Monthly Archives: July 2012

Ninja Turtles Custom NECA Display

Last week we spotlighted the custom NECA Turtles display of our good buddy, Jeff Brzozowski. You can read all about that in our Custom Creations Corner: NECA TMNT Display post. Since that time, Jeff and I have been in contact and we’ve worked to help share not only his brilliant NECA display with the readers of Infinite Hollywood, but also a display for the Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles and Playmates Classic TMNT Collection.

Ninja Turtles Nickelodeon Display

Remember these are designed to be used with a crystal clear display case which can be found at stores like Hobby Lobby . It measures 7″ x 6″ and the NECA and Playmates Classics need to be turned vertically. These display cases normally cost around $10-$14, but you can get coupons for Hobby Lobby which will nearly cut the price in half.

Ninja Turtles Playmates Classics Display

These PDFs are made at 11 x 17 but you may have to adjust the page size from 8.5 x 11 on your printer. Check your printer settings and it’s probably best to do a test run first.

Ninja Turtles Nickelodeon Display

You can download the full PDF files here, including the extra logos and variant Nick TMNT display area:
NECA TMNT Display
Nickelodeon TMNT Display
Classics TMNT Display

If you decide to use these, please link back to this post and be sure to give Jeff and Infinite Hollywood the appropriate credit. These have been provided for free for Turtles fans, so please don’t abuse them.

In the history of licensed property toys, there have been some awful choices. Sometimes they just don’t make sense to be toys at all (The Love Boat) and sometimes they’re just dreadfully executed. But could there have been even worse toy lines out there? Of course there could have! Here’s a humorous look at some downright terrible toy lines, that actually didn’t exist. Although this list is numbered, it’s not in any particular order of importance.

Northern Exposure
#5. Northern Exposure
Based off TV show and two cartoons (that also didn’t really exist).

It’s the great outdoors in toy form! Relive the excitement of a transplanted city doctor in a folksy Alaskan town at 3 3/4 scale! This line from Hasbro serves as a precursor to their doomed Indiana Jones line. Despite being packed with accessories for extra value, it failed to connect with consumers on every level.

Wave 1 contained Joel Fleischman and a moose, Maggie O’Connel with lenticular beauty mark, Chris Stevens with a stack of CDs, a Holling & Shelly Marie Tambo Vincoeur comic two pack and a Maurice Minnifield build-a-figure.

Wave 2 included Phil Capra (repainted Joel Fleischman figure), Rick Pederson with satellite, Walt Kupfer with cap firing action, Ed Chigliak with real leather coat and a collect & connect Ruth-Anne Miller with General Store playset. Interest in the line failed when Northern Exposure: The Animated Series was canceled and the Northern Exposure Kids Mystery Hour cartoon had spotty syndication.

Night Fighter Father Mulcahy AfterMASH
#4. AfterMASH
Based on TV series of same name.

M*A*S*H already had a “great” toy line from Tristar (no joke) in the early 1980s. Few people know that AfterMASH, the largely forgotten spin-off to Mash got a toy line as well. Tristar tried to reuse the sculpts from their M*A*S*H figures in hopes of saving costs. The line, much like the TV show, was a short lived disaster. All three major characters, Colonel Potter, Klinger and Father Mulcahy were produced in Wave 1.

Wave 2 was to feature Night Fighter Father Mulcahy, Jet Pack Potter and Arctic Klinger, but unfortunately the line was in direct competition with Galoob’s A-Team figures and soon lost it’s shelf space. Only a handful of prototype Night Fighter Father Mulcahy figures have emerged in recent years on Ebay.

King Vitamin Toys
#3. King Vitamin
Based on the cereal.

In hopes of competing with Masters of the Universe, this obscure line from Remco in the 1980’s failed to excite kids as much as the cereal it was based on. The toys promised all the excitement of the King Vitamin cereal, but in action figure form. To say that this line suffered from poor character selection would be an understatement… The entire line included only one figure, the King himself!

The rest of the characters were made with interchangeable paper masks which you had to cut off the back of the King Vitamin packaging. He had only one vehicle, the Royal Racing Coach, which was a mailaway promotional item if you collected 50 Vitapoints. No one ever mailed away for one.

King Sandusky

Unfortunately the toys have gained infamy in recent years when it was recently revealed that Jerry Sandusky is actually King Vitamin!

Crisp Crunch

Remco would later recycle the molds for a Ralston cereal Crisp Crunch line. Captain Chris Crisp didn’t excite kids anymore than King Vitamin before him, and eventually thousands of these were given to inner city youths as part of a drug awareness and prevention program. Legend has it that kids turned to drugs just to avoid getting these toys.


#2. Leisure Suit Larry
Based on the computer game series.

