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ThunderCats was a fixture of '80s television. Although the 1980s was host to a lot of quirky cartoons that mixed fantasy and science fiction (such as Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light), ThunderCats has enjoyed an enduring cultural legacy thanks to its catty cast and catchy theme-song.
A reboot of the series has come and gone, but the original lives on through pop culture references and collectibles like Funko's Pop! ThunderCats vinyl figures. While it's always cool to see the Pop! take on average characters, there's something even more fun when it's an over-sized, muscular villain like Mumm-Ra being shrunken down. So how scaredorable is he? Details after the jump.
Game of Thrones has proven to be something of a phenomenon. Starting off as a popular book series that appealed more to a geeky fringe, the franchise found mainstream popularity as a show on HBO... although it hadn't really received a ton of merchandise until Funko (sometimes called The Walletslayer) stepped in with a line of Pop!s, 6-inch Legacy figures, and Mystery Minis.
Of these offerings, the Mystery Minis might be the most endearing. These stylized roughly 2.5-inch figures have a certain charm to them and the dragons might be the most charming of the bunch. Today we'll be taking a closer look at Rhaegal, Daenerys' green dragon, from series one.
CS Moore Studio might be more known for some of their comic book-themed statues and the lifelike detail sculpted into them (especially the women of comic book-dom), but who's to say they can't try something a little different? That's where the Little Minxies line comes into play, featuring a more cartoon-like look for the ladies it features. One of those is Joseph Michael Linsner's Sinful Suzi, who seems like an apt fit for the theme of the line.
So how does the first Little Minxie stack up? Well, if you come on after the jump, you'll find out!
Let's not beat around the proverbial bush; I was dying to have Hashtag Collectibles' Blobfish plush in my life. I posted about it when ThinkGeek first listed it. It was my DO WANT choice for March. When I went to sleep, little baby blobfishes escorted me off to dreamland. Okay, maybe not the last one but you get the point; I badly wanted a blobfish plush. And thanks to the press relations fairies over at ThinkGeek, one of them found its way to my home.
Let's take a look at this squishy fellow, shall we?
Funko easily ranks among the top makers of blind-boxed collectibles, and it's easy to see why with exciting entries such as the Marvel Mystery Minis series. This time around Funko has released a regular version of the series (which can be found at all the usual retailers) as well as a Hot Topic exclusive version.
Today we'll be taking a closer look at one of the figures you might find in a box (if you're REALLY lucky, that is!), the ultra-rare Loki with staff.
Shelly Rodriguez, also known as inki-Jinx, is known for her whimsical, typically aquatic-themed, designs. Her colorful critters have appeared on clothing, jewelry, and even Nintendo 3DS cases. Plushes had to be included, right? Correct! And I was lucky enough to have the chance to review both her Crabapple and Gummy Ika plushes.
Now, before everyone gets up in arms, this is not intended as a judgement call on those who *do* like them. That's cool! But personally, they've always made me a little uncomfortable, even though we get exposed to an awful lot of NSFW stuff in this job. That's not to say that I can't appreciate a good figure when one shows up though. And from the moment we first saw Kotobukiya's bikini clad Mikoto Misaka (from A Certain Scientific Railgun) I thought she looked fantastic. So what better way to dip a toe into the world of sporty ladies not wearing much?
Crowded Coop's Imps and Monsters line, created by Justin Hillgrove, was one that I had spotted several times in crowded convention halls and online shops, but never really had a chance to get a good look at. The quirky beasts looked playful and fun, but that was about all I knew. Thankfully, I recently had the chance to examine one of the plushes, up close and personal. The toy in question was named Clarence, and I could not have been happier with my good fortune. How happy? Let me count the ways (read on and you can count along with me)!
With the amount of Saber merchandise produced over the years, it's easy to forget that she's not the only character in the Fate series. The selection of collectibles based on the servants has been especially pitiful, with only Rider/Medusa (Fate/Stay Night) receiving a decent number of items. While this trend probably won't change any time soon, at least we've seen a few bright spots like Bandai's Chogokin Archer/Gilgamesh (Fate/Zero).
Gilgamesh is the second Fate character to be inducted into Bandai's Chogokin line, following the series' heroine, Saber (reviewed). Gilgamesh is something of a natural fit for the line as his golden armor makes him a great candidate for having die-cast metal parts. However, is the figure a worthy depiction of the King of Heroes?
The fans spoke (I've personally been shouting at the top of my lungs for years) and the companies did indeed listen: we're finally getting a Mega Man Zero-series in Bandai's S.H. Figuarts line. Capcom Unity has posted some photos of the unpainted prototype which looks as cool as you'd imagine. The images only show the basic figure and his hair, although he'll presumably come with both a Z-Saber and his buster shot gun (unlike his MMX-series counterpart, Zero's arm doesn't transform into a cannon).
Mega Man fans will recall that Mega Man Zero, a sequel/spin-off to the Mega Man X series (itself a sequel/spin-off of the classic series), features a badly damaged Zero waking up in a distant future where X has seemingly become a tyrant who hunts down (or "retires") Reploids who resist his regime. Zero, at this point consisting of little more than a shattered torso, is restored with a new body thanks to the sacrifice of a Cyber-Elf (using them, by the way, will permanently lower your rank in some of the games) and joins the Resistance to fight against Copy-X (and then Doctor Weil in the later games). The franchise consists of four incredibly awesome Gameboy Advance games that were later ported to the DS in the Mega Man Zero Collection (which adds a few new features as well... although it's hard to get used to the change in button layout).
Of course, this won't be the first highly articulate MMZ-series Zero. Kotobukiya produced a PLAMO some years ago which I purchased under the assumption that Bandai would never do a MMZ-series Zero... a purchase which I can now regret. I can only hope that Bandai will follow this one with Copy-X's four generals: Harpuia, Leviathan, Phantom, and Fafnir.