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KRE-O Transformers Review: Micro-Changers Galvatron

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I love it when toy companies listen to fans. Hasbro’s KRE-O line has been a mixed bag. While the assortment minifigures are excellent, the fact that you could only get them with subpar LEGO knock-off sets really hurt the line. It wasn’t until I found most of the series on clearance that I finally picked up most of the figures. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 11th, 2012 at 8:00 am

Avengers Super Hero Squad Review: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

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My biggest concern with the Avengers movie was what Hasbro would do with the toys. Providing a toy company with all the big names they would possible want could have meant disaster. But instead of turning the Avengers Super Hero Squad line into a bunch of rehashes of Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor, they actually showed some restraint. In fact, if you buy all three of the 3-packs, you get the entire cast! Read the rest of this entry »

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June 15th, 2012 at 8:00 am

Avengers Super Hero Squad Review: Secret Invasion

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With a name like Secret Invasion, it’s hard not to be impressed with Hasbro’s commitment to nods at the comics in this toy line originally intended for three year olds. But nods to the comics have been a constant trend in this line. How else do you explain getting Captain America Punisher or a Secret Wars four-pack? Read the rest of this entry »

Avengers Super Hero Squad Review: Attack of Loki

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It’s been a long time since the toy gods have smiled down on me. I think the last time it happened was when I stumbled across a full set of the Wal-Mart Marvel Legends Giant-Man series. But over the weekend, I discovered the full set of the Avengers Super Hero Squad packs at Newbury Comics in Harvard Square! Read the rest of this entry »

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June 13th, 2012 at 8:00 am

Transformers Bot Shots Review: Megatron

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I think part of the reason I really like the Transformers Bot Shots series is because of how well executed they are. I think it’s becoming a big issue that toy collectors, reviewers and companies are quickly forgetting who toys are for: kids. I’ll admit that I love my Masterpiece Optimus Prime and my NECA TMNT figures, but there is something very satisfying about knowing there is a line for kids that cost under $5 a figure and once you have two of them, you don’t need anything else. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 22nd, 2012 at 12:00 am

Transformers Bot Shots Review: Optimus Prime

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Now with many of my favorite toy lines finished and Super Hero Squad in a form that is barely considered alive at this point, I’ve been looking for some other smaller lines. But then yo go re over at OAFE wrote up a brief review on the newest Transformers miniature line, Bot Shots, and I was hooked. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 20th, 2012 at 12:00 am

Playskool Heroes Marvel Super Heroes Review: Hulk & Thor

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It’s kind of weird that my adoration of Super Hero Squad figures didn’t extend to Hasbro’s second attempt with the Marvel Super Heroes Adventures Playskool Heroes. They’re similar in scale and good toys, but they just don’t seem to appeal to me. At least this set gives me a minor excuse. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 30th, 2011 at 9:14 am

Transformers KRE-O Review: Autobot Jazz

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Every few years some toy company decides to try and play LEGO at their own game. Playmates has one of the most creative way with the old Mini Mutants playsets that could connect to LEGO bricks and had roads the perfect size for Matchbox cars, while Mega Bloks has made it their entire business model to copy the Danish bricks. Then K’NEX joined the game and Hasbro dusted off and rebranded their Built to Rule line into the suspiciously close name KRE-O. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 17th, 2011 at 12:00 am

Retro Review: Hasbro Army Ants

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After some people felt my review earlier this week marked an all-time low, I figured I should step up my classic reviews and maybe not go quite as far back. So for all you Stick fans, you’ll have to wait until later before I get to the hoop and ball expansions. Instead I’m going back to my youth when anthropomorphic animals battling in the palm of your hand was nothing new. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 22nd, 2011 at 12:00 am

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Avengers Super Hero Squad Review: Battle at the Red Skull’s Lair

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With the Captain America marketing blitz in full force, the first Avenger has finally gotten his own three-pack in the Avengers Super Hero Squad line. Amazingly, this set goes pure, classic Cap by releasing three figures that couldn’t possibly make more sense together. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 1st, 2011 at 12:00 am