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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: 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

http://www.facebook.com/frights

 

 

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Review: Funko Pop! Jack & Sally

May 23, 2012

I didn’t used to want the Funko Pop! figures because I thought for horror toys/collectibles they just looked to cute. Now I have just about every one of the horror ones Funko has put out. When I saw this latest series of the Pop! figures and ran into Jack Skellington and Sally at my local comic shop, I had to add them to my collection.

Jack & Sally Funko Pop! Figures

These vinyl figures really do stand out among horror toys. I have the Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, and Jason Voorhees from the first series and the very day I saw this series I ran out to find them. I got lucky and found them at my comic shop which is awesome because I had no need to pay for shipping. It wouldn’t have been a big deal though since these run for around $10 dollars. You can actually pic up the duo on Amazon.com for around $20 dollars here. You can also buy them individually.

The fun thing about these is the big heads. They turn, so you can pose them a little, but that’s about it. The small bodies make them easy to knock over, which is why I keep them in the box. They don’t have the wider base like the series with Freddy, Michael, and Jason — and so they won’t stand as well. They do indeed stand though and if you have a place where they won’t get bumped to much then go ahead and put them out if you want to remove them from the packaging.

Since they are vinyl, they won’t break really easy like something made from harder more brittle material like a resin. The vinyl will scuff and get marked up though and those marks would be hard to get off.

Funko puts out some great toys for sure, but mostly kid level (I don’t want to call it low end collectibles, but that’s about the size of it) stuff. These could easily gain value over time because of the detailng and how well they do with making these look like the figures they represent, but only time will tell. While these are a nice addition to a collection, I’m not super into the whole A Nightmare Before Christmas. With that in mind I’m giving these two screams!

– Mr. Frights

http://www.facebook.com/frights

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Horror Toys: Funko Pop! and Wacky Wobblers

February 28, 2011

The “new kid” on my shelves are these Funko toys. I recently bought just about all the recent releases they have including their stylized caricatures and their Wacky Wobblers. The only things I didn’t bother with [yet] are the plush figures. I’m kind of on the fence about them. I mean, 1. they don’t stand up so what do I do with them to display them… set them in the corner of a chair or something? 2. They are very plain, not very detailed, PLUSH horror figures. Is this something I’m supposed to give to my kid to help them feel better about horror icons and get them to see they are not so scary? I just don’t get it.

Ok, so aside from the plus figures, these other things are pretty cool. The Funko Pop! figures are stylized in a pretty cool way. They are not all weird like the Cinema of Fear stylized figures, but rather they look like creepy cute sort of dolls. When I first saw them they reminded me of bobble heads, alas they are only vinyl big headed toys. They are sturdy and easily stand without any wobble or falling over which is a big plus with any toys these days. Even better is they don’t clash with the rest of the collection pieces of the same characters on my shelf.

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The eyes are the most distinct feature on these toys as they are just round black dots. Outside of that they have their own simplistic detail of each character. Getting them online I was able to find them for a really nice price of about eight dollars, and shipping wasn’t that bad at all so I was happier doing it this way than purchasing them in a store.

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Funko’s Wacky Wobbler figures are also very very cool. First off, they are based on the original movie characters and not the newer stuff from the last couple years. Big plus. They have these really cool bases to them that are made to look like wood and have their names on the front which kind of makes them like museum pieces in a way, honoring the characters. The detailing is really well done on these things to thee point they almost look like they will jump off my shelf and start some mayhem.

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Again, the price for these was really good when I got them online. And again the shipping wasn’t bad so I didn’t feel as much of a pinch.

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The only thing with the Wacky Wobblers that I’m bothered by is that they only have Freddy and Jason. I’m anxiously awaiting other characters, specifically Michael Myers and maybe Pinhead, Ghostface, and Chucky. Same thing with the Funko Pop! figures. They only come in Feddy, Jason, and Michael characters. While that’s good enough for me, it might be cool to see a Pinhead and a Chucky.

These I think will go on my best buy of the year list because they are really high on cool figure chart for my collection. If you don’t have these yet, I would totally recommend them.

Funko Pop! Figures:

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Wacky Wobblers:

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– Mr. Frights

 

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