Friday, July 29, 2011

Toy Review – DC Universe Classics: Mercury By Mattel

I’ve been avoiding the Metal Men. I like the characters and I read something a few years ago that made me really like them (though I can’t remember what it was). Their appearance on The Brave and the Bold didn’t hurt, either. The backup story that ran in something a couple of years ago did put me off a bit – it seemed unnecessarily grim and mean-spirited somehow, entirely unlike the whimsical stories I had previously read.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dragon*Con 2011 Preview

Believe it or not, this year’s Dragon*Con is just over a month away.
The approach of Dragon*Con brings forth all kinds of things – a feeling of excitement, remembering past years, thinking about this year’s guests and events and that weird pre-post-con letdown that I get when I look at the events that are happening on Monday and already feel a little bummed about the time when Dragon*Con will be over when it hasn’t even started yet. Most importantly, though, is the planning that you should be doing.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Toy Review – GI Joe Shadow Tracker By Hasbro

Shadow Tracker is one of the wackier figures Hasbro has offered in the GI Joe line since shifting from the 25th Anniversary theme. That’s saying something when you’re talking about a toy line that features guys with metal heads, mech suits and my personal favorite the Trubble Bubble (now unfortunately called the “Flight Pod”).

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mattypalooza 2011

Not too many pictures this time around, but I'll link to some of the excellent stuff our friends around the web were able to get.
Mattel had their big yearly panel at Comic Con last Friday. There were a lot of very big announcements that had a pretty big impact on Mattycollector.com. I had originally planned to just cover the Club Eternia subscription for Masters of the Universe, but there were so many other cool things that I feel the need to address more.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics: Clawful By Mattel

Well, the shipping on Matty’s subscription items seems to be a whole lot better. I got Clawful two business days after he went on sale. That’s better than last time.
Matty announced the details of next year’s subscription at Comic-Con over the weekend and they range from pretty neat to mind-blowingly awesome to almost literally unbelievable. I’ll put it this way – Mattel put out some ridiculous false information to try and cover up a leak and some of the actual reveals were more wonderfully insane than the silly stuff they made up.
But I’ll discuss all that – as well as why I’m skipping the all-new DCUC sub service – in another post very soon. Today we’re here to talk about the latest Masters of the Universe subscription figure – Clawful.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Captain America Toys

Since Captain America looks to be the last great blockbuster of the Summer I wanted to write a little something about the guy.
The problem is that I’ve never really kept up with ol’ Cap. He’s been in plenty of stories that I’ve read and you certainly can’t be any kind of comic book fan without knowing Cap’s origin; but I’ve never followed the Avengers or any of his solo books (unless you count Nomad). I like the idea of Captain America and I like what I’ve seen of Steve Rogers as a character. Heck, 1990’s Captain America is one of my favorite movies of all time

Okay – bad example.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Toy Review – DC Universe Classics: Classic Robin By Mattel

I had every intention of buying this Robin when it was first announced. I just wasn’t going to buy it for me – it was going to be for Lil’ Troublemaker. Robin is his absolute favorite superhero; no matter what he’s wearing. He loves Batman and all, but I think like a lot of kids he identifies with Robin more. And Robin is a whole lot cooler now than he was when I was a kid.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Beastie Boys - Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win

Here's a special update just because this video features toys. Not only that, it features the toys that are my biggest toy-related regret. Those are the Beastie figures that came out a few years ago that I once had the opportunity to buy for around a hundred bucks and passed on. Now they go for five hundred or so. And this video stabs them and lights them on fire. Enjoy, because it's Spike Jonze and it's fantastic.
This is from the most recent Beastie Boys album - Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 - which I think is their best since Ill Communication.
Until next time, stay creepy
-Phantom

