Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Goonies (Funko / ReAction Figures)

The Goonies
Funko / ReAction Figures

True story - I once sent a letter to Richard Donner pitching an idea for a Goonies sequel. The concept was a simple one - Bring back the old cast, have them sitting around Mikey's home celebrating a holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas with their own children. Mikey's kid comes running to the table dressed in pirate garb to which one of the Goonies says, "Just like One Eyed Willy!" The adults (older cast) have a laugh, to which one of the younger children asks, "What's so funny?"

After settling down, Mikey says something to the tune of, "When we were younger we met THE One Eyed Willy." Of course the kids all scoff, saying, "No way," and things like that. Mikey says, "No, it's true. It all started when we ran into the vile Fratellis famly..." The film then fades into the beginning of the original Goonies movie which plays from start to finish

Boom, done! Long time fans get their long awaited sequel, but also the original. Why the original? Because let's be honest here - Fans of movies want sequels that are nothing short of the original. So, just give them the original with fluff (such as a reunited cast telling the tale of their younger days), and watch the cash flow in. I'd see it.

So....The Goonies. It's a classic. Can't deny it. Everyone knows it, to and include Funko. That's why they chose the film as one of their leading releases for their new Funko ReAction Figures back in 2014.


Funko hit the basics, releasing Mikey, Mouth, Data, Chunk and Sloth, but let's hope that a follow up series is in the works. We still need Brandon, Andy, Stef and of course the Fratellis; Mama, Francis and Jake. We also wouldn't mind a Rosalita to give our plastic Mouth someone to torment. Give us more, Funko!



Chunk (below) needs a little more....Well, chunk to him. The figure is way too skinny. Especially when compared side by side with the other figures. Look at the stock photo on the package - Data (cowering behind Chunk) is literally half the size of the actual actor. This should have been reflected in the figure.



It's a little annoying that the SDCC exclusive Sloth was nothing short of the same figure with the Superman logo added to the shirt. We're not saying we don't want a Sloth with a Superman shirt on, we're just saying that it shouldn't have been an exclusive - It's how the figure above should have been to begin with. A better exclusive would have been Sloth with his chains on.

Sloth (2014 SDCC Exclusive)

Admittedly, we were skeptical about any of the ReAction Figure lines when we first started hearing about them. We thought it was a step backwards for toys, and would give companies an excuse to charge premium prices for "dumb downed" figures. After actually getting our hands on the product - We can't help but think the complete opposite. These are fun, nostalgic in feeling, and quite frankly - They're just awesome when combined with that wonderful packaging.

On a side note, Funko, can we please get a Revenge of the Nerds series?

Join us next time when we take a look at Back to the Future!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Funko ReAction Figures!

Funko has been churning out figure after figure in their all new line of ReAction Figures - So many to the point that it's getting a little difficult to keep up. That's why we're dedicating the month of September to cataloging a "new" series every Monday and Thursday.

Fans of Funko, rejoice! We'll be looking at eight series in total over the next thirty days.

Those who aren't fans...Well...Let's just say we may not be your "go to" site for the month of September - Though we hope you'll still stop by. Who knows, you might just be turned on to an all new toy line.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Mighty Muggs - Indiana Jones (Hasbro)

Mighty Muggs - Indiana Jones

We've covered a fair amount of Indiana Jones toys "HERE" at The Toy Box, so there's not a whole lot we can say about the franchise in general at this point - So we won't.

Around 2008 (or so), the world of collectibles went crazy with the inception of mini distorted figures. Funko and Hasbro have been cashing in on that craze for years now, and there's no signs that it's slowing down any time soon - Though Funko has certainly made more of a killing at it than Hasbro.

2008's Indiana Jones Mighty Muggs line helped to cement that craze with popular iterations of everyone's favorite whip wielding archeologist. Hasbro unfortunately didn't cover a lot of ground before they were off to more popular licenses, but they still managed to produce a fun assortment of mini figures.

 Cairo Swordsman*Dr. Henry Jones

 Indiana Jones*Mola Ram

 Monkey Man*Mutt Williams

 Sallah*Short Round

Fertility Idol

Though numerous key players didn't get the chance to be imagined in vinyl, it was fairly exciting to see Hasbro give just a little bit of love to every Indiana Jones film.

