Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Action Figure Review: Trap Jaw #90 from POP! Retro Toys: Masters of the Universe by Funko

 


   Sometimes you pick up a new garden variety POP! vinyl. You know, one of those little 4-inch pop culture vinyl toys that stand neatly in ever-growing clusters on your bookshelves, TV stands, and mantles. Somedays, however, you pick up a massive POP! vinyl that would win a ribbon at the county fair. The new 10-inch scaled Trap Jaw #90 from Funko's POP! Retro Toys: Masters of the Universe range is one of those giants who you'll have to dedicate some serious space too. He's quite cool, though, and part of the newest wave of Funko MOTU releases. He's been out for a month or two at this point but you can still find him. Trap Jaw was released previously when Masters of the Universe stuff was released under the POP! Television banner (Trap Jaw #487) but this new oversized POP! has an updated sculpt that's quite a bit more expressive. Ready to check out the 10-inch Trap Jaw? Then join me after the break...

Monday, September 20, 2021

Toy Review: He-Man and Wind Raider & Skeletor and Land Shark from Hot Wheels Premium: Masters of the Universe by Mattel

 

   On July 22nd, 2021 Mattel put two items on its Mattel Creations website that were probably intended as SDCC 2021 exclusives: The Masteverse Scare Glow from Masters of the Universe: Revelations and the Hot Wheels Premium 2-pack of He-Man and the Wind Raider and Skeletor and the Land Shark. My Hot Wheels set arrived back in August (while my Scare Glow only arrived on Saturday!) and I've had it sitting here for a moment. So, what's the big deal with this set? Honestly, it's a repack of the previously released Wind Raider and Land Shark Hot Wheels Premium vehicles in new packaging with a die-cast He-Man and Skeletor in the respective vehicles. Honestly, it's not that big of a deal but since I was grabbing Scare Glow I went ahead and grabbed this set too. Let's take a look at this one after the break...

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Action Figure Review: Harley Quinn (The Suicide Squad) from DC Multiverse by McFarlane Toys

 


   I haven't seen The Suicide Squad yet but I'm a sucker for almost any 6-7 inch scaled Harley Quinn figure so I picked this up a couple of months ago at GameStop. I think the last time I picked up a DC based action figure was last year when I grabbed both the standard and the Playing for Keeps One:12 Collective Harley Quinns from Mezco. I haven't purchased anything from Mcfarlane Toys' DC Multiverse line up to this point so it was interesting to get my hands on something from that line. I'm impressed by the overall quality of the figure and I can definitely see why the line has a following although it's not a DC line I have much interest in. This seemed like a a cool look for Harley Quinn and I figures at the least I could see off the massive build-a-figure piece for the King Shark figure (which I did). Let's take a look at Harley Quinn after the break...

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Action Figure Review: Hologram Iron Man from Marvel Legends Series: Iron Man by Hasbro

 

   I've got another Marvel Legends Series review for today and this time it's Hologram Iron Man. This isn't an armor but a holographic avatar for Iron Man. I mean, I assume there's some electronics and machinery in here but it's not a traditional suit. I'll just come right out and say that I picked this figure up because I wanted to build Ursa Major and it seemed like it would be easier and less expensive to sell the figure if I really didn't end up wanting it than it would be to buy Ursa Major's head by itself. Back when Toy Biz released the Iron Man line from the 1994 animated series I had quite a few of those figures, one of which was called Hologram Armor Iron Man. I'm not sure why, though, because it was the Silver Centurion armor from the comics. This version seems to possibly be a bit of a Hasbro creation based on the A.I. Tony Stark from the comics, the new Hologram Iron Man skin from the Avengers video game, and the 1/18th scaled Iron Man mark VI Holographic from the Iron Man 2 series K-Mart exclusive Proving Ground set. This is a weird figure as it's sold as a comic figure but the body is from the Civil War version of Iron Man (mark 46?). That's unusual. Anyways, let's check this variant out after the break...

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Action Figure Review: Ironheart from Marvel Legends Series: Ironheart by Hasbro

 

   While my preferences in Marvel Legends collecting is classic (1960s-1980s) characters or comic versions of characters who have appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I'm still usually interested in a character with a cool design or new characters who have really landed in the Marvel Universe. I'm excited that Riri Williams, AKA Ironheart, has finally been released in Marvel Legends as she's been a rather popular new character since her debut in mid-2016. So popular, in fact, that Riri Williams will be making her MCU debut in next year's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (played by Dominique Thorne) with her own Disney+ series, Ironheart, to follow. While I'm sure we'll see some MCU based Ironheart figures next year Hasbro doesn't release comic versions of most characters as often as you would think (I think the last comic based Captain Marvel figure was from 2015) so this version of Riri could end up being even more desirable down the road. She's a great figure of a new character who is part of the new Iron Man themed series with a build-a-figure of Ursa Major. Let's check her out after the break...

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Action Figure Review: Dragstor #85 from POP! Retro Toys: Masters of the Universe by Funko

 
   It's time for another MOTU POP! vinyl review and today it's a character who doesn't get nearly the love and attention he deserves: Dragstor! While characters like Beast Man, Man-At-Arms, and Trap Jaw tend to show up in every line of Masters of the Universe toys and collectibles, some characters didn't even make it into the 200x series. Dragstor is one of those characters who is most often neglected and it's pretty thrilling to see Funko hit some of these deep cuts. Dragstor's a member of the Evil Horde who can plop down on his stomach and take off like a car. MOTU didn't leave any gimmick out, did they? The vintage Dragstor was was released as part of the fifth series in 1986 and I definitely remember picking him out from a store at some point. I still have him, too. Of course, this is an all new Dragstor and while he's not a traditional action figure he's a pretty fun toy. Let's check him out after the break...

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Minifigure Review: Metallic Whiplash from Masters of the Universe Revelation: Eternia Minis by Mattel

 

   Ready for another review from the recent Masters of the Universe: Revelation themed series of Eternia Minis? Then let's check out Whiplash. But not just regular Whiplash: This time it's Metallic Whiplash! Back when the Eternia Minis were semi-blind packaged packed there were some "chase" variants like Horde Zombie He-Man and Golden Armor Skeletor so I'm wondering if Metallic Whiplash is Mattel's way of continuing that tradition. Whiplash does appear in MOTU: Revelation in the second episode, "Poisoned Chalice," both in his classic look and in his cybernetically augmented look after he joins Tri-Klops' Motherboard techno cult, but he never appears as just a solid green character. This is simply a random colorway but because these guys are so inexpensive and you don't seen Whiplash stuff too often I picked him up. Want to see Metallic Whiplash in action? Then join me after the break...