1. We know you’re going to be asked this by many other sites, but we want to make sure that we meet our “fan demand” quota here… Will you be considering releasing the Mini-Masters figures previewed at SDCC 2011? We really want them, especially because of their articulation. In fact we’d love to see v-crotch cut joints added to the legs. Don’t you think Mini-Masters would be a great place to perhaps do a small scale Castle Greyskull or other playsets that are likely impossible for the larger MOTUC line? Basically, we want Mini-Masters! We’re crazy for Mini-Masters! We gotta catch em’ all! Let us give you our money for them!
We are still reviewing possible execution for the Mini Masters. We know fans like em! To manage expectations, do not expect them any earlier than 2013.
2. On the recent Young Justice smaller scale figures, the right hand on many of the figures is sculpted open to hold accessories. However, the right hand is turned upside down, like you would hold a barbell if you were working out. This seems like an odd choice as opposed to the standard way an open gripping hand is displayed. Is there any chance this will be updated on future waves so that these figures can hold weapons more traditionally?
Yes, this is already being updated on future figures for a better grip on weapons.
3. Is the articulation hindered in the Voltron lions by the “spring action” legs? It seems as though those lions only have basic movement as a result. Do the springs interfere with the articulation at all?
The auto-transformation feature does not fully inhibit the articulation of the Lions legs. Each lion still has a large range of poseability in the legs and can securely hold multiple poses, and can even stretch out to their iconic flying poses. The legs are also manually poseable.
4. On the recent MattyCollector poll for the DCUC figure, Black Lantern Swamp Thing was mentioned as a possible choice. Assuming you guys ever decided to make this character, would he be made of rubber like the SDCC Swamp Thing and essentially be a “repaint” for lack of a better word or would be actually full sculpted poseable figure as highly requested by fans?
If we proceeded with Black Lantern Swamp Thing, he would not just be a repaint. Additional decisions would be made closer to production, but for now we can say that he would not just be a repaint.
5. In the WWE line, we’ve seen the Elimination Chamber previewed since Toy Fair and again at SDCC… But no release date that I know of. Can you tell us if this playset is an exclusive and if not when and where we can purchase it? It looks awesome!
The Elimination Chamber is a Toys “R” Us exclusive for Fall 2011 so it should start showing up on their shelves in the next few weeks if not sooner. And we agree, it is quite awesome!
Notes: Pretty good set of answers this time around. I am particularly curious about the Black Lantern Swamp Thing. I wonder if this means a fully sculpted (non-rubber) Swampy is in the cards? I doubt it, but interesting none the less. If you have any questions for Mattel, leave a comment below!
Reel Toys: A Nightmare on Elm Street
When I was growing up, watching horror and rated-R science fiction movies was part of everyday life. Toys of Predator, Aliens, and Terminator ruled the aisles just as much as any Batman or X-Men toys. I remember when John Connor with his dirtbike was the #1 toy on my list for the year.
Watching grown-up movies was never a big deal for me until I saw A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. For whatever reason my family thought ANOES part 2 was too scary for me, but part 3 was totally acceptable. Mind you we were a Catholic family, so I had to turn my head during the titties.
Freddy Krueger became my biggest feared villain of my childhood, something to do with someone who could attack you when you were at your most vulnerable and you not having the ability to fight back. Of course, it didn’t help that my dick brother knew I was scared of him and chased my sister and I around the house with butter knives attached to his fingers with rubber bands. Dick.
Catharsis, Part 1: Buying a Freddy toy.
I’m gonna go over the packaging for two reasons. One, because it’s been a while and perhaps not all of our fans here are familiar; two, because it strikes on one of my pet peeves.
The design is useful enough, with a picture of Robert Englund as Freddy on the front and shots of the Freddy from part 2 and the upcoming versions from parts 3 and 4. The problem I have is the same that I had with their Isaac Clarke and it’s that the design runs up the side of the clamshell and blocks much of the figure from being seen, especially the glove.
There is another pack layout that features the smaller arms attached and you can see the glove clearly, but this version had the glossier face that reminded me much more of Freddy from the end of the first film, where his scarred flesh appears almost wet in the shadows of Nancy’s bedroom. It’s a small detail, but it’s how I always remembered him and trying to go for that look ended up costing me a twisted claw.
Not the end of the world, but even something as simple as putting the art on the other side of the box might have allowed easier sight down inside the package. Being such an important part of the character and so well-detailed, it seems like it’d be something you’d want to show off. Then again, just like in the Isaac Clarke review , I have to wonder if it’s an issue with how gory or scary the figure appears and trying to walk that line carefully. Remember what happened with all the Dexter toys at TRU?
