Author Archive: Errex

I've been collecting action figures since the original Kenner Star Wars days. Nowadays, I still collect pretty much anything that catches my eye.

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Sagat

June 15, 2012 | By | Reply More
Sagat

Sagat was the final boss in the original Street Fighter game, and also one of the four Grand Masters the player had to face in the sequel, Street Fighter II. In subsequent games, Sagat became also a playable character from the start, which boosted his popularity. Therefore, it was only logical for Jazwares to include him as part of the first series of action figures in their 4-inch action figure line.

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Darth Maul

June 9, 2012 | By | Reply More
Darth Maul

It’s been a while since I got a Darth Maul action figure, the last being the shirtless version from the Legacy Collection based on Expanded Universe material, which is fine, don’t get me wrong, but what I really wanted was a more canon update on the character. Lucky for me, with the 2012 release of Episode I in 3D format, we get the first ever Darth Maul figure made by Hasbro for the Star Wars Vintage Collection.

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Guile

June 8, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Guile

Guile is one of the most easily recognizable Street Fighter II characters. Although he’s been featured regularly in the Street Fighter series of games, Jazwares shipped this figure with the wave of figures that comes in the Super Street Fighter IV packaging.

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Ultra.Poseable Spider-Man (Movie Series)

June 4, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More
Ultra.Poseable Spider-Man (Movie Series)

Even though Spider-Man toys are not uncommon at toy aisles, most of what I see isn’t too exciting either. The first wave of action figures released for the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man movie didn’t deviate at all from the design approach we had seen since the Fiercest Foes of Spider-Man started a couple of years ago, consisting on mostly made-up costumes with outlandish color pallettes.

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Blanka

June 1, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Blanka

I love video games. I don’t get to play much nowadays, but one of my early favorites was Street Fighter II for the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo consoles. I know there has been a number of licensors over the years that made action figures based on the SF intellectual property, but generally speaking, their […]

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Reptile Blast Lizard (Movie Series)

May 28, 2012 | By | 6 Replies More
Reptile Blast Lizard (Movie Series)

Well, I was one of those people that were not too thrilled by the Internet images of the villain from the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man movie. Still, when the 10” toys started appearing on shelves, the designs looked interesting, even though that is a scale I normally don’t collect.

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Naboo Royal Guard

May 26, 2012 | By | Reply More
Naboo Royal Guard

One of the figures I was most curious about from Hasbro’s Star Wars Vintage Collection in 2012 was the Naboo Royal Guard (VC83), released just in time for the release of Episode I 3D.

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Baraka

May 25, 2012 | By | 4 Replies More
Baraka

I must confess that the only Mortal Kombat game I have a passing familiarity with is the first one. I know that there have been more than one sequel in the series, but I wasn’t even sure when did the character whose action figure I’m reviewing today came out, although as you can see, that didn’t stop me from getting this action figure made by Jazwares.

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Daultay Dofine

May 19, 2012 | By | Reply More
Daultay Dofine

Daultay Dofine (VC82) was the captain of the Trade Federation vessel that received Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi in the opening scenes of The Phantom Menace. Given that he had more than a few dialogue lines and is mostly remembered because Darth Sidious referred to him as “stunted slime” when he dared whine in his (holographic) presence, I find it strange that it took this long for Hasbro to produce an action figure of him. This figure is part of the Vintage Collection wave released roughly at the time of the Episode I 3D premiere, which was a pretty smart move although I think the figure turned out to be good enough to sell even in a non-movie year.

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Scorpion

May 18, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Scorpion

I was never a hardcore Mortal Kombat player. The gimmicky nature of the game’s graphic presentation and the rather cumbersome gameplay were simply no match against Street Fighter II in the struggle for my arcade tokens. However, the franchise prospered and spawned over the years a few more iterations of the game for release in home consoles and arcade systems, with cleaner graphics, streamlined gameplay and what’s more relevant for this review, improved character designs that now serve as inspiration for Jazwares to produce action figures.

