Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Action Figure Review: "Buzz Saw" Hordak from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel

 


   Buzz-Saw Hordak was released in 1987 as the third and final Hordak figure released in the vintage line. While he has a cool gimmick I've always found it kind of odd that Buzz-Saw Hordak didn't really look any different from regular Hordak. At a glance he's the exact same figure. That's the direction that the Masters of the Universe Origins version of "Buzz Saw" Hordak has gone in as well: He's very similar to the standard Hordak from the fourth series of figures but with a new torso and some new heads. "Buzz Saw" Hordak is one of the deluxe MOTU Origins figures which was definitely the right way to release him. Not only have the deluxe figures included lots of extra pieces and alternate heads but the figures also mostly have functioning action features. That's pretty cool! And, yes, it means "Buzz Saw" can actually launch saw blades from his chest. Let's jump in and see what all of the....buzz...is about after the break...

Monday, July 26, 2021

Action Figure Review: He-Man from Masterverse/ Masters of the Universe: Revelation by Mattel

 


   Ready for an all new He-Man review? Of course you are! I watched all five episodes of the first half of Masters of the Universe: Revelation with my family on Friday and while I am really enjoying the series so far I understand some of the reasons why it has been so divisive. It's a bold, interesting take on MOTU that draws from multiple sources and tries some new stuff. At this point I'm going to avoid spoilers as much as possible since the show hasn't even been out for a week yet. So, where to start? Well, this is He-Man from the new show. While the style is a bit different overall he looks like the He-man you remember, particularly if you're most familiar with the cartoons. There are some minor differences but overall he feels like a combination of the Filmation character design with some elements of the 200x style. I like the look of these Masterverse figures overall and am really enjoying the line. While I was watching MOTU: Revelation I kept seeing characters in the show and adding them to my mental wish list of figures I hope to see in Masterverse. Of course, who would collect this line without picking up He-Man? Let's take a look at He-Man after the break...

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Action Figure Review: Evil-Lyn from Masterverse/ Masters of the Universe: Revelation by Mattel



   The release of Masters of the Universe: Revelation on Netflix is almost here and I am absolutely thrilled! I'm also pretty excited that Mattel actually managed to get the figures out in time for the show. I didn't have a hard time at all finding the first series of Masterverse figures and since it seems like they're reliably popping up in large display bunkers at Walmarts I'm guessing lots of you are having success as well. I'm super excited that MOTU:Revelation seems like it will do some pretty exciting things with the property while still being a semi-transitional MOTU show. While some of the characters look very traditional (He-Man and Battle Cat) others are getting some different looks that seem to signify new roles and directions for them. Today I'm checking out Evil-Lyn and of the four basic figures in the first series of figures I think she's the least traditional looking. I've tried to keep myself fairly in the dark about most story elements of the new show but I'm speculating that at some point Skeletor becomes so powerful that Evil-Lyn turns against him or attempts to usurp his power. It's a look for Evil-Lyn that retains some of her classic design elements while also offering up something new. Let's take a look at the Masterverse Evil-Lyn after the break...

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

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

 

   I'm back with another review from the Super Villains/ Xemnu series of Marvel Legends and this time it's Arcade! While Arcade has been plaguing the Marvel Universe since 1978 I remember him from the wicked cool artwork of the 1989 PC game X-Men: Madness in Murderworld (which I probably saw in some gaming magazines) and from the 1992  game Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcades Revenge which I recall renting for SNES as a kid. While he's just a dweeby guy in a white suit Arcade really stands out and makes for a very cool figure in this series chock full of super villains. Arcade and his Murderworld have challenged many heroes over the years but I'll probably be placing him on a shelf with my X-Men villains as that just seems to be who he has battled with the most. Let's take a look at Arcade after the break...

Monday, July 19, 2021

Action Figure Review: Battle Cat from Masteverse/ Masters of the Universe: Revelation by Mattel

 

   I am so excited for Masters of the Universe: Revelation this week and I think another action figure review from Mattel's new Masterverse line is in order to help us all make it through this week. Today I'm checking out the massive Battle Cat from the Masterverse line! Since the line is called Masterverse and "Masters of the Universe: Revelation" is listed as sort of a subtitle it seems that Mattel has plans to eventually add characters from different MOTU eras into the line. So far, though, everything seems to be based on the new animated series which is fine with me. I'm liking the new looks for the characters and the overall design of the show. Battle Cat is sold in an oversized window and so far seems to only be popping up at Target.com, which is where I found mine. Ready for a look at Battle Cat? The join me after the break...

Friday, July 16, 2021

Action Figure Review: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper from Masters of the WWE Universe by Mattel

 
   Need another evil warrior to run amok through WWEternia? Then let's check out "Rowdy" Roddy Piper! Roddy Piper is one of the greats of wrestling and a larger than life persona who made a name in mainstream popular culture so it's cool to see him make an entrance into this line. I actually am a Piper fan due to his starring role in John Carpenter's They Live and it's exciting that Mattel is actually making a John Nada figure in their WWE Hollywood line, but I'm also a big fan of Piper running around in the land of 1980s toys. Back in 2007 Rowdy Roddy Piper was made a member of the Iron Grenadiers from G.I. Joe and now he's in Masters of the Universe (kind of). Pretty snazzy! Let's check out "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and see if the Evil Hot Rod can keep changing the questions just when the heroes think they know the answers...


