Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Indiana Jones Young Indy

From the "Last Crusade" wave, one of the top figures from this line. Brilliant head sculpt and very nice details all-around.

Where it all began: the whip, the ophidiophobia... and the first catch, the Cross of Coronado!

MOC 2008, Hasbro.

Figure: Young Indy. While not stunning, it is indeed one of the best figures from any of the waves. If it could be better, it´s a lot closer to the perfect side than anywhere near a bad figure. An absolute must!

The Ace behind the high points: River Phoenix shinny replica head sculpt.

Included accessories.

Included Hidden Relic! The Cross of Coronado.

The Ticket to Adventure. With every single-carded figure (and hidden relic crate) came a sticker. Collecting 6 could grant you a fantastic Crystal Skeleton Figure with Throne.

"This should be in a museum!"

Status: Available for trade


Monday, February 27, 2012

Indiana Jones with Temple Pitfall

A diorama scene to complete Indiana Jones with Temple Trap features the famous first whip-jump!

A considerably highly detailed diorama is included in this deluxe set. Snakes and stakes!

MOC 2008, Hasbro.

Included accessories. An open whip with a knot to fit any peg (or enemy weapon), pistol and a lot of snakes (he hates snakes).

Included figure: Indiana Jones, Temple Pitfall.

Similar to Temple Trap Indy, can be immediately recognized because of its gradient pants (with sand/mud markings) and molded satchel strap.

Different from all the other Indy figures, this one´s satchel comes molded to the jacket. If it wasn´t for the fact that we can choose from so many Indianas, this would be a negative aspect.

What´s really bothering about this figure? Its hands, and most notably the right one. The only way one can fit the revolver can be seen above.

The great thing about the set, the included diorama. Sturdy and detailed, it´s pretty much what any Indiana Jones fan could ask. Depicts the scene and fits any corner of your collection.

Even the back is molded and painted in style.

Snaps together with Temple Trap!

Fit the whip´s knot into the tree´s peg and try to rotate Indy to the other side of the Pitfall.

Note the button on top of the tree. If you push it, the peg recoils and Indy falls!

Can Indy safely cross the pit?

... or will he fall to his doom?

Going out the Peruvian Temple!

Status: Available for trade


Friday, February 24, 2012

Indiana Jones with Temple Trap

A deluxe set from Raiders of the Lost Ark wave, features one of the recognizable movie scenes including a "snap shut" trap.

The Chachapoyan Fertility Idol, also known as Golden Idol.

MOC 2008, Hasbro.

Included accesories. An open whip!

Figure: Indiana Jones. A poorly articulated figure. No wrist rotation, no knee bending. A lot like the post 95 Star Wars figures from Hasbro.

Awful detail when comparing to other Indy figures from the very same era. Check out Indy´s neck fresh out of the blister!

When accessorized it holds its own... just.

The small diorama is pretty cool, though. Snaps shut if "Indy" doesn´t solve the riddle. "Can Indy rescue the Golden Idol or will he trigger the deadly trap?"

To "solve" it, one must rotate the base so that the Golden Idol pops up.


Status: Available for trade


Monday, February 20, 2012

Indiana Jones with Ark

Another fantastic pack from the Raiders of the Lost Ark wave, featuring a cloth disguised Indy and a peachy-crafted Ark of the Covenant...

Disguised as local diggers, Indy and his loyal friend, Sallah, gain access to the excavation site of Belloq and the Germans. With Sallah´s help, Indy lowers himself by rope into the restricted map room. Inside, he uses the Staff of Ra to discover the true location of the Well of Souls, a buried chamber that hides the Ark of the Covenant.

MOC, 2008 Hasbro.

Included accessories: Pouch, whip and revolver. The mandatory set.

Figure: Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark as dig worker. Neat combination, since whenever cloth is used for 4" figures, usually looks awful. In this case, shinny.

Features a hook-and-loop fastener making it very easy to remove and put back again. Brilliant.

Once out of the disguise, the only thing left to remove are the rags. However, since they´re sculpted, no luck there.

However great the cloth piece may be, this set´s star is without a shadow of a doubt, the Ark of the Covenant.

Perfectly crafted, brilliantly sculpted, with tiny and accurate details on it. One of the best pieces I´ve ever seen.

Opens (no sand there), has all the movie-like details and really looks golden. A true master and display piece. 

Status: Available for trade


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mystic Force Red Ranger with Gloves

 From the legendary Power Rangers series, comes Nick, the Red Ranger in "Legendary Mode" with his Mystic Force Fighters gloves...

Bandai, 2005.

Figure: Mystic Force Team Red Ranger, Nick.

The cape is molded to the figure and the tips act as triggers to activate the boxing moves. While one hand throws a punch, the other recoils in a very cool and smooth way.

That is possible because this figure has 4 crank wheel sets in its arms.  Figure is 6.4" tall. Rotating 360ยบ wrists allow boxing moves to look "real".

"Mystic Force Fighters" boxing gloves (Red Ranger Nick).

 This figure was an "exclusive extra" mail-away offer for those who bought 2 jungle fury DVDs from Disney, Although I´m not sure if it was ever sold separately, it most probably was since the dvd sets are from 2007/2008 and the figure is dated 2005. The figure itself has no relation to the Jungle Fury series, and many fans at the time may have questioned the reasons for such a uncontextualized offer.  

Status: Available for trade

Friday, February 10, 2012

Iron (Eon) Kid - Gran (Captain Magnum)

Another great character from the greatly underrated series, Iron, or Eon Kid.  Central Federation Army soldiers group leader, Captain Magnum or as the European Iron Kid back card states, Gran.

Known as "The Legend", at least by himself, Captain Magnum is a fierce and powerful combat CDF robot.

Figure: Gran (Captain Magnum). 7.6" tall, features light effects powered by 2 button cells.

Light effects can be activated in two ways.

Pull: By pulling away Gran´s arms, reveals the feared multiple missile launchers and ignites the lights.  

Press: Pressing down its head produces the same above effect. However, if the missile battery is closed, you won´t be able to see any light.

Captain Magnum is a formidable and sturdy fighter with enormous physical strenght.

Besides both brute force and multiple missiles, the most feared weapon (or superweapon) is the pair of "Storm Gigacannons" installed in his forearms.  

Similar to that worn by the CDF ground troops, his blue armor is apparently at a higher level.

Magnum trusts its massive firepower to attack from a distance.

Able to withstand most attacks of his adversaries and beating stronger opponents. In fact, was able to stand up to Gigantor relatively evenly.

Status: Available for trade