I haven't played Fallout 76 nor do I have any intention of playing it. I bought this POP! vinyl simply because it is based on Mothman, a legendary cryptid that I've been fascinated with since I was 8 years old. In addition to having a small but respectable collection of Mothman items and artwork and a shelf full of Motham books I've also made the pilgrimage to Point Pleasant, West Virginia a few times (including once to attend the Mothman Festival), so I'm always down for anything Mothman related. Since Fallout 76 takes place in Appalachia and the Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant is a location in the game, it's no surprise that the Mothman makes an appearance. I was really pleased that Funko added this legendary being as a POP! to coincide with the game's release. Let's check out the mysterious Mothman of Point Pleasant after the break...
Height: 4 1/8ths inches
Non-Scalper Price: $10 dollars
* I've reviewed a lot of POP! vinyls on the site but Mothman is very unlike most other POP! vinyls. His eyes are definitely more accurate to the eyes of the creature in the game than standard POP! eyes and the body type isn't really distinctively POP! either. It really feels like its own, unique thing. It doesn't have any articulation and it's actually rather heavy, especially compared to most other POP! vinyls. I love it, though. There really are not that many Mothman items out there so this is really appealing to Mothman fans. I get the feeling that this will be a really solid seller.
* The head is great. Fallout's Mothman actually looks very moth-like and less humanoid than some depictions of the cryptid, so this one shows all of the bug-like features. I love the eyes on this, by the way. I know I mentioned them already but they're so incredible that they need to be mentioned again. They look like the red golf balls at the put-put golf course! Very insect-like and striking. The red eyes are Mothman's defining feature and Funko nailed them here.
* The paintwork is incredible, too. Check out the red glow on the creature's wings (a very cool feature) and the paintwork, with bits of dry-brushing to bring out all of the detail of the fur, is extremely neat and clean. This is just an amazing looking figure.
* Check out the sculpted detail of the furry body, by the way. I love it. It's very insect-like and adds some extra imposing size to Mothman's build.
* Last, and certainly not least, Mothman actually has six insect-like legs. This is definitely a huge departure from the traditional depictions of the creature, who usually is portrayed as being more humanoid. I still like this interpretation, though, and the legs add a lot of character and uniqueness to the sculpt.
Combing an excellent sculpt and design, the usual low price for most Funko items, and my love of the Mothman, I'm going to have to give this an Epic. It's easily one of the coolest Mothman collectibles out there, and the fact that it's so readily available and affordable makes it all the more appealing. Mothman is easy one of my favorite POP! vinyls. I'd really love to see Funko just straight up do a line of various Cryptids, maybe with a more traditional Mothman. Cryptozoic has a line out of miniature cryptids already, which also includes a couple of Mothman variants. If you're a Mothman devotee, check them out too!
This is actually the first Mothman item I've reviewed on the site. I should have had a Mothman from the Legendary Monsters toyline but after releasing one figure to Kickstarter backers Nevermore Toys failed to release the other three figures that were supposed to be part of the set and ghosted backers. For more POP! Games reviews, check out the following:
It's been a few days so it's time for another review from Hasbro's Overwatch Ultimates toyline. As I've stated on all of these reviews, I've never played Overwatch. Prior to picking these figures up I wasn't even familiar with the story. Heck, other than recognizing a few of the main characters, I was completely ignorant of the property. Cool action figures is enough to get me excited, though, and now I'm starting to pick up on some of the lore. Today I'm checking out a very cool two-pack that features two of the more popular characters from the game: Mercy and Pharah. Mercy is the code name for Dr. Angela Ziegler, a 37 year old Swiss field medic and first responder from Zurich while Pharah is the code name for Fareeha Amari, a 32 year old security chief from Giza, Egypt. While the characters in Overwatch have multiple different "skins" that showcase different appearances for the figures, Mercy and Pharah come in their standard looks. Let's take a look at this two-pack after the break...
* I love how unique every character in this series looks and Mercy is another very interesting looking character. Her Valkyrie Suit definitely has an angelic appearance, which meshes well with her high-tech medic appearance. The color scheme is really quite lovely. While there's lots of white and black, there's also yellow, red, and orange to give the figure a warmer tone. Since Hasbro is using unique sculpts for the figures in this series the texturing is unique all over as well, showcasing different textures in different places.
* Mercy is quite gorgeous with stylish blonde hair and a halo-like hairpiece. The sculpt is excellent and matches the stylized looks of the in-game character.
* Since she's Swiss and a medic, Mercy's uniform has these cool little symbols. The first is the Swiss flag while the second is some sort of symbol. Is this something that Overwatch fans recognize? A medical agency of some sort? They're neat little stencils, for sure.
* For the most part the articulation is excellent. It might not be as good as Star Wars: The Black Series or some Marvel Legends figures yet but it's definitely in the same league. These are high quality, well articulated figures that feel sturdy and made for play and display. The range of motion could be improved in a few places but these are streets ahead of what most other mass market companies are putting out.Despite having skirt pieces hanging down, Mercy's leg articulation is pretty solid.
* Mercy is able to fly thanks to her Valkyrie suit. The armored wings look cool, especially the translucent yellow tips, and they can move around thanks to the balljoints as the base.
* Mercy comes with four interchangeable hands: There is a pair of pistol grips, a right hand in a fist, and a left hand with outstretched fingers, perhaps posed in a healing gesture. It's a nice assortment to allow Mercy to hold all of her weapons while giving her some more expressive poses, too.
* Mercy is fairly laden with accessories. First up is her Caduceus staff, a device that allows Mercy to either heal her teammates or boost the amount of damage they cause. It's a cool looking staff with a swiveling tip on the top.
* To really make the Caduceus Staff even cooler you can attach this energy beam to the top. Apparently these beams can tether to an ally to boost their health or damage output. I love the translucent energy effects Hasbro is including with the figures in this series. It just makes these figures even more fun and dynamic looking.
* To protect herself Mercy comes with a Caduceus Blaster, a small pistol that resembles a Nerf blaster. It's a cool looking sidearm that even has a few paint applications on it.
