Action Figure Toy Hunt Episode #02

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I wasn’t planning on recording any of this trip to Toys R Us, but I managed to score a Marvel Legend I didn’t think I’d see in the wild. Check it out!

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Action Figure Toy Hunt Episode #01

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My first time recording one of my toy hunts was sort of a success. Didn’t go home with anything, but had some fun anyway. Toy Hunt videos are a newer trend in the Action Figure collecting world, so I thought I’d add this to my channel as well. Hope you enjoy.

Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Nuke

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Total Points of Articulation = 32

  • Articulation – ★★★★☆
  • Sculpt – ★★★★☆
  • Paint – ★★★★☆
  • Accessories – ★★★★☆

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | 12-Inch Spider-Man


Figure Details

  • Character: Spider-Man
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • Series: 12-Inch Marvel Legends
  • Dimensions: 11.5″
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $49.99 Paid: $29.34
  • Part Number/SKU: 630509427864
  • Buy it on Amazon

Total Points of Articulation = 36

  • Articulation – ★★★★★
  • Sculpt – ★★★★★
  • Paint – ★★★★
  • Accessories – ★★★★★

Overall Score – ★★★★

Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Scarlet Witch


Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series The All Father Odin Series Scarlet Witch. I’ve been holding off on buying this figure for several reasons. I had already completed the BAF as King Thor and I’ve not been a big fan of this figure or character, but I scored a pretty great deal at Target so I had to get this figure. The best part about the figure was really getting the Odin BAF head.

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Figure Details

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Articulation – ★★☆☆

There are some really bad aspects to the articulation on this figure. It’s not all bad, but some of it just is garbage. Let’s take a closer look.

Total POA’s = 26

    • Arms – There are 6 joints per arm.
      • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint which all function really well. If you remove the cape, her arms can actually raise up above the shoulders which is pretty awesome. You also get full rotation of the arms. Add the cape back on and the shoulder motion is really bad.
      • Elbow: Single Pin/Hinge Joint as well as a Peg Joint right at the bottom of the Bicep. You get just a little more than a 90 degree bend in the elbow which is really good and the rotation of the arm is functional.
      • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. Both operate very well and were nice and tight.
    • Legs – There are 6 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
      • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint provides a good forward kick motion, though the farther forward you go, the more the legs start to force their way outward because of the sculpt. Backwards kick is very minimal. She has an ok amount of splits ability, but for a female figure I actually have much higher expectations here.
      • Thigh: Peg Joint provides a good range of motion.
      • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for just over a 90 degree bend which is much less than I would expect, so I feel this is a big negative here.
      • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints that provides pretty much no forward motion. Backward motion is ok, but should have been much better. Even the ankle rocker is pretty bad. They’ve got the peg that creates this joint going in at too much of an angle which causes the foot to rock at a weird angle. It’s like they didn’t consider the high heels in this choice.
    • Body – A Double Ball Peg in the upper torso provides a pretty decent ab crunch. Back arch is just ok. Side-to-side crunch is also really good. Since there is no waist swivel, this joint also has to provide that rotation which it does well.
    • Head: A Ball Joint that could have been pretty good, but because of the very stiff hair and the cape, the range of motion is limited to a tiny bit of side-to-side motion. No up or down and tilt is minuscule at best. Take the cape off and you get a little better range, but not that much.

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Mold – ★★★☆☆

There are some strong points on this figure that I really like. Namely the hair sculpt looks really good. I don’t know if the hair is entirely unique, but it looks very good never-the-less. Most of the head sculpt is really well done. The detail work is superb and the choice for the head piece she wears is really good with that softer plastic. I just wish they used a softer plastic for the hair so she could move her head a little bit.

The cape is also a catch 22 piece. While it is sculpted really nicely and the all the detailed folds and whatnot are really appreciated, it causes the arms to lose out on a huge amount of articulation. The positive is that you can take the cape off at least, and it stays on really well, as opposed to other removable capes that don’t always look so good.

The biggest fail on this figure is the feet. They do look nice, but they cause the figure to be nearly impossible to stand on her own. Luckily, you can use the cape to prop the figure up, because you’re almost certainly going to have no luck standing her on her own.

