Monday, September 26, 2011

New Reviews coming: Wheelie Survivalist

10/8/11: Wheelie Survivalist Review now live on CDX!

C-80 Wheelie Survivalist: This is like the Jar Jar Binks of the Transformers world, but he got the modern diecast treatment. Lots of people talking negatively about the size and amount of diecast, but he truly is a nicely done figure from a currently unknown to me third party company. I'm happy to own this fine little diecast transformer. Video is below, but make sure to check out the controversial written review I did for CDX.
*Wheelie comes with tons of faction logos, but I chose to use one from

*Wheelie comes with tons of faction logos, but I chose to use one from

New Reviews coming: Brave Gokin 13 Mospeada Ride Armor Ley

You get a sneak peek here but make sure to head on over to when the review are done. This post will be update with any further info.

Brave Gokin Mospeada Ride Armor Ley: If you like fiddly teeny toys with lots of engineering, then you may like this figure. Sure it looks nice but it's just one of those CM's figures that misses the mark. It's labeled a gokin but diecast is very minimal. Great idea but poor execution. If you want it to look good on display, by all means get one. They are cheap and look great on display, but if you're planning on playing with them, look elsewhere.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

CM's M.A.S. Mechander DX Version Technical gattai set

There is a review I have been working on for a little while. It is taking me a long time because I am really trying my best to like this figure. The problem is, it is pretty bad. It looks so darn good though, I wanna like it. But every time I try and work on the review, I am reminded of how bad it is. I try and make up excuses for it, for example, in Japan, the culture is different, they understand that collectibles are more for display than play. That makes me feel better, but I'm sure there are a few pissed off Japanese who bought this set. It's retail was almost $150US!! and it is the lightest, weakest feeling plastic although I can't say for sure the plastic is brittle, it just feels like it. It would have been fine if they made it out of metal and used better plastics because the sculpts and molding is great and clean, but the material was lacking. It was more noticeable on the robot than his accessories which are actually quite nice although made of the same plastic. I will be doing the written review on but if you wanna check out the video, check out my youtube channel and subscribe if you enjoy the videos.

14" Lion-O

Has anyone been able to find this guy at TRU? I happened upon one a while back while shopping for baby formula. I grabbed the only one. I frequent TRU often and have never seen another. I am wondering if they are being horded or just not being distributed well. It is an amazing figure. It looks so great on a shelf. The sculpt is beautiful and the paint apps are superb. Well worth the $24.99 asking price. This thing towers over most things in your collection.
Here he is next to an 8" Classic Tygra

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I got the Star Wars bug...again.

I was so happy when I finally stopped buying POTF when it first came out. It was annoying trying to buy every figure and very expensive. Suddenly I just stopped collecting them for no apparent reason. Fast forward a few years later. I kept picking up Darth Vaders here and there never opening them. Then I bought a Vintage Collection Darth Vader and Stormtrooper. I decided to open them and then the bug hit me. These things were frigging awesome! I mean, last time I actually held a Star Wars figure out of its package was in the 80's. They had 2-5 points of articulation. Now they have like 14?! Wow. So then that started the process of buying up a few Stormtroopers to go with my Darth Vader on display. Then another, then another. I've lost count. Then I started contemplating buying other figures but thankfully I resisted. I only bought a couple of Snowtroopers cause they are darn cool too.
I actually bought 2 Vaders. 1 Vintage collection and a Saga Legends SL06. There is my old unplayed with real vintage vader hanging out. I couldn't resist a light and sound R2 for $5 (sale)

So the other day, I took a trip to Walmart and walked by the newly released Blu Ray movies. I picked up the IV-VI set because really, the "first" three just dont do it for me. Hayden Christiansen as the almighty Darth Vader? Anyways, I was about to put it back and thought.."Man, it would be nice to watch this in Hi-Def" so I took it with me. I walked a little further and found commemorative box sets of figures. A set for every episode. I grabbed matching figure sets... I done did it now. I have been fighting with myself the past few days...return it? or not return it. Can't decide. I really like the figures but I'm not ready to plop down 80 bucks for 'em. They would probably stay in the package anyways since I have no clue how I would display them properly. Stormtroopers are easy. 12 various figures? not so easy.
I am contemplating doing the review of these figures on

