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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...

Funko Cubed: DC Magnetic Interchangeable Vinyl Figures

August 28th, 2014

Once in a while, an object comes along that feels completely unexpected. Like Frankenstein’s Monster, it has no real right to roam this earth, the product of misguided aspiration mixed with weird desperation. It’s a conglomeration of ideas and parts that don’t seem to belong together, don’t really mesh comfortably, and might...