The year of 2021 is well under way and things released in December/January are finally starting to trickle into local consumer palaces of of mirth and debauchery.
Straight outta Cybertron, that classy space gangsta Cyclonus is styling and profiling.
Cyclonus is kind of unexpectedly perfect in nearly every way, only to be outshined perhaps by the star of Transformers the Movie (1986) – good old Hot Rod. I’ve never liked Hot Rod (still have not even opened it yet) so Cyclonus is my favorite here. But you can’t beat a classic design (even if he is the most banal ‘hero’ in existence) and it’s great to finally have a modern definite Hot Rod after so many lacklustre figures.
A surprise buy this month was Gigawatt. Many of the one offs and Generations Selects and such in the Transformers line are damn near impossible to get ahold of. But hey, they actually made a LARGE amont of these figures that people want to buy. So I managed to get one instead of just admiring yet another toy retool on Youtube. Gigawatt is rather classy and better in hand than expected.
Another second time around (3rd chance after everywhere sold out) was this Diaclone tribute pack. I love me some carbots, so any version of Sideswipe and Sunstreaker retooled or repainted is high on my desirability list. And add to that any of the pre-deco Diaclone dudes in modern form.
Blamming and KA-ZAMMING it’s the new Warpath who looks nice but is horrible to transform and a fairly “meh” figure. He looks like the cartoon, and that is about it. It’s inferior to the older Generations one I have in most ways and I’m still trying to sell that excellent toy to replace it with this terribly average one. Cost me twice the price, and he’s half the size. YAY modern toys?
Over on the Decepticon shelf, I’ve unboxed my Ramjet and Whatisface Two Pack (I know all their names, but I still mix them up). Let’s see Ramjet, Dirge, Thrust, Starscream… the other ones. I never said I remember them all at the same time. But on most days I can. Anyhow, they are oh so pretty. Look if you can name like 50/60 of the original Transformers and reel them off any time, I’d say that is pretty good. Add in like a hundred marvel charater names and other silly fictional characters and at some point your brain forgets things in favor of other things.
Browsing away the local shops, this Umbreon figure turned up for the first time that I saw a few months back elsewhere. Of all the Eevee Evil-Lutions this one I like the least. But he’s cheap and cool so into the Poke-collection he goes. It’s TOMY, they make great things and I just can’t argue with them.
Speaking of Pokemon my main shelf is fairly full. I reshuffled, dusted and organised them, and drilled a hole in the shelf for the Ho-Oh kit to hang from, and I’m pretty happy with it all.
Then I started new space for the spill over that won’t fit onto the other shelf. There is less thought put into this arrangement, but I will tinker and swap them around later.
If I turn to the left view from my computer, here is how it looks…
Another Jonny come lately is this Super Fishasaurus aka the big ass Mattel Mosasaurus what done leaped out of the ocean in Jurassic World eating the T-Rex. Which I assumed at the time was some sort of referen e to Jaws, or at least things with big Jaws on the big screen seeing as Spielberg did JAWS and directed the first Jurassic Park. But I never see anyone mention this, so maybe not.
It’s a wicked cool toy, it’s bloody massive and it was on “hold” stock with amazon uk. As in “maybe we have it, maybe we don’t… just order it… wait a few months and if you are our LUCKY radio contest winner this month, if your name is in our hat and it’s a raindy Tuesday and Prince wants a Camel in Detroit….well we just MIGHT send you something (that you paid for).
Amazon really is a fucking lotto masquerading as an online shop. You pay for a thing, maybe you win and get it, maybe they just cancel it or delay it indefinitely. Maybe they send someone to break your legs for even thinking about buying something from them. Who in fuck knows?
At my local Kmart where I literally stopped in just to go to the can, they had some of the recent Jakks Pacific Mario figures that used to be “world of nintendo” but I guess they have it under a new line/sub-line now.
This Hammer Brother is super cute and very nice. I immediately thought when I left…. why did I not buy TWO of them? Yeah, I’m an idiot. We get Hammer Bros often in pairs in the games and I really want to build up some of these figures this year into a new display. But damned if I can find any of them. They had this and a yellow Toad and nothing else. No Boo, no Bullet Bill.
Popping up online after like 12 months of not being available anywhere, this utterly average in every conceivable way Dragon Stars figure. I enjoy but also have contempt for this line. So inept it is to wallow in it’s crap-itude, now and then they do something genuinely good that requires effort like the Cooler figure. But overall the figures still remain a terrible line of poorly articualted non-posing figures. Try and pose them, I dare you! It doesn’t work. They might as well be vintage Star Wars figures. The articulation does nothing useful.
Ultra Instinct (silver hair) Goku was so stiff and sweaty out of the package I had to give him a very hot bath immediately. Yaoi fan fiction aside, this muscle bound idiot looks okay, but the REAL reason I bought it? To complete my OTHER terribly average missing one arm Broly figure. The hair and muscles are nice, but damn his arms COULD NOT MOVE out of the package. They are a little better after his hot spa bath, but still super stiff. At least I got them to move a bit.
The Mrs found some very nice Disney miniatures and gifted them to me as an early birthday present. They are so very nice, and I have not one bad thing to say about them – other than I only have a spot to display half of them right now, and only after I herded some wild Pokemon into one section.
Three different sets are here. Too Many Dalmations The Movie, Fancy Pants Cats From Before Full Animation Died in the Ass, and the OG Disney characters. I put the more classic (or classic 2.0) versions together and left the more festive ones to put elsewhere.
After like a three month delay this Scare Glow actually tured up from amazon. I thought it would get cancelled like my other orders, but I’m super glad it didn’t as I’ve never seen ANY version of him (vintage or modern) in person, and man I just love this figure a whole lot. He glows SUPER BRIGHT and they did a great job with this one.
Another one I had cancelled on Amazon, but then popped up again for a new order was this man of confused faces. It’s so weird they gave this same 3-face gimmick to Blitzwing in Transformers Animated.
Another in stock shocker that shipped right away was Panthor. He’s Battle Cat…but not green. I like him fine, no regrets but he just looks so vanilla in this color. Bargain priced though at under RRP, and I want what I can get from the MOTU Origins line. It’s quality and affordable all the way… if you can get them.
My Skeletor is currently indisposed on this Dewback looking thing Funko made in their Primal Age line. So Catty Mcpanthor will stay away for now.
On the back of the box is some very style vintage inspired art with Skeletor riding up like a MacDaddy towards He-Man and Castle Appears in that Show.
On the front of the box (if you bend it flat, like I did for this pic) is some more kick-ass art. I wish Panthor looked a bit more wild and feral like he does on the box art. He has the same head as Cringer, and just looks bored or confused rather than menacing.
That’s it for now. More articles brewing, been pretty slow going lately but I am slowly getting my article done on the voice cast of Transformers: The Movie (1986). And there will be more feature style articles here in the near future as I have done in the past.