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   The Jurassic World: Legacy Collection seems to be exclusive to Target. While Target seems to be doing a pretty good job of keeping the toys in stock, it's a shame that these aren't available as it's a pretty cool line of toys featuring characters and dinosaurs from the previous Jurassic Park films in the series, including lots of toys based on the original film. Today I'm checking out a figure I picked up last week at the same time I grabbed Robert Muldoon: The Velociraptor! There are quite a few Velociraptors in the Jurassic World toy line but I really like this one as it looks the most like the classic raptor from the original film. Plus, it features a leaping action feature. Leaping lizards? Not quite, but you get the idea, right? This figure is larger than the Attack Pack dinosaurs and comes in an open air box so you can get a feel for the toy before you buy it. Let's take a closer look at the Velociraptor after the break...




  The Facts:

Dimensions: 3 1/4 inches tall, 7 1/2 inches long

Articulation: Spring loaded legs, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge neck, and a hinged lower jaw.

Accessories: None

Non-Scalper Price: $10 dollars



 Comparison:

* Here's a comparison of Mattel's new Velociraptor with the original Kenner Velociraptor and the electronic Kenner Velociraptor. This girl is a bit smaller, but the human figures in the line are smaller, too (Mattel's are closer to true 3.75 inch figures while Kenner's were about 4.5 inches).
 The Positives:

* I love the headsculpt here. The Jurassic Park dinosaurs just have a certain look to them that sets them apart from your average dinosaur interpretations and Mattel did a nice job of capturing that here. She looks very sleek and cunning, particularly with that movable jaw and those keen, intelligent eyes.


 * I love the paint work here. It's not the color scheme of the raptors of the raptors from the original film (the Velociraptor in this set looks closer) but I like it. It stands out quite a bit and gives some nice variety to the line.

* The articulation is not crazy but it's hard to state just how much fun the swivel/hinge shoulders, the swivel/hinge neck, and the opening jaw make this toy to play with. I love posing and reposing this. Heck, I've actually recently moved this raptor to my bedside table to fiddle around with her at night. My wife's not terribly thrilled with that, but it's a true testament to how much fun this toy is!
 * Remember how the Kenner dinosaurs had that little "JP" brand on them? Mattel's dinosaurs don't have that but they do have this cool little symbol (maybe some sort of DNA-like design?) on the bottoms of their feet. Scan it with a smart phone and you can add new dinosaurs into the Jurassic Facts App. I had to borrow a smart phone from my wife to try it our (I don't have one) and it's kind of cool. It's a collecting/ trivia based game where you collect dinosaurs, learn facts, and take trivia contests.


* This raptor has an action feature: Push down on her back so that her legs move forward and release her to make her leap forward. It's not the best action feature ever but it is actually kind of fun to play with and it works fairly well without interfering too much with the look of the figure. 
 The Negatives:


* The legs are static due to the action feature and the feet are a bit oversized. Not terribly, but still a little bigger than they should be.


 * I really wish the claws were painted black. Instead, they're the same bright orange as the rest of the arm. This feels like a major oversight to me.
   I liked Jurassic World but I'm not sure that I paid any attention to Hasbro's toyline. Mattel's toyline for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom definitely has grabbed my attention and, it would seem, the attention of many others. People seem to be digging this line and I can completely understand why. It's fun, colorful, and fairly inexpensive. Who doesn't like dinosaurs? This is a pretty cool Velociraptor and if you're willing to imagine this being a bit smaller than you may expect (or perhaps more true to life) then you can use this with plenty of toylines. It's a Good and a 1/2 raptor and a clever girl, indeed.

If you're looking for more Jurassic World: Legacy Collection figures, check out my review of Robert Muldoon!
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   The next few days should have a nice peppering of figures from series 4 of the DC Nano Metalfigs line from Jada Toys. Today I;m checking out figure #53, Wonder Woman. Jada Toys calls this "Rebirth" Wonder Woman, probably due to the presence of the cape. This Wonder Woman is a repaint of Wonder Woman #4 that was released on a single card in series 1, in a 5-pack, and in the first 20-pack. Wonder Woman currently has four figures in the line putting her in second place for character with the most figures in the line (of course, Batman is #1 with between and 11 and 13 figures, depending on whether or not you count Batman Beyond and Thomas Wayne). While we're all still waiting for a Gal Gadot based Wonder Woman, let's check out this version after the break...



