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Monday, March 30, 2020
Sunday, March 29, 2020
He-Man, Skeletor, She-Ra, and Hordak as part of the first series of MOTU POP! vinyls, which is pretty interesting since Spikor is definitely not an A-list character. Heck, Spikor isn't even a B-list character. I'd put Spikor as a solid C-list Evil Warrior. Originally appearing in the fourth series of vintage figures released in 1985, Spikor has a couple of minicomic appearances and appeared in three episodes of the Filmation series. He's a recognizable figure or sure, but definitely not one of the big names. Why exactly did Spikor make it into the first series of POP! vinyls, then? My guess is it is either because his Masters of the Universe Classics figure was released in 2012, so he was probably recent at the time Funko was selecting characters for the line, or it is because he was simply someone at Funko's favorite childhood figure. Let's take a look at Spikor after the break and see how sharp he really is...
Dorbz, MyMojii, Mystery Minis, Really Big Mystery Minis, VYNL, Rock Candy, Vinyl Idolz, Vinyl Vixens, 5 Star, and Hikari all come to mind. Now we have another series and this time it's Vinyl Soda. I actually really like the concept of these: They're solid, non-articulated 4-inch figures sold inside of faux soda pop cans. It actually makes for a really cool collectible and when you display the figure next to the soda can, it's even better. These just started showing up around the time of Toy Fair 2020 and quickly made their way out to collectors. There are 10,000 He-Man figures made, although only 8,400 of those are this standard He-Man. The other 1,600 are a chase variant Slime Pit He-Man figure. I don't have that variant yet (these are sold in blind packaging, so you'll have to either buy multiples and sell off the rest, hope to get lucky, or pay an inflated price. I do hate blind packaged chase exclusives, though I really like these figures. Let's check out the Vinyl Soda He-Man after the break...
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Since they released He-Man you just know that Funko had to release Skeletor! In 2013 Skeletor was released alongside of He-Man in the POP! Television: Masters of the Universe range. The original 2013 releases consisted of He-Man, Skeletor, Hordak, She-Ra, and.... Spikor? Yup, Spikor got a figure as part of the first releases. That's kind of crazy, right? Anyways, Skeletor was released in two other chase variants (a Gemini Collectibles glow-in-the-dark variant, and a SDCC "Disco" variant, both limited to 480 pieces) but this is the basic version of Eternia's main malevolent menace. Let's check out Skeletor #19 after the break...
Friday, March 27, 2020
He-Man bag clip, Faker does have Skeletor's armor, so it's definitely a different mold. There's something else unusual about this Faker clip: He's actually sporting the magenta armor and sword from the vintage cross sell art! That's a pretty cool detail that definitely makes Faker stand out even more here. Let's check out Faker after the break...
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Second of all: Whenever we discuss the toylines of the 2010s, we're going to have to talk about Funko POP! vinyls. Collectors either seem to love or hate POP! vinyls, with those that hate them often derisively comparing them to Ty's Beanie Babies. Like Beanie Babies, Funko's POP! vinyls certainly have captured the attention of many people who don't really collect traditional toys and action figures and they do utilize marketing techniques such as "chase variants" and "exclusives" to drum up excitement. Unlike Beanie Babies, though, POP! vinyls are tied in with properties people have a deep love for. While the popularity of POP! vinyls may certainly wane over time (though Beanie Babies are still around, just FYI), the fact that they're mostly based on other properties is going to keep folks attention. I'm not collecting "POP! vinyls:" I'm collecting Masters of the Universe, Resident Evil, and horror figures. They just happen to be made in the Funko POP! style. See what I mean?
