Saturday, April 13, 2024

Action Figure Review: Evil Jack-O-Lantern Bone Brawler from Icons: The Yokai Series by Fwoosh Toys

 

  Today I'm reviewing something kind of fun and unique: The Evil Jack-O-Lantern Bone Brawler from Fwoosh Toys' Icons: The Yokai Series. This is the first figure from Fwoosh Toys that I've purchased and I'm glad to say that it's a pretty nifty figure. This guy was a Fwoosh Store preorder exclusive, though they did have some listed for sale again a week or so ago (though they're now sold out). I actually preordered this guy in October of 2022 and he arrived to my door in late February, so he's been a long time coming. I'm familiar with the Fwoosh's Articulated Icons line but I've never owned any. This guy spoke to me, though. Spooky skeleton. Yokai. Jack-O-Lantern head? Yup. All things I like. I didn't want to wait until October to review him, although he'd make an awfully good addition to 31 Days of Toy Terror, wouldn't he? Let's take a look at the Evil Jack-O-Lantern Bone Brawler after the break...



Friday, April 12, 2024

Action Figure review: Cyclops from Marvel Legends Series: X-Men '97 by Hasbro

 

   I haven't started watching X-Men '97 yet, so don't expect any spoilers here! I actually decided to watch through all of the original series before diving into X-Men '97 and I'm currently in the middle of season 4 (which might be the best season yet). I'm really anticipating the show and I'm loving the tie in action figures. Thus far I've purchased all of the X-Men '97 Marvel Legends Series figures except for Wolverine (who I stupidly passed up previously but now have a preorder for from the second run), which adheres to my current Marvel Legends focus of just X-Men related characters. I actually stumbled across everyone except X-Cutioner in a GameStop one in February, so I got the chance to use my discount plus some points I had accumulated. Hasbro went with a stylized appearance on these that I really like. The style is subtler than the figures from the What If? and Spider-Man: Spider-Verse lines, and they don't have any cel-shading like the Pulse exclusive X-Men VHS figures. They do a nice job of matching the animation while also fitting fairly seamlessly into a comic based collection. I'm really hoping these continue as I'd love to build a full roster of the animated team in this style. I'm starting things off with Cyclops. I have a few Cyclops figures in my collection already, but this one is pretty much my ideal Cyclops and he's an improvement over the 2017 Warlock BAF series version of Scott. Ready to check out Cyclops? Then open your eyes and read on...




Thursday, April 11, 2024

Action Figure Review: Egon Spengler & Soar Throat Ghost from Ghostbusters Kenner Classics from Hasbro

 


   See? I told you I wasn't going to wait until may to review the Fright Features Egon Spengler! Egon was the last of the Fright Features figures I found from Hasbro's Ghostbusters Kenner Classics series and I found him while on a short vacation to Gatlinburg, TN in February. You know why I was thrilled to get this guy? Because when I was a kid the tie on my Fright Features Egon broke and I'm excited to have one with an unbroken tie. It turns out, though, that the tie on pretty much every vintage Fright Features Egon figure released broke by 1990. have you ever seen one with an unbroken tie in the last 34 years? Me neither. I also seem to recall having lost the included Soar Throat ghost as a kid. No idea why. Maybe he got mixed in with something else? Let's take a look at Dr. Egon Spengler and see if bustin' still makes him feel good...




Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Action Figure Review: Big Boa from G.I. Joe: Classified Series by Hasbro

 


