Monthly Archives: March 2017

Soundblaster and Soundwave – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Leader Class)

Soundwave, is one of the closest soldiers by Megatron. He is by far the most loyal, and potentially the most important to the Decepticon cause. He is one of the few that commands his own troops, in this case an army of spies that are, in this version, different types of computer tablets. Think of the world being taken over by iPhones, and there is an old school boombox pulling the strings.

When I got Blaster, I knew Soundwave was going to be just as good. Using the same base body, they changed out a bunch of the parts to create a similar, but not too similar robot and boombox. In robot mode, he has his telltale yellow visor and extra silver helmet extensions on the sides of his head. Was it a helmet before? I think not. It sure is this time around.

Looking at his stats, he is not fast, but he is smart, and pretty darn strong to boot.

His chest opens, in much the same way as his G1 counterpart did. He has the same “tablet” that Blaster had, that has a trio of blasters of it’s own to help with some firepower in

another mode.

Blaster and Soundwave are very similar, but the color difference, and the subtle parts changes, especially around the legs, really change the robot mode.

Soundwave gets two birds this time around. Blaster gets none. Poor Blaster.

Soundblaster, not to get confused with Blaster the big robot, is the Titan Master for Soundwave. In the G1 continuity, Soundwave was killed by Blaster, and later reborn into Soundblaster. In the IDW continuity, Soundblaster was a clone of Soundwave. Now we have the two as separate robots, but teaming up together to wreak havoc on the Autobots. He is a remodel of Twin Cast, who was teamed up with Blaster. That is why, if you look closely, most of him looks like Soundwave, but his legs have the speakers of Blaster.

Change Soundwave into his alternate mode, and you have a giant, for the scale, boombox.

Soundwave looks so different than Blaster. The whole front has been redone, including the speakers, cassette door, and the buttons under the door. It is quite amazing how much work Hasbro went to in order to separate these two figures. Great job!

From the back, you can see the shoulder launcher becomes a sort of battery pack, and the gun is an antenna, like it was for Blaster.

But wait, there’s more. Transform him again, and he becomes a battle station. Not a great battle station but one that fits lots of little guys. Now Blaster and Soundwave can have the smallest war ever. From a plethora of Titan Masters with their little vehicles, to the tablets each has, to the other small Legends scale figures.

It is all just too cute. I can hear the little ‘pew pew pew’ from here.


Alpine Strike Autobot Drift – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Autobot Drift. How many Drifts can we possibly have in the Robots in Disguise series? Well, three in the Warrior class, one in the Legion Class, and one Mini-Con Deployer. That is so far. Might we see more? Who knows.

We started off with the orange version. That was standard for the show. Then we got Blizzard Strike. Paint him two-tone blue. Gotcha. I can get behind clear wheels. Now we have Alpine Strike. Basically repainted to be in his IDW comics red and white version. But why “Alpine Strike”? Maybe because he is white.

Anyway, this is the same figure we have seen twice before. He is one of the best of the Robots in Disguise series of figures. He has two swords, and features a really good transformation.

The paint is well done and does pay homage to the IDW origin of Drift. Each iteration of the figure has paint apps highlighting different aspects of the character. There is a lot of good molded features for them to touch upon.


Rey – Star Wars Elite Series (Disney Exclusive)

The Force Awakens came out about a year and a half ago. Since it is the first part of the new trilogy, there is more attention being paid to it than there was to Rogue One, which was a one off movie. One place they are being equally represented is at the Disney Store. They get to have their own exclusive editions of figures and clothing. One of the best representations of this is in the Star Wars Elite figures. They are larger figures with real cloth clothing. Some of the figures are taller, around 12 inches while others, like Rey stand shorter, around 10 inches.

I was able to get Rey on a sale, as well as having a 25% off coupon for the Disney Store for my birthday. She ended up costing about $13. That is a great deal for a The Black Series figure, much less a larger figure with cloth clothing.

Taking her out of the box, the first thing I notices was the rooted hair. I was expecting sculpted hair at best. I was not expecting it to be rooted. And it is in her tell-tale triple buns.

