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Mr. Fright’s Scary Stuff – The blog has evolved!

July 12, 2013

Okay, to all my followers please hear this. Long story short, I put WordPress on my actual website and so my blog is now over there. The address: http://www.mrfrights.com/.
So if you’re still interested in all things Frights, you should head over there and jump into the spooky bog with me.

The Long Story:

A while back I had a laptop crash event and lost pretty much everything from my website including the sacred template that allowed me to simultaneously update the entire site at one time. Having lost this template I am unable to access my website and make any changes or updates at all.

The solution was brought to me by a friend who said that HTML is passe and I should install WordPress on my site so it’s easier to control and update at will. I’m already familiar with it and there are a lot more cool things you can do in this form of WP. I was like ‘okay, I’ll give it a shot’. So I did and I found an insanely cool template for my WP site, changed some stuff around, migrated a few things (which I’m still working on), and then voila!

Now I have my website all updated and stuff, looks kinda modern, but still super cool! I am constantly adding new material and features and would LOVE to have you guys over for a visit.

So, I hope you find your way to the new spot at Mr. Frights’ Scary Stuff: The Big Blog of Doom and Things on my actual home website. www.MRFRIGHTS.com/

Thanks!

Mr. F.

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It’s been a long time…

December 22, 2012

Wow, so it’s been forever (I exaggerate) since I’ve done a post here. I’ve done an interview with the Bumbloods creators and I need to get that up. I got stopped in my tracks because of a computer malfunction and had to rebuild. I’m still not 100%, but I’m guessing I never will be from the way it was before the crash so I might as well get back to it any way I can.

It’s been a heck of a year for collectors, which is where I want to start. I’ll just be posting some of my top items from the past year, if you feel like contributing to any of the great pieces you’ve picked up, go ahead and leave me a note in the comments or a picture or something.

 

Hero From The Sky Ash

Hero From The Sky Ash by N.E.C.A.

Hero From The Sky Ash by N.E.C.A.

N.E.C.A. released a series of Evil Dead II figures including Henrietta, Hero Ash, Deadite Ash, and Farewell to Arms Ash. All of these were brilliant figures, but perhaps the best of them all was the SD Comic Con exclusive figure Hero From The Sky Ash depicting our hero at the end of ED II which would lead to the beginning of Army of Darkness. Made in a terrific sepia tone this one is special beyond anything I can express, not just because of the paint, but it comes with a terrific base and special packaging that just sets it apart from the rest of the figures in this series.

 

Tar Man

Amok Time Tar Man from Return of The Living Dead

Amok Time Tar Man from Return of The Living Dead

If you missed out on this one, you should try to find it because any collection without this piece is going to be incomplete. This brilliantly crafted figure is sculpted to exquisite detail, including the canister in the wall of the base and the bloody brain with the bite taken out of it which is loose so not only can you place it on the base where it belongs, but you can pose this guy with his snack in hand! Not part of any series of figures, this guy is a one off collectible that we’ll likely never see again. If we do, it would be very challenging to make one better.

 

Cereal Killer Trading Cards Series 2

Cereal Killers Series 2 Trading Cards

Cereal Killers Series 2 Trading Cards

If you haven’t caught on yet, Wax-Eye’s Cereal Killer trading cards are the coolest trading cards I’ve ever seen! Artwork by Joe Simko, these cards depict our favorite movie monsters in mock cereal boxes. The packs come as three boxes of mini cereal style boxes or as single foil packs. The boxes come with the entire base series and a few of the premium cards. They also each contain an eye ball gum keeping with the old gum in the trading cards packs theme from when I was a kid. This spin on trading cards is just awesome and I loved seeing what monsters they chose to do this time around. Series one was terrific, series two was better, here’s hoping for a series three!!

 

Eddie and Marilyn Munster

Eddie and Marilyn Munster by Diamond Select

Eddie and Marilyn Munster by Diamond Select

Diamond Select continued their Universal Monsters theme throughout the year giving us such figures as Metaluna Mutant from This Island Earth and The Phantom from Phantom of the Opera and The Invisible Man as well as more Universal Monster Mini Mates. But perhaps their best was the series two Munster figures of Eddie and Marilyn. Why are these the best? Because it completes the family that was left out of series one. We had Herman, Lilly, and Grandpa, leaving open space for these two characters and when I found out they came in a two pack, I was just tickled that I wouldn’t have to spend a lot to complete my scary collection of one of the most ghoulish families to grace classic television. The best part next to these characters was the items that came with them. If you’ll notice you get their pet dragon’s collar and leash as well as Wolfie, Eddie’s Wolfman doll!

