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GREAT DEAL ALERT! Jay and Silent Bob’s “Cock Knocker” from Hastings


Look kids! It’s Mark Hamill!

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The only thing better for me than doing a review is doing a review where there is a good deal to offer up to you all. This is one of those times. Inspired by my recent review of Dante from Diamond Select that I purchased from Entertainment Earth, I got the View Askew bug again and started surfing around. Low and behold I found a scratch for my itch in this Diamond Select / EMCE Toys, Retro style action figure of the ole ball buster himself; Cock Knocker from Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back and for only $12.99 with Free Shipping!
I have been wanting to pick these up for a while now but never got around to it. But with this figure I’m pretty sure that Bluntman and Chronic will be taking up residence soon enough. This is really a great figure all around but there are a few shortcomings that I point out in this unboxing video


As you can see, Diamond Select almost had the perfect retro, Mego style action figure in this one. But still, there’s so much m,ore good going on with only the smallest smidge of bad being the stand. And I still think the big cock knocker fist should pop off to recreate the scene IMO. And considering it is a unique piece of the body I couldn’t see this being a far step BUT I do concede for it to be a pop off piece it would require the extra casting which is of course would be a hefty expense to add.
Image2Overall I gotta say, I love the sculpt and costume. The paint application is also very good. And I do truly appreciate the credits given to the artists behind the figure. Plus we get the closest thing to a Luke Skywaker Mego in this one. And of course you can’t beat the price and as of right now they are still available for only $12.99 with free shipping via Hastings listing on Amazon.

And as I bid you ado, mere mortals, take advantage of this great deal and I’ll keep looking for more to share with you and would appreciate it if you would do the same in kind.

Now, Go Play!

Jim 03/01/2016

Logan: He is the best at what he does, bub!


Logan7Good morning gang! I know, I know: Why time stamp this post when you never know when exactly someone is going to actually be reading it? Because its morning right NOW, duh. And morning was very crucial to the decision to do this sunrise photo session and quick post about Logan: the Wolverine.

Logan here is from the Diamond Select / EMCE Toys Marvel 8 inch Re-Mego collector set. Well one of two heads and outfits separate from the complete Mego-style Wolverine figure in the set. And on a Type S body from ZICA / Castaway Toys (as constructed by my pal Gregory Harris. Again sir, you are much hoss!). Hopefully this week I can do more of a full on review but right now this post is all about THIS figure and the fun that it inspired on a Sunday morning in August, 2015.

Taking our lovely little Yorkie out to do her morning business, excuse me, be demanded to take out Her Royal Roundness for her morning water blessings of the lawn, everything looked “just right” to bring this guy out and get some pics in natural light that I hoped would show how fantastic this figure is. And I don’t say that lightly at all.

I have been on the fence with these DST/EMCE Marvel 8 inch figures for some time and still have some issues I want to discuss later this coming week but for now I just want to share and celebrate with you this Canadian that means nothing but business. Check out the pics and tell me what you think either here or on Facebook.

Now, Go Play!

Jim 08/02/2015

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ALSO !!!!!! I’ve created a Streaming Channel for the ROKU! It’s much more than toys but I would appreciate it if you would take a look sometime. Plus you never know when I may get more playtime in for the Toy Box that will find it in the Arts&Entertainment section of the channel. Still waiting on the final approval from ROKU to put it in the official channel store (fingers crossed) but in the mean time you can still access the channel using the Vanity Code below. Thank you again to all of you wonderful folks for the encouragement in all of my weird and wacky adventures 🙂 – JB

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Looking back and forward at the Venture Bros.


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Dear Reader I present to you the coolest Re-Mego yet!
At one time Henchman 24 knocked my socks off, the options have only gotten better and better so the top spot is always changing!

While I’m on a pretty hardcore Sheldon Cooper / Big Bang Theory kick at the moment some of you may recall my appreciation for the Venture Bros. line of 8 inch Classic style of action figures. And as some of you may recall that appreciation of the fun and fantastic show came after the discovery of their Mego style action figures from Bif Bang Pow.

This still impresses me; the fact that the merchandise was so so cool I couldn’t help but get lured in. Well played BBP, well played. I really enjoyed talking up these figures in the past and Dr. Orpheus is still my absolute favorite of the line.

 

 

 

The special "magic hand" is simply to die for.
The special “magic hand” is simply to die for.

