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REVIEW: 8 Little Zombies Plush

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Background

Eight Little Zombies, rising from the dead. One got shot and lost his head. Neighbor called the Sheriff and the Sheriff said, “No more zombies rising from the dead!”

John LaFleur and Dave Metzger have taken to Kickstarter to get their 8 Little Zombies hardcover book produced. The story is a zombified spin on the classic children’s tale about eight little monkeys jumping on someone’s bed and then falling and being brutally injured.

The 8 Little Zombies plush - one of the backing rewards - is available at various funding levels. Hopefully, it will also be able to be purchased following the successful completion to the Kickstarter project.

The Facts



8 Little Zombies Plush
Artist: Dave Metzger
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 12” tall
Edition Size: 2,500 pieces
Pricing: $20.00 each

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Tag

The swing tag is shaped like a tombstone. It features the 8 Little Zombies logo and one of those zombie’s undead hands poking out of the ground. Inside, there is a sketch of the zombie character as well as part of the story (reprinted above).

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Our Opinion

With Kickstarter becoming a viable option for raising funds to self-produce toys, more artists and companies are taking that route to get their projects rolling and/or completed. And that’s where Dave Metzger (artist) and John LeFleur (writer) are looking to raise funds to get their 8 Little Zombies book produced.

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REVIEW: Mystical Warriors of the Ring Series 1

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Background

The Mystical Warriors of the Ring toy line was created by Mark Vasquez and Fantastic Plastic Toys, with help from artist Jazyl Homavazir, sculptor Simon Grell, and prototype-master Marty “The GodBeast” Hansen. While the line had been predominantly produced as small run resin figures, late last year they released the first PVC series.

The Mystical Warriors of the Ring Series 1 features three characters - Kayin Kungaa, Sheldon Sabre, and Widowmaker. Each figure is designed in the 1980’s M.U.S.C.L.E. style, which is fitting since this line also revolves around crazy creatures battling it out in the squared circle.

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The Facts



Mystical Warriors of the Ring Series 1
Series: Mystical Warriors of the Ring
Manufacturer: Fantastic Plastic Toys
Artist: Mark Vasquez
Material: PVC
Dimensions: Around 2" tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: Kayin Kungaa, Sheldon Sabre, and Widowmaker
Pricing: $9.00 per 3-pack

Packaging

The three figures are bagged in a simple, clear plastic bag.

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Our Opinion

The Mystical Warriors of the Ring Series 1 is made up of three characters. Kayin Kungaa is the large gorilla sporting and Andre the Giant singlet. Sheldon Sabre is the lion/tiger/cat thing with a tail hanging out of the back of his trunks. And Widowmaker is the creepy giant spider Luchador.

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REVIEW: Hot Toys’ Joe Colton

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Background

G.I. Joe: Retaliation is the 2013 action film based on the Hasbro toy license. The second live-action G.I. Joe film is a follow-up to the 2009 box office success – G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Even though reviews of the film were mixed to negative, Retaliation grossed big money at the box office.

So it makes sense that a successful film based on an iconic toy line would result in additional toys being released. That’s where Hot Toys steps in. They have the high-end sixth scale toy license for G.I. Joe: Retaliation and have released a total of four toys: Joe Colton, Roadblock, Snake Eyes, and Storm Shadow. For this review, we will be taking a look at the Sideshow Exclusive Joe Colton figure.

Joe Colton, aka the original G.I. Joe, is portrayed by Bruce Willis in Retaliation. Hot Toys released the figure as a part of their 2013 Toy Fairs Exclusives, with Sideshow Collectibles picking up the figure for the North American market.

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The Facts



Joe Colton
Series: G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Sculpted by: Kim Yong Kyum
Painted by: JC. Hong
Authorized Likeness: Bruce Willis as Joe Colton
Material: Plastic articulated figure
Dimensions: Sixth Scale
Points of Articulation: Over 30 points of articulation
Outfit: Green military jacket and pants; Black t-shirt; Pair of black boots; Belt with magazine pouches; Double shoulder holster; Left knee pad; Drop leg panel with holster and magazine pouches
Accessories: Six interchangeable hands: Pair of gun shooting hands, Pair of relaxed hands, Right hand for holding gun, Left fist; Machine gun with silencer and strap; Shotgun; Three pistols; Five small ammo clips; One big ammo clip; Two climbing buckles; Figure stand with Joe Colton nameplate and movie logo
Edition Size: Limited Edition (Hot Toys' 2013 Toy Fair Exclusive)
Pricing: $214.99

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REVIEW: Monsters University Cosbaby (S) Series

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Background

Monsters University is the 2013 prequel follow-up to the Disney•Pixar Monsters, Inc. Fans of the original film only had to wait 12 years to get their anticipated sequel, which has pulled in mostly high grades among film review aggregators. I like to think of the film as Revenge of the Nerds in the Disney•Pixar universe.