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Action Figure Review: A.I.M. Scientist Supreme from Marvel Legends Series: Super Villains by Hasbro

 

   At the end of June I stumbled upon a few figures from the Bring on the Bad Guys/ Xemnu series of Marvel Legend figures. Would you believe that this isn't the newest series now? Seriously, as I'm writing this I just got Ironheart in the mail. That's crazy! I cannot believe how fast Hasbro can put out Marvel Legends figures! Anyways, the second newest (as of this writing) series of Marvel Legends figures is all about the bad guys and features a nice mixture of villains from different eras. Hasbro distribution of Marvel Legends is usually pretty good and I've since completed Xemnu with all purchases actually being in physical stores (3 at Target, 1 at Walmart, and 2 at GameStop)! First up I'm checking out the A.I.M. Scientist Supreme. I'm not very familiar with this character and, to the best of my knowledge, the title has been held by multiple characters over the years. This guy seems like a more modern incarnation of the character, though. He's a unique looking figure and goes great with M.O.D.O.K. and the other A.I.M. figures so he already had a spot in my collection. Let';s check out the A.I.M. Scientist Supreme after the break...
 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Action Figure Review: Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat from Masters of the WWE Universe by Mattel

 

   Ready for another Masters of the WWE Universe review? Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat is another of the series 5 figures I found at my local Walmart around a month ago. There's not a lot of subtlety in this line so Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat comes with an actual dragon. Yup! The packaging calls it "Dragon Blaster" which is absolutely a reference to the 1985 Masters of the Universe Dragon Blaster Skeletor figure. Too bad he didn't come with a steamboat too, right? Let's take a look at Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, the Heroic Master of Dragons, after the break...
 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Action Figure Review: Skelegod from Masterverse/ Masters of the Universe: Revelation by Mattel

 


   The adventure begins again! Yes, I am indeed reviewing the first figure in a brand new series of Masters of the Universe action figures and this time it's from the Masterverse line which is actually sold at retail. In the past week or two I've actually managed to obtain all six figures released in the series so far from retail (the basic figures from Walmart and the two deluxe figures from Target.com) and I'm quite excited about the potential this series has. It seems that the the Masterverse line might encompass MOTU figures from various media sources but so far everything we've seen is focused on the upcoming Masters of the Universe: Revelation that will premiere on Netflix on July 23rd. I am super excited for the series and have high hopes for it. Mattel seems to be quite invested in it, too, as Walmart stores are receiving large bunkers that are filled with figures and adorned with awesome art. The first figure I'll be reviewing is Skelegod, an oversized figure who appears to be Skeletor after he acquires the Power of Grayskull. Skeletor has been after the Power of Grayskull since the earliest minicomics and he was even depicted possessing it in the 1987 movie. We've seen "powered up" variants of Skeletor in the modern DC Comics series as well (the Skeletor Unleased version from the DC Universe vs Masters of the Universe story comes to mind) so there's a bit of a history with this concept. Here Skeletor is referred to as Skelegod, though, which shows that he's definitely packing some power. Let's take a look at this figure after the break and begin checking out yet another MOTU toy series...

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Action Figure Review: "Macho Man" Randy Savage from Masters of the WWE Universe by Mattel

 
    I was really getting worried that I had missed out on most of series 5 of Mattel's Masters of the WWE Universe line. After finding Becky Lynch and most of series 6 almost three months ago I was really starting to fear that either under ordered series 5 or that Mattel had under produced the it but I stumbled upon the three figures I was missing at my local Walmart a couple weeks ago! Let's check them out, starting with "Macho Man" Randy Savage decked out in the colors of the hWo, the Horde World Order. While the Randy Savage figure from series 2 played tribute to the classic 1980s era Macho Man this one pays tribute to his WCW days with influence from his nWo membership and his time leading the stable Team Madness. The Macho Man with Horde imagery? Sounds good to me! Supposedly this figure is the Macho Man after he was attacked by the evil warriors of WWEternia and placed in the Slime Pit. Let's check out the hWo "Macho Man" Randy Savage after the break...

Friday, July 9, 2021

Minifigure Review: Man-At-Arms from Masters of the Universe: Micro Collection by Mattel

 

  
  I just reviewed the Masters of the Universe: Micro Collection He-Man on Tuesday so if you want the full story on these check out that review! Today I'm checking out Man-At-Arms from this budget friendly line that currently appears to be exclusive to Dollar Tree. While they're no substitute for traditional action figures I have always enjoyed minifigures, especially painted ones with minimal articulation. I spent hours playing with toylines like Guts!, Trash Bag Bunch, and the Mattel Mega Heroes Judge Dredd figures and these little guys kind of remind me of those lines. While there are many "mini" Masters of the Universe lines from Mattel, Super7, Mega Construx, and The Loyal Subjects, these have a very different aesthetic to them. Man-At-Arms is almost always one of the first figures to show up in a MOTU range and he's certainly making his appearance here. Let's check him out after the break....

