Category Archives: Star Wars

First Order Stormtrooper Executioner – Star Wars The Black Series (The Last Jedi) – Target Exclusive

The Executioner Stormtrooper sounds like he is going to be a bad dude. From the description on the back of the packaging, it sounds like this is the Internal Affairs division of the Stormtroopers, but with this guy being the judge, jury, and executioner. This does not bode well for the Stormtroopers that cannot stay in line.

 

This Target Exclusive figure is a repaint of a standard First Order Stormtrooper. There is a matte black stripe on the helmet, and black shoulder pads. From there, he is given a special axe with which to dispense justice for the First Order.

The standard Stormtrooper came with two guns. This guy has the leg port of the smaller blaster, but was not included. That is too bad. I would think he would carry one even though he has a special weapon as well.

The black color added here and there gives quite a different look to the trooper.

Side by side, it is clear that these two are one in the same. They may be different branches of the same military, but it would be expected that an Executioner would run around in nearly the same armor as the standard infantry.

Other than the few paint apps, there are no differences between the two sets of armor.

One interesting note is the one black sole and one white sole on the boots. That is a funny thing to include, but the black sole is on the same side of the body as the black marking on the helmet.

Together to take back the galaxy. That is a lot of white and black going on here. The other four better worry, because while they are looking at the enemy, the Executioner is looking at them.

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Disney Pixar Toybox – Woody and Jessie

In an effort to always take more of our money, Disney went about and found a new toy line to create. Based around the Infinity game that has been canceled, Disney make action figures based on the cartoon style of the statues. I am not much of a statue collector, but I have always admired the design work of the statues. So, for Disney to come out with new figures based on those designs is pretty cool.

I happened down to my local Disney Store this morning looking for something else, but Jessie and Woody caught my eye. On the box they are #2 and #3. That could only mean one thing… #1 was Buzz Lightyear. A quick check of the back confirmed that for me. Unfortunately there was no Buzz in the store.

I didn’t know anything else about them, other than this says “Pixar Series.” That meant there was a good chance that there would be other figures from other series. None were in the store, but I would find about about that later.

So, finally I got home and busted these two out. They are fantastic. Lots of good articulation, all the way down to double joints in the wrists and ankles. They both have removable hats, and one extra accessory. Woody has a snake in the boot. Push the button and the snake shakes around. Jessie has a lasso.

The details in the outfits are fantastic. Big oversized stitching as well as big buttons. They have flattened legs, like they do in the movies, and drawstring loops on their backs. Just fantastic.

At the bottom of the packaging, there is a Toybox pamphlet. It shows all of the figures out so far. Along with the 3 Pixar figures out, it looks like they are planning for 4 more, 3 men and a woman. There are also Star Wars Toybox figures. Kylo Ren, Rey, and a First Order Stormtrooper. They also have 3 more in the pipeline, 2 men and a woman. And finally, there is the Marvel Toybox. The first 4 figures are Thor, Hulk, Spider-Man and Iron Man. They are planning on 2 more women and a man in a future wave.

I consider this one of the joys of the Disney takeover of the world. We start to get some interesting figures like this, and they can be mixed and matched between lines. These figures are only available at the Disney Store, so get in there, or get them online. You will not be disappointed.


Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade) (Amazon Exc) and Elite Praetorian Guard Comparison

Since Amazon was ready ahead of time, the exclusive Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade) was sent out early. So, now that I have it in hand, I wanted to compare it to the standard Elite Praetorian Guard #50.

First off, the helmets. I was expecting the figures to be the same except for the weapons. I am happy to see that there is a different helmet for each of the types of guards. The Heavy Blade guard is in the left, with the upswept mask, while the standard figure on the right has the longer mask.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the figure too. First up is the standard guard. He is VERY red. The only spot of color are the black pants hidden under the skirt.

Now that is a lot of red, but the figure has a lot of texture going for it that allows for some variation. There is a leather texture on the skirt as well as the around the neck. The arms have layered armor that allows for color variation in the highlights and shadows. And the mask itself is shiny.

The details included are really well done. From the leather material to the fine lines of the body armor. They even have cool double jointed knees with the big knee pads as the main part that separates the two parts of the leg.  he guard comes with a pretty nasty looking bladed weapon. It is interesting that these guards have bladed weapons as opposed to the long range blasters that the majority of the characters use. It will be interesting to see how these weapons hold up against weapons like the lightsaber.

Heavy Blade guard has the heavy blade that has a pole as tall as the guard and then there is a massive blade on top of that. It is a formidable close-combat weapon. He also comes with a spear or pike of some sort. The SHFiguarts Heavy Blade Guard shows that this weapon separates to become a whip. Seeing him in hand really gets me excited to see these guys in action. Unlike the Emperor’s Royal Guard, we should see these guys in action.

The only real problem with these guys are the elbow joints. The joints are lost behind the layers of armor, so they cannot bend their arms very well. I have seen some fixes that I may try.

The director of The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson said that he wanted these guards to look more like samurai than the Emperor’s guards. He wanted them to look like they could fight if they needed to. I think they succeeded in the desired effect. I really like that there are different helmets and weapons available. There is one more guard out there. The “fingernail” guard with a wide brim on his helmet that looks like a big fingernail. It is part of the Gamestop Exclusive 4 pack that comes with 3 other guards going back to the Republic days. It is way too expensive for what it is, so I am going to hold out hope that Hasbro will put out a single pack with the 3rd Elite Guard. I am also interested to see what the numbers of each type of guard are for the movie. There are supposedly 8 of them.


