As you may recall, I gave Hasbro a little bit of grief a few weeks ago about their (IMO) mishandling of the Marvel Legends line of action figures. Today I picked up a new figure that I like so much I have to give them some props: The Ultimate War Machine figure from the Ares Build-A-Figure line. I have a few minor complaints, like the sloppiness of the paint applications on the turquoise nipples (or whatever those things are), and for the life of me I can’t get the helmet off because it’s wedged on to the head too damn tight. But it’s got a great sculpt; a much better color scheme than the Ultimate Iron Man figure it originated from; and, best of all, the joints all work the way they’re supposed to work. Kudos, Hasbro, for making a great little toy. Now, can we talk about that $15 price tag you’re slapping on all your new figures?
I love Mattel’s DC Classics line. I love this line so much I want to take it back behind the middle school and get it pregnant. The sculpts by the Four Horsemen are awesome; the Collect-and-Connect figures, while not as impressive as some of the better Marvel BAFs like Sentinel and Fin Fang Foom, are still well worth hunting down the individual figures in order to put them together; and the selection of characters has been mind-boggling. Did you ever think we’d see the day when you could drive to Toys R Us to buy Gentleman Ghost and Killer Moth? Unfortunately, I have a major complaint about the line, in that they are ridiculously hard to find. The first series just sat around collecting dust for months. I still see Penguin and Orion sitting on shelves every once in a while. The third series was much more difficult to find. Most of the time, I could only find a few lone Hal Jordans plaintively hoping for someone to come along and take them home like abandoned puppies at a pet shelter. And for some odd reason, series two just now seems to be arriving at stores at the exact same time as series four. WTF? Even the earlier Marvel Legends figures were easier to find. I’m not sure why stores are having such a hard time keeping them in stock. Maybe there’s a distribution problem, or the stores aren’t ordering enough cases, or they’re just so popular the stores are selling through them as fast as they get them stocked. Either way, there has to be a way of solving this problem, right?