Marvel Legends Moondragon action figure, nyan!
Arigato! So like, we like to collect the figures, statues, dolls, ornaments and miniatures of the inspirational heroines, and we were delighted that Hasbro finally made an action figure of Marvel Comics’ Moondragon! She first appeared in the comics in 18973 so this is her 50th anniversary! So like, originally she was a human from Los Angeles but hermom and dad were killed by Thanos. Her dad was reincarnated as Drax, who is rather different in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and she was raised by Thanos’ father Mentor on Titan where she was highly trained in the sciences, martial arts, and psionic abilities.
She is extremely powerfiul in all of those aspects, fur shur! She has been a villain and a hero, and a member of the Avengers, Defenders, Infinity Watch, and the Guardians of th Galaxy- in the comics. So like, he character is 6’3” tall and 150 lbs with pale tan skin and the bald head, so this 6.125” action figure of her is appuroximately 1/12 scale, and she is quite the totally powerrful, confident, sexy sight in her sleveless, bare-midriff skin – tight Green costume with the flexible high-collar cape, the silvery crescent noon earrings and ornaments, the tight abs, and the sly expression with a raised eyebrow, fur shur!
The design, sculpt and paint of the figure are like totally meticulous and faithful to the character, and she is very poseable with the articulation in her neck, shoulders, elbows, foreams, wrists, abs, hips, thighs, knees and ankles. She is accessorized with a variant pair of interchangeable hands, but display base is not included in the box, which has a beautiful illustration of her! I am totally pleased with this figure, which I have displayed next to Gamora, Nebula and Mantis on ther shelf! I am done, and now here is Nya-sensei to tell us about the
Legends of Dragonore Pantera action figure, fur shur!
Arigato, Mie-sensei! Legends of Dragonore is the terrific line of 5’5” action figures of a new sword & sorcery toy series with a sort of 1980’s (A.D.) ambience somewhat reminiscent of the He-Man and She-Ra! Made of ABS & plastic by Formo Toys, they were created by Emiliano Santalucia & Peer Bauner with the charazcter art by Matt O’Toole and the package design Emilano. We met them at Power-Con in Columbus Ohio last month! The six figures of the first wave of this purroduct line are Yondara, Barbaro, Oskuro, Ka-Rem Onitor and Pantera!
Gorgeously designed, sculpted, painted and packaged, each sepurrately-sold action figure includes removable accessories, and the pieces needed to build a 7th figure which wears the Divine Armor which reminds me of a Jack Kirby-styled god or celestial type! Furhermore, the figures’ pop- apurrt joints are interchangeable with those of similar other figures! Pantera the Silent Huntress is the orphaned Midnight Blue felinoid femme fatale of the Panther type from the planet Endimyan, who was adopted by Oskuro the dark meowgic appurrentice.
She is the fierce, warrior with nocturnal sight, heightened olfactory and purrowess with the sword! She has Yellow eyes, White fangs, Red mouth, Black, spots, gauntlets, White-cuffed boots, and White belt pouches around her Black bare-midriff attire, with the matching left arm band, and the ornate Magenta cuirass, gorget, paldrons and short sword! The articulationis in the neck, shoulders, waist, hips, lower legs; and she is well-balanced to stand without requiring a display base, soi I will give her the high purraise! Nyow here is Mike to start our
event reports, with his review of
the 2023 Power-Con and Matsuri Con!
Thank you Nya-sensei! Ah, several years ago, Power-Con started as a small Masters of the Universe-centric toy con in California, but this year it was a much bigger con devoted to old & new toys & pop-culture collectibles in general at the lovely convention center in Columbus, Ohio on the weekend of August 11-13, with the dealer, exhibitor & guest check -in & set-up on the 10th. Little did my friend ob1 rand I realize that as we prepared to go to there in his box truck that the anime convention MatsuriCon woulld be going on under the same roof that weekend!
I was sharing Ob1’s Turbines to Speed booth at Power-Con,at which we had action figures, comics and games, which meant an 8 hour road trip (including a few stops) which was fortunately during decent weather. We arrived at the hotel on Wednesday night, so we had Thursday to hang out with ob1’s friends and see the local sights. The hotels, convention center and the downtown district were quite nice, with skywalks connecting ‘em all which added to the vastness of the indoors; a nice comics shop in the Hyatt; the amazingoy store Big Fun, and the big Food Hall which was like a huge food court!
We finished setting up our big booth full of comics and action figures on Friday morning well before the con opened. I’ve helped ob1 set up at many cons & shows, and I’ve had artist alley tables at cons , but this was my first time as a “dealer” It was alo rthe first con that I’d been to in several years, due to Covid and other things in life.. There were many cosplayers mostly due the anime con; and a few pro cosplayers at Power Con. It was mostly action figure,s but there were dolls and statues aplenty, several artists & designers, a few wrestlers and one Power Rangers actor Dwayne Cameron who I got to chat with a lot!
Ob1 and I were among the few dealers with comics. I also had art books, graphic novels and old RPG boooks. It seemed like most every major American toy company / studio there ‘cept for Hasbro. Mattel, Sideshow and Hot Toys. There were long lines at the Four Horsemen’s booth for their con exclusive figures. Macfarlane Toys was giving away a lot of cool stuff! There were discussion panels, but I didn’t attend any. There was almost any kind of action figure or statue you could want, old or new, mass produced, modded and custom creations, Ob1’s friend Billy Galaxy had some Yamato toys & soundtrack LPs from the 70’s to tempt me!
I was impressed by the charming Mart Leyd / The New Gray Mare’s selection of My Little Pony toys! Among the other folks there, I enjoyed chatting with with artist Ken Christiansen, the crew of Formo Toys, Frank Frazetta’s grandson at the Frazetta Museum booth, Brian Heller of Plaid Stallions, the folks of Trilogy Shop (with manga, anime art books and toys aglore) who I knew from Heroes Con; and our friend Jay Gatfeler of the Geek Dad Life podcasts! Anoither highlight was that Power-Con and Matsuri Con allowed folks with badges to con hop between both cons on late Sunday afternoon afternoon!
MatsuriCon had a genkier younger crowd and many more cosplayers than Power-Con, and almost all anime merch, manga, cosplay stuff, an artist alley, other anime cons’ tables, voice actor & cosplayer guests, various panels and activities. I was only able to spend about an hour there, so alas there’s not a lot more that I can say about Matsuri Con, but it was quite delightful! It’s hard to pick my favorite costumes at either con as there were so many (kids, adults, amateurs & pros), but some that come to mind were: a rollerskating Barbie & Ken, Golden Girl – Princess of the Gemstone Guardians, Urusei Yatsura’s Lum…
…Studio Ghibli’s Kiki, Mortal Kombat’s Kitana, G.I. Joe’s Lady Jaye, Thundecats’ Cheetara, MOTU’s Evil-Lyn, Monster High’s Frankie Stein, Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura, Marvel’s Rescue, Capt. America, Capt. Carter & The Kingpin; several Power Rangers, Sailor Scouts, Jedi, lots of catgirls and other kemonomimi aplenty! Sunday evening, the cons were over, it was time to pack up, and we finished loading the truck around 9pm. Monday morning around 9am we headed back home. It was so much fun, and everyone I met at the cons, hotels, restaurants and stores were very friendly! Ah, now here’s Myayr to discuss the