Behold, it's hyperposeable Mr. Freeze! ...which seems kind of oxymoronic. Of all the folks who need the possibility of dynamic poseability, he's kind of low on the list, if not off it completely. The old Mission Masters Mr. Freeze based on the same design seemed sufficient enough with shoulders, neck, and hips. I mean, dude is dead to emotion. He doesn't move much.
But hey, good news, sort of! Mr. Freeze does have a lot of articulation, but some of it's pretty shallow. We're talking, like, his elbows move maybe 20 degrees. So you can get a little bit of subtle movement to him, but he's never going to be dynamic. His legs are way too long for him to look anything but doofy anyway. I do appreciate his universal shoulders and his articulated ankles, though. You wouldn't think thick boots like his could integrate ankle articulation, yet they do.
Like the other toys in the line, Mr. Freeze comes with an assortmant of alternate hands. Be careful yanking them out and pushing new ones in. I broke my Batman that way, and I ain't gonna let it happen to one of these toys again. He also comes with his freeze gun, and there's a hand that's sculpted to hold it, so I'd recommend getting that hand gripped around the gun while the hand isn't attached to the wrist. It's gonna take some shoving, and you don't wanna accidentally shove something wrong and break the peg.
Mr. Freeze also comes with those sweet-ass insect legs that he had in "Cold Comfort" because his body disintegrated and he was just a head on a robot body. They are tall and sleek and they attach via balljoints to the bottom of his collar. This will also require excessive force. Those balljoint sockets are friggin' tight. Be careful to only push on the balljoint itself, because those legs may show plastic stress at other areas.
And, of course, he comes with a stand. Mr. Freeze has the largest feet of any of these guys so far, but he's so tall and lean that he needs the stand anyway. As with the others, his character model turnarounds are printed on the surface of it.
Mr. Freeze is friggin' beautiful, but fragile. The former wins out with me, and so I adore him, but you still wanna keep your mind on the latter.
Thrilling 30 Springer is amazing. I've said it before, but it's relevant again. It's a fantastic robot who somehow also becomes a good car and a good helicopter. Triple Changers are rarely great in all three modes, and yet here we are. But on top of that, the dang thing's versatile. With some retooling, it also became a great Sandstorm. It's also been custom fodder for most Transformers under the sun -- Drift, other Drift, Alpha Trion, Obsidian, Dinobot -- and that's just stuff Cheetimus has done. (The Dinobot is mine, seen in the photo.) And it always turns out well.
So here's friggin' Cloud Rodimus. And it's a great Rodimus. It might be the best Rodimus -- though it helps that the competition isn't terribly stiff. Who knew that a redeco of Springer would make the best Rodimus?
Mind, there were some steps along the way that smoothed this over. The More Than Meets The Eye comic book ongoing series presented a Rodimus design that's more spikey and pointy than usual, including a departure from Rodimus' usual simple dome head. That prescendent is admittedly part of what makes this Rodimus easier to swallow as Rodimus. But, hey, I am friggin' okay with it. I wanted a Rodimus that would pass for the MTMTE guy, and none of the previous Rodimuses really stepped up to the plate. This guy definitely approximates MTMTE Rodimus without actually being that design. He's got the yellow forehead, the spikey helmet in general, the red feet, the yellow hands, the orange abs... all designs I wouldn't have expected in the otherwise dogmatically-original-cartoon coloration of the rest of Rodimus's fancy-pants Transformers Cloud line. And so I'm pretty sure he is supposed to take after MTMTE Rodimus. Those comics seem to be pretty popular in Japan among Transformers fans, so I wouldn't be surprised.
And in person, the toy is glorious to behold. Its red has this vague magenta to it that isn't seen on enough Rodimus toys. That combined with the orange and yellow makes the damned thing glow. And it's painted meticulously -- it kind of has to be if it's gonna turn Springer's color layout into Rodimus's.
Summing up, Cloud Rodimus was pretty, one of the best Transformers toys, and vaguely modeled after some of the best Transformers fiction. The only downside is he's an import and an exclusive, so as such he's gonna run ya. Sell all your other Rodimus toys and get this one.
1. I like Transformers
2. I like Evangelion
3. I like purple, orange, and green on things that shouldn't be
Or, wait, four reasons:
4. Mad porn monies
If you've handled Masterpiece Optimus Prime The Second, you'll know this guy's deal, but Convoy Mode "EVA" is in crazy secondary colors instead of the usual primary colors. There's a little Spike painted up in NERV uniform, an intricately-decoed trailer, plus an ax and a Matrix crystal done up in blood red. It's insane crosspromotional zealotry between two of my favorite properties, against all reason, and I had to have it.
Anyway, now TFWiki has a Misato Katsuragi article, the end.
We don't get a lot of working Headmaster toys at retail these days and for good reason -- find yourself a random Transformers toy and check out the size of its noggin. Those things are tiny. Now imagine that becoming a robot. The tiniest robot! We're talking like a centimeter or so high. Transformers proportions are pretty pinheaded. They make comic book superheroes look like Charlie Brown. The original Headmasters all had proportionately huge heads for a Transformer. They kind of had to.
