Friday, June 24, 2022

Action Figure Review: Ruck Assault from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 

   
   Just last week I stumbled upon the six most recent Final Faction accessory sets which augment the series 1 figures with new weapons and equipment. These are some of the most ambitious accessory packs yet and I'm excited to see how they turn out. First up let's take a look at the Assault pack for Ruck. Ruck is kind of like a walking tank already (he reminds me of Tank Ellis from Captain Power) and this kit gives him even more firepower and the ability to roll. Pretty nifty stuff! This set reminds me a lot of the Jake Rockwell accessory sets from Centurions, one of my favorite childhood toylines. Grab a Ruck, grab an Assault set, and make this mobile tank guy for $2.50. Let's check this one out after the break...


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Action Figure Review: Beast Man from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Mattel

 

   The Netflix CG series Beast Man has been out for a few months now but I just got mine in the mail a week or so ago. With Beast Man's arrival I now have all of the Dark Masters from the first 2 "seasons" of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which is pretty cool. It's always nice to have a team completed. The toys for this line keep trickling out and while they're a mixed bag, Beast Man is definitely one of the better ones. Prior to being transformed into Beast Man through Skeletor's havoc magic, Beast Man is known as R'Qazz. He's a fearsome hunter with a long history of tormenting the Tiger Tribe and forcing animals to fight in the pits. R'Qazz actually wears Cringer's claws on a necklace. Brutal! This version of Beast Man has a fantastic, animalistic look to him. He's clearly Beast Man thanks to his color scheme but there are some cool, unique details on the figure that make him really fun. He's sold as one of the deluxe figures in more open packaging, like Grayskull Armor He-Man, so he's a bit bulkier than your average figure from the 5.5 inch line. Let's take a look at Beast Man after the break...


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

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

 

   I have to admit that I'm not terribly familiar with David Charles Haller, better known as Legion. I've been reading a lot of late 1980s and early 1990s X-Factor so that's where I'm most familiar with Legion but this figure is clearly based on his appearance in Age of Apocalypse, a story I've never read and which I'm only familiar with due to how prominent it was in the 1990s. I wanted a Legion for my X-Men/ X-Force/ X-factor/ Excalibur/ X-Files/ DMX/ X-Marks the Spot/ Pope Piux X/ Fireball XL5 shelf, so I snagged him at that pretty sweet sale Hasbro Pulse had a few weeks back. Want to take a look at Legion? Then join me after the break...

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Action Figure Review: Sun-Man from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel


   Mattel released a deluxe version of Sun-Man earlier this year as a Mattel Creations exclusive and a standard Sun-Man figure in series 9 of Masters of the Universe Origins. That's the one I'm reviewing today as I just received mine a week or two ago. My review of the Mattel Creations Sun-Man has a lot of detail about the origins of this character but I still feel I should mention here that Sun-Man is actually the star of his own property and was the flagship figure for Olmec Toys. Created by Yla Eason in 1985, Sun-Man was her response to a comment made by her son that he couldn't be a superhero because he wasn't white (some sources record the comment being that he said that it was because He-Man was white). Sun-Man was the star of the toyline Sun-Man and the Rulers of the Sun, 5.5 inch and MOTU inspired toyline that featured an incredibly diverse roster of characters with different skin tones and ethnicities. Working with Yla Eason, Mattel is now weaving the cast of Sun-Man and the Rulers of the Sun into the world of Masters of the Universe, meaning we're going to be getting more of Sun-Man's allies and villains in both MOTU Origins and in Masterverse as well. Read to take a look at Prince Sunni Ali, better known as Sun-Man? Then join me after the break...  

