Saturday, December 6, 2014

ThEpic Review's First Spin-Off: Action Figure Barbecue!

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I've created a bit of a spin-off of ThEpic Review. It's called.... Action Figure Barbecue!!! Yeah, it's nothing major or anything; just a simple place for me to hang my hat and be a bit silly. Now you can catch me in two places! I'm still reviewing toys over there and stuff but I'm also posting other oddities and nonsense that catches my interest. Anyways, if you like ThEpic Review (or even if you don't) please check out Action Figure Barbecue: It's layers of action figures, pumpkins, and superheroes, covered with a rich chocolatey coating! 

Thanks everyone!

Your friend,

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

I have to admit, I walked into the movie theater with really low expectations for Mockingjay Part 1. The third Hunger Games book probably is my least favorite of the series, and, without giving away spoilers for the movie or the book, I feel like the 3rd book is basically Katniss walking around District 13 and Panem just being plain crazy! So when I walked out of the theater almost three hours later I was blown away with how much I enjoyed it and impressed with how well they pulled off (in my opinion) the first half of the worst book of the three. More about this surprisingly enjoyable film after the break:

Friday, November 7, 2014

Best. Halloween. Ever!!! Contest Winner, Because Today is Re-Halloween!


     Happy Re-Halloween, everyone! Today is Re-Halloween although some of us at ThEpic Review will be doing more celebrating tomorrow by playing the Halloween expansion of King of Tokyo and watching Halloween 2. Anyways, today is the day to announce our contest winners, but I wanted to make sure that everyone had an exceptionally spooky Halloween. While I fell quite behind on my posting here, I certainly did indeed have the best Halloween ever. Seriously, I went to a costume party with my daughter and friends at our church, actually went door to door Trick 'r Treating, saw A Nightmare on Elm Street in an old theater, watched Trick 'r Treat just before midnight on the 30th, leading into Halloween, and watched Halloween on Halloween night, leading into November 1st.  I was also part of an awesome group costume as Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. I completed everything on my Halloween check list and while no one else did (that emailed me anyway), some of you seemed to have had some very awesome Halloween celebrations indeed. Who was the winner? Read on after the break...

Monday, October 27, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Sam from Trick 'r Treat from Reacton Horror Series by Funko

     While horror films are a dime a dozen, films truly focusing on Halloween quite a bit more rare. While Halloween is the gold standard, the film that almost rivals it in perfectly encapsulating the experience of Halloween is Trick 'r Treat. I followed the progress of this film throughout its many delays until it was finally released to audiences in October of 2009. It is quite simply a Halloween lover's dream! When first watching the movie with Confirmed Epic Podcast guest host Andrew, I explicitly remember him saying that the film felt like Goosebumps for adults (that was meant as a positive in case you might be a little too young or too old to fondly remember Goosebumps) and myself saying that the film felt immediately nostalgic, as if I was watching an old favorite seasonal film even though the movie was new and I had never seen it before. It's definitely one of those fun horror movies that I've seen many a non-horror fans enjoy because of the ties to Halloween. Of course, getting on the subject of today review, we need to talk about Sam. Played in the film by Quinn Lord, Sam is the living embodiment of Halloween (the name is short for Samhain). I'm really delighted to see Sam in the Reaction Horror Series because it means that he is achieving the same cult status as all of these other guys. Who knows? Maybe in a few more years we'll see kids dressed as Sam as prominently as people dressed like Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, or Jason Voorhees. Ready for a look at everyone's new favorite Trick 'r Treater? Then join me after the break...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Martian Spy Girl from Mars Attacks! by Trendmasters

 Today's installment of 31 Days of Toy Terror is a catchup for day 19. What's more horrifying than alien invasions? How about dating a green alien? But not a hot green alien like Gamora, Gaila, or Oola. I'm talking one of the little fellows from Mars Attacks! Based on the 1962 trading card series, Tim Burton's 1996 film came out during the height of my youthful sci-fi obsession. It was right after Independence Day and just before The Fifth Element and Men in Black. While the movie was kind of a box office bomb, I loved it and still do. Featuring an insanely talented cast, unique special effects, and a offbeat sense of humor, Mars Attacks! was a gem of a film that deserved better. In 1996 Trendmasters released two toylines to tie in with the film: One that focused on the movie and one that featured character designs from the then contemporary Topps comic book series. Today I'm looking at the Martian Spygirl from the movie based line. Played by Lisa Marie Smith, the Martian Spygirl was one of the most memorable parts of the film. I remember my parents buying this figure for me before Christmas of 1996 so, like any figure owned since childhood, it holds a special place on my toy shelf. Ready for a look at a figure that still remains impressive after almost 20 years? Then join me after the break...

31 Days of Toy Terror: Trixie Lulamoon from My Little Pony: Vinyl Collectible by Funko

 Evil magicians have a place in the world of horror, right? They do on day 26 of 31 Days of Toy Terror! And yes, I'm reviewing a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic figure. But c'mon, this is a character who boasts: ""I hereby challenge you, Ponyvillians: anything you can do, I can do better. Any takers? Anyone? Or is Trixie destined to be the greatest equine who has ever lived!?!"

    That's a pretty bold statement, am I right? Trixie Lulamoon is a unicorn and a traveling magician who first appeared in the first season episode"Boast Busters" where she caused trouble for the residents of Ponyville. While she's not downright evil or anything, she's boastful and makes a great antagonist for the Mane 6. Before we get any further, let me point out that Trixie is not one of the standard My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic toys from Hasbro. Instead, she is from a line of vinyl collectible figures from Funko. While these are marked as suitable for older children, they're actually sold at places like Hot Topic, Books a Million, and comic shops. Yeah, they're really intended for the bronies and pegasisters out there and not the kiddies. I really don't pay much attention to Hasbro's offerings, but Funko's line is much more show accurate, features more obscure and fan favorite characters (including males like Dr. Whooves), and offers some limited edition exclusives. Anyways, ready for a look at the great and powerful Trixie? Then join me after the break..

Saturday, October 25, 2014

31 Days if Toy Terror: Fib Face from Filmation's Ghostbusters by Schaper

Because of some business related travel and other business last week I got a bit behind on 31 Days of Toy Terror. This is technically Day 18, just in case you're wondering.

