Friday, November 15, 2019

Action Figure Review: Gengar from Pokemon by Wicked Cool Toys

   Confession time: I've never been the biggest fan of the Pokemon games but I love the character designs and the show. The last of the actual Pokemon games I played to completion was Pokemon Yellow, which was way back in 1999. I really liked Pokemon Snap, too. Since then I've messed around with a few of the releases and my daughter and I play Let's Go, Eevee! from time to time, but I'm way more interested in the characters, the designs, and watching the show. Last year Wicked Cool Toys began producing Pokemon toys (I think Tomy was producing them before) and so far they seem to be offering a nice selection of characters. They seem to mostly focus on the first generation characters, which works great for me. I certainly love some of the newer Pokemon, but the original 151 is where my heart lies. Now that my 6 year old daughter is obsessed with all things Eevee, my enthusiasm for Pokemon has been back, too. Today I'm checking out Gengar, one of the Battle Feature Figures that features a legitimate action feature. Gengar is a hybrid Ghost/Poison type Pokemon who is the evolved form of Ghastly and Haunter (those guys need to be made as toys soon, too!). Let's check him out after the break...

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Action Figure Review: Killer Croc from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

   Mattel previously released Killer Croc as a Collect & Connect figure in the DC Comics Multiverse line, but that figure was based on the Suicide Squad film version of the character. It also just wasn't very good. Prior to that, the last comic based Killer Croc in this scale and style was back in 2005 in the D Superheroes line. Croc was due for an update and this one is a massive version that looks incredibly fearsome. Most of the last series of DC Comics Multiverse figures is worth picking up on their own but, when you factor in this sweet Killer Croc, you really have a reason to pick everyone else up. I haven't completed a Build-a-Figure this year that I can recall, but this guy had me very excited. Let's check out Killer Croc after the break...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Road to The Rise of Skywalker: IG-11 from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   I write my reviews a day or so in advance usually so while today is November 13th, and I probably have watched The Mandalorian, I'm actually writing this on Monday the 11th. I'm really looking forward to the show, though, and I hope it turned out awesome. I don't actually have the Mandalorian himself yet, which is definitely frustrating me. He's been tough to find! He's actually been the only standard figure from the Triple Force Friday launch that's been hard to find, so I'll still be eagerly searching for him for the near future. Today I'm not checking out the Mandalorian, though, but IG-11. IG-11 is an IG unit programmed to follow Bounty Hunters Guild protocols and, thus far, that's all I know about the character. Well, other than the fact that he's voiced by Taika Waititi, the director of Thor: Ragnarok and the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder and the voice of Korg. IG-11 was very easy to find as he is a Best Buy exclusive, you can easily order him from their website or have him set aside at a store, and they seem to have plenty in stock. Since he's an IG unit, like IG-88, Hasbro reused the body from the 2015 IG-88 figure from the Black Series Phase II. That figure had some flaws that feel like they are only amplified here. Let's take a look at IG-11 after the break...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Action Figure Review: Alfred Pennyworth from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

    Today I'm checking out the last standard figure in the last series of Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse line and it's Batman's stalwart ally, best friend, and surrogate father, Alfred Pennyworth. Alfred has shown up in many toylines before including DC Direct's Batman: Hush line, Hasbro's Batman the Animated Series line, Diamond Select's Gotham line, and Mattel's The Dark Knight Rises line. Of course, since Mattel has been making comic based DC figures in a similar scale and stlye for well over 15 years, the lack of Alfred Pennyworth in that style has been a noticeable omission. Finally, after all of that time, it's very welcome to get Alfred in the last series of figures. He turned out well. Very well, in fact. Seriously, Mattel gave this guy some incredible accessories that really make him stand out. Alfred Pennyworth has been the hardest figure to find from this series, so let's find out why after the break...

Monday, November 11, 2019

Action Figure Review: Evil-Lyn from Masters of the Universe by Super7

    I'll be making my way through series 4 of Super7's Neo-Vintage Masters of the Universe toyline and today I'm checking out the figure of a character who truly deserved a Filmation accurate figure in the line: Evil-Lyn. Being one of the main Evil Warriors in the cartoon, Evil-Lyn had a unique appearance in the animated series that was quite different from her action figure counterpart. While the action figure Evil-Lyn was simply the Teela figure with a new head and paintjob, the cartoon Evil-Lyn really offered up a great design that fully realized Evil-Lyn's role as an evil sorceress. She turned out great and is definitely one of the best offerings from Super7 in this line. Let's check out the mystical and malevolent evil warrior goddess after the break...

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Road to The Rise of Skywalker: Cal Kestis from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

 The next few months are going to be crazy for Star Wars fans: Besides the massive amount of new action figures (well, at least The Black Series figures as the traditional 3 3/4th line has gotten the short end of the vibrostaff) and books that are being released there is the premiere of The Mandalorian on Disney+ on the 12th of November, the release of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on the 15th of November, and The Rise of Skywalker on December 20th. Today I'm checking out Cal Kestis, the protagonist of the video game Jedi: Fallen Order. Cal Kestis was one of the initial Triple Force Friday offerings and was one of the figures I most wanted from the initial batch (I still haven't found my most wanted figure, the Mandalorian himself). Kind of like Kanan Jarrus/ Caleb Dume, Cal Kestis is a Padawan who survived Order 66 and is hunted by the Empire. I have high hopes for the game as it's been awhile since we had a Star Wars game designed as a single player story and it's always fun to lose yourself in a playable version of the Star Wars galaxy (I liked the campaign in Star Wars: Battlefront 2, but it was clearly designed as a multiplayer game first). Let's see how Cal Kestis turned out after the break...

