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23 Dec 2015

Hot Toys MMS295 Sandtrooper

The new Hot Toys Sandtrooper figure is another fantastic addition to their Star Wars line. A nice improvement over the previous Sideshow Deluxe Sandtrooper, particularly in the way it can actually stand up on its own without the need for support!

It was an absolute pain in the arse to get the back pack on though! Took forever, and I definitely prefer the magnet used by the Sideshow figure to add support. The Sideshow figure still holds up extremely well, so I wouldn't get rid of them just yet.

Here's my full video review that compares the new Hot Toys figure with the previous Sideshow Sandtrooper. Should give you enough of an idea on the differences to make up your mind if you want to get this!

Packaging is the usual Star Wars style, and it's amazing how many accessories they crammed into the clamshell!!

All set up the figure looks pretty damn awesome. I love the inclusion of the binoculars, but they did not include one of the larger rifles that came with the Sideshow Deluxe Sandtrooper.

Together with the previous Sandtrooper, you can see its weathering is much more subtle. The Sideshow version really does look like he's been walking through some Bantha shit! But overall, it still looks pretty nice next to the new one (despite what the anal collectors who inspect every minute detail will say lol!!)

Together, the original trilogy figures from both Sideshow and Hot Toys look simply amazing together. I can't wait to get more next year with the AT-AT driver. Hopefully one day they make the Royal Guard!

Hot Toys MMS297 Luke Skywalker exclusive

Each time I get one of the new Hot Toys Star Wars original trilogy figures, it just brings a sense of joy that only nostalgia for your favourite movies can bring! These figures are simply incredible, and include a great array of accessories. The new Luke Skywalker figure in his Tatooine outfit is now exception.

Perhaps the only negative point for me is that the head sculpt isn't as good as that shown on the front box art! The final production sculpt still seems a bit off, but overall is still a fantastic package by Hot Toys.

Click the link below to check out my full video review :)

Sentinel Tatsunoko Heroes Fighting Gear Gatchaman G-2

I absolutely loved the previous Gatchaman G-1 figure, so had no hesitation in preordering the G-2 figure. And it's quality and style is every bit as good! I now just hope they don't just stop, but also make the rest of the team!

Here's my full video review of the figure :)

Seriously, I will be so pissed off if they don't make the rest of the team. These two are pretty awesome, but just having them without the team will be a major disappointment! Hopefully they're announced soon!

Transformers Masterpiece MP-11T Thundercracker

It took Takara seemingly forever to finally release Thundercracker in the MP-11 mold. After the exclusive and expensive Skywarp release, they pretty much have done the same with Thundercracker. For the price it's pretty lacklustre, but the baby blue cartoon accurate paint app just looks so damn good!

Together with Starscream and Skywarp, the original trio of Seekers from the G1 cartoon really do look fantastic.

Here's my full video review going over some of the QC issues and my overall thoughts on the figure. Scroll down further for more pics and thoughts too :)

The packaging is the usual MP style, which is classic due to its overall simplistic design.

In alt mode, the classic G1 colours really do look sensational. The only part that's not really screen accurate is the black nose cone, so I'm not sure why they bothered going with the black and not leaving it as blue too.

The bot mode is still fantastic too, but the QC drops in standard due to visible plastic sprue marks. The same marks can be seem on Starscream and Skywarp, but there they seemed to be finished off much better so are not so noticeable. On Thundercracker, especially around the shins they are quite noticeable.

But as I said above, the moment you see all of them together on display, any thoughts about QC are pretty much forgotten since they just look amazing together. I'm definitely glad to finally have them all in the collection, and now look forward to Ramjet and the other coneheads in 2016!

7 Dec 2015

Bandai Tamashii Nations Ronin Boba Fett

It was a year ago in December 2014 that the Samurai Taisho Darth Vader was released, and was instantly one of my figures of the year. That was an incredible introduction to this new Star Wars Movie Realization line, and continued with the Ashigaru Stormtrooper in June 2015.

