Marauder “Agency Ops” first samples are blowing my mind

Can I just say what an awesome time it is to be a 1:18 scale action figure junkie?  I mean seriously.

I see G.I. Joe fans gnashing their teeth about no Joes at retail, but holy cow when I see stuff like this, suddenly it’s not so painful.

Marauder is over in China at the moment, and I gotta believe he pulled these samples straight from the factory, and I am SO glad he did.  I don’t know if I could be any more in love with four inch pieces of plastic than I am right now.  Just a simple dude in a t-shirt with elbow pads and a pistol is knocking me out.  I want these.  Like nowish.

Check out the Marauder “Gun Runners” Facebook Page, and take a peek at the mirrored images below, though fair warning – they may cause blood loss to your brain.  If you feel it for four hours or more, go see a doctor.

Full Force video review of RagingSpoon Complex Buildable Diorama Sets

Perhaps some of you remember that I got my hands on some early samples of the Complex Building Sets by RagingSpoon a month or two back.  In short – I LOVED them, and they are available now at SmallJoes.com.

Chris from The Full Force recently got some in his possession as well, and posted one of his usual entertaining looks at the form and function of these fantastic pieces.

Any fan of 1:18 figures, or Transformers, or really any toyline at all that needs cool display elements needs to look long and hard at Complex.  They are incredible and have some amazing things planned for the future.  Check out the video review below and be sure to snag your own set of Complex at SmallJoes.com!

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Dark Source 1:18 scale military figures are rocking my world

One thing that has become crystal clear over the past few years is that adult 1:18 collectors need to look outside of retail channels for collectible action figures that appeal to our desires of enhanced articulation, accessories and detail.  Thankfully, there has been an influx of smaller companies producing kick ass toys in that scale that cover those bases.  It appears as if we have one more to add to that list.

Over on the Pocket In Action Club Facebook page they’ve shown off a bunch of images of a new line of 1:18 futuristic military figures that appear to be called Dark Source, appearing to be coming out of China.  I’ve been trying to get a good translation of the page, but at this point it almost looks like they’re being produced by WaBao Toys (though I could be totally misreading the phrasing on Facebook).

Long story short, these look amazing and I need to figure out how and where to buy them.

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Zombie Lab production samples looking close to done and pretty darn great

The folks from Dream Concept Studios have posted near final production sample images for the upcoming Zombie Lab figures that Kickstarter backers are awaiting, and so far so good.

Zombie Lab, designed in conjunction with Boss Fight Studio using HACKS compatible parts and articulation are pretty much what you’d expect for action figures with Boss Fight involvement.  All sorts of bad ass.  Check out the images below and make sure you’re following along with all of the updates via the Zombie Lab Facebook Page.

Eagle Force Handbook Kickstarter – Only DAYS LEFT

While we eagerly await the Eagle Force action figures’ arrival, Fresh Monkey Fiction has kicked off a Kickstarter for the Eagle Force Handbook, a fantastic look at Eagle Force and its characters from World War II, through to the present.  The handbook will feature bio’s and excellent artwork, much in the same vein as the Handbook of the Marvel Universe from the good old days.

There’s less than 60 hours left on the Kickstarter, and while funding has been hit, there are still some pretty awesome stretch goals left to unlock.

Check out the Kickstarter here, and if you dig it, support it, so we can all get a good look at the past, present, and future of Eagle Force!

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Animal Warriors of the Kingdom DELUXE action figure Kickstarter is live!

Spero Studios is cranking again! Shortly after delivering some awesome figures from their first Kickstarter, the folks at Spero are back at it, seeking funding for a new line of Deluxe Animal Warriors of the Kingdom figures. Many of the figures within this second Kickstarter are 5″ tall (though still scaled for 1:18, they’re just big boys!) and we’ve got some pretty amazing looking stuff going on here.

Personally, I’m really digging Belarus, the crazy cyborg bear, but there’s a ton of potential for other incredible stuff as well. As with the first Kickstarter, there’s a ton of great basic sized figures, too with some excellent new gear, new heads, and new creatures.

Lots to love here, especially if you dig human/animal hybrids like I do. I can see half the cast of my Operation: Harvest novels right here. Awesome stuff.

He’s sitting at around $32,000 right now, with a goal at 50K, but I think all of us would like to see some serious stretch goals made. Don’t sit on the fence, hit up the Kickstarter and put your money where your mouth is. He’s proven he can get this stuff produced, I’m itching to see more.

