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  1. It's Wednesday and you know what that means... ToyFarce review! Today, we're having a look at the Stranger Things figures from Bandai, from their "The Void Series" line. It's not often that I come across action figures that I can legitimately say are terrible, but here we are. I do love Stranger Things and already had all the McFarlane Toys ones, so I figured I'd grab those (stupid completionist brain...). The packaging is nice, though! This should be a good one... The first wave had Hopper in his prison uniform from season 4 and Eleven in that classic outfit that she had at the end of season 3 (I had to google that, this is not a classic look). They both come with a total of zero accessories, which is always a bummer. The figures are over-articulated (yes, there is such a thing!) and the articulations do NOT look good on them. Just look at Eleven's pants. Also, the likenesses are not great. Eleven's head is made of really shiny plastic, while it looks like Hopper is wearing a ton of make up. Reminder that Bandai is the same brand that also does those amazing S.H.Figuarts figures from Dragon Ball Z, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, etc... (although, I believe those are from Bandai America, the US branch of Bandai). The second wave had an even worse Eleven figure, with her lab outfit from season 4, and everyone's favorite metalhead, the leader of the Hellfire Club, Eddie. Both figures also come with zero accessories... That Eleven figure looks even less like Millie Bobbie Brown, has the weirdest proportions and the articulations look really bad. On the other end, Eddie is a pretty fun figure. Sure, he barely looks like the actor (or looks like him when he will be 50 years old), but it's pretty nice to have that character as a toy. Also, we need more metalhead figures in general. The Demogorgon is actually the redeeming figure of that line (so far), as it is the only one that is actually better than the McFarlane Toys version of it. It is way more articulated, and you can have him in a lot of nice poses. He comes with 2 stands, which are needed for him to stay up (unless you put him on all fours). A nice monster to have, and the only figure from that line that is really worth the price. Only one more figure has been announced from that line, the season 4 main villain Vecna. Hopefully, it is more like the Demogorgon and less like the other 4... More news at 11:00... I kinda hope they make a figure of Argyle, still...
  2. It's Wednesday, and you know what that means: ToyFarce review! This week, we're having a look at the wacky, nonsensical combiner transforming robots that are the Unitroborn from Bandai! The first time I saw the pictures, I thought it was some funny parody photoshopped images that someone made for fun (a bit like yours truly does). Well, it turns out they actually exist, and they were pretty cheap ($8 to $15 each). So it was inevitable... I had to grab them. My first impression when I opened the package (thank you, HobbyLink Japan!) was that they are way bigger than I expected! For $8, I thought they would be maybe 4" tall when combined, but nope: The Christmas tree is perfect size for 1/12 figures, the apple is the size of an apple, and the vehicles are bigger than Hot Wheels cars. And I thought I'd have enough space on my shelves to display them... First, Unitroborn Apple Lobster, the one with the biggest elements to combine. One of the great thing about those robots is that they 'auto-combine', in the sense that you just need to 'clip' them together in order for them to open and turn into a robot on their own. I tried to make mini-videos/gifs for each, to show how easy they are to combine + Marvel Legends The Hood for size. It turns into a great looking robot that reminds me of some Sentai/Power Rangers villains. Unitroborn Bulldozer Burger also does not make any sense, considering it has either a burger that is nearly the size of a car, or a bulldozer that would fit on a table, if they are of the same scale. The robot form looks a bit more like a Transformer than the other ones. Unitroborn Taxi Tree is the funniest one, as it turns into a T-Rex (with legs made of pine). The tree becomes its tail and legs while the Japanese green taxi becomes the front part, with an articulated mouth. Who would have thought that a taxi and a pine tree would become a dinosaur? Unitroborn Beetle Steam Train is the most puzzling one. The entire train becomes a four legged body with a tail, while the beetle just opens in the back to reveal a mouth and become the head... That is kinda the laziest design of all six, in my opinion. The beetle could have become wings or something... Unitroborn Shark Vending Machine, one of the smallest ones, is actually the size I thought they would all be. The design is pretty fun, he has half-sharks for arms! In terms of advantages in combat, shark arms are pretty high in the list. Unitroborn Plane Eraser turns into a robot wolf, which looks great. Another one of those puzzling combiners, that leaves you concerned for whoever came up with the idea... "What if we had an eraser and a plane, and it turns into a robot wolf? - Did you take your medicine, todayn buddy?" That is it for the first wave of Machinerobo Universe Unitroborn! Bandai has since announced 2 more robots, Ambulance Cake and Pineapple Bus, which I will most likely get to complete the line! More news at 11:00... Unitroborn, where the ordinary turns into the extraordinary.
