I’ve quickly become enamored with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Vinyl line by The Loyal Subjects. The Action Vinyls sport a decent amount of articulation for this category. When you couple the license (TLS also has G.I. JOE, Transformers, and Street Fighter and Masters of the Universe on the way) with the attitude-filled sculpts, consider me hooked.
One of their latest TMNT offerings is this “Radioactive” glow-in-the-dark set, which is exclusive to Hastings. If you’re new to the line, this is a pretty good set to pick up. It includes all four Turtles, which can be a little painful when you’re dealing with blind-boxed figures. And each comes with all the accessories that the blind-boxed figures have, excluding the character cards.
That means I can complete my Thanos Build-a-Figure, who was missing his right arm and both legs. I opted not to pick up Hellcat because I didn’t want to be tempted by the leftover BAF piece – like Spider-Woman, she comes with Thanos’ head and left arm. The completionist tendencies (which I am trying to break) will probably win out in the long run.
I normally don’t spend any time retouching my photos. There’s something very satisfying about composing a shot, lighting it just right, and snapping a great picture. It’s those rare moments that I think that maybe I should start using the nofilter hashtag. But increasingly, I find myself taking the quick and dirty shot – the one where I’ve set up a figure in front of my computer monitor in my poorly-lit home office, holding an LED light in one hand and my camera phone unsteadily in the other. It usually takes five clicks to find a pic that’s even in focus.
It’s those shots that sometimes need help, and the tools, like Adobe Lightroom, are getting better and easier to use. Previously, I’d only used Lightroom to process pictures taken at events on my DSLR in RAW format. It makes the tedious work of cropping, adjusting exposures, and watermarking a little less so. And because I’m a self-taught amateur, I didn’t even know I could use Lightroom to make quick adjustments on the JPG files that my camera phone shoots.
Now, because I want to stay true to the “quick” here’s three Lightroom tips that you can use in just a couple of minutes to clean up that “dirty” shot. I’ll use Jitsu, shot one-handed with my camera phone, as an example. (I recommend maximizing your browser and clicking on the photos, to view them at their largest, with the fewest artifacts from JPG compression.)
Now that I’ve got a few of these on the AFP YouTube channel, would you guys give me some feedback? When I watch video reviews of figures, most of the time I mute the sound, and let the figures speak for themselves. But what do you like? Would you prefer some music, or even some commentary? What else would you like to see? Let me know.
Although Amazon has moved up its delivery timeframe on the Marvel Legends Avengers Infinite Series, the Thanos wave still isn’t due to ship until late March / early April. I was lucky enough to be in Hong Kong, and even more fortunate that my wife convinced me to stop in the Toys R Us at the Ocean Terminal on our last day there. And even though I had a pre-order already, I couldn’t stop myself from picking up Batroc the Leaper and Spider-Woman.