Ask Mattel > Feb 1 Answers [updated w/ roundup]

The February 1 answers have arrived early! Enjoy. –Poe

1.) Mario asks: Will a new retail or MattyCollector toy line be revealed at NYTF?

We will have new SKUs in existing lines, but we will not be introducing any all-new lines or brands at NYTF.

2.) Novelty asks: Does Mattel still have the original recipe to the slime from Slime Pit? Continue reading “Ask Mattel > Feb 1 Answers [updated w/ roundup]”

The Preternia Poster: From Adam to Tyrantisaurus

It’s time for the fourth and final round of Eternian A-Z, or in this case, A-T. Funny that Zodac only made the first poster, while Prince Adam–an action figure of the hero’s mild-mannered alter ego–appears on all four of them. His popularity is definitely a credit to cartoon creators. That, or little boys really wanted a figure of a guy in purple tights and a maroon vest.

This was another promotional poster by William George, released in the final days of Masters of the Universe, probably sometime in 1987. It’s sad that some of the line’s best toys were released months after its doom had been sealed at retail. The big focus here was on the “Powers of Grayskull” concept, which added dinosaurs and avuncular intrigue and all sorts of neat stuff to the He-Man legend.

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If you missed the previous posters, here they are:

Once again, this hi-res scan of the poster is courtesy of He-Man.org poster He-Lurker. Now let’s get started, shall we? Continue reading “The Preternia Poster: From Adam to Tyrantisaurus”

Paul’s Peg > More Big AT-AT Rumors!

Remember when I whipped you all up into a frenzy about the big AT-AT (especially you Mr. Topless Robot? hehe)? Well, there’s more rumors spreading across the net on what this thing might look like and if true, we could be looking at one of the coolest toys ever:

From Rebelscum:

According to this eyewitness account, it looks like a Turbo Tank on legs, with an interior similar to the inside of the Turbo Tank, but with 2 levels, opening doors, a gun rack, and an underside hatch for Luke to slice into. There are 2 strings that come out of a side panel like on a rescue helicopter. The neck seal is rubber, and the head holds 6 figures inside, including General Veers. Plus, the rear opens for a Blizzard Force speeder bike.

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Review > Battle Armor He-Man (Masters of the Universe Classics)

Almost as long as there have been action figures, there have been variations of action figure characters. But it was Star Wars–with its Tatooine Luke, Dagobah Luke, Luke in X-Wing Outfit, Bespin Luke, Jedi Luke etc.–that proved kids and collectors were willing to buy the same character over and over again. Unfortunately, while the various Lukes made perfect sense, toy companies decided to create completely ridiculous variations of main characters in hopes that kids would still bite. This tendency would reach its nadir in the mid-1990s with the rise of Arctic Batman and so forth, but it still happens today.

But sometimes there’s an exception that proves the rule. Even I can’t deny Battle Armor He-Man had one of the coolest gimmicks ever seen.

It was functional, the designs looked great, and the result was a He-Man figure many kids preferred over the standard version. Mattel even imported the feature into their other famous boys’ brand, Hot Wheels.

When the time came to introduce Battle Armor He-Man (BAHM) into their adult collector-oriented Masters of the Universe Classics line, Mattel had to find a way to replicate the action feature without having to go through an expensive retool process. Their solution was to make three removable breastplates. Some fans were pleased, others not so much.

So the question, then, is this: Is Battle Armor He-Man still cool without his iconic action feature? Continue reading “Review > Battle Armor He-Man (Masters of the Universe Classics)”

Preview fatigue?

I’ve got a question for you, Poesters. I’ve been reviewing a lot of Masters of the Universe Classics lately, and of course you get to see MOTUC weeks before my own review thanks to the samples sent out to Fwoosh, AFI, Pixel Dan etc.

Do you find that these previews dampen your interest or enthusiasm in my own reviews? I’ve noticed the number of comments in those reviews has been going down, and I’m trying whether that’s due to lack of interest in the figures, this preview sample issue, or a general waning of PGPoA’s popularity itself in my post-DCUC-collecting era.

Toy Aisle Trolls > Bludgeon Dudgeon

Toy Aisle Trolls is a feature highlighting acts of vandalism to in-store toy items. If you find a ruined package, a stolen figure, a swapped-out figure, or any other such acts, take a photo (cell phone photos are fine if they’re not blurry) and email them to poe AT poeghostal.com. Also, please note: I’m deliberately being over-the-top with my condemnation of these people–I don’t actually wish bodily harm upon them. Just severe mental anguish.

Today’s Toy Aisle Trolls comes courtesy of Poester Nik.

It’s from Walmart in Henrietta, NY. The box is of the currently shipping and somewhat hard-to-find Bludgeon from the movie. The figure is very desired because it is an update of an old Pretender Decepticon who was featured heavily in the Marvel comic. I am unfamiliar with the toy inside the box. It is not a Transformer at all. It seems to be a Zoid or zoid-like mechanical bull robot. It is definitely not a tank.

Well, whatever it is, he who put it in there is unquestionably a full-fledged, card-carrying POS. And so unto him I bestow this Karmic Payback: May his junk-food-filled gut be gored by a mechanical bull, spilling half-digested buffalo wings all over the floor of cheapest bar in town.

(Incidentally, how totally awesome is it I was actually able to use that post title and have it make complete sense? I bet that’s only happened a handful of times since the development of the English language.)

Review > Karate Spongebob, Sandy Cheeks, Spongebob w/ Plankton (JAKKS)

While I can’t say I’m a diehard SpongeBob SquarePants fan, there was a period of a couple years where I watched the show constantly. It’s right up there with Ren & Stimpy, The Fairly OddParents and, of course, Invader Zim as one of my favorite Nickelodeon cartoons. When Palisades put out its excellent Ren & Stimpy, Fairly OddParents and Invader Zim toys, SpongeBob was the obvious absence. Sadly, Palisades went out of business before they could score the license, and it would be nearly five years before JAKKS would pick it up and finally give us the SpongeBob figures we’d been waiting for (well, I’d been waiting for, anyway).

These aren’t quite as nice as Palisades’ stuff from back in the day, but at $3.99 a pop for the individual figures, what you get is pretty good. There are seven individual figures available, plus three playsets that each come with a unique figure: The Krusty Krab, SpongeBob’s Bedroom, and the Frying Dutchman. So far, I’ve only seen the individual figures at Target and the playsets at Toys ‘R’ Us. I’ll be reviewing the Krusty Krab playset later, and I’m still looking for Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob w/ Gary, and Patrick. Continue reading “Review > Karate Spongebob, Sandy Cheeks, Spongebob w/ Plankton (JAKKS)”

Paul’s Peg > Action Figure Arcade Fun

How would you like to be slapped in the face with awesome? Well how’s this 3 3/4ths action figure scale arcade cabinet that was posted on Hisstank:

By Crom, that is an amazing replica of the classic Star Wars arcade cabinet. It was created by a crafty customizer who also got a Mortal Kombat II cabinet if Star Wars doesn’t do it for you:

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