Monthly Archives: July 2010


Doctor Who
Hath Peck
5 Inch Scale
By: Character Options
$10.99

From the very beginning, the Character Options Doctor Who line has played by a different set of rules. Sure, they’ve released a fair amount of Doctor and Dalek figures, but nearly every wave there is at least one offbeat character that wouldn’t normally be thought of as an action figure. Sometimes an entire wave can be filled with odd character selections (Wave 1 of Series 5 I’m looking at you!) but that can also lead to us getting little gems, like Hath Peck.

Hath Peck was a Hath fighting in the war against the Humans on Messaline. He was caught in a blast detonated by Jenny and had a dislocated shoulder. His comrades kidnapped Martha Jones. Martha puts his shoulder back in place just as the Hath was about to kill her he told them not to. The Hath discovered that there were secret tunnels in there base so they were forced to raid them to win the war. Martha found a passageway to the top of the planet and signaled Peck to come with her, he did so. As they were walking Martha fell into a swamp and she started to sink. Peck saved her by getting in the water and hoisting her to Land. As a result Peck went underwater and drowned. Martha was evidently affected by his death.

Hath Peck wasn’t a very popular character, despite appearing in a pretty interesting episode. The figure is also an army builder, since all Hath pretty much look the exact same. It was this reason and the amazing amount of detail on this figure, that eventually led to me picking him up.

Packaging:
This is the modern (though not the current) version of the Doctor Who package. A clamshell, with interior shaped like the Tardis. This series had the swank purple backdrop.


Mr. Peck (No relation to Gregory?) is nicely displayed on the front. Inside the figure isn’t in any wacky poses or goofy stances. Of course, maybe those would have helped sell the figure. Inside is five containment twist ties, four on the Hath, one for his gun.


The back of the packages shows the other figures in the series, including Vashta Nerada, Time Lord, Davros and River Song.

Sculpt:
For all intents and purposes in the television show, the Hath Peck and his fellow Hath brethren were guys in masks and army jumpsuits. I wish the race was the Peck and his name Hath, though, if only to give me an excuse to call his friends and family, Peckers!


At first glance, the simple design of the characters may not do much for you. It took me quite a while to get the nerve to buy Hath Peck, as he just didn’t seem all that interesting to me. That seems to be a pretty common trend, as Peck wasn’t a big seller stateside.


It’s really when you get this figure in hand, up close that you can truly start to appreciate him. The head sculpt is a great contrast to the costume, with vibrant colors and detailed sculpting. The strange Hath breathing apparatus is faithfully recreated and the inner green ooze looks as though it should be moving around. It’s actually paint, but very well done.


Perhaps even more surprising to me, was how much I liked the army fatigues of Peck. As good as the head looks, the sculpt on his clothing is just as wonderful. There are tons of paint aps here, with lots of little bits of shading and the like, which I wasn’t expecting. They really did a tremendous job here and it makes me long for more army style figures from Character Options.


When you put it all together, Hath Peck stands out as a really interesting figure. Visually, he may not pop as much as most, but when you really get to working with him, you’ll find that his details are superb. I’m definitely thinking of doing something with a small platoon of these guys.

Articulation:
Articulation for the Doctor Who line is always pretty good and yet, surprisingly varying. Hath Peck has a few different points than most, although he’s generally the same.


You get a cut neck, cut shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, Who Crotch (C), hinged knees and swivel boots. The boots aren’t on every figure, but Hath Peck gets them.


That’s just about as much articulation as you could get without a couple of ball joints. I personally don’t think they need them, but I know some fans would enjoy those where appropriate. Regardless, you can definitely pose this guy a fair amount.

Accessories:
Not all Doctor Who figures come with accessories and when they do, it’s rare you get more than one or two. One seems to be the standard. Peck follows in that tradition.


The Hath Peck figure gets his futuristic gun from the episode. Given the long war that the Hath have been in, this gun is pretty standard for them. It’s molded in all black, but has a fair amount of sculpted detail.


The gun’s handle is a bit awkward, especially the positioning. If you’re looking for an easy grip, I suggest have him holding the larger “ammo clip” at the bottom of the gun. That said, he can hold the actual handle, but it’s not as solid of a grip.

