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August, 2017:

Weekly Wednesday Haul – One Batch, Two Batch Edition

Aside from a handful of non toys, specifically, a copy of Adobe Premier/Photoshop Elements, and some camera filters for use during the upcoming Eclipse, I managed to find one lone figure from the more recently released Marvel Legends.

Specifically, The Punisher, from Netflix’s Daredevil series.  This is one of those rare waves where I want the BAF and all of the figures, but I particularly wanted Punisher, and Jessica Jones, though there was no sign of her.  I like the idea of Daredevil, and will pick him up but he seems really wide in that goofy suit.  The other figures are all cool but fall in the realm of “bonus”.  I want them, but I don’t NEED them really.  I have the old Man Thing from Toy-Biz, I have the old Wesley Snipes Blade from Toybiz, I have the old pretty kick ass Bullseye from Toybiz.  Having the updated versions is a bonus, because I like all of these characters, but it’s not required.

Review – Transformers – RiD – Fracture

Fracture is the real turning point for the Decepticons of the Robots in Disguise line.  There was a slow build up before hand with Megatron but Fracture was the point where the line really got good.

Transformers Robots In Disguise Fracture

Fracture’s animal theme, though less obvious than Quillfire and Steeljaw, is a rooster.  This mostly presents with his little mohawk deal on his head, though his shoulders also have a sort of random almost feathery look to them.  Articulation is really nice on this figure, and he doesn’t have a lot of really bad hollow bits which tend to plague a lot of modern Transformers.

Transformers Robots In Disguise Fracture

Transformers Robots In Disguise Fracture

The real shinning bit is his nifty rifle.  He has a variety of pegs and handles that allow it to be handles and held in a lot of fun poses.   It’s not quite a sniper rifle, though given it’s long barrel and design it’s easy to see that it could be wielded in such a manner.  It can also be used a sort of cudgel using the center post.  It’s very versatile and add a lot to the play ability of the figure.

Transformers Robots In Disguise Fracture

Fracture transforms into a decent looking Chopper style Motorcycle.  He’s large enough for other Transformers to ride on, however the width of the bike’s body makes it hard to get most figures to properly straddle the seat.  It still is a very cool looking alt mode and the Transformation is interesting despite it’s simplicity.  The front wheel and topmost center mass do some fun flippy tricks to compact down and form the robot’s torso and backpack.  The large rifle also folds in half and attaches as a large exhaust pipe.

Transformers Robots In Disguise Fracture

Bottom line is that Fracture is a really fun Decepticon for the Robots in Disguise toy line.  The robot is neat and pretty dynamic and the vehicle is pretty cool looking and unique.  I have no real complaints on this guy.

Sentinel – Mega Man (Classic)

Mega Man is one video game series I have extremely fond childhood memories of.  I’ve played and finished all of the games and Mega Man 3 is one title that I played religiously back in the day.  It’s a series that just begs for a good toy line but it seems like it will never achieve the greatness I had always hoped with hundreds of Robot Masters.  Years ago Jazwares put out a short lived line and I snapped all of them up, despite their mediocre quality.  I’ve dabbled a bit in some of the model kits as well.  The newest contender in the realm of Mega Man is Sentinel Toys.  Unfortunately they seem to just be keeping the same cycle of releasing only variations of Mega Man.  There was a Cut Man but it was part of a limited 2 pack.  I don’t think they have even ventured out into the realm of Proto Man, Bass, or Zero as of this review.

Sentinel Mega Man 4"

So I opted to pick up the standard classic Mega Man, to give the line a try.  These figures of course carry an import level price, but since they are a bit smaller they aren’t too far out on the high end.  Mega Man is small to be sure, he’s quite a bit smaller than I had expected, but he is sold and advertised as 4 inches, so I don’t really know what I expected.   The sculpt and design is nice and crisp, though there are a lot of visible joint seams.

Sentinel Mega Man 4"

The seams do sort of work here, given Mega Man is a robot, but it does break up the sculpt, especially when viewed from behind.  He does end up with a really nice range of articulation however as a result of all of these joints.  He can make many classic Mega Man style poses easily and holds them quite well.

Sentinel Mega Man 4"

Mega man includes a stand as well as a couple of alternate hands, an alternate face, and a blaster arm.  These are all easily swap-able and help give some variety for posing and display.  The little extra bits for storage are nice but they don’t really do a lot to keep the pieces together.

Sentinel Mega Man 4"

Is this the best Mega Man figure available?  It’s hard to say.  It’s better than the Jazwares one by light years, but Revoltech has put out a few nice looking Mega Man figures as well.  He also isn’t quite as stylized or squat as others may want in a Mega man figure, the design is closer to the newer artwork than the older artwork and the games.  He’s definitely a nice figure though, and relatively affordable as Imports go.  He also fits pretty well with other Video Game figures like the Figuarts Mario, Figma Samus and Figma Link.

Weekly Wednesday Haul – The Vulture Edition

With the house bought and the move done, I can get back to my normal excessive waste of money each week.  Though I’m still kind of down a bit since I unexpectedly had to replace my phone.  I will probably write more about that on [Blogging Intensifies] in the future but I’ve replaced my Nokia 635 Windows hone with a Motorola G5+ Android device.

On the toys front, Wal-Mart has marked down all of those lingering Doctor Strange and Spiderman figures from $15 clearance to $9 clearance.  At $9, that’s less than I’d be paying on ebay for Build a Figure pieces to put together Vulture’s wings, and I get a bonus figure, so I picked up all of them that I could find.  I still have not seen Moon Knight, which sucks because he is the only one outside of Vulture that I wanted from the wave.  I did order his BAF piece off of ebay though, so I’m covered there.  No sign of Homeade Suit Spidey for $9 though, so I am still one piece short of those glorious wings.

I like Beetle more than expected but the rest are pretty meh.  I don’t need the Spiderman at all since I really want the two pack version with the unmasked head and the new Iron Man armor.  I’m seriously considering repainting Cosmis Spiderman into William Riker, though he would be a really buff looking Riker.  Tombstone is alright for a generic dude.