With the rest of the Triad coming out later this year my collector gene is kicking into high gear.  While they are not a part of the in-stock sale you can Pre-Order Jefferson Twilight and the Alchemist (plus Pete White and Shore Leave) via these links: Order The Venture Bros. Pete White and Jefferson Twilight Figures from Entertainment Earth!Order The Venture Bros. Shore Leave and Alchemist Action Figures from Entertainment Earth!

Microsoft Word - Dexterl022608_approvedfinal.docThis all came to mind again because of the big Bif Bang Pow sale going on now through February 20th at Entertainment Earth. Sadly I had to sell off the majority of my collection last year but 2014 is looking to be much better and brighter. I hope the same is true in your situation whatever it may be. If that is the case do yourself a favor and check out the sale. There are a lot of really good deals on some really GREAT collectibles and toys from BBP.

However if things are still lean for you rest assured that your old buddy Jimbo is gonna keep my eyes peeled for good deals to hopefully help all of us get back on our collecting feet and get our shelves overflowing with fun and merriment that only comes from officially licensed, product tie ins. Now, Go Play! – Jim 02/16/14

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Sheldon Cooper REVIEW


Me and Carded SheldonOverview: No other figure (or property) released to date by Bif Bang Pow makes as much sense as this Sheldon Cooper, 8 inch classic style action figure. The former champion of this distinction would easily be the Venture Bros but this one here has something special; Mass market appeal versus a narrow genre and niche. Plus this figure is top shelf on every level but one. Keep reading to find that one thing out.

What it is

BBP17048lgSheldon Cooper 8 Inch Classic Style Action Figure from the Big Bang Theory as produced by Bif Bang Pow

 

 

 

Where he came from

EE_full_logoSheldon was provided by Entertainment Earth for the purpose of this review.

The Pro’s

LikenessLikeness – The stock pictures of this figure that have been released really don’t capture how great this likeness really is. The folks at Bif Bang Pow did a fantastic job of capturing Jim Parson’s “happy moments” as Sheldon. A snarky variant could be fun too.

Shirt coming offBody durability – EMCE toys is the king of the rubber band, classic style body. The plastic is super durable. In undressing and then redressing Sheldon I didn’t hold back in the process. To be honest I was nervous at the stage. There is always the possibility of breakage with this particular type of toy. After my experience with the S-Type body I was really worried that this body was going to let me down. Not only that but if it did break it would do it on camera. Being an honest reviewer I’d have to tell you that, and that would suck.

Thankfully that was the furthest thing from the actual outcome. Again, the king of the traditional Mego style body is the house that Dr. Mego built. And as a fitting tribute of shorts here’s a little video showing the durability test with an homage to EMCE.

Pocket StitchesClothing (feels odd to call it a costume) – I was pleasantly surprised in this department. The decision to make the shirt a solid piece versus a Velcro backing makes for a smooth presentation. The extra step the Bif Bang Pow designers took in throwing in some stitches to simulate pockets was also a nice subtle touch.

The Con’s

Wreck the Card 2The packaging. You have to destroy it to open it. Then again I have gotten spoiled as of late with FTC’s DC World’s Greatest Heroes line of Mego Reproductions.

Why you should

Me and the card backAs a fan – Simply put, it’s a must have. To have a “tiny Sheldon” as Sheldon has a “tiny Spock” is cathartic and damn funny to me. Sure there are bobble heads, cute little Pop Vinyl figures, awkward looking plush’s, mini figures and a new line of 3&3/4 action figures coming soon but to have Sheldon in the style of a toy that the character himself had is almost as perfect a collectible as an officially licensed Darth Vader fire retardant suit. It just makes sense.

Sheldon and Me Out of the packageAs a Mego collector – Everything about this figure captures the “Mego style” perfectly. From his Joker type generic brown shoes to his rubber band constructed body, Sheldon fits right in. Plus with all of the Mego style figures on the horizon it’s only logical to Collect ‘Em All! This most vertainly means YOU to those who have a set of the Walton’s on the shelf.

The Whole GangAs the non-Mego collector – Give this scale and style a shot. You’ll be glad you did. While the Mego style may not be a part of your specific nostalgic recollections once you bite you’ll be hooked and it’s an addiction you won’t regret. Especially considering the resurgence of the style. Not as big and clunky as the 12inch… not as small as the 3&3/4… and no where near the space eater s the 1:4 and bigger scales. It’s just right. Plus with all of the new figures coming out in the scale (more Venture Bros., and the Ambiguously Gay Duo from Bif Bang Pow, and the slew of figures from Figures Toy Company and ZICA/ Castaway) you are going to really be missing out if you shun this scale and format.