Value:
I listed this guy at a pretty average price for the era he was released. In all actuality, I paid far less for him. You can find this guy pretty readily at under $5 and because he was re-released with a BAF piece, there are lots of Pecks to go around. He’s decent value at the original retail price, but for under $5 there really isn’t a good reason not to army build the crap out of this guy.


Score Recap:
Packaging – 6
Sculpting – 8
Articulation – 8
Accessories – Gun
Value – 8
Overall – 8 out of 10

I really like this figure. He’s a bit of an obscure character, but the toy ends up being very detailed and realistic. He has a real Call of Duty vibe to him. If you know, the guys in Call of Duty had pink fishheads. The real world military design of the costume is part of the charm though.


“Why are you pointing that gun at me?”

“BECAUSE YOU EXISTED!”

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Today we’re doing a little spotlight on a obscure line based on an equally as obscure TV show from the 1990’s. WMAC Masters was a program that ran in syndication featuring martial arts, strange costumes and scripted action. Imagine if Mortal Kombat was pro wrestling, then that’s what WMAC Masters was. Why Bandai decided to market a toy line around these characters is beyond me.


Presumably, someone thought this show was going to be a hit. I suppose the concept wasn’t a terrible idea, with a group of fighters vowing to be the best in the world. We got plenty of gimmicks, like Hakim Alston (shown above) as the MACHINE! He was supposed to be like, part cyborg or something. The illusion was kind of ruined every time he took off his paper mache armor to actually do the martial arts moves.


Of all the figures, the Machine is probably the most visually interesting. His twisting arm action and odd hand placement sort of kill a lot of his momentum, but at least he looks cool. Machine also has ball jointed legs, which gave him a great range of motion for the time.


I also have Herb Perez who looks quite Asian here, but was more Latino than anything. He was known as Olympus, which really doesn’t fit with his Karate motif. Each figure came with a weapon and a piece of the WMAC Masters belt. I suspect the belt element was really probably the coolest reason to collect these figures. See, each week the fighters competed for the belt pieces and the person who had all the parts at the end was the new MASTER… Or something along those lines.


Honestly the show never made much sense. The fighting was pretty badly scripted, think Power Rangers and much like the Rangers, most of the battles were the stars facing off against generic guys in ninja outfits. Sort of like the Rangers’ battle with the “Putties”. The show did have Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon, on it. I guess that was supposed to give the World Martial Arts Council some credibility. She didn’t do any fighting, instead she just wore pantsuits and jabbered on a lot. The lack of any real interesting violence and bad acting, eventually killed any potential the show might have had.


Much like the show, the figures potential was tanked by their action gimmicks. Poor Olympus is supposed to have a Karate kick action and yet, his foot barely gets up to the level of other figure’s knees. He has one mean shin kick! The sculpting and paint work really isn’t bad for the time, but the action features ruin most the playability these figures may have had. The giant levers sticking out of their backs or goofy movements didn’t make these guys interesting.

They are study though, as they’ve been in my collection for years and aren’t too worse for wear. Ultimately the toys and show were doomed. Still they’re fun to look back at in wonder. Check out the commercial below for these figures to see the rest of the series that I didn’t buy.


And if you’re just dying for more Masters content, you can visit WMACMasters.net, which has more statistics and background information about this show than anyone ever needs to know.


As the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles really started to hit their stride by the early 1990’s, they achieved one feat that few other toy lines before them have. TMNT got a sugary soaked breakfast cereal, baby! The interesting thing about the Ninja Turtles cereal, beyond the fact that it was made by famed Dog Food maker, Purina, is that it actually stayed on shelves for quite some time. Few franchises ever get cereal, but to actually make an impression on shelves? That’s quite the novelty.

I remember only being able to get the Ninja Turtle cereal two or three times as a kid. It tasted pretty terrible, akin to Splinter droppings with marshmallows, in hindsight, but it was pretty neat to have Leonardo and the gang jumpkick my mouth. They packed the cereal with a TMNT bowl of one of the fearsome foursome. Anyone who claims to be a true TMNT fan probably has one of these bowls. I had mine for years afterwards. Of course, I had Michelangelo’s bowl. It eventually became the home of an SOS pad as my Mom thought it worked well to keep her dishwashing utensils dry.

