It was about a couple of years ago today that i decided to give this whole Blog thing a try.I had already been a fan of sites like “Revenge from the Cosmic Ark” and Reis’s “Hey,Look At My Toys!” http://dorkhorde.blogspot.com/.Great blogger’s like Debs from http://www.vintageactionfigures.net/ ,jboypacman from the http://theclawfulpunch.blogspot.com/ and Colin of http://super-dupertoybox.blogspot.com/ “Super Duper Toy Box” fame were among the first to comment on Action Figs and Things.These guys not only inspired me,but kindly accepted me into their blogosphere and for that i consider them to be not only a support group of sorts ,but also my friends.Thank you!Since then my circle of fellow bloggers has grown and more friendships have formed as a result.Ya gotta love Hobby over at http://monstercafesaltillo.blogspot.com/ …so controversial though 😉 Jdub over at http://jessewg.blogspot.com/ “Metal Borgs”…where have you been?!?.Buzzchuck(Kevin) from http://actionfigureadventures.blogspot.com/ whom i honestly believe owns every action figure ever created in the 80’s!Dan over at http://plasticmayhem.blogspot.com/ who when you least expect it,drops in on you with a comical ,chuckle inducing comment 😉 Love his video game posts,too.Chris still has the most http://ridiculouslyawesome.wordpress.com/ comic collection and also has the distinction of being the first WordPress blogger i ever reached out to. http://figurefanzero.com/ has some of the most awesome reads this side of the blogosphere and http://combollectoractionfigurerev.blogspot.com/ pics are priceless!Oh,can’t forget http://jasonvorhees2.wordpress.com/ for aiding me in my quest to finally obtain a vintage Thundercats figure(Panthro) among other cool things via trade!And it all started here.In this home from where i am typing this up as we speak.Solitarily sitting on an adjustable,rolling office chair in front of an old Dell computer with my family in the distance giving me all of their support,albeit in their own special way.They,especially,have had my back throughout all of this ,knowing how much this hobby means to me.And while i’m sure there where instances where they thought to themselves “Man,what the heck does my 36 year old dad see in those little plastic action figures?!?”,sparingly,not once did they make it evident.My family truly is heroic!Tomorrow will be our last day here,and until we can get established in our new home ,posts will be few and far between.I find it funny though, how my very first blog post was about my Secret Wars Captain America figure and my final(well until i’m fully moved into the other place)post before i move will also be about a Captain America action figure. I didn’t even intend for it to be that way,it just happened.So as my family and i bid farewell to what has been our “humble abode”,I leave you with The Avengers “Shield Launcher” Captain America!This one’s quickly becoming a personal favorite of mine!Enjoy the pics and i’ll see ya on da flipside!
I don’t know what it is but lately i’ve been on a Captain America binge,snagging up whatever figures of him i can find.I’ve been wanting to start exclusively collecting Cap’ so why not start now.I’ve been heard clamouring on about not having and desperately wanting a classic uniformed Captain America figure in previous posts, and while this version doesn’t WOW me,it certainly fills the void.If i were to change one thing about this figure,it would be the shade of blue used on the overall sculpt.I would have preferred a lighter shade,but it’s all good.This is a solid figure for the most part and a most welcomed addition to my small yet growing Captain America collection!
I just realized that A.I.M. would be the acronym for Arial Infiltration Mission.Anywhootin’anny…i’ve been wanting to add a classic Cap to the old collection for a while now but they were always too expensive online and they barely showed up on the pegs round these parts.Marshalls use to have the Captain America movie comic versions with the jet-pack thingamajigger on clearance for as low as 5 bucks, but i always passed on that one.Son of a popper!So the other day i decided to check the clearance aisle at Marshalls..again…and came across this guy right here.Avengers blah blah blah blah Mission Captain America!And he had the red boots!-CHECK.And he had the red gloves!-CHECK.And even though the rest of the figure was based on the movie version, he had the three classic red stripes going across his lower abdomen just like the original Cap!(or so i thought)-CHECK.And it was only 4 bucks!-CHECK.So i bought that muthapiece!Brought it home,opened it up and took off the parachute web gear to get a better look at those awesome red stripes that obviously paid homage to the classic….AAAAAARGH!WTF!Little dark blue stripes in between the red ones!AAWW crap i’d been played 😦 It turns out the dark blue stripes are really part of his suspenders,but man why not just paint those suckers white to keep ish real!It looked rather odd to say the least,but the rest of the figure sort of grew on me after posing and messing around with it a bit.I like the lighter shade of blue compared to the darker shade that was used for the first movie version release.The red gloves and boots are also a nice touch and the parachute web gear + parachute helped raise the morale.For 4 bucks i can’t complain.I even thought about getting some white out to paint over the suspender straps,but i hate messing around with the integrity of an action figure.Oh well.Hopefully the Cap i have on the way will better the situation.
OUCH!Isn’t that the French flag’s color scheme?
Arial Infiltration Mission Captain America!Sounds promising.But is it?I’ll be posting about this parachutist play set’s pros and cons either tonight or within the next couple of days or so.Stay tuned!
Got lucky and found this R2 figure on clearance at a local Marshalls for 3 bucks!Not the best toy rendition but solid.The head,if you could even call it that,does not spin and is a flat grey color instead of chrome.Other than those two gripes i like it.The best thing about this particular R2 figure is his sound/light gimmick!All those trademark beeps,buzzes and whistles can be heard with the press of a small button on his front side.A small light also turns on at the same time.This guy should look good displayed(once i am able to actually display them) next to my other SW figures.
I see da light!
This rendition of the Lizard was one that i had been on the fence about.After looking at the figure close up,i can appreciate it a little more.Now lets get to the elephant in the room.In the film,Lizard towers over little old Spidey and there is an obvious height differential.In the pics below you can see that Lizard is about the same height as Spider-Man.Not cool.Fortunately it doesn’t take away from the sculpt and overall the figure is detailed nicely.A super-soaker 😉 i mean weapon was also included for Lizard but i found it difficult to get him to stand up while holding it,so pics of him face down on the shelf with slightly detached accessory have been omitted.The fact that i got this set for 7 bucks,and single carded Lizard’s are still selling for 9 justifies everything.These figures won’t blow you away but the price tag will,assuming you can find them at your local Marshalls.If you’r looking for a decent Spider-Man and Lizard movie figure then this is the set to hunt down. I wouldn’t pay anything over 10 dollars for it though.
“Hulk smash wonky eyed Lizard!”
I’ll start this post with the protagonist of the three pack ,Spider-Man.Not a bad figure with limited(9 points),yet workable articulation.Love the deep blue color scheme on the textured uniform.It reminds me of the new 3 3/4 Superman figure.The launcher added as a gimmick also has a cool design.Must be a Tony Stark innovation 😉