Friday, August 17, 2018

Minifigure Review: Goldblade from Treasure X by Moose Toys

   Halloween is quickly approaching, so here is a skeleton to start your day off right! The other day I did an overview of the process of opening a Treasure X minifigure from Moose Toys. Long story short, Treasure X is a "blind bagged" minfigure line consisting of articulated skeletons and treasure chests hidden in a block of sand that you have to actually dig open and put together. It's an incredibly cool concept and it seems like it's doing a great job of capturing the attention of kids and collectors. I picked up two of the sets the first time I found these and the first figure I discovered was Goldblade. A member of The Blade Brigade, Goldblade is a skeletal samurai treasure hunter. I really dig him and have been excited to check him out. Goldblade also came with the Jade Fortune Cat treasure. The treasures are also randomly inserted, so just because you get Goldblade doesn't mean you'll get the Jade Fortune Cat. Let's dig in and take a look at Goldblade after the break...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Excavating a Treasure X Figure from Moose Toys

    As we are approaching the Halloween season and all of our thoughts turn to moldy tombs, ancient curses, and spooky skeletons, I think I speak for everyone when I say that we will definitely be spending some time talking about Treasure X from Moose Toys. Treasure X is the newest blind bagged minifigure sensation from Moose Toys, creators of Shopkins, the Grossery Gang, Pikmi Pops, Trash Pack, and other currently popular toys and like those other toys it relies on a careful blend of mystery, marketing, and legitimately cool minifigures. Having a soon to be five year old daughter who adores these miniature toylines like Shopkins, Hatchimals, Flush Force, Num Noms, and the Grossery Gang and, being a minifigure collector myself, these were definitely on my radar. The concept of Treasure X is that each $10 package involves a 10-stage treasure hunt to unearth a skeletal treasure hunter and an ancient treasure that could actually be gold plated (that's kind of the "chase" aspect of the line). I'll be reviewing a couple of the minifigures themselves separately over the coming months but today I want to simply go over the concept of the line so you can get an idea of how it works. Ready to get digging? Then grab your shovel and join me after the break...

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Minifigure Review: 20-Pack Figure Collector's Set (Series 4) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

   Yesterday a fellow collector and Nano Metalfigs enthusiast emailed me asking if I knew about this new 20-pack of DC Nano Metalfigs from Jada Toys (thanks, Joe Mama, if that is your real name!). I had heard about it and, in fact, I've actually had this one sitting around for a few weeks. Today seems like as good a time as any to review it, huh? It's no secret that Jada Toys' DC Nano Metalfigs line is one of my favorite toylines out there right now.  There's just something I love about it and Jada keeps putting out some cool releases. As of this set's release we are up to 113 unique figure releases for the DC line which is pretty cool. Of course, there are lots of variants and repaints in this series and this 20-Pack shows off how those repaints can turn out to be really, really cool or really, really dull. Sadly, the set only features one all knew sculpt, Nightwing. I'm sure we'll see him again down the road somewhere, but for now this is the only way to get him. Let's check this set out after the break...

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Action Figure Review: Han Solo (Exogorth Escape) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    To be honest there were really that many SDCC exclusives that I had to have this year. They either didn't impress me that much or were so incredibly difficult to come by that I didn't even bother with them. Of course, considering that Star Wars: The Black Series is pretty much my favorite line out there these days there was no way I was going to pass up this version of Han Solo in his "Bespin" jacket from The Empire Strikes back. Similar to exclusives from previous years like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Kylo Ren, Luke's Landspeeder, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Jabba the Hutt, and Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite, this version of Han Solo is being released as a standard release simply called Han Solo (Bespin). Of course, that version misses out on all of the great accessories this figure has meaning that if you want the Mynock, hydrospanner, and other cool extras, you're going to have to pick up the exclusive complete with the SDCC tax. Since I didn't want any other SDCC exclusives this year I didn't mind going ahead and order this one on the secondary market. It turns out that he's probably one of the best Black Series figures that has been released yet though not without some faults. Let's check it out after the break...

