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A Model Kit

Making toys is a snap

By Andrew Kardon     September 05, 2002


One of the Toys R Us-exclusive DRAGONBALL Z model kits
© 2002 Toys R Us

Rainy days rule. I finally got around to opening up my Toys R Us-exclusive DRAGONBALL Z model kit.


This set includes four make-your-own figures. Apparently, these things are pretty much the norm over in Japan, but us lazy Americans are used to having our toys put together for us before we buy 'em. Anyway, for you folks keeping score at home, this funky set includes GOKU, PICCOLO, TIEN, and FUTURE TRUNKS.


Without boring you on the details, these suckers are an absolute hoot to put together. Just as the box claims, no pain or glue is required! All you need is a little bit of patience and the ability to follow directions. The basic body parts for all four are actually real similar, so once you build one, the rest get even easier. The neatest part of these guys is that when you're done, you put on their rubbery clothes (which help hide all the joints you just put together) and the figures look pretty damn cool. Heck, they're even pretty damn well articulated. I can only imagine how awesome it'd be if Marvel and DC got in on this fun so I could put together my own CAPTAIN AMERICA or BATMAN. (Hint hint.)


These figures are sold individually as well, so you don't need to shell out a lot of money if you just want to give something new a try. And hey, you don't even need to wait for a rainy day to give these a try. They'll do just as well on a grand ol' sunny one.


TOY TIDBITS


Conspiracy? Cover-up? Or just plain bad timing? Whatever the case, the truth is no longer out there, at least as far as Moore Action Collectibles is concerned. The toy company has cancelled its X-FILES action figures even before Wave 1 ships. Due to Fox's canceling of the TV show, M.A.C. just doesn't believe a market still exists to support the figures, so they've pulled the plug on Chris Carter's subversive characters. M.A.C. will spend its energy, however, continuing to put out figures on the popular BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL lines.


Summer may

The exclusive SIMPSONS ALL-STAR VOICES figures, LLEWELLYN SINCLAIR and COODER

be over and with it the end of the summer blockbusters. Sniff. But don't put the popcorn away just yet. Hitting stores in September is McFarlane Toys' MOVIE MANIACS V line of figures. Making the cut this go round are JASON X, T-800 ENDOSKELETON, SARAH CONNOR (from T2), LORD OF DARKNESS (from LEGEND), TOOTH FAIRY, and DJINN (from WISHMASTER). And don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for October's awesome ALIEN AND PREDATOR deluxe set.


Cowabunga, dudes! Yep, those pizza-eating, gnarly talking turtles are back. What with all the '80s revivals like HE-MAN and G.I. JOE, it was only a matter of time before Playmates brought the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES back to toy life. Look for the first wave of all-new figures to hit in the spring featuring 5" figures of LEONARD, DONATELLO, MICHAELANGELO, RAPHAEL, SPLINTER, APRIL, SHREDDER and one o' those goofy FOOT SOLDIERS. Also look for a 12" line to hit in the spring, as well as a second wave of 5 inchers in the summer. More details to come!


EXCLUSIVELY YOURS


D'oh! Originally

Art Asylum's T'Pol action figure from their ENTERPRISE line

scheduled for a third wave of SIMPSONS ALL-STAR VOICES, Playmates has since cancelled the line and will include future releases mixed in with their regular World of Simpsons figures. However, two such figures will only be available through the company's web site at www.playmatestoys.com: The flamboyant theater director LLEWELLYN SINCLAIR (voiced by Jon Lovitz) and the cotton candy chomping carnie COODER (voiced by Jim Varney). Just purchase a combo of any two WoS interactive figures (series 1 through 9), Interactive Environments or All-Star Voices, fill out a form, and include proof of purchase, a dated sales receipt and a measly $5 for postage.


ON THE SHELVES


Star Trek fans

One of the Toys R Us-exclusive DRAGONBALL Z model kits

are officially nuts. Well, yeah, they've always been a few nano-cells short of a full deck, but now it's official: Art Asylum's line of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE figures is currently beaming on to toy shelves everywhere. These highly detailed and nicely articulated figs stand some 7 inches tall and are based on the series' premiere episode "Broken Bow." Look for CAPTAIN JONATHAN ARCHER, ENSIGN TRAVIS MAYWEATHER, SUB-COMMANDER T'POL, LT. MALCOLM REED, KLAANG KLINGON and SILIK THE SULIBAN.



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