Anyone here collect toys/Action Firgures?

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As far as the new ones I picked up last year, Tongue Lasher and Robotnick were probably the coolest looking.
Robotnik is working with King Hiss' crew now? Sonic may be in trouble...

Yeah, MotU is one of the coolest toylines ever. I had most of them when I was a kid, but, not anymore (I think I've got Hordak, Webstor, Dragstor, and either Rokkon or Stondar in my piles somewhere, but, those were all relatively recent thrift store buys.) The new retro MotU figures on the pegs now look pretty good, but, I haven't gotten any of those yet, but, I picked up three of the new MotU Mega Construx sets (Mattel's knockoff LEGOs).
 

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To be honest, I didn't even know that they had a new line out now. I'll have to check them out. Thanks for the info.
 

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They're very similar to the original line but have more joints. They were Walmart exclusives for a while, but, I think you can buy everywhere now. There's a WWE MotU-inspired line that uses the same bodies and accessories too. Mondo is making cool, but very expensive, deluxe 12" MotU figures as well.

Here's a comparison photo (not mine) of vintage and current Skeletor:
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SegaGenesis2012

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For me it is Halo figures from MegaBloks, picked up many sets from car boots, garage sales. Super cheap, i have amassed quite an army lol...
 

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I've picked up a handful of those Mega Bloks HALO figures too, some by choice, some in random bags of other toys. They're pretty well done and poseable mini figures. Mattel has that franchise, and Game of Thrones, in their Mega Construx line too. I'm guessing they must have bought out and acquired Mega Bloks?
 

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Wowwee Buttheads Brainfart electronic farting zombie figure (love his butt face--what can I say? I like classy stuff like this.)

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LEGO Minecraft The Crafting Box 3.0, 564 pieces.

Initially, the blocky look of these Minecraft kits turned me off, but, it IS true to the look of the video game source material (which I've never played), and it does have a retro LEGO charm to it, so, I was won over.

The build was more time-consuming and involved than I expected (a bag of plates, 4 larger bags of bricks, and several smaller ones). Happily, there were zero stickers, all the bricks with graphics are printed on, which is exactly how I like it. I made the castle-like structure and grounds, but, there are instructions for a smaller house too (and a few photos of some other designs you could try, on the front of the box).

The 2-story stone and wood structure is pretty spiffy. It sports a working front door (as do the gates on the fence outside). There are 4 crafting stations (anvil, oven/forge, etc.) inside the first floor and, on the second, a bed, TNT box launcher (BOOM!) at the top of the tower, and a treasure chest full of 4 coins/ores, 2 roots, a carrot, and an axe. The grounds consist of a shallow stream, fed by a little waterfall, two trees, and several smaller plants and flowers. What you get is good, but some more torches and plants, and perhaps a small bridge over the water, wouldn't have hurt either.

As to the figures, you get two heroes, Steve and Alex, a pair of villains, a Creeper and a Zombie, and a pig. The Creeper's 4 legs aren't articulated, which disappointed me. In addition to the stuff in the chest, some armor, a helmet, sword, mattock, shovel, and water bucket serve as accessories. You also get an orange LEGO brick separator tool, which comes in handy.

I have to admit, minus the Zombie and Creeper, I'd kind of love to live in this place. This set is a wonderful little slice of a virtual world with lots of play value and rebuilding potential. It's a pricier set (56 dollars, originally 70, which was too much), but, I think that's reasonable in this case, due to the final size of the model (close to a square foot) and the mostly larger types of bricks. The minimalist, super blocky style won't appeal to everyone though. 4.0/5.0 stars.

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I preordered this a year ago as a depression buy during the early days of the lock down. Finally came today. It's dope but I have no place to display it. Eventually...

 

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Oh, that's nice. ThreeZero has been putting out some really nice stuff since they separated from ThreeA.

Their Patlabor figure looks awesome.
 

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More LEGO sets arrived from Walmart, via FedEx.

The Minecraft Blaze Bridge set looks pretty meh (action features might be neat though), but, it was only $16 and I wanted the Wither Skeleton and two Blazes mini figures.

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Anakin's Jedi Interceptor just because. I like starships and the yellow and gray color scheme is attractive.

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The Batman set is mighty cool and the thing I was most looking forward to in this order. Shazam is kind of a strange mini figure choice for this Batwing/Riddler Helicopter kit, but, I certainly prefer that to another Robin. Batgirl/Oracle, Batwoman, Nightwing, Huntress, etc. would have been a more logical choice. Cool to get Commissioner Gordon and a Gotham City cop car in addition to the two aircraft too.

