Sunday, October 17, 2021

31 Days of Toy Terror: Skeletober! Skeletor from POP! + Pez by Funko

 

   I love that 31 Days of Toy Terror is such a potpourri of different toys and this year, even with the skeleton/ Skeletor theme, I'm still able to showcase a great variety of cool stuff. Today I've got another cool Skeletor item: The Funko POP! + Pez dispenser from 2019! I've reviewed many of the Masters of the Universe POP! + Pez dispensers in the past but I never got around to checking out Skeletor. Isn't a spooky skeleton who gives out candy about the most Halloween thing you can think of? Let's check him out after the break...

Saturday, October 16, 2021

31 Days of Toy Terror: Skeletober! Count Chocula from General Mills by Jada Toys

 

   "I want to eat your cereal!"

  Listen, it's not everyday that I'm actually surprised by a toy found on a shelf at retail. With plenty of websites, Facebook pages, and blogs all dedicated to action figure and toy news it seems that we know about everything months to years in advance these days. A little over a week ago, though, my parents called me and asked if I had seen the General Mills action figures of Count Chocula and Franken Berry. I was shocked. How did I miss that these were a thing? Jada Toys definitely has started to market to collectors recently with their Universal Monsters line and the General Mills cereal monsters mascots seems like another cool, collector focused hit. I love these guys and I'm almost always down for them. So far Count Chocula and Franken Berry are the only two released but surely they won't deny us Fruit Brute, Boo Berry, and Fruity Yummy Mummy, right? Since Saturdays are my day during 31 Days of Toy Terror to go off theme let's spend today checking out the elder statesmen of the General Mills cereal monsters, Count Chocula. Join me after the break...

Friday, October 15, 2021

Action Figure Review: Leech #89 from POP! Retro Toys: Masters of the Universe by Funko

 
   
   FYE carries lots of cool Masters of the Universe stuff like Beast Man's Ravenous Habanero hot sauce and exclusive POP! vinyls and a month or so ago they began shipping their exclusive Leech POP! vinyl. Leech is another member of the Evil Horde and along with Grizzlor, Mantenna, and Hordak he completes the four basic Horde members from 1985 in POP! form (Modulok was released a bit later though we still need him in POP! for). Leech is a creepy guy and a very memorable figure from the vintage line. To reflect his ability to drain energy from his foes the vintage Leech toy had a suction cup mouth that could stick to stuff (like skin!) via a pump activated by a button on his back. Funko didn't give this POP! vinyl an action feature but they did recreate his weird, flat front jaw. What do you think? Do you like when the oddities of the figure that existed because of the action feature are recreated or would you have rather had just had a regular mouth? Let's discuss this and more as we check out Leech after the break...

31 Days of Toy Terror: Skeletober! Father's Day from Monstarz: Creepshow by Amok Time Toys

 


   31 Days of Toy Terror: Skeletober continues with what might be the most frightening figure on the countdown thus far: Nathan Grantham from the "Father's Day" segment of the 1982 horror anthology Creepshow. Creepshow is one of my favorite horror movies of all time and it's always a crowd please with its unique mixture of thrills, chills, and laughs. Amok Time Toys has released quite a few action figures from non A-list horror properties and in 2016 they releases this figure as the first Creepshow based figure under their Monstarz line. The figure is called Father's Day, after the segment of the film, but the character in the movie is the vengeful, skeletal corpse of Nathan Grantham, the cruel and abusive patriarch of the Grantham family. Murdered by his daughter, Nathan comes back for revenge and the Father's Day cake he was denied in life! If you've never seen Creepshow, you really need to check it out. Stephen King, George Romero, and Tom Savini team up with a fantastic cast to create a fun, atmospheric movie that pays tribute to the old EC Comics. I received this as a birthday gift last year and decided to save it for a future 31 Days of Toy Terror. Well, here we are! Let's check out the star of Father's Day after the break...

Thursday, October 14, 2021

31 Days of Toy Terror: Skeletober! Skeletor (Pink and Black) from Hikari XS by Funko

 

   Guess what? Today you're getting two skeletons for the price of one! Yes, today I'm looking at two Skeletor sofubis from Funko's Hikari XS line. Released in November of 2017 this 2-pack came with two Skeletor sofubi styled figures each molded in a different color. This set has a pink Skeletor and a black Skeletor. Genuine sofubi toys can be quite pricey but this little set, which was limited to 1,000 units, was sold at $30 dollars as a Funko Shop exclusive. That wasn't too bad at all! There wasn't as much Masters of the Universe stuff coming out in 2017 so almost anything seemed exciting. I actually really like these and I have the six Skeletors from the three different sets all lined up on a shelf. Let's take a look at two super spooky Skeletors after the break...

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

31 Days of Toy Terror: Skeletober! Crystal Skeleton with Throne from Indiana Jones by Hasbro

 

   Hasbro's 2008 Indiana Jones toyline has been featured in 31 Days of Toy Terror before and this year it's back for 31 Days of Toy Terror: Skeletober! There were actually a couple figures from this line I considered choosing for this year's festivities but I ultimately decided to go with the mail-away exclusive Crystal Skeleton with Throne from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I loved the Crystal Skulls as a plot point in the film (though the ending of the film gets a bit too surreal for me) and I was thrilled that Hasbro released this figure back in 2008. The Crystal Skeleton was released as a mail-away exclusive which required you to attach six stickers from the 1/18th scaled Indiana Jones line to the "Ticket to Adventure" booklet so you could mail away for it. Those stickers and $5.99 for shipping and handling allowed you to acquire the Crystal Skeleton which arrived in a cool box that looked like a wooden crate addressed to Indiana Jones. While largely dismissed as being products of European creation from the mid-19th century created to profit from interest in ancient cultures, crystal skulls still are a popular part of popular culture with a role in the New Age movement and pseudoscience. They're just kind of bizarre and make for a fun MacGuffin for supernatural adventure stories. Let's take a look at this MacGuffin after the break...

