Off-Road Lightning McQueen (Radiator Springs 500 1/2)

I am a huge fan of the Cars (and Planes) franchise. When I heard they were coming out with yet another short, I knew we would be in for some fun. Add in some toys, and we have magic. This is the first of the cars, of course Lightning McQueen. He has been outfitted with off-road gear in order to race the other off-road vehicles in an epic race around Radiator Springs.

The vehicle is a classic Lightning in the style of the ending of the first movie. I think pretty much where all of the Mater’s Tall Tales take place as well.

 

He has a great addition of wheels with large travel to accommodate the off-road terrain. He gets a bit of extras on top as well, including a roof rack with a spare wheel as well as lights.

This is probably the dirtiest toy review to date, but it didn’t seem right to take a look at an off-road vehicle and have it clean and shiny.  I have plenty of those.  This one had to be different.


Blades the Rescue Dinobot

Dinobot fever is in full swing.  I was looking at a pretty destroyed Transformers display at my local Toys R Us, and I saw a cute little guy from the Rescue Bots line. I held him, saw he had a neat feature, and then I saw he was only $5, so I went for it.  Pretty cool little guy.

I am not really familiar with the Rescue Bots, other than they are Transformers for smaller kids. They have big parts and look pretty cute.

Blades is a helicopter in his usual mode, but this is a special version that is a Rescue Dinobot. He looks to be a mix of a pterodactyl and a jet, with some stylings of a Power Ranger vehicle to boot. If the button is depressed on his back, his wings flap.

When he is transformed, his wings pull back and lock into place, and the dino head moves away from the robot head. There is not a lot of articulation from him, but for a small kid’s toy like this, it is not to be expected anyway.

A cute figure overall, and really worth the $5. Not very easy to find a Transformer for that kind of money these days.


Bishoujo Chun-Li – Street Fighter (Kotobukiya)

“She’s got legs, and she knows how to use them.” Chun-Li is one of my favorite Street Fighter characters, and this Kotobukiya statue has done great justice to the original character. She has her amazingly detailed outfit, in beauitful blue, gold and white. Her skirt has a great flow that gives the impression of movement. Her buns have small tassels that help to also convey the movement. As the statue is rotated, it is clear, as with all other Koto statues, that this was meant to be viewed from all sides, making me a little sad that I don’t have a display case in the middle of the room.  This is an excellent figure.  I was a little worried at some of the pictures I saw when she was first revealed.  Her legs looked giant.  She is supposed to have big legs, but I was afraid they were going crazy with it.  Thankfully, with her in hand, that is not the case.  She still looks like she could kick my head off though.  Definitely a must for Chun-Li or Street Fighter fans.  This will also combine with the upcoming Cammy figure to allow the two to face off.  Sweet!


Marvel Legends – Mandroid complete

It was a long road to getting all of the parts of Mandroid.  I finally found the last two figures to finally build Mandroid.  He is big and impressive.  Let’s look at the last two figures on our way to the big guy.

Marvel Now! Captain America:

He is a big, tough version of Cap.  He has a lot of detail, and I found the paint to be pretty good.  He comes with his shield, which can be placed on his wrist, or thrown on his back.

He comes with the really good articulation we have come to know from the Marvel Legends line.   Double joints in the knees and elbows.  The leg joints are pretty soft.  I am not too keen on the rubber use that makes the knees and elbows.  The knees on my Cap are pretty loose.  I am expecting to find him laying on the ground quite often as he will no doubt loose his balance and topple over.

We have seen a lot of Cap’s as of late.  I don’t think I would have picked him up if I didn’t need the Mandroid part.   I think the movie version of Cap was pretty spot-on, so this is not that big of an addition to my collection.  Guess we will see what happens with the transition to a new Captain America.

Black Widow:

I am not a huge fan of Black Widow in the Marvel movies.  Scarlett Johansson is far from one of my favorite actresses, so I would have been fine if this had been a comic version, but the figure is okay.   She comes with two heads.  The long hair version above, and the short hair version below.  She also comes with 4 hands.  2 open and 2 grasping.  I cannot believe they would give us a Black Widow and not give her some weapons.   She has molded in guns on her hips, but that is all.

She has the same good articulation as we get with all of the Marvel figures.  It is hard to get her into poses.  She has skinny body parts and high-heeled boots that make it tricky to get her to stand on her own.  The outfit has so much detail close-up.

Mandroid:

Six parts all in a pile.  This time I didn’t have to option to begin building Mandroid early.  Black Widow had the torso, and as she was my last figure, I just had a bunch of parts waiting around.  But from the size of the arms and legs alone, I knew this was going to be a big figure.

He is so easy to snap together, and then he can begin to wreak havoc.  The only problem I had with him was the paint on his chest.  It is a very big chest, and the plastic from the front of the box rubs against the eagle stamp.  When I found Widow, there were two, and I took the one with the least amount of damage to the paint.

He shares some of the same parts as the previous release Iron Monger.  From the abs down to the ground is the same, and they reused the fists.  The torso, arms, and head are new.  He is a great figure.  Well worth the wait and all of the hunting.  If you are still looking for parts, don’t give up, he is worth it.


New Statue #3 – Bishoujo Psylocke

The third of my three new statues. Psylocke is a favorite from way back in the day of my comic collecting life.

She comes with dual samurai swords, which makes for a really cool stance. She is much more upright than a lot of the other Bishoujo statues.  She has some great paint, including the wonderful difference between the shiny clothing and the matte of her skin.

Again with the Kotobukiya figures, the clothes are pretty much the same design as the comic versions. The only difference is in the face. WIth Psylocke, she has a bit of an extra anime look to her with the purple hair and swords. She could easily come from any number of anime movies.


New Statue #2 – Bishoujo Rogue

The second of the three figures I received from a friend is the Bishoujo version of Rogue, by Kotobukiya.

They make some great figures, and I have a few others from other lines that are in this similar scale.  It was amazing to me how small these Bishoujo figures were back in the day.   The newer statues are much taller.

Unlike the Ame-Comi line, the Bishoujo figures are fairly straight forward representations of the comic counterparts.  They have an anime style face, but they stay pretty true to the outfit and overall appearance of the characters.  I don’t think there would be much that you could do to upgrade this Rogue.  She looks great in her green/yellow X-Men outfit.  Always one to stand out from the others as they run around in their blue/yellow outfits.  Throw on a jacket and belt and this outfit is done.

She has a great flow in her design.  Her hair has the wind blowing through it that Kotobukiya always does a good job with.  I love all of the subtle details in the design, most notably the wrinkles in her jacket and boots.

There was another version of this figure, where Rogue is wearing a long jacket and has on full yellow gloves.  Another great figure to add to my collection.  Up next, we look at the last of the three figures.  It was the one I REALLY wanted to get my hands on.  Two swords and an outfit to die for.


Huntress – Ame-Comi

A friend of mine is moving from here in California, out to Colorado. In an effort to make his move easier, he began a purging process, which included some of his Ame-Comi and Bishoujo figures. That is to my befit, as I am not in the mood to purge, and actually very accepting of hand-outs.

Today is a 2008 classic, Huntress. She is decked out in an amazing layer of cloth and leather.

The details are quite spectacular on this figure. I am sure the Ame-Comi team had a great time sculpting this one.

She is pretty angry looking. Watch out for her vengeance as well as her cross-bows.

 


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