The Official Newsletter of Heroes and Dragons
Issue # 8.37 ó June 1, 2004
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New comics will arrive at Heroes and Dragons one day late (on Thursday, June 3) because of the Memorial Day holiday. As usual, we expect subscriptions to be filled and new comics to be out for sale by 3:00pm.
For a complete list of titles arriving at H&D this week, click here.
To those of you who missed installments of "Tug's Pick of the Week" while Dragon's Breath was on hiatus, we apologize.
For your shopping reference, we'll use this "extra" issue of Dragon's Breath to recap Tug's Picks from both April and May:
Tug is currently taking some time off. His "Picks of the Week" will return in two weeks.
by The Toyman
Iíve always had a soft spot for the Muppets. I watched all the original episodes of The Muppet Show as a child, saw the movies, even was a fan of the short lived Muppets Tonight series. Thankfully, Iím not the only one, as can be proved by the success of this line.
Palisades deserves just as much credit as the characters do. They make fantastic toys: Perfectly sculpted, great character choices, consistent releases, and amazing interaction with their fan base. These are great toys, so letís go ahead and talk about them.
Beauregard is my favorite character in the line. He is the biggest and heaviest sculpt. As with all the Muppets, the texture of the original puppets is recreated for his "skin," and it really adds a great detail to the figures. Beauregard's hair hangs perfectly; the fur on his hands and feet is well-sculpted; the wrinkles in his clothes are perfect; even his hat fits perfectly on his head. (And the magnet innovation Palisades uses for the hats works great.)
In the paint department, Johnny is the standout ó as well as being the repaint in the line. This time around, Johnny comes in 3 versions: The pinstripe suit, a maroon suit, and a silver suit. You can pick your favorite or buy all three. (Iíve always thought the pinstripe suit looked best on him, so thatís the one I picked up. The stripes are all perfect, straight and consistent. Itís an impressive paint job, to say the least.)
Robin takes the prize for accessories ó with a giant trunk, a sheet of stickers to apply to it, his Scout book, a backpack, a bag of trail mix, marshmallows on a stick, and a fire to roast them over. Having a lot of accessories to accompany a small figure makes him a better value.
Priced around the $10 mark, these are impressive figures for the money. You get a great sculpt, amazing accessories, good paint jobs, and fantastic articulation ó all at a price that is both fair and competitive.
For Palisades to keep these figures at such a reasonable price but to keep making each series better than the last is quite a feat. For price, these figures get 5 stars!
A great line of toys. They arenít perfect, but they are so close they may as well be. The small inconsistencies are so small that they may as well be ignored. But, to be fair to everyone, I wonít ignore them. The entire line gets 4Ĺ stars. Well worth picking up, but make sure you get the best paint jobs you can find.
Click here for the Toyman's full review.
New Comics Day comes one day late this week, on Thursday, June 3.
Comic Club meets to discuss Marvels at 7:30pm this Thursday, June 3.
Warhammer "Lunchammer 40K" tournament this Saturday, June 5 at noon.
MageKnight Tournament this Saturday, June 5 at 1:00pm.
400-point Marvel Teams HeroClix Tournament Saturday, June 5 at 1:00pm.
Superman and Jerry Seinfeld have teamed up again ó not in the pages of DC Comics Presents, but for a road trip to promote American Express.
The second of Seinfeld and Superman's internet Łbercommercials, "Hindsight Is 20/20," is now online at AmericanExpress.com.
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