plastic-ed-speleers-alfie-allen-will-poulter-sebastian-de-souza-emma-rigbyImagine a less charming Ocean’s Eleven, a lifeless Now You See Me featuring more unlikable characters than The Bling Ring and you may get a sense of what’s in store with Plastic, a wholly derivative, uninspired heist caper that isn’t worth your investment.

The film is based on a true story where a group of college students: Sam (Ed Speleers, Downton Abbey), Fordy (Will Poluter, The Maze Runner)…

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Bandai S.H. Figuarts Dragonball Z Piccolo featured

I bought this figure off fellow Fwoosher Industrial some time ago, and I meant to throw up a review for the Fwoosh late last year/early this year. But then I got distracted, toys got delayed, and, in the end, I brain-farted. But now is the time to review this lovely figure from Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts line.

There was supposed to be video with this review, but my son and I are learning how to use the functions on our camera, and the video is completely out of focus. And as I am pressed for time, we’ll publish without the video. I’d also like to take a quick minute to thank my son once again who is helping and getting into snapping pics and shooting videos — it’s cool and fun to enjoy this hobby with him.

As I mentioned, this is by no means a new figure and even trying to approach this review as “ooh and aaah new” is futile. I already covered Goku, and the two figures are very similar in sculpt. I love the sculpt; there’s just something about Piccolo, and I want to pose him in all my collections and all my pictures. He’s got great colors, they pop, and he looks amazing. And with his constant scowl, there are so many options!

Bandai S.H. Figuarts Dragonball Z Piccolo

If I remember correctly, I was able to lift this figure off Indy because he wanted the SDCC Piccolo, which was sporting a different paint/color scheme. The SDCC belt was blue, the green a bit darker, the purple darker and the yellow on the arms is pink. The SDCC color scheme represents the anime (cartoon) colors while the figure reviewed here has the manga (comic) colors. Personally, I could really care less. I just want Piccolo and since he’s represented with different colors, it’s all canon.

I love the articulation on these S.H. Figuarts figures. Yes, they are formulaic. At this point there is nothing new or groundbreaking. The formula works, it’s solid, and you can pretty much pose these figures any way you want. The hinged crotch makes things like the baggy pants easy to pose where in other figures they would be hindering the full range of motion. These figures are hand candy.

By now, tooting the S.H. Figuarts accessory horn is getting tiresome, but I have to mention that the extra heads, hands, crossed arms, and cape are simply awesome. I love them all and it makes for great play and great posing. I only wish that Bandai would supply a Figma-styled bag and a Takara/Figma tray for the hands. I could just buy Ziplocs, but since Banda’s gone this far, why not go the extra mile?

Bandai S.H. Figuarts Dragonball Z Piccolo

If you are collecting or interested in starting to collect Dragonball Z figures, then you have to get Piccol; he’s a must have. If you enjoy action figures, then I highly recommend this figure. You can still get him today at:

Amazon.com

eBay.com

Barnes and Noble

Bandai S.H. Figuarts Dragonball Z Piccolo

Bandai – S.H. Figuarts: Dragonball Z Piccolo I bought this figure off fellow Fwoosher Industrial some time ago, and I meant to throw up a review for the Fwoosh late last year/early this year.

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Marvel’s mightiest mutants have been shrunk to only 2 inches tall!

Can they escape the comic shop and find their way into the collections of X-Men Fans everywhere? It’s an episode we could only call “New Toy Day!” With two full assortments of Marvel Minimates hitting comic shops and specialty stores this week – the first toys based on the movie X-Men: Days of Future Past and the comic book All-New X-Men – it’s a great week to swing by your local comic shop and pick up some mini-mutants! Read on for more details, then re-enact your favorite scenes from the movie and the comic in a very, very small area!

