Thursday, May 29, 2008

McFarlane's DANGER GIRL Figures

There's a couple of tried and true factors that for me, Dash MacBastard, elevate a piece of entertainment: Shlockiness and tits.


J. Scott Campbell's Danger Girl is an ode to not only both those elements, but manages to also factor into the equation a healthy dose of indiana Jones-ing, G.I. Joe-ness, a dash of Double O Seven, and gratuitous amount of cheesecake (which I suppose takes us back to my love of tits, but, fuck it). Add all those up and you've served up a delectable stew of mindless, entertainment goodness that Ol' Dash is sure to gobble up.


Debuting in 1997, Danger Girl was issued under Image Comic's long since defunct Cliffhanger imprint, before the stable was eventually sold off to DC, falling under their own Wildstorm line-up.


The Original run featured artwork (of the stunning variety) by J. Scott Campbell. Eventual story arcs would feature artwork by various other artists, including Art Adams, Tommy Yune, Joe Chiodo, Phil Noto, and Nick Bradshaw.


In 1997, McFarlane released an action figure line, based on Campbell's designs...

Abbey Chase...

Sydney Savage...Natalia Kassel...

Major Maxim... I love this character. He's like a combination of Darth Vader and Kronen from Hellboy.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

It's Saturday Morning!!! (McFarlane's Captain Caveman)

Along with my recently posted Marvel Icons 12 inch figures, I discovered a bunch of McFarlane's Hanna Barbera action figures at the local "Big Lots" as well (a mere five bucks a piece). I picked up the Series Two Captain Caveman yesterday after work. Cavey was one of my Saturday morning faves as a kid...



I love the way all cartoon characters who've been frozen appear in that huge, perfect, transparent cube. You'd think that after sitting around for a couple million years that your own form of icy imprisonment would be a bit more weathered, shrouded with grayish permafrost and all that. Nah. Not in the wonderful world of animation!



Friday, May 23, 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2008

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor (U.S.S. Flagg-G.I. Joe)

I've never met anyone who actually owned the G.I. Joe U.S.S. Flagg playset. I never ran with such money flaunting high rollers. Honestly, with what this thing must have cost, I'm guessing that Hasbro only manufactured five or six of them (including the one that appeared in this commercial).


I really wish that Kenner had crapped out a similarly sized playset of the Imperial Star Destroyer for its Star Wars line...

Friday, May 16, 2008

Thank You "Big Lots"!

Okay. My posts have been sporadic at best lately. The original intention of this here blog o' mine was to generate at least three regular postings a week (consisting of a movie toy review on Friday, a comic book review or comic book themed figure review on Wednesday, and the Saturday Morning Cartoon related review on Saturday). However, I've just recently started a brand, spankin' new job that has turned most if not all of my attention toward career related stuff, leaving me with little time for bloggin'.
However, the new job does have it's benefits (outside of better pay, larger office, and snivelling underlings): It just so happens to be located in a veritable epicenter of toy collecting treasure troves. Every single big box store is located a mere stones throw from my new workplace, not to mention a mega mall, a Toys R Us, and a massive model and hobby store called Niagara Hobby and Craft Mart (1/6th collector's in my area need to check this place out).
My newest bestest buddy out of all these emporiums, is without a doubt "Big Lots". Big Lots is a national deep discount chain that carries a ton of merchandise at drastically lowered prices. You can pic up a Pier 1 sofa there for half of what you'd pay at the original retailer.
Speaking of "half"; what I found for a mere TEN dollars a piece were none other than 12 inch MARVEL ICONS versions of Punisher, Doctor Doom, and The Human Torch...
What's funniest about this purchase is that right next door to the store I purchased these was a Toys R Us that sells them for thirteen dollars more...

Once I finally move (another venture that may very well stall my blogging for a brief period), these'll look smashing on my Shaun Wong style shelves.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Steampunk Star Wars...

A friend of mine told me about this site this morning...

http://www.sillof.com/C-Steampunk-SW.htm

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor

I vaguely remember an Incredible Hulk version of this same sort of "inflatable" bust out toy, yet have no recollection at all of there ever being an Ever Lovin' Blue Eyed Thing version...

Saturday, May 10, 2008

IT'S SATURDAY MORNING!!! (Hong Kong Phooey)

In 2007, McFarlane Toys gained the rights to produce action figures based on some of Hanna Barbera's best Saturday morning productions. Series one contained one of the goofier, Saturday Morning characters; Hong Kong Phooey...
Unlike Toynami's H.B. figures (previously posted entries), McFarlane went for his usual, near zero articulation "staction" figure style with this one. I'd love to see McFarlane get back into making actual action figures (that can be bent and twisted into various poses) instead of what are more or less mini statues. Still, this figure is incredibly well sculpted (probably capturing the 'toon's likeness in a far better way than the aforementioned Toynami could have), and his frozen in space above the evil doer reminds me of Trinity's famous hovering kick pose from the original Matrix...

One of my biggest gripes lately about McFarlane (and pretty much the other high-end action figure companies) is there refusal to adhere to an industry wide form of clamshell packaging. This style (currently used only by NECA for their Cult Classics line) is, in my humble opinion, the best. McFarlane (probably in an attempt to distinguish themselves from NECA) have moved on to yet another packaging format. C'mon, Guys. Can't you all play nice..?



Wednesday, May 7, 2008

NECA's ALIEN...

NECA just slapped up a few pics and blurbs about their new 7 inch ALIEN action figure that'll be hitting the pegs at the end of this month. Looks like this one (remarkably) outdoes the Movie Maniacs verison that McFarlane Toys put out a couple years ago...



There's also set to be an EIGHTEEN INCH version of this figure in the works!