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Super-Articulate: Catching Up on DC Multiverse

Let me set the parameters on this one right away. This isn’t an exhaustive look. It’s more of a highlight reel of the past few assortments of DC Multiverse figures. I’ll be checking back in with DC Mutliverse a few times throughout the year; unfortunately, as the DC master license leaves Mattel, the line is on a ticking clock. On the upside, I think that the character selection and sculpts have steadily improved over time; the downside, again, is that Mattel will stop making DC figures after a couple of years filled with some exciting choices.

Presently, a new assortment is making its way to stores; it’s a four-figure wave featuring Batman Beyond, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner (in his classic outfit), Kingdom Come Superman, Kid Flash (DC Rebirth), and a Lobo Collect & Connect figure. We don’t have any of those to show yet; as for myself, I only plan on getting the Kid Flash, as I have representations of the other characters that I’m pleased with. And that brings up a salient point. Be a completest if you want, but you’ll be a happier collector if you simply buy what you dig.

So, with our column today, I’m going to go back to a pair of figures from 2017, and several more from throughout 2018. First up is Batwing, which featured in the Batman Exo-Suit/Rookie Wave from Summer of that year. I chose to go all the way back to Batwing because he’s an interesting figure and it’s running fairly inexpensively on eBay. If I’m not interested in a C&C figure for a particular wave, then I’m totally comfortable picking up loose figures online for less rather than paying full price with pieces I don’t want.

At any rate, Batwing is a decent, not spectacular, figure. I’m really glad he was made, particularly because of the key role he plays in the excellent Detective Comics run in Rebirth. I do wish there had been a swappable head for him because I’m certain that not a lot of people outside of the direct readership realize that he’s a member of an underrepresented community. I do like the wing assembly; despite the weight of the thing, the figure is still able to stand, which is a huge plus. Not great, but certainly good.

Wonder Girl from late 2017, however, is excellent. Great sculpt, solid presentation of a character that many have loved since Young Justice, then Teen Titans, then Young Justice on TV. The only bummer was that if you wanted the rest of the Doctor Psycho C&C figure, you had to get a DKIII Wonder Woman. I didn’t care for the story, the design, or the figure, so I passed. But, as for Wonder Girl herself, very well-done. I really like the way that the lasso hangs on the figure, and there’s some fine detail in the hair. She’s looks great next to the Superboy on the shelf.

Batwoman and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz came from the spring/summer 2018 Clayface C&C series, and that’s a great set overall. With that one, DCM went all in on Rebirth. I vastly prefer those to the TV and film figures; in fact, I think that the overabundance of TV, Justice League film, and Dark Knight Returns figures really hurt the line. Some of those figures continue to hang in stores. While the face on Jessica Cruz isn’t the greatest, I’m simply delighted the figure exists at all. I took a picture of the back to show that the costume detail continued on both sides, which is great. The power battery is well-done, the power effects are okay, and it’s generally an agreeable figure. Batwoman is the superior of the two; the extra head is great, but the mask is particularly well-sculpted. It’s kind of shock to consider how few Kate Kane figures there have actually been between DC Direct/Collectibles and Mattel, so we should be glad that we got this one.

The final two I’m looking at come from the DC Rebirth Lex Luthor C&C wave, and those are The Ray and Spoiler, which started dropping in November. This is a generally solid wave, and a strong reminder that DCM was doing their best when they were doing Rebirth. Their plan through 2019 really shows that they were determined to present a strong assemblage of characters from Detective, Justice League, Justice League of America, and the Titans titles, and they were doing pretty damn good job of it. Again, a shame this license is leaving now.

The utter lack of a mass market Spoiler until now has been confounding, but I’m glad she’s here. I’m a little bummed we didn’t get the original look first, but for God’s sake, at least it’s Stephanie! This is a rock-solid figure. Well-designed, well-sculpted, and with nice hood and hair elements, I’m sure it made a lot of fans happy. I wish that she had a little more articulation, but it’s a damn fine addition to Bat-or-teen-hero shelf.

