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Merry Christmas from the Ghostals!

This was the photo Dr. Mrs. Ghostal and I took for our Christmas cards this year. These are our two guinea pigs, Tribble and Nibbler. DMG knitted the hats. I know it’s not toy-related, but it was just too cute not to share. Merry Christmas!

Christmas piggies

The view from my window, part II…


Toy review roundup (via Fanmode) 12/19/2008

Welcome to a new feature here at PGPoA–regular roundups of toy reviews around the Internet, provided by the excellent toy blog Fanmode. My thanks to Fanmode for graciously agreeing to share their content! Be sure to visit  the site (and add it to your RSS feeds) for more toy news, links, reviews, and photos.

fanmode-copy yo go re reviews the Mattel DC Universe Classics Cyborg Superman figure from the Toys ‘R’ Us exclusive Cyborg Superman and Mongol Super Enemies Figure Pack. Excerpt: “Just because there are some problems with the toy, it doesn’t mean he’s not worth buying …”

Steve Pietrangelo reviews the Mattel DC Universe Classics Batgirl figure from the Toys ‘R’ Us exclusive Batgirl and Azrael Batman Figure Pack two-pack. Excerpt: “I’m not a huge fan of the female sculpts that Mattel uses for these female DC action figures but Batgirl is probably one of the better ones …”

The view from my window…


News round-up, 12/19/08


  • Batman: Brave and the Bold packaging photos (Mattycollector)
  • Matty now on Facebook – includes photos of Movie Masters wave 3, Infinite Heroes, MOTUC Faker (including chest sticker)
  • Photos of Marvel Universe (3 3/4″) Wave 2 (Hasbro)
  • Hasbro Marvel Q&A (Superherotimes)  – check out the first question and response! Funny.
  • Hot Toys Q&A (
  • Keanu Reeves to ruin Cowboy Bebop movie (MTV)

Pic of the day

Jet Jaguar by geozilla

Poe’s Point > Suggestions for the new DCUC 2-packs

mat11450In my previous post, I mentioned the DCUC two-packs Mattel is soliciting. In order to get made, there has to be enough fan interest. Here’s a quick reminder of what the two-packs include:

Batman vs Clayface – Batman will be in his black and gray costume with “mud splatter” effects. Clayface will be an exact reissue of this hard to find figure.

Superman vs Brainiac – This is proposed as a standard Superman figure (Eradicator head on the Wave 6 Superman body with red heat vision eyes) vs. Classic Brainiac (green head) with an all new head and coller piece. Brainic will come armed with Luthor’s gun from the 2007 figure.

Supergirl vs. Luthor – This will be a reissue of the Blue outfit Kara Supergirl and the power suit Lex, but perhapes with a little surprise in the accessories!

Golden Age Hawk Pack – Two new figures to start your golden age collection.

Here’s my 2¢: Mattel could easily drum up more fan interest–and pre-orders–if they make a few simple changes.

DCUC and MOTUC news


Some pretty interesting DC Universe Classics and Masters of the Universe Classics news…

5 Questions with > Dwaltrip

I first came across Dwaltrip‘s incredible Christmas action figure display last year on the FANtastic Forum and was blown away. I like to make a little display around my Christmas toys, but Dwaltrip makes me look like an amateur. I decided I had to quiz him about it and he graciously agreed to an interview.

bio-cardCodename: Brian S
Specialty: Toy collecting, Rankin-Bass fan, Christmas lover.
Base of Operations: Metro-Detroit, Michigan
History: Rudolph and Christmas time in general have always held a special place in my heart. I’m currently 30 years old, and no matter how bad of a mood I am in, the sound of Christmas music, the glow of a well decorated house, or the even the sight of a Salvation Army Bell Ringer as you walk into a grocery store is enough to bring a smile to my face. This holds true with coming across the yearly broadcast of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” on the TV. It takes me back to a time as a child when things were simpler and of great family memories. Instead of being a scrooge at Christmas, it seems so much easier to be happy and enjoy the season for what it is all about.

I think Fred Astaire said it best in Rankin-Bass’s “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” when he said….

“But there still are some, poor misguided folks, that miss the whole point. Lots of unhappiness? Maybe so….but doesn’t Santa take a little bit of that unhappiness away? Doesn’t a smile on Christmas morning scratch out a tear crying on a Saturday? Not much maybe…but what would happen if we all tried to be like Santa, and learn to give, as only he can give, of ourselves, out talents, our love, and our hearts. Maybe if we could all learn Santa’s beautiful lesson, maybe there would finally be peace on earth, and good will toward men.”


Pic of the day

MF2-03 Divemaster Roberto by Domu X

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