Friday, September 19, 2014

PhantomX-19 - Vintage GI Joe Box

A month or so ago, my childhood best friend gave me some of his childhood toy collecion and the boxes to just about every kids toy he had. The toy boxes ranged from pristine condition to totally ruined due to exposure to dampness. The Phantom X-19 Stealth Fighter box is in relatively good shape although the back has some water stains. The box features amazing painting of the jet in that classic 80's toy package style. The one flap from the box is covering part of the GI Joe logo in the photo.

I always liked line art on the back of the GI Joe boxes. What's black and white, and red all over? The Phantom X-19.

The edge panel of the box shows off some of the features of the Stealth Fighter.

Here is a close up of the cockpit on the box art. It's interesting that they used Dodger from Battle Force 2000 as Ghostrider's Co-Pilot. I also think it's interesting that they didn't paint a scarf around Ghostrider's neck.

Here is a close up of the image of the Ghostrider figure from the front of the package. In this image, they once again do not show off Ghostrider's scarf. His little notepad on this leg is also blank. The prototype figure photographed for this image also has different colored pants compared to the production figure.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Leo & Mikey - Movie Turtles

 I've got to be honest about the movie Turtle figures. I totally pasted by them dozens of time at ToyRUs. I'm not super wild about the movie designs, but I've gotten over some of that. At the end of the day these are pretty fun toys. Leo and Raph are my favorite figures in this series, and Mikey (who is my favorite turtle) is my least favorite figure.

I was given the four figures to review for SEO Toy Reviews and I really looked at them for the first time as I filmed the reviews. The guy who runs the channel cut out the video of me opening the figure, but as I describe them it really is the first time I've seen and touched the figures. After the review was filmed the figures came home with me, and I've been having fun with them ever since. They aren't as good as the Nick Turtles figures, but they are better than the supporting and villain Nick Turtle figures.

 Leonardo has vibrant blue paint that looks really cool. I like his head sculpt. His nose and mouth look fine to me on the toy.

He's the only Turtle in the bunch who can carry his weapons on his person, but I love that feature. I also really like the sculpt of his swords.

If you like the gritty updates of comic book characters, like the militarized Batman with the Tumbler, I think these figures might be up your alley.

Michelangelo on the other hand has the movie Turtle nose and lips that I don't like so much more defined in his head sculpt. The fact that he is missing a paint app on his chest in the area between his straps (where he necklace is) really drives me crazy. I can over look a missing paint app if it's not there at all, but to have 90% of his front shell painted... I can't deal. I'd rather the necklace be painted the color of the shell along with the shell.

I really like his regular nunchuck, but the three-piece-staff or whatever it's called is clunky and hard to work with.

I was really hoping the Super Exciting Outrageous Toy Reviews were going to take off. It's pretty cool going to an office getting handed a pile of toys and then hear someone say we are rolling. It's been fun being a part of something bigger than me futzing with toys at my house. Donatello's video did well the first day, surpassed any of my fellow reviewer's  SEO videos from the girl toys the week before. All the other Turtle videos have been pretty slow. If you check them out I appreciate it. Feel free to comment or hit the like button those all help people find out videos.

I'm not sure which video will be posted tomorrow, but it won't be Turtles. The following week it's back to the female reviewer with my girl toys and toys for real little kids. So next week Action Figure Adventures should be a little more "normal".

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Custom Power Sword - MOTUC

I've always wanted a metal Power Sword for my MOTUC He-Man, and not just a chromed plastic one. So I decided to make a custom sword. After the series of photos of King Grayskull forging the sword below you'll find a description of the process I went through to make the sword. The King Grayskull photo shoot was inspired by the cover of a recent issue of the He-Man & the Masters of the Universe comic by DC Comics.

