Wait…there’s a Madballs videogame?


Well…not exactly. There are Madballs in the game, but it’s not really a game about Madballs…two of them, Horn Head and Oculus Orbus, are just participating.

Still, how was I completely unaware of this until today, when it gets released? Apparently there’s a new videogame starring the Madballs, those classics 1980s gross-out toys. It’s evidently a sequel to a previous game that did not feature Madballs (sort of like Darth Vader and Yoda appearing in Soul Caliber).

Anyway, it’s called Madballs in…Babo: Invasion, it’s a top-down shooter on Xbox Live Arcade, and it’s available today for 800 Microsoft Points (about $10). Here’s the IGN review.

Toy review roundup (via Fanmode)


Artemis reviews the Diamond Select Toys Star Trek Deep Space Nine General Martok figure. Excerpt: “Qapla’!”

Updatedude reviews the Hasbro Transformers Animated Deluxe class Waspinator figure. Excerpt: “Unfortunately, Waspinator feels highly fragile and a tad unstable.”

Michael Crawford reviews the Triad Toys Black Wolffe International WITSEC (Witness Security Protection & Relocation) Agent Indigo 1/6-scale figure. Excerpt: “… great for various custom jobs.” Continue reading “Toy review roundup (via Fanmode)”

New haulage from the Magic TRU

I’m a tad behind on the next installment of Batman vs. Predator: If It Bleeds (the art is done, but I still need to add the dialogue), so in lieu of that, I thought I’d post this little post showcasing my haul from the Magic Toys ‘R Us last night. (Yes Paul, it came through with the Snake Eyes.) By the way, don’t forget to vote in the poll about the message board (it’s on the left below the menu).

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On the Menu > Oculus Orbus

Oculus OrbusMaybe it’s just the nostalgia talking, but it seems to me that the 1980s was a great time for the odd, eccentric toy. From Food Fighters to Barnyard Commandos to Army Ants to Boglins, the ’80s were a boon for fans of original license action figures.

But also in the ’80s, in a trend that continues to this day, electronic forms of entertainment (from videogames and computers to cell phones and Ipods) began to supplant action figures and diecast cars, just as those toys had supplanted the wooden treasures of old.

PGPoA’s site menu (with images created by the incomparable Red Kryptonite) pays tribute to several of those toys whose popularity was obscured by the mega-lines such as Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Masters of the Universe. But there were a few toys that managed to break out into the public consciousness as well. One such toy line was Madballs.

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