever found it. Fortunate, I
(obviously) I did find one and at a reasonable price for this
expensive toy line.
Like every other action figure I ever
picked up in the DC Universe Classics series, Blue Devil is very
well sculpted and represents the comic book counterpart as good
as I could have hoped for. He likely shares body parts
with many of the other figures in the series but still looks
unique. The head is my favorite aspect of the sculpt as it
really does look like he did in the comic book when I read
it when I was a kid. Other than the head and perhaps the
collar, there really isn't anything mind-blowingly unique here.
The paint and plastic colors are perhaps
where the figure shines. The color combination is
especially nice. The mixture of both tones of blue and
yellow make Blue Devil stand out from many other superheroes.
The plastic quality is excellent. This has become
increasingly important to me as many toy companies seem to have
gone to cheaper plastics due to the economy. The paint
applications are fairly well done. However there is some
minor paint slop. Mostly with the yellow but it may just
stand out more because yellow is such a bright color.
Nevertheless, it is acceptable.
Articulation is typical to DCUC figures
and is as good as one might hope for with a superhero action
figure (or any action figure for that matter). The neck
articulation is slightly limited due to the large collar.
The Blue Devil's only accessory is a
pitchfork and that is all he really need. He does include
build-A-Figure parts and a small character button. The
button adds no value to this toy at all and if I could have
saved a buck without it, I would welcome the discount.
I do want to mention that the packaging
continues to specify "Adult Collector" which I absolutely hate.
This is an action figure sold in the toy isle. I
appreciate the high quality and detail but the only purpose I
can see for that label is an excuse for Mattel to charge their
exorbitant prices because there is nothing fragile about this
product to lead a parent to believe their child should not play
with this item. DCUC figures are actually some of the most
fun action figures on the market these days and it is
unfortunate that many children are advised not to play with
Blue Devil is a great action figure and
makes me wish I could afford to keep up with the collection.
Nevertheless, I am okay with only buying one once in awhile but
if Mattel ever changes their mind about making these accessible
to the general collector, I would consider coming back for the
4.5 out of 5
Autobot Drift & Thrust Transformers
Generations by Hasbro 07-01-10
|I can't say I get that immersed in
Transformers lore. I haven't read a Transformers comic
book since the days of Dreamwave Comics (yes, I was a fan).
Drift is a character from the IDW comics that has seemed to
garner quite a fan following. Thrust is a retool/repaint
of the Classics Starscream that was released in Japan and as a
super rare Botcon exclusive. Hasbro rewards the diehard
collector's by releasing toys of both of these highly desired
As I said, Thrust isn't really new so I am
going to spend the majority of this review focusing on Drift but
I would like to say, it is nice that Hasbro has recognized how
ridiculous it was for them to make this highly desired toy as
part of a over-priced premium for the Botcon convention.
Hasbro did a good job bringing him to retail with a quality
paint job and plastic that does not feel like it is from a
gumball machine toy.
Drift's vehicle mode is of a rather
generic car. It looks like a Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi
and every other Japanese automobile that can be tinkered with to
be race ready. This isn't a complaint but it is not very
memorable. The car is white with some Japanese lettering
graphics on the side to try to add a little character. I
am happy that some of the windshields are made out of a separate
transparent plastic but I think Hasbro could have worked in the
back windshield as well.
The transformation is fairly easy yet fun.
There are no groundbreaking twists and turns but it is smooth
The robot mode like the vehicle mode, is
fairly generic. I am not too familiar with Drift in the
comics but from the pictures I remember seeing, it seems to fit.
Even though the robot is generic, it is still appealing.
Drift looks heroic and classic. I'll take that over any
movie character design any day.
What makes Drift really shine are his
weapons. He includes two small swords that fit into side
holsters (the doors of the car) and one long sword that can be
held by both hands and also can be stored on his back. I
like that the swords are casted in a silver/grey plastic instead
of a brightly colored or transparent plastic.
The plastic used on Drift is very high
gloss which does make him look a little cheap. I so wish
Hasbro would step up the quality of the materials used on
Transformers even if it costs me another buck or two per figure.
The paint applications are clean but limited.
Thrust is more or less a nice piece using
a mold that has been done to death already but I am still happy
to fianlly have it. Drift on the other hand is of a
character never done before as an official toy. Even
though he has many generic qualities and could use a plastic
upgrade, he is sure to be a fan favorite due to his heroic
appearance and cool ninja weapons.
3.5 out of 5
Optimus Prime & Bumblebee War for
Cybertron Transformers Generations by Hasbro 07-01-10
|After a horrendous year of Transformers
movie toys, I finally get a break with two new toys from the new
War for Cybertron video game. I am not a gamer.
Therefore, I could not review the game but I do like the
character designs as they are hyper detailed versions of some of
the most beloved characters. They all feature strange
Cybertronian vehicle modes but as I've always said, "it's more
about the robot".
The first thing I
noticed with the Optimus Prime and Bumblebee is they are
packaged in robot mode. I prefer my transforming toys to
be packaged in alt. modes because I feel the robot is the
pay-off. However, if you saw these vehicle modes first,
you might pass on purchasing them. Bumblebee is not that
bad. It looks like what Bee might look like if he was
immersed in the Tron movie universe. Prime on the other
hand is much more compromised. I wouldn't say I hate it it
just really doesn't look like anything. However, the
colors let you know it is a Prime.
The transformations on both these guys are
pretty fun. They are rather challenging on the first try
but the more they are transformed, the smoother they get.
I like a transformation that takes a little to figure out and
then can be perfected.
Both robot modes are solid. Bee is
pretty much what you would expect. He looks like, well,
Bumblebee. I am a bit sick of seeing these guys over and
over even if I am a big fan. With that said, I love this
Prime! The robot design is very sharp with lots of
details. The head design (although small) is very dynamic.
Now here is where I get a bit infuriated.
Hasbro continues to insult the great designers and engineers who
work so hard on Transformers by using poor plastics and a lack
of paint applications. Bumbleebee is better than Prime but
still lacking. Prime is made out of a cheap model kit red
plastic and a dull grey. I have accepted that rubber
wheels are not used anymore but I cannot deal with this kind of
plastic. I would gladly pay another buck or two for a
higher quality product. As far as the paint goes, I know
Hasbro is following the colors of the video game but the pink
highlights look wrong and would make so much better sense in
Both figures each come with a gun.
Bee's is a small little pistol and Prime has a big'un. I
am very happy to see Prime's gun casted in black and actually
look somewhat like a gun. I have gotten rather tired of
all these transparent or brightly colored weapons. Prim's
gun does have some sort of transforming mechanism which I still
am trying to figure out its real purpose.
I am so happy to be getting non-movie toys
and Hasbro almost nailed these guys (even with the compromised
vehicle modes). However, the lack of quality materials
insults me as a collector and a child at heart. In 1984 we
didn't get this kind of trash so why are we allowing this almost
30 years later?
quality 2.5 out of 5
design and play 4 out of 5
She-Ra Masters of the Universe
Classics by Mattel 06-23-10
|I really didn't plan on picking up She-Ra
from mattycollector.com but I was going after Faker and a friend
asked me to try to get him a She-Ra anyways so I went for it.
After painstakingly refreshing my computer over and over I
finely got through to mattycollector but not without my blood
pressure ready to explode.
She-Ra is the third female and the first
Princess of Power action figure in the Masters of the Universe
Classics line. She shares body parts with Teela and
Evil-Lyn but is distinctive nonetheless. The body is well
sculpted just like all the other figures in the series thus far.
She is rather tall and very amazon like. There are two
heads here. I suppose these could be considered
accessories. She comes packaged with the "vintage" styled
head attached which I think is the inferior one. It's not
that it is poorly done. It emulates the original figure
well but it just isn't as appealing. The cartoon accurate
head is much more heroic and fitting to the character.
The articulation is slightly inferior to
that of the male body style but still has plenty of play value.
She-Ra lacks a waist joint which I think is a good thing as it
would take too much away from the sculpt. The ankles are a
bit loose which is rather frustrating when trying to stand her
The paint job is spectacular as expected
from the "classics" series. There isn't a great deal of
paint applications but the gold and white are very well done
alonge with the face details.
She-Ra comes with plenty of accessories: A
sword, shield, comb/ax, cape and if you consider the additional
head. As usual, they are all well done. I could have
lived without the comb but I'm sure fans of the original
I am starting to get used to the high
retail price of each figure since I think these are some of the
best done domestic action figures being produced. However,
I am not accepting of the stress and difficulty in obtaining
them. Considering they each sell out in mere minutes, it
seems pretty clear that Mattel are not meeting the demand.
