Archive for the ‘exclusive’ tag
Every time I think the Super Hero Squad line is finally dead, Hasbro throws out on more set to let it live on a little longer. It’s been going on for almost two years with the line coming up to breath in weird little ways. But out of the blue, this exclusive six-pack showed up on Target shelves without a single repack in it! Read the rest of this entry »
A few weeks ago, a handful of us toy collectors in the Boston area met up to exchange stories and have a few beers. Then we all opened our trunks in hopes of doing some trading, only to find each of us seem to collect completely different lines. But Josh from CollectionDX gave me his Optimus Prime Kreon exclusive because he doesn’t collect them (and the box was crushed). Read the rest of this entry »
This is odd, because I think I almost might have a schedule for my reviews! Since I don’t want to completely copy OAFE, I’ll just start calling these Minimates Mondays (Transformers Tuesdays are staying for the foreseeable future though). But with all these new Minimates, I feel spoiled. I thought getting MODOK in the Super Hero Squad was amazing, but also getting him as Minimate? Delightful! Read the rest of this entry »
Capcom vs. Marvel is a great idea for Minimates because it allows each pack to appeal to completely different segments. Marvel Fans will grab packs for the heroes and villains, while video game fans will pick them up for their favorite characters. Luckily, this is a pack where I wanted both characters – even though they’ve been released before. Read the rest of this entry »
With the apparent end of Super Hero Squad and Action League, I’m left without many toys to review. While I love LEGO, their release schedule is only a few times a year. So thanks to some constant prodding on Twitter from the likes of Engineernerd and Luke, I have taken the full plunge into Minimates.
I have an assortment of memories of playing a Marvel fighting game on the Sega Saturn as a kid at a friend’s house, but Wikipedia tells me that isn’t possible without importing. So either I’m crazy or… well, I’m probably crazy. But the Marvel vs. Capcom series is one I would love to get involved with but after watching videos of how people play these games now, I’m petrified of even looking at them. That doesn’t stop me from buying the toys though!
Thanks of OAFE, I’ve learned Minimates fans fall into two camps: those who think Minimate designs should be almost entirely paint, and those who think it should be with sculpted elements. While I can appreciate the paint only designs, even LEGO has moved away from that style over the last few years with new parts and pieces. But this two-pack is a great way of showing how the two different styles work. Read the rest of this entry »
GameStop and I have a messy history going back to when I was in high school. As an avid gamer, video game shopping in South Portland, Maine was oddly oversaturated. My friends and I would regularly make the rounds between three GameStops, Bull Moose, Toys “R” Us, KB Toys (back when they still existed), Wal-Mart, Target and Newbury Comics – and that was just in a three mile loop!
But overtime I realized I was just buying games and never playing them, so now I only buy games I know I am going to play. And while I’ve loved the LEGO games, I usually wait until they’ve been out a while before picking them up. Then GameStop tempted me a little too much with the inclusion of Power Armor Lex Luthor with LEGO Batman 2! Read the rest of this entry »
The last hurrah of the Spider-Man Super Hero Squad ended up being more of a whimper than a bang. As a line, it was really all over the place. Some of the two-packs were excellent, while others were lacking. The vehicles and playset were odd but the whole line didn’t meld together as well as it could have. So that leaves the last piece of the Spider-Man Super Hero Squad puzzle: the 5-pack.
The sensational Spider-Man is locked in battle with his most dangerous enemies ever! He leaps from construction crane to bulldozer, slinging webs like never before. Meanwhile, New Goblin zooms through the sky on his sky stick, hurling pumpkin bombs, even as Venom and Sandman fight tooth and claw to be the first to land a punch on the web slinger!
The San Diego Comic Con has grown drastically over the last decade. What was once a sanctuary for nerds has transformed into a pop culture circus that is no longer about the comics. One popular thing toy companies do is the SDCC exclusive figures. Hasbro and Mattel represent two drastically different views of what the convention toy should be. Hasbro sees it as a chance to give back to the fans something fun and different, but if you can’t make it to the con, don’t worry because it always goes up on Hasbro Toy Shop for retail price. Mattel on the other hand, seems to see SDCC as a trial by fire where only the lucky few will get a chance to buy the exclusive toy and even then, there’s still some variant you’ll never see.
It’s interesting for me going back through the old Super Hero Squad figures that I’ve gotten over the years. The best is when I discover something new on packs that I’ve owned for several years now. The Avengers Face-Off managed to drop a bombshell on me: it contains a new character that I never noticed, hidden between the two repacks and two repaints.
The Super Human Registration Act has passed, and all of the heroes are forced to pick sides. Leading the drive for registration is the invincible Iron Man, whose incredible armor represents the awesome force of industry and technology. On the other side is a man who was once his friend – Captain America, the living symbol of hope and freedom for all Americans, and all freedom-loving people around the world. Whose side are you on?
I find it funny that I can pin point the exact breaking point for me when it came to Super Hero Squad. My friends insisted that the toys were childish and would be a waste of money. But I have a background in marketing and have one weakness when it comes to products: excellent packaging. So when I first saw the Danger Room Debacle in stores, I immediately bought it because the packaging was that good.
The package is half a cylinder about a foot long. The open window shows four X-Men facing off against Magneto in the Danger Room. The Danger Room is done simply: two ramps while the rest is various shades of light blue. It looks pretty much exactly how I think the Danger Room should look while it is inert. Plus the packaging is designed to let all the figures be removed without damaging the backdrop! It is excellent design work and clearly a precursor to the display that came with Slave I.