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MiniMate Scale Vehicles

We will continue looking at MiniMates today. They are on my mind, since I have immersed myself in the scale to try and make a quality diorama for them, which I have never had before.  Now it is time to look for some vehicles. The scale of MiniMates is between 1/35th and 1/24th scale. I some 1/24 scale models around, and they are a bit too tall for MiniMates. I do not have any 1/35 scale cars to use.

But I do have Transformers, and plenty of Transformers. I figured, why not look at the newest of the lot. The Titans Return figures.  As a vehicle, a Titans Return Deluxe Class figure works fine. The cockpit is too small, since it is made for a Titan Master that is about half as tall as a MiniMate. Too bad, no going for rides in the cabs of these vehicles. But from the outside, they work quite well.

Comparing the robot mode, this works well too. This could be the start of some pretty fun photography.

And as you continue to increase the scale of the Transformer, it works better with MiniMates. It is a good thing Colossus didn’t attack Fort Max, thinking he was a Sentinel.

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New Diorama in a new scale

A few nights ago it was window frame building night. Lots of windows in those old brownstones. My MiniMate diorama has begun.

I have been working this time to create a more multi-dimensional diorama for my figures. Since I am making this one for MiniMates, a lot of the pieces are smaller than I have been building in the 6 inch scale. Since I started the window frames, I have moved onto the stairs. I wanted this particular house to have a set of curved stairs to a landing and then a second set of stairs up to the front door. I think it is a cool architectural touch, and a potential for some fun photography in the future…if I ever get this thing built. I have since added the side railing, which is drying in the garage.


Optimus Prime and Orion Pax – Transformers Tribute

While we are still in the midst of Titans Return, Hasbro has come out with something interesting. This is a special two-pack depicting the evolution of one of the greatest Transformers to ever live.

Optimus Prime started his life as Orion Pax, the librarian. And to commemorate those two parts of his life, Hasbro has put together a pack that shows this change. Included is a slight repaint of Optimus Prime from the War for Cybertron line of Generations. Along with him is a repainted Sergeant Kup with a new head sculpt Titan Master.

Optimus Prime is not all that different. The greys are darker, and the red lighting has been turned blue. This is not the reason for me to buy this box set. It is the other guy I really wanted.  Orion Pax is a complete repaint of Sergeant Kup. The use of Kup is great, because that way Pax gets to have a Cybertronian truck mode as well as a thinner body of an intellect, before he became a warrior.

Pax comes with a Titan Master with no name. I am hoping he will eventually get a name, but there is none on the packaging that I could find. Maybe this is a robot version of Roller.

I was not sure how the truck modes would compare. Both are in the Generations line, but they are a bit separated in time and sublines. While Pax looks very utilitarian, Prime has a much meaner look.

The changes in Optimus Prime do not warrant a rebuy of the figure. He is nearly the same, with just a bit of color change.

Buying two figures just to get one? Well, I think it is worth it. We do not have a lot of Orion Pax figures. Back in 2014 we did get a figure in the Thrilling 30 subline of Generations, and he is great. There is something about the simplicity of this one that really stands out.

If you love the Titans Return line, or you are a huge fan of Optimus Prime, this is a good set to get. The Orion Pax alone is a great figure to add to your collection. A one for the price of two is not that great of a deal if you already have the first WfC Optimus Prime, unless you NEED the new Pax.


Warlock Wave (X-Men) – Marvel Legends

Once again I have amassed another wave of  Marvel Legends.   This time around we are building Warlock.  The wave is another lovefest for the X-Men.  We have some mainstays from the team, as well as some outliers.    I have already looked at Colossus back a bit.  Now I have the rest of the team and I am bringing the whole line to you right here, right now!

Old Man Logan:

Wolverine in the future. He is the only figure not to come with a build a figure part for Warlock. And really, that is no problem. Either you want this guy, or you don’t. And in most Legends collectors, this is a guy you want. I am sure Hasbro bet on that, since they did not give him a BAF part. The other could have been the Jim Lee designed Cyclops, That one would have sold too.

