Monday, October 12, 2015

Thor - The Mighty Avenger (Hasbro)

Thor - The Mighty Avenger

With the Marvel engine gearing up for an Avenger's romping back in 2012, Disney was working furiously to release a film on each major character that would lead into the team's formation. Thus, Thor was released in 2011 as one such film.

We'll spare you the details of our personal opinion of it - Suffice to say we didn't enjoy it at all.

With its Marvel Universe line taking toy isles by storm, Hasbro upped the ante by adding a small wave of figures based on Thor which were more movie accurate in sculpt and design.

What seemed to hurt the line in the long run was the rehash of figures with different paint schemes. Out of the twenty figures which encompassed four waves, seven alone were variants of Thor. In addition to that, three figures were dedicated to Loki, and two to Odin. This left very little room in the line for other characters to be developed.

Battle Hammer Thor*Invasion Frost Giant

Lightning Clash Thor*Shield Bash Marvel's Odin

 Secret Strike Loki*Sword Spike Thor

Blade Battle Marvel's Hogun*Fire Blast Marvel's Destroyer

Harpoon Blade Fandral*King Loki

Ram Smash Volstagg*Thunder Crusader Thor

Asgardian Glow Marvel's Odin*Hammer Smash Thor

Ice Axe King Laufey

Axe Attack Thor*Cosmic Armor Thor

Inferno Marvel's Destroyer*Scorcerer Fury Loki

Staff Strike Sif

In addition to the basic figures, Hasbro produced two waves of deluxe ones. This of course included two more Thor figures.
Asgard Defender Heimdall (Wave 2)*Blaster Armor Thor (Wave 1)
Ice Attack Marvel's Frost Giant (Wave 1)*Lightning Fury Thor (Wave 2)

A planned third wave for the deluxe figures which would have included Disc Launcher Thor and Ice Claw Marvel's Frost Giant never came to light. Though no known images seem to exist for the Thor figure, one has surfaced for the Ice Claw Marvel's Frost Giant - Meaning there's a prototype out there somewhere.

Join us next time when we take a look at Fathom!

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Teenage mutant Ninja Turtles - Revoltech (Kaiyodo)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Revoltech

If we had to find fault with Revoltech's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it would be that they went with the Nickelodeon look as opposed to the classic comic versions.

No, we don't have a problem with Nick's iteration of the Green Fab Four. In fact, we love it quite a bit. Our nostalgic side just wishes that this series would have been a throwback to the Turtles as they where, not what they are. That's just personal preference though.

That aside, there's no denying that what we have here is fantastic plastic. The attention to detail, and massive amounts of articulation make these a must own for fans. The only problem is getting them at a reasonable price, and prices are going to fluctuate majorly depending on where you get them from.

Sellers in Hong Kong and China ask roughly forty dollars a piece for these guys. However, confirming that they're legit is another story. Unfortunately Asian sellers are synonymous with the bootleg stereotype. Buying from US sellers is no treat either as this will set you back anywhere from eighty to one hundred dollars for each figure. Pick your poison.

Each figure features numerous accessories, which includes alternate heads that can be switched out. This has become a somewhat industry standard for high end collectibles as of late. Each figure also includes a fun display stand which can be used to get even more poses out of each figure - Such as aerial jump kicks.

The Revoltech series is highly regarded for its massive amount of poses that you can get out of each figure due to the generous articulation that is included in each figure. This articulation is even extended to the eyes which can be moved left and right with the swivel of the bandana. What's great about this feature is that moving the bandana all the way to the side shifts each Turtle's eyes to white - Such as seen on the show when they're battling.

That's not to say that the figures are without fault. One such issue is that the ball joints often times don't rotate to the position you're looking for, so it take a little patience to move things just right to achieve the pose you're looking for. In addition, some collectors have commented how the weapons easily fall from the figure's hands. Revoltech has tried to counter this by adding pegs to the weapons which fit in the hole of the hands - Unfortunately it's not a flawless system.

These figures are definitely a lot of fun, but we're sure the price point is a major turn off for many casual fans. These definitely aren't marketed towards kids, but more so collectors.

