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Thursday, October 31, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
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...
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
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...
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
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
The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Lock, Shock, & Barrel from The Nightmare Before Christmas by Applause
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
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...
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
The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Gooey Ray Stantz and Exploding Stay Puft from Ghostbusters Minimates by Diamond Select Toys
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
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...
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
The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: The Bride of Frankenstein from Universal Studios Monsters Mystery Minis by Funko
Monday, October 21, 2019
Road to Rise of the Skywalker: Second Sister Inquisitor from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
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
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
Saturday, October 19, 2019
The Road to Rise of the Skywalker: Clone Commander Fox from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
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...
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
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...
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
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...
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!
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Road to Rise of the Skywalker: Emperor Palpatine and Throne from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
Emperor Palpatine was released in the Black Series nearly five years ago (way back in Phase II) but that figure was a little disappointing. Rather than simply re-release him in the Archive Series with a redone headsculpt, Hasbro fixed most of the problems with the original figure, threw in some additional portraits and the Emperor's throne, and are offering him as a deluxe set. Ready to see this new and improved version of the Emperor? Then join me after the break...
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
DC Essentials Red Hood a month or so ago and Mattel's has been hitting shelves for around the same amount of time. The last series of DC Multiverse figures really does fill in some gaps in the Bat-family, so it's a welcome series, although it does have lots of little weird issues that just seem like very Mattel things to do. For instance: Red Hood doesn't come with pistols. Now, let's think about how little sense that makes since the Red Hood's primary weapons are pistols. He always carries and uses pistols. If Mattel had made some better choices and had a bit better character selection over the past few years, maybe things might have been different. Starting in 2020 McFarlane Toys is going to be making the DC figures we see at mainstream retail. For now, though, let's see how Mattel's Red Hood fares. Join me after the break...
Monday, October 14, 2019
Captain Marvel back in February. I was checking out GameStop a few weeks ago and I stumbled upon the new Fan Channel exclusive of the Punisher, which I just had to pick up. What can I say? I have a weakness for Punisher figures. They usually look really cool and feature lots of great accessories. This version also reminds me of a cross between the Punisher, Solid Snake, and Snake Plissken. That was enough to sell me on it right there. The Fan Channel exclusives tend to show up directly at sites targeting fans like BBTS, Entertainment Earth, and Hasbro Pulse or in retail at places like GameStop. They don't have build-a-figure parts with them as they're sold as individual releases rather as in series. Let's check out this new version of Frank Castle after the break...
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Lucio (Bitrate) and this boxed set of four figures in their Carbon Fiber and Midnight variant outfits. This is an interesting set as you're getting one figure from series 1 (Pharah), two figures from series 2 (Zarya and Genji), and one new figure that hasn't yet seen a standard release (D.Va). It's a nice mixture but I did have one big disappointment upon opening this set: The three previously released characters are missing some accessories from their prior releases. You're actually getting less stuff with this release than you get with the regular or 2-pack releases of these characters. Genji is missing his alternate gesturing left hand, Zarya is missing her alternate fists, and Pharah is missing her alternate fists and the display stand (though it could be argued that it's Mercy's accessory). It's weird that Hasbro chose to not include the alternate hands here. Still, it's a nice looking set and offers up some great color combinations for the crew. It's also been on sale a couple of times since I picked it up, meaning some folks have gotten it for $40 bucks instead of the standard $80. Let's check out the set after the break...
Saturday, October 12, 2019
GameStop exclusive, and Dancing Clown versions, the multiple new portraits are what will get your attention here. As always, NECA does excellent work with the different Pennywise visages and fans will probably end up wanting all of them. Let's check out Pennywise (Well House) after the break...
Friday, October 11, 2019
One:12 Collective and the Living Dead Dolls, there was a point in time where they released an eclectic mix of action figure lines based on their own unique properties as well as film and comic based lines. One of my favorite properties Mezco worked with is Hellboy. They did action figures for both of the Guillermo del Toro films and a decent range of action figures based on the Mike Mignola comics as well. Today's installment of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror features Karl Ruprecht Kroenen, a surgery addicted Nazi with a clockwork heart. Kroenen was one of the most interesting villains in a film filled with interesting looking villains and Mezco put him in the first series and the 1.5 series. I've never been able to get my hands on the 1.5 Kroenen but I did manage to track down a series 1 Kroenen about a decade or so back. He's a really creepy figure, plus he gives you an evil, occult, piece of trash Nazi for Hellboy to fight. Ready for a really creepy and evil installment of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, October 10, 2019
DJ Yonder came out first with Tomatohead and Leviathan shortly after. Jonesy and Abstrakt showed up near the end of September/ early October and, as of now, Valkyrie is nowhere to be found. Weird, huh? I've been seeing cases at Wal-Mart that have DJ Yonder, Tomatohead, Leviathan, and Jonesy, but no Abstrakt. Anyways, Tomatohead. Yup! These guys just get stranger and stranger. Apparently an employee of a pizzeria (maybe a delivery person?), Tomatohead's real name just might be Uncle Pete. He's well armed for sure, and makes another really out there figure for this collection. Ready to check him out? Then join me after the break...
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
ast time I reviewed a DC Collectibles figure was January of 2019. If you looked at the toys I had on preorder a few years ago you would probably have seen a huge percentage of it was from DC Collectibles, but over the past few years they've been marching towards irrelevancy. Over the past few years they've cancelled way too much of the product they solicited and now they're mostly releasing their DC Essentials line. The DC Essentials line has been out for a couple of years now but it's mostly been characters who have had multiple releases. Of course, when I saw that DC Essentials was putting out a Red Hood I had to preorder him. Jason Todd is one of my favorite DC characters (he's easily my favorite "Robin") and there was never a great standard Red Hood. The Red Hood and the Outlaws figure was pretty good but he had those weird arm blades that Red Hood barely ever wore in the comics, and the Arkham Knight Red Hood is incredible but he's definitely not a traditional version of the character. This guy was going to be my stand in on my Mattel shelf...but guess what? Mattel went and released an actual Red Hood in the last series of DC figures they're putting out after having the license for 19 flipping years (they released this version, too, but it's not his most well known look). So that's how I ended up with two Red Hood figures within one week. We'll start with checking out DC Collectibles' Red Hood, and I'll probably get to Mattel's later this week or early next. Let's check out how ol' Jason is faring after the break...
Around 6 years ago in a review of the Jessica Priest figure from the film, I spoke about receiving this figure of Spawn for my fourteenth birthday from a friend. I've always held on to him; while I've never been a huge Spawn fan, I've always loved this toyline. Let's take a look at a representative from the horror/ comic surge of the 1990s after the break...
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
version A and version B had been released, but we had no version C. Version C, which is a slight variant of this release, has actually been released as a NYCC 2019 exclusive, along with a Top Toys variant Modulok with green arms. This version, however, it based on the vintage Modulok figure from Mattel. While Modulok could have an endless number of combinations, this version shows a pretty standard look: Two arms, four legs, a tail, and two heads. It's not a perfect recreation of the vintage toy but it's fairly close and definitely makes for an interesting retro styled action figure. Let's check out Modulok D after the break...
Monday, October 7, 2019
The cats from The Loyal Subjects' Masters of the Universe vinyls came out a few months ago or more but my standard Panthor just arrived in the mail within the last few weeks. I've had the flocked Panthor for a few months now but I've been looking forward to this one as I was disappointed that the flocking on that figure covered the facial features completely. This guy shows off all of the nice sculpted detail, however, and I kind of like him a bit more. Let's check out the standard Panthor vey, very briefly after the break...
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Grizzlor on Friday and today I'm checking out Mantenna! The Filmation based Mantenna ReAction figure was released a few months ago but now we've got one based on the vintage toy. Mantenna is one of two vintage Masters of the Universe toys that I somehow owned two of as a kid. I feel like I somehow stumbled upon a second one at a playground or something as my second vintage Mantenna has always been very, very rough looking (my original Mantenna is not, as I took pretty good care of my toys). Let's take a look at this repaint of Mantenna and see how he measures up over the break.
The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: The Bride of Frankenstein from Universal Monsters ReAction by Funko
Funko released the Bride back in 2014 in their Universal Monsters ReAction line and while I've owned the entire series of figures since they first came out, this year I'm making a concerted effort to finish reviewing the entire series. Let's check out the Bride of Frankenstein after the break...