Beast Man and King Hiss let's move on to the third of the NYCC 2020 exclusive POP! vinyls: Ninjor! Ninjor was one of the 1987 MOTU releases that were part of a series of figures designed to take advantage of existing tooling with only new heads and a few new accessories. The others in the line were Clamp Champ, King Randor, and Scareglow. It's kind of ironic that some figures designed with minimal resources have become some of the most sought after vintage Masters of the Universe figures, isn't it? Because both ninjas and MOTU are awesome, Ninjor is doubly awesome. It's also nice that Funko can call him Ninjor as Mattel wasn't able to in Masters of the Universe Classics, where he was simply referred to as Ninja Warrior. Maybe the trademark issue or whatever it was has been resolved? Anyways, let's check out Ninjor after the break...
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Monday, November 30, 2020
Sunday, November 29, 2020
GameStop and Hasbro have been rolling out the Star Wars: The Black Series Gaming Greats releases this year and I recently stumbled upon another figure from the very cool subset: The Scout Trooper from Jedi: Fallen Order. Jedi: Fallen Order focused on melee combat quite heavily and gave many of the popular Imperial troopers melee weapons to combat Cal Kestis and his lightsaber skills. I've always been a fan of Imperial Scout Troopers (for years everyone just called them Biker Scouts) and when I saw this guy at GameStop I was pretty excited. At first you might just think this is a simple repaint/ re-release of the Scout Trooper released in Phase II or in the Archive collection but it turns out that this guy has quite a few new parts and a new accessory. These guys could be a bit of a challenge if they caught you off guard in Jedi: Fallen Order and it's nice to be able to add one to the Black Series collection. Let's take a look at the Scout Trooper after the break...
Saturday, November 28, 2020
It's been a couple weeks since I reviewed one of the Masters of the Universe Funko POP! exclusives that were intended for NYCC 2020 so let's work to finish that set up, starting with King Hiss #1038 today. I'm really liking that Funko is offering up some MOTU characters we don't see in every licensed line and King Hiss and the Snake Men definitely are a faction that hasn't received much attention from anyone other than Mattel in their main MOTU lines and NECA's 200x stactions. Soon Funko is going to be switching the MOTU brand from their POP! Television line to the POP! Retro Toys line, which makes more sense; most of the MOTU releases lately have been absolutely based on their vintage toy counterparts and many of these characters never appeared in the Filmation animated series. I distinctly remember picking out the vintage King Hiss toy from a store as a child and I've always had an affinity for the character. Let's check out this disguised serpentine villain after the break...
Friday, November 27, 2020
Happy belated Thanksgiving, everyone! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday and that you're either being extremely careful, shopping online, or just avoiding Black Friday this year. Besides, there is lots of good stuff to stream this year so staying home isn't so bad. With a new episode of The Mandalorian today, another tree to decorate (we're doing two trees this year), and some Lego Harry Potter to play on the Nintendo Switch we're going to be plenty occupied. I've also been watching lots of other stuff.
Did you check out any of the MST3K Turkey Day marathon? We didn't get to watch the whole thing but we watched parts of Pod People along with Night of the Blood Beast and Cry Wilderness. My daughter legitimately loves Cry Wilderness, by the way, so that was a nice surprise. I missed Emily Crenshaw's riffing segment so I'm going to have to track that down. More stuff, including Star Wars and Kurt Russell as Santa Claus after the break...
