Cara Dune, who is excellent, The Mandalorian, who is impossible to find and outdated by the second episode, IG-11, who is a repaint with a new bandolier, and the Offworld Jawa, who is a repaint of the 40th Anniversary Jawa with a new cloak. Does that seem to be a lineup that gives the impression Hasbro had enough time or the confidence to craft a full lineup for The Mandalorian? Today I'm checking out the Offworld Jawa, one of the transplants from Tatooine who now dwells on Arvala-7. The Offworld Jawas appeared in Episode 2: The Child (one of my favorites of the season) and were part of one of the best action sequences on the show. Let's check out the Offworld Jawa after the break...
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Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
C-3PO with those crazy red eyes I've been curious about his role in the film. When this guy was revealed, I had even more questions. Was C-3PO going to be reprogrammed to fight? Why does he have Chewbacca's stuff? Is something going to happen to Chewbacca? Who is Babu Frik? This guy was a perfect release to get me excited for the film and he turned out to be a darn fine figure, too. Let's check this pair out after the break...
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Obi-Wan Kenobi as a Force Spirit. This year, prior to the release of The Rise of Skywalker, Walmart offered up an exclusive version of Yoda as a Force Spirit. I wonder when we'll get Anakin? This version of Yoda is based on the Phase II figure with new paint applications and new robes. Hasbro has attempted many different ways of creating Force Spirit figures but as far as I can recall, the only version of Yoda they've attempted was the translucent version from 1998. This guy definitely shows a lot more effort at creating the ghostly appearance seen in the Original Trilogy. Let's check out Force Spirit Yoda after the break and see how he turned out!
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Action Figure Review: Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight), but that figure was based on Luke's appearance during his encounter with Darth Vader and the Emperor during the end of Return of the Jedi. This version is based on Luke's appearance when he goes to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt. This has always been one of my favorite Luke Skywalker costumes (something I say about nearly every Luke Skywalker outfit, it seems) so it's nice to finally have it in the Black Series. Luke Skywalker is a Walmart exclusive and I've been seeing him fairly regularly, so hopefully you'll have good luck tracking him down, too. Let's check out Luke Skywalker after the break...
Saturday, December 21, 2019
one of my favorite toylines of all time and I'm absolutely thrilled: They have resurrected Kenner's Aliens and Predator line! Ever since Funko and Super7 started releasing their faux-retro Kenner inspired ReAction figures 5 or 6 years ago I've always wondered who would be the first company to release action figures in the 90s Kenner style, similar to lines like Jurassic Park, Congo, multiple Batman lines, Swamp Thing, Beetlejuice, and more. It turns out it's NECA and they've hit a line I still actively collect. Well, two lines, really, but I'm counting them as one: Aliens and Predator were two different lines, although they crossed over so often that hardly anyone separates them. Ready to see how NECA did with a 1990's Kenner styled Predator? Then let's check out the Berserker Predator after the break...
Friday, December 20, 2019
World of Nintendo line (though I never found one). Let's check him out after the break...
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
World of Nintendo and Super Mario lines and today I'm checking out another Pokemon who's one of the original 150: Charizard! As the final evolved form of one of the original starter Pokemon, Charmander, Charizard definitely is one of the most recognizable Pokemon of all time. He's pretty boss and it's great to have an easily obtainable and reasonably priced action figure of him. In the Super Smash Bros. series, Charizard could pop out of the Poke Ball but didn't appear as a playable character until Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii, where he was one of the three Pokemon uses by the Pokemon Trainer. Charizard was a standalone character in Super Smash Bros. 4 but returned to the Pokemon Trainer's stable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I didn't have Pokemon Red (I had Blue) but I imagine that those folks who did have Red probably prefer Charizard to the other starter Pokemon. Let's check this guy out after the break and see if he's a worthwhile addition to your team...
