Friday, June 24, 2022

Action Figure Review: Ruck Assault from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 

   
   Just last week I stumbled upon the six most recent Final Faction accessory sets which augment the series 1 figures with new weapons and equipment. These are some of the most ambitious accessory packs yet and I'm excited to see how they turn out. First up let's take a look at the Assault pack for Ruck. Ruck is kind of like a walking tank already (he reminds me of Tank Ellis from Captain Power) and this kit gives him even more firepower and the ability to roll. Pretty nifty stuff! This set reminds me a lot of the Jake Rockwell accessory sets from Centurions, one of my favorite childhood toylines. Grab a Ruck, grab an Assault set, and make this mobile tank guy for $2.50. Let's check this one out after the break...


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Action Figure Review: Beast Man from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Mattel

 

   The Netflix CG series Beast Man has been out for a few months now but I just got mine in the mail a week or so ago. With Beast Man's arrival I now have all of the Dark Masters from the first 2 "seasons" of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which is pretty cool. It's always nice to have a team completed. The toys for this line keep trickling out and while they're a mixed bag, Beast Man is definitely one of the better ones. Prior to being transformed into Beast Man through Skeletor's havoc magic, Beast Man is known as R'Qazz. He's a fearsome hunter with a long history of tormenting the Tiger Tribe and forcing animals to fight in the pits. R'Qazz actually wears Cringer's claws on a necklace. Brutal! This version of Beast Man has a fantastic, animalistic look to him. He's clearly Beast Man thanks to his color scheme but there are some cool, unique details on the figure that make him really fun. He's sold as one of the deluxe figures in more open packaging, like Grayskull Armor He-Man, so he's a bit bulkier than your average figure from the 5.5 inch line. Let's take a look at Beast Man after the break...


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Action Figure Review: Legion from Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro

 

   I have to admit that I'm not terribly familiar with David Charles Haller, better known as Legion. I've been reading a lot of late 1980s and early 1990s X-Factor so that's where I'm most familiar with Legion but this figure is clearly based on his appearance in Age of Apocalypse, a story I've never read and which I'm only familiar with due to how prominent it was in the 1990s. I wanted a Legion for my X-Men/ X-Force/ X-factor/ Excalibur/ X-Files/ DMX/ X-Marks the Spot/ Pope Piux X/ Fireball XL5 shelf, so I snagged him at that pretty sweet sale Hasbro Pulse had a few weeks back. Want to take a look at Legion? Then join me after the break...

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Action Figure Review: Sun-Man from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel


   Mattel released a deluxe version of Sun-Man earlier this year as a Mattel Creations exclusive and a standard Sun-Man figure in series 9 of Masters of the Universe Origins. That's the one I'm reviewing today as I just received mine a week or two ago. My review of the Mattel Creations Sun-Man has a lot of detail about the origins of this character but I still feel I should mention here that Sun-Man is actually the star of his own property and was the flagship figure for Olmec Toys. Created by Yla Eason in 1985, Sun-Man was her response to a comment made by her son that he couldn't be a superhero because he wasn't white (some sources record the comment being that he said that it was because He-Man was white). Sun-Man was the star of the toyline Sun-Man and the Rulers of the Sun, 5.5 inch and MOTU inspired toyline that featured an incredibly diverse roster of characters with different skin tones and ethnicities. Working with Yla Eason, Mattel is now weaving the cast of Sun-Man and the Rulers of the Sun into the world of Masters of the Universe, meaning we're going to be getting more of Sun-Man's allies and villains in both MOTU Origins and in Masterverse as well. Read to take a look at Prince Sunni Ali, better known as Sun-Man? Then join me after the break...  

Friday, June 17, 2022

Action Figure Review: Horde Trooper from Masters of the Universe Origins by Matte

 

   Last year Mattel released a Crimson Horde Trooper and a Shadow Horde Trooper in the PowerCon exclusive The Evil Horde set but we've had to wait until just the last few months to get a standard Horde Trooper. The Horde Troopers were featured in most episodes of Filmation's She-Ra: Princess of Power and they're definitely the premiere army builder in Masters of the Universe. I don't have my vintage childhood Horde Trooper anymore (I probably sold him off when I was younger to buy Star Wars: POTF2 stuff) so this guy is a nice consolation prize to get me by until I eventually pick up a vintage Horde Trooper. Of course, I'll be glad to have all of the Horde Troopers I can get. Let's take a look at another figure from MOTU Origins series 8 after the break...




Thursday, June 16, 2022

Action Figure Review: Medieval Spawn from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 
   
   Remember Angela and Cogliostro, the controversial Spawn characters created by both Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane that were subject to a long running legal dispute? Well, Medieval Spawn is the third character in that group though he didn't get sold to Marvel. Instead, Sir John of York is still running around in the Spawn Universe. I recently grabbed a few newer Spawn trades and preordered the other upcoming titles, so I'm going to be catching up a bit. This figure isn't new, however, and is part of the original first series of figures from 1994. I never owned Medieval Spawn as a kid but I did buy him for a friend who wanted Spawn figures for his birthday party (I also bought him Tremor) so I got to mess around with him at the party. I recently found Medieval Spawn at Toy Federation in Greer, SC and decided to add him to the collection. He's a pretty significant figure as he's the first Spawn variant, but he's not Al Simmons as Spawn. He's Sir John of York, a knight from the 16th century. The Spawn line is famous for having multiple different versions of Spawn and while some of them are just cool looking variants of Al Simmons, other are completely unique characters. Mandarin Spawn, Raven Spawn, Gunslinger Spawn, Ninja Spawn; all different guys. The way Spawn could be reinterpreted as both different variants and different characters really has contributed to the longevity of the Spawn toyline and it's honestly in large part thanks to Neil Gaiman's writing of Spawn #9. Wild stuff, right? Let's take a look at Medieval Spawn after the break...


Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Action Figure Review: The Freak from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 

   Ready for another classic Spawn review? Today I'm taking a look at the Freak from the sixth series of Spawn figures. Released in 1996, the Freak appeared about a year after the character first appeared in the comics as another foe making life tough for Al Simmons. The Freak is a pretty wild looking character and was the subject of a mild controversy when he made the 1996 Warped Toys List, a list of "inappropriate" toys put annually by Reverend Rose between 1986 and 2001. I remember that ToyFare magazine would often cover the list throughout their run and OAFE.net has a great list of the recipients of the award. The Freak is a bad guy with a wild, unkempt look to him. He's also loaded with what the packaging calls a "Nasty bag of tricks." I picked the Freak up during my last trip to Toy Federation in Greer, SC, and I've been eager to show him off. Let's take a look at the Freak after the break...
 


Toy Review: Staff of Magic Spoon from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Sonic/ C3



      Today I'm checking out the last of the six promotional items from Sonic's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Wacky Pack kids meal and it's another spoon: The Sorceress' Staff of Magic Spoon. In the Netflix CGI series, Sorceress is Teela in her powered up form (all of the heroes can channel the Power of Grayskull) and she uses a magical staff. That's the staff this spoon is based on. Need another fine piece of cutlery for your next Masters of the Universe Day party? Let's check this one out after the break...

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Action Figure Review: Hulk from Marvel Legends: 20th Anniversary Series by Hasbro

 

   While there are absolutely properties that have had action figure lines running for 20 years or more, it's pretty wild for a line to essentially run for 20 years largely unchanged. Marvel Legends definitely fits that bill. Toy Biz started the line in 2002 (it was born out of the 2001 Spider-Man Classic Series) and had great success until 2006 when Hasbro took over the Marvel license. Hasbro kept the Marvel Legends name and stuck to the style: 6 inch-ish highly articulated action figures with Build-a-Figure pieces. They stopped the line in 2008 to focus on the 1/18th scaled Marvel Universe line but returned to it again in 2012. Since then, it's been a crazy, wild ride. I think my first Marvel Legends figure was the Punisher from Toy Biz's series 4 but I did pick up a few from that series like Beast, Elektra, and Gambit. The original four figures from the 2002 first series were Iron Man, Toad, Captain America, and Hulk. Oddly enough, about 9 or 10 years ago my mom called me and said she had found a Hulk figure on clearance at Target and asked if I wanted him. It turned out to be a Toy Biz series 1 Hulk, probably 10 years after his release. Weird, huh? I ended up trading him to someone or something rather than opening him. I've really been into Marvel Legends more over the past 6 or 7 years and have built up quite a collection. A few week ago I was at GameStop and found a good sale on the Marvel Legends: 20th Anniversary figure of the Hulk. I'm almost always down for an Incredible Hulk figure and this guy looked pretty enticing. He's also really flipping heavy. Let's take a look at Hasbro's 20th Anniversary tribute to the original Marvel Legends Hulk after the break...


Monday, June 13, 2022

Action Figure Review: Covert Ops from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 
  
   I've been trying to catch up on Final Faction reviews for a few months now as I never reviewed the original first series of figures back in 2020. Today I'm finally catching up, though, as this review will finish reviews of all of the first series figures. Let's take a look at the Covert Ops accessory pack, which was actually the first Final Faction item I purchased. I originally purchased it to use the pieces with my G.I. Joe Classified Series figures but the sculpts impressed me so much that I decided to jump into the line. Ready for a whole selection of cool tactical gear for running a special mission? Then join me after the break...




Sunday, June 12, 2022

Action Figure Review: Sorceress from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Sonic/ C3

 

   Sorceress is the third character in Sonic's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Wacky Pack kids meal promotion and it's time to take a look at her today. In Netflix's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe show all of the characters can transform using the Power of Grayskull; not just He-Man. When she channels the Power of Grayskull, Teela becomes Sorceress, a magic wielding character. There is a mature, more traditional sorceress in the show named Eldress, so I've always considered this Sorceress to basically be Teela. The Sonic promotion has three figures in it and while He-Man and Skeletor are pretty decent little figures, Sorceress is rather disappointing. There are some cool details on her but some really odd decisions made, too. Let's take a look at Sorceress after the break and see what's so odd about this figure...





Action Figure Review: The Hand Ninja from Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro

 

   I've reviewed the Foot Soldier previously, so it's about time I got around to reviewing The Hand Ninja! The Hand is a clan of ninjas that pester the Marvel Universe with their ninjutsu skills and their mystical abilities while serving the evil demon, the Beast (not Hank McCoy). They make a great foe for a variety of your Marvel Legends heroes and are obviously an army builder. The Hand Ninja was released in the Stilt-Man series of figures that kind of tied in with Enter the Spider-Verse back in 2020 and was definitely designed to be an army builder. Each ninja came with the legs for Stilt-Man, but the legs were able to stack so you could make Stilt-Man as tall you wanted. I didn't build Stilt-Man (I actually didn't end up with any figures from that series until last month) but I still applaud Hasbro's decision there. They've since released The Hand Ninja in black/gray as a Hasbro Pulse exclusive but I've never been able to acquire that one in stock. This guy's actually a bit easier to find than that one, though I scored mine in a trade recently. Let's take a look at The Hand Ninja after the break...