 

Well Zombie

 

McFarlane Well Walker Zombie

McFarlane Well Walker Zombie

It’s been a while since I’ve bought any McFarlane figures, mostly due to them cancelling their Movie Maniacs line of figures. This year though they put out one of the most exciting figures I’ve seen in a while. The ‘Well Zombie’ as it’s being called in the packaging was the Well Walker from season two of the Walking Dead AMC show based on the Walking Dead comic. This guy is my favorite of this series of figures which included the Bicycle Girl Zombie, Shane, and the RV Zombie. Well Zombie comes with the canned ham that was used to initially try to lure him out of the well, but we all know Well Zombie doesn’t want canned ham. They ended up using a rope to pull him out and when they did he ripped in half! Gross yes, but it made for one of the most recognized scenes in the series (I think) and for a great figure too because he does indeed come with the rope around him and he rips apart in the middle with guts hanging out and all!

 

Frankenstein

MEZCO Frankenstein Monster Scale Figure

MEZCO Frankenstein Monster Scale Figure

So, Toys R Us surprised me when they featured this 9″ monster figure by MEZCO, I picked it up and found it was very heavy. I bought it. Then I found out that they made what Mezco is calling a Monster Scale figure at 19″ tall. I had to get him! It’s pretty expensive for a vinyl figure, and probably weighs the same at the 9″ figure because of the material it is made out of, which makes it feel really light. But it’s still solid and it’s a great sculpt of the character which is why I got him in the first place. I really think Mezco has outdone themselves with this and it’s not the last one we’ll see as they say they are releasing a couple other Universal Monster figures coming up.

 

Honorable Mentions

There have been a lot of great collectible toys that came out this year, and it’s hard to narrow them down to the best. We had some cool Freddy Krueger figures, some great Jason Voorhees figures (both by N.E.C.A.), and to keep step with all these great releases above and the ones I just mentioned, Funko continued their line of monster Pop! figures with a Leatherface and Jack Skellington and Sally figures.

Funko Pop! Leatherface

Funko Pop! Leatherface

Jack Skellington & Sally Funko Pop! Figures

Jack Skellington & Sally Funko Pop! Figures

 

So, there’s my list of the best collectible toys of 2012. I’m sure I missed some because of how I choose to collect, but that’s why I’m leaving it open so YOU can share your favorites with me!

 

– Mr. Frights

http://www.facebook.com/frights

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When Sellers Go Bad…

July 28, 2012

I don’t like to use Mr. Frights’ name or the network I’ve built to complain or protest. I don’t like to use it to hurt people. In fact Mr. Frights is and always has been about helping people. But there comes a time when someone does something to ruffle feathers enough that something has to be done about it.

As many people who follow Mr. Frights know, I’m a big collector of horror toys and other such items. I’ve been a collector for the better part of 20 years or so and have built a pretty respectable collection. I’ve bought from Amazon, private online stores, eBay, and so on. I’ve had items show up broken, damaged, dented and not quite what I would consider satisfactory. In every case I follow these procedures:

1. Contact the seller/company who sold the item and/or the shipper. Let them know about the item and the issue with it, then wait to see what they say. In most cases they reply rather quickly saying they are cool to give me a partial or full refund for the item. I even had someone send me the wrong item before and they simply told me to keep it and they sent out the correct item free!

2. I never really had a two because I’ve never had a problem dealing with a seller who sent me something that was unsatisfactory before. While getting something unsatisfactory doesn’t happen often, it does happen. Usually sellers get the idea that reputation is everything and if they want to continue having a good reputation they need to treat people that buy from them with great customer service. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

I recently went out to eBay to purchase a brand new SDCC exclusive Hero from the Sky Ash figure released by NECA. I found the cheapest “Buy Now” option and I lucked out that it had free shipping. The seller didn’t take long to send it out and I got it in a couple days. Very impressed when people do that. But the problem was that I opened the box to find that there was NO PACKING MATERIAL to protect the item. On top of that, the figure in its packaging was sort of stuffed into the shipping box. The top of the item was folded over a little to fit it inside. The shipping box was big enough that it didn’t need to be sat flat or folded into the box. In fact, once I took pictures, I took it out of the box and sat it back in diagonally just fine. No issue with fitting as it was kind of loose in there like that and no issues with closing the box or anything… so I don’t understand why it was put in there that way.

