Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Minifigure Review: Roddy Piper, Randy Savage, & Andre the Giant from M.U.S.C.L.E.: WWE by Super7

    Today I'm checking out the fourth and final set of Super7's WWE M.U.S.C.L.E. figures which are exclusive to Ringside Collectibles and, brother, are you getting a trio of pure power right here. Not are you getting some top tier sports entertainers but you're also getting some major acting power, too. First up is "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, not only of the best wrestling heels of all time (and a trainer for the Iron Grenadiers) but also the star of  John Carpenter's "They Live." Next up is Andre the Giant, an absolute legend, the first inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame, and one of the stars of The Princess Bride, and, lastly, the Macho Man Randy Savage, easily one of the best guys on the mic ever and the actor behind Bonesaw McGraw in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man. Let's check out this group of champions after the break...

Monday, November 12, 2018

Action Figure Review: Admiral Piett from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

  While this is the first Christmas season in a few years that we don't have a Star Wars movie to look forward to, that doesn't mean that Hasbro is skimping on the toys. 2018 has probably been the best year ever for the Black Series since the line debuted in 2012 thanks to the robust character selection and the newly debuted face printing technology. While Hasbro certainly has delivered a fairly robust Solo line this year, they've also done a fantastic job of filling out the cast of the Original Trilogy. In that respect it's kind of nice to have a large gap between The Last Jedi and Episode IX as it gives Hasbro more time to focus on releases from previous films. There have been a lot of exclusives this year (it's really quite crazy) and one of them is the shared online exclusive I'm reviewing today: Admiral Piett. Appearing in both The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi, Admiral Firmus Piett is the commander of the Executor, replacing the late Admiral Ozzel. Other than Grand Moff Tarkin, Admiral Piett is easily the most quotable of the Imperial officers so enjoy having Piett opine on bounty hunters, talk about older codes, or simply respond to Darth Vader. There's no end to the fun you'll have with Admiral Piett! Let's check this one out after the break...

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Minifigure Review: Ric Flair, Iron Sheik, & "Mean" Gene Okerlund from M.U.S.C.L.E.: WWE by Super7

    Woo!!! Today I'm checking out some more WWE M.U.S.C.L.E. minifigures from Super7. We've got the great humbler Iron Sheik, "Mean" Gene Okerlund (Gene Mean was the best man at the Iron Sheik's wedding!), and Ric Flair, the stylin', profilin', limousine riding, jet flying, kiss stealing, wheelin' n' dealin' son of a gun! Woo!! This is a pretty cool trio of figures and definitely a fun group to have in scale with your classic M.U.S.C.L.E. figures. Super7 has done a nice job with these minifigures which are exclusive to Ringside Collectibles. Let's check these minifigures out after the break...

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Action Figure Review: Stridor from Masters of the Universe Classics by Super7

    One of the last releases in Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics was Night Stalker, who came out in October 2016. Although Stridor wasn't officially announced by Super7 until April of this past year I think we all knew he was coming. Night Stalker and Stridor are really and truly the same toy with different paint schemes. Super7 put Stridor on preorder from April to May and then delivered him over the summer. I just got picked mine up last week, however, and man, does he look nice! As Mattel was phasing out of MOTUC there were definitely a few purchases I held back on at the time but now I'm catching back up and gathering up some of the late Mattel and early Super7 releases I missed out on. Stridor was a huge want for me as I remember getting the original toy in the two-pack with Fisto for Easter (probably in 1987). Ready to check this updated version of Stridor out? Then join me after the break...

Friday, November 9, 2018

Minifigure Review: Million Dollar Man, Sgt. Slaughter, & "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan from M.U.S.C.L.E.: WWE by Super7

 "Let's get ready to...review some minifigures!!!" On Tuesday I reviewed one of the four sets from Super7's classic WWF themed M.U.S.C.L.E. figures (of course, they're legally still labeled WWE) and today I'm checking out another one. This set includes three more WWE Superstars: The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, wrestling star and G.I. Joe team member Sgt. Slaughter, and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, the winner of the first ever Royal Rumble. While I'm disappointed that Super7 has gone the blind boxed Keshi Surprise route for the new She-Ra minis, I'm happy to say that the WWE M.U.S.C.L.E. figures are some of the best that Super7 has released. Let's check out this classic trio after the break...

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Action Figure Review: Hawke from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel

   Today I'm checking out another Masters of the Universe Classics figure from Super7's continuation of the line: Hawke. While she's based on her Filmation appearance, Hawke appeared in both the Filmation series and in the 200x MYP series as one of the Avionian Bird People. In the Filmation series Hawke is just a random traitorous Avionian but in the MYP series (and in Classics canon) she is Stratos' heroic sister. Of course, what's interesting about this figure is that she includes an alternate head to turn her into Delora. Delora is Stratos' sister in the Filmation series (she's basically Hawke with blonde instead of red hair) but in the minicomics and various storybooks she is Stratos' wife. Sister/ wife/ random antagonist; makes sense. Hawke has long been one of the most requested figures for MOTUC and while she is very Filmation inspired, Super7 put her in the Collector's Choice/ MOTUC line. She was part of the first series that was released this spring and is definitely one of the figures I had heard some less than favorable things about. Want to check her out a bit more closely? Let's get it started after the break...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Action Figure Review: Granita from Masters of the Universe Classics by Super7

    Today I'm checking out another figure from the newest series of Super7's Masters of the Universe Classics figures and this time it's the third member of the Comet Warriors: Granita! Way back in 2013 I reviewed the SDCC 2013 set of Rokkon and Stonedar, the two Comet Warriors from the vintage MOTU line, and here we are a little over five years later finally completing the trio. Granita was apparently originally planned for the vintage MOTU toyline at one point but never made her way to toy shelves. She did, however, make two appearances in the Filmation She-Ra: Princess of Power series (The Rock People and The Light of the Crystal) and it's probably for that reason that she has long been one of the most requested figures. While Rokkon and Stonedar had vintage figures to base their MOTUC classics figures off of, Granita only had her Filmation appearance. She fits quite nicely into the MOTUC line (she is quite similar to Tim Bryski's proposal art) and completes the Comet Warriors faction, so that's a big plus. Unfortunately, she does have some problems that definitely seem to make her the least well received figure of series 2 of Super7's MOTUC. Let's check her out after the break...