Our long-time friend Moldie is back with a review of the 3AA membership exclusive figure, the Lasstranaut. Check out his previous reviews here, here, here, here, here, and here. Thanks Moldie!
Ahhhh, the ThreeA Toys 2014 membership package… bought and paid for in mid-January, and put on weird indefinite and uncommunicated hold for what seemed like ages and told only that the “seamless lower body was tougher to do than we anticipated,” but that we’d, of course, be very happy with the end results. Promise.
Well, the set’s finally here, and while I have to fully disclose that I wasn’t overly excited about buying it in the first place (a year-long 15% discount does stupid things to a collectors brain), the figure doesn’t disappoint in disappointing.
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Each year when the Club Eternia exclusives ship, I publish one of the more popular posts on AFP – the map viewer for the Club Eternia exclusive map. This year, Mattel shipped the Map of Horde Empire with the very mysterious Unnamed One. I still don’t know what the Unnamed One looks like, because I’m away from home.
- Position your mouse over areas of the map to magnify it.
- To zoom in or out, scroll up or down with your mousewheel.
If I’m away, how did I get this map done? Big thanks again to my wife, who made this possible again this year. Enjoy exploring the Horde Empire, and be sure to visit our previous installments:
While I am sure there’s many fans who are psyched for the movie-based Marvel Legends figures for Guardians of the Galaxy, I know that there’s also a group who hoped for comics-based versions of GotG. After all, we’ve already gotten Drax the Destroyer and Rocket Raccoon. Drax joined Marvel Legends courtesy of the Arnim Zola wave in 2012, and Rocket Raccoon was the second mini-BAF from last year.
Rest assured, Hasbro has the makings for Star-Lord already produced, and you may already have the proof in your collection.
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Singaporean toy company Play Imaginative threw their hat into the sixth scale ring with the release of the Super Alloy Batman figure in 2012, designed by Jim Lee and not quite New 52. Play Imaginative has continued the Super Alloy range, inspired by Japanese die-cast metal “Chogokin” toys. Iron Man seemed a natural fit and they’ve produced multiple Iron Man “marks” across three scales. DC fans (such as myself) can rejoice in the fact that Play Imaginative is also representin’ for the House of El.
This is a guest review by Jedd Jong. In the past, Jedd has provided great coverage of the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention for AFP.
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Most folks have taken down their lights and packed away their Christmas decorations for the year, but AFP reader Macas sent in a story from his childhood that put me right back in the holiday spirit. It’s a story about the one toy that would make or break his Christmas – and change his life forever. He now makes a living as a toy dealer, buying and selling toy collections, so he’s living the dream!
Spoiler alert – no tongues get stuck to flagpoles, but I can’t promise he didn’t shoot his eye out with a laser blaster.
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[Rendered speechless by his enjoyment of the new Spider-Man Legends Carnage, Talyn shared a bunch of pics. If you want to see more of the Spider-Man Legends wave, leave a comment below. - Ron]
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There were a lot of amazing toys this year, and a return to larger scale figures, which is very welcome.
I have narrowed my favorites down to two.
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While Mattel was still playing coy with regards to its plans for its Masters of the Universe Classics Castle Grayskull playset, Mat O’Toole was set on recreating his vintage Castle in the MOTUC scale. When he finished it, requests for him to produce more started flooding in from collectors worldwide, which he did in limited quantities. Over time, his Castle of Power has grown into a sideline endeavor for him – furnishing Masters-themed accessories for your Castle, whether it’s the official Mattel Castle or not.
I was one of the lucky fans who was able to get one of the replica Castles from Mat. And now that the official Castle Grayskull from Mattel has landed at my doorstep, I figured I ought to take some size comparison photos.
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I’ve fallen so far behind on pics from my collection. Here’s a few quick shots of Rocksteady and Bebop from the Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection. Sorry – they’re still packaged, even though I intend to open them. When you consider that Playmates went this route instead of the obvious Shredder / Foot Ninjas, it’s remarkable because these are two fully-tooled figures. Upon closer inspection, there were some cuts to make it more feasible – looks like there’s no hip swivels or ankle joints.
You can still pick up the TMNT Rocksteady and Bebop at ToysRUs.com – they’ve got the exclusive on these two figures. Despite the shortcomings with the leg articulation, if you’re a TMNT fan, I think they’re still must-haves.
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For the most part, I’d rather just see pictures and read reviews about toys, so I rarely watch un-boxing videos. In the case of the Masters of the Universe Classics Castle Grayskull, its arrival at the end of last week felt like an event. And with the box being so big, it just felt right to snap pictures throughout the process of opening the outer box, inner box, and then the Castle itself. I also took a few shots of the parts and assembly, and then a couple more for fun.
Hopefully, if you’re still waiting for your Castle Grayskull, this will give you some flavor of what’s heading your way. By the power of Grayskull…
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