Join us next time when we take a look at Thor - The Mighty Avenger!

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Prophet (Awesome Toys / Extreme Toys)

Awesome Toys / Extreme Toys

Prophet was a comic character created by industry pariah Rob Liefeld in 1992 for his first Image Comics project, Youngblood. Sadly, the character has seen more success out of the hands of his creator under the helm of Brandon Graham and Simon Roy. The character also had a fairly strong following when artist Stephen Platt took over drawing duties in 1994, though the draw (no pun intended) was mainly Platt's artwork as opposed to the story in each book.

In 1997, Awesome Toys / Extreme Toys was looking to cash in on a piece of the pie that McFarlane was eagerly chomping on. They produced a very confined series based on Prophet, and released the majority to exclusive sellers. Sales were lackluster at best, and by 1999 not only was the Prophet series long gone, but so too was Awesome Toys / Extreme Toys.

 Prophet*Prophet (Ivory Splash Page Comics Exclusive)

Prophet (Blue Armor Troll and Toad Exclusive)*Prophet (Black Armor Troll and Toad Exclusive)

Join us next time when we take a look at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Revoltech!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Series 13 (Playmates Toys)

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Series 13
Playmates Toys

Get your wallets out! Playmates Toys has hit toy isles hard this month with a massive release of new figures. This new wave includes all the new Dimension X stuff as well as a handful of other figures.

For die hard fans of all things TMNT, Fugitoid is no stranger to them. The long standing sidekick of the Turtles finally joins them by their side in plastic in Nickelodeon's line.


When we initially heard about the line of Dimension X Turtles coming out, we thought that each one would have a unique name, or at the very least the word, "Space" in front of them. This is not the case. Each figure has only their respective Turtle name.





When Mozar and Lord Dregg were first announced, they were stated to be Walmart exclusives. This may not end up being the case as Target has them on their website - Granted you can't order them yet as of this post. So they may end up taking them down if they are indeed exclusive.


 Lord Dregg

Mozar and Lord Dregg are indeed Walmart exclusives. Unfortunately they also don't come with any weapons. Lame.

Playmates Toys also released a couple figures under the standard TMNT banner. What's interesting is that we continue to get the latter new figures being announced, yet there is still no word of Dark and Dire Dream Beaver, nor Savage Mikey which were announced last year.

Personally, we think Playmates Toys missed a grand opportunity to make a four pack of all the beavers together. However, considering that all four have yet to be released, there's still time.

 Mutant Shredders

Mondo Gecko


We spoke too soon. Savage Mikey has also started hitting shelves. We've also seen the new vehicle, Casey's Slamboni which is drawing in many fans for it's non painted face version of Casey Jones.

Savage Mikey

Casey's Slamboni

For those looking to get their hands on more skateboards for their TMNT line, we recommend anything from Tech Deck. They match the size of these figures perfectly, and you can find some really great designs. We found a great Star Wars ten pack at our local Toys R Us. Of course when we picked it up it was on sale for half the price they're currently asking for it.

We're also fans of the Miworld Pizza Shop and accessory packs with more mini pizzas in them. These also incorporate perfectly into the line.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Jack the Ripper (Mezco)

Jack the Ripper

The identity of Jack the Ripper is most likely never going to be discovered. It's possible that the murders "credited" to the killer may not have even been the work of one person, but rather numerous people killing in a familiar style.

Regardless of who Jack the Ripper was, one thing is for certain...A toy based on such a brutal killer is in rather poor taste - Which is what makes it so awesome that Mezco went with one - Two if you count the variant version.

What, how can you say that? Come on, it's 2015. The murders of Jack the Ripper took place in 1888. At this point it's no more relevant to society than that of a story containing the Boogie Man. The media in general has cashed in on the myths of the infamous serial killer for decades now, so why not a toy company?

 Jack the Ripper (Bowler Hat)

Regardless of where you stand on the whole idea of the toy, artistically speaking the sculpt is gruesomely delightful. This figure would work just fine as a sidekick to any of your horror icons produced in the same scale.