Friday, August 10, 2018

Toy Review: '97 Mercedes-Benz ML320 from Matchbox Jurassic World: Legacy Collection by Mattel

 A month or so ago I was roaming through Target when I stumbled upon single packed Jurassic World: Legacy Collection '97 Mercedes-Benz 320 from Matchbox. It turns out that the single packed Mercedes-Benz from The Lost World is actually a bit different than the version included with the somewhat more easy to find Island Explorers 5-pack. Disappointingly, it's just a paint difference and not a different model (as there were actually different models of the car used in the film with various extra accoutrements to differentiate them). This is still the Montana model, and it's the vehicle that doesn't get used in the film but instead gets left behind in Eddie Carr's garage. The Fontana and the Santana are the two that actually get used, so why they didn't get made in this line I have no idea. Want to check out this car to see the minor differences from the 5-pack version? If so then join me after the break...

Confirmed Epic Podcast #101: Halloween 2018 Preview





It's August which mean's on The Confirmed Epic Podcast  it's time kick off the Halloween Season.  The Epic Review and Action Figure Barbecue are proud to present: Hokey Halloween 2018.

On episode #101 of The Confirmed Epic Podcast join the ghoulish duo of The Reel Brad Bell and Jerry 'Barbecue 17' Reed as they preview what the Halloween season has in store for us this Fall in film, television, and collecting.  We will also reveal what we have in store for you this Anthology August, Slasher September, and the month of October.  

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

My Pumpkin Collection: Jack the Pumpkin King from Walgreens


Here's another item from my Pumpkin Collection: Jack Skellington as the Pumpkin King! Jack is one of my favorites and his pumpkin headed visage has been an inspiration to me. This was a small plush figure offered as a Walgreen's exclusive a year or two ago. Walgreen's gets some great Halloween items and Nightmare Before Christmas stuff and I'm always excited to see what pops up there every year.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

My Pumpkin Collection: POP! Movies Sam from Trick 'r Treat


  Here's another item from my pumpkin themed collection: Sam from Trick 'R Treat! I own a few different Sam figures, one of which is this spooky Sam from Funko's POP! Movies brand. I've had him for quite a few years now and he's definitely one of my favorite POP! figures. Check out my full review of the original toy!

Monday, August 6, 2018

My Pumpkin Collection: Scarecrow from the Playmobil Mystery Figures


   I actually have a collection of toys that are all pumpkin headed characters (just like me!) and I'm going to show off some of them over the next few months. Check out this very cool Scarecrow from Playmobil's Mystery Figures set. He was available in a blind bag and I reviewed him a few years back during a previous Halloween season. What do you think? What kind of pumpkin headed action figures do you own and collect?

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Action Figure Review: The Joker from Batman Missions by Mattel

    It's been about a month since I reviewed Harley Quinn from Mattel's new evergreen Batman line, Batman Missions, and today I'm going to be reviewing another figure in the line: The Joker! I actually got the Joker around the same time as Harley but somehow he got stuck on the back burner so I'm reviewing him now. Interestingly enough, I just saw these figures on store shelves for the first time this past week. Target had a small peg of these (mine only had two figures) in their new reset of the toy section, so if you're looking for these in stores that's the first place to check. Pretty much every Batman line includes a figure of the Joker but it's still always interesting to see what toy companies do with him. Let's check out Mattel's new version of the Clown Prince of Crime after the break...

A Spooky Specter!





  

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Action Figure Review: Gamorrean Guard from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    I was very, very excited to find the Target exclusive Gamorrean Guard on a Target run this past Thursday. While I love the Black Series it definitely has a severe shortage of aliens, particularly aliens from the Original Trilogy. The Gamorrean Guards are some of my favorites and I'm pretty excited to finally get them. We've had Jabba the Hutt for quite some time now so it's nice to finally have some other characters to pal around with him. The Gamorrean Guard is a portly figure and, unusually, costs $30 bucks at Target. Usually exclusives cost a few bucks extra but the Gamorrean Guard is about $10 bucks more. He's definitely heftier than most figures, so maybe that's the reason why? To be honest, I wanted him so bad that I didn't care; I just bought him. Let's check him out after the break...