Join us Tuesday September 1, 2015 for a special announcement!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Series 13 and Beyond!

It's amazing how much ground Playmates Toys has already covered so far this year, but there's more to come - Some of which will be hitting store shelves prior to the end of the year. With that said, we know that some of these figures have been in the works for months to a year now, and patience is definitely dwindling for some. Rest assured, as far as Playmates Toys is concerned, these figures are all on the way - Of Course the question of when remains up in the air.

 Fugitoid*Mondo Gecko

 Mutant Shredder 2-Pack*Savage Mikey

 Dimension X Michelangelo*Dimension X Donatello

 Dimension X Raphael*Dimension X Leonardo

 Dark Dream Beaver*Dire Dream Beaver

 Muckman*Mozar (Walmart Exclusive)
Lord Dregg (Walmart Exclusive)*Slamboni with Casey Jones

Playmates Toys announced a Fugitoid ship with Space Mikey figure mid this year. Though they have provided photos for the ship, there have been no press releases showcasing the figure that will be packed in.

Dimension X Fugitoid Ship with Space Mikey

In addition to the above referenced photos, we also have confirmation from Playmates Toys that several other items are coming down the pike;

Kraang Prime
Dr. Cluckingsworth, Ice Cream Kitty and Spike Three-Pack
Savatini Romero

Though the Mutations line didn't see the release of all the prior figures announced, until the line is official cancelled (if that is happening at all), fans can still expect;

Stockman Fly (Mutations)
Rahzar (Mutations)
Dogpound (Mutations)
Leatherhead (Mutations)

For those looking for a big purchase, keep your eyes peeled for the Toys R' Us exclusive History of the Turtles. This eight pack will feature the various versions of Leonardo in the majority of his plastic iterations since the 1980's. Expect a hefty price tag with that one. Just don't expect anything new as all these figures have already been released at some point in time.

Target is also getting their own exclusive five pack. This one will feature the four Dimension X Turtles and Fugitoid. What sets this particular multipack apart from the originals is that they will be painted with a chrome finish.

Beyond the Slamboni and Fugitoid ship as shown above, there hasn't been much noise in the world of vehicles as of late. The playsets seem to be all wrapped up for the year as well. Sadly for fans that were waiting on the Pop-Up Pizza Shredder's Lair Playset the wait is over - It has been cancelled.

We'll keep you posted on any future news we hear. For a look at all the prior Nickelodeon TMNT waves, click "HERE".

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (NECA)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This post is going to be out of the norm for us here. While we would normally only focus on toys, the sad truth is that Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory license doesn't have many beyond the 18" Willy Wonka doll, and handful of bobbleheads - If you even consider those toys. As such, we thought we'd take a look at the entire front of products that NECA released in 2005 for the highly hyped film.

During 2005, NECA produced a vast array of items. These included the aforementioned 18" figure and bobbleheads (known as Head Knockers), as well as Golden Ticket replicas, nite lites, pillows, tins, and so many more items. It was a mish mash of collectibles that didn't necessarily come together to form one line, yet at the same time left it open for collector's of all varieties. We'd honestly like to know just how well most of these items sold, but probably never will. We can't imagine that for the most part the majority of these items were popular.

Join us as we run through the offerings;

Willy Wonka 18" Figure

Will Wonka Head Knockers

Oompa Loompa Head Knockers (Red)*Oompa Loompa Head Knockers (Blue)

This item (below) we actually really like. It's a framed replica of the infamous Golden Ticket along with a wrapper for a Wonka Bar. It really displays nicely on the wall, and is a great conversation piece.

Framed Golden Ticket with Wonka Bar Wrapper

A second version was produced which is encased in plastic. It doesn't include the Wonka Bar wrapper.

Mounted Golden Ticket

Nite Lite Assortment

Plush Wonka Candy Bar Pillows

Plush Wonka Candy Bars

Sadly, the below tins didn't actually include any candy inside of them. They were just metal tins for storing bits and bobs in. Personally, we'd rather have actual candy.

Wonka Candy Bar Tins

Wall Clock

Book Ends

Fridge Magnets

Lunch Boxes with Thermos

Coffee Mug

The honest impression we get from this particular line up was that no game plan was necessarily made. It was more so just an attempt on NECA's part to "throw" things out there, and hope that something would catch somebody's interest. We've seen better from them. Perhaps they learned a valuable lesson here.