Jack the Ripper (Top Hat)

Prices to hunt one of these down are all over the map. We've seen them sell for as little as $15.00 for one new in the box, and upwards of $35.00. We've even seen a couple insane sellers plastering them with a $100.00 or more price tag - Those sellers still have them by the way.

Join us next time when we take a look at Prophet!

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Terminator (Funko / ReAction Figures)

The Terminator
Funko / ReAction Figures

Truth be told, we're not big The Terminator fans around these parts. We've seen all the movies with the exception of the latest one, and honestly probably won't even bother with it. The Endoskeleton is cool looking and all, but beyond that the series really doesn't do it for us.

However, we do appreciate Funko's release of figures which immortalizes the series in all its retro goodness of plastic. The series has its charm to us for that. The use of The Terminator vintage movie poster as the cardback is awesome, but it feels like the series missed out considering that a good portion of the other lines have production photos for each individual character as the cardback. I guess what we're trying to say is that it lacks uniqueness.

Still, if you're a fan of The Terminator, and love what Funko has been doing as of late with its five point of articulation figures, then this series probably has a lot of draw for you.

Sarah Connor

Kyle Reese

The Terminator

T800 Terminator

T800 Endoskeleton

T800 Endoskeleton (Chrome)

With that, we wrap up our month long look at Funko ReAction Figures. We'll be back to visit the ReAction Figures line in the future. There's a fair amount of other lines out there already that we didn't get a chance to cover, and Funko seems determined to keep churning them out with the announcements of future ones that are on the way.

Join us next time when we take a look at Jack the Ripper!

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Rocketeer and Escape From New York (Funko / ReAction Figures)

Since The Rocketeer and Escape from New York are Funko's smallest lines to date for the ReAction Figures line, we've decided to compile them both together.

The Rocketeer
Funko / ReAction Figures

A lot of people associate The Rocketeer character with Disney's 1991 film - So much to the point that they don't even know that the character had been around in comic book format since 1982 when illustrator Dave Stevens created him.

The character is a throw back to the serials of the 1940's and 1950's, and it very much shows in the overall look and design of not just Cliff Secord (The Rocketeer), but also his world as set in Los Angeles and New York. The ironic part of The Rocketeer's origin that in a way he's no more than a crook himself. See, he initially obtained his jetpack by finding an abandoned package that two crooks ditched while evading the police. Inside was the pack - Which he kept - Which is stealing.

Anyway...Funko's version of The Rocketeer is based on the inception as seen in the 1991 Disney film - Down to the artwork and logo design. Sadly, it's also the only figure you'll find under the banner.

 The Rocketeer

A black and white version of The Rocketeer was produced for San Diego Comic Con in 2014. We have to admit that we like the old time look to the cardback and figure.

The Rocketeer

Escape From New York
Funko / ReAction Figures

Kurt Russell made a few cult classics with John Carpenter. One of which was Escape from New York in 1981. The premise of the movie is that essentially crime has bloomed so much that the island of Manhattan was developed into a prison from shore to shore. It's a lawless island where the criminals have developed their own society under the rule of Duke of New York (Isaac Hayes).

The Duke has also take the President of the United States hostage, and promises to execute him if the prisoners of the island are not granted access to the mainland. Their response is to send Snake Plissken, an ex-U.S. Special Forces soldier turned rebel in to retrieve the president. His reward for doing so - A full pardon.

Things explode, people die, and Kurt Russell throws out catch phrase after catch phrase over the course of the next ninety-nine minutes, and it all culminates into a cult classic that wouldn't see a sequel until fifteen years later (1996).

 Snake Plissken

Funko's ReAction Figures series brings us two versions of Snake. One with a brown jacket, and one without the jacket. Not much in terms of variation.

Snake Plissken

If you're a fan of Kurt Russell, Funko has already given you three opportunities to nab a figure based on the actor - These two above, and Jack Burton from Big Trouble in Little China. Now we just need Colonel Jack O'Neil from Stargate (or better yet, an entire line up of Stargate figures).

Join us next time when we take a look at The Terminator!

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