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Friday, April 29, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
A New Batgirl Review: Batgirl (Kresge Style Card) from World's Greatest Heroes by Figures Toy Co.
World's Greatest Heroes! Batgirl figure review in that I'm not even opening the figure. I own the standard version of this figure and I've reviewed the First Appearance Batgirl on here, so today I'm mainly looking at the packaging for this figure Fortunately, the packaging is pretty interesting in that it not only mimics a Mego vintage style but even mimics a vintage style of Mego retailer exclusive packaging. This style of card is referred to as a Kresge style card. Ever heard of a Kresge store? I have, although the only reason is that my father was a manager for Kresge stores during the 1970s and I've heard him talk about them over the years (they essentially morphed into K-Mart, BTW). Since I've talked about this particular figure in a number of different reviews, today I'm just going to briefly talk about the packaging while leaving the rest of the space in this review to let my father talk about Kresge stores and his experiences there, particularly in regards to stocking and ordering toys. Ready for something a bit different today that might give you a bit of insight into the history of toy buying? Then join me after the break...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Happy Aliens Day! Better Late Than Never!
Alien ReAction by Funko
Alien (with Metallic Flesh)
Kane (with Chestburster)
Aliens by NECA
Corporal Dwayne Hicks
Private William Hudson
Sergeant Craig Windrix
Aliens/ Predator by Kenner
Alien versus Predator 2 pack
Series 1 Space Marines and the Power Loader
Series 1 Xenomorphs
Action Figure Review: Finn Balor from WWE Elite by Mattel
Monday, April 25, 2016
Action Figure Review: Undertaker from WWE Elite: Wrestlemania by Mattel
Bray Wyatt where the two horror themed superstars battled it out. It's pretty cool that this guy is match specific and based on a pretty recent event as well. Ready for a quick look at the Deadman himself? Then join me after the break...
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Action Figure Review: Lana from WWE by Mattel
Rusev had one of my favorite story lines in WWE. The bizarre Lana and Dolph Ziggler storyline from last summer just got really strange, though, and now that Rusev's part of the League of Nations I find him less interesting, too. That's a shame and I'm hoping things turn around for them. Anyways, this version of Lana was released in the basic series at the end of 2015 but, like most other basic female figures, she has the same level of articulation as the Elite releases. Lana was originally released in a battle pack with Rusev in a red dress so this is just a simple repaint but if you didn't want to get saddled with a spare basic Rusev, this is the way to go. Unfortunately, while I was looking forward to Lana, this just isn't that great of a figure. Read on and find out why it might be best to leave her on the shelf after the break...
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Action Figure Review: Batman (Last Rites) from DC Comics Icons by DC Collectibles
Friday, April 22, 2016
Action Figure Review: John Cena (Series 40) from WWE Elite by Mattel
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Action Figure Review: Ryback (Series 41) from WWE Elite by Mattel
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Action Figure Review: Dean Ambrose (Series 41) from WWE Elite by Mattel
WWE Elite series 36 Dean Ambrose figure I said that Dean Ambrose was without a doubt one of the most entertaining guys on WWE's roster. That still holds true today! You just can't help but love the out of control wrestler lovingly referred to as the lunatic fringe. Whether he's (literally) stealing WWE titles, driving vehicles into the arena, or passing out flyers for his new talk show, "The Ambrose Asylum," during a match, Ambrose is always bringing something crazy to the shows he's a part of. Today I'm looking at the most recent Dean Ambrose figure from series 41 of Mattel's Elite line of figures which features Ambrose in his ring attire from the May 25th, 2015 episode of WWE Raw when he drove a NYPD police vehicle into the arena to join Roman Reigns in a fight against Seth Rollins, Kane, and J&J Security. Let's turn up the music and charge into the ring, shall we? Join me after the break...
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
A New Batgirl Review: Batgirl #3 (GameStop Exclusive) from POP! Heroes by Funko
2 ReAction figures, a POP! keychain, and two POP! pins for $20. It was a heck of a deal but you certainly didn't know what you'd end up with. I opted to only buy one box last year and ended up with a Gold Superman that's still sitting around (if you want to trade for a Gold Batgirl, let me know!). I finally snagged this version of Babs from an online auction and removed her from her box briefly to snap a few pics and log my thoughts. I have the original Batgirl POP! from a few years back and, since she has become so rare,it was cool to see Funko rerelease the sculpt. Ready for a closer look? Then join me after the break...
Monday, April 18, 2016
Action Figure Review: Justice Buster from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel
The Arrow, Earth 23 Superman, the Flash, Reverse Flash, Endgame Joker, and Zero Year Batman. I picked up all of those figures except for the Flash (I just ordered his part online) simply because I really wanted a Justice Buster. Since DC is getting ready to start Rebirth, who knows if we'll see any toys from the New 52 for awhile other than stuff already announced? Also, I was jonesing to complete a build-a-figure again since the last one I completed was in 2013! Ready for a closer look at the Justice Buster? Then join me after the break...
