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  1. Today I take a look at the new The Mandalorian Beskar Armor 6" Star Wars The Black Series figure from Hasbro. You can purchase this figure from our sponsor BigBadToyStore.com. Check out images for this figure below in our GALLERY and be sure to share your own thoughts about it in the COMMENTS SECTION.
  2. There have been many animated shows for Transformers done over the years since the original G1 series premiered back in 1984. Some have been better than others, but for someone like me who grew up on the original, they never fully lived up to my expectations of what a new series should be, until now. The first chapter in the Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy premiers today on Netflix. While this new series is not a continuation of the original G1 show, it takes many aspects from that series and modernizes them in a way that I think will be very appealing to fans first introduced to Transformers back in the 80’s. The first chapter of this new show contains six 24-minute episodes. I don’t know if this was an intentional nod to the original show, but the first episode opens with characters Wheeljack and Bumblebee. Just like in the original, the two seek to replenish the Autobot’s energy supplies. In this version, we are presented with interesting twists like Bumblebee not being an actual Autobot. Instead, he is an independent scavenger hired by the Autobots to help them find Energon, the lifeblood of all Transformers. I think Bumblebee is presented here as a far more complex and interesting character than he was in the original series. The basic premise of the new show is essentially the same as always, the Autobots are engaged in a long-fought war with their more warrior-like counterparts known as the Decepticons. However, don’t necessarily expect your typical good vs. evil narration of this story like we’ve seen before. While the Decepticons are portrayed primarily as the bad guys here, like you would expect, their motivations for fighting the Autobots isn’t as cut and dry as you might think. Signals during the first chapter suggest the Decepticons actually may have legitimate grievances against their Autobot brothers. Like the original show, the Autobots are led by Optimus Prime who continues to exhibit the qualities of an honorable leader, and the Decepticons follow Megatron who is as ruthless as always. Once again though, don’t expect to see the same dynamics play out between these two leaders like we’ve seen before. The series takes great pains to hint at a past between these two that I think will make for a very interesting backstory, more so than what we have seen before, at least in the cartoons. While the series I think can be enjoyed by kids, I think the intent definitely was to make this one more for the adults. After all, this is a story about war, and they do a good job of portraying the effects of war can have on a civilization, very similar to what they did in the original Transformers animated movie. In other words, if you have young kids who might want to check this out, you may want to vet it first before letting them watch it. I don’t want to suggest it’s overtly violent, but at the same time things do happen that might be upsetting to younger kids so just use caution there. Overall, I liked the animation. It’s very dark, which is good in setting the tone for the story but made it hard to make out individual characters especially when it came to the many Decepticon Seeker jets featured in the battle scenes. Since all the Seekers have the same bodies, the only way to tell one from the other is with their colors, which did not always stand out well. The character designs are also true to their toy counterparts. Unlike in the original series, this was like watching the actual toys come to life on the screen. For the most part I think that is a good thing, but a few times movements like running looked a little off for some of the characters. One of the animation effects I really liked in the new show was Shockwave’s eye. I don’t know why, but I just thought it looked really cool. For the voice actors, I think they did a really good job here. When the new series was first announced, I was very surprised to see they did not bring in Peter Cullen from the original series and live movies to voice Optimus Prime. They brought in Jake Foushee who voiced Optimus for other shows. I had never heard him do Prime before now, but I will say he did a good job here. At times I actually thought I was hearing Cullen speak. Another voice I was really impressed with was Starscream, voiced by Sam Riegel. Many people over the years have tried to recreate what the late and great Chris Latta did for the character during the G1 series, and I think Riegel has come the closest to doing just that. And then there was Soundwave. While not quite as good as the original, they did a great job of recreating that unique tone Soundwave is known for from the G1 days. Going into this show I was a little leery. I was not terribly impressed with the Transformers: Combiner Wars animated web television series they did a few years ago. Even after watching the trailer for this new show, I had my reservations about it. I am very happy to report that those reservations were misplaced and that I walked away loving this new series. It’s not perfect, but I really think this is the show we fans of the original series have been waiting for and I highly recommend you check it out. Look for it on Netflix now.