Why you shouldn’t

Wreck the Card 1The only thing that would be a slight deterrent in my opinion would be the inability to reseal him on the card. But that’s it.

In Conclusion

SHELDON DONEThe 8 inch Sheldon Cooper is a figure I am more than happy to have in my collection. Not just because he was provided by the good folks at Entertainment Earth, (he was already on the want list), but because this figure fits right in with my love and appreciation of the Big Bang Theory, its cast of characters and its humor. And all of those characters are very near on the horizon. And while their are already variants of Sheldon on the release plate, this particular starting point variant with the Batman shirt will be gone before you know it. Plus the overall quality of this figure makes it totally worth the MSRP. That’s why I’m off now to go buy another one to keep on the card and tack up on “The Wall”. This Sheldon however is going to remain by my side as we patiently wait for the rest of the gang to come over for a night of Chinese food, Dungeon’s & Dragons and the occasional Bazinga worthy prank.

Now, Go Play!

Jim 02/15/14

Commander Adama from Bif Bang Pow!


Watch the video for the short take and then read on for the long drawn out review you know and love me for

(rate and comment if you would so kind as well)

Who it is

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Old Man Action Figure? Maybe. But he’s still cooler than Flash Gordon.

Commander Adama from Bif Bang  Pow’s Battlestar Galactica line of 8 inch classic style cloth costumed action figures.


Where it Came From

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Yeah I grew a beard, but I’m better now.

This particular specimen came as a gift from my Mego Museum Secret Santa. Man I love that place.

Why I’m writing this:

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When your feeling old, hang out with an old guy.

I loved this show as a kid. It was Star Wars but better because it was on TV every week! The toys had already gotten a bad rap because of the one kid who just had to choke on a missile but what ya gonna do? Plus outside of the ships which were not in scale with the figures, Mattel really created some boring and bland looking toys. But honestly, had Mego gotten the license I don’t think we would have seen anything much better.

The company had already moved away from the magical 8 inch format and was focusing on the new more cost effective, but poorly detailed, 3 and three quarter inch line as well. But that was then this is now.

Bif Bang Pow has once again fixed this gaff in my childhood by picking up the 8 inch retro ball and running with it. And while all 4 figures released so far (I consider the variant cylons as one figure) the leader of the pack is simply awes

Why it is I have a strange fascination with “Old Guy” figures is beyond me but I dig ‘em. And this particular figure is really sweet. Not only is he the heroic leader of the colonists, with the weight of his entire civilization on his shoulders, it’s also Lorne Greene man, in 8 inch form! But that doesn’t come without some critiques of the final product. But as always I like to look at the positive side of life first…ome to me.

The Good.

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Layers, layers, layers! And accessories!

Moving away from my fan boy gushing I would like to draw your attention to the costume. If anything Bif Bang Pow does remarkably well is the layered look. As I pointed o

ut in my review of Dr. Orpheus from the Venture Bros. line I really appreciate what all is going on here in regards to really adding value for your buck. With a retail price tag of $22.99 it’s nice to get more than just a hunk of plastic. Let’s break him down shall we?

The Bad

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Pale, Nekkid Old People. Yeah, I got issues.

My biggest gripe is the flesh tone. Commander Adama was never this pale. Watching clips from the show you see that Poppa Joe still had his radiant tan that was earned while riding the range at the Pondarosa Ranch, despite being sealed up on Galactica. This pale face look is what I believe takes away from the likeness of the sculpt. Also to note the paint for the hair color is wrong. But then again if the hair was the proper shade of white versus the grey that was used this Adama would look more like a Jedi ghost and we wouldn’t want to open up that copyright can of worms now would we?

The Ho-Hum

he card art is cool but honestly it bores me to tears. Each of the figures uses the exact same card back with the only deviation being the name and UPC sticker applied over the bottom corner. While I understand the need to cut costs to keep these dollies affordable I still feel just a little cheated here. Not enough to not buy the figure but the sameness of the cards doesn’t enforce my compulsive need to purchase two of each (one to keep carded and the other to open). Again this is more of a ho hum gripe than a real problem. One thing I do like however is that the card is compact in size like the latter series of Venture Brothers figures.

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Front name sticker
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My Suggestion
How I would have preferred the card to be. Back to Front.

