Monday, April 12, 2021

Polaroid Sun 600

Looking through my parents old closet of miscellaneous items, I came across a vintage Polaroid camera! I wasn't even aware that they still make these today, well repros anyways. So eventually I'll have to pick up some film to snap some pics of my action figures the old fashioned way. For now I thought the camera would look nice displayed next to some G1 Transformers!

Friday, April 2, 2021

Archie/Red Circle Comics - Mighty Crusaders #2 (1983)

 These two issues of Red Circle  Mighty Crusaders comics have blasted me back to my childhood. Page after action filled page, I'm reminded of what I loved so much about comics as a kid. A superhero team with a deep roster all with their own quirks and distinct personalities as well as diverse powers. Impactful cover art and fisticuffs  packed panels tie everything together.  At times it feels like I'm watching it all unfold in front of me. 

The very first page gives off a Pacific Rim vibe. A great opening scene and continuation from the first issue.

Mighty Crusader's arch-enemy the Brain Emporer is a really cool character.  He kind of reminds me of Serpentor. 

One of my favorite parts in the book is when Black Hood leaves his post  to help The Shield, who has become magnetically attached to the  ships hull. ON HIS MOTORCYCLE! IN SPACE! SICK!

I will definitely be picking up more  Red Circle comics and  Mighty Crusaders figures. They're a nice change of pace from the over saturated Marvel Universe. Stay tuned for for future content!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Archie/Red Circle Comics - Mighty Crusaders #1 (1982)

Let me start this off by establishing the fact that I am a lazy as hell reviewer. I'll be the first to admit it. I'd much rather just post a couple of  pics with a few footnotes here and there and call it a day. However, I would almost always prefer to do an action figure review over a comic book review. With comics I never really know what pages to snap pics of or the importance of the creators/ writers/artists. Also, I don't want to spoil it for anyone who decides to go out and get a copy for themselves. So please bear with me.  

As far as Mighty Crusaders issue  #1 goes... fucking loved it! 

Look at that cover! Alot of times comics show all types of action on the cover and shit doesn't pop off until 7 or 8 pages into the book. Not here. If you want an even better idea of what your about to get into just flip the comic over and look at the back.

Top notch art. Non-stop action. Lots of well written dialogue. 

These are just a couple of pages. Throughout the issue battles take place in the desert, outer space and the inner city. Land,sea and air. Literally on some GI Joe shit! Here are some specs on the talent behind one of the most enjoyable comics I've read in a long time.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Remco Mighty Crusaders - The Shield

The Mighty Crusaders line of action figures is as campy and cliche as they come and I absolutely love it! Everybody's name starts with "The" and the exaggerated, super bright aesthetics of each figure harkens back to the golden age of comic books ! 

"Joe Higgins A.K.A. The Shield! F.B.I. agent with super strength, the power to leap great distances and withstand 2,000 degrees of heat! "

There's not much to these figures. 6 points of articulation, and an action feature that allows you to pull back on the right arm and release for mighty punch action! They have a real 70s feel to them even though they came out in 1984.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Remco Mighty Crusaders - The Fox (Loose)

The one thing that stands out to me about this figure is his handle. The Fox! Off the bat I'm thinking covert, sneaky but deadly. According to the card back profile, Paul Patton is a freelance photographer who is skilled in the martial arts and is considered to be a living weapon. I love this guy already! He screams "Solo Mission!" Here he is all decked out with accessories.

Luckily, the figure stood the test of time and came out in one piece. The holster was pretty stiff out of the packaging but nothing a blow dryer couldn't fix. Overall I'm very pleased. I love the costume design and color scheme. He's like a cross between Black Panther and The Phantom. Also, that yellow logo rocks! 

I also love the fact that he's able to carry all of his accessories. The rifle strap fits nicely around his torso and the blaster fits snug into the oversized holster. The shield doubles as a whistle and works great. I tried it๐Ÿ˜ And then my dog started barking so I stopped๐Ÿ˜” 

The Mighty Crusaders line  scales best with Marvel Secret Wars figures but not perfectly. I will say this. Based on sheer playability, I think Remco actually beats out Mattel. If I'm a kid who's not familiar with the Marvel Universe and I have these two guys hung up on pegs in front of me, I'm probably going to choose the Mighty Crusaders figure. I mean, it's gonna take more than a lenticular shield insert to take on The Fox's mighty punch action and secret sonic signaling shield! 

Of course that would have never happened as I was too big of a Marvel fan to even consider going in any other direction. But the Mighty Crusaders would have definitely gotten a look. Remco puts a nice package together, incorporating accessories that promote alternative ways of play. I can picture a scenerio where a group of friends would all have their own signaling shield and specific whistle. It's freaking loud, too! At the very least we could have used it to annoy our sisters. Or dogs. If you can find a carded figure for a decent price, go for it. There aren't many to collect, 8 in all, and they really pop on the shelf. I recommend ๐Ÿ‘

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Remco Mighty Crusaders - The Fox

This is kind of a weird thing. I feel like  I either owned or knew someone who owned this figure as a kid but can't remember exactly when this all happened. Heck It might just be a false memory for all I know. I could be confusing it with the Voltron Robeast Scorpious figure. Regardless, I'm really digging this line right now. Much like their Lost World of  Warlord line of action figures, REMCO took a not so popular Mighty Crusaders  comic book franchise and made toys out of them! From what I gathered, the original Mighty Crusaders comics of the 60's were written by Superman's co- creator Jerry Siegel. That lasted only 7 issues and then in 1983 Archie Comics affiliated Red Circle Comics revived the series. REMCO then produced an action figure line. The Fox is my favorite of the  8 that saw releases. I paid a little more than what I wanted to for it but I just had to have a complete specimen. The card back, even in poor condition is also nice to have for reference. I'm hoping the figure doesn't crumble in my hands when I decide to pull it out of it's 37 year old, Marlboro smoke stained clamshell ๐Ÿ˜‚ Stay tuned for part two of this post!