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Thursday, March 31, 2022
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Minifigure Review: Sorceress from Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Mattel
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
I received half of the newest series of Masters of the Universe Origins figures over the weekend and I'm going to try to review them as quickly as I can. First up is the variant figure for this series, Anti-Eternia He-Man. Mattel (and most toy companies, to be fair) love a good, straight up repaint of their main hero and MOTU is filled with them. Faker, Slime Pit/ Horde Zombie He-Man, and Anti-Eternia He-Man. This guy has gone from being a rather obscure character from a German audio play to being a variant figure that reliably shows up in toylines. Heck, DC's Masters of the Multiverse comic series cast this guy as the primary antagonist. Multiverses are all the rage these days, so he's living the high life, baby. Let's take a look at Anti-Eternia He-man after the break....
Monday, March 28, 2022
Minifigure Review: Skeletor from Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Mattel
Since I just reviewed the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe based Eternia Minis figure on Friday let's kick off the work week with a look at Skeletor from the same series. I really like Skeletor's design and personality in the new show (which most folks are calling Netflix He-Man or CGI He-Man) and while some of the toys have been OK for him so far, I really don't feel like any of them have truly captured the greatness of the design yet. This one's the smallest one out there so should we really expect more from it? Let's find out after the break...
Sunday, March 27, 2022
Saturday, March 26, 2022
Friday, March 25, 2022
Minifigure Review: He-Man from Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Mattel
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Remember last year when I reviewed the Baron Zemo figure from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and stated that I hoped Hasbro would release a classic comic styled Zemo next year? You're welcome! Maybe now I should ask for a new version of Banshee, huh? Baron Zemo is part of the Super Villains subset of Marvel Legends figures and he's a Walgreens exclusive. It's been a long time since I reviewed one of those, hasn't it? I've actually got Binary on the way and I'm looking forward to Jigsaw, Walgreens has definitely been putting out some figures I've been interested in, again, so kudos to them. I originally reviewed the 2014 Baron Zemo back in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier line but that actually belonged to the Reel Brad (who later sold it). This is the Zemo I've been wanting, though, so let's jump in and check him out after the break...
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Ready for another Masterverse review? Over the past month or so we've seen lots of images, leaks, and official reveals showing off the future of the Masterverse line and it seems that Mattel has big plans. Like the Tri-Klops figure I reviewed earlier this month, this version of Trap Jaw is from last year's Masters of the Universe: Revelation animated series and includes an extra outfit to change the character from his classic look to his ceremonial outfit for the Motherboard cult. With Masterverse, the Netflix He-Man and the Masters of the Universe line, and Masters of the Universe Origins, Mattel has shown a willingness to release items at many different price points. Trap Jaw is sold as a deluxe figure because of his additional outfit. Is he worth picking up for your collection? Let's check him out after the break...
Monday, March 21, 2022
Minifigure Review: Skeletor and Painthor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis by Mattel
Sunday, March 20, 2022
I'm a sucker for picking up classic looking Marvel villains and I've been tempted off and on by Psycho-Man from the Fantastic Four based Marvel Legends Retro Collection assortment. I'm not really that familiar with Psycho-Man from the comics (I had to consult my handy, dandy Marvel Encyclopedia) but I do remember him from the mid-1990s Toy Biz Fantastic Four line based on the animated series. It was a pretty extensive line and while I don't remember having any figures from the line I do remember it and the way the characters often appeared in ToyFare magazine's Big Shots. So if you ask me what I'm most familiar with Psycho-Man from, the answer is ToyFare. Psycho-Man is actually the chief scientist of the planet Traan from within the Microverse. Psycho-Man's real appearance is unknown since he's encased in armor. He may actually be quite small! This series was released at the end of 2021 but I found a good deal on this guy and finally decided to pick him up. Let's take a look at Psycho-Man after the break and see if he's a worthwhile pickup.
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Friday, March 18, 2022
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Minifigure Review: He-Man and Battle Cat from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis by Mattel
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Monday, March 14, 2022
Action Figure Review: He-Man (Grayskull Armor) from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Mattel
Sunday, March 13, 2022
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Friday, March 11, 2022
I was super into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by 1989 and I still remember going to the store with my dad and finding some of the series 2 figures at a Venture. Remember those? Anyways, I can't remember who else I got on that trip (maybe Baxter Stockman and Leatherhead?) but I definitely picked up Casey Jones. He's always been one of my favorites, even before the 1990 film. Of course, the 1990 film just made him cooler. Back in 2020 I picked up series 1 of Super7's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line and while I liked them, I ended up selling off most of series 1, only keeping Raphael. Recently I decided to get back into the line a little, only picking up a figure here and there. Casey Jones was one I just didn't want to miss so I snapped him up. These have been easier to come by from e-tailers than many of Super7's other Ultimates lines and it seems like they're doing reruns of the earlier figures, too. That's pretty cool. Basically every company on the planet is releasing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures right now but I'm really drawn to Super7's vintage toy accurate designs. They're big, bold, and colorful. Let's take a look at this vintage toy inspired Casey Jones after the break...
Thursday, March 10, 2022
I've reviewed some really cool He-Man and the Masters of the Universe figures from the new Netflix cartoon over the past week or two like Man-E-Faces, Sorceress, and Battle Cat, but today I'm looking at one that's less than impressive: Trap Jaw and cycle. Where to start? Mattel has already made a few of these figure and vehicle/ motorcycle sets for the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe line and they're clearly targeted at younger kids. The figures are repaints (I reviewed the standard Trap Jaw last year) and they're simpler repaints with some so-so vehicles. A green Trap Jaw is a fine variant thanks to the character's classic minicomic appearance but this guy is lacking some paint apps and comes with the generically named cycle. Mattel honestly couldn't come up with a name for this vehicle? Just cycle? Seriously, that's so lazy! In the grand tradition of MOTU vehicles we have the Spitbull, Land Shark, Wind Raider, Terroclaw, Dragon Walker, Bashasaurus, Bashin' Beetle, Terrordactyl, War Whale, and....Cycle? Oh my gosh. There's some really cool stuff in this line but there's also some laziness. Let's take a look at a good example of both after the break...
