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If a tree falls in the woods does Groot hear it?


Groot is upset about a fallen tree.

Groot action figure standing on storm felled tree.

 

How is safer at home affecting you?

If you are at home, what are doing to pass the time?

 

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Sauron Marvel Legends Build a Figure Review


Last fall I bought a 1990’s ToyBiz Sauron figure at a comic convention. It was a cool figure, and I thought it would be great for photography. The guy at the booth said they were coming about with a Sauron Build A Figure series. How many times have a bought a loose figure only to have a new version come out soon afterwards? Well there was Toy Biz Sasquatch I got then shortly later the Sasquatch build a figure, was announced, I bought a loose Leonardo mini-fig and literally the next day the Karai Bike Escape Building Set (79118) with Leonardo set was announced. I’ve bought custom Captain Marvel and Storm(1)(2) LEGO mini figs only to have official versions released later. So it happens, just part of being a collector.

Here’s the ToyBiz 1990s Sauron figure.  You may have seen him on the blog earlier. He’s nicely sculpted, but there’s not a lot of paint, His jaw opens and there’s articulation at arms and legs. Cool figure but a little hard to stand. I tried to several times to get a good shot of him standing overhead. The image is not as intimidating as I envisioned.

I looked up the Sauron build a figure and it looked awesome. But I really didn’t have that much interest in the figures from the series. I already had a Deadpool. Lady Deadpool was neat. Wolverine and Bishop are cool looking figs the but not worth $20 a pop to me. Sauron was cool but not $120.00 cool.

A few months pass and the post-Christmas sales start. I see the Lady Deadpool at a decent price online. Which led me to to start checking online and offline for other deals. I didn’t find any figures on sale, but there’s always the secondary market. Some people part out the sets. I won a few auctions and started collecting the parts. I gave in and got Deadpool in boxers figure and rounded off the set with a couple more eBay purchases.

Finally, I have Sauron. He is massive. This figure is amazing. The sculpt is detailed. There are scales on the torso, veins in his arms and neck. The head is large with a movable jaw, pointed teeth, and nasty red eyes. Sauron has huge freaking wings. They are segmented so parts can move as the arms move.

The paint job is well done with great hues of green and yellow on the torso and wings. The leathery textured wings have some slits in them that give it a more realistic appearance. The loin cloth is sculpted to show motion. Blue pouches give a visual pop to his belt. There’s not a lot of paint to the legs, arms, or tail but they do have sculpted scales.

You can move his legs, turn his feet, bend knees but this isn’t a figure you would crouch. It is tall and has a wide wing span. There’s articulation at his head, neck and jaw, shoulders, and elbows. His hands rotate. The tail is great to balance him standing but I need some of those action figure stands so I can pose him flying.

Sauron builds a figure standing in a jungle scene.

 

Now that’s an intimidating Sauron.

This is only the second BAF I have collected. The other was Dormammu which I got cause I liked the series and got many of the figures super cheap at Target post-Christmas. Then finished it with parts via E-bay. You can see Dormammu on this post.

What do you think?

Do you collect any Build a Figures? Would you read more toy reviews? Who has the best stands for posing figures?

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What to do between Christmas and New Years?


What should you do between Christmas and New Years? Well Deadpool has the answer.

 

deadpool n boxers laying in a lounge chair.

 

Happy New Year,

 

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Oct 30 Halloween Countdown


 

 

LEGO Zombie fighter

 

 

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Oct 29 Halloween Countdown


 

 

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Oct 27 Halloween Countdown


 

 

A gremlin in the wild.

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Oct 26 Halloween Countdown


 

 

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Imaginex DC Superfriends Blind Bags


My son has been playing with Imaginex toys for a while so when I saw this Joker Batman I knew he would want it. Luckily I found one before he saw them online. He didn’t know they existed. He had  great surprise when he opened the bag and saw the figure.

Joker in a batman costume but the color are joker themed purp;r and green

It’s the joker disgused as Batman!  AKA old number 57!