Her outfit is the standard outfit she wore through most of TFA. She has a nice mix of cloth and plastic goods. Her outfit is layered, including the arm coverings, tunic and short pants. She comes with her belt pouch attached, as well as a leather strap around her left forearm.

Her boots are molded on, but they have good movement around the ankle. There is a separation there that allows a ball joint. She also has toe articulation.

She comes with plenty of accessories. She has her backpack that is molded in plastic. There are a lot of mechanical doodads that are well painted, along with weathering and straps. She also comes with her staff. It is nice and tall, as it should be. The strap of the staff is molded in place. It would have been really nice to see that staff in fabric, I may go back and build my own staff for her, and give her a proper staff, so she can wear it on her body. She comes with a gripping hand for her right hand that will grip the staff.

There are two weapons as well. First off is the blaster that Han gave her. It seems like it is out of scale for her. It is very larger in her hand. She comes with a special gun hand that can be swapped out for a relaxed hand.

She also comes with Luke’s blue lightsaber. This one seems REALLY out of scale. It is almost as long as Rey is tall. The blade is really thick, and the hilt seems to be really fat and long too. They even gave Rey a lightsaber hand, since the hand for the staff is closed too small for the hilt of the saber. The blade is not removable. So you cannot re enact the end of the movie.

Overall, I really like this figure. It makes me want to get more of these well done figures. I am bummed about the lightsaber and the gun being too big, but it is a minor problem with the overall well done figure.


Nova (Sam Alexander) – Marvel Legends Titus Series (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Wave 1)

 

Sam Alexander is Nova. There are a lot of Novas out there, but Sam is the newest Nova to the Legends team. Why is he a part of a movie series?
Well, I will tell you. Sam’s dad was Nova Centurion. He lost his helmet along with his life. His son found the helmet with the help of Gamora and Rocket Raccoon, hence the connection to the Guardians. On top of that, Sam is a part of the Titus Series, with Titus being the Build a Figure. AND Titus used to be the Nova Centurion too. There are a lot of tie ins to this lineup. He was not just thrown in there.

Now, here is the thing about the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Series. It feels like it is a redo of the original wave from the first movie. We are going to take a look as we move along and see the connections between this wave and the first wave, and see if this was a good move.

This time around, we get Kid Nova as in Sam Alexander. In the original wave we got Richard Rider who was Nova Prime. This was definitely not a copy. There is nothing that is the same about these two, other than they are both Novas.

Sam uses the newer “teen” buck. A shorter, slighter build body. He is clearly teen Spider-Man with some modifications to the body. There was work done to the upper and lower torso to incorporate the gold circles and straps. And there was added bulk to the forearms. In addition the helmet head is all new.

Don’t be tricked by this photo. The perspective of the lower camera makes Sam look taller than he is compared to Richard.

He stands almost a head shorter than Richard Rider, and it suits him. He is a great looking figure. These two look great together, looking linked but different all the same. Where Richard Rider’s suit is shiny and metallic all over, with Sam, only the gold parts are shiny. The rest of the suit and the helmet are matte.

So far, this wave shows similarities from the first wave, but this NOT the same figure. He is a great addition to the space side of the Marvel Universe, and will look great working with the Guardians, or with the younger members of the Spider-Verse.


Power Rangers Legacy Wave 2

How in the world did I miss posting this set? I looked down the backlog of figures I have photographed, and there sits this beautiful team ready to go.

This time around, the focus has shifted away from the three member team of Ninja Storm, to the larger team of In Space. Of course, we are still getting members of the Mighty Morphin team as we continue to fill that team as well.

First up is the Red Ranger. Andros is set up here in the standard body that we see in our males. He comes with the Astro Blaster and the holster to hold it in. The figures come with great articulation and lots of good clean paint.

Andros comes with the body to the Astro Megazord. It is clean and well done. I think it is going to look great when all complete.

