Franz Fliegenhosen – Disney’s Planes

Disney does a great job with their toys. I love the Cars line. The Planes line they have in the box stores… not so much. Luckily, there is a Disney store near my house, and occasionally I find a treasure there like Franz Fliegenhosen here.  He is a part of the larger scale Planes vehicles that come packaged in the clear acrylic boxes.   They are nicer and larger than the figures you can find at Toys R Us, Walmart, and Target.

Seen in Planes, he blends the lines of the two worlds, by transforming himself from a car to a plane. How fun is that? And best yet, we get to do it at home now.

I have 4 other planes that come in the acrylic boxes, and they are great. They are nice and large scale and fit in well with the Cars vehicles. This one though… he really blew me away. What a great figure. Fun to play with, and he is SO cute!


Turtle Sub – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Donatello in scuba gear, teamed up with a Turtle Sub.   Nice going guys. This one is fun.  Of course, for those that watch the show, this is a scaled down version of the larger sub.  It works well at this size.

The interior is empty except for steering and a viewer.   The outside is where all of the fun is.  At the front, the jaw is hinged with spring action for biting.   There are two places for missiles, but only one of them is actually a launcher.  Boo!  How hard would it have been to make them both fire?   The flippers rotate, as does the periscope.  Finally, there is a holder for Donny’s bo staff.

Inside is a tight fit for Donny.   He has to take on a weird position to get all the way down there.  It is a good think the Turtle Sub has a rounded back.

Overall, a good set.  Don’t go for this one if you just want Donatello.  He has some special stuff, the bladed bo staff, as well as a knife that gets held in place on his leg.  Otherwise, he is not terribly great.  If you are after a fun vehicle that won’t take up all that much room, this is a good buy.   The sub looks good, and it functions well.  Enjoy!


Almost all of Spider-Man 2 Marvel Legends Series

5 figures and a Green Goblin without a head.   Pretty close to getting this done.  I am going to be bummed if I cannot find that last part.

Electro:

Extra hands, and an alternate head.   A lot more extras than we usually see with the Marvel Legends figures.   I like this figure a lot more than I thought I would.  The details are nice and clean on his body.  The two heads are a nice touch, as well as being able to choose which hands to put on.   That is nice for people who like to pose their figures.

The Amazing Spider-Man:

Spider-Man figures have been hit and miss in the past.  Either they are really good, or they are so-so.  This one is about 90% really good.   I have to say, I like all of him, except the hips.   They look pretty bad for display purposes.   They do however work really good for giving SM some dynamic poses.  Throw in the web-hands, and he gets even better.   The multi-joint shoulders are a neat touch.

Spider-Girl:

What can I say, I am a sucker for a ponytail.   That being said, this is the girl I found that came with the Green Goblin torso.  If I found Black Cat, I would probably have been just as happy.  Spider-Girl is a fine figure.   She moves well, and they didn’t make her too skinny.  And where it counts the most, they didn’t give her a manish face.

Ultimate Beetle:

Ultimate Beetle is one strange looking dude.  And I like it.   He looks so much different than the other Marvel figures I have on my shelf.  He looks like he should be hanging out on the DC side.  The silver and red look so great together.  I was really happy he was the guy on the peg, and not Boomerang.  I think Beetle looks so much more fun.

Superior Spider-Man:

Dark.  First thought on Superior SM.   He comes with two sets of hands, the web pose hands and something that looks like it should be gripping a gun.  I am thinking maybe to swing on the web, but they are pretty wide open.

All five, and a Headless Ultimate Green Goblin:

Someday, I will be able to get the last figure and finish off Green Goblin’s head.  Until then, I have a pretty fun set of Spider-Man figures. Some movie based, and some comic based, but all a good find.  I am really happy with what they have done with the Marvel Legends line.  It makes me excited to keep looking for Captain America, as well as get ready for The Guardians.


Optimus Prime (wait, there’s more to the Prime line?)

 

Happy 4 years of this blog.  It has been so fun.  Lots of great stuff coming up.  Today, let’s look at The Man!

I thought we were all done here with Transformers: Prime.   We are on the gear-up to Transformers 4.   Well, there are at least two more figures coming out for all you Prime fans.  A new version of the big Optimus, and a new Predaking.  I picked up the Optimus, and he is HUGE compared to the last version of Optimus.

As you can see, he is a head and shoulders taller than the last new designed Optimus.   He comes with the sword and a shield, and a rocket launcher.   I am not super excited about any of the accessories.  The sword is the same as the last version, but with less paint app.  Actually, no paint app.  The last version has a silver hilt.  This one is all green plastic.  It looks pretty small in Optimus’ hand.

