2012 4″ Batman Target Halloween Exclusive

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I picked this up last year but never got around to doing a write-up about it. I absolutely love it when companies do holiday-specific exclusives (for example, the Christmas-themed S.L.U.G. Zombies, Santa Gizmo, or the Playmobil Santa set). There was a couple of years where Target had a lot of these, maybe about 4-5 years ago, but they don’t seem to have as many nowadays. However, they did have this one last year. Continue reading “2012 4″ Batman Target Halloween Exclusive”

Odds ‘n Ends > Robo Force, SWB6″ Han Solo production pics, Castle Grayskull

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  • ToyFinity has released the first photo of its Glyos-compatible Robo Force figures. An orange “test-shot” preview version of Maxx Steele will be available at NYCC this weekend. ToyFinity will also have three new colors of Mordles and the all-new jumbo-sized Mordle available (and all will be made available online later).
  • At Hasbro’s “Twas the Night Before…” party on Wednesday night, they gave out free samples of Star Wars Black 6″ and Ron of ActionFigurePics got Han Solo. How I hate him. The good news is, I was worried about how this head sculpt would come out – the prototype seemed a little David Duchovny-y – but it seems to have turned out pretty well.
  • Here’s an update from ToyGuru on Castle Grayskull.
  • Speaking of MOTUC, here are a couple more reveals – Flogg and what appears to be a battle-damaged, Terminator-style Faker head, probably part of a rumored “head pack.” Check out the pics here.
  • Please welcome new PGPoA sponsor Nerd Rage Toys, who happen to have Star Wars Black 6″ available for pre-order.
  • Cool links: Dinosaur Dracula has a write-up on obscure Freddy Krueger merchandise and the giant, random Gorzak toy from the 1990s; Nerditis reviews the Heap from McFarlane Toys.

Mattycollector Reveals from NYCC

Oh, Mattel, you almost had me.

I innocently scrolled up Twitter to see what was shaking. Following a few links, I discovered what appears to be Mattel-made action figures of Keaton Batman. Having completely forgotten I had already heard about this, for a moment I thought I was looking at a 6″ Movie Masters Keaton Batman.

But no, it was just the previously-announced 4″ figures. Still, kind of exciting, I guess.

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Click the photo or this link to see photos of the other figures, including General Zod and Superman from Superman II, the Penguin and Catwoman from Batman Returns. The sculpts look great, it’s just…so small. Continue reading “Mattycollector Reveals from NYCC”

Guest Review > New Adventures He-Man (Masters of the Universe Classics, Mattel) by RZ

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The following is a guest review. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Poe Ghostal or the staff of PoeGhostal.com.

By the time I began to collect as an adult, the 1990 He-Man toy line was largely forgotten, and only really remembered by the truly hardcore. I’ve owned tons of He-Man toys, figures, books, stamps, comics, Mexican bootlegs, rubber figures, even party napkins- but never owned a single figure from the New Adventures of He-Man.

While I am a huge sci-fi fan, for some reason with Masters of the Universe, I am always more interested in the fantasy figures, more than the science fiction character aspects of the series. I love the mix of science and fantasy in MOTU, of course; it’s the juxtaposition of these two somewhat disparate genres that make MOTU unique, its presentation of a post-apocalyptic future, a savage-dominated planet with its technological past as mysterious as the magic it coexists with.

I was first introduced to He-Man through the original minicomics that came with the 80’s figures, a short while before the TV show hit the airwaves, and these comics tended to treat science and technology as a very rare thing to find in the MOTU universe. It was much more like a Golden Books version of the 1970s fantasy movement than anything else aimed at small children at the time, and the incredibly detailed Alfredo Alcala art captured my imagination at a very young age, and never let go.

So while I love science fiction, I just have little interest in a mostly-science-fiction New Adventures of He-Man series or toy line, despite the cartoon’s cool Japanese Anime art style. So combine my disinterest in the show with my disinterest in He-Man variations, and that’s not a lot of excitement for this version of the character. So when the new Galactic Protector He-Man figure from the Masters of the Universe Classics line arrived on my doorstep in July 2013, I was nowhere near as interested in him as I was other figures. But it looked pretty cool from the promotional photos, and I’ll give any unloved toy a chance.

