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Unboxing: Transformers War for Cybertron: Kingdom Core Optimus Prime

Transform and roll out! Optimus Prime is now in smaller form with the Transformers War for Cybertron: Kingdom Core Optimus Prime figure.

The 3.5 inch figure is inspired by the G-1 version and converts into truck mode in 11 steps. The figure comes with a classic Ion Blaster.

We open up the figure and show it off with transformation!

You can order yours now:
Amazon
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Unboxing: Transformers R.E.D. G1 Optimus Prime

Enhance your Transformers collection with Transformers R.E.D. [Robot Enhanced Design] figures. These 6-inch scale figures are inspired by iconic Transformers characters from throughout the Transformers universe, including G1, Transformers: Prime, Beast Wars: Transformers, and beyond. R.E.D. figures do not convert, allowing for an enhanced robot mode with a sleek, “kibble-free” form. With 80 deco ops and each surface painted on, R.E.D. figures were designed to bring collectors the most screen-accurate versions of their favorite characters to display on their shelves.

A Walmart exclusive, we check out Optimus Prime and see how one of the first releases holds up!

Optimus Prime includes 4 alternate hands, Ion Blaster, and Energon Axe accessories. Open the chest of Optimus Prime figure to reveal the iconic Matrix of Leadership.

Get yours now from Walmart.

Super-Articulate: Marvel Legends Deadpool/X-Force Strong Guy BAF Assortment

Greetings! We’re back, working our way through the last couple of months of stuff. Today we’re taking in the Strong Guy BAF wave, a grouping that includes some long overdue characters and some unexpected additions. Let’s get to it.

Sunspot: Sunspot has been due for a long, long time, and here’s hoping that we get a Bobby in his New Mutants costume in the near future. This outfit came from the Greg Capullo era of X-Force, and there are some great, colorful teams designs from it (Boom-Boom, for example, has already been represented). First off, Sunspot is officially on the list of “I’m just happy this exists” figures. It’s hard to believe that this is the character’s first Legends entry. Overall this is a tight sculpt. The mask detail is great and I’m glad that they chose to include a blackened version of the familiar energy crackle. Nicely done, and it’s about time.

Warpath: Warpath’s outfit is drawn from the same era as Sunspot’s, giving me some hope that we’ll see Siryn and Rictor sometime soon. Warpath is appropriately big, drawn more in line with his look in the early to mid 90s than when he was first introduced (when he first showed up as a Hellion in The New Mutants, he was downright trim). The shoulder pad details are of the time and I think that they did a nice job on the hair. He’s a fitting figure for the assortment, given its composition, and I was glad to see it make the cut. Again, nice solid job.

Maverick: A first-time Legend, Maverick was represented (like Sunspot before him) in the old 90s Toy Biz wave. It’s good to see him get an update, and it’s frankly a banger. This is a really nice-looking figure, with great detail and color applications. Maverick is an admittedly minor X-Universe character, but the figure is great and demonstrates once again that the Hasbro team puts a lot of effort into even lower-tier characters. The rifle accessories are well done, and representative of the weapons he carried when he showed up during Jim Lee’s run of X-Men. I really dig this one.

Black Tom Cassidy: Another “about time” guy, and certainly in the version that I wanted to see. Black Tom is a long-time X-Foe, and with Juggernaut getting two swings in recent years, it makes sense for his partner to get the Legend treatment. The old Toy Biz version was the character’s hybrid look, but this is his original classic depiction, and it’s great. I really like the shillelagh accessory, and the face sculpt is appropriately smarmy. He looks a bit like Bruce Campbell to me, which is just fine. I’m never going to complain about new X-foes making the cut.

Shiklah: Easily the most obscure Legend in a while, Shiklah is a Queen of the Underworld that first appeared in 2014’s Deadpool: The Gauntlet Infinite Comic #3. She was even Mrs. Deadpool for a while before leaving him for Dracula (it’s complicated). They definitely got the horror vibe of the character right, and did a fine job realizing costume details. I appreciate that the necklace is a separate piece. As a personal quirk, it’s cool to see purple show up in the palette (there just aren’t a lot of purple figures, when you think about it). I took a shot of the severe heels on the boot sculpt; they make the figure a little harder to stand, but it still looks good. Shiklah comes with Jeff the Land Shark who is, quite frankly, cute (and a fun little addition).

Deadpool (Blue X-Team Suit): Not much to say about this one. If you really wanted this version of DP, you got him. It’s a good solid figure and sculpt, but really made for the hardcore Deadpool fans or someone that wants an exacting team line-up.

Pirate Deadpool: Honestly, this is hilarious. I can’t believe that this exists. I find it fairly funny that Hasbro picked it, and I’m kind of glad it got made because it’s just so weird. Thumbs up for doing the completely unexpected.

