Michelangeo, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Splinter & Shredder
#60 – #65
3 3/4 Inch Scale
My friends over at Fun.com invited me to take a look at a few Funko Vinyl Pop figures in celebration of their big push for more toys and collectibles. They have tons of Funko Pop Vinyl figures at great prices and it only made sense that I take a look at the TMNT figures. Series 1 is based on the classic Fred Wolf Ninja Turtles designs. It includes the four turtles as well as their sensai Splinter and their arch rival, Shredder.
There isn’t a ton of nostalgia TMNT product out there right now, but I expect more and more of it to hit shelves as the new Ninja Turtles movie draws closer to release. Among the various things that are out there, these Funko Pop Vinyls are actually pretty nice. Definitely better than some of the other stuff we’ve seen. It’s a testament to Funko’s knowledge of the “nerd” industry for them to have so many awesome licenses under one roof.
The other really nice thing about the Funko Pop Vinyl line, is that you can collect tons of different characters all in the same style. Which is basically unheard of in this day and age. Or if you’re only a fan of a single property like the Ninja Turtles, you can just get their whole series. Continue reading
It may be April Fools, but it’s no joke (although the press release is) ToyFinity are bringing the Knight of Darkness back. I actually own a couple KODs and am a big fan. This knockoff doesn’t get much love these days, but I’ll be curious to see how it will be reintroduced through the ToyFinity brand. I had been hoping for a Captain Action-like tie-in, but I doubt we’ll see that now. Anyway, check out the press release below.
For immediate release – April 1st, GROVERS MILL NJ – Somber. Powerful. A grim-masked menace that strikes terror into the bravest heart. A perfect bad guy for long hours of imagination and excitement.
- Ideal Toys Catalog 1978
So read the official description of the awesomest bad guy from the greatest space franchise in the 1970′s, Ideal Toys’ SPACE TRAVEL AND RECONNAISSANCE (S.T.A.R.) TEAM™ – THE KNIGHT OF DARKNESS™. And now, HE’S BACK.
Originally created by a nameless Ideal executive in the late 70′s as a way to revive the long-dormant IDEAL’S ZEROIDS WORKER ROBOTS OF THE FUTURE™ franchise and their own SPACE TRAVEL AND RECONNAISSANCE (S.T.A.R.) TEAM™ franchise of the early 70′s, Ideal Toys’ SPACE TRAVEL AND RECONNAISSANCE (S.T.A.R.) TEAM™ was a completely original concept revived by Ideal because they knew kids of 1978 were dying for some awesome space-based action figures for some reason. With impeccable sculpting prowess, THE KNIGHT OF DARKNESS™ was formed from the imagination of one of the artisans of Ideal Toys to provide the key figure in the franchise which the heroic ZEM-21™and ZEROID SCOUTS™ could battle in endless original adventures throughout a child’s imagination. Along with their human friend KENT AND HIS COSMIC CRUISER™ and their S.T.A.R. TEAM SPACE HAWK™, ZEM-21™ and the ZEROID SCOUTS™ battled THE KNIGHT OF DARKNESS™. His magnificent black and silver uniform encased THE KNIGHT OF DARKNESS™ in a cloud of mystery, as his futuristic weapon cut a path through the toy shelves of the time, destroying all the cyborg and military heroes that were his competition in the 12-inch action figure market.
But THE KNIGHT OF DARKNESS™ had one problem – he was just too evil and imposing for the children of the time, who had never seen such an evil and imposing character in any medium ever. He’s just so evil and imposing and dark and knight-ish. So after only one series, Ideal Toys’ SPACE TRAVEL AND RECONNAISSANCE (S.T.A.R.) TEAM™ disappeared from the shelves, never to return. Or so everyone thought. Continue reading
So it’s been revealed, complete with trailer, that Phantasm V is actually happening. With each passing day it seemed like there wouldn’t be a follow up to 1998′s Phantasm IV: Oblivion, leaving fans to always want at least one more chapter for the exploits of Reggie, Mike and the Tall Man. Rumors have been rampant for nearly a decade that something was going to happen, but as Angus Scrimm teeters closer to being a hundred years old (literally) and nothing materialized, it almost seemed as though it was just a pipe dream.
