Yamada Keiichi, born November 30, 1964), better known as Jushin Liger, and later Jushin Thunder Liger a Japanese retired professional wrestler and mixed martial artist who is best known for his work in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Debuting under his real name for NJPW in 1984, he was given the gimmick of Jushin Liger in 1989, based on the anime series of the same name. Becoming Jushin "Thunder" Liger the following year, he saw unprecedented success in the junior heavyweight division when he won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship a record 11 times and set the record for its longest reign during his second reign, which lasted for 628 days. Liger was the first three-time Best of the Super Juniors tournament winner, is a former six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, won the Super J Cup twice (in 1995 and 2000), and was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1999. Liger also wrestled the opening match for the first January 4 Tokyo Dome Show in 1992. He is frequently cited as one of the greatest junior heavyweight wrestlers of all time.
I always loved Jushin “Thunder” Liger. He was a cartoon superhero come to life. Its no secret how much I used to enjoy professional wrestling and he was always a favorite of mine. From his NJPW work to his times in WCW here in America he was always one I loved to watch. He had the amazing colorful costume, the acrobatics, which at the time were not as widely used as they are now. The outfit was nothing short of amazing. It was like Inframan and a Power Ranger had a love child and this is what it was. He really and truly was the man, and definitely someone you need to see. It doesn’t matter if you like wrestling or not, Liger is something you must see to believe.
Now one thing that was always a shame is he never had a proper figure. Sure there were some sloppy knockoff ones overseas but never a proper action figure like the WWE makes of their superstars. It was always something that never made sense as it would have been a two fold figure. You would have had a wrestler and a superhero figure all in one. Anyway flash forward to now and Storm Collectables is finally taking care of that. For those who don’t know Storm Collectibles is a Hong Kong based company that was established in 2007 They make high quality figures for the collector market. Now don’t worry you can still play with them. In fact they usually come with interchangeable hands and accessories, sometimes even different heads. They have a great line of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat figures, among many others. And now they have the one and only Jushin Thunder Liger.
So if you are one of those “Leave it in the box guys” you enjoy this packaging. Great box art, and as the center is clear you can not only see Liger, but all his accessories as well. Everything will be in full display. A jet black oversized box with a fantastic painting of Jushin Liger right on the front with huge red lettering lettering on the bottom left side, it’s an eye catcher to say the least. The box itself is oversized and it makes for quite a sizable display piece. The back shows off Liger in several different poses featuring him in different hand attachments. It has the original Japanese Lettering above his name that’s written in bright English letters. The font they used for “Liger” is very eye catching to say the least. It has the NJPW (New Japan Pro Wrestling) log stamped on the bottom left side, and the usual warning label as the figure does contain small parts. I personally love the Left side pose Liger is in with his cape. I did not leave mine in the box, as immediately after I opened, and photographed it my son grabbed it and started playing with him with his other wrestling figures. He’s a bit smaller than a standard WWE figure, but he’s a cruiser weight so it works out just fine. He even did battle with some superhero figures my son has as well.
Now here he is unpacked. Lets start with his head. The mask on this one is one of my favorites as it has such a menacing look about it. The speckled red and gold bug style top with the giant black eyes and white eyes look like a cartoon come to life. The mask was always one of the coolest out there in the world of professional wrestling and this matches it perfectly. Its red, gold, and white. Standard colors but blended and shaped in such a unique way. The golden horns with white tips shoot out from the sides, and if you look close you can see there is a little horn right in front of them that’s in a slightly deeper shade of gold. The mask has a big wide mouth that’s bordered in jet black bold lines, as well as a blacked out part inside as well. The two tiger style fangs are a bright white and really stand out . Gold is decked out like fire above the bee like white almost silver eyes in an almost fire look. He has three red horns sticking out the top all in bright red. Two small ones on the left and right and one big menacing one dead center with golden lighting and a golden star in the center that’s backdropped in deep blue. I own a replica mask, this is a perfect match.
In this shot liger still has his entrance gear on which is a huge gold and black chest piece that hold his cape. The piece itself does come off and is a rubber golden horned beauty. The etching in it is remarkable for an action figure whether it be collectable or not. You can see all the padding sculpted into it making it look real. The golden horns are all lined in black as they come off each side sticking up and out. The lining of the piece is a bold black, and you can see Ligers long black hair, which is etched to look real coming out of his mask and flowing down his shoulders. You can get a good glimpse of the red and white outfit underneath his entrance gear. I always like how elaborate the costume was, but it really was only a few colors used throughout. You can see the outfit is red and white, but that bright golden belt really shows it off.
Now looking at the back you get a look at the cape, which is patterned exactly like his ring attire one. If you noticed on the front shot his cape is almost silver on the inside. But the back is totally different. Made out of a heavy duty cloth this thing looks amazing. Its golden with a sequence like pattern throughout it. You can see all the bead of light it generates in this photo towards the bottom. It long and bulky just like the one he wore. It truly does flow behind him. Connected to the bottom of his golden shoulder piece this is the nicest clothing accessory I have ever seen on an action figure. And yes, it does come off.
Here he is without the entrance gear. I have him in his fist hands as he will soon be beating up bad guys. The costume is a perfect match to the real one. Every color, line, shade, its perfect in every way. I mean just look at the thigh area. You can see that wrinkles have been sculpted into this piece as it’s a spandex outfit that does bunch up and wrinkle when Liger would fight. That’s something you see in statues, not action figures. Storm has really out done themselves in terms of detail on this one.
Zooming into the torso, as we already covered the head you can see how bright and smooth this figure is. The bold bright red, white, black, gold, and even a touch of blue just shine. Ligers trademark chest piece is in full effect. It’s a golden wing of sorts with the four blue circles in the center. You can see the bottom of the chest is one of the many points of articulation. Same for the arms and head which I have turned slightly to the side. The bright gold belt with the black double stitch. I love how the gold is so bright as is the blue. Speaking of the blue you can see the blue and gold star pendant on the top of the abdomen area of the costume. You can see the muscles sculpted in throughout the whole figure. The white is pure satin white that looks so good with the bright red and deep black. Not only is this an eye catching figure but it looks perfect as a display piece.
Even the legs and boots are done like a statue. The thighs have wrinkles sculpted in throughout the piece which is really amazing. My son has easy over 200 wrestling figures and this is without a doubt the best looking of the bunch. Its, like I stated a bit smaller, but it looks leaps and bounds better than the average “toy”. The boots are also a perfect match and a different color. If you look you can see the front of the shin and foot is the same variation of white used in the costume, but the top and back is a light, almost faded grey. It is like I keep saying accurate to the real costume, but it needs to be pointed out. The average figure, display, play, high end, low end, usually does not make it a point to put that much detail into the product. Sure many figures out there look fantastic, but adding things like wrinkles, shadowing, folds and bends are usually reserved for statues, not action figures. This is a great design.