As I said, I took pictures of the item in the box, the box as it showed up, so I have photographic proof of the condition of the shipping box and the item. Keep this in mind.

Inside of the box showing no damage to the box, but the item is folded into the box almost flat on it’s front with a close up of the damage to the item.

I contacted the seller and asked for a partial refund to cover the damage of the item letting him know I had photos I could send. He told me to send them and gave me his email. After sending them I got a nasty response from him, though some of that was because I left him ‘neutral‘ feedback and a comment that there was no packing material in the box and it was packaged improperly causing damage to the item. This is a true statement. The guy turns around and calls me a liar saying “how do I know you didn’t take it out of the box and fold it up in there like that.“.

First off, why would a collector do that? To get a couple bucks off a $45 dollar item? That’s ridiculous and makes no sense.

Then I try to reason with him, telling him there’s no external damage to the shipping box that makes it look like USPS crushed it in any way (since he tried to blame them for the damage). There are some wrinkles on the box, but nothing that would indicate serious damage that would have made the item fold up on its own in the box the way it’s pictured. The shipping box is still sturdy and not weak at all.

He offered to give me $5 dollars back on the condition that I take back or edit my feedback that I left him. Basically asking me to lie and give him good points. That $5 dollars won’t enable him to go back and put packing material in the box or to make sure the thing is put into the box the right way. It wasn’t just set in there, it was tightly packed inside so as that it could not move. If it was crushed, the box would have looked crushed. If it was just sat inside the box, it may have fallen side ways because it fits in loosely. Remember, I took it out and put it in again myself to see if it fit.

Side of box showing no damage indicative of crushing though a wrinkle up the side can be seen.

After some more back and forth and me trying to explain the whole point to him that he just didn’t take precautions to keep the item from being damaged, he replied to my feedback comment basically blaming USPS for the poor shipping and so I replied that I have photos of it and that it was not the fault of USPS. I also opened a case with eBay at this point asking for half my money back. I did this because what I asked for wasn’t good enough for him and all the trouble with fighting me over it is just not okay for a seller to do. You wouldn’t see Target doing that at their guest services and you wouldn’t see the majority of private sellers online doing this (as I mentioned my experience above). I feel at this point half my money is justified, but I would have settled for the $10 dollars I asked for after the initial response he gave me.

Bottom of the box showing no damage

At this point he is still fighting with me over it, completely ignoring the facts. He keeps insisting that he didn’t pack it folded. I even told him to forget that part and pretend he did put it in loosely like it fit normally; pretend that USPS did crush it. He still didn’t put packing material in the box to help protect it, which could have kept this from happening. He keeps glossing over this fact.

Side of box showing slight damage on the bottom, but nothing indicating crushing damage that would case the item to end up in the box the way it was found.

The best thing would have been for him to take responsibility, say “Sorry, how can I fix it.” and then refund some of my money. Instead he’s chosen to fight me on it because I’ve given him bad feedback. Well, what kind of reputation damage do you think is going to happen now that all this has happened? He could have saved himself a lot more trouble by just being customer service minded. I even told him what would happen if he didn’t just work with me on this. I told him I’d open a case, he didn’t listen. I told him I’d escalate to eBay support, he ended up doing that himself. I told him that if he didn’t stop fighting with me and work this out to my satisfaction that I’d tell people publicly about this and let people know who the seller is. That’s where I’m at now.

Side of box showing no damage

If you’re reading this, then he still hasn’t satisfied my issue. He hasn’t issued a refund that reflects my experience with him. I’m not sending the item back, it’s to valuable and to hard to come by. All I want is for a small refund to cover the damage he’s responsible for and now on top of that something to compensate my time and stress dealing with this. I feel half my money is fair. I could be asking for a full refund, but I’m trying to be fair. It’s a 15 – 20 dollar figure that was sold at twice that price. It’s worth it, but when damaged, the value goes down. I’m willing to accept the damage because of the value of the item. What I can’t accept is being treated like this by a seller.