 The Facts:

Height: 1 5/8ths inches

Non-Scalper Price: Around $1.
 Comparison:

* Here's a quick picture of both Wonder Woman figures next to each other. The paintwork is much cleaner on the newer figure with the color differences being more detail on Diana's armor and blue for the boots and cape. The newer figure definitely looks better. 

* I'm really impressed with how clean Jada Toys has got their paint operations on such small figures. They seem to improve with each series. I love the colors here and the separate paint applications for the belt and eagle on Diana's breastplate. This figure looks noticeably better than the previous release.
  While The DC#38 Wonder Woman is still my favorite Wonder Woman figure in the Nano Metalfigs line, this one is almost as good. She's a repaint, but a repaint that actually improves the figure. She's a Great and a 1/2 minifigure and a nice little extra in the line. Hopefully she'll get a new sculpt sometime soon so we can complete the DCEU Justice League as well.





   If you're looking for more of Princess Diana, I have reviewed a plethora of Wonder Woman products including the Justice League Multiverse Wonder Woman, TRU exclusive Wonder Womancloaked Mattel movie Wonder Woman and movie Diana of Themyscira, Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Armored Wonder Woman, the New 52 Wonder Woman versus Katana 2-pack, the Gal Gadot inspired Wonder Woman from Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse: BvS line, the Frank Miller inspired Multiverse Wonder Woman, the Bombshells action figure Wonder Woman, the Lil Bombshells series 1 Wonder Woman and the series 2 Wonder Woman, a set of Batgirl and Wonder Woman Magnetic Salt & Pepper Shakers, the Nano Metalfigs Wonder Woman (DC4) from Jada Toys, Wonder Woman (DC38), and the Wonder Woman DC16 from the 10 Pack.

For more DC Nano Metalfigs, check out the following:
10 Pack Figure Collector's Set 
10 Pack Figure Collector's Set (Series 3)
Batcave Nano Scene 
DC1- Batman (Batman v Superman)
DC2- Desert Batman (Batman v Superman)
DC5- Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad)
DC6- The Joker (Suicide Squad)
DC7- Batman (Batman: The Animated Series)
DC8- Supergirl
DC10- Killer Croc
DC11- Green Lantern
DC13- Classic TV Series Batman
DC15- Superman
DC17- Harley Quinn
DC18- The Joker
DC19- Katana (Suicide Squad)
DC20- Commissioner Gordon
DC22- The Flash
DC25- Armored Batman (Batman v Superman)
DC32- Tactical Suit Batman (Justice League)
DC34- The Flash (Justice League)
DC38- Wonder Woman 
DC46- Aquaman (Flashpoint)
DC49- The Penguin (Batman Classic TV Series)
DC50- Doomsday 
DC51- Batman Beyond 
DC52- Superman (Justice League) 
Pack A (Wonder Woman 4, Cyborg 12, the Flash 22, Parademon 24, and Batman 35)
Pack A- Series 3 (Batman 39, Batgirl 42, Catwoman 44, Black Canary 62, The Riddler 63)
Pack B (Superman 3, Supergirl 8, Aquaman 9, Lex Luthor 27, and Batman 36)
Pack B - Series 3 (Braniac 28, Batman 40, Bizarro 41, Darkseid 48, Lobo 64)   
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Confirmed Epic Podcast Retro Rewind #20: I Frankenstein - YouTube


*This podcast originally aired on February 3rd 2014, and is part of our Retro Rewind initiative to publish our back catalog of episodes for our listeners!

In the long awaited 20th episode of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we review Aaron's Eckhart's latest film: I Frankenstein.

This episode also boasts the return of all your favorite segments including what we have been checking out: Cool and Collected Magazine, Charlotte Mini-Con, and the struggling Marvel Agents of Shield.

In epic news we cover the breaking news of Jesse Eisenburg being cast as Lex Luthor in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the look of Michael Bay's Ninja Turtles, Channing Tatum possibly playing Gambit, and Enterbay's 1/4 Scale Robocop Figure.

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    It's time for another review from Mattel's Jurassic World line. Well, actually this one is from the Jurassic World: Legacy Collection, a sub-line that includes humans, dinosaurs, and vehicles from the original films and some of the sequels. I'm not completely sold on what Mattel is offering here but I have enough nostalgia for Jurassic Park to pick up a few of the figures I run across. So far the only human figure I've grabbed is Robert Muldoon, the game warden of Jurassic Park. It's tough for me to pick a favorite character from Jurassic Park and as a kid I simultaneously went back and forth between pretending I was Alan Grant, Ian Malcom, and Robert Muldoon. To be completely honest, to this day I still can't run through a wooded area without pretending I'm Ellie Sattler, either. I think it's safe to say that Jurassic Park is still one of my favorite films and similar to Alan Grant's thoughts on the Triceratops, it was my favorite as a kid and I still love it today. Anyways, Muldoon was definitely one of my favorites. I remember how excited I was when it was revealed in the Topps comic book series that he didn't die after all. Sadly, Bob Peck passed away in 1999 and thus we've never been able to see the character have a return in the film universe. Now you can create whatever adventures you want with this figure, though. Let's check him out after the break...



