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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Toy Review: Masters of the Universe 5-pack from Hot Wheels Character Cars: Masters of the Universe by Mattel
Last year Mattel introduced the Masters of the Universe characters into the Hot Wheels Character Cars brand but I didn't find any until around mid-January. While I rarely gave these a second look when any other property got Character Cars Masters of the Universe always gets a pass from me and I was really excited by these. This set seems to be available through online retailers and it includes all five Character Cars from last year's line (Beast Man, He-Man, Skeletor, Teela, and Man-At-Arms) in one box. I only reviewed Teela and Man-At-Arms from their single packed releases so this is a nice chance to check out the other three in the set. Let's rev up our Road Rippers and check out these bizarre, oil leaking versions of our favorite Eternians after the break...
Saturday, March 27, 2021
When Funko listed the exclusives for the Funko Virtual Con Spring 2021 earlier this month I was able to order both of the Vinyl SODA figures available: Kobra Khan and Man-At-Arms. I had already ordered the Mantenna POP! vinyl through Walmart but I missed the Pez set (had to obtain that one elsewhere) but I was glad to get my hands on the Vinyl SODA releases as they're one of my current favorite toylines. They arrived in the mail last week and I was thrilled to discover when I opened Kobra Khan that I actually got the limited variant: Battle Mode Kobra Khan! Each of the Vinyl SODA releases has a chase variant and this is the first time I've pulled one from a can. How exciting! This is actually the first Vinyl SODA chase variant I've owned, too! Let's take a look at Battle Mode Kobra Khan and see if he's worth the hunt after the break...
Friday, March 26, 2021
Wow, what a week! We've had a mixture of gorgeous weather and crazy storms, I did a little plumbing, and I'm starting to make plans to see friends in the next month or so since my wife and I get our Covid vaccines today. We're also still making out way through Phase III of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but, first up, we gotta talk about the premiere episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier...
More of Barbecue's Bonfire after the break...
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Full disclosure: I'm just not a sports fan in any way. I never really have been, either. That being said, it shouldn't come as any surprise that I typically find sports figures pretty boring. I mean... why? Anyways, today I'm checking out the Fortnite: Legendary Series Aerial Threat figure from Jazwares. In a line filled with space skeletons, sentient bananas, and killer tomatoes, a plain old soccer player is pretty dull. Fortunately, Aerial Threat comes with a nice complement of weapons that convinced me to pick him up. Still, though; couldn't they have went with one of the female soccer skins? That would have least made the figure standout more since Jazwares doesn't seem to have any interest in putting the women in the line. Hopefully that's somethin Hasbro will do better when they take over the 6-inch Fortnite license in 2022. For now it's still Jazwares' party so let's check out their take on Aerial Threat after the break...
Monday, March 22, 2021
Sunday, March 21, 2021
While Hot Wheels has released Masters of the Universe themed cars off and on since the 1980s, it was only last year that they released a Hot Wheels MOTU vehicle based on an actual design from the vintage toyline. To follow up last year's Wind Raider this year we now have the Land Shark, AKA the best MOTU vehicle of all time. Seriously, I love the Land Shark and it's not received much attention in the years between it's 1985 release and 2021. This year we have both this Hot Wheels Land Shark and the MOTU Origins Land Shark! 2021 might be the Year of the Ox but on Eternia it's the year of the shark, baby! Let's check out this 1/64th scale Land Shark after the break....
Saturday, March 20, 2021
March Magic, a monthlong celebration of all things Orko!Masters of the Universe Pint Size Heroes, a blind bagged series of Dorbz-like minifigures from 2018. In most of their MOTU lines, other than POP! vinyls, Funko doesn't go to far outside of the main MOTU characters who were key parts of the Filmation cast, so Orko made his way into most every line they produced. I remember finding lots of these little guys at places like Books-a-Million and FYE (FYE had three exclusive figures in their series) and trying to pick out the figures I was looking for. Later on it was far easier to just pick up most of the basic figures I was looking for secondhand, though the FYE figures definitely jumped up in price. When you need a little magic in your day this miniature Orko is a welcome pal! Let's check him out after the break...
