Finally, my DVD-exclusive Red Exillion (Japanese Hot Shot) came in today. Limited to 500, it was originally supposed to come out last June, but was delayed to late August. As it was so limited, it was pretty expensive, so you don't want to know what kind of art I had to draw to raise that. Well, okay, you probably do, but too bad.
He came with the first Galaxy Force (Transformers Cybertron) DVD and a nifty box to put the rest of the subsequent DVDs that I won't buy (which you can see here, along with lots of other photos). As is obvious to some of you, this version of Hot Shot was designed with many similarities to the original Transformers' Hot Rod, and this redeco colors him accordingly. Which is... not interesting to me, 'cuz I like Hot Shot a lot more than Hot Rod, but anything for awesome new (limited!) Hot Shot merchandise. Hey, at least I like orange, and it's certainly not the first time Hot Shot's been redone in Hot Rod colors.
Due to popular demand, here's a photo of my newly updated Hot Shot Shrine, featuring not only Red Exillion but an Armada Hot Shot magnet I got from Specimen-17 of The Allspark.
So I've never bought any DC Direct action figures. I'm not really into $15 action figures, and the style didn't really grab me. I tend to like my Batman and Superman more animated or cartoonish.
...so a year ago, they solicited a DC Direct series of figures based on Ed McGuinness' run on Superman/Batman. Ed McGuinness is totally my favorite superhero artist. I want to have five million of his babies. And, so, well, I had to get these.
They're about what I was expecting, quality-wise. If you're not Hasbro, Mattel, or one of the other big companies, your paint's going to be a little sloppy and the toys aren't going to be as sturdy -- Hasbro and Mattel have to worry more about child safety laws and moms and dads and indestructability in the face of toddler toyslaughter. (Which is good -- I prefer my toys oops-proof.) So when I took them out of the packaging, I spent a while pulling off a few hairs stuck to the figure while the paint was drying. I think a koala put these things together.
But after all that's done, these are some very nice figures. Limited movement, but I doubt super poseability was their intention. I wanted 3D replications of Ed McGuinness' art and that was delivered.
(I have to add that his Superman is pretty much definitive for me. The retro squinty-eyed look? Awesome.)
295 J&W! subscribers as of now. Dear Lord, and my inbox is still full, especially with people needing my mailing address or answers to further questions, which I respond to on a second sweep.
Seriously, guys, holy cheezus. You folks rock. The emails have not let up for 6 days. I wake up in the morning with about 40 mails to sort through, and find another 40 to sort before I go to bed. And no evidence yet of trickling out or winding down...
Completely unrelated, I have the front half of Professor Xavier's face sitting on my desk. Why? I'll tell you later. Need to finish a certain project first.