Hot Toys, which has the license to produce their Cosbaby line based on Monsters University, has released a 6-pack Monsters University Cosbaby (S) Series featuring the entirety of Oozma Kappa characters: Mike, Sulley, Squishy, Art, Terry & Terri, and Don.

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The Facts



Monsters University Cosbaby (S) Series
Series: Cosbaby (S) Series
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Material: Plastic snap kits
Dimensions: Approximately 3” tall
Points of Articulation: From zero to five, depending on character
Designs: Mike Wazowski, James “Sulley” Sullivan, Scott “Squishy” Squibbles, Art, Terry & Terri Perry, and Don Carlton
Accessories: Mike’s lunchbox and bag
Pricing: $69.99 set ($11.99 each)

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Packaging

The series comes packaged in a long, rectangular plastic window front box. That window shows off all of the characters that you’ve just purchased in a long plastic tray. The back of the box features some great character artwork, that’s somewhere between the on-screen version and the Cosbaby figure.

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REVIEW: Captain Action Wave 3

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Background

Captain Action was originally released in 1966 as Ideal Toy Company’s answer to Hasbro’s G.I. Joe. Kids and collectors were able to dress him up in costumes of some of the most popular superheroes of the day. After 30 years off the market, Captain Action returned briefly in the late 1990’s. Then, a few years ago, Captain Action Enterprises announced a new sixth scale series.

The sixth scale Captain Action comes with the ability to change into a number of Marvel superheroes. With the outfits sold separately, Captain Action can become Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, and Wolverine. For this review, we are taking a closer look at the Captain Action figure as well as the Marvel Wave 3 costumes: Iron Man and Wolverine.

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The Facts



Captain Action
Series: Marvel Wave 3
Manufacturer: Captain Action Enterprises and Round 2 Corp.
Material: Plastic articulated figure
Dimensions: One-Sixth Scale
Points of Articulation: 25+ points
Captain Action Outfit and Accessories: Blue and black bodysuit with Captain Action logo on chest; Black boots with silver lightning bolt; Silver and red belt with yellow lightning bolt; Captain Action blue peaked hat
Iron Man Outfit and Accessories: Two piece Iron Man mask; Red and yellow bodysuit; Red belt; Red gloves and boots; Two piece red chest plate with yellow unibeam; Hawkeye’s wrist and
Wolverine Outfit and Accessories: Wolverine’s mask with sculpted face; Yellow, blue and black bodysuit with blue shoulder pads; Blue and black boots; Red belt with X-Men symbol; Blue gloves with silver Wolverine claws; Hawkeye’s face mask
Pricing: $19.99 each MSRP

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REVIEW: Ion Men – Uma-naut

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Background

Designed by Matts Walls (A.O.I.) and Daniel Smith (turboPISTOLA), the Ion Men are a series of 5” tall sofubi vinyl figures. The Ion Men are made up of a combination of 7 different parts. There are 8 heads, 2 bodies, 2 legs and 5 sets of arms (clockwork cannons, fists, mace, Seismic Ace head arm, and a UFO). The heads are named: Big Damage K16, Centurion K16, Kumatank (Beartank), Murder Boner, Seismic King, Strollbot, Trojan Hoss, and XLR8OR88.

There have been several color releases, as well as some hand-painted versions. For this review, we received the Uma-naut Clear Black colorway. It features the Trojan Hoss head and a translucent black look.

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The Facts



Uma-naut
Series: Ion Men
Artists: turboPISTOLA (Daniel Smith) and A.O.I. (Matt Walls)
Material: Clear black vinyl sofubi
Dimensions: Around 5” tall
Points of Articulation: 6 points (neck, shoulders, elbows, waist)
Pricing: $25.00

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Packaging

The Japan-made sofubi vinyl comes bagged with a header card. There is a colorful illustration of the Ion on the front. The back of the card is where all of the information about the figure is located. Also, you can also see outlines of the various head styles in the background.

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Our Opinion

As you’re probably well aware, I have a slight bias towards Japan made (sofubi) vinyl figures. It’s not that pieces made in China are inferior; there are plenty that stack up equally to (or better than) their Japan-made counterparts. It’s that a good sofubi figure feels better in your hands (softer) and can be made in translucent colors without the bubbles that usually plague those made in China.

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REVIEW: AJ’s Toy Boarders – Snow Series 1

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Background

With the release of their Snow Series 1, The Original AJ’s Toy Boarders has expanded their boarding empire from skateboards to snowboards. Similar in appearance to those unforgettable little green army men, the Toy Boarders – Snow Series 1 features eight different designs (some more action-packed than others) bagged with a header card.

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The Facts



Toy Boarders – Snow Series 1
Series: The Original AJ’s Toy Boarders
Manufacturer: Alfa-Row Inc.
Material: Injection Molded Plastic
Dimensions: Around 2” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: 8 Poses - Big Air, Switch, Rail Slide, Rail Grab, Tail Grab, Cruising, Bomber, and 180
Pricing: $5.95/pack of 24

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Packaging

The lot of 24 figures comes bagged with a header card. The header card features simple silhouette illustrations of the poses, accompanied by their names, on the rear of the card. The front of the card has the AJ’s Toy Boarders logo.