Friday, March 19, 2021
Welcome, welcome, welcome! It's Friday again and it's time for another installment of Barbecue's Bonfire! This week my family has finished Phase II of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and began our journey into Phase III. We also celebrated St. Patrick's day with a great dinner and some fantastic deserts. We've had some beautiful days this week and some really stormy ones, so there's been a nice mixture of getting outside and playing and sitting inside hunkered down on the couch. I'm super excited for the first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier tonight so we'll definitely be picking up some pizza this evening and checking it out. Meanwhile, let me continue with my thoughts on the rest of the MCU films we've watched this week starting with Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Barbecue's Ramblings: How Might Hasbro's Fortnite: Victory Royale Series Differ from Jazwares' Fortnite: Legendary Series?
Over the past month or so it has become clear that Hasbro has expanded their Fortnite licensing agreement with Epic Games and now they're moving on from just NERF blasters to actually releasing Fortnite action figures. The news first popped up on February 25th, 2021 though the preorder for a Fortnite branded Snake Eyes in late January (a repaint from the G.I. Joe: Classified Series) definitely caused a lot of speculation. Jazwares and McFarlane have both held the Fortnite action figure license with both companies beginning to release product in late 2018. While McFarlane's output has slowed tremendously Jazwares continues to put out a lot of product and it seems like they will continue to do so, but only releasing product under 6-inches starting in 2022. Now Hasbro has officially announced the Fortnite: Victory Royale Series presumably a 6-inch scaled Fortnite line. We'll know more details on March 26 but, for now, I'd like to take a few minutes and speculate how Hasbro's Fortnite: Victory Royale line might differ from Jazwares' Fortnite: Legendary Series line.
Since first appearing on store shelves during the summer of 2019 Jazwares' 6-inch scaled Fortnite: Legendary Series has become a collector favorite. Over forty figures have been released in the line within the past 2 years and fans have praised their unique sculpts, sharp paint applications, wacky designs, and plethora of weapons. Including backpacks, weapons, in-game accessories, and often interchangeable faceplaces with each figure, Jazwares' Legendary Series has definitely stood out from other 6-inch offerings in the action figure aisle in the accessory department, giving Jazwares a solid hit and helping them to gain some shelf space at most retailers. It's quite funny how common it is to hear action figure collectors stating that they collect the line despite never even having played Fortnite! Now that Hasbro is taking over the 6-inch range of Fortnite things are inevitably going to change. I've thought of a handful of positives and negatives to Hasbro taking over the 6-inch Fortnite license which I'll ramble on about after the break...
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Whenever Battle Cat is released Panthor is sure to follow! Mattel released Battle Cat in Masters of the Universe Origins at the end of last summer and they've simply reused the mold to give us Panthor. That's how the vintage line and MOTUC did things, though, so it makes perfect sense to follow suit, especially given that MOTU Origins is such a nostalgia driven line. There's always been a lot of symmetry in MOTU and for the vintage second series of figures from 1983Mattel released heroic and evil counterparts for many figures. Besides releasing Zoar and Screeech (heroic and evil falcons) and Man-E-Faces and Tri-Klops (heroic and evil figures with three faces/eyes), Mattel also released Faker (evil He-Man), Evil-Lyn (an evil counterpart for Teela), and Panthor, the evil counterpart to Battle Cat. While the vintage Panthor was flocked to further set him part from Battle Cat Mattel has made the standard MOTU Origins Panthor unflocked with the flocked version coming as a Walmart exclusive. Ready to look at Skeletor's evil mount? Then join me after the break...
Monday, March 15, 2021
It's time for the third installment of March Magic, a monthlong celebration of all things Orko!reviewed a few of the Masters of the Universe Dorbz figures in the past but I never got around to Orko so today I'm remedying that! Funko's Dorbz line started in 2015 and the last release was in June of 2019, so it seems that the line is effectively now dead. Orko was released in 2017 which was when the MOTU Dorbz figures first hit shelves. Orko is from the Specialty Series which meant you had to get hit from smaller retailers and e-tailers so he was a bit tougher to come by, but not much. Most of the Dorbz these days can be had for their original retail price or less so it's not terribly difficult to complete a set of these. I like the Dorbz style and Orko's a very charming figure in the line. He definitely reminds me of the Black Mages from the Final Fantasy games here, especially with his slightly spooky eyes. Let's take a look at another fun Orko collectible after the break...
