Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Return of the Jedi BluRay Deleted Scene: Luke's Lightsaber Construction

So we've all seen this deleted scene by now from the BluRay release. Amongst the other scenes released from ROTJ this one seems the most obscurely… odd.  Don't I remember at some point Mark Hamill saying he NEVER remembers filming this section only to later say in front of Celebration V that (to paraphrase) "After talking to George… Yes I do vaguely DO remember shooting this… but vaguely".


Now I know that Mark Hamill is as much a fanboy as the rest of us and not likely to forget such details such as SHOOTING A MOVIE… and I wondered for some time here and there when I've seen this clip… is this Mark Hamill or is it just somebody with a cleft chin and otherwise Mark Hamill like features filling in for a Never Before Seen BluRay exclusive minute and a half of Return of the the Jedi… You know the kind that sells millions of copies selling you the same 6 movies you've been watching for 30 years now with 5% more content tucked inbetween the same 30% of bonus content you'e also been watching for the last 15 years… that kinda stuff….

Anyway, so I wonder why an actor with such a face and presence would have had such a minute entrance to this third act when he later makes such a sneaky entrance at Jabba's palace which seems to be much more mysterious and dramatic… a real hero's entrance. It just kinda displaces this clip which… ok, I totally understand why it would be deleted.

What if this was completely fabricated? What if this never happened in 1981,2, or 3? What if we were given this clip now 30 years later as a simple ploy to sell more copies of Star Wars… Now with BluRays? Where do you get a Mark Hamill doppleganger in 2013? Use a rubber mask made from a life cast? Any old fool with a cleft chin and a nose?


That was a simple enough conspiracy to cook up if it were a conspiracy and I never gave it too much more thought until this weekend when I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier. 


Once the Winter Soldier was revealed to us completely… I was awestruck… Who is this dude? I know he's the same guy to played Bucky in the first Captain America movie, but we never really saw any intensity from this guy. Then I when the real battle took place in the last quarter of the movie it was an all out audition for a part in Star Wars Episode VII… This guy was Mark Hamill 1980 incarnate. Every slash and punch from this guy wrought this Bespin Duel/Emperor's Throne Room grimace from this guy and I was totally bought into this guy as an action star out of pure synthesized familiarity. 

So I started thinking, "Man, this Sebastian Stan guy… He can't be flying under the radar so that no one from Lucasfilm has noticed the glaring likeness he bares… Oh yeah Marvel>Disney>StarWars… Oh yeah… wait a second… this guy COULD TOTALLY PLAY LUKE SKYWALKER."  Maybe even Luuke Skywalker for you ultra-fanboys...

Could Sebastian Stan have possibly been a "Stand-Chin" for an aged Mark Hamill in a "NEW" bonus clip for the 30th Anniversary re-release of ROTJ no less on BluRay? I don't know… but I did manage to assemble these animated Gifs using unaltered photos and screenshots from the clip in question.


So what do you guys think? Is this a total fanboy conspiracy cooked up in my head or does this seem possible? I'm asking questions here so please don't misunderstand that I think I am  correct beyond all doubt. Let me hear from you in the comment section. Trolls will be walked to the door.











Tuesday, April 22, 2014

May the 4th Be Kinda Awesome...

Kicking things off on May 4th, Disney will be offering new exclusive Disney Store merchandise nationwide. Coolest of which is this first set of possibly 12" figures with lights and sounds.

Han Solo, DarthVader, Imperial Stormtrooper, and X-Wing Luke are among the first of these that we are aware of. What's really exciting is the fact that no one has mentioned these until now, a mere 2 weeks from the release. 

Previously unlisted is also a Chewbacca figure seen in the lineup below:

New Disney Store Products     Kicking things off on May 4th, Disney will be offering new exclusive Disney Store merchandise nationwide. Click on through for a overview of what’s to come.   Talking Star Wars Action Figures   SRP: $29.95 each Retailers: Disney Store and DisneyStore.com Available: Starting May 4, 2014   • 15+ phrases • Lights and sounds • Activation buttons on right upper arm and chest/chest pack • Fully articulated • Light up blaster (Han Solo, Stormtrooper) • Removable helmet (Luke Skywalker)               Anakin to Darth Vader Color Change Lightsaber  SRP: $44.95 Retailers: Disney Store and DisneyStore.com Available: Now   Walk the edge between good and the Dark side with this Anakin to Darth Vader Color Change Lightsaber. Anakin’s blue blade means his many Midi-chlorians are swinging toward the light, but Vader’s red is full of sinister might!  Darth Vader Voice Changer Helmet by Hasbro  SRP: $34.95 Retailers: Disney Store and DisneyStore.com Available: Now  This Darth Vader Voice Changer Helmet gives you all the menace of the masked one without the pain of a big lava-planet throwdown. Whether you want to hear classic lines or dabble with the Dark Side yourself, this headgear has it covered.      Assorted Star Wars Plush   Retailers: Disney Store and DisneyStore.com, mass retail Available: Now   Jawa Plush – Mini – 11” ($9.95)   Ready to collect hugs and help you sell your old droids, this little desert dweller comes cloaked in mystery and a lightweight brown robe accented by a couple of bandoliers. As the Jawas say, ”Utinni!”  R2-D2 Plush – Mini – 8” ($9.95)   Devoted droid Artoo is a stand-up ‘bot with a soft spot for hugs. This bright and shiny mini bean bag plush with rotating head is the perfect company for the discerning Jedi, at work rest or play!  Chewbacca Plush – Medium – 19” ($19.95)   When Imperial troops board your ship and Greedo is getting you down, there’s no better way to relax than curling up with cuddly co-pilot Chewbacca. This plush Wookiee’s satchel lets Chewie tote small essentials on any mission.  Bantha Plush – Medium – 11” ($19.95)   Besides being a righteous ride for a Tusken Raider and cheap burger meat for the local cantina, Banthas can make cuddly pals and playmates for Star Wars fans of any age! This cutie comes equipped with a saddle and a smile!        Darth Vader Costume   SRP: $59.95 Retailers: Disney Store and DisneyStore.com Available: Now   Skip the trip to the lava planet and get your little Sith Lord into character with this detailed Darth Vader Costume! Featuring a mask, bodysuit, gloves, belt, and cape, it will transform a Jedi into the Empire’s most fearsome fella.     Stormtrooper Costume   SRP: $59.95 Retailers: Disney Store and DisneyStore.com Available: Now Fit for a meeting with the Emperor! Wearing our segmented white vinyl armor, mask, gloves, and shiny utility belt, there will be no better dressed Stormtrooper on the deck of the Death Star.

Also soon to badded to the mix will be everybody's favorite nasty, Boba Fett as seen in his prototype form.

New Disney Store Products     Kicking things off on May 4th, Disney will be offering new exclusive Disney Store merchandise nationwide. Click on through for a overview of what’s to come.   Talking Star Wars Action Figures   SRP: $29.95 each Retailers: Disney Store and DisneyStore.com Available: Starting May 4, 2014   • 15+ phrases • Lights and sounds • Activation buttons on right upper arm and chest/chest pack • Fully articulated • Light up blaster (Han Solo, Stormtrooper) • Removable helmet (Luke Skywalker)               Anakin to Darth Vader Color Change Lightsaber  SRP: $44.95 Retailers: Disney Store and DisneyStore.com Available: Now   Walk the edge between good and the Dark side with this Anakin to Darth Vader Color Change Lightsaber. Anakin’s blue blade means his many Midi-chlorians are swinging toward the light, but Vader’s red is full of sinister might!  Darth Vader Voice Changer Helmet by Hasbro  SRP: $34.95 Retailers: Disney Store and DisneyStore.com Available: Now  This Darth Vader Voice Changer Helmet gives you all the menace of the masked one without the pain of a big lava-planet throwdown. Whether you want to hear classic lines or dabble with the Dark Side yourself, this headgear has it covered.      Assorted Star Wars Plush   Retailers: Disney Store and DisneyStore.com, mass retail Available: Now   Jawa Plush – Mini – 11” ($9.95)   Ready to collect hugs and help you sell your old droids, this little desert dweller comes cloaked in mystery and a lightweight brown robe accented by a couple of bandoliers. As the Jawas say, ”Utinni!”  R2-D2 Plush – Mini – 8” ($9.95)   Devoted droid Artoo is a stand-up ‘bot with a soft spot for hugs. This bright and shiny mini bean bag plush with rotating head is the perfect company for the discerning Jedi, at work rest or play!  Chewbacca Plush – Medium – 19” ($19.95)   When Imperial troops board your ship and Greedo is getting you down, there’s no better way to relax than curling up with cuddly co-pilot Chewbacca. This plush Wookiee’s satchel lets Chewie tote small essentials on any mission.  Bantha Plush – Medium – 11” ($19.95)   Besides being a righteous ride for a Tusken Raider and cheap burger meat for the local cantina, Banthas can make cuddly pals and playmates for Star Wars fans of any age! This cutie comes equipped with a saddle and a smile!        Darth Vader Costume   SRP: $59.95 Retailers: Disney Store and DisneyStore.com Available: Now   Skip the trip to the lava planet and get your little Sith Lord into character with this detailed Darth Vader Costume! Featuring a mask, bodysuit, gloves, belt, and cape, it will transform a Jedi into the Empire’s most fearsome fella.     Stormtrooper Costume   SRP: $59.95 Retailers: Disney Store and DisneyStore.com Available: Now Fit for a meeting with the Emperor! Wearing our segmented white vinyl armor, mask, gloves, and shiny utility belt, there will be no better dressed Stormtrooper on the deck of the Death Star.