  3. "I said I'd live out both our lives... Easy to make that promise..." Welp, here's how I'm celebrating the release and my completion of the FFVII Remake. On my Facebook page, I put this set up on an old gimmick named Frank's Wishlist, but deemed it too expensive to pick up. Since then - after its release, every time I went back to the Philippines for family functions, I'd go to the Data Blitz in Alabang Town Center to see if the set had gotten picked up yet. Then one day, in the middle of June 2019 and I'm back in Vancouver, I get a call from my mother asking what I wanted for my upcoming birthday. I ended up asking her if we can somehow get this at a good price - and if not, they didn't have to get me anything. To my surprise, she went to the store and because the people there have known my family since I was in the first grade, she was able to get it for a REALLY good price, which has not been disclosed to me. BASICALLY, I'm really lucky to have parents that support me in this hobby. I owe pretty much my entire collection to them, and one day I hope to pay them back somehow. I guess, in a way, this review is for them. Miss you guys, you're always welcome to visit! Anyway, point of that intro is "I'm a bit late to this party, and I've been waiting to get my hands on this set since its release in October of 2018". And boy howdy was the wait worth it. As it happens, I also have the original Play Arts Cloud and Fenrir set back home in Thailand - however I broke Cloud's leg trying too hard to get him low on the bike, and the entirety of the front axle came off the chassis. That set on it's own wasn't bad at all! However, this set strove to improve what they had on that original "Non-Kai" 2005 release. By God, did this set deliver. I'm going to start with the appetizer that is the newly updated Cloud figure before getting into the meat of this review. The sculpt is the exact same as the original Play Arts Kai Cloud release. The updates however lie in the accessories included and the paint job. The paint job features newer, more dramatic shading than the original release, with darker shade tones in the vest and the hair. He also comes with two newly-sculpted hands for holding the handle bars of the bike, as well as a hand that holds a removable cell-phone. A new sword that Cloud comes with is the inactive version of the First Sword of the Omniblade. It features an all-new sculpt that does not show the inner workings, as well as a more folded-up hilt. It is also shorter than the "active" version. Additionally, Cloud comes with an all-new headsculpt that sports his riding goggles. and alternatively, also comes with goggles that you can wrap around his neck with the headsculpt sans goggles. Other than that, he comes with the same swords that came with the original release, but also with very slight changes to the paint jobs, with more shading added for wear-and-tear. My only problem with the figure is that some paint from the vest rubbed off onto Cloud's right arm, so now he's got weird indigo spots. Another problem I have is the inactive First Sword doesn't fit into the holsters in Cloud's back, which is inaccurate, as in one scene in Healin Lodge, Cloud actually has it stowed there. There is a possibility that it's a problem with my figure alone, but honestly, that's highly unlikely due to how meticulous the sculpt of such a figure is. Now, let's get into the nitty-gritty. The brass tacks. The belle of this ball: The Fenrir Motorcycle, Cloud's steel steed throughout his misadventures in Advent Children. Considering this is a Play Arts Kai set, they had to size up the bike by almost twice the size of the original release. To top it off is some crazy-ass attention to detail. The chassis features all these pipes and the exposed inner workings of (what I think to be) the engine has all these rivets and exposed gear. Looking at that area alone is enough to start a bit of an information overload due to all that sculpted detail. Unlike the original release, however, there are no diecast metal parts, BUT this bike is one freakin heavy chunk of perfectly sculpted plastic. My guess is, they took the 3D model of the movie, scaled it down to PAK size, and then printed it in the needed materials. The wheels have really cool and slick treads, and seem to be made of a really solid and hefty rubber. It could possibly also be made of hard plastic with lots of traction, like the FiguArts Batpod. The only metal part I can think of is the articulated kickstand. As I touched up on earlier, the bike sports a few points of articulation. The first of which, is the aforementioned kickstand, which can be flipped up or down depending on how the consumer would like to display it. The front axle can also rotate laterally, but only -- I wanna say forty degrees. Enough to make it look like the figure is steering via the rear wheel. Just