I see no reason for Mattel to not produce more of these figures
and easing the frustrations of the consumers of these products.
Until then, the Masters of the Universe Classics action figures
will continue to create a love/hate relationship for those like
myself who are collecting them.
4.5 out of 5
Duke GI Joe Pursuit of Cobra by
|Hasbro has been on a roll making quality
GI Joe's since the GI Joe 25th Anniversary action figures.
Even though I am not into the movie characters and designs, I
still think Hasbro did an overall good job executing them.
Nevertheless, GI Joe is back with a post movie toy line,
"Pursuit of Cobra" that I was too excited for them to start
hitting the states before I got my hands on one.
I have always been a Duke fan. I make
no bones about it. He is a pretty cool team leader to me.
When I first saw pictures of the new POC Duke, my biggest
concern was the head sculpt. It looked a little to
cartoony for my taste and the headband was hard to get
used to but I am happy to report that the head sculpt is perhaps
my favorite aspect of this action figure. Hasbro really
captured the look of this Joe leader. He looks far less
generic than expected.
Actually, there is only one aspect
of this Duke action figure I don't care for and that is he is
wearing the chest armor from the silly movie. This seems
rather lazy to me for Hasbro to do this but now that I think
about it, I believe POC was initially intended as an extension
to the movie series. Thankfully, the chest armor can
be covered by the great utility belt, straps or whatever you
would call it. You can still see a little of the armor but
other than the little gold GI Joe emblem, it is not too
distracting. However, knowing it is there sort of takes a
little away from this otherwise brilliant action figure.
Other than Duke's belts, he includes some
great accessories such as: a huge backpack, knife that fits
nicely in its holster, two big guns with 2 clips, pistol and
flashlight. Perhaps it is a slight accessory overload but
I really like how Hasbro seems to be starting to give the
figures personal accessories again. Also, it looks like
Hasbro has returned to the 25th anniversary style stands.
I just hope the cobra figures have two pegs like the Joe's do.
The paint applications really impressed
me. Hasbro could have easily cheesed out (as they have
been doing with Transformers) and skimped on the paint but
instead he is loaded with paint details. What I was most
happy about was Duke was not given yellow hair. Hasbro
went with a normal more realistic blonde color. The
camouflage is very nicely done both on his skin and pants.
He does seem to feature more brown on the lower legs to emulate
dirt. I am generally not too crazy about these kind of
paint applications but it certainly does not look bad.
Articulation really is a non-issue with GI
Joe. Hasbro has consistently done a fine job with their GI
Joe figures and Duke is no different.
The chest armor upsets me because without
it this could have easily been one of my favorite Duke figures
ever. With it, it is still excellent, just a step away
from the realism I prefer. However, if Duke is any
indication of how POC is to shape up, I think I am going to be
incredibly disappointed when the new GI Joe Renegades toys start
up as POC may turn out to be some of the greatest and refreshing
GI Joe designs to surface since the originals from the early
4.5 out of 5
The Last Airbender by Smin Master
|I have yet to see any of the big
blockbuster summer movies. I still want to see Iron-Man 2
but I've been there, done that. The A-Team looks fun but
unless I happen to go opening weekend, I can wait for DVD.
The only movie that has me intrigued enough to make a true
effort to go to the theater to see is The Last Airbender.
Airbender is based off of the Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: the
Last Airbender that I have never seen but I have been assured it
is very good and even though director, M. Night Shyamalan's last
couple movies were stinkers, I think this one (which he did not
create) could be very good.
What drew to me to the toys was primarily
the scale. I love me some 3 3/4" action figures. In
addition, these are made by Spin Master Toys. Spin Master
has the master toy license for winter's Tron: Legacy action
figures which I am anticipating more than any other movie that I
know of that is coming out soon. So, I am very curious of
what I might expect as far as action figure quality goes.
The character's from the Last Airbender
are certainly not as aesthetically pleasing as what might come
out of Tron: Legacy and that is perhaps the biggest downfall of
the action figures in general. Each of the five action
figures are rather well sculpted and resemble (style-wise) what
Hasbro is doing with Star Wars figures. I like the plastic
used. In comparison with Jazwares A-Team figures, these
blow them away. The sculpts are clean and detailed.
They appear to represent what we will see on the big screen.
Blue Spirit is easily the most interesting looking of the five
figures as he is almost all blue and wears a scary monster type
mask. There are two Aang figures that are nearly identical
except one has pupils in the eyes and the other does not.
These are well articulated action figures
and I really like the thigh joints. I do prefer the ball
joints Hasbro uses on their Star Wars figures over the joints
used on the knees and elbows used here by Spin Master.
Perhaps that is my only articulation complaint.
Each figure includes what appears to be a
movie accurate accessory or two. They all seem well
The paint jobs are a bit sloppy and I had
to look over a few figures at the store before settling.
However, I like the matte finishes and colors used.
I also got the Appa creature which looks
very nice with the set and adds a more fantasy element.
The only major criticism with it is there is only articulation
with the head and compared to the excellent creature toys Mattel
made for Avatar, the Appa is inferior.
The absolute greatest complaint I have is
not with the toys themselves but the retail price. I paid
eight bucks a figure and that seems ludicrous for a 3 3/4"
action figure even in today's economy. The worst part is I
am pretty confident these will go on clearance but I not only
wanted them now but I feel obligated to support these sorts of
action figure series because ultimately this is what I want from
a movie toy line.
Overall, The Last Airbender movie action
figures are very satisfying and best of all is it gives me great
hopes that the Tron: Legacy action figures could be one of the
best movie action figure lines since I can remember but I
suppose I'll still have to wait and see.
4 out of 5
Transformers Alternity Starscream &
|Other than Transformers Masterpiece' and
the few Animated toys that are still slowly trickling out,
Transformers Alternity is the only Transformers series I look
forward to. As a huge fan of realistic high detailed,
die-cast transforming toys, Alternity's are the second best
thing to Binaltech. With only the fourth mold in the
series, do Starscream and Skywarp satisfy?
First and foremost, I am not a Transformers
purist. I don't have a problem with a character who once
turned into a jet switching alt modes. I am perfectly okay
with these seekers turning into cars and I think for those who
do not like this, Takara chose the best car possible to fit the
bill. However, I do like when a character shares the same
face and colors that they originate with. The Mitsuoka Orochi is an extremely unique sports
car. It almost has an organic look to it. Takara did
an excellent job on the vehicle mode as the toy looks just like
the car (at least from every resource I have come across).
The colors on both cars are excellent. The purple on
Skywarp has a beautiful high gloss as Starscream is more of a
matt finish. The vehicle features an interesting feature
similar to G1 Tracks. The back wheels turn to reveal
wings. It is a cool feature to help satisfy those who have
a hard time accepting that these two seekers are cars.
The transformations are much more
entertaining than I anticipated. I don't know why I
expected more frustration but overall, it is smooth. There
are a few spots where certain parts have to be perfectly
adjusted and the occasional part falls off but this isn't
anything unusual for a complex Transformer.
The robot is where I have the most issues.
The design is of a more tall and slender robot. I do
prefer my robots a bit chunkier but it fits the characters.
They are reminiscent of something that would have come out of
the RID series. The only aesthetic difference between the
two besides the colors are the head sculpts. Skywarp has a
well sculpted head and looks similar enough to the original
character. However, with Starscream, Takara took a
different approach. The head resembles a bug like creature
(perhaps, loosely inspired by the movie design). He has
large bug eyes and a long face. I rather dislike the head
design completely. It is amazing how a head design can
easily change a toy so drastically. I'll say it again:
I really dislike the head! I thought I would get used to
it and I would start to grow fond of it but I have not.
Moving on, the top of the car becomes wings that I found
somewhat awkward at first but have since started appreciating
the creativity of how they work. The rest of the robot
looks nice without any major complaints.
Just like with the vehicle modes, the robots
are well painted. I prefer the Skywarp overall but perhaps
there may be a tad too much purple. The Starscream stands
out better as it combines a better contrast of colors with white
on black with blue highlights. I like the dark tone of
blue used. However, he may have better benefitted with a
lighter blue paint. I did not have any problems with
paint chipping but keep in mind that these are not your typical
Transformers toys designed for children so it is smart to be
cautious when transforming.
The only accessories these guys include
are missile launchers that attach to the arms. These are
typical for these characters and are a nice nod to the originals
even though I generally like hand weapons.
