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!

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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Figures in the Series

Figure Details

Total Points of Articulation = 32

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

Overall Score –

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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: Neca | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [KO’s]


Today’s review is the set of four Bootleg Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Neca. I’ve wanted these figures ever since I first saw them 2 years ago. I know they’re not the official figs from Neca and there’s lots of controversy over the authenticity of these, but I just had to have them and the KO’s were so much cheaper than the originals which are no longer available except via Ebay.

It took me about 3 or 4 tries on Ebay to actually find a seller that was legit. I had to open multiple complaints with Ebay over sellers that were scammers. I almost gave up on it, but I persevered and here we are today.

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Figures in the Series

  • Raphael
  • Donatello
  • Leonardo
  • Michelangelo

Figure Details

  • Manufacturer: NECA (Allegedly)
  • Series: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Dimensions: 5.25″
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $49.99 Paid: $49.99
  • Part Number/SKU: 634482540053
  • Buy it on Ebay from this Seller 0599893(for now, this it the one I had success with, but know, there are no guarantees and I implore you to be careful and understand the protections provided by Ebay and PayPal before you buy)

Check out my 1st Toy Review Video

 

Articulation – ★★★★★

I’m going to do my absolute best to be objective about this review, even though I’m absolutely in love with these figures. I promise to do my best at being objective.

Ok, I tried and couldn’t be entirely be objective. I really tried.

Total POA’s = 31

  • Arms – There are 6 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint. These joints allow for a good amount of upward motion. They’re not really able to move above his shoulders.
    • Bicep: Peg joint that I feel may be a little weak. On some of the figures it seems the joint is pulled out a little. Overall this joint works well, just be careful.
    • Elbow: A single Pin/Hinge joint that provide over 90 degrees bend which is pretty darn good for a single jointed elbow.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint that is very functional as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. Both of these joints are very very tight. They function well, but I feel the plastic may be a little brittle or hard so I’m nervous about breaking the plastic. I may just be making this up in my head. The joints work really well though.
  • Legs – There are 7 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joints with a Pin/Hinge joint. These joints are perfect for this figure and work really really well. The only issue I have is some of the figures are a bit loose.
    • Thigh: There is a Peg joint right below the hip joint as well that makes the leg joints even better. They are quite tight which does make it a little tough to operate, but they are very functional and cover the joints very well.
    • Knees: A Doube Pin/Hinge joint provide nearly full bend in half of the knees. With the knee pads the knees look awesome. Love these joints.
  • Body – There is Peg Joint in the waist which allows for a decent amount of swivel in the waist, even with the shell.
  • Head: The head articulation is really interesting. At the base of the neck is a ball joint with Pin/Hinge that allows you to rotate the neck quite a bit and bend it down super far. The backward motion is pretty good, though hindered by the shell. At the base of the head is a ball joint great forward motion, not very good back but great tilt. Overall, this is probably my favorite point of articulation. It really provides a lot of great control for emotion in your poses.
  • Tail: Yes, even the tail can be posed. It’s pretty tight and rotating it doesn’t really add that much to the look of the figure, but it’s there to use. This is a Peg joint.

*I’ve heard the authentic NECA Turtles have an ab crunch, I’ve also heard these may as well. For the KO’s, I’m not seeing it. I don’t think there is one. I cannot speak to the authentic ones as I do not have them. Am I wrong about this? If you have these and know better than me, let me know in the comments.

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Mold – ★★★★★

The sculpt of these figures is awesome! They look really close to real turtles. Yes, I realize real turtles don’t really look like this, but they have some very natural features comparable to real turtles.

What’s good? Nearly everything on these figures. Let’s talk primarily the things that really stand out. The head sculpts are perfectly shaped to embody that of the turtles I know and love. There is a bit more of a sinister look to them, but the original comic wasn’t nearly as up beat and happy as the cartoon I grew up with.

I’m having a tough time figuring out where to go next. It’s all good. So let’s just talk about the one thing I’m not a huge fan of and that is the feet. They aren’t horrible, in fact, they’re not even bad. They’re just slightly too big for my liking. In the end, however, the oversize feet make posing these figures even better. Which means they easily keep their 5 star rating.

The one other sculpt issue I have is more a quality control issue and is likely just a knockoff issue. Leonardo’s scabbards are coming apart at the seams. This is something I can easily fix with some super glue. Just be aware of this.

Overall, I’ve already gushed about these figures. You’re going to love them. The hands are perfectly sculpted to hold the accessories. No aspects of the sculpt get in the way of articulation. You’re going to be totally happy with these figures.