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
This is the Way: Jango Fett (Star Wars: Bounty Hunter) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
The Mandalorian Madness continues with a look at Jango Fett who is, according to the rulers of Mandalore, not actually a Mandalorian. He's allegedly from Concord Dawn, a planet in the Mandalore Sector of the Outer Rim, but not from Mandalore itself. Anyways, whether or not he's a Mandalorian it's pretty clear that Jango Fett was renowned as the greatest bounty hunter of his era. Hasbro released a Jango Fett in the Black Series back in early 2016 that was based on his appearance from Attack of the Clones, a film that's simultaneously one of the best and one of the worst Star Wars movies. This version of Jango Fett is one of GameStop exclusive Gaming Greats and is actually based on the 2002 GameCube and Playstation 2 game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. That's pretty cool, right? It wasn't the best game but I do have some good memories of playing Star Wars: Bounty Hunter on my GameCube back in 2003 or so. The biggest weakness of the previous Jango Fett figure was the paint on the face so Hasbro has totally rectified that issue here with an incredible face print. To further differentiate the figure, though, you also get Jango's earlier Z-6 jetpack and a purple bodysuit. I thought it was worth a buy, especially with the great sales and the nice rewards GameStop has been running lately. Let's take a look at the Gaming Greats Jango Fett after the break...
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Monday, November 23, 2020
He's not a Mandalorian but he is a bounty hunter and some say he was the best bounty hunter in the galaxy after the untimely death of Jango Fett at the hands of Mace Windu. Who are we talking about? Why Cad Bane, of course. Cad Bane appeared in the second season of The Clone Wars and I remember there being a lot of excitement about him. Cad Bane was a fixture on the Clone Wars between the second and fourth seasons and while there was work done on a later episode of The Clone Wars where Bane and Boba Fett had a duel that resulted in the dent in Fett's helmet and Bane's death, it was never finished. Maybe that story could be resurrected or maybe we'll get more stories about how Cad Bane is still around. Based on some early images from concept work for the Original Trilogy, Cad Bane is a Western styled gunslinger who would fit perfectly into The Mandalorian, wouldn't he? He's pretty old, though, and would be well into his 70s in that era, but maybe he could still be around as a crusty old professional still doing his thing. Hasbro has been slow about filling in the roster of The Clone Wars but Cad Bane was an excellent choice and he's another stellar figure. He's part of the newest series of Phase IV Black Series figures but he was also offered earlier this year as an exclusive figure along with his droid companion, Todo-360. That figure was tough to acquire, though, so I settled for the standard release. Let's take a look at Cad Bane after the break...
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
What's up everyone? This has been a pretty good week. We've been decorating trees, I've started to play The Last of Us: Part 2 (which I got for my birthday back in September), and Christmas movies have been a regular staple in the house. And... Snake Mountain from Masters of the Universe Classics finally arrived! How about that? It showed up on Wednesday in a massive box that weighed about 50 pounds.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Big Bad Toy Store. On the same day that I received that figure I also received the newest version of The Mandalorian from The Black Series: Phase IV. This version of Din Djarin, the titular Mandalorian, is clad in his Beskar armor that he wears later on in the first season of the show. I'm pretty excited to have both versions of Din Dharin thus far and I imagine I'll be picking up any future releases, too. Let's take a look at The Mandalorian after the break...
Mer-Man also came out recently and these two share a headsculpt. They probably were worked on concurrently. Stinkor is always a fun figure and usually manages to make his way into most MOTU lines. Unlike some versions of the character, this figure doesn't have a patchouli aroma to him. I'm always a bit disappointed when Stinkor loses his stench but I doubt it would work on a figure this small or made from harder plastic like thi guy is. Let's take a look at Stinkor after the break...
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Last year on Triple Force Friday 2019 Hasbro debuted a number of "Carbonized" exclusive variant figures which largely became quite popular among collectors. I didn't pick any up as my Star Wars: The Black Series collection tends to mostly be "in universe" figures but when I stumbled upon the recently released Carbonized Boba Fett I couldn't resist. I'm typically always down for Boba Fett and he's a figure that looks pretty impressive with the Carbonized Graphite ink process Hasbro is advertising here. While there is a new Return of the Jedi styled Boba Fett coming out next year in the Black Series Phase IV collection this Boba Fett is 97% a repaint of the Boba Fett figure originally released in 2013 as both an SDCC exclusive and as part of the Black Series Phase I collection. This version of Fett is a Hasbro Fan Channel exclusive, meaning you'll find him available through e-tailers and stores like GameStop, which is where I picked him up. We'll check him out after the break but first I want to draw attention to the heading for this review series. Since the second season of The Mandalorian is in full swing I wanted to pay tribute to it so, for the duration of the season, all of my Star Wars reviews will have the "This is the Way" heading. I've done similar events for all of the Sequel Trilogy and spin-off films as well as for other movies such as Justice League. It's just a fun way to tie all of the reviews together to celebrate a big event. Anyways, on to Boba Fett (Carbonized)...
