EE’s ONE DAY ONLY SALE on KISS ALIVE II Deluxe Box Set!

Greetings gang! Today, Entertainment Earth is offering up the Alive II convention exclusive, deluxe box set for $120 with free hipping! Plus it’s their 20 year Anniversary event so you get a free gift when you order anything from them all month long. I don’t have this one but may be considering how much I dig the individual figures. Take a look at the deal http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=BBP29100&id=JI-206284882 and then my review if your on the fence …. the figures really are cool, retro fun set 🙂

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Bif Bang Pow KISS Love Gun 3&3/4 Look 2 Loose and Up Close

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This second look at the Series 1 Love Gun era KISS retro action figures is pretty unflinching in some flaws, with the main one being that the Paul / Star Child I have has one leg that’s shorter than the other making it a bear to get him to stand without a stand. Otherwise the set is a lot of fun and I easily recommend them.

BBP29101ALTlgThe set now rests on the mantle at my house and have really grown on me. Also to note in between Look 1 and this post, Bif Bang Pow announced a variant, Blood Spitting Demon that you can add to the collection.Click the pic to get hum!

And remember, ordering in the month of April gets you a FREE GIFT from Entertainment Earth as part of their 20th Anniversary celebration! How incredibly cool is that! So get the full set or the deluxe Alive II stage set today and Rock N Roll all night and party everyday with my favorite online retailer Entertainment Earth!

One more thing…. be sure to check out my KISS tribute page on the extended, fresher designed extension of the Toy Box. I forgot how much KISS raving I’ve done over the years 😉

Now, Go Play! Jim 04/05/16

Never can get too many KISS’s!  Ever!

I am super stoked for you folks who are making it out to San Diego Comic Con this year. Not for the obvious reasons but also for the SUPER opportunity that you all will get to meet and great with the Hottest band in the world: KISS!  Check out the full release by clicking the pic below and then shop around Entertainment Earth via the links below for some fantastic KISS Exclusive merchandise. Also if you are going to be able to go I want to ask you a HUGE favor. Tell the guys I said “Hi!” and show them the Toy Box site on your smartphone. Get me a picture of this happening and I’ll hook you up with something cool, no idea what just yet but I know it will come with a ton of gratitude! – Now Go Rock N Roll all Night and Party Everyday, and of course PLAY!

Jim – 06/26/15

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KISS Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Classic Tin Tote Gift Set - Convention ExclusiveKISS Alive II Stage & Action Figures - Convention ExclusiveKISS Love Gun 1,000-Piece PuzzleKISS Series 5 Dressed to Kill 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Love Gun 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures Series 1 SetKISS Album Cover Coaster Set in Guitar Case - Con. Excl.

2015: You wanted the best….

KISS and Bif Bang Pow are bringing back the hottest band in the world!

Ace, Peter, Paul and Gene are back together again and with your help they can all play nice too! Check out these prototype pics of some really awesome classic KISS merchandise that will have the KISS Army mobilized and totally worth a Deuce! (Yeah, the Rock and Roll all Night puns are well done and over with 😉 )

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KISS Light-Up JournalKISS Tin Tote Gift SetKISS Rock and Roll All Nite License Plate FrameKISS Tin ToteKISS 16 oz. Travel MugKISS Acrylic Cup with StrawKISS 16 oz. Glasses Set of 2KISS Shot Glasses Set of 6

And we’ve only just begun…

Now, Go Play! – Jim  1/08/2015

Spaceman? No, not really no. Excellent figure though but no, just no.

Well. This is odd…

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What an interesting reaction I am having to a figure… Tommy Thayer, Sonic Boom series… just don’t like it. Not the figure itself . It’s superb in quality and design.IMG_20140530_202122_616

KISS400The sculpt is dead on and the hair is rooted better than even the Ace from Alive.

But it’s just not right.

Kaitlynn experimented with different stage set ups too.
Kaitlynn experimented with different stage set ups too.

I actually got it on the cheap to give to my daughter to go along with her Dressed to Kill Paul and Peter (which are EXCELLENT by the way)… these were meant for play but even she wasn’t pleased with what she saw.

