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9 Mar 2019

Bandai Star Wars Movie Realization C-3PO

I've loved the Bandai Star Wars Movie Realization series right from the start, and I'm glad they're still releasing figures. They are definitely taking their sweet time between releases so, but this C-3PO was definitely worth the wait!

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The box art is the usual style, and the contents aren't that plentiful this time. I think the key focus for this release was more the unique mold and features of the figure, but more on that later. Accessories wise you get a couple of swap out pairs of hands, and his fanciful oriental styled fan.

The Japanese name is quite appropriate, meaning something along the lines of a "puppet interpreter". Coupled with the known mannerisms of Threepio, the fan goes beautifully with the more effeminate characteristics of Threepio. Everything swaps out easily enough with no delicate parts to worry about when doing the swap.

The figure itself has many new unique parts which makes it stand out from the rest of the collection. The overall gold metallic paint app is fantastic. The face sculpt is very nice too, with moveable eyes and mouth. You can get him into all sorts of derpy faces!

The articulation in the neck joint and lower neck piece allow quite a lot of motion for more expressive poses. The shoulders work well, but it's the elbows that need a bit of care. As always with Threepio figures, the pistons are an area of concern. The ones on the inside of the elbow aren't too delicate, but if you try to bend the elbows close to 90 degrees, the piston will flex. So I wouldn't push them too far in case they snap.

The rest of the articulation is on par with the previous figures. There is torso and hip movement, and the legs, knees, and ankles all work well. I love that they painted his right lower leg silver in keeping with the movie. The unique sculpting details in the feet, shins, and through the arms are a highlight.

I love the red drinking gourd, but have no idea what the key is meant to represent. If anyone knows, please let me know via Facebook message! Would love to know if that means something from feudal Japanese days!

Overall, this is another fantastic release by Bandai in this series. I have seen the IG-88 prototype figure shown at some toy fairs. I really hope they show a prototype of the Gamorrean Guard one day! Hopefully they keep this series going for a few years yet with some more original trilogy characters.

3 Mar 2019

Mezco One:12 Collective Popeye

I don't have too many Mezco figures, with the previous Space Ghost being my only one. But from what I see from other collectors, they continue to put out great figures in this 1/12th scale. When they announced their Popeye figure, it was another case of 80s cartoon nostalgia for me. I used to watch the Popeye cartoon reruns in the 80s along with the other classic 80s shows on weekend mornings and after school! I had to have it, and Mezco did not disappoint!

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I love the simple yet classy style of packaging from Mezco. Everything is collector-friendly, and houses the great accessories nicely. The set comes decently decked out, and the overall quality is excellent.

I love the white bag with just the right amout of weathering. It fits the other accessories nicely, and I just put a bit of rolled up tissue inside to pad it out. The separate outer jacket is pretty nice too, with velcro up the front and around the wrists to help in getting it on the figure. It is a pretty tight fit though, so I didn't even bother. I do prefer him without it, so for my display that was fine.

The options for different head gear are nice, with a traditional captain's cap, sailor's cap, and a black beanie. They fit nice and snug on the head, with the captain's cap using a magnet so that you can place it at different angles on his head securely.

The range of hands is also great, with options to hold the various accessories and make gestures. The paint app on the hands is pretty good, and matches that of the exposed arms and head sculpts. The swap out head sculpts aren't too dramatically different, with one having more of an opening in the mouth. I prefer that one with the pipe inserted.

I love that they give plenty of spare pipes, with three having the smoke coming out. They fit in the tiny hole of the head sculpt well enough, but just be careful inserting them and moving the figure around.

The spinach cans are also great, and it's awesome that the crushed can fits perfectly in one of the sculpted hands. The telescope and compass are nicely sculpted and painted. The telescope does retract and extend, and the compass can open and close, which are nice little touches on such small accessories.

