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First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter – 3.75 inch scale – The Force Awakens

I was able to do a hard pass on most of the 3.75 inch Star Wars toys. For the most part, I love them. Before, we would get really good vehicles and lots and lots of characters to play with. I have a whole bunch of figures from Episodes 1-3, as well as some other figures that came out along with those. Somewhere along the way, Hasbro went back to the old 5 points of articulation. That saves a lot of money, but the figures were still the same price. On top of that, they came out with The Black Series 3.75 inch figures that did have all of the good articulation, but the prices are insane. With the lack of good figures, and really high prices on the vehicles, it was pretty easy to pass on the vehicles.

Today I found the First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter at ROSS, marked down from $30 to $16.99. That is a great markdown, and at 40% off, that was the right number to get me to pull the trigger.

I could tell just pulling the TIE out of the box that I was going to really like this vehicle. It comes in a lot of parts. The old TIEs just had the wings removed. This one has two wings, the body, the cockpit hatch, the bottom gun mechanism, two firing blaster bolts, and the antenna array.

First off, I busted the TIE Pilot out of the box. He looks rather TIE Pilot like. He has his all-black suit with matching black helmet and chest-mounted breathing apparatus. The helmet is an update from the Imperial TIE pilots, this time around looking more similar to the First Order Stormtrooper helmet. He comes with a blaster. Always nice to have if you actually survive being shot down on one of these things.

Looking inside the TIE before it is put together, you can see two seats. Since they made the pilots without knees, they had to have them sitting with their legs out straight. That will not work to have them sitting back to back, so they are side to side, with their legs facing opposite directions. All of this could have been more realistic to the movie, had they given the pilots knees. Then they would have had to do the same for Finn and Poe, since kids would also want them to play in there too.

In the canopy, there are tabs that allow the pilot to store their holdout blasters. What a great touch. Many of the older ships have guns rattling around in there, since there wasn’t a place to keep them. Now there is. And a place for two, so each pilot can have a gun. Nicely done Hasbro!

The details on the solar collectors is amazing. The colors are backwards from the old TIEs with the body parts being black, and the solar collectors changed to a grey color.

Once together, this is one fantastic mode. It is easy to see where the upgrades to the new TIE/sf are located. The original TIE/LN models did not have an antenna array, and they were strictly a one-seater. When the First order updated the TIE/LN to the TIE/fo, the armaments and shields were upgraded. For the Special Forces, they needed something a little extra, so that is where the TIE/sf came in. The first designation is the bright red patch on the left side of the cockpit. This is reminiscent of the 181st Imperial Fighter Wing that flew TIE Interceptors with a red stripe on the wings.  You can see very robust attachment points from the cockpit arms to the wings. That is a lot stronger than the standard TIE configuration.

The TIE/sf is equipped with the same chin-mounted laser system as the TIE/fo. It then has the addition of a turret that can fire forward or backward.

The greatest gimmick that the TIEs ever came with were spring loaded wings. This one is no different. What they did though was hide the buttons better to blend in with the body. On some of the TIEs that have the spring wings, they tend to kind of fall off. These really pop off well, and add to the playability.

The antenna array folds down as well as swivels. I am sure there is a kid out there that will love the little extra play they can do with this.

Looking at the back end of the TIE, it is clear that there is a lot of new stuff going on from the standard TIE. First off, there is a window. The gunner can actually see out the back, rather than relying on weapon systems alone. There are engines back there, but they are more robust than the old engines that looked like tiny openings. That is because these are capable Hyperdrive engines. A new touch that the standard TIE did not have. If you were left behind, when the capital ship left, it was a long ride back to wherever you were going.

 

This is a great ship. If I can find any others from this line at the discount stores, I will be all over them. I would love to get the standard TIE/fo, to be able to see them side by side. There are also a couple of X-Wings I would not mind having too.

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Hovertank Pilot – Star Wars: The Black Series – 6 inch scale – Toys R Us Exclusive

The Hovertank Pilot is just one more of the mass of new Stormtroopers coming out for the lead up to Rogue One. We are getting some really nice looks at the new characters, and the variations of the Stormtrooper are really well done.

The Hovertank Pilot is very similar to the upcoming Shoretrooper. They wear the same armor, with a different helmet. The two sets of troopers are going to be set in two different locations. The Shoretroopers will be on Scarif, while the Hovertank Pilots will be on Jedha.  One of the most deviating items with the new troopers from the original Stormtroopers is the lack of armor on the upper thighs. They are wearing more baggy type pants.

I like the sligthly off-white color of the outfit. Hasbro did a good job of adding some details to make them more used and dirty looking compared to the squeaky clean look we get from the Stormtroopers of ole’ and the super shiny Death Troopers. It is clear that these pilots are used to working hard in dirty places.  The articulation on the figure is pretty good. The new troopers have all lost the double joints in the elbows which is a bit of a shame. The look was a bit more dynamic with the extra bend. It is not a total loss as they probably have some trouble bending too far in their armor, but they will never be able to scratch their noses.

The Hovertank Pilot comes with a standard E-11 Blaster Rifle. It is not a big surprise that they would have a generic rifle that we see across the galaxy with the Stormtroopers. The only other variation I may have expected was a holdout blaster since I doubt a Hovertank Pilot has a lot of need for close combat weapons, unless they were making door to door sweeps, which looks to be quite possible in the small streets of Jedha.

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The Hovertank Pilot instantly made me want to scratchbuild a Hovertank, but how big would that thing be in the 6 inch scale? It would be a massive vehicle to be sure. I will have to wait to see if I can get some better reference material on this one. It could make for a great diorama piece here in the future. Guess I gotta go get me a second Pilot.