Sunday, March 14, 2021
I'm really enjoying the Masters of the Universe Geeki Tikis by Beeline Creative Inc. so today I'm going to look at another one: He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe! How could you have a Masters of the Universe set of Tiki mugs and not have He-Man present, right? I've already reviewed Mer-Man and Battle Cat last week and He-Man differs from them in that he actually has a paint application on his chest. I like the attention to detail but, at the same time, there's something about it that seems to rob the rest of the design of its power. What do you think? I've never owned a Tiki mug before (I don't know that I've ever even held a Tiki mug before) so I'd love to hear some feedback from others who might be Tiki mug aficionados about these. I'm just speaking as a MOTU fan and collector. Let's take a look at He-Man after the break...
Friday, March 12, 2021
Battle Cat from the Masters of the Universe Geeki Tikis by Beeline Creative, Inc. and today I'm checking out another mug from the set: Mer-Man! I really like these as they look fantastic on display and I'm going to flat out say that I think Mer-Man might be the best mug in the set. The color, the sculpt, and just the general idea of Mer-Man as a Tiki mug is just too perfect! Plus, you can use this to drink out of and when you gargle you'll sound like Mer-Man! Let's check this one out after the break...
What's up everyone? My family's journey through the MCU continues plus I spent a lot of time reading this week. First up? WandaVision of course!
More Marvel, Star Wars, Harley Quinn, and witches after the break...
Thursday, March 11, 2021
So wait.... this isn't the Winter Soldier?
No, of course not! This is the Slushy Soldier from Jazwares' Fortnite: Legendary Series toyline! This guy was originally supposed to make it out in time for Christmas like Hasbro's Star Wars: The Black Series holiday figures but like so many Walmart exclusives it was delayed and didn't show up until around February. I guess you'll have to store him in the garage or carport for next year when you get snow, huh? The Slushy Soldier is a Fortnite skin originally from 2018 that depicts a snowman ready for battle. He's got a festive sweater, a gold tooth, and guns galore! Oh, and carrots. Lots and lots of carrots. Let's take a look at the Slushy Soldier after the break and see just how cool he is...
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
I've long been familiar with the pop culture adorned Tiki mugs offered by Geeki Tiki and other similar brands but I can't say I ever really had a desire to own any until I saw the promos for the Masters of the Universe mugs over at He-Man.org. Almost immediately I preordered the full set of six. The set includes He-Man, She-Ra, Skeletor, Orko, Mer-Man, and Battle Cat, and it's Battle Cat I'm reviewing today. I don't have any plans to drink out of these (although they're truly made for that purpose) but instead they'll be a fun and unique part of my Masters of the Universe collection. Ready to take a dive into the South Pacific inspired Tiki culture? Then join me after the break...
Monday, March 8, 2021
Sadly, it seems like Hasbro may be taking over the 6 inch Fortnite line from Jazwares, leaving Jazwares with just the 4 inch line. I'm sure Hasbro will make decent figures but I have my doubts that they'll have the same number of accessories as Jazwares' releases. I also don't look forward to seeing them revisit the characters Jazwares has already released or putting out the usual plethora of retailer exclusives that are impossible to find. Jazwares has done a great job with this line and it's a shame that Hasbro was probably able to bully their way in and overtake it after Jazwares proved it was a viable property. Anyways, you're here to hear about Frozen Raven, aren't you? It appears that there was a small subset of "Frozen" Fortnite skins and Raven was one of those. I reviewed the original Raven figure last year (though he was released at the end of 2019) so it's been a minute since he's been on shelves. Is this a worthy repaint? Let's check out Frozen Raven after the break and find out...
Sunday, March 7, 2021
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Mattel's Masters of the Universe: Eternia Minis arrived in stores around September of last year and proved to pretty popular. Two series of figures made it to shelves last year along with two multi-packs, mostly comprised of repacks, that showed up at Walmart.com. Now that Mattel's MOTU products are available everywhere there is more MOTU product to go around and today I'm checking out the first 2021 Eternia Minis release I've been able to acquire: The Slime Pit Multipack! Currently Mattel is releasing the Eternia Minis on small, single blister cards but originally it seemed the plan for series 3 was to feature the figures in miniature Slime Pit containers. I'm not sure if those are still coming out or not but clearly this Slime Pit Multipack was intended to tie in with the series 3 Slime Pit theme. This is a very collector friendly boxed set of four figures (He-Man, Horde Zombie Buzz-Off, Horde Zombie Zodac, and Teela). Let's take a look at these little Eternians after the break and see if they still have the power despite their diminuitive size...
