Trash Pack: Trashies by Moose

Time for a little something different today, but first it’s story time! When I was a kid I used to peddle my bike downtown to the Woolworth’s “Five-and-Dime” where they had almost an entire aisle of novelty candy and cheap little junk just made for kids to blow their allowance on. There was everything from Pac Man and Donkey Kong candy in little arcade machine boxes to MUSCLE figures, to capsule slime, and Wacky Wall Walkers, not to mention trading cards devoted to Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and even ET. I bring up this little nugget of nostalgia because today’s entry feels like it would be right at home nestled in that aisle those many years ago. They’re called Trashies and if you like collecting fun little useless pieces of rubber, than these things are aimed right at you!

This Trashie came blind bagged in a little foil packet. The blind bag seems to be all the rage these days, whether it be Lego Minifigs, Halo Megabloks, Playmobil, or whatever. It’s a system designed to excite and frustrate the collector. On the one hand, it’s fun because you never know what you’re going to get. On the other hand it’s frustrating because… well, you get the idea. You see, there are 166 different Trashies and they range from Common to Rare to Ultra Rare to Special Edition. The idea here is that you can get together with like minded lunatics collectors and trade them. I have a Common that you need? Give me a Common that I need. I have a Rare that you need? Give me 12 Commons that I need. I have a Special Edition that you need? Fuck you, I’m putting it on Ebay. See how it works? Fun! So let’s tear open the bag and see what the heck Trashies are all about.
Inside the bag you get a fold out that looks like the Periodic Table of Elements. It shows all the available Trashies, their names, their numbers, and roughly what your chances of finding them are. You also get a neon green plastic garbage can. Flip the top open and you dump out what is basically a tiny rubber pencil topper. Yep, Trashies are tiny sculpted rubber “figures” designed to look like critters, or bugs, or animated pieces of garbage. I got #118. The chart tells me he’s called Scummy Squirrel and that he’s Common. He’s a blue squirrel eating a piece of garbage… or possibly a turd. Nice. There’s a surprisingly high amount of sculpted detail on something so small and rubbery. The colors aren’t bad either as you don’t see blue squirrels everyday. But that’s really all I have to say about him.
If blind bags aren’t your thing, you can collect Trashies in 5-packs, but I’m pretty sure those only show you one of the figure’s you’re getting, so it’s still a crap shoot. You can also get the Special Edition Trashies by buying larger sets like a metal trash can collector case or a garbage truck. Am I going to collect these things? Not a chance. The only reason I have this one is because Toys R Us was giving them away with each order on their website. I’m not opposed to them, mind you, and I don’t even know how much they cost, but I’ve got enough hunks of plastic to collect without going out of my way on something like this.
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Young Justice: 4-inch Series, Wave 2: Superboy and Captain Atom by Mattel

Mattel seems to be rushing out the 4-inch Young Justice figure with great haste. I just recently found all of Wave 1 at TRU, when Wave 2 started popping up all over online. I was able to pick up the first three figures of Wave 2, and I’m still hunting for the third. Today we’re going to take a look at Superboy and the first adult superhero in the line, Captain Atom.

Yep, there’s the same packaging we saw for Wave 1. I still like it a lot. The deco is very colorful and comic book inspired and the big bubbles display the figures very nicely. If anything maybe the bubble is too roomy. I still think it’s really clever the way the package uses an illustrated false back under the bubble to conceal the Collect & Connect pieces for the Hall of Justice. If you want to display these guys carded, the presentation won’t be marred by chunks of a building. The back panel of the cards have the character profiles and portraits and an illustration of what C&C piece you’re getting with the figures.
Let’s look at Superboy first. He’s a really solid likeness that once again relies more heavily on paintwork than sculpting. The head sculpt, however, is extremely well done and fits the animated character perfectly. The rest of the body also falls in line with the overall likeness, with his simple S-shielded black T-shirt, blue jeans and black boots. Astute collectors will note that Superboy uses the same torso and arms as Aqualad. The figure still looks fine, even with the reuse of parts, but considering the price point here, it does bug me a bit. It’s most noticeable in the arms when the two figures are standing next to each other. Superboy comes with an odd accessory, which looks like he ripped the exhaust system out of somebody’s car. In reality, it’s probably just supposed to be a piece of metal he’s bending with his super strength.
Next up is Captain Atom. I was pretty happy to pick him up since I don’t have either the JLU or the DC Universe Classics versions, and so this is my first figure of this character in my collection. Although, in fairness, I would have rather had Mattel do Red Tornado in this wave instead, since he’s more prominent in the cartoon. Captain Atom is a completely new sculpt, making him bigger and a little bulkier than the kids. His paintwork is as simple as it gets. He’s all silver with red boots and gloves and his red emblem tampo’ed on his chest. Nonetheless, the paintwork is all pretty sharp. Despite being a new sculpt, Atom’s hands are in almost an identical position to all the kids, which is just sort of weird. Atom comes with a piece of energy that clips onto his hand. The effect on this isn’t so great, but Atom is still a sharp looking figure.

