Bandai Tamashii Nations launched a new line last year called Imagination Works. This is a premium level line in 1/9th scale that will feature characters from multiple brands. It’s first offering was Goku from Dragonball Z in his most recognizable form – an orange gi with base and Super Saiyan hair. It’s parts, accessories and articulation are similar to S.H. Figuarts with slight upgrades, so like a Super Saiyan S.H. Figuarts :). I’ve really enjoyed SHF Dragonball over the last 10 years, so I wanted to give it a look. We’ve run the figure through the motions after the break, read on to check it out along with some additional thoughts. He’s in stock now and shipping from TheToySource!
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We are kicking off the 2021 galleries here at Toyark with a set for the Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective Popeye and Bluto Stormy Seas 2 pack. The One:12 Popeye has multiple releases. I thought it was well done and a nice non-traditional property for Mezco to use their One:12 platform for back when it was revealed in 2017. That being said, I didn’t give it much thought after that. Over time, as the first and second exclusive version trickled out to the masses I kept seeing really awesome shots on Instagram and around the web, realizing after it was too late that I missed a really solid figure. Luckily Mezco came through and released him again, this time in a 2 pack with his nemesis Bluto. I jumped at this one, and am happy with that choice. Both figures are well executed, you get all the pieces from previous Popeye figs plus some new ones, and Bluto is a massive chunk of plastic with great sculpt. Kudos to Mezco for putting it together and hopefully they keep going with more Popeye and some Olive Oyl down the road!
Read on for over 85 HD images of the Stormy Seas 2 pack from Mezco Toyz, courtesy of Entertainment Earth!
Time for a look at the first Premium Bandai USA exclusive – Dragonball Super Zamasu. This is his base form, before he merged with Goku Black. Once they merged, a “Fused” Zamasu was born, and that is the version we got in S.H. Figuarts last year. With this exclusive, the shelf trinity is complete, allowing us to have all the forms for the evil Kai. As a figure, it’s a pretty tame release – 3 sets of hands, 4 faces. No accessories. Sculpt and engineering wise it’s very similar to the retail Fused Zamasu (aside from the heads), with the addition of a sash on his lower half. While nothing pops out making this release epic by itself, it is a core character and look from Dragonball Super and a welcome addition to the line.
As we mentioned, this was a Premium Bandai exclusive, but those are only open via pre-order for a set period of time. If you are looking to pick him up now, you’ll have to hit retailers with mark up or eBay. Make sure to grab any you dig when they are being offered for pre-order, otherwise you’ll be paying later on. Currently Burter and Guldo are open.
Read on to check out our set for Premium Bandai Zamasu!
You can check our recent SHF Dragonball Galleries here:
Next up in our year end looks at recent S.H. Figuarts Dragonball releases is Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegito. This was a Premium Bandai exclusive, the first along with Zamasu to be offered that way in the USA. This is actually the second release for the character in this look – the first was a repaint of the Buu Saga Vegito as a SDCC exclusive. This go around we get modern technology on the body with double jointed knees, hip area upgrades, ab cuts. The energy beam is similar but upgraded as well, and has an attachment to work with Zamasu. An energy ball with peg that pops into a special hand allows for him to hold it hover style, which is a nice add. After that, it’s standard SHF Goku-esque fare with multiple hands and faces.
All in all it’s a solid figure and lets more of the masses get a hold of a key character from the DB Super line up. As we mentioned, this was a Premium Bandai exclusive, but those are only open via pre-order for a set period of time. If you are looking to pick him up now, you’ll have to hit retailers with mark up or eBay. Make sure to grab any you dig when they are being offered for pre-order, otherwise you’ll be paying later on. Currently Burter and Guldo are open.
Read on to check out our set for Premium Bandai SSGSS Vegito!
Rounding out the year with some more S.H. Figuarts Dragon Ball galleries! Today’s set is for Final Battle Jiren – the big bad from the last stretch of Dragonball Super, and his final form at that. He’s significantly beefed up, shirtless and comes with some expressive faces. A single energy ball and 4 sets of hands total round out the package. In all I like this one better than the standard Jiren, mainly because they ditched the raw shiny plastic. Everything has a matte application, even the black pants, and feels overall higher in quality. Paired up with Ultra Instinct Goku, it’s a great rep of the series on a shelf.
