VYNL line where she was paired with Beast Man but sadly that line never seemed to catch on. Isn't it odd sometimes what catches on and what doesn't? I loved the VYNL figures and felt they had so much character and personality. I think the Pint Size Heroes range of product has ceased, too, as the only product released last year under the banner were the Fortnite figures from an advent calendar. I really think blind bagged stuff aimed at adult collectors is on the way out (though it's still immensely popular with kids). Let's take a look at the Sorceress and see if she has an answer for us after the break...
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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Masters of the Universe Classics Castle Grayskull, today I'm looking at one of the smaller Castle Grayskulls of them all: The buildable Castle Grayskull from Masters of the Universe Minis by Mattel. The MOTU Minis line was released by Mattel through MattyCollector in 2013 and 2104 and each release during the second year included a piece to build a Castle Grayskull facade for minifigures to battle around. Let's take a look at this miniature Castle Grayskull after the break...
Masters of the Universe Day 2020: Wind Raider with He-Man & Roton with Skeletor (Orange) from M.U.S.C.L.E. Masters of the Universe by Super7
third series of minfigures the He-Man and Skeletor are from the second series. Super7 was mixing it up a little bit, huh? Let's check out this fun little convention set after the break...
Masters of the Universe Day 2020: Battle Cat from Pint Size Heroes: Masters of the Universe by Funko
Dorbz. When I first found these I was really excited that Battle Cat was part of the first set of packs I opened! He looks so cool and fierce despite the fact that he's less than 2 inches. Let's check out Battle Cat after the break...
Masters of the Universe Day 2020: Zodac from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjects
Mattel's 1981 licensing kit Zodac was even portrayed as a bounty hunter! This guy has been all over the place, hasn't he? Since the early days (the Filmation series was pretty influential I imagine), Zodac has typically been portrayed as a cosmic guardian, sort of like a mix between Metron from Jack Kirby's New Gods and a Green Lantern. Today I'm checking out Zodac from The Loyal Subject's Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls line. Released last year, Zodac was one of the chase figures in the series along with Zodak, the Cosmic Enforcer from the 200x MOTU series. Let's check out Zodac after the break...
Masters of the Universe Day 2020: Stratos (Blue Wings) from Masters of the Universe: ReAction by Super7
figures of the developed but never released 1979 Kenner Alien toyline. Over the years Super7 took over the line completely and they've been doing a great job with it. The idea behind the ReAction line is to create action figures in the style of the vintage Kenner Star Wars line. It's strange to see Masters of the Universe in the style since it was a toyline created to rival Star Wars and to be bigger and brawnier than Kenner's toys, but there's also a peculiar "alternate history" kind of appeal. Stratos was originally released in the second series of figures with his red wings/ blue jetpack color scheme but today I'm checking out the blue winged Stratos, one of the three Power-Con 2018 exclusive Stratos figures (the other two were minicomic Stratos and the blue bearded Stratos). Let's check out the ReAction Stratos after the break and see if he flies high!
Masters of the Universe Day 2020: Mer-Man Collectible Eraser from Masters of the Universe by Panosh Place
According to Scott "ToyGuru" Neitlich, the idea behind the accessories included with the vintage Teela figure was that she was essentially two figures in one: The Sorceress/ Goddess and Teela! Teela has had many different origins and appearances but I think Tweeterhead did an excellent job of capturing the essence of Teela in this statue. It's very classic and very "vintage" MOTU! Let's check out this incredible rendition of the Warrior Goddess Teela after the break...
Scott "ToyGuru" Neitlich's video on the MOTUC Beast Man. On my end, I'm going to keep things short and simply remind you that MOTUC is my favorite toyline of all time and while it's nearly done (we're just waiting for Snake Mountain!) I still have hopes that we'll get a figure or two here and there in the future. I've reviewed lots of MOTUC figures over the years but I didn't start doing reviews on my site until 2013 (and originally on The Epic Review) so there are many of the early figures I never reviewed. Beast Man was an excellent example of what MOTUC intended to do with the franchise: Take those vintage figures and designs and realize them with the Four Horsemen's modern sculpting and design. Unlike the 200x line, the original intent of MOTUC was to be faithful to the original design elements rather than reinterpreting them. Beast Man is a pretty good example of a pure MOTUC figure, so let's check him out after the break...
Masters of the Universe Day 2020: Skeletor (Black Hood) (Metallic) from Dorbz: Masters of the Universe by Funko
Power and Honor Foundation and the amazing Battle Ram Blog!) Skeletor has become a pop culture icon and still seems to generate as much, and possibly even more, merchandise than He-Man. I own a ton of Skeletor stuff (and that's just what I've reviewed, not all I own) but this cutesy little Dorbz Skeletor caught my eye today. It's such a far cry from the vintage Skeletor and yet it kind of somehow represents the love that fans have for this villain. I've reviewed quite a few MOTU Dorbz lately and I've even reviewed another version of this figure. Based on the infamous "Disco" Skeletor from the 200x era this Dorbz release was a metallic painted exclusive to Big Apple Collectibles. Actually, last time I checked he's still available! Let's take a look at the oddly titled Dorbz Skeletor (Black Hood) (Metallic) after the break...