Ace took it all in stride.

She actually told her mother “It’s not the right one.” Alicia of course assumed she meant that it wasn’t a DTK figure in a suit. Kaitlynn tried to correct her in explaining that the costume was fine but this figure was not Ace and therefore not right.

IMG_20140530_202109_727I keep staring at it. It puzzles me. Such a great figure on every level but still it’s just not right. Even the old KISS Mego’s where Paul shared a head with Darryl Dragon and Peter shared a nogging with Gene Hackman and as such looked nothing like themselves. But this is different. It’s simply not the Spaceman. It’s a guy from either a tribute band OR it’s the Halloween version of my old buddy Albee dressed up like Ace.

 

So weird.

 

Now, Go Play (with caution)

Jim 05/30/14

They let the cat out…

IMG_20140409_225046_375May 17, 1980 – Peter Criss left KISS to pursue a solo career.  Truth be told it had more to do with Peter’s drug addictions than musical aspirations. Thankfully Peter did get clean, rejoined the group in the late 90’s for a farewell tour and then joined the gang one more time to be inducted into the rock n roll hall of fame. And despite it all he is still the Catman, an entertainment legend and another reason why my Toy Box is the coolest place to hang out.  God bless you, Peter. 

KISS Alive! The Spaceman Ace Frehley!

IMG_20140409_211336_487Long time visitors to the site will remember I’m a big fan of Ace. Always have been, always will be. No Regrets! Just like his book that I reviewed many moons ago. This figure helps ensure that fanboy happiness remains!

IMG_20140409_190639_923The new sculpt is great! It has a far better resemblance to Ace than the original Mego version. Plus he’s not staring up into the stars. The only thing that takes away from the sculpt is the hair. This is not a huge distraction though. Considering the style of Ace’s real hair I can see where the production process on this scale could be a real bear to capture it properly.

IMG_20140409_202403_786IMG_20140409_202413_964The costume is great. The FTC folks took some liberties with the rhinestones but that’s OK as far as I’m concerned because honestly without them the suit looks very boring. The shoulder rings are also very cool to. I am truly impressed with their design process here. It’s an extra step that really adds so much pop to the whole figure.

IMG_20140409_201825_280The shoes are very good as well all though this particular version of Ace’s garb is my least favorite. Something about a Spaceman wearing high tops just doesn’t work for me. Actually it’s never really worked out. Just ask Michael Jordan when he went on his Space Jam.

IMG_20140409_201807_901Again I can’t stress how much I am impressed with the improvements to the body. Now that the bands are the proper length you can pose Ace in that classic stance with his Les Paul. Mind you the figure doesn’t come with a Les Paul but you can do like I did and make one or I can make you one for $5 shipped to your door. I’m doing the same thing with Paul and Gene’s guitars as well. Order your Ace guitar by clicking here:

Overall this is a fantastic figure that I can easily recommend. Be sure to check out the reviews of Peter, Paul and Gene too! You get back where you came from by clicking HERE.

Now, Go Play!

Jim 04/10/14

Buy via the links below and the      Entertainment Earth                                                      gods will smile upon me.

8 Inch Figures
KISS Retro 8-Inch Action Figures Series 1 SetKISS Alive! 8-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Series 5 Dressed To Kill 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Retro Series 1 8-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 8-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 8-Inch Spaceman Action Figure

12 Inch Action Figures
KISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Starchild Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Alt. Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Alive! 12-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 12-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Demon Action Figur, Not MintKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Spaceman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure

Carrying Case
KISS 8-Inch Action Figure Carrying Case

Show your KISS colors!
KISS The Demon Luv Gun Leather Street JacketKISS The Starchild Leather Street JacketKISS Army Jacket with Removable Leather Sleeves

Fun Stuff
KISS Mount KISSmore Full Scale Polystone StatueKISS Mount KISSmore SDCC 2012 Exclusive 5-Inch StatueKISS Inflatable Tongue

PLUSH
KISS Uglydoll The Starchild Big Toe PlushKISS Uglydoll The Demon Ox PlushKISS Uglydoll The Catman Babo PlushKISS Uglydoll The Spaceman Wage PlushKISS Love Gun 12-Inch Tall Plush Set

KISS Alive! The Starchild Paul Stanley.