as well, the handle bars are on ball pegs. This adds a bit of realism to the poseability of the bike, and also makes it easier for the Cloud figure to hold them. This bike sports a predominantly glossy black paint job. The seat is more matte, and all the accent parts (which, honestly, are just all the exposed parts of the bike) have a nice brass colour, featuring some nice airbrush shading, conveying the wear and tear of Cloud's usage of the bike. There are a few silver accents on the bike though, like the gas cap and the exposed upper part of the chassis that houses the headlight. Since I just mentioned it, the bike also features a light-up system! It requires three LR44 batteries (the small button ones - not included, sadly), which would be housed in the little air-intake on the bottom of the bike. The lights themselves are decently bright, as evidenced by being nicely picked up in such low exposure shots. Finally, the black parts of the front axle can both be removed, in order to peg in the racks that "house" six of Cloud's swords. It's a really cool display option that gives this set more versatility in posing. Honestly, Square Enix could have just released just the bike for the original Play Arts Kai Cloud release (Ala Bandai-Tamashii with the FiguArts Batpod for their Dark Knight figure), and includes all the new accessories Cloud would have. That would've cost both consumers and manufacturers less money in buying/making this set. However, I'm still glad I get a new Cloud figure that I can display on the bike, whilst I have the other Cloud figure doing dynamics on the top of my "Japanese Imports" shelf. Lastly, I'd like to add that I still hate the stands that Play Arts Kai figures come with. Square really gotta come up with better designs than that. It does the job, but goddamn is it ugly. Hell, the stand that came with this figure has loose holes in the "stem", which can be annoying when one is trying to display Cloud off the bike in a dynamic pose that NEEDS a stand. All in all, I'm really glad I finally have this set. Its versatility in posing is almost on par with the FiguArts Batpod. It definitely improves on the original Play Arts release from 2005, and even adds more. However, for it's price point, I can only recommend this to people who REALLY enjoyed Advent Children. If you're a Final Fantasy VII super-fan (and ONLY super-fans), but don't like Advent Children or Cloud's design in the movie, I'd suggest waiting for the Ultra-Special Edition of the FFVII Remake that includes a Play Arts Kai set featuring Cloud and the Hardy Daytona, which is about the same price as this - BUT includes the game. Honestly, in my opinion, that's a steal as you're paying the price of the figure, and pretty much $10 for the game. Point is, only get this if you can afford it, and if you REALLY liked Advent Children and it's designs. Either way, Square Enix put a lot of love into this figure set, and it shows. Special thanks again to Kiko and Celine Rosario for picking this up for me! I can't be any luckier. + Amazingly meticulous sculpt on the bike + Newly updated Cloud figure with new accessories + Highly realistic paint job with no bleed at all + Bike is versatile as hell and adds so much posing options for both itself and the Cloud figure - Paint rub off on the right arm from the vest - Batteries not included - First Sword don't fit in holster - I hate the stand If you're in the Philippines and want games or collectibles, look no further than Data Blitz! They have everything for your gaming needs, like games, PC accessories, consoles, and gaming collectibles! Their collectibles include a lot of Japanese import figures, so if you're into that, definitely go to Data Blitz! Additionally, here's a link to my Facebook page for more reviews and photos!: https://www.facebook.com/FranksFigurePage/ More pics below! ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  4. "Cash up front? This, I like. The water needs turning on, and those toilets need flushing." **DISCLAIMER: effect parts sold separately. This review is also not sponsored.** Hi, I'm Frank! I run a small review page on Facebook, and this is my first review on ToyNewsI's forums! I wanted to start strong by reviewing my personal favourite figure, the 1000Toys Dante from Devil May Cry 5. I guess I'm gonna start this review with saying "this figure is quite possibly the best figure in my collection". I've never owned something of such quality and poseability. The closest competitors are the Sixth Scale figures I own, and the One:12 Collective Sovereign Knight Batman. Even then, it's like 1000Toys are playing the proverbial action game with a Guitar Hero controller, and somehow taking no hits. Not to over-hype the figure, but it's the most innovative figure I've ever laid my hands on. The fact that it's a six-and-some-inch figure is what's baffling me even