Friday, November 29, 2013
Confirmed Epic Podcast Brad and I discussed the New 52's Death of the Family story arc that covered 23 issues across nine different titles. Advertising the return of the Joker into the New 52 and paying homage to 1988's A Death in the Family story line (which featured the death of Jason Todd by the Joker's hand), Death of the Family focused on the Joker's plans to eliminate the Batfamily in order to restore the original dynamic between himself and the Caped Crusader. In order to convey the Joker's new personality and purpose, he was depicted by writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo as trading in his classic purple suit and deadly prankster gags for a more utilitarian workman's outfit and a tool belt. DC Collectibles has really been impressing me lately as they've upped the quality control and the detail of the product they've been producing, so is Joker another success? Read on and find out after the break....
Thursday, November 28, 2013
November the 26th
From the journal of Barbecue the 17th,
It has been a long trek through sleet, slush, and snow on my way to holiday festivities with family but alas, I have taken respite for the night in a humble inn. Upon bargaining with the innkeeper for a night's keep and surveying my lodgings, I secured my baggage and trod over to the nearest purveyor of general goods, whale oil, and edibles in order to make my sustenance for the night. The eatery was run by a Mr. McDonald and served grilled patties of beef served on a split bun with condiments, sliced fried potatoes, and cold milk based beverages with a variety of sweeties blended into them. I was intrigued by one of these shaken milk refreshments that was based around the traditional holiday beverage Eggnog. I ordered one from the burger-keep, passed him some coinage, and sat down to wait and discuss the issues of the day with other travelers enjoying their meals. As the snow danced down like ash from Mount Vesuvius, I sat waiting for the employees of Mr. McDonald to freshly prepare my meal. I watched as the strange, milky beverage was produced from what I can only assume was some sort of steam powered cow and served to me in what appeared to be a soft, flexible glass. I don't know what sort of devilry this Mr. McDonald employees, but the luscious, yellow beverage dazzled my tastes and caused my holiday spirits to soar. More on the next page....
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
here which consisted of Kayin Kungaa, Sheldon Sabre, and Widowmaker. Soon these guys will be back in three cool new colors:
After a successful launch with our Flesh and Red, we are now releasing 3 more colors for the Holiday Season. They are currently in transit from China and we hope to have them available shortly.
In honor of our partnership with True Cast Studio (whose company color is Blue) and our use of metallic in our prototypes we are offering a Pearlescent Blue colorway. This will be the standard $9.00 per 3 pack and will be available on our True Cast Studio Store. You might be familiar with the use of Pearlescent colors with the recent Onell Glyos drops.
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Last year Mattel offered subscribers a chance to vote on a figure that would appear in the 2013 subscription. The options were Crash Landing Marlena, Cloak & Dagger Evil-Lyn, "Mini-Comic" Trap-Jaw, Illumina, Songster, Camo Kobra Khan, Green Demon, and Geldor. While I was pulling for Illumina (who ended up in second place), Geldor won the poll and thus he's the figure I'm reviewing today. Appearing in the mini-comic The Secret Liquid of Life, Geldor is a villain searching for the titular liquid that will grant him eternal life. He's a rough, tough, barbarian looking gent that's ready to cause trouble just for a drink of water. Ready for a look at this guy? I am- while I'm still bitter about Illumina's loss, I am a fan of the more straight up barbarian characters in the line and this guy would look right at home fighting He-Man, Vikor, Vykron, and King Grayskull. Join me after the break....
Monday, November 25, 2013
The Hunger Games, much like Harry Potter and Twilight, was an instant hit when it first came out in hard back. Now that the second film in the three part series, Catching Fire, has been released in the United States the craze has rekindled (bad fire pun intended). I went with one of my good friends to see Catching Fire this past Sunday and I must say we were not disappointed! Read more about this fabulous conflagration of a movie after the break!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Action Figure Barbecue: Batman, Batros, Brickwarriors, Daleks, DC Universe, Chibis, Prometheus, Joker, KA Mumb, Lifeline, Nepthu, TMNT Comics, R2-D2, and Christmas Cheese!
|Image from Misfit Robot Daydream|
As part of their Crime Fighters and Criminals Month, Joshua Raymond at Misfit Robot Daydream did an excellent review of NECA's 1/4 scale Adam West Batman. This thing is amazing and definitely a toy I'm not trying to track down! The accessories and extra hands that come with this thing really make it work!
While I don't agree with most of his review, Doc Thomas's review of MOTUC Batros at PoeGhostal.com is pretty funny and definitely worth reading.
I always like seeing reviews for cool stuff I didn't know existed and this week I was surprised by Eric Stettmeier's review of the Brickwarrior's Weapons Pack at Toyriffic. These are some really cool bagged accessory kits from BrickWarriors to spice up your Lego minifigures and make them even more awesome. The jester set is truly wicked!
