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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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REVIEW: NECA Evil Dead II Hero Ash / Henrietta

July 17, 2012

Mr. Frights

Most anticipated of the year so far? Indeed! Since I saw the first two figures in NECA’s new Evil Dead II series [Farewell to Arms Ash and Deadite Ash] I don’t think there have been two other figures I’ve wanted more. NECA upped their game considerably when they put out the new line of Freddy Krueger figures, then came the Evil Dead II set and it just showed how much they really did up their game.

Evil Dead II Deadite Ash by N.E.C.A.

Both Farewell to Arm and Deadite Ash were brilliantly detailed and painted, they were the best articulation of any figure I’d seen ever and the accessories were exciting; which include his girlfriend’s deadite head, the tape player, the book, ax, an alternate infected arm, and the deadite dismembered hand.

Evil Dead II Farewell to Arms Ash by N.E.C.A.

The rear panel of the figures showed the next two in the series which were Hero Ash and Henrietta the deadite from the cabin cellar. They looked really good! Thus began the long wait.

Now that I have them in my possession I can say they were well worth the wait. Hero Ash can easily be compared to the McFarlane Army of Darkness Ash and the NECA version wins hands down. The detail on the chainsaw alone sets this figure so far apart from any other version of this character that there is no contest between them. While I will always have a soft spot for my McFarlane stuff, just looking at the chainsaw from those figures makes me sad now that I’ve seen Hero Ash.

Ash has some more incredible articulation including some twisting available mid leg above the knees. This helps a lot with making the figure stable when standing it up. The feet twist a bit and that also adds to helping it stand without falling over. The paint is slightly darker on this figure compared to the other Ash figures in the series, but it’s still well done and detailed. The figures also feature some soft parts, particularly in the clothing to help it have flexibility.

Evil Dead II Hero Ash by N.E.C.A.

Henrietta, this incredible figure is now the most disgusting figure I own! The rotten holes and sores in her body are just awful and so perfect. The points of articulation are very cool and with the post you can make it look like she is posed hovering in the air just like in the movie. She also comes with an alternate head that is extra long and extra deadite (also in the clip I linked out to). The neck on that head is bendy and has “hair” on top to make it look extra creepy and super cool.

Evil Dead II Henrietta by N.E.C.A.

So far the only bad things I’ve noticed are that the paint tends to be chipping away at the joint on Hero Ash and the limbs on Henrietta seem to fall off kind of easy. The other thing with Hero Ash is the movement on the joins in the wrists is kind of tight so you need to be extra careful twisting things into place or you could break them. The last thing is just that the Boomstick Ash comes with doesn’t fit well into his hand. The trigger finger is not separated enough from the mold of the other fingers for it to help hold the shotgun properly.

Deadite deer head

The accessories… The deadite deer head is really cool. The head moves like it was a figure itself. The only thing is, there’s no where to hang it so you either have to just sit it next to the figure or get creative and figure out how best to hang it yourself. The mouth doesn’t move and it’s just my opinion that a moving mouth would have been a cool feature, but it’s not necessary and it doesn’t take away from what the deer head adds to the collection.

Henrietta alternate head

The Henrietta head, as I said, is bendable and had hair on it. It’s very long, about three inches or more. Mostly I prefer the Deadite as she comes in the box because it looks terrific floating there on that post, then I just sat this head somewhere off to the side but kind of poking out just so it draws some attention and looks really creepy.

This is the best set of Evil Dead figures I’ve ever seen. The accessories and attention to detail from function to just the look are extremely impressive. Now if only N.E.C.A. would do some Army of Darkness figures, specifically a Pit Witch figure, Evil Ash, maybe even the winged Harpy or Deadite version of Sheila… that list could go on. Regardless, I am compelled to give this whole set, and each individual figure my highest rating of four screams.

Enjoy the horror my friends!

– Mr. Frights

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