Monday, September 16, 2019

Action Figure Review: Faker (Leo) from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

   A month or so ago Super 7 released a series of Masters of the Universe ReAction figures that mostly focused on variants inspired by the vintage Indian releases from Leo Toys. Leo Toys had some interesting variants that have become quite desirable over the years and one of the most popular variants is Leo's Faker. It was released in 1987 and features some interesting differences from the standard vintage Faker. I've already reviewed the standard Faker who came out earlier this year, so this review's going to be a bit brief since this is largely a repaint with Skeletor's torso. Let's check out the Leo Faker after the break and see what all the rage is about...

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Action Figure Review: Catra from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power by Mattel

    Catra is one of the characters from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power who differs the most from earlier depictions of the character, but you know what? It works! Catra is easily one of my favorite characters in the new cartoon, so it's only fitting that she's also one of my favorite figures in this new line. It turns out that Catra seems to be the hardest of the dolls to find as well. Considering she's She-Ra's primary antagonist in this series, packing her just one to a case seems like a bit of a misstep (She-Ra comes by herself 4 to a case while Catra, Bow, Glimmer, and Adora all come packed 1 to a case). Still, that doesn't change the fact that she's a pretty cool toy and a very unique interpretation of the character. She honestly reminds me of a character design from the 2011 ThunderCats. It really works for the character, though, and makes her quite unique. She's a great, conflicted villain. Let's check her out after the break...

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Action Figure Review: He-Man and Prince Adam from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel

   SDCC 2019 had a few really cool Masters of the Universe exclusive toys this year and today I'm getting ready to check out the first of them: The He-Man and Prince Adam 2-pack from Mattel's upcoming Masters of the Universe Origins. With the movie reportedly on the horizon and the upcoming Masters of the Universe: Revelations Netflix series, Mattel is getting ready to give He-Man another shot at retail. This time they're going back to the earliest days of MOTU by developing a line based on minicomic depictions of the crew with the aesthetics and size of the vintage line augmented with more modern articulation and features (extra hands, swappable heads). It's an interesting strategy for a mass market line but perhaps Mattel is hoping that collectors and nostalgic fans will keep it alive. While the Origins line isn't supposed to hit retail until sometime next fall, Mattel decided to give fans a taste of things to come by offering this really cool 2-pack. Ready for a very minicomics inspired He-Man and Prince Adam? Then join me after the break...

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Action Figure Review: Bow from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power by Mattel

   Slowly but surely I will be making my way through reviewing most of the She-Ra and the Princesses of Power dolls. I picked up most of these for my daughter for her birthday, so now the Great Rebellion has taken up residence in the giant Frozen frozen dollhouse in her room. Her She-Ra figures have it better than mine: They get to lounge in a castle with nice beds, a fireplace, and a chaise lounge while mine are lined up in my Masters of the Universe collection with hundreds of enemies to fight. Today I'm checking out Bow, one of She-Ra's besties in the newish Netflix series. I'm not all the way through Season 3 yet but so far I'm liking the show. I've been liking it a bit more with every season as it seems to be finding its footing while getting deeper over time. While Bow is still an archer with a heart of gold who is fiercely loyal to the Great Rebellion, the Netflix version of Bow definitely seems a lot younger and more immature than the Filmation Bow (though that's true of most of the Netflix She-Ra characters). Mattel's toyline definitely captures the look of the new show but it also does it's own thing a bit, converting the designs into more traditional doll designs. Let's see if Bow hits the mark after the break...

Monday, September 9, 2019

Action Figure Review: Slamurai and Snake Troopers from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel

    PowerCon 2019 was just a couple of weeks ago and, like every year it has been held, there was a nice assortment of Masters of the Universe exclusives from various lines. This year Masters of the Universe Classics had two exclusives: A single packed Horde Zombie He-Man and the Slamurai versus Snake Troopers three pack. I'm reviewing the three pack today as it arrived in the mail first (I'm still waiting on my He-Man!). Looking at Slamurai and the Snake Troopers, you might ask yourself "Who are these guys? They look familiar but I don't remember owning them as a kid."
 
   You'd be correct. These guys are the last figures from a proposed 1988 series of figures that never happened. While Mattel was planning to release the figures from The Powers of Grayskull line, it seems that at one point they also wanted some new MOTU figures out that used existing parts. We actually have Errol McCarthy's proposed drawings for the figures from the series, though the names are mostly recent inventions except for Strobo. The series would have consisted of Terroar, Plasmar, and Lord Gr'asp (who were a 3-pack exclusive for PowerCon 2017), Strobo (who was the 2013 traveling convention exclusive), and Slamurai and a Snake Trooper, who we're checking out today. Man, is MOTUC a crazy toyline or what? We actually for an entire series of figures based on toys that were never even made? Know what else is interesting? These are actually made by Mattel, and not Super7. Odd, huh? We know now that Mattel has aggressively been taking back control of the property so Mattel must have jumped in and made these themselves. Being a convention exclusive with a very, very limited run, this set is definitely pricier than your standard exclusive, so keep that in mind. Let's check this set out after the break...

