Friday, January 18, 2019

Toy Review: Michelangelo from Eekeez: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by FOCO

    Today I'm checking out the last item from the very cool box of stuff that FOCO sent me last month and it just so happens to be another Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Eekeez figure: Michelangelo! This party dude really looks incredible in the Tiki inspired aesthetic of the Eekeez line, doesn't it? I'm really a pretty big fan of this line and I hope to add the other figures from it (Raphael, Donatello, and the Shredder) to my collection in the near future. As someone who has collected various Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures since 1988, it's nice to see there are still unique depictions of the TMNT to be had. Let's check out Michelangelo after the break...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Minifigure Review: Captain Phasma from Star Wars: Micro Force Wow! by Hasbro

 Hasbro has started putting the Star Wars: Micro Force figures in new lightsaber packaging and is now calling the line Star Wars: Micro Force Wow! While the name and packaging are different, the figures are the same as the previous Micro Force figures, which are essentially the same as the Fighter Pods figures from a few years back. I'm pretty sure these are all new sculpts, though. One of the figures I got in my pack was Captain Phasma. While Phasma's not one of my favorite characters or anything, she definitely does have a great look.  This figure depicts Phasma with her Quicksilver Baton from her battle with Finn in The Last Jedi. Ready for a quick look at a small figure? Then join me after the break...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Toy Review: Master Splinter from Eekeez: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by FOCO

       Today I'm yet again checking out another item from the big box of cool stuff that FOCO sent me last month and the subject of today's review is another Eekeez figure from their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collection: It's Master Splinter! Master Splinter is one of my favorite characters of them all: He has an incredible design, he's a master warrior, and he's a caring father. I love this guy and I'm really excited that FOCO has released him in the Eekeez line. FOCO has lots of Eekeez figures from various Nickelodeon owned properties and while it's been quite some time since TMNT became a Nickelodeon owned property, it still always takes me by surprise. If you dig shows like Invader Zim, Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy, and SpongeBob SquarePants, check them out. Of course, I'm eager to check out this Splinter, so let's get rolling!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Minifigure Review: Star Wars: Micro Force Wow! by Hasbro

    While I plan to offer up "micro" reviews of all of the minifigures from this package, I'm taking a bit of time today to show off the new Star Wars: Micro Force Wow! packaging. Micro Force Wow! is the successor to Hasbro's Star Wars: Micro Force (which is itself the successor to Star Wars: Fighter Pods) and is differentiated from that line because of its unique packaging. While Micro Force featured standard foil bags containing two minifigures for around $3 dollars each, Micro Force Wow! figures come four to a package in a plastic lightsaber container for around $8 dollars. While you're getting more figures and a reusable miniature lightsaber, you are paying a buck more for the packaging. Is it worth it? That's up to you, isn't it? While these will be released everywhere in 2019, they were exclusive to Walmart for the fall of 2018 and that's the only place I've seen them so far. Let's check out what's in one of these packages after the break...

Toy Review: Joker from Eekeez: DC Comics by FOCO

    Today I'm checking out another really cool item from the box that FOCO sent me last month: The Joker from Foco's DC Comics Eekeez line! I reviewed the Eekeez Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles a few weeks ago and I really, really liked it. I was pretty excited to check the Joker out, too, as not only am I really partial to Joker themed collectibles but I absolutely love the Eekeez style. While these are made of resin, they really do have the look and feel of actual painted wood. FOCO seems to have a history of releasing lots of bobbleheads but Eekeez are a new venture for them and one that seems it could have some real potential. Let's check out this Tiki inspired collectible of the Joker after the break...

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Minifigure Review: Sergeant Scrubadub from Transformers BotBots by Hasbro

 It's time for another Transformers BotBots review! Today I'm checking out Sergeant Scrubadub, a member of the Toilet Troop I picked up in one of the blind packs (which actually are not 100% "blind" as there is a code system to help you identify who you're getting. Of course, I picked these up the first time I found them and I had no idea who I was getting. I'm going to be honest: I really dig this guy. A robotic transforming piece of soap is kinda weird, but I dig it. Let's check out Sergeant Scrubadub after the break...

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Toy Review: Pennywise from It: The Movie by FOCO

   Man, Stephen King's It has had quite the renaissance over the past couple of years, huh?  The 2017 film was obviously a huge hit (with the second film scheduled for this September) but the book and the 1990 television film have also received a lot of attention. Tim Curry did a fantastic job as Pennywise in the 1990 film but I'm still surprised by how popular the film apparently is with folks. 2018 was a huge year for Pennywise merchandise based on both the Bill Skarsgard and Tim Curry depictions of the character and FOCO released their own take on Curry's depiction of the evil clown. This Pennywise bobblehead was part of the box of cool stuff FOCO sent me last month and I definitely want to show this one off. Float on down below and check out my thoughts after the break...

