It's time once again to rip open the toy packages and get a look at some cool toys. Each week we take a look at some action figures and comic collectibles to see what they're like out of the package. You can almost say we're thinking outside the box.
For our first selection this week, we're looking at the DC Universe All Star figure of Deathstroke.
Deathstroke is currently enjoying a violent and action-packed series written by Kyle Higgins. I am starting to get used to his new, bulkier armored look in the comic but there's always been something about his original costume. You wouldn't think orange and blue would go together that well and I always dug the Captain America-style boots.
This isn't necessarily a brand new figure but DC has been selling figures from previous lines once again. At least they've been showing up in places like Toys 'R Us, Target and online stores. For those (like me) that didn't pick these figures up when they first came out, it's a great chance to pick up some pretty cool figures.
As with most of the DC figures, there is a great amount of detail with Deathstroke. There is plenty of articulation that allows you to put him in a bunch of different positions or poses. He comes with a few accessories: a sword (that fits in a sheath), his staff, a gun (that fits in his side holster) and a nice big machine gun. Deathstroke isn't the nicest guy around and this action figure represents that well. He might be capable of taking on his foes with his bare hands but the inclusion of so many pieces of weaponry makes him even cooler.
Check out these action shots.== TEASER ==
My daughter happened to see this pics the day I took them and asked if Batman was okay. I told her it wasn't the real Batman. That's why he looked a little different. Then I changed the subject.
Last week we looked at some Power Man and Iron Fist Minimates from 2004. There's simply something special about the Minimates that practically beg for a story to be told with them. Recently Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum released a four pack for X-Men: First Class.
The four pack includes Cyclops, Jean Grey, Angel and Iceman. Unfortunately poor Beast was left out of this selection. Perhaps he was at the groomers or something. Although that doesn't really make sense since Hank McCoy wouldn't be in his blue furry state during this time period. Maybe he was just too busy or didn't want to risk the type of pictures that you can see below.
You do get a little more than just the four X-Men members. There is a couple changes of hair, blonde and brunette. I assume the blonde is for Angel. His mask does come off so you can have him showing off his golden locks.
The brown hair could be Cyclops but if you remove his mask (and visor), you just see his glowing red eyes. Obviously that's not safe; he should have his ruby quartz glasses. You could put in on Iceman but it looks a little weird seeing brown hair on his ice-form.
Iceman does come with a big ice-blast you can fit over his arm (if you remove his hand) and Angel has some pretty cool looking wings that attach to his back.
Let's take a look at just a few things you could do with these little guys.
Uhm...don't tell my daughter what events transpired in those last couple pics. I assure you, they tidied up the place (with the help of H.E.R.B.I.E.) and she has no idea of the festivities that occurred in her playhouse.
That's it for this week. Hope you enjoyed the selections. Let us know if you own them or plan on hunting them down. Be sure to check out the next installment of Awesome Toy Picks. We might just be doing something a little different.