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Action Figure Review: Skeletor from Masters of the Universe by Mondo

    Skeletor is evil. He's a seriously evil being intent on taking over Eternia and, later, the entire galaxy. He's attempted to kill members of his own family, razed helpless villages to the ground, and even eradicated his own henchmen. But Skeletor was no match for two things... The Christmas Spirit and the love of a puppy named Relay! Guess what? I'm back with another review from Mondo's excellent line of Masters of the Universe 1/6th scale action figures and today I'm checking out the Evil Lord of Destruction, Skeletor! Skeletor has been making his way out over the past couple of months and I'm finally getting the chance to review mine! He's already found a play of honor in my MOTU collection next to the Sideshow statues of He-Man and She-Ra and the Mondo He-Man and he's even had a few battles against my daughter's new She-Ra dolls (he lost, by the way). Today, though, Skeletor is getting the full review treatment here at Action Figure Barbecue and I'm going to preempt this review by going ahead and stating that Skeletor is easily one of the best MOTU toys I've ever owned. Let me tell you, folks, I own a lot of MOTU toys, too. That's high praise! I love how Mondo manages to capture so many different facets of the MOTU brand and meld them all into one killer toy. Let's check out Skeletor after the break and see what all the fuss is about!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Action Figure Review: McCree from Overwatch Ultimates by Hasbro

   Yesterday I reviewed Junkrat and today I'm checking out another figure from series 2 of Hasbro's Overwatch Ultimates: McCree! Yes, if you remember correctly, I have actually already reviewed McCree, but that was the White Hat costumed McCree from the recently released 2-pack with Posh Tracer.  Except for the color scheme, the two figures are identical, thus this is one of those interviews where I rely heavily on the previous review and just point out the details of what the figure includes and the new/ different elements. Reuse is a pretty important of the action figure industry these days since it allows companies of all sizes (from the smallest of the small to the biggest of the big) to get more usage out of expensive mold tooling. Companies just don't sell as many of each figure these days, so maximizing mold usage matters. That's why Overwatch Ultimates is such an interesting line: While each figure character is a unique sculpt with no reuse, Hasbro uses the in-game color schemes to craft variants. It's a good idea and so far I've liked most of their choices. While McCree (White Hat) has more of a sci-fi cowboy/ BraveStarr feel, the regular ol' McCree definitely has more of a Man With No Name feel. Let's buckle up, buckaroos, and check out McCree after the break...

Friday, September 6, 2019

Action Figure Review: Junkrat from Overwatch Ultimates by Hasbro



    I've been working on getting things ready for this year's 31 Days of Toy Terror, so reviews are coming out a bit slower than usual! Sorry! I've actually got 6 more new Overwatch figures on hand that I haven't even gotten around to reviewing yet, as well as lots of Masters of the Universe SDCC 2019 and PowerCon 2019 exclusives. Today, though, I'm finally getting around to reviewing Junkrat, a Mad Max-inspired criminal and anarchist from Junkertown, Australia. Junkrat definitely has a very different look to him than most other figures in the line, who tend to have a futuristic, somewhat cyber-punk look to them. Junkrat looks more like he belongs in Borderlands. He is an insanely fun figure with lots of weapons. I mean lots. This guy is loaded! He's one of three new figures from the standard single packed series 2 case, so let's check him out after the break and see how he fits into the line! Hooray for new toys!

Random Overwatch Pics: Review Coming Soon!

 I just picked up the Hanzo and Genji two-pack from GameStop last night. A review is coming but here are some quick pics to show off this cool set!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Action Figure Review: Enforcer from Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares

   Today I'm checking out Enforcer, the final figure in Jazwares' first series of Fortnite: Legendary Series and I'm pleased to say that it's another very, very solid action figure. I reviewed the first figure I picked up from this series back in July and I ended up picking up the rest of the figures here and there. A second series has been announced and so far we know that Leviathan, Valkyrie, and DJ Yonder are on the way. Hopefully the line has a good long run as it's turned out to be one of the most fun I've picked up this year. For the $20 asking price (which, let's be honest, is the standard going rate for articulated, 6 inch scaled action figures), you're getting a lot. Multiple face plates, excellent articulation, and quite a few accessories. The quality is definitely here and these are some of the most playable action figures in recent memory. I'm curious how many collectors are like me and are picking these up with little to no knowledge about Fortnite. Good toys are just good toys, y'know? Let's check out Enforcer after the break...

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Action Figure Review: Beastman with Weapons Pack from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

    A few weeks ago Super7 released a surprise set of Masters of the Universe Reaction figures. Three of the figures are Leo variants, based on the MOTU releases from the Indian company Leo, but this variant is actually a tribute to the vintage 1984 Masters of the Universe Weapons Pak accessory set. The Weapons Pack included multiple accessories already included with figures in the toyline, most of them recolored slightly. While the standard Beastman sports a red furry collar and cuffs, this version is decked out in the yellow collar from the Weapons Pak. He also comes with enough extra weapons to stock a small armory! Ready to check out this cool Beastman with Weapons Pack? Then join me after the break...

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Action Figure Review: She-Ra from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

   Wow! This is my third review of a She-Ra figure in just a little over a week. That's great! Right now, thanks to Mattel's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power line there are quite a few different She-Ra dolls on the market. Factor in Super7's "no holds barred" release schedule for the Masters of the Universe line this year and we've received as many or more She-Ra figures this year than MOTUC released during the line's entire run! Today I'm checking out the ReAction She-Ra, a figure that was originally available in a 2-pack at SDCC 2018 with Hordak. I never had that set, though, so She-Ra is all new to me! Let's check her out after the break...

