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As I am sure you know, Star Wars: Rogue One was released on Blu-ray earlier this week, and if you are like me, I am sure you have already watched it once since then. I am also sure know that it is not at all coincidence that Hasbro has a brand new action figure release available to coincide with the Blu-R\ray, so get ready because we have a full gallery for the new Jedha Revolt 4-pack!
I really, really like Rogue One. It is one of, if not THE, most intense Star Wars movies ever, and I have to admit that I will never look at A New Hope the same way again. The movie stands on its own pretty well, but it puts so much more urgency on the Original Trilogy, so those are two major wins for the movie. I only wish that we got to spend more time with Jyn, Cassian, K-2, Chirrut, Baze, and the rest because I wanted to know a LOT more about all of them. So, if I have a beef with Rogue One, it is simply that there just wasn’t enough of it.
Speaking of, that brings us to this new 3.75-inch figure set, because the real stars of the release are Saw Gerrera and Edrio Two-Tubes, two guys that I DEFINITELY wanted to see more from. I will avoid movie spoilers for, like, the one person who has not seen Rogue One yet, but Saw plays heavily into the back story of not only Jyn, but to the Rebellion at large as well. I know he has more of an animate presence, but I really want to see what drove him to the extreme side of the Rebellion because Saw does not suffer BS. His enforcer Edrio (as well as his twin, Benthic) appears to be of the same ilk, plus he probably walks away from the movie with the best look and name, so getting to know him more would have been fun. However, we now have little plastic figures to create our own adventures with, so Saw and Edrio can do as you like.
This is the first time Saw and Edrio have gotten figures in a Hasbro line (hopefully we will see them both in the Black Series at some point), and joining them is a re-release of protagonist Jyn Erso and an Imperial hover tank pilot. I would imagine that Saw and Edrio are worth the price of admission alone for this set, but it is good to get two more essential characters to the NiJedha (that is, Jedha City) skirmish. These figures feature the current standard of the retro-inspired five points of articulation (At the neck, shoulders, and hips), but the overall detail in the sculpts is very good, especially on Saw and Edrio. I would imagine that this will be one of the last major releases prior to some downtime before the influx of The Last Jedi merchandise floods us, but it is definitely a good set to time with the home release of Rogue One.
This is a set that you will want to add to your collection, and as luck would have it, you can get it on Amazon right now! Or, you can get it right from the source at the Hasbro Toy Shop. There were a lot of interesting characters in Rogue One, so I hope that we continue to see figures from this movie as we move ahead in the saga. The insurgency on Jedha makes it fertile ground for adventure, so the more toys, the better. If we have seen the last of these characters in the movies, at least we are getting some cool figures, and as I as I said, you will not want to skip this, even if it is just for Saw and Edrio – they are great figures.
Luckily, April Fool’s Day is behind us, so you can take my looking at some 1:18 scale figures seriously.
In a curious case of course-changing, Funko has gone from a massive collector-builder with their Pop! and ReAction figures, to briefly a bold new shooter in 6-inch figures, back to safer fare with some 3.75-inch figures. The ReAction line has become a very nostalgia-driven fan favorite, with it’s simple sculpts and articulation evoking (arguably the worst of) the original Kenner Star Wars figures. The 6-inch Legacy lines were full of potential, but were maybe a bridge too far and were plagued with quality issues. This new 3.75-inch format appeared to be somewhat a mix of the two, combining some of the sculpt and articulation of the 6-inch with the smaller and simpler format of the former. Their Game of Thrones line migrated to this style, and it looks like a few others may join them.
Let’s start with packaging. Like the ReAction line, the size and blister are very minimal, but, for these Suicide Squad figures, the style is pretty slick. With the classic bomb shape and some unique elements for each character, these figures have an impressive shelf presence, which is strange since they don’t appear to have found a retail home yet.
The figures themselves are a little peculiar in their presentation as well. Done in the true 1:18 scale as opposed to the 4 inches of more recent lines, these figures seem to be straddling a lot of lines. They are more detailed and slightly more articulated than the very basic style of ReAction, but their size and still fairly basic poseability keep them at a distance from their modern counterparts. Really, they evoke much more of the 1990s Kenner lines to me than Joes or Star Wars, albeit at a different scale, but of course these are based on a 2016 movie, so the nostalgia only extends to the overall style, not the figures themselves. I realize that ReAction has done more modern stuff like these, but it feels funny to me compared to the more vintage properties. As I said, they’re a little strange.
The first handful of figures released include Joker, Harley, and an underwater gear Batman. All three share the same articulation, which would be cut shoulders, neck, and hips, and hinged elbows and knees. Joker’s design limits his range a little bit, but they all work pretty well for what they are.
