Transformers Generations – Wheeljack

A while back I had spotted some TF Prime figures at a nearby TARGET and the one that stood out to me the most was Wheeljack.That green and white color scheme immediately caught my eye because It reminded me so much of  the original 80’s cartoon Wheeljack!I brought it home and even did a post about it only to be disappointed by the absence of his Autobot faction symbol.Now I know I’m “beating a dead horse” here and most everyone who collects TF prime figures have already come to terms with this  but not this collector.I still don’t know the reasoning behind all this and maybe someone can clarify this for me but if I’m buying  a TF figure it darn well better have an Autobot or  Decepticon faction symbol on it somewhere . Long story short,I returned the TF Prime Wheeljack  only to have my socks knocked off  a couple days later when I accidentally bumbed into this awesome TF Generations Wheeljack on clearance at my local Marshalls department store!I wasn’t even there for TF’s and they just so happened to have a  s^%$ load of em’!Most of them were the not so popular DOTM movie figures and the rest were Generations.I should have snagged up more but ended up walking away with an Optimus Prime DOTM Voyager Class and this totally sick  Generations Wheeljack figure!I just love this guy and from what I hear(shout out to Jason Vorhees)the rest of the Generations line is pretty sick as well.I am also a fan of the DOTM  Mechtech movie TF’s  so I will be on the look out for both of these lines as I’ve gotten bit by the TF’s bug recently.Enjoy the pics!

Transformers D.O.T.M. – Thundercracker 7/30-8/5

Like I’ve stated in the past,my favoritism towards certain action figures in my collection varies from week to week.There are times where I’ll be  holding an action figure and say to myself “Man,this is one bad a$# figure!”. This past week I’ve been doing that a lot with my Transformers,and right now they stand atop my” favorite action figures right now” list.I’ve already done posts on my DOTM Prime and Bumblebee figures,and this week will be looking at DOTM  Deluxe Class Thundercracker and TF’s Generations  Wheeljack.I’ll be vacationing this week so I’ll try to get the Wheeljack post in on Tuesday before I head out 😉 As far as Thundercracker goes, I’m seriously diggin’ him!The photo of him on the back of the card doesn’t really do the actual figure any justice.I only picked him up because of the Jet mode and how much it reminded me of the G1 version of him I owned as a kid.I didn’t expect to like his robot mode as much as I do now!One of the cool things about these contemporary TF’s is the amount of articulation and pose-ability of them.I was able to get some pretty cool stances out of  Thundercracker  holding his weapons and the menacing look on his robotic chiseled face  is downright spine tingling.There is an anti-heroic presence  about this figure that will have you wanting to take pics of him next to other baddies you may have in your collection.I opted to do a side by side shot with my Resolute Cobra Commander.If you haven’t jumped on the Transformers bandwagon yet i  strongly suggest you do so .The pleasure of looking at these amazingly engineered action figures displayed side by side with other TF’s or any 3 3/4 figures you may have is priceless.They literally stand out and as frustrating as it can be sometimes, transforming these guys will instantly bring you back to your childhood!Enjoy the pics 🙂

 

Indiana Jones Temple Of Doom – Chief Temple Guard

Keeping the adventure themed ball rolling,here we have  the chief temple guard from the  Indiana Jones toy line. I won this guy on  Ebay for about 2 bucks and some change and the shipping cost was only about 3 bucks!Insane considering the fact that most MOC action figures ship for $6+.Aside from my Indie figure,this is the only other figure from the line that i own although something tells me (actually it’s just me telling myself) it won’t be the last 😉 I have a thing were I have to have at least 3 figures from a toy line to feel like I am properly representing it.Anyways I’m really diggin’ this figure due to the fact that it’s from the 80’s film that i loved so much as a kid.Nothing against the newer films,as the figures from their line are cool as well,  but I just haven’t  seen any of them  in their entirety yet.These I.J.’s figures are detailed to a tee and look very much like their movie counterparts.  If you were wondering,this is the guy who’s pants get caught  in a steam-roller ultimately being pulled in and flattened to death..ouch!Some of the death scenes in these I.J.’s flicks make Mortal Kombat Fatalities look humane.

 

These I.J. figures come with some pretty cool movie accurate accessories as well as a small box which contains an awesome relic as well as a small collectible picture of it.