Friday, August 30, 2019

Action Figure Review: Shadow Weaver from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

   For years fans of Filmation's She-Ra: Princess of Power lamented the fact that there had never been any action figure released of Shadow Weaver, the evil Horde Sorceress who was a mainstay in the cartoon. In 2012 Mattel finally released a Shadow Weaver action figure in the Masters of the Universe classics line (she was the yearly subscription figure) but since then there hasn't been another Shadow Weaver released... until now! Thanks to both Super7 and Mattel, we're about to be hit with Shadow Weaver figures. Mattel released Shadow Weaver in their She-Ra and the Princesses of Power line as an SDCC 2019 exclusive (alongside She-Ra) while Super7 has Club Grayskull and vintage styled Shadow Weaver figures scheduled for release within the next few months. 2019 is apparently a very, very good year for Shadow Weaver! Super7's ReAction Shadow Weaver gives us a taste of what a vintage Shadow Weaver might looked like (although in a different scale and style). Let's check out Shadow Weaver after the break...

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Action Figure Review: Modulok A from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

    Wow! It's been almost a month since I reviewed Super7's Modulok B! I've just been busy and reviewing lots of stuff, so it's taking me a while to take a look at all of these. Want to know something else crazy? Now Super7 has a Modulok D out! It was first offered at PowerCon 2019 but is now available online, too. Is there a Modulok C? Who knows? Today I'm checking out Modulok A, though, which is the closest figure to the standard Filmation look for Modulok. He's really the same figure as Modulok B, just with a different head, so this is going to be one of my lazy reviews where I just cover the new stuff. Sound good? Then join me after the break...

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Action Figure Review: She-Ra from She-Ra and the Princessess of Power by Mattel

   At the end of last week I reviewed the deluxe Battle Armor She-Ra and Swift Wind set from Mattel's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power line and today I'm reviewing the standard She-Ra figure. I've actually had these figures for a few weeks but I had to wait until after my daughter's birthday to pull them out. She got a set for her birthday (along with the sword and shield set), and guess what? I have a set of my own! Yeah, these totally are not my favorite Masters of the Universe figures of all time but, really, I'm just excited to see something Masters of the Universe related at mainstream retail in its own toyline. Like with the vintage She-Ra toyline, these dolls feel like a blend of the Netflix cartoon designs with a more traditional, doll influence. Like those vintage toys, they also utilize a mixture of plastic armored bits and fabric clothing to create a toy that's a mixture between an action figure and a fashion doll. I'm curious how fans overall will feel about these: Fans of the show may not like that the dolls have a very different visual style from the animation of the series, though folks who don't like the animation style may be able to appreciate some of the redesigns as they are rendered differently here. Let's take a look at She-Ra, who will always be the Princess of Power, after the break...

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Action Figure Review: Wild Card from Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares

    Today I'm checking out another cool figure from Jazwares' 6 inch scaled Fortnite: Legendary Series toyline and this time it's Wild Card. Wild Card is an outfit from Fortnite that has four distinctive looks depending on the face-plate chosen. Rather than offer up for separate figures with different heads, Jazwares actually included all four face masks as separate, swappable accessories. If you want a full gang you can purchase four copies of the figure but if you just want to display them one at a time, you'll only need one! Interestingly, this guy was released in Fortnite last September. Wait... this guy has been out less than a year and Fortnite managed to get an action figure out of him? That's pretty impressive! Either they're working closely with Epic Games on the license to get out figures of upcoming characters or Jazwares can put action figures of new characters out faster than Hasbro and Mattel, especially considering the figure has been out for a couple of months now. Let's check out the very cool Wild Card after the break...

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Overwatch Ultmates: Soldier 76 (Golden)- Review Coming Soon!

 I just received the Soldier 76 (Golden) from Hasbro's Overwatch Ultimates in the mail yesterday and wanted to show him off a bit. A review will be coming at some point soon, but for now just check out some cool pictures.

Action Figure Review: Battle Armor She-Ra & Swift Wind from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power by Mattel

    Oh my gosh! I'm reviewing an honest to goodness new Masters of the Universe toy from Mattel! Yeah, it's from the She-Ra and the Princesses of Power line based on the Netflix series, but still: It's a Mattel branded MOTU toy! It's kind of been awhile since that has happened (with the exception of Mega Construx) but it seems like it's going to be a thing going forward as Mattel seems to once again be banking on He-Man and She-Ra as having powerful potential at retail, on Netflix, and at the move theaters. The most exciting thing about the She-Ra and the Princesses of Power line to me isn't the having the toys for myself, however: It's that I was able to give this entire line to my daughter for her birthday! My daughter is a huge MOTU fan and, as a 6 year old girl, this line is right up her alley. Her middle name is Adora and while I bought her a few MOTUC figures even before she was born, these are the first MOTU toys that are for her first and foremost. Of course, yeah, I bought a set of most of them too, so these are mine to review.  I just had to hold off on getting mine out to review until after the little one's birthday. First up I'm reviewing the largest set from the new dolls which is the Battle Armor She-Ra and Swift Wind two pack. Let's check this one out after the break...