 

A Little Hollow:

This version of Optimus is a little hollow compared to the last version, and really hollow compared to Version 1.  The biggest place for the space is in his back.  There just isn’t anything back there.   This looks like a design cue directly from the Commander Class Optimus.  With that version, it is okay.  He is small, and we don’t expect as much from that scale.   This looks like a cop-out.   Not only that, but it takes away from what should be a hefty figure.

Speaking of heft.  Did you see the size of his legs?  They are giant, which is a good thing.  But, they are giant toward the inside, so they bump together.  In this case they should have taken the cue from the Commander Class figure, and put the wheel wells on a different part of the body, so they legs wouldn’t get snagged on one another.

The truck mode is pretty good.  It is again, just like the Commander class truck, but bigger.  The wheels are pretty cool on it.   They are black and silver, and the design is really nice.   The back part looks to be a cage. Once again, it is not big enough to carry anyone in.  That would have been a great design detail, if Optimus could catch and transport a Predacon.

My other hollow area problem.  Really?  Right there on the cab, you are going to leave it wide open?  What a detraction from the great overall look of the truck.  Ah, well.

I am thinking that Hasbro had to cut a few corners on the design of the figure to give us a figure that is SO large, and still at the $20 price point that the rest of the Voyager Class figures have been sitting at in this line.

Overall, I like this figure.   We have some issues with the hollow body parts.  It makes a LOT of noise transforming (clicking joints).  The overall look is great, and his size is amazing.  After taking him out of the box, I couldn’t believe he fit in the same size box as the rest of the Voyager Class figures.

Up next… maybe some Marvel, or maybe some Turtles.  We will see what I am in the mood for.  Either way, I am happy with my recent finds.


Transformers: Generations – Autobot Scoops

Scoops is a rather bright Autobot.  Bright as in color, not brains.  I don’t know, maybe he is a smart guy too, but generally the construction equipment guys are breakers, not builders.  He comes with two sidekicks, Caliburst and Holepunch.  The two Targetmasters transform from robots to guns.  They have articulation in the shoulders, and that is about it.

The Targetmasters transform into guns.  Different guns, so that is nice.  As something called a Targetmaster, you would think they would become guns of some sort.  They are not the best transforming weapons we have seen.  They pretty much look like robots folded up with a barrel for a head.   I don’t love the figures, but I like the concept.   I think it is funny that Scoops would come with two of them.   I guess they had to make him a little more inviting, since he himself is not the best Transformer out there.  he is okay, with good articulation, but he looses points with me because of the giant wheels on his shoulders.

Then there is the Doubles Luge of the Targetmaster world.  The two “combine” to make one big weapon.  I think it looks less like a gun now, than when they were on their own.

Transform scoops into vehicle mode, and he is a bright orange loader.  The bucket on the front can move in all the right ways.   It is nice to see a vehicle with it’s own good articulation.  No cutting corners here.

In their downtime, Holepunch and Caliburst like to go for rides in the bucket.

 

A nice set overall.  I am really looking forward to the next wave as we continue with some more of the G1 figures reimagined with today’s articulation and detail.

 


Transformers Generations: Mini-Con Assault Team

The Mini-Con Assault Team is the next set of figures in the Deluxe line of the Transformers: Generations.  It is fun to look at the larger robot that the three figures form.  I see two cockpits that form his chest.

The three Mini-Cons consist of: HeavytreadRunway, and Windshear.  These are three half-sized robots, looking more like they are out of the Power Core Combiners than the Generations line.  They are somewhat limited in their articulation due to their size, but they are pretty good.  They certainly look like they belong together with the color scheme they are all sporting.

Their vehicle modes are pretty well done.  The jet is fine.  No extras there.  The tank would have been much improved with a rotating turret, though it is easy to see why he can’t with the small size.   The helicopter is probably the weak link in the three.  The legs of the robot just hang out there on the sides of the copter’s body.

In all, this is another good figure for the Generations line.  What I really like is the diversity we have seen with this wave.   From an Armada figure, to a War for Cybertron figure.  Throw in a combiner, and next we will look at a figure that comes with Targetmasters.   This is proving to be a  great part of the long lasting Generations line.  I sure hope there is more fun to come.


Transformers Generations – Skywarp

Nothing terribly new and exciting.   We do get another Seeker with Skywarp, and the colors alone allow him to really stand apart from the other two.   He is a good figure over all, just like the previous two bots.

 


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