Thursday, December 31, 2015

Dorako - Monster from Ultraman Powered

Dorako is a pink and black winged monster from the Ultraman Powered series. My childhood best friend bought me this figure as a thank you present for taking care of his pet frogs while he was on vacation. (This happened every summer. I'd watch the frogs and receive an Ultra-monster.) Dorako has very bizarre spike-like hands sticking out of what aprears to be large baggy sleeves.


From what I can find online, Dorako was a more muted pink on the show and featured cool transparent wings. I find it very difficult to idenifiy the Japanese monster toys I had as a kid. I never really knew their names so it hard to look them up. If you want to learn more about Dorako check it out here.



Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Spiderman - Marvel Universe

Spiderman is my all time favorite Marvel super hero. I'm a sucker for wall-crawler action figures. I really like this one from the Marvel Universe line. I'm not sure if he has a specific name, because this uniform is a slight variation on the standard uniform. You may notice that he has come blue on his gloves which are traditionally red.



Along with being well articulated and having a flawless paint job, Spiderman comes with two cool accessories. One is a webbing piece that can be attached to his arm. He also comes with a fun web backpack holding many of his personal possessions like his camera.



Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Princess Leia on Hoth

Well it hasn't snowed in this part of Pennsylvania yet. It's barley even been cold so far. I decided it's time to break out some of the photos I shot in the snow a couple winters back.  Here we have the vintage Kenner and Power of the Force 2 Princess Leia in Hoth Battle Gear.


Monday, December 28, 2015

Cylon Raider - Battlestar Galactica

The Cylon Raider was the bad guy fighter ship from the late 70's TV show Battlestar Galactica. The green UFO with black center stripe and yellow outer stripes is a fun toy. The outer edges of the "wings" could extend to expose small red spring-loaded missiles. The black area in the center is actually an opening cockpit that can hold an included Cylon Pilot (whom I forgot to photograph).


Later the spring-loaded feature would be removed from these toys after a four year old choked and died on one of the missiles from another vehicle from this line. This is what put an end to the Rocket Fire Boba Fett of Kenner Star Wars lore.


I picked this up as a yard sale along with the Colonial Vipers and a few other Battlestar items.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Strobo - MOTUC

Strobo is perhaps one of the lesser well known characters from the Masters of the Universe mythos since he comes from the comics. In true MOTCU form he get an action figure. This guy has been in my collection for a while now. I just never got around to posting about him. In fact I have a pretty big back log of Masters Classics figure to post.


 You can see that Strobo is a mash-up of Sy-klone and Zodac with an awesome blue cape. The Sy-klone torso seems a little more normal when it's painted like a shirt. As flesh color, the chest with a giant mirror perturbing is a bit disturbing. You can also see Strobo came with a meteorite on a stand. I didn't photograph Strobo's other accessory. It's an un-helmeted head for the Zodak figure from the 200x cartoon in the classics line.


Strobo was also supposed to come with a mirror gun, but after the figure was costed out the accessory was dropped. Luckily for fans Mattel included it in a weapons pack released for the Classics line.


Strobo isn't really one of my favorites, but I have no real connection to him since he wasn't in the original toy line or cartoon show.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Mike Matei & Kevin Review Construx by Fisher-Price


Mike & Kevin take a look at Construx: The Action Building System by Fisher-Price. These crazy building toys from the 1980's are often forgotten. Check out the awesome X-Wing Fighter (in the video) built out of Construx to be used with Kenner Star Wars figures.


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Luke Skywalker (in Battle Poncho) - Kenner Star Wars

Luke Skywalker in Battle Poncho is one of the final figures from the original Kenner Star Wars toy line. Based on the middle portion of Return of the Jedi, Luke is dressed in all black with a helmet, and removable cloth poncho.


 On Endor, Luke was part of the exciting speeder chase and then eventually turns himself over to the Empire. He uses his lightsaber to deflect laser blasts from the Biker Scouts. Later Darth Vader examines the construction of the new weapon. Unfortunately this figure didn't come with a little plastic lightsaber. Luke in Battle Poncho came with the poncho, a black belt with holster, and a black blaster. (The belt pictured above comes from a Bionic Six figure)


The corresponding Leia in Battle Poncho came with a removable helmet, but Luke's is part of his sculpt. Like not including the lightsaber, it's unfortunate that the helmet is non-removable. Luke wears the same outfit minus the helmet and poncho in the final battle. I wonder if they were saving that version of Luke for a future wave.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

SEO Toy Review Holiday Special part 9 - Kevin's gift

Today is the last day of the SEO Toy Review Holiday Special! (I hope you guys have enjoyed it). Today's episode features. In part 9 my co-host Heather gives me my Christmas present. It's Ninja Turtles and Star Wars themed presents, but I don't want to give it away completely.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

SEO Toy Review Holiday Special part 8 - Animal Crossing & Pop!

