McFarlane Toys DC Universe Infinite Frontier Robin (2022)

Heir To The Demon Throne!

Swooping in with all of the cocky style expected of him, Robin (Damian Wayne) from DC’s Infinite Frontier Future State story arc has arrived with his own action figure! There’s also a Gold Label Unmasked version sold exclusively on the McFarlane Toys website and on a few of those pesky scalper sites as well. As much as I love Batman, Robin is definitely starting to make a dent in my DC Comics figure and comic book collection. In fact, I probably have more Robin figures, books, and statues than I have of any other DC character except for Batman. In any case, let’s take a look at this great figure!

Robin comes with the standard collector card and base as well as a lone accessory, his sword. The sword looks great and easily fits into Robin’s right hand. He features a flowing black cape with a yellow interior, grey high tops with green laces and faded red soles, and his suit is primarily grey with faded red trim. His utility belt is lined with silvery white snapped pockets.

I really love the attention to detail on this figure. His shoes are a particularly cool highlight and I love the grid-like look of his shirt and pants. I have to be honest and say that this particular outfit is one of my least favorite Robin suits from the comics, but I do like it on this figure. Robin is also very poseable with only minor limitations at the shoulder (as always seems the case with McFarlane’s DC figures). He’s also about an inch and a half shorter than other figures in this line in order to maintain scale. That doesn’t bother me but I did want to mention it for collectors who might be curious about the scale.

This is a pretty brief review but I have very few complaints about this figure. He looks great, has solid articulation, and stands on my shelf with ease. I definitely recommend picking up this figure, especially if you are a Robin fan!

Thanks for checking out my review. See you again soon!

The Loyal Subjects BST AXN KISS “The Starchild”

“I’m the King of the Night Time world!”

After dragging their feet for what seemed like a lifetime, Walmart finally started putting The Loyal Subjects BST AXN The Starchild figures on the shelves in my region. Why do I say my “region?” Because I had to drive three and a half hours from my home in order to find a Paul “Starchild” Stanley action figure on the shelf. To this day I still haven’t seen a Peter “Catman” Criss figure yet, but I’m hoping that one will eventually pop up in my area. It’s been over a year since my last BST AXN KISS figure review (Ace in September of 2021) and there was only a two month difference between that figure and the first KISS figure released (I reviewed Gene in July of 2021), so waiting for Paul to show up has really tested my patience.

So was the figure worth the wait? Yes and no. The sculpt is amazing and is probably the best looking of the three figures that I’ve managed to acquire. The figure’s look is based upon Paul’s 1976 Destroyer tour costume. Sticklers will notice that his boots are silver-tipped, which makes them the second pair of boots that he wore on the tour. The originals were from the previous tour and painted completely black. The costume also features what appears to be either a black feather boa or collar and two wrist pieces of similar texture. I was an infant for the Destroyer tour, so I’m not one hundred percent sure if Paul ever wore anything like this but in all of the photos I’ve seen, he doesn’t wear either the boa or the feathered wrist pieces. Sure, he has worn jackets and armbands with feathers off and on in different tours (and even had a long jacket for the Destroyer tour with feathers), but nothing like this costume suggests.

The figure comes with a BST AXN sticker, two extra pairs of hands (for a total of three pairs), a mic stand, and two of Paul’s guitars. The first guitar is the beautiful Ibanez PS10, the guitar that would be morphed over the years into numerous looks, my favorite being the PS1CM (Cracked Mirror). The second guitar is Paul’s modified Gibson Flying V. Both guitars, it should be noted, feature the correct strap (something The Loyal Subjects missed on Ace’s guitars). The mic stand is the same one offered with Gene and Ace and it appears to be to short for all of them.

The box boasts of thirty-one points of articulation but I can’t find them all. This figure is closer in accuracy to the twenty-two POA mentioned on the Ace and Gene figures. Paul’s head is severely limited due to his mass of hair. His shoulders don’t move at all which is ridiculous in my opinion. He does have swivel biceps, three POA at each elbow, upper and lower torso joints, wrist joints, hip and thigh joints, and foot and knee joints. The lack of movement at the shoulders and limited head swivel makes Paul difficult to put in anything more than basic poses. It also makes his guitar awkward looking in his hands.

