Friday, May 14, 2021

Action Figure Review: Tri-Klops from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel

 


   Today I'm checking out the last figure from series 4 of Masters of the Universe Origins and it's one of Skeletor's most loyal warriors: Tri-Klops! Despite not being one of the original eight characters in the line (he was released as part of the second series in 1983) Tri-Klops definitely "feels" like he's always been a part of Masters of the Universe. That's why it's so odd, then, that I never owned him as a kid. Despite not really being into MOTU until around 1985 and 1986 I had most of the 1982 and 1983 figures but I never owned Tri-Klops. My first Tri-Klops figure was actually the 200x version. I love the guy, though, and he just has a wonderful classic MOTU feel to him. MOTU Origins is definitely making sure to knock out as many figures as they can who use the basic bodies so Tri-Klops was guaranteed sooner rather than later. Let's take a look at the master swordsman who is "Evil & Sees Everything!"

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Minifigure Review: Battle Armor He-Man from Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis by Mattel

 

  
    I've finally been able to acquire some of the third series of Mattel's Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis! Before we kick things off with a look at Battle Armor He-Man allow me to rant for a moment: Why does Mattel have such poor communication with collectors and retailers? When Hasbro makes a big announcement their retail partners are typically all ready at the same time for preorders with official press photos and estimated release dates. Mattel showed off the third series of Eternia Minis last year at Power-Con and they recently showed up in stores with no fanfare, a different assortment of figures, and missing the cool Slime Pit themed cases that they were originally shown with. Oh, and retailers selling these or offering preorders had no images until fairly recently. Seriously, Mattel, get someone to handle this stuff! Anyways, on to He-Man! Battle Armor He-Man is another "re-do" of one of the figures from the 2014 MattyCollector exclusive Masters of the Universe minis line. The first two series of the Eternia Minis came "blindboxed" in plastic cases although they did have a code identifying the figure inside so you could make sure not to get duplicates. Now they're sold on little mini blister cards so you can pick exactly who you want (if you can find them). Let's take a look at Battle Armor He-Man after the break...

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Action Figure Review: Stratos from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel


   

   I'm currently finishing up my reviews of the fourth series of Masters of the Universe Origins figures and today I'm checking out Stratos, the Winged Warrior of Avion! Stratos was one of the original eight figures released in the 1982 Masters of the Universe line and now, with his appearance in series 4, we have the original 8-back figures. That's a pretty cool little milestone for Origins! Stratos had a few vintage variants, the most common being whether he had red wings and a blue jetpack or blue wings and a red jetpack. For the series 4 figure Mattel went with the blue wings and red jetpack which is the same as the vintage Stratos figure I own. I've never been a huge Stratos fan and about the only time I've ever found him overly interesting was during the 200x era due to his characterization in the Mike Young Productions animated series. Still, I'm not passing him up, so here he is! Let's take flight with Stratos after the break...

Monday, May 10, 2021

Malevolent May: Hordak from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel

 


   It's time for the second installment of Malevolent May and today's Hordak tribute is from the Masters of the Universe Origins line. Hordak is one of the figures in the fourth series of figures which have been showing up on store shelves over the past month or so. I managed to walk into a Target one day and find the whole set in one go which is pretty incredible. Since then I haven't seen a single one. What the heck, Mattel? Also, why are these figures shipped in cases of four? They're fairly small! Why not cases of 8? Anyways, Hordak is the first member of the Evil Horde to appear in MOTU Origins and hopefully he won't be the last. I had both the standard Hordak and Buzz-Saw Hordak as a kid although at some point my original Hordak disappeared or got sold off. Bummer, huh? This guy does a pretty good job of capturing the spirit of the vintage toy although I'm not completely sold on the headsculpt, particularly the eyes. Let's see what the Ruthless Leader of the Evil Horde brings to the Origins line after the break...

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Action Figure Review: Firestar from Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro

 



      While most of the Marvel Legends Series figures I've been picking up lately are from the past couple years when I was sort of doing my best to ignore the line to focus on DC Comics stuff I have purchased a few 2021 figures recently. I looked at the Infinity Gauntlet inspired Thanos last month as he was one of the main reasons I got back into Marvel Legends and today I'm checking out Firestar. Angelica "Angel" Jones, AKA Firestar, was created for the 1981 Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends animated series. Over time she slowly made her way into the mainstream Marvel Universe and has been a member of many different teams including the Hellions, the X-Men, the New Warriors, and the Avengers. Why did I buy Firestar? Well, for one she's a really nice looking figure. For another, I wanted to display her with Spider-Man and Iceman. For a third my daughter has this really cool Marvel biography book that we've read through together a few times and Firestar is one of the featured heroes, so that was an influence. Firestar is a Hasbro Fan Channel exclusive meaning she has showed up at places like GameStop, fine e-tailers, and Hasbro Pulse. She's not part of a build-a-figure series but she does come with her doggie companion. Ms Lion! Let's take a look at Firestar after the break...

Friday, May 7, 2021

Action Figure Review: Ninjor from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel

 



   It's time to finally start checking out the fourth series of Masters of the Universe Origins figures and we'll kick things off with the review of a figure I've always wanted in the vintage toyline but never owned: Ninjor! I remember Ninjor as a kid but I never owned him. Out of the quartet of the four limited budget figures from 1987 that David Wolfram worked which have come to be some of the most coveted toys in MOTU collecting (Scareglow, Ninjor, Randor, and Clamp Champ) I only ever owned King Randor and Clamp Champ. Sadly, both of those figures were sold off when I was younger. That really bites, right? On the bright side, Masters of the Universe Origins has already released three of those four figures in the line which is a pretty welcome addition to the line up. Ninjor capitalized on the 1980s ninja craze and has become a cult favorite over the years both due to his cool design and his rarity. There are plenty of collectors who scoff at the idea of a ninja running around in the swords and sorcery/ barbarian fantasy world of MOTU and to them I say: "Go rub a monkey's tummy." Ninjor is awesome.

   Let's check out Ninjor after the break...

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Action Figure Review: The Grady Twins from Toony Terrors by NECA

 


   A weekend or two ago I was at Target and stumbled upon some new Toony Terrors from NECA. Y'all know I'm a pretty big Stephen King fan and I was thrilled to see that the Grady Twins are included in the most recent series of NECA's "horror icons meet vintage Saturday morning cartoons" line of action figures. Stanley Kubrick's The Shining might not be a very faithful adaptation of King's book but is sure is one heck of a movie. The film is filled with iconic imagery and the Grady Twins, the ghosts of two young girls who haunt The Overlook, are quite possibly more well known at this point than Jack Nicholson. They're pop culture fixtures and NECA has immortalized them in plastic to hang out with the big guns of horror. Now before some of you get all persnickety with me I'll go ahead and disclose that yes, in the book they're not twins. The girls are different ages. They also don't show up in the book and are only mentioned in passing. The Grady girls in this format are purely an invention of the movie. Second, there are some folks who are convinced that these are not the Grady girls (again, mentioned in the movie as being 8 and 10) but are some other twins haunting The Overlook. When the girls are mentioned as having been killed in the hotel and then their ghosts show up, c'mon? Why complicate things? These are the Grady Twins and we're getting ready to check these figures out after the break...