at $29.99 each with light sound interactivity and articulation more akin to the more recent 3.75" vintage collection these look to be a cool piece for the MANtle. Especially the Stormtooper... Anytime a Stormtrooper is involved you can count me in. Ooooh wait... Luke and Han as well? I smell custom figures on the way… damn you  DisneyStarWars... got me again. It looks like this is building to become a rather complete line of its own very soon…

There are many more items to be released for they're May the 4th event but I'm not as interested in those because they don't appeal to my inner Plastic Gangsta.





Friday, April 4, 2014

SDCC 2014 | Star Wars Black Series Wave 4 and Beyond

Another year has gone by and this summer is quick approaching. With exciting news of deluxe sets in the Star Wars Black Series revealed at ToyFair what else can we expect to see revealed this year?

So far we have seen pictures of Biker Scout, Jabba the Hutt, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Jedi Luke & Ep III Anakin Skywalker...

The first-ever 6-inch scale Star Wars action figures! Bring home the "next big thing" in Star Wars with these Star Wars Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures. The sensational figures include accessories and are developed by Hasbro in conjunction with Lucasfilm and Gentle Giant to bring you the highest level of detail and authenticity at a price that can't be beat. Start your collection here and collect them all!  Luke Skywalker han Solo Stormtrooper Darth Maul r2-d2 Bespin Luke Boba Fett Greedo Slave Leia darth vader anakin jedi luke obi wan kenobi sandtrooper Han Solo Carbonite SDCC Exclusive Toyfair 2014 2013 2015 Episode VII Reveal Sneak PeekCustom Action Figures GeekSummit $19.99


For the most part fans have been pleased with the character selection. Though the toy isles have cast their vote as well showing that Prequel characters will be the hardest sell, I think that once we have a more balanced and intuitive scheme in the works those prequel figures will be in higher demand. Episode II Anakin in itself could raise demand for Episode III Kenobi... but where are my Ep I Obi Wan Kenobi and Qui Gonn?

Similar sentiments can be felt towards the "no brainer" figures. With most releases to date being Episode IV  heavy and now ROTJ starting to take the lead, where are our main characters hanging out while they wait to be incarnated (inpolymered) for our enjoyment?

 What does the future hold? We'll just have to see. In the meantime I choose to use my imagination. It seems like the most likely news we should see from SDCC this year would be the release of the galaxy's favorite farmboy; Ep IV Luke Skywalker in his Tatooine garb. Complete with his Lightsaber, Droid Caller molded to 1 of 2 Optional Belts, and Stormtrooper blaster.

The first-ever 6-inch scale Star Wars action figures! Bring home the "next big thing" in Star Wars with these Star Wars Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures. The sensational figures include accessories and are developed by Hasbro in conjunction with Lucasfilm and Gentle Giant to bring you the highest level of detail and authenticity at a price that can't be beat. Start your collection here and collect them all!  Luke Skywalker han Solo Stormtrooper Darth Maul r2-d2 Bespin Luke Boba Fett Greedo Slave Leia darth vader anakin jedi luke obi wan kenobi sandtrooper Han Solo Carbonite SDCC Exclusive Toyfair 2014 2013 2015 Episode VII Reveal Sneak PeekCustom Action Figures GeekSummit $19.99

And what about figure bases? Should figures of this caliber not have a good leg to stand on? While these figures are built with incomparable sculpt quality, amazingly detailed accessories, rotating ankles for stabilty amongst other superior articulation, all inside of a sleek dynamite packaging scheme... no bases? at a $20 price point are we not worth this simplest of accessories?