Lots more after the break.....
Friday, November 22, 2013
DC Total Heroes, the Power Attack Batman line has been Mattel's evergreen Batman line for about the past year and a half. It's definitely designed for kids and features a very stylized look, but for this set I figured "How often do you get to buy a Batcave?" Batcaves have always been some of the most prominent and best playsets available, which is interesting because rarely does much combat occur in the Batcave (part of the reason why Kenner's six paneled Batcave playset is one of the best playsets ever). Still, Batcaves are awesome in general, so I paid my cash plus tax to the cashier and left Big Lots with the Blast and Battle Batcave. How is it? Read on and find out, chum!
first Rambo figure released by NECA which portrayed Rambo as seen on the classic movie poster for First Blood and during the film's climax. Today I'm looking at the second figure in NECA's Rambo series which is called the Survival Version and represents Stallone's John J. Rambo character as he appears throughout First Blood as he is evading the Washington State Patrol and the National Guard. Decked out in his makeshift poncho and armed with the various weapons he has gathered from his pursuer or crafted himself, this guy is ready to start an all out war. Ready for a look at the Survival Version of Rambo? Then join me after the break...
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Fighting Foe Men I discussed that the characters were originally used as the drivers in the painted box artwork of the Monogram model kids. We got the Roton driver, the Attak Trak driver, and the Talon Fighter driver, but strangely were missing the Wind Raider pilot which was the only vehicle we had in MOTUC at the time. Not only did Mattel rectify the problem of not giving us a Wind Raider pilot but they also managed to give us our second vehicle for the line, the Jet Sled. In the vintage line the Jet Sled was the front part of the Battle Ram Chariot vehicle and later appeared as the default air transportation for both heroes and villains in the Filmation animated series. Mattel opted to package together the Jet Sled and the Wind Raider pilot (now named Sky High) as an item available outside of the subscription. Ready for a look at both Sky High and the Jet Sled and some discussion regarding the way Mattel delivered them to collectors? Then join me after the break...
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I've been a fan of Marauders Inc. for quite some time, probably since I saw this interview with them conducted by Fred Meyer of Joe Battlelines back in 2007. What is Marauders Inc. you might ask? They're a small company that manufactures weapons for 1/18th scale action figures. While the majority of their fan base are G.I. Joe and 1/18th scale military collectors, you could easily use their equipment with Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Marvel Universe, or any other 1/18th scale toyline. While Hasbro's G.I. Joe line has always had scads of cool accessories, they haven't always had the most regular weapons. Marauders started out manufacturing basic weapons that collectors building armies might want such as AK-47s, M-4, and standard pistols but quickly moved on to more elaborate and exotic weapons. Then they started offering weapons with removable magazines and silencers. Then they started offering weapons that were modular and featured removable sights, flashlights, and tactical grips. To finance their latest series (series #7) Marauders Inc. utilized Kickstarter. My Kickstarter items just arrived and I managed to get most of series #7. There are a few extra pieces from series #7 which I've ordered that I'll be reviewing as soon as they arrive. Ready for a look at the very cool weapons of Marauders Inc.? Then join me after the break....
Mattycollector.com so hopefully more fans will have a chance to grab what is undeniably a very cool action figure that comes with a crucial extra: the unhelmeted head for the 200x version of Zodak. It's important that Strobo's a pretty cool action figure because by no stretch of the imagination is Strobo a well know character; his only appearance was in the story "The Dark Power of Skeletor" from an issue of Masters of the Universe Magazine. Of course, sometimes these lesser known characters turn out to be the most exciting figures in the line. How does Strobo fare? Read on and find out after the break....
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
as drawn by Jim Balent, I think this was easily one of the best figures in Kenner's Legends of Batman line and as a kid it quickly replaced my Batman Returns Catwoman figure (the figure only, however, as no one will ever replace Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman). Ready to get clawed? Then join me after the break...
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Action Figure Barbecue: McFarlane's Frankenstein, Tenkai Knights, Poison Ivy, IG-88, Neca Predators, Wrecker, and Battle Damaged Batgirl
|Image from The Clawful Punch|
What toy reviews jumped out at me this week? Here's a few that I've read and enjoyed:
* John Gaither at The Clawful Punch has taken a look at one of the first series McFarlane's Monsters sets: The Frankenstein Playset! These sets are some of my favorite toys ever and I'm always excited when someone else starts collecting them!
* Alexx at Toys and Tomfoolery has reviewed a cool new building line I had never heard of: Tenkai Knights from Ionix. Alexx looks at Vilius, Bravenwolf, and Lydendoor. These guys are smaller than Lego Bionicle and Hero Factory stuff but look amazing and have a really cool gimmick. Alexx is also hilarious, so expect to see pics of these guys wailing on guitars.
