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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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REVIEW: Monster Factory – Buddy Mini

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Background

The Toronto-based Monster Factory has been crafting plush monsters for around 10 years now. They’ve grown from their original six monsters to over one hundred unique characters from dozens of series.

This past summer, the company released their first retail line of mini plush monsters. These are currently available throughout North America. The series consists of twelve of Monster Factory’s most popular characters.

When I was asked which character I’d like to check out for a review, I had to go with the leader of their Buddy & Friends series. His bio states: “Buddy is surprisingly deep for someone who spends so much of his time 'zoned out'.” It was just something that resonated with me.

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Buddy (Mini)
Series: Buddy & Friends
Manufacturer: Monster Factory
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 5” tall
Pricing: $12.95

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Tag

Buddy’s tag features a simple photograph of the plush on one side, and an illustration of the Monster Factory logo on the other side. Of course, since the plush toys are from Canada, the tag is in both English and French.

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REVIEW: Mystical Warriors of the Ring – Leo Corazon

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Background

Inspired by the M.U.S.C.L.E. line of the 1980’s, The Mystical Warriors of the Ring is a line of resin (PVC is currently in production) figures meant to be showcased in a wrestling ring.

The Mystical Warriors of the Ring is a collaborative project spearheaded by Fantastic Plastic Toys. Mark Vasquez of Fantastic Plastic Toys is responsible for the concept as well as the various character designs. Jazyl Homavazir (creator of indie comic Beast Legion) is responsible for the 2D artwork. Simon Grell is handling the sculpting, while Marty “The Godbeast” Hansen is responsible for the prototyping and production.

For this review, we were able to get our hands on a Thermal Color Change Leo Corazon figure.

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Leo Corazon – Thermal Color Change
Series: Mystical Warriors of the Ring
Manufacturer: Fantastic Plastic Toys
Artist: Mark Vasquez
Sculpted by: Simon Grell
Material: Resin
Dimensions: 1.6” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Accessories: Oversized Story Art Card; 3 Art Cards (1 Bio, 2 Artists Profile); Collectible Event Ticket
Edition Size: Limited Edition
Pricing: $25.00 (Sold Out)

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