 The Facts:

Height: 3 7/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge knees, swivel/hinge hips, swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: SPAS-12 shotgun and Procompsognathus dinosaur companion.

Non-Scalper Price: $8 dollars
 Comparison: 

* Here's a comparison between Mattel's Robert Muldoon and Kenner's Muldoon (right). While I'm hearing a number of folks talking about these figures as being "Kenner inspired," the scale and style of the human figures is very different. Kenner's Muldoon is around 4 1/2 inches tall like the Aliens, Waterworld, and Congo movie lines.
 The Positives:


* While Mattel's efforts are a bit lackluster compared to most other 1/18th scaled lines, they give Robert Muldoon a pretty accurate outfit. The khaki shorts, shirt, and vest matched with hunting boots and high socks definitely make Muldoon look the part of a big game hunter. He's a perfect companion for the Jurassic Park dinosaurs.

* The articulation is actually a little better than what you see on most figures at this price point these days with multiple swivel/ hinge joint combos. He's quite well articulated for playing around and even getting some basic poses. He's also solid and sturdy, so he should survive plenty of dinosaur attacks.


 * The biggest thing I always wished from the Kenner figure was that it included Muldoon's awesome Australian hat. Thankfully Mattel included it here and it looks great.


* Another cool inclusion here is Muldoon's SPAS-12 Shotgun. It's a fairly detailed and you can even see all of the little details like the folding stock.
 * Muldoon's second accessory is a little Procompsognathus, or compy, minifigure. While the compys didn't appear in the film Jurassic Park they did appear in the book and in the film The Lost World. Remember the Dieter Stark figure from the toyline for the Lost World that had a magnetic compy that clung to his chest? That was awesome. This was is somewhat pliable and can wrap around the Muldoon's arms, legs, or shotgun.
 The Negatives:

* The face on this figure is... really not good. I could handle the sculpt being off at such a small scale but why is it so dark dirty looking? He looks more like Ernest in his "snake guy" disguise from Ernest Saves Christmas.

* Muldoon has some decent articulation for playing around but there is no way he can hold this gun with two hands. Even if you bend his arms, he can't keep the grip on the SPAS-12.
   Considering this guy is available for under $10 dollars, he's not that bad. He's more of an accessory for your dinosaurs and makes a pretty cool nemesis to fight them. I particularly like the inclusion of a compy and the SPAS-12 which help to earn this guy a Good and a 1/2 rating. Personally, I'm kind of interested in seeing someone try to truly recreate the Kenner action figure style, particularly the movie lines like Jurassic Park and Aliens. We've seen so many other action figure styles get the nostalgia treatment and no I think it is the time for Kenner's 1990s movie lines.

This is the first action figure of Robert Muldoon and the Procompsognathus that I've reviewed.
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 "Hello..what have we here?"

Why, it's a new Lando Calrissian action figure! Last year Hasbro released the first Lando Calrissian figure in the Black Series and it's taken them another year to release the second: Lando Calrissian as played by Donald Glover from the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story. Donald Glover seems like perfect casting for a young Lando Calrissian and he certainly seems ready to bring the same charm, suaveness, and charisma to the new film that Billy Dee Williams brought to the Original trilogy. I'm currently reading the Last Shot novel by Daniel Jose Older and so far I think Older has nailed Lando's "voice" in the text of the books. I have high hopes that Donald Glover will do the same in Solo and, looking at the trailers and such, I don't think I will be disappointed. I do have to say that I have some disappointments with this figure, however, and those are due to two quality control issues. I can only think of a couple of other Black Series figures that have given me true problems, so it's a bit unusual for one figure to have two. Let's check out the action figure and see how it fairs after the break...



The Facts:

Height: 6 inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, ball jointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, ball jointed neck, and a double ball jointed head.