During the Shoot

As I was taking the pictures and video for this review a few things popped out. Well actually needed to be popped in. I thought the figures head looked a little odd in the packaging. As if Adama was trying to bury his chin deeply into his pimpin’ turtleneck. During the strip down I quickly noticed that the head was actually not all the way in the body. It was a quick fix and added a lot for the figures presentation.

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Dig them threads. Or not.

Also to note there are a lot of threads hanging bout on the sleeves and pant legs of the now exposed cuffs on the body suit. Of course these are well hidden when the figure is fully assembled. Speaking of which, it was a bit of a bear in layering him back up. The sleeves and pant legs were quick to bunch up when booting the boots and overcoat back on.

I did like that you could adjust the cape to lay over the shoulder. Observing the figure from in the package I assumed that it was held in place with Velcro tabs. I’m happy to report that’s not the case. There is actually a strand of the silver ribbon / piping serving as the tie. Nice touch if you ask me.

In Conclusion

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I got your mic. Now what papaw?

This line has taken some hard pot shots on the web and in some cases rightfully so. With that said however I won’t say that you shouldn’t buy this figure. If your like me you can appreciate what all is going right with it. However if you haven’t been bitten by the 8 inch classic style bug then I think you’d be much happier avoiding this line and cutting your teeth on a much more visually pleasing line such as the Venture Bros.  Now, Go Play! – Jim 1/2/2012

Get yours today straight from the source at Entertainment Earth! Be sure to tell ‘em Jim sent ya!

 

 

Now, Go Play!

Jim 01/02/13

 

Julius Destructus: Destroyer? Sure. Inspiring? Oh brother, are you in for a treat!


Introduction

Next to Julius my head doesn’t look so big. But then again the way he inspires, mine may just get bigger. No, really.

There comes a time in a collectors life that an item comes on the block that brings out the most intense desire of “must have” determination to acquire a particular item. These moments actually come and go considering that times and tastes change however in this instance this particular flutter found in my hoarders heart was so profound that I had no choice but to give in or risk having those flutters carry me all the way to South America for the winter. “What could possibly cause such a stir in a normally mild manner dork such as yourself, Jim?” you ask. Keep reading fellows and girls and find out more about this latest, unique and one of the more exciting acquisitions that has actually taking a spot in the Toy Box as well as on the reading shelf and inside my now ignited imagination.

Point #1. What it is.

A whole lot of Tim Baron goodness right here!

Julius Destructus: A custom rendering of Tim Baron’s creation by the artist himself.

Point #2. Where it came from.

The card art really flows with the overall packaged product. Seamless even.

Tim offered up a very small run of these handmade Classic Style action figures on the Mego Museum Forums; Marketplace Thread at the end of October 2011.

Point #3. The Good.

Only a mother or a comic book artist could love this mug. Or your old but Jimbo!
Right face!

The head sculpt is very impressive to me not just because it is a dead on likeness but more

importantly because it really captures the art style. And while I’m no artist by any stretch of the imagination I do appreciate good art when I see it. The way Tim captured his gritty, heavily detailed artwork in 3 Dimensions is very impressive. I’ve got more on that in a few.

Nothing says Mego style like “Oven Mitts”!

Another thing I really appreciate about what Tim has done here is that he has done a more than fine job in giving Julius the Mego treatment in a way that I’m sure would have passed Marty Abrams approval for what makes a Mego. The black oven mitt Mego style gloves are an especially great aspect of this styling. Anyone can paint hands to match a gauntlet to look like a glove, but only a Mego can get the same basic effect and also be able to snatch cookies out of the oven.

Also Tim’s use of a simple white “V” line to bring out costume detail is very much appreciated. It’s amazing how a couple of well placed lines can do so much. And of course I

would be remiss to not mention the wonderfully crafted skull belt buckle. IN this piece Tim has once again translated his 2D style perfectly in 3D. Love it!

Point #4. The Bad.

There is no bad. Only good. Move along.

You may be ‘bad’ but only in the good ways!

Point #5. Why I like it.

There’s a lot more than plastic. resin and cloth here folks… keep reading!

I love this figure for many different reasons and it’s my pleasure to share all of them with you! J

1.) First off the character and story of Julius Destructus is brilliant. Thanks to the graphic novel “The life and times of Julius Destructus” by Tim with scripting duties provided by the incredibly talented Ben Avery the life that is breathed into these pages is awesome. While those of you who have remained plugged into the comic book / graphic novel world, stories and art such as this will not come as a surprise to you (though you will find some wonderful, “Nice! I like how they did that” moments) for those such as myself who are in and out of same said world you will be treated to one heck of an adventure. Get the book here.