GeneralsJoes Reviews Bucky O’Hare Wave 2

Okay, before we get onto the reviews…  so far we’ve got three members of the Righteous Indignation crew… but no bad guys for them to fight.

That stops now!  Boss Fight Studio has just launched pre-orders for the new KOMPLEX Storm Toad figures, including single packs and two packs.  GO GET YOU SOME.

Then you can hop on back over to my Bucky O’Hare review page and check out reviews for the latest Bucky O’Hare figures:

As one might expect… they’re incredible.  Deadeye Duck especially feels like a new barometer set in toy engineering.  Wow.  More great stuff from the rock stars at Boss Fight Studio.

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Astral Projection Jenny

Order this figure now from BossFightShop.com!  And you’re gonna need some Storm Toads for her to fight!

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Once again, Boss Fight Studio reuses tooling from the first release of a figure to add some new life into an updated version of that character.  Jenny, a cat creature known as an Artificer Witch of Aldeberan has always been Bucky’s First Mate, and is also from a race of creatures with supernatural mystical abilities.  This race of creatures can fire psionic blasts, and also has the ability to project themselves into the astral plane.  According to Larry Hama (who wrote a spectacular new filecard for this figure) Jenny used her astral projection form to infiltrate KOMPLEX.  

This version of Jenny is reminiscent of version 1, only as an astral projection, is produced in semi-translucent plastic, a somewhat smokey clear color that looks impressive enough, only made more impressive by the addition of pearlescent plastic at the hair and tail, giving the character and the figure a fantastic spectral appearance. 

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The paint applications are similar to the original Jenny, but side-by-side you can really tell just how different they are.  Blue trim on the pearl hair and blue jewels instead of purple, she’s a vibrant color variation of the original release, which also serves a clear purpose in the story as well.  An amazing looking new version of an already great base figure.

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Along with the new colors, the figure maintains the flawless sculpting of the original, with an elaborately sculpted, dynamic hairdo that doesn’t impact posing thanks to the excellent counterbalance of the sculpted tail.  Like Bucky himself, she looks animated and full of character, yet is fully poseable.  She has incredibly narrow limbs, which are still nicely movable.

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Toy collectors (and certainly kids) can often miss the connection between action figures and art, but the fact is, for nearly every toy out there, there are strong influences of artistic ability and intrinsic talent woven within the design work of the figure.  Yes, sometimes budget and money gets in the way of a designer doing what they want, but Boss Fight Studio seems very able to cram as much unique artistic ability into each figure they produce.

Jenny is certainly no exception.  The combination of the fantastic translucent color pallet and the pearl shine on the trim is spectacular, and makes this figure a truly remarkable addition to an already impressive line up of cartoon animals.

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Accessories

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Like the Stealth Mission Bucky, this Jenny update comes with all of the same accessories, just in different colors.  The hands are semi-clear, the faces are all that great pearl color, and the energy projections are a vibrant clear blue instead of the pinkish/purple.  Beyond those aesthetic changes, they’re all just as fun and great as the originals and capable of enhancing the basic figure to great levels.

I still love how the energy beams and magical projections form together to look like she’s launching magic energy bolts at those nasty Storm Toads, and the facial expressions are unique and fun as always.

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As I continue to mention, the package art is really great.  Gorgeous artwork, and an always enjoyable file card update by Larry Hama himself.

What a neat update.  Striking, beautiful new paint scheme laid over an already impressive figure, gives us a great second version of Jenny.  Two waves into this new Bucky O’Hare line and already two more Jenny figures than the previous line could boast.  That’s progress! :D

“Stealth Mission” Bucky O’Hare

Order this figure now from BossFightShop.com! And you’re gonna need some Storm Toads for him to fight!

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It’s a fact of life these days that most action figures are sculpted and tooled with multiple uses in mind in order to offset the costs of creating the tooling, and Bucky O’Hare is no different.  What matters is how those parts are reused and to what effect.  With a line like Vitruvian HACKS, the parts are designed to be interchangeable, so being able to swap in and out various parts goes a long way towards giving the figures new life, even if there isn’t a whole lot of new tooling.  This is far more challenging with a line like Bucky O’Hare, which have characters very uniquely styled and sculpted, so repaints have to be done in an effective way.

So far, so good.

“Stealth Mission” Bucky O’Hare is a great looking update to the initial release of the Bucky figure.  According to the file card, Bucky’s suit contains holographic technology that allows it to be put into “stealth mode” with the various shades of green and black, including some really awesome camouflage on the green, furry flesh.