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Minifigure Review: Beast Man & War Sled from Masters of the Universe Revelation: Eternia Minis by Mattel

 
   Recently Mattel has put out some vehicle and minifigure combination sets for the Eternia Minis line. There are currently two sets for the MOTU Revelation Eternia Minis and two for the standard Eternia Minis. Today I'm going to kick off my look at all four sets by checking out Beast Man from the MOTU Revelation series. Beast Man comes packaged with the very cool War Sled, which is essentially the Evil Warriors' version of the Jet Sled/ Sky Sled. These do show up during Skeletor's attack on Castle Grayskull in the first episode but it's kind of weird to pair this Beast Man with the vehicle since this is how Beast Man appears when he goes off on his own after Skeletor has seemingly been killed. Let's take a look at the set after the break...
 

31 Days of Toy Terror: Skeletober! Skeletor from Masterverse/ Masters of the Universe: Revelation by Mattel

 
   The air is getting cooler, the leaves are getting crisper, and Halloween is ever approaching! Seriously, make the best of the spookiest days of the year! Today I'm hear to add another skeletal toy review to your Halloween season with a look at Skeletor from Mattel's Masterverse line. Based on his appearance in Masters of the Universe: Revelation this 7 inch Skeletor is definitely one of the best figures from series 1. Heck, series 1 was strong all around and by now some folks have series 2 (which started trickling out in early September but mine haven't arrived yet). I've had this guy since July but I decided to hold him back so that Skeletober was a mixture of old and toys to give you the most bang for your buck. Mark Hamill's casting as Skeletor was a pretty big deal and while I think he did a good job (though he did make Skeletor sound very similar to the Joker) he didn't get enough time to truly shine in the first five episodes. Of course, neither did He-Man. Hopefully the second half of the show will give us more focus on those two. Mattel released both this standard Skeletor and the Skelegod version of the character in series 1 but since I reviewed Skelegod back in July it's well past time to check out the standard version of the Evil Lord of Destruction. Join me after the break...

Monday, October 11, 2021

Ornament Review: He-Man from Hallmark Ornaments by Hallmark

 
   It's October and that means it's time for... Christmas decorations? Yes, indeed. My birthday was at the end of September and I ended up getting three Masters of the Universe Christmas tree ornaments as part of my gifts. When has there ever been that much MOTU stuff out at once? Seriously, 2021 seems to have as much MOTU product released as during the best years of the 1980s! Today I'm checking out one of the two standard Hallmark ornaments that are currently available at a variety of stores (mine was found at Walmart) and it's He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe! Hallmark released a He-Man ornament in their Hallmark Keepsake collection in 2016 which has gotten crazy expensive so it's nice they've put out another He-Man as a very affordable price. We're still about a month from putting up the Christmas tree but let's get things ready with a look at He-Man. Join me after the break...

31 Days of Toy Terror- Skeletober! Red Skull from Marvel Legends Series: Super Villains by Hasbro

 

   For today's installment of 31 Days of Toy Terror- Skeletober how about we check out another skeletal influenced Marvel villain? This time it's the Red Skull from the Marvel Legends Super Villains series released over the summer. I reviewed all of those figures as they came out and the build-a-figure, Xemnu, but I held back on Johann Shmidt since I knew he was a perfect fit for the theme and I don't want the entire month to just be Skeletor toys. Hasbro has released a few different Red Skull figures over the years but this one looks to be the most "classic" figure yet. While the Johann Shmidt version of the Red Skull first appeared in Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's Captain America #7 this one seems based on his Silver Age appearances as seen in Tales of Suspense #66, though this Red Skull is wearing a Hydra armband. He's one of the top tier Marvel villains and absolutely deserves a place on your shelf if you're a Legends collector. Ready to check out the fearsome visage of the Red Skull? Then join me after the break...

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Toy Review: Man-At-Arms, Power Sword He-Man, and Battle Cat from Masters of the Universe: Figural Bag Clips by Monogram International

 
   Back in 2020 I reviewed the full series of Masters of the Universe Figural Bag Clips from Monogram International. They're simple little rubbery bag clips with a cool style and while they were blind bagged, which was super frustrating, I really did like them. This past summer Walmart had an endcap filled with exclusive collectible items and two boxed sets of the bag clips were part of that display. The two sets each feature two new bag clips and one with an exclusive paint scheme. I'm going to be reviewing both of them but since this month is so heavy on the villains with Skeletor being the star of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Skeletober I decided to start with the Heroic Warriors. Let's check out this cool Walmart exclusive 3-pack of Man-At-Arms, Power Sword He-Man, and Battle Cat after the break...

31 Days of Toy Terror- Skeletober! Skeletor from Masters of the Universe: Micro Collection by Mattel

 

   Who says you gotta be big to be terrifying? Today I'm checking out the minifigure Skeletor from Mattel's Masters of the Universe: Micro Collection which are Dollar Tree exclusives which can be yours for the low price of just $1! I reviewed the other four figures in this series over the summer but I kept Skeletor back for the Halloween festivities! It's always a lot of fun to figure out some different and unique "horror" themed toys for 31 Days of Toy Terror and while this year is overflowing with Skeletor figures it was definitely a theme I knew I had enough toys to follow through with. Ready for a look at a tiny tibial terror that will tuck into your trick or treat tote? Then join me after the very scary break...

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Action Figure Review: Captain Marvel & Rescue Armor from Marvel Legends Series: The Infinity Saga by Hasbro

 


   Most of the Marvel Legends figures I purchase are comic based figures. They just look better together, never really seem to get outdated, and there's a wider variety of characters offered. Still, when I see a figure or set I really like I still jump at it and this set definitely appealed to me. Hasbro's quite brilliant: A set of action figures with photo-real likenesses of Brie Larson and Gwyneth Paltrow? Instant buy! Since Endgame Hasbro has been going back and releasing figures from characters they missed out on during the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this is from the newest series of The Infinity Saga sets. Captain Marvel and Pepper Potts in her Rescue armor are both from their appearances during the final battle against Thanos in Endgame. Captain Marvel didn't get a figure wearing this outfit when the movie came out but Rescue was previously released on her own. This version of Rescue (which the packaging oddly calls "Rescue Armor" instead of just Rescue, or Pepper Potts, or Pepper Pots in Rescue Armor) does have some unmasked portraits and a more sophisticated backpack, though, so she's not just a straight repack. The set is an Amazon exclusive and is still available as I'm writing this. Ready to check out a new set of MCU heroes? Then join me after the break...

