Sunday, October 30, 2016

Palisades 2004 Exclusive Adventure Kermit

I still haven't gone through half  the stuff  that was inside of that awesome Brother Midnight trade package.While I still have alot to get to,this was the item I wanted to give special attention to. A while ago,I changed our toy forums background ,electing to go with one of my favorite Brother Midnight pics,Kermit In his Indiana Jones get up strolling through the woods.So imagine my surprise after finding that very same Kermit action figure In the the trade package,complete!Normally,this Isn't a figure I'd go after because of how expensive they tend to be.But that's not to say that I wouldn't want one.It's figures like this that make photographing fun.In fact,this figure  inspired me so much that I decided to get fancy with a little backdrop and some lighting for this series of pics.I really love this figure ,but I don't see myself chasing  down any  other from the line to dedicate a display on my shelf for It.For now I will leave him boxed and on display so I can look at the awesomeness of the overall packaging with the figure inside.











Thursday, October 27, 2016

The CORPS!

.As I've said before,I really like the CORPS! and have even sent e-mails to Lanard expressing my love of not only the figures but their price point,as well.I also recommended they do a  cartoon series at some point,maybe a straight to DVD adventure  they could package with some figures.That would be pretty damn epic. They've created some real cool web comics with top notch artwork depicting the new CORPS! vs. The Curse wars that have unfolded since the initial release of the new line of figures. Check those out here http://www.thecorpshq.com/





I'm extremely late to the "Puma" party but have seen enough of her on toy vlogs and action figure sites to want to pick one up for myself. I usually take my time with these figures because Wal Mart always has a surplus of them hanging on the pegs.For about 3 bucks you can pick up this two pack at your local Wal Mart and K-Mart department stores.The Diesel figure Is a plus for me because I didn't have him yet. Puma Is just an amazing figure!


Not only does she have an awesome weapon selection...


...but they're  also  all store- able!She's super efficient and can hold her weapons In tandem and keep the third stashed for when shit get's real.You never know when that skeleton army Is gonna come marching around the corner.


Puma Is just a bad ass figure ,and Latina!Someone needs to cosplay her character one day.



Diesel Is also a pretty cool looking figure.I'm always happy to add a new member to the team ;)







Monday, October 24, 2016

Here Comes Halloween!



I guess I'll go back In time a bit to write about one of my greatest Halloween memories.I was 11 or 12,and  had moved to a house near my cousin.That year he  called me and  asked me to go trick or treating with him that Halloween.The plot thickened when he said It would be one of the biggest candy scores ever ,If we played our cards right.You see,my aunt worked for the city at the time,and was privy to certain bits of information that your average trick or treater ,well,just wasn't .It turned out that the Mayor of our city lived a few blocks away from  them and every Halloween ,he'd leave two big boxes out on the porch,filled with individually bagged assorted candies  and a sign that read "take-one". I knew what my cousin had In mind.He wasn't a saint and neither was I.And we certainly weren't about to only take one bag of candy from our super generous Mayor's front porch that Halloween.

The plan was to arrive early ,and as soon as It got a little bit darker,we would return to  the Mayors front porch to finish the job.Well,everything fell apart the minute we arrived and realized that we had been  beaten to the loot! As we trudged home that night ,defeated, we still managed to amass quite the candy trove.And then..... Karma!We both caught wind of a group of older kids conspiring to snatch OUR candy bags!It was a foot race but we managed to outrun the group of older kids(who clearly weren't from the neighborhood,we knew all the short cuts.They didn't stand a chance ) and  get  back to my cousins front porch and into his house,safely with candy bags in tact.I'll never forget that day!


Mr.Smith takes a trip down memory lane

and

Alexis decks the halls with Halloween spookieness!






Saturday, October 22, 2016

TMNT Vintage Foot Soldiers & Splinter

Finally,a little foot soldier action!Brother Midnight has helped me round out my vintage TMNT collection with a couple of foot soldiers and Splinter.I had gotten rid of Splinter once before In a trade I completed with lord knows who (was it you Brother ?) ,so I am glad to get him back!I've always liked the original design of  the foot soldiers ,and always wanted some as a kid.They are an odd looking ,almost alien like brand of Ninja with a foot stamped on their bean shaped foreheads.I'm liking my Playmates  TMNT  collection and now the only two that I need are Shredder and Krang!Good looking out Bro!


Brother also packed a staff  with the foot soldiers that I was able to use for my Donatello!



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Transformers G1 (re-issue) - Autobot Jazz

I'm ready to start going over some of the goods from that Bro Midnight trade package over these next couple of days ,in no particular order. Some of those figures have grown on me more than others ,like this G1 re-issue of Jazz! I've been wanting a G1 styled Transformer in my collection for a long time now.I've always had my sights set on the more affordable mini cons ,never going after the larger and more expensive Transformer figures.Which Is why I'm so damn psyched to own this Jazz figure.It's not the original,vintage release but It's a damn near perfect copy of It.


