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Thursday, March 31, 2016

The AFB Podcast Episode 214: Mega Easter Toy of the Week Round Up


Episode 214 of the AFB Podcast is live at iTunes and is now available for direct downloadDownload and subscribe to the podcast at iTunes now! 

This week, join the whole AFB crew for a great new show packed full of toy fun!

This week, our Toys of the Week are:



  • Mezco Deluxe King Kong
  • Boss Fight Studios Vitruvian Hacks Kickstarter Coral Gorgon
  • Mattel WWE Legends series 4 Ultimate Warrior
  • Bandai SH Figuarts Mighty Morphin Power Rangers : Red Ranger
  • Hasbro Marvel Legends 3 ¾” 2016 Wave 1 Figures

If you don't use iTunes, you can download Episode 214 here now! Click on the link to listen, or right click to save the file! The podcast will always be available from the “Podcast” tab here - but if you can subscribe and give us positive ratings at iTunes, that will help us greatly! 

The AFB Podcast is also on Stitcher Radio!

Have a listen, and please give us some feedback at podcast@actionfigureblues.com - we might even read out your feedback on the next show!

Happy listening!




    Saturday, March 26, 2016

    Why you should give Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a fair go.

    I don't normally post film reviews, but I'm making an exception for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) because if you let the negative reviews of this film put you off, you'll be missing out on a treat.

    **I don't think this is a spoilery review, but proceed at your own risk.**



    Of course, it's not perfect. Nothing that fulfils so many childhood fantasies using characters that have so many popular incarnations could ever be. Yes, it's a Zack Snyder film, and so it's overblown, over-ambitious, and at times hangs to coherent storytelling with the thinnest of cords. And yes, it's a darker world than the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the lines between good and evil are more blurred, the characters coloured with more grey and less black and white.
    But the thing is, I loved it.
    I have to give Snyder some credit for trying to wrestle with the more real-world implications of superhero battles on Earth. The fallout of the end of Man of Steel is central to this story, and while the "resolution" of this thread lacks oomph, it's carried throughout the majority of the film in a relatively meaningful way.
    For me, it's Batman and Wonder Woman that make this film. Affleck and Gadot provide performances and characterisations that cut through the at times murky narrative, and make me genuinely excited for what is ahead in the DCU. Affleck goes right to the top of cinematic Batmen for me, and Gadot is a triumph in casting, as this could have gone wrong in so many directions.
    I have to give special mention to the work done on the Batsuit and cowl, which provides us much more access to Batman's expressions and movements than we've experienced before. And also to Affleck's eye acting, because his eyes act the heck out of a few scenes when he's wearing the full get-up.
    The action is sensational, the effects mostly seamless, and the supporting cast - Adams, Eisenberg, Hunter, Irons - all turn in committed performances. Eisenberg's Luthor is not the sour note I feared it might be, but rather an interesting take on a well-worn character.
    Again, it's not everything for everyone, but it never could be. I still can't tell if it's the writing or Cavill's performance, or a combination thereof, that makes me find this Superman a bit lacking, but his arc throughout this film definitely leaves us - in a fashion - with a better, more complete Superman than Man of Steel did, and again, the main achievement of this film in my eyes is that it has set Justice League in motion in a way that makes me genuinely excited for the future.
    In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I can forgive the teasing of Aquaman playing a role in this film, which he really doesn't. The tastes of what to come with future characters and the Easter Eggs throughout were quite enough in what was already a crowded film, so I'll blame it on marketing rather than the film itself.
    So, give this a shot. Go in with an open mind, and make your own judgement. For me - it's a massive step forward for the DC Cinematic Universe.


    Thursday, March 24, 2016

    The AFB Podcast Episode 213: Round 5 UFC Figures / NECA Ultimate GoW Kratos / Kotobukiya ArtFX SP Robin and Red Hood Statues / Save GI Joe


    Episode 213 of the AFB Podcast is live at iTunes and is now available for direct downloadDownload and subscribe to the podcast at iTunes now! 