31 Days of Toy Terror: Skeletober! Masters of the Universe 4pc Mini Muglets Set from Geeki Tikis by Beeline Creative Inc.

 

   It's Saturday and during the past few years of 31 Days of Toy Terror I've used that as a day to show off something that's a little outside of the regular theme. Well, today I'm kind of going with something that somewhat matches the theme and something that is a bit of a stretch. What do I have today? How about four mini Tiki muglets from Geeki Tikis! I reviewed the full sized Tiki mugs earlier this year but I was surprised with this cool set of Mini Muglets for my birthday last month. You get 2 oz mini Tiki glasses of Battle Cat, He-Man, Skeletor, and Beast Man all contained inside of a very cool Castle Grayskull shaped container. You're getting two skulls today (Grayskull and Skeletor) and a beast man named Beast Man for your Halloween horrors and I'm throwing in a He-Man and Battle Cat review because it's who I am. Both tricks and treats! These are Walmart exclusives and have been available on an endcap in electronics over the past few months along with other Masters of the Universe items and some other Geeki Tikis stuff. Let's check these cool little fellows out after the break...

Friday, October 8, 2021

Action Figure Review: Stealth Iron Man from Marvel Legends Series: Iron Man by Hasbro

 

   Who's sneaking in to steal all the candy this Halloween season? Why, it's Stealth Iron Man of course! The Iron Man/ Ursa Major series of Marvel Legends figures isn't the newest Marvel Legends series anymore. Heck, there have been three sets to have been released since this one: The second Age of Apocalypse series, the What If? series, and the Eternals set. I picked up Stealth Iron Man for two reasons, the first of which was I really wanted to build Ursa Major. The second reason, though, is that I loved the 1990s Toy Biz Iron Man toyline and Stealth Iron Man was released in that series as well. Ready for a blue Iron Man? Of course you are! Let's check him out after the break...

31 Days of Toy Terror- Skeletober: Skeletor on Night Stalker #278 from POP! Rides by Funko

 

   I've always been a fan of Washington Irving's The Legends of Sleepy Hollow and its many film and television adaptations and I've reviewed some toys based on the story in the past. For today's installment of 31 Days of toy terror I'm checking out another spooky, supernatural rider: Skeletor on Night Stalker from Funko's POP! Rides series. OK, yeah, I'm stretching things a bit here, but since this year's 31 Days of Toy Terror celebration, Skeletober, is focusing on skeleton themed toys ol' Skeletor definitely has a place here. This set was released in July of this year and is the third riding Skeletor released in the POP! Rides line after both variants of Skeletor on Panthor #98. I think most MOTU fans probably associate Night Stalker with Jitsu but due to the vintage gift sets but Funko put Skeletor on here. I'm not going to ding them for it or anything but it is definitely less preferable to have Skeletor on here versus Jitsu but if we had gotten Jitsu we wouldn't have this skeletal rider as part of Skeletober, would we? Let's check this set out after the break...

Thursday, October 7, 2021

31 Days of Toy Terror- Skeletober! Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas Trading Figures by Jun Planning

 
   
   Skeletober continues with a popular skeleton who isn't Skeletor; It's Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King! One of the Halloween royals, Jack Skellington has become one of the most enduring and beloved icons of Halloween (and Christmas) and he often makes an appearance for 31 Days of Toy Terror. The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorites and I'm always excited to review some of the various toys based on the film, especially in October. I've actually reviewed a couple of these figures from Jun Planning in the past (Oogie Boogie in 2017 and Dr. Finkelstein in 2018) so it's nice to get another one covered. These were released in 2010 and they came in little boxes (marked, not blind) so the set was fairly easy to get. The figures arrived in multiple pieces and you snapped them together like a simple model kit with no glue or paint required. We keep these and many other Nightmare Before Christmas items displayed in a china cabinet in our dining room year round! Let's check out Jack Skellington and his best pal Zero after the break...

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Action Figure Review: She-Hulk from Marvel Legends Series: She-Hulk by Hasbro

 

   
   Who's ready for She-Hulk? She-Hulk has been part of the Marvel Universe since 1980 and next year she's going to make her MCU debut in the Disney+ show She-Hulk. Tatiana Maslany will be starring as Jennifer Walters and we know that Mark Ruffalo and Tim Roth will return to the MCU as well, so expect She-Hulk to be pretty popular next year. I didn't purchase this figure just because She-Hulk is coming to the MCU but it is pretty exciting nonetheless. In early 2020 Hasbro released a gray version of She-Hulk (who was just called Hulk because of something from Civil War II that I'm not going to even pretend to understand) and this version uses the same sculpt but her skin is green, a far more recognizable look for her. She-Hulk is a Fan Channel exclusive so you'll find her at e-tailers and places like GameStop and Hasbro Pulse rather than your traditional retail stores. Ready to take a look at She-Hulk? Then join me after the break...

31 Days of Toy Terror- Skeletober: Skeletor from Shogun Masters by Mattel

 

   Ready for what's sure to be the biggest review of 2021's 31 Days of Toy Terror- Skeletober? How about we get ready to check out the Shogun Masters Skeletor from Mattel's Mattel Creations initiative? On April 23rd Mattel placed this Shogun Warriors inspired Skeletor up for order, he arrived on my doorstep on June 27th, and I'm now reviewing a little over three months later! Designed by Ruben Martinez and Terrence Higuchi, this version of Skeletor is inspired by the various 24 inch robot toys Mattel licensed and released as Shogun Warriors in the late 1970s. Shogun Warriors are a bit before my time and I've never been very familiar with them but I love Japanese inspired toy designs and the fact that this was supposed to be a mech built by Skeletor really appealed to me. Seriously, it's not hard to encourage me to pick up a Skeletor toy. This guy is quite massive and I was excited when he arrived unannounced on my doorstep back in June. He really is quite huge! Of course, he was also quite pricey. I figured that if I ordered him and didn't like him I could surely resell him but if I skipped out on him and changed my mind he would probably cost a small fortune to acquire. I'm glad I picked him up although I have to admit that he seems like a super niche item where you're definitely paying for his exclusivity. Ready to check out what might be the Great Pumpkin of  Skeletober? Then let's summon the Shogun Masters Skeletor after the break...

