Traveling for work this week, hence the stellar hotel-bathroom backdrops. While it sucks to be away from home it at least affords the opportunity to hunt on some new ground, and indeed that has paid off in spades. Not only did the local Walmarts have Green Lantern Classics (for the "more-reasonable-than-what-TRU-charges" price of $15) but multiple sets of DCUC 14, the impossible-to-find (in Chicago) Walmart exclusive series!
Hasbro - Marvel Universe - Deadpool & Taskmaster
To paraphrase the opening line of Nickelodeon's defunct sketch comedy show All That, "Fresh out da box!" Isn't awesome finding toys that are so new you haven't seen reports online of them showing up yet? That was at least the case when I came across them. The new Deadpool is just super cool, but come on - you'd have to work hard to screw up a Deadpool figure (looking at you DST...). Taskmaster is likewise pretty cool and loaded with accessories! The volume of weapons in this set alone go beyond what we usually see across an entire wave of the single card figures. I don't really understand why these were released as a two pack rather than as two singles, but since I now own them, I don't care - sorry. The only problem with this set is Taskmaster face paint, which is rough at best. I sucked it up and purchased anyway, who knows when/if I'll ever see this set again.
Jakks Pacific - Pirates of the Caribbean: Gunner
At last wave 2 is out and my disgusting need to buy PotC figures can be satiated. This guy is just as decent as the 6" Build-a-Figure. Comes with the sword and axe, as well, and both can connect to his belt. Just a standard 4" figure of about average, or slightly-better-than, quality.
Jakks Pacific - Pirates of the Caribbean: Queen Anne's Revenge Zombie
Having now seen On Stranger Tides and being totally flabbergasted at how pointless the zombies were, I don't care if they make any more. I'm pretty much done with this line. QARZ is pretty cool though and probably my favorite of the 4" figures. Good sculpt and nice color palette. The prototype and package photography shows his vest and wristbands are tan or brown but the teal-ish hue in release is better both in overall aesthetic and in movie-accuracy.
Mattel - DCUC 14: Alan Scott
Great figure but ridiculous head - why is Alan so angry? Just a remarkably odd choice. His lantern also looks different from the designs I'm used to seeing but still is pretty cool. No constructs for him, though one would have been cool seeing as his constructs are more fiery in nature the those of the Corps. And of course I did have to get two - one for modern JSA and one for Golden Age JSA.
Mattel - DCUC 14: Kamandi
One of an increasing number of characters I've never heard of until Mattel makes a figure of him. At least this was a Kirby character. He's definitely way on the "silly" end of the spectrum, but the plethora of ray guns are neat and he'd look fine in a "DC Various" display, if they ever get around to more not-quite-in-the-standard-continuity-realm of characters.
Mattel - DCUC 14: Zatanna
What can I say but that the "real" fishnet stalkings were a horrible idea. A really nice sculpt, and I like that her top hat is wearable and holdable, but good gosh are those stalking seams horrendous. I'd 1000% have preferred legs with the cross-stitch sculpted in, cast in dark baj while a black wash to fill in the netting.
Mattel - DCUC 14: Tyr
The almost-last of the Super Powers and I'll be damned if they didn't do it again, making a terrible design a cool toy. There's only one problem with the figure (well... once you get past the design [i.e. speedos and mohawk]) and the the cyborg arm shoulder... as has been thoroughly addressed elsewhere it desperately needs a balljoint, but the blockiness of the sculpt means its basically just a swivel cut. So incredibly avoidable and so thoroughly figure-ruining. On the upside though, the translucent spike/cone is pretty cool!
Mattel - GLC 2: Dexstar, B'dg & Despotelis
The idea of this set is cool but it really, really seems a ripoff when purchased. Three pack-ins do not equals a $15+ value, even if they are all unique sculpts. A fourth character is really wanted here to help feel not ripped off. Bzzd would be awesome or a C'hp could have been done to capitalize on the B'dg sculpt, just give him a new head. Despotelis is a really cool idea, but now both DCD and Mattel have made him way oversized for the bacteria he is. I get why, but any size smaller would have been better - and if you have the DCD one, it's way, way better than this.
Mattel - GLC 2: G'hu
The Green Lantern movie "preview" figure whose silhouette had us guessing everything from Parallax to ???. It's a good figure and I'm sure will look great mixed in with the other movie figures. He/it has limited articulation with angled swivels at the knees and elbows. Character-accurate or not this gives him a crab-ish look and posed that way which is kinda cool considering his design, but alas he cannot rightly go on all fours.
Mattel - GLC 2: Sodam Yat
I'm really surprised it took this long to get a Sodam Yat figure! A generic body, new head, cool costume, a B-Level role in the GL-iverse of late means he's an obvious choice. Mattel beat DCD to the punch and this is another solid Mattel effort. Decent paint apps and a head with a slightly more-than-usual cartoon-ish aesthetic to the head. Sodam's real "claim to fame" is his Lantern Symbol construct projection, which is part of his hand sculpt, not a clip-on. I like that idea more than the clip-on stuff in that it's more accurate, however it is an odd construct to have. He comes with interchangeable hands so you can have with or without construct, and while it's a neat piece, when I go to display it'll definitely be without. I would have preferred a balljointed wrist to the swappable hands and construct but maybe that's just me. This is a character/figure than really could have benefited from the "super articulation" seen in Series 1. All Lanterns really need double-jointed elbows and balljointed wrists.