Friday, June 17, 2022

Action Figure Review: Horde Trooper from Masters of the Universe Origins by Matte

 

   Last year Mattel released a Crimson Horde Trooper and a Shadow Horde Trooper in the PowerCon exclusive The Evil Horde set but we've had to wait until just the last few months to get a standard Horde Trooper. The Horde Troopers were featured in most episodes of Filmation's She-Ra: Princess of Power and they're definitely the premiere army builder in Masters of the Universe. I don't have my vintage childhood Horde Trooper anymore (I probably sold him off when I was younger to buy Star Wars: POTF2 stuff) so this guy is a nice consolation prize to get me by until I eventually pick up a vintage Horde Trooper. Of course, I'll be glad to have all of the Horde Troopers I can get. Let's take a look at another figure from MOTU Origins series 8 after the break...




Thursday, June 16, 2022

Action Figure Review: Medieval Spawn from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 
   
   Remember Angela and Cogliostro, the controversial Spawn characters created by both Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane that were subject to a long running legal dispute? Well, Medieval Spawn is the third character in that group though he didn't get sold to Marvel. Instead, Sir John of York is still running around in the Spawn Universe. I recently grabbed a few newer Spawn trades and preordered the other upcoming titles, so I'm going to be catching up a bit. This figure isn't new, however, and is part of the original first series of figures from 1994. I never owned Medieval Spawn as a kid but I did buy him for a friend who wanted Spawn figures for his birthday party (I also bought him Tremor) so I got to mess around with him at the party. I recently found Medieval Spawn at Toy Federation in Greer, SC and decided to add him to the collection. He's a pretty significant figure as he's the first Spawn variant, but he's not Al Simmons as Spawn. He's Sir John of York, a knight from the 16th century. The Spawn line is famous for having multiple different versions of Spawn and while some of them are just cool looking variants of Al Simmons, other are completely unique characters. Mandarin Spawn, Raven Spawn, Gunslinger Spawn, Ninja Spawn; all different guys. The way Spawn could be reinterpreted as both different variants and different characters really has contributed to the longevity of the Spawn toyline and it's honestly in large part thanks to Neil Gaiman's writing of Spawn #9. Wild stuff, right? Let's take a look at Medieval Spawn after the break...


Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Action Figure Review: The Freak from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 

   Ready for another classic Spawn review? Today I'm taking a look at the Freak from the sixth series of Spawn figures. Released in 1996, the Freak appeared about a year after the character first appeared in the comics as another foe making life tough for Al Simmons. The Freak is a pretty wild looking character and was the subject of a mild controversy when he made the 1996 Warped Toys List, a list of "inappropriate" toys put annually by Reverend Rose between 1986 and 2001. I remember that ToyFare magazine would often cover the list throughout their run and OAFE.net has a great list of the recipients of the award. The Freak is a bad guy with a wild, unkempt look to him. He's also loaded with what the packaging calls a "Nasty bag of tricks." I picked the Freak up during my last trip to Toy Federation in Greer, SC, and I've been eager to show him off. Let's take a look at the Freak after the break...
 


Toy Review: Staff of Magic Spoon from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Sonic/ C3



      Today I'm checking out the last of the six promotional items from Sonic's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Wacky Pack kids meal and it's another spoon: The Sorceress' Staff of Magic Spoon. In the Netflix CGI series, Sorceress is Teela in her powered up form (all of the heroes can channel the Power of Grayskull) and she uses a magical staff. That's the staff this spoon is based on. Need another fine piece of cutlery for your next Masters of the Universe Day party? Let's check this one out after the break...

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Action Figure Review: Hulk from Marvel Legends: 20th Anniversary Series by Hasbro

 