2.) Those who are members or visitors of the Customs Forum at the Mego Museum are already privy to this next impressive point: Julius here is Tim’s first foray into sculpting, casting and painting. And while the final product in and of itself is impressive the message in between the lines to me is something that I think is even more impressive.

When I look at this most impressive figure I not only see the character but I also feel the passion the creator has for the creation. There is something magical going on here folks. You see it’s one thing to create a character, another to draw a character, and a totally higher level of talent to express the characters thoughts, feelings and emotions through the written word. And now Tim has shown exactly how important this character is to him. In this 8-inch form we find that the creator has a true knowledge of the character that you can’t simply ‘crank out’. The level of details and nuances in the head sculpt and paint applications in this 3-D rendering in my opinion shows that Tim Baron and his creation are on a level that goes much deeper than a simple drawing on a sketch pad. Another big stand out factor for me is that Tim has shown the world (by example) that a ‘great and terrible dream’* can come true.

3.) I also appreciate the fact that with this effort Tim has given me a great platform to point out another fun and fascinating aspect about Mego and Mego-like figure collecting, and that my friends is the ability to create your own character in this perfect 8 inch scale. In a part by part break down here’s how you can begin to make your own custom figure:

The body and belt is from the guy who I will always credit as the leader in the resurrection of all this Mego style goodness, Dr. Mego himself Paul Clarke www.drmego.com  The good doctor is also responsible for the super cool Commander X line of figures for Jay Piscopo’s “Capt’n Eli comics character and all of his variations. Those are still available by the way at www.captneli.com

The suit, boots and oven mitts are from the folks at Classic TV Toys. www.classictvtoys.com While these guys get a bad rap from me for their figures (look for the Mad Monster reviews) they actually do a pretty good job when it comes to their accessories.

The resealable clamshell (which is super sweet by the way, it means you can play with it and then put it back on the card kids!) comes from Castaway toys. www.castawaytoys.com These guys are another great source for parts and pieces as well as some other really cool vintage Mego items at insanely low prices.

The head of course could be yours too; that is so long as you could beg Tim to make you one. These were a limited run but who knows? Tim may get the itch again and need to scratch it… or even better some wise publisher sees what I see in Julius and pays Tim a million dollars to mass market the book and this fellow. (I’m rooting for ya Tim!)

*The Great and Terrible Dream’ was the first compilation of Tim’s work he released in graphic novel form in 2009

Point #6. Why you should or shouldn’t get one.

Why you should:

Unless he makes more or the buyers of the original release decide to part with theirs, you can’t. Sorry about that.

Why you shouldn’t:

Why you should pretty much covers this one too.

In Conclusion

Your in excellent company Julius. Excellent company.

Passion. Talent. Entertainment. Fun. Four words that go a long way in describing what Tim Baron has created here in his Julius Destructus 8 inch Classic Style Action Figure. And while it is true that there are no more available at this writing, the tale of Julius is still available at www.juliuscomic.com . I do highly recommend the book because I promise you the time spent reading this very impressive graphic novel and studying the masterful pen strokes that creates this world will leave you with a since of contentment that only comes from quality entertainment. Plus if we move some books, Tim may get inspired to crank out some more of these excellent figures or even better, he may decide to churn out some of his other characters. But be warned, if he does go the route of the latter I will be throwing elbows all the way to the checkout to ensure I get mine. Now – Order the book and Go Play! – Jim 11/06/11

All of this 8 inch goodness due in part to the creative minds that comprise the Mego Museum website and community. How sweet it is!

Jim Bumgardner is a 20 year veteran of the broadcast industry and currently serves as the news director for television station TKO 8 in Harrison, Arkansas. Jim is the father of two the husband of one and firm believer in the power of toys for both the mind, body and soul. You can contact Jim via email at jimstoybox@gmail.com or jimsmegos@yahoo.com

 

All images and products are the sole copyrighted property of it’s respective owners. Specialty photographs and graphic work used for this article were done by Jim at the TKO 8 Studios located at 500 N. Main St in Harrison, Arkansas. “Little Jim” was created by Dawn O’Connell of Little Buddies Action Figures. Learn more about getting your own Little Buddy at www.littlebuddiesactionfigures.com