Monthly Archives: December 2017

Power Rangers Legacy 6.5 inch figures – In Space Pink Ranger (Wave 3 Continued)

I thought we would never get to see the other end of Wave 3. I had to go back and see when I posted about the first part of Wave 3. That was back in April. Now here it is in December. There have been some missteps along the way, most notably in the Power Ranger pegs for Legacy figures being filled with Mighty Morphin’ Pink and In Space Yellow Rangers. There are always complaints that girl figures don’t sell. Well, we didn’t see a bunch of Mighty Morphin’ Yellow hanging around, so it is only certain female figures I guess.

Well, I haven’t seen them in the wild, but the rest of wave 3 (In Space Blue, Black, and Pink) have started to hit the stores. I found this In Space Pink Ranger on Amazon for normal price. The Blue and Black are going for outrageous amounts. I will keep my eyes out. I am hearing that Walgreens is the place to go, so I will venture out to some in the next week.

Well, today we are taking a look at Cassie Chan. Cassie was the third Pink Ranger in the series after Kimberly and Katherine. Seems that she should have been names “Kassie” to keep up with the ‘k’ names, but oh well. She and Ashley were the only two characters to move from Turbo to In Space and retain their colors.

Cassie is her in all of her pink glory. I am a fan of the In Space outfits. They carried over a bit of yellow from Turbo, and it is reflected in their neck triangle.

First time watching the show, I wasn’t too fond of the color rectangles going across the chest. I did however get to like it later as it shows all of the team reflected in each outfit.

Cassie comes with her Blade Blaster and holster. I think the weapon is a bit out of proportion, a bit big for the figures. The colors are really well done on the weapons. I am impressed that we got silver, black, red AND gold represented on the little guns.

As with the rest of the figures, Cassie comes with a piece to build the Astro Megazord. She brings the right arm.

The team is coming together, slowly but surely. There have been announcements for the next few waves, including the Psycho Rangers, which also tie into In Space. That will mean there will be 12 figures all together for In Space including the Silver Ranger and the Astro Megazord. I doubt any other show will top that number, save for the Mighty Morphin’ team coming out a second time with metallic paint.

We will also be seeing Dino Thunder, Zeo, and Ninja Steel. It seems to me that they should have brought out Ninja Steel a bit earlier to coincide with the show, and hopefully bring some new fans to the 6.5 inch line. Oh well, I am not in charge. I will be sitting here waiting to find the figures as we move into 2018.

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Jazz – Transformers: Generations – Power Of the Primes (Deluxe Class Wave 1)

The internet seemed to erupt pretty quickly with hate for Jazz. So, I was a little skeptical about the figure when I first got him. Well, that was unfounded. He is a fine figure. Is he the best? Nope. But, there are a lot of things that are done right.

First off, it looks like Jazz. He has the wide body with the front of the car making up his chest. He has wheels on his shoulders, and wheels on his outer legs. The colors are there, just like they should be. The only thing missing is the shoulder-mounted rocket launcher… but we haven’t seen that since his first issue back in 1984.

Like with the Legends Class, the Deluxe Class figures come with a card as well. This one says “Onyx Jazz”. Onyx Prime is one of the original 13 Primes, and is the Prime of the Beasts. I would have imagined him teaming up with a Dinobot, rather than Jazz, but as per the card, it looks like teaming up with Onyx will improve Jazz’s fighting.

As with all of the Deluxe figures, Jazz comes with a weapon, and “Prime Armor.” The gun is very reminiscent of his G1 blaster, with a square body and and angular barrel that flares in the middle.

The Prime Armor can be worn on the forearm as a weapon and shield, or it can be attached to the chest of the Deluxe figure. In this case, Jazz is hanging with Vector Prime, since we don’t have Onyx Prime yet.

From the front, the chest mounted armor works, but from the side, it looks pretty silly. It seems that it would have been much better if it had been torso armor instead. Hasbro did such a good job with the big chest of Jazz, but it doesn’t work too well with the additional armor added on.

Transforming Jazz into vehicle mode is very familiar if you have been collecting the Combiner Wars figures. It has the same sort of folding parts that we have seen before. I am still once again amazed that Hasbro was able to make good looking robots, vehicles, and still be able to have them transform into arms and legs for a Combiner.

