“If Aquaman is so lame, then why does he have an action figure?”

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Imagine, if you will, an inner-city schoolyard in the late 1970s. A group of young children form a noisy circle. At its center, a single boy clutches a placid-looking yellow-haired doll. The crowd closes in around their chosen target, laughing, taunting, waving their own more luridly colored plastic totems in the air. Insults are hurled, gender is challenged, the confrontation escalating by the…

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If there’s anything I enjoy more than action figures, it’s action figure accessories. Whether it’s combing eBay for 1:12 scale dollhouse pieces, or fabricating classic comic book objects from scratch, I find even the smallest addition can add a vast amount of depth to the figures themselves.

Which brings us to Batman. Between his enormous cave and mansion, I don’t think there is a comic book character with more cool doo-dads at his reach. Making a Shakespeare bust that conceals the switch that opens the door to the Bat-poles has been on my to-do list for some time. And then, just like that, it came off the list.

Figures Toy Company, known for making repro Mego figures (as well as new genre characters in the style of vintage 8-inch Mego) started a Batman Classic TV line last year and a few months back they announced a 25-piece accessory pack that would include such items as the Batman Bomb, Bat Radios, Utility Belt, Bat Sprays, and more. While these were conceived for use with the 8-inch Mego scale, it was close enough for many of 1:12 collectors to become entranced. And then the other shoe dropped. The set would be priced at $69.99. Ouch. A little on the steep side for an accessory pack.

But the story didn’t end there. Figures Toy Company is now offering many of the accessories for sale individually. For just under $25 (including shipping) I was able to score a Batman Shield, Shakespeare Bust, and Office Phone. Now that I see how great they work with my 6-inch figures, I regret not throwing a couple more items into the order (like… why only one shield? Now Robin is a sitting duck!)

The Shield is a nice grade of solid, hard plastic with crisp deco. Both of my 6-inch Batman figures can easily grip the straps and stand unassisted while holding the shield.

The Shakespeare bust feels solid and is stable even with the head open.

The “Batman Office Phone” comes with stand and cover. The stand is a separate piece, but the phone comes tacked down pretty securely. I think it’s easily removed, if you chose, but I’ll keep mine together. The receiver comes packaged with a bit of inert “goop” to hold it to the handset (you can see it in my pics). The “goop” is certainly discardable and probably only meant for packaging purposes. Think — the thin plastic bands that often come on figures’ hands when they’re packaged holding a small accessory; keep it or toss it as you see fit.

I couldn’t be happier with these. I was worried they might be a skosh too big for my 6-inch figures, but I don’t find them to be. I will probably end up going back and ordering a few more items.

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IMG_1026 (800x482)Bert and Ernie, Abbot and Costello, Hardcastle and McCormick, Tango and Cash — some things are better in pairs. The same has to be said about Batman and Robin. Sure, they are each their own autonomous entity, but put them together and you have a completely different “dynamic.” You might say you have a Dynamic Duo. Oh yeah.

Hot Toys was pretty much guaranteed a dual purchase when I bought the ’66 Batman figure. If you’re going to get one, you have to get the other, by law. Now the wait is on for the Batmobile. That’s going to hurt.

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Robin comes decked-out in all his colorful caped glory, complete with totally manly stockings and even more manly shoes. There has never been anything subtle or understated about this version of Robin’s costume, and there’s no way to ignore this red, green, and yellow dude when he’s on the shelf. The Hot Toys quality standard carries forth yet again with this figure, bringing impeccable fabric work that doesn’t look “off” in scale when on a 1/6th scale figure. The cape has a silky quality, the leggings feel right, and the rest of his costume looks more like they came from the wardrobe department of a Hollywood studio than anything else.

He has sculpted gloves and shoes to complement the fabric. One thing jumped out at me immediately: he has some long feet. I’m pretty sure they’re not supposed to be quite that long. They could stand to be a little bit shorter because the length jumped out at me right away. Of course, he is well-balanced with those things.

