It’s time once again kiddies to head into the dank and mysterious underworld filled with plastic movie toys and 5 points of articulation. Yes, that’s right, it’s time for another… TALES FROM THE TOY AISLE!
This week we’re headed to the local Walmart in search of something interesting. Will Walmart house any ancient discoveries or perhaps unveil a new product to us? Don’t hold your breath!
Right as soon as we enter, there are tons of Man of Steel toys to look at. It doesn’t look like the box office success of this movie is going to translate into toy sales. Part of the problem of making a more “adult” Superman movie, I suppose.
Speaking of movie toys that don’t sell… Iron Man 3 everybody! I guess I don’t blame Hasbro for going to 5 POA for these, because even when they made super articulated Iron Man movie toys, they didn’t move much. Then again, they did move better than this.
And he’s not alone! He’s got a crummy Superman to go with him! I’m sure Mattel thought it would be timely to put another Superman on the shelves in their DC Unlimited line, but it looks so similar to the Man of Steel crap that it just makes the shelves look flooded.
It’s our old friends, THE CORPS! There’s the awesome Ethan Crowne figure in there as well. Man, I love that figure. I really need to pick up a few more Corps guys. I wish they’d come up with some new ones.
They did make this neat Lunch Box style battle pack. That’s kind of cool. Corps needs some awesome bad guys. Storm Trooper types I think. On the plus side, these have more articulation than either of the summer movie lines.
Speaking of GI Joe knockoffs, Tonka has this wild set with a vintage GI Joe style body figure. It also has a crazy looking PVC dog and boy. I think I’m staying away from these two, they look like they’ve been in the bath salts.
Apparently those Trash Pack figures have learned some MMA! It’s Ultimate Fighting Trashies! You’d think that would fall under some kind of legal problem, but I guess not. I don’t really get it, but I’m sure someone will make a website about it 10 years. It’ll be like when they started making M.U.S.C.L.E. figures in color and everyone will mark it as the moment that the line started to go down the drain.
Finally on my way out I found this vending machine of slime, err, Goop! I used to buy this kind of stuff all the time for a quarter. I never slimed my figures though, because that’s stupid. These have some neat colors, but I was a bit shocked to see it comes in “it’s own package” as opposed to just rolling around in the little plastic ball.
That’s it for this round. Walmart was a bust, but you never know what you might find in the dark corner of the toy aisle!