I promised we’d be back to posting regularly and what better way to get back into things than with a Tuesday edition of TALES FROM THE TOY AISLE!
We start things off with this sort of crazy looking Hulk bop ball. I don’t really know what a bop ball is, but it looks like you inflate it and then punch it a bunch. Seems like the sort of thing David Banner could have used back in the day (cue sad piano music) but the real prize here is that face. Just look at that face!
Dude, what’s with that face? I can’t tell if he’s being arrogant because he just farted or if he’s done something much more dastardly. Seriously, that’s a terrible face sculpt. C’mon Hasbro! At least the Hulk Bop Ball was fun!
Tanooki Suit Mario! Man, I would have murdered my neighbors for a figure of this back in 1988! Best I had were those McDonalds Super Mario Bros 3 Happy Meal Toys. Continue reading
He lives! Yes, this blog is still around. I apologize for my general laziness, but once you really get out of the “blogging mode” it’s very tough to get back into it. Not that I haven’t wanted to do some reviews, post up new content, etc. I am always thinking of doing it. I’ve even went through the painful process of taking photos for lots of things, but then never actually doing anything with it.
But I refuse to let this beast die. So many other blogs that started around the time I did (most after actually) have dried up or died. Some of favorites have disappeared as blogging has sort of fell out of favor. Youtube reviews and random Instagram posts seems to be where the toy/geek culture has went these days. But I still like blogging, so I’m going to make a concerted effort to get back to it. I doubt we’ll be back to the daily posts of yesteryear, but maybe we can get to where we do a couple a week.
And because this blog is so massive and has covered so much ground through the years, we still get a ton of traffic. People post on old articles asking questions. Weird people email me, asking to buy figures as though we were an online store. It’s fascinating and that always draws me back in. Because if I left for months and then came back and no one had visited, I think it’d be pretty easy to quit. But you guys keep coming back, so I will too.
So where do we start? Well I’m going to try and do some posts and get back into the groove of things. I may revamp the reviews a bit, just to make them slightly less work in posting, but we’ll see. Regardless, Infinite Hollywood is still alive. So thanks for sticking around and come back, there’s more great things ahead!
To kick things back off, here’s five random posts that I think should have gotten more love when they were originally posted:
Here we have a fantastic photo from the late 1970’s, possibly early 1980’s of what appears to be three superheroes and a small child. It’s hard to tell for sure from the photo if this is a promotional photo from some sort of appearance or just some sort of Halloween get together. Whatever the origin (I’m not sure I even want to know), it’s got some great cheesy vintage charm to it. The costumes aren’t too horrible (though Superman glued his S on upside down) but clearly not on model, until you get to Spider-man, who is about as ghetto as you can get. They’re like real life Megos or something. I love it.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the Zoloworld Realm of the Underworld toy line. In fact, I would guess that I probably have one of the largest collections of ROTU in existence. But with the Halloween season upon us, I wanted to point out some of the awesomeness of the new Slimed Drones Realm of the Underworld wave. The figures are technically wave 2.5 in the overall ROTU toy line, but for all intents and purposes this is a special subwave of “slime” figures. Which means lots and lots of translucent versions of your favorite Underworld characters, along with a few new figures as well.
I intend to review the entire series in the weeks ahead (along with a ton of 5.75 content) but for now, my focus is purely on the Halloween aspect of these new figures. They’re pretty much the PERFECT Halloween toys! I remember as a kid looking for particularly scary toys to play with around Halloween, and there were plenty of old standbys, Skeletor, Scare-Glow, Burnheart from Super Naturals and the like… But ROTU Slime Drones would have been a wet dream back then.
Just take a look at these guys, they’re downright awesome. Featuring bright Halloween colors (shame there’s no orange one!) and tons of gruesome sculpts, these guys are wicked cool. Those translucent colors practically make them look like candy! Let’s take a closer look at these sick and twisted totally Halloween, non-Halloween toys! Continue reading
5 Inch Scale
Snakeweed (briefly called Stinkweed) was one of the first additional mutant villains we saw in the new Ninja Turtles line. It should be no surprise that he was also one of the first introduced in the Nickelodeon cartoon. Surprisingly, despite coming in earlier in the line, he’s in a lot of ways better than some of the later creations.
Snakeweed represents a real change in philosophy for the Ninja Turtles line, offering up quite a bit of articulation and completely new functions that previous TMNT figures have never had. Yet, this is very clearly a Playmates toy, with many of the stalwart pieces we’ve come to know from the house of Turtle. So is this figure worth adding to you collection this holiday season? Continue reading