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DC Comics Multiverse Dr. Psycho : How to Celebrate Hate

April 6th, 2018

You won’t find a Captain Nazi action figure in Toys ‘R’ Us, nor will you find a conveniently desk-sized Hate-Monger toy, and the last time you saw a serious Red Skull figure in stores was when Captain America: The First Avenger came out. Characters whose entire gimmick is based on hate make for great comic book […]

The Mystery of the Rainbow Batman

July 22nd, 2015

In 1957, Batman underwent one of his many, many costume changes. Detective Comics #241 featured a Batman who changed the colors of his blue and grey costume every day of the week, hoping to distract criminals and observers from Robin’s wounded arm, and subsequently figure out his identity. You know, instead of just giving Robin […]

Bootleg Transformers: Norse Horse & Soda Force

July 14th, 2015

When it comes to toy licensing, subtlety is everything. Companies compete violently to turn well-loved properties into exclusive toys, and those toys have to slip into very specific, unfilled areas of toydom to avoid any unsightly overlaps. For example, if one company has the license to make articulated 2″ figures of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,...

Marvel Legends Photodump

April 8th, 2015

Sometimes, as a writer, you take a lot of pretty pictures before you write the pretty words. And sometimes, those words come a little late. Instead of reading, enjoy these pictures or Hasbro’s Marvel Legends action figures. If you’re here, you probably know what they are. Marvel Legends : X-Men Series, Toys ‘R’ Us exclusive […]

Sprukits Batman : The Dark Knight Defective

April 1st, 2015

As a fairly serious “modern” Batman collector (in that I don’t have the scratch for awesome vintage collectibles), I’ve recently found that I’ve run out of current Batman figures to collect. I have just about everything that DC Direct and Mattel has made, I have minimal interest in Batman figures based on video games, and...

So Many Symbiotes: Marvel’s Agent Venom & Beyond

November 26th, 2014

One of the reasons I love comics is that they’re a uniquely enduring narrative medium. The comic book format has allowed individual characters to evolve over decades, across ongoing narratives set in an ever-changing world, where more traditional forms of fiction usually truncate and summarize in the interest of brevity. Sure, there’s an...