I think I may have misled myself into thinking the prototypes had slightly more articulation than this, but truly what you see is what you get. The plastic quality feels okay, but I notice some tightness in Joker’s shoulders that make me a little worried that Funko still hasn’t solved that gummy plastic issue.
The sculpt and paint work is pretty nice for the scale; it easily meets or exceeds what was done with Mattel’s Multiverse figures, while maybe not quite hitting the high notes of the last new Joes. Joker and Harley especially come out ahead, with pretty solid face sculpts and really nice detail paints. Batman’s design lets him hide his sculpt, but the texturing of the suit is not bad for the size. Accessory-wise, Harley has a pretty solid bat, with the “Good Night” on the side; Batman has a decent batarang; and Joker gets nada. He borrows a Joe Uzi for some pics.
In trying to find suitable companions, I ran across some of my Joes from the 2002 reboot, which appear to have some similar style and design, and I’d say they look decent with them. I’ve not picked up any of the simpler-articulated 3.75-inch Star Wars figures, but I’d assume they could work as well.
While a fun diversion, I’m not sure about recommending these figures — mostly because I don’t know who to recommend them to! These might not make sense for a ReAction collector, but really don’t fit in a modern 1:18 collection either. Given their exclusivity, I had thought maybe these were just one-offs, but it does look like there are plans to continue with Suicide Squad, adding more characters, and then there are the GoT figures, so maybe if you are a fan of that line, or just the properties, these might be of interest. It looks like there’s going to be some 1966 Batman in this style as well, and those will probably be a great fit for this type of line. Much like ReAction, if they pick up a particular character or property that you’re fond of, it’s tough not to form a little side collection.
I’ve been in a ’90s frame of mind lately, which is unusual for me since I tend to strongly identify as a ’90s hater, at least as far as Marvel and DC are concerned. I tend to remember the bad from that oft-maligned decade more than the good, so it’s been a nice change of pace for me to be reminded that there was a lot of good to be found in that decade if you were able to see past … well, let’s not worry about that. Let’s just focus on the good. Getting Darkhawk in the recent Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy wave had me thinking about other members of The New Warriors that haven’t seen plastic representation yet, and it struck me as surprising that, while we have gotten key members of the New Warriors and X-Force, there is one ’90s character who is sorely missing: Speedball, The Masked Marvel!
Speedball was introduced in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man back in 1988. His debut generated a good amount of hype, and he was soon granted his own title, which further cemented his position in the Marvel Universe as the ’80s slowly morphed into the ’90s. What’s notable about his induction into the Marvel Universe is who is credited with his creation — it was none other than Steve Ditko and Tom DeFalco who brought him to life in the comics. Ditko needs no introduction, of course, and it’s hard to argue a character’s legitimacy with that kind of creative team behind him.
Speedball #1 was also published in 1988, and I can remember taking an instant liking to the character. His costume was pretty basic, but it was cool, and he had an interesting power set: he would bounce around like a superball, but he couldn’t be hurt and could inflict damage while he was moving — I mean, that’s completely fun. And like my other favorite Marvel character from the same time period, Longshot, it seemed as though no one really had a clear idea as to what to really do with him. Like Longshot, Speedball’s solo series would see a short run (although Longshot’s was an actual limited series), and the character would eventually be folded into a team, which is where he would spend the majority of his time.
Speedball and the New Warriors would come into prominence again in 2005 as the catalysts for Marvel’s Civil War, after which Speedball would undergo a radical transformation, assuming a new identity as “Penance,” but if we were to get a Speedball figure, I would definitely prefer a classic late ’80s/early ’90s costume, though some of his more modern appearances have been pretty decent too. And since Hasbro tends to skew modern, that may not be such a terrible thing.
In terms of base bodies to use, the Pizza Spidey body leaps to mind first, but it should be a body that can pass for a “teen,” so most Spider-Man bodies would work. He would just need a unique headsculpt and appropriate paint apps — simple. I think as long as we get the blue suit with yellow/gold accents, as well as the “exposed hair” thing he had going on, then my needs for a Speedball figure will probably be met. But if I had my wish, we would definitely get this version:
As ’90s nostalgia keeps building momentum, and characters like Shatterstar and Darkhawk start popping up in Marvel Legends, it would be good to keep the ball rolling (no pun intended) with other fun and interesting characters from that era. I think Speedball fits that description, and I’d love to be able to add him to my shelf alongside the other ’90s “all-stars.”
We’re slowly making our way through this roster. Hard to believe.
What say you? How do you feel about a Speedball Marvel Legends figure? Sound off below!
Diamond Select just unveiled their new iZombie Season 2 Liv Moore figure and it looks great!
And great timing, given that iZombie Season 3 started last night! Coincidence? Naaaaawww.