One Night at the Club – I Got Knocked the Fuck Out

I haven’t written one of these since the MySpace days, though I have reposted them here (bottom of the page). I was inspired to do a little recollection after buying the DCUC Series 16 Robin with the weak ankles. It made me think of Bones from nu-metal band Stuck Mojo.
I worked security at the Masquerade during 1996/97 and got to meet and see a lot of awesome bands, work with some cool people and also meet and see and work with some real assholes. Almost without exception British techno bands were full of absolute cunts, and that’s not a word I use very often. From Prodigy to Orbital to The Orb (whoever the fuck that is); they all left me with long-lasting memories of douchebaggery the likes of which I’ve rarely experienced. That really doesn’t have any bearing on my story, but I like sharing that little factoid any time I can.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Toy Review – DC Universe Classics: Apache Chief By Mattel

Lil’ Troublemaker Series Part
I got a huge box of awesome (mostly) from BigBadToyStore the other day. There was a lot to go through and take pictures of and Lil’ Troublemaker wanted to help, so I let him pick out what order we took the pictures in and opened the figures. That’s the order that you’re reading all of these in now.
Apache Chief was the single biggest reason I was excited about the eighteenth wave of DC Universe Classics.
See what I did there? 
We’ve bought some DVD collections of the Super Powers cartoons for Lil’ Troublemaker and I’m sad to say that our Native American friend was not nearly as central to things as I remembered. Previous to watching some of these old episodes I would have sworn that at least seventy percent of the crises the Justice League faced were solved by Apache Chief yelling, “Inyuk Chuk!” and swelling up like Ron Jeremy’s member on a work day.
Not so. Very not so.
Batman almost always saves the day.
But I still have fond childhood memories of the Chief and am thrilled to finally have an action figure of the guy. Granted, said figure is both too short and too tall to be accurate, but whatever.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Legend of El Dorado

This was originally the introduction to my review of the El Dorado figure from DC Universe Classics Series 18. I have this tendency to not read the bios printed on the back of the figures. Sometimes this leads to minor mistakes in my reviews; sometimes it just means I’ve missed out on a neat little bit of trivia. Either way it’s an oversight I need to correct. The bios are part of the toy that somebody, somewhere spent time on.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Toy Review – DC Universe Classics: El Dorado By Mattel

Lil’ Troublemaker Series Part 9!
I got a huge box of awesome (mostly) from BigBadToyStore the other day. There was a lot to go through and take pictures of and Lil’ Troublemaker wanted to help, so I let him pick out what order we took the pictures in and opened the figures. That’s the order that you’re reading all of these in now.
I was a little lost as to who Bronze Tiger was the first time I saw the lineup for DC Universe Classics Series 16. Google refreshed my memory and actually made me feel a little stupid because he’s been featured in quite a few things I’ve read. I was just distracted by that awesome tiger head. I bet that guy is Big Show’s favorite.
But I don’t remember El Dorado at all. He was on Super Friends, but despite how much I loved Black Vulcan, Samurai and Apache Chief when I was a kid I don’t remember this guy’s Latino ass one little bit. I still don’t know what the heck his powers are supposed to be. See, I write these reviews at work and while I’ve interacted with the figures enough to write what I feel are worthy reviews I have this terrible habit of not reading the bios. And since we don’t have internet access here and I’m not allowed to use my cell phone at all, I have no resources for checking El Dorado out. But I can guess.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Toy Review – DC Universe Classics: Bronze Tiger By Mattel

Lil’ Troublemaker Series Part 8!
I got a huge box of awesome (mostly) from BigBadToyStore the other day. There was a lot to go through and take pictures of and Lil’ Troublemaker wanted to help, so I let him pick out what order we took the pictures in and opened the figures. That’s the order that you’re reading all of these in now.
Bronze Tiger was once a bright young man named Jahrud Mahmout. Confined to a wheelchair at an early age, Jahrud liked nothing more than venturing into the expansive backyard of his family home in Pehtal, India. There he would pretend to be a great explorer, using his well-developed imagination to track and photograph the animals of the region – elephants, mongooses, the rare yellow-plumed rat egret and of course; the Bengal tiger.
One day in his explorations, Jahrud ventured too far into the dark jungle behind his home. His father had warned him time and again about the dangers hidden among the massive, lush trees. But Jahrud could not resist the allure of the unknown. Heedless of the obstacles that tried to bar the path of his wheelchair – roots, uneven ground and… leaves. Lots and lots of leaves. Like, you’ve never seen so many leaves.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

SUPER SPECIAL UPDATE! - My Terrible Recap of The Leaked Dark Knight Rises Trailer

Spoilers (?) ahead!