Sunday, April 17, 2016
A New Batgirl Review: Batgirl (Red Card Variant) from World's Greatest Heroes by Figures Toy Co.
exclusively through Big K Toyz. I already owned the standard version of this figure but the limited run on this intrigued me. Ready for a closer look at another fun Mego styled offering from Figures Toy Company? Then join me after the break...
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Action Figure Revew: Silk Spectre II from Watchmen by Mattel
Nite Owl). Since this is the 6th and final figure from this series I'm going to make some statements about the overall line. This line was released in 2013 and thus is about 3 years old now, as is the tie-in series it was released along side of: Before Watchmen. I haven't actually read Before Watchemen yet but I'll probably be doing so in the next few months as just rereading Watchmen and picking up these figures has piqued my curiosity. Still, I think it's clear that neither Before Watchmen nor this series of action figures lit the world on fire upon their release. For this line, I feel that the reason it didn't excel was the reason a number of MattyCollector properties such as Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and the DC Universe Signature Collection have failed: Matty's tendency is to over promise and under deliver. Rather than just making solid figures or striving to make incredible figures, Mattel makes average to solid figures and then bills them as high quality collectors items. Considering the incredible packaging and marketing, the Watchmen figures just couldn't cover the checks that MattyCollector's marketing department tried to write. Today's review of Silk Spectre II is the perfect example of Mattel's handling of these lines: A mixture of good, bad, strange, and lazy. Let's take a closer look at her, shall we?
Friday, April 15, 2016
Action Figure Review: Superman from DC Comics Multiverse: Batman v. Superman by Mattel
Armored Batman figure and haven't seen any since just this past week or two. And Wonder Woman? Forget about it! Mattel is all Batman, all the time, baby. Anyways, I enjoyed BvS:DoJ (check out the 3 1/2 hour podcast I discussed this film on) and decided that I definitely wanted to add this version of Supes to my collection. Ready for a closer look at this figure? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Action Figure Review: Earth 23 Superman from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Action Figure Review: Reverse Flash (The Flash TV Series) from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel
Zero Year Batman figure but I decided to grab Reverse Flash and Earth 23 Superman along with an Arrow that was on the shelf so I could build the Justice Buster. That's the power of build-a-figures, people! They'll make you pick up figures you were on the fence about! Ready for a closer look at the main villain of season one of The Flash, Eobard Thawne, AKA Reverse Flash ? Then join me after the break...
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Action Figure Review: The Arrow (Arrow TV Series) from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel
podcasts I'm on with ThEpic Review then you can tell I'm also not a great TV watcher. I really just have a hard time committing to a TV series, even if it's on Netflix or Hulu. While I've only watched a few episodes of Arrow my wife has actually kept up with it. And Flash. And Legends of Tomorrow. Honestly, I'm more familiar with Stephen Amell from his WWE appearances during his feud with Stardust last summer. I really wasn't even planning on picking this figure up but I decided that I really wanted to build the Justice Buster "Collect & Connect" figure so I picked up the Arrow a week or two ago when I was at my local Wal-Mart and found the rest of the second wave of series 1 as well as this figure. During the DC Universe Classics days Mattel kept those comic based figures and their Movie Masters figures in two distinct scale and two separate lines. While Mattel seems to still have distinct scales, they have put them together in the same line, and interesting choice to be sure. Want to take a closer look at this figure from the first series of Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse line? Then join me after the break...
Monday, April 11, 2016
Action Figure Review: Harley Quinn from DC Super Hero Girls (6 inch) by Mattel
Batgirl and Poison Ivy on my first trip to Target last month to hunt for this line, Harley Quinn eluded me. Fortunately, someone found her for me and now I've picked up this great Gotham trip from Mattel's newest DC action figure line. Considering that this line is focused on these characters as young super heroes and students at Super Hero High, I'm really curious as to how Harley Quinn fits in. Is she a villain? Does she cooperate with the heroes in this canon? Is she psychotic? Does she indiscriminately whack people with her giant mallet? Who knows? It's really cool to see that Harley Quinn, a character introduced during my childhood, has become so popular that she can even headline a toyline targeted towards kids. Pretty cool, right? Get a closer look at her after the break...
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Action Figure Review: First Order Snowtrooper from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
First Order Snowtrooper Officer. It was a Toys R' Us exclusive that was released a few months ahead of this figure. It turns out that all you really need to turn a basic Snowtrooper into an officer is the extra pauldron, so this guy is the same figure some of us already own, just with one fewer accessory. Still, that is accurate to the film so it's tough to knock Hasbro's decision to release both figures even though they're both exactly the same. For a fully detailed review of this figure, check out the older review. To see a few pictures of this version and some thoughts on it, continue on after the break...
