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 🙂


Star Wars Vintage Collection-Darth Vader 4/16-4/22

I must be crazy to consider myself an action figure collector and not have any Star Wars figures  on my toy shelf.That’s what i would tell myself as i would read Star Wars post after Star Wars post on other blogs that i follow, desperately wanting to start my own SW collection but not knowing where to begin.I really got the Star Wars itch after going to Five Below and seeing tons of them on clearance,which reminds me that i still have to see about those Guardians of the Wild figures for jboypacman over at Revenge From The Cosmic Ark( I haven’t forgotten jb  😉 ).I haven’t gotten the chance to get back there for a myriad of reasons but those SW figures always stayed in the back of my mind.Enter Ebay!While doing a little “Windows” shopping (get it..”Windows” the OS……anyways)i stumbled across what would eventually be my very first Star Wars action figure, a 2010 Star Wars Vintage Collection Darth Vader!I know this figure is probably old news to just about every other toy collector on the planet ,but since i barely gave this genre a second look  it was relatively new to me.I sort of remember these hanging on toy aisle pegs but with so many other SW lines surrounding them i would quickly become overwhelmed and move on to the Joe section. I realized after coming across this Darth Vader  figure on Ebay that this was the one i needed to get me off and running.I liked everything about it,the retro packaging,articulation,removable helmet and what better way to start off  a  SW collection than with arguably the movies most popular character . The figure,although spot on  in the likeness department, does have two minor flaws.1)Staying true to the 70’s and 80’s line the figures do not come with stands and 2)Although a great touch, the removable helmet does not stay on as tight as i would like it to.To be honest the helmet issue doesn’t bug me as much as the stand does because i don’t plan on playing with the figure while the stand would have come in handy for display purposes.I gotta tell you though,taking this guy out of the packaging and holding it in your hands has quite the effect on you when you realize how much of an iconic character Darth Vader is.I don’t want to come off sounding corny but it really felt like i was holding a piece of history.For a minute there i was kid again, clumsily removing Vader’s Light Saber and waving it around as if it were life size LOL!Darth Vader IMO is the Snake Eyes of the SW universe and an all around fantastic addition to my collection .