Friday, December 27, 2013
Hope everyone had a good Christmas week. I got a few neat things, but for the most part we kept it simple this year. Screaming Death here is ANOTHER fantastic Dragon to the Berk series. Keep em coming!
Monday, December 16, 2013
Every now and again I check eBay for Starbots, a legendary 1985 Kellogg's cereal freebie. I finally found a reasonable set that I had to order, So say I did!
The Shuttle and Galaxy ship where icons of my daily play back in the 80's. Transformers were expensive, so these cereal sets were perfect filler. The Galaxy ship, like a little Star Ship Enterprise, was one of my favorite all time toys.
My originals, are long gone. I think I had them both in white, so when I saw silver versions I got really excited to say the least. Amazingly the plastic holds up well, being entombed in the packages for over 25 years. I was sweating that there was not going to be any breaking. Both the Shuttle and Galaxy ship are really before their time in transformer designs. I swear the front plate of the shuttle looks like Cats Lair though. The Galaxy ship was also used as a weapon/metal detector/floor buffer for my G.I. Joes.
Stickers/instructions were still in the package too, but I am not sure if I really want to crud the Starbots up with them. They are nice reminders of days gone by.
The Plane Starbot also was included. I did not have this one as a kid. It's more of a military Starbot, and not so great of a design. Nice to have though. There is one more Starbot, a helicopter, that I have to find (had my trigger set, but held off, as I don't really care for helicopters.)
This was also included in the set. I don't think its an official Starbot? I really have no idea what it is. The plastic pack was slightly different, but the plastic feels almost the same. I don't have a picture to go off of to build it, any ideas???
It looks really cool what ever it is. Ideas?
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
This is really a good idea. Stand alone figures with boards, then combine with fingerboard sets with ramps. So many possibilities!
Monday, December 09, 2013
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Friday, December 06, 2013
Monday, December 02, 2013
These are some really fun Minecraft toys! Four available, Steve?, Enderman, Zombie, and Creeper. They are pretty well made, and the blocks are spiffy too. Hope to see more!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
32 NFL Rush Zone figures to collect all hidden in a blind bag. I got enough repeats to see that little number code in the lower corner is accurate. I am excited to get a Denver Bronco to start, but I would really like a Chicago Bear. Looks like I am going back for lunch tomorrow! :) What an epic start for NFL and Happy Meals. The toys work pretty well to in tossing the ball!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
And another Marvel Science set to get your geek on, the Iron Man Repulsor Ray Tech lab! A entertaining ball lift toy, that plays of fan technology. Lots of tricks to master with this set.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
If you are looking for an alternative toy to play with, check out the Iron Man Arc Reactor Lab. Its a pretty challenging little puzzle when you dive into it. The effects are nice, and it also works as a flashy night light. Waaaaay better than a Lava Lamp!
Friday, November 08, 2013
Bwaaaa? Dan is posting images?
Yeah, yeah, its been a while since an image post. Ha ha, Almost forgot how to do em! Hoist and Trailbreaker break the video streak as they are 80's rad. I didn't realize they were going to be common molds, as I don't look into these things as closely these days, but it doesn't change how awesome they are. The best part is they are super easy to transform. For awhile there, these classics were getting ridiculous in transformation (Ironhide), that I started to pass on them. These 30th anniversary guys Transform back and forth easily in under a minute, and are very sturdy.
Hoist could have used a better bed piece to mimic the classic, with orange rails, but thats nothing big.
Trailbreaker, looks almost near perfect in my world. I remember G1 Trailbreaker clearly, as I broke a friends back in the day. The funny thing now is, I realize, my friend probably already broke him, pieced him together, and let me take the fall. Thats how we did things in the 80's.
"Ungh, whats with the colors, did someone take this photo with their phone cam?"
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Ramping up more Daniel Tiger stuff here, my kid can't get enough, and the show has pretty much mind controlled me into doing more toy reviews. This is a good value play set as it has the core house, and imaginatively transformed into a Jungle environment.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
OUCH! Toy Museum field photographer captured the exciting footage of the Bears win over the Packers!