* The two-pack comes with a translucent flight stand with the Overwatch symbol on it. Since both Mercy and Pharah can fly it could really go with either figure in the pack, although Mercy fits on it a bit better. It's cool to see a mainstream company like Hasbro offering many of the accessories and features that typically come with higher end specialty market lines. The display arm is detachable from the base via a peg.
* Pharah is an incredible looking character. I love her armor. It's fantastic and I'm always, always partial to metallic blue. It has a very cool Egyptian vibe to it which connects with both Pharah's Egyptian nationality and the Eye of Horus tattoo she sports. The detailing is incredible here and shows off the various details on every centimeter of the sculpt.
* While I wish Pharah came with an unhelmeted head, you can see her face underneath the bird-like helmet. It's a great sculpt and the work on the tattoo and eyes is very clean, despite being nearly hidden underneath the visor.
* Pharah's articulation is mostly similar to the other female figures in the line although she has different articulation in the arms. Rather than swivel/hinge elbows Pharah has swivel biceps and hinged elbows. She also has large balljointed pauldrons that can be posed alongside of her arms to create more natural poses.
* There are hinged panels on Pharah's pauldrons that can lift up to reveal missile launchers. Apparently in-game these can be used to launch a barrage of missiles at opponents. I love these cool little missile launchers! There's no paint underneath but the sculpting definitely proves what these are meant to be.
* Pharah has some massive jets on her armor that allow to fly. The base of each set of jet thrusters is attached via a balljoint while the individual thrusters can swivel apart. Futhermore, Pharah comes with four booster effects that attach to the individual thrusters. This is a very cool feature. Each booster effect corresponds to an individual thruster, so pay attention when attaching them.
* Like nearly very other figure in this series Pharah includes four interchangeable hands: Two pistol grips and two fists.
* On Pharah's right forearm is a small missile launcher with a red concussion missile. Apparently it just knocks enemies around rather than dealing damage to them. It's a darn cool looking weapon and, for some reason, it reminds me of the missile on the vintage Boba Fett's jetpack.
* Pharah's primary weapon is a very cool rocket launcher. It's a fairly large weapon with lots of paint applications.
* I actually had to exchange my first set because the flight stand was broken. Well, not broken per say, but the peg hole on the base was molded improperly, allowing no way for the flight arm to attach to the base.
* Mercy's skirt has some messy paint applications. Maybe it's because it's made from a rubbery material which causes the paint to run a bit more? I don't know, but I do now there's a bit of slop here.
* The wrist pegs on both figures in the set are very small and can be a paint to swap out the first few times. With a little heat or just some constant, even pressure, they should come off just fine. Just exercise a little caution and you'll be alright.
* Pharah's rocket launcher is incredibly cool. Sadly, there's no way to have her hold it effectively. I really wish she had double jointed elbows so she could take a decent firing pose.
Despite a couple flaws with Pharah's design, overall this is a Great and a 1/2 set with a lot to love. Plentiful accessories, cool characters, and unique sculpting help these to really standout on your shelf. Even for someone who isn't an Overwatch fan there is a lot to love about this set. Mercy edges Pharah out a bit as the better figure but they are still both pretty great toys. Hopefully for series 2 Hasbro tweaks the elbow articulation on everyone a bit. If that's the case this could be a line truly worth collecting for anyone who digs cool toys.
Just last week Super7 listed a few Masters of the Universe vinyl toys which they originally released at the Five Points Festival earlier this month. While some of the figures were fairly expensive, I really wanted to add at least one of the He-Man and Skeletor minifigures to my collection. Each of the figures came in either orange or blue so I ordered one of each sculpt: An orange He-Man and a blue Skeletor (that made sense to me). Super7 shipped these quickly and they arrived on Saturday. Ready for a quick look at a Japanese vinyl styled He-Man? Then join me after the break...
Height: 1 5/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel head
Non-Scalper Price: $10 dollars
* The figure's sculpt is much clearer and crisper in person than my pictures make it seem. It's a very vintage styled He-Man and all of the details you'd expect are there. He-Man was made in Japan and is a traditional soft hollow vinyl figure. He really has a cool feel to him that is unique from the hard plastic or rubber minifigures I'm accustomed to.
At $10 dollars He-Man does feel a bit more expensive than he should be, especially compared to the usual price of minifigures. Still, he is a fairly limited release from Super7, so that has to be kept in mind. I like him as he definitely has a cool vintage aesthetic and captures the old school MOTU feel quite well. He also has a swivel neck, so there's a bit more going on here than with a typical minifigure. He's a Good and a 1/2 figure for minifigure aficionados who happen to also be MOTU fans. He's sold out now, though, so if you dig him you'll have to resort to the aftermarket. Good luck.
Yesterday I checked out Eldor, the heroic mentor from Super7's Masters of the Universe: The Powers of Grayskull and now I'm checking out He-Ro, the Most Powerful Wizard in the Universe. I talked a lot about these figures yesterday and their significance in Masters of the Universe history so today I'm going to give less of a history lessen and more of some general thoughts on Super7's efforts here. Super7 has done some really cool stuff with the Masters of the Universe license and while they have had some criticism due to pricing and delays, overall I think they've done a pretty good job of doing something with a license that Mattel kind of threw away for a few years. Honestly, I wonder if if it was the fact that so many companies like Super7, Mondo, Funko, and The Loyal Subjects wanted the rights to do MOTU product that Mattel seems to now be interested in getting back into the game and is really pushing the upcoming film. Hopefully there is room for everyone at the table so that collectors are presented with a wide array of MOTU offerings. Super7 does a stellar job on packaging and art design and in these respects He-Ro truly excels. Let's check out He-Ro in detail after the break...
Height: 5 5/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge hips, spring loaded swivel waist, swivel shoulders, swivel wrists, and a swivel head.
Accessories: Staff and "The History of He-Ro" minibook.
Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars
* Like with Eldor, and most other Super7 releases, the packaging is excellent. Of course, with this series Super7 recreated the packaging originally designed for the 1987 line. It is not collector friendly as there is no way to open it and remove the figure without completely ruining it but it is very attractive.