Jazz continues with his Porsche vehicle mode. This time around, he is a Le Mans style Porsche. I am sure much faster than the original G1 935 Turbo. He has his familiar #4 on the hood and sides. Where it used to say “Martinii” It now says “Autobot Jazz.”

On the back of the car, you can see the telltale port that is the same as with all of the Combiner Wars figures.

The Prime Armor can fit on the back of Jazz in vehicle mode. He can also carry his gun. I do wish the gun could be stored away inside the vehicle, but at this point, with a giant hunk of armor on the roof, there is not disguising this Transformer.

Along with a number of ports for holding weapons, there are also a number of posts for Prime Masters or Titan Masters to stand around. Why they would do that, I don’t know, but they are there anyway.

And of course, as we go full circle in this Prime Wars Trilogy, we come back to the beginning. The Deluxe Class figures can become arms or legs and combine with the Voyager Class figures. I haven’t been able to get my hands on the first two Voyager Class figure (Grimlock and Starscream) yet, so Battle Core Optimus will be stepping in to take control of the new recruits. On the directions of Jazz, it shows using Grimlock as the body, and having Jazz along with the rest of the Deluxe Figures of wave 1 becoming the limbs. That is a bit problematic as the Decepticon Dreadwing is a part of the first wave of figures. Alas, he will be a part of this first Combiner team until new recruits are released in wave 2, and then he can go and spread his doom and gloom on Starscream’s team.

Coming up next, the return of the Dinobots. These guys look great, and I cannot wait to get all 5 to form Volcanicus. I think that is going to be one mean Combiner.


Transformers: Generations – Power Of the Primes (Legends Class Wave 1)

Today we are going to take a look at the first wave of the slightly larger Legends Class figures. There are 4 in all. Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, and Skrapnel. The first three are new, while Skrapnel is a minor repaint from Titans Return, so I passed on him. But the other three, ironically enough all Autobots, are new and ready for show.

Windcharger:

Based on a pretty good likeness of his G1 version, Windcharger is back. We saw him at the beginning of the Prime Wars Trilogy in Combiner Wars, where he was still small, but not an actual combiner. He was an original member of the Ark crew that crash landed on Earth in the G1 cartoon, and a figure that came out in the first year of the Transformers toy line, so it is a great place to start.

He has the same block head look that he had in the G1 cartoon. He is updated with a bit of a size increase as well as really good articulation.

As you can see, he is about half the size of a Deluxe figure, which fits in well with the overall design of the G1 feel. He was small then, and he is small now.

The transformation of these Legends is pretty intricate. They have improved over the past two years of the Prime Wars Trilogy. And if history is any indication, the first Windcharger from 2015 was made into Tailgate, just like the 1984 version. And since history has a way of repeating itself, we will see him redecoed into Tailgate once more later in this line. And that is fine with me. This is a very nice car.

And along with the introduction of Titan Masters, we got Legends Class figures that can allow for drivers. The trend continues, and the proportions with the Prime Masters continues.  The top of Windcharger peels back to allow any Prime Master ti fit inside. A ride is the only way for Prime Masters and Legends Class figures to interact with one another, unlike with the rest of the sizes of figures.

 

Beachcomber:

An Autobot that showed up one day and stayed on the team back in G1. Today Beachcomber is again recreated to help any way he can. Digging holes and the like for this geologist.

The detail work that went into him is amazing. The designers looked at lines and markings and translated them into some amazing molding work. His chest is fantastic, and there are a lot of tiny touches that really make him stand out.

He transforms into a dune buggy with some pretty nifty transformations. The roll cage is actually three separate parts that fold out and connect as the buggy comes together. That keeps from being a big roll cage from hanging off his back or something.

There is a giant, funny-looking hole in the back of his body. This is where his head tucks as he is transformed. It is so strange to have designer go to so much work to add so many details, but not have some sort of door that closes on the back part of the car.

As with Windcharger, Beachcomber can accept one Master to drive inside. A much windier ride, but I am sure fun nonetheless.

 

Slash:

Slash is new to the G1 continuity. Originally Slash was supposed to be in the Age of Extinction movie along with the rest of the Dinbots, but it was not meant to be. There was a toy made in the Deluxe Class, and made a return in the The Last Knight line earlier this year.

