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

SEO Toy Review Holiday Special part 5 - Funko Pop! Vinyl

This time on the SEO Toy Review Holiday Special Paul gives Kristin an awesome Pop! Vinyl present.

Friday, December 18, 2015

SEO Toy Review Holiday Special part 4

Ryan gives Paul the NECA NES Rambo figure on the SEO Holiday Special part 4.

SEO Toy Review Holiday Special part 3

Ryan and Mike take a look at two Star Wars figures on part 3 of the SEO Toy Review Special.

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 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.