Join us next time when we take a look at Mighty Muggs - Indiana Jones!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Big Trouble in Little China (N2 Toys)

Big Trouble in Little China
N2 Toys

<Insert Jack Burton quote here>

Every time you come across a post regarding Big Trouble in Little China, or Jack Burton in general, they all start with some form of quote from the movie. Why not, there's so many memorable ones. That's why we're not going to limit this post to just one. Go ahead and insert your own favorite before proceeding to read on.

Big Trouble in Little China merchandise is few and far between. This is probably because while the film has gone on to be a successful cult classic, in truth, when first released it was a critical flop. The movie did no favors for actor Kurt Russell, and director John Carpenter. In fact, it arguably hurt both of their careers - Again, during the time.

These days, it seems the film is more so appreciated for what it was initially designed to be - A fun, action/sci-fi/martial arts/comedy film that resonates on every note among fans.

Unfortunately, because of its lack of success at the box office, fans who wanted to take home more than just the movie in VHS form had to wait until 2002 when N2 released a very small line of figures based on the film. Sadly, while the figures were sculpted nice, action figures they were not. Where was the articulation?

Due to the poor quality in which many fans viewed the toys, they sold poorly, and were quickly shuffled off to most clearance bins. That was 2002...

 Jack Burton*Egg Shen*Wang Chi

...It's 2015 now. Try as you might, you're not going to find these figures for cheap. What many ignored as trash over ten years ago has cultivated into a vast treasure. Carded figures can set you back anywhere from fifty to two hundred dollars - Depending on the character. Most loose figures sell for twenty-five to fifty dollars. Not bad for a toy that nobody wanted, and was blown out in clearance bins for a couple bucks.

Lo Pan*Lightning*Chinese Wildman

It is rumored that a second series was in the works, but cancelled when the line faltered from the get-go. Those figures supposedly would have included; Thunder, Rain, Gracie Law and Little Old Basket Case on Wheels Lo Pan. While spread across the internet, this information is not confirmed to be true - Though it also hasn't been disproved.

Fans who still want a little piece of the Big Trouble in Little China action figure world need not go broke grabbing these up. Funko has since released a series in the ReAction Figures line - Though not as detailed, they're still fun in their own way - If you like vintage style figures that is.

Join us next time when we take a look at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Muhammad Ali (Mego)

Muhammad Ali

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. in January of 1942, Muhammad Ali is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers in the world. Out of sixty-one fights, he's one fifty-six, thirty-seven of said fights were won by knock out. To date he is the only boxer to have one the heavyweight title three times; 1964, 1974 and 1978 - Respectively.

We could go into more detail on the man, discussing his ups and downs, his conviction for draft evasion, and even more so into depth on his fight with Joe Fraiser in 1971, but we'd be here all day going that route.

Instead, we'll just jump head long into Mego's 1976 line of dolls. The line is incredible small, featuring only The Champ, and his Opponent - In multiple package variations.

The most sought after versions for collectors are the bubble cards which are mounted to cardboard rings. Though you can often find the carded figure, a lot of times the ring section is missing. The best way to tell the two carded versions apart from each other is that the ring style ones have the figure packed to the left. The standard bubble carded figures are packaged to the right.

The Champ*Opponent

The Champ*Opponent

A mail away option was also made available, and is even more so elusive than the carded ring versions above.

The Champ

Out of all the playsets that Mego produced, the Muhammad Ali's Boxing Ring is one of the best in our opinion. Unlike most Mego playsets of this era which were made with 90% cardboard, the boxing ring is all plastic.

Muhammad Ali's Boxing Ring

Mego also produced a Bop Bag version of Ali so that the rest of us could contend against the champion without...You know...Dying.

Bop Bag

Denys Fisher produced a version of Mego's Muhammad Ali doll which was sold in the UK. To date it's one of the more difficult versions of the doll to track down.

Muhammad Ali (Denys Fisher)

Unfortunately for Mego's Muhammad Ali line, it was cut short. Four additional opponents were planned, and even developed as prototypes which never got released. These would have included Manila Mauler, Lightning Lefty, The Carrot Kid and Battling Ben.

Join us next time when we take a look at Big Trouble in Little China!

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