      As a kid I was so into Ghostbusters that I was even into Filmation's Ghostbusters. That's how deep in I was into the whole Ghostbusting thing. I was in so deep that I even had the Spook Chasers action figures because there just wasn't enough of the Real Ghostbusters to satisfy me. Yeah, I was that kid. Anyways, while I haven't seen the cartoon in ages I do fondly recall the Filmation's Ghostbusters toyline. Released in 1986 by Schaper (later purchased by Tyco), the toyline didn't last for very long but did include most of the main cast (including three female characters!). I had most of them but unfortunately, as I tended to do, I sold most of them off at yard sales just to make a bit of scratch in the mid 90s. I probably bought Power of the Force II Star Wars figures, if that's any consolation (*editors note: It's not*). Anyways, today I'm going to review one of the villains from the line whom I still own: Fib Face! Voiced by the late and much beloved Lou Scheimer himself, Fib Face was a two faced character who often argued with himself. When I saw John at "Robot Monster Space Superhero" post some pictures of this guy earlier this year, I knew I wanted to pull him off my shelf for 31 Days of Toy Terror. A quick search of YouTube should allow you to find lots of clips from Filmation' Ghostbusters while a simple click after the break will give you the lowdown on Fib Face himself....

31 Days of Toy Terror: Talky Tina (Now in Color) from The Twilight Zone by Bif Bang Pow!

Today is technically day 25 of 31 Days of Toy Terror, but I'll be putting a few missed days up over the next few days to make up for the18th through the 22nd!

     "Talky Tina, a doll that does everything, a lifelike creation of plastic and springs and painted smile. To Erich Streator, she is the most unwelcome addition to his household - but without her, he'd never enter the Twilight Zone."

     What is it about dolls that makes them scary? Maybe it is because they often so closely capture certain elements of humans while completely missing or neglecting other elements, thus entering the uncanny valley? Who knows? (I'm sure someone has done lots of research on this.) Today I'm looking at another figure in Bif Bang Pow's The Twilight Zone 1/18th scale action figure line. As seems to be popular this year Bif Bang Pow has intentionally designed these figures to mimic elements of retro action figures. Today I'm looking at Talky Tina, the creepy killer doll voiced by June Foray and featured in the fifth season episode "Living Doll". While inspired by Mattel's Chatty Cathy, Talky Tina was actually played by a Brikette doll from the Vogue doll company, so what we have here is a toy of a toy who was playing a toy based on another toy. How successful is this figure? Well, join me after the break to find out....

Friday, October 24, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Eric Draven from The Crow from ReAction Horror Series by Funko

 Is The Crow a horror film? Not really. It's much more of a superhero revenge film than a horror film. So, does the Crow, Eric Draven, fit in Funko's ReAction Horror Series? I'd say so. Yeah, he doesn't seem like the kind of guy who would keep accompany with the likes of Freddy Krueger, Jason Vorhees, and Michael Myers, but I guess they do have a history together. McFarlane Toys put Eric Draven in the second series of Movie Maniacs while NECA included multiple versions of Eric Draven in their Cult Classics line. Funko is just doing what McFarlane discovered with Movie Maniacs: It's much easier to sell a toyline filled with the A-list characters people want rather than to try and flesh out a line containing only one or two characters people care about. It's a strategy that works well and my only suggestion to Funko would be to create a better name. Rather than just the generic "Horror Series." We've had Silent Screamers, Cult Classics, and Movie Maniacs, so maybe this series should have been called Funko Frights? Funko Fear? Fears and Frighteners? Seriously, Funko: Just send me some free toys and you can use any of these you want. Ready for a look at Eric Draven, AKA the Crow? Then join me after the break...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Alucard from Castlevania by NECA

     Back in 2007 NECA released just a scant four characters in the Castlevania subset of their long running Player Select series (along with a few variants). That seems like a real shame as, with how many Castlevania games there have been since the series debuted in 1986, it seems like this series really could have had some legs to it. There were numerous opportunities to release cool versions of classic creepy monsters and various arcane warriors; what didn't seem viable about this property? In fact, the original release of this series was quite under produced and saw a saw a second production release in 2009. Today I'm looking Alucard (AKA Adrian Fahrenheit Tepes), the son of Dracula. Yup, being the spawn of Dracula and a human mother Alucard is a dhampir. He originally appeared as a boss who could turn into a playable character if defeated in 1989's Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse on the NES, but it was his role in 1997's Castlevania: Symphony of the Night that cemented him as a major protagonist in the ongoing Castlevania epic. Of course, Alucard wasn't created for Castlevania: He was actually created Robert and Curt Siodmak for the 1943 film Son of Dracula, the third film in Universal's Dracula series. He was portrayed by Lon Chaney, Jr., whom I incidentally saw walking with the Queen. Ready for a review of Alucard? Then join me after the break....

Friday, October 17, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: The Gruesome Ghost from Mad Monsters by Figures Toy Company

     Day 17 of 31 Days of Toy Terror goes a bit old school as today we're looking at a ghost. Just a simple, old school ghost. How old school? I'm thinking this guy would definitely have been in his haunting prime in the 1960s or 1970s, quite possibly chasing Scooby Doo and the gang. Get ready for the Gruesome Ghost!
     I'm not the biggest fan of Mego styled action figures but I've definitely taken note of what Figures Toy Company has been doing lately, particularly in regards to their 1966 Batman series. I find it rather amusing that this small company is seemingly finding more success and doing a much better job with the liscense and scale than the 500 lb. gorilla Mattel was able to do just a few years back.  They've been releasing both liscended and non-licensed Mego styled figures and replacement parts for at least a decade now and it was through their Mad Monsters line that they first got my attention. Designed to look like a 1970's action figure line, the Mad Monsters offered a line of groovy ghoulies for Mego fans to add to their collections. The designs of the characters were quite cool, particularly the Gruesome Ghost here, so he soon ended up in my collection. Ready to get spooked? Then join me after the break...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Chewbacca from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase II by Hasbro

     What? Why the heck is Chewbacca part of 31 Days of Toy Terror? Good question. Is there any Star Wars character more universally loved by both adults and small children than Chewbacca? Probably not, but that doesn't mean that this guy still can't pull people's arms out of their sockets. Yes, it might be a stretch, but Chewbacca from phase II of Hasbro's Star Wars: The Black Series is our featured review for today.  Honestly, I'm not sure Chewbacca needs any real introduction, so I'm going to take a minute and talk about my love/ hate relationship with this line. If you want to read it, read on; otherwise, just jump after the break for a review of the Star Wars Black Chewbacca.
     Last year, I had the highest of hopes for Star Wars: The Black Series as every release in series one and two was incredible and pretty much the definitive release of a character. There's really no reason to buy another version of figures like Darth Maul, or R2-D2, or Greedo. Figures like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker in his X-wing Pilot Gear, Princess Leia in her slave girl outfit, and even Boba Fett definitely offered a fairly definitive version of a character in a particular look. With his Stormtrooper utility belt and swappable gloved hands, Han Solo is a pretty comprehensive Episode IV Han Solo in his standard duds. Boba Fett is the only Episode V Fett I imagine I'll ever need. Every figure felt complete. While I can always think of little extras that would have been cool, I was very content with what Hasbro gave us. Then series three hit. The Stormtrooper was great (although slightly under armed), but Bespin Luke and Episode III Obi-Wan Kenobi were disasters. No alternate portrait for Luke? No removable hand? A prequel Jedi with no robe? Besides the terrible case packs, Hasbro just seemed to be letting the line rest on the popularity of Star Wars and the novelty of finally giving us 6 inch figures rather than really doing everything to make these toys the best can be. Throw in stuff like the deluxe Jabba the Hutt only coming with his accessories at SDCC and I felt like I was really over the line. Of course, then I ran across the Speeder Bike and decided to pick up a few figures here and there. If I'm harsh on Star Wars: The Black Series, it's only because I feel like this line can and should be the absolute best that it can be. Enough with my rant. The review is after the break...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Brocotal from OTMFG! by October Toys