Other than Starscream's head, these really
are some nice figures and are superior to most of what Hasbro is
releasing in the US. With that said, these are the most
disappointing figures from the Alternity line. This is not
to scare anyone away from adding these to their collection.
I am happy I have them. I just hope future Alternity
figures step it up a notch.
out of 5
The A-Team by Jazwares
|Even though I grew up in the 1980's, I
can't say I really remember watching the A-Tem much.
However, I was very aware of it and even had the B.A. Baracus
(Mr. T) action figure as a kid. After seeing the trailer
for the new movie, my interest went from zero to hero. It
looks like a fun action film but when it came to action figures,
I only became interested when I heard they were in a 3 3/4"
scale which is easily my favorite scale. As soon as
pictures were revealed I knew I wanted them all. After
hearing they were hitting Target stores, I went on a wild goose
chase for a couple of days. I finally found them today.
The sculpts are not too bad coming from a
smaller company like Jazwares who have been progressively better
over the years. The faces definitely resemble the actors.
Other than Lynch, I can clearly identify all of them. The bodies
all have a similar structure other than "Face". Face wears
a suit and I predict many customizers will be using this body
for many future suit wearing characters.
The sculpts get completely muddled in the
rough paint jobs. The paint work almost looks hand
painted. The colors aren't so bad but the washes don't
look as good as they could. The paint used really ruins
the head sculpts on these figures. It isn't all bad
though. I kind of like the wash on BA's jeans.
The articulation could be better, could be
worse. They have good arm and leg movement but I would
have liked a waist joint.
I think the accessory department is what
frustrates me the most. Each figure comes with the same
exact weapons accept for Hannibal. Each figure includes a
pistol and machine gun. Hannibal comes with the same
pistol but also includes a different, nicely painted machine
gun. I haven't seen this movie yet but I have to assume
that these characters will be using a plethora of weapons and it
would have been nice if Jazwares would have provided these
figures with their own personal arsenal.
After seeing the first pictures of these
action figures, they are not as good as I hoped for.
However, they are also not as bad as they could have been.
When you put all of them together they look pretty neat.
These action figures have enough flaws to give them a worse
score than I have given them but I am a sucker for 3 3/4" movie
accurate action figures and that is pretty much what these are
and at a reasonable price too.
3 out of 5
Optikk Masters of the Universe
Classics by Mattel 05-22-10
|For those who are not familiar with
Optikk, he is a space mutant as part of the 1990's New
Adventure's of He-Man toy line. The New Adventures was
more or less He-Man with more of a science fiction look over the
MOTU fantasy. There were actually many nicely designed
figures for the line though kids and collector's didn't take to
it. Arguably the coolest of all the characters was Optikk.
Apparently Mattel also thinks so as they have made him the first
figure from New Adventures to be added to the Classics series.
The sculpt of Optikk looks far more
complex and unique than the other fuzzy loin cloth wearing
figures before him. Optikk has a much more unique armor.
It is especially refreshing considering many of the MOTUC
figures have been mostly repainted previous figures with slight
retooling. Even though the original Optikk figure is
pretty solid the new one's size makes him look far more
imposing. The head (as you can see) is a big giant
eyeball. two heads (or eyes) are included: one with a
green pupil and the other is orange. I prefer the green
pupil one because there is a nice contrast of orange lines
The paint job is the only real
disappointment here. The gold, red and grey which is the
majority of paint is done quite well but both heads had some
white paint bleeds onto the cool pupils which are the focal
point of this figure. I was able to chip most of it away
but for the premium price I paid for these, I shouldn't have to.
The articulation follows the trend of the
other MOTUC figures accept perhaps the torso joint may be a
little hindered by all the details in that area. I am
perfectly fine with that. The head (eye) rotates side to
side and slightly up and down.
Aside from the eye variants, Optikk
includes a very cool blaster similar to the one that was
included with the vintage figure. He also comes with a
shield that fits this character very well.
Collector's may have held off on Optikk
because he wasn't a part of the original Masters of the Universe
toy line. If so, it was a mistake as this is an incredibly
cool figure with a unique character design. Whether you
are a fan of MOTU or strange sci-fi aliens, Optikk is a must
have and continues MOTU Classics trend of producing some of the
finest action figures for the US market.
4.5 out of 5
Marvel Universe Thor by Hasbro
|Out of frustration I have stopped
collecting Mattel's DC Universe Classics. It is rather
unfortunate because they are very nice figures but they are
nearly impossible to find at retail and if you do stumble across
them, they will run you nearly fifteen bucks! On top of
that, once I finally started to catch up, a new wave would get
released. Well, I need to get my superhero fix somehow and
even though Hasbro's Marvel Universe figures aren't cheap either
and the good characters can also be tough to find, it's a change
of pace. Plus, I love 3 3/4" action figures.
I was looking for Thor ever since he was
released. I've always liked Thor and even though this is a
new modern costume for the Norse god that I am not that familiar
with, it stays true to the character. I unfortunately did
not find him at retail and paid a premium that I would not
normally pay for an item like this but I was at the Motor City
Comic-Con and felt like splurging.
I think Hasbro has done an all right job
with MU but overall they have not been nearly as good as they
could be. That was up until Thor. This is perhaps
the best looking action figure in the entire line. There
are some very fine details in the armor and the texture of the
costume. The cape is also very well done and I am
particularly glad that Hasbro hasn't gone with soft goods like
they have with their Star Wars figures. The head is quite
unique because it looks more artist specific than any other
figure in the series. I couldn't tell you who the artist
may be but you can see by looking at it that it is of a unique
The paint job is well done. Hasbro
has applied some nice washes to both the armor and the costume.
The plastic used on this figure seems a little rubbery
especially on the head but it at least makes him durable.
Thor is well articulated and can be posed
in as many positions as he would ever need. The only
accessories included are his hammer and a stand which is really
all he needs. I'm glad Hasbro started including stands
with these figures. They are still a buck or two
overpriced but it at least adds a little added value.
I quite like this figure and hope this is
a sign of the future for the Marvel Universe action figures.
They are nowhere near as cool as the DCUC action figures but it
is definitely a step in the right direction. If Hasbro can
improve some of the plastics used and lower the price, I think
they could get me to buy a few of the characters I wouldn't
normally pick up.
4 out of 5
PP01 Faith Leader by IGear
|Igear's PP01 Faith Leader has easily been
the most controversial toy to be discussed between my toy geek
friends and I. For those who don't know, it is essentially
a scaled down Masterpiece Optimus Prime by a 3rd party company.
It can easily be considered a high quality expensive knock-off
or bootleg. I'll just get this out of the way now; where
as I don't think this item is the most moral one, it is
certainly one that I really wanted. Therefore, if Hasbro
has no interest in accommodating their fan base and a third
party company is, I suppose a toy addict like myself has to do
what I have to do. Enough about all that...
Without question, Masterpiece Convoy (Optimus
Prime) is my all time favorite toy. I genuinely do not
think it could have been done any better. With that said,
I always wished Hasbro would release a smaller version and not
so I could put it with the Classics but because I wanted one
that was a bit more portable. Igear has done what Hasbro
would not but it is at a cost. The Faith Leader cost
roughly around a hundred bucks which was what I originally paid
for the Takara Masterpiece.
I really like this scale. Don't get
me wrong. I like my robots big and prefer the 13" MP but
it's nice to have a 9" one that I can mess with when I'm lying
around on the couch. The first thing you will notice when
you pick this up is how light it is. The MP was loaded
with die-cast metal and the PP01 has none. The plastic
itself is even fairly light for a standard action figure which
felt almost too light to me at first but the more I played with
it, the more I got used to it and it started feeling like a
rather comfortable weight.
The plastic is actually rather durable
which was a relief as one of the main reasons I bought it was to
play with it and with a third party company, you never know what
you might get. I also like the texture and the colors of
the plastic. They look of a very high quality. There
is a fair amount of chrome just like in the original MP.
The rest of the paint applications are very well done with no
The transformation and sculpt is identical
to the MP Prime so there isn't much reason to go into that.
They are top notch. However, the opening chest area seems
to latch much better with the PP01. The joints are
also fairly tight accept a little in the legs.
One of the big differences with the PP01
and MP are the accessories. They both come with a gun,
Megatron gun and ax but the PP01 also includes a gun that can be
held by the Classics Prime as well as additional hands.
