Saturday, May 21, 2022

Action Figure Review: Commando Spawn from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 


   You now what? Other than Masters of the Universe stuff (which is the bulk of my collecting), I really haven't reviewed any older figures recently. I used to review old stuff all the time but at some point I really just started focusing on new stuff and ignored older stuff except for MOTU and horror reviews during 31 Days of Toy Terror. Since I've been getting back into Spawn I figured it was time to go back and check out some classic Spawn toys. Today I'm checking out Commando Spawn from 1995. Part of the second series of Spawn toys from McFarlane (then Todd Toys), Commando Spawn was still an early release in a toyline that still kind of continues today. The early McFarlane stuff is interesting as while the sculpts and paintwork were impressive for the time, they clearly were also designed with play features and action features in mind. It'd still be a few years before McFarlane fully moved into creating articulated ministatues/ stactions. Of course, now the Spawn figures are incredibly articulated and built to be sturdy, a fine blend of form and function. Today, though, let's take a look at a super cool Spawn that I never had as a kid. I found him a week or so ago at Gamers Alley, a pretty cool shop in Gastonia, NC. Let's lock, load, and take a look at Commando Spawn after the break...

Friday, May 20, 2022

Action Figure Review: The Vision from Marvel Legends Retro Collection by Hasbro

 

   Interestingly, GameStop and some other retailers have been jumping back and forth on their Marvel Legends Series prices with some of the newer Retro Collection figures being sold for $22.99 and some for $24.99. I was interested in the all white version of Vision, particularly due to the character's appearance in the WandaVision TV series last year (though the TV version did get a figure as well) and when I stumbled upon him a week or so ago for lower $22.99 price I decided to snag him. The all white version of the Vision appeared in 1985 in West Coast Avengers #4 as a deprogrammed version of the Vision. Fearful of his power and access to the records and databases his role as an Avenger would give him, a group called Vigilance had him disassembled and wiped clean, leaving him devoid of his personality and memories. This is a very simple figure but I definitely give Hasbro kudos for getting a comic version of this incarnation of the Vision out so soon after his MCU appearance. Often it seems like it takes a long time to see comic based versions of characters from the films and TV shows. Let's take a look at the Vision after the break...

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Action Figure Review: Synthoid Evolution from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 
    
   Hey! Since I just reviewed the Synthoid on his own it seems like the right time to review one of his accessory packs. Today let's look at the newest set for the Synthoid, the Synthoid Evolution set. The Synthoids are created by the Kharn to be controlled on the battlefield and apparently they're pretty versatile, kind of like Cobra B.A.T.s. The Synthoids have swappable arms and ports on their packs for different kits and this set lets you re-arm them (literally) and give them flying capabilities. They fly now? Oh yes. They fly. Let's take a look at the Synthoid Evolution set after the break...

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Action Figure Review: Overtkill from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 
 
  I was really looking forward to Overtkill showing up in the new Spawn line and it didn't take him long to finally make his appearance. This isn't the Overtkill I remember from childhood, however; this guy is much more gruesome and zombie-like. I was actually kind of shocked at first but it appears that Overtkill has been brought back from the dead in the comics and this version is based on his more recent appearances (which I haven't read yet). I was very on the fence about this figure at first as some of the promo shots just looked off. When I saw him in stock online at Target, however, I decided to jump on him. One or two folks on some of the Spawn Facebook groups already had him and he looked pretty decent. I was pretty excited for his arrival and was thrilled when I got the notification that he had arrived at my door. I called my wife and asked how heavy the package was, as I was expecting him to be a beast like Violator. I was a bit surprised when she said the box really wasn't that heavy at all. When I got home and picked up the package I started t think that maybe Target had sent me something else but nope, Overtkill is actually way lighter than I expected. I guess he probably was intentionally designed this way to better accommodate posing and such. So, how is this version of Overtkill? Let's take a look and see after the break...

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Action Figure Review: Synthoid from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 


   Another series 1 Final Faction figure from 2020 that I neglected to review is the Synthoid. The Synthoid is a synthetic trooper manufactured by the Kharn that can be customized with different weapons and gear. The first series of figures had an accessory pack for the Synthoid, simply called the Synthoid Pack, while a recent release is the Synthoid Evolution kit. Before I get into any of those accessory packs, however, let's take a look at the standard Synthoid. Prepare for the invasion after the break...

Monday, May 16, 2022

Action Figure Review: Heavy Arms from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 

   When is the last time that you saw accessory packs for 1/18th scaled figures available at retail? Someone on one of my Final Faction reviews commented that it seems like a concept we haven't seen since the Star Wars: Episode I accessory packs from 1999 and, to be honest, off the top of my head I can't think of anything more recent. These Final Faction accessory sets are pretty neat and while I didn't review the first series back when they came out at the end of 2020, I'm now trying to make up for some lost time. Today we're looking at the Heavy Arms set for Alpha Team 1, a set of five weapons to add some more firepower to the heroes. Ready for a look at this small arsenal of destruction? Than join me after the break...

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Toy Review: Evil Warriors of Snake Mountain from POP! Tees: Masters of the Universe by Funko


   Target has been promoting a number of collector focused events lately with one of the more recent being the Funko Target Con 2022. There are two Masters of the Universe exclusives for this event: The POP! Rides He-Man on Battle Cat (Flocked) and the POP! Tees boxed set that I'm looking at today. I've reviewed other POP! Tees sets before and this one follows suit with a brand new colorful t-shirt and a variant of a previously released POP! vinyl. The t-shirt is pretty sweet in this set. It's way louder than a shirt I would usually wear but when MOTU is involved my sense of good taste and style goes out the window. This actually is really colorful and fun, though. The POP! vinyl included is a glow in the dark variant of Evil-Lyn #86 (who was released last year). A shirt and a POP! vinyl. Worth it? Let's take a look after the break...