Get LOST!


Actually that’s a good thing to do. BIG sale today over at Entertainment Earth on their LOST 8 inch classic Mego style action figures. Again I’m not the biggest fan of the shows but the figures are fun (as far as regular people figures go) and if nothing else they can make for some great items to use for customs. Some of my observations from a while back can be found HERE to show you what I mean… Check it out!
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Figures Toy Company Batman ’66 = R-E-S-P-E-C-T from me.


Heads up UPDATE: This review was accidentally scheduled to launch andas such isn’t in its complete form…. I’d pull it but figured; “What the heck, the pictures are great, my points should encourage you to get ‘em all NOW before they sell out and finally, time is a precious commodity for all of us and on my end it’s simply easier to peck at this one when I can until it is complete.  So have some fun, check out my thoughts and do yourself a favor and get you this Dynamic Duo.

Jim – 07/06/14

 

BODY OF REVIEW

The only problem I have with these is that they are so well done they make their Reproduction Mego figures look dumb. Not to take away from those figures at all but seriously look at this Dynamic Duo! The craftsmanship in these two mass produced are the first figures to come out at this level of quality since ZICA’s Buck Rogers and Tiger Man and prior to those it was way back with Charlee Flatt’s Bela Lugosi. The good thing though is that I don’t believe we will have to wait so long in between waves to see more of this level of craftsman ship and quality to come in this format from Figures Toy Company.

One of the things that really struck me personally about these figures personally is that I really WANT them to stay out of the package.  While to the casual reader that seems like a no brainer but to the toy collector that is almost like screaming fire in a movie theater; you just don’t do it. To both of you let me share my reasoning.

To contrast with the direct Mego reproductions, for me part of the appeal of those is the satisfaction that comes from having a brand new carded specimen. Sure the cards are completely different from the originals but there’s something about knowing these are BRAND NEW adds to my collector pride. Now with these ’66 figures that connection isn’t possible because well, they’ve never existed before. More importantly though they are so darn good looking!

Burt Ward’s likeness is a bit tougher to capture in this figure but I think that comes from the way the real Burt Ward as Robin looks in the mask. If you look at Burt in costume you’ll notice his eyes look either crossed or very obstructed behind the mask.  To have done that with this toy would have made it look very dare I say, stupid. Now when it comes to Adam West as Batman this head sculpt is truly magical.

Where I had noted the problems that one would have with the Burt Robin the exact opposite is true with the West Batman. His sleepy down turned eyes in the real world seem to be spread out a little bit further and as such the cowl look works. I’m not saying Adam West looks like a catfish or anything but okay maybe he does a little. Either way the likeness here is fantastic. Just pass me the tar tar sauce and keep reading, okay?

 

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ITEMS from EE

Batman Classic 1966 TV Series 1 Batman 8-Inch Action FigureBatman 1966 TV Series 2 Bruce Wayne 8-Inch Action FigureBatman Classic 1966 TV Series 1 Robin 8-Inch Action FigureBatman 1966 TV Series 2 Dick Grayson 8-Inch Action Figure

Batman Classic 1966 TV Series 1 8-Inch Action Figure SetBatman Classic 1966 TV Series 2 8-Inch Action Figure SetBatman 1966 TV Series 25-Piece Action Figure Accessory PackBatman 1966 TV Series Action Figures Carry Case

The Royal Bobble Head Treatment! Plus FREE STUFF for You!


10372584_695084147195633_345647784546670147_nHappy Independence Day my fellow American’s and dear readers from all over the globe who have found it in their surfing routines to pop into my Toy Box on a regular basis! To celebrate I am extremely excited and honored to get another opportunity to review some really sweet stuff courtesy of the great folks at Entertainment Earth and Royal Bobbles! AND the even better part is I get to give it away when I’m done (That’s the part where you cheer really loud). As far as the contest goes… I’ll give you the lowdown on that at the end of this fun little romp through Bobble Head land.

Being that I am a giving guy I also present to you the full line up of Royal Bobble Heads available NOW (and on sale through July 8th, 2014 ) at Entertainment Earth.
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To really get into the spirit of the season check out this super sweet line up of our commanders in chief… ( I still think its a travesty that President Taft has gotten the shaft so far. But in fairness I’d bet shipping that big lug would get pricey.)

George Washington Bobble HeadJohn Adams Bobble HeadJames Madison Bobble HeadThomas Jefferson Bobble HeadAndrew Jackson Bobble HeadAbraham Lincoln Bobble HeadUlysses S. Grant Bobble HeadTeddy Roosevelt Bobble HeadHerbert Hoover Bobble HeadFranklin D. Roosevelt Bobble HeadHarry S. Truman Bobble HeadDwight D. Eisenhower Bobble HeadJohn F. Kennedy Bobble HeadRichard Nixon with Campaign Button Bobble HeadJimmy Carter Bobble HeadRonald Reagan Bobble HeadGeorge H. W. Bush Bobble HeadBill Clinton Bobble HeadGeorge W. Bush Bobble HeadBarack Obama Bobble Head

Confession time: Prior to this promotion I didn’t have a terrible amount of interest in bobble heads. I thought they were funny but not exactly my cup of collecting tea. However actually having them in my hands I gotta tell you, these are indeed a lot of fun to have around the house.  I’m actually a little bummed that I am going to be parting ways with these fellow’s and gal but since it’s you dear reader I know they’ll be going to a great home. I am however going to be adding “The Count” to my own collection very soon because he’s just that damn cool!

