- Action Figure Review Index
- Who is Barbecue17?
- My Toy Review Rating Scale!
- 31 Days of Toy Terror!
- Other Reviews and Stuff
- Barbecue17's Trading Post!
- Podcasts on The Epic Review
- Oh the Horror!: Horror Movie Reviews!
- The Batgirl Library
- The Dark Knight Gallery
- Fabulous Secret Powers
- The Harley Quinndex
- The Joker's Funhouse
- Tosche Station
- A Tour of the DC Universe Podcast
Saturday, January 31, 2015
So far from Warpo's Legends of Cthulhu toyline I've covered the Cultist and his variant, the High Priest, and the Spawn of Cthulhu and his variant, Conjured Cthulhu. Today I'm looking at the hero of the toyline: The Professor, Cthulhu investigator. He's an archetypal adventuresome scholar from the early 20th century with his snazzy duds, dreamy mustache, and old school revolver who is ready to give the Cult of Cthulhu the what for. During the Kickstarter campaign one of the stretch goals was a variant of the Professor which was called the Author. It would have been a figure of H.P. Lovecraft himself but unfortunately the campaign didn't raise enough funds. Hopefully we'll see the Author in the future but for right now? Let's check out the Professor!
Friday, January 30, 2015
Spirit of Hordak figure. Some people just love translucent figures, making this guy quite attractive to a wide audience. Ready to conjure up some Cthulhu awesomeness? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, January 29, 2015
the Cultist and the Kickstarter exclusive High Priest, it's finally time to give the main man a once over. Well, it turns out that this isn't actually Cthulhu; it's a Spawn of Cthulhu. An over sized Cthulhu was a stretch goal for the Kickstarter campaign that never came to fruition then but that will hopefully be available at some point in the future. For now though, you've got one of Cthulhu's youngins to look after. Or just a very small Cthulhu, if you want. Anyways, let's just get on to the toy because he's pretty grand. More of this green monstrosity after the break...
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
In June of last year over at ThEpic Review I interviewed Bryan Katzel of Warpo Toys about their Kickstarter funded retro-throwback line "Legends of Cthulhu" which I had already backed. A week or two ago I received my shipment of action figures from this H.P. Lovecraft inspired line and I'm pumped about showing these off! Imagining that Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos served as an inspiration for a late 1970's/ early 1980's toyline, Warpo has brought us some of the coolest retro inspired action figures that we've seen yet. Today I'm looking at the High Priest, a Kickstarter exclusive variant of the Cultist. This is the guy who leads the chant "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" in order to hasten the coming of Cthulhu and keep the other guys in line. Ready for a look at this guy? The join me after the break...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
ThEpic Review I interviewed Bryan Katzel of Warpo Toys about their Kickstarter funded retro-throwback line "Legends of Cthulhu" which I had already backed. Well, just this past week I received my shipment of action figures from the H.P. Lovecraft inspired line and I'm pumped about showing these off to you good folks! Imagining that Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos served as an inspiration for a late 1970's/ early 1980's toyline, Warpo has brought us some of the coolest retro inspired action figures yet. Today I'm looking at the Cultist, a member of the Cult of Cthulhu who sits around chanting "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" in order to hasten the coming of Cthulhu, one of the Great Old Ones. Ready for a look? The join me after the break...
Monday, January 26, 2015
Star Wars figures I owned during my childhood. I've also just watching Star Wars: Rebels which gives the TIE Pilots plenty of screen time. I'm a sucker for any troopers or clones in the Black Series as they just usually turn out better than anything else in the line. Looking at the armor of the figure and the design of the costume, this is clearly a TIE Pilot from A New Hope (the Return of the Jedi designs are different). I've enjoyed looking at the incredibly detailed 501st Legion costume references in order to check the accuracy of these figures and I'll do so again here as I'm reviewing the TIE Pilot. Ready to go over this guy with a fine toothed comb? Then join me after the break...
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Two of my favorite things about action figure blogging are showing off my collection and looking at the toy acquisitions of others. One of my favorites is Robot Monster Space Super Hero, the blog of collector extraordinaire John Gaither. There have been quite a few times when I've been on John's site and decided that I too had to own something he was showing off. This happened again a week or two ago when John showed off this really bizarre bucket of plastic monsters minifigures, simply titled Monsters. As soon as I saw this incredibly bizarre set of plastic army men like monsters, I knew I had to have it. What a weird set? It was pretty cheap on Amazon and snagged it as soon as I finished reading John's coverage of the toy. This reminds me of some toy that would have existed in the 1980s that maybe I found used at a garage sale or that an older cousin or neighbor would have had but wouldn't known anything about. It feels too wonderfully otherworldly and strange to be something that I could have bought at a regular store; it needs to have an aura of mystery about it. Anyways, I'm going to cover this awesomely odd set and give my thoughts on it too! Ready for some Monsters? Then join me after the break...