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Action Figure Review: Buzz-Off from Masters of the Universe by Super7

   Today I'm beginning to make my way through series 4 of Super7's neo-vintage Masters of the Universe line and I'm starting with the Heroic Spy in the Sky, Buzz-Off. Buzz-Off was not a figure I owned as a kid. In fact, I probably didn't have a Buzz-Off until about 9 or 10 years ago. He's definitely a figure that stands out, though, thanks to his yellow and brown color scheme. While Buzz-Off showed up in the Filmation cartoon in four episodes, he definitely isn't one of those characters that jumps out at me as a must-have in the Filmation style. I really would have rather had characters like Ram Man, the Sorceress, Catra, Adora, or my beloved Cringer before Buzz-Off. Still, a nice looking figure is a nice looking figure and Buzz-Off definitely feels like a figure that Super7 put a lot of effort into. I would wager he's a favorite of someone at Super7 to get this kind of treatment. Let's check out Buzz-Off after the break...

Friday, November 8, 2019

Action Figure Review: Abstrakt from Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares

   Well, both Halloween and Re-Halloween are officially over now, so it's time get back to just reviewing regular action figures. I mean, yeah, I've been doing that, but I've also reviewed horror themed figures every day for 38 days (in addition to regular reviews). I might be taking things a bit easier for a bit, although that's tough to do with so much cool stuff coming out. Today I'm checking out another figure from Jazwares' excellent line of Fortnite: Legendary Series figures. This time I'm checking out Abstrakt, a graffiti artist decked out to cause some havoc. Jazwares has released Abstrakt's female counterpart, Teknique, in the 4-inch line, but I'm not collecting those. I would love to see her in this line, though, as she has a very cool design. I mean, all the Fortnite stuff does, doesn't it? Let's check out this urban tagger and see what he's all about after the break...

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Action Figure Review: Gold Statue He-Man from Masters of the Universe by Super7

    Today I'm checking out the third figure in the Super7 "Statue Variants" miniseries and this time it's Gold Statue He-Man. I've never been a fan of toy companies going to gold and silver variants for action figures, misguidedly assuming that it gives a figure some additional level of prestige. I'm thinking of things like the old McFarlane gold Spawn variants or the gold Star Wars figures being released for Rise of the Skywalker. Of course, when you have something where a gold variant legitimately makes sense, it can be kind of cool. Gold Statue He-Man is a metallic variant that is legitimately based on an episode of the Filmation cartoon series, The Shaping Staff, where He-Man is turned into a gold statue so that he can be replaced by Faker. It's a pretty scene specific variant, but you know what? I'll take it! Let's check out Gold Statue He-Man after the break...

Re-Halloween Special: Harold #846 from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark from POP! Movies by Funko

    Happy Re-Halloween! Today I'm checking out something really cool that I didn't know existed until I stumbled upon it at my local GameStop last Friday: A Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark POP! vinyl of Harold the scarecrow! I've been a fan (and afraid) of Alvin Schwartz's terrifying trilogy of scary stories for nearly as long as I can remember and I was really, really excited for the film released a couple of months back. While it didn't perfectly capture the sheer unquantifiable terror of the books or, more aptly, the unsettling and indescribable illustrations of Stephen Gammell, I thought it was a pretty good movie. It's a scary film that still manages to be fun. It kind of reminded me of a cross between the Goosebumps film, Trick 'R Treat, and The Ring. The film did a pretty good job of taking elements from the stories and bringing them together in one plot line. While the story "Harold" from the Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones is quite different from the film's segment featuring the character, the character is still pretty recognizable. This works on so many levels as it's a figure from the movie, the book, and also just a cool looking evil scarecrow. What a time we live in, right? I mean, who would have ever thought we would have toys based on Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? Let's check out Harold on this wonderful Re-Halloween...

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Action Figure Review: Jonesy from Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares

   It's time for another review from the excellent Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares, and this time it's Jonesy! I'm not a Fortnite player but I believe Jonesy is the default male skin in the game and the primary protagonist in one of the story modes, so he definitely warrants a position in the line. Interestingly, Jonesy is the first figure in the line to feature any reused parts (other than accessories). He reuses much of the body of the Skulltrooper and the head from the Rabbit Raider, but that makes sense as in-game those skins are placed over the Jonesy model. It's accurate to the source material, so good going Jazwares! Let's check out Jonesy after the break and see what's going on with him...

Re-Halloween Special: Pack B (Flesh) from Keshi Surprise: The Worst by Super7

   Since I've checked out both of the Teal sets and the Flesh colored Pack A, now it's time to check out the Flesh colored Pack B which includes the evil brains of the operation, Cortex Commander, the beautiful but slithery Shedusa, and everyone's favorite character: Werewolf Biker! To celebrate the upcoming gritty, reality grounded reboot of the film, simply titled Werewolf J. Biker, Super7 has really been putting out some quality merchandise. I know that Joaquin Phoenix's performance as the Joker has been getting all of the attention this year, but I'm really curious to see his take on Werewolf Biker. Throughout the film's many installments, the 3 live action television shows, and the two different animated shows, along with various foreign adaptations and television appearances, 73 1/2 actors and actresses have played the Werewolf Biker. I really think Joaquin is going to bring something to the character, which is tough, as such esteemed actors and actresses as Daniel Day Lewis, Dame Judy Dench, Danny Trejo, Jennifer Lawrence, and John Reynolds have portrayed the character over the years. Let's see how this Werewolf Biker minifigure compares to others!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Minifigure Review: Multi Pack from Pokemon by Wicked Cool Toys

