Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ghost in the Shell (Toycom/Alpha)



Ghost in the Shell
Toycom/Alpha
2000

Want a challenge? See if you can collect all the Ghost in the Shell figures from Toycom/Alpha. You'll be pulling the hair out of your head in no time.

Despite being only two versions of the character, Major Motoko Kusanagi, Toycom and Alpha made sure to bombard the market with variant upon variant upon variant.

The first figure, Hard Disk has five different versions - Mind you, that's just in the USA. The second version, White Out, has a whopping seven! Again, that's just in the USA. To track down all of them, you'd have to first collect the versions from Japan. These are designated with the Alpha logo at the top left of the package. Then you'd have to hunt down the USA versions. These are denoted with the Alpha and Toycom logos at the top left.

For the sake of not going bald, we've only compile the USA version. There's no difference between the two versions with the exception of the company logo on the package, so unless you absolutely need every package variation out there, though it's still a ton of figures, you can probably suffice with just the ones listed below.

Hard Disk*Hard Disk (Clear)*Hard Disk (Repainted Previews Exclusive)

If Akira was the first Japanese animated film to take US shores by storm, then Ghost in the Shell (released in 1995) certainly fights a close battle to come in second. We saw the film way back in the day, and quite frankly we were as confused by it then as we are now - Then again we were never really big fans of reading our movies (AKA subtitles), so we admittedly didn't pay attention a lot of times when any form of Japanese film was on. For a full summary of the plot, we suggest you take a look at the film's Wiki page, "Here".


White Out*White Out (Black and Gold)*White Out (Black)

The figures aren't necessarily expensive, they're just difficult to track down. On average, they'll set you back anywhere from $6.00 to $10.00. We've even seen the figures sell for as little as a buck a piece. However, some of the more rare variants have sold for as much as $30.00 each. These more pricey variants include White Out (Red), White Out (Black and Gold) and White Out (Black).


White Out (Red)*White Out (Previews Exclusive)

For those interested in the basics of this line, yet are frugal with their money, you can also find two different two packs which were released. The first contains the standard Hard Disk and White Out figures. The second contains both of the Previews exclusive versions of the two figures. Of course both of these sets were Previews exclusives.

The two packs sell for roughly $10.00 a set. Unfortunately they're even hard to track down than the single packs.


White Out and Hard Disk Two Pack*White Out and Hard Disk Two Pack (Repainted Previews Exclusive)


We remember these figures selling for upwards of $100.00 each in their prime - With the exception of the basic Hard Disk and White Out versions. It's shocking to see how far they've plummeted in price. We wager that this was mainly due to Americans getting swept up in the Japanese animation craze to the point that they were willing to pay just about anything to get a crumb of anything that the Japanese would sprinkle on the ground around us.

Of course, back then getting your hands on any form of imported Manga was quite hard and expensive - Even on VHS. Now that it's far more common, we can understand the massive decline in value.

Join us next time when we take a look at Nintendo Power!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Win A Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Karai Serpent Figure!



Yup, you read the title correctly. This is your chance to win an elusive Karai Serpent figure from the new Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line. We've got her in hand, and we want to put her in yours - Or at least one of you!

We want to put this figure in the hands of a child (preferably) or adult collector that will enjoy owning this figure, and not look to make a profit on secondary markets. As such, SCALPERS ARE NOT WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST. If it is determined that you are entering for the sole purpose of selling this figure, your entry will be voided.

Here's how you can get a chance to nab the prize - Simply post a comment in the comment section below with your name or pseudonym, and a brief blurb of why you want to win this figure. When the contest ends, we'll compile all entries, and select one winner. This contest runs from Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 12:01 AM until 11:59 PM on Friday, July 31, 2015. Limit one entry per person.

Here's how you claim the prize - The winner will be announced on August 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM. Once announced, you will have twenty-four hours to claim your prize by contacting The Toy Box at thetoybox1138@gmail.com. If the prize it not claimed in that twenty-four hour period, it will be deemed null and void, and a follow up winner will be announced, who will also have twenty-four hours to respond. Hopefully we'll get someone to claim it by then, but if not, the process will repeat until we do.

