Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Halloween is quickly approaching, so it's time for another review of one of the Halloween Jones Soda flavors! We've already covered Red Licorice and Candy Corn, so now we're looking at Blood Orange. Blood oranges are a real variety of fruit, not just a made-up name for a soda, so if you're familiar with them you might have an idea as to what to expect. They're sweet, but a little bitter as well. These little cans seem to be available at Target and are sold in packs of four although I've heard rumors that they can be found at some other stores as well. Ready for a look at blood orange soda? Then join me after the break...
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
It's been a few days since I've reviewed any Halloween treats, so this week is going to be full blown, non-stop scary toys and junk food. Right now I'm looking at the Spooky Nerds Rope from Willy Wonka candy, a delicious mixture of Nerds and gummy candy. If you've never had a Nerds rope, it's essentially something similar to a Sour Punch Straw but instead of sour powder it's covered with Nerds candy. Of course, this isn't your standard Nerds Rope but a Spooky Nerds Rope. What makes it spooky? 1. The rope is covered with orange, purple, and white nerds and 2. Each rope is haunted by the ghost of an 19th century British orphan. Enjoy!
bat-like warrior in Masters of the Universe Classics? Yup, but this time it's a hero: Lord Dactus (formerly Lord Dactys). Lord Dactus was the leader of the Speleans, a race from Subternia in the Mike Young Productions He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series. It's been awhile since this line has seen a character originating in the 200x series so it's nice to see this faction represented again. Lord Dactus has been a long requested and oft-rumored figure so it's nice to finally get him. While he arrived at the same time as Mantenna, Lord Dactus is actually the October figure for Club Eternia (Mantenna is technically September's figure). Even though he's heroic, he's still kind of creepy, so I feel justified in putting him into our 31 Days of Toy Terror. ready to check him out? Then join me after the break...
Monday, October 28, 2013
SDCC 2013 exclusive Shredder, there's no doubt that the Shredder is one of the most iconic villains around, but has he ever truly had a perfect action figure made in his likeness? He's had plenty of figures, and I've owned most of them, but I've never felt that there was one that stood head and shoulders above the rest. Last year when I bought the entire first wave of Nickelodeon's TMNT figures, I was really disappointed by the Shredder. On my 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."
At SDCC 2013 Playmates released an exclusive version of Oroku Saki that was taller, articulated a bit differently, and featured vac metallized blades and armor. He was also $35, about 4 times the price of your standard TMNT figure. I decided that the figure simply wasn't worth the money. At the time, I didn't realize that Playmates would be relasing the same exact figure (minus the vac-metal) in the regular TMNT line for around $9. Is this guy an improvement and worth your money? I'd say definitely, but read on to learn more after the break.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
As a theme, Monster Fighers pulled me back into Lego by combining everything I like into one terrifying package: Spooky castles? Classic monsters? Glow in the dark pieces? Cool, modified early 20th century vehicles? Zombies? Heroic battlers of the occult with some steam-punk sensibilities? Check yes to all of these. I love this theme and I love the Vampyre Castle. I'll tell you why, after the break...
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
31 Days of Toy Terror: Spectral Ghostbusters from The Real Ghostbusters Minimates by Diamond Select Toys
Spectral Ghostbusters were evil doppelgangers of the Ghostbusters and appeared in the episode "Citizen Ghost." Ready for a look at some spooky evil Ghostbusters? Then join me after the break...
Mattycollector.com to purchase the "End of Wars Weapons Pak" which has been slated as being the last accessory pack planned, at least for the time being. While most of the weapons in the weapons pack (and at least the first two) were simply repainted accessories from previously released figures, starting with the last weapons pack we began getting some accessories that were cut from figures. End of Wars contains not only two newly tooled accessories (Strobo's gun and Rattlor's 200x armor) but it also contains a new minifigure: Kowl from She-Ra Princess of Power. I'm going to jump in and let some of the MOTU characters show off their new wares to you, but first take a quick look and my cheap and dirty Snake Armor He-Man figure above. OK, now you can follow me after the break...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Toy Review: NYCC Exclusive Kayin Kungaa, Sheldon Sabre (unrobed), and Widowmaker from Mystical Warriors of the Ring by Fantastic Plastic Toys
first Epic Interviews was with Mark Vasquez, the owner of Fantastic Plastic Toys and creator of Mystical Warriors of the Ring; it was quite a few months ago so it's exciting to finally hold one of these cool toys in my hands. There have been quite a few releases in the line but this was the first set I was able to get a hold of due to the way these puppies have been selling out. Clearly an homage to M.U.S.C.L.E. and to the more flamboyant days of professional wrestling, Mystical Warriors of the Ring features a really cool cast of characters just waiting to wage war on your table or desk. Today I'm looking at the New York Comic Con exclusive series one set of Kayin Kungaa, Sheldon Sabre (unrobed), and Widowmaker. The figures come in a bagged set of three and were available in "Flesh" and "Candy Apple Red". I opted for the "Flesh" toned figures so that they'll fit in with my M.U.S.C.L.E. and OMFG figures, but now I kind of wish I had ordered both sets as these guys are awesome. Jump in for the full review after the break....
