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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

 


Power Rangers (2017 Movie) – 6.5 inch figures (Toys R Us Exclusive)

WOO HOO!!!!!! I never walk into something early. I have been a serious toy collector for a long time now, and follow a lot of people online. I see people getting figures early. I don’t know if I happen to live where the toy department people are better at saving products until release date, or if I am just so unlucky.

Well today I was in Toys R Us for one last look, and there they were, the new 6.5 inch Power Rangers movie figures. I did not know these were going to be a thing. I had the list of what was supposed to be coming out this year in the 6.5 inch figures, and this was not on it. I have been missing a few news items since I have been sick for all of 2017 so far, and I was finally feeling well enough to venture out and see what I could find. And boy did that pay off. I did not know they were not supposed to be released until I got up to the check stand and they guy had to get his manager to override the pre-sale lock.

I decided to go with my favorite Pink Ranger, and Alpha 5. I almost grabbed Trini, but I knew I could do a good look between the two Pink Rangers, since the MMPR Yellow Rangers has not yet been released.

So, let’s take a look at Alpha 5. I think I am in the majority when I saw the design for him. Um, yikes? That is a big change from the original gold headed robot we had back in the day. They went with a much more organic alien look. It is growing on me.

His articulation is really well done. I was a bit worried that with the first non-Ranger in this line of 6.5 inch figures, that they would do something terrible. Bandai America stuck to the script and gave us a really good figure. He has really good range of motion in his arms including shoulders, elbows and wrists. The same goes for the legs with good hips (hindered a bit by the leg design), knees, and ankles that allow the feet to swirl 360 degrees and bend on a ball. His head is mounted on a solid neck with a ball joint. Simple and perfect. It allows for good movement of the head in any way you could imagine.

The Pink Ranger has a bit of a more realistic look to her than the rest of the figures in the 6.5 inch line. The other figures are more similar to the ideal of what the Power Ranger would look like. They are clean and smooth. The new Rangers have far more texture than the others.  The new Kimberly has a darker pink as the base, with touches of silver/blue that takes places of the original white checkerboard.  The overall design is a more organic alien look, but a nice nod to the original costume. Areas around the visor look right on, but as you move back, the head is pointed on top. So some similarities and some deviation.

The new Pink Ranger has all of the articulation of the other figure buck with the addition of better hips that allow for splits. Mostly that is thanks to the lack of a skirt. The rest of the body has the same movement, with a few cuts placed in slightly different areas for aesthetics. Pink Ranger 1 has a ball torso where the upper and lower parts are connected. Pink Ranger 2 has the classic Marvel ab crunch and waist swivel. The ab crunch does not allow for quite as much motion as the ball jointed torso, so there is a slight loss there, but it is clear that Bandai was going for the really clean look of the costume, and didn’t want a big line across the middle of the torso.

There are two other pretty big changes. One good and one not so good. They both have to do with reduction of body parts. First is the chest area. The previous 6.5 inch females have torpedo boobs, and does not look like anyone in the show. I can’t think of any Ranger that looked large in their costume. Bandai did a good job of slimming down the chest a bit to give a more realistic look.

The other reduction is in the size of the feet. They went with a much smaller foot. They are too small. It would have been great with standard feet that the other females have. At least Kimberly didn’t end up with the super-tiny Marvel Legend feet with high-heeled solid boot. Ugh! I will take this over that any day.

Being a part of the 6.5 inch line, they come with Build-a-Figure parts that build the movie Megazord. I am still on the fence with this Megazord, but I think the design works in the 6.5 inch line. Part of what bothers me so far is that the toys do not have very good articulation, but not many Power Rangers Zords do. These are the best at articulation we have seen yet… if we will ever get to complete them. 😉 I know we will eventually, but now I have 3 Megazords in different levels of completion, with Ninja Storm Megazord being the only one complete so far.

I am definitely glad they ended up making this team for the 6.5 inch series. I am looking forward to getting the rest of the team. They are going to be fairly stand-alone in style compared to the rest of the figures we have gotten, and well continue to get. Hopefully with the inclusion of Alpha 5, we will get to see some other characters show up in future waves. Next up, Bandai is going to complete the In Space and Mighty Morphin’ teams. Can’t wait!


