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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Part 1 of Barbecue17's Christmas Haul!
Ever since the 1966 Batman TV show's licensing issues got resolved, everyone and their mother has been in a hurry to release toys and memorabilia related to the series. Today I'm looking at a bendable Batman figure from the Batman Classic TV Series line by NJ Croce, a toy company I'd never heard of before looking at the back of this figure's package. They make lots of novelty items like wall clocks, bendable figures, key chains, and mugs. Anyways, the series so far looks to be composed of Batman himself, Robin, the Penguin, the Joker, Catwoman, and the Batmobile. (Since Yvonne Craig's licensing issues got worked out much later than the rest of the cast, let's hope Batgirl makes it into a second series!) I received this gift as a Christmas present from a friend so I'm definitely going to review this figure as part of my Christmas Haul mini series. Ready for a look at Batman, old man? Then join me after the break...
Monday, December 29, 2014
Today I'm looking at the last action figure in the first series of IAmElemental: Fear! I've been spending a lot of time reviewing the IAmElemental line but if you're unfamiliar with it, then check out this review where I discuss in detail this cool new line that launched on Kickstarter in early 2014. There is a lot of reuse in these figures, so some elements of these reviews are a bit short since I've covered the same ground a few times now. Each figure come packaged in a blind bagged style bag but with a checklist on the back. The checklist was marked with the identity of the figure inside so you know who you're getting. I'm not sure if these will be revealed like this at retail, but it certainly seems like a good idea. While the other six figures in this series were all based on more overtly positive elements of courage (Bravery, Energy, Honesty, Industry, Enthusiasm, and Persistence), Fear is listed as an element of Dark Matter. Is Fear a villain? A dark, necessary anti-hero? Just another element of courage? I guess it's up to you to decide. Fear's bio card states: "Fear spreads the impulse to run away and hide. She has the ability to stop a moving object in its tracks." Ready for a closer look at Fear? Then join me after the break...
I've been spending a lot of time reviewing the IAmElemental line but if you're unfamiliar with it, then check out this review where I discuss in detail this cool new line that launched on Kickstarter in early 2014. There is a lot of reuse in these figures, so these last few reviews are a bit more brief (go on and all of them if you want the full scoop). These figures come packaged in blind bagged style bags but they have a checklist on the back with the figure inside marked (with a marker, actually) so you know who you're getting. I'm not sure if these will be marked this way at retail, but it certainly seems like a good idea. Persistence's bio card says: "Persistence finishes what she starts and persists in spite of obstacles. She has the ability to push through any obstacle with super strength." Ready to keep on keeping on with Persistence? Then join me after the break...
Sunday, December 28, 2014
this review where I discuss in detail this cool new line that launched on Kickstarter in early 2014. There is a lot of reuse in these figures, so these last few reviews are a bit more brief (go on and check out the other reviews if you want the full scoop). Each of the seven figures in this series is based on a characteristic or virtue and now I'm looking at the fifth figure in the Courage series, Enthusiasm. These figures come packaged in blind bagged style bags but they have a checklist on the back with the figure inside marked (with a marker, actually) so you know who you're getting. I'm not sure if these will be marked this way at retail, but it certainly seems like a good idea. Enthusiasm's bio card says: "Enthusiasm cultivates and shares a positive mindset. She has the ability to change the negative emotions of others." Ready for a look at this enthusiastic member of the IAmElemental team? Then join me after the break...
I've been spending a lot of time reviewing the IAmElemental line but if you're unfamiliar with it, then check out this review where I discuss in detail this cool new line that launched on Kickstarter in early 2014. There is a lot of reuse in these figures, so just know that there is a bit of reuse in each review. That's not a knock on the figures but simply me letting you know why some of the reviews in this series are smaller than others. Each of the seven figures in this series is based on a characteristic or virtue and today I'm looking at the fourth figure in the Courage series, Industry. These come packaged in blind bagged style bags but they have a checklist on the back with the figure inside marked (with a marker, actually) so you know who you're getting. I'm not sure if these will be marked this way at retail, but it certainly seems like a good idea. Industry's bio card says: "Industry works hard at all she does. She has the ability to control physical objects and repair anything that is broken." Ready for a look at this industrious member of the IAmElemental team? Then join me after the break...