Why #57, cause that the Imaginex code for this figure. Fisher-Price codes their blind bags. You can get the figure you want, without duplicates.  The code is on the back of the bag in the top left corner. I use the flashlight feature on my phone to see the code. You can tilt the bag but if there’s not alot of light use a phone.

 

Here’s the codes for all the DC Imaginex Figures.

Imaginex DC Super Friends

Series 1

  • 81 Red Hood
  • 82 Catwoman
  • 83 Nightwing
  • 84 Batman
  • 85 Two Face
  • 86 Slade
  • 87 Batman (unmasked)
  • 88 Joker
Series 2

  • 89 Brainiac
  • 90 Superman
  • 91 Sinestro
  • 92 Green Lantern (John Stewart)
  • 95 Aquaman
  • 96 Black Manta (unmasked)
Series 3

  • 93 Firestorm
  • 94 Martin Manhunter
  • 97 Vibe
  • 98 Mr Miracle
  • 99 Vixen
  • 00 Hawkgirl
Series 4

  • 55 Superboy
  • 56 Batman
  • 57 Joker in Batsuit
  • 58 Wonder Woman
  • 59 Black Lighting
  • 60 Robin

 

This list is also on my What’s in the bag page.

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Aquaman verses Namor


When Aquaman meets Namor the Sub-Mariner.

Aqua man verse Namor in this ocean


October first means Pumpkin Spice Season is here.


BB-8 and Sasquatch of Alpha flight express their love of pumpkin spice

I picked up a Sasquatch and Puck set at ToyMania today. When I saw BB-8 in my studio I knew I had to do a cross over.

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A collection of Droids


LEGO bb-8, 3.75 bb-8. Black series bb-8

I rounded up all my BB-8s for a group photo.


Take your action figure to work day.


It’s take your action figure to workday. I got a  real quick shot here from my office. Rey , BB-8, and an iguana paid  me a visit.

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Take your Action figure to workday.

Take your action figure to work on the first Friday in March and post pictures of him/her/it with you, with your coworkers, with a client or with your boss (well, maybe not your boss).

You’re only limited by your own creativity. Post away! Be sure you include the Official #AFWDYYYY (example: #AFWD2015, #AFWD2016, etc…) so we can all see the amazing things you do to make this as nerdy as possible.


Take your action figure to work day.


It’s take your action figure to workday. I wish I had know about this earlier. Actually I’m on vacation but if I had know I would have done something in my home office.  Still a bit of time left in the day.

Take your Action figure to workday.

Take your action figure to work on the first Friday in March and post pictures of him/her/it with you, with your coworkers, with a client or with your boss (well, maybe not your boss).

You’re only limited by your own creativity. Post away! Be sure you include the Official #AFWDYYYY (example: #AFWD2015, #AFWD2016, etc…) so we can all see the amazing things you do to make this as nerdy as possible.


Captain Marvel Infinite Series figure


In stores at last the Captain Marvel action figure.  Her accessories are an alternate masked head and a power blast. The figure looks great but could really use a stand.

captain marvel infinite action figure

She is from the Marvel Infinite series six-inch action figure line. This build a figure(s) for this series are Odin or King Thor. The difference between Odin and King Thor are the head and arms. Odin’s head, spear, and cape are included with the Scarlet Witch figure. His arms are packed with Sentry. Thor’s head, axe and cape are packed with Captain Marvel. His arms are packed with Machine Man.

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The figure retail for around $20. I’ve only seen the Odin series at Target and Wal-mart so far. But Wal-greens and Toys R us also carries the six-inch Marvel line. Toys R Us charges $21. Avoid the scalpers I’ve seen these listed for $40 online.

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Star Wars sale at Zulily


Zulily  is holding a Star Wars event for the next few days. The have books, clothes for children and adults, home stuff and some toys.  There’s not a lot of toys but there are toy related books.CHRONICLE_9781452111308_1367616335
Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection Paperback is one I’ve been wanting to adding to my shelf for a while. Retail is $40 they have it for $24.99. The book is by Stephen J. Sansweet. I have his earlier Star Wars collectables books. They very informative and had tons of pictures and detail.

