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Friday, October 20, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Action Figure Review: Cyborg (Wal-Mart Exclusive) from DC Comics Multiverse: Justice League by Mattel
Wal-Mart exclusive Justice League Batman and today I'm reviewing his counterpart, Cyborg. I reviewed the standard Cyborg but this Cyborg seems to be an enhanced version of the character. He's a bit bulkier with a fully covered head, so that means none of Vic Stone's face is visible. It's an interesting design and I'm curious as to how it will be implemented into the film. Like Batman, Cyborg is part of a 2-figure miniseries that includes the pieces to three Mother Boxes. I'll be reviewing the Mother Boxes on their own since they're technically Collect & Connect accessories, so today I'm just going to be checking out Cyborg. More cybernetic fun after the break...
The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas Trading Figures from Jun Planning
MWCToys.com back in 2010 and convincing my wife that we needed to drive out to Target that night and hunt these down. We had success and picked up the whole set! Oh the crazy things we did when we were younger and didn't have a child! Of course, now my little one loves Halloween and the Nightmare Before Christmas, so she goes along on the hunt with me! You could say that she's the Lock, Shock, and Barrel to my Oogie Boogie! Speaking of the big, bad Boogie man, let's check this guy out after the break...
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Steppenwolf, Batman and Cyborg each includes the halves of three separate Mother Boxes. That's an interesting idea for a build-a-figure item, isn't it? Let's check out this Batman figure after the break and see how he stacks up...
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Guardians of Evil 4-pack. My guess, however, is that most collectors will encounter this single packed version of the Elite Praetorian Guard first. Seemingly an evolution of the Emperor's Royal Guards, the Praetorian Elite Guards are Supreme Leader Snoke's red armored masters of disaster. Apparently there are eight of them, although some of them may share helmet styles and weapons. This single packed guard is distinct from the version in the Guardians of Evil 4-pack and utilizes a different weapon while also sporting a different helmet. Let's check him out after the break...
Monday, October 16, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Batgirl Bombshells statue due to the face sculpt, I like the overall character design and I've been a much bigger fan of the various other products released based on the character. Let's take a closer look at this very cool POP! vinyl after the break...
Friday, October 13, 2017
Thursday, October 12, 2017
the first year, 2013) and now makes his return in the form of a POP! vinyl figure. Outside of the Star Wars POP! figures that come with the Smuggler's Bounty crate, I haven't picked up any POP! figures since the Resident Evil series back in January. I was actually looking for a Jack Torrance from The Shining at Books-A-Million a week or two ago and happened to stumble upon this very cool Norman Bates. Considering it's October and I'm a fan of the horror themed POP! vinyls, I figured I couldn't go wrong. Let's take a closer look at this spooky fine vinyl after the break...
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Harley Quinn but she's not really considered a villain in this series). Honestly, it's nice to see that Mattel is releasing a fairly diverse roster of female characters in this line. Let's check out this pretty cool Starfire after the break...
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Pillsbury releases these "Ready to Bake" Ghost sugar cookies every year and I'm always down for them. I look forward to them because despite the fact that my wife is a world class master of baking, I like to throw some pre-made cookies with little ghosts on them in my oven and chow down. I'm glad my little one is taking after me because all I had to do last Friday when picking her up from pre-school was say "Tonight we're baking super spooky ghost cookies" and she was hooked. These cookies were a huge hit. Read more about ghost cookies than you ever imagined possible after the break...
Here's what they're supposed to look like. The ghost and cookie are very pale (almost white) while the ghost is silhouetted with purple. The ghost also has an orange mouth and orange and purple eyes. These are pretty complex for ghost cookies. I'm pretty excited that these look the same (so far as I can remember) for as far back as I can remember.
This year the Pillsbury Doughboy is dressed up like a ghost. It's pretty spooky.
Here's the cookies straight out of the package. They look good enough to ear right here, but the package warns against that. Since Action Figure Barbecue is all about food safety, we wisely waited to cook these before eating them. They do look cool, though. Like little ghost tokens.
Here's the cooked batch. It's kind of tough to tell when they're done as they really don't change shape much at all. They definitely do still look like ghosts though. I'm impressed that they didn't warp or anything. Ignore that one on the back, by the way; that was an accident on my part from trying to test a cookie that wasn't quite done yet.
Hope you get a chance to bake some cookies, too!
Minifigure Review: Wonder Woman (Series 2) from DC Comics LIl Bombshells by Cryptozoic Entertainment
I reviewed the first series Wonder Woman figure last year and today I'm checking out this second version. Ready for a new minifigure of the first lady of DC Comics? Then join me after the break...
Suncoast (that were typically located in shopping malls) carried lots of The Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise released by the toy company Applause, who crafted the cool Zero figure I'm reviewing today. While Applause is no more, they definitely were a mainstay of gift shops and entertainment retailers in the 1990s releasing lots of licensed merchandise for properties like Star Wars, Batman, the California Raisins, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I've had this Zero since 1993 and he has always had a home on display in my wife and I's Nightmare Before Christmas collection. Let's check him out as our "terrifying" toy of the day, shall we?
Monday, October 9, 2017
Sunday, October 8, 2017
I'm really excited to show off this amazing picture that I received for my birthday last month. It's called "A Haunted Place" and it is available through Kirklands. It's a beautiful painting that has LED lights built in that, with the flip of a switch, lights up the pumpkins, the windows, and the moon. To top things off I added some bat garland to the top and behold: Halloween splendor!
