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REVIEW: The Sea Ghost

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The Sea Ghost was first seen in Jay Piscopo’s The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli. Created by Piscopo, who both authored and illustrated the comic, The Sea Ghost was last seen in his very own comic book - The Sea Ghost #1: Sea Ghost in the Machine. The 36-page comic retails for $3.99 at your favorite comic shop.

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In addition to his return in The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli – Volume 3, which will be released in March 2015, The Sea Ghost is now available as a Mego-style action figure. That 8-inch tall action figure runs $20.00 and comes packaged in a plastic clamshell case. (Unfortunately…I wasn’t able to get a photo of that case before I ripped into it with my canine teeth).

The action figure is a good representation of The Sea Ghost character as shown in the comic book. He is a little bit limited by the Mego-ish body (I so dislike Mego wrists). For example, his feet resemble hooves in the comic, but the figure has regular human feet…albeit bleached white feet. Oh…and that white body is slightly visible underneath the stretched bodysuit. Thank goodness his name isn’t Anatomically Correct Sea Ghost.

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I was going to comment on the color of Sea Ghost’s face…and by writing this, I obviously am commenting on it. While it looks blue-green on the action figure – a lot greener than seen throughout the comic book - it actually does match up with the version of The Sea Ghost as presented on the rear of The Sea Ghost #1 comic.

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Wananeko Sofubi IndieGoGo Campaign

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Artist Javier Jimenez has unveiled his IndieGoGo fundraiser campaign, which attempts to raise funds to produce his Wananeko character in sofubi.

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Following its initial release, a number of fans asked Javier why it was made in resin instead of sofubi. They all thought Wananeko would look better in sofubi, and the artist agreed. So Javier made a few changes and improvements to keep the design new, yet similar to the original character. 

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Wananeko will be 5.9-inches tall with 5 points of articulation and interchangeable hands - including a parasite-like gun called the Ghost Blaster. The sofubi figure will be available in three versions: Original Colorway (factory painted - $70), DIY White ($50) and a Clear Pink ($55) exclusive to IndieGoGo.

Rewards also include the Baby Version of Wananeko, whose resin version will be an IndieGoGo exclusive. There will also be resin customs painted by Javier and artists Candie Bolton and Mark Nagata. He'll also be announcing new stretch goals and even

Walking Killers and Skulls & Rainbones Society

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Today (Friday February 13th 2015) at 2PM ET, artist Bwana Spoons will be releasing into the wild the first painted Walking Killers. This will be limited to two hand-painted runs and a very small number of customs. These will be available at BwanaSpoons.com. They're available for between $55.00 and $70.00.

 

Also, he's offering up new Skulls & Rainbones Society memberships and tees. With the membership, you get early bird news, no less than three exclusives per year, and first dibs on all sorts of goodies ranging from prints to skatedecks to new toys. The tees and memberships are available at both the above link and GravyToys.com. The tee and membership runs $28.00.

Legends of Cthulhu

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Following up their successful Kickstarter campaign, Warpo Toys is thrilled has announced the full release of the Legends of Cthulhu retro action figure line. Legends of Cthulhu are the first action figures based on the world of H.P. Lovecraft, with the lineup including The Deep One, The Professor, The Cultist, and the Spawn of Cthulhu. Each 3.75-inch retro-styled action figure will be sold separately, with an MSRP of $19.99 apiece. 

Rise of the Beasts

 

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Rise of the Beasts is a new line of hard, rubbery PVC that features 4 or 5 points of articulation and utilizes Glyos pegs for joints. The first two characters released were the Rhino and Scorpion characters. They are available in either painted ($7.00 each) or unpainted ($4.00 each) versions.

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These can be purchased at http://littlerubberguys.storenvy.com/. Each purchased figure comes with a sticker that serves as a proof of purchase. There are also four different limited edition mail away figures that can be redeemed with 10 proofs of purchase each. And they're working on the next four characters, seen below: an ant, lion, gorilla, and horned lizard. These are currently in the prototyping phase and won’t be available until later this year. 

Inner Child by Nerviswr3k

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SubUrban Vinyl has announced the release details of Nerviswr3k's first designer vinyl figure - Inner Child. The 4-inch tall figure features 2 points of articulation - at the arms - and comes packed in a 4 panel box. It will be released in three colorways, with two of them being exclusive. The Green version will be exclusive to SubUrban Vinyl and the Blue will be exclusive to Tenacious Toys. Look for the Red version to be released on Saturday February 21 2015 and to retail for $45.00 each.

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REVIEW: Mutant Mania

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Background

Mutant Mania is a new series of mix and match wrestler toys from Australia-based Moose Toys. The figure is made up of four pieces – the head, torso, legs, and a band that connects them together. Each figure features a funny name and is available in a solid or translucent version.

The Mutant Mania characters can fall into one of seven categories: Astro Mutants, Brutal Beasts, Evil Zomboidz, Insect-A-Zoids, Mutant Men, Reptiles of Rage, or Robo Mutants. Each class of characters has a slightly different look. And the Reptiles of Rage actually glow in the dark. Also, individual figures are rated Common, Rare, Ultra Rare, Special Edition, or Limited Edition. In all, the packaging claims “Over 120 to Collect” and the ability to “Build Millions of Combos”.

We received a Mutant Mania 8-pack to check out for this review.

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The Facts



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Manufacturer: Moose Toys
Material: Plastic
Dimensions: About 1.5” tall
Points of Articulation: 2 (neck and waist)
Designs: Over 120 designs
Pricing: $7.77/8-pack

Packaging

While I wasn’t able to take a photo of the exterior packaging – my kids got ahold of it before I did – the 8-pack comes carded in a plastic bubble. Inside, there’s a nice little Mutantade soda can that opens up and acts as a storage container. And the packaging includes a checklist of all of the available figures and their names.

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