There doesn’t look to be any reuse from the first figure, which is always appreciated. I mean, it’s the same character and Diamond probably wouldn’t have gotten much grief, but they went ahead and went all new. I dig that.
I am quickly amassing quite the Mega Man collection thanks to Sentinel, and, just as the continuity goes, Mega Man X is the next generation to join the plastic party.
Once the Classic version of Mega Man was released, you kind of knew this one would be coming up soon; in fact, it has actually taken a little while longer than I expected, even though it has just been a few months. I know that, even though the “X” continuity is not my favorite, it is very popular, so this release should make many collectors happy. Once again I will use this forum to promote the fact that I believe Sentinel should really, really, REALLY work on getting us more of the Robot Masters (Cut Man is already lonely), but I wasn’t lying when I said I was amassing quite the MEGA MAN collection because, thus far, Mega Man has pretty much been the sole focus.
I suppose that is fine since he is the star of the property, but I hope that Sentinel is not burning through the main character variants right up front because I want this line to last a very long time. I realize that you could pretty much repaint the classic Rock over and over again for a viable variation, but with this release, and the Volnutt version coming in July, the essential versions are going to run thin. But who is to say, really, because HOPEFULLY Sentinel has a plan and we will still see a large swath of supporting characters. Fingers crossed.
Overall, this is a very nice take on X, and while the accessories are (once again) a bit limited, this figure has all of the quality and attention to detail we have come to expect from this line. While I would have expected this guy to show up ahead of the NT figure, I also get that this is likely to be the most popular version after the classic Mega Man, so putting some distance between the two makes sense. X has had a lot of figures over the years, so if you are die-hard fan of the series, this should be another winning addition to your collection, but with the not-too-long-ago released Bandai D-Arts figure, I wonder if there might be a bit of fatigue for this, as that figure remains very highly regarded. I never got the Bandai figure, so I was due, but knowing how their classic MM stacks up against the Sentinel version, I would probably prefer the articulation and construction of this one anyway.
Mega Man X has always been more lithe than the classic incarnation, and that is certainly reflected here. The boots are still appropriately chunky, but this figure is a bit taller, and the armor on the torso and smaller helmet give this figure the appearance of being taller, at least proportionally. The “X” series originated on the Super Nintendo, so since that system was capable of much more detailed graphics over the original NES, Mega Man X’s armor design followed suit, so there are a lot more lines and surfaces over the original MM. I am more of a fan of the simple classic design, but while this suit is still mostly blue, the white gloves and bit of red on the helmet add a color splash not present before. Another thing that this figure has going for it that no other one does is the inclusion of magnets in the feet, so X can “slide” down a wall, just like in the game. This is a subtle but really cool inclusion, so if you want to display this figure on your fridge, Sentinel has you covered.
Like the previous figures, this one comes with an alternate “gritted teeth” face plate, a set of alternate “splayed” hands, his X-Buster cannon, and the standard-issue Sentinel figure stand. These are all very nice, and I believe my figure will be displayed with the cannon and a splayed hand, so you have some options for a configuration you like best. Again, the stand is very nice, but, frankly, I am getting a bit of fatigue from it, and would much rather see some blast effects or even a small enemy pack-in in its stead. I get that it is a relatively inexpensive inclusion for Sentinel and every figure can benefit from a stand, but it is just not that exciting to me.
I do really like the movement and posability of this figure, and I find Sentinel to be the closest to giving figma a run for its money in the functional articulation department. All of the joints are nice and strong, but the movement is very silky so while you might need to fiddle with the figure just a bit, X should be able to hit most poses you are looking for. Curiously, these figures have limited neck range of movement though, and this one carries on that tradition. I am not sure why this is, but if I wanted anything changed about the engineering or articulation in this line, it would be to correct that issue.
Hasbro is back with another exclusive Black Series Trooper from Rogue One, this time with an AT-ACT Driver exclusive to Target. The AT-ACT Driver is an interesting choice because they only appear for half a second and only from behind. Even as a big Rogue One fan, I really had to think about picking this figure up. Let’s take another look at the AT-ACT Driver!
The AT-ACT Driver comes packaged in the standard Black Series box, but as an exclusive he has no number.
The figure is basically the TRU exclusive Tank Driver with a repainted Scarif Stormtrooper head.
You can swap the heads with the Tank Driver to make a pretty passable Tank Commander, though the arm paint design is slightly off for that character. The Tank Commander actually gets a bit more screen time, so I kind of wish they had made him instead.
The figure comes with the standard Rogue One era Stormtrooper blaster, which is very similar to the original blaster with a little flashlight detail added.