Toy Review – DC Universe Classics: Toyman By Mattel

Lil’ Troublemaker Series Part 7!
I got a huge box of awesome (mostly) from BigBadToyStore the other day. There was a lot to go through and take pictures of and Lil’ Troublemaker wanted to help, so I let him pick out what order we took the pictures in and opened the figures. That’s the order that you’re reading all of these in now.
This is the figure I was least excited about from Series 18. I don’t know why, but I just don’t like Toyman.
It seems almost counter-intuitive that I would dislike a character with an obsession similar to my own, but I’ve never liked any iteration of Toyman – not the original Golden Age version, not the kid from Superman/Batman and not the Jack Nimball version that this figure represents (or so I thought - the card names him as Winslow Schott, which I'm not sure is accurate). The one from Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League probably comes closest to being cool, but only because he’s so damned creepy. And I’m not even going to bring up the guy from Smallville.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Toy Review – DC Universe Classics: Black Vulcan By Mattel

Lil’ Troublemaker Series Part 6!
I got a huge box of awesome (mostly) from BigBadToyStore the other day. There was a lot to go through and take pictures of and Lil’ Troublemaker wanted to help, so I let him pick out what order we took the pictures in and opened the figures. That’s the order that you’re reading all of these in now.
I got most of my thoughts about the Hanna-Barbera-created Super Friends in Friday’s post. All I really have to say today is that I think it’s funny how much MVP’s gear looks like Black Vulcan’s outfit and I never realized it before getting this figure.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Toy Review – DC Universe Classics: Captain Boomerang By Mattel

Lil’ Troublemaker Series Part 5!
I got a huge box of awesome (mostly) from BigBadToyStore the other day. There was a lot to go through and take pictures of and Lil’ Troublemaker wanted to help, so I let him pick out what order we took the pictures in and opened the figures. That’s the order that you’re reading all of these in now.
I still haven’t read Geoff Johns’ old run on The Flash with all the Rogues stuff, but I saw enough of this iteration of Captain Boomerang in “Blackest Night” and “Brightest Day” to like the character.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Toy Review – DC Universe Classics: Samurai By Mattel

Lil’ Troublemaker Series Part 4!
I got a huge box of awesome (mostly) from BigBadToyStore the other day. There was a lot to go through and take pictures of and Lil’ Troublemaker wanted to help, so I let him pick out what order we took the pictures in and opened the figures. That’s the order that you’re reading all of these in now.
Samurai, Black Vulcan and Apache Chief were the biggest reasons I was excited about Series 18 of DC Universe Classics. A lot of people dismiss these guys because they are not from the comics, but fuck those people. I was into television long before I ever picked up a comic book. My gateways into the world of DC Comics were Batman ’66, Super Friends and the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman. Anybody who doesn’t see the value of those iterations or dismisses them as less important than the comics is a fool.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Toy Review – Indie Spotlight – Comic Book Heroes The Tick By Shocker Toys

Lil’ Troublemaker Series Part 3!
I got a huge box of awesome (mostly) from BigBadToyStore the other day. There was a lot to go through and take pictures of and Lil’ Troublemaker wanted to help, so I let him pick out what order we took the pictures in and opened the figures. That’s the order that you’re reading all of these in now.


Let’s take a break from DCUC and check out another corner of the superhero toy market: Toys of characters from indie comics!
Did you read myreview of Shocker Toys’ Scud: The Disposable Assassin figure? No? Well, Shocker Toys did. They were pretty enthused about it:

Shocker Toys Despite the dialog we did get a 5 out of 5 = ) June 23 at 5:44pm

which is cool because I kind of made a lot of fun of them. Hey, you can’t advertise a main-in figure and not deliver without me giving you some “dialogue”. Especially when you have to buy an entire series plus variants to get the figure.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Movie Review – PIXAR’s Cars 2