Accessories: Two-piece blaster, scarf, and cape.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
 The Positives:

* One of the things that stands out about Lando is his costume. The bright yellow shirt is absolutely a different look for the line and adds a pop of color to your Black Series collection. Since Hasbro has been fairly lacking in adding lots of colorful background characters and aliens, the line has mostly been comprised of characters in white, black, and brown costumes. Lando looks slick and just seems to add some needed visual variety to the line. This is a great costume design that captures Lando's style and appeal perfectly.

 * Hasbro went for a headsculpt with an expression on it and I think it paid off here. I definitely hope we get another version of Glover's Lando at some point with a smiling headsculpt but here we have Lando with a raised eyebrow. I think it works well and adds some more character to the figure. The paint apps are spot on thanks to the face printing technology, including Lando's slick facial hair.
 * Lando has excellent articulation, including a balljointed neck and a double balljointed head. That's a lot of movement and it rivals and even surpasses the efforts of some high end companies in this scale. Everything else works great. I'm amazed at the range of motion Hasbro can get in these elbows. One of my elbows did have a problem, though, but I'll mention that in a moment.


* Lando has two clothing accessories: A cape and a scarf. Let's start with the scarf. It's a separate piece and Lando can wear it by itself. It fits around his neck and is made from a softer, more rubbery plastic that works wonderfully. I love the black and white pattern on it, too. Very cool and unique.


 * Lando also comes with a cape. This cape is made from a rubbery material as well and is much better than the cape that cam with the ESB Lando Calrissian last year. The outside is black, the inside is blue, and the style is pure coolness.

* Lando comes with a very cool pistol. It looks like an SE-14 pistol. It's definitely not the standard Separatist SE-14, so maybe an SE-14R? It's a beautiful design and it molded in a very attractive silver color. It also has a long barrel that adds to its elegance.


* It's a small thing but I love this ring that Lando is sporting on his left hand. Pretty slick, right? Don't you want to see Lando punch an Imperial while wearing that thing? I do!
 The Negatives:

* So... Lando's blaster is supposed to have a detachable barrel. I've seen this in many other reviews and it seems necessary in order to fit his blaster into his holster. As soon as I attempted to take the barrel off, though, it snapped. What you see here is my careful work of burrowing into the barrels of the blaster with a small tool and adding in a metal peg to allow the gun to still function. Cool feature but so odd that mine snapped off right away. Be careful!

* Lando has a separate belt with a holster for the blaster, but the holster is kind of tough to use. The barrel has to slip down into a hole and then the other loops actually wrap around like so. It just seems a bit overly complex and frustrating to get it to work.

* The second quality control issue I had with Lando is with his left elbow. It might be kind of tough to see but there is some extra plastic impeding the hinge of his left elbow. When I tried to move it the lower arm popped out of the hinge socket. I had to trim the "flash" back a bit and pop it back in. It works fine now but it freaked me out at first. I haven't had one of the arms pop out of socket in his line before!
   Lando Calrissian is a really good figure but, man, did mine have some quality control issues. I can only think of a couple of other figures in this series that have given me trouble so hopefully mine is just a fluke. How is yours? Lando is still a really cool figure and I was able to fix my problems, but they do hurt his score a bit. He's a Good and a 1/2 figure loaded with accessories and cool design. if yours doesn't have any problems, he's even better.



The only other Lando Calrissian figure I've reviewed is the Empire Strikes Back Lando Calrissian from The Black Series: Phase III.

For more Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III figures, check out the following:

442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Utapau Trooper, Coruscant Guard ---(Phase II), and 501st Legion Clone Trooper 4 pack
Admiral Ackbar and First Order Officer
Ahsoka Tano 
AT-AT Pilot 
Baze Malbus
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu) 
Captain Poe Dameron
C-3PO
C-3PO (Resistance Base)
Captain Phasma
Chewbacca (Target Exclusive)
Chewbacca (The Force Awakens)
Chirrut Imwe 
Clone Captain Rex (HasCon Exclusive)
Clone Commander Gree
Constable Zuvio
Darth Revan 
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Death Star Trooper
Dewback/ Sandtrooper
Director Krennic 
DJ (Canto Bight)
Elite Praetorian Guard
Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade)
Finn (First Order Disguise)
Finn (FN-2187)
Finn (Jakku)
First Order Flametrooper
First Order General Hux
First Order Snowtrooper
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order Stormtrooper Executioner 
First Order Stormtrooper (with Gear)
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
General Leia Organa
Grand Admiral Thrawn (SDCC Exclusive)
Grand Moff Tarkin 
Guardians of Evil 4-Pack
Guavian Enforcer
Han Solo (Solo)
Han Solo (The Force Awakens)
Hera Syndulla
Imperial AT-ACT Driver
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Death Trooper, Captain Cassian Andor, and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) 3 pack
Imperial Hovertank Pilot 
Imperial Shock Trooper 
Imperial Royal Guard 
Inferno Squad Agent
Jaina Solo (Legends)
Jango Fett
K-2SO
Kanan Jarrus
Kylo Ren 
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (The Last Jedi) 
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Kylo Ren (Throne Room)
Lando Calrissian
Luke Skywalker 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)- Ahch-To Island
Maz Kanata 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (SDCC 2016)
Phase 1 Clone Trooper Commander, Phase II Clone Trooper, Imperial Stormtrooper, and First Order ---Stormtrooper Officer four pack
Poe Dameron
Poe Dameron and First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper
Porgs
Princess Leia Organa 
Qui-Gon Jinn
R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2
Range Trooper
Resistance Tech Rose
Resistance Trooper
Rey (Island Journey)
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 
Rey (Jedi Training)
Rey (Jedi Training)- Crait
Rey (Starkiller Base) 
Rey's Speeder (Jakku)
Sabine Wren
Sandtrooper Sergeant, Crimson Stormtrooper, Lieutenant OXIXO, and R2-Q5
Scarif Stormtrooper
Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader 
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
Snowtrooper 
Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room)
Tusken Raider 
X-34 Landspeeder & Luke Skywalker (SDCC Exclusive) 
X-Wing Pilot Asty 
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    Thanks to a review by Alexx over at Toys and Tomfoolery I had to start searching for Mattel's Jurassic World line, particularly this Dilophosaurus. Mattel has released a lot of product for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (although they oddly are just calling the toyline Jurassic World) and I'm digging these smaller sized action figure styled dinosaurs. As I mentioned in my review of the Hot Wheels Armored Acton Truck I haven't picked up a Jurassic Park toy since 1997 prior to these new releases (other than one of Hasbro's Heroes dinosaurs for my daughter a couple of years back) but I'm really digging these. The Dilophosaurus is one of my favorite animals from Jurassic Park and was absolutely the first one I wanted to hunt down. These figures do remind me quite a bit of the original Kenner figures although they are in a smaller, nearly 1/18th sized scale. The smallest single packed dinosaurs from the mainline are called Attack Pack and they feature some limited articulation. Let's check out the Dilophosaurus after the break...



 The Facts:

Height: 3 1/4ths inches

Articulation: Swivel hips, swivel shoulders, and hinged neck frills.

Accessories: Venom spray

Non-Scalper Price: $8 dollars
 Comparison:

* Here's a quick shot of the current Dilophosaurus  from Mattel next to the original Kenner Dilophosaurus and Electronic Dilophosaurus. As you can see, those were quite a bit larger. Mattel has scaled the new human figures at around 3 3/4ths inches while Kenner's were around 4 1/2 inches. 
 The Positives:

* I gotta admit that I'm feeling a little nostalgic playing with this gal. She's very cool and while not super-articulated, the fact that you can move the arms and legs is welcome. She definitely feels more like an action figure than just a standard plastic dinosaur.

* I love the look of the neck frill. Interestingly, Mattel chose to make the neck frills articulated and thus they slide forward into their up position via a hinge. The frills look great (very colorful) and the hinge system is definitely kind of fun. Not something I was expecting, really.


 * The headsculpt is quite good. The detail is solid, the paint work fairly clean and sharp, and the sculpt definitely captures the "Jurassic Park" dinosaur look well.

* My favorite part of this figure is the venom spray accessory. It is a simple translucent piece of plastic that plugs into the Dilophosaurus' mouth to make it look like she's spitting venom at her pray. They do call them 'spitters' after all. In the movies, anyways. That's definitely not a feature that the real Dilophosaurus would have had.
 * Remember how the Kenner dinosaurs had that little "JP" brand on them? Mattel's dinosaurs don't have that but they do have this cool little symbol (maybe some sort of DNA-like design?) on the bottoms of their feet. Scan it with a smart phone and you can add new dinosaurs into the Jurassic Facts App. I had to borrow a smart phone from my wife to try it our (I don't have one) and it's kind of cool. It's a collecting/ trivia based game.
 The Negatives:

* While I love the concept of the hinged head frills, there is also the reality of the giant hinges on the side of the head. When you want to put the frills down, well, too bad. You just have to pull them back, instead. Maybe a separate "crest" accessory would have been the best solution after all?

