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22 Jan 2023

Transformers Masterpiece MP-56 Trailbreaker

Any new G1 release these days in the Masterpiece series is pretty much a cause for celebration. Takara are very slow in releasing new molds now, but are slowly making their way through the orginal G1 Season 1 cast of characters. They've finally made the Trailbreaker mold, which hopefully paves the way for a Hoist retool.

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As with most G1 MPs these days, Trailbreaker comes packed with quite a few accessories for plenty of display and photo options. The typical blast effect is included, and is a nice transluscent fluoro colour that almost glows without any lighting. There's also a swap out car grille in matte grey if you really want the full cartoon accurate style. For me, I always stick with the chrome for that extra bit of bling.

The swapout antenna, hand pieces, and face plates round out the accessories to pay homage to various scenes from the cartoon episodes. I think the face plates are great, with a good likeness and metallic blue visor finish.

As with typical Takara style, the car mode is officially licenced by Toyota, and it's a fantastic representation of the Toyota Hilux from the 80s. Based on what I've googled regarding the variants, even the position of the side mirrors matches some models of the car back in the day.

The proportions look great, and the back cab looks very accurate to the 80s models too. I love the consistent use of transluscent blue plastic for all the windows. All the decals are nicely and cleanly applied, and the full gray paint finish really does give a premium look and feel to the car.

For me, the only real negative in car mode is just behind the rear wheels, where parts of the body hang down lower than they should for a more clean look. It doesn't affect how the car rolls, but does look a little unsightly at the back. In the end, it's a pretty minor point for me considering how good the rest of the car mode looks.

The radio antenna accessory attaches pretty easily to the roof of the car, if you want to recreate that scene from the cartoon. The doors and hood also open up for some pose options with the small human figures included with some of the previous MP figures.

The hinge that opens up the hood is very tight, and there is a small centre peg that is meant to sit just inside that hinge when closing. Just be careful to push down so that the peg inserts properly, otherwise you may run the risk of chipping off some paint in that area if you click the peg in afterwards. Other than that, it's nice that Takara go through the effort to include the extra sculpted detail and paint application under the hood.

The transformation sequence isn't too difficult, and I love the way in which the legs are done. The panels fold away very neatly in a similar manner to Sunstreaker and Hound. Takara engineers really do have that panel folding technique down pat to have the legs look so clean with those cartoon accurate lines.

The biggest effort during the transformation is reserved for the backpack, where it did take me some effort to get it all folded and packed away neatly. You need to ensure that the pegs are all attached correctly, especially a couple that feed into two holes just behind the neck area. But once that is done, the backpack design looks very close to its cartoon style, and actually feels very sturdy.

The only part of the bot mode that does not look nice is the side view of the torso, where the car's blue window is visible. It would've looked much better if Takara had worked out a way to fold that differently and have the other grey areas showing instead of the blue window.

The gap in the upper chest that can be seen when viewed side on, is also not great, but for me that's OK. I'm not too fussed out that, and the slope of the chest piece doesn't bother me either. Some collectors have said that the chest piece sticking out gives him a beer-belly profile, but I actually think that's cartoon accurate.

So having that protruding chest piece, as well as the angled profile of the backpack, actually gives him a very cartoon bot mode overall. You can see this in scenes where he stands on the side, and shows that Takara did have that in mind when designing the figure. I also think that the waist and thighs are proportioned nicely. I was worried that they would appear too thin, but I think are well proportioned with the rest of the figure.

Articulation wise, I think Takara has done a fantastic job like they have done with the more recent figures. The only questionable area is the joint at the shoulder that should allow the arm to more freely move out to the side. The way in which the internal workings of that joint have been molded means that moving the arm out is blocked by a very small curve in the plastic.

Pushing the joint out past that point will damage the plastic slightly, but does then increase the range of motion. It's not a joint that I would use too much in my display, so I chose not to push the joint past that point. Some collectors have done a quick modification to cut a small part of the plastic away to free that joint, but it's not worth doing for me. I would only do a modification like that if something were completely wrong or broken with the figure (eg. like MP-9B's cracking plastic knees).

The bot mode scales beautifully with the rest of the MP cast. It does provide further proof that Takara must in some way design against the original G1 cast scale chart. It's great that the MP series has  about 4 different heights of figures, all in relation to the MP-10 (and now MP-44) Optimus figure.

It makes for a beautifully nostalgic G1 Transformers display in your collection. I love this cartoon aesthetic that Takara have embarked on for the last 3 to 4 years, and I hope they continue that for many more. Now that Trailbreaker is out, there's a high liklihood of a Hoist retool to be announced. I think all MP collectors are still holding out hope for others in the Season 1 cast, including Cliffjumper, Jazz, and Mirage. It would be fantastic if any of those were to be announced this year.