*Remember that this is a figure that was originally designed to be released in 1987. Keeping that in mind, there is a lot here that definitely feels like the MOTU figures from 1985 and 1986 and yet the figure still has a very unique look to it. Compare it to the earliest figures in the line, though, and you can see a huge difference. Mattel was definitely going for a very different fantasy feel for The Powers of Grayskull than they went for with the earliest MOTU line and He-Ro shows that. He's bright and bold with primary colors and a fairly general heroic look. There are definitely elements of He-Man's design here but it certainly seems much more elegant and refined rather than barbaric and savage.
* OK, He-Ro might look a little too friendly but he definitely has a pleasant, heroic face that seems like it would fit the lead of a new branch of the MOTU franchise. The golden circlet is an interesting touch. Again, remember that this was designed in 1985 or 1986 for release in a 1987 line; I wonder if the exaggerated friendly features were designed to replicate the character aesthetics of the Filmation series?
* While the hips are designed with more modern swivel/hinge joints He-Ro very much feels like a vintage Masters of the Universe figure from the later years of the line. He also moves like one with his swivel joints.Apparently the vintage figure would have had an action feature where He-Ro would have raised his right arm via a button press but that feature was left off of this figure.
* Like most of the classic MOTU figures and Super7's Filmation inspired neo-vintage releases, He-Ro has a spring-loaded waist that allows him to throw a punch or cast a magic spell. I always get a kick out of this feature and I'm glad Super7 is still including it!
* The vintage He-Ro was supposed to have vac-metallized armor and boots and so this one does, too. For a period during the production of this piece apparently Super7 wasn't going to include the feature. I don't know why but I know a number of companies have moved away from vac-metallization over the past few years. I'm not always a fan of it but I like it here. It looks good and is faithful to the vintage aesthetic of the prototypes we've seen.
* He-Ro includes an actual soft goods cape that easily fits over He-Ro's shoulders. It looks great and adds a great extra level of mystical, magical feel to the figure. I'm way happier with this than I would have been with a plastic cape.
* He-Ro includes his Staff of Transformation, a magic staff that allows He-Ro to channel Eldor's Book of Living spells so that He-Ro can transfigure the world around him. It's a cool looking and very complex accessory that opens in four places to reveal a green gem inside. I've heard reports of hinged arms of the accessory breaking but mine seems A-OK so far.
* Like Eldor, He-Ro includes a miniature book about the history of the character that showcases concept art and photographs from The Power and Honor Foundation. Written by Emiliano Santalucia and James Eatock, this is a really cool 14 page book that is filled with coolness. It's very reminiscent of the excellent art book that The Power and Honor Foundation put out a number of years ago and it really adds value to the figure.
* Overall the vac-metallization on He-Ro looks fantastic but there does seem to be a weird area where coverage is lacking on the top of He-Ro's right boot. Hopefully this doesn't lead to any flaking over time.
* The back of the package explains that the original intention of the figure was for He-Ro's right arm to be able to thrust forward and for the staff top open up and reveal the gem within. While I can understand Super7 not going forward with the arm thrusting action I do wish that the staff could actually close and stay closed; it doesn't, though. You can push down on the gem and close the staff but it will immediately pop open again. There really isn't a way to have the gem just stay closed on display.
Super7 has done another excellent job in recreating a vintage figure and essentially finishing up the original planned The Powers of Grayskull line. He-Ro looks fantastic both in and out of the package, and the inclusion of the mini-book makes things even better. While He-Ro was released in MOTUC around a decade ago, it's nice to have the Most Powerful Wizard in the Universe in his (hypothetical) vintage style. I have hopes that at some point Super7 will be given clearance by Mattel to create new figures in the vintage style rather than just creating Filmation variants. This is a Great figure that pays tribute to an interesting aspect of MOTU history.
This is the first figure of He-Ro I've reviewed on the site. For more from The Powers of Grayskull check out the following: Eldor
There's no denying that He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was a wildly successful property back in the early to mid 1980s. Beginning in 1982, the line grew in popularity until 1986 when the toyline was doing around $400 million in sales. Sadly, in 1987 the line dropped in sales. Despite the release of the live action film that year the line dropped to around $7 million in sales, causing Mattel to scrap plans for the next planned expansion: The Powers of Grayskull. Mattel's plan for the future of Masters of the Universe was to go back in time to Preternia, Eternia's ancient past filled with wizards and dinosaurs. The new main hero of this series would be, well He-Ro, a powerful wizard. It's interesting that Mattel went backwards, attempting to do the prequel thing before pretty much anyone else. While Mattel did limited releases of the three dinosaurs from the line and the two giants (released only in Italy), the figures were scrapped. For a number of years now fans have know about Mattel's planned figures for He-Ro and Eldor. The two characters were released in Masters of the Universe Classics but fans of the vintage line would always have an empty spot on the shelf where these two characters should have been...until now! As part of their mass amount of MOTU product Super7 has done a remarkable job of finally getting these never before produced vintage prototypes out to collectors as legitimate figures. Let's start with Eldor, the Heroic Guardian of the Book of Living Spells, after the break...
Height: 5 7/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge hips, spring loaded swivel waist, swivel shoulders, swivel wrists, and a swivel head.
Accessories: Book of Living Spells, four stickers, "The History of Eldor" minibook.
Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars
* While it is not collector friendly (there's no way to get this figure out of the package without utterly destroying it) it is gorgeous. I never keep figures in the package but I was so, so darn tempted to do so here! While we do have actual samples of the vintage packaging to go off of Super7 still did an excellent job of recreating the proposed look. If you do keep figures carded this is a very, very attractive figure for your collection.
