Welcome to this week's installment of Barbecue's Bonfire! I was pretty busy this week it seems. I watched quite a few movies, played quite a few games, and finished a few books. Before I get into my thoughts on a myriad of subjects, I do want to point out that I just released the annual list of My Top 10 Toylines of 2020. I always have a great deal of fun with it and I'm curious as to what all of you regulars think. Comment on it! I'm curious to hear your opinions, too. What should we talk about first this week? Let's stick with my title theme and go with a watch.
More watches, rewatches, reads, and rereads after the break...
My parents borrow a lot of movies from our local library and they dropped off last year's Fantasy Island reboot after they watched it. It's ...interesting. A reboot of the classic TV series (which I'm familiar with but I'm not sure I've ever seen an episode of), Fantasy Island follows a group of strangers arriving on the titular island to live out the fantasy of their choice. Hosted by the enigmatic Mr. Rourke, the fantasies of the guests each quickly devolve into horrific circumstances. With a larger number of characters and plots than you need for a 2 hour movie, this one really feels like you're watching a truncated version of a television season. Despite the reviews, it's not atrocious but it's not great, either. It squanders an interesting premise and keeps throwing in more and more twists than necessary during the last 30 minutes. It's not boring but it could have been better. Honestly, it feels like it could have been a decent anthology film as every fantasy seems like it could be from a different genre.
Lastly, let's take a look at the most popular reviews of the past week!
Lords of Power from Masters of the Universe Origins was the 2020 PowerCon exclusive set based on the prototypes for the vintage MOTU line when the line was still going to be called Lords of Power. The set is on its fourth week on the list and while it was way, way too expensive, it's also pretty cool for fans who take interest in the development of MOTU. MOTU Origins looks like it's going to have a big year in 2021 and that very well may drive up demand for this set.