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REVIEW: Sideshow Toys’ Vampire Spike

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Background

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the few films that made a successful transition to the small screen.  The television series ran over 7 seasons and is still a cult favorite.  Sideshow Toys snagged the 12” license for the Buffy toy line, which stands at over 20 figures.

One of those figures is Vampire SpikeJames Marsters took the role of Spike (supposed to be the villain of the week).  By the 4th season, Spike was a show regular and, ironically, in love with Buffy.

Packaging

The packaging is your normal 12” Sideshow box.  It’s loaded with pictures from the show, pictures of the figure, and information.  The front flap would allow you to display the figure in box…if you prefer that route.

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REVIEW: Ningyoushi’s Smokin’ Joe

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Ningyoushi’s mascot – Joe – was made available in toy form last year.  He quickly sold old.  Ningyoushi then combined their mascot with the work of Kozik and Obey and came up with the Smokin’ Joe figure.

Smokin’ Joe is decked out in his smoking rabbit outfit, carrying an Obey sign.  The figure is designed by Kozik, while the sign, which attaches to either hand, is all Obey.  The back of the box has some nice artwork done by Kozik.

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REVIEW: Sucklord 77

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Suckadelic has released the latest incarnation of the Sucklord figure Sucklord 77.  The updated Supervillain was released in conjunction with the latest version o the Galactic Jerkbag figure.

First off, you need to know that this isn’t a Boba Fett figure.  He might look like him, but the Sucklord specializes in bootleg figures from a tiny, little Chinatown sweatshop.  Or at least that’s what he says.

If you’ve picked up the Sucklord 66 or the Sucklord 75 figures, you know that these are art pieces and not really action figures.  It feels to be made of resin and cast from a variety of Star Wars toys. 

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REVIEW: Sideshow’s Talking Tony Montana

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Over the past few years, Sideshow Toys has expanded their line from prop replicas and 12” figures to distribution, premium format figures and a load of amazing licenses.  In my opinion, their bread and butter is still the 12” figure line.

A recent license addition has been the cult classic film – Scarface.  There are currently 3 Scarface products available through Sideshow – talking Tony Montana (12”), Final Battle Scarface (12”) and the Premium Format Tony Montana.  All of these figures are of Al Pacino’s character Tony Montana aka Scarface.

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The 1983 film follows Montana (Pacino) and his path from a Cuban refugee to running a powerful Miami based drug cartel.  You are there to witness his downfall - due to his power, enemies and paranoia.  Over the years, it has become an urban cult-classic and is still as popular now as it was years ago.

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REVIEW: Jamungo’s NADE

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Jamungo’s Blow Up Dolls have been one of the hottest selling lines of the past few months.  An addendum to the BUD line has been the NADE.  Rather than a fuse coming out of the figure’s head, there is a grenade pin.  You can actually pull the pin out and throw it at your friends…however, I don’t recommend the latter.  The bodies of the two figures are exactly the same.

The NADE line is much more limited than the BUDs.  There are only 950 grey and 50 orange chase figures.  All of these figures are blank, without any designs on them.  The NADE line is also packaged in an interesting green military-themed bag.

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The quality is impressive – similar to the Blow Up Dolls. Jamungo has plans for further series of NADEs.  It should be nice to see a line of artist-designed characters. 

NADE Grades:
Quality: 9/10
Paint: n/a
Durability: 8/10
Hype: 6/10
Fun Factor: 8/10

Overall: 8.9/10

NADEs can be purchased at the following sponsors:

Paniks Toy Box: $11.99 each

Rocket Pop: $10.50 each (SOLD OUT)

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REVIEW: Red Tooth Wedgehead

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One of the most sought after Uglydolls in recent memory would have to be the Red Tooth Wedgehead.  With only 200 of them created, they were divided up into groups of 4 and sent out to 50 different shops around the world.

The RTWs have been popping up at random shops for a few months now.  A number of places are giving them away since 4 limited edition Uglies would sell out like hotcakes (never really understood what that meant...are hotcakes big sellers?).  He's only available in the regular sized version and not as a mini.

I had to ask David Horvath exactly what was up with this alternate Wedgehead plush, and why was he so limited.  “When Wedgehead was a wee prototype here at our studio back in 2003, the first factory sample came back with red teeth. Somehow, a photo of that red toothed Wedgehead ended up on many web retailer's websites, causing much confusion.

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REVIEW: Phony Baloney

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Who would have thought up a line of law-enforcing swine, other than the minds of SEEN and Planet 6?  The Phony Baloney pigs seem to find themselves in some rather precarious situations.  The team of police officers can be seen in their first full length comic book – Phony Baloney: Phony Island Phiasco, which is produced by Terminal Press.  They also have been immortalized in plastic as a set of 8 figures and claim to be feeding you the truth about pork.

The Phony Baloney line can be purchased individually or in an 7-piece box set.   I guess it depends on whether or not you like a specific character or the entire line.  The box set does not include one figure – Porked!  However, I would recommend picking up a copy of the comic book, as it gives a nice background to the entire line.

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REVIEW: Carnival Cartoons’ Buzz Carney

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Carnival Cartoons’ first independently created and funded figure – Buzz Carney – hit store shelves a few weeks back.  It’s a fairly limited run piece (only 250 created) and has been made available through a number of online retailers.

Buzz is the first vinyl character from Carnival Cartoons’ The Carneys line.  If you haven’t checked out our interview with Jared Deal and Garnet Syberg-Olsen, the men behind Carnival Cartoons, there is a ton of additional information regarding future vinyl toy releases from the company.

When it comes to Buzz Carney, it was a pretty spectacular first attempt.  The toy is packaged in a window front box and has a decent amount of reading information on the rear.  Each toy includes a number stamped certificate of authenticity that is signed by Jared, Garnet and sculptor Eric Nocella.

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REVIEW: Corpse Bride Figures

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McFarlane Toys has released a number of new Corpse Bride products.  If you enjoyed Tim Burton’s film, you’ll find yourself in love with these figures.  They are the spitting image of the movie characters.

The Corpse Bride 2-Pack was released as a commemorative set for the release of the movie on DVD.  The set contains two 6” tall action figures of Victor and the Corpse Bride. With the characters having such long legs, I thought this might be an obstacle in creating action figures.  However, McFarlane uses small, attachable bases that help keep the figures balanced.

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REVIEW: Android 8 and Brian Taylor’s Rustboy

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We’ve been waiting for Android 8 to release some of their own products since Comic Con.  They have indulged us with some exclusives – Octopo, Astronaut Jesus and Opera Dude – but they’ve now presented us with the first Android 8 original figure – Brian Taylor’s Rustboy.

Rustboy is an animation project that Brian Taylor has been grooming to be a short (2 minute-ish) animation.  Taylor is currently in negotiations for a large-scale feature length Rustboy flick.  Here’s hoping that it takes place, because the test shot animations are amazing!

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So Android 8 took hold of Brian’s character and turned it into a 7” tall vinyl figure.  The figure comes packaged in a window box.  It has a rather retro feel to it with the XL5 and Android 8 logos on it.  (XL5 design is Brian Taylor’s design site)

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