The figure itself is very nicely done. The arms do not have a double jointed elbow which hinders articulation a bit, but all other details and articulation are good. The costume is fantastic, with nice denim-look pants. The shirt is also nice, but be careful of loose strands that might get caught in the elbows as you bend them.  There are stick on buttons on the pants and shirt, but they feel fairly well stuck and did not tend to fall off when I touched them.

The total package is just a fantastic homage to Popeye. Perhaps the only nitpick I can point out is that the colour of the wrist joints stand out a bit from the nice paint application of the hands and forearms. But with a bit of creative posing, then can be hidden well enough. Overall posed on display, he's a great release by Mezco, and to me solidifies why they are so well regarded in this scale!

15 Feb 2019

Hot Toys MMS468 Emperor Palpatine Deluxe

Hot Toys continues to release great Star Wars figures, and the recent Emperor Palpatine is no exception. They do pretty well on the original trilogy figures, and this Emperor goes perfectly with the Royal Guard and Vader figures.

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Box art is the usual style, this time being pretty large with the inclusion of the throne in this Deluxe set. The accessories aren't too extensive, but I guess the wasn't much to the Emperor in Return of the Jedi. I won't be posing him with his force lightning accessories, and they are a bit of a pain to place with the fingers. I do like the glossy black cane, but again won't be using that either. The key accessory for me is of course the throne itself.

 The throne looks quite nice, but could be a bit on the small side. The light up features are pretty useless too, but I think the biggest fault is that the base sits too high. This means it's an absolute pain in the arse to get him seated in the throne and have his feet touching the ground!

Having the Emperor look like a school kid sitting in a large chair just doesn't look great. The best that I could do with the articulation of the figure almost got the feet there. You definitely have to use as much of the ab crunch as possible, and angle the head down as far as it can go. Bend the legs and knees enough to get him slouched in the throne and you should be able to get it decent enough. Pointing the feet downwards also helps with the illusion.

The other difficult thing with him seated is getting the hood of the cloak to remain low over his forehead. Due to the slouched pose and the stitching of the hood, the tends to ride back up his head, revealing too much of his forehead. He looks much more menacing with the hood low. I'll have to keep futzing mine to try and keep it low.

 Other than those complaints, overall I think it looks great. The costume material is nice, and Hot Toys did a great job with his clothing under the cloak. It's a great soft material and luckily doesn't hinder articulation too much.

The cloak is a nice reflective material, but does take a bit of work to drape naturally over his arms and body. I tried as best I could to match the scenes from the movie showing him in the throne. in the end, it looks pretty good on display with the other imperial forces. If you're a Star Wars original trilogy fan, then I'm sure you'll love this figure.

5 Feb 2019

Transformers Masterpiece MP-29+ Shockwave

Catching up on the website as always! Earlier in January I received the double haul of MP-36+ Megatron and MP-29+ Shockwave. And this new Shockwave darker repaint is definitely the one to get if you're after a G1 Shockwave figure!

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Packaging and contents are as expected for the figure. All the various hands are now a darker shade to suit the figure. I still prefer the transluscent versions just to give the figure a bit of difference rather than the flat plastic style.

I especially like the new mini-Shockwave gun that now includes a transluscent tube for the chord instead of the string like chord on the original version. But of course the best part for me for this new repaint is that it has actual tampographed insignias instead of the ridiculous stickers on the original. Sure that gave collectors the option to place them where they wanted, but for me, figures in this series and in this price range should never expect collectors to place stickers.

The transformation sequence is still nice and not overly complex. This new one feels almost a bit sturdier too, especially around the hip/ab crunch area which feels tighter and more secure than the original.

It's interesting to note the little differences, such as the slighlty smaller eye in the head sculpt. The darker orange and smaller circumference actually help to give him a more sinister look, which I think suits the character well.

The darker purple and greys around the thighs/feet also give him a more premium look. The original colour was certainly accurate to many scenes in the cartoon, but the darker colour also matches some episodes. But on the shelf, the darker plastic simply looks better is most normal lighting conditions.

