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Saturday, April 30, 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022
Are y'all ready for some Mortal Kombat reviews? OK, while I definitely like the character designs for Mortal Kombat and enjoy the original movie (haven't seen the newest one yet) I've never been a big fan of the games themselves. I'm more of a Street Fighter fan. The last Mortal Kombat game I played was Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe... so it's been a minute. What turned me on to picking up some Mortal Kombat figures, then? Spawn, baby. Spawn. I've seen many of the Spawn figures from the Mortal Kombat XI toyline by McFarlane Toys but while perusing GameStop the other day I stumbled upon the two new bloody variants. Not only did these look awesome but they were on sale as well (maybe 20% off?) so I snagged two of the new Spawn figures. So, yes, Spawn is a character in Mortal Kombat 11. He was introduced in Kombat pack 1 as a guest character but seems to have received more figures in the Mortal Kombat 11 line than any other character. Kind of funny, right? Hey, Spawn sells. The first of the two new figures I picked up is Malefik Spawn (Bloody Disciple), a blood splattered Spawn variant based on one of the in-game skins simply called The Disciple. I picked him up because he's cool looking and the blood splatter effect is just fantastic. Let's take a look at Malefik Spawn (Bloody Disciple) after the break...
Masters of the Universe Month: Battle Armor Skeletor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Mattel
In the vintage Masters of the Universe line Mattel made sure that ever He-Man variant had an accompanying Skeletor variant and, for the most part, Mattel has continued that tradition over the past 40 years. 1984 saw the release of the first vintage He-Man and Skeletor variants, both wearing battle armor with a rotating drum that gave the armor the ability to reflect damage incurred during combat. Battle Armor variants of He-Man and Skeletor have continued to be the most popular MOTU variants and Mattel has included them in the line based on last year's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe CGI animated series. I really like the show (season 2 just dropped last month) but the accompanying toyline has been fairly so-so. Some of the smaller 5 inch figures have been cool but the larger line has left me a bit cold. An 8 1/2 inch Battle Armor He-Man was released last October and back in February Battle Armor Skeletor began showing up in stores to go along with him. Ready to take a look at one of the newest versions of this classic villainous variant? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Let's wrap up Masters of the Universe Day 2022 with a real winner from the greatest Masters of the Universe toyline of all time: Get ready for Webstor from Masters of the Universe Classics. Released in September 2009, Webstor was the first figure of the first subscription offered by MattyCollector. While the line started in 2008, it wasn't until 2009 that it started really getting some major attention and experiencing some crazy sellout times. While some figures stayed in stock for a few days (Skeletor stayed up for 10 days, the Goddess for 13 days, Zodak for 12 days, and Webstor for 6 days) others were gone within an hour (Man-At-Arms sold out in 41 minutes!). To kind of help out with this Mattel began offering the pre-sale subscription plan with a truncated 4 month subscription for September through December of 2009 soon followed by a full 2010 subscription. Webstor, the Evil Master of Escape, was one of the vintage 1984 figures and since we're focusing on that year of the vintage roster this month he's getting some special attention. Let's take a look at Webstor after the break...
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
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Saturday, April 23, 2022
We're another figure closer to reviewing all of the first series of Alpha Team 1 characters with today's review of Master Sergeant Steadfast. Steadfast is the leader of Alpha Team 1 and also an excellent baker. There are lots of accessory packs that he can utilize and more coming out for him soon but this is the basic figure. Want to check him out? Let's jump in after the break and see if Steadfast has what it takes to lead...
Masters of the Universe Month: Fisto (Black Boots) from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjects
Friday, April 22, 2022
The He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toyline inspired by the Netflix animated series of the same name was exclusive to Walmart in 2021 but now it's available everywhere. What is exclusive to Walmart right now is this Battle for Eternia 2-pack, which includes repaints of the standard He-Man and Skeletor and a RK Unit (which the package refers to as Skeletor's drone). It's a cool little set that easily gives kids and parents a chance to snag He-Man and Skelly in one go. It's been a month or more since I saw a standard He-Man on shelves so this is probably a good idea for a release right now. While it seems that a trend in the toy industry lately has been to overcharge for multipacks, this set gives you both figures at the regular retail price plus throws in one of the
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Masters of the Universe Month 2021: Wind Raider with He-Man & Roton with Skeletor (Purple) M.U.S.C.L.E. Masters of the Universe by Super7
There's a new Mega Construx miniature set packaged in a plastic Skeletor head showing up right now and this time it's a Zombie He-Man with the Slime Pit. The package calls this Zombie He-Man Horde Pit which sounds like a really weird translation of a manga title, right? I was surprised that Mattel never put a Slime Pit into Masters of the Universe Classics considering it's the simplest vintage playset and seemed like it would have been a great addition to the line and, so far, we don't have one in Origins yet, either. This is a definitely a take on the Slime Pit although I'm not sure that it fully satisfies me as a Mega Construx recreation of the vintage toy. It's like 50%-60% of the way there, though, and it is a neat little set for $10 bucks. Plus, the Horde Zombie He-Man is just an incredibly cool figure. I love the Mega Construx minis. They're some of the best building block/ minifigures ever. Let's take a look at this set after the break...
