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...