The extra hands feature some great finger articulation but they
must be screwed on and to be honest, I am perfectly okay with
the regular one's. Therefore, I will probably never try
them on. The coolest extra accessory the PP01 includes is
an extra head that is more cartoon accurate. It is very
well done. I am not sure which one I will keep with him on
display but I'm leaning towards the regular version because the
cartoon head must be removed before transforming him. The
head also includes a pretty cool display stand for it. The
PP01 also includes the Matrix but the light up feature has been
I really do love this toy but the way I
see it; Hasbro should have released this and it should have
retailed for about forty bucks. I paid a huge premium to
add this smaller scaled Prime to my collection and I have
absolutely no regrets as it was done very well. Perhaps,
it could have used just a tad bit more weight but otherwise it
is as good as can be.
4.5 out of 5
Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear Disney
Pixar Collection by Mattel 5-06-10
|I enjoy the Toy Story movies as much as
the next guy. I owned a few of the toys from the first two
movies mostly that of Buzz Lightyear who really represents the
action figure better than other characters. I never felt I
needed to add another Buzz to my collection. However, I am
rather obsessed with the 3 3/4" scale and when I first saw this
figure at retail almost a year ago and passed on it due to the
ten dollar retail price, I kind of regretted it. So, when
I saw that the figure was rereleased for Toy Story 3, I felt it
was my chance to own it.
that most surprised me about this figure is the thirteen dollar
price tag! How can Mattel justify charging thirteen
dollars for a 3 3/4" figure? By adding the words "Adult
Collector" apparently. Personally, I think this is crap!
Why are they marketing a small action figure for Toy Story 3 to
adults? Nevertheless, I am a sucker and I bought it.
So, perhaps it is me who is the fool.
I figured for thirteen dollars I was going
to at least get one of the most incredible action figures made
in this scale with tons of articulation and flip up wings.
Well, guess what? I am pretty disappointed. Don't
get me wrong; Buzz is a well sculpted action figure with good
articulation. However, there are some missed opportunities
here. For this price, there is no reason Buzz should not
have ankle joints and wings that fold up and down and perhaps
some sort of ball jointed waist. However, what he does
have is a cool dome that opens and closes and some nice
shoulder, elbow, thigh and knee joints.
The paint job varies. I found two of
these Buzz figures and they both had some minor paint
sloppiness. Nothing I would normally lose sleep over but
at thirteen bucks...
This Buzz Lightyear action figure is
actually fairly nice. If he was priced at six bucks or
even eight, I probably would have been fairly satisfied but this
is nowhere near worth what I paid and I don't know who Mattel
Toys think they are to charge such an exorbitant price. I
regret paying for this and wish I would have just waited for
these to go on clearance cause at this price, only compulsive
fools like myself are going to oblige Mattel and this crap like
calling something "Adult Collector" in order to ask a premium.
3 out of 5 Figure
1 out of 5 Value
Prince of Persia Sands of Time by
McFarlane Toys 5-01-10
|I have never heard of the Prince of
Persia video game and when I saw the trailer for the new
mega-budget Disney film, I thought it looked pretty
unimpressive. When I heard McFarlane Toys was making
action figures, I knew this was a movie toy line I would skip.
But then I heard they were making a series of 3 3/4" scaled
figures. Anyone who knows anything about my collecting
habits knows I love that scale. Therefore, I figured
perhaps I would check out one of them until I saw them on store
Let me begin by saying, I
am not a big fan of McFarlane Toys. To me, they are
responsible for changing action figures as I knew them in the
mid-1990's. I admit at first I was along for the ride but
after realizing the lack of quality control and the ever
decreasing articulation, I was no longer on the band wagon.
I have no need for mini plastic statues. With Prince of
Persia, McFarlane Toys has not completely let go of the statue
like collectable figures. In addition to the 3 3/4" action
figure series, there are three figures similar to McFarlane Toys
signature "Nerd Hummels". I have no interest in them at
all. Nevertheless, back to the PoP figures at hand...
When I saw these on the shelves at my
local Target, it was more of a curiosity for me. I thought
McFarlane Toys has been doing a good job with their Halo figures
but I am not really into it. However, these just grabbed
me. I instantly grabbed one of each figure including the
one that came with the horse.
There are four basic figures: 2 Prince
Dastan figures and 2 bad guys. The Desert garb Dastan is a
Target exclusive and has a translucent arm. The characters
themselves don't look very interesting. They are all clad
in browns and dark earthy tones. However, the sculpting on all
four are phenomenal. Other than Jake Gylenhaal, I'm not
sure who the other actors are but Jake looks dead on. The
details in the sculpts are really incredible. I haven't
seen movie toys since the Golden Compass that I liked this much.
The paint applications are love/hate for
me because there are some great washes and details but it may be
in your best interest to study the figures before buying them as
there is some sloppiness. I was happy to find a nice set
with only minor paint issues.
The articulation is top notch with only
one flaw. The hip joints do not stay on that well.
They are ball jointed and will fall off if forced too much.
Thankfully, they pop back on.
The Prince Dastan and Aksh (horse) set is
better than I expected. The horse is well articulated and
reminds me of the horses that came out in the 1980's as part of
the Lone Ranger and Zorro lines but with better sculpts and with
softer plastic. The Dastan figure includes a cloth cloak.
I am not generally a fan of soft goods. However, at least
it is made of a better quality cloth than what Hasbro is using
for their Star Wars lines.
I am very impressed with the outstanding
job McFarlane has done with these figures. No matter
whether the movie does well or not, I have a feeling these are
not going to sell well because the characters are just not
interesting enough. There are no monsters or robots and
that seems to be what sells with kids. In addition, these
figures are not cheap. I picked them up at Target for
$7.99 each. That is a buck too high in my opinion. Though,
I have heard that Toys R Us are getting these for $6.99 which is
a little better. Nevertheless, if you are a fan of
highly detailed, well articulated 3 3/4" action figures, you
can't go wrong. If McFarlane continues to follow this
trend with future toy lines, consider me a fan.
4.5 out of 5
Evil-Lyn Masters of the Universe
Classics by Mattel 4-28-2010
|I was toiling with the idea of not
writing a review of the newest figure, Evil-Lyn because I seem
to have the same things to say about each figure that comes out:
Great action figure, better than the one before but still too
pricey and to be rather honest, nothing has changed here with
Evil-Lyn. Nevertheless, there are still some things to say
I am rather happy that
they went with the classic figure design instead of the cartoon
or 2002 look because I particularly like the yellow skin.
Mattel did an exceptional job with it as well. The skin
isn't just yellow but has some subtle orange shading to it.
Normally, I don't go for this kind of thing on an action figure
but it is done very well and isn't overwhelming. The rest
of the colors are outstanding. I love the two tones of
blue on the outfit. They are classic and classy.
The sculpt is pretty much Teela with a new
head. The head is exactly what I expect from the Four
Horsemen; a wonderful re-vamp of the original figure. The
headdress has some nice details such as the skull that sits at
The accessories are what really makes this
(mostly) repaint figure worth the money. She includes a
staff with crystal ball at the top like the original figure but
what makes this truly unique is the crystal ball is removable
and can be attached to a smaller staff. To be honest, I
would have been perfectly fine with just the longer staff.
The other accessory that I do really dig is Evil-Lyn includes
her falcon (who's name escapes me right now). What
separates this falcon with the one that came with Teela is this
one has the armor that was included with the original toy and a
stand. The stand really is a welcomed addition as I can
actually display it unlike the one with Teela. Evil-Lyn
also comes with a knife that is well painted. However, I
would have preferred a silver blade instead of it being blue.
The articulation is exactly like Teela.
It is very good but lacks a waist joint. I can live with
this because I think it helps the overall sculpt.
Evil-Lyn was never my favorite character
or one that I was hotly anticipating. With that said, she
is a necessity to the Classics line and one that was done as
good as possible. Now that it seems that Mattel is taking
a break from some of the core characters from the original
Masters of the Universe series; I am glad I picked her up and so
4.5 out of 5
Movie Masters The Dark Knight Joker
with Missile Launcher by Mattel 04-20-10
|Long after the brilliant Dark Knight has
left movie theaters it still resonates with its audience and toy
collector's. Mattel's well done Movie Masters action
figures were to continue only as high priced Mattycollector
exclusives. Thankfully, they have negotiated with Toys R'
Us to carry the new assortment.
The first Movie Masters Joker was a very
fine figure. Sure, I could find things that could be
improved on but overall it was satisfying. With the new
Joker figure, we get an even more detailed figure in a slightly
different outfit. Well, not really a different outfit just
sans jacket. The detail on the patterned shirt is
phenomenal and my favorite aspect of the figure. The
colors on the rest of the figure are vibrantly dark especially
his green vest. The color combinations really make this
figure stand out.
