Friday, August 12, 2022

Action Figure Review: Storm Shadow from G.I. Joe: Classified Series by Hasbro

 

   While Hasbro released Arctic Mission Storm Shadow in 2020, the first year of the line, and the movie based version in 2021, it's taken until 2022 for a standard Storm Shadow to be released in the G.I. Joe: Classified Series. Why so long? Probably because Storm Shadow was caught up in the Classified Series' move towards more classic/vintage renditions of the characters. I was a big fan of many of the modern Classified Updates and I was pretty excited to see the version of Storm Shadow we saw in the advertising art and the video game turned into an action figure. More faithful renditions of the vintage toys are definitely where this line has been headed for the past year, though, and thus this new Storm Shadow is quite reminiscent of the 1984 version of the character. Storm Shadow is a really good figure (there's a "retro" carded version coming, too, with more classic inspired arm wraps and all black weapons) but I do miss getting to see what that redesign would have looked like as a toy. Let's take a look at Storm Shadow after the break and see how he turned out...




Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Action Figure Review: Spirit Iron-Knife from G.I. Joe: Classified Series by Hasbro

 

  I'm having a tough time deciding if Spirit Iron-Knife or the Cobra Officer is my favorite figure from this series as they're both incredible figures. I never owned Spirit as a kid as he was part of the 1984 series, which was about two years or so before I got into G.I. Joe, so it's possible he just wasn't on shelves anymore by the time I was picking up figures. I was always familiar with him from the comics and cards but the first Spirit figure I owned was probably the 2005 G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 version. Spirit has had quite a few different looks over the years but the Classified version is a modernized take on his classic appearance. I believe that in one of their streaming events the Classified team discussed that they had Native American/Indigenous designers to help work on the figure and create the packaging art, which is pretty neat to hear. The G.I. Joe team was always quite diverse with at least three Native America/ Indigenous members that I can recall offhand (Spirit, Airborne, and Altitude) and it's cool to see these characters still part of the crew and being reimagined over the years. I find Spirit Iron-Knife to be one of the best examples of a figure that has kept the appeal of the vintage design while also being modernized with some cool new touches. Let's take a look at Spirit Iron-Knife after the break...





Friday, August 5, 2022

Action Figure Review: Cobra Officer from G.I. Joe: Classified Series by Hasbro

 


   The most recent series of basic G.I. Joe Classified Series figures have been showing up slowly and I'll start reviewing them by taking a look at the Cobra Officer. The Cobra Trooper and Cobra Infantry have been two of the best figures in the line, so I had high hopes for the Cobra Officer. Since those figures were released earlier in the line, the aesthetic of the figures has changed a bit with the designs more strongly favoring their vintage counterparts. I was a bit concerned that we'd get a downgraded, less modern feeling figure but, fortunately, the Cobra Officer nicely pairs with the Cobra figures we've already received. The vintage Cobra Officer was released in the original 1982 series and has shown up multiple times over the years in different designs. This one takes the cake for me and is an amazing figure. Let's check out the Cobra Officer after the break...



Thursday, August 4, 2022

Action Figure Review: Gung-Ho from G.I. Joe: Classified Series by Hasbro

 

   Like they've done with most of their collector focused lines, Hasbro has now started offering retro carded figures in the G.I. Joe Classified Series. Hasbro really doesn't seem to be referring to these figures any differently (maybe to prevent confusion between these and the 1/18th scale G.I. Joe Retro Collection) but they're definitely packaged on the larger blister card like the similar Star Wars: The Black Series and Marvel Legends Series lines. While some of the figures are largely repaints with more vintage accurate color (Destro, Baroness), Gung-Ho is a very different figure from his previous Classified Series release. There was a lot I liked about the first Gung-Ho figure from series 2 but also quite a few things that disappointed me. While I wasn't one of the fans clamoring for the Classified Series to be 100% vintage accurate, I do like this more vintage accurate Gung-Ho. He's honestly one of my favorites at the moment. These are technically Walmart exclusives although Hasbr Pulse does have a quantity available for preorder as well. Let's take a look at the retro version of Gung-Ho after the break...



Wednesday, August 3, 2022

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

 


   Mattel really supported Masters of the Universe: Revelation in Masterverse (or did MOTU: Revelation really just support Masterverse?) and we're still getting figures from the show. Today I'm checking out the "Classic" version of Teela from Masters of the Universe: Revelation. This is how Teela appears in the first episode and in the flashback segments. Mattel released the "Modern" Teela last year but since she's such a popular character she's definitely deserving of two figures. I feel like I said everything I wanted to say about Teela's role in MOTU: Revelation in that review so no need to retread old ground, right? This is a cool figure and definitely captures a classic Teela look with a few new elements thrown in for fun. Let's take a look at Teela after the break...





