Monday, October 22, 2018

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

    It has been nearly two years since my last Masters of the Universe Classics review. Two years. What happened? At times in the past I have declared Masters of the Universe Classics my favorite toyline of all time and, all things considered, that's probably still true (it could be tied with Star Wars: Micro Machines by Galoob). Unfortunately, Mattel went out with more of a whimper than a bang in 2016 as they had some serious snafus that and began to focus more heavily on Filmation variants of popular characters.  I certainly love the Filmation cartoons of He-Man and She-Ra but the figures didn't appeal to me all that much with their simpler style. Initially I was skeptical of Super7's and the higher cost of the figures as well. I sort of sat back for awhile to see what would happen and guess what? Super7 really seems to be getting their act together. I was waiting for a sign to hop back in and, for me, that signal was Karg. I love the Masters of the Universe movie. Love it. Love. It. Yes, bringing the battle to Earth was a horrible idea that was used to lower the budget but there is so much right about that movie. One of the things I love are the new Evil Warriors introduced in the film. Blade and Saurod both received action figures in the vintage Masters of the Universe Toyline and in MOTUC but Karg was left high and dry. Various licensing issues kept Karg from being made for so long but various things have popped up or changed which made the figure seem possible over the years and have kept fans championing for him! Technically, this version of Karg is based on a 1987 comic appearance rather than the film. You know what? I'll take him. Despite whatever comes of Super7's tenure with the Masters of the Universe license, they have given us Karg and we ought to sing songs of their heroism and mighty deeds. Let's check Karg out after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Scareglow from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel

    When you look at Scareglow, do you become overly terrified? Maybe your palms get sweaty, your heart beats a bit faster, and you begin to experience uncontrollable feelings of dread. If that's the case, you just might have ostiophobia, an irrational fear of bones. Of course, you may also look at Scareglow and feel an overwhelming sense of awe: Perhaps your heart starts beating faster, you hear some heavy metal music playing as if out of nowhere, and you get a sudden urge to paint Scareglow's visage on the side of a paneled van. That happens simply because Scareglow is straight up rad. Scareglow was the November 2009 release in Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics and he's making an appearance in this year's The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror both because he's a wicked cool skeleton with a neon green Scythe of Doom and because Masters of the Universe Classics appeared in five separate installments during the first three years of 31 Days of Toy Terror. Today Scareglow, the evil ghost of Skeletor, will have his revenge!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Action Figure Review: Typhoid Mary from Marvel Legends Series: Typhoid Mary by Hasbro

    This might be the last Marvel Legends Series review I write for a month or so as I think I've picked up most everything I want from the currently released series (I'm still looking for the Walgreens exclusive Magik, though). Typhoid Mary was released as part of the Monster Venom Build-a-Figure series but was given her own logo on the card front, so I guess you could say that Typhoid Mary is currently the first and only figure in the Typhoid Mary subset. I'll go ahead and admit that I know very little about this character. She's apparently a name reference to the real Typhoid Mary, she has some level of psionic powers, and she has been a foe of Daredevil and Deadpool. Well, that's it. That's about all I know. I'll be honest, I just picked this one up because she was inexpensive, she looks really cool, and I remember from the old X-Men/ Marvel trading cards. Let's check Typhoid Mary out after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Henry Bemis (Now in Color!) from The Twilight Zone by Bif Bang Pow!

 "Witness Mr. Henry Bemis, a charter member in the fraternity of dreamers. A bookish little man whose passion is the printed page but who is conspired against by a bank president and a wife and a world full of tongue-cluckers and the unrelenting hands of a clock. But in just a moment Mr. Bemis will enter a world without bank presidents or wives or clocks or anything else. He'll have a world all to himself, without anyone at all."