Saturday, December 27, 2014
this review where I discuss in detail this cool new line that launched on Kickstarter in early 2014. I'm spending a few days here reviewing the whole first series here at Action Figure Barbecue and since there is a lot of reuse in these figures, just know that there is a bit of reuse in each review. That's not a knock on the figures but simply me letting you know why I'm doing a bit of cutting and pasting (which is not something I typically do). Each of the seven figures in this series is based on a characteristic or virtue and today I'm looking at the third of the Courage series figures, Honesty. A day or two ago I reviewed the Kickstarter exclusive Courage Red Honesty but today I'm just looking at the basic version. These come packaged in blind bagged style bags but they have a checklist on the back with the figure inside marked (with a marker, actually) so you know who you're getting. I'm not sure if these will be marked this way at retail, but it certainly seems like a good idea. Honesty's bio card says: "Honesty tells the truth. She has the ability to make others tell the truth." Ready for a look at Honesty, the winged warrior of the bunch? Then join me after the break...
this review where I discuss in detail this cool new line that launched on Kickstarter in early 2014. I'm reviewing the whole first series here at Action Figure Barbecue and since there is a lot of reuse in these figures, just know that there is some reuse in each review. That's not a knock on the figures but simply me letting you know why I'm doing a bit of cutting and pasting (which I don't typically do). Each of the seven figures in this series offers up a different design that reflects an element of character and today I'm looking at the second of the Courage series figures, Energy. These come packaged in blind bagged style bags but they have a checklist on the back with the figure inside marked (with a marker, actually) so you know who you're getting. I'm not sure if these will be sold this way at retail, but it certainly seems like a good idea. Energy's bio card says: "Energy approaches life with excitement and does not do things half way. She has the ability to control electrical impulses." Ready for a look at Energy, a figure with flames on her shoulders? Than join me after the break...
Friday, December 26, 2014
Curious as to what IAmElemental is? Then check out this review where I discuss in detail this cool new line that launched on Kickstarter in early 2014. Each of the seven figures in this series offers up a different design that reflects an element of character and today I'm looking at the first of the Courage series figures, Bravery. These come packaged in blind bagged style bags but they have a checklist on the back with a figure marked so you know who you're getting. I'm not sure if these will be marked at retail, but it certainly seems like a good idea. Bravery's bio card says: "Bravery does not shrink from challenges or difficulty. She has the ability to create a protective force-field around herself and others." Ready for a look at Bravery? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Merry Christmas to all of my readers! I hope you all have a wonderful, blessed day! I hope you receive some awesome gifts, eat some delicious food, and spend a lot of time with your family, loved ones, and pets. Whatever you do, whether you celebrate the birth of Christ, another holiday, or no holiday, find something that celebrates light during this time of the year when the nights are cold, dark, and long (well, at least in the northern hemisphere)!
Merry Christmas and thanks for reading my toy and action figure reviews!
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
I've never seen a single episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but I am familiar with the Gentlemen from the silent episode "Hush." They're definitely creepy (the tallest Gentleman is played by Doug Jones) and have a really cool aesthetic. Honestly, I might have to watch this episode since Buffy the Vampire Slayer is currently on Netflix. The Gentlemen action figure I'm reviewing today is part of Funko's ReAction brand, so it's designed and engineered to look like a Kenner action figure from the late 70's or early 1980's. I picked him up because with all of my retro based action figures I've been assembling a really cool council of monsters. Taking figures from Funko's Universal Monsters, ReAction Horror Series, Alien, and Predator, Bif Bang Pow!'s The Twilight Zone, the upcoming Legends of Cthulhu from Warpo Toys, and various characters from Kenner's vintage Star Wars line, I've been assembling an awesome council of retro-inspired monsters to cause mischief and mayhem all over the world! So why'd I grab the Gentlemen? Well, he's creepy as all get out and he kind of reminds me of both the Slender Man and the Silence from Doctor Who. He just fits in nicely as the creepy suited baddy. Anyways, more thoughts after the break...