Saturday, November 02, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
I seem to remember that huge viking like guy in Tangled collecting mini unicorns? These plastic ponies are made with the finest of glowy bright gunk. Looks good spinning under a black light in the second half of video.
Friday, October 25, 2013
I am expanding my territory into these addictive little blind packs with Littlest Pet Shop. Maybe this way my kiddo will steal these off my desk, verses my Power Ranger MegaBloks.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
We have a new Walmart in town, that is still pretty quite as its new (much better that the old Walmart where the hookers come out after 10pm). I had great picks to some Turtle bad guys, with Spider Bytes jumping out practically in my face. I wanted to get a good assortment of bad guys to attack my Turtles and I think these three are just perfect.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Next on the blind Mystery bag circuit are World of Warcraft Minifigures. The last Warcraft game I played was Warcraft 2 back in '96 I think, but I really like the variety of characters these blind bags give out. They might even work as foes for my Power Rangers. They build nicely, and are way more than your average block figure, more like a mini action figure.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
I got a nice opportunity at an early release of some new MiniKins Mini Figures, or Garbage Pail Kids minis. Sized like a squinkie, these guys are crude and gross as always. There are 26 available, but in painted and several other solid color forms. Stickers are included as well.
Friday, October 04, 2013
These are not mine, they belong to my 21 month old. She has already EZ-Cheesed poor Daniel. We watch the show pretty much all hours of the day. The show is actually not bad, nicely animated, catchy songs, and is full of good learning time stories. Its weird to watch if you grew up with Fred's stuff, its loaded with all sorts of old show stuff. Good toys for kids, easy to hold, look great.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
I reloaded the Cable TV this fall for football season, and was finally able to see what this 'Duck Dynasty' is all about. Having a friend who makes high end Duck calls, also made me interested in the show. From seeing several episodes now, its pretty decent, but obviously scripted. I enjoy some of the quotes, and some of the antics of Jace, even though they are probably forced. So Walmart has obviously sponsored everything they can think of, and they even went as far as action figures for there Adventure Wheels toys. At $4.99 each, they are pretty cheap compared to everything else. I like them, as I can use them for both Duck Dynasty, and for mountain men warriors.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Looking at K'nex blind bag Pac-man toys today shows my cracker jack knowledge of the subject. These are my first K'nex figures, and I am liking them much. I probably should watch the show more than the five minutes I've seen, as the toys are great. I have to find a Pac-man now, obviously the most important one, too bad they didn't double him up.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
This is my first time with Playmobil blind bags, as they were on a shelf at a store I frequent, that normally doesn't have them. I forgot how many more pieces these guys have, they are quite the value. I should have added the out take where it took me ten minutes to build the ninja guy (could not figure how to attach belt). Any how, Series 5 is looking good, but I really want that Astronaut!!!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Finally a good chance to collect some Scooby-Doo toys has presented itself with Character Building Lego like toys. I think this style and scale will be a perfect fit for this sacred license. The blind bags are mainly generic monster stuff, but there are a few gems too. Character Building has a good price point too, at $1.99 per blind bag. Scoop em up if you see em!
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Smurfing you again, this time with the Summer Season Set Toys R Us Exclusive. This one is radically different from the others, as the base tiles feature sand! A fun set for the Smurfs to get away and soak in some sun. Comes with Smurfette and Lifeguard Smurf. It would have been nice for a different Smurf than ette though. Still fun though.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
I also got sometime in at Toys R Us Jantzen Beach Portland, where they actually restock their toys regularly. I went a little overboard it seems. I have only jumped into the Scooby Doo packs so far, and hope to hit the GI Joes soon!!!
Also found one of those rumored to exist Stargat SG•1 Best Lock sets at Target. I only picked it up due to its extreme, never been seen, existence. It was on sale for $2.99, and was the last one. It makes no sense!!!
And also A Papa Smurf Micro Village piece with moving snail car!