Strong Guy: We’ve been missing Guido for years, so FINALLY, it’s great to see Strong Guy in the Legends line. This is a top-notch BAF, fully using the capability of a BAF to embrace and over-sized character. The proportions are dead-on in terms of the character’s comic book look, and that face sculpt is perfect.  This is a tremendous figure, and I’m really, really glad that he finally made it into the line. Honestly, it’s worth picking up those two Deadpools, even if you’re not a huge fan, just to fill this one out. Great work.

What do you think, readers? You dig this wave and BAF? We’ll be back soon with more recent releases. Thanks for reading!

Unboxing: Transformers R.E.D. G1 Megatron

Enhance your Transformers collection with Transformers R.E.D. [Robot Enhanced Design] figures. These 6-inch scale figures are inspired by iconic Transformers characters from throughout the Transformers universe, including G1, Transformers: Prime, Beast Wars: Transformers, and beyond. R.E.D. figures do not convert, allowing for an enhanced robot mode with a sleek, “kibble-free” form. With 80 deco ops and each surface painted on, R.E.D. figures were designed to bring collectors the most screen-accurate versions of their favorite characters to display on their shelves.

A Walmart exclusive, we check out Megatron and see how one of the first releases holds up!

Megatron features a Fusion Cannon accessory, 4 alternate hands including one that holds an Energon cube, and fans can also replace hand with the Energon Mace accessory.

Get yours now from Walmart.

Unboxing: Transformers R.E.D. G1 Soundwave

Enhance your Transformers collection with Transformers R.E.D. [Robot Enhanced Design] figures. These 6-inch scale figures are inspired by iconic Transformers characters from throughout the Transformers universe, including G1, Transformers: Prime, Beast Wars: Transformers, and beyond. R.E.D. figures do not convert, allowing for an enhanced robot mode with a sleek, “kibble-free” form. With 80 deco ops and each surface painted on, R.E.D. figures were designed to bring collectors the most screen-accurate versions of their favorite characters to display on their shelves.

A Walmart exclusive, we check out Soundwave and see how one of the first releases holds up!

Soundwave features a shoulder-mounted cannon accessory, 2 alternate hands, a backpack accessory, and a Concussion Blaster accessory. Open Soundwave figure’s chest to reveal removable cassette tape accessory.

Get yours now from Walmart.

Hasbro Reveals a Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Greef Karga and The Child on Mando Monday

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH GREEF KARGA Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $12.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH GREEF KARGA Figure, inspired by THE MANDALORIAN live-action series on Disney Plus. Featuring premium detail and design, as well as original Kenner branding, this collectible action figure makes a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors. Highly poseable with realistic detail, including a photoreal face, the STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH GREEF KARGA Figure can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Entertainment Earth, Big Bad Toy Store, and Dorkside Toys.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH THE CHILD Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $12.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH THE CHILD Figure, inspired by THE MANDALORIAN live-action series on Disney Plus. Featuring premium detail and design, as well as original Kenner branding, this collectible figure makes a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors. Highly poseable with realistic detail, the STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH THE CHILD Figure with hover pram can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Entertainment Earth, Big Bad Toy Store, and Dorkside Toys.

Super-Articulate: And Hellfire is Their Name!

As promised for a few weeks, the mighty review catch-up begins! Rather than make them exactly chronological, I’m grouping recent releases in ways that make sense. Today, we’re checking out two Hasbro Pulse Marvel Legends exclusives: The Hellfire Club boxed set, and the “army-builder” Hellfire Club Guard.

Comics History: The Hellfire Club first appeared during the fabled “Dark Phoenix Saga” in (Uncanny) X-Men #129, cover-dated January 1980. Their appearance here informs the design of the four figures in the boxed set, as well as the Guard. You probably know that the Club tried to both recruit Kitty Pryde and seduce Jean Grey into becoming the club’s Black Queen, thanks to the manipulations of Jason Wyngarde, aka Mastermind. The idea of the Club, created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, has its roots in both history (“Hellfire Clubs” were a real thing where powerful people would indulge in particular behaviors behind closed doors) and pop culture (one such club appeared in the “A Touch of Brimstone” episode of the U.K. series The Avengers in 1966; the updated look and name of Mastermind is inspired by actor Peter Wyngarde, who appeared in that episode). Two members of the Club, Emma Frost and Sebastian Shaw, continue to play crucial roles in the X-books today. Frost and Shaw are included in the boxed set, as are Donald Pierce (who also appeared in #129) and Jean Grey (in her Black Queen garb). The set also produces an opportunity to make later Black Queen Selene, which you’ll see. The Hellfire Club guards debuted in the Dark Phoenix arc as well, and had a showdown with Wolverine in the scene that made him a breakout star in issue #133.

The packaging of the boxed set is very cool. The outside evokes the club gates. Inside is an invitation reminiscent of the one that Angel received. There’s an inset piece of art of the four characters represented, and the background art looks like the Inner Circle’s private chambers. It’s beautifully done.

Let’s take a look at the figure . . .