The likeness is okay and both of the photos on the box are actually from the Destroyer tour. I also like the fact that Paul’s necklace is free floating on his hairy chest, so you can shift it around for poses. The interior of the box can be removed to make a cool diorama for the figure as well. I’ll most likely keep this figure boxed up like the other figures in this line, as they just don’t have the poseability that I want to display them.

Thanks for checking out my review. If and when I get my claws on a Peter Criss figure, I’ll be sure to review him as well. All three of the figures look great in their boxes and that’s most likely where they will stay. The Loyal Subjects know how to do packaging. I just with that these figures had better articulation.

See you again real soon!

McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse Talon (2022)

“He doesn’t have a name. Men have names, and he isn’t a man.”

The sinister assassin that does the dirty work for the Court of Owls in Gotham City comes to life in McFarlane Toys’ DC Multiverse Talon. Talon is one of my favorite recent Batman villains and I am glad to finally have a seven inch version of the character in my collection. I also have one of the Spin Master four inch figures but this bad boy from McFarlane is definitely an upgrade. The figure is based upon the New 52 William Cobb version of the character. Let’s hope that more versions, especially Calvin Rose, see the light of day.

The figure comes with a stand, two daggers, two swords, a sheath for the swords, and a collector card. The stand and card are standards of all figures in this line. The daggers look great and fit nicely in Talon’s hands, but there’s no place to store them on the figure, so they will perpetually be held by Cobb until I find a place to store them. Thankfully the sheath that attaches to Talon’s back holds both swords quite well. The sheath has two slits in it that allow you to slide the swords in place. The sheath does have a tendency to pop off of Cobb’s back, so once you get it in place, lock the figure down in a pose and he should display quite nicely.

Posing the figure is a bit awkward at times. His articulation is surprisingly limited in the arms and with the sheath on his back (at least in my case) he tends to be a bit top heavy. His mask also greatly limits his head movement. He looks great, however. There’s a ton of attention given to his gloves, knife bandolier, claw, throwing darts, and his amazing mask. The mask, as fans already know, has a bit of a Steampunk motif going on with it. The “owl horns” are soft plastic and move with just the slightest touch. The rest of the figure is built solid.

Talon is a beautiful figure and I love the details in him. Despite somewhat stiff joints, this is a great addition to my collection. I’m sure that any fan of Talon would be pleased with this figure.

Thanks for reading my post. See you again soon!

Marvel Legends Retro Kenner 3.75: 2021 Daredevil and 2021 Electro (Reissue)

The Man Without Fear And A Really Shocking Villain!

Since 2020 Marvel and Hasbro (releasing as Kenner) have produced a collection of vintage carded Marvel superhero and villain action figures with beautiful cardbacks and figures that look like the classic five point of articulation figures of the 1970’s and 80’s but actually feature seven points of articulation. As more of a DC fan, I’ve never really gotten into collecting a lot of Marvel figures except for characters like Spider-Man, Daredevil, Nightcrawler, and good ol’ Doctor Doom. I saw plenty of the vintage figures on pegs at stores, but never pulled the trigger on buying any of them until I recently stumbled upon a couple of them on clearance.

Being a huge fan of Daredevil and also a pretty big fan of the classic looking Electro, I decided to pick up both of these figures at a price that was just a tad bit above half of the original Walmart retail price. Both were released in 2021. The Electro figure is a reissue of the 2020 figure with a different cardback. Both figures come with the previously mentioned seven points of articulation. They have swivel heads, shoulders, hips, and forearms (the two extra POA). The boots look like they are articulated but they are actually glued in place. The paint apps are reminiscent of classic figures from the 70’s and 80’s as well. Both figures have peg holes in their feet and Daredevil, for whatever reason, has a peg hole in his back.

