Sunday, October 16, 2016

Warcraft - Lothar Review !!!

I purchased this figure of Lothar at a local Target for around the $ 19.99 price range. This figure of Lothar is based on the live action film Warcraft movie, and not the video game version of the character from the World of Warcraft franchise. Jakks Pacific is the company behind these Warcraft figures. Lothar is a heroic character in the Warcraft franchise.

As you can see on the back of the packaging there is a bio of Lothar. And in the interior of the packaging there is some very nice artwork of the castle scenery .

I've taken pictures of the interior art with and without the flash feature on the camera. Now for a look at the figure out of the packaging .

As you can see Lothar stands in around the 6 inch height scale. He comes with only two accessories, his sword and shield. If you look closely at Lothar's face, you can see what I think are battle scars, red scratches on his face. There are two of them . One is on the middle of his forehead, right above his nose near the right eyebrow . The other scar is below his right eye . It's nice to have the scars, making the figure and his profession realistic in the toy world. The upper body armor is sculpted in a hard like plastic, whereas the lower armor at his waist is made of a soft rubbery plastic, so that you can move his legs outward just a little for that perfect battle pose. Below is a closer look at Lothar's accessories .

I think the sword looks nice however it has somewhat of a basic normal look to it. The shield on the other hand stands out a little more I think. A very creative and artistic cool look with a lion's face sculpted onto it. Lothar looks like he could easily fit right in with those old Toybiz Lord of the Rings action figures and with some of the characters from The Chronicles of Narnia action figures. Speaking of comparisons, below are shots of Lothar being compared to figures from other toy lines .

Overall I think Lothar is a pretty decent figure . ( NOTE ) I did not knew that these Warcraft figures existed until I walked into a local Target recently. I originally was looking for WWE Mattel figures, Marvel Legends, DC Multiverse and Star Wars , then all of a sudden I bump into this figure and purchases it . There was very little to no coverage on the internet of these figures . Also it's kind of confusing to distinguish what category this Lothar figure belong in. Is he a video game figure or a movie figure , or both ? He's a video game character however his figure is based on the actor that portrayed him in the movie . So those reasons alone creates the debate of what category he belongs in.
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( 1 ) ARTICULATION - Even though the packaging says only 14 points of articulation, his articulation does not feel or seem very limited . The only parts that are limited is that he has no ab crunch and there is no up and down movement in the head, just side to side. His arms move up,down and outward. His elbows and wrists rotate . The legs can move up and down and outward a little, except the outward leg movement is somewhat hindered by the armor . Plus his knees and ankles bend and rotate , so you can display him in a variety of multiple sword fighting poses with the articulation that he does have . Also Lothar can turn at the waist .

( 2 ) STANDING  ABILITY  - Lothar stands very well with no balance issues.

( 3 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  BEST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? -  The ability to display him in a variety of sword fighting poses.

( 4 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  LEAST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? - No up and down head movement . The leg armor hinders his outward leg movement .

( 5 ) WHAT  COULD  HAVE  BEEN  DONE  TO  IMPROVE  THIS  FIGURE ? - Add on the above mentioned up and down head movement .

( 6 ) GRADING  SCALE - I want to give this guy a Perfect 10 score however there are some nitpicks that keep that from happening , which are the ones mentioned in Final Thoughts # 4 , the lack of up and down head movement and the lower armor limiting the outward leg movement. I'm not to bothered by the limited head movement, but the leg armor can also prevent him from sitting. So I think 9.5 is a fair score. Still an overall great figure .

( 7 ) FINAL  ANALYSIS - You do not have to be a fan of the World of Warcraft video game franchise, or the movie, to like these figures . I plan on purchasing the other Warcraft figures from the movie also . Lothar is my first figure from this series .

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ghostbusters 2016 MAYHEM Figure Review !!!

Mayhem looks more like a monster or beast instead of a ghost. However he is one of the villain ghosts against the female Ghostbusters. I purchased this figure at a local Target for a discounted clearance price of  $ 6.98 . Target is more known for putting things on clearance than Walmart , so check your local Target stores to see if you can get that lucky clearance price too . Also this is a perfect figure to review for the month of October, because of Halloween . Plus Mayhem has a Halloween feel to him look wise .

As you can see on the front packaging, Mayhem's glowing feature is referenced to by the arrow pointing to the activation point, on his belly . Now for a look at the figure out of the packaging .

Despite having limited articulation , Mayhem is a fun figure to own . His wings move back and forth . The larger than normal hands and clawed feet makes him look like a menacing threat to humans. Plus toys that have a glowing feature are overall fun in general. I think that both adult collectors and kids alike will love having this figure in their collection . As you can see the figure comes with no accessories.

Above is a look at the green glowing feature. The first pic is taken underneath a turned on lamp. The second one is taken with the lamp turned off . Notice the details in his wings. The line striations . Also I like how his tongue is hanging from his mouth , as if he is ready to exhale fire like a dragon , which he looks more like than a ghost .

If you look closely on his back you can see the compartment where there is a screw. Just in case the glowing feature may stop working because of low or no battery power, you can replace the old battery with a new one . Below are the instructions for this purpose.

The instructions note that the compartment can be removed and placed back on using a Phillips head screwdriver . Even though Mayhem was created for the female Ghostbusters, he'd make a great villain for the male Ghostbusters as well .
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( 1 ) PLAY ABILITY  FACTOR  FOR  KIDS - Kids will love playing with the glowing feature I'm sure. Also the wings move back and forth, giving off the impression of flying .

