Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Pennywise from It by NECA

   This year's The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror is filled with some real hits, isn't it? Today I'm checking out what very well may be one of the biggest horror action figure releases of the year: Pennywise from the 1990 TV movie It. Based on Tim Curry's portrayal of the evil clown Pennywise from Stephen King's 1986 book, NECA has now released one of the icons of horror that had yet to exist in action figure form before now (although Funko did release a POP! vinyl). While Bill SkarsgĂ„rd's portrayal of Pennywise in the 2017 film version of It draws from older depictions of clowns, Tim Curry's version is based on the popular birthday and TV clowns of the 20th century. Somehow, that's even more disturbing to me although I do enjoy both portrayals of the character. I'm also enjoying the product that NECA is putting out for both films. I've already reviewed one of the figures from the 2017 film so today it's a look at the classic version. Pennywise is another of NECA's "Ultimate" figures that includes multiple heads, hands, and lots of accessories in a fairly collector friendly box. Ready for a closer look at this creepy clown? Then join me after the break...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Action Figure Review: Taskmaster from Marvel Legends Series: Avengers by Hasbro

    Who is a highly skilled comic villain co-created by George Perez that first appeared in 1980, uses multiple weapons (including a sword), wears orange and dark blue, and is decked out in pirate styled boots? Whether you said Taskmaster or Deathstroke, you would be correct! While they're distinctly different characters, they sure do have a lot of similarities, don't they? Did you know that for a short while Taskmaster had a secretary named Wilson while Deathstroke had a secretary named Masters? OK, I may have made that part up (so far as I know, anyways). A couple of years back Hasbro released a modern Taskmaster as part of the Captain America series of figures who was released under the banner "Mercenaries of Mayhem" alongside of Demolition Man. This classic version of Taskmaster was released earlier this year in the Thanos Build-a-Figure series as part of the movie tie ins for Infinity War. I owned the Marvel Universe version of Taskmaster as one point (I've since sold probably 95% of my Marvel Universe collection as I just like the Legends figures better) so this was my chance to get the character back in my preferred scale. Let's check out this classic rendition of Taskmaster after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: 20 Pack Figure Collectors Set from The Nightmare Before Christmas Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

   If you read Action Figure Barbecue often then you know that Jada Toys' DC Nano Metalfigs line is one of my favorite active toylines. I haven't picked up all of the other Nano Metalfigs line (although I do have the Street Fighter series) but I've been anticipating their The Nightmare Before Christmas line ever since it was first announced. The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorites and this year is the 25th Anniversary Celebration so we are getting lots of cool product. It's pretty crazy to be celebrating like this that has become so nostalgic while still remembering my parents taking me to see it in theaters as a kid when it was first released. Jada Toys only has three releases announced for this property thus far and the first is what I'm checking out today: The 20 Pack Figure Collector's Set. The set includes 20 diecast metal minifigures covering the majority of the residents of Halloween Town and Santa Claus himself. Ready for a closer look at one of the most ambitious The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror reviews yet? Then join me after the break...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Action Figure Review: Carnage from Marvel Legends Series: Venom by Hasbro

    It's time for another Marvel Legends Series review and this time it's the early 90s Marvel mass murderer Carnage! During the early 90s Venom was a huge deal. Even as someone who never really read Marvel comics, I knew who Venom was and totally thought he was cooler than Spider-Man at the time. I had some Venom action figures and even owned a Venom tank top, probably the only tank top I've ever owned in my life (I was probably 9 or 10, so that kind of makes it less lame, right?). Of course, this was the 90s so after Venom's huge surge of popularity Marvel had to top him and go more extreme, thus along came Carnage! Again, my memories of Carnage come from his appearance on the Spider-Man cartoon, the Maximum Carnage SNES game, and the Toy Biz action figures. While I love the MCU, most of my Marvel Legends Series action figure buying is either based on just how good the action figures themselves are or fueled by nostalgia for the toys of my youth. Carnage is another figure I picked up for a fraction of the retail price due to him not coming with his Build-a-Figure piece for Monster Venom, whom you can build if you pick up all of the figures from the new Venom themed series of figures. Let's check out Carnage, shall we?

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Take Along Haunted House 9312 by Playmobil

    For The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror I'm definitely checking out quite a few Playmobil sets, eh? You can credit that to Playmobil releasing some very cool spooky themed sets this August and the fact that my daughter and I have been having a blast playing with these. Today I'm checking out the largest "horror" set that Playmobil has released this year: The Take Along Haunted House. The concept here is simple as this is a small, portable haunted house. You may see some similarities to the 2015 Play Box Haunted House set (which I have and which might show up this year, too) but don't be fooled as the Take Along Haunted House is a completely different and much larger set. I love the often bizarre charm of Playmobil and every few years I seem to return to it to pick up a few items that interest me and, believe me pals, a haunted house playset definitely caught my attention. I originally considered making this the review for Halloween, but I believe I have something even spookier awaiting you. Any questions? Ok then! Let's get ready to tour the Take Along Haunted House...

Monday, October 15, 2018

Toy Review: Deep-Dive Submarine (Battle Damage) from Marchbox: Jurassic World by Mattel

    Today I'm checking out the last of the five new Battle Damage Jurassic World Matchbox vehicles that are exclusive to Wal-Mart: The Deep-Dive Submarine. The Deep-Dive Submarine appeared during the incredible beginning of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which was one of the best parts of the film. The Deep-Dive Submarine and its inhabitants have a fateful meeting with the Mosasaurus (one of my favorite Jurassic Park creatures now), which was pretty terrifying. That encounter is the inspiration for this vehicle which features the same Deep-Dive Submarine model that was released earlier this year as a single pack and in the Island Transport Team 5-pack and adds a cracked paint job to the bubble. Let's check this one out a bit more closely after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Mothra from Big Bucket of Monsters by SCS Direct

    Last year during The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror I featured quite a few minifigures from the Big Bucket of Monsters by SCS Direct. While these are sold as a large bucket or tube of figures with 13 different sculpts, I picked these up individually so I decided to start reviewing them individually. Since I reviewed the Big Bucket of Monsters Godzilla last year I decided that it is only fitting to check out Mothra for this year. First appearing in the self titled 1961 Toho film Mothra, Mothra soon became an adversary of Godzilla. I'm not a kaiju expert by any means but Mothra is definitely one of the most recognizable creatures in the genre and this minifigure is pretty recognizable, too. Let's add some giant monster mayhem to The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror after the break...