It’s once again time for Figure Friday and this installment is the culmination of the last several weeks of columns with a sprinkle of new news!
Let’s get to it.
TMNT Ultimates by Super7
The second wave of the TMNT Ultimate line by Super7 went up for preorder this week and with every subsequent product reveal, I can feel my resolve crumbling. The Ultimate line is essentially updated versions of Playmates’ original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line but in a super-articulated, 7-inch scale. They’re pretty radical.
Initially, I balked at the $45 per figure price tag which is funny because I’ve definitely spent more on Star Wars figures in the past (see below). These figures come loaded with accessories and I’m particularly enamoured with the alternate heads, one that matches the original figure and one that’s a bit more detailed.
Watch this space to see if I cave and order a turtle or four. If I’m being honest, it’ll probably come down to how their version of Donatello looks. I’m sure it’ll be awesome and then I’ll be out $150 bucks for the set of four turtles.
DC Multiverse Nightwing
Never underestimate the power of your local comic shop.
Because I have a man on the inside, I was able to snag the DC Multiverse Nightwing figure before I ever saw one at the big box retail stores (Warp 9 Comics & Collectibles in scenic downtown Clawson, MI…if you’re in the area. Mention my name and they’ll probably tell you to leave).
On to the figure! Is it the BEST NIGHTWING EVER? Well, for me, almost! The figure is meticulously sculpted…the level of detail on the costume alone is staggering for a $25 dollar figure. That becomes a bit of an issue when you put it up against the Batman figure from the same line because they don’t look like they’ve even been produced by the same company. The Batman figure comes off as slick and stylized, lacking detail from its sculpt that the Nightwing figure has in spades. A better analogy would be that it looks like Nightwing stepped right off of a movie screen and Batman looks like he stepped off of a comic book page.
The figure is statuesque. It looks good standing on my shelf in a neutral pose…and that’s about it. It has 22 points of articulation and I found the joints to all be pretty tight both to the figure’s credit and detriment. I had some issues getting one of the knee joints to move and I wasn’t about to force it. The escrima sticks the figure comes with also seemed slightly too big to comfortably fit in the figure’s hands.
Without a doubt, this will be the Nightwing figure a lot of fans have been waiting for and I wish them all good luck finding one.
Star Wars S.H.Figuarts Luke Skywalker (The Last Jedi) Battle of Crait
Arriving just after my S.H. Figuarts Spider-Man was the Last Jedi version of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker…and it’s probably my most favourite Luke Skywalker to date. Even though it broke in two within minutes of me getting it out of the package.
Luckily, the ball joint that connected the two halves popped back together just as easily so he went from doing his best Darth Maul impression back to Jedi Master status in a matter of seconds. Still, it was an incredibly tense couple of seconds around here. I’d waited WEEKS for the figure to ship from Japan and I was not looking forward to the prospect of potentially having to ship it back.
Anyways, this is a tremendous figure and probably one of the best face sculpts Bandai has produced for this line of figures. Even as I type this, I can look to my shelf and Luke looks ready to dispense some sage wisdom or even possibly do the Joker’s voice, should the situation require it.
Next up, I’ve got my eye on the Han Solo from The Force Awakens because my shelf really needs a grumpy space dad to keep the other figures in line.