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!

This week, we venture into the land of controversy, Target! What sort of toys do they have on their shelves? Come inside and let’s take a peek!

Hulk Face

Me am Hulk! Me SMASH! Hulk face smash!

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!

Hulk isn’t the only one with a wonky face, Look at this smug grin on this Marvel Universe Comic 2 Pack of Thor.

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 Mario World of Nintendo
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

League Trek

In honor of the new release of Star Trek: Into Darkness, post something about Star Trek!

This week the League is all about boldy going where no man has gone before. So in celebration of the release of the newest Star Trek movie, I spin a little JJ Abrams magic and mix the Avengers and Star Trek… In MEGOs! Perhaps it’s a nod to the old Twisted Toyfare Theater or Robot Chicken… Or it could be that I have a ton of Re-Mego Star Trek figures with nothing much to do with them. Enjoy…

Star Trek JJ Abrams
Star Trek Comic
Star Trek Megos3

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It has now been officially one full month since the Avengers opened in the United States. The film has become a smash hit, outdoing even huge expectations from the studios and fans alike. However as other summer blockbusters start to get released, Avengersmania is bound to die down some. Unfortunately it would appear that the Hasbro 6 inch “Marvel Legends” Avengers figures very well may not make it out in time to cash in on the craze.

These figures are nearly impossible to find. Make no mistake, they HAVE shipped and many fans have snagged them. However, the idea that these figures are readily available on the shelf is false for most of the country. As Walmart exclusives, these figures were already destined to be a bit more scarce, but it’s sort of stunning to think that Hasbro wouldn’t work out something with the world’s largest retailer to get more of these figures on the shelves in time to capitalize on the film’s success!

You would have thought that huge endcaps would have been devoted to Avengers figures and Walmart would have tried to position itself as the place to go for Avengers merchandise. Those exclusive figures could have been a big coup. Instead it seems that these guys are just not out there. I’ve been to a half dozen Walmarts and even visited some in another state, but haven’t seen any of the Avengers 6 inch figures.

Heck, none of the stores I’ve visited even have shelf space for them! I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised, though. I pretty much never saw any of Marvel Legends Wave 1 earlier this year either and that wasn’t even retailer exclusive. Still, I can’t believe that Hasbro and Walmart didn’t work to get these out in abundance. They’ve bound to have lost thousands upon thousands of dollars of impulse buys. Not just from collectors, but parents buying toys for their kids.

These figures have turned into a scalper’s dream and a collector’s nightmare. As for me, it’s been so long now that I don’t even care anymore. I’d like to see them in person, but I’m no longer in “must buy” mode. Certainly I’m not alone and that’s an unfortunate reality that Hasbro and Walmart will have to realize. Consider the ball dropped.

Avengers Mini Muggs
Hulk (Movie)
3 Inch Scale
By: Hasbro

I love the Hulk. I’m not sure why, but I’ve always been fascinated with the character. My brother amassed a huge run of the Hulk comics back in the late 70’s and into the 80’s and I guess that’s part of my connection. I’ve reviewed a lot of Hulk figures on this site. Ang Lee’s Hulk movie is one of my most hated movies of all time and yet, Ed Norton’s Incredible Hulk is arguably my favorite Marvel film. I’ve just always enjoyed the character. I also like Mighty Muggs and always wanted to buy the Hulk figure, but never did.

However, the Mini Muggs I just can’t resist. Especially not little Hulk. He’s just too cute. Yeah, now I buy toys because they’re cute. So sue me. This is one of those instances where this figure is almost the antithesis of what the Hulk is all about and yet, for whatever reason, it works in this format.

I reviewed some Hasbro Mini Muggs two years ago but it seemed after that brief run that the concept was going away. But now they’re back and to tie into the Avengers movie, Hasbro is releasing “movie” figures and regular versions of the Avengers in Mini Mugg form. They’re not that much different, but I really like the movie Hulk Mini Mugg, so let’s take a look at him in detail! Continue reading

It’s time for a double dose in today’s Classic Comic Ad as this ad is split between two companies. The top ad is rather uninteresting to be honest, as it’s advertising a company that sells back issues of comics. Certainly it would be nice to catch up on those old issues, but that’s not really the star of this show.

Instead turn your attention to the lower half where the Hulk guest stars for the Boys Town National Hotline. With the tagline “We ALL must deal with the MONSTER WITHIN!”

I don’t have anything against the Boys Town Hotline, but I do wonder what problems this kid could have that would be comparable to being the Hulk. And if the Boys Town Hotline can solve the problems of the Hulk, why didn’t Bruce Banner ever call?

Anyone know if this number still works? Do you think I’m too old to call? I have a lot of mental issues. Maybe I don’t turn into a raging green purple pants wearing beast, but I got issues, man. I review toys for crying out loud!