Masters of the Universe Classics versions of the NA characters the best) and enjoy collecting them when I can. Let's take a look at Mattel's first attempt to relaunch He-Man after the break...
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Rio Blast on Friday I decided to review another one today. Why not Hordak? Hordak is absolutely one of the most popular of the NECA stactions and for a good reason: This is probably the coolest rendition of Hordak ever! Hordak did appear in the Mike Young Productions cartoon series and was intended to eventually be released in the 200x toyline but the show and the toyline were cancelled before that could ever happen. Apparently Hordak would have escaped Despondos in season 3 to conquer Eternia. It still breaks my heart that the MYP series ended after only two seasons and without ever getting to that full story line. Heck, imagine if we would have finally gotten She-Ra and the Great Rebellion in that series as well? That would have been epic! NECA included the Four Horsemen's rendition of Hordak in the first series of the staction mini statues in 2005 so at last fans can have a Hordak on their shelf to augment the 200x series. Let's check out Hordak after the break and see how this Ruthless Leader of the Evil Horde turned out...
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Dorbz figures. Beast Man was part of the series which makes perfect sense as he's one of the A-list MOTU characters who appears in nearly every MOTU thing out there. Honestly, the only major MOTU thing I don't think he appeared in was the New Adventures of He-Man. Otherwise, this orange ruffian is always hanging around at Skeletor's right hand. Let's check out this Pint Size Heroes Beast Man after the break...
Friday, April 24, 2020
Vaults of Grayskull has a great write up on the history of the line but the basic facts of the matter is that NECA continued the 200x Masters of the Universe line after Mattel ended it, albeit with a twist: The figures could not have articulation. Yeah, this was Mattel's weird licensing stipulation with NECA, but they did allow the figures to be made. Most folks call these mini statues or stactions as there really isn't an official name for the line other than simply Masters of the Universe. Combining NECA's facilities and the incredible designs of the Four Horsemen, this line really brought out some of the greatest redesigns ever seen in MOTU. Rio Blast is a cybernetic cowboy from later in the MOTU line (I remember getting him as a kid and he's still one of my favorite vintage MOTU figures) who really gets an awesome redesign in this line. Let's check out Rio Blast after the break...
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Fisto. Roman Reigns is one of those wrestlers that WWE has really tried to push and while I like him just fine, sometimes he's a bit dull. He seems like a really cool person, though, plus he was part of The Shield. Giving him a Fisto motif here is a great idea since he's famous for using the Superman punch all the time and, when you think of someone who punches from Masters of the Universe, who do you think of other than Fisto? Well, He-Man did famously punch stuff a lot in the Filmation cartoon, but Fisto was the better choice for Reigns. Let's take a look at Roman Reigns after the break and see if this Undisputed Guardian of the Yard has what it takes to make it in WWEternia!
Monday, April 20, 2020
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Hey fellow bloggers! Late last night I was checking something on the site and realized most of my April and a few of my March reviews have all of their pictures missing, replaced with the grey minus sign box. What's going on? Anyone have any suggestions? Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! You're my only hope!
Update: Apparently this is a Blogger issue and they are aware of it. Hopefully it'll be fixed soon!
Friday, April 17, 2020
Thursday, April 16, 2020
The Confirmed Epic Podcast returns for your entertainment once again as the global pandemic continues we turn to a Galaxy Far Far Away to countdown our favorite Star Wars films.
We also get into what we have been checking out. (Peter Tomasi's recent run on Detective Comics, finishing the recent Resident Evil 3 remake on Xbox One, Full Throttle by: Joe Hill, and SNL's Teenage Mutant Middle Aged Turtles.)
For the first time in a long time we also delve into Epic News as we discuss the recent reveal of Timothee Chalamet in the upcoming Dune big screen adaptation from Director: Denis Villeneuve, as well as our hopes for the franchise.
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Monday, April 13, 2020
only been a month. March and April have been pretty crazy so far, huh? Today I'm checking out the 11th and final figure in this first series of figures and it's Orko, the Heroic Court Magician! I love Orko and this little Orko bag clip is definitely one of the coolest in the series. Orko fits the semi-cutesy style of this line really well and looks fantastic. Let's check out Orko after the break and see if his Trollan magic translates into a fun little trinket!
Sunday, April 12, 2020
Thursday, April 9, 2020
The Confirmed Epic Podcast returns during the midst of a global pandemic with episode #107 to review the finale of the
Skywalker Saga: Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker directed by J.J Abrams in honor of the film's recent blu-ray release.
We also get into what we have been checking out.
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*Jerry had a brief audio issue at the end of the podcast due to the internet being pushed to max because of Covid-19 in his rural area.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
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Thursday, April 2, 2020
Toy Review: Battle Armor Skeletor from Masters of the Universe: Figural Bag Clips by Monogram International
as you may remember from a day or so ago, they are the Battle Armor variant of He-Man and Skeletor. I've already looked at Battle Armor He-Man so now it's time to look at Battle Armor Skeletor. While the standard Skeletor bag clip is clearly based on the Filmation depiction of Skeletor, this one is definitely based on the vintage toy design. Let's check out Battle Armor Skeletor after the break...