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
When Hasbro's Star Wars: The Black Series is good, it's really good. So far all of the trooper based figures have been just incredible, so it's a shame that earlier this year I neglected to review the Clone Trooper from the fourth series of Phase I figures. While I didn't review that release of the figure, today I'm looking at the Clone Trooper Sergeant, figure #07 in Phase II of The Black Series 6 inch line, and guess what? This is essentially a repaint of the standard Clone Trooper! I really like the Clone Troopers (particularly after watching The Clone Wars) and the Sergeants have some of the best looking standard armor around. Ready for a look at this guy? Then I'll cut the chatter and get right to it...
Monday, December 22, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
I think most TMNT fans are pretty excited that Bebop and Rocksteady have made their way into the Nickelodeon based TMNT toyline and will be appearing on the show this coming January. While they've appeared in the IDW comic and are slated to appear in the sequel to this year's Michael Bay produced live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, it really feels like it has been awhile since we've seen these guys. Today I'm looking at Bebop who, along with Rocksteady, are currently Wal-Mart exclusives. My understanding is that these will be time limited exclusives and that they will appear in other stores once the characters mutate on the show. In the new cartoon the pre-mutated Bebop is a professional thief named Anton Zeck who has a history with Ivan Steranko, the Russian arms dealer who will later mutate into Rocksteady. While I'm watching the show as it is released on DVD and am not fully caught up yet, I have to say that it seems like a neat idea to make these guys more serious and specialized criminals who are a cut above your average street criminals. Ready for a look at everyone's favorite half human/ half warthog warrior? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, December 18, 2014
I love She-Ra and I've been looking forward to Galactic Protector She-Ra since she was first announced. She-Ra didn't appear in any vintage media related to The New Adventures of He-Man meaning that this is a newly designed figure. In one of the best decisions made in the Masters of the Universe Classics story, She-Ra was depicted in her Galactic Protector outfit in the mini comic that came with The Unnamed One. I have to admit that this is one of the coolest She-Ra variants we've seen; it's an excellent blend of sci-fi and fantasy! Galactic Protector She-Ra is the November figure for the Club Etheria mini subscription and is the fifth of the six figures in the sub-line. Read all about the awesomeness that is Galactic Protector She-Ra after the break...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Nepthu, Sir Laser Lot,The Unnamed One) have still been fun action figures that added a new character or archetype to my display. Today, though, I'm looking at the newest oversized "beast" release from MOTUC: Arrow. To say things as succinctly as I possibly can, I'm pretty sure Arrow is only in this line because Mattel need to reuse the horse sculpt again that they created for Swiftwind. He's just an absolutely boring figure. Arrow was released in the vintage Princess of Power line, but it is his appearance in the Filmation She-Ra animated series that this figure is derived from. Here's a quick look at Arrow!
I'm continuing to work on the site to make things a bit better. I've recently changed the font and color of the background text to try and improve the readability of the site. Does it look better to anyone? Worse? If you have any thoughts, let me know.
Also, I should be finished with attaching the links for all of the action figures in the archive covering everything I've done here, at ThEpicReview.com, and at other sites around the internet!