* Eldor! Perhaps the biggest positive here is that Super7 is delivering a figure that collectors have desperately wanted for decades. Super7 released a figure that looks very faithful to prototype images of the toy. One of the things I really like about Eldor is that he gives the MOTU toyline an elderly wizard, something that is definitely one of the main fantasy archetypes. The brown cloak definitely feels like something out of a barbarian fantasy tale (or Star Wars) but it also still has the traditional MOTU build. Yup, Eldor's ripped underneath that hoodie. The quality of the sculpt falls in line with figures from MOTU's 1986 offerings and shows how the line was evolving over time. It seems that Super7's Eldor is a good bit taller than the original vintage offering would have been, but I don't find that to be a problem.
* Eldor follows in the tradition of magical men with long white bears such as Merlin, Gandalf the White, Santa Claus, and Kenny Rogers (if you remember his chicken then you know what I'm talking about) so there's nothing too unusual here. What's cool, although you can't see it in the picture here, is that Eldor has a small metal helmet underneath. His head can turn a bit, although the hood restricts most of the movement.
* While the hips are designed with more modern swivel/hinge joints Eldor very much feels like a vintage Masters of the Universe figure from the later years of the line. He also moves like one with his swivel joints. Interestingly, he also has swivel wrists which was a bit unusual for the line (Gwildor had them, too). The back of the packaging implied they were to help him hold his Book of Living Spells. That doesn't completely pan out (you'll see below) but it does allow him to make some cool spell casting poses.
* Like most of the classic MOTU figures and Super7's Filmation inspired neo-vintage releases, Eldor has a spring-loaded waist that allows him to throw a punch or cast a magic spell. I always get a kick out of this feature and I'm glad Super7 is still including it!
* Eldor's accessory is called the Book of Living Spells. Apparently this was going to be a major artifact in The Powers of Grayskull. It's an interesting piece that opens at two separate parts to showcase four different "Living Spells" within. It's more like a portfolio rather than a book, but it does have a cool magical, swords and sorcery inspired vibe to it.
* The figure comes with four stickers that you apply within the book. The stickers, newly illustrated by Emiliano Santalucia, show pictures of Eldor, He-Ro, Bionatops, and Tyrantisaurus Rex and take the place of the holographic "Living Spells" that the vintage figures would have included. Apparently making holograms is legitimately expensive, so this was a cost cutting measure. Interesting, isn't it?
* You know what one of the coolest parts of this figure is? This miniature book about the history of the Eldor character included within the figure that showcases concept art and photographs from The Power and Honor Foundation. Written by Emiliano Santalucia and James Eatock, this is a really cool 14 page book that is filled with coolness. It's very reminiscent of the excellent art book that The Power and Honor Foundation put out a number of years ago and it really adds value to the figure.
* I like the Book of Living Spells but there is no way that Eldor can actually hold it. It's just too darn big. Honestly, I think I would have rather Eldor could have actually been able to hold the book than to have the book open in a tri-fold manner like the vintage toy. It's a bit frustrating, really.
* Overall Eldor's quality control is excellent but there are some areas of paint slop around the belt. Some of the belt's gold paint has ended up on Eldor's robe while areas of the belt have missing paint.
Super7 did an excellent job of finally releasing Eldor to MOTU fans. If I were judging the overall quality of Super7's efforts in producing Eldor and the work of The Power and Honor Foundation in providing information about the figure, I'd give highest marks. For Eldor as a figure, though, well, he gets a Good and a 1/2. I like him but he's not the most exciting toy out there. I kind of feel like if he'd been released in the vintage line he might have been a peg-warmer. Still, he's a cool character and definitely a near addition to any Masters of the Universe collection. Whether you keep him carded or loose Eldor is a magical addition to the MOTU world.
This is the first Eldor figure I've reviewed on the site. I skipped reviewing the MOTUC Eldor for some reason.
Today I'm checking out another figure from Hasbro's Overwatch Ultimates line and this time it's Reaper (Blackwatch Reyes). That's a rather oddly named figure, isn't it? I'm no Overwatch expert by any means (I have not actually even played the game) but a brief glimpse through the Overwatch Wiki gave me some information to help make sense of things. While Reaper is one of the most recognizable characters in the game, this isn't how he usually dresses. While most of the alternate skins for characters are simple palette swaps, sometimes they offer up a truly unique appearance. Reaper's real name is Gabriel Reyes and before he was a mercenary and a terrorist, he was the commander of a US Army group called Blackwatch, were he served alongside of Jack Morrison/ Soldier 76. At some point I'm sure we'll get Reyes in his Reaper outfit but to kick things off Hasbro's offering up this "prequel" version of Reyes that is one of his Legendary skins. I have to admit that the story and character connections in this game are making me more interested in playing this than anything I've heard about the game itself, which doesn't appear to be very story based. Are there novels or comics that anyone would recommend? For now, let's check out the Blackwatch version of Reyes/ Reaper after the break...
Accessories: Two Hellfire shotguns, two shotgun blast effects, and four interchangeable hands.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* Again, not having played Overwatch I have no connection to the property. It's the quality of Hasbro's action figures and the unique, stylized character designs that has pulled me in here. I really like the look of Reyes in his simple tactical gear. It definitely has somewhat of a special forces look to it, but it also looks rather casual. Definitely something an "off the books" operative might wear. He kind of reminds me of a G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero character. There's a lot of sculpted detail such as the drawstrings on Reyes' hoodie, some random dents and marks in his chest armor, and the nicely applied insignias on his shoulders.
* The headsculpt is quite good. While Reyes is supposed to be 58 at the time the game takes place, this figure is based on his appearance during an earlier time in his life. He still looks like a hard man who has seen a lot, though, and he's got the scars to prove it. He definitely looks like he's sustained some damage. I also like the toboggan. For some reason, this guy really makes me want Hasbro to make a 6 inch Shipwreck figure based on the early 2000s era figures.
* The articulation here is impressive. Seriously, this guy can move. The torso works really well and allows for a wide range of body motion. It's interesting that Hasbro put the hinge on the lower torso and the balljoint on the upper torso, but it works here. Heck, the lateral pectoral hinges are probably worth a positive in and of themselves. They're excellent for allowing Reyes to hold his weapons properly.
* Reyes' belt is loaded with extra incendiary shells, presumably for his Hellfire shotguns.