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Stealth Mission Bucky O’Hare is an exceptionally fun (and functional) repaint.  His base uniform is an awesome darker green/teal color which looks dark and looks as if it would blend with a stealth mission, but still has a fantastic shade of green that looks excellent and meshes with the lighter green of Bucky’s skin well.

Where the original Bucky is vibrant and bright, the Stealth Mission upgrade is more subdued, yet still very colorful.  I love the black trim and offset on the gloves, belt and boots, and I really dig the face camouflage as well, which helps bring the color pallet of the entire figure down into a more stealth aesthetic.  He looks really gorgeous, and I dig the idea of a tech oriented uniform that can shift in and out of stealth at a whim.

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Like the original figure, this update has immaculate sculpting, posing, balance and articulation, a perfect example of what an amazing toy design team are capable of.  He can stand on one large foot, move seamlessly, pose well, and the interchangeable hands and faces work very, very well.  You may have to use a little heat to soften the material, but beyond that, the way this figure moves and balances is close to perfection.  It’s incredible to me that a figure designed to be so animated in aesthetic manages to maintain such a supreme sense of articulation, but the capable folks behind Boss Fight Studio simply make it work, every single time.  Great stuff.

Accessories

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Stealth Mission Bucky comes with the same gear as the first release, only in darker colors (and with the appropriate face paint) and work just as well as the previous ones.  I love the different facial expressions along with the different posed hands, they are awesome conceptually and in execution.

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Like the original release, the packaging is spectacular with a really appealing layout and brand new file cards written by the man himself, Larry Hama.

What a great action figure line this is.  Each release is chock full of fun, character, personality, and style, all while being flat out greatly executed action figures.  Huge continued kudos on these, Boss Fight.

Deadeye Duck

Order this figure now from BossFightShop.com!  And you’re gonna need some Storm Toads for him to fight!

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When Boss Fight Studio first announced the Bucky O’Hare license, there was an almost immediate enthusiasm from the fandom and collector base, many of them inquiring as to when Boss Fight might tackle Deadeye Duck, the iconic four-armed, cigarette smoking Chief Gunner’s Mate of the Righteous Indignation.  Many folks were wondering just how well the figure could be translated at this scale.

The answer should be obvious – they absolutely killed it.  The first thing that strikes home about Deadeye Duck is the engineering, and somehow, someway, the folks at Boss Fight managed to engineer the torso to not be a whole lot larger or longer, yet still flawlessly maintain a four-armed  buck that is aesthetically pleasing and 100% functional.

Mind = blown.

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Each arm is individually pegged and positioned with their ball joint shoulders so they all move independently of each other, allowing for some amazingly flexible poses with the various pistols that Deadeye is packaged with.  Each arm moves freely with full articulation, or they can be positioned together in various action-packed poses, either concentrating all of his fire on a central location or systematically blasting away at four separate targets.

It’s pretty amazing.

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Colored in his trademark shades of orange and yellow, he looks like he stepped right out of the pages of the comic book or toy package, with an exceptionally emotive facial sculpt (with swappable beaks!) and like the Bucky figures, universal pegs that can hold the pistols in various ways.  I love the sculpting his head with the trademark eye patch and cap, as well as the tooth-filled smirking bill.

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Like Bucky and Jenny, the joints move freely, but are tight and rigid, allowing for posing and holding those poses very well.  The oversized feet give a great sense of balance and aesthetics, making the figure easy to stand in any number of poses.  Add to that, the character-driven alternate hands and bills, and you’ve got a ton of play value crammed into a very small, cost-effective package.  One heck of a great figure and the best Bucky figure to date, based purely on engineering.

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Accessories

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As mentioned in the review itself, Deadeye comes with several alternate hands (including one holding his trademark piece of chalk cigarette... (apparently I need to bone up on my Bucky -ed) and different expressive bills.  Also, he comes with four pistols, with three different sculpts.  It would have been easy to just put four of the same pistol in there, but they looked at the various weapon designs and actually gave him different, more accurate pistols.  Excellent work on the accessories, and they’re all easily swappable with existing parts.

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Do I have to keep talking about the packaging?  Well, when it’s as awesome as it continues to be here, yeah.  Larry continues to do great work on the filecards, and Brian Hickey nails the layouts.

Wave 2 brought us two repaints (both of which were still pretty amazing) and then absolutely blasted this figure out of the park.  Not just the best Bucky figure to date, but one of the greatest examples of engineering, accessories, and execution I’ve seen on a figure in this scale or any other.  What a terrific pleasure this one was!