Sunday, December 14, 2014
I have not yet seen Star Wars: Rebels but I'm getting ready to get the season pass for it through Amazon here in the next week or two. I did just finish the Rebels prequel novel A New Dawn, though, so between that and keeping up with the toyline I've definitely been exposed to the characters. Today I'm looking at the Inquisitor from the Star Wars: Rebels line, a subset of the Saga Legends figures. The Saga Legends figures are the 1/18th scale figures that have minimal articulation (typically 5 points) and non-dynamic poses in order to offer a less expensive action figure alternative. While I prefer my modern Star Wars figures to feel, well, modern, I did pick up the Inquisitor as kind of an impulse grab. He's a neat character (I liked the Pau'ans in Revenge of the Sith) with a cool appearance to him who also was only around $6. For that price I snapped him up. More thoughts on him after the break...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Action Figure Review: Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase II by Hasbro
If you've read a few of my Star Wars: The Black Reviews or have heard me talk about the line on any episode of the Confirmed Epic Podcast, you'll know I'm pretty torn on the line. While I've loved all of the armored characters like the Sandtroopers, Stormtroopers, and Biker Scouts, I've been less then enthused by figures like Obi-Wan and Slave Leia. When this line is good, it's really, really good, but the rest of the time it just seems fairly mediocre. Fortunately, this Boba Fett in his Prototype Armor is quite good. He's a Walgreens exclusive and while he's been difficult to find for the past few months, stores are now starting to stock him in significant numbers. Packaged in The Black Series Phase II packaging (taller box with blue highlights instead of orange), Boba Fett in Prototype Armor is a great exclusive that also manages to be a fun figure. More after the break...
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
I've already looked at Hulk from the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes series so now I'm taking a look at another additional character I've purchased: Rocket Raccoon. Guardians of the Galaxy is without a doubt my favorite film of the year so far and getting the Guardians in the sleek, animated Pixar style of Disney Infinity was a major selling point for me. In my review of the Hulk I mentioned that I actually like these figures much more than I like the video game that utilizes them. Like Skylanders or Nintendo's Amiibo, Disney Infinity uses these plastic minifigures to allow you to bring new characters and game environments into your video game. In all honesty, I suspect nearly all of that content is already included on the disc and the figures simply "unlock" it. Still, it's a cool idea, particularly if you like the figures. I do, so here's my take on Rocket Raccoon....
Saturday, December 6, 2014
While I'm definitely more of a DC fan than a Marvel Fan (due to Batgirl, the Batman universe, Vertigo, and Kirby's Fourth World stuff), Marvel has really won me over due to their excellent cinematic universe. Other than Nolan's Batman films, nothing rivals Marvel's films for pure superhero awesomeness. Today I'm looking at one of the most recognizable superheroes out there: The Incredible Hulk! This really isn't an action figure, though; it's actually a swappable game piece for the Disney Infinity 2.0 video game. Like Skylanders or Nintendo's new Amiibo project, Disney Infinity is a video game that uses sculpted minifigures and a special reader hooked up to the video game console to "transport" characters into the game. The figure serves to activate the character and store its stats so that it can be played on other systems (despite the console being used). Honestly, while I've thought it to be a clever concept the games have never appealed to me until now. I just bought my Disney Infinity 2.0 set a few weeks ago and, while the game looked fun, two main things sold me on these. First was the awesome sculpts of the figures. Second is the fact that Star Wars and Indiana Jones are rumored to be getting in on the Disney Infinity action next year. Anyways, here's a look at the Hulk after the break....
Friday, December 5, 2014
Welcome to Action Figure Barbecue!
You might recognize me from my work at ThEpic Review. While I'm still involved with ThEpic Review, I wanted a smaller place of my own, y'know? Well, this is it. This is simply my blog to post my own short reviews, keep everyone (who might care) updated on my toy collection, and to show off my collection. I'll probably do a great deal of cross posting here and at ThEpic Review from time to time, but hopefully this feels just a bit more casual. Anyways, I've also copied all of my reviews on this site and am working to get them all linked in my Action Figure Review Index. Have fun and help yourself!
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The T-103, also known as Mr. X, was certainly the more fearsome of the big baddies in Resident Evil 2. While William Birkin was a larger and more grotesque creature, Mr. X was creepier. He walked slowly and seemed more methodical in his approach to hunting you down throughout the game. Released in Toy Biz's "Video Game Superstars Presents: Capcom's Resident Evil 2 Platinum", this figure includes snap-on pieces which allow him to change from his trenchcoated Mr. X form into his "Super Tyrant" form. This isn't the only figure of this character to be released, but it was the first. Palisades did release a version of Mr. X in their second series of Resident Evil figures, and Moby Dick released both Mr.X and the Super Tyrant as two separate releases, but we're looking at Toy Biz's effort today, so here it goes!