So I have access to a small furnace (melting pot) and other accessories to cast small items out of a lead free pewter. Of course to cast something I need a mold. So I needed an original to make the mold from. I decided to use a spare Prince Adam sword from the Classics line. You can't beat the Four Horsemen's sculpt. So I set up a form of melamine coated boards to contain the plaster. The fours sides are clamped together and caulked to a bottom board. The form was filled with a thin layer of clay and the sword was pressed in half way. (Picture below is without clay)

I mixed up a small batch of plaster and poured it into the mold. Then I had to allow it to harden and dry.

Here you can see the plastic sword in half the mold. This mold is the reverse of the clay that was in the bottom of the form. The  large crater and funnel at the end of the handle were created by large lumps of clay. The crater is there to establish a registration point between the two halves of the mold. The funnel is there for pouring metal into the mold.

 The first half of the mold and the sword were flipped over and placed back inside the form. A small lump of clay was placed in the funnel to keep that shape from being filled in. The original half of the mold and the sword were coated with a little Vaseline to make it easy to separate the two halves. Then a new layer of plaster was poured on top to create the second half.

Above is a photo of the two halves of the mold. The high heat of the molten metal cause rapid degradation of the mold. I knew I'd only be able to produce a limited number of swords. After the mold was given plenty of time to dry I began casting swords. In the beginning the swords came out fairly clean with only a little flashing that needed to be cleaned up. Over time, as the mold wore out, the castings got worse and worse. I did get one sword with really interesting flashing that looked like lightning traveling down the blade. I painted the flashing a metallic blue to give the sword and energy effect. After that sword, the mold would no longer hold metal. It just ran out of the bottom. So the last thing I did was pour metal into just half the mold. This sword had a rounded overflow that was painted yellow and orange as my "being forged" sword. I carefullly cleaned up the best two castings of the standard sword and painted up the two forged swords I made. I sent a set to a fellow He-Man fan and of course I kept the one of a kind energized Power Sword.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Raphael - TMNT Movie

Today on SEO Toy Review I took a look at Raphael. I feel like I said his name oddly in the video. I said it with an "e" sound at the end instead of "i". How do you guys pronounce his name. I don't think I've ever noticed it before, but when I say his name it sounds like Raphy-L.

I think Raph is my favorite of the new movie figures. He's got a huge bulky build, and I can't of like the skull cap bandana look for a gritty modern turtle.

I promise not to turn the AFA blog into just SEO Toy Review central, but this is the first week of my reviews, so I got to push it a little. Feel free to thumbs up the video or leave a comment.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Donnatello - TMNT Movie

As I mentioned before, I'm now part of a team of people reviewing some of the best selling kids toys for boys and girls. This week Super Exciting Outrageous Toy Review will be featuring my reviews.

These reviews are aimed at a younger audience than my typical Action Figure Adventure Animated Reviews.

Please check out the videso and maybe leave a comment. I'd love to hear what you guys think of the new videos. We are still trying to find our style, and think each batch of videos we shoot will improve.

Today's video focuses on the new movie Donatello figure from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He's made out of green platic and has a lot of purple and black rubbery parts. Donny comes with a yellowish/tan bow staff. I was a bit shocked when I first saw the new Turtle designs. I think the figure actually look a little better than the Turtles do in the film.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Display Update: AFA Collection ReAction

 At leas a year ago, maybe longer, I bought this shelf at a yard sale. It's pretty much perfect for displaying 3 3/4" figures. I couldn't figure out what to display on it though. I have too many GI Joe or Star Ward figures. When the ReAction line was announced I knew these would be the toys to "live" on this shelf.

I still need an Alien figure to open up, but I have most of the Alien, Terminator, Goonies, and Back to the Future figures. I also have the Rocketeer some where, but he didn't make it on the shelf yet. I guess I need to order a SDCC Sloth figure. I still haven't seen a regular Sloth around here. Eventually the figure will have to share compartments, bu for now there's room to grow. I'm keeping just a few of my favorite figures carded as well.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Marty McFly - BTTF ReAction

ReAction Marty McFly is on the blog spot today. Marty is pretty generic looking. Of course this orange "life preserver" vest lets you know who he is, but hi head sculpt doesn't look anything like Michael J. Fox.