Side of box showing no damage

The odd thing is that as much importance and pride this guy is putting on his reputation as a seller, he doesn’t get that the more he pushes on like this, the more he fights to save face rather than try to appease the customer, the more he’s damaging his reputation and considerably more than it had to be. People get bad feedback all the time. It doesn’t hurt them that badly, unless they keep getting it. It doesn’t happen at all when they do things the right way. The deal is though that you need to roll with the punches which means sometimes you have to bite the bullet. He got neutral feedback because he made a mistake. Take ownership of the mistake, drop the pride and ego, and fix it with the customer so you end up not taking more damage.

In the end I’ll end up with a $45 dollar slightly damaged figure in packaging that eventually will be worth potentially hundreds. Even if I don’t get any money back for it I’m not losing anything. The seller however is losing his reputation. He can’t erase what he’s done, he can’t undo the things he said to me or the stress from it. He wont be able to undo the damage done by himself as a result of his actions and the damage done by my reaction to his handling of this issue.

Top of the box showing no damage indicative of crushing. The only thing hidden here are the addresses. You can see some wrinkles in the cardboard, but that’s all they are.

I hope that he learns a lesson, but odds are with people like this, his ego will be hurt and he’ll harbor some sort of anger at me – flame me on some message boards and get his hoards of online troll minions to harass me. That’s fine with me though because I still got what I wanted and he gets to try to deal with the damage to his reputation as a seller. I almost feel bad for taking things this far, but if this had happened at any other store (online that is) or likely with any other private seller they would have been kissing my ass because of how I’ve been treated – because professional people understand what reputation really means.

I would suggest learning about customer service if you’re going to be a seller or open a store. I’d suggest learning the saying “the customer is always right” even when they are wrong and why they say that. I wasn’t a jerk to the guy, I tried to use logic and fact to press my point, but all I got in return was this guy defending himself and overlooking the important things about my issue.

Sigh… So here it is. The eBay user ID and link to his eBay profile. Buyer Beware!!

absolutvt69 – Isaac B Miller

http://myworld.ebay.com/absolutvt69?ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1181

– Mr. Frights

::ADDENDUM::

I’ve been called out for not showing this picture. I’m not hiding anything and I don’t mind showing it. It just doesn’t show the same detail of the damage to the item so I left it out. What it does show is nothing more than a wrinkle in the box. That same wrinkle is NOT on the outside of the box. Each picture above is a completely different side of the box showing all six sides in their complete and honest condition as I received it. Again, as I said, this box is completely intact and not crushed at all. These wrinkles in the cardboard are nothing more than that. They are not collapsed spots. The box is still fully sturdy. In fact I kept the box and I’ve stored it away for safe keeping.

Picture from alternate side of the box showing the inside is undamaged other than a wrinkle in the box.

I also added the top view of the box in the above post. I’d previously kept it out because I didn’t want to share address info. Again, nothing to hide here. All my cards on the table.

It was also mentioned that I didn’t say anything about the full refund I was offered, but that is in the blog post. Full refund for a return of the item. I don’t want to and never have wanted to return the item. What I did want, was a few bucks back to cover the damage done during shipping because the seller didn’t pack it properly. This is the consensus of many collectors who are familiar with this situation and finally admitted to by the seller. That refund was only offered if I were to change the feedback I’d given. Let me make this perfectly clear… to me that would be making a false statement as my feedback indicated exactly what happened and no amount of refund would change the facts.

I’d really like to thank all the little minions he has for pushing my views way up. You’re making my blog number look awesome!

No one that posts any comments supporting either side is going to get approval for their comments here so leaving them is pointless though entertaining as none of you know what you’re talking about. This is just about putting the facts out there because of how poorly this was handled by this seller. As I said, buyer beware.

 

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REVIEW: Cereal Killers Trading Cards Series 2 from Wax-Eye

July 16, 2012

When series 1 came out, I was all over it. I seriously bought at least one 3-pack every pay period [twice that when they went on sale for half price]. The goal was to get at least one if not two complete base sets. I ended up with about seven sets and have been handing off the extra sets as prizes in Mr. Frights contests. I kept the little cereal boxes the cards came in, kept the bases, I even have two sets of the boxes on display in my collection room (one for each side of the boxes). They came with eyeball gum, a surprise in each individual box like a temp tattoo, magnet, black light card, etc. Once in a while you’d get a super cool premium card like a sketch card or a gold card.

