Let's take a gander at the second part of my Glyos shipment: Classified Scar Pheyden and Hybrid Sarvos MK II!
I just got my most recent Glyos shipment in this weekend, so let's check out all the intergalactic awesomeness! We'll start with the new Armodocs: Ayosire, Reverse Ayosire, and Powered (GITD)! (You'll see that the parts for Ayosire and Reverse Ayosire were switched around to make all-purple and all-black Armodocs. As you may know, I prefer my Armodocs mono-chromatic.)
Merry Christmas, gang! I thought it would be fun to post my entry for last year's Little Rubber Guys Holiday Fan Art Challenge. For this challenge, I wanted to branch out of the Little Rubber Guys motif and do a movie poster for a KISS holiday special! KISS must battle a holiday-themed kaiju, the Turduckendon, which is a mutant chicken genetically combined inside a mutant duck, the result of which was then genetically combined inside a mutant turkey.
There hasn't been a movie as hyped as Avatar in years, especially when it comes to its alleged technological achievements. We've choked down months and months of increasingly grandiose statements expounding this movie's awesomeness from both the filmmakers and random movie industry shmoes. Of course, promoting a movie is part of their jobs. But there comes a point when hyperbole-based marketing becomes abject absurdity... unless the movie actually does lives up to the hype. So I thought that the best way to review Avatar is to compare and contrast this hype (featuring the actual statements) with my experience in the theater. Let's start with the "King of the World" himself, James Cameron! Take it away, Jimmy!
While exploring Playmates figures from the 90's, I picked up Psycrow on the cheap. But what's a bad guy without a good guy with whom to battle? An Earthworm Jim figure was a necessity and I opted for this mail-away version. I figured, if anything, at least Psycrow can dine on worm flesh. But is Earthy a cool figure in his own right? Let's find out!
I'm among the poor shmucks in the Eastern United States who's currently buried under a few feet of snow. Realizing that I'm not going anywhere for a while (not even to the theaters to see Avatar, but stay tuned for my review early next week), I decided I'd whip up a new desktop wallpaper featuring my favorite Glyos character: Armodoc!
You might think including a Christmas ornament in an episode of Toy Pix would be stretching it a bit. But to me, many of my ornaments are more like toys than they are decorations for a Christmas tree. Especially this Pac-Man ornament from 2008.
The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film is one of my favorite movies of all time. I'm not sure if I would say it's a particularly amazing movie from any qualitative standpoint, but it's a reflection of a period of my life in which I was happily entrapped by the TMNT phenomenon. At the time, I especially appreciated the movie because it was based on my beloved Mirage comics, which were usually overshadowed by the omnipresent cartoon. So with my TMNT obsession rekindled by collecting the vintage Playmates line, the Movie Star Turtles (action figures based on the Turtle designs from the movies, of course) seemed right up my alley. Let's check out Movie Star Michaelangelo!
I picked up this Pac-Man squeak toy at a flea market years ago, but I admit I know next to nothing about him. He's date-stamped 1982 and the company that made him was Gabriel... but that's it. Were there others in this line? Maybe there was also a squeaky Ms. Pac Man chasing squeaky ghosts? Who knows?
io9 recently ran an article entitled, "Does CGI Ruin Movies?" that really got me "grinding my gears", as Peter Griffin would say. I wouldn't say that CGI necessarily ruins movies, but even 16 years after Jurassic Park, there are still some serious flaws in the technology that movie makers either don't realize or don't address.
I still remember when this Classic Star Trek set first came out. I'm pretty sure it was Playmates' first release of figures from the Original Series, and the set included the entire crew in one box: Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, and Chekov. Playmates saw fit to limit production to only 150,000 sets, which seems like a lot, but we rationalized it by thinking, "There must be waaaay more Trekkies than that, so this set is crazy collectible!" Of course, the collectors couldn't bear to open their sets because it was obvious that this, more so than any other action figure collectible ever in the history of toykind, was sure to skyrocket in value.
With my recent concentration on cool card lines, I got to thinking about other possible parody card concepts. So this month's poll asks: What toy line would you most like to see turned into gross parody cards, a la Garbage Pail Kids? I tried to think of toy lines that were similar in demographical appeal to Cabbage Patch Kids, so I included (click to learn more): Bratz, Care Bears, Monchici, My Little Pony, Popples, Pound Puppies, and Wuzzles.