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For this review a lot of the basic points are consistent with each and every one of these. So I’ll start by saying that:

1. The overall quality of each figure is top shelf. Being that my collection consists mostly of plastic items it was a cool change up to have these ceramic marvels in hand. With that said please note, these bobble heads are NOT TOYS and not intended for children under the age of 13. That of course does not in any shape or form take away from these fantastic collectibles.

Having gotten the taste for them I can see they are a lot of fun and can even lead to inspiration!  Think about the ideas that your muse could whisper in your ear once it was  tweaked by the likes of these historical icons….
Edgar Allan Poe Bobble HeadMartin Luther King Jr. Bobble HeadSmokey Bear Bobble HeadAlbert Einstein Bobble Head
It’s like that pondering of “Which five people would you love to have dinner with?” Except in this case it’s not hypothetical, it’s a totally real option!

2. The packaging is colorful, informative and designed so the figures are protected perfectly for storage or for shipping off to someone as a gift. Speaking of which…

3. They make excellent gifts! Seriously. Considering the wide range of personalities available , when your looking for that “fun” gift for someone these are awesome!

RY1020lgThink about it; what better way could there be to playfully torture your favorite dyed in the wool Conservative than with a mini Barack Obama chastising them daily?

RY1007lgOr your raging liberal pals will be driven bonkers by the cool confidence that can only come from the Gipper? But of course these fun bobble heads are not just meant for irony, they’re great conversation pieces and a solid way to help break the ice on those friends and coworkers who up until the point that they get one of these from you, never really understood your collecting hobby.

RY1034lg4. The price point is also good for gifting be it personal or for the office party.  Ranging from a MSRP of $18.99 to $24.99 the price tag stays within the comfort level of good taste and office gift etiquette plus it would be a fun way for you to play without breaking your own budget over that loser in accounting that you actually can’t stand but unfortunately drew his name out of the hat.  Seriously, it’s what Jesus would do.

5. Again I wasn’t a big bobble head fan before but now I totally get it. What a fun way to grab a snapshot of past and current pop culture personalities! Not only do you get to show you are the most tuned in kid around the water cooler, once the fad fades you’ve got a really cool reminder of something that made your life a little brighter. Like those times when you marathon watched American Pickers so you were boned up for yard sale season.
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Those are the main points I feel the need to point out as positives. In my normal style I try to point out any negatives that I see or offer up my thoughts on why you shouldn’t buy a particular item. In this instance I can honestly say I got nothing. The price is good, the quality is excellent, the idea is fun and the end result will leave you and anyone you happen to gift one of these to smiling.  To prove my point on the gift aspect I now offer you the chance to get one as a gift from me to you. But this time around I am going to make you work for it a little. Here’s how the game works:

Below you will see 6 videos that feature lots of looks at the Royal Bobbles that Entertainment Earth sent me for the sake of this review. What you have to do is watch them and write down the “Independence Day Code Phrase” when it comes up in the video.

Once you’ve done that jot ‘em all down in an email and send them to me at jimsmegos@yahoo.com along with your name, mailing address and the six  “Independence Day Code Phrase’s”

NOW HERE”S THE MOST IMPORTANT PART -

In the subject line you have to say which one of the six you want to win. A couple hoops to jump through but come on gang it’s FREE STUFF!

And now for the rules:

No purchase necessary to enter (but feel free to buy as much and many as you want)…

Contest ends August 1st, 2014 at 12:01 AM Central. So get your submissions in and have everyone else you know to play along. I’m actually really curious to see which of the Royal Bobbles is the most and least popular.

The odds of winning are completely determined by the number of entries received. So at this point you truly do have just as good a shot as anybody.

Of course once you’ve collected all of the “Independence Day Code Phrase’s” you could share them with the world, but that would be a terrible douche bag thing to do. So don’t or I will disqualify you, block you and let everyone know it was you. I’m an easy going guy but really loath anyone who wants to ruin it for everyone else.

I will never, EVER share any of your contact information. In fact I don’t even keep a database for my own use. This is a fun place free from annoying marketing outreaches beyond whats on these pages. And I don’t do spammy emails.  You may like that sort of thing but I don’t so I don’t do it. To quote Val Kilmer as the legendary gambler Doc Holliday; “My hypocrisy only goes so far.”

Alright all of that’s out of the way: Happy Independence Day and Now, Go Play!

Jim 07/04/2014

America’s First President and a mighty fine dancer; George Washington!

Order George Washington Bobble Head from Entertainment Earth!