* While there are some black dots mixed in with the green paint, overall the paint job for the body is kind of dull. The original toys were very appealing with multiple different colors and it would have been cool to see Mattel give these a bit more color, especially now that the current trend is to make dinosaurs more colorful than originally thought.





   It's not going to float everyone's boat as this is absolutely a toy but I kind of like this Dilophosaurus. While the body might be a but too dull the headsculpt, frills, and venom spray effect are really fun and lively. I do wish that Mattel had gone with a slightly larger scale for the line but I've been playing around with both these and my original Kenner dinosaurs and I'm having fun. She's a fun dinosaur toy and a Good and a 1/2 buy. If you want a Dilophosaurus with brighter colors there is a 5-pack available as well. Now we need a Dennis Nedry to pair her with...
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Confirmed Crap Podcast #4: Pregnancy, Fatherhood, and Hot Toys - YouTube


Once every dark of the moon The Epic Review not so proudly presents The Confirmed Crap Podcast. A podcast in which the team discusses pretty much anything they want to, while there is usually Film, TV, and Comics discussion, this pod is not limited to those themes.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy some low brow unstructured entertainment.

For example in this episode we discussed: Pregnancy, the anticipation of being a Dad, Hot Toys skyrocketing prices, and we finally answer the question of why and how Jerry does not have a Smart Phone.


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I'm still really just beginning to make my way through series 4 of Jada Toys DC Nano Metalfigs and today I'm checking out figure #52 in the series: Superman from the film Justice League. Series 2 kicked off the Justice League roster with two figures from the Justice League team, Tactical Suit Batman and Flash, and series 4 continued by offering Superman, Cyborg, and Aquaman. Wait! Where is Wonder Woman? We have yet to receive a DCEU Wonder Woman of any kind (although she is the second most produced character in the line)! What gives? Anyway, this review is about Superman. We've received two previous Superman figures, Rebirth and New 52, so this one offers us something a bit different. Let's check out the Justice League Superman after the break...



 The Facts:

Height: 1 5/8ths inches

Non-Scalper Price: Around a $1

* One of the things that you'll notice right away (besides the bold red and blue metallic paint) is that Superman is posed in an "up, up, and away" styled pose. He looks really cool with one foot barely touching the ground as if he's just about to begin a giant leap into the air. Having a more dynamic pose like this works really well for these smaller figures!

 * When you zoom in you can see that the paintwork is quite good. Again, for being such a tiny figure, Jada Toys has done an excellent job of giving these little figures some very neat and clean paintwork. Clark's belt and chest symbol are incredibly well defined. Heck, even the face isn't bad for being super tiny.
  The Justice League Metalfigs have been quite nice and Superman might even be the best of the three Superman minis released so far. He's a Great figure that really captures the look and feel of the character while delivering some quality paintwork. For around $1 I'm not sure you are likely to find a better deal in toy aisles this year than picking up these little die-cast metal DC Superheroes. They're one of my favorite toylines of last year and this year and I hope Jada keeps cranking these out for as long as possible. This is a Great mini Superman!

   If you're looking for more Superman, I've reviewed the One:12 Collective Red Son Superman, the One:12 Collective regular Superman, the Justice League Multiverse Superman, the BvS Multiverse Superman, the Multiverse Earth 23 Superman, Rebirth Superman, the Multiverse DKR Batman/ Suprman 2-packSplit Cycle Superman from Mattel's Man of Steel line, and the 5-pack and 10-pack Superman DC3 and Superman DC15 from the Nano Metalfigs line.

For more DC Nano Metalfigs, check out the following:

10 Pack Figure Collector's Set 
10 Pack Figure Collector's Set (Series 3)
Batcave Nano Scene 
DC1- Batman (Batman v Superman)
DC2- Desert Batman (Batman v Superman)
DC5- Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad)
DC6- The Joker (Suicide Squad)
DC7- Batman (Batman: The Animated Series)
DC8- Supergirl
DC10- Killer Croc
DC11- Green Lantern
DC13- Classic TV Series Batman
DC15- Superman
DC17- Harley Quinn
DC18- The Joker
DC19- Katana (Suicide Squad)
DC20- Commissioner Gordon
DC22- The Flash
DC25- Armored Batman (Batman v Superman)
DC32- Tactical Suit Batman (Justice League)
DC34- The Flash (Justice League)
DC38- Wonder Woman 
DC46- Aquaman (Flashpoint)
DC49- The Penguin (Batman Classic TV Series)
DC50- Doomsday 
DC51- Batman Beyond 
Pack A (Wonder Woman 4, Cyborg 12, the Flash 22, Parademon 24, and Batman 35)
Pack A- Series 3 (Batman 39, Batgirl 42, Catwoman 44, Black Canary 62, The Riddler 63)
Pack B (Superman 3, Supergirl 8, Aquaman 9, Lex Luthor 27, and Batman 36)
Pack B - Series 3 (Braniac 28, Batman 40, Bizarro 41, Darkseid 48, Lobo 64)   
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The Confirmed Epic Podcast Retro Rewind #19: Halloween Extravaganza! - YouTube


