Welcome back to another installment of Barbecue's Bonfire, a chance for me to lazily chat about some of the stuff I've been up to this week without having to make a full post about each item. On February 1st I'm going to be starting back the monthly Masters of the Universe review spotlights. Remember Moss May? How about June Adventures? Trap Jaw-ly? A new one starts February 1st so check back to find out what it is! Also, I'm working on finishing up my annual Best of the Year awards where I'm looking back at some of my favorite action figures and toys of 2020. This week's installment of Barbecue's Bonfire seems a little busier than usual. Why's that? Well, first, there was a really cool Funko POP! reveal this week I wanted to show off...
More interesting (and uninteresting) stuff from this week after the break...
* We got together with my parents over the weekend to play another Exit: The Game: The Sinister Mansion. Of the three we've played so far this one was definitely my favorite. The puzzles were quite logical and anytime we were wrong it felt like it was because we simply missed something. The flow of this one is much more like a traditional room escape game as you're trapped in the titular mansion and move between a couple different rooms.
From the various YouTube shows my daughter watches it seems that everyone is playing Among Us. Released in 2018 by Innersloth, Among Us was just released for Nintendo Switch in December, which is how we're playing it. My daughter was super interested in this game and, so far, she's enjoying it. It's a multiplayer game where a group of crewmates on a spaceship are trying to complete their tasks while a randomly selected impostor tries to sabotage the ship and kill of players. It's kind of like The Thing or Alien, but much "cuter" and kid friendly. The game reminds me of the popular parlor game Mafia (or Werewolf) where an unknown player tries to "kill off" other players and convince other players that they're not the culprit. It's fun and pretty quick to learn. There's no combat, really. It's about watching other players, using the limited text system to communicate, and planning how to do tasks and when. I'm not sure that I find it as great as any others (it's kind of a one note game) but it is short and you can easily play multiple games in a brief gaming session.
Lords of Power from Masters of the Universe Origins was the 2020 PowerCon exclusive set based on the prototypes for the vintage MOTU line when the line was still going to be called Lords of Power. The set is on its third week on the list and while it was way, way too expensive, it's also pretty cool for fans who take interest in the development of MOTU. MOTU Origins looks like it's going to have a big year in 2021 and that very well may drive up demand for this set.
Darth Nihilus from Star Wars: The Black Series was one of the 2020 GameStop exclusive Gaming Greats releases and he turned out to be a pretty cool figure, now on the list for his third week. Knights of the Old Republic has stayed very popular (I'd love a remastered release of the series on the Switch or X-Box One) and perhaps the interest in the High Republic era or the fan-edits of the cutscenes into films has driven interest in this Sith Lord.
Phase I Clone Trooper from Star Wars: The Black Series is a completely new sculpt of the standard Clone Trooper for Phase IV of The Black Series. Hasbro has recently released complete resculpts of both the Clone Trooper and the Stormtrooper, which is quite welcome. Both of those troops originally came out in Phase I in 2014, so they were getting a bit dated. Fans must appreciate the effort as this is the Clone Trooper's second week on the list.
Clone Trooper (Holiday Edition) from Star Wars: The Black Series is a festive repaint of the standard Clone Trooper packed with a Porg in a scarf and a giant candy cane of death. He's actually my least favorite of the Holiday Edition figures I've found so far but he's still fun to have around. This is his second week on the list though he dropped a bit.
Have an awesome week! Thanks for stopping by! Please let me know what cool stuff you've been checking out this week as well. It's always fun to discuss!
Have a great weekend everyone! Stay safe, enjoy WandaVision, read something cool, and enjoy life!