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Vortex – Combiner Wars – Bruticus

Take Alpha Bravo, who was a rescue helicopter with rockets on the side. Repaint it with a crazy paint job, and you have Vortex. They didn’t even give him a new head.

I think overall the paint is a bit much. When you have Combaticons, you don’t think wild colors that stand out. You want more of a military look. And for the most part, Bruticus looks like he is going to be colored correctly… other than this bright green and yellow arm formed by Vortex.

In robot mode, we pretty much get what we got with Alpha Bravo. He is less than inspired. Blocky and out of sorts. On the upper half, his head is the best part. He has a great face with a good design and the red connected eyes.

His torso is clearly a part of the Combier. It is so much more blatant than the other figures. Probably due to so much extra color around the rest of the chest. Of course, if you put paint on the combiner tab, then it will rub off, and nobody likes paint rub.

He has that giant backpack of greeble back there that is super ugly. Really, there isn’t much they could probably do with it, but still, it looks pretty bad on the slim frame of Vortex. We have had lots of other helicopter robots in the past decade that have turned out well, so we can’t blame it all on the alt mode being a helicopter.

His legs are another part that don’t look great. They are rather blah down there. The bottom part especially with the strange shape of the calf, tiny feet, and the bulge off to both sides. It all had to get moved out of the way for the arm.

The helicopter is a pretty good looking machine. Vortex looks better to me than Alpha Bravo because of who he is. As an attack helicopter, I expect to see Vortex with missiles hanging off his sides. Not so much with the rescue helicopter.

Vortex comes with the same two weapons as Alpha Bravo. The rifle and the dual gattling gun hand/foot. This time in grey rather than black. They don’t really go too well with the helicopter, but the big gun does make a nice stand for the rather flat helicopter to sit on.

I cannot imagine Vortex and Swindle hanging out together. I am sure they do not appreciate the skills that the other brings to the team.

They are a good pair to look at to see the wide range we get when we see the Deluxe figures in this line. Swindle is bulky with large shoulders, and lots of bumpy parts, where Vortex is rather streamlined with a very slender body.

I cannot wait to track down the rest of the team and finally get Bruticus built. This is taking a long time to find them all. It is probably due to the inundation of so many Robots in Disguise figures still holding spots on all of the pegs at both Toys R Us and Target.

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Diesel Ressha and Diesel-Oh – Ressha Sentai ToQger

I was all ready to look at the last Ressha to form Diesel-Oh, but got caught up in the new green T-Rex Zord, and couldn’t wait to post about it.  Today we are headed back to Japan to look at the old man, Diesel Ressha.

Diesel Ressha is the biggest of the single Ressha to this point. It will be eclipsed by the Build Ressha later on, but this old man is enough for now. He is the needed piece to connect with Car Carrier and Tank Ressha in order to build the great Diesel-Oh.

Even though Diesel Ressha comes in 5 main parts, it really consists of the Ressha at the front, a giant long middle section, and a small section at the back. They come apart as we have seen with the other Ressha to allow for turns in the track. This time, not so much. The middle section is WAY too big, and would have benefited from at least one break in the middle.

The three auxiliary Ressha needed to combine to form Diesel-Oh.

Diesel-Oh is a big boy when all put together. His head is about a half a head taller than ToQ-Oh, but ToQ-Oh makes up the height in the tall shoulders, leaving Diesel-Oh just slightly taller.

He looks great with the three main colors, dark red, orange, and blue. When we first see Diesel Ressha, he just has a spot of blue and a spot of orange at the back end. This really helps bring the mecha together when the legs are added, and then the legs match the shoulders.

The center part of the body opens up to reveal a beautiful gold chrome chest. There are a few other openings that allow for the gold theme to carry through the figure.

ToQ-Oh and Diesel-Oh make a formidable team.  They each have their own strengths, and they look different from one another to not feel like you are just getting a copy of the first mecha.

Cho Ressha Gattai Cho ToQ-Oh – Okay, now that is a long name.  Basically this is the forming of ToQ-Oh and Diesel-Oh.   This is pretty much ToQ-Oh with the arms separated off to allow Diesel-Oh to make the shoulders wider and create Cho ToQ Cannons.   Now this is some fire power.