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   Two things are clear with Mezco and their One:12 Collective line: Mezco loves Batman and collectors love Batman because we are now getting yet another Batman in the One:12 Collective line. While previous releases have been based on specific outfits from The Dark Knight Returns or from the film Batman V. Superman, this is the first Batman figure that feature's Mezco's own take on the character. To be honest, while all of those previous One:12 Collective Batman figures, this was the one I have been looking forward to the most. I like the idea of Mezco taking multiple versions of a character and creating something that is unique while still being familiar. For Batman, however, just one figure won't do as Mezco is planning a "trilogy" of Batman figures from different periods in the crime fighter's career. First up is Ascending Knight Batman which is Mezco's take on a First Appearance/ Year One Batman. I really dig it. It's still clearly Batman and is packed with gadgets, but the gadgets are kind of old school. While he looks modern, he feels like he could have stepped out of another era. I've been reading a lot of 1940s era Batman stories lately (check out the excellent Batman: The Wars Years 1939-1945 and Batman in the Forties) and I can definitely see elements of the inspiration for this figure in those early stories, Frank Miller's Batman: Year One, and even in the Tim Burton directed 1989 Batman. Those are strong sources of inspiration, if you ask me. Mezco has four different versions of this figure available but this is the standard, definitive version (there is also a Toy Fair 2018 all black version, a Mezco Batman Day 2017 Black and gold version, and an upcoming PX exclusive blue and grey version) and the one I'm going to start my reviews with, as I also have the Batman day version. Let's check out Batman: Ascending Knight after the break...



 The Facts:

Height: 6 1/2 inches

Articulation: Ball jointed ankles, double hinged knees, thigh swivels,  swivel/hinge hips, ball-jointed waist, ball-jointed mid-torso, ball jointed swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, double-hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a double ball-jointed head.

Accessories: Two interchangeable heads, seven interchangeable hands, 10 batarangs, heavy assault bat brick, wrist crossbow, grappling gun w/ 3 hooks, display base w/ peg and arm, cape display kit, and storage bag.

Non-Scalper Price: $80 dollars
 The Positives:


* I really like the design of this Batman. The grey and black color scheme, the large ears on the cowl, the gold belt; it all just works so well. The headsculpt and cape are pure early appearance Batman and capture the Bob Kane artwork of Detective Comics no.31's cover so well. Other elements make me think of Batman: Year One and Michael Keaton's batsuit, especially the metallic gold belt. Heck, given the material of the suit, you could even argue for elements of the Nolan Trilogy's Batman Begins suit being present. While seeing some purple gloves or a blue lining on the cape would have been cool I can absolutely respect what Mezco has done here.

* The cape is made from a pleather like material and drapes pretty realistically across the figure. While it isn't as nice as the amazing capes of the Dark Knight Returns Batman figures, it does look more like a heavy, leather cape. It can both drape behind the figure's shoulders or over them, absolutely bringing to mind the cover of Detective Comics #31.

 * The headsculpt is probably the piece that connects this the most to being a First Appearance Batman and I think Mezco knocked this one out of the park. It's definitely a different look for a modern Batman figure, but I like it. The "ears" are insanely pointy and look pretty menacing. The white eyes are perfect, too.

* I love the black bat on a grey outfit. It looks so simple and clean and absolutely works for this design. Not only is this a cool looking bat but it actually is a solid piece that seems to be recessed into the chest a bit. It's very cool.

* The utility belt is also a very cool detail. It really reminds me of the Keaton utility belt, although I'm sure other fans will see other bits of inspiration, too. The detailed sculpting and gold color really add a nice something extra to the overall design. It is removable via a hidden peg underneath a pouch in the rear, just for your information.

* The gloves are pretty slick with built in armored plates and super short wrist spikes. The wrist spikes are quite shark and look rather wicked. The wrist spiked forearm guards can rotate around the arm, allowing you to position them however you like.

