Masters of the Universe Classics Club Eternia – Map of the Horde Empire Viewer

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:

Were You Hoping for GotG Marvel Legends from the Comics? Star-Lord is Coming

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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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Play Imaginative New 52 Super Alloy Superman by Jedd

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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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A Star Wars Christmas Story by Macas

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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Spider-Man Marvel Legends (Infinite Series) Carnage – Quick Pics

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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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AFP’s Best of 2013 – Talyn’s Picks

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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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Size Counts – a Pictorial Comparison of the MOTUC Castle Grayskull and the Castle of Power

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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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Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rocksteady and Bebop Quick Packaged Pics #NickTurtles #TMNT #CaseysBack

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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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Masters of the Universe Classics Castle Grayskull Un-Boxing Pics

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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Star Wars Black Series Tattooine “On Location” Quick Pics

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Several weeks ago, I snapped a picture on my desk at home for a quick Instagram shot – it featured some Sandtroopers searching for droids. I liked the idea so much that I resolved to recreate it “on location,” so to speak. But my neighborhood has got a lot of hills and trees. Just finding an unobstructed horizon with sky in the background is almost impossible without taking a drive. So I had scouted out where I might find some patches of dirt using Google Maps (thank you satellite view) and headed out there the next day. I had a dentist appointment first thing that morning, and I was a little rushed, so I grabbed my camera and my figures in a ziploc and headed out the door.

After my appointment, I drove to the location, which was a park / trail / dog park by the bay. The best spot I found was on top of a hill with the bay in the background, but it was so windy the Sandtroopers kept falling over. After much fiddling, I finally got a stable set up, and pulled out my camera – NO MEMORY CARD. Doh!

I snapped some pictures with my phone, but not really being able to see them that well on site, I discovered later that the bay was in most of them. So much for the illusion of a desert planet! The Darth Maul shot was a quick Photoshop job to make the bay look more like desert sand in the background. The Sandtrooper / R2 shot looks a little grainy, but somehow I think it makes it look more like a vintage shot.

And in case you missed it, Entertainment Earth has Star Wars Black Series wave 2 in stock with free shipping. Go get them!

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