Archive for the 'Articulated Figure' Category

gliding terror

Green Goblin
Marvel Universe 3 3/4 inch action figure
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Origin: Marvel Universe

Norman Osborn, one high-tech gadget industrialist who got double personalities: as a businessman and as a crazy psychopath who dressed up in Halloween costume and terrorize the city with pumpkin… yeah right, pumpkin people… but this is no ordinary pumpkin, it’s filled with stuffing…of explosion!!

he’s one of my fav super villains in Marvel comic, and I consider him to be the true arch enemy of Spiderman
if Batman got Joker, Superman got Lex Luthor, surely this one is the true enemy of good ol’ Peter Parker

Green Goblin is not a super villain who got brains only as his weapon, he also got a glider ;p
well yeah, you need a glider to catch up with that swinging spider right…?

anyway, this 3 inch version of the villain is one of the best built character among Hasbro’s 3 inch super heroes!!

what makes this figure great? the costume is comic accurate, the glider is wide and cool enough, the facial expression that just right, and the best one of all IMO is the finishing color… his goblin’s skin/scale colored in a great metallic green, the best one compare to other Green Goblin figures in my collection!! the price is also right, I got mine loose for 20 Sing Dollar with two other main characters, which were Spidey and modern armor Ironman, not baaaad..

then what’s the downer?? okay, the biggest one that I found is that pumpkin!! it looks nothin like a pumpkin!! more like one big ugly onion… aaw c’mon, pumpkin should looks bigger, or at least wider than that!! not like that tall, yellow and thin smiling onion

maybe Hasbro could add one more very interesting yet simple accessories, a transparent display stand base to hold up the glider for a flying effect, so this figure would actually be more PERFECT for everyone ;)

Hoth invasion

Snowtrooper McQuarrie’s concept
3 inch Action Figure
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Origin: Star Wars concept

Star Wars…oh c’mon… who doesn’t now bout this legend, so I just skipped the short review regarding this epic series ‘kay ;P
but I just can’t be that easy going >_<

um, Star Wars is a legendary space tales created by George Lucas, which already become a legendary icon of the world’s modern sci-fi culture, especially as a remarkable icon of American pop culture

the saga started from 1977 and already got a total of 7 episodes up on the silver screen, those 6 original episodes plus one animated version

I’m a fans, but not a big fans
have you seen those hardcore Star Wars fanatic fans?!? it just make me saying “I’m not worthyyyyy” ^^’

still, I really love the Star Wars action figure merchandise, it got it’s own epic tale… from those notorious 3 inch collectibles action figure to the light saber FX line, all of those merchandise could convert an ignorant into a true fans X D

there are thousands of thousand Star Wars merchandise out there…
I only collect some specific line of toys, usually the 3 inch action figure and the 12 inch… plus, I’m only collecting the guys in white, guys in black, guys in red and guys in blue, if you catch my drift…

within the 3 inch action figure line, there is a special series that I really worship, which is Mc Quarrie’s conceptual art series!!
who is Ralph Mc Quarrie’s?? he’s the original conceptual arts creators for Star Wars, plus some other sci fi legend series like Battlestar Galactica, Back to the Future, Star Trek, ET, Jurassic Park and much more!! he’s the man, that fantasy artist legend…

and these is how Snowtroopers should looks like according to Quarrie’s original concept,I really love the design…
Hasbro also doing a superb work with these guys!!
even though they only come with only one accessories (which is a long riffle) and standard 3 inch toy’s articulation, but the details on all over the armor and backpack could really pay off those flaws!! they still looks in all white snow suits, but the weathering job is awesome!! the weathering give a post battle effect, with realistic mud spots all over our white guys… even you could remove their hood from their neck and see the details of the suit’s breathing system… ultra nice, a must have figure for any Star Wars fans
maybe the only major thing that bugging me is the fact that the long riffle could not really positioned well in their arms… it’s just to long for them to hold, thus we have to bend the riffle a little for some pose

I’ll review the other toys within Mc Quarrie’s concept line later, some of them are true gem… such as the Stormtrooper and Lord Vader himself!!

in that photo, I tried to make a scene where the Snowies successfully breached the rebel’s quarters in Hoth with real ice as the base for the photo
surrender you REBEL SCUM!!