Along with Andros, we get the In Space Yellow Ranger, Ashley. Ashley is on the female body. The female bodies are smaller versions of the male bodies, but more feminine. Ashley wears the yellow skirt that is a bit restrictive for the legs, but not as bad as the older 5 inch figures that had very tight rubber skirts that didn’t move.

Ashley comes with the left leg of Astro Megazord. The details on the Megazords are outstanding. So far, we have the Ninja Storm Megazord complete. This guy has a ways to go.

MMPR

Moving on, we are getting a few more of the MMPR team. The Blue Ranger, Billy looks great. There is something about the blue that pops just right. As with Jason, Billy comes with the Blade Blaster. It is in the folded up configuration. It would have been so nice to get a second version in the gun mode.

Billy of course comes with the triceratops left leg.

After Billy comes Zach, our Black Ranger. Just like the Blue Ranger, the Black Ranger just looks cool. I think it has something to do with the darker paint that makes these guys look really good.

Since Zach uses the Mastodon, and the body is paired up with the T-Rex, we already have the torso. So Zach comes with one of Megazord’s arms.

Sweet, sweet, Kimberly. The crush of many, and a great fighter. As the Pink Ranger, she was under attack many times for being thought of as the girl in pink on the team. But she is a tough one. Her outfit looks great. It will be great to pair her up with Trini, in the next wave.

As with Zach, Kimberly’s pterodactyl is a part of the torso, so she comes with an arm. With that, the Megazord is starting to look nearly complete. It is missing a tiger leg, and it will be the second complete Zord.

We are getting there with the MMPR team. We need the Yellow Ranger to fill out the main 5. We already have the Green Ranger, and what better way to end the MMPR team than with the White Ranger.

This time around, we only received two members of the In Space team. Next time we will get the other three members, including Black, Blue, and Pink. I am sure Bandai has to do some special thinking about this one. They do NOT want to release two characters of the same color in the same wave, even if they are from different shows. That could really mess some people up.

We are up to 10 Rangers so far in this new 6.5 inch scale. I did take a quick look at the first two Power Rangers movie figures that are a Toys R Us exclusive. Some birthday luck this weekend granted me the rest of that team. So we will get the other 4 members of that team out of the boxes and assemble the Megazord to see how it stacks up to the original team.

As always more pictures on my Flickr Page.  Link to the right —->


Stormshot – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Warrior Class

Well, we have another Autobot flier to go along with Windblade. Stormshot here had the initial running name of Skyfire, which we know to be Jetfire, one of the most sought after Transformers of all time.

This time around, he is a little less impressive. He is so, so, so American, but I guess if you are from France, he would be so French, or from England, he would be so British. There are a lot of countries with Red, White and Blue in their flags. I know he is not Italian 😉

He is pretty standard for a Warrior Class figure in the Robots in Disguise line. As we have seen over 9 waves of this series, these are not Generation style figures. They tend to be more simplistic.

Stormshot comes with two guns. A handgun, and a rifle or shotgun. They fit into his hands, but do not have any other storage places.

The two guns can be combined to form a larger gun. I tried to work it so Stormshot could fit the two handles into both hands, but he just doesn’t bend that way.

In jet mode, he forms a jet. It looks like it could have been many different jets, while being a fictional jet at the same time. Since this is a RiD vehicle, the body parts don’t fold up all that well. In the front, the engine intakes have shoulder joints right in the middle of them. That would not happen in other series of Transformers. The guns mount to the wings. They do not look good, since they are not even close to the same size. That always hurts an appearance of a plane, when a figure comes with two different weapons. We are looking for aerodynamics here.

The two guns can once again form a larger weapon and attach under the nose of the jet. This is a somewhat better look, but ironically is not included in the directions.

From the top, the jet looks pretty good. The details are well done with body panels and the paint is well executed.

From the bottom, it looks like an old Transformer, where you can see the entire robot folded up down there. Even his face shows. Not great.

Overall, this guy fits in well with the rest of the figures in the Robots in Disguise line. They are okay, but severely overshadowed by what is going on in the Generations: Titans Return line right now. He is a fun one to get if you need an extra Autobot flier. There is a lack of flyers on their side.


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