So last month the Rambler and Greenloontern found a couple books lying around and said “HEY! Lets review them!” So thats what they did: The Valiant from Valiant Entertainment and Punisher – Blood on the Moors from Marvel Comics
Next up we have the Elite Speeder Bike with a special edition Storm Trooper and side arm. I have to say I think this is the coolest vehicle in the series. For a speeder bike this one has a lot of updates. “Reserved for the most experienced scouts and high-risk missions, these Elite Speeder Bikes have been upgraded with heavy blasters and powerful new engines.”
A bedroll behind the seat(non removable but its so cool that its there!)
Very detailed toy
Unique Storm Trooper with bendable legs(at the knees) and arms are molded differently than the standard storm trooper
Open the instrument panel to reveal the engine(maintenance time!)
Awesome paint scheme: Gloss Black, Red-orange, greys and Silver and a painted instrument panel
The Speeder also separates in the middle to continue the exploding theme for the vehicles
The figure doesnt fit very well on the speeder, kind of a half standing pose
Like all of this series of Storm troopers his legs dont move very far and you wont be able to sit (L shape position)
The figures hand doesn’t fit on the speeders handle controls (I think I got one hand to hold on but didnt want to push it because it might break a thumb off like the old days)
Rodney – 4.5 out of 5
Is it perfect? No it isnt, but over all I really like the design of this speeder and the look of the storm trooper. From a collectors stand point this will look awesome on a shelf with the storm trooper threatening some poor deluded alien.
My son – 4.5 out of 5
From his point of view he thinks its a cool speeder but was a bit annoyed at the trooper not fitting on the bike. It was fun watching him load a trooper on to the front of it like a stretcher. I think he wants a troop transport!
For our second review we take a look at the 3.75 First order Tie Fighter w/ Pilot. We had the x-wing already so you have to have an enemy vehicle to fight with. This ship retails for $39.99 which I think is a reasonable price for a toy this size and it looks pretty good. So lets break it down:
Very detailed vehicle with figure and room inside for a co pilot
Front and rear view ports (rear gunner seat) – Plus you can look through the ship to get the pilots view point! My son loved that.
Each wing can be launched off the ship via buttons on either side of the cockpit. (battle damage feature)
(2) launch-able missiles from one button
Very nice pilot figure with removable helmet and side arm
Spring loaded connections for the wings are rather touchy, bump one or just having the fighter sitting on the floor a wing would fall off.
Time to tell you about our issues with the Tie Fighter, so far we have gone through 2 ships( returning the second one today).
1st Tie Fighter – Left wing would fall off the ship if you tapped the upper or lower edges of it and sometimes it would fall off as you are “flying” around. Now granted the release button for both wings are easy to accidentally hit do to there location on the bottom of the toy. This one clearly had a defect in the connection point. Also there is a movable antenna on top of the ship, on this one the plastic which the antenna snaps into was weak and broke.
2nd Tie Fighter – On this one the wing connections appear to be working better than the first. Unfortunately the button that launches the missiles kept catching on something internally until the missiles wouldn’t fire at all.
Keeping fingers crossed that when I exchange this one today the new one will work properly. For those of you worried about the wings, I found that if you press the button to jettison the wings and reattach them a couple times they seem to hold to the ship a bit better.
Rodney – 3 out of 5
I really want to love this Tie Fighter but it does have flaws, plus I dont like my toys to fall apart! But a new generation and new series of toys. I will admit I do like the idea of the “exploding Tie fighter”, I just wish they had designed the wing connections a bit better.
My son – 5 out of 5
“I love this one! Shooting the missiles is the best!” Once again he makes me realize that kids have the best perspective on toys. If they are fun to play with, it doesnt matter how much you spent on it or if a piece of plastic broke. Thats called battle damage! Just remember its a toy and if you buy it for your kids they will love playing with it as much as you did when you where a kid.
Update 9/5/2015: So I picked up the 3rd Tie Fighter and this time everything is working properly! The wings fit snug and dont feel like they will fall off if you bump them. The missile launcher works as well. I wish this was the one I had picked up first, I would have given it a 5 out of 5! I know some of you arent as pick as me but I figure if you are going to spend $40 you should get your moneys worth.
So the other day I thought to myself, “Self, you need an X-wing”. Well my mind wasnt wrong, I have never owned an x-wing from any release of the toy line. In fact the only ship I ever got was the Snow speeder from the Empire strikes back(I still own it and it works great!). After reading about all of the new toys I decided it was time to spend some money and I have a six year old boy who agreed with me completely. For a complete list of toys check out this link .
Part 1 – Poe’s X-wing Fighter w/ Poe Dameron
First up is the Box art which is amazing on all of the new toys, features a very cool painted battle scene, its very eye catching. The X-wing itself is very simple and has a nose cone and laser cannons that are designed to come off the craft if it takes “Damage” (i.e. the boy drops it or smashes into something).
A very nice redesign of the classic X-wing with the new BB-8 astromech behind the pilot
Cool new paint scheme, although having it look like the x-wings in the trailer would have made more sense.