Series 1 Cereal Killer 3-pack boxes

Now, when I heard that Wax-eye was making a series 2, I was super excited! The first series was pretty awesome and a second series would surely be at least as good. The fun of course being in the discovery of what’s in the boxes. Little did I consider that series 2 would be so freaking far beyond what we got in series 1!

The best part of these cards for me is the spoofing of the cereals using my favorite characters from horror. Michael Myers [Hallowheaties], Ash [The Wheatful Dead], Freddy, etc. they all made an appearance in the first series. In 55 cards you’d think they’d have covered almost everyone, especially the important figures. Well, in series 2, they have 55 more surprises that include another round of our favorite horror figures, a lot I’m almost ashamed to say that I had forgotten about… but that’s how great series 1 was. So if I’m telling you series 2 is even better, than you should be impressed.

First, the new packaging for series 2 include some more amazing design work and features Dracula [Apple Dracs] and Count Chocula [Count Zombula]. The fact that I didn’t even think for them to have done spoofs on the monster cereals themselves just blows my mind, but it made me smile real big when I saw they were included in this set. Series 1 only had Frankenberry [Frankly Burried] as I recall.

Series 2 Cereal Killers Trading Cards 3-Pack

What’s in the boxes:

20 cards per box, two premium cards, eyeball gum.

In better detail I’ll tell you something pretty incredible. They made it so you get an entire base set per 3-pack of cards. That means you’ll get all 55 cards in one shot! I can not tell you how HUGE that is. For someone like myself who spent literally hundreds of dollars buying these things so fill in my sets, now I can just buy a few sets and be done! I won’t have to hunt for that one special card that you only come across once in a few sets.

The other incredible thing is that they include TWO premium cards per box per 3-pack. That’s 6 premium cards! Last series you were super lucky to get even one premium card as they were filled with magnets, black light cards, and temp tattoos. This time we’re being treated to some impressive Silver Spoon Foil cards and Sugar Glitter Cards as well as Glow-in-the-Dark Fluorescent Stickers and a one of a kind Color Sketch card.

Sugar Glitter Premium Cards

Silver Spoon Cards


 

And the third incredible thing… the eye ball gum is even better! The last series had eye ball gum, but the printing on the candy wasn’t all that great. This time, the printing on the gum is very detailed, very distinct, and not worn off at all. I almost don’t want to eat the gum because it’s so awesome looking!

Now, about the cost… Some people talked about how the price was to much when series 1 came out. It really does seem a bit high when you consider how a pack of cards costs about $2 bucks and here you’re spending $25 dollars. The reality is that you’re buying 60 cards in those 3-packs, plus the gum, plus the special cards, plus the cool packaging. So, while $2 dollars per pack seems more reasonable than $25 per 3-pack, think about the math – that $2 gets you maybe 5 cards so 60 cards is like 12 packs of cards which adds up to around… $25 bucks! So before anyone gets all turned off about price, just remember it’s the exact same thing, just buying in bulk.

Now, the price has gone up on series 2, which I bulked at myself. I mean it was about $32 bucks every time I bought a pack (including shipping) and now it’s gonna be more like $37 or so when you lump in shipping on these three packs. But, like I said before, if you’re spending 2 bucks a pack on cards then it’s basically the same thing. The price increase though is justified I think. I mean you get a full base set each time out AND you get the new awesome premium cards. And lets not lose sight of the fact that Wacky Packages 3-packs sell for around the same price, so it’s pretty standard for these items.

Sticker Packs

But don’t worry! If you’re still turned off by the price of these 3-packs they have “normal” packs of cards for you at your preferred $2 dollars a pack [$1.75 for series 1 packs] and as of right now, they are FREE SHIPPING. There are 8 cards in the series 2 packs and 5 cards in the series 1 packs. The sticker cards are the same as the cards you get in the 3-packs. The only thing is, you won’t be getting a full set without buying lots of packs of these sticker cards. With the 3-packs, 1 set gets you all 55 base cards. Boom!

If you didn’t jump on the Wax-eye train last time, when I reviewed series 1, or when I offered up complete sets of series 1 in one of my wonderful contests, then you’re a little behind. Don’t miss out any more! Get in on the awesomeness that is Cereal Killers Trading Cards!! They are a great throw back to memories of your childhood, they represent tons of our favorite horror icons, the spoofs of the cereals are pretty funny, and you KNOW someday they will be worth a pretty penny! Trust me when I say you’ll be sorry you didn’t get in on these now.

