Sting), some Ruthless Aggression era guys (Cena and Triple H), and a modern Superstar (Finn Balor). It's a good mix that works well with the craziness of Masters of the WWE Universe. Looking at the minicomic and the cardback, I really get the impression that Ultimate Warrior is the main hero of WWEternia. He definitely seems to be a hero very much in the vein of He-Man in the original "He-Man and the Power Sword" minicomic. Heck, he carries the same spear as Oo-Lar, so the connection seems crystal clear, actually. Let's take a look at the Ultimate Warrior after the break...
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Friday, January 31, 2020
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
my beloved Kenner Aliens and Predator collection, but they definitely have a charm of their own that I appreciate. These are very inexpensive, which I think is one of the first things you'll notice about these. This set with a 1/18th scale Xenomorph, a human figure, and an egg with a Facehugger is less than $10 bucks. Yeah, I know. That's crazy. There's obviously a lot of reuse between the sets and the humans are reused from previous Lanard lines like The Corps, so that probably helps keep the costs down. Anyways, let's check this set out and see what you get for $10 bucks, after the break...
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Monday, January 27, 2020
since I reviewed a figure from Mattel's Masters of the WWE Universe series but today I'm checking out the third of the four single packed figures in series one: Triple H. This is the second Triple H in the line, as the first was released in the Grayskull Mania set along with John Cena. These are Walmart exclusives and the first series of carded figures have been slowly trickling out over the past few weeks. It's interesting that of all of the WWE Superstars out there, Mattel doubled down on Triple H so early on. Maybe it's because he's a big fan of the barbarian fantasy aesthetic, or maybe it's because he's a bigwig over at WWE. Anyways, this Triple H is actually a very cool inclusion in the line as he seems like a true fantasy villain and should mesh well in the upcoming MOTU Origins line. Let's check out Triple H after the break...
It's no secret that Kenner's vintage Alien and Predator toyline is one of my favorite toylines of all time, and in 2020 I'm hoping to go through and review every figure in the lines. Yes, every figure. We'll see how it goes but I've found that there aren't too many great resources out there for collectors of the line, so I'm going to help how I can. Plus, I love the line so much and I'm in the process of completing it. Of course, my love for that vintage toyline is the reason I'm checking out the subject of today's review: The Alien Queen from Lanard Toys' Alien Collection. Yes, Lanard Toys, the makers of The Corps. Over the past couple of years Lanard has been releasing a few movie based toylines covering properties like Rampage, Kong of Skull Island, and Jumangi. Now they've got the Alien license and they've released an unusual assortment of action figures loosely based on the property. These are all exclusive to Walmart (as is most Lanard product), so that's where you'll need to check to pick these up. My biggest interest in this line is finding pieces that will blend in well with Kenner's vintage Aliens line and I do believe the Alien Queen fits in quite well as sort of a "boss villain" version of the Queen. Let's check her out after the break and see if this is a line worth screaming about...
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Purple Glow Skull Trooper was released in the first series of figures last summer and was actually the first of the Fortnite: Legendary Series figures I reviewed. The Skull Trooper is definitely one of the most recognizable characters from Fortnite and I've always found it interesting that Jazwares led off with the purple variant. This guy is really cool, though, and while he's a repaint he looks awesome, makes for a nice troop builder styled figure, and comes with a slightly different arsenal than the first release. Let's check out this wicked cool Series 3 Skull Trooper after the break...
Early Bird Package of Series 1 of HH Toys' Mythos in My Pocket figures. My wife got them for me for Christmas and they ended up being one of my favorite releases of 2018. While the name has changed for Series 2 (they're just Mythos now), the figures are as great as ever. I picked up the Series 2 Early Bird Collector's Package on my own this year and I'm happy to say it's another stellar set of minifigures. While the Early Bird Package is long gone, you can still pick up the standard packs of figures. Let's take a look at the latest series of terrifying monstrosities...
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
the Merchant from Resident Evil 4. I was really excited for this guy but I will say that I'm a bit disappointed here due to how Raven's face was handled. Anyways, let's take a look at the "Brooding Masters of Dark Skies" after the break and see how he turned out...
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Orko in early December and then, in late December, I stumbled upon the Sorceress. I ordered a case of these last Spring and wound up with the fairly rare Pink Sorceress variant but I really wanted this classic Sorceress for my collection. Well, here she is! Let's check her out after the break...
William Stout who created the character and costume designs for the 1987 film. You might see some differences between the characters from the films and the figure but that's part of these figures being based on the concept designs, which is probably they only reason we're able to get them. While the 1987 film is often maligned (both fairly and unfairly, though I myself really like it) there are definitely two aspects of the film that are beyond reproach: The costume designs and Frank Langella's portrayal of Skeletor. With this figure, Dark Despot Skeletor, you get both of the best parts of the film all rolled into one. Let's check out Dark Despot Skeletor after the break...
