Sunday, November 17, 2019

Road to The Rise of Skywalker: Clone Commander Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars: The Black Series Phse III by Hasbro

    I've been checking out plenty of the new Star Wars: The Black Series releases in anticipation of The Rise of Skywalker since October but, thus far, I haven't reviewed a single figure from the upcoming film. I've got some coming, don't worry, but the product Hasbro has released from Jedi: Fallen Order, The Mandalorian, the Original Trilogy has been more interesting lately. Now Hasbro is even mining the 2003 Clone Wars series for inspiration (that's different from The Clone Wars, kids!). Today I'm checking out the very cool Walgreens exclusive Clone Commander Obi-Wan Kenobi. Walgreens has offered many cool exclusive Black Series figures over the past few years and this version of Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the coolest. Combining the Jedi with the Clone Trooper armor was always a win in the coolness department and Obi-Wan just looks awesome in this outfit. Let's check him out after the break...

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Action Figure Review: Modulok (Top Toys Variant) from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

   Today I'm checking out another of Super7's Masters of the Universe ReAction exclusives from NYCC 2019 and its.... another Modulok variant! Seriously, 2019 might be the year of She-Ra but it's also the year of Modulok. Super7 has already released four different Modulok figures in the ReAction line and now here comes the fifth! This guy is pretty unique, though, as he's based on the Top Toys version of Modulok (called "Modulock" on his packaging) that was released in Argentina in 1987. Super7 has done some cool figures based on obscure international variants (the Malaysian Hordak and the Leo variants come to mind) and this guy definitely is one of the more unusual international variants. I mean, it's Modulock but now his limbs are green. He's like a Christmas version of Modulok! Let's check him out after the break and see if he's worth another purchase...

Friday, November 15, 2019

Action Figure Review: Gengar from Pokemon by Wicked Cool Toys

   Confession time: I've never been the biggest fan of the Pokemon games but I love the character designs and the show. The last of the actual Pokemon games I played to completion was Pokemon Yellow, which was way back in 1999. I really liked Pokemon Snap, too. Since then I've messed around with a few of the releases and my daughter and I play Let's Go, Eevee! from time to time, but I'm way more interested in the characters, the designs, and watching the show. Last year Wicked Cool Toys began producing Pokemon toys (I think Tomy was producing them before) and so far they seem to be offering a nice selection of characters. They seem to mostly focus on the first generation characters, which works great for me. I certainly love some of the newer Pokemon, but the original 151 is where my heart lies. Now that my 6 year old daughter is obsessed with all things Eevee, my enthusiasm for Pokemon has been back, too. Today I'm checking out Gengar, one of the Battle Feature Figures that features a legitimate action feature. Gengar is a hybrid Ghost/Poison type Pokemon who is the evolved form of Ghastly and Haunter (those guys need to be made as toys soon, too!). Let's check him out after the break...

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Action Figure Review: Killer Croc from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

   Mattel previously released Killer Croc as a Collect & Connect figure in the DC Comics Multiverse line, but that figure was based on the Suicide Squad film version of the character. It also just wasn't very good. Prior to that, the last comic based Killer Croc in this scale and style was back in 2005 in the D Superheroes line. Croc was due for an update and this one is a massive version that looks incredibly fearsome. Most of the last series of DC Comics Multiverse figures is worth picking up on their own but, when you factor in this sweet Killer Croc, you really have a reason to pick everyone else up. I haven't completed a Build-a-Figure this year that I can recall, but this guy had me very excited. Let's check out Killer Croc after the break...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Road to The Rise of Skywalker: IG-11 from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   I write my reviews a day or so in advance usually so while today is November 13th, and I probably have watched The Mandalorian, I'm actually writing this on Monday the 11th. I'm really looking forward to the show, though, and I hope it turned out awesome. I don't actually have the Mandalorian himself yet, which is definitely frustrating me. He's been tough to find! He's actually been the only standard figure from the Triple Force Friday launch that's been hard to find, so I'll still be eagerly searching for him for the near future. Today I'm not checking out the Mandalorian, though, but IG-11. IG-11 is an IG unit programmed to follow Bounty Hunters Guild protocols and, thus far, that's all I know about the character. Well, other than the fact that he's voiced by Taika Waititi, the director of Thor: Ragnarok and the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder and the voice of Korg. IG-11 was very easy to find as he is a Best Buy exclusive, you can easily order him from their website or have him set aside at a store, and they seem to have plenty in stock. Since he's an IG unit, like IG-88, Hasbro reused the body from the 2015 IG-88 figure from the Black Series Phase II. That figure had some flaws that feel like they are only amplified here. Let's take a look at IG-11 after the break...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Action Figure Review: Alfred Pennyworth from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

