Monthly Archives: November 2013

Mattel
Oh Matty, you cruel temptress, you.

For those who’ve been following along, MattyCollector and I have had a torrid relationship from the beginning. While I originally loved the idea of the subscription (back when I never imagined crap like the Star Sisters), I soon waned on the entire program as I’ve become saddled with toys that may be decent, but aren’t what I want. Last year, Mattel swayed me at the last minute by holding Ram Man hostage. The whole experience soured me to the point that I still haven’t even opened my Ram Man.

Finishing up the sub, this year, I opted not to renew. I knew it was a risk, as Two-Bad is one of my favorite MOTU characters and I fully expect to pay out the nose for him. Even so, I just couldn’t agree to a subscription one more go around. It just isn’t worth it to me. I did decide to “go out with a bang” and ordered Castle Grayskull, despite the enormous price tag.

This week is a perfect example of how Mattel and I have a crazy Rhianna/Chris Brown style relationship. Matty beats me down, but I keep running back. I’m a glutton for punishment. I know I’m part of the problem, but I just can’t help it. The allure of a bargain (even when it’s not) is just too much for me.

Earlier this week, Mattel went all Matty on me and randomly canceled my Castle Grayskull order. Mattel has come out and said that this happened because of “credit card failure” and blamed it on me and the hundreds of other people who’s Castle Grayskulls they canceled. It was kind of the straw that broke the camel’s back for me, as I thought for sure I was done with Mattel entirely. Yes, for the record, apparently I can get my Castle order fixed if I call and speak to some Indian guy for 20 minutes, but it sure seems like I have to do a lot of work to give Mattel $300.

So I decided I was done with them… Right? You’d think so, but I’m still torn on Castle Grayskull. A big part of me wants to just let it go, while another little devil on my shoulder is telling me to work it out and re-order it. Whatever the case, I shouldn’t be throwing such an incompetent company any more of my hard earned dollars.

With Mad Matty Cyber Monday (which oddly doesn’t begin or end on a Monday) I was sucked back in. I spent another whopping $141 on their site. Mostly picking up odds and ends I’ve skipped for various reasons. In a lot of ways, I got them, as I was able to pay significantly less than if I’d ordered during the year, but we all know it’s Matty who gets the last laugh. Once again he sucked me in, and whatever he’s losing on the Cyber Monday sale, he’s more than made up in forcing me to buy the Star Sisters and various other things.

Of course the kicker is, I used the very same credit card that’s on file that Matty claimed was the issue with Castle Grayskull. Should I really be surprised? And so, the love-hate relationship continues…

Realm of the Underworld Wave 2
Our buddies over at DoomKick have decided to have a Realm of the Underworld spectacular all this week, in celebration of Wave 2. I’ve been enjoying Wave 2 thus far (reviews coming here as well) but rather than step on their toes, I’m waiting a bit to post up my reviews. In the meantime, check out some highlights from our Realm of the Underworld Week back in April and then head over to DoomKick and check out their coverage of Wave 2!

Remco Barbarian

Realm of the Underworld Custom Figure Mini Comic
Realm of the Underworld: Acromancer Review
Realm of the Underworld: Ultimate Evil Archfiend Figure Review
Realm of the Underworld: Archfiend Figure Review
Realm of the Underworld: Hercules Figure Review
Realm of the Underworld Interview

Portal 2

TMNT Leatherhead figure review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Nickelodeon
Leatherhead
5 Inch Scale
By: Playmates
$8.99

In the 1980’s TMNT cartoon, Leatherhead is sort of a generic mutant villain who spoke like he was the reincarnation of cajun chef, Justin Wilson. In the Archie TMNT comics, Leatherhead developed beyond this point to actually become a hero. However, it was in the original Mirage comics that Leatherhead got his start.

Nick TMNT Figure Reviews
In the Mirage comics, Leatherhead is an important character as he’s the only other “mutant” created by the TCRI mutagen. Unlike his cartoon counterpart, he’s actually a brilliant creature, who was raised by the Utroms and wants to get back to their homeworld, as he only really feels at home with the Utroms.