   While there are absolutely properties that have had action figure lines running for 20 years or more, it's pretty wild for a line to essentially run for 20 years largely unchanged. Marvel Legends definitely fits that bill. Toy Biz started the line in 2002 (it was born out of the 2001 Spider-Man Classic Series) and had great success until 2006 when Hasbro took over the Marvel license. Hasbro kept the Marvel Legends name and stuck to the style: 6 inch-ish highly articulated action figures with Build-a-Figure pieces. They stopped the line in 2008 to focus on the 1/18th scaled Marvel Universe line but returned to it again in 2012. Since then, it's been a crazy, wild ride. I think my first Marvel Legends figure was the Punisher from Toy Biz's series 4 but I did pick up a few from that series like Beast, Elektra, and Gambit. The original four figures from the 2002 first series were Iron Man, Toad, Captain America, and Hulk. Oddly enough, about 9 or 10 years ago my mom called me and said she had found a Hulk figure on clearance at Target and asked if I wanted him. It turned out to be a Toy Biz series 1 Hulk, probably 10 years after his release. Weird, huh? I ended up trading him to someone or something rather than opening him. I've really been into Marvel Legends more over the past 6 or 7 years and have built up quite a collection. A few week ago I was at GameStop and found a good sale on the Marvel Legends: 20th Anniversary figure of the Hulk. I'm almost always down for an Incredible Hulk figure and this guy looked pretty enticing. He's also really flipping heavy. Let's take a look at Hasbro's 20th Anniversary tribute to the original Marvel Legends Hulk after the break...


Monday, June 13, 2022

Action Figure Review: Covert Ops from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 
  
   I've been trying to catch up on Final Faction reviews for a few months now as I never reviewed the original first series of figures back in 2020. Today I'm finally catching up, though, as this review will finish reviews of all of the first series figures. Let's take a look at the Covert Ops accessory pack, which was actually the first Final Faction item I purchased. I originally purchased it to use the pieces with my G.I. Joe Classified Series figures but the sculpts impressed me so much that I decided to jump into the line. Ready for a whole selection of cool tactical gear for running a special mission? Then join me after the break...




Sunday, June 12, 2022

Action Figure Review: Sorceress from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Sonic/ C3

 

   Sorceress is the third character in Sonic's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Wacky Pack kids meal promotion and it's time to take a look at her today. In Netflix's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe show all of the characters can transform using the Power of Grayskull; not just He-Man. When she channels the Power of Grayskull, Teela becomes Sorceress, a magic wielding character. There is a mature, more traditional sorceress in the show named Eldress, so I've always considered this Sorceress to basically be Teela. The Sonic promotion has three figures in it and while He-Man and Skeletor are pretty decent little figures, Sorceress is rather disappointing. There are some cool details on her but some really odd decisions made, too. Let's take a look at Sorceress after the break and see what's so odd about this figure...





Action Figure Review: The Hand Ninja from Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro

 

   I've reviewed the Foot Soldier previously, so it's about time I got around to reviewing The Hand Ninja! The Hand is a clan of ninjas that pester the Marvel Universe with their ninjutsu skills and their mystical abilities while serving the evil demon, the Beast (not Hank McCoy). They make a great foe for a variety of your Marvel Legends heroes and are obviously an army builder. The Hand Ninja was released in the Stilt-Man series of figures that kind of tied in with Enter the Spider-Verse back in 2020 and was definitely designed to be an army builder. Each ninja came with the legs for Stilt-Man, but the legs were able to stack so you could make Stilt-Man as tall you wanted. I didn't build Stilt-Man (I actually didn't end up with any figures from that series until last month) but I still applaud Hasbro's decision there. They've since released The Hand Ninja in black/gray as a Hasbro Pulse exclusive but I've never been able to acquire that one in stock. This guy's actually a bit easier to find than that one, though I scored mine in a trade recently. Let's take a look at The Hand Ninja after the break...


Saturday, June 11, 2022

Toy Review: Staff of Havoc Spoon from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Sonic/ C3

 
  
 For each of the three characters represented in the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Wacky pack kids meal promotion at Sonic there is also a coordinating spoon. He-Man has a Sword of Power spoon, Skeletor has a Staff of Havoc Spoon, and Sorceress has a Staff of Magic spoon. Today I'm checking out the Staff of Havoc spoon, a plastic spoon shaped like Skeletor's Havoc Staff. How wild, right? It feels more like a prize from a cereal box rather than a kids meal toy but it is unique and it changes color. Seriously! It's temperature sensitive and it transforms from grey to bright yellow. Let's take a look at it after the break...

