Thursday, September 29, 2011

Toy Beauty - Marmit Ultraman Taro

Ultraman Taro 12" (1/6th scale), Marmit, Japan 1995

Toy Beauty - Mego Magnetic Batman and Robin

12" Magnetic Batman and Robin, Mego Corporation, America 1977

Thanks to my bestest pal Mar-God for helping me acquire these wonderful and kinda rare pieces, especially complete and in this kinda shape, pretty much mint. The Dynamic Duo can be seen here scaling my kitchen fridge searching for some ne'er do wells or perhaps a late night snack. Keen eyes will note that Robin's head is fairly close to the Gabriel Lone Ranger, while the grimacing Batman is an interesting, and kinda intimidating counterpart to the head found on the more serene 12" version. Great pieces indeed and a very proud addition to my collection.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Toy Beauty - Mattel Retro Action Superman

A keen eye might note that while this is the RA Superman, I've replaced that oft maligned Mattel body with the far, far superior ZICA one with, well...Super results. Much better proportions and a more natural musculature help him to look alot more heroic and even make those completely disproportionate boots look more normal. I strongly urge anyone who has any of the Retro Action figures to order a few ZICA bodies and see the difference. I hope to do a more thorough analysis in the future. Also apologies for the long layoff, busy season at work and 10-12 hour work days can make Jack a dull boy...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hot Toys Superman - UPDATE

I found this image perusing the ultimate Superman Blog Supermania. SuperFan Sebastian Columbo created this side by side with the use of the original HT press shot and a Photoshop touch up. As you can see some small tweaks to the eyes, jawline, curl and width of the neck would make this release perfect. Lets hope the folks at Hot Toys are listening.

Inside Kung Fu Spiderman Cover

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Death Ray

Finally my prayers have been answered and someone decided to make a Death Ray toy! From Press POP, the Japanese company behind the Enid Fashon Doll from years back as well as many other cool toys based on the works of Clowes, Bagge, Woodring, Pruett and Ware. This 12'' Doll will be limited to only 200(!) pieces and goes on sale tomorrow for $105 USD. Assumed to tie in with the upcoming hardcover D+Q re release of the celebrated 23rd issue of Eightball originally published in 2004.

And I was just thinking of trying to make a Mego custom from a Spiderman beater I had...this is really a dream come true...hope I get one! More information at the official Press POP site here.

The Death Ray Hardcover is expected in stores Fall 2011.