Pre-orders for the long anticipated wave 4 of the Black Series 3-3/4″ figures have started going live on various etailers. Most sites have full cases available or as a six figure wave. Get yours today from BBTS, Dorksidetoys or Entertainment Earth
PROS: The Max Factory Figma line is well known for their craftsmanship and attention to detail and that carries through with this figure. Overall, Indy has a great look about him serving as a representation of the character from Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade. (Mercifully, you’ll find no Crystal Skull reference in this figure.) Dr. Jones comes with a nice assortment of accessories, namely all the extra hands, his signature whip, pistol, and a couple film specific treasures like the Golden Idol, Sankara stone, and Holy Grail. What is also great is that you can easily incorporate a few of the mystery relics and accessories that were packed with Hasbro 3-3/4″ Indy line to expand the display options. That brings us to the eyes: Max Factory has incorporated a separate “eye piece” that is accessed behind the face. This allows for a far more accurate paint application of the eye details. For good measure, they include an extra – just in case.
CONS: At $60 (US), this figure doesn’t come cheap when compared to Hasbro’s line, but it makes up for it in quality in articulation, deco and likeness. Lack of a working holster to stow the pistol was a let down, but a minor quibble. Wrist sockets that receive the pegs for the interchangeable hands seems as though they will “loosen” over time – the result being that the hands may fall off.
Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether you’ll find the time to love Dr. Jones and add him to your collection.
Reviews of all 4 figures shipping with Hasbro’s Black Series Wave 3, plus new online sales and Episode VII news!
Another video/audio Boring Conversation Anyway™ as we go deep in to why we collect Star Wars and ask if we really are just hoarders? As usual some of the best expertise in toy collecting and sites join us to share their thoughts: Yakface.com, ImperialShipyards.net, Jedi Temple Archives, Dan Curto & Dorksidetoys.com
Thanks as always to these guys for their time and what was a great meaty and insightful discussion. Watch the video below or download the MP3 and check out the links we discuss on the show over at Flyguy.net
Another week has passed and it’s time for our look back at the latest news in Star Wars collecting. On this episode of The Realm Recap we chat about custom figures and purchases, new reveals from LEGO, Medicom and Hallmark, plus we cover our recent acquisitions since our last show. Click on through to check out the latest episode and Feel free to subscribe to our channel and leave suggestions on what you’d like to see covered (more or less) on the show.
Also, if you prefer not to look at our ugly mugs, a downloadable MP3 is available as well.
Our current Customizing Challenge is entering its final days – and wraps up on Monday, March 31. That gives you a few days still to submit your custom Space Pirate – which you can do – or just check out the latest submissions like the group of cool customs submitted by forum member my kind of scum by clicking here!
PROS: Merumeru is a very well done figure despite a few flaws in articulation. The sculpt captures the essence of the character and is enhanced by a quality deco which gives high- and lowlights to the fur. This figure also has some heft to it, but surprisingly, it’s not one of the largest Wookiee figures we’ve been offered over the years. Merumeru boasts a fair amount of accessories – all of which are new – including a great blaster and a two-piece battle staff with a headpiece that has some great detail/decoration which augments its phallic shape.
CONS: Hasbro (in what was surely a cost-saving measure) eliminated the waist joint – the result is a figure that leaves you wanting. The sculpted dreadlocks prohibit any real range of motion for the head.
Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this piece is worth adding to your collection.