Aligator
The new Nickelodeon show has Leatherhead be a bit closer to his roots, but since the Utroms (Kraang) are evil, he’s more of a generic mutant than anything. Leatherhead loses some of his special qualities because of this, but he’s still a character that has appeared a few times and has potential to be more. So how is the action figure form? Continue reading

Infinite Toys For Tots 2013
It’s hard to believe, but we’re only 37 days until Christmas and that means it’s time to start our 4th annual Infinite Toys For Tots donation drive! Each year we encourage our fellow members of the toy collecting community to give back to children in need, by donating to Toys For Tots. To help bolster the spirit of donations, we here at Infinite Hollywood, MATCH your donation with a donation of our own.

Starting today, until the 25th of December we’re challenging you, the thousands of Infinite Hollywood readers (and any other websites that would like to spread the word about our cause) to donate to Toys For Tots in any of your local locations or online. All you have to do is send us a photo of you actually donating, or another form of proof and we’ll go out and match your donation with one of our own!

You may be wondering, “Why are you starting now, it’s not even Thanksgiving?!” The truth is that a lot of the Toys For Tots donation boxes are picked up early in December. Often people think of donating towards the middle and end of December and they can’t find a drop box. So we’re starting the campaign a bit earlier so you have more time to get out there and donate. Black Friday is typically one of the biggest days for donations (and a great time to get some affordable toy deals for donating!) so we wanted to make sure to start before then.

We will match your donation, with a donation (but not necessarily be matching in monetary value or amount) of our own! IE: You donate two Barbies, I may match you with one GI Joe. With your help, we can give Santa Claus that extra hand he needs this year. We will double your donation by going out to donate to our local Toys For Tots each time you send us proof that you donated!

HOW TO ENTER:

Take a picture of yourself donating to a Toys for Tots drop off box.

These include the Toys for Tots bins at local Toys R’ Us locations, as well as other areas.

Your photo doesn’t have to show your face, simply take a photo of you donating something. This is purely to prove a donation did occur, your photo will not be used or if it is, your face will be cropped out (unless you say you want to be pictured).

The second option is to send proof of an online cash donation to their website (they do send you a email receipt that can be forwarded). They take multiple forms of payment and your receipt will remain anonymous!

Your donations, amounts, names, faces and information will remain completely confidential. We will simply mark on our counter each time we receive notification of a donation and then we will go out and make a matching donation later that week.

All entries must be emailed to NewtonGimmick AT rocketmail.com!

If you don’t know where a Toys For Tots location is, check their website: Toys For Tots Locations and any Toys R Us or Babies R Us are considered to be “national” drop offs. I’m noticing a lot of Toys For Tots drop off boxes at local grocery stores, Dollar Tree locations and even Old Navy as well. If you can’t find one, check the actual Toys For Tots website and it should give you someone local to contact.

Conversely, you can donate cash online. This is a SUPER easy way to share the love this holiday season. They take every sort of form of payment, including PayPal. Forward the receipt to my email address (NewtonGimmick AT Rocketmail.com) above and you can also be entered in the contest. A lot of people are choosing to enter this way. You can do this every day up until the 25th of December. DO IT NOW! Every donation counts, no matter if its only a $5 or $10 amount. The idea is to help needy kids. Every little bit goes towards that.

Entries must be received by 12/25/13 in order to qualify. Continue reading

Ninja Turtle Cereal
The Ninja Turtles debuted a cereal in the early 90s that was to many folks pretty repulsive. Frankly, I don’t recall the cereal tasting any worse than a lot of the other stuff on the market at the time. Then again, I don’t remember particularly loving it either. One of the promotions involved sending away to get special cereal exclusive comics and that’s what we’re taking a look at today, because they’re actually kind of neat comics.

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Done by the Mirage team, it offers a rare glimpse into how a Mirage “Fred Wolf” TMNT comic may have went. While one could argue that Archie’s TMNT Adventures was certainly the same idea, this was closer in style to the Mirage playbook than the Archie stories ever were.

TMNT-cereal1-p02
You had to mail away for each comic, which in itself was a pretty good scheme. The comics were small, not unlike the MOTU mini comics, but had a fairly decent continuing story throughout. This one starts with Raphael and Casey Jones playing baseball. Casey Jones wasn’t shown to be a friend of the TMNT that much in the original toon, so you can already see that Mirage twist on the norm. Continue reading