( 2 ) ARTICULATION - Limited but not very limited. The arms move up , down and outward . Legs move up and down no outward movement . Head turns side to side but no up and down movement. His wrists and elbows rotate. The tail is bendy but does not rotate. Plus it's already been mentioned about the wings moving .

( 3 ) STANDING  ABILITY  - Mayhem's big feet does not touch the surface he stands on flatly . So you'll have to lean him back a little for balance. The tail can be used to balance the figure's stance.

( 4 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  BEST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? -It's always nice having translucent figures that can glow in the dark. The glowing feature I think is the coolest feature. After that I think the wings are nice looking and them being able to move is a plus.

( 5 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  LEAST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? - There's nothing that I dislike about this figure .

( 6 ) WHAT  COULD  HAVE  BEEN  DONE  TO  IMPROVE  THE  FIGURE ? - No improvements needed .

( 7 ) GRADING  SCALE - A Perfect 10 !!! No flaws !!!

( 8 ) FINAL  ANALYSIS  - You do not have to be a fan of the Mayhem character or the female Ghostbusters to like this figure .  The things that made me want to purchase this figure are the glowing feature and the cheap discounted price. However there is more to like than those factors, as previously mentioned in this review .

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

DC Comics Multiverse - MUTANT LEADER REVIEW !!!

If you've read the classic Batman four issue mini series" The Dark Knight Returns", then you are already aware of this character's existence . I purchased this Mutant Leader figure at a local Walgreens for around the $ 19.99 price range . When this character was created, it seems as if DC at the time was taking a page out of Marvel, because there were not that many mutants in the DC Universe at the time when " The Dark Knight Returns " comic book series was made .

The bio on the packaging does not give enough information about the character . All the information that is given on him is the location of his headquarters, that he is the leader of a mutant gang and that he attacks Batman and is later defeated by him . What about his powers if he has any? Or skills ? For more detailed information on this character, you can visit this link . In the link it is explained that the Mutant Leader is physically more powerful than Batman , almost kills him yet Bats still defeats him . Now for a look at the figure itself .

Those are glasses on the Mutant Leader by the way instead of a visor. The visor is very reminiscent of Cyclops of X-Men fame .You can see from the side profile that they're glasses. Mutant Leader's face is very detailed. Looking closely you'll notice the frown on his face, plus his open mouth is displayed as if he has dirty teeth . I also think that the mold / body used for this figure is totally new . Or is it ? His body looks like a smaller version of a Masters of the Universe Classics body . More on that later . However this particular body has never been used before in this Multiverse line . The spikes on the Mutant Leader, from his hair, belt, wrist and ankle braces are of hard rubbery plastic. So if a little child is to play with this toy, be cautious because of the spikes . Now for a look at the accessories .

As you can see Mutant Leader comes with a crowbar , a torch and the left arm of the Collect and Connect New 52 Doomsday figure . The crowbar itself can be used with any DC Universe Classics Joker figure to recreate a famous scene out of the comic books. The scene when The Joker beats Robin ( Jason Todd ) with a crowbar in the classic four issue mini series titled " Batman - a Death in the Family . " I'm not sure if that Robin figure in the picture is Jason Todd though. Below is a pic of the actual horrendous scene itself .
Now for a look at the Mutant Leader being compared to other figures .

In the pic compared to Earth 23 Superman , an earlier figure in the line, notice the size difference between the two figures. It's great to see that not all of the figures are the same height. In the comparison to the Thunder Punch He-Man figure, is it just me or does the Mutant Leader possess the same body as a MOTU Classic ? It sure looks that way, notice the similarities in the upper torsos of him and He-Man, except Mutant Leader's mold seems slightly smaller than one of a MOTU Classic . Since the leader is a Batman character, the final pic is a fight scene between the leader and a randomly chosen Batman figure .
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( 1 ) ARTICULATION  - The only body part on Mutant Leader that seems to have limited movement is his head . No up and down head movement however he does possess side to side head movement .

( 2 ) STANDING  ABILITY - The figure stands really well with no balance issues .

( 3 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  BEST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? - The luxury of the addition of another Batman villain to the collection. The spikes makes him look dangerous , and the dirty looking teeth add realism . Nice accessories in the crowbar and torch, as they can be used with other figures. Especially the crowbar to recreate the famous Joker beating Robin scene, as already mentioned . The crowbar can fit in either hand of the Mutant Leader .

( 4 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  LEAST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? - There is nothing that I dislike about this figure .

( 5 ) WHAT  COULD  HAVE  BEEN  DONE  TO  IMPROVE  THE  FIGURE ? - The glasses being removable would have been nice, however I am not bothered by them not being removable . On the other hand, an accessory could have use an upgrade, the torch . Don't get me wrong though it looks nice, however it would have been neat to have the flame made out of clear translucent plastic , that way when held up to bright light it would give the illusion of a burning flame .

( 6 ) GRADING  SCALE - A Perfect 10 since I can find no flaws .

( 7 ) FINAL  ANALYSIS - There's quite a bit to like about the Mutant Leader figure . He's mean looking, dangerous looking with the spikes. The right look for a villain . His half closed fists are perfect for fight scenes with other figures. Plus he comes with cool accessories that can be used with other figures.