The Toys, 2013

Once a year I look at my favourite toys from the preceding year. When I stopped buying a bunch of toys annually, and kept it to a relative handful (no wait: an actual handful!), this started getting less of a “top ___ list” and more of a “here’s what I did” list. Still, I’ve ranked them in order of awesomeness, because toys are awesome. There’s even a bit of psychological justification below, for those of you shaking your heads and wondering what my mother did wrong.

#1: Hot Toys MMS 188 The Dark Knight Rises Selina Kyle

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It’s kind of a pick-‘ems in the top slots here but I think Catwoman edges out Loki by a nose. (She has a lovely one.) This must be the only instance of rooted hair in my whole collection, which is (admittedly) a bit funky and will probably only become funkier over time. But Selina is blessed by the presence of her fancy eyewear and goggles, which do a good job of keeping those runaway locks clamped down; and the Anne Hathaway sculpt is fucking phenomenal. The only real problem is the price point, which is becoming Hot Toys’ major problem anyway. I think I paid $240 here? For a figure with a single accessory (Bat-pod not included)? That’s way on the high side. For comparison, the identically-equipped Black Widow from Iron Man 2 ran $140, just three years ago.

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Play Arts Kai - Dark Knight Trilogy Catwoman. One of those rare, disconcerting instances where I like the package design even more than the figure design.

Comic Con: more Hot Toys. Tonto, the 1/6th scale Keaton Batmobile, Stark’s armoury, and the Bat (guess they scaled that down from 1/6th, huh? - also, drool).

All photos via CTR

Straight outta Comic Con - Hot Toys photos, including ’60s Batman, Kingsley Mandarin, and mecha Whiplash.

(photos via Cool Toy Review)

Mamo #309: Mam o’ Steel

Sometimes, you just gotta call for a do-over. Unsatisfied with our first Man of Steel show, we return 2 days later to discuss ‘roid rage cinema, Christ allegories, and the future of the DCU. You know, like we do. We believe in Superman.

My favourite toys in 2012

Seems I’m filing this later and later, year by year. Can’t recall doing it in June before. But yes, I still collect toys! Like, maybe, four toys a year! Some of them are pricey though, and some of them are cheap and I take them with me into the bath. See if you can guess which ones, from the best I bought in 2012:

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#1: Captain Jack Sparrow, Hot Toys DX 06 - On Stranger Tides

Pretty much the only good thing that came out of that godawful monstrosity of a movie was the chance to update my Jack Sparrow figure. The At World’s End line was what brought me into collecting Hot Toys in the first place - Elizabeth Swann, blurry on the left up there, was my first, but their initial Jack Sparrow left a lot to be desired in the visual personality department. All that and more has been amended for the DX edition, which still doesn’t quite read “perfect” to my eye, but is a damn sight better, regardless, and packed up the yinyang with every high-class collectible oddity one could hope for, up to and including the real suede boots. (Yes, my dollie has real suede boots!) Really my only major beef with the item was where the fuck to put the Black Pearl's steering wheel that comes with - cuz what?!

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I guess we’re both suckers

I guess we’re both suckers

Ok I’m done now

Ok I’m done now

KISS

KISS

In the argument I had with my brother at Christmas about whether or not the ending of The Dark Knight Rises  was good, I of course shouted “BECAUSE IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE SOMETHING DISAPPEAR - YOU HAVE TO BRING IT… BACK”

Now available in gif.

(Source: jesuschrist-bale)