Friday, August 30, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Evil Dead, You're Next would easily be the most brutal, bloody, and fun horror movie released this year. Is You're Next a film worth your time, or would you be better served to skip over and see the next film on the marquee? Read on and find out in this mostly spoiler free review, after the break....
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
On their Facebook page, NECA has unveiled some early shots of the in-progress wax sculpt of the Nostromo space suit from Alien. It looks awesome so far and definitely seems like it could be used a few times for NECA to release a few crew members like Kane and Dallas in the suits. I had the super cool Alien Micro Machines playset that came out in the mid 1990s which included a space suit and, believe me, I loved the heck out of that thing.
Also, even if you're not an Alien fan, wouldn't this look decent standing inside your Castle Grayskull?
Action Figure Review: Castaspella from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel (Confirmed: Great and a 1/2)
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Action Figure Review 90's Edition: Twister Strike Scarecrow from Legends of the Dark Knight by Kenner (Confirmed: Great)
If you want a rundown of a little bit of the history of this line, check out my review of Laughing Gas Joker here. In order to compete with the growing popularity of McFarlane Toys' Spawn figures, Kenner crafted Legends of the Dark Knight to be bigger, more detailed, and somewhat more twisted than your average Batman figure. Released as part of the first series of figures in 1996, Twister Strike Scarecrow is a gangling, frightening vision of evil in plastic form that might still have a place on your toy shelf, even though he's 18 years old at this point. Prepare for some fear, after the break...
Monday, August 26, 2013
Action Figure Review 90s Edition: Burnt Spawn from Spawn:The Movie by McFarlane Toys (Confirmed: Good and a 1/2)
Slowly but surely I'm picking up Spawn: The Movie figures here and there. While I only owned Spawn and Jason Wynn from when the movie was originally released on August 1, 1997, over the past few months I've picked up Jessica Priest and Al Simmons, and now I've picked up Burnt Spawn. This figure represents Al Simmons (played by Michael Jai White) after he returns from Hell after making a deal with the villainous Malebolgia. Not yet aware of how to use his Spawn powers yet, Al's still running around looking like a hobo version of Freddy Krueger. While it's been years since I last watched the movie (although I do plan to rectify that as I found a DVD copy last weekend for $1) I think this figure's accessories tie into a scene where Spawn meets the Clown and ends up digging up his own grave. Am I right? Wrong? Does anyone really care? Let's just look at this toy!
Action Figure Review: Rokkon and Stonedar--The Comet Warriors from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel (Confirmed: Good and a 1/2)
Mattycollector.com is the presence or absence of the SDCC 2013 sticker. I'm actually pretty pleased with this, especially considering the pain that SDCC exclusives can sometimes be. Ready to jump in and take a look at these crazy Comet Warriors? Then join me after the break....
Friday, August 23, 2013
Action Figure Review: Baxter Stockman from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates (Good and a 1/2)
I'm really loving the new TMNT series on Nickelodeon, especially the appearances by Baxter Stockman. While my initial thoughts of Baxter Stockman will always be of the mutated fly man from the vintage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line, the new series has done a nice job of adapting Stockman's appearance in volume 1 of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics by Mirage and making him both a menace and comic relief (actually, my favorite version of Baxter is probably his appearance in the ongoing IDW comic series). Anyways, Snakeweed was the first figure I found in the fourth wave of TMNT figures and Leatherhead was the second, but Baxter took me a bit longer. He's presented here in his battle armor from the season 1 episode "I Think His Name is Baxter Stockman". Ready for a look at this guy? Join me after the break....
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Action Figure Review: Ooze Scoopin' Donnie from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates (Confirmed: Good)
Ooze Tossin' Raph how I said that I didn't plan on picking up the rest of the Ooze Launching Turtles but made a special exception for Raphael since he's my favorite Turtle? Yeah, that didn't pan out. I ended up finding these guys on sale for a really good price and ended up buying the rest of them just the other day. I've now got a ton of Turtles figures still to review (Cockroach Terminator, Baxter Stockman, the rest of the Stealth Tech guys, and the Rat King) but today I'll be looking at Ooze Scoopin' Donnie. Actually, I'll be interviewing Donatello for this review. Yup! This is my first ever combination interview/ review. I hope it goes well!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
NECA version of Freddy Krueger with the Powerglove. So, I know you're just dying to know my opinions on this 22 year old film, right? Let me just start by saying that this was enjoyable film, but just not a very good one. There's always a macabre fun when Freddy Krueger's involved (much like the Cryptkeeper) and I love the special effects of the period, but the story is kind of crazy and doesn't seem to make too much sense. Anyways, here's a review of Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare.