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Minifigure Review: Roboto from Masters of the Universe by Mega Construx

 
   I reviewed Man-E-Faces from the most recent series of Masters of the Universe Mega Construx figures a couple days ago and today I'm checking out the other Heroic Warrior in this set: Roboto! Interestingly, this version of Roboto isn't based on the standard toy version most of us had as kids but instead is based on the minicomic colors from his appearance in "The Battle of Roboto." It's entirely possible that the Mega Construx team has a classic colors Roboto planned for some point in the future as otherwise it seems strange to start with this version. On the other hand it is kind of cool that this is the first time we've gotten Roboto in this color scheme. Let's take a look at this very cool version of Roboto after the break...

31 Days of Toy Terror- Skeletober! SkullMobile from Goosebumps by /Taco Bell

 



   Back in late July and early August everyone was talking about the Fear Street movies on Netflix. I'd never read any book in R.L. Stine's Fear Street series but I've long been a fan of Goosebumps. I got into Goosebumps sometime in the summer of 1994 right, right before 5th grade. I've always loved spooky stuff and Halloween as a kid and Goosebumps was one of my first real forays into horror fiction. Shortly after I got into the series Goosebumps really kicked into high gear with calendars, merchandising, and multiple books besides the main series, one of those being Tales to Give you GooseBumps which featured a cover with Curly the Skeleton on the front. Curly was the Goosebumps mascot for years and today I'm checking out a toy of him from the 1996 Taco Bell promotion. The toy is called the SkullMobile and it's essentially Curly's skull with a wheel on the bottom. Turn the wheel and his eyes bug in and out while his jaw goes up and down. It's something that wouldn't look out of place with Kenner's The Real Ghostbusters toys. I remember getting Curly on a weekend trip to Nashville, Tennessee only a few months before we moved there (I lived right outside of Nashville from 1996 until 2007 and I consider it my true hometown). That weekend was memorable because we went to Opryland for the Halloween festivities, I went in my first real haunted house there (Quarantine which terrified me but also really got me intrigued by zombies), and I found the deluxe Star Wars figures like Han Solo with giant smuggler's backpack. Crazy, huh? Also, I think our car got stolen or something if I remember correctly. Anyways, let's check out Curly's SkullMobile after the break before I spend too long reminiscing...

Monday, October 4, 2021

Action Figure Review: Mer-Man #88 from POP! Retro Toys: Masters of the Universe by Funko

 
   How about another POP! review to offset some of the earlier spookiness? Well, then again Mer-Man is kind of creepy, right? He's kind of like the Creature from the Black Lagoon but more powerful since he can actually command sea creatures. I love Filmation with all my heart but they definitely made the Evil Warriors largely seem pretty incompetent which seems at odds with how they're depicted as toys. These folks are Masters of the Universe. They're each at the top of their respective fields and are the best of the best in Eternia. While Funko is still cranking out lots of new characters in the POP! Retro Toys series of MOTU figures they're also redoing some of the characters released earlier in the POP! Television series. The Mer-Man released a few years ago was definitely based on his Filmation appearance but this guy is straight up based on the vintage toy. Let's check out this evil ocean warlord after the break...

31 Days of Toy Terror- Skeletober: Battle Armor Skeletor from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel

 

   One of the toughest parts of planning and preparing for Skeletober has been holding off on reviewing any Skeletor items after Skelegod so I'd have a nice mixture of new and classic stuff to review this month. Yeah, I'm not exclusively reviewing Skeletor stuff for October but, c'mon, you know he's showing up here pretty frequently. Today I'm checking out the Masters of the Universe Origins Battle Armor Skeletor who was released much earlier this year but who I didn't find until June. I've always loved the Battle Armor variants of He-Man and Skeletor and Mattel did a really nice job with these. While He-Man was plagued with multiple little QC issues Skeletor turned out with hardly any issues. Ready to check out the Battle Armor variant of Skeletor, the evil lord of destruction? Ready for another spooky Skeleton to celebrate 31 Days of Toy Terror-Skeletober? Then join me after the break...


Sunday, October 3, 2021

Minifigure Review: Man-E-Faces from Masters of the Universe by Mega Construx

 
   A new series of the Masters of the Universe Mega Construx figures has started showing up recently and mine were delivered sometime last month. Interestingly, the five individually carded figures in this set (Scare Glow, Tri-Klops, Roboto, Trap Jaw, and Man-E-Faces) came shipped in a cardboard mailer designed to hold the five figures as one set. It seems that Mattel is definitely working to make selling some of their merchandise easier for e-tailers and that's a good thing. Lately it's been easier to get Mattel stuff online than it has been in the past. Man-E-Faces is one of two Heroic Warriors in this set, both of whom are new characters to the Mega Construx line. Let's take a look at this multi-faced master after the break...

31 Days of Toy Terror- Skeletober: Crossbones from Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro

 


    So 31 Days of Toy Terror- Skeletober isn't just going to be Skeletor reviews and it's not just actual skeletons, either! Sometimes you're going to get reviews of people in skeleton themed costumes! Today I'm checking out a bad guy whose name and costume definitely use skeletal imagery to intimidate his opponents: Crossbones! There have been a couple Marvel Legends Crossbones figures but this most recent version was released in 2020 as part of the Crimson Dynamo series that was intended to tie in with the Black Widow movie but that ended up getting released over a year before the film finally came out. Brock Rumlow has been a pretty major threat in the Marvel Universe since his appearance in 1989, serving as an assassin and mercenary for some of Marvel's most heinous villains, and he ended up being pretty significant in the MCU as well. This is a rather classic comic book look for Rumlow that definitely shows off why he goes by the name of Crossbones. There's just something kind of spooky about someone who uses the imagery of death on their costume, isn't there? Let's take a look at Crossbones after the break...