Yes, I’ve now got two more pieces of the Hall of Justice, but I’m not going to show the progress until I get to the next figures in Wave 3: Vandal Savage and Black Canary.
These figures continue to be a guilty pleasure for me. I still think they’re over-priced and under-articulated and now the reuse of parts isn’t making me much happier. And yet I still dig them on some level and will be continuing to buy the line. I wouldn’t go recommending them to anyone who isn’t already in love with Mattel’s Infinite Heroes or JLU lines, because I think they’re likely to disappoint everyone else. I was able to get this pair plus Vandal Savage off of Amazon at regular retail price and even netted some free shipping. The fourth figure in the Wave, Black Canary, is going to be a little bit more difficult to score at the retail price. Looks like she’s going ot be Cheetara all over again. [I was actually able to score her off of TRU’s website a few days ago, so I’ll have a look at Vandal and Black Canary in a few days! -FF]

Doctor Who: Series 6, Wave 2: Idris by Character Options

Last time we looked at Uncle, one of CO’s newest Doctor Who figures and from one of my personal favorite Series 6 episodes,“The Doctor’s Wife” and this time we’re checking out what is probably one of the most anticipated figures from this assortment: Idris. We don’t know a lot about who Idris was before the malevolent entity, House, decided to empty the consciousness of the TARDIS into her body, but once that deed was done, she became the TARDIS personified, which opened up one of the coolest dynamics Doctor Who has seen in possibly forever. The Doctor was finally able to converse with his oldest of companions: His stolen timeship itself.

Idris comes in the same package we saw with Uncle. Again, I really dig the design. It’s functional, easy to get into, and still looks pretty good. Also like Uncle, Idris’ package makes a big fuss about the fact that it comes with all the extra “Flesh” crap. The back panel shows off the rest of the figures in this assortment.
As with Uncle, Idris’ sculpt is pretty solid, although I don’t think the likeness is really spot on. Character Options has gone on record saying that they haven’t mixed things up with their sculptors, but I can’t help but think the likenesses were just a bit better a few years back. Unlike River Song, the strongest point of Idris’ likeness is actually her hair. The face isn’t bad, just not the epitome of actress Suranne Jones, and there’s a bit of ugly seaming around her neck. The rest of the figure is pretty standard, with the dress bearing a good resemblance to the character’s onscreen attire. Not the most exciting looking figure around, but then she’s the TARDIS… and a woman. She’s a woman and she’s the TARDIS.
                     
Once again, the articulation seems to have taken a step back in the shoulders, as Idris has no ball joints in her arms. We’re back to last year’s style of articulation, which honestly in a figure like Idris doesn’t bother me too much. It’s not like I need her to be an action hero. Of course, the sculpted dress does inhibit whatever leg articulation she has. You can get a little bit of repositioning out of her legs, and it’s a bit tough to get her to stand up properly without falling over backwards. Once nice surprise, is that she can swivel at the waist.
I won’t bother talking about the “Flesh” stuff again. If you like bags of “Goo” you get another one with Idris as well as another pointless “Flesh Mask.” Apart from those treats, we do get one tiny little accessory with Idris that is really cool: A Time Lord Psychic Container. Yeah, it’s just a tiny cube with what looks like Elmer’s Glue squirted in it, but it’s still a much welcomed addition when compared to all the “Flesh” crap.
Just like Uncle, Idris set me back $15 plus shipping. Yep, it’s a little steep, but again, this is an import, so I’m not going to complain. Idris is one of those characters in Series 6 that I absolutely wanted to get in figure form, so I’m very glad CO gave her the plastic treatment. I still think they should have just included her with the Junk TARDIS Playset, but either way at least I have her in my collection. Besides, which, in the world of Doctor Who, anything is possible. Maybe we’ll see Idris again.