The only other real noticeable difference
is this figure has been given a new head sculpt. This time
with more slicked back greasy hair and a lot messier
(intentionally) paint job on the face. I particularly like
the paint on the face as it is less clean than the original
Joker figure. However, I think Mattel may have overdone
the red on the lips a bit as it hides a lot of the sinister look
on the Joker's face.
This figure has similar articulation as
the other Movie Masters figures. He really has as much
articulation as you could ask for from an action figure of this
scale of a guy who is virtually wearing casual clothing.
The only accessory the Joker includes is a
giant missile launcher like the one he used in the film.
It is painted in cartoony colors with a Joker face on the
missile. I can't remember if this was how it was done up
in the movie. I would have to watch the film again to
confirm the accuracy. If it is in fact how it looked on
screen than I can accept it. Otherwise, I would have
preferred a less colorful missile launcher.
This figure is priced fairly normal for a
six inch quality action figure but that doesn't mean I have to
like it. It is still hard for me to take in I had to
spend almost thirteen dollars on this. Nevertheless, it is
a nice addition to the Dark Knight Movie Masters collection and
I suppose I'd rather spend the thirteen bucks on it than not
have a chance to own it at all.
4.5 out of 5
Convoy (Optimus Prime) Transformers
Animated by Takara Tomy
|The Transformers Animated toy line is
pretty much done in the states but in Japan, Takara Tomy has
just started releasing the toys and airing the cartoon.
The difference of the toys is the paint jobs and in most cases
(from what I've seen) I prefer the US versions as they fit in
with the cartoon better. Nevertheless, I love Optimus
Prime and was more than interested in checking out this more
"realistic" colored toy.
I absolutely love this toy! It is one of my all time
favorite's. The design and playability are excellent.
I don't usually get in the habit of buying repaints (especially
at fifty bucks) but I had to get this and I am glad I did.
I won't go into the transformation and all that because this toy
has essentially been around for a couple of years now.
What sets this version apart from the US released figure is the
amazing paint job. You can always rely on the Japanese to
make a toy look really amazing.
Convoy features an amazing sparkled blue
and red plastic that is perfectly matched with the paint.
He also features silver gloss for the thighs, face and other
details. The colors definitely provide a more realistic
appearance for this toy that makes it stand out.
There really isn't any slop or other
issues with this figure. However, I wish Takara Tomy
would have given Convoy better weapons but I suppose these are
fairly accurate to the animated counterpart.
I suppose I could provide a bit more of a
detailed review but it really boils down to how much you like
Optimus Prime or Animated with whether this is a worthy
purchase. In the end, I prefer the US paint schemes over
the Japanese ones as a whole but for aesthetics alone, the
Takara Tomy Convoy is beautiful and makes for a great stand
alone piece in my collection.
5 out of 5
Battle Force 5 Water Slaughter,&
Fangore by Mattel 04-01-10
|These aren't the first toys I've
purchased from Mattel's Battle Force 5 toy line. I already
have both of the larger scaled vehicle/figure sets.
Although, I was disappointed with the lack of play value with
them, I still went ahead and decided to check out a couple of
the smaller toys.
I think the main
motivation behind checking out the Water Slaughter and Fangore
toys is the action figures and that I had never seen Water
Slaughter & Sever at retail. The figures, yet small are
interesting and well sculpted for what they are. I really
like the bad guys in this series as they are mostly humanoid
animals. Kalus is the cooler of the two. He is a
lion type humanoid with cool non-removable armor. He lacks
great articulation but I appreciate the moveable tail.
Sever, a shark like creature is unique looking and unlike Kalus,
features pretty good articulation. However, this was
mainly done so he can fit into his vehicle. In addition to
the standard joints in this series, Sever has dynamic neck
movement. I don't think it really adds to the play value
but It is still appreciated.
The vehicle is what most kid or collector
would be buying these for and although they look fairly
interesting, they truly disappoint as far as play goes. I
suppose I look at this line as a sort of M.A.S.K. like series.
Judging by the cartoon, you'd think the vehicles would have all
sorts of moving parts but that is not the case. Each of
these vehicles have one action feature: Water Slaughter has
three shooting discs and Fangore has a rotating "arrow thing"
(he also has a shooting missile but this is pretty common place
for toys these days).
The Water Slaughter vehicle has a neat
color pattern worth noting. There is a swirl of white
embedded in the blue plastic to simulate a water look.
Fangore looks like a futuristic chariot which is perhaps the
most unique looking of all the BF5 vehicles.
Well, I guess the bottom line is, these
toys are worth the ten bucks or so at retail considering you get
a nice little figure with vehicle. However, I have a hard
time understanding why toys like these don't have even close to
the play value as many others from over twenty years ago.
These have a lot of potential to being very fun but as it
stands, they are just mediocre.
3 out of 5
Moss Man Masters of the Universe
Classics by Mattel 03-23-10
|For those not already familiar with
Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics series', Mattel Toys
and designers, The Four Horsemen have brought back all the great
characters from my childhood with new amazing sculpts and
details. The "Classics" series has also become one of the
most frustrating toy lines to collect. They are only
available on Mattel's mattycollector.com website. Each new
action figure is available for sale usually on the 15th of every
month and often sell out before the day is done. In the
case of the newest figure in the series, Moss Man, he sold out
within mere minutes upsetting nearly the entire community or at
least those who were not able to order one. Fortunately
for me, I was able to nab one.
To date, I have been able to acquire all
the action figures from the Masters of the Universe Classics
line that I have wanted and to my surprise, each one has been
better than the last in almost every way. Moss Man is a
unique situation because he was designed as a bit of a gimmick
both back in the 1980's and is still now with the new action
figure. If you are not already familiar with Moss Man's
roots, he was a green repaint of the popular Beast Man
character. However, he was flocked in green (moss like
fur) and smelled like pine. Mattel has kept the new Moss
Man true to his origins but this time around he includes both a
head of a repainted Beast Man and one of an all new original
sculpt. I, without question prefer the new head sculpt.
The Beast Man head works well with its primal scream expression
but the new head really captures the feeling I get when I think
of a creature living in the forest that controls plant life.
The body is the same as your standard "Classics" action figure
but of course, it is covered with mossy fur that does hide
much of the details in the sculpt.
Mattel did an excellent job with the
flocking of the fur. I was fearful that the fur pieces
would easily fall off the action figure but they appear to be
well attached. Also, the decision to avoid flocking in and
near the articulated joints was a good one. The
other unusual feature on this action figure is the pine fresh
smell. It is a rather potent smell. The moment I
opened up the package, the pungent smell of pine filled the
room. I have since gotten used to it. Moss Man would
be put to great use hanging from the rear view mirror of my car.
Moss Man includes some pretty cool
accessories: a staff and a shoulder strap with a knife.
They are very intricately detailed for accessories. They
are covered with vines that have a nice array of paint
applications which make up for the few colors throughout the
action figure itself.
Moss Man is an incredibly difficult toy to
obtain and like the rest of the Masters of the Universe Classics
action figures, a tad bit too expensive. Nevertheless,
Moss Man is an awesome addition to this growing collection and
one that comes recommended for those who are fans of the
warriors and creatures that inhabit the world of Eternia.
4.5 out of 5
Human Alliance Barricade
Transformers by Hasbro 03-08-10
|The Transformers Human Alliance figures
are priced ten bucks too much and represent the ugly movie
character designs. That is already two strikes against
them. However, as a huge fan of Transformers Alternators,
I crave realistic 1/24 scaled vehicles. I try to avoid
this movie inspired series but something keeps me coming back.
Barricade from the first Transformers series
is a cool Mustang Saleen police car that is super slick and as
far as movie designs go, I suppose he is one of the better
looking robots as he looks somewhat like a traditional
Transformers robot. The vehicle mode on this toy is rather
nice but is a far cry from the Alternators level of detail.
Gone are the rubber tires, the nice plastic and all the other
subtle details. Nevertheless, this car is fun and looks
fairly good. It is a unique vehicle that is rather
The transformation on first try was kind
of strange. It isn't difficult but because of the robot
designs being so unusual, it is really important to make sure
all the parts are in the right place. After a good few
tries, I started to really enjoy it.
The robot design is as good as it could
be. I sound like a broken record but I dislike the robots
designed for the movie but with that said, Barricade is somewhat
reminiscent to the designs I know and love. After the
first transformation I felt that perhaps I wasted my money on
this guy but after playing with him for some time and getting
everything in the right place and getting him in that perfect
pose, he really grew on me. So much so, that I may even
like him as much or more than the HA Bumblebee. However,
there are some problems, mostly with the articulation. The
knee articulation is not really useful and frustrating.