Paint – ★★★☆

 

This figure feels like it’s about half done. The head has great shading throughout (except the head piece). I really like the black washed hair and the nice brownish red used for the hair. There is only one color used in the hair, but that’s ok. They even got some nice shading on the cape which makes the figure really look good. The problem is that’s where the paint apps end. There’s pretty much no shading anywhere else on the figure and she desperately needs it. There is sculpt work that would have really stood out with a simple black wash and that was not done.

Lastly, I had noted in my video review that they did a good job with the eyes, and I have to correct that statement. I took a much closer look and they got her right pupil way off. It just doesn’t look right. Otherwise, the eyes do look pretty good. At a distance, you’re probably not going to notice the missed pupil.

Accessories – ★★★★☆

The Scarlet Witch comes with a set of 2 energy rings that fit onto her wrists. These pink rings are sculpted really nicely and fit nice and tight on the wrists of my figure so they stay in place which is great. The one complaint I have is that they could have done well to have a little bit of shading just to make the sculpt work visible.

Lastly, I really wish we had an alternate head. Perhaps something with the hair blowing in the wind while she uses the energy blasts, which would then lift that hair away from her back and shoulders and give us the articulation back.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★☆☆

I’m happy I bought this figure, but even more happy I paid about half price for it. I’ve not bought very many of the female figures in the Marvel Legends line from Hasbro that have really made me happy about the purchase and this one hasn’t done it yet for me either. From the pictures I’ve seen, it’s considerably better than the old Toy Biz one, and yeah, this thing looks nice, it’s just not that great.

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Comic Review: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1


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Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 by Frank Miller

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A continuation of the epic Dark Knight and Dark Knight Returns series by Frank Miller, this series is nothing, if not widely hyped. Don’t get me wrong, I was just as excited as everybody else about the thought of the return of Frank Miller to his mighty Batman story, I simply have found myself, a little underwhelmed in this first issue.

Without giving anything away, I’ll simply give you my impression of the writing and art of this single first issue, steering clear of any major plot giveaways.

I found myself a bit lost through the first half of the issue. I had a hard time figuring out if I’d missed or forgotten something about The Dark Knight Returns or not. There’s some of the old style infused in this newer version, what with the text messaging back and forth in the standard abbreviated fare. This is fully inline with the original versions dialect chosen to portray the goons. Both of which annoy me to no end. I cannot stand when writers literally write accents into their dialogue. I much prefer a simple footnote of some sort indicating the accent. I may be the only one who hates when poor grammar are written into stories, but I just cannot get over it.

After finding out where I was in the story half way through, I discovered an inserted story of Captain Atom, which I wasn’t sure if I should read that first, then continue on with the DKIII story line or save that for the end. I chose to save it for the end, glad I did. It wouldn’t have ruined anything, but I think it’s best to read it after you’ve completed the DKIII story first.

The artwork was good. Not great, but also not horrible. There were times that I had hoped the art would support the story a little more so I could follow what was going on a little more, but alas, there were times the art was just as confusing.

It wasn’t all bad. There’s a great twist at the end that is totally worth the wait. A single page made the whole story make sense and made the story pretty darn good. I still don’t feel the price tag of $5.99 is worth it. This is especially evident considering Frank Miller is said to have very little actual involvement overall in the book. It feels like an overly obvious ploy by DC Comics to capitalize on a legendary name to sell some books. Hats of to them for succeeding. I bought it hook line and sinker, though I don’t know I’ll be collecting the entire series unless the overall writing keeps getting better.

This may not be a must have for your collection unless you’re a huge Batman fan, or you’re hoping the book will increase in value. It has a good chance of actually doing so, though there are probably around 30-50 variant covers for this series already so it may not be worth nearly as much as you’d hope.

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Comic Review: Daredevil | Vol. 2 (1998-2011)


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My Series Rating: ★★★

This was such a great series. The first 8 issues that Kevin Smith wrote were superb. There was a slight drop to the story for me when Kevin left, but the story still kept up enough to keep me interested. By the time we got to the Shadowland event, I was so hooked on this series I never wanted it to end.

The series really took a dark turn in the Shadlowland event which was a fun twist from the typical Daredevil stories I’m used to. Not that Daredevil is this happy go lucky story in the first place, but it just struck me as to the sheer darkness of the story line. As you can see, this series made it pretty deep with a total of about 133 issues. The art is a delight and the writing by both Kevin Smith and Brian Michael Bendis is superb for the majority of the series.