I’ve been a fan of The Ray for years, and I’m glad he’s gotten more a spotlight with the CW Seed animation, the Crisis on Earth-X CW appearance, and his prominent role in Justice League of America. This is a GREAT figure, hands-down. Speaking of hands, it comes with two extras and a “smiley” head; I prefer the serious in this case. But this just another solid, well-sculpted, well-painted figure. I know he’s a little hard to find, but I grabbed one on eBay for less than store price, so I felt pretty good about that. As a matter of act, all of these figures are fairly findable on eBay for decent prices, outside of Jessica Cruz; that one takes more work, but it can still be found in the 20s, despite the fact that some people are pricing Buy It Nows in the $60 range.

At this point, I plan to get Vixen and Rebirth Kid Flash, which are still in release, Katana at year’s end, and several entries in the Killer Croc C&C wave, notably Red Hood and Alfred. Have you been enjoying DC Multiverse? Will you be sad to see it go? What do you want to see before the end of 2019? Thanks for reading, and comment away.

Those Two Geeks Episode Twenty Six: Topics? Who Needs A Topic?

On the docket this week: The geeks talk about… a bunch of stuff as they test out a new format. Which is no format.

As always, the Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jc_hesh if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter or email ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you in the future!

Feast Your Eyes on Our Humongous New York Comic Con 2014 Toy Gallery

The cosplay and the movie stars get a lot of the love when the New York Comic Con rolls into the Jacob Javitz Center but the toy barrage doesn’t get as much attention. And that’s a shame, because if you’re a toy enthusiast the event can feel like the best museum on the planet with thousands of prototypes, new products and existing toys on display behind glass to tantalize and torture because no matter how much you beg, vendors will never let you take them all home.

In the included gallery, there are 250 pictures of some of NYCC’s coolest toys. It would be impossible for me to pick a favorite, but I can tell you that both the Killer Clowns from Outer Space figs and the Chucky figs look scary as hell, Mezco‘s Batman figures are as awesome up close as they look in these pics, and NECA Toys impressed with their 1:6 scale Danny Devito Penguin, their Burt Ward Robin and the rest of their sizable case.

I can also tell you that McFarlane‘s Walking Dead line is taking a great leap forward with the upcoming RV playset and the 10″ deluxe Rick Grimes figure that I was unfortunately unable to get a good picture of since I found myself by the McFarlane booth when it was swarmed by fans who wanted to get a look at Todd McFarlane himself, who was making an appearance.

The QMx booth also drew some crowds, but I’m pretty sure that that was all about the astonishing film scale (1:124) replica of Serenity from the film of the same name and Firefly. Luckily, we got some super up-close shots of the $7,495 “toy” and a look inside its interiors, which feature miniature versions of the Firefly cast. We’ve also got some great pics of QMx’s other Firefly products, which are damn shiny.

Enough words, check out the pics!

Article – You Never Forget Your First

Oh, your first. Everything about your first is great; the feeling of anticipation, the joy, the memories that last a lifetime. You’ll never forget it. I’ll never forget mine. Of course it helps if there’s a story to go along with it, something you can tell family and friends, or strangers on the internet. So here we go. The story of my first, the first action figure I ever got.

I was just a wee little lad growing up in merry ol’ England, a little scamp the age of 3, all wide-eyed and care free. On one fateful day my father and I decided to play a game of volleyball with an inflatable beach ball, a fairly normal activity for a father and son to engage in. The only problem was that this game took place in our rather small apartment. My mother protested, but we were determined to have our little game. Fun was had, until it wasn’t. A few rounds in, disaster struck. The ball was volleyed, by whom I do not know, and struck a large brass plate that adorned the wall. The impact was so, that the plate fell from the wall and came crashing down upon my tiny skull. BAM! My mother was horrified, and ran over to check on her son. I was relatively unfazed by the event, except I knew my head hurt. My mother was near hysterics, fearing the worst for her little boy. My father, calm and composed, walked over to me, placed his hand on head, moved it back and forth, and said “He’s fine”. His composure lasted until he removed his hand and it was covered blood!

