What's up everybody? It's Friday, so it's time for another quick installment of Barbecue's Bonfire! gather around!
Guess what I found this week? A full case of the second series of the Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis! Each figure in this set comes in a little Snake Mountain! How awesome, right? Man, is Mattel cranking out MOTU stuff right now or what? With as much product as we're seeing hitting shelves someone really must have thought that the movie was happening this year, right?
I'm still working on this year's installment of 31 Days of Toy Terror which will have a focus on horror toys prior to the year 2000. What were some of your favorite horror themed toys going growing up? I've tried to hit some of the most popular ones but also throw in some oddball favorites, too. It's been fun picking up some toys here and there that I haven't seen or owned for decades. Let's just say that my desk has some holographic horror figures from Tonka, some chattering aliens from Trendmasters, and a fleshless fury from Playmates on it right now.
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If you haven't watched Bill & Ted Face the Music yet and you have any love for this property, do so now! It's incredible. It's easily one of the best decades after sequels to a movie that I can think of. Without spoiling much, suffice it to say that the movies is very funny, incredibly charming and positive, and very respectful of the originals. It's fantastic to see Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter back and adding in their daughters really progresses their story. Kristen Schaal and Samara Weaving are fantastic as Wilhelmina and Theadora (Samara Weaving, in particular, is incredible at capturing young Ted's mannerisms) and it's cool to see Bill and Ted's story continue alongside of their kids. It's disappointing to see so many sequels where the children of the protagonists loathe their parents, so it's really refreshing to see the awesome relationships the dads have with the daughters here. It's cool to see Bill and Ted's passion emrbaced and taken even further by their kids. I know 2020 isn't going to be know for its cinema but this is easily in my top 3 this year.
Lastly, let's check out the current list of my most popular articles. It's interesting to see what attracts the most attention among readers every week and how things shift around. For ongoing most popular reviews we've got:
Snake Eyes from G.I. Joe Classified Series jumped to the top of the list this week. Man, the Classified Series sure is popular. What do you think about the Cobra Commander figure who was going to be a SDCC exclusive but who is now going to be sold through Pulse? That's probably going to be a pain to get, huh?
Casey Jones and Raphael (In Disguise) from NECA's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line also jumped up this week. NECA's toyline based on the 1990 film has been popular over the past couple of years but now that NECA can more widely release these toys Turtlemania is back in full effect. NECA really seems dedicated to the TMNT franchise and they keep putting out cool stuff, though I think I'm going to skip the accessory pack.
Cobra Trooper from G.I. Joe Classified Series is another new addition. This is another one of the Target exclusive Special Missions: Cobra Island figures and, wow, are these things a pain. I'm still missing Beachhead and the Baroness set.
The New Day from Masters of the WWE Universe has been climbing up on the list slowly but steadily. People are really down for this powerhouse of positivity, aren't they?
Han Solo (Carbonite) from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Collection-
Han Solo frozen in carbonite is one of the most striking and iconic
images in the Star Wars saga and folks still keep checking this one out.
Nocturna from He-Man/ New Adventures- Nocturna dropped big time this week. He had a good run at the top, though. Not bad for a 30 year old action figure from a MOTU line most people ignore. Poor Nocturna didn't even get a MOTUC release!
See you fine folks next Friday!