For a simple Beastman repaint, Moss Man has been such the problem child. First, Mattel asked us: To flock, or not to flock? Then: How much to flock? And finally: Flocked ears, or no flocked ears? But even after all that flocking consternation, it was all for naught for many collectors: Mossy ended up selling out on Mattycollector.com in only 3 minutes! C'est la vie. But I was lucky enough to score a man of moss (the unflocked ears version), which is fortunate because the classic figure was one of my favorite MOTU figs back in the day. So does Moss Man grow on you?
After doing the header card art for the Glyos Aliens and Glyos Aliens: Brain Wave figures, Marty (TheGodBeast) then approached me to work on a collaboration he was doing with Brian Phelps. Brian had sculpted three Glyos characters in a Super-Deformed style, and Marty would be prototyping them. The figures looked awesome and when Marty asked me to do header cards for them, I jumped at the chance!
As a kid watching 70's Godzilla films broadcast on the weekends, I grew up loving that cheesy style that dominated the later years of the Showa series. Although I kept track of Godzilla through the Heisei years, I only seriously started collecting Japanese Godzilla vinyls during the Millenium series, so my collection is heavy on the post-1999 movies. Since we won't be getting a new Godzilla movie in the foreseeable future (and, by extension, no newly-stylized vinyls), I decided to round out my collection a bit by picking up some older-styled Godzillas. Let's start with that style that I loved so much as a kid: Godzilla 1974!
My first exposure to the Solomon Grundy character was from the Super Friends cartoon, in which he was depicted as a Hulk sort of character with massive bulk and limited intellect. It wasn't until his appearance in The Batman Strikes (a comic series based on the cartoon, The Batman, from a few years back) that I realized that Grundy was supposed to be a swamp zombie. Who knew? In my defense, it's not like he looks or acts much like a zombie. When I think of a "zombie", I don't think of a muscular brute battling superheroes, I think of a skeletal corpse on an insatiable quest for brains.
To continue with the Universal Monsters/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme started by the Creature Leo retro toy review, I decided to post Toy Pix of the first wave of Universal Monsters Turtles: Leo as The Wolfman, Mike as Frankenstein, Don as Dracula, and Raph as The Mummy!
The vintage Ninja Turtles line was one of the most prolific in producing wacky theme variations on the core characters. Collectors shun these variants like they're wearing the Scarlett Letter: Farmer Mike... TD Tossin' Leo... Hose 'Em Down Don... there's a lot to hate there. But it's not that the concept of themed variants is bad, it's just that the theme has to be cool. For example, a theme like Universal Studios Monsters would tend to produce cool figures. So let's see if that rule holds with Creature from the Black Lagoon Leonardo!
Toy Fair 2010 saw Hasbro's unveiling of the new "ultimate" AT-AT for its ever-expanding 3.75" Star Wars line! So this month's poll asks what you think of the upgraded AT-AT? Is it everything you could possibly hope for? Or do you find yourself wanting more? (Check out a video, a bunch of pics, and specs of the new AT-AT.) Vote in the poll to the right!