MARVELLOUS MAY TOY HAUL

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Another month has flown by. Some excellent toy finds this month in store and online.

First up, the rest of last years Suicide Squad wave that I never got around to buying. I already have the red dress Harley so picked up the gold jumpsuit Birds of Prey version also.

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Better late than never the v2.0 Super7 Thundercats. I have no idea the differences from the old versions, or why in hell they are still using the old MOTU Classics style bucks with their piss poor articulation. The saving grave is the head scullpts and overall decent deco.

Super7 are overpriced as hell and sub par in quality, they are like last centuries action figures,  refusing to come up to par with most other modern companies for what have become basic features.

But with no other option in town… and I REALLY wish there was another superior option – as a company Super7 stink it up in my book, they get by on bare minimum effort copy and paste graphic design and retro nostalgia, they greeedily gobble up any license they can get – a little bit of beauty with less than zero brains.

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I reluctantly picked up these Thundercats toys as at least they are marginally better than nothing at all, but only just. If any other company had the license they could beat the hell out of Super 7’s efforts, and likely at half the price.

Missed my amazon order on Wong, who arrived at the right place this month up at my local shops. A very nice figure and likeness, I love it.

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Picked up Season 1 of Sailor Moon on DVD and breezed though all 48 episodes in a week, and my pre order whatisface arrived. I don’t need a THIRD set of naughty Decepticars, but that new Menasor that borrows from every 3P version out there looks damn nice, and I never completed my 3P one, the Combiner Wars one is god awful ( I never combined my one) so why not.

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Manga on sale online, been years since I’ve been able to afford some manga volumes which are often horribly overpriced in Australia, we pay just as much for budget digest volumes as we do for full size full color first print american superhero trades, so if a sale is on I want to grab what I can while I can.

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Another sale item was this redeco of Beast Wars Megatron a lovely toy in a very nice alt deco. Also picked up an old release Jurassic Jeff from online, as I have never seen any of the Jurassic line human figures in any stores ever. I would not even know the human figures existed if not for Youtube.

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Out of the box like a silver fox, Jeff and Skids, Panthro and Monkian are all rather lovely dapper gents.

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The Suicide Squad, with bonus Sharkage. I bought the solo release bloody mouth King shark last year, not expecting to get the other figures, but now hopefully I can sell one at cost or below to get something back. I love this lot as a team, they look great together.

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Cleanface blue shorts and bloody mouth cheq shorts King Sharks. Both are great options.

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From the Mrs this May – a most welcome birthday gift this month was the Jurassic Park visual history book.  A large glossy oversized hardcover with mammoth behind the scenes material, concept art, mini essays about each section etc, just a stellar book.

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With the new Jurassic whatever-its-called out soon, stores have started stocking up on new Dinos. Picked up a few locally at reasonable prices. Also got the BST Leo and last years Sonic Encyclo-speed-ia on sale at half price.

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Dug out my old dinos to see what I had and avoid buying doubles this year. Mosasaurus not pictured is out in the back room.

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Working on a Sonic the Hedgehog article for this blog the last four weeks and felt like picking up some old games. Already had Sonic Colors on Wii but the rest are new to me.

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Some new Bluey figures packaged with some old ones, at a budget price I don’t mind getting extras.

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Some Sylvanian Families picks this month with pint sized babies and kids to go on the tiny choo choo and a cool blue van/bus.

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Couple more cutimals and that van is now all unboxed and stickered up, a quality piece made from some durable plastic.

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On the shelf from top left is the Sylvanian Families Cruising Car, Bluey Heeler Family Cruiser, Sylvanian Families Sunshine Nursery Bus, Li’l Woodzees Breezy Buggy and various figurines.

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That’s it for this month. Well apart from Terminator movies I picked up on blu ray to replace my stodgy old DVD versions. Ah’ll be back!

ASTONISHING APRIL TOY HAUL

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First off the block this month is head of the Big ‘n Beefy Brigade – movie Legends Iron Monger. Overpriced and out of luck, I picked up this bad boy on sale as no way in hell was I paying the full price on this figure with wonderful details but utterly lacking in paint. Time to give the old Toy Biz Monger Man the heave ho.

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Next up some Pokedudes from the local store, and a Red Hulk from Red China. The Hulk was another stupid bloody Target USA exclusive and not sold internationally (if you don’t count the DOZENS of them scalped on ebay the week of release and for months afterwards.

1/3 the price, all the accessories from China and it’s great to finally have Red Hulk Ross in the collection, he is one of the few modern Marvel characters I really wanted, as I enjoyed Red Hulk’s brief comic run and time in the Avengers.

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Couple more Pokemon being the Gold/Silver starters that I have wanted figures of for many years. With new ones out in adundance could not resist grabbing all three.

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Next up a Tech Deck build your own skate park pack. Seen these around for ages in stores and kept meaning to pick some up to go with my various Ninja Turtles figures, grabbed a couple on sale and very impressed with them. Great build quality and love the simple modular design.

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A bit of Pikachude

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And Mike getting in some skate time, great modular sets that fit together however you want them to.

