Why I Quit Toy Collecting

If you've seen my posts before or if you know me personally, you'll know that while I'm not the biggest toy collector in the world, I've bought my fair share. In recent years, the appeal of owning and buying and customizing and photographing toys has waned for me. Don't get me wrong, I still think they're awesome and would love to own more toys, but only if toy collecting didn't come with a bunch of the negatives.

I don't know if I'm just growing older or if my interests are just shifting, but here are a few reasons why I can't bring myself to buy more toys.

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Good Smile Company Nendoroid Mega Man Review

I have been a Mega Man (Rockman) fan for as long as I've been a gamer. One of the very first games I ever played was the original Rockman in 1989 (it launched in 1987 in Japan). And weirdly enough, I've never owned a Mega Man action figure, though there are plenty to choose from. But collecting Marvel Legends got in the way of getting Mega Man or gaming figures in general. I mean, I ain't made of monies.

But now, thanks to a friend of mine, Oskie, (who, bt-dubs, also did the music in the intro of the video below), I now have my very first Mega Man figure, and a Good Smile Nendoroid one to boot!

Check out the review below, which I hurriedly shot with my Samsung A5 - not the highest end phone ever but it did a serviceable job.

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Harry Potter Funko Pop! Wave 2 Is Out

Hey everyone! I just wanted to show you guys the new Harry Potter Funko Pop!s which were released recently. Pre-ordered mine from Big Boys Toy Store (Why can't it just be a Big Kids Toy Store?) and had no problems claiming them. 

The Harry Potter Wave 2 Funko Pop!s set includes the following figures-

  • 10 Harry Potter in his Triwizard uniform
  • 11 Hermione Granger in Yuleball outfit
  • 12 Ron Weasley in Yuleball outfit
  • 13 Draco Malfoy in Hogwarts uniform
  • 14 Luna Lovegood in Hogwarts uniform
  • 15 Albus Dumbledore in Yuleball outfit
  • 16 Sirius Black
  • 17 Dobby <3<3<3
  • 18 Dementor

Exclusives:

  • 19 Draco Malfoy in Quidditch robes
  • 20 Cedric Diggory
  • 21 Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat
  • 22 Neville Longbottom <3

This time, I didn't get the entire set because 1) I live in a small apartment, 2) My budget is finite, and 3) I want to maintain my sanity. It's almost a given that there will be several waves more to come and that I will continue to burn money on them so I've set some ground rules for myself- I promised myself that I would only get one of each unique character and just collect all the Harrys that they come up with until I reach seven (I'm already on my fifth Harry, so I'm not sure how strong my willpower will be).

Because of said ground rules, I've opted out of the Yule Ball figures. Giving up the Dumbledore one was particularly difficult. His lilac dress robe is quite lovely. In contrast, the Triwizard outfit Harry is pretty plain and uninteresting. They also got Sirius' hair color wrong, it should have been black instead of dark brown but I guess they copied Gary Oldman's hair color in the movie. I love that they included Luna's dirigible plum earrings which really help capture her character. The Draco Pop! is kind of boring too, but then again it's not easy to capture a snarl in a figure not known to have mouths (the variant is way better).

Dobby <3<3<3 is pretty perfect, it's just funny that he's about 1.5x as wide as all the other Pop!s. The Dementor is also one of the better figures in this series. The robes (+ paint) in particular are nice, the boxed figure is tilted to one side because of the long flowy robe. I'm still missing Neville Longbottom <3, Cedric Diggory, and Draco Malfoy in Quidditch robes which are exclusives and are unfortunately not easy to find in these parts. But even if I did have them, I think the winner for the best figure in this set would still be exclusive Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat. 

Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat takes the cake for best figure of this wave.

The Pop! has Harry sitting on a stool with the Sorting Hat atop his head mulling whether to put him in Gryffindor or Slytherin. Just looking at the figure makes you relive the scene- eleven-year-old Harry begging the Sorting Hat to put him anywhere but Slytherin, and then eventually the Sorting Hat thunderously shouts GRYFFINDORRR! Incidentally, my main display now features this scene, with Dumbledore, Hagrid, and Snape flanking Harry and the Sorting Hat while fellow first-year students Luna, Ron, Hermione, and Draco hover close by.

"Not Slytherin, not Slytherin."

*If anyone can point me to where I can get the exclusive figures around here, I'll be one very happy big kid.

 

Should you or should you not get the Harry Potter Funko Pops?

Hey Potterheads! This particular geekdom has been running a little dry these days- the last book was released 8 years ago, the last movie was shown 4 years ago, and let's be honest, Pottermore didn't exactly fly. We get tidbits of news from JK Rowling every so often like when she revealed that Dumbledore is super gay, and that she almost killed off Ron Weasley (//_T) but the Harry Potter world has been relatively quiet until Funko announced in February of this year that Harry Potter pops were going to be released later during the year. That got the media buzzing.

