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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

AFB: Now Braver and Bolder!!!

The retail gods have once again smiled on AFB. Thanks to a tip-off from AFB Forum Mod fishmilkshake (yeah, I know…) I managed to find Batman Brave & The Bold’s Plastic Man and Green Arrow at our local Target, and thus wrap my B&B Wave Two – I’ve already found and reviewed Atom and Sportsmaster.

These two figures just reinforce BTB&B as a very fun line for kids and collectors alike. The fun of the animated series comes further to life with the addition of new characters, particularly Green Arrow, who provides some of the comic relief in the series.

I like the way that the style chosen for each character in the series isn’t bound to current continuity: for instance a SA- styled Green Arrow alongside a MA Blue Beetle, Aquaman in his classic costume with a beard, etc., just adds to the mish-mash fun of the series.

I’m getting used to the holes in the joints of these figures, especially when they make sense for holding props, accessories etc, which is the case of both of these figures. Neither of their accessories quite hit the mark, however: Green Arrow can’t hold his bow, rather it sits on the outside of his arm, and Plastic Man’s stretched out arm doesn’t rest neatly over the small arm, meaning that his original hand is still visible. I doubt that matters to the target audience for these toys, but it’s a bit of a bugbear for the collector.

The enjoyment in this is going to be in the growing collection – with the new characters previewed at SDCC it looks like that will continue for a while to come. All up – more cartoony goodness in what is turning out to be a very fun line to collect!

You can see more pics on Facebook, chat about this on AFB Forum, and comment on this post for your chance to win the September Comment of the Month Contest.

11 comments:

bigraj said...

Love that group shot. Not a collector of the line myself, but they do look good together like that.

Westy said...

I'm with Raj, I'm not a big fan of the line, and I've not had the time to watch the series, but they do look better like that than when they are warming the pegs.

Lobo said...

I love watching the series. I haven't started collecting them yet though. Mainly because I'm still trying to get use to the holes in the joints. But seeing your group photo of them like that, might just persuade me...might.

Outburst said...

I love the show but I've been on the fence about the figures. Not really digging the weird octogon holes.
But I have to admit they look great when you put that many together.

Kenan G Swaim said...

I love love love the show. The figures do look cool as a group, but I feel they don't quite capture the "look" of the show. The character designs, with their heavy and bold lines, don't translate very well to 3D I suppose.
I think the new mini figures that are out now, more accurately capture the feel and fun of the show.

bigraj said...

I love the show, and usually catch up to what's recorded on my DVR every 3 or 4 weeks.

fishmilkshake said...

HEY!!!!! I resemble that remark! >:|

Freak Studios said...

Hey, now I get this line. Is a series of toys that are not that cool alone, but together look very impressive.

Perhaps you can (and this is an idea) custom some sticks in the shape of the joint holes and form, get this, a plastic pyramid of Brave and the Bold figures.

Lobo said...

Hey F.S.: Thats hilarious. Yeah, I'd like to see that as well.

DCcomicsfan said...

they remind me of my BTAS collection when I was a child

Anonymous said...

My kids love the holes. Get some vehicles and more big pieces to make some awesome get-ups.

I wish they would sell accessory packs instead of so many different repaints. I don't want 3 blue beetles, but I do want all the accessories. For blue beetle, we could have beetle wings, beetle blasters, blue scarab, shield, etc. For Aquaman, water sword, water shield, trident variants, fluke!, etc.

And more non-bat vehicles! Come on! Manta crusher, green arrow car, joker car, robin-cycle, bwana creations!

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