Subset of Classics in Black and White

Scream of Wheat, one of my favorites from the new series


 

WHERE TO BUY!!

You can get them directly from Wax-Eye.com of course!

Some Toys R Us stores sell them, and based on my own intuition and some answers I got from Wax-Eye if you REALLY want them in other stores, you can talk to those buyers and beg them to get some in. Show some support for these terrific collectibles, show some love, petition the stores you shop at, and I’m sure after a while you’ll see them at your local Targets (since they sell the Garbage Pale Kids cards and Wacky Packages cards).

Because of how cool these cards are, because of how much Wax-eye has outdone themselves, because these are amazing Joe Simko pieces of art, I’m giving these cards the highest rating I can, four screams!

And while you’re at it, go check out their Facebook page!

 

Enjoy the horror my frightful friends!

– Mr. Frights

www.facebook.com/frights

   

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REVIEW: Beetlejuice NECA Head Knocker

June 28, 2012

The latest addition to my collection, the Beetlejuice Head Knocker from NECA, has me at a bit of a personal milestone. I now only have about Twelve more head knockers on my wish list… two or three of which are “not avaiable”. Twelve might sound like a lot, but when I started getting these, I had over twice that many on my want list. I’ve now collected over 15. Crazy!

Enough about my collection though. The figure itself is one of my favorites because it stands out apart from the rest of my collection since it’s the only Beetlejuice item I have. I love the movie for sure, but I haven’t seen a figure of Beetlejuice [in person] that I want badly enough to purchase. There’s a couple out there I would like to add to my collection, but for the price, it hasn’t been worth it (I hate paying shipping). This guy though, he was just under $20 dollars on Amazon.com. -> [LINK]

 

NECA Beetlejuice Head Knocker

 

The first thing that stuck out about this figure was the hair. It’s not really noticeable in the picture, but his hair is semi translucent which makes it look like it were sculpted to be slime or snot or something – Knowing the character, yeah the hair thing is awesome. The next thing is the sculpt of the house – looking closely you’ll find the flat guy from the dead office who was hung on the line; a headless figure on the porch; another haunting figure on the roof of the porch; and then the three figures on the overhang above the windows on the bottom left in the picture above.

The house sculpt itself is fun, taken directly from the poster/movie cover where we can see the details of the characters that I just mentioned sitting all over the house. The character sculpt is really good, but I don’t see much Michael Keaton in it. That’s fine and all, but at the same time it makes Beetlejuice look a little unfamiliar. It’s kind of a caricature really, and I’m cool with that.

Beetlejuice DVD Cover

It’s a high quality piece, just like the other Head Knockers, made from a hard resin which makes it pretty heavy. I have to admit that I was a bit scared to take it out of the box because the figure on the porch is so small it surely would be the easiest point to break off. Fortunately, nothing was busted on it and there was no issues that I could see. A quick dusting with a soft brush got all the packing foam off of the figure without any damage.

My box wasn’t in the best shape when it arrived, but that’s an Amazon thing. They classically have failed in sending out perfect packaging. Still, no harm to the figure. The only reason I mention the box is because some collectors will be concerned with that part. It literally looked like it had been opened from the bottom and then closed back up but they couldn’t get the flap in properly.

Not really important, but I don’t get the blue grass on the base of the figure. Maybe it has to do with the coloring in the picture the sculpt was taken from or maybe it’s something to do with Tim Burton style grass, but it’s just odd. The path coming down the grass is a nice touch, but it’s also pretty obvious and not really special. The suit isn’t sculpted exactly as in the poster image but it’s still really nice. The iconic striped getup has been one of the sticking points for me and why I didn’t pick up the figure with the purple suit. Eww.

The best thing about this piece is the details that went into the house, the little figures, and the head with the hair and mold or whatever the green is supposed to be. The neck is a bit weird looking because it’s so long, but reminds me of when he turned into a snake in the movie; plus it probably helps with the head wobble which is nice… not to tight, not to loose.