As someone who prefers to open figures, I’ll most likely only buy more of these figures if I find them on clearance. At around twelve bucks apiece retail, they are definitely better suited to collectors who have no intentions of ever freeing these figures from their cardbacks. Younger children will definitely enjoy playing with these figures but would a parent really want to drop twenty five bucks for two figures with limited articulation and only one (or no) accessories? With that in mind, I can only recommend collectors to pick these figures up for their collection.

Thanks for reading my review of these two cool figures. While they might be priced a bit too high for the little ones to enjoy, older fans will definitely love having these figures in their collection. I have one other Marvel figure review coming up later this week, so keep an eye out for that one!

Diamond Select Firestar Gallery Diorama (2021)

Angelica Jones Is On Fire!

1981 was a big year for yours truly. I was five years old, a kindergarten student, and hungry to watch Saturday morning cartoons! Smurfs, Kid’s Super Power Hour With Shazam, Godzilla, Hong Kong Phooey, Tarzan, Superfriends, and more awaited me each and every sleepy Saturday morning. I would sit in front of the television with a bowl of Fruity Pebbles and watch cartoons for hours, completely enamored with them. One cartoon in particular opened my eyes to the wonderful world of Marvel Comics. That show was Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends. I was a DC kid through and through at the time, but I was also big into Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, and a few other Marvel heroes as well. Seeing Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends introduced me to a number of new characters that I wasn’t aware of at the time. One of those characters was Firestar.

Angelica Jones, better known as Firestar (Fire-Star in the series) was created specifically for the Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends series after attempts to acquire rights for the Human Torch fell through and couldn’t be resolved by production time for the show. She and Iceman teamed up with Spider-Man to fight crimes while attending college together. The series ran for three seasons and produced a one-off comic issue of the same name which was also Firestar’s first comic appearance. She wouldn’t return to the page until May of 1985 when Chris Claremont would write her into Uncanny X-Men #193. John Romita, Jr. did the artwork for the book and Firestar’s costume didn’t stray at all from her television look. Sadly the character failed to, um, catch fire with a lot of comic fans so she spent a lot of time on the backburner until 1989 when she appeared in December 1989’s The Mighty Thor #411 as a founding member of the New Warriors team. Firestar has also been a member of the X-Men, the Avengers, and the Hellions over the years.

While she has never had a massive following, her supporters are loyal. I am one of those supporters. I’ve sought out figures of Firestar over the years but never really found one that I wanted to purchase. I finally stumbled across this Diamond Select Firestar Gallery Diorama statuette and I didn’t hesitate to purchase it. The figure is beautiful. She stands about ten inches tall and is captured in flight with a tail of fire coming off of her feet and a pair of fireballs emitting from her hands. The coloring is perfect, with every red, yellow, and orange detail painted to perfection. The statuette is made of PVC. Of special note is the fact that Firestar’s flames are somewhat translucent. This makes for great photographs when using a ring light.

Voiced by Kathy Garver, Firestar/Angelica Jones was one of my earliest kiddie crushes on a female character. Having this Diamond Select Gallery Diorama Statuette of the character brings back a ton of great memories. Although I’m not a huge fan of statuettes and stationary figures, I love this Firestar statuette.

Thanks for checking out my post. I told y’all that I had a special surprise this week and this was it! See you again real soon!

McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse Aquaman (Endless Winter) & Gold Label Ocean Master

“What are you going to do about it, Aquaman? Call some fish?”

Some brothers just can’t get along. In the case of Aquaman and Ocean Master, they literally go to war with one another. I believe that McFarlane Toys had the brotherly love of Arthur and Orm in mind when they released the Target Exclusive Gold Label Ocean Master (New 52) and the Endless Winter Aquaman. Ocean Master deserved to have his own exclusive figure and Aquaman, despite being a part of the Endless Winter line that includes pieces for a Frost King Build-A-Figure, was the lone figure that did not have any BAF pieces. It’s no matter, though, as this is definitely one of the best Aquaman figures that McFarlane has released to date and the Ocean Master figure is a work of art.