I highly recommend this series to anybody who loves Daredevil and especially to those who are on the fence. There’s good character development and a great plot with some sub plots mixed in as well. You’re also going to get exposed to a lot of other superheros in the Marvel universe such as Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Misty Knight, White Tiger, etc. If you’re thinking of buying all the issues in this series you’re gonna drop some cash, namely on the first 8-10 issues, so the trade paperbacks listed above might be the better bet to get you going.

Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Captain Marvel


Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series The Allfather series Captain Marvel figure. Captain Marvel (the Carol Danvers version) is my absolute favorite female superhero right now. She’s up there on my all time favorite story arcs to read too so when I was able to pick this figure up at my local Walmart, I was so excited. It’s not a rare figure, but I didn’t really want to pay full price so getting her $4 off was nice.

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Figure Details

Articulation – ★★★

I now have a total of 4 female action figures in my collection (Check out my previous reviews of Harley QuinnGamora, and Black Widow). Articulation wise, I’d have to say this figure isn’t the best, only because it’s still hard to get her to stand on her own.

Total POA’s = 28

  • Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint allowing a really good amount of upward motion of the shoulder.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint just below the shoulder seems a little flimsy, but is sculpted very nicely.
    • Elbow: A single Pin/Hinge joint as well as a Peg Joint just above the elbow joint. Even though a double Pin/Hinge would have been ideal for her elbows, the peg joint is nice. Unfortunately, her elbow really only bends about 90 degrees which is pretty limiting for a female figure.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint and a Pin/Hinge joint. There’s a good range of motion in the wrists.
  • Legs – There are 6 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: Ball Joint gives a good amount of forward and pretty decent forward action as well. Outward motion very limiting. I would have liked to be able to get more flexibility here.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint which is a standard cut joint. Since there really is no paint app in the thigh/leg area here this cut joint doesn’t look too bad when used.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for an entire bend in the knee. She could kick her own butt, except her calf muscle does prevent this.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for an amazing amount of backward motion but the forward motion is not very good. It is hindered as most of the Marvel Legends figures are by the sculpt of the leg where the ankle meets the leg. I believe trimming just a little off would drastically help. The ankle rocker is decent, but not that awesome.
  • Body – There is one joint in the body area. I believe this is a double ball joint in the torso just below the breast line of the figure. It’s very well hidden and a little more effective than some of the other female figures I’ve reviewed, but still not that great. She can crunch a little and lean back just a little more.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint allows for decent forward motion of the head but she can’t look up much with either head we are given. Side to side is good with both heads and there’s just a little bit of tilt.

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Mold – ★★★★☆

There isn’t a lot I don’t like about the sculpt they did on this figure. There’s good detail work on this figure. The only issues I have, which are minor, are on the sash she is wearing which is far too hard of a plastic material. This makes posing her a little awkward as this piece doesn’t conform to the new position of her body. You also can’t really put her in poses where her upper body might be a little lower than her hips as this piece will slide up. You’d need some sort of tacky something to hold it into position.

I would have liked a molded boot seam rather than a painted on. That would have made the figure feel just a little higher quality. Other than those couple items, this figure is really cool.

Paint – ★★★★

Even though the pain app is quite simple, I still like it a lot. First, it follows the character look in the comic series I’ve really been digging which is awesome. Primary colors aren’t bad when they are executed well and I think they’ve done so on this figure. The one place you really hope for some good detail is in the head/face, and they really nailed it. There’s some shading and good crisp lines.

I’ve flipped through several boxes of this figure in the past and the paint application does have a higher rate of quality control than some of the other figures Hasbro has been putting out lately. The issues aren’t the worst, but there are areas where you’ll get a spot of yellow hanging out in odd places in the blue and then the red can sometimes be a little thin in places. It’s not the worst thing in the world though.

Accessories – ★★★★☆

Captain Marvel comes with an alternate unmasked head and a purple/pink pliable cosmic blast thing that can go on her fist. I really like the sculpt and paint of both heads we get and the cosmic blast is pretty cool. I believe that the blast has been reused from the Jubilee BAF figure. I don’t mind that, but the color should have been a fire color rather than the purple color. The translucence of the blast is pretty cool though.

