Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DC Direct New Frontier Green Arrow Revisited

While moving recently, I rediscovered my DC Direct New Frontier Green Arrow, beautifully sculpted to emulate the late Darwyn Cooke's art in his retro-Atomic Age masterpiece. As painfully fragile as a lit of Green Arrow action figures with small parts are, this was still a beautiful piece from what in retrospect seems to have been a special era of action figure production, bringing long marginalized characters to the forefront, comic art-inspired lines from companies like DC Direct, and huge collections like MOTU, the revival of Marvel Legends, a new Masters of the Universe line, and much more. The new Golden -Age of Action Figures, as Canadian Kal calls it. I started this blog nearly seven years ago in the midst of that special time, long ago enough to look back fondly upon it   :)
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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Want! Diamond Select Marvel Gallery Iron Man Retro Statue...

I wasn't that wild about Diamond Select's recent Marvel Gallery Spider-Man statue- the standing model with one foot dangling off the top of a pole. I was floored by this retro Iron Man spotted in TRU on Saturday however, with his metallic sheen and classic good looks! Not taking away from the 2008 modernization of the character for his silver screen debut, his is what pops into my head when I think of Iron Man. Sculpted by Mat Brouillard, this diorama measures approximately 11" tall, and the paint apps looked really good for the price of $39.99. I'm currently in the process of reorganizing and downsizing my collection, so I'm unsure I want to pick him up, but among these Diamond Select Gallery Statues, he'd be the one I get! I don't have a lot in the way of statues among my collection, but it's nice to see some below $50.00. See my Pinterest of Boyish Interest: Toys I Want page to see more of what I like!

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Jada Nano Metalfigs Superman

While somewhat simple with regard to paint apps, these 1 3/4" Jada Nano Metalfigs are a reasonable value at just under one dollar. After picking up a Batman and a couple Guardians of the Galaxy figures from this line, I had to have this Superman, decorated in his DC Rebirth outfit! Check out the video:

This Nano Metalfigs Superman is not my most diminuitive Superman figure, an honor bestowed upon an even tinier Heroics Superman I received as a gift several years ago...

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jada Nano Metalfigs Guardians of the Galaxy Gamora & Star-Lord

After picking up the Batman Nano Metalfig from my last post, I had to get a few more. I love simple toys and small figurines like this, and at $0.99, there's not much to lose! Check out the video:

Below, Gamora and Star-Lord with my Hot Wheels 2017 Milano...

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Jada Nano Metalfigs- Batman the Animated

Check out my post and video on this Jada Batman the Animated Nano Metalfig over at Batman The Animated Toys Blog! I bought a few other Nano Metalfigs that I'll post on here at the Super-DuperToyBox in the future!

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Monday, June 26, 2017

BootLego "Customer" & "Doctor"

Just a quick post  on two BootLego minifigs I found on eBay awhile back- I loved their prints and bright, happy colors, particularly the "customer" in his hoodie, plus I didn't have much in the way of medical personnel...

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Lego Series 16 Ice Queen & Imp

Though I was hoping for one of the other minifigs, I appreciate the Lego Series 16 Ice Queen up close in person more than I thought- her color is great, and the intricate pattern in silver paint on her dress is really cool!

Below, Series 16 Ice Queen with Series 14 Witch...

 I was happy to stumble onto the Series 16 Imp! I have a few Halloween themed, as well as short-legged kid minifigs he will fit well with. He has great accessories, including that great jack-o-lantern trick or treat pail!

Below, Series 16 Imp with Series 4 Werewolf...

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Batman '66 #1

From the archives, the 1st issue of Batman '66, Sept. 2013. The cover is by Mike Allred, one of my favorite contemporary comic book artists, whose retro style was a perfect fit for the title. The few issues I bought were true in spirit to the TV show, and filled with the kind of  madcap humor it was known for. I won't go into the synopsis, available at DCWikia if you care to read, but will instead share a classic trope within this issue taken from the show, featuring another well known creature of the night...

*Also read my November 2014 post on Batman '66 #14

RIP Adam West
1928 - 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Batman: Gotham Adventures #3

In memoriam of recently departed actor Adam West, I fired up the Batman: The Animated Toy Blog again to post on issue #3 of  Batman: Gotham Adventures. The 18th episode of Batman: The Animated Series featured the voice acting West, star of  the beloved '66 Batman TV series. Airing in November of 1992, the actor voiced the character of the Simon Trent, a washed up TV actor who portrayed crime fighter Gray Ghost, idolized by a young Bruce Wayne. I love the cover of this issue, Batman and Gray ghost drawn as packaged action figures! Sorting some comics this weekend after West passed away, I came across this issue, reminding me of the late actor's connection to Batman: The Animated Series, like one final goodbye from my childhood hero. Read more about this issue at Batman: The Animated Toy Blog!

RIP Adam West
Sept. 19th, 1928 - June 9th, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Lego Series 17 Surfer and Veterinarian Minifigs...

I've seen collectors complain about getting another surfer in the Lego minifig collection, but this is all new to me so I love it! Additionally, the shark print on his board could not be more fun! This surfer makes a perfect passenger for my custom VW Van...

