Monday, 30 December 2013

The Resolute Collector

The Party Dude!
Christmas has been good to us here at the Mos Espa household, but things are settling down to normal again now. One of my gifts from the Emcat was the superb TMNT Classics Michelangelo figure seen above, and I can't stress how great this guy is. Despite loving the original cartoon over and above anything else, the Classics figures didn't appeal to me at first; however in recent weeks I've become truly converted. I'm looking forward to picking up Leo, Raph and Don as soon as funds allow.

That's not all I'm looking forward to though. You may have noticed that 2014 is just around the corner, resplendent with the optimism that a new year always seems to bring, and as such I'm going to highlight a few of the figures that I'm most looking forward to over the coming months...

T-U-R-T-L-E Power!
Continuing on a theme, there's the TMNT Classics Series 3 to look forward to, which features the Turtles based on their appearance in the first live action movie from 1990. That was the first movie I remember getting bed-wettingly excited about, and I completely wore the soundtrack cassette out from repeated late night listening on my Walkman, so these guys are dead certs for the collection.

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Arriving later in the year is the MP-22 Ultra Magnus "Perfect Edition" from the Transformers Masterpiece line. There are no images of it yet, but early reports indicate it will use the existing MP-10 Convoy mold for the cab, in true G1 style. I don't yet own any Masterpiece figures as I'm still deliberating where to start, but as Ultra Magnus is a big hitter for me in TF terms this is one I'm very excited about. It will most likely cost a bomb, however...

My money's on Spider-Man.
Hitting stores a lot sooner is the rebranded Marvel Legends: Infinite Series, which combines all of the movie related waves under one catch-all line. I'm loving the Superior Spider-Man comic right now so I'm very much looking forward to picking up SpOck, as well as Captain America in his 'Super Soldier' costume from the Winter Soldier wave. ASM2 Spidey and Boomerang are also on my radar, but those first two are on my want list for certain.


So that's three lines that will almost certainly be getting my money over the next 12 months, but it doesn't stop there. I've collected my thoughts on the state of the Star Wars line here, but of course there is the upcoming Rebels to look forward to in the Autumn. I'm late to the party but NECA's Predator series looks like it's been churning out some pretty incredible figures, and then there might be some interesting offerings from the Transformers 4: Age of Extinction line. I'm not sold on a lot of the Bayformers but Dinobots? Hell yeah!

With all of this excitement for the future, I guess that wraps it up for 2013. It's been a good run for the blog with an expanding readership, brand new look and redefined focus and purpose, and I'm enjoying running it here more than I have at any point before. Massive thanks to each and every one of you who has taken the time to read my ramblings or to look at my pictures, and thank you even more so if you're a returning visitor or commenter. The comments mean a lot to me, and I appreciate you taking the time. 

I wish you all a most excellent 2014. It will be better!


  1. You haven't started on the Masterpiece figures yet? Ooh boy, it's going to be expensive catching up. Thankfully, Takara has been doing 2nd production runs on certain figures like Soundwave and Sideswipe. You should look into those as they won't cost an arm and a leg. As far as Ultra Magnus goes, he's something like $290 USD, so he's going to break quite a few banks, mine included.

    1. Ha, I know it - that's why, at least to begin with, my MP focus will extend only as far as Movie characters. Catching up wise that's Hot Rod, Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Starscream and Soundwave, all of which have seen retail release over here, which should help lower the cost a little. I know it's still going to hurt my wallet though... I know. :'(

      As for Ultra Magnus, I'll have to see what the final product looks like, and what the cost translates to in sterling, but let's just say that at the moment I'm predisposed to ordering him. And maybe not eating for a month...

    2. Ultra Magnus is already preordered on my end. Now I'm just waiting for pictures to pop up...

    3. I was I could pre-order; being a student (until May, at least), I'm hopeful but can't guarantee what my financial situation will be like in the second half of the year. As much as I want Ultra Magnus, I need to pay my rent first! Well, unless those pictures make him look really good...


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