Another Comic-Con has passed us by, so it is time for us to pick our “Best in Show” this year! I’ve gotta do a top three since I have trouble just picking one!
3) Number three goes to Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Wave 2 Build-a-Figure Arnim Zola!
I have to admit, I’m not super familiar with the character, but I love the way he turned out! C’mon, how can you not love a guy with his face on his chest? I see Arnim as a sign of great things to come from the revamped ML. I guess you can say I’m generally excited with the return of Marvel Legends, period. The fact that the Arnim Zola wave (wave 2) will include Bucky Cap and some Wrecking Crew members just adds to the excitement of it all! I do hope they start innovating and improving some of the standard Marvel Legends bucks moving forward (just like Thor!), it’s the perfect time to do so too with the popularity of Marvel (due to the upcoming movies) riding high for the next couple of years!
2) Number two is a tie between Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics Sorceress and Shadow Weaver!
Mattel really had a good showing for Masters of the Universe this year. The Mattycollector line is still going strong, and I was happy to see some must-have characters start off the next year. I was impressed by two figures in particular, the Sorceress and Shadow Weaver.
These two ladies are the reason I’m getting a MOTUC Sub this year so #2 goes to the both of them (I loved Snout Spout but he comes with this year’s sub!)! The Sorceress turned out real good, and I can’t wait to see how those wings fold up! Shadow Weaver is a nice surprise as next year’s Sub exclusive, for a while there we thought we wouldn’t get her because of all the Filmation rights hullabaloo, but I guess they finally sorted that out. I can see some people being miffed that they have to subscribe to get her though!
1) My number one pick goes to the Square Enix God of War III Kratos figure!
Square Enix had a lot of great stuff in their booth this year. The Arkham Asylum figures and the Metal Gear Solid Play Arts Kai figs blew my socks off. But in the end I was really excited to see a fully articulated Kratos figure. Just look at the detail on that figure. It looks like they used actual chains for his Blades of Exile, and knowing Square Enix, the articulation should be top-notch.
I think NECA and DC Unlimited fell short with their versions of the “God of War” (as far as articulation goes), and even though the games are over, I am happy to see a fully posable Kratos. Granted, we probably won’t go very far as far as selection of characters from the GoW videogames and his scale might be different from what I usually collect, but in the end, even if Kratos is the only figure we get out of the GoW games from Square Enix, I’ll be one happy toy collector.
There goes my “Bests in Show”!! I had a blast this year at the ‘Con and it was nice seeing Ron, Cara, meeting Buzzy and seeing all my Fwoosh bros in San Diego! Can’t wait for next year’s Comic-Con!