Toy Stories – Exclusivity

NOTE: This post was written last Thursday after a particularly disappointing internet experience. The author was despondent at the time.

Let’s talk about exclusives.

Exclusive toys are neat-o. They’re something special and different and a significant badge of honor that you were willing to do some specific thing that others were not.

Whether that thing was pay a premium, wait in a ludicrously long line, stay on top of a timed online release, or simply be patient enough for interest to die down in order to get a reasonable price, exclusives require something more than simply grabbing a toy off the peg or pressing the “Buy” button on your favorite website.

I’m writing about this today because of NECA’s 2019 San Diego Comic Con Exclusives. I can’t get one and IT’S PISSING ME THE F**KING A** SH*TF**K MOTHERBI**CH OFF. Continue reading “Toy Stories – Exclusivity”

Toy Review – WWE Ultimate Edition Ronda Rousey from Mattel

I mentioned in my Mattel WCW post that I am only collecting three types of modern wrestling figures at the moment – Retros, the WCW roster, and the Women’s Division. Retros because they’re fun and nostalgic, WCW because that’s my favorite era of wrestling, and the women because they’re more visually interesting than the men and they are providing the highest level of entertainment on WWE TV these days and have been for a while.

Mattel can’t get a Lacey Evans out soon enough.

Ronda Rousey was a big part of the Women’s Division being so superior. Her current status might be inactive and her future might be in  question, but in my opinion she took to the business in a way that no athlete from an outside sport has since Kurt Angle. She had a believable, engaging charism that was unique on the roster and every match she had was at worst very good.

During Rousey’s brief tenure in WWE she was the proverbial Human Highlight Reel, with her every action being notable and a discussion-worthy part of that week’s action. Part of it was a very carefully cultivated program by WWE’s creative team, but even the best-executed writing will fail without a competent Superstar to carry it out on screen. And thanks to whatever magical combination of talent and execution occurred, Ronda Rousey was WWE’s biggest star in 2018-2019.

She might have hit the occasional bump, but this was her first year in the business. I can’t even imagine what she could be capable of if – hopefully when – she returns.

Due to the brevity of Rousey’s tenure and the nature of the action figure business Mattel has only released three Ronda Rousey action figures to date – one Basic, one Elite, and today’s Ultimate Edition. I passed on the Basic, but the Elite was a very good figure for what it was. I’m not the biggest fan of wrestling figures who aren’t in ring gear, but Mattel did such a great job with Rousey’s likeness that I had to grab that one when I saw it.

This Ultimate Edition is an all-new concept from Mattel. Replacing their Entrance Greats line, it is an attempt to deliver everything that wrestling fans might want from an action figure – entrance and in-ring looks, multiple hands, multiple portraits, and ultimate articulation. The first two releases were Rousey and – obviously – Ultimate Warrior. I mean, they had to, right?

Is this Rousey truly the ultimate and a ten dollar step above Mattel’s Elites? Read on and find out! Continue reading “Toy Review – WWE Ultimate Edition Ronda Rousey from Mattel”

Needless Things Podcast 266 – The Joy of Joe Live from Dragon Con 2018

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Recorded LIVE at Dragon Con 2018 for the American Sci-Fi Classics Track!

Listen in as some of the contributors to The Joy of Joe – a book celebrating GI Joe fandom – share their memories of America’s movable fighting man with a capacity live audience at the greatest con around! Featured panelists include Jim Beard, James Palmer, Award-Winning Bobby Nash, Michael D. French, Andrew E.C. Gaska, and of course our own Dave West.
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Toy Review – MAFEX No. 71 Gwenpool from Medicom

The Unbelievable Gwenpool by Christopher Hastings and (mostly) Gurihiru is one of my favorite Marvel comics of the last decade. It’s a meta masterpiece that started in the pages of Zdarsky and Quinones’ Howard the Duck, which is fortunate because otherwise I probably wouldn’t have ever given this character a chance. I’m not usually big on the cutesy, manga-style stuff.

To be honest I’m not always big into meta stuff either, but the character of Gwen Poole was written with such sharp humor and even a deep emotional core that I was hooked from the first full issue. As the series went on the concept of this character from the “real world” being in the Marvel Universe was explored in very earnest and compelling ways. It seemed very different from everything else that Marvel was doing.

As seemingly unbelievable as the concept itself, Gwenpool became one of my favorite characters.

I was pretty happy with Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Gwenpool, but as soon as I saw preview pictures of Medicom’s release I knew it was a huge step up. Of course, I also knew that it would cost a lot more, but I tend to be very conservative about buying Figuarts and MAFEX releases, so one of my favorite characters every once in a while isn’t a huge deal.

Was this Gwenpool worth the wait or should I have stuck with my twenty dollar Marvel Legend? Read on and find out! Continue reading “Toy Review – MAFEX No. 71 Gwenpool from Medicom”

Toy Review – One:12 Collective Iron Man from Mezco

As a sometimes reluctant toy addict I have started many a toy review with the words, “I hadn’t planned on buying this…”

This is one of those reviews.

Mezco’s One:12 Collective line of action figures has been my favorite toy line for a few years now. Aside from one release that had a production error (Reverse Flash, who I returned three times and never got one that wasn’t defective) every figure I’ve bought from this line has ranged from very good to amazing. They’re expensive, but out of everything I collect these figures leave me feeling like I got my money’s worth more than anything else.

Although I have to admit that in the last year Hasbro has upped their game with the MCU Marvel Legends in a big way.

One:12 is still the premiere line in my opinion, though, and the one giving me definitive versions of my favorite characters. The key is that I try to stick to just my favorite characters due to the premium pricing. But sometimes due to extenuating circumstances that doesn’t always work out.

In a good news/bad news situation, my Local Comic Shop has a new deal with a toy distributor. This means that rather than going through Diamond, who are unreliable at best and aggressively bad at worst, these toys are coming direct from NECA, Funko, and Mezco. So now there’s a whole section of current releases from those companies, plus a ton of Marvel Legends that you won’t necessarily see at Target right now.

The best/worst part is that the seller has most of the One:12 Collective figures that have come out over the past couple of years and they’re right there on the shelf where you can look at them. And as I’ve mentioned in these reviews before, seeing these figures in person is a whole different experience from seeing them online.

So now I own a One:12 Collective Iron Man.

Our Head of Research, Ryan, had been telling me how great it was and after seeing it and holding the box, I had to see for myself. Is it as definitive as other One:12 figures or should you stick to your twenty dollar Hasbro figure? Read on and find out! Continue reading “Toy Review – One:12 Collective Iron Man from Mezco”

Needless Things Podcast 262 – Touring the Khetanna with Victoria’s Cantina

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Hasbro – one of the most prolific toy companies in the business – blew minds when it announced an all-new experiment called HasLab at Toy Fair 2018. It was to be a place where Hasbro could communicate and solicit funds directly from customers and deliver very special products that would be impossible to market through normal retail.

The first announced project was one of the most ambitious toys ever produced – Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge, The Khetanna from Return of the Jedi. Hasbro immediately revealed an unprecedented amount of detail, for an as-yet unproduced toy and soon after opened preorders.
The hefty $500 price tag (which included shipping) was intimidating to some, but for stalwart collectors who had forty years of Star Wars toys on their shelves, it was impossible to imagine a collection that didn’t include this monolithic vehicle/playset.
One year later the true believers who invested in this dream have The Khetanna in their homes. Was it worth it?
Listen in as Dave and our special guest Victoria, from Victoria’s Cantina discuss this unprecedented toy release on the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast.
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