Another week, another batch of toy shopping. Firstly I picked up Gandalf the Grey from the Hobbit movie line. He seemed a little too iconic not to get. I am still on the fence about the rest of the line, especially since it seems all the dwarves are not represented. I am pleased with the likenesses on the figures in the Hobbit line. I only wish the Tron Legacy figures looked this good. I still think that Kevin Flynn could pass as a generic Jesus or prophet figure since it looked nothing like Jeff Bridges.
I came across an odd find. A San Diego Comic Con exclusive from 2010 which is supposedly limited to 1000 pieces. I picked up the Liquid Metal version of the T-1000 from Terminator 2, manufactured by NECA. On the whole I has been against simply repainting a figure in a metallic paint job and calling it an exclusive. McFarlane did it with alot of his early figures in the 90's. It just doesn't make sense, why would a character be all gold or silver? However, that being said, I am amazed how well this "gimmick" works for the T-1000. This is a character that makes perfect sense to be in all silver, as technically that was basically the base form of this Terminator. I am pleased with this find. I wish I had the kind of bank needed to collect more NECA 7 inch scaled movie figures, but for now that just doesn't seem likely.
Having an entire collection of Predator, Terminator, Robocop, Aliens, & possibly Prometheus figures would be pretty cool. For now however I think I will stick with just picking up a few here and there. I currently have Wolf Predator with mask on from AvP2 and Robocop with the spring-loaded holster in his hip. I need an Alien now, but I think my next purchase will be the ED-209 when it gets released (It looked awesome in the New York Toy Fair images)
After a few weeks of checking, I stumbled on some new Movie G.I.Joes at my local Target. I was more excited than a little kid, I hadn't seen so many new Joes since the Rise Of Cobra launched, and prior to that I hadn't seen that many new Joes at one time since I was little. The crown jewel of the haul was the Joe Colton figure, who is being played by Bruce Willis in the new movie. I've been psyched about this one since I saw prototype images over a year ago.
There was a handful of troopers, Cyber Viper, Dark Ninja, and a red version of the Alley Viper, although I think he had a different name; but he is definitely the Alley Viper. I think I would have preferred seeing more Red Ninjas over the Dark Ninja, but the company needs to keep things fresh for kids. It is only us old timers who remember Red Ninjas all over the place in certain issues of the original comic.
The newer iteration of Roadblock, Snake Eyes, and Storm Shadow actually look cool and fairly distinct from the versions in the first wave released last year. Both the ninjas look like their second incarnations from the classic line, modernized. Although I'm not a fan of wrestling as an adult, I still think "The Rock" as Roadblock is good casting. He exudes the badassness that Roadblock had in the classic cartoon. The cartoon Roadblock may seem cheesy by today's standard with all the rhyming. He nevertheless always seemed like he was kicking ass.
Lastly I was able to get Flint. The figure looks alright. I don't know much about the actor cast to play him in Retaliation. With the promise of flirting between Flint and Lady Jaye in the movie, I hope they capture the essence of the characters' relationship from the cartoon.
There were two figures I had to pass on due to defects, firstly Firefly had a malformed nose pressed up against the blister bubble on the card. Secondly Lady Jaye had poor paint application to the eyes. I really hope I get to come across these in the coming weeks. I'm not sure what to think with these figures being from the second and third waves. It would seem this means that most the first wave came out during the limited release last year. If Hasbro already has the second and third waves out, that would suggest that the production numbers were scaled back quite a bit. Hopefully if the movie is successful enough, we will see Hasbro emptying their warehouses of any extra figures and vehicles from previous lines onto the closeout chains. Here's hoping!