Toy Review

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Marvel’s Black Cat is one of the most recognized bad-girls (turned good) of comics and also one of the most under appreciated. Most eyes see her as a pair of boobs in a skin tight leather suit with a penchant for stealing things, as well as having a weird affinity for cats, perhaps taking the term “Cat Burglar” too literally.  Black Cat, aka Felicia Hardy, is those things, but she is also so much more, she’s a femme fatale. Like all tempting, but dangerous women, they’re not born that way, they’re made. The formula is simple: take a young female, the “daddies little girl” type, and put them through a stressor; either one or a series of traumatic life altering events. Pain and despair take root and define a life of sorrow and pitiful existence, or the damage forges something different. Something where innocence and naivety no longer exist and are instead replaced by toughness and self-reliance. Where there is no good and bad, there is just thyself.

Her origin is that of tragedy. Felicia grew up as as a product of criminal father, incarcerated for his crimes as a notorious thief. Later she became victim to a loss of innocence of the worst kind, being raped by her college boyfriend. She turned her grief and shame into rage, focusing her feelings for revenge towards intensifying her training regime in martial arts and acrobatics. However, she was robbed of a chance for vengeance, as her assaulter was killed in a drunk driving accident. What’s a angst ridden trained fighter with a genetic predisposition for crime to do? Become a thief, with a whole lot of sass and sexiness to spare.

Black Cat is and has been a reformed burglar, else she wouldn’t be a hero, but she continues to walk on the wild side as a detective and adventurer. She’s the former girlfriend of Spider-Man, Flash Thompson, and the mercenary known as the Foreigner.

To celebrate this superhero, known for being as sly as she is sexy with an itch for shiny treasures, comes Sideshow Collectibles and J. Scott Campbell  with a treasure all their own.   (more…)

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A massive disappointment at the box office and in the minds of the majority of critics (the film has a 30% score on Rotten Tomatoes), The Lone Ranger carries with it a stain of failure that will likely never wash out. When we see or hear about that movie and anything connected to it, it conjures negative thoughts, but in truth, there are a lot of people who really liked Gore Verbinski’s take on the legendary Lone Ranger/Tonto mythos. I’m not one of them, but there are a lot of people. I have proof.

Going back to Rotten Tomatoes, 53% of polled viewers “liked” the film and, despite the deluge of negativity that swirled around the film following its theatrical release, The Lone Ranger actually cleared $41 million in home video sales.

My point? Though Hot Toys’ Tonto Sixth Scale figure seems like an odd choice to join a lineup that features characters from beloved Marvel projects, DC projects, Star Wars, GI Joe and the like, there is likely a group of collectors that will be interested in this figure beyond Johnny Depp obsessives (these people would have bought a playset from The Tourist if given the chance) and those who are lucky enough to be Hot Toys completists who gobble up every luxurious figure released (I hate your face and the fat wallet in your pocket).  (more…)