Unfortunate stipulations - At this time, only residents of the United States and Canada are eligible for the contest. We apologize to our friends abroad, but due to this being a non-profit contest, we cannot incur the excessive shipping costs for overseas packages.

We reserve the right to cancel this contest at any time, and void the prize. Please contact The Toy Box should you have any questions at thetoybox1138@gmail.com.

Good luck!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Now Playing Presents Land of the Dead (State of the Art Toys)



Now Playing Presents Land of the Dead
State of the Art Toys
2006

State of the Art Toys is one of those companies that comes and goes at its own pace. They don't tend to release a whole lot of items, but what they do produce is pretty impressive. The quality and sculpts show the work of people who care about the product they're putting forth, and the attention to every detail is always highly praised by fans.

Now Playing Presents Land of the Dead was one of those lines that kind of came out of no where. It was based on the George A. Romero of the same name (Minus the Now Playing Presents part). Romero himself has been pleasing fans for decades with his "Dead Series", and SOTA took an opportunity to bring some of that pleasure home in the form of plastic action figures - That sounded almost dirty as we typed it.

Beyond saying that there were three figures produced, there's honestly not a whole lot more to say on the series. It's a line that appeals to a niche market, and beyond that isn't going to be a big seller - Thus why there were probably only three figures.

Big Daddy


Machete


The Butcher


Each figure came packed with a few hacked up pieces to form "The Victim" when compiled. However, this wasn't exactly an extra figure that could be assembled - More so just spread about the plastic base diorama pieces that also came packed with each figure.

These days it's not a hard line to track down - It just costs more than most people are willing to pay. Typically priced at an average of $25.00 to $30.00 per figure, most go unsold on secondary markets. Most collector's on average are willing to pay about $5.00 for each figure.

Join us next time when we take a look at Ghost in the Shell!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mr. Bacon (Accoutrements)



Mr. Bacon
Accoutrements
2002

We love finding stuff like this. We honestly do.

Accoutrements is a company behind numerous bacon based products - Toothpaste, lip balm, body wash - The list goes on. Their mascot, Mr. Bacon not only has been plastered across the packaging of these items, but also made an appearance in plastic as a bendable figure in 2002.

The Toy Box readers, if you haven't met him before, we'd like to introduce you to, Mr. Bacon!

This fun little guy stands about eight inches high, and compliments every bacon lover's collection just perfectly.

Mr. Bacon
 
Now, we didn't know this, but apparently bacon and tofu don't get along. If you're like Mr. Bacon, and you can't stand your tofu, then you'll want to nab yourself a Mr. Bacon Vs. Tofu two-pack, and live out your fantasies of destroying this curd and soy based villain.
 
Or perhaps you're a tofu fan, and you simply want to stick it to those bacon eaters by destroying Mr. Bacon for good with your tofu fighter. Either way, Accoutrements has you covered with this two pack.
 

Mr. Bacon Vs. Tofu

Mr. Bacon isn't too hard to find these days. You can nab him up from sites such as Amazon and ebay for around $5.00 to $7.00. The two pack on the other hand is a little pricier. It can still be found on Amazon, but some sellers ask as much as $30.00 for the set. That's ranging on the "steep" level for these guys.

Join us next time when we take a look at Now Playing Presents Land of the Dead!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Scarface (NECA)



Scarface
NECA
2007

It's interesting that the 1983 film, Scarface, has become noted for being such a great "mob" film, praised by critics today. In the 80's when it was first released it was heavily criticized for it's harsh language, drug overtones and violence. Certain Cuban groups even went so far as to pan and ban the film for such a harsh portrayal of Cubans as criminals in general.

Since its initial release, several bits of merchandise have hit shelves from posters to mugs, to t-shirts and toys - And more. The film has certainly come a long way, and during its travels has picked up several thousands if not millions of fans.

