Monday, March 20, 2017

Gorzak (Tyco)


Gorzak! The monster you control!...but probably have never heard of. Let's start this off by taking a look at the original trailer which aired on television for the "figure".

Good stuff! Makes us wish there was actually a cartoon based on the character. Also makes us wish that Tyco had released some of the blue "army" men to go along with Gorzak. Sadly, they never did.

Gorzak stands roughly thirteen to fifteen inches high, and comes with a beastly looking axe as well as a set of chains that bind his wrist - For a little while anyway. With the help of four C batteries, and the power of your voice commands, Gorzak swings into action, destroying everything in his path.

If you couldn't tell by the commercial, or you didn't watch it, Gorzak is definitely not portraying himself as a good guy. His sole purpose in life is to destroy and murder, but that's typically what giant beasts with equally humongous axes do.

Gorzak falls more so into the uncommon category in terms of finding him on secondary markets. However, this would be for one that is typically loose, and missing accessories. Finding a complete one is much more difficult, and finding one in the box is where you step into rare territory.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Maximo (Toycom)


Maximo is a video game character created by Capcom for the Playstation 2. What many people don't know is that the game is based in the Ghost N' Goblins universe. Yes, the very same Ghost N' Goblins that punished gamers on the original NES for having the nerve to try and play it. To say that the original NES game is brutally hard is an understatement.

But we digress. Maximo: Ghost to Glory as it was known on the Playstation 2, is not as difficult to play. As such, it was met with fairly high praise from fans and review sites. It even spawned a sequel, and there were rumblings in the gaming world a third installment (that to date has not been released).

Toycom released six figures in 2001 to coincide with the game's release. The figures were sculpted meticulously to that of their video game counterparts. Each also featured highly detailed accessories, also precisely sclupted to match the look of the game. Toycom truly did an amazing job with the line.

Captain Cadaver*King Achilles*Lord Glutterscum

Maximo*Queen Sophia*Zombie

With the success of the above figures, Toycom quickly put into production a second run. With this came two additional figures - Bako la Bas and Ghastly Gus. This time around, the entire package was encased in a plastic clamshell.

 Captain Cadaver*King Achilles*Lord Glutterscum

Maximo*Queen Sophia*Zombie

Bako la Bas*Ghastly Gus

These figures are fairly common on secondary markets, and as such they don't sell for that much. The average sale price is around $8.00 to $10.00 each. This is a far cry from the hundreds of dollars it can set you back to collect other video game related action figures that have come and gone in the past.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Round Robin Challenge: Licensed Snack Products REVISITED!

Don't worry, fellow bloggers. The Toy Box isn't turning into a food site. This is more so a one off thanks to fellow blogger 20 Years Before 2000. In his post on Licensed Snack Products, he did an excellent review of Andy Capp's Hot Fries.

In his post, he mentioned that ConAgra Foods not only made the Hot Fries version, but also the now discontinued Zesty Ranch, Pub Fries, Salsa, Hot Chili Cheese Steak and White Cheddar Steak Fries. I was kind of bummed out to hear that I had missed the wagon on trying some of these unique flavors.

However, there was hope. Your friendly neighborhood Spyda-Man also mentioned that Andy Capp's still came in two other varieties - Cheddar Fries and BBQ Fries.

I had no plans of actively seeking these two flavors out, but when fate intervened as I stopped into a deli for a sub, I couldn't ignore the calling. There on the shelf were all three flavors of Andy Capp's.

I swooped up the two nontraditional flavors (leaving Hot Fries behind), and paid for them with my sandwich. At $1.59 per bag, I kind of wish I would have grabbed the Hot Fries flavor just to do a through review. Oh well. It's not like I haven't had that flavor before.

I gently tore open the package of the BBQ Fries, and sniffed them. They had a very reminiscent BBQ scent to them. A tangy, brown sugar like smell that definitely hit the mark. Oddly enough, when I did the same thing with the Cheddar Fries there was relatively no scent to them.

Both corn and potato snacks were light and airy, giving them a nice crunch somewhere between that of your average potato chip, and your average corn chip. Makes sense considering they're a conglomeration of both.

The one on the left in the photo to the right is the BBQ flavor, and the one on the right is the cheddar one. You can see a hint of orangish red spice on the cheddar one, and a massive amount of it on the the BBQ one. I dare say that they were the same flavoring agent based on the color.

With my first few snack sticks I was really into the flavor. They both represented their namesake well. However, something odd happened after a few (too many) "chips". The flavor in both suddenly vanished. I could no longer distinguish the two flavors from each other because they both just tasted potato-ey. This was rather odd indeed.

I focused more so on my sandwich, and came back to them after a few bites, but the flavor didn't return. Really can't explain what happened.