Pirates of the Caribbean O.S.T.-Captain Jack Sparrow

Here is the other POTC  figure i recently picked up along with old Blackbeard.I knew I needed to pick this guy up at some point after seeing how cool he looked loose on jboypacman’s site Revenge From The Cosmic Ark.These figures really have that Hasbro feel to them even though they were made by Jakks Pacific.You can find these on clearance at your local Wal-Mart’s and if you haven’t already,definitely pick some up!

Pirates of the Caribbean O.S.T. – Blackbeard 7/23-7/29

I picked this Blackbeard figure up on clearance along with a Jack Sparrow from my local Wal-Mart  a while back.This is a line I’ve been wanting to get into for a while now and figured it was about time that I add some of these toys to my collection.If you’ve been meaning to pick up some POTC figures for your collection then now would be a great time to do so.They should all be in your local Wal-Mart’s clearance section for about  $3 bucks a piece.

Generator Rex-Battle Saw Rex w/Parasax E.V.O.

Last but not least we have Battle Saw Rex  which is basically Rex with a different weapon feature.It’s too bad they didn’t make some of the weapons interchangeable.I think Mattel maybe figured they could make more money selling individualized Rex’s as opposed to one customizable Rex.I don’t know,but the figure ‘s still pretty solid and i guess a display with multiple Rex figures sporting different weaponry might look pretty cool. I may pick up other variations of him if i can find them at the same $1 dollar price tag.

This Rex figure boasts the same outfit as the last one I reviewed with the only difference being the weapon and E.V.O.Another cool difference is the facial expressions,they are different for all the Rex figures,or at least the two that I have.

The name of the E.V.O. included with this Battle Saw Rex figure is Parasax.

And finally a group shot of my small Generator Rex collection which may get bigger If  I can find some more merchandise on clearance.Heck I might even pay regular price if they release any new figures.Stay tuned!

Generator Rex – Biowulf w/ Gila-Fang E.V.O.

Biowulf  is one of  Van Kleiss’s  henchmen and second in command of “The Pack”.He is a cybernetic Wolf-like creature with enhanced senses,speed and agility.At one point Biowulf  took over for Kleiss as leader of “The Pack” and showed great leadership skills while gaining the utmost respect from E.V.O.’s under his command.Biowulf  momentarily joined forces with Rex when the shileld around the “Bug Jar” was down and aided in repairing it.

Another solid figure from MATTEL’S Generator Rex line,Biowulf  is your quintessential bad a#$ henchman.Sporting Lady Deathstrike-like claws and standing a bit taller  shorter than his leader Van Kleiss,Biowulf  is a welcome addition to my collection of Generator Rex figures.This is one of the few characters to feature an articulated abdomen allowing for a wider array of Warewolf- like poses.

Biowullf’s E.V.O. is called Gila Fang.Gila Fang can be found in the “Bug Jar”,a city that has been quarantined due to to a high population of  hostile E.V.O.’s.

Generator Rex- Van Kleiss w/ Larvus E.V.O.

This guy here is my favorite of the few G.R.  figures i picked up recently.This is Van Kleiss,leader of  a dangerous group of E.V.O.’s called The Pack.Van Kleiss is a scientist who was also exposed to Nanites,in fact when the blast that released these Nanites occurred,Kleiss was in the epicenter of it.Van Kleiss is Rex’s arch-enemy and constantly tries to persuade him to join The Pack but to no avail.Kleiss has the ability to drain Nanites out of any E.V.O.  and can create E.V.O. ‘s as well.

There really aren’t any flaws on this figure.The paint is top notch as well as the sculpt and representation of the character.Van Kleiss has your typical “bad guy” feel to him and literally rules with an iron hand.

If there was one thing i would have liked to see added to this figure,it would be leg articulation.Other than that Van Kleiss is a pretty solid action figure!

Van Kleiss’s E.V.O. is called Larvus.Larvus has the ability to take on a human form and can also transform into a large slug like creature!

Next  we’ll be taking a look at Van Kleiss’s right hand man..errr..E.V.O. Biowulf!

Generaotor Rex – Agent Six w/ Incisorax E.V.O.