Friday, August 23, 2019

Action Figure Review: The Visitor from Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares

 It's been about a month since I last reviewed a figure from Jazwares' excellent Fortnite: Legendary Series but I'm getting ready to go through a mini streak and review a couple more. Seriously, I should finish off this series soon. I really like these! 2019 has been the year of surprising video game figure releases from games I just don't play and Jazwares has really put out some great product with this line. The Visitor is probably my favorite figure from this series as not only does he have an incredible look but his accessories make him insanely fun to play with. I've heard folks mention that he may be intended to be a tribute to Boba Fett and Jango Fett but I tend to think he looks more like a blue version of Bane Malar or the Guavian Enforcer. Seriously, though, even if you're not a Fortnite fan this guy would make a pretty good random bounty hunter to hang out with the Star Wars: The Black Series crew. The Visitor outfit is a Legendary outfit from Season 4 of Fortnite and that's about all there is to it so far as I know. You can make up anything you want about this guy, though. Let's check him out after the break...

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Action Figure Review: Tracer (Posh) and McCree (White Hat) from Overwatch Ultimates by Hasbro

    Series 2 of Hasbro Overwatch Ultimates is just starting to trickle out and I was quite surprised last week when the 2-pack of Tracer in her Posh outfit and McCree in his White Hat outfit shipped. Hasbro has a few different SKUs for Overwatch Ultimates and they've definitely been putting out some cool 2-packs so far, pairing together two characters from the game. This is an interesting 2-pack that some folks will love because of the slick color scheme and other will skip because both of these figures are available individually in their standard looks. Since the Overwatch Ultimates line uses new sculpts for each character, Hasbro is definitely going to be using repaints to help balance costs. So far I've been a fan of all the repaints shown and this one is very, very cool. Let's check out Tracer and McCree in their white outfits after the break...

Friday, August 16, 2019

Action Figure Review: Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars: The Black Series Archive by Hasbro

 While I pick up most Star Wars: The Black Series releases, I actually haven't picked up any of the Archive series figures yet. If you're not familiar with the Archive series, Hasbro has been rereleasing some of the harder to find and more desirable Black Series figures from the early years of the line a rerelease in new packaging. Most of the figures aren't really any different but for some figures with visible faces, such as Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot) and Yoda, Hasbro has improved the figures with the new face printing technology. Anakin was the first figure that appealed to me from the Archive series because even though I have the original release, he's one of the few Black Series releases with an alternate portrait. Considering he comes with two improved portraits, I figured he was worth a second purchase. Let's see what the new and improved portraits look like after the break...

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Action Figure Review: Stinkor from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjects

   Today I'm checking out the last figure from the case of series 2 of The Loyal Subjects' Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls, and it's Stinkor! I really like Stinkor and while he's not one of my very top favorite MOTU characters he's definitely a character I have vivid memories of from childhood. I distinctly recall my mom taking me to see the 1987 re-release of Snow White, taking me to dinner at McDonald's, and then buying me the vintage Stinkor figure. I still like Stinkor figures although I gotta give The Loyal Subjects some criticism since their version of Stinkor doesn't stink. Why not? The vintage figure reeked of patchouli and nearly every Stinkor since then has attempted to replicate the feature. Not this one, though. Still, he's a colorful design and a fun figure, so let's check him out after the break...

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Action Figure Review: Sorceress (Pink) from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls from The Loyal Subjects

    Like many other blind boxed lines, The Loyal Subjects have assigned various rarity ratios to the Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls. For series 2 there are two different variants of the Sorceress offered: A standard, Filmation/ vintage toy colored Sorceress who is listed at 1/24, or 1 in every 2 cases, and a "Pink" Sorceress who is listed as a 1/96 rarity, or 1 in every 8 cases. I didn't get the regular Sorceress in my case but I did end up with the "Pink" Sorceress. The vintage minicomcs features lots of unique color schemes for the MOTU crew (often because the artists and colorists were working before toys were finalized or because they sometimes received black and white photos to work with) and the Sorceress in her pink outfit appeared in some of the series 4 and series 5 minicomics, first appearing in Skeletor's Dragon, as well as The Stench of Evil, The Battle of Roboto, The Flying Fists of Power!, and King of the Snake Men, as well as the Princess of Power comic The Story of She-Ra. The Sorceress is one of those characters whose look changed drastically throughout the early years of MOTU, so it's interesting to have different variations of her. The Loyal Subjects seems to love the minicomic variants, so let's check out this somewhat rare variant of the Sorceress after the break...

Monday, August 12, 2019

Action Figure Review: Ram-Man from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls

    I've got three Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls figures left to review and after today's review I'll be down to two. Today I'm checking out Ram-Man, one of my favorite Masters of the Universe characters. I never owned Ram-Man as a kid but I always was intrigued by how differently he was constructed from the rest of the figures. The vintage Ram-Man is such a unique figure though he's obviously built around his action feature. Most subsequent Ram-Man figures have worked to meet a balance between offering up some updated articulation while still also capturing the Heroic Human Battering Ram's classic proportions. Let's see how The Loyal Subjects captured Ram-Man in this line after the break...

