Action Figure Maniac Reviews: Marvel Select: Antman

Marvel Select: Antman
Diamond Select Toys
Retail: $24.95 @ Disney Store

I will start this review by saying that I have not seen the movie. I know … I’m an awful person. That said, I fell in love with this figure when I saw him on the shelf and had to have him.

Antman comes on the standard Diamond Select blister card. He is nicely view-able and all of his accessories are visible. The side of the card displays a close-up of Antman and the back shows a full picture of the figure.

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I am fairly impressed with the likeness on this Antman. I can definitely see Paul Rudd in the face, although it is stronger in some views.

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The figure comes with a second, swap-able helmet head that looks really good.The tubes at the neck plug into small holes on each side of the helmet.

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He has 19 points of articulation:

  • Ball-and-socket joint at the neck (x1)
  • Ball-and-socket joints at each shoulder (x2)
  • Swivel hinge joints at each elbow (x2)
  • Swivel joints at each wrist (x2)
  • Swivel joint at mid-torso (x1)
  • Swivel joint at the waist (x1)
  • Swivel hinge joints at each hip (x2)
  • Swivel joints at each thigh (x2)
  • Hinge joints at each knee (x4)
  • Rocker hinges at each ankle (x2)

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He comes with the extra head, two sets of swap-able hands, and a miniature Antman.

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The miniature Antman is a really cool accessory. It is not articulated.

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My only complaint is that the tubes come out of the helmet when the head is turned. They are made of out of semi-hard plastic and keep their original shape making it difficult to keep them plugged in.

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Breakdown:

  • Playability – 5 out of 5. I’m really impressed with this figure. It’s definitely a collector quality figure, but I find everything about him play-able.
  • Packaging¬† – 4 out of 5. A character bio would have made this perfect.
  • Paint and Sculpt – 4 out of 5. No real complaints. I love Paul Rudd and really see him in the figure, but some angles are stronger than others. The paint apps are pretty solid.
  • Standability – 4 out of 5. He is fairly stand-able, but I did have some trouble getting him to stay up for more dynamic poses.
  • Articulation – 5 out of 5. While the count is a little lower than other figures I’ve reviewed, every bit of articulation looks nice and is solid.
  • Accessories – 5 out of 5. I really like the accessories here. The miniature Antman made my day!
  • Affordability – 4 out of 5. $24.99 is a little more pricey than usual. I feel, though, that he is well worth it.

Overall impression: .31 out of 35. A nice solid figure! I feel like Antman is a great figure for collectors and fans alike. Plus, it’s Paul-frickin-Rudd. Love the figure!

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** Antman is owned by Marvel/Disney. These images are for hobby only. Also, the background images were found on the internet. If one of the images belongs to you, I will gladly give credit.

Action Figure Maniac Reviews: Marvel Select: Antman

Action Figure Maniac Review: Diamond Select Toys: iZombie: Liv Moore

iZombie: Liv Moore
Diamond Select Toys
Retail: $17.99 @ BigBadToyStore

I have never read the comic, but I am definitely digging the show. If you haven’t seen it, iZombie is about an up-and-coming young doctor turned zombie named Liv Moore. She isn’t your typical zombie though. She is smart, she works in a morgue for cover, eats the brains of the cadavers, and absorbs the memories and personality traits of those whose brains she eats. Its a lot of fun!

The Liv Moore figure from Diamond Select Toys is pretty nice!

She is nicely displayed on blister card packaging with all of her accessories prominently visible. The back of the card gives a great character description and photo of the figure itself.

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She is a fairly detailed figure and has 20 points of articulation:

  • Ball-and-socket at the neck (x1)
  • Rotating hinges at each shoulder (x2)
  • Rotating hinges at each elbow (x2)
  • Rotating hinges at each wrist (x2)
  • Rotating waist (x1)
  • Hinges at hips (x4)
  • Rotating thighs (x2)
  • Hinges at knees (x4)
  • Rotating hinges at each ankle (x2)

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Her face is beautiful and painted in her pale skin tones, the hair allows for amazing head positioning, and there is some great detail on her shirt and jacket.

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She comes equipped with two extra sets of hands, a hand holding chopsticks, a cup of pricey coffee, a bottle of hot sauce (its the only way she can taste her food), an emesis basin full of brains and ramen, a lead pipe, and a base.

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Breakdown:

  • Playability – 5 out of 5. She is pretty awesome. Her articulation and accessories make for a very playable figure.
  • Collectibility – 5 out of 5. The packaging is highly displayable. The colors are a little subdued, but it fits the character.
  • Paint Applications – 4 out of 5. Overall, the paint apps are really good. There was a bit of clumping at the face and the lines on the clothing could be cleaner. Also, there was paint wear at the elbow when I articulated the arm.
  • Standability – 5 out of 5. Static and action poses are totally do-able, especially with her base.
  • Articulation – 5 out of 5. 20 points makes for a solid, highly poseable action figure.
  • Accessories – 5 out of 5. DST surprised me on this one. She is chock-full of fun accessories.
  • Affordability – 5 out of 5. $17.99 is pretty affordable in the collector realm these days. No complaints.

Overall impression: 34 out of 35. She is pretty impressive overall. She could easily be a display piece or a fun action toy for the more imaginative.

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Action Figure Maniac Review: Diamond Select Toys: iZombie: Liv Moore