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Action Figure Review: Hunter from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro

 


   I'm a few episodes behind on The Bad Batch but I am absolutely loving it. Who knew that we needed a mash-up of The Clone Wars and the A-Team/ The Dirty Dozen? I've admittedly been left cold by Sequel Trilogy but there's been so much other incredible Star Wars stuff that I can just ignore that area of the Star Wars galaxy for now and focus on the stuff that's been outright amazing. While the figures have been tough to find and they haven't released all of the crew yet Hasbro did do a pretty good job of getting some of the Bad Batch figures out right as the show was kicking off. Today I'm checking out Hunter, the only Bad Batch figure I've picked up so far. Hunter is the leader of Clone Force 99 and is augmented with enhanced senses. Allegedly based on the design of Billy from Predator there definitely seems to be some inspiration from John Rambo in Hunter's design as well. He's probably my second favorite member of the team (Wrecker is hard not to love) and I was thrilled to get him in hand. Let's take a look at Hunter after the break...
 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Minifigure Review: He-Man from Masters of the Universe: Micro Collection by Mattel

 
   You've surely noticed that while I usually collect 6-7 inch action figures of properties I like, when it comes to Masters of the Universe I pretty much pick up whatever I can get. I just love seeing the different types of product out there. Recently Dollar Tree has become an unusually hot place for toy collectors with the pretty cool Final Faction line along with the budget G.I. Joe figures and now some very impressive Masters of the Universe minifigures. These seem to be very heavily based on the vintage toyline and they're called the Masters of the Universe: Micro Collection. These are actually made by Mattel and they're some of the best minifigures on the market. For $1 there is no reason not to track these down. I acquired my full set a week ago and it's pretty exciting to pick up a full set of MOTU figures for $5. The set includes He-Man, Man-At-Arms, Orko, Mer-Man, and Skeletor. Let's check out He-Man, the main man and most powerful man in the universe, after the break...

Monday, July 5, 2021

Action Figure Review: Scarlet Witch from Marvel Legends Series: WandaVision by Hasbro

 
     I've had Scarlet Witch for a few weeks now but I'm just finally getting around to reviewing her! The Shang-Chi and recent X-Men series of Marvel Legends have been relatively easy to find as I've seen complete sets multiple times. The Disney+ themed series has been pretty tough, though. Being mostly a collector of the comic themed figures, the only figures I was looking for from the set were Baron Zemo (whom I've already reviewed) and Scarlet Witch and I think I've only seen them at retail one time each. I liked Wanda Maximoff quite well after her appearance in Civil War (I thought she was a bit dull in Age of Ultron) but WandaVision absolutely made her standout as a character and really elevated my love for her. The fact that she finally became known as the Scarlet Witch and wore one of the best costumes in the MCU didn't hurt, either. Hasbro did an incredible job with this figure and I really think she's the high point of this series. While there's no Agatha Harkness for her to square off against yet I don't think that's keeping folks from picking her up. Let's take a look at the Scarlet Witch after the break and see if she's as magical as she seems...

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Action Figure Review: Orange Yoshi from Super Mario by Jakks Pacific

 
   I really don't think Jakks Pacific' Super Mario Line (a Mario focused continuation of their long running World of Nintendo line) has innovated at all over the past few years. That being said, they're still making the figures, they usually have fun, colorful sculpts, and their distribution seems to have gotten better. I ordered this Orange Yoshi from Big Bad Toy Store but I've been seeing lots of these figures at Walmart, Target, and GameStop (who has their own exclusive packaging). The classic green Yoshi was part of the first series of figures back in 2014 and has been repainted a few times over the years (we've gotten blue, red, pink, and black variants of Yoshi so far). This guy is a simple repaint, too, but I couldn't resist him. Originally in some earlier stuff there were brown Yoshis but the orange Yoshi has replaced that color (maybe the brown was originally intended to be orange?). My daughter and I both love Nintendo and we have fun collecting this line together. Let's take a look at Orange Yoshi after the break...

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Action Figure Review: Major Bludd from G.I. Joe Classified Series

 
   With the release of Major Bludd in the G.I. Joe Classified Series Hasbro has really covered the A-list Cobra members, haven't they? Sure, there's plenty of characters still left (Doctor Mindbender, Serpentor, Dr. Venom, Scrap Iron, i.e.) but Hasbro got the big guns out in less than a year. That's kind of something that most collector focuses lines avoid these days but I say good for Hasbro. I think they have some real confidence in this line now. They certainly put their all into every release it seems and the distribution problems are improving, too. Major Bludd is one of the Target Cobra Island exclusives and he's been much easier to find than the previous releases in the series. Major Bludd was available in 1983 as both a mail away figure and a single carded release and quickly became a major part of Cobra's evil operations. He's always had a strong design and Hasbro really didn't have to do much to modernize the guy other than spruce up the details of his armor and gear a bit. Let's take a look at Major Bludd after the break and see how successful they were...
 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Toy Review: Battle Cat from Hot Wheels: Monster Trucks by Mattel

 


   The last time I purchased a toy of a Monster Truck was probably in the 1990s when there was some line of Monster Trucks that had MASK sized action figured with them. I had...Grave Digger, maybe? Anyways, I've never been much of a Monster Truck fan but I recently bought one because...well, because it looks like Battle Cat. And my oh my, how awesome is this? Hot Wheels has dome some pretty cool Monster Trucks mashed up with other properties (Nintendo, TMNT, etc.) but it was Battle Cat that caught my attention. It just works. Don't ask ask me to explain my love for this toy. It's crazy, over the top, and irresistible! Let's check out Battle Cat this Wednesday! Wednesday, Wednesday! at Action Figure Barbecue.com. After the break...