Robin’s articulation is very unhindered in most places, and he has a bit more range in his torso than his counterpart had. His ankles are less inhibited as well. The only area he suffers is in his neck due to the tight collar wrapped around his neck. While he has plenty of play, he can’t quite look down without his chin butting up against the collar, but it’s a minor issue. Otherwise, he’s got plenty of range everywhere else, including his elbows and knees. Due to his costume, there is an unavoidable obviousness to the fact that he is an action figure. I know that sounds especially stupid given the fact that he is, in fact, an action figure, but one strong point of Hot toys is a slight obfuscation of reality when you’re looking at pictures, and the visible elbow joints and very obvious knee joints break that illusion some. As I said, it is almost too stupid to point out, and it’s by no means a criticism, but I thought it was an interesting phenomenon to point out. If anything, it points to the strengths of the toys that it even sticks out as something different from other toys. It’s not Robin’s fault anyway.

One of the biggest strength of Hot Toys stuff is the likenesses, and I think they captured Burt Ward even better than they did Adam West, and Adam was no slouch. Having more of his face visible means even less margin for error, and this is a dead ringer for Burt Ward, from his slightly jug-ears to his slightly constipated determination. What, he didn’t look constipated and determined to you? Well, regardless, they nailed it. His hair sculpt is insane, with so much detail it’s like they sculpted each individual hair. Actually I’m not so sure that they didn’t.

As we’ve seen in countless toys, a good sculpt can end up being meaningless without a good paint job to bring it to life, and this is another area where they excel. The realistic skin with freckling is, again, beautiful to look at, and the eyes are practically real. Dig those bloodshot eyes. The hair has a subtle shading to give it depth and highlights. Sometimes I think these are worth it just to study the sculpt and paint on the heads in hand.

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Like Batman, Robin comes with a number of alternate hands and a few accessories to sweeten the pot. He comes with a set of Bat-cuffs that actually work, his own Batarang, and his own Bat-radio. He comes with a length of rope that can be attached to his Batarang for climbing.

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For extra hands, he has one set of neutral hands, one set of fists, a set of grippy hands, a set of Batusi hands, a right hand that can hold the Batarang, and a slightly curled left hand. All of these give him a ton of expressive options just like Batman.

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Robin is a fun figure on his own, but with the addition of Batman you get the finest interpretations of the ’66 Batman and Robin that are currently available. Now the wait is on for the Batmobile. And I don’t think I’d be able to turn down a Joker to go with them.

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Hot Toys – ’66 Robin Bert and Ernie, Abbot and Costello, Hardcastle and McCormick, Tango and Cash — some things are better in pairs.

Dark Souls 2 – Walkthrough: Forest of Fallen Giants, part 3

This week’s Walkthrough will take us through Forest of Fallen Giants again! This time around we’ll open the shortcut to the bonfire, pick up our White Sign Soapstone, clear the fog gate to the Pursuer Boss Fight and open the Gate to the Last Giant.

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Megahouse is releasing One Piece super poseable action figures! In seven inch scale! NOOO! They are so pretty! So beautiful! And in the wrong scale, for me. Since S.H. Figuarts seems to have abandoned their One Piece line it looks like Megahouse will be the only providers for super posable One Piece figures, which is great that someone is picking them up. Now I have to decide, start over in a new scale or continue? Decisions. BigBadToyStore has this bad boy up for pre-order today.

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The Fwooshcast – Episode 4: The Marvel Legends Top Ten Poll Results Show

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Episode 4 of the all-new, all-different Fwooshcast is up, and it has some information you might be interested in hearing.

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The latest trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1looks to tap into its inner Michael Bay with some serious explosions, shoot-outs and Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss taking down two fighter jets with her trusty bow and arrow. As if she wasn’t most pre-teen/teen girls’ biggest…

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Bandai S.H. Figuarts Mighty Morphing Power Rangers Black Ranger

In our continuing coverage of the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers, we are covering the Black Ranger, Zack Taylor, played by Walter Emanuel Jones. The Black Ranger drives the Mastodon Dinozord. This is our fourth Ranger review — we covered Red, Blue, and Yellow so far, and we have Pink, Green, and White on the horizon. I think we even have a Chogokin Powerzord to review!

As mentioned before, these belong to my oldest son; he’s the one who’s collecting and buying the Power Rangers, and I think he’s got them all now. I picked this one up during San Diego Comic-Con 2014, and while I was walking the floor, I decided to get the thing autographed by Walter Jones, who was attending the show.

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VeeBee or Indy (or was it craarl?) made fun of me. They asked right off the bat, “Are you going to let your son open the figure now that it is signed?” I answered that it was up to him, but I knew — that figure would be ripped out and displayed and played with. There might be a moment of hesitation, but that figure was coming out. And I was right! Within minutes it was taken out of the package. Granted, there were a dozen questions about Walter Jones.

