Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Jack Skellington's House from The Nightmare Before Christmas Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

    We're getting really, really close to Halloween and today I'm checking out a very cool new item from Jada Toys' super fun Nano Metalfigs line: Jack Skellington's House, a new Nano Scene from their The Nightmare Before Christmas Nano Metalfigs minifigure line. A few days ago I reviewed the 20-pack and now I'm checking out this Nano Scene that gives your figures somewhere cool to stand. While last year's Nano Scenes (the Batcave and Hogwarts) were quite large, this year's scenes are quite a bit smaller, although only half the price. Along with Jack Skellington's House Jada Toys has also released a scene of Mickey Mouse from The Sorcerer's Apprentice and a Marvel scene Spiderman on the Daily Bugle. Jack's house was the only one of those that I was interested in and I picked it up a few months ago in an order from the excellent Ferrara Market. I'm really excited for this because it kind of fulfills one of my childhood wishes: As a kid playing with my original Hasbro Nightmare Before Christmas figures, my dad and I would use a large, round, yellow plastic lid from some canister as a moon backdrop for Jack. Now, Jada Toys has given me an official playset, although for the smaller toys. Ready for a closer look at Jack Skellington's House? Then join me after the break...

Monday, October 22, 2018

Action Figure Review: Karg from Masters of the Universe Classics by Super7

    It has been nearly two years since my last Masters of the Universe Classics review. Two years. What happened? At times in the past I have declared Masters of the Universe Classics my favorite toyline of all time and, all things considered, that's probably still true (it could be tied with Star Wars: Micro Machines by Galoob). Unfortunately, Mattel went out with more of a whimper than a bang in 2016 as they had some serious snafus that and began to focus more heavily on Filmation variants of popular characters.  I certainly love the Filmation cartoons of He-Man and She-Ra but the figures didn't appeal to me all that much with their simpler style. Initially I was skeptical of Super7's and the higher cost of the figures as well. I sort of sat back for awhile to see what would happen and guess what? Super7 really seems to be getting their act together. I was waiting for a sign to hop back in and, for me, that signal was Karg. I love the Masters of the Universe movie. Love it. Love. It. Yes, bringing the battle to Earth was a horrible idea that was used to lower the budget but there is so much right about that movie. One of the things I love are the new Evil Warriors introduced in the film. Blade and Saurod both received action figures in the vintage Masters of the Universe Toyline and in MOTUC but Karg was left high and dry. Various licensing issues kept Karg from being made for so long but various things have popped up or changed which made the figure seem possible over the years and have kept fans championing for him! Technically, this version of Karg is based on a 1987 comic appearance rather than the film. You know what? I'll take him. Despite whatever comes of Super7's tenure with the Masters of the Universe license, they have given us Karg and we ought to sing songs of their heroism and mighty deeds. Let's check Karg out after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Scareglow from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel

    When you look at Scareglow, do you become overly terrified? Maybe your palms get sweaty, your heart beats a bit faster, and you begin to experience uncontrollable feelings of dread. If that's the case, you just might have ostiophobia, an irrational fear of bones. Of course, you may also look at Scareglow and feel an overwhelming sense of awe: Perhaps your heart starts beating faster, you hear some heavy metal music playing as if out of nowhere, and you get a sudden urge to paint Scareglow's visage on the side of a paneled van. That happens simply because Scareglow is straight up rad. Scareglow was the November 2009 release in Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics and he's making an appearance in this year's The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror both because he's a wicked cool skeleton with a neon green Scythe of Doom and because Masters of the Universe Classics appeared in five separate installments during the first three years of 31 Days of Toy Terror. Today Scareglow, the evil ghost of Skeletor, will have his revenge!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Action Figure Review: Typhoid Mary from Marvel Legends Series: Typhoid Mary by Hasbro

    This might be the last Marvel Legends Series review I write for a month or so as I think I've picked up most everything I want from the currently released series (I'm still looking for the Walgreens exclusive Magik, though). Typhoid Mary was released as part of the Monster Venom Build-a-Figure series but was given her own logo on the card front, so I guess you could say that Typhoid Mary is currently the first and only figure in the Typhoid Mary subset. I'll go ahead and admit that I know very little about this character. She's apparently a name reference to the real Typhoid Mary, she has some level of psionic powers, and she has been a foe of Daredevil and Deadpool. Well, that's it. That's about all I know. I'll be honest, I just picked this one up because she was inexpensive, she looks really cool, and I remember from the old X-Men/ Marvel trading cards. Let's check Typhoid Mary out after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Henry Bemis (Now in Color!) from The Twilight Zone by Bif Bang Pow!

 "Witness Mr. Henry Bemis, a charter member in the fraternity of dreamers. A bookish little man whose passion is the printed page but who is conspired against by a bank president and a wife and a world full of tongue-cluckers and the unrelenting hands of a clock. But in just a moment Mr. Bemis will enter a world without bank presidents or wives or clocks or anything else. He'll have a world all to himself, without anyone at all."