In the long run, at $1.59 per bag you really can't go wrong. There were a lot of sticks in each one, and despite my best efforts I couldn't put much of a dent in either of the bags. The bag suggests that each one is three servings, but I dare say your average chip eater could probably get four to five servings out of one.

They were certainly a good pairing with my sub. No, that ain't no Subway sub. That's the real deal right there.

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Apollo Moon Exploring Series (Imperial)

Apollo Moon Exploring Series

The Apollo Program was launched (no pun intended) in 1963 where America saw the tragic loss of three astronauts intended for the Apollo 1 flight. The program was designed with the intentions of landing humans on the moon, and bringing them safely home. Six of these missions achieved that goal.

The first of these was Apollo 11, which landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. The second was Apollo 12 on November 19, 1969. This lead to the most popular space mission to date in the program, thanks in part to the 1995 Ron Howard / Tom Hanks movie, Apollo 13 which launched on April 11, 1970. Their mission was to land on the moon, but unfortunately due to equipment malfunctions and failures the mission was aborted, and the pilots almost lost.

The Apollo missions continued until December 7, 1972 with the launch of Apollo 17. The program was discontinued with their return to Earth on December 19, 1972.

There's no denying that the Apollo program's greats achievement was indeed landing and bringing humans home. However, in addition to this it turned an entire generation of children to the stars. Now kids were focusing their eyes on the skies, but not in a science fiction adventure sort of way. In a reality of prospect for the future.

In 1970, Imperial launched a great line of space themed toys to help fuel the imagination of children. Each pack featured numerous vehicles and accessories, all centered around a reality of space travel and exploration.

There were twelve sets in total released, and oddly enough none of them have a signifying name. They can only be depicted by their colored packages, and contents inside.

Unfortunately the sets are very difficult to track down. They can be found here and there on secondary markets, but putting together a complete set can prove challenging. When found, the sets sell for about $25.00 a piece.  
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Announcement - Tomorrow Is Take Your Action Figure To Work Day

Tomorrow is the fourth annual Take Your Action Figure To Work Day. For those of you celebrating this obscure day known to tens of millions of people, grab your favorite figure, and throw him / her / it into your briefcase or pocket to join you for your eight hour grind.

Participating is simple. If you have a camera, action figure and some form of social media site, you're all set. Photograph your figure joining you in your day of work "fun", and then post it on your site.

The idea here is all about fun, and breaking up that monotonous period that many of us go through on a day to day bases just so we can have the pleasure of buying more action figures.

So grab your most covetous one, and show it what tortures you went through to add it to your shelf. More importantly, make it do some of the work for you, and capture it on camera for your site.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Round Robin Challenge - Ultimate Crossover Pictorial

We all know the classic crossovers that occurred in pop culture. We've seen them in comics, movie, television, and pretty much every avenue out there. However, even out of all of them there's most likely one you'd love to see, but have yet to have it delivered. Now's your chance to create your own.

You know, things such as Captain Power and the Air Raiders thwarting Cobra. Or the time that your twelve inch Star Wars "dolls" visited the miniature people know as M.A.S.K.

Grab your action figures and your camera, and create your own ultimate crossover. Tell your story through the lens in five to ten shots. Your imagination is the only limit.

The first post on the subject not only gets the honor of hosting next week's challenge, but also a mystery box full pop culture fun delivered to their doorstep. So run, run, run!

Doctor Dolittle (Mattel)

Doctor Dolittle

Doctor Dolittle began his fictional career in the 1920 "The Story of Doctor Dolittle" by Hugh Lofting. His love for animals results in a menagerie of household pets that scare off his human clientele. This leads to his inevitable loss of wealth. However, after learning to speak to animals from his parrot, he takes up a veterinary practice.

Since then, Dolittle has had many adventures in the pages of books, and on the small and big screen. One of his most famous iterations was the 1967 live action film which featured Rex Harrison as Dolittle.

It would be this iteration that the 1967 Mattel line would be based on. Unfortunately for fans, it was short lived. The series features just one character - Doctor Doolittle, and one creature, his Pushmi-Pullyu.

Doctor Dolittle

For those looking to purchase this figure mint in the package, be sure it has its cellophane wrap. The wrap is incredibly fragile, and as such, finding one in true mint condition can prove difficult, but not impossible.

There were two versions of the Pushmi-Pullyu. One features a pack in of the Doctor Dolittle figure, while the other is just the animal.

For its age, it's surprising that the figure of Doctor Dolittle is neither rare nor valuable. Sealed in the box versions have sold for as little as $15.00, with the highest being no more than $30.00. The Pushmi-Pullyu is a little harder to come by, and sealed with the figure can sell for as much as $150.00. The individual creature sells for around $30.00.

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