The back shows off the hair which if you look not only flows down over the shoulders but you can see the back of the golden mask inside where the part is. That’s another great touch as the easy route would have been to just have the hair flow over completely. You can see the same gold and blue star in the back of the costume as well as the gold belt. You get a good idea of the articulation here as well. You can see where the legs and thighs move as well as the arms and hands. He is a fully articulate figure which is great as if your playing with him you can recreate all his signature moves with ease.
Here are the hands he comes with. It’s a simple pop off pop on system like they use for their other figures. So now you can recreate his punches, chops, grabs, everything. As the wrists are also one of the many articulation points this figure really can mimic and professional wrestling move out there. My son changed the hands a few times when he was playing with them and the pop on and off with ease. Storm makes a Hulk Hogan figure as well which Liger matches perfect in size, so you can have a dream match between the two if you like. My son had him battling in a ladder match with The New Day. As I said he’s a bit smaller than the WWE figures but not much and as he moves better than those so it a great balance.
This figure is a must for collectors, wrestling fans, kids, you name it. Inside the box it looks great and you can see everything, outside the box it looks better, especially with the cape on. I cant stress enough how amazing a job the did with that cloth cape on the shoulder pads. I looks great flowing behind him. Outside the box it stands easy and looks good, but if you’re a parent or a kid at heart, its also a toy that can be played with. As I said my son had hours of fun playing with him. As a big fan of Liger I cannot stress how amazing this looks compared to the real deal. I highly recommend picking this up and adding it to your collection. Now it has sold out in a few places But I found a place that has some and have included the link
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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(Please note they are on back order now but expecting more in July)
Jason Todd is Red Hood, a vigilante anti-hero who is a member of the Batman Family and the Outlaws. Jason became the second Robin after Dick Grayson became Nightwing and Batman was in need of a new sidekick. Jason was trained by Bruce, and was his partner until his death at the hands of the Joker. He was resurrected by Talia al Ghul using the Lazarus Pit, and then trained by both the League of Assassins and the All-Caste. He eventually returned to Gotham City under the new alias Red Hood, using more lethal methods to fight crime. He is, in my opinion the DC version of the Punisher.
I hated Jason Todd as Robin. I probably spent 20.00 voting for him to Die in that Death In the Family storyline. I just could not stand him. He was an awful Robin. However years later when he died and came back as The Red Hood. I fell in love with the character. I mean all he traits and attributes that made him an awful Robin mad him a bad ass Red Hood. In fact for the last few years I find his comic book far superior to the Batman comics out there. When Diamond Select Toys announced they were making a Red Hood statue I could not wait. As you can see it is a thing of beauty all done in the comic book style that I love
First let me say the white glistening on the helmet and Bat Emblem on the chest is from the lighting I use. It does look pretty cool, but its not part of the paint as you will see in later shots. Like I stated above this is comic book style so there wont be lots of that real world detailing to cover. The helmet is a big bold red hood just like the name implies. A standard dark red as opposed to say a bright cherry red, and it matches the comics completely. You can see the sculpting as to where the ears, cheeks and mouth are would be. I really like how they kept the slight indents on the cheeks as comic or real, that’s how the hood would be built. The eyes are striking as well. Just like in the books. A deep pure black surrounds the eye holes, with a dull white in the center just like in the comics. It’s a spot on design. You can see a good shot of how well the jacket is done from this angle. The deep brown motorcycle style that Diamond Select put their special touch on as far as quality as you can see its sculpted to show the bunched up wrinkles on the shoulders as Hood has his arms outstretched. Comic or real that a great touch. You can also notice how, with the exception of the forearms, the outfit shows no skin. Its from the neck all the way down in a leather armor style outfit.
This shot gives you another sweet look at how cool this looks when its under a light as the mask and bat on the chest look like there being hit with electricity. The jacket as I stated above is designed to be wrinkled as Hood is clearly in battle in this pose. You can even see where the zipper and bottom lining are etched and sculpted into the section. Its great attention to detail. The outfit in a light almost dirty grey. The torso is slightly darker, but that’s more so due to the shadow casted by the jacket, which is yet another nice touch. You can see the ab lines in the outfit, more so as part of the armor design as well as the deep red bat insignia on his chest. It’s the same shade of bold, yet deep red that the mask has so they match perfectly. The belt in done in a black leather style with a dirty silver square buckle just like in the books. It’s the same color and look as the leather gun straps on his legs as well as the knee pads and boots. Like I keep stating its essentially a 5 color statue but the use of the posing and the colors make everything come alive. The twisting, almost getting ready to jump pose helps bring it all to life.
From the back you can see all the work that went into the leather jacket. Its completely wrinkled and bunched up throughout. You even see all the bunching of the rolled up left sleeve. It looks great, the cuffs on the jacket itself where its rolled up look fantastic. You can even see how along the waist the jacket is sticking out as Red Hoods arm is outstretched and lifted. It may be a comic style piece but it looks like its jumping off the pages. Notice the shine on the helmet as well. It looks like a huge plate of steel. I also like how the right leg just barely hangs off the base. It’s a nice action pose that shows off something a bit different.
The base itself is a dull copper colored pillar which I assume to be from a rooftop, as characters in comic books are always jumping off of roof tops. Its completely filthy with faded black markings going all the way around it to give it a dirty look. You can see from this shot how the knee of the figure is resting toward the side of the base giving it that spring into action look. I like how its such a dull base, as the character is brown, red and grey. Anything used that would have been too colorful would have taken the focus away from the Red Hood himself. This was small, dull, and a perfect choice.
This is another must own piece from Diamond Select Toys. I love the Red Hood, and this statue is a perfect likeness. It true to the comics in every sense of the word. It looks amazing with the rest of my Batman pieces on my fireplace. If you’re a fan, or a collector pick this one up today.
Overall 5out of 5 Stars!
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Selina Kyle, also better known as Catwoman, is the deuteragonist of Tim Burton's 1992 superhero film Batman Returns. She was a lonely, frustrated woman pushed over the edge into obsession and crime after her boss, tycoon Maximillian Shreck, tried to kill her to keep her from revealing his plot to build a power plant that would steal Gotham's electricity. She was portrayed by Michelle Pfeiffer.
