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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: Army of Darkness Pit Witch Figures

August 14, 2011

I have to admit I don’t know anything about Palisades Toys, but I happened across this set by accident & wanted it badly because of the Pit Witch alone, but to have a Deadite Centurion was a huge bonus. Not sure what the deal is with all those weapons, but my guess is it’s just so you have options. I’m not complaining, because the accessories look awesome & more is always better. Still, I can’t imagine they would give so many so you could equip the Pit Witch or that they thought the Deadite Centurion would carry all those. I guess they actually intend people to “Play With It” which is quoted on their packaging.

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My disappointment is that these are only 4″ figures, which is why I went hunting for & picked up the McFarlane Pit Witch figure. However, after looking at these off & on for days now I have come to the conclusion that these figures are pretty cool. The detailing that went into 4″ figures of all things, is really quite impressive. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this in a 4″ figure before. It’s not perfect, but it’s way better than the general sculpting on almost any other 4″ figures out there. Tuche Palisades.

The McFarlane Pit Witch figure is equally impressive just looking at it. First of all, it’s a 7″ figure and will obviously fit in with the other 7″ figures I have from the set. In this case, the toy came to me in an exclusive two pack that was put out for Musicland with the second figure being Ash. This set doesn’t include any accessories or base, but that’s ok since the two pack of Ash vs. Evil Ash came with plenty of accessories, so I have those. From the photos on the back of the packaging the Pit Witch’s hand comes off as if it’s been cut off by Ash’s chainsaw like in the movie. The chainsaw by the way is the hand that comes with this version of Ash. The two pack with Evil Ash comes with the chainsaw & the metal works hand that Ash built in the movie.

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Since this figure is 7″ it’s not surprising that this figure is so well detailed. It’s also not a surprise because it’s from McFarlane, who generally does high quality work. The figure even includes realistic chains hanging from different places across the body.

Both of these figures are from a while ago. I believe the Palisades figures are from 2004 and are part of a larger set of Army of Darkness figures they put out including more deadites & even some of the good guys in Ash’s army. The McFarlane figures came out in 2001 with Series 4 Movie Maniacs. Both are available here and there and since the Palisades toys look so incredible, I may just work on picking the rest of the set up, especially since they’ve gone down in price since their release.

I give the Palisades figures three screams:

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I give the McFarlane figures three screams:

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– Mr. Frights

http://about.me/mrfrights

 

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