Completely uninspired picture of the Play Arts Kai Batgirl from Arkham Knight. Sorry guys, but neither the PAK stand or the Kaiser stand I have work very well for her since she's so slim, so I couldn't achieve half the poses I wanted to try. And this one shows off the lovely Remote Electrical Charge, proof that Square Enix can in fact make other accessories for Batman besides the grapnal and the batarang. She also comes with the batarang though...and a bunch of hands. As for the sculpt, she looks pretty awesome. I'm so happy they did her justice, unlike that first one they put out that had ridiculous pornstar boobs, booty shorts with thigh high boots, and super anime face. She wasn't part of the Arkham line or anything but after I saw the anime face on Robin, I was worried. But they did a great job on the body and the face. The articulation is a bit of a step backwards though. Single knee joint and no foot articulation (but insane ankle articulation), but they gave her a joint for her hair (yes, really). The cape is weird too. IMO not as easy to maneuver as the others in the AK line. Instead of 1 joint attaching each cape flap directly to the back and then the cape spreading independently, she has 1 joint attaching the cape to her back and then 2 more joints about an inch further down that fans it out further and also acts as a spreader, but it doesn't work as well. You kind of have to move the two flaps in a way that makes it difficult to spread the cape and still have it look like one piece...if that makes sense. So you get a lot of movement out of the cape, but spreading it out is difficult to achieve. Anyway, that's all I got if I want this posted by midnight. I need to come up with a Plan C for stands and hopefully I can get better pics of her.
(6/26/17 day 177)
Play Arts Kai Arkham Knight Robin (Tim Drake). Not my favorite Robin costume, although as with the AK Batman, I do like the look and detail of the PAK version a hell of a lot more than the DCD. And I like that they gave you an option between the hood up or down (it's up on the Arkham City versions by PAK, Mattel, and DCD and up on the AK version by DCD). Of course I'd like it more if there wasn't a gap all around the hairline. This whole figure has some random issues and I don't know if it's the figure in general or just my crap luck, but the hairline is one issue, his right foot looks like a left foot to me (but I can't tell if it's the whole foot or the articulated toe piece), his chest joint shows a gap if I have him standing up straight, the bottom half of his double knee joint feels like it'll snap if I go for more than 1 click, and the knuckles on one of the interchangeable right hands looks scraped up, but also like maybe it was painted that way on purpose. So he's got some issues which are all minor on their own, but when there's that many on a figure that costs more than $100, it's a little irritating. As for accessories, he comes with 2 of both the staff and thr staff shield. I assume at some point in the game maybe he was using 2 staffs (no, I still haven't played AK) or one with the shield up and one without. I do wish they'd included the unextended version though (the DCD did). As for the molds on the staff and shield, it's the same as Origins Robin (which is supposedly Dick) and almost the same paint, but the R in the center of the shield is slightly different and one is more brass, the other more gold, but not drastically noticeably different. Other accessories include the hair piece, full hood, and a hood to attach to his back when you have the hair piece on. As for the figure sculpt, he's amazing from the neck down, but the face, imo, is way too anime looking. I feel like I have to display him without the hood, just because it's an option finally, but the hood at least covers the face a bit. I mean it's a nice smooth sculpt, he just looks too much like an anime character for my taste.
(6/25/17 day 176)
Back to a few days worth of Arkham Play Arts Kai figures. Sorry about the ugly plastic case in the pic but I couldn't get the cape to show up otherwise and one of my favorite features about the larger scale PAKs is the articulated cape. You've always been able to spread them out, but since they changed the scale they now have actual ball joints where it attaches to the body so you get more options out of it. This is the Arkham Knight Batman, which in general is my least favorite suit from the games, but it's difficult not to be impressed with the level of detail on the PAK version. I hate the DCD version, but we'll get there when we get there. As for accessories, standard Batman PAK, lots of hands, batarang, and grapnal with removable claw. This claw is more like foam than a hard plastic though...maybe too many people were breaking theirs. I just wish they'd mix it up with the accessories a little. I'm dying to get the original PAK Asylum Batman just because he has different accessories (which are useless to the Origins and Knight figures thanks to the scale change). As for articulation, he's got the same as the previous ones I've posted so I'm not going over all that again. As for stands, I still hate PAK stands, but unfortunately the Kaiser stands I bought don't have enough weight to do any dynamic poses, they pretty much just hold them upright. And the won't even do that with the cape spread out. Oh well, eventually I'll find a decent solution. (6/23/17 day 174)
Lerd mah arms er killen' me. I never really had TransFormers when I was a kid. Just Soundwave and that was it. My parents were kind of cheap when it came to toys so usually if it cost more than $10, I wasn't getting it unless I pitched a fit. I did have Castle Greyskull, a couple Star Wars ships/playsets (Y-Wing, Jabba, Speeder Bikes, and an X-Wing that's wings melted together when it was left in a hot car), and Soundwave, my one TransFormer (who is long gone), but otherwise, it was mostly just action figures. I had lots of figures though...and GoBots because those were cheap. Not that my parents were cheap in general, they just didn't want to drop big bucks on anything they thought I may grow out of....HAHAHA! Riiiight. Anyhoo, it's probably better because one thing I've learned over the last decade since I started collecting TransFormers myself, it's that I don't have the right temperament for these bastards. I have a bunch from the Bay movies, video games, and Prime (all currently in storage) and my Masterpiece and Commemorative Edition Soundwaves. Usually, especially with the Leader Class, I'd transform them all into robot mode or vehicle mode and then let them collect dust like that for a year or so before changing them into the other mode and leaving them that way for a year or so, rinse repeat...and now I'm remembering why. I've had this guy for over a year and without somewhere to display him, have left him in his box. I've been dreading transforming him because I heard he's a pain in the ass (he is) and the instructions suck (they do). It took me about 2hrs total, but I had to take several wrist/hand breaks (and I'm still barely able to type right now because my hands hurt that bad). I mean, he looks awesome in either mode, I just really wish they'd packaged him in robot mode like the older version and the MP Soundwave. Instead, this Starscream comes in jet/seeker mode but his instructions take you from robot mode TO jet mode, so right off the bat first time transforming him you have to work the instructions backwards. Pain.In.The.Ass.
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