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Anakin Skywalker

May 12, 2012 | By | Reply More
Anakin Skywalker

One of the figures I was actually anticipating from the first wave of figures in the 2012 Star Wars Vintage Collection by Hasbro is this version of young Anakin Skywalker (VC80) in his padawan garb. I never got the chance to buy the figure released in 2000 that came with a hard plastic cloak, so getting an updated version to coincide with the 3d release of the film was a chance I would not miss.

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Sub-Zero

May 11, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Sub-Zero

Jazwares made another of the more readily recognizable characters in the Mortal Kombat game, Sub-Zero into a 4-inch action figure in their 2012 line. While in the first games the character models for Sub-Zero and Scorpion were identical, except for the coloring, on subsequent games the character designs grew more distinct from one another, although still adhering somewhat to the ninja-look characteristic to these games.

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Darth Sidious

May 5, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Darth Sidious

I wasn’t really looking forward to another version of this character, since Hasbro pretty much got it perfect with the Legacy and the Evolutions offerings of a few years ago. In my mind, this figure released in 2012 to coincide with the Episode I 3D launch was going to be just another repack with only a few new accessories thrown in. Boy, was I wrong…

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Battle Droid

April 28, 2012 | By | Reply More
Battle Droid

If there ever was a character or from The Phantom Menace nobody really wanted another figure made of, it must be the lowly Trade Federation Battle Droid. I know that the first wave of 2012 was an assortment designed to appeal to the people who would go and watch the 3D release of the movie, but it still makes little sense to have included this figure in the mix

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Quinlan Vos

April 21, 2012 | By | Reply More
Quinlan Vos

The Star Wars Expanded Universe can be so many things for different people. For some, it is a valid continuation of the exploits of their heroes outside the frame of the movies; while others think it’s just thinly veiled attempt to keep milking the same intellectual property.

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Skirmisher Murmillo

April 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Skirmisher Murmillo

Unlike the rest of the alien species that conform the Covenant in the Halo Universe, the Kig-yar (the species Jackals and Skirmishers belong to) are different in the sense that they didn’t join the fight against Humanity because of their religious beliefs, but rather because they were at first bullied into the conflict and afterwards because they found it to be very profitable.

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Ratts Tyerell & Pit Droid

April 14, 2012 | By | Reply More
Ratts Tyerell & Pit Droid

Back when Episode I was released, a lot of praise was heaped upon the pod racing scenes in Tatooine but I wasn’t that much impressed, to be honest. The extended scenes included for the latest releases of the film in DVD and BR formats actually add to the rhythm of the whole sequence, but it kind of took about 13 years for them to tweak it.

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Tomar-Re (Battle Shifters)

April 13, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Tomar-Re (Battle Shifters)

Well, after seeing them on clearance for a few weeks, I eventually got to buy one of the “Deluxe” figures from Mattel’s Green Lantern 4-inch action figure line. Only they are not really Deluxe, neither in name nor value. This version of Tomar-Re was released as part of the Battle Shifters sub-line. In this format, you get one action figure and one big transforming accessory.

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Queen Amidala

April 7, 2012 | By | Reply More
Queen Amidala

Well, it’s another year, and once again, Hasbro treats us to another rendition of Padmé Amidala in the 2012 Star Wars Vintage Collection, right in time to promote the 3D launch of The Phantom Menace in 3D. This time it is Padmé as Queen Amidala (VC84), dressed in the black gown she wore after her plea to the

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Green Man

April 6, 2012 | By | Reply More
Green Man

Well, one of the reasons that pulled me towards Mattel’s Green Lantern 4-inch figures was the varied alien characters in the initial assortments. One thing I’ve learned after years of collecting several 1/18-scale figures is that you can never have too many aliens (or monsters), and once these figures started getting on clearance, I didn’t hesitate to pick up some of them.

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