Anyways, why am I going on so long? Maybe it's because we're all quarantined and we're all bored? Actually, it's because since this He-Man figure is the "first" MOTU POP! it's a great place to discuss the brand and its relationship to MOTU. When Masters of the Universe Classics came out in 2008, MOTU was very much a "dead," niche brand. As good as the 200x line and the MYP series was, overall it was a swing and a miss in the early 2000s and the brand seemed to be going nowhere. MOTUC really seemed like the last hurrah for the brand. But something happened: MOTUC began to elevate the brand. What was originally intended as a couple exclusives, or possibly even just as a series of 2 packs, became one of the largest, most expansive toylines of all time. As MOTUC grew so did MOTU's cultural footprint and a couple of other companies started to pay attention again to the brand that MattyCollector.com built. In 2013 Funko released some Masters of the Universe POP! vinyls in their POP! Television brand and thus He-Man's slow but steady rise back into the pantheons of popular culture continued to grow. Let's take a look at the Funko POP! He-Man after the break and see if this guy still has the power...
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Action Figure Review: He-Man (Slime Pit) #952 from POP! Television: Masters of the Universe by Funko
Tri-Klops and the POP! + Pez Dispensers, Slime Pit He-Man was intended as a shared exclusive with the now delayed Emerald City Comic Con. He's now been released direct to consumers and as a shared exclusive with GameStop, so you may want to order him from GameStop (I think they're only doing curbside pickup at the moment due to the Coronavirus). Ready for a really cool translucent green He-Man? Then let's check out He-Man (Slime Pit) #952 after the break...
Evil-Lyn and Stinkor, were based on previously released POP! vinyls, Tri-Klops and his POP! counterpart were released at the same time. The POP! Tri-Klops (which I reviewed yesterday) was released as a shared exclusive through FYE stores and is a brand new addition to the MOTU POP! collection. Let's take a look at the Tri-Klops POP! + Pez dispenser after the break...
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
rather than Team Horde, you're going to want to check out this Swift Wind Straw Buddy from Sonic. I really like Swift Wind in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power show and I was definitely excited to get the Swift Wind from Mattel's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power dolls, even though he was very... different from the kind of stuff I usually collect. I'm glad Swift Wind made the cut for a toy in the Sonic Wack Pack kids meals although I will say that he's the least impressive of all the toys I've picked up so far. I mean, kids will love him (my daughter does) since even if you don't know who Swifty he, he's still clearly a unicorn. And unicorns are huge right now. Seriously, unicorns are all the rage. Let's see how She-Ra's favorite unicorn fares after the break...
Monday, March 23, 2020
Buzz-Off POP! (who was also an ECCC and FYE shared exclusive) would be the last Masters of the Universe POP! vinyl, it turns out that Funko has big plans again for the property. Tri-Klops is an excellent POP! release as he's arguably one of the A-list Evil Warriors. While he didn't show up until the 2nd series of vintage toys, he's instantly recognizable due to his unique gimmick and his multiple appearances in the minicomics, Filmation cartoon, and MYP cartoon. I never had Tri-Klops as a kid but I always wanted him. His green and orange color scheme really stands out and his action feature is so much fun! Let's take a look at this Evil Warrior who sees everything after the break...
The standard She-Ra, which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago, and this gold She-Ra which I'm reviewing today! Gold variants of characters really seem to be a popular trend with toy makers, and while the Filmation cartoon literally had He-Man turned into a gold statue, this She-Ra really just seems like she's gold just for the sake of standing out. That's OK for a fast food promo toy, though. Seriously, this is a pretty cool little line of toys, especially considering they're around a $1 each. Let's take a look at She-Ra: Gold Edition after the break...
Sunday, March 22, 2020
since I last reviewed a Star Wars POP! vinyl but when I stumbled upon Han Solo in Carbonite at a GameStop, I had to pick him up. Star Wars is a franchise filled with iconic scenes and images but one of the most iconic scenes surely has to be Han and Leia's exchange in the carbon freezing chamber at Bespin. The music, the expressions on every face in the room, the lighting, the smoke, and of course the sound of the block hitting the ground to reveal Han's anguished face frozen in carbonite. This year is the 40th anniversary celebration of The Empire Strikes back and there's not a doubt in my mind that it's the greatest film in the Star Wars saga. Heck, it's easily one of the greatest films of all time. I was really hoping to see a special showing of the film accompanied by a live orchestra but
Captain Trumps Covid-19 kind of out the kibosh on that. Still, no reason we can't watch the movie over and over at home in self quarantine while humming along right? Now my family will have a little Han Solo frozen in carbonite POP! vinyl to accompany us while we watch. He's incredible and definitely one of my favorite POP! vinyls already. Let's take a look at this one after the break and see if he's worth it, but of course you already know he is. You know you always need more scoundrels in your life.
