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- ItsAllTrue has been running a bunch of 2013-assessment posts, such asÂ Itâ€™sAllTrue.netâ€™s Top Ten Action Figures of 2013 andÂ NoisyDvL5â€²s 2013 Highlights & Disappointments. Definitely worth checking out.
- The amazing ED-209 by NECA is now in stock at Amazon.
- CollectionDX has announced a new convention,Â Super Robots Giant Monster (SRGM). It will take place in Lowell, Massachusetts on March 29, and I plan to be there. Check out this page for more information. I’ll probably put up a separate post about this later.
- Phil Reed of Battlegrip is putting together an unofficial guide to Star Wars Mini-Rigs. This is the future – extreme niche coffee table books. Frankly, I’m psyched. I love coffee table books. I fondly recall whiling away many a study period paging through The Ultimate Guitar Book…but I digress. I actually picked up two Mini-Rigs recently, the MLC-3 and the MTV-7; however, my motivation for picking them up was because I thought they would make great generic vehicles for theÂ Alien ReAction figures. If you’re interested in learning more about the Mini-Rigs, visit your local library. Kidding! Here’s a Starwars.com article about Mini-rigs. But you should visit your local library anyway. They’re awesome. You can read books for free.
- The 1980s animation-themed magazine Cereal:Geek has a bunch of issues up for pre-order. I’ve read an issue here and there and it’s always fun reading, if you’re into the subject matter. Which I’m guessing a good number of you are. Because you’re here. Reading this website.
- I haven’t gotten on the Instagram bandwagon yet, but I do like the funny “toyselfie” project they’re running.
- Alien: IsolationÂ might be the game to persuade me to invest in a next-gen system…but I don’t know. I’m not really a big survival horror fan. I absolutely hatedÂ Doom 3 and what it did to my belovedÂ Doom gameplay. I loved theÂ Dead Space games, but those were pretty action-oriented (and more so as the games progressed). I had hoped for aÂ Dead Space-likeÂ Alien game, andÂ Isolation seems close, and yet I find the first-person perspective really disappointing (and rather outdated, frankly). I’ll wait for the reviews before making a purchase decision.
- I don’t watchÂ The Goldbergs, a show about the titular family set in the 1980s,Â because life’s too short to watch dozens of television shows. But Dinosaur Dracula has catalogued the ridiculous amount of 1980s toys that young Adam Goldberg has in his room. Holy crap, is that kid spoiled.
- ThreeA has announced that their 2000AD line will be 1/12th scale moving forward (i.e., 6″ scale). This doesn’t matter to meÂ per se because I’m not a 2000AD fan, but it does remind me of the painfully cool 6″ Boba FettÂ we will never get to have. ThreeA is the only company who does fabric in this scale that I don’t hate.
Odds ‘n Ends > Atari action figures, Robo Force comics, NECA stands, Bayformer Grimlock, Grayskull credit card issues
- Dan of the website Chicago Toy Collector created these great custom action figures – in 1980s style – based on classic Atari games. If aÂ PitfallÂ figure had existed when I was playing it on my family’s Intellivision, I’m sure I would have owned it. Funko/Super 7, are you paying attention? (Hat tip toÂ Robots Pajamas.)
- Boba Fett, a gun, and a little Freudian suggestion.
- ToyFinity has updated their Robo Force comic.
- I’d forgotten all about this, but NECA will be releasing stands for their 7″ figures, at retail, sometime around January. It’s basically the second coming of the popular McFarlane Toys stands (of which I still have a bunch).
- The Kickstarter for the Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalts is about halfway there, with 21 days to go. Doomkick has some early samples to give you an idea of what the final product will look like.
- I have very mixed feelings about the upcoming Bayformers take on my beloved Grimlock, but here’s what may be a look at his robot form. (Also: who am I kidding, I’ll be buying the toys.)
- Presented without comment: there was some trouble with charging collectors’ credit cards for Grayskull. If this happened to you, there’s more information here, and, to quote, “there is some urgency as any unclaimed Castles by Dec 5th will be added to the “day of stock” on Dec 16th at $300.00.”
- Holiday shopping has started, so remember, every time you click my Amazon link before buying anything there, an angel (i.e., me) gets its wings (a small commission).
Just saw this on Twitter:
Pacific Rim Series 3 news will drop today. 2 different assortments of Jaeger and Kaiju offered at once. 4 new figures coming in March!!
— NECA (@NECA_TOYS) November 20, 2013
I know I’ve got a number ofÂ Pacific Rim junkies around here, so keep an eye on NECA’s Twitter account today. (Update: news after the jump.)
Note: this is a sponsored review. The figure was provided by NECA.
In the late 1980s, there were few action figures I wanted more than a Predator. Sadly, by the time Kenner started making Predator figures in the 1990s, I had entered the four-to-five-year period where I was more interested in Magic: The Gathering cards than action figures. I did, however, pick up the Alien vs. Predator two-pack, because I couldn’t resist movie-accurate versions of the Predator and Alien. but all the other crazy, weird variants Kenner made were completely uninteresting to me.
Today, I still want to have a regular “classic” Predator before anything else, but I already have that. At this point in my life, I’m able to appreciate the creativity that went into Kenner’s line. The figures had unique accessories, bright colors, and the exaggerated muscle sculpting that marked many 1990s toy lines (including, hilariously, the first few waves of Kenner’s comeback Star Wars figures). I think that sort of grotesquely-muscled, semi-posed design was due to a stylistic hangover from the immense popularity of Playmates’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (whose own style had been influenced by Masters of the Universe).
Those original Kenner Predator figures were designed to appeal more to kids than cynical teenage collectors. In the 1990s I was both too old and too young to appreciate Kenner’s work.