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2017 Ranger Rescue 5-Pack (Matchbox)

This 5-Pack called Ranger Rescue is a new set for Matchbox. This is a team sent in on rescue missions on behalf of the National Parks services.

The first model is the 4 Wheeler. This is only the 7th time it has been released since it’s introduction in 1999. The first 5 version all had a rider. The rider was removed for the 2013 version and has remained off. This is a solid casting with a metal body and plastic top. Much like the 1:1 version would be.

Next up is the Water Hauler. This one has also seen limited release, but it is a much newer casting, coming out for the first time in 2012.

The 4×4 Chevy Blazer has been a fan favorite since the initial release back in 1984. The mold still holds up so well. The lines are so nice and crisp. You can’t beat the big wheels tucked under this guy. This is the non-aerial antenna version. I do love the giant antenna that we have seen in many versions of this truck.

When the time comes for a water rescue, call on the Rapids Rescue. This is only the fourth time we have seen this truck in it’s short few years of existence. I don’t know why they decided to go with a different color on this truck. It does not fit in with the rest of the team, though it does have all of the correct markings.

The Pony Trailer is an updated version of the original that saw life back in 1968. It only showed up a few times over the years. Matchbox has had a long history of great trailers, but we don’t get to see them all that often. This new version does not have an opening back, but the details are fantastic.

The big excitement for this wave is getting a trailer for the Blazer. Well, as you can see, the Blazer’s trailer hitch sits WAY too high for the trailer. So some modifications have to be made for this all to work together.

I decided I wanted to make a trailer hitch that would be able to be added to the model without having to make it a permanent part of the truck. I want to be able to move the hitch to another Blazer if need be. I used about 20 different pieces of styrene plastic cut to shape and glued.

I test fit the pieces many times as I worked through the process. I needed the hitch to sit straight, look fairly realistic, and be able to actually work, as in allow the trailer to be towed by the truck when driving it around.

When all of the work was done, I painted the hitch a matte black and added some trailer chains. Now the Rangers are ready to grab the horses and head out on their mission.

This was a fun build to do. It only took a few hours, but really upped the function of both vehicles. Now this set really makes me happy.


Katana – DC SuperHero Girls (2016 SDCC Exclusive)

It has been a while since I looked at a DC Superhero Girl. I was actually on the Mattel Toy Shop site at the end of last year since I heard they had She-Ra for a super good price. I saw that they had some Katanas left for an awesome price as well, so I pounced on the deal. I got her, took pictures, and then they sat in a folder on my desktop since January. It is June! Time to clean house I guess.

Well, the box art is what this set is all about. The fine people at Mattel did a fantastic job with some amazing art on all sides of the box.

Inside the outer box is a window-box that portrays Katana about to be attacked by some other bad girls.

Slide the box open and there you have the doll. She looks ready for action. She is clad in armor, holding her katana blade. Along with the katana is a bladed staff, 2 sai, a knife, and 4 throwing stars for good measure. That is a lot of accessories for a DCSG. Way more than any of the other girls get. That is to be expected in a SDCC exclusive set.

She has a stand with her name on it. The sheath of the sword attaches to the base to make a really nice display.

She is able to hold all of her weapons, except for the throwing stars. They are a bit on the small side for her grasping hands.

It was a nice touch to include sheaths for the weapons. She is able to wear the knife on her back.

There are a lot of parts that make up Katana. All of the armor comes off, leaving her in a grey/black suit. You can see that her arms are two different colors, so she is limited to wearing one outfit. Similar to Harley Quinn with painted legs.

This is a nice set. I do not like how she is looking off to the side. It makes it hard to pose her for photo shoots with the other girls. I saw she is still available on Amazon, but the price is back up to $90. Fear not, the standard version is out now, and is $21.99. Way better in price. I have not seen her in the wild yet. She was supposed to be coming out with Frost, who I have also not seen the wild. I will keep my eyes peeled for them.

Until then, there are lots of other great girls that have come out that we will be looking at shortly.


