I can’t tell you all how happy I am that the holidays are behind us and we can start getting back to business as usual. I try my best not to be a buzzkill, but the stretch of madness that leads into Christmas and doesn’t fully subside until after New Year’s is definitely not my time of the year. I think that’s pretty evident by my frustrating hiatus in November and the first half of December. And besides being crazy busy and getting sick of the holiday nonsense, let’s face it by 4th Quarter most of the toy companies (apart from maybe Character Options) have long since finished with their reveals and everything that’s coming out has already been out. Still, when all is said and done, I think 2011 was a great year for my little blog and for toy collecting in general.
I warned y’all last week that there was a ton of Doctor Who Classics releases coming out from Character Options. I just got done covering the “Invasion of Time” and “Caves of Androzani” 2-Packs. Last week saw the release of the larger “Image of the Fendahl” and“Keeper of Traken” Collector Sets, and there’s three more coming out next week with the “Enemies of the 1st Doctor,” “Enemies of the 3rd Doctor,” and “The Chase” Collector Sets. Sheesh! Today we’re looking at this big boxed set based off the 4th Doctor story, “Image of the Fendahl”. I’ll be honest, this episode has never been one of my “go to” episodes when I’m looking for a Doctor Who to watch, but between the time I ordered this set and the time it got to my door (which was only two days thanks to Who North America’s amazing shipping and service), I made some time to rewatch it. It’s a solid episode, albeit pretty slow to get going.
It’s been a little bit since I revisited the Playmobil line. I had bigger plans for features on this line of toys in 2011, and while I got to look at a number of the Pirates sets, I was never able to expand onto some of the other sublines. Nonetheless, while I was picking through some of the post-holiday leavings at a local TJ Maxx, I found this lone Knights 2-pack hanging on one of the pegs. Let’s see what we got…
Its tough to wrap my mind around some of Hasbro’s choices for their Marvel Universe figures, but it seems to me that at least a couple of times in each Wave they hit a real sweet spot and produce one of the “must have” character on my list. This time around that one is Doctor Strange. I honestly didn’t expect to see him for a while, but the moment I heard he was being released, I knew I had to have him in my collection. I’ve always loved the mixing of magic and technology in both the Marvel and DC Universes. Its probably best fleshed out in the bickering between Tony Stark and Thor, but toss Stephen Strange into the mix, and you’ve got some great stuff.
Stopping by with a quickie today thanks to a pile of Marvel Universe figures that I found on the pegs while doing some last minute Christmas shopping at a somewhat distant Super Target. I’m going to kick off a look at this quartet of new(ish) figures with Scarlet Spider. Now, don’t get me started on the Clone Saga. Love it, hate it… like a dead rat in the middle of your living room, its tough to ignore it. I’m firmly entrenched in the “not loving it” camp. And yet, I can’t seem to dislike the outfit in all its cheesy glory. Scarlet Spider may have his origins in the 70s, but this outfit is a jumbled cliche of everything that was wrong with comic character designs of the 90s. And yet somehow it always worked for me.
Yuppers, it’s time for more Classic Who with yet another 2-Pack where Character Options has given us a variant of a Companion partnered with the chief baddie from the episode. “Invasion of Time” is a great episode for a bunch of reasons. The whole thing takes place on Gallifrey so we get to see a lot more of the Time Lords then ever before, and we also get to see a lot more of the TARDIS interior then ever before. It also begs the question, of all The Doctor’s enemies including the Cybermen and the Daleks, it turns out to be the Sontarans that first invade Gallifrey? Really? Wow! Well, hey, at least it wasn’t the Rutans.
Woo Hoo for more Who! Character Options has gone positively apeshit with their Classic Who reveals as of late. In addition to this set, the “Invasion of Time” set and the already released “City of Death” set, they have shown off pictures for 3-packs based on the enemies of the First Doctor, enemies of the Third Doctor, a set based on First Doctor serial, “The Chase” and two more based on the Fourth Doctor stories, “Image of the Fendahl” and “The Keeper of Traaken.” Holy crap that’s a lot of stuff and who knows what else they’re waiting to spring on us.
So, for the first time in months, I actually went out hunting this morning. Ok, the trip was actually intended to pick up some last minute Christmas items for the family, but the destinations coincided nicely with toy hunting since I was in the vacinity of both a Marshall’s and a Ross. Anyone who stops by here regularly knows that I have had hit-and-miss luck with these stores. Marshall’s is actually only worthwhile for toys at this time of the year leading up to Christmas, whereas Ross offers the potential for gold at any time of the year.
[See! Told ya, I’d be back. I’m not going to bother with a big preamble about how long its been. I’ve dropped in with a couple of posts to do that. Instead let me jump right in and see if I remembered how to do this nonsense…]
Icarius was one of the figures from October’s Matty Sale Day, so yeah, he’s been out for a while. I probably shouldn’t complain about people doing things in a timely manner, since it took me almost two months to do this review, but I’m going to continue to gripe about Matty’s shipping. October’s sale happened on the 17th, my Icarus figure didn’t ship out until three days later, and didn’t finally arrive on my doorstep until a full ten days after that. I wouldn’t mind so much if they didn’t charge almost ten dollars. It just seems like I’m paying a lot for the slowest possible shipping. But, with that little rant out of the way let me preface our look at this figure by pointing out that I’ve never seen more than a few minutes of The New Adventures of He-Man, which is where Icarius (aka Flipshot) is from. The MOTUC line has been pretty good at getting me to pony up for figures when I don’t have a lot of love or familiarity for the character. Optikk (also from New Adventures) and Chief Carnivous (from the MYP series) were others. Icarius just looked like a really cool toy that I needed to check out for myself.
So, I have a minor disaster to document today, but before we get to that…
I’m going to try to step things up a bit and get a review up before Christmas, so that I can get a few more up after Christmas, and be in full swing by the time next year rolls around in a couple of weeks. Masters of the Universe Classics’ Icarius is still on tap to be the first one I do, since it was supposed to be the last one I was going to do before the FigureFan train got derailed by The Perfect Storm of distractions that has been my life these past couple of months.