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Action Figure Review: Genji (Chrome) from Overwatch Ultimates by Hasbro

   A week or two ago a new Overwatch Ultimates figure popped up unannounced on Amazon: Genji in his Chrome outfit! While Genji is going to be released in his regular skin as a 2-pack with Hanzo and in the upcoming GameStop 4-pack in his Carbon skin, this version of Genji was a surprise. Genji is a very cool character who not only has a fairly intriguing backstory (which I'll delve into more when the 2-pack comes out) but also has the game-winning strategy of being a cyborg ninja. When I was in 9th grade, back in 1998, I was obsessed with Metal Gear Solid. I loved the game, loved the toyline from McFarlane toys, and even went so far as to make my own Metal Gear movies with friends. Anyways, Genji reminds me a lot of Ninja/ Gray Fox from Metal Gear Solid and that makes me happy. I seriously want to love this guy but the figure has some issues that make him weaker than he should be. Let's check Genji (Chrome) out after the break and see how he fares...

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Random Overwatch Pics: Review Coming Soon!


Action Figure Review: Mer-Man from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjects

      I've been slowly making my way through some of series 2 of The Loyal Subjects' Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls line and today I'm checking out one of the original Evil Warriors: Mer-Man! Like the other figures in this series, Mer-Man is a 3 and a 1/4 inch stylized figure that sort of feels like a miniature version of a Masters of the Universe Classics figure. For series 2, The Loyal Subjects made some changes to the line including changing the base bodies up a bit and selling some of the figures in window boxes. It seems to me that around half of the figures in each case are sold in an open window box while half are sold in a blind box. It's an interesting way to approach a line that previously was fully blindboxed. Anyways, let's dive in and check out Mer-Man after the break...

Friday, August 9, 2019

Action Figure Review: Reinhardt (Bundeswehr) from Overwatch Ultimates by Hasbro

    Want to know a secret? So far this year, Hasbro's Overwatch Ultmates line is one of my favorite toylines. Other than being passingly familiar with a few of the characters, prior to 2019 I hardly paid Overwatch any attention. The Overwatch Ultimates line has been one of my favorites of 2019, though, and thus I've found myself delving into the incredibly deep mythology and storyline of the series. I haven't played the game any, as I don't really like multiplayer games or team shooters, but I'm still loving the strong characters Blizzard has created. Having now read up on the game I can say with a bit of experience now that Reinhardt Wilhelm is indeed one of my favorite characters. He must be fairly popular as Hasbro released an exclusive version of him at SDCC 2019. Decked out in his camouflaged armor from his time in the German Armed Forces, this version of Reinhardt is noticeably different from his non-exclusive counterpart. While this isn't the character's signature look this definitely is the stronger of the two figures. Let's check out Reinhardt (Bundeswehr) after the break...

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Action Figure Review: Fisto from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjects

    Today I'm checking out yet another figure from series 2 of The Loyal Subjects' Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls line and this time it's one of the Heroic Warriors: Fisto! I love Fisto as he's just a simple, bearded warrior with a massive metal fist. What's not to like? Despite being gimmicky (again, giant metal fist and he's named Fisto), he definitely didn't feel as gimmicky as some of the later Heroic Warriors in the line. Fisto always felt like a character who was just waiting to break into the A-list of MOTU characters, especially in the 200x series where he was written as Man-At-Arms' brother and, possibly, the true father of Teela. Fisto: Heroic hand-to-hand fighter, foe of the Snake Men, absentee father, and star of multiple memes. Let's check this guy out after the break...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Action Figure Review: Modulok B from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

   Today I'm checking out one of the two Modulok action figures from the most recent series of Masters of the Universe ReAction figures. While you probably think of the "evil beast of a thousand bodies" when you think of Modulok, the Filmation cartoons made the character much simpler by giving him a standard, symmetrical body and only one head. This figure is actually labeled as Modulok B; while this head is indeed one of the two included with the vintage toy, Modulok didn't actually "wear" it on the Filmation series (although he did pick it up one time and show it off." Still, this must have seemed like an easy chance to reuse the mold for Modulok, so Super7 went with it. I really think swappable heads would have been a cool feature here but that's not how things played out. Let's check out Modulok after the break...

Monday, August 5, 2019

Action Figure Review: Malynna from Mythic Legions by Four Horseman Studios

   Today I'm checking out the second Masters of the Universe homage figure from the Soul Spiller series of Mythic Legions figures and this time it's Malynna, an evil Uubyr who pays tribute to Evil-Lyn. Malynna is an Uubyr which is a hybrid of a vampire and an orc and who hangs around as part of the villainous Circle of Poxxus. While I haven't really collected Mythic Legions, I've lately been picking up the MOTU tribute figures. What's really cool about these is that they really show how strong the MOTU color palettes were for the vintage figures. Just seeing the yellow and that light blue color on this figure alone immediately brings to mind the vintage Evil-Lyn figure. Like most other Mythic Legions figures, Malynna seems to feature a number of reused parts mixed with some new parts and colors. Since this is my first female Mythic Legions figure, she's all new to me, though. Let's check out Malynna after the break...

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Action Figure Review: Mantenna from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

    Today I'm checking out another member of the Evil Horde from Super7's Masters of the Universe ReAction line: Mantenna! Like with the rest of the Horde in this series, Super7 has opted to go with a more Filmation inspired look rather than a toyline inspired appearance. I wonder why, since the line usually seems so inspired by the earliest years of the toyline? Anyways, Mantenna is still easily recognizable and definitely more lovable here. He's just such a lovable loser in the Filmation series that you can't help but feel bad for the poor guy. Mantenna stands out not only because of his unique appearance but also because he features an action feature, something that doesn't often happen in this line (Mekaneck has a working neck while Scare Glow actually glows). Let's check out this evil spy with pop out eyes after the break...

