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MiniMate Scale Vehicles

We will continue looking at MiniMates today. They are on my mind, since I have immersed myself in the scale to try and make a quality diorama for them, which I have never had before.  Now it is time to look for some vehicles. The scale of MiniMates is between 1/35th and 1/24th scale. I some 1/24 scale models around, and they are a bit too tall for MiniMates. I do not have any 1/35 scale cars to use.

But I do have Transformers, and plenty of Transformers. I figured, why not look at the newest of the lot. The Titans Return figures.  As a vehicle, a Titans Return Deluxe Class figure works fine. The cockpit is too small, since it is made for a Titan Master that is about half as tall as a MiniMate. Too bad, no going for rides in the cabs of these vehicles. But from the outside, they work quite well.

Comparing the robot mode, this works well too. This could be the start of some pretty fun photography.

And as you continue to increase the scale of the Transformer, it works better with MiniMates. It is a good thing Colossus didn’t attack Fort Max, thinking he was a Sentinel.

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New Diorama in a new scale

A few nights ago it was window frame building night. Lots of windows in those old brownstones. My MiniMate diorama has begun.

I have been working this time to create a more multi-dimensional diorama for my figures. Since I am making this one for MiniMates, a lot of the pieces are smaller than I have been building in the 6 inch scale. Since I started the window frames, I have moved onto the stairs. I wanted this particular house to have a set of curved stairs to a landing and then a second set of stairs up to the front door. I think it is a cool architectural touch, and a potential for some fun photography in the future…if I ever get this thing built. I have since added the side railing, which is drying in the garage.


The Samurai – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Playmates

I was walking down the toy aisle, and always stop in the see what is happening around the TMNT section. It is like the Little Engine That Could. Just when you think the latest gimmick is going to be the peg warmer, and kill the toy line, something new and exciting comes out. And when it is exciting and new, I am paying attention.

 

The exciting and new this time around was Usagi Yojimbo. I was so enamored with Usagi back in the 80s. He was like the Turtles, but different. And then they joined forces. A samurai rabbit hanging out with ninja turtles. Could there be a better team-up? I think not.

Well, the first one I saw was Usagi in his blue outfit. I grabbed him up, excited for this one figure. Looking at the back, I saw it was actually a line that included the 4 turtles in samurai armor as well. Exciting!  Usagi is well articulated, for this line. Thankfully as well at the turtles, who tend to get the best articulation. He comes with two swords that can be kept in sheaths on his hip. This first head design features a scowling Usagi with his ears sticking up in the back.

Not featured on the box is a second version of Usagi wearing full armor. He comes with a new head that features more of a smirk. His ears are down against his head so he can wear the helmet.

And what a fine helmet it is. The face piece is combined with the helmet (something that is separate with the turtles), and has amazing details.  Speaking of details, the outfit is so intricate and beautifully sculpted.

When you see the two side by side, it is clear that this is two completely different versions of the figure. No repainting this time around. It looks as though they only reused the feet, hands and swords. That is a great amount of new work for a line like this.

The 4 turtles use the same bodies with the fantastic sculpting on the armor. They have different colors on specific armor plates, belt, and knee pads that represent their color. This is a good reuse of a body, as they would have had similar armor for all samurai, and the color splashes really go a long way to change the look of each figure. And, since they do not have the same skin tone, that shows up a fair amount between the armor plates as well.

The big change comes with their helmets. Each Turtle comes with a unique helmet that has a change in side decoration, as well as the colored accent on top. They can wear no helmet, the helmet, or they can wear the faceplate as well. The four face plates are the same.

Each Turtle comes with a weapon that is somewhat similar to their original weapon(s), but changed a bit. They do not have any holders on their armor for this weapon. Too bad.

I really like this line of figures. There have been so many fun sub-themes of figures that have come out, and the line keeps pulling me back in. This is another set of figures that looks great on the display shelf together.

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Spider-Man (Black Costume), and The Jackal – Marvel Legends (Sandman Wave)

We are continuing our look at the Sandman Wave of Marvel Legends. Over halfway done with this wave, so let’s not delay any longer.

Spider-Man (Black Costume):

Ah yes, a fan favorite. The Black Suit Spider-Man. Could this be when he was wearing the Venom Symbiote? Could be, but I am guessing not. We have had a lot of versions of Spider-Man so far, and this is yet another of the great suits. Besides his standard blue and red suit, this may come in second. Originally Black Cat gave him a copy of the Venom outfit (this time made of fabric). She thought it was very sexy. So of course Peter wore it. There were a few times it came out of retirement over the years. Each time was a troubling time for Peter, and it was reflected in the suit.

This is a very standard Spider-Man body. Once again relying on the paint to carry the naked buck with a new head. He has all of the great Spider-Man articulation that we know and love.

