Monday, October 24, 2016

Mighty Minis Gold Superman & Silver Batman

I don't want to get too caught up in these as they are a poor value dollar-wise, but did hunt down this Mighty Minis Series 1 Gold Superman and Series 2 Silver Batman recently. That said, I kinda want an Aquaman and/or Robin now, and there's also a bronze colored Wonder Woman. While I like the monochromatic Mighty Minis. it would be fun to have a couple more with some color. I've said before, the DC Imaginext are superior in design and twice the size, but I am drawn to these  impossibly tiny 2" action figures, in spite of their balance issues.

Below, the Series 2 Silver Batman with Batman v Superman Series Armored Batman, which has the best sculpt of any of these, and may be my favorite. I'd like to find the Armored Batman Unlimited Series Batman to compliment these...

Below, the 11.5" Bat-Mech I review this summer with the featured Superman and Batman, and Armored Batman who resides in the Mech's chest loading cockpit...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

GIANT 18in. Mego-Styled Figures Toy Co. Joker!

As stated in my last post on the Figures Toy Co Batman and Robin, and have surely said many times, the entire genesis of this blog was due to my childhood love of the 70's Mego figures, my earliest exposure to both action figures and comic book heroes. When I discovered the existence of this 18" Figures Toy Co. series, authentically upscaled from the original Megos, I instinctually picked out my favorite. Check out the video:

Pictured below are a couple comparison pics with other figures who make an appearance in the video above- the 19" Jakk's Pacific Silver-Age Batman, and 8" Figures Toy Co. Super Friends Series Batman and Robin. Regarding the aforementioned, I'm ultimately more fond of the larger Joker and Batman, due in part to their size, but also for the stunning, enlarged version of the Joker, probably my favorite childhood Mego figure, and the faithful execution of artist Jima Aparo's work in Jakk's Pacific's 19" Batman. The two oversized action figures are literally the stuff of boyhood dreams... 

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

8" Mego-Styled Figures Toy Co. Super Friends Batman & Robin

This blog exists due in large part to the resurgence of these 8" Mego-styled action figures/dolls, modeled after the wildly successful World's Greatest Heroes line from the 70's. In fact, he second post on the Super-DuperToyBox was about Mattel's DC Retro-Action Batman & Superman, bringing the excitement of action figures from my childhood back to life. Check out the video:

Guest starring in the video above are the DC Retro-Action Batman and Two-Face. While the line suffered from some pelvic joint issues, these Figures Toy Co. figures had their own problems, namely a very loose head atop the Robin that had a hard times standing up due to balance issues. I'm unsure I prefer the wired capes on the Figures Toy Co. figures, but there quality and black inner-lined construction are certainly nice looking. I loved the Mattel Retro-Action figures and their upgraded styling, which Figures Toy Co. follows in this series, also making more exact replicas of the original Mego World's Greatest Heroes characters, complete with oven mitt gloves! In spite of their issues, Figures Toy Co. did reproduce the look and feel of the Super Friends Batman and Robin here, the Saturday morning cartoon from which was a childhood favorite and appealed to my desire for Mego World's Greatest action figures.

*Read my past posts on DC Retro-Action figures!
*Check out the online Mego Museum for all of what's new and old!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Iron Man #290 (1993)

Fresh from the dollar comics bin, this 30th Anniversary issue #290 of Iron Man, complete with '90s foil embossed cover, a trait I'm actually fond of. Though formerly unfamiliar with artist Kevin Hopsgood, I enjoyed the dramatic art in this issue, complimented by Steve Mitchell's inks and Ariane's colors. Like a lot of fans, Iron Man was a sort of 2nd tier character for me until the 2008 film starring Robert Downey Jr., even if unfairly so. It's fun to go back and appreciate the character properly, pulling stories randomly throughout Iron Man's history, and this issue did not disappoint me!

Presumed dead back in issue #284, Tony Stark miraculously wills himself back to life, having reprocessed his memories and artificial nervous system- like rebooting a computer! Through the Stark Enterprises computer, Tony summons Abe Zimmer to bring a neural interface to C.A.D.A.M., helping the paralyzed hero access and operate an automated design and manufacturing facility.

Stark proceeds to build the Neuromimetic Telepresence Unit (see The Iron Man Armory) remotely, powering the suit up just in time to save his company from hostile takeover by entrepreneur Osamu Moroboshi's drone army!

Iron Man is surprised by Moroboshi International's armored resilience, but comes back for round two swinging! The Telepresence Unit (NTU-150) enhances Stark's senses, a tactile simulation processor making it feel and react as though he were there in it, the disadvantage a sort of neural feedback that could kill the operator if fatally damaged in combat. That said, Tony won't allow this year's model to go down without a fight ...!

Angrily quitting his temporary CEO duties after discovering Tony alive, and unaware of what's happening back at Stark Enterprises, a rejected James Rhodes is violently targeted by Moroboshi International's drone army! I'm unsure of what happens in issue #291, "Judgement Day", but I'm sure curious if War Machine makes a comeback, his first appearance only six issues back in the September 1992 issue of Iron Man #284! Riveting!

*Explore the invincible online Iron Man Armory!
*Check out my 2013 post on Iron Man figures from the Super-DuperToyBox Armory!
*My post on the recent 12" Hasbro Marvel Legends Iron Man!