Action Figure Review: Superhero Harley Quinn from DC Designer Series: Amanda Conner by DC Collectibles
The Creature's Crypt in Fort Mill, SC. There are quite a few figures in the set so I've been "scarefully" selecting the ones that I find the creepiest and the spookiest to show off for my little October toy marathon. Of course, since these are generic minifigures I'm having to give them names, too, but I'm trying to be as generic as possible so anyone searching for information on these minifigures can find them. Today I'm looking at one of the pieces from this series that really caught my eye: A simple wooden cross marking a grave with a skeletal hand popping out of the ground. It's a cool concept and quite different in composition from what we usually see with most minifigures. Let's take a closer look at this neat minifigure mini-diorama that I'm calling "Restless Ghoul." More spooky fun after the break...
Saturday, October 7, 2017
I asked the artist herself about her work, and here's what she had to say: "It's just a regular tree with leaves. The different colors were on a plate and I used all of my fingers. I don't know where to put it on my refrigerator."
There you have it! Enjoy!
Friday, October 6, 2017
We eat quite a bit of hummus at our house. It's a pretty delicious, pretty health, and pretty filling snack to keep around. My wife purchased some pumpkin spice hummus recently and, my gosh, it is amazing! It's made by Lantana and it has the beautiful color of pumpkin pipe filling. The flavor is somewhere between the filling of pumpkin pie, regular hummus, and Indian food. It is incredible. This far this is easily my favorite Halloween themed food of 2017!
Mad Gasser is supposedly responsible for a series of gas attacks involving random people smelling noxious fumes in their homes in Botetourt County, Virginia in the early 1930s and Mattoon, Illinois during the wartime years of the 1940s. It's a creepy story, especially when you consider the Mattoon, Illinois attacks that seemed to happen largely to women whose husbands were away in World War 2. Let's take a look at this creepy minifigure based on an urban legend or possibly real assailant after the break...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Here's my list (as best as I can remember):
1980s: The Count, a generic G.I. Joe, a Ghostbuster twice (but two different costumes)
1990 and 1991: Raphael (Twice)
1992: General Norman Schwarzkopf
1993: some sort of space invader
1994: A Grim Reaper (maybe)
1996: A Pumpkin Spirit
1997: The Cat in the Hat.
1998: Jack Torrance from the Shining
1999: The Headless Horseman
2000: Indiana Jones
2001: 1970s Detective
2002: A Cowboy
2003: Ash from Army of Darkness
2005: Frodo Baggins
2008: A generic mercenary
2009: Captain Kirk
2010: Carl Fredricksen from Up!
2011 and 2012: The 11th Doctor
2013: Michael Myers
2015: Kylo Ren
Minifigure Review: Supergirl (Noir Variant) from DC Comics Little Bombshells by Cryptozoic Entertainment
The Creature's Crypt in Fort Mill, SC. Affectionately called "the monster shop" by my little one, The Creature's Crypt is a store specializing in handcrafted masks, decorations, and horror memorabilia. They also sell lots of cool random horror and sci-fi toys, which is how I managed to snag the cool little minifigure I'm reviewing today. It's a Dracula minifigure from a series of minifigures called Big Bucket of Monsters. This is a "generic" line of plastic minifigures sold in a big tub but some shops sell them individually. My daughter and I discovered this series at The Creature's Crypt back in early July and picked up one of each sculpt from the line. Today I'm going to look at the very cool Dracula minifigure. Let's check out this little plastic Count after the break...
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
I've done five of these things so far! We went to a pumpkin patch last weekend and also went through a corn maze and went on a hayride. Interestingly enough, we actually saw someone propose to his girlfriend in the pumpkin patch. Being someone whose spirit gourd is the pumpkin, I can respect the choice of locale.
Back to the list! My little one and I made caramel apples during an activity at her preschool and went Trick or Treating during both of our recent trips to the Great Pumpkin Festival at Carowinds, an amusement park on the North Carolina/ South Carolina border.
How's your Fall Bucket List coming?
Harley Quinn and the Knightmare Batman figures, have been exceptional. Early buzz on Deadshot seemed pretty favorable and I was excited to be able to receive him as a gift. Let's check out this very cool rendition of Will Smith's portrayal of master assassin Floyd Lawton after the break...
Martian Spy Girl might have been the most memorable part of the movie (other than Tom Jones), the standard Martian Troopers are certainly the most recognizable. Released by Trendmasters in late 1996 (the toy company who had a monopoly on many of these sci-fi movie properties), the Martian Trooper was part of a fairly expansive action figure line comprised of figures, vehicles, and role-play toys from both the film and the Topps comic book series. Maybe he's a little more silly than spooky, but the Martian Trooper is the perfect fit for some Hokey Halloween Horror! More Martian fun after the break...
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Me and the little one picked up this Pumpkin at a dollar store a few weeks ago. My daughter loved it so we just had to own it. What do you think? Classy, right?
Road to the Last Jedi: Guardians of Evil 4-pack from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
Royal Guard is exactly the same as the figure released earlier this year, he's not a character I mine having a duplicate of as I'd wanted two of them, anyways. This set is exclusive to both GameStop and Barnes & Noble and my preorder just came in from GameStop last week, so that's the place to check if you want this set ASAP. Let's check out this super cool 4-pack in a bit more depth after the break...
Monday, October 2, 2017
Black Canary's look, too. It's tough to say. Huntrss is not only a cool looking figure but she's also playing a pretty cool role in Marguerite Bennet's Bombshells comic series. Let's take a closer look at this literally rocking out version of Helena Bertinelli after the break...
Sunday, October 1, 2017
What do you think? Can you see the resemblance to your old pal Barbecue17?