Power Surge Optimus Prime – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class

If you say Power Surge Optimus Prime, you could be talking about three different figures out at the same time. That sounds unprecedented to me. You have the standard release, with Optimus in his red/blue paint scheme in the Warrior Class. Then you have the Clash of the Transformers version that has a lot of white with red/blue added. Finally there is the giant scale, similar to the Legends class with lights and sounds.

We are looking at the second of the Primes, the white version that is a Toys R Us exclusive.

I have not been a huge fan of the Robots in Disguise Optimus Primes. I do not like the idea of the cab and trailer being attached to one another in vehicle mode, since it takes away from the playability of the truck. However, it does help the robot mode, by allowing Optimus to be tall and slender and look pretty good.

So, with this iteration of Optimus Prime, he is a major retool of the original RiD release. There are lots changes, and one really good improvement. The best thing they did with this mold is to change the way the arms and shoulders connect to form the truck cab. They gave more of the truck part to the shoulders, and took away a lot of the truck from the forearm. What that did was free up the hands, so you can actually see the hands and not have them mostly hidden by the cab.

The rest of the changes are mostly cosmetic to allow for the new Power Surge parts. This includes shoulder mounted blasters, which give him a really tough look. He also comes with two swords that can be placed on his back as wings. All three of the parts are clear-blue plastic, which is nice for the Power Surge effect, and better than the painted blue accessories for the standard release figure.

One of the other changes to the figure was around the legs. On the first release figure, he had two sets of wheels on the trailer, which gave him 8 wheels going back with 4 on each side. I don’t know if Hasbro has ever seen a semi-trailer, but they do not have wheels going all the way along the body of the trailer. This time around, they made the legs skinnier with only one set of wheels on each side. In the extra area, they added a hook on each leg that I presume is to hold the axe they threw in as an extra. The guy is running around with a pair of energy swords, why would he need an axe too? Who cares? Now he has a backup weapon on his thigh.

I think this is an improvement over the first RiD figure. There are some cosmetic upgrades, as well as physical upgrades to the character. This is what you want to see when a figure is being amped up with new powers. I don’t think we needed two versions of the figure, and I have not bought the standard version yet. I think it is a bit redundant to have a recolored version that is not as good looking in the regular release. And the giant figure? It seems a bit over the top to have such a large version. It does come with a Mini-Con, so that is an advantage, but for $45 it is a pretty expensive choice when you can have this guy for $14.

Clash of the Transformers: Wave 3

Clash of the Transformers: Wave 3


Starscream – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Clash of the Transformers

Robots in Disguise finally went out and found a “real” bad guy. You know the type, crazy smart, and just a bit crazy. Starscream has always wanted to take over the Decepticons, and he will do anything to get that goal accomplished. Crazy with a side of determination.

In the Toys R Us Exclusive line, Clash of the Transformers, we finally get our hands on Starscream. This is straight up Starscream. This is not a repaint, or a special version. We get the first RiD Starscream in his standard look, and his look is great.

As with the rest of the line, we get to see Starscream in his robot mode. He looks fantastic. He is less bulky, like we have seen in Prime, but not quite so skinny. There are some visual cues taken from the G1 Starscream, and more from the Animated Starscream. I will always have a place in my heart for the Animated series. Those toys, way back in 2008 really kicked in my collecting of Transformers, and rekindled my love from being a kid with only a few. This starscream is 630th Transformer. No wonder I don’t have any more shelf space… Who am I kidding? I will always make more shelf space.

He has his red chest plates with the jet’s cockpit running down the middle. He is mostly grey with a touch of red and a hint of blue. Some versions of Starscream gave him lots and lots of blue, but the first Starscream had very little around the hands.  He comes with his null-ray blasters attached to his forearms. Thankfully, they are not outlandishly long and in the way, so he can actually use his hands. The guns are black and port into his arms.

