Tuesday, April 28, 2009

DC Universe

When Hasbro announced that all of their effort would be put into their Marvel Universe line it seemed to spell certain doom for the fans of the 6" scale Marvel Legends. I was one of those collectors who hailed the Marvel Legends line as a line that appealed to me on pretty much every level. So in a lot of ways Hasbro took the ball and dropped it. No, they just laid it down and abandoned it and Mattel picked it up, erased marvel and put DC in it's place, and ran with it for what seems to be a glorious touchdown.

I think Hasbro is learning the hard way that their Marvel Universe 3.75" figures is not proving to be the cash cow they felt it would be. Now this may be too soon to tell and I am absolutely certain that Hasbro is too proud to admit defeat and again it may be too soon to tell. But I have to give props to Mattel for giving me a line that makes the wait for the Marvel Legends line absolutely enjoyable.

Enjoy the pics.


FYI: G'Nort and Supergirl are from 2 separate DC related toy lines.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Liberation from a plastic prison

I am in the process of currently opening a bunch of figures that I have been putting off. It's a slow process for me because I like to read the info on the back or maybe get to know the figure. To appreciate the articulation and the sculpt and even the paint application. I put them on my McFarlane base and if the peg hole isn't either deep enough or present altogether then I grab my drill and use my 1/8" bit and make it McStand compliant. lol

Right now I am on the DC Universe portion of this huge Rubbermaid containers worth of figures. So far I am impressed with pretty much all of them. I have a veritable 'DC Universe' unfolding as never before in The Hall of Plastic.

I'll try and get some pictures posted in a day or 2. Now back to freeing the figs.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Where's the Peg Hole?

I am an opener, 1st and foremost. I would say that there is a 80% chance when I buy a figure, make it 85%, that I will open it. Perhaps not immediately but it's inevitable. So when I display a figure it needs a stand for a few reasons. If you have ever tried to pose a figure it can be prove to be quite a balancing act especially in the advent of super articulation. Action poses with undoubtedly throw the figures center of gravity way and a figure stand can be the best way to keep it all under control.

So whats so hard about putting a stinkin' peg hole into a figures foot? I just got some Street Fighter figure's from Mundo on spawn.com (thanks again!) and SOTA could not bring themselves to drilling a hole into the bottom of a foot. Neither can Marvel Toys half the time and when they do it's a little too big and last I checked no one offers a stand for them. I guess I will put my mini Black and Decker dril to good use in the near future. I just feel peg holes are to figures like assholes are to humans... we all should have one!

Now my stand of choice for 6" scale figures and above is McFarlane Toys stands for numerous reasons. The material they use is a non reflective plastic that's transparent enough to blend in with the surface you have the stand on.

There is the thickness of the peg itself, Marvel Legends figures (ToyBiz Era) and DC Universe Classics hug the peg so it's a nice firm grip and the circumference of the stand is large enough to make any 6" scale or even bigger stable but not too large to make is cumbersome.

Last is the thickness, it's just enough to make it durable but has MINIMAL impact on the figures overall height and you can overlap them without making much of an. If I could make just one change to the stand it would be to add a 2nd peg to allow for even better support or even adding a 2nd figure for group shots like the JLU or the X-Men, etc.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Arkham Asylum Special Edition

In the times that I purchased Special Editions of video games only once have I felt I got my money's worth and that was on Warcraft 3, the other 2 were wastes of money, Quake III Arena and Star Wars Galaxies. But now for 99.99 I think I may have found the next SE that's seems to be worth it. Batman: Arkham Asylum

The game footage (what little I've seen) is somewhat reminiscent of Metal Gear Solid in that you don't mash buttons to beat the bad guys. You must think like Batman from a strategy point of view in order to take down the criminals who have escaped. This SE comes with a 13" Batarang, a leather embossed dust jacket that seems more of a who's who in Arkham (no pun intended DC fans), and making of video all contained in a tin Batarang shaped container.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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This was the original banner for this blog but notice how the banner that you see above is kinda low quality? Yeah, it sucks cause Blogger automatically lowers the quality of whatever you put up there. It sucks cause I liked this banner.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Mattel SDCC Exclusive Activate!

Mattel just released an image of the newly announced Wonder Twins Exclusive that will be sold at SDCC in late July. Before you get in a hissy you won't have to sell plasma to get one as they will be available on mattycollector.com but there is a catch. Gleek (the monkey) will be handed out in a separate baggy to ensure that at least part of it will be a true exclusive.

Kudos to Mattel for making this a must have set for DCU collectors. Now to find someone who can get me a Gleek.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Big Barda

I was reading up on Big Barda, just getting more familiar with the character and I noticed this on Wikipedia...

Jack Kirby based Barda's physical appearance on Lainie Kazan, "who had recently appeared topless in Playboy."

So I found this pic of her with Leah Remini and yep. Big Barda

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If she looks familiar then you may have seen her in My Big Fat Greek Wedding in which she plays Maria Portokalos.