The veterinarian came with a small bunny, which could be a nice piece for other dioramas. I didn't have any medical personnel to look after my small group of Lego animals, plus I loved her print and hair piece...

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Lego Series 17 Minifigures

The Butterfly Girl was high on my list of Series 17 Lego Minifigs, I'll admit- hardly a masculine choice, but she was too cute to be concerned with such matters! The colorful design imbedded in the clear wings, flower prints on the hairpiece and face, and bouquet accessory make this minifig extra special. Pictured below, the Butterfly girl mingles with her new friends from the Lego Fun in the Park People Pack I reviewed this past March...

I was surprised at how delighted I was with the Baker with her strawberry pie and whisk accessories- delightful! Maybe the small build from the Lego Blue Creativity Box could be the exterior of her small bakery- that's how we play with our toys at the Super-DuperToyBox   :)  Buy that Creativity Box at this link for best value!

I couldn't resist posing the '80s Yuppie minifig in front of the sole urban Lego structure in my collection, the Lego Store. The Lego Store was part of the larger Lego City Square (60097), and probably my favorite build to date!

I have a feeling '80s Yuppie is a little too casual for the Business Woman from my Lego Fun in the Park People Pack! Perhaps her prim appearance belies a fun gal who would like to meet a footloose guy like the Yuppie, however...

Last and likely least, the Strongman- not that he's a bad minifig, just low on my personal list. That said, the mustache attachment is nice, and I like the printed barbell. He doesn't really fit into my existing Lego collection thematically, but he's done well, if somewhat plain. While I really liked all these, I'll likely pursue more minifigs from this Wave 17 as some of the others that interested me more initially have yet to be found!

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Lego City Police, Capt. America Polybags, Blue Creativity Box & More!

I'd seen both these polybags at Target in the past, but let them slip through my hands- I was glad to find them again this past weekend. Not sure why I passed on the Capt. America Cycle initially, but the more I've gotten into the Lego City line, the more attractive the police car polybag looked. The car itself is unimpressive, but could be useful as the base for a larger build. The minifig is great- I love the torso deco!

This is the Civil War Capt. America- combined with the bike with cannon sidecar, it was a great value at under four bucks. The bike has no stickers or printing, but I admire it's simplicity, and the red wheels give it just enough personality. I have a few other Capt. America minifigs I love, but didn't have a Marvel film version of the star-spangled Avenger.


I've tried not to buy any of these Lego Creativity Boxes as I inherited a respectable haul of Legos last year, but just loved the blue one too much. At under five bucks a pop, they're a cheap thrill, and the builds were adorable! I was also interested in the inspiration I might get for my own creations...


I could not resist this cute little Custom Lego VW Surf Van by Custom Brick Creations! Normally I'd prefer to do the building myself, but this was just too much fun and I may have found a source for parts- their online store looks vast! Along with BrickInstructions.com, I could build variants of existing builds. I don't own any surfer minifigs, so Aquaman got to sit in on this session for scaling purposes   :D

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Friday, April 14, 2017

BootLego Greenpool & Deadpool Bicycle to Lego Store

I found a green Lego bicycle to complement the red one included in my Fun in the Park City People Pack recently, and as I'm so happy with the Lego Store build I reviewed in March, BootLego Greenpool and Deadpool seemed the best candidates to cycle over and check out some of the new merchandise within...

Inside, Greenpool and Deadpool find the new Lego statuettes I recently purchased on eBay, which are even smaller than the white Lego Microfig on display! I acquired a few Lego Star Wars Microfigs at the end of 2015, which like the Lego Statuettes are more often hard to locate and expensive. Even my toys have toys!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Speed Race Pit Stop & Rodger Dodger

Related to my recent Lego fascination, read my recent post on the Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Speed Race Pit Stop & Rodger Dodger over at the Super Fun Hot Wheels Blog. After a few builds, I've come to the conclusion that I prefer the quality of Lego over Mega Bloks. For the most part, Lego vehicles are more genuinely creative builds, relying less on specialized parts. Still, I love these HW original designs in brick form, and am a fan of Mega Bloks minifigs, particularly these simple, helmeted racers. I have some more articulated Mega Bloks minifigs, but these are my favorite. Check out the video:

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Monday, April 10, 2017

BootLego Joker Catwoman & Penguin

Yes, more BootLego minifigs, two of these character designs based on the Lego Batman series! If the Penguin, Joker, and Catwoman aren't the Trinity of Batman's gallery of Rogues, they certainly are contenders!

Catwoman's removable cowl reveals two unique expressions, which when combined with her utility belt piece and whip accessory make her a wonderful minifig...

This BootLego Penguin with a lavender hat differs from the character portrayed in Lego Batman, more classic and vaguely '66 Batman. I love the short legs and "white-gloved" hands...

This is the best Joker minifig I have- love the wild hair, extensive torso detail, dual expression! The dynamite accessory is perfect for this agent of anarchy. There is another version with coat and tails, but I favor the exposed vest and sleeves on this one...

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