That is it for the Spider-Men for this wave. Three out of eight figures is enough I think. There are plenty more costumes we could see in the future. My hopes are on The Amazing Bag-Man where Peter wears a Fantastic 4 costume with a paper bag over his head. And of course a proper 6 inch Iron Spider.

The Jackal:

The Jackal!?!? Who the *bleep* is The Jackal. Oh yeah, another crazy scientist that Peter has enraged somehow or another. This guy came around after Gwen Stacy died at the hands of Green Goblin. See there, a double tie in to both Spider-Man AND Green Goblin in one wave. It wasn’t bad enough that Peter blamed himself for the death of Gwen, but now there is a crazy guy that wants to make a Gwen Clone. In the midst of all of the mess-ups and failed experiments, he created Ben Reilly (the Scarlet Spider). Yay! Scarlet Spider reference. I don’t care what people say, I was riveted to the Clone Saga.

This Jackal is one freakish looking dude. Scantily clad in a pair of blue underwear, he is hairy all over. They did such a good job covering him with texture. He only has some dark paint on his chest, but the sculpting is so nicely done that it looks like there are many colors all over the body.

He has some fantastic musculature, especially on his back. He is a creepy addition to to this lineup. I am sure he is nobody’s favorite bad guy, but he sure does bring something different to the display shelf.


Spider-UK and Ms. Marvel – Marvel Legends (Sandman Series)

Spider-UK:

Spider-UK, where things in the Spider-Verse take a strange turn. So, of you know your history, back in the 80s, Excalibur was a fantastically crazy comic. For my followers, you know that was the one that started it all for me. Well, there was a guy named Captain Britain. He was like Captain America, but even more muscular. Well, the same is happening with Spider-UK. He is like Spider-Man, but a lot stronger.

From a different Earth (833) William “Billy” Braddock (note the name is almost the same as that of Brain Braddock (Earth-616’s Captain Britain), and is a mix of Captain B, and Spider-Man. The multiverse has allowed Spider-People to come out of the woodwork, and that is fine with me.

It is nice to see a buffed-up version of Spider-Man. He does not have quite the articulation of the thinner Spider-Men, but that is to be expected. You get more muscle, you lose some of your motion. That is just life, and it is reflected in the toys too.

The design of Spider-UK is great. I can see why he was added to the Spider-Verse. Take the standard red, white, and blue of Spider-Man, and add the design of the Union Jack, which also happens to be red, white, and blue. There you have all the makings for a new Spider-Man. Add in a sad story (his universe has been destroyed), and you have your next Spider-Man to join the ranks.

Ms. Marvel:

Let’s move away from our Spider-Man for a minute and take a look at Ms. Marvel. Hey, that isn’t Carol Danvers! Nope, Carol has moved on to become Captain Marvel, so that left the mantle of Ms. Marvel open for a new recruit. That is where Kamala Khan comes in. She gained the powers of being a polymorph, where she can take on any shape. Think Reed Richards of the Fantastic 4.

Kamala is a Pakistani-American, and takes to wearing clothing that is appropriate for her culture. The suit is made of a Biokinetic Polymer which becomes very malleable, allowing it to change with her.

The figure is a short buck with thin appendages, just like Kamala. There was a lot of work that went into making this whole new outfit, and it paid off. She looks great. She wears the red and blue of Ms. Marvel, with the added lightning bolt of gold that she wore in her later black outfit.

She comes with two extra body parts. Elongated and exaggerated arms and hands. In her regular form, she has two fist hands. When switched out for the bigger hands, she has one fist, and one open hand. That allows to an added bit of playability. And being that she comes in the Sandman wave, she will need some bigger appendages, since you know Sandman can get pretty big himself.

Oof, poor Goblin. He just can’t catch a break in this wave. Seems that everyone wants a piece of him.

Two more characters in the wave down, and we have reached the halfway point of this wave. Spider-UK is a nice new touch to the ever growing Spider-Verse, and Ms. Marvel is a unique character all her own.


Clobber and Skytread – Conclusion of Wave 2 of Titans Return Titan Masters

It was strangely hard to get my hands on the last two figures in wave 2 of the Titan Masters in the Titans Return series.   I did however find them, and then they slipped through the cracks and hid away for a while.  But they are out and they are ready to join their wave.

Clobber:

Clobber’s vehicle/weapon is a repaint of Crashbash’s, as well as Clobber’s robot body.

The T-Rex is a new color scheme going with yellow and grey. Hey, do you know of another gold and grey T-Rex? I bet you do. Just wait, the surprise is coming.

First we have to look at the rest of the modes. The vehicle transforms into a dragon. Ugh! Not this guy again! That is not a great mode for this guy. It is a bit forced. Especially to have Clobber stand on his back like this. Last time for this mode.