Action Figure Review: Legacy Megazord from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers by Bandai (Confirmed: Great)
Power Rangers Legacy Morpher, I decided to give into my impulses and pick up the Legacy Megazord as well. As I mentioned in my Morpher review, I wasn't into the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for too long, but, like a catchy pop tune, my time with the Rangers was short, lively, and something that I look back on with equal parts nostalgia and embarrassment. Thinking back, there was absolutely no reason for me to be running around in all blue clothes and shouting "Triceratops" at the top of my lungs. I do have some fond memories, such as seeing Power Rangers Live twice, collecting Power Rangers pogs from McDonald's, and hearing my dad one day shout that he didn't ever want to hear the words "Power Rangers" uttered in his house ever again. Well, guess what? Now I live in my own house and I say Power Rangers as often as I want. Sometimes my wife will say "What do you want for dinner?" "Power Rangers!" I shout! (If I'm feeling really feisty, I'll randomly yell "V.R. Troopers!" just to shake stuff up. That's how I roll.) (**Editor's note: Now I know how your dad felt.**) OK, so I guess you didn't come here to hear me ramble on about nothing, but instead to hear about the Legacy Megazord? Well, let's bring 'em together and get on with the review/FAQ. After the break, of course.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Action Figure Review: Shredder (SDCC 2013 Exclusive) from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates (Confirmed: Eh and a 1/2)
Amazon review of him, I wrote:
"I'm really disappointed with this figure. The Shredder usually makes an awesome toy, but I'm not exactly sure what happened here. He looks ok as part of a display, but if you put him by himself or try to play around with him, I think you're going to be disappointed. Hopefully, Playmates revisits this character down the line (although there is a talking version with a cape available currently) because this guy just doesn't cut it for me."
Well, now Playmates has released a new version of Oroku Saki that was a SDCC 2013 exclusive. He's taller, articulated a bit differently, and features vac metallized blades and armor. He's also $35, about 4 times the price of your standard TMNT figure. Is he worth it? Read on and face the Shredder to find out...
Monday, August 19, 2013
Action Figure Review: Stealth Tech Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates (Confirmed: Great)
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Friday, August 16, 2013
Alright, folks, it's decision time for those of you considering signing up for the MOTUC 2014 subscription from Matty Collector. The sub closes on Monday the 19th at 11:59pm. So what are you waiting for? Follow the link below and sign up already!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Action Figure Review 90's Edition: Deluxe Flightpak Batman from Legends of Batman by Kenner (Confirmed: Eh)
So far this year I've pretty much finished my Aliens and Predator lines from Kenner (except for a few of the really rare figures), completed Playmates Monster Force, and picked up every figure I needed to complete my set of Toy Biz's Resident Evil line. What's next? Well, lately I've been working on Legends of Batman. I'm getting there. Today I'm looking at another of the "Deluxe" figures in the line (deluxe meaning shiny, apparently), Flightpak Batman. Released in the first wave of series 2 in 1995, this version of Batman is told to be from "the near future" with the mission "to battle criminals straight out of cyberspace." Yup, that sounds like something someone with no grasp of the internet might say. Anyways, when I look at this "Deluxe" figure, it seems like someone tried to squeeze in everything they thought would appeal to a kid: the figure is shiny, bright, has a giant jet pack, comes with a gun of some kind, and is Batman. To me, it's actually a painfully dull figure. Agree? Disagree? Read the review and come up with your own opinion...
FDR: American Badass! tells the story of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (AKA: The Delano, AKA: Wheels of Steel, AKA: Big Papa Juicemaker) as he comes to terms with the loss of the usage of his legs due to polio and the strains this put on his marriage to Eleanor Roosevelt during his first three terms as President of the United States. Covering such significant events such as Roosevelt contracting polio through a werewolf bite, his first election as President, and his triumphant one-man attack on Normandy, FDR: American Badass! gives us a robust and yet intimately personal look at the werewolf fighting 32nd President of the United States. It also features a werewolf Adolf Hitler, a gatling gun wheel chair, and a drug-induced visit with the spirit of Abraham Lincoln. This is an over-the-top and offensive comedy that's sole purpose is to make you laugh and cringe in equal measures. Want to learn more? Check it out after the break....
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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How about this, we just confirmed from logistics that Two Bad, like Clamp Champ or Fang Man will be short produced and therefore will only be for sub holders in 2014. I don't know if that is an incentive, but it is the latest info we just got.
