Jul 31, 2013

Toy de Jour (276) - Wolverine Shadow Strike Ninja

It's a very rare occurrence that I come across a toy in stores that I didn't know was coming out. The last time it happened I think it was the Beast Wars Mutants, and even then surprised me that I didn't know about it. And it just happened this week with this new Wolverine Shadow Strike Ninja figure. 

What makes this figure unique is that Hasbro used the basic idea behind a GI Joe figure (Storm Shadow/standard Ninja figure) along with the head sculpt to make the Shadow Strike Ninja. He's got limited articulation; head is on a ball joint, the shoulders and legs. He comes with a sword and a bow that he doesn't really like to hold. Pretty cool figure though, already displaying him with my Joes.

Jul 23, 2013

Toy de Jour (275) - Exclusive Dreadnok & Slaughter's Marauders boxsets

I got these from Road Pig. I love you, Road Pig.

Jul 22, 2013

Toy de Jour (274) - Mega Man & Proto Man Kubricks/Be@rbricks

I think we have enough new Be@arbricks to do another month, but these guys were too cool to hold onto until then. I honestly can't remember where we picked these up. I hope it wasn't a gift from someone, cause I totally forgot. 

Jul 19, 2013

Toy de Jour (273) - Marvel Universe Iron Man Stealth Ops

There's a white version of Darth Vader? Bought. A red Cobra Commander. Definitely. So a blue Iron Man. Yeah. That's mine. I took a long time to finally get this and after having it for a year or so, I gave it to a friend. Never opened it. 

None the less, I have a repaint weakness. I'm starting to think it spawned from when my older brother bought me a bunch of tiny plush dogs when I was little that he put in a basket so I had a place to keep them all together. They were all different colors but the same dog. Man, that's probably it. Thanks, Iron Man.

Jul 18, 2013

Toy de Jour (272) - SDCC GI Joe vs. Transformers 2011 boxset

SDCC is this week and that means there's a ton of new exclusives hitting the internets so I figured now would be a good time to post some pictures of an exclusive that came out two years ago. Pretty bad timing actually, but I care not. This is the first of a set of three G.I. Joe vs. Transformers boxsets released by Hasbro that pay tribute and continue the comic series from the 80s. This boxset features a G.I. Joe Skystriker painted as Star Scream, a pilot Cobra Commander (the best Cobra Commander to be released in a long time in my opinion) and a "Megatron" pistol. 

The box front was done to resemble a comic cover and is marked as issue 5 (where the comic series left off at issue 4) while the back features a few panels from a page out of this non-existant comic. 

I took a lot of pictures and it's obvious that I like this figure, it's a good use of the Ace mold that was released a year or so before this figure. The head sculpt is amazing, both the removable portoin and the  chrome portion. Even if the gun wasn't Megatron, it's a great mold and looks great with any figure. It's a shame that this was only released with this exclusive set, it really should see mass production. 

The following year saw a Shockwave H.I.S.S. tank, Constructicon B.A.T., Destro and a small non-transformable version of Soundwave with a few cassettes. This year's set (and the last of the series) contains a G.I. Joe scale version of Bludgeon, a Skystriker as Jetfire, the Baroness, a non-transformable Ravage and Blaster (with some cassettes), a V.A.M.P. as Hound and a Snake-Eyes figure. I've grabbed them every year and I'm a little sad that they're stopping with this year's set. 

Liz: How do I feel about this Transformers/GiJoe crossdresser? I feel like this is 2013 and Cobra Commander should be allowed to follow his bliss.  I mean we have a black president and it's legal for gays to smoke pot in most states so who am I to tell him how to live his life?  Liz out.


Plastic/Material – 5/5
Poseability – 5/5
Packaging – 5/5
Design – 5/5
Playability – 5/5
Price (value) – 5/5
Overall – 5/5