Review > Deadshot (DC Universe Classics)

deadshotI’m now cherrypicking DCUC, sticking mostly with Batman-related characters. Between his nominal status as a Bat-villain and his badass outfit, Deadshot was the only figure I planned to get from Wave 9.

Of course, what were the chances I’d ever see one at retail, especially here in Boston? It usually takes months before a wave shows up here–if at all–so imagine my surprise when I came across both Deadshot and Guardian at my local Toys ‘R Us. For some reason they’re the only two I’ve seen so far (at a couple different TRUs). It’s already quite evident Guardian will be a pegwarmer of Cyborg-like magnitude.

To escape the memories of a family altercation that left his father paralyzed and his brother dead, Floyd Lawton moved to Gotham City where he began his career as a criminal. In the process he trained himself to become a highly skilled marksman and adopted the name Deadshot. During one of his many stays in prison, Lawton was offered amnesty for past offenses if he would accept a potentially fatal mission on behalf of the U.S. government as a member of the Suicide Squad. Since then, Lawton has worked both on his own as a criminal, and occasionally as a member of the Squad. Continue reading “Review > Deadshot (DC Universe Classics)”

Odds ‘n Ends

Odds N Ends

Having some trouble getting my ducks in a row this morning, so let’s start with an Odds ‘n Ends.

  • As the entire world knows by now, Disney is buying Marvel Entertainment. Will Disney interfere with its everyday operations or will they leave well enough alone, as they’ve done with Pixar? Time will tell.
  • Personally, though, I think it’s obvious this merger is happening solely so Jesse Falcon can revive Legendary Comic Book Heroes and produce a Rocketeer figure. It’s so obvious.
  • I saw at TRU they’ve released 12″ versions of those crappy Pro-Bots figures. No accounting for taste, I guess.
  • Speaking of TRU, I actually came across a Deadshot and a Guardian at one over the weekend, believe it or not. Deadshot was the only figure I wanted from DCUC9 (review forthcoming). Suffice to say I was surprised and pleased to actually find a new DCUC figure in Massachusetts a mere month after they first showed up.
  • Question of the day: Which MOTU variants–from the original series, New Adventures or 2002–would you actually like to see in MOTUC? Aside from anything that’s already been announced, like BA He-Man and Skeletor. And don’t say Smash Blade He-Man–it’s not funny.

Interview w/ Customizer “Sabertooth”

Last week I posted about the custom District 9 “prawn” mech that sold for a whopping $5300 on eBay. I got in touch with the customizer, Chris Hooton (who goes by “Sabertooth” on Figure Realm) to find out more about this amazing piece.

16813-3What parts did you use to make your custom prawn mech?

Ok, well, this is going to sound like a MacGuyver recipe, but I used parts of a Transformer, a Bionicle, one pair of chopsticks, some q-tips, a toy gun, some sheet plastic and some rubber floor mat.

How many hours of work were involved, and how much did it cost you to make?

Well, I did him over a weekend, starting at about 3 a.m. Saturday morning and finishing him about 6:30 p.m. I took a three-hour nap somewhere in there 🙂 He was quite a challenge!

As for costs incurred, I think with paints and parts about $60.

16901-3Have you made, or do you plan on making, any more District 9 customs?

Yes, I recently made a custom of the “Christopher” prawn character and I will be making another mech, and possibly a Wikus/prawn custom with all sorts of neato accesories! I really like the movie, and so far making the toys has been quite fun!

Which toy company would you like to see make a real District 9 toy line, and why?

Hmmmm…well the company that i think would do the best job would be NECA, they do great work and I am a big supporter of theirs.

Do you make other customs, and if so, what kind?

I make all sorts of customs! Most of the time it’s based on impulse on what or who I make. Transformers tend to be labor-intensive but fun; for the most part I like to try to make things that are either have not received the toy treatment yet–or what is out is not all that great looking and I like to see if what I can do could be better. I like to keep trying to improve my skills and hopefully make a fan of what I’m made a very happy camper!

To see more of Chris’s customs, check out his customs section on Figure Realm!

Mattel summons Scareglow

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Mattel has posted some great photos of Scareglow, complete with his new bio, which doesn’t quite explain that weird, awesome accessory.

It does, however, clear up the whole “is he Skeletor’s ghost or just a guy who works for Skeletor?” issue–he’s an “Evil Ghost Serving Skeletor.” Better than “Evil Ghost Serving #52, Buffalo Chicken on Country Parmesan,” I suppose. Continue reading “Mattel summons Scareglow”

Joe Amaro’s classic Grayskull makes us all jealous…again

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You may remember customizer extraordinaire Joe Amaro making a really badass modern Castle Grayskull for the 2002 Masters of the Universe line (I think I may even have spotted it on Robot Chicken once or twice).

Well, Amaro’s at it again, this time creating a supremely awesome classic Grayskull in scale with MOTU Classics.

Will Mattel grant our fondest wishes and mass produce Joe’s masterpiece? No. But we can admire it anyway! More pics here.

Paul’s Peg > Insight on Insight

Insight

While the Mattel Masters of the Universe debacle drove the toy collecting community into a frenzied rage, the other toy book this year has been getting a lot of respect if not the same amount of talk. When my buddy was at SDCC this year I gave him a list of stuff to pick up for me and one of the items was the Hasbro related book Insight (as well as the Masters book that I didn’t get). I can say that I managed to get a copy, it’s a sweet arse book.

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