basic Mario figure which has been released a few times now. Ready for the nuts and bolts of this figure, check out that previous review. For just a quick overview of what's new here, join me after the break...
- Action Figure Review Index
- Who is Barbecue17?
- My Toy Review Rating Scale!
- 31 Days of Toy Terror!
- Top 10 Lists and Other Stuff
- Podcasts on The Epic Review
- Oh the Horror!: Horror Movie Reviews!
- The Batgirl Library
- The Dark Knight Gallery
- Fabulous Secret Powers
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- Beast Manor
- The Harley Quinndex
- The Joker's Funhouse
- Tosche Station
- The Kessel Run
- The Crystal Castle
Monday, February 29, 2016
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Guess what? The Confirmed Epic Podcast is back! Check us out in Episode 39 as we review FOX's latest mutant hit: Tim Miller's Deadpool. We also discuss DC rebirth in Epic News. As always we will dive into what we have been checking out this week: The people Vs. OJ Simpson, Marvel's Secret Wars, Brian Michael Bendis and Dave Marquez new Iron Man comic, The Dark Knight Returns, and Pokemon day 2016!
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Saturday, February 27, 2016
Happy Saturday everyone!
Have you heard? The Epic Review is back! The Epic Review was started in January 2013 by my good friend, the Reel Brad Bell, and I quickly jumped on board and began writing a steady stream of action figure and movie reviews. Around the end of 2014 things started slowing down over there and I created Action Figure Barbecue to be my own personal website for toy reviews and such. Well, The Epic Review is back. Now all of my toy reviews are going to still be here on this site, but we will be launching some new podcasts, including a continuation of Brad and I's collection podcast The Collection Agency. I'm really excited about this as Brad and fellow contributor are two of my closest friends and I always enjoy podcasting with them. Keep checking Action Figure Barbecue and The Epic Review for plenty of fun stuff in the days to come. Now, for some more cool stuff including some Toy Fair 2016 thoughts that I missed last week, my discovery of picross, geocaching updates, a brief review of Rise of the Tomb Raider, my thoughts on WWE Fastlane, and more, join me after the break...
latest roller derby influenced outfit from Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti's recent Harley Quinn title (which is very, very fun and hilarious). Ready for a closer look at the new Harley Quinn? She's a member of a roller derby team! She's a landlord! She practices psychiatry! And she's done with the Joker! Check out this empowered new antihero after the break...
Friday, February 26, 2016
Action Figure Review: Son of Batman from DC Comics Multiverse: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Mattel
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Dark Knight Returns Batman before in their short lived Batman Unlimited line (which this figure shares most parts with) this does represent a different costume worn by the character in that story. Ready for a closer at Batman? Then join me after the break...
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Poe in the more casual jacket he eventually gives to Finn back in December, this figure represents Poe in his pilot's gear. While Poe might have more screen time while wearing the more casual jacket, the pilot outfit is definitely more recognizable from publicity materials and other sources, such as Before the Awakening. While Poe gets the least amount of screen time of the three new lead heroes, he still strikes a chord for me and I'm really curious to see his character get more fleshed out. I love his relationship with BB-8 and I'm considering going to Charlotte HeroesCon this summer as Poe in the more casual jacket, particularly since my little one loves her BB-8 costume so much! I think we'd be an awesome team, just like the real Poe and BB-8. Anyways, ready for a closer look at the man referred to as "one helluva pilot" by Finn? Then join me after the break...
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Action Figure Review: Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase II by Hasbro
The Fwoosh and picked up some Star Wars: The Black Series figures I was missing from the collection and today I'm looking at one of the figures I received: Luke Skywalker! Representing Luke in his all black Jedi duds which he wears during the last third of Return of the Jedi as he duels Darth Vader in the Emperor's throne room aboard the second Death Star, this is the first version of Luke we've received in the line from that film. Luke has two very different Jedi outfits during ROTJ and I imagine we'll see the outfit he wears to Jabba's Palace at some point in the future. Of course, there's also his Endor poncho, which he wears over this outfit. I don't know what it is but for the Original Trilogy characters I always feel like I need to own each and every variation of those characters. The costumes are always just too cool. Ready for a closer look at Luke Skywalker as he heads off to redeem his father? Then join me after the break...
