Saturday, October 24, 2015
020 Hasbro Transformers Age of Extinction- Leader Class Optimus Prime. I recent re-watched AOE and I liked it more than I remembered when I first saw it in theatre. Yes It is far from perfect, but definitely a fun movie with some memorable scenes and effects. I was less than keen on picking up yet another movie-verse Optimus, but I grabbed this guy on sale and was pleasantly surprised. That said, for reference, one of my favourite toys is ROTF Optimus Prime and I feel that AOE Prime is able to achieve the movie aesthetic without the complexity that causes my brain to hurt. Side note: I'm an idiot with transforming things. I can only guess that when Hasbro talked about simplified Transformers, they had me in mind; sorry for that. Vehicle mode: Pretty standard movie verse Prime. Pros: Chrome stacks, sturdy. Cons: Boring! Yet another long nosed truck that looks remarkably similar to the last 3 versions of the same character. Looks cheap compared to the previous counterparts. Robot mode: Good representation of the screen model. Pros: Well articulated, satisfying transformation, nice sword, no electronics. Cons: Shell former with random panels that don't really connect, (re: hip skirt, feet to lower leg portion), large backpack, awkward gun/shield, stupid unnecessary head popping gimmick.
Posted by Kyle at 9:27 PM
019 Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series- Star Killer (Galen Marek) Alright, a EU character that I actually know. Starkiller, an awesome homage to an early draft name that later became Skywalker, is the lead character to the successful video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 1 & 2. For the most part I enjoyed 1 playing through 80% of it, but I left 2 to be played by my son who has way more patience for games. He liked it, but cleared it in an afternoon. The character is pretty interesting as I understand that he has an equal draw to the light and dark side of the force and the figure has accessories to compliment both 'sides'. Much like the other Black figures there is a decent amount of detail and good accessories, but still no hip joints to allow for more dynamic posing which I feel is essential to this toy and therefor overall disappointing. Pros: First version of this figure? Appropriate accessories. Cons: No ball jointed hips!
Posted by Kyle at 8:59 PM
018 Thinkway Toys Pixar- Mr. Incredible. The Incredibles continues to be one of my favourite Pixar movies to date, so when I saw that these 6", articulated figures were coming out I was very excited. Overall I like it, but it certainly does not feel like a $25 toy. The plastic feels cheap and the toy has very little weight to it, but it's not evident by just looking at it. It comes with a decent stand and a decapitated arm that he used the movie to immobilize one of Syndrome's robot minions; a nice touch, but kinda meh IMO. I understand that Syndrome will be available soon, but I would love to see the rest of the cast, including Frozone. Pros: good articulation, great likeness. Cons: bit pricey, feels a bit cheap.
Posted by Kyle at 8:50 PM
017 Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series- Darth Malgus Another character in the expanded universe that I'm not really familiar with, but he certainly looked interesting; I guess I'm a bit of a sucker for EU and random characters. This figure specifically has some faults in toy form though. Firstly, I'm pretty disappointed with the lack of ball joints on the hips. Full knee movement means nothing if the hips have no action. The other odd thing is with cloak. Yes it is a very nice addition, but I can't seam to figure out how to attach it to him so it looks natural. Overall I'm sure that EU fans love the opportunity to have him, but can't help but be a bit disappointed. Pros: nice beefy figure, great sculpt, obscure character. Cons: No ball joints on hips, limits poses. Odd inclusion of cloak that doesn't really fit well.
Posted by Kyle at 8:43 PM
Saturday, October 17, 2015
014 & 015 & 016 Disney Infinity 2.0 Disney Classic - Aladdin, Merida & Donald Duck. Aladdin- The diamond in the rough himself. Good likeness and sculpt capture his happy-go-luck street rat attitude. Merida- Captures a great look and showcases her ability with a Bow; also glad her hair is still crazy and unkempt. Even included the blue sprit from the movie- very cool nod. Donald Duck- One of the original and also my favourite. They captured his attitude perfectly. Pros: Awesome sculpt and representation, the base hides the "tech" Cons: No articulation
Posted by Kyle at 10:50 PM