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Dark Lord Dungeon Toy Reviews

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Marvel Legends Dr Strange

Presenting the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Dr Strange Hulkbuster BAF action figure.

Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange is a brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon - sounds a lot like Tony Stark (Must be a mustache thing for Marvel. He's also a bit of a playboy) - who loses the fine motor control of his hands in a car accident, ending his career.

Ruined, penniless and desperate to regain control of his hands, Doctor Strange turns to the rumored healing powers of a mystic hermit in the Himalayas.

Dr Strange finds the Ancient One who refuses to heal him because of his arrogance and selfishness. However the Ancient one senses that there is an innate goodness in Doctor Strange and instead offers to teach him the mystic arts.

Dr Strange refuses, but is kept from leaving due to a blizzard. While waiting he witnesses an attempt at the Ancient One's life by Baron Mordo. He confronts Mordo and is mystically shackled while Mordo leaves to continue his assassination attempt. Desperate to stop him, Doctor Strange pledges to learn from the Ancient One. The Ancient One then releases him stating that he was aware of Mordo's plot from the beginning and wanted to see what Dr Strange would do. Steven Strange becomes his apprentice and Baron Mordo declares himself his mortal enemy.

Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme, Master of the Mystic and Black Arts was born.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

HALO Ghost

Presenting a Covenant Ghost piloted by the SPARTAN Noble 6 from the HALO Reach Toyline..

To the uninitiated, this is the Type-32 Rapid Assault Vehicle or Ghost. The Ghost is powered by a "Boosted Gravity Propulsion drive." In essence it's an armored sled on repulsorlifts.

Quiet, lightly armored but fast (Cruising speed of around 60 kph, capable of boosting up to 90kph in short spurts.)  and decently armed, it's our personal vehicle of choice in the HALO games for two very simple reasons: A) The Ghost can strafe (Literally slide left-to-right while firing) - which no other HALO ground vehicle can do, and; If you get tired of lashing at Covenant forces with the twin Variant Class-2 Energy Weapon Systems, pull the boost trigger and wipe the floor clean of Covenant!

Covenant Ghost: When you need to absolutely, positively have to "mow the lawn." Accept no substitutes.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Marvel Legends Hawkeye

Presenting the Avenger Hawkeye from the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Allfather Odin BAF toyline.

To the uninitiated this is Clinton Francis "Clint" Barton AKA Hawkeye: formerly the Golden Archer (Wow); the size changing Goliath; the sword wielding Ronin, and; for a few brief comic book panels - being one of the few people who had the talent enough to wield the shield, Captain America (Fallen Son: Death of Captain America #3). Clint turned it down after getting dressed down by Hawkeye (Kate Bishop). She was able to convince him that assuming the mantle and shield of a dead symbol of hope was wrong. Clint returned the shield to Iron Man - who ended up giving it to Bucky Cap - and Clint joined the Secret Avengers as Ronin.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Marvel Universe Colossus - Juggerlossus - Infinite Series

Presenting the Mighty Colossus - or Juggerlossus - from the Marvel Universe Infinite Series Toyline.

Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin, Colossus. We're Colossus fans. Always have been since we started reading the Uncanny X-Men waaaaay back in 1986 when, during the Mutant Massacre story-arc, Colossus was severely injured for being the "wall" behind which X-Men and Morlocks alike found protection from the vicious killing spree of the Marauders.

Magneto tried to heal him, resulting in Piotr's paralysis. He would return during the Fall of the Mutants story-line with enhanced strength thanks to Magneto's "healing" which involved strengthening his organic Osmium steel skin.

But we always thought that Piotr's powers were... weak.... when compared to the powers of his siblings: Mikhail: an Omega-Level energy manipulator, and; Illyana: a teleporter and Sorceress Supreme of Limbo. So we thought that once day Colossus would realize that he could bring in more mass from whatever dimension he gains the additional mass and armor whenever he transforms into Colossus - becoming a literal true Colossus.

We never thought he'd become the Juggernaut.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Optimus Pime UFO Annular Trailer KO

Presenting the KO (Knock-off) version of Optimus Prime's UFO Annular Trailer.