   The Pokemon toy license has gone around like crazy and the latest holder is Wicked Cool Toys. I'm not a hardcore Pokemon collector but I am a huge Nintendo fan and I love the characters from the Pokemon game and show. Detective Pikachu was also one of my favorite movies this year, so I'm definitely a fan of the brand and have been since I first awaited Pokemon Blue back in the day! I'm most familiar with the original 151 Pokemon, plus a few other special favorites (my daughter's obsession with all things Eevee and her many evolutions has definitely worn off on me) so this set was a nice find. Usually these figures retail for around $7-$10 dollars for a two-pack with the larger ones (like Psyduck) selling for around $7-$10 each. This set features twelve Pokemon, nine of whom are Generation 1, and it was only $30 bucks. Not a bad buy for a very nie set of painted minifigures. Let's check these little guys out after the break...

Re-Halloween Special: Jack Torrance from 5 Star: Horror by Funko

  For today's Re-Halloween special I'm checking out a figure from Funko's 5 Star: Horror line that I was really hoping would arrive in time to be part of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror, but that sadly didn't: It's Jack Torrance from The Shining. We've been seeing more licensed items from Stanley Kubrick's classic adaptation of The Shining and I have hopes that someday Mezco will release Jack Torrance in the One:12 Collective line. Apparently Jack Nicholson might be pretty controlling of likeness rights, though, so, maybe it's a bit of a pipe dream (although Hot Toys did get Jack's likeness for their Joker figures from the 1989 Batman film). Still, I was pretty excited to see this figure being released and he was only one of the two must haves from the 5 Star: Horror series for me. Since Doctor Sleep is coming out this weekend, now is a great time for a review of Danny's dad. Let's check out Jack Torrance after the break...

Monday, November 4, 2019

Action Figure Review: Punisher: War Machine from Marvel Legends Series: The Punisher by Hasbro

   Back when I picked up the Fan Channel Exclusive Punisher from GameStop, I also grabbed this very cool Punisher: War Machine. This is only the third Marvel Legends figure I've purchased this year but, for some reason, I always pick up Punisher figures. This one is very different, though, as it's Frank Castle's version of the War Machine armor. I really don't keep up with Marvel comics so from what I've picked up, Nick Fury offers Frank Castle the War Machine armor so he can take his war on crime to the next level. I've seen the prop replica helmet for this armor before, so I knew it was a thing, but I didn't know much about the storyline. Well, I really still don't to be honest. It's just a cool looking figure that I knew I needed to pick up. Ready to check it out? Then join me after the break...

Re-Halloween Special: Pack A (Flesh) from Keshi Surprise: The Worst by Super7

    This year I'm using the week of Re-Halloween to fit in some of the spooky toy reviews that didn't fit into the movie monster theme for The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror and it just so happens that I actually ended up with two different sets of the second series characters from Super7's The Worst. I looked at the teal figures a day or so ago and now I'm going to check out the "flesh" colored figures from NYCC 2019. Due to the love of M.U.S.C.L.E. by nearly everyone who loves minifigures, the fleshy pink color scheme for these little guys usually ends up being the most popular look around for minifigures. This set, called Pack A, features Captain Deadstar, Frankenghost, and Red Tiger. Let's check these guys out after the break...

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Action Figure Review: Frozen Teela from Masters of the Universe by Super7

 Remember Crystal Man-At-Arms from last week? Well, now we get his daughter, Frozen Teela! She's not related upcoming Frozen II, though (man, I am so flipping excited for that movie!) but is instead a variant of the standard Teela figure based on an episode of the Filmation animated series. In the 76th episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, "The Ice Age Cometh," Teela gets frozen by Icer, so that's where this very scene specific variant comes from. Mattel made Icer in the Masters of the Universe Classics line but, sadly, it doesn't look like Super7 is going to get to him in their neo-vintage Masters of the Universe line. He would have been a good choice for a figure, though. Anyways, let's check out Frozen Teela after the break...

Re-Halloween Special: Shaggy and the Headless Horseman from Scooby-Doo!: 50 Years by Character Options

 Zoinks! How about a Scooby-Doo review for the Re-Halloween season! 2019 marked 50 years since the premiere of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? on September 13th, 1969 and to celebrate Character Options re-released a number of Scooby-Doo figures as Wal-Mart exclusives. I'm not an expert on Scooby-Doo action figures but I know that both of these figures have been released before. It seems like these figures get released every year or so in different combinations (the Headless Horseman has come with Scooby-Doo himself before). I've never picked any of these up before although I think I've owned this Shaggy before after finding him at a flea market or something. The Headless Horseman was what sold this pack, though. Look to the left or to the right and you'll realize I have a think for pumpkin headed characters! They're also incredibly inexpensive at around $6 bucks for a pack of 2 figures. Crazy, right? Let's check this set up after the break and see who's really behind this...

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Action Figure Review: Beast Boy from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

    Today I'm checking out another figure from Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse line but it's one from earlier this year: Beast Boy! Beast Boy is from the Ninja Batman Collect & Connect series (the same as Starfire) and, like her, is another figure who was originally released in DC Universe Classics. I owned the DCUC Beast Boy at one point but I actually traded him away many years ago to pick up some MOTUC stuff I was missing. Since then Beast Boy has become one of the more difficult to track down DCUC figures, so it's nice to have another chance at the character. I like this version of Beast Boy much better, too. Let's check out Beast Boy after the break...