Doctor Who: Series 6, Wave 2: Uncle by Character Options

If you harken back to my look at the Junk TARDIS Playset then you may remember me saying how much I loved the Series 6 episode, “The Doctors Wife.” Good thing too, since it was the basis for a fair number of figures in addition to that awesome playset. Today we’re going to look at one of the figures produced from this episode, Uncle, an eccentric survivor patchworked together from various parts harvested by unfortunate aliens and at least a few Time Lords. I loved the character in the episode (“I’m Uncle… I’m everybody’s Uncle”), but considering he didn’t last too long before dying, I’ll concede that he’s an odd choice for a figure. But hey, I was glad to get him and I’m sure more fans wanted a figure of Uncle then Rory anyway.

There’s that Series 5 & 6 figure packaging. I’m still pretty fond of it. It’s simple, much easier to get into than those annoying clamshells used on older figures and it looks nice. The only change worth noting is that there’s a baggie of “Flesh” stuck on the card behind each figure in this wave, which the card proudly announces along with the inclusion of a “Flesh Mask.” Ok, we’ll get to that stuff in a bit. The back panel of the card shows other figures in this assortment. It’s a little better than the last assortment.
As mentioned, Uncle is a patchwork guy in a patchwork uniform. We don’t know a lot about who he was, but he was lured to the asteroid-entity called House and kept alive by replacing his organs and parts with stuff scavenged from less fortunate beings. His uniform looks like it’s a hodge-podge from armies from different time periods, which is what I think is the coolest thing about his whole appearance. His outfit basically looks like something out of Time Bandits, which certainly fits a character from Doctor Who very well. The sculpting of the uniform is quite good and faithful to his on screen appearance. In fact, CO actually remembered to sculpt him with two left feet. Cool! The head sculpt, on the other hand is really just passable. Not bad, not great, but passable. Uncle does come with a second head that has the hat removed to reveal the stitches in his skin as well as his alien ear.
Uncle’s articulation takes a slight step back from the last batch of Who figures we looked at. If you were expecting ball jointed shoulders like we got with Leela, River Song, and even The Silents, you’ll be disappointed. Uncle has the same old rotating shoulder joints and all the other articulation seen in the Series 5 figures and before. His head rotates side to side; His arms have swivels in the biceps and wrists as well as hinged elbows; His legs have universal joints in the hips, hinged knees, and swivels above each boot. It’s not bad as far as articulation goes, but it’s frustrating to go back to the shoulders sans any lateral movement.
In addition to the extra head, Uncle comes with… eh… Ok, I have no idea what the hell it is. I vaguely remember him holding it in the episode. It might just be a walking stick he cobbled together from trash, but it really does look like it might be some kind of device. Either way, it’s pretty big and he looks cool holding it. As for the rest of Uncle’s accessories… I’m not usually one to bitch about extra accessories. If you don’t like them, just toss them, right? But for some reason CO’s decision to include a baggie of “Goo” and a “Flesh Mask” with each figure in this wave is just stupid, especially since almost none of these characters have anything to do with that story. The “Flesh Mask” is particularly stupid as it doesn’t even fit on the figures, and even if it did, what’s the point? Or is the final episode of Series 6 going to reveal that everyone is a Ganger? Bah!
Uncle set me back about $15 plus shipping. Yeah, the Who figures have been creeping up there a bit lately, although I’ve certainly paid more for some in the past. Taking into account that these are imports, I’m not going to complain too much, but the prices are making me more selective about the ones I buy these days and I suppose I could understand Uncle not being high on some collectors’ lists. Nonetheless, I liked him and the episode a lot and he makes for a very distinctive figure to stand on my ever increasing Doctor Who display shelves.