Barricade is a bit weird to handle due to
his size and proportions and of course all the crazy parts
hanging off of him. He is mostly made of black plastic
with some grey/silver and the white doors with the police logos.
Barricade is quite imposing and looks like a true villain.
Barricade includes a little Frenzy that looks fine for what it
is but if this is how Hasbro rationalizes the price, I'm not
The Human Alliance line is definitely over
priced especially compared to their Alternators counterparts.
With that said, if they were charging thirty bucks for new
Alternators, I would be more than okay with it but this is not
an Alternator. Nevertheless, considering the source, this
is still a fun, well designed Transformer.
3.5 out of 5
Battle Cat & Trap-Jaw Masters of the
Universe Classics by Mattel 02-25-10
|For February, Mattel brings us two new
figures from their beloved Masters of the Universe Classics
line. Trap-Jaw is a fan favorite villain and for the first
time, the Four Horsemen create a toy of a beast, He-Man's
faithful tiger, Battle Cat.
child, I was not fortunate to own Battle Cat. I did have
Skeletor's cat, Panthor and loved it dearly. He was
flocked in purple and looked ferocious. I was thinking of
passing on this new Battle Cat due to the higher price point but
I decided to go for it as I thought Battle Armor He-Man would
look cool riding him like in one of the famous paintings of the
two and boy am I glad I did. The Four Horsemen did not
miss a thing on this excellent toy!
The original Battle Cat had no
articulation. This one is loaded with moving parts.
He has ball joints every where! He also has a moving jaw.
The details are phenomenal! No detail has been overlooked.
The armor (which is removable) stands out. There are even
loops to hold He-Man's sword.
The paint job may be what really makes
this toy. Besides the dead on green with yellow tiger
stripes, I love the two toned burgundy used on the armor.
And, although I usually don't go crazy for washes, it really
works here. He-Man fits very snug in the saddle and helps
recreate the painting I was referring to above that I like so
I really can't find one thing wrong with
this toy. Even the price is very reasonable for what you
get. The Four Horsemen outdid themselves with Battle Cat!
I can't use enough exclamation points to express my
satisfaction. If you don't own this quickly sold out item,
make a point to get a hold of one if you have any interest in
the MOTU universe!
Trap-Jaw has always been a popular and
recognizable villain in the MOTU universe. He has a very
unique and appealing design and yet again the Four Horsemen hit
a home run.
The sculpt is a brilliant homage to the
original figure with many great updates such as the guts
underneath his moveable jaw. The most noticeable feature
of this figure is the ability to transform him into Kronus.
The Kronus head is rather cool and almost makes me wish I would
have broken down and gotten a second one to display. One
minor fault on this figure is when you remove the arm and armor
to add the Kronus' arm, there is a slight gap between the chest
and arm. It is minor but still a distraction.
The paint is well done and brings out the
amazing details of this figure. I'm not 100% sold on the
pearl blue tone on the upper arms. It looks cool but does
not completely blend with the chest.
Trap-Jaw also includes his hand
attachments for his robot arm. The robot arm is
surprisingly articulated. I didn't expect it to rotate at
I am continuously amazed by the figures in
this line. Every time I get a new one, it becomes my
favorite and Trap-Jaw is no exception. Even with my minor
gripes. this is an amazing action figure. Even though I
still think the Masters of the Universe Classics figures are
five dollars too expensive, I really don't have any regrets
5 out of 5
Mindwipe Transformers ROTF by Hasbro
|I was so happy with the overall results
of the recent ROTF Lockdown & Brawn that I excitedly picked up
the Transformers Voyager Mindwipe in hopes to feel the same
The vehicle is that of a Stealth and looks
mighty nice. I don't know how authentic it is considering
I am not an expert on military vehicles but it looks close
enough to convince me. I like the transparent red cockpit
that tends to be a trend with Decepticons. I am not crazy
about the markings on the wings. It is supposed to
represent some sort of language graffiti but adds nothing to the
toy for me. I also have a problem with the color of the
plastic used. Hasbro has been using this dark brown
plastic to substitute for black as of late and in this case it
makes no sense to me. Why not just use black?
The transformation is rather disappointing
to me as it is far too simple for a Voyager class figure.
It is not nearly as complex nor as interesting as either deluxe
Lockdown or Brawn. It is a good couch Transformer though.
Which means: you can sit around on the couch while watching TV
and fiddle with it.
The robot mode is lackluster. I am
not a huge fan of the robot's head. What I find strange is
the head is probably proportionate to the body but because I am
used to small headed Transformers, it looks big. The robot
also has a thin bug look to it. It really isn't terrible
but other than the bulk, it does not translate into a twenty
dollar Transformer to me.
Mindwipe features two non-removable knives
permanently attached to his hands. They wouldn't be so
terrible but the knives' point down and look odd. I do
like the auto-morph feature with the wings. It is kind of
fun to mess with.
Mindwipe is probably not as bad as I am
making him out to be but when I just picked up two deluxe
figures for nearly the same price as this Voyager and they had
tons more play value, it makes it hard to fall in love with
Mindwipe. He fits in a bit more with some of the other
movie toys and perhaps that is my biggest gripe.
2.5 out of 5
Lockdown & Brawn Transformers ROTF
by Hasbro 02-20-10
|I finally found a couple of Revenge of
the Fallen figures that I thought were interesting enough to
pick up. It's probably because they aren't really ROTF
figures at all, just packaged that way. I found these two
a good week ago but I got pretty sick and couldn't muster up
enough energy for a review. Thankfully, I am finally
feeling better to share a few thoughts.
Starting with Lockdown; what I find so
interesting about him is that instead of classic characters
being done in an animated style, this is an animated character
done in a more modern style and Hasbro really nailed it!
His vehicle is very similar to the animated counterpart.
It looks like something right out of Mad Max. The
transformation is well done and features a fair challenge.
However, the one major flaw with this figure becomes an issue
during the transformation. The left arm falls off every
time I have transformed him (and I've done it a bunch). It
is due to a few issues: the joint holding in the arm, is
not very tight & for some reason the arm just doesn't rotate
properly to prevent it from falling out of socket. It is a
The robot is phenomenal! I am not
sure it could have been done better. If you are a fan of
the Lockdown character, you will be very happy. Lockdown
is perhaps the tallest deluxe figure. His head
articulation is truly the highlight on this figure. I
could probably describe many more details but this is really a
figure that Transformers fans should check out on their own.
Especially at twelve bucks retail. I do want to mention
that Hasbro chose to use an unusual dark brown plastic instead
of black. I, surprisingly don't really mind it too much.
Brawn is the other new figure that caught
my fancy. The vehicle mode isn't anything exciting.
It is a pretty typical army vehicle. The transformation for
Brawn is rather unique and fairly smooth. However, like
the Lockdown, I did have a problem with a limb falling off but
with Brawn, it was his leg. It isn't as consistent as with
Lockdown's arm but still a little frustrating.
The robot is very slick and unique.
He is a short and squat warrior with two long arms. The
highlight with Brawn is his head design. I am also digging
his unique color scheme. Note: he also features the same
strange dark brown color plastic as Lockdown. Brawn has
two guns that fit in his hands as well as a cool shoulder gun.
Both these figures are some of the best
offered by Hasbro in quite a while. Had they not had the
loose limbs they may have gotten a perfect score but the
frustration was enough. These are really worth the money
and help restore my faith in the future of Transformers.
4.5 out of 5
Iron-Man 2 Mark 1 by Hasbro
|Hasbro has really frustrated me with the
Marvel license. When they got a hold of Marvel Legends, I
feel they made inferior figures. They started the 3 3/4"
Marvel figures which I was excited about as that is my favorite
scale for action figures. However, I have been left
feeling unsatisfied with the results. As a fan of Iron-Man
(both the movies and comic book) I was planning on at least
checking out one of the new 3 3/4" Iron-Man 2 movie figures.
I went with the Mark 1. I like the big bulky look of the
armor and if I liked this figure, I figured I'd get the Mark 3.
The first thing I noticed when I picked the
figure up off the shelves was how heavy it was. I was
thinking that there might be some die-cast in it. That
would have been so cool and appropriate but no luck. The
second thing I noticed is, in order to check this figure out, I
would have to pay $8 bucks! Wow! Action figures are
really expensive. Nevertheless...