*Michael W. Crawford at MWCtoys.com looked at Poison Ivy from the very cool DC Bombshells statue line. I've got the Batgirl from this line already preordered, but all the figures in this set are quite tempting. Michael has probably cost me more money than anyone else on the net due to his great reviews of DC statues.
More after the break.....
Friday, November 15, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tier One: Batgirl stuff- Figures, busts, autographs, etc. If it's based on Barbara Gordon as Batgirl (or Oracle) I'm on it like white on rice.
Tier Two: Batman, Villians, or Bat-Family members in the 6-7 inch scales: Basically any Batman figure, villains or other Gothamites from DC Collectibles, DC Direct, or Mattel.
Tier Three: Villains in any scale- This can be Batman: The Animated Series figures, Infinite Heroes, or older movie figures. I'm sort of picky with these and the more unique the villain is, the more likely I am to hunt them down.
Tier Four: Other Batman stuff- Legends of Batman, Imaginext, etc.
Today I'm looking at the Dual Destruction Two-Face from the Batman: Power Attack line by Mattel. These are the current (well, they seem to be being phased out) evergreen Batman line that are targeted more towards kids than collectors. He's a Tier Three buy for me, which is why I only picked him up in a bargain bin for $2.99 at the Great Escape in Madison, Tennessee (shout out!). He's a pretty cool version of Two-Face and I like him a lot more than the previous Power Attack figure I reviewed, Attack in the Box Joker. Ready for a closer look? Let's do it!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Yvonne Craig Fan Club) so I was thrilled when the floodgates opened and merchandise from the series poured forth. I originally planned on being an ultra completest with this line...but then I bought this figure. Looking at most people's reviews I'm thinking I must be in the minority, but I'll just go out and say that I think this might be the most disappointing action figure of the year for me. Ready to hear me rant and rave? Well, follow me past the break and the ranting and raving will begin...
Monday, November 11, 2013
Oh, Spider-Woman, how I love thee!
Just a quick blurb on my recent find: Personally, I think Spider-Woman is the hottest of all the Marvel and DC heroines. No one comes close (not even Batgirl) [*FYI, This will be both Terry's first and last post- The Editor*]. I've spent the past few years collecting everything I can get my hands on and over the weekend, I found this stamp. More details and pictures after the break.....
-from Fett's Vette by mc chris
Heck yeah. Boba Fett, baby. While this guy doesn't have the Han Solo in Carbonite accessory with him that SDCC 2013 exclusive version did, he's also not going to cost you the price of a 'Vette to procure him, either. Is there any character that fans really wanted more in a 6 inch Star Wars line than Boba Fett? I'd say maybe a Star Wars Black Darth Vader might be pretty appealing, but the Fett man's where it's at. I don't own the SDCC version, so this guy is all new to me. Is he worth the money? You better believe it! Check him out after the break...
Friday, November 8, 2013
here and can say with confidence that I prefer the Joker released in this set. So, a two pack of Harley Quinn and her puddin' Joker as kids toys- what could be better? Read on and learn more about this dastardly duo after the break....
see here) and sculpting by Gentle Giant Studios, this series of figures positions itself to expand upon the previous waves of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City figures. Does it make the grade? Find out, after the break....
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Action Figure Review 90's Edition: Egyptian Batman & Egyptian Catwoman from Legends of the Dark Knight by Kenner
Talia al Ghul from DC Collectibles' Arkahm City series 4 then you know that I've had some issues with DC Collectibles over the past year or two. I haven't heard of too many problems lately, however, so I decided to give DCCollectibles another chance with their Batman: Arkham Origins line. Based on the recently released videogame Batman: Arkham Origins, the prequel to Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, Arkham Origins tells the story of a Christmas Eve early in the Dark Knight's career on which the Black Mask has ordered a hit on Batman, drawing a number of mercenaries and hitmen to Gotham. I was at the midnight release of the game (first game I'd picked up at midnight since Skyrim in 2011) but I'm not too far into the game yet simply because I've just been so insanely busy with Halloween, work, and being out of town. While I've been tipped off that Black Mask is probably not the true antagonist of Arkham Origins, he still plays a very important part in the game's events so it's nice to have the character represented in the Arkham series' style. Ever since his first appearance in Batman #386 in 1985, Roman Sionis has steadily become a more prominent villain in Batman's impressive gallery of villains. Ready to add this version to your shelf or should you look elsewhere? Read on and find out....
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Wookiepeida that even details how Greedo's body was ground up into a liqueur by Wuher. What the French, toast? That's some really dark, disturbing stuff, even for the Expanded Universe! Anyways, Greedo is proof that even characters with a mere minute or two of film time truly become icons in the world of Star Wars. What other film series would be able to include a character who appeared for less than two minutes in their deluxe line of 6-inch figures of the most popular characters? Heck, how many Greedo figures do you already own? I own at least six or seven. Star Wars action figures just don't operate under the same logic as any other toyline. Let's jump into looking at the figure so you can learn why you need another Greedo figure. Join me after the break....
