Action Figure Review: Tunnel Rat (Night Force) from G.I. Joe: Classified Series by Hasbro
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19h ago
     Today I'm looking at the third figure from the second Walmart exclusive series of Night Force figures: Tunnel Rat. This one's probably the least exciting because it's just a repaint of a fairly recent figure, but Tunnel Rat was a really good figure and I had both versions of him as a kid, so I've been kind of excited for him. Tunnel Rat is one of my top tier A Real American Hero figures and I think I always preferred the Night Force variant. Thus far the Night Force figures have been a real hit for me. Interestingly, Tunnel Rat is the first straight repaint as the rest ha ..read more
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Action Figure Review: Beast Man from Turtles of Grayskull by Mattel
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3d ago
     Just this week I got my hands on all four of the series 2 basic Turtles of Grayskull action figures from Mattel, so get ready for some reviews of these meldings of Mutants and Masters! I'm starting things off with Beast Man as he's kind of just a Beast Man variant.  While Mouse-Jaw is a blend of Trap-Jaw with M.O.U.S.E.R. technology, Beast Man is actually just Beast Man wearing some armor given to him by Donatello. I haven't acquired any of the series 1 figures yet, so I haven't read the minicomic, but in the minicomic included with the series 2 figures Beast Man is ..read more
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Action Figure Review: Parth "Wolf Spider" Varma (Night Force) from G.I. Joe: Classified Series by Hasbro
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3d ago
   Today I'm looking at the second G.I. Joe: Classified Series figure from the newest Night Force themed series of figures and this time it's a member of the Joe team: Parth "Wolf Spider" Varma. Parth "Wolf Spider" Varma is a brand new character and adds another Coast Guard member to the crew. He's a pararescue trooper, so he has EMT training for when your Joes get hurt. I believe it was mentioned somewhere that Wolf Spider is the first Joe team member of Indian heritage, so that's kind of cool. His first name, Parth, means "the person who never misses his target" and his last nam ..read more
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Minifigure Review: Deathstroke from DC Comics- Batman Tiny Mights by CultureFly
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5d ago
     Today I've got another minifigure review from CultureFly's DC Comics- Batman series: Deathstroke!  Deathstroke is an interesting character choice for this set as while he definitely is a foe of Batman, when I think of Deathstroke my first thought isn't Batman villain. Still, he fits in well here and has ended up being one of my favorite figures in the set. These guys really remind me of M.U.S.C.L.E. and Monster in My Pocket minifigures and Slade feels like he could seamlessly mix in with your vintage M.U.S.C.L.E. collection. For the full story and all the details on ..read more
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Missing in Action: Toylines That Didn't Make the Cut in 2023
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1w ago
     Since 2015 I've supplemented my Top 10 Toylines of the Year awards with a list called Missing in Action (no relation to the Chuck Norris film). This is a reflective list where I look back at the Top 10 Toylines list from the year before and determine why some of the lines from that year failed to return for the current year's list.  2023's top 10 list only had five lines returning from 2022's list (2022's top 10 list  had seven returning toylines while 2021 only had four returning toylines from the 2020 list). I find it interesting to look at the lines that fai ..read more
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Action Figure Review: Peter Venkman & Gruesome Twosome Ghost from Ghostbusters Kenner Classics by Hasbro
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1w ago
     I was surprised in early January when I walked into Target and stumbled upon the retro styled Fright Features versions of The Real Ghostbusters figures from Hasbro. These were right on the shelf alongside the Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire toys and they're currently exclusive to Target until later this spring. I've now found all four of the Ghostbusters from this series (Hasbro hasn't announced a release of Janine Melnitz yet, but she's one of the few original vintage figures I still own) but Peter and Ray were the first two I found from the set. These are pretty much s ..read more
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Action Figure Review: Mutt & Junkyard from G.I. Joe: Classified Series by Hasbro
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1w ago
    Mutt and Junkyard are my first G.I. Joe: Classified Series reviews for 2024 figures! I do believe that some of the deluxe set of Mutt, the dog handler, and Junkyard, the dog, made it out at the end of 2023, but this guy didn't release from Hasbro Pulse or most other online stores until the first week of January, so I'm counting the set as a 2024 release. While there are still plenty to be made, Hasbro has been offering a nice assortment of figures with animal companions in the Classified Series. I loved the figures that came with animals as a kid and I'm always looking forward ..read more
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The Best of the Rest: My 10 Favorite Individual Toys of 2023
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2w ago
     While the list of my 10 favorite toylines from the past year is always the main event for my annual awards, I've always tried to recognize that not every great toy is part of a larger toyline or a toyline that I fully collect. I find that I'm usually driven to lines where I can build a huge roster of diverse characters that have a steady stream of releases, so those tend to be my favorites. It seems kind of unfair, then, to never acknowledge figures from smaller toylines or one off releases. Sometimes I just grab a single figure or toy from a larger line because it reall ..read more
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Minifigure Review: Clayface from DC Comics- Batman Tiny Mights by CultureFly
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2w ago
     Let's take a short look at another sculpt from CultureFly's C Comics- Batman Tiny Mights: Clayface! I presume this is the Basil Karlo version of Clayface, as he's sculpted to look like a big mess of mud, though other villains with the Clayface name have sported this same appearance. For the full story on CultureFly's Tiny Mights check out my review of Catwoman, but for just the details on this miniature Clayface that really reminds me of a mix between the classic M.U.S.C.L.E. line and Monster in my Pocket, keep reading after the break...   The Facts: Heigh ..read more
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Action Figure Review: Robin (DC vs. Vampires) from DC Multiverse by McFarlane Toys
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3w ago
     I've really enjoyed DC Vs. Vampires. It's an excellent "Elseworlds" story that's been quite fun with some wonderfully gruesome redesigns. It's sad that we'll likely never get a full roster from the book, though with how many comics DC releases, that's just not even really possible, is it? Last year I reviewed the Walmart exclusive Gold Label Batman from DC Vs. Vampires and this year I'm reviewing the Walmart exclusive Gold Label Robin from the same title. Walmart has been getting all of the DC Vs. Vampires exclusives as they've also had the Joker, Green Lantern, and Super ..read more
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