Monday, June 25, 2018

Marvel Superheroes - Hulk (ToyBiz 1990)


                                        



The 70's had It's fair share of Hulk action figures.From Pocket Heroes to Die cast articulated figures and of course the famous 12 " Mego dolls.The 80's not so much.How cool would It have been to own a Mattel Secret Wars Hulk action figure!Well, we shall never know. In 1990, ToyBiz ,a toy company affiliated with Marvel Entertainment and based out of  super hero haven, NY city , took on the task of releasing a line of Marvel action figures!If you were a casual fan you probably didn't mind the myriad of  gimmicks that were given to the first few waves of figures. I didn't care for the gimmicks   much but  was excited to see Marvel action figures being produced again.

With the Hulk figure ,his gimmick  wasn't so much  "smash" as It was " bend".The bent pipe accessory is very malleable .Place the pipe in each hand and by pulling a  draw string on Hulks back,he  brings his arms up and In,kind of like the butterfly weightlifting technique,to give off the bending effect. I would have shown a video but I hate using features like this on older figures for fear of breakage.  Oh,and he also comes with a boulder made of a soft and hollow plastic.I guess It would have been cool to use In an epic mountainside battle.   



Gimmick aside,he looks great.I love the bright green and that head sculpt Is a throwback,once again,to those older 70's figures. 


Two down,a few more(Captain America,Dr.Doom,Thor,Dr.Octopus) to go.




  Wow!What a difference 28 years makes!And I still like the head sculpt  on the ToyBiz figure better than the MU Hulk .


                  They say good looks skip a generation."They" might be on to something.


As of now,this Is what my 90's Marvel ToyBiz display looks like. I still want more X-Men and will definitely be adding more  mint-esh  Marvel Superheroes ,too.





Thursday, June 21, 2018

Spider-Man,Spider-Man!

Since the 70's ,every decade has seen   a  Spider-Man action figure release. Mego and Remco  got the ball rolling with Pocket Heroes and Energized Spidey. Mattel  would then pick up the torch In 1984 with the Secret Wars line ,giving us both a red and black suit Spider-Man figure.While most  collectors who grew up In the 70's would point to their beloved Mego Spider-Man as their definitive version ,I would have to say Mattel nailed It. Nothing fancy.Just a solid 3 3/4 action figure with no gimmicks or features to get in the way of the sculpt.The web shooting and thwipp effects would come  solely from our imaginations.





Things were looking up for action figure Spidey and every few years or so   ,a new, more efficient version would be released.I ,for one,couldn't wait to see what the 90's would have In store.I mean,with technology booming,cartoons premiering ,It was definitely time for "THE" Spider-Man action figure to be unveiled.And then... we got...


ToyBiz decided to jump into the Marvel super hero foray with their own line of  gimmick heavy action figures. And Spider-Man ,imo,got the short end of the stick.Nothing ruined an action figure for me more than permanently attached weapons or accessories to their hands. In this case ,It was worst than a weapon.Try two gigantic suction cups that constantly had to be licked in order for them to stick to anything .And they did It to Nightcrawler ,too!But I'll save that for another post.Needless to say ,many kids cut the suction cups right off of their  Spidey figures and I was one of them.
  


Even on the card back illustration,Spider-Man was drawn with the two "specially designed suction cups" on his hands.Smh.


Funny thing Is ,this version Is pretty popular today among most collectors.If only for nostalgia's sake.This one's carded but stapled shut,so I'll be taking him out of the packaging . I was also lucky enough to find It for a decent price.Well under the $20  It was trending at.Thus,my hunt for the first wave of Toy Biz Marvel Superhero  figures  begins.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

My Top 10 Cartoon Characters


10. Bronx (Gargoyles)


9. Bogey (Shirt Tales)


8. Man-At-Arms (MOTU)



7. Bluegrass (Silverhawks)


6. Panthro (Thundercats) 80'S



5. Michelangelo (TMNT) 80'S



4. Heathcliff





   3. Soundwave 




2. Spider-Man (Amazing Friends)



1. Snake Eyes (G.I. Joe ARAH ) 80's


Friday, June 15, 2018

Controversial.... Friday?

I've noticed on certain blogs I'll leave a comment and never get a reply from the author.Not just occasionally,but never.In fact ,It's not just my comments that go unanswered ,but everyone else's ,too lol.This happens on alot of sites.Sites that I enjoy ,but would like even more If at least one of my comments got a reply.I don't want to start putting people on blast so I'll leave the names of these sites out of this post.Also,this isn't about outing these blogs,but more or less just getting a gauge on how others feel about It.I understand people lead busy lives and ,really,aren't obligated to reply .But man,sometimes I feel like a peasant .I can understand If you're a professional news site,like Yahoo or   Google In which case replies aren't expected.It kind of irks me,though.Again,nothing against the authors ,they could be  model citizens for all I know.I don't know them personally so I can't judge their character.Anyone else bothered by this?How do you feel about non-replies?



Thursday, June 14, 2018

Marvel Toybiz 12" Spider-Man

When last Brothermidnight and I conducted a trade ,this guy made It into my collection.At first I didn't know what to make of It .But after holding it in my hands and playing around with It a bit,I fell in love!This thing is solid.Standing at a whopping 12 inches tall.Mighty chunky and far from wimpy. In fact I'd say It's pretty hefty.

 

Damn!So cool!And It's made out of durable good old fashioned action figure plastic.I miss being able to play with a toy without worrying about breaking something.






THWIP!



I wish one of his hands was a balled up fist.I'm sure I would have been able to put him In some cool punching poses.


Bikram Yoga  ,anyone? Hmmmmmmmmm...




It's comparison time!Wait,I've heard that before...



Thanks Brother ;) I'll be getting around to the rest of that awesomeness when I get some time. 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Marvel-ous,Just Marvel-ous!

Today got off to marvel-ous start.Well,not really.I'm not a big morning person and the most excitement I get out of  rising and shining  Is predicting which one of my dogs will take a morning crap . Sometimes i'll take a walk on the wild side and  only bring one doggy poop bag with me, risking It all on the chance that only one of my dogs will drop It like it's hot.What can I say,I'm a gambling man.No,but seriously,Marvel was heavy  on the brain this morning.So much so that I decided to take this group pic of all my Marvel Universe  figures sprawled out across the floor. 




Also,Street Fighter has crept Into this neurotic state I sometimes find myself In.Suddenly ,I want anything and everything Street Fighter.I've been caught up watching the animated series on CRACKLE and  recently snagged up a few of the PS1 classics on PSN  as well as these two games for my PS3.I suck at them,but just love the onslaught of bright colors,characters and commentary.


Plus,I'm currently looking for Street Fighter figures.You know,the ones that look like G.I. Joe. The Jazwares stuff looks cool ,too,but I've heard too many horror stories about them regarding QC .
No,these aren't mine ,but I wish they were :(


So that just about wraps things up.Long live Marvel,Capcom and Saturday mornings!


Friday, June 1, 2018

Feeling Nostalgic Today

I don't know If It was the warm  and sunny morning or the plethora of  unbalanced chemicals roaming around aimlessly In my brain today,but I woke up feeling super nostalgic.Mornings like this I play the local 80's radio station while driving the kids to school and mom to work just to add to the overall experience.This can't be healthy,trying to recreate 80's moments,but It feels so damn good!So,may your Friday be filled with euphoric childhood  flashbacks of epic action figure battles In your room or backyards!After you get home from school ,of course ;)