Ready for a look at the Fabulous Frog-Man! OK, so the Fabulous Frog-Man isn't a new release as he was part of the Stilt-Man Build-a-Figure series that showed up at the end of 2020, but he has had a pretty big moment of fame in the past couple of weeks. Yes, Frog-Man appeared in the She-Hulk trailer. Well, it could possibly be the villainous Leap Frog, Frog-Man's dad, since they both have the same costume. Eugene Patilio repurposed the suit that his father used as the supervillain Leap Frog, and became the heroic Frog-Man. From what I can gather Frog-Man is a pretty goofy character and I passed on this figure originally but knowing he's coming to the MCU got me pretty interested in picking him up before he ends up becoming the break out character in the Disney+ She-Hulk series. OK, maybe that's a bit far-fetched, but who knows? It turns out that this is an excellent figure and I'm kind of disappointed that I didn't pick him up sooner. Let's take a look at Frog-Man after the break...
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Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Monday, May 30, 2022
Action Figure Review: The Client from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro
The Star Wars: The Black Series reviews keep coming and today I'm looking at the Client from The Mandalorian. I'm as surprised as you are that the Client received an action figure in The Black Series as Hasbro really seems to be pretty conservative about which figures they make these days, unless it's an easy repaint or a kit-bash. As far as I'm aware, the Client is a completely unique figure, though, and he's got some pretty cool accessories with him. While he's not a main character in The Mandalorian, he does play a pretty significant role in the events of the series considering he's the man who hired Din Djarin to locate the Child. It's pretty wild though that we're just getting the Client about two and a half years after he debuted. Remember when so many Star Wars figures came out before the media with another series coinciding with or a month or two after the release of the media? Anyways, we now have an action figure of Werner Herzog, something I doubt anyone ever thought they'd be able to say. Let's take a look at the Client after the break...
Sunday, May 29, 2022
Action Figure Review: Synthoid Pack from Final Faction by Greenbrier International
Saturday, May 28, 2022
Action Figure Review: Boba Fett (Throne Room) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro
Well, I bit the bullet and picked up the deluxe Boba Fett (Throne Room) figure from Hasbro's Star Wars: The Black Series. Billed as a deluxe figure, Boba comes in a larger than normal box with a price tag about $7 dollars higher than usual (around $32 at Walmart). I really feel like this is an instance of Hasbro using the "deluxe" case packing (a full case of the same character) to make Boba Fett more readily available and using the "deluxe" pricing to make him a bit more profitable. While this figure is sourced from The Book of Boba Fett, he's really based on Fett's appearance in the stinger at the end of season 2 of The Mandalorian, as he's wearing his more billowy robes rather than the pants and boots he wore during most of BOBF. I'm sure Hasbro will release that figure at some point in the future. There's a Walmart exclusive Boba Fett from Mando Season 2 when he first gets his armor (it's called Boba Fett (Tython Jedi Ruins) that seems to reuse most of this figure so it seems likely we'll be seeing lots of Boba Fett figures in the near future. Let's check out the one I've got in front of me, though. Join me after the break...
Friday, May 27, 2022
Action Figure Review: Medusa from Marvel Legends Series: Inhumans by Hasbro
During the same trip to Back in Time Collectibles in Gastonia, NC when I picked up Black Bolt I also snagged Medusa. Black Bolt needs someone to hang out with, right? Medusa was released in late 2017 as a Walgreens exclusive, around the same time that Black Bolt came out in the mostly movie based Black Panther wave and shortly after the debut of the Inhumans TV series. Since the TV series didn't do well, it seems that Hasbro has largely ignored the Inhumans in Marvel Legends, but who knows what the future might hold? While I never owned her (or any figures from the line), my first recollection of Medusa was from the Toy Biz Fantastic Four toyline where she had a display base that attempted to recreate her control over her hair. This version doesn't have any special action features or anything but she does have some amazingly long hair. Ready to take a look at a Medusa who won't turn you stone when you look at her? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Action Figure Review: Ninja Spawn from Spawn by McFarlane Toys
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Action Figure Review: Air Assault from Final Faction by Greenbrier International
May has definitely been the month for me to go back and complete reviews of the first series Final Faction releases from 2020 and I'm continuing with another one of the first series accessory packs: The Air Assault pack. While the name doesn't specifically label this as being for the A.C.R.M., it's clearly designed for the mech as the pieces snap onto the figure perfectly. This set definitely improves the A.C.R.M. but can also be pretty fun when used with Churro's FD-0 mech. Let's take to the skies and check out the Air Assault kit after the break...