I’m just speculating, of course. I should hope there is a good reason for hiding such a beautifully sculpted figure. Which brings us to…
“You are one ugly…” – Lieutenant Mike Harrigan, Predator 2
But bein’ fugly has never looked so good. My old personal terror factory is sculpted gruesomely in his outfit from the first movie, complete with his gloved hand (as opposed to the claws coming straight out of his fingers) and removable fedora. Once you get that baby off, you’re lookin’ at one mean sumbitch.
All traces of hair have been burned from his face and you can see right down to the bloody muscle tissue in many places. That evil, yet charismatic grin of his is part excitement, part menace, and all Freddy. This is a guy who can’t wait to get his hands on you. And check out his right ear with the chunk taken out! Nas-tay!
His face has tons of personality, and the cocked-up fedora just adds to it. Throw in that cavalier, shoulder-slumped stance of his and you’ve got yourself one heckuva catch! He’ll murder the crap out of you, and then he’ll take home some classy dame and tell her all about it.
Then murder the crap out of her.
His glove was sculpted and painted very carefully, with much attention paid to the difference between leather and flesh on the palm. On the fingers, you’ll see a noticeable difference between the brass of the knuckles and the splatter of blood from an old kill. NECA knows the difference between wet and dry blood, and brings home the creepy by showing that these stains have been there at least long enough to dry.
Here’s where you can really see the bend of the claw on his ring finger. It’s not the worst thing in the world and from most angles I don’t notice it, but I do wish it was straighter since it’s such an identifiable part of his look. Not that anybody’s gonna see him without a glove during Christmas time and assume he’s Santa or anything. Zombie Bill O’Reilly–maybe. But not Santa. He’s a fatty.
Freddy also comes with a few additional accessories appropriate to this movie. The arms are an especially spooky addition from the scene in which he slowly walks down the alley scraping his claws against the wall. It’s awesome to include something from probably the second most iconic scene in the movie and the first where we really get a sense of him having the powers of a nightmare.
While I don’t readily recall the scene in which his face is pulled off, I can say that the sculpting and paint look really fantastic. They even went as far as sculpting that tendon or muscle or whatever underneath his tongue that I can’t find the name of on the internets because everything is stupid and they hate me.
The accessories are super easy to swap out as they’re on a simple peg and socket system. And hey, you can even put the alternate heads on the arms for some weirdo monster action. Huzzah!
The paint is pretty solid all ‘round, with some slop along the lines of the sweater, which are sculpted. Well, slop might not be the best way to put it. It’s not easy to tell unless you’re looking for it and if they hadn’t sculpted those lines in I never would have noticed. The rest of him has all the appropriate washes to bring out those grimy details.
So how ‘bout that articulation, then? Generally, collector film icons these days go with a much more basic approach to their joints systems. Freddy won’t blow you away, but he may have more than you think.
As you can see, Freddy does have the ability to bend in his midsection. That comes from a rather ingenious use of rubber over an articulated armature. If you remove both arms and the head, the sweater is removable and we can get a look at his articulation underneath.
He’s got ball and socket joints in both his waist and mid-torso areas that allow for some very nice forward, back, and tilt motion. Since the sweater is rubber, it doesn’t hinder this articulation much, if it all. A very clever idea to add some movement without tearing up the gorgeous sculpt.
In addition, he also features a ball and socket neck, swivel-hinge shoulders and elbows, ball and socket wrists, and ball and socket ankles. It might not be much, but you can actually get a lot of personality out of him. The neck is especially good, with a lot of creepy tilt action for just the perfect scare.
The elongated arms also feature swivel-hinge elbows and since the hands are swapped out for this look you retain their ball movement as well. This’ll really help you get that nightmarish quality to come through on the toy shelf and the ball ankles will allow you some freedom in how you choose to balance him.
The alt head is really nice with its screaming face to help bring out the more violent poses and get to that thuggish core that is in the heart of Freddy, picking on children and teenagers like an old bully. There’s a lot of versatility to the articulation because of the swappable heads, arms and removable hat that will allow you to pose Freddy *just* so. The right twist and tilt can really bring out the murderous, tongue-in-cheek fun on this old character.
I bought my Freddy at TRU for $15.99. Normally, NECA’s stuff hovers right at the 14 to 15 dollar mark, so I’m not sure if the price increase is from NECA or TRU’s latest trend of trying to nickel and dime kids, parents, and collectors to their deaths.