* Reyes comes with four alternate hands: Two pistol grips, one open palm (left), and a fist (right). The hands swap in and out easily and definitely give you a few nice options for displaying the figure.
* Reyes comes with two Hellfire shotguns. These are pretty wicked looking (although they absolutely do look like Nerf blasters, which can be pretty wicked looking) and they fit in the figure's hands quite well. He can do dual wielding poses but Reyes can also handle one weapon by itself beautifully.
* To make things even more fun Reyes comes with two blast effects for the ends of the shotguns. They're molded in a somewhat pliable translucent plastic and they easily plug into the barrels of the weapons to give off a cool effect.
* Overall the paintwork is clean but Reyes does have a bit of slop, particularly on these grenades on his right hip.
Reaper (Blackwatch Reyes) is a very, very cool figure. He's well articulated, well accessorized, looks cool, and sturdy as all get out.I have no idea how popular this particular "skin" is for Reaper but Hasbro had to have some reason they opted to go with this look in series 1. Whether or not you're an Overwatch fan, this is a really fun toy. He makes a cool random soldier or henchman for nearly any toyline. I hope collectors are paying attention to these as I'd love to see Hasbro keep cranking these guys out. They're just insanely fun and they all feel very, very unique. Reaper (Blackwatch Reyes) is a Great and a 1/2 entry in the Overwatch Ultimates line.
I have quite a few of the Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls from The Loyal Subjects, but you know what? This is the first one I've reviewed on the site! Just as the cases of the second series of figures is starting to hit store shelves (Hot Topic had an exclusive case of series 2 at the end of 2018), cases of just Battle Cat and Panthor are also starting to arrive. The Loyal Subjects has evolved on their approach to blind boxes and while Series 2 has a mixture of blind boxed and regularly packaged figures, Battle Cat and Panthor are packaged in traditional window boxes. Pretty cool, right? Cringer is easily one of my favorite Masters of the Universe characters so that means Battle Cat gets pretty high marks in my book, too. Let's check out this very cool miniature Battle Cat after the break...
Height: 2 1/2 inches tall, 4 5/8ths inches long.
Articulation: Ball jointed tail, ball jointed hips (x4), and a balljointed head.
Non-Scalper Price: $15 dollars
* The Loyal Subjects' Action Vinyls are 3 1/4ths inch scaled stylized action figures and Battle Cat is designed with the same stylized aesthetic. He's a very cool, nicely painted rendition of Battle Cat. He almost feels like a miniaturized version of the Masters of the Universe Classics Battle Cat. I love how bright and colorful Battle Cat is!
* The head sculpt shows off Battle Cats wicked armored helmet and his ferocious jaws. While I would have loved to have a removable helmet and a hinged jaw, the detail here is impressive. I'm especially fond of the red highlights on the helmet; it brings out some detail and helps to give it a bit more visual flair.
* Battle Cat has six ball joints and feels like a sturdy toy. If these were a bit less expensive and easier to find, perhaps sold in standard toy aisles, I imagine that kids would be all over these. They're great fun! Battle Cat isn't as poseable as the standard figures, probably due to his build, but he is fun to play around. Due to all of his joints being true balljoints, if a limb falls off it is quite easy to pop it back on again.
* The removable saddle is pretty nice looking. It stays on well, has a great sculpt, and can easily hold other Action Vinyls on it.
* To add a bit more personalization and fun to each release The Loyal Subjects adds a bio card. It's a cool little extra that uses the MOTUC bio for Battle Cat to here.
* Battle Cat is skinny. Too skinny, really. I wish he looked a but more muscular. I'd be OK if Cringer were this slim but Battle Cat should definitely appear muscular and imposing.
* Compare the size of an Action Vinyls He-Man with Battle Cat. Battle Cat does seem rather undersized, doesn't he? Considering these guys were sold separately in their own window boxes (not forced into the same boxes as everyone else, their size shouldn't have mattered much and they could have been made a bit larger. You know what, though? They really scale well with the Mega Construx figures.
I was really excited about this release and, while I like Battle Cat, I do think he could have been better. A larger figure with perhaps a hinged jaw or a removable helmet would have take this guy to the next level. Still, as a Masters of the Universe collector I'll never turn down a Battle Cat. He's a Good figure that fans of the character may want to check out despite it's flaws. Remember that Hot Topic has some flocked versions of both Battle Cat and Panthor, so if you want a flocked Battle Cat you know where to go!
Sorry that it's been a few days since I posted a new review! Something pretty cool arrived in the mail this weekend and it's been keeping me busy. I'll be showing it off shortly but today I'm going to be checking out one of the 2-packs from Hasbro's Overwatch Ultimates line: Ana (Shrike) and Soldier: 76. As I said in my review of Sombra, I really don't know that much about Overwatch. I'm familiar with it but I've never played it nor have I read any of the tie-in comics. I really just dig the character designs and I like the product Hasbro has put out. This set includes two completely unique action figures. The Overwatch characters have multiple different "skins" they can wear which usually seem to be just new color schemes but some, like Ana's, feature different elements such as the Tron-like helmet seen here. Let's check out Ana and Soldier: 76 after the break...
Accessories: Heavy Pulse Rifle, shoulder harness, and two piece rocket effect.
Non-Scalper Price: $40 dollars
* This version of Ana Amari, a 60-year old Egyptian sharpshooter, is clad in her "Shrike" skin. While her regular costume doesn't have her face covered, the Shrike costume features an armored helmet. The costume is really cool with lots of complex details such as multiple belts, armored knee pads, and a brilliant black, purple, and teal color scheme. The bandolier holding her Biotic Grenades is also pretty cool. The bandolier is removable, though the grenades are not.
* The armored helmet makes Ana seem quite mysterious and somewhat robotic. The hood cannot be removed easily but it does fairly realistically cover the helmet. It's a cool look that reminds me of a Star Wars bounty hunter's costume for some reason.
* So far there doesn't seem to be any reuse in this line, meaning that each figure has lots of unique detail. being a sharpshooter/ sniper, Ana has armored knee pads and a large belt that may have armored panels, or it may just have lots of pockets for carrying her various darts and such.