It's almost fitting that a year on from that initial release, Bandai Tamashii Nations have released another figure late in the year to be instantly one of my favourites of 2015! If you loved the detail, articulation, and style of the previous two figures, you are absolutely going to love this new Ronin Boba Fett!

Click below to head over to the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel for my full video review. You'll get an up-close look at the incredible details of this figure! Scroll further down too for more pics and my thoughts.

The detailing in the outfit on this Boba Fett is nothing short of amazing. It has all the nice artistic details as the previous figures, but the light green, orange, and grey paint application just seems to bring out the detail in everything!

The sculpting on the helmet is very nicely done, and the viewfinder can swing down in front of the visor. The tip of the viewfinder also has some nice sculpted detail that looks almost like a dragon, so it's those great little touches that really impress.

The rims on the rear of the helmet seem more tightly glued together this time, whereas the Vader and Stormtrooper had gaps between them. I don't mind this new approach as it's less prone to coming unglued, but still retains the overall awesome look of these helmets.

I think the shoulder pads are on ball joints like the previous figures, but it's not immediately obvious. Underneath the right you'll see the Wookies braids, and on the left you'll see the cape. These are pretty nicely done in softer plastic, with decent paint apps to being out the sculpted detail. The Wookie braids to tend to get stuck in the shoulder joint against the neck plate, so be careful of paint rub there.

The rocket pack is removeable, and simply pegs into a hole in the back of the suit. The overall design is pretty nice, but somehow looks more Indian than Japanese to me, especially the tips of the missile and side boosters. But still, with a nice metallic finish, it still looks pretty nice.

The sculpting on the rest of the outfit, from the chest and back plates to the skirt and pouches, are against very nicely done. The chest piece has some nice battle damage to reflect the iconic suit, and the pouches both on the belt and pants area give him that great Boba Fett style. Most of it is done in softer plastic to minimise impact on the articulation.

Overall the articulation is pretty good and on par with the previous figures. I was actually surprised at how high the arms could be move out the sides, but the legs are a little more constrained. Either way though, you can definitely still get the figure into the awesome museum poses as well as really dynamic flight poses.

I love that they included the accessories for his shin tools. Some do take a bit of effort to peg in there, but once done they really do look cool. I also like the knife that is attached to the forearm gauntlet in place of the flamethrower.

The sword sheath needs to be placed into the holster belt clip fairly carefully to avoid paint rub. I'm still uncertain as to whether it's meant to curve up or down, but either way it looks great against his belt. The sword itself is similar to those provided for the Stormtrooper.

I also love the little Japanese shoes that he's wearing, complete with the two small points on the tips of the feet. Articulation is still a little scary in the feet with the ball joints there, so be very careful not to snap the joint.

The main rifle is beautifully designed, with a rustic style to it and a great weathered paint app. Getting the hands to grip it takes effort, so I would definitely recommend heating up the hands first in some hot water. This should make them grab the rifle without stripping paint off.

I'll more than likely leave mine in the pose where he's simply standing there holding the rifle. It's a nice classic pose that shows off the best features of this figure.

Together with the earlier figures, it's clear to see that this Movie Realization line makes for an incredibly unique Star Wars collection. The build quality coupled with incredible sculpted details and paint application make these some of the best Star Wars figures in my collection.

The future looks incredibly bright for this line, with the alternate Darth Vader releasing later in Dec, and then the Royal Guard and Sandtrooper releasing in the March/April 2016 timeframe. We only just saw teased pics of the Jango Fett and drum-carrying Stormtrooper, so I definitely am looking forward to getting all the figures in this line! Most highly recommended!! :)

You can still preorder these awesome figures from Big Bad Toy Store! Click the links below for the order details! :)

Ronin Boba Fett 

- Akazonae Royal Guard

- Ashigaru Sandtrooper

- Darth Vader (Death Star Armour)

Get them now before the prices start skyrocketing!! You won't regret it :)

6 Dec 2015

Sideshow Collectibles TIE Fighter Pilot and X-wing Pilot Luke Skywalker

It's been a long wait for these two iconic characters to finally reach my collection in 1/6th scale form. Overall I think Sideshow has done a pretty fantastic job, particularly with the TIE Fighter Pilot. The only real negative on the Luke figure is of course the head sculpt and sub-standard facial paint application.