Captain America: Crossbones (Comic Series) by Hasbro

Here’s the last of the three new Captain America figures I picked up last week, and OMG, it’s Crossbones. When looking at the Hydra Soldier, I commented that I never expected to find him at retail. Well, that goes double for Crossbones. He’s a pretty sought after figure in the sea of Cap variants, and yet there he was hanging right on the peg. Cool!

Once again, it’s the Captain America movie-inspired card. I think I’ve said all I have to say about this packaging. It looks great and really makes me want to buy the figures, but not enough to buy a dozen stupid mission-themed versions of Cap. Crossbones is a pretty hefty guy so he fills out the card nicely, along with his small arsenal of weapons. The insert in the bubble points out that this figure is from the Comic Series.
Hasbro did a fantastic job commiting Crossbones to plastic. The last time I remember seeing this guy in figure form was as part of Toy Biz’s Marvel Legends and that was a pretty amazing figure. Does Hasbro’s smaller scale version of ‘Bones hold up? Yeah, it really does. There are a few minor differences, like this one has sleeves and kneepads. Hasbro did actually manage to get quite a bit more sculpted detail into this smaller figure, and that’s very impressive. The mask looks great and the paint apps are nice and crisp. Most of the sculpting here went into his bulky vest, which is detailed right down to each and every ammo pouch, the zippers, and the combat knife. Have I said impressive yet? I did, but hey it fits. This is an impressive little figure.

Crossbones features Hasbro’s standard modern 3 3/4″ figure articulation. The drawback is that his sculpted vest inhibits the torso articulation. He does, however have all the rest of the goodies including the double hinged knees, and yes those god awful ball jointed hips. Either way, Crossbones is a very poseable figure.
Accessories? Crossbones has three weapons. You get two small submachine pistols and an assault rifle. He can hold the weapons in either hand, but only his left hand is sculpted so that his trigger finger can slip through the trigger guard. The weapons are nicely sculpted, but I take issue with the decision to cast them in green plastic.
So, wow. I never expected to actually own this figure, but if I ever did I had high expectations and they really panned out well. I realize Crossbones isn’t on the top of everyone’s Marvel villain action figure list, but the Captain America movie line made for a great way to release him. Something just tells me that if he were released as part of Marvel Universe he wouldn’t have turned out nearly this well. I think a lot of my excitement just comes down to this: I now have a Crossbones figure in scale with my GI JOEs. Damn, how cool is that?
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Captain America: Hydra Armored Soldier (Movie Series) by Hasbro

I’ve only got time for a quickie today, which works out pretty well since I just so happen to have a new Captain America figure to check out that won’t take me too long. If you’ve been hunting this line, there’s a good chance you’re having the same problem we all had with the Iron Man 2 figures: Lots of variations of the main man himself, in this case Cap, and not a lot of the baddies. I was actually amazed to find one of these Hydra soldiers hanging on the pegs in plain sight, since not only is he one of the more uncommon figures in the line, but I’m guessing some people out there have got to be army building him.

We’ve seen this packaging twice before when looking at Red Skull and Battlefield Cap, but I’ll say it again, I really love Hasbro’s Marvel movie packaging. You get a big illustrated picture of Cap dominating the card and the little Avengers Assemble emblem on the other corner. The bubble is pretty big, and a good portion of the real estate is used to house the Hydra soldier’s terrible gimmicky oversized weapons. You’ll note that this is one of those figures that Hasbro had to add the name “Marvel” to, presumeably over copyright issues, which makes me wonder who else out there owns the name Hydra Armored Soldier. Hmm.
Honestly, I’m somewhat underwhelmed by this guy. For a so-called “armored” soldier, he really isn’t. He’s just a guy in a uniform and tunic with some web gear. I don’t have any particular complaint about him other than he just looks kinda drab and boring. The head sculpt is rather unique, though, thanks to his distinctive looking helmet, but there’s not a lot else to say about him. The body features a good amount of sculpted detail and he even has a tiny Hydra patch painted on his sleeve and little “H”s on his boots. I’m guessing that belt looking thing coming out of his backpack along his right arm is supposed to be belt fed ammo, but I can’t be sure about that. So, basically, this guy is just some poor minimum wage schmuck that Cap can hit in the teeth with his shield. He’s ok looking, but nothing special.
The Hydra Soldier has every bit of articulation we’ve come to expect from Hasbro’s modern 3 3/4″ figures, including those terrible ball jointed hips. Have I mentioned recently how much I hate these hip joints, Hasbro? I really hate these hip joints, Hasbro.
I’m a little more decisive in my take on this figure’s weapons: They suck. He comes with a repack of the huge missile launcher we got bundled with Red Skull, and another equally huge and ungainly weapon. Hasbro screwed the pooch on this one. He should have at least been bundled with some kind of assault rifle.
Every hero needs legions of nondescript cannon fodder and that’s exactly what we get with the Hydra Armored Soldier. I don’t like him well enough to want to army build him, and that’s probably a good thing because I doubt I’ll ever see many more on the pegs anyway. Maybe I could see picking up one more to flank my Red Skull as guards, but that’s it. He’s not a bad figure by any means, and I suppose he could add a little diversity to your GI JOE’s if you want to mix things up a bit. As with all the Cap movie figures, he runs around $7-$8 depending on where you pick them up and that’s not a bad deal.