* Ana's coat is really cool. It is removable (although the sleeves are part of the arm sculpt) and it has some cool coloring as well as sculpted damage. There is some messy paintwork on some of the details but, overall, it's quite slick.
* For the most part the articulation is excellent. It might not be as good as Star Wars: The Black Series or some Marvel Legends figures yet but it's definitely in the same league. These are high quality, well articulated figures that feel sturdy and made for play and display. The range of motion could be improved in a few places but these are streets ahead of what most other mass market companies are putting out.
* What's this cool device on Ana's arm? This might be her Nano Boost device, a dart launcher that boosts the stats of her teammates. I'd rather it just be a backup weapon that Ana can pull out at a moment's notice but I imagine fans of the series will readily identify it.
* Hasbro has given most of the figures in this series extra hands that swap out easily. Ana comes with two pistol grip hands and two open palms.
* I believe this is intended to be a pistol for Ana. There isn't anything that specifically identifies this as her weapon, but I think it's a sidearm she carries that can fire a sleep dart. It's got a cool look to it and even has a couple of paint hits.
* Ana's primary weapon is a dart firing rifle. It's... well, it's disappointing. What is pretty cool is the blast effect that fits on the end of the rifle. It's molded in translucent plastic and adds a very dynamic feel when displaying the figure.
* Soldier: 76 is really John Francis "Jack" Morrison, a 50-something American soldier and vigilante. Soldier: 76 looks like a pretty large, tough guy. He's sporting red, white, and blue but he's wearing a mixture of tactical gar and outdoor athletic wear. His jacket is really quite colorful, giving him an unusual appearance for a character of this sort. Soldier: 76 has multiple different "skins" but this is his standard look.
* The headsculpt is great. While his face is hidden behind his Tactical Visor (which looks pretty cool), his white hair is clearly visible. So is a pretty long and nasty scar on his face.
* On the back of his jacket is a bright "76" showing off his pride loud and proud. Honestly, I'm not really sure what the 76 refers to. Jack's an enhances super soldier or something, so maybe this is his designation from that project? The printing on this is quite sharp and colorful.
* Soldier: 76 includes two pairs of hands: Fists and pistol grips. Decide whether you want him punchin', shootin', or maybe sportin' one of each. They swap quite easily and give you some nice display options.
* Throwing in double hinged elbows, Soldier:76 has some of the best articulation in the line. He looks cool, feel sturdy, and can easily hold his weapon with both hands.
* Soldier: 76's main weapon is the Heavy Pulse Rifle. This is a cool, boxy, futuristic energy rifle that looks like a Nerf blaster of sorts. The paint applications on it really help to tie it in with Jack's colorful look and to help it stand out from the pack.
* The coolest part of the figure might be these Helix Rockets that "launch" from the bottom of Soldier: 76's rifle. The painted rockets are actually attached to two blue "swirly" plastic trails. They plug into the bottom of the Heavy Pulse Rifle and again offer a really dynamic way of displaying the figure. They look really cool "flying" through the air.
* Soldier: 76 has a pistol on his right hip but guess what? It's not removable. Not. Removable. What the heck? Seriously, what is this? 1999? There is no excuse for Hasbro to make a permanently attached sidearm in this day and age. This has been one of my biggest action figure pet peeves for years!
* Notice anything funny? It turns out that my Soldier: 76 has two right feet. Yup. He can't dance/ emote now, although that might be more of a Fortnite thing. I'm not sure.
* Ana's Biotic Rifle is really disappointing. The plastic quality feels very cheap and the handle is so large that the figure can't really hold it in her hands.
* Even worse, there really isn't any good way to pose Ana in a passable looking firing pose. Her elbow joints have a disappointing range of motion and she can't really do anything decent looking with the weapon.
While both of these figures have a couple of flaws, they also have a lot of really, really cool stuff, too. Hasbro has done a nice job with these and has done a great job of making accurate figures with fun accessories. These are fun, durable, and well worth checking out even if you're not at all familiar with the game. You may want to shop around for this set, though, as the price tends to vary. I've seen this for close to $40 at places like Hasbro Pule, Amazon, and Wal-Mart while other stores, such as GameStop, have been selling these for around $50 dollars. GameStop has been holding some decent salesm though, so check around. This is still a Great set and worth checking out if you find it for retail.
These are the first figures of Ana Amari and Soldier: 76 that I've reviewed. For more figures from Overwatch Ultimates, check out the following: Sombra
I have many, many He-Man action figures. Dozens, probably. Today I'm getting ready to review another one that is really unique and definitely should make you stand up and take notice: It's Mondo's He-Man from their new Masters of the Universe line of 1/6th scale action figures. While best known for posters and vinyl records, Mondo has been slowly working their way into the collector's market with released based on TMNT, Batman: The Animated Series, and now Masters of the Universe. Mondo has indicated that they have some extensive plans for the line but He-Man is their first release. While He-Man is a 1/6th scale figure, rather than feeling like a Hot Toys release He-Man feels more like an oversized action figure with separate armor made from various mixed materials. It's a cool approach that works better for the barbarian-like clothes most MOTU characters wear as they're not usually wearing standard outfits. Another cool thing about this line is that rather than base the He-Man design off of one specific incarnation of the character, Mondo has designed their own take on the character. Like Sideshow's He-Man, this feels like it could be a possible movie inspired design for a fairly serious swords & sorcery Masters of the Universe film. He-Man has been shipping for a couple months now from some sources although Mondo seems to be taking their time getting these out everywhere. Let's take a look at this new Mondo version of He-Man after the break...
Accessories: Six interchangeable hands, belt, loincloth, 2 bracers, Power Sword, ax, shield with removable handle, scabbard with 2 removable clips, pistol, laser rifle, shot sword, alternate vintage head, Burbie, two-piece display stand for Burbie, and display stand for He-Man.