Ezra Bridger’s Speeder – Star Wars: Rebels (3 3/4 scale)

I have not been collecting a whole lot of vehicles in recent years from Star Wars, but there have been a few that have stuck out at me. This is not one of them. I passed on it many times. Until it went on clearance at Target. I figured, I love speeder bikes, so it would not be a big loss if it was a stinker of a vehicle.

Thankfully it is pretty good. It comes with Ezra, and he has his lightsaber. Both are good.

Ezra’s lightsaber hilt can be attached to his hip. That is a nice touch for anyone who wants to play with the figure. I figure a 5 POA figure is a waste for trying to play with, or even pose for photography. It is too static a pose for any good use.

There is a hatch in the back of the speeder to also hold the lightsaber hilt.

The blade of the saber can be stored under the vehicle. It is a nice way to keep it safe when Ezra is just cruising around.

 

The speeder is a larger bike than the classic speeder bikes the Empire uses. This one is more utilitarian, with a bulkier frame. More for everyday use. The front handles slide forward and back to allow different sized figures to ride on the bike. That is a nice addition as well.

There is a lot of good paint on this one that gives enough detail. It looks well used with some scuffed paint here and there.

Overall this is a fine vehicle for the scale. I can see how there are people that passed on it. If you are not a fan of Rebels, there would be no nostalgia feel to the bike. I do like the extended universe, and seeing different vehicles is always nice. There are still plenty around at many Target stores, just warming pegs, looking for good homes before the next Star Wars movie comes out and takes up all of the pegs again.


The Black Series Photo Dump

Over on my Flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/carnitasfever/  I added a mess of new The Black Series photos.   I have been so focused on other toys in the last year that the 6 inch Star Wars figures have been neglected.   I finally took some time to break these men and women from their plastic and cardboard prisons and set them free on the shelf.  But before they went on the shelf, they went to the sand for a photoshoot.

I figured I would just dump all of them at once, since some of them are old, and most have been reviewed elsewhere a long time ago.

I am really happy with what Hasbro has done, and continues to do with The Black Series.   This was a catch-up matter, so hopefully I will be more on top of things as we go forward with new Black Series figures.  And I know there is some good stuff coming.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/carnitasfever/


Tie Striker – Star Wars – Rogue One (3 3/4 scale)

The Tie Striker. There were a lot of new vessels introduced in Rogue One. One of them was this alternate version of the Tie Fighter. It is always an interesting gable to throw a new vehicle into a world that already has a long history. Why didn’t we see Tie Strikers and U-Wings during other movies. Well, they were created after the other movies, but take place before. Like the Death Troopers, you have to have a good story to go along with it. Basically the Galactic War takes place over an entire galaxy, and the places that have these vehicles were not visited… or something along those lines.  Over the years, Hasbro has come out with some amazing Tie Fighter variations. We have had Tie Bombers, Tie Fighters, Tie Interceptors, and the Tie X1. And now the Tie Striker.

This version comes with very long wings. It is nearly as long as Hasbro’s U-Wing, which is impressive on its own. There are 5 main parts to put together. The top part has an opening canopy. The bottom has the NERF cannon. Then there are two wings that are a bit tricky to get in place, but not too bad.

The Tie comes with a pilot. He is a very standard 5POA figure. He does come with an E-11 blaster.

Just like the First Order Tie Fighter, this one has a place in the canopy to hold the blaster. That way it is not bouncing around in there when the ship is flown around.

The wings are locked in the up position for landing. There is a bit of a forward slope to the wings while it is on the ground.

From the top the wing design is unique, but not too dissimilar from the standard Tie variation, so it still fits into the universe.

With a press of a button, the wings fall down into attack mode. Apparently this helps the fighter to fly faster.

From the front, you can see the increased fire power. Yes, there is a NERF cannon down there, but that is of no concern. What is interesting is the second set of cannons below the first. This fighter is ready for battle with 4 cannons instead of two.

From the back, you can see the button on top for dropping the wings. There are holders under the wings for up to 4 NERF darts. The fighter only comes with two.

Overall this is a great model of a Tie Striker. It is big and fun to swoop around. There is a lot of playability with the wings flapping up and down as the flyer sees fit. The NERF guns work well, and the darts fly far, for some added playability. To me, the NERF parts detract from the overall appeal of the toy. It isn’t too bad on this one, like the giant blob hanging off of Hera Syndulla’s A-Wing from the Rebels TV show. I am hoping for a passing phase on this as we get closer to the next Star Wars film coming out, which means the potential for some new vessels.


Road Trip Finds

I was gone on a 21 day road trip with my wife and dog. We got a travel trailer and took it out on the maiden voyage. 21 days, 11 states, 4200 miles. Along the way I was able to stop in a plethora of WalMarts, Targets, a few Toys R Us’ and a couple of Walgreens. I even made it to a Fred Meyer in Oregon, which is owned by Krogers, so they had lots of Hot Wheels.

The tally of finds was:

Marvel Legends:
6 of the 7 Spider-Man Homecoming
The Walgreens Exclusive Invisible Woman
The Toys R Us Exclusive 2-pack Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson

The Jim Lee Cyclops figure from the Warlock Series

Transformers:
Blitzwing (Voyager Class)
Octane (Voyager Class)
Bumblebee (Deluxe Movie)
Barricade (Deluxe Movie)
Berserker (Deluxe Movie)

Star Wars:
Tusken Raider (Sand People) (40th Anniversary Black Series)

Diecast:
10 Premium brands
Lightning McQueen (Target Exc)

13 Matchbox
75 Hot Wheels

 


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