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
It's been well over a year since I last reviewed a Mezco One:12 Collective figure and over two years since I last reviewed a Harley Quinn figure! That's crazy! I've definitely been less interested in collecting DC stuff since Mattel lost the DC license and DC Collectibles stopped caring (though now they've gone away as well). McFarlane's stuff is quite cool but it's in a different scale and just hasn't roped me in. My DC purchases are far and few between these days but a One:12 Harley Quinn definitely appealed to me. I loved the One:12 Collective line when it first came out but over time I began to grow disenchanted with it. Some figures are amazing while others seem pretty by the numbers and less impressive than what Hasbro and NECA are doing in the same scale at around a quarter of the cost. I have a weakness for Harley, though, so I preordered both of the Harley Quinns they planned. I haven't received my "Playing for Keeps" Harley Quinn yet but I did receive this Harley on Halloween. Released as Harley Quinn: Deluxe Edition, she definitely comes loaded with enough extras that seem to allow her to live up to the name. Ready to see if this is a worthwhile Harley for the collection? Then join me after the break...
Monday, November 16, 2020
Today I'm checking the Hasbro Pulse exclusive Snake Eyes deluxe figure from 2020's hit G.I. Joe: Classified Series. Snake Eyes is listed as release 00 in the line and was released shortly after Toy Fair 2020 earlier this year. I passed on him at the time and after his prices skyrocketed I just assumed I'd never own him. Fortunately, Hasbro put up a number of these figures on Hasbro Pulse after their HasCon event a month or so ago so that gave me a chance to pick one up for a normal price (I'm still waiting for my Snake Supreme Cobra Commander to ship, though). I was content with not owning this guy but now that I have him in hand I'm very impressed with him. Not only is he a solid figure but he comes with a ton of accessories and one heck of a nice box. This guy is pretty incredible! Let's check out Snake Eyes Deluxe after the break and see what all the buzz is about...
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Valkyrie, who was released last year. The Ghoul Trooper uses the standard female character model (I think she's referred to as Ramirez) which makes me hopeful we'll start to see more female characters in the line. The Ghoul Trooper skin has a few different looks but this one is considered the default one and it's clearly a zombie-like design. Are you up for a combat ready zombie? Then join me after the break...
Saturday, November 14, 2020
over 5 years since I last reviewed a Lego set and I've never reviewed a Harry Potter item that I'm aware of. Back in August I started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to my daughter and now she is absolutely nuts about Harry Potter. We're in the middle of the fifth book, she dressed up like Hermione Granger for Halloween, and she's building up a small collection of Lego Harry Potter sets. For one day last month we both picked out one of the blind bagged sets from Lego's Harry Potter Collectible Minifigures Series 2. I was hoping to get Moaning Myrtle and my daughter was hoping to get a different figure but, oddly enough, we both ended up with Hermione. Weird, huh? I have no problem with having a minature Hermione hanging around. She's in an outfit she wears at the Three Broomsticks in the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince which my daughter hasn't watched yet (we're watching each film as we finish the respective book). Honestly, I'm not sure I ever saw the sixth film, either, so I'll be watching it with fresh eyes when we inevitably watch it in the coming months. Let's take a look at Hermione Granger after the break and see if she's worth adding to your collection...
reviewed the cereal before, way back in 2013, and I'd say that it's my third favorite of the cereals with Franken Berry being my fourth favorite mascot. All of the monsters are cool, but he's definitely not Boo Berry or Fruit Brute cool. Funko released this guy in a limited run of 7,500 and I got my hands on him. Let's check out Franken Berry after the break...