But in the words of the Tall Man, “No, it’s not!” The gang are back for what is most likely their last adventure. Picking up where Phantasm IV left off, Reggie now heads into the Tall Man’s home world for a final showdown. The trailer doesn’t reveal much, other than showing us that there’s going to be some blood and all our favorite characters and elements are back. Even the little troll guys.
Phantasm has never been high art, but it’s succeeded against all logic to tell a fairly cohesive if not necessarily coherent story throughout the previous four films. The movies haven’t had a big box office draw in the past, but they have a cult following and this film was very likely made on a shoestring budget as it wasn’t financed by a major studio. Honestly, I wonder if a Kickstarter wouldn’t have been perfect for a movie like this, it’s a moot point now. However one thing that is for certain, nobody does low budget better than director Don Coscarelli. There are rumors that this movie has been filmed in bits and pieces for the last few years. How true that is, I don’t know, but Coscarelli has in the past shot extra footage that was used in later films, so it wouldn’t be out of the question. Nobody really knew that the filming for Phantasm V was taking place and it has been a top secret project.
I actually liked where Phantasm IV left off, sort of leaving it up to the viewer to decide if it really was all some sort of nightmare or if there was another story left to be told. Clearly there is and we’ll get it here. The special effects look decent from what we’ve seen in the trailer, but a lot of that can be attested to advancements in digital movie making. Even still, I can’t wait to get one more round of the Tall Man. If you like low budget but fun horror, Phantasm V: Ravager looks like it’s going to be a blast.
24 Inch Scale
By: Jakks Pacific
Being that I’m just about the biggest Godzilla fan there is, it was a very easy purchase for me when I saw the Jakks Pacific Giant Size Godzilla at Toys R Us last weekend. The figure isn’t supposed to hit shelves for another couple of weeks, but certain TRUs are putting them out early. These guys are so big that there wasn’t any shelf space for them at the Toys R Us I found them at. They simply had them stacked on the floor. I suspect the size is a big part of why they’re on the floor instead of hidden in the back.
This guy is HUGE! You’ll immediately notice that when you see the box in store. Given that only a handful of Godzilla pictures have surfaced from the upcoming Godzilla film, this figure is the first real look at the monster. At over 2 foot tall, this Godzilla immediately reminded me of the Shogun Warriors Godzilla from when I was a kid. That thing seemed ginormous back then. This figure is actually BIGGER than the old Shogun Godzilla. In fact, this Godzilla is even bigger than the Trendmasters 1998 Ultimate Godzilla toy.
Which if my math is correct, makes this the biggest Godzilla action figure released in the United States. That’s no small feat. Pardon the pun. Continue reading
Some photos of Playmates new TMNT movie figures have snuck out. The Michael Bay produced Turtles movie has been doomed from the start, but even if you had some hope that at least the designs of the titular heroes might be good, think again. These photos give us our best look at the designs to date. They’re easily the worst versions of the TMNT ever created. It’s like the Jim Lee Turtles had sex with the Next Mutation Turtles and then were mutated by a radioactive turd. Yes, they’re that bad.
It’s clear that the problem here isn’t Playmates, but rather the designs themselves. Even though the 1990 movie was done with much more rudimentary technology, they managed to capture the essence of the TMNT. These new desgins look terrible, not only in form, but function. The Turtles all have odd shaped bodies, different sized heads and of course, layers of clothes.
Oh and I almost forgot, the Turtles are apparently giants now. Some movie stills show the TMNT towering over April and other humans. It’s as if the guy behind this movie was intentionally trying to strip away all the elements that were recognizable while still leaving just enough to lure in nostalgia fans and unsuspecting kids. Oh right, Michael Bay.
For what it’s worth, the figures themselves also look terrible. The articulation seems almost non-existent. This could be an early draft, but I’m guessing it’s closer to the final figures. So why do they look so bad? I get the feeling that even Playmates knows these designs won’t sell and that the movie will cause a fan revolt and they want to focus more of their efforts on the popular Nick TMNT figures.
I am cringing at the thought of this movie actually seeing the light of day. The Turtles are getting so popular right now that it’s the PERFECT time for a well done movie to hit. Unfortunately, what we’re getting is the exact opposite.