In addition to his vest, Marty is wearing jeans and white sneakers. His one accessory is a little navy blue skateboard.  I actually broke one set of wheels off my board trying to find out if they spin. THE WHEELS ON THE SKATEBOARD DON'T ROLL!

I was having some fun with Doc, Marty and my Time Machine toy. The scale between the figures and Delorean are close, but not perfect.

This is heavy, Doc!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Doc Brown - BTTF ReAction

The ReAction line of vintage style toys are finally becoming readily available. I bought a whole bunch a few weeks back at the FYE Event, but I didn't get to feature any of them here on Action Figure Adventures yet. This Doctor Emmett Brown figure is based on the scene in the mall parking lot where Doc shows Marty the Time Machine.

 These ReAction figures are made by Funko and Super7. They are done in the old Kenner style, and to save paying likeness rights (just like in the old days) The face sculpts don't really capture the likeness of the actors who played the characters exactly. Doc is dressed in white cover-alls with brown shoes. The main detail that makes it obvious that this is a figure of Doc Brown is his crazy mop of white hair.

Even though the ReAction figures have a limited amount of detailing, there are still some nice touches on this figure. Doc Brown has a cool little tool belt with a wrench sculpted in it.

Doc's one accessory is the remote control he used to drive the Time Machine. This photo doesn't really do the remote justice.  It's a really nice accessory, but it's got a goofy handle sculpted on the back to allow Doc to hold it.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Super Exciting Outrageous Toy Review

I've been collecting toys for a long time. It's always been a hobby of mine. I love getting to share that hobby with other people. I like going to toy shows with friends to hunt down new toys. I like showing off my collection to friends that come over to my house. Over the years I've made lot of youtube videos with my toys or about toys. Then I started the Action Figure Adventures blog to continue sharing my love of toys. At the end of the day most of my toy stuff (YouTube and blog) has been kind of a one man show and just sort of done when I have the time.

Recently I was involved in a Grand Re-Opening Event for FYE as their stores evolve. I was recognized a someone who knows what's going on in the world of toys and collectables. Out of all the toy blogger out there I was one of thee few ask to consult on the project.

Now I've been recommended to some people who were starting a new YouTube Channel all about the most popular toys. A good friend of mine heard about this new project and told the people I should be their Boy Toy Reviewer. So now I'm part of the Super Exciting Outrageous Toy Review family.

Basically I'm part of a team that is producing toy reviews about some of the best selling toys of today. Making toy videos is something I do on my own already at my house. Now I get to do something I enjoy, but while hanging out with some cool people while we shoot.

I will definitely be posting some of the SEO Toy Review Videos here on AFA, but not all of them will interest the average AFA reader.

These reviews will not feature my usual stop motion animation or Baby Skeletor. In addition they are also geared towards a younger audience, but I think some of them are still fun. I've already shot of handful of reviews, but I don't know the order the videos will be posted. I actually though today's video was going to be one of mine, but I guess not. We are still finding our style and working out the kinks, but as the channel gets rolling I'd love to hear some feedback from you guys.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Display Update: AFA Collection Mini-Figs

Ever since I was a kid I've loved the old printer's trays that held the metal type in a California Job Case.  These trays when hung on the wall make great shelves for mini-figs. My buddy Derek had one in his room as a kid that we called the knick-knack shelf. I've had one hanging in my dining room for a while now, and it was pretty much filled. I just recently bought another one at a yard sale. I actually bought it from a guy who owned a printing business.

 I moved a lot of my Kre-o GI Joe figures from the top of the upper case to the top of the new case. This gives me more room for some of the large Blind Box figures as I collect them.

Here are some little Guardians of the Galaxy Blind Box Bobble-Heads figures made by Funko. Star-Lord and Rocket are the first new figures to find a home in my new shelf. These guys came into my collection due to a new project I'm now involved with. I've hinted at this new project once before, but tomorrow's post will be the big announcement. (trying not to hype it too much...) My Action Figure Adventures readers may enjoy some parts of the new project, but you guys aren't really the target audience for the new project.