Coleco sort of got back into the video game business briefly, by producing a series of toys based on popular computer games. Leisure Suit Larry had all the makings of a great new toy line: A marketable main character, tons of females and of course “real feel” rubber skin. Unfortunately parents were outraged at some of the action features on the toys, including “Fist Pumpin’ Larry” and “Jiggle Time Julia”.

Bloodfist Michael Berryman Toys
#6. Bloodfist Classics
Based on films and fan fiction.

Bloodfist, the direct-to-video blockbuster that spawned EIGHT sequels and defined master thespian Don “The Dragon” Wilson’s career, was launched in an all encompassing “Bloodfist Classics” line from Jazwares. Incredibly, they managed to secure the rights to all the big name stars from the films including Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Matt Mullins, Richard Roundtree, Billy Blanks and Kris Aguilar.

The line featured characters from every film, including Bloodfist I-VIII and even Bloodfist 2050! When that well ran dry, Jazwares made licensed figures from some fan fiction where Cynthia Rothrock’s China O’Brien teams up with Don Wilson’s Jake Rayeto to face off against a kung-fu mobster who looks like Michael Berryman. We’re not sure why this toy line failed, it sounds freaking awesome!

If you like this list, be sure to check out our Ten Cartoons And The Toy Lines They Need list from a few years ago.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nickelodeon April O'Neil
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Nickelodeon
April O’Neil
5 Inch Scale
By: Playmates
$8.99

Since first appearing in Mirage TMNT issue #2, April O’Neil has been a central character in the Ninja Turtle mythos. She’s appeared in every incarnation (sans Next Mutation) and has been the Turtle’s conduit to the human world. For Nickelodeon’s new take on April, she’s been de-aged to be a teenager as well, as opposed to being a 20-something adult who hangs out with teenagers.

Ninja Turtles Donatello loves April
“Dear Livejournal, I met the strangest guys today…”

Personally I’ve never thought it was strange in the least, but I understand why Nick wants to do it. They’re focusing heavily on the TEENAGE element in the Turtles this time and having another “parent” around could get tricky. Playmates of course has brought an April into the toy line mix as well.

Nickelodeon April Figure Review

When I was a kid finding April’s figure was about as easy as finding gold, but Playmates seems to have a bit better distribution on her in the last few TMNT incarnations. However, she’s only packed 1 per case in this new Nickelodeon line, so is she worth tracking down?

Packaging:
I like the Turtles package. The fact that Playmates included the “NINJA ARSENAL” sticker is nice as well. So few toys come with accessories these days, might as well brag about it.


The vintage card back actually referred to April as a “damsel in distress” but this one plays up more of April’s quirky teen ways. It also mentions that she’s a bit of an outcast herself. As usual, the rest of the figures are shown on the back.

Sculpt/Paint:
When I first saw the April redesign, I had no interest in her. While I definitely wanted an April as a kid, in recent years I could take or leave her. I would never like, rest the fate of the line on April (ahem, I’m looking at you NECA!) and she’s become more non-essential to me.

Ninja Turtles April O'Neil Nickelodeon Review

That said, I decided to go ahead and pick her up when I first got into the new Nick Turtles because I figured if she was going to end up being rare, I didn’t want to regret not picking her up. I’m now quite happy I did. April has a very “animated” design, perhaps moreso than anyone else in the line.


She’s wearing a very teen attire with short-shorts and black leggings. She also has a yellow t-shirt, a nod no doubt to her infamous yellow jumpsuit and some elbow pads Fashion guru Wes says this is a shirt under her yellow shirt. Whatever, kids wear elbow pads these days!


The head sculpt would arguably be the biggest downer for this figure as she’s got a bit of a goofy football shape to her head and a dopey smile.


It takes a bit of getting used to and the lack of any paint on the mouth does stick out a bit. Still I question if giving her lipstick wouldn’t have made the figure look worse anyway. After looking at her a bit I think the toy reflects a girl who’s sporty and cute.


Donatello likes her for her rocking body, though… Or something. She’s very THIN but I actually find she’s proportioned well aside from the giant feet. I like the giant feet though because it keeps her very well grounded.

April O'Neil Review

This is not a figure I could see having without having the Turtles with her, but when you get them all together as a package deal… She works.


“APRIL! I told you this report was due an hour ago!”

And when you think about all the Aprils we’ve gotten through the years, they’ve never been particularly good. I would rate this one pretty high among them, to be honest.


The paint work is pretty solid although I have a tiny bit of an off center eye. It’s not really noticeable unless you’re staring at it too close or taking micro photos.

Articulation:
The Turtles have the best articulation, but some of the companions get the shaft.


I actually don’t think April is bad at all. Much like the others, she doesn’t have elbow or knee hinges which pisses a lot of people off. Personally I think she’s most lacking an upper thigh and possibly a foot swivel. I think that would have helped greatly with posing.