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Action Figure Review: Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro
Monday, May 23, 2022
Action Figure Review: Black Bolt from Marvel Legends Series: Inhumans by Hasbro
Sunday, May 22, 2022
Action Figure Review: Torn Cyber Arms from Final Faction by Greenbrier International
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Action Figure Review: Commando Spawn from Spawn by McFarlane Toys
You now what? Other than Masters of the Universe stuff (which is the bulk of my collecting), I really haven't reviewed any older figures recently. I used to review old stuff all the time but at some point I really just started focusing on new stuff and ignored older stuff except for MOTU and horror reviews during 31 Days of Toy Terror. Since I've been getting back into Spawn I figured it was time to go back and check out some classic Spawn toys. Today I'm checking out Commando Spawn from 1995. Part of the second series of Spawn toys from McFarlane (then Todd Toys), Commando Spawn was still an early release in a toyline that still kind of continues today. The early McFarlane stuff is interesting as while the sculpts and paintwork were impressive for the time, they clearly were also designed with play features and action features in mind. It'd still be a few years before McFarlane fully moved into creating articulated ministatues/ stactions. Of course, now the Spawn figures are incredibly articulated and built to be sturdy, a fine blend of form and function. Today, though, let's take a look at a super cool Spawn that I never had as a kid. I found him a week or so ago at Gamers Alley, a pretty cool shop in Gastonia, NC. Let's lock, load, and take a look at Commando Spawn after the break...
Friday, May 20, 2022
Action Figure Review: The Vision from Marvel Legends Retro Collection by Hasbro
Interestingly, GameStop and some other retailers have been jumping back and forth on their Marvel Legends Series prices with some of the newer Retro Collection figures being sold for $22.99 and some for $24.99. I was interested in the all white version of Vision, particularly due to the character's appearance in the WandaVision TV series last year (though the TV version did get a figure as well) and when I stumbled upon him a week or so ago for lower $22.99 price I decided to snag him. The all white version of the Vision appeared in 1985 in West Coast Avengers #4 as a deprogrammed version of the Vision. Fearful of his power and access to the records and databases his role as an Avenger would give him, a group called Vigilance had him disassembled and wiped clean, leaving him devoid of his personality and memories. This is a very simple figure but I definitely give Hasbro kudos for getting a comic version of this incarnation of the Vision out so soon after his MCU appearance. Often it seems like it takes a long time to see comic based versions of characters from the films and TV shows. Let's take a look at the Vision after the break...
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Action Figure Review: Synthoid Evolution from Final Faction by Greenbrier International
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Action Figure Review: Overtkill from Spawn by McFarlane Toys
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Action Figure Review: Synthoid from Final Faction by Greenbrier International
Another series 1 Final Faction figure from 2020 that I neglected to review is the Synthoid. The Synthoid is a synthetic trooper manufactured by the Kharn that can be customized with different weapons and gear. The first series of figures had an accessory pack for the Synthoid, simply called the Synthoid Pack, while a recent release is the Synthoid Evolution kit. Before I get into any of those accessory packs, however, let's take a look at the standard Synthoid. Prepare for the invasion after the break...
Monday, May 16, 2022
Action Figure Review: Heavy Arms from Final Faction by Greenbrier International
When is the last time that you saw accessory packs for 1/18th scaled figures available at retail? Someone on one of my Final Faction reviews commented that it seems like a concept we haven't seen since the Star Wars: Episode I accessory packs from 1999 and, to be honest, off the top of my head I can't think of anything more recent. These Final Faction accessory sets are pretty neat and while I didn't review the first series back when they came out at the end of 2020, I'm now trying to make up for some lost time. Today we're looking at the Heavy Arms set for Alpha Team 1, a set of five weapons to add some more firepower to the heroes. Ready for a look at this small arsenal of destruction? Than join me after the break...
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Toy Review: Evil Warriors of Snake Mountain from POP! Tees: Masters of the Universe by Funko
Target has been promoting a number of collector focused events lately with one of the more recent being the Funko Target Con 2022. There are two Masters of the Universe exclusives for this event: The POP! Rides He-Man on Battle Cat (Flocked) and the POP! Tees boxed set that I'm looking at today. I've reviewed other POP! Tees sets before and this one follows suit with a brand new colorful t-shirt and a variant of a previously released POP! vinyl. The t-shirt is pretty sweet in this set. It's way louder than a shirt I would usually wear but when MOTU is involved my sense of good taste and style goes out the window. This actually is really colorful and fun, though. The POP! vinyl included is a glow in the dark variant of Evil-Lyn #86 (who was released last year). A shirt and a POP! vinyl. Worth it? Let's take a look after the break...
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Action Figure Review: The Rumbler Weapons and Armor from Final Faction by Greenbrier International
Since I reviewed the Kharn vehicle The Rumbler earlier this week it's now time to check out the weapons and armor kit for it. What's the idea? Simple: Buy the basic vehicle for $1.25 and then buy the weapons and armor kit for $1.25 to complete it/ armor it up. It's a novel concept and while it might come across as a money grab in a more expensive toyline, considering the price of these toys it really just seems like a creative way to get these on shelves at Dollar Tree for the now largely standard $1.25 price point. Let's take a look at the Rumbler Weapons and Armor kit after the break...
