Monday, December 15, 2014

Wonder Woman

I picked up this Wonder Woman figure at my local comic shop when they were running a sale on carded figures in beat up packages. I picked up this figure because despite how important Wonder Woman is to the DC Universe I don't have many figures of her.

This figure has pretty limited articulation, but her sculpt is great. Just check out the detail sculpted into her hair. So much wave and curl. The figure also has extremely toned legs.

Wonder Woman came with a black and silver JLA stand. She also came with a Lasso of Truth accessory.  It can be plugged into a small hole on her hip or held in her hand. The lasso is molded in a solid loop.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Toys for Tots

Like every year, my woodworking students at school have been building lot of wooden toys to give to needy kids. We hit our goal today of 50 wooden cars, trucks, helicopters, puzzles, and tic-tac-toe boards. So today I dropped off all the wooden toys a long with a big box of store bought toys that I picked up over the past few months. I got some of this stuff real cheap at Toy R Us when they were getting really for a reset. I like to try to stretch my money as far as I can for Toys for Tots. There are a lot of needy kids out there. Toys are so important for fostering an imagination.

Some Dolls, Mike the Knight, and Kre-O sets.

Ben 10, Hobbit figures, and Wolverine figures from the most recent movie.

This giant monster comes from the True Legends toy line, which I usually pay no attention to in general. The basic figures are not supported by any kind of media and have limited articulation and movement. This thing instantly reminded me of the big Inhumanoid monster from my youth so I grabbed it for the toy drive. He looks really cool.

B-Daman was a line of ball launching figures that look like Japanese robots. I assume they were imported by Hasbro like Transformers. The line didn't do well and I think I ended up paying like a buck a piece for the figures and maybe $5 for the playset. I would have had fun with them as a kid.

I also sent some money to the Breaux Show to support their Toys for Tots effort. #JustBreauxit

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Black Series Jabba the Hutt

The Star Wars Black Series Jabba the Hutt figure is the first Black Series toy I've purchased. I've been trying to avoid the line, just because I can't justify buying yet another version of the same characters. I admit the 6" figures look great, but I'm sticking with 3 3/4" figures. I do like that the large Jabba kind of works with the smaller figures.

Here is the 6" Black Series Jabba with several 3 3/4" figures from various other lines from the past.

We shot an SEO Toy Review of this figure, and I think it's my favorite video I've shot for them. Most of these reviews contain a short "skit" and I really like what we came up with for this video.

Monday, December 8, 2014

SEO Toy Review Christmas Special ft. TMNT & Olaf

The made for TV holiday specials from my youth, including the Rankin/Bass stop motion and Charlie Brown specials, all had a huge impact on my as a kid. To this day I love watching these specials. I've been trying to capture some of that holiday magic in the SEO Toy Holiday Specials I've been creating. I really like this new Christmas one. I've really fine tuned the story and upgraded the equipment I'm filming them with. I hope you take the time to watch and let me know what you think (it's aimed at kids btw).

Join the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as they build a snowman.

Friday, December 5, 2014

TMNT Movie Turtle Attack Van Review

I got a chance to review the new TMNT Movie Turtle Attack Van for SEO Toy Review.  It's a really solid vehicle and I'd recommend picking it up. It even works great with the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

I actually made up the little Pixel Dan shirts back in late October, but the review didn't get filmed right away and then even once it was uploaded i didn't make it into the review schedule until December. It cracks me up because I sent Pixel Dan that package, I posted about earlier this week, in late October but due to the flood in his basement he didn't open it until December. It's weird how things work.

Now, if you want a really nerdy/weird toy connection... In the 1990 TMNT movie, Leo picks up a Bingo "Bet-It-All" Beaver toy in April's antique shop from the Get-Along Gang. The little shirts that I "modified" are from two 80's Get-Along Gang figures. Raph is wearing Bingo's shirt.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Recent ReAction Purchases

Here are some of my recent ReAction purchases. I really love the idea of these figures. I bought a huge batch of ReAction action figures over the Summer at FYE. Now, I've been picking them up slowly as I find them. Most of these were bought at Toys R Us.

I picked up three Pulp Fiction Figures so far. I love that I now own a Quentin action figure. I love that he cameos in that scene. The next figure I picked up was Sloth from the Goonies. I bought all the other Goonies this Summer. It took me a long time to find him.

I finally found a 2nd Alien. The Alien was actually the first ReAction figure I ever bought. I wanted one loose and one carded, so it took me a long time to find one I could open up.

I'm a huge stop motion animation fan, so I can't pass up Nightmare Before Christmas figures. These guys are very different from the other more traditional ReAction figures. Sally and Behemoth are both more stylized.

I also picked up the masked and unmasked Predator. Both of these guys look pretty good. They have tons of details sculpted on them. I really like the barbed spikes on his arm.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Flea Market Finds #34

I almost forgot to post these pictures of my most recent flea market finds. I was out last Saturday morning in the cold with my flea marketing buddies. I was so excited with my first find. I picked up a vintage Landspeeder. It's in pretty nice shape, not perfect, but the wear adds character to a clunker like Luke's speeder.

I walked a few more tables down the row and found a farm boy Luke Skywalker with lightsaber! Wow what are the odds. It turns out he's the 1995 re-release of this figure, but he's still cool. I also picked up an Extreme Ghosbuser and a PotF2 Stormtrooper.

Eduardo the Extreme Ghostbuster has a proton pack and trap on his back. No neutrino wand. I'm not really sure what he originally included.

I spent $8 total and I feel like it was a pretty awesome finish to flea marketing in 2014. I may go out once more this year, but I'm not sure. My weekends have been pretty busy lately.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A package to Pixel Dan from BuzzChuck

I sent a package to Pixel Dan a while back, but he hadn't opened it on camera until yesterday. So check out his video below. If you missed my post about the custom Power Swords I made, you can check that out here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

80's & 90's Mini-Comics Madness

Today's post is all about some 80's & 90's Mini-Comics Madness. I just got a new computer and I'm working on transfering files. I decided to show off these comics today because the images have been on my old computer for a while and I want to clean off some stuff. Better post them instead of having them hide out on the new computer. All these comics are from my childhood. They either came as a promotional item with some sort of tie-in or were packaged directly with a toy.

 Marvel and CD Mini-Comics from Cinnamon Mini Buns and Drakes Cakes

 Dino-Riders by Tyco

The Mattel Mini-Comics from Masters of the Universe are some of the greatest.

I really loved the art in the early Mini-Comics. They had so much detail and character. The more cartoony ones are enjoyable, but they didn't burn into my brain as a child.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Black Friday!

I had fun ringing in Black Friday at Midnight by hanging out in Toys R Us. I picked up a few toys for myself and part of my niece's present. I also stopped by Target for some cheap DVDs. I always buy a lot of movies on Black Friday. I know BF can be hecktic, but I love it. I've never really had a bad time waiting in line. Usually people are so happy to be Christmas shopping and getting good deals that they are in good spirits. I know that there are occasional riots and trampling on the news, I've just never seen the dark side of Black Friday in person.

I'll leave you guys with my SEO Toy Review of Tiger Claw from the Nick Turtles line.