Once more unto the breech, dear readers - further fun filled facsimiles featuring finds from fastidiously fabulous figure foraging, forthwith!
Diamond Select Toys - Battlestar Galactica: Off Duty Apollo
Finally the most pointless figure from DST's ill-fortuned BSG line is mine, thanks to it being marked down to a reasonable $5. This completes my BSG collection, save but for the controversial and unnecessary Razor Kendra and Gina figures and the impossible to find TRU s1 Galactica Patch Blue Uniform Apollo. So you ask, why is this figure pointless? Apollo never wore this outfit once - even the little character photo on the front of the package shows a different outfit. Essentially what happened was TRU wanted figures fast, so DST didn't have time to put anything new together, so they grabbed Chief's body and Apollo's head and then couldn't figure out why sales went down. Accessories include Chief's launcher gun thing, machine gun, handgun, gun belt, and Adama family lighter. Considering what characters and figures we don't have its pretty offensive we have this. I understand this wave already had a woman in it (the great New Caprica Boomer) but this slot 1,000% should have been Blue Uniform Starbuck (Starbuck's head + Kendra Shaw's body). Not only is it a significant costume variation, it's easily one of the very most popular characters of the show (it's between her and Baltar, I'd contend [Tigh is my favorite, since you were wondering]). Just another example of how DST "just doesn't get it."
Hasbro - GI Joe Pursuit of Cobra: Beachhead
One of the freshmen entries to one of the very best toylines of all time. This is my second Beachhead because... good god look at all those accessories! What can I say but you owe it to yourself to pick this and other POC figures immediately! I just wish I had more 4" lines that these accessories could go with. Too awesome... go you huskies!
Hasbro - Star Wars Clone Wars: Clone Trooper Heavy
I love me some troopers, especially when they're semi unique in sculpt. There's just something about this figure that I really dig, it kind of has a classic SW / '70s vibe to it, with the green element and translucent yellow faceplate. The giant gun is also neat. Basically, this is a good example of what I like about the Clone Wars figures, fun explorations in Expanded Universe designs.
Hasbro - Star Wars Clone Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi
This is essentially "Season 3" Kenobi. At first I thought it was just a new torso on the original figure, but this is actually an all new sculpt and is much more in line with the angular style of the show. Sadly though, it's not a very interesting design. It's just Episode 3 costume with inexplicable (well, explicable in that the models for animation already exist so it's cheaper) clone armored forearms and hands. Ultimately I bought this figure cause I like Kenobi; it catches the style quite well and it was on sale at TRU. If it were full price, I would totally pass on it. Twelve points of articulation and one accessory - yawn.
Mattel - DCU Classics: Hourman
Finally, I'm able to track down one figure from the grotesquely hard to find Walmart exclusive series 14. And fortunately it's my second-most-wanted figure from the series - long live Golden Age JSA! It's a good figure, nothing to complain about, but nothing to boast of either. One down, six to go - daddy needs an Ultra-Humanite.
Mattel - Toy Story 3 Buddy Packs: Evil Dr. Porkchop & Alien
Two of my very favorite concepts from Toy Story 3 wrapped up in one two-pack (The Evil Dr. Porkchop comes from one of the best prologues ever put to film, and captures why I love toys so much; the Alien favorticism is too long winded for this place). Guess how many points of articulation exist in this set. Go on, guess. Here's a hint, its less than the number of accessories - and there aint no accessories. Oh well, at least these are two all-new figures in a single pack.
Spin Master - Tron Legacy: CLU Light Cycle
Shockingly, I found this at Walmart. Go figure. With the exception of Castor, this completes my collection (at least of the lines I'm collecting). Much like the Sam Flynn Light Cycle, this one lights-up, the internal engine/axel rotates as the front wheel turns and it has three "stopping" flaps. Likewise, it includes an exclusive CLU figure in "biking" position. However, due to the nature of the cycle design, the figure isn't really removable. The "light stripes" on the costume are fully painted and definitely highlight the better aesthetic (and cheaper price point) this approach would have brought to the standard 4" line.
Spin Master - Tron Legacy: Ultimate CLU
I flipping love CLU so hard that I spent $40 on this junk. He stands about 12½" tall and essentially duplicates the 8" figure. The torso lights up and the face within the mask does the "face projection" thing but sadly it does the same lines as the shorter figure but the face seems to spend more time on the "ooo" mouth, which is just kind of goofy looking. The light-up feature does continue down into the thighs , which is neat, but all of the LEDs are relatively dim, so the overall effect is pretty underwhelming. Accessories! Identity disc, baton, staff, and nunchuck-batons. The disk and all of the baton are diecast, which is a weird choice. The baton though (i.e. the rod used to create Light vehicles, etc.) has a magnet on it and can attach to the right thigh, which is pretty cool. You are asking, though, about articulation and we are looking at 18 points: hinged toes, ball-and-hinge ankles, peg-and-hinge knees, balljoint hips, ball-and-hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists and a hinge joint for the four fingers. And none of it really operates especially well. Overall it's a cool figure - however for $40 it feels like a bit of a ripoff.