Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Series 10 (Playmates Toys)



Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Series 10
Playmates Toys
2014

Just when you thought we'd seen the last that Playmates Toys had to offer for 2014, along comes Bebop and Rocksteady! These two figures are currently Walmart exclusive figures during their initial release phase, but Playmates Toys says that this will change once the duo appear in the animated series. After that point the figure will be mass market released, meaning you will be able to find them at most local toy retailers.

These guys look great, and bring back a little nostalgia for fans of the classic TMNT cartoon. For many of us, we've been waiting for what seems like an eternity for this duo to join not only the show, but our Nickelodeon based action figures.

Bebop
 
Unlike most of the new TMNT figures from this line that have been incredibly difficult to track down, Walmart has stock available right no on their website. You can find Bebop "Here" and Rocksteady "Here". How long this supply will last is unknown, so grab them while you can.
 
Much to our continued disappointment with this series, as you can see from the Playmates Toys production photo (loose figures), and our photo of the packaged figures, all of that great paint detail is once again lost in the actual production of the figures. This has been a continuing gripe of fans of the series, and it doesn't show any signs of changing, which is a shame.
 

Rocksteady

It's unknown at this time if any further figures will hit store shelves the remainder of the year. The cardcards for Bebop and Rocksteady show new figures such as Karia (serpent mutation), Turflytle and Baxter Stockman (fly mutation), but this wouldn't be the first time that new figures were advertised long before they were available. If anything new trickles out, we'll update this post. Until then, happy hunting!

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The Fall Guy (Tonka)



The Fall Guy
Tonka
1983

Lee Majors was Colt Seavers. Hollywood film stunt driver by day, and bounty hunter by night. This is the type of stuff that TV show fans of the 80's ate up! TV shows stuffed with explosions, wrecked cars, and over the top leading men who oozed just as much sex appeal as their female co-stars.

The Fall Guy ran for five seasons over the course of 1981 to 1986, and never deviated from its main premise. Each episode would start with a stunt being performed on a Hollywood set, where shortly after Seavers would receive his next assignment. Of course no assignment ever involved just going to the suspects house, knocking on the door and taking him in. Nope, instead each time it unraveled into a deeper mystery with these would be criminals turning out to be mastermind criminals or simply one step ahead of our hero.

In 1983, Tonka produced one of the very few toys based on the series. The Stunt Plane with Colt Seavers figure. The toy itself is a great design, but for its time wasn't a big seller. These days, we can certainly appreciate it more, and absolutely love the plastic streamer you can attach to the back of the plane which reads "Fall Guy Air Show".

Find in a mint in package plane these days is pretty hard to do. They show up occasionally, but typically don't sell because the sellers are asking too much for them. Most of the buyers we've seen are willing to spend about twenty bucks on a mint in package version - About half of what most people are asking for them. Loose planes sell for as low as $5.00, but this typically doesn't include the figure or plane accessories such as the streamer.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

The Expendables and The Expendables 2 (MiniMates)



The Expendables
MiniMates
2012

The Expendables was a dream come true film for action movie fans of the 80's and 90's. Where else would you get Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke all at the same time? Throw on top of that wrestling superstars Randy Coutoure and Steve Austin, and the film only rounds out even further. However, even if that wasn't enough, toss in a couple cameos from the likes of Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now what kind of movie do you have going on?

Okay, cast aside, the film received mixed reviews praising it for its action sequences, but condemning it for its paper thin story. When you pull it apart, the film was what it was expected to be - An outing of our favorite action stars of yesterday all under one roof. Did it really plan on being anything more than that? Probably not. It was probably sold on actors alone.

Despite the power house cast, toy companies didn't seem to interested in marketing products to coincide with the film. MiniMates produced an incredibly small batch of tiny figures based on a few of the characters, however out of the two sets produced, one was a Toys R' Us exclusive.

Pack 1 with Lee Christmas, Hale Caesar, Mr. Church and Tool

Pack 2 (Toys R' Us Exclusive) with Paine, James Munroe, Barney Ross and Trent Mauser

The Expendables 2
MiniMates
2012

Expendables 2 upped the anit with the returning cast of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren by also throwing in Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and full inclusion from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once again critics praised the cast, and tore the plot and dialog to shreds.