Saturday, June 11, 2022

Toy Review: Staff of Havoc Spoon from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Sonic/ C3

 
  
 For each of the three characters represented in the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Wacky pack kids meal promotion at Sonic there is also a coordinating spoon. He-Man has a Sword of Power spoon, Skeletor has a Staff of Havoc Spoon, and Sorceress has a Staff of Magic spoon. Today I'm checking out the Staff of Havoc spoon, a plastic spoon shaped like Skeletor's Havoc Staff. How wild, right? It feels more like a prize from a cereal box rather than a kids meal toy but it is unique and it changes color. Seriously! It's temperature sensitive and it transforms from grey to bright yellow. Let's take a look at it after the break...

Action Figure Review: Gambit from Marvel Legends Retro Collection: X-Men by Hasbro

 

   Gambit was definitely one of the most popular characters when the X-Men experienced another renaissance during the early 1990s. He was a new character in the comics (created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee) and a major part of the 1992 animated series. Who didn't think Gambit was the coolest back then? Who didn't want to wear a long coat like Remy LeBeau? Who didn't carry a deck of playing cards around to toss at their enemies? I sure did. Toy Biz released Gambit in series IV of Marvel Legends (one of the handful of Toy Biz Marvel Legends figures I owned) and Hasbro released their classic Jim Lee styled Gambit as part of the Caliban Build-a-Figure series back in 2019. I own that full series but never got around to reviewing it for some reason, so this is the first Legends Gambit I'm reviewing. I recently obtained him in a trade and definitely find him to be superior to the first release (which is still a pretty good figure). This Gambit is part of the Marvel Legends Retro Collection which I find pretty exciting because I remember looking for and finding find the 1992 Toy Biz Gambit figure from series 2 of the X-Men line. I loved that figure even though a "power kick" action was pretty disappointing compared to some sort of card throwing ability. This guy has it all, though, and is definitely a definitive Gambit for my X-Men shelf. Let's take a look at the Retro Collection Gambit after the break...

Friday, June 10, 2022

Action Figure Review: Skeletor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Sonic/ C3

 
   
   Wherever He-Man goes, Skeletor has to follow! I really like Skeletor in the Netflix CGI animated He-Man and the Masters of the Universe but, so far, we haven't received a really good figure of the character. Today I'm check out the Sonic Wacky Pack kids meal Skeletor toy from recent promotion and while he's not a great action figure or anything, he is a fun little toy with a really unusual look. Let's take a look at Skeletor after the break...

Action Figure Review: The Curse from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 



   Ready for some more older Spawn reviews? I hope so! The Toddfather can't get out new Spawn figures fast enough now to feed my obsession so I'm having to go back and snag vintage figures I missed as a kid. Today I'm checking out another series 3 figure from 1995: The Curse! The Curse is a character directly from the comic (so many figures were just crated for the toyline) who first appeared in issue #27 as an opponent of Spawn. A religious extremist intent on showing his dedication to God through ascetic practices, as a child The Curse removed his left eye and scarred his own face with the barbed wire from rusty metal fence. Then he removed his own right arm, later replacing it with an upgraded cybernetic arm. I was only 11 or 12 in 1995 and while I was mostly interested in Goosebumps books, Batman, Iron Man, and Congo action figures, Micro Machines, and Star Wars stuff, I definitely paid attention to what was coming out in the Spawn line. I kind of remember The Curse being a bit of a peg warmer back in the day. Heck, he didn't cost me much at all when I picked him up last month at Toy Federation in Greer, SC. Ready to check out the craziness of The Curse? Then join me after the break...

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Utensil Review: Sword of Power Spoon from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Sonic/ C3




   The recent Sonic Wacky Pack kids meal promotion is based on Netflix's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, the CGI series that debuted last year. The kids meal prizes for this set are three figures (He-Man, Skeletor, and Sorceress) and three spoons (Sword of Power, Havoc Staff, and the Sorceress' Magic Staff), so you've either got something to play with or something to eat with. Since I just reviewed He-Man, let's take a look at the utensil version of his Power Sword (which this show calls the Sword of Grayskull). My daughter recently discovered a color changing Trix rabbit spoon at my parents' house and has insisted on eating with it whenever she ear there. It got me thinking about fun utensils and cereal box prizes, like the Jurassic Park: The Lost World chomping dinosaur spoons from 1997. Remember those? This Power Sword spoon is kind of crazy because it sort of doubles as a butter knife, too. Nifty, right? Let's check this one out after the break...

Action Figure Review: Cyclops from Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro

 

      While my favorite era of X-Men story-wise is definitely Chris Claremont's run through the 1980s, costume wise I love the early 1990s designs. I was first introduced to X-Men through the Toy Biz action figure line and the 1992 animated series and these uniforms have always been some of my go to looks for these characters. I own a couple other Marvel Legends Cyclops figures (the jacketed version of this guy from the Love Triangle set and the second X-Factor outfit from the Retro Collection) but this one was the one I wanted most and I finally scored it in a trade. I loved the vintage Toy Biz version of this version of Scott as a kid and while this one looks great, it's definitely got a few problems. It's a few years old at this point, though, so it's likely Hasbro will be releasing a new version at some point in the future. Still, let's go ahead and take a look at this version of Cyclops from the 2017 Warlock Build-A-Figure series after the break...


Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Action Figure Review: He-Man from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Sonic/ C3

 

   Remember back in February and March of 2020 (before Covid) when Sonic had a Wacky Pack kids meal promotion for Netflix's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power? Now Netflix's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has joined the party. The CGI animated Masters of the Universe cartoon has six exclusive items which can be found in the Wacky Pack kids meals at Sonic drive ins: Three articulated figures and three spoons. Today I'm going to kick things off with a look at He-Man. I always get a kick out of adding some unusual MOTU stuff like this to my collection and this is a pretty cool stylized He-Man figure. You might have to look for these for a bit as some Sonics may not have them in stock yet and some don't seem to want to see them without the purchase of a kids meal. Others sell them for between $1-$2 while the one I finally found them at just brought me a bag of them and asked that I tip the waitress. Score! Let's take a look at He-Man after the break...

Action Figure Review: Cosmic Angela from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 

   Angela was a huge part of the popularity of Spawn, both the comic and the toyline, in the mid 1990s. Created by Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane (with about two decades or more of craziness regarding who owns the character), Angela became an important character in the comics and a high desirable action figure. Angela first appeared in series 2 of the toyline and was so popular that she was given a variant in series 3: Cosmic Angela. That's the version I'm checking out today! I went to Toy Federation in Greer, SC a couple weeks ago and picked up some vintage Spawn toys to review and display with my newer stuff. Sadly, we won't get a modern Mcfarlane Angela figure because today Angela is part of the Marvel Universe. This figure is from back when she was one of the A-listers at Image, though. I'm not sure if this costume was made up for the toyline (I've read the first 100 issues of Spawn and the Angela miniseries and I don't recall it), but I really like it. This is a cool looking figure with neat accessories and lots of weird problems. Many of McFarlane Toys' early releases really tried to do some impressive things and while they usually succeeded, they struck out a few times, too. Is Cosmic Angela a hit or a miss? Let's find out after the break...


Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Action Figure Review: Echo from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro

 

    Hasbro staggered the release of the Bad Batch members with Echo and Omega being the last to show up. I'm not currently planning to pick up Omega at the moment as I'm getting rather particular with my Black Series purchases but Echo was a must have. I love the look of the guys of Clone Force 99 and bring Echo back into the story as part of the team was a fantastic idea. While Tech is the, you know, the Tech guy, Echo is more like a human-droid hybrid, so he kind of offers up a separate set of skills. He's legitimately a cyborg thanks to the evil machinations of Wat Tambor, Admiral Trench, and their Separatist lackeys. While the Black Series has been filled with repaints lately, CT-1409 shows what Hasbro can do when they build a figure from the ground up. He's incredible. I missed out on the Target Clone Wars figures but I'm glad to at least have tracked down this version of Echo. Let's check him out after the break...

Monday, June 6, 2022

Action Figure Review: Quake Arms from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 

   This is my penultimate review covering the first series of Final Faction toys from 2020! I've looked at almost everything else and so my review archive for Final Faction stuff is nearly complete. Today I'm checking out one more of the Kharn accessory sets: Quake Arms! This set comes with one traditional 
gun/ blaster styled accessory and two backpacks that can fit on the back of Drones, Brutes,and characters like Krepitus or Diabol. The accessory packs are sold separately but they really are key to making the Final Faction figures more impressive. I really like the model Dollar Tree is using here to keep these figures affordable and at the standard price point as it allows for a lot of flexibility. This kit alone could give your gear two or three Kharn figures, depending on how you want to gear them up. At the $1-$1.25 price point, that's a pretty swell deal. Let's take a look at the Quake Arms after the break and see what Alpha Team 1 has to avoid out there on the battlefield. 

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Action Figure Review: Haunt from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 
   
   I'm only a little bit familiar with Haunt, Todd McFarlane and Robert Kirkman's supernatural superhero, who is now part of the Spawn Universe comics. The figure looked really cool, though, and I'm interested in checking out the original series, so I went ahead and picked Haunt up. Haunt is part of the newest series of Spawn figures which seems to be trickling out little by little rather than coming out all at one time. Haunt's titular comic book series debuted in 2009 and tells the tale of Daniel Kilgore, a Catholic priest who can merge with the spirit of his deceased brother, a former secret agent. When they join together they form Haunt, an ectoplasm powered superhero. Wild stuff. Let's take a look at Haunt after the break...

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Action Figure Review: Nuclear Spawn from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 
   
   Hey! Another classic Spawn review! On my most recent trip to Gamers Alley in Gastonia, NC I picked up another classic Spawn figure: Nuclear Spawn. This is another one that I always kind of liked but never owned. Nuclear Spawn was released in series 5 in 1996 during the period when McFarlane was still sticking to a more traditional action figure style for the line. You know, classic stances, traditional articulation, and lots of accessories and action figures. Nuclear Spawn is a pretty cool variant in that he sort of looks like a post-apocalyptic wanderer out of the Road Warrior or something. Does Spawn really need breathing gear though if he's going into the sewers or into areas with mutants and radiation? I guess so. Let's take a look at Nuclear Spawn after the break...

