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Monday, February 12, 2018

MARVEL LEGENDS - Nakia Review !!!

From the Black Panther series here is Nakia . Nakia is a character of the Black Panther franchise I was not familiar with until the figure came out along with the character being introduced to the media via the live action Black Panther movie . This figure of Nakia is based on her looks in that Black Panther movie , and not the comic version . I purchased this figure of Nakia at a local Walmart for around the $19.99 price range .



If you're having trouble seeing Nakia's bio caption on the back , it says "A member of the Dora Milaje. Nakia protects the reigning Black Panther with strength and poise . " Judging from this caption tells us that she is a body guard of the Black Panther . And that when you google " Dora Milaje" you'll discover that that is simply the name of the group of female body guards that protect T" Challa AKA The Black Panther .
Above, the Black Panther logo almost reminds me of an Autobot or Decepticon logo from Transformers. I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels this way about the logo's Transformer like look .
 Of all of the accessories that you see in the above pic, only the rings belong to Nakia . The rest belongs to this series build-a-figure known as Okoye .
Above is the Build-A-Figure piece of the torso of Okoye .

As you can see the spear is very tall. Not only taller than Nakia but a lot of other Marvel Legends.
In my opinion Nakia is a very nicely and beautifully decorated figure . A very nice mixture of the colors orange and silver . She is also the first Marvel Legends figure to my knowledge that has curls for a hairstyle. Hasbro did a nice job detailing the curls in her hair . The figure's joints are nice and tight, just the way us collectors like them . No more loose joints, such as loose legs and arms. I've noticed that the joints have been tighter on a lot of the latest Marvel Legends recently, which is a good thing . The movie company did a nice job of giving not only Nakia but the other Black Panther characters attire that looks completely African . Great job and the toy looks great as well .
 Is it just me or does Nakia's lipstick on her upper lip looks smeared a little .  This however is only noticeable in very bright light . In dim or normal lighting it can barely be seen . I'm not complaining about it as a gripe though because it does not bother me . However I thought I would point out this paint mishap.
 The character is listed as being six feet tall, so the figure is in line scale wise with the character, at right about six inches tall . Whereas in six inch scale figures six inches translates into being six feet tall .

I love how the silver shines in bright light, just like real silver .

Nakia's ring like weapons can be held in either hand, plus one day they may can be used again in making a very little known Marvel villain known as " The Ringer " .

Nakia's rings could be used again to make a Marvel Legend of the above character's weapons . Although I prefer the original look of the Ringer, which is the green and orange version .
If you own a WWE Mattel figure of Kamala in your collection, then you already know he comes with his shield but not his spear . The spear intended for Okoye could be used to complete Kamala's total look on his entrance to the ring . However the spear handle is too skinny to fit tightly into his only hand capable of holding it, since his right is a closed fist . You would have to have Kamala holding the spear resting it on the ground, as you see the the above pic, because if you try to make him hold the spear in the air it will slip through his grip .
                                                                 FINAL    THOUGHTS  

(1) ARTICULATION  LIMITS  - No limits except for the right shoulder pad almost limits the upper outward arm movement .

(2) STANDING  ABILITY - The figure stands well without balance issues .

(3) WHAT  I  LIKE  BEST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? - The nice mixture of colors in her costume . I like how the silver ornaments on her attire shine in bright lighting, duplicating the effects of real silver being exposed to light . The figure looks wonderful .

(4) WHAT  I  LIKE  LEAST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? - Nothing disliked .

(5) WHAT  COULD  HAVE  BEEN  DONE  TO  IMPROVE  THE  FIGURE ? - No improvements needed .

(6) GRADING  SCALE  - A Perfect 10 !!! I could find no flaws .

(7) FINAL  ANALYSIS -  I hope to see more characters from the Black Panther franchise as Marvel Legends in the future . Especially Man-Ape , he would make a very cool Marvel Legend .

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January 2018 Contest !!!! Win 10 dollars via Paypal !!!

First contest for 2018 , win 10 bucks via Paypal !! Below is the Trivia picture .
Give the name of the figure and the toy line .  You have until February 28, 2018 to come up with the correct answers . GOOD LUCK  TO EVERYONE!!!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Article by Fatherly.com on five toys from the 1990s that may be worth a lot .