Ghostbusters: Lucy Bishoujo Statue by Kotobukiya

[It’s a total coincidence that just a couple of days before I post today’s Ghostbusters related entry, Mattel announced that they will not be offering a 2012 subscription for Club Ecto-1. They are apparently going through with the figures that were already in production and will be offering past figures one last time, but it seems as if Mattel’s Ghostbusters license has just about run its course. I can’t say as I’m surprised. I am pretty disappointed with the way Matty treated the license. And while I’m happy to finally own a decent set of the team in both 6″ and 12″ versions, I wish Mattel had planned the whole thing better than they did. With that having been said, let’s take a look at a Ghostbusters product that’s not made by Mattel.]

I haven’t looked at a lot of statues here on FigureFan. In fact, the closest thing I can think of would be one of Weta’s Doctor Who busts. Nonetheless, I’ve been wanting to check out some of Koto’s Bishoujo statues for a long time now, particularly because they feature a line of reasonably priced statues of both DC and Marvel ladies all in a uniform scale, and I’d really like to put together a collection of those. But I’m actually taking my first step into the line with what is more of a stand alone piece, this super cute anime inspired Ghostbusters statue. Let’s check out Lucy…
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The statue comes in a really attractive window box. It’s mostly black with a neon green lightning deco and lettering, along with the iconic Ghostbusters emblem and a nice illustration of the character. The back panel shows photos of the statue and has a little filecard about Lucy herself. While you get a good idea about what you’re getting inside, Lucy is wrapped up in a lot of plastic, which renders the window a little useless. I suppose if you take her out, unwrap her and put her back into the tray you could see things a little better. The box is entirely collector friendly, although you do need to partially disassemble her to get her back in and even then, it isn’t optimal for display purposes.
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Lucy comes out of the box separate from her stand and requiring just a wee bit of easy assembly. You plug the pegs on her feet into the stand. Pop her head off to slide the goggles down around her neck, and plug the proton emitter hose into the proton pack and place the wand in her hand. That’s it. There’s nothing tricky or delicate here, and everything comes apart again real easy if you want to return her to the package.
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While Lucy is an officially licensed Ghostbuster product, she’s like no other Ghostbuster we’ve seen before. As in keeping with Koto’s Bishoujo line, she’s a hyper-cute and sexy anime-style take on the license. Why Koto didn’t just give her red hair, slap some glasses on her and call her Janine is beyond me, because I think it would have worked. At the very least it would have made a hell of an easy repaint exclusive. But hey, very little about this statue is conventional.
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The base is regular plastic as is the equipment, while the statue itself is made from PVC. The PVC medium here makes for a bit of a soft sculpt, but I think it suits the statue fairly well. The paintwork and coloring is certainly well done. I think my only gripe here is that when placed under direct light the top of Lucy’s head looks somewhat transparent, or at least lighter than the rest of the statue.
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While Lucy herself looks like she’s straight off the pages of a manga, her equipment looks totally authentic and faithful to the film license. The sculpt on the proton pack is a little bit simplified, but still features most of the lights, knobs and wires from the original prop and the same goes for the wand. The trap, which is permanently attached to the stand, also looks great and includes the foot pedal. Her jumpsuit, or at least what’s left of it, looks like a modified version of the type worn by the guys. The top is modified to show off Lucy’s midriff and the zipper is pulled down to display her… um, paranormal assetts. Her pants are shredded to bits, [Holy crap, did she encounter a rape ghost?] and you can see the straps from her pink thong peeking out over her utility belt.
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Koto’s Bishoujo statues generally start at around $50-60, depending on where you go to order them. Older statues can go up or down a bit. I picked up Lucy from Big Bad Toy Store for just under fifty, which seemed like one of the better prices. I’ve had my eye on her since the first production images were released earlier this year and I’m quite happy with the final product. You can definitely expect to see some more of these statues here on FigureFan in the coming months. I’ve got my eye on Catwoman next!