After a hurried trip to the local hospital, I was being attended to by a very nice doctor who kept me calm during the procedure. My parents however, were a different story. My mom cried more than I did (I did have drugs to help with the pain of my scalp being stitched up) and my dad kept repeating “I broke him, I broke him”. I wasn’t even my father’s first child; I thought he would’ve been used to this kind of thing. While I was getting my sutures I dinned on a large bag of Maltesers and after the procedure I was rewarded for being a brave little solider with this guy:

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He’s seen better days, and I have no idea what accessories he may have came with, other that his brightly coloured head. If anyone can help me ID this figure, I’d appreciate it. I think it’s a Go-Bot, but can’t be certain. I tried to look it up before, but haven’t had any luck.

This was the beginning. I began getting so many more action figures after that, He-Man, Thundercats, G.I. Joe. I latched onto Transformers and I still haven’t let go, despite Mr. Bay’s best efforts to soil the franchise. I was hooked. My interest did waiver a bit during my teen years. Not much room for action figures when you’ve got all that angst bogging you down. I returned to my roots during high school and have been collecting ever since. I recently did an office tour video where I claimed what was on display was about ¾ of my collection, I was a little off. I dug up some figures to put back on display and found SO many more figures. I’d guess just under half of my collection is actually on display. I hope to move to a bigger place where I can have a whole room just for my collection and display more of it. Time will tell though. So, that’s it, the story of my first action figure. I still have it on display to this day. It’s on the shelf next to me as I write this. I like to think of it as a symbol of a simpler time in my life, when fun was all that mattered and the scary things in life aren’t so bad as long as you have family, a bag of chocolate and a toy.

What was your first action figure? Do you have story to go with it? Let us know!

 

Quickie Review: Jon Snow II – The Legend of Curly’s Gold

I picked up my second Jon Snow figure recently, same company, but a completely different style. Let’s take a look at the Funko POP! Jon Snow.

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And now my watch begins….again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The package is the standard POP! fare. The character is clearly visible from the front and the Edition Two line-up is shown on the back. I really love the design of Cersei. That one should be titled the first figure to look like a total bitch. Now unleash the Snow!

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Turnaround………Jon Snow

 

 

 

 

 
Like all the other POP! figures from Funko, Jon shares a very simple body design and over-sized head. The amount of detail added to make each figure unique is where Funko shines. His Night’s Watch outfit features some really nice sculpted details, like the fur accents, belts, and straps. Longclaw is even nicely recreated and features the recognizable wolf’s head pommel. While the head features a basic sculpt, I feel it captures more of Jon Snow than the Legacy figure did. All the elements just come together to look more like Jon Snow.

The paint is very basic on this one. Black, lighter black, silver, white, and skin tone are what you get.  I would like to have seen a different paint applied to the fur lining, to break up the black and create some depth to the paint scheme. All the paint apps are applied very well and feature no bleed or slop. Longclaw`s pommel is done especially well. There are some small paint apps missing on the side of Jon`s hair that hangs down on his forehead. This only really noticeable up close and is not a big distraction at all. This seems to be a common thing with the POP! figures, as my Ned has the same issue.

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Tell me of mama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As with all POP! figures, Jon features one point of articulation, the neck. Even with this one point, it’s possible to get a pretty cool pose.  By itself, the figure is really good. However, when you add a friend, the figure shines. I got lucky and cracked a Ghost as my first Funko Mystery Mini figure and having the pair displayed together is awesome. I doubt we`ll ever get an in scale Ghost to go with the Legend figure, so this is wonderful alternative. Jon also looks great standing with Ned. I`m sure they`ll have that talk about his mother any time now……..*sniff*.

The Funko POP! Jon Snow is great addition to your Funko or Game of Thrones collection. The figure`s simple design distills the character down to its core, while maintaining the character`s essence. It also does what few figures can do, it makes other figures you own better when displayed together. I highly recommend added Jon Snow to your shelf.

 

 

Preview: NECA’s Next Retro Style Video Game Figure

NECA is at it again with a wonderful figure re-paint designed to look like a classic video game. Following the tradition of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Robocop, and the Predator, the next 8-bit re-do comes in the form of the original people’s champion………ROCKY BALBOA!

