4/27/16

Clay Lady Clay, Clay Across My Big Brass Bed

Clayface had never before been better represented than when he was re-imagined for the Batman Animated cartoon series. Who can forget that iconic animated moment when Batman bursts forth from Clayface via his grapple hook after being absorbed and presumably suffocated by the big brown mass of malleable mud!?!?

Clayface the action figure is a big rubber guy, he comes across as a bath toy in his makeup. But he's a perfect representation of his cartoon counterpart! One of his hands is transforming into blades, and the other...

...is morphing into a mace ball which is supposed to 'launch' when you squeeze Clayface's left arm. Mine never quite worked but I got it second-hand, so perhaps he worked well right out of the package. I was lucky to find my Clayface with his mace ball attached at the flea market many years ago. I also have a lighter brown version which came in a TRU exclusive four pack late in the line, and his left arm is different and does not include the mace ball feature. I will have to dig him out soon for a review too!

4/26/16

BootLEGO New 52 Teen Titans Red Robin Minifigure

As a Robin fan, this 'New 52' Teen Titans Red Robin Minifigure was a must-have BootLEGO. He's about the same level of quality as the Red Hood minifig I posted a few days back, but 'dat CAPE! It's super-cool and unique and a good minifig translation of the ridiculous cape they gave Tim Drake for the New 52 relaunch. And although the plastic quality is a bit lower than the better BootLEGOs out there, he is printed on his arms and his back as well, so there's a lot of detail on this little guy!

4/24/16

Iron Man Mark I

The first Iron Man movie is still my favorite of all the Marvel superhero movies. It took a character I had loved since discovering him in the Secret Wars action figure line and translated him perfectly from 60's comic book to new century cinema.

One of the greatest moments in the character's history is the making of the Mark I armor while a POW in either Vietnam or some Middle-Eastern nation as translated into our current political climate.

Second only to my Secret Wars Iron Man this 6" Mark I movie Iron Man by Hasbro is my favorite Iron Man action figure of all time. Much like the current armored Batman for the Batman v Superman movie line, this is the perfect cinematic translation of the source material.

Mark I has a lot of articulation for a dude in extremely limiting armor, as well as a ton of detail. He also has a spring action fire missile ala his blow torch  feature from the movie,

Mark I Iron Man is not only one of my two favorite Iron Man action figures, but he may just be one of my top ten favorite action figures of all time. He's solid, beautifully sculpted, a perfect 'real' interpretation of his comic book inspiration, and he's just plain fun to have around.

4/23/16

Two-Bad :: Punching Himself in the Face for Over 30 Years

Two-Bad is another MOTU figure I did not own as a kid. Ironically, I now own two - both the flat back and round back version. I prefer the round back version because he's more properly proportioned, and this is him. Although you wouldn't have known because I didn't photograph his back.

Like with all Masters of the Universe figures, Two-Bad had an action feature, and it's still hilarious after 32 years - each arm pulls back and punches the other head in the face! HAHAHAHAHAH comedy gold! The only way Two-Bad could have been better would have been for him to have had two fingers extended on one of the hands.

"Oh, a wiseguy, eh?"

"Why I oughtta...!"

I remember reading somewhere that the original concept for Two-Bad was for him to have been two enemy characters mashed together by some sorcery or other and so of course they were always fighting each other even as a two-headed unit. Not sure what his canonical cover story is nowadays, but that;s how I like to think of him.