Captain America: Battlefield Cap (Comic Series) by Hasbro

It pains me greatly that I never got around to seeing Captain America in the theaters. What can I say? I’m always drinking working so I just never got a chance and before I knew it, it was gone. But, hey, that’s what my BD Player and huge TV are for. Nonetheless, watching Thor again this week got me craving some new Marvel movie stuff and that included a bunch of Captain America figures. I was mainly going to cherry pick this line for characters other than Cap, but when I saw this version, I just couldn’t resist.

I’ll reiterate what I said about the packaging for the Thor figure review. The movie Marvel cards are pretty sweet and I like Captain America’s the best. You get an image of Cap up in the left corner and the Avengers Assemble icon over in the right. Cap is carded with both his weapons displayed and his shield beside him. The best thing I can say about any carded figure is that I was sorry to rip him open. I might actually pick up an extra of this guy to hang carded on my wall. He really does look that great in the package.
Battlefield Cap is out of the package and… damn. He’s an amazing sculpt. Sure, he’s basically a standard modern Hasbro 3 3/4″ body, but his entire suit is textured, and there’s a ton of little details like the treads on his boots and the flap and buttons on his tunic.  The pounches are sculpted and even the star on his chest is sculpted on rather than just a tampo or paint app. His web gear is a separate, removable piece, with a working holster, sculpted ammo pouches and canteen. Nice! The head sculpt is nice, with a grey mask/hood and his blue combat helmet is removable. This figure would be a Triple-A slam dunk, if it weren’t for how soft the plastic in his legs is. It’s not a dealbreaker for me, since everything else about Cap is amazing, but it is annoyingly soft.
The paintwork is just as good as the sculpt. He’s mostly blue with some red trim and green and brown on his boots and the red and white striping on his mid section. I’m most impressed by the fact that every single one of the little buttons and buckles on him is painted silver. There’s no slop or bleeding either. Nice!
Articulation is standard modern 3 3/4″ Hasbro with a few nice surprises. Cap’s neck is ball jointed. His arms are ball jointed in the shoulders, hinged at the elbows, there are swivels in the biceps, and even ball joints in the wrists. His legs have those annoyingly awkward ball joints in the hips, double hinged knees, swivels at the tops of his boots, and his ankles feature both regular hinges, and lateral rockers to keep his feet flat at wide stances. His torso features that standard Hasbro ab ball joint.
Cap’s accessories include an automatic pistol, a Thompson machine gun and his trusty shield. The shield clips onto his wrist, but also has a peg that allows him to store it onto his back. You can even tuck his Thompson into his web gear strap and store it on his back and the pistol fits into his holster.
In a line that is stuffed with predictably awful variations on poor Cap, this Battlefield version stands out as being an absolutely amazing figure. Seriously, stand him next to the likes of whatever Desert or Arctic flavor Cap figure from the line you want and tell me he really looks like he’s some kind of special exclusive stand alone release. Sculpt, paint, accessories, articulation: This figure hits all the points dead on and suffers only from some unfortunate use of soft plastic in the legs. I picked him up for just under eight bucks, and what a deal it was. He won’t satisfy anyone looking for a standard Cap to stand in with your Avengers, but if you’re a fan of Steve Rogers, you really should have this one on your shelf.

