Jolly pop your jelly faces! Here is the amazingly gooey cover of the “Imagination” themed issue of @juxtapozmag that I was lucky enough to curate, featuring this delicious cover painting (and feature) by Charlie Immer, aka @skeletonslime whose paintings are the epitome of imagination. The Imagination issue is devoted to visual artists, cartoonists, musicians, magicians, video game designers and even comedians who have spent their entire lives using their childhood influences to create their own worlds with their imaginations and passions. On newsstands (and available online to purchase) starting Dec 10! So happy!
- stay in, get cosy
The Many Faces of Man-E-Faces:
I don’t know about anyone else, but when I was a kid and would have my actions figures engage in battle… once Man-E-Faces went “Monster Face” it was pretty much over.
Now do one with the alternate head!
By far, Kazuma’s 2nd form is my favorite form of his, and maybe my favorite Alter in sCRYed. Straight Cougar’s may be a bit higher, but it’s hard to decide. And the Figuarts doesn’t disappoint.
There are plenty of pieces to recreate whatever you’d like. Sure, he has only three Alter hands, and two regular hands, but he has three pieces for his back, (well, one in three pieces itself) and two arms, to represent various states of attack. If I had one complaint about the accessories, it is that his top hair piece is kind of ridiculous to take out, but at least it sticks in well!
His articulation is largely the same as Kazuma 1st Form, which is both good and bad. He was released before the good ball ankles were released, but his work just fine, really. His hips are good, they’re the non-pull out ones I prefer. Neither shoulder armor really gets in the way, either.
Nice. I need to show this to Avery and Dillon.
These pictures were initially meant to be part of the first of two, two-part photo sets. But, I got so many pictures of his review buddy (and him together) that I liked, that I decided to do Skeletor here separately.
Skeletor here is a mishmash, sorta. Borrows and extra weapons, anyway. Starting at the top, he features the Alcala Skeletor head that came with Demo Man. Next, he has the Mo-Larr Skeletor body, staff and sword. Then, he borrows Battle Armor Skeletor’s axe, and has been gifted finally with the Great Unrest Weapons Pak Keldor double sword. One thing is for sure, he doesn’t lack in the armament department.
Skeletor here is pretty cool, even if I prefer the look of the Battle Armor Skeletor, this is kind of a before-he-gets-it thing, I suppose. The Alcala head just makes Skeletor menacing, far more than the goofy Mo-Larr Skeletor head (don’t get me wrong, I love that head, it’s fucking hilarious) and the regular BA Skeletor heads could ever be. And loading him up with weapons just shows he’s ready to throw down any time, anywhere.
Oh hey, don’t mind me, just being a Revoltech of the best Marvel movie IM suit.
Finally a Japanese toymaker makes a figure of this suit.
The main reason I enjoy the MK42 so much I think, is that it is primarily gold and not red. Similarly (but somewhat unrelated to this post), my favorite Spider-Man costumes are the ones that focus on other colors than red. Maybe I am filled with… Red-judice? Okay that was awful I am so sorry.
This is not the MK42, or Spider-Man. No, this is an absolutely gorgeous repaint of the Figuarts MK6. I think the choice of black and that gold just make this armor. While I, even in a superduper multi-suited hero like Iron Man, prefer to just have one of any character’s toys, I think I can make an exception for this gorgeous bastard and the MK42.
And some Assassin’s Creed 3 figures.
I really think McFarlane (well, he probably has no control over it anymore, but anyway) needs to decide if he wants statues or action figures.
This duo and the Walgreens exclusive Halo 4 CIO Spartan were $9 including tax, with my discount about a month or so ago, from Walgreens. For $9, they’re not bad. Both NY Connor and his AU Ratonhnhake`:ton version have a ton of accessories. Two pistols, an axe, a bow and an Assassin shanker each. They hold them well, and have space for most (NY Connor can’t store his axe like Ratonhnhake`:ton can) to store, which is something I really appreciate. They have a really good size, especially compared to the Spartan, who is a good head smaller than these two. The have a ton of amazing detail, too. They fit in nicely with Figuarts and SAS, being pretty much the same size.
What I don’t like is what I started with above. Connor is basically worthless as far as articulation goes at his waist and hips. He has a waist, and his hips are there too, but his coat is so stiff it might as well not be there. If it had been soft goods (which would have probably been really awkward) or a pliable material like a couple of vests that I am about to show off, it would have been a great deal better.
Which is why, by far, Ratonhnhake`:ton is my favorite of the pair. He looks amazing, his waist works, even if it still is limited, and his hips have a ton more motion than Connor’s. What I don’t like about Ratonhnhake`:ton, is his head. It is fixed in all of the pelt he wears on his head. Which is a huge assembly. So, his head can’t move. Now Connor’s can’t much, but it is still more than his.
For $9, I wasn’t tempted really by any of the others in the line, but neither my or the other Walgreens in town had anything other than these two, Edward Kenway or Benjamin Hornigold, mainly because the two cool pirate dudes are Gamestop and Amazon (?) exclusive. But for $9, considering the price of 1/18 figures nowadays, I can’t say I am too disappointed.
Guess I need to start checking Walgreens. I haven’t seen a single NY Connor, but quite a few of the other (which I’ve already purchased). Toys R Us has been sucking the last few months, so not many good options left.