Now Two Bad, probably the most wanted figure for many fans from the 2014 sub, is going to be exclusively available to fans who sub. Does this make you want to sub more? Less? How do you feel about this move? Honestly it's probably a smart move for Mattel to make in order to ensure that vintage fans subscribe. Plus, it gives more incentive for e-tailers to purchase more subs since they can charge whatever they want for them. If you're planning getting Two Bad and a few other figures next year, subbing might be the best way to go because this guy could truly be price gouged like nobody's business.
The wait for Director Neill Blomkamp's 2nd film is finally over!
In 2009, first time Director Neill Blomkamp (with the help of producer Peter Jackson) gave audiences one of the most captivating and original films in recent memory: District 9. In District 9, Blomkamp was able to create the most effective social commentary on immigration to come out of Hollywood. With the success of his 1st film, Blomkamp was rumored and courted for several franchises that he turned down in order to focus on another truly original film, Elysium, this time without the help or name of Peter Jackson. When the first trailer for Elysium hit in early 2013 it looked like Blomkamp would deliver that same sort of social commentary in his second film, this time with a heavy focus on social inequality in addition to immigration. That powerful message seemed to be wrapped in a different package, however, in the form of a summer blockbuster with Matt Damon headlining. So was Elysium a truly revolutionary summer blockbuster, or was it simply a fun science fiction film? Find out after the break……
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Monday, August 12, 2013
Action Figure Review 90s Edition: Ada Wong and Ivy from Resident Evil 2 by Toy Biz (Confirmed: Great)
soon to be released by Hot Toys as a very cool 1/6th scale figure. Ivy is another character/creature that has only ever appeared once, in the Biohazard 3 line by Moby Dick toys, and it's always fun to look at something that hasn't been done a million times before. Ready for a look at this very cool set? The read on, after the break....
Friday, August 9, 2013
Action Figure Review: The Joker from DC Superfriends Imaginext by Fisher-Price (Confirmed: Eh and a 1/2)
From the man that brought you Contraband!
There was a time in Hollywood when the name Denzel Washington really meant something as the Academy Award winning actor put out hit after through the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Versatile hits from Remember the Titans to Training Day made Denzel not only one of the best, but also one of the most marketable actors in the business. Recently, however, Washington has had a run of flops (The Book of Eli to Safehouse), usually followed by a good film like Flight or Unstoppable in between, resulting in a very uneven feeling for the Denzel brand. As for Wahlberg, his career has been pretty steady about putting out films that vary from crap to mediocrity, somehow making him one of the most overrated stars in the business (*Do you know why people love Mark Walhberg? 3 words: The Big Hit- Editor*). Put the two together and you get 2 Guns from director Baltasar Kormakur, who directed Mark Wahlberg’s last debacle earlier this year: Contraband. So did 2 Guns come out better? Find out after the break……
Thursday, August 8, 2013
If you're going to subscribe for Club Eternia 2014, now is the time to do it, as the subscription window ends August 19th, 2013. As of this writing, we're up to 48%, which is pretty much where we were this time last year. If you haven't already subscribed, you can head over here and do so. Now that that's out of the way, ready to take a look at and read some thoughts on the new Masters of the Universe figures revealed at SDCC 2013? For a little background, check out this article where I discuss the creation of my "Top 25 Masters of the Universe Classics" list prior to New York Toy Fair in 2012. First, here are the new figures revealed that have been on my top 25 list since February of 2005:
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More after the break...
I'm trying a different format for my reviews that focuses less on the traditional categories and more on the high and low points of a figure. Let me know what you think.- Barbecue17*
First name: Mister. Middle name: Period. Last Name: T. If you're not at all interested in this toy because it's a figure of Clubber Lang, Rocky's opponent from Rocky III, at least you should be interested in this as an action figure of Mr. T. If you're not interested in this as a figure of Mr. T, what the heck is wrong with you? Mr. T is such an important part of my life that I made sure to schedule my wedding day on his birthday (May 21st, baby!). That makes it easier to remember my anniversary, because whenever I'm out shopping for a birthday gift for Mr. T, I remember to pick something up for my wife as well. (**Editor's note: Wow, that's so romantic. With that in mind, I'll be sure to have our baby--due any day now--on Aug. 11 so I'll always remember to send Chris Hemsworth a birthday card that day.**) Anyways, NECA did an amazing job on their Rocky line: Unique sculpts, excellent paint, and really well thought out articulation has made these hands down not only the best Rocky figures ever, but also some of the best action figures of last year. Clubber comes in two versions and today I'm looking at the pre-fight Clubber. Take a brief look at a real man, Clubber Lang. He's after the break and he's waiting for you!
Could We're the Millers be the next surprise comedy hit for Warner Brothers?
