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Here's a look at the Star Wars The Black Series Gamorrean Guard.




What a cute creature... I mean fierce creature. Those fur coverings sure don't help his image. They kinda look like diapers. Anyone remembers that episode of Mr Bean looking after a kid? Anyway soft goods material was used for the "fur" coverings which makes it look more realistic. The fur is tucked into his waist and it does not move around. Underneath he's wearing a pair of big textured brown trunks. The trunks are what help keep his round shape. They are flexible and this allows him to raise his legs a little bit more. There's a great amount of detail on his attire. The design, seams, threads, wrinkles and creases of his brown tunic were all sculpted. And I like that it has dark shading on it. The shoulder armour and forearm bracers too have good detail. They are textured and dented in places. The straps is a separate piece and it too is textured. His skin looks tough and hardened. I like that his nails were painted. He's got a great head sculpt. He looks mean. I think the horns and tusks were well done. His skin is wrinkly and looks hardened. The well detailed and textured helmet looks to be a separate piece stuck on. One thing I don't like is the brown applied at his nose and lips. I feel it's too thick and contrasting. I think a lighter tone for that would be better. The rest of the paint apps is good.



























Accessories. He comes with two axes and a lance. The blades of the axes are textured and have dents and cracks in them. The edges has a bit of brown painted on to simulate rust. The axes look "plasticky". Maybe some metallic paint would have helped. I also would have liked more "rust" applied. The lance has nice sculpted detail on it and it too has "rust" painted at the points. The Gamorrean Guard can grip his weapons well in either hand.


Articulation. He's got what I think is a ball hinge neck. The ball joint is attached downwards into the neck. Then there's ball hinge shoulders, swivel hinge elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ball joint waist, ball hips, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot. The head may be moved up and down but he seems to be constantly looking straight no matter the position. If I had to say he can look down and not up. He can only turn his head a little. He cannot lift his arms up all the way due to the shoulder armour. The ball joint waist offers a pretty good range of motion. He can raise his legs ups a little more than forty-five degrees. I would have liked if he had thigh swivel. 






























Comparison shots.



Nice figure. It looks good and I think the articulation is good enough for the character. I will probably get one more. Thanks for viewing!


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New Marvel Legends in hand! Here's a look at Black Widow and Thor from the Cull Obsidian BAF series. Warning post may contain minor spoilers.




I'm really stoked for this Black Widow figure as it looks to be the best version yet! She has a great head sculpt. The likeness is superb. And the paint apps for her lips and eyes are excellent. There's nice detail in her hair and its got a bit of light brown shading in it. Very nice! She wears a vest in Infinity War. It gives her more of a mercenary kind of look which I think suits her being under the radar and all. I think Hasbro did a good job with the it. It's a separate piece and it's not too bulky. I like the colours and I especially like that the studs and zippers were painted with silver. The vest is removable and underneath is an all new body.  


























There are tabs on the side of her vest which you unpeg. Not that you'll need to. The pegs don't work well and her left side may look bloated at times. You'll need to remove her head in order to remove the vest. Once off we'll see Black Widow in her more familiar look. Her costume looks to be the one she was wearing in Civil War. Nice! Two versions of Black Widow with one figure! We'll need to custom or modify a Black Widow head with red hair if you like to get the Civil War look. The previous heads don't work well on this body. There's nice sculpted detail on her costume and it's textured. I'm annoyed that the Widow logo has a blemish. Fortunately it's not too noticeable from a distance. 


























Accessories. Black Widow comes with an extra pair of fists, a long baton and two disk shooters. The baton may be separated to become two batons. The included BAF piece is the torso of Cull Obsidian. 


I didn't know that the two small black objects were disk shooters initially. I found out that bit of information from the Hot Toys site. I don't recall her using them in the movie. They kinda look like tasers. The disk shooters may be stored in her thigh holsters. 


Next up Thor.



If you watched Infinity War you'll know how he ended up with this look. It's actually not that different from when we last saw him in Thor: Ragnarok. The same is true for the figure. He's similar to the figure from the Infinity War three-pack. The head sculpt is the same, less the eye-patch and with a well painted artificial right eye. He's got new plated sleeve arms. The torso is modified. His cape is stuck on from the first pair of round studs. Speaking of which the studs here are gun metal in colour. The plated front of his boots are dark gold with a little black wash. 


