Friday, June 3, 2022

Action Figure Review: Death Watch Mandalorian from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro

 

   I'm a sucker for Mandalorians and I was pretty excited to pick up the Death Watch Mandalorian from the most recent series of Star Wars: The Black Series figures. So, who is this guy? This appears to be a member of Death Watch similar to the unnamed Mandalorian who rescued the young Din Djarin on the planet Aq Vetina. So far this character doesn't have a name but since he's a cool looking Mandalorian who played a significant role in Din Djarin's life and also doubles as an army builder, Hasbro went ahead and released him. He's a great figure with a fantastic sculpt that, surprisingly, seems to be completely new. Seriously, he seems completely unique from the other Mandalorians released in the line. I'm impressed Hasbro went all out for a more minor character but I guess they'll end up getting more use out of this with repaints and such. Let's take a look at the Death Watch Mandalorian after the break...



Thursday, June 2, 2022

Action Figure Review: Steel from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 


   I've been steadily making my way through the first series of Final Faction figures from 2020 and today I'm finally wrapping up the last of the figures with a review of Steel (I've still got a few accessory sets to review, however). Sgt. Steel is an African pilot who handles the air support for Alpha Team 1 in their battle against the Kharn. He's a prominent part of both the cartoons and the comic book and a new accessory set, the Dragonfly, is currently being releases that is designed just for him. Ready to take a look at Steel? Then join me after the break...

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Action Figure Review: Jigsaw from Marvel Legends Series: Super Villains by Hasbro

 


     Jigsaw is the most recent Walgreens exclusive Marvel Legends figure and I was able to order him off of their website quite easily. Not only does Jigsaw's presence add another villain to your shelf but he also gives the Punisher a nemesis. Yeah, the Punisher has fought a lot of villains, but Jigsaw is probably more closely associated with Frank Castle's list of villains than that of any other hero. Jigsaw was released by Toy Biz (with a variant) but that was back in 2006 so a redo was definitely in order. Walgreens sure is getting some good selections for their Super Villains exclusives this year. First Baron Zemo and now Jigsaw. I wonder who will be next? Ready to check out another classic Marvel villain? Then join me after the break...

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Action Figure Review: Frog-Man from Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro

 

   Ready for a look at the Fabulous Frog-Man! OK, so the Fabulous Frog-Man isn't a new release as he was part of the Stilt-Man Build-a-Figure series that showed up at the end of 2020, but he has had a pretty big moment of fame in the past couple of weeks. Yes, Frog-Man appeared in the She-Hulk trailer. Well, it could possibly be the villainous Leap Frog, Frog-Man's dad, since they both have the same costume. Eugene Patilio repurposed the suit that his father used as the supervillain Leap Frog, and became the heroic Frog-Man. From what I can gather Frog-Man is a pretty goofy character and I passed on this figure originally but knowing he's coming to the MCU got me pretty interested in picking him up before he ends up becoming the break out character in the Disney+ She-Hulk series. OK, maybe that's a bit far-fetched, but who knows? It turns out that this is an excellent figure and I'm kind of disappointed that I didn't pick him up sooner. Let's take a look at Frog-Man after the break...


Monday, May 30, 2022

Action Figure Review: The Client from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro

 

   The Star Wars: The Black Series reviews keep coming and today I'm looking at the Client from The Mandalorian. I'm as surprised as you are that the Client received an action figure in The Black Series as Hasbro really seems to be pretty conservative about which figures they make these days, unless it's an easy repaint or a kit-bash. As far as I'm aware, the Client is a completely unique figure, though, and he's got some pretty cool accessories with him. While he's not a main character in The Mandalorian, he does play a pretty significant role in the events of the series considering he's the man who hired Din Djarin to locate the Child. It's pretty wild though that we're just getting the Client about two and a half years after he debuted. Remember when so many Star Wars figures came out before the media with another series coinciding with or a month or two after the release of the media? Anyways, we now have an action figure of Werner Herzog, something I doubt anyone ever thought they'd be able to say. Let's take a look at the Client after the break...

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Action Figure Review: Synthoid Pack from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 
   
   And... here's another Final Faction review from series 1! The Synthoid was released in 2020 and so was this set of extra arms and weapons for the synthetic Kharn troopers. This is a pretty nifty set that really allows you to diversify the Synthoids in your Kharn ranks with not just a different pair of arms but also with some shoulder mounted laser guns. Pretty cool stuff. Let's take a look at the Synthoid Pack after the break...

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Action Figure Review: Boba Fett (Throne Room) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro


    Well, I bit the bullet and picked up the deluxe Boba Fett (Throne Room) figure from Hasbro's Star Wars: The Black Series. Billed as a deluxe figure, Boba comes in a larger than normal box with a price tag about $7 dollars higher than usual (around $32 at Walmart). I really feel like this is an instance of Hasbro using the "deluxe" case packing (a full case of the same character) to make Boba Fett more readily available and using the "deluxe" pricing to make him a bit more profitable. While this figure is sourced from The Book of Boba Fett, he's really based on Fett's appearance in the stinger at the end of season 2 of The Mandalorian, as he's wearing his more billowy robes rather than the pants and boots he wore during most of BOBF. I'm sure Hasbro will release that figure at some point in the future. There's a Walmart exclusive Boba Fett from Mando Season 2 when he first gets his armor (it's called Boba Fett (Tython Jedi Ruins) that seems to reuse most of this figure so it seems likely we'll be seeing lots of Boba Fett figures in the near future. Let's check out the one I've got in front of me, though. Join me after the break...

