Monthly Archives: March 2016

Thunder Megazord – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Legacy Collection

Boy howdy, this guy was NOT cheap.  Probably one of the most expensive toys in my collection to date.   Ummm, yes, definitely the most expensive toy to date.  Is he worth it?  Yes he is.  He is great on his own.  He looks great with other Zords.  And he can combine with other Zords with the Zord Builder tech, so the sky is the limit with this guy.  There are five main Zords to look at, and a few accessories, so let’s get started.

Red Dragon Thunderzord:

Red Dragon Thunderzord is a fantastic figure all his own. In Warrior mode, he is tall, only a head shorter than Dino Megazord. He has very nice articulation with movement at the shoulders, hips, head, and feet.

He transforms into the Dragon mode, and completely changes his look. It is pretty cool that Zord has two modes before even combining, and they both look great.

Lion Thunderzord:

 

The Lion Thunderzord is not a lot different than it’s predecessor, the Mastodon Dinozord. He is a big guy, and that is about all. He doesn’t really do anything in this mode, and pretty much sits there looking…well pretty. The colors are fantastic with shiny gold and bright metallic green paint all around. He has a lot of heft to him with the front paws being made of metal.

Unicorn and Griffin Thunderzords:

The Unicorn and Griffin Thunderzords are legs, and that is about it. They have moving heads that go back and forth. They are more similar looking than the Triceratops Dinozord and the Sabertooth-Tiger Dinozord, so they really don’t stand out on the shelf when they are in this mode.

Firebird Thunderzord:

The Firebird Thunderzord is a great improvement from it’s predecessor, the Pterodactyl Dinozord. Where the Pterodactyl had tiny arms, and a little pin head, the Firebird is much more regal looking. There are long moving wings, and a long golden tail. The head has good movement on it’s neck.

Thunder Megazord:

The five Zords together form the Thunder Megazord. This guy takes second place to the original Megazord in terms of popularity, but Dino Megazord cannot hold a candle to the height, detail and beauty of Thunder.

This guy is dripping with shiny gold armor. The coloring is very similar to Dino Megazord, with a large area of red on the torso, and black in the arms and shoulders. Funny enough, the Zords were swapped on the legs, with the Sabertooth Tiger and Triceratops switching places when they became the Griffin and Unicorn.

His head being able to turn is probably the best thing going for him, and there is a lot going for him. But unlike nearly every other Megazord ever, the turning of the head is a great asset to posing the Zord.  He comes with some good accessories too. He has a staff that is a combination of the staff of Red Dragon Warrior and the tail of the Firebird.  He also comes with the Thunder Saber, which is a chrome covered blade with a sheath that attaches to the hip of the Megazord in tabs along the wing of the Firebird.

Thunderzord Assault Team:

One of the addition pieces that comes with the set is the base to create the Thunderzord Assault Team. Basically the five Zords stuck together to go into battle as one. A flying version of the Assault tank that Dino Megazord could form. Not really the best mode, but if you have a short shelf to keep Thunder Megazord on, this is a good way to display him.

Mega Tigerzord:

Let’s not forget about the Zordbuilder tech that we have going for us in all of the modern Power Rangers Zords. A little forethought brought us the Mega Tigerzord.

This combination was very powerful, possibly beating the Thunder Megazord with strength until it’s demise. They sure liked to kill off the Zords in the early Power Rangers shows.

He uses the Unicorn and Griffin as legs. The Lion’s paws become additional shoulder pads, and the lion’s body gets added to the back. The Firebird becomes a weapon. There are a few more tweaks here and there, including the morphing of the head, and you have a powerful dude. He can be displayed this way, but there are some leftover pieces, and there are some out there who hate leftovers.

One neat thing is that Red Dragon is left untouched, so he could foreseeable fight alongside Mega Tigerzord.

 

And as always, more pictures can be seen on my Flickr Account.  The link is down the right side. —->

Advertisements

Supergirl and Flash Crossover (CBS)

flashsupergirlI have to assume this took some doing to get a character from CW onto a CBS show, but boy did they do it well.  When this episode began, Barry Allen showed up with a device on his chest and a quick answer to the problem that these two superheroes have never heard of one another.  Of course Barry is from a different Earth.