When we look back on the toy trends of 2014 and 2015 we have to remember the prevalence of the faux retro Kenner styled action figures released by companies like Funko, Warpo, and Bif Bang Pow! While the passion for these lines has definitely faded (the current retro focus is on retro styled packaging and Masters of the Universe-styled figures) I have to admit that I still have a bit of a interest in these, particularly the horror themed figures. While I never picked up any beyond the first series of "Now in Color" figures from SDCC 2014 Bif Bang Pow! (of which only 456 were made) has released three more series of The Twilight Zone figures over the past couple years. Today I'm checking out one of the figures from the original series, Henry Bemis, from the season 1 episode "Time Enough at Last." Played by Burgess Meredith, Henry Bemis has become one of the most recognizable characters from The Twilight Zone despite not being anything more than a normal man. He himself isn't terrifying but the episode he's from is chilling in a completely different way than you might expect. I'm willing to let him in for The Revenege of 31 Days of Toy terror, aren't you? Let's check him out after the break...

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Action Figure Review: Mario with Cappy from World of Nintendo by Jakks Pacific

   Wow! I haven't reviewed a new World of Nintendo figure since last Christmas (when I gave you my heart, but the very next day you gave it away! OK, all silliness aside, Jakks Pacific has definitely not been releasing many of these figures. I still don't have wave 2-7 and the current wave that this Mario is from, wave 3-1, has two repacks and one slight variant of Luigi. That's not terribly exciting overall but I really did want this Mario with Cappy figure from Super Mario Odyssey. I bought my Nintendo Switch last year when Odyssey came out and both me and my daughter loved the game. It's a ton of fun! I've been waiting for Jakks to release something from the game and, finally, they have. Let's check out Mario with Cappy after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th Part 2) from Friday the 13th by NECA

    Since October 2018 is The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror I'm going to try to get all of the big guns out here this year. While there really isn't any new Leatherface action figures out, I do assure you that this year's countdown will include Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees. Today I'm checking out NECA's rather new Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th Part 2. This isn't NECA first time releasing this version of Jason as they have released him before in a 25th Anniversary 2-pack (which I used to own) and in their Cult Classics line back in 2006 as well as a version in their Mego styled range of figures. This version of Jason is released as one of their Ultimate versions meaning it has some impressive articulation and lots of extras. I believe the head sculpts and some of the accessories might be the same but from everything I've read, the body is completely new. While some versions of Jason look somewhat similar, this one stands out out from the pack as being a representation of the character before he donned his now iconic hockey mask. This guy's just a maniac in overalls and plaid with a burlap bag over his head. Are you down for this? Then join me after the break...

Friday, October 19, 2018

The Night He Came Home Again 2018: Michael Myers from Halloween: One:12 Collective by Mezco

    Guess what? While today may not be Halloween, it is the release date for the new Halloween film, titled Halloween! Are you ready? Are you excited? I actually got the chance to see the film last night at one of the later evening showings. I had high hopes for the film as the original Halloween is one of my favorite horror films (and one of my favorites overall, to be honest) and I will say I'm not too disappointed. I'm not going to say much more yet so you can go in with as blank of a slate as possible. I've been looking forward to Mezco's take on Michael Myers for quite some time and while I've had this figure for a couple of weeks now, it has driven me crazy to hold off on posting a review of it until today! I wanted to make today special, though, so think of this as a mid-October treat for you if you're waiting to see Halloween later tonight or, heaven forbid, sometime after that. Anyways, Mezco has heavily relied on DC and Marvel in their One:12 Collective line but it seems they do have a good deal of horror stuff planned. Michael Myers is the first of their horror properties to come out and he's kind of a big deal as Michael Myers action figures have been far and few between. While we've had multiple versions of Leatherface and NECA is intent on giving us every version of Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees ever made, Michael Myers has been more reclusive. Apparently the rights for Halloween are pretty crazy (see yesterday's review) which is why it's pretty impressive that this Michael Myers is from the original (and still best) Halloween film. NECA hasn't tackled Michael Myers in about a decade and thus Mezco's is currently going to be the most desirable version of the character. Let's check out Michael Myers after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Dr. Finkelstein from The Nightmare Before Christmas Trading Figures by Jun Planning

    Since there isn't a character in all of The Nightmare Before Christmas who isn't simply incredible, it's always worthwhile reviewing any version of them as part of 31 Days of Toy Terror. This year, since this is The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror, I'm revisiting a Nightmare Before Christmas toyline that I first checked out last year: The 2010 The Nightmare Before Christmas Trading Figures by Jun Planning. Target carried these as part of their Halloween offerings that year and they came unassembled in little marked boxes, similar to blind boxed toys but without the whole spending lots of money in order to possibly buy a duplicate. One of the figures in the first series is the brilliant Dr. Finkelstein, the resident mad scientist in Halloween Town and the one responsible for the creation of the heroic Sally. He also provides valuable assistance to Jack Skellington in helping him on his ill-fated quest to take over Christmas as well. Let's take a closer look at this man of science after the break. Curiosity killed the cat, you know.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Action Figure Review: Charlotte Flair from WWE Zombies by Mattel

 Well, well, well... isn't this a pleasant surprise! I wasn't expecting to get my hands on the third series of WWE Zombies so soon but not only did I find 5 of the 6 figures in this series in stock at Ringside Collectible but I also found figures with damaged packaging that saved me quite a few bucks. Woo! The WWE Zombies line has been one of my favorites for a few years now and I'm glad to see it continue with a mixture of new Superstars and a few old favorites as well. I actually had already finished the Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror lineup before I received these so I'm going to just stick them in during the day as bonus reviews. You're welcome! Today I'm checking out Charlotte Flair, the lone female in this series and one of the most talented individuals in wrestling today. Period. Charlotte is the daughter of Ric Flair but she absolutely has cultivated her own image and style. And now we have her as a zombie in her famous peacock entrance outfit from Wrestlemania 33. Unless you watch this video, this action figure might be the craziest thing you see all day!  Crazy awesome, though. Let's check out Charlotte Flair as a queen zombie after the break. Woo!

The Night He Came Home Again 2018: Michael Myers from Savage World: Horror by Funko

    Guess what? Tomorrow night one of the biggest events of the Halloween 2018 season will happen: The new Halloween film, simply titled Halloween, will hit theaters across the U.S. It really and truly has been 40 years since the first film was released and this one is, oddly enough, just a sequel to original 1979 classic. Yup. Every other sequel is being ignored. I'm optimistic, although doing away with Halloween 2 definitely is going to be very hard for me to accept. Anyways, let's talk about this action figure as it is kind of cool. Savage World is a new Funko property that takes various characters and renders them in the style of a Masters of the Universe styled action figure from the 1980s. It's a cool concept and while I'm tempted by some of the other characters (and by the upcoming DC based Primal Age), Michael Myers is my favorite. He's also a character who is sometimes difficult to license. I'm not an expert but my limited knowledge is that the rights to the character are tied up with different studios for different films. Hence, that's probably the reason why this version of Michael Myers is being billed as hailing from 2002's Halloween: Resurrection, AKA the film where Busta Rhymes kicks Michael Myers out of a window while yelling "Trick or treat, motherf&*$%#!" Yup. It's definitely not one of the series highlights but it must be cheaper to license, as why else would Funko pick this specific film for this figure? That's not a big deal, though, as for a stylized figure like this most Michael Myers' costumes look alike. Let's jump in and check out this figure after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Pennywise from It by NECA

   This year's The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror is filled with some real hits, isn't it? Today I'm checking out what very well may be one of the biggest horror action figure releases of the year: Pennywise from the 1990 TV movie It. Based on Tim Curry's portrayal of the evil clown Pennywise from Stephen King's 1986 book, NECA has now released one of the icons of horror that had yet to exist in action figure form before now (although Funko did release a POP! vinyl). While Bill SkarsgĂ„rd's portrayal of Pennywise in the 2017 film version of It draws from older depictions of clowns, Tim Curry's version is based on the popular birthday and TV clowns of the 20th century. Somehow, that's even more disturbing to me although I do enjoy both portrayals of the character. I'm also enjoying the product that NECA is putting out for both films. I've already reviewed one of the figures from the 2017 film so today it's a look at the classic version. Pennywise is another of NECA's "Ultimate" figures that includes multiple heads, hands, and lots of accessories in a fairly collector friendly box. Ready for a closer look at this creepy clown? Then join me after the break...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Action Figure Review: Taskmaster from Marvel Legends Series: Avengers by Hasbro

    Who is a highly skilled comic villain co-created by George Perez that first appeared in 1980, uses multiple weapons (including a sword), wears orange and dark blue, and is decked out in pirate styled boots? Whether you said Taskmaster or Deathstroke, you would be correct! While they're distinctly different characters, they sure do have a lot of similarities, don't they? Did you know that for a short while Taskmaster had a secretary named Wilson while Deathstroke had a secretary named Masters? OK, I may have made that part up (so far as I know, anyways). A couple of years back Hasbro released a modern Taskmaster as part of the Captain America series of figures who was released under the banner "Mercenaries of Mayhem" alongside of Demolition Man. This classic version of Taskmaster was released earlier this year in the Thanos Build-a-Figure series as part of the movie tie ins for Infinity War. I owned the Marvel Universe version of Taskmaster as one point (I've since sold probably 95% of my Marvel Universe collection as I just like the Legends figures better) so this was my chance to get the character back in my preferred scale. Let's check out this classic rendition of Taskmaster after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: 20 Pack Figure Collectors Set from The Nightmare Before Christmas Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

   If you read Action Figure Barbecue often then you know that Jada Toys' DC Nano Metalfigs line is one of my favorite active toylines. I haven't picked up all of the other Nano Metalfigs line (although I do have the Street Fighter series) but I've been anticipating their The Nightmare Before Christmas line ever since it was first announced. The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorites and this year is the 25th Anniversary Celebration so we are getting lots of cool product. It's pretty crazy to be celebrating like this that has become so nostalgic while still remembering my parents taking me to see it in theaters as a kid when it was first released. Jada Toys only has three releases announced for this property thus far and the first is what I'm checking out today: The 20 Pack Figure Collector's Set. The set includes 20 diecast metal minifigures covering the majority of the residents of Halloween Town and Santa Claus himself. Ready for a closer look at one of the most ambitious The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror reviews yet? Then join me after the break...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Action Figure Review: Carnage from Marvel Legends Series: Venom by Hasbro

    It's time for another Marvel Legends Series review and this time it's the early 90s Marvel mass murderer Carnage! During the early 90s Venom was a huge deal. Even as someone who never really read Marvel comics, I knew who Venom was and totally thought he was cooler than Spider-Man at the time. I had some Venom action figures and even owned a Venom tank top, probably the only tank top I've ever owned in my life (I was probably 9 or 10, so that kind of makes it less lame, right?). Of course, this was the 90s so after Venom's huge surge of popularity Marvel had to top him and go more extreme, thus along came Carnage! Again, my memories of Carnage come from his appearance on the Spider-Man cartoon, the Maximum Carnage SNES game, and the Toy Biz action figures. While I love the MCU, most of my Marvel Legends Series action figure buying is either based on just how good the action figures themselves are or fueled by nostalgia for the toys of my youth. Carnage is another figure I picked up for a fraction of the retail price due to him not coming with his Build-a-Figure piece for Monster Venom, whom you can build if you pick up all of the figures from the new Venom themed series of figures. Let's check out Carnage, shall we?

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Take Along Haunted House 9312 by Playmobil

    For The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror I'm definitely checking out quite a few Playmobil sets, eh? You can credit that to Playmobil releasing some very cool spooky themed sets this August and the fact that my daughter and I have been having a blast playing with these. Today I'm checking out the largest "horror" set that Playmobil has released this year: The Take Along Haunted House. The concept here is simple as this is a small, portable haunted house. You may see some similarities to the 2015 Play Box Haunted House set (which I have and which might show up this year, too) but don't be fooled as the Take Along Haunted House is a completely different and much larger set. I love the often bizarre charm of Playmobil and every few years I seem to return to it to pick up a few items that interest me and, believe me pals, a haunted house playset definitely caught my attention. I originally considered making this the review for Halloween, but I believe I have something even spookier awaiting you. Any questions? Ok then! Let's get ready to tour the Take Along Haunted House...

Monday, October 15, 2018

Toy Review: Deep-Dive Submarine (Battle Damage) from Marchbox: Jurassic World by Mattel

    Today I'm checking out the last of the five new Battle Damage Jurassic World Matchbox vehicles that are exclusive to Wal-Mart: The Deep-Dive Submarine. The Deep-Dive Submarine appeared during the incredible beginning of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which was one of the best parts of the film. The Deep-Dive Submarine and its inhabitants have a fateful meeting with the Mosasaurus (one of my favorite Jurassic Park creatures now), which was pretty terrifying. That encounter is the inspiration for this vehicle which features the same Deep-Dive Submarine model that was released earlier this year as a single pack and in the Island Transport Team 5-pack and adds a cracked paint job to the bubble. Let's check this one out a bit more closely after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Mothra from Big Bucket of Monsters by SCS Direct

    Last year during The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror I featured quite a few minifigures from the Big Bucket of Monsters by SCS Direct. While these are sold as a large bucket or tube of figures with 13 different sculpts, I picked these up individually so I decided to start reviewing them individually. Since I reviewed the Big Bucket of Monsters Godzilla last year I decided that it is only fitting to check out Mothra for this year. First appearing in the self titled 1961 Toho film Mothra, Mothra soon became an adversary of Godzilla. I'm not a kaiju expert by any means but Mothra is definitely one of the most recognizable creatures in the genre and this minifigure is pretty recognizable, too. Let's add some giant monster mayhem to The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror after the break...

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Action Figure Review: Cable from Marvel Legends Series: Deadpool by Hasbro

    While I am absolutely 100% a DC reader (within the past 24-48 hours I've read Batman White Knight, Rebirth Harley Quinn vol. 5, and volume 2 of Batman: Knightfall) I've never been a huge Marvel reader at all. My Marvel fandom has always been based more on the films, the cartoons, and toys. In the early 90s I was absolutely a fan of Marvel due to the Fox Kids X-Men series and Toy Biz's long running toyline. While I dig Cable because of his portrayal in Deadpool 2, my main draw to Cable is because of how awesome he was in the Toy Biz X-Force line. Cable was definitely the Wolverine or Spider-Man of the X-Force line as Toy Biz put at least one Cable in nearly every set. Hasbro certainly hasn't shown Cable that much love but he absolutely did get a figure in the popular X-Men Series about 2 years ago and now they've released another version of Nathan Summers in his classic Rob Liefeld based look. That means lots of pouches and big guns! Let's check out Cable after the break and see how this bastion of the late 80's/ early 90's comics scene fairs today...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Gremlin from Monster in My Pocket by Matchbox

    The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror just wouldn't be a Halloween themed toy countdown without the presence of Matchbox's 1990 minifigure line Monster in My Pocket, would it? So, having any trouble with your computer or other internet browsing device today? Maybe it's because of a Gremlin! My guess is that when most of us think of Gremlins we either think of Gizmo and his nastier ilk from the 1984 Joe Dante film or the creature that menaced William Shatner in the Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" but gremlins first became popular during 1920s as an excuse for the many problems and failures that inexplicably occurred with aircraft (possibly due dealing with hallucinations at high altitudes, many pilots claimed to have seen gremlins messing around with their airplanes). Today Gremlins get blamed for lots of problems with technology in general, although it is doubtful they really hack into Twitter accounts and write offensive tweets despite claims to the contrary. Let's check out a cool, ghastly little green Gremlin after the break...

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Toy Review: Armored Action Truck (Battle Damage) from Matchbox: Jurassic World by Mattel

    Today I'm checking out another vehicle in the Wal-Mart exclusive Battle Damage Jurassic World Matchbox line. This time it is the Armored Action Truck, which I've reviewed on two different occasions in two different paint schemes. The original single packed Armored Action Truck was my first review from this series, so it's kind of interesting to see this one out there again with such a different look to it. This is the first vehicle from the Battle Damage series I noticed since unlike the other vehicles in the series, this one is really different in color. Let's check this one out after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Night Walk #9156 from Family Fun by Playmobil

    I don't just love doing 31 Days of Toy Terror every year because it is a chance to look at spooky action figures but also because it gives me a chance to look at toys that I may not normally pay attention to. Today I'm checking out another cool item from Playmobil that I think is one of the coolest toy releases I've seen (it was released last year and somehow I missed it). It is called Night Walk and it is from the Playmobil Family Fun series, which is comprised of sets featuring people camping, biking, and just generally enjoying the great outdoors. Usually this wouldn't be the sort of Playmobil series to catch my eye other than to just appreciate the general artistry involved in creating the sets but as I was looking through a catalog I discovered the Night Walk set. The general idea behind this set seems to be that two kids are taking a walk through the woods at night as they imagine the various trees and shrubs to take the shape of faces. I love how unique the concept is for a toy set. It reminds me of some of the kids books I grew up reading like Bears in the Night and The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree. There is something both undeniably fun and spooky about being outside at night as a kid. Sometimes you think you see things and other times you pretend to see things just to get a reaction from your friends. This set captures that feeling of childhood wonder perfectly and while it isn't really terrifying, it definitely awakens some nostalgia for the adventures I imagine most of us had by flashlight as a child. Let's check out this very cool set after the break...

Friday, October 12, 2018

Toy Review: '14 Mercedes- Benz G 550 (Battle Damage) from Matchbox: Jurassic World

   Today I'm looking at another vehicle from the Walmart exclusive Battle Damaged Jurassic World vehicles, and this time it is the '14 Mercedes- Benz G 550 that Owen and Claire drive through Jurassic World while they're looking for Claire's nephews. This set seemed to show up at Walmart last month to coincide with the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on home video and each vehicle in the set is also available as part of a battle damaged 5-pack version of the Island Transport Team set that was originally released in late spring. Let's take a quick glance at this one after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Goblin from Hellboy 2: The Golden Army by Mezco

   Throughout the 2000s Mezco put out some great product for both Hellboy films and the comic series. Today I'm checking out the Goblin from the second series of Hellboy 2: The Golden Army action figures. Back in 2014: The Year There Were Only 24 Days of Toy Terror I reviewed the Angel of Death from Mezco's Hellboy 2 action figure line, a great toyline based on the 2008 film by Guillermo del Toro. Sadly, del Toro never got the opportunity to direct a third film in the series to complete the trilogy but we are getting a new film in January of next year that seems like it could be pretty good. Hopefully we'll get some cool toys with the film as it has been a long time since we received a robust Hellboy toyline. Mezco did a nice job of putting out a great mix of main characters and variants along with some cool side characters like the Goblin, the builder of the 4,900 soldiers in the titular Golden Army. He's not really a terrifying creature, more sympathetic really, but being a goblin still gets you a slot in The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror.  Let's check him out after the break...

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Action Figure Review: General Veers from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   Walgreens is really a pretty good destination for exclusive action figures now and last night while picking something up there I managed to finally find the new General Veers action figure. Played by Julian Glover, General Maximillian Veers appeared in The Empire Strikes back and personally led the assault on the Rebel shield generator from the cockpit of an AT-AT. He's a tough, imposing Imperial officer who gets results and who doesn't get Force choked by Darth Vader, so that's kind of a big deal. He's also now an action figure in the Black Series that has two distinctive looks! By including his armor and helmet from the assault on Hoth, Hasbro has given Veers both his standard Imperial Officer's outfit and his battle look, a pretty cool feat that definitely makes him stand out in the line and feel a bit more deluxe. This is the definitive General Veers for your collection, so let's check him out after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Christine from Johnny Lightning: Fright'ning Lightnings by Playing Mantis

    Five years ago today, during the first year of 31 Days of Toy Terror, I reviewed NECA's Bloody Carrie from the 2013 Carrie remake. I've always been a sucker for Stephen King inspired toys as I wanted them to happen when I was a middle schooler first getting into Stephen King's books and the movies they inspired. One of the few Stephen King inspired toys that I did have when I was younger and first getting into toy collecting was this die-cast metal Christine from Playing Mantis' revival of the Johnny Lightning brand. Released under their 1996 subset of horror vehicles called called Fright'ning Lightnings, Christine is inspired by the titular 1958 Plymouth Fury from the 1983 book and John Carpenter film (yes, they both came out the same year!). I remember getting this as a gift as a kid and since it had cool packaging that made it feel unique, it was one of the few toys I ever kept in the package. Ready for a "rundown" on this cursed car? Then let's check it out after the break...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Miniween Day 10: My Dentist is a Shapeshifter!

Miniween Day 9: Moonmen from Mercury

Action Figure Review: Black Bat & Ninja Batman from DC Super Friends Imaginext by Fisher-Price

    While I usually like Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse line (you know, when they're actually releasing figures), sometimes I think the Imaginext line has better character selection than the flagship DC line. While I was out hunting down the Zero Year Batman and Swamp Thing set a couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon this set too. Ninja Batman is pretty darn cool but it was the presence of Cassandra Cain as Black Bat that really grabbed my interest. It has been over ten years since Mattel has last released an action figure of Cassandra Cain (probably even longer for DC Collectibles/ DC Direct) but, interestingly, a line targeted towards preschoolers has beat the big kids to the bunch. Crazy, right? Anyways, while she is currently using the name Orphan in Rebirth as part of the excellent Detective Comics team, Cassandra may be most famous for her time as Batgirl from No Man's Land until after Final Crisis.  It was during the Batman Incorporated storyline that Cassie Cain took on the Black Bat moniker, which this outfit is based off of. Let's check out this two pack of two martial arts experts after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Frazetta's Sea Witch from Master Artist's Series: Frazetta by N2 Toys

    Back in 2015 during 31 Days of Toy Terror Returns I reviewed Xaltotun the Undead from McFarlane Toys' 2005 Conan: Hour of the Dragon action figure line. I don't have any more Conan toys that seem like a solid fit for the Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror but I did decide now would finally give me the chance to check out a figure from a series I've always wanted to look at on Action Figure Barbecue: N2 Toys' Frank Frazetta inspired Master Artist Series. As best as I can tell the line was released in 1998 by the now defunct N2, was sculpted by Eight Ball Studios, and was distributed by Diamond. Today I'm checking out Frazetta's Sea Witch, a sea siren from Frank Frazetta's 1966 painting "Sea Witch" which appeared on the cover of issue #7 of Eerie Magazine. I actually have this entire series of figures and while I believe this is the weakest statue in the set of nine it is the one most fitting for the Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror. Let's take to the sea after the break...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Barbecue's Bonfire: My Halloween Movie Watchlist Thus Far

Just for fun here is my list of horror movies I've watched so far this season:

Child's Play
Child's Play 2
Child's Play 3
Ernest Scared Stupid
Friday the 13th Part 2
Halloween 2
Halloween 3: Season of the Witch
Halloweentown 2: Kalabar's Revenge
Monster Family
The Witch (2015)

I might be missing a few that I've watched, so I'll add to it as I go. Watched anything good this season?

Action Figure Review: Silver Surfer from Marvel Legends Series: Silver Surfer by Hasbro

    Since I recently picked up the Fantastic Four, when I saw the Silver Surfer at a Walgreen's last week I knew I had to grab him as well. Walgreens has become a true destination for action figure collectors over the past few years and their Marvel Legends exclusives have been pretty impressive.  The Silver Surfer has a long history in action figures but thus is only the second version of the character I've ever owned (I owned the 1/18th scaled Marvel Universe version but I recently sold off most of that collection). While the Silver Surfer is definitely a character with a fairly consistent appearance, little improvements like articulation improvements, new headsculpts, and different ways of addressing the Surfer's silver body all give areas for toy companies to improve on. This is a pretty solid version of the character so, whether you're a Marvel fan or a Joe Satriani fan, let's check him out after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Alchemist #9096 from Special Plus by Playmobil

    Today for The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror I'm checking out something that may not be incredibly spooky but that should still get you in the Halloween spirit! It's the Playmobil Alchemist with Potions from the Special Plus series, which typically are smaller sets with one figure and quite a few extras. I will disclose that I'm not a hardcore Playmobil collector but I do go through spells every few years where I pick up some. I first learned about this set during a visit to the very cool Dancing Bear Toys in Hendersonville, NC. This August Playmobil released quite a few "spooky" sets that definitely called out to me and felt like they deserved a home in my horror collection and a review slot in 31 Days of Toy Terror. I grew up playing with Playmobil and I wish I'd kept most of mine, particularly the mid-late 90s Magic sets. One of my favorite sets as a kid was Wizards Workshop #3839. I loved the accessories included with the wizard and I'm glad Playmobil continues to recirculate their pieces over and over because I've been able to get my hands on these very cool chemistry pieces. This set, released last year, had many pieces I was looking for. Ready for a walk through a creepy old laboratory complete with rats, skulls, and good old fashioned pseudoscience? Then join me after the break...

Monday, October 8, 2018

Miniween 2018: Day 8- Insects and the City

Action Figure Review: Batman & Swamp Thing from DC Super Friends: Imaginext by Fisher-Price

    I haven't bought too many of the DC Super Friends Imaginext figures in recent years but lately Fisher-Price has put out some pretty cool sets that I couldn't pass up. One of those is the new Batman & Swamp Thing set, which features a Zero Year version of Batman and a very traditional looking Imaginext version of Swamp Thing. While Swamp Thing is not an obscure character by any stretch of the imagination, he definitely isn't a character you would expect to show up in a line like Imaginext, is he? He sold me on this set, though! Let's jump in and check out this cool 2-pack after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Cyclops from Big Bucket of Monsters by SCS Direct

 Last year during The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror I reviewed a handful of minifigures from the toyline "Big Bucket of Monsters." Released by SCS Direct, me and my daughter picked these up from a loose bin at our beloved "Monster Shop" (AKA The Creature's Crypt in Fort Mill, SC) which, sadly, has since closed. Still, I have some cool stuff they designed and good memories to remember them by (plus the business is still around online as they're a cool design studio that makes monster masks and props called Creature Revenge Studios). I've also got quite a few more of these little monsters to check out. For this day of Toy Terror I'm checking out the mythological Cyclops, a one-eyed giant from Greek and Roman mythology. Whenever I think about the Cyclops I always think of Polyphemus from the Odyssey but there are plenty of other examples of the creature as well along with dozens of other one-eyed beings from various cultures across the world. This guy looks quite a bit like the Ray Harryhausen designed Cyclops from The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, although many depictions of the Cyclops look pretty similar. Let's take a closer look at this guy after the break...

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Miniween 2018: Day 7- Lights, Camera, Axes!

Action Figure Review: Thing from Marvel Legends Series: Fantastc Four by Hasbro

    It has take over a year but Hasbro has finally completed the Fantastic Four in the modern Marvel Legends Series line with the introduction of Benjamin Grimm, better known as the Thing! As I mentioned in my review of Mr. Fantastic last week I had seen the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and Mr. Fantastic at Walgreen's stores a number of times but it wasn't until I saw the Thing that I decided I needed all four members of the First Family of Marvel in my toy collection. Hasbro did a great job with all four members of the Fantastic Four but the Thing is pretty much the best of the set. This is the first time I've ever completed the Fantastic Four in toy form. In fact, the Thing was the one team member I was missing from Toy Biz's classic DC Superheroes line. Let's get to clobbering this review so that whether you want to reenact the adventures of the Fantastic Four or put on your own independent, unlicensed action musical of the Fantastic Four, you'll know what you're in for!

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Clown #452 from POP! Disney by Funko

    I love The Nightmare Before Christmas and there are certain characters that I just cannot pass up when I see collectibles and toys based on them! You probably know my love for Jack as the Pumpkin King but I'm also nuts about Oogie Boogie, Zero, and the toy duck with bullet holes. The character I just cannot pass up, though, is the Clown with the Tearaway Face. Usually he is just referred to as Clown (which is fine if a little generic) and I'm always on the hunt for him! As soon as I knew Funko was making a Clown with the Tearaway Face POP! I kept my eyes open and, lo and behold, I found one in late August at my local GameStop. I've been sitting on this guy for over a month now because I really, really wanted to save him for the Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror. Let's check him out after the break for some spooky October fun!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Miniween 2018: Day 6- Me, Myself, and A.I.

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Beetlejuice from Cult Classics by NECA

    Although I haven't seen Beetlejuice 167 times the film absolutely keeps getting funnier every single time I see it! Beetlejuice is one of the best horror comedies ever made and easily one of my favorite Tim Burton films. Today the ghost with the most is getting his chance to shine as I'm checking out NECA's rendition of Beetlejuice in his iconic black and white suit from their 2008 Cult Classic series. Since this year's theme is The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror, I wanted to review at least one older NECA release due to how many times they've been on the countdown in years past. While McFarlane Toys may have really originated the idea of modern horror action figures, NECA is the company that built upon McFarlane's work and elevated it to the level where it is today. NECA's Cult Classics was their effort to create a "catch all" horror brand under which to release various characters. Beetlejuice was part of the seventh series of figures but he wasn't the first Beetlejuice figure NECA released; NECA released a Beetlejuice line of five figures back in 2001 that I've never owned but, from all accounts, was pretty disappointing. This 2008 release was NECA's attempt to revisit Beetlejuice and release the most popular look for everyone's favorite freelance bio-exorcist. How'd they do? Let's find out after the break...

Friday, October 5, 2018

Miniween 2018: Day 5- Dude, Where's Your Shadow?

Miniween 2018: Day 4- Don't Look Now, Mom's a Werewolf!

Toy Review: Gyrosphere (Battle Damage) from Matchbox: Jurassic World by Mattel

    Just a few days ago I reviewed the first of the five "Battle Damage" vehicles from the Jurassic World Matchbox line and today I'm checking out the second: The Gyrosphere from Jurassic World. Exclusive to Walmart, the Battle Damage vehicle series includes the same five vehicles that were originally released in the Island Transport Team back in late spring only now with some new paint applications to give them a more weathered look. The Gyrosphere played a pretty substantial role in Jurassic World and was destroyed by the Indominus Rex. This version of the Gyrosphere seems to show off the mud and damage it sustained during that attack, although in the film the Gyrosphere eventually is completely destroyed. Let's check out this new Matchbox offering after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Lord Lootem from Treasure X by Moose Toys

 While I reviewed my previous Treasure X toys back when I first got them I definitely wanted to save at least one for this year's Halloween countdown. Yeah, the theme this year centers around reviewing toys of characters I've already reviewed previously or toys from lines and properties I've checked out in the past but these are so cool (and such a popular commodity right now) that I wanted to make sure to include at least one in 31 Days of Toy Terror. Today I'm checking out Lord Lootem, one of the "Ultra Rare Glow in the Dark" figures from The Mid-Knight Crusaders. Decked out in some crusader garb as if he is either getting ready to take back the Holy Land or tell Indiana Jones he chose wisely, Lord Lootem is a glow in the dark skeleton clad in gold armor that I dug out of a chunk of sand. Throw in a Kit-Kat bar and a piece of pumpkin pie and that right there is fairly close to the true meaning of Halloween, am I right? It's not candy, man; it's glow in the dark skeletons! Let's check out Lord Lootem after the break...

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Action Figure Review: Mr. Fantastic from Marvel Legends Series: Fantastic Four by Hasbro

    Last year Hasbro released the Human Torch and the Invisible Woman as Walgreen's exclusives. It has been quite a few years since Hasbro delved into the character roster of Marvel's First Family so this was a big deal. Of course, there are some of us who probably were holding out to see if all four members of the Fantastic Four were released. A couple of weeks ago I was in my local Walgreen's and noticed all four members of the Fantastic Four sitting in the store at one time. Individually most of these figures didn't wow me the way that some do but finally seeing the Thing alongside the rest of the team caused me to grab all four at once. I really don't think I've ever had a complete Fantastic Four. Back in the old Toy Biz line I had everyone but the Thing and then, with the Marvel Universe 1/18th scale line I had Johnny and Ben, but no Reed or Susan. Finally, the whole team at once for me! Hasbro has done an excellent job with these and I'm going to be checking out at least this year's releases of the Thing and Mr. Fantastic. I'm starting with Mr. Fantastic, AKA Reed Richards, today. If you thought the 31 Days of Toy Terror review for today was too spooky then maybe this is more your speed, eh? Let's all take a good stretch and then check out this figure of one of the smartest men in the Marvel Universe after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Leatherhead from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates

    During the first year of 31 Days of Toy Terror I reviewed quite a few action figures from Playmates' Nickelodeon TMNT line. While that line sadly went downhill a year or two into its run we still have the largely excellent line of vintage action figures to look back on, so today I'm checking out a pretty terrifying alligator man: Leatherhead! Released in 1989 as part of the second series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures, Leatherhead was billed as the "Swamp-stompin', Ragin' Cajun Gator" and provided a new enemy for the turtles who also both wanted to defeat them and eat them. What was with all of the TMNT villains wanting to eat the turtles? I mean, even Shredder wanted to dine on turtle soup. What gives? Anyways, let's check out this terrifying backwoods creature after the break...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Miniween 2018: Day 3- The Whisper of Waterfront Wharf

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

     Solo is probably my favorite Star Wars film of the Disney era (although I really like Rogue One as well, but I kind of have to be in the mood to watch it) and part of that is because of the strong costume and creature designs. Moloch and his fellow Grindalids, including the terrifyingly huge crime boss Lady Proxima, are some really cool character designs that easily feel like classic Star Wars characters. While they play a small (but vital) role in the plot of Solo (Moloch also shows up in the Han Solo novel Most Wanted, which is a pretty good read) Hasbro has added Moloch into the Black Series as one of the "deluxe" Target exclusives figures. Like the Gamorrean Guard, Moloch is another figure that would be too large to fit in a standard Black Series box and thus gets a larger box and a higher price tag. I managed to find my Moloch over the weekend and a nice Target associate pulled it out of the stock room for me, which was awesome. Ready to check out Moloch? Then join me after the break...

The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Biohazard Skeleton from Imaginext Collectible Figures Series 11 by Fisher-Price

    Guess what I get to do today? Finish reviewing the 11th series of Imaginext Collectible Figures! I picked all of series 11 up at the end of August and reviewed the first five in September but I decided to save this more frightening one for the festivities of The Revenge of 31 Days of Toy Terror. I've reviewed many Imaginext figures as part of the 31 Days of Toy Terror over the past six years and I love that Fisher-Price keeps cranking these crazy little guys out. One of my favorites from this new series is the Biohazard Skeleton, a nuclear yellow skeleton clad in a orange bio-hazard suit. As a kid I was terrified of toxic waste for some reason (I think I saw some TV show or news special about someone dying of toxic waste exposure, or maybe it was The Toxic Crusader televised on TV) and for a few months as a kindergartner I was terrified of strong smells or of going near sewer grates. Pretty crazy, right? Ahh, good times! Let's check out this crazy glowing skeleton after the break...