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A Diamond Select Release! The most epic X-Men movie ever made is getting the Minimates treatment from DST! Four different two-packs depict the past and future worlds of X-Men: Days of Future Past, featuring Mystique with Young Magneto, Bone Claw Wolverine with Charles Xavier, Future Wolverine with Future Storm and Professor X with Future Magneto! Each Minimates mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories, including an alternate head for Storm, alternate hair for Magneto and an alternate torso for Wolverine. Designed and Sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142223, SRP: $9.99/ea.)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/marvel-minimates-series-58-x-men-days-of-future-past-asst

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfX9Jn5AqKs

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A Diamond Select Toys Release! The five original X-Men have been brought to the present day, and a new decade calls for new costumes! This assortment based on the Marvel Now! comic title All-New X-Men features four two-packs, including Cyclops with Marvel Girl, Beast with Angel, Iceman with a Sentinel and a rare, short-packed Bobby Drake with Sentinel! Each Minimate mini-figure stands approximately 2 inches tall and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories, incluing multile alternate heads and hair pieces, energy blasts and flight stands! Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142224, SRP: $9.99/ea.)
http://www.diamondselecttoys.com/marvel-minimates-series-59-all-new-x-men-asst

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To find your nearest comic shop, visit the Comic Shop Locator at http://bit/ly/findcomicshop

Diamond Select Toys – On Sale This Week: X-Men Movie (and Comic) Minimates! Marvel’s mightiest mutants have been shrunk to only 2 inches tall!

TV Recap: Gotham Ep. 2 – “Selina Kyle”

Gotham - Ep. 2 - Selina‘Gotham’s’ premiere left some viewers undecided on the long-term prospects of the pre-Batman adventures of Gotham City, but now with its second episode it’s time for the show to prove if it indeed has a real future and can be more than Batman-lite. Does it succeed? Sorta, but the kinks apparent from the first episode don’t look like they’ll be a quick fix.

Starting the show on a similar note as…

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TV Recap: Agents of SHIELD – Ep. 2

CLARK GREGG, CHLOE BENNET, B.J. BRITT

Last week kicked off what looks to be a very exciting second season for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and this week’s outing continues firmly hitting the new status quo as a team version James Bond/comic book hybrid. (more…)

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Play Arts Kai Rorschach (34) (1024x634)Rorschach has become the ever shifting “face” of Alan Moore’s Watchmen comic book series, whether he wants to be or not, due to his anti-hero persona and his general neuroses. In other words, the dude’s nuts, and people love to read about crazy heroes.

I’m new to Play Arts Kai, but upon seeing initial images of Rorschach, I jumped on a preorder for him. While Mattel’s Rorschach figure scratched a tiny itch, this looked more in line with the type of figure I wanted: hyper-detailed and hyper-articulated. How does he rate in hand? Well, there are issues.

I’m going to get the bad out of the way first, mainly because the bad is based around a handful of ingenious features which should, in theory, be good, but the sum total of those features ends up being bad. Confused? I know, I’ll explain.

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Rorschach features two different coat bottoms that are swappable, allowing you to pose him standing stoically, or in more dramatic “action” poses with. That’s a clever way to handle the specific impediments that long coats can have on action figures.

But…

In order to achieve this effect, Rorschach’s body comes in two different parts, with a female hole in the torso that slides down on a male peg jutting upwards from his crotch region. In theory that’s fine; however, there’s no peg or “pop” or secure way to join them. Which means if you pick him up by the torso, his bottom half has a tendency to fall right off. And if you pick him up by the bottom half and tip him ever so much, his top half falls off. Some type of ball or peg or something to hold them together would have gone a long way in fixing this.

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Another ingenious feature that ends up being a small negative is the articulated belt knot. It has a peg allowing you to move it from side to side for windswept or action-type shots. Well, that’s fine, but the second time I dropped the damned torso, that peg broke, leaving my figure without his dangling belt bits. I’m currently writing this mid photo-session while I wait for the glue to dry so I can reattach his belt in hopes it doesn’t break off again.

This leaves me a bit frustrated, especially given that I’m paying premium prices for something that should have no issues at all. Both of these could have been avoided, both with some type of peg that secured the upper and lower parts of his body, and a thicker peg for his articulated belt. I appreciate both functions and think that, in theory, they’re both excellent ideas that should lend a great deal of posing options, but in practice they’ve turned happy time to sad time.

