Monday, May 20, 2019

Action Figure Review: Han Solo (Mimban) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   I finally got my hands on the final figure from the latest series of Star Wars: The Black Series figures from Hasbro thanks to a GameStop preorder: Han Solo in the Mudtrooper outfit he wears on Mimban. Solo had some of the best costume designs of any of the Disney era Star Wars films and the Mudtrooper design was a great design that managed to expand the Imperial legions while still hearkening back to the Original Trilogy sensibilities. Hasbro continues to improve the Black Series and this version of Han might easily be one of the best figures ever released in the entire series. Not only is this an incredible Han Solo variant but it also can be used as an army builder as well. Let's check out Han Solo (Mimba) after the break...

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Action Figure Review: Orko (Cartoon Colors) from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

    Today I'm checking out another ReAction figure from Super7's line of Masters of the Universe ReAction figures only this time it is one of their blind boxed offerings. Yes, for some reason Super7 decided to release blind boxed ReAction figures. There are two different assortments (one for heroes and one for villains) with each assortment including four characters. Oh, and each character has a variant. So...16 blind boxed figures. Crazy, huh? Yeah... anyways I did pick up one figure from each of the assortments and from the Castle Grayskull heroic assortment I ended up with Orko. I love Orko but this guy is really, really similar to the Orko figure Super7 just released. The differences are extremely minor but this Orko is actually based more on the Filmation cartoon color while the previous Orko is based on the toy version. Let's check out the cartoon colors Orko after the break...

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Action Figure Review: Man-At-Arms from Masters of the Universe by Super7

    Today I'm checking out another figure from Super7's newest series of vintage styled Masters of the Universe figures and this time it's a Filmation styled version of Duncan, the Man-At-Arms to the Eternian royal family. While most of the vintage toys differed from their Filmation counterparts, Man-At-Arms always really stood out to me due to his mustache. Without the stache, the vintage toy just seems like a completely different character. Super7's current run of vintage inspired figures are all based on the Filmation cartoon (apparently a Mattel directive, as Mattel seems to be interested in doing something with the license again fairly soon) and thus have a different aesthetic from the original toyline. Seeing as Man-At-Arms is one of the core cast members from the vintage series, his presence here is very welcome. Let's check him out after the break...

Friday, May 17, 2019

Action Figure Review: Mer-Man (Carry Case Color) from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

    Today I'm checking out another one of Super7's Variable Variants from the Masters of the Universe line and this time is Mer-Man in his Carry Case Colors. What does that title refer to you might ask? It actually refers to the the blue colored Mer-Man on the vintage Jumbo Collectors Case. Yeah, this figure is based on the specific color scheme of a character from a 1980s action figure carrying case. That might be scraping the bottom of the barrel just a bit, huh? OK, I kid, I kid. I actually like the unusual themed variants that Super7 is throwing out here. It's fun for folks who like that kind of stuff and it's a great way to make Mer-Man available to the masses again. This is actually the first ReAction Mer-Man I own so let's check him out after the break...

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Action Figure Review: Beast Man from Masters of the Universe by Super7

    While I've reviewed one of Super7's first attempts at recreating a true vintage Masters of the Universe action figure, I didn't review any of their first full series of vintage styled MOTU figures based on the Filmation designs. The first series apparently had a lot of problems and I skipped most of them (I own She-Ra and she's great, though I never reviewed her). The second series just hit and I decided to pick them up. The first figure from the new series I'm looking at is "Biff" Beast Man. Strange things are happening with the Masters of the Universe license now and one oddity is that it appears like Mattel has restricted Super7 to mostly making figures styled after the Filmation cartoon rather than figures from other mediums such as minicomics and such. The Filmation characters always seem to be a hit, though, so let's check out Skeletor's number one numbskull after the break...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Action Figure Review: Man-At-Arms (Movie) from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

    Today I'm checking out another Masters of the Universe ReAction figure from Super7's Variable Variants series and this time it's a Man-At-Arms figure inspired by the 1987 film. I actually don't own the standard ReAction Man-At-Arms so this is my first time checking out this sculpt. I am actually a pretty big fan of the 1987 Masters of the Universe film, so getting a movie inspired Man-At-Arms is a real treat. Jon Cypher's portrayal of Man-At-Arms is easily my favorite portrayal of the character from any media source. Cypher really captured the character's nature as both a tough, dedicated veteran and a loyal, fatherly influence. Plus, his costume is excellent. While the colors are different the design was an excellent translation of Duncan's battle armor. While we're not getting a William Stout inspired Man-At-Arms from Super7 in their upcoming subset of MOTUC figures, this is an OK consolation prize. Let's check him out after the break...