Action Figure Review: Gambit from Marvel Legends Retro Collection: X-Men by Hasbro

 

   Gambit was definitely one of the most popular characters when the X-Men experienced another renaissance during the early 1990s. He was a new character in the comics (created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee) and a major part of the 1992 animated series. Who didn't think Gambit was the coolest back then? Who didn't want to wear a long coat like Remy LeBeau? Who didn't carry a deck of playing cards around to toss at their enemies? I sure did. Toy Biz released Gambit in series IV of Marvel Legends (one of the handful of Toy Biz Marvel Legends figures I owned) and Hasbro released their classic Jim Lee styled Gambit as part of the Caliban Build-a-Figure series back in 2019. I own that full series but never got around to reviewing it for some reason, so this is the first Legends Gambit I'm reviewing. I recently obtained him in a trade and definitely find him to be superior to the first release (which is still a pretty good figure). This Gambit is part of the Marvel Legends Retro Collection which I find pretty exciting because I remember looking for and finding find the 1992 Toy Biz Gambit figure from series 2 of the X-Men line. I loved that figure even though a "power kick" action was pretty disappointing compared to some sort of card throwing ability. This guy has it all, though, and is definitely a definitive Gambit for my X-Men shelf. Let's take a look at the Retro Collection Gambit after the break...

Friday, June 10, 2022

Action Figure Review: Skeletor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Sonic/ C3

 
   
   Wherever He-Man goes, Skeletor has to follow! I really like Skeletor in the Netflix CGI animated He-Man and the Masters of the Universe but, so far, we haven't received a really good figure of the character. Today I'm check out the Sonic Wacky Pack kids meal Skeletor toy from recent promotion and while he's not a great action figure or anything, he is a fun little toy with a really unusual look. Let's take a look at Skeletor after the break...

Action Figure Review: The Curse from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 



   Ready for some more older Spawn reviews? I hope so! The Toddfather can't get out new Spawn figures fast enough now to feed my obsession so I'm having to go back and snag vintage figures I missed as a kid. Today I'm checking out another series 3 figure from 1995: The Curse! The Curse is a character directly from the comic (so many figures were just crated for the toyline) who first appeared in issue #27 as an opponent of Spawn. A religious extremist intent on showing his dedication to God through ascetic practices, as a child The Curse removed his left eye and scarred his own face with the barbed wire from rusty metal fence. Then he removed his own right arm, later replacing it with an upgraded cybernetic arm. I was only 11 or 12 in 1995 and while I was mostly interested in Goosebumps books, Batman, Iron Man, and Congo action figures, Micro Machines, and Star Wars stuff, I definitely paid attention to what was coming out in the Spawn line. I kind of remember The Curse being a bit of a peg warmer back in the day. Heck, he didn't cost me much at all when I picked him up last month at Toy Federation in Greer, SC. Ready to check out the craziness of The Curse? Then join me after the break...

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Utensil Review: Sword of Power Spoon from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Sonic/ C3




   The recent Sonic Wacky Pack kids meal promotion is based on Netflix's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, the CGI series that debuted last year. The kids meal prizes for this set are three figures (He-Man, Skeletor, and Sorceress) and three spoons (Sword of Power, Havoc Staff, and the Sorceress' Magic Staff), so you've either got something to play with or something to eat with. Since I just reviewed He-Man, let's take a look at the utensil version of his Power Sword (which this show calls the Sword of Grayskull). My daughter recently discovered a color changing Trix rabbit spoon at my parents' house and has insisted on eating with it whenever she ear there. It got me thinking about fun utensils and cereal box prizes, like the Jurassic Park: The Lost World chomping dinosaur spoons from 1997. Remember those? This Power Sword spoon is kind of crazy because it sort of doubles as a butter knife, too. Nifty, right? Let's check this one out after the break...