Friday, September 20, 2013
There is Beware of the Batman and Wizard of Oz toys this month at McDonalds. I'm trying to simplify life after vacation, so I just picked up the #1 toys to look at this time. The Batman stuff looks pretty cool, I might just might have to pick up a Batmobile too. The Wizard of Oz stuff is trendy, if you are into that line of stuff.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Monday, September 09, 2013
I wonder what maniacal genius came up with these bloody stumps? I found a few boxes today at the mall, while the doggie was getting his level 7 haircut shave, and thought I would give em a go! They are pretty vidid in their take on Zombie level 10 horror, and they will treat my squirrels to some fun times. Luck would have it, I pulled doubles, but one is bloody and the other is clean! If you can find em, totally pick up a few, they are not to be missed.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
I am almost down to the last parts for the Playground sets from Cut the Rope. The Target set is as basic as you can get, a target and an Om Nom on a raised pillow. At least with this set, there is no malfunctioning parts, and just your own abilities of Target practice.
Maybe soon I will add all the sets together for one mega monster machine.
Friday, September 06, 2013
If you were to pick one set of Happy Meal toys per year, this would be a good one. Six neat looking zords that combine to form the Gosei Great Megazord! For a happy meal toy, it looks pretty good too. He would stand nice on any collection shelf. If only I had some dry ice and a model table, I would have had him fight Inspector Gadget.
Monday, September 02, 2013
This weekend got away from me, I forgot to post the new review up on the old blog. Got to say this is a fun set, pick it up and maybe another, and you get a good start into collecting these micro dudes.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Anyone else getting football fever? I think these guys will be great for coffee table collecting. During a game you can reenact all sorts of funny plays. There are 13 to collect, and from what I can tell no codes to find. Bummer as I wanted a couple less repeats. Still fun, they are build-able which is even more fun connecting Mannings torso to Polamalu's head.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Some of these sets are great, others not so much. I got most of these sets for a great deal, so I can't complain too much. The Conveyor Belt pretty much stinks, It slips, it pops apart, it hardly can hit a target. It looks kind of neat, but plays poorly. Maybe when I get all the machines going, it will redeem itself.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
imaginext is the latest brand to jump on the blind bag madness, and I am glad. Almost reminiscent of Lego's series 1, with that Luchador on the front. The only draw back, as Spock would say, "THE WOMEN!" That's right, no women figures? How did that slip by. My kiddo, a girl, loves imaginext stuff, so that is a silly disappointment. With that said, the ten available figures are spiffy good, with the classy spy and Robot looking good. I say pick up a few if you like this style of figure.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Fate would deal me a nice Ishani, so I also picked up El Chupacabra and Leadbottom too. For a full set of original six, these are a nice set of die-cast planes. Silly, colorful, and shape-a-ful, they make for a good collection.
Monday, August 05, 2013
Friday, August 02, 2013
If you are in to collecting Smurfs, like I am lately, now is your chance to get a good set at the Happy Meal place McDonalds! 16 to collect. They are made to look for the movies, but some still have that classic smell. They are solid hunks of plastic so if you want motion, go with Megabloks instead. But if you like a nice shelf full of pretty Smurfs, check them out!
Brainy is wise.
Clumsy is funny.
Grouchy is awesome!
