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...