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

 

      While my favorite era of X-Men story-wise is definitely Chris Claremont's run through the 1980s, costume wise I love the early 1990s designs. I was first introduced to X-Men through the Toy Biz action figure line and the 1992 animated series and these uniforms have always been some of my go to looks for these characters. I own a couple other Marvel Legends Cyclops figures (the jacketed version of this guy from the Love Triangle set and the second X-Factor outfit from the Retro Collection) but this one was the one I wanted most and I finally scored it in a trade. I loved the vintage Toy Biz version of this version of Scott as a kid and while this one looks great, it's definitely got a few problems. It's a few years old at this point, though, so it's likely Hasbro will be releasing a new version at some point in the future. Still, let's go ahead and take a look at this version of Cyclops from the 2017 Warlock Build-A-Figure series after the break...


Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Action Figure Review: He-Man from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Sonic/ C3

 

   Remember back in February and March of 2020 (before Covid) when Sonic had a Wacky Pack kids meal promotion for Netflix's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power? Now Netflix's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has joined the party. The CGI animated Masters of the Universe cartoon has six exclusive items which can be found in the Wacky Pack kids meals at Sonic drive ins: Three articulated figures and three spoons. Today I'm going to kick things off with a look at He-Man. I always get a kick out of adding some unusual MOTU stuff like this to my collection and this is a pretty cool stylized He-Man figure. You might have to look for these for a bit as some Sonics may not have them in stock yet and some don't seem to want to see them without the purchase of a kids meal. Others sell them for between $1-$2 while the one I finally found them at just brought me a bag of them and asked that I tip the waitress. Score! Let's take a look at He-Man after the break...

Action Figure Review: Cosmic Angela from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 

   Angela was a huge part of the popularity of Spawn, both the comic and the toyline, in the mid 1990s. Created by Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane (with about two decades or more of craziness regarding who owns the character), Angela became an important character in the comics and a high desirable action figure. Angela first appeared in series 2 of the toyline and was so popular that she was given a variant in series 3: Cosmic Angela. That's the version I'm checking out today! I went to Toy Federation in Greer, SC a couple weeks ago and picked up some vintage Spawn toys to review and display with my newer stuff. Sadly, we won't get a modern Mcfarlane Angela figure because today Angela is part of the Marvel Universe. This figure is from back when she was one of the A-listers at Image, though. I'm not sure if this costume was made up for the toyline (I've read the first 100 issues of Spawn and the Angela miniseries and I don't recall it), but I really like it. This is a cool looking figure with neat accessories and lots of weird problems. Many of McFarlane Toys' early releases really tried to do some impressive things and while they usually succeeded, they struck out a few times, too. Is Cosmic Angela a hit or a miss? Let's find out after the break...


Tuesday, June 7, 2022

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

 

    Hasbro staggered the release of the Bad Batch members with Echo and Omega being the last to show up. I'm not currently planning to pick up Omega at the moment as I'm getting rather particular with my Black Series purchases but Echo was a must have. I love the look of the guys of Clone Force 99 and bring Echo back into the story as part of the team was a fantastic idea. While Tech is the, you know, the Tech guy, Echo is more like a human-droid hybrid, so he kind of offers up a separate set of skills. He's legitimately a cyborg thanks to the evil machinations of Wat Tambor, Admiral Trench, and their Separatist lackeys. While the Black Series has been filled with repaints lately, CT-1409 shows what Hasbro can do when they build a figure from the ground up. He's incredible. I missed out on the Target Clone Wars figures but I'm glad to at least have tracked down this version of Echo. Let's check him out after the break...

Monday, June 6, 2022

Action Figure Review: Quake Arms from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 

   This is my penultimate review covering the first series of Final Faction toys from 2020! I've looked at almost everything else and so my review archive for Final Faction stuff is nearly complete. Today I'm checking out one more of the Kharn accessory sets: Quake Arms! This set comes with one traditional 
gun/ blaster styled accessory and two backpacks that can fit on the back of Drones, Brutes,and characters like Krepitus or Diabol. The accessory packs are sold separately but they really are key to making the Final Faction figures more impressive. I really like the model Dollar Tree is using here to keep these figures affordable and at the standard price point as it allows for a lot of flexibility. This kit alone could give your gear two or three Kharn figures, depending on how you want to gear them up. At the $1-$1.25 price point, that's a pretty swell deal. Let's take a look at the Quake Arms after the break and see what Alpha Team 1 has to avoid out there on the battlefield. 