more. I'll explain exactly why in this review. Starting out with the sculpt, one will notice they went with a slightly more stylized look, rather than realistic. It's mostly evident in Dante's facial structure, as well as his slightly-longer-than-normal arms without the coat on. I think the sculpt works for this figure, and it feels like Dante came off the pages of a comic, rather than out of the game. There are details where needed: creases on his shirt all look natural when posed, and just as well, his pants are textured really nicely -- emulating leather perfectly. Besides all that, there are furrow creases on the corners of his brows, and there are also veins sculpted onto his arms; so 1000Toys definitely have that eye for detail needed in such a competitive industry. I also never expected his biceps to be fully sculpted under the coat -- I expected it to be more like a basic grey and barely look like a general bicep area, but nah; there's creases on the sleeves, and muscles are toned through the shirt. When it comes to high quality figures, sculpt isn't the only thing of importance. Articulation is another key factor one should consider. Because of how this figure is engineered, it comes with a LOT of articulation. It's surprisingly even more articulated than the Amazing Yamaguchi Batman I reviewed on my page a while back. The figure's torso is pretty much a skeleton under a silicone shirt. His clavicles are about the level where the skeleton ends, transitioning into the sculpt of the neck. This way, no sculpted parts get in the way of posing. You can put this figure in some HEAVILY dynamic poses, and it'll stay with no fight at all. One should definitely worry of the silicone of the body starting to warp if it's kept in a dynamic for too long, but that should be an easy fix with a hairdryer -- STILL, best not to risk it. The torso itself is comparable to the Figma Joker from Persona 5, but this one does it a lot better as it's infinitely more poseable. The best part is all the articulation is really well-hidden, making the figure look almost-seamless. I mean, goddamn, it can pull off kneeling poses better than the aforementioned Amazing Yamaguchi. One can put this figure in ANY pose they want to -- be it straight from the game, or from their own heads, and it WILL look good. Before I forget, there's also a ball-peg on his back, meant to stick up through the coat for his swords to hang from. The paint applications are a direct reflection of the quality of this figure too. There is NO bleed at all, thus making the figure seem as though all the parts were molded in their specific colours. There's nice shading on the face, hair, and bandages, as well as very nice paint-detailing on the face (namely the beard and the glisten of his eyes). His belt-buckle is also painted a nice gold colour -- also no bleed at all. Looks almost as if they printed it on. Finally, since I got the deluxe edition, Dante comes with a friggin shipping yard full of accessories. His swords: the Rebellion, Sparda, and Devil Sword Dante; All three forms of King Cerberus, all with really nice gradient effects emulating their respective elements; His shotgun, the Coyote-A; His twin-pistols, Ebony and Ivory; A backplate for his coat; A smiling and a wincing faceplate; an alternate hairpiece; Hands to hold ALL of these accessories, as well relaxed hands, and a pair of fists. 1000Toys went HAM on these accessories. They're all sculpted and painted with the precision of a sniper with the ability to shoot a bullet through a straw and still hit the bulls-eye from 400 meters away. There is a part of me that wish he came with Balrog, but alas, engineering for the pauldrons, as well as placing the gauntlets on his forearms would probably have proven a hassle to both 1000Toys and the consumer. Additionally, his coat is fully removable, which is why I'm only now really getting into it. It's got really nice thread patterns, is layered really nicely where needed, and features a wire running through it's edges and waistline. It's also made of a really nice leather-like material, if not actual leather. I had initially thought the coat might've been a touch over-sized, but after having it in hand and futzing with this figure as much as I did, it really isn't -- it's fitted to the figure surprisingly well. Had it been any tighter, it's possible articulation in the arms would have been compromised. Nonetheless, it's when the figure is posed that's when the coat looks its best. If Dante's just in a standing pose, one would have to futz with the coat just a touch in order to make it look good. Anyways, yeah this is probably the best figure I've ever owned. I've finally been spoiled by the quality of a 1000Toys figure. Now any figure I get, I have to compare to this. This really figure really raised the bar for 6-inch figures, and I hope more companies