She also comes with the King Thor head his axe and his cape. If I ever complete this BAF I will review those pieces in that review

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

Overall, I’m totally stoked I have this figure. I love Captain Marvel so this figure is a must have for me. I honestly think everyone should get this figure. Everything about it is great, minus the couple minor gripes which are not much of an issue.

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Black Widow


Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Captain America The Winter Soldier Black Widow. I honestly didn’t really want to have to buy this figure because of the price. I’m late to the action figure collecting game so this series has since passed it’s prime for retail. There are still several figures from this wave available at Target and Walmart and other retailers, but the Black Widow figure sadly has not been. I found mine used on Ebay for more than I would have liked to have spent, but less than some have been paying.

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Articulation – ★★★☆☆

I don’t have very many female action figures, but those I do have, don’t have very good articulation. My count now stands at 3 with the addition of Black Widow (Check out my previous reviews of Harley Quinn & Gamora). This figure is the best of the 3 thus far. Let’s take a closer look.

Total POA’s = 24

  • Arms – There are 5 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint that allows for a decent amount of movement back and forth, as well as out. These joints are actually quite good on this figure and there are no impediments caused by the mold.
    • Elbow: A single Pin/Hinge joint as well as a Peg Joint at the top of the elbow. These joints work well together to allow for a 90 degree bend and the twist of the arm is much welcomed.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well but NO Pin/Hinge joint which is very disappointing. I know her hands are quite small, so that’s likely the reason for the missing joint, but I would have liked something there.
  • Legs – There are 6 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: Ball Joint allows a decent amount of forward motion, but pretty much no backward motion. The outward motion is decent though but for a female figure I would have hoped for more since the female superheros tend to be more flexible.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint which is a standard cut joint. This joint, like many other figures with similar legs can be a little awkward looking depending on how the mold of the two leg pieces meets. Not a huge issue though.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for nearly an entire bend in the knee, which allows Widow to kick her own butt.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for decent backward motion but the forward motion is really good on this figure. There is no ankle rocker, but there is a Peg joint that you can use to turn the foot and get a fake rocker effect.
  • Body – There is one joint in the body area. I believe this is a double ball joint in the torso just below the breast line of the figure. It’s very well hidden, but not real effective aside from twisting the figure which probably should have been a waist joint instead. You can get a little bit of an ab crunch but it’s nearly nothing.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint allows for decent forward motion of the head but due to the sculpt of the hair on both heads, you’re not going to get Widow looking up. Side to side is decent with the curly hair but with the straight hair head you can’t move her head much at all.

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Mold – ★★★★☆

I like the sculpt of this figure. It’s not overly voluptuous and doesn’t show too much inappropriate skin which I really appreciate. The detailing on her is really well done. My favorite is the texture of her outfit as well as the hair sculpt. The details are really well done.

The couple complaints I have are that the hair was such a hard plastic that it’s harder to really get any articulation in the head because of it, but the likeness of Scarlet Johansen is spot on on both heads. The other gripe I have, and many others have had the same is the molded guns. It sure would have been nice to have gotten a gun she could have held in her gripping hands instead of the guns that are far too small and molded into the holsters.

Aside from those two things, I’m pretty happy with the figure. Hence the 4 stars.

Paint – ★★★★

Paint application was just as good as the mold in my opinion. It’s clean and they got a lot of the detailed mold parts accented with some paint such as the front zipper and buckle as well as the bullet wrist bracelet. I would have loved to see them pain the buckles on the molded boot straps and zippers too, which is something I think really would have made this figure stand out even more. I don’t know why they didn’t do this.

Accessories – ★★★☆☆

Black Widow comes with two sets of hands. A gripping hand for each side (which would have been great if we got some guns or batons) and some open hands for each side, which I’m still not sure what these will be good for. I guess just an at rest pose.

The BAF piece that Black Widow comes with is the torso piece of the Mandroid figure. I’m guessing this is why this figure has been harder to find as there are tons of arms and legs but not nearly as many torsos available.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

Overall I’m rating this figure at 4 of 5 stars. It really should be about a 3.5, but I felt it was closer to 4 than 3 so that’s how I’m rounding it. I’m really excited to get the rest of this series so I can build my Mandroid, which is the only reason I bought this figure. As I already noted, this is the best female figure I own to date, but unless you’re a huge Black Widow fan, or need the Mandroid torso, this really isn’t a figure I think you absolutely need to have.