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Action Figure Review: Uncle Sam with Doll Man from DC Universe Signature Collection by Mattel
The Fwoosh and found myself the proud owner of 12 new figures: All 6 of Mattel's Watchmen figures and 6 figures from the DC Universe Signature Collection series. Today is the last figure I'm reviewing from that trade and it's another odd, semi-mystical character from the DC Universe: Uncle Sam! Well, technically this is a two-pack because Doll Man also gets billing on the package. Whether you want this figure because you're a fan of the DC Comics character or just a big fan of the United States of America and apple pie, Uncle Sam definitely doesn't disappoint! Let's talk more about him after the break...
Friday, April 8, 2016
A New Batgirl Review: Batgirl from Batman: Classic TV Series by Figures Toy Co.
Barbara Gordon, Chief O'Hara, and Batman with a removable cowl. I've reviewed quite a few figures and statues based on this particular version of Batgirl over the past month or two so it's interesting to see how they differ from each other. Let's take a closer look at this figure, shall we? Join me after the break...
Thursday, April 7, 2016
A New Batgirl Review: Barbara Gordon (Surf's Up Joker variant) from Batman: Classic TV Series by Figures Toy Co.
an entire series of four figures on the episode and today I'm looking at the one I picked up: Barbara Gordon! Yup, this is essentially just Yvonne Craig in the black swimsuit she wore in the episode, but that's a pretty random variant I don't think anyone ever expected to see, eh? Let's take a closer look after the break...
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
A New Batgirl Review: Barbara Gordon from Batman: Classic TV Series by Figures Toy Co.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
A New Batgirl Review: Batgirl (Stewart & Tarr) from DC Comics Designer Series by DC Collectibles
DC Super Hero Girls and the flood of 1966 Batgirl merchandise and you have a character who has truly experienced a renaissance. One of the most interesting points of this era was the redesign and soft reboot for Batgirl that has been dubbed Batgirl of Burnside. Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr did something unique with the character during their limited time with the book and it seems that elements of that will follow Barbara into the rebirth era. In the meantime, though, DC Collectibles has released another statue of this particular look under their DC Comics Designer Series banner. Ready for a closer look at this 1/6th scale colorful Batgirl of Burnside? Then join me after the break...
Monday, April 4, 2016
Action Figure Review: Red Snaggletooth #70 from POP! Star Wars by Funko
Smuggler's Bounty mystery box: Red Snaggletooth. Well, I guess you could debate whether this is the second or the third exclusive as each crate includes either this figure or the rarer variant Blue Snaggletooth. Based on the character released in the vintage Kenner line in 1979 that had two very distinctive variants (short red Snaggletooth and tall blue Snaggletooth) Funko decided to pack these with a ratio of 1 blue Snaggletooth to every 5 cases, making this red version much more common. Ready for a closer look at this Snivvian patron of Chalmun's Cantina? Then join me after the break...
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Action Figure Review: Rorschach from Watchmen by Mattel
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Action Figure Review: Red Hood from DC Universe Signature Collection by Mattel
Batman Returns Marlon Wayans painted white version of Robin that was based on early production work (the background sounded more like Jason Todd's than Dick Graysons') or pick up the Toy Fare exclusive Dick Grayson as Hush figure (who was actually Clayface in disguise). While I can't think of any 6-7 inch Jason Todd as Robin figure, there have been a few figures over the past couple of years from Red Hood and the Outlaws and Arkham Knight. Still, those had not yet been released when announced a Red Hood figure appearing in the second year of the DC Universe Signature Collection Club Infinite Earths, so it's pretty natural to imagine we'd get either Jason Todd in his most recognizable Red Hood garb: Brown leather jacket, body armor, and a form fitting red mask. Well, we got this costume instead. Now that I have a couple of decent Red Hoods on my shelf, I think I can appreciate this more than collectors who purchased this back when it was first released. This outfit appeared for a very brief period of time and was Jason's way of trying to create his own superhero brand to get under Bruce's skin. Ready for a closer look at another Gotham vigilante? Then join me after the break...
Friday, April 1, 2016
Action Figure Review: Ben Kenobi #99 from POP! Star Wars by Funko
Star Wars: Smuggler's Bounty box which featured the theme "The Cantina." I'm not a diehard POP! collector by any means but I do enjoy picking them up every now and then and I absolutely love the mystery box concept. Of course, considering that it's all Star Wars stuff inside I know that either myself, my wife, or my little one will typically have a use for every item. The first of two POP! figures in this month's set is Ben Kenobi #99. Wielding his lightsaber, this POP! represents the Jedi Master during his conflict in Chalmun's Cantina with Ponda Baba and Dr. Evazan. I know there has at least been one other ANH Obi-Wan Kenobi POP! released which featured him with his hood up. This guy is exclusive to the Smuggler's Bounty box, though, so he's going to be a bit rarer. Ready for a look at Master Kenobi? Then join me after the break...
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