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Action Figure Review: Cowarros from Mythic Legions by Four Horsemen Studios

    Prior to a month or so ago the only Mythic Legions figure I owned was the Orc Legion Builder 3 figure but recently Four Horsemen Studios released the Soul Spiller series of figures and I just had to pick up the Masters of the Universe inspired characters from the line. Today I'm checking out Cowarros, a heroic feline warrior who serves under the lion warrior Leodysseus. Of course, this guy is absolutely inspired by Cringer/ Battle Cat from Masters of the Universe. I mean, where else have you ever seen a green tiger with orange stripes? My guess is that the name Cowarros might be a play on the word "coward" since the Filmation version of Cringer was notoriously cowardly (plus, his name featured the root word "cringe"). Cowarros went on pre-order last summer but he's finally here to either bolster your Mythic Legions or give your MOTUC collection an alternate take on Cringer. Let's check him out after the break...

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Action Figure Review: Hordak from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

   Who's ready for some more Hordak? The Evil Horde gets some major credit because right now they are the only faction of Masters of the Universe villains who are part of active, ongoing media. Yup, Hordak and some of the Evil Horde are part of the Netflix show "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power." Hordak doesn't get as much screen time in the new show as he did on the Filmation series but he's still there, darn it! This version of Hordak is indeed based on Filmation's "She-Ra: Princess of Power" and was actually released last year as an SDCC 2018 exclusive alongside of She-Ra. I don't own that set so this was a welcome release for me. So far as I can tell, the figures are exactly the same with the packaging being the only difference. Let's check out this Filmation inspired Hordak after the break...

Friday, July 26, 2019

Action Figure Review: Battle Armor Skeletor from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjects

   A little under two weeks ago I reviewed The Loyal Subjects' Battle Armor He-Man figure and now I'm checking out his counterpart, the Evil Lord of Destruction Skeletor, now clad in his Battle Armor as well. Hot Topic had an exclusive version of this figure released at the end of 2018 which featured battle damage on the chest plate of his armor, but this version is the standard option of Eternia's chief villain. Like with He-Man, Skeletor has a 2/12 rarity, meaning there are typically 2 of these guys in a case. Has anyone actually seen these in stores anywhere, though? I ordered a case online but I haven't heard about any of these showing up anywhere. You might have to head to Snake Mountain to find this guy! Let's check him out after the break...

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Action Figure Review: Grizzlor from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

    SDCC 2019 has come and gone and interesting things are afoot for Masters of the Universe. While Super7 hasn't said much it does appear that the ReAction line could very well continue with more MOTU figures in the future. Today I'm checking out one of the figures from the newest series of Masters of the Universe ReAction figures and it's a guy who has always been one of my favorites: Grizzlor! One of the original members of the Evil Horde, Grizzlor appeared fairly often in the Filmation She-Ra series and was a regular in the later MOTU minicomics. As a kid I loved this furry guy simply because of his action figure that kind of made him look like a Crite from the movie Critters. This guy isn't furry but he still looks fairly savage. Let's check out Grizzlor after the break...

Monday, July 22, 2019

Action Figure Review: Rabbit Raider from Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares

   One of the cool things about the Fortnite designs is that they seem to be full of little pop culture references. Take the Rabbit Raider here: This is clearly an action figure of Ralphie from A Christmas Story as a maladjusted adult. That's why I bought him, anyways. The Fortnite: Legendary Series has been a huge surprise and considering they're sold at mass retail for the average going rate for 6 inch scaled figures, you get a ton of value. The Rabbit Raider definitely stands out on the shelf! Large pink bunnies just tend to do that, though, don't they? Apparently is was sold as an alternate costume in April 2018. Of course, there seems to be a Joney head included with this set to capture a version of the character's appearance in Save the World. I've never played that, though, and I've probably only played Fortnite 5 or 6 times. What can I say? I'm just a sucker for cool toys. Let's check out the Rabbit Raider after the break...

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Action Figure Review: Havoc from Fortnite Legendary Series by Jazwares

  About two weeks ago I did my first review from Jazwares' 6 inch scaled Fortnite Legendary Series and today I'm checking out another figure from the line: Havoc. Now, to be completely honest, Havoc is the figure that got me interested in this line. I'm not a Fortnite player though I have admired the 1/18th scale figures from afar. Havoc appealed to me, though, because he looks just like Firefly from G.I. Joe. Sometimes all you gotta do is look cool and you've already grabbed my attention! I don't know much about Havoc. Fortnite doesn't really seem to have characters as much as they have "skins" as the most I can tell is that Havoc is an outfit players could get if they linked a Twitch Prime account with their Fortnite account before 5/9/2018. He's a cool looking tactical guy who would go well as a Marvel Legends villain or even another player in the old Special Forces line by Plan B. Heck, that might be who my figure gets displayed with in my hobby room. Let's check out Firef..err. Havoc after the break...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Action Figure Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Padawan) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    Today I'm checking out the sixth figure from the most recent series of Star Wars: The Black Series figures: Obi-Wan Kenobi from Episode 1. 2019 has finally been the year that we've gotten a decent collection of characters from the Prequels, possibly thanks to the fact that it is the 20th anniversary of The Phantom Menace. This isn't actually the first release of this version of Obi-Wan Kenobi, though; he was actually released as a Celebration exclusive in Episode I throwback packaging. I missed that one but I didn't fret too much because I knew this one was coming. Obi-Wan makes a great companion piece to hang alongside of Qui-Gon Jinn or to face off against Darth Maul, a figure released way back in the first series of figures from 2013. While largely the same figure as the Celebration exclusive, this figure is lacking the two interchangeable hands that figure came with. Picking up this figure reminds me a lot of getting the Episode I Jedi Duel Obi-Wan Kenobi back in 1999. Gosh, that was an exciting time back then, wasn't it? Let's check this figure out after the break...