    Today I'm checking out the last standard figure in the last series of Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse line and it's Batman's stalwart ally, best friend, and surrogate father, Alfred Pennyworth. Alfred has shown up in many toylines before including DC Direct's Batman: Hush line, Hasbro's Batman the Animated Series line, Diamond Select's Gotham line, and Mattel's The Dark Knight Rises line. Of course, since Mattel has been making comic based DC figures in a similar scale and stlye for well over 15 years, the lack of Alfred Pennyworth in that style has been a noticeable omission. Finally, after all of that time, it's very welcome to get Alfred in the last series of figures. He turned out well. Very well, in fact. Seriously, Mattel gave this guy some incredible accessories that really make him stand out. Alfred Pennyworth has been the hardest figure to find from this series, so let's find out why after the break...

Monday, November 11, 2019

Action Figure Review: Evil-Lyn from Masters of the Universe by Super7

    I'll be making my way through series 4 of Super7's Neo-Vintage Masters of the Universe toyline and today I'm checking out the figure of a character who truly deserved a Filmation accurate figure in the line: Evil-Lyn. Being one of the main Evil Warriors in the cartoon, Evil-Lyn had a unique appearance in the animated series that was quite different from her action figure counterpart. While the action figure Evil-Lyn was simply the Teela figure with a new head and paintjob, the cartoon Evil-Lyn really offered up a great design that fully realized Evil-Lyn's role as an evil sorceress. She turned out great and is definitely one of the best offerings from Super7 in this line. Let's check out the mystical and malevolent evil warrior goddess after the break...

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Road to The Rise of Skywalker: Cal Kestis from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

 The next few months are going to be crazy for Star Wars fans: Besides the massive amount of new action figures (well, at least The Black Series figures as the traditional 3 3/4th line has gotten the short end of the vibrostaff) and books that are being released there is the premiere of The Mandalorian on Disney+ on the 12th of November, the release of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on the 15th of November, and The Rise of Skywalker on December 20th. Today I'm checking out Cal Kestis, the protagonist of the video game Jedi: Fallen Order. Cal Kestis was one of the initial Triple Force Friday offerings and was one of the figures I most wanted from the initial batch (I still haven't found my most wanted figure, the Mandalorian himself). Kind of like Kanan Jarrus/ Caleb Dume, Cal Kestis is a Padawan who survived Order 66 and is hunted by the Empire. I have high hopes for the game as it's been awhile since we had a Star Wars game designed as a single player story and it's always fun to lose yourself in a playable version of the Star Wars galaxy (I liked the campaign in Star Wars: Battlefront 2, but it was clearly designed as a multiplayer game first). Let's see how Cal Kestis turned out after the break...

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Action Figure Review: Buzz-Off from Masters of the Universe by Super7

   Today I'm beginning to make my way through series 4 of Super7's neo-vintage Masters of the Universe line and I'm starting with the Heroic Spy in the Sky, Buzz-Off. Buzz-Off was not a figure I owned as a kid. In fact, I probably didn't have a Buzz-Off until about 9 or 10 years ago. He's definitely a figure that stands out, though, thanks to his yellow and brown color scheme. While Buzz-Off showed up in the Filmation cartoon in four episodes, he definitely isn't one of those characters that jumps out at me as a must-have in the Filmation style. I really would have rather had characters like Ram Man, the Sorceress, Catra, Adora, or my beloved Cringer before Buzz-Off. Still, a nice looking figure is a nice looking figure and Buzz-Off definitely feels like a figure that Super7 put a lot of effort into. I would wager he's a favorite of someone at Super7 to get this kind of treatment. Let's check out Buzz-Off after the break...

