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Monday, August 31, 2020
Sunday, August 30, 2020
200x series in the early 2000s. Design wise, MOTUO is a return to the original vintage toy aesthetic with updated articulation. The first series includes 6 figures, Prince Adam with the Sky Sled, and Battle Cat. I found Battle Cat almost a month ago but I'm just now getting around to reviewing him. I've been pretty busy lately! Let's take a look at Battle Cat after the break and see how he turned out...
Friday, August 28, 2020
Blast-Attak and Clawful) while the other two were from the relatively new Vinyl SODA line. Those two figures were Trap Jaw and Moss Man and I'm starting with Moss man today. As you may be aware, Moss Man is one of my favorite MOTU characters, if not my favorite, so I was thrilled to see him this early in the Vinyl Soda line. Only 3,000 Moss Man vinyls were made which makes him, along with Trap Jaw, the rarest "non-chase" release yet. While he's not scented, which is a real shame, he is flocked. And he's Moss man so he's automatically one of the coolest figures around. Let's get lost in the woods and check out Moss Man after the break...
I haven't done a Barbecue's Bonfire for... sheesh, a couple years, but I'm going to try to bring it back. It's my place for lots of weird little things that don't fit within my usual review structure. What to talk about?
First, have you noticed the newest character to get their own review archive? It's Beast Man! Beast Manor is the new home for all of my Beast Man reviews! OK, well it's not super new (I opened it in May) but it's the newest and worth pointing out.
Second, I've been working on 2020's 31 Days of Toy Terror countdown since July 1st! That's why I didn't do a Masters of the Universe themed series for this month. I probably won't until November, either, just because getting Halloween stuff together takes some serious time. This year I'm going to focus on "horror" toys made before the year 2000 (though I can be incredibly loose on the definition of horror). What lines or individual characters from before the year 2000 would you recommend I check out?
More after the break...
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Rust Lord who first appeared in Season X/ Season 10, so he's actually a variant or upgrade of that previously released figure who is one of my favorites in the line. X-Lord (Scavenger) may very well be another of my favorites, too, as he has a fantastic post-apocalyptic look that makes him oh so versatile. The Scavenger X-Lord looks like he could easily fit in to the Mad Max universe or perhaps even in the Borderlands universe. Pair him up with Junkrat from Overwatch! Add the first Dreadnok to your G.I. Joe Classified Series roster! Heck, he could even be a bounty hunter in the Star Wars galaxy as well. He's a fun figure with some great accessories! Let's check out the X-Lord (Scavenger) after the break...
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
my review of the MOTUC figure so I'll skip over his weird allegiances to both the Snake Men and the Evil warriors and simply jump right in to a look at another figure from the 1987 series of vintage MOTU figures. Let's check out Blast-Attak after the break...
Sunday, August 23, 2020
quarter scale Raphael in Disguise which was a toy I had truly wanted for 28 years at that point. I don't collect much in that scale but Raphael in his trench coat and Bogie hat was a must have. I'm really glad that NECA has been able to produce their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the 1990 film for a wider audience now and I've been collecting the line as possible. They're still pretty tough to come by but I found two of the turtles at GameStop, all of this year's GameStop exclusive figures, and now all of the Walmart exclusive 2-packs. Today I'm checking out my most anticipated two-pack of the three which is Casey Jones and Raphael. The original 1990 film is still the best TMNT movie (2007's TMNT would probably be my second pick, though I have a soft spot for TMNT 2 and 3 as well) and I'm thrilled to be amassing a collecting of the characters from that film. I had almost given up hope of ever finding this set in Walmart but I finally stumbled upon it a few weeks ago. I was ecstatic! Let's check this one out after the break and get the Turtle Power going in here!