MiniMates once again followed up with two packs of figures, with one again being a Toys R' Us exclusive.

Pack 1 with Yin Yang, Toll Road, Gunner Jenssen and Jean Vilain

Pack 2 with Barney Ross, Mr. Church, Booker and Trench

A third Expendables film was released in August of 2014, but its box office profits were far from what the prior films saw. Regardless, a fourth film is rumored to be in the works.
 
These days it's not difficult to find any of the packs above, and with each set ranging between five dollars and ten dollars, it's also not difficult to grab them all at a reasonable price. Whether prices stay this low for the foreseeable future is another story.
 
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Dynomutt and the BlueFalcon (AKA Dynomutt and the Blue Falcon) (Toynami)



Dynomutt and BlueFalcon
Toynami
2003

Make no mistake, Dynomutt was the star when it came to the duo of him and BlueFalcon.

The character first made his debut on the segmented show, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour. With popularity soaring off into orbit, after just two months the show was tweaked to add an additional half hour, and became the 90-minute Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Show which is how it remained until the series end in September of 1977.

Dynomutt's claim to fame was that he was essentially a robot dog with extendable limbs a la the yet to be introduced, but probably inspired Inspector Gadget (1983) character. The character also had the ability to produce a seemingly infinite amount of gadgets and tools to help in any scenario. Dynomutt was the ultimate swiss army knife.

Though the Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Show came to an end in 1977, the character was far from done with the Saturday morning cartoon scene. He would have a recurring role in Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics (1977-1978), and Scooby's All-Stars (1978-1979). During 1978, the character also returned in syndiacation under his own bannered show, Dynomutt, Dog Wonder.

In 2003, Toynami provided fans a great opportunity to get their hands on figures of the Hanna-Barbera dynamic duo. This very limited two pack came and went in the blink of an eye. It was sold out before many fans even knew it existed.

Dynomutt and the BlueFalcon Deluxe Box Set

While not necessarily common, this can still be found on select secondary markets, but don't expect to get one if you're not willing to drop some cash. Mint in package sets have sold for $130.00 to $150.00.

***BONUS***

Hanna-Barbera's Dynomutt
Marvel Comics
1977

Dynomutt and BlueFalcon weren't just limited to the cartoon scene. In 1977, Marvel Comics produced a fun read for fans in the six issue run of Hanna-Barbera's Dynomutt.





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Monday, November 10, 2014

Coneheads (Playmates Toys)



Coneheads
Playmates Toys
1993

It rarely works out when you take a three to five minute Saturday Night Live sketch and convert it into a ninety minute movie. Very few SNL sketches have been able to find success on the big screen, and most typically go on to have cult followings, but not necessarily be memorable iconic films. Coneheads was no exception to this rule.

The 1993 film was seen as a desperate attempt by cast and crew to grab a piece of the tail end success of Waynes World, and springboard into a non-related series of SNL character based films. Sadly while more films came such as It's Pat, Stuart Saves His Family and Superstar, most of them were critical flops with the same problem being sited over and over - One-note characters and plots stretched thin over a feature length period.

It was rather interesting to see Playmates Toys release a line of figures to coincide with the film in 1993 considering they were still pushing the ever popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys out in mass quantity. Coneheads wasn't exactly a line that the company needed to stay afloat in the toy isle, and it certainly didn't help them in any way.

Much like the film, the series of toys saw little to no success. Only six figures were produced in total.

Beldar in Full Flight Uniform*Beldar in Suburban Uniform*Prymaat in Full Flight Uniform
 

Prymaat in Suburban Uniform*Connie*Agent Seedling

SNL films were in abundance from 1992 to 2000, but since that period it seems that someone has learned a valuable lesson, and with the exception of 2010's MacGruber, there haven't been any big screen iterations of the characters. Is this a good thing, or a bad thing? We suppose that's all a matter of personal opinion.
 
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Series 10 and Beyond!



***Update***

November 20, 2014

Click "Here" to see our post on the all new Series 10 figures hitting store shelves now!

It looks like we can expect some new Nickeloedon TMNT stuff to hit by years end, or by Spring of 2015 at the latest. A ton of new figures have been showcased, some of which you've already seen if you've kept tuned to The Toy Box.