  3. It's Wednesday and you know what that means: ToyFarce reviews! This week, we're having a look at the Ronin Mandalorian in Beskar Armor, and his 'cub' Grogu from the Movie Realization Star Wars line from Bandai. This is the toy line where Bandai took characters from either Star Wars or Marvel, and gave them a 'Feudal Japan' twist. Darth Vader as a Samurai, the Stormtroopers as infantry, Darth Maul as a demon (Oni), Boba and Jango Fett as Ronin,… They all look very cool. But that one might end up taking the cake, with the addition of a little Grogu, complete with his samurai kimono and a little samurai top knot (squeee!). Ronin Mando comes with extra sets of hands (as all the other figures from that line did), his jetpack, a katana and sheath, his blaster gun and his rifle. Grogu comes with his pram and a push cart, for that perfect 'Lone Wolf and Cub' look. The details on both figures are amazing. In terms of articulations, the armor gets a bit in the way, but you can still manage some cool poses. No Spider-man poses for this one. Grogu can move his head, and can barely move his arms. No Spider-man poses there either! Compared to the previous Ronin Mandalorian (with the old, brown armor), this is pretty much more of the same, except the Beskar armor one does not have a cape, which would have been nice. I assume it might have been too tricky with the jetpack to have a removable cape, or a cape that needed to be pushed to the side all the time. Still, he would have looked a bit cooler with a soft goods cape. There has been a few more figures teased, there was an IG-88 and an Admiral Ackbar figures that were shown at various conventions a couple of years ago, but never came out (IG-88 might be reworked into IG-11 down the line, who knows?) Then, more recently, at Star Wars Celebration, they teased an updated Boba Fett (with throne?), a Gamorrean guard and a remnant Stormtrooper. People could vote for which one they wanted next at the event. More news at 11:00... This is the way.
  4. Back in February, Bandai Namco announced that they would be changing their logo, and that the new logo would appear not only on video games, but also on all of their other products, including toys. Now, the new logo has started to pop up on some of their new products... and it looks like a road sign from France. "Our new logo designer just spent a summer doing a road trip in France, but it has nothing to do with that" said a representative from Bandai Namco. "When we sent our new logo for copyright filing, there must have been a mix-up because they sent us back several road signs, and they said they had sent the rest to a small town in the south of France, which they thought was ours. So now, there is a town in France that uses our logo for their road signs." More news at 11:00... From Bandai Namco with Love!
  5. It's Wednesday and you know what that means: ToyFarce reviews! This week, we're having a look at the Bojji and Kagge figures from Ranking of Kings by Bandai Spirits/S.H. Figuarts/Tamashii Nations/whatever they are called this week! Ranking of Kings is a fantastic anime with beautiful animation (reminds me of early Ghibli movies), a great story, nice characters with depth, and a lovely soundtrack (both opening and ending theme are so good). Can you tell I liked it? If you haven't seen it, do try to watch it. I didn't get into it right away, but as soon as I started watching, I knew I would need a plastic representation of Bojji on one of my shelves. The options were either a Banpresto mini statue, a Good Smile Nendoroid figure that comes out in November, or a nice, articulated S.H.Figuarts figure. The choice was easy... Prince Bojji, along with Kagge, comes with 5 different head plates, 7 extra hands, his green cape, his training stick, a sheath and his trusty rapier. The figure has a good amount of articulations, considering his size (tiny), and he's surprisingly easy to balance, even with his big head that I thought would make him 'top heavy'. The facial expressions are great, and allow for lots of different poses and situations. I would say that the white on the eyes could have been more white, though. Also, the head without faceplate is pure nightmare fuel.. Kagge could have also used maybe one ball joint for the mouth/arm, or the possiblity to remove it. Otherwise, a solid set! Hopefully, Bandai does more characters from the show, who has plenty of great designs to choose from. More news at 11:00... AaeeAeuu EeAawua!
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  7. It's Wednesday and you know what that means... ToyFarce review! This week, we're looking at the Figure-rise Standard Amplified Batman model kit from Bandai. Yep, Bandai is doing Batman model kits now. I was very surprised too when the solicitations started to pop up on all the usual toy store websites, wondering if it was going to be a vehicle, a figure, etc... When the first pictures were revealed, I decided to pick it up, since I've always liked to build Gundam robots and other model kits, and also collect Batman figures. Two birds, one stone! It was a very simple and straight-forward build. All I used were some pliers and a modeling file to shave off the tiny bits after cutting. No glue or anything else needed. Just like the Gundam model kit, it was all very easy to assemble. First the head, the chest part, right arm, left arm, the legs and the waist part and then, the cape. It took about 3-4 hours to build the entire thing. The final result, though, looks pretty freaking great! That is a nice, very articulated Batman figure. Just like the other Bandai model kits, the figure is super light, but can be posed in all sorts of positions. There are tons of details all over the suit, which looks like a high-tech version of it. The cape is separated in 4 different parts which can be folded to look 'closed' or unfolded for the 'open' look. The logo on his chest can be removed to be used as a batarang. Smart! Comparison pics with the MAFEX New Adventures of Batman figure, the McFarlane Toys White Knight Batman and Death Metal Batman, and the DC Collectibles Icons Batman and Essentials Batman. More news at 11:00... "I am vengeance, I am the night, I am Figure-rise Standard Amplified Batman!"
  8. Bandai has released official images for their upcoming Mandalorian in Beskar Armor 6" figure model kit which is slated for release in July 2021. The figure will include multiple hands, stand, riffle, blaster, dark saber and Beskar staff. Check out the images below.
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