Let’s take a look at New Adventures He-Man (or NA He-Man for short), which is a highly anticipated figure for NA fans, and the main character behind the Galactic Protectors faction (Classics code for “New Adventures Good Guys.”) Continue reading “Guest Review > New Adventures He-Man (Masters of the Universe Classics, Mattel) by RZ”

Odds ‘n Ends > Halloween begins, S.H.MonsterArts AvP, random plugs

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  • It’s Halloween season! For as much holiday fun as can be fit into a blog, be sure you’re following Dinosaur Dracula, the current blog of Matt Caracappa, one of the minds behind the late, great X-Entertainment.com. Oh, and be sure to keep an eye around here as well, of course.
  • Pixel Dan has three new video reviews of upcoming MOTUC figures: Geldor, Strongor (Strongarm), and everyone’s favorite(?) pink bunny dictator, Plundor!
  • Speaking of Pixel Dan, it looks like he’s getting another #MyMosquitor – a new Mutagen Man for the current TMNT line, coming in spring. (I must confess I prefer the more grotesque vintage version a bit more.)
  • I’ve never even seen Alien vs. Predator: Requiem – even though it evidently sucks, I probably should get around to it anyway – but I’m still intrigued by the upcoming S.H.MonsterArts versions of the characters. Here’s the official Tamashii Nations page for them. They’ll run $60 apiece, of course, but they’ll be better-articulated then NECA’s figures, offer more accessories, alternate heads, and I believe they will be closer in scale to 6″ lines like Marvel Legends, Star Wars Black, and DCUC than NECA’s stuff (which is in a 7″ scale). While the movie may be dreadful, I don’t mind the designs themselves, so I’m considering getting these. The scale will probably be the determining factor for me, so I may have to see them either in person or next to some other figures first.
  • Requested plugs: T-Rav from Doomkick.com is running a contest for some cool classic villain drink coastersAcheson Creations is about 1/3rd of the way to their goal for their Kaiju Kaos: Super Robot StratoMaxx resin kit figure with just five days to go.

Guest Review > The Spirit of Hordak (Masters of the Universe Classics, Mattel) by Hellz Hoardax

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The following is a guest review. The opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Poe Ghostal or the staff of Poeghostal.com.

It’s been a big year for Hordak. Not only did we learn, via the contentious DC one-shot comic “The Origin Of Hordak,” that cosmic enforcer Zodac was (spoiler – see below *), but we found out Hordak’s daughter-by-abduction, the artist formerly known as Force Captain Adora, was the baddest ass of all time, and her name is really Despara – and she loves Daddy so much that she wears a version of his face and kills everybody all the time.

And then, there’s the icing on the cake of contention: The Spirit Of Hordak.

The Spirit Of Hordak (or Ghostdak, as I lovingly refer to him in the privacy of my own lair) is one of the more controversial Masters Of The Universe Classics figures. Unlike previous contenders for the most unpopular figures of the line, like The Mighty Spector or Snake-at-Arms, the gripe most people had with The Spirit Of Hordak had nothing to do with the figure itself. Continue reading “Guest Review > The Spirit of Hordak (Masters of the Universe Classics, Mattel) by Hellz Hoardax”

Guest Review > Clamp Champ (Masters of the Universe Classics, Mattel) by RZ

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The following is a guest review. It does not necessarily represent the opinions of Poe Ghostal or the staff of PoeGhostal.com.

Clamp Champ came out too late in the vintage Masters of the Universe line to be any interest to me in 1987. It wasn’t until the 1990s and my high school and college years that I began collecting vintage He-Man toys via comic book store blowouts and garage sales. Vintage figures carded were easy to find and in some cases cost less than a can of Coca-Cola; the doubles were fun joke gifts to give to family and friends.

