Time for a little something different today, but first it’s story time! When I was a kid I used to peddle my bike downtown to the Woolworth’s “Five-and-Dime” where they had almost an entire aisle of novelty candy and cheap little junk just made for kids to blow their allowance on. There was everything from Pac Man and Donkey Kong candy in little arcade machine boxes to MUSCLE figures, to capsule slime, and Wacky Wall Walkers, not to mention trading cards devoted to Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and even ET. I bring up this little nugget of nostalgia because today’s entry feels like it would be right at home nestled in that aisle those many years ago. They’re called Trashies and if you like collecting fun little useless pieces of rubber, than these things are aimed right at you!
Mattel seems to be rushing out the 4-inch Young Justice figure with great haste. I just recently found all of Wave 1 at TRU, when Wave 2 started popping up all over online. I was able to pick up the first three figures of Wave 2, and I’m still hunting for the third. Today we’re going to take a look at Superboy and the first adult superhero in the line, Captain Atom.
Last time we looked at Uncle, one of CO’s newest Doctor Who figures and from one of my personal favorite Series 6 episodes,“The Doctor’s Wife” and this time we’re checking out what is probably one of the most anticipated figures from this assortment: Idris. We don’t know a lot about who Idris was before the malevolent entity, House, decided to empty the consciousness of the TARDIS into her body, but once that deed was done, she became the TARDIS personified, which opened up one of the coolest dynamics Doctor Who has seen in possibly forever. The Doctor was finally able to converse with his oldest of companions: His stolen timeship itself.
If you harken back to my look at the Junk TARDIS Playset then you may remember me saying how much I loved the Series 6 episode, “The Doctors Wife.” Good thing too, since it was the basis for a fair number of figures in addition to that awesome playset. Today we’re going to look at one of the figures produced from this episode, Uncle, an eccentric survivor patchworked together from various parts harvested by unfortunate aliens and at least a few Time Lords. I loved the character in the episode (“I’m Uncle… I’m everybody’s Uncle”), but considering he didn’t last too long before dying, I’ll concede that he’s an odd choice for a figure. But hey, I was glad to get him and I’m sure more fans wanted a figure of Uncle then Rory anyway.
Here’s the last of the three new Captain America figures I picked up last week, and OMG, it’s Crossbones. When looking at the Hydra Soldier, I commented that I never expected to find him at retail. Well, that goes double for Crossbones. He’s a pretty sought after figure in the sea of Cap variants, and yet there he was hanging right on the peg. Cool!
I’ve only got time for a quickie today, which works out pretty well since I just so happen to have a new Captain America figure to check out that won’t take me too long. If you’ve been hunting this line, there’s a good chance you’re having the same problem we all had with the Iron Man 2 figures: Lots of variations of the main man himself, in this case Cap, and not a lot of the baddies. I was actually amazed to find one of these Hydra soldiers hanging on the pegs in plain sight, since not only is he one of the more uncommon figures in the line, but I’m guessing some people out there have got to be army building him.
[It’s a total coincidence that just a couple of days before I post today’s Ghostbusters related entry, Mattel announced that they will not be offering a 2012 subscription for Club Ecto-1. They are apparently going through with the figures that were already in production and will be offering past figures one last time, but it seems as if Mattel’s Ghostbusters license has just about run its course. I can’t say as I’m surprised. I am pretty disappointed with the way Matty treated the license. And while I’m happy to finally own a decent set of the team in both 6″ and 12″ versions, I wish Mattel had planned the whole thing better than they did. With that having been said, let’s take a look at a Ghostbusters product that’s not made by Mattel.]
It pains me greatly that I never got around to seeing Captain America in the theaters. What can I say? I’m always drinking working so I just never got a chance and before I knew it, it was gone. But, hey, that’s what my BD Player and huge TV are for. Nonetheless, watching Thor again this week got me craving some new Marvel movie stuff and that included a bunch of Captain America figures. I was mainly going to cherry pick this line for characters other than Cap, but when I saw this version, I just couldn’t resist.
So, yesterday I did a lot of unabashed gushing over Ban Dai’s Classic Lion-O figure. Lest you were afraid that my Thundercats love and nostalgia was motivating me into giving this Classic 8-inch figures a free pass, I’ll tell you right now that Tygra does not quite live up to the standards set by Lion-O. Let’s check him out.
It was a long struggle to finally get this figure. I had it pre-ordered, had to cancel the pre-order because I bought way too much other stuff that month. Re pre-ordered it at another site. Canceled that pre-order because the figures turned up at another site first. Had to pass on them at TRU because my order already shipped and now I finally have him. So, don’t take it lightly when I say that after finally getting this figure in hand, he was worth every spot of bother and frustration along the way. I’d like to think its rare that I completely lose my shit and gush like crazy over a figure, but put on your hip boots, folks, because it’s about to get deep in here. Lion-O is freaking awesome.