5/4/15

Happy Star Wars Day: Ain't No Party Like A Princess Party!

Today is May 4th aka 'Star Wars Day' due to the 'May the 4th be with you' pun. You need another reason?

I'm not big into collecting Star Wars action figures like I have been a few times in the past. Nowadays I pretty much keep my Star Wars collecting limited to LEGO (and a skateboard). But old habits die hard, and there are definitely plenty of Star Wars action figures hanging around the Toyriffic Cantina, both of the classic and more modern variety.

Today we take a look at four Star Wars princesses by Kenner. Or more accurately, one Princess in four different costumes from three different movies. By Kenner

Leia in Boushh Disguise was the only Leia action figure I owned as a kid. And I loved her. I've always had a bit of a mask fetish, so any toy or character wearing a mask is miles above your standard maskless character in my book. Plus, this was really the first time Princess Leia did anything interesting in any of the movies, and so there were actually some fun built-in ideas to run with when you set out to play Star Wars in your back yard or living room floor.

Next up is Cloud City Bespin Gown Princess Leia She originally had a vest/overcoat, but mine is missing hers. This figure is both boring and unattractive.

NEXT!

Hoth Outfit Princess Leia is at least a cool toy in that you can use her during your snow battles. But she's still pretty boring in that her role during the Battle of Hoth amounted to little more than Air Traffic Control.

Finally the first and arguably the best Princess Leia action figure from the initial Kenner line: Princess Leia Organa in her white gown (with seventies-action-figure-era vinyl cape.) This figure is actually pretty well sculpted and has a cute face too. This figure is both timeless and a product of her times, and for both of those reasons she's classic and beautiful.

When I was a wee lad collecting (aka playing with) Star Wars toys, I didn't want anything to do with Princess Leia. (Until six years into it and The Return of the Jedi and Boushh Leia came out.) For reasons equal parts 'icky girls' and 'she doesn't do anything interesting,' I avoided Leia for years. But today I have four of them (and probably a few more from later lines if I didn't purge them from my collection a few years back.)

I also have a three year old who likes to wear princess dresses, and whenever she put on a white dress she tells everyone she's Princess Leia. And if that isn't a reason to rejoice on this Star Wars Day, I don't know what is.

5/3/15

STOP THE PRESSES! Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn - First Official Image!

David Ayers just released a full-cast in-character image on Twitter for the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, and yadda yadda I cropped out all those nobodies because who cares about anyone but Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie.

Okay, so there's pretty much nothing that says 'Harley Quinn' here. Too much blue, no harlequin-esque patterns, no diamonds, no kabuki makeup, no domino mask. And tattoos. Sexy? Sure. Harley? Not much.

I won't get all 'nerd-rage' though. This is one image. There are a LOT more images in the film at 24fps, and there is story, script and actor ability still left to factor in here.

EDIT: On-set photos are hitting all over the net today. here are a couple closer looks at Harley via Jimmy Palmiotti:

I admit, these look a little more on target, with red/blue colors reminiscent of her New 52 iteration. Not a fan of the face/neck tattoos but the neck tattoo appears to say "Puddin'". The 'Property of Joker' on the jacket is a nice touch, as is the baseball bat.

Okay fine, here's everyone else too. Katana looks good, I have to admit. Neat seeing a live-action Killer Croc as well!


LEGO Simpsons Series 2 Bartman :: Hitting Stores NOW!

We went to the Toys R Us Star Wars Day free LEGO build event today and built a sweet mini Wookie Gunship. We also met Geoffrey and my intern was not only not scared of the massive guy in a giraffe suit, but she hugged him and told him all about the snail she found that morning that was hanging around her neck in a little bug locket.

But the highlight of the day was also discovering that the Simpsons Series 2 LEGO Minifigures  are out now! I didn't have much time to squeeze the packages but fortunately in the time I did have I found my #1 most wanted figure: Bartman!

As iconic as the Simpsons are today it's easy to forget how much Bartman is a product of the early nineteen nineties. The Simpsons were a fairly new phenomenon, and Bat-mania was hitting at a level that it hadn't seen since the sixties thanks to the Burton Batman movie of '89. The mash-up was perhaps not inevitable, but it happened anyways and sold a lot of t-shirts: Batman combined with Bart Simpsons (and 'nineties neon' too) and Bartman was born!

The LEGO Bartman minifigure comes with a cape and a slingshot. I won't waste your time with dot codes because to me those are worthless. I will say if you squeeze for these you will easily recognize Bart's cylindrical head and flat-top, and you can also easily distinguish the slingshot.

The other figures in this wave include:
Sunday-Best Homer, Sunday-Best Marge and Sunday-Best Lisa (who comes with Snowball 2 or 16 or whatever), Maggie with Santa's Little Helper. Milhouse as Fall-Out Boy, Comic-Book Guy, Professor Fink, Hans Moleman, Patty, Selma, Groundskeeper Willie, Mrs. Krabappel, Smithers Dr. Hibbert and Martin Prince.

I may seek out Fall-Out Boy, but since I now have Bartman if I don't get anyone else from this wave it won't be the end of the world.