Re-Halloween Special: Pack B (Teal) from Keshi Surprise: The Worst by Super7

    Ready to complete the Keshi Surprise series of minifigures based on series 2 of The Worst? Then let's do it! Today's series has three more cool figures from Super7 that were available earlier this year. I've been sitting on them for a few months as I figured they'd make a refreshing post-Halloween treat and a great way to kick off the Re-Halloween season. Today's three pack includes Cortex Commander, the brains of the operation, the hairy hell on wheels and star of international mega movie franchise that is Werewolf Biker, and the slithering siren Shedusa. Let's check these monstrously minute miscreants after the break...

Friday, November 1, 2019

Re-Halloween Special: Pack A (Teal) from Keshi Surprise: The Worst by Super7

    Guess what? Only 7 days until Re-Halloween! Yes, if you've been around Action Figure Barbecue or The Epic Review for any length of time then you're surely familiar with Re-Halloween. If not, then you'd better catch up!  Since this year's Halloween countdown,The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror, as themed around movie characters, I actually have some cool stuff I've picked up since August to show off. Today I'm starting off with a group of the coolest, spookiest, meanest minifigures around: The Worst! Back in August I picked up both sets of the new Keshi Surprise minifigures from Super7 based on the characters from series 2 of The Worst. Super7 released multiple colorways of the characters from series 1 under the M.U.S.C.L.E. brand but now they're using the Keshi Surprise brand for these. The figures look the same, though, so no worries there. Let's eat some Halloween candy and check out the terrifying trio of Captain Deadstar, Frankenghost, and Red Tiger after the break...

Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Ultimate Michael Myers (Halloween 2) from Halloween by NECA

 Happy Halloween 2019! I hope you have some incredible plans today and make the most of this fun, spooky day! Today I'm very excited to check out not just one of my most anticipated action figures of the Halloween 2019 season but one of my most anticipated figures of 2019 overall: Michael Myers from Halloween II! Back in the mid 2000s NECA did release a few action figures based off of the original Halloween and Rob Zombie's 2007 remake, but between then and 2019 NECA has been pretty quiet on the Halloween front. Things have changed, though, and now we have action figures from 2018's Halloween an 1981's Halloween II with figures coming from Halloween III: Season of the Witch. NECA has been very faithful here, definitely ensuring that this is a Halloween II Michael Myers and not a figure from the original film (although I hope they are able to release some figures from that film soon). With two more sequels scheduled for Halloween 2020 and 2021, the Halloween franchise is in a great place right now and NECA can hopefully get busy bringing us some more Ultimate goodness. Let's check out this version of Michael Myers after the break...

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Action Figure Review: Crystal Man-At-Arms from Masters of the Universe by Super7

    Is this the Invisible Man-At-Arms? Nope! It's Crystal Man-At-Arms from Super7's vintage styled Masters of the Universe line. I just finished looking at series 3 at the beginning of the week and now I'm checking out the small series of "statue" figures that were released between series 3 and series 4. This is really just a translucent version of the Filmation styled Man-At-Arms figure released earlier this year, but it's not just a variant for the sake of being a variant: Man-At-Arms did actually get turned into a crystal statue in the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe episode "The Dragon's Gift" (he also got turned into a crystal statue in the minicomic based on the episode). It's a slightly obscure variant, but it is kind of fun and the figure looks really cool. Let's take a look at this crystal clear version of Duncan after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Dracula from Universal Monsters: ReAction by Funko

   I bid you....welcome!

 Only one more day until Halloween! That means that we're almost at the end of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror, but it's not over yet! Today I'm checking out Funko's ReAction Dracula figure from the Universal Monsters line. I purchased the entire set of these when they came out five years ago and they're still some of my favorite faux-vintage Kenner styled figures. Dracula is one of the biggest movie monsters of all time and this figure is based on the portrayal by which all others are measured: Bela Lugosi in 1931's Dracula. Let's check this guy out after the break...

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Minifigure Review: Trash Can Wave 4 (Slime) from M.U.S.C.L.E. Masters of the Universe by Super7

    Today I'm checking out the last of the 2019 Power Con exclusives I picked up: The complete wave 4 of Masters of the Universe M.U.S.C.L.E. figures in slime green plastic. While Super7 released the previous three sets of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures in cool, convenient 3-packs, they opted to release series 4 in blind boxes under the Keshi Surprise label. It's a terrible idea: Why would I purchase blind boxed individual minifigures from an online store? Anyways, I held out from purchasing any of those until wave four got a "complete" release and this set of figures does give you one of each sculpt in cool "trash can" that looks like the vintage MOTU Slime canister. This series focused on the She-Ra and the Princess of Power cast which was a great idea. You get six members of the Evil Horde and six members of the Great Rebellion here. Ready to check these wee warriors out? Then join me after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Cracked Tusk from Predator by Kenner

   I've been pretty strict with keeping to the movie based theme of 2019's The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror so I hope you'll indulge me by allowing Kenner's Cracked Tusk Predator figure on the list. While he's not an exact copy of one of the Predators from the films, he definitely was based on the films at the time. You know, just given the ol' Kenner movie toy makeover. I've long shared my love of this toyline and I'm really excited about NECA's upcoming Kenner styled figures. Yeah, NECA has made plenty of Kenner tribute figures but now they're actually making figures in the 90s Kenner style. I can't wait. Today I'm checking out the first Predator figure I had and, during my childhood, one of the only two Predator figures I owned from the line: Cracked Tusk! Like so many of my childhood Alien Vs. Predator memories, it involved my childhood friend Freddy. I distinctly remember my friend Freddy bringing this toy over my house to show it off. It blew my mind then and I still think it's a pretty incredible monster toy. Let's check out Cracked Tusk after the break...