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Head on over to Big Bad Toy Store and pick up the second series of the 6-inch Star Wars Black line now! Boba Fett! Slave Leia! Greedo! Han Solo! This is a wave that'll be hard to beat (the only wave that could come close would be Darth Vader, Tarkin, Mace Windu, and Admiral Ackbar)! Pick up a whole set right here for only $79.99 or click on the banner at the top of the screen.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Note: The staff shown with Horde Prime in many of these pictures was originally cut from the figure as released on Mattycollector.com. It was later released with the Great Unrest weapons pack.
Horde Prime was released on Mattel's own Mattycollector website on June 15th, 2012 as a monthly figure. Originally intended to be the yearly subscription bonus figure, Horde Prime was bumped to allow Shadow Weaver to take the place of the yearly subscription bonus. If you're not familiar with the appearance of this character, it is because his visage was (mostly) created for this line. The leader of the Horde Empire, Horde Prime relates to Hordak in much the same way as the Emperor related to Darth Vader. Also like Darth Vader communicating with the Emperor, in the cartoon series She-Ra: Princess of Power Hordak communicates with Horde Prime, who appears as a giant being behind a cloud of smoke and shadow. All we can see of Horde Prime are his massive gauntlets and the vague outlines of a head (or helmet). Since Horde Prime (possibly Hordak's older brother) never had a concrete appearance in the cartoons, minicomics, or toyline, Mattel allowed the Four Horsemen to create their own design for Horde Prime. Since the design they came up with is pretty spooky, he's being introduced here for 31 Days of Toy Terror. Enjoy!
Monday, October 21, 2013
check out the rules and first participation thread for our Halloween Grab Bag 2013 Contest! The second participation thread is here and the third is here. There's only one week left (the contest ends Monday morning, October 28th!) so get your entries in! Remember, you can still send in fun size reviews, pumpkin pictures, and comment on the three previous participation threads to win a series 1 S.L.U.G. Zombie still in his plastic bag, a mint on card Catwoman action figure, or a brand new Adam West Batman from Mattel's 1966 Batman line! You can enter to win the drawing multiple times and it's completely free! You might even win multiple prizes! The easiest way to win is by simply leaving a comment in one of the four participation threads. This week's discussion? What's your most memorable haunted house experience? Most everyone (though not Arathaelia) loves to go to haunted houses in the month(s) leading up to Halloween! What experience was most memorable to you? Mine's after the break....
blood soaked Carrie figure from NECA the new adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie by director Kimberly Peirce and starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. Today I'm looking at the pre-blood drenched version that simply represents Carrie in her prom dress while her and Tommy Ross are being crowned king and queen of the prom. It's a very interesting choice for a figure since taken at face value, this is just a girl in a prom dress. Stand the blood drenched version next to, however, and you've got a pretty neat display that should be easily recognizable to most people. Ready for a look at Carrie as part of our 31 Days of Toy Terror? Then join me after the break....
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
the Werewolf set and I'm probably going to do so again here. These things were just fabulous and if Todd McFarlane ever wants to try his hand at returning to a non-licensed horror property, I think he'd be wise to reexamine these again. Blending together highly detailed (although smaller scaled) action figures) with a diorama like playset, these guys look fantastic on display, kind of like the old Aurora model kits. Today I'm going to be your ghoulish guide as I walk you through the horror that is the mummy's tomb from The Mummy Playset, one of the four series 2 sets. Released in 1998, for some reason I never owned any of these (I think I had gotten back into collecting vintage G.I. Joes and being a hardcore gamer at the time) so I was super excited to pick all of these back up a few years back and discover them anew! Ready for a jaunt through this creepy crypt? Then join me, if you dare....
