Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Action Figure Time Machine 90s Edition: Deluxe Silver Knight Batman from Legends of Batman by Hasbro (Confirmed: Good)
I hope everyone's enjoying these Legends of Batman reviews as much I'm enjoying collecting this cool line from the 1990s. While there have been a few Elseworlds stories where Batman fights during medieval times (Batman/ Dark Joker: The Wild, Batman: Dark Knight Dynasty, and Batman: Dark Knight of the Round Table come to mind), I don't think he's worn a costume like this in any of them. (By the way, would anyone be interested in reading reviews of the various Batman Elseworlds comics? There's a ton of them and most aren't very well known.) Anyways, here's what the back of the card says about Silver Knight Batman, a deluxe figure from series 2 of Kenner's Legends of Batman line released in 1995: "In dark Medieval days now long forgotten, the first son of a powerful nobleman operated as the imposing figure of Batman. Clad in brilliant, shining battle armor, Silver Knight Batman heroically led his empire's brave soldiers across the land, battling evil warriors at every turn, and banishing the vicious heathens with his smashing battle axe and slashing sword. As heir apparent to the Emperor's throne, Silver Knight Batman strived to someday end the warring and bring peace to his land forever."
Well, that's the story folks. Ready for the review? To the Bat-armory!
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Thunder Tread, and now it's time to look at the second Battle Babies piece I picked up from creator Brad Rader while at Charlotte's Heroes Convention: "The Dumbest Thing I've Ever Made." That's what Brad called it when I asked him about it, and he gave me a pretty sweet deal on it, too. Once again, remember that these are assemblage-styled customs, meaning they're made up of lots of different parts and accessories from various action figures and toys. They're pretty much one of a kind and are more art statement than traditional toy, although don't get me wrong; they'll look great on your shelf. Brad sells his various Battle Babies on his Storenvy page, so check there often for more unique pieces that might pop up. Like I always say with custom projects, the traditional categories might not apply, so you're just going to have to deal with a random look at a cool toy. Ready?
A couple great websites have put up some fantastic reviews of two SDCC exclusives that I'd love to own, but probably won't, at least for some time--Jon from Preternia.com has reviewed the NECA exclusive Albino Predator from the Batman/Predator fan film Dead End here, and Vault from It'sAllTrue.net has reviewed the NECA exclusive glow in the dark Jason Voorhees figure based off of the original Nintendo game here. These are both great reviews of some really cool exclusives, so head on over to those sites and check them out.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Interested in checking out images from wave 3 of Hasbro's upcoming 6 inch Star Wars Black line? Then head over to PoeGhostal.com and check out the fun. Poe got pictures sent to him (lucky) of the upcoming Stormtrooper, Episode 3 Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Luke Skywalker in his Bespin fatigues. Luke in the Bespin outfit was definitely one of the figures I've been most looking forward to seeing, and he does look pretty good. Let's hope he's got a removable hand (although I would imagine a battle damaged variant could be released at some point in the future--complete with removable hand, bloodied face, and a space cast!)
Rumors seem to be pointing towards an Episode 3 Anakin Skywalker as the likely fourth figure in the wave, although I hope it turns out to be Admiral Ackbar or Bossk. Just because they're both awesome.
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In the long awaited 18th edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we review James Mangold's long awaited The Wolverine. We also cover the epic news items of the week: Avengers 2 Age of Ultron and the recently announced Batman and Superman film from Warner Bros. In addition to that we delve into what we have been checking out: San Diego Comi-Con 2013,The Conjuring, The Raid Redemption, and Taxi Driver.
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Sunday, July 28, 2013
|How about Bill Paxton week?|
I hope everyone enjoyed our Resident Evil theme week. Unfortunately, I think I'm the only Resident Evil fan of the Epic Review crew, so I didn't get anyone wanting to write movie or video game reviews to make it a true, multimedia experience. I'm curious what you guys thought, however: this was our busiest week at ThEpic Review ever, so there must be some hardcore Resident Evil and/ or zombie fans out there. I've been thinking about some other theme weeks that we could do here. Here's some thoughts I had:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme week
A theme week dedicated to a specific Batman villain
A Sandman week (if only to get Arathaelia to actually pitch in!)
Admiral Ackbar week (although this could be a trap!)