20 Jan 2023

Figma Table Museum SP-145DX Tutankhamun

The latest release in this awesome Table Museum line of figures is Tutankhamun, and he is one historical figure that is just perfect for this series. Be it a more serious display, or a more fun approach, this figure has all the options.

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This Deluxe version comes with the golden sarcophagus and clear plastic stand. The core figure and head piece, base, and swap out pieces are the same as that in the standard release. For the extra cost, I think the golden sarcophagus is worth it, even just for that extra bit of playability.

The paint application on the sarcophagus and Tut's head piece is exceptionally well done. The gold has a beautiful hue to it, and the paint lines in the other coloured areas are clean with no bleed. The sarcophagus splits into two, and the figure with the head piece on can be fully laid inside.

The iconic head piece can be removed and replaced with a standard mummy headsculpt. The bandages are sculpted very nicely on the head and body, accompanied with a nice weathered paint application too.

Articulation is on par with the other humanoid figures in this series. It's a shame that the joints are a darker beige colour, which makes them stand out a bit more against the bandages. It would've been nicer if they were a shade lighter in colour to hide them better.

Regardless, the swap out pieces give some decent options to have some fun. Mummies rising from the dead is pretty much a given in any "Night at the Museum" dynamic display! 😂

There are a few more releases coming this year in this series, with the reissues of the Moai and Winged Victory of Samothrace. New figures for the Shakoki-Dogu and The Birth of Venus are also on the way later in the year. I'm really looking forward to seeing where they take this series!

Figma Table Museum SP-131 Terracotta Warrior

Not too many retailers seemed to have the Table Museum Terracotta Warrior figure in stock, so I was glad when I saw that Popcultcha had it. At 20% off in their recent sale, I just couldn't resist getting this rendition of some classic Chinese art in the collection.

Click the link below to watch my video review on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel!

There's no backdrop included this time, but a few more weapons and a swap out pair of limbs. The swap out piece allows the figure to crouch down more naturally. It looks decent, and made me think about whether to get another one. In the end, I decided just on the one figure to pose with the rest of the Table Museum blokes creating a ruckuss 😂

The detailing in the sculpt is very nice, with great patterning in the face and armour. The paint application also gives it a good dirty weathered look. The articulation is a bit more limited this time around, compared to the other naked humanoid figures. But that's probably expected considering this one is decked out in armour. 

The accessories are decent, with specific hands that can hold the sword and crossbow. For any collectors that have the money to shell out for a whole army of these, it would look pretty imposing! But I guess that was their intent in the first place, being buried with the Emperor to protect him in the after-life! If you're into Chinese history or art, I think you would enjoy messing around with this on your desk!

Figma Table Museum SP-086 The Scream

Another iconic art piece is transformed into an action figure in this representation of The Scream. The interpretation of the ghostly figure by Edvard Munch is another fun rendition, with a cool choice of swap out hands to poke fun at humanity's angst.

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This set comes with the iconic background painting, housed within a plastic frame that connects together. It's a little flimsy, but once put on the stand it looks pretty decent overall.

Capturing the iconic painting is pretty easy with the default hands that can be placed around the head sculpt. The paint application across the body and exposed head is pretty nice. Mine did have a fault on the head sculpt, with some weird blue paint seemingly splashed on top. Luckily Popcultcha will send me a replacement, so hopefully that turns out OK.

The body itself is not your typical action figure in humanoid form. There are various breaks in the cylindrically designed body that allow for it to bend in different ways. The base of the body even includes a magnet, so theoretically you could attach the body to a fridge or magnet board. However, I found the magnet to be very weak, and so it would not attach well and would slide down.

I think keeping it posed upright in front of the painting backdrop is the better way to go. Add to that, the swap out pairs of hands are a lot of fun. They come with a pair of peace sign hands as well as a pair that can form a love heart. So there's plenty of options to take the piss out of humanity and all its anxiety and angst 😂

Figma Table Museum SP-075 Vitruvian Man

Next up in the Table Museum series is the Vitruvian Man, the iconic drawing by Leonardo da Vinci. This is another nice release, although mine did come with one fault in the backdrop piece. Click through the link below to watch my review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel.

Packaging and accessories are similar to that provided with the other figures. This time, there is a backdrop that completes the representation of the drawing. There is hole made in the cardboard piece that allows the figure stand peg to poke through and attach to the figure itself.

However, on mine the hole was made in the upside down location, meaning the figure did not align with the square in the backdrop. So I had to poke a separate hole in the correct location as best I could to align the square against the figure in its iconic position. Luckily the body of the figure hides the incorrect hole when displayed.

The figure itself is very nice, with a great paint application and sculpt. The swap out torso and thighs essentially turns it into a regular human action figure, but the fun of this one is trying to use the four arms and four legs! The design of those is pretty ingenious and it looks and works well.

It does take a bit of adjusting to get the legs in a decent pose. They're not perfectly symmetrical due to the original iconic drawing, so they don't articulate in the same way on both sides of the body. But in the end, you can get him into some fun and interesting poses.