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Jeopardizing June: Ninjor from Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis by Mattel


 For June 2021's themed Masters of the Universe series of reviews I'm trying something a bit different: The theme is a mystery and you have to guess what the subjects of the reviews have in common! Check out all the details and how to enter the contest for a prize package here.

   Today's review for Jeopardizing June is the last in this series of figures with a mystery theme. Seriously, what do the figures I've reviewed in this series have in common? Don't overthink it! Lately I've been selecting some of my themed months based on figures I had recently purchased so the review series had a mixture of older and newer releases and that's what happened with this month's theme. I had three of the newest MOTU Eternia Minis just staring me in the face that all looked fairly similar so I decided to craft a theme around them. Ninjor has definitely been a popular figure over the past year or so as he went from only having a vintage and Masters of the Universe Classics figure (where he was just called Ninja Warrior due to a trademark issue) to now having an Origins figure, a POP! vinyl, and an Eternia Mini. I'm sure we'll see him again, too, as even though he came out at the end of the line he's a popular figure due to the rareness of the vintage toy and the ease in making him for Mattel as often they can just reuse basic parts like the vintage figure had. Ninjor is a simple guy but that doesn't mean he's not incredibly cool looking. Let's check him out after the break...

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Action Figure Review: Battle Armor He-Man from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel



" I have the power!!!"

   The weekend before last I hit up a Target I don't get too very often and stumbled across a massive haul of Masters of the Universe Origins figures and some of the new Marvel Legends Super Villains. I found a full case of the MOTU Origins deluxe figures and was able to pick from the case the figures I wanted, so that was pretty exciting. I've been looking for the deluxe Battle Armor He-Man for quite a few months now so it was a pleasure to finally find him. Having him in hand, though, I'm quite mixed. He is a really fun figure with some great play gimmicks and a functional battle damage action feature. He's also riddled with the weird little QC errors and design issues that make this line so frustrating sometimes. Battle Armor He-Man is my favorite vintage variant and might even be my preferred He-Man in the vintage line. Let's take a look at the deluxe Battle Armor He-Man and see where the dents in his armor lie after the break...

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Jeopardizing June: Anti-Eternia Teela from Masters of the Universe Minis by Mattel

 

For June 2021's themed Masters of the Universe series of reviews I'm trying something a bit different: The theme is a mystery and you have to guess what the subjects of the reviews have in common! Check out all the details and how to enter the contest for a prize package here.
 
Can you believe that there are two figures in the recent third series of Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis that meet the mystery them for Jeopardizing June? Seriously, pretty crazy stuff. Anyways, today I'm looking at another Anti-Eternia repaint but this time it's Teela. Teela was available in her classic look earlier this year in the Slime Pit Multipack but now we've got the evil version of her from the World of Darkness. Let's take a look at her after the break...

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Action Figure Review: Castle Grayskull from Masters of the Universe by Mattel

 
   
   There are lots of Masters of the Universe toylines out there but not all of them get a Castle Grayskull. Masters of the Universe Origins might not be my favorite Masters of the Universe toyline ever but I do think it's radically improving in 2021 and the fact that we already have a Castle Grayskull for it is a pretty big deal. Castle Grayskull is one of the most iconic playsets of all time (perhaps the most iconic action figure playset of all time?) and it's very cool to see Mattel revisit it in the MOTU Origins style. I found it on the shelf at my local Walmart a couple weeks ago and was thrilled. I own every Castle Grayskull released except for the amazing Icon Heroes statue but this was the first time I ever got the opportunity to parade one through a store. Success! While I like most of the figures in the line the vehicles and such are where this line really excels and Castle Grayskull is pretty impressive. It's certainly a item marketed with the intention of invoking nostalgic memories but it's also just a darn fine toy on it's own. This is the first Castle Grayskull since the 200x version that seems to truly be designed with kids in mind and while I'm not sure that many kids will actually get to play with this thing (though I hope they do!) it would certainly hold up to lots of adventures. Mattel even included an exclusive Temple of Darkness Sorceress figure with this set which is pretty cool. Let's take a look at the Masters of the Universe Classics Castle Grayskull after the break...

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Jeopardizing June: Anti-Eternia Ram Man from Masters of the Universe Minis by Mattel


For June 2021's themed Masters of the Universe series of reviews I'm trying something a bit different: The theme is a mystery and you have to guess what the subjects of the reviews have in common! Check out all the details and how to enter the contest for a prize package here.

   Today's installment of June Jeopardy features a figure from what I think is the most recent series of Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis: Anti-Eternia Ram Man. Mattel seems to be realizing that Anti-Eternia versions of the heroes make for easy and striking repaints so I imagine we'll see quite a few of these in the future. Ram Man was first released as a minifigure in series 1 and this is just a simple black and red repaint. How'd he turn out? Read on and find out after the break...