follow suit. For $150, I can wholeheartedly recommend this for the price -- be you a fan of DMC, or just a general collector. If not, go for Hellboy or even Abe Sapien. This company needs as much support as we can give, so we can keep getting collectibles of this calibre. + Very visually appealing sculpt + Precise eye for detail + Very highly-articulated + Innovative engineering + High quality paint applications + Boatload of accessories Seriously, this figure's so good I succumbed to the temptation of getting Nero. Want one? Head over to BigBadToyStore! On top of this, they got an amazing selection and reasonable shipping prices. Click the link below to head there now! https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/VariationDetails/94458 Here's the link to my facebook page for more reviews and photos! https://wwwfacebook.com/FranksFigurePage/ More pics of Dante below! ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  5. Sketch Things, in this review gives us his best version of the classic G.I. Joe #21 Silent Interlude comic which featured Snake-Eyes and had no words. In this case he takes a look at the new Hasbro 6" G.I. Joe Classified exclusive version of Snake-Eyes figure without saying one word. This exclusive version of the figure is offered currently only through Hasbro's website for $39.99. While not yet officially confirmed by Hasbro, there should be a non-exclusive version of Snake-Eyes without as many accessories or fancy packaging released in the regular line. Besides Snak-Eyes, the first wave in the regular line will include Scarlet, Duke, Roadblock and one other which is rumored to be Destro. The regular version of Snake-Eyes should only cost $20. Wave one of the G.I. Joe Classified figures is available for pre-order now at our sponsor BigBadToyStore.com. In the video you get a really nice look at all the articulation this figure features which seems to rival even the best Marvel Legends figures currently on the market. Check out images for this figure below in our GALLERY and be sure to share your own thoughts about it in the COMMENTS SECTION.
  6. Say yo Pwayers Toitles! Here’s your look at the NEW NECA Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cartoon Bebop and Rocksteady Two Pack!
  7. The best there is, best there, was, best that there EVER will be! Mattel is here with the Ultimate Edition Bret Hitman Hart figure. This is gorgeous! Having owned almost ever Hitman figure over the years since the 80's this takes the cake for most detailed and highly articulated figure that has been released. The Hasbro Hitman is fantastic for sentimental reasons. The LJN is great for his time in the Hart Foundation, but those releases left something to be desired. In my opinion, this checks all the boxes. Upon holding the box in hand, this feels like a premium figure. The entire unboxing is an experience. The red accents with special messaging on the inner flap of the box is a very nice touch! This is aimed at the adult collector with a price tag of about $30. This is well worth the money, as you get tons of extras that you don't get with a regular elite figure. This figure is in scale with other WWE basics and elite figures, only with more points of articulation. You get three heads. One with a closed mouth smirk. Another with the mid match open mouth scan. And the third being a serious scowl. The head swap is super simple as they just pop off with no effort needed. You also get three sets of hands that are very easy to change out. You get many combinations that you can do with one figure. Besides that you also get Hitman with his trademark black ring jacket! The articulation is nice with the standard head, arms, elbows, waist, legs, knees, boots, ankles and wrists. For a bonus you also have shoulders with sweet butterfly joints. This allows for cool and interesting poses that were not possible before. The tips of the boots bend for cooler poses and you get a side to side movement in the torso area. If I had to nitpick anything, it would be not having the shades be all pink, or having the decal be pink and not the silver shades that were included. Another area of improvement would be to include at least one head that didn't have the hair in his face. The colors on this figure are true to how he wore them in the 90's and are very vibrant. The paint splatter on his singlet is done very accurately. I really dig the skulls on the side of his tights, as something so small doesn't normally include so much detail. I would rate this figure release a 9.5/10 My only nitpicks would be the previously mentioned hair sculpt on all the heads, and the color of his shades. Even with those minor flaws, you should still really consider picking this up for your collection. Big thank to Mattel for sending this figure for review. WWE figures are available for purchase at out sponsor Megalopolis.Toys.