     As we move closer to Halloween, the toy terror grows and grows! Today I have two terrors to thrill and chill you, boils and ghouls! First, if you haven't already, make sure to head over to Kickstarter and support the fourth series of OMFG! minifigures. This is a great, crowdfunded and community designed line that just gets more and more awesome. There are only about two days left to fund this, and it'd be a real terror if these guys didn't get made! Secondly, it's time for a minifigure that is the perfect fit for your phobia if you just can't stand leafy, green vegetables! It's Flesh Brocotal from OTMFG! (October Toys Minifigure Guys) from October Toys. If you're only picking up OMFG! and missing out on these guys, you're making a big mistake! Nearly every the good folks at October Toys are treating us to great new sculpts and colorways from this awesome, home brewed line.  Brocotal is a new sculpt for 2014 and was originally released as a Leafy Green colorway. Unfortunately I missed that version, but I've since picked up all the rest. Ready for some veggie inspired horror? Than join me after the break...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Clayface from DC Superfriends Imaginext by Fisher Price

     A monster made of clay? Sounds like perfectly fine territory for 31 Days of Toy Terror to me! While Clayface has been around since the 1940's, it really seems that his role as one of Batman's prominent villains was solidified by his appearances in the 1992 Batman: The Animated Series. This rendition of Clayface is clearly based off of that popular incarnation (that was the Matt Hagen version and not the Basil Karlo version) and even mimics some of the character's powers depicted in the series. Like most Imaginext toys, this is a very fun that has recently been released as an ice monster to hang out alongside Mr. Freeze. Ready for a look at a giant mud monster? Then join me after the break...if you dare!

Monday, October 13, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Krauser from Resident Evil 4 by NECA

 What have we covered so far this year? Ghosts? Check. Backwoods maniacs? Double check. Storytelling corpses? Check. Mutated super-soldiers? Nope. Time to remedy that, then. For day 13 of 31 Days of Toy Terror we'll be looking at Krauser from NECA's Resident Evil 4 action figure line. When Resident Evil 4 came out for the Nintendo Gamecube in January 2005 it was a big deal. While it strayed quite heavily from the series' roots, it offered something fresh and new not just for Resident Evil but for video games in general. To follow up their first series of action figures based on the game, NECA released a second series in mid 2006 that included four variants of the Illuminados monks, Garrador, two versions of the Iron Maiden, a RPD suited Leon Kennedy and, the subject of today's review, Jack Krauser. Krauser is in the process of being mutated (kind of like how he appears in the Mercenaries minigame) and it definitely is a more interesting look for him. Ready for a look at a mutated super-soldier with a funky arm? Then join me after the break...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: The Angel of Death from Hellboy 2: The Golden Army by Mezco

     What's the greater horror? The subject of today's review, the Angel of Death from Mezco's excellent Hellboy 2: The Golden Army line or knowing that a third film in the Hellboy series is pretty much never going to happen? I think for me, the answer is the latter. There are just some artists that you come to realize will always release work that you enjoy. For me, two of those particularly special artists are director Guillermo del Toro and writer and artist Mike Mignola. No matter what these gentlemen are working on, I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that I'll enjoy it, so the fact that they teamed up for the Hellboy films was just too much for me to handle. The character of the Angel of Death only plays a small (but vital) part in Hellboy 2, but the character design was so strong and memorable that it stood out enough for Mezco to release her in the second series of the toyline back in Fall of 2008. And yes, the script refers to the Angel of Death as a her, even though she is portrayed by Doug Jones. Ready for a visit from the Angel of Death? Then join me after the break....

Saturday, October 11, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Vashta Nerada Suit Creature (Vespiform C&B Wave) Creature from Doctor Who by Character Options

The Doctor: Almost every species in the Universe has an irrational fear of the dark. But they're wrong. 'Cause it's not irrational. It's Vashta Nerada.  
Donna: What's Vashta Nerada?  
The Doctor: It's what's in the dark. It's what's always in the dark.

     Written by Steven Moffat, "Silence in the Library" stands out as one of the best episodes from David Tennant's run as the Doctor (which is high praise, as Tennant had a lot of really good episodes). A series 4 two part episode, "Silence in the Library" introduced the flesh eating Vashta Nerada:  Tiny creatures that disguise themselves as shadows and can consume a creature in seconds, leaving only the bones. The Doctor Who action figure I'm reviewing today isn't the Vashta Nerada itself, but rather the remains of an archaeologist in a space suit that has been taken over by the creatures. Whether you're a Whovian or not, I'm sure that you can appreciate the coolness of a skeleton in a spacesuit. Character Options often made (and still does make) some weird choices in regards to what characters and creatures got turned into toys, but this one was really a no-brainer. Ready for a look at the Vashta Nerada Suit Creature? Then keep reading and counting the shadows after the break...

Friday, October 10, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Michael Myers from ReAction Horror Series by Funko

Today's installment of 31 Days of Toy Terror takes place in the little town of Haddonfield, Illinois. As the air begins to chill, the leaves begin to crisp, and the days grow shorter, evil begins to terrorize a small town.

     As you can probably guess from last year's tribute to director John Carpenter and my review of the McFarlane's Movie Maniacs Michael Myers last October 31st, I'm a huge fan of the movie Halloween. I watch it at least once every Halloween season (and sometimes multiple times) because it just feels like the truest, purest, most basic example of what Halloween should look and feel like. While I enjoy watching many of the sequels, there's something about the first film that is raw and powerful. While Halloween II is a strong sequel that does make the first film feel more complete (not that it needed it, necessarily) the mysterious nature of Michael Myers, AKA The Shape, in the first film is what sells the movie. I'm really excited to see that Michael Myers made it into the first series of Funko's ReAction Horror Series, which focuses on more modern horror stars, because it allows us to complete the slasher film trio of Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees. Ready for a visit with Michael? Then join me after the break...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Bray Wyatt from WWE Elite Collection by Mattel

31 Days of Toy Terror brings us once again to new and terrifying places. Whether you're out in the woods with no one around but the monsters, at an old run-down carnival, in an abandoned opera house, or just investigating that mysterious little door that you've never noticed before in your living room, there's always something spooky just around the corner...