King of the Dead

The King of the Dead
Manufacturer: ToyBiz
Origin: Lord of the Ring

the Dead man of Dunharrow…
the cursed warriors who abandoned their oath to aid Isildur to fight Darklord Sauron

remember those green dudes in the third sequel of the Lord of the Ring Trilogy? they hide in a cave within a forest and later help Aragon fought in Corsairs war?? these dudes really are handy, they could easily reverse the tide of wars by their “terror and fear” super power!!

in the spirit of Halloween, let me introduce to you, the King of the Dead!!
the King of the Dead action figure looks awesome!! and it is one of the best Lord of the Ring action Figure ever released by ToyBiz for me
the details of the bones are great!! he really come in a hollowed body, only couple of bones in there, no flesh, no siree…
he come with a helmet, cape and sword as accessories, which are also glows!! I bet it would be sweet to army build this green glowing dude

here’s his appearance under normal light, still looking awesome and young X D

Clear Spawn

Necroplasm Spawn series 1 – 1997 Retail Exclusive Edition
Manufacturer: Mc Farlanes
Origin: Spawn

Spawn, the legendary hell’s undead superhero!!
do we really have to talk bout his history or bio? I mean, he already well known throughout the universe by becoming one of the most famous comic book character…
if Marvel got their Spiderman, while DC have their Superman and Batman, than Image Comic have Spawn!! it’s somethin like that…

long story short, Albert Simmons was an US Marine Corps member who later joined the CIA. In one of his mission, he was killed and sent to hell. why he was sent to hell?? cause he was a sinner, by becoming an assassins, woah ow… there, he make a contract with Malebolgia, the ruler of hell, who offer him some kind of second chance in return of Al Simmons service by becoming one of his Hellspawn!!

then, a superhero is reborn…from hell…

this Necroplasm version is not the original form of the Spawn, but rather a “limited” repaint from the first Spawn action figure ever released
it comes with couple of accessories, which are the black cape, black plank with a silver nail (that board) and two chains for the belt
nothin differ from the original, except it’s body color is semi transparent green and his eyes are red
the Japanese called this version as the “Clear Spawn”, and the only reason I’ve gave this title for this entry is because I bought this Spawn in one of the hobby shop Den-Den Town Osaka MOC for only 100 yen.. yeah, I can’t even believe it myself-they throw this version away almost for free -_-’
maybe because, IMO this “tend to be limited” figures actually easier to get than the unmasked or the blue version

but it does have a flaw…
the one that I got do have a loose knee joints, it can not stand by itself without being supported by the cape

more Spawn coming up!! until then

Khonshu’s warrior

Moon Knight
Manufacturer: Toybiz Marvel Legend series XV
Origin: Marvel

definitely he’s not one of those Marvel’s “mainstream superhero”, but I really like the concept on this Egyptian superhero!!

okay, the background story of this character…
Marc Spector, a CIA agent who later become mercenary
one day, he join a mission to Africa in order to search a Pharaoh tomb with his partner. but it turns out to be that his partner is a homicidal maniac who prefer to kill anyone for that mission, so Spector decided to take him down but he failed…
when he was badly injured, his friends lay him to die beneath the Khonshu statue… there he was gifted the power to save his life and avenge his partner by Khonshu, boom!! there you have it! a brand new Egyptian super hero!!

……. sounds cliche you say? well, okay, it does sound like other superhero’s origin… but hey!! how many Egyptian superhero are there?? plus, is there any other superhero who wear an all white cape+mantle with a mystique eerie aura around him??
I’ll say, he is one of his kind!! a great original concept character!

move on to the figure, the figure looks great!
it’s super articulated, come with two weapons as the accessories, nice detailed head area which perfectly covered under a cape, plus with a nice glossy-gray finishing color on his suit
very mysterious indeed…

but the biggest downer for me, just look at his chest area… isn’t that crescent symbol suppose to be put in the middle?? it’s way off to the left in my opinion

there is a color variant of him within this series, the silver suit variant

Glossy EVA 01

EVA-01 Action Figure
Manufacturer: Kaiyodo (Repain Limited version 2001)
Origin: Neon Genesis Evangelion