  8. The King of the Monsters gets a King Sized Release, Here's your look at the NEW Jakks Pacific Godzilla King of the Monsters 20" Long Godzilla
  9. Instagram @ajg232 With these SDCC exclusives Hasbro really seems to be celebrating the new guard and the old in the galaxy far far away. From the 6 inch Black Series Line we get the preview of the Sith Trooper from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. With a very strong follow up we’ll also be getting a look at a wonderful Luke Skywalker figure 3 Pack from the Vintage Collection 3.75 inch line. Both are great pieces for reasons both shared and unique. Sith Trooper: Star Wars The Black Series. Not much is known, as of yet, about this strikingly red stormtrooper. There is a bit of a blurb from Lucasfilm that can be found here and there on various fan sites. All that is to really be gleamed from it is that these stormtroopers are of a class all their own, under Kylo Ren, and that they have some sort of association with the Sith and the dark side of the force. On the surface there’s not much going on but it leaves fans with plenty to be excited about in the build up. For my money I’d say that throw away line in ep.7 about the First Order using a clone army might not be quite so insignificant. If the theorizing doesn’t hook you on this new trooper installment then maybe you can be won by sheer cool factor of which this figure has tons. Before you even get into the figure itself it should be said that it comes with an absolute arsenal of ranged and melee weapons alike. On the ranged side of things the new trooper comes with two medium sized rifles (One with a stock and one with a scope) along with what must be the sci fi fantasy equivalent of a mini gun. For beating up on all the Jedi scum our guy has a way cool reverse grip sword along with a similarly reverse gripped pincer of some kind. The only real negative in the accessories is how cumbersome the mini gun handle can be on whatever you deem to be the dominant hand. If you really want that guy toting full fire power the hand will be stretched to accommodate. Not the end of the world but a minor nitpick in this big pile of cool. One huge positive that might just be to my own taste is just how well he holds all the other weapons and that the tabbed leg holster functions perfectly. It’s very often the case that a figure can be pushed into the “great” category when the grip on the accessories is fully realized and when you don’t want it their there’s someplace to hold onto it. Now the accessories are very cool on this Sith Trooper but there’s something that’s a little more shocking on this figure. The articulation on this trooper far exceeds all expectations I had for an armored character. Did our guy drop his sword before he finished the fight? Well, it’s a good thing Hasbro made him a Tae Kwon Do black belt too. All joking aside the articulation is far better than I could’ve imagined. The torso joint isn’t revolutionary but to be honest if I tried to call it “limited” that just wouldn’t be an applicable adjective. The shoulders are equipped with butterfly joints. If you team this up with the deep cut single joint elbows all shapes and sizes of gun play are no problem. The legs are leaps and bounds better than I would’ve guessed by looking at the armor. The hips go way up just short of 90 degrees and the knees bend all the way back. Obviously, by the picture, the hips go way out to the side as well. The hands have a vertical gun style hinge the same way you’d want it in any trooper. Admittedly the head doesn’t move much with just a 360 horizontal swivel. The feet hinge in and out with a good ankle pivot the way all 20$ figure feet should nowadays. It should also be mentioned that the Sith Trooper doesn’t have anything particularly crazy going on in the scale department. He goes pretty well with everyone you’d want him to be in scale with. This figure can honestly be best summed up by the fact that it’s striking visually but secretly it’s impressively functional. If you want all the extra weapons I wouldn’t dissuade you from getting this SDCC version but when the standard rerelease comes through the articulation will still make that trooper into a whole lot of figure. Luke Skywalker 3 Pack: Star Wars The Vintage Collection Now, admittedly this pack holds a bit more nostalgia in many cases. Celebrating 3 iconic looks for arguably the greatest fantasy hero of all time this 3 pack is fantastic. What we have is Luke’s Death Star 1 stormtrooper disguise, the X-Wing pilot jumpsuit, and his Jedi Knight getup from the beginning of Return of the Jedi. Unlike the Sith Trooper just about everything that can be known is well known when it concerns the “son of Skywalker”. This is also my first look at the face printing technology being applied to the 3.75 inch figures and I have to say that it’s impeccable. Let’s start in simply with accessories. Each figure comes with a small set of their own accessories. Starting with trooper Luke he comes with the standard E11 blaster and the helmet to finish his armor. One thing that should be pointed out is that trooper Luke does have the holster for the E11 on the back of his belt and even though the thing is hollowed out and ready to go it really doesn’t seem like it's designed to actually hold the gun. With a good push it seems you can get the blaster a little less than halfway in. A little annoying but it’s small potatoes for a figure this good. Next we’ll look at X-Wing Luke. Very simply, he comes with a simple DL-44 blaster that he grips perfectly and his wonderful pilot helmet that we’ll talk more about in