Remember when Transformers were simple?I miss that about this particular line of figures.It made transforming them a snap.Transformers of today are chock-full of joints and articulation.That might be gravy  for the average collectors who want to display their figures In  cool battle poses, but maybe not so much  for the kid who would prefer to transform his Autobot on the fly and In less than a minute.I figured out how to transform Jazz in seconds,literally,without any instruction sheets.  


Jazz Is missing his weapons and a couple of decals.I may have to track down his blaster at some point but the lack of decals don't bug me as much.That chrome is too glorious to cover up with stickers.      



Now,I believe this re-issue released In 2002 but the date stamp on It says 1992.Not sure what that's all about.There Is some die cast present In the sculpt as well.Jazz was one of my favorite characters on the show and one of the more prominent Autobots.  


Just a beautiful toy!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Are You Scared?




Nightmares scare the shit out of me.I don't know about you guys and your bad dreams but mine seem to be written and directed by  Stephen King.The only thing Is that they don't feel like a movie.They feel like the real thing.To the point where when I wake up and realize that I'm still lying safely  In my bed,I let out  a big sigh of relief.I've had Jason Vorhees  dreams and as a kid I had a nightmare with Juggernaut.Yes ,a life size Juggernaut  was In my room and he was giving me this mean,clenched teeth stare and  It scared the fruit of the looms off me.Every once In a while I'll have an end of the world dream .I'm  talking meteor showers,news anchors giving us the countdown to when we should expect the big  bright flash ,the whole nine yards.Pretty crazy stuff.So yeah,nightmares scare me,alot!


"You may say I'm a chicken,but I'm not the only one..."

Mr. Smith keeps It real......


Bro Midnight would prefer to stay grounded...


and Alexis should make It a point to never watch the film Arachnophobia!



Sunday, October 16, 2016

Brother Midnight's Box of BANG! Part 2

This trade box from Brother Midnight of the top notch  photography heavy blog Green Plastic Squirt Gun ,really blew my mind!If the vintage movie posters weren't enough,how do  bags full of California Raisins and M.U.S.C.L.E. figures sound? You even hooked It up with the Doctor Doom Titan figure!I freaking love that thing!I quickly put him up on display with the rest of the Titans.And damn,that Palisades Kermit!I'll be going over that and the rest of this star studded cast of toys  throughout the upcoming week and weekend.Many thanks Brother,many thanks :)




Saturday, October 15, 2016

I'm Never Gonna Want To Leave My Basement Again!

Ho-lee SHIT!Brother Midnight's trade package arrived today ,and right off the bat,delivered a punch that knocked me silly and right back to the 80's!A while back,I posted about a man cave I was In the process of hooking up and Bro Midnight gave me an idea to throw up some Christmas lights and maybe a couple of movie posters. Both were great ideas ,only problem Is I didn't have any movie posters :( Well,Brother took It upon himself to aid me In my efforts to create my make shift man cave with a mind blowing assortment of  80's movie posters!


Willow!God, If you don't remember Willow then you were In a cryogenic sleep for most of the 80's.I need to see this again!


Predator 2  In spanish!Me gusta very,very much :)


Are you kidding me?E friggin' T!?!You almost made a grown man cry with this one Brother.


Last but not least,a film so epic that none of the words In the title had to be capitalized. *batteries not included !This film showed how normal,everyday people of different age,color and background can come together to  make change,with a little extra terrestrial help.One of my all time favorite movies!


I'm afraid that once I put these up In my basement man cave,I'm never going to want to leave! I'm not sure If I'm going to frame them or just use staples to hang them up.Either way  Brother,you have made my Saturday.I'm 12 years old again,at least for today,anyway. In fact,these posters will bring me back every time I  get to look at them hung up on my walls.Thank you Allen :)  And  I haven't even gotten to  the toys yet lol!


Monday, October 10, 2016

Zombies



My very first memories of Zombies date back to Night of the Living Dead.I was In my teens when I  first saw It re-aired on TV ,and It didn't really scare me.I remember It being pretty intense but nothing that really scared the crap out of me.It wasn't until Resident Evil that I would start giving Zombies the respect they damn well deserved.This game released In 1996 ,well before the  Walking Dead  craze and the influx of Zombie films that would be released In the 2,000's.Not that Resident Evil started the trend,but It got the ball rolling for our generation ,kind of like how Night of the Living Dead got It going for kids In the 60's.I remember watching an interview with the creator of Walking Dead and not once did he mention Resident Evil as It being one of his inspirations.I'm sure he played the shit out of that game and gained at least some inspiration from It.




