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#NECA 1/4 Scale Raphael: Finally!

Right about a year ago, back in early February 2018, I had decided that I was going to "give in" and actually spend the money to get one of the NECA 1/4 scale TMNT figures based on the 1990 film.

Then the company I was working for decided that due to "lack of business" I was "expendable" and laid me off, so I put the big, singular purchasing on hold.

Reemployed for some time now, I decided to give it another shot, and managed to successfully order the Raphael figure, as my favorite of the turtles in that movie!

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The box is huge…I remembered these being large, having seen the Leonardo in a store in late 2017, and the Trenchcoat Raph at a convention last spring. But after so much time, I’d forgotten just how large it was…despite knowing the figure itself is quite a size!

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The sides of the box both show a closeup of Raph’s face as well as a full-body shot.

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The back shows several images of Raph, as well as a group shot of all four turtles, and a brief blurb about the figure.

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Here’s the figure out of its packaging. As I opened it, I caught myself thinking about how some figures anymore, I may hesitate to take out of the packaging; whereas this one, I opened the mailing box and basically kept right on going to get the figure itself out–no hesitation or thought of leaving it in the box for display or such! My intent for getting the figure was/is to have it "loose" and displayable!

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And here’s the figure from the back. I don’t know WHAT it is about it, but I absolutely love the detail in the shell! I’ve always dug the shells for the movie turtles, and at this size, the detail is incredible!

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Though the box and marketing suggests the figure as 16.5" he seems to be closer to the 17" mark. Some of that may be the angles–as you can do some amazing stuff with size and angles. But while the technical specification might be 16.5" I’m comfortable considering this a 17" figure!

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The figure arrived on Friday the 8th; and with virtually any given day of the year being some sort of made-up "holiday" or such, Saturday the 9th was some sort of "PIzza Day." We had some work being done on the house, and took advantage of a "Pizza Day" sale from Hungry Howie’s for everyone. I couldn’t resist taking a photo like this, as the figure was already standing on the table the pizza was on!

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And for immediate scale, here’s the Raphael in a temporary spot near my "regular figures" display shelves…you could put a figure on Krang’s Android Body‘s shoulders and it still would not be quite as tall!

While the size of this figure is getting a bit "normalized" to me after seeing it as I have now…initially getting and opening it really impressed me!

And speaking of being impressed…I’m really extremely impressed with the detail of this thing. Compared to other figures purportedly based on the film, this seems like something out of Last Action Hero like someone reached into a screen and pulled the actual character out, frozen in a fraction of a moment of time!

Against bare wall backgrounds or mailing boxes or shelves with other figures, this is obviously "just" a large figure. But the detailing/style is such that with a darker background, by itself and nothing particularly distinguishing in the background for its actual scale…one could really take this and create/recreate lifelike images to rival the original 1990 film!

In fact, nowadays, it seems to me that it’s hard to simply "google" the film and not have to guess at thumbnails–is it a promotional image from nearly 30 years ago, or a well-staged photo of one of these figures?

I honestly cannot even imagine a better figure, short of some sort of just-as-sturdy rubbery texture and a malleability to the material it’s built from! And the figure itself is heavy–the packaging was thin tagboard for the box, just enough plastic inside to hold the figure and accessories; but my shipping notice suggested the entire package was around 8 pounds!

I told myself that if I was just getting one, I was going to get Raphael. I’m very interested in the others, and there’s a Shredder coming later this year, I believe!

A lot of what I tend to buy–toys, comics, whatever–tend to be fairly "immediate-gratification" and "impulse" buys. A lot that I consider getting, if I don’t get it right away tends to go "out of sight, out of mind" overall. This one, though, has been at least in the back of my mind for over a year, and certainly one of my most-anticipated "frivolous" purchases ever. AND despite having that year-plus to build up expectations and such..I can honestly say that I REALLY like the figure and am NOT disappointed in my purchase nor the figure itself!

My only real reservation regarding the figure is stories I’ve read online about the figures (eventually) keeling over and doing damaging shelf-dives; and have confirmed for myself that once a decent bit of pressure is applied to pushe the figure forward, it will pretty easily tip. So I’m going to be looking for some sort of stand or such to hopefully shore up the figure’s long-term stability without sacrificing it’s amazing appearance.

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The Weekly Haul: Week of February 06, 2019

February starts out with a medium week. Not huge, not tiny. Though it’s another with an issue missing from the week before, picked up amidst the bunch!

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While I despise the $3.99 price point AND that DC is NOT doing digital codes with the books regularly/predictably, I think I’m pretty much ‘sold" on the Wonder Comics stuff, at least for checking out the first issue or two for each of the titles. This week had Young Justice #2, which was a no-brainer for me, given the way I enjoyed the first issue. This one didn’t hit me quite the same way, but was still enjoyable in itself!

