Blog Archives

Black Cat Review: Marvel Legends Amazing Spider-Man 2 Infinite Series Green Goblin Build-A-Figure Collection

Black Cat w/ whip

Like Carnage in my last review, Black Cat was another character that got a Marvel Legends figure back in the ToyBiz days, which I also never managed to get. This one was exclusive to a Spider-Man Vs. Sinister 6 box set. As with Carnage, I was happy to see Hasbro offering another chance at a figure of an important character in the Spider-Man mythos.

Read the rest of this entry

Marvel Legends Carnage Review: Amazing Spider-Man 2 Infinite Series Green Goblin Build-A-Figure Collection

Aren’t second chances great? A figure you missed out on gets rereleased, retooled, redecoed or remade and… well, hopefully you can find it this time.

Read the rest of this entry

(Scary Little Ugly Guys) S.L.U.G. Zombies

I missed the brief M.U.S.C.L.E. and Monster in My Pocket craze growing up, but now there’s a wide assortment of miniature acronym-wielding freaks, alien robots, Outlandish Mini Figure Guys, and now zombies to collect. As JAKKS Pacific’s incorrect guess to 2012’s Monster of the Year, these S.L.U.G. Zombie 2″ PVC gum miniatures ended up warming the shelves of several Targets in my area. I bought one to add to my zombie collection when they were $3, and waited patiently until their clearance prices dropped to around $1. As you can see, I bought a few:

Read the rest of this entry

Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dogpound

In this latest generation of TMNT, we don’t have Bebop and Rocksteady or even Tokka and Rahzar, but I think Dogpound and Fishface have the potential to be equally good villains. The complete lineup so far features the turtles, Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Splinter, April O’Neil, Kraang, Metalhead, Fishface and Dogpound. They will be joined by evil scientist Baxter Stockman, early opponent Snakeweed, and another set of the Turtles in early 2013. Until then, we have plenty of toys from the new TMNT show to dig into, including Dogpound.

Read the rest of this entry

Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: April O’Neil

carded

No TMNT line would be complete without their link to the human world, April O’Neil. Since I collect April figures, there’s no way I would pass her up, but was she worth it?

Zombiepaper: The complete lineup so far features the turtles, Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Splinter, April O’Neil, Kraang, Metalhead, Fishface, and Dogpound.

Read the rest of this entry

Masters of the Universe Classics: Cy-Chop

Cy-Chop mailer

A creation of Mattel designer Terry Higuchi, the penultimate figure in the MOTUC 30th Anniversary subline is Cy-Chop, joining Fearless Photog, Draego-Man, The Mighty Spector, and Sir Laser-Lot. This has to be the most unusual figure in the bunch. So let’s take a look.

Read the rest of this entry

Masters of the Universe Classics: Rattlor

Rattlor mailer

Rattlor is one figure that I’m not entirely sure I remember having as a kid. He seems really familiar and yet unfamiliar. I know I had King Hiss and Tung Lashor and liked both of them a lot, but I probably just remember Rattlor from their packaging and minicomics. Well, I definitely have him now, but this time he’s bigger, has more articulation and a better paint job.

Read the rest of this entry

Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Splinter

Part of the first wave of toys based on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the radical rat Splinter is the sentient sensei of the tubular turtles. The complete line-up is the turtles, Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Splinter, April O’Neil, Kranng, Metalhead, Fishface, and Dogpound. How sweet is this Splinter toy? Let’s find out.

Read the rest of this entry

Hot Wheel’s Faster Than Ever 2011: Volkswagen Type 181

After I finished my review of the Volkswagen Fall Fling 2012, I rewarded my efforts by adding a Volkswagen car to my Hot Wheels (and Matchbox) collection. I still have my complete childhood collection, which ranged from mainly funny cars to some real life cars, so after I gained an appreciation for muscle cars and in particular the old American iron thanks to my dad, I started collecting them again with a focus on pre-1972 muscle cars. Here’s a review of that toy, since I figured it’d be a fun diversion from the academic reviews we normally provide.

Read the rest of this entry

Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Metalhead

Spot Mike

The second wave of the TMNT toyline is here and that means Metalhead! The turtles, Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Splinter, April O’Neil, and Kranng, are joined by Metalhead and two yet-to-be-seen baddies, Fishface and Dogpound. The main episode featuring Metalhead aired this past Sunday, so let’s get to it.

Read the rest of this entry