“Did you talk to him? Was he cool? Was he tall?” My son is a 13-year-old giant, and I had to explain that he was about a head taller than Jones. This was met with awe, wonder, and, in the end, disappointment. Oh, the bitter magic of Hollywood. But Walter was cool and for a cool $30 he signed my kid’s Power Ranger. Yeah, this was getting to be an expensive figure! But you can’t put a price on happiness. My son was happy and satisfied!

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The figure, well, there’s not much to talk about! The sculpt is just like the Red and Blue Rangers — to a “T.” Outside of the super-cool helmet, there isn’t much difference between the figures. They look like generic reused figures that fit their purpose of looking like Power Rangers. In other words, I don’t have any new revelations about the figures. I can’t even wax poetic about the articulation. We aren’t seeing anything new, but I’ll post the breakdown for the sake of it:

Hinged toes
Swivel feet
Ball ankles
Double knees
Swivel thighs
Ball hips
Jointed crotch
Ball waist
Ball abs
Double ball shoulders
Bicep swivels
Double elbows
Swivel forearm
Jointed wrist
Swivel hands
Ball neck
Ball head

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As this guy is a must for your collections, you must pick him up from any one of the following locations:

BigBadToyStore (preorder)

Amazon.com

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Bandai S.H. Figuarts – Super Sentai Gosei Sentai Dairanger Mighty Morphing Power Rangers Black Ranger In our continuing coverage of the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers, we are covering the Black Ranger, Zack Taylor, played by Walter Emanuel Jones.

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Soft vinyl figures continue to come overseas with new Sofubi line.

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(BALTIMORE, MD) – (September 15, 2014)- MEDICOM Toy Corporation rolls out another line of Sofubi with three new Godzilla Vinyl Wars (GVW) Figures and an exclusive Spider-Man soft vinyl figure available for fans to pre-order from the September PREVIEWS catalog. These imported exclusives are scheduled to release in comic book specialty shops in January and February 2015.

Godzilla Vinyl Wars is a collaboration between Japan’s classic Sofubi manufacturers and cutting-edge toy maker MEDICOM Toy. Each release in GVW is a reproduction of a classic Toho Sofubi from the ’60s through today, released legitimately for Western collectors for the first time ever.

The 1962 KKVG Sofubi was influenced by his appearance in King Kong vs. Godzilla, great for fans who remember the classic film. Also considered by Kajiu fans to be one of the best representations of GIGAN ever, comes the 11” tall GIAGAN Sofubi for western collectors to treasure. Also available and styled after Godzilla’s appearance in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla is the 9” tall, newer and truer green Godzilla Vinyl Wars 1974 Godzilla Sofubi.

  • Godzilla Vinyl Wars Godzilla 1962 KKVG Sofubi (Item Code: JUN148267, SRP: $65, pg 500)
  • Godzilla Vinyl Wars Gaigan Sofubi (Item Code: JUN148266, SRP: $85, pg 500)
  • Godzilla Vinyl Wars Bear Model 1974 Version Sofubi (Item Code: JUN148263, SRP: $65, pg 500)

“MEDICOM continues to offer a great line of Godzilla Sofubi to western collectors, helping give this classic monster a new, stream lined look with every piece coming to comic book shops,” said Diamond Purchasing Manager Eric Burkhardt. “What makes these figures a rarity is their limited availability, as only 200 pieces are being created and distributed, in addition to the history that each legendary figure represents and holds for collectors to capture and showcase.”

The Marvel Spider-Man Sofubi (Item Code: JUN148300, SRP: $80, pg 510) is another novelty available for pre-order as it is the debut piece for the Marvel Heroes Sofubi line being introduced to western collectors for the first time. The fan-favorite wall-crawler stands at 9 ¾” tall in heroic pose, sporting his shiny red and blue spider costume. This vintage-looking collectible is limited to 500 pieces in North America, making it a novelty for collectors to pre-order guaranteeing they get it when it ships in January 2015.

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Fans are encouraged to pre-order these exclusive figures at their local comic book shop from the September PREVIEWS catalog to ensure they get them when they are released. Find a comic shop at www.comicshoplocator.com.

Sofubi Takes Over in September PREVIEWS Soft vinyl figures continue to come overseas with new Sofubi line.