Thursday, August 01, 2013
I can never get enough zip-lines, and the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Stealth Tech has them. Not bad figures, for suited turtle toys. The plastic feels a little harder than the first run regular turtles, but the gear looks great! Might have to spring for a Raphael and Donatello now if I can find em.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
I am still quite fascinated by these Cut the Rope playground sets. They barely work, but tinkering with them provides minutes of fun. This set should be on top on your list anyways, because of the functioning spring launcher, and menacing spiked wheel. As you can see in my adventures lots of stuff can happen.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
If you don't have a Night Fury in your toy collection now is a good time to get one. Toothless here is a pretty good toy. Good likeliness, nice features, clean breath. Catapulting a sheep can't be more fun. The other Toothless available shoots a projectile out his mouth, but since I got that kind last time, I went for the sheep fun.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Now the Smurfs have a lady in their village to mess with! The Smurfette pack comes with a house, flowerbed, and a turn in the road. Its not too exciting on action features though. Still though its nice to have such a powerful icon as Smurfette around to distract the boys.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
When i first saw these I picked up just one pack, then one more, then one more, then one more... They are more like Micro Figures, as they are smaller than a normal Kreons, but that doesn't make them any lesser. Two Kreons per pack instantly ups the prize too. I enjoyed the variety and cleverness of many of the characters. I found em over at Toys R Us for $2.99 a bag, which is pretty reasonable. My Favorites are Roboticus and Agent Stealth the #21 pack. Good hunting!
31401 21 - Agent Stealth & Roboticus
31401 22 - Toxic Zombie & Hazmat Henry
31401 23 - Steve Timber & Willy Werewolf
31401 75 - Sgt. Drill & Zombie Soldier
31401 76 - Zombie Outlaw & Sheriff Fastdraw
31401 77 - Wavecrawler & Walter Wetsuit
31401 78 - Capt. Firebreak & Red Blaze
31401 ? - Mike Medic & Zombie Medic
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Apparently I was really cold last spring, so that and I got conned into purchasing the Matty Collector Filmation Subscription series, all because I wanted an Icer figure so badly. It was also one of those "fate" things, where I was watching old Masters episodes on Netflix, and happened to see the Icer episode (somewhere in season 2 I believe). I had completely forgot about this obscure character and really wanted a piece of the cold. Turns out he was a very rare figure, so that was a no go. Then, like 2 days later, Matty had Icer on their to do list. So I bought into the whole subscription thing (of course now I am getting five more really obscure figures!).
In retrospect, I should have just bought a Captain Cold figure and removed his clothing.
If the bio didn't remind you of the episode, it also involves a bratty English speaking boy (which is weird that the accent is on Eternia), who gets transfered to the weather station after some dim witted high-jinks.
Icer however, was really hot and fits perfectly into Skeletor's minion pyramid schemes. As a figure, He turned out pretty well. He has some nice white airbrushing all over his naked body, a nice snowy blue. He is provided with two accessories; an icicle and a golden staff.
I am glad I got a chance at getting him, I am just not sure why I did the whole sub thing, when I probably could go the Ebay route. Whatever I did, I have bungled my way through this whole Matty campaign of Masters figures, getting the weirdest assortment that even the neighbor kid is left scratching his head.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Brainy is one of those Smurf legends, and here is his pad. An action feature is included with this set that launches Smurfs off a tree trunk. I will have to hunt down a few more of these sets, the more you get, the bigger the village!
Friday, July 12, 2013
It has been years since I last did anything full scale artistic. I used to draw comics all the time, with binders full of stick figure adventures. I am obviously more into video creation and editing these days, and had no plans of anything drawn. IDStormTroopers suggested I try some Thundercats fan art. I was wary, because when I think of fan art, I think amazing one character focus that I simply can't do (or do well). My style, if it still existed, was small rough ink drawings, then making a lot of them. I guess Where's Waldo like. So I got motivated to try a few drawings one day, and it ballooned into a big time project.
I did draw heavily from show screen-shots and even from a few toys, so many of these are visual traces, but I think several have a bit of Dan in them. I did draw some vary obscure characters. The full layout is all my doing. The project took about three weeks to complete. The pen drawings went fast, but the painting was very tedious.
The full size is 14"x 11" and I had Walgreens print me up one on Canvas, which looks so Awesome!