Of course this would be very top heavy, so Diesel-Oh’s legs attach to ToQ-Oh’s legs for a more robust platform.

Okay, now that is a long name. Basically this is the forming of ToQ-Oh and Diesel-Oh. This is pretty much ToQ-Oh with the arms separated off to allow Diesel-Oh to make the shoulders wider and create Cho ToQ Cannons. Now this is some fire power. Of course this would be very top heavy, so Diesel-Oh’s legs attach to ToQ-Oh’s legs for a more robust platform.

 


Zootopia – World of Zootopia 14-Pack Target Exclusive

Zootopia is the upcoming movie by Disney. I found the last animated feature, The Good Dinosaur, to be lackluster at best. This time around, Disney has gone with some big hitters in the director and writing chairs. Written and directed by Bryon Howard, Rich Moore, and Jared Bush. These guys bring Tangled, Bolt, Wreck-It-Ralph, and Big Hero 6 to the table. We are talking about some of the best animated movies in the past few years. Combined, we can’t lose with this team.

Zootopia is a story about a new police officer (Judy Hopps) who takes on a case that is bigger than she can handle. She is joined by Nick Wilde, who is a con-artist with a heart of gold. Let’s not forget that Nick is voiced by none other than Jason Bateman, with Gennifer Goodwin voicing Judy. There is going to be some majorly good dialogue in this movie.

This is the 14-Pack, World of Zootopia set, that is available only at Target. The standard 2-packs run $8.99, and this one is $39.99. Any way you slice it, you come out ahead when you get this bigger set. Instead of $9 a pack, it is more like $5.71 a pack. There are some color variation in this set you can’t get in the two packs as well.

This line is done by Tomy, which also created the Good Dinosaur line. It is very similar in style, where the larger figures have pretty good articulation, while the smaller animals lack any, and for good reason. Some of them are very small. Take a look at all you get in this set of 14.

Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps

Nick and Judy are our hero and heroine of this film. Judy comes with 7 points of articulation. Neck, shoulder ball and joint, and hip. This allows for some really good movement overall. Nick has one extra point in his tail. It is a ball joint, which is good, since his tail makes him back heavy. The tail can be rotated to allow him extra support.

Both of these figures are in alternate colors. Nick is in a pink shirt with tan pants, as opposed to a green shirt and grey pants. Judy is in a grey/black SWAT outfit. This is different from her blue variant.

Assistant Mayor Bellwether and Mayor Lionheart

She does however come with an awesome pair of glasses that look quite thick. She is assistant to Mayor Lionheart. A funny play to have a sheep be an assistant to a lion. Mayor Lionheart comes with the standard 8 points of articulation. He also has a tail that turns.

They are both in the same clothes they come with in the 2-packs.

Officers McHorn and Clawhauser

It looks like the majority of the police officers are going to be big and tough. About what you would expect to play off of the small wiry look of Judy Hopps.

McHorn and Clawhauser are in tan uniforms instead of blue. They both sport 7 and 8 points of articulation. Clawhauser has an extra for his tail.

Mr. Big and Kevin

Mr. Big is the very small bad guy in this movie. It looks like he may be using a bunch of polar bears as his henchmen.

Mr. Big is too small for articulation, but Kevin has 7 points. They are both in their 2-pack colors.

The Little Guys:

There are a bunch of smaller guys that come in the set. They are Finnick, Bat Eyewitness, Lawbreaking Mouse, Weaselton, Lemming Businessman, and Safety Squirrel.

Only Finnick has head movement. The rest are static. Safety Squirrel looks to be the only figure with different paint, a black band around his hat.

We have a bit to go until the movie comes out March 4th, two days before my birthday.  Happy birthday to me.  I know what I am doing for my birthday.   That gives us some time to see all of the toys in the store before then.  The size they chose for the figures allows for some great secondary accessories.   There are going to be quite a few cars coming out in this line.  This is the kind of stuff I think they should have done with Big Hero 6.  We had similar sized figures, but only figures.  I would love to have bought at least their car if not a few other accessories too.  With Zootopia, that will not be a problem.  We will see at least two more Judys with her in her light blue outfit and a police car, as well as her meter maid outfit with her electric car.   The vehicles look like they are going to be fantastic!