My only true disappointment is that the other Head Knockers have the name of the characters or movie the character is from on them and this one doesn’t have that. A nice replica of the famous “Betelgeuse” sign would have been great! I would have even been happy with just “Beetlejuice”, but none at all leaves me scratching my head.

All in all I’m very happy with the piece and I’d be silly to not recommend everyone pick this one up. That’s why I’m giving this bad boy thee screams! If you’re in the market for it, you can find it at the link I provided above or just head to Amazon.com and grab it.

 

 

Enjoy the horror my friends!

– Mr. Frights

http://www.mrfrights.com

 

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Review: Funko Pop! Leatherface

June 19, 2012

Just a quick rundown of this new piece from Funko. The Funko Pop! Leatherface figure completes the major horror figures set as far as I’m concerned. Funko released Freddy, Jason, and Michael in the last series of Pop! figures, and while we all could come up with a bunch more they should add, like Pinhead, if they never make another horror Pop! figure I’d have to call this a set (even though it’s from a different series).

 

I believe this is the last of three horror figures in this round of Pop! figures from Funko, the other two being Jack and Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas. Not a bad showing of support for Horror from Funko, though like I said, I can come up with a bunch more I’d like to see. This one however, is my focus this time around.

The biggest thing here is that he looks “sad”. I know the idea is to make a fun and cute version of these characters, and this guy is cute, but he’s the only one of the horror figures that has this sad look on his face. I believe it’s a bit more detailed than the Freddy, Jason, and Michael figures, so maybe that’s why this comes off like it does. Still, it’s an excellent addition. The sadness doesn’t take away from it, but rather adds to it in my opinion.

I don’t have many Leatherface figures, but this is a welcome addition to the ones I do have. The increase in detail might show a trend in the Funko Pop! figures which gives me hope that we may just see those other horror characters like Pinhead. The reason I keep bringing up the needle faced icon is because I think a Pop! figure with some pegs coming out of his face would be cool. And a cute version of Pinhead, that would be just as funny as these others.

If you’re interested in picking this up, I got mine at HouseOfMysteriousSecrets.com. Because this is such a great addition to the horror figures Funko has already put out, I’ll give this one a three scream rating.

Enjoy the horror my friends!

– Mr. Frights

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Review: NECA Freddy vs. Jason Freddy Krueger Head Knocker

June 1, 2012

Freddy Krueger is a huge part of my childhood as his whole being came about and was explored during the 80’s, 90’s, and of course even in the 2000’s. I have a nice collection of Freddy stuff, but there’s always room for more. I have a substantial collection of Head Knockers from NECA but I’m missing a couple key characters and Freddy is one of them. When I saw they had Freddy in Head Knocker form I added it to my list of “have to haves”.

NECA Freddy vs. Jason Freddy Krueger Head Knocker

While it’s a welcome addition to my collection, it’s not what I’d expect from NECA.

They have two Freddy Krueger head knockers as far as I know. The one looks absolutely cartoony (See here)  and just doesn’t fit my taste in collectibles. I’m not a fan of stylized stuff for the most part, I’m more of a ‘this has to look just like the character it represents’ kind of guy. This other one, the Freddy vs. Jason one, looks way more like Robert Englund’s Freddy Krueger than the other, this is a good thing.

As are the other head knockers from NECA, this is made of a heavy sturdy resin. It’s not super fragile and showed up unbroken. Even the claws are intact and on many other Freddy figures that has been an issue because of how thin they have to be. The base on this thing is pretty cool too. It looks like wood flooring (like in the cabin at the end of the movie) and has broken ends on it that let you see into the flooring where you can see bones sticking out. Cool! The paint is really good too and the scultp on the whole is really nice.

However, there are some points that I’m disappointed in. The first thing is the fire. I know it’s from the movie where the cabin catches fire, but it’s unecessary and the bright color takes away from the rest of the piece rather than contrasting it in a good way that would have it add to the piece. The next thing is that the head hardly moves at all. The whole point of a head knocker is that the head bobbles and the spring on this thing is super tight. Where other head knockers move about when I walk around the room I have them in, this one doesn’t move without some serious shaking by hand. Even pushing on the head it just springs back into position without the wobble.

If you’d like to add this piece to your collection you can find it here. All in all it’s not a bad piece, but definitely not the best thing NECA has put out in their head knocker line. That’s why I’m only giving this bad boy a rating of two screams.

– Mr. Frights

www.mrfrights.com

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