Iron Studios X-Men Battle Diorama Series – Professor X Review

In The Beginning Brazilian-based manufacturer Iron Studios has been making a name for themselves in the last few years with their statues, particularly in the 1/10th scale. One of their biggest lines, which is just starting to rev up, is their X-Men Vs. Sentinel Battle Diorama series, based on the 1990s era X-Men comic books and cartoon. Built around three large centerpiece dioramas, showcasing different members of the X-Men battling both the robotic Sentinels as well as some mutant villains, the line has grown to include proximity pieces as well. These proximity pieces consist of a single character, whether hero...

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Iron Studios X-Men Battle Diorama Series – Cable Review

In The Beginning In the last review of the X-Men Vs. Sentinel Battle Diorama Series, I wrote about how Iron Studios was making a big mark in the 1/10th scale statue market. While they’ve been impressing collectors everywhere with their Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse series of statues, its the X-Men series that I’m most looking forward to. The Sentinel #1 Battle Diorama has just started hitting the United States, as have several of the proximity pieces like Pyro, Colossus and Gambit.  We covered the X-Men founder, Professor X, last time. Today, we’re going to concentrate on the next...

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Mezco One: 12 Collective Stealth Suit Spider-Man Figure Review

In The Beginning Mezco Toyz has produced a few Spider-Man figures in their One:12 Collective line since its inception, mostly based on the iteration present in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While their first three Spidey releases were comic book-based, the following three were all recreations of the wall-crawler from both the Spider-Man: Homecoming film and Spider-Man: Far From Home. This latest entry also hails from the latter film, giving us Peter Parker garbed in his S.H.I.E.L.D.-issued Stealth suit.  Packaging As is standard with their Previews Exclusive releases, Mezco packaged Spider-Man in one of their tin containers. Signaling what you’ll find inside, the...

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Mezco One:12 Collective Gambit Figure Review

In The Beginning I’m an X-Men fan, so Mezco Toyz’s announcement last year that they would be adding another X-Man to the One:12 Collective line with this Gambit figure was received very favorably by yours truly. Nothing makes me happier than being able to add Remy LeBeau to the shelf beside teammates like Cyclops, Wolverine and Cable. Gambit is one of those characters that some people love but others think is undeservedly popular. While I can see both points of view, I’d bet good money that even the naysayers would love what Mezco has done with this release. Packaging The usual Mezco...

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Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective Gomez Clan Of The Golden Dragon Edition Review

IN THE BEGINNING Another Mezco Direct Exclusive equals another Gomez action figure, which is no surprise, really. While Mezco has ramped up the amount of exclusives they’ve been offering this past year, a fair number of them have been Gomez-related so another take on their popular mascot isn’t too groundbreaking. What is unexpected is that this release is actually something fans have been clamoring for since the debut of last year’s Asian exclusive “Shadow Assassin” Gomez figures: a U.S. release variant of those ninja-themed roaches. The cherry on top is that, not only is this Clan of the Golden Dragons...

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Mezco One: 12 Collective Batman: Supreme Knight Review

IN THE BEGINNING Mezco Toyz finally gives us their take on an older, grizzled Dark Knight with this Batman: Supreme Knight action figure. Revealed for pre-order almost exactly a year ago, this figure will receive at least one variant with the Previews Exclusive version releasing at a later date. However, we’re here to take a look at this standard release. Spoiler warning: It’s awesome. BACKGROUND Mezco Toyz never gets tired of Batman. Their One:12 Collective line is loaded with variations of the character, and while, yes, it can feel tiresome at times, you have to admit that they always do a stellar...

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Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective John Wick: Chapter 2 Review

IN THE BEGINNING The John Wick films are quite popular, so it was no surprise that fans and collectors were extremely excited when Mezco announced that they’d be producing their own take on Mr. Wick. One of the first licensed properties that Mezco only sold as an exclusive to their store and not at retail, the figure was billed as a Deluxe version, though there was never any Standard version revealed. After several delays, this figure was released to much controversy, most of it concerning the overwhelming disappointment people felt with the final product. I’m going to be one of...

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Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective Silent Screamers: Nosferatu Review

In The Beginning It’s probably not a huge stretch to argue that the fandoms of silent films and action figures don’t often cross paths. I’m sure there are those that are connoisseurs of both, but they’re likely the minority. So when Mezco Toyz announced that the latest exclusive entry in their One:12 Collective line was going to be based on the classic horror film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, I was a bit surprised, to say the least. Mezco Toyz is no stranger to horror, however, and this Nosferatu figure is a reminder to collectors that they can be experts...

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Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective Mezco Direct Exclusive Blade Review

Introduction When Mezco Toyz released their standard Blade figure last year, fans loved it so much that many placed it on their “Best of 2019” lists. Garbed in the more 1990s-esque-leather trench coat and leather pants look, that iteration took inspiration from both the comic books of the time and the Wesley Snipes-starring films.  Mezco is no stranger to variants in their One:12 Collective line, so it was only a matter of time before we saw another Blade pop up. (There was a Toy Fair Exclusive variant given away to the press as well, but I’m sticking to versions the average...

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Toys Box 1/6 Scale Circular Hall of Armor Review

IN THE BEGINNING Sixth Scale accessories can be an odd animal to get right. They obviously have to be big enough to accommodate the larger scale figures that companies like Hot Toys or Toys Era produce. However, they also have to be cost-effective in a way that makes them attractive to a customer price-wise while also worth it to produce from a company’s perspective.  I’m not sure how they did it, but Third Party manufacturer Toys Box, maker of many popular 1/6 scale accessories, have given collectors an exceptional and reasonably-priced Hall of Armor. Not only is this thing big enough...

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