Monday, November 4, 2013
In Kenner's mid 90's Legends of Batman line we saw a variety of Elseworlds variants of the Caped Crusader and his greatest foes. Pirate Batman, Post-apocalyptic Batman, King Tut Batman; the list could go on. Today we're looking at one of the figures from the third series of figures released in 1996, Gladiator Batman. Yup, this is Batman decked out as an ancient Roman Gladiator. How, you might ask, does Batman function as a gladiator when one of his hallmarks is his moral imperative against taking lives? I'm glad you asked. The bio tells us:
Gladiator Batman posed as one of these combatants with a master plan to end this bloodthirsty sport. Instead of taking part in the matches, he rallied the ranks of gladiators together in a massive uprising, leading their final escape to freedom and earning a place for the Dark Knight in ancient lore.
Pretty sweet, huh? Yup, I could actually see this happening in some crazy Elseworlds Batman story. So, do you like Batman stories about Gladiators? If so, you'd better jump past the break to read all about this guy....
Big Bad Toy Store and I'm thrilled to have got mine early. While I initially didn't plan on getting into the series, after having Darth Maul in hand I knew I would be pulled into collecting this line like the Millennium Falcon was pulled into the Death Star's tractor beam. Today I'm looking at Han Solo in his well known outfit from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. One of the things I really like about Star Wars Black is the well thought out accessories and Han Solo delivers more than any other figure in this series. Not only does he come with his famous blaster pistol, but he also comes with extra gear so that you can give him his stolen Stormtrooper utility belt and his gunner's gloves from the Death Star escape. Honestly, if Hasbro had found a way to give him a buttoned shirt like in the Yavin throne room we'd have every variation of Han Solo from A New Hope other than the Stormtrooper disguise. The figure's really well done, although I should probably let you read the review to fins that out. Why don't you join me after the break....
Friday, November 1, 2013
Happy Re-Halloween, everyone! Hope everyone had a spooky night last night and is ready for another week of fun! Right now, however, I'm getting ready to announce the winners of our 2013 Epic Grab Bag Contest. As part of our Hokey Halloween Horror 2013 we offered up three great prizes: a Decayin Dom figure from the first series of Jakks Pacific's S.L.U.G. Zombies, a Catwoman figure from Kenner's Legends of Batman line, and the grand prize- a 1966 Adam West Batman figure from Mattel's new Batman line. Ready for the winners?
OK, here's how the drawing was held: I rounded up all of our entrants (remember, you could enter more than once- up to eight times) and tied each of them to a D.I.N.O. Mites figure that I found in a drawer at my parents' house (don't worry, I found a ton of D.I.N.O. Mites). I then made my list of who was tied to each D.I.N.O. Mite and dropped them into an orange Halloween pail that was actually used for Trick 'r Treating and then proceeded to draw out three winners- the first winner gets the S.L.U.G. Zombies, the second gets the Catwoman, and the third and final gets Batman. Ready? Let's do this! Winners revealed after the break.....
Halloween has come and gone right? Maybe...if you read some wimpy website. Here at ThEpic Review, however, Halloween goes another week. Why's that, you ask? Because we have Re-Halloween. What's that you ask? Why it's an extra week of madness, treats, and pumpkins! It also isn't something crazy we just made up- it has roots. They're only a few years old, but they're roots nonetheless! Want to learn more about this most unusual holiday? Then read on for "The Legend of Halloween! (If we were sitting around a campfire, this is the point where I would throw sawdust into the campfire to make it flare up like in Are You Afraid of the Dark?.) Read the Legend after the break.....
Hope everyone had a safe, happy, and spooky Halloween! This year was a really special Halloween for me because it was my daughter's first Halloween so we traveled to visit my parents so that they could be part of the fun. Today was crammed with Halloween fun including visiting a local book store to pick up some horror literature (shout out to Ms. B's Used Books!), a visit to a local comic shop, playing lots of scary music all day at my parents' house, walking around in my costume and scaring trick 'r treaters, carving a jack o' lantern, eating homemade pumpkin pie (thanks Dad!), taking my daughter trick 'r treating (which meant I got to go too!), watching some of Troll 2 with friends, and watching Halloween with my mom. My mom is perhaps the best person to watch scary movies with because not only does she react to them but she really gets into them. It's definitely not a passive experience, which made it even more fun. And since it's now after midnight where I'm at I can safely blow out the candle in my pumpkin without drawing the wrath of Sam. Good night everyone and farewell Halloween 2013!