Monday, December 16, 2019
Wind Raider, the SDCC exclusive Battle Bones, and even Castle Grayskull. The figures, however, were still sold as part of the Mega Construx Heroes brand, meaning that alongside the MOTU cast were also characters from Hellboy, Aliens, Star Trek, TMNT, the X-Files, Terminator, and more. While the MOTU figures seemed to sell well, it seems that Mattel wants to sell them under their own brand, so next year we're getting a specific Masters of the Universe range of figures. Anyways, what does this have to do with Scareglow? Well, Scareglow was part of the fifth series of figures (along with Stratos, Donatello, a grey alien and Mulder from the X-Files, and a blue Xenomorph) which showed up briefly in some Walmart stores and then disappeared. Walmart stopped carrying the Mega Construx Heroes figures, making Scareglow a victim of Phantom Series syndrome! He's been showing up lately at places like Bargain Hunt and Essex, however, so get out and track down one of the coolest mini MOTU figures yet. Let's check out Scareglow after the break...
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Masters of the Universe Origins line it seems that Super7 is no longer able to keep releasing figures in the vintage style. Between their first releases in 2017 to the latest series inspired by the Filmation cartoons, Super7 did release quite a few figures. Still, there were so many more that fans wanted. Super7 did release quite a few He-Man variants and the last one out is Transforming He-Man. This glow in the dark figure is a simple "repaint" of the standard He-Man figure based on the transformation sequence from every episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. It's an interesting concept, although I do think the execution is a bit lacking. Let's check out Transforming He-Man after the break...
Saturday, December 14, 2019
SDCC 2019 exclusive 2-pack of He-Man and Prince Adam, either! To either help get new kids and old fans hyped for that line (and possibly to defray tooling costs as well) Mattel has launched their Masters of the WWE Universe line. Yes, this is exactly what it sounds like: A WWE influenced Masters of the Universe line. Or a Masters of the Universe influenced WWE line. Take your pick! While I do like wrestling, y'all know that I absolutely love Masters of the Universe, so I'd be picking these up regardless. Some folks hate this concept, though, and see it as yet another installment in WWE's recent trend of crossing over with every property they can, such as Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I think this is more than a one time thing, though, and is actually part of a very smart, very planned effort on Mattel's part. I'll share more thoughts on that at the end but, for now, let's check out the Grayskull Mania set from Masters of the WWE Universe. While the single carded figures don't seem to have hit yet, the wrestling by itself has been out for a month or so. This set includes the same ring, I believe, but also includes John Cena and Triple H, giving you some figures to display with it. This line is a Wal-Mart exclusive and Wal-Mart seems to have been fairly consistent in putting these on display end caps where they're easy to find. Let's check out the Grayskull Mania set after the break...
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Masters of the Universe Origins line from Mattel. Now don't get me wrong, I'm very excited for MOTU Origins, but I really like what Super7 has been doing with these Filmation inspired vintage styled figures. Things started off a bit rough, particularly with the He-Man/ Skeletor/ She-Ra/ Hordak series, but Super7 has really improved these. Interestingly, when I first received this set in the mail Stratos was kind of a treat as I had never owned a vintage Stratos. Between getting this figure in the mail and writing this review I did manage to find a vintage Stratos at Retro-Toy Con in Greenville, SC (I also met Pixel Dan there, too). Stratos has never been one of my favorites. I guess it's possible it's simply because I never owned him as a kid, but I tend to think that he's less interesting because he doesn't have a unique weapon of his own. Fortunately, Super7 fixed this by giving him two accessories he can interact with so he's not just standing around with empty hands. Let's check Stratos out a bit more closely after the break...
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Kickstarter funded project from earlier this year that arrived in my mailbox a week or two ago. Like so many other great minfigure lines in recent memory, particularly O.M.F.G., Run-A-Mucks uses designs from multiple different sources all sculpted in a somewhat uniform aesthetic. They're all very unique, but they "feel" like they belong together. Most of the figures in the set also seem more elaborate than many other M.U.S.C.L.E. styled lines out there, making these some incredibly impressive minis to look at. Let's check out the first series of Run-A-Mucks after the break...