Friday, May 27, 2022

Action Figure Review: Medusa from Marvel Legends Series: Inhumans by Hasbro

 

   During the same trip to Back in Time Collectibles in Gastonia, NC when I picked up Black Bolt I also snagged Medusa. Black Bolt needs someone to hang out with, right?  Medusa was released in late 2017 as a Walgreens exclusive, around the same time that Black Bolt came out in the mostly movie based Black Panther wave and shortly after the debut of the Inhumans TV series. Since the TV series didn't do well, it seems that Hasbro has largely ignored the Inhumans in Marvel Legends, but who knows what the future might hold? While I never owned her (or any figures from the line), my first recollection of Medusa was from the Toy Biz Fantastic Four toyline where she had a display base that attempted to recreate her control over her hair. This version doesn't have any special action features or anything but she does have some amazingly long hair. Ready to take a look at a Medusa who won't turn you stone when you look at her? Then join me after the break...

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Action Figure Review: Ninja Spawn from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 

   Action figure toylines of the 1980s and 1990s were obsessed with ninjas. While it was legally mandated that every toyline had at least one ninja appear (Ninjor, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, White & Black Dragon Ninjas, Nightstick, Space Sumo), some companies just straight up released ninja based toylines. Think of lines like TMNT, Secret of the Ninja, and Chuck Norris and the Karate Kommandos. By the 1990s, the main characters were getting into the ninja game. Batman was a ninja. The Shadow was a ninja. G.I. Joe had Ninja Force. The Power Rangers became ninjas, so they were kind of double ninjas, I guess. And Spawn was a ninja. Well... kind of. The cool thing about many of the Spawn variants is that they're not actually Al Simmons, the guy most folks think of when they think of Spawn. They're often different individuals through history who have become Hellspawn. The vintage Ninja Spawn (released in 1995) was an unnamed man who lived centuries ago in Japan. This new version is also mysterious and has only appeared in the comics recently. Is this the same Ninja Spawn as the previous version? There was a Ninja Spawn 2 in 2006 which this figure seems to borrow more design elements from. Ninja Spawn's identity might still be secret but it's a cool looking figure so we can still go ahead and give him a review. Let's check out Ninja Spawn after the break...
 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Action Figure Review: Air Assault from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 

   May has definitely been the month for me to go back and complete reviews of the first series Final Faction releases from 2020 and I'm continuing with another one of the first series accessory packs: The Air Assault pack. While the name doesn't specifically label this as being for the A.C.R.M., it's clearly designed for the mech as the pieces snap onto the figure perfectly. This set definitely improves the A.C.R.M. but can also be pretty fun when used with Churro's FD-0 mech. Let's take to the skies and check out the Air Assault kit after the break...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Action Figure Review: Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro

 


   Well, I feel like I went through quite a dry spell with Star Wars: The Black Series figures but recently I happened to stumble into quite a few new ones that I was actually looking for. I'm sort of worn out on endless, overpriced Clone and Stormtrooper repaints but new versions of beloved characters and stuff, especially from The Mandalorian? I'm down for that. Today I'm excited to take a look at Ahsoka Tano from The Mandalorian. Ahsoka appeared in season 2, played by Rosario Dawson. While I'd always dreamed of Ashley Eckstein getting the chance to play Ahsoka Tano in a live action Star Wars project, Rosario Dawson has done a fantastic job of bringing the character to life during a different stage of Ahsoka's journey. In The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett Ahsoka is in her early 40s and is a more mature, seasoned... Force wielder? Is Ahsoka a Jedi again? While she left the Jedi Order during The Clone Wars and stated that she wasn't a Jedi in Rebels, she definitely seems to have embraced her Jedi roots again in The Mandalorian and BOBF. She's had lots of training under experienced masters and years of experience, so perhaps she's helping to teach Luke Skywalker some as well. Let's take a look at Ahsoka Tano from The Mandalorian after the break...

Monday, May 23, 2022

Action Figure Review: Black Bolt from Marvel Legends Series: Inhumans by Hasbro

 

There might be spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in this review!   

   So... Black Bolt made his MCU debut, huh? I actually haven't watched the Inhumans show but I was still excited to see the character make an appearance in a very classic looking outfit as part of the Illuminati in Doctor Strange: Strange Harder. Also, of all of the chaos that Wanda caused, I'm pretty sure Black Bolt's untimely end is the most memorable. I mean... sheesh! Like many others who skipped out on this figure previously, I quickly went back and picked this guy up from one of my favorite retro toy shops, Back in Time Collectibles in Gastonia, NC. Black Bolt was originally released in the Okoye Build-a-Figure series which contained the first set of figures released for the Black Panther movie and a few comic based figures as well. At the time I kind of remember Black Bolt being a bit of a pegwarmer. Will his cameo in Doctor Strange: The Strangening be enough to get Blackagar Boltagon and the Inhumans back in the spotlight? Who knows? Let's take a look at this nearly five year old Marvel Legends figure after the break...

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Action Figure Review: Torn Cyber Arms from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 
      When I started reviewing this series of Final Faction accessory packs a few weeks ago they were the newest releases out there. There's a new set of six packs, however, which give more gear and weapons to Alpha Team 1, particularly the first series figures. Today, though, I'm reviewing the last of the six accessory packs from this series by checking out the Torn Cyber Arms set. Torn is a very cool figure who seems to be a Kharn of some sort but who assists Alpha Team 1 disguised as a human. The comic book for this series is really quite neat and issue #1 shows Torn sneaking his file into the roster of human warriors considered for the Alpha Team 1, so his motivations are still quite mysterious. This accessory set features some cybernetic arms which attach to the back of the figure, offering him more gear and weapons for battling the Kharn (if that is, indeed, his ultimate goal). Let's take a look at the Torn Cyber Arms after the break...
 