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Toy Review: Marvel Select | Thor


Today’s review is the Marvel Select Thor action figure. From the pictures, this figure really looked cool. Marvel Select does a really great job on realistic molds of their figures. Let’s see if it stands up to the articulation tests.

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  • Character: Thor
  • Manufacturer: Diamond Select
  • Dimensions: 7″
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs
  • Recommended: Ages 14+
  • MSRP: $24.99 Paid: $21.24
  • Buy on Amazon

Articulation – ★★★☆☆

Overall, the articulation isn’t too bad on this figure. It could have really been much better, but considering the articulation we got, the figure is actually quite fun to pose, which is not always the case with Marvel Select figures. I spent quite a bit of time posing this Thor, which I don’t typically do on figures that have really bad articulation. Let’s take a closer look at his articulation.

Total POA’s = 19

  • Arms – There are 5 joints per arm
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint with a Pin/Hinge joint. Allows for a decent amount of outward action, even with his cape. Forward and backward motion is limited considerably by the cape, however.
    • Elbow: Peg Joint allows the elbow to swivel above the Pin/Hinge joint in the elbow.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint that is very tight on my figure. So tight that I feel if I force it to move, I’ll likely break Thor’s hand off, so I’ve left it where it’s at.
  • Legs – There are 3 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: Ball Joint allows for a decent amount of forward/backward motion, though there is a lot of improvements that could have been made.
    • Knees: Peg Joint above the Pin/Hinge Joint allows for decent swivel in the knee area and the Pin/Hinge joint is adequate for knee bends.
    • Ankles: There is a single Pin/Hinge joint in the ankle. This figure desperately needs an ankle rocker. Forward action of the ankle is pretty good, but backward is very limited.
  • Body – There are zero body/torso joints. This is very disappointing and limiting.
  • Head: I believe this is a double Ball Joint in the head/neck area. Because of Thor’s hair, it’s quite difficult to move his head a bunch, but otherwise the joint is relatively sufficient.

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Mold – ★★★★★

This figure looks cool. Really cool. The detail of the mold is really nice. From the armored look of his legs and arms to the wonderful molded chest. All around the mold on this figure is excellent, though I have 1 major complaint. The gripping hand is far to big for Thor to hold his hammer tightly. It’s possible if I heat it up, I might be able to tighten it a bit, but I doubt it will work.

Diamond Select did a really good job on the mold of this figure. The mold doesn’t even hinder much of the articulation either, which is great. This is why I’m giving this figure 5 stars.

Paint – ★★★

The paint work on Thor was done very well. I really like the details they did on his shirt as well as the straps and power plates (I forget what they’re called) on his chest. They could have used 2 colors for those, but otherwise they are really nice looking. Thor’s hammer is especially well done. They gave it a great textured look and the paint is really detailed.

The 2 complaints I have with the paint job are on Thor’s hair which is two colors, but the color they used to make his hair look dirty, just doesn’t look right. It just looks like they didn’t put enough of the yellow on. The other part I don’t like is the more you pose your figure, the more paint you see chipping off the joints. As I posed Thor for the pictures in the gallery I kept having to swipe away all the paint that was falling off.

Accessories – ★★★★☆

Thor comes with his hammer Mjolnir, as well as a really well sculpted display stand. The stand has a really nice sculpt and the paint work was done just as well. The one thing I would have liked to see would have been a second peg for posing, but that is minor. Thor’s hammer is really well done. Both sculpt and paint are superb.

Packaging – ★★☆☆☆

I can’t stand the packaging from Marvel Select figures. It just is big and ugly. I wish they’d shrink it down a bit and make it a little more durable.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

Overall, I really like this figure. The articulation is the weakest part of the figure, but it is sufficient. Sure, I’d love to get Thor into a little more action poses, but in the end, I’m more likely to pose him standing in a power pose, rather than some action pose so no big deal. Where this figure shines is in the sculpt and paint detail. If you’re an articulation fan, probably pass on this figure, but if you’re a Thor fan, I’d recommend it solely for the look.

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