Monthly Archives: February 2018

New Wolverine and Phoenix – Marvel Minimates Wave 6 (2004)

Two teammates just hanging out on the street corner.

In the second year of the Marvel Minimates craze that has lasted for 15 years now. It is fun to look back the the beginnings of the line. Not many lines can boast a run like this, but we are 75 waves in, not including all of the exclusives, including 25 special movie waves at Toys R Us, 25 regular exclusive waves at TRU, and 8 waves at Walgreens. And that is just Marvel. There was a short lived DC line that was great and countless other properties that were tried as well.

“Hi Mary Ja-* Sorry, wrong redhead!”

All in all, Diamond Select and Art Asylum have really made a great set of figures, and it has given me one of the best scales (2 inch) to play with when diorama building. Lots more to come!

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Grimlock – Transformers: Generations – Power of the Primes (Voyager Class)

Moving up to the bigger figures, we are going to look at the Voyager Class Grimlock. For those who were on the ride for the Combiner Wars, you will remember that the Voyager Class figures were the main torso of the Combiner teams. They were bigger, and the leader of the given team.

This is a really nice representation of the G1 version of Grimlock. He is missing his T-Rex torso, splayed out behind him like a pair of wings, but I like this a lot better. As the Voyager Class figure of the team, he comes with the feet that will eventually be used with Volcanicus…but not until we get to wave 2, and the rest of the DInobot team. He also comes with the Enigma of Combination, which allows him to form Volcanicus with his team.

As with his brethren, he comes with a clear portion painted gold on the inside. This is a great look, and nice to have it flow through the whole team.

Leave it to Grimlock to have a power that would make him smaller so he could test his mettle.

With the team thus far. I am still bummed that Swoop has a blue torso. I know it fits in with the cartoon, but boy does it make him look like an outsider with the rest of the team in red.

Transformation of Grimlock is not too tricky, just tricky enough to be fun. He has that WIDE stance that we know and love from that silly T-Rex.

He has all of the important parts that are needed to be a good Grimlock. The face really sells the look overall.

From the top, things are a bit sketchy. There is a LOT of extra stuff stuck on back there. Since Grimmy turns into a torso as well, there are a few extra pieces that need to go someplace. It isn’t the worse, but not as clean as previous releases of Grimlock.

And once again with his team, this time in dino-mode. They look great together. I can’t wait to get the other two and have a full team for the first time in my life. It is going to be epic.

Also a full team means Volcanicus. And to make him, Grimlock needs to form the torso. And what a nice torso he makes. I love his T-Rex head becomes the chest with an Autobot logo right in the middle. The hips swing around and form circles on the front of the shoulders, which looks outstanding. His Volcanicus head even has a sort of crown, which of course we know Grimlock is.

Some of my Grimlocks. There have been a lot, but these are the closest representation we had leading up to Power of the Primes. In the back is the Masterpiece Grimlock. Giant in size, he is a fantastic piece. Then there are the two outside Grimlocks. On the left is the Fall of Cybertron version with the redecoed Gold Chrome version from Target on the right. I was actually quite amazed that the Fall of Cybertron version was larger than the Voyager Class here in Power of the Primes. It was also a Voyager Class, but It just didn’t feel as big until they were side by side.

As with any figures, there are likes and dislikes, but in recent years with the Prime Wars Trilogy, Hasbro has been making some absolutely fantastic G1 remodeled figures. Grimlock is in amongst those figures. I can’t wait to get the rest of the team!


Negative Zone Spider-Man and Jack ‘O Lantern – Marvel MiniMates – TRU 25 (Toys R Us Exclusive)

Diamond Select seems to have no end to the Spider-Man costumes to choose from. They are popping up at Walgreens and Toys R Us in their exclusive lines all of the time. This time around for Toys R Us is no different. We saw an early costume, Spider-Armor, and now the Negative Zone outfit, where the suits colors bled away leaving black and white. Once again being a team-up in the 2-pack of a Spider-Man and a foe, this version comes with Jack ‘O Lantern.

I like the Negative Zone suit. It is very simple, but has a lot of style with the simplicity. It seems to fit right in with the black and white of Noir Spider-Man. He comes with a base that looks like he is traveling into or out of the Negative Zone. This is probably one of the biggest accessories a MiniMate can come with.