A close-up of his head. Here you can better see his eyes. You can tell that his right eye is an artificial eye as it lacks the pupil and has a shiny tint to it. Click images to enlarge.


Accessories. Thor comes with Stormbreaker and a lightning effect piece. The BAF piece is the left arm of Cull Obsidian. 


There's good detail on Stormbreaker. I like the design on the blade. I would have liked if it had a bit more paint detail, especially on the handle. The handle is a little too big for him to grip and it tends to drop off when posing. 


The lightning effect piece is meant to be used with Stormbreaker. You can use it on his hands. It just needs some adjusting to find the right spot. This effect piece is of a darker tone compared to the one from the Valkyrie two-pack.


Articulation

Thor has a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ball joint torso, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot. He can look up and down well. The hips are very loose on my figure which is a bummer. His cape gets in the way of some poses. 

Black Widow has a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, swivel hinge elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ball joint torso, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot. She can look up and down well. Utilising the torso joint and/or raising her left leg will cause her vest to become unpegged.
































Comparison shots.






Both great figures. Thanks for viewing!


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Here's a look at the SDCC 2017 Exclusive Star Wars the Black Series Grand Admiral Thrawn.





I did not plan to do a post for the exclusive Thrawn originally as I wanted to keep it in box. It makes for a great display piece as you can see above. I managed to get a second piece at a great price and so here we are. A good thing too as the figure and accessories are really cool.

This version of Thrawn is from Star Wars Rebels. And as with previous The Black Series Rebels characters Thrawn was done in a more realistic style and I think Hasbro did a great job with that. He's got a great head sculpt. He looks very composed. His red eyes were well painted. Staring into them gives me the chills. His uniform is very similar to Tarkin's. Actually I should say it the other round since Thrawn was released before Tarkin. The gold epaulettes were sculpted, as were the silver pins at his collar. Then there's the rank insignia and the code cylinders. There's wrinkles and creases on the uniform and it is textured. He wears a holster on his belt. I like the look of the gun metal buckle.


























Thrawn comes with several accessories, most of which are items from his collection of artefacts. From back to front there's a ritual stone and the Syndulla Family Kalikori both of which are attached to a pedestal, a statue of two green Ysalamir, a Jedi Temple Guard's helmet, the Holy Grail, a lightsaber and Commander Gree's helmet. 

Click images to enlarge. 


A better look at the ritual stone and the Kalikori. They both have nice sculpted and paint detail on them. They can be removed from the pedestal and you can change up the display if you like. These two items though have a little peg at the bottom and are unable to stand on their own so its best left where they are.


The Holy Grail is originally from Indiana Jones and is an easter egg in one of the Rebels episodes. I never knew that and I'll have to go and check it out for myself. 


Both the Jedi Temple Guard's and Commander Gree's helmet may be worn. The Jedi Temple Guard's helmet is quite a tight fit while Commander Gree's helmet is loose. The paint apps on the Jedi Temple Guard's helmet is good. 


I didn't know this last year, but it seems the lightsaber belongs to Ezra. The lightsaber has nice sculpted detail on it. Good paint apps too. Is the top supposed to be slanted? Or is my accessory just warped. A lightsaber blade may be inserted so that it may be used. The fit is a little loose though. I apologise for using a red blade instead of green. It was the most convenient one I had available. 


Thrawn also comes with a blaster pistol which may be holstered. There's great detail on the pistol and I like the gun metal colour.


Articulation. Thrawn has got a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, swivel hinge elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ball joint torso, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot. He can look up and down well. The "skirt" section of his uniform is quite flexible and he can raise his legs up quite well.






























Comparison shots.



Great figure! I love the accessories. Thanks for viewing!


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Star Wars Day has come again! This year's event is held at the F1 Pit Building and is on till 5 May 2018. That means at the time of this post there's only one more day to check it out. For those who can't make it, here are some pics from the first day.


Albin Johnson, the founder of the 501st Legion is in town for the festivities. And accompanying him is R2-KT, the pink astromech droid which was built in honour of his late daughter Katie. Their story is really touching and it was an honour to meet them. 


























R2-KT has become a symbol of hope. It is often brought to hospitals to encourage and cheer up kids who are ill. It is also used to help spread awareness of pediatric illness. While here R2-KT in its own way is helping to raise funds for the KKH Health Fund. The KKH Health Fund raises funds to help needy patients, who very often have exhausted all options and are in need of financial assistance, for their medical treatment. 