Monday, July 15, 2019

Action Figure Review: Battle Armor He-Man from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjcts

 While I've reviewed Panthor and two different versions of Battle Cat, I haven't actually reviewed any of the standard figures released by The Loyal Subjects in their Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls line of miniature action figures. The second series of figures just started showing up a month or so ago, although they did have early variant releases through Hot Topic at the end of 2018. Today I'm checking out the first of the standard Series 2 releases: Battle Armor He-Man! I've always loved Battle Armor He-Man ever since I was a child and I'm always down for a version for the figure. Battle Armor He-Man shouldn't be a tough figure to find as his rarity is 2/12, or about two per case. While the series 1 figures were all blind boxed, series 2 has moved towards window boxes and window boxed with blacked out windows. Most of the standard 2/12 figures can easily be found in a visible window box, so at least getting the basic figures in a set should be easier.  Let's take a look at Battle Armor He-Man after the break...

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Action Figure Review: Chopper (C1-10P) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    Every time I review a Rebels figure I go on and on about my love for the series. Rebels was fantastic and it's been fun to see the characters show up in other areas of the Star Wars universe. Most exciting for me was seeing Chopper show up at the Rebel Base on Yavin 4 in Rogue One. While Chopper is an animated character, Hasbro's aesthetic goal with the Black Series is to depict all characters from animated and comic media in a more realistic style so we're kind of getting a version of Chopped appearing as he looked in Rogue One. This guy is loaded with features and definitely makes for one of the most feature intensive figures in the newest series of Star Wars figures. Interestingly, this series has consisted of 50% droids. Crazy, huh? Let's check out Chopper/ C1-10P after the break...

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Action Figure Review: Panthor (Flocked) Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjects

   Recently I got my hands on the Hot Topic exclusive flocked Panthor from The Loyal Subjects' Masters of the Universe Acton Vinyl line so today I'm going to be checking him out. I reviewed the flocked Battle Cat from the Action Vinyls earlier this month and, if you remember, I had some problems with him due to the flocking covering the paint. I obviously love all things MOTU, especially the big cats, and I'm thrilled that The Loyal Subjects released flocked variants of these guys. While Battle Cat has never been flocked before, most releases of Panthor have been (outside of the MOTUC version). Unfortunately, these versions of the big cats have flocking that covers over the eyes, claws, and teeth. Weird, huh? I'm guessing this really was a production error as I'm not sure why any company would intentionally cover all of the painted detail. Let's take a look at the flocked Panthor after the break...

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Action Figure Review: Ofelia from The Guillermo del Toro Signature Collection by NECA

   One of the coolest lines in recent memory is NECA's The Guillermo del Toro Signature Collection. It really is a very unique, very special action figure line. Not only do I love how NECA has selected characters from across three different del Toro films thus (Pan's Labyrinth, the Devil's Backbone, and The Shape of Water) but they've also been willing to give each figure multiple unique accessories. Ofelia is the protagonist of Pan's Labyrinth, so fans of the film will want her for that reason alone, but she also comes with an incredible statue of one of the ruins from the film. I believe it's actually made from polystone. It's amazing to see such an accessory come with a 6-7 inch scaled figure and it really makes this line feel like a signature, special event. Played by Ivana Baquero, Ofelia is a young girl who deals with the grim reality of the world she lives by embracing fantasy, believing that she may truly be the reincarnated Princess Moanna, the daughter of the king of the underworld. Let's delve in and explore the magic NECA has crafted with this figure after the break...

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Toy Review: Castle Grayskull from Masters of the Universe: Mega Construx by Mattel

   Back in 2014 I reviewed the Masters of the Universe Classics Castle Grayskull and, man, it's still one of my favorite pieces I own. It was also one of my favorite reviews to write. While my little daughter was only 1 at the time the MOTUC Grayskull was released, she totally helped me build the new Mega Construx Castle Grayskull. We actually received ours back in May but it's taken me quite a bit to get around to taking pictures of it and writing a review. This thing is huge and loaded with parts. The package proclaims 3508 parts (though I had lots of leftover pieces; others seem to have them as well) and it will take you quite some time to build it. While Lego is still the gold standard of building bricks, Mega Construx has radically improved themselves over the past few years and Castle Grayskull might be the most impressive set they've released yet. Scratch that: It is the most impressive set they've released. Hands down. Game. Set. Match. The Mega Construx line has released Masters of the Universe figures slowly and quietly over the past few years but this year they've cranked things up to 11 with the Wind Raider, more figure releases, Castle Grayskull, and the upcoming SDCC exclusive Battle Bones. Let's delve into the ancient fortress of mystery and power after the break...