The UFO Annular Trailer is based upon the trailer of Optimus Prime as it appeared in the Transformers Dark of the Moon movie when Prime first encountered Shockwave and his driller. Prime's trailer transformed in the movie and became a circular structure bristling with weapons from which Optimus Prime drew a sword and a shield (Since he loves beheading Decepticons a lot).

Later in the movie Optimus Prime would state the need to recover his trailer because he needed the flight technology within it. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Batman Hush Huntress Action Figure

Presenting the Huntress action figure from DC Directs' Batman Hush Toyline.

We weren't actually planning to shoot the Huntress but our trusty six year old Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS42 is finally croaking - feels like losing an old friend (One that we kept dropping) - and we needed to test out our options. So these were taken using the 16MP camera of our Samsung Note 4.

Not bad! What do you guys think?

To the uninitiated, this is Helena Rosa Bertinelli, child of a mafia boss. She was a victim of mob related rape at a young age which forced her into a recluse state until she witnessed anther mob related crime - the attempted murder of her entire family. Her bodyguard then trains this shrinking violet into becoming an enforcer out to end all mob activity: the Huntress.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Star Wars Black Series Captain Phasma

Presenting Captain Phasma from the Star Wars Black Series 6" Action Figure series.

When King Leonidas told Xerxes that clearly he should have marched his women to the Hot Gates instead of his men, Leonidas had Gwendoline Christie in mind. 

To the uninitiated Ms Christie brought our second favorite Game of Thrones knight (After Bronn who we believe will win the Iron Throne win the end), Brienne of Tarth, to life. In December she'll march out into the silver screen clad again in armor as Captain Phasma, the Commander of the Stormtrooper Legions of the Imperial Remnant known as the First Order, in Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

If we discount the existence of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, then Captain Phasma is the first solid example of a politically powerful female in what used to be a male-dominated Imperial army. 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Star Wars Black Series Kylo Ren

Presenting Kylo Ren from the Star Wars Black Series 6" Action Figure series.

Hey it's that creepy nympho serial masturbator from "Girls!" (We really hate that show).

Since Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens hasn't happened yet, there isn't much we know about Kylo Ren.

He's not Sith in the traditional sense of the word, he's a Dark Side of the Force user and a member of the Knights of Ren - Ren is not his last name, it's titular. The Knights of Ren are allied with the First Order - the remnants of the former Empire.

Maybe if we talk dirty to him while he's wood-carving, he'll tell us more (If you watched Girls because you love your girlfriend, you'll get that reference). Oh! Apparently that controversial lightsaber is his design and personal creation.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Transformers Generations Rattrap

Presenting Transformers Generations Rattrap.

We're not really fans of the current incarnation of Rattrap. We prefer his incarnation in the animated series where he was something of an equivalent to Bumblebee.

Now he's like ... Starscream to Megatron. A schemer waiting in the shadows, but serving Starscream the First, faithfully ... for now.

This is actually an old shoot that we never were able to prep and post on-line.

It seemed like such a shame to let it go to waste, so even if Transformers Generations Rattrap isn't quite relevant anymore, we decided to put him up.

He's one of the coolest Generations figures after all.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

STAR WARS FORCE FRIDAY AT TOY KINGDOM

Star Wars fans across the world will soon get a first look at select new products inspired by the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the world’s first live, global toy unboxing event unfolds across 12 countries, 15 cities, and 18 hours.

In the most epic product launch ever mounted, select toys and merchandise inspired by the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be revealed for the first time in Youtube.  The celebration will be hosted out of Los Angeles, with live unboxings beginning in Sydney, Australia (evening of Sept 2, US time), and the grand finale at Lucasfilm, home of Star Wars in San Francisco (morning of Sept 3, US time)

In the Philippines, select Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys and merchandise will be celebrated in a Force Friday event on September 4 at 12:01 am at the SM Mall of Asia’s Main Mall Atrium.
Aside from getting the first dibs, Star Wars enthusiasts will be amazed at the exciting line up of events such as best dressed impersonator competition and Star Wars trivia with prizes to be won. Freebies also await lucky shoppers.

Save the date, join this epic launch, and be the first to have never before seen products inspired by the movie at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens toy launch only at Toy Kingdom.

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