The fascinating thing about this ad is that it actually features some interesting cross promotion. The Turtles are seen busting through on their Playmates Pizza Thrower. That pizza disc launcher was one of the most popular vehicles from Playmates early lineup, but it wasn’t like, an actual cartoon vehicle. I suppose it’s not entirely implausible that Playmates struck a deal with the cereal people, but I actually think this is just a case of the ad artist knowing nothing about the characters he was drawing and using stuff he saw in the toys.


The fact that it appears in this cereal ad, of all places, is quite peculiar. Someone over at Ralston-Purina must have gotten their TMNT info from Playmates. The detail on the vehicle is impressive, with even the stickers replicated in the food ad. It’s also curious that they chose to have Donatello driving the Pizza Tosser in the comic ad, just as he appeared as the man behind the wheel during Playmates early pictures for the item. No matter what the motivation behind this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cereal ad, one thing is for certain… Breakfast would never be the same.


Wrestling Action Playset
Unnamed Luchador (Mistico Bootleg)
5 Inch Scale
By: Greenbrier International
$1.00

Today’s review is definitely a little something different. This figure was purchased for a dollar, at a dollar store and is a bootleg knockoff of a wrestling figure. Normally, that would be cause for instant ridicule. Bootleg figures rarely have high quality, nor do dollar figures usually have much bang for the proverbial buck. Today’s figure up for examination, however, may have more going for it than normal.

On the surface this figure is unnamed. Even the title of the brand doesn’t make sense. “Wrestling Action Playset”? Wouldn’t a playset typically entail more than just a single figure and accessory? As always knockoff toys don’t care one way or the other. Thankfully, back when I wrote for 411Mania.com I was the Lucha Libre expert and reviewed dozens if not hundreds of Lucha Libre wrestling events. Which ultimately means, I very well know who this wrestler is supposed to be and even what figure this is a bootleg of.

Místico is Spanish for “Mystic”, a religious ring character who is the storyline protege of the wrestling priest Fray Tormenta. Not only is Mistico the top tecnico (good guy) in CMLL, he’s one of their biggest attractions. Mistico’s in-ring presence is nearly unrivaled in Mexico as he has incredible athletic ability and perfect timing.


Mistico was still up and coming when I first spotted him on CMLL and I was really one of the first people here in the states to bring attention to his incredible aerial feats. He’s come a long way from his early lucha shows and has evolved into the one of the biggest draws and complete packages in Mexican wrestling. So much so, that he’s getting knockoffs here in the US.

Packaging:
If a figure has a retail price of an item off the Wendy’s value menu, you can’t expect much in the way of packaging. These aren’t aimed at collectors. They’re designed for kids… Poor kids, at that.


The front is nice enough with the curious labeling of the product. There is no attempt at naming the character, which certainly ruins the charm a bit. That said, by not mentioning any name they definitely further the illusion that this is supposed to be Mistico.


This is the most boring back of a package I’ve reviewed on this site to date. Not much more than a barcode. You’d think they’d show the other figures in the series, given that there were at least 4 or 5 other figures available, but I guess they needed to save ink.


Once Mistico was free from his simple blister card, I did notice that the background logo is pretty neat. It’s an eagle clasping two brass knuckles. It’s not very indicative of Lucha Libre as a whole, but it’s not bad all things considered. Which is sort of a theme for this review.

Sculpt:
I suspect that most people who see this figure would just make fun of it. It is a bootleg, after all, but since I am a fan of the wrestler it’s depicting, I can appreciate it more than most.


The first thing that drew me in was the mask. It’s a pretty great sculpt, even if it is a knockoff. CMLL had some pretty good figures released a couple of years ago and it’s obvious that this head sculpt was copied or stolen from that release.


The paint work isn’t complete, as none of Mistico’s side and back designs are painted. Still, the front of the mask is painted surprisingly well. He’s missing Mistico’s trademark white eyes, but I don’t know if that would have been included anyway. The molds on the mask, though, are really pretty fantastic.


One look at this guy and any Mistico fan would immediately recognize this figure as who he’s supposed to be. The body sculpt that is shared by all the wrestlers in the line, seems as if it was specifically chosen for Mistico. It definitely reflects his real life physique.


Unfortunately when you turn the figure to it’s back, you reveal some pretty ghastly screw holes. No attempt was made to hide these. The plastic is also pretty hard and when I moved two of the joints, an arm and leg, respectively, felt like they were going to break. Once I cracked that “seal” though, they moved freely without any issue. I suspect the screws may have been too tightly wound, at parts.