Friday, May 13, 2022
Action Figure Review: Scope Long Range from Final Faction by Greenbrier International
Ready for some more Final Faction? You better believe it! Today I'm checking out another of the newer accessory sets from this line and this time it's a set of four rifles and a new backpack for Scope. Scope was released last year and while he came with a nice assortment of extras himself (a backpack, 2 pistols, and a rifle) this set gives him even more toys to play with when attacking the Kharn from a distance. Ready for a look at this arsenal? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, May 12, 2022
Action Figure Review: King Grayskull from Masterverse/ Masters of the Universe: Revelation by Mattel
I still haven't received my preorder of the next series of Masterverse figures (Teela, Mer-Man, and New Eternia He-Man and Skeletor) but I was surprised to receive my preorder of the Masters of the Universe: Revelation King Grayskull from Target last week. Originally King Grayskull wasn't scheduled for release until August but it appears Mattel got him in stores a bit early. King Grayskull wasn't introduced into Masters of the Universe until the 2002 Mike Young Productions animated series and he wasn't a major character in the show. Up until Revelation, his biggest claim to fame might be that he was pretty important in the development of Masters of the Universe Classics (AKA, the greatest toyline of them all). Apparently the original idea for a MOTU toyline on MattyCollector was conceived of by Scott Neitlich as a continuation of the 200x series with the first figure planned being King Grayskull using the Ice Armor He-Man figure's body as the base. When the Four Horsemen showed off their "Classics" styled He-Man, however, the game changed, though King Grayskull was the initial figured offered up as a 2008 SDCC exclusive. He showed up in the bios for MOTUC but Revelation was the character's biggest role yet. And yes, he's been reimagined in Masterverse as a black man. It definitely makes for a more interesting figure than just having He-Man in slightly different armor. Voiced by Dennis Haysbert, King Grayskull leads a pantheon of Eternian heroes in Preternia in MOTU. Let's take a look at King Grayskull after the break...
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Action Figure Review: Shock Arms from Final Faction by Greenbrier International
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Action Figure Review: The Rumbler from Final Faction by Greenbrier International
Remember how the good guys of Final Faction got a vehicle last year? Now it's time for the bad guys to get a ride! Today I'm checking out the Rumbler, a new vehicle for the Kharn in the Dollar Tree exclusive Final Faction toyline. I'm still just amazed by how crazy the Final Faction concept is: A unique, well thought out and creatively designed toyline exclusive to a dollar store which includes vehicles and accessory packs? Yes, now the toys are $1.25 (though you can still find the first series figures for $1 at Family Dollar stores) but, still, that's crazy. With the prices of action figures, especially those targeted towards collectors, continuing to increase it would be amazing to see a renaissance of fun and budget friendly toylines. These aren't Mezco One:12 Collective items, folks, but they're pretty darn cool. Today I humbly submit for your approval the Rumbler, an alien vehicle sold in a box for $1.25. Let's check it out after the break...
Monday, May 9, 2022
Action Figure Review: The Clown (Bloody) from Spawn by McFarlane Toys
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Action Figure Review: Fennec Shand from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro
May is filled with Star Wars holidays and milestones so it's fitting that I have another review from Hasbro's Star Wars: The Black Series lined up. As I've mentioned in a few other reviews, I'm not really all that excited by many of Hasbro's Black Series offerings right now but when there's a character I want who is well done I'm still jumping in. Today we're checking out Fennec Shand from the most recent series of figures. The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett have truly introduced some of the greatest Star Wars characters in recent memory and Fennec Shand is definitely one of those standouts. I've been excited about an action figure of her for quite some time and I'm glad to finally be able to add her to the collection. She's sourced to The Book of Boba Fett on the packaging but we all know she first appeared in The Mandalorian. Let's take a look at Fennec Shand, pretty much the deadliest person to appear in The Book of Boba Fett after the break...
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Action Figure Review: P-131 Thunderbolt from Final Faction by Greenbrier International
Friday, May 6, 2022
Action Figure Review: Brute Striker from Final Faction by Greenbrier International
Today I'm checking out the second of six new accessory sets from the Dollar Tree exclusive Final Faction line and this time I'm looking at the Brute Striker set, a weapons pack loaded with goodies for the Brute. The Brute was first released in 2020 but he's still readily available so you shouldn't have trouble finding him. I reviewed the Brute yesterday in preparation for this review (I didn't review the first series of figures when they first came out at the end of 2020) so check out that review for the scoop on that figure. The Brute Striker set comes with a massive warhammer like weapon, a shield, and a backpack that can fit on the Brute or most other standardly shaped Kharn figures, particularly the bigger guys like Diabol or Krepitus. It's a neat set with fantastic colors; I love purple and green! Let's take a look at the Brute Striker set after the break...