EVA 01 is the main mecha character within the famous Neon Genesis Evangelion series

this action figure’s finishing color is simply stunning, Kaiyodo wasn’t just fooling around when they reissuing this figure with a different finishing color, they really did spice up the deal!! a true metallic purple,just like the one that you could find in any chogokin toys, but with far different price ;)

this action figure got only a few limited-articulation, but still loaded with some nice accessories, which are the riffle, gun, progressive knife, couple of hands to hold em, Shinji mini figure and the best one for me is the Plug Cable Cord, it was my first EVA figure with that kind of accessories back then

um, just a warn for you guys, this figure tend to bend, careful when placing them on the edges area of your display shelves

Heavily Armored

Hulkbuster Ironman
Manufacturer: Toybiz Marvel Legend series XI (Legendary Rider)
Origin: Marvel

Tony had to build this bulky armor in order to handle a raging green dude, the HULK!!

the suit already introduced in some of the comic series and also within a video game’s storyline,it got a lot of minor differences among the developed designs in those different series, but this one is my favorite

Toybiz really made this armor to be one of their masterpiece product
it’s heavy,it’s bulky and it got great details, including a special feature of opening hatch where we could say hi to good ol’ drunken Tony ;p
the armor finishing color also splendid, real red gloss, like a chunk of metal

I tend to make the picture above as a scene where this mean machine activated for the first time and producing a lot of hot steam around him, but seems that I’m kinda failed ^^’
we couldn’t see the steam around him very well, actually I’m using lot of dried ices to make those steam effect, but my camera failed to capture the whole detailed, oh well…

I’m planning to purchase the Bowen statue version if I got a bonus or somethin this year, so maybe next time I’ll try again

Queen’s Throne

Zera – Spawn Evolution series #29
Manufacturer: McFarlane’s
Origin: Spawn Comic

Zera, queen of all Cherubim, God’s angel

she’s one of the character that became everyone favorite from the Spawn Comic series
she’s beautiful, extremely violent and the best part: immortal… perfect match for Spawn himself

she looked more gorgeous and calm in figure version, that what make me took this figure in the first time

minimal articulation, but superb details,
just the things that you would expect from the modern Spawn Action Figure series, more like a statue than action figure
she came with a pillar as her stand base, pretty neat design

there are two variants for her, this one and for the other one, she got
a purple armor like-napkin in her chest -_-’

Bowdown before DOOM

Doctor Doom – Marvel Legend Icons Series (12 inch)
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Origin: Marvel Universe

Victor von Doom, the one and only super villain with a political immunity, cause he lead that that small European country, the Latveria,sweeeeet…

one of the most favorite villains from the Marvel Universe, Hasbro released him again in a different format bigger han the regular 6 inch

this Icons series stand for 12 inch tall, with a rather nice articulation and great details

the most interesting details about this figure is his cloth cape, the Lugger looks alike gun and the facial details beneath his eyes area of the mask, pretty nice details for a common action figure

but, there are two downer for me, the fist one is the eyes shape on his mask…maybe I’m the one who forget, but doesn’t he has a rectangular eye  holes in his mask within the comic and not a rounded cat eyes like?

the second one is his pointy tip of the cape, he looks more like a person wearing DUNCE hat when I displayed him on the corner of my cabinet -_-’

we really should adjust his cape a lot to get the best aura to come out of his head

overall, this one is a nice addition to any super villain fans , especially considering this one is a common figure that could be grab easily in the store’s shelves

Anthony’s Squad

Anthony Carmine SDCC Exclusive and COG Soldier ver 2.0
Manufacturer : NECA
Original series : Gear of Wars

always love to make another army building set, heheh…

missed the first version of the COG soldier, kinda hard to find here in my country… so,I planned to get a couple of these guys when NECA announced to release the other version (the 2.0), got em for a decent price, around 15 bucks each

these guys came with a pair of weapons,one of them is a new one, the shotgun that only Anthony has from the first series

oh, for Anthony himself, I got him for a great price!!

as a discounted items in one of the stand in one of Jakarta’s big Toys event, got him for only 20 USD, the original price was 80 because it is a limited item

for those who curious about the differences between this limited figure than the COG soldier ver 1.0, Anthony’s got a different helmet and body armour, that are the most noticeable differences

nice one, loooove the bulky appearance, the armor details and the marking
the only downer for me is the color of the armor, it should be more metallic blue, but maybe that just me

well, at least I could always remember him this way,just like the photos told me, about his boldness and courage, rather than the silly sniper and helmet incident -_-’