Monday, May 13, 2019

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

    Considering that the film is about 12 years old now would you have ever imagined that Pan's Labyrinth would now finally receive action figures? The Guillermo del Toro Signature Collection is one of the most exciting lines NECA has released lately and it continues with the Faun. The titular character from Pan's Labyrinth, the Faun is one of the most interesting look film creatures of all time and a great character that always leaves you guessing at his true intentions. NECA is the perfect company to take the terrifyingly beautiful designs from del Toro's imagination and turn them into action figures and they're doing a heck of a job. Today it seems that most toylines rely on heavy reuse in order to minimize costs, so a line with such unique and outrageous designs like this is a real treat. Let's check out Ofelia's guide to the land of faerie after the break...

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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

   Today I'm checking out the first figure from a new series of Masters of the Universe ReAction figures that Super7 has referred to as Variable Variants: "Grey" Hordak. Yeah, Super7 is referring to this toy version of Hordak as Hordak (Grey") but, with the red stripes on the sides of his armor, he's really based on the Malaysian Hordak figure from the vintage Masters of the Universe toyline. Interestingly, many of the vintage figures released in (or even just produced in) different countries had lots of little variants. Super7 released a Hordak ReAction figure previously in this line in a 2-pack with She-Ra but he was based on the cartoon version. Let's check out this Malaysian Hordak tribute after the break...

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Action Figure Review: Teela from Masters of the Universe Ultimates by Super7

    I recently acquired the Masters of the Universe Ultimates Teela from Super7, which was one of the first Masters of the Universe Classics figures offered by Super7 at the end of 2017 after the took over the brand from Mattel.  Super7 offered Teela, along with He-Man, Skeletor, Ram Man, and Faker, as Ultimate edition figures that included multiple heads and accessories as a way to get the most prominent characters from MOTU back into the line. Teela was originally released in 2009 at the beginning of MOTUC and while Mattel did release a Battleground Teela and pilot Teela with the Talon Fighter, she's typically been one of the most difficult core characters to get. While she's now tough to find again (the Ultimates shot up in value quickly) I'm pretty pleased to have another Teela. While Teela is one of the core characters from the series it always feels like she gets neglected by toy manufacturers. Out of all of the product they released, the only Teela Funko made was the Pint Size Hero version. What gives? Let's show Teela some more love!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Minifigure Review: Heroes Vs. Villains Gift Pack #1 from Masters of the Universe by Mattel

   I'm always down for checking out Masters of the Universe stuff and today I'm checking out something from the 200x line that is a bit off the beaten path: The Heroes Vs. Villains Gift Pack #1 from Mattel. While I imagine that most folks are familiar with the 2002 toyline designed by the Four Horsemen did you know that Mattel actually made a number of mini-figure versions of these characters? I don't remember them all that well as they were never the main focus of the line but they're interesting nonetheless. At between 2 and 3 inches they also kind of remind me of Mattel's Mega Force figures, which I loved as a kid. I was at a retro toy and game store a few weeks back and I found this set new in the box for $12 bucks. Sounded like a deal! Let's check out the set after the break...

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Action Figure Review: Stinkor #657 from POP! Television: Masters of the Universe by Funko

    Today I'm checking out another Masters of the Universe POP! vinyl figure and this time it's Stinkor. Stinkor was the 2018 SDCC exclusive and was also released as a generic Summer 2018 convention exclusive version for FYE stores as well (the figure inside seems to be exactly the same). I still have a very vivid memory of my mom buying me the vintage Stinkor. This must have been in 1987 because I remember my mom taking me to see the re-release of Snow White and to McDonalds as well during the same trip. It's funny how stuff like that sticks out in your mind, isn't it? I hope my little one remembers stuff like that when she's older. Anyways, what's funny about Stinkor is that as a young child I never realized how often MOTU figures reused body parts and armor. Stinkor is a fully Frankensteined figure as he reuses Mer-Man's complete body along with Mekaneck's armor and a shield from the Castle Grayskull Weapons Rack. Add in some new colors and a wicked smell effect and you've got a brand new character! Stinkor is one of my favorites simply because of the novelty of his smell feature (patchouli oil was mixed into the plastic). Stinkor may trigger some smell memories for you, which makes him all the better. Let's check him out after the break...

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Action Figure Review: Skeletor from Los Amos Del Universo ReAction by Super7

    Today I'm checking out a pretty unique ReAction figure from Super7's Masters of the Universe line, err, should I say their Los Amos Del Universo line: Skeletor! The vintage Masters of the Universe line was popular worldwide and the figures were made in many countries, including Mexico. In Mexico the line was called Los Amos Del Universo and the figures were slightly different due to molding differences as well as being packaged in boxes. Last year Super7 released some exclusive MOTU items for the Unboxing Toy Convention in Mexico City, Mexico and two of the releases were ReAction figures. Today I'm looking at one of the figures, Skeletor, in a very different color scheme. Based on the recolored art of the Mexican version of the minicomic "Battle in the Clouds" this figure gives Skeletor a much more pastel color scheme. He kind of looks like an Easter egg, doesn't he? Let's check out this unusual Skeletor variation after the break...