Thursday, October 24, 2013

Collection Exposed : Alien Queen boxset - McFarlane

Fumbling through my store, I found my Alien Queen boxset sitting comfortably and hidden away from the light for years, waiting for the moment to come to dawn. This is where every toys' wish to break out from our dungeon of toys.

This is an impressive box set produced by McFarlane under the Movie Maniacs line back in 2003 and it has been 10 years since it's birth. To date, it is still an unmatched figure and the whole packaging is packed with graphics. This is what McFarlane is about back in their final years of Movie Maniacs.

This Alien Queen features 10 points of articulations and a bendy tail, comes with a custom diorama base and a human with a chest buster that you can have play action. Sounds amazing? It may not for now but it is, a decade ago.

However, the details and set up is commendable to be in my collection. As Halloween is round the corner. Any Alien cosplay around? I wonder.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Toy Viewing : Black Heart of Marvel Legends

Black Heart from the Marvel Legends series produced by Toybiz.

This figure caught my attention not because of his origins but the fact that he is the most Alien kind amongst the marvel legends figures and seemingly resemblance to Aliens as in the movies. I can easily match him up with my other Alien figures and non action figure enthusiast will even mistake him for one of the kind.

Well, he is indeed a unique figure to own. Reading many reviews before I got him, I contemplated with the usual problem of standing and without the help of his long tail, standing is almost impossible. He is kind of stiff to me in terms of articulations, however, the details from from his head to toe nails are immerse.

He might have inherited some details from the Predator which may genetically link to both Predator and Aliens creation, just like in the hybrid Predator-Alien in the movie.

The ragged texture on his body, legs, arms and hands gives a good sense of creep to his figure.

His feet are featured like the Aliens feet which can articulate to stand on his front toes.

He is touched up with purplish blue and black colors which makes him glow in the dark.

Overall, a great figure for me but he does take up some space since he needs his long tail for support and that means he needs depth in your shelves.

Monday, October 21, 2013

What's the Catch? : Marvel Legends Modern Thor and Modern Armor Iron Man

Still in my Marvel Legends craze, I recently picked up two figures from the Marvel legends series. Each from either decade, Toybiz Modern Armor Iron Man and Hasbro Modern Thor.

From the package, we can easily identify their origins as a collector or Marvel enthusiast, and see how far and how little Marvel Legends has gone.

Hasbro is making efforts to catch up where Toybiz has left and it starts to gain some prominence in its sculpt and details but lacking the accessories that the predecessor put in. Face it, we can never get what a decade ago presented to us in terms of price, quantity and may be quality, but looking forward, we do get some good stuff and more with less.

I have tried to stay away from this Modern Armor Iron Man with so many negative reviews on him but I just have to give him some credits for the detailed base which he came with although he is kind of thin.

As for Modern Thor, I chose him over the SDCC version as I can forgo the packaging and settle with the more succumb version of him, rather than the lightning effect that somewhat looks comical to me.

For some reminiscence, these are what I got before I tear them out for freedom.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Toy Viewing : Beast of the Marvel Legends

Beast, a mutant of agility and strength. He is also a brain child of the X-Men, not like Professor X or Jean Grey.

This is the Beast from the Marvel Legends created by Toybiz and a figure of great articulations which can mimic the likeness of the Ape.

The poses which you can do with him is immerse and fun. The head sculpt somehow reminds me of Wolverine and with the setback of the long neck that I assume it is for the opening of his jaw. The claws and feet are highly detailed and large enough for stability.

Details of fur are sculpted onto its arms, legs and body to better feature him as an Ape character.

All in all, a very articulated and fun figure to own. I have yet to see any new Marvel legends figures that match this standard of flexibility to date yet. Let's just wait and see.

For now, make the beast out of you.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Portraits of Toyz : The Marvelous Beast

Agility and wisdom are his strength. To keep up, you got to match up!