Monday, December 9, 2019
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Road to the Rise of Skywalker: Luke Skywalker (Yavin Ceremony) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
Luke Skywalker (Skywalker Strikes) figure which features Luke in his snazzy yellow jacket and comes loaded with accessories. That figure was based on Luke's appearance in the first six issues of Marvel's Star Wars comic series that started in 2015. Today I'm checking out the standard release of this figure which is called Luke Skywalker (Yavin Ceremony). OK, actually it's called Luke Skywalkwer. Yes, Skywalkwer. With a typo. This is the 100th numbered standard figure in Phase III of the Black Series and Hasbro misspelled Luke's name. That's pretty crazy, right? Anyways, this figure is nearly identical to the exclusive/ deluxe release although the accessories are different: The Skywalker Strikes version comes with all kinds of cool stuff while this version only comes with Luke's Defender blaster pistol and Luke's medal from blowing up the Death Star. Let's check this guy out and see out he fares after the break...
The Loyal Subjects sent me some Action Vinyls and I've had a great time reviewing them. I reviewed lots of the Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls earlier this year, but now I'm getting the chance to check out a few of their other properties, such as Game of Thrones and Aliens. There's a list of retailers for these little guys but I've also been seeing them at Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has recently added a collector section to many of their stores in electronic where they are carrying many figures from NECA, McFarlane, Funko, and now the Loyal Subjects. I was in a Wal-Mart yesterday that had just gotten a brand new case of the Aliens and Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls. These guys are getting easier to find, hopefully, so make sure to keep an eye out for them when you're out doing your shopping! Let's check out the Ice Blue Metallic Xenomorph after the break...
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Friday, December 6, 2019
Road to The Rise of Skywalker: Luke Skywalker (Skywalker Strikes) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
That being said, despite not liking The Last Jedi very much, there's still quite a bit to like about the Disney era of Star Wars with one of the best things being the steady stream of quality comic books from Marvel. I really love the ongoing Star Wars series from Marvel set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back (which is getting ready to reset its numbering since it will not cover time between Empire and Return of the Jedi) as they absolutely remind me of the stories I imagined as a kid playing with my Kenner POTF2 figures. When Kenner finally released Luke Skywalker in his slick yellow jacket, he became my go to Luke. I was thrilled that Marvel used this outfit for Luke's default look in the new comic series, too. Hasbro has released two versions of this figure in the Black Series and today I'm checking out the deluxe version that is based on the comic appearances (the other version is referred to as Yavin Ceremony). This guy is referred to as "Skywalker Strikes" and he comes in a cool display box that is loaded with accessories from the comic series. Let's check this version of Luke out after the break...
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Action Figure Review: Xenomorph (Black Battle Damage) from Aliens Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjects
The Loyal Subjects sent me some Action Vinyls so I'm having a fun time reviewing them. I reviewed lots of the Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls earlier this year, but now I'm getting the chance to check out a few of their other properties, such as Game of Thrones and Aliens. I'm definitely an Aliens fan and getting a Xenomorph covered in green, acidic, alien blood is definitely a reason to celebrate. The Aliens series has quite a few figures in it with plenty of Xenomorph variants. Let's take a peak at this one after the break...
Sunday, December 1, 2019
2015 in Masters of the Universe classics that Evil Seed got a toy made. That one was based on his 200x appearance but shortly afterwards he got a figure based on his Filmation appearance in the Club Grayskull/ He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toyline. What about fans of the vintage toyline, though? When would they get their Evil Seed. Now. Now they have one. Super7 has mostly remade vintage figures in a Filmation style but the newest series does offer up a couple of characters with no toy counterpart in the vintage line which are pretty exciting. Let's check out this vintage styled Evil Seed after the break...