Vintage Month > Memories of Mr. Big Toyland

To kids growing up in the Boston area in the 1970s and 1980s, one of the most magical places on Earth could be found at 399 Moody Street in Waltham, MA. That was the home of Mr. Big Toyland, the world’s greatest toy store. This wasn’t your usual toy store; you didn’t just go to Mr. Big for the latest He-Man or G.I. Joe figures (although you could–they had those too). You went to him for Godzilla, for Gaiking, for all those imported Japanese toys you didn’t even know existed until they showed up in his ads. Continue reading “Vintage Month > Memories of Mr. Big Toyland”

Toy reviews roundup (via Fanmode), 2/14/09

fanmode-copy Sanjeev reviews the Kridana Epic Ramayana Series Hanuman figure. Excerpt: “This particular toy holds a lot of meaning for me.” (See also.)

Michael Crawford reviews the Hasbro Marvel Universe Iron Man, Punisher, Black Panther and Wolverine figures. Excerpt: “Iron Man is the outstanding figure …”

Michael Crawford reviews the Hasbro Marvel Universe Silver Surfer, Human Torch, Spider-man and Daredevil figures. Excerpt: “The figures themselves, even with the leg articulation limitation, are really fun little toys.” Continue reading “Toy reviews roundup (via Fanmode), 2/14/09”

Toy review roundup (via Fanmode), 2/11/09

fanmode-copy Jeff Parker reviews the Enterbay Fist of Fury Bruce Lee 1/6-scale figure. Excerpt: “Both the heads are sublime sculpts …”

Corey Tincher reviews the Mezco Toyz The Spirit The Spirit 7-inch figure. Excerpt: “… I’m glad that I picked it up.”

Erin Snyder reviews the Wild Planet Skeleflex Aliens Akafly and Dinos Spinosaurus sets. Excerpt: “These guys are pretty cool.” (See also.) Continue reading “Toy review roundup (via Fanmode), 2/11/09”

Toy review roundup (via Fanmode), 2/4/09

fanmode-copy Poe Ghostal reviews the NECA Bionic Commando Nathan “Rad” Spencer figure. Excerpt: “… a great action figure.”

Shocka reviews the SOTA Street Fighter Revolution Zangief figure. Excerpt: “This will be the only Street Fighter Revolutions figure I’m reviewing for OAFE because the others all had the misfortune of breaking before I got them out of their boxes …” Continue reading “Toy review roundup (via Fanmode), 2/4/09”

Toy review roundup (via Fanmode), 1/9/09

fanmode-copy Tom Prankerd reviews the Bandai Soul of Chogokin (SOC) GX-44 Tetsujin 28 set. Excerpt: “This beauty does all you’d want from a Tetsujin 28 toy, and is a must for any fans of pretty diecast robots.” (See also.)

Updatedude reviews the Bandai Motion Revive Series (MRS) Monster Hunter Kado Karyudo Kirin C trading figure. Excerpt: “… easily the best 3.75″ base figure out there right now …”

Corey Tincher reviews the Mattel DC Universe Classics Superman figure. Excerpt: “… a well made figure with solid sculpting and above average mass market paint makes him feel worth it.” Continue reading “Toy review roundup (via Fanmode), 1/9/09”

Poe’s Figure Hall of Fame > Chogokin Mechagodzilla

MechagodzillaI mentioned in an earlier post that one of my favorite toys was a die-cast Mechagodzilla figure. It occurred to me that I’ve never actually written up a review of this great piece.

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) and its sequel, Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) were the last of the Showa-era Godzilla films–the campy monster-vs.-monster flicks we Ge-Xers grew up on, which led us to create things like Kaiju Big Battel. Continue reading “Poe’s Figure Hall of Fame > Chogokin Mechagodzilla”