Friday, March 5, 2021
Barbecue's Bonfire 3/5/2021: Moving Through the MCU Phase 1 and 2 at Light (of the Jedi) Speed Edition
This has been a pretty exciting week! I got some cool stuff in the mail, preordered my Tweeterhead Skeletor bust, watched a ton of Marvel movies with my wife and daughter, finished Light of the Jedi, and got my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Woohoo! You have to take joy in the small things and right now we're really excited that when my wife and I finally get to go see Black Widow our daughter will be able to join us as she's loving the marvel Cinematic Universe! Let's jump in to the happenings of this past week....
Of course, we're still going through the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies at breakneck speed with my daughter, so more of those after the break...
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Ready for a review of something super new? Then let's check out the He-Man magnet from the Masters of the Universe Magnets from Monogram International. Last March I reviewed Monogram International's Masters of the Universe Figural Bag Clips, a series of blind bagged "chibi" styled bag clips/ key chains and now I'm checking out their blind bagged magnets in the same style. There are five magnets in the set (He-Man, She-Ra, Orko, Skeletor, and a glow in the dark chase Skeletor) so I ordered five of them from Hot Topic. I only got two different characetrs, so that was kind of a bust, but my daughter was eager to grab a couple of the extras. they're cute and cool magnets for the fridge or whatever other magnetic surface you have that needs a touch of the Power of Grayskull. Let's take a loot at He-Man after the break...
Action Figure Review: She-Ra #38 (Glow-in-the-Dark) from POP! Retro Toys: Masters of the Universe by Funko
Variants have long been a part of the action figure hobby and sometimes they're pretty cool while other times they're just there to let a company more easily put out a new toy at a reduced cost. Funko releases many POP! vinyl variants and I do try to pick up most of the Masters of the Universe variants that I can get my hands on. To go along with their recent She-Ra #38 from the Retro Toys series Funko also released a Specialty Series Glow-in-the Dark She-Ra. I'm always down for more She-Ra toys and this release made sense since we've gotten glow-in-the-dark variants of He-Man and Skeletor. Why not She-Ra, right? I was curious as to how this POP! would turn out and, frankly, I'm actually pretty disappointed. It's still a nice looking POP! vinyl but the glow-in-the-dark feature is barely noticeable. Since this is a simple variant of the recently released She-Ra #38 this is a shorter review as there aren't too many difference between the two figures. Let's check out this Specialty Series She-Ra #38 after the break...
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Funko's Vinyl SODA was one of my favorite toylines of last year and by starting the year off strong with a release of Scare Glow in the line they're setting themselves up to earn a spot on my list for this year, too! Scare Glow is always a popular character and I'm quite pleased this guy wasn't a convention exclusive. Still, he was kind of hard to find. I never saw him listed for preorder at most e-tailers and he sold out pretty quickly overall. Like most of the Vinyl Soda releases there is a standard edition of Scare Glow (the one I have) and a chase variant of 1,200 pieces that actually glows in the dark. Scare Glow has become one of the most popular Masters of the Universe characters due to his cool appearance and the rarity of his vintage figure so Scare Glow merchandise always tends to sell like Roast Gooble on a stick at the Eternian State Fair. Let's take a look at Scare Glow after the break...
Monday, March 1, 2021
For March 2021 we'll be celebrating March Magic at Action Figure Barbecue!
(Also check out the cool new banner from Matt at The Toy Box!)
That's right, folks! It's a month long tribute to Trolla's most beloved magician: Orko! I love Orko and I'm really excited to take some time this month to look at a handful of toys based on the character. Originally created by Filmation for the animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Orko became a popular part of the Masters of the Universe brand and has shown up in nearly every other incarnation of the property (though most noticeable absent from the 1987 Masters of the Universe movie and The new Adventures of He-man cartoon. In the Filmation cartoon Orko was voiced by Lou Scheimer (credited as Erik Gunden) and was one of the few people who knew Prince Adam's secret identity. Check out all of the previous Orko themed reviews here at on the site and ready yourself for a few more to magically appear this month:
GameStop Masters of the Universe Box
Masters of the Universe by Mondo (2019)
Man-At-Arms (Mondo Exclusive)
Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjects
Masters of the Universe: Figural Bag Clips by Monogram
M.U.S.C.L.E. Masters of the Universe by Super7 (2015)
#1 Masters of the Universe Set (Green)