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Action Figure Review: Han Solo (Carbonite) from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Collection by Hasbro
Boba Fett was released in Phase I as a standard release, Han Solo in Carbonite was always held back to keep him exclusive. While this isn't truly an action figure, Han Solo frozen in carbonite is one of the most iconic elements of the Original Trilogy and the character/ prop has a long history in toy form dating back to his inclusion with the vintage Kenner Slave 1. It always seemed like Hasbro would find some way to release this piece again to a wider body of collectors and finally they have! Han Solon (Carbonite) is an Amazon exclusive figure in the Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Collection and I couldn't be happier. Some folks seem salty as a pretzel about this release but I'm loving it. Let's check out Han Solo (Carbonite) after the break...
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Mega Construx panel. The designers of the line are awesome and it seems like the Masters of the Universe Mega Conxtrux line is going to get better and better! I was excited to find one of the new sets a couple of weeks ago so today I'm going to check out the Battle Cat Vs. Roton set. My daughter and I built this a couple of days ago and while there's not a ton of building here (basically just the Roton) you do get quite a few items with the set. I'm always excited to see Battle Cat make his way into a MOTU line and the Roton has long been one of my favorite vehicles, so there's that too. Let's take a look at Battle Cat Vs. Roton after the break...
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Sigma 6, and Rise of Cobra, and Pursuit of Cobra, and G.I. Joe Retaliation. But you know what? Most Snake Eyes figures released have been winners! It's hard not to like a commando/ ninja dressed in dark colors with lots of weapons who often runs around with a wolf. Hasbro kicked off the new 6 inch scaled G.I. Joe Classified Series with a deluxe Snake Eyes, which I didn't pick up. I did grab the standard Snake Eyes from Series 1, though. Let's take a look at the silent star of the G.I. Joe universe after the break...
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Beast Man. Honestly, Braun Strowman would make an excellent Beast Man in a film, wouldn't he? The dude is legitimately massive and incredibly strong. He's also currently the holder of the Universal Championship, so he's got some real momentum going for him. Braun is one of the best MOTWWEU figures to be released to date and we're getting ready to enter the squared circle with him after the break...
Monday, August 10, 2020
Roadblock v2 from 1986 was one of the earliest G.I. Joe figures I owned. I remember my parents giving him to me, along with the Road Toad, on my 4th birthday in 1987. General Hawk v2 was my first G.I. Joe figure (and maybe my first action figure), Sci-Fi was my second, and I'm pretty sure that Roadblock was my third. I grew having both Roadblock v2 and Tiger Force Roadblock, so he's always been one of my favorites. Roadblock is definitely a pillar of G.I. Joe appearing as a mainstay in both the comics and the cartoon prominently until the early 2000s when Hasbro began using Heavy Duty (Roadblock's cousin). Marvin F. Hinton has made his way back into the spotlight, though, getting a huge boost by being played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in 2013's G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Whether he's a rhyming chef, a hardcore heavy machine gunner, or the Rock fighting ninjas, Roadblock is always a force to be reckoned with. I actually have a bust of Roadblock in my study and, like the Roadblock poster from Shortpacked! it keeps me in line. Let's get on with this review of Roadblock from the G.I. Joe Classified Series after the break...
Saturday, August 8, 2020
G.I. Joe Classified Series. I'm very slowly making my way through reviewing this series (well, what I've found so far) and today I'm checking out Scarlett. Despite Scarlett being one of the core members of the G.I. Joe team (she was one of the Original 13) I never actually had her as a kid. I didn't really get into G.I. Joe until the 1986 series (though I certainly picked up some older figures like 1985's Barbecue) so Scarlett's release was before my time and by the time she made a reappearance in Ninja Force, I was pretty sparing with my G.I. Joe pickups. I believe the first Scarlett I owned was 2002's Agent Scarlett from the G.I. Joe vs Cobra line. This version seems to take a little inspiration from that figure. Honestly, look at a list of every Scarlett released; doesn't she most resemble the 2002 version? Let's take a look at Scarlett after the break and see if she's as lethal as every other version that's come before...
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Omega: Max Level and Ragnarok: Max Level, Drift is a "skin" with different levels. Unlike those figures, though, Drift doesn't come with the parts to showcase multiple different levels, although you can get different looks for the figure. Let's check out Drift after the break and see why he's one of the best figures from the newest series of figures...