Mr. Incredible – Thinkway Toys

It has been a long time since I bought a Thinkway Toys toy. Mr. Incredible went on sale a month or so ago, and made it a reasonable price to pick him up and see if he is any good.

He is a one-off figure in the Disney/Pixar line of figures. I looked at Wall-E a very long time ago, and I really liked it. Since then, I was waiting for Bruce, from Finding Nemo. After years of waiting, he popped up in stores, and he was very small and I was unimpressed. But since this one was on sale, I went for it.

Well, Mr. Incredible is okay, to say to most. He is as top heavy as you would think, with that giant torso. and fairly small legs.

He comes with the claw from the giant robot that Syndrome let loose on the city. it has moving fingers that are really well articulated. The hand also has a pair of clamps to allow Mr. Incredible to wear it as usable tech.

Of course in the movie, it attacked him, then he turned it back on the main robot with help from his family.

This is a nice figure, and one that looks good with other 6 inch figures. Being a one-off figure, there is not a lot you can do with him, but display him with other Disney stuff. Unless you want him to fight some other 6 inch figures. Versus Superman perhaps? I think it was a good deal at $10 off the original price, but he is awfully expensive at $18.99. And he has been warming the pegs since mid-2014. Time to cut bait on this one and move on. I don’t understand what Disney has done to get Target and Toys R Us to keep these things in stock for so long. They take up some pretty good real estate, unless it is all a placeholder for something better in the future. Seems there have been a lot of Disney and Pixar films that could have had toys in those spots. I am definitely keeping my hopes up for some good figures when Incredibles 2 finally comes out, but that is not until 2019, so we have a ways to go until that one.


Zootopia – Operation Red Wood – Target Exclusive

Zootopia is out, and it is phenomenal. I had grabbed a few of the Target Exclusive 2-Packs a while back, and I am glad I did. This set, Operation Red Wood is actually a pretty major part of the story line where we get to see Nick Wilde in action and really get Judy riled up about Nick being a con artist.

They did a great job with the set. They have Nick and Finnick dressed as they were in the scene. They have the ice cream shop elephant, Jerry Jumbeaux Jr. Jerry is actually a total jerk. He won’t sell Nick a popsicle because Nick is a fox. Of course there is a whole setup behind the scenes, but Jerry doesn’t know that. He is just a jerk.

At the end of the con, Nick and Finnick sell the red popsicle sticks to the mice construction workers. He tells them they are red wood. Later when Judy confronts Nick about the lie, Nick says, “I said they were red, space, wood.” They got it right on the box and called it “Operation Red Wood” which makes me happy to no end.

The figures are well done. The details are nice. Nick is the same as you can find in the 2-pack. I had Nick from the 14-pack that had the wrong color shirt in a repaint, so I was happy to get my hands on him this way. He is the most articulated figure in this set. Finnick has a moving head. He is in his Ele Finnick outfit that is special to this set.

Jerry has shoulder movement, head swivel and trunk swivel. He comes with a giant popsicle. That will be $15. Yikes! That is an expensive popsicle, but I guess since it is bigger than Nick, it would be worth it.

The two mice are stationary, but that is what we expect from the small figures. They come with the cutest construction truck in the world.

It has two posts inside for sitting, as well as an extra post in the bed of the truck.


Sharpes – Elusive Air – Disney/Pixar Planes

Sharpes is a good looking Deluxe scale plane. It has been a while since we have seen anything new in the Deluxe line, and this is a good one. He has a really wide wingspan, and an overall unique look that differs him from all of the other Planes that has come out before him.

He is under the sub-line of “Training Time” that is new for the 2016 releases. He is one of the background characters that seems to keep popping up. He was in both Planes and Planes: Fire and Rescue. He is one well traveled plane.

I do wonder what he carries though. He is a passenger plane, but he isn’t big enough to carry cars. Maybe that is what makes him “Elusive.”

His card boasts that he has “Spinning Blades” which is a pretty weak gimmick. Most of the planes are prop planes, and that is a rather silly thing to bring up, but they needed something to entice the buyer. He does actually have the retractable front landing gear that we see with so many of the planes. The problem with most of the other planes is that they only have retractable front gear, and the back gear is left hanging. This time around, it actually works for Sharpes, since his back gear is fixed, and wouldn’t retract anyway.

Bonus Look:  Firefighter Dusty

Disty changed colors in the later part of Fire and Rescue.  Going for a much more fitting red as his main color.  This is a fine plane.  The wheels on the bottom of the pontoons bothers me to no end.  It seems like such an ugly way to get wheels down there.  The white tabs are really fat compared to the small tires.


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!


Kate the Corn Cob Girl – Disney/Pixar Planes

What a fun Planes vehicle. I am sure it is a big honor to be the Corn Cob girl, but also a bit of an embarrassment to have to wear that costume. I think the expression in Kate’s eyes says it all.

I really like the wide variety of planes that are out there. We have everything from racers to everyday people.

I do think it is kind of funny for any of the planes with the single front landing gear, to have a fold-up gear. The other two wheels don’t fold up, so it just looks weird. I would love to have had all of the landing gear fold up. That would have been an amazing touch.

Planes doesn’t seem to have the vast array of figures, like Cars does. I saw the lineup for 2016, and it looks like there are going to be a LOT of new cars coming out. I haven’t heard anything about new Planes. I think it would be very good of Mattel to start connecting the two together like they did with World of Cars and have more planes mixed in there.

We have heard confirmation that there will be a Cars 3 released on June 16, 2017, but nothing about another Planes movie. Planes: Fire and Rescue made it’s budget back, but it was bashed for mediocre storytelling. I would like to see more from this world at some point in the future.


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