Monday, June 21, 2021

Action Figure Review: Baron Zemo from Marvel Legends Series: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier by Hasbro

 
   Captain America: Civil War is one heck of a movie and while it's filled with so much spectacle and the introduction of some of the MCU's more recent big guns it was Daniel Brühl's subdued, understated performance as Helmut Zemo that really added a more nuanced and disturbing dimension to the film and the MCU as a whole. Zemo was perfect as a one time villain who succeeded in tearing apart the Avengers but it turns out that there was plenty more for him to do and he was used brilliantly in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+ earlier this year. The recent Disney+ focused wave of Marvel Legends figures has arrived and there were two figures from the series I knew I needed: Scarlet Witch and Baron Zemo. Despite loving the MCU I really do focus on the comic based figures but I decided to go with Zemo because I loved his portrayal and I never owned the previous comic based Baron Zemo from when Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out. For now, with his mask on, this version with fill in for Zemo on my shelf. With his mask on, he's just going to dance, dance, dance! Zemo's got moves, baby! Let's check him out after the break...

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Action Figure Review: Rise of Evil from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel

 

   While Walmart exclusively carried the Masters of the Universe Origins line last year it's been available more widely in 2021 and Target recently got their first exclusive for the line. It was tough to come by at first but the Rise of Evil 2-pack seems to be showing up more frequently in stores over the past week or so which hopefully is a good sign that distribution is improving for Target's exclusive wares (the recently up for preorder G.I. Joe Cobra Island exclusives were more readily available, too). While Masters of the Universe Origins originally seemed like it was going to focus on the earliest minicomics and such there's definitely some 200x influence in the line, most strongly as seen in this set. The idea of Skeletor and Trap Jaw originally being Keldor and Kronis definitely comes from the 200x era (though, to be fair, the Skeletor/ Keldor connection was hinted at in a vintage minicomic) and seems to have become a pretty popular addition to MOTU lore. This is definitely one of the most desirable MOTU Origins release in my book and I'm thrilled to finally get the chance to review it. Let's take a look at two of Eternia's worst before they hit the big leagues after the break...

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Action Figure Review: Bo-Katan Kryze from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro

 

   It's been kind of tough to find new Star Wars: The Black Series figures recently so I was thrilled to find a Bo-Katan Kryze from season 2 of The Mandalorian, one of the newest Star Wars figures around! Bo-Katan first appeared in season 4 of The Clone Wars and quickly became a fan favorite. She was voiced by Katee Sackhoff in the animated show and it was pretty incredible that Katee Sackhoff returned to portray her in live action for The Mandalorian. She became a major player and with how season 2 left things I'm expecting her to return for season 3. While it's still quite silly that Hasbro and Disney cannot get on the same page so that most figures are ready for store shelves when the show is actually airing it is nice that they managed to have Bo-Katan out relatively soon (remember how it took Hasbro almost two flipping years to have a figure of Luke Skywalker on shelves after his appearance in The Force Awakens) and she's extremely show accurate. Let's check her out after the break...

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Action Figure Review: Jaxxon from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro

 

     2021 is the 50th Anniversary of Lucasfilm Ltd. and Hasbro has been releasing quite a few Star Wars figures in conjunction with the milestone. Well, perhaps I should say re-releasing as most of the figures so far have been re-releases in new packaging. There's new stuff coming out, though, like the hard (impossible?) to find Target exclusive Clone Wars figures and the Fan Channel exclusives based on the Star Wars Legends books. Previously known as the Expanded Universe, the Legends stuff is composed of pretty much all of the Star Wars comics, novels, and video games released before April 25th, 2014. Disney has borrowed many characters, ideas, and concepts from the EU/ Legends material and Hasbro seems to enjoy mining it, too. Announcing Jaxxon T. Tumperakki in the Black Series was a pretty bold move. Firstly, this guy has long been one of the strangest Star Wars characters of them all and sort of a punchline of a character. Secondly, it's pretty crazy that this guy appeared in the Black Series before appearing in the 1/18th scaled Vintage Collection. The 6 inch Black Series is clearly Hasbro's favored scale now (it's mine, too) but it definitely seems kind of wrong to deny the 3 3/4th inch lifers a figure who has been around and who has been requested in toy form by fans since 1977 (he first appeared in issue #8 of the Marvel Star Wars series). He's here, though, and I'm pretty thrilled. I figured we'd never get him! Let's hop to it and check out Jaxxon after the break...

Monday, June 14, 2021

Vehicle Review: Battle Ram from Hot Wheels Premium: Masters of the Universe by Mattel

 

   Mattel has released two extremely well done Masters of the Universe vehicles in the Hot Wheels Premium so far and I'll go ahead and say that the third release is also spectacular: The Battle Ram! The Battle Ram is a pretty iconic vehicle for MOTU and Mattel's miniature, diecast metal version of this Eternian siege weapon is a fitting tribute. Let's take a look at the Battle Ram after the break...