Well, ‘he’ became a ‘she’, and she is a good looking bot in the color scheme of the rest of the Dinobots. She is their scout, and that works well in this smaller scale, as we have had many type scouts in the Legends Class.  This is a very slender figure compared to the other two Autobot Legends we got in Wave 1.

Her transformation is that of a Velociraptor, and it is awesome. She has the correct coloring, with the red/black/silver/gold color scheme. She even has the clear head with gold inside to better match her team. The rest of the Dinobots will be able to combine to form Volcanicus, but Slash sadly will not be a part of that. She will however be able to continue to be their scout.


And yes, she has a seat. A door in her back opens and allows a Prime Master to sit in/on her.

Each of the Legends comes with a collectible card. It is the name of a Prime Master along with their name, and their capabilities. So far, we only have Vector Prime to see how this works. Vector Prime’s logo is in the middle picture, and it says “Time travels to prevent extinction-level events.” That is very fitting for a time traveling Prime Master, and a geologist. But we don’t know how it all works. Do they time travel when Vector Prime is riding in the vehicle mode of Beachcomber? Or are they linked? I would love a bit more background on this one.

I am very happy with the Legends Class figures so far. They are a whole lot of fun to transform, and they look very G1 with a nice update to 2018. I am very excited to move onto the Deluxe Class figures while I keep my eyes out for the larger Class figures.


Transformers: Generations – Power Of the Primes (Prime Masters Wave 1)

The beginning of the end is upon us. What started back in 2015 with Combiner Wars, is going to conclude with part 3, Power of the Primes. This is going to take all of the gimmicks from the first two waves and combine them into a final run to conclude the trilogy.

These figures are based on the Pretenders of 1988 and 1989. Essentially the same type of figures as back in G1. Low articulated figures with a more articulated Transformer inside. The name given to the Decoy Armor is the name of the original Pretender, with design cues and color schemes that match that figure from G1.

 

We are going to start small and work our way up. Hopefully as we get bigger, I can find some of the Voyager and Leader class figures. I have plenty to keep me busy until then.

So we are starting with the Prime Masters. These little guys are basically the same small robots as the Titan Masters, but without a face on their back. Instead they have a symbol on their back representing a spark, and a special ability. They are only available in the packs with their Decoy Armor, no longer creating an army of little robots like we saw in the Titans Return line, where everybody came with a Titan Master as well as single packs with vehicles. This will make the Prime Masters much more valuable of a target for the Transformers.

 

Vector Prime w/ Metalhawk Decoy Armor:

First up is Vector Prime. As with all of the Prime Masters, there is a robot, their Decoy Armor, and a weapon.

The Decoy Armor opens and allows for the Prime Master to hide inside, as well as be able to use the armor as a battle suit. They have accessibility to the weapon to use on their own.

Any of the Prime Masters can ride in any other Decoy Armor.

The Prime Masters are basically the same as the Titan Masters, with a symbol on their back rather than a face. Vector Prime’s power is time travel. I am sure that is a good power to have.

The Decoy Armor transforms into a weapon that a Deluxe, Voyager or Leader Class figure can use. Since I am starting small, I grabbed a Titans Return figure or Orion Pax to show off the weapon. The Prime Master becomes a part of the weapon, and can be switched with any other Prime Master to mix and match weapons and powers.

 

Micronus w/ Cloudburst Decoy Armor:

Another Autobot in the first wave, this time Micronus. He comes with Cloudburst Decoy Armor and a double gatling gun.

It is really fun that there is actually space in the head to allow the Prime Master inside to see out, as if it really is a suit of armor.

Micronus’ ability is Power Swap. How this will come into play is very exciting.

 

Liege Maximo w/ Skullgrin Decoy Armor:

We saw Skullgrin last back in 2010, when he was made in to a Deluxe scale tank. But he is back now as the Decoy Armor for Micronus.

Micronus come with the power of Trickster. Oh, I am sure that is going to be an intersting power.

The weapon that Skullgrin comes with is a 3-bladed melee weapon. Not really all that useful.

And when put in the hands of a Deluxe scale figure… still not that useful.

There we have the first three figures of the Powers of the Prime line. 2 Autobots and 1 Decepticon. The playability is not too high yet, but as we introduce larger scale figures, they playability and the alternate modes of the Prime Masters will come into play.

As you can see, these new guys are just the same as the Titan Masters. That means they are interchangeable to ride in each other’s vehicles, like the discussion going on here with Loudmouth.