As you can see the Catwoman origin was changed heavily in the 1992 Tim Burton film. Actually I am going to go on record and say, with the exception of Michael Keaton as Batman those Burton films stink. No action, too long, everything is shot in the dark, there just bad. In fact they stink. But he did have a knack for the costume design. I mean sure Batman never dressed in black, but he had a great car. And there is no denying that his Catwoman design was great. In fact I prefer it to the current goggle version we see in the books. Basic black leather with white stitching. Simple and effective. Diamond Select Toys has just released a Catwoman statue based on the Michelle Pfeiffer version, and it looks great.
Lets start at the face. First and foremost lets look at how identical it is to Pfeiffer in the film. The red lips, nose, jaw outline, cheeks, it looks amazing and is spot on. The light brown eyebrows, and eyes that are sculpted to look sympathetic as opposed to evil really highlight the look of this. The mouth is the sell point, the indent as if she is in beginning pucker looks spot on to how she did in the film. It looks just like her. The costume, cowl lets start with is designed perfectly. It’s a leather outfit and if you look you can see how not only is it a shiny leather, almost plastic style but it has wrinkles in certain areas. Look above the eye and you can see where its pushed up a bit do to the turning of her head. I like how its not all wrinkled as well, just a very few select areas to make it look more real. The white stitching is great as it had almost a blue tint to it. It really help make the piece stand out.
Moving to the body you can see what I was stating about the wrinkles that are sculpted in. There are a few above her chest and a few around the waist where her leg is bending back. Not to much, just enough to add to the realism. The outfit is black, a shiny black, but not enough to make it look like a cartoon. No this matches the film perfectly. You can see the white stitching going through it, which really does break up the black and give the piece contrast. I love how the stitching is brighter than the outfit itself to really make it all stand out. The body is done perfectly. Sculpted to look just like Michelle Pfeiffer did in the films. I really like how Diamond Select can make the same character look different in each piece they do.
This side shot give you a great look at Catwoman’s leather whip. It’s a large rubber whip that has some movement to it. You can see how its grasped in her left hand, of which all the fingers are individually sculpted to hold it. It goes up and around twisting behind the chimney on the base of the piece. It really stands out and give this a striking look. You can see the wrinkles in the outfit by the wrist which is about as accurate as you can get. Looking down you get a good shot of the boots as well. Black leather high heeled boots that blend perfectly into the outfit. The placement of the legs is perfectly done as well. This really is a well done piece that stands out.
This back shot shows off a bit more of the whip placement and how it wraps around the body and base of the statue. It almost looks like a cat tail, which is how I assume it was designed. You can see the black leather outfit with the white ice colored stitching around the shoulders, butt, and calf muscles. Notice how the arms are done. The left, holding the whip is back with the forearm twisted, whereas the right is out with a few fingers outstretched. It makes it look like Catwoman is balancing herself on not only a rooftop but as she readies to crack her whip. Its yet another nice subtle touch from Diamond Select.
Finally lets look at the base. I cant stress how much I like this. A simple yet effective snow covered rooftop with a dark, almost black chimney. Notice how the chimney has snow on it as well. I like how the snow is dirty as Gotham is presented in these films as a filthy dump for some reason. It helps to give it the look and feel of the film as well. Plus the fact that her stitching looks almost like ice makes the base look all the more appropriate. It’s a small base but it really looks great and takes nothing away from the statue itself.
Overall this is a great piece, bad movie, but great piece. It looks spot on to Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman and it looks great on my wall of Batman Statues. I highly recommend picking this one up for your collection.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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Mortal Kombat, the game that helped to not only revolutionize fighting games, but also helped people hate them more. A simple fighting game in its humble beginnings Mortal Kombat added a nice feature of adding “Fatalities” a series on controller and button moves you can perform when you beat your opponent. As it sounds this resulted in a nice grizzly death. One of the most beloved Characters of this series is Sub Zero. A black and Blue Ninja who can freeze you in your tracks. His “Fatality” is one of the more classics with him simply ripping out your head and showing off your spine. Its evolved over the years but that was the first incarnation of the character.
As he is a beloved character it should come as no surprise that he has a lot of merchandise. I mean he’s a ninja who can freeze you and also rip off your head, he should have merchandise. The newest coming in the form of a limited edition resin bust from Gentle Giant and Diamond Select Toys a beautiful brightly colored yet evil bust incased in ice this is a thing of beauty. It’s also going to be a very rare item. I can tell you right away only 1000 of these have been made. I have number 420. These will fly off shelves so after you read this order one right away.
Lets zoom in right on the head. This thing is amazing. A spot on replica if there ever was one. Deep blue mask with a light black hood. It looks just like a real ninja hood as well as you can see in this close up all the stitching lines etched into the black hood as well as where the seams would be on the bottom and sides. Its amazing all the little work that went into this. Everything looks great the choice of a lighter black is really good as it helps to showcase the bright deep blue for the face mask. Before I mention that mask look at the detail in the forehead and eyes. That part is open just like an actual ninja mask would be. You can see the deep slanted eyebrows giving it a very evil and menacing stare. The forehead is sculpted into a frown with the indent sculpted between the eyes. Throw in the bright blue eyes and you have one evil looking piece. They eyes look great. White blue and black it even has the little white dot in the pupil to add to the overall look of the piece. The flesh color is perfect and shaded under the eyes to really enhance the stare, Moving to the mask you can see it’s a bright, although not overly done blue face piece with a black vented mouth area just like in the games. The sculpting of the vents is perfect. You can see every little detail of the mesh which is a combination of black and grey giving it a real worn look. I played a few of the games the other day and this matched it perfectly. This is the most detailed meticulously sculpted bust I have ever seen.
Moving down a bit you can see the top of the chest. Notice all the wrinkles in the black hood. The hood is clearly supposed to be cloth and this looks exactly as it should. Layer after overlapping layer ruffle down from the neck and every single wrinkle is sculpted to look like real cloth. Shaded with two variations of black this looks amazing. The sides are done in a more traditional karate uniform collar and you can see all the stitching and lines as well. The shoulder is the blue section almost like padding that matches the blue in the face mask. As its also supposed to be a thicker style of cloth material you can see all the sewing lines and triangle style markings sculpted into it. Using the variation of blue with shadings of black in all the lines and etching you really do get a padded look for it. I love how they were able to use the exact same colors and etching it looks totally different. This is one amazing piece to say the least.
The back shows off all the sculpting in the hood and shoulder pads. You can see how the entire hood is sculpted with the stitching and the shoulder piece is all done to look quilt like if you will. The combination of blue and black with the shading thrown in is just spectacular to me. This is a resin piece but because of the sculpting, shading and etching it really and truly does look like padded material and spandex. The amount of work that went into this is mind boggling. Sub Zero is a favorite character of mine, and this piece really shows him off.