When we look back on the toy trends of 2014 and 2015 we have to remember the prevalence of the faux retro Kenner styled action figures released by companies like Funko, Warpo, and Bif Bang Pow! While the passion for these lines has definitely faded (the current retro focus is on retro styled packaging and Masters of the Universe-styled figures) I have to admit that I still have a bit of a interest in these, particularly the horror themed figures. While I never picked up any beyond the first series of "Now in Color" figures from SDCC 2014 Bif Bang Pow! (of which only 456 were made) has released three more series of The Twilight Zone figures over the past couple years. Today I'm checking out one of the figures from the original series, Henry Bemis, from the season 1 episode "Time Enough at Last." Played by Burgess Meredith, Henry Bemis has become one of the most recognizable characters from The Twilight Zone despite not being anything more than a normal man. He himself isn't terrifying but the episode he's from is chilling in a completely different way than you might expect. I'm willing to let him in for The Revenege of 31 Days of Toy terror, aren't you? Let's check him out after the break...

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Action Figure Review: Mario with Cappy from World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific

   Wow! I haven't reviewed a new World of Nintendo figure since last Christmas (when I gave you my heart, but the very next day you gave it away! OK, all silliness aside, Jakks Pacific has definitely not been releasing many of these figures. I still don't have wave 2-7 and the current wave that this Mario is from, wave 3-1, has two repacks and one slight variant of Luigi. That's not terribly exciting overall but I really did want this Mario with Cappy figure from Super Mario Odyssey. I bought my Nintendo Switch last year when Odyssey came out and both me and my daughter loved the game. It's a ton of fun! I've been waiting for Jakks to release something from the game and, finally, they have. Let's check out Mario with Cappy after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th Part 2) from Friday the 13th by NECA

    Since October 2018 is The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror I'm going to try to get all of the big guns out here this year. While there really isn't any new Leatherface action figures out, I do assure you that this year's countdown will include Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees. Today I'm checking out NECA's rather new Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th Part 2. This isn't NECA first time releasing this version of Jason as they have released him before in a 25th Anniversary 2-pack (which I used to own) and in their Cult Classics line back in 2006 as well as a version in their Mego styled range of figures. This version of Jason is released as one of their Ultimate versions meaning it has some impressive articulation and lots of extras. I believe the head sculpts and some of the accessories might be the same but from everything I've read, the body is completely new. While some versions of Jason look somewhat similar, this one stands out out from the pack as being a representation of the character before he donned his now iconic hockey mask. This guy's just a maniac in overalls and plaid with a burlap bag over his head. Are you down for this? Then join me after the break...

Friday, October 19, 2018

The Night He Came Home Again 2018: Michael Myers from Halloween: One:12 Collective by Mezco

    Guess what? While today may not be Halloween, it is the release date for the new Halloween film, titled Halloween! Are you ready? Are you excited? I actually got the chance to see the film last night at one of the later evening showings. I had high hopes for the film as the original Halloween is one of my favorite horror films (and one of my favorites overall, to be honest) and I will say I'm not too disappointed. I'm not going to say much more yet so you can go in with as blank of a slate as possible. I've been looking forward to Mezco's take on Michael Myers for quite some time and while I've had this figure for a couple of weeks now, it has driven me crazy to hold off on posting a review of it until today! I wanted to make today special, though, so think of this as a mid-October treat for you if you're waiting to see Halloween later tonight or, heaven forbid, sometime after that. Anyways, Mezco has heavily relied on DC and Marvel in their One:12 Collective line but it seems they do have a good deal of horror stuff planned. Michael Myers is the first of their horror properties to come out and he's kind of a big deal as Michael Myers action figures have been far and few between. While we've had multiple versions of Leatherface and NECA is intent on giving us every version of Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees ever made, Michael Myers has been more reclusive. Apparently the rights for Halloween are pretty crazy (see yesterday's review) which is why it's pretty impressive that this Michael Myers is from the original (and still best) Halloween film. NECA hasn't tackled Michael Myers in about a decade and thus Mezco's is currently going to be the most desirable version of the character. Let's check out Michael Myers after the break...