I have made it my personal mission to bankrupt BBP! EiC Andy Burns by steadily supplying him with tempting new toys that have been designed in such a way that he is powerless to resist. Sure, I like doing Figure Friday but the added layer of getting to antagonize someone while doing it? Priceless. Some are born into greatness, others are called to it. I have accepted my calling. Also, if anyone from Mezco is reading this I deserve a commission.
One of the biggest lies we tell ourselves as toy collectors is, “this is the definitive version of this character and I will never need to buy another as LONG AS I LIVE.” I write this as a collector who has no less than six Figuarts Iron Man figures and as a collector who has lost count of the number of Optimus Prime figures I have bought over the last thirty-plus years. It’s folly to pretend there won’t be another “best” version of the figure.
Case in point, the new One:12 Collective Superman figure! It looks JUST like John Byrne’s interpretation of the character which is…wait for it…definitive. Check out the blurb:
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive… The Man of Steel soars into the One:12 Collective!
The One:12 Collective Superman: Man of Steel Edition is outfitted in his iconic suit which proudly displays the ‘House of El’ family crest and features a cape with an integrated posing wire. He comes with seven head portraits including a light-up heat vision portrait
Superman is prepared to exact swift justice on enemies like Starro – the mind-controlling, intergalactic starfish which attaches to most One:12 Collective heads, and also Black Mercy – a parasitic alien plant with posable tentacles
The Last Son of Krypton comes complete with a Phantom Zone Projector – used to send the most dangerous criminals in the galaxy into the Phantom Zone, two punch FX that attach to his hands, three magnetic bullet ricochet FX that attach to his chest, and a Kryptonite display trophy.
Having developed powers far beyond those of mortal men and imbued with a strong moral compass, Clark Kent takes up the fight for truth and justice as Superman.
• 1/12 Scale
• Made of plastic and fabric
• Based on the DC Comics character
• Highly detailed
• High level of articulation
• Fabric suit and cape
• Superman figure
• 7 Head sculpts
• 5 Pairs of hands
• 2 Heat visions effects
• Black Mercy creature
• Starro alien
• Phantom Zone projector
• 2 Punch effect pieces
• Kryptonite display
• 3 Magnetic bullet ricochet effects
That is one SUPER figure and considering all the cool stuff it comes with it seems well worth the $125.00 price tag. The figure will be out July 2022.
Well, this figure was certainly a welcome surprise.
I’m a bad Transformers fan because I’m not terribly familiar with the Buzzworthy line but apparently it’s a Target exclusive figure in the states. At any rate, this figure was an absolute joy for a longtime fan because, you see, it’s probably the best representation of Bumblebee’s Cybertronian vehicle mode that we’ve ever gotten. I say “probably” because I’m not 100% sure that they’ve ever attempted it in the past.
In the first few minutes of the very first episode of The Transformers we get a glimpse of life on their home planet of Cybertron during which we see a handful of characters transform into alien vehicles instead of VW Beetles, cassette decks, or fighter jets. Bumblebee transforms into a sleek vehicle that’s halfway between a flying saucer and a sports car. SUPER cool looking.
At the time, there was really no way to do a completely accurate toy of this version of the character. Bumblebee’s character model still had all the hallmarks of a VW while in robot form, something which didn’t translate to his sleek alt-mode. However with nearly 40 years behind them, advances in toy manufacturing, and generations of engineers that also happen to be Transformers fans…we finally got this version of the character in luxurious yellow plastic. He even comes with the energy rods that him and Wheeljack were stealing from that episode!
So completely enamored am I with this toy that I’ve left him in vehicle mode and he’s earned a place of honour on my desk. It’s a real marvel of a toy that makes me forget the abject awfulness of the world for a time.
Then there’s this guy.
Previously, I had reviewed some of the R.E.D. (Robot Enhanced Design…they really wanted it to spell “RED”) figures and found them…just okay. I had preordered them through Walmart because they were exclusive to that retailer and eventually canceled my preorders due to them being delayed several times over to the point where I ended up finding them at retail.
The R.E.D. series of figures is an update of the old Action Masters line from Transformers which are essentially non-transforming Transformers. If you were a fan or the 1984 cartoon and were always secretly (or overtly) annoyed that the figures A) didn’t look just like their animated counterparts and 2) weren’t very posable…the R.E.D line is for you.
This version of Bumblebee continues the tradition of just okay-ness by being fairly mediocre at almost every possible turn. First off, the figure doesn’t scale correctly with others in the line. R.E.D. was designed as a 6-inch scale line which in this case means ALL figures are 6-inches. Bumblebee can now stand proudly shoulder to shoulder with Prime and Megatron instead of just coming up to their knees in the cartoon.
Next, the articulation is puzzling in some respects. These figures were designed to be super posable, which is cool, but Bumblebee was given torso articulation (an “ab crunch”) that only really works if you move his chest piece out. Considering the character and the abundance of other articulation this was wholly unnecessary. Finally, there are some silver accents designed to make the character look more “battle worn” which are sporadic enough to almost be unnoticeable.
But hey…it was twenty bucks?