Dante Hicks Reviewed: He is supposed to be here today!


We have a winner from Entertainment Earth and Jim’s Toy Box!ANNA WELKER winner

Okay gang It’s time to unveil the winner of the Jay and Dante black and white action figure set courtesy of Entertainment Earth and Jim’s Toy Box. With all of the great lines that were offered up it was impossible for me to choose so, it only seemed fair to let fate decide… here’s how we did….

All the submissions were printed off, cut out and then placed in my magical plaid Superman hat and wah lah! We have a winder as the pop culture Gods have commanded!

And the Winner is

ANNA WELKER!!!!!!

Congratulations Anna and thank you for playing along with Jim’s Toy Box and Entertainment Earth!

Be sure to Follow Jim’s toy box on Facebook and Twitter to stay abreeat of the next big contest coming soon. I can’t say much right now but it will most certinly be MAGICAL!

Thank you again to everyone who entered to win …. Now GO PLAY!

Jim 02/22/16

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download (3)Inspiration comes in many forms, shades and pallets. CLERKS was that movie for me. When I first saw it all those years ago it struck on every single nerve I was looking for in something different, something to relate to, something that made me laugh my ass off. After being introduced into the world and mind of Kevin Smith, I was completely hooked on his ViewAskewniverse. And it came in large part to the outstanding performances from the films stars; Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Scott Schiaffo and Lisa Spoonauer. Smith and Jason Mewes were fun characters as Jay and Silent Bob but didn’t have grab me as the aforementioned did.

screens_feature11Each and every character was one I could relate to. We all know each and everyone of them. Even Silent Bob‘s cousin from Russia, Olaf. But Dante, Randal, Veronica, Caitlin Bree, and the Chewlies Gum guy were so entertainingly familiar. And at the time (being the 90’s) I could really relate to Dante. High school was over. College wasn’t an even fanciful thought. And the jobs you took just to get by while you figured what it was you actually were going to do with the rest of your life, I could completely relate to. Not so much the ass hat way he treated and dealt with women, but on most other levels I really connected with the character. Of course it would have been far more fun to have the Randal Graves attitude.

Dante SignIt’s that kinship I found with Mr. Hicks that had me pull the trigger and order this figure first out of the four available. And so here we are, looking at the 7 inch, black and white rendering of Dante Hicks. In true CLERKS fan fashion I bring you this video review. Overall it’s a great figure. The likeness is a little iffy but not that far off to actor Brian O’Halloran but could be a little bit better in my opinion. I also appreciate the tactic in offering half of the diorama with the complete decorative stickers that you HAVE to order the other corresponding figure (Jay). The only reason I didn’t go ahead and just get the set is that frankly I wanted something to look forward to in putting the collection together one figure at a time. You make your coffee the way you like and I’ll make mine.

william3There is a darkside to this assortment that I do want to point out. CLERKS as a film worked because of the ensemble cast. And while I can understand not including everyone who was on screen I have a hard time being cool with the omissions of the leading ladies of the film. Veronica and Caitlin Bree were essential to all of Dante’s motivation. Plus those characters are equally iconic in the mythology and lasting legacy. Plus they’re on all of the posters and artwork I’ve seen for the film. It only makes sense and while I couldn’t guarantee sales figures, I still think it would serve Diamond Select and Smodco well to let fans round out the characters that became the anchors for everything that we now know as the View Askewniverse.

VHS000031In a perfect world of merchandising I would really like to see a second wave of figures featuring Veronica and Caitlin as well as The Chewlies Gum Guy (Scott Schiaffo) and the guy that all the Jersey chicks were all about, Rick Derris (Ernie O’Donnell). Maybe even do a third wave that would feature a base Walt Flanagan figure that you could interchange accessories and heads to account for all of the many roles he brought to life. I mean come on, they’ve already teased us with the perfect dozen eggs.

wanna puckThose glaring oversights aside, the Dante Hicks figure from Diamond Select is a great toy that serves as a reminder to me that once upon a time ago, a simple black and white film lit a fire in me that still burns to this day. And despite his constant whining, Dante staring at me from the shelf brings a smile to my face and serves as a reminder that even though we all have to serve the world around us, we don’t have to like them.

