Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Schwag Brag Interim: Fillin' Space
I like to do Schwag Brags only after the last one is off the front page, but I'm a little behind on what I wanted to do next, and these are nice and easy space-fillers. So there!
I've also got a proper amount to talk about, since new things are sort-of flooding into stores, after Christmas (though, not as fast as I'd like).
Like Amiibos, for instance! They're sort-of flooding into stores, but mostly the first wave. No one can seem to get rid of those, so the new stuff either doesn't have room, or is bought up on sight. I got "Toon Link" (Wind Waker Link) but can't find Mega Man; the one I really want. I don't know if I'll be able to find 'em - we'll see.
The real question is: WHY buy Amiibos?
Man, I don't know. I buy things, leave me alone.
And speaking of things I'm not sure about buying: Marvel Legends! Those are back in the table in a small way, because I wanted the current Build-a-Figure of Odin. Naturally, that sticks me with figures I'm not as interested in. Hawkeye is cool as a character, but the figure doesn't do much for me.
Scarlet Witch is cool, though (I still don't know if I'll keep her, but we'll see). She's mostly important because her last figure was with Toybiz, and they built her out of sticks and gave her a five o'clock shadow....so, ya know. She's long overdue for a GOOD figure. She's still a tad on the thin side, for me (in the arms and torso, at least), but there's absolutely no doubt that this is a 100% improvement over the last one.
Now someone just needs to stop making female superheroes run around in heels and we'll be set.
One figure I am most certainly keeping is Machine Man! I only found out about him a year or so ago, but I love the idea that he's basically the superhero version of Bender, from Futurama. He drinks (though he doesn't need to, unlike Bender), is sarcastic and mouthy, constantly talks about how awesome of a robot he is, and just all around sounds hilarious. Plus: Extendo arms, just like Bender! And he's like a swiss army knife, apparently....also like Bender. I'd be surprised if someone said this WASN'T a homage to Bender.
Anyway, the figure is friggin' magical. He's got this great metallic purple color scheme, the extendo arms are bendy, and he comes with both fists and hands for holding things.
You can also stack the extended parts for a super long reach! No robot before him as ever been so able to reach the salt. I'm proud. I suppose, if you got the spending cash, you could buy a bunch and make some ridiculously extended limbs.
I'd totally get Machine Man, if you get nothing else from this wave.
Ah yes, and here's what I have of Odin, so far. I just need Thor, who I will keep, and Iron Fist, who I have no interest in whatsoever. Technically, one of his arms is for the alternate build - you can build either Odin, or Future Thor (what he'll look like in the future, apparently) depending on the figures you buy. I got the figure with the Future Thor arms...but The Sentry comes with the normal Odin arms, and I don't want to get him (I already have to deal with Iron Fist). Besides, I like the metal-arm look! It's from The Destroyer!
In other superhero news, I decided to try one of the tiny sets from the new Avengers toys. I may get more, so I can build a tiny Ultron drone army. We'll see. They look nice, anyway. Fury is impressively sculpted, for how small he is! To tell you the truth: I didn't even realize this until I took the picture.
In case you weren't aware of these: They come up to about the knee of a Marvel Legends, so they's tiny, yo.
Still within the realm of machines: THE MAJOR! This is Major Motoko Kusanagi, from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (the TV series based on the movies, which I like a lot better than the movies). She has reached all levels of badass, and uses her extra experience to level up those around her. Treat The Major with respect.
*ahem* Anyway, this is a Figma of her, and it is DAMN good! Well articulated, nice accessories, and she looks like she jumped right off the screen. I highly recommend this to any fan of the show.
Are we still on machines? 'Cause this is MACHINE CHASER! I pointed him out with a smaller version, in the last Schwag Brag, but this is his normal 6 inch figure and it is AWESOME. I love every bit of it, and I wish I could go back in time and hand it off to my younger self. As it is, my brain explodes with ideas for him, in my old stories. My adult self is also just impressed with him on a Kamen Rider standpoint: He's got everything I love from the usual Rider designs, but half-screwed up with machinery! I LOVE THAT.
