Monday, May 4, 2015

May the Fourth Be With You

From Left to Right:  Stormtrooper, Darth Vader, Death Squad Commander (behind C-3P0), C-3P0, Chewbacca (behind Luke), Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Sand Person, and Jawa
"May the Fourth" Be With You!  Happy Star Wars Day, everybody.  I grew up with Star Wars.  I saw the the original film in it's initial theatrical run in 1977.  I was 5 years old, and I was convinced that Star Wars was the greatest film in the history of cinema.  Naturally, I went nuts for all the toys, as well.  Over the next few years, I amassed a huge collection of Star Wars action figures, vehicles, and playsets.  However, tragedy struck when I grew a little older and was entering jr. high school.  My interests evolved from spaceships and robots to rock music and girls, and I decided that toys were only for little kids, so I gave all of my Star Wars toys away to the little kids in my neighborhood.  That was a decision I came to regret more and more over the years, as I learned that growing up didn't mean I had to give up the things I loved when I was a kid.

Flash forward to September of 2014.  As an adult , I started collecting toys again as a hobby, but I had resisted the idea of collecting Star Wars toys again.  There were just so many toys to collect, it seemed like too big of a task.  However, I knew I really wanted to have all of my old toys back again.  So I decided to start recollecting all of the vintage Star Wars figures and toys I had as a kid.  In order not to get overwhelmed by it, I decided to collect them slowly, and in more or less the order they came out.  So I would start out with the original 12 figures from 1977, move on to the next batch of 8 figures from 1978, and so on.  Then once I had all of the original Star Wars toys, I would move on to The Empire Strikes Back, and then eventually to Return of the Jedi.

I also decided that I was going to go with inexpensive, loose, played with toys, rather than expensive ones in pristine condition.  Not only would that be easier on my wallet, the figures would be closer to the ones that I owned as a kid, which were all very well played with.  And I still wanted to handle them and play with them now, and I didn't want to worry about damaging them or ruining an investment.

A few weeks ago, I realized that I had collected 10 of the original 12, and with May Fourth Star Wars Day coming up, I decided it was the perfect time to pick up the final 2 figures!  And I'm already halfway through to collecting all of the 1978 figures as well, as I picked up the the Cantina aliens ahead of schedule few months ago.  1978 also saw the debut of the vehicles and playsets, though, so I'll have to start collecting those as well. I'm not looking forward to seeing how much money I'm going to have to spend to get a Death Star in even halfway decent shape, but I know it will look awesome on my shelf, filled with Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, and Droids.

Well, I hope I didn't bore anyone rambling along about Star Wars toys.  Thanks for reading, and "May the Fourth Be With You!"

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Playmates' Classic Star Trek Bridge Set (1993)

Playmates began releasing Star Trek: The Next Generation action figures in 1992.  After a year of success with the Next Generation figures, they expanded their reach in to other TV and movie figures from the Star Trek universe.  When they released their first figures for the classic 1960s TV series, they did it in a big way, with a box set featuring all seven of the main Enterprise crew members and a cardboard diorama of the Enterprise bridge.  For a Classic Star Trek fan, this gave you an instant collection and display piece in one box, making a must-have item for any original series Star Trek toy collector

Read all about it and see my photos after the break...

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mego Star Trek Aliens Neptunian (1975)

In 1974, Mego launched a line of of Star Trek action figures.  The first wave consisted of five members of the Enterprise crew (Kirk, Spock, Scottie, Bones, and Uhura) and a generic Klingon who looked to be based on Captain Koloth from "The Trouble With Tribbles."  The figures were all pretty straight forward and looked to be modeled more or less accurately from either Star Trek the Original Series, or Star Trek the Animated Series.  For the next two waves in 1975 and '76 the name of the line was changed from "Star Trek" to "Star Trek Aliens" and that's when things got a little weird.  The figures went from being closely based on the designs from the TV series to more like loosely inspired by the series.  On no figure is that more true than on the Neptunian, which does not appear to be based on anything that ever actually appeared on Star Trek.  In fact, it looks more like some kind of mutated version of Mego's Green Goblin figure from it's World's Greatest Super Heroes line.  But it's that weirdness that makes the figure so great!  Let's check it out after the break...