Haunt the Halls: Peanuts Halloween Sound Clock

   Today I'm checking out the newest item in my Halloween collection: A Peanuts Halloween clock! I'm not really sure when this was released but similar clocks in similar packaging have a special logo for the 50th anniversary of Peanuts, so that would put this as possibly being released sometime around 2000. My parents were in town visit this past week and they brought this to me and the little one. It was a yard sale found and I think they paid less than a dollar for it. Even if the clock hadn't worked, I kind of feel that would have been a bargain thanks to the colorful artwork that depicts Lucy as a princess, Charlie Brown as a pirate, Linus in a wizards hat (it's definitely not a full costume, so maybe Linus wasn't planning on coming along originally), Lucy as a fairy, Woodstock as a bat, and Snoopy as a vampire. I love vampire Snoopy! We live near Carrowind's theme park and Vampire Snoopy shows up during their Great Pumpkin Festival every October! Of course, throwing some batteries in the clock revealed to us that it still works. It turns out, this clock has some spooky surprises in store...

Friday, August 3, 2018

A Short Tribute to Monster Party





  Today I want to spend a few minutes paying tribute to one of my favorite Nintendo games of all time: Monster Party! Released by Bandai for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1989, Monster Party is one of the strangest, and possibly one of the best, NES games released. I've recently hooked up my original NES again and had the chance to play the game for an hour or so which reconfirmed my nostalgia that Monster Party is indeed a pretty decent video game. It plays a lot like Castlevania due to its theme, use of a life bar, and reliance on fighting bosses and some mild exploration, but instead of a whip swinging vampire hunter you play as Mark, a baseball bat toting average kid who is tasked with helping a winged alien named Bert rid his home world of monsters. It's a side scrolling platformer with a few unique twists as Mark can use his baseball bat to knock most enemy projectiles back at them and a magic pill of some sort allows you to play as the flying alien Bert who can fly over most of the level and shoot energy projectiles. The game is legitimately fun to play and has a password system so you can actually finish it.

Toy Review: Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 5020 from Matchbox: Jurassic World by Mattel

    Today I'm serving up another review of a vehicle from the Matchbox: Jurassic World line of miniature vehicles from the Jurassic Park film series. Today I'm checking out the Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 5020, a vehicle that appears in some way in both Jurassic World and Fallen Kingdom and has one of the longest names for a toy car I've ever heard. Mercedes-Benz Unimog trucks appeared in Jurassic World but this specific model seems to be from Fallen Kingdom as it is the truck that Claire, Owen, and Franklin use to drive onboard the mercenary boat. This is part of the second series of vehicles that began showing up after the film's release at the end of June. I'm really impressed with how many vehicles Mattel has offered up in this line and I hope we get some more Legacy Collection vehicles in the future. For now, let's check out this cool, covered truck after the break...

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Halloween Decorations I Keep Up All Year Long!

    Every year on August 1st when I officially declare that the 99 Days of Halloween have begun (the Reel Brad Bell called me yesterday to wish me a Happy Halloween, so you know that means the 99 Days of Halloween is totally a real thing) my wife always acts like she has never heard of this tradition and begins to comment that it's too early to put up Halloween decorations. While we do have an understanding that outside decorations cannot go up until after my birthday in mid-late September, I absolutely begin to sneak some inside decorations up during August. Of course, there are a few decorations that I leave up all year long! Now my famed hobby room certainly has some stuff up all the time, but that's a toy collection and museum so it is more acceptable to have weird stuff in there. The rest of the stuff, though? Somehow I've managed to convince my wife that these are perfectly acceptable year round. First up is a felt image of me, your old pal Barbecue17! He hangs on the door of my study that is right off of our main entryway and greets people year round while simultaneously guarding my study from Halloween Haters. Of course, that's just the tip of the eerie iceburg...