And I am sure someone is wondering, as I was. Yes, the Prime Master can take the place of a Titan Master using the neck port. But no, it does not look good.

As usual, more pictures can be found on my Flickr Account.  Link on the side menu—>

Stay tuned. We will take a look at the slightly larger Legends Class next.


Marvel Legends – Man-Thing Series (Netflix Defenders) – Part 3

We are going to end the Man-Thing Series of Marvel Legends with looking at the last three comic book figures, Blade, Bullseye, and the Build-a-Figure himself, Man-Thing.

Blade:

Blade is the comic representation of the figure. Putting him in this lineup is pretty darn thin. He had a meeting with Punisher once.
*shrugs* There were a lot of people wanting the Wesley Snipes movie figure, but I figure they may be getting around to that now that Marvel is part owner of the entire world. He comes with a really interesting outfit. Wooden stakes on a bandolier around his chest, paired with a sheath for his sword. And he has silver darts around his thigh. So I guess he can take care of vampires AND werewolves alike.

He comes with two heads, each sporting a different haircut. The face of the two heads is the same, with a goatee and red sunglasses. If you were going to go to the trouble of making a second head, at least make it an interesting change…like with our next guest.

 

Bullseye:

What a great figure to have in this series. Bullseye is a long standing badguy against Daredevil. And there is a very iconic image of Bullseye killing Elektra with her own sai.

He comes out of the package with throwing knives effects attached to his left hand. I am not a big fan of the effect hands. Hasbro did it with Captain America, and I didn’t like it a whole lot that time either.

A quick switch of hands, and he has two grasping hands. One for his knife, and one for the gun. We have seen this particular gun floating around for a while now.

There is a holster for the gun, as well as s sheath for the knife. That is a nice added bonus as we seem to have a lack of weapon holsters in a lot of the figures.

And THAT is how you do an alternate head. No mask, and a crazy look on his face. Add in the pointing gun finger, and you have a great crazy guy going on here.

What a threatening motion. I am sure against Blade, he would be losing that hand very shortly.

This is a comparison of the two Bullseyes. The one on the left is the new version. On the right is the ToyBiz version from 2005. Boy was that an ugly looking dude. There was very little that was right about the 2005 version, but they did do a good job with the outfit.

Man-Thing:

Time to Build-a-figure. 6 parts come together to form a swamp monster. Debuting in May 1971, just a few month before DC came out with Swamp Thing. It seems funny that they would both come out with a swamp creature at almost exactly the same time. I actually prefer my “Thing” in the “Swamp” form rather than the “Man” form, but there is something endearing about the strange face of Man-Thing.

I don’t know how he is connected to the rest of this wave, and I am pretty sure Hasbro could have come up with a better BAF to fit in with the rest of the figures, but this is what we have. And I like him.

The textures are very well done. He is definitely of the swamp, with all of the vines growing all over his body.

He is nice and big, standing nearly 2 heads taller than the rest of the wave. I love that face.

Well, there we have it. The Man-Thing series, or the first of the Netflix Defenders waves. It doesn’t look like Marvel Legends is going to slow down anytime soon. Black Panther figures are set to drop, and then there is a wave of Spider-People coming from the comics, so lots and lots to look forward to. I will have to go backwards a bit. I had a bit of a harder time getting my hands on those figures initially, so I am a series backwards. Lots of other great stuff coming too. Power of the Primes is in full swing with the Transformers, and I have a few Star Wars ships to look at too. Not to mention new Power Rangers Legacy figures are starting to leak out very slowly.


Marvel Legends – Man-Thing Series (Netflix Defenders) – Part 2

We will take a look at the ladies of Netflix, Elektra and Jessica Jones. Yesterday we looked at the men of the series, Daredevil and Punisher. These two may be smaller, but they are two very tough ladies.

Elektra:

A part of Daredevil Season 2, she came back in Defenders Season 1, to make a nice segway into the later figures we should be seeing from the Defenders team.

Elektra comes packaged with a mask covering her face. The black and red looked great on the screen, and it looks good here too.  She comes with two sais. The shape of her hands allows her some interesting holding positions for her sais, way better than just holding them straight. We saw her use them in Daredevil Season 2, and they are an important part of her story in The Defenders.