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Action Figure Review: Omega Sentinel from Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro

 
   While I'm very familiar with Marvel Girl/ Jean Grey I can't say the same about her series mate, Omega Sentinel, who I'm reviewing today. She's part of the recent House of X/ Tri-Sentinel series of Marvel Legends figures although from what I have gleaned she's actually from the Powers of X comic series. Weird, huh? I purchased this figure just because she was incredibly cool looking so I had to do a bit of research. Omega Sentinel is actually Karima Shapandar, a former Indian police officer who was turned into some sort of Sentinel through nanotechnology and who has been part of the X-Men at times. I'm definitely more focusing on comics from the late 60s- through the early 90s in my current reading but I very well may get around to some of the series she shows up in in the future. For now, though, I'm just enjoying a cool figure. Let's take a look at her after the break...

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Action Figure Review: Lady Jaye from G.I. Joe: Clasified Series by Hasbro

 
   I actually found Lady Jaye back in May (the same time as I found Flint) and I've since seen her in stores 2 or 3 times, meaning Hasbro actually seems to be doing a decent job of getting this series of figures in stores. For some reason they're doing really small series with the G.I. Joe: Classified Series as the most recent case pack is only made of three different figures: Flint, Lady Jaye, and a repacked Cobra Commander. Lady Jaye is another A- /B+ lister and a welcome addition to the theme. Like most of the Classified Series she really feels like a true update of her vintage design with some more modern elements. Of course, she does have some of the elements of her vintage figure that make her feel outdated, too, namely a larger camera and a javelin launcher. I wish she had a more useful primary weapon, leaving the javelin launcher as a secondary weapon, but that's not the route Hasbro went with her. She's quite cool, though, and does have the swappable hair feature that I first remember from the Dungeons & Dragons Drizzt figure from earlier this year though I'm sure some import figures have used the feature previously. Let's take a look at Lady Jaye, the G.I. Joe team's covert operations specialist, after the break...

Friday, June 11, 2021

Jeopardizing June: Hordak Mini Bust from Masters of the Universe by NECA

 
For June 2021's themed Masters of the Universe series of reviews I'm trying something a bit different: The theme is a mystery and you have to guess what the subjects of the reviews have in common! Check out all the details and how to enter the contest for a prize package here.
 
   Last month's Malevolent May was a month long tribute to Hordak but, lo and behold, the ruthless leader of the Evil Horde has made himself known again for Jeopardizing June! This time I'm checking out the Hordak mini bust that was released by NECA in 2005 during the time when the Four Horsemen were really getting the chance to go wild and release lots of stuff they didn't get a chance to work on in Mattel's main 200x line. NECA's releases were for display rather than play but they really showed off the great redesigns of the 200x era, especially the mini busts. NECA called these mini busts (as opposed to their micro busts, which were tiny), but they really seem to be about 1:4 scale. I picked up this Hordak statue from a comic shop probably around 2010 to use with my Masters of the Universe Classics to use as some sort of giant Hordak projection (like the Emperor in The Empire Strikes Back). It's a great bust and is the standard edition which had a run of 1,500 (there was also a Convention Exclusive sold at SDCC  2004 and Wizard World Chicago 2004 which has a run of 750 and an Artist Proof with a run of 150. According to this 2004 press release from Raving Toy Maniac the Convention Exclusive was supposed to have a metallic red base while the later standard run would have a black base but mine has the larger run number (1,500) with a metallic red base. I actually haven't seen any pictures of a black based Hordak so maybe NECA ended up not changing it? The mysteries! Let's take a look at another excellent Hordak product after the break...

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Action Figure Review: Marvel Girl from Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro

 

   Like I said in yesterday's review of the Tony Stark (A.I.) figure from the Shang Chi/ Mr. Hyde series, I'm much more familiar with older Marvel comics stuff than I am anything newer. I have no idea what House of X is about but I do plan to read it now that I've been reading a lot more Marvel stuff, particularly X-Men, lately. I absolutely know who Marvel Girl is, though, and I was pretty excited to see this figure on shelves. While it appears that this figure is based on the rather recent House of X storyline and Grey has gone back to using one of her older costumes and her original codename I just picked this up because it's a great looking classic Jean Grey. I'm currently reading the X-Men Epic Collection volume 3 (1968-early 1970) and this is the outfit Jean's wearing throughout most of that book. I dig the old school comic styles and while she's not going to replace the main Jean Grey in my collection (the Jim Lee/ animated series styled Jean Grey from the "Love Triangle" 3-pack) I'm happy to put her on my shelf of cool variants. This figure is part of an X-Men series completely based on the House of X books which is pretty interesting. I can't think of many Marvel Legends series of figures completely based on such a new story. Yeah, new movies and TV shows usually get a full series but it's rare to see that happen with the comics. It's kind of cool, though. Let's take a look at Marvel Girl after the break...

