Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Wrapping Up 2021: Torn from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 

   Series 1 of Final Faction was pretty straight forward: The heroic human Alpha Team 1 versus the evil alien Kharn. Series 2 begins to mix things up a bit with the introduction of Torn, a mysterious covert agent who appears to help fight the Kharn and then disappears again. Seemingly human but armed with unearthly technology, there are definitely doubts cast about Torn's true loyalties. Torn has a pretty neat design and adds an interesting "wild card" character into the mix. Let's take a look at Torn after the break as I wrap up the 2021 releases from Final Faction...

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Wrapping Up 2021: Spc. Scope from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 

 I'm making my way through the 2021 Final Faction releases and next up is Spc. Scope from Alpha Team 1. Specialist Scope is the sniper of Alpha Team 1 and the brother of Specialist Shift from series 1. He's a cool figure and one of the neatest looking humans in the line thanks to his slick metallic red armor. If you haven't read any of my other reviews of this series yet keep in mind that these are exclusive to Dollar Tree and only cost $1 a figure. Let's take a look at Specialist Scope after the break...

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Wrapping Up 2021: Churro & FD-0 from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 


   Ready for more of the Final Faction? Today I'm checking out what is absolutely one of the coolest action figures released in 2021: Churro and FD-0. According to the bio on the back of the card (something the $1 Dollar Tree exclusive line can apparently include that most companies can't) Churro is the canine pal of Steadfast, the leader of Alpha Team 1, and the pilot of the FD-0 mech. Yeah, he actually helps the team fight the Kharn. That's pretty cool! Churro was shown in the cartoon released alongside the first series of figures but didn't make his appearance in stores until series 2. He's a really cool figure and I'm excited to check this guy out. I love dogs and I've always loved dogs included in action figures as a companion and robotic dog toy, so Churro is absolutely a treat for me. Let's check him out after the break...

Wrapping Up 2021: Arrow ATV Weapons & Armor from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 
   On Thursday I reviewed the Arrow ATV from Final Faction, the line of 1/18th scale sci-fi/ military figures exclusive to Dollar Tree stores. Like the action figures themselves, the Arrow ATV costs $1. I was running errands this morning and bought some beef jerky while running around. It cost more than $1. The Arrow ATV is pretty basic, though, so for another $1 you can buy the Arrow ATV Weapons & Armor battle ready conversion kit to trick it out. Like the Arrow ATV, the Weapons & Armor pack comes in a small cardboard box. You've seen what a $1 vehicle looks like so how about a $2 vehicle? Let's check out the Weapons & Armor kit after the break...

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Wrapping Up 2021: Arrow ATV from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 



   Have you heard about Final Faction? Over the next couple of days I'm going to be talking about Final Faction, one of the most interesting toylines of the past few years. The first figures were released at the end of 2020 but I didn't pick them up until last year and just never got around to reviewing them. In December some figures and a vehicle from the second series dropped so I'm finally giving the line some attention on Action Figure Barbecue. For those of you not familiar with Final Faction, it's a 1/18th scaled toyline about the special operatives of Alpha Team 1 defending Earth from the Kharn, an Alien collective intent on plundering Earth's natural resources in the year 2050. OK, that's cool, so what's the claim to fame of this line? They're exclusive to Dollar Tree and they cost $1 each. Yes, the figures are $1. There are also currently six very cool accessory packs with extra gear for the humans and the aliens. Guess how much those cost? Yup, $1. Today I'm checking out the first vehicle in the line, the Arrow ATV. It's a 1/18th scaled ATV that the figures can ride in. Guess what? It also costs $1. While just being cheap isn't a quality in and of itself I think there's a lot of creativity and innovation in Final Faction. The team behind it is clearly very passionate (they have a very active Instagram page and regulalrly interact with the fan community) and are doing some neat stuff. In a world where Hasbro has started charging an extra $10 bucks because Boba Fett's armor is "deluxe" Final Faction is kind of refreshing. 

   The Arrow ATV is the first vehicle in the line and is a small transport for the heroic Alpha Team 1 members. It's basic, yeah, but only because there's an accessory pack that allows you to arm it with additional weapons and gear for another buck. That review is next but for now let's look at the basic Arrow ATV after the break...

Wrapping Up 2021: She-Ra on Swift Wind #279 from POP! Rides by Funko

 



   Funko was an absolute Masters of the Universe merchandising beast in 2021 and while the still seem intent on neglecting Teela they did make sure to give She-Ra some love. Most exciting was the fact that they also gave Swift Wind some love as well. When Funko shifted the Masters of the Universe license to the POP! Retro Toys branding a year or two ago they mainly started focusing on the toy versions of characters so that's what we've got here: A mixture between the vintage Princess of Power and Filmation She-Ra riding a vintage toy inspired Swift Wind. While Swift Wind was male in the Filmation cartoon series and in everything since then, some of the early material referred to Swift Wind as she. My daughter, Adora (seriously) and I were reading one of the vintage She-Ra storybooks a few nights ago and encountered this. Interesting. Anyways, She-Ra and Swift Wind are part of the POP! Rides subset and were sold exclusively through Walmart. I ordered mine off Walmart.com back in October or so but I've seen the set quite often so the distribution seemed to be pretty decent on this set. Let's take a look at She-Ra and Swift Wind, a powerful pair of POPs.....

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Wrapping Up 2021: Sorceress from Masters of the Universe: Revelation Eternia Minis by Mattel

 

   It's time to wrap up the Masters of the Universe: Revelation Eternia Minis reviews with a look at a fantastic minifigure: Sorceress! While released under the MOTU: Revelation banner, the Sorceress seems like one of those figures that can work equally well with the classic/ vintage styled Eternia Minis. Her looks is pretty classic styled for sure and she ought to fit right in with your collection. The Sorceress has long been a core of MOTU and I really like how Revelation told her story, leading to her passing the mantle of the Sorceress of Grayskull to Teela. I also really loved the relationship between the Sorceress/ Teela Na and Man-At-Arms/ Duncan in Revelation. I'd love a 3 pack of Duncan, Teela Na, and baby Teela, but I doubt Mattel would ever relese that, huh? Let's let the Sorceress cast a spell on us and check her out after the break...