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Monday, April 18, 2022
Ready for another look back at the first series of Final Faction figures from the end of 2020? Let's look at A.C.R.M., a mech piloted by Alpha Team 1's Boyd. Boyd is 15 and a wheelchair user so he uses a virtual reality augmented headset and a special suit to pilot the A.C.R.M., or the Augmented Combat Rescue Mech. It's a cool idea and for a while last year (early 2021) the A.C.R.M. was sort of difficult to find. Who doesn't like mechs? This guy is pretty fun so let's check him out after the break...
Sunday, April 17, 2022
In 1984 the vintage Masters of the Universe toyline had three new vehicles for the Heroic Warriors, my favorite of which has always been Stridor. I still have a picture of me on Easter morning at 3 years with the vintage Stridor and Fisto 2-pack next to my Easter basket. Stridor has been one of the more popular vintage vehicles to make a reappearance in modern Masters of the Universe lines and this year Mattel's Masters of the Universe Origins line has revisited the robotic horse. Masters of the Universe Origins has released some truly impressive vehicles in the line and Stridor is another hit with improved articulation and lots of fantastic accessories. Seriously, this guy is really, really cool. Ready to take a ride with Stridor? Then join me after the break...
Saturday, April 16, 2022
There's another Spawn Megafig out on shelves right now and he's based on a classic Spawn character: Cy-Gor! Cy-Gor first appeared in the vintage Spawn toyline as a character made up solely to be an action figure. He was shortly after introduced into the comic in issue #38, however, and he's popped up from time to time ever since. This version is the resurrected Cy-Gor from the more recent comics and he's a hefty guy. I've only ever owned the Cy-Gor v2 figure which I picked up in dollar bin somewhere to use as Kriegaffe in my Hellboy collection. This guy is definitely chilling with the rest of my Spawn figures, however. I initially ordered him from Amazon using some rewards points but my order was lost by FedEx somewhere in Louisville, KY, so I ended up getting him at GameStop using some my monthly membership coupon when the Spawn figures were on sale a week or two ago. Shop around for a deal. Ready for some massive monkey mayhem? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
More Final Faction? Yup. Today I'm checking out the P-131, an automated drone that seems to be a bit of an army builder for Alpha Team 1. P-131 is packed in the same case with Krepitus and Diabol which is is currently the newest case of figures available. From images I saw I really thought he was going to be quite a bit larger than he is. This little guy is just a hair shy of 3 inches but after watching the first episode of the animated Final Faction cartoon I do believe these guys are supposed to be a bit on the smaller side. The P-131 is a neat drone/mech and it's been fun to see folks customize these. Let's take a look at what you get from Dollar Tree for a buck and a quarter after the break...
If you can't tell from my reviews on the site, I'm a pretty big fan of Greenbrier International's Final Faction line. I didn't start reviewing them until January but I'd been picking up all of the releases in the line since early 2021 (they first came out at the end of 2020) and I think it's time I go back and fill in some gaps in my review coverage. The nice thing about Final Faction is that Greebrier International seems to still be producing every figure in the line, so you can conceivably go into a Dollar Tree or Family Dollar and find every figure you're looking for. New figures tend to trickle out but everyone released in 2020 and 2020 is still pretty easy to find as new cases are still arriving. Today I'm going to check out one of the first series Alpha Team 1: Sergeant Ruck. Ruck is Austrian and is a ground artillery specialist for Alpha Team 1. While he's not wearing yellow, he does kind of remind me of Jake Rockwell from Centurions since he's sort of a mobile human tank. Need someone to really bring some heat against the Kharn? Ruck is your guy! Let's check him out after the break...
Monday, April 11, 2022
Action Figure Review: Sun-Man from Sun-Man: Rulers of the Sun/ Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel
Sunday, April 10, 2022
The newest series of Final Faction figures has added two unique personalities to the Kharn forces. I reviewed General Diabol late last week and today I'm looking at Krepitus, a ruthless bounty hunter that tracks down and ties up loose ends for the Kharn. His current target is Torn, a defector of the Kharn who has joined Alpha Team 1. We've got some intrigue going on here now! I like it. Krepitus is a very cool looking character that definitely feels like he's the "cool" bad guy character that everyone is nuts about. Had Final Faction been released in the 1980s or 1990s there would probably be no end to the Krepitus merchandise you could find. Everyone would be posting using screennames like Krepitus69 or something and you'd know at least one person with a Krepitus tattoo. Since he's a new character, though, I guess you can be the first on the block to show off your Krepitus fandom. Let's take a look at Krepitus after the break and see why he's such a cool villian...
