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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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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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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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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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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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Brute Chieftain

March 9, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Brute Chieftain

Let me start with the obvious: This is one beast of a figure. Brutes are usually massive, but this guy is even more bulky and heavy than any other figure I have in this scale. The Chieftain is almost too big to be packaged in a blister card, as the weight alone will tear off from the blister from the backing card over a relatively short time. Not that this is a figure that would stay on the pegs for long, anyways.

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Bastila Shan

March 3, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Bastila Shan

The Star Wars Expanded Universe is a rather bizarre beast. Over the years there have been numerous books, comics and videogames that explore the often-unseen events that take place in the lapses of times punctuated by the films. The sheer volume of information is simply way too cumbersome for me to bother trying to catch up, although there is one segment of the Expanded Universe I feel comfortable with, and that is video games.

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Brute Minor

March 2, 2012 | By | Reply More
Brute Minor

The rank selected for the debut of the species in the Halo: Reac line is that of Brute Minor. Not unlike the rank designation seen on other Covenant species, the Brute Minors are the less experienced warriors in the pack, but that doesn’t make them less formidable as opponents, since the average Brute is well over 7 feet tall and incredibly strong and resilient.

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UNSC Troopers (Halo: Reach)

February 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
UNSC Troopers (Halo: Reach)

Back when McFarlane Toys debuted the Halo: Reach line, alongside the single-carded Spartans and Covenant figures they also released a few 2-Packs, one of which consisted of two UNSC Marines.

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Elite Officer

February 10, 2012 | By | Reply More
Elite Officer

In the Halo Universe, other than the Grunt aliens, the next more common enemy is the species known as Elites or Sangheili. These are roughly the equivalent of the UNSC Spartan soldiers, although they are not nearly as scarce as their human counterparts.

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Grunt Minor (Halo: Reach)

January 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
Grunt Minor (Halo: Reach)

In the Halo games, Grunts are a type of enemy you’ll see a lot of. Individually, they are not much of a challenge, but in the presence of a leader-class character and in sufficient numbers, they can be quite a challenge. Following the covenant rank system, most of the Grunt troops are labeled as Minors and are easily identifiable in the field by the color of their gear.

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Spartan Gungnir Custom

January 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Spartan Gungnir Custom

The name Gungnir comes from Norse myths, as this was the name of Odin’s spear, reputed to never miss a mark. In the Halo universe, Project Gungnir was responsible of developing the Spartan Laser weapon as well as additional gear to be used in conjunction with the Spartan Mjölnir armor.

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Missile Launcher with JFO Spartan

December 23, 2011 | By | Reply More
Missile Launcher with JFO Spartan

Well, one of the flagship items in the Halo:Reach collection by McFarlane Toys is the UNSC vehicle known as the Warthog. This vehicle is pretty much the workhorse of the UNSC army and it is designed to take on a number of roles in the battlefield. However, this review is not going to be about that piece. Instead, I want to let you know about one of the Vehicle Upgrade Sets released in Series 3 of this line.

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Big Daddy (Bioshock 2)

December 9, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
Big Daddy (Bioshock 2)

I don’t play as many video games these days as when I was younger. I tend to play the ones I love to death. For example, I only have the three “Science” achievements left in the first Portal to achieve and l couldn’t rest until I’d found all the secrets in the Tomb Raider games. […]

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Spartan Air Assault Custom (female)

November 4, 2011 | By | Reply More
Spartan Air Assault Custom (female)

One of the most striking aspects of McFarlane’s Halo: Reach line (apart from the scale change, that is) is the inclusion of female Spartan’s to the UNSC ranks.

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Sergeant Forge

October 28, 2011 | By | Reply More
Sergeant Forge

I have not played Halo Wars. I will not play Halo Wars. Despite the mostly positive reviews that game accrued, for me the meat of the Halo universe are the shooting games and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

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Spartan Military Police Custom (Blue Team)

October 21, 2011 | By | Reply More
Spartan Military Police Custom (Blue Team)

I must say that I was not immediately taken with McFarlane’s Halo: Reach line. I started buying the figures when they debuted their Halo 3 line-up, but the Reach Spartans were not an immediate hit with me.

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Master Chief (Halo 2)

October 7, 2011 | By | Reply More
Master Chief (Halo 2)

Ever since McFarlane started working the Halo license, the one character they have kept getting out every year has been that of the hero of the saga, Master Chief also known as John-117.

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Skirmisher Minor

September 30, 2011 | By | Reply More
Skirmisher Minor

If you ask me, nothing shows off McFarlane Toys’ experstise as a toy makers like the designs of the alien Covenant warriors in their Halo lines. These creatures are a rather diverse-looking bunch and furthermore, each species has very specific roles within their military army branch.

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UNSC Marine

September 23, 2011 | By | Reply More
UNSC Marine

Well, in a past review I had commented on the need for the Halo action figure line by McFarlane Toys to include some baseline human characters to act as a reference point for the other non-human characters in the line. And to some extent, McFarlane delivered with the figure of Sergeant Avery Johnson that was released way back on Series 5. However, there was still a need for generic human soldiers, and those would not come until Halo Series 8, in the form of this UNSC Marine.

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