I am a devoted fan of PIXAR. Nobody ahd to convince me that Toy Story, The Incredibles, Wall-E, Monsters, Inc. or a remake of Seven Samurai starring bugs were going to be cool. But then the ground-breaking studio went and made these movies about fish, cars, a stubby old widower and a cooking rat (!) that were just as fantastic and cool.
Each PIXAR film is a love letter to a particular genre, interest or style of filmmaking. And they’re done by people that really know how to write and create. These aren’t just movies that say, “Hey, this thing is pretty cool – check it out!” These movies show you the subject matter and explain to you exactly why the creators love it so much and why you should love it too all within a narrative that lasts 90 minutes or less.
PIXAR introduces us to characters, worlds and concepts that are at once familiar and delightfully new. I can say without exaggeration that no other collection of films can stand up to the quality of PIXAR’s first eleven features.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Toy Review – DC Universe Classics: Orange Lantern Lex Luthor By Mattel

Lil’ Troublemaker Series Part 2!
I got a huge box of awesome (mostly) from BigBadToyStore the other day. There was a lot to go through and take pictures of and Lil’ Troublemaker wanted to help, so I let him pick out what order we took the pictures in and opened the figures. That’s the order that you’re reading all of these in now.
Luthor and Sinestro Corps Scarecrow are the only figures I ordered from Wave 17. I had Star Sapphire Wonder Woman preordered, but I finally decided she looked like shit and cancelled.
Luthor came the other day along with some other stuff, but Scarecrow still hasn’t shown up at BigBadToyStore for some reason.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Toy Review – Batman Legacy: Mr. Freeze By Mattel

In order to properly celebrate Independence Day, I'm going to be reviewing the DC Universe's most patriotic villain – Mr. Freeze!
I'm kidding, of course. I couldn't come up with anything suitably Americanic (?) for the holiday, but I do have some lovely pictures over on the Facebook page of me enjoying the fruits of our great country's glory. Go check 'em out!
Lil’ Troublemaker Series Part 1!
I got a huge box of awesome (mostly) from BigBadToyStore the other day. There was a lot to go through and take pictures of and Lil’ Troublemaker wanted to help, so I let him pick out what order we took the pictures in and opened the figures. That’s the order that you’re reading all of these in now.

I believe this is the third variation of this particular Mr. Freeze. It first showed up in the DC Superheroes line (I think) in the same series as what is still my favorite Batman figure, an Azrael I recently found for a steal at a local flea market and Scarecrow. Another one got released somewhere along the way and there was a New York Comic Con exclusive as well. This one is meant to represent the Super Powers version of Doctor Victor Fries (wait a minute – why isn’t he called “Dr. Freeze”?) and is visually my favorite due to the totally goofy colors. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t mind having one in more subtle hues; I just really like a purple Mr. Freeze. Dr. Freeze. Doctor Freeze. Doctor Freezenstein. I like that.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics: The Faceless One By Mattel

I remember the Faceless One from the 2002 He-Man cartoon, but I’m not sure we got all the backstory his filecard provides:
(From MattyCollector.com)
The Faceless One™ Bio
Real Name: Nikolas Powers™
As the ruler of Zalesia™, Nikolas Powers™ was entrusted by King Grayskull™ to guard the city’s great magical objects - the Havoc Staff and the mystical Ram Stone. Powers was a core member of Grayskull’s Council Of Elders, great mages from across Eternia® who had the wisdom to tap into the planet’s hidden magical secrets. But by marrying and having a daughter, he broke the Elder’s treaty with King Hssss™ to not produce any heirs. Powers was stripped of his humanity, condemned to never leave Zalesia™ and forced to watch his beloved city destroyed by Serpos. Now called “The Faceless One™,” he asked the wizard-warrior He-Ro™ to use the power of Central Tower to send his daughter Evelyn into the future. There, with his immortality, he hoped to raise her away from the terror of the Great Wars.
So The Faceless One is actually a pretty decent guy. I would never have guessed that based solely on his appearance. You might want to bust out the ol’ nugget about judging a book by its cover, but let’s face it – on Eternia you’re usually pretty safe assuming the guy with two giant fangs instead of a head means to do you harm.