just a bit. Now the gun doesn’t have a spot to be holstered so that’s a bit annoying but nothing truly detrimental. Now what’s great about his pilot helmet is that it’s made of a very rubbery adaptive plastic. It makes the helmet unintentionally modular and great for other figures therein. If you wanna take your ROTJ Luke and do the 30 seconds of screen time with Luke leaving Tatooine to seek out Yoda on Dagobah, for the 2nd time then look no further. It’s very doable. Speaking of ROTJ Luke let’s talk about him. He’s the only Luke of the 3 to come with a lightsaber (His green saber to be specific). In addition to this he has the blaster he yanked off one of Jabba’s goons along with what is possibly the best soft goods I’ve seen Hasbro produce to date. The blaster fits in his right hand with no problem. The lightsaber goes in both without issue. Luke’s Jedi cloak is stitched in some way, shape, or form that makes it hug to his head in the exact right way. It’s truly impressive. Just to get it out of the way the faces on all three of these Lukes are magnificent. The old time GI Joe faces are officially a thing of the past. In terms of articulation each stands in a category all their own. All have good ball jointed heads with the exception of X-Wing Luke with a two sided ball joint and some magnificent head movement as opposed to being simply good. All have tried and true hinged shoulders with good reliably deep single joint elbows. All have hinged hands with the exception of trooper Luke who’s relying only on the 360 degree swivel. Both X-Wing and trooper Luke have good deep torso articulation with the feature being absent on ROTJ Luke though it’s admittedly not very missed. All but Pilot Luke have a waist swivel. Now getting down to the hips They all start the same where it’s a rotating hinge that you move in the right direction and then hinge in your preferred direction. Exceptionally, Pilot Luke also sports a slightly clumsy thigh swivel. Beyond that all 3 figures go down to some single joint knees and hinged feet. On the whole very well articulated. Some particularly good articulation comes from trooper Luke. The next time Vader is looking to aggressively hide an apprentice’s existence it’s important to note that trooper Luke does fine with some Gears of War crouches. Hasbro also made him a Tae Kwon Do black belt... for the good it will do him. For scale there’s not much to be surprised about with these 3 figures. Here we have the 3 up against a c3po from the Revenge of the Sith line along with a 5 inch Batman and a Pizza Spider-Man. Besides some points of articulation there’s not much that’s shocking when it comes to these 3 figures. All the same these 3 figures are great and classic in all the right ways. If you ever see any of these figures either single packed or in this great 3 pack I would highly recommend that you do yourself the favor.
  10. Big thank you goes out to Mattel for sending us out this very generous sample for review! The King of Strong Style is here with Mattel's Ultimate Edition action figure. Everything screams premium. When you first hold the box in hand, it feels much different than the typical elite style packaging. It has a red lining on the inside, a unique box shape, and an interesting bio on the back. This figure line is aimed at the adult hardcore collector. This fits among your other basics and elites from Mattel, only with tons more packed in with a $30 price tag. What separates the Ultimate Edition from the typical Elite figure? You get multiple heads. Each head comes with Shinsuke's signature expressions. You can do a walk out pose, or mid match open mouthed pose, or have one with him getting beating beat up by his opposition! You also get a plastic entrance jacket. You get two options, you can swap the jacket's arms, then swap in the regular arms, and now you have an entrance vest. You can get multiple looks with one figure. You also get three pairs of interchangeable hands. And like previously mentioned, you also get a pair of arms for match type scenarios. The colors seem to really pop out at you. I have several other Nakamura figures, but the colors seem very vibrant. So that is a big plus! You get all the traditional articulation that you typically get with elites, only that you get bonus movement as well! The extra movement you get in the tip of the toes. You can move the tip of the boots for kicks, walking, or cool in ring poses that you can recreate. You get this really awesome articulation in the shoulder area. It's a sort of cool butterfly joint that allows the arms to be bent back of some really fantastic poses. You also get a mid torso articulation point that allows the mid section to swivel from side to side. The traditional articulation points are full head rotation, bends at the arms, elbows, wrists, waist, legs, knees, and ankles. While this is the best Nakamura figure release to date, there are some drawbacks. The chest is molded differently to include that new butterfly joint articulation, but when you have him shirtless, he almost looks like he has a flabby torso and chest. The legs are also a bit on the thick side. Shinsuke always has worn form fitting tights and gear, so hopefully Mattel can correct this in the future. While it is not a perfect figure, this is still hands down some of Mattel's best work. I have been collecting the Mattel WWE line since 2010 til now and these Ultimate Edition figures are some of the most detailed figures that you will ever find. You are certainly getting your monies worth. I would rate this a 8/10. Once again, massive thanks to Mattel for this review sample!
