6" Marvel Legends Jessica Jones from one of the most recent waves which is mostly comprised of Netflix series characters. They still haven't hit any stores in my immediate area, but I was able to trade for her. Suits me fine though because while there's a couple others in that wave that I want I don't care at all about the BAF pieces, so if I can get them loose in trades or for under retail, I prefer that. Anyhoo, she looks pretty good. Legends are pretty hit or miss with actor likeness and while she could be better she could also definitely be worse. She's got pretty good articulation, what you'd expect from current Legends figures. The tops of her boots can be shifted around for maximum ankle movement and her hair is a softer plastic so she has more neck movement than you'd expect. At first glance she looks like she has waist swivel, but it's just where the two pieces meet, so that's the only bit of articulation she's really missing. But the coat is also very soft and she has a torso joint, so she doesn't really need the waist joint. Be nice if she had double jointed elbows though. Not sure why they skipped that. Especially since she doesn't have any accessories or alternate hands or anything, just fists, so action/punching poses are mostly what you'd be doing with her. I honestly can't think of any age appropriate accessories for her though...laptop? Business cards? Not very exciting. Cell phone maybe. Booze bottle would be most fitting, but not so much with a Hasbro figure. 😏
(8/17/17 day 229)
The new TWD Negan and Glenn 2pk from McFarlane's TWD TV series line is out. Both figures look pretty amazing, but I still really wish they'd not slapped the blood on at the last minute. To me it just doesn't make sense since the TV 2pk didn't include an alternate head for Glenn like the comic 2pk did. So rather than these being the clean versions and the upcoming single packed Negan being the bloody versions, they swapped them. Unfortunately there's no word on this version of Glenn getting a single pack so we might not get a clean version of him (although Toddles does love his repacks so I highly doubt he'll miss that opportunity). Anyhoo, they come in a huge box, same height as the PX 2pks but unnecessarily wide, so if you're a MOMC collector, be aware that these guys take up a lot of space. They come loaded with accessories though and a base that's long enough for both of them, but only has one peg. Accessories include: for Glenn, a unique to the line machine gun, a handgun that fits in his holster (holster has a strap that's a huge pain to fasten) but it's not nickel plated so not screen accurate, knife that fits in a sheath on his belt, and probably my favorite, Glenn's (formerly Hershel's) pocketwatch. The pocketwatch has nice detail too. Negan also gets a machine gun but when I was putting in my little case of extra accessories I noticed there was at least one other exactly like it, so unlike Glenn's it's not a new mold, a handgun that he doesn't have a holster for, an extra gloved hand for a tighter grip on Lucille, and of course the lady herself. You may need to take a safety pin or paperclip to dig out the peg hole in the extra hand a bit, mine definitely wasn't going on that fragile little peg as-is. But once I dug at it a bit, widening the peg hole, it went on easy enough. That peg looks really fragile though, so seriously, be careful when swapping hands. Back to Glenn, Toddles must've actually listened to feedback about the Constable Rick not being able to do his signature on his knees pose because he upped the ROM on Glenn's knees and ankles. I had no problems getting him into this pose. Cont'd...
Going to dip into Origins last instead of going in game release order, so for my first DCD Arkham Knight of the 365, here's Batsy. I have mixed feelings about this figure, mostly because it's my least favorite suit in the game series and this figure just makes it look sloppy with some pretty muddy paint apps, especially the legs. The carbon fiber parts look nice though as do the boots and gauntlets. Basically the areas with highly detailed sculpting. But the abdomen and stomach area and the thighs just look sloppy in comparison. But, I love that they finally stepped up the articulation and he came with 2 accessories, a batarang and a line launcher. And he holds both very well. His fingers even fit in the holes for the line launcher...impressive for this line. The plastic doesn't seem quite as brittle on these either. Still don't think I'd want to test out their fragility though. Back to articulation, he's finally got multidirectional hips, ankles, wrists, shoulders and neck, double jointed knees and elbows, waist swivel, and torso bend. Actual articulation, oh my! If only the other game's figures were so lucky. Anyhoo, he was available first in a single pack but then he was reissued in a 5 pack that included a reissue of 1 Batman from each game and a new Bruce Wayne figure. (8/15/17 day 227)
Sideshow 12" BtVS "James Marsters as Vampire Spike" figure. I don't why they felt the need to do the "James Marsters as..." on the Spike figures, they didn't do that with any of the other 12" figures. I guess they were just really proud of the likeness on the Spike figures, which is very good compared to the rest of the line which look like glorified BtVS Barbies. This is my first unboxed 12" BtVS figure, believe it or not. I have a bunch of them, including this one, but they're all minty in their boxes, like the rest of my BtVS collection. But a friend was selling a few of her 12" figs and I decided to grab 2 Spikes, one that I didn't have (the human face version) and this one to open. Unfortunately the other one was missing his trenchcoat, so after I took pics of this one he promptly lost his trenchcoat so I could complete the one I was planning to keep in box. Sadly, these weren't made to be sleeveless. Joints aside, the hands don't match the arms at all, so I will have to hunt in toy groups and maybe even EvilBay to see if I can find a loose trenchcoat. It's too bad because he wouldn't look bad in just the t-shirt, but the hands are sculpted and then the arms are just like Barbie arms. Sideshow has definitely upped their game since these were made. The trenchcoat itself is that cheap pleather/vinyl material and it will degrade over time (like my poor 12" Vader) especially if it's out in the open on display so that's another reason this guy lost the coat to the one staying in the box. As for joints/articulation, typical of 12" figures of the late 90's and early 00's. Multidirectional (and somewhat loose) shoulders with an extra joint to bring them forward a bit, multidirectional hips, double jointed elbows and I think knees, rotating bicep and forearm, rotating and hinged wrist, multidirectional neck although he can't look down, boots have some swivel, and he has torso movement. Accessories (are dumb) include a bashed in half skull, a shotgun that can be loaded with 2 shells, and a really cheap looking version of the Amulet that Spike wears in the series finale. Cont'd...