Finally let’s look at this base. Like most busts it sets on a pillar design. However as you can see this one is totally different. This is designed to be a big chuck on ice, similar to what Sub Zero throws from his hands. Its beautiful. Its completely done in crystal style. White, dark blue, light blue, all mixed together to give it a really sharp look that really does look like ice. A giant blast of ice that goes every which way like an explosion. Love how it is sculpted to be ridged, and disproportioned like a real chunk of ice would. It goes every which way in not rhyme or reason. Its spraying out of the ground with force just like when he shoots it from his hands. This is a detail you don’t see from other companies, and one of the many things that sets Diamond Select apart.
Overall this is an amazing piece for fans of not only Mortal Kombat but of ninjas as well. I mean this is just beautiful and would amazing in any collection. Like I said only 1000 of these have been made so order it asap. Big Bad Toy Store still has a few left so act fast. It’s a beautiful piece that’s a definite must own.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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Midtown High School student Peter Benjamin Parker is a science-whiz orphan living with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. He is bitten by a radioactive spider at a science exhibit and "acquires the agility and proportionate strength of an arachnid". Along with heightened athletic abilities, Parker gains the ability to adhere to walls and ceilings. Through his native knack for science, he develops a gadget that lets him fire adhesive webbing of his own design through small, wrist-mounted barrels. Initially seeking to capitalize on his new abilities, Parker dons a costume and, as "Spider-Man", becomes a novelty television star. However, "He blithely ignores the chance to stop a fleeing thief, and his indifference ironically catches up with him when the same criminal later robs and kills his Uncle Ben." Spider-Man tracks and subdues the killer and learns, in the story's next-to-last caption, "With great power there must also come—great responsibility!"
These Legends in 3D Busts Diamond Select Diamond Select have been putting out are amazing. I love the fact they are just busts of my favorite characters. And when I saw Spider Man had one I had to open that one right up and put with my other Marvel items. For smaller head busts these have meticulous detail about them. They are limited only 1000 of these are made so after you read this review go order one. Or you can order one then read the review. Just don’t miss your chance.
This piece is more of the classic comic book look as opposed to the movie look. It looks fantastic to say the least. I love how its designed to have a leather almost spandex look like in the books. Bright red with white eyes. The deep black web lines painted throughout the eye holes really brings out the colors, as well as the heroic look on the face. I love the shading of the two types of red combined with the black to give it that real comic look. The color is done perfectly, with just slightly darker black around the pure white eyes. The eyes are a bold black thick outline with a pure in parts almost satin white color that really feel like they are looking at you. A strong jaw with slight indent lines around the sides of the lips to give it a touch more realism. The placement of the head to the side really gives it a heroic look. The costume is made of a simple spandex in the books to hide SpiderMans identity when he’s fighting the bad guys, and this really nails it. You can see all the etching that went into this if you look closely. The markings are like real stiches throughout the outfit. There not simply painted on, each one is actually sculpted into the piece itself. I cant stress how much I love all the little details that went into a simply three color design. I mean its sculpted to be one large outfit as Spidey wear a simply one piece costume. Even though there is no color separation between the head and chest this almost has a contrast to it to break it up. It’s a perfect replica of the old comic books.
From the back you a really good look at the detail that went into the web etching. You can see the hundreds upon hundreds of design etching and stich marks going throughout it. You can even see where the ear sticks out, and you can tell that it was sculpted as realistic as possible. I mean yes this is based off a comic book drawing but it still looks real. Note that by the ear, the base of the neck, and the center of the head you can see all the lines where the outfit would have been stitched together. Its bold and bright and it just flows evenly.
Finally we get to the base. Which is only fitting that it’s a pillar. A grey almost brown roman style pillar complete with sculpted Its all scuffed to give it a classic almost dirty look to it. Shaded and etched in a faded grey, almost slight black in spots it really has a classic look about it. But the real sell point is the fact its covered in webbing. I mean this is Spidey for God sakes. It has to have webbing in it. The design is great sprayed and stretched throughout the pillar itself in a dirty pale grey as opposed to a solid white. You can see ever net, knot, and stretch going throughout it. This is a very fitting base for then Web Slinger . I love how these Legends Busts have very detailed bases but they are kept very small as to take nothing away from the bust itself.
This is another magnificent Legends of 3D Bust from Diamond Select Toys that I can’t recommend enough. I have it next to my Captain America and Black Panther Busts and it looks great. Like I stated above there are only 1000 of these out there so act fast. I highly recommend picking one up today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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Robert Drake was born in Tipano, New York, to William Robert Drake and Madeline Beatrice Bass-Drake. Bobby discovered his mutant ability to create ice while in his early teens, yet kept his condition hidden from everyone but his parents. When he is on a date with Judy Harmon, and a local bully by the name of Rocky Beasely tries to take Judy away for himself. Knowing Judy cannot put up a good fight, Bobby points his hand at Beasely and encases him in a block of ice. Later, the local townspeople, having heard of the incident, come looking for him in the form of an angry mob. The local sheriff has no choice but to put Bobby in jail for his own "protection". While Bobby sits in his cell at the sheriff station, the outer wall is blown open, and a man named Scott Summers walks in and offers to take Bobby with him. After Bobby turns him down, the two mutants get into a short battle, which is soon ended by Professor Charles Xavier. After Xavier has sat down and talked with Bobby and his parents, Bobby's parents suggest that he go with Professor Xavier to his "school for gifted youngsters". Bobby takes the suggestion and leaves with Professor Xavier and Cyclops to become the second member of the X-Men.
I’ve always dug Iceman he’s a cool character. Now its no secret I was never a huge X-Men comic reader. Aside from a few story arcs I never really got into them. I did enjoy the cartoon from the 90’s and I do enjoy the films. Iceman was always a character I liked. I really enjoyed him on the short-lived Spiderman and His Amazing Friends cartoon from the 80’s. I don’t, or I should say didn’t own a single Iceman item until now. Diamond Select Toys has just released a limited-edition resin statue from their Premier Collection of Iceman. And I have to say Its pretty damn cool
Lets look at the head and torso. As you can see I have him by styrafoam to show off the Blue shading. Now I have to say this looks like blown glass with shades of an off blue used to create the ice look, but its actually resin. I have never seen a resin design look so much like ice, ever! Its remarkable how well crafter and designed this piece is. Now sadly as it is like looking at an ice sculpture there are not tons of things to point out. You can see the head is sculpted and shaped with eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, the whole thing. It looks exactly like Iceman does in the comics. And yes, as you can see he’s kind of see through The neck and traps show a lot of the sculpting that went into it as you can see all the real world muscles sculpted into the piece. You can also get a good shot of the chest muscles and quads in this pic as well. The adding of the blue at different spots really makes this come alive and look like there is a big ice statue on your desk.