Saturday, January 24, 2015
As has become a yearly tradition, it's time for me to share my top 10 favorite action figure lines of the past year. My 2012 and 2013 selections are housed at ThEpic Review 2014 was an odd year for action figures as distribution problems or a lack of releases hurt many lines that I've collected in the past. Still, there were some great toys to be had and I'm going to look at them here. Keep in mind a few things: First, these are my favorite lines. If I were doing a "best of 2014" I'd definitely be looking at the merits of lines that I don't even collect. Second, I do a separate top ten for individual figures from lines that I didn't mention here. Sometimes a single action figure release or a standout figure from a line I'm not overwhelmed by captures my attention: That's where my top 10 figures list comes in. Third, I list these alphabetically, not by merit. Ready to get started for my top 10 favorite lines of 2014? Then here we go...
Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
You probably knew this was coming because as a huge Batgirl fan I have to buy every Batgirl action figure, statue, and trade paperback that gets released. I wasn't expecting this figure until this spring but they seem to be showing up early which I'm completely fine with. While DC Collectibles released an awesome Batgirl figure in their The New 52 line this past fall, they decided to include Batgirl as part of series three of the Greg Capullo inspired DC Comics Designer Series. Upon learning that this figure was being made, my first thought was "When did Greg Capullo draw Batgirl?" Marketing stuff seems to imply this is a tie in with Zero Year, but that makes no sense and isn't true. The Batman figure in series three and Gordon are Zero Year based, but not Babs. If anything, this is based on her appearances in a few issues of the Death of the Family story arc. Anyways, it's another Batgirl figure and I'm not going to complain one bit. Ready for a look at the world's greatest, toughest, smartest, most popular superhero ever? Then join me for another Batgirl review, right after the break...
Action Figure Review: Alice from Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Alice in Wonderland by CS Moore Studio Ltd.
Last month I entered a contest over at Needless Things that was sponsored by Zenescope Entertainment and I ended up winning a Zenescope prize package. I received a copy of the Wonderland Board Game, a Christmas card, a trade paperback of one of their Wonderland comics, and this action figure of Alice from Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Alice in Wonderland. Zenescope is a interesting company, and a successful one (they've been around for 10 years). I read a number of their titles in trade paperback form and while they tell great stories and have some excellent art that certainly feels very modern, many of their sales methods definitely feel like they're from the early 1990s. You know, things like multiple cover variants (granted a lot of companies do that), bad girl books, and cheesecake pinup style covers. That's not a knock against them, though, as it appears to be working just fine. Anyways, this Alice figure is rather interesting; it's sculpted by Clayburn Moore who was one of the pioneers of direct market and collector targeted action figures in the mid-late 1990s. Looking at this figure, there are things about it that feel both modrn and incredibly dated. Want to learn more? Then read on....
Monday, January 19, 2015
We Review Marvel's Star Wars #1 on the Latest Episode of the Confirmed Epic Podcast at ThEpic Review
It's been a few months but The Confirmed Epic Podcast is back and the latest episode is now available. In the podcast I join The Reel Brad Bell and Andrew Stokes as we talk about Marvel's Star Wars #1, The Suicide Squad film, Warpo Toys' Legends of Cthulhu action figures, Loot Crate, Marco Polo, The Babadook, and more! Head on over to ThEpic Review and check out Episode #35 of The Confirmed Epic Podcast. You'll be glad you did!
The Red Hood Gang has a long history in Batman lore, so it makes sense that Scott Snyder brought them back for the New 52's Batman origin story. Appearing originally in issue #0 of Batman and later reappearing in issue #21 to kick off the Zero Year storyline "Secret City" the Red Hood Gang is a band of movers and shakers in Gotham who conceal their identities with red armored masks. They have a leader in Red Hood One, a mysterious and sadistic villain with an inestimable reach in Gotham, and prove to be a challenge for Bruce as he is beginning his career as a crime fighter. This figure appears in series 2 of DC Collectible's awkwardly named "DC Comics Designer Series: Greg Capullo" line which is filled with Batman characters that Capullo has rendered within the New 52. It's been a great Batman line so far with a great mixture of heroes and villains, new faces and old favorites. Read to look at figure #5, the Red Hood? Then join me after the break...
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
First Blood might be the best of the Rambo films but Rambo: First Blood Part II is without a doubt the most iconic. This is the film that inspired 1000s of other action movies and video games, was parodied in both Hot Shots! Part Deux and UHF, and made us all want to wear red bandannas around our heads. In 2013 NECA gave us two awesome Rambo figures from First Blood and late last year they gave us out first version of Sly Stallone from the second film. This is part 7 of my Christmas haul and was another gift from my in-laws. Did your in-laws buy you an action figure of a shirtless, machine gun wielding Sylvester Stallone? Cause mine did! More details after the break...