We once again get a figure that is in normal street clothes. And that is a GREAT thing. These figures looks fantastic in regular clothes. Logan is sporting a bomber jacket that is unlike what anyone else has so far. He also comes with the newer Wolverine fists that have the removable claws. Best innovation of the last year for the Legends line.

 

Dazzler:

Dazzler is an interesting choice of figures and subject for the Marvel Legends line. There is no doubt that this lady that looks to be pulled right out of the 70s is going to stand out among the other Legends on the shelf. She is actually a product of 1980. I don’t think disco was quite dead yet, but it was on it’s way out. Dazzler can create light using sound and vibrations. This seems to be a power akin to Jubilee. Not the strongest ability, but useful in different settings.

She is also quite a good athlete. She is a martial arts expert as well as a good rollerskater. Speaking of rollerskates, I never thought we would get a figure in rollerskates. This has to be a one off feet design. I can’t imagine that there are other rollerskating superheroes out there. A very nice touch.

She comes with a microphone, since she is a good singer, and she can use the sound of her voice, only after it has gone through a speaker. She also comes with the very common wrist power. This time showing up in a rainbow design.

 

Shatterstar:

Shatterstar was created in the (surprise) 1991, by (surprise) Rob Liefeld. Okay, no surprises here. Everything about this guy SCREAMS 1990s comics. From the face and hair, to the shoulder pauldron, to the high boots and long gauntlet gloves. Not only two swords, but a double sword. He has it all. He is a bit of a stretch to make the X-Men team. He has been in X-Factor, and X-Force, but I don’t think he was ever a full-fledged X-Men.

 

Sunfire:

A good guy, a bad guy, a Horseman of the Apocalypse, an X-Men, and a member of Big Hero 6. Shiro Yoshida has done it all. Now he is immortalized in Marvel Legends glory. It didn’t take much to make a standard buck into Sunfire. They made a new head (well detailed), a belt, and gave him flame hands. This seems more like they looked at the parts they had on hand and tried to figure out who they could make with minimum effort. That is okay with me. Let’s get some crazy figures we would have never thought would get made. Less Captain Americas and Iron Men, and more of this kind of figure.

 

Cyclops:

Not only is this Cyclops, but this is probably the most recognizable suit Scott Summers have ever worn. The bright blue and yellow, with the straps around the chest. Jim Lee hit it big time when he created this suit. It was even the suit used in the cartoon on TV. This may be the quintessential Cyclops for all time. We are definitely well on our way to building a full team of 90s X-Men.

 

Polaris:

Polaris has the powers of Magneto. He used that to his advantage to pretend to be her real dad. Turned out not to be the case, until 2012, when it was revealed that Polaris’ mom had an affair with Magneto. Yup, Magneto had three kids, and only one of them got his powers. Can’t explain the other two. So it is no big surprise that Lorna Dane dresses similarly to her half-sister Scarlet Witch.

Her backstory is a lot more interesting than the figure. Very basic in design, using the female buck, and adding a new head, cape, wrist gauntlets, and effects. Even her face tells us she knows she is boring. Come to think of it, with the exception of Logan and Warlock, nobody has an expression. Strange.

 

Warlock:

There is no surprise that this strange unit was created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz back in 1984. Computer technology was new and exciting, and to think that there could be life on other planets that had techo-organic beings was all the rage. It wasn’t long after that Transformers came out, with a whole civilization that is also techno-organic.

This figure is large and imposing. One of the biggest BAFs we have had in a long while. He stands over a head taller than Colossus, and even he is a head taller than the rest of the figures. He is so big, his waist is at shoulder height of the rest of the men.

He has a great face, good articulation (for a big man), one fist and one open hand, and a nice sturdy base of big feet. The colors are well done with a metallic gold wash over black.

This is an interesting team. There is a wide range of X-people from all over the time line from the 80s to now. This set allows you to fill in some gaps in teams, from everything with an X in the title. Logan and Cyclops are the standouts of the wave, with Colossus looking good, and Warlock being a lot of fun. I can’t help but think that Sunfire and Polaris were easy filler figures to just throw in there among the new parts heavy Dazzler and Shatterstar.


