Monday, October 23, 2017

Action Figure Review: Future Cop from Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 8 by Fisher-Price

  While series 9 of the Imaginext Collectible Figures is starting to trickle out, I just managed to get my grubby paws on series 8. It's been about a year since I reviewed Series 7 which was one of my favorites. Series 8 is a mixed bag for me with fewer figures that I'm super jazzed about. Today I'm starting off with the Future Cop, the Space/ Futuristic themed figure of the series. Like so many of the Imaginext Collectible Figures this figure definitely seems to draw its inspiration from a pop culture character. Looking at this guy you can definitely see inspiration coming from both Robo-Cop and Judge Dredd. Even with that kind of cool pedigree, though, the figure manages to not be as interesting as one would hope. Let's check out the Future Cop after the break...

The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark from Rock Candy by Funko

   Today for The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror we're getting a visit from the horror hostess with the mostess: The enchanting Elvira, Mistress of the Dark! Elvira is one of my favorites and she's made her way into 31 Days of Toy Terror three times now! This year Elvira comes in the from of a Rock Candy vinyl collectible from Funko. I really like the Rock Candy line although I do only own three other figures. Rock Candy certainly doesn't see as many releases as POP! but it seems to have a decent following. She was just released this October so she's a new release for Elvira collectors. Let's check her out after the break...

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Road to The Last Jedi: Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   I've been waiting for Hasbro to release an action figure of Supreme Leader Snoke since he first appeared in  The Force Awakens in 2005 and it finally happened! Snoke's appearance was quite a surprise in the film (he really was kept a secret quite successfully) and I've absolutely been curious about his true identity. There are quite a few theories floating around but I'm not sure I buy any of them. I'd really like the Darth Plagueis theory to be true, but I'm not sure that Disney would bring something that cool and nuanced from the Prequel Trilogy into the Sequel Trilogy. Regardless of his identity, Snoke has an unusual appearance: He's oddly disturbing yet dressed very regally, almost like a space Hugh Heffner. While Snoke is going to be released in the regular Black Series line, this figure is exclusive to Gamestop and includes Snoke's throne. I can't imagine wanting Snoke but not his throne, can you? Let's check out this new figure of the First Order's Supreme Leader after the break...

The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Batgirl from First Appearance by DC Direct

 Today for The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror I'm checking out a character with a spooky costume...Batgirl! This isn't Barbara Gordon, however, but Cassandra "Cassie" Cain. Wearing the outfit she wore during her debut in 1999's Batman #567 during the No Man's Storyline, Cassandra Cain is part of the third series of DC Direct's First Appearance line. While this version of Cassie Cain was released in 2005, she continues to be a major player in DC Rebirth, particularly in Detective Comics. Sadly, it's been almost 10 years since her last action figure (Mattel released Cassie in this costume in the DC Superheroes line) and yet she continues to be a popular character. What gives Mattel and DC Collectibles? Maybe Mattel and DC Collectible's reluctance to release action figures of so many of the current Bat-family members might be the real subject of today's 31 Days of Toy Terror installment, huh? I actually just found this figure new in the box at my local comic shop for $9.99. That's a spooky good deal, don't you think? Do to her black and yellow color scheme and kind of creepy mask, I figures she'd make a nice addition to the countdown. More after the break...

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: The Cryptkeeper (Tuxedo) from Tales from the Cryptkeeper by Ace Novelty

   For today's installment of The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror we're receiving a visit from an old friend: The Cryptkeeper! Distributed by Ace Novelty in 1994 as a tie-in for the 1993-1997 animated cartoon Tales from the Cryptkeeper, this line was very much a flash in the pan (though the cartoon lasted longer than I remember). It honestly feels like the true intention was to release a couple toys of the Cryptkeeper due to his popularity based on the HBO series rather than to do a toyline that was really related to the cartoon. I originally reviewed the robed version of the Cryptkeeper a few years back and now I'm finally getting around to this version of the character in his snazzy tuxedo. Like the robe wearing version, this guy also resembles the live action television version rather than the cartoon version. I definitely think Ace Novelty made the right choice there as I still keep this guy around 23 years later as no one, so far as I know, has released better action figures of the Cryptkeeper. The guy is arguably one of the greatest horror icons of the 1990s (with roots in 1950's EC comics) and he probably deserves more attention than he gets these days. Let's pay him tribute on this spooky October day, shall we? Enter the crypt after the break for more horrific fun!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Unite the League: Mother Boxes from DC Comics Multiverse: Justice League by Mattel

  Today I'm reviewing a rather interesting Connect & Connect accessory from the DC Comics Multiverse line: A set of three Mother Boxes. Apparently the Mother Boxes play a significant role in Justice League as they're being sought after by Steppenwolf, thus bringing the general and his minions to Earth. I'm pretty excited that a number of Jack Kirby originated characters and concepts are making their way into the DCEU. The Mother Boxes come packaged in the Wal-Mart exclusive miniseries that consists of a standard Batman and Cyborg in his supercharged suit. Each figure includes three half cubes. I've already reviewed the figures but since I always review Build-a-Figures/ Collect & Connects separately, I figured I'd take a look at these as well. More Fourth World craziness after the break...

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...