Non-Scalper Price: $160-$165
Credited Production Team: Ramirez Studios, Dave Rapoza, Joe Allard, Jason Wires Productions, Darren Henke
* He-Man is an impressive looking figure. He's large, heavy, and really does look like a concept design for a movie costume for He-Man. All of He-Man's armor is made from separate pieces and is removable other than his harness. I don't see a way to take this off. The paintwork is phenomenal here not just because the armored bits look weathered and realistic but also because of the details and highlights on He-Man's body. It really adds a lot of character to the design.
* Mondo went with their own design for He-Man and while he's still a blonde haired barbarian, he definitely looks much sterner than any of the previous cartoon depictions. He definitely has a very steely, intense look to him, which I dig. I'm not completely sold on the hair but overall I really do like this. It separates him nicely from most other incarnations of the character.
* He-Man is wearing his classic harness with a red cross design on the front but here the straps look like they're meant to be leather. It's a cool design that seems like it would make a great movie design as it seems to be well thought out. I love the weathering on the chest plate as it makes it seem like it's really a piece of aged, battle worn metal.
* He-Man has a belt around his wait which keeps up a faux-leather loincloth. It's actually really nicely stitched and fits in well with this more savage depiction of He-Man. Guess what? if you like this look then you're in good shape. If you don't? It turns out that both of these are removable. He-Man's waist can separate at the balljoint there, allowing you to take off the loincloth and the belt.
* Underneath is the traditional fur briefs with the classic metal belt. I like the other look better on this figure but 1. At least Mondo gave us an option and 2. How cool that they went with the vintage design underneath the pleather loincloth.
* He-Man's bracers look pretty cool and also appear as if they're made of a mixture of metal and leather strips (the pieces are really just plastic, though). Remove the hands and they slide off easily.
* He-Man's boots are incredible. Holy smokes, the paintwork really supports the sculpt to make these look incredibly realistic. What's even cooler is that the furry cuffs are actually furry! Yes, the furry cuffs are really made of soft goods to give them a realistic fur lining. I love this! It's insane!
* He-Man does not feel like your traditional 1/6th scale figure but more like an oversized Masters of the Universe Classics figure. He is really heavy, though, and also very durable. I love how sturdy this guy feels. The more I handled him, the less I felt like there was the potential for breaking him. Mondo definitely has done a great job with the quality here which should inspire confidence in buyers. The articulation isn't bad, either, as He-Man is fairly fun to pose.
* He-Man's hands swap out rather easily (they have really thick wrist pegs so no worries about breakage) and you can swap out between three pairs: Pistol grips, fists, and standard grips. The hands are actually fairly rubbery, too, making putting weapons in the hands much easier.
* While you probably don't "need" it, He-Man does come with a black plastic display stand with a metal display stand that rests under He-Man's crotch to keep him standing. It's not the best design for a stand but it works quite well for a heavy figure like this.
* I decided to use the stand to show of a few of the weapons here because, wow!: Mondo loaded this guy down! First up is the Power Sword. This is a redesign of the Power Sword but it definitely has the distinctive shape while looking much more brutal and made from different materials. The handle is cool with a helmet wearing skull for the pommel with a very sharp spike on the top.
* The Power Sword easily fits inside of He-Man's scabbard.The scabbard follows the design cues of the sword and other elements of the figure by looking like a mixture of metal, wood, and leather. The leather straps wrapped around the scabbard have some killer paint applications while the bottom of the scabbard appears to be a metal decorative element that resembles Battle Cat's helmet! That's a cool detail! The rear of the scabbard features two removable plastic clips that can attach the scabbard to He-Man's harness and/or belt.
* I often prefer He-Man with his crazy huge ax rather than his Power Sword so, thankfully, Mondo gave us an ax worthy of the most powerful man in the universe. This thing is a beauty, right?
* After the Power Sword and the ax, the last weapon needed to complete the trip of He-Man's three iconic armaments is his shield. While it certainly draws inspiration from the vintage toy the shield looks much grimier with a handmade appearance. I love this! It even looks like the front has some extreme weathering, perhaps from deflecting fire from a dragon or something. Each accessory in this set probably has more paint applications than a standard action figure you would pick up at the store.
* The rear of the shield is impressive, too, as it continues to look like it's made of a variety of materials. The handle is removable, allowing you to slide the loop over He-Man's arm and then place the handle in his hand, afterwards attaching the handle to the shield. This makes it easy to fit him with the shield and keep anything from breaking. Mondo did some excellent design work here as this was a brilliant way to handle this piece.
* He-Man includes... a laser rifle? Yes indeed! This rifle is actually based off of the vintage rifle included with the Castle Grayskull Weapons Rack (it was later recolred orange and used for Webstor, too). It's a cool extra and continues to have amazing paintwork. Mondo has really gone all out with this release. He-Man is expensive but every accessory included with the figure feels like it's helping to justify the price of the figure.
* He-Man includes his pistol, too. This one is based off of the design of the pistol used by Dolph Lundgren's He-Man in the 1987 Masters of the Universe film. It's another incredible sculpt. As a fan of the movie I'm always thrilled to have toy references to the film. I do wish He-Man had included an optional cape, though.
* He-Man also includes a short sword. This weapon is based on another item from the vintage Castle Grayskull Weapons Rack and it features the same beautiful paint work and sculpting as the rest of the weapons.
* He-Man also comes with... Berbie? Yes, He-Man includes a minifigure of Berbie, a strange creature who appeared in the Filmation episode Double Edged Sword. This is a pretty cool extra but, wow, is it out of left field. How funny that Mondo went with such a cute and silly character design for such a serious redesign of He-Man. I'm guessing they found the juxtaposition between the two styles of MOTU to be just too funny. Berbie's tale does rotate, just FYI, and his antennae are balljoints.
* To give Berbie the illusion of hovering Mondo included a clear plastic flight stand. Berbie fits right on top of the two piece stand. Honestly, how many of y'all want to put Berbie with your MOTUC or Club Grayskull figures?
