Border Patrol: Wrestling Edition – C.M. Punk, Goldberg, and Samoa Joe

Being an old-time wrestling fan, I’ll admit that Hulk Hogan’s return to the WWE got me to check up on the latest news. There’s a lot of buzz on C.M. Punk since he quit the WWE a few weeks back, and his no-show at RAW last night in his hometown Chicago furthered the belief that it’s a shoot, not a work – sometimes wrestling is real! This edition of Border Patrol is for wrestlers you haven’t and probably never will see in Mattel’s line of WWE figures.

  • Mattel WWE CM Punk (Wrestlemania 26) by jps9779 - Mattel’s made a lot of C.M. Punk variants, but one you will probably never see is his Wrestlemania 26 gear, with its G.I. JOE styled appearance – not a fan of this look? there’s another C.M. Punk custom from his ECW title match vs. John Morrison - ends Mar 05, 2014 15:29:06 PST
  • Mattel WWE Bill Goldberg by ifigureidletyano – somehow, Mattel has not yet made a flashback figure of Goldberg, making him a popular figure for customizers – there’s also another Goldberg custom on sale this week – ends Mar 06, 2014 18:43:41 PST
  • Mattel TNA Samoa Joe by knlimper – one wrestler you will likely never see in the Mattel collection is Samoa Joe, who has wrestled outside of all of the wrestling circuits that Vince McMahon has absorbed into the WWE – Marvel Toys / Toy Biz made a Samoa Joe figure during their short-lived TNA license, but if you want one in the Mattel Elite style, this will be one of your few chances – ends Mar 05, 2014 19:00:21 PST

In AFP’s Border Patrol, we scour active eBay auctions for customized action figures that you won’t want to let slip by!

Hulk Hogan Returns to WWE – Mattel WWE Classics Action Figure Imminent?

Hulk Hogan Returns to Monday Night Raw

It’s been over six years since he left the WWE, but Hulk Hogan is back home once again. Hulk opened up last night’s Monday Night Raw and announced he would be host of Wrestlemania XXX. (That seems so appropriate, given Hulk’s sex tape scandal.) During his absence from the WWE, the toy license switched hands from JAKKS Pacific to Mattel – and as such, no Hulk Hogan action figures have been made by Mattel thus far.

This much is certain – the Hulk-sized void in your Mattel WWE action figure collection will be filled. The only question is – when? Is San Diego Comic-Con too soon?

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Border Patrol: Marvel Legends Sif, WWE Elite Hulk Hogan, 1/6 Scale Blade Runner

Marvel Legends Sif WWE Elite Hulk Hogan One Sixth Scale Blade Runner

This week’s customs are all high up on my want-but-can’t-have list:

  • Marvel Legends SIF by JLA - I really do wish that Hasbro had gotten on the ball and made a Thor Marvel Legends wave or two – although I’m generally not enthused by using DC Universe Classics figures for Marvel characters (and vice versa), this custom really works out well – I’ll have to compare the sizes to newer ML Thor, though, because I wonder how Sif measures up – ends Dec 07, 2013 20:49:30 PST
  • WWE Elite Hulk Hogan by 1more2come - this is a relatively simple custom but fills a gap in all our Mattel WWE Legends collections – with Hulk recently re-upping with TNA, it’d take a miracle to get him in the Mattel WWE line-up, even if it’s just a flashback figure – it’s too bad Marvel Toys / Toy Biz is no longer in the game with its TNA figures – ends today, Dec 03, 2013 18:47:19 PST
  • 1/6 Scale Blade Runner Rick Deckard by thebatmancollector - this custom combines elements from Sideshow Collectibles, Hot Toys, and costuming from Android Hunter – I think there’s enough of a cult following for Blade Runner that Sideshow or Hot Toys could pick it up – if Sideshow can make a Snake Plissken, certainly there’d be more options for figures from Blade Runner – ends today, Dec 03, 2013 15:16:18 PST

In AFP’s Border Patrol, we scour active eBay auctions for customized action figures that you won’t want to let slip by!

Custom action figure fans, CustomCon36 will start next Tuesday, December 10. If you have a last minute entry for CustomCon 36, please contact me if you need just a little more time.

