Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Stinkor - Vintage Masters of the Universe

Stinkor is a classic example of how Mattel reused parts in the vintage Masters of the Universe line. This may be considered cheap by some, but it resulted in some great figures back in the 80's that didn't feel too recycled to us kids. Stinkor is a large humanoid skunk. He is a repaint of Merman's head on Skeletor's body. With the great black and white paint scheme the parts are almost unrecognizable unless compared directly together.

Stinkor came with a orange set of armor that is identical (except in color) to Mechaneck. He also came with a shield that was reused from Castle Grayskull. The real thing that set Stinkor apart from other Masters figures, was that a chemical was mixed with his plastic at the factory that makes him actually stink!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Action Figure Adventures Recap Videos

I've been creating Action Figure Adventures Recap videos out of old photos from this blog. One of my favorite things about blogging about my toy collection is that I can always look back on stuff and enjoy photos I taken of my collection. I have a lot of stuff on display, but not everything. I started compiling videos of some of my favorite photos of toys. They are just randomly selected, but purposely spread out so you don't see to many characters from the same line in a row. There are even some bonus images in here that were part of stop motion videos or taken way before this blog started. If you like random images of toys check them out. More to come in the future.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Gikogiler - Ultraman Monster

Gikogiler is a gray monster from the Ultraman TV series. He looks like a combination of cobblestone and a bat. He has a rounded bumpy texture on his torso and legs.  Gikogiler also features yellow eyes. The figure is a hollow toy like many of these imported Bandai figures. He has articulation at his shoulders, hips, and neck.

As a kid I loved all the kaiju monsters... when American's just called them monsters. My best friend growing up got me into them and actually a majority of the kaiju monsters in my toy collection where presents from him. Every summer when he'd go on vacation I'm watch his pet frogs (Sandy & Lilly). They were little frogs that live in water. Grow-A-Frog if anyone remembers the brand. Anyway to thank me for feeding and changing the water while he was gone he'd usually bring me back a Monster.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

World's Finest - Huntress & Power Girl

I recently picked up the World's Finest 2-Pack featuring Huntress & Power Girl. As usual the are highly detailed figures with nice paint jobs. Unfortunately many of these sets features quality control issues involving breakage at the joints. I know to make sexy and skinny female sculpts in causes joints to be very small on female figures, but other toy manufacturers seem to make it work. Check out the pictures below for a nice view and then watch the video for my review.

         Huntress in Black & Purple       Power Girl in White and Red

 The Huntress comes armed with her crossbow... vigilante or zombie hunter?

 Power Girl doesn't need weapons... she's got it where it counts  ;)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Yak Face - Vintage Star Wars

Yak Face is often considered to be the rarest vintage Star Wars action figure. This is because he's the only vintage figure to not be released in the USA. One of the many crazy aliens created for Jabba's Palace, Yak Face only gets a few seconds of screen time in Return of the Jedi. He's an extremely tall figure for a 3 3/4" line. Yak Face has a tan head with a furry brown collar over a pale yellow shirt. He sports blue pants and sleeves. His outfit is finished off with some furry boots.

 Yak Face was the last figure I acquired to complete my Vintage Collection. Around the same time I bought one my Sister bought be a Yak Face as a thank you present for all the work I had done on her and my brother-in-law's house. So I finished my collection and then got a second Yak Face as a gift. He's such a weird and cool figure I've just hung on to both.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Prickle: A Real American Hedgehog

This is a quick photoshop I did a while back. I was at my friend Paul's house and we were sorting through a collection of GIJoe toys he had bought at a yard sale. He had his hedgehog Prickle on the table and we snapped a picture of him climbing over the Polar Battle Bear.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Snakebite - Super Naturals

Super Naturals was one of the cool 80's toy lines to us holograms as a gimick. The only figure I had as a kid from this line was Snakebite. I don't remember what I traded for him, but I got him off a friend as a kid. He's a tall humanoid knight character decked out in snake armor. He came with a removable helmet, chest plate, shield, and a glow-in-the-dark staff (not pictured). You can see the awesome snake hologram inside his shield.

You can remove his extra armor to show off his torso hologram which looks like a snake-man chest and face. Kind of like when they mutate Cobra Commander in the GI Joe movie. As a kid I used him as a bad-ass warrior for King Hsss with my He-Man toys or as a giant "monster" that Serpentor would awaken to attack the GI Joe team.

I had a hard time getting a good shot of his chest hologram. You can see some of his scales here. Snakebite has four points of articulation, but really nice sculpted details over his entire body.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Action Wing Batman (Az-Bat)

I don't know if any of my faithful readers have checked out the Batman Unlimited line, but I love Action Wing Batman. He's basically the suit of armor worn by Jean Paul Valley when he game up being the hero Azrael to take up the mantle of Batman. Often refereed to as Az-Bat. This suit was worn during the Knight Fall/Knight Quest story line.

 Action Wing Batman comes with two different accessories that can actually connect to each other. He has a giant ax as well as a giant handcuff. They can combine to form one weapon or separate.

These figures have the classic 5 points of articulation plus knees and elbows, giving him 9 PoA. I really don't have any use for these ridiculous accessories but I love this figure.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Legacy White Tigerzord - Power Rangers

The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers White Tigerzord was an awesome robotic battle machine from the second season. The Toys R Us exclusive Legacy line has once again produced an awesome toy representation. The zord can transform from Tiger to Warrior mode. The zord can also be combined with other "zord builder" robots.

(White Ranger not included)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Standor - MOTUC

Standor may be the Masters of the Universe Classics (MOTUC) figure that makes the least sense. Here the creator of the majority of the Marvel Universe is turned into a "God" in the Masters Universe. Why? Well Mattel was partnering with Stan Lee for something and so some extra budget got put out to make an exclusive figure for Stan Lee's own convention. It didn't make a lot of sense then and it still doesn't now. I mainly got him because I have 98% of the MOTUC line.

 So they tooled up a new head, glasses, a mask, and some armor. Mattel has told us before that to get an entire figure out of just tooling a head, armor, and accessories was pretty do-able. That was sort of the guidelines for the 30th Anniversary Create-A-Figure Contest.

I assume the Four Horsemen sculpted ol' Stan's head, but I'm not 100% sure on that. Either way it looks great... but it's powder blue. I do think it's funny that his armor looks similar to the Marvel character Galactus.

 Standor's Armor and Mask is made of a cool smoked clear plastic with glitter flakes in it.
 Very cosmic.