Friday, November 13, 2020
Welcome back to another weekly installment of Barbecue's Bonfire! Since this past Saturday was Re-Halloween we celebrated by watching some Tree House of Horror, playing Zombicide, and checking out what was left at our nearest Party City. On Sunday afternoon we reorganized the closet where we keep our various holiday decorations and began putting up Christmas decorations. It's taking a bit but it's beginning to feel like that special, festive time of the year. I hope you're all doing well and starting to get into the holiday spirit! What have I been up to this week? Well first up, we're going to have to talk about The Mandalorian...
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Funko continues to roll out an impressive array of Masters of the Universe product in their POP! vinyls line and today I'm going to start making my way through their New York Comic Con 2020 offerings. Yeah, NYCC 2020 didn't happen in person but Funko still sold their exclusives all the same. I found the NYCC process to be much easier than the SDCC 2020 sale, which was a pain. The first figure I'm going to be checking out is the 10-inch Beast Man #1039. Funko has released two other 10-inch MOTU POP! vinyls this year (Skeletor and Disco Skeletor) and it would seem that they're mighty popular as we've gotten a third one with a fourth (Battle Armor He-Man) on the way. Beast Man was available directly through Funko and is also a shared exclusive with GameStop where he has been fairly easy to find from my experience. Ready for Beast Man? Then join me after the break...
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Now that I've reviewed Raphael how about some nameless, faceless minions for him to knock around? Today I'm checking out theTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimates Foot Soldier, Shredder's Right Hand Mummy. Wait, mummy? Yeah, that's how the vintage toy packaging and bio card referred to the Foot Soldier, also referring to their movements as "mummified." In the cartoon and toyline the Foot Soldiers were clearly robots though referring to them as mummies still seems a bit odd. Today I'd imagine we'd call them zombie-like, though zombies were clearly not as well known to kids as they are today. While I've always preferred my Foot Soldiers to be actual humans, like in the films, I've also always loved the distinctive uniform of the vintage Foot Soldiers. They are rather creepy looking and off-putting for sure. Seriously, I wouldn't even want to know how many of these guys I've destroyed while playing the various TMNT video games over the years. Super7 included the Foot Soldier as part of the first series of figures as the second villain in the set. I wonder how many folks are trying to army build these guys? Let's take a look at the Foot Soldier after the break...
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Monday, November 9, 2020
Way back near the end of September I received the entire first series of Super7's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimates. I've I reviewed Baxter Stockman a few weeks ago but now I'm getting read to make my way through the rest of the first series figures, starting with Raphael. Raphael has been my favorite turtle for as long as I can remember. My grandmothers bought me the first series of figures way back in 1988 and I've loved the TMNT ever since, so seeing these figures based on the vintage toys is extremely nostalgic for me, as I'm sure they are for nearly everyone else around my age (I'm in my late 30s). While we've seen turtles based on nearly every piece of media including the movies, original cartoon, comics, and video games, this is the first new product specifically based on recreating the vintage toyline Masters of the Universe Classics style. While Super7 has only released one of the four turtles in the first series they have already announced the other four, so you know you're going to complete the foursome along with the first vintage series of figures. Ready for a look at Raphael? Then join me after the break...
Sunday, November 8, 2020
R2-D2, re-released C-3PO, re-released BB-8, and a brand new DJ R-3X. Yeah, with most of the sets you had to buy a couple figures you already owned to get someone new. I'm sure it was a hit with visitors to the park who were casual fans or Star Wars fans who just didn't collect the Black Series but for those of us collecting the line since the beginning it was frustrating and not worth a purchase. Fortunately, Hasbro partnered with Target and we're getting most of those exclusive figures available in single packages. Today I'm looking at the only Galaxy's Edge figure I have so far: DJ R-3X. Who is DJ R-3X? Originally R-3X was RX-24, the pilot for the 1987 ride Star Tours. Referred to as Captain Rex (but not this Captain Rex), he was voiced by Paul Reubens (who voiced the character again the Rebels episode "Droids in Distress." In the books and comics released surrounding Galaxy's Edge, RX-24 is reprogrammed as a DJ, now called DJ R-3X, who manages the beats at Oga's Cantina at Blackspire outpost. It's a cool way to fit the character in with Disney's newest Star Wars attraction and offers up a unique character for the line. Let's check out DJ R-3X after the break...