Seven basic figures are expected as well as an all new sub series of the Turtles.


Karai*Rocksteady
 
Bebop and Rocksteady will be Walmart exclusives for their initial release. After which they will be made available at other retail stores. The figures are anticipated to hit Walmart shelves by the end of November.
 

Baxter Stockman (Fly Mutation)*Bebop
 

Turflytle*Mystic Michelangelo
 

Mystic Donatello*Mystic Raphael
 

Mystic Leonardo
 

Dark Dream Beaver*Dire Dream Beaver
 
 
Monkey Brains*Savage Mikey
 
Sadly Playmates Toys has not yet provided the "blurbs" for the Dream Beavers, Monkey Brains or Savage Mikey. We'll update our photos with them as soon as we have them though.

Turflytle, Monkey Brains, Baxter Stockman (Fly Mutation) as well as Dark and Dire Dream Beaver will be hitting store shelves in 2015. As for the Bepop and Rocksteady, they should be hitting shelves now. As for the rest, no release dates have been announced.
 
We'll keep you posted on any future news we hear. For a look at all the prior Nickelodeon TMNT waves, click "HERE".
 
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Birdman and Avenger (Toynami)



Birdman and Avenger
Toynami
2003

The question of the day - Is Birdman more popular for his superhero adventures, or his attorney at law years?

Birdman got his start in 1967 when creator Alex Toth produced a series for Hanna-Barbera known as Birdman and the Galaxy Trio. The series ran as a Saturday morning cartoon until 1969, and featured three segments, two for Birdman, and one for The Galaxy Trio.

After the Saturday morning cartoons ended, Birdman went somewhat dormant. Though the cartoons were aired in re-runs, the character never really garnered as much popularity as it did in its original run.

Fast forward to 1992.

Cartoon Network hits the airwaves with its channel dedicated strictly to showing cartoons. It's every kid and kid at heart's dream come true station. With it came all the great cartoons that many adults grew up with such as Looney Tunes, The Flintstones, and yes, even Birdman and the Galaxy Trio. Sadly though all these great shows helped to put the Network on the map, the heads of the station soon started looking at new concepts for shows, and slowly started dropping these classics from their daily lineup.

Soon shows such as Dexter's Lab, The Power Puff Girls and I Am Weasel were the headliners for the network, bringing in a new era of animation for kids. Though many of these new shows took off in popularity, the classic characters wouldn't be forgotten. Instead they would be retooled to incorporate them in to all new concepts such as Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Brak Show, Sealab 2021 and Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law. These new concepts/shows were met with praise from fans of the characters, and also new fans who tuned in each week.

Though many young adults of this era may only know the characters for their latter iterations, we old timer's had the privilege to see these characters develop from their origins to who they are today, and though we (maybe not all of us) can appreciate these new versions for what they are, still have a certain fondness for who they were.

Toynami gave us a bit of that nostalgia in 2003 when they released a two pack of the original Birdman and Avenger in a deluxe box packaging. The only downside to this was that they did it in an incredibly limited run. This left many fans unable to find them on store shelves, and scalpers running rampant on secondary markets.


Birdman and Avenger
 
These days it's still not easy to find this set, and those selling them on sites such as ebay are trying to sell them for around $125.00 to $150.00. Ouchy! However, $60.00 to $100.00 seems to be more around the actual amount that people are willing to pay for this.
 
***BONUS***
 
Hanna-Barbera Super TV Heroes
Gold Key
1968
 
Between the three year run of the animated series Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, Gold Key comics launched a series entitled Hanna-Barbera Super TV Heroes which ran for seven issues. Each issue consisted of four to five stories, each focusing on a different character/team.
 
 

 
 
Don't start seeing dollar signs if you're looking to buy or sell these books. While you would think that such a classic comic book with all these fantastic characters would put you in a mansion (seller) or the poor house (buyer), the truth is that you can nab up each issue in near mint condition for $15.00 to $20.00 each. Even better is that they're all pretty readily available from comic book dealers who specialize in 1960's/1970's comics, and even on ebay. Though when it comes to comic books we highly suggest buying from reputable dealers who let you inspect the book prior to purchase.
 
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