So that is my art for the decade (Or unless I get some new energy for a Masters of the Universe piece, say maybe in winter time). Let me know if you would like a print file, again Walgreens gets it done in less then an hour.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
I thought a few of these new Planes toys would be fun to check out. They are pretty basic as toys go, die-cast construction (plastic wings), good paint aps, spinning props, eyes for windshields. They will fly if you throw them, but that would be just "plane" dangerous. Pick up a few where things are sold.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
I am usually quite skillful at deflecting Smurf toys, but when the words "Micro" and "Build Smurf Village" come into play I can't resist. This toy is as awesome as it sounds. Vibrant and small, the infinitely customizable Smurf Village is a thing of beauty. I just need to get a few more sets so I can dress up as Gargamel and attack the village.
Friday, July 05, 2013
Going with the best part of minions, the funny sounds they make, the Happy Meal toys feature sound effects. The Gang of 8 here, are a solid collection of goodly scaled minions. I think I like the shake giggle ones the best as they work smoothly. Good hair textures too. Keep an eye out this month at your local Happy Meal seller.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Feltipern was a bounty hunter in search of Obi-Wan on Tatooine. Looses him (worst bounty hunter ever) and becomes a tax collector in Mos Eisley.
I fancy the simplistic Cantina Aliens style as if they all fit some sort of crew. As always a display base makes the figure, it looks like this kind can interlock with others.
Cheers to Filtipern Trevagg!
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
I am looking forward to the new The Lone Ranger movie, it looks pretty neat, and I dig that many of the special effects are real stuff happenings. They even built a working steam engine train (out of Legos too)! I don't know if I will get many Lego sets, but I could not pass up a promo Tonto set (Toys R Us $4.99), and maybe next I will pick up a small Lone Ranger set.
Ahh, this warm crackling fire is good for cooking a chicken leg.
AHH! Surprise attack by Lego Minifigures Series 10 Tomahawk Warrior!
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
I went over to my favorite local toy reseller today and found a nice supply of Cantina aliens! I have almost pulled the trigger on these guys several times on Ebay, but delayed as shipping starts making them a little high. Finding stuff locally is all the more fun anyways!
The Quarren dude on the right is actually Jabba the Hutt's accountant, but I am sure he frequents the cantina for a few drinks now and then.
I had to take the coat off Ketwol the Pacithhip, to highlight his stilts. At first I thought he had bionic legs, but in reality his normal legs are just really stumpy. A set of starched pants help cover them up too.
Djas Puhr has some of the most bendy skinny weaponry I have ever seen in a toy.
Ellorrs Madak reminds me of Kif from Futurama. He was one of the aliens I had on my short short list, so I was super excited to find him. Tessek has some great hands too.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Although not metal this time, a neat set of cars this year. A few feature some really nice bright lights. I almost wish they all had a light feature, they would have looked super sharp together. Great series to move into summer with.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Found a Springer today.
Springer is an original generation Transformer, third season replacement, and a Triple Changer too. It took way too long to finally get a new updated Classics Springer. Overall, he is a high performing toy, with plenty to do. All three forms, Car, Helicopter, and Robot, turn out really well. Springer's colors are nice and vibrant too.
I am too lazy to get into the other forms right now, although he transforms very easily, here is the back of the box instead.
Totally pick one up if you are into Classics and Triple Changers.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Looks like Hasbro is going to make a fighter pod for everything now. I did not expect to see these, but here we have it. In some ways this makes the most sense as Fighter Pods typically have tons of characters to choose from, and what better to choose from but a million mini Minions. A good quick buy, but again, like I rant about in the video, only one Minion per pack is kind of lame.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Kreon Devastator his been busy doing construction on set...
I like these guys. They are good for the buck, as there are several stages of setup. I skipped the individual robot modes today. Most likely, I will leave them in combiner mode for the rest of eternity.
The only prob I have with the combiner mode, is the waist pegs to torso slip out too easily. A few other spots can be weak too for dropping pieces. On the other hand, Devastator's main joints are strong, and hold up well.
I found Superion this weekend on an fast dash, three day road trip to Sacramento, for a wedding. I flew through Toys R Us in about five minutes, picked up what I needed, and got out. After seeing that fancy TRU, maybe our local new one won't be such a bad idea (its open too, I have not yet gone).
Now I just need to find a Bruticus for ultimate fighting time.