Every once in a while a couple of Lanard CORPS! figures manage to sneak their way into my collection and such is the case with Shadow!Hugo “Shadow” Ortiz is affiliated with the covert ops branch of the CORPS and is a decent looking figure for the price.
Lanard has provided a cool site http://www.thecorpshq.com/ for serious and/or casual collectors of CORPS! figures.You’ll be able to access certain pages like the one shown below,of every member of the CORPS! team including the villains.You’ll only be able to access character bios if you become a member,which isn’t that big of a deal but it is nice to get a feel for a figures background.
I picked this up a while back and figured it was about time that i post about it. This is that 5 dollar set that you see warming the pegs in your local Wal-Mart’s toy aisle hanging hopelessly next to the 30th ann. Joe’s trying desperately to fit in,and although these figures don’t get 1/4 of the attention other more popular toy brands receive i really love em’!Here we have Alex Brody A.K.A.” Rucker”, Zander Baptiste A.K.A “Crash” and Marcus Dundee A.K.A. “Rip”!This set also comes with a motorcycle that while not top quality,still serves it’s purpose.
Ladies and gentlemen let the budget bonanza begin!I posted about this line of figures a while back and today i will add one more to the collection.Say hello to “Decoder” the third and final member of the Ninja Corps Shinobi Squad.I picked up Mirage and Rain a couple weeks back and really loved them,so naturally i had to go back for Decoder.This is another great looking figure from LANARD’S The Corps! toy line and and you can’t beat the $1.77 price tag.The figure is solid and the only negative are his accessories.They don’t lock on to his arms as snug as i want them to but they still stay on and make the figure look great when attached!
I can’t tell you how excited i am about this post.The other day i decided to check out the toy aisles in my local Wal-Mart and i happened to pass by these single carded Corps figures .Now in the past i have given these figures a quick glance and that’s about it,never really wanting to spend money on generic figures that could end up being poorly made and fall apart once i got them out of the package.After all the 5-7 buck price for multiple figures (i think 5 came in a pack) led me to believe that the quality of the plastic and the figure itself would not be worth the money.I always liked the character design though.So when i saw these single carded figures on the pegs for $ 1.77 each i figured what the heck,if they end up being flimsy and of poor quality then it only cost me a little under 4 bucks to find out.I noticed that there were different teams of Corps figures,6 to be exact which include “Terra Team,Sea Squad,Flying Force,Shinobi Squad and Covert Command.The 6th and final group is that of the villainous Marauders! I picked up two Shinobi Squad members and love the heck out of ’em!These guys are solid and although the same mold was clearly used for both figures,the character designs and paints are different enough to enjoy them equally.Also,they are from the same Shinobi Squad so having the same uniform and Shinobi Squad emblem on their vests makes perfect sense.
The other concern i had with these figures before buying them was their pose-ability and where was i going to put those weapons.Did the figures have holsters for the hand guns and sheaths for the sword?And the answer to all of those questions was “yes”.Not only are the joints tight on these figures but they have just enough articulation to pose and display them in a lot of different ways.The backs of the figures have a G.I. Joe like hole where you can put the ninja star/blade in and a sheath made up of two small slits where the sword slides right into.They also have holsters on the lower leg to place pistol.
Immediately after opening my Shinobi Squad Ninja Corpse figures i went to the back of the card to see if there was any background info or character bios and to my disappointment there wasn’t.Fortunately after a little digging i found the LANARD website (the company that makes the toys) and from there i found the official Corpse website http://thecorpshq.com/ .After joining i had access to character bio’s,games,wallpaper and a ton of other cool stuff.This toy line is begging for a Saturday morning cartoon series and it deserves it.Whoever created these characters and their likenesses obviously knows a thing or two about action figures…cool action figures.From the looks of it there seems to be 18 characters(2 of them not shown on card back) in all in the Corps universe and for the price i might consider completing this set.