Part 8 of the SEO Toy Review Holiday Special (only one day left). Today Heather get's her gift from Mike Matei. Afterwards they discuss the faults and merits of the recent Animal Crossing games from Nintendo.

Monday, December 21, 2015

SEO Toy Review Holiday Special part 7 - Kidrobot Megaman

Today on Part 7 of the SEO Toy Review Holiday Special Ryan gets his present from Kristin. What Kidrobot Mega Man figures did he get?

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Top 10 Questions for the writers of Star Wars the Force Awakens

Ryan and I have a few questions for the Writers of Star Wars the Force Awakens. Check out our Top 10 list below.  ***Spoilers*** Don't watch the video until you've seen the movie.


SEO Toy Review Holiday Special part 6 - Tube Heroes 5-Pack

Today on the SEO Toy Review Holiday Special Ryan and Kevin take a look at a Tube Heroes 5-Pack. These are little figures of popular youtubers imagined as interesting little characters.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

SEO Toy Review Holiday Special part 2

Part Two of the SEO Toy Review Christmas Special. Today Mike Matei for Angry Video Game Nerd fame opens up his present from myself. Check out the cool Madballs, Transformers, and Masters of the Universe stuff I picked out for Mike.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

SEO Toy Review Holiday Special part 1 - World of Nintendo

We put together a crazy nine part SEO Toy Review Holiday Special this year. We shot this entire thing in one take as a live stream. Then we cut the segments up (and did some minor editing) and will be posting one each day. First up Heather and I take a look at a bunch of World of Nintendo figures


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Poe's X-Wing Fighter - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I really like that vintage feel this new X-Wing Fighter gives off. It's construction and many of it's features remind me of the original Kenner toy. Along with Poe Dameron's X-Wing we also take a look at Ello Asty, another X-Wing pilot figure.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Protoss Zealot - Starcraft

Ryan shows us a cool figure from the Starcraft line that came out in 1998. The Protoss Zealot is a psionic berserker type warrior.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Ra's al Ghul- DC Universe Signature Series

This excellent rendition of Ra's al Ghul comes from MattyCollector.com as part of their DC Universe Signature Series. He's dressed in his typical green suit with green cape. There are defiantly a few parts being reused to create the suit, but that's okay. The cape has nice wrinkles sculpted in and also has a nice cord going around his collar.


Ra's has a very nice head sculpt featuring his classic widow's peak and facial hair style. Ra's comes with one accessory, a large scimitar like sword. He's a nice figure and I'm really happy to have this awesome Batman adversary as an action figure.



Sunday, December 6, 2015

Blind Bag Mini Figure Madness

Hey guys! I sent Pixel Dan and Stina a homemade Advent Calendar for them to open this year on their Advent Calendar Madness series. Today is day 6, and I noticed I had not posted about it yet. So check out Dan's youtube channel every day between now and Christmas Eve. Dan is opening a Star Wars Lego Calendar and Stina is opening a Play-Doh one. I sent them a pretty random mix of stuff so who knows what they might open on a given day.


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Velociraptor - Jurrasic Park PVC

This Velociraptor figure has been in my collection for years. He's a solid PVC figure and was released around the time of the original Jurassic Park film. To quite the old commercials, "Look for the mark of Jurassic Park".  There is a small JP logo on his back thigh.


Friday, December 4, 2015

EXO Squad / Robotech Mechs

Ryan shows off some cool Robotech / Exo Squad figures he bought at a recent convention.
These figures are Robotech mech packaged as part of the EXO Squad universe. We look at the Spartan Battloid, Excalibur MK VI, and RADAR X.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Bitaur - Sectaurs

Bitaur is an insect-like dog that came packaged with Zak from Sectaurs. This was a line of humanoid bugs who had insectoid pets. I've had Bitaur for a long time. He's fun to use as a little monster to fight just about any toy line. There is a button on his back that activates a chomping jaw feature. The figures were made by Coleco and were released in 1985.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Vanishing Act 3-Pack - GIJoe 50th Anniversary

Today's Action Figure Adventures video is a review of the GIJoe 50th Anniversary 3-Pack "Vanishing Act". The set includes Torpedo, Hit & Run, and Zartan. Check out the video for more details.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

General Zod - DC Comics Multiverse 4"

General Zod, the main bad guy from Superman II in action figure form. This figure is from the awesome DC Comics Multiverse 4" line. I really like that they were making action figures based on movies, video games, and other media all in the same scale.


General Zod looks like he stepped right out of the TV. Awesome head sculpt and great details. Zod is dressed in all black.