The first-ever 6-inch scale Star Wars action figures! Bring home the "next big thing" in Star Wars with these Star Wars Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures. The sensational figures include accessories and are developed by Hasbro in conjunction with Lucasfilm and Gentle Giant to bring you the highest level of detail and authenticity at a price that can't be beat. Start your collection here and collect them all!  Luke Skywalker han Solo Stormtrooper Darth Maul r2-d2 Bespin Luke Boba Fett Greedo Slave Leia darth vader anakin jedi luke obi wan kenobi sandtrooper Han Solo Carbonite SDCC Exclusive Toyfair 2014 2013 2015 Episode VII Reveal Sneak PeekCustom Action Figures GeekSummit $19.99

I think that once things get rolling as we have seen with Hasbro's Marvel Legends line trends like this may come and go while the line itself stays onward with their figure quality. But like I say in the meantime, lets use our imagination.

The first-ever 6-inch scale Star Wars action figures! Bring home the "next big thing" in Star Wars with these Star Wars Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures. The sensational figures include accessories and are developed by Hasbro in conjunction with Lucasfilm and Gentle Giant to bring you the highest level of detail and authenticity at a price that can't be beat. Start your collection here and collect them all!  Luke Skywalker han Solo Stormtrooper Darth Maul r2-d2 Bespin Luke Boba Fett Greedo Slave Leia darth vader anakin jedi luke obi wan kenobi sandtrooper Han Solo Carbonite SDCC Exclusive Toyfair 2014 2013 2015 Episode VII Reveal Sneak PeekCustom Action Figures GeekSummit $19.99 The first-ever 6-inch scale Star Wars action figures! Bring home the "next big thing" in Star Wars with these Star Wars Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures. The sensational figures include accessories and are developed by Hasbro in conjunction with Lucasfilm and Gentle Giant to bring you the highest level of detail and authenticity at a price that can't be beat. Start your collection here and collect them all!  Luke Skywalker han Solo Stormtrooper Darth Maul r2-d2 Bespin Luke Boba Fett Greedo Slave Leia darth vader anakin jedi luke obi wan kenobi sandtrooper Han Solo Carbonite SDCC Exclusive Toyfair 2014 2013 2015 Episode VII Reveal Sneak PeekCustom Action Figures GeekSummit $19.99

The first-ever 6-inch scale Star Wars action figures! Bring home the "next big thing" in Star Wars with these Star Wars Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures. The sensational figures include accessories and are developed by Hasbro in conjunction with Lucasfilm and Gentle Giant to bring you the highest level of detail and authenticity at a price that can't be beat. Start your collection here and collect them all!  Luke Skywalker han Solo Stormtrooper Darth Maul r2-d2 Bespin Luke Boba Fett Greedo Slave Leia darth vader anakin jedi luke obi wan kenobi sandtrooper Han Solo Carbonite SDCC Exclusive Toyfair 2014 2013 2015 Episode VII Reveal Sneak PeekCustom Action Figures GeekSummit $19.99 The first-ever 6-inch scale Star Wars action figures! Bring home the "next big thing" in Star Wars with these Star Wars Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures. The sensational figures include accessories and are developed by Hasbro in conjunction with Lucasfilm and Gentle Giant to bring you the highest level of detail and authenticity at a price that can't be beat. Start your collection here and collect them all!  Luke Skywalker han Solo Stormtrooper Darth Maul r2-d2 Bespin Luke Boba Fett Greedo Slave Leia darth vader anakin jedi luke obi wan kenobi sandtrooper Han Solo Carbonite SDCC Exclusive Toyfair 2014 2013 2015 Episode VII Reveal Sneak PeekCustom Action Figures GeekSummit $19.99

This figure was built using all BS6 parts from the first 3 waves. It took 3 figures to lend the parts to this piece and in the end it looks great. With a little slicing and sculpting and texture copying I have come about this result bringing my total Luke Skywalker figure count to 5.