Regardless of that fact, you do get a lot of bang for your buck. You get a well-articulated figure of a classic cult icon and you get several accessories to go with him. What that does is give you a lot of option of how you wish to display your Freddy. None of the accessories are useless items that have to sit next to the figure because no one thought of a good way to incorporate them.
Freddy’s sculpt and paint are both the usual high quality I’ve come to expect from NECA and even with the dollar hike I think he’s a great value. The only things I say to watch out for are the differences in paint and package warpage on the glove (which you can probably fix with heat if you like the paint enough). Other than that, I have to say that only one word comes to mind when I look at this figure:
Value: Adults: 8
Overall: Adults: 8.3
Highly recommended to horror and Freddy fans, of course. Also highly recommended to pop culture and Halloween fans. He’s got just the right amount of articulation and accessories to make him fun and different for your Halloween displays year in and year out and the price makes him a very affordable decoration. Sixteen bucks is a bit more than a lot of other figures out these days, but do remember that his scale is a bit larger and that NECA’s re-use is a lot more limited than that of a Marvel Legend or DC Universe Classic, let alone higher-priced items along the lines of MOTUC.
Freddy Krueger scared the hell out of me as a kid. As an adult, I can really appreciate him as a pop icon and understand the love and care that NECA put into re-creating this horrific, yet instantly recognizable titan of terror. I dig it. I think if you’re a fan of NECA’s other Reel Toys figures, then you’ll really like this guy.
Thanks for reading and as always, it’s just the dark-brimmed harbinger of nightmare horror. See you in dreams.
WWE Elite Series 6
7 Inch Scale
2011 could go down as the year of CM Punk in the WWE. A good portion of the WWE Universe is in love with CM Punk, especially the so called internet “smart” fans. Punk has managed to be the talk of the WWE for the last few months thanks to a well worked storyline where he was “against” the system.
Personally I am not a huge fan of CM Punk. I like him, but I don’t love him. I think he’s a decent wrestler, not great, and that his gimmick is just a derivative of Raven. Of course Punk himself has admitted to basically paying homage to Raven and learned a lot from him both as part of Raven’s group in TNA as well as feuding with him through TNA and ROH. It’s these sort of things that make me less amazed by Punk’s character, but I do confess that I have enjoyed WWE Raw the past few weeks, moreso for Alberto Del Rio’s title reign than CM Punk, but Punk has been an integral part of that storyline.
Punk has received a lot of figures from Mattel since the house that Barbie built began making their wrestling figures last year. This is one of several Elites featuring the “straight edge” superstar. Is this Punk worth your time and money? Let’s take a look!
Mattel’s WWE Elite packaging is an odd shaped box with a see-through window on the front and a smaller one on the back. The window allows you to see in on some of the details of the figure contained inside. Punk’s bonus t-shirt is packaged on the side, which is nice because there have been some instances of these shirts staining the figures when they wear them in package.
The back of the box gives off a few stats and shows off the rest of the series. There is also a “Did you know” section, that basically says Punk learned to be straight edge by copying some crappy indie rock bands. How inspiring!
Punk has a fair amount of nice paint work on the body, including his chest hair and tattoos. CM Punk is missing a couple of tattoos, a Pepsi logo on one shoulder as well as a GI Joe Cobra symbol on his other shoulder. I don’t really think you’re missing much by not having them on the figure as Punk has so many tattoos these days that those sort of get lost… But if you want you can track down some water slide decals and correct this.
Obviously you can’t blame Mattel for not including them. They are registered logos of other brands and they would likely have to pay to use them. Heck I don’t even know if Hasbro would allow it.
There are some nice details such as Punk’s “drug free” knuckle tattoos. On the flip side, the wrist wrap tape is only painted on. It looks okay, but sculpted tape would probably be better.
The body is pretty standard, with Mattel reusing different parts of this sculpt in various bodies. I think it’s a good fit for CM Punk, so I have no real complaints. The tights are also a pretty nice combination of colors.
The one issues I have with my CM Punk is that one side of his beard isn’t fully painted. It looks like someone took a razor to it. Ironic considering he does come with a pair of clippers. It’s not a huge deal, but just one of those little QC nags that pop up from time to time. A quick dab of black paint will probably fix it.
Overall this is a pretty solid representation of CM Punk. The head sculpt is a tad soft, but some of that just seems to part of the Mattel style for these figures. He has a smirking grimace which I’m not a huge fan of, but it fits Punk.
The difference between Elite and Basic figures is the amount of articulation. Punk has a fair amount of articulation with double knees, ball neck, torso hinge and a strange set of leg joints that are sort of balls. There are the normal assortment of hinges and swivels as well.