Zod comes with a bent M-16 rifle to simulate his super strenght. Sorry the photo is a little washed out. Great figure, and my Toys R Us recently restocked them. I still really want a Christoper Reeves Superman figure.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Naked Webstor - Vintage MOTU

Naked Webstor... I feel like everyone had a bunch of Masters of the Universe figures missing their armor in the 80's. It sure is easy to find bare figures at the flea market today. I've had this photo of Webstor in my "blog" folder for a long time. So long in fact I bought another Webstor figure, and this time he has his armor. Now this guy hangs out on the shelf in my living room with all the action figures that I let visiting children play with. If you are a collector and you have family or friends with little kids you need a pile of stuff they can play with. This guy is a darker blue Skeletor with a different head.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Batman - DC Universe Infinite Heroes

I don't know about anyone else, but I really liked the DC Universe Infinite Heroes line. Here is a few shot of Batman from that line. I know that in addition to this dark blue version with the large bat logo there was also a light blue version with the yellow and black oval logo on his chest. These guys are around 3" tall and feature about 9 points of articulation.


Batman's cape is very stiff and kind of limits what you can do with him. For their small size many of the figures have really nice paint details.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Juggernaut - X-Men vs Street Fighter

The unstoppable Juggernaut looks really tough in this action figure incarnation. Originally packaged with a Chun Li figure as part of the X-Men vs Street Fighter line. I remember seeing these figures in the store after I was kind of over the Toy Biz X-Men line. I really wanted to get the Chun Li figure, but I was at that age where I still thought toys were cool... but wasn't really buying any.


I picked up this Juggernaut at a flea market years ago. He's wearing his normal red armor and has enormous gorilla-like arms. I think he might share some tooling with the figure from the light up weapon series of X-Men, but I'm not positive. I know this torso/head is different because the one from that series has a removable helmet

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I bought a 2011 Nissan Frontier (Pick-Up) today, my only Black Friday shopping. Normally I got out and hit up Target and Toys R Us but since the truck had to be replaced due to the accident that was the priority. Now I'm going to have to watch my spending a little more carefully for a little while. I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Have some turkey and spend some time with people that matter to you.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Hordak - Vintage MOTU

Hordak, leader of the Evil Horde, was designed to be a new villain for He-Man but landed the role of being the big bad guy for He-Man's sister She-Ra in the cartoon. I had Hordak as a kid and loved him, but I sold off all my original Masters of the Universe toys at one point. Since I started recollecting, I had a Hordak but he was missing the cape.  I saw this one at a toy show cheap so I grabbed him. I am thinking of giving the other a custom Filmation cartoon paint job.


I have his white Horde Crossbow already and thing one came with  his bat/shield accessory. His armor and paint is really clean and in great shape on this particular figure. Happy to finally be able to display a complete figure on my shelf.



Sunday, November 22, 2015

Wheeler - Captain Planet

Wheeler was the American member of the Planeteers and spoke with a New York accent. He had the power of fire and was the second element in order to call Captain Planet. The action figure did a great job of capturing the likeness of the cartoon character. Wheeler has reddish hair and wears a leather coat, a Planetters t-shirt, gray pants, and sneakers. Molded onto his right had his his fire ring.


The only accessory that Wheeler originally came with was a role-playing fire ring for a child to wear. He also has one built in action feature. If you pull the lever on his back his chest sparks giving the illusion that he's using his ring's powers.

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I was in a car accident last night that probably totaled my truck. I was coming back from the office where we film many of the SEO Toy Review videos and a guy made a left hand turn right in front of me. So I'm kind of bummed out that I'm probably going to have to buy a new vehicle and all the hassle that goes along with this right around this time of year. The good news, both myself and the other driver are fine and will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving in a few days.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Auto Morphin Power Rangers Red & Blue

I know I previously posted about Auto Morphin Rangers Jason and Billy a while back, but I recently picked up duplicates. The white on their chest get beat up pretty easily and when I found these guys in a dollar bin at a toy show I had to grab them.


I wanted to check to see if they were in better shape that the samples in my collection, but they were pretty much the same. I ended up giving them to my friend's son who recently got into the Power Rangers. The Auto Morphin or Head Flipping Rangers are classic action figures.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Power Arm Terminator - Kenner

Power Arm Terminator is one of the T2 variants of the title character of an R rated movie turned into a toy line for kids. This figure looks a fair amount like Arnold in the second Terminator film. He's got his back leather vest (was a jacket in the film) and grenade ammo belt. This Terminator sports a lot of battle damage on his face and one arm.


 Power Arm Terminator's action feature is that he has a removable arm that can be changed with a couple of other robotic appendages. His "normal" arm features a rod that can be extended from his fist that kind of looks like he's giving us the finger. I can't figure out what the point of this feature was. It reminds me of Robocop's data spike.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Colonial Viper - Battlestar Galactica

The Colonial Viper was the main fighters used by the good guys on the sci-fi show Battlestar Galactica.  These cool three finned ships with long front ends were always a cool design to me. This vintage ship was picked up at a yard sale and came from a collector's sale. The stickers are all in nice shape and the ship is very white.