I could live without Lukes and Leias and Han Solos, but they are just so nicely done. Sure I could buy the single packs but I would end up spending way more. 4 figures for $25 isnt too bad when they are like $9 a pop seperate. They put in what I consider to be the best versions of each figure. The Leia one looks like Leia, the Darth Vader has a removable helmet, the Stormtroopers, well you know they rock. R2-D2 is chromed up, There is a Sandtrooper which I dont have yet and the really really cool Biker Scout. I have always loved Biker Scouts...can't find single packs of him so he is sort of keeping me from returning the set. It's so nicely done.

So today I found another reason to buy more Stormtroopers. It turns out they are updating the Vintage Collection Stormtroopers with a more accurate helmet and abs paint app. The eyes now look like eyes instead of goggles. Crap. I also noticed the helmets on the newer trooper are actually white instead of the yellowed look the other ones have. The helmets even look a bit less swollen. Of course, most of my army has yellowed helmets. From now on I will only buy the updated ones. I'll do a post showing the differences soon.
Notice the unibrow. New ones don't have that. The little buttons on his abs are now detailed. Note the yellowness of this helmet.
I can't help but think that Lucasfilm has implanted subliminal messages because I was not even paying attention to the release date of the Blu Ray movies and it just so happens that my buying frenzy started on the day of it's release and I had no clue it was release day...coincidence?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hasegawa Ultraman MAT Vehicle Update (Mazda Cosmos)

I have not forgotten about the MAT build. In fact I just finished the interior and chassis. I have however, not gotten around to taking some pictures. Hopefully tomorrow I can get around to it and maybe do a followup video too. Stay tuned. EDIT: Video below!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

RPA Preorder: Super Robot Chogokin Dai Guard [w/Campaign Bonus Effect Part]

Super Robot Chogokin  Dai Guard [w/Campaign Bonus Effect Part]
Release: Sept. 2011

If you want the bonus effect parts, you can oly get them with the first issue release!


RPA Preorder: Dr. Slump EX Gokin DX Arale-chan

Dr. Slump EX Gokin DX Toriyama
ABS, PVC, Diecast
Release: October 2011
Price:  ¥4,571

I can't wait for this guy, he is just too cool!

RPA Preorder: Dr. Slump EX Gokin DX Arale-chan

Art Storm / Fewture Models
Material: PVC, ABS, Diecast
Release: September 2011
Retail Price: 9,800 Yen

RPA Preorder: Tiger & Bunny: S.H. Figuarts - Barnaby Brooks Jr.

I really hope you guys have been watching Tiger & Bunny. I know I'm not an anime watcher but this show is actually pretty cool. Basically they  are people with super hero powers. The twist is that they are sponsored by big companies and the goal is to capture the baddies while earning points. You have to watch at least one episode. There's no excuse not to because it's free on

Anyways, It took me a little while to start watching and when I did, I immediately felt the urge to buy some of the characters, especially Tiger. You see, Tiger is a good superhero but he is also one of the oldest, so he is not as popular as the younger superheroes. He tries to give away his Superhero cards to kids but they don't care about him. If he complains at work, his boss tells him that if he doesn't like it he can just quit. I can;t help but compare Tiger to myself. I always considered myself a pretty good drifter (the type where cars slide around) and I was pretty well known amongst my peers, but time went by, younger kids came out of nowhere ripping up the tracks and I started to feel a bit "old". So I developed a liking to this Tiger character. Unfortunately for me, I waited too long and his S.H. Figuarts figure is sold out EVERYWHERE. At least everywhere that doesn't double or triple the price. However, I did manage to snag his young partner, Barnaby Brooks Jr who Tiger affectionately calls "Bunny" because of the ears on his superhero costume.

Stay tuned for a future look at this figure.

RPA Preorder: Takara Encore 20 Transformers Devastator Gift Set

I know this is old news, but I got it on preorder so once it's released, I'll be showing it here. The news of this came out a couple of weeks after I bought my G1 knockoff, which is great by the way.

