Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Contest: Identify as Many Toys in my California Job Case as you Can and Win a Prize Package!

 This contest is simple! All you have to do is identify as many of the 91 toys as possible in the display case. Here's the catch: It's also a race!

Step 1: Try to identify as many toys in the California Job Case as you can (there are one or two I'm not even sure about, so I feel like that adds to the challenge, right?) Try to be as specific as possible but don't feel like you have to ID them all. Do your best!

Step 2: Email your list to barbecue17 at with the headline California Job Case Contest! Please include your user name you post by in the email so I know who you are.

Detailed pictures and the rules are after the page break...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Minifigure Review: Tactical Suit Batman (DC32) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

  Like in all things, Batman has definitely come out on top in the DC Nano Metalfigs line. With nine different versions of the Caped Crusader (including one that's actually Thomas Wayne!) Batman minifigures make up about one fourth of the line! Still, who am I to complain about more Batman? Well, I do hope that Jada Toys continues to diversify the line and release more characters and less variants but I'll take what I can get. Today I'm looking at the Tactical Suit Batman based on the suit Batman wears at the end of Justice League. Hey, that's another thing: What the heck is wrong with you people? Go see Justice League! It's incredible fun and is a dream come true for this DC fan! I know it has some weak parts but it's well worth watching. Anyways, let's check out this figure after the break...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Road to the Last Jedi: Darth Vader from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III Titanium Series by Hasbro

   While the 1/18th scale Titanium Series Black Series figures have been out for months due to being one of the product ranges specifically released for the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars, I just received Darth Vader this past week. He was a Christmas gift from a friend so, for that reason alone, I am ver appreciative of him. While I haven't really seen these pegwarming too much I think it is safe to say that they weren't received as well as Hasbro might have hoped. They're one of those products that I'm hard pressed to determine who the Target audience and where they'd fit into a collection. Obviously, they're smaller so they're not marketed towards collectors of the 6 inch Black Series. They're also a hair too large so it's tough to say that 1/18th scale collectors would be interested in these either. Vader is more like a statue, but he has some articulation and doesn't particularly stand up terribly well on his base. It's an odd product range that doesn't seem to complement any existing product range nor does it seem to really cater to a new audience. Let's check out die-cast Darth in a bit more detail after the break...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

My California Job Case Complete with Toys!

   Earlier this year I was reading Action Figures Adventures when I found a great project that Buzz Chuck had worked on: Turning a California Job Case into a display box for minifigures and other smaller toys! A California job case is a fascinating type of tray featuring 89 distinct compartments that was used to store movable type for letterpress printing. As soon as I watched Buzz Chuck's video I immediately had to locate one. I told my parents about this since they tend to travel to lots of flea markets and antique stores and they found one within a month or so. It's taken me a few months but last night I finally mounted this cool tray in our living room while my wife and daughter helped me fill in the compartments. Pretty cool, right? I have a contest based on my display case soon so stay tuned!

Minifigure Review: Superman (DC15) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

   Today I'm looking at the second Superman released in the DC Nano Metalfigs line. The first (DC3) was released both individually and in 5-pack B, the 10 pack, and the 20 pack while this one is available single packed and in the 20 pack as well. I picked up the single packed version a week or two ago and I'm checking him out today. He looks much more like the Rebirth Superman rather than the New 52 Supes represented by the DC3 figure. Let's check out this die-cast metal version of the Man of Steel after the break...

Minifigure Review: Harley Quinn (DC5) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

   Another day another Nano Metalfig from Jada Toys. Today I'm checking out the Suicide Squad version of Harley Quin, perfect to pose with the Suicide Squad Joker figure released earlier this year. I've reviewed lots of versions of this Harley Quinn but this is probably the smallest version of her I've reviewed so far. She's a fun little trinket and another cool addition to a Harley Quinn collection. Let's check out this little die-cast diva after the break...

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Road to the Last Jedi: Rey (Jedi Training)- Crait from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

 Just a few weeks ago I received in the mail the latest Toys R Us Star Wars exclusive action figure from the Black Series: Rey in her Jedi Training outfit on the planet Crait. While Rey is quite similar to the previously released figure that appeared in both the SDCC 2017 exclusive two-pack and as a single packaged release, there are actually quite a few differences here that should make this figure appealing to you if you're a die-hard Black Series fan including a pretty awesome display base and some die-cast weapons. The figure is actually different as well, featuring improved paint and actual soft goods. Hasbro has released some of these "deluxe" variations of the popular characters for both Episode VII and Rogue One so they're just continuing the tradition here. Let's check out this new version of Rey after the break...