Reviews > Snout Spout (Masters of the Universe Classics, Mattel)

I am not an animal

Snout Spout was one of the later, and weirder, entries in the Masters of the Universe line. His vintage figure appeared in 1986, a couple of years year after the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon had ended and just a year before the entire Eternian toy universe would over (until New Adventures, at least). He did make three appearances on the She-Ra cartoon,* but he didn’t do much and was even called by his prototype name, “Hose Nose,” in the first episode.

According to The Power and the Honor Foundation Volume 1, Snout Spout was conceived by Roger Sweet very early on in the line. Ted Mayer drew two illustrations in summer 1984, and those early designs would ultimately be used for the character in his minicomic, “Eye of the Storm,” despite the changes made to the figure itself. Continue reading “Reviews > Snout Spout (Masters of the Universe Classics, Mattel)”

Odds ‘n Ends > Mattycollector’s Crazy Cyber Monday, New TR List, PGPoA Anniversary

  • It’s officially Christmastime here in the Poe household, and the holiday action figures are already on display. I’m a bit disappointed in what I’ve found at Target–not too many of those little exclusive Christmas-themed toys this year. I saw a couple Cars Hot Wheels but that was about it…nothing as cool as, say, this Smurfs set from a couple years ago.
  • Mattycollector’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale was pretty crazy, eh? Practically every MOTUC figure ever made showed up over the course of the sale, right up to Tri-Klops, whom people seemed to have been clamoring for. I wasn’t planning on getting anything and even I caved for a $10 Trap Jaw and a $6 Weapons Rack. (I really need to review the Weapons Rack…it’s really a great set.)
  • I’ve got a new list at Topless Robot: The 10 Best Original LucasArts Adventure Characters – Topless Robot This was a really fun list to write. It’s time the world recognized the greatness of Murray, Bernard and Manny, to say nothing of Guybrush Threepwood. It made me want to go back and play all those old games–Maniac Mansion and Day of the Tentacle really need some HD updates.
  • IAT beat me to the MonsterArts Godzilla review, but my figure should arrive by tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll get mine out by the end of the week.
  • I’ve got a surprise coming for PGPoA’s four-year anniversary on Thursday. Most of you can probably already guess what it is (if you’ve been paying attention you can probably even find it).
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Geeks for Tots – Practicing What You Preach

Everyone can talk a big game about charity, post a few banner ads and so forth, but the real test of one’s beneficence is to get off one’s lazy ass (and by “one” I mean me) and buy and drop off a toy for Toys for Tots. Given that most Toys R Us stores in the country serves as drop-off locations, it’s easy. It’s just a matter of remembering to do it when you’re already at TRU checking to see if the latest wave of NECA Predators has shown up yet.

It took me a few minutes to decide what toy to donate. Part of me wanted to pick something I knew kids today like, like Gogo’s Crazy Bones or Air Hogs. Of course, another part of me wanted to proselytize my own love of action figures with a DC vs. MOTUC set or a ThunderCats figure.

Then I spotted the perfect item: Godzilla. All kids love dinosaurs, and Godzilla is one of my nearest and dearest childhood loves.

So now that I’ve gotten off my butt and donated, it’s your turn. The good news is, by donating and sending proof (either a pic of yourself donating–you can crop or blur the face to preserve your anonymity–or an email receipt from an online cash donation, etc.) you’re eligible to win all sorts of awesome prizes from Geeks for Tots. Click that link to find out more on the contest rules.

G4T is the brainchild of Poe Power Pal Paul of The Robot’s Pajamas. And be sure to check out his online toy store if you’re looking for holiday gifts for the toy collector in your life (even if that’s just you).

Odds ‘n Ends > OMFG!, Mattycollector Black Friday sale, NECA news

  • I donated to October Toys’ OMFG! (Outland Mini Figure Guys) Kickstarter project, and these little guys–inspired by vintage lines such as M.U.S.C.L.E. and Monster in My Pocket–will soon be here. In addition to the pink sets that contributors to the original project get, OT is offering a number of exclusive colorways via other retailers. LittleRubberGuys.com has a pre-order for the above green set ($21 incl. shipping), while Rotofugi.com has a blue set that will be available in person at their Chicago store. UofMuscle.com will have an exclusive bright yellow set (not sure why they’re showing the standard pink set right now), and finally, the good folks at Onell Design will have a “Pheyden Blue” version available at their store this Friday, November 25 at 9pm ET.
  • Getting closer to the second blog I’ve long been discussing. There’s a very outside chance it may be ready for PGPoA’s four-year anniversary on December 1.
  • Mattel is evidently planning a huge Black Friday sale, set to start at 12am PT on Friday. Everything will be 10% off, which is cool, but not as cool as those $8 Ghostbusters they had a few weeks back.
  • NECA posted some pics of their upcoming Rocky figures and wow, are these articulated (for NECA, anyway). Why can’t we get this type of articulation on the Terminator figures?
  • Speaking of NECA, they also have a cool TRU 2-pack of the Predator 2 Pred and some Berserker Predator variant I don’t care about. I’ll be getting it for the masked Predator. It still kills me we haven’t gotten a NECA Dutch.