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PrfktTear is another child of the ‘80s, the first toys he can remember collecting are from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Chris also writes film reviews at

PrfktTear Reviews > Frosta (Masters of the Universe Classics, Mattel)


He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was at the height of its popularity at the time I was getting into it. I mostly relied upon a second-hand toy shop in town and yard sales to fill in the ranks of my collection. When She-Ra: Princess of Power made its debut I was well into my own personal He-MANia, so I easily made the transition from the “Most Powerful Man in the Universe” to the “Most Powerful Woman.” It never occurred to me that She-Ra was “just for girls” — I just saw her as the sister of He-Man and she was his equal. That was enough to make her cool in my book. It didn’t hurt either that She-Ra also had a bunch of cool bad guys to fight like Grizzlor, Leech, and Mantenna – that more than compensated for the pink and sparkles. Even though the Horde was sold under the MOTU brand, it was always POP in my mind.

Full disclosure: I only had a vague recollection of Frosta from the Filmation series. So going into this review I don’t really have much nostalgia for her, but my overall fondness for POP in general helps make her a little more palatable.

Guest Review > Holiday Spud

Mr. Potato Head is spruced up for the holidays with all new mix ‘n match parts for some Christmas fun!

Whenever a new Mr. Potato Head arrives, I am driven by some bizarre compulsion to go out and get him. Of course you might wonder why Hasbro is releasing Mr. Potato Head dressed up as a fir Christmas tree. Mr. Potato Head is no stranger to special Holiday editions. Hasbro has already covered Christmas with Santa Spud — a MPH dressed as Santa Claus, but rather than just release the same old potato they opted for a new idea!

Show & Tell > Eleven Best Finds at Church Fairs

Every year starting mid-November to early December local churches and synagogues start having their annual holiday fairs. These bazaars are usually quite the spectacle, drawing people from all over. As a child I had fond memories of going to these fairs and I decided I wanted to try and capture that feeling once again by hitting up a few — but what started as something innocent turned into a full-blown obsession.

It doesn’t matter whether you go to the fair at St. Joe’s, St. Michael’s or Temple Beth Emunah, all the fairs all seem to follow the same formula. When you first walk in there’s going to be a strong aura consisting of baked goods, pine needles , old people, and chicken pot pie, but don’t worry — the nausea usually quickly subsides. You’re almost always guaranteed to find the same things at these fairs; bake sales, raffles, hand-made items, and vendors hawking Avon or Tupperware products.

Guest Review > SpudBob SquarePants

I have never been been much of a SpongeBob SquarePants fan. At most Ican only admit to having seen just a few episodes. The show itself is the only surviving Nickelodeon cartoon from the ’90s, having made its debut in May 1999 and is still in production today. I am however a huge fan of Mr. Potato Head, a passion that was reignited in my early adulthood and since then I have on and off collected all things spud.

Review > Twitch (Deluxe, Toy Story 3)

Meet Twitch, the Insectaloid warrior, where MAN + INSECT = AWESOME! This sturdy action figure stands over five inches tall, with more than 15 points of articulation, including ferocious chomping mandibles. Use his powerful wings and impenetrable exoskeleton to evade capture! Twitch is meticulously detailed and includes his signature magical battle staff and removable chest armor. For children ages 4 and up. Other Insectaloid figures sold separately.

As a toy collector it’s rare to not know about figures months in advance before they start hitting shelves or go on sale. That is all well and good, but sometimes it’s nice to walk down the toy aisle and have something jump off the shelves that you had no idea about. I’ll be honest, I didn’t exactly have my first encounter with Twitch in a toy aisle, I found a review for him over at Michael Crawford’s site, which is probably the next best thing.

Review > Spud Lightyear and Woody’s Tater Round Up

How does a grown-up come to collect Mr. Potato Head? I blame TV. It all started with an episode of The Pretender titled “Bomb Squad,” a.k.a. “Potato Head Blues.” Jarod, the protagonist becomes a member of a bomb squad to catch a serial bomber. One of his co-workers has a Mr. Potato Head on his desk and Jarod promises him a ton of extra parts if he helps him out. Needless to say, this little cameo helped reignite a passion that borderlines an obsession with an old childhood favorite.