Paint – ★★★★★

 

Another 5 star rating. Right where the sculpt left off, the paint apps pick it right up and keep the awesome going. This figures have some really amazing paint apps. They are relatively simple in many aspects, but often it’s the simple things that make a figure really pop. The most complex paint app has to be the chest shell. The shading done really makes these figures look real. It’s really just amazing to look at. I know that the actual shell has more of a blue tone than the authentic figures, and it’s really not a big deal to me.

Now, the green throughout the figures I think may be paint, but it could simply be the color of the plastic. Either way, it’s the perfect tone of green for the turtles. Now add in all the little black accents and these turtles just look like they jumped off the page and came to life.

The paint apps are so clean for the most part. Yes, there are a few paint bleeds here and there, but typically it hasn’t been much to even notice unless you’re really looking for them.

Accessories – ★★★★★

And the drool fest just continues. Each character comes with their signature weapon. Whomever made these bootleg figures really didn’t skimp on the detail with anything and the accessories are no exception. Let’s just go through each set.

  • Donatello – Staff – For a stick, this thing is so cool. The paint app alone makes this thing super cool. Then add in the detailed sculpt where the wood grain is actually sculpted in… excuse me while I wipe the drool away. Now the final cool part, it separates in the middle so you can easily slide into his hands without having to pry those fingers apart.
  • Raphael – Sai – Raph gets his two Sais which are very well sculpted and even a little sharp. I’d say these are the least amazing of the weapons, but they are still wonderful. Paint is also good.
  • Leonardo – Katana – Leo’s got his twin katanas and is ready for battle. These things are really cool and quite sharp for a toy. They feel quite rigid rather than the typical soft, pliable plastic used for swords now days. The paint apps are really well done, but it’s the sculpt that is the amazing part. The hilt of the swords has sculpted gripping, the blade has actually been beveled to look like it has been sharpened. And finally the best part, the ends of the swords pop off so you can easily slide the swords into Leo’s hands. Leo also has his scabbards mounted on his back which are awesome. They’re a bit bulky, but that’s ok in my book. When you slide the swords in and out, it sort of sounds like metal on metal. Very cool.
  • Michelangelo – Nun chucks – Of all the accessories, these have the weakest paint app. It’s a little sloppy, but still nice. I did have to peel mine apart as they had fused together. For now I’m going to leave one set together and the other apart. The coolest aspect is the chain that connects the two ends.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

I’m not a big fan of the packaging these guys came in. It’s not even close to the look of the authentic turtles, but that’s not really my issue. It’s really flimsy. The positives to this packaging is it does allow for a full view of the figures in packaging and it does actually provide a decent amount of protection. It’s just not a very visually appealing look.

Overall Rating – ★★★★★

I’m taking some liberties on my overall rating here. Mathematically, they get a 4.8 out of 5. I’m rounding up. If I could, I’d give these guys 6 or 7 out of 5 stars I love them that much (It’s my own rating system, why can’t I?). If you don’t already have these figures, you need them. You really do. They are the bees knees. They’re better than sliced bread. Enough cliche’s to get the point across? These figures are fun to pose, fun to look at, fun to hold. At the price point you can get these at on Ebay, it’s a no brainer. If you do nothing today, go buy them. As of right now, I trust this seller.

Check out my unboxing video

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Custom Action Figure: Red Hulk


I’ve completed my first adventure in custom action figures. That’s right, I’ve created my first custom action figure. Well, if I’m being honest, it’s mostly just a repainted Marvel Legends action figure, but I did do a custom sculpt of the hair. I’m not going to review the toy like I would normally do with the toys I buy, but I’m going to share this as more of an art piece that I want to show off to my friends who follow my blog. It’s hopefully the first of many custom action figures to go into my collection. I hope you enjoy.

Character: Red Hulk

Base Body: Target 3-Pack Exclusive Incredible Hulk (green)

First, I should explain why I chose to create my own Red Hulk, because there are several reasons. The biggest reason is I love the Red Hulk. I almost love this Marvel character more than the Green Hulk. The story line behind him is really good and I recommend you read the comics. Another big factor for why I chose this character is because the current Marvel Legends Red Hulk figure which is a Build-A-Figure is going for $50-$100 on Ebay right now. Yeah, not gonna spend that much on the figure. I also don’t really care for the way that figure looks. I could have gotten the Marvel Select Red Hulk which is still pretty inexpensive and looks great, and I may still get him, but the articulation on the Selects is usually pretty bad. Finally, I got two of those Target 3-Packs for really cheap, which means I wound up paying about $5 for the base figure, so how could I go wrong. Even if it turned out horribly, I’m out almost nothing.