* Ascending Knight Batman comes with one alternate headsculpt: Bruce Wayne! How freaking cool! This is a great amalgam of Bruce as it looks like many of his comic appearances as well as having traces of some of the actors who have played the character over the years. Brilliant! He has a very piercing gaze, doesn't he?

* As usual, the articulation is nearly flawless. The base body features wonderful joints, most of which are hidden. Mezco has absolutely improved the ankles, too, and now they have a great range of motion allowing for some very deep and wide stances that look natural

 * Batman comes with seven interchangeable hands that swap easily. You get two fists, two batarang grips, two open/ gesturing palms, and a right handed pistol grip for the crossbow and the grapnel gun.

* Ascending Knight Batman comes with ten batarangs. Ten. That's crazy! He doesn't have any way to hold them so I have no idea what the heck he's going to do with all of them, but they're pretty slick looking pieces. Keep one or two for this figure and give some to all of the Batman figures Mattel and DC Collectibles have released over the years with no batarangs.
 * Showing off that this is an early in his career version of Batman, some of the accessories are decidedly more low-tech than you might expect. I love this small crossbow that fires tranquilizer darts. It even has an attached clip. It feels like a great fit for Batman and would have seemed like a high-tech gadget in the past. It reminds me of the Kenner Batman Crossbow from the Dark Knight Collection that I had as a kid, too.

 * Batman includes his grapnel gun which has now become one of his most ubiquitous gadgets. The sculpt and paintwork is incredible and it comes with a folded up piton that fits in the barrel for when the gun is in storage.

 * The grapnel gun has two other hooks as well. There is a grappling hook with the arms spread out (for if Batman is preparing to fire the gun) and a hook with a string for actually posing the figure when firing the gun. The hook definitely won't hold the figure (if it were metal, though... maybe in the future, Mezco?) but it looks cool and you should be able to get some cool poses out if it.

* One of the most peculiar accessories included with AK Batman is the "Heavy Assault Bat Brick." What is it? It seems to be a multi-purpose tool that can be used as a melee weapon for close quarters combat, as a shield for deflecting blows and/ or projectiles, and folded in half so Batman can slide down cables. It it hinged in the middle and has grips on both sides for Batman to wield it.

* Like the other One:12 Collective figures, Ascending Knight Batman features a round display base featuring his unique Batman logo. The logo is emblazoned on the base and an off-centered peg helps to keep the figure nice and secure when standing up.

* There is also an articulated display arm that can be inserted where the peg is (you just have to remove the peg) and a connection piece for the posing devices for the cape. You can get some great, secure poses here as the joints are very nice and tight on the display bar. It can absolutely support the figure's weight if you want to depict Bruce leaping through the air and taking out some gangster's minions.


*  To keep all of the little accessories and extra hands close by when not in use, Mezco also gives you a cool branded bag. It's just a simple plastic bag with a Ziploc styled bag, but it's appreciated.
 The Negatives:



* I know that some people like to rag on the "outdated" look of superheroes wearing trunks but I still think there is something missing here. This Batman really could have benefited from trunks of some sort, don't you think? Otherwise there just seems to be too much grey.

* Just because Mezco is using this as their version of a first appearance Batman and used some imagery from Detective Comics #27 in their marketing, this Batman absolutely should have come with purple gloves. That's such an unusual element of the early costume and just one pair of purple gloves would have been a very welcome addition to the figure.



* While the Mezco One:12 Collective figures have typically come with nice heavy 5-panel storage boxes that are easily accessible to put figures and accessories in, the Knightmare Batman comes with a standard box that feels very light and flimsy. I love the look and feel of the standard boxes and I'm frustrated that Mezco seems to be going in this tradition.
   I've been very excited to receive this figure and I'm thrilled to finally have him. While I probably would have made a few different choices stylistically if I were designing the figure, I can't argue with the quality of the figure we received. It's clear that a lot of though goes into each release in this line and Arkham Knight Batman almost tells a story with some of his unique gadgets. It'll be interesting to have all three of the Mezco Batman Trilogy figures together one day. This is an Epic figure and definitely a desirable piece for Batman fans.


If you're looking for more Batman figures, check out my reviews at the Dark Knight Galllery!

For more Mezco One:12 Collective figures from the DC Universe, check out the following:
Armored Batman: Batman V. Superman (Convention Exclusive)
Arsenal
Batman: Batman V. Superman 
Batman and Mutant Leader (SDCC Exclusive)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (PX Previews Exclusive)
Deathstroke
The Flash
Green Arrow 
Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad)
The Joker 
Knightmare Batman: Batman V. Superman
Shazam 
Superman
Superman: Red Son
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