Also known as Mr. Death, Hunk was first playable in the secret Resident Evil 2 scenario "The Fourth Survivor". The only remaining survivor of the Umbrella Security Service Unit that attempted to apprehend the G-virus sample from William Birkin, Hunk has to fight his way out of the sewers of Raccoon City in order to make it to a helipad for extraction. Hunk appeared as a figure in the third series of Resident Evil figures out out by Toy Biz in 1999, the long name for the series being "Video Game Super Stars Presents Capcom's Resident Evil 2: Platinum". Yup, just as long as ever. Hunk is paired with a regular, average zombie, but that's perfectly fine. Average zombies are the best for hunting! Ready for a look at the mysterious Hunk and his zombie rival? Then join me after the break...
soon to be released by Hot Toys as a very cool 1/6th scale figure. Ivy is another character/creature that has only ever appeared once, in the Biohazard 3 line by Moby Dick toys, and it's always fun to look at something that hasn't been done a million times before. Ready for a look at this very cool set? The read on, after the break....
This is it, folks. The first Resident Evil figure I ever owned. In my review of The Real Ghostbusters Zombie I talked about my history with zombies, but ended before I got talking about Resident Evil. That's what I'll be doing here, as well as reviewing this confirmed Epic action figure set. I stayed with my grandmother during most of the summer of 1998. Days were spent watching movies, playing Nintendo 64, and spending time with various cousins, all of whom lived near my grandmother. During an evening spent with one of my cousins, a friend of his brought over a Playstation. I'd never really had the chance to play one before, so this was a pretty big deal. As I was flipping through his games (mostly sports and wrestling) I did find one game that appealed to me: Resident Evil. I was not unaware of the game, as I probably had a subscription to the majority of the gaming magazines of the day, but I just hadn't had the chance to play it yet. I asked could I give it a try. Tyson (yes, that was his real name as far as I can remember) let me boot the game up and suddenly I was in pure gaming nirvana.
It began like a horror movie, featured a creepy old mansion, plodding zombies, rabid zombie dogs, and a constantly oppressive atmosphere. While I soaked up every ounce of my all too brief session with this game, Tyson just sat there and told me that if I didn't run everywhere I'd never beat the game in under three hours and unlock the rocket launcher (I seriously doubt anyone does this on their first play through, anyways). Up until that point, perhaps the only video game to truly immerse me like Resident Evil did was Goldeneye, and I distinctly remember sitting around at my grandma's house the next day drawing maps of what I could remember of Spencer Mansion from the game. Just a week or so later I was on a trip to Target with some family members when I found Toy Biz's Resident Evil figures freshly stocked. I'd seen them previewed in the late, great ToyFare magazine, but now I realized the appeal. I didn't have much money (my parents had given me money at the beginning of the summer which I had to ration) and since it was early August, I was left with just enough to pick one set. I chose the Forest Speyer and Maggot Zombie (who I realize I've been calling Lab Zombie for some reason). Let's look at them more closely....
Action Figure Review: Play Arts Kai Lara Croft from Tomb Raider: Survival Edition by Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix
Over the past few years I really haven't picked up many video games on launch date. Much to Gamestop's disappointment, rarely do I pre-order video games anymore. In the past few years, the only games that I can remember picking up at launch were Arkham City, Dead Island, and Skyrim. Typically, I wait until the games have dropped in price a bit and pick up a few less expensive games all in one swoop. Tomb Raider, however, was a game that I just couldn't wait for. While I've always enjoyed the character of Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider games have always felt like they fell a little short of what I wanted from them. This Tomb Raider has, so far, been exactly what I wanted. But I'll get to reviewing the game in a later post, currently I'm here to talk about the Survival Edition and all of the goodies it comes with, after the break......
Action Figure Review: Hunter, Tyrant, Crimson Head, and Licker from Resident Evil 10th Anniversary Collection by NECA
Check it out. I looked at the Tyrant, Hunter, and Crimson Head from the Gamecube remake of Resident Evil and the Licker from Resident Evil 2.