Archive for February 2013

Darkseid00

Today is a pretty busy one, so I copped out a little in order to get my daily photos done for my collectibles Project 365. I have several recently acquired statues and pieces to photo, but I needed something quick for this one, so I dug up my Darkseid miniature, which released a few years back as part of Eaglemoss’s DC Superhero Figurine Collection. Darkseid was the first Special Issue figure released in the line and, in scale with the regular characters, is a bit taller and bigger than the ones that came before him. I’ll eventually get around to taking pictures of the other Special Edition characters in the DC line, but I anticipate posting some larger scale collectibles again over the next few days.

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Supergirl00

I’m not super crazy about Supergirl’s costume revamp in the New 52 comics. The teched-out bandy style supersuit matches the look of the other redone heroes, but there’s just something kind of lopsided about her design. Maybe it’s that her entire upper half is covered, waist to throat to wrist, but she has no pants at all. Kind of strange, and I think she could use some sort of leggings or even the old-style Supergirl skirt (like the Amanda Conner Supergirl I posted previously, which I prefer). Even though I’m not a huge fan of her new costume, I still like the style of these newest busts DC has been putting out. I’m not sure what Supergirl’s pose is all about. She’s either doing the swim or walk like a Kryptonian or something.

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R2-D200

After posting about my Darth Talon bust yesterday, it wasn’t my intent to follow up with another Star Wars collectible today. As luck would have it, though, the new R2-D2 maquette from The Clone Wars arrived, and I felt compelled to take pictures of this little guy right away. The animated-style Star Wars statues are some of my favorite collectibles, and we even have a whole display wall devoted to them in our living room. R2-D2 has appeared in the line before, as part of the Princess Leia and Yoda pieces, but this is the first Artoo standalone maquette Gentle Giant has made for this series. The Clone Wars version of R2-D2 is more weathered than the other versions, most likely due to all the warring he’s been doing with clones. He also has a more limited run than most other statues in the series, clocking in at just 1000 numbered pieces.

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Talon00

Darth Talon is one of the more recently introduced popular villains from the Star Wars expanded universe. She first appeared in the Star Wars Legacy comic books published by Dark Horse, set around 130 years after A New Hope. There already have been a ton of Talon collectibles produced, partly because she’s a popular baddie and partly because she’s one of the more visually striking characters that has been brought into the franchise in a long time. This bust is from Gentle Giant and is a limited edition of 3850 (mine is #1212). Her lightsaber is translucent plastic and comes separate in the box, attachable by a pin and socket.

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River00

Quantum Mechanix has the Firefly and Serenity licenses, and they have been putting out some really cool collectibles for the property, most notably the Little Damn Heroes line of mini-maquettes. A lesser known but equally awesome series they’re doing is the larger-scale Big Damn Heroes line that portrays the Serenity crew in iconic poses with slightly less cartoony likenesses. This River Tam statue is the first in that series, and they followed up with a Kaylee piece that I plan to photograph at some point during this whole Project 365 collectible thing I’m doing. River is limited to just 1500 numbered pieces and is based on the River-kicks-Reaver-butt scene from the Serenity movie.

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Wolfsbane00

Following up on yesterday’s Stingray post, the second character released this week in the US in the Classic Marvel Figurine Collection is Wolfsbane. This hirsute X-Woman is the Marvel mutant universe’s answer to lycanthropy. This is the fourteenth collectible I’ve featured in my daily posts, making this two solid weeks of keeping up with my personal Project 365. In case you didn’t see my initial post and don’t know what all this is, I’m keeping myself on task to take and post photos of a different item from my toy collection every day for a year.

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Stingray00

Originally introduced in the 1960s in Tales to Astonish and Sub-Mariner, Stingray has a long history in Marvel Comics but is far from being an A-list character. He’s one of Marvel’s many power-suit characters in that, like Iron Man, he doesn’t innately have superpowers but relies upon an exosuit of specialized armor that he built for himself. Stingray and Wolfsbane are the two newest additions to the figurine line from Eaglemoss, both having released in the US this week.

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Joker00

The Joker is one of DC’s most iconic villains, and he’s been through a lot of varying looks over the years. He started out as a maniacal but whimsical figure, but over time he’s transformed into a grotesque psychopath. The most recent Joker comic book stories have him running around with his own face stapled back on after he asked the Dollmaker to cut it off while incarcerated at Arkham. It’s pretty messed up stuff. This recent bust of the Joker is plenty sinister but lacks the grossness the character has gained over the years, and it’s probably my favorite Joker piece in my collection.

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PoisonIvy00

DC has had an ongoing series of statues for several years now called the Cover Girls of the DC Universe line, and it has featured quite a few heroines and villainesses in great sculpts, all in scale with each other. When the DC reboot happened, the statue series continued but for some reason changed its name to the almost-the-same-but-not-quite “DC Comics Cover Girls.” I have quite a few of these pieces in my collection, but so far the only one I’ve posted on this blog has been the Arkham City Harley Quinn, which, while she’s in the same scale and displays well with the rest, isn’t technically part of the Cover Girls series. This newest addition to the lineup is Poison Ivy, sporting her new and less revealing costume from the New 52 reboot of Birds of Prey.

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PowerGirl00

Power Girl is another superhero featured in Kotobukiya’s DC Comics Bishoujo line. Her design for this series is arranged by Japanese artist Shunya Yamashita, and her costume is based on the classic Power Girl look. All the Bishoujo DC characters so far have gone with the classic costumes, instead of the New 52 looks.

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