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Action Figure Review: Horde Trooper #87 from POP! Retro Toys by Funko

 


   Do any of you POP! collectors army build POP! vinyls? Just curious because Funko has given us the first Masters of the Universe army builder in POP! vinyl format: A Horde Trooper! The Horde Troopers have been depicted a few different ways over the years but considering that this guy is based straight off of the vintage toy he's definitely a robotic warrior, just one in the legions serving Hordak and the Horde Empire. He's a bulky, intimidating brute for your POP! collection. Ready to check this guy out? Then join me after the break...

31 Days of Toy Terror: Skeletober! Killer Bat from The Worst by Super7

 


   Whenever I have a themed 31 Days of Toy Terror I usually take Saturdays as a day to show off newer horror themed figures that aren't related to the theme. This year I'm kicking off the Saturdays of 31 Days of Toy Terror with a look at one of the newest figures from Super7's homegrown property, The Worst! For today's terrifying toy we've got Killer Bat. According to Super7:
 
The Baseball Shogun of Death is the game’s most violent player. Every game against Killer Bat is a certified “No Header”! He has never lost despite batting zero for 500 consecutive years. Every swing by Killer Bat is a strike… to your jugular! The only honor worth having is dishonor. Sudden death, no extra innings.
 
   I've been a fan of The Worst since the line started in 2016 and I'm extremely excited for the upcoming Ultimates figures. They've appeared in 31 Days of Toy Terror a few times over the past 5 years or so and I'm glad they're back. Instead of a 6 figure series released all at once Super7 is releasing series 3 two figures at a time (Don't worry! A review of King Hell is coming!). Let's check out the true hero of battlefield baseball after the break...

Friday, October 1, 2021

31 Days of Toy Terror- Skeletober: Skeletor from Masters of the Universe by Mattel

 

   Welcome to 2021's 31 Days of Toy Terror- Skeletober! Over the previous eight years of 31 Days of Toy Terror I've had years with various themes including vintage toys and movie based toys but this year we're going all in on skeletons. Skeletober just sounded too darn awesome, y'know? While we're going to have a variety of spooky skeleton based toys this year just go in knowing that this year's master of scare-emonies is Skeletor himself! Skeletor is probably one of the most popular horror themed toys of all time as so many kids have had him in their toy boxes and with his eerie, skeletal visage he's absolutely a horror toy. Today I'm starting things off with a very special review of my original vintage Skeletor action figure from childhood! Skeletor was part of the original Masters of the Universe lineup from 1982 and this is the original figure. He's a horror icon, a toy icon, and the Evil Lord of Destruction; could there be a more fitting toy to kick things off this year? Let's get 31 Days of Toy Terror- Skeletober rolling with a look at Skeletor after the break...

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Toy Review: Prince Adam from Vinyl SODA by Funko

 

   Funko's FunKon 2021, their summer convention branding for another year where almost no major conventions were held, had a few Masters of the Universe exclusive items and the first one I've managed to get my hands on is Prince Adam from Vinyl SODA which was shared with GameStop (my Toy Tokyo order is finally shipping as I type this as well). I love how colorful the Vinyl SODA figures are and Prince Adam looks incredible in this style. He's such a fun character! Do you prefer your Prince Adam to basically be He-Man in fancy clothes or do you prefer Adam to look younger and scrawnier than He-Man? It's one of the eternal MOTU questions that fans wrestle with. I've always loved Prince Adam's characterization in the Filmation series but I really liked how the Mike Young Productions series and MOTU: Revelation handled the character, too. I thought it was quite cool how Adam chose to retain his regular appearance in Preternia rather than his He-Man appearance in Revelation. While He-Man has the Power, Adam's heroic character and humility are what really define the character. Let's take a look at the Vinyl SODA Prince Adam after the break...

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Action Figure Review: Evil-Lyn #86 from POP! Retro Toys: Masters of the Universe by Mattel

 

   Funko has put out a staggering amount of Masters of the Universe merchandise over the past two years. So much so that they're even revisiting characters who aren't He-Man, She-Ra, and Skeletor! Today I'm checking out Evil-Lyn #86, the second Evil-Lyn POP! vinyl released by Funko. The first Evil-Lyn POP! vinyl was part of the POP! Television line and was based on the Filmation version of the character but now that MOTU released fall under the POP! Retro Toys banner we have a straight vintage version. This is a really sharp looking POP! vinyl who can work with your Masters of the Universe collection or your Simpsons POP! collection. Haha. OK, I kid. Anyways, let's take a look at Evil-Lyn after the break...

Action Figure Review: Battlefield Warriors from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel

 

   Target has another Masters of the Universe Origins exclusive set on shelves right now (well, theoretically) and it's a monster of a set! The Battlefield Warriors set includes battle-damaged variants of Battle Armor He-Man and Battle Cat, two figures we've seen previously, and a cool new display base with some little gargoyle creatures hanging around. Drawing inspiration from the beloved open boxed "gift sets" of the 1980s, Battlefield Warriors definitely makes for an impressive set. Let's take a look at this set after the break to see what's new with Battle Armor He-Man and Battle Cat...

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Minifigure Review: Whiplash from Masters of the Universe: Revelation Eternia Minis by Mattel

 

   In reviewed the Metallic Whiplash figure a couple of weeks back but I suppose I should get around to reviewing the standard Whiplash from the Masters of the Universe Revelation: Eternia Minis, huh? MOTU: Revelation gave us two designs for most characters (one from before the deaths of He-Man and Skeletor and one from after) and the designs for the members of Tri-Klops' techno cult, Motherboard, are some of the most unique. Transformed into a cyborg by the waters of Motherboard, Whiplash now has an augmented left eye and a spiked tail with an electrified orb on the end. Let's take a look at Whiplash after the break...

