Marvel Select Groot

Marvel Select Groot

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Marvel Select Gamora and Rocket Raccoon

Marvel Select Gamora and Rocket Raccoon

Marvel Select Gamora and Rocket Raccoon 

Gamora and Rocket Raccoon, a two-fer-Thursday!  But wait… Rocket and Gamora?  Doesn’t Rocket come with someone else?  Maybe we’ve been conditioned to accept that as an inalienable truth, but Diamond Select Toys is breaking the mold here and we’ve got the Green One with the Grumpy Furry One, and I’m not complaining.  This is a really nice set of figures and probably the most articulated Rocket to date.

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Gamora

The Good

  • So. Many. Weapons.  Gamora comes with 2 sets of guns, monster sword, knife.  All fit perfectly in her hand.
  • Diamond Select really nailed her short hair look.
  • Stoic face captures about 75% of all Gamora expressions, looks fantastic.
  • Gamora features a ton of great articulation allowing for fun action poses.  It’s really rare that a figure gets a two handed sword that they can get two hands on, and that happens here with ease.  She can even manage to swing it above her head!
  • The frame for this figure is perfect, slender yet strong, really adds to the character feel.

The Bad

  • Gamora came with a few sets of hands and just a cache of weapons, which is great, but I’d trade at least half for an alternate head, she’s stone faced here, and that’s one of her expressions, but she also gets very mad, and she has a big sword…see where I’m going with this?
  • On all of the figures of this series the paint has been very clean.  I’m not sure if it’s the dominant white paint on the figure but there is a lot of stray paint here if you look closely.  It’s fine for shelf display, but discerning collectors probably won’t be thrilled about this if it’s prevalent on all Gamora figures and not just a QC issue on mine.
  • Not sure if it’s an issue with just my figure, but I am unable to get any good 

Rocket Raccoon

The Good

  • I could be wrong, but I don’t think I am, this is run away the most articulated Rocket Raccoon figure in the history of Rocket Raccoon figures.  He can move arms, legs, elbows, ankles, head, tail, get into all sorts of fun action poses!  He’s even got tiny ab-crunch!
  • Rocket has a pair of guns all his own.
  • His outfit looks comic great.
  • Expressive angry Rocket face is well captured.

The Bad

  • Like his package mate, Rocket suffers from some stray paint.

The Rest

With this package, you get two complete, desirable action figures that are high quality, that means value.  For the same $24.95 MSRP as the other 3 figures in the series, it’s a literal two for one and that should make mouths happy.  While getting over the stigma of Rocket and Groot being in a different package could take a minute, I realized and you should as well, that Groot on a single card is pretty massive, and at the very least it was probably easier to package Rocket with Gamora due to space reasons more than anything else.  Either way, this set is a must buy, especially since, you’ll want to complete the dio-base, though we have two figures here, we get one base piece with clips.  

Availability

 Big Bad Toy Store has them for purchase.  DisneyStore.com also has the set, and I’ve said it before, keep your deal radar up, because it starts at $24.95 at Disney, but coupon codes and sales will save you tons here. 

The Pictures

Marvel Select Drax

Marvel Select Drax

Marvel Select Drax

Yesterday we had a look at the boss, Star-Lord, today we get a look at the brute, Drax.  Coming as part of Diamond Select Toys 2017 Marvel Select Guardians of the Galaxy series, Drax brings his bulk and looks fantastic doing it.  I’d call him the highlight of the series, but every figure (of the 4 carded, 5 total) shines bright on their own.  Drax has a ton going on, so let’s waste no time and jump in.

The Good

  • Drax has a very solid head / face sculpt, his face is expressive and the shape is perfect.  The outlining around his eyes is especially good, as is the furrowed brow …without eyebrows.
  • Carved in rune / tattoos explode off of his body in bright red.
  • The paint wash on his metallic / armor pieces adds incredible depth to the look and feel of the character.
  • Drax is the character that most transcends his iterations as they all look similar, so this figure will fit with quite a few different team versions, especially at this scale.  So if you collect outside of Marvel Select, he’ll work in a lot of places.
  • Included weapons are appropriate, fit well in his hands, look great, and allow him to show off the muscle.  
  • Drax is very well articulated and just as well balanced.
  • Drax, like Star-Lord and the rest of the gang, comes with a dio-base and clips to connect it to the other 3 pieces included with the other figures, good detail on this piece.