Similar to the previous article of valuable toys from the 1970s , this article ventures into the 1990s . From the same website as before , here's the link to the fun to read article -  https://www.fatherly.com/gear/toys-from-the-1990s-that-are-worth-way-more-than-you-think/  .

Friday, January 26, 2018

Article by www.fatherly.com on valuable toys from the 1970s !!!

When I'm not reviewing over toys or reading about them I browse news articles on various web sites such as Yahoo, etc . Here's an article mentioning five toys from the 1970s that may be worth a lot of cash today . It is a very entertaining and fun read , and here is the link to the article - https://www.fatherly.com/gear/toys-from-the-1970s-that-are-worth-way-more-than-you-think/ . 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

LATE REVIEW Number One - STAR WARS BLACK SERIES - Maz Kanata Review !!!

Welcome to the first of a Series I call LATE REVIEW !!! The reason it is called that is because these are figures that are older and have debuted in the previous year or years. This Maz Kanata figure came out last year but I'm reviewing her now in 2018, thus labeled a LATE REVIEW .  When I first saw this character I thought it was originally a male . Then later discovered that Maz Kanata is a female alien with a background as a pirate , thus explaining the treasure chest as an accessory . If you google Maz Kanata there are some pics in my opinion where she looks feminine, definitely more feminine looking than this toy, although the toy does look cool and it is cool . I purchased this figure of Maz Kanata at a local Walmart for around the $ 19. 99 price range .





Maz is just a cool all around figure . I love her jewelry and all the gold she is wearing. All of that gold on her definitely proves that she has a pirate background, since gold is an item pirates are known to pursue . Look closely and you'll notice that Maz's fingers are decorated with rings , on both the right and left hands . Maz has some nice items on her belt . Look closely and you'll see what appears to be a pair of keys and a pouch . Maz's vest is removable also if you wish to display her without it .
Maz Kanata's goggles can easily be lifted up and down . You have the luxury of displaying her with the goggles or without .


As you can see Maz Kanata comes with the above three accessories, unless you count her goggles as a fourth accessory . Her rifle seems to be like a combination of a sniper and a rocket / missile launcher . The treasure chest from a distance looks as if it's made out of real wood . Great attention to detail . I'm not sure what the silver accessory is .

As for the contents of the treasure chest , it is difficult for me to determine what the items are . One of the items looks to be a canister used for drinking . As you can see the chest easily opens and closes .
Maz is one of the shortest Star Wars characters in the history of the franchise . As you can see the figure is slightly under four inches tall . Now let's see how Maz compares to other diminutive  characters of the Star Wars universe .

As you can see Maz is definitely taller than R2-D2 . I'm not to sure about the Yoda figure above because that Yoda figure is one I'm kind of nervous about opening . I'm waiting on a possible re-issue of Yoda by Hasbro, because the current Yoda is attracting decent money on E-Bay when carded. Plus he looks pretty cool inside the packaging . Now for a comparison of Maz to a character that I'm sure I'm not the only one that thought she looked like E.T .
When comparing the two side by side , you'll notice there are more differences than similarities . Orange eyes compared to blue eyes . Their heads are shaped differently . The noses are shaped different . Maz has a human looking nose, compared to E.T having more of a snout like an animal .E.T almost literally has no forehead, Maz does . Even their skin color is different. Maz is a mixture of brown and orange whereas E.T is like a mixture of pink and a brownish orange .
                                                                   FINAL    THOUGHTS   
(1) ARTICULATION  LIMITS - Only upward head movement and no ab crunch are the limits. The rest of the articulation is well rounded .

(2) STANDING  ABILITY  - The figure stands very well without balance issues .

(3) WHAT  I  LIKE  BEST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? - The goggles are cool and fun, allowing multiple display options . I love her treasure chest . Maz is a fun figure all around. I love her gold jewelry too . It's neatly decorated .

(4) WHAT  I  LIKE  LEAST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? There is nothing that I dislike about this action figure .

(5) WHAT  COULD  HAVE  BEEN  DONE  TO  IMPROVE  THE  FIGURE ? No improvements needed .

(6) GRADING  SCALE  - I could find no flaws so I give Maz a Perfect 10 !!!

(7) FINAL  ANALYSIS - A cool figure with cool accessories , Maz is definitely worth adding to your Star Wars Black collection .