We interrupt our regularly scheduled NY Toy Fair 2012 coverage with something for the ladies! Team NerdNewsToday checked out the Madame Alexander booth to snap some pictures of their latest dolls and plushies, which includes their famous original line, and a few new licensed items including Charlie Brown and The Peanuts crew, Where’s Waldo, Toy Story, The Muppets, and Angelina Ballerina!
Our NY Toy Fair 2012 coverage continues as we check in on fan favorite Funko, a company that designs a variety of booble-head, plushies, and unique vinyl toys of many licensed characters. This year, Funko brought a bevy of items from Star Wars, Star Trek, The Big Bang Theory, Mortal Kombat, Marvel and DC Comics and movies items (including the new Dark Knight Rises and Spiderman films), and some other interesting characters from around pop-culture and history!
Be on the look out for the Chuck Norris plushie in the gallery, which does come with a sweet Uzi for him to use (not that he needs it). You might also enjoy the Edgar Allen Poe booble-head, which for some reason was placed adjacent to the Elvis Presley booble-heads… go figure.
This week in New York City, the 2012 edition of Toy Fair is going down at the Jacob Javitts Center, and Team NerdNewsToday is there with the goods! Up first is this gallery from Think Geek, which includes pictures of some of their new licensed items from Minecraft, Portal, Star Trek, and Star Wars, as well as some original zombie and general gamer items.
I, for one, can not wait for the companion cube cookie jar, but the real show-stealer is those zombie slippers that chow down on your feet!
Retro gamers love and loathe Earthworm Jim. Great graphics, solid gameplay, and levels that are hard enough to make you cringe when you hear the name of it, but just the right level of pain to keep you playing the game. In honor of everyone’s favorite invertebrate with a super suit, Mezco has announced a brand new toy for him!
This new figure of Jim comes complete with a game accurate plasma blaster as well as his famous ultra-high-tech-indestructible-super-space-cyber-suit. The 6-inch scale Earthworm Jim also features 8 points of articulation. He comes complete not only with his plasma blaster, but with an alternate “bendy” unsuited worm body as well.
This is not the first time Jim has had an action figure, as Playmates released a series based around his cartoon series from the ’90’s, which had an epic launching worm-head action. Sadly, no action feature here, but this Jim looks great and I can not wait to add him to my collection.
Released by Triad Toys at the start of 2011, Dakota Jennings is part of their “Dead Cell” line of supernatural investigators and eliminators. According to the storyline of the toys, “Dead Cell” is a special ops group made by the US Goverment to deal with vampires, werewolves, and other nightmarish creatures. Led by Abigail Van Helsing, there are hundreds of teams like this around the world ready for any paranormal situation.
Dakota watched as her parents were killed by monsters at a young age in her hometown of Devil’s Lake, North Dakota (I wonder if that is a real place), and was raised by “Dead Cell” members who fought the beasts. She is a master of “Judo-based street fighting,” and prefers to use her sword and pistol in battle. With this bizarre background info out of the way, let’s take a look at the figure!
Dakota is boxed in what appears to be a rather straight-forward set-up with a long cardboard box. The design work on the front lets you know what team she is on, and gives multiple pictures of her posed for action, or possibly a photo-shoot in “Soldier of Fortune” magazine.
The back of the box has all of her stats, as well as the extended backstory to what I summarized above for the concept behind this “Dead Cell” line (which you can read in the full in the photo gallery at the bottom of this review), as well as who Dakota Jennings is.
There is a barcode on the bottom of the figure with the code “DED0001,” so next time you go to your local toy store, ask them to check for that bar code in their database.
The toy opens from the top, but the real fun is in the panel in the front. In spite of it’s simple appearance, the front opens up to reveal her accessories on the left, and a window into the figure itself inside the packaging. The weapons are attached to the left side via six plastic plugs, keeping everything nice and snug inside their molded plastic homes.
The figure itself is around 10 1/2 inches tall, and not a full 12 inches. The sculpting is smooth on her face, perhaps too smooth since she has a look of dull boredom on her face. Maybe she is just jaded from all the demon killing, but her expression is so lackadaisical that it is disappointing. It could be interpreted as a cold stare of death from a woman who has seen so much violence in her world that it no longer phases her, but all of the ladies from Triad Toys have this look.
Her hair looks nowhere near as good out of the box as it did in the photos on the packaging. I am not much of a stylist, but the hair juts out of her head flatly and evenly, making her facial expression even more noticeable. The sculpting on her accessories makes up for much of the plainness of her face, but we will get to that in a bit.
Her clothing is all fabric, and fits the tone of the character in the color and appearance. She has all sorts of leather-looking pads wrapped around her, like on her forearm, knee, and her belt. Her denim pants had some trouble staying up (FYI, she is going commando), but they were meant to be low-riders anyway, so just give them a yank when you are posing her in your display. Otherwise, she will be giving the other figures in your collection a free show, and if you want a piece of Dakota, you have to pay to play.
Not much I can say about the paint job here, since most of the paint is on her face. It’s clean and neat, and that sums up the paint on the figure. The accessories are more or less all solid tones as well, nothing spectacular but nothing bad that detracts from the figure. The detailing here is more in the clothing since it is fabric, as opposed to sculpted clothes.