G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 week (because it's one of my favorite toy lines ever)
Tomb Raider Week
Bruce Campbell Week
A DC Comics Elseworlds Week
Any thoughts? Any better ideas than what I have listed here? What elements do you want to see in a good theme week?
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Scott Neitlich (Toyguru) comments on Masters of the Universe Classics' 2014 Club Eternia subscription numbers
Mattycollector.com. My thoughts are in bold, his in italics. Not that the message is unedited, spelling errors and all.
I've seen a lot of emails and posts over the last few days about the meter and reaction to my post on Facebook yesterday that we are still tracking below expectations. Let me see if I can clear up some common questions.
1:The meter is 100% accurate. It is not a scare tactic. It was designed as a communication tool to let fans/customers know how close or far we are from the sub happening.
I actually had a hard time finding the thermometer (it's here after you click through to the sub you want). Just to play devil's advocate, what would be the point of Mattel showing the sub thermometer hitting 100%?-This isn't like Kickstarter where there are stretch goals and such for the exceeding the goal?
2:If the meter is not hit, what will likely happen is the 4 figures that are already tool'd (the ones revealed at SDCC) will be released quarterly and perhapes an item at SDCC. After that, that will be it. End of story. It is not a scare tactic, it is a truthful statement. MOTUC and in fact everything we do on Matty is a tiny tiny spec for Mattel. We continue to make these great toys because we love our fans, we love these brands and we want to keep them going. But the raw facts are in today's market we simply can't keep these high end low run collector lines going with out guaranteed customers. That is why we have the presale sub and the meter to communicate how far along we are.
While I still have a list of quite a few characters I want, if the line ended next year with us just getting the figures shown, that wouldn't be too bad. Glimmer, Hydron, Modulok, and Two-bad would definitely finish off the main crew from four separate factions.
[Letter continued after the break]
Friday, July 26, 2013
Hoardax from Hoard World is back to help us finish out Resident Evil week with another zombie themed review. This time, it's something crazy and unusual. Take it away, Hoardax!
This is less of a real toy review and more of a revelation. This is because I'm not really sure what I'm reviewing here.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a knock-off? Is it a mistake?
All I know is this. Zombie Superman is made in China. He has a generic Superman body that I'm sure is more than likely from a specific DC toy line. Learn more after the break...
Every time I'd scroll through Netflix and see this movie go by, I was intrigued. I've never seen a bad performance from David Hyde Pierce, who plays one of the main characters, and the write-up always piqued my curiosity. I finally watched it the other night. If you want to know more about this twisted comedy/thriller, be sure to read on after the break...
Resident Evil Week: Leon S. Kennedy (R.P.D. Outfit-SDCC Exclusive) from Resident Evil 4 by NECA (Confirmed: Good)
Thursday, July 25, 2013
This is it, folks. The first Resident Evil figure I ever owned. In my review of The Real Ghostbusters Zombie I talked about my history with zombies, but ended before I got talking about Resident Evil. That's what I'll be doing here, as well as reviewing this confirmed Epic action figure set. I stayed with my grandmother during most of the summer of 1998. Days were spent watching movies, playing Nintendo 64, and spending time with various cousins, all of whom lived near my grandmother. During an evening spent with one of my cousins, a friend of his brought over a Playstation. I'd never really had the chance to play one before, so this was a pretty big deal. As I was flipping through his games (mostly sports and wrestling) I did find one game that appealed to me: Resident Evil. I was not unaware of the game, as I probably had a subscription to the majority of the gaming magazines of the day, but I just hadn't had the chance to play it yet. I asked could I give it a try. Tyson (yes, that was his real name as far as I can remember) let me boot the game up and suddenly I was in pure gaming nirvana.
It began like a horror movie, featured a creepy old mansion, plodding zombies, rabid zombie dogs, and a constantly oppressive atmosphere. While I soaked up every ounce of my all too brief session with this game, Tyson just sat there and told me that if I didn't run everywhere I'd never beat the game in under three hours and unlock the rocket launcher (I seriously doubt anyone does this on their first play through, anyways). Up until that point, perhaps the only video game to truly immerse me like Resident Evil did was Goldeneye, and I distinctly remember sitting around at my grandma's house the next day drawing maps of what I could remember of Spencer Mansion from the game. Just a week or so later I was on a trip to Target with some family members when I found Toy Biz's Resident Evil figures freshly stocked. I'd seen them previewed in the late, great ToyFare magazine, but now I realized the appeal. I didn't have much money (my parents had given me money at the beginning of the summer which I had to ration) and since it was early August, I was left with just enough to pick one set. I chose the Forest Speyer and Maggot Zombie (who I realize I've been calling Lab Zombie for some reason). Let's look at them more closely....
