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Iron Man 3 Super Hero Squad Review: Armored Mission 6-Pack

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Iron Man 3 Super Hero Squad Armored Mission 6-pack

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 »

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April 23rd, 2013 at 7:46 am

Iron Man 3 Super Hero Squad Review: Expo Air Assault

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Iron Man 3 Super Hero Squad Expo Air Assault

The first of the Iron Man 3 Super Hero Squad 3-packs covered the original Iron Man movie. The second pack covers Iron Man 2, but being a 3-pack means it suffers in a weird way. Or maybe I’m just annoyed we never got an armored Whiplash figure. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 20th, 2013 at 12:00 am

Iron Man 3 Super Hero Squad Review: Battle Vault

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Iron Man 3 Super Hero Squad Battle Vault

It’s sad to see how much the Super Hero Squad has dwindled. In the last two years, only a handful of three-packs have been released and the two-packs are non-existent. But when a new Marvel movie comes out, Hasbro dusts the line off for what I keep thinking is the last hurrah. With Iron Man 3 approaching, Hasbro has released two two-packs that aren’t based on that movie.

A lot has changed since Iron Man was first released. The movie was such a surprise hit that Hasbro didn’t even bother making movie-themed toys, they just made some multi-packs and then had to scramble. The Battle Vault harkens back to the first Iron Man movie and it just works – even if it is all repaints. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 19th, 2013 at 12:00 am

Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Energize Review: Optimus Prime & Cody Burns

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Transformers Rescue Bots Energize Optimus Prime & Cody Burns

For a collector, there is nothing quite like being surprised when browsing your local toy store. So much of hunting is knowing which case assortments have been sighted across the country or tracking down that one specific figure to finish your collection in vain. But to stumble across a new line you didn’t even know existed? It is like being a kid all over again! Read the rest of this entry »

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January 25th, 2013 at 12:00 am

Transformers KRE-O Botcon Exclusive Review: Optimus Prime

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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 »

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November 26th, 2012 at 8:00 am

KRE-O Transformers Review: Micro-Changers Spinister

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You’d think a Transformer named Spinister would be connected to a spider somehow. Instead, he’s just a propeller enthusiast with a terrifyingly large gun. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 23rd, 2012 at 8:00 am

KRE-O Transformers Review: Micro-Changers Crankstart

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Crankstart is your generic Transformer. So generic in fact, that Wikipedia only mentions him by name in passing and his TF Wiki article is equally as sparse. He’s a Decepticon who thought he could avoid battle by sticking to off-road missions. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 20th, 2012 at 8:00 am

KRE-O Transformers Review: Micro-Changers Sunstorm

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Starscream may be the best gravy train for Hasbro. Here’s a character that they can paint over and over again and get away with calling them different characters. Paint him blue, and you’ve got Thundercracker. Paint him purple and he’s Skywarp. It’s almost as absurd as what Playmates has with the Ninja Turtles! Read the rest of this entry »

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November 16th, 2012 at 8:00 am

KRE-O Transformers Review: Micro-Changers Scorponok

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The Transformers blind-bagged Microchanger Kreons (there’s a mouthful) are the perfect little figures. As much as I adore LEGO figures, there’s no denying the simple truth: there’s room for improvement. After 30 years of relatively unchanged figures, getting a figure that looks like a LEGO figure but with almost double the mobility is awesome.

Then there is the fact that these figures are also Transformers. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 14th, 2012 at 8:00 am

KRE-O Transformers Review: Micro-Changers Waspinator

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I really like the KRE-O Transformers Kreon Micro-Changers (well, besides the fact that their name is a touch over the top). The blind bagged figures are exactly what this line needed. While you can’t compete against LEGO when it comes to the bricks, you can battle them when it comes to figures. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 18th, 2012 at 8:00 am