The guns can technically be used in his hands as well. Not cannon, but it is described that way, so I figured I would show it. I am actually a sucker for Transformers with smaller handguns. Probably because most of them come with rifles, and the smaller handguns are less common. Anyway, I will probably not use that feature often, unless Starscream is in a battle and gets a blaster shot off, but can still make it function. He is smart enough to do that.

 

When it is time to go, Starscream transforms into his jet mode. Now we are looking at the Animated jet. Forward swept wings, long nose, and feet used for jets. When I first saw it, I knew it looked familiar, but I could’t quite put my finger on it. The colors are lighter, but the basic idea is there. All the way down to the red line running along the front part of the wing.

One of the hardest accomplishments for Hasbro is to get a Transformer to transform into a plane, and hide all of the robot parts. There are usually some left over bulky parts somewhere that kills the look. They did a pretty good job with Starscream.

He is a bit bulky around the wings, but with the design they had to work with, it would be hard to hide all of his shoulder padding.

The arm guns get moved out to the wing tips, which helps to hide the arms a bit. Thankfully they added a joint to the wrist, so the hands fold into the arm a bit and are out of the way. I have another example coming up where the hands are out for all to see, and it kills the look.

Overall, Starscream is what we like to see in the RiD line. Robots in Disguise is not as good as the Generations line, which is killing it right now with the Titans Return sub-line. The RiD figures have less articulation, and less detail. They tend to have easier transformations as well. Sometime that can be harmful to the figure, but there are times, like with Starscream, that things go well, and we end up with a good figure. And, when we finally get prominent figures, it is nice that they are well executed.


Paralon and Scorponok – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Two peas in a pod. Or two scorpions in a cyclone. Does two make a cyclone?

The new Robots in Disguise figures started to hit the shelves, and the first thing I noticed were the overlapping figures from the standard Warriors line, and the Warriors from the Clash of the Transformers line.

First off we have Paralon and Scorponok. Scorponok is the standard figure, while Paralon is the Toys R Us Exclusive figure in the Clash of the Transformers line.

They come out of the box in robot mode, as most all Transformers do. Since they are exactly the same, with the exception of color and head sculpt, it would be good to look at the two together.  The details on the two are really well done. They have a lot of articulation, with some special insect like legs that have two knees to give that backwards leg bend. As with nearly all Robots in Disguise figures, it would have been really nice to have wrist twist, but that does not seem like it is going to happen.  These two have a really cool tail with lots of articulation just in the tail. There is a port that allows the sword to be wielded back there too.

When we transform them into scorpion mode, we hit a bit of a snag. The pinchers really fall short, and that is a big part of what makes these guys who they are. Their giant shoulders come loose and move down over their “hands.” The claws are supposed to close to make pods. The mechanism that is supposed to hold the pods closed does not hold tight, and the whole claw falls open. I noticed it was worse on Paralon.

Other than the big problem with the claws, the rest of the figure is great.

The transformation is a lot of fun, with the legs folding up under the body, the head being hidden inside the torso with a scorpion head coming out with moving jaw. The tail goes up in the back and has a lot of movement. You can attach the sword, or not. There is a fully detailed stinger on the tip of the tail to go for a more show accurate look.

I was really excited to get Scorponok, as I have been a fan since way back in Beast Wars. I have a bit of a problem telling the two apart since I remember Scorponok being purple with the red visor.  In the Robots in Disguise show, they went with the yellow/orange color.  I think they already had a few purple guys, so they needed to mix it up a little.  I can see that.  I am pretty sure I will keep referring to Paralon as Scorponok for a long time to come. They are really great in robot mode. They would be great in beast mode, if they didn’t have that problem with the claws. So close.  I will probably always have them in robot mode, so it is not all that bad, but if they are going to come up with a new gimmick for transformation, it would be good to make sure it works.


I hate Toys R Us!!!

So I saw online this morning that Toys R Us is running a sale on the Mighty Morphin’ Legacy Falconzord.   $59.99 instead of the usual $79.99.   I went to the website, and there it was in all of it’s white and gold glory.

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I clicked on the “Add to Cart” button, and it gave me a popup for a Free Store Pickup Today.