Friday, November 8, 2019

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

   Well, both Halloween and Re-Halloween are officially over now, so it's time get back to just reviewing regular action figures. I mean, yeah, I've been doing that, but I've also reviewed horror themed figures every day for 38 days (in addition to regular reviews). I might be taking things a bit easier for a bit, although that's tough to do with so much cool stuff coming out. Today I'm checking out another figure from Jazwares' excellent line of Fortnite: Legendary Series figures. This time I'm checking out Abstrakt, a graffiti artist decked out to cause some havoc. Jazwares has released Abstrakt's female counterpart, Teknique, in the 4-inch line, but I'm not collecting those. I would love to see her in this line, though, as she has a very cool design. I mean, all the Fortnite stuff does, doesn't it? Let's check out this urban tagger and see what he's all about after the break...

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Action Figure Review: Gold Statue He-Man from Masters of the Universe by Super7

    Today I'm checking out the third figure in the Super7 "Statue Variants" miniseries and this time it's Gold Statue He-Man. I've never been a fan of toy companies going to gold and silver variants for action figures, misguidedly assuming that it gives a figure some additional level of prestige. I'm thinking of things like the old McFarlane gold Spawn variants or the gold Star Wars figures being released for Rise of the Skywalker. Of course, when you have something where a gold variant legitimately makes sense, it can be kind of cool. Gold Statue He-Man is a metallic variant that is legitimately based on an episode of the Filmation cartoon series, The Shaping Staff, where He-Man is turned into a gold statue so that he can be replaced by Faker. It's a pretty scene specific variant, but you know what? I'll take it! Let's check out Gold Statue He-Man after the break...

Re-Halloween Special: Harold #846 from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark from POP! Movies by Funko

    Happy Re-Halloween! Today I'm checking out something really cool that I didn't know existed until I stumbled upon it at my local GameStop last Friday: A Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark POP! vinyl of Harold the scarecrow! I've been a fan (and afraid) of Alvin Schwartz's terrifying trilogy of scary stories for nearly as long as I can remember and I was really, really excited for the film released a couple of months back. While it didn't perfectly capture the sheer unquantifiable terror of the books or, more aptly, the unsettling and indescribable illustrations of Stephen Gammell, I thought it was a pretty good movie. It's a scary film that still manages to be fun. It kind of reminded me of a cross between the Goosebumps film, Trick 'R Treat, and The Ring. The film did a pretty good job of taking elements from the stories and bringing them together in one plot line. While the story "Harold" from the Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones is quite different from the film's segment featuring the character, the character is still pretty recognizable. This works on so many levels as it's a figure from the movie, the book, and also just a cool looking evil scarecrow. What a time we live in, right? I mean, who would have ever thought we would have toys based on Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? Let's check out Harold on this wonderful Re-Halloween...

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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

   It's time for another review from the excellent Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares, and this time it's Jonesy! I'm not a Fortnite player but I believe Jonesy is the default male skin in the game and the primary protagonist in one of the story modes, so he definitely warrants a position in the line. Interestingly, Jonesy is the first figure in the line to feature any reused parts (other than accessories). He reuses much of the body of the Skulltrooper and the head from the Rabbit Raider, but that makes sense as in-game those skins are placed over the Jonesy model. It's accurate to the source material, so good going Jazwares! Let's check out Jonesy after the break and see what's going on with him...