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Action Figure Review: Haunt from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 
   
   I'm only a little bit familiar with Haunt, Todd McFarlane and Robert Kirkman's supernatural superhero, who is now part of the Spawn Universe comics. The figure looked really cool, though, and I'm interested in checking out the original series, so I went ahead and picked Haunt up. Haunt is part of the newest series of Spawn figures which seems to be trickling out little by little rather than coming out all at one time. Haunt's titular comic book series debuted in 2009 and tells the tale of Daniel Kilgore, a Catholic priest who can merge with the spirit of his deceased brother, a former secret agent. When they join together they form Haunt, an ectoplasm powered superhero. Wild stuff. Let's take a look at Haunt after the break...

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Action Figure Review: Nuclear Spawn from Spawn by McFarlane Toys

 
   
   Hey! Another classic Spawn review! On my most recent trip to Gamers Alley in Gastonia, NC I picked up another classic Spawn figure: Nuclear Spawn. This is another one that I always kind of liked but never owned. Nuclear Spawn was released in series 5 in 1996 during the period when McFarlane was still sticking to a more traditional action figure style for the line. You know, classic stances, traditional articulation, and lots of accessories and action figures. Nuclear Spawn is a pretty cool variant in that he sort of looks like a post-apocalyptic wanderer out of the Road Warrior or something. Does Spawn really need breathing gear though if he's going into the sewers or into areas with mutants and radiation? I guess so. Let's take a look at Nuclear Spawn after the break...

Friday, June 3, 2022

Action Figure Review: Death Watch Mandalorian from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase IV by Hasbro

 

   I'm a sucker for Mandalorians and I was pretty excited to pick up the Death Watch Mandalorian from the most recent series of Star Wars: The Black Series figures. So, who is this guy? This appears to be a member of Death Watch similar to the unnamed Mandalorian who rescued the young Din Djarin on the planet Aq Vetina. So far this character doesn't have a name but since he's a cool looking Mandalorian who played a significant role in Din Djarin's life and also doubles as an army builder, Hasbro went ahead and released him. He's a great figure with a fantastic sculpt that, surprisingly, seems to be completely new. Seriously, he seems completely unique from the other Mandalorians released in the line. I'm impressed Hasbro went all out for a more minor character but I guess they'll end up getting more use out of this with repaints and such. Let's take a look at the Death Watch Mandalorian after the break...



Thursday, June 2, 2022

Action Figure Review: Steel from Final Faction by Greenbrier International

 


   I've been steadily making my way through the first series of Final Faction figures from 2020 and today I'm finally wrapping up the last of the figures with a review of Steel (I've still got a few accessory sets to review, however). Sgt. Steel is an African pilot who handles the air support for Alpha Team 1 in their battle against the Kharn. He's a prominent part of both the cartoons and the comic book and a new accessory set, the Dragonfly, is currently being releases that is designed just for him. Ready to take a look at Steel? Then join me after the break...

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

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

 


     Jigsaw is the most recent Walgreens exclusive Marvel Legends figure and I was able to order him off of their website quite easily. Not only does Jigsaw's presence add another villain to your shelf but he also gives the Punisher a nemesis. Yeah, the Punisher has fought a lot of villains, but Jigsaw is probably more closely associated with Frank Castle's list of villains than that of any other hero. Jigsaw was released by Toy Biz (with a variant) but that was back in 2006 so a redo was definitely in order. Walgreens sure is getting some good selections for their Super Villains exclusives this year. First Baron Zemo and now Jigsaw. I wonder who will be next? Ready to check out another classic Marvel villain? Then join me after the break...