     In my review of Erick Rowan from Mattel's WWE Elite Collection I mentioned that I'm not usually into wrestling or wrestling action figures, but there is just something about the Wyatt Family that really appeals to me. I'd never heard of these folks before watching Wrestlemania XXX with my fellow Epic Reviewer Andrew but I was really impressed with their theatrics. Bray Wyatt and his crew just have such a wonderful, creepy vibe that you can't help but take interest in what they're doing. Today I'm looking at Bray Wyatt, the leader of the Wyatt Family cult. Played by wrestler Windham Lawrence Rotunda, Bray Wyatt is a cryptic cult leader who claims to be more monster than man and loves playing mind games with his opponents. To learn more about this figure, follow the buzzards after the break....

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Cryptkeeper (Robe) from Tales from the Cryptkeeper by Ace Novelty

     Welcome back boils and ghouls! Think the first week of 31 Days of Toy Terror was pretty scary? Well, you ain't seen nothing yeti!!! Hahahaha! Today's review is sure to make you scream for your mummy! Yes, it's a review of the old Cryptkeeper himself, straight from the 1994 Ace Novelty toyline "Tales from the Cryptkeeper." The toyline was based on the animated series Tales from the Cryptkeeper witch aired on ABC from 1993 until 1990Gore! The show followed the pattern set forth by its predecessors, the television series Tales from the Crypt and the older EC comics like Vault of Horror and The Crypt of Terror, by being an anthology like series of unrelated tales told by the Cryptkeeper and his pals the Old Witch and the Vault Keeper. While the animated Cryptkeeper was much less grotesque than his HBO counterpart, he was still voiced by the same guy: John Kassir. While Tales from the Cryptkeeper lasted for two seasons originally before being brought back for a final season as New Tales from the Cryptkeeper on CBS, the Ace Novelty toyline only lasted for two waves comprising 8 figures total. I owned four of these figures as a kid (Frankenstein, the Werewolf, the Cryptkeeper in his Tuxedo, and, the subject of today's review, the Cryptkeeper in his robe. Ready for a terrifying treat that you can really sink your teeth into? Then join me after the break...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Star Sweater Coraline Pack from Coraline by NECA

While all of the other terrors we've covered in 31 Days of Toy Terror have been out in the woods, at a rundown carnival, or even in an old opera house, today's terror can be found in your very own home...

     I'm a big fan of Henry Selick (the guy who actually directed The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Coraline, the 2009 stop motion animated film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel. It's definitely one of my five favorite animated films as it manages to capture both the wonder and the terror of being a childhood, often doing so simultaneously. Coraline is a wonderful, vibrant heroine who is so full of curiosity and life that you can't help but be drawn in by her adventures. (I really can't wait until my own daughter is old enough to watch and enjoy the film!) My wife is a huge Neil Gaiman fan and when the movie was released I tried to snatch up some of the cooler Coraline products from NECA for her. I should have snagged everything because if you look at Ebay and Amazon prices for many of the NECA dolls and minifigures, you'll see some outrageous prices! Today I'm looking at one of the minifigure sets which includes Coraline in her star sweater, The Other Mother, The Cat, and the ghostly little girl with button eyes from the Other World. Ready for a look at this very cool set from NECA? Then join me after the break...

Monday, October 6, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: The Phantom of the Opera from Universal Monsters ReAaction by Funko

     So far, 31 Days of Toy Terror has drug you all through the woods to face killer trees, crazed cultists, legendary cryptids, and masked maniacs. Then it took you to a rundown old carnival to meet with a mysterious medium. Now, your destiny lies in a nearby city at a rundown opera house. What could be lurking so close to the bright city lights? It's just an old theater, right?

     I'm head over heels for Funko's new ReAction brand and I'm going particularly gaga for their horror lines. The Universal Monsters just work so well in this format as they really are reminiscent of the 1981 Remco Mini Monsters. I've always loved the 1925 silent film Phantom of the Opera, particularly due to Lon Chaney's exceptional performance and grotesque appearance. Fortunately, it is Chaney's portrayal of the Phantom that was chosen by Funko as part of the Universal Monsters ReAction series (Universal also remade the movie in 1943 with Claude Rains portraying the Phantom). Ready for a look at one of the most famous (and tragic) movie monsters around? Then join me after the break...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Fortune Teller from Lego Minifigures Series 9 by Lego

     Welcome to a bit of respite in 31 Days of Toy Terror! So far you've faced a killer tree, a backwoods cultist, a cryptid legend, and a hockey mask wearing maniac. Well, you're out of the woods for now, but what will your ultimate fate be? It's time to head on over to the old carnival just outside of town. As you listen to the eerily cheerful sounds of the calliope playing amidst the October wind, you stroll down to the fortune teller's tent....

     I love 31 Days of Toy Terror because it gives me a chance to go back and review a mixture of older and newer figures, sometimes reviewing stuff from lines I don't review very often. Today I'm looking at the Fortune Teller from the 9th series of Lego Minifigures. While I've disassembled much of my Lego haunted world over the past year to make room for my Castle Grayskull and massive MOTUC collecton, I've kept a number of the minifigures out. One of these was the Fortune Teller. The character actually has a bio on Lego's own site:

“You will lead a long and uneventful life. Or maybe you’ll be kidnapped by aliens!”
The mystical Fortune Teller has a unique gift for prophecy…sometimes. Half of her predictions come true in every last detail, while the other half turn out to be wildly wrong. Even she doesn’t know which ones are which. It’s led to some very happy customers – and some extremely annoyed ones, too.
It’s gotten to be such a big problem that the Fortune Teller has started second-guessing her own second sight. Whenever she tells someone’s fortune, she also makes something up that’s the exact opposite. It may be confusing, but at least she can be reasonably certain that she’ll always be at least half-right!

     To learn more about this mysterious lady, join me after the break...