Jack O’ Lantern feels like a reimagining of Green Goblin. He even has a platform to fly around on. I do like the flaming head.

And let’s not forget about pumpkin bombs. Hmmm, seems very similar to another guy we know. He is fun anyway.

I am really happy with this set overall. For me, Peter and Chameleon is the best 2-pack of the wave. The versatility of the figures to make Peter/Spider-Man and also Chameleon/Mary Jane is pretty cool. Beetle is a well done figure with those nice big wings. Spider-Armor Spider-Man and Negative Zone Spider-Man are easy choices to make, since they are just simple paint apps. No extras needed on those. And we round out Wave 25 with Jack, a funny figure to be sure.


Sigma 6 Vehicles in scale with MiniMates

If only I could time-travel back to 2006, I would have stocked up on the small scale Sigma 6 G.I. Joe vehicles. I loved that line, and I have most of the larger 8 inch figures, but I skipped most of the smaller vehicles. I am kicking myself now that I can see that there is not a lot of difference between the 3 inch Sigma 6 figures, and the 2 inch MiniMates.

Not only were there a number of vehicles that came out that would work for pretty close scale, but there were also a couple of Mechas. And, since Mechas are a made-up vehicle, the size can be off for the scale to still work. In this case, the Iron Hammer is a great example. It is a big vehicle that can fit into the scenes with the MiniMates. Better yet, it has a cockpit that can fit a MiniMate. That can’t always happen with the strange dimensions of MiniMates, but when it works, you do NOT want to pass it up.

Interestingly, there were a lot of vehicles from Sigma 6 that were repurposed into the standard 3 3/4 inch G.I. Joe line. So, if they can go up in scale, I can go down in scale. That means, keep your eyes out for other vehicles that fit the bill. If they are not a standard vehicle, they may very well fit into scale.

Aside: I was having fun today, since I made 6 more explosions, I wanted to see if I could make it look like the windows were being blown out of the building. I also made a smoke trail for a missile. I think they are very convincing, and I am looking forward to my next project. What that is, I don’t know yet, but I am sure it will be fun.


Thor and Valkyrie 2-Pack – Marvel Legends – Thor: Ragnarok

Target has been getting a bunch of 2-Packs for the Marvel movies, and they are holding onto them for a LONG time. I am hoping that they or Hasbro will figure out that they are not holding onto the 2-packs for so long because people don’t want 2-packs, but instead that they are generally one new figure, and a slightly retooled figure from a line that just came out. In this case, it is the Thor Valkyrie 2-Pack. Valkyrie is new, but Thor is nearly identical to the one that came out in the Hulk Wave to celebrate Ragnarok.

From Hulk BAF wave

I skipped this 2-pack for as long as I can, but Target put it on sale for $20.99. That is nearly a 2 for 1 sale. Now I am interested. So I grabbed it up and here we go. 2 more figures for the Thor: Ragnarok series.

They come with a good number of accessories. Thor comes with a second set of hands, so he has 2 open and two grasping hands. He also comes with the sword of Heimdall called Hofund, and rubbery electricity for his arm/hand. Valkyrie comes with a little less, the Dragonfang sword and scabbard.

They look good side by side. They are decked out in their gladiator armor. Thor looks as he does toward the end of the movie, where he is missing the shin armor he had during his battle with Hulk. Valkyrie is decked out in her clothing from earlier in the movie. By the end of the movie, she was once again in her white armor.

With the two different hands, Thor is a pretty dynamic character. He can hold stuff in both hands, and he can look like he is grabbing toward something, or use that electricity. It is a very rubbery material that wraps around his arm and hand. It is actually a flat piece that curls up, so it can be easily wrapped around any part you want. The likeness of the helmetless head is really well done. He looks really good.

I am not sure why Thor came with Hofund. It is Heimdall’s sword, but nonetheless, Thor gets paired up with it. It makes me wonder if they were originally going to make a Heimdall figure, but went with a second Thor instead. I guess they didn’t just want to include the green swords we got with the first figure.