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Action Figure Review: Vault Guardsman from Marvel Legends Series: Iron Man by Hasbro

 

   It's time for the fourth figure in my series of reviews of the new Iron Man focused Marvel Legends Series collection with the Ursa Major build-a-figure and today we're checking out the Vault Guardsman. This is kind of a unique figure because it can either be one of two Iron Man villains, Kevin O'Brien or his brother Michael O'Brien, or it can be one of the armored guardians who guard the Vault, a prison for supervillains. How many of these guys dos Hasbro want you to buy? While completing Ursa Major may have been the most prominent factor driving me to pick up the Vault Guardsman I did have interest in this guy as the character was an unreleased figure from Toy Biz's 1990s Iron Man toyline. I loved that line as a kid and while the Vault Guardsman figure never came out in the Iron Man line he did get released in the Spider-Man: Techno Wars series. I'm a sucker for Marvel Legends updates of figures Toy Biz released in the Iron Man line which is why I want a green skinned Mandarin, Blacklash, and Century. Let's take a look at the Vault Guardsman after the break...

Friday, September 24, 2021

Action Figure Review: Heavy Artillery Roadblock from G.I. Joe Classified Series by Hasbro

 

   It's been a little over a year now since the G.I. Joe Classified Series launched and while the Snake Eyes movie just kind of came and went it seems that Hasbro still has a hit on their hands with the action figures. While the earliest figures seemed to have some modern videogame inspired designs (many collectors compared them to the Fortnite characters) the more recent offerings definitely seem to draw more inspiration from the vintage G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline. The best evidence to show Hasbro's evolution with this line is the subject of today's review, Heavy Artillery Roadblock. Released as an Amazon.com excusive, Heavy Artillery Roadblock is based on the character's v1 action figure from 1984 and, interestingly, he doesn't even look like the same person as last year's series 1 Roadblock or the Cobra Island Roadblock. Usually I'm not a fan of action figure lines making the same character look like two different people but here I'm going to give it a pass as Heavy Artillery Roadblock is a major improvement over those previous figures. While I'm a bigger Masters of the Universe fan, G.I. Joes were some of my first action figures as a kid (probably my first). Collecting vintage G.I. Joes helped me through some tough times as a middle schooler, G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 got me back into toy collecting as an adult, and during my Covid-19 isolation last month when I was quarantined away from my house and family guess what I managed to have with me? My G.I. Joe Classified Series collection! Seriously, I have an emotional attachment to these figures at this point due to the long 10 days we spent together. I had a lot of time to mess around with these so listen to my expert opinions on Heavy Artillery Roadblock after the break...

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Action Figure Review: Darkstar from Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro

 

   Today I'm checking out another figure from the recent Iron Man themed Marvel Legends Series with the Ursa Major build-a-figure series and this time it's Darkstar. I'm going to flat out admit that I have no idea who Darkstar is. Apparently she's been part of the Winter Guard, the Soviet Super-Soldiers, the KGB, and the Champions of Los Angeles. I'm familiar with a couple of those groups but I'm just not familiar with Darkstar. No disrespect to the character (who has been around since 1976) but I only bought this figure to complete Ursa Major. This is one of the very few Marvel Legends figures I've ever purchased to complete a build-a-figure but at the time I picked her up it was more expensive to purchase Ursa Major's torso by itself than it was to just buy the figure. Still is, too. Let's check out Darkstar after the break...

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Action Figure Review: Trap Jaw #90 from POP! Retro Toys: Masters of the Universe by Funko

 


   Sometimes you pick up a new garden variety POP! vinyl. You know, one of those little 4-inch pop culture vinyl toys that stand neatly in ever-growing clusters on your bookshelves, TV stands, and mantles. Somedays, however, you pick up a massive POP! vinyl that would win a ribbon at the county fair. The new 10-inch scaled Trap Jaw #90 from Funko's POP! Retro Toys: Masters of the Universe range is one of those giants who you'll have to dedicate some serious space too. He's quite cool, though, and part of the newest wave of Funko MOTU releases. He's been out for a month or two at this point but you can still find him. Trap Jaw was released previously when Masters of the Universe stuff was released under the POP! Television banner (Trap Jaw #487) but this new oversized POP! has an updated sculpt that's quite a bit more expressive. Ready to check out the 10-inch Trap Jaw? Then join me after the break...

Monday, September 20, 2021

Toy Review: He-Man and Wind Raider & Skeletor and Land Shark from Hot Wheels Premium: Masters of the Universe by Mattel

 

   On July 22nd, 2021 Mattel put two items on its Mattel Creations website that were probably intended as SDCC 2021 exclusives: The Masteverse Scare Glow from Masters of the Universe: Revelations and the Hot Wheels Premium 2-pack of He-Man and the Wind Raider and Skeletor and the Land Shark. My Hot Wheels set arrived back in August (while my Scare Glow only arrived on Saturday!) and I've had it sitting here for a moment. So, what's the big deal with this set? Honestly, it's a repack of the previously released Wind Raider and Land Shark Hot Wheels Premium vehicles in new packaging with a die-cast He-Man and Skeletor in the respective vehicles. Honestly, it's not that big of a deal but since I was grabbing Scare Glow I went ahead and grabbed this set too. Let's take a look at this one after the break...

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Action Figure Review: Harley Quinn (The Suicide Squad) from DC Multiverse by McFarlane Toys

 


   I haven't seen The Suicide Squad yet but I'm a sucker for almost any 6-7 inch scaled Harley Quinn figure so I picked this up a couple of months ago at GameStop. I think the last time I picked up a DC based action figure was last year when I grabbed both the standard and the Playing for Keeps One:12 Collective Harley Quinns from Mezco. I haven't purchased anything from Mcfarlane Toys' DC Multiverse line up to this point so it was interesting to get my hands on something from that line. I'm impressed by the overall quality of the figure and I can definitely see why the line has a following although it's not a DC line I have much interest in. This seemed like a a cool look for Harley Quinn and I figures at the least I could see off the massive build-a-figure piece for the King Shark figure (which I did). Let's take a look at Harley Quinn after the break...

