Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bebop & Rocksteady - TMNT: Out of the Shadows

Here's a look at the new Bebop and Rocksteady figures from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. These figures are only available at Walmart currently. They will be released everywhere on April 10th.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers vs Godzilla

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Action Vinyls by the Loyal Subjects battle with Godzilla from the Funko Pop! toy line. I had a lot of fun putting together this action figure adventure. It's light hearted and fun.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Everything in a collection has a back story...

Have you ever looked at a retro item at a flea market or online and wondered, what's the story behind this item? I don't mean, why did they make this goofy Power Ranger toy or licensed Disney item. I mean like what's the story behind this particular action figure. Thousands just like it were made, but what was special about this one? Was it some kid's best birthday present ever? Could it have been the last toy someone ever got before they stopped playing with toys?

I was looking at some old cameras on and kind of thinking about who or what might have been photographed with those cameras. I do the same thing looking at old toys sometimes.

I love toys, and I have a lot of my original childhood toys, but there are also a lot that I sold as a kid. I sold my He-Man and Thundercats figures at yard sales to get cash to buy more GI Joe and Star Wars figures. Once I transitioned from playing with toys to collecting the I focused on a couple lines. Of course now I'm recollecting the toys I sold because I ran out of vintage GI Joe and Star Wars figures to collect.

So here is an example of the story behind a particular toy, the original Leonardo from TMNT.

For Christmas 1988 I asked for Ninja Turtles. I had never seen the show or read the comics. I saw a still image of them from the cartoon and frequently pretended to be one of the Turtlrs at recess with some older kids. I was in first grade and played with these three second graders who watched the show. They told me all about how the turtles each had their own names, masks, and weapons. Some how in my head I got all this information confused because on Christmas morning I was convinced that they put the wrong names on the package. The guy with swords was Michelangelo and the one with nunchucks was Leonardo. How could they mess up the toys like this? Turns out I was just a dumb kid who didn't know what he was taking about (this happened a lot. My lack of knowledge about Darth Vader cause a 20 minute argument one Thanksgiving).

Anyway, after I figured out that Leonard was in fact is the blue masked turtle with swords and went through several years as a big time TMNT fan I moved on to Toy Biz X-Men figures and the Turtles were sold to help continue to grow my GI Joe collection.

My whole family was selling stuff at the Dublin Flea Market (an annual tradition where I grew up and a fundraiser for the local fire company). I was probably in 6th grade at this point. A family we knew stopped by our table and the parents decided to get their son some Ninja Turtles. They bought my Party Wagon and the four original Turtle figures. My mom frequently watched their son during the day if they had work schedule conflicts and once in a while I babysat him on a Friday night if they went out.

So a couple times when I was in middle school I played Ninja Turtles with this little guy with my actual original figures. It was fun revisiting my old toys, probably one of the first times I felt nostalgic. Who know if that kid still has them or if they were sold again at a yard sale.

What I do know is that a couple years later, a friend of mine from church was thinning out his childhood possessions as he got ready to leave for college. At this point I was in high school, maybe two years behind him. He was hanging on to his Star Wars figures and Transformers, but he gave me a small collection of Ninja Turtles that he didn't want anymore. In that collection was an original Leonardo. I haven't seen my friend Kirk in probably twelve years (he never moved back home after college), I don't even know how to contact him (can't find him on facebook) but his childhood Leonard is standing on a shelf in my collection.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Legacy Falconzord - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Check out my review of the Legacy Falconzord from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers the Movie. This awesome zord toy is a Toys R Us exclusive. This is the third awesome zord piloted by Tommy the (Green) White Ranger.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Batman v Superman Trailer Review

Ryan and Kevin talk about the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer. What do you guys think? We'll be in the theater on opening days, but we're a little worried.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Dark Knight Returns: Batman & Superman - DC Comics Multiverse

Check out these cool DC Comics figures based on the Dark Knight Returns. These figures use Masters of the Universe Classics parts to achieve the bulky look of Frank Miller's art. Look for Batman and Superman at Walmart.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Power Rangers Dino Charge Purple and Dino Drive Pink

Today we are taking a look at the Power Rangers Dino Charge Purple Ranger and Dino Drive Pink Ranger. It's nice to see such a robust line of Power Rangers this season. I need to get back to shooting reviews, the Power Ranger figures are piling up. I see all the Ranger actors are at the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Vintage He-Man MOTU Collection Sort

I got this vintage He-Man collection from a co-worker. Ryan and I dig through this box of toys that haven't seen the light of day in 20+ years. We did through to see what figures and accessories are contained in this box.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Flea Market Finds Video #5

Today's installment of FleaMarket Finds includes the ToonTurtles from the original TMNT line, so cool vintage Star Wars sheets, random action figures and more.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Deluxe Darth Vader 31" Jumbo Figure

Deluxe Darth Vader 31" Jumbo Figure with Sound Effects. He's big, he's bad, and a ton of fun. This JAKKS Pacific Jumbo figure features cool sound effects and has a hand that can be switched out for a hand holding a lightsaber.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Yellow Ranger Movie Costume - Florida

My buddy Ryan, who appears on SEO Toy Review from time to time, Tweeted a photo of himself next to a screen used Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie Yellow Ranger suit at me. It's on display in a restaurant (I think Planet Hollywood) in Florida. You can follow me on Twitter @ActionFigureAdv