Dakota comes with eight hands; a pair of closed fists, hands to hold her sword, hands to hold her gun with a trigger finger, and completely open hands grabbing for the air. She also comes with a handgun with a removable clip and sliding barrel, her leather jacket, her Katana, and the scabbard holding it. She also has magnetic boots, meaning she can clip onto a metallic surface to help her stand up straighter.
The hands come on and off pretty easily, and firmly grip whatever weapon you want to put in them. The sword slides right into her scabbard and has great detail on the handguard of the katana. I love the pistol, and I do want to add that both her gun and sword have holsters as part of Dakota’s clothing. The pistol fits in a holster on her left leg and the sword has a section on her back, as you will see in the photo gallery below.
Sadly, you can not put the sword in that compartment when she is wearing her leather jacket, but the jacket is so cool that you can forgive that. The front has a working zipper, and more surprisingly, so do the sleeves!
I really love the sword here, and can not get over the detail in the handguard. When I heard Triad had the license to make “Lone Wolf and Cub” toys, I was very worried about them getting the weaponry right, but my fears have been alleviated after seeing Dakota’s arsenal. Triad did a great job with the accessories, and if you count her clothes as part of that category too, then you will love this figure for that alone.
Dakota uses an Alpha Female body type from Triad Toys, making her extremely flexible and great for posing and play. This is a toy for adult collectors, but is priced at just the right point where a kid could play with this, or an adult could have fun making stop-motion animations or taking dynamic photos of her in action.
She can hold her sword like a samurai, point her gun like James Bond, or pose like Elektra from Marvel Comics (minus the giant red bandana), and that is all without a figure stand. All of her accessories offer plenty of different options, and lots of fun for the stop-motion animation enthusiast. If you are a diorama maker, chances are you already have a great setting to put her in, whether it’s urban, some dark temple, or a post-apocalyptic setting.
I may have been a bit harsh on Ms. Jennings here, especially since she was one of the first in the “Dead Cell” line. While the other figures in this line come with much more interesting accessories and clothes, Dakota looks like a passive and less attractive Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Triad Toys is not trying to be like other companies, such as Sideshow or Hot Toys. These are not figures that are going to have short runs with absurd prices and limited availability. These are high-grade figures made for a specific fan base, and I think it accomplishes a lot on the level that it is going for.
The number of accessories, the clothing, and her flexibility make her a good figure overall. I wish her face looked less identical from the other cloned ladies that Triad makes, but she poses well and, when placed in the right position with her accessories, the expression works.
Fans of Triad must like this face since it is used a lot in their other lines, and since this is my first figure from the company, I probably just need to get more accustomed to it. Overall, I like this figure a lot and am open to grab some more Triad Toys figures the next time I come across them.
In 2006, we have launched our first RoboCop which is very much liked by our fans.
Over these years, we have accumulated some experience in developing mechanically-related figures such as the Iron Man series.
As we have heard from fans that they are still longing for the Robocop series, here we are happy to announce that we have put our efforts again in the Robocop series, this time bringing to fans with the RoboCop with our most updated technology, as well as the 1/6th scale Cain collectible from the second episode.
This is good news for newer fans who want a second shot at these figures without paying the high prices on them from eBay, but also an enraging moment for longtime fans of the figures who would most likely rather have a totally new figure from a different franchise. At least with the addition of Cain, collectors can get the best of both worlds.
Hot Toys has made my new year awesome before it even began, as the company officially announced on New Year’s Eve an updated re-release of Iron Man Mark 1 in 2012.
Iron Man – Mark I (2.0) will be painted by Korean artist, Lalla, and will feature some new additions to the figure since it’s initial release. The 1:6 scale figure based on the armor that Tony Stark makes in a cave in the first “Iron Man” film, the original limited-edition figure commands a price upwards of $600 on eBay. This second coming of the 12″ figure will be welcome to newer collectors who want this great looking figure, but don’t feel like dealing with second-hand vendors.
Stay tuned as the company reveals more details about the figure.
Here is a belated Christmas video from James “Sallah” Sawyer of MOTUCfigures.com, who does reviews and news all about the “Masters of the Universe Classics” action figures, and many videos with his kids who are also avid fans.
On Christmas morning, James and his wife got his two sons, Blaze and Keaton, a massive amount of MOTUC figures, which was awesome enough on its own. It’s so nice seeing kids getting action figures and being happy about it, unlike so many others who spent their holidays bemoaning that they didn’t get this or that, and not being grateful for what they have.
The real joy comes halfway into the vid, when the boys find a note from Santa Claus himself and… well, just watch it and share their joy!
The original “Masters of the Universe” toy line from the 1980’s was basically an all-boys club. A hero named He-Man, what did you expect? While it would be two years later that Filmation would create He-Man’s sister, She-Ra, little girls who were forced to watch the original series with their brothers did not have many females to look up to.
Most girls were not going to be fans of Skeletor’s main squeeze, Evil-Lyn, and Queen Marlena was busy being a bland and meaningless character. This left Teela, who according to the package of the action figure we are going to review today is a “warrior goddess,” to be the character little girls could live their action fantasies through. Matty Collector released an action figure of her back when the “Masters of the Universe Classics” line first launched, and today we are going to review her and see how well she has held up compared to the MOTUC figures of today. Continue reading “Teela” MOTUC Action Figure Review→