Review: Mezco Fifty years of Star Trek 

By Beverly Lanzilla

‚Äč      In time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Gene Roddenberry's  launch of STAR TREK, our friends at MEZCO TOYZ have decided to enter the fray of designing their own sculpts of the cast. With so many attempts by others, good and not-so-good over the years; this is not the sort of journey or decision for a timid collectible toy maker to make. MEZCO TOYZ did step up to this challenge and has rightly earned their place among the very best, ever. Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Lieutenant Sulu are the starting point on MEZCO's 'trek'.

                                  Photo by Rob Serret

      The Sulu figure is our first to examine and review. Scaled at 'One:12' it is large enough to give the sculptor room for artistic freedom; and comes packaged in a collector friendly box design that we usually associate with the best, and most expensive ones from Japan/Asia. Upon opening the box, and borrowed from the original STAR TREK television series, is a detailed map of the USS Enterprise NCC 1701. On the opposite side of the box Chief Helmsman Hikaru Sulu appears; one of the most iconic crew members of the series.

               Photo by Rob Serret                                                                                                         Photo By Rob Serret 
      Mr. Sulu is modeled with incredible detail to craft an exceptional actor likeness; and has over 28 points of articulation. Numerous accessories and interchangeable parts are included. Sulu features his accurate 1960's television series fabric uniform with full trim and insignia detailing, plus amazing leather-look boots. The figure also includes a 'regular' head and an alternative 'smiling' head. Accessories include interchangeable hands: one phaser holding right hand; one communicator with flip-up panel; a tricorder with an opening top section; and, an Away Team belt with holster for communication with the Enterprise.

      Further, in keeping with the best, a display base and stand post for posing are included. This beautiful action figure is packaged in a deluxe 5 panel window box with a translucent acetate slipcover.

MSRP US$89.99   *Note: MEZCO TOYZ figures typically sell out fast. 

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Review: NJ Croce Arkham Night Batman and Harley Quinn 

By Beverly Lanzilla 

            Photo by Rob Serret                                               Photo by Rob Serret 

We review the Arkham Knight version of Batman and a new Harley Quinn. There are so many new versions of Ms. Quinn these days that I've lost count. Both this new Batman and Harley Quinn are bendable versions, and pose-able. I prefer these bendable figures compared to a number of action figures being released these days with little or no articulation.
                Batman has a fabric cape and Harley has a hard PVC baseball bat which reminds me of a Christmas candy cane or a barbershop red and white circular sign. She also comes to the 'party' with a AK 47 gun. Batman is wearing his Batsuit and his gold utility belt where all of great gadgets are stored.
                Both this Harley Quinn and Batman are based on the "New 52" redesigns with Harley keeping her color scheme of wearing half black and half red in her costume dress.I still like and prefer her tight fitting outfit, with her gun and hammer mallet; more in line with her first appearances in Batman animation starting in 1992. Change moves on.
I do like some of Harley's costume. The tights, shoes, and very short skirt all work. Her make up is always exaggerated, including her bright red lips.
                 It would be even better to include base stands for these bendable/pose-able figures. Prices continue to go up and many toy companies should take the lead in including stands. NJ Croce Co. has continued to deliver great figures!
Each figure is approximately 5 1/2 inches. MSRP US$9.99  (No stands are included.) 

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Review: NJ Croce New 52 Batman

By Beverly Lanzilla

Photo by Rob Serret 

                First we review NJ Croce's larger and pose-able 8 1/2 inch tall Batman action figure, based on DC Comics' most recent,  updated "New 52" interpretation of this top-tier character that first appeared in 1939.
This new entry is made from flexible PVC with internal wires for your preferred posing. Even our action figure chairperson team of "Moose and Greg" had not seen this figure in their regular rounds in stores. Not too many items slip their attention!
This new Batman has no visible joints, and wears a smooth fabric cape.
Worth every penny.
MSRP US$19.99   (No stand is included.)