Power Rangers Dino Super Charge Figures are out!

Leading up to the holidays it seems that all toys go through a sale of some sort, usually to get rid of old stock.   Then the holidays pass, and people have money of gift cards to spend, so the new toys come out to fill the shelves.   It is no different with Power Rangers.   We are starting to see the Dino Super Charge figures hit the shelves and pegs.   We got a little look before the holidays with the T-Rex Super Charge Morpher, and some of the new Chargers, but the figures were still not out.  They are out, they look good, and I found a nice cross section to look at what we have to look forward to now.

Purple Ranger:

I love the color of the new Purple Ranger.  She is so bright.  Pretty much the Pink Ranger with a new head sculpt, but that is what we generally get with the Rangers in this line.

She comes with the green sword and morpher.  As with the rest of the Rangers, the morpher can be attached to her hip.  She can hold it much better in her left hand than her right.

Aqua Ranger:

He has what is probably the most detailed head sculpt of any of the 9 Rangers out now. You can see all of the skin texture of the dino imprinted in his helmet.

I love the gold/copper color across his chest. It adds a lot to the outfit, and separates him from the other Rangers.

He comes with the standard sword and morpher. I wish one of these guys would come with the sword/morpher combo.

Dino Steel Pink Ranger:

Shelby is the second most figure I own in the in the Dino Charge series, after Red Ranger.  This version of Pink Ranger comes with the right arm in Dino Steel form, or extra armor plates down the arm.  Add to that the Tricera Drill, and she looks great.

Unless they come up with some other variations, the next version we will see will be the Dino Super Drive, but I am guessing we will not see that for a little while since we are getting the Dino Super Charge marketing, but the Dino Charge show hasn’t even ended yet.  Seems a little backwards to me, but I will just sit back and enjoy what is coming our way.

T-Rex Super Charge Red Ranger:

Tyler gets another upgrade. This was a surprise to no one that walks down the toy aisle at Toys R Us. The T-Rex Super Charge Zord hit the shelves before Christmas, so it was only a matter of time before the figure showed up in the store too.

He is a bit more robust than the other figures in the line. He has some amazing paint apps this time around. I am really excited to see him in the show in this form.

He comes with the T-Rex Super Charge Zord in blaster mode. It is all red, and does not show the vast colors that the actual blaster has, but that is typical for this line.

Snide:

Next season’s bad guy. He is a really scary looking dude. Still totally over the top in Japanese design, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

He has quite a bit for a villain. He movement in his arms (shoulders, elbows), legs (hips), and head (neck swivel). His shoulder pads move up and down like the Rangers to allow for good movement in the shoulder joint. He comes with a sword that matches the color of his armor. The details on the costume are really well done.

We now have a huge variety of Rangers.  This is no simple repaint from here on out.  We have standard Rangers, Dino Drive Rangers, Dino Steel Rangers, Gold Ranger, T-Rex Super Charge Red Ranger.  This is getting pretty fun, and looks fantastic on the shelf.


Blizzard and Hulkbuster – Hulkbuster Wave Part 4 (Final Part)

Today we are looking at the final two figures in the Hulkbuster Wave.  Blizzard, and the big guy himself, Hulkbuster.

Blizzard:

Blizzard is a character that is a bit below my radar. And rightfully so. He seems to be 3rd tier at best, but at least a part of Iron Man’s rogue gallery.

He is simply constructed. He has a special head, but the rest is done with paint. This is a great body that they use. It is very strong and has great muscle texture all over.

He has a menacing looking face, with angry eyebrows and no mouth. It would have been nice to get some sort of power burst with him to get something at least. It looks like he is standing around getting angry for the most part.

Hulkbuster:

Hulkbuster is huge! I expected him to be heavy as I was buying the team and could feel heft, especially in the legs. He comes with two legs, two arms, a torso, a front and back piece for the chest, and a tiny little head.