The Mark 1 really surprised me.
Hasbro did a nice job with the sculpt. There is a fair
amount of detail here for a smaller figure. You can see a
lot of the unusual parts used to make this armor. It is
far superior to the first figure released from the first movie.
The paint job was also refreshing as
Hasbro put in a nice amount of paint applications. The
best parts are the colors in between the armor. It really
brings out the details in the armor. There is a slight
wash on the grey armor that also works well on this figure.
Iron-Man is fairly well articulated
especially for such a bulky armor. However, the joints are
almost too tight. It isn't necessarily fragile but it was
a little frustrating trying to loosen them.
The Mark 1 includes a flame thrower that
attaches to his arm and a base that includes a trading card.
I've never been a fan of this type of base but Hasbro did a good
job with it. The card is smaller than a typical trading
card and the base isn't too busy.
I am pleasantly surprised by this figure.
I don't necessarily think this is the new standard for Hasbro's
Marvel figures but they did a good enough job to get me to check
out the Mark 3. However, there is still one major problem
here; Eight bucks is just way too much for an action figure of
this sort. I try not to let it affect my score too much
but Hasbro is pricing this two bucks too high and for that, I
can't be too nice.
3.5 out of 5
Arcee Transformers Animated by
|Arcee is the only female robot in the G1
Transformers universe that really means anything. She
never received a toy in the original Transformers series but
over the years she has had a few figures but none that I felt
were really any good. I can't say that I was begging
Hasbro for a good Arcee toy but I was begging them for more
The vehicle mode
is that of a Cybertronian race car. It looks very sleek
and fast. This is also the closest looking to the original
Arcee design from the movie (1986). The color is worth
mentioning off the bat because it isn't a pink color as
expected. I can't say I am disappointed as pink isn't
particularly my favorite color nor do I feel the need to have
the character to be identical to the original design. The
color is more of a deep red/purple/pink. It looks as if
Hasbro was trying to make it as girly as they could and still
appeal to the boys. I didn't like the color at first
glance but I got used to it very quickly. It is also worth
noting that there is a nice sparkle to it.
The transformation is great fun like the
majority of the Animated figures. It is simple enough with
some nice unique twists and turns. The only turn off to
the transformation (and the figure for that matter) is the wings
are removable and tend to fall off quite easily especially
I love this robot. It is in the
great unique animated style. Arcee's head is a great
homage to the character that never got her due. Arcee has
great articulation which surprised me as I expected her to be
somewhat of a stick figure. She comes with two great
swords. They are made of a transparent blue plastic and
fit tight in the back of the car that can double as sword hilts
in robot mode.
Arcee is very well made and designed.
It would have been a shame had she never been released.
Thankfully, Hasbro found a way with this Toys R Us exclusive.
If you are at all a fan of Transformers Animated or Arcee, you
can't go wrong. We'll see how the rest of the year goes
but Arcee could very well make the top ten of the year list.
4.5 out of 5
Luke Skywalker Snowspeeder Pilot &
Zuckuss Star Wars by Hasbro 02-06-10
|It blows my mind when I think about how
Hasbro is still cranking out Star Wars figures after all these
years. Sure, it is a pretty sizable universe but it is
clear that Hasbro is running out of new figures to make that
have not been done before. I don't mind new figure sculpts
as long as there is substantial improvement.
The Luke Skywalker Snowspeeder pilot is
the second version we have received of this modified X-Wing
pilot outfit. The first one being way back in the very
beginning of Power of the Force 2. The sculpt of this new
version is leaps and bounds better than the first one.
Hasbro has really nailed the rebel fighter pilot gear.
This Luke features a wrap to keep his head warm. I watched
ESB recently and could not spot Luke wearing this.
Nevertheless, it still looks fine but there are a few irritating
flaws. Most notably is on the package, the figure is
pictured to have a belt clip were the grappling gun can clip on.
Unfortunately, the clip is nowhere to be found leaving the
grappling gun chord hanging around. Another flaw I found
is again with the accessory. There is a string for the
hook of the gun but it also goes nowhere. It is rather
frustrating and makes this nice figure an eye sore when
displayed with his weapon. On the other hand, the
helmet fits snug and I like how Luke holds his lightsaber hilt.
Now we get to Zuckuss. I believe
this is the third POTF2 version of this bounty hunter that had 6
seconds of screen time. The first version was nice but is
now quite dated. The second one really still looks good to
me which brings me to this third one which I find atrocious.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, soft goods do not lay
properly on such small figures! I don't know who these
collectors are who prefer it but it makes no sense to me.
I suppose it would add some articulation if Hasbro had
ball-jointed hips. Also, who is begging to put Zuckuss in
a dynamic pose? If Hasbro insists on using soft goods then
why can't they use a thicker, higher quality material?
After all, they charge about eight bucks a figure. To add
to the awful cloth, Hasbro has added terrible paint applications
to the material to help it look like it is dirty.
Seriously, this looks so half-assed. The rest of the
figure is acceptable but I think the brown color appears a tad
bit too dark.
So, here we are. Hasbro continues to
crank out updated versions of figures we've seen a few times
over. The Luke is good but the grappling hook takes all
the joy away for me. The Zuckuss may end up in the trash.
Seriously, if you are going to update a figure, please...make it
Luke - 3 out of 5
Zuckuss - 1 out of 5
Cybertron Ratchet Transformers
Animated by Hasbro 02-04-10
|The Transformers Animated toys is easily
one of my favorite Transformers toy lines to date. The
toys are of refreshing designs and match their cartoon
counterparts very well. Since the line was put to a halt
by the atrocious movie toys, there was a void for me when it
came to collecting Transformers. Thankfully, Hasbro is
releasing a few more gems from this great series.
The Cybertron mode Ratchet is perhaps the
one figure from the final releases that I was the least
interested in. However, I was still very excited to get
it. The vehicle mode is fairly simple looking and appears
somewhat incomplete but I suppose it looks as it should.
It looks somewhat like a futuristic camper type vehicle.
The transformation is very basic but is
still very solid. It only takes a few moments to transform
but everything fits in its proper place.
The robot mode at first glance appears to
look like the regular ratchet but side by side it is easy to
tell that this is a very different toy. The head shows a
younger more happy ratchet before war started wearing on him.
The chest is not as bulky on this version.
Ratchet is well painted like the other
animated figures with nice dull colors. He looks great
next to his Earth mode counterpart.
Ratchet features substantial articulation
and has plenty of play value. He is accessorized with two
fist weapons that really don't add much to the toy as they are
just two plastic covers for his fists. He also has a
punching action feature that is rather useless.
Cybertron Ratchet fits in great with the
rest of the animated figures. He certainly is not my
favorite of the line but I am very happy this Toys R Us
exclusive made it to toy shelves as it has more personality and
quality than virtually all the movie toys in my opinion.
3.5 out of 5
Hermann Blassreiter Blassreiter by
Megahouse (Bandai) 01-27-10
|I know absolutely nothing about
Blassreiter. This figure was sent to me by a friend.
I do know there is an anime for this series. I was a bit
confused about who actually made this toy because on the front
it says Megahouse but on the bottom of the package it says
manufactured by Bandai. Nevertheless, this is an
interesting import that I believe was released a year or two
Hermann stands about 5 1/2" tall and is
well designed and sculpted. It is very obvious in many
ways that this was not created for an American market. The
most obvious is how many sharp points this figure has. I
would never let my daughter even hold this guy. He is
simply dangerous. The sculpt has incredible details.
The Asian market continues to amaze me with how detailed they
can make a figure. There are so many tiny lines that
really bring this to life. Most of the plastic used is a strong
model like plastic which I believe helps bring out the details.
Hermann is well articulated from head to
toes. I do have a problem with the figure being a bit
loose in the waist/chest joint. It makes it a bit hard to
maintain a nice pose but with enough care, it can be done.
The figure is given some nice weapons including two ax like
weapons with two options to connect them into one massive
weapon. One is a simple connector to make it a huge double
bladed ax and the other has a chain attached. He also
includes many nicely sculpted hands and a base,
There aren't a great deal of paint
applications on this action figure but those that are present
are rather amazing and bring out many of the fine details.
He is mostly made of a nice deep red plastic that shows off
I can't say that this figure has
encouraged me to hunt down the rest (mostly due to their
somewhat high import prices). However, I am very happy I
have this figure. He is great fun to pose and who knows,
if I could find them at a reasonable price, I could very well
4 out of 5
Tekkaman Blade Armor Plus by Bandai
|What can I tell you about Tekkaman Blade
as a character? Nothing really as I have never seen any of
the anime and only know him as a cool looking mech. With
that and the fact I have been more than impressed with Bandai's
new Armor Plus series was enough to get me on board.