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Action Figure Review: Commando Spawn from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 


   You now what? Other than Masters of the Universe stuff (which is the bulk of my collecting), I really haven't reviewed any older figures recently. I used to review old stuff all the time but at some point I really just started focusing on new stuff and ignored older stuff except for MOTU and horror reviews during 31 Days of Toy Terror. Since I've been getting back into Spawn I figured it was time to go back and check out some classic Spawn toys. Today I'm checking out Commando Spawn from 1995. Part of the second series of Spawn toys from McFarlane (then Todd Toys), Commando Spawn was still an early release in a toyline that still kind of continues today. The early McFarlane stuff is interesting as while the sculpts and paintwork were impressive for the time, they clearly were also designed with play features and action features in mind. It'd still be a few years before McFarlane fully moved into creating articulated ministatues/ stactions. Of course, now the Spawn figures are incredibly articulated and built to be sturdy, a fine blend of form and function. Today, though, let's take a look at a super cool Spawn that I never had as a kid. I found him a week or so ago at Gamers Alley, a pretty cool shop in Gastonia, NC. Let's lock, load, and take a look at Commando Spawn after the break...

Friday, May 20, 2022

Action Figure Review: The Vision from Marvel Legends Retro Collection by Hasbro

 

   Interestingly, GameStop and some other retailers have been jumping back and forth on their Marvel Legends Series prices with some of the newer Retro Collection figures being sold for $22.99 and some for $24.99. I was interested in the all white version of Vision, particularly due to the character's appearance in the WandaVision TV series last year (though the TV version did get a figure as well) and when I stumbled upon him a week or so ago for lower $22.99 price I decided to snag him. The all white version of the Vision appeared in 1985 in West Coast Avengers #4 as a deprogrammed version of the Vision. Fearful of his power and access to the records and databases his role as an Avenger would give him, a group called Vigilance had him disassembled and wiped clean, leaving him devoid of his personality and memories. This is a very simple figure but I definitely give Hasbro kudos for getting a comic version of this incarnation of the Vision out so soon after his MCU appearance. Often it seems like it takes a long time to see comic based versions of characters from the films and TV shows. Let's take a look at the Vision after the break...

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Action Figure Review: Synthoid Evolution from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 
    
   Hey! Since I just reviewed the Synthoid on his own it seems like the right time to review one of his accessory packs. Today let's look at the newest set for the Synthoid, the Synthoid Evolution set. The Synthoids are created by the Kharn to be controlled on the battlefield and apparently they're pretty versatile, kind of like Cobra B.A.T.s. The Synthoids have swappable arms and ports on their packs for different kits and this set lets you re-arm them (literally) and give them flying capabilities. They fly now? Oh yes. They fly. Let's take a look at the Synthoid Evolution set after the break...

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Action Figure Review: Overtkill from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 
 
  I was really looking forward to Overtkill showing up in the new Spawn line and it didn't take him long to finally make his appearance. This isn't the Overtkill I remember from childhood, however; this guy is much more gruesome and zombie-like. I was actually kind of shocked at first but it appears that Overtkill has been brought back from the dead in the comics and this version is based on his more recent appearances (which I haven't read yet). I was very on the fence about this figure at first as some of the promo shots just looked off. When I saw him in stock online at Target, however, I decided to jump on him. One or two folks on some of the Spawn Facebook groups already had him and he looked pretty decent. I was pretty excited for his arrival and was thrilled when I got the notification that he had arrived at my door. I called my wife and asked how heavy the package was, as I was expecting him to be a beast like Violator. I was a bit surprised when she said the box really wasn't that heavy at all. When I got home and picked up the package I started t think that maybe Target had sent me something else but nope, Overtkill is actually way lighter than I expected. I guess he probably was intentionally designed this way to better accommodate posing and such. So, how is this version of Overtkill? Let's take a look and see after the break...

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Action Figure Review: Synthoid from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 


   Another series 1 Final Faction figure from 2020 that I neglected to review is the Synthoid. The Synthoid is a synthetic trooper manufactured by the Kharn that can be customized with different weapons and gear. The first series of figures had an accessory pack for the Synthoid, simply called the Synthoid Pack, while a recent release is the Synthoid Evolution kit. Before I get into any of those accessory packs, however, let's take a look at the standard Synthoid. Prepare for the invasion after the break...

Monday, May 16, 2022

Action Figure Review: Heavy Arms from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 

   When is the last time that you saw accessory packs for 1/18th scaled figures available at retail? Someone on one of my Final Faction reviews commented that it seems like a concept we haven't seen since the Star Wars: Episode I accessory packs from 1999 and, to be honest, off the top of my head I can't think of anything more recent. These Final Faction accessory sets are pretty neat and while I didn't review the first series back when they came out at the end of 2020, I'm now trying to make up for some lost time. Today we're looking at the Heavy Arms set for Alpha Team 1, a set of five weapons to add some more firepower to the heroes. Ready for a look at this small arsenal of destruction? Than join me after the break...