Action Figure Review: Ezra Bridger from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   Behind the now-assembled ESB bounty hunters, my next most anticipated subset in the Black Series has been the crew of the Ghost, also know as the Spectres. I love Star Wars: Rebels; it's not only one of my favorite Star Wars things since Disney's take over of Star Wars but probably one of my favorite Star Wars things in general. The crew of the Ghost managed to not only be incredible characters but also had some of the most visually appealing character designs ever seen in Star Wars. The Rebels crew managed to have classic Star Wars looks while also having very colorful, appealing color schemes, a balance that the Sequel Trilogy has really struggled with finding in costume designs. Ezra changed and matured a lot during the Rebels, though this figure depicts him during the earlier seasons of the show. Let's take a look at young Ezra Bridger, aka Spectre 6, after the break...

Monday, July 8, 2019

Action Figure Review: Reinhardt from Overwatch Ultimates by Hasbro

    Today I'm finishing up my reviews of series 1 of Hasbro's Overwatch Ultimates with a look at the deluxe figure Reinhardt. While the standard Overwatch figures are closer in size to a regular Marvel Legends or Star Wars: The Black Series figure, Reinhardt is closer in size to an average Marvel Legends Build-a-Figure. Reinhardt comes in a much, much larger box however, so why exactly does he come in such a large package? It's because Reinhardt has perhaps the largest actual accessory I've ever seen with a 6 inch scaled action figure: An enormous energy shield! Hasbro has done an excellent job of including energy effect pieces with the figures in the Overwatch Ultimates line to replicate the in-game abilities of the characters and Reinhardt's is pretty darn impressive. This 61 year old German crusader can actually tote around his massive barrier field or set it out to protect the rest of the team. Let's check out this deluxe Reinhardt figure and see how he compares to the standard releases after the break...

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Action Figure Review: Skull Trooper (Purple Glow) from Fortnite Legendary Series by Jazwares

    Guess what? Today I'm reviewing another action figure from a game I'm barely familiar with! This time it's the Skull Trooper (Purple Glow) from Jazwares' Fortnite Legendary Series line. Fortnite is a pop culture phenomenon and both Jazwares and McFarlane Toys have been putting out lots of action figure for it. Jazwares started off with 4 inch figures which, while very cool, are just in a scale I don't really collect anymore. McFarlane's figures are kind of cool too, and definitely a big leap forward for the company. I skipped them, though, as they just didn't grab my attention. When I heard about Jazwares Legendary Series of 6 inch scaled highly articulated figures, I decided to check it out. I haven't seen these anywhere yet except GameStop and on Amazon. I picked up this Skull Trooper a day or two ago from GameStop and, man, am I thrilled with him. Jazwares has really come out of nowhere with a figure that, quality wise and articulation wise, rivals what Hasbro is currently doing in this scale. To the best of my knowledge Fortnite doesn't have "characters." Instead, you just put different "skins" on for cosmetic purposes. Thus, this is simply a figure of a random guy in a tactical suit emblazoned with purple bones. It turns out that sometimes that's all you need for a compelling design! Let's check out the Purple Glow Skull Trooper after the break...

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Action Figure Review: Lucio from Overwatch Ultimates by Hasbro

    Today I'm checking out he last of the standard figures for Hasbro's Overwatch Ultimates line and this time it's the good-natured Brazilian DJ and freedom fighter Lucio! When I first started checking this line out and delving into Overwatch's lore a bit, Lucio was the character I was the familiar with. He's a support character in the game and utilizes his musical abilities to buff his teammates during battle. It was Lucio's eye-catching bright green and blue color scheme that caught my attention, though. Well, that and the fact that he's wearing rollerblades. Actually, they're called hard-light skates. Something about Lucio's design totally makes me think of an early 90s design, particularly the Jeremy Baker figure from Zen: Intergalactic Ninja. Check out the colors and the rollerblades! Anyways, Lucio is a much better figure, though it's been nearly 30 years so that's expected. Seriously, though, Hasbro is doing some incredibly cool stuff with this line and it looks like even more is coming. Let's check out Lucio after the break...

Friday, July 5, 2019

Action Figure Review: Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   For Father's Day 2019 Target actually advertised a few exclusive Star Wars figures that they were carrying including figures from the Kenner inspired Retro Collection, a Vintage Collection Han Solo in Stromtrooper Disguise, and, the subject of today's review, Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape). Interestingly, rather than having these figures in the regular toy aisle, Target had then in the men's clothing section. Of course, immediately after Father's Day Target began clearing them out. What? Yup, it seems that Target had these coded as holiday merchandise and began offering them on clearance. Currently you can find these on Ebay at some great prices (below original retail) so if you want this guy jump on him now and get a deal. While he's largely a rerelease of the Phase II Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise) with a new portrait and some additional paint applications, he is quite nicely done. Let's check out Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape) after the break...

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Action Figure Review: Tracer from Overwatch Ultimates by Hasbro

   Even if you've never played Overwatch, perhaps even if you're barely aware that it exists, you're probably at least familiar with Tracer. While many of the characters from Overwatch have proven to be rather popular, inspiring loyalty among their fans, Tracer is pretty much the de facto face of the brand. She's sort of a staple of gaming pop culture at this point so it makes sense that Hasbro would include her in the first series of Overwatch Ultimates figures. In fact, it appears that she's going to appear in a series 2 in a white outfit along with a repainted McCree as well. This is definitely the most popular version of Tracer, the 26 year old British time traveler and adventurer, and I imagine that she'll prove to be the most popular figure from series one. Let's check Tracer out after the break...