Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Star Wars Black Series 3 3/4 - Lando Calrissian

Lando was always one of my favorites In the Star Wars films.I can remember ,as a kid ,owning a Kenner Jabbas Palace/Skiff Guard   Lando with removable helmet.I didn't have many Star Wars figures as a kid so my skiff guard Lando got to go on lots of solo missions.This one here Is the Cloud City version and I love It just the same!No helmet and minimum weapons (1 pistol)  but still a damn good figure.Soft goods Is always a plus in my book and these contemporary Star Wars figures don't disappoint In that department.



Man,just a sweet figure!



I think Kenner's head sculpt Is more accurate as far  as the character likeness goes.Which reminds me,If anybody has a spare Kenner skiff guard helmet laying around,let me know! 




Here's where my modern Star Wars collection stands today.Only 12 deep but still growing.Obi Wan and Princess Leia figures are next on my list.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Post a Pic Of Your Most Eccentric Action Figure!


Palisades Indy Kermit Is the best I could come up with.While not terribly eccentric ,compared to all my other ,somewhat normal figures ,he certainly is.I got this In a trade with Brother Midnight a while back  and I still haven't managed to find a spot for him anywhere In my collection.Needless to say ,Adventure Kermit Isn't doing much adventuring these days  as he spends most of his time cooped   up In his packaging.Still,he's gotta be one of the most unique figures I own.









Monday, March 27, 2017

Round Robin Challenge : Post a Pic Of Your Most Eccentric Action Figure!


This week we take a look at our nearest and wierdest!Post a pic or multiple pics of the most eccentric action figure In your collection.This would be a museum worthy action figure.One that would draw alot of ooohs and aaaahs from an art show crowd.Good luck,people!


Busts or PVC are fine,too!


                           




Sunday, March 26, 2017

Desktop Heroes!

Sometimes ,while sitting at my desktop ,I'll be looking around at my collection and I'll get the urge to fiddle around with a certain action figure.This particular time It was my Infinite Series Daredevil figure.




Saturday, March 25, 2017

Curating



Curate ; 

select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition).

"both exhibitions are curated by the museum's director"


Lets  start with the first one.How do I select my collection or items In my collection?


Very simple. 95 % of It  has to have some kind of childhood connection.I had to have at least owned It or wanted It real bad as a kid.Although lately I've been restricting myself ,only acquiring vintage that I owned as a kid.The other 5% Is made up of miscellaneous things that I just think are cool.



Second,how do I organize?


I guess you could count displaying as organizing as everything that I have displayed Is bunched together according to the line.All my Joes together,all my Marvel Universe together and so on and so forth.I'm too ocd to have It any other way.Once In a while I'll mix a Joe into my Marvel Universe display and vice versa ,but for the most part my figures are segregated.


And last,how do I look after my collection?

Obsessively!Seriously,If I'm asleep and something tips over,I'll hear It,jump out of bed and race to my display to fix it.That's kind of insane,I know.I'm constantly looking to see what might be out of place,who's weapon fell out of whos hands and  what shelf has been collecting the most dust.


Tune In to see how others go about managing their collections!


Alexis doesn't like to stay In one spot ;)

Mr.Smith improvises when situations get dusty!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Star Wars Black Series 3 3/4 - Luke Skywalker

I was happy to find these figures marked all the way down to 5 bucks and some change from their original 13 dollar price tag.I've already got a battle at Hoth   Luke in his X-Wing uniform and a Power of the Force Bespin Luke which was basically a place holder until I could come across a better,more articulated  version.This Luke I really like although I'm just realizing that this Is not the Luke/Vader final battle version.He's not wearing his glove.I believe this Is the Luke that confronts Jabba because of the robe he's wearing.If anybody has anymore info I'd greatly appreciate It. I've watched the films a ton but I'm not one of those line for line,scene for scene fanatics. I really like him In his robe,though.



One odd thing about this figure,and I think It's been covered before In past reviews,Is the loss or lack of paint on the tips of his boots.I'm not sure If It's supposed to be wear  or just a figure flaw.I could always touch It up.In fact ,I don't even need  to because It really does give his boots a worn and torn look.He comes with one extended  Light saber  ,one Inactive and what seems to be a wrench of some kind.


This version of Luke Is super pose able and the head sculpt Is right on the money imo. Pass If you see him going for regular price but definitely pick up If marked down.Totes worth it ;)






Wednesday, March 22, 2017

This Just Happened!

With my villains already having a place (Castle Doom) to kick back and unwind ,I really needed a way to set off my hero display. What better way to do that than with the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier!



This Is how It comes in the box,tied down with the included instructions,decals and Captain America action figure.Putting this  together Is a snap.Literally.The pieces snap together effortlessly yet hold tight once connected.


Here It Is assembled with decals.This thing Is big.Not to scale,though.Not even close.But seriously,had It been In scale  ,I would probably have to remove my bed in order for It to fit In the room.This Is no U.S.S. Flag ,but It works.As a display piece,you get all the aesthetics.As a kid,I probably would have liked to see more play features added.I'll go over those next.


Of the 7 guns that the carrier Is armed with,only 5  shoot missiles.the two cannons that stick out of the front part of the carrier look cool but don't have any kind of working features.The crane towards the back rotates but that's about It.No working string to pull up life boats and no up and down movement.It just rotates.Again,not a big deal for me but for a kid It might be.The side turret Is pretty cool looking.It has a seat that fits all Marvel Universe figures and some cool control panel decals.You can move It up and down,but only slightly because of  the back fan  getting In the way.Also,no rotation.Aesthetically cool,limited functionality.


As a kid ,I loved opening hatches to reveal little areas where I could place my figures In.The carrier only has two  ,but they are pretty spacious.   



You could easily fit two figures In the larger cockpit  If you wanted to.



The main cockpit Is also large enough to fit any sized MU figure.  



You also have the option of placing a figure In the seat of the  gun turret .


The hull of the carrier has small ,hatch accessible compartments.While they're really just maintenance points with cogs, gears and other sculpted -in mechanical parts,you could always use them  to place spare weapons In.



The trap door seems like something I would have had  alot of fun with as a kid.Even though most Marvel characters fly ,someone like the Wrecker would have no chance should this little mechanism open up under him. 





As far back as I can remember ,G.I. Joe vehicles and playsets always had pegs to place figures on and I just loved that!I was happy to find some along the sides of the hull.Some are a little tough to get at,though,when trying to place a figure on them.But once you do,they fit decent enough. There are 10 pegs In all.




I would love to pick up a Quinjet at some point,but for now this Cobra Hydra will make a good  substitute to convey scale.


As you can see,It fits nicely.Definitely need to pick up a Quinjet now.




The Marvel Universe S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier Is a nice set.It Is made out of durable plastic and fits together nicely when assembling.It's not to scale but still large enough to function as a helicarrier. You can fits lots of figures on,In and around It .  It's also pretty light and comes apart so If you ever feel like you might want to sell It off at some point,shipping won't be a pain.I found this for under 40 bucks which Isn't bad considering the retail price of 70 dollars.Is It worth 70 bucks?No.Anything under 50,yes.