Friday, January 16, 2015
I love getting goofy stuff in the mail, so I just signed up for Loot Crate. Heard of it? It's a subscription service that costs between $12 and $14 dollars a month which involves you getting a crate of bizarre nerdy stuff. They guarantee you'll get at least $40 dollars worth of stuff and honestly I believe that. Look at some of the cool stuff they gave out a month or two ago for a Galactic themed crate. There's a Funko ReAction figure and a Funko mystery mini. That's about 17-18 dollars worth of stuff right there. It's different every month but you get the idea. Anyways, if you subscribe by Monday evening you can get an exclusive cover of Marvel's Star Wars #1 in the next crate. That's already worth 3 or 4 bucks at least. Anyways, you can subscribe a month at a time, three months at a time or six months at a time. I did the three month plan to see what I think (and get the exclusive Star Wars comic cover). If you're interested, check it out: Loot Crate. Also, use STARWARS as a discount code and you'll save three dollars. Wizard!
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Mario and Wario from the first series and today I'm checking out Mario's friend, ally, and part-time steed Yoshi. Yoshi's full name is T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas and he first appeared back in 1990 in Super Mario World for the Super Nintendo. Yoshi's size has varied from time to time but this figure is a pretty good representation of the standard modern Yoshi. Ready for a look at everyone's favorite dinosaur/ dragon sidekick? Then join me after the break...
Saturday, January 10, 2015
I'm reviewing some releases from back over the past year to catch up on a few Masters of the Universe Classics reviews that I missed and today I'm taking a look at Flutterina! Flutterina was the basic subscription figure for August of 2014. Her vintage counterpart was released as part of the second series of She-Ra: Princess of Power action figures in 1986 and actually fairly closely resembles her Filmation counterpart. It seems that most of the second series figures were far more accurate to the animation (or maybe it was the other way around) and I'm going to go out on a limb and say most MOTU fans prefer the Filmation looks over the vintage toy looks. So who is Flutterina? She's the "Beautiful 'Flying' Lookout, presumably, of the Great Rebellion. Why is "Flying" in quotation marks on the bio and package? Probably because Mattel didn't want to get sued by someone claiming that their Flutterina didn't really fly. Of course, Glimmer doesn't really "Light the Way" and the Castaspella toy doesn't really "Hypnotize" anyone, so maybe I'm just barking up the wrong tree. Let's just talk about this super cool butterfly lady.....
Friday, January 9, 2015
If you're interested in an action figure of Mario right now, you currently have a few options. S.H. Figuarts has releases this insanely cool Mario that's highly articulated, comes with a ton of accessories, and is compatible with lots of accessory packs. It retails for between $30 and $40 dollars but it's so cool that the good folks over at O.A.F.E. even gave it their coveted Toy of the Year award for 2014! There's also the Mario figure I'm looking at today from Jakks Pacific's World of Nintendo line. It only cost me around $7 or $8 bucks and it's part of a line that seems to have some potential for growth based on announcements for upcoming waves. Ready for a look at Mario? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, January 8, 2015
As a kid I always wanted Nintendo based action figures. Having received my NES as a Christmas gift in 1987, it goes without saying that Nintendo was a dominant part of my childhood. I'd make due with whatever Nintendo based toys I could get my hands on including PVC figurines and McDonald's Happy Meal toys, but it still always perplexed me that no company really tried a full fledged Nintendo action figure line. Over the past decade or so, though, a few companies have attempted a few figures here and there. The past year or two have seen the announcement and release of a few cool Nintendo characters like the Figma Link and the S.H. Figuarts Mario but I want an expansive toyline. When I first saw Jakks Pacific's "World of Nintendo" line, I thought they seemed kind of cool but were going to be one shots of Mario, Yoshi, and Link. When I learned about all of the cool upcoming toys Jakks Pacific has planned for "World of Nintendo" I quickly changed my tune as this sounds like the Nintendo line I've always wanted. Samus and a Metroid? A Goomba and a Skull Kid? Shy Guys? Sign me up now. I quickly snatched up the figures I could find and it's one of those 1-1 figures I'm looking at today: Wario! First appearing in Super Mario World 2: 6 Golden Coins (my first Game Boy game) and later headlining the insane WarioWare series, Wario has become a much beloved evil version of everyone's favorite plumber. Ready for a look at Wario? Then join me after the break...
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Trixie, Discord, the Daring Do, and Derpy. I actually ordered a Fluttershy offline a month or two ago for far below the typical selling price but I ended up getting the "clear glitter" variant. She wasn't the Fluttershy I wanted for my collection but she is far more rare and has a decent selling price, so I kept her. Ready for a closer look at this Fluttershy? Then join me after the break...
Monday, January 5, 2015
Saturday, January 3, 2015
It's part 2 of Barbecue17's Christmas Haul and today I'm looking at Groot from Disney Infinity: Marvel Superheroes. Groot's one of those interactive toys like Skylanders or Nintendo's Amiibo figures that allows you to unlock a character in a video game. I have Disney Infinity 2.0 but I'm honestly more interested in this toy simply because it's a really cool stylized version of Groot. The figures attracted me to the game and not the other way around. Groot appeared in my stocking on Christmas morning and was a pleasant surprise. A few more pictures and thoughts after the break...
Friday, January 2, 2015
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Mermista feels more like a deluxe figure), particularly because her costume doesn't seem that much more elaborate than any other figure wearing more than a fuzzy loincloth. Anyways, let's take a closer look at Spinnerella, shall we? Join me after the break...