    This week, join Scott, Eddie and Ben for a great new show packed full of toy fun!

    This week, our Toys of the Week are:



    • Round 5 Rampage Jackson and Alistair Overeem Figures
    • NECA Ultimate God of War Kratos
    • Kotobukiya ArtFX Super Powers Robin and Red Hood Statues


    Then, John catches up with the crew from What's on Joe Mind to discuss concerns over the future of the GI Joe Brand and Joe Con. If you want to support them, check out their Change.Org petition

    If you don't use iTunes, you can download Episode 213 here now! Click on the link to listen, or right click to save the file! The podcast will always be available from the “Podcast” tab here - but if you can subscribe and give us positive ratings at iTunes, that will help us greatly! 

    The AFB Podcast is also on Stitcher Radio!

    Have a listen, and please give us some feedback at podcast@actionfigureblues.com - we might even read out your feedback on the next show!

    Friday, March 18, 2016

    The AFB Podcast Episode 212: Creatureplica Louisiana Rougarou / Marvel Legends Red Onslaught Wave


    Episode 212 of the AFB Podcast is live at iTunes and is now available for direct downloadDownload and subscribe to the podcast at iTunes now! 

    This week, join Ben, Adam, John, and Scott for a great new show packed full of toy fun!

    This week, our Toy of the Week is the Creatureplica Louisiana Rougarou and our discussion topic is a Toy Breakdown of the Marvel Legends Red Onslaught Wave.


    If you don't use iTunes, you can download Episode 212 here now! Click on the link to listen, or right click to save the file! The podcast will always be available from the “Podcast” tab here - but if you can subscribe and give us positive ratings at iTunes, that will help us greatly! 

    The AFB Podcast is also on Stitcher Radio!

    Have a listen, and please give us some feedback at podcast@actionfigureblues.com - we might even read out your feedback on the next show!

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    The AFB Podcast Episode 211: Walking Dead Dale / Toynami DX Voltron / Sideshow Daredevil Premium Format


    Episode 211 of the AFB Podcast is live at iTunes and is now available for direct downloadDownload and subscribe to the podcast at iTunes now! 

    This week, join Scott, Adam and John for a great new show packed full of toy fun!

    This week we cover the latest news and events in the toy world, and then we run through three great new Toys of the Week;


    • McFarlane Walking Dead Dale Action Figure
    • Toynami Altimites DX Voltron
    • Sideshow Collectibles Daredevil Premium Format Statue


    If you don't use iTunes, you can download Episode 211 here now! Click on the link to listen, or right click to save the file! The podcast will always be available from the “Podcast” tab here - but if you can subscribe and give us positive ratings at iTunes, that will help us greatly! 

    The AFB Podcast is also on Stitcher Radio!

    Have a listen, and please give us some feedback at podcast@actionfigureblues.com - we might even read out your feedback on the next show!

    Thursday, March 03, 2016

    The AFB Podcast Episode 210: Funko Godzilla Supersized Pop Vinyl / NECA Ultimate Terminator 2 Series / Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars R5-D4 Sixth Scale Figure


    Episode 210 of the AFB Podcast is live at iTunes and is now available for direct downloadDownload and subscribe to the podcast at iTunes now! 

    This week, join Eddie, Ben and Scott for a great new show packed full of toy fun!

    This week we cover the latest news and events in the toy world, and then we run through three great new Toys of the Week;


    • Funko's Super Sized Godzilla Pop
    • NECA's Ultimate Terminator 2 Series
    • Sideshow's Star Wars R5-D4 Sixth Scale Figure


    If you don't use iTunes, you can download Episode 210 here now! Click on the link to listen, or right click to save the file! The podcast will always be available from the “Podcast” tab here - but if you can subscribe and give us positive ratings at iTunes, that will help us greatly! 

    The AFB Podcast is also on Stitcher Radio!

    Have a listen, and please give us some feedback at podcast@actionfigureblues.com - we might even read out your feedback on the next show!

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