Review > Darkseid (DC Universe Classics)

Behind every great hero is a great villain. He-Man had Skeletor, Batman had the Joker, and although one could argue that Superman’s equal is Lex Luthor, Darkseid makes for a perfect adversary for the son of Jor-El. Darkseid is instantly identifiable as being evil while Superman is good, and they’re a match for each other when it comes for power and brute strength.

This isn’t the Four Hoursemen’s first crack at ‘ol Darkseid. When the DC Super Heroes line first debuted, Mattel only had the license for Batman and Superman characters. With a range of characters like Scarecrow, Bane, Parasite, and Mongul, the line bounced back and forth between the two properties with each series. It was here that the 4H had their first go at Prince Uxas, second in line to the throne of Apokolips, otherwise known as Darkseid.

Make no mistake; DCUC Darkseid is not just a rehash of a DCSH figure that has been scaled up. His sculpt is all-new with added detail, articulation and accessories that the DCSH entry was not endowed with. The Four Horsemen have always created outstanding re-imaginings of other people’s work, but now their task was to update their own design, so did they manage to school themselves?

Review > Dr. Mid-Nite (DC Universe Classics)

While removing a bullet from a witness to a crime, Dr. Charles McNider was blinded by a grenade meant to silence his patient. During recovery from his injuries, McNider was startled when an owl crashed through his window. Removing his bandages to investigate, He could see in perfect darkness. He later found out that he could not see in daylight and developed special goggles and “black-out” bombs to help him see in light and fight crime. He adopted the owl, “Hooty,” and joined the Justice Society of America to continue his fight against evil.

Review > Copperhead (DC Universe Classics)

When it comes to DC Universe, I’m still a young Padawan, so unless a character has appeared in one of the vehicles of the DC Animated Universe or has a DCU Classics figure, chances are I’ve never heard of ‘em. I don’t feel too badly, though, since Mattel is rolling out some really obscure characters that are making even long-time fans scratch their heads and consulting Wikipedia to find out who the heck they are.

When Wave 12 was announced, there was only one character who was a must have, and that was Copperhead. He appeared in the episode ‘Injustice For All’ of Justice League along with Cheetah, Solomon Grundy, The Shade, Star Sapphire, the Ultra-Humanite, and Lex Luthor as the Injustice Gang. Copperhead appeared in further episodes of Justice League Unlimited and has even made an appearance in the new animated series, Batman: The Brave and The Bold.

Mysterious and menacing, the man only as Copperhead first emerged in Gotham City, carrying out a series of incredible thefts. When confronted, his poison fangs and constrictor coils were enough to defeat most opponents. Copperhead increased his powers by striking a deal with the demonic Neron, becoming a truly monstrous man/snake hybrid. In this horrific new form, he took on more lethal assignments as a super-assassin. His ghastly power and inhuman abilities make him one of the world’s most frightening villains.

Review > Desaad (DC Universe Classics, Wave 12)

Every good villain needs to have a scheming second-in-command, a follower who pretends to be loyal, only to use every opportunity to stab them in the back and take power for themselves. Megatron has Starscream, Skeletor has Evil-Lyn, and Darkseid has Desaad.

Desaad’s origins are pretty twisted. Darkseid tricked a young Desaad into believing that his cat had killed his pet bird, and then then manipulated him into burying the cat alive to avenge the bird’s death. However when the bird returned, Desaad killed it also and fled from New Genesis.

When Desaad made his debut in DC Comics, he was a follower of Drax, heir to the throne of Apokolips. However he was plotting with Drax’s brother, Uxas, second in line to the throne to take control of the planet. When Drax attempted to claim the Omega Force for himself, Uxas murdered his brother taking the Omega Force for himself and took the name Darkseid. Desaad then served Darkseid as his torturer.

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