   I recently received the newest series of G.I. Joe: Classified Series figures, so get ready for some more G.I. Joe reviews! Today I'm checking out Big Boa, another individual named Cobra character and a rather bizarre figure overall. Don't get me wrong, I do like this figure, but he's always been a bit of an oddball in the Cobra ranks. 1987 was a weird year for Cobra figures, though, with Big Boa, Raptor, Crystal Ball, Croc Master, and Cobra-La all adding a bit more of a fantasy vibe to the line. Big Boa makes a bit more sense when you realize he was originally intended to be an adversary for a planned Rocky Balboa figure, a planned G.I. Joe team personal combat instructor. When a licensing agreement fell through, Rocky was scrapped (though not before appearing in Order of Battle #2, with an official retraction being printed in the next issue). Rocky was no more, Sylvester Stallone's likeness went on to star in Coleco's Rambo: The Force of Freedom toyline, and Big Boa was kept around as Cobra's answer to Sgt. Slaughter. Who trains the Cobra troops and puts them through the paces? Big Boa, that's who. There have only ever been two Big Boa figures released, the vintage 1987 figure and the Figure Subscription Service figure from 2013 (in addition to an Indian Funskool version and a Brazilian figure named Kangor who came with a kangaroo), so the guy hasn't had many different looks. Overall, Hasbro went with a pretty straight up vintage look for Big Boa, though he does have a few new tricks. Ready to hop in the ring with Big Boa? Then join me after the break...



Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Action Figure Review: Winston Zeddemore & Scream Roller Ghost from Ghostbusters Kenner Classics by Hasbro

 

   Today I'm taking a look at the third figure in the Ghostbusters Kenner Classics Fright Features series: Winston Zeddemore & Scream Roller Ghost! These were originally exclusive to Target but now they're being offered at Hasbro Pulse and other e-tailers, so if you missed them you should be able to easily track them down now. Winston was the third figure I acquired in this series; I found Peter and Ray first, then Winston a week or so later. Interestingly, I reviewed Peter in February, Ray in March, and now Winston in April. Don't worry! I'm not planning on waiting until May to review Egon. Since picking these guys up in stores, Ghostbusters: Froze Empire was released and I went to see with with my wife, daughter, and my dad. That was pretty fun! We went to an opening night showing and had a great time. I really liked the movie quite a bit and was surprised by so much of the negative criticism I heard afterwards. I thought it was a really fun movie that gave both the newer team and the original crew plenty of time to shine. It did feel like it wrapped up a bit too quickly, but then again, that happened in the original film and Ghostbusters II as well. Ernie Hudson was fantastic in the movie and I love his enthusiasm in promoting the film and interacting with fans. He has truly embraced being a Ghostbuster! Let's take a look at this Fright Features version of Winston Zeddemore & Scream Roller Ghost after the break and see if it's a fitting tribute to the original toy as well. Join us for some spooky, frightening fun after the break...



Monday, April 8, 2024

Action Figure Review: Clutch with VAMP (Multi-Purpose Attack Vehicle) from G.I. Joe: Classified Series by Hasbro





 A combination of Easter, a short vacation, and being sick has kept me occupied for a week or so, but here I am with another new G.I. Joe: Classified Series review and this time it's the (current) second largest vehicle in the line: The VAMP with the Original 13 team member, Clutch. Despite being two young to have had the Original 13 figures as a kid (I didn't get into G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero until some time in 1986), as a fan of the Marvel comic and the property in general, I love the Original 13 team members and getting them in the Classified Series is definitely one of the teams/ subsets/ goals I look forward to most completing. There's something cool about how they express their individuality while also looking and feeling like a cohesive unit. I did get the HISS (though I didn't review it last year), so this is the largest vehicle for the line I've taken a look at. It's a nice update to both Clutch and the VAMP that feels true to the original toy while still also having that modern, "Classified" series feel to it. It doesn't feel like a straight up retro redo nor does it feel overly antiquated. Ready to roll with Clutch and the VAMP? Then grab your toothpick, jump in, buckle up, and hold on. We're making tracks after the break...


Monday, April 1, 2024

Minifigure Review: The Riddler from DC Comics- Batman Tiny Mights by CultureFly

 

   I haven't reviewed every sculpt from this series, but I have at least checked out about half of them. Today I'm wrapping up my look at this series (for now) with a review of the Riddler minifigure. Here's one I would love to have scored in green, but no luck. I did get him in red, yellow, and the glow-in-the-dark blue, though. Ready to get puzzled? I thought the Riddler was a nice fit for April Fool's Day. Join me after the break...