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Our Opinion

Most people have played with or know someone who played with those little green army men. They were a cheap staple of toy collections since the 1950’s, and are still readily available at supermarkets and dollar stores. AJ’s Toy Boarders pay homage to those toys, although with a non-violent, more sports-oriented spin.

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You always knew those army guys would have some extra plastic on the top of their head from where they were hastily pulled from the injection molding. But that was part of the appeal. And it’s part of the appeal with the Toy Boarders.

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REVIEW: Mike, Sulley, and Archie Deluxe Vinyl Set

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Background

Monsters University is the 2013 released prequel to the immensely popular 2001 film Monsters Inc. Starring most of the same characters and voice talent as the first film, the story follows Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan as they begin classes in the scare program at Monsters U.

Hot Toys, which has the license to produce Cosbaby and MMS Vinyl figures based on the film, has released two different versions of the Mike and Sulley vinyl figure set from Monsters University. The first features Mike and Sulley in all of their nude monster glory. The Mike, Sulley and Archie Deluxe Set (the one we’re reviewing) features both Monsters University students dressed in their school jackets. It also includes Archie the Scare Pig, who was swiped from Monsters U rival - Fear Tech.

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The Facts



Mike, Sulley, and Archie Deluxe Vinyl Set
Series: MMS Vinyl
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Material: Vinyl
Dimensions: Sulley – 9”, Mike – 5”, Archie – 2”
Points of Articulation: Zero
Pricing: $149.99

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Packaging

Hot Toys rarely lets folks down when it comes to the packaging of their collectibles. The front of the box features a plastic windowpane that allows you to view the figures as they should be displayed. And the rear of the box features an illustrated version of the characters in the same pose.

The interior packaging actually can be removed and used as a backdrop for the vinyl figures. It’s an illustrated version of the entranceway to the Monsters University campus.

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REVIEW: Doctor Who TITANS – 10th Doctor Series

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Background

Earlier this year, Titan Merchandise released a blind-boxed vinyl toys series based on the classic BBC television program – Doctor Who. Based on the tenth incarnation of The Doctor, the Doctor Who TITANS – 10th Doctor Series features twelve figures measuring around 3 inches in height.

The 10th Doctor Series is based on David Tennant’s version of The Doctor (2005 – 2010). Titan chose well-known designer toy artist Matt Jones (Lunartik) to curate the series. His toy knowledge and artistic talents have given Doctor Who a stylized edge.

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The Facts



Doctor Who TITANS
Series: 10th Doctor Series
Manufacturer: Titan Merchandise
Artist: Matt JOnes (Lunartik)
Material: Vinyl
Dimensions: Approximately 3” tall
Points of Articulation: Varies
Designs: 12 figures: Tardis, 10th Doctor (Blue and Brown Suit), Vashta Nerada, Adipose, Weeping Angel, Clockwork Robot, Cyber Leader, Davros, Bronze Dalek, Dalek SEC, and Sontaran
Pricing: $9.95 - $9.99 each

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Packaging

The Doctor Who TITANS 10th Doctor Series is packaging blind boxed. The box features various illustrations of the possible characters you might pull. Matt JOnes is responsible for the artwork. Inside, the figure is packaged in a foil pouch. So, I guess it’s actually double blind.

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Our Opinion

For being an avid sci-fi and pop culture nerd, I never was able to get hooked on Doctor Who. I did watch several episodes of Christopher Eccleston as the 9th Doctor, but I always seemed to catch the same two episodes. Thanks BBC America.

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REVIEW: MadKnits Minis

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Background

Kaitlin Juarez and Max Yax are the creative forces behind the MadKnits line of handmade plush creatures. They’ve been creating these little monsters for several years now, and have come up with the following background story on the line:

Years ago while on a intergalactic voyage across space Ender, the Captain of the monsters spaceship, with a once spotless record, crash landed on a strange planet. Deemed by NASA as nothing more then a little piece of space debris, nothing more was thought of the crash.

Now years later they have adapted to our world and have spread to all corners of the planet. They have also started to come out of hiding and begun seeking companionship with humans.

Recently, MadKnits released a new series called the MadKnits Minis. A blind bagged series, the MadKnits Minis features four characters, each having a hand-cast resin face.

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The Facts



MadKnits Minis
Series: MadKnits Minis
Manufacturer: MadKnits
Artist: Kaitlin Juarez and Max Yax
Material: Wool blend felt body and a hand-cast resin face
Dimensions: 4” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: 4 characters; 1 in 10 special (GID, hand-painted, etc)
Pricing: $14.00

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Packaging

The MadKnits Minis are a blind-bagged plush series. The brown paper bag doesn’t allow you to get a look at what’s inside, but it does feature illustrated renderings of the various characters (and ratios) on the rear.

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Our Opinion

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