IMG_20140409_213106_419Let me start this review by saying this; overall I’ve always enjoyed Paul Stanly as an entertainer. My current attitude however is a bit jilted after having listened to his new autobiography; Face the Music: A Life Exposed. I still like Paul. Not going to go into a giant nerd rage / fanboy fit over his now revealed and carved in ink deposition in what a class A asshole looks like but this picture had to happen. It’s the closest I can come to the real thing and I assure you, if you take the time to listen to or read the book you’ll feel the same way. Especially when it comes to the way he reflected on Eric Carr. I let that go now. I wrote my review and stated my opinion. Now it’s time to get back to the good that is this action figure. I mean really, really good.

IMG_20140409_213341_181So much so that I have to say that the winner of most improved figure of all goes to (big drum roll) Paul Stanley! The Farrow completely out did himself on this rendering of the Starchild’s looks. And when I say nailed it I mean museum quality, portrait nailed it. So much so I really enjoy taking photos of this figure because of its lifelike characteristics. Plus with Paul’s naturally bushy hairdo this figures rooted hair works. Could stand to be styled and with this one you can do that.

IMG_20140409_213330_220IMG_20140409_213358_855Not only is the head fantastic the costume is extremely cool and well made. Unlike his Love Gun version this Paul’s shoulder straps stay up like they are supposed to. That again goes to show the massive amount of love, care and quality control that went into producing this series of figures. Even the furry arm gauntlets are well made.

IMG_20140409_213514_688I would be remiss if I didn’t point out one extra detail that FTC put into this figure: Rhinestones on the back of the neck collar! That’s just cool.  Most folks may never even see this added detail if they never take him out of his giant plastic prison. You’re welcome.

IMG_20140409_213441_756I can’t stress how impressed I am with this figure above the others. Even Gene which is by far no slouch just misses the excellent mark that this one earns from me. Like the boots. These mini version 7 inch, leather heels are my favorite footwear of this series. They look so good. The paint application is clean and neat, the details in the creases and boot laces really drive home the quality of this figure. Simply magnificent.

IMG_20140409_213240_569Like Ace and Gene, Paul can easily handle poses and preening with a guitar. Again I note that he does not come with one but you can make one like I did or I can make one for you for $5 shipped. The chest hair however is a whole different story. But then again I’ve got my creative juices flowing again… anything can happen. To order a guitar for Paul click HERE

 

To get back to the homepage click HERE… and to read my review of Paul’s book and the reason I felt the nad shot was necessary, click HERE

Now, Go Play!

Jim 04/10/14

Buy via the links below and the      Entertainment Earth                                                      gods will smile upon me.

8 Inch Figures
KISS Retro 8-Inch Action Figures Series 1 SetKISS Alive! 8-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Series 5 Dressed To Kill 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Retro Series 1 8-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 8-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 8-Inch Spaceman Action Figure

12 Inch Action Figures
KISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Starchild Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Alt. Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Alive! 12-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 12-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Demon Action Figur, Not MintKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Spaceman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure

Carrying Case
KISS 8-Inch Action Figure Carrying Case

Show your KISS colors!
KISS The Demon Luv Gun Leather Street JacketKISS The Starchild Leather Street JacketKISS Army Jacket with Removable Leather Sleeves

Fun Stuff
KISS Mount KISSmore Full Scale Polystone StatueKISS Mount KISSmore SDCC 2012 Exclusive 5-Inch StatueKISS Inflatable Tongue

PLUSH
KISS Uglydoll The Starchild Big Toe PlushKISS Uglydoll The Demon Ox PlushKISS Uglydoll The Catman Babo PlushKISS Uglydoll The Spaceman Wage PlushKISS Love Gun 12-Inch Tall Plush Set

KISS Alive! You wanted the best, you got the best!