A New Batgirl Review: Unmasked Batgirl from DC Super Friends by Fisher-Price

    It's been quite some time since I last reviewed a Batgirl action figure but I was traveling last weekend and on a stop at a Target looking for the Star Wars: The Black Series Gamorrean Guard (no luck yet) I did manage to find the Unmasked Batgirl from the Imaginext: DC Super Friends series 5 blind bags. I haven't picked any of the blind bagged figures up before as I don't really collect these but you just know I had to track down Babs. Fortunately, some person with no patience came along before me and opened all of the bags, meaning that I didn't have to feel around for which bag Batgirl was in; it was easily visible! I don't advocate opening toys before you buy them but I certainly can sympathize with the frustration blind bags and blind boxes cause. They are downright evil and need a champion to stop them in their tracks. A champion like...Batgirl! By the way, if you're looking for this figure look for the stamped #67 on the back top left of the package. More after the break...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Toy Review: Armored Action Transporter from Matchbox: Jurassic World by Mattel

   While it's not spooky or anything, I still am going to be reviewing another Jurassic World vehicle today as I have a few left that I hadn't checked out yet. Today I'm looking at the Armored Action Transporter, a vehicle Mattel has apparently made up for the Matchbox toyline. While it is based on the Armored Action Truck/ BAE Systems Land & Armaments Caiman, this particular design seems to be just a creation that looks like it could have been "just off screen" during the scenes on the island in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Let's take a look at this cool transport truck after the break...

The 99 Days of Hokey Halloween Starts Today!


Happy August 1st!

You know what that means, right?

It's time for the 99 Days of Halloween to begin!

That's right... we celebrate Halloween for 99 days here at Action Figure Barbecue. That's all of August, all of September, all of October, and the 7 days of Re-Halloween!

We're going to start things off slow this year as the main influx of toy reviews won't start until October (This year: The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror!)

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and things are about to start getting a whole lot spookier...

Monday, July 30, 2018

Confirmed Epic Podcast #100: Confirmed Epic Reboot




Jerry 'Barbecue 17' Reed, The Reel Brad Bell, & AKA Andrew Stokes live and in person!
Thank you to everyone who has ever clicked play and downloaded The Confirmed Epic Podcast, and welcome to an event 5 years in the making: Confirmed Epic Podcast #100.  Join myself, Jerry 'Barbecue 17' Reed, AKA Andrew Stokes, Kate Mcall, and the returning Arathaella as we usher in a new, and exciting era of the podcast.  And here we go...

In episode #100 we discuss:

-Who is the best live action Batman? (Epic Games)

-Black Lightening, Handmaid's Tale, Dr. Aphra Volume 3, Fort Night, Nintendo Switch (What we have been checking out)

-How many streaming platforms are too many? (TV)

-What is the next great franchise following the MCU? (FILM)

-What's Up with DC Collectibles following SDCC 2018? (COLLECTING)

-Should comics influence films? Or should films Influence Comics? (COMICS)

-We also have some random tweets, and our weekly CONFIRMED CRAP & CONFIRMED EPIC ratings of the week

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Confirmed Epic Podcast Retro Rewind #38: Darth Vader #1 & #2





*This podcast originally aired on March 1st 2015, and is the end of our Retro Rewind initiative to publish our back catalog of episodes for our listeners.  

*We were able to successfully recover, and re-post every single previously unavailable episode of the Podcast, with the exception of Episode #27.   We are always on the lookout for what is now the lost episode of the podcast, and will publish it if we can ever recover the episode. 


*In this podcast you will hear mentioned that this is the last episode of The Confirmed Epic Podcast.  At this point in 2015 The Reel Brad Bell left to work for Geeks World Wide, and co-host their comics podcast.  However in February 2016 when Deadpool hit theaters, The Confirmed Epic Podcast returned making it's debut on The GWW Radio with episode #39!
   