Monday, January 20, 2020
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Saurod and Blade were, however). Mattel also never released Karg during the main run of MOTUC figures (but they did release Saurod and Blade) but when Super7 took over they released Karg in the second series of MOTUC/ Collector's Choice figures. That figure was based on his appearance in a 1987 comic book, and it features green skin, yellow hair, and blue armor. This version, however, is quite movie accurate and has been give the designation of Commander Karg. Since the MOTUC philosophy has always been finding a way to fit all of the characters and their unique appearances together into one cohesive story/ universe, this version of Karg represents the character later in his life after he has been freed from Prison Starr after years in isolation, thus his skin has grown lighter and his hair has turned white. Whether you dig the MOTUC bio (I do) or just like that this is a movie based version of Karg, you should be happy with this figure. Let's check him out after the break...
Super7 has been cranking out M.U.S.C.L.E. branded figures since 2015, in 2019 it seems that Mattel wanted the brand back. Super7 begin labeling their figures Keshi Surprise and Mattel seems to be using the M.U.S.C.L.E. brand again. Well, maybe. These guys really just slipped out into discount retailers over the summer with no fanfare or acknowledgment whatsoever. At first some folks thought they were even custom but it seems that ultimately these were a project that Mattel simply scrapped and sold off to discount stores. It turns out they're pretty cool, however. While Street Sharks may not have the following of many other 1990s toylines, I definitely remember them being on toy shelves. I only ever owned one, and it was because I found him abandoned at my neighborhood swimming pool. I always kind of wanted them but by the time they came out I imagine my interests were in different toylines. Still, I love M.U.S.C.L.E. and I definitely don't turn down cool (and cheap!) minifigures, so these guys were a real surprise to find stuffed in my stocking. I had been looking for them for months and my parents actually found them on a trip to an Ollie's. Pretty slick, huh? Let's take a look at Pack A, which contains Big Slammu, Slash, and Streex...
Saturday, January 18, 2020
most background Star Wars characters didn't have names, that fact that the package simply calls this guy Heavy Infantry Mandalorian rather than his real name, Paz Vizla (he's voiced by Jon Favreau, who also voices Pre Viszla in The Clone Wars and Rio Durant in Solo). It's a small thing but, to me, it shows the current lack of cooperation and trust between Disney and Hasbro. With The Mandalorian, we've received one of the best things to come out of the Disney era of Star Wars, and Hasbro's currently on fire with the quality of what they're producing in the Black Series (sorry 1/18th scale fans, I know y'all are definitely getting left out in the cold and I do feel for you), so why not bring this stuff together? We should be swimming in product for The Mandalorian right now! Still, I'm grateful for anything we're getting from the series (even though I have yet to actually acquire a Mandalorian himself) and this guy was a surprise that kind of showed up out of nowhere as a Best Buy exclusive. While he's a bit bulkier than some other figures, it's kind of odd that Hasbro felt the need to designate this guy as a Deluxe release (he's given the designation D2 on the side, following after General Grievous' D1 numbering). Is he really that deluxe and worth of a $8-$10 dollar price jump? Well, let's check Paz Vizla out after the break and see if he's deserving of a salute himself...
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Saurod, King Randor, Mosquitor, Blast-Attak, Clamp Champ, Buzz-Saw Hordak, and even some of the Meteorbs. How the heck did Scare-Glow get by me? Anyways, the last few years have seen a bit of a Scare Glow renaissance and Mondo has managed to get Scare Glow into their 1/6th scale Masters of the Universe line as the fourth figure released. Scare Glow went on sale on Halloween of 2019, but he just started shipping during the first full week of 2020. Like his vintage counterpart, Scareglow is mostly composed of parts from other figures with a new head, cape, and weapons. He's an interesting figure but, I have to say, he definitely has disappointed me a bit. Let's take a look and see how Mondo's interpretation of Scareglow turned out after the break...
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Toony Terrors to their decision to start producing more Halloween figures. Perhaps my favorite surprise, though, is NECA's decision to revisit the vintage Kenner Aliens and Predator lines by offering new toys in the retro Kenner style. I'm not talking about the vintage 1/18th "Star Wars" scale, either; I'm talking about the 4 1/2 inch scale Kenner used throughout the 1990s. For a few years now NECA has paid homage to the Kenner figures for both Aliens and Predator in their typical 7-inch scale, but these figures will fit right in with your vintage Kenner Aliens and Predator collection. I checked out the Berserker Predator from Predators a couple of weeks ago and now I'm checking out the Neomorph Alien from Alien: Covenant. Let's see how this ghost white Neomorph turned out after the break...
Friday, January 10, 2020
the gifts of St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra. I got some fruit for Christmas, too. A banana. And he's carrying a flipping 12 gauge. Rack it! Yes, I actually received Peely from Jazwares' Fortnite: Legendary series for Christmas and today I'm checking him out! He's crazy, as are so many of the Fortnite designs, but he's so darn loveable, too. Jazwares has released Peely in the smaller 1/18th scaled line while McFarlane Toys has released him in their 7-8 inch line, so there is a Peely no matter what size you prefer. The Fortnite: Legendary Series version is the only one to come with multiple faces, however, so that's a big point in his favor. Let's check out Peely after the break and see why he's the top banana.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Scare Glow, which ended up being notoriously difficult to find until a month or so ago when these guys started showing up at Bargain Hunt stores and other discount retailers. Ready to check out Stratos? Then join me after the break...