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LEGO Key chain lights for $9.99. They also have children’s clothes and bow ties and cuff link sets for adults.

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I get store credit if you use the links, create an account and place an order.


Rocket Raccoon


Rocket Raccoon figureJust a couple of weeks away till the big movie.


Boss Fight Studio’s Vitruvian Action Figures


Boss Fight Studio has launched their Kickstarter project for Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. (highly articulated character kits system) For their first line of original action figures their theme is Greek mythology. The action figure will be Greek warriors and Gorgons. If you’ve follow this blog for a while you know I collect Medusa figures. So I’m very excited about these.

I’ve wanted these figures ever since Mike’s collection posted a preview of the Medusa from the G.I. Joe convention. I’ve already supported the kickstarter. I hope they hit the stretch goals cause they have some more awesome figures in their proposed waves 2 and 3.

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About Boss Fight Studio

Boss Fight Studio is a group of 3 toy designers and 2 sculptors with decades of experience working in the toy industry on your favorite brands, such as GI Joe, Marvel, Star Wars and many, many more.

BossFightStudio.com
Kickstarter Page

all images from Boss Fight Studio kickstarter page.
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And Yes I know this is my second Kickstarter post in a couple of days but they are both cool toys. The other post was about munckin bricks.


Zero to Hero Challenge.


It’s a new year and as part of a commitment to my art and blog, I’ve joined the Worpress Zero to Hero 30 days to a better blog challenge. The first post is an introduction. Or in my case, since this blog is almost three years old, a reintroduction.

My name is Chris. I live in Nashville, TN.  I have always been interested in art and am a huge fantasy and science fiction fan. I have combined both passions into my Fairy Photography and Toy Photography. In May 2007 I was named a Froudian Artist of the Month for my Fantasy site, Ollure.com. Yoda archives is my toy photography site.
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Yoda archives started as an action figure photography site featuring, the never before revealed adventures of the Jedi Master, Yoda. As I the site progressed I expanded my subjects to include many toys  line and LEGO minifigures.  I regularly post pictures featuring  toys in a single panel comic.
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I am a vendor at Fandom conventions, art shows and renaissance faires in Tennessee and the south-east. I may blog here about the events I attend. I will post images on my travel site, Renaissance Faire Pictorial.com

Yeti minifig and at-at mini walker comic
To give you a glimpse at what I do here is a list of some of my most visited posts and some of my work.
My most Popular all time Posts

Despicable Me Minion Blind Bags!
Prototype Armor Boba Fett
Darth “No Legs” Maul Returns #2
The Minions are at Mcdonalds
Don’t forget Valentines Day
Whoever Holds the Hammer
2013 Christmas Advent Calendar * Dec 1
Shelob Lair

LEGO LOTR Shelob and Frodo


Judoon platoon under the tree.


“Judoon platoon upon the moon.”

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One of my Christmas gifts.


Medusa in the late afternoon sun


I found this Medusa figure at a local independent toy store. It is made by Safari LTD. It is in scale with the Papo and Schleich toy lines. Safari makes detail animal, fantasy and historical figure. You can find them at museums, zoos, or sometimes like I did in a store next to the Papo toys. I later found this same toy a Micheal’s.

Medusa action figure in late afternoon sun.

In blog news the site in nearing 25,000 views. Maybe late this month or early December.


Yoda is here for the 500th post.


Here it is the 500th post on Yoda Archives.com. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this blog back in January 2011, with Found me you have. I just wanted to have some fun with my camera and some action figures. I’ll hit the three year mark in just a couple of months.I’ve made a lot of friends here and hope to meet more of you in person at a convention sometime.

Thank you all for your support.

For this special post I had to go back to the character that was the impetus for the blog, The Jedi Master, Yoda. And I placed him in my favorite set of the year.

lego yoda and bilbo baggins at bad end, 79003 An Unexpected Gathering

featured here is Yoda, Bilbo Baggins, and Bag End from 79003 An Unexpected Gathering