Moving down you can see more of the body design. Its amazing at how great a job that went into this piece. A typical statue like this would normally just be a carved shape relying solely on the ice gimmick. But Diamond Select always goes above and beyond with these and sculpts the entire body to match the character perfectly. You can see all the muscles and lines. You can even see Iceman’s X-Men belt buckle above his shorts. Take notice of the rib outline by the abs. It’s a very well done statue. The blue shading is used very effectively as it not only gives it the ice look, but is shaded in just the right areas to give the muscles and placement added depth
The back shows off the back muscles that are also shaded in just the right spots to give the piece a more three-dimensional look and feel. Just like the placement of the hands. Iceman creates ice bridges to travel from and this statue show that off to its fullest extent. I love how both hands are stretched outward and he’s placed at a more side angle. The right hand is shooting the ice blast, while he is balancing with his left. With the placement of the legs its like he’s riding a surfboard of ice. You can really see the light hitting in this picture as well. Notice all the blue and how it shines all over. I cant stress enough how much this looks like ice when you see it in person.
The front side shot shows off the ice blast. Like I stated Iceman’s right hand is creating this wave of ice and you can see the top of what he’s created here. A giant blast of ice that goes every which way like an explosion. Love how it is sculpted to be ridged, and disproportioned like a real chunk of ice would. It goes every which way in not rhyme or reason. Its spraying out of his hand with force. Notice also how there is no real shading done on this part, as it hasn’t had a chance to hit any type of normal temperature. Its just a puree block of white ice. That is a detail you don’t see from other companies, and one of the many things that sets Diamond Select apart.
The base is simple. A blue and white, almost gray circle, done to look like a block of smooth ice. The ice bridge is thick at the bottom and slightly shaded as well. It flows up perfectly. I like how its also white, but with just a bit bluer to separate it from the rest of the piece. Its not to fancy and that good as you don’t want anything to take away the look and feel of the statue itself.
This is a great statue and a must own for collectors and X-Men fans alike. Not be warned. Only 3000 of these were made so you better act fast to get one as they will sell out quickly. I have mine next to my Wolverine in Snow to give it an even cooler look. Go get one today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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Captain Steven Grant "Steve" Rogers is a World War II veteran, a founding member of the Avengers, and Earth's first superhero. Rogers had suffered from numerous health problems, and upon America's entry into World War II, was rejected from the service within United States Army despite several attempts to enlist. Rogers was the only recipient of the Super Soldier Serum developed by Abraham Erskine under the Strategic Scientific Reserve. Determined to serve, Rogers ultimately volunteered for the Project Rebirth, which enhanced the frail Rogers' body to the peak of human physicality and was given the new moniker of Captain America.
It’s not secret I love Captain America. He’s always been a favorite of mine. The comics, the films, even the old arcade game, all classics to me. He’s the heart and soul of Marvel Comics. I love the performance Chris Evans gives as Cap, and I will be sad to see him leave the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I have many Diamond Select Captain America statues, and this is top of the line quality right here. Resin with an interchangeable arm. This is a fantastic addition to any collection.
Let’s get right to the face. This is a dead ringer for Chris Evans. Diamond Select captures it perfectly. Pouting lips combined with the sculpting under the nose and around the mouth highlight the square jaw even though it’s got the helmet strap around it. The nose is a perfect match, as are the eyes. Steel blue and black. I like how they have them looking up at the hammer. It gives it a great almost stoic look. The helmet is fantastic. Bright blue with the big white A on it. The black shadows around the eye holes combined with the brown and gray tattered strap really brings out the colors, as well as the heroic look on the face. You get a great shot of all the work that went into the costume design here in the chest area. Blue with the big bright silver star in the center of the chest with the lack outline under the neck and through the back of the arms. This is spot on compared to the movie version. The costume is made of a Kevlar based ballistic component to help protect Cap when he’s fighting the bad guys, and this really nails it. You can see all the etching that went into the chain mail scales throughout the outfit. There not simply painted on, each one is actually sculpted into the outfit. You can feel them. I love the use of a silver type of blue and silver respectfully as it really makes this piece shine in the light. You can even see the leather straps around the should that are sculpted complete with buckles. They look like standard grade leather and help break everything up.
Moving further down you see the trademark red and white flag stripes around the abdominal area which are also designed in that same chain mail style. The black about it really brings everything together. It’s such an amazing blend of colors that really stand out when on display. The tactical belt is identical to the film as well. Brown leather complete with pouches held together by a big silver buckle. Its done, like most of the outfit to be colorful yet still have a battle worn look about it. The coolest, in my opinion, part are the pants. Blue, and loaded with black shading these look fantastic. You can see again all the chain mail etchings as well as the lining, and all the wrinkles throughout. The black really makes it stand out, as the boot tops are a deep red color. I can stress how good this looks in the light as it really has a shine to it that these photos don’t quiet capture. The cream like white really stands out as well. Its just a fantastic blend of colors that all flow together so well.
This side shot shows off more of the detail in the shield. Big, bold, and bright. Red, white, and blue with a big shiny silver star in the center This is classic Cap with his trademark in full effect. You can see the slight scuff marks surrounding the shield from where Cap has been fighting off Thanos and his army. It looks great, and I think what helps is how even though its battle damaged it’s much brighter than the rest of the piece which brings a huge amount pf focus to it. And the focus should be on it as the shield is the symbol of Captain America. I also love the attention to detail when you look towards the shoulder. You can see the Avengers emblem that’s also battle worn sticking out on the upper bicep
The back shows off more of the same. Captain America doesn’t wear a cape but we can see his shoulder straps fully connected with the silver buckle at the top of the back. You also get a good look at the helmet. Black on the sides and opened so Caps ear stick out. Notice the lower back area. I like how it’s done to be bunched and slightly wrinkled above the belt to really accent the stretching of Cap as he readies himself for battle. That combined with the placement of the legs really give it an almost 3D look to say the least. You can see the sculpting done throughout the body to help mimic the movement that Cap is going through.
The base is a simple piece of rock. Multiple colors of grey and black with just a fain touch of what appears to be brown are simple yet effective. You can see the tattered brown boots Cap has on, which really blend into the color of the base. I love how the base is raised up on the side so Cap can have his one foot slightly planted higher than the other. It really adds to the stretching look this piece is going for. Sometimes something as simple as one foot placed higher or lower than the other can really make a lot of difference. Diamond Select is great at doing all these little things, to make everything stand out as a whole.