Takara Japan
10,000 Yen
Release: Nov. 2011

RPA Preorder: Hot Toys DX-08 1:6 scale Nicholson Joker

Hot Toys DX08 - 1/6th scale Joker Collectible Figure
1st Qtr 2012

The The Joker (1989 Version) 12 inch Figure features:
  • Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Jack Nicholson as The Joker from the 1989 Batman movie
  • Approximately 30 cm tall
  • TrueType body with over 30 points of articulation
  • Detailed hair sculpture
  • Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS) patented by Hot Toys Limited
  • Highly detailed make-up, expression and wrinkles
  • Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
  • Eight (8) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:
  • One (1) pair of open palms
  • One (1) pair of relaxed palms
  • One (1) right palm for holding pistol
  • One (1) right palm for holding remote radio
  • One (1) right palm for holding magic stick
  • One (1) left palm for holding walkie talkie
  • One (1) purple hat
  • One (1) purple tuxedo
  • One (1) purple overcoat with turquoise scarf and poison orchid
  • One (1) orange shirt
  • One (1) turquoise vest
  • One (1) turquoise tie with dotted pattern
  • One (1) pair of white gloves
  • One (1) pair of purple and turquoise checker pants with suspenders
  • One (1) pair of purple shoes
  • One (1) long pistol
  • One (1) short pistoOne (1) remote radio
  • One (1) magic stick
  • One (1) walkie talkie
  • One (1) speaker
  • One (1) chattering teeth
  • One (1) mask
  • One (1) Joker card
  • Four (4) piles of US money
  • Light-up figure stand with Joker nameplate, the movie logo and DX series title

RPA Preorder: Hot Toys Keaton Batman

Hot Toys DX09 - Batman1/6th scale Collectible Figure
1st Qtr.2012

The Batman (1989 Version) 12 inch Figure features:
  • Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Michael Keaton as Batman in the Batman (1989) movie
  • Approximately 30 cm tall
  • Newly developed Batman body with 30 points of articulation
  • Newly developed head sculpt with three (3) interchangeable faces capturing the classic Batman facial expressions
  • Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS) patented by Hot Toys Limited
  • Seven (7) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:
  • One (1) pair of relaxed palms
  • One (1) pair of fists
  • One (1) right palm for holding grapple gun
  • One (1) right palm for holding remote radio
  • One (1) left open palm
  • Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
  • One (1) Bat-suit with cape and Batman logo on chest
  • One (1) utility belt
  • One (1) pair of black boots
  • One (1) extendable gauntlet
  • One (1) batarang
  • One (1) remote radio
  • Light-up figure stand with Batman nameplate, movie logo and the DX series title
  • One (1) grapple gun
  • One (1) gauntlet
  • Three (3) smoke capsules
  • One (1) timer bomb
  • Two (2) Ninja wheels

RPA Preorder: Medicom RAH Zaborger

Real Action Heroes Series Denjin Zaborger
RAH  電人ザボーガー (Denjin Zabōgā)
Release date: September 2011
Price: 19,950 Yen

Denjin Zaborger (電人ザボーガー Denjin Zabōgā), translated as Electroid Zaborger 7, was a Japanese tokusatsu television series that aired in 1974, produced by P Productions, it was their last Tokusatsu series of the 1970s.
Denjin Zaborger stars Akira Yamaguchi (Joji Yuki/Riderman in Kamen Rider V3) as secret agent Yutaka Daimon. The robot Denjin Zaborger has no personality at all, its Akira Yamaguchi as the wild warrior Yutaka Daimon who gives the series its heart.

Secret Police (Himitsu Keiji) agent Yutaka Daimon returns to Japan after learning his father was murdered by the evil Dr. Akunomiya, leader of the criminal gang Sigma (named after the Greek letter). From his father Yutaka inherited the robot warrior Denjin Zaborger which responds to Yutaka's voice commands. Zaborger has the unique ability to transform into a motorcycle, Machine Zaborger, for Yutaka Daimon to ride.