Friday, September 19, 2014

Retro Friday! Fisher-Price Adventure People's Clawtron (1980)

Retro Fridays

From the far reaches of space comes this strange, claw-handed, black-clad creature!  Is he man or machine?  Is he friend or foe?  He is... Clawtron, and he's the vintage action figure at the focus of today's edition of Retro Friday's!  Read on to learn more!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Retro Wednesday! Funko and Super 7's The Terminator ReAction figures: Chrome T800 Endoskeleton and Kyle Reese

Retro Wednesdays!

In the Year of Darkness, 2029, the rulers of this planet devised the ultimate plan.  They would reshape the Future by changing the Past.  The plan required something that felt no pity.  No pain.  No fear.  Something unstoppable.  They created 'THE TERMINATOR.'  And now, in 2014, Funko and Super 7 have followed suit, and created 'THE TERMINATOR' ReAction Figures.  The Future will never be the same.  Only You can change the Future, by continuing to read this blog after the jump...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sundry Monday! Hey, Hey, We're the Apemen, and People Say We Monkey Around!

Sundry Mondays

Planet of the AAAAAAAAAAPPPPPES!  Man, I loves me some classic Planet of the Apes movies!  I grew up watching those things in the days when they were rerun constantly on TV, and they were always super fun to watch no matter how many times I had seen them.  I even watched the TV show and the Saturday morning cartoon, even  though those things were terrible.  But the movies themselves, they were pretty damn good, especially the original from 1968.  So naturally I was pretty excited to hear NECA was coming out with a new line of 7-inch Classic Apes figures, and the first wave doesn't disappoint.  Let's check 'em out after the break...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Retro Friday! It's a Harry Hamlin Toga Party!

There was a long tradition of TV shows being made into 3 3/4" action figure lines in the 1970s and 1980s.  Adventure shows like Battlestar Galactica, The Dukes of Hazard, The A-Team, and Buck Rogers all had 3 3/4" action figures.  Some odder choices, like M.A.S.H., Mork and Mindy, and The Love Boat got the action figure treatment as well.  Still, I was certainly surprised to find out that they made an action figure of Harry Hamlin from the TV show L.A. Law!  Read all about it after the break, in this week's edition of Retro Fridays!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Klaatu Barada Nikto! It's Amok Time's "The Day the Earth Stood Still" Retro Action Figures in This Week's Retro Wednesday!

Retro Wednesdays!

So far all I've been reviewing are Super 7 and Funko's ReAction figures on Retro Wednesday's.  Bif Bang Pow does have a retro line of Twilight Zone figures out, but I've decided to save those for my Halloween festivities in October.  Zica Toys had their great Six Million Dollar Man figures, but I reviewed those earlier, before I started Retro Wednesdays.  Does that mean I'm going to have to change the name of this feature to "ReAction Wednesdays?"  Not this week, because I've got a new addition to the world of retro action figures today, Amok Time's "Gort and Klaatu" figures, based on characters from the 1951 sci-fi classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still!"  How well do Amok Time's figures fit in with the new wave of retro 3 3/4" action figures?  Find out after the break!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Retro Friday! Kenner's 1978 Princess Leia Action Figure

Retro Fridays

Of the original 20 Star Wars action figures Kenner released in 1978, there were only two figures that I didn't own as a kid.  The first was "Death Squad Commander," because I just never wanted him.  I mean, he was basically just some generic guy walking around in the background with a big black salad bowl on his head, why would I want a figure of that dude?  The second was "Princess Leia."  I'm not sure why I never owned this figure, I'm guessing that my parents and relatives who were buying me my Star Wars toys thought Princess Leia was just for girls.  I eventually got a different Leia figure (in her Hoth outfit) a few years later, when the Empire Strikes Back toys were released.  But the classic 1978 Princess Leia figure never had a place in my toy collection... until now!  I finally bought one a couple of weeks ago when I visited a local vintage toy store, along with her brother Luke.  These were the first vintage Star Wars figures I've had since I gave all of my originals away in junior high.  I've been resisting buying vintage Star Wars figures for awhile now, because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to stop.  And guess what, I was right, because I ended up buying six more 1978 figures since then.  Luckily the figures aren't that expensive, although I shudder to think what's going to happen to my wallet when I succumb to the urge to replace all of my spaceships and playsets.  But now that I do have Princess Leia for the first time, what do I think?  Find out after the break!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Retro Wednesday! Funko and Super 7's SDCC 2014 Sloth ReAction Figure

Retro Wednesdays!
I can't quite put my finger on it... but there's something that's just a little bit "off" about this Superman action figure.
Today on Retro Wednesdays, it's Sloth from The Goonies!  There are two versions of this figure available, the mass market version in a plain blue t-shirt, and the limited edition 2014 San Diego Comic Con version, wearing a Superman t-shirt.  I'm guessing that they probably have to pay a licensing fee for the Superman logo, which is why it's not available on the mass market version.  As far as I'm concerned, Sloth just isn't Sloth without his Superman t-shirt, so paying a little extra to get this version was a no-brainer.  Was it worth it?  Read on to find out!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Retro Friday! Tomland's 1977 Starroid Raiders "Newt" Action Figure

Retro Fridays

Welcome to the first installment of "Retro Fridays."  Every Friday I will be featuring a different vintage 3 and 3/4 inch action figure from the 1970s or 1980s.  From action figure lines like Kenner's Star Wars, Fisher-Price's Adventure People, Mego's Pocket Heroes, Mattel's Battlestar Galactica, and more.  This week, I'll be looking at "Newt," a weird robot from Tomland's Starroid Raiders collection. Just what is the deal with this weird little guy anyway?  Read on to find out!

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