Friday, October 18, 2013
the Ghostbusters zombie when I was quite young and just as I was entering high school Toy Biz began releasing action figures based off of the Resident Evil video game series (which we reviewed to completion during our Resident Evil week). These days, however, zombies are everywhere, and that includes Lego sets. One of the now hardest to obtain releases in Lego's Monster Fighters theme is simply titled "The Zombies" and it's a mausoleum playset with 3 zombie figures, 1 human monster fighter, and a massive truck armed with giant hammers to brain any of the undead who stand in your way. It's a great set that has really jumped up in price now. Here's a look at it, though, just because:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
nickers Peanut Butter Pumpkin many, many times, but I still haven't covered the regular Snickers Pumpkin yet. Well, here it is! It's basically a small snickers bar shaped like a pumpkin. If you like Snickers bars, you should like this. The ratio of chocolate to nougat, caramel, and peanuts is different, but that's probably a pretty minor issue for all but the most discerning Snickers eater. There isn't much to say about this, so I thought I'd interview horror icon Freddy Krueger about the Snickers Pumpkin because otherwise this would be really boring. Let's join him after the break....
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
31 Days of Toy Terror: Gangrene Gene, Ferocious Frankie, and Johnson from S.L.U.G. Zombies by Jakks Pacific
Monday, October 14, 2013
Alice: Madness Unleashed is a dark video game sequel to the original Lewis Carroll Alice stories and to the 2000 video game American McGee's Alice. Today, as part of 31 Days of Toy Terror, I'm looking at the very cool variant action figure Alice in Hysteria mode. When close to death in the game, Alice is able to go into Hysteria mode. She becomes tougher, stronger, and takes on a gruesome, blood soaked visage. While the only difference between this figure and the basic Alice figure is the paint scheme, Hysteria Alice is still a well done, very creepy action figure. She's around 6-7 inches tall and comes with the same terrific accessories as the basic Alice figure did. Here's a brief look at Hysteria Alice on our 31 Days of Toy Terror....
Halloween Grab Bag Contest 2013 Participation thread #3: What's your favorite Halloween Urban Legend?
If you haven't checked it out yet, head over and check out the rules and first participation thread for our Halloween Grab Bag 2013 Contest! The second participation thread is here. Win a series 1 S.L.U.G. Zombie still in his plastic bag, a mint on card Catwoman action figure, and a brand new Adam West Batman from Mattel's 1966 Batman line! You can enter to win the drawing multiple times and it's completely free! The easiest way to win is by simply leaving a comment in one of the four participation threads. This week's discussion? What's your favorite Halloween Urban Legend? Join us in posting after the break....
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Leatherface was released in September 1998 as part of McFarlane Toys' first series of Movie Maniacs. Joining Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, and Patrick and Eve from Species 2, Leatherface would be part of a small group of horror figures that would spearhead an exciting new trend in action figure marketing and licensing. Did anyone ever believe in the mid 1990s that we would ever get action figures of these various horror icons? I picked up this guy sometime during Fall 2000, right around when Ash, Shaft, and Snake Plissken were released (I intended for him to be an adversary for Ash since they both had chainsaws. I had never seen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre at that point (I wouldn't see it until college) but the figure was bloody, disgusting, and according to my mom "sick", so naturally as a High School student I thought it was pretty amazing. There have been a few figures since based off of Gunnar Hansen's portrayal of Leatherface, but I'll still argue this is the best. This is definitely a bloody, violent figure, so viewer discretion is advised!
Friday, October 11, 2013
Red Licorice. I found my soda at Target again, but I've heard a few other smaller stores are carrying it as well, so keep your eyes peeled. Ready for a swig of scary soda? Then join me after the break...
Do not adjust your screens, things are about to get real dorky. I'm Miss M and I was asked by Barbecue 17 to write a guest review on one of the coolest toy lines ever made: Big Trouble in Little China. And since this is ThEpicReview, it would only make sense that this be one big splashy epic toy review. I use a fun interview approach to my toy reviews, so prepare to read a fun story that pays tribute to John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China, and the toy line made by N2 Toys (circa 2002.) Thanks, and enjoy!
Thursday, October 10, 2013
When I ran into this at a local grocery store (Ingles) I just had to buy it. Not only was it Halloween Big League Chew with a baseball playing mummy on it, but it's also grape flavored. Better yet, it's Gruesome Grape! I haven't had grape flavored Big League Chew since the late 80's! Anyways, this is going to be a short feature today, so we'll get right into the deliciousness. Rip open this review and enjoy!
