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
Lego continues to expand it’s toy empire and massive amount of licensing, by creating a new set of Simpsons Legos set to debut within the next year. While no real prototypes have been shown off, we can expect them to look like Legos. No surprise there, really. Lego has proven to be very innovative and quite adaptive to a variety of formats, so I suspect Simpsons will work just fine as Legos.
The Simpsons even mocked Legoland in an episode, so it’s a interesting tribute that they finally get made into little brick figures. While a lot of people bemoan the Simpsons and talk about how bad the show is these days, there are still lots of laughs to be had in the Simpsons and there isn’t a more culturally significant program on television these days. The Simpsons is a staple of media and still a ratings powerhouse, so it’s a perfect fit for the Lego brand.
What makes this more interesting, is that it shows that Lego is willing to go a bit outside the box and continue to come up with new concepts. Right now it’s planned for just a set or two, but if World of Springfield showed us anything, it’s that the Simpsons line could be huge if you expand into other characters and sets. I could definitely see the Lego Simpsons line going that far or even farther, if the sales were there.
1 1/2 Inch scale
Perhaps the best figure of the bunch in Lego’s Series 8 of Minifigures, is the Diver. He seems like a deep sea diver to me and he’s got all the traits of a classic, fun little figure. Sure he’s not as exciting as an alien or a robot, but it’s the little things that help this figure stand out. From the magnifying glass in the helmet to the lead boots, there’s just enough small details to make the charm factor on this figure, second to none.
Evil Alien Queen
1 1/2 Inch scale
You may recall that I mentioned that I recently hit the jackpot as it were, with the Lego Minifigures Series 8 collection. I bought three figures and managed to get the three that I wanted. That’s probably pretty rare, but of course I fond them all by mashing around on the package so it’s not like I was that lucky. None the less, the Alien figure was amongst those scores. Lego had a whole series a while back called Alien Conquest, which featured a ton of similar designs. I always wanted to buy some, but never did for one reason or another.
Oddly enough, I ended up seeing that series on clearance, but I never did bite the bullet. Oh well. At least I got this little Alien figure. So how does she stack up?!
1 1/2 Inch scale
Lego has been cranking out these blind bag minifigures since 2010 and they’ve really added a whole new genre of toys to the collectible market. Lego’s concept isn’t one that’s wholly original to them, but since their introduction into the marketplace, dozens of imitators have come along. For the most part I’ve avoided the minifigure craze, but Lego’s series 8 got me to buy a few. Thankfully, I managed to snag the ones I wanted.