Saturday, October 4, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Jason Voorhees from ReAction Horror Series by Funko

It's day 4 of 31 Days of Toy Terror and so far we've dealt with a killer tree, a deranged backwoods cultist, and a legendary cryptid. Now, get ready for an icon that will turn your little camping trip in the woods into nightmare.
     While Friday the 13th might not be the best series of slasher films (it's not), didn't invent the genre (it didn't), and Jason Voorhees might not be the most visually interesting horror character around (he isn't), it is really tough to say that Jason isn't the most iconic slasher out there. Don't get me wrong: I find most other slashers to be more interesting characters than Jason but, when you say slasher, nearly everyone automatically things of a maniac in a hockey mask. Sure there was a hockey mask wielding slasher called "The Bleeder" in the film Alone in the Dark, which also released in 1982 just a few months after Jason donned his hockey mask for the first time in Friday the 13th: Part 3 (Alone in the Dark, starring Jack Palance, Martin Landau, Dwight Schultz, and Donald Pleasance is a way better movie than any of the 13ths, by the way), but Jason made that look his own. Whenever most anyone thinks of a movie slasher, it's Jason they're thinking about. If you were of trick 'r treating age at anytime during the late 80s or early 90s, odds are that you owned a plastic hockey mask. Today I'm looking at the Jason Voorhees action figure from Funko's new ReAction Horror Series toyline. Ready for your daily dose of machete wielding maniac? Then join me after the break...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Spooky Toy Review: Zombie from Imaginext Collectible Figures Series 3 by Fisher Price

     Zombies are apparently so popular and mainstream now that even Fisher Price is releasing zombie toys. What the heck? Let me indulge my inner hipster a bit and say "I was into zombies before being into zombies was cool." With that out of the way, I'm back to look at another great figure from Imaginext's Collectible Figure Series 3: The Zombie. I really hope Fisher Price continues putting these blind bagged guys out because they just keep coming up with more and more interesting stuff! Who knows what awesome figures a potential fourth series could offer? Anyways, it just isn't the Halloween season without a visit from the rambling, shambling, walking dead, is it? Here's a look at the Zombie from Imaginext, after the break...

31 Days of Toy Terror: Momo, The Missouri Monster from Legendary Monsters by Nevermore Toys

     Welcome to Day 3 of 31 Days of Toy Terror! The woods just aren't a very safe place, are they? So far we've had a killer tree monster, a backwoods maniac in a sheep mask, and now we're looking at a cryptid who lives in the forest. If you're faint of hear, you just might want to "leaf" now. Muahahaha!!!

     Back in April of 2013 I interviewed R. Todd Broadwater, the founder of Nevermore Toys, about his Kickstarter funded Legendary Monsters line. As a huge fans of cryptids and a devotee of the Mothman of Point Pleasant, WV, I was super excited about this line. The first series is slated to include the aforementioned Mothman, the Chupacabra, the Jersey Devil, and, the subject of today's review, Momo, The Missouri Monster. Spotted a few times back in the early 1970's in Missouri, "Momo" seems to bear a similar to Bigfoot or Sasquatch. Estimated to be around 7 ft tall and emitting a powerful stench, Momo definitely seems to be something you wouldn't want to encounter. Ready for an up close and personal look at Momo? Then join me after the break...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Toys in Costume: Mikey the Elf from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates

     While I've been filling my time with tons of Halloween festivities, candy, and scary toys, I've also been engaged in something else lately: Dungeons and Dragons. Yup, our group has finally gotten back together to play the new 5th Edition of D&D and so far we're loving it. I'm having a great time DM'ing so far and I'm just itching for our next session! All of that is simply to say that today's review of Mikey the Elf definitely was released at a great time. Based on the second season episode "Mazes and Mutants" (which I haven't seen because the DVD hasn't been released yet) Mikey the Elf represents Michelangelo dressed as an elvish archer. Ready for a look at a LARPing turtle? Then join me after the break...

31 Days of Toy Terror: Erick Rowan from WWE Elite Collection by Mattel

     Today's entry in 31 Days of Toy Terror is a little different. While I've never been a huge wrestling fan I did end up watching Wrestlemania this past year with a few of my fellow Epic Reviewers and was really impressed by the super creepy Wyatt Family. These guys really set themselves apart from the rest of the crowd and their horror themed gimmick definitely appealed to me. It reminds me of something that would have happened during the more gimmick themed wrestling era of the 1980's. I've never bought a wrestling action figure before but I decided I had to have the Wyatt Family. Consisting of Bray Wyatt and his two "sons," Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, the Wyatts are just your typical backwoods, psychotic cultists that like to wrestle. Today I'm looking at Erick Rowan, Bray Wyatt's second "son" and the strong, silent guy who wears a creepy sheep mask. Whether you're into wrestling or just like creepy guys in animal masks and coveralls, you'll definitely want to stick around after the jump...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hokey Halloween Horror Contest 2014: Your Best. Halloween. Ever!!! Report Card

     Well, October is here and that mans that Halloween is coming. While I've already done lots of decorating and movie watching and candy eating, now it's time to go into overdrive. As part of this year's Hokey Halloween Horror, I want to help you have the Best. Halloween. Ever. I mean it. I really want you to go all out this Halloween. Thank of me as your Halloween Yoda this year. You've just crash landed on Dagobah and I'm training you to become a Halloween Jedi. How does that sound? Oh, and for one of you who has the best Halloween ever, I'm going to give you a prize package. How does that sound?

Yup. For doing the spooky stuff you ladies and dobermans would be doing already, I'm going to give you the chance to win some fun, free, spooky stuff. Does that sound awesome? Heck yes it does. Do you want to participate? I know you do! Did I steal the "ladies and dobermans" joke from Elvira. You better believe it! More details on how to enter after the break....

31 Days of Toy Terror: Tree Warrior from True Legends by Toys R' Us/ Chap Mei

 For Day 1 of 31 Days of Toy Terror, boy do I have something special for you....

     With the internet and hundreds of toy blogs and news sites at our disposal, it isn't often that we get the chance to be surprised anymore. Still, every now and then we get a surprise. Today's toy was one of those surprises. For the past few years Toys R' Us has had their own line of product called True Legends which consists of traditional action figures, small plastic minifigures, and role play items across a number of genres including military, mythology, and fantasy. While the package and toy itself simply list Toys R' Us as the manufacturer, most of the action figures seem to be created by Chap Mei, a company that creates tons of low budget items for retailers like Dollar General and Big Lots. Rather than the typical knock off junk, though, Chap Mei has always featured amazing sculpts and solid quality. I recognize lots of their accessories and military sculpts as well as took notice that the manufacturer's mark piece on this fellow is actually a removable piece of plastic that could probably b swapped out with another name in the future. This really makes me think this is Chap Mei's work. I always check out their stuff whenever I notice it (it is very distinctive) and I was floored when I came across this deluxe Tree Warrior figure from the True Legends line. Looking at this figure was like a wave of nostalgia: The sculpt, action features, and the fact that it was sold in a colorful window box totally made me feel like I was back in the mid 80's on a magical trip to the toy store. Trees can be incredibly creepy (see The Evil Dead series if you don't believe me) so I thought this was a fitting review for a nostalgia laced Halloween tribute. Ready for a look at a giant tree monster? Then join me after the break...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Scary Toy Review: Gremlin (Now in Color) from The Twilight Zone by Bif Bang Pow!

