Saturday, September 22, 2018

Action Figure Review: Lady Deadpool from Marvel Legends Series: Deadpool by Hasbro

 Wow! Guess what has happened since my last Deadpool themed review? I have finally seen Deadpool 2! My wife bought it for me for my birthday. It was both pretty hilarious and pretty awesome, so you can say I dig it. Definitely not for the kiddos, though. Of course, the action figures are for anyone and Hasbro released a pretty nice range of Deadpool themed action figures alongside of the film. One of the new characters in the series is Lady Deadpool (I'm pretty sure this is her first Marvel Legends figure, although she has been released in the 1/18th scaled Marvel Universe line), also known as Wanda Wilson from Earth 3010. While it clearly wasn't Lady Deadpool, there is a scene in Deadpool 2 where Deadpool is wearing a blonde wig in order to infiltrate a strip club to assassinate some very bad guys that made me think of Lady Deadpool. I wonder if we'll ever see the Deadpool Corps in a future film? Anyways, not only did Hasbro give us Lady Deadpool here but we also get Headpool. Crazy, right? If you factor in that Lady Deadpool also comes with the right leg for the Sauron build-a-figure then you're really getting 2 1/4 characters. I bought this one loose without the leg, though, and paid well under $10 bucks. If you're willing to forego the BAF pieces and cherry pick here and there you can find some incredible deals. Let's get on with this review and check out Lady Deadpool after the break...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Minifigure Review: Astronaut Boy w/ Alien Pet from Imaginext Collectible Figures Series 10 by Fisher-Price

  Back in early April I found 5 of the 6 figures from the 10th series of Imaginext Collectible Figures at a Walmart for $1 each. I reviewed all of those months ago but I never did find the lone figure I was lacking from the set... until now! Today I'm checking out the last figure from Series 10: The Astronaut Boy w/ Alien Pet. Guess what? This is another figure that was inspired by Fisher-Price's Adventure People toyline. I really didn't know that much about the line prior to researching it a bit for the Series 11 X-Ray Alien but it was during that research that I realized the Astronaut Boy is based on the early 1980s Alpha Star Astronaut. The space suit, colors, and the Alien Pet from this Imaginext figure are dead ringers for that vintage toy. Cool stuff! Let's take a quick peak at this kid and his alien pal after the break...

Classic Hokey Halloween Horror: Jolly Rancher Caramel Apple Crunch 'N Chew Candy

This review originally appeared on The Epic Review back in 2014!

     I'm not sure if these are new or not this year, but this is certainly the first time I recall seeing Caramel Apple flavored Jolly Ranchers. More specifically, these are Caramel Apple flavored Jolly Rancher Crunch 'n Chew candy. Yeah, they're an odd mix between the traditional hard, square little Jolly Ranchers and the soft, chewy little Jolly Ranchers bites that come in a bag. Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of Jolly Ranchers but when I saw the purple and green fall themed bag I knew I was going to have to buy these. While purple and green are most definitely the George and Ringo of Halloween colors, I have to say I really like them. These aren't full on Halloween candy; they're more of a simple fall specialty and thus function as gateway drug to the harder stuff. Anyways, I'm going to write more on these and show you some pictures of these candies interacting with various toys after the break. Why wouldn't you read this?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Action Figure Review: Red Squadron from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    It really isn't an exaggeration to say that there are nearly as many store exclusives released for Star Wars: The Black Series as there are standard releases. Hasbro seems to really be trying to gain retailer support for the line by offering retailer exclusives far and wide and today's release, the Red Squadron droid set, is an exclusive to Amazon.com. This set has been a bit of a pain to pick up as it appeared only for short intervals. I finally managed to grab one though and while I'm always happy to add new figures to my Black Series collection, I do have to admit that this set is fairly disappointing. Off the bat, I'll just remind everyone that the astromech droids for the Black Series are woefully undersized. Considering that the line has been going for 5 years now I doubt Hasbro is ever going to fix this. We already have 9 astromechs in this scale, so at this point it would be just weird to have astromech droids in two scales, right? The second thing I'll mention is that these figures are 100% repaints. That's just kind of the way it is with astromech droids, though, as rarely do they look much different from one another other than having unique paint jobs. I know that might make this sound like a less than impressive set but maybe it is. Of course, it's also the only way to get these droids and serves as a companion piece to the Toys 'R Us 2016 exclusive 3-pack which features three more astromech units from the Battle of Yavin. Let's check out Red Squadron, starring R5-D8, R2-X2, and a repainted R2-D2 after the break...

Classic Hokey Halloween Horror: Snickers Pumpkin

   This review originally appeared on The Epic Review back in 2013!  

   I've raved about the Snickers Peanut Butter Pumpkin many, many times, but I still haven't covered the regular Snickers Pumpkin yet. Well, here it is! It's basically a small snickers bar shaped like a pumpkin. If you like Snickers bars, you should like this. The ratio of chocolate to nougat, caramel, and peanuts is different, but that's probably a pretty minor issue for all but the most discerning Snickers eater. There isn't much to say about this, so I thought I'd interview horror icon Freddy Krueger about the Snickers Pumpkin because otherwise this would be really boring. Let's join him after the break....

Monday, September 17, 2018

Action Figure Review: Deadpool from Marvel Legends Series: Deadpool by Hasbro

    Hasbro has definitely gone all in on releasing Deadpool figures in Marvel Legends, haven't they? While they can't/won't release any Deadpool movie based figures, they're certainly getting the comic versions of all of the characters from the films out. Of course, they're also having fun with the crazy Deadpool variants and this time we get what you might call "Casual" Deadpool. It's your standard, garden variety Deadpool but he's got his mask up (presumably for snacking) and his pants off, presumably for just chilling out on the couch. He's an interesting choice for a variant and he was too hilarious for me to pass up. I'm not a huge Marvel Legends collector but every now and then I pick some up for fun. Deadpool is part of the recent series that includes the Build-a-Figure of Sauron (Dr. Karl Lykos, not Mairon the Admirable) but I managed to get him for about half price without his build-a-figure part (Sauron's head and torso). Let's chill with the Pool-man after the break...

Classic Hokey Halloween Horror: Skittles Ghost


 This review originally appeared on The Epic Review back in 2013!

   Remember when there was tons of Halloween candy that also functioned as a toy? When I saw this Skittles ghost I snatched him up in a heartbeat. The ghost doesn't glow in the dark but he does dispense delicious Skittles candy. Sounds good, am I right? There's also a Skittles Pumpkin and if I seem him anywhere, I'm snagging him. There's more details on this after the break.