Re-Halloween Special: Pack B (Flesh) from Keshi Surprise: The Worst by Super7

   Since I've checked out both of the Teal sets and the Flesh colored Pack A, now it's time to check out the Flesh colored Pack B which includes the evil brains of the operation, Cortex Commander, the beautiful but slithery Shedusa, and everyone's favorite character: Werewolf Biker! To celebrate the upcoming gritty, reality grounded reboot of the film, simply titled Werewolf J. Biker, Super7 has really been putting out some quality merchandise. I know that Joaquin Phoenix's performance as the Joker has been getting all of the attention this year, but I'm really curious to see his take on Werewolf Biker. Throughout the film's many installments, the 3 live action television shows, and the two different animated shows, along with various foreign adaptations and television appearances, 73 1/2 actors and actresses have played the Werewolf Biker. I really think Joaquin is going to bring something to the character, which is tough, as such esteemed actors and actresses as Daniel Day Lewis, Dame Judy Dench, Danny Trejo, Jennifer Lawrence, and John Reynolds have portrayed the character over the years. Let's see how this Werewolf Biker minifigure compares to others!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Minifigure Review: Multi Pack from Pokemon by Wicked Cool Toys

   The Pokemon toy license has gone around like crazy and the latest holder is Wicked Cool Toys. I'm not a hardcore Pokemon collector but I am a huge Nintendo fan and I love the characters from the Pokemon game and show. Detective Pikachu was also one of my favorite movies this year, so I'm definitely a fan of the brand and have been since I first awaited Pokemon Blue back in the day! I'm most familiar with the original 151 Pokemon, plus a few other special favorites (my daughter's obsession with all things Eevee and her many evolutions has definitely worn off on me) so this set was a nice find. Usually these figures retail for around $7-$10 dollars for a two-pack with the larger ones (like Psyduck) selling for around $7-$10 each. This set features twelve Pokemon, nine of whom are Generation 1, and it was only $30 bucks. Not a bad buy for a very nie set of painted minifigures. Let's check these little guys out after the break...

Re-Halloween Special: Jack Torrance from 5 Star: Horror by Funko

  For today's Re-Halloween special I'm checking out a figure from Funko's 5 Star: Horror line that I was really hoping would arrive in time to be part of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror, but that sadly didn't: It's Jack Torrance from The Shining. We've been seeing more licensed items from Stanley Kubrick's classic adaptation of The Shining and I have hopes that someday Mezco will release Jack Torrance in the One:12 Collective line. Apparently Jack Nicholson might be pretty controlling of likeness rights, though, so, maybe it's a bit of a pipe dream (although Hot Toys did get Jack's likeness for their Joker figures from the 1989 Batman film). Still, I was pretty excited to see this figure being released and he was only one of the two must haves from the 5 Star: Horror series for me. Since Doctor Sleep is coming out this weekend, now is a great time for a review of Danny's dad. Let's check out Jack Torrance after the break...

Monday, November 4, 2019

Action Figure Review: Punisher: War Machine from Marvel Legends Series: The Punisher by Hasbro

   Back when I picked up the Fan Channel Exclusive Punisher from GameStop, I also grabbed this very cool Punisher: War Machine. This is only the third Marvel Legends figure I've purchased this year but, for some reason, I always pick up Punisher figures. This one is very different, though, as it's Frank Castle's version of the War Machine armor. I really don't keep up with Marvel comics so from what I've picked up, Nick Fury offers Frank Castle the War Machine armor so he can take his war on crime to the next level. I've seen the prop replica helmet for this armor before, so I knew it was a thing, but I didn't know much about the storyline. Well, I really still don't to be honest. It's just a cool looking figure that I knew I needed to pick up. Ready to check it out? Then join me after the break...

Re-Halloween Special: Pack A (Flesh) from Keshi Surprise: The Worst by Super7

    This year I'm using the week of Re-Halloween to fit in some of the spooky toy reviews that didn't fit into the movie monster theme for The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror and it just so happens that I actually ended up with two different sets of the second series characters from Super7's The Worst. I looked at the teal figures a day or so ago and now I'm going to check out the "flesh" colored figures from NYCC 2019. Due to the love of M.U.S.C.L.E. by nearly everyone who loves minifigures, the fleshy pink color scheme for these little guys usually ends up being the most popular look around for minifigures. This set, called Pack A, features Captain Deadstar, Frankenghost, and Red Tiger. Let's check these guys out after the break...

