Ghosts of Christmas: Past, Present & Future
5 Inch Scale
By: Memory Lane
$19.99 (Back in the day)
My final review for the Toy Review Advent Calendar is a real doozy as it’s three figures in one set! And not only are these three different figures, but each figure is of a character playing another character! We’re getting into real “dude playin’ the dude, disguised as another dude” territory today.
I mentioned a few years ago in my Uncle Scrooge Review that as a youngster, I was blessed with a “taped off TV” VHS tape of Mickey’s Christmas Carol. This was the version that aired on ABC and had the little opening sequence with extra Disney Christmas cartoons on it. It was an annual tradition to watch that worn out old tape in my household, and I still have the tape to this day. Sadly it doesn’t play as well (plus my VCR is buried under other things I don’t use anymore) so I have to settle for the abridged DVD version.
Even so, I love Mickey’s Christmas Carol and was elated to get the whole collection of figures a few years ago. I’ve reviewed pretty much everyone here on the website, except for the Ghosts of Christmas. At least until now! The Ghosts of Christmas set came out shortly after the figures and was the only “deluxe” set put out by Memory Lane. It included all three ghosts (past, present and future) as well as a smattering of accessories.
As with all the Mickey’s Christmas Carol figures, this is a top notch set that makes me miss not only my childhood, but the days when toys like this could be readily bought on the shelves. Continue reading
8 Inch Scale
By: Playing Mantis
$9.99 (Back in the day)
It’s time for another Toy Advent Calendar review! Be sure to visit the Toy Advent Calendar each day for a new toy review from a ton of different contributors! I was sleeping at the wheel with this one, but it’s a long time coming!
If you’re living anywhere like me, you’ve been hit by the frigid weather, icy conditions and a metric ton of snow this year. That must mean the old Winter Warlock is up to his tricks. Or at least, that’s how it seems. Back at the turn of the century, toy companies were able to crank out action figures of just about every property under the sun. That allowed Playing Mantis to create a line of figures devoted to the Rankin-Bass holiday classic, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.
The Winter Warlock is the crown jewel in that lineup. So let’s take a look at this frosty fiend and see if this is an older figure worth hunting down. Continue reading
Spider-Man, Green Goblin, War Machine
2 Inch Scale
By: Mega Bloks
I bought these blind bag Marvel Mega Bloks, what seems like ages ago. I figured I might as well get around to reviewing them. As mini figures go, I quite like these. They have the identifiable characteristics of each Marvel hero/villain and they have a fair amount of articulation. I’m not sure if Mega Bloks is going to continue on with these series, but they are a lot of fun.
Although they’re blind bagged, I was able to feel around and get the characters that I wanted. I believe there may be codes for these somewhere, but I can’t say for sure. Feeling around seemed to work pretty well and I was really happy to score the Green Goblin as he’s one of my favorites. I can only hope that they eventually release a Hobgoblin figure. Continue reading
5 Inch Scale
$15 (+$5 Venture Upgrade)
This year I joined up with the Toy Advent Calendar project, to present new reviews each day from different reviewers. I decided to do some reviews that were a bit off the beaten path, so up first is a Kickstarter toy that will melt your face in it’s awesome simplicity.
Earlier this year, I invested in a little Kickstarter called Modibot Mo. It was a smaller line that didn’t get the fanfare of say, the last Four Horsemen project. The two men behind this Kickstarter, had previously done an unsuccessful Kickstarter that I had backed as well. This time the figures were much different and were more or less the second coming of Stikfas/Xevoz.
Modibot Mo comes to us from two guys who previously worked at Hasbro (and other places) and know all about the world of toys. Mo started off as a 3D printing project and people have made various versions of the Modibot for a while now. This is the first batch of China produced Modibot figures in actual plastic and not from a 3D printer. Continue reading
7 Inch Scale
Despite being one of the core villains in the TMNT mythos, Rocksteady hasn’t gotten a figure in decades. To be fair, when the Ninja Turtles were relaunched in 2003, Rocksteady and Bebop were omitted as characters. Since that time, they’ve remained a fan favorite and now that Playmates is making a toy line in honor of the long history of the TMNT, Rocksteady (along with Bebop) was a natural choice for the line.
Even in the vintage line, Rocksteady and Bebop only recieved two “regular versions. The first release and the mutating version. None of the subsequent releases had a regular style, instead they tended to be doing some sort of wacky action or job. Playmates has had a lot of years to come up with a standardized look for the character, but what they’ve delivered here isn’t exactly that.
The TMNT Classics line has been a bit of an amalgamation from the beginning, but they also have a bit of their own style to them. There doesn’t appear to be a real rhyme or reason to their choices at times, but that doesn’t make this Rocksteady any less awesome. It’s clearly the best Rocksteady on a variety of merits. Continue reading