Read on to check out some shots showing what he can do. He’s out now and comes courtesy of TheToySource!
Quick drop for some recent Marvel Legends releases today with a look at some more X-Men 20th Anniversary figures and a set for Retro Spider-Man. I grabbed one of my most wanted Marvel Legends a while back in the form of Movie Deadpool (see our gallery here). I was thinking about grabbing Wolverine and Mystique since they both looked really well done, but hadn’t pulled the trigger yet. Well, Hasbro PR to the rescue, because they recently sent out a promotional box to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the X-Men movies and the figures they are doing for it. Included were figs for Wolverine (jacket), Mystique, Cable and Domino (which we shot earlier this year, see above). They all came packed in a nifty themed box too featuring that awesome artwork on the packages.
In addition to those, I’ve also had Retro Spidey here for a while, just never got around to posting up the gallery for him. This is the new tech body with a more streamlined look and great range of articulation. It’s now “thee” comic Spider-Man I think, replacing Pizza Spidey, until they figure how to do this again but pinless. :).
So read on to check out some quick shots showing all these guys off, courtesy of Hasbro and my wallet. All these are out in the wild now, so hit our sponsors or your favorite spots to pick them up!
Time for our last round of late 2020 McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse galleries! Today is all about the Dark Nights Metal sub theme. It also features McFarlane’s fist dip into the buildable figure angle, which they are calling Collect to Build (CTB). Split among 4 figures in the wave, you get parts to build out a larger than average “The Merciless” – which is Batman from another Dark Earth that defeated and took on the powers of Ares, God of War, in order to battle Wonder Woman and the Amazons. And won. Inside you’ll find pics and thoughts for:
• The Batman Who Laughs – Sky Tyrant Wings
• Batman – Dark Nights Metal
• Robin (Crow) – 3 varaints
• Superman (Infected)
• The Flash vs Red Death
• The Merciless (Collect to Build)
Read on for our thoughts on it all and over 135 pics (some) courtesy of McFarlane Toys (the others courtesy of my wallet)!
Last month, we shared news on a line of Japanese exclusive Marvel collectibles coming from toy shop Toy Sapiens. The Heroic Hands feature life size replica hands of three of the most popular Marvel Comics heroes. Those include Deadpool, Spider-Man, and Iron Man. The 1/1 scale collectibles stand roughly 10″ tall each, and are cast in resin. They are priced at 15,000 Yen (about $144 USD) each, and have just been released. A wide array of color variants (as seen on the attached flyer) are available in Japan now.
Toy Sapiens reached out and sent over the first three collectible Heroic Hands to check out. After the jump, you can check out my photos and some quick impressions on the new Marvel items.
In stores now is the latest member of the Lost Tribe from Predator 2; the Scout Predator. The figure is now available in stores, and today we have an in-hand gallery and review. The Scout Predator was seen briefly at the end of Predator 2, as part of the Los Angeles hunting party. The Lost Tribe made themselves known to Detective Mike Harrigan aboard the Yautja Ship after he defeated the City Hunter Predator in hand-to-hand combat. In the film, the Scout Predator used some elements of the Jungle Hunter Predator from the original film, including a near identical helmet.
Our friends at NECA have sent over the Scout Predator Ultimate Figure. after the jump, you can see my gallery and impressions of the new figure.
Today we have a look at the newest Holiday figure from NECA Toys. This year they teamed up with The Misfits to release the Holiday Fiend, a Santa themed version of their mascot. The 8″ scale figure features a cloth outfit, a cloth Santa hat, two interchangeable portraits, two sets of hands, and a fabric Santa’s toy bag. The figure is available in stores now, and sells for about $35 (depending on retailer). Our friends at NECA sent the figure over to check out. You can see my impressions and photo gallery after the jump.