Monday, January 6, 2020
Michael Myers a few weeks before Leatherface, but I figured I'd show off these guys pretty close together. I haven't picked up all of the Toony Terrors (I've skipped both Pennywises, Pinhead, and the Chuck/ Tiffany two pack) but I definitely wanted to display Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Leatherface together. I'm not the biggest fan of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre but Leatherface is certainly one of the icons in horror/slasher cinema, and he definitely feels like he should be part of the core Toony Terrors team. Fun Fact! For a year or two I used Google Adsense but I was blocked from using it for refusing to take down my review of the McFarlane Movie Maniacs Leatherface, which was deemed to be violent content. Next time someone asks, you tell them that your old pal Barbecue17 keeps it real, folks. Let's check out NECA's Toony Terrors Leatherface, as he keeps it real, too...
NECA's Toony Terrors. Imagine if classic cinematic slashers like Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees had appeared in a 1980s Saturday morning cartoon! That's Toony Terrors! NECA has done a great job with the design and distribution of this line, and they've managed to keep the price very reasonable too. You can actually find these fellows at both Target and Walmart, which has gotta really help NECA to keep a line like this going. They seem to be a hit as series 2 showed up a month or so ago and NECA has more planned for series 3 (featuring Nosferatu, Ash from Army of Darkness, and the Nun from the Conjuring series). My most anticipated figure in this series was always Michael Myers and while I was really hoping he'd make it out in time for Halloween, he ended up showing up around Thanksgiving instead. Interestingly, the packaging denotes this as being Michael Myers from Halloween II, which is one of the three Halloween films NECA has based product off of in the last year or so (the others being Halloween III: Season of the Witch and Halloween 2018). I'm guessing NECA currently only has the rights to those films, for some reason. Mezco has released product based on the original film while Funko's have been based on Halloween: Ressurrection and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. Interesting, huh? Anyways, I'm sure you're far more interested in hearing me talk about this figure rather than about the weird licensing issues with the Halloween films. Let's check out the Toony Terrors Michael Myers after the break...
Sunday, January 5, 2020
Wrapping Up 2019: Anti-Eternia He-Man (Clear Smoke) from Masters of the Universe: ReAction by Super7
Jango Fett based clones and they definitely dress in similar armor to the clones. There are multiple different types of these guys in Jedi: Fallen Order, but this guy is actually a Purge Stormtrooper Commander. Let's check him out after the break and see how this guy turned out after the break...
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Finn Balor may be based on Beast Man, it's pretty clear that Sting is based on Clawful due to the presence of his giant scorpion claw. Yeah, it's a scorpion claw here, because Sting is all about Scorpions. Sting was a WCW guy for years but he finally made his way to the WWE at Survivor Series 2014, and while he didn't wrestle with WWE for long (he as injured in 2015 and retired shortly after) they've definitely been sure to merchandise the character. Sting has a great look and actually makes for a cool MOTU inspired warrior. Let's check out Sting after the break and see how he fares in the land of WWEternia...
Friday, January 3, 2020
Royal Guards of Emperor Palpatine. Let's check out these Sith Troopers after the break and see how they compare with the standard First Order troopers...
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Grayskull Mania set hit Walmart shelves pretty consistently, complete with its own bunker, but they often got stuck somewhere outside of the toy department as Walmart is just consistently at actually putting toys in places where they make sense. Walmart.com did have all of the single packed figures in stock on multiple occasions, though, and the first one I was able to get my hands on was Finn Balor, the Heroic Demon King. I actually haven't watched WWE for a few months but I always enjoy Balor and his Demon King persona makes for an excellent MOTU inspired look. I'm kind of getting a Beast Man vibe from him, possibly because his collar reminds me of Beast Man's furry collar. Anyone else see a figure that more directly inspires Finn Balor? Anyways, let's check this guy out in more depth after the break...
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Rey & BB-8 offering from 2015; The Black Series really has improved drastically over the past few years, hasn't it? Anyways, this version of Rey is based on her appearance in The Rise of Skywalker. Like with the original release from The Force Awakens, Rey also comes with a droid companion. This time it's D-O, the unique wheeled droid who once belonged to the Sith assassin Ochi. Let's check out this set and see what all Hasbro packed it with, as there are a few surprises. Join me after the break...
my annual best of the year awards. While the rest of the Fortnite: Legendary Series retails for around $20 dollars, Jazwares did release two deluxe versions of the Omega: Max Level figure. The Omega suit is an upgradeable suit from Fortnite's fourth season, and thus the Omega: Max Level figure features multiple pieces of armor. 24 pieces of armor, to be exact. Yeah, this guy comes with a bunch of armored pieces to put on. Remember Ronin Warriors and Power Force? For some reason he reminds me of those lines, although he's got even more armor. He's built the same as the rest of the Fortnite: Legendary Series figures, but his body is designed with lots of holes that allow the armored piece to plug onto the figure. I actually held off on buying this guy for a few months but I finally found him on sale and decided to pick him up. Let's check out the purple version of Omega: Max Level after the break...