We get the first chapter of The Price [of Justice] in Batman #64, beginning a 4-issue 2-per-title crossover with The Flash, written by the writer of The Flash (rather than Tom King, the regular on Batman).

From the previous week is the $9.99 Mysteries (of love) in Space, a giant-size special playing off the classic Mysteries in Space title. As a sucker for these giant-size issues, I snagged it. Where I’m "ok" with DC doing $10 issues and NOT OK with Marvel is that DC has the decency to have them be standalone issues and NOT part of a regular series. Get the special, don’t get the special…one isn’t "penalized" by a gap in their collection or feeling "forced" to buy the issues!

Adventures of the Super Sons is over the halfway point of its run; GI Joe: A Real American Hero sports one of THE highest-numbers in American comics (coming behind Spawn‘s #294 or so) and I’m giving these Marvel Action books a chance, if only for the "novelty" of being major Marvel properties published by IDW (and thus semi-immune to gated/ratioed/EXCESSIVE variants and crappy continuity stuff).

Finally, I tend to follow Blake Northcott‘s work, so of course snagged her Aspen Visions: Fathom issue. I think this is a one-shot, but time’ll bear that out, I suppose.

I missed the Man and Superman giant-size special, but hopefully it’ll be back in stock this upcoming Wednesday.

…Which will itself hopefully not be too huge a week, as I’ve had a couple other huge non-comics purchases within the current paycheck, and another planned for the next!

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Primal Clash Wave 1: Dino-Riders Nostalgia

Several weeks ago, I happened across some figures in a Walmart toy aisle that I’d never seen or heard of, but caught my attention.

Though I initially just bought the Raptor, I ended up going back for the other three.

And then last week, came across the two larger figures.

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I was “just” going to get the Triceratops…but went ahead and also got the Mammoth. I reasoned–I’d wind up wanting it anyway, and with my luck, if I didn’t get it then, I’d be hunting a bunch of Walmarts just trying to find the thing, and that’d be a waste of time and gas. (So of course, now I’ll see it every time I’m at a Walmart…)

These figures are from Lanard, a company that apparently has been producing toys for some time. They apparently did the Rampage toys that were out last year for the movie, and they’ve been producing a line called The Corps. I’d seen that line in the toy aisles of Walmart before, and thought it was just some generic cheapo-thing; a low-end GI Joe to capitalize on there NOT being regular GI Joe (specifically A Real American Hero-variety) toys at present (shame it’s not brought back the way the Transformers have been! But that’s another post entirely).

I’ve also figured out that Lanard has produced this particular line outside of the U.S. for at least a couple years, though under other names. The most frequent reference I could find was Jurassic Clash…but that would be obviously “problematic” given Jurassic World having toys and such out.

These figures REALLY spark my nostalgia for Dino-Riders (an ’80s toy line that many folks probably don’t remember or never knew about, but has a definite high-scale collector community, at least on Facebook).

Being able to get these for $7 for a “full size” rider and dino, and only $15 for the larger…that’s a steal! Just the human figure would be $15+ from most other companies, and probably be in the $20-25+ range having the dino; the larger ones would likely be $30+!

I’m definitely onboard for any other figures that show up in Walmart for this line. They’re presently marked as “Walmart exclusive,” but given I have two Walmarts I get to regularly within a 15-minute drive, with a couple more in a slightly broader radius, and 2-3 others that I’m fairly regularly “in the area,” I’m not personally all that bothered by the “exclusivity” since I have the easy access. Chain-exclusive toy lines are generally their own issue to me, though, and the subject for some other post.

Here are the figures individually in their packaging (out-of-package will be another post sometime!)

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The Raptor most caught my attention, given the prominence of the Velociraptors in the Jurassic Park/World films. I also remember having the Dino-Riders velociraptor (or deinonychus, whatever the case, essentially the same visual).

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Titanis is a creature I’m unfamiliar with…whether that’s the name of this one as a creature or as a specific character, I’m not sure. I saw some references to it as a “Terror Bird” or such; and I do like the sculpt!

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The Sabretooth Tiger kinda speaks for itself. I like the sculpt, and it fits the Primal Clash name. May not be a “dinosaur,” but tends to get lumped in with them; certainly doesn’t bother me seeing it in this group.

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I don’t know what a Trimetrodon is, though I’m pretty sure I remember a similar fin/sail-backed dinosaur as a dimetrodon. Given the looks of the riding gear, this could be a “variant” on that…whatever. It’s not a horrible sculpt, but of these first four, it’s probably my least-favorite.

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Apparently for the toy line, there are the Dino WRANGLERS…and Dino COMMANDERS. The wranglers apparently have smaller dinos, while the wranglers have the larger ones.

I really like the Triceratops sculpt!