The first-ever 6-inch scale Star Wars action figures! Bring home the "next big thing" in Star Wars with these Star Wars Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures. The sensational figures include accessories and are developed by Hasbro in conjunction with Lucasfilm and Gentle Giant to bring you the highest level of detail and authenticity at a price that can't be beat. Start your collection here and collect them all!  Luke Skywalker han Solo Stormtrooper Darth Maul r2-d2 Bespin Luke Boba Fett Greedo Slave Leia darth vader anakin jedi luke obi wan kenobi sandtrooper Han Solo Carbonite SDCC Exclusive Toyfair 2014 2013 2015 Episode VII Reveal Sneak PeekCustom Action Figures GeekSummit $19.99


I also have created a Jedi Luke from the first act of ROTJ using a Darth Maul and Han Solo body as well as a Stormtrooper Luke and Han from obvious figure choices. This line has as much to offer as the 3.75" forerunner has in the past and I look forward to seeing where things go. The roadmap is pretty predictable as this is not a new part of town, we're just getting a different perspective on the place.






Thursday, February 13, 2014

DC Collectibles: Batman the Animated Series 6" figures


Batman the Animated Series figures by DC Collectibles Toy Fair 2014 preview


DC Collectibles has struck personal paydirt... Goodbye DCU... hello DCC!!! With Mattel announcing its stepping back into the shadows along the line of making demanded Adult Collectibles in the 6" line DC Collectibles has taken what has seemed to be their rightful place making kickass plastic for our enjoyment.

Here we see the first preview of their Batman and Catwoman form the Bruce Timm styled Batman the Animated Series... This is the first thing I've been excited about all year for sure.

Batman the Animated Series figures by DC Collectibles Toy Fair 2014 preview


DC Collectibles is definitely taking notes on articulation here lately as we have seen much of DCU's joint shapes making it into more recent releases. But this line definitely starts to look like the kind of things we always wanted to see from Mattel but with the follow through of DC Collectibles.

I am impressed...

UPDATE 4/7/14

*In recent news, that same urge to reveal info is still going strong. This time with our first look at the 3D renders and articulation breakdowns for the aforementioned Two-Face & Mr. Freeze:


Monday, January 27, 2014

Mystery Prototype: Toy Biz's Lex Luthor

• ToyBiz bought the rights to get in on the Batman franchise creating a small 3 figure line of figures of characters from Batman the Movie starring Michael Keaton. • The line itself was made to directly take off from the popularity of the Kenner made Super Powers line. • Many of the figures from the line were near matches to their Kenner counterparts • The photos used internally to sell the line to DC were largely of Kenner figures used as either direct models OR repainted to stand as new characters to be in the line. • Lex Luthor was the most unique figure in the first pitch of 8 figures from the DC Super Heroes line • The Riddler was a new addition to the line-up though his early product photos as well as the production release were essentially a repainted Flash. • The line did later include versions of The Flash, Hawkman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Two-Face, all with original sculpts as well as all new sculpts featured in their product photography. I was perusing the inter web the other day and out of the corner of my screen I spotted a familiar favorite  that just seemed a little different. For the supposed condition of it I could have  overlooked it but something called me in to take a closer look. 


Something was out of place from what I was accustomed and I couldn't put my finger on it immediately but I knew that something was very different. Lex was in a black suit first of all, which I new to not be correct but I wrote it off as some sort of custom job. Something else wasn't right about the packaging but still I couldn't readily identify it. I watched the item for a couple of days but no one seemed interested in it, partially due to its odd description:

• ToyBiz bought the rights to get in on the Batman franchise creating a small 3 figure line of figures of characters from Batman the Movie starring Michael Keaton. • The line itself was made to directly take off from the popularity of the Kenner made Super Powers line. • Many of the figures from the line were near matches to their Kenner counterparts • The photos used internally to sell the line to DC were largely of Kenner figures used as either direct models OR repainted to stand as new characters to be in the line. • Lex Luthor was the most unique figure in the first pitch of 8 figures from the DC Super Heroes line • The Riddler was a new addition to the line-up though his early product photos as well as the production release were essentially a repainted Flash. • The line did later include versions of The Flash, Hawkman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Two-Face, all with original sculpts as well as all new sculpts featured in their product photography.

"Package has the original front, the back has been replaced by a sheet of white card stock. The plastic bubble has been stapled to re-attach it. The figure is in good condition. Package shows some wear.  No 4408. Fully Poseable Figure. With Action Feature.  Button Activated Power Punch. Great to add to a Collection, Display, Use or Give as a Gift!"