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Minifigure Review: Frostferatu from Transformers BotBots by Hasbro

    I've never been much of a Transformers fan. I remember having a few G1 and G2 Transformers as a kid, obtained from random places, and I had a couple from the first Michael Bay film, but that's about it. I have a couple of Optimus Prime items, such as a Christmas ornament and a Mighty Muggs figure, but mostly it's a property I've just never been drawn too. Of course, when I heard about Transformers BotBots, a kind of hybrid Transformers/ Shopkins minifigure line, I was pretty interested. The fact that these are disguised as little random household objects definitely appealed to me so I began hunting these down. They're available in mulipacks (5 and 8 packs) and in little blind boxed single packs. I pulled the subject of today's review, Frostferatu, out of a single pack from a Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart hasn't been stocking these with the other Transformrs or with the Shopkins styled toys. Instead, they're hanging out in the stocking stuffer bins that have been near toys. Those will probably go away soon, so who knows where these will end up after that? Let's check out the first figure I picked up, Frostferatu: The Mystical Cupcake Vampire!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Toy Review: Batman from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by FOCO

 A couple of weeks ago I reviewed a Leonardo Eekeez figure that FOCO sent to me in a big box with some other cool stuff. Today I'm checking out another item I received from FOCO: A bobblehead of Batman from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. I'm pretty sure I've reviewed more figures of Batman than any other character, (yes, even Batgirl!) so this bobblehead of Batman will be in good company. Frank Miller's depiction of an older, angrier Batman is one of my favorite depictions of the character and I've checked out a number of collectibles based on that interpretation of the Dark Knight. FOCO's release adds another item to my collection so let's check him out after the break...

Christmas Haul 2018: Prince Adam + Cringer from Vynl: Masters of the Universe by Funko

   I was really excited to get this two pack of Prince Adam and Cringer from Funko's Vynl line for Christmas. While Funko's bread and butter is POP!, Funko does attempt to try new things fairly often. Vynl started in 2017 and features 2-packs of stylized characters. They're not too different in size from Funko POP!s but their heads feature more unique headsculpts while the bodies seem to be a bit "flatter" than POP! figures. To be honest, I kind of dig the style a bit more than POP! but the character selection isn't nearly as expansive as POP! and it's doubtful Funko will release anything else that will ever dwarf that line. Still, I wanted these because I love Masters of the Universe and the opportunity to get both Prince Adam and Cringer in one swoop was irresistible. I mean, is there any cartoon duo as lovable as these two? Let's check this set out after the break...

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Wrapping up 2018: Magik from Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro

    I'm currently working to wrap up all of my reviews for 2018 purchases and today I'm reviewing what I believe will be the last of my 2018 Marvel Legends purchases: Magik. I say this often, but I'm not a Marvel Legends collector in the same way that I collect other lines like MOTUC, Star Wars: The Black Series, or most 6 inch scaled DC lines. I'm a casual Marvel fan whose experience with the property is mostly due to the MCU and childhood nostalgia for Toy Biz's offerings in the early 1990s. That being said, man does Hasbro release some great toys! I know little about Magic, AKA Illyana Rasputin, other than that she is Colossus's younger sister, she can teleport, and that she's a magic user. While reading up on her for this review, I also learned, interestingly, she's going to be played by Anya Taylor-Joy of The Witch in this August's The New Mutants. How magical, right? Anyways, Magik is a Walgreens exclusive figure who I had been looking for for a couple of months but finally found in early December while doing some Christmas shopping. She's loaded with accessories and is just a really fun toy. Originally released in 2015 in the Book of Vishanti SDCC set, Magik has been one of the more difficult figures to obtain on the aftermarket. Let's check this new version of her out after the break...

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Christmas Haul 2018: Millennium Falcon vs TIE Fighter from Star Wars: Micro Force by Hasbro

    Today I'm back with another item I received for Christmas and this time it's the Star Wars: Micro Force Millennium Falcon vs TIE Fighter 2-pack! I really like the Star Wars: Micro Force figures but they're darn hard to collect because A. They're blind bagged, and B. The distribution is pretty terrible. I actually haven't seen these anywhere except at Target although this two-pack managed to show up under my Christmas tree, Fortunately, the vehicles themselves are not blind boxed so you know exactly what you're getting. This set is cool as you're getting the Solo version of Han and the Millennium Falcon along with a classic Original Trilogy TIE Fighter Pilot and TIE Fighter. The format of these kind of reminds me of Galoob's Acton Fleet, although these are definitely more stylized. Ready for a closer look at this cool set? Then join me after the break...