     It has been almost a month since I reviewed Bob Wilson, the protagonist of The Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," but I'm finally getting around to that episode's antagonist, the Gremlin! Part of the first series of 3 3/4 inch The Twilight Zone "retro" styled action figures from Bif Bang Pow!, the Gremlin can be found in two variants: The standard black and white or the "Now in Color" SDCC 2014 variant that gives the character a green paint job. Only 456 of the SDCC 2014 variant version were released and it is that limited version that I'm reviewing today.  I've talked a few times about how excited I finally am to be getting toys and action figures based on the works of Stephen King, well now I've also got some great action figures based off of the works of one of my favorite authors, the late Richard Matheson. "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" is without a doubt one of the most memorable episodes of The Twilight Zone, and it has a lot going for it to make it stand out in the minds of fans: It's based on a short story by Matheson, it was directed by Richard Donner, it starred a pre-Kirk William Shatner, and it was remade with John Lithgow in the starring role for a segment of 1983's Twilight Zone: The Movie. It also is a darn fine episode of the show and one I'm really excited to be able to reenact whenever I desire. Ready for a look at this extremely cool Gremlin? Then join me after the break...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Scary Toy Review: The Invisible Man from Universal Monsters ReAction by Funko

     While I reviewed the Mummy when he was released earlier this month, it actually has taken me until just this past week to track down the rest of the Universal Monsters ReAction figures from Funko. Based on James Whales' 1933 film The Invisible Man (which was based on H. G. Wells' 1897 novel), this figure of the Invisible Man, a.k.a. Dr. Jack Griffin, is ready to bring a delightful bit of madness to your Halloween festivities! While Remco released a true vintage line of Universal Monsters action figures back in 1981, the Invisible Man was not included. Or maybe he was and we just never saw him. Anyways, it's really fantastic that Funko released him as part of their first release of Universal Monsters ReAction figures as I can see collectors of that vintage line wanting to include him in their sets. If you've never seen The Invisible Man, check it out. Even though the film is now over 80 years old it still manages to be a fun and wacky sci-fi film with some truly suspenseful moments and special effects that are still fun to watch. Ready for a closer look at the Invisible Man? Then join me after the break...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Scary Toy Review: Pennywise from It from POP! Movies by FunKo

During last year's "31 Days of Toy Terror" I reviewed NECA's bloody version of Carrie from the 2013 adaptation of Carrie. In that review, I talked about how ever since I was a young teenager I've always wanted toys based off of the works of Stephen King. For years the only thing I had was a die-cast Christine from Johnny Lightning, so finally having a Carrie action figure was a big deal. This year, not only is there an action figure of Stephen King himself from NECA's new The Simpsons line but we also now have this toy of Pennywise the Dancing Clown from the 1990 TV adaptation of King's novel It. Part of the movie branch pf FunKo's expansive POP! vinyls toyline, Pennywise is a stylized interpretation of Tim Curry's portrayal of the titular demonic entity in its favored guise of a creepy clown. Since so many people are terrified of clowns (which is called coulrophobia), I think Pennywise is an excellent subject for a review as we look forward to Halloween, don't you? For more evil clown goodness, join me after the break...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Scary Toy Review: Frankenstein's Monster from Imaginext Collectible Figures Series 2 by Fisher-Price

     It seems that a lot of you really like the Imaginext line, particularly the horror themed figures. I know I do! That's why today I'm going to be reviewing one of the series 2 figures: Frankenstein's Monster! And yes, while I know that he's technically Frankenstein's Monster, I'm most definitely going to refer to him as Frankenstein during the review at some point. Why is that? Well, it could just be out of old habit but it could also be out of respect for the creature. In the novel, didn't the Monster (and arguably Dr. Frankenstein) consider himself to be the son of Victor Frankenstein? Well, then Frankenstein would be a perfectly acceptable name. It's all about how you choose to identify yourself. Also, thank about when you need to blow your nose. What do you ask for? Most of the time you probably ask for a Kleenex even though Kleenex is a manufacturer of tissues. How about asking for a Band Aid rather than an adhesive bandage? Band Aid is the maker and the brand, not really the product name. All that is to say that referring to Frankenstein's Monster as just Frankenstein is probably like calling your Apple manufactured product an Apple or your Ford manufactured Fiesta simply a Ford. Anyways, let's just talk about toys and spookiness now.  Ooohhh!!! Halloween!!!
Umm... Just join me after the break....

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Scary Toy Review: Freddy Krueger from ReAction Horror Series by FunKo

 One of the coolest concepts ever for an action figure line was McFarlane's Movie Maniacs. When McFarlane started releasing those toys in the late 90's it truly seemed like the sky was the limit for action figures. Any property could become a toy! With Movie Maniacs, McFarlane wisely acknowledged that not every property (particularly horror films) needed a complete toyline. Offering a potpourri of iconic character in each series was a strength of that line (and others like Cult Classics) and believe me, I'm kind of getting that same old magic feeling with FunKo's new ReAction Horror Series. With all of the retro styled action figures coming out these days (mostly from Funko, but Bif Bang Pow! and others are in on this as well) we're seeing so many characters covered but I think the horror stuff is the most fun. I think the magic really kicks in with these ReAction figures when you can almost really believe that these toys might have existed back in the late 1970's and early 1980's and, for Freddy Krueger here, I can almost believe it. Remember how Matchbox released some crazy toys back in the 80's like a talking Freddy Krueger doll and the Maxx FX Freddy doll? Yup, I can easily imagine a more traditional Freddy Krueger action figure hitting shelves as well. Granted, as a kid I would not have wanted this as I was pretty terrified of Mr. Krueger, but it's still fun to imagine back. If someone rambling on for the next paragraphs about a 3 3/4 inch Freddy Krueger sounds like your idea of a good time then join me after the break...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Spooky Toy Review: Gillman from Imaginext Collectible Figures Series 3 by Fisher-Price

     Late this  past summer, Imaginext released their third series of blind-bagged collectible figures to eager kids and collectors. While I largely avoid the vehicles and playsets due to lack of space, I pick up cool Imaginext figures whenever I can. One of the coolest from the most recent series is the subject of today's review: Gillman! While the Creature from the Black Lagoon is one of the few of the prominent Universal Monsters who was created specifically for a film, we often see non-licensed homages to the guy where he is referred to as simply the Creature, the sea creature, or the Gill-man. Of course, there are also plenty of variant mer-creatures such as Cousin Gilbert, Mer-Man, and the beloved Old Gregg. As Halloween quickly approaches, perhaps we should spend some time beneath the surface and contemplate the horror of the Gillman. Join me for another always frightening, slightly fishy, review after the break...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hokey Halloween Horror: Dead End Zone from Yankee Candle