Monday, February 22, 2016
Jakks Pacific's World of Nintendo line. While Jakks has the rights to pretty much everything in the Nintendo catalog, my understanding is that Pokemon is not included. So, if I want to make a Super Smash Brothers roster on my shelf, I had to pick up an Ash and Pikachu elsewhere, right? Well, I did. Now this isn't the Ash costume I remember, but I'm aware of what's happening around me enough to know that this is Ash from Pokemon X&Y. He's still Ash enough for my purposes, though. Want to know if this figure is a worthwhile addition to your shelf? Then join me after the break...
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Waluigi, and now Sheik! Appearing in 1998's Nintendo 64 masterpiece The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Sheik is really Princess Zelda in disguise as a harp playing ninja mystic. Sheik was definitely the cool, mysterious character in that game and it's awesome that Jakks is offering her to us to go along with last year's Link from the same game. Of course, you could also have her team up with the Iron Shiek and go on wacky adventures together. Actually, that sounds like a flippin' sweet idea. Mattel's going to release a new Iron Shiek soon, right? BTW, notice that Iron Shiek and Sheik spell their names differently. bizarre huh? Ready for a closer look at the actual Sheik figure instead of more pointless rambling? Then join me after the break...
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Koopalings from Super Maro Bros. 3. Bowser Jr. is a tiny little guy but he packs a lot of punch in his small size. Ready for a closer look at this little green menace? Then join me after the break...
Friday, February 19, 2016
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Charlotte MiniCon Haul: Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase II by Hasbro
Han Solo in Stormtrooper disguise. While Luke is pretty similar to Han in many respects, there are actually some cool differences between this figure and the other Stormtrooper figures in the line. Ready for a closer look? Then join me after the break...
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
Action Figure Review: Princess Leia Organa (Boushh) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase II by Hasbro
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Greg Capullo based line in 2014 and later this year he's going to make an appearance in the Batman: The Animated Series line. It's a good time for fans of Gordon, I guess. Ready to see how this one turned out? Then join me after the break...
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Hey everyone! It's your old pal Barbecue 17 here. Guess what happens this weekend? Lots of stuff, actually! Deadpool was released yesterday, Valentine's Day is Sunday, and today? Today is the official start date of the New York Toy Fair. That means lots of new toys! While I'm not going to be doing any in-depth coverage here or anything I definitely want to point out some cool stuff that strikes my fancy. Heck, I might do some updates to this post over the week just to add more cool stuff I've see. First though, check out the picture above: It's the DC Icons Batgirl of Burnside. I haven't picked up any figures from the DC Icons line yet, although I do have the Harley Quinn and Joker on order. I was thrilled to see DC Icons tackle the Batgirl of Burnside, though, particularly in a deluxe style with the inclusion of her motorcycle.. She looks incredible and is supposed to come with an extra head with windswept hair and a cape that's blowing back for posing her on the motorcycle. Pretty sweet, right? Join me after the break for more goodies about such varied topics as The Joker: Endgame, Imaginext, rumors of a return for either the Collection Agency or the Confirmed Epic Podcast, a brief Deadpool review, and a look at a variety of toys that have already been shown at New York Toy Fair 2016!
Top 10 Favorite Toylines of 2015 knows, I'm a huge fan of Kotobukiya's DC Comics Bishoujo line. They're without a doubt one of my favorite lines to collect. Honestly, I think they look way better than any other statues on the market, even statues that cost 2 and 3 times more money. Just in their DC Comics line alone, Kotobukiya has released some amazing product over the past few year: Batwoman, Zatanna, and Black Canary have all been incredible! Today I'm looking at the newest statue from Kotobukiya: Raven! Based on the art of Shunya Yamashita, this powerful sorceress is depicted in a floating pose with her hands directed out to perform some sort of magical spell. Is Raven as great of a statue as the others in the line? The answer, sadly, is no. Find out why after the break...