Now, Go Play! Jim 02/17/16

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Hopefully THESE won’t get banned


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Just saw 8 inch figures from Quentin Tarantino’s new film “The Hateful Eight” are getting the retro treatment from NECA.  And man oh man do I hope these don’t get the social media beatdown that cost us the Django Unchained figures. I know I for one am going to be pre-ordering these for so many reasons: NECA is KILLING it with their 8 inch releases. Snake and Eddie as the Trooper have made collection a much happier and tougher place plus I LOVE the cowboy figures. Here we have it all in one wonderful assortment.

I haven’t seen the film yet but will soon but no matter what I know these are must haves for the Toy Box. I’m telling you gang I’m beside myself with excitement about these 8 awesome figures!

Now, Go Play!

Jim 01/07/16

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HUGE sale… LAST DAY!


Hey Gang! Just noticed that today is the last day for Entertainment Earth’s big, big, ahhhhh really big clearance sale. Incredible deals here. So if you aren’t completely tapped out after the holidays now’s your chacne to score some great (did i mention great) deals on not only Retro Mego figures but tons of stuff. Plus $79 in your cart gets you FREE SHIPPING! I was going to list more below but I seriously had to stop myself and get back to work. AMAZING how much stuff is in this sale!

These would also make for some GREAT gifts for a certain toy guy you know who is really pinching the pennies these days. Yes, that is a blatant hint 🙂
DC Retro Super Powers 8-Inch Series 1 Action Figure SetDukes of Hazzard 8-Inch Action Figure Set - EE ExclusiveKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureStar Wars Black Series 6-Inch Deluxe Action Figures Wave 2Batman Dark Knight Returns Action Figure Box Set 4-Pack
Now, Go Play!

Jim 01/05/16

 

Culling the best of the best….


Got word of a really big end of year sale going on now at Entertainment Earth. Figured it be only right for me to help you in the search, fellow action figure lovers… check these out. SOME REALLY cheap BUYS ON GREAT FIGURES…. plus look at the whole sale. Really cool stuff. May not get it til the New Year but what a way to kick off 2016!

Now, Go Play!
Jim 12/23/15

KISS 1st Album Series 2 8-Inch Demon Action Figure KISS Spaceman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure DC Comics 18-Inch Robin Removable Mask Figure - EE Exclusive Dukes of Hazzard 8-Inch Action Figure Set - EE Exclusive SMDM Dr. Rudy Wells with Tin Tote - Convention Exclusive Venture Bros. Monarch & Dr. Mrs. in Tin-Convention Exclusive Battlestar Galactica Retro Tin Tote w/Figures Con. Exclusive The Venture Bros. Dr. Girlfriend and Hank Action Figures The Venture Bros. Dr. Orpheus & Phantom Limb Action Figures

Solitaire with a Sith? Oh yeah!


Really cool dollar store find: Story of Darth Vader playing cards. This deck of 55 cards starts with Anakin and his creation, C3PO to the final “Ghost shot”. Really neat and really cheap. To note: there’s 3 Jokers, power of the Dark Side I guess and I just realized this, little whiny Anakin programmed 3PO… explains a lot when you think about it. Anyway, great distraction for $1. Now, Go Play! – Jim 12/07/15

Cool box art...
Cool box art…
It really does tell the full story of the rise and fall and redemption.
It really does tell the full story of the rise and fall and redemption.
Again, great artwork!
Again, great artwork!
 I'd take pictures of all of 'em but I really do have a life ;)
I’d take pictures of all of ’em but I really do have a life 😉
Never play poker with a Sith. The deck is stacked against you, kids!
Never play poker with a Sith. The deck is stacked against you, kids!

Okay, these are just too stinkin’ cute!


So while wandering through Walgreen’s the other day I came across this cute little fella.  Black costumed Spider-Man has always been an aesthetically pleasing figure to me.  Something about the change from the traditional blue and red was extremely exciting to me as a kid. The Secret Wars story line was great and all but it was the look of Spidey that really hooked me.

spidey1After picking this guy up for $2.99 I had to share it with you all. They had the other three in this first series but times and cash are a little tight so this little treat will serve me nicely. BUT the others would most certainly make for some great stocking stuffers for your old buddy Jimbo (hint, hint, Alicia 😉 ) .

Doing a little digging around on Entertainment Earth I discovered that there actually are more coming! A second series PLUS Gentle Giant will also be doing the Super Powers figures in this scale as well. How much fun is that?!?!?!?!? A bunch!