This was all of the back story we needed.   Now for the current story in Supergirl, we have been following the decline of Siobhan Smythe into Silver Banshee.  This episode was seamless into that storyline, not only carrying on the main story but making it a natural fit for The Flash to need to assist in the capture of Silber Banshee and Live Wire.   Barry brought in his knowhow, and was able to assist in a very big way, with both creating ear plugs that will stop Banshee’s scream, and also the mention that Barry gave the police department the ability to hold meta-humans.  This was a point of contention between Kara and James as he didn’t like the DOD holding people without trial, even if they are super bad.

the_flash_and_supergirl_tv_poster_v2_by_timetravel6000v2-d9ohtjv

In terms of writing, I think this is one of the best Supergirl episodes to date.  The dialog was great, including some fantastic one-liners by Cat Grant, where she comments that the team standing around her office looked like a pretty racially diverse show on the CW.  Of course, having the quick wit of Grant Gustin worked so well as Barry and Winn had a great time playing off one another with their nerd talk.  There were such cute moments as well, such as when Barry began to explain the multiverse, and Winn and Kara looked as giddy as school girls to hear him explain it. They showed almost all of the main characters in this episode with the exception of Kara’s sister Alex, who is missing for some unknown reason.   Overall this episode was so well done, that is blends well into the existing story line.  Will Barry ever mention the outing to this alternate Earth at some point on the CW?

I am really hoping that this really is the beginning of DC tying their universes together.   Marvel has done such an amazing job of bringing their movies and TV together, with mentions going both ways.   DC has seemed fractured over the years with no cohesion.  The Flash and Arrow has done a great job of bringing their two shows together with yearly crossovers and guest spots, and now they have brought Supergirl into the fold, if ever so slightly.  As Marvel continues to dominate the theaters and TV with the weight of Disney thrown behind it, DC started on the back foot, especially with a bit of recent casting kerfuffle when they showed a different Flash for the movie universe.  I get that DC is known for having a multiverse, but they have to be careful not to keep it too fractured.

This crossover is hopefully a sign of the times for DC in the future.


Bullseye – Marvel Legends Toy Biz – Galactus Series

We are going into the Way-Back Machine here. 2005 to be more precise. Toy Biz was the company, and big articulation was their game. They focused on giving us good figures with lots of articulation, and some extra paint. Most of the time what they gave us was brilliant. They had some things to work through along the way, like the ball jointed hips that really stood out as strange and weird. That is when function won over form, and hurt the overall look.

They also went with super articulation in the hands and gave us articulated fingers. Now, for grasping, that was quite fantastic. Making a fist is a lot harder with straight fingers. You get guys who look like they have never thrown a punch before.

Bullseye came across my radar, and since I wasn’t really collecting Marvel Legends at the time, except for getting all of the parts to the most awesome BAF of all time, the Sentinel. I figured with a couple of great Daredevils that came out at the end of last year, it would be good to have a Bullseye for him to fight.

Overall I like this guy. He is well artuculated as he should be. He has great paint apps that help to tone down the white. I really like all of the pockets and pouches he has all over the place. It adds a lot to the outfit.

I don’t know how many parts of Galactus I am going to end up collecting for this one. The prices for this very first BAF series is up there pretty high.


Deinosuchus Zord – Power Rangers Dino Super Charge

The Deinosuchus Zord is a toy line exclusive for Dino Super Charge, and I think that is a travesty. It works so well in toy form, it should have been in the show. For the US market, we are kind of going about this a bit backwards. There is a show in Japan, and then it is brought here and remade. In the meantime, Bandai America gets their ideas of what they are going to present in the toy world, and sometimes, like with this guy, they are really well done.

IMG_4432

The Deinosuchus Zord is based off of the Dino Armor X, which gives the user the top half of the Deinosuchus mouth on one hand, and the bottom half of the mouth on the other hand. Extra power ensues, and the Rangers win.