Saturday, November 7, 2020
Happy Re-Halloween! I hope you've spent the past week doing everything you missed out on during the hustle and bustle of Halloween last week. Did you catch up on some favorite movies you missed? How about carving a pumpkin you didn't get around to converting into a Jack o' lantern? Today I'm checking out a "horror" themed figure that just didn't make it into The Dawn of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Count Chocula from Funko's Vinyl SODA line! Next year is the 50th anniversary of Count Chocula and Franken Berry cereal so I'm hoping General Mills has big plans to celebrate as well as bring back some old favorites (like Fruit Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy). Heck, I'd love to see them introduce a new character, too. We could really use a female monster. Maybe a witch or a mer-girl? Oh, how about a banshee? Banshees are the best! Anyways, Count Chocula is clearly the leader of the Cereal Monsters and while his cereal is probably my least favorite of the bunch you can't deny the character's coolness. Let's check out Count Chocula after the break....
Friday, November 6, 2020
It's the week after Halloween (tomorrow is Re-Halloween!) and it's time to catch up on all of the great stuff that I've been up to. Earlier this week you saw my story of losing power in the hurricane last weekend. This week is much better, though, with more crazy happenings. First up: Trick 'r Treating!
We did do a bit of Trick 'r Treating this year. We wore masks and only went to about 10 houses and a drive through trunk 'r treat (who all had cool ways to get candy to us in a socially distanced and safe way, including driving it to my daughter in a remote controlled Barbie car). We also quarantined the candy for a bit, just to be extra safe. I was Sam from Trick 'r Treat, my daughter was Hermione, and my wife was the Marauders Map. She's always cold, though, so her jacket is covering most of the dress. More Tricks and Treats from the week after the break...
Thursday, November 5, 2020
General Hawk v2, Low-Light, Lifeline, Viper, and Roadblock v2 come from that year. Anyways, I have to think my friend Matt from The Toy Box for picking up Beach Head for me. These Target figures have been a beast to find! Let's check out Wayne "Beach Head" Sneeden after the break. He's one of the best figures in this line so far and I'm really excited to show him off...
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Monday, November 2, 2020
Sorry this one is late everyone! I've got a great excuse, though: Hurricane Zeta blew a few trees down across from my house, one of which knocked over some powerlines. We lost power on Thursday morning and didn't get it back until late Sunday evening. Fortunately, my parents live close by so we headed to their house where they still had power (though there internet was out until Friday night). Halloween wasn't a bust, though, and we still had plenty of Halloween adventures and fun. I'll detail those on Friday, though, as this is a catch-up post from last Thursday. So, what was I up to the week before Halloween? Let's check it out...
Sunday, November 1, 2020
While it's not as large as last year's Castle Grayskull 2020's largest set, Panthor at Point Dread, is still pretty substantial. With 557 pieces the set includes three figures, Panthor, the Talon Fighter, and Point Dread. Just like in the vintage line and in Masters of the Universe Classics Point Dread can attach onto the top of Castle Grayskull, making an already quite large playset even bigger! There haven't been too many new Mega Construx releases this year so far (there were some new minifigures back in January/ February) but in the last month or so there have been a few more to capture collector attention again. I found this set at a Walmart earlier this month and just got around to building it over the past week. It's quite cool with a neat mixture of included items, most of which have their roots in the vintage MOTU line. Let's take a look at Panthor at Point Dread after the break....