I've been slowly making my way through some of the She-Ra and the Princesses of Power toys that Sonic has been offering in their Wacky Pack kids meals and today I'm offering up another review: Imp! Technically this is an Imp Straw Buddy, which means that he's a little plastic figure designed to grip your straw while you're enjoying a cold beverage. I haven't watched all of the episodes of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power yet (my daughter and I have read all of the books, though) but while I do like it I have to admit I was disappointed by the lack of the fun, sidekick characters like Imp and Kowl. Imp is one of my favorite characters on the Filmation series and I've long used Imp as my avatar over at He-Man.org. The fact that he doesn't talk on the new show definitely disappointed me, as Filmation's Imp was so wonderfully evil! Still, part of me has to celebrate the fact that in 2020 I was able to go to a drive-in fast food restaurant and purchase a toy of Imp for $1. You can say what you want about 2020 so far, but that will always be a high spot for the year. Let's take a look at the Imp Straw Buddy after the break...
Saturday, March 21, 2020
I just reviewed the first of the 2020 Emerald City Comic Con/ Funko 2020 Spring Convention Limited Exclusive Masters of the Universe POP! Pez Dispensers yesterday, but to keep you occupied during your at home quarantining here's a look at the second dispenser in the set: Stinkor! I like Stinkor and I'm always glad when he gets represented in a toyline as it doesn't happen as often as some of the other Evil Warriors (probably due to never appearing in the Filmation cartoon). Stinkor is a solid B-list Evil Warrior though, and Funko did release a POP! vinyl of him back in 2018. Like the POP! vinyl, this Stinkor has a different head sculpt from Mer-Man unlike the vintage toy, where they shared the same sculpt. That's kind of cool, although it makes me wonder if we'll ever see Funko do a "toy variant" version of Mer-Man. Did you know that Pez actually released flower flavored candy back in the 1960s? I kind of wish they had made some patchouli flavored candy for Stinkor, don't you? Let's check out Stinkor, probably the MOTU character you would least want to take candy from, after the break...
Friday, March 20, 2020
Action Figure Barbecue! During trying times there's nothing like being able to lose yourself for a few minutes in the things you love, so let's take a brief trip to Eternia and check out another Figural Bag Clip from Monogram International's Masters of the Universe series. Today I'm checking out Prince Adam! I really, really love the Filmation series (a love that's developed more since my daughter was born as that show just appeals to kids so much!) and Prince Adam is absolutely one of my favorite characters. This is definitely based on the Filmation version of Adam/ He-Man who recently appeared in issue #4 of DC's He-Man and the Masters of the Multiverse. Ready to check out the coolest guy to ever wear a pink vest? Then let's check out Prince Adam after the break...
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Monday, March 16, 2020
Stardust's catchphrases back in 2014 and 2015, right? Let's take a closer look at Galaxy and see what this combat constellation has got going on. More after the break...
both variations of the Foot Soldier, but the figures themselves are exactly the same). The distribution has been quite good on these thus far, so hats off to both NECA and GameStop. Like the Shredder and the Foot Soldier, Splinter was also part of the SDCC 2019 exclusive set "The Capture of Splinter." While there are a few display pieces and accessories missing, the GameStop releases do deliver all of the figures to collectors in a more budget friendly offering. Splinter is a key TMNT character and the movie version is absolutely one of the most lovable incarnations of the turtles' sensei (though I really love the 2012 and IDW versions, too). Let's check out Splinter after the break...