Resident Evil on the PS1 filled that  post Jason Vorhees,Bubba Sawyer,Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger  void  In me that had been empty for way too long.Horror flicks after those guys just didn't appeal to me.This game,to me,was the next generation of  horror.One that I could literally be a part of so to speak.I'll never forget walking down that first floor hallway for the first time and jumping when those two zombafied doberman's crashed through the windows. Or that first face to face encounter with the zombie that was hunched over a body,hungrily helping itself to some tasty human  innards.This game  scared me.In a way that no movie ever scared me before.So there you have It.Resident Evil on the Sony PlayStation .My favorite Zombie experience ever and quite possibly my favorite gaming  experience,period.Check out some other Zombie themed posts right here

The Toy Box   loves Zombie related products and

Bro Midnight  has probably stolen someones thunder with his Zombie themed post ;)



Saturday, October 8, 2016

Marvel Infinite Series - Beta Ray Bill

Another discounted Hasbro Toy Shop pick up,Beta Ray Bill has found his way onto my Marvel Universe toy shelf.I don't care If they're released under the  Infinite or Legends 3 3/4 mantra ,to me they are all Marvel Universe.I must admit to only picking this figure up due to the low,low price tag of $3.99.  I just thought,this Is too cool of a character to pass up.Beta Ray Bill may sound like the name of a used VCR salesman to you ,but he Is far from that.In fact Beta was one of the few characters In the Marvel Universe mythos to ever give Thor a good ol' run for his money.Beta Ray Bill was even able to lift Mjolnir and use It against Thor In the midst of the heated battle.Odin catches wind of the skirmish and deems Beta worthy of his own hammer,Stormbreaker!You have to check out some of his cartoon appearances ,Planet Hulk comes to mind as one of my personal favs. Truthfully,I didn't know shit about Beta Ray Bill until I decided to actually go ahead and purchase the figure.I did an extensive search on the internet and came up with everything I just laid out for you guys ;) It was well worth it,though ,because It's never too late to learn about your Marvel superheroes.Oh,and the figure really Is a thing of beauty!



Articulated jaw?What?






Beta Ray Is an alien being,hence the 4 fingers instead of 5.I think that's pretty damn cool!His stock photo shows him with 5 fingers so initially I got scared and thought they were going to send me a variant that wasn't comic accurate.Luckily,the stock photo is just that,a stock photo,and all Beta Ray figures are four fingered. I've gotten lucky with Hasbro Toy Shops figures as all of them have been flawlessly painted sans any defects or paint slops.  


"Lets not fight anymore ,Thor"  - "Fine by me Beta"  


"Selfie?" - "You got It Beta!"

"I'm bored.Wanna fight?" - "Bring It On!"





Thursday, October 6, 2016

Marvel Infinite Series - Grim Reaper

And yet another villain to add to my Marvel Universe collection!This Is one of the nicer figures In the Infinite series.Plus,his  scythe makes for a great back scratcher. My fondest Grim Reaper memories date back to my child hood.Just kidding.I don't know much about Grim Reaper   but remember him being Simon Williams'/Wonder Man's brother.$3.99 on ebay Hasbro Toy Shop. Go get him!





Come on,wouldn't  you want a scythe for a right arm ,too?!?





Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Here There Be Monsters


For this weeks challenge,seeing as how Halloween Is right  around the corner ,I decided to choose  a few figures from my collection  that would creep me out the most If I were to see them in real life.These guys don't need masks for Halloween this year because they are the mask!They all have monster faces that can't be taken off at the end of  a hard evil crime committing day.They wake up like this.So here they are In no particular order...

You might remember Hordak from the old show Welcome Back Kotter,wait a minute  ,yeah no  that was Horshack,my bad. Moving right along. 
Hordak Is by far the scariest looking figure In my collection,and he stands out because of it. He leads his army of Horde troopers against She-Ra In the old Filmation cartoon series.He Is the leader of the Evil Horde and very angry right now because he seems to have misplaced his red cape.We'll leave him alone and move on to the next abomination.    




Venom!I don't see how this guy doesn't inflict more damage on his opponents In the comics . Seriously,he should be able to literally rip Spider-Man In half.There's a  black goo conspiracy going around right now on the web describing It as a demonic substance that Is known to take over the human body and cause all types of  abnormalities .Well ,guess what Venom Is made out of? 

Two Face Is another,really scary looking dude.With the flip of  a coin,your fate will be decided. If the whole crime thing doesn't pan out ,he can always become an NFL referee.
  


Alot of people hated on Michael Bay's incarnation of the Transformers.I didn't mind It because I am far from a die hard.One of my favorite scenes from the first film was when Barricade ,who ironically Is a police car, chases down Shia Labeouf . He is ,by far,one of the creepiest   characters In the film.His face reminds me of  the Jeepers Creepers winged creature. 


That's It for this weeks Pop Culture League assignment.Here are some other great monster stories that are sure to please...

G.I. Jigsaw  "picture pages,picture pages, time to get your picture pages..."
The Nerd Nook  goes back in time to show us McDonald's Halloween spirit


Not even Mr.Smith's Plastic Bubble  can protect him from the one monster everybody fears

And 

Green Plastic Squirt Gun's  Bro Midnight monster collection will make your head spin faster than Linda Blair's did In the Exorcist!