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Toy Review: Evil Warriors of Snake Mountain from POP! Tees: Masters of the Universe by Funko


   Target has been promoting a number of collector focused events lately with one of the more recent being the Funko Target Con 2022. There are two Masters of the Universe exclusives for this event: The POP! Rides He-Man on Battle Cat (Flocked) and the POP! Tees boxed set that I'm looking at today. I've reviewed other POP! Tees sets before and this one follows suit with a brand new colorful t-shirt and a variant of a previously released POP! vinyl. The t-shirt is pretty sweet in this set. It's way louder than a shirt I would usually wear but when MOTU is involved my sense of good taste and style goes out the window. This actually is really colorful and fun, though. The POP! vinyl included is a glow in the dark variant of Evil-Lyn #86 (who was released last year). A shirt and a POP! vinyl. Worth it? Let's take a look after the break...

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Action Figure Review: The Rumbler Weapons and Armor from Final Faction by Greenbrier International


   Since I reviewed the Kharn vehicle The Rumbler earlier this week it's now time to check out the weapons and armor kit for it. What's the idea? Simple: Buy the basic vehicle for $1.25 and then buy the weapons and armor kit for $1.25 to complete it/ armor it up. It's a novel concept and while it might come across as a money grab in a more expensive toyline, considering the price of these toys it really just seems like a creative way to get these on shelves at Dollar Tree for the now largely standard $1.25 price point. Let's take a look at the Rumbler Weapons and Armor kit after the break...

Friday, May 13, 2022

Action Figure Review: Scope Long Range from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 



      Ready for some more Final Faction? You better believe it! Today I'm checking out another of the newer accessory sets from this line and this time it's a set of four rifles and a new backpack for Scope.  Scope was released last year and while he came with a nice assortment of extras himself (a backpack, 2 pistols, and a rifle) this set gives him even more toys to play with when attacking the Kharn from a distance. Ready for a look at this arsenal? Then join me after the break...

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Action Figure Review: King Grayskull from Masterverse/ Masters of the Universe: Revelation by Mattel




   I still haven't received my preorder of the next series of Masterverse figures (Teela, Mer-Man, and New Eternia He-Man and Skeletor) but I was surprised to receive my preorder of the Masters of the Universe: Revelation King Grayskull from Target last week. Originally King Grayskull wasn't scheduled for release until August but it appears Mattel got him in stores a bit early. King Grayskull wasn't introduced into Masters of the Universe until the 2002 Mike Young Productions animated series and he wasn't a major character in the show. Up until Revelation, his biggest claim to fame might be that he was pretty important in the development of Masters of the Universe Classics (AKA, the greatest toyline of them all). Apparently the original idea for a MOTU toyline on MattyCollector was conceived of by Scott Neitlich as a continuation of the 200x series with the first figure planned being King Grayskull using the Ice Armor He-Man figure's body as the base. When the Four Horsemen showed off their "Classics" styled He-Man, however, the game changed, though King Grayskull was the initial figured offered up as a 2008 SDCC exclusive. He showed up in the bios for MOTUC but Revelation was the character's biggest role yet. And yes, he's been reimagined in Masterverse as a black man. It definitely makes for a more interesting figure than just having He-Man in slightly different armor. Voiced by Dennis Haysbert, King Grayskull leads a pantheon of Eternian heroes in Preternia in MOTU. Let's take a look at King Grayskull after the break...


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Action Figure Review: Shock Arms from Final Faction by Greenbrier International



   I'm sprinkling in some reviews from the first series of Final Faction figures this month as I neglected to review them when I first picked them up. Today's review from the original 2020 series is the Shock Arms accessory pack, a set of three firearms used by the Kharn. While this set nicely augmented the 2020 Kharn figures, more recent releases like General Diabol and Krepitus can also benefit from some additional weaponry. I love the options here! Let's take a look at the Shock Arms set after the break...

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Action Figure Review: The Rumbler from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 


   Remember how the good guys of Final Faction got a vehicle last year? Now it's time for the bad guys to get a ride! Today I'm checking out the Rumbler, a new vehicle for the Kharn in the Dollar Tree exclusive Final Faction toyline. I'm still just amazed by how crazy the Final Faction concept is: A unique, well thought out and creatively designed toyline exclusive to a dollar store which includes vehicles and accessory packs? Yes, now the toys are $1.25 (though you can still find the first series figures for $1 at Family Dollar stores) but, still, that's crazy. With the prices of action figures, especially those targeted towards collectors, continuing to increase it would be amazing to see a renaissance of fun and budget friendly toylines. These aren't Mezco One:12 Collective items, folks, but they're pretty darn cool. Today I humbly submit for your approval the Rumbler, an alien vehicle sold in a box for $1.25. Let's check it out after the break...

Monday, May 9, 2022

Action Figure Review: The Clown (Bloody) from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 
   
   Ready for another visit from the Clown? Last week GameStop did a McFarlane day where there were some special toys and preorders available from Mcfarlane Toys. While the Gunslinger Spawn with Horse set is a preorder (though it's supposed to ship this month), the bloody version of the Clown was available in stores on Saturday. In fact, I actually saw him in one of my local GameStop's the week before. I really liked the look of the figure and his sweet chainsaw accessory but overall he's very much a retread of the previous release, complete with an oversized weapons pack. I kept telling myself I was going to hold off on this one but when I learned that the Clown's backpack has two completely different weapons, I caved. I also had my monthly GameStop $5 coupon, too, so that helped. I'm loving the new Spawn line and while I'm not picking up everything, I'm finding I like stuff more often than not. Let's take a look at the bloody version of the clown after the break...