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UnBoxing | Mezco BATMAN: Sovereign Knight

The third in a series of designs from the high-end collectible action figure designers at Mezco examines the legacy of the Dark Knight, the Batman: Sovereign Knight is fully articulating the hero for the 21st century

With everyone knee-deep in celebrating the 80th Anniversary of The Batman, the iconic DC property continues to stagger the imagination and inspire limitless iterations of the Dark Knight as he continues to evolve year-after-year to take on the most nefarious forces of Gotham City’s criminal underbelly. Whether in story form or animation, live-action big screen blockbusters or primetime dramas, the Caped Crusader’s always at the ready.

The high-end toymakers at Mezco have always developed the most sought after collectibles on the market; the fully articulated action figure line is among the more expertly crafted, with highly detailed accessories and carefully crafted cloth uniforms that enhance the creative playability and solidify the bragging rights of an avid fan on the scene. The One:12 Collective line remains one of the most revered of the adult collector toy lines to watch, and stands out among the rest, especially due to the 6.5” manageability of the figures themselves.

In celebration of the fandom of the DC comics hero, Mezco released its latest figure in an evolving line commemorating the evolution of the Dark Knight. Batman: Sovereign Knight realizes a very contemporary 21st Century look and feels to Gotham City’s most battle-hardened defender. The action figure appears modeled after DC Comics legendary artist Jim Lee’s reinterpretation of The Batman for “The New 52” publishing wide reboot, which remixed the established pantheon of heroes with a very modern twist.

Battle Up

The perfectly crafted action figure is heavy articulated with over 30 points of articulation giving collectors the ultimate in posable playability. Mezco warns collectors that they should play carefully, especially given the cloth overlay costume which is crafted to fit over the proportionately sized body frame, but it could pull or wear out depending on how the figure is positioned. The Batman: Sovereign Knight is ready for battle, in sturdy all-terrain boots and gauntlets, with a suit to simulate a protective kevlar armor and an all-purpose utility belt with a clip for a grappling gun.

Expertly packaged in a window box for proper display the figure comes equipped with an array of weaponry including multiple batarangs, grappling gun with hooks, a sonic gun and even a kryptonite-knuckled glove for mixing it up against an unruly Man of Steel, if necessary. The packaged also includes 3 different expressions: a battled damaged cowl, Batman unmasked as Bruce Wayne and an alternate version of the cowl with shorter ears. Mezco also includes an emblemed display stand so that you can pose your Sovereign Knight properly.

As far as collectible figures go, Mezco has (again) hit out of the ballpark with this release, which matches anyone of their others in the line. What sets this particular one above is its attractiveness to Batman fans, especially those happily in the midst of the 80th Anniversary hoopla, will be over the moon at the care given to bringing this Batman to the masses. It’s an awesomely looking design and has enough gear in the box to keep any of the Bat’s notorious rogues at bay! Mezco’s promise to quality is also met in spades which helps to validate the ticket price of this item.

Out Of the Box

It’ll be impossible to resist taking this handsome figure out of the box, though Mezco does make it easy to keep all the accessories intact and in the same place. The grappling gun attaches to the back of the figure’s utility belt for display and playability, and the cape is sturdy enough that it hangs securely from beneath the hood, though it does not have an inserted wired frame in case you are attempting to make that a part of the display story. The cloth coverings that simulate the character outfits maintain their durability but try to keep them out of direct light.

If you are concerned or deterred by the Mezco One:12 Collective ticket price, rest assured it’s worth every penny and can be purchased some certain retailers at a competitive price. The heavily sought after figure line is historically known for selling out online, and the toy makers do not immediately begin manufacturing additional quantities unless they have a sufficient demand via a Wait List. With Batman mania sweeping the social conscious at the moment, this may be one of the best ways to pay homage to Batman. 80 years later, he’s still kicking major ass!

Batman: Sovereign Knight from Mezco One:12 Collective is available now. Visit their website to order yours.

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UnBoxing | JUSTICE LEAGUE Action Figures Assembled

The World’s Greatest Heroes finally come together in this impressive line of high-end action figures from Medicom Maf Ex eager to fill some space on your shelf that prove this Justice League is in a league all its own.

For the avid film aficionado and action figure collector, we’re living in very exciting times! The market has expanded to the degree that the generation of fanboys (and fangirls alike) that grew up avidly infatuated with Kenner’s extensive line of Star Wars 3 ¾ action figures and larger than life Masters of the Universe line from Mattel, have been able to add to their collections. As now adult collectors the expectations have also increased, and toy manufactures have continuously worked to meet this growing demand.