I love Captain America, and I loved Endgame so it should come as no shock that I love this statue. It captures the look and feel of the final battle from the film down to a “T” It’s a colorful, tall, piece that really draws attention. It’s a must own for all fans and collectors, and I highly recommend picking one up right away. It’s a limited resin statue so only 3000 have been made so don’t waste time in getting yours.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars
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Red Tornado is an android super-hero with wind-manipulation powers in addition to incredible strength and speed. His cybernetic body was created by the super-villain T.O. Morrow, although he is actually a sentient wind elemental named Ulthoon powering the robot. Despite his mechanical nature, he has a human wife named Kathy Sutton and a daughter named Traya, residing with him in Happy Harbor. He is primarily a member of the Justice League, although he has also been a member of Primal Force and Young Justice. The Golden Age version was Ma Hunkel, a member of the Justice Society.
Figures Toy Company is back in the review spotlight, with The Red Tornado. I don’t know what’s cooler, the fact Red Tornado has an amazing figure, or that’s its part of their Super Powers Line! Remember Super Powers? Well if you don’t let me give you a very quick background. The Super Powers Collection was a line of action figures based on DC Comics superheroes and supervillains that was created by Kenner Toys in the 1980s. The Super Powers toys spawned a franchise of collectibles, comics, color books and more. There was a variety of knockoffs, like Toy Biz's DC Comics Super Heroes line, and several others from other countries. Red Tornado had a figure as part of the Super Powers Second Wave. He was one of the harder figures to find. And had the nicest of all the capes, Sorry Batman.
Well now the amazing folks at Figures Toy company are recreating all of these figures. Using the same style of blister packaging, and logos, but with the Mego style of cloth dressed figure. It’s an amazing concept to say the least. Lets just dive right in and check out Red Tornado.
As you can see Tornado comes in a carded blister pack. I’ve said it in other reviews and I will say it again. This is the best way to package a figure. If you don’t want to open it just stand it up, or hang it up. Everything is fully displayed, and the artwork, especially with these Figure Toy Company releases is amazing. If you want something eye catching this is how you do it. Before you even look at the Red Tornado figure you are automatically drawn to the bright and bold colorful card. Blue, yellow and red, the three primary colors from the old Super Powers line. The Super Powers logo surrounded by bright red and yellow shooting stars make it pop off the card, as does the comic book style log that says “Red Tornado” in bright bold red lettering with a twisting yellow background. The “Official Worlds Greatest Heroes!” logo is stamped in white with a vibrant red background. The DC and Figures Toy Company logo are at the bottom left side, and covering the left is the comic book drawing of the Red Tornado himself spinning up from his tornado. A big comic book style zig zag balloon is towards the end of the tornado stating “With Fist Fighting Action!” in big bold letters. This is all on the blue card with the big yellow stripe in the center. The stripe is boxed in red with yellow stars in it. Now pause for a second and realize you see all of that before you even notice the Tornado Figure itself on the right side. This is eye catching and I was tempted to hang it up, but I open my toys, plus my son wanted to play with it
Lets start with the top. Tornado is a pretty basic character. Primarily red and yellow. The head is done very well for an action figure. The cheekbones are molded in with a very very faint shade done on them to accent the lips. They forehead is actually slightly bulged up and puffed out to add shape as well. With a slight painting of black on the upper section, and again under the nose and slightly in the center of the chin. The shading of the black is really nice as the head is essentially a red dome. The shading really makes it stand out in spots that would normally be ignored. The eyes are a bright almost snow white with deep bold black outlines around them. The yellow pointed arrow on the top of the head is bright as can be. I like how the lips on this one form almost a slight smile. I love this because if you go back and look at the original figures all of the good guys, even Batman had a slight smile on their faces while the bad guys had more of a sneer. As we move down you can see the costume in full view. Yes the cape, which I will cover in a bit can be removed, in fact the entire outfit can. The color on the cloth outfit is fantastic. Its very bright. So bright that when the light its, or in the case my camera flash it gives the impression its like an actually Kevlar superhero costume. The red is a bright and bold red, that really makes the bright almost canary yellow really pop. The Tornado Logo is directly in the center. It’s a circle with one top half and two bottom halves that runs down the center line. I wont lie. It looks cool, always has, I just never really understood what it symbolized. The belt, which is actually a plastic, almost rubber it yellow, but it’s a different shade. Not a huge difference, but enough so it does not blend with the yellow in the symbol and gloves.
Moving down we see feet and gloves. You can see it matches the rest of the costume, and it should It’s a one-piece outfit. The fact Red Tornado is all red and yellow makes him a really eye popping character. The uniform and boots are all bright red, but the logo, stripe, gloves and frill around the top of the boots is bright yellow. Two colors can make for a bland character but when a company uses such bright variations like Figures Toy Company did it really makes it come alive. The yellow, which is more of a satin type material than cloth really looks great at the bottom. Everything is perfectly centered and placed on this piece to make it come alive. The yellow gloves are a great shade as well.
Speaking of the gloves this side shot will give you a great look at the detail that went into them. If you notice there is a bunch and a wrinkle right between the wrist and hand. That’s exactly how a real glove would wrinkle up. The arms move up and down for some good old Karate Chopping action, which I will show you in a bit. You can see the yellow stripe going down the legs as well as the belt from the angle as well. If you look close you can see the costume is red, but the Tornado body is actually flesh colored. That was an old Mego style because kids like myself you switch heads and accessories on the figures. I really cant get over how bright this thing is. I know I’ve already stated that but this is just a great looking toy. To say it brings back many fond memories is an understatement
I want to point out from the back how good this cape looks. Hanging down yet still almost blowing in the wind as Red Tornado prepares to spin into action. Once again notice all the lines throughout and all the bends and folds. You can even see the shoulder overlap on the cape from where The Tornados head is. The cape is definitely a huge part of this costume and this is just spot on. Look at the shoulders where the cape is lifting up with the body. The fact this cape is made with a satin, cape like material in the icing on the cake so to speak. Its stitched in such a way that it really looks like its flowing, because it sort of is. The bright blue is stunning, throw in the red seams flowing around it and I have to say, this is the best cape on any figure I own. Don’t get me wrong The capes on the other figures in this line are great, but this Tornado one is so bright and eye catching its impossible to top. Yes it comes off as well.