As is often the case with McFarlane Toys, the accessories with these figures is pretty limited. Each come with a standard DC figure base and a collector card. The also each come with their trademark trident staffs. Both figures also feature some great paint apps and bright colors. Aquaman’s orange and green suit looks great and his traditional golden locks look amazing as well. I’m also a huge fan of Orm’s look as well. His purple and black suit looks just like the one featured in the New 52 DC Comics run and the regal/imperial purple interior of his cape is just as wonderful as the interior on the recent DC Rebirth Batman figure by McFarlane Toys.

This deep sea duo of figures feature very good articulation. Aquaman in particular is relatively unhindered in his movements with the exception of his head. His hair gets in the way and limits his nautical noggin’s range of motion. Ocean Master’s cloak pretty much stays out of the way, but his hip armor does slightly limit the articulation in his hips.

Both figures look amazing. Of special note are the facial features on Ocean Master. His gritted teeth look awesome. The folds in his cape also look great. Despite the fishy friction between these two, both of them sport great looking scaled armor. Also, watch out for the fins on Aquaman’s calves and forearms. They are very sharp! Aquaman does have a slight side-eyed glance for some reason, but I must admit that it comes in handy when posing these two figures together.

Notice in the pictures above how both tridents seem to have slight bends in them. The tridents are rather flexible, so make sure that you keep them straight in poses while displaying your figures. My only other complaint about these two figures is that Ocean Master can be a bit of a pain to keep upright. I had to fight with the figure quite a bit to finally get him to stand without assistance. In fact, I’ve had to put him into more of a squatted attack position to keep him from falling over. I’m pretty sure that this is due to the weight of his cape.

Overall, these oceanic opponents look great and are definitely worth purchasing. To the best of my knowledge, the only other McFarlane Aquaman is the one from the Snyder Cut Justice League film. That figure is taller, bulkier, and much blander looking. His legs are also very stiff. The Endless Winter version of the figure looks more like the traditional Aquaman from the comics, has much better articulation, and the colors are better in my opinion.

Well, there you have it. Thanks for reading my review of these two awesome figures. Aquaman and Ocean Master look great on my shelf. I hope that you get both of these figures for your own collection!

McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse: Endless Winter Build-A-Figure Collection

“There is only frozen death for you!”

DC Comics’ December 2020 tale about the Frost King comes to life in the recent McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse Endless Winter Build-A-Figure line. The full line consists of five seven inch figures and one Build-A-Figure figure of the Frost King. The lineup is composed of Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (John Stewart), Black Adam, Batman, and Aquaman. Only four of the seven inch figures in the line come with pieces used to assemble the Frost King. Aquaman is the odd man out in the line. Each figure comes with accessories, a DC figure base with a peg, and a collector card. For this review I will only be focusing on the four figures that come with pieces to build the Frost King and the fully constructed Frost King figure. I’ll review Aquaman in a later review.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman looks amazing in this line. She features amazing details, especially in her cloak. She has a long braid that falls across her left shoulder. Her armor has excellent detailing and the paint apps are nice albeit a bit basic. Her lasso of truth is also here, but as a molded piece of her skirt and it is not removable. She comes with a sword and a sheath that the sword can be placed in if you so choose. She also comes with the torso of the Frost King BAF. Unfortunately for this figure, the amazing attention to detail by McFarlane hinders the articulation of this figure. Wonder Woman is very limited by her cloak and armor. That being said, she looks amazing on display.

Green Lantern

Arguably the most posable figure in this review, the John Stewart version of the Green Lantern is also the leanest and meanest designed of the bunch. He’s also oddly light and feels a bit cheaply made. The black and green paint apps on the suit look excellent and the overall details in the figure are very good. He’s only slightly limited at his shoulders as far as articulation goes. My specific figure that I purchased features some slightly loose leg joints at the knee and hip. Green Lantern comes with two green sword constructs and the head and cloak of the Frost King. He doesn’t come with a flight stand which is a bit disappointing. He also has a peg in the center of his shoulder blades that doesn’t seem to serve any purpose whatsoever. Despite these flaws, he looks great on my shelf.

