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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: The Reaper (Batman: Year Two) from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Second, yes, I'm including Mera in my "Unite the League" subheading because she is indeed going to be in Justice League. Played by Amber Heard, Mera is scheduled to be in both Justice League and next year's Aquaman. That is without a doubt the biggest push the character has ever had! There is am Amazon exclusive Mera coming out next month based on Amber Heard's portrayal of the character but today we're checking out this version that's based on Ant Lucia's artwork for the excellent DC Bombshells property. She's part of the second series along with Katana, Batgirl, and Hawkgirl. More underwater fun after the break...
The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Woodland Mystic from Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 8 by Fisher-Price
Gnome, the Genie, and the Cyclops and the Woodland Mystic is the newest member of this subset. Seemingly inspired by the mythical satyr, the Woodland Mystic features short horns, hooves, and blue skin. He definitely looks like a D&D character and despite him not being terribly terrifying, I definitely think he has a place in 31 Days of Toy Terror, don't you? Let's take a look at the magical Woodland Mystic after the break...
Friday, October 27, 2017
Supreme Leader Snoke and the Guardians of Evil 4-Pack and now the third exclusive is showing up: The Inferno Squad Agent from the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront II. I really don't play many video games these days, particularly games that require online play or that rely heavily on online multiplayer so I ignored the first Battlefront due to its lack of a story mode. Battlefront II has my attention, however, as it seems to have a pretty impressive story mode based around the new Imperial special forces unit Inferno Squad. The tie-in book Battlefront II: Inferno Squad was pretty good and definitely has me interested to see where the game goes story wise. Action figure wise, I do wish we had received a figure of Iden Version first. As the field commander of Inferno Squad, Iden Versio is easily the main protagonist of the game, so her absence is noted. Of course, this generic Inferno Squad Agent is mostly a simple repaint of the previously released TIE Pilot. Let's see what's new after the break...
The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Puppet Boy from Imaginext Collectible Figures Series 8 by Fisher-Price
Thursday, October 26, 2017
My little one, my wife, and I were taking some pictures of our Jack O' Lanterns. While playing around with my camera and using only the natural light from the candles lighting the pumpkins I got this kind of spooky shot of my daughter. Doesn't it look spooky? Almost like old-timey spirit photography!
The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Pizza Chef from Imaginext: Collectible Figure Series 8 by Fisher-Price
Pizza the Hutt, Pizzaface, and the Calzone Golem, the Imaginext Pizza Chef is ready to turn your love of a pepperoni and cheese pizza pie into a New York Style Nightmare! Yes, series 8 of Fisher-Price's Imaginext Collectible Figure Series includes a maniacal Pizza Chef with a giant pizza cutter. The folks behind the Imaginext character selection are absolutely insane and I love them for it. Some of the character choices for this line are just off the wall bonkers and show some real creativity. The blind-bagged Imaginext figures (which really aren't truly blind-bagged) are some of my favorite toys to collect. Let's check out this Deep Dish Demon after the break...
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Pumpkin King #233 from The Nightmare Before Christmas Dorbz by Funko
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Zatanna from DC Comics Lil Bombshells by Cryptozoic Entertainment
Monday, October 23, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Road to The Last Jedi: Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
Saturday, October 21, 2017
The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: The Cryptkeeper (Tuxedo) from Tales from the Cryptkeeper by Ace Novelty
version of the Cryptkeeper a few years back and now I'm finally getting around to this version of the character in his snazzy tuxedo. Like the robe wearing version, this guy also resembles the live action television version rather than the cartoon version. I definitely think Ace Novelty made the right choice there as I still keep this guy around 23 years later as no one, so far as I know, has released better action figures of the Cryptkeeper. The guy is arguably one of the greatest horror icons of the 1990s (with roots in 1950's EC comics) and he probably deserves more attention than he gets these days. Let's pay him tribute on this spooky October day, shall we? Enter the crypt after the break for more horrific fun!
Friday, October 20, 2017
Steppenwolf, thus bringing the general and his minions to Earth. I'm pretty excited that a number of Jack Kirby originated characters and concepts are making their way into the DCEU. The Mother Boxes come packaged in the Wal-Mart exclusive miniseries that consists of a standard Batman and Cyborg in his supercharged suit. Each figure includes three half cubes. I've already reviewed the figures but since I always review Build-a-Figures/ Collect & Connects separately, I figured I'd take a look at these as well. More Fourth World craziness after the break...
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Action Figure Review: Cyborg (Wal-Mart Exclusive) from DC Comics Multiverse: Justice League by Mattel
Wal-Mart exclusive Justice League Batman and today I'm reviewing his counterpart, Cyborg. I reviewed the standard Cyborg but this Cyborg seems to be an enhanced version of the character. He's a bit bulkier with a fully covered head, so that means none of Vic Stone's face is visible. It's an interesting design and I'm curious as to how it will be implemented into the film. Like Batman, Cyborg is part of a 2-figure miniseries that includes the pieces to three Mother Boxes. I'll be reviewing the Mother Boxes on their own since they're technically Collect & Connect accessories, so today I'm just going to be checking out Cyborg. More cybernetic fun after the break...