I wanted to quickly show you under the cape. You can see the belt is adjustable, in case the penguin or another larger villain should steal it. But it has the old school lever by the butt for the twisting action. People my age will remember that these little triggers gave the toys back then “Kung-Fu Action”. You pop the left arm slightly out of socket so the right hand will throw a chop. This little bad boy will let you spin it with both hands giving it “Fist Fighting Action” Sure it may seem silly but back in my day that was just amazing as all could be. You had an automatic toy so to speak. My son who played with this with his wrestlers last night actually through it was really cool
Now speaking of playing. My son had him in the ring with not only his Nightwing figure from Figures Toy Company but they were fighting a few Pro Wrestlers in the cage. Tornado did just fine. Its fully articulate so he was able to position him into all the moves he needed to do. His action fists and kung fu chops were flying fast and furious. It’s a well made study toy so there was no problem with its durability. Plus it made me happy to see him playing with the same things I used to. And as a parent that really means a lot. So if you’re a parent buying this as a toy, it’s a great investment. Moves great, and looks cool as well something that’s important to every child. If you’re a collector It’s a definite must own. Awesome display box if you don’t want to open it, very cool to simply stand it up and show it off. This is another great toy from Figures Toy Company that brings back plenty of childhood memories. Superhero fans, collectors, and children will all love this one. Order one today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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The Rocketeer is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books originally published by Pacific Comics. Created by writer/artist Dave Stevens, the character first appeared in 1982 and is a homage to the Saturday matinee serial heroes from the 1930s through the 1950s. The Rocketeer's secret identity is Cliff Secord, a stunt pilot who discovers a mysterious jetpack that allows him to fly. His adventures are set in Los Angeles and New York in 1938, and Stevens gave them a retro, nostalgic feel influenced by the King of the Rocket Men and Commando Cody movie serials (both from Republic Pictures), and pinup diva Bettie Page. The character was adapted into the 1991 Walt Disney Pictures film The Rocketeer by director Joe Johnston.
I love The Rocketeer, plain and simple. I was a huge fan of the comics, and I found the film to be one of the most underrated movies ever made. The look of the character is simply amazing to say the least. Alex Ross did a few covers for the IDW comics and they are a thing of beauty. A combination futuristic space man and 1930’s cool it is a perfect blend. Cliff Secord is an everyman with a jet pack. A nice guy that most anyone can relate to. His adventures are very serial formulaic, almost like Indian Jones with a rocket. Diamond Select Toys has made my dreams come true with this beautiful resin statue inspired by the movie.
Let’s take it from the top. I love the helmet. It’s like a giant motorcycle helmet from the future. A dull gold color, but just bright enough to be the focal point of the outfit, the helmet also doubles as Cliffs rutter to help steer, thanks to the big fin on the back of it. The eyes are completely blacked out as to not get debris in your eyes when flying. You can see all the bolts in the design showing where it’s held together. The mouth is actually five indents with just a faint opening to breath. And the top shows the beginning of the giant fin. This is as comic, and for that matter film accurate as you can get. Scuffed up and completely battle worn and rustic as opposed to the brighter PVC version they have made, yet etched and shaded to make it look like real metal welded together. It’s definitely the first thing you see.
I always say Diamond Select Toys are at the top of the detail game. Rather than just blend the helmet into the coat you get to see the throat of the man wearing it as in would be hanging down a bit after takeoff. The jacket is great. A pale brown leather coat that looks like real leather. Its shaded in darker specs of brown as well as having multiple wrinkles and lines sculpted in to give it that real leather look. You can see the darker brown straps shaded in a faint black on the top being covered under the shoulder straps as well as a perfectly detailed silver zipper at the bottom of the neck line. I love how the paint for all the buttons is a bright speckled gold to really make it pop out. I have always loved the jacket and this piece replicates it to a “T
Moving down we can see the white, almost tan pants that are tucked into Cliffs Boots. The pants have a baggy look about them as they are most likely full of air from lift off. Completely etched with wrinkles throughout, you can even see the seams sculpted in where the front zipper is. Notice slightly above the boots where they are tucked in, you can see how its sculpted to be completely bunched up and wrinkled. Its these little things that really set this apart. A very real world look. It’s just amazing. Speaking of amazing look at the boots. A very dark brown with black shading, these not only look like real leather they look completely worn and dirty, no doubt from all the fire that the rocket shoots out. You can even see the shoe laces knotted and tied in the boots. Plus the fact that the pants are bright yet still dirty in some aspect and the boots dull they both work to really accentuate that this is more based on the film as opposed to the comic book.
This side shot gives you a great look at the blast and the rocket side. You can also see the detail in the jacket really well from the angle as well. It really and truly does look like real leather. Notice the shine it has in the light, it’s an eye catcher to say the least. I love the gloves. Tan leather work gloves that are completely filthy. A different color from anything on this statue really helps them to stand out. Dirty old brown with lots of black shading and sculpted to make a perfect fist. You can see Cliffs thumb is placed above the fingers so he can push the rockets start button, which if you look really close you can see that is sculpted into the hand as well. You get a nice side shot of the rocket as well. You can see all the nuts and bolts in the rocket as well from this angle as well as the flames shooting out. I love the placement of the legs on this piece. The right leg is tilted back while the left is slightly arched. Giving it the full look of takeoff.
Here is the rocket itself. Bright bold silver fully designed to be an exact replica. You can see the fan along with the blades inside sculpted dead center on it. You can see all the nuts and bolts through the design. Every little thing has been recreated for this piece. I especially love how the silver is not only the illuminating color that shines in the light, but also slightly dirty in plain sight as I mean let’s face it, jet packs get dirty. Every bolt is sculpted in and every vent and line is as well. It is incredibly well done. The gold tips on the shoulder areas give it that fine touch of contrast. It really is designed to look exactly like a steel rocket pack, and I’ve saved the best for last. Off to the left side you can see the pink piece of chewed gum that Peevy used to patch up the pack when it got punctured by a bullet. Now that is detail at its finest. Sure that played a big part in the film but who else but Diamond Select would have thought to actually incorporate it into the piece itself. It’s just fantastic to say the least. As you can see the fire coming out of the jet pack is almost like looking at a glass based design. The red, oranges, and hints of white are blended together so majestically that it truly gives the appearance of real fire coming out of the pack. What really makes it pop is that it does not come down in a simple shape. Its all over the place, with twists, and turns, that wind it down to the base. Even then it still has fire like blow-back so it really looks as though is taking off. Throw in the fact is all done so bold and vibrant it really puts the exclamation point on an already great piece
The base is a simple roof top edge. Brown and black with scuffs of grey. It’s a simple yet effective way to mount the character. Dirty and chipped it takes nothing away from the brown boots, even though this base is brown itself. Diamond select knows how to use different shades of the same color to put everything together. And what better base for this then a rooftop that Cliff would be launching off of. I really like how its almost triangular in shape it makes it different then most pieces. Its very well done and very effective.
