3/25/15

Harley Quinn Vinyl Cubed :: Harley Qwednesday

This blocky gal right here is the Funko Vinyl Cubed Harley Quinn.

The Vinyl Cubed figures are designed to be interchangeable. Their heads and feet are held on to their torsos via magnets.

It's a really cute concept and almost forces you to buy more than one, because once you open one up you want to start swapping parts between them.

I much prefer the more rounded, organic look of your standard Funko POP! figure over the squares of these little Vinyl Cubed figures, but the magnetic gimmick makes up for their blockiness. Now that I have Harley I am tempted to get another, possibly Batman, in order to do a head-swap and give Harley a bat costume.

3/23/15

Grundybuster Iron-Robin! :: Imaginext Robin Mechanical Suit Playset

"Side-Kick SMASH!"
Imaginext re-colored their Lex Luthor Mechanical Suit in red and black and released it as the Robin Mechanical Suit. The set is a Toys R Us exclusive, and comes with an exclusive Tim Drake post Death-of-Superboy red/black garbed Robin!

First things first: I hate hate HATE that Robins in the Imaginext world are capeless. A capeless Robin is absolutely absurd, an abomination, a blight upon human decency and good taste and beyond unacceptable; no caped Robin in the Imaginext line has prevented me from bothering with any of them even though I am a big fan of Robin.

Until now.

Don't get me wrong, I am still bothered by Robin's lack of a cape. BUT this is a gorgeously sculpted Robin. Imaginext's most recent Robin effort, the details in the costume are incredible. Just look at those gloves! Plus: the domino mask is a sculpted element, not just painted on a blank face (ala Harley Quinn.)

The coloration here is beautiful too - this specific black/red Robin is only available with this set. The sculpt is available in the most recent Imaginext Batcave, but in a more 90s era red/green coloration.

Not to mention this sweet Robin Mech Suit. I can justify the lack of a cape because Robin is in his Mech Suit and therefore probably retracted his cape or something. I know, it's a thin excuse for Robin not having his cape, but a neurotic's gotta do what a neurotic's gotta do!

Robin fist snugly in the cockpit of his Mechanical Suit.

Not being big into the Superman themed Imaginext stuff, I don't already own the Lex Mech Suit, so this guy is all new to me. I can imagine it being a piece of Wayne Enterprises/Luthor Corp. tech that Luthor commandeered for nefarious purposes, and Robin getting in on the action with his own to help Batman and Superman stop him. Or something from the Batcave trophy room that Robin re-painted in order to keep up with the Batmobile.

"Who needs a sidecar?"

"Get away from her you BITCH!"
The Robin Mech Suit has an operable claw for a right hand, and a missile firing feature above the left. I forgot the missile during the photoshoot as I display this piece without it anyways. Articulation is simple - hips, knees, and shoulders. But it's a giant Mech Suit, so what do you expect it to move like, Jack LaLanne?

I absolutely love this thing. It's fun and absurd, just like comic book adventures should be.

As mentioned before, this is a Toys R Us exclusive; part of their Gotham City line-up. Not sure how easy it might be for folks to find, but I have only seen it the time I bought it a couple weeks ago. I suggest if you want it you nab it when you see it.

3/21/15

Amanda Waller (lack of) Action Figure

Not sure how I feel about this Amanda Waller action figure. I mean, as an action figure aficionado, I get how people really want to complete their collections. And they really want those obscure or background characters. Not to say Amanda Waller was 'obscure' or 'background' in any way. She was actually a very pivotal character in the JLU animated universe.

But she is not a superhero. She's not a dude. She's not white.

She is: a lady in a business coat, skirt and sensible pumps. She's also overweight. And African American. 

Honestly, the chances that a modern day action figure line would include her at all were astronomical. Let's face it - I saw her at retail. I own her now. And yet I could still be convinced that she doesn't exist. Because she shouldn't exist based on all the 'rules' I know about the toy world.

Not to mention the fact that she was available as one third of a retail available three pack. That still blows my mind. She wasn't the lone new release in a twenty pack of Batman repaints. She wasn't a retailer exclusive (that I recall). She wasn't only available as an online exclusive (although she pre-dates Mattycollector.com and their insane merchandising decisions).

She is a gem for all those reasons and more.

But...but...she's BORING!

like I said, I saw her at retail when she was on the shelves, and passed. Not that I was ever a JLU completist. Far from it. But I owned a few and grabbed exclusives when I could. I just couldn't muster the need to buy her back then.

I did buy her for a buck at the flea market. I almost didn't because...well,...a buck is a lot of money at the flea market! I could get two, maybe three or even four toys for that price! But I thought to myself again how impossible her existence is...she's like the platypus of toy evolution...so I bought her.

She shouldn't exist. She's like holding anti-matter. Like glimpsing through a keyhole in timespace into an alternate universe.

And sadly, she's boring.

Unless...


BODYSLAM!