Friday, 30 December 2011

Figure Review: Spider-Man 2099 (Spider-Man Classics)

In the year 2001, Toy Biz launched its Spider-Man Classics line, which lasted for two waves. These figures would pave the way for Toy Biz's Marvel Legends line in terms of attention to detail and articulation. With that in mind, when I got the figure -- which was a KB Toys exclusive -- a couple years ago, I was impressed with the figure's articulation, which I will talk about some more. I was used to the Spider-Man and X-Men figures that were based off the cartoons and didn't have as much poseability, so the Spidey 2099 figure made a wonderful addition to my collection. Plus, every Spider-Man Classics figure came with a comic book and a display base, which to me meant that Toy Biz gave more than was expected, which carried over into its Marvel Legends line.

For those who are not familiar with Spider-Man 2099, basically the story goes that a geneticist named Miguel O'Hara tried to recreate the abilities of the original Spider-Man in others. What ends up happening, however, is that in the process of recreating the original Spider-Man's abilities, an accident occurs and causes O'Hara's DNA to be re-written with a spider's genetic code. Anyway, onto the review...

Sculpting - 9/10

Spider-Man 2099 is a great sculpt. Toy Biz made the figure as comic accurate as possible without overdoing it. I like how the details -- such as the muscle folds on the back -- aren't just drawn on. In fact, it looks like they have a bit of depth. For the most part, the sculpt is simple but effective.

Paint - 8/10

The paint on this figure looks pretty good and I like the fact that there's dark paint utilized, such as the above picture shows. That gives the figure more of a gritty look and without that paint, the figure would've looked bland. My only gripe is that in some areas, the paint looks like it either got chipped off or a different kind of blue was utilized to cover up a mistake. Either way, it looks inconsistent and out of place.


Articulation - 9/10

From what I gather, the figure has thirty points of articulation...

  • hinged toes
  • hinged ankles
  • rotating calves
  • double jointed knees
  • rotating thighs just below the hips
  • ball jointed legs
  • rotating waist
  • mid-torso joint
  • ball jointed arms
  • double jointed elbows
  • rotating wrists
  • hinged wrists
  • hinged fingers
  • rotating neck
  • rotating head
Taking into account what Toy Biz was able to do in terms of articulation, since Toy Biz had its limits, I think the articulation is still pretty good by today's standards. I imagine I could up with a few poses for the figure if I really took my time. I can see how indivdually jointed fingers would have worked, for example, but for the sake of the figure being a Spider-Man figure, I don't mind the fact that only the two middle fingers are artciulated because I pretty much have the figure looking like he's about to shoot out some web anyway.

Accessories - 8/10

The figure comes with a display base and a reprint of Spider-Man 2099 #1. The display base is a portion of a brick wall with graffiti on it that reads "Spidey was here." Aside from that, the display base has a lot of nice detail, most notably the cracks in the bricks. There is also an optional waist clip which can be attached to the base for the purpose of mounting the figure to a wall. The waist clip allows for the figure to be positioned either up or down, left or right, or diagonally. On the back of the base, there is a peg hole so the figure can be mounted to a wall, which is what I'll probably do.

Overall - 9/10

This is a figure that I would highly recommend, especially if you're into Spider-Man and are looking to up a figure or two from the Classics line. The figure can be found on either Amazon or eBay, but if you prefer to look elsewhere, check your local comics shop or any toy show or comic conventions in your area. From what I gather, the online stores seem to be the most expensive.

Friday, 23 December 2011

The 2011 R2D2 Christmas Spectacular

This little piece of low-res frolics & fun was introduced last Christmas and is now back with some extras and new clips inserted in.

Also, keep a look out for a teaser preview included of something new I am unveiling in 2012. Enjoy the video and Merry Christmas!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Christmas Tat Rundown # 4 - Disney Princess Christmas Stocking

 Had to show off my daughter Blaise’s first Christmas Stocking (rrp £6.99, Toys R US) as it’s a girly item and I don’t showcase many of those.

First off, it’s a stocking! It’s also pink and features an illustration of the Disney Princess collective. Best of all - this is a tough and sturdy fireplace hanger that should last for a few years to come. I wanted to get something that Blaise could grow up with and look forward to seeing every December, unlike the run of the mill felt stockings that fall apart after so long (I’ve been through many!).

Now all I have to do is fill it up with goodies!

Monday, 12 December 2011

Santa's Workshop (1933)

A little gem of a cartoon featuring the antics of Santa and co getting ready for Christmas Eve.

Good old-fashioned festive fun. Will be posting more cartoon shorts in the future.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

MOTU Headgear 1984

Me around Christmas 1984 trying to wear a Man E Faces figure on my head. My mum is looking onward and isn't too impressed.


A must have stop for any Tardis owner. Insert Your Caption.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Christmas Tat Rundown # 3 - Hero Turtles Ornaments

A great e-bay acquisition if I ever came across one. Original 1990 edition UK Teenage Mutant ‘Hero’ Turtles Christmas ornaments!

These are painted and wooden and in my opinion have aged well. I never knew about these when they were out, so I’m glad that 21 years later I managed to own a set. The decorations individually feature one of the awesome foursome doing something a little festive. Here is the rundown… 

A mixture of switching to de-caf and the holiday spirit has mellowed Raphael out. The usually bad tempered turtle has taken to hanging up baubles rather than whackbags.  

Ice-skating is Leo’s thing, only the glitter effect of the ice makes it look like someone has sabotaged the rink surface with salt. Surely the Foot Clan are behind this!

Like his renaissance namesake, Mikey has taken to sculpting. So far he’s managed to sculpt a snowman of pal Leonardo.
Donnie hits the slopes with a set of non-jetpowered skis.. 

These are recommended to anyone who's a TMNT fan and lover of Christmas tat alike. Free these items from their plastic tombs and display them with pride. 

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Christmas Tat Rundown # 2 - Snoopy 60th Anniversary Blocks

2010 marked the 60th Anniversary of Charles Shultz’s Charlie Brown & Snoopy characters. I grabbed these through the American site of Amazon last year and used a pals address as a halfway house just to get these (thanks Wes).

So here’s Christmas 2011 and I finally get to display the Snoopy goodness. Charlie Brown, Linus (sans blanket) and Snoopy are here amongst the lovable Christmas branch and some baubles to spell out the word ‘Christmas’ for all to read.

This is especially a must-have set for those who enjoyed the still widely-celebrated 1965 classic A Charlie Brown Christmas.