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Action Figure Review: Hologram Iron Man from Marvel Legends Series: Iron Man by Hasbro

 

   I've got another Marvel Legends Series review for today and this time it's Hologram Iron Man. This isn't an armor but a holographic avatar for Iron Man. I mean, I assume there's some electronics and machinery in here but it's not a traditional suit. I'll just come right out and say that I picked this figure up because I wanted to build Ursa Major and it seemed like it would be easier and less expensive to sell the figure if I really didn't end up wanting it than it would be to buy Ursa Major's head by itself. Back when Toy Biz released the Iron Man line from the 1994 animated series I had quite a few of those figures, one of which was called Hologram Armor Iron Man. I'm not sure why, though, because it was the Silver Centurion armor from the comics. This version seems to possibly be a bit of a Hasbro creation based on the A.I. Tony Stark from the comics, the new Hologram Iron Man skin from the Avengers video game, and the 1/18th scaled Iron Man mark VI Holographic from the Iron Man 2 series K-Mart exclusive Proving Ground set. This is a weird figure as it's sold as a comic figure but the body is from the Civil War version of Iron Man (mark 46?). That's unusual. Anyways, let's check this variant out after the break...

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Action Figure Review: Ironheart from Marvel Legends Series: Ironheart by Hasbro

 

   While my preferences in Marvel Legends collecting is classic (1960s-1980s) characters or comic versions of characters who have appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I'm still usually interested in a character with a cool design or new characters who have really landed in the Marvel Universe. I'm excited that Riri Williams, AKA Ironheart, has finally been released in Marvel Legends as she's been a rather popular new character since her debut in mid-2016. So popular, in fact, that Riri Williams will be making her MCU debut in next year's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (played by Dominique Thorne) with her own Disney+ series, Ironheart, to follow. While I'm sure we'll see some MCU based Ironheart figures next year Hasbro doesn't release comic versions of most characters as often as you would think (I think the last comic based Captain Marvel figure was from 2015) so this version of Riri could end up being even more desirable down the road. She's a great figure of a new character who is part of the new Iron Man themed series with a build-a-figure of Ursa Major. Let's check her out after the break...

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Action Figure Review: Dragstor #85 from POP! Retro Toys: Masters of the Universe by Funko

 
   It's time for another MOTU POP! vinyl review and today it's a character who doesn't get nearly the love and attention he deserves: Dragstor! While characters like Beast Man, Man-At-Arms, and Trap Jaw tend to show up in every line of Masters of the Universe toys and collectibles, some characters didn't even make it into the 200x series. Dragstor is one of those characters who is most often neglected and it's pretty thrilling to see Funko hit some of these deep cuts. Dragstor's a member of the Evil Horde who can plop down on his stomach and take off like a car. MOTU didn't leave any gimmick out, did they? The vintage Dragstor was was released as part of the fifth series in 1986 and I definitely remember picking him out from a store at some point. I still have him, too. Of course, this is an all new Dragstor and while he's not a traditional action figure he's a pretty fun toy. Let's check him out after the break...

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Minifigure Review: Metallic Whiplash from Masters of the Universe Revelation: Eternia Minis by Mattel

 

   Ready for another review from the recent Masters of the Universe: Revelation themed series of Eternia Minis? Then let's check out Whiplash. But not just regular Whiplash: This time it's Metallic Whiplash! Back when the Eternia Minis were semi-blind packaged packed there were some "chase" variants like Horde Zombie He-Man and Golden Armor Skeletor so I'm wondering if Metallic Whiplash is Mattel's way of continuing that tradition. Whiplash does appear in MOTU: Revelation in the second episode, "Poisoned Chalice," both in his classic look and in his cybernetically augmented look after he joins Tri-Klops' Motherboard techno cult, but he never appears as just a solid green character. This is simply a random colorway but because these guys are so inexpensive and you don't seen Whiplash stuff too often I picked him up. Want to see Metallic Whiplash in action? Then join me after the break...

Friday, September 10, 2021

Action Figure Review: Moss Man from Masterverse: Masters of the Universe: Revelation by Mattel

 


   There's some MOTU mania happening up in here! Seriously, I am absolutely overwhelmed by the sheer volume  of Masters of the Universe product that's coming out right now and I find myself having to skip some stuff these days. Action figures are the heart and soul of my collecting, though, and I'm absolutely enjoying Mattel's Masterverse line. I was thrilled when it was revealed last year that Moss Man was going to be one of the first figures released. Y'all know that Moss Man is one of my absolute favorites (my dad even made me a Moss Man birthday cake flocked with coconut flakes in 2019) so not only was I excited about a new Moss Man figure but I was eagerly anticipating Moss Man having a major role in Masters of the Universe: Revelation and being voiced by Alan Oppenheimer. Well, so far his role was pretty small. Yeah, Moss Man gets killed by Skeletor in the first episode and appears later in "The Forge at the Forest of Forever" in Preternia, which in MOTU: Revelation is an Eternian afterlife. Will Moss Man return? Who knows. I'm bummed they killed him off so quickly but Revelation is a different series and Moss Man's scenes with Adam in Preternia were pretty cool. And we still got a pretty cool new action figure out of it, right? Let's take a look at the Masterverse Moss Man after the break...

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Collectible Review: He-Man (Plastic) from Geeki Tikis by Beeline Creative Inc.

 
   The weather might be cooling down just a bit but that doesn't mean there's not room for a cold drink, right? Today I'm checking out the plastic He-Man Tiki mug from Beeline Creative's Inc's Geeki Tikis which I found at Walmart back in July. Yeah, it's been a bit but better late than never, right? I reviewed the ceramic Masters of the Universe Geeki Tikis earlier this year and I loved them! This He-Man mug is very similar to the ceramic version though the sculpt is sharper, the color looks more like natural wood, and it's plastic so you won't break it. They have both He-Man and Skeletor in this more affordable range and today I'm checking out He-Man. Ready for this review? Then join me after the break...

