Super7 The Worst

The Worst (Midnight Special)
Robot Reaper
3 3/4 Inch Scale
By: Super 7
$15.00 (Sold in multi-pack for $90)

It’s been a little while since I’ve cranked out any toy reviews, but the 31 Days of Halloween is upon us and this year I intend to unleash a bevy of gruesome goodness your way. Super7 recently released these figures, in their retro “ReAction” type 3 3/4 scale. The Worst, is arguably a terrible name for toys as this review could very well be called “The Worst Action Figure Review” but I assure you these toys are anything but, the worst. In fact, these are some of my favorite figures to come down the pike in a while as they just visually pop and are tons of fun.

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Whether you’re a fan of Halloween themed toys, bad guys, generic toy lines or retro figures or not, I think this is definitely a review you’ll want to check out. This guy has a lot of neat features that I believe would appeal to a lot of different collectors. Robot Reaper just has a certain intangible charm about him that’s sure to peak some interest in you.

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Robot Reaper is probably the coolest of the group, so I probably should have saved him for last, but I wanted to start off the 31 Days of Halloween with a bang, so the Reaper is the first to get reviewed. Keep checking back all month long and I promise you’ll see in-depth reviews of all of these guys. And while Robot Reaper might be the coolest, they’re all quite awesome. Continue reading

Today marks the 99th birthday of famous Mexican wrestler, lucha libre pioneer, movie star, pop culture icon and much more… El Santo!

El Santo wasn’t just a fantastic luchador, he managed to capture the imagination of a country. Santo went on to star in comic books, dozens of feature films and on television. He played everything from a detective to a monster hunter, always with a certain class, panache and a penchant for beautiful women. He’s an iconic figure not only in pro wrestling, but in pop culture the world over. Google did a nice tribute header image for him today, which is pretty amazing all things considered.

Here’s to you Santo, may your legacy live on forever!

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We’re gathered here to day to remember MattyCollector.com, the Mattel ran website which started in 2008 as an exclusive home to Masters of the Universe Classics. Yes, Mattel is finally ending this 8 year experiment. I remember being excited for the launch of this new website, which at the time I suspected would compete with HasbroToyShop.com as a sort of “go-to” for collector items of 80’s nostalgia brands. As it turns out, neither really functioned as such after long, but in 2008 it seemed to be the dawning of a new era. Unfortunately it didn’t take long for Mattel to run into issues with MattyCollector.com as the launch sale went with a few hiccups, but by the time it was into “regular” operation, it was wrought with issues. Originally fans chalked it up to growing pains, as it seemed Mattel wasn’t putting a lot of resources to the site and eventually they’d get it together.

But what started out as “growing pains” became par for the course year after year and sometimes become “strategy” as Mattel ran what was arguably, the worst e-commerce website on the internet (not named ShockerToys.com) and soon became a place of frustration, where good ideas went to die. That’s not to say Mattel didn’t have some success on there, but the mishandling could fill several blog posts. Heck, if one chronicled every mistake that was made, you could probably write a few books. Digital River, the e-commerce hosts were ridiculously incompetent and notorious for gouging fans on a variety of things. Yet, the MOTUC brand was strong enough to survive it all. At least until all the core vintage line was made, then people stopped caring.

Matty tried to launch other exclusives on the site, but with no other brand really strong enough to withstand the utter disaster that was MattyCollector, they all failed to various degrees. Even ThunderCats, which seemed like a huge “get” just over a year ago, seems to have deflated on the site. While no word has come out about the fate of the Cats for now, one imagines that the writing may be on the wall. As for MOTU? Mattel has found a partner in Super7, willing to take over the line and do the heavy lifting. Super7 will no doubt run their own website much better than “Matty” ever did their version. Still, it is a sad state of affairs that such a good concept was so poorly mismanaged by corporate greed and idiocy.

So long MattyCollector, it’s been… Well, unique.

 

Instagram

Well, after years of not really even understanding what Instagram was… I’ve finally added one. Yes, I already have a Twitter (@NewtonGimmick) and a Facebook page (Infinite Hollywood on Facebook), but now I have an Instagram too. The Instagram will likely be of the most interest to people who enjoy this website, because it combines most of the things I enjoy about Twitter (quick interaction) with a lot more focus on toys. It’s very easy for me to snap a quick photo and post up some thoughts on the toys, than it is to write out an entire blog post.

That’s of course, not to say I won’t be updating this site. Actually, real honest-to-goodness updates are coming. But if you’re into Instagram, give me a follow. My name on there is InfiniteHollywoodMedia (because some jerk already has the name Infinite Hollywood!) And if you’re not, at least visit the link from time to time and see some of my attempts at taking artistic (and often crappy) toy photos.

 


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!

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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!

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

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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!

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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