She also comes with an unmasked version of her head. It is a very good likeness of Élodie Yung. The movie/TV figures continue to get better and better head sculpts. Now if we can only take care of the shiny skin, we would be all set.

Jessica Jones:

Now THAT is a likeness of Krysten Ritter. Boy how I wish the figures weren’t so shiny, but that is a part of the process I guess.

There is not a lot going on with the figure. It is great to see some plain clothed figures, and Jessica fits the bill. She is mad about having powers, and is really an anti-hero, who has the role thrust upon her. So of course she mocks the characters who do wear costumes (lookin’ at you Daredevil). The outfit is perfect, with the leather jacket over a black shirt, and the tight jeans down to the boots. She does not come with any accessoires, but other than a liquor bottle or a glass, she doesn’t really have any tools that she uses. I guess they could have given her a camera. Ah, that would have been a great accessory. A camera with a long zoom lens. Boo! Now I am going to have to find or make one for her.

This is a great couple of ladies to put out first. Elektra from Daredevil, and Jessica Jones from her own show before going head to head in The Defenders. If there is something that Netflix has done right (and there is a lot that they have done right), it is the great strong female lead characters. I am hoping we will get Karen Page, Claire Temple, and of course, Colleen Wing.

So far so good. We have three figures left that are all comic figures. Can the rest of the wave stand up to the great start? We will see.


Custom Hot Wheels Datsun 240Z Rally Car

Original on the left, and custom on the right.

This was SO fun to build. I have had the Datsun cleaned of paint and drilled apart for a few years. I knew I wanted to do something with a Datsun 240Z, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Then a few weeks ago, I started to get an image of a rally car I wanted to make. I pulled out this car, ready to be modified, and got to work.

For the wheels, I knew that the low-profile Hot Wheels wheels would not do the trick of making a rally car. So I was on the lookout for some off-road wheels. They could not be too extreme. Rally cars are made to drive fast in the dirt, so big ol’ truck tires would not cut it. I had a set of Brush Fire truck tires from a Matchbox truck that looked just about right. The problem was, they were about a millimeter too big around. And when you are working in 1:64 scale, 1 tiny millimeter can be WAY off. The tires were impossible to stuff under the front wheel openings, and definitely wouldn’t look right if the car was jacked up to a height that would accommodate the bigger tires.

I finally found my tires in the form of a Matchbox off-road vehicle called the Four by Force. It has the treaded off-road tires that we find on a lot of Matchbox cars, but they were slightly smaller around. They were perfect. They fit great in the backs, and in the front, I had to do only a little modification at the front edges of the wheel arches.

 

I used brass tube to hold the axles. I cut a groove in the chassis to get the tube up higher. It allowed a bit too much ground clearance with the tube glued right to the chassis. In the end, the axles were dropped about two millimeters, and I added a bigger tire, and that gave the higher ground clearance.

Then it was time for lights and bars. The classic Rally cars of old had racks on the roof, where they mounted lights, a spare tire, and tool boxes. I knew with this classic car, that was the way I wanted to go. I used styrene tube for the front brush guard as well as the edges of the roof rack. I used a smaller diameter styrene bar to make the lights. The interior of the roof rack is thin sheet styrene cut to fit. Straight rows across the roof, and a bit of more styling design on the back to attach the spare tire as well as make it look a bit stronger.

I also went ahead and made a snorkel, since I think they are awesome looking, and it gives the Datsun and even more off-road look.

It was time for paint. I didn’t want anything fancy this time around. I wanted something a bit more utilitarian. So I went with the matte grey. It is Tamiya Airplane Grey out of a shaker can. I felt that a race car needed a touch of color, so I went with gloss red for the bar work. When I added mud flaps, I carried the red down to the underside of the car too. There is also a touch of red around the front headlights.

A race car team needs sponsors. The decals are leftovers from a 1:24 scale car build from many years ago. I hung onto the decals in hopes of being able to use them some day. For 1:24 scale, these decals are minor sponsors around the wheel arches. On the 1:64 scale, they are major sponsors.

With the car painted, decaled and cleared with matte clear, it was time for assembly. I glued the bars in place, as well as the snorkel. I added the spare tire, a white box, and a roll of fabric.

In all I am very happy with this car. It has really got my creative juices flowing for this small-scale building, and I am looking forward to more projects like this in the future.


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