     Fall means two of my absolutely favorite things in the World: Halloween and Football.  This year for their annual Halloween series Yankee Candle has decided to combine both with the Dead End Zone.    The headless player stands about 5 inches tall and was one of the sturdiest pieces in this year's Yankee Candle Halloween line.  The candle is designed for a tea light either authentic or electronic.  The Legendary Candle company does a great job with these as you can see the little touches that set these pieces apart such as: the #13 jersey and the Dead End Zone play on words on the tombstone.  You also have to love how the headless player cradles his head like a pigskin with an old school helmet to top it all off.  This line from Yankee Candle is the perfect blend of slightly horrific and the cutesy Halloween that alot of families are looking for.  Thus making it the perfect first Halloween decoration for my fiancee' and I's new home.  If you would like to score in the Dead End Zone this Halloween season you can pick up this guy for $20 at,  Also if you spend over $35 dollar at Yankee Candle now you get $25 grave candy dish in this line for only $10.  

Confirmed: EPIC

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Richard Kiel, A.K.A. Jaws from James Bond, Has Passed Away

     Just wanted to pay a quick tribute to the awesome Richard Kiel who was probably best known for playing the giant metal mouth henchmen Jaws in both The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker and in some of the more recent Bond video games. He also played Kanamit in The Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man," Mr. Larson in Happy Gillmore, and dozens of other roles in both television and film. Mr. Kiel passed away yesterday. Mr. Kiel: You were by far one of the most iconic Bond villains ever and will never be forgotten so long as spy movies exist!

     For Bond fans keeping count, actor Gottfried John who played General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov in GoldenEye also passed away earlier this month. This is just really odd because this past month or so I've been on such a Bond kick again. I even have pulled out my Nintendo 64 and have been playing GoldenEye on it.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hokey Halloween Horror: Caramel Apple Jolly Rancher Crunch 'n Chew

     I'm not sure if these are new or not this year, but this is certainly the first time I recall seeing Caramel Apple flavored Jolly Ranchers. More specifically, these are Caramel Apple flavored Jolly Rancher Crunch 'n Chew candy. Yeah, they're an odd mix between the traditional hard, square little Jolly Ranchers and the soft, chewy little Jolly Ranchers bites that come in a bag. Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of Jolly Ranchers but when I saw the purple and green fall themed bag I knew I was going to have to buy these. While purple and green are most definitely the George and Ringo of Halloween colors, I have to say I really like them. These aren't full on Halloween candy; they're more of a simple fall specialty and thus function as gateway drug to the harder stuff. Anyways, I'm going to write more on these and show you some pictures of these candies interacting with various toys after the break. Why wouldn't you read this?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Toys in Costume: Raph the Barbarian from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates

     Since I'm watching the new TMNT series on DVD, I'm a little behind (we just watched the first episode of season 2 last night) and so I haven't yet had the privilege of watching the LARP episode "Mazes and Mutants." While the original TMNT toyline features some bizarre fantasy variations of the turtles, it's kind of cool that Playmates used the animated series for inspiration here. Today I'm looking at the first of the four LARP (live action roleplaying) turtles, Raph the Barbarian. I have to say that the barbarian or fighter class makes perfect sense for an angry bruiser like Raphael; he seems like a guy who just enjoys smashing stuff. I found these in the wild over the weekend and decided that the turtles decked out in costumes make perfect sense for a toy review that's helping to pave the way to Halloween. Ready to smash some trolls with Raph the Barbarian? Then join me after the break...

Fall is Just Around the Corner: Autumn by Vivaldi

It's never too early to start thinking about Fall. I'm actually home feeling pretty cruddy today, so I thought I'd put this up to cheer everyone up!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Haunt the Halls: "Hey There!" Fall Sign from Hobby Lobby

     This year I'm going to put up one Halloween/ Fall themed decoration a day. I'm not allowed to put stuff out in the yard yet, so I'm having to put things up in the house. At this point, everything I'm putting up is kind of tasteful so far as Halloween decorations go. This is my favorite time of the year and I want to make the most of it. On September 1st I put up a glittery green owl on my daughter's bedroom door. I bought it for her last year two weeks after she was born and this year she is extremely impressed by it. Since she's really getting into the whole "pointing at cool stuff" phase, a glittery green owl definitely receives a fair share of pointing. Yesterday's decoration, however, is a bit more subdued. In fact, it is actually on front door of our house. Read more about this after the break....

Scary Toy Review: Bob Wilson (Now in Color) from The Twilight Zone by Bif Bang Pow

    "Portrait of a frightened man: Mr. Robert Wilson, thirty-seven, husband, father, and salesman on sick leave. Mr. Wilson has just been discharged from a sanitarium where he spent the last six months recovering from a nervous breakdown, the onset of which took place on an evening not dissimilar to this one, on an airliner very much like the one in which Mr. Wilson is about to be flown home - the difference being that, on that evening half a year ago, Mr. Wilson's flight was terminated by the onslaught of his mental breakdown. Tonight, he's traveling all the way to his appointed destination, which, contrary to Mr. Wilson's plan, happens to be in the darkest corner of the Twilight Zone."

     "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" is without a doubt one of the most memorable episodes of The Twilight Zone. This fifth season episode (#123) has a lot going for it to make it stand out in the minds of fans: It's based on a short story by horror and sci-fi legend Richard Matheson, it was directed by Richard Donner, it starred a pre-Kirk William Shatner, and it was remade with John Lithgow in the starring role for a segment of 1983's Twilight Zone: The Movie. It also is a darn fine episode of the show. In their new Twilight Zone action figure line, Bif Bang Pow! has released two characters from this episode: The monstrous Gremlin and, the subject of today's review, Bob Wilson. While the standard figures in this line are done in a black and white paint scheme, Bif Bang Pow! released a limited run of 456 figures as SDCC as a "Now in Color" exclusive. Since I'm planning on displaying these along with other retro-inspired lines, I opted for the color variants. Ready for a look at poor Bob Wilson? Then join me after the break...

Must Watch: Shatner v The Gremlin -- Two Minute Twilight Zone Project of "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"

Guess what toy I'm going to be reviewing later today? Check back around 5:00am and find out!

I've been holding back on reviewing my new Bif Bang Pow! Twilight Zone figures for a few weeks now, so now all bets are off. But who will be first: Shatner or the Gremlin?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Scare of the Day: Guy Gets Scared by a Screamer

Not real, but still pretty funny video of someone getting scared by a screamer. Just pretend it's real and you'll have more fun!

