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click for larger Mezco's Cheerleader from NBC's Heroes and NYCC Exclusive Notorious BIG
by Mr. Stinkhead

Click for a free, printable $5 off Series One Heroes coupon good at Toys R Us!
Good Until 8/20/08

Save the Cheerleader, save the world. Those words drove a nation, or at least an advertising campaign wants us to think so. Heroes took the world by storm, proving a comic book inspired televisions how could be a major hit on network television. Though not based on an existing comic book, everything about the show came from the world of comic book heroes. Comic book hereoes need action figures, and Mezco took that challenge head on.

There's the line of Heroes figures we saw at Toy Fair in February, and then there's a exclusive variant available at Toys R Us. Today we're looking at Claire, aka "The Cheerleader." She's invincible and quick healing. She can even regrow body parts after she loses them. (I'm not bringing up that conversation) So she can really take a beating. This Toys R Us Exclusive features Claire after either running through a flaming oil pump, or dressing up as a Quiznos sub for Halloween (mmmm, Toasty). Available only at Toys R Us (and that link) she comes with two different heads (so you can swap her hair styles) and an alternate arm with quite a gash on it.

click for largerI love the quality of Mezco action figures. If you haven't picked up a Mezco Hellboy action figure (either the comic line or the movie line) you're missing out like a blind man at a European beach. (There are soooo many jocks that would have kicked my ass if they heard me compare an action figure based on a comic book character to the supple curves of a woman. Oh well, I'm the one with a web site, so obviously I am the cool one) The plastic is strong without being tight on the joints, and the paint is great. The "smudge" that has been rubbed on is just the perfect amount to depict toasty Claire.

click for largerThere are a few cons, I had a hard time getting Claire to stand. You only get twisty joints in her thigh, under her skirt, but her waist has a ball joint. (That all sounded kinda sexy, but not really). It takes a little figuring out, but she will stand. I like the idea of adding an alternate head and arm, but the difference between the two heads' hairstyles is kinda subtle. I would have included Claire-with-root-in-back-of-head head, or something drastically different so that you're picking which one to display.

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The figure is pretty rugged, so, just like her character, she can take some abuse. The accessory of the comic book panel painting is a terrific accessory. Mezco knows what they're doing when they give you the goods. You can also pick up Hiro, Sylar, Peter, Mohinder, and pristine Claire (also all available here at Toys R Us)


NYCC Exclusive Notorious BIG
click for largerBut fun TV/movie action figures are not all that Mezco can do. We also got this New York Comic Con Exclusive Notorious BIG. He's rotocast plastic with cloth clothes, and some sweet accessories. The main BIG figure came in either a black or white suit, but this exclusive version is Biggie's outfit from his Juicy video. His yellow jersey is made of a real jersey material, and his towel is a terry cloth. His bling is an actual gold plated chain. Mezco pulled out all of the stops and really delivered an amazing collectible. His sunglasses are removable, and his Timberlands have every detail. There's just enough articulation to get some boss poses. (But not quite enough to get the microphone right up on his mouth) I am one of the whitest guys you'll meet. Seriously. I'll put money on that. But even I can rock this shit on my desk at work. I upped my street cred rating by at least 50 points by bringing in this guy and fearlessly displaying. So it's like being AFA graded. (Whoops, that statement alone knocked me down about 75 points). Whatchagonna do.

Unfortunately you cannot get this BIG anymore, he was a NYCC exclusive, but you could check out eBay.

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