Exclusive merchandise featuring R2-KT was made for the event and the proceeds will go to the KKH Health Fund. The following are some examples:





Various booths are also raising funds for the KKH Health Fund. Such as the 501st Legion, the Bounty Hunter Shooting Gallery, Funbie Studios and the Band of Doodlers.





I have to bring up the Star Wars cookies again which are found in the Fanzone Bazaar. I love these cookies! I've been buying them every year they have been available. The proceeds too go the KKH Health Fund.



There's no shortage of Star Wars items which you can purchase.











Here's a sample of what's on display. Click images to enlarge.



Boyan Customs








Making their debut at the event is the Dark Empire band! They played their own renditions of various Star Wars scores and themes. And they rocked!



Not forgetting the fine folks of the 501st Legion Singapore, Cathar Base - Rebel Legion Singapore and FightSaber. Without them there'll hardly be any Star Wars events.


FightSaber put on an entertaining show. There was action everywhere. There were Jedi and Sith battling on stage and on the floor. 



That's about it from me. If you do go down be sure to bring and drink plenty of water. The weather was very hot when I was there. And also bring an umbrella as it has been raining quite frequently of late. 

Thanks for viewing!
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It's May! Which means Star Wars Day is just around the corner. Let's kick the month off with a look at the Star Wars The Black Series Grand Moff Tarkin.




Grand Moff Tarkin is the only figure I wanted from the Solo wave. I'm quite disappointed with the recent Star Wars movies and I haven't really took to the new characters. Unless that changes I'm going to stick to Original characters and Rebels as far as possible. Tarkin is a great looking figure. He's got a great likeness. The head sculpt and paint apps are good. I've read that Hasbro has been using a new paint application technique called "Photo Real". You can read a little about that here. The results speak for themselves. All of the featured figures in the article look great. I hope they use the technique for even more figures. There's nice sculpted detail on Tarkin's uniform. It's textured and has wrinkles and creases. The rank insignia and code cylinders were all sculpted. The greenish grey colour of his uniform is spot on.


























Tarkin comes with an Interrogator Droid which I think is a great inclusion. It has nice detail and has various "persuasive" tools attached. Aside from the needle, I'm not sure what the other tools are. I do like the chrome colour they were painted in. And also the chrome lining which was done very well. The droid sits on a stand which I did not take a full pic of. There's actually a ball joint on the stand so the droid can tilt in different directions.



Articulation. He's got a dumbbell joint neck, ball hinge shoulders, swivel hinge elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ball joint torso, ball hips, thigh swivel, double joint knees and ankle hinge and pivot. He can look down decently but not up. The elbows bend at most ninety degrees. The "skirt" section of his uniform is quite flexible and he can raise his legs up quite decently.






























Comparison shots.



Great figure! Thanks for viewing!


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It's been a busy week so this will be another simple post. I still would like to catch Avengers: Infinity War at least another three more times. Lol. It's an awesome movie! I won't say anymore but I urge you to go and watch it as soon as you can if you haven't.

Right. So I've been been trying to sort through my stuff of late and I came across my Spectacular spectacular Spider-man collection. Wait. Let's try that again. Spectacular spectacular Spider-man... Lol. I love the intro song. It was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the figures. I decided to take them out for some photos since they predate my blog. I did a quick Google and found out that this year is actually the 10th Anniversary of the cartoon! How about that. It's one of the best Spider-man cartoons. A shame it lasted only two seasons. Anyway here's a look at the figures.  


There were not too many different characters released. Even so it was quite a tough line to collect locally. And it didn't help that some of the villains were short-packed (as always with an animated line). The figures captured the animated style well and had decent articulation for a kids line. 

Spider-man was one of the easy ones. The below are not the best versions though. I regret not picking up the version with less black lines for the default Spidey. I was thinking to wait for a discount, and then I forgot about it...


There were two versions of Doc Ock. The first had a gimmick where the tentacle arms will grip when you squeezed his legs. The position of the arms are fixed and the stance is quite wide. Thankfully for the second Doc Ock with trenchcoat. It's a cooler and meaner looking figure, plus the arms are bendable.



There were also two versions of Venom. The first which you see below has a blue tint and metallic shine. The second which I did not get was more black in colour.



The detail on Sandman is superb.





Vulture was the toughest figure to acquire. The series which he came out in did not have a wide release. 


Fiddling with the figures make me want to rewatch the cartoon. Maybe I'll do just that, after another couple rounds of Avengers. Lol. Thanks for viewing!