Resident Evil Week: Hunter, Tyrant, Crimson Head, and Licker from Resident Evil 10th Anniversary Collection by NECA
Hoardax's review of Colonel America from Marvel Zombies, I had forgotten I had reviewed that figure (along with Zombie Spiderman) at Michael Crawford's website years ago. I also had forgotten I had reviewed the second series of Resident Evil: 10th Anniversary figures from NECA over at MWCtoys.com. Check it out. I looked at the Tyrant, Hunter, and Crimson Head from the Gamecube remake of Resident Evil and the Licker from Resident Evil 2.
Action Figure Review: Clamp Champ from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel (Confirmed: Great)
a list of the 25 figures I wanted to see in Masters of the Universe Classics before the line ended. These were the figures I felt needed to be in the line in order for it to feel pretty complete without too many gaps. Clamp Champ was one of those figures. Not only does he add some nice diversity into the line, but he also was one of the few figures I remember actually selecting from a store and opening as a kid. While the original vintage figure was simply the standard body with Fisto's armor and a new weapon, something about the character made me feel like Clamp Champ could easily have become one of the main crew if the line had continued. Clamp Champ was billed as the "Heroic Master of Capture" and appeared in the minicomic "The Search for Keldor", as well as a few of the Marvel and London comics. I finally have Clamp Champ in hand, as he was the July 2013 monthly Club Eternia subscription figure and just arrived last week. Does he live up to my expectations? Read on and find out....
Resident Evil Week: My First Zombie, A.K.A. The Zombie Monster from The Real Ghostbusters: Monsters by Kenner (Confirmed: Great)
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Resident Evil first began on July 24th, 1998. That's when Alpha team (Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, Barry Burton, Albert Wesker, and Joseph Frost) found the crashed remains of Bravo Team's helicopter and were attacked, leading the survivors to take refuge in the Spencer Mansion. It's been fifteen years since that day (in in-game time, at least) and we will never forget you. Josseeepphh!!!
Resident Evil Week: Hoardax Reviews Colonel America from Marvel Select's Marvel Zombies by Diamond Select Toys
Special thanks to Hoardax from Hoard World for submitting another zombie themed review for our special Resident Evil week here at ThEpic Review!
Some of you may remember Marvel Zombies. It was a Marvel Comic by pre-Walking-Dead-TV-show-Fame Robert Kirkman. I read it when it first came out. I seem to recall liking it quite a bit at the time. Anyway, it got HUGE. It's only looking back at all this that I have actually realised just how long ago Marvel Zombies came out. In my slime-filled brain meats, Marvel Zombies is still recent.
Oh no. Uh-uh. It's not. Not by your human standards. Not really.
Marvel Zombies came out in December 2005. That's almost eight years ago. Wowsers. Have we really been obsessed with zombies again for that long? I mean, Marvel Zombies only existed back then to cash in on how popular zombies were at the time. But even now, the zombie love just doesn't seem to be slowing down, does it? There's a joke about the speed of zombies back there but I'm letting it pass me by.More after the break....
Resident Evil Week: Hunk & Zombie from Resident Evil 2: Platinum by Toy Biz (Confirmed: Great and a 1/2)
Also known as Mr. Death, Hunk was first playable in the secret Resident Evil 2 scenario "The Fourth Survivor". The only remaining survivor of the Umbrella Security Service Unit that attempted to apprehend the G-virus sample from William Birkin, Hunk has to fight his way out of the sewers of Raccoon City in order to make it to a helipad for extraction. Hunk appeared as a figure in the third series of Resident Evil figures out out by Toy Biz in 1999, the long name for the series being "Video Game Super Stars Presents Capcom's Resident Evil 2: Platinum". Yup, just as long as ever. Hunk is paired with a regular, average zombie, but that's perfectly fine. Average zombies are the best for hunting! Ready for a look at the mysterious Hunk and his zombie rival? Then join me after the break...