So after a couple days, I went for it. At $5 plus shipping I really had nothing to lose so I dropped the hammer and had it sent out immediately. It arrived within 2 days which was simply nice but once I got the first look at it in person I knew something was VERY different about my new little friend, something VERY familiar:



• ToyBiz bought the rights to get in on the Batman franchise creating a small 3 figure line of figures of characters from Batman the Movie starring Michael Keaton. • The line itself was made to directly take off from the popularity of the Kenner made Super Powers line. • Many of the figures from the line were near matches to their Kenner counterparts • The photos used internally to sell the line to DC were largely of Kenner figures used as either direct models OR repainted to stand as new characters to be in the line. • Lex Luthor was the most unique figure in the first pitch of 8 figures from the DC Super Heroes line • The Riddler was a new addition to the line-up though his early product photos as well as the production release were essentially a repainted Flash. • The line did later include versions of The Flash, Hawkman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Two-Face, all with original sculpts as well as all new sculpts featured in their product photography.

So the first thing I noticed was this head. At first I told myself, "Wow, this is a craftily repainted model, but why black?" Then I started to really look at the face and the hands and something really stood out to me. This was not the production model head that we received in the final figure. I started looking on the web at some of the package shots and what I saw was VERY familiar indeed. And on top of that, my little friend here lacked any mechanical set up for his Villainous Head Smacking action… No Lever!!!


• ToyBiz bought the rights to get in on the Batman franchise creating a small 3 figure line of figures of characters from Batman the Movie starring Michael Keaton. • The line itself was made to directly take off from the popularity of the Kenner made Super Powers line. • Many of the figures from the line were near matches to their Kenner counterparts • The photos used internally to sell the line to DC were largely of Kenner figures used as either direct models OR repainted to stand as new characters to be in the line. • Lex Luthor was the most unique figure in the first pitch of 8 figures from the DC Super Heroes line • The Riddler was a new addition to the line-up though his early product photos as well as the production release were essentially a repainted Flash. • The line did later include versions of The Flash, Hawkman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Two-Face, all with original sculpts as well as all new sculpts featured in their product photography.

This head was definitely an identical sculpt to the one used on the photo model but not the production model. Very cool... so I started to examine the figure a little closer and noticed a few other things that should have stuck out immediately. This figure had no molding seams!! This figure was an original sculpt if not a VERY early copy showing no reproduction lines from factory casting. Upon closer inspection, this figure didnt even seem to be plastic!, possibly even carved out of wood? "WTF am I holding?"



There was an obvious refinement to the sculpt itself. Though there were still signs of workmanship, the way everything fit together was just so much tighter and cleaner. The hand of course was not originally sculpted to hold a breif case or gun, The left hand showed no sign of a sculpted ring BUT it did have a much more delicate sculpt that looks much nicer than the ham fist we got on the official release. A lot of the messier details we saw in the official release seem to have a lot to do with the quality/cost of their molds. The production run of Lex Luthor has a much more bulbous head with less "undercuts" which can wreak havoc in the casting process. I imagine the hands also fell to a similar fate once the final model was established.


• ToyBiz bought the rights to get in on the Batman franchise creating a small 3 figure line of figures of characters from Batman the Movie starring Michael Keaton. • The line itself was made to directly take off from the popularity of the Kenner made Super Powers line. • Many of the figures from the line were near matches to their Kenner counterparts • The photos used internally to sell the line to DC were largely of Kenner figures used as either direct models OR repainted to stand as new characters to be in the line. • Lex Luthor was the most unique figure in the first pitch of 8 figures from the DC Super Heroes line • The Riddler was a new addition to the line-up though his early product photos as well as the production release were essentially a repainted Flash. • The line did later include versions of The Flash, Hawkman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Two-Face, all with original sculpts as well as all new sculpts featured in their product photography.

Next I looked at the packaging. There were some clear differences right off the bat. First was the hand drawn DC Super Heroes logo which  had been drawn, hand colored, cut out and then photocopied in place ontop of the color halftone background. The Power Punch burst was slightly out of place. The corners were square cut, not the retail friendly radius corners. The product code was that of Bob the Goon from the Batman figure line (research). The hanging mechanism was a "J" hook and not the typical rack punch style. Everything was wrong and this was starting to look like a very legitimate early rough proof and I was starting to become really intrigued.