White Queen Emma Frost: There have been Emma Frost figures before, a couple of which were unfortunate. The Walgreens exclusive version was actually a terrific figure in a more modern costume, but fans had always wanted this original iteration of Emma. It’s fantastic. This is pretty much exactly how I always wanted to see Emma Frost represented. The cape detailing and the clasp are on point. The bright blue eye shadow is both comic accurate and of the period when Emma first appeared. Despite the hit or miss nature of heel-booted figures in the standing department, I found Emma easy to pose and stand. This is a really strong entry for the series.

Black King Sebastian Shaw: It’s about time. Shaw has been a significant antagonist for the X-Men for 40 years now, even appearing in X-Men: First Class. And yet, here’s the first-ever figure. I’m happy to report that it’s a good one. Yes, Shawn and Pierce appear to use the same body when Pierce should be thinner, but that’s almost a quibble, considering the fact that these even exist. The face sculpt is pretty much perfect, and the overall design is great. I like the slide off cuffs that facilitate easy changing of the interchangeable hands. I used a fist for the display because Shaw’s power (observing impact and converting it to strength) is obviously a physical one. Cool figure.

White Bishop Donald Pierce: Pierce is a cyborg, and later becomes leader of the Reavers. His cybernetic nature is reflected in the interchangeable cyborg hands included in the set. There’s also a blaster that I deemed him, considering his use of weapons with the Reavers and so on. Frankly, I’m just glad that this got made at all.

Black Queen Jean Grey/Selene: There was a previous Black Queen Jean Grey figure that was a Toys R Us Exclusive. It’s . . . not great. This one is, though. Yes, the body is basically a repaint of the Emma Frost body, but that Jean head sculpt is dynamite. I’m choosing to display mine with the Selene head; Selene was a significant antagonist for years, and deserves to be represented on the shelf. I really like the Selene expression, which reads as “queen bitch.” Not wrong. Unsurprisingly, the figure comes with a whip as an accessory.

Hellfire Club Guard (not in set): This is exactly what I want from an army-builder figure. He’s got the details right, he’s got appropriate accessories, and he doesn’t cost as much as the other figures. Thank you, Hasbro! Even if this guy is a low-frills affair, he’s still very accurate (mask looks great) and provides an extra layer to your Marvel collection. I’m a big fan of the army-builder concept, and I hope to see Hasbro continue to employ it in a number of ways.

Downers: The boxed set as a whole is great, and I’m glad to see certain figures addressed. However, there’s a downer in that two Club members are conspicuous by their absence: Mastermind, and Harry Leland. I can understand Leland not being here, as he would necessitate a bigger figure and might make an appropriate BAF or a bigger exclusive someday. Mastermind’s absence is noticeable because a) he’s one of the story drivers of the arc, and b) He first fought the X-Men all the way back in #4. I’d really like to see Hasbro do both the Hellfire Mastermind and the original Brotherhood of Evil Mutants take. I feel like they’re both pretty necessary for a complete, classic Hellfire Club (note to Hasbro: see, I’m not stomping my foot for Friedrich von Roehm or something.)

Tell us what you think, readers. Have a safe holiday!

The Transformers and X-Men Figure Ultimate X-Spanse Revealed

Transformers have been crossing over a lot with various other properties including the Ghostbusters, Top Gun, and Back to the Future. Up next is the X-Men as revealed on the Transformers Instagram page!

The Transformers Collaborative release is dubbed Ultimate X-Spanse and transforms the classic X-Men Blackbird Jet in a whole new way! The design takes inspiration from the 1990s X-Men animated series with figures, jet, and package design lifted from that era.

The figure is available for pre-order now through Target and will be released in March through GameStop and Hasbro Pulse.

New Star Wars: Black Series Includes Hunter, Crosshair, Asajj Ventress, Plus a Vintage Zutton

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH HUNTER Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this premium STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH HUNTER Figure, inspired by the BAD BATCH HUNTER character from the STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS animated series. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this 6-inch-scale highly poseable, fully articulated figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 5 accessories. Available for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse, Entertainment Earth, and Big Bad Toy Store.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH CROSSHAIR Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this premium STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH CROSSHAIR Figure, inspired by the BAD BATCH CROSSHAIR character from the STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS animated series. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this 6-inch-scale highly poseable, fully articulated figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 4 accessories. Available for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse, Entertainment Earth, and Big Bad Toy Store.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH ASAJJ VENTRESS Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this premium STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH ASAJJ VENTRESS Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS series. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this 6-inch scale highly poseable, fully articulated figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse, Entertainment Earth, and Big Bad Toy Store.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH ZUTTON Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $12.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Featuring premium detail, original Kenner branding, and design across multiple points of articulation inspired by STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE, this collectible STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH ZUTTON Figure makes a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors. This highly poseable figure with realistic detail figure can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse, Amazon, Entertainment Earth, and Big Bad Toy Store.


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