| by Joe Gardner |
The ToyMan cometh! I’m sure someone is probably already using ToyMan, or maybe even has it copyrighted, but I’m trying it out for the moment. But I really should research it. I return with a figure review and a few other tidbits for you all. I had fully intended to do a video, but encountered some technical difficulties. So, another written column it is!
I have shared previously my fondness of Quantum Mechanix (QMx) and their products, which include stylized Q-fig figures, Sixth Scale figures, replica pieces (like the Batarang I reviewed), plushes, and others. And they are a great source for Star Trek and Firefly collectors. My personal QMx collection comes mostly from their line of Q-figs. A line of stylized, 1/24th scale (I’m guessing) figures that range from standard, max (larger), and FX (slightly larger with a lighting effect). And licenses run from Marvel, DC, Warner Bros. Animation, Star Trek, Big Bang Theory, and a few others. And with the interaction I’ve had with them on their Twitter account, I’m working on some questions, researching who I should be contacting, and getting the nerve to request an interview of some sort. Exclusive to this column, of course! You all will be the first to know. Well, after Professor B (CBU Editor Brandon Rucker), that is.
Recently, during a semi-weekly trip to my LCS (Local Comic Shop), Downtown Comics West, I came upon a collectible I had yet to see in the wild. ‘Twas the Star-Lord Q-fig FX from QMx. As stated above, the Q-fig FX is slightly larger than the standard Q-fig. Now, by calling it larger, I’m referring to the size of the overall diorama. The figure itself is in scale to the other Q-figs. Same with the max figures, the figure is to scale and typically atop a larger mount (Wonder Woman atop her battle steed or Aquaman atop Cthulu). Star-Lord comes with his faceplate equipped, element guns drawn, and jetpack ablaze. And when you toggle the switch on the underside of the base, the jetpack truly looks ablaze as it is lit up. This is a neat little feature that I will have trouble not wanting to switch off. Mr. Quill looks great, with the quality and detail I’ve come to expect from this line of collectibles. He will make a groovy addition to my collection, and at $20, I feel like I got a great collectible at a great price. Now I just need to snag a Rocket & Groot Q-fig to place next to Star-Lord (Note: Between my initial writing and final editing of this article, I found, and put on hold, the Rocket & Groot Q-fig). And my wish-list for more Q-fig FX figures? Captain Marvel, Space Ghost, Green Lantern, Dark Phoenix, Cyclops . . . I could go on and on. I should probably stop.
The daughter recently returned from a 10-day trip overseas, travelling through Greece and Italy. She had a wonderful time and we do not regret making this decision one bit! And in 2 years, she’ll be travelling to Scotland, England, and France. Anyway, while she was in Greece, she picked up a nice little souvenir for me. A statue of Poseidon, Greek god of the seas. He has taken residence in the middle of my Aquaman Shrine. Which is coming along quite nicely, thank you.
I am currently working on some scripts, if you will, and hope to have some installments of The Adventures of Frank N Wade (And Friends) for you very soon. These will likely show up on my various social media accounts, as opposed to here in the column. So, keep an eye out there!
I ended up placing an order for the Funko DC Legion of Collectors Green Lantern box. Mentioned previously, Funko is ending their subscription boxes. So, this will be the last DC box. But I HAD to have that Guy Gardner POP!
Finally, I’ve always been a fan of the Bounty Hunters from Star Wars, but lately I’ve found I have the urge to collect all the Bounty Hunter merch I can find. Which hasn’t been much, so far. The top of my list is the recently announced Dengar figure from the Black Series line. Unfortunately, I’m a little late to the game with the Black Series figures, as I am with nearly everything, so finding the older Bounty Hunters could prove interesting. We’ll see where this takes me.
Until next time, you’ll find me in the toy aisle.
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