Monday, October 28, 2019

Action Figure Review: Modulok (C) from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

   Super7 has really gone wild with Modulok's whole "Evil Beast of a Thousand Bodies" tagline, haven't they? This is the fourth Modulok variant I've reviewed on here from the ReAction line! This one is called Modulok (C) and it was an exclusive to NYCC 2019, just like the Grizzlor (Dark Variant) figure I checked out the other day. This is mostly going to be a comparison review as there isn't a lot new here, but that's OK! Sometimes I just need a quick review to convey my full thoughts. Let's check this guy (these guys?) out after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: The Curse of Michael Myers from 5 Star: Horror by Funko

   We're only a few days away from Halloween and guess who's back? Yup! It's time for another review of Michael Myers! Actually, according to the package, this figure is called "The Curse of Michael Myers" which is subtitle of the sixth film in the series: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. That's kind of weird to call the figure by the title of the film, right? It's gotta be a licensing issue of some sort. For one reason, the Halloween rights are kind of bizarre. Another reason, why would someone pick the sixth Halloween film for making a figure that's a fairly generic Michael Myers? It's not like there is anything that makes this version of Michael a specifically Halloween VI version of the character. Weird! This figure is from Funko's 5 Star offering of products. The 5 Star figures just started showing up last year and they have some of the qualities of other lines like POP! vinyls or Dorbz but they actually have articulated arms and accessories. I haven't purchased any Funko 5 Star figures yet but Michael convinced me to dive in. Let's check out The Curse of Michael Myers after the break...

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Action Figure Review: Trap Jaw from Masters of the Universe by Super7

    Today I'm checking out the last figure from series 3 of Super7's neo-vintage Masters of the Universe line and this time it's the dastardly Trap Jaw! While Trap Jaw wasn't released until the second series of vintage MOTU figures in 1983, he's always held a place as one of Skeletor's main baddies. That's probably due to both his prominence in the Filmation animated series and the strength of his vintage toy. Trap Jaw has always been an amazing figure and Super7's version recaptures most of what made him so incredible while giving him the look of his popular Filmation counterpart. Let's take a look at Super7's Filmation influenced Trap Jaw after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Lock, Shock, & Barrel from The Nightmare Before Christmas by Applause

 Back in 2017 I checked out Applause's Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas and today I'm checking out Lock, Shock, and Barrel from the same line. This is an item that is one of my original childhood toys. I loved The Nightmare Before Christmas when it came out and since I never could find the Hasbro set of Lock, Shock, and Barrel I ended up with this set from a Suncoast video. Remember those? The same company that owns/owned them now owns FYE, so maybe Suncoast video stores just morphed into FYE? They are very similar! Anyways, they stocked a lot of Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise when the film came out and I distinctly remember my mom buying this for me back in 1993. The figures are a little small scale-wise when compared to Hasbro's but it was the first chance I can ever recall to get Lock, Shock, and Barrel's walking bathtub. This is a fun toy that's a bit nostalgic for me, so it's great for the week of Halloween. Mine does have a piece broken off, a small pipe in the back, and while I usually don't review my older toys that are missing pieces, this one gets a pass. Chalk it up to nostalgia and the Halloween season! Let's check these three rapscallions out after the break...

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Action Figure Review: Starburst She-Ra from Princess of Power by Mattel


    I'm still making my way through the PowerCon 2019 exclusives and today I'm reviewing what might actually be the most impressive of the lot: The 1/6th scale Starburst She-Ra from Mattel! Back in 2016 Mattel released an amazingly cool 1/6th sale She-Ra in her classic outfit (which also came with two other outfits) and this year Mattel released this follow-up figure. Starburst She-Ra is not only an impressive looking figure but she comes in incredibly cool (collector friendly) packaging that captures the look of the vintage Princess of Power packaging. Mattel's definitely seems to have big plans for the MOTU property over the couple of years and they've had a solid showing this year, too. You know what else is kind of an interesting observation? I'm pretty sure this is the first year ever that Mattel has put out more She-Ra product than He-Man and the Masters of the Universe product! Yeah, Mattel released the PowerCon MOTUC figures, the Origins set, and has the upcoming Masters of the WWE Universe line coming out soon but if you factor in this and the She-Ra and the Princesses of Power line into the equation 2019 is truly the year of Princess Adora and the Great Rebellion! Let's check out Satrburst She-Ra after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Frankenstein from Universal Monsters ReActin by Funko

 I checked out the Bride of Frankenstein earlier this month, so now let's check out the monster himself! Behold, Frankenstein! Or Frankenstein's monster, if you're pedantic. Anyways, Frankenstein is one of the big leaders in film monsterdom and absolutely an iconic character of film (he's big in literature, too, but c'mon: This version is based on Boris Karloff's portrayal of the monster from the 1931 film. If you've never watched the Universal Monster movies, you really ought to go back and do so. Most of them really hold up well and they have so much atmosphere! Frankenstein was part of Funko's Universal Monsters ReAction line from back in 2014 which turned out to be one of the best lines they put out. Super7 has been redoing a lot of these figures, so fans of the line might want to check out those too. For now, I'm content with this series though I wouldn't mind adding a few of the new characters Super7 has made to the collection. Let's check out this Kenner styled Frankenstein after the break...