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Friday, March 13, 2020
a Batgirl keychain from Monogram International and now I'm finally looking at another item the company has released: A He-Man bag clip! There is quite a bit of new Masters of the Universe product out right now, which is awesome! For years MOTU has felt like a very niche property but now it seems to be getting the recognition it deserves. The Masters of the Universe: Figural Bag Clips have been showing up at Target and Hot Topic over the past couple of weeks. I ordered mine from Hot Topic as they were available online and I found some coupons to use to get 30% off my order. The set has 11 different bag clips: He-Man, Prince Adam, Skeletor, Orko, Evil-Lyn, Faker, Mer-Man, Beast Man, Stratos and two "chase" clips: Battle Armor He-Man and Battle Armor Skeletor. I didn't find either of the chase clips and I'm still missing Orko, too. I got He-Man, though, so let's check him out after the break...
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Kronnaw (who's totally not Trap Jaw) and Purrrplor, who I'm reviewing today. A villainous, purple cat with green armor, Purrrplor is totally not Panthor, Skeletor's villainous, purple cat who wore green armor. OK, all kidding aside, the Four Horsemen have been an absolutely key part of the Masters of the Universe brand for nearly the past 20 years so it only makes sense for them to homage the characters who helped to make them a household name in their own toyline. Cowarros, the homage figure to Battle Cat/ Cringer, was released last year so it only made sense that we'd see a Panthor tribute figure at some point soon. Here he is! Let's check out Purrrplor after the break and see how he stacks up against his heroic counterpart.
Sunday, March 8, 2020
She-Ra, Hordak is a stylized plastic figure, kind of like a Funko POP! or one of the original Hasbro Mighty Muggs. There are two versions of him: One that's all black with red eyes and the standard version I'm checking out today. Let's see what the ruthless leader of the Evil Horde is up to at Sonic after the break...
Stratos minifigure from the fifth series of the Mega Construx Heroes figures that ended up being notoriously difficult to find last year until it started showing up at discount outlets. That was a pretty cool figure and today I'm checking out a variant of it that has been released in the first series of single carded Masters of the Universe: Mega Construx figures. There are a couple variants of Stratos in the vintage MOTU line and this figure nicely offers the rest of them. While the first Mega Construx Stratos had red wings with a blue jetpack, this version has the blue wings with a red jetpack and has the blue beard. Yes, some of the earliest Stratos figures had a head with reversed colors: Stratos' usual gray beard and blue goggle outlines became a blue beard with gray goggle outlines. Since you can mix and match parts here, you should be able to come up with every vintage Stratos variant out there with this guy and the previous release. Let's check out this heroic winged warrior after the break...
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Funko POP! or one of the original Hasbro Mighty Muggs. Let's check out She-Ra after the break...
Friday, March 6, 2020
Battle for Eternia Collection are the same). The first two releases remind me more of the Masters of the Universe Classics Skeletor while the figure included with Castle Grayskull seems more inspired by the vintage toy or the minicomics. Due to the colors here, and the Havoc staff, I'm pretty sure this is intended to be the Filmation version of the Evil Lord of Destructon. Let's see how this guy stacks up alongside the rest of the Skeletors after the break...
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
I can't believe it has almost been a month since I last reviewed one of these little guys! I have the rest of series one of the single carded Masters of the Universe: Mega Construx figures sitting here, so let's get cracking! Today I'm checking out Prince Adam who is absolutely one of my favorite characters. I don't care what you think; I love Prince Adam, Cringer, and Orko. They're fun, good-natured, colorful, and fabulous! While he's not technically a "new" character (unless you've never realized that Adam bears an uncanny resemblance to another muscular, blonde Eternia dude) he's a different enough figure in my book to not just be considered a variant. Let's check out Prince Adam after the break...
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Omega, Ragnarok is a "Max Level" deluxe release that includes multiple outfit parts so that you can create all of the different looks for his tiered in-game appearances. Ragnarok is part of the Harbinger set alongside his counterpart Valkyrie (who is still the line's lone female figure). Let's check this guy out after the break...