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Resident Evil Week: Chris Redfield from Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Minimates by Diamond Select Toys (Confirmed: Great and a 1/2)
Resident Evil Week: Leon S. Kennedy & Licker from Resident Evil 2 by Toy Biz (Confirmed: Good and a 1/2)
Monday, July 22, 2013
Resident Evil Week: Claire Redfield & Zombie Cop from Resident Evil 2 by Toy Biz (Confirmed: Great and a 1/2)
Resident Evil Week: Hoardax reviews Tarman from Return of the Living Dead by Amok Time Toys (Confirmed: Great)
I want to thank Hoardax from Hoard World for submitting some great zombie themed reviews for Resident Evil Week at ThEpic Review. Ladies and Gentlemen, Hoardax:
I remember the NIGHT very clearly. I'll never forget it. It was about a month ago. It was when ThEpic Review requested guest reviews for their Resident Evil Themed ZOMBIE WEEK Extravaganza. That was the exact moment that it DAWNed on me that I didn't have any decent Resident Evil figures, like, at all. This made me Sad Face. But then I remembered that I do have some pretty great Zombie figures regardless, and it was about time they saw the light of DAY.
I'd like to think that if you're reading this toy review that you've already seen the major motion picture RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. However, if you missed out on the year 1985, never owned a VCR/DVD/Bluray player and haven't been near a television or cinema screen since, you can watch the entire film right NOW. I think we can both agree that you really have no excuse to have not seen the film at this point.
Having said all that, I'm so generous that I'm still going to make it even easier for you (at the expense of everybody else in the world that is reading this who has seen ROTLD, and just wants me to get on with this Tarman Review) if you don't have 87 minutes to spare, and you can just watch this two minute Best Of Tarman clip. Crappier versions of Tarman also appear in Return Of The Living Dead Part II and Return Of The Living Dead: Rave To The Grave. More after the break......
Resident Evil Week: Chris Redfield & Cerberus from Resident Evil by Toy Biz (Confirmed: Eh and a 1/2)
Friday, July 19, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
It would be impossible to discuss action figures from the mid 1990s to the present without discussing McFarlane Toys. Known as Todd Toys at their inception, Mattel pressured them to change their name, believing that consumers would confuse the company with Barbie's little brother, Todd (I know that Ken's Steakhouse brand salad dressing has always confused me, leading me to purchase lots of disappointing birthday gifts for my little female cousins). In 1995 the company would become officially know as McFarlane Toys, and the age of the "Ultra Action Figure" would begin. Today I'm looking at Tremor, a character who first appeared in Spawn #25 and released in December of 1994 as one of the six action figures from series 1 of McFarlane's Spawn toy line. I'm not a Spawn expert, so what I know about Tremor comes from the included comic book and a little bit of research: Tremor appears to be a former Mafia tough guy named Richard Masullo who was turned into an experimental bio weapon. Having held onto his conscience and failing to be the killing machine that Don Tony Twist wanted, Tremor escaped to become a thorn in the mob boss' side. Initially believing that Spawn was connected to the mob in some way, Tremor attacked the dark hero before learning that Spawn was also hunting down the mob. The comic included with Tremor seems to have them partnering up at the end to hunt down bad guys together. Now that the introduction is out of the way, let's take a look at Tremor.....
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
here for more cool pieces, however. The fact that they're unique and assembled from multiple pieces means that the traditional categories don't always apply. Anyways, ready for a bear riding a tank with a baby in his head? Then let's get truckin'!
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
|Thankfully, no one ever said this was the next Jaws!|
Monday, July 15, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Last month during the Week of the Batman on Battlegrip, Philip Reed posted the list: "Ten Awesome Kenner Batman Action Figures of the Nineties." One of the figures that made his list was a figure from series 2 of Kenner's Legends of Batman line, Dark Warrior Batman. I'll be reviewing him today. It should be well established now that A.) I love Batman, and B.) I love crazy Elseworlds versions of Batman, so it seems logical to assume that I'll like this guy. What the heck is Dark Warrior Batman, anyways? Seeing the giant silver spiked shield and the black helmet, I initially assumed this was intended to be a medieval Batman of some sort. You know, like Batman as a knight or something. It turns out, this is actually a future version of Batman. Let's listen to the words from the card back, written down so long ago by a forgotten Kenner scribe: "Terror abounds on the ravaged landscape of tomorrow, where Dark Warrior Batman metes out justice in a barren and hopeless world. Hordes of destructive nomads scavenge what's left of a post-apocalyptic earth and it's up to one power- Dark Warrior Batman- to enforce the only form of law and order remaining for mankind. Will there be a day after tomorrow worth surviving for? Only if Dark Warrior Batman triumphs and retrieves civilization from the brink of extinction."