Friday, October 25, 2019

Action Figure Review: Grizzlor (Dark Variant) from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

    Super7 likes to do plenty of variants with their ReAction figures and today I'm checking out one of the variants from the Masters of the Universe ReAction line: The Dark Variant of Grizzlor! Exclusive to NYCC 2019, the Dark Variant Grizzlor depicts one of the vintage toy variants of Grizzlor where he has much darker limbs and fur and a black face instead of the brown face. It's a fairly well known variant and it's one I'm surprised neither Mattel nor Super7 ever tried to work into the Masters of the Universe Classics line. We get it here, though, so let's take a quick look at Grizzlor after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Gooey Ray Stantz and Exploding Stay Puft from Ghostbusters Minimates by Diamond Select Toys

   I've said before that my favorite Ghostbusters toyline of all time is the Minimates Ghostbusters line, so considering we're celebrating the spooky characters of cinema this month, how about we take a look at one of the sets from this great toyline? Back in 2009 Diamond released a series of 2 packs exclusively to Toys 'R Us and one of those sets features an exploding Stay Puft marshmallow man and Ray Stantz, covered in marshmallow fluff. Not all of the Minimates Ghostbusters sets were themed, but this one was and it turned out pretty nicely. Let's check out some now decade old Minimates from the greatest horror comedy of all time, after the break...

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Action Figure Review: Prince Adam from Masters of the Universe by Super7

    Today I'm looking at another figure from Super7's neo-vintage Masters of the Universe figures and this time it's Prince Adam himself. I love Prince Adam but, sadly, I don't have the vintage figure of the character. My childhood one got sold off at some point when I was in middle school and I've never picked up a replacement. Prince Adam certainly isn't one of the rarest MOTU but it can get fairly pricey to find one in good condition with both his vest and belt. While this more Filmation inspired figure isn't a true replacement for a vintage Prince Adam, it's a nice figure to have as a placeholder for the moment. Let's check out this version of Prince Adam after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Michael Myers from Cult Classics Icons by NECA

    Today I'm checking out the first Michael Myers figure I ever owned: Michael Myers from Rob Zombie's 2007 Halloween remake. While this figure was originally released around August 2007, NECA rereleased it again in 2009 as part of the Cult Classics Icons line. NECA's main Cult Classics ran from 2005-2008 and delivered lots of characters from various horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films, but in 2009 NECA released a number of figures from the line at lower prices with fewer accessories, no bases, and now on traditional blister cards rather than clamshell packaging. Michael Myers was one of the first series figures and I remember finding him on a cold and rainy October afternoon in 2009 at a Toys R Us that no longer exists. If I were ranking Zombie's Halloween, it would probably be in the middle of the Halloween films for me: It's a solid movie, definitely better than 4, 5, and 6, though I don't like it as well as 1, 2, 3, and 2018. Regardless of where you place it, though, it's nice to have a depiction of this version of Michael Myers on the shelf. Since we're looking at horror movie characters this year for 31 Days of Toy Terror, it was the perfect time for this version of Michael to make an appearance. Let's check him out after the break...

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Action Figure Review: Starfire from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

    I know that I've been making my way through the most recent (and final) series of DC Comics Multiverse figures lately but I am going to take a brief detour and check out a couple figures that were released earlier this year. Starfire is from the Ninja Batman Collect & Connect series which ended up being rather difficult to get a hold of due to the poor distribution this line has suffered for the past few years. Starfire was a must buy for me, particularly because Mattel's DC Universe Classics release was pretty disappointing. This one's a lot better though and while it doesn't feature Koriand'r's classic costume, it does feature her modern costume which is really, really nice. Honestly, I'm a big fan of this look. My daughter was really into the DC Super Hero girls line which used a similar outfit, so I've wanted this look for Starfire in my preferred DC line for a few years now. I actually preordered Starfire through Amazon months ago but she finally showed up at the end of September. Let's take a look at her after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Jason Voorhees from Toony Terrors by NECA

    We're creeping closer and closer to Halloween and today I've got another cool new figure to check out: Jason Voorhees from NECA's Toony Terrors! I checked out Freddy Krueger earlier this month but, if you somehow missed that review, Toony Terrors are stylized renditions of some of the A-listers of slasher and horror cinema designed to look like the starts of a Saturday morning cartoon. Imagine that there had been a Friday the 13th animated cartoon in the 1980s, or even better yet an ensemble show with Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, and Leatherface solving mysteries: This is what they would have looked like! It's a pretty cool approach and NECA has done a darn fine job with this line. I bought Freddy back in August sometime but these guys soon became rather scarce. Target seemed to restock them again near the end of September, which is when I finally stumbled upon Jason. Ready for a look at the most classic slasher star there is (I like Michael Myers more than anyone, but Jason is definitely the first person anyone thinks of when they think of a slasher movie star)? Then get your ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma on and let's check him out after the break...

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Action Figure Review: Leviathan from Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares

    Are you ready for another review from Jazware's excellent Fortnite: Legendary Series? Of course you are! Today I'm checking out the incredibly crazy cool fishman Leviathan. Leviathan appears to be a fish of some sort chilling out in the glass globe helmet of a diving suit. Pretty funky, right? I see all sorts of possible sources of inspiration here including Fearless Fish from Sweet Pickles, Bob the Killer Goldfish from Earthworm Jim, and apparently Minion from Megamind (I also see elements of both Johann Kraus and Abe Sapien, too, though that just might be me). This guy is easily one of the coolest looking figures from Series II of this line and he's been hitting stores for around a month or so. Let's check out Leviathan after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: The Bride of Frankenstein from Universal Studios Monsters Mystery Minis by Funko

    Who would have thought that the Bride of Frankenstein would get two appearances on The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror? Funko recently released these very cool Universal Monsters Mystery Minis and I stumbled upon them while checking out a Halloween City store. Yes, my smaller city just got out own Halloween City pop-up store. It's the first of these kinds of stores we've had in the 12 years I've lived here and it's already made Halloween 2019 one to remember. There's nothing like being able to hop in the car and run over to Halloween City to get a quick dose of spookiness! We checked this out back in late September when it first opened and they had a fresh case of these Universal Monsters Mystery Minis set out. I decided to go with just one since they can be unevenly packed to a case (they have lots of figures with rarities like 1/36 and 1/72, meaning that I definitely was not going to buy case. If they'd all been packed 1/12, I definitely would have grabbed the case and took it right up to the register. Anyways, let's check out the iconic Bride of Frankenstein after the break...

Monday, October 21, 2019

Road to Rise of the Skywalker: Second Sister Inquisitor from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    Triple Force Friday 2019 earned it's name because it included product not just from the upcoming Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of the Skywalker but also merchandise from the upcoming Disney+ show the Mandalorian and the video game Jedi: Fallen Order. Today I'm checking out the Second Sister, one of the Inquisitorius from Jedi: Fallen Order. GameStop has an exclusive Carbonized Graphite variant of the character but I passed her up and just went with the standard figure. The Inquisitors first showed up in Rebels but now they're making their way into more areas of the Star Wars Galaxy. The Second Sister is a new character (different from the Seventh Sister from Rebels) who actually appeared in an issue of the Darth Vader comic series last year. Of course, Jedi: Fallen Order is going to be her first real hurrah so let's get a jump on checking out a new evil Star Wars villain after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Michael Myers from Halloween: Mezco Designer Series by Mezco

   There's someone who usually makes some sort of  appearance during 31 Days of Toy Terror: Michael Myers! Michael may show up more than once this year as well, if things work out according to plan! For today's installment of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror I'm checking out a very cool new Michael Myers figure from the Mezco Designer Series. I actually reviewed the Sam in this style back in 2017 so I was familiar with the line. I really liked Sam, but let me tell you: Michael Myers is even better! Mezco has definitely added in more articulation here making him even more fun to play with and display. Michael Myers is one of the undisputed Halloween icons (I put him up there with Sam, Jack the Pumpkin King, Elvira, and David S. Pumpkins) and this is his season, so let's let him loose, shall we? More after the break...

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Action Figure Review: Red Robin from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

   Today I'm checking out the fifth figure in Mattel's final series of DC Comics Multiverse figures and this time it's Tim Drake in his Red Robin Disguise. Having worn the tights since 1989, Tim Drake was Robin when Mattel began releasing DC Comics figures in 2003 (though Stephanie Brown took on the role for a while in 2004) and he held the title until 2009 when he became Red Robin after Battle for the Cowl (Damian Wayne stepped in as Robin at that point). When Mattel released Robin for the first time in DCUC, it was Tim in his then recent red and black outfit and in 2012 they released him in an earlier Red Robin costume. This is his most recent look, however, and makes for a great figure to further fill out the batfamily. While Mattel has neglected lots of older teams like the New Gods, the JSA, and previous Justice Leagues, they've been good about filling out the bat-family over the past two or three years. Let's check out Red Robin after the break and see how he stacks up among the other figures in this series.

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Pennywise (with Beaver Hat) #779 from It: Chapter Two from POP! Movies by Funko

    Holy moly! It's a Stephen King POP! trifecta! I assure you, this wasn't planned! It was just a happy accident! Today I'm checking out a cool POP! vinyl I was surprised with for my birthday back in September: The FYE exclusive Pennywise with Beaver Hat. Coming from the excellent It: Chapter Two, this version of Pennywise features the character holding one of the "I Love Derry" hats from the film that's meant to look like a beaver. It's an interesting looking POP! featuring a cool prop from the film and I was pretty surprised to get it as a gift. Let's take a look at Pennywise for today's installment of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy terror, shall we?

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Road to Rise of the Skywalker: Clone Commander Fox from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

 Triple Force Friday was about two weeks ago and, like many other Force Fridays before it in recent memory, it was pretty hit or miss. Most places didn't seem to get much stock in (Frozen II definitely got all of the attention) and a couple Wal-Marts I checked out looked at me like I had two heads when I asked where the Star Wars stuff was (they didn't know of anything coming out, I was told). I did make a few purchases, though, and mostly from GameStop. Folks, I know gamers give GameStop a hard time, but they're a fantastic store for action figure collectors: Nice exclusives, they carry stuff at retail no one else currently does, they have a good rewards system, and you can preorder stuff. The three GameStops I frequent have nothing but helpful staff who know me on a first name basis, fuss over my little kid (they always show her the new Pokemon stuff), and sometimes hold back stuff for me they think I might be interested in. If it weren't for GameStop my Triple Force Friday would have been a bust! One of the figures I picked up on Triple Force Friday was the GameStop exclusive Clone Commander Fox from the Black Series. Commander Fox, AKA CC-1010, is the Commander of the Coruscant Guard, a division of shocktroopers stationed on Coruscant to provide security to the capital of the Galactic Republic. I'm always down for a new Clone Trooper so Clone Commander Fox was my first pickup on Triple Force Friday. We've had the Coruscant Guard troopers since 2016 so it's nice to finally have Commander Fox to lead them. Let's check him out after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Gage & Church #729 from Pet Sematary from POP! Movies by Funko

   Guess what? We're kind of on a mini-streak of creepy Stephen King kids! Today I'm checking out Funko's POP! Gage & Church from Pet Sematary. Based on the 1989 film adaptation (and not the 2019, which was pretty solid, too), Pet Sematary terrified me as a kid. It was one of he first horror movies I ever saw and both Gage Creed and the sister, Zelda, who yells "Rachel! Rachel" terrified me. True story! I had a friend in middle school and one day while we were hanging out, maybe at our neighborhood I ran over to his house to grab something. I think his dad had run to the store or something because no one else was there. As I walked upstairs I heard a voice say "I want to play with you!" I guess a TV had been left on and Pet Sematary was playing but, at the time, I just bolted. It freaked me out! Anyways, now I own a cutesy vinyl of that kid and his undead cat which I'm going to stick on a shelf neck to Jack Torrance from The Shining and Lucy in her witch costume. Weird, huh? Let's hop on and see how Gage fares in The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror...

Friday, October 18, 2019

Action Figure Review: Batman from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

   Today I'm checking out the fourth figure in Mattel's last full series of DC Comics Multiverse figures and it's....Batman! C'mon, you knew they weren't going to let a Batman themed series go by without a Batman figure, right? It turns out that there's a catch here, though: This isn't Bruce Wayne! It's actually Dick Grayson from his time wearing the cowl in the Batman: Reborn even that took place after Final Crisis.  As far as I'm aware, this is the first time we've actually gotten a Dick Grayson Batman (I thought this was a Dick Grayson Batman, but I was wrong). That makes this a pretty desirable figure then but, unfortunately, this guy has some issues. I'm usually pretty kind in my reviews, but that's because most of the time I buy stuff I tend to like and that most of the stuff I collect is pretty solid. Unfortunately, this is going to be one of those times that I'm going to be pretty critical. Let's check things out after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Danny Torrance #458 from The Shining from POP! Movies by Funko

    During 2017's The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror I reviewed Funko's POP! of Jack Torrance from Stanley's Kubrick's The Shining and today, just a little over 2 years later, I'm reviewing Danny Torrance. About a month or so ago I finally got the chance to read Doctor Sleep and I was very pleased. It was a great book by Stephen King (who nearly always books that you hate to see end) and it got me back in the mood to check out The Shining again. I'm not sure if we'll see any POP! vinyls from Doctor Sleep so this might be the only pop of Danny Torrance we get. The Shining has long been one of my favorite King books and I dreamed about having action figures based on Stephen King properties when I was a young teen just getting into his writings and the films based on them. Danny is an interesting POP! as he's easily the first POP! I can think of from my collection that would be really hard to place unless you knew who it was intended to be. Let's check him out after the break so you can see what I mean...

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Action Figure Review: Faker (Mondo Exclusive) from Masters of the Universe by Mondo

 Variants and repaints are just a part of action figure collecting. Whether you're giving a character a different look or you're creating a new character out of existing parts, variants and repaints allow a company to get more mileage out of molds, which are the most expensive part of action figure production. While some repaints are often looked on with disdain, some grow to legendary status. While the Masters of the Universe line relied quite heavily on reusing parts and variants, Faker is one character who is largely just a repaint, and yet he's nearly treated as another A-list character at this point. I've previously reviewed the first two figures in Mondo's 1/6th scale Masters of the Universe line (He-Man and Skeletor) but this is the first time I'm getting to review one of the Mondo exclusive figures. Yes, this version of Faker has a new headsculpt that is unique to him. Let's take a look at the Mondo exclusive Faker after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Mola Ram from Indiana Jones by Hasbro

    One of my favorite film series of all time is Indiana Jones and while Temple of Doom isn't my favorite now (it's my third favorite), it definitely was my favorite as a kid. I loved tombs and temples and stuff like that, and the fact that most of the film takes place in a giant underground temple thrilled me. I remember watching the movie for the first time, probably on October 1 1989 on ABC, probably when it was an ABC Sunday night movie. I loved the film a lot and was nuts about the main villain, Mola Ram. The Indiana Jones movies, and particularly Temple of Doom, combine a mixture of old fashioned adventure film with horror elements to create something that's shocking, exciting, and fun and man, did Mola Ram make for a shocking and exciting villain. Played by the late Amrish Puri, Mola Ram is a terrifying presence on screen. While Indy has battled his fair share of villains, Mola Ram is definitely the villain who still stands out the most and since he's so darn creepy, he's earning a spot on The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror! Mola Ram was released in the kind of tough to find fourth series of Indiana Jones figures back in 2008. This was the last series of figures with a wide release (the true final wave was released as an SDCC 2011 exclusive) and, sadly, it showed how Hasbro was really improving this line as it went. Hasbro was on fire with this scale back in 2008. Let's check out Mola Ram after the break. Kali maa!