In Episode 38 of the Confirmed Epic Podcast The Reel Brad Bell, Barbecue17, and Andrew Stokes review the long awaited Marvel Comic’s Darth Vader #1 and #2 by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Laroca.  

In a sad edition of Epic News the guys discuss: the passing of Leonard Nimoy as well as the news of Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham Knight receiving an M-rating.  

As usual we discuss what we have been checking out: Joseph Kahn’s Power Rangers reimagining, Spider Gwen #1, Far Cry 4, and the CW's The 100.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Confirmed Epic Podcast #99: The Hurricane Heist





We end one era of The Confirmed Epic Podcast similar to how it all started in Episode #1 with Bullet to the Head by reviewing the sure to be bad, but sure to be fun Hurricane Heist directed by: Rob Cohen.  

As always we also get into what we have been checking out (A Quiet Place, Unfriended, Cargo on Netflix, Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton, Glow Season 2 on Netflix, NES Classic)  and the epic news items of the week.(Titans Trailer, DCEU's Birds of Prey line up, CW developing a Batwoman series, Rugrats returning, Zombieland 2 being given a release date, Mondo and Hot Toys big SDCC 2018 reveals).

Stay tuned for the entire show to hear the epic changes to The Confirmed Epic Podcast starting with next week's episode #100!


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Friday, July 20, 2018

Confirmed Epic Podcast #100 Poll #1: What Streaming Service will you have by 2020?

Confirmed Epic Podcast Retro Rewind #37: MCU Spider-Man & Toy Fair 2015





*This podcast originally aired on February 17th 2015, and is part of our Retro Rewind initiative to publish our back catalog of episodes for our listeners!

In Episode 37 of the Confirmed Epic Podcast The Reel Brad Bell and Jerry “Barbecue17” come together to discuss the 2015 version of the New York Toy Fair including their favorite products and toy lines from the show.  

We dedicate this episode entire segment of Epic News to our friendly neighborhood Spiderman and the impact that Sony and Disney sharing the property will have on the character.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Confirmed Crap Podcast #5: Parenthood & Royalty





Join us for another rare edition of The Confirmed Crap Podcast, the spin-off of The Confirmed Epic Podcast in which we talk anything and everything on our minds.  

In this episode The Mother of Beagle AKA Abby (The Reel Brad Bell's wife) joins the Crap Pod. for the first time to discuss: child birth, new parenthood, Netflix's The Crown, her hatred for chain restaurants, and many other crappy topics.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Action Figure Review: Clone Commander Wolffe from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    Today I'm checking out one of the newest Star Wars: The Black Series exclusive figures out there: Clone Commander Wolffe from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Wolffe was a popular Clone Commander from that series and now Hasbro is offering him as a shared exclusive between GameStop, Barnes & Noble, and The Disney Store. That's quite a few locations so hopefully folks won't have too hard of a time finding him. I purchased mine through a GameStop online preorder and he just arrived in the mail at the end of this past week. Let's check out this cool new clone figure after the break...

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Toy Review: '93 Jeep Wrangler #9 from Matchbox: Jurassic World by Mattel

   Today I'm checking out another car from Mattel's Jurassic World Matchbox line and like the solid green Textron Tiger I reviewed earlier in the week this one is also a vehicle with a color scheme made up for the toyline. This creation takes the body of the 1993 Jeep Wrangler staff cars from the original film but gives it the paint scheme and logo design of one of the Jurassic World Mercedes Benz staff cars. It's an interesting concept and, for around a buck, I'm willing to allow some experimentation in this line. Let's check out this interesting concept vehicle after the break...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Action Figure Review: Baryonyx (Roarivores) from Jurassic World by Mattel

    Today I'm checking out another entry in the Jurassic World: Roarivores line and it's a pretty cool entry in the series: The Baryonyx! The Baryonyx was listed as being an inhabitant of the original Jurassic Park but apparently never made it onto the island. In Jurassic Park III it is mentioned but we never see it. Finally, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom gives us a full on Baryonyx appearance when the creature attacks Claire and Franklin in a lava flooded computer room. It was definitely one of the highlights of the film, wasn't it? While Fallen Kingdom isn't my favorite of the Jurassic Park films, I really love the diverse number of dinosaurs it offers. Let's check out the very cool battery operated Roarivores Baryonyx after the break...

