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Rocketmen from the Moon
Back in 2009 I mentioned that there was a “Commando Cody” Rocketman figure in the works from the folks at Executive Replicas. That seems like ages ago and it was. I emailed them a year or two ago to see if there was anything more to come of it. Much to my surprise, they said it was still coming out… Eventually.

Well eventually is apparently here because Go Hero and Executive Replicas have officially announced the Rocketman figure. This is based on the character from the 1950′s Republic serials. Most notably, King of the Rocket Men. The character also appeared in Commando Cody: Sky Marshall of the Universe, Radar Men from the Moon and Zombies of the Stratosphere.

Go Hero Rocketman

Underneath the helmet is George Wallace, who only played the Rocketman in the Radar Men from the Moon serial. Whether there were likeness or copyright issues that caused this name change or the fact that none of the films are mentioned by Go Hero, is beyond me. I’m just glad it’s finally coming out.

The figure is loaded to the gills with extras, including the ray gun cannon and a small version of the rocket ship that appeared in some of the serials. Almost everything in the set is metal. This is a nice bonus and helps add to the “high end” nature of this product. Unfortunately, it also comes at a cost. $260 is the retail on this bad boy when preorders come out in the weeks ahead.

Commando Cody Figure

I get that this is a very niche product, but I find the price to be about $100 more than realistically it’s worth. I’d much rather had a plastic helmet and no George Wallace sculpt if it could have shaved off a good portion of the price. Go Hero has had some pretty good success with their figures, but even a Rocketman lover like me is feeling a bit of sticker shock. Still, it looks like an excellent collector’s piece.

Let’s hope they do the Republic Volkite Robot next!

Sea Ghost Figure
Our good friend Jay Piscopo and the folks at Nemo Publishing are once again teaming up with Capt’n Eli to introduce another action figure to the world! You may recall my love affair with Commander X, Piscopo’s other Mego-like figure. Jay has created a whole world of amazing characters that harken back to the days when comic books had more adventure and fun within the panels. Jay has worked with Dr. Mego to create several versions of Commander X in figure form, but now he is officially announcing the popular Sea Ghost figure!

What makes Sea Ghost so special, is that he’s such a great nod to Alex Toth’s designs. Jay has such a love and passion for these types of characters and Sea Ghost really seems to have an incredible appeal. I reviewed the first Sea Ghost comic a couple of years ago and I am so excited to see this character finally come to life as an action figure.

And if you pre-order now, you can snag this guy for only $16! That’s $4 off the regular pirce. You can’t hardly find any Mego figures for that price, much less one that’s so awesome. Sea Ghost is a completely original character that’s growing as a property all the time. Support independent artists and pick this figure up for yourself, your kids or anybody you know! I’ve already put in my pre-orders for a few! Quantities are limited so get this guy while you can!

And while you’re over at the Capt’n Eli Homepage, you can pick up some of Jay’s comics for discount prices. Sea Ghost #1 is there, along with the two Capt’n Eli Graphic novels, which feature Commander X and the Sea Ghost! Continue reading

Ninja Turtle Stealth

I am listening to your feedback!

So rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated… Okay, not that greatly.

I’d like to think that many of you missed me, but only one person asked about my whereabouts, so I assume I’m not THAT missed. Now that our good friend Poe is giving up the ghost, I have to wonder what I’m doing. We’ve been on hiatus for almost two months, after a pretty strong December performance. On the positive side, while I’ve been on autopilot, the traffic hasn’t taken much of a hit. That’s the benefit, I suppose, of having thousands of posts. Granted we’ve never fully recovered from the great Google “I’mma steal all your traffic for myself” purge of 2013, but what can you do?

Anyway, so I’m reevaluating where I will go with this site moving forward. I am unfortunately far too busy to post at pre-2013 levels. And with so many sites jumping into the fray as of late, it almost seems counter productive. When I got into this game several years ago, there were 3-4 real sites doing coverage of toys. Sure, others existed, but they were sporadic at best. Infinite Hollywood prided itself on featuring offbeat figure reviews and such, but as the market became more saturated, we lost our voice and perhaps what little market share we had.

So what should I do going forward? I have hundreds of toys that need to be reviewed, but I often wonder if they’re worth the work. Reviews take a ton of time, particularly because of the detail we put into them. I like to think we have generally the most detailed reviews around. Unfortunately, they rarely generate comments and people would rather watch Youtube reviews instead it seems. I’m certain I’ll still do reviews, but they’re going to be less, I think.

Are you interested in more articles? Interviews? Conventions? Fun sides of the toy industry you don’t normally see? Reviews? Photos? Videos? Specific toy brands?

I’m not asking you to convince me to keep running Infinite Hollywood, but rather, I’d like some feedback on what you like and what you’d like to see going forward. Consider this a huge suggestion box. Do you like the website layout? Do I need an overhaul? Any critique, good, bad or otherwise would be greatly appreciated. I’m definitely at a crossroads and I want to make sure I’m headed down the right path.

Doctor Who K-9

Doctor Who Christmas Ornament
8 Inch Scale
By: BBC Licensing
$9.99 (Varies)

It’s Christmas day and that can only mean one thing… A Christmas ornament review! This year I thought it might be fun to combine two of our favorite things here at Infinite Hollywood, the holidays and Doctor Who! We’re taking a look at this special tin dog to put on your Christmas tree. With each passing year it seems like there’s more and more Doctor Who Christmas merchandise, but almost nobody is reviewing the stuff.

K9 Robot
So let’s see if we can’t rectify that a bit with this special holiday review! Continue reading

Mickey Mouse

Mickey’s Christmas Carol
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