Thundercats: Classic Tygra 8-inch Collector Figure by Ban Dai

So, yesterday I did a lot of unabashed gushing over Ban Dai’s Classic Lion-O figure. Lest you were afraid that my Thundercats love and nostalgia was motivating me into giving this Classic 8-inch figures a free pass, I’ll tell you right now that Tygra does not quite live up to the standards set by Lion-O. Let’s check him out.

You get the same packaging seen with Lion-O. Once again, I like the collector friendly nature of it, but the deco is a little bland. Ban Dai pretty much gives you a huge window with a clear shot of the figure, and that ain’t a bad thing. The back shows off the figure and accessories as well as some other figures in Ban Dai’s collection.
Everything I said about Lion-O’s glorious toyishness certainly holds true for Tygra. He’s got that same great plastic glossy look and feel. The sculpt features a ton of little detail work in Tygra’s head, but other than his muscules, there’s not a lot of original sculpt on Tygra’s body. I’m also not at all crazy about the way Ban Dai sculpted his lower legs. The calfs are pronounced and it makes his leg structure look strange. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, but doesn’t quite look right. Apart from that, Tygra features a piece of armor over his left shoulder, some sculpting to his boots, and his clawed feet are exposed.
Tygra’s paintwork is mostly great, except for one glaring problem on mine. His left eye is applied a little too high. In passing, it looks a little pecuiliar, but on close inspection you can really see what happened. I haven’t decided yet whether or not it warrants me picking up a second Tygra. Other than the eye flub, the paintwork on his head is pretty impressive. The orange and black stripes are pretty striking, especially against the blues of his outfit. As with Lion, his Thundercats emblem is very sharp and crisp.
Tygra has almost the same articulation as Lion-O. He’s actually missing one point, despite the package still claiming 18 points. Let’s recap: The head is ball jointed, but the neck is also hinged where it meets the shoulder to give him more of an up and down motion to his head. The arms feature ball joints in the shoulders, hinged elbows, swivels in the biceps, and ball jointed wrists. His legs are ball jointed at the hips, feature swivels in the thighs and just above the boots, feature double hinged knees, and hinged ankles. Tygra also has a ball joint in his waist. What’s he missing? The second ab joint. He’s still a damn poseable figure though.
Tygra comes with two versions of his bolo whip. One is the collapsed version, the other is the whip fully extended. The extended one comes in two halves in the package. It’s nice and flexible and really lends itself well to a bunch of different action poses. Tygra also comes with an extra right hand to better grip the whip at the handle. Just like with Lion-O, I’m not sure why anyone would want the prone hand, but I try not to complain about extra accessories.
Tygra’s a perfectly fine figure with great articulation. On his own, he looks great, but compared to Lion-O he looks like he’s a little lacking. Part of it might be the simpler character design, but it just feels like Ban Dai might have put in a little less effort with this one when compared to Lion-O. At the $17.99 to $20 retail, I still think he’s a great deal. He’s a super fun toy to play with and I still wholly recommend him. And that’s the first wave of the Thundercats Classic figures. Here’s hoping Ban Dai hurries the next wave along quickly. It may take me a little bit, but the next time I revisit the Thundercats toys, we’ll be looking at the 6-inch figuers based off of the new series.

Thundercats: Classic Lion-O 8-inch Collector Figure by Ban Dai

It was a long struggle to finally get this figure. I had it pre-ordered, had to cancel the pre-order because I bought way too much other stuff that month. Re pre-ordered it at another site. Canceled that pre-order because the figures turned up at another site first. Had to pass on them at TRU because my order already shipped and now I finally have him. So, don’t take it lightly when I say that after finally getting this figure in hand, he was worth every spot of bother and frustration along the way. I’d like to think its rare that I completely lose my shit and gush like crazy over a figure, but put on your hip boots, folks, because it’s about to get deep in here. Lion-O is freaking awesome.