Mattel - Green Lantern: Hal Jordan
I've been fighting the urge to get one of the 4" figures for a couple weeks, mainly because I want the Guardians from the Walmart two-packs, but this is one figure I'm sure won't pop up in the two-packs so I'm safe to buy away. Yes, he's as underwhelming as he looks, but the vest and helmet are kinda neat. He's a decent addition to the collection considering he is most likely the only non-GL-uniform character in the 4" line. Plus, he gets me the ring! Except... the ring is designed for children and no one else. Despite the translucent green portion is huge, the actual silver, finger part is so narrow it can only fit on my pinky. Hopefully they'll do a new silver piece with a wider circumference, for fat kids and adults, later down the road.
Mattel - Green Lantern: Hal Jordan & Baris
This line is a "look but don't touch" toyline, by which I mean they individually unique sculpts and simple use of color looks nice, but when you try to play with or pose them you realize these are cut-rate figures. Cheap plastic, super limited articulation there's just not much you can do with them. I understand they're "targeted for kids" but I suppose that means only kids who don't like to have fun. At least they do have balljointed shoulders, but beyond that its just T-crotch and swivel neck & waist. The single carded figures are $7 and Walmart has them right next the Captain America figures. Those are $8 and you get three times the articulation, paint and fun. I'd rather pay that extra dollar and see some part re-use on GL. At least these three packs come with an accessory, though its the lantern battery.
Mattel - Green Lantern: Kilowog & Ranakar
I have never been a fan of "each lantern has a unique outfit" because you know what - uniforms are supposed to be uniform! I can accept and bear with that conceit though, but at least have some consistency - it really bugs me that Kilowog doesn't have the "shiny" colors that the rest of the Corps have. On the upside though, the rhino-like styling of his body is pretty cool. All of the Guardians are identical from the neck down, which is a bummer because we see in the movie photo on the package that Ranakar wears a different outfit than the two girls. At least they could have sprung for two bodies, one for the girls and one for the boys, but I guess we're just stuck with all the Guardians dressed as women.
Mattel - Green Lantern: Sinestro & Sayd
Sinestro, oh how I love you but boy do I not know what to make of your movie incarnation. I'm confident that Mark Strong can deliver the "best to worst" transition if there are more films and have my fingers crossed that the writing can support it. I'm just not crazy about the overall aesthetic and production designs of this film. But nothing I can do about that now. I really like the translucency of the Guardians' heads but am a little confused about how it "works" biologically. It would be neat to get a Movie Master two-pack but I'm doubting that'll happen. The forearms/hands are separate sculpts but are just glued into place. That's two more chances of articulation passed up.
I don't know where you're seeing people complaining about Tyr's arm, but if you think it only has the range of motion of a swivel joint, you're not using it right. Granted, you can't get him in a full "crucifixion" pose, but the shoulder has plenty of poseability...
Perhaps I just got the "lucky one," but I can't get it to pivot more than 5 degrees
I just double checked, and you're missing out. If you think of his body as a clock, the arm will go out to about 7 or 8 o'clock before the shoulder armor gets in the way...
That Kamandi would fit in well with the SDCC Savage Land box set that Hasbro put out a few years back.
And Michael Crawford said it best about the Alan Scott head sculpt by noting that (I'm paraphrasing here a bit) "he has a look on his face like this series' CnC Ultra Humanite is standing next to him and just farted."
Ere go I passed on Alan Scott (and Kamandi and a few others) and picked up Ultra Humanite loose off the 'bay..
Where was this magical, well-stocked Wal-Mart? It certainly wasn't near me!
I'm curious as to your comment regarding DST's Deadpool. I've not seen it or heard too much about it or seen a review (was there one?). Is it a bad figure? If so why? Was there a review that I missed?
The Deadpool/Taskmaster set is incredible,probaly the best two pack marvels put out yet..i liked the wolverine line deadpool,but hated the giant katana sheaths and "Y" thing on his chest.the new one (after a head swap with the original)is the perfect deadpool and will never leave my coffee table.Taskmaster,also being one of my favorite characters is incredible as well.I switched guns with an estra gi joe pistol (he cant really hold the gun or sword included with him...im working on a better sword)..ive been gathering parts to make a custom taskmaster before i heard they were releasing one..wasted alota money (But what else is new,at least I was able to re-ebay deathstroke)...anyway,I also gave deadpool bullsyes machinegun (That accessory they give to every third figure,rotating it with that spiral cone energy clip on thing) and stormshadows sai's from the gi joe movie figure..pretty f'n fresh...