Technology was the defining fetish of the mid-eighties toy culture. Transformers, Go-Bots, Robotech, M.A.S.K., and G.I Joe all explored seemingly endless iterations of the man/machine dynamic. The popularity and ubiquity of these lines inevitably edged out similar, respectable also-rans like Bravestarr, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, and Centurions.
There was nothing particularly unsound about the Centurions, just a vague air of mediocrity amidst a crowded field. The designs were heavily influenced by the modularity of Microman/Micronauts, but with a decidedly American flair. The narrative pitted a team of quasi-cyborg heroes against literal cyborg baddies Doc Terror and Hacker. Continue reading “Super Review Wars DX > Doc Terror and Hacker (Centurions, Kenner) by The Enthusiast”
In the early 1980s, Mattel famously passed on an action figure line for Conan the Barbarian after seeing just how violent the R-rated film really was. Meanwhile, Kenner was still making money hand over fist off their massively popular Star Wars toys. Continue reading “Poe-File > Power Arm Terminator (Kenner, Terminator 2, 1991)”
One of the more popular posts in the history of this blog is my comparison of the McFarlane and NECA Robocops. Now that I also own the Figma Robocop, I thought it was time to revisit the topic.
If we set aside anything 12″ or larger, there are two significant Robocops missing from this comparison: the Aoshima Robocop and NECA’s spring-out holster Robocop, which seems to be generally considered superior to their first release. Aside from the holster and paint work it’s identical to the first release, so I don’t consider its absence a big problem for what I’ll be looking at today. As for the Aoshima Robocop, well, I just don’t own one so it gets left out. Continue reading “Robocop vs. Robocop vs. Robocop”
A reader sends this along:
I need help! I just purchased this figure. It’s not any known color variant. I’m not sure if it’s a custom (it doesn’t appear to be) or a prototype. I haven’t received it yet so I’m not sure if it has any tm/manufacturing stamps. do you know any experts? Any help is greatly appreciated!