Anyway I think they’re neat and the packaging is pretty fun too. But I must admit the small print on the back of the card is a bit tough for these 42 year old eyes to read. But that’s what the zoom feature is for.  Take a look and check ’em out when you get the chance. They really are some great stocking stuffers!
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Now, GO PLAY! – Jim 12/02/15
Marvel Secret Wars Micro Bobble Heads Series 1 SetMarvel Secret Wars Micro Bobble Heads Series 2 SetDC Super Powers Micro Action Figures Wave 1 Set

Black Friday says “Adios!”… almost.


Good morning,  dear readers! I’m sure most all of you are shopped out but I wanted to offer up one last round of cool stuff that is on the CHEAP at Entertainment Earth that you may have missed. Plus THIS shopping expereince doesn’t involve rude, smelly and extremely annoying humans. Trust me, it’s better this way. Plus you can get free shipping on all of this in stock stuff when your order is $49 or more, which is very easy to reach. Lot’s of stuff for a little dough. PLUS this is the stuff you most likely won’t or cna’t find at retail.

Now, GO PLAY! – Jim 11/29/15
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Order KISS 16 oz. Travel Mug from Entertainment Earth!Order Batman 1966 TV Series 8-Inch Action Figure Set EE Exclusive from Entertainment Earth!Order Disney Frozen Elsa Grand Jester Mini-Bust from Entertainment Earth!Order Doctor Who Cyberleader & The Master Exclusive Action Figures from Entertainment Earth!Order Battlestar Galactica Lt. Starbuck and Cdr. Adama Figures from Entertainment Earth!Order Doctor Who Leela and Sutekh Action Figures from Entertainment Earth!Order Battlestar Galactica Retro Tin Tote w/Figures Con. Exclusive from Entertainment Earth!Order Dukes of Hazzard 8-Inch Action Figure Set – EE Exclusive from Entertainment Earth!

Looking for my Christmas gift? I can help you out…


Dear Santa… Browsing through Entertainment Earth’s extremly impressive “Pre-Black Friday Sale” I felt as a good neighbor, I had to share. Plus I figure it wouldn’t hurt to score some brownie points with the big guy in red either by passing on so much fun for cheap. Yep, still a giver am I 🙂

These really are some incredibly great prices on Mego like figures and I would hate for any of my friends and readers to miss out on these. So as any good blogger should I put together a list to make it easier for you folks to find the deals. Below are a list of the deals that I know I myself would love to see under my Christmas tree (hint, hint) that many of you will most likely dig too. – Jim

Twilight Zone figures from Bif Bang Pow –

Wonderfully creepy figures!
The Twilight Zone Cyclops and Alicia Action FiguresThe Twilight Zone Talky Tina & Willie Figures SDCC Exclusive

Figures Toy Company and EE Exclusives

The drool really started to drip when I saw that these were on sale.
DC Retro Super Powers 8-Inch Series 1 Action Figure SetSuperman DC Retro 8-Inch Series 1 Action Figure SetBatman Classic 1966 TV Series 2 8-Inch Action Figure SetBatman 1966 TV Series 8-Inch Action Figure Set EE ExclusiveDukes of Hazzard 8-Inch Action Figure Set - EE Exclusive

And my personal, OMG can you believe these prices,

Venture Brothers figures….

Seriously these prices really blew me away. I love the show and all of these characters. Well maybe not Phantom Limb. He gets on my nerve. But for less than $20 for two figures (and even less in the case of the Dr. Mrs. the Monarch set) I can get over his lameness.
The Venture Bros. Pete White and Jefferson Twilight FiguresThe Venture Bros. Dean Venture 8-Inch Action FigureThe Venture Bros. Shore Leave and Alchemist Action FiguresThe Venture Bros. Dr. Girlfriend and Hank Action FiguresThe Venture Bros. Dr. Orpheus & Phantom Limb Action FiguresVenture Bros. Monarch & Dr. Mrs. in Tin-Convention ExclusiveThe Venture Bros. Sgt. Hatred and H.E.L.P.eR Figures SetThe Venture Bros. Molotov and Billy Quizboy Action FiguresThe Venture Bros. Brock Samson and Killinger Action Figures

And this is just a slice of all they are offering up on sale at incredibly low prices. Look around and feel free to get me anything you want. I’m not picky or Johnny Ungrateful. 🙂

Now, Go Play!

Jim -11/19/15