Figure It Out #13

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It’s time for unlucky #13 for this week’s Figure It Out!

First off, congrats to the winner of last week’s contest, newfound Poester Chris, who was selected at random from the twenty-five correct guesses that it was the 1993 Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus rex by Kenner.

This week’s FIO comes courtesy of Doc Thomas!

Guesses for this week are due to by 12 noon ET on Friday. Please put “Figure It Out” in your subject line. Winner will be chosen at random from among correct guesses and will receive a Poe Prize (a little vending machine UFO toy, just so you’re not disappointed). Contest is open to all, including Power Pals, friends, family, and international Poesters. One entry per person. Good luck!


Odds ‘n Ends

  • Happy birthday to The Fwoosh, who are celebrating their 10th birthday this month. Early on the Fwoosh established itself as the place to discuss Marvel Legends, and later Marvel Universe and DC Universe Classics. I’ve met some of the folks behind the Fwoosh at conventions and Toy Fair and they’ve always been great. They’ve got all sorts of events going on, including a giveaway, so if you’re a superhero toy fan be sure to stop by.
  • Pixel Dan has a review of Diamond Select’s exclusive Battle Beast figure from C2E2.
  • The first Fall of Cybertron toys are available for preorder at BBTS. They look cool, and it’s possible these may be the first Transformers toys I buy since Masterpiece Grimlock, but can someone please, PLEASE explain to me why Hasbro prefers to give us yet another Optimus BEFORE giving us FoC Grimlock?!? I just don’t understand the thinking here. I really, really don’t. And yeah, I’m just impatient for a FoC Grimlock toy. I admit it. I hope it’s Voyager class…the Classics Grimlock disappointed me only in that it was so small. We need a big, updated-for-current-science Grimlock.

Quick Review > Audrey II Candy Dispenser (Little Shop of Horrors)

Every so often, I remember a random vintage toy from when I was a kid and go trawling for it on eBay. When I was a kid, my parents took me to see Little Shop of Horrors. While I was too young for a lot of the jokes, I loved the monstrous giant plant Audrey II. Then as now, I immediately wanted an action figure of anything I liked.

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Sponsor News > BBTS has new G.I. Joe and Amazing Spider-Man Preorders

Hi – Here is a quick update about new GI Joe: Retaliation and Amazing Spider-Man products.

New Preorders

Hasbro has just announced the line-up of toys for the upcoming GI Joe movie. It includes 2 series of 3.75″ figures as well as Alpha, bravo and Delta Vehicles, 10″ Figures, Showdown Sets, and a number of role play items like Ninja masks, a blaster and a sword. Many people have been eagerly awaiting this line, and now it is ready for pre-orders.
Spider-Man also has a new movie coming out, and the listings are now up for his new toys as well. It includes 2 series of 3.75″ Mission figures, Web Battlers, Web Spinners, Flip N Attack figures (that will look more than a little familiar to G1 TF fans), an Electronic Spider-Man figure, Super Hero Squad Movie Packs, Zoom N Go Vehicles, a Mega Battle Racer (MASK fans might recognize the predecessor of this one), all kinds of role play items, EMC 2″ figures and a vehicle and 8″ EMC Hero figures. Fans of Spidey will not want to be late to place pre-orders for these new items.

Mattel Unveils (Some) SDCC 2012 Exclusives


Masters of the Universe® Vykron™ ($30)

If clothes make the He-Man®, then this pitch prototype for the 1982 lineup is destined to be the star of the MOTU 30th Anniversary celebration thanks to a choice of three outfits: barbarian, spaceman, and military warrior! You’ll get him in-package dressed as a barbarian only at SDCC , but you can find him here at after the show packed as a spaceman or military warrior (all three outfits are included regardless of where he’s purchased). Want to know more about this multi-purpose warrior? Set includes one “buck,” or figure, with three different outfits/helmets to interchange between space, military and barbarian looks. Check back for the history of Vykron™, soon to be disclosed… Continue reading “Mattel Unveils (Some) SDCC 2012 Exclusives”

Bat-Libs Contest > Winners & Runners-Up

The fine folks at Figure of the Day have made their choice and a winner has been declared in the Bat-Libs contest! But hold on, we’ll get to that.

This is possibly my favorite contest ever on PGPoA…you’ll soon see why. One thing to point out: I realized too late that I should have specified an action verb that involves an action upon something (words like “crawl” end up reading awkwardly). That said, I think the funniest parts are the “job” and the “adverb.” Continue reading “Bat-Libs Contest > Winners & Runners-Up”

Review > 6″ Blazing Sword Voltron (Voltron, Mattel)

Blazing Sword Voltron

Voltron is an interesting property. It began in Japan as Beast King Golion, an anime that ran from 1981-1982. The show was dark and featured torture, murder, slavery, and genocide in addition to the usual monster-fighting heroics.It wasn’t a ratings beast (pardon the pun) in its native country, and in 1984 the animation from the show was licensed by World Events Productions – along with another anime, Armored Fleet Dairugger XV – and then both shows were edited into the series Western fans know as Voltron: Defender of the Universe. Confused yet?

I never watched much Voltron. I tried to do so recently – it’s available on streaming via Netflix – and found it pretty unwatchable (just as I did when I tried to revisit Gaiking – so much yelling!). However, I did watch the first couple of episodes of Beast King Golion, which is available via streaming on, and found it a more mature, interesting show; but what’s really fascinating is how it was changed for the U.S. market. For example, at the beginning of Beast King Golion, Earth and most everyone on it has been destroyed in a nuclear war; in Voltron, the scenes showing the devastated Earth are referred to as a different planet, and reference is made to the planet having been “evacuated” before the holocaust.

My only childhood memories of the property is owning the 6″ Matchbox diecast figure. But that was enough to get me to pick up last year’s SDCC exclusive from Mattel, Blazing Sword Voltron. Its appeal lay mostly in the fact that it was only 6″ tall and super-articulated, and it sat unopened in my closet for more than half a year. But when I finally opened it, I was impressed. Continue reading “Review > 6″ Blazing Sword Voltron (Voltron, Mattel)”