How happy I am I did. Like the other
Armor Plus figures, you get a fairly blank, highly articulated
body and the armor must be attached by you which provides them
with added play value. Tekkamamn comes with plenty of
armor, extra hands and weapons. The armor is made of a
mixture of plastics and some very heavy die-cast metal. I
am a sure sucker for die-cast metal. The cold feel is
enough to make me giddy. The armor attaches rather nicely
with little problems. Limbs do however need to be removed
in order to attach the leg and arm armor. This is
perfectly fine for me. However, the hands do not seem to
snap back in securely which caused a great deal of frustration.
Enough so that what could have been a perfect figure, now gets a
half off the final rating.
The sculpt and articulation are
phenomenal! The figure stands about nine inches tall which
easily makes him the tallest in the Armor Plus series. He
comes with two heads. One appears to be a more normal mode
and the other features a far more dynamic look. It is
worth noting that many pieces on the armor are very sharp.
They don't appear to be to delicate but you may be extra careful
not to break the tips and/or break through your skin.
The paint is clean as expected from high
end Bandai figures. I just hope the white does not
discolor in the future. Much of the white is paint so I am
hoping that will make the difference.
Tekkaman features a nice array of weapons:
two single blades, a double bladed staff and the tail part
becomes a arrow shooting arm weapon. The weapons are well
designed and painted. I do wish the blades where painted
with chrome like the Ryo No Roko figure's weapons were.
This figure has some nice moving parts.
Most notably are the rib cage armor and the shoulders open to
reveal some awesome green blasters of sort.
I bought Tekkaman on looks alone and the
fact I like the Armor Plus series and as soon as I finished
putting him together I immediately added the anime to my Netflix
queue. I think that says a lot for my enthusiasm for this
4.5 out of 5
Please note: I apologize for the
lazy photos. There is so much more to this item.
Battle Armor He-Man & Beast Man
Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel 01-22-10
|Mattel keeps pumping out figures from the
amazing Masters of the Universe Classics series and they have
(thankfully) started rereleasing earlier released figures that
many may have missed first time around. This month Mattel
rereleased Beast Man and offers a new version of the man himself
with Battle Armor He-Man.
Beast Man the first time it was released because I wasn't
committed to this expensive series and I was only planning on
buying a few figures that I had a childhood history with.
That has all since changed and I was fortunate to get Beast Man
with this second release. Beast Man always looked cool to
me but his cartoon character sort of ruined him for me. I
saw him as a savage beast and the Filmation cartoon depicted him
as a stupid lackey. Nevertheless, he is a core character
and the Four Horsemen did him right.
Beast Man is excellently sculpted and
designed. Like the rest of the figures in the line, the
figure captures the look of the original figure with added
articulation and modern design. The face really says it
all with his vicious expression. The one aspect of Beast Man I
always loved was his colors. The orange and light blue go
so well together and this figure displays that well. Beast
Man's one main flaw to me is he seems a little short. I
thought of Beast Man as a larger broader character but this
figure stands shorter than the rest. Beast man is
accessorized with a whip. It is of much higher quality
than the vintage version which is more or less a string tied to
a piece of plastic.
With most action figure lines, the main
characters receive many costume changes. In many cases,
they are strange and unfitting to the character or are specific
to one moment or climate. With Battle Armor He-Man, his
subtle change is equally as cool as his original outfit.
For anyone who knows anything about MOTU, knows how cool the
action feature was on the figure. You gently hit the chest
and the plate would flip to reveal one or two slash marks.
This was a very fun feature to me when I was a kid. The
new version of this classic armor does not include this feature
but instead has three plates that can be slipped into the armor
to display the battle marks. The chests plates look great
but it is a hassle to change them. Nevertheless, this
figure is great and one of my favorites in the series.
Other than the chest armor and changeable
plates, Battle Armor He-Man only includes his ax. Sure I
would have loved his sword but the ax works just fine and this
figure will look great sitting upon Battle Cat when he gets
released next month.
I am glad I was given another chance to
add Beast Man to my Classics collection and I am also happy that
Mattel offered the excellent Battle Armor He-Man figure this
month since I have no interest in the Princess Adora figure.
But who knows? A month from now I may be hoping Mattel
gives me a second chance to own her.
4.5 out of 5
The Secret Saturdays by Mattel
|I'm a bit late on reviewing the Secret
Saturdays action figures by Mattel as they came out around this
time last year. I remember first seeing them and thinking
they were kind of cool but at about eight bucks I wasn't willing
to make the impulse buy. However, I found them at a lower
price that made it worth picking up to satisfy my curiosity.
There are six figures in the set. Two
of which are of main character, Zak Saturday. I have been
unsuccessful at finding Zak Saturday with Fire Sword but with a
little more searching I am sure I will find one.
I have watched an episode or two of the
animated series and thought it was pretty fun but I will admit,
having a child as the main character sort of turned me off.
Mattel has done a nice job of capturing the style of the
animation. There are some similarities of the boxy shapes
with Mattel's JLU series of action figures but the Secret
Saturdays are scaled a bit taller. The plastic used is
much stronger than the flexi stuff used for JLU but the
articulation is very similar with maybe the addition of elbow
joints (some JLU figures did feature elbow joints).
The paint jobs are fairly well done.
However, I did look at a few different figures to find the best
ones as some of the paint applications were a bit off. The
colors are rather brilliant. I like the use of the dull
colors. All the figures look really well together.
The good guys are predominately black, orange and yellow with
some browns. The baddies are distinct in color.
Accessories are limited to only what seems like the necessities.
I do like the simple bases that are included with each figure.
My favorite figure is Doyle. He
stood out to me particularly cause he reminded me of Thall Joban
from the Star Wars Droids toy line (mostly due to the hair).
He looks like the true hero of the line. Bad guy Van Rook
is also pretty cool. He looks sort of ninja like.
This is one of those toy lines that
children may remember fondly of twelve years from now and they
may be hard to find as toy collector's over looked it. It
is an easy collection to complete as there are only six regular
scaled action figures produced. I would have never bought
these at regular retail as they don't have quite enough play
value but with that said, if I can only find the Zak figure I am
still missing at retail price, I will be okay with paying it.
3 out of 5
Voyager Bludgeon Transformers
N.E.S.T. by Hasbro 01-02-10
|To start things off the new year, I have
acquired the Transformers N.E.S.T. Bludgeon. I was not
kind to the ROTF toys from 2009 but with Bludgeon it appears the
toy designers are slowly trying to move away from the strict
mess that was inflicted on them with the movie designs.
For those who may not know, Bludgeon was a
character and toy from Transformers G1 Pretenders series.
I am not a huge fan of the Pretenders series and am completely
surprised that Hasbro has brought back a character from the
series. I find it somewhat refreshing from seeing the same
characters being redone over and over again.
This time around Bludgeon is not a human
shell that breaks open to reveal a robot but he is a tank.
The tank is pretty nice. It looks fairly generic and if
you showed it to me I wouldn't necessarily be convinced that it
was a new toy. Nevertheless, it isn't too Sci-Fi looking
and could easily fit in one of many different Transformers
The Transformation is pretty fun. I
particularly like the rubber tank treads that separate. I
can't remember the last time Hasbro used rubber on any
Transformers series (except Alternators).
The robot really impresses me. He is
clearly an homage to the original Bludgeon character design.
He reeks of samurai. The highlights for me include the
chest and surprisingly the head. At first glance the head
didn't strike me but upon more studying, I really feel it fits
well and is very unique for a Transformer.
The paint and plastic are surprisingly
good. The chest has a nice high gloss orange that really
stands out. I also want to express my gratitude on what
appears to be an improvement in the plastic especially with the
grey plastic. Normally Hasbro uses an almost transparent
looking grey plastic but this time around the plastic looks
The accessories could easily be a selling
point for many as he comes with a long and short samurai sword
that connect to form one long double edged staff. What is
even cooler is the tank turret opens up to make a sword sheath.
It looks so natural and is rather ingenious.
Bludgeon is a rather bulky figure which
limits some potential articulation but it isn't too bad and it
makes up for it with multiple arm joints.
Bludgeon is one cool robot and a great way
to start out the new year. He has a unique design that can
fit in with other Transformers series which is good news for me
and others who took a long break from Transformers with the
tired movie designs.
3.5 out of 5