Monday, September 6, 2021

Minifigure Review: Fisto from Masters of the Universe Revelation: Eternia Minis by Mattel

 
   It's time for another Masters of the Universe Revelation: Eternia Minis review and this time it's Fisto! Remember Fisto from MOTU Revelation? Well, he has a brief cameo in the battle scene in the first episode, "The Power of Grayskull." He doesn't even talk. Fisto's a pretty popular character, though, so I guess Mattel really wanted to get a toy of him out there. There was never a Fisto in the MOTU Minis line from 2014 nor was there one in the standard Eternia Minis line so since Fisto looks pretty much the same in Revelation as he looks in most other MOTU media, this guy could really just be a repurposed Fisto planned from an upcoming Eternia Minis line rebranded as a Revelation Fisto. He's cool and very classic looking so he should please everyone. Let's check out Fisto after the break...

Minifigure Review: Beast Man from Masters of the Universe Revelation: Eternia Minis by Mattel

 

   In early August I stopped at a Target and found the full series of the Masters of the Universe Revelation: Eternia Minis. Like the previous Eternia Minis these little guys are just a bit over 2 inches and come single packaged on small blister cards. In Masters of the Universe Revelation the characters typically have two different looks: Their classic look from the first episode and the flashbacks and their "current" look from after the death of He-Man and Skeletor and the departure of magic from Eternia. This version of Beast Man is based on his second look where he's wearing no armor, has his beard braided, and is covered in scars. It's a pretty cool look for Beast Man and definitely makes him seem pretty terrifying and more independent. Ready to check out Beast Man? Then join me after the break...

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Action Figure Review: Xemnu from Marvel Legends Series: Super Villains by Hasbro

 

   The last Marvel Legends build-a-figure that I legitimately assembled by collecting the parts from a complete series was Caliban from 2019. Since I realized fairly early on that I had plans to purchase most figures in the 2021 Super Villains series I decided I was going to go ahead and build Xemnu even though I wasn't at all familiar with him. My daughter did like Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. when she was younger so it's possible I saw him on there at some point but otherwise I don't have any attachment to this Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created extraterrestrial monster. Still, a cool build-a-figure is a cool build-a-figure and I'm not saying know to a giant furry monster with red eyes. No way, now how. Let's take a look at the big ol' brute who has been terrorizing the Marvel Universe since 1960 after the break...

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Action Figure Review: Baroness (Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins) from G.I. Joe: Classified Series by Hasbro

 

   I'm back, baby! Seriously, have you missed me? August was a crazy month for me. In early August we went out of town to visit my wife's family. Right after we came home we found out we had been exposed to Covid and both me and my wife ended up with Covid. Fortunately we had both been vaccinated so symptoms were fairly mild. My daughter fortunately missed it though she had to be separated from us for our isolation periods. Since we first showed symptoms at different times we were isolated separately as well. My daughter's birthday also was this month and unfortunately it wasn't the best for her. We've been working to make it up to her as we're having re-birthday festivities all weekend. Currently she's spending some time with my parents making preparations for her re-birthday party tonight (just her, us, and my parents) but we're expecting a fun time. After that it's off to see Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings at the drive in. I haven't been to the drive in since the late 1990s so I'm looking forward to it. My daughter has never been! Anyways, what does this all have to do with today's review? Well, not much....

   Today I'm checking out the Baroness from the movie based subset of the G.I. Joe: Classified Series. I actually haven't even seen the movie yet (I haven't been hearing good things about it) and while I've been planning on skipping most of the movie based figures I really did like the look of the Baroness. Despite being based on Úrsula Corberó's version of the character she still fits in with the rest of the line. Honestly, I'm using her as Chameleon since I like the previously released Baroness quite a bit. This movie version of the Baroness surprised me quite a bit as she has some fantastic accessories. Let's check her out after the break...

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Action Figure Review: Lady Deathstrike from Marvel Legends Series: Super Villains by Hasbro

 
   I'm still slowly making my way through the Super Villains series of Marvel Legends figures and now we've finally made it to Lady Deathstrike! Lady Deathstrike was one of the first figures from this series that I knew I wanted as I'm a big fan of the 1980s and early 1990s X-Men. Yeah, she first appeared in Daredevil, but over the years Lady Deathstrike (Yuriko Oyama) has been mostly known as an X-Men villains. Primarily, she's got it in for Wolverine. The animated series from the early 1990s even conflated her character with Mariko Yashida, further strengthening her ties to Logan. Anyways, this is Lady Deathstrike's second costume and her most well known as it represents her after she was turned into a cyborg by Mojo's Body Shop. What's her most recognizable feature? Her long, adamantium nails. She can scratch through almost anything! There hasn't been a Lady Deathstrike Legends figure since Toy Biz so she was definitely due for a remake. Let's take a look at this lethal lass after the break...

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Minifigure Review: Orko from Masters of the Universe: Micro Collection by Mattel

 

   Let's check out the fourth figure in the five figure set of Mattel's Masters of the Universe: Micro Collection minifigures: Orko! I'm a huge Orko fan and have been for as long as I can remember. I'm a little older than some MOTU fans so I don't really remember a time when Orko wasn't a key part of MOTU. I really loved Orko's role in the recent Masters of the Universe: Revelation and I thought Griffin Newman did a great job with the character. I don't want to spoil things yet (though if you haven't watched the five episode show yet are you really that interested?) but I will say that Orko's role and interactions with Evil-Lyn were incredible and I'm heartbroken but optimistic for what might come in the second half of the series. Of course, this Orko is clearly based on the Filmation version of Orko which is the original Orko. That's interesting because the rest of the figures in this set are clearly based on the vintage toys but this isn't the vintage toy version of Orko. I prefer this one, though, so I'm good with it. Remember that these are simple minifigures sold exclusively through Dollar Tree for $1 each. That's pretty cool, right? Let's check out Orko after the break and see how he turned out...