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Ash and Pikachu

Gotta catch ’em all!

What fun to have an articulated Ash Ketchum. I have had this one laying around for awhile, waiting to be opened. Today was the day.

Pikachu is not happy that Ash is paying more attention to his tablet than to him. Someone is gonna get shocked here in a minute.

Ash is well articulated. We don’t get a lot of Tomy toys with articulation here in the US. Mostly they are more similar to Pikachu and the other Pokemon that came out in this series. They are solid sculpts, but they are generally done well. The last thing I bought from Tomy was the Zootopia stuff, and they had slight articulation. But Ash wins.

He is a short guy and fits in well with the other 6 inch series figures.

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Protectobot Groove – Transformers: Generations – Combiner Wars

We are going to go back in time a little bit today. Back to the days before the Titans Returned. Back in the days of the Combiner Wars. One G1 figure that was left out of the lineup was Groove. What a shame it was too. It seems like Hasbro made the choice of not creating the gigantic motorcycle for the Protectobots, instead going with the new character Rook. Instead, they made Groove a much smaller, more inscale Legends class figure. That did not sit right with a lot of people, since Groove was one of Defensor’s legs way back in 1986 when the Combiners first appeared.

While we were getting a tiny version of Groove here in the US in 2015, in Japan, they were getting a really great version of Groove. Finally in 2016 the US got their Groove with some strange release methods. I ended up getting him online for a killer price. One day he was $45, and then I saw him for $16.99. He has stayed that price on Amazon for a while now, and I can tell you he is worth it!

In a strange turn of events, the back of the packaging says Protectobot Groove is a part of the Sky Reign team. Umm, his name is “Protectobot” Groove. What are they thinking? Of course he is a part of Defensor and the Protectobot team. Crazy I tell you. At least they show him as the correct appendage.

Straight off, Groove looks great. He is well detailed, and has lots of good paint apps. White, gold and silver make up most of his coloring with touches of black here and there.

He comes with THREE guns. He has two blasters, equipped with police lights on the top. He also comes with the hand/foot gun that has the dual gatling guns.

From the back, you can see he is definitely a motorcycle. There is a bit of a backpack back there. As we have seen many times before, there is not really a great place to hide a motorcycle’s front wheel.

Transforming him is about as easy as the rest of the Combiner Wars figures. They are all pretty straight forward. Groove looks great in bike mode. He is about the same size as Wreck-Gar, so while he is out of scale with the rest of the vehicles, it allows another robot to ride him.

I cannot get over how cool the guns are. The red lights are the best. At the bottom, the gun handles are clear, so they are probably not supposed to be there when in bike mode. They would have blended in better with the bike without the handles sticking down there. I think that is a Tomy touch that carried back to the US and the Hasbro team.

There is a lot going on here at the front of the bike. This could have just been a sticker or a splash of silver paint, but this is a Tomy motorcycle, so there is a painted light, with clear plastic over it. He has a blue windshield, and clear red lights on the side. These are such fantastic fine details.

I am skipping Sky Reign, who they claim he belongs to, and going right to Defensor, who I know he actually belongs to.

As with most of the appendages for the Combiners, there is not a lot of parts to move to go from vehicle to body part. The legs are generally the easiest of all. As with the others, Groove can become either an arm or a leg. He was a leg back in the day, so a leg he will be again.

Finally Defensor can be put together the right way. Rook has been omitted from the line-up. First Aid moved from the right leg, to the left arm, and Groove took his rightful place as the right leg. All is right with the world.

Except for poor Rook. He is now a Combiner without a team. He is a good guy, so he will be able to stay on the team as backup.


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.


Rumble – Transformers: Prime – Tomy Takara AM-30

I picked up a new Prime figure off of Amazon.  Rumble.  If it wasn’t from Takara Tomy, I would be totally freaked out about getting a Transformer without being able to see the paint application first.  Quality is quality.  I only have one other Tomy Transformer that I also got for a good deal online.  It was a great addition to my collection, so I figured, this guy was a great deal, I would pull the trigger, even though I already have the Hasbro version of Rumble.

Bare naked.  He comes with a set of metallic stickers that really help out with the bare look of the car. Headlights, tail lights, and of course the Decepticon badge.He comes with a parts tree that makes an “octopus” figure named Dago R.  Dago R will become a baster in his alternate mode, as well as being able to connect to other weapons to make some super weapon of some sort.   Too bad I don’t read Japanese. I would love to be able to read about the other figures too.

Here is Dago R in all of his “octopus” glory.  Rumble is also displayed without any of the stickers attached to his torso and knees.  He looks a little on the plain side without the stickers, giving a large black area for the chest.

Stickers for both Rumble and Dago R.  It helps a lot.  It also helps that the stickers are high quality, and look good.

The stickers help Rumble’s chest the most.  The metallic gold looks great, and it takes away from the Gurren Lagann chest-face look that the Hasbro Rumble has.

Don’t mess with him when he is holding a blaster the size of his leg. I do get the irony of Rumble coming without his pile drivers.  No rumbling for this version.

The two Rumbles.  Hasbro Rumble on the left, and Tomy Rumble, on the right.  It is funny that they made the Hasbro Rumble blue.   Originally in G1, Rumble was red, so Tomy gets the points there.  They also made a Frenzy (blue), but it would be redundant to have two blue cars, even though Frenzy is a darker blue.  I am not sure why Frenzy is more expensive online, but I will stick with these two for now… unless the price drops.  Even then I will have to be persuaded, since Frenzy also comes with the same Dago R octopus.


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