Check out my full video reviews of both figures below! Scroll further down for some extra photos :)

TIE Fighter Pilot:

X-Wing Pilot Luke Skywalker:

TIE Fighter Pilot Summary:

Packaging is the usual Star Wars black and grey style, so not much to discuss there.

Doesn't come with all that much, and the exclusive is an additional small blaster which I believe is the gun that the vintage toy had back in the day.

Best thing about the figure is definitely the outfit, the tailoring of it, and the overall solid underlying body. The details are pretty nice on the molded boots and gloves as well. Together with the other Sideshow troopers, they look fantastic!

The helmet is awesome too, and really shows what Sideshow can do when they don't have to worry about painting a human head sculpt! The helmet looks great, and the soft hoses to the chest piece are nicely done. It's a shame the eyes seem to be painted black, and are not a nice translucent plastic to replicate see-through lenses. But other than that, the TIE Fighter Pilot is a fantastic figure worthy of any Star Wars collection!

X-wing Pilot Luke Skywalker:

As with the TIE Fighter Pilot, the packaging is the stock standard style of these Star Wars figures.

At $240 retail price, there's not much that comes with this figure, which is a shame. At least include a blaster and lightsaber to sweeten the package! At this price, Sideshow really needed to nail the head sculpt, and they didn't which is a huge disappointment for me (more on that later).

The tailoring of the suit is awesome as it was with the TIE Fighter Pilot. The suit looks bright orange in photos, but has a subtle weathering in hand, as well has nice weathering on the white sections of the vest.

The helmet is also nicely done, and separates well to allow for the placement over the head sculpt.

The head sculpt itself is actually very good, and I think is better than the Hot Toys Tatooine Luke figure. However, the flat paint app is what really brings the head sculpt down, where is simply does not have the detail, texture, and realism on Hot Toys head sculpts.

If Sideshow wanted to charge $240 for this, which is actually more expensive than Hot Toys' version which comes with more accessories, then they really needed to get the head paint app right. But there's not that much of an improvement on their previous figures, so in a side by side comparison, the HT version looks better despite not having a better sculpt! Realism in a head sculpt will also win out.

But still, with a fantastic outfit, this still looks pretty great on display. Especially since Star Wars collections have an over abundance of blacks, whites, and other dull colours, the splash of colour that this figure brings is much appreciated!

Posed with the helmet and exclusive version gloves, it does have presence on display, and will definitely look great next to my Lego UCS X-wing! 

NECA Aliens Power Loader, Ripley, and Bishop

Definitely loving these NECA Aliens figures! I got the Alien Queen a while back, and couldn't pass on the Power Loader and Ripley figures! And they are bloody awesome! My video review links are below.


Power Loader:

Bishop (Queen Attack):

Fantastic figures to recreate that iconic final battle sequence :)

Fans Toys FT-03T Quakwave reissue (darker purple repaint)

Catching up on maintaining the website! Here's my recent review of the Fans Toys FT-03T Quakewave reissue. Will make for an interesting comparison once MP-29 Shockwave is released next year!

The packaging is nice and simple, and I do like the way they package the figure in foam. The half-transformation of the figure in the box was a little strange though.

I'm glad they included the swap out forearm piece to make the hose cable more cartoon accurate by running at the rear, and not over the front of the forearm. A little scary putting the screws back in, but got there eventually.

Overall a fantastic figure by Fans Toys. I totally understand why fans love Fans Toys! The build quality is extremely good, and the overall aesthetic fits in nicely with the official MP line.

I still think MP-29 looks better overall from the prototype photos. It will be an interesting comparison next year when it comes out!