NECA knew that there was money to still be made off this classic 80's film, and that's where these fantastic figures come into play. In 2007 they released both a seven inch and eighteen inch version of the infamous Tony (Al Pacino) Montana. Each size came in two different versions - One with a white suit, and another in a blue suit. The sculpts were the same for all of them - Though the eighteen inch version had far more articulation.

Seven Inch Figures
Tony Montana (Blue Suit)*Tony Montana (White Suit)
 

EIGHTEEN INCH FIGURES
Tony Montana (White Suit)
 

EIGHTEEN INCH FIGURES
Tony Montana (Blue Suit)
 
Neither of the figures are necessarily cheap. The seven inch figures will set you back about $30.00 each, and the eighteen inch figures go for around $50.00. We suppose in terms of retail prices that they're not far off from that, but even at retail they were rather pricey.

Join us next time when we take a look at...Well, you really just have to see it to believe it.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Space: 1999 (Palitoy)



Space: 1999
Palitoy
1977

This post is for our reader, Night Owl, who commented about the Palitoy versions of Space: 1999 figures back in our original post of Mattel's version of the same series.

Palitoy was a British based toy manufacturer who often times worked with companies such as Kenner and Mego to produce and release figures in areas of the world that toys otherwise would not have made it to. The company found its biggest success in 1977 when it produced several foreign versions of Kenner's massively popular Star Wars line.

In that same year, Palitoys also released Mego branded dolls for Space: 1999. What's interesting about this particular line is that Mego never actually released dolls for this brand in the USA. Instead, it was Mattel that got their hands on the license to do so. With that said, there are definite differences between both lines in terms of design. As such, both are highly sought after by fans of the television series.

Only five - eight inch dolls were produced and released. All came packaged on that familiar Mego style bubble package which featured the status quo circular artwok depicting each character available.

 Alan Carter*Captain Koenig

 Captain Zantor*Mysterious Alien

Paul Morrow

Figures Toy Company gave a nod to the line in 2005 when they produced the original figures above as well as eleven additional ones. As such, be mindful when tracking down loose Palitoy versions as you may unwittingly purchase the newer versions at a vintage price.

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

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Kull the Conqueror (Toy Biz)



Kull the Conqueror
Toy Biz
1997

Kull the Conqueror was a character created by Robert E. Howard, the man behind Conan the Barbarian. The character found mild success in three separate volumes from Marvel Comics between 1971 and 1983, and in 1997 was brought to the big screen by actor Kevin Sorbo (Hercules). Though the film peaked at number nine at the box office, the overall reviews were negative.

It was this particular film that Toy Biz based their concept of the toys they produced on. Unfortunately due to the film thudding hard with critics, only three figures made it to store shelves before the line was halted and cancelled.

 Kull the Conqueror with Blazing Battle Armor

Because the line of toys was so small, we thought we'd take this opportunity to also look at the three volumes of the Marvel Comics series.

Volume one, Kull the Conqueror, (as pictured above) consisted of ten issues, and ran from 1971 to 1973.

Volume 2, Kull the Destoryer, (as pictured in the two photos below) picked up in 1973 where the Conqueror series left off. It even continued the numbering scheme, beginning with number 11. The Destroyer series ran through 1978 ending with issue number 29.


 Kull the King with Royal Battle Armor

Marvel tried to find success with a third volume (as pictured in the below photo - to the right of the figure) of Kull the Conqueror in 1982 and 1983 when they released two giant sized issues (one each year). Due to the lack of the characters overall popularity, and the hefty $2.00 price tag, sales were bleak at best.

Taligaro with War Attack Armor

Though the figures are readily available on secondary markets, sales are slim to none. Figures have been priced as low as $4.99, and still don't get purchased. It's a great line if you're looking for something cheap, but it's not a line that's grabbing the attention of the masses.

Join us next time when we take a look at Space: 1999!

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