The MAFEX line of Medicom Toy Company action figures have also pushed the level of playability with extensive articulation and multiple accessory options often packaged alongside a highly detailed 6” figure that has become the envy of other various competitive manufactures. Medicom has prided itself on the ability to capture remarkably well-sculpted likenesses of characters especially those based on personalities appearing in film and other media. The MAFEX line drew great attention from collectors with the figures based on the films in The Dark Knight Trilogy.

Christopher Nolan’s adaptation of the Batman mythology introduced the role of Bruce Wayne as portrayed by celebrated actor Christian Bale. The action figures captured the hero in truly authentic detail, and bared an uncanny resemblance to Bale himself. Although the experience hasn’t always been positive, in the pass many critics cited at how fragile the MAFEX figures are, with limbs that detach all too easily or figures that fail to properly stand upright because their legs are far to nimble to support their weight.

The line has come a long way and has even reissued many of its most popular first editions with far more improved sculpting, accessories and assembling, and the recently completed series of figures based on the heroes from DC’s Justice League are perhaps the best examples yet. All six of the leads assembled on the big screen have finally been released, Wonder Woman and Aquaman rounding out the bunch, that launched with Batman and Superman, and include The Flash and Cyborg!

The Justice League Assembled

The MAFEX action figures based on the line-up appearing in Justice League have fully assembled and may be among the best set of figures on the market — when they aren’t falling apart that is. Confidently Medicom has worked out many of those issues that plagued the earlier releases in the line. Batman has he appeared in Justice League and portrayed by actor Ben Affleck inaugurated the line and is a sturdy reproduction of the action star as he appeared in the Caped Crusader famously upgraded kevlar suit. MAFEX also designed a version of Batman in the “tactical suit” the hero wears in the last act of the movie.

Though the Wonder Woman figure is mostly a reissue of the version first produced for the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice line, the repaint and subtle details between the 3 released representations of Gal Gadot, as the Amazing Amazon are worthy of collectibility. Wonder Woman is accessorized with movie accurate weaponry as well. The action figure based on the King of the Seven Seas, Arthur Curry, Aquaman allows collectors to really appreciate the detail and design of the ceremonial warrior attire that Jason Mamoa wore turning the longtime comics character into the film’s most formidable badass.

The Man of Steel Superman finally appears in the more comic-accurate colors that fans have always loved; the classic red and blue is a richer, more cinematic color to the grim, darker hue of the figure released for BvS. Ray Fisher’s superstar athlete Victor Stone is the Cyborg the most impressively detailed of the bunch with plenty of accessories to recreate the film’s most action-packed moments, and Ezra Miller’s The Flash suit may not hold a candle to his primetime counterparts, but we have to remind ourselves that the suit that appeared in Justice League is a prototype.

The figures are all comparatively sized at about 6” a piece, and range accurately. Momoa’s Aquaman is armor is heftier than the others, but that doesn’t mean that Cavill’s Superman can’t float majestically posed on the included stand above his teammates. It’s unfortunate that the film didn’t do as well as expected at the box office, especially when you have the whole team assembled like this, but with the individual successes of Wonder Woman and now Aquaman there’s no doubt that the Justice League will once again gather on the big screen. In the meantime adult collectors can direct their own sequel with these impressive figures.

Ray Fisher’s Cyborg likeness is captured in this action figure from Medicom.

UnBoxing | Mattel’s DC Multiverse THE FLASH (1990) Action Figure

Mattel toys realizes fan’s dreams and delivers on one of the most sought after collectibles just released…THE FLASH action figure based on the 1990 Television Series!

It could be considered the Holy Grail of all collectibles! In 1990 CBS premiered The Flash in primetime based on the DC Comics superhero and starring John Wesley Shipp. The one-hour action adventure series was propelled by the theatrical success of Tim Burton’s Batman which is largely responsible for igniting the genre phenomenon, but the series produced by Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo was the first of its kind on a major network — a comic adaptation practically budgeted as a blockbuster motion picture on a weekly basis.

A critical hit, The Flash ran into several scheduling snafus in its premiere season (not exclusively among them going up against ratings mountains The Simpsons and The Cosby Show) and it ended up lasting only the one season with 22-episodes that would feature appearances by Star Wars icon Mark Hamill as the rascally rogue Trickster and co-starred Amanda Pays and Alex Désert. Double-Emmy Winner John Wesley Shipp inevitably emerged a fan-favorite and portrayed a very different Barry Allen, and would return in the 2014 contemporary reimagining on The CW.