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ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re-pianted to give a more angular, shaded, and low-res look, this Rocky emulates the character as featured in the 1987 NES game Rocky (a VERY difficult game btw). The figure also includes a cloth American flag. Which could be used on any other Rocky figure you have to make a pretty cool post-fight display.

Preview – S.H. MonsterArts & TV Pop!

With Godzilla fever still running high, Bandai has few more little treats for fans.

 

First is the S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla (2014). In what is easily the best figure from the new movie, this bad boy comes loaded with articulation and an incredible sculpt that looks like the monster stepped right off screen. Godzilla will be available this fall for around $70. NECA’s 12″ Godzilla is arriving soon and with a similar price point, I am REALLY torn as to which one to get. I have huge love for the Bandai S.H. figures and this would take up considerbley less shelf space. Decisions, decisions. It’s a nice problem to have though.

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Next is a classic character from Godzilla lore, Bandai brings us the S.H. MonsterArts Kiryu – Heavy Arms Type. There’s been a few Kiryu or MechGodzilla figures released, but this new version has some added features. The figure includes interchangeable parts to re-create either “High Mobility Type” or “Heavy Arms Type“, an originally crafted back unit, right hand unit and repaired head piece. He also features the flip down chest piece to reveal the Absolute Zero Cannon. This one looks like the perfect version of Kiryu to face off with or aid the Millennium Godzilla figure. Look for Kiryu to land in Oct/No with a steep price point of $125.

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Funko has released some shots of their latest series of POP! Televsion vinyl figures. Soon you’ll be able to add the cast of Breaking Bad to your collection. The series includes a few versions Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, Saul Goodman, Gus (with a spoilery version too), Hank, and Mike. I feel Gus was only sculpted that way so they could make the other “Two-Face” version. That pose on the normal one doesn’t look right to me. These adorable meth dealers, crime lords, lawyers, cops, and thugs will be available this summer.

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Video: My Collection

I’ve been having such a great time since I began contributing here on Graphic Policy that I wanted to do something special. I wanted to show my collection to the good people here, but I wanted a more personal touch than simple photos. I’ve begun expanding into video reviews (still learning the ropes), so I present a video walk-through of my collection. I hope you enjoy this peek at what is on my shelves.

SDCC Marvel Exclusives or How Poor Am I Going To Be This Summer?

Answer……..very poor indeed.

USA Today showed off Hasbro’s Marvel themed SDCC 2014 exclusives and boy-howdy are they amazing. We are getting a box set each for the Marvel Infinite (formally Marvel Universe) and Marvel Legends lines. Just point your eyeballs at these:

 

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That’s a lot of cosmic goodness in one box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marvel Legends Infinite Series – “The Thanos Imperative”

This box set features Black Bolt, Medusa, Gladiator, Blastaar and Star-Lord. Odd that Blastaar isn’t visible in the box. Perhaps it’s an early mock-up? Or is this the first box set build-a-figure? The box is designed to resemble the Galactus Engine from the “The Thanos Imperative” story line. A new Blackbolt? 6″ Gladiator and Abnett/Lanning Star-Lord? Be still my heart! It took me years to get the old Black Bolt to round out my Illuminati display; now I can upgrade. Star-Lord also brings us closer to a full Guardians roster too. The set has a price point of $99.99.

 

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What an awkward family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marvel Infinite Series – “The Infinity Gauntlet” 

Inspired by the The Infinity Gauntlet storyline, this set features Nebula, Starfox, Death and Thanos. The Death figure is a standout here, with interchangeable human pieces. Thanos looks to be a reissue, but Starfox and Nebula are first-timers. Best of all, the set comes with a real-life foam Infinity Gauntlet, allowing you to recreate killing half the universe right in your home. Thanks Hasbro! The complete set will sell for $74.99.

 

Between these two sets and the Prison Suit Doomsday from Mattel, this is going to be a very pricey convention season for me. I can’t attend, so I’ll be hunting for the best possible secondary market price on these. By best “best possible” I of course mean a price that will still allow me to eat and pay my mortgage. Fingers crossed! I love that these amazing sets are using both classic and modern cosmic stories to deliver truly unique figures that wouldn’t otherwise see a release. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go check my credit card balance.

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