They use the same mechanism to open and close the x-foil wings as previous versions
Poe Dameron comes with a removable helmet and side arm which fits nicely into a hip holster.
It has a fire-able missile on the bottom of the fuselage – Good range!
The X-wing has no sound effects
It took us a while to get the canopy closed while Poe had his flight helmet on, but if you move his legs further down it will close. The figure fits very snug in the cockpit( i didnt mind but my son got mad a few times because he couldnt remove him from the x-wing.
I wish the front landing pad was spring loaded like the old school snow speeder. This one has a simple pull down model.
Rodney – 3.5 out of 5
This is a solid fun toy, but it does have a few drawbacks from a 42 year old mans point of view. I would have like to see some electronic sounds, spring loaded front landing gear and a few more stickers for the body. At $49.99 you dont get much for the price, that being said, if you can get it for $40 buy it.
My son – 4 out of 5
He doesnt like the sculpt of Poe’s face “hes got an ugly face and the guns are all bent. They wont shoot straight!” But other than that he loves his X-wing!
Hello everyone, we hope you are having a great summer, the time has been flying by. As we head into September we will be coming back with new episodes, but it wont be weekly anymore. We dont have as much free time as we had in the past so I will be releasing an episode every other Sunday. The Rambler and I did record a D&D session a couple weeks ago and a new version of retro comics?, so look for one of those soon. So what have we been up too?
Roy – Went back to school! Working on another degree and running an awesome L5R game.
The Rambler – Lots of Golf and running the Hoards of the Dragon Queen module
Greenloontern– Kind of put everything on hold, spent a lot of time with my family enjoying the summer.
– Been reading The Usagi Yojimbo Saga editions
– RPG inventory (over 700 pdf’s and books in my collection)
My Castles & Crusades game has been changed into a 5th ed D&D game, so that has been put on hold till October so I have time to write the end of the current story and plot out the next leg of the grand adventure. I found my copy of the Usagi Yojimbo RPG (Fuzion system) and I think I will be running this for next years RPGCON 5.
Looking forward to this falls line up of shows: The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Doctor who (expect an episode on this), Supernatural, walking Dead, Izombie, the final season of Continuum. If you missed out on scify channels – Dark Matter and Killjoys you need to check them out! Both are really great shows!
For the most part the majority of comics have been a bit of a let down this summer, with a few exceptions.
Valiant– Bloodshot Reborn, Ninjak, Emperium and Book of Death have been excellent.
Dark Horse – Usagi Yojimbo, ei8ht, New MGMT, looking forward to “The Paybacks”
Marvel– Starwars, Kanan – the last Jedi
DC– Deathstroke, Earth2 – Society, Batman Beyond
IDW– Ragnarok, TMNT
Thats it for now, I’ll update the spotlight episode today also so you have something else to listen too that you may have forgotten. Thanks again for listening!
Synopsis – The book starts out with X-O tracking down a woman in New York city who has a vial containing a virus that will wipe out the human race. With only 30 minutes to stop the woman X-O chases her through the streets while being pursued by the police.
Art – 4 out of 5
Story – 5 out of 5
Pick #2– Divinity #4
Reviewed by The Rambler
Colorer: David Baron
Inker: Ryan Winn Writer: Matt Kindt
Letter: Dave Lanphear
Characters: Divinity, Ninjack, Livewire, XO man of war, eternal warrior
Synopsis – story is 2 parts one part what is going on in Divinity’s mind and part with the hero’s of earth fighting to contain him. In Divinity’s mind he is talking to his Wife and daughter who both have passed away. His wife explains that she got married again and can’t handle this and asks to be sent away. You find out she passed away from natural causes and daughter died of cancer. After his wife goes away you hear his daughter tell him about her life. At the end she tells him how happy she is that he is back. Meanwhile outside the hero’s are trying to contain Divinity while not killing him or his followers. While the hole time Divinity is trying to re-enter their minds to give them what they really want. They finally contain him in a sphere. But they aren’t sure what to do with him now.
Art – 5 out of 5
Story – 5 out of 5
Pick #3 – Bloodshot Reborn #2
Reviewed by Roy Folkker
Publisher: Valiant Comics
Art: Mico Suayan
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Colorist: David Baron
Cover: Mico Suayan
Characters: Ray, Kay (The Geomancer), Bloodsquirt, Special Agent Diane Festival, and Harlan Cady
Synopsis: Bloodshot (Ray) is tracking someone who has the nanites in their blood (Harlan Cady) who had gone on a killing rampage. All while trying to deal with the ghost of the Geomancer, and bloodsquirt pushing him towards the nanites.
While this is happening, a new wrinkle in the mix is Special Agent Diane Festival who shows some strange post-cognition or memory replay ability starts tracking Ray.
Art – 5 out of 5
Story – 5 out of 5
I have no issues with this issue!
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Hello everyone! Its finally time to give away the first of two Rare Valiant Comics! First up NINJAK #1 GOLDEdition
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