21 Nov 2015

Transformers Masterpiece MP-25 Tracks

The day Takara releases a brand new mold into the MP line is a day celebrated by most Transformers fans. And this MP-25 Tracks release is no exception. Of course there are faults rightly pointed out by collectors, but by and large this figure is every bit a Masterpiece like the other cars before it.

For my full video review, click through to the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel below and check it out :)

The packaging is the usual simple yet classy Masterpiece black box style, with nice photo art of the figure and accessories. Since I got this from the great folks at Robotkingdom, I also got the collector coin included, which is a very nice addition to the MP coin collection!

The set also comes with a flight stand to cater for the flight mode, and the mini-Blaster and Raoul figures straight out of the classic G1 cartoon episode. Great little touches there by Takara!

The standout feature of the car itself is how amazing that metallic blue deco looks in hand! The paint application was pretty much flawless on mine, and the way it rolls on the wheels is very smooth. The only issue I had with the alt mode was getting the little side mirrors to sit flush with the car door. I would've preferred that they were just molded in. But I think a bit of hot water or old hairdryer trick should make it sit in properly.

The flight mode also looks great, but I did have trouble pegging in the arms against the front sideskirt hole. I was more worried about scratching the paint than anything, but most other collectors have done it with no problems.

Pulling out the rear of the car was a little tricky at first, but it's one of the main components of the transformation and gets easier with time.

The flight stand works really well with joints that allow for a wide range of flight angles etc. Just be careful putting in and taking out the peg into the bottom of the car as the fit is pretty tight.

The transformation sequence is not overly difficult, but I always struggle with these MPs anyway. The most difficult parts were the rear at first, and then separating the front hood. The front is pegged in so tight the first time, a totally excessive amount of force is needed to pull them apart. I almost pulled my finger nails off doing it the first time, and many collectors have had the same issue.

The other faults with the transformation include the way in which the shoulder areas are pegged into the back of the body. They tend to become unpegged while posing, so just be sure to push them in tightly.

The backpack pegging into the side doors (or torso in bot mode) is also a little tricky, and depending on how you do it will determine how high the backpack sits above the head. If you peg it in right, it is quite secure and does not sit too high.

One step in the transformation that is missed by many collectors, myself included, is the rotation of the little blue hood piece near the ankles. This needs to be rotated to close the gap between the lower legs and ankles. It also allows the side and shin panels to peg in nicer. You can see in the group photo below that I have not rotated the blue piece, and so the gap near the ankles is more visible.

The other thing missed by some collectors is the head. The head is on a neck joint that needs to be pulled up past a click point. Then it will rest at that point without collapsing back into the backpack. Some have complained that the head is not stable, and it's just because they need to pull it up past that click point.

On the head sculpt, I think it's a perfect representation of the cartoon character, and one of the best in the MP line. Together with the other Lambor, Nissan, and Lancia molds, Tracks and this new Corvette mold fits in beautifully with the MP line.

Many collectors are still on the fence with Tracks. I was initially not overly impressed with the bot mode due to the issues I mention above. But after messing around with it for a while, the articulation and accuracy to the cartoon just wins you over!

The poseability is really one of the best out of the current group of MP cars, and when you think about it, the flaws are no more apparent than they are on the previous molds. I still think the Lancia mold design is the best and most elegant, but Tracks has some great design elements too.

So all in all, I think MP-25 Tracks is a fantastic addition to the MP line. If you're a G1 fan, then I think this is pretty much a must have to continue getting the cast of Autobot cars in this incredible MP line.

Click the link below to head on over to Robotkingdom and pick up this awesome Autobot Warrior for yourself! :)

Robotkingdom - Transformers Masterpiece MP-25 Tracks

16 Nov 2015

Hot Toys MMS291 Spacetrooper Exclusive

The Star Wars awesomeness from Hot Toys continues with the release of the MMS291 Spacetrooper exclusive! Sure it was only in the movie for a few seconds, but since it's from the Original Trilogy, I just couldn't resist!