Her limbs are so thin that I’m not sure a bunch more articulation would have benefited her much.

Ninja Turtles April Review

I have seen some customs using Star Wars Clone Wars joints on her, though, so maybe it’s a project I’ll tackle some day when I convince myself she really needs a reason to sit down.

Accessories:
April comes with a bunch of accessories and they’re all really neat and specifically made for her.


For starters she gets the big bo staff that I mentioned in my Donatello review. The rest come on the tree.


She also comes with a wooden sword, which is a neat little accessory as it has wood grain sculpted on it. This is called a Bokken and is used for training. Given that April is training with Splinter, it makes sense. As usual, no paint.


She also has a couple throwing stars.


Her oddest accessory would be a pair of “black eggs”. They look like Easter eggs, but they’re actually designed to be thrown at opponents to blind them.


Next she has a Tonfa, which makes a lot of sense for her to have as a weapon. Fun fact, the Tonfa became the weapon of Mikey in the Next Mutation show because of the controversy over the nunchucks.


“Splinter sent me to train you, *hiccup* on this! LET’S GET EXTREME!”

Finally she has a Kendo stick, also known as a Shinai… Or if you’re hardcore, it’s a Singapore cane!

Value:
At $8.99 the Turtles are a no brainer, but how about a girl like April? Well I like her. So many of these secondary characters got a bad reputation by a lot of folks because they don’t have the same articulation. I think April is a decent little figure, made all the more appealing by her buttload of accessories.


Score Recap:
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 7
Paint – 7
Articulation – 6
Accessories – Bo staff, 2 Shuriken, 2 Black Eggs, Singapore Cane, Tonfa, Practice Sword
Value – 8
Overall – 7 out of 10


April isn’t a perfect figure, but she’s a very solid addition to a nice lineup of toys. I feel like everyone needs at least one April and this one ain’t a bad version. As I’ve said in several other figure reviews for this line, she is the most articulated April O’Neil yet (from Playmates).

Ninja Turtles April O'Neil

She seems great when she’s paired up with the Turtles and if you’re looking to expand to the full TMNT collection, you need this chick!


“WE LOVE YOU APRIL, Don’t you like us?!?”

MOTUC Mighty Seav-Or

Presenting the newest addition to Masters of the Universe Classics. Inspired by Alan Thicke’s pledge to restore faith in the non-believers…. It’s the MIGHTY SEAV-OR!

The Mighty Seav-Or
Heroic Master of Stay at Home Dad Psychiatry
Real Name: Alanoppenheimer Thicke

In the 2 1/2 Ultimate Battleground, it appeared as though He-Man and all of Eternia was doomed. In the darkest moment of battle through many growing pains, the Mighty Seav-Or appeared to say that they nowhere near the end and that the best was ready to begin. The Masters soon learned that as long as they had each other, they had the whole world sitting right in their hands. Each time He-Man, Gwildor or any of the Masters of the Universe felt down, the Mighty Seav-Or would show his smile again. Eventually he began to use his mystical psychiatry to help reform members of the Horde and sway the disenfranchised enemies of He-Man to swear allegiance to Eternia and to subscribe to the good way of life. This is no time to abandon the universe, but to Master it!

Special thanks to FakeEyes22, Count_Marzo and Cordicon for helping with the concept and bio.

MOTUC 2013 Subscription Twitter Celebrity Campaign

So with all the hysteria going on about the MOTUC 2013 line being in trouble because of low subscription sales… I decided to do something. They said it couldn’t be done. But using my Z-list celebrity blogger status, I took to Twitter and sought out all my favorite superstar celebrities to see if they would help join the cause to save Masters of the Universe Classics.

MOTUC 2013 Subscription Campaign

In all honesty, I was bored and I felt like parodying some of the rather absurd campaigns I’ve seen to help save Masters of the Universe Classics. So I decided to send stupid tweets to low level celebrities (and a few big ones) to see if they would RT. People do this sort of dumb stuff for everything else, why not He-Man?

Twitter Celebrity Campaign

So I sent moderately annoying tweets to a variety of celebrities and people who may or may not be celebrities. I left no stone unturned, whether it was multiple Alf accounts or the host from Double Dare, Marc Summers, I made sure the people who needed to know about He-Man’s plight, heard.

MOTUC 2013 Subscription Twitter Celebrity Campaign

It was starting to seem like a lost cause… But then a beacon of hope!

Alan Thicke MOTUC at Infinite Hollywood

Alan Thicke, famed Canadian comedian and television’s Dr. Jason Roland Seaver from Growing Pains, heard the pleas. He responded to my call for celebrity help and sent in a funny tweet as well. After that I decided to call it a day and figured I’d done my job.

You’re welcome Mattel and fellow MOTU collectors.