• ToyBiz bought the rights to get in on the Batman franchise creating a small 3 figure line of figures of characters from Batman the Movie starring Michael Keaton. • The line itself was made to directly take off from the popularity of the Kenner made Super Powers line. • Many of the figures from the line were near matches to their Kenner counterparts • The photos used internally to sell the line to DC were largely of Kenner figures used as either direct models OR repainted to stand as new characters to be in the line. • Lex Luthor was the most unique figure in the first pitch of 8 figures from the DC Super Heroes line • The Riddler was a new addition to the line-up though his early product photos as well as the production release were essentially a repainted Flash. • The line did later include versions of The Flash, Hawkman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Two-Face, all with original sculpts as well as all new sculpts featured in their product photography.

The bubble itself was an unsealed square cut bubble. Though the outer shell had the trademarks of the running toybiz line the base was not cut to a radius as they were in production. Also the inner tray, which was a perfect fit for the outer blister, was fitted for a Super Powers Aquaman... peculiar, no space for his trident... 


• ToyBiz bought the rights to get in on the Batman franchise creating a small 3 figure line of figures of characters from Batman the Movie starring Michael Keaton. • The line itself was made to directly take off from the popularity of the Kenner made Super Powers line. • Many of the figures from the line were near matches to their Kenner counterparts • The photos used internally to sell the line to DC were largely of Kenner figures used as either direct models OR repainted to stand as new characters to be in the line. • Lex Luthor was the most unique figure in the first pitch of 8 figures from the DC Super Heroes line • The Riddler was a new addition to the line-up though his early product photos as well as the production release were essentially a repainted Flash. • The line did later include versions of The Flash, Hawkman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Two-Face, all with original sculpts as well as all new sculpts featured in their product photography.



Well, there it is, my mysteriously sourced toy. I have reached out to a couple folks who I feel could possibly help me track down this figure's ultimate source besides simply being an early proof/prototype but have not heard anything yet...

Some things that I DO know from my own understanding being familiar with the line from my childhood definitely point my hopes towards some very interesting facts relating to this particular figure.


• ToyBiz bought the rights to get in on the Batman franchise creating a small 3 figure line of figures of characters from Batman the Movie starring Michael Keaton.

• The line itself was made to directly take off from the popularity of the Kenner made Super Powers line.
• Many of the figures from the line were near matches to their Kenner counterparts
• The photos used internally to sell the line to DC were largely of Kenner figures used as either direct models OR repainted to stand as new characters to be in the line.
• Lex Luthor was the most unique figure in the first pitch of 8 figures from the DC Super Heroes line
• The Riddler was a new addition to the line-up though his early product photos as well as the production release were essentially a repainted Flash.
• The line did later include versions of The Flash, Hawkman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Two-Face, all with original sculpts as well as all new sculpts featured in their product photography.

I welcome any tips or information on the ultimate source of origin for this figure.


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Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Flickable 11th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver

Doctor Who 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver customized by GeekSummit


So a day late and a Doctor short as per usual I have found myself tinkering with the 11th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver. Its an awesome model with its multi sourced hilt and different textures coming together to make this wacky futurific Sci-Fi plaything. I've found myself hooked on the show over the last year and am current from Russell T. Davies all the way trough the current Steven Moffat run. So now at the end of Matt Smith's run as The Doctor I find myself totally absorbed with this model of Sonic Screwdriver. I'm sure we'll see a new version as the series returns with Peter Capaldi but in the meantime I've found myself seeking to correct all that is wrong with the current toy. And really for what it is its a great model. It just lacks a few steps in planning that could have made it awesome.

The main gripe everyone takes notice of is the placement of the hidden red button under the hatch which as a stock model is the only practical way to activate the light and sound in the extended position. You can squeeze your finger between the spokes of the brass column but you really have to have a fine pointed finger. This was amongst the first things I set out to correct right off the bat. In doing that I went ahead and removed the primary button as well and created one all service button that activates in both the retracted and extended position. It also blends into the "leather" sleeve very nicely and is pretty reliable unless it gets really cold. (It's a rubbery substance but can get very hard in extreme cold).

Secondarily is the action of extending the claws. In the show it seems much more often that the claws are extended by a flicking of the screwdriver as opposed to a switch-blade type of extension. This takes a little more courage and patience to correct. with the screwdriver dis-assembled into its 2 main parts, the spring loaded mechanism and its inner collar are completely removed so the claws to extend prematurely. It also can complicate the extended light & sound activator.

Lastly for fun I went ahead and mocked up packaging. I had gone for a tweed and pinstripe look at first but found it to be a little quaint and not quite my style. This streamlined version seems to do a nice trick.

Doctor Who 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver customized by GeekSummit