Friday, November 26, 2021

Action Figure Review: Mer-Man #91 from POP! Retro Toys: Masters of the Universe by Funko

 
   Now that Funko has placed the Masters of the Universe license under the POP! Retro Toys banner they've been going back and redoing some previously released characters in the style of the vintage toys rather than their Filmation looks. Today I'm checking out the Funko Shop exclusive Mer-Man #91 which is a variant of the standard release Mer-Man #88 that I reviewed back in early October. This guy is mostly a blue-green repaint of the previous Mer-Man with a new weapon. It's not a terrible variant as Mer-Man being depicted as blue has a long history in MOTU art and advertising, plus he has the spear from the 200x line to further spice things up. The last time I checked he was on sale for Black Friday as well, so you ca now pick him up for about $9 bucks instead of the usual exclusive price. Let's dive in and check out Mer-Man after the break...

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Action Figure Review: Whiplash #82 from POP! Retro Toys: Masters of the Universe by Funko

 

   There were two Masters of the Universe POP! vinyls released for Funkon 2021: Roboto and Whiplash. Since I've already reviewed Roboto it's now Whiplash's turn in the spotlight at Action Figure Barbecue. Whiplash was part of the third series of vintage MOTU toys (from 1984) and is a really common vintage figure to find. He's very recognizable, has a great name, and is well know but he doesn't tend to show up in MOTU merchandising that often. That's why it's so cool to see that Funko seems to be trying to make everyone. Well, except for Teela. Clearly I'm going to have to summon the power of my big ol' boot and go to Funko headquarters to explain why Teela needs to be made in POP! form ASAP. Anyways, we're talking about Whiplash today, the evil tail-lashing warrior who assist Skeletor and the Evil Warriors. Let's take a look at the Funko POP! Whiplash #82 after the break...

Action Figure Review: Roboto #81 from POP! Retro Toys: Masters of the Universe by Funko

 
   November has been filled with mini review marathons as I catch up on my reviews and today I'm starting another one! This time I'm going to be checking out a bunch of Masters of the Universe POP! vinyls. Between Funkon 2021 and NYCC 2021 there have been quite a few new MOTU POP! vinyls released and many of them are characters we don't see all the time. Today I'm checking out Roboto #81, an exclusive to Funkon 2021 who was also shared with Toy Tokyo. I had to buy the Toy Tokyo bundle to get him so if anyone wants the Tokidoko POP! vinyls that came with the set let me know. I still am stuck with them. I really wish Funko would stop giving Toy Tokyo shared exclusives as they take forever to ship and always put them in bundles with other properties that no one seems to care about. Anyways, Roboto is a very cool character from the fourth year of the vintage line and while he definitely tends to make it into most MOTU lines and such he's not a character we see all the time so it's cool to finally have him in the POP! vinyl line. Let's boot up for Roboto after the break...

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Action Figure Review: Doctor Strange Supreme from Marvel Legends Series: What If? by Hasbro

 

   I thought all of the episodes of What If? were pretty good but the Doctor Strange episode "What If...Doctor Strange Lost his Heart Instead of his Hands?" was one of the best. It was a dark, creepy, well made episode that was in some ways stronger than the actual Doctor Strange film. I wasn't planning on picking this guy up at first but when I stumbled upon him at a GameStop during a sale (ended up getting him for 20% off) I decided to snag him. Currently the Doctor Strange in my display is the Marvel Now! version from 2015 (I'm really waiting for the Walmart exclusive classic Doctor Strange coming next year) but this guy makes a great alternate figure who I can find a place for on my shelves. Let's take a look at Doctor Strange Supreme after the break...

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Action Figure Review: Heist Nebula from Marvel Legends Series: What If? by Hasbro

 


   Ready for another Marvel Legends review in this mini marathon? My second pick up from this series was the What If? inspired Heist Nebula from the episode "What if? ...T'Challa became a Star-Lord?" Why is she called Heist Nebula? I'm assuming it's a reference to the plot to steal the Embers of Genesis from the Collector, Taneleer Tivan. It's kind of a weird name for the figure, especially since Hasbro hasn't released a Nebula figure since 2017 as far as I'm aware, so it's not like it'd be confusing due to having multiple figures of the character on the shelf. Anyways, I picked this figure up for a couple reason. One, it's a figure based on a Karen Gillan character, so there's that. Number two, though, I think she makes a decent comic based Nebula for my shelf. No, she doesn't look exactly like any of the comic versions of Nebula but the style of the figure really does blend nicely with the standard comic based Marvel Legends figures, more so than the excellent MCU version from 2017. Is she worth picking up? Let's take a look and find out after the break...

Monday, November 22, 2021

Action Figure Review: Captain Carter from Marvel Legends Series: What If? by Hasbro

 

   Not too long ago I found the three figures I was looking for in the newest series of Marvel Legends figures based on the Disney+ series What If? and I'm going to review all three of them over the next day or two. Let's start off with the figure I most wanted from this series: Captain Carter! What If? was a very fun show that ended up being a pretty impressive piece of MCU entertainment despite also kind of being its own thing, too, and while there were lots of great characters in it Captain Carter still stands out as my favorite "new" element of the show. Hayley Atwell returned to voice a Peggy Carter who ends up taking the super-soldier serum after Steve Rogers is shot by a Hydra agent and becomes the Union Jack wearing Captain Carter. She's a pretty incredible looking figure and due to the somewhat animated style of the line I think she'll fit right in with my Marvel Legends collection that is mostly comic based. Let's take a look at Captain Carter after the break...

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Action Figure Review: Ursa Major from Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro

 

   I finished reviewing the Iron Man/ Ursa Major series of figures over a month ago and due to a number of reasons (31 Days of Toy Terror, lots of new He-Man and the Masters of the Universe releases, etc.) it's taken me until now to finally get around to looking at Ursa Major, the Build-a-Figure from that series. As I've said in most of my reviews from the series, originally I wasn't planning on picking up that many figures from the set; probably just Ultron and Ironheart. Ursa Major was too temping, though. I mean, c'mon: He's a giant bear! Yes, in Marvel he's Mikhail Ursus, a Russian mutant who is part of the Soviet Super-Soldiers and the Winter Guard who had a cameo in the film Black Widow but as a toy he's a massive killer bear. I love giant bears! This is one of those instances where the build-a-figure caused me to purchase some figures I wouldn't have otherwise picked up. Let's take a look at Ursa Major, the big, bad bear, after the break...