Overall this is a great piece and the resin statue that all Rocketeer fans need. Its very limited with only 3000 of these made. They come with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity so these will sell out fast. I recommend picking one up today. Like right now. Stop reading and go order it!
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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Ever heard of Figures Toy Company? Well if you’re a toy collector, or a big kid at heart you should. If you’re like me, and by that I mean old you probably grew up playing with “The World’s Greatest Action Figures” from a little company called MEGO. Plastic figures fully articulate dressed in cloth cloths. There were hundreds of them. I played with them for hours on end. They were the best toys. Fun to play with, cool to display either inside or outside the box. Of course as a kid I played with them. Now all the way back in 1989 a little company called Figures Inc came about. To tell you the timetable and story about that company let me give you the rundown
1989: Figures Inc was started by Anthony Balasco and begins selling collectible toys and action figures through print catalogs, magazine ads and direct selling at collectible toy shows throughout New England.
1993: Figures Inc focuses it complete attention to the selling of Collectible Wrestling Merchandise.
1998: Figures Toy Company is started in conjunction with Steve Sandberg and obtains the licensees to manufacture WCW and ECW Replica Belts.
1999: Figures Inc becomes Wrestlingsuperstore.com with the launch of its online e-commerce website.
2001: Figures Toy Company obtains the rights to produce WWE Replica Wrestling Belts, Rey Mysterio Masks & Pants, Belt Buckles, and Finger Rings.
2004: Figures Toy Company starts classictvtoys.com and begins manufacturing classic retro 8 inch action figures and accessories reminiscent of action figures from the 1970's.
2012: Figures Toy Company is recreating the classic KISS action figures from the 1970's, with new lines to focus on different era's in KISS's legendary career!
2014 & beyond: Figures Toy Company has acquired the rights to produce DC Comics, Dukes of Hazzard, Evel Knievel & many more action figures.
Now here it is 2020 and let me tell you, these are becoming my favorite toys. I dig them for a few reasons, but I will get into that a bit later. For now how about I show you one. Fresh off a big Oscar Win for Best Actor lets take a look at their new Joker figure. Which is designed old school the way I prefer the Joker look.
First off let me say I love the packaging. It’s a carded blister pack, which for me, if you’re a weirdo who’s going to leave it in the box is the best way to package a toy. Everything is here to see. You can see the Clown Prince of Crime all decked out in his classic comic book attire complete with a lavender colored trench coat. From the head to the shoes he’s fully visible for all to see. The real sell point however with this packaging is the card. A great old school drawing of the Joker throwing his cards in the air while tipping his hat. A combination of light and dark blue background with the logo of “World’s Greatest Heroes” in red and white, and “The Joker” in a big bold yellow complete with Jokers face in the “O” really make this pop. “HAHA” is written from the center to the bottom on the card in a faded out manor with the bog DC logo on the left side. The plastic packaging has that nice little tab on the top allowing you to hang the package on the wall to display, or if you prefer, the feet area of the package comes out a bit so it can stand upright on display as well.
However if your me, you open the thing. I carefully removed Joker from his container so I could use his card for a backdrop. Let’s take a look at his face. For a toy this is statue quality in terms of sculpting. The etched, slick back bright green hair with shades of black to show its combed back nice and neat. That hair matches the comic book, as well as the classic Batman TV show as do those trademark bold black eyebrows that are perked up and slanted back to give a truly menacing look to the Clown Prince of Crime. The nose is pointed out like in the books, and the blood red lips are scrunched and form a disfigured menacing smile. Notice all the detail in having the face sculpted to accentuate the cheekbones. Even though it’s a comic book style figure based on a 1966 television show its still sculpted with all the frowns in the forehead and around the cheeks and eyes to blend with the smile of the jaw line. Even though he’s smiling he’s still evil. You can see even though he’s wearing a big lavender trench coat that his classic outfit is underneath. The bold bright green shirt, that matches the hair looks great as does the black tie. I love how his little lapel piece is a purple puff ball. This is a very bright figure to say the least that really capture the look and feel of the 1966 Joker.
Here is a good look at his trench coat, that yes does open up. The stitching in it is fantastic as it looks as though a real trench coat that you or I would wear looks. It’s a pale lavender as to not take any emphasis away from the purple pinstripe outfit underneath. The buttons are a nice silver, almost off copper look and they once again mimic what a real jacket would look like. I love the actual working belt buckle as well, its just a really nice touch that shows what type of detail went into this. You can see the purple pants with black pinstripes from under the coat, as well as a piece of the back jackets tail that is also housed underneath the jacket. The purple used matches the gloves perfectly, which we will get to in a second. Also take a good note of the shoes, which are a very very shiny black, that if you look close you can see the laces sculpted into the shoes itself.
Quickly spinning back here is a quick shot of the two accessories Joker comes with. A bright green cane he can hit the good guys with, and a purple fedora that as you can see fits perfectly on his head. Now these figures are all interchangeable so to speak so there is no reason Robin could not wear that hat while Batman borrows the cane for a night out. Same goes for the jacket. See the beauty of these cloth outfits are that other characters in this toy universe can accessorise and wear them.
The back shows off the detail that went into the head of this figure. Instead of just making a rubber head painted green the hair is all sculpted and shaded to give it depth and make it look like a display statue. Its one of the most detailed heads I have ever seen on a toy. You can see all the line work and shading that really give this not only a slick backed look, but a messed up look as well. It adds a touch of depth and realism to this figure that you don’t see very often. You also get a good look at the back of the jacket that shows the stitching done throughout to match an actual coat. From there you can also see the purple suite underneath the jacket.
So we have covered how sweet this guy looks, now how about how he works play wise. Fully articulate so very able to battle other figures. My son play’s with these guys every single day. That’s saying something as he is normally not an action figure guy. These are amazing figures that you should buy either to collect or for your kids to play with. There much more durable than an average figure that I have ever come across. You can beat them like crazy and they don’t break or scratch. But I will warn you, the cloths are cloth so they will rip if your to hard on them. There a standard size so they can interact with other figures from other toy lines and not look out of place Throw in the fact they look amazing and you have a great toy or collectable for any age. And remember display quality means your kids will pick them up and show them off when they are done playing, so win win situation in my book. Pick one of these up today, then pick up more to add to your enjoyment and collection.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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