As a result there is some minor creases in the separation between plastics. Scale wise he’s too small for most WWE collections, but he’d probably fit into a WCW or TNA ToyBiz scale with a little fudging. His paint applications are scarce to the point of almost non-existence.

A shame too, since a little paint on the wrist tape and the rest of the mask would definitely make him pop. His feet are cast in gold plastic, but unfortunately the mold runs to the knee so it doesn’t quite work. Again, this probably should have been painted, but given how poorly the paint covers the flesh tone I don’t know if it could have countered the harsher gold anyway.

Credit should be given though to the usage of a pearlescent white plastic, which is very reflective of the tights often wore by Mistico.

Articulation:
When it comes to articulation, a lot of dollar store figures rarely have more than a few points. Bootleg Mistico does better than most, but still isn’t amazing. This guy IS like Spider-man, so a super multi-jointed figure would be perfect.


He ends up with a cut neck, cut shoulders, cut legs and hinges at the knees and elbows. It’s enough to get him in a few trademark headscissor takedown poses, but leaves a fair amount to be desired. Of course he has more articulation than many more costly figures in the mainstream market, like Mattel’s Batman Brave & The Bold line and is comparable to stuff like Ben 10 (which also has screw holes), so the quality isn’t terrible.


It’s been documented before that I played a lot of wrestling with toys in my youth and I can say without a doubt that this guy had enough articulation that he could have been a star in those childhood wrestling feds. He’s better articulated than my last dollar store He-Manish wrestling figures, that’s for sure.

Accessories:
He comes with a single accessory and apparently these are often interchangable. Which means your Mistico may be packed with something different. Mine however, came with a chainsaw. It’s terribly uncharacteristic for the character (or CMLL’s brand of Lucha in general really) but it’s not a bad sculpt.


Actually the sculpt is much better than the chainsaw that came with Jakks Chainsaw Charlie figure. At least until you flip it on the back.


The back side is left hollow. A simple flat piece of plastic covering would have fixed this, but I suppose it was just easier to do this because of the molding process.


On the set of Wrestlemaniac 2?

Value:
This is a really hard figure to place a value on. I mean, it literally cost $1 dollar. How can I possibly hold that up to the standard that I would say, a $40 import toy? Ultimately, I can’t. Instead I had to compare it to the other misfits and bootlegs available in the store. Which means, for $1, this is a fantastic value.


Score Recap:
Packaging – 2
Sculpting – 8
Articulation – 5
Accessories – Chainsaw
Value – 9
Overall – 5 out of 10

This guy scores a 5, which is really about the most he could possibly score. I can’t stress enough that this guy cost less than most bags of chips. To have as good of a likeness as he does, decent articulation and a accessory, he’s definitely worth it. He’s still a cheap, bootleg at the end of the day but this one is definitely better than most.


He’s also not only the most cost efficient way to get a Mistico figure in the United States, he’s pretty much the only way. His plastic is cheap and hard, but didn’t seem particularly brittle. I could see a kid having fun with this toy. As much as I bought him as an experiment to see how shitty he was, I was in the end, surprised at how good he was for the price.


You may have noticed that yesterday, there were no updates here at Infinite Hollywood. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have an inkling as to why, though. Sunday night I began my cyber camp out for the unleashing of Sgt. Slaughter to Hasbro Toy Shop. It’s been well documented here on this very site, just how much I wanted both versions of the Sarge figure.

Every year Hasbro brings a fair amount of their exclusives to their online store from the SDCC. They have always launched on Monday, with varying amounts being updated through the week based on what was left from the con and stock levels. It can be a tricky game at times, but if you’re persistent, you are usually rewarded. Armed with that knowledge and a high amount of faith and dollars desperate to throw at Pawtucket, Rhode Island’s economy, I waited for Sgt. Slaughter.

I wasn’t alone. Over at HissTank, arguably the largest GI Joe online community out there, a thread was started of people staying up all night waiting for Sarge. Why stay up all night? Well there had been a few odd instances in the past of SDCC exclusives showing up randomly at night. So we waited. It wasn’t just people waiting, though… It was an atmosphere. Nicknamed SlaughterCon, it started out with games, even giveaways, as people were cheery all night long waiting for the opportunity to purchase Sgt. Slaughter. It was truly the epitome of everything that’s right and wonderful about this hobby. Fans had truly come together in an amazingly upbeat way as we began our wait.