Agent Six’s back story is pretty extensive but here is a brief  bio.”Agent Six is an agent of Providence,an organization that works towards curing or killing off hostile E.V.O.S. After developing a soft spot for Rex , Agent Six  takes him under his wing acting as a mentor of sorts.Agent Six is the 6th most  dangerous man on the planet,hence the name Agent Six.Six is a skilled martial artist with enhanced strength and prefers to use   swords and knives to guns and ammo.” How can you not love a character with these characteristics?If you would like to read more here is a link to the Wiki page http://generatorrexpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Agent_Six Now that we’ve got that out of the way,let’s get into to figure review!

Here is a figure that could have gotten some real special treatment in the articulation department.I believe that any action figure with a martial arts background should have added articulation for obvious reasons.This Agent Six figure also suffers from the permanent bend in his left leg because of the way he was packaged. But again,this really doesn’t bother me because it kind of  fits the overall lanky character design.

Another problem area with this figure is his left hand,which is a little bit more opened than his right hand making it impossible for Six to hold his second Katana by the handle.I ultimately had to have him hold it by the  blade which is a little thicker than the handle. The articulation is limited for a martial arts themed figure but works well and stays true to the line’s character designs.I also love the paint on these figures.The bright, cartoonish colors should really make any toy display pop!

Every Generator Rex figure comes with it’s own E.V.O. (Exponentially Variegated Organism) mini-figure and this ones name is Incisorax!In the cartoon series,Incisorax inhabit a city(A.K.A. Bug Jar) that was contaminated and overrun by a large number of Nanites that eventually turned every living organism within it into E.V.O.’s. Eventually every human survivor was evacuated from the city and and a force field was set up around it in attempts to quarantine all hostile E.V.O.’s

Generator Rex-Punk Busters Rex w/Rhinocerage E.V.O.

I remember walking down the aisles of a Kay-Bee toy store as a kid and finding some very cool Flash Gordon Defenders of the Earth figures warming the pegs of  the clearance section. Not only were they low priced(can’t remember how much they were exactly) but nearly every figure from the line was there.I remember picking up  Ming and Flash Gordon as well as a Phantom figure if my memory serves me correct.Now while i doubt that those three particular figures made up the entire wave,it was cool to be able to take home the protagonist in Flash Gordon his trusty side-kick Phantom and his arch-enemy Ming!Being able to have a few of the main characters of an action figure line meant instant hours of  epic play time and the ability to re-create cool cartoon scenarios without having to bring in any odd-ball  characters from other toy lines.I kind of  got that good ol’ fashion feeling again when i spotted most of the major players from Cartoon Networks animated series Generator Rex,for a buck a piece!Had there been only one character available i probably would have passed but i wasn’t  about to pass on snagging up practically a whole wave of  figures for 5 bucks and some change.

I was never that big on the series but always thought the art and animation was top notch.Apparently there was a big explosion releasing Nanites into the atmosphere that infected everything on Earth,causing animals as well as humans to mutate  and gain super abilities.Rex was one of the few who retained his human appearance even after being infected by the Nanites and acquiring the ability to morph into various mechanical shapes and forms.This version of Rex features him in his “Punk Busters”, over sized mechanical shoes that allow Rex to walk around without tiring,jump high and also kick the cr#$ out of evil E.V.O.’s  😉

These figures vary in size but are all around the 3 to 3 3/4 inch range.I really love the bright colors on these figures and the sculpts are cool as well.Most of the figures from this line have articulated arms ,legs and heads while certain Rex figures have mechanical weapons attached to either his arms or legs that have additional points of articulation.

MATTEL did a great job with these figures only i wish the plastic they opted to use was a bit harder.It’s a bit on the soft rubbery side  and some of the figures,the skinny one’s mostly,tend to have a permanent bend in their legs but not enough to drive me crazy.As you can see it doesn’t affect the pose-ability at all.

Every Generator Rex figure comes with it’s own species of  E.V.O. Rhinocerage is a two foot tall E.V.O. with above average strength that also happens to be blind.

These little guys are awesome and have the same quality of  toys you would find inside of those novelty figurine blind bags.I can’t wait to open the rest of these figures as these mini E.V.O.’s would look great together in a group shot!

Next up I’ll be reviewing Rex’s mentor/boss Agent Six.Stay tuned!