Mini-Con 4-Pack – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

The Mini-Cons were a bit of a strange idea for the Robots in Disguise line. In the show, they were great. Small robots that teamed up with a leader to create a bigger team.

Where the toys fell short was in the size. The toys had to be a certain side to work right, and that size was much larger in scale than what works with the Warrior Class figures they are supposed to work with.  Independently, they are fine little Transformers. Usually a pull on one part, and the intricate mechanics inside allow for a transformation.  Originally the figures transformed into either a ball or a torpedo. Not terribly original, but there were some really great little figures.

Then the Weaponizers came into play, and it got so much better. Since none of the Warrior Class figures could hold the standard figures, the world of integration grew by leaps and bounds, since now the figures can actually wield the weapons. Playability went up a lot.

This is a fun 4-pack with Dragonus, Bashbreaker, Lord Doomitron, and Lancelon. A gun, a hammer, a rake, and a sword. Collect them all and have a nice little battle. As with the other 4-packs, only two of the four figures came with the transparent armor. It works sometimes, but not always. I can see the armor being totally worthless for kids to try to play with and keep track of.

I am telling you this guy turns into a rake.

All of the Robots in Disguise line started way back in 2015. Now at the later end of 2017, it will be interesting to see where the brand will take us next.

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Repugnus – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Titan Master)

Usually I am all about the love for the Transformers. Especially recently with the Combiner Wars and the Titans Return lines coming into play in the Generations line-up.  Repugnus however is very lackluster for me. I guess you can’t love them all. And if you are going to have a miss, make sure it is a tiny Titan Master.

As with the other Titan Master single packs, you get a Titan Master, and a vehicle. In this case, we get the red and yellow Repugnus, and we get a beetle looking vehicle.

The Titan Master looks really close to his G1 robot mode. That is a plus he has going for himself. From there, they took a red and yellow robot and slapped some paint on his face. This is the worst paint I have seen in a long time.

The vehicle that belongs to Repugnus looks a lot like the beetle, bug sort of thing that he transformed into back in 1987. We still don’t know what it is. Repugnus fits right into the chest when he is folded up.

As with the other vehicles, this one has alternate modes. These are not the most well thought out modes we have seen from the line. The first is some sort of aircraft. It basically looks like someone sprayed the vehicle with some Raid, and then Repugnus went for a ride. Not great.

Then there is the gun mode. It is somewhat better with some barrels down low, and what looks like it could also be a bladed weapon.

Finally there is Repugnus’ alternate mode, as a head. That is one weird looking dude. And that is all I have to say about that.

I am glad they missed with a little guy. He can live out his life as a part of the beetle on the back of a shelf somewhere, only achieving dominance when a nuclear war destroys all life, except for Insecticons. And then they can start the process anew. I bet Repugnus wouldn’t look so ugly then.


The Invisible Woman – Sue Richards – Marvel Legends (Walgreens Exclusive)

Sue Richards, Sue Storm, The Invisible Woman. Whatever you call her, the newest entry in the Walgreens exclusive figures from Marvel Legends is now a trend. First we had Namor, and now The Invisible Woman. The rest of the Fantastic 4 cannot be far behind.

Sue comes with H.E.R.B.I.E. While not an accessory people were dying for, it is a nice accessory none the less. We could very well have gotten Sue with nothing more than her alternate hand. It is nice that they threw something else in there for us. He will help all of the toy photographers her in the future as they build their Fantastic 4 sets.

Sue is well done. She is one of the newer body types that have melded form and function. Gone are the skinny limbs with the high-heeled boots. We get a much more usable pair of feet that not only look more realistic, but help the ladies stand on the shelf.

She has a fantastic head sculpt. She is beautiful. I am hoping this is the current trend, since we have now had a lot of really well done female heads recently that have been far and above some of the heads that have come out before.

I am really happy with this Sue, and I am looking forward to what is coming next with the Fantastic 4. Unlike the likes of Walmart, Walgreens seems serious about getting the figures out to the people. They may not be the fastest at getting the figures on the shelf, but they do get out there eventually. The reasons for me to go to Walgreens keeps growing. Marvel Legends, Transformers, and MiniMates. Keep it up Walgreens.


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