In a cooperative with Mattel Toys, the legendary toy manufacturer has been very successful with its line of DC Multiverse Action Figures that are based on DC Comics characters from any and every iteration of the 80 year history of comic publication. A new specialty line has just been introduced and leading the charge of the newly embossed “Signature Collection” is The Flash based on the 1990 television series. It’s the first “official” action figure based on the suit built for Shipp by Stan Winston Studios and designed by Robert Short.

Cast in an impressive 6.5” height and strikingly resembling John Wesley Shipp in his hooded cowl the action figure sports the very distinct solid red boots, and features at least 32-points of articulation and interchangeable hands to help pose The Flash. The action figure is also packaged with a display stand and blister card with a graphic of Shipp in full costume perfect for displaying, especially alongside the just released 2-pack with “The New 52” version and Ezra Miller’s “The Flash” from the feature film Justice League.

Although not available widely in retail markets, the DC Multiverse “The Flash” Signature Collection action figure is open to pre-orders online, and with John Wesley Shipp making the rounds on the convention circuit this season, fans are gobbling up the collectible in the hopes of getting their’s autographed. The “Signature Collection” will include first-time action figures of Batman based on actor Val Kilmer as he appeared in the feature film Batman Forever and Wonder Woman as portrayed by Lynda Carter during her own 1970s television series.

iReview :: DC Collectibles – DC ICONS Action Figures

The latest release from the DC Collectibles DC Comics ICONS line of action figures introduce a milestone with STATIC leading the charge!

Of any action figures currently on the market, DC Collectibles have taken great care to insure that if they’re going to own their brand and design and release product to this audience, it’s going to make certain that with every new addition, they’ve got something interesting to offer fans.

The high-end line of DC Comics ICONS figures promised from its launch that with every cycle they would explore “iconic” versions of the heroes and villains inside the DC publishing continuity, though they’ve just ventured further into the multiverse and crossing imprints with the issue of a Milestone Comics favorite – Static!

The Static action figure comes with a man hole cover for transportation and lightning array!

The electrically charged metahuman protects the city of Dakota while attending high school in his true identity of Virgil Hawkins. The figure is styled in the skin-tight body suit that the character wears in his later issues, including the baseball cap. At 6″ Static looks quite dynamic and can be posed wildly upon his favorite mode of transportation: a man hole cover.

Of most contemporary “Modern Age” superheroes Static has always been a fan favorite that has transcended mediums and even appeared in his cartoon series that worked itself into the Justice League Unlimited continuity. Static survived the “FlashPoint” reboot and appeared as a provisional member of Red Robin’s Teen Titans.

There are two versions of the DC ICONS Static action figure (#17 in the line) the “standard” release and a “deluxe” with alternate hands and his signature yellow trench coat.

The Swamp Thing leaps from the pages in this action figure incarnation of the classic DC Comics monster!

Also hitting shelves is the most famous elemental in the DC Universe, Swamp Thing joins the ranks of the DC ICONS line as #18 and is sculpted as he appeared in the Swamp Thing comics arc “Dark Genesis”. The figure appropriately stands a head above most of the other figures and is expertly detailed, and comes packed with Un-Man.

These latest additions to the DC Collectibles DC Comics ICONS action figures have been released in tandem with the Justice League “Rebirth” 7-figure set, and are available in specialty shops everywhere.

Unboxing…The BATMAN

The action figure collectibles market is again booming thanks to toy makers eager to latch onto the adult collector!

The collectible action figure market has exceedingly grown up with its market, and never more so than in the last decade. Everyone from Hasbro, Mattel to competitively invested Japanese toy makers have invested in the fabrication of sculpting multi-articulated and artfully crafted figures that outweigh their appeal to capture adult collectors, and similarly attract younger investors. The DC Comics universe and all its brand expansion has generated some high-collectible interest especially in the last year.

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Medicom Toy manufacturers Batman action figure based on the film design appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is among one of the best on the market for a 6″ line.

With several movie and television licenses, and a limitless volume of publication imprints to their name, DC Comics must lead the charge on several toy lines that have grabbed collectors attention and garnered major excitement. Among one of the most anticipated films of the year, Warner Bros. launched the blockbuster season with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which expanded on the DC Comics Cinematic Universe and brought together on the big screen for the first time the “big three” including the film’s headliners and Wonder Woman.

The action figure roll out featured for all audiences a selection of 1:18 (3.75”), 1:12 (5”- 6”) and 1:10  (7”) scale at several different price levels. The DC Comics Multiverse line released prior to the BvS film’s premiere in theaters gave fans the first look at the characters distinct looks for the big screen with durably strong, variably articulated and heavily accessorized action figures for general play. The release was also accompanied by figures for the DC TV personalities including The Flash and Green Arrow as they appear in their respective television series.