He goes together easily for the most part. The head popped right on. The arms easily went onto the their holes. There was a bit of a need for some extra strength to get the legs onto their posts, but I managed. There is a post that sticks up out of the lower torso and attaches into the upper torso. Mine is stuck and does not swivel to the sides. I can get side to side movement, but no twist. So, as for now, my Hulkbuster is slightly off center.

Overall this is a great wave of figures. They give a good look across the board, and they have a fantastic build-a-figure on Hulkbuster. It will be a while before they live this one down. It is like the Sentinel back in the day. All other BAF figures were held to that standard, and it took a long time for some people to get over that one. Now we have the new standard, and the bar is set high!


Valkyrie and Thundra – Marvel Legends Hulkbuster Series Part 2

Valkyrie and Thundra are a different breed of woman for Marvel Legends. Both are larger women. They are proportionate, but they are both tall. We are talking half a head taller than the standard male Legends body. And that is what we needed with these women. They cannot be using the same buck as the Spider-Women. They need to be more robust.

What is really nice is that, though they are both tall, they share very little in common. They are independent women. I am guessing they use the same arms and legs. Both are simple. No additional parts other than paint, and that is fine. Where they really come alive is in the face and torso.

They could not have more different faces and hair. Valkyrie has a calm face with braids falling over her shoulders. The braids kind of float in the air when when her head is turned, but I don’t know how they could have done this differently to make it work any better.

Thundra on the other hand is rather angry. She has a big head of bright red hair. Her face sculpt is well done, and her hair looks good. Her hair does get in the way of head movement, so it is a bit restricted there.

In the torso area, Valkyrie is combining Madonna’s metal bra with Thor’s metal torso circles, and it looks good on her. She has a LOT of black in her outfit, so it is good to have it broken up a bit.

Thundra wins the torso award. She is wearing a short top that exposes her mid-torso, and thank goodness it does. Without clothing covering the area, the designers really went for it and gave us a very finely sculpted 6-pack. It looks great.

They both have an accessory. Valkyrie has a sword. When I first saw it in the box, I was afraid it was going to be so crooked since it is slender. It came out pretty well.


Thundra had a chain and mace that is in a curving sculpt. I think it is time to go back to the drawing board with this one and try out some real chain and see what we can do about upgrading her a bit.

Overall, these are two really well done women. They are great additions to the Hulkbuster Series, and they will be standing nice and tall on the shelf amongst the men.


Doctor Strange, Vision – Marvel Legends Hulkbuster Series

Today we take off into the world of Marvel once again.  I have had my hands on the Hulkbuster Series of Legends for quite a while.   They came out quickly on the tail of the Rhino Series.   They went away, and now they are back with a vengeance for the holiday time.  This is a good series to get if you are a casual collector of Legends.  There are some good figures, but really we culminate with one of the best Build-a-Figures since the Sentinel.  Hulkbuster is big, has good articulation, and is ready for a fight.  More on him later.   First off, let’s take a look at the pair that are called “Marvel Heroes” on their shared box, Doctor Strange and Vision.

Doctor Strange:

I am a big fan of this version of Doctor Strange. Usually in blue with a giant cape and huge lapel, this version is much more subdued. The tunic and belt look wind blown, which goes well with the rest of his look of casting a spell.  He comes with Hulkbuster’s leg, which is almost his size, and probably twice as heavy. He also has some of his mystic powers that attach to his hands, similar to Scarlet Witch.

He is a bit on the muscular side for who he is supposed to be. I would expect a little more of a regular bodied person. But I guess it wouldn’t be a comic hero if they weren’t muscular.

Vision:

I was ready to hate vision. There were a lot of people I read about that were really poo-pooing him.

He is a little on the plain side, but the paint is well executed with a really nice combination of yellow, light green, and metallic green. His face and hands stand out as they are red. He has one fist, and an open hand that is definitely Spider-Man’s, and slightly too big for him. I think the hand size works well for Spider-Man, but looks a little too cartoony for Vision.

 

Next up, we will take a look at the ladies of this wave.  They are really well done, and once again I am very pleased with the good choices they have made to keep the women from being to flimsy.   Stay tuned…


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