At the beginning of the summer we saw the first trailer for We’re The Millers, a film about a very unconventional family who comes together for an epic drug deal. The insanely hilarious trailer left audience after audience dying of laughter despite the fact that trailer was attached to nearly every big summer release. The response from the marketing of the film combined with Hollywood’s up and coming A-list comedy star Jason Sudeikis left many, including Warner Bros, to believe that they could have the next surprise breakout comedy on their hands ala The Hangover and Horrible Bosses. So was We’re the Millers the start of the next surprise comedy franchise for Warner Bros., or did it just have a really funny trailer? Find out after the break…….
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
NECA announces Classic Video Game Appearance Freddy Krueger for their A Nightmare on Elm Street Line
Inspired by the Classic 1989 Video Game
Freddy is the companion piece to the Friday the 13th Classic Video Game Jason, one of the hottest SDCC Exclusives this Summer. Released in 1989 for the super popular 8-Bit home console, the video game Nightmare on Elm Street is so bad… it’s good.
A cult classic if there ever was one, NECA’s Freddy Krueger (1989 Video Game Appearance) will be a fully articulated 7-inch figure done up in that truly horrifying video game deco. This figure comes in a special window box packaging with opening flap to re-create the look and feel of the classic 1989 video game packaging.
Insidious was a movie I had wanted to see, but somehow it just passed me by. When I was intrigued by the trailer for the upcoming Insidious: Chapter 2, Brad told me that I had to absolutely watch the original. I'd heard great reviews of the movie from a number of folks with quite a few people telling me they thought it was one of the scariest movies they had ever seen. After seeing (and loving) director James Wan's The Conjuring, I knew I had to track this film down. I guess I am a fan of James Wan's directorial horror efforts, as I enjoyed the original Saw, the somewhat silly but fun Dead Silence, and of course The Conjuring. So, what did I think of Insidious? I'll get into a slightly more spoilerish review after the break, but I will say that I enjoyed the movie. I didn't, however, find it nearly as scary as so many people have made it out to be (for my money, The Conjuring was a much more frightening film). For most horror movies, unless there's some relevant history, I think viewers are best going into the theater with as little information as possible. Since you've probably heard a bit about Insidious by now, as the movie came out in 2011, I will say that I felt the movie was more of a blend of horror and dark fantasy rather than just a straight up horror film. It also reminds me quite a bit of Poltergeist, which always earns a film a few points. It's got good performances, especially by Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, and manages to pull a few surprises. If you're looking for a good haunted house movie that's more psychological rather than visceral, it's worth looking into. More detailed thoughts (and some spoilers) after the break......
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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Perhaps this series will be next on my list after I complete Legends of Batman.....
Monday, August 5, 2013
The Way Way Back, isn't your typical summer movie!
What exactly is a summer movie? Has it simply become giant robots punching each other or superheroes racing to stop a doomsday device, or can a summer movie still be something more? A couple of weeks ago the answer to what summer movies have become would probably have been a relatively simple one, answered by post credits stingers and marketing stretched to cover the globe. That was until the theatrical release of one of the favorite films of Sundance 2013: The Way Way Back. Could this film really restore the promise of a summer movies? Find out after the break……
Friday, August 2, 2013
Action Figure Review: Stealth Tech Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates (Confirmed: Great and a 1/2)
Raphael since he was my favorite turtle, but I wasn't overly impressed with him. The Stealth Tech Turtles, however, captivated me. Any figure dressed in tactical styled spy gear automatically registers on my action figure radar, so these guys ended up in the armful of TMNT figures I purchased last week. Ready for a look at Stealth Tech Raphael?
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Here's Barbecue 17 doing his first unboxing review! Check it out, then order it for yourself at Big Bad Toy Store! http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=NEC12127&mode=retail.
Action Figure Review: Predator Limited Edition Trophy Skulls Pack from Predator by NECA (Confirmed: Great)
the trophy wall seen at the end of Predator 2. Well, besides just being cool, in March NECA announced that those various skulls can serve a purpose in your display by being stored on the Predator Trophy Wall Diorama that's just recently been released. This was such a cool idea, but it left me with a massive problem: I only owned a couple of the skulls and some of the figures they came with have since become notoriously difficult to find. Well, since NECA is a company that I truly believe respects it's customers, they've created a really cool little pack of all 10 unique skulls which have been previously released that is available as a limited set (I found it on their Amazon store). If you've already bought the individual figures that came with these skulls, you're all set to just pick up the wall or snag some extras. If you're a slacker like me who held out until Dutch was released, this really solves a lot of problems. This is a simple set of 10 accessories that ships in a plastic tray in a plain, white mailer, but it can definitely make the difference in deciding if you want the Predator Trophy Wall. Ready for a brief look at these trophies? Then join me after the break....