I normally keep my repaint versions in alt mode, with the original in bot mode. For for the MP-29 mold, the new MP-29+ simply looks so much better in bot mode. Poseability is still pretty nice, and remember to use that undocumented little elbow articulation trick (see my video for the demonstration) to get that extra bit of elbow range for the salute pose. I'll keep the original in gun mode to display next to the amazing MP-36+ Megatron toy repaint.

It was a rather disappointing end to 2018 with only repaints released for G1 styled MPs. I really do hope that 2019 brings a few new molds and characters to the series!

19 Jan 2019

Transformers Masterpiece MP-36+ Megatron G1 vintage toy edition

Takara has previously used their "+" series for anime/cartoon accurate repaints of previously released figures (eg. Red Alert, Sideswipe). But with their main releases now already being cartoon accurate, it seems the "+" series is really just a designation for an alternate colourway from the original release, be it cartoon or vintage toy accurate.

After the amazing MP-36 Megatron release, there was not way I'd miss out on this MP-36+ repaint in classic G1 toy colours. And it is absolutely frickin beautiful! Click through below to see my full video review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel. Make sure to give the video a tumbs-up and subscribe to stay tuned for more reviews 😃

The packaging is the usual Takara MP style, this time with the awesome pose from the original toy box art. I also love that the instruction manual and collector card have the same iconic pose instead of the crappy artwork that has accompanied the more recent MP releases.

He missed out on a few accessories included in the original release, but I think that is more than made up for with the beautiful chrome paint work and the tampographed details throughout the body. The use of chrome and the pearlescent grey plastic is the perfect homage to the G1 toy.

The areas of red plastic and added decals really bring out the bling for this toy repaint. Thank god Takara didn't make collectors apply stickers! The decals are all sharply applied with little to no paint bleed or issues with the application. The swirls on the main chest piece are actually engraved and really make that aspect in bot mode stand out nicely. I also love the exposed diecast feet that mimic the feet of the original toy perfectly.

The alternate head sculpts include one that is the homage to the G1 toy whilst the other three are repaints from the regular MP-36 figure. All have the yellow eyes as per the G1 toy. The bot mode butt pieces have the tamped on toy Decepticon symbols, which I guess is unfortunate if you display your figures from behind! For me, I love the repaints in their alt modes so this was never going to be an issue for me in gun mode.

And that gun mode is simply gorgeous! I never transformed the first release, so this was my first attempt at the transformation. Luckily there were plenty of good videos showing the dos and donts, so it wasn't too difficult. It did take me over an hour but hey, I was expecting about 2 hours for this guy 😂

As I mention in my video, I did have some trouble rotating the gun barrel that resulting in a small amount of chrome flaking off. But that was really my fault, so most collectors won't have the same issue. The problem areas with the first, such as the extremely tight hip joints, did not seem to be a major problem with this new MP-36+. Also, the paint rub issues with the barrel and silencer also weren't an issue. As long as you follow the instructions and rotate the silencer in the correct way, it slides onto the barrel just fine.

I love that the silencer, stock, and sight all have the decals showing the silver striping like the G1 toy had as stickers. The swirls on either side of the gun mode, although not engraved, still stand out and look nice. Overall, the clicking and pushing of panels into places worked out OK, and mine seems to be as good as I'll be able to get it. It really does look amazing in gun mode.

It's a shame now that I actually sold all my original G1 Transformers a couple of years ago. I had an original Megatron which would've been great to compare with this new one. Takara has come a long way in their toy engineering in the past 30+ years. It's great that they love the origins of these figures as much as collectors do. This new MP-36+ is the perfect homage to that original toy. I highly recommend it to all Transformers fans!

10 Jan 2019

End of 2018 Collection Update - Statues

Here's my end of 2018 collection update about my statue collection. Not a massive year, but a few good pieces. Here's to a big 2019 with some awesome stuff hopefully on the way!

End of 2018 Collection Update - One Sixth Scale

Here's my end of 2018 collection update about my 1/6th scale collection. Has been a pretty good year!