Black Adam

Like Green Lantern, Black Adam is a fairly simple figure that isn’t hindered by armor, cloaks, or coats. This allows for excellent posing options. He’s also a much more sturdy figure when compared to Green Lantern as well. He has a decent amount of weight to him and may be a bit too clunky for some collectors but I like him just fine. His paint apps are great, especially on his boots and on the massive lightning bolt on his chest. He comes with two lightning “attachments,” and the Frost King’s legs.

Batman

The figure that proves to be the biggest disappointment in this line is Batman. Don’t get me wrong, he looks excellent, but he is severely hindered when it comes to posing. The figure features a great looking long coat, goggles, and utility belt that have plenty of detail and amazing paint apps. Sadly these are the same things that make Batman almost entirely immobile save for his arms. He comes with a comic accurate Batarang that doesn’t fit in his hands and the arms and sword of the Frost King BAF. Again, as with every other figure in this line, he looks great on display.

Frost King

The Frost King Build-A-Figure was a pain to put together. Standing about nine inches tall from his toe to the tip of his horns, ol’ Frosty features a TON of ice spikes on his pauldrons, and plenty of other pokey parts that can literally hurt you while attempting to put this bad boy together. His legs were particularly difficult to snap into place but his arms were downright painful. I almost cut myself (for real) trying to get his left arm in place. His lone accessory is the broadsword that comes with the Batman figure. I do have to admit that he looks great once he’s all in one piece, but just be aware that like other figures in this line, his armor and cloak hinder his posing.

I like all of the figures in this line despite some of their flaws. All of them look great on my shelf. If I had to choose a favorite based on its overall appeal, I’d have to go with Black Adam. Despite being a simple figure, he looks amazing. Wonder Woman comes in a close second. She’d be tops but her paint apps are just too bland. Batman looks good but couldn’t move to save his own life. Green Lantern looks amazing but feels really cheap. Do I recommend getting these figures? Only if you really want to build Frost King or happen to be a fan of a particular character in this line.

Thanks for checking out this post. I’ll review Aquaman (and a surprise figure) later this week. I have a few other surprises up my sleeve as well. Stay tuned!

A Month Of Recovery

Photo by Madtown Visuals.

October was a busy month!

Between two awesome events, two The Year Of KISS posts, some excellent films (old and new), a cool new series, and a BUNCH of action figure acquisitions, a lot of things had to take a backseat to the Reign of the Scream Queens. Well, it’s November now and I’ll be going back to my regularly scheduled posts including action figure reviews, a couple of series reviews, and maybe a film review or two as well. I’m also going to make a couple of posts that will cover two amazing events that I attended in October.

The posts begin tomorrow with a look at two wonderful events that I attended in October with a few pictures thrown in for good measure. After that, I’ll go through some action figures and more. Until then, here are a few photos to tease what’s coming up in the month of November!

I hope that you’ll join me as I slow things down a bit for November. December will open with a bang as I have a special announcement coming up for a great event that I’ll be attending in that month. I’ll see you tomorrow!

Spin Master Solomon Grundy Figure

“Solomon Grundy, Born On A Monday….”

Spin Master hasn’t been cranking out quite as many four inch figures as of late, at least in my neck of the woods. There are still plenty of DC Heroes Unite and multiple Batman waves hanging on the pegs at my area and regional retailers. The only new products hitting shelves lately have been the figures and playsets based upon the The Batman film. Even in the case of those figures, they can be found on the clearance aisle, which meant I was very excited whenever the latest Batman wave was announced that included Batman, Batgirl, Joker, and Robin receiving some new paint apps and Red Hood and Solomon Grundy figures. There’s an additional eight other figures in the line that are currently mystery figures.