Then there is the weapon. Basically the T-Rex laying down with a handle on his back. It works fine, and I do not suspect you would make a much better weapon from a robot T-Rex.

Now for the surprise:

Yup, that is in fact Grimlock. Now, why did they call him “Clobber” rather than Grimlock? The running theory is that Grimlock is already working hard in the Robots in Disguise show and toy line, so Hasbro went with a different named character. I don’t get it, but whatever. His head looks great!!!

 

Skytread:

Skytread is a retool of Terri-Bull that we saw back in wave 1. He is a rename of the figure Flywheels from way back in 1987. Flywheels was able to separate into a tank and a jet, so that makes sense with this figure and vehicle combo. Plus the color scheme matches fairly well, though Flywheel was more burgundy, and not so much pink.

In tank mode, Skytread gets to ride up top and control the 4 cannons that can move in their separate pairs.

Flip it over and spin it around, open some wings, and Skytread is flying high in jet mode.

The colors on Skytread are a bit off. It was really hard to try and photograph, but the pinks do not match up well at all.

The jet is the basis for the gun mode, where basically the wings fold in and you have a gun, 4 barrels underneath and the nose of the plane for a 5th barrel.

I don’t know if I would say this is Flywheel’s head. It looks a bit on the generic side to me. I am definitely not an expert on Flywheel, and most of the pictures I have seen are not really that great.

A couple of retools for the second part of this wave.   They are good figures and fine heads.   They are welcome to my team.


Power Rangers Legacy 6.5 inch figures – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Team Compete (White and Yellow Rangers)

Today we are taking a look at the last and final two figures to complete the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers in the 6.5 inch Legacy line.

This is wave 3, but technically the 4th wave due to the Toys R Us exclusive set of movie figures that came out a little while ago. This wave is again split between two teams. 2 figures are to complete the MMPR team, while the other three figures will complete the Power Rangers In Space team. I grabbed the MMPR figures first since I know there is a whole lot of love for both the White and Yellow Rangers. It is not a big surprise that Bandai would wait until the end of the line to give us these two figures.

First off, let’s look at the White Ranger. Another Tommy Oliver. Haha! This is not the first line to have multiple Tommy’s in it, and we have at least one more on the way, when we get to Zeo.

Tommy comes with Saba, and a sheath for said beautiful sword. The Saba sword really is a work of art. Saba is so nicely painted, with a base of white, and touches of gold, red and silver. This is probably the most expensively colored single piece that Bandai has ever done in terms of paint apps.

Facing off, Tommy vs Evil Tommy. Actually this works and is show accurate. If you remember, Rita had a second Tommy, an evil Tommy made, and they fought. Of course you know a copy is never quite as good as the original.

Next up, let’s look at Trini. The original TigerRanger from Zyuranger was a male, hence the lack of a skirt. It made the transition to MMPR fairly well, and Trini had her helmet off enough that we just went along with it being her.Of course in the Legacy line, they give their ladies a little more going on up top, so this is definitely a woman this time around. She has one of my favorite helmets in the entire series, with the tiger face and teeth coming down over the visor.

Trini comes with the final part of the Dino Megazord, though back in the day it was just Megazord. She comes with the yellow right leg. It is not quite as nice looking as the blue leg. It is a bit flat around the bottom, and the face of the tiger is a bit cartoonish.

The girls are together and they look great. There are some subtle differences in the two, as to not just be a repainted copy from pink to yellow. For one, Trini is shorter than Kimberly. Now that I say that, in season 2, Trini leaves for a peace conference, and Aisha Campbell takes her place as the new Yellow Ranger along with Rocky and Adam who took over as the Red and Black Rangers respectively.

The core 5 members look great together. The colors are so bright, as they were back in 1993. So many different colors that created a genre of action TV all it’s own.

So, you can go with season 1 and 2, when Tommy broke the power of the Green Ranger and became a part of the team.

Or you can go with Season 2 and 3 with the White Ranger. Whatever your favorite team makeup, you certainly can make it here.

The Megazord is complete. As with other Build-a-Figure lines, these are generally very special parts that are going to end up being one-off parts. There are no other Zords that are like the Megazord, so we will only see these used once. Megazord is really well done. It has open hands that makes me think he should have a sword of some sort. It really is too bad it didn’t come with one.

Now we have 2 complete Zords, not including the Astro Megazord that will be done with the rest of the In Space team at the end of this wave.

I am really, really happy with what they are doing with these figures. Bandai America is really doing a great job of giving the Power Rangers fans what they really want and deserve. From fantastic figures, to nice Build-a-Figures.

The rest of In Space will follow with Zeo on the horizon. There is also the whole metallic MMPR figures debacle that is coming soon, but I won’t get into that. I will just hope for a weapons pack so the core 5 can have their individual weapons at some point.


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