Monday, July 9, 2018

Toy Review: '10 Textron Tiger from Matchbox: Jurassic World by Mattel

    Today I'm checking out another vehicle from the second series of Jurassic World vehicles from Mattel's Matchbox line. I'm really liking these, particularly for the around a $1 price point. Mattel's Jurassic Park line has been incredibly affordable and it seems to be selling like hot cakes so more stuff just keeps coming out. The Textron Tiger appeared in Jurassic World as the main vehicle of the InGen security team but I don't remember it appearing in green. Can anyone confirm that these actually appeared? The only ones I remember are whitish- grey. Mattel has released that version as a single packed vehicle and in the Island Transport Team 5-pack that I reviewed last month. While this is really just a paint variation, let's still give it a once over after the break...

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Action Figure Review: Harley Quinn from Batman Missions by Mattel

 Ever since Mattel began releasing DC Comics action figures in the early 2000s Mattel has periodically released Batman based "evergreen" toylines that aren't tied to any specific movie or cartoon. For the 6 inch scale things started off in 2003 with Mattel's simply named "Batman" series and from there went through other "kid-focused" lines like Batman: Power Attack and DC Total Heroes. For 2018 we are getting the somewhat dully named Batman Missions and, like many of the lines before, it features more limited articulation but comes in at a $10 dollar price point. Batman Missions seems to be focusing on more characters than just the Caped Crusader, however, as the first series includes quite a few villains. I was really excited by this very modern Harley Quinn figure offered by Mattel and snagged her from Amazon a week or two ago. Let's take a look at Harley Quinn and this new Batman series from Mattel after the break...

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Confirmed Epic Podcast #98: Jurassic Park III





Hop into your green jeep and join us on the wild ride that is sure to be our review of Director Joe Johnston's Jurassic Park III.

As usual we also get into what we have been checking out, and epic news.


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Friday, July 6, 2018

Confirmed Epic Podcast Retro Rewind #36: Marvel Star Wars #2





*This podcast originally aired on February 8th 2015, and is part of our Retro Rewind initiative to publish our back catalog of episodes for our listeners!

After rave reviews for our last Star Wars review In Episode 36 of the Confirmed Epic Podcast The Reel Brad Bell, Jerry “Barbecue 17” Reed, and Andrew Stokes decided it would be a good Idea to review another Star Wars Comic: Marvel’s Star Wars #2 by Jason Aaron rather than see a certain Sci-Fi film with Channing Tatum.  

In EPIC NEWS the guys discuss: Ghostbusters 3, Managing Star Wars The Force Awakens expectations and a potential release push, Netflix’s new DareDevil Trailer, Netflix’s potential live-action Zelda show.  

In what we have been CHECKING OUT the gang discusses: David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Star War: Tarkin by James Luceno, and Hulks Agent of Smash on Netflix.  We also delve into overarching conversations about Comic/Film continuity and race/Gender in the modern Comic Book. 


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Monday, July 2, 2018

Confirmed Epic Podcast #97: Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom





Strap into your gyroshpere and join The Reel Brad Bell and Jerry 'Barbecue17' Reed on the wild ride that is sure to be our review of Director J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom.