31 Dec 2018

Hot Toys MMS429 Luke Skywalker (Jedi Luke)

I think Hot Toys released the Jedi Luke figure back in June or July 2018, but the Australian distributor didn't get stock until December for some reason. So it was a long wait, but definitely one worth waiting for if you're a Star Wars original trilogy fan.

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Packaging is the standard Hot Toys Star Wars design, with some decent pics of the prototype figure on the front and inside cardboard insert. The range of accessories is actually decent for this release, with the Jedi cloak and Death Star base being a couple of standouts that are not included in the Deluxe version to be released next year.

The Jedi robe is a nice soft material similar to that of the Anakin Skywalker figure. The swap out lightup lightsaber arm by all accounts is a bitch to put on, so I didn't even bother trying. It's a shame HT didn't include a separate lightsaber gloved hand to all the non-lightup lightsaber.

The lightsaber hilts themselves are nicely painted as always. I'm not sure how accurate it is to the movie, but I'm not that big a stickler for those minute details in accessories. There's a range of hands for various poses and to hold the blaster. There are two swap out base covers too, with the sands of Tatooine and the floor grate of Jabba's palace being the options depending on the accessories you use with the figure.

The head sculpt is always a focal point, with many not liking the slightly open mouth. I actually don't mind it too much, since Luke did spend a lot of time in the movie with his mouth slightly open! What I think draws attention is the slightly elongated mouth area that gives him a bit of a fish look. The prototype didn't seem to protrude so much, but overall I think it's decent.

The figure does have a fat suit underneath the black outfit. This helps to pad out the joints, but does hinder the articulation. This lack of articulation is mostly in the torso rotation and ab crunch areas, which are really needed to get him into that iconic pose on Jabba's skiff. I did the best I could because I really couldn't be bothered taking off all the clothes and removing the fat suit.

With the black Jedi tunic on over the core black outfit, the fat suit is not very noticeable. I prefer this look which is the way he looked on Jabba's skiff. The belt over the top of the tunic belt was only ever seen briefly in the movie when he spoke to Leia on Endor I think. So I'll stick with just the tunic only.

Posed up he looks quite nice. What's lacking of course is the windswept hair to match that scene, and HT have deliberately included that only in the Deluxe version to be released next year. Luckily that comes with another head sculpt and his Endor outfit, so I'll be using the windswept hair with this sculpt and the other one can wear the helmet that he wore on the Speeder Bike.

The boots are really nicely done, and it's great that HT have fixed the ankle areas so that they don't collapse like they did on the first few figures like ANH Han Solo. The range of motion is good too, so you can have his feet flat on the more dynamic poses.

The tailoring and fit of the core black outfit is pretty nice, and the magetic flap to fold down the top right corner for the Death Star duel is a nice touch. The pants can get a bit tight around the groin area, so I tried to lower the top of the pants and raise the parts tucked into the boots to give it a bit more flexibility. Overall I think he poses quite nicely with the lightsaber.

This Jedi Luke is another nice addition to the original Star Wars collection from Hot Toys. Side by side with the other Luke releases, this new figure fits in perfectly. I actually think the new head sculpt is perhaps the most movie accurate of the three. A lot of collectors seem to like the DX07 Bespin Luke, but I don't particularly think the likeness is that good. The three outfits below are my favourite for Luke, and Hot Toys has definitely done them justice.

27 Dec 2018

Sideshow Masters of the Universe Orko statue

Sideshow have not announced any further Masters of the Universe statues, so this new Orko may well be the last in their nice but brief foray into this franchise. And what a shame that would be, since this aesthetic style is great for those holding nostalgia for the original cartoon characters but wanting something a bit more modern in their display cabinet.

Overall the Orko is another nice addition to the series. Click the link below to check out my full video review on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel. Make sure to click that like button and subscribe to the channel :)

Packaging is simiar to the previous releases, and everything is packed nicely in the foam as you'd expect for statues in this scale. However, I'm not sure why the shipping cost from the USA is so expensive for this statue. It was actually more than the Evil-Lyn statue which I think is larger and heavier. That extra shipping cost and the 10% GST on top of everything put a dampener on that since I ordered from Sideshow to get the exclusive arm holding his magic book.