Toys in Costume: Foot Soldier from Ninja Turtles by Playmates

     Every good property and toyline needs a nameless, faceless legion of bad guys for the heroes to battle. For the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles there have almost always been the Foot Soldiers, nameless and faceless legions of the Foot Clan. A variation on your archetypal ninja garb, the outfits of the Foot Soldiers have provided concealment to a number of baddies including ninja masters, common street thugs, wayward teenagers, and even robots. Typically, you know a Foot Soldier when you see one. Interestingly (and perhaps disappointingly), this wasn't the case with the Foot Soldiers in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Just a cursory glance at this figure definitely reveals that the new Foot Soldiers seem more inspired by tactical black-ops military groups and video game terrorists rather than ninjas. In fact, this guy doesn't even have any swords! Still, I figured I could use this guy with my Nickelodeon TMNT figures as a generic bad guy so I picked him up the first time I saw him. Ready for a look at the new Playmates Toys' Foot Soldier? Then join me after the break...

Monday, September 1, 2014

Must Watch: Universal's The Mummy - 1932 - Official Trailer

     We just watched this film last night. It is quite good, although definitely not what you may expect if you've never seen it before. The "mummy" himself only appears in the film for about 5 minutes or less and there isn't much time spent running around in old tombs or pyramids. It actually feels a lot more like Dracula in terms of its pacing and plot. To put this film in context, it came out in 1932, only a year after Dracula, its cousin Dracula en Espanol, and Frankenstein, and only 10 years after the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb by Howard Carter and George Herbert.

Scary Toy Review: The Mummy from Universal Monsters ReAction by Funko

     This is it! The first action figure review of the 2014 Halloween season! Isn't it exciting? I can almost smell the smell of a candle burning in a pumpkin! I can almost hear the sound of a serial killer hiding behind a tombstone in some abandoned graveyard that I have no business being in! I can almost feel the weird, vinyl-like material of an old, cheap Halloween costume as I put it on! It's Halloween Halloween Halloween! Since the best Halloweens often seem to be the ones from our youth, I've decided to review the Mummy from Funko's new Universal Monsters nostalgia driven ReAction toyline. The ReAction figures strive to capture the charm of the vintage 3 3/4 action figures of the late 1970s and early 1980s and definitely should remind many fans of Remco's vintage Universal Monsters inspired toyline. The Mummy is based off of the classic 1932 horror film featuring Boris Karloff as the titular mummy, Imhotep. Yeah, he only appears like this in the film for a few minutes, but it's definitely the look most people remember. Ready for a look at a spooky fun figure to kick off your Halloween? Then join me after the break....

Must Watch: Alice Cooper - Keepin Halloween Alive

As we kick off Hokey Halloween Horror 2014: Best. Halloween. Ever!!! at ThEpic Review, I thought a little Alice Cooper might help get you in the Halloween spirit!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Halloween is Coming...

Halloween is coming.

     That's right, boils and ghouls. In only 71 days, Halloween will be here. Now I know that for that past month or so things have been pretty slow here on ThEpic Review. The Reel Brad Bell has been mostly doing podcasts and taking care of other stuff, everyone else has pretty much been missing in action, and I've been taking a much needed break from stuff on the site. And why is that? Because I'm recharging my batteries so that 2014 will be the best Halloween ever. But here's the thing: For me, Halloween isn't a single day.

     It's two full months of terror. That's right. Two full months. Honestly, it is only two months because of the constraints my wife puts on me. If I had things my way, the Halloween season would start in August. As it stands, though, the Halloween season starts on September 1st at La Casa de Barbecue17 and goes until a week after October 31st (read the Legend of Re-Halloween to learn why!). That's a plenty of time. Plenty of time to:

*Eat every Halloween treat know to humanity and inhumanity!

*Put up lots of spooky and hokey decorations!

*Costumes, costumes, costumes!

*Watch multiple horror films, read horror books and comics, and even go to a few haunted houses!

*And of course, 31 Days of Toy Terror

Yup. While we've been slow here during the dog days of summer, just know that something better (and just a wee bit spooky and sinister) is around the corner. Just a few more days (so catch up on last year's festivities) until it all goes down. This year, starting on August 1st, get ready for the greatest internet Halloween experience that ThEpic Review has ever done. Get prepared for....

Hokey Halloween Horror Part 2: Best. Halloween. Ever.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Heroes Convention 2014 Cosplay!

We here at The Epic Review had such a great time at Heroes Con this year!  We met lots of cool people, spoke with some really great vendors, and, of course, saw tons of amazing costumes!  Here are some of our favorites!  (Once again, you'll notice The Reel Brad Bell isn't in any of the photos. This year he was in line to meet Kevin Eastman, one of the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!!!)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 33: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    In the 33rd Edition of the Confirmed Epic Podcast we review one of our most anticipated films of Summer 2014: Matt Reeves Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.   In what we have been checking out The Reel Brad Bell, BBQ17, and Andrew Stokes discuss:  Brian K. Vaughn’s: EX MACHINA, The World Cup, The WWE Network, TMNT Build a Bears, and the new Ninja Turtles movie figures by PlayMates.  In Epic News we discuss: Colin Farrell potentially being in True Detective Season 2, the rumored return of Young Justice, and Batgirl’s new makeover.  

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Action Figure Review: The Penguin (Batman Returns) from DC Multiverse by Mattel

    I still have very fond, vivid memories of going to see Batman Returns with my dad when it came out in 1992. I remember a number of details about the experience, including going to KB toys before the film and getting a Toy Biz DC Comics Superheroes Robin, but mostly I remember just how strange and dangerous the film felt to me while at the same time how captivated I was by it. As an eight year old, I'm not sure I'd ever encountered a film scene that left me as excited as Batman Returns' climactic showdown in the sewers. I'd also never seen a film that had villains as menacing as Catwoman and the Penguin. While Catwoman was definitely a femme fatale and a cool character, I'm not sure eight year old me was yet able to comprehend all of Catwoman's appeal or why she "felt so much yummier" but I totally realized just how weird and twisted the Penguin was. I mean, Joker was an insane villain who wanted to kill Gotham, but Penguin wanted to kill babies and drown people in toxic waste. That kind of stuff stands out to an eight year old, y'know? Of course, I'm not really here to discuss Batman Returns; I'm here to talk about the Danny DeVito based Penguin figure from Mattel's fairly new DC Multiverse line that covers a few different DC films and video games. Ready for a look at a version of the Penguin who eats raw fish, bit a guy's nose, and actually had flippers? Then join me after the break...