The figure has the solid articulation that we’ve seen a few times already. It moves pretty great with the following articulation:
-Swivel/hinge neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, and ankles
-Ball and socket head and mid-torso
All of the articulation moves well except for the hips as they do not hinge outward very far.
The paint is the main point in a repaint figure like this and it’s pretty decent. There is some very sharp tampo symbol detail on the helmet and the chest and shoulders. The weathering is also pretty well done. I think I’d like it if the base white color of the armor was a little more glossy as the armor is pretty glossy even when dirty.
Overall, this figure coasts on the success of earlier releases and that’s to be expected for a repaint. If you like the Tank Driver or Scarif Troopers, you’ll like this figure. I grabbed two and have definitely had enough fun with them shooting today to justify the purchase, but I’m a bit of a Rogue One fanatic.
We first heard about him back at New York Comic Con last fall, but now he’s finally here — Hasbro’s new 6-inch Darth Vader based on his appearance in A New Hope. I was able to snag this set at my local Target over the weekend, so let’s take a quick look at what’s included in this set, and, more importantly, let’s see if this all-new Vader sculpt is worthy of the hype.
This set comes in at a higher price point ($39.99) than the other 40th Anniversary figures because in addition to the new Vader figure, we also get a stand that is inspired by, I believe, two display stands that were released in 1977 and were intended to showcase the original, first wave of Kenner Star Wars figures. I had the stand that was a mail-away offer, so seeing this is definitely bringing back some fond memories of some of the first toys I ever owned.
Packaging is kinda cool. The large outer box has the double duty of showcasing the Vader figure itself and giving details of the display stand included within. And seeing the Black Series Jawa and Tuskin Raider has me all excited. I can’t wait until they’re released.
Now, I don’t have any of the other 40th Anniversary figures yet, so I have no idea if Vader’s card is the same size as the others. It seems small to me, but the overall design is a nice callback to the original figure’s card and blister.
The figure itself is similar to the previous release, mainly due to a similar set of soft goods used, but the sculpt is better from top to bottom. I like the way this cape drapes and hangs off his shoulders.
What you’ll notice immediately are the brownish lenses of his helmet. In certain light in the original movie, his lenses did appear to be brown/maroon, so this is a nice homage to that. It’s a more subtle effect on screen, but I think the more pronounced color looks cool on the figure. And I can’t tell if this was intentional or if it’s just some silver overspray, but there is silver paint on his left “cheek” and on the right side of his mouth-filter-thing. It looks too neatly placed to be accidental, so I’ll be curious to see if others see the same with their figures. In normal light it just creates a neat lighting effect, but it’s still weird.
If you look closely at the movie still, you’ll notice a small black chain around his neck holding the cape in place. The figure has no such chain, just fabric that runs around his neck holding the cape in place. I’ll admit I do wish the figure had a similar black chain, but it’s so easy to miss in the movie that it’s not really that big a deal, or so I keep telling myself.
The details of his costume/suit are all nicely sculpted, making him look like a strong match to what we saw in A New Hope.
His left hand looks to be sculpted in that familiar “I’mma Force-choke you!” gesture we saw in A New Hope. That’s a cool scene-specific detail that makes this figure a fun update. Or he could be referring to the size of some … thing?
His only accessory is his familiar lightsaber. The sculpt packs a lot of detail for something so small, and the blade can be removed so that the “extinguished” saber can hang from his belt.
Most of my Star Wars figures are packed away in anticipation of an upcoming move, so comparison shots will be sparse. The Vader on the right above IS the original Black Series Vader, but its head is a cast of a model and is not the original Hasbro head. And my “Emperor’s Wrath” Vader is packed away, so we can’t get a comparison with that helmet either. Anyhow — there are some elements of the two sculpts that are similar, but the new one looks to me to be superior. The details are crisper, the gloss is more effective, and even his stance is more natural and less “hulking.” And I love that the fabric drapes up over his shoulders like it did in A New Hope.
Height-wise, he’s appropriately tall, towering over the Figuarts Luke above. I know we’ve been waiting for a “definitive” 6-inch Vader, and this one comes darn close, I think. It’s certainly the best attempt yet, I’d say. If he had a black chain around his neck, then he’d be perfect for me (seriously, I don’t know why I’m fixating on that one dumb detail). I’m very curious to see what others think of him.
The stand is cool. It’s a plastic frame and base with a cardboard backdrop that is reversible. I’m not sure I would have bothered with it if it had not come with Vader, but since I have it, I will say that it’s not without its charm, but I’m not sure about its functionality. Even with just 3 figures displayed on it, it feels crowded, so with the intended 12, I think it’s going to be a bit much. But we’ll see.
This Darth Vader set is currently popping up at Target stores, but he should also be available soon at the usual online retailers.
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