Valkyrie looks really good. His has a nice resemblance to Tessa Thompson. Her outfit has some good detail overall. I am still waiting for Hasbro to get on with it and finally give us some women with double articulation in their elbows. We are still so limited with the 90 degree bend we get right now. She comes with Dragonfang and a scabbard for the sword. It matches in color and design to Thor’s twin blades he got with the first figure. The scabbard is fairly useless. It does not attach to her back as it should. Where is the peg?

These two look really good together. They match in their style really well, from the design to the colors they wear. I like the design choice in the movie to give them less capes and more of just a fabric drape.

I do not think this is a set worth the original $39.99, or the lowerered price $34.99, since we only get one new figure. Drop that down to $20.99, and you have a deal. I will take a helmetless Thor as a freebee to go along with Valkyrie. I think they should have just has Valkyrie in the mainline in the first place. They certainly had enough characters they could have had a whole wave of movie figures. I don’t know why they still run half movie, half comics in each wave. I have seen the Infinity Wars preview pictures, and it continues. With 60+ main characters, and they can’t just give us all movie figures. Ah well, I am not in charge, but I will wait for them to make the same deal with the Star-Lord/Ego pack. I am not going to pay $34.99 for my third movie Star-Lord, when they did it right the first time.


In an effort to up the dynamics of my photoshoots, and give a little extra something to play with. Yesterday I glued cotton balls to my newly acquired battery-powered tea lights.

Today I added paint with an airbrush. Light coats of black around the whole ball, building up the dark layers on the outside. Then I added red, followed by orange, and finished with yellow. I dusted the colors across most of the explosion, save for the top that I left nearly white.

I made four to start, and see how it went. #1 is a short pile of cotton balls. #2 is the same as #1, just pulled up a bit more. #3 has added cotton balls on top for added height. And #4 has two tea lights inside for a wider explosion.

One of the goals I wanted to have was to be able to move them around, stack them up, or whatever the scene needed. I stacked them up, and the explosion is HUGE! It worked better than I hoped.

And now we get to blow up the Marvel/TMNT crossover team. One of the other goals I had hoped to be able to do was have the buildings explode. I used the tall #3 explosion, and it looks like it is rolling out the door, and then the other three look like the explosion is carrying across the street.

Oh, I am definitely doing more of these. This is great for MiniMates scale. It will be a bit small for Marvel Legends scale without stacking them up. So, I am going to need a few more of these explosions.


Power Rangers In Space – Black and Blue Rangers (Power Rangers Legacy 6.5 inch figures)

There was a long dry spell of no new Legacy Power Rangers in the stores. And then all of the sudden, The second half of Wave 3 (In Space), the entire Wave 4 (Zeo and Dino Thunder), and even the first part of Wave 5(Zeo and Dino Thunder continued), started to hit the stores. Mostly at Walgreens, but I have more recently seen them starting pop up at Target, though once again they are a little too late.

Today we are looking at the last two figures of In Space, Blue Ranger, T.J. and Black Ranger, Carlos. As with the majority of the figures in the Legacy line, the figures share the same body, with a new head. We get the same articulation over all of the figures. The articulation is pretty good overall. A few places that could be improved, like the neck and the hips, but they are pretty solid overall.
These guys come with their Blade Blaster and a holster.

The real exciting part is to be able to complete the Astro Megazord. It was a funny choice of figures, as the team did not use their vehicles to combine Astro Megazord. Their vehicles combined to form Mega Voyager.

It is fine with me, because the Astro Megazord is an outstanding figure. The details are the best of the released Zords so far, and it would be hard pressed to find one better in future waves.

Now we have three complete Zords. Astro Megazord joins Dino Megazord from Mighty Morphin’, and the first released Storm Megazord. These Zords are a lot of fun to play with.

I am happy to have another complete set of Rangers. It is very exciting to get complete teams of some of the older classic teams that we didn’t get the great articulation for earlier on.

These poor Rangers don’t have much work to do. They are Rangers without enemies… for now. Bandai has announced that the Psycho Rangers will be in Wave 7. I can’t wait. For one, it will give the Rangers someone to fight with. And two, the Psycho Rangers are going to look awesome! We haven’t seen actual pictures yet, but they were really cool in the show, so they have to be cool in toy form too.


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