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Figures Toy Company has done something that I can’t help but applaud loudly:

They Improved!

While their first series of KISS action figures made me all giddy as you may recall these new figures blew me away. All of my complaints except for one has been addressed and corrected. In a totally backwards fashion I’ll go ahead and start with that one gripe just to get it out of the way.

Holy preposterous packaging, Batman!That gripe? The packaging. Still huge. Takes up too much real estate and the card art is far from inspired. And the reproduction album jacket is still pretty lame.  But honestly I could care less about those things because these bad boys demanded to be freed from their giant plastic prisons! I was more than glad to oblige.

Kiss_alive_album_coverThe “Alive” series of KISS classic Mego style 8 inch action figures have improved heads and shoulders above the first series I reviewed back in 2012. New sculpts from the incredibly talented Farrow; the wonderfully stylized costumes that capture the essence of the “Alive” stage show; and last but most certainly not least the improvement in the stringing of the bodies. No longer are they twisted and tough to pose. These figures are most certainly ready to Rock N Roll all night and party every day!

Considering each character is its own personality it seems only fitting to devote time to each one Solo album style….Click on the corresponding Solo Album to get to the individual review.

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The stress test – These things are TOYS.

In my Sheldon Cooper review I put the Bif Bang Pow body to the test by manhandling the figure. It passed with flying colors all to the Kid’s Bop version of “Can’t touch this”. This time however I had a much better stress tester; my 4 year old daughter. Actually I didn’t have a choice. She really wanted to play with these figures. Being that I’m not an over the top IT MUST REMAIN MINT CONDITION collector these days (and I love watching my daughter play) I said, you know what? Go for it baby! And she did.

The figures held up wonderfully. I’ll be honest I held my breath for the first few poses but by golly they took the playtime like true toys should. And that really, really impressed me. Not only was I pleased with the looks of the figures and felt that those positives alone justified the retail price, seeing my daughter actually PLAYING with them made my purchase completely satisfying.

Conclusion

How much do I like these new figures? So much now I and Kaitlynn want ‘em all! Except the Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer figures. Thanks to Paul I could really care less about those two. They are now scrubs and impostors in my eyes. I will say though that the sculpts do look really good and I’d venture to guess that the quality is up to par overall. For me though the characters have no nostalgic connection. If I want a spaceman I’ll buy another Darth Vader. If I want a Catman I’ll just do a gender swap and get a Catwoman.

Seriously though these figures are excellent and I will most certainly be saving my pennies to pick up the Dressed to Kill figures. Probably some extra sets actually so I can trade out the Love Gun and Hotter than Hell with these new sculpts. Still need the first album figures too. I also hope that Figures will continue the line with at least Dynasty. Sure it was a lack luster album but the costumes were sweet.

Be sure to click out all of the individual reviews including the review of Paul’s new book as well as my take on the KISS / Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Debacle.

Now, Go Play!

Jim 04/ 10/14

Buy via the links below and the      Entertainment Earth                                                      gods will smile upon me.

8 Inch Figures
KISS Retro 8-Inch Action Figures Series 1 SetKISS Alive! 8-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Series 5 Dressed To Kill 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Retro Series 1 8-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 8-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 8-Inch Spaceman Action Figure

12 Inch Action Figures
KISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Starchild Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Alt. Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Alive! 12-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 12-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Demon Action Figur, Not MintKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Spaceman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure

Carrying Case
KISS 8-Inch Action Figure Carrying Case

Show your KISS colors!
KISS The Demon Luv Gun Leather Street JacketKISS The Starchild Leather Street JacketKISS Army Jacket with Removable Leather Sleeves

Fun Stuff
KISS Mount KISSmore Full Scale Polystone StatueKISS Mount KISSmore SDCC 2012 Exclusive 5-Inch StatueKISS Inflatable Tongue

PLUSH
KISS Uglydoll The Starchild Big Toe PlushKISS Uglydoll The Demon Ox PlushKISS Uglydoll The Catman Babo PlushKISS Uglydoll The Spaceman Wage PlushKISS Love Gun 12-Inch Tall Plush Set

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