* The box is not only collector friendly but it is also insanely gorgeous. The interior box is a five panel box with magnetic closure and has a gorgeous print of He-Man on it. The plastic trays to hold the figure and accessories slide out easily. The slip cover looks like the door of Castle Grayskull. This box is worth displaying as well. The Negatives:
* Probably for fun, Mondo included an alternate He-Man portrait that looks like the vintage figure. I don't dislike the vintage figure by any means but it really seems like such a strange inclusion here. To be honest I would have much rather have had another more expressive headsculpt. Some folks will like this but I feel that it really clashes with the design of the body.
* There is no breakage, so don't worry about that. I actually feel like sometimes the hands come off too easily. Just be patient and you'll get things right.
* Burbie's stripes have some slight slop to them. It wouldn't be noticeable except that his color scheme is black and bluish/white, which stands out a bit.
Some toys these days can be very expensive. He-Man is one of those. That being said, I am amazed at the quality of this. It's not just that the figure itself looks great and features lots of expertly painted accessories but that the figure itself feels sturdy. Other than some of the smaller pieces such as the pommel of the Power Sword or Berbie's stand, everything else feels like it would hold up to actual play. I would probably trust my five year old with this figure before I would with most other toys these days targeted at collectors. I love Mondo's unique take on He-Man and while they've got Skeletor and Faker coming soon, I really look forward to seeing some other characters, too. There have been rumors of Man-At-Arms, She-Ra, Teela, and Merman, so let's hope we see a bit more at SDCC. If this line kept a pace of three or four figures a year, it could be a new favorite. This is an Epic He-Man that makes me feel like a kid again!
Hasbro is on a roll lately, aren't they? Marvel Legends and Star Wars: The Black Series continue to improve with every new release, they've now acquired the Power Rangers license and seem to be releasing some killer product there, and now they've jumped into a major video game license with Overwatch Ultimates. I'm going to admit right off the bat that I am not an Overwatch expert. I've never played the game although I am familiar with the characters as a number of them have become fixtures of modern pop culture. A little searching turns up the fact that these characters are pretty well developed, particularly for a game that is a team-based shooter. These little details remind me of the extensive backgrounds Larry Hama created for the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline. Sombra is a 30-year-old Mexican hacker named Olivia Colomar who uses her stealth, hacking skills, and machine pistol to deal damage to her opponents. For the past week or two GameStop has had a 20% off sale on Overwatch merchandise, so I jumped in and picked up Sombra to check these new figures out. Let's take a closer look at her after the break...
Accessories: Machine pistol, four interchangeable hands, hacking beam, and translocator.
Non-Scalper Price: $20-$23 dollars
* The Overwatch characters have different "skins" (basically different palette swaps or outfits) that can be equipped to change their appearance. Sombra comes outfitted in her common appearance which consists of a large jacket over what seems like a tighter fitting stealth suit. Hasbro has nicely captured the vibe of the character design as these figures are bright, colorful, and feature completely new sculpts. Unlike Marvel Legends, there doesn't seem to be much reuse here unless they eventually release some of the alternate skins down the line. The figure is loaded with detail and looks incredible.
* Hasbro is using the face printing technique in this line as well, which means that these figures look nearly as good as the Marvel Legends and Star Wars: The Black Series releases. Sombra is quite lovely with some really cool cyberpunk styled hair. The left side of her head has much shorter hair and shows off the cybernetic implants she apparently had installed to augment her hacking abilities.
* Sombra is sporting a large coat that is actually a separate piece over a standard torso. The coat isn't removable (well, not without damaging the figure) but it does add an extra level of coolness to Sombra, also giving her a place to presumably stow away her cool gadgets. I love the little devices on her left side. Are those more translocators or perhaps mines of some sort?
* Since Sombra's stealth abilities seem to be beyond just being able to move noiselessly (she actually can turn invisible) I'm guessing this device on her back might aid her in her espionage efforts. It's a cool detail and, again, adds another fun detail to check out on the figure. These toys are a joy to check out in hand as there are lots of cool little extras all over them.
* The articulation is excellent. It might not be as good as Star Wars: The Black Series or some Marvel Legends figures yet but it's definitely in the same league. These are high quality, well articulated figures that feel sturdy and made for play and display. The range of motion could be improved in a few places but these are streets ahead of what most other mass market companies are putting out.
* Sombra comes with four interchangeable hands: Two designed for gripping her machine pistol and two designed for using her hacking ability. The gloves have lots of little cybernetic details on them, too, which are true to the character's design.
* Sombra is a damage dealer, so her primary weapon is a Machine Pistol capable of spitting out lots of bullets. Looking like a futuristic version of a Steyr TMP/ Brugger & Thomet MP9, this weapon has some really nice sculpting and additional paint applications that help it to stand out.
* Sombra also includes a Translocator, a device that she can toss out and automatically teleport back to as needed. This is a simple mine like device with a simple (somewhat off center) pink paint application, but it is a cool extra that just seems rather fun. I love accessories like this.
* Last, but not last, is Sombra's hacking beam. This translucent plastic piece is designed to give physical representation to Sombra's ability to hack enemies and shields and such. One end connects over her fingers and has little techy details on it while the other end has a skull design. The skull is the end that would hit her target, by the way. I like how Hasbro made sure to include various accessories to show off how the characters use all of their unique abilities.
* The wrist pegs feel durable but they are very, very tight. Just try pulling them off with firm, even pressure or maybe even heat them up a bit for the first few times.
* Sombra is wearing these cool blue shoes that remind me of those FiveFingers shoes. They look great but the ankles are huge and look out of place. The definitely needed to be a bit more streamlined.
* Sombra's jacket definitely has a few messy paint applications, as can be seen here. This is on the back, so it wasn't really possible to see in the package.
I picked up Sombra on a bit of a whim during the first week of the GameStop 20% off sale last week and I have to say that I'm not disappointed. Sombra is a very fun action figure with great accessories. Hasbro has done an excellent job here and it's nice to see them tackle a "smaller" license as they've been very focused on Marvel, Star Wars, and Transformers for what seems like years. I'm hoping this line succeeds as these are insanely fun and, from pictures I've seen, they look great on the shelf together. Sombra is a Great and a 1/2 figure and is well worth tracking down. This is the first toy of Sombra I've reviewed.