But onward to the figure itself…

Sculpt!

Rorschach is 9.5 inches tall, so he towers. He’s in a funky sweet spot between Hot Toys and regular action figures, which means he’s not going to fit in with anything other than other Play Arts or anything you have that’s around 9.5 inches tall. If you’re a scale stickler that needs conformity, then Rorschach won’t do it for you.

Rorschach has a very realistic sculpt. His coat has a ton of wrinkled and weathered detail with buttons and stitching that give him a rough, lived-in feeling. His gloves are fully detailed, and his pants have etched lines. There’s a point where too many wrinkles and folds becomes distracting, but this hits just the right level of rough realism and it evokes motion even when he’s standing there, like a cold wind is whipping at him, or he’s either about to move or has just finished moving. That fine balance between kinetic action and stoic resolve is hard to achieve, but when you hit the sweet spot you get a great-looking, photogenic figure.

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Paint!

All of that detailed sculpt is brought out by washes and drybrushing that highlight all the texture and details, with dark browns in the folds and lighter browns on the edges of his coat, and some dirty effects applied to his pants. His shoes have a handful of nice leathery tones, as does his hat. The entire figure is painted in muted tones that evoke dark knights and solitude, just like you’d expect from Rorschach, but that doesn’t mean the figure is dull. The browns have a nice life to them, and the purple, while not bright and poppy, doesn’t get lost in muddiness. It’s a very hard line to straddle between having him too bright and too dark, but I think it achieves that middle of the road look very well. He looks like he’s had these clothes for a while.

Articulation!

Rorschach is loaded with articulation. He has a ball jointed head, a unique upper torso pivot that allows him to hunch his shoulders a bit, full shoulder articulation with bicep swivels, ball-jointed elbows, ball-jointed wrists, a ball-jointed waist just underneath where he comes apart, double-jointed knees, and ball-jointed ankles. In theory, this gives him a high amount of articulation, but the fact that he has a tendency to come apart easily while you’re trying to play with him puts a damper on the amount of articulation. Some might not like how visible his elbow articulation is, given how realistic the figure seems, but I’m not bothered by it. He’s got some tight ratcheting in his legs that holds poses well.

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Rorschach comes with two alternate heads featuring two unique inkblot patterns, and several additional hands. His fists come standard, and in addition he has optional hands for holding various items, and most interesting, a hand with an aerosol can. This, along with the additional flame effects, allows you to recreate the time when Rorschach made a blowtorch out of a spray can and a random fire. Because that’s how much of a badass he is.

He also comes with a rose, his journal, and a grappling-hook gun. Short of a separate unmasked face, he comes with everything he needs, and even an unmasked face is more than he’d need, because as he would tell you, that is his face.

As I said earlier, his largest accessory is an alternate coat bottom that allows a wider range of motion in his legs. This alternate coat also has a pair of pegholes that, with hands removed, his wrist pegs can connect to, allowing him to perfectly simulate having his hands in his pockets. I love that feature, and the effect is very convincing, I just wish the figure didn’t suffer slightly to achieve the swappable coat bottoms.

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Overall, Rorschach is a good-looking figure, but I have to take points off for “playworthiness” due to his tendency to come apart unless you’re willing to fix the issues. I like him too much to let them fully screw with my enjoyment when a little tweaking can make him perfect, so I may be doing something to him, which makes me cringe a little. I’m thinking a couple of strong magnet will allow his sections to hold enough to keep him together while still allowing swappability if so desired.

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I bought mine from BBTS for $89.99, but he appears to have gone up in price a bit.

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Play Arts Kai – Watchmen’s Rorschach Rorschach has become the ever shifting “face” of Alan Moore’s Watchmen comic book series, whether he wants to be or not, due to his anti-hero persona and his general neuroses.