This new 30th Anniversary Brainstorm guy tries to lessen the head/body ratio math by engineering him in a larger size class. He's a Voyager, and a pretty tall one. He's a wedge taller than, say, Springer, and he doesn't look too far off from Jetfire's height. He feels like something in between. He's way less complicated than either, which may be why he can command such real estate. He's definitely larger than the original Brainstorm, while also having a smaller head. The usual Transformers proportions have persisted despite his gimmick.
He's a Headmaster, meaning his head transforms into a little robot guy (or guy in a robot suit). Brainstorm's neck is actually Arcana's head. (Arcana is not named anywhere, but we can assume it's the same guy as the original Brainstorm head.) Arcana's head is balljointed on his own tiny body, and so Brainstorm's head is also balljointed, which is nice. Usually the Headmaster gimmick precludes neck articulation.
To remove Arcana from Brainstorm's torso, the instructions say to pull down on the gray piece across his collarbone. This accomplishes a little. It does remove some of the plastic obstructing Arcana's head's removal from that hole in Brainstorm's torso, but you still kind of have to yank hard. This may end badly in some cases -- as I said, Arcana has a balljointed head, and it seems feasible to me that one day I may yank and pull Brainstorm's head away while leaving Arcana's head buried in Brainstorm's torso. But then, I have gone through like three TNBA Batmen this month, so I may be viewing things through Paranoia Glasses.
Brainstorm transforms simply, largely because he wouldn't look much like Brainstorm if he didn't still Transform like the original toy, which also transformed simply. You tuck his forearms back and fold his legs under the jet. The shins kind of point a bit far out the back of the jet mode, which I thought meant I missed a step, but everything pegs together perfectly and there are no other moving parts to suggest some additional transformation magic. The head obviously doesn't have to hide anywhere, since it becomes the pilot.
I am biased strongly in favor of this toy since Brainstorm has been appearing very importantly in the More Than Meets The Eye ongoing comic book series from IDW for the past three years and this toy is based on that design. (Minus the Headmaster gimmick, so far as we know.) The toy is a great representation of that iteration of the character, and so I have fits of glee just looking at him standing on my desk in robot mode. I should keep that going, I worry about the neck balljoint thing.
Shortpacked!-the-comic has talked about the upcoming series of 6-inch poseable Batman The Animated Series/The New Batman Adventures toys from DC Collectibles a few times, usually in terms of intense sexual arousal. Well they no longer upcoming, man, they are finally here.
They started with the thing I have always wanted forever and ever, which is New Batman Adventures Batman. I've probably talked about this before, but that version of Batman is my mind's eye's Batman. That will always be the real Batman to me, until I die. That's just how he looks. If he were a real guy standing in front of me, he'd look like that cartoon character somehow. Real people in suits, Batman doesn't look like that. Real life does Batman a disservice. He's actually a drawing, uncontained by your dumb physics and anatomy. He's a man-shaped tower of specific shapes and lines. That's just how Batman is.
And this is a toy of that.
Yeah, I've got kind of a pile of toys of that, but they were just prophets sent on ahead to herald the arrival of our true TNBA Batman toy, as if they were all John the Baptist. They were relatively tiny and immobile and they didn't come with such a wealth of important extra stuff. This Batman is not just the base humanoid figure, but he comes with three extra sets of hands. Don't like the clenched fists? He has open, relaxed palms you can swap in instead. Want him to be holding a grappling hook launcher? He comes with both a hand sculpted holding a grappling hook launcher and just the launcher itself as a separate accessory. (And a Batarang, obviously) He comes with an extra cape if you want the cape to hang over more of his shoulders and don't mind his shoulder articulation being more limited. And he comes with a friggin' stand with his character model sheet printed on it. There's a plastic rod you shove in the back of the stand that comes with a claw arm that can hold him in place over the stand, because, let's face it, this is a Bruce Timm design, so his feet are kind of small.
However, I did break my first one. I don't think it was a very good specimen -- his leg popped off at the hip when I tried to splay it to the side, but it went back on easy enough. It was the wrist swapping that did the real damage -- the wrist peg broke clean off in the arm stump like chalk. I got a second one, though, and it was perfect. I have no idea how pervasive the bad QC ones are, but I definitely encountered one bad one myself. Hopefully not too many are like that first one. (On the same day I bought a Lil' Gotham Damian Wayne and his arm crumbled off out of the package, whoof. Geez, DC Collectibles.)
You have to remove Batman's head to swap the capes, and this requires excessive force. But this is something you want to do anyway, because once you loosen that head, make sure you don't push it back in all the way it was before. The head has a much greater range of movement now. He can look up and down and tilt his head to one side or the other. It's great. Otherwise it just turns left or right despite being on a ball joint.
So, yeah. This guy stands on my desk and I look over and can't believe it's a real physical object in front of me. It's one of the favorite things I own.
Just, uh, don't buy a bum one, somehow.