  11. Mattel is back at it with another movie wave of 6” DC Multiverse figures, this time for the upcoming Aquaman movie opening in theaters on December 14, 2018. This wave consists of four figures and one Collect-And-Connect. The regular figures include Orb, Black Manta, Mera and Aquaman featured with a more classic look in the orange shirt and green pants. The Collect-And-Connect figure for this wave is a Trench Warrior, a nasty looking sea-creature army builder type. The packaging for these figures is the same we have seen with other recent Multiverse releases with the blue window boxes. A brief bio for each character is on the back. The figures continue to show design improvements over older Multiverse figures with improved articulation and sculpting detail. Most the figures have ankle pivot and double-jointed knees. They also feature the improved crotch articulation, no longer featuring those outdated side-hinge joints. The face sculpts for both Mera and Aquaman are much improved over the previous Justice League movie versions. Black Manta is probably the overall coolest looking of the bunch, featuring what looks like a hyped-up scuba outfit with a pretty comic book accurate helmet. I am disappointed they didn’t incorporate the same kind of red translucent plastic eyes as they did with the SDCC comic book version released earlier this year. Aquaman looks good overall but I wish they had painted the shoulder joints the same color as the rest of his shirt. The different shade of paint stands out noticeably on the figure. I like that they included the scar on the left eyebrow, and the sculpting detailing on the shirt for the chainmail and the texturing on the legs look good. Mera also has nice texturing on her outfit, and I like the metallic-looking paints they used on her. She is more limited in articulation than the others, only having single-hinged knees and no ankle pivot. Orb has nice sculpting details on his outfit, and I especially like the way his cape and helmet look. The pieces on his faceplate that stick out and the fin on the top of his helmet are made with a rubbery material so they won’t snap off, however they might come out of the package a little wrapped looking. Heating the material with a hairdryer likely will help straighten the fins out if that ends up being an issue for you. The Trench Warrior is very cool looking with nice sculpting and paint applications. I really like the head sculpt and that they gave it an articulated jaw. The three-clawed fingers on each hand also look menacing. The only real downside is that they made a character who I am pretty sure is part of an army to collect-and-connect which will make it hard to get multiples for those who want an army of these guys. For accessories, Mera has the most with a basic spear-like weapon and alternate hands that mimic her water-controlling abilities. I believe these are the same kind of accessories the previous Justice League movie Mera came with which was offered as an Amazon exclusive. Aquaman and Orb both come with Tridents with some nice paint applications on them, and Black Manta comes with a sword that is black. Manata also has a non-removable blade on his left arm that is made from a rubber material, so like Orb’s mask you may need to apply heat to straighten it out if it gets warped in the package. It’s good to see Mattel making improvements with their Multiverse line. However being completely honest, these figures still are a bit lacking in some areas like articulation when compared to similiar scale super hero action figure lines. That said, I will say there are enough positives here to warrant checking out if you are an Aquaman fan or a fan of the DC movies. These figures have started to see limited releases through select e-tailers and should start seeing a wider release in the coming weeks. Check out more images for all these figures below in our GALLERY!
  12. You're all right, LaRusso! Here's your look at the NEW NECA Toys The Karate Kid Daniel & Johnny Retro Cloth Figure Two-Pack!
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