Here's the link to my full video review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel! Hope you can head over to check it out and subscribe! :)

The box art again is the usual boring black and grey style, but the cardboard insert art is quite nice. They're really doing a good job of those!

The figure comes with a decent array of accessories for a Stormtrooper, with the usual belt and blaster. This time is comes with the massive leaf blower of a weapon and the back-pack with three little capsules to put in it.

The capsules have nice detail showing the internals of their capsules, but it seems a little pointless to me since you're meant to insert them into the back-pack where they're not visible anyway! I guess it's a nice accessory if you want to pose it holding one of them.

The large rifle is nicely designed and detailed. I have no idea why it needs to be so big, but I guess those space walkers need something to protect themselves?

The backpack is actually glued into the back armour, so removing it is definitely not recommended. The hose then connects to the chin of the helmet, and again that does not look to be removeable. I guess Hot Toys are doing this so that you can't adjust the figure to simply look like a standard Stormtrooper (forcing you to buy that separate figure!).

The accessories look nice though, and the addition of the pointing finger is a nice touch so that you can recreate the scene where the Falcon is being brought into the Death Star.

Together with the classic Stormtroopers, they do all look pretty awesome. It's was interesting in that the height of my Spacetrooper was in-between the short and tall Stormtrooper figures. Not sure if that's by design or just a quirk of my version.

Either way, this is another solid figure by Hot Toys, and caters for all the classic trilogy fans out there that want all the weird and wonderful variants.

There's plenty more to come before the end of the year, with the First Order Squad Leader, TIE Pilot, and X-wing Luke coming out in quick succession! Stay tuned :)

15 Nov 2015

Hot Toys MMS263 Han Solo and Chewbacca

Finally got the new Hot Toys Han Solo and Chewbacca 2-pack set from Sideshow Collectibles, and what an incredible set it is!! After getting Obi-wan recently, I didn't think Hot Toys could do much better, but this Chewbacca is hands down my figure of the year!

Here's the link to Part 1 of my video review on this set focusing on the scoundrel himself. A few issues, but overall still an awesome figure.

And here's Part 2 focusing on the walking carpet himself! Words cannot express how amazed I am by this figure!

The box art is the usual style, so nothing to dramatic to talk about here. The cardboard insert art is pretty nice though.

Once you get all the contents out, the set certainly has an impressive array of accessories. If you get the 2-pack, you'll get the heavy blaster and Han's stormtrooper belt as exclusive bonuses that you'll miss out on if you get these two separately. These guys certainly belong together, so I highly recommend buying the two pack!

The head sculpt of Harrison Ford would appear to be the hardest to match in 1/6th scale format. This latest attempt by Hot Toys is still not perfect, but is better than anything that has come before. It's certainly an improvement over the prototype photos.

But again, it's the paint application detail that takes Hot Toys to the next level, with their usual incredible realism. The outfit is also damn nice, until of course you get to the boots and the ankles!

The body uses long ankle pegs, and there is nothing to pad them out, so the boots bend and fold very unnaturally at the ankles. Many collectors have taken the boots off and taped cardboard or foam or bubble wrap around the ankles to pad out the gap when placing the boot back on. It's an essential mod for this figure; you're otherwise left with something that looks like his ankles are broken!

Other than those couple of nitpicks though, the figure is pretty nice and an essential part of any Star Wars collection!

Chewbacca is simply an amazing figure. With its full fur suit, I just can't comprehend how they pulled it off! The fur is not overly delicate, and so can be handled normally without too much fear of damage. Even the facial sculpt is great with the tight fur around the mouth etc.

I think you just need to use the little brush that's included to futz with the hair and get it looking as accurate as you want it to the movie scenes. The fur around the chin can perhaps be pulled out a little to fill his face more, and the fur on the arms and legs can be tidied up.

But everything else, from the articulation to the accessories is just superb!

If you're remotely a Star Wars fan, I would highly recommend these figures. They just look sensational next to each other, and complemen their OT Star Wars line perfectly!