Bandai S.H. Figuarts Master Asia featured

Mobile Fighter G Gundam is without a doubt one of the zaniest Gundam Series ever! It’s Street Fighter in a Gundam world, where a number of novel and crazy Gundam designs saw the light of day. Each country had it’s own Gundam and they would participate in a winner takes all tournament. God Gundam and Master Gundam are some of the memorable mechs from the series and Bandai is releasing both as part of their Robot Spirits line.

In addition S.H. Figuarts will be releasing Master Asia, the pilot of Master Gundam. For those of you that bought the S.H. Figuarts Domon Kasshu this is good news as you can have the 2 face-off against each other in a fight to the finish!

You can order both of these today at

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Morning Rush – Master Asia and Master Gundam Mobile Fighter G Gundam is without a doubt one of the zaniest Gundam Series ever! It’s Street Fighter in a Gundam world, where a number of novel and crazy Gundam designs saw the light of day.

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NECA Online has posted some new pictures and information about their upcoming 18″ Halo Master Chief action figure.

via NECA Online:

We’re back with another Halo update! Today we’re proud to debut the first photos of the completed 18″ Master Chief action figure. This has been a labor of love, with many hours spent fine-tuning the extra detail required for a soldier of Master Chief’s stature. Check out the results in the gallery below, and then see for yourself when the figure arrives in October!

Master Chief has been sculpted from the original digital model, has over 30 points of articulation and comes with game-accurate accessories. For the full details, visit the product page: Halo – 18″ Scale Action Figure – Master Chief

NECA – A Closer Look at the Halo 18″ Master Chief Action Figure NECA Online has posted some new pictures and information about their upcoming 18” Halo Master Chief action figure.

Bandai – S.H. Figuarts: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Green Ranger featured

The Fwoosh trip through Banda’s S.H. Figuarts Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is coming to a close. After the Green Ranger we’ll cover the White Ranger and then the Super Robot Chogokin Megazord. Yes, we will cover the Chogokin Megazord. It’s a great piece of toy that needs to be included in this archive. Enough babble! On to the Green Ranger!

Tommy, oh Tommy! You were ’90s cool, your long hair, good looks, rebellious nature, and the winner of Kimberly’s heart! The most awesome Power Ranger ever! Aight, Tommy was played by Jason David Frank and was the perfect person for the part. I’ll admit, I even liked the Green Ranger! Yes, I did watch a few episodes, but not enough to make me an expert. I did some reading and Tommy’s been a pretty consistent character through multiple seasons and different Power Ranger series.

The figure, well I’ve done run out of things to say about these S.H. Figuarts Power Rangers. They are all using the same base figure, which means the sculpts are all the same, as is the articulation. However, the Green Ranger has some differences: he the new head sculpt and some fancy gold armor. I’ve no idea about the significance of the armor, but Bandai did a great job matching the armor to the show. This is a great-looking figure and is fun to pose and play with.

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I’ll add a note about the accessories here: he comes with a big sword and a knife that he can play like a flute or kick major bad-guy ass. I’ll gander it’s a greatsword of some kind. The sculpts on these things are insanely good, I mean really sharp. I want to use that sword for some of my fantasy figures that don’t exist. And, as always, there are a ton of hands that you swap out and play around with. Bandai’s really figured out this accessory bit.

Before I close this out, I have to give a big thank you to my son for snapping the pictures and doing the edits on them. He’s learning and I’m certain in time he’ll be making his old man look bad.

If you are looking to add the Green Ranger to your Power Rangers collection, you can still pick him up from the following locations:

Amazon.com

eBay.com

Barnes and Noble

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Remember to check out these other reviews!

Pink Ranger

Yellow Ranger

Black Ranger

Red Ranger

Blue Ranger

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Bandai – S.H. Figuarts: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Green Ranger

Bandai – S.H. Figuarts: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Green Ranger The Fwoosh trip through Banda’s S.H. Figuarts Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is coming to a close. After the Green Ranger we’ll cover the White Ranger and then the Super Robot Chogokin Megazord.