Friday, February 12, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight's plot to destroy Gotham City. I was really excited to see DC Collectibles introduce Man-Bat as part of their third series of Batman: Arkham Knight action figures and even mire surprised to see that despite his larger size (and larger packaging) Man-Bat sells for the same price as any other basic figure in the line. DC Collectibles released Killer Croc from Arkham Origins the same way, and I really appreciate seeing a company trying to actually give customers some value for their money. Man-Bat's definitely a large figure, but is he a good one to add to your collection? Find out after the break...
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Top 10 Favorite Toylines of 2015 based on the strength of the first series of Arkham Knight releases and the fact that they continue to fill in gaps from previous games, too. I've only recently gotten my hands on some figures from the second series of Arkham Knight figures and I have to say I've largely been disappointed by them. Of course, Arkham Knight series 3 has a great selection of characters and I decided to give them a chance. I'm glad I did as series 3 has some great figures in it, including today's review subject: Azrael! Based on the second major character to bear the title of Azrael (meaning "One whom God helps" in Hebrew), Michael Lane, this figure represents an interesting side character from last summer's Batman: Arkham Knight. Clad in the armor given to him by the Order of St Dumas and with a mission to become the next defender of Gotham, Azrael sets out to prove to Batman he is worthy to be the Dark Knight's successor. Ready for a closer look at this vengeful crusader? Then join me after the break...
Monday, February 8, 2016
Mario got Wario early in the World of Nintendo line but only now is Luigi getting his evil twin rival, Waluigi! Well, calling Waluigi Luigi's twin isn't really accurate. He's more like an evil exaggeration of Luigi. Where Luigi is tall, thin, and has an epic mustrache, Waluigi is taller, thinner, and has an even more epic mustache. Originally appearing in Mario Tennis back in 2000, Waluigi has become a mainstay of the Super Mario Bros. crew over the past 15 or so years. He's one of the three new characters to be released in World of Nintendo series 1-5 (along with Sheik and Bowser Jr., whom I haven't found yet) and was probably the one I was most looking forward to. Ready for a closer look at this dastardly villain? Then pretend to twirl your villainous mustache, make a devious chuckle, and join me after the break...
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Anyways, join me this week as I talk about hunting down Star Wars: The Black Series figures, Batman Eternal, my gut reaction to the Hasbro/ Mattel merger rumors, NECA's upcoming Rocky 40th Anniversary line, DC Collectibles' Black and White Batgirl statue, and more...
Action Figure Review: Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
I've already reviewed in great detail I will be mostly focusing on the new elements. Feel free to check out that review to get the full picture. Ready to jump in for a look at this figure? Then join me after the break...
Friday, February 5, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Sheev Palpative (AKA Darth Sidious, AKA Big Papa Juicemaker) wasn't very expensive. Honestly, I ordered him online for less than I would have paid retail. The Emperor is one of those figures that I initially passed on but then recently decided I wanted to own. I mean, I'm sure we'll get a Darth Sidious at some point but who knows if and when Hasbro will ever revisit a Return of the Jedi styled Emperor in the 6-inch scale? Emperor Palpatine is a very middle of the road Black Series figure and presents a great example of what Hasbro needs to do to improve this line. Ready for a closer look at Sheev? Then join me after the break...
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
I've written about the game before and now, just thinking about it, I'm really wanting to play it again. I've been a big fan of Jakks Pacific's World of Nintendo toyline over the past year and I've been looking forward to this Ocarina of Time inspired version of Link. I'm going to come right out and say that I find this figure very disappointing, however. Jakks has a great line here but they really are hit and miss on their articulation. I'm OK with a minimally articulated figure like the Goomba or some repaints every now and then if the newly constructed figures are well thought out but Link here just isn't. What's crazy is that 2014's Skyward Sword Link is actually more well thought out than this newer version. Jakks seems to be having some struggles with this line (Wal-Mart doesn't carry it and Jakks claims that the 6 inch figures have been dropped due to a lack of retailer interest) and they really need to bring their A-game if we're going to get another year of figures. Anyways, rant over. On to a review of Link....
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Monday, February 1, 2016
Shokoti, was already released as part of the Filmation series back in 2013, so it's nice to have him. Now that the vintage line is complete, every figure we get just feels like extra icing on the cake, you know? Let's take a closer look at Lord Masque after the break...