At first glance, I liked the packaging, but didn’t love it. I think I was just expecting something a bit more vintage looking. Instead you get something like a small window box with an extended card on the back to make it peg friendly. The familiar Thundercats logo is on the top and there’s very little about the package that blocks your view of the figure inside. Ban Dai obviously wanted to let these toys speak for themselves. And I think it was a good call. The back panel shows off the figure and some of the other Thundercats toys, both new and classic, and the package still features that annoying tri-lingual writing. Ultimately, the packaging won me over because with a quick snip of some tape on the bottom flap, it proves to be totally collector friendly, and I can keep my figures and their extra accessories displayed in the package when I’m not fiddling about with them. Cool!
Once out of the package, Lion-O is glorious. Let me try to do my best here, because words are failing me. If you’re expecting a collector grade figure, you will likely be disappointed. There’s stuff here that the snooty collector type will want to scoff at. Lion-O feels like a toy, and I’m not meaning that as a slight, in fact, quite the contrary. He has that great shiny plastic look and feel that makes the nostalgia just pour out of him. It’s like Ban Dai somehow managed to preserve the essence of the vintage toy aspect of the old LJN Lion-O figure and yet completely update it with super articulation and better proportions. Usually when I get a new figure that I love, I can’t wait to display him on the shelf. With Lion-O here, it’s like I want to take him around the house and fight battles with him. He’s just that much fun.
The head sculpt might as well be perfect, because I can’t find anything to even nit pick about it. It captures the character beautifully and still features that great windblown sculpt to his hair that the vintage toy had. The rest of his iconic outfit is wonderfully reproduced here and the sculpting on his muscles balances just the right amount of detail between realism and cartoon. I’m particularly thrilled with the way the Claw Shield came out. It has a great metallic gold sheen with the bright red crystals in the knuckles, and includes a slot to sheath the smaller Sword of Omens. Lion-O even has a removable strap hanging off his hip that can be used to secure the Claw Shield when he’s not wearing it.
Lion-O’s paintwork is solid, and here’s a great example of less being more. Thankfully, Ban Dai didn’t do something silly like use an ugly wash on his muscles or anything like that. [Oh wait, they did and then charged double for it in San Diego! -FF] The paintwork on his face is immaculate as is the Thundercats logo on his belt. I’m also happy to report that the discs and pins in his shoulder joints are cast in flesh colored plastic, so you don’t get the unsightly black joints that we see in the new series figures. On the downside, the pins in his ankles are also cast in flesh colored plastic. But that’s one of those reasons I pointed out that he’s more toy than collectible.
Ok, let’s talk articulation, because the package boasts 18 points. The head is ball jointed, but the neck is also hinged where it meets the shoulder to give him more of an up and down motion to his head. The arms feature ball joints in the shoulders, hinged elbows, swivels in the biceps, and ball jointed wrists. His legs are ball jointed at the hips, feature swivels in the thighs and just above the boots, feature double hinged knees, and hinged ankles. Lion-O also has a ball joint in his waist and another ab joint just below his chest. There’s few poses you can’t get this guy into!
Accessories include a long Sword of Omens, a short Sword of Omens, and the Claw Shield. Ok, here’s where you made out better if you picked up the SDCC version. Not that there’s anything wrong with this figure’s accessories, but I can’t deny that the vac-metalized swords of the SDCC Exclusive look so much better. Still, the sculpting on the swords is quite nice and they aren’t as rubbery as I was afraid they were going to be. You also get an extra pair of hands. The left one replaces the Claw Shield and the right one is designed to better grip the Sword of Omens. Why you would want the less grippy right hand is beyond me. But hey… free hand!
Lion-O runs anywhere from between $17.99 and $20. Considering he probably has about the same collector appeal as Mattel’s MOTU Classics figures, I think this is a great price. It’s probably even more so, since you can theoretically buy him at a retail store, rather than have to go online and pay an extra ten bucks to have him shipped. It’s certainly worth saying that right now Lion-O here is one of my favorite figures in my entire, not so humble, collection. Having this toy in hand, I’m actually shamed to think that I was disappointed when Ban Dai got the license to do Classic Thundercats figures. Clearly they knew what they were doing all along. Next time we’ll check out Tygra, but let me say here and now that if Ban Dai doesn’t at the very least release all the Thundercats in this format, I’m going to go apeshit. But the thought that we might also get the Mutants and Mumm-Ra has got me really excited. Oh yeah, we also now know that Ban Dai has the rights to the Silverhawks license and have even established a bit of a tie-in with the new cartoon series. 8-inch Classic Silverhawk figures? Probably not, but just saying, is all.