Alpha Flight on sale (essentially 100 pesos per figure) and almost immediately, I was completely hooked.
Excellent articulation: A basic minifigure body base boasts 14 points of articulation.
Attention to detail: Don’t let the basic minifigure status fool you. These guys are loaded with detail, from semi realistic (ok cartoonish) faces, accurate and stylized costume details to unnecessary but ultimately cool little things like webbed fingers for aquatic people etc.
I swear if I wasn’t already knee deep in Marvel Universe figures…I would’ve been buried in minimates!
Yet ANOTHER seeker set! This time my favorite trio is based off designs from the Transformers Hearts of Steel comic miniseries. This series was set in an alternate universe wherein the Transformers awakened on Earth in the 1800’s during the industrial revolution. So instead of transforming into sleek sports cars and streamlined jets, they took on the forms of whatever vehicles that were around at the time…which were mostly steam powered trains & ships and propeller powered flying contraptions.
2013 was a BIG year for Masterpiece Transformers. It started with a bang with a release of this guy. Now when I first heard of Masterpiece Soundwave, a part of me thought that this was a bit of a waste. For me, part of the charm of the Masterpiece line is that it produced cartoon accurate robots that through some ingeniously planned transformation scheme, turned into a real world accurate alternate mold. The original Soundwave toy had probably one the best articulated and proportioned robot form for its time, and it transformed into a rather realistic tape player so I thought, just how could the Masterpiece guys make this more interesting?
Seeing all these guys next to their original counterparts shows just how far toy designers have progressed over the years! It’s quite amazing actually. This Soundwave and crew are definitely superior.
When Masterpiece Sideswipe was released last year; it opened the door to new possibilities for the Transformers Masterpiece line. Prior to Sideswipe, it seemed that only major characters were within the line’s radar.
Sideswipe changed all that and now anything seemed fair game for a Masterpiece treatment. When the trio of Masterpiece Prowl, Bluestreak & Smokescreen was announced, it wasn’t really too much of a surprise since it made perfect sense. All three characters shared the same basic toy design so it really wouldn’t cost much to produce all three characters and maximize the usage of the mold.
Of all the lines I collect, Masters of the Universe Classics has quickly risen to be my favorite of them all…yup even more than Transformers. You can tell that for the people involved in producing this line it truly is a passion project and it shows in the variety fantastic figures they produce each year. And there is no greater proof of just how much love goes into this line than this baby…Castle Grayskull.
Let’s face it, the age of the toy play set is over. Nowadays, it’s getting even harder and harder to sell action figures to a generation raised on video games. Play sets are just too expensive to produce and take up too much space on retail shelves. So given this present situation, it really is amazing how Mattel managed to get this one done.