Friday, October 20, 2017

The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Witch from Monster in My Pocket by Matchbox

  It;s time for another Monster in My Pocket review for The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror. Today I'm looking at another of the Monster in My Pocket figures I've owned since my childhood: The spooky Witch! The Witch is one of the most common symbols of Halloween and this is a great representation of what most people probably conjure to mind when they think of one. Warty nose? Check. Broomstick? Check. Non-talking Sorting Hat? Double check. Let's stir up something scary after the break...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Action Figure Review: Cyborg (Wal-Mart Exclusive) from DC Comics Multiverse: Justice League by Mattel

    Yesterday I reviewed the Wal-Mart exclusive Justice League Batman and today I'm reviewing his counterpart, Cyborg.  I reviewed the standard Cyborg but this Cyborg seems to be an enhanced version of the character. He's a bit bulkier with a fully covered head, so that means none of Vic Stone's face is visible. It's an interesting design and I'm curious as to how it will be implemented into the film. Like Batman, Cyborg is part of a 2-figure miniseries that includes the pieces to three Mother Boxes. I'll be reviewing the Mother Boxes on their own since they're technically Collect & Connect accessories, so today I'm just going to be checking out Cyborg. More cybernetic fun after the break...

The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas Trading Figures from Jun Planning

 Today for The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror I'm looking at another toy of one of my favorite characters from one of my favorite movies: Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas! It's still one of my favorites and it always manages to have some representation on 31 Days of Toy Terror. Today I'm looking at one of the buildable "Trading Figures" from Jun Planning. Released in 2010 as part of the first series (I think there were two), these figures were sold disassembled in small labeled boxes (not blind-boxed). They were pretty easy to snap together, resulting in something more like a small model kit versus a traditional toy or minifigure. I remember reading about these on MWCToys.com back in 2010 and convincing my wife that we needed to drive out to Target that night and hunt these down. We had success and picked up the whole set! Oh the crazy things we did when we were younger and didn't have a child! Of course, now my little one loves Halloween and the Nightmare Before Christmas, so she goes along on the hunt with me! You could say that she's the Lock, Shock, and Barrel to my Oogie Boogie! Speaking of the big, bad Boogie man, let's check this guy out after the break...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Unite the League: Batman (Wal-Mart Exclusive) from DC Comics Multiverse: Justice League by Mattel

   Guess what I'm reviewing today? If your answer was "Another Batman action figure!" then you are correct! Today I'm reviewing the Justice League Batman figure that is part of a Wal-Mart exclusive two figure series (the other figure is a powered up version of Cyborg). I found these at my local Wal-Mart a week or two ago which surprised me as I typically have terrible luck in finding exclusives. I walked right in, however, and found Batman and Cyborg just sitting on the shelves. While the standard six figures in the Multiverse: Justice League series include pieces for the "Collect & Connect" figure Steppenwolf, Batman and Cyborg each includes the halves of three separate Mother Boxes. That's an interesting idea for a build-a-figure item, isn't it? Let's check out this Batman figure after the break and see how he stacks up...

The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Creature from the Closet from Monster in My Pocket by Matchbox

   Another one of my childhood Monster in My Pocket figures gets to be the star of The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror today and it's the Creature from the Closet. While Monster in Pocket specialized at creating figures based off of actual world legends and folklore elements, they also occasionally offered up some more "generic" figures. One of the more interesting ones is the Creature from the Closet from the Super Scary series. Based on the common childhood (and sometimes adult) fear of something lurking in your closet, the Creature from the Closet is a stereotypical monster with a broken piece of closet frame wrapped around the neck. You think this guy works for Monsters, Inc.? Let's take a closer look at this Super Scary MIMP after the break...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Road to The Last Jedi: Elite Praetorian Guard from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

 Earlier this month I reviewed the Elite Praetorian Guard with the double bladed weapon that is part of the GameStop and Barnes & Noble exclusive Guardians of Evil 4-pack. My guess, however, is that most collectors will encounter this single packed version of the Elite Praetorian Guard first. Seemingly an evolution of the Emperor's Royal Guards, the Praetorian Elite Guards are Supreme Leader Snoke's red armored masters of disaster. Apparently there are eight of them, although some of them may share helmet styles and weapons. This single packed guard is distinct from the version in the Guardians of Evil 4-pack and utilizes a different weapon while also sporting a different helmet. Let's check him out after the break...

The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Steppenwolf from DC Comics Multiverse: Justice League by Mattel

 Today for The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror I'm looking at an intergalactic evil from the world of Apokolips: Steppenwolf! It took me around two months but I have finally been able to complete Steppenwolf, the "Collect & Connect" figure for Mattel's Justice League inspired series of their DC Comics Multiverse line. While thus far only appearing in a scene in the Batman v. Superman Ultimate Edition, Steppenwolf is slated to be the main villain in the upcoming film. As a huge fan of Jack Kirby's DC work, particularly the Fourth World storyline, I'm pretty excited to see one of the New Gods get a chance to rock the silver screen. While Steppenwolf looks rather different from his classic Kirby designs (he looks more in line with his modern appearances), there is definitely something about him I like that seems a bit unusual. Of course, seeing him in motion and context will be the real determining factor as to how successful of a villain he is for the DCEU. While we'll have to wait a month to judge that, we can take a look at this figure right now! Let's check out Steppenwolf after the break...