Saturday, April 9, 2022
Friday, April 8, 2022
Over the past week I've reviewed the Decimator and the Crawlers so now it's time to take a look at the third of the Kharn "Perimeter Defense" weapons: Huntra. Huntra reminds me of a cross between the Crawlers and the Crawler: Smaller, spindly legs with a bug head like the Crawler but armored legs and a large turret on top. The Huntra has two missiles. These look like some sort of energy or perhaps bio-weapon rather than straiht up missiles, so maybe these guys shoot their own energy of sorts? Gross. Let's take a look at the Huntra after the break...
This year for Masters of the Universe Month I'm paying tribute to the vintage 1984 series of Masters of the Universe action figures by looking at how those characters have been reinterpreted in toy form over the past 38 years. Today I'm getting the chance to look at two figures from 1984, Orko and Prince Adam, who were sold as a set in Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics line. Masters of the Universe Classics began in 2008 with a SDCC release (King Grayskull) and over the next twelve years became the most expansive Masters of the Universe toyline of all time. For SDCC 2010 Mattel released a very special figure: Orko, with Prince Adam as an "accessory." Seriously, the package just listed Orko on the name card while Prince Adam was tucked down behind the name card, largely hidden from view. The version actually released at San Diego Comic-Con was actually different than the standard release I'm looking at today. The true SDCC exclusive had Orko molded in translucent plastic that allowed him to "disappear" when exposed to heat. I never picked that version up as, at the time, I just wanted the classic looking Orko. This one was released throuhg MattyCollector.com. The 1984 MOTU line definitely benefitted from the popularity of the Filmation animated series "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" and saw the inclusion of Orko and Prince Adam due to their appearance on the show. They're still two of my favorites and considering my love for Masters of the Universe Classics, you know I'm probably just going to be heaping praise on this lovable duo. Let's check out Orko and Adam after the break...
Thursday, April 7, 2022
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Action Figure Review: He-Man on Battle Cat #84 (Flocked) from POP! Rides: Masters of the Universe by Funko
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
One of the newest assortments of Final Faction figures has four smaller turret like releases in it: The Crawler, Decimator, and Huntra for the Kharn and the X4 Turret for Alpha Team 1. Today I'm going to take a look at the Decimator, a living mobile turret of sorts. All four of these releases have Perimeter Defense on the card, so I'll probably refer to them as the Perimeter Defense series in the future. I'm really enjoying Final Faction and not just because it's a budget line exclusive to Dollar Tree and Family Dollar. There's a lot of creativity in the designs for this series and some unusual releases. When's the last time you can remember a mass market retail line releasing turrets and accessory packs like this? I think the 1/18th scaled Fortnite figures from Jazwares have done that in various ways but that seems to be an exception. I love the Kharn designs. They really remind me of the Locust Horde from Gears of War. If I didn't know better I'd think Final Faction was based on a video game. Who knows in the future? The team has done some cartoons and now a comic book. Is a video game that far out of the realm of possibility? I can just imagine something like the Decimator being deployed by the villains and the player having to take them down. Let's take a look at decimator after the break...
Monday, April 4, 2022
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Saturday, April 2, 2022
Friday, April 1, 2022
April 28th is Masters of the Universe Day and while I've taken part in Masters of the Universe Day celebrations since 2013 it's only been since 2020 that I've decided to turn the holiday into a month long celebration. So what exactly is Masters of the Universe Day? Are you in the dark about this holiday that ranks only behind Easter, Christmas, and Halloween for me? (Yeah, it's still ahead of Thanksgiving.) Maybe you're a new fan this year who was drawn in by the Netflix shows He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, or She-Ra and the Princesses of Power? With multiple active toylines right now, new shows, and a potential move on the horizon, it's more important than ever to celebrate the awesomeness and joy that is Masters of the Universe.
So.. Masters of the Universe Day. The short version of the story is that in 1987 Tom Bradley, then the mayor of Los Angeles, California, declared April 28th to be "Masters of the Universe Day" due to the live Masters of the Universe: Power Tour show coming to the city. While now it seems that every popular franchise has a holiday (Batman Day, May the 4th Be With You, Aliens Day, Mario day) Masters of the Universe is, to my knowledge, the first fandom holiday. Yeah, it was just a goofy PR thing but fans took it and ran with to create something pretty special.
This year I'm taking a look back at the 1984 roster of characters and vehicles to look at how the toys from that third series have been interpreted and reinterpreted over the past four decades in a variety of toylines. We're really living in a renaissance period for Masters of the Universe as there are over a half dozen active toylines right now (MOTU Origins, He-Man and the MOTU, Masterverse, Mega Construx MOTU, Eternia Minis, Mondo's MOTU, and Funko's POP! vinyls and Vinyl SODA) with some high end stuff and other collectibles from companies like Tweeterhead, Iron Studios, Beeline Creative, Factory Entertainment, and others. I'm not going to get to every toy in the 1984 series but I definitely am hitting the majority of them. Keep checking back and join in the fun as we celebrate all month long...