The base is nicely done in a similar style and paint app to He-Man. The sculpted detail and paint shading is done well, but it would've been nice if those rings were made of metal to give that extra premium feel to the base. The base feels pretty solid and doesn't feel too hollow.

The transluscent plastic for the smoke effect is also quite nicely done, and the gradual change in colour has a nice effect. The main body of the statue connects to that smoke effect via a fairly strong magnetic peg on the lower back.

The sculpting of the red gown has a nice flowing effect, and the various shades of red and black wash give it a realistic colourway. The detailing in the chest plate and belt are nicely done, with sharp paint application too.

The standard right arm comes holding his staff. It looks nice being held the way it is to balance out the statue's pose. This is unlike the book which is held too close (but more on that later). The head sculpt is also pretty nice. I wonder if some mixed media in the cowl would've been a nice difference, but getting those folds consistently made would've been tough.

The ears sticking out through the hat is a style not every fan will like, and I probably would've preferred just the standard cartoon style. But this is a difference that is still nicely done that fits in with the overall aesthetic of the series.

The exclusive comes with the swap out arm holding his magic book. The written detail on the two visible pages is actually quite intricate and is very realistically done. The only fault I have with the swap out arm is that the mold was changed in production from the prototype! The prototype shows the arm being held lower, similar to the staff holding arm, so that the book is held further away from the body.

But now they have the arm held higher and the pages of the book barely miss his right ear. The balanced look with the book held lower is much better. I contacted Sideshow about the difference in sculpt, and they said it was a production change that was made. No reason was given for the change, and they just offered a full refund if I didn't like it. I'll keep it, but it's a shame such a strange change in sculpt was made that negatively affected the way the statue looks on display.

The rear of the statue has some nice detailing in that chest/back plate. The sculpting and paint details on the eagle is nicely done. Overall, most things fit well and seamlessly on the statue to give it a nice dynamic style next to the other characters.

Here you can see some of the detail in the book. The sculpting and paint app on the hat is decent, but I would've preferred a straight red hat with no ears sticking out. Now that would've been a nice exclusive swap out accessory!

Displayed with the others, the current series of MOTU statues do look fantastic. The consistent style really stands out in the collection, and is a great mix of nostalgic details and modern twists. I really do hope that Sideshow and Tweeterhead continue this series and announce more characters in 2019. It would be a complete shame if they decided to stop now when the original concept art print had so many awesome characters to make!

2 Dec 2018

Kotobukiya Horror Bishoujo Ash Williams from Evil Dead 2

Kotobukiya's Horror Bishoujo series kicked off a few years ago, and the statues have gone from strength to strength! Taking on this risque interpretation of horror's most iconic characters, Kotobukiya has really delivered something unique for fans of the genre.

This new Ash William's from the hilarious Evil Dead 2 is another fantastic example of awesome design, sculpting, and paint application. Click the link below to check out my video review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel. More pics below too! :)

The design of this statue is just gorgeous! The chainsaw hand and shotgun capture Ash's iconic look from the final act of the movie. The tattered shirt, blood stains, and scratches on the skin all perfectly capture that look.

It's great that they included a real metal chain for the cellar door, with the Deadite fingers crawling out. The Book of the Dead is also included and molded into the base. The entire base in nicely sculpted and painted with a pretty realistic wood finish.

The face sculpt is also nice, and of course in keeping with the Bishoujo aesthetic. The eyes are very glassy, and I love the tousled hair. The skin tone is quite nice on this figure, being a darker more tanned shade than others in the series. There almost seems like a slight freckling in the paint app too to give is a nice skin texture.

The detailing in the chainsaw is great, with lots of sculpted detail from the movie. The blood spatter is nicely captured too. It's a shame the shotgun is not removeable, but what we do see of it and the sling holster is decent.