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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year. And during that time a number of figures based on the MCU have been released. I've put together a simple look back at some of the figures through the years. I've focused mainly on Hasbro releases as they are what I have the most of. Note that I do not have all of the figures and some I deliberately left out to balance the pics and for framing purposes. Let's get on with it shall we. 


Starting with Iron-Man. I'm quite sure I have the Mark I and II but I can't seem to find them... A good thing there's another one coming in the 10th Anniversary line.




Hasbro did a 3.75" line for the early MCU movies. I would have continued collecting them if they kept up the quality and articulation. Anyone remember the Iron Man 3 Assemblers? Lots of armors were released in that line but unfortunately they were quite chunky and had a wide stance, and had only 5 POA.


I wish the drones from Iron Man 2 were released in 6" scale.





Here's another bunch of characters that I wish would be made in the 6" scale.















Not forgetting the villains. The upcoming ML 10th Anniversary releases will fill in some missing pieces. Speaking of missing I forgot to include the 8" rotocast Destroyer from the first Thor movie...




I think that about covers it. There's still a couple more that will be released later this year in addition to the 10th Anniversary stuff. Thanks for viewing!


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A Toys'R Us exclusive, the Avengers: Infinity War Thor, Rocket Raccoon and Groot three-pack.  


This is out in Toys'R Us in Singapore. Normally I would be happy picking up something like this. Not this time though. I feel sick. Sick with myself for caving and buying the pack at SGD149.99. Yes that is what they are charging. If you don't believe me you can check it out on their site. I think it will go for USD49.99 in the US so go figure. I'm happy that it was brought in but at that price, ughhhh...



Thor is my most wanted figure from this set. I love this new look as I think he looks more badass. The head sculpt is new. He has a furrowed brow and the eye-patch was sculpted. His sculpted facial hair isn't as thick as on the figure from the Valkyrie two-pack. His hair is also shorter here. This is notable on the back of his head. I like that there's black shading in his hair. Annoyed about the splotch of paint in his beard. Guess I was too upset about the price to check the figure thoroughly... His eye is fully silver in colour and there's tiny streaks of lightning emanating from his eye. To further show he is using his abilities, there are also streaks of lightning on his torso. I'm not usually a fan of painted effects on the figure but I think in this case it makes him look less dull.  Thor is on a new body. His attire looks thick and leather like. The familiar design and studs were all sculpted. The forearms with the sculpted bracers too are new, as are his dark grey pants which are textured. There are lines running down vertically which kinda reminds me of Darth Vader. His boots are plated. I like that it was painted with dark metallic gun metal. 



























Close-ups of his head. You can better see the lightning streaks at his eye. Click images to enlarge. 


























A quick comparison. This head sculpt is slightly bigger than the Ragnarok two-pack version.


If you're wondering if the Thor hands from the Valkyrie two-pack may be used on this figure, they can. The skin tone is a little different but it's passable. 


"Teenage" Groot looks okay. Similar to his father, there's quite a lot of tree bark detail on him. I don't have the basic version but I think this figure has more detail. Certainly more articulation. He has green moss painted in places. There's a big patch on top of his head, and also a small shoot growing. I would have preferred if it wasn't there as it's quite distracting. I like his expression. He has a rebellious look about him which we have seen him to be in the GOTG2 end credits and Infinity War trailer.



























Rocket Raccoon is a repaint of the figure we got in the Mantis BAF series.


























He comes withe the snarling head. His fur is of a darker tone on this version. The blue of his attire is richer. The straps and patches were painted dark brown and black respectively.


Accessories

Thor comes with Heimdall's sword. I would have preferred if he came with Stormbreaker and more lightning effect pieces. 

Rocket comes with a large blaster and two hand guns. The hand guns are the same ones we got previously. 

Groot comes with what I believe is a gaming device. We saw him playing it in the GOTG2 end credits. I'm going to call it a "game pad".


The grip and hilt of Heimdall's sword are of a darker tone with this version. The blade too is of a darker tone and is clean.  


I think Rocket's large blaster is new. It has nice sculpted detail on it. It has a bit of gold paint detail on the barrel.


A closer look at Groot's game pad. The device is translucent with a black frame. There are white specks and larger purple circles on the screen.  


Articulation

Thor has a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ball joint torso, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot. He can look up and down very well. The articulation offers quite a good range of movement.