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 7.19.16 AM.pngThe problem is that there is no store within 50 miles that carries the Falconzord.  So, I cannot order it online from the website because all of the stores in my area cannot figure out that they need to actually have a stock of a Toys R Us Exclusive toy?!?   Come on!   I have not even seen one of them in the store, and I have frequented many of these stores recently.
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I have been burned too many times when items are labeled with this sign.  When I see posts of upcoming toys and I hear they are Toys R Us exclusive I have to shout, “Fuuuuuuuuuuuuudge!”   But I did say ‘fudge’.  Anyone get my A Christmas Story reference?   If not shame on you and add that to your watch list for 9 months from now.

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I don’t get it.  I am a grown adult with money to spend on specific items.   Toys R Us has the market cornered on one of those items, Power Rangers, and they cannot seem to get it right.   It is too bad there isn’t a store out there that is dedicated to selling toys… oh wait, that is exactly what Toys R Us is supposed to be doing.    They are a toy store… I think.  It is is in their name.

Bandai is creating some of the best figures it ever has, and they are working with the devil.  Toys R Us seems to have such a hit and miss record for ordering.   In my area alone, I have 4 TRUs within what I would call ‘driving distance.’   There were 5, but they closed one down so they could sell the land to put up apartments.  We live in one of the most expensive housing areas in the country, and yet they cannot stock the items people really want.  Nor do they stock items that they have the cornered market for.  It says exclusive right on the box.   That means no one else can carry it.   People will HAVE to come to TRU to get it.   Maybe that just doesn’t make sense to them.

Now that the steam is really rolling out of my ears, I will end this rant.  On to better things as I figure out what I am going to do about getting my hands on this beautiful bird.    I did get the Legacy Megazord on Amazon for a great price, so I can start back filling some of the old Zords I do no have in my collection.

 


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles MiniMates – Wave 2

I love the number of accessories these guys come with.   Pizza in every box.  Weapons galore.   Don’t forget about the pets, Ice Cream Kitty and Spike.  What a great set of Turtles and secondary characters.  All of the figures come with a stand and a key chain.  I had so much fun taking pictures of these guys that I had way more pictures than I wanted to post here.  Check out the special album on my Flickr account for looks at the head swaps and more.

Leo comes with his standard head, along with scared face and Pizza Mask. Take off the pizza mask, and he has an unmasked face underneath.  He also comes with his two Katana as well as a grappling hook. He also comes with a pizza box.

Splinter has his cane and katana blade.

Casey and Mikey come with so much fun stuff. Casey comes with all of his sports gear including two hockey gloves, two hockey sticks, a baseball bat, and his scary mask. He comes with a painted face alternate head with his bandana wrapped around his head. If you take off his mask, you get a clean face Casey. You also get a set of hands to allow Casey to walk around in his normal street clothes.

Mikey comes with his nunchucks, happy face, smiling face, full pizza, skateboard, and Ice Cream Kitty.

Donatello come with a bladed version of his bo staff, as well as a grimacing face, love face, two slices of pizza, a mutigen finder, and a mutigen storage tank.

The Krang comes with a Krang, and a Krang’s gun. When you remove the Krang’s suit jacket, it reveals the Krang painted on the torso underneath.

This Donnie is the same version as the full color version, but you can see through him. He comes with his staff, but is missing the rest of the accessories.

The Krang in the set is the same as the Krang that comes in the standard set, but really, you need more than one Krang. It is a must for more bad guys.

Raph comes with his grimace face (standard for Raph), as well as a startled face. He also comes with two sais, three throwing stars, two slices of pizza, and Spike (before he went and got giant and mean).

Anton Zeck is decked out in his pre-Beebop gear. Someday he will be an ugly pig, but not quite yet. He does not come with any accessories, but he sports his awesome see-through mohawk.

I really like how they are all slightly different shades of green with different colors for their shells.  Even their pads and wraps differ.

Lots of good guys, some bad guys, and a lot of pint sized fun.

If you are looking for more pictures of these great figures, visit my TMNT Flickr Album Here. Click on my Flickr folder on the right menu bar for even more pictures.


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