The Bad

  • Drax came with 2 pairs of extra hands and 2 weapons.  I’d of traded either for the below two things:
    • An alternate “angry face” head.
    • A pair of knives with knife holsters on his boots.  This is the first Drax since I think the Silver Surfer series figure in the 90’s that I’ve seen without the knives, and it’s messin’ with my head.

The rest

Settle yourself, you love the Guardians of the Galaxy, that’s why you read this, so you are going to need to pick up this whole set.  I can’t recommend Drax by himself, because I can’t recommend you buy less than the whole set…you don’t have a choice, just go with it, and go get them.  You won’t be disappointed.

Availability

 Big Bad Toy Store has Drax available for purchase, along with the rest of the series of Guardians figures.  While I love BBTS, there are incredible deals to be had at DisneyStore.com.  Keep an eye out for coupon codes and 40% off sales, if you save a little cash, it makes it easier to pick up all four figures, and you will want them… I told you that already, pay attention.

The Pictures

Marvel Select Star-Lord

Marvel Select Star-Lord

Marvel Select Star-Lord

Starting off Marvel Select Guardians of the galaxy week, we are going to have a look at the Head Jerk in Charge, Star-Lord!  A little background though, around late 2016, maybe a little bit before, it came out of the woodwork that Diamond Select was tackling the Guardians of the Galaxy.  They set their Marvel Select team of artists off to design the Guardians of the Galaxy in a style that only Diamond Select Toys can do, and what came out is 5 beautiful figures that have all of the swagger of the Guardians themselves.  This iteration of the team is from the modern comic run of Guardians of the Galaxy.  Let’s check out Star-Lord. 

The Good

  • Star-Lord looks comic-fantastic here.  The mask, the coat, the boots, the satchel, it’s all there.
  • The paint on Star-Lord’s mask and metallic armor pieces is really nicely executed, looks great, adds so much depth to the character.  
  • Star-Lord features his elemental guns, and those guns have little punched out pieces where they can clip to posts on his hip.  Nothing like a holster to make me happy!  Despite just being pegs, the guns stay on very well.
  • I very much appreciate the included flight stand and boot blast effects!  They lead to some fun posing!
  • Articulation here is really very, very good.  There isn’t a Star-Lordy pose that isn’t possible and that’s saying a lot, most times figures with a long coat are limited in movement, but the cut of the coat and mix of articulation work very well here.
  • Star-Lord includes a piece of the build a diorama base with clips to connect it to the other base pieces.
  • The boots…this figure is really hyper detailed and looks great soup to nuts, but those are the coolest boots I’ve ever seen on an action figure, they even feel neat to touch.  That’s not weird is it?  Does that make me weird?

The Bad

  • The left hand of Star-Lord, the peg seems like it’s too small to hold either the packaged or alternate hand on.  When I manage to get the hand on, the best I can hope for is that it just dangles there.  This doesn’t affect most poses and is likely a manufacturing defect vs a flaw with the figure, but I’d love to hear your experiences if you have the figure.
  • Star Lord has two heads.  One head he’s masked and has …pretty yellow hair.  The other head he’s unmasked, and has clearly brown hair. 
  • The legs on my Star-Lord are a little loose in the joints.  He can still hold a pose, but I have to futz with it a little.

The rest

All things being equal and honest, I was mad at a few things with this figure, actually mad.  First and foremost, the packaging gave me fits as usual, everything is wire tied down.  I don’t know if it’s an added feature, exclusive to Disney Store figures or what, but the package features a new security button.  When you open the side of the package the button pops into two pieces and flies off the package.  This was on all four Guardians figures and I know my dog is going to find at least one of those button pieces.  I’m done venting though.  Getting past the few issues with the figure and my packaging rage, this is a really fantastic figure that I’m thrilled to own and you will be too.  He moves really well, he looks great, and those freakin’ boots!

Availability

Your best bet for the Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Select series of figures is the Disney Store / DisneyStore.com.  They have frequent discounts and sales, and you should be able to get all four figures for well under $100 on the right day.