Being the spendthrift that I am, I scrambled to get these figures into my hands the quickest way possible. That's where GeekOut author Baddie came to the rescue. Through his website Collectiboss, he let us reserve the set way before anyone ever did. By July, all seven figures were sitting in my living room all cute and cuddly (THEY BE!).

Please indulge me as I show them all off to all y'all.

01 Harry Potter

The first figure of the set, of course. Harry's a little boring but I guess this is so he can have variants (see below). He has the trademark scar, round glasses, Hogwarts uniform, and his Phoenix feather wand.

What's missing: Lenses on his glasses (see Dumbledore), a Gryffindor scarf, and Hedwig.

02 Ron Weasley

The second figure is Harry's perennial partner-in-crime Ron. He's a carrot top (as he should be), gray Hogwarts robes (possibly because it's a hand-me-down?), and his Spello-taped wand.

What's missing: Freckles, a cheeky grin, and Scabbers.

03 Hermione Granger

Hermione completes the original Hogwarts trio. Her figure is the most boring of them all with mousy brown hair, a standard Hogwarts robe, and nothing else to tell us that she turned out to be one of the best witches of her year.

What's missing: Bunny teeth, a know-it-all look, and Crookshanks (or the History of Magic book maybe).

04 Albus Dumbledore

Dumbledore's outfit is so flamboyantly him. From the half-moon spectacles, the gold stars in his magenta hat and matching robes, this is the Dumbledore we know, love, and miss. 

What's missing: A crooked nose, Fawkes, and durr, THE ELDER WAND.

05 Severus Snape

While many might say that the Snape figure is the least interesting one, I would argue that this is the Severus Snape that JK Rowling envisioned. Greasy black hair, pale skin, black robes with navy undertones, expressionless face. Adding unnecessary frills to the Snape Pop! would make him not him, if that makes sense. 

What's missing: I can't think of anything.

06 Lord Voldemort

The Voldy Pop! is pretty spot on. Graying skin, sour face, pointy bald head, lack of a nose. His outsretched arms make him look like he's dancing in the below GIF. Kyot~

What's missing: Translucent, veiny skin (?), Nagini.

07 Rubeus Hagrid

The Hagrid Pop! is my favorite of the set (also of the series, but that's irrelevant)! The pink umbrella is here, and that alone has me satisfied. Oh, he's also a sturdy, chunky 6" Pop!. He's perfect! 

What's missing: Rock cakes, Norbert.

08 Quidditch Harry Potter - VARIANT

Harry is in his Gryffindor Quidditch robes, holding a Golden Snitch, and the famous Nimbus 2000. ADORBZ~

What's missing: Again, lenses on his specs but I'm just nitpicking.

It's probably not a big deal for some, but it made me happy that they went into a lot of trouble to get the skin tones right. If you notice, Dumbledore in particular is tan and translucent, Snape is pale and translucent, Ron is red head pale, Harry and Hermione pinkish, Hagrid is a solid tan, and well, Voldemort is obviously gray. The Pop!s could use some more accessories, specially Ron and Hermione but that's what variants are for. All in all, it's a pretty good set, especially for a fan thirsty for Harry Potter collectibles. *points to self* 

Funko, please give us Draco Malfoy, Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, the whole Order of the Phoenix, the whole Hogwarts faculty, the whole Weasley family, and all the pets. 

To answer the title question, should you or should you not get the Harry Potter Funko Pops? A true fan would have known even before looking at the pictures reading the post that the only acceptable answer is yes.

 

Marvel Legends Thor/Odin Series Review

Baaaah! I miss writing for Geek Out! and man, it's nice to be back!

So, it's been a nice start for this year, release wise but financially overwhelming. Three Marvel Legends Infinite Series releases within 3 months and I'll be honest with you, that is something you don't experience regularly. For this wave, we got a good set of figures lined up and another great set of figure to add to your Spider-Man related displays and Rogues gallery.

Characters

  • Ultimate Spider-Girl
  • Daredevil
  • Spider-Man (Pizza Spidey, hoorah!)
  • Spider-Man 2099 (What the shock?)
  • Anti-Venom (well, you know, ehhh, it looks okay.)
  • Spider-Girl (not bad but I'm still happy about it!)

Build-A-Figure:

  • New Hobgoblin

To be honest with you, this is a great wave, really. We got a good set of Spider-Man figures and a Hasbro definitive version of Spider-Man. We all know that McF/Campbell version of Spider-Man by ToyBiz (and re-released by Hasbro) is still one of the best but this one has it's own style or something.

So, I'll leave you with my reviews of all the figures from this wave and hopefully, it helps you decided if it's a go or nah. It's a good set, trust me.

Have a great week ahead of you guys and stay tuned for my Thanos wave review!
 

 
   

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