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Toy Biz Sneak Attack Flip ‘n Trap Red Skull Figure Review

90’s toys are my weakness. They aren’t good in terms of sculpt, paint, articulation, accessories, or scale, especially by today’s standards, but something about them always makes me excited. I think it’s just the nostalgia that comes with them- hell, 90’s toys were MY toys. Yeah, I grew up in the 80’s and I played with toys of the time, but 90’s toys were the ones I started collecting. They’ll always have a special place in my heart because of that, regardless of how stupid they usually are.

Case in point: Flip ‘n Trap Red Skull. Continue reading

Funko POP! Vinyl Captain America: Civil War 4-Pack In-Hand Photos

Check out some in-hand photos of the new POP! Vinyl Civil War 4-Pack which includes Spider-Man, Hawkeye, and keychain miniatures of Captain America and Iron Man.

I haven’t been taking my POP figures out of the packages, so I apologize for the lack of variety, but these guys are definitely worth adding to a collection. Now all we’re missing is Vision, who I hope we get wearing a sweater. Make it happen, Funko!

Captain America: Civil War Spoiler-free Review

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Captain America: Civil War has officially been released in theaters across America, and I, of course, grabbed a pair of tickets to see the very first screening I could find. My wife and I went decked out in geek-gear: me in Cap socks and shirt, and her in a Spider-Gwen hoodie that I’m convinced she plans on being buried in. We arrived at the theater early Thursday night and just watched in delight as people came out by the dozens to show their support for the First Avenger with t-shirts, jackets, hats, and all manner of Cap garb. Hell, one girl was wearing a full on Cap onesie. I’d say it looked ridiculous but I’m just being jealous- I wish I’d have thought to do that.

After two and a half hours of intense action, thought-provoking story and some serious twists that I did not see coming (and a few I did) I left the theater last night feeling somewhat conflicted- what I had just seen was probably the best Avengers movie to date, and I should have been jumping up and down with excitement, but instead I couldn’t help but feel a tad disappointed. I mean, following up a movie like Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a tough task. I constantly go back to it as the prime example of a movie doing everything right, and as a result any movie that isn’t so spot-on is a let down.

That’s not to say Civil War was a let down, don’t misunderstand me- from a cinematic standpoint this was a solid, entertaining movie. My wife, a casual Marvel fan and devout Cap-reader, absolutely loved it, and even if I didn’t think it was quite as strong as Winter Soldier, I still had a blast. The movie has all the working parts to make it the summer blockbuster it is, mixing serious issues with outlandish but brilliant fight scenes all interspersed with laugh-out-loud humor (thanks mostly to our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man). The story moves along at a fast pace, which works both for and against it as it has a lot to set up in a short period of time, leaving the first act a little rushed, but working flawlessly for the second and third acts. And while it does have a few too many moving parts, it does a much better job of focusing on the “right now” than Avengers: Age of Ultron did, which seemed more interested in setting up the next slew of Marvel movies than paying attention to its own story.

Also like the previous Avengers movies, Civil War is crammed full of superheroes who need to battle for screen time. However, unlike AoU, every character present serves the plot in one way or another despite having over a dozen costumed heroes running around. Joe and Anthony Russo do an outstanding job keeping us engaged in our familiar faces while simultaneously introducing some new friends along the way, assuring us that the next two Avengers movies are in good hands. This is one of the movie’s greatest strengths- being able to juggle so many characters without having anyone feel forced in or left out, but it’s also one of my biggest issues with the movie. With a so many characters pulled from all over the MCU, Civil War is as much a sequel to Avengers as it is to Captain America, maybe even more so.

A great deal of the film’s time is spent reminding us about Sokovia and the events that took place in AoU, even so much as to be the driving force behind many of the character’s motivations. Now, I have no problem with the Avengers, and if this movie had been titled Avengers: Civil War, I would probably feel very different about it, but I wanted to see a sequel to The Winter Soldier. Despite wrapping up the plot started in that movie, not enough time was devoted to developing Cap’s supporting cast (Falcon, Sharon, Crossbones) so the film could make room for the Avengers team members like Vision and Scarlet Witch (though Zemo is a truly spectacular villain worthy of his legacy).

So in that respect, I was disappointed with Civil War. Not because of what it was, but because of what it wasn’t. It’s a fun, action-packed Avengers movie that’s sure to please fans of the MCU, but Captain America fans may feel a little underwhelmed that it wasn’t quite the Cap movie we wanted.