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Action Figure Review: Tony Stark (A.I.) from Marvel Legends Series: Iron Man by Hasbro

 

   I've only purchased two figures from the recent Marvel Legends Shang-Chi/ Mr. Hyde series of figures: Civil Warrior, who I reviewed last month, and Tony Stark (A.I.), who I'm reviewing today. Yeah, yeah, Hasbro has put put out dozens of Iron Man figures (he has a series all his own coming this summer with an Ursa Major build-a-figure) but they're usually pretty good. This was a very cool, very classic looking comic styled Iron Man who has the benefit of also having a translucent blue head. I'm way more familiar with classic Marvel stuff than anything modern but apparently Captain Marvel punched Tony into a coma, leading to a sophisticated A.I. Tony to take over for awhile. That's all the basis Hasbro needed to take a previous Iron Man body, make a blue Tony Stark head, and call it a day. I like him, though, and since I've mostly been avoiding MCU based figures (mostly) this was one of the only two figures I wanted from this series. Let's take a look at Tony Star A.I. after the break...

Monday, June 7, 2021

Jeopardizing June: Anti-Eternia He-Man from Masters of the Universe: ReAction by Super7


For June 2021's themed Masters of the Universe series of reviews I'm trying something a bit different: The theme is a mystery and you have to guess what the subjects of the reviews have in common! Check out all the details and how to enter the contest for a prize package here.
 
   For the first true installment of Jeopardizing June I'm actually reviewing a figure that I haven't removed from the package. I do that very rarely but I liked the look of Super7's Masters of the Universe: ReAction Anti-Eternia He-Man so much that I decided to not take him off the card at all. Anti-Eternia He-Man was an exclusive for PowerCon 2018 and came on a vintage styled blister card that really stands out from the rest of the line. There was a version of this figure where the packaging was in German which was an exclusive for S.P.A.C.E., so if you see this guy in German that's where it originated. The evil He-Man of Anti-Eternia first appeared in a 1985 German audio-play and has since become a fairly popular MOTU variant. He also appeared as the primary antagonist in DC's He-Man and the Masters of the Multiverse comic series. Near the end of the MOTU: ReAction line Super7 released a clear smoke variant of Anti-Eternia He-Man who was easier to obtain than this guy. Ready to delve into the first true review of Jeopardizing June? Then join me after the break...

Action Figure Review: Ski Harry Dunne #1044 from Dumb and Dumber from POP! Movies by Funko

 

My wife and I celebrated out 16th wedding anniversary last month and for an anniversary gift she surprised me with two Funko POP! vinyls: Harry and Lloyd in their swanky ski gear from Dumb and Dumber. I don't purchase too many non-Masters of the Universe POP! vinyls these days but I was pretty excited to receive these as a gift. I absolutely love Dumb and Dumber. It came out when I was in 5th grade and I remember going to see it with my parents on Christmas of 1994. Street Fighter had just came out as well but my mom said she didn't want to watch fighting on Christmas so we went and saw Dumb and Dumber. I think my mom walked out saying that she would have rather watched fighting. Over the years, especially as I entered into middle school, it was a movie I found infinitely re-watchable. Is it a "dumb" comedy that relies on one-liners and gross out humor? Well, yeah, but there's something about the movie that's a bit more clever, too, with some rather layered jokes. I'm not saying it's The Big Lebowski or anything, but it's a solid film that I love that captures some of the best and worst of the 1990s. Today I'll start by looking at the ski version of Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) in one of his ski outfits he wears once the pair reaches Aspen, Colorado and discovers the briefcase they've been toting across the US contained one million dollars. Let's make an IOU, hop into a heart shaped tub, and check out Ski Harry Dunne after the break...



The Facts:

Height: 4 inches

Articulation: Swivel head

Accessories: None

Non-Scalper Price: $10 dollars


The Positives:

* Harry Dunne can swivel at the head, like most other POP vinyls. He also has a built in stand thanks to the fact that he's on skis. They give him a nice solid balance which helps keep him from tipping over and also give him a bit more of a unique look.
* Harry's not going to be one of those POP! vinyls that everyone will recognize but if you own this one and someone else recognizes him then you've probably made a friend for life. Harry actually wears a couple different ski suits in the film and sometimes has a larger coat over this outfit, but this is what he's actually going to ski with Mary Swanson but instead gets his tongue stuck on the metal of the chair lift. There are lots of cool little details on the figure like the sunglasses hanging around his neck and the ski poles in his left hand.

 

* It's so crazy how POP! vinyls are so simple looking and yet I feel like I can see a Jeff Daniels likeness in this POP! vinyl. The hair is spot on and the hat is very distinctive. Again, he's not a figure that is instantly recognizable like a Deadpool or Darth Vader but Funko did a nice job in delivering a stylized figure of the actor in this specific role.



 

 

* There are some other cool little details on the back and sides of the figure. His hat has a funny cord of some sort hanging down from the top and there are some spiderweb-like designs printed on the shoulders and thighs of Harry's outfit.

 

* The skis and ski poles are really cool. They look great and definitely help Harry stand out. I can't think of too many other items he could have come with. Maybe a cup of warm water or a functional toilet?

