Friday, January 19, 2018

Rathtar's and the Many Possibilities!

Now that we've looked at the Rathar's out of box and in hand,let's put them to  good use.Like I stated before,I wanted them to be generic alien creatures for my Marvel Universe ,however, Rathtar's are anything but generic.It feels like your holding a real ,live little life-form when   these guys are in hand.Lets check out some cool Rathtar/Marvel Universe figure combinations with   characters that I think make the most sense.

Lets begin with the most obvious.Mole Man Is known for rolling with a crew of  monsters and alien like ,subterranean creatures.While there are a few that are unique to Mole Man ,who says you can't throw a couple of these Rathtars into the background for an added effect.I think they're a match made in ...hell?

Doc Ock also makes alot of sense here.Mad scientist,science experiment involving an octopus gone wrong and suddenly Dr.Octavious has bodyguards.




Silver Surfer Is an alien life-form himself,so he Is certainly no stranger to encountering Rathar-like creatures while traversing outer space.




Rathtar's  could easily be  one of Dormammu's many demon lords.Dr.Strange would have his hands full with these two.


I could definitely see  an enraged Hulk going toe to tentacle with a couple of    ravaging  Rathtar! 



As of now,this will be my preferred pairing.I think I'll make It so that the Rathtar are actually mutants In their purest form.Unadulterated  mutant life-forms.Magneto raised them to be loyal attack dogs so to speak and he's going to sick them on the X-Men and anybody else who plans on getting In the way of his dream of one day eradicating the human race.Well,just those who oppose mutants. Subservient
humans will be enslaved and closely guarded by Rathtar ,when not being used as food for them to snack on ;) 

















Rathtar's are big figures.They will take up a significant amount of space on your 3 3/4 figure display but you can always pose figures in between and around the tentacles to make things fit.Notice,though,how I had to place Sabretooth,Mystique and Juggernaut towards the back.






Monday, January 15, 2018

Star Wars Force Link - Rathtar / Bala - Tik

A little while back,GIJigsaw posted about this very same Star Wars set and I took interest.Much to my surprise ,these were marked down to 5 bucks and some change on certain eBay vendor sites,so I snagged up two.I could care less about the action figure ,but the Rathtar should double nicely as one of Mole Mans creatures or maybe even a mutant spawn of Magnetos!If your a  3 3/4 Marvel Universe collector ,then you know how weak their playset and vehicle game is.I like the way  Star Wars movie vehicles and sets mesh with my Marvel Universe.   





Important note:I almost didn't bite on this set after reading a customer review on It.  He or she stated that the Rathtar tentacles tended to come off easily and weren't very sturdy.I then took to Youtube to see If I could find any other reviews on the Rathtar and I did.This one here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nFyfhIDPTE .Not once did he mention anything about the legs on the Rathtar being problematic, so I went on his word.


So here we have a hot mess of  Tentacles ,all individually marked with a letter that corresponds to a certain port on the Rathtar's body. 



The guy in the video was right on the one hand ,you really have to push and twist these in firmly for them to attach correctly.Unfortunately ,some of them are still a little loose and If you try to twist It on more ,you'll inadvertently knock off other tentacles.So both reviews were partially correct.Once all of the arms are on,they'll stay on but I can't imagine a kid not getting frustrated when positioning them to grab their action figures.I haven't done It yet ,but Super Glue might be an easy fix for this problem.All that aside,this Is an amazing looking creature!







Rathtar's get high!Did you know that?Yeah!And this Is what happens after they smoke.Yep,they get the munchies!


I don't know who Bala-Tik Is and don't care to find out either.I will,however,be using his head sculpt on my super pose-able Spidey figure.I love the way this came out!  


If your a parent buying this for your kids ,be prepared to hear some complaints.The tentacles will pop off  of the Rathar If your child intends on extended play sessions with It.For those just looking for display-ability ,then you can't go wrong with this set.Especially for the price. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Flashback - Remember This Monstrosity?

You know,the sculpt wasn't all that bad on this figure save for the added appendage .Also,no tattoos.In fact ,this could be a totally different character independent of the film, If you wanted him to be,that Is. Lots of collectors used the body sculpt for Sgt.Slaughter customs.






Sunday, January 7, 2018

Package Reveal

The Tim Mee Toys  Battle Mountain play set seems to be all the rage on toy collector blogs and action figure related social media pages these days.While It Is designed more for mini toy soldiers ,It can be used for so much more!Or...can It?I picked one up for myself.



It's a great set,aesthetically, but It was a bit of  a balancing act when placing my Fraggle Rock premiums on the semi flat platforms.


The areas designated to display figures are kind of on an incline,so It takes a little work to get your figures to stand properly.It's not horribly hard to do but It may test your patience a little. 






Displaying  your vintage Joes on this might not  be a good idea for the long term unless you've got them placed on stands. 



You can still get some great shots,even with the larger figures.







Mini figures work the best with a set like this.The over sized foot sculpts stand more securely than the smaller feet on a 3 3/4 action figure will.






This Is how I currently have my mountain displayed,for now anyways.