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Though the likeness of these figures, the detailing and craftsmanship is admirable, for the adult collector, more recent releases will be far more attractive especially in the form of the action figure line from Japanese toy maker Medicom Toy. No. 017 in the line is part of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice series. Let’s examine the Batman action figure now available on the collectible market. I picked up my figure here in New York City’s Midtown Comics Grand Central Station location, and I was skeptical at first of picking up the figure.

The last Medicom figure I purchased was their version of Batman (V.1) as he appeared in The Dark Knight Rises and although the figure was highly-detailed, beautifully crafted and well articulated, it was extremely delicate in construction. The right arm on the initially purchased figure fell out of its socket when it was raised to shoulder height. I exchanged that figure, and the second also suffered from a similar limitation. I resorted to never moving the right arm to keep it in place. Already from the looks of the much sturdier BvS version, that isn’t a problem.

The detail alone on the 6″ figure is astounding. The figure is accurately sculpted to resemble actor Ben Affleck in the kevlar armor suit he dons for most of the film. The proportions are among the best ever for a figure of this size and appear to have been made from a laser scan of the actor in the suit itself. The brass-fitted detailing on the Batsuit, including the utility belt, gauntlet and steel-tipped boots are appropriately worn from battle. The cape is properly fitted under the cowl through to the shoulders and is wired to allow for dramatic poses.

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The figure is packed with movie-accurate accessories including a perfectly sized batarang, Batman’s signature grappling gun and the kryptonite grenade launcher the character uses in the film in defense against the Man of Steel. The action figure is hyper-articulated for an unimaginable number of positions and comes with a transparent stand to solidly pose the figure for display. By comparison to the similarly scaled DC Comics Multiverse figure from Mattel of about the same size, the Medicom figure is far superior and a much better buy for the price point.

The Mattel line, which is meant to appeal to a younger audience, and is manufactured for practical play, is a hunk of a 6″ figure, and for what it lacks in detail it makes up for in articulation, but the Medicom figure is in a class all of its own. Ideal for the serious collector, great for play and posing, this Batman v Superman Batman action figure is a delight. The first in a series that will also feature Superman and Wonder Woman in their movie accurate costume, Medicom is also releases a companion set of figures based on the cast of Suicide Squad to position alongside the expanding DC Comics cinematic universe.

A high-end line of action figures based on BvS from DC Collectibles will also be hitting the market under the brand title of “DC Films” and promises to deliver on the level of the Medicom Toy line, but in the meantime this series is a must have, and at a price mark of just under $50 they are well worth picking up.

DC Comics ICONS Get Articulated!

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Just in time for the holidays DC Comics releases the most ambitious line of action figures worthy of the multiverse that they hail from. These are ICONS!

The action figure collectible has become huge for fans in the market to not only partake of their favorite adventures whether they be television favorites or comic book hero, now DC Collectibles adds to their increasing line of variants with the DC Comics ICONS Action Figure line.

Crossing all spectrums of the multiverse and celebrating the near centennial history of the comics publisher the ICONS line will feature the most highly detailed sculpts, multiple points of articulation and accessorized features of any previously released model.

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The DC Comics ICONS line of collectible action figures will feature the most articulation of any line competitively on the market for a 6″ figure line.

The premiere set of the line just launched and features Batman from “Last Rites”Deadman from “Brightest Day”Green Arrow from “The Long Bow Hunters”, and Mister Miracle from “Earth 2” with a deluxe version of Green Lantern with Emerald Armor and coming up soon The Flash with Cosmic Treadmill.

Several other figures will be released in future lines including a classic take on Superman, his arch nemesis Lex Luthor and the villainous Joker. With the current focus of creatives at DC taking readers through all points and parts and of the multiverse and the publishing house’s history, the ICONS line will certainly feature prominently on fan’s holiday lists.

The DC Comics ICONS is meant to appeal not only to the die-hard collector but also those that enjoy a design with a degree of playability, which the multi-jointed and accessorized 6″ figures have in spades. The proportions of each are also quite realistic and the detail is much more accurate as compared perhaps to Hasbro’s line of Marvel LEGENDS.

Similar to that line of figures, ICONS will transcend to include versions of characters from post “The New 52” continuity as well. Additionally DC Collectibles will also be expanding on its line of television based action figures, as it adds Black Canary from “Arrow” and the highly anticipated release of the Reverse-Flash from “The Flash”.

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The DC Comics ICONS line of collectible action figures will feature the most articulation of any line competitively on the market for a 6″ figure line.
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Superman and from “Forever Evil” Atomic with a legacy of Atoms.