OK, let's take a break for a moment and think about what we read. Good grief, that bio was amazing. Seriously, if DC ever wants to make all the money in the world, they just need to start writing Batman stories based on that bio. Who wouldn't read that? It's Batman meets Mad Max. Imagine how freaking cool this guy's Batmobile must look. Well, I've decreed that the bio is Confirmed: Epic. Heck, it's better than both Batman Forever and Batman and Robin (although so was that case of food poisoning I had about three years ago). So is the figure any good? Read on after the break to find out. Civilization depends on it!
Entertainment Earth has been doing a cool 4-week special on the development of the Greedo action figure from the second series of Star Wars Black figures. As you can see, I think he looks pretty good. I'm really excited to see how well Hasbro handles characters with more complex costumes, such as a Gamorrean Guard, Chewbacca, the charred corpse of Uncle Owen (what? It could happen?), but for a character with a fairly simple costume, Greedo looks great. While I already have a fairly extensive Star Wars collection in the 1/18th scale, I'm not sure how many figures from Star Wars Black I'll buy, especially if new 1/18th scale figures are coming out. I think I'll probably limit my buying to Bounty Hunters, really good versions of the main characters, and Admiral Ackbar. Cruise on over and check out the really cool pre-production photos at Entertainment Earth.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
You might remember a few months back that I interviewed Mark Vasquez about his fantasy wrestling project Mystical Warriors of the Ring. While there have been a few figures available at various conventions, tomorrow could be your chance to purchase a figure directly from Fantastic Plastic Toys, the official distributor of Mystical Warriors of the Ring. Leo Corazon is the figure who will be available tomorrow (our crack Epic Review staff tells me his name is a play on "lion heart") and he comes in three colors: Aztec Gold, Metallic Orange, and color-changing orange-to-yellow. Each minifigure (remember, these are a little under 2 inches and similar to M.U.S.C.L.E., OMFG, and SLUG Zombies) sells for $25 and comes with the following goodies:
- Collectible Event Ticket for the mailaway
- 3 Art Cards (1 Bio, 2 Artists Profile)
- 1 Oversized Story Art Card
Fantastic Plastic Toys to pick up your set or to the official Mystical Warriors blog to learn more about the brand and watch some great video reviews.
Action Figure Time Machine 90s Edition: Al Simmons from Spawn: The Movie by McFarlane Toys (Good and a 1/2)
Jessica Priest last month, but I have added a few more Spawn: The Movie figures to my collection. One of these is Al Simmons, the government operative who becomes Spawn after he is assassinated by Jessica Priest. In the film Simmons is played by Michael Jai White, who according to Jet magazine holds the distinction of being the first African American to play a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture. (Fun Fact: Michael Jai White also played the mob boss Gambol in The Dark Knight.) Shaquille O'Neil's Steel opened just two weeks after Spawn, although most people don't want to remember that movie for any reason. Anyways, Al Simmons here is the fourth Spawn: The Movie figure I've ever owned, and I'm amazed I never bought him when I was younger. Well, are you ready to join me in taking a look at Al Simmons? Let's jump right in!
A New Batgirl Review: Batgirl iPhone Case from Chara-Covers by Huckleberry (Confirmed: Great and a 1/2)
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
First Look at SDCC 2013 Exclusive Shredder from Playmate's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from ToyNewsi
|Image from ToyNewsi.com|
Interested in checking out the 2013 San Diego Comic Con exclusive for Playmate's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lines based off of the hit Nickelodeon animated series? Then head on over to ToyNewsi and take a peak at the multiple in-hand images of this year's exclusive figure, Shredder. In what looks to be a more deluxe version of the first Shredder figure that was released last year, this version of the evil leader of the Foot Clan features a sewer shaped display stand, vac metallized armor, a tattered cape, and a removable vac metallized helmet that reveals Shredder's scarred face. It's pretty gruesome, and definitely the most scarred visage of Oroku Saki that we've ever seen! Check him out at ToyNewsi (master video reviewer Pixel Dan is supposed to have a video review up soon) and read some more of my thoughts after the break....