Captain America: Civil War review on the way!

I’ve had a very busy week with a lot of unexpected surprises along the way, and that has sort of set me back in terms of blogging, but nothing could keep me from seeing Civil War last night. Not even these seven little guys:

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I’m currently writing a review, but in the meantime here are some key takeaways:

  • It was good, but not quite Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • The next 2 Avengers movies are in good hands
  • Spider-Man was AMAZING
  • Black Panther was badass
  • Steve’s supporting characters were great, though I wish they had more screen time
  • ESPECIALLY Crossbones
  • Zemo is freaking creepy
  • I could easily watch 2 or 3 more Cap movies with just Sam and Bucky
  • I may need to go see it again to really take everything in- there’s a lot going on

I’ll try to get my review up either later today or first thing tomorrow, but until then, go see the movie for yourself. Definitely worth it.

Captain America: Civil War Minimates Captain America and Winter Soldier 2-pack Quick Pic Gallery

 

I was roaming the aisles at Toys R Us today when I stumbled across the new Captain America: Civil War Minimates made by Diamond Select Toys. I picked up Cap/Bucky and Hawkeye/Vision (the latter is a TRU Exclusive) and really just could not wait to add a new Cap to the shelf. I’ll try to do a more in-depth review in the future, but for now enjoy the pics of Captain America and The Winter Soldier!

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And about that shelf…

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That’s our new boy in the back.

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Funko Captain America: Civil War Mystery Minis

Man, I completely get the appeal of blind box toys. There’s a thrill to the mystery that you can’t get with a normal action figure. It’s like gambling in a way. Unfortunately, like with gambling, I can’t afford the rush it brings, so I look for ways to cheat. Uh, at blind boxes. Not gambling. I don’t need black suited goons breaking my legs or anything.

I knew right away when Funko announced their Captain America: Civil War Mystery Minis that I wanted them, but the thing is, like I said, I don’t have the money to chance getting doubles and having to buy extra boxes just to get a complete set. So I decided I would just buy an entire case of them- 12 figures per case, 1/12 chance of each one,- that would guarantee I’d get the full set.

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And, of course, it did, but I can’t help feel like I cheated myself out of the thrill of the hunt on this. It’s not like I regret my decision here, mind you- my wallet has a few extra bucks in it now. Good news, well, I guess that depends on how I look at it, is that Walgreens will reportedly get 3 exclusive figures, so I guess if I want, I can chase after variants of Black Panther, Crossbones, and Vision.

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I tried to do something fun and act like I was going to be do an unboxing video or something, but in the end I decided just to rip ’em all open and take pictures. They are so freakin’ adorable that I just couldn’t help myself. Enjoy the pics!

These little guys each stand around 2.5″ tall, the tallest being Vision due to his “levitating” which is actually one of the coolest things-he just rests on semi-transparent cape and his adorable little legs just dangle. I’m surprised to say that I actually think he’s my favorite one of the bunch, followed by either Falcon or Crossbones.

In the end, I’m glad I decided to drop the cash and grab them all at the same time. Not only did I get a complete set with no hassle, but I also get the cool countertop display that looks great on a shelf. I can’t wait to see who is included with the Marvel Collector Club box next month!

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Funko POP! Vinyls Captain America Civil War line-up

If you’re anything like me then you are easily lost by the flurry of Cap merchandise coming out for the Civil War movie.

One thing I saw that I knew I needed to get, however, was the new POP! Vinyl Bobbleheads being made by Funko. The problem is there’s just so damn many of them that I was getting confused as to where they could all be found.

Below I’ve thrown together a simple list of every one that has been announced and where to get them all.

Enjoy!

Basic Assortment
125- Captain America
126- Iron Man
128- War Machine
129- Winter Soldier
130- Black Panther
131- Agent 13
132- Black Widow
133- Scarlet Witch
134- Crossbones
135- Giant Man (deluxe 6″)

Exclusives
Hot Topic
126- Falcon
136- Iron Man (unmasked)

Gamestop
137- Captain America (action pose)

Walgreens
138- Black Panther (unmasked)

Barnes & Noble
139- Crossbones (unmasked)

Target
140- Crossbones (battle damage)

Walmart
130- Black Panther (Onyx Glitter)

FYE
Unnumbered- Captain America and Iron Man 2-pack (appears to be the same as the standard release figures)

Marvel Collector’s Corps
Unknown- the April box will be Civil War themed, so we should expect at least one more POP variant

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