19 Jan 2023

Figma Table Museum SP-066 Statue of David

Next up in the Table Museum series is the statue of David by Michelangelo. This one is just as much fun as The Thinker! Click through below to watch my video review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel!

The packaging and range of accessories is pretty much on par with The Thinker release. This time it does come with an extra action accessory. I'll talk more about that below, and why I'm such an idiot! 😂

Getting the figure into the classic pose is a bit of a struggle along the right leg. Getting it to fit into the foot peg as well as the groove at the back of the stand takes a bit of futzing around. Getting the torso and angle of the body to mimic as close to the actual statue itself is fairly difficult too.

I managed to get it into something that I was happy enough with, if not a perfect representation. Similar to The Thinker, you could leave it like this for that classic style in your collection. But for me, it's getting it into the action poses that make this series so much fun, just like a Night at the Museum right there on your desk!

Stupidly, I always thought that the original statue was holding a towel or some cloth in his hands. That is why the action accessory was something I thought the toy designer included as a funny idea. I thought it was a whipping towel accessory that he could swing to make fun of naked Roman public baths!! 😂

But of course the accessory is David's sling and rock that he uses to battle Goliath! Seems pretty obvious now that I think about it, but it is funny to think of it as a towel that he uses to whip other naked people in the public hot baths 😂

The swap out head sculpt has a moveable eye feature that I do not think works very well. The tool to move the eyes is fairly thin plastic, so you may end up deforming it slightly like I did. In the end, I just made the eyes look forward as best I could.

Either way, the figure looks great, with a good paint application, and has all the articulation you'd expect. Together with the other figures in this series, it's a nice bit of variety in my otherwise mainstream collection!

Figma Table Museum SP-056 The Thinker

Over the past year or so, I had been eyeing this Table Museum series of figures, because they just seem so interesting in their fun interpretation of the classic art or statues. So when Popcultcha here in Australia had their recent 20% off sale, I just couldn't resist getting one of each that they had in stock!

Click through below to watch my video review on The Thinker. It's a pretty nice start for me in this series of figures.

The packaging is nice and collector friendly, very similar to the standard of Bandai S.H.Figuarts releases. The range of accessories is decent to give you good options for dynamic and fun poses.

You can set it up to be in the original, iconic statue pose. The first head sculpt has the hole in the chin that allows the specific hand to peg into place. The feet also peg into the required spots on the base. Other than that, it's only just a matter of lining up the arms and legs in the right spot to mimic the statue pose.

It actually looks very nice in that pose. With a pretty accurate paint application of different shades of green, you could just leave it for a nice classy piece of art on your desk. But I doubt that's why many collectors buy these figures! The swap out torso and head sculpt are what change this figure into something a little different!

The swap out process is pretty straight forward except for the neck piece. It would've been much better if they had provided a second neck piece as well, because removing it from the neck peg is a real pain. I had to dip mine in very hot water to soften it, which then allowed for easier removal.

But once done, the figure essentially turns in to a regular human action figure, with all the nice articulation you'd expect from an action figure in this price range. You can certainly have a bit of fun and get him into some interesting poses!

For those collectors that like classic art or statues, then I think this Table Museum is just right for you! I'm definitely glad I got into the series because they make for great conversation starters when friends come over and look at the collection!

15 Jan 2023

Hot Toys MMS612 Scout Trooper and Speeder Bike set

Any Hot Toys Star Wars original trilogy release is a good thing! Despite having the original Sideshow release of the Scout Trooper and Speeder Bike, I still had to get the new Hot Toys version!

Hope you can click through below and watch my video review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel. Make sure to give the video a thumbs up and subscribe too! 😀

Scroll further down for some side by side comparison photos between the Hot Toys and Sideshow sets.

Nicely done packaging that is all very collector friendly as expected.

The new Hot Toys Scout Trooper definitely has far better proportions than the old Sideshow figure. Almost makes the older figure look a little comical! Despite that, there are pros and cons both ways, which I go through in my video review.

The differences for the Speeder Bikes are less more difficult to choose between. The paint application on the new Hot Toys is definitely better, but there are actually some sculpt/structural points that I prefer from the Sideshow version.

Either way, I think most fans will be pretty happy regardless which set they have. For me, I'm glad I have both, and the new one just looks great on its own with the Scout Trooper chilling out!

Kotobukiya Bishoujo Darkstalkers Morrigan

Morrigan looking gorgeous as expected! Her character design is pretty much tailor made for the Bishoujo series, and it's a combination made in heaven!

Hope you can check out my full video review over on the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel at the link below. Scroll on down for some more photos of this devilish beauty!

The final sculpt captures the concept art perfectly!

She looks great from all angles!

Love the little cheeky tongue sticking out, and the sharp teeth!

And here's the "money shot" personified! 😂😜