      Funko's slogan "Everyone is a fan of something" definitely rings true when you see releases like this. It's easy to know that you can make action figures and merchandise based on stuff like Marvel, DC, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, Masters of the Universe, Harry Potter, and other properties that have a huge following. It's less common to see stuff based on some of the random movies, TV shows, and artists that Funko picks. It's kind of fun, though, when something you really like that seems in no way connected with action figures, etc. does get a toy. Harry Dunne is a pretty great POP! vinyl from one of the best comedies of the 1990s. Dumb and Dumber is a movie that I grew up watching and that seems to pull me back to a specific time in popular culture whenever I watch it or listen to the soundtrack and I'm thrilled that my wife realized how sentimental I am for a film that involves a guy with a worm farm and another who drives a van turned into a sheepdog. This is a Great and a 1/2 POP! and it shows that Funko pays attention to the details even when they're dealing with product from what isn't an A-list fandom. 

 

This is the first toy of Harry Dunne I've reviewed. For more reviews from POP! Movies check out the following: 


Sunday, June 6, 2021

Minifigure Review: Evil-Lyn from Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis by Mattel

 
   I've reviewed a few of the Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis that were just rehashes of previously released figures so how about we look at a new character today? Let's check out Evil-Lyn! This is her first time in one of the MOTU Minis lines which makes her a pretty exciting release. Yeah, she reuses the same body as Teela, who we already saw in the Slime Pit Multipack a few months ago, but that's to be expected, right? Let's take a closer look at Evil-Lyn after the break...

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Action Figure Review: Sam from Toony Terrors by NECA

 
Picture by my assistant Adora.
   
   Sam is without a doubt one of my favorite horror characters and Trick 'r Treat is one of my favorite horror and Halloween movies. Honestly, it's a movie that manages to out Halloween Halloween, which is pretty incredible. NECA has released quite a few nice Sam action figures over the years but now he's been introduced into the Toony Terrors line. I love this series of horror movie icons rendered in the style of classic Saturday morning cartoons and Sam is a great addition to the line. I almost thought about holding off on this review until October for this year's 31 Days of Toy Terror but I figure since he's such a new release I should go ahead and show him off. NECA has done a pretty good job of getting many of the earlier releases in this line back on shelves regularly but who knows if Sam will be available easily come Halloween 2021? Also, my daughter, Adora, saw this one and really wanted to help with the review. She's not seen Trick 'r Treat (she's 7 so she's quite a few years off from being able to watch it) but she loves the character and was excited to snap some pictures and help with the review. Ready for some spooky fun a few months early? Then join me after the break...

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Minifigure Review: Battle Armor Skeletor from Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis by Mattel

 


   I reviewed the Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis Battle Armor He-Man last month and I'm just finally getting around to reviewing his counterpart, Battle Armor Skeletor. Mattel showed off the third series of Eternia Minis last year at Power-Con but now that they've showed up in stores we're getting a  different assortment of figures that are missing the cool Slime Pit themed cases that they were originally shown with. Battle Armor Skeletor is another "re-do" of one of the figures from the 2014 MattyCollector exclusive Masters of the Universe minis line. The first two series of the Eternia Minis came "blindboxed" in plastic cases although they did have a code identifying the figure inside so you could make sure not to get duplicates. Now they're sold on little mini blister cards so you can pick exactly who you want (if you can find them). Let's take a look at Battle Armor Skeletor after the break...


The Facts:

Height: 2 1/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel waist, swivel shoulders, and a balljointed head.
 
Accessories: Power sword and Havoc Staff.
 
Non-Scalper Price: $5 dollars



Comparison:

* The new Eternia Minis Skeletor is on the left while the previous MOTU Minis Battle Armor Skeletor is in the middle and the Eternia Minis Skeletor is on the right. The Eternia Minis Skeletor is basically a repaint of the 2014 MOTU Minis Skeletor with the head from the Eternia Minis Skeletor. He's not as good as the older figure and has less paint applications overall.

The Positives:

* Overall, I do like the sculpt and design of these. Skeletor does have a nice amount of detail on his Battle Armor and on the emblem on his chest. The print is quite neat and clean. It's a great looking minifigure for the most part.


 

* These are nice little minifigures with decent articulation, especially the ball jointed heads.  They're very durable little figures and would probably fit in well with lines like Imaginext and the Hasbro Heroes figures, so if you have a little one who's into MOTU these could be some decent starter toys. They're fun to play with and have a lot of shelf presence!

 

 * Skeletor comes with a purple Power Sword just like the vintage toy did. It's a nicely sculpted extra with a lot of character.





 

 

* Skeletor also comes with his classic Havoc Staff. It's miniaturized (just like him) and has a pretty decent sculpt for the skull as well.

The Negatives:

* The MOTU Minis Skeletor has the purple and black paint scheme on the back of his armor but here it's just straight up molded in black. That's kind of a bummer because I've always found the detail of the back of the armor to be quite cool.

 

 

 

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   Despite getting two weapons with this guy I have to admit that I'm not feeling him that much. He's a big step down from the previously released MOTU Mini Battle Armor Skeletor. He's got fewer paint applications, an inferior headsculpt, and now you don't even get the cool clam shell cases that the first two series of Eternia Minis came with. I mean, for $5 bucks he's not terrible or anything, but there's better mini Battle Armor Skeletors out there so just pick one of those up. This one's an Eh and a 1/2. Not terribly but not thrilling, either. 
 
 
 
 
 
I've reviewed so many toys of Skeletor/ Keldor that he has his own review archive. Check out Snake Mountain for all of my reviews of Skeletor! 

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