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
I haven't gotten the chance to watch any of the new episodes of the Netflix He-Man and the Masters of the Universe yet but I have found quite a few of the new figures recently. Man-E-Faces didn't appear in season 1 but shows up in season 2 voiced by Stephen Fry. I'm pretty excited to see his appearance. I still believe that Man-E-Faces is one of the greatest MOTU characters and vintage figures just because of how unusual and cool his action feature is. What a concept, right? This figure definitely has a different outfit but the colors are similar to the vintage toy and the action feature is still present. Ready to see how this human...robot...monster translated in this new line? Let's check him out after the break...
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
I've probably mentioned it a few times before but other than characters/ figures I just find cool and classic X-Men, the focus of my Marvel Legends collection is comic book versions of characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hasbro has definitely been doing a great job with the live action MCU figures and while I definitely pick some up here and there, I prefer the comic versions. Usually in the most classic outfit I can get for the character, too. For quite some time my default Doctor Strange has been the 2015 Marvel Now! Doctor Strange, so I've anxiously been waiting for a classic update. I'm pretty sure the last classic Strange was released by Toy Biz, so it's been a minute. The version I'm reviewing today is a Walmart exclusive that went up for preorder in October and, from what I'm hearing, it's supposedly only going to be an online exclusive. It was delivered to me at the end of last week and I'm really excited to add this guy to my shelf. When he went up for preorder for $26.49 a lot of folks were surprised at the price hike. It's still high but the set does come with multiple portraits. Is he enough to qualify as a deluxe figure? I'm not sure, but he's better than most other recent releases. Let's take a look at Doctor Strange, the Master of the Mystic Arts and Sorcerer Supreme, after the break...
Monday, March 7, 2022
Sunday, March 6, 2022
There are new Final Faction figures and accessory packs hitting store shelves right now and I managed to find the two newest members of Alpha Team 1 on Wednesday! Let's start things off by taking a look at Amari, the Combat Specialist. While Final Faction is a budget line sold through Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores, it's also a really fun, creative line that earned a spot on my Top 10 Toylines of 2021 list. There are currently three new Alpha Team 1 members hitting store shelves as well as 2 more Kharn villains and 6 new accessory packs. Yes, Dollar Tree did just raise their prices to $1.25 but it isn't stopping me from picking these cool little figures up. Amari is a warrior from New York City who goes after the Kharn with whatever weapons she can find, particularly her beloved spiked baseball bat, Slugger. Ready for another dollar store deal? Then check this one out after the break...
Saturday, March 5, 2022
Here's a guest post from my assistant, Adora, AKA Umbreon 13! She's going to be recording some adventures with her Eevee/ Pokemon collection here.
Adora : I was going for a royal look where the queen is up at the top and all her servants are in front of her. At the very bottom you can see the giant Charizard Pop!. I wanted him down their along with Flareon and my stuffed dragon, Lava. I didn't want Charizard in between Flareon and Lava because it would be hard to get my huge Eevee in there but they were still connected.
The second thing I want to talk about is the Eevees closer to the queen Eevee. On the right there is Umbreon, Vaporeon , Sylveon and Leafeon who you can barely see cause she's small. On the left there is Glaceon and Jolteon.
And last but not least there is Evoli / the queen Eevee. Evoli is French for Eevee. I call her that because she can say "eva" in French and English and apparently she's rare. If you look closely you can see a Pigeotto POP! underneat so she can be tall, and above that is a the bottom part of a cardboard bed I made that accidentally got separated from the rest of the bed. ~ Adora
Action Figure Review: Symbiote Spider-Man from Marvel Legends Retro Collection: Spider-Man by Hasbro
Friday, March 4, 2022
Let's look at the Shocker, another figure from the relatively recent Spider-Man focused Marvel Legends Retro Collection. I found the Shocker at the same time as I found Hobgoblin and black suit Spider-Man (a review is coming for him) and so I was able to grab all three figures I wanted from the set at the same time. The Shocker, AKA Herman Schultz, doesn't use electricity; that's Electro's gig. Instead, he uses compressed air to create vibrational shock waves generated by his gauntlets. That's why he wears the padded, quilted suit: To protect himself from the shock waves. Hasbro released the Shocker in Marvel Legends previously back in 2017's Sandman BAF series and Toy Biz released him in the Amazing Spider-Man line that ran concurrent with Marvel Legends in the early/mid 2000s. This is a very classic take on the character and it seems like a figure a lot of Spidey fans were hoping for. Let's take a look at Shocker after the break...
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Action Figure Review: Princess Leia Organa (Yavin 4) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro
For years my absolutely favorite Princess Leia Organa figure was the Power of the Force 2 Yavin 4 version of Princess Leia from the Princess Leia Collection. I loved that figure as a kid and it's one of my favorite Princess Leia outfits in Star Wars. Not only is that scene one of the best, most emotional scenes in all of the Star Wars saga but Carrie Fisher is absolutely radiant in it. I passed on the Flashback/ Retro carded version of this figure last year, opting to wait for the standard release. Well, here she is! I'm always excited to have a new version of the main Star Wars cast, especially when it covers a major costume variant from the Original Trilogy. Let's take a look at Princess Leia Organa (Yavin 4) after the break...
Wednesday, March 2, 2022