Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Excavating a Treasure X Figure from Moose Toys

    As we are approaching the Halloween season and all of our thoughts turn to moldy tombs, ancient curses, and spooky skeletons, I think I speak for everyone when I say that we will definitely be spending some time talking about Treasure X from Moose Toys. Treasure X is the newest blind bagged minifigure sensation from Moose Toys, creators of Shopkins, the Grossery Gang, Pikmi Pops, Trash Pack, and other currently popular toys and like those other toys it relies on a careful blend of mystery, marketing, and legitimately cool minifigures. Having a soon to be five year old daughter who adores these miniature toylines like Shopkins, Hatchimals, Flush Force, Num Noms, and the Grossery Gang and, being a minifigure collector myself, these were definitely on my radar. The concept of Treasure X is that each $10 package involves a 10-stage treasure hunt to unearth a skeletal treasure hunter and an ancient treasure that could actually be gold plated (that's kind of the "chase" aspect of the line). I'll be reviewing a couple of the minifigures themselves separately over the coming months but today I want to simply go over the concept of the line so you can get an idea of how it works. Ready to get digging? Then grab your shovel and join me after the break...

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Minifigure Review: 20-Pack Figure Collector's Set (Series 4) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

   Yesterday a fellow collector and Nano Metalfigs enthusiast emailed me asking if I knew about this new 20-pack of DC Nano Metalfigs from Jada Toys (thanks, Joe Mama, if that is your real name!). I had heard about it and, in fact, I've actually had this one sitting around for a few weeks. Today seems like as good a time as any to review it, huh? It's no secret that Jada Toys' DC Nano Metalfigs line is one of my favorite toylines out there right now.  There's just something I love about it and Jada keeps putting out some cool releases. As of this set's release we are up to 113 unique figure releases for the DC line which is pretty cool. Of course, there are lots of variants and repaints in this series and this 20-Pack shows off how those repaints can turn out to be really, really cool or really, really dull. Sadly, the set only features one all knew sculpt, Nightwing. I'm sure we'll see him again down the road somewhere, but for now this is the only way to get him. Let's check this set out after the break...

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Action Figure Review: Han Solo (Exogorth Escape) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    To be honest there were really that many SDCC exclusives that I had to have this year. They either didn't impress me that much or were so incredibly difficult to come by that I didn't even bother with them. Of course, considering that Star Wars: The Black Series is pretty much my favorite line out there these days there was no way I was going to pass up this version of Han Solo in his "Bespin" jacket from The Empire Strikes back. Similar to exclusives from previous years like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Kylo Ren, Luke's Landspeeder, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Jabba the Hutt, and Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite, this version of Han Solo is being released as a standard release simply called Han Solo (Bespin). Of course, that version misses out on all of the great accessories this figure has meaning that if you want the Mynock, hydrospanner, and other cool extras, you're going to have to pick up the exclusive complete with the SDCC tax. Since I didn't want any other SDCC exclusives this year I didn't mind going ahead and order this one on the secondary market. It turns out that he's probably one of the best Black Series figures that has been released yet though not without some faults. Let's check it out after the break...

Friday, August 10, 2018

Toy Review: '97 Mercedes-Benz ML320 from Matchbox Jurassic World: Legacy Collection by Mattel

 A month or so ago I was roaming through Target when I stumbled upon single packed Jurassic World: Legacy Collection '97 Mercedes-Benz 320 from Matchbox. It turns out that the single packed Mercedes-Benz from The Lost World is actually a bit different than the version included with the somewhat more easy to find Island Explorers 5-pack. Disappointingly, it's just a paint difference and not a different model (as there were actually different models of the car used in the film with various extra accoutrements to differentiate them). This is still the Montana model, and it's the vehicle that doesn't get used in the film but instead gets left behind in Eddie Carr's garage. The Fontana and the Santana are the two that actually get used, so why they didn't get made in this line I have no idea. Want to check out this car to see the minor differences from the 5-pack version? If so then join me after the break...

Confirmed Epic Podcast #101: Halloween 2018 Preview





It's August which mean's on The Confirmed Epic Podcast  it's time kick off the Halloween Season.  The Epic Review and Action Figure Barbecue are proud to present: Hokey Halloween 2018.

On episode #101 of The Confirmed Epic Podcast join the ghoulish duo of The Reel Brad Bell and Jerry 'Barbecue 17' Reed as they preview what the Halloween season has in store for us this Fall in film, television, and collecting.  We will also reveal what we have in store for you this Anthology August, Slasher September, and the month of October.  

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

My Pumpkin Collection: Jack the Pumpkin King from Walgreens


Here's another item from my Pumpkin Collection: Jack Skellington as the Pumpkin King! Jack is one of my favorites and his pumpkin headed visage has been an inspiration to me. This was a small plush figure offered as a Walgreen's exclusive a year or two ago. Walgreen's gets some great Halloween items and Nightmare Before Christmas stuff and I'm always excited to see what pops up there every year.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

My Pumpkin Collection: POP! Movies Sam from Trick 'r Treat


  Here's another item from my pumpkin themed collection: Sam from Trick 'R Treat! I own a few different Sam figures, one of which is this spooky Sam from Funko's POP! Movies brand. I've had him for quite a few years now and he's definitely one of my favorite POP! figures. Check out my full review of the original toy!