Sunday, November 3, 2019

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

 Remember Crystal Man-At-Arms from last week? Well, now we get his daughter, Frozen Teela! She's not related upcoming Frozen II, though (man, I am so flipping excited for that movie!) but is instead a variant of the standard Teela figure based on an episode of the Filmation animated series. In the 76th episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, "The Ice Age Cometh," Teela gets frozen by Icer, so that's where this very scene specific variant comes from. Mattel made Icer in the Masters of the Universe Classics line but, sadly, it doesn't look like Super7 is going to get to him in their neo-vintage Masters of the Universe line. He would have been a good choice for a figure, though. Anyways, let's check out Frozen Teela after the break...

Re-Halloween Special: Shaggy and the Headless Horseman from Scooby-Doo!: 50 Years by Character Options

 Zoinks! How about a Scooby-Doo review for the Re-Halloween season! 2019 marked 50 years since the premiere of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? on September 13th, 1969 and to celebrate Character Options re-released a number of Scooby-Doo figures as Wal-Mart exclusives. I'm not an expert on Scooby-Doo action figures but I know that both of these figures have been released before. It seems like these figures get released every year or so in different combinations (the Headless Horseman has come with Scooby-Doo himself before). I've never picked any of these up before although I think I've owned this Shaggy before after finding him at a flea market or something. The Headless Horseman was what sold this pack, though. Look to the left or to the right and you'll realize I have a think for pumpkin headed characters! They're also incredibly inexpensive at around $6 bucks for a pack of 2 figures. Crazy, right? Let's check this set up after the break and see who's really behind this...

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Action Figure Review: Beast Boy from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

    Today I'm checking out another figure from Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse line but it's one from earlier this year: Beast Boy! Beast Boy is from the Ninja Batman Collect & Connect series (the same as Starfire) and, like her, is another figure who was originally released in DC Universe Classics. I owned the DCUC Beast Boy at one point but I actually traded him away many years ago to pick up some MOTUC stuff I was missing. Since then Beast Boy has become one of the more difficult to track down DCUC figures, so it's nice to have another chance at the character. I like this version of Beast Boy much better, too. Let's check out Beast Boy after the break...

Re-Halloween Special: Pack B (Teal) from Keshi Surprise: The Worst by Super7

    Ready to complete the Keshi Surprise series of minifigures based on series 2 of The Worst? Then let's do it! Today's series has three more cool figures from Super7 that were available earlier this year. I've been sitting on them for a few months as I figured they'd make a refreshing post-Halloween treat and a great way to kick off the Re-Halloween season. Today's three pack includes Cortex Commander, the brains of the operation, the hairy hell on wheels and star of international mega movie franchise that is Werewolf Biker, and the slithering siren Shedusa. Let's check these monstrously minute miscreants after the break...

Friday, November 1, 2019

Re-Halloween Special: Pack A (Teal) from Keshi Surprise: The Worst by Super7

    Guess what? Only 7 days until Re-Halloween! Yes, if you've been around Action Figure Barbecue or The Epic Review for any length of time then you're surely familiar with Re-Halloween. If not, then you'd better catch up!  Since this year's Halloween countdown,The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror, as themed around movie characters, I actually have some cool stuff I've picked up since August to show off. Today I'm starting off with a group of the coolest, spookiest, meanest minifigures around: The Worst! Back in August I picked up both sets of the new Keshi Surprise minifigures from Super7 based on the characters from series 2 of The Worst. Super7 released multiple colorways of the characters from series 1 under the M.U.S.C.L.E. brand but now they're using the Keshi Surprise brand for these. The figures look the same, though, so no worries there. Let's eat some Halloween candy and check out the terrifying trio of Captain Deadstar, Frankenghost, and Red Tiger after the break...