Waiting being the key word. I personally have waited for Sgt. Slaughter since the 25th Anniversary toy line debuted. I’ve made customs, I’ve bought customs, but most of all I just wanted that official figure. Hasbro had finally answered all that waiting though, by giving us a glorious figure in two variants and I couldn’t be happier with final results. I knew I needed one of each, if not a couple of spares to add to my collection. I have literally bought thousands of GI Joe figures in the last couple of years all to more or less surround the crowning jewel that I had been waiting for, my Sgt. Slaughter figure.


But somewhere, somehow, things took a turn for the worse. Yesterday morning, Hasbro finally began uploading the SDCC exclusives. First it was Mighty Muggs Prowl, who without a working picture, sat on the website for well over an hour all by his lonesome. Slowly, each and every figure popped up for sale. Sometimes only one product at a time, other times five or six up at once.

As the wee hours of the morning turned to later and later, there was still no sign of the Sarge, but then it looked as though all of our patience and cheery spirit was about to be rewarded. Both versions of Sgt. Slaughter appeared on the website, curiously as SOLD OUT. This immediately frazzled some fans, but those of us who had watched every other exclusive pop up, knew it was simply a rouse. Several other figures debuted on the site with the status of Sold Out, but eventually when the stock levels were right, went live.

So what happened? What made this turn from cheery, happy SlaughterCon to bitter, defeated SlaughterGate? Sgt. Slaughter never showed up for sale. I was the first person waiting Sunday night and I was last original person to finally give up and leave Monday AFTERNOON. After over 15 hours of constant waiting, refreshing and missing out on other exclusives in the hopes that I would be rewarded with Sarge, I got nothing.

Nobody got anything. What happened? Where is Sgt. Slaughter? How is it possible that every single other Hasbro SDCC product has made it online, but not the Sarge? Every year I have been able to get the GI Joe exclusive from Hasbro’s shop. He’s advertised right there on their banner for the exclusives. He’s up on the site, but “Sold Out” even though he was never available. Why?

Transformers, Star Wars, Iron Man, Marvel Universe… All with huge fan bases, tons of collectors and yet, all of their exclusives appeared. Most with hours if not days of availability. But the one figure myself and countless others have waited not just hours for, but years to have the opportunity at, is pulled right out from under us. The largest thread in such a short time in the history of HissTank, over 700 pages, went from a jubilation filled celebration of the fun spirit of GI Joe, to dejected anger and sadness.


While there was a smattering of “nerd rage”, for the most part fans were just confused. How could Hasbro be so short sighted? Why even list the figure if he was never going to be made available? Why not make an announcement one way or the other, instead of having people wait? Was Slaughter coming or not? Disappointment was the most popular emotion, however. Fans truly had faith that Hasbro knew just how popular Sgt. Slaughter was, so there was no doubt that he would be readily available at decent quantities… But it just never happened. That’s where we stand today, with Ebay prices on the Sarge hovering around $100 a piece.

As news began to spread yesterday of Sarge’s non-arrival, stories began to surface that he had been up, but sold out quick. That fans were full of the infamous “nerd rage” and that it was just another case of sour grapes. Not only is that false (Sarge was never on sale, not even for a second) that’s a pretty poor and inaccurate representation of what went down yesterday. Eventually people did become upset, but that’s not at all what the majority of yesterday was and most if not all of the people who actually waited for Sarge, weren’t like that. Disappointed and confused, certainly. But not full of nerd rage.

What went wrong? Can Sam Beckett fix it? Sadly, I don’t have the answers. As a guy who’s had Sgt. Slaughter as his favorite GI Joe since his debut in the early 1980’s and as the man who owns the handle of Sgt. Slaughter on every major GI Joe toy board on the internet, I’m at a loss for words. I don’t know what to tell fans, I don’t know what to do for my own Slaughter figure needs, all I know is that SlaughterGate has been a sour spot on this year’s SDCC and ultimately the biggest black mark on the history of my relationship with Hasbro’s boy brand. I keep a small flame of hope alive, but it grows dimmer each and every hour that passes by without some semblance of satisfaction.

And now you know…