The Colonial Viper includes an opening cockpit, a small pilot figures, and a little spring-loaded missile that shoots out of the nose of the ship. As legend has it a little kid the the late seventies choked on the missile from one f these and died. This resulted in Kenner scrapping the Rocket Firing Boba Fett figure.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Megazord - Imaginext

I'm pretty proud of the video I created for the Imaginext Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Megazord. I think the adventure at the begging of the video turned out pretty fun. I hope you guys enjoy it.
 Go, Go Power Rangers!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise - Black Series

My first Black Series figure... Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise. This figure perfectly captures the look of Harrison Ford in Star Wars: A New Hope. Check out my video review below.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Nintendo Power Collection

So showing off a collection of Nintendo Power Magazines isn't exactly action figure adventures like, but there's so much nostalgia in this box of magazines I just had to post it. My friends Ryan and Paul who run Too Many Games dig through the box and kid of relive the highlights of Nintendo Power.



A co-worker recently gave me a bunch of 80's stuff that belonged to her son. We'll be showing off these attic treasures through out the winter.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Steelwill - Silverhawks

Steelwill, the strong guy, from Silverhawks is another recent addition to my collection. As a little kid I only owned Bluegrass from this series. Later I got Steelwill and Stealhart form a yard sale. I remember playing with them in later Elementary school. I don't know what happened to them. I picked this guy up at a toy show a few weeks ago.

The hard thing about collecting Silverhawks is that the flesh colored paint on them always flakes off the chrome finish. Plus the chrome finish can get scratched up. I think Steelwill is a decent sample... not perfect. He may end up only being a place holder in my collection. We shall see.

Along with the cool chrome finish, Silverhawks also have an action feature that causes their arms (and wings) to spread out when you squeeze their legs. This figures feature works great. I checked it before I bought him.



In the cartoon when their wings would come out all the Silverhawk's faces would be covered by a faceplate. This was not worked into the action figures. I think from a design stand point I'm glad they didn't ruin the head sculpts with the goody plates. I do think they should have released all these guys in another wave with different heads that represented them with the face shield on.


Steelwill's wings are a soft sparkly fabric piece that's attached to his back and clipped to his wrists. I've always been a big fan of the line and the cartoon. I need to track down Steelhart, I'm trying to get the old gang back together.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

White Ranger - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

A couple weekends ago I picked up the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers White Ranger figure. Tommy originally came packaged with the Tiger Zord. This figure is highly articulated and comes equipped with chest armor and his sword Saba.


The White Ranger shares many parts with other Ranger figures released in the 90's. His belt buckle looks more like the other Ranger's morpher than the actual belt buckle worn by the White Ranger. This is actually due to the White Ranger coming from a different season of the original Japanese show than the other Rangers.


The White Ranger's chest armor is removable and Saba can be holstered on his side. I really like the details on his white tiger helmet. Now I got to get my hands on a Green Ranger figure from the same line.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Luke Skywalker on Tauntaun Cork Board

I recently picked up this odd ball piece of licensed merchandise. It's a small cork board featuring Luke Skywalker on a Tauntaun. The crazy part is that he's wielding a red lightsaber. Don't you remember that part of Star Wars? It's the best part.

This item hung in all the coolest kid's bedrooms around the release of the Empire Strikes Back. I can only assume that they figured Luke needed a saber to be identified by kids who hadn't seen the film yet. New costume, kids might not recognize Luke. Why red? They already used to much gray.


This little cork board was made in 1980 by Mantop Cork. The art work is screen printed on the cork.


Saturday, October 31, 2015

ATAX - Kenner Aliens

ATAX was one of the Kenner Aliens figures I really wanted as a kid but never got. He seemed so cool with his alien disguise armor. Plus, the suit always made me think of the classic power loader battle from the film. Little did I know, the ATAX isn't the guy... it's the name of the suit. It stands for Alien Tactical Advanced Explorer. So what the heck is the guy with the funky hair cut called?  I bought this guy at my local comic shop a while ago during a sale on figures with messed up cardbacks. His bubble was starting to separate from the backer.

Since Pixel Dan's video today was about the Queen Hive playset, another Kenner Alien toy I always wanted as a kid I decided to make my Halloween post be about a guy dressed up as an alien.







ATAX came on the classic Aliens packaging. I own every figure pictured on the back of the package... but not all the vehicles.


A closer look at the instructions on the back of the package that shows how to put the ATAX armor on what's-his-face.


Here is the figure and the armor out of the package. He sure comes with a lot of accessories.He comes with KISS rock bank like stilt boots, power loader like arms, a back harness, and an alien queen shaped helmet that contains a missile.


ATAX's bio card from the back of the package as well as the back of the figure.



Pincer Arm


Power Ram Arm


Alienator Missile