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I’m less impressed with the Mammoth sculpt…perhaps because the headgear is such a similar color to the tusks, making it look like “just” a hairy elephant with headgear, to me. Once I get it out of the package, we’ll see how my thoughts on it change, though!

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Here’s the card-back for the four. I definitely REALLY like that the entire basic “wave” is shown, so that even if there’s only one figure handy/in-stock, one can see what other ones exist. I’d be even more enamored with it if the larger ones were also shown…but c’est la vie and all that.

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Here’s the card-back for the Mammoth and Triceratops. Same deal…it’s nice to see both represented, though a shame that the other figures aren’t also shown.

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Finally, here’s the text of “the story” behind the figures. While it’s not much it’s better than nothing at all! I’d really enjoy something more in-depth to “support” these toys…such as individual bits for each rider/dino, if not some sort of publication (novel/comic book/something). And a cartoon series would be quite interesting, especially as an alternate narrative to the Jurassic World side of humans/dinos existing together.

This would be the sort of thing that would be ripe for “fan fiction” or other online content at a site, even if nothing was officially published “in print.”

Stories of the small group of Raiders and their dinos having to survive and fight back against the Final Impact, while looking for a means to take out the “mastermind” Evolution supercomputer…you’ve got your “good guys,” “bad guys,” and “big bad” right there. Plenty of room to fill in with specific characters. Who’s the leader of the Wranglers? The Commanders? Would these be “factions” or “sub-factions” of the Raiders? Do they get along, or is there bickering? How rigid or formal would the titles be?

Are these ones that we have right now–these first six–are they all “good guys?”

This “story” seems almost like an “elevator pitch” for a wider world…and though I know there are several further human characters and another “Dino Commander” dinosaur as well as a couple of larger creatures–a Tyrannosaurus and some sort of giant ape–i’d be curious about additional dinos and riders.

To say nothing of the fact that–as far as I can tell–we don’t have actual names for these humans, and though I questioned Titanis above, that’s likely not a unique/specific/character name…so there’d be room for us to have specific characters in both the humans and the dinosaurs.

Given I only JUST discovered these in January 2019, and know there are several more that could come this year, it’ll be interesting to watch and see what else comes out, and if or how popular these might be.


For whatever it says, though I’ve long been a fan of Jurassic Park/Jurassic World, I did not buy any toys from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and had only bought the Indominus Rex, Tyrannosaurus, and a 4-pack of the main Velociraptors back in 2015.

While perhaps not as pose-able or as specific characters and all that…I find these a lot more interesting than the Jurassic World toys available over the past year or so, not to mention a superior price point! (Especially as figures I appreciate but are bound for display more than “play”!)

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The Weekly Haul: Week of January 30, 2019

So after a few weeks of doubling up on what could easily be a weekly post, I’m getting to this prior to the following week’s new releases!

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This was a small-ish week of new comics. Detective Comics has a mere 2 more chapters for the current story arc, and then the big 1,000th issue. Action Comics begins a new arc, and this one "headlines" the cover in a way that I feel like I haven’t seen in too long! (Though perhaps I’m just neglecting to remember something from within a few weeks). And while I believe Heroes in Crisis was slated to be 7 issues and got expanded to 9…here I am at 5 issues in and not much has really happened, other than some characters killed off, only a couple of which seem to even have any real effect on anything outside of this title (Flash and Green Arrow due to Wally and Roy).

At "only" (and simultaneously "already at" #9, TMNT: Urban Legends puts us at about the 1/3 mark for this series.

I was only going to get the TMNT issue of the IDW 20/20 stuff, but picked up Jem on a whim, and the nostalgia of the Star Trek: The Next Generation logo here hit me such that I went ahead and grabbed that 20/20 issue. It proved a too-quick read but not horrible–written by Peter David, after all–and I REALLY dug the art!

Finally, missed out on Naomi #1 the previous week, but was able to snag a copy of it this week, to check out. While I’m loathe to add titles to what I’m buying in general, I’m beginning to wonder if I might actually enjoy this Wonder Comics imprint. I’m at least seriously considering giving the other #1s a shot. We’ll see what happens!

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Comic Shop News is a staple.

The week also saw the "physical" release of Reign of the Supermen, after it having a theatrical engagement and then a stupid "digital-only" "window" of release such that I honestly nearly forgot it was due out!

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Toys in the Wild: DC Primal Age [Addendum]

I posted the other day about the DC Primal Age toys from Funko.

Regarding the Joker Beast, I’d said

Of all the characters, The Joker is the one who gets a "ride" or in this case, I guess more of a "mount."

In visiting a different Target, I spotted an unfamiliar toy and looked closer!

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Apparently the Joker Beast is the "bad guys’ mount" while the "good guys" get Ace the Bathound. Seems I neglected to look at the back of the box for the Joker Beast, or I’d’ve realized there was one figure I had not seen!