His weapons also twist out from his back into various twisted metal constructs, so you can't get any more METAL than that. Besides the skull-with-wings symbol on his shoulder. And the fact that he carries a brass knuckle gun.
I seriously can not get enough of this thing.
Along with him I bought a figure of Kamen Rider Decade, at the behest of my buddy Zach. He's a big fan of Decade, and I sorta became one once I read up on him. The figure is a 5 incher, so he doesn't quite match up, but he's a lot of fun, toy-wise. I don't regret 'em!
....I haven't left machines yet, have I? Well, how about Transformers? The current cartoon is featuring a lot of primary colors, so for the orange representation, we have Drift! He's never been in orange before, to my knowledge, so I can't really see him as anything other than a Bludgeon without the skull. They took the samurai look from the movie, but not the blue. Of course, that does make me think that maybe they'll kill 'em off and bring him back as Bludgeon? I dunno. Just seems like an interesting color choice for a samurai Transformer when there's already a famous orange samurai (though, perhaps Bludgeon isn't really famous?)
Doesn't matter! I friggin' LOVE the color scheme.
Plus, he comes with swords, which is a weakness of mine. It also helps that he has a place to put the swords at his side. The only thing that would make it better is if the swords were a translucent color. I love me some energy swords! The black swords also look a little too plain; like they don't stand out well enough. If you saw him from far away, they'd just look like sticks. Swords need to stand out!
And WHOO DOGGIE! Combiner Wars! I found them! All....all of them. I shouldn't have, but I knew I wouldn't be able to resist. The limbs are all fantastic figures in their own right, and they combine into THE best combined form in years! It's solid, playable, easy to assemble and take apart, and just beautiful. Never before have Transformers interested me so completely. Everything here just WORKS. If you haven't been in to Transformers in awhile, then now's the time! They've already announced a massive new Devastator and other combiners like the one above, so they're going in full-tilt!
Alright, what else? Ah, Figuarts Luigi! Ran into him at a Barnes and Noble; I didn't plan to get him so soon, but here we are! He performs much the same as Mario and works just as well. Just like with Mario, I kinda wish he had some different faceplates or something, but I'm still very happy with him and his extra set.
And finally, a current TMNT figure! The next set of variants are called Mystic Turtles, for some reason. The bios all talk about them hiding out in the forest and finding themselves, so it probably has to do with a storyline I'm not up to date with, yet. Leo has a cloak and honestly looks awesome, except for the fact that they didn't paint his arms and legs. Just...at all. I get that Playmates wants to keep the prices low ('cause they are a freakin' steal, still) but if they could just not leave a HUGE chunk of the figure unpainted....well, I'd pay a bit extra for it. Either that, or, if they know they can't afford the paint apps: DON'T SCULPT IT. Then again, who knows; maybe they didn't know they would't be able to paint them until they were already scuplted.
Anyway, Leo is this weird mix of awesome and suck. His paint is nonexistent; he has a hood, but for some reason, cut a hole in the back of the hood for the back of his bandanna to pop out; he has a place to put his swords, but the sheathes are HUGE and only plug in to his side, where they stick out to a ridiculous degree. Never before has so many cool ideas gone into a figure in such a crazy way. You guys have been making figures forever! How does this happen?
....on the other hand, I still love the figure. The articulation works, his sword handles are thicker, allowing him to hold them VERY well, and he can actually get a decent pose with the bow! I guess this is an example of my collector clashing with my inner-child. This is a fun toy! This is also an ugly toy. But it's fun! But it's confusing and I'd like to talk to the designers about it. But who cares, it's fun! And so on and so forth.
Alright, that's it for today, folks! I'll try to get to my next MotUC figure sooner rather than later. I want to hammer out a few more of those before getting to other toys.