Monday, March 8, 2021

Action Figure Review: Frozen Raven from Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares

 

   Sadly, it seems like Hasbro may be taking over the 6 inch Fortnite line from Jazwares, leaving Jazwares with just the 4 inch line. I'm sure Hasbro will make decent figures but I have my doubts that they'll have the same number of accessories as Jazwares' releases. I also don't look forward to seeing them revisit the characters Jazwares has already released or putting out the usual plethora of retailer exclusives that are impossible to find. Jazwares has done a great job with this line and it's a shame that Hasbro was probably able to bully their way in and overtake it after Jazwares proved it was a viable property. Anyways, you're here to hear about Frozen Raven, aren't you? It appears that there was a small subset of "Frozen" Fortnite skins and Raven was one of those. I reviewed the original Raven figure last year (though he was released at the end of 2019) so it's been a minute since he's been on shelves. Is this a worthy repaint? Let's check out Frozen Raven after the break and find out...

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Toy Review: Terror Claws Skeletor from POP! Pocket Keychain by Funko

 

 

   Can you believe that there have been four versions of Terror Claws Skeletor released so far this year? Four! There's the regular Funko POP! version, a metallic Target exclusive POP!, and this little POP! Pocket Keychain version in both the standard form, which I'm looking at today, and a metallic Hot Topic exclusive version. Wow! This is clearly the hot variant this year. Hopefully Dragon Blaster Skeletor and Laser Light Skeletor get some attention in the years to come. Whether you use these as actual keychains or bag clips or just take the chain off and use them as minifigures, there's a lot to love about a little tiny Skeletor. He's a whole lotta evil that you can hold in the palm of your hand. Let's take a look at the keychain Terror Claws Skeletor after the break...

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Minifigure review: Slime Pit Multipack from Masters of the Universe: Eternia Minis by Mattel

 

  

 Mattel's Masters of the Universe: Eternia Minis arrived in stores around September of last year and proved to pretty popular. Two series of figures made it to shelves last year along with two multi-packs, mostly comprised of repacks, that showed up at Walmart.com. Now that Mattel's MOTU products are available everywhere there is more MOTU product to go around and today I'm checking out the first 2021 Eternia Minis release I've been able to acquire: The Slime Pit Multipack! Currently Mattel is releasing the Eternia Minis on small, single blister cards but originally it seemed the plan for series 3 was to feature the figures in miniature Slime Pit containers. I'm not sure if those are still coming out or not but clearly this Slime Pit Multipack was intended to tie in with the series 3 Slime Pit theme. This is a very collector friendly boxed set of four figures (He-Man, Horde Zombie Buzz-Off, Horde Zombie Zodac, and Teela). Let's take a look at these little Eternians after the break and see if they still have the power despite their diminuitive size...

Friday, March 5, 2021

Barbecue's Bonfire 3/5/2021: Moving Through the MCU Phase 1 and 2 at Light (of the Jedi) Speed Edition

 


   This has been a pretty exciting week! I got some cool stuff in the mail, preordered my Tweeterhead Skeletor bust, watched a ton of Marvel movies with my wife and daughter, finished Light of the Jedi, and got my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Woohoo! You have to take joy in the small things and right now we're really excited that when my wife and I finally get to go see Black Widow our daughter will be able to join us as she's loving the marvel Cinematic Universe! Let's jump in to the happenings of this past week....

   Wanda Vision episode 8 gave us some answer and helped put the series into some context within the wider MCU while raising some more new questions. I enjoyed this "backtracking" episode where we get to see the pasts of Agatha and Wanda and how Wanda's experiences have brought her to this point. This episode completely strips away the sitcom fa├žade and straight up addresses the reality of Wanda's situation, going back to the death of her parents and continuing through her time as a Hydra experiment, her loss of Pietro after the events of Age of Ultron, and the loss of Vision after she returned from the Snap. Thus far, if there's another "big bad" to be revealed like many folks seem to believe I'm not seeing the evidence for it that their seemed to be previously. Agatha seems to be revealing that Wanda, whom she refers to as the Scarlet Witch, is far more powerful than we've ever realized. How much of the Hex is Wanda truly aware that she is creating? What's the deal with Vision in the Hex? Did Wanda somehow create him based on her powers which seem to have been enhanced/ awakened by her presence to the Mind Stone during her captivity with Hydra? We know that the physical body of Vision is still in possession of S.W.O.R.D., now reawakened with the energy Wanda deposited into the drone, so could there be two Visions now? I can't wait to get home and watch this one!

Of course, we're still going through the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies at breakneck speed with my daughter, so more of those after the break...

March Magic! Orko from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel


Welcome to our first installment of March Magic, a monthlong celebration of Orko! 

   Today I'm going to be checking out one of the newest Orko toys out there: Orko from Mattel's Masters of the Universe Origins. Orko was originally created by Filmation for the animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and his popularity with kids resulted in him making his way into most other MOTU endeavors as well. Orko was released in the vintage MOTU toyline in 1984 as part of the third series of releases so he definitely has a fairly long history in the brand. Last year Mattel released Orko into Masters of the Universe Origins as part of the second series of figures which were all exclusive to Walmart until 2021. Now the toys are showing up in more places although at this point, series 2 is still kind of tough to find. I just got Orko a week or so ago and I knew he'd be a great part of the monthlong festivities. ready to check out the Masters of the Universe Origins Orko? Then join me after the break...

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Toy Review: He-Man from Masters of the Universe Magnets by Monogram International

 

 

  Ready for a review of something super new? Then let's check out the He-Man magnet from the Masters of the Universe Magnets from Monogram International. Last March I reviewed Monogram International's Masters of the Universe Figural Bag Clips, a series of blind bagged "chibi" styled bag clips/ key chains and now I'm checking out their blind bagged magnets in the same style.  There are five magnets in the set (He-Man, She-Ra, Orko, Skeletor, and a glow in the dark chase Skeletor) so I ordered five of them from Hot Topic. I only got two different characetrs, so that was kind of a bust, but my daughter was eager to grab a couple of the extras. they're cute and cool magnets for the fridge or whatever other magnetic surface you have that needs a touch of the Power of Grayskull. Let's take a loot at He-Man after the break...

Action Figure Review: She-Ra #38 (Glow-in-the-Dark) from POP! Retro Toys: Masters of the Universe by Funko

 


   Variants have long been a part of the action figure hobby and sometimes they're pretty cool while other times they're just there to let a company more easily put out a new toy at a reduced cost. Funko releases many POP! vinyl variants and I do try to pick up most of the Masters of the Universe variants that I can get my hands on. To go along with their recent She-Ra #38 from the Retro Toys series Funko also released a Specialty Series Glow-in-the Dark She-Ra. I'm always down for more She-Ra toys and this release made sense since we've gotten glow-in-the-dark variants of He-Man and Skeletor. Why not She-Ra, right? I was curious as to how this POP! would turn out and, frankly, I'm actually pretty disappointed. It's still a nice looking POP! vinyl but the glow-in-the-dark feature is barely noticeable. Since this is a simple variant of the recently released She-Ra #38 this is a shorter review as there aren't too many difference between the two figures. Let's check out this Specialty Series She-Ra #38 after the break...