Smell Swell Lightning McQueen

Well, the stuff is coming out in droves to the store for the upcoming Cars 3 movie. The $3.99 price tag for the basic cars is way too steep for me. I was at WalMart, and they had single boxes like the old Matchbox cars. All 6 are different versions of Lightning. And all of them had come out before. I did not have the privilege of finding the Smell Swell Lightning McQueen before, so I grabbed him.

These are the same great vehicles that come in the standard packs, but they are just boxed specially. If you collect all 6 boxes, there is art that connects them. I don’t care to collect doubles, just so I can build some art.

Now, for those who don’t know Smell Swell Deodorizers is the first sponsor Lightning ever had. You can tell this is pretty early in his career. He only has the one sponsor. There are no little stickers either. Just the main Smell Swell sponsor and his light stickers. Pretty plain.

Even his “95” is a very plain font, with the lightning bolt running through it. What I like is that as he became better and got more cocky, his lightning became bigger.

This is a fun car to add to my ever growing Lightning collection. There are lots of great cars coming out, and I would not mind grabbing all of them. There is going to have to be a killer sale or price drop before I start collecting all of these though.


Harley Quinn – DC Super Hero Girls

My last submission for the Super Hero Girls  Harley looks great. She is one of the top three of the girls that have have come out. She looks great in her red, blue, and black outfit.

Her hair is looking rather Suicide Squad, which is timely, and a great way to go.

She comes with a mask for her face, and a hammer for her hands. She is also decked out in a pair of boots that look like they are not afraid to stomp on you.  If only she had tights. No, those legs are painted that color, and that takes her down a bit for me. This figure would have been totally amazing if she had a pair of tights instead of paint.


Poison Ivy and Supergirl – DC Super Hero Girls

I know, I know, it should be Ivy and Harley, but I really felt these two would work better together.  I really liked the first two DC Super Hero Girls I reviewed, Batgirl, and Wonder Woman.  These two are not my favorite.  Of course when you show up to the party with 6 new girls, all of them are not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.  Now that is not to say I don’t like them.  They are both very nice figures, and overall they do a good job representing the character.  Who knows?  If I had opened these girls first, I may have liked them a lot more, but they were up against some tough competition.

Poison Ivy:

I love Poison Ivy’s hair. It is a beautiful blend of reds and oranges. Mattel went to a lot of trouble to get a really nice blend of colors.

I get a strong Barbie vibe from her that I didn’t get from either Batgirl or Wonder Woman. I think it may be a bit of the painted on face, and a lot to do with the outfit. I think it is less glamorous than her outfit in the show. This outfit is very similar, but there is a lack of flow and dress quality that she has in the show. The shoes had a lot of potential, but other than the vines that wrap around her legs, the shoes are really boring. I would really liked to have seen some amount of detail in the shoes, but they are lacking any, and one of mine was even miscast, and it had a bubble in it, which now left a hole. Ugh!

Once again the articulation works really well. Lots of good movement all over, including great articulation in the rib cage area that really helps to make the figures more dynamic.

Supergirl:

It is kind of expected that Supergirl would definitely end up with a Barbie vibe. A painted face with blond hair.

What she does have going for her is the great athletic build that all of the DC Super Hero Girls have. She is the first in the line with a skirt on, and she looks great wearing it. She also wears a pair of hightop sneakers with socks, and they are really cute with her overall outfit.

The only real letdown with the outfit is the cape. It attaches to two pegs in the back of her necklace. I can’t imagine why they would make a rubber/plastic cape when the rest of her outfit is such great fabric material. It would have been so easy to make a fabric cape. Instead she is back-heavy with the plastic cape.  The rest of the outfit, top/skirt combo look great, and have a real nice textural difference to make the outfit really stand out.

I had some trouble with her hair. Unlike the rest, Supergirl’s hair feels like a different material. It is very silky, and though it feels nice, it is a bit unruly, and hard to control. I may have to end up washing it to get it to lay right.


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