Weekend Toy Run: Mattel Shop 20% Off plus Free Shipping This Weekend Only

Mattel Shop Blue Friday Superman™ Movie Masters® Bundle

A couple of weeks ago, the Mattel Shop had a $20 or $50 off sale, but only if you spent $100 or $200. This time around it’s a bit easier – just spend over $25 and you’ll get 20% off and free shipping as part of the extended “Blue Friday” sale they kicked off yesterday.

The Superman™ Movie Masters® Bundle for $79.95 is still a great deal, for five figures. You can also get the Man of Steel figures individually, except for Faora. There’s also Batman (including Batman, Riddler, and Penguin from the Classic TV Series), DC Comics and DC Universe (why these two are separate, I don’t know), and WWE categories to search through.

In total, there’s close to 140 action figures and accessories included in the sale, so qualifying for the discount should be easy. Happy shopping!

Border Patrol: Life-Sized Chucky, 1/6 Scale Dutch, and 1/12 Scale Goldberg

I guess you could call this a TV and movie edition of Border Patrol.

Life-Sized Chucky by Dream Rush and MIKE MSR – this one of a kind life-sized (33-inches tall) figure was customized by a professional special effects make-up artist in the movie business – the auction is already approaching the $1,200 mark and there’s still close to five days left – and I thought the Mezco Chucky was scary – ends Nov 03, 2013 06:00:57 PST

In AFP’s Border Patrol, we scour active eBay auctions for customized action figures that you won’t want to let slip by!

Customizers, don’t forget to check out the submission guidelines for CustomCon 36.

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Weekend Toy Run: Mattel Shop $20 or $50 Off Sale plus Free Shipping This Weekend Only

Sure, you have to spend $100 to get $20 off, or $200 to get $50 off, but Mattel Shop’s sale this weekend might not be that hard to get if you’re a fan of Mattel’s DC and WWE product lines. Here’s some ideas that will help get your there:

Added bonus – if you hit either threshold, you also qualify for free shipping, since that clicks in when you put $25 in your cart. And if you’re still having trouble getting there – there’s always Barbie or Monster High for those female collectors in your life. Ok, or for you too – I won’t tell!

Weekend Toy Run – Mattel Shop Free Shipping over $25

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I’m going to check out the free shipping deal for orders over $25 at the Mattel Shop this weekend. They usually have some DC and WWE figures on sale. A couple of those, and no problem getting the deal.

At a quick glance I see the DC Universe Classics New 52 Flash on sale for $12.99, and an Elite WWE Undertaker for $16.99. I’ll have to check out the other sections to see if there’s more. Happy shopping!

SDCC 2013: Mattel WWE Panel Video

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To be honest, I’ve lost interest in Mattel’s WWE since the classic superstars were relegated to a limited number of slots within the main WWE line. And even when they do include a classic superstar, it’s a reminder that I’m old, because the old warhorses getting into the line are guys that came on after I stopped following WWE (F at the time). It’s kind of like when you hear a song, from when you first started feeling old, playing in the elevator of a department store.

Even so – that didn’t stop me from really enjoying this panel, thanks mainly to the antics of the WWE superstars on hand – The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, and surprise guest Mick Foley. Not that Bill Miekina and Michael Kadile were slouches – they also got in some good ones!

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Border Patrol: Masters of the Universe Classics Thundarr, Marvel Universe Hank Pym Wasp, and WWE Elite Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase

Masters of the Universe Classics Thundarr the Barbarian by Joe Amato – even though Thundarr isn’t a Filmation property, he and He-Man go together like peanut butter and jelly – so it’s no wonder that a Thundarr custom from a He-Man body would look so good – now we just need a Princess Ariel and Ookla, Joe! – ends Jun 23, 2013 14:45:22 PDT

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DC Universe Classics Larfleeze and Masters of the Universe Classics Snake Face Headline the MattyCollector 4/15 Sale

Early Access for this Matty Tax Day sale has come and gone, and to show how little I know, it was the Masters of the Universe Classics Webstor and only Webstor who sold out of his remaining customer service stock during the subscribers’ free for all. That leaves Mosquitor and the Snake Men 2-pack to join Snake Face and the DC Universe Classics Larfleeze for the sale that just opened up. The WWE Christian was a no-show for Early Access – to make sure I wasn’t going crazy I checked, and the online announcement of the 4/15 sale made no mention of Early Access for him, but the email reminder that I got did.

In case you can’t spell MattyCollector, here’s the link to the MattyCollector 4/15 bundle page. Happy shopping!

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