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The back of the Ace the Bathound box shows the eight "solo" figures as well as Ace and Joker Beast (though the art shows the mounts with their riders, the riders do NOT come with the mounts!).

If there are more than the eight figures, two mounts, and Batcave in terms of the toys, I’m presently unaware. And while I’d really like a Superman for this line…if he’s some sort of "exclusive" ANYwhere (convention or otherwise) that will–to me–be a HUGE red slash AGAINST Funko and this line as a whole!

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There’s also a fun little bit that apparently got past whoever approved the box-art/design for print. "Collect the all!"? As opposed to "Collect them all!"

For something of this scale, this mass-market (albeit Target-exclusive), that strikes me as a rather significant error to make it past the QC stages and into production! (Especially given my recent job-hunting and the requirements "asked for" with anything involving editing/proofing/etc.!)

So hey, if this was Bleeding Cool and not a personal blog, I’d urge you to snap these up while you can as–if the mistake is caught for any later waves/printings, these could be "collectors’ items!" (albeit a ridiculously stupid thing to differentiate or make something such).

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NECA TMNT Baby Turtles

For over a year, I’ve been interested in the NECA figures based around the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. I was about to "pull the trigger" on buying one last year when I was laid off outta nowhere, and so that was firmly put on hold.

Now, re-employed for some time, I turned my sights back toward the figures, loving their detail and accuracy to the film in a way that other "based on the 1990 film" figures never seemed to truly match.

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I decided to start with the TMNT Baby Turtle Accessory Set. Though they were really only in the film for a brief scene–probably not even a full minute–I liked the look of these figures, as well as the price. They’re a bit more expensive than 4 standard TMNT action figures, though they’re basically the same size. As "premium" figures go, that’s not a bad price…and all the more compared to the "full size" teenage turtles.

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The set comes with the four turtles, as well as a Domino’s pizza box, a bag of chips, several baby-turtle-sized slices of pizza…and apparently to make up for some deficiency in size/etc or to otherwise add some sort of appeal to the pack, a "bonus" hand for the full-size teenage Michelangelo from his show-off-duel with a Foot ninja in the film, spinning his weapon balanced on the tip of a finger.

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I love the detail of the pizza box–it’s a flimsy tagboard sorta thing, but looks like a real pizza box miniaturized down to the grease stains! The pizza slices are a rigid plastic, so a bit off-balanced if put in the box. But they’re decent for having the turtles hold.

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The bag of chips is another nice touch, another "snack" and piece to add scale to these turtles.

"The little ones were crawling into a strange, glowing ooze from a broken cannister nearby. I gathered them up in an old coffee can, and when I awoke the next morning, I received a shock–for they had doubled in size. I, too, was growing…particularly in intellect. And I was amazed at how intelligent they seemed, but nothing could have prepared me for what happened next: one of them spoke.

"Pizza! Pizza!"

"More words followed, and I began their training, teaching them all that I had learned from my master […] And soon, I gave them all names. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello…and Raphael.

So next up for me is the full-size turtles and possibly the Shredder. At minimum, I definitely want to get Raphael and Leonardo, and Shredder. Of course, I’d love to get the entire set, but these things being expensive and going "out of production" (aka "out of print") and such could put a huge spanner in the works on that idea. For their steep, premium pricing, though…it’ll be a longer journey, as I may be willing to sink the money over time, but not in a large, lump sum, for multiple items in the line.

Along with these baby turtles, and the full size turtles, and a Raphael-in-trenchcoat, I believe there’s a Foot ninja, and coming sometime "soon" (or so I’d swear I’ve read) is Shredder.

Then there’s a reproduction of Casey’s facemask, as well as a replica of the ooze cannister.

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DC Gallery: Shazam!

A couple weeks back–January 16–I noticed a new statue on a display shelf at Comic Heaven. Captain Marvel! (Well…legally/officially "Shazam" but that’s a whole other post/series of posts).

Anyway…a new DC Gallery statue from Diamond Select!

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I’d known this was "coming soon," but was thinking it was due at the end of the month, January 30 or so. But seeing it in front of me…and having suspected I’d be quite interested in it when I saw an image of it some weeks earlier–I bought it on the spot!

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While the face is somehow a bit off, and short of actual light-up effects, the lightning isn’t going to be spot-on…I still like the design of this overall; it captures the character for me–more of the new, perhaps, than the classic…but I didn’t really come to be much of a fan of this character until a couple years into the New 52 era. So I’m naturally going to be more accepting of changes if I notice them at all. And of course, there’s the simple matter of taking what I can get!

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I continue to really like this line of statues. They’re solid without being too heavy; light without feeling stupid-cheap.

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This piece joins several of my Marvel Gallery statues from the last few months, as well as an unpictured-here Batman: The Animated Series Robin that resides with a bunch of other Robin stuff in my collection.

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