As always with the Bishoujo series, the fan service is there too. The bra shows through the tattered shirt well, and the shorts and belt look great, with a nice frilly edge to them. Of course the best view is from the rear, and Kotobukiya did not disappoint! The short shorts capture that derrière to perfection!

The only one in the series that I've passed on is Bride of Chucky's Tiffany. I never really liked the movie and the statue didn't seem to capture an iconic character that I instantly recognised. But the rest of them have been pretty amazing! Side by side, they all look gorgeous together!

It's great that Kotobukiya are continuing this series, with Pinhead and Michael Myers coming out next year. It will be interesting to see where they go from there. It would be pretty awesome if they could do Pennywise or a Ghostface!

1 Dec 2018

Hot Toys MMS459 Leia Organa

I absolutely hated The Last Jedi, and it made me angry in so many ways. I was going to pass on all the figures, but since Hot Toys did not release a Leia figure from The Force Awakens to go with Han, Chewie, and Luke, I decided to get their release of Leia from The Last Jedi.

Overall it's a pretty nice figure as expected by Hot Toys. Click the link below to check out by full video review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel. Make sure to subscribe to the channel to stay tuned for upcoming reviews :)

She certainly doesn't get packed with much at all, coming only with a stand, a few hands, blaster gun, and homing device. The gun is essentially the same as that from A New Hope with a few paint app changes. The home device looks too delicate and fiddly to place around her wrist, so I didn't even bother.

As always with fairly simple figures, the most critical aspect is the head sculpt. And again Hot Toys has done a great job. The likeness is pretty good, and the detailed stranding in the hair sculpt proves again why Hot Toys is the top of the game.

I think the sculpt could have been helped with more wrinkling in the face is give it a more realistic aged appearance. Hot Toys does tend to stylise their female figures and make them look younger or sleeker than they really are. But other than that, the head sculpt is great. All the usual paint details, glassy eyes and skin texture are there.

The outfit is not too bad. The material of the outer dark coat is a little stiff and doesn't tend to sit as naturally as I would like. I used a bit of warm water to soften it around the shoulders to get it to sit a little lower, which helped. The material does have a nice sheen to it, and seems quite similar to the cloak of the Emperor Palpatine figure at first glance.

The underlying robe is a very nice soft silky material. Hot Toys does some of the best work with costuming, and the tailoring and pleats are all very nicely done. Overall the complete look is a pretty accurate representation of her outfit in The Last Jedi.

Here are a few pics of the other Princess Leia figures I have in my collection. I'll probably end up getting at least one version of her from each major movie I like. I'll pass on the Bespin Leia outfit, so I'm pretty much just looking out for a new Return of the Jedi figure. Hopefully Hot Toys announces one soon!

Still love these two figures from A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. You can't really get much more iconic than these two Princess Leia outfits from the original trilogy!

21 Nov 2018

Some recent pics of 1/6th scale figures

Here are some of my recent photos of 1/6th scale figures in my collection. Need to figure out how to photo shop in some decent backgrounds instead of this boring white lightbox I have :D

The old Hot Toys DX12 Batman figure lacks the articulation and size of the newer figures, but still looks pretty great standing at attention on the base.

I got the Deluxe version of the Hot Toys Boba Fett with the Sarlacc Pit, but it does look pretty weird next to the figure. It's really only good for perspective shots in the background. Either way, the figure itself looks nice posed in the standard Boba fashion.

Sideshow doesn't do great work with human figures, but troopers and aliens are where they excel. I love their original trilogy pilot figures. They have the flight suit down pat, and their helmet work is generally good. This TIE Fighter pilot does have the tailoring issue that makes it appear to have a very small, feminine waist. But other than that, the figure is a great representation of the TIE pilot.

Sideshow continued the great work with their similar AT-AT Driver. Again the helmet work is very nice as is the chest plate. The boots and gloves are little too rigid, but overall poseability is enough to look cool on display.