Ok, here he is, in all his glory. I hope you enjoy. He’s going to look great on my shelf.

Here’s some work in progress pictures as well so you can see a little bit of what my process was to get to this point.

This was my first ever attempt at doing a custom action figure. I think it turned out really well. Are you an action figure customizer? If so, share your own pics in the comments below.

Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Sentry


Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series The All Father Odin Series Sentry. I was excited to get this figure, not for the BAF parts, but because the Sentry is a great character in the Marvel Universe. In my opinion, he’s one of their better characters, and what’s better, they don’t overuse him.

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Figures in the Series

Figure Details

  • Character: Sentry
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • Series: Odin All Father
  • Dimensions: 6.875″
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $19.95 Paid: $12.32
  • Part Number/SKU: 630509273898
  • Buy it on Amazon

Articulation – ★★★★

My understanding is that the Sentry figure is based mostly on the Hyperion mold. I don’t have that figure so I can’t confirm this or deny it. As far as articulation goes, it’s quite good, for a medium built figure. Let’s take a look.

Total POA’s = 32

    • Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
      • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint which both function very well. The shoulders can rise slightly higher than the actual shoulder which is great.
      • Bicep: Peg Joint which is nicely molded to follow the natural bicep look.
      • Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge Joints in the elbow provide a really good bend beyond 90 degrees. This is really nice considering a lot of figures with this kind of bulk do not have this amount of bend.
      • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. Both operate very well and were nice and tight.
    • Legs – There are 8 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
      • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint provides a good forward kick motion, and decent backwards motion.
      • Thigh: Peg Joint provides a good range of motion. The cut of this joint does pose some continuity issues, but nothing too huge, considering the paint job doesn’t have issues due to the break.
      • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for more than 90 degrees of bend.
      • Shin: Peg Joint which is essentially not needed on this figure.
      • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints that allow good forward and backward motion and the ankle rocker is good.
    • Body – There are 2 torso joints
      • Torso: Pin/Hinge joint provides a really good forward and backward arch.
      • Waist: Peg Joint provides the standard swivel which is not hindered by anything.
    • Head: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint provides really good down motion but the up motion is almost entirely hindered by the hair sculpt. I wish they had used a softer plastic for the hair. There is pretty much no tilt of the head.

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Mold – ★★★★☆

I’ve seen others who really don’t like this body mold, I’m digging it. I think this figure represents my image of the Sentry very well with the sculpt so I’m very happy. There’s a lot of detailed muscle sculpt throughout the figure which is quite comic accurate. I even like the look of the head sculpt, though I don’t like that the hair prevent s the head from looking up. This is a big issue considering Sentry flies. He’s gotta be able to look up when he flies. This is why he lost a star. Could have lost two even for this.

My favorite part of this figure is the belt. This was a really well done piece of the figure. The giant S is superb. I even like that it is a floating piece so it doesn’t get in the way of the waist articulation.

My final two thoughts on the sculpt of this figure are negative in tone, but not big enough issues to drop a star. The first is the size of the hands is a little out of scale to the rest of the figure. His hands are huge and look a little out of place. The second is the cape. I like the cape, they did a good job sculpting it, but I wish it was a softer plastic. The rigid plastic is just difficult to work with.

Paint – ★★★★

Sentry is yellow and blue. Yellow is a tough color to paint with I’ve heard. Hasbro did a really good job casting as much of the figure in yellow plastic to deal with this issue. Where they had to paint they did a good enough job. There could certainly be a little more shading, but it’s not a huge detractor for me on this figure to have little to no shading.

My favorite paint app on this figure is the head and hair. They did a really good job with the shading in his hair to make it look like it has some texture to it. I especially like the white eyes. Just the way I see him in the comics. Well done.

Accessories – ★★★★☆

Sentry comes with a cape that pegs into his back. That’s it. I’m ok with that. I don’t really expect more. Yes, and alternate head would be cool, but not a huge issue that we don’t get it.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

I strongly feel this figure is a must have. Sentry is considered the most powerful superhero on earth, possibly the universe. He has the power of like a million suns. That’s a pretty cool character and this is the best figure made to date that I know of. Yes, get this figure. You won’t be disappointed.

Do you have any of these figures? If so, do you have a review to share? Please share in the comments or link to your review.