If you can believe it, I’ve never owned a Star Wars action figure. When I was a kid, most of my friends had the old Kenner figures – one of the figures I coveted most was Darth Vader, with the light saber that you could extract from his arm. And then as an adult, I’ve somehow avoided getting pulled into the Hasbro line that’s been going strong forever. My resistance to the Dark Side has ended – I’ve pre-ordered the deluxe 1/6 scale Darth Vader from Sideshow Collectibles.
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It was a slow day for AFP yesterday, as I was on the road taking my wife and her mom to Las Vegas as a little Mother’s Day celebration. As we were sitting at the gate waiting to board the plane, I thought about action figures of mothers. And came up with one. Pamela Voorhees, from Friday the 13th, was the only one I could recall. And actually, there were at least two made of her. In 2005, NECA came out with deluxe set for the movie’s 25th anniversary, with Jason and his dear old mom (pictured above, courtesy of BigBadToyStore). Sideshow made a 1/6 scale version – see Michael Crawford’s review of Pamela Voorhees.
So, what other mothers deserve action figures? Before getting called to board the plane, I came up with three.
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Here’s a quick pic review of ThreeA’s Action Portable PITFS (Palm in the Face Sunday) Fighting JC. This guy is the 6-inch version of the original PITFS 12-inch Fighting JC. ThreeA had pre-orders for these figures last year and they started arriving around last month. There’s 5 versions of JC: the original black robe with red detail JC, Mauro which is a grey skinned JC with blond hair and a black robe and pants, Exegesis with blond hair and garbed in white, a track suit JC, and finally the PITFS version which is the one I picked up. Each figure costs $45 (with $15 shipping) and there was a 4-piece set ($180) which had all JC’s minus the Tracksuit one, which was a surprise drop during the Action Portable Slicers sale.
There’s not a lot of backstory for this guy except he was sent back by the “Big Guy” to kick some butt in a troubled world. He’s a member of the Adventure Kartel team, a group that battles Zomb MD and his undead army.
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I came across the Daniel Picard Photography website via a Sideshow Toys Facebook post and have been cursing his photography and Photoshop skills ever since. He has filled up his 1:1 Toys project by “using collectible toys and and giving them the illusion of being full-size.”
His shots include figures from Sideshow Collectibles, Hot Toys, 3A Toys, and more – now I envy his collection too.
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I am visiting my parents and had a stowaway – the Masters of the Universe Classics Jitsu. The horse is a souvenir my dad has from his days working in China, and I snapped a quick picture of it with Jitsu. And before long, I had this quick series of shots. Jitsu’s victim is an old Hulk Hogan from way back when Hasbro had the WWF license. I had a bunch of wrestling figures back in the 90s, and my dad asked if he could have one. And wouldn’t you know, he’s kept it in better shape than I have done with my modern day collection.
There’s a certain joy, being unburdened by camera gear and lights – I shot these with my camera phone and the sunlight coming in the window. It reminded me of my younger days, taking the original Jitsu figure out to the backyard and shooting pictures of him with an old hand-me-down 35MM. In a way, that’s what started this all.
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The Fwoosh’s Matthew K was kind enough to let me post his Masters of the Universe Classics feature for Jitsu (my favorite Masters character, if you somehow did not know that ) right here on AFP. As always, Matt has created some absolutely beautiful pictures – so much better than I would be able to do myself. Jitsu deserves it! Thanks so much, Matt!
Let’s take a look at February’s Masters of the Universe Classics figure – Jitsu!
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You don’t think I post Steals and Deals here but don’t partake, do you? When the 25% off plus free shipping deal at the Marvel Store was here last weekend, I picked up an Iron Monger. I had it on pre-order a while back, but had second thoughts, primarily about the price. But this sale tested my willpower, and I’m sad to say I’ll never become a Green Lantern. But frankly, I don’t care, because the Hot Toys Iron Monger was a steal at 25% off, and if you pay full price it’s worth every penny.
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It’s almost February, so I figured I better get to my picks (and pics) for Best of 2012! I’ll get us started with one of the choices I included in the Fwoosh Best of 2012 post – the Marvel Legends Build-A-Figure Arnim Zola.
2012 was a great year for Marvel Legends, with Hasbro finally getting the flagship line back to retail. And it was an especially great year for Marvel villains. In the three 2012 waves, we got: Terrax, Constrictor, Klaw, Madame Masque, Madame Hydra, Daken, Mystique, Dr. Doom, Thunderball, and Piledriver. You could even throw in the Marvel Select Ultron.
But none stand above Arnim Zola, the Build-A-Figure for wave 2. C’mon! It’s Arnim Zola!
The World War II WMD dealer looks like he popped out of a Jack Kirby drawing. He’s got the classic orange and purple color scheme, with the tunic and skirt. His legs are ribbed for your pleasure, and he’s got the trademark Kirby flare on his crotch flap. And that Zola face? Pure evil.
To top it all off, via the Madames and Wrecking Crew running changes, you can give your classic Zola a modern twist – the BAF pieces that came with Madame Hydra and Piledriver let you build a Red Skull trapped in a Zola construct. That’s why Zola is the best of 2012 – quit arguing and just accept it.
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A current discussion on the Masters of the Universe Classics forum at the Fwoosh turned once again to the 200x heads. My new favorite Fwoosher, Balthus Dire, had this to say:
I think I’m probably the only person in the universe who doesn’t think the 200x Whiplash head looks bad on MOTUC Whiplash.
Not so, my friend! I love the 200x Whiplash head and was inspired to snap this quick pic. The rest of you who showed your love for the modern Whiplash – thank you too! And rest assured, more people like the 200x Whiplash head than you might think. And here’s the previous quick pics I snapped of Whiplash a couple years ago.
We need to encourage Mattel to start including more alternate heads with MOTUC again.