Punk’s large knee pads sort of render the double jointed knees usesless, but that’s an issue with the pads, not the articulation itself. For the most part he moves pretty well.
I would have loved double jointed elbows on the Elite figures, because it could have opened up some better movement. CM Punk can’t really perform his Anaconda Vice with the current limitations.
All the Elites are pretty much the same. You either love them or you don’t. I think they’re a pretty solid mix for a wrestling figure. Not perfect, but definitely a great standard.
You get more accessories with the Elites than the Basics (which typically have none) so it’s always nice to have useful ones. CM Punk feels fairly decent in the accessories department.
He has a pair of clippers from his time when he was shaving people’s heads. He did this as part of his gimmick to get people into the
He also gets a t-shirt, which is a nice little bonus. Mattel has said they are going to be cutting back on soft goods in future assortments. Hopefully this means more useful weapons such as chairs and tables will be included.
You also get the standard WWE stand. They’ve stopped including these altogether to help keep costs low. I have a few grievances with that, but whatever.
At $16 (even more at some places!) the WWE Elite line is one that I struggle with. I think the toys are good and the general quality is pretty acceptable, but it’s still expensive. I really wish Mattel could figure out a way to either pack in more accessories or get the price down a couple of bucks.
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 7
Paint – 7
Articulation – 8
Accessories – Clippers, T-shirt, Stand
Value – 7
Overall – 7 out of 10
Punk ends up a few notches below my last WWE Elite figure review, mostly because of the minor QC error. He’s a pretty good figure and a few different color variations have been released. If you like CM Punk, this isn’t a bad one to have in your collection.
Masters of the Universe Classics
7” Scale (12” tall)
$40 + shipping from mattycollector.com
Megator, along with Tytus, is a figure that Masters of the Universe fans have allegedly been crying out for ever since the vintage line petered out in the US. He and his good guy twin were released overseas in very limited numbers and have commanded very high prices ever since from collectors who wanted to own everything.
I wasn’t too terribly thrilled when Tytus came out in the MOTUC line thanks to his limited articulation and worthless hair-dryer weapon and knowing that Mattel would surely have a Megator out shortly to reuse those parts did nothing to soften the blow. Still, Tytus has grown on me and I’ve come to appreciate the variety he brings to my MOTUC shelf.
So Tytus’ arch enemy, Megator, is here and looking pretty cool. Is he destined to end up as a back row, second class monster or do his vicious looks and usable weapon carry him over the top and up to the front?
Click inside to find out!
Magator is packed inside a truly huge white mailer box and then inside the same gigantic box that carried Tytus last year. It’s funny how something just being big can have such an impact on me as a buyer. I remember the same thing happening when I got Tytus, just the sheer heft of the toy made me instantly like the figure more than pictures ever could have.
Megator’s bio is chock-full of historical information about him and Eternia’s past and it shed’s a lot more light on him than Tytus’ bio did about the blonde beater. Still, the bio doesn’t portray Megator as a character so much as just a force of nature that can really only be steered in the right direction. I like it a lot!
Sculpt, Paint, Looks:
The bulk of Megator’s looks come from the same body used for Tytus. It’s a nice, big body that looks powerful and believable and, actually, a lot more has been changed to create Megator than I would have thought Mattel would be willing to pay for! Megator has a new head, new bracers and hands, new lower legs, a new harness that’s removable, a new belt and hunched over chest.
Starting from the top, Megator’s head is all brand new and he looks downright nasty. He’s got a mane of ratty looking black hair and a couple of the stringy strands hang in front of his face. Megator’s got a nasty, grimacing mouth that looks like it could use a hefty serving of drool to complete the picture. Megator’s head is really close to a perfect match for his character.
The chest harness and belt are upgrades based on the look of the vintage toy. The belt buckle could be a stylized “M” if you want it to but more likely it’s just a neat design that someone came up with. I absolutely love the skull on his chest harness and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the actual skull of someone he defeated years ago. The rusty brown they chose for his gear compliments the green of Megator’s skin without making him look Christmasy.
Megator’s feet are gnarly looking things that would give even the most skilled manicurist nightmares, can you imagine the belt sander that it’d take to trim those nasty nails? His feet look worn and ugly like you’d expect from the walkers of someone like Megator.
All in all, I’m really amazed at how many new parts were created for this grumpy green giant, it seems like Mattel could’ve gotten away with a lot more reuse but they allowed the sculptors to go the extra mile and really do right by Megator.