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Action Figure Review: Brute from Final Faction by Greenbrier International
I'm going to be reviewing a lot of Final Faction toys this month; some new and some from the first series which I never got around to reviewing last year. I'm going to be reviewing the Brute Striker accessory pack soon but before I do that I had better review the Brute. The Final Faction toys, specifically the bad guys, definitely remind me of characters from a video game like Gears of War, Halo, Doom, or Brute Force. How many games have some generic enemy cannon fodder called brutes? Well, Final Faction has a Brute as well. These are some bulky, burly Kharn troopers who are heavily armored and seem like they're ready to deal some severe melee damage. Let's check out the Brute after the break...
Action Figure Review: Drone Scourge from Final Faction by Greenbrier International
I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago and while out of town I managed to find all of the new Final Faction accessory packs. Are you ready for some more dollar store goodness? Then let's jump in with one of the Kharn set: The Drone Scourge. The Drone isn't included in this set (I reviewed him a few weeks ago, though) but these accessories are designed to work with him and I've got him in most of the pictures to show this gear off. It's pretty cool to get actual accessory packs available for a retail toyline as while many online collector lines release accessory packs, it's not common to see them on store shelves for mass market retail lines. The Drones are the basic grunts of the Kharn and this set gives you the opportunity to beef up some of your Drones with three different weapons. Let's take a look at the Drone Scourge after the break and see if it's worth adding to your collection...
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Action Figure Review: Boba Fett (Tython) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro
May the Fourth Be With you! For today I've got a special review lined up: Boba Fett (Tython) from Star Wars: The Black Series by Hasbro. To be perfectly honest, Hasbro's Star Wars: The Black Series line hasn't been thrilling me for the past six months or so. With too many exclusives and repaints in the line, figures from current media not expected to drop for well over a year, and ever increasing prices, it's really taken something pretty special to catch my attention. Boba Fett, however, always catches my attention. I've really enjoyed Temuera Morrison's portrayal of the character in both The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett so it's quite cool to finally have a figure based on his rendition of the character. While this figure is designated as Boba Fett (Tython) and is based on his journey to that planet in The Mandalorian, this is actually an outfit he wears far more on Tatooine in The Book of Boba Fett. It's a unique look that shows off a significant period of development for the character, so let's take a look at it after the break...
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Action Figure Review: Spawn Deluxe Set from Spawn by McFarlane Toys
Want to hear something crazy? This is the first Al Simmons as Spawn figure available at mainstream retail in McFarlane's new Spawn line. The figures based on the vintage toys were Kickstarter exclusives, the other Spawns in the line (Gunslinger, Raven, Mandarin) aren't Al, and any other Al Simmons as Spawn figures are part of the Mortal Kombat 11 line. So, yeah, if you've been wanting an Al Simmons as Spawn from this line, this is your first opportunity. This is also a very classic comic inspired version of Spawn sitting on his throne made of trash and bones. It's a very iconic image from the comics and it makes for a very cool boxed set. When I first saw this revealed a few months ago I was incredibly impressed by it. It looked perfect: A classic Spawn with his throne. What could be better? As I looked closer and saw more images, though, I was unsure about this release, though. You're getting half a cape and parts of the cape seemed to be attached to the throne. It seemed like the figure was designed to basically be in one pose, kind of like an articulated statue. Over the last couple weeks, though, I saw some images showing the half cape was removable so, at the last, this was a great chance to get a capeless, classic Spawn and he'd look great on the throne. Having him in hand he's actually even better than I expected. Not 100% perfect by any means but still very, very satisfying. This is a great set and well worth checking out for fans of Spawn. Let's take a look at this guy after the break...
Monday, May 2, 2022
Action Figure Review: D'Spayre from Marvel Legends eries by Hasbro
Last weekend on a trip visiting my wife's parents we decided to stop in Columbia, SC, eat lunch, and visit Heroes & Dragons. I had been there a few years back while in town for business and was excited to swing by again. It's a great store with a crazy selection of new and used action figures, both vintage and modern. I ended up not buying much there this visit but I did leave with a loose D'Spayre figure from Hasbro's Marvel Legends Series. While he's comic based, D'Spayre is part of the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness series of figures that started showing up in February. I didn't jump on D'Spayre when I first found him but after reading some of his earliest appearances when he showed up in X-Men, I decided I wanted to add him to my collection. When I found him loose for a good price at Heroes & Dragons I jumped on him. He's a very basic figure but still kind of cool and a decent interpretation of he character. Let's take a look at D'Spayre, the demonic fear being, after the break...