The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas Trading Figures from Jun Planning
MWCToys.com back in 2010 and convincing my wife that we needed to drive out to Target that night and hunt these down. We had success and picked up the whole set! Oh the crazy things we did when we were younger and didn't have a child! Of course, now my little one loves Halloween and the Nightmare Before Christmas, so she goes along on the hunt with me! You could say that she's the Lock, Shock, and Barrel to my Oogie Boogie! Speaking of the big, bad Boogie man, let's check this guy out after the break...
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Steppenwolf, Batman and Cyborg each includes the halves of three separate Mother Boxes. That's an interesting idea for a build-a-figure item, isn't it? Let's check out this Batman figure after the break and see how he stacks up...
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Guardians of Evil 4-pack. My guess, however, is that most collectors will encounter this single packed version of the Elite Praetorian Guard first. Seemingly an evolution of the Emperor's Royal Guards, the Praetorian Elite Guards are Supreme Leader Snoke's red armored masters of disaster. Apparently there are eight of them, although some of them may share helmet styles and weapons. This single packed guard is distinct from the version in the Guardians of Evil 4-pack and utilizes a different weapon while also sporting a different helmet. Let's check him out after the break...
Monday, October 16, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Batgirl Bombshells statue due to the face sculpt, I like the overall character design and I've been a much bigger fan of the various other products released based on the character. Let's take a closer look at this very cool POP! vinyl after the break...
Friday, October 13, 2017
Thursday, October 12, 2017
the first year, 2013) and now makes his return in the form of a POP! vinyl figure. Outside of the Star Wars POP! figures that come with the Smuggler's Bounty crate, I haven't picked up any POP! figures since the Resident Evil series back in January. I was actually looking for a Jack Torrance from The Shining at Books-A-Million a week or two ago and happened to stumble upon this very cool Norman Bates. Considering it's October and I'm a fan of the horror themed POP! vinyls, I figured I couldn't go wrong. Let's take a closer look at this spooky fine vinyl after the break...
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Harley Quinn but she's not really considered a villain in this series). Honestly, it's nice to see that Mattel is releasing a fairly diverse roster of female characters in this line. Let's check out this pretty cool Starfire after the break...
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Pillsbury releases these "Ready to Bake" Ghost sugar cookies every year and I'm always down for them. I look forward to them because despite the fact that my wife is a world class master of baking, I like to throw some pre-made cookies with little ghosts on them in my oven and chow down. I'm glad my little one is taking after me because all I had to do last Friday when picking her up from pre-school was say "Tonight we're baking super spooky ghost cookies" and she was hooked. These cookies were a huge hit. Read more about ghost cookies than you ever imagined possible after the break...
Here's what they're supposed to look like. The ghost and cookie are very pale (almost white) while the ghost is silhouetted with purple. The ghost also has an orange mouth and orange and purple eyes. These are pretty complex for ghost cookies. I'm pretty excited that these look the same (so far as I can remember) for as far back as I can remember.
This year the Pillsbury Doughboy is dressed up like a ghost. It's pretty spooky.
Here's the cookies straight out of the package. They look good enough to ear right here, but the package warns against that. Since Action Figure Barbecue is all about food safety, we wisely waited to cook these before eating them. They do look cool, though. Like little ghost tokens.
Here's the cooked batch. It's kind of tough to tell when they're done as they really don't change shape much at all. They definitely do still look like ghosts though. I'm impressed that they didn't warp or anything. Ignore that one on the back, by the way; that was an accident on my part from trying to test a cookie that wasn't quite done yet.
Hope you get a chance to bake some cookies, too!
Minifigure Review: Wonder Woman (Series 2) from DC Comics LIl Bombshells by Cryptozoic Entertainment
I reviewed the first series Wonder Woman figure last year and today I'm checking out this second version. Ready for a new minifigure of the first lady of DC Comics? Then join me after the break...
Suncoast (that were typically located in shopping malls) carried lots of The Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise released by the toy company Applause, who crafted the cool Zero figure I'm reviewing today. While Applause is no more, they definitely were a mainstay of gift shops and entertainment retailers in the 1990s releasing lots of licensed merchandise for properties like Star Wars, Batman, the California Raisins, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I've had this Zero since 1993 and he has always had a home on display in my wife and I's Nightmare Before Christmas collection. Let's check him out as our "terrifying" toy of the day, shall we?
Monday, October 9, 2017
Sunday, October 8, 2017
I'm really excited to show off this amazing picture that I received for my birthday last month. It's called "A Haunted Place" and it is available through Kirklands. It's a beautiful painting that has LED lights built in that, with the flip of a switch, lights up the pumpkins, the windows, and the moon. To top things off I added some bat garland to the top and behold: Halloween splendor!