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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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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: 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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NECA Freddy Figure Update

September 4, 2011

OK, so all the pictures of the NECA Freddy Krueger figure from A Nightmare on Elm Street apparently were taken from the promo photos for the toy. This is important because the photos do not match what’s in the box! I happened to be at Toys R Us and ran across a fresh stocked shelf of these figures and to my surprise the face on the toy isn’t the same as the face I originally posted about here in my comparison of several Freddy Krueger figures. Maybe it’s the lighting in the photo or maybe it was a prototype used for the photos before the final sculpt was defined. Whatever it was, I have to update my previous statements about this figure.

Fredpromo
Fred-face

It’s really a great toy. The hat in this case is flexible, not hard plastic like other Freddy figure hats. This means it fits better and will stay on better. It comes with two super long arms that easily pop off and on, but not so easy that they fall off. The joints are nice and movable but stay in place too. The hands have to be popped off and on to swap the arms, so be careful when doing this with the gloved hand as you could potentially break a blade. The figure gave me a little difficulty with standing up, but after messing with it for a bit I was able to get the feet into position for standing and they don’t look funny or anything.

Fred-face2
Fred-head

The actual sculpt of the face does indeed look like Freddy from the first movie. As I said before, my benchmark for a good sculpt is if I can see the person behind the mask/makeup, and I definitely can see Robert Englund in this sculpt. As an added bonus they also include a variant head from the same scene that the figure is taken from. This is the head with the skin peeled back to reveal the skull and big eye balls.

Fullfred

I’m glad to add this figure to my collection and I would suggest anyone into collecting pick this one up for sure. It’s an odd piece because of the long arms and that makes it stand out on a shelf full of normal looking figures. I have to take back my original rating for this toy of two screams and give it a good four screams along with the Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2 figure.

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– Mr. Frights

http://about.me/mrfrights

 

 

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Horror Toys: NECA Michael Myers Head Knocker

March 7, 2011

I’ve done a couple good reviews, and since I want to be honest I’m about to lay down one that’s not so good. Recently I aquired a Michael Myers NECA Head Knocker. I’m all about Michael Myers, I love the guy. Halloween is probably my favorite all time horror flick. So I was really excited to get this piece because I don’t have a lot of Halloween stuff.

The package arrived fine and was well protected. When I took a look at the box though I found the knife was not attached to Mike’s hand, but rather broken off and stuck between the plastic shell he was in. I’ve gotten pretty good at fixing toys thanks to McFarlane Toys’ tendency to break, so I didn’t worry too much about that. It doesn’t end there though. I pulled Mike out of the package as gently as I could so to keep the packaging in tact and unblemished. When I pulled him from the shell the tombstone fell out! 

Michaelmyersheadknocker-1

So here I have this long awaited piece that I’m all thrilled to have only to find out that it’s busted up. It wasn’t opened previously and I doubt it was the fault of the seller that I bought it from. In fact when I spoke to the seller about it, he mentioned that he had heard that these have infamously been reported to have broken and even missing parts citing the missing pumpkin from another buyer’s Michael Myers Head Knocker.

I did get a very generous refund of half my money paid for the piece and I was able to fix the parts that were broken as best I could. So I’m satisfied with the outcome. Still, NECA putting something out there that falls apart like this even though made of high quality materials kind of disappoints.

The actual piece itself is really nice. The details on the figure is pretty cool, the paint is nice. The mask leaves something to be desired as it’s not exactly on target for replicating the real mask and the eyes are off too. The knife isn’t cut out well and looks kind of generic but then when isn’t a butcher knife in a movie generic. The tombstone is a great addition as is the pumpkin which looks pretty close to the film version. It’s a very heavy piece and is really nice as far as bobble heads go, but the breakage and the distance they would have to cover to actually make the thing look like the figure and items from the movie is pretty dramatic. 

If you’re a huge Halloween fan, go ahead and get this if you don’t mind the chance it will be broken when you get it. If you’re not into Halloween that much other than liking it as a piece of your collection, then I’d say skip it. The price is kind of expensive for something that disappoints in the ways that this did for me.

 

– Mr. Frights

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Horror Toys: NECA Scream 4 EXTREME Head Knocker

February 28, 2011

I don’t ever plan on doing this… posting more than once in such a short time. The thing is I’ve been waiting for this thing for what seems like forever, even though in reality it’s only been about a week or so. Not only that, but I totally didn’t expect what I found in the package. My expectations were, well I just expected a lot less because of the other bobble head type toys I’ve gotten. Those other recent toys, the Wacky Wobblers are great to be sure. I really like them a lot. But they are plastic.

The NECA Scream 4 Ghostface EXTREME Head Knocker came in a box bigger than I’d expected, so this threw me from the start. All the other bobble heads I’ve gotten lately have been in boxes all about the same size, they all fit nicely in my hand. This Ghostface thing came in a box that looked like someone took four of those standard boxes and put them all together. Not just that, but when I opened it, it’s stuffed tight with a styrofoam protectant rather than inside some kind of molded plastic case. Just as a side note, I really don’t like styrofoam anymore (insert chuckle) – it took a lot to get this thing out of the box without breaking the foam or damaging the box. And trust me, you won’t want to damage the box. The artwork on it is pretty cool and it’s worth keeping around.

Ghostface-2

The item itself is about one and a half times bigger than the Funko toys I’ve been speaking about, which as with everything else is hard to discern from the online photos of this thing. It’s made out of a nice high quality pewter or something and it’s pretty heavy. It comes with a separate knife that goes in his hand easily, so that was really cool too. It does fit in from under the hand, but it falls out with any amount of josseling. The fact is, the knife was made to be placed in from the top. Still, I was able to place the knife in from the bottom and at least get a photo from it.

Ghostface-knife

The base is nice and wide and heavy so it won’t fall over even though it’s a little top heavy because of the big head on the little spring. The head on mine came out a little off tilt, but I’m not going to mess with it to try to fix it because I don’t want to break it. It’s not bad the way it is anyway, it just doesn’t look like the photo on the box or on the online pictures. One of the cool details of the base is there is a phone laying there. While it’s molded to the base, I would have preferred it being separate like the knife was, but I appreciate it being connected because I won’t lose it.

Ghostface-phone

If this is just the beginning of Scream merchandise for the new movie, I’m totally psyched about anything else coming out. The NECA action figure was pretty great and now this head knocker is amazing. The detail put into both is well beyond anything NECA used to make and it’s more impressive than anything from McFarlane’s Movie Maniacs. It makes me wonder what McFarlane would dish up had he kept up with the Movie Maniacs series, because his stuff was always tops. 

Anyone looking at the price tag on this thing might think it’s a bit much for a bobble head, but the quality that came out of the box I got really makes the cost not that bad at all. I picked mine up for about 18 dollars from the Big Bad Toy Store online. But I would suggest going with a purchase from House of Mysterious Secrets because of their crack customer service style. The guy who runs that shop is on his game big time and he’s cool to deal with.

I totally advise people to get theirs before they are gone. You won’t regret it.

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– Mr. Frights

 

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