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...