While I’m a bit burned out on all of the Batman and Joker variants, I really like the new paint on Batgirl and Robin. The addition of Red Hood is nice as well but I really had my eyes on the Solomon Grundy figure. To be completely honest, I hesitated when I first saw Grundy on the peg at a local Walmart. I passed on the figure and picked up some McFarlane figures instead. A few days later I found myself back at the store determined to nab Grundy. Unfortunately for me, both of his figures were gone. I lucked out a few days later at another Walmart that is in an area that doesn’t have a lot of collectors for some reason and I scored the big undead guy!

The figure comes with three surprise accessories. Those accessories are (SPOILER ALERT) two chains with concrete balls and a piece of rebar with a chunk of concrete on the end. If I remember correctly, these accessories have appeared in other packs with previous figures, namely Killer Croc. They aren’t anything special but if you’ve read any of my older Spin Master posts, you know that I’m not a fan of the accessories in the first place.

The Grundy figure mold looks great and the overall paint is pretty decent. However, one massive miscue is the fact that Spin Master left the shoulder hinge light blue (Grundy’s skin color) where his sleeve should be and it looks terrible. I’d even say that kids might be turned off by this poor paint application. This isn’t anything new for Spin Master, as they’ve done the same thing with variants of Mr. Freeze. There was also a splotch of paint on one of Grundy’s heels. Considering the fact that the price for these figures has gone up nearly two bucks, I’d think that Spin Master might take a little more time with their paint apps.

The figure articulation is pretty standard. Unlike a few figures in this line, Grundy has nothing to impede his range of motion. The joints on my figure in particular aren’t too stiff but do hold their position once they are posed. Other than that, there’s nothing especially amazing about this figure.

I’m still happy that Solomon Grundy got a figure in this line. I just hope that future versions of the figure feature better paint. Grundy is finally getting a little bit of attention and I’m happy about that. He’ll be the Build-A-Fig figure in McFarlane’s upcoming Arkham City series and based on photos, he’s going to be awesome.

Thanks for checking out my post. I might grab one or two other figures in this wave. If I do, I’ll definitely review them here. I absolutely will review the Arkham City line if I get my hands on all of them. Let me know about your Spin Master collection in the comments.

McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse Rebirth Batman (2022)

The human capacity for good is incredibly powerful….”

I can describe McFarlane’s 2022 Rebirth Batman in one word: Beautiful. It’s a beautiful figure. From the iconic black bat outlined in yellow on his chest to the purple underside of his cape, this Rebirth Batman is gorgeous. The figure is simple, slender, and looks amazing on display. I love this figure and it will most likely be my favorite Batman figure until the day that I leave this world.

Yes, it’s obvious that I love this figure but I seriously do love it. There’s something so amazing about the design of this figure that makes it stand out from my ever-growing collection of McFarlane DC Multiverse figures. It comes with the standard points of articulation that all of these figures come with and it features the McFarlane standard of almost zero accessories. It comes with a base, a collector card, a batarang, and a grappling gun. To be honest, that’s really all you need for this figure.

If I have any gripes about this figure they are primarily about the packaging. Instead of an image from a Rebirth comic, It comes with a photograph of the figure on the box and the card. One other minor complaint is that the grappling gun is a bit awkward to place in Batman’s hand and the batarang can really only rest in his hand. Despite this, the figure poses amazingly well with the batarang in hand.

I recently happened to acquire a free TV stand/media tower while helping a friend move. He had nowhere to put the tower in his new place so he offered it to me as a thanks for helping him move. I cleaned it up as best as I could (it was stored in a garage closet for a few years) and set it up in my office at work. Below is a photo of the Rebirth Batman on display along with Robin in front of my Hush Bat insignia. You can also see Superman on the lower shelf.

This Batman figure is a real beauty and it is definitely worth adding to your collection if your a Batman, a McFarlane Toys fan, or a DC Comics fan in general. Get your hands on this figure. You won’t regret it!

Thanks for reading this extremely fanboyed review! I really do like this figure and hope that you like it as well. Let me know in the comments if you plan on getting this figure or if you already own it, tell me what you like or dislike about it. See you again real soon!