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Barbecue 17 has been doing an insanely EPIC job of bringing our readers Halloween treats ever sense Labor Day. As much as I love Halloween other than appearing in our last podcast I have been unable to really participate in a a lot of our Hokey Halloween Horror 2013, due to uncontrollable scheduling conflicts. After many request from Jerry to review some of my horror figures, I have decided to give readers what I would consider a real treat a look inside my personal horror collection. While it pales in comparison to number of horror figures Barbecue owns there are some nice pieces to highlight this Halloween season. So enjoy and have a safe and Happy Halloween 2013!
These aren't overly terrifying, but they're pretty tasty and appropriately festive so on my last trip to Target to by Fruit Brute and spooky Jones Soda I picked these up. Two nights ago most of The Epic Review crew got together for a Halloween party. Not a Halloween party, like the holiday, but a Halloween party, as in we watched the 35th Anniversary edition of Halloween on Blu-ray. Amongst the delicious foods we partook in were Jones Red Licorice Soda, some delicious snacks made by Brad's mom, and these little Pumpkin Cheesecake sandwich cookies (these were my contribution). How'd they taste? We'll get there. First, let's look at the box! Nothing too special, just one simple fall leaf proclaiming these as "limited time only" and a picture of the cookies. I love how these are displayed with candy pumpkins and cinnamon sticks! Other than that fun little element, the box is actually dull. Really dull. Things get more exciting after the break, though...
Monday, October 7, 2013
The Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkin is another Halloween candy that, like the Cadbury Scream Egg and the soon to be reviewed Halloween Peeps, has roots with an Easter candy. If you've ever had a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, a Reese's Christmas Tree, or a Reese's Peanut Butter Egg, you know what to expect here. It's a chocolate covered peanut butter confection that looks vaguely like a pumpkin. Then again, it's a chocolate covered peanut butter confection that looks vaguely like a pumpkin!!! (See the excitement?!) When I think about Reese's cups and Halloween, I always think about the 90's commercial where we see a Reese's cup that has been attacked by a vampire. Remember it? Anyways, I guess at some point Reese's decided to fully connect their product with Halloween, so we get this spooky treat. The standard Reese's package is already orange, yellow, and brown, so it was already appropriately autumnal. Someone didn't have much work to do, so a simple yellow pumpkin outline and a smaller jack o' lantern was added. It's simple, but nothing terribly memorable when we live in a world where the M&Ms can dress like mummies and the Kool-Aid man happily dons a vampire cape (in years past the packages have been more exciting). We'll taste test this sucker after the break....
Halloween Grab Bag 2013 Contest Participation Thread #2: Do you remember your first Halloween Costume?
If you haven't checked it out yet, head over and check out the rules and first participation thread for our Halloween Grab Bag 2013 Contest! Win a series 1 S.L.U.G. Zombie still in his plastic bag, a mint on card Catwoman action figure, and a brand new Adam West Batman from Mattel's 1966 Batman line! You can enter to win the drawing multiple times and it's completely free! The easiest way to win is by simply leaving a comment in one of the four participation threads. This week's discussion? What is the first Halloween costume you remember wearing?
Here's mine: The Count from Sesame Street. It's a great costume for a kid- scary (he is a vampire) but not too scary (he counts things). Interestingly, an obsession with counting (arithmomania) is a classic vampire trait from folklore, so it's really cool that Sesame Street worked that into a children's program. Anyways, I have fond memories of this particular Halloween night (I couldn't have been more than three) because my grandparents took me trick 'r treating (my grandma calls it Halloweenin'), I counted for everyone that opened there door to me, and I got tons of candy bars. Seriously, there is a picture of young Barbecue17 floating around in Chuck Norris pajamas with a bucket of full and king sized candy bars. There evidently weren't a lot of kids around where I lived, just rich old people.
The costume is just your standard 1980's vinyl suit with a plastic mask and a cape, but it actually looks pretty good. I look bundled up too (wearing a light blue hoodie) but it seems to go along pretty well with the outfit. You can also see that the eyeholes were cut to be a little larger so I could see better (probably at the request of Dad-ecue and Mom-ecue, who were all about safety.
What was the first Halloween costume you remember wearing? Simply leave a comment (not anonymously of course) and gain an entry into our Halloween Grab Bag Contest!