Odds ‘n Ends > Super G Edition

  • It shows how out of touch I am with the DCUC scene that I completely missed the fact that the Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle on display at Toy Fair had double-jointed elbows and knees. A very interesting development–has Mattel said whether this signals a new direction for the line, or if this is just something they’ll do occasionally for some figures? (I’d guess the latter, knowing Mattel.) More importantly, what do you think of it? I always thought the double-jointed elbows and knees tended to make many Marvel Legends figures seem a bit too gangling (unless they were supposed to be like that, i.e. Spider-man). Shocking from a pro-articulation guy like myself, I know.
  • My Trap Jaw should arrive today, perhaps by the time I finish typing this post. Dr. Mrs. Ghostal and I will also find out just how much of our tax refund is going to repairing the car this afternoon as well. It amazes me how often tax refunds and emergency expenses coincide. It’s like your car, house, kids etc. just know you’re going to have windfall. I assume the same goes for bonuses, though I’ve never worked at a job that awards them. Anyway, long story short, I’ll get the Trap Jaw review up this week. Probably.
  • If anyone can identify the gun in the chair in the new Odds ‘n Ends pic, I’d really appreciate it. If it helps, it attaches into this weird silver backpack-thing via some cords.
  • Over at Infinite Hollywood, Newton Gimmick has been doing retro reviews of Mezco’s Popeye figures. I own the first wave’s Popeye and Bluto, and they’re great figures.
  • Dr. Mrs. Ghostal and I saw Avatar finally (in 3D at an Imax theater). I was underwhelmed, and DMG was very much not a fan. I liked the overall message of the film, though. But frankly I’m glad I didn’t love it, because I didn’t want to have to buy the toys.
  • As I surmised, it looks like DC Unlimited is making God of War III figures, and as I suspected might happen, they’re going to have extremely limited articulation, a la DC’s World of Warcraft figures. And of course, as with DCD’s Mass Effect 2 figures, they’ll be striking when the iron has been doused with liquid nitrogen and shattered with a soggy breadstick. (On a side note, I no longer care about God of War III or whether it gets figures, because by the end of the second game I’d realized it was just not my cup of tea.)
  • On the other hand, I would happily buy a figure of Nathan Drake from Uncharted if it was as articulated as, say, Nathan “Rad” Spencer. Which it wouldn’t be, since DC Unlimited would be the manufacturer.
  • You probably all saw this, but Mattel issued a pretty extensive semi-mea-culpa on their Facebook page. If you’re interested, you can read the entire note as well as my response on the PGPoA forums.

29 thoughts on “Odds ‘n Ends > Super G Edition”

  1. Great to see Odds 'n Ends again!

    I can't identify that gun, but does that organge ninja starfish belong to Sewer Surfin' Mike?

    I haven't seen Avatar yet, I was planning to go Friday, but that just wasn't in the cards for me. I would like to see it in IMAX 3D though.

    My Trap Jaw will arrive on Weds… can't wait!

  2. The gun in question was an extra piece included with an Ultron figure produced by Toybiz in the late 90's. The series was based on villians prisoned and also included Typhoid Mary and some Dino guy whose name I forget….

  3. @uchuace: The line was called "The Vault" and the third figure was Stegron the DInosaur Man.

    Not sure what backpack Poe is referring to, but Ultron also came with restraints that completely covered his hands, and were connected to a restraining mask of sorts.

  4. I want to know who is seeing "Avatar" over and over again enough times to make it the highest grossing film of all time. Once was MORE than enough for me.

    Poe, I feel you on the taxes thing. I did them this weekend myself because of higher heating bills sucking away my typical budget. I've had the car trouble before, last year I was audited for the previous year so that's where it all went…I should just shut my mouth while I still can.

  5. @Dead Man Walking: "Backpack" was just my inept way of describing it…but it sounds like you guys have identified it. My thanks to you and uchuace.

    I got it with a bunch of other random accessories from a comic shop, so I had no idea what it went to.

  6. Concerning DCUC, as you had guessed, they did say that they would be doing the double-jointed knees and elbows only when needed.