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Couple of DC grabs this month after I sold some old toys and picked up local JLA movie Supes and The Batman unmasked Catwoman – who looks derpy as fuck in the package but out of package is a good looking toy that poses well.

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The Batman Bat-bike eluded me for a month as online stock was delayed, and then finally turned up in certain stores in abundance so was able to sell some more old crap, and buy more new crap.

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Origins single card Skeletor was on sale, so picked up another to go with the various alt heads I have around here bringing the total to…SDC19319

Four Skeletor bodies… and six heads (including the Keldor head)

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Over on the “what’s new this month shelf….” The Batman Batman is there, and also the new Transformers Generations Percy who is stunning and damn near pefect, and picked up an Extreme Dinosaur dude.

Never had any Extreme Dinos or Street Sharks as a kid, I would have been too old by the time they came out as a teenager to care and more interested in superhero comics and video games. But my younger Sister did have some Street Sharks and they were (and are) very cool fun toys. Also bottom left a little Army man I found while walking in the park.

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Possibly my most anticapted toy of the year (due out ironically about a year and a bit ago) is Super 7 Rocksteady. It’s cheaper to grab the whole wave than individual figures, and with Bebop and Rock now here, I have the two essential figures I wanted from the line, everything else is a nice optional bonus.

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Metal head is fairly decent with loads of accessories, but sadly does not have the light piped eyes on either head,and his gold color paint is a bit flat in person, and he can’t pose for crap just like the Super 7 core Turtles. The stand outs in this line are every figure BUT the turtles themselves.

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Of all the April figures ever made from the vintage line up till today, I think the S7 one is genuinely the best April figure ever made. That is not saying much given how utterly horrible most April sculpts have been across every line in existence.  A genuinely nice sculpt and three decent head options with different hair color tones.

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On the shelf and Super 7 Bebop and Rock tower over these other mutant goons.

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On the what else is new this month shelf Red Hulk, JLA movie Superman and The Batman on his freshly unboxed bike.

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The Red Hulk, Supes and Batman all look great and I’m very grateful to add them to the collection.

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That’s it for Astonishing April.

THE BLUE BLUR – TOMY CLASSIC SONIC VS JAKKS CLASSIC SONIC THE HEDGEHOG FIGURES

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Recently my Mrs picked me up a classic style Sonic the Hedgehog made by Jakks Pacific that is very similar to my TOMY classic Sonic, so I thought why not do a quick comparison of their features.

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Jakks Sonic comes with a light blue square stand themed around Casino Night Zone. The base has two ultra tiny pegs and Sonic has foot holes. It is unfortunately nearly impossible for Sonic to stand with these super tiny peg holes, which are vastly undersized and he is top heavy with his huge noggin.

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The underside of the base is hollow and has no storage feature (the TOMY one does). The Jakks figure can stand fine without the peg holes, as long as you angle him back a bit, he can also lean against the backing of the stand, so has not fallen over for me yet.

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Jakks Sonic stands around 7″ tall if you count his hair/spikes. He comes with several interchangeable hands and facial expressions, the neutral fist hands, pointing finger, ring grip finger etc.  His color is almost a powder blue and looks very lovely.

The sculpt is fantastic showing off the classic 90’s era chubby Sonic the Hedgehog as he was first designed. The articulation is simple and good, but not great.

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Moving over to TOMY classic style Sonic the Hedgehog the first point of difference is that like many Japanese made direct market anime figures, he comes with a robust stand that plugs into his back and the base.

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The stand allows for cool dynamic display options like this mid-upside down run pose. He can also stand off the ground/base as if jumping etc via the stand. The base is hollow, coming apart like a seashell into two halves, allowing convenient storage of the alt hands and facial expressions, and has three peg holes for the stand allowing for more display options.

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The Jakks Pacific (right, blue) and  TOMY (left, brown) under bases. The Jakks sculpt and style mimics the TOMY one and I was surprised they did not pinch the storage option for underneath. Next time I have an empty container of strong plastic, I will cut it up and make my own piece to slide in underneath to allow storage of the Jakks parts.

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Some side by side comparisons with Jakks being the bigger Sonic on the blue base, and TOMY on the right with the Green Hill themed base. TOMY Sonic is closer to 5-6″, and his base is a bit lower, the size difference side to side is not that much and both are impressive.

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The next points of difference are that Jakks Sonic has the gold colored ring, while TOMY has the more cartoon style primary yellow. Both look decent, but the in game ring color is neither of these shades. The colors and style are mostly the same on the sonics, with Jakks a lighter blue and TOMY a bit darker.

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Comparisons with some other Jakks Pacific 3″ figures, and a bootleg Nendoroid (small one on stand) and a modern style long leg Sonic Amiibo.

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Both the TOMY and JAKKS Sonic figures have fairly decent articulation and can hold a pose. The TOMY one has slightly better joint tolerances and doesn’t sag so easily, but it’s a minor gripe.

The Jakks figure can do most of the dynamic poses too, but if you want him on one foot you really need to add some kind of back stand as his weight will tip him over without one.

Both figures are quite excellent in their own way, both were marketed at a reasonable price with nice window display boxes that I’ve kept out the back and I’m happy to have both on my shelf.

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