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Still 7 more sets on the way in the mail...I need an intervention or a wife that only gives me enough allowance to buy lunch and nothing else. 😭🤣
 

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the giant "pixel" design that is always too large in resolution compared to everything around it really bothers me endlessly to the point where I Hate minecaft
10 years ago I said, "PS1-era 3D is going to make a comeback, and it's going to look good this time," because of the influence Minecraft had.

My prediction ended up false.
 

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Its coming soon. 1 - 2 years. A whole generation of spergs (my generation, and gen Z) disconnected from reality think that 90s graphics are intentional, delicate touches of artistic lo-fi'ism . They are reverse engineering dev hardware/software recovered from defunct studios and someone is going to release a bunch of shit that has gone to great lengths to look like Final Fantasy VII or Super Mario 64.

The thing is, no matter how 90s it looks, its going to look like shit. The 'artistic talent' that came into play involved a skill of utilizing very limited space/resources . Only true professional Japanese studio salarymen can do this shit and make it look stunning. that is the unique talent of the art of video games of old, not just the artistic technique alone .

Like im sure there's aready 1 or 2 steam games out that use pre-rendered backgrounds on purpose right ? And they probably look like they were done by an amateur. Highly annoying. Idk, it almost feels like fake retro games are just in bad taste no matter how you look at it. I actually envy the people who can look past this shit and enjoy the games, I am truly a stuck up cunt about it
 

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Certainly, they existed... Those who made a hundred polygons look like a thousand. Those consumed with turning muddy, low-res textures into fine art. But here they do not exist. Only winners and losers here. For here, THE MINECRAFTERS RULE!
 

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Santa Claus stopped by this afternoon and dropped off my monthly LEGO extortion payment (I caught him red-handed flying a sleigh without a permit and his reindeer vaccinations were out of date too--I've been holding it over his head ever since).

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I HAD to have this Imperial Probe Droid.

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This shadow puppet projector was something weird/different!

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Probably the only time i will ever post in here, but super stoked to have this dude guarding the turntable nowIMG_12052021_230443_(2560_x_1440_pixel).jpgIMG_12052021_230510_(2560_x_1440_pixel).jpg
 

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Is he from something (cartoon, comic, etc.) or just an original vinyl figure design? I like the paper bag mask look.
 

max 330 mega

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Hes the icon of a japanese punk band, Balzac. Hes known as the atom age vampire as depicted on one of their albums.
These figures go for big money, and i was never gonna pay the going rate, so i talked my local punk record store owner into selling me his figure.

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I'm guessing there's a bloody paint job variant too then? Never heard of that band, but, it's a very cool figure.
 

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Made by Medicom, I believe. Bounty Hunter makes a lot of Balzac stuff, and there are a handful of Be@rbricks as well.
 

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LEGO Marvel Avengers Iron Man Mech (148 pieces).

Tony Stark is the best fit for this line of mech figures because he actually does build stuff like this for himself (whereas Thor, Spider-Man, etc. don't). This articulated battle suit and its' mini figure pilot look and play great, but, all of these Marvel character mechs are also essentially the same toy, and that grows repetitive--LEGO needs to get more creative designing these to make them stand out more from one another.

The one thing this figure has, that the other mechs don't, is a shoulder-mounted, button-stud friction-firing cannon. Alas, it doesn't shoot far or with much force (it's rather anemic compared to the ones I've gotten in other Ninjago and Star Wars kits lately), but, it's still a welcome action feature.

I like that the mini figure sports too different looks on the unhelmeted head cylinder (one with a HUD overlay on Tony's face, one plain)--I wish they'd included a black hair piece too though. You also get two transparent blue energy effects for his hands.

I love Iron Man, and this is an excellent LEGO interpretation of him (affordable too, at only ten bucks), but, the more of these Marvel mechs that you buy, the less "wow" factor they have because they're too similar to one another. 4.5/5.0 stars.

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This came in the mail today too:

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"Anakin, I have the higher ground, you crazy fook! Padme's pussy wasn't worth it!"

"Obi-Wan, have you seen M's stacks of Imperial and Clone Trooper LEGO sets? Come play in the Emperor's Throne Room and see what happens. You're the one that's fooked, middle-aged man. And Padme's royal poon was totally worth it!"

"But, Anakin, you were the chosen one!"

"I've chosen the LEGO collectard side of the Force, Kenobi. There are only empty bank accounts and maxed-out credit cards for me now."

"Anakin, nooooooooooo!!!"
 

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My most recent LEGO arrivals, mostly smaller-medium sets this time (I already showed Duel on Mustafar, but, it was part of this order and came earlier than scheduled). That Minecraft Wool Farm is kind of lame looking, even by M's almost nonexistent standards--those are some fugly sheep, like the kind of things Teletubbies would fuck ugly!

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BlackaneseNiNjA

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I just had to get my preorder in for this one.

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Smoking! Flame effects and motion in the fabric are very well done.
 
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