Groot has a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, swivel hinge elbows, swivel hinge wrists, ball joint torso, ball hips, swivel hinge knees and ankle hinge and pivot. He can look up and down well. He can bend forward a bit but not back. 

Rocket has a ball joint neck, ball hinge shoulders, swivel hinge elbows, wrist swivel, ball joint torso, ball hips, thigh swivel, swivel hinge knees and ankle swivel.































Comparison shots.





Thor is a great figure. Groot is okay. I like the new big blaster for Rocket. It's not worth the current retail price over here. I succumbed to my collector's fear that I might not see it again... at times it's the right decision, most of the time it's not... Thanks for viewing!


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Here's a look at one of the last Toys'R'Us Exclusives, the Marvel Legends Klaw and Shuri two-pack. 




I was not so hot about this two-pack initially to be honest but that's all changed now with it in hand. I especially love how Klaw turned out. They did a great job with him. It is a huge improvement over the previous version. The sculpt, colours and articulation are so much better. He's got a great head sculpt. He looks really menacing. The eyes which stand out very well and the chrome teeth contribute to that. The design on his head was mostly sculpted. The lines on his face were painted. The body reuses the Sunfire body. I like the dark red colour he's cast in. The sonic emitter is attached to his right arm. It is gun metal in colour and has tiny shiny specks in it. The design of his "trunks" was painted on. 


























A quick comparison with the previous version. No contest as to which is the better figure.


Shuri is the half sister of T'Challa. She took up the mantle of the Black Panther for a time, hence her appearance you see below. This is all based on the comics but I imagine she will put on the suit one day in the MCU. The figure looks good. The long and slim shape of the head really suits her. The eyes stand out very well. The body reuses the Hellcat body. Her gloves and boots were painted on. She wears wrappings for her boots. The necklace and belt are separate pieces. They got a bit lazy with the belt. They gave her Rogue's belt which has the X logo on it. I didn't know she joined the X-men... The cape reuses Sif's cape. I like that they did a grey wash on the fur area. 


























There's one major issue with Shuri and that is her feet. They were not well attached. The peg does not fit properly and she's not very stable. The hinge is ratcheted and it's hard to position her feet for a proper pose.   


Accessories

Klaw comes with a pink sonic effect piece. The effect is the same one we have seen before that came with the likes of Wonder Man and Havok. The piece does not fit well on the sonic emitter and tends to drop off. 

In addition to the cape and necklace which are removal, Shuri comes with a spear. The spear is the same one that came with the Walmart Black Panther. Shuri's has a gold spearhead and red feathers. She can grip it well in her right hand.


Articulation

Klaw has a ball hinge neck, butterfly joint, ball hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, swivel hinge left wrist, ab crunch, waist rotation, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees, calf swivel and ankle hinge and pivot. He can look up and down well and can also cock his head.

Shuri has a ball hinge neck, ball hinge shoulders, swivel hinge elbows, swivel and up and down (handshake) hinge wrists, ball joint torso, ball hips, thigh swivel, double jointed knees and ankle hinge and pivot. She can look up and down very well and can cock her head. The "handshake" hinges for both wrists does not suit her. I would have preferred if at least her left wrist hinge was the usual. Her cape restricts her from raising her arms up all the way. It also hinders low poses. 































Comparison shots.





Klaw is a great figure. Shuri I do not like as much. Thanks for viewing!


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I was a winner in a contest to catch an early screening of "Ready Player One" recently. The show was awesome! It had plenty of action and was lots of fun. Things get set up very quickly and we are introduced to the VR world that is The Oasis. I'm sure you're aware that there are lots and lots of pop culture characters and references in it. One screening is not enough to catch them all. I'm not going to spoil anything. I'll just say I loved the sequences with DeLorean, Iron Giant and the RX-78-2. Really cool! I love the soundtrack too. There are several familiar tunes. I just wish that certain characters, both human and avatars were used more. I also didn't like the shaky camerawork in some instances and how some things are so convenient.

I was buzzing after the show. So much so I decided to dig out some figures for a shot. The above was randomly put together. Please excuse the scale. I deliberately did not use much Marvel and Star Wars as I cover quite a lot of those already. Besides I was already struggling for space and background paper.  


Since the figures were out I took the opportunity to do some crossovers, and try and use some lighting. I'm quite happy with the results but obviously there's still room for more improvement. Do let me know what you think and if you have any tips.














That's all for now. Thanks for viewing!

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