But one of the figures I had a huge amount of trouble getting on a sealed card was Clamp Champ, the only black character in the original vintage line. When Clamp Champ was announced for the 2013 Masters of the Universe Classics line-up, it was of special interest to me, as I had never had it as a child or as an adult, and those tend to catch my obsessions more than things I once owned. Continue reading “Guest Review > Clamp Champ (Masters of the Universe Classics, Mattel) by RZ”

Doc Thomas Reviews > Icer (Masters of the Universe Classics, Mattel)

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Icer is the first toy from the Club Filmation sub-line from Masters of the Universe Classics, and as someone who isn’t an avid fan of the 1980s cartoon (I seem to remember thinking it was pretty stupid even as a kid, though not stupid enough not to own cool toys from), I’m a little perplexed at the specific characters they’ve chosen to produce. It seems like most of these characters only appeared briefly, and most don’t have truly interesting or memorable designs, limiting their popularity. But a major exception is Icer. Icer is very cool. (GET IT?!) Continue reading “Doc Thomas Reviews > Icer (Masters of the Universe Classics, Mattel)”

Tons of Four Horsemen News

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There has been a metric crap-ton of Four Horsemen news over the last week or so. Where to start?

I guess I’ll start with Power-Con, since that’s just wrapped up. For those that don’t know, Power-Con is the Masters of the Universe / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Thundercats convention, run by many folks that anyone familiar with He-Man.org and the Roast Gooble podcast would know. It happened over this past weekend, the Horsemen were there, of course, and they brought goodies!

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First up are their Power Lords exclusives, the Power Soldier (black) and the stormtrooper-like Elite Power Soldier (white). These figures are 4″ tall and sell for $10, which is a better price than I expected for these figures and is competitive with mass market 4″ figures. I’m not sure whether that will be the standard price for the regular Power Lords figures – only time will tell. Both figures will also be made available at the Four Horsemen shop sometime today. Continue reading “Tons of Four Horsemen News”

Odds ‘n Ends > CollectionDX Summit, Club Eternia goes through, Poe’s Ravens pledge, the return of toy magazine

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  • For any New England-based Poesters, I’ll be attending the CollectionDX Summit this Saturday afternoon in Dracut, MA. If you’re interested in attending, you can check it out here (and please RSVP if you decide to go).
  • The 2014 Club Eternia subscription went through at 115%. Now we can all start gearing up for next year’s panic. (I predict that will be a “One Final Year!” campaign.)
  • For the curious, here’s what I got in the Gothitropolis Ravens Kickstarter: one Raven with the battle pack set, one set of black wings, Quetzalcoatl, and two stands. Quetzalcoatl is the real stand-out among the variants, both for its colors and because it’s more of a lizard than a bird, which makes it a bit more distinctive – in my opinion anyway. Looking forward to adding them alongside the Keeper of the Black Labyrinth.
  • Speaking of the Ravens Kickstarter, here is a cool behind-the-scenes video, along with some photos.
  • Does a defleshed necromancer stares at you while you sleep? If so, you’re either deeply mentally ill, have some strange friends, or you’ve got the life-sized Skeletor bust from Pop Culture Shock Collectibles.
  • Phil Reed of Battlegrip is experimenting with the idea of making the site into a magazine. This comes on the heels of Brian of CoolandCollected will be trying a magazine as well. I find this an intriguing, if slightly counterintuitive, trend. Phil’s reasons are that he misses working in print and having the ability to play with and control graphics and presentation. That’s actually a very good point, I think – websites, especially popular ones, tend to be pretty stripped-down and minimalist and can’t really offer much in the way of variety of content presentation. Obviously, a website that presents its content in a way that’s too visually “busy” is not only a strain on bandwidth for both the site and reader but also tends to be difficult to read online, but perhaps an online magazine can represent a middle way. That said, didn’t ToyFare originally try something like this and it didn’t work? Brian, for his part, acknowledges that magazines aren’t exactly a growth industry right now, but he just thinks it would be fun to make one.
  • The 1966 Batman figures are starting to pop up at stores. I’m not planning on collecting the line, but if I see Batman himself at a store I’m sure I’ll be unable to resist picking him up.