America’s Sixteenth President and a helluva wrestler from what I understand; Abraham Lincoln

Order Abraham Lincoln Bobble Head from Entertainment Earth!

Our current Commander In Chief that has two more years (as of this writing) to do something that will effectively piss off everyone in the country at least once; Barack Obama.

Order Barack Obama Bobble Head from Entertainment Earth!

Every G.I.’s favorite extended family member; Uncle Sam

Order Uncle Sam Bobble Head from Entertainment Earth!

The lady who convinced an entire nation that indeed we could do it; Rosie the Riveter


Order Rosie the Riveter Bobble Head from Entertainment Earth!

And finally America’s one true King, coming at you in his Aloha from Hawaii duds; Elvis Aaron Presley

Order Elvis Presley Aloha Bobble Head from Entertainment Earth!

 

So there ya go gang, watch ‘em,  jot down and email in the “Jim’s Toy Box  / Entertainment Earth / Royal Bobbles – Independence Day Code Phrase’s”  to jimsmegos@yahoo.com and be sure to show and tell your friends about this contest .

3 Jacks for the price of…well, 3 but they’re totally worth it!


Nightmare Before Christmas fans pay attention! If you were looking to get the new Kenner style action figure of Jack there are actually THREE versions of him that will be available. While all three are cool you may want to ensure that if you are pre-ordering you get the one you want. I suggest get all three because these are gonna sell out faster than Dr. Finklestein falls for frogs breath soup laced with deadly nightshade. Plus if you got that reference you are only lying to yourself your NEED to collect ‘em all!

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Q: “Where have you been young man?” A: Working. A lot.


Hey gang! Sorry it’s been so terribly long since I’ve posted anything with any really awesome and good substance. Forgive me but I’ve had a lot of good reasons. Lets do the list:

First up is a new animated / live action show I’m producing at my day job. It’s call “Critter Connection” and it’s gonna be a really informative and hopefully equally entertaining. It also has been fully endorsed by the Ozark Humane Society which is the local shelter here in my area. Good for them, good for the animals, good for the station, good for the viewing audience and good for me as I get to do some serious creating. Stay tuned…

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Next up is the next big contest from the Toy Box courtesy of Entertainment Earth. Those fine folks called me a couple weeks back and said; “Hey Jim! Wanna do some reviews of bobble heads for us and then give them away to your super cool sight visitors?” To which I promptly replied; “You bet your bippy sister!” So all total I have six really cool All American themed bobble heads that I will be giving away during the month of July. Sure Independence Day is on the 4th but by golly I’m stretching the celebration out for the whole month. Why? Because I’m American! And it’s more fun that way. Reviews and how to win are coming on July 4th so stay tuned.

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Also I’m getting caught up on a bunch of reviews I owe you from way back. From super sweet Captain Actions sent to me by my fantastic pal Gar Ghoul to other neat things from View Askew alumnus Scott Shciaffo and some other neat toys I’ve picked up along the way that are just too cool for school. But wait there’s more! But first another picture…

It's like a swimming pool of fun.
It’s like a swimming pool of fun.

Work is drawing to a close on the show I’m working on with the legendary television writer Ted Bergman called “Dogs and Cats Go Hollywood.” I do believe you are going to really dig the funny that’s coming from the mind of one of televisions greatest writers. If you don’t have time to check him out on IMDB (slackers) Ted was writer on numerous programs including the Munsters, The Smothers Brothers and Sanford and Son. Plug in to stay up to date :)

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So as you can see it’s been really busy around this box and beyond. I’m looking really forward to sharing all this stuff with all of you. Again thanks to all of you for the continued love and support.

Now, Go Play! – Jim 06/26/14

P.S. Thanks to Dave LePage and Ted Souppa for hooking me up with my own and very first IMDB credit for my voice over work in their incredible short film “Ten Minutes”.  Let’s see if I can fill that sucker up!

Yoda! You seek Yoda!


10456808_695631007140947_7533197928434134020_nHad to share this one. A dear old friend of mine came through town today but sadly I couldn’t tear away from work. He had brought me a Disney World Yoda Bobble Head and really wanted me to have it. “Back in the day” (circa late 90’s) he and I used to search out vintage Star Wars stuff all over the place so this little token was a flashback to those great times. So in keeping with the spirit of it all he stashed it behind a Redbox at a gas station here in town, sent me a pic and said the Jedi hunt was on.  I got there in time before anyone spotted him thankfully (Jeremy you silly goose  ) and it made for a fantastic end to what has been some very trying times. But wait! It gets better… Yoda here is Mego scale!

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Celebrate America’s birthday by winning free stuff!


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Greetings all! Thanks to the fantastic folks at Entertainment Earth I’m going to be offering up some really neat bobble heads for you to add to your collections. These really are cool as you’ll soon se in the coming reviews. You’ll see even better if you win one of the six different ones I have to give away! Get ready for some All American Independence Day fun, gang! Go like and follow the Jim’s Toy Box facebok page to stay up on the details!

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