DorkLair #58: Heavy Blade (SH Figuarts Praetorian Guard)

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The DorkLair hosts cover some action figure news, shop a little eBay, go on the hunt, and review the SH Figuarts Praetorian Guard (Heavy Blade).

This week on the DorkLair: recent pickups include some GI Joe custom accessories, Magic the Gathering, and the Dark Lord of the Sith. Master of the Hunt helps you prioritize your search. The news seems to have a black tone this week with some Shadow Troopers and a Venom figure, but also an unexpected Wolverine and the new Hot Toys Princess Leia. In this week’s feature, the hosts review the SH Figuarts Praetorian Guard (Heavy Blade).


In episode fifty-eight, Chris is visiting Texas, so Bill and Larry hold down the fort. Bill spent his eBay coupon on a soft custom project and some Magic the Gathering, while Larry found some super bargains in store. Don’t forget that the DorkLair t-shirts are available, get yours now. “Master of the Hunt” is back to help collectors keep track of bargains, releases, restocks, and buy-nows. Follow the DorkLair Instagram for weekly questions to engage with the show.

In the News

Come hang out with the DorkLair hosts and listeners in the RetroZap Discord server, and get up-to-the-minute action figure news and drama-free collecting chat. Email the show at [email protected] or call 413-337-1138 with chat topics and news you’d like the hosts to discuss. The feature figure this week is the Sh Figuarts Praetorian Guard (Heavy Blade). Hear the hosts review on the latest episode of the DorkLair!

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DorkLair is a collecting podcast with emphasis on premium action figures. Host Bill Drewnowski has been collecting and following Star Wars SH Figuarts since 2015 when the line first began. Therefore it is a primary focus of his Star Wars collection. In each episode, Bill features one figure from his hobby room, the DorkLair, for discussion, review, and recommendation. Guests include members of the collecting community who share varying levels of interest in premium and import action figures.

Bill and guests sit down each week with figure in hand and the mission to appreciate the simple style and heroic action of the Star Wars SH Figuarts line in its entirety, one figure per episode. The DorkLair takes a look at all the hits and misses in the line, including honest criticism and which figures to skip completely. Meanwhile there is opportunity for comparison between other lines in similar scale including Hasbro’s The Black Series and Medicom’s MAFEX lines.

In addition to the feature figure, Bill and guests cover announcements, pre-orders, exclusives, new releases, collecting tips, and hunting strategies. From casual Black Series collectors looking to learn about imports for the first time, to SH Figuarts completionists seeking in-depth talk about their favorite releases, the DorkLair is a perfect place to enjoy import collecting.

DorkLair #58: Heavy Blade (SH Figuarts Praetorian Guard)

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