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Beetle Dung!

When a pal gave me candy packaged in a small blue toilet, I realized the true value of the gift, pouring the powdered sugar confection down the drain to claim the real prize!  :D   This DC Universe Classics Blue Beetle was one of my favorites of the line in it's heyday, a series of which I collected dozens of action figures. It was six years ago this week when I started the Super-DuperToyBox, and though the number of posts have ebbed and flowed over this span of time, I still love doing it! Thanks for reading, and stayed tuned for more!
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Incredible Hulk, V.1, No.250

I always go for those double-size collector item when hunting for used comics, and the art by Sal Buscema in this Incredible Hulk issue I found back in January is right in my Bronze-Age wheelhouse. I've recalled fondly upon the Hulk of this era before on this blog, The Incredible Hulk TV show airing on CBS Friday nights, and being just the right age to appreciate this action oriented, fantastic character. Several panels of the art looked so familiar, that I questioned if I'd had the issue as a boy, but didn't recognize the cover. Because I wasn't 100% certain, I didn't tag it under Comics From My Youth here on the Super-DuperToyBox. Still, it would have been about the time I was obsessed with the Hulk and Spider-Man, two childhood favorites.

Though I was somewhat unfamiliar with the Sentinel of the Spaceways at this point, the Silver Surfer costars in Incredible Hulk #250, seeking to tap the seemingly exponential power of the Green Goliath to break free of Galactus' cursed imprisonment on Earth...

In exchange for his cure of his gamma-induced condition, Dr. Bruce Banner assists the Surfer in recreating the conditions that made him the Hulk! For awhile, Banner enjoys domestic bliss, developing a relationship with widower Clare and her daughter Mary Beth, both unaware of his past and the Silver Surfer's ulterior motives.

Driven mad by his ability to gain enough power, the Surfer goes mad, demanding Banner expose him to higher and higher doses of gamma, alerting the townsfolk to their clandestine experiment.

The gamma infuser damaged by the townspeople, and further by Banner's transformation, an angry Silver Surfer swoops in to drag the green behemoth into space! There, the cosmic being saps all of Banner's power, using it to finally break free of Galactus' prisoner force field, but dropping the helpless doctor into the vacuum of space!

Ironically, the Surfer rushes back to Earth in order to save Banner, returning the tortured scientist to his lonely curse, abandoned in the wilderness like so many times before. This was as much a Silver Surfer story as a Hulk story, the two cursed beings of great power, trapped by their respective pasts, bereft of understanding by those they encounter. I dunno if I'd call it great literature, but Incredible Hulk #250 is a fun romp through the Marvel of my childhood!

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Nightwing Annual #1, 1997

Fresh from the dollar comics bin, Nightwing Annual #1, 1997. Of note, the author Devon K. Grayson's name is oddly similar to our hero's own alias, Dick Grayson. I like some of the other Pulp Heroes covers more than the Nightwing cover, but I do like this version of the character's outfit. In a nutshell, Dick marries a three-time widower in order to investigate the untimely deaths of her very rich late husbands. This is some time after Bruce and Dick settle the past differences that broke up the Dynamic Duo, and the ceremony is carried  out in Wayne Manor, Bruce and Alfred looking on, wise to the entire ruse! Even considering conventional suspension of disbelief, this is pretty far fetched. Talk about takin' one for the team- what a psycho  :D

Tim Drake, who took over the Robin mantle, is also in the know, as is Oracle, Barbara Gordon. There seems to be some tension between Dick in Barbara in discussion over Emily's acceptance of Dick's proposal- a silent look between the two after Babs sarcastically agrees to Dick's disbelief "Yeah, woman's got no taste. Imagine agreeing to marry the brightest, sweetest, most handsome, wealthiest young bachelor on the East coast. Definite nutcase." Uncomfortable! After some time, Dick's gut feeling is that Emily's friend Annelise Schubert is the murderer, vengeful of her father's imprisonment. a victim of Mr. Washburn's alleged shady business dealings years ago. It's Annelise's plot to frame Emily and take revenge! I love the pages of Dick sparring with Tim on the rooftops of Gotham, as he explains his theory of Emily's innocence to the youngster ...

When Annelise pops up during Dick & Emily's tropical honeymoon, a scuba dive is arranged for ease of snuffing out Emily's fourth groom. Unbeknownst to her, Emily's "husband" is a detective of the highest order, who detects tampering with the scuba tanks! An underwater struggle ensues, expertly drawn by artist Greg Land...

Annelise's plot is thwarted, but Dick breaks Emily's heart when she finds out the truth about their union. It was a fun romp, if absurd, with lots more than I could cram into one post. I enjoyed Land's pencil work, and the nostalgic feeling I get reading older comics with all their advertisements of the era. And what's there to lose at the price of one dollar, Friends?

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Ultimate Series Captain America

I'm loving the larger scale action figures coming out lately, nearly doing a flip when I saw this Disney Store Exclusive 1:6 scale Ultimate Series Captain America! Retailing at $35.00, this fully clothed 11.5" action figure is a great value, including a set of extra hands and 30+ points of articulation. Black Widow was also released in this format, with other characters to follow in the future. Check out the video:

Cap goes just perfectly with my new 12" Marvel Legends Series Iron Man below, what a pair! See my video above for more comparison shots with other figures in the Super-DuperToyBox collection!

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