Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Action Figure Review: Braun Strowman from Masters of the WWE Universe by Mattel

   A week or two ago I was in a Walmart picking up supplies and hunting for Masters of the Universe Origins figures when I saw a box labeled "Masters of the WWE Universe" figures sitting on a palette to be stocked. I asked a nearby employee employee if she could let me see what was in the box and she actually opened it for me to reveal all of series 3 of Masters of the WWE Universe, the Walmart exclusive Masters of the Universe/ WWE hybrid toyline that some of us absolutely love and others despise. Today I'm checking out Braun Strowman, the "Ruthless Monster Among Men" who is decked out like Beast Man. Honestly, Braun Strowman would make an excellent Beast Man in a film, wouldn't he? The dude is legitimately massive and incredibly strong. He's also currently the holder of the Universal Championship, so he's got some real momentum going for him. Braun is one of the best MOTWWEU figures to be released to date and we're getting ready to enter the squared circle with him after the break...

Monday, August 10, 2020

Action Figure Review: Roadblock from G.I. Joe Classified Series by Hasbro

   Roadblock v2 from 1986 was one of the earliest G.I. Joe figures I owned. I remember my parents giving him to me, along with the Road Toad, on my 4th birthday in 1987. General Hawk v2 was my first G.I. Joe figure (and maybe my first action figure), Sci-Fi was my second, and I'm pretty sure that Roadblock was my third. I grew having both Roadblock v2 and Tiger Force Roadblock, so he's always been one of my favorites. Roadblock is definitely a pillar of G.I. Joe appearing as a mainstay in both the comics and the cartoon prominently until the early 2000s when Hasbro began using Heavy Duty (Roadblock's cousin). Marvin F. Hinton has made his way back into the spotlight, though, getting a huge boost by being played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in 2013's G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Whether he's a rhyming chef, a hardcore heavy machine gunner, or the Rock fighting ninjas, Roadblock is always a force to be reckoned with. I actually have a bust of Roadblock in my study and, like the Roadblock poster from Shortpacked! it keeps me in line. Let's get on with this review of Roadblock from the G.I. Joe Classified Series after the break...

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Action Figure Review: Scarlett from G.I. Joe Classified Series

  In spite of 2020 being rather terrible in most areas, it has actually been a pretty decent year for action figures. One of the best new lines of 2020 so far is Hasbro's G.I. Joe Classified Series. I'm very slowly making my way through reviewing this series (well, what I've found so far) and today I'm checking out Scarlett. Despite Scarlett being one of the core members of the G.I. Joe team (she was one of the Original 13) I never actually had her as a kid. I didn't really get into G.I. Joe until the 1986 series (though I certainly picked up some older figures like 1985's Barbecue) so Scarlett's release was before my time and by the time she made a reappearance in Ninja Force, I was pretty sparing with my G.I. Joe pickups. I believe the first Scarlett I owned was 2002's Agent Scarlett from the G.I. Joe vs Cobra line. This version seems to take a little inspiration from that figure. Honestly, look at a list of every Scarlett released; doesn't she most resemble the 2002 version? Let's take a look at Scarlett after the break and see if she's as lethal as every other version that's come before...

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Action Figure Review: Drift from Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares


    It really feels like everything has come out at once, doesn't it? New Fortnite: Legendary Series figures, G.I. Joe Classified Series, Masters of the Universe Origins, more Marvel Legends; The end of July and beginning of August has been crazy! Today I'm checking out another figure from Jazwares' Fortnite: Legendary Series line and this time it's Drift. Drift has apparently been around as a costume since 2018 and, like Omega: Max Level and Ragnarok: Max Level, Drift is a "skin" with different levels. Unlike those figures, though, Drift doesn't come with the parts to showcase multiple different levels, although you can get different looks for the figure. Let's check out Drift after the break and see why he's one of the best figures from the newest series of figures...

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Action Figure Review: Fishstick from Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares


    There was a recent drop of Fortnite: Legendary Series figures from Jazwares and now Fishstick has entered the fray! I love this line (in spite of the terrible hand design) and the crazy characters Jazwares picks from the Fortnite universe. Fishstick is costume is extremely popular, even though Kanye doesn't seem to understand him. Does he drink Bailey's out of a shoe, you might wonder? He's some sort of humanoid koi and is available as part of the Fish Food set. Considering these characters don't really have backstories or anything, nor do I play the game and have any idea about their in-game use or play style, I'm just going to jump in and start the review. Cast your rod and get ready for a half man/ half fish after the break...

Friday, July 31, 2020

Trap Jaw-ly: Trap Jaw #487 from POP! Television: Masters of the Universe by Funko

    Today is the last day of Trap Jaw-ly and for my last review I'm checking out the Funko POP! Trap Jaw. Trap Jaw was released in May 2017 as a Funko Specialty Series release alongside of an FYE Exclusive comic colors Trap Jaw. Something interesting about this guy is that the standard Trap Jaw I'm checking out today is actually harder to come by then the store exclusive release. That's a bit unusual, right? I've really enjoyed looking at some Trap Jaw stuff this month and I hope you've enjoyed it, too. Trap Jaw is a great character with one of the coolest gimmicks in Masters of the Universe. Let's check out this POP! version of the this Evil Warriors who's armed for combat...

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Action Figure Review: Prince Adam #992 from POP! Television: Masters of the Universe by Funko

   Funko has put out a ton of Masters of the Universe POP! vinyls out lately, haven't they? Today I'm checking out the last standard figure from the most recent series of regular releases: Prince Adam! The colors of Adam's outfit definitely show that he's based on the Filmaton animated series "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" versions of the character who I have no shame in admitting is one of my favorites. I love Prince Adam and Cringer's overall goodness and silliness. I'd gladly wear an outfit like this all day every day if it meant I could hang around with Cringer, swapping witty banter. I'm allergic to cats in real life, though, so would I be allergic to Cringer? I would hope not! Let's take a look at Prince Adam, the recipient of Fabulous Secret Powers, after the break...