He is a big orange crocodile. Roll him on a flat surface, and his mouth opens and closes. That is a fun little gimmick for a second before you move on to what matters most… combining with Rexy!

Insert the charger in his mouth, and the back spikes snap closed and it looks like he has two mouths, one at each end of his body.

There is a break in the middle. The front half has the male tabs to attach to the arm port of Dino Charge Megazord. The back half has female ports that can rotate around to reveal male ports to attach to the other arm.

Now we have the Dino Charge Megazord Deinosuchus Formation. Most formations with the T-Rex Zord require two additional Zords to complete a formation, since Rexy doesn’t come with his own arms. This is the only way, so far, for the Dino Charge Megazord to complete a formation with only one other Zord.

What more could a Zord ask for than two giant chomping jaws for arms? This is a great formation, and the color palate really works with the orange being introduced to the red/yellow combination of the T-Rex.


Poison Ivy and Supergirl – DC Super Hero Girls

I know, I know, it should be Ivy and Harley, but I really felt these two would work better together.  I really liked the first two DC Super Hero Girls I reviewed, Batgirl, and Wonder Woman.  These two are not my favorite.  Of course when you show up to the party with 6 new girls, all of them are not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.  Now that is not to say I don’t like them.  They are both very nice figures, and overall they do a good job representing the character.  Who knows?  If I had opened these girls first, I may have liked them a lot more, but they were up against some tough competition.

Poison Ivy:

I love Poison Ivy’s hair. It is a beautiful blend of reds and oranges. Mattel went to a lot of trouble to get a really nice blend of colors.

I get a strong Barbie vibe from her that I didn’t get from either Batgirl or Wonder Woman. I think it may be a bit of the painted on face, and a lot to do with the outfit. I think it is less glamorous than her outfit in the show. This outfit is very similar, but there is a lack of flow and dress quality that she has in the show. The shoes had a lot of potential, but other than the vines that wrap around her legs, the shoes are really boring. I would really liked to have seen some amount of detail in the shoes, but they are lacking any, and one of mine was even miscast, and it had a bubble in it, which now left a hole. Ugh!

Once again the articulation works really well. Lots of good movement all over, including great articulation in the rib cage area that really helps to make the figures more dynamic.

Supergirl:

It is kind of expected that Supergirl would definitely end up with a Barbie vibe. A painted face with blond hair.

What she does have going for her is the great athletic build that all of the DC Super Hero Girls have. She is the first in the line with a skirt on, and she looks great wearing it. She also wears a pair of hightop sneakers with socks, and they are really cute with her overall outfit.

The only real letdown with the outfit is the cape. It attaches to two pegs in the back of her necklace. I can’t imagine why they would make a rubber/plastic cape when the rest of her outfit is such great fabric material. It would have been so easy to make a fabric cape. Instead she is back-heavy with the plastic cape.  The rest of the outfit, top/skirt combo look great, and have a real nice textural difference to make the outfit really stand out.

I had some trouble with her hair. Unlike the rest, Supergirl’s hair feels like a different material. It is very silky, and though it feels nice, it is a bit unruly, and hard to control. I may have to end up washing it to get it to lay right.


Falconzord – Power Rangers Legacy

Almost two weeks ago I wrote a not-so-happy post about Toys R Us.  Basically saying that their website does not live up to what we should expect from web sites today.  Basically, the Falconzord went on sale, and as I was never able to find it in the store, I would try online.  They would not let me order the figure online because they were trying to get people to pick it up in the store.  There was not a store within 50 miles that actually had it in stock, so I was stuck.  Well, I went as far as to write to them on a survey and explain where the website was lacking.   Checking back a day later, the button had been turned off to pick it up in store.  I don’t know if it was a coincidence of the computer catching up to the stock, or if someone is actually reading the surveys, but things improved drastically from there, and I have to hand it to Toys R Us for a good job from there.   There was a popup that said the item was out of stock, but they would send me an e-mail when it became available.  I was not totally trusting of the e-mail system, so I kept checking back in.   $20 off is $20 saved, so I really didn’t want to miss out.  Checking first thing in the morning, two days later, the Falconzord became available.  I was able to buy it for the discounted price, and it was delivered 5 days later with free shipping, since it was over $19.  For me, I was able to get yet another piece of Power Rangers history reborn better than the first, and for Toys R Us, they will be getting more money, since Falconzord will have to attach to something… and I am guessing it is going to be really expensive.  So, though I don’t think Toys R Us necessarily runs the tightest ship around, I am only a little miffed, since I have this beautiful Falconzord on my shelf and now for your pleasure, here is the review:

Falconzord!

The Falconzord is a thing to behold straight out of the box. It is so crisply molded, with perfect lines. The paints have been so finely detailed.

This figure probably has more articulation than the original model used in the show. It has two different joints in the wings to allow flight display. It has head movement, as well as a beak that opens. No side to side motion for the head, but that would have been a lot to ask for.

The legs have a lot of motion, as well as the gold parts being made of metal. That really helps with the standing, since the heavy parts are on the ground. The feet have a really good grip with movement in both the front and back talons. The legs move at the hips as well, to allow for great posing.

The Falconzord is expensive at $79.99. I was able to get it for $59.99 with a sale from Toys R Us. It is still expensive for one Zord that doesn’t do much on its own. You can buy the center body parts of Dino Charge Megazord for $24.99, and those attach to most everything out right now. Is Falconzord worth three times as much? The simple answer is yes… if you are a fan of Power Rangers, and more specifically the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. The detailing and heft of this figure is outstanding, and the other Zords don’t stand up to what is coming out in the Legacy Collection.

He is thin, since he is a bird, but he is wide. He has a wingspan that covers the area of both Megazord and Tigerzord, when they are standing side by side. That is a lot of area that it covers.

He is pretty tall too. When standing upright in his firing position, he is nearly waist high on Megazord.

If you are looking to get him for a deal, he is still $20 off at Toys R Us online, and you can buy him online and have him shipped to your home.


Wonder Woman – DC Super Hero Girls

Personally I think it is funny to call her Wonder Woman, when he is supposed to be a “girl.”

Anyway, I digress from the reason I am writing this today. She is a fantastic doll. She shares many similarities with Batgirl, who I looked at last week, but she is unique enough that you don’t feel like you are buying the same doll with a different head.

Her skin color is a bit darker than Batgirl’s, but that is to be expected, since Batgirl hangs out in the night, and is red haired, which would lend itself to fairer skin.

Unlike the action figure I looked at last week with purple hair, this version of Wonder Woman is much better to the correct color. They even gave her some blue highlights, which is similar to the show, but in the show there is a bit more of a purple color to it, but the blue is a bit of a nod to the original comics that colored black hair with blue highlights.

She comes with her standard outfit she wears around school. It is easy to see how they could go about making a few different versions of WW, including one where she is in her armor. That would be pretty neat to see. Overall the outfit is spot on. Her shirt sleeves are short enough that they show off her strong arms. Her pants are pretty tight, and show that this is a muscular woman, and not some skinny Barbie doll under there.

Her accessories are a lot of gold. Gold shoulder armor that has a bit of trouble staying in place when playing with her. She has a belt that has a clip for her Lasso of Truth. I don’t know why they made her lasso with a clip to attach to her belt, but also left it out like she is using it. It does not look good on her belt when it is not coiled up. I think I might have to see about getting something to make a more realistic and functioning lasso.

In all, this is another great figure in the DC Super Hero Girls line. I think people are going to be quite fond of these dolls as they get them out of the packaging. They are self-standing, so you don’t have to worry about Monster High type stands. They are a sturdy toy that will last a long time, or adorn the shelves of collectors and show watchers.

 

PS Happy 6th Anniversary to being on WordPress.  It has been a fast 6 years. So much has happened.   I am looking forward to continuing on.


%d bloggers like this: