Saturday, April 21, 2018

Here Comes Deadpool 2!: Deadpool (Comic Series) from X-Men Origins: Wolverine by Hasbro

 Hi everyone! It's me, your old pal Deadpool! Today I'm going to be reviewing myself. Well, an action figure of myself. Well, myself as an action figure. You get it, right? of course you do! Last week my good friend who is almost as cool as me, Barbecue17, reviewed the ridiculous version of me/ not me from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. About the only things that movie got right with me was having me played by Ryan Reynolds and showing me shirtless. You know, for the ladies. And some of the guys. I don't judge. Anyways, Hasbro wisely also released some comic series in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine line and this is the comic version of me! Much better, right? Hasbro had been making 1/18th scale action figures for quite some time but 2009 was their first foray into making 1/18th scale Marvel figures. Lots of Marvel lines shrank to less than 5 inches (something ol' 'Pool never does, by the way😍) alongside the flagship Marvel Universe line so there were lots of other Figures Sold Separately for me to hang out with/ brutally kill. Let's check out the Comic Series version of me after the break...

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Confirmed Epic Podcast #92: Suicide Squad Hell to Pay




In the 92nd edition of the Confirmed Epic Podcast  Jerry "Barbecue17" Reed and The Reel Brad Bell review the DC original animated film: Suicide Squad Hell to Pay in honor of the film's recent blu-ray release.  

We also get into a ton of epic news items.  (The Russo Brothers wanting to adapt Secret Wars for the MCU, Kevin Smith inviting Stan Lee to live with him, Hot Toys 1/4 Scale Infinity Gauntlet, Mezco's One:12 Collective Friday the 13th Part III Jason figure pre-order, DC announcing an Injustice Vs. He-man six issue mini-series comic for July, and Marvel releasing their first MCU tie-in cannon novel: Thanos Titian Consumed.)


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Adding to the Archives: Who Should be the Star of May's Spotlight?







For April I've been covering some older Deadpool  action figures to tie-in to the upcoming release of Deadpool 2 and to add more Deadpool themed content to my Action Figure Index. Now it's time to start voting for the subject of May 2018's spotlight reviews! Time for another vote: Simply leave a comment below naming which of the following characters you'd like to see have a month long review series on ActionFigureBarbecue.com!

Lando Calrissian- Let's throw Lando in here, too. You know you like scoundrels! Plus, everything you've hard about him is true. Donald Glover looks like he is going to kill it as Lando. Since Solo is coming out in May, this seems like a great time to focus on this guy!

Bane- It's been quite a few years since there was a lot of Bane product out on shelves. I'd definitely try to take a look at a variety of Bane offerings from over the years. He's an interesting character with some cool toys, so why not? Plus, Bane: Conquest is getting ready to start.

Captain America- While Avengers: Infinity War will have just been released, it's still a great time to check out some previous Captain America figures and give Steve Rogers the tribute he deserves!

Wonder Woman- I've reviewed a ton of Wonder Woman figures over the past year or so and she's so close to having enough reviews on the site for me to give her her own personal review archive. Let's get her over the top, shall we?

Indiana Jones - Indy is one of my favorite film characters (possibly my favorite) and yet I haven't reviewed much Indy product on the site due to there not being much over the past decade. Let's fix that and check out some various versions of Dr. Jones.

Lara Croft- With the new Tomb Raider released a month or two ago (I haven't seen it yet, though, and I haven't heard great things) this still seems like a great time to check out Lara Croft's long action figure history. Plus, she had a new video game coming out this year. Tomb Raider came out in 1996 when I was in Middle School and I've always had an affinity for Ms. Croft.

Catwoman- Catwoman is one of my favorites and since she has such a prominent place in DC Comics right now (I mean, Bruce Wayne is marrying her) it seems like a great time to focus on all of the excellent Catwoman toys released over the years.

Who do you want to see four all new reviews of in May 2018? Leave a comment below and let me know! Voting ends at the end of April 2018!







Monday, April 16, 2018

Confirmed Epic Podcast Retro Rewind #12: Masters of the Universe





*This podcast originally aired on April 28th 2013, and is part of our Retro Rewind initiative to publish our back catalog of episodes for our listeners!

This week’s edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast is a special review of the 1987 Masters of the Universe film directed by Gary Goddard. We decided to spend our time talking about this film in detail because today is Masters of the Universe Day 2013!


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Road to Solo: Grand Moff Tarkin from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

 Whenever we get an Original Trilogy figure in the Black Series it just feels like a big deal. Grand Moff Tarkin's entry into the series feels like an even bigger deal. While Peter Cushing only starred in one film in the Original Trilogy (although he appears digitally in Rogue One!), his presence in A New Hope was so powerful that Wilhuff Tarkin has grown to become one of the most significant characters in the Star Wars galaxy. I remember when Tarkin was first introduced into Kenner's Power of the Force 2 line back in 1997. Having never been released in the vintage line, probably the most significant absence in that entire line, Tarkin's release then felt like a really big deal. I have to admit that I feel pretty excited about this release, too. Only a couple of figures in the Black Series thus far have taken advantage of what Hasbro calls face printing technology but now the technology is standard on all human figures and I can't say there is a character who takes better advantage of this new technology than Tarkin. If there is a human character in Star Wars whose face is his defining feature, it is Grand Moff Tarkin and his grim visage. Hasbro knocked this one out of the park so let's take a closer look at him after the break...

Action Figure Review: Hockey Player from Imaginext Collectibles Figures Series 10 by Fisher-Price

    I'm not much of a sports fan other than watching professional wrestling so I'm not the biggest fan of the sports themed figures in the Imaginext Collectible Figures series. Today I'm checking out the Hockey Player whom I'm sure some people will dig. To be honest, if I had to watch one sport other than wrestling, it probably would be hockey. Still, I'm not incredibly thrilled by this guy but when you'e buying blind bags (well, semi-blind with Imaginext- figures are numbered so you know you're not getting duplicates, which is nice) sometimes you get figures you are less than thrilled with. Let's check out the Hockey Player after the break...

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Road to Solo: Porgs from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    What do you think about the porgs? The porgs were created to deal with a real filming problem in The Last Jedi (the presence of puffins Skellig Michael where the Ahch-To scenes were filmed). Sometimes they're CG while at other times they're actually puppets. It's a pretty cool way of tackling the problem and created what for some people are the most recognizable creatures from The Last Jedi. I'm not porg crazy but I do like them and I was looking forward to them showing up in the Black Series toyline. Interestingly enough, the porgs were not ever included with any of the Black Series figures and have instead been sold as their own 2-pack. A very small 2-pack, I might add. The box is teeny, tiny at only 3 1/4 inches tall, 2 3/4 inches long, and 3/4ths of an inch deep. This is the first smaller sized Black Series release and it gives me hope that one day we may see more smaller creatures released this way if the porgs do well. They certainly seem to be selling just fine; they're hitting GameStop stores right now and most stores seem to be sold out of them. Let's take a look at this tiny two-pack of porgs after the break...

Here Comes Deadpool 2!: Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine by Hasbro

 Since Deadpool won the April 2018 slot in my now coveted series of monthly review spotlights he is getting a special review every Saturday! Today I'm checking out what is possibly the most bizarre Deadpool figure ever released: Deadpool as Weapon XI from 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine action figure tie-in line. In 2009, possibly due to then current popularity of 1/18th scale lines like Star Wars and G.I. Joe and and due to the recent economic slump, Hasbro went with a 1/18th scale approach for the Marvel license with the release of Marvel Universe. While long time Marvel Legends collectors were bummed, 1/18th scale collectors rejoiced. The 1/18th scale focus for Marvel has certainly waned in recent years (although it is still around) in favor of the traditional 6-7inch Marvel Legends scale. At the time all of the Marvel movie lines were also released in 1/18th scale including the X-Men Origins: Wolverine line. I like the movie but over the years it certainly has received quite a bit of hate due to some of the bizarre choices made for the film. It definitely falls under the old comic book movie rules of taking popular comic characters and attempting to make them less "comic booky," thus why we have a version of Deadpool that looks nothing like the Deadpool we know and love. Ryan Reynolds did play Wade Wilson in the film but a major plot point is that Wade goes through a similar mutant making process to turn him into Weapon XI, "the pool, the mutant killer: Deadpool." Given multiple mutant powers (teleportation, the ability to shoot optic beams, and katanas embedded in his arms) and inexplicably having his mouth sewn shut, the Merc with a Mouth was treated pretty strangely in the film. The action figure released alongside of the film mimics the bizarre film look but, as a toy, it turned out to be pretty cool. Let's check him out after the break...

Friday, April 13, 2018

Action Figure Review: Elf Warrior from Imaginext Collectibles Figures Series 10 by Fisher-Price

 I know what you're thinking: "It's Friday, April 13th 2018. Why isn't Barbecue17 reviewing the new Solo: A Star Wars Story action figures that were released today?" First, let me tell you that those reviews are coming. Second, let me say that due to the bizarre way this product launch was handled/ mishandled I used Amazon to get all of my figures so they'll be showing up this weekend. For now, take solace in this cool Elf Warrior from Series 10 of the Imaginext Collectible Figures. I found most of this series a week or so ago and have been slowly making my way through them. Let's check this guy out after the break...

Confirmed Epic Podcast #91: Batman & Mr. Freeze SubZero






In the 91st edition of the Confirmed Epic Podcast  Jerry "Barbecue17" Reed and The Reel Brad Bell review the DC original animated film: Batman & Mr. Freeze SubZero in honor of the film's recent blu-ray release.  We also get into what we have been checking out (Westworld, The Decoding Westworld Podcast, Farcry 5, and much more!).  


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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Marvel Studios Thanks Their Fans for an EPIC 10 Years


Disney released a touching video featuring most of the MCU cast (which you can checkout above) thanking the Confirmed Epic fans like many of you who listen to the podcast for making the last 10 years of Marvel Movies so EPIC!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Road to Solo: Scout Trooper with Speeder Bike #234 from POP! Star Wars by Funko

    Just last week I received the newest Smuggler's Bounty box in the mail. It's quite possible this will be one of the last Smuggler's Bounty boxes I receive too as, rather strangely, Funko has decided to cancel all of their subscription boxes. September is supposed to be the last month for the Smuggler's Bounty box to be available online, although now Funko is offering them first come first serve rather than allowing you to subscribe and be guaranteed a box. Funko, like a few other pop culture toy companies, seems to really relish enjoy continually making their products more and more difficult to purchase. Anyways, enough with the doom and gloom! Let's talk about the Funko POP! that was released in the most recent Endor themed Smuggler's Bounty crate: The Scout Trooper with Speeder Bike. When you think Endor, the first things you think of are Ewoks. I guarantee that the next thing that pops up in most Star Wars fans minds are the Biker Scouts/ Scout Troopers and Speeder Bikes. Perhaps one of the coolest Imperial troop designs ever, the Scout Troopers have long been favorites for me and I'm excited to have a Funko POP! version of the Scout Trooper cruising along. Let's take a closer look at this super cool deluxe POP! figure after the break...

Monday, April 9, 2018

'Solo' Trailer #2 is Just a Little Rough Around the Edges in All the Right Ways


The second trailer for Solo A Star Wars Story dropped late Sunday night, and based on the first
trailer I was in no hurry to watch it.  However as I woke up early Monday morning I was pleased to find, this looks like the Han Solo movie I have been looking for. 

Does the film look a little rough around the edges? Sure, but in all the right ways! The thrills, grime, and charisma this trailer oozes are a far Wookie cry from anything we have seen thus far for the film, leaving me really looking forward to Memorial Day weekend 2018.  

Disney also released another generic studio poster for the film, which you can see to the left, and hopefully this time the design wasn't smuggled from another studio!

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Confirmed Epic Podcast Retro Rewind #11: Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of Summer 2013





*This podcast originally aired on April 19th 2013, and is part of our Retro Rewind initiative to publish our back catalog of episodes for our listeners!

*Thanks to poster artist James Fosdike for the Confirmed Epic Pacific Rim cover image.

In this week’s edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we talk about our top ten most anticipated films of summer 2013. 

We also cover the EPIC news items of the week: Steve Niles's will give out free comics at the Boston Comic Con to anyone who shows him proof of blood or monetary donations to the Boston Red Cross, the Canadian rock band Rush inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Jurassic Park 3D. 

As always we get into what we have been checking out this week: Skylanders, The  X-Files, Barbecue's Show & Tell, DreamWorks' film The Croods, and the epic board game Zombicide.


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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Here Comes Deadpool 2!: Deadpool from X-Men: X-Force by Toy Biz

 Hi kids! Today we're going to talk about something that just under 5 inches long and that I've been playing with since I was a kid....a Deadpool action figure, of course! Yes, today I'm reviewing my actual childhood Deadpool action figure from Toy Biz's 1992 X-Men: X-Force line. I received him for Christmas in 1992 back when Toy Biz's X-Men line was one of the hottest things around. Toy Biz released hundreds of Marvel figures before they ever got around to the revolutionary Marvel Legends line and one of their first spinoffs of the X-Men line was an X-Force subset that would grow to take on a life of its own. Over the next four Saturdays in April I'm going to be reviewing a different Deadpool toy from my collection for your enjoyment since he is the character you voted for in last month's poll. With the anticipation of the release of Deadpool 2 and the character's popularity at an all time high, folks must be interested to see more plastic versions of Wade Wilson. Let's check out the original Deadpool action figure after the break...

Friday, April 6, 2018

Confirmed Epic Podcast #90: Avengers Age of Ultron Revisited





In order to prepare for Avengers Infinity War out April 27th 2018 join Jerry "Barbecue17" Reed and The Reel Brad Bell as The Confirmed Epic Podcast assembles to revisit the Joss Whedon's Avengers Age of Ultron from 2015.

We also get into what we have been checking out (Roseanne, Jackass, Star Wars Micro Machines, and the origins of Matches Malone) as well as discuss the epic news items of the week (John Cena playing Duke Nukem, Woody Harrelson playing Carnage, and the return of the Fantastic 4 to Marvel comics).  


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Minifigure Review: The Penguin (DC49) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

 Today I'm checking out the Penguin from Jada Toys DC Nano Metalfigs line. Released only as a single pack in series 3, the Penguin is the last figure I needed to complete the series 3 releases. He also may very well hold the honorific title of the last toy I buy from Toys 'R Us as I picked him up at my local Toys 'R Us on Monday. He was 10 percent off (they're liquidating everything but not terribly quickly) so who knows? Maybe I'll be back again. The Nano Metalfigs line has really done a cool job of offering up a varied mixture of DC characters from different sources and this Penguin, based on the packaging, is based off of Burgess Meredith's portrayal of the character from the Batman 1966 TV Series. Of course, this is just a great looking Penguin in general so he can fit in with any of your Nano Metalfigs. Let's check him out after the break...

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Action Figure Review: Dragon Warrior from Imaginext Collectible Figures Series 10 by Fisher-Price

   Today I'm checking out another figure in Series 10 of the Imaginext Collectible Figures by Fisher-Price: The Dragon Warrior! Having probably nothing to do with the series of role playing games, the Dragon Warrior is another fantasy character that could easily fit in with one of the Imaginext fantasy themes or just blend in to the crazy legions of little plastic people populating your Imaginext collection. He's a cool design and is actually one of my favorites in Series 10. Let's take a closer look at him after the break...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Minifigure Review: Doomsday (DC50) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

    Just two more reviews left to complete my coverage of every new figure in Series 3 of Jada Toys' DC Nano Metalfigs line! Today I'm checking out Doomsday, the pre-historic Kryptonian baddie who killed Superman in the early 1990s. Jada Toys is doing a great job of creating some diverse character selections in each section and I was thrilled to see Doomsday. He's an important character in DC Comics who adds another Superman villain to the roster. Let's take a closer look at Doomsday after the break...

Action Figure Review: 2-Headed Monster from Imaginext: Collectible Figures Series 10 by Fisher-Price

    I had virtually no luck finding Series 9 of the Imaginext Collectible Figures line until a few weeks ago when I walked into a Family Dollar with after dinner one night. Lo and behold I found 5 out of the 6 figures from series 9 including the one I wanted the most, the Invisible Man. I didn't even realize series 10 was out but just this week I was in a Wal-Mart and found 5 of the 6 series 10 figures for $1.00 each. That's crazy! It  seems like the series has just started shipping out within the past month or so. I will admit that Series 10 doesn't really have any one "gotta have it" figure but there are a few cool additions to the long running Imaginext Collectible Figures Series. First up I'm checking out the 2-Head Monster who is easily one of the coolest figures in the set. 2-Headed Monsters typically deserve that kind of recognition, you know? More 2-Headed Monster madness after the break...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Minifigure Review: Aquaman (DC46) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

   I just recently completed my series 3 figures from Jada Toys excellent DC Nano Metalfigs line so over the next few days I'll be checking out the final three single packed figures I needed to complete my set. First is up is Aquaman (DC46) decked out in red and black. While this figure is simply a repaint of the first series Aquaman (DC9) it is actually a pretty cool and well thought out repaint: It seems like it is supposed to be the villainous Emperor Aquaman from 2011's Flashpoint. I know that repaints and different colorways are a prime way to get more usage out of expensive tooling but I love when companies get clever with their repaints. This is a good one and I think he is even better than the standard version. Let's check him out after the break...

Monday, April 2, 2018

Confirmed Epic Podcast Retro Rewind #10: EVIL DEAD





*This podcast originally aired on April 12th 2013, and is part of our Retro Rewind initiative to publish our back catalog of episodes for our listeners!

In this week’s edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we review the Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell produced and Fede Alvarez directed Evil Dead reboot. 

We also cover the EPIC news items of the week: Christopher Nolan saying no to overseeing a Justice League film, Man of Steel possibly igniting the DC cinematic universe, and the potentially originally EPIC upcoming Neill Blomkamp science fiction film Elysium. 

As always we get into what we have been checking out this week: King He-man videos, the Alien franchise, Eureka season’s 4 and 5, Judd Apatow’s This is 40, and Walking Dead action figures.

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Minifigure Review: 10-Pack Figure Collector's Set (Series 3) from DC Nano Metalfigs by Jada Toys

   It has taken me a bit but I've finally picked up some more of the 3rd series DC Nano Metalfigs from Jada Toys. Back at the end of February I found the 5-packs but just recently I came into the newest 10-Pack Figure Collector's Set and a few of the series 3 single packed figures. Interestingly enough, folks have just started finding the fourth series of single packs (which includes Batwoman, Bane, and Deadshot!) so it seems like Jada Toys is having a lot of success with this line. Like with most of the multi-packs you will end up with some duplicates but at the lower price of this line (about a dollar or less per figure) it's a bit more manageable to handle duplicates. My daughter like to collect these too, so I give her my duplicates. Let's take a closer at this 10-pack which includes three exclusive figures: Shazam!, Black Adam, and Captain Atom...

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Road to Solo: Mini Heads Set w/ C-3PO from Micro Machines: Star Wars by Galoob

   Happy Easter! Today rather than getting a basket full of chocolate eggs from I'm offering you a basket full of Star Wars Micro Machines Mini Heads! I've been working on completing my collection and I've made a huge leap forward by acquiring the multi-pack of Mini Heads from the second series. The set doesn't have a specific name or anything, so the exclusive C-3PO Mini Head it includes is kind of its claim to fame. This set wasn't released in the US and it includes three sets that were never offered as part of the 1998 Pizza Hutt promotion that helped to get these sets into the hands of North American collectors (the three rarer sets are C-3PO, Luke Skywalker, and 4-LOM). (Note: I picked up some of these sets at different times so I can't guarantee every piece is from the international releases or the same set). Let's hop right into this one and check these little mini treasures out after the break...

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Road to Solo: Han Solo from Disney Infinity: Star Wars

    Today is the last Saturday in March and this is the last review in my miniseries of reviews focusing on random Han Solo toys I have sitting around. The action figures for Solo: A Star Wars Story should be hitting stores quite soon (some lucky nerf-herders are already finding them) so there will be plenty of Han Solo reviews coming next month. Today, however, I'm wrapping things up with a review of the Disney Infinity Han Solo from series 3.0. While Disney Infinity was officially cancelled in 2016, it did leave behind a very cool style of figure that Disney is still using in a series of Disney Store exclusive action figures. The concept of Disney Infinity is that these are action figures which come to life so there already is a very toyetic quality to each figure in the line. I actually won this as part of a prize package for a Star Wars Reads Day contest at my local public library (my daughter's package has Kanan Jarrus in it), making it one of the only two Star Wars Disney Infinity figures I own. Let's take a closer look at this very cool, very classic Han Solo after the break...

Friday, March 30, 2018

Tour of the DC Universe Podcast #1: Legends





Welcome to Tour of the DC Universe, a brand new podcast presented by Confirmed Epic Podcast that focuses on iconic DC Comics storylines post Crisis on Infinite Earths.  Join Jerry 'Barbecue 17' Reed monthly as he navigates, discusses, and breaks down the most iconic stories DC Comics has to offer.

In Tour of DC Universe #1 we discuss the meaning of post crisis in the DCU, and breakdown first major story of the post crisis era: Legends.  This book ran from 1986 to 1987 and was a six issue mini-series by: John Ostrander, Lee Wein, and John Byrne.  Legends is best known for being the introduction of the Suicide Squad.

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Road to Solo: Stormtrooper Mini Head from Micro Machines: Star Wars by Galoob

   Since I've currently been working towards completing my collection of Micro Machines Mini Heads guess what you're going to be seeing quite a few reviews of? That's right: Micro Machines Mini Heads! Like the Weequay set I reviewed a few days ago, the Stormtrooper was also available in the internationally released Mini Head Playset Collection V and in the US as a Pizza Hutt exclusive in 1998.  This one was from the Pizza Hutt release as it came sealed in a marked plastic polybag. The Mini Heads are pretty small (less than 2 inches tall) and don't really offer a lot of play value; the intention behind these seemed to be more about getting Micro Machines collectors some unique microfigures and a fun way to display them. With the microfigures being the main selling point I was initially disappointed that Galoob wasted a space on a Stormtrooper. How many Stormtroopers did we get in the Micro Machines line? Open this one up, though, and you'll realize that this is actually supposed to be a Sandtrooper. The helmets are fairly similar (it's tough to tell from this sculpt) so you might not be able to tell from just looking at the Mini Head but the microfigure is clearly a Sandtrooper Squad Leader. Considering that we never got a stand alone Sandtrooper microfigure (the Sandtroopers included with the C-3PO/ Cantina set were unusually stuck together) this is a pretty desirable microfigure. Let's take a closer look at it after the break...


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Road to Solo: Bossk Mini Head from Micro Machines: Star Wars by Galoob

 Time for another Micro Machines: Star Wars Mini Heads review! This time we're checking out Bossk, the Trandoshan bounty hunter that my 4 year old is obsessed with eating. Her desire to eat Bossk started back in 2015 with the Hero Mashers figure and continues to this day. Whenever we see Bossk in any shape, fashion, or form, my daughter pretends she is going to eat him. As soon as we pulled this set (originally only offered in the US as a Pizza Hutt exclusive) out of the mail my daughter grabbed it and began to act like she was chowing down. The kid is crazy and delightful. Bossk was also available internationally in Collection V of the Mini Action Transforming Playsets along with Duros and a Stormtrooper. Let's check this guy out after the break...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Road to Solo: 2-1B Mini Head from Micro Machines: Star Wars by Galoob

   I've recently added quite a few Galoob Micro Machine pieces to my collection (mostly Star Wars) so I hope you dig retro reviews of micro toys that you can't find in store anymore! Today I'm checking out another set from the second series of Mini Heads that were only available in the United States via a 1998 Pizza Hutt promotion. Today I'm checking out 2-1B, the medical droid who serves Luke both at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back after his Wampa attack and at the end after losing a hand to Darth Vader. In late 1995 Galoob offered a set of various droids under the Micro Machines banner although the figures were more in scale with the Action Fleet line. 2-1B was included there but was never included in the Micro Machines series as a microfigure in any other way, making this set greatly desired. This Mini Head was included as both one of the single packed Pizza Hut exclusives and in the internationally offered set VI of the Mini Heads alongside Weequay and the Royal Guard. Let's take a look at 2-1B after the break...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Micro Review: Alien Pitfall from Micro Machines: Galaxy Voyagers by Galoob

   Around 1993, well into the Micro Machines craze but before Galoob moved into the licensed world of Star Wars Micro Machines, Galoob attempted to create their own in-house sci-fi line called Galaxy Voyagers. While the modest line is thought of fondly by those who remember it Galaxy Voyagers definitely didn't enjoy the success of other lines like Galoob's Star Wars, Star Trek, or generic military offerings. With only nine vehicle collections and three playsets the line isn't terribly expansive although some pieces can be tricky to find. One of the easier pieces to find is the only playset from the series I had as a kid: The Alien Pitfall! I recently picked this one up as my original was sold at some point during my childhood, probably around when I purged my military Micro Machines too. What a shame! Fortunately, eBay allows us to rectify the follies of our youth and I'm now a 34 year old man writing about the Alien Pitfall playset. I loved this one as a kid as I was always a fan of trap based playsets (such as the Horde's  Fright Zone or Swamp Thing's Swamp Trap. Let's take a closer look at the Alien Pitfall after the break...

Monday, March 26, 2018

Confirmed Epic Podcast Retro Rewind #9: G.I. Joe Retaliation





*This podcast originally aired on April 5th 2013, and is part of our Retro Rewind initiative to publish our back catalog of episodes for our listeners!

In the 8th installment of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we review Jon Chu’s long anticipated G.I. Joe sequel: G.I. Joe Retaliation and discuss the insanely quick popularity of The Walking Dead property.  

We also cover the EPIC new items of the week: Gamora being cast in Guardian’s of the Galaxy, the death of Roger Ebert, Matthew McConaughey being cast as the lead in the next Christopher Nolan film, and the end of Lucas Arts.  

As always we also get into what we have been checking out: Sideshow Collectibles Freddy Krueger Premium Format Figure, Thano’s Rising #1, and NECA figures. 

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Road to Solo: Royal Starship Repair from Micro Machines: Star Wars Episode I by Galoob

    I've recently announced that one of my goals for Action Figure Barbecue is too have the most comprehensive archive of Star Wars Micro Machines reviews on the web and today I'm making another step towards that effort with a review of one of the more difficult to acquire Episode 1 Micro Machines playsets: Royal Star Repair. As best as I can tell, the Royal Starship Repair was released later in 1999 as part of the second "wave" of Episode I product.  By the launch of the Episode line Galoob was now owned by Hasbro and, unfortunately, it suffered the same problems as Hasbro during the Episode I launch: Too much product on shelves. There was so much stuff on shelves that most of these sets were ordered in limited numbers and thus are hard to track down today. Having completed all of the playsets from the Original Trilogy, I've begun procuring Episode I sets when I can and this one was a huge check off my list (I have two sets left to pick up and one to complete!). Much of Episode I takes place onboard the Naboo Royal Starship, Queen Amidala's modified J-type 327 Nubian starship, so this makes perfect sense as a deluxe playset for the line. Let's take a closer look at this very cool playset after the break...

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Road to Solo: Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise) from Star Wars: The Power of the Force by Kenner

   Picture this: It is August 1995. On August 29th the Star Wars Trilogy would be released on both VHS and laserdisc for both returning fans and a new generation of fans to experience. While Galoob had a Star Wars Micro Machines toyline on shelves, soon Kenner (now a subdivision of Hasbro) would be releasing their Star Wars: The Power of the Force line to mass retailers. Star Wars was about to hit it's wave of popularity, one that arguably has never actually went away. I was in the 6th grade and our class was doing a project involving cereal boxes. One of my classmates brought in a box of Froot Loops with this promotion on the package. Having never seen Star Wars, I was still fascinated by the dramatic looking offer and the incredibly cool action figure. I managed to convince my classmate to let me have the package and, from then on, it was all downhill. Between ordering the Kellogg's exclusive Han Solo in Stromtrooper Disguise and receiving him in the mail in either late December or early January (he took awhile, I remember) my family had moved across the country, I had become obsessed with the Original Trilogy, had read as many of the Expanded Universe novels as I could get my hands on, had acquired most of Kenner's offerings (including a couple of vintage figures), and was actively collecting the Micro Machines line. Han Solo was just the sample that the Star Wars machine peddled to me for free. It was the first taste that got me hooked, you might say. That being the case, today's Han Solo focused review holds a very special place in both my personal Star Wars fandom and in getting folks prepared for the return of Star Wars in general. Let's check out Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise after the break.