Monday, August 1, 2022

Adora's Collection

 



   Hey guys! It's Umbreon 13 (AKA Adora) and, if you do not know, I collect Pokemon. I mainly collect Eevees and I want to show you my collection.  I have many more but my whole room would of had Eevees in it.  I thought that before I talk about my collection I would tell you how I started collecting.  When Super Smash Bros. Ultimate came out my dad got it for me and we started playing and got a trophy. It was the Eevee trophy and I thought it was the cutest thing ever!  On Christmas morning of 2015 I got my first Eevee (She's the one on the left of the Sylveon Pop!), and that is how I started collecting.

   In this picture there are 52 items that are part of my collection.  I will start from top to bottom. First, big Eevee; she is the largest of my collection and is 17 1/2 in. and on top of her are the two smallest stuffed Eeves in my collection. They're 4 in.  There are three of the the Build-A-Bear Eevee's: Glaceon, Flareon and Eevee and, yes, Glaceon and Eevee are wearing fake ears. In the back there is Evoli ( Eee-voo-lee) a French and English speaking Eevee.  And then we have my medium Eevees with my giant Eevee Pop! The Jazwares and Tomy plushies are some of my favorite brands of Pokemon toys because I like that they're sitting. Then there are my Funko Pops. I like to collect them the most since they have shiny Pops, flocked Pops ,and all of the characters.  And last, but not least, my outfits I have four different outfits including my Vaporeon blanket.  
 
 Before it's finished I'd like it if my dad, AKA Barbecue 17, would say a few things about it.

   Hey everyone! Barbecue17 here. Pokemon came out when I was a freshman in high school and while my friends and I liked it and played the games and the card game, I secretly wished it was something that had been around when I was a kid. I always liked the characters but I sort of lost interest in Pokemon until I introduced it to Adora when she was quite little. It was seeing that Eevee trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that seemed to seal the deal for her, though, as this kid is now obsessed with Eevees! Seriously, she goes crazy over these little guys and goes nuts when she find a new one. Eevee and her evolutions are all incredible designs and they're absolutely adorable. She really loves all things Eevee and it's been fun to help share in her collecting. I always wonder if she'll still be enamored with Eevee when she's my age in the same way I'm still enamored with Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, and the other things of my childhood. I think it's probably a given.
 









Saturday, July 30, 2022

Action Figure Review: Wun-Dar from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel

 

  Wonder Bread He-Man. Wun-Dar. Savage He-Man. No matter what you call him, the brown haired He-Man has long been one of the most mysterious figures in the history of toy and action figure collecting. Long believed to be a mail-away promotional item from Wonder Bread (he wasn't), an early prototype for a Conan based toyline (nope), an early version of Prince Adam, a recolored figure for Asian markets, or just a flat out hoax, back in 2020 the mystery was seemingly solved when former brand manager Scott "Toy Guru" Neitlich found a series of correspondences that seem to definitively identify this figure as "Special Edition He-Man." According to the letter addressed to from an upset mother, Barb Hackenburg, the figure was received by her son and nephew as part of a "buy 3, get 1 free" Mattel promotion but disappointed then because it was a figure they didn't recognize who came with no weapons or armor. From follow up letters from Mattel President Ray Wagner and Mark Ellis, Vice President of Marketing, it does seem the idea was to create a unique figure that kids wouldn't already have when they ordered for this promotion. It may have just been a cheaper was to make a new character that kids presumably could outfit with extra accessories they had. I mean, the 1982 G.I. Joe toyline shared headsculpts between multiple characters (Short-Fuze, Flash, Hawk, and Steeler; etc.) so maybe Mattel just thought this was an easy way of making a new, more generic figure and offering up something new?
   While the mystery has seemingly been solved, fans still have a passion for the incredibly rare figure. Named Wun-Dar in Masters of the Universe Classics (due to early speculation about his connection with a Wonder Bread promotion), Wun-Dar, the Savage He-Man, has become a character with his own story who even appears in Masters of the Universe: Revelation. This Masters of the Universe Origins version was sold as a Mattel Creations exclusive. It was kind of a disaster, though, as many of the figures seemed to leak out well before the figure was even announced (presumably they "fell off" the truck) and then on the day of sale he sold out in less than 2 minutes. Maybe even less than 1. According to the Origins team, they claim they didn't realize how popular he'd be. I'm not sure whether or not I believe that but it's possible those figures that seemed to show up early maybe have really depleted the supply for sale. I got an order in on a second batch but it was cancelled shortly afterwards. I finally managed to get one, though, so let's take a look at Wun-Dar, the Savage He-Man, after the break...