The Pictures

Mezco One:12 The Flash

Mezco One:12 The Flash

Mezco One:12 The Flash

My first official MezcoToyz.com purchase of a One:12 figure!  This is so freaking exciting!  The Flash!!  So…this is what happened.  They announced The Flash.  I was ecstatic.  The Flash went up for sale, I missed it.  The Flash was listed as sold out.  I was devastated.  Then, outta nowhere, The Flash went up for order…so I clicked, and I clicked hard.  Then, I waited, impatiently, through Toy Fair, where I got to see it in person like 10 times, and love and want it more.  Then…finally….Friday, it arrived at my house, and there was great joy.  How come though?  What’s so good about this figure…well…for one thing, shut your pie hole, what kind of question is that even?  But for the other, you can just scroll…and I’m sorry I yelled at you…but you needed to be told.

The Good

  • The Flash’s outfit is a perfect fit and perfect color.  The red fabric is The Flash through and through from page to plastic.
  • Lightening bolt accent pieces are well designed, look wonderful, and there really isn’t any concern that they’d fall off.  You should be careful using the included flight stand around the waist piece.
  • The standard-eyed head is highly detailed and the eyes look fantastic.  
  • The star of the figure for me is the white-eyed Barry head, the smirk, the eyes, it’s The Flash at his finest, tapping the Speed Force!
  • Accessories apart from the alt head include:
    • 2 alternate pairs of hands, fast run hands and grasping hands. Hands are easily interchangeable.  
    • 4 lightening effects, 2 for hands, 2 for feet…yes, I know I used the hand pieces wrong…I’m silly like that.
    • Speed Cyclone effect, fits perfect on the hand peg, looks great.
    • Stand with standing peg and a full armed flight stand for wall running…what else?
  • Fantastic pose-ability allows the Flash to get into all sorts of great run / jump / speed poses.  Joints are tight but easily move-able.  

The Bad

  • This may be the most minor complaint I’ve ever had, but as a matter of preference, I always liked the Flash bolts high on his boots vs where they are situated here around the ankle.

The rest

One:12 has brought another de-facto figure version of a character to bare on us all, and we…mostly we have to buy it.  This is a great figure, if you are a fan of the Flash, you shouldn’t hesitate.  You should also know that you can pick up a “variant” to this figure as well, Zoom!  Zoom is out now, but could be tough to find, he’s a PX Previews exclusive figure and generally retails for about $80.  

Availability

Getting The Flash will be a little tricky too.  The Mezco Official site has an option to be added to a wait list, but The Flash has already sold out twice there.   It is sold out at BigBadToyStore.com too.  A sure bet for today, a little more expensive, but you can pick this up at Amazon.  Flash generally retails for about $75.

The Pictures

 

 
Vinimates: Lost In Space B-9 Robot

Vinimates: Lost In Space B-9 Robot

Vinimates: Lost In Space B-9 Robot

There are 2 kinds of people in this world.  Those that love Lost in Space, and those that are just incorrect.  …maybe 3… I guess I’ll allow for the odd strange lad or lady that hasn’t seen it.  Still though, my childhood was well built upon re-runs of Lost in Space.  My dreams are frequently filled with a wacky looking robot screaming Danger Will Robinson!  Fast forward almost 40 years, and today, has landed on my shelf, the Lost In Space B-9 Robot Vinimate.  What is a Vinimate?  Picture  the same incredible art and design of a Minimate, bigger, more ornate, vinyl, and more statue-esque.  Why do you want this one though?  Apart from being wrong if you don’t?

B-9 Robot

The Good

  • The Vinimate design captures B-9 show-perfect here.
  • Spinning head dome!
  • His muted grey / silver is strongly contrasted by the explosive red hands.
  • Scuplt detail here is top notch, all of the lines you remember, 
  • Sharp detail on B-9’s front panel, contrasting colors make the panel look like it’s actually lighting up even though it’s paint.

The Bad

  • Of the amazing new Vinimates line of toys, few characters cry out for articulation quite like B-9.  Arms that flail was his signature move, I get what Vinimates is going for, I love it…but I would have loved it with flailing arms more.  

The Rest:

  • Who doesn’t want a B-9 in their house?  No one…This is an incredibly faithful treatment to the character and should find a happy place on anyone’s shelves!

Availability:

Amazon has this awesome Vinimate in stock today!

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