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Toy Review: Off-Road Rescue Rig from Matchbox: Jurassic World by Mattel

 On Thursday evening I was at my local Wal-Mart and I discovered some new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Matchbox cars. One of the vehicles I picked up is called the Off-Road Rescue Rig. It's an armored truck, probably an Oshkosh FMTV, that is equipped with a harness and chains on the truck bed to accommodate transporting a dinosaur of some sort. I definitely recall similar vehicles in the film but having only seen it once I can't confirm any specifics about when this was used. This is definitely used early in the film, however, when the dinosaurs are being "rescued" from Isla Nublar. Matchbox has released quite a robust offering of vehicles from the Jurassic Park series and considering they cost around a dollar each, I'm more than happy to pick them up. Let's check up this cool dinosaur hauler after the break...

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Minifigure Review: Sven from Kinder Joy: Frozen by Ferrero

    True story: When my little first got into Frozen a few years back it actually took me a couple of weeks to sit down and watch the movie. When the movie would be on and I'd just be walking through the room or chilling out and not really paying attention, I absolutely thought that Sven the reindeer could really talk. If you've seen the film then you know that he can't; his human friend and owner Kristoff actually talks and sings for him. It's pretty funny and is definitely something that my wife and I have always done with our dogs, so why wouldn't someone give a voice to their reindeer, too? What's even cooler is that Sven's "voice" kind of sounds like Cringer from Masters of the Universe. I wonder if that was intentional? Anyways, Sven is another minfigure in the Kinder Joy line of Frozen toys. My daughter and I both pulled him from Kinder Eggs the same day so now we both have Svens. He's a cool little reindeer and not bad for a small toy included with candy. Let's check him out after the break...

Friday, June 29, 2018

Confirmed Podcast Retro Rewind #35: Marvel's Star Wars #1





*This podcast originally aired on January 18th 2015, and is part of our Retro Rewind initiative to publish our back catalog of episodes for our listeners!

In the 2015 debut episode of The Confirmed Epic Podcast The Reel Brad Bell, Jerry “Barbecue 17” Reed of the newly formed Actionfigurebarbecue.blogspot.com, and Andrew Stokes all return to review Marvel Comics best-selling Star Wars #1 by Jason Aaron. 

In Epic News we discuss the departure of Tom Hardy from the Suicide Squad film and our thoughts on Jake Gyllenhaal as a potential replacement, and what All-star casting means for DC films moving forward.  

As always we talk about what we have been checking out: The Babadook, the new NETFLIX original series Marco Polo, and the phenomenon that is loot crate. 


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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Action Figure Review: Tyrannosaurus Rex & Monolophosaurus (Battle Damage) from Jurassic World by Mattel

 By now my guess is that you've seen Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, right? I saw it last Thursday and while I will save most of my thoughts on it for the upcoming episode of the Confirmed Epic Podcast, I will say that I have some very mixed feelings on the film. It does a lot well while but it also has some flaws. I don't have too many complaints about Mattel's Jurassic World toyline, however. While the humans are pretty boring, the dinosaurs have all been really fun thus far. I received this Battle Damage two-pack of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the Monolophosaurus (exclusive to Wal-Mart) from my wife and daughter for Father's Day which, along with this cool Mini Dino Multipack and some cards, made the day incredibly awesome. Actually, my favorite gift might have been a card from my daughter! She made it at preschool and it featured questions about me that my 4-year old answered. Of course, even loving that gift I still never turn down dinosaurs. Let's check out this cool 2-pack after the break...

Monday, June 25, 2018

Confirmed Epic Podcast #96: Insidious The Last Key





Join The Confirmed Epic Podcast as once again we join up with our favorite paranormal investigator: Elise Rainer (Lin Shaye), and review the latest installment of the Insidious franchise Adam Robitel's: Insidious The Last Key.

As always we also get into what we have been checking out (Everything Sucks on Netflix), and the epic news items of the week (Halloween 2018 Trailer, The Disney Fox Deal, Captain Marvel being the center of the MCU moving forward, and Dark Horse's upcoming Stranger Things Comic).

We also have a brand new game of percentages in the new Epic Games segment.

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