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Funko ReAction Star Trek Wave 1 Action Figures

Hey kids, I haven't been blogging much lately, but I've still been buying lots of new and vintage toys, and my pile of stuff to photograph and write about is piling up!  So I think it's time to get back in the swing of things.  I've been buying a lot of Classic Star Trek toys lately, so look for some posts on Mego Star Trek toys from the 1970s and Playmates toys from the 1990s coming soon.  But first, I'll be looking at the first four Star Trek ReAction figures from Funko that came out a few weeks ago.  Photos and wordstuffs after the break!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Legends of Cthulhu - The Cultists and the Spawn of Cthulhu

Today I'm back for part two of my look at Warpo's Legends of Cthulhu action figures, with the Spawn of Cthulhu, the Cultist, and their Kickstarter-exclusive variants, the Conjured Cthulhu and the High Priest.  Rather than write a lengthy review, I'll just refer you to my previous post, and assure you that they are more of the same.  Namely, really excellent retro-style 5 points of articulation action figures, with great sculpts, paint jobs, and accessories. I really love these toys.  Warpo did an amazing job with them, and I can't wait to see what they come up with next.  Check out my photos after the break!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Legends of Cthulhu - The Professor and the Deep Ones

I've been spending all week playing with and photographing my new set of Legends of Cthulhu action figures from Warpo.  I ended up taking so many photos that it's taking me forever to sort through them all, so I decided to split my review up into a few different posts.  So today I'll be looking at The Professor and The Deep Ones.  Both figures feature the standard retro style 5 points of articulation.  The Deep Ones come with a spear, and the Professor comes with a gun and a small green Cthulhu idol.  The Professor is about 4 inches tall, and the Deep One is about 3 1/2, and they fit in great with similar sized figures like Kenner Star Wars or Funko ReAction.

The Professor is a nice figure.  He has a good sculpt that that is simple and retro, yet still has lots of nice details and personality to it.  But my favorite figures are the Deep Ones.  Everything about these guys are fantastic.  The sculpt is perfect, it's simple and cartoony, yet still full of creepy details.  And the paint job on the figure is great.  It's got several different flat colors, as well as some really nice airbrushing to to add shading and bring out the details.  They've done a really good job with doing a more modern detailed paint job, that still is simple enough to retain that retro feel from the 1970s or '80s.  Check out my photos of these figures after the break...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Just Got My "Legends of Cthulhu" Delivery!

Just got my Legends of Cthulhu shipment in from Warpo Toys!  I'll be having a full review and photo series of these action figures later this week, but here's a quick pic of all the figures I got  just got to tide you over until then.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Batman Classic TV Series 25 Piece Crime Fighting Accessory Pack

Today I'm playing with the Batman Classic TV Series 25 Piece Crime Fighting Accessory Pack from Figures Toy Company.  It's a collection of great accessories to go with FTC's line of Batman '66 8 inch Mego-Style retro action figures.  The accessory pack comes with a pair of alternate "Bat Breather" heads for Batman and Robin, a spare utility belt, 3 sets of Batcuffs, 3 sets of Batarangs, a briefcase crime lab, a bust of William Shakespeare, 2 Batphones, a Bat Bazooka, a set of Oceanic Repellent Bat Sprays, a bomb, 2 radios, 2 walkie-talkies, and 2 Bat-Shileds.  All of these accessories come straight from the TV show or the 1966 Batman movie, and they are must haves if you are setting up a Batcave diorama, or just need some fun stuff for your figures to play with.

Oceanic Repellent Bat Sprays

I do have a few minor complaints with these accessories.  The briefcase crime lab doesn't fit in Batman's hand very well.  He can hold it, but you have to balance it just right.  The bazooka is too heavy to be supported by these figures' arms, and they can only hold it pointing down.  And I'm not really keen on the alternate heads.  I tried to swap the heads out, but it felt like I was going to break the necks of my figures popping their heads off, so I ended up not doing it.  It probably would have been fine if I heated the figures up first, but I didn't feel like going to all that trouble.  A smaller gas mask/rebreather that fit over the figures' heads would have been a nicer choice.  Still, for the most part. I'm really happy with these accessories.  I hope we'll see even more stuff like this from FTC in the future.  I'd love to get some bat computer pieces, and maybe even a Batmobile or Batcave playset out of this line.

More pictures after the break!

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