Here’s where Megator loses some points when compared to other MOTUC figures. He’s missing several of the really nice joints that are typically present on the smaller guys and even comes up short compared to Battle Cat!
Megator has the following joints:
And that’s all there is.
While this is really not a terrible amount of joints for such a large, rotocast figure there isn’t a lot that you can really DO with a several of the joints. Megator’s legs, for example, are able to swing up pretty far but not far enough for him to sit down convincingly (although where would he sit…). His knees bend very nicely, almost getting full range out of them, but because of the design of the hip joints and the lack of ankle joints he can really only stand up straight.
This leaves us with a nice neck joint that, despite the hair blocking it a bit, moves really well and 2 arm joints that also work smoothly. You can get Megator to look pretty cool holding his huge Ball & Chain weapon which is already a big upgrade from Tytus but it’s still very tough to find anything that looks like a convincing action pose.
Sadly, all this means that Megator is limited to essentially 1 or 2 poses and that’s quite dissapointing for an action figure. It’s nothing new since Tytus was in the same boat a year ago but it doesn’t make me any happier with the situation.
Megator came with his aforementioned GIANT BALL & CHAIN as well as a SECRET! accessory that ebay spoiled for us several weeks ago. I’m going to assume that everyone knows about it by now but if you don’t want to know you should probably skip the rest of this review. Sorry =(
Megator’s Ball & Chain / Flail / Metal Whacky Wheel is a damn sight better from the get go than Tytus’ Hair Curler of Pain. It’s a mean looking handle (itself a much more effective weapon than Tytus’) attached via a metal chain to a big, hollow spiked ball. The ball itself feels a little funny as a hollow, rubber piece rather than one made of harder plastic but it still looks really good. As I mentioned before it can be a little tough to pose Megs in action with this thing, mostly because of his lack of joints, but the poses he can do are cool enough.
The SECRET ACCESSORY is an alternate Zombie Megator head to represent his second life as a slave. I like this thing a bit more than Man-E’s secret because it’s at least something that represents events in Megator’s life. That said, I’m still not excited about it. The Zombie Head has an absolutely GREAT look to it, it’s more wrinkly and withered looking than his normal head plus it’s actually noticeably smaller to represent the fact that it’s dead! It’s also got rooted gray hair, a little throwback to the vintage Megator figure which also had rooted hair. This is a neat idea in theory but the rooted hair looks awful the way it’s done with clearly visible roots sparsely inserted that really don’t work on this style of figure.
Megator cost a whopping $40 before shipping when he was available online. That’s a lot of money to drop for one toy, especially one with such limited play value and articulation. Add to that the fact that a good bit of Megator is hollow, rotocast plastic and I start to wonder just why he really is so expensive.
The important thing to look at here is the sheer size of this figure, he really is a GIANT amongst your MOTUC characters which are already towering over most other toy lines in this scale. Megator’s much better sculpted than other similar figures in his size with separate parts and layers that really make it clear he’s part of the Masters of the Universe Classics and not just a random green monster.
While I don’t claim to understand the costing for Megator I think he’s just barely worth the price. Personally, I would much rather pay $40 for Battle Cat and Panthor (don’t tell Mattel) because they just feel expensive but if the trade off for getting them at $30 is Megator for $40 then sign me up!
Summary, or should Megator belong to Me-Gator?:
Megator is going to be a pretty tough sell for a casual collector of Master of the Universe figures. He’s a really obscure character, he’s expensive and he’s not up to the highly articulated standards of the smaller MOTUC figures.
Megator is a crazy looking, giant green troll monster thing with 2 heads to choose from. He’s completely different from anything else on the market and I think that’s going to lead to a lot of people, not necessarily MOTU collectors, picking him up just because they like the look of him.
Megator is a perfect example of why I’m glad I got the Club Eternia subscription. I’m not sure if I would have pulled the trigger on him if I had the option to pass but now that I have Megator in my hands I’m really glad I own him. At the same time it’s clear that the subscription is not for everyone like Mattel seems to want it to be. There needs to be another option besides “ALL IN” for folks who like MOTUC but don’t want it everything ever made. The answer is not to reduce numbers on non-sub product in an effort to bully people into a $700 commitment and I am hopeful that Mattel will see that when the white screen of death returns in 2012.
Min-rant out of the way, you can probably tell just by looking at the pictures whether you need to own a Megator figure or not. If you look at him and aren’t interested then you should definitely go with your gut and stay away. On the other hand, if there’s room on your shelves for a big green monster and room in your wallet for a sizeable hole Megator is worth looking into.