    I'm glad, too, because there's just something off about the Marvel figures that have it. It's also the ball joint hips, which look hideous.

  7. according to aftimes, the double jointed elbows and knees will start to be the new standard for DCUC, and I'm not happy about it.

    Double-hinged joints always looked ugly to me, and are the reason I never got into ML figures. There is not DCUC figure out right now that I think would be better with those joints (maybe more mobility with the joints they have, yes, but not double knees and elbow).

  8. I'm happy they've decided to do double jointed limbs, but hopefully it won't be used on every figure. Some characters just don't need that amount of articulation.

    I do hope they redo Green Arrow with those arm joints though. He needs double elbow joints to aim his bow properly, not those double wrists they gave him.

  9. The odd shield shaped figure stand thing is the base of the hover sled that came with "Stretcher" a GI joe figure from 1990. He was the first action figure I bought with my own money, I was six

    The purse looking thing is a medical bag from a Playmates Star Trek figure, maybe Dr Crusher

    The snake like thing is a tentacle belonging to one of the alien figures from Trendmasters Independence Day line

  10. @PrfktTear: Also, yes, I believe that ninja star is from Sewer Surfin’ Mike.

    The belt should be easy for a longtime Poester. Most of the other stuff is fairly tricky (I’m not even sure what the rack of missiles is from), and I’ll be impressed if anyone gets the snakelike thing wrapped around the pedestal.

  11. Hey thanks for the plug! Today I’m checking out Bluto. Love these guys…

    As for the double elbows, I heard that they aren’t going to be the new standard and would only fit in where required. I tend to believe that, but who knows. Mattel would cook up something like that just to ruin the consistency of the line. And if it’s anything like DCIH has the “new standard” articulation I think we can expect about half the figures to have it, half not and some with only half their bodies with it. SO glad I quit DCUC.

    Now you got me wanting to buy some more Crystar toys.

  12. Grr. I'm still waiting on my Trap-Jaw order to be processed and shipped from my non-subscription order. I'm not going to feel relaxed until I see it shipped… Sigh.

  13. The belt comes from Onan the Barbarian. He’s even pictured with it in the “POST A COMMENT” box. I got a bunch of those belts myself from those figures. Wrestlers where everyone had a title… Kinda like WWE today.

  14. @Poe I hope you're car isn't a Toyota. Well actually they'll fix it for *free* granted there aren't any MORE recalls.

  15. a.) Re: Mattel’s mea culpa: The main thing I would like them to address are the ongoing – and inexcusable – QC problems with DCUC. (As well as the woeful distribution; but really, if they continue to have so many loose and/or stuck joints – I’m not sure I care about finding the figures.)

    b.) Wow, that Ultron figure looks pretty cool.

    c.) Sorry to be a stickler, but Avatar isn’t really the highest grossing film of all-time.
    Adjusting for ticket prices, this site has it at number 15. Elsewhere, I’ve seen it as low as number 21.

  16. For the record, the car turned out to be totally fine. It was making a pretty bad sound, but it was apparently just some parts scraping against one another–they dinged 'em back into place and didn't even charge us.

  17. Since everybody already covered all the other pieces, are those Rambo missles? Maybe from that goofy jet with the open cockpit?

  18. @Heli: I don't think it's from Rambo, but I've forgotten what it is from, for the moment…this is why I decided against having a contest to identify all the pieces this time.

  19. Those missiles are from a quake 2 marine. they plugged into his gun. he came with an undead robo shark. wonder if i still have the guy at my parents house. he was badass.

  20. I saw Avatar a couple of times in 3D… I absolutely loved it! I thought the effects were mind-blowing and Pandora was very beautiful.

  21. The only Odds 'n Ends I recognise are the gold jug and the pedestal it's resting on, which came with vampire hunter Simon Belmont & vampire with a soul Deluxe Angel.

  22. @Poe: I think mine is in a box somewhere though I'm not sure about the little alien pilot that went inside. It wasn't a bad sculpt, much better than the human figures they made.

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