I love the Big Bang Theory… but for the next 3 years?

Me and the card backJust finished watching the Big Bang Theory’s latest episode and once again the show delivered. Funny, clever, Wil Wheaton… wins all the way across the board. But then I got to thinking about their recently renewed contract for three more seasons. Can they do it?

Me and Sheldon 2Will they jump the shark and bring in a baby? Will one of our favorite of the three couples split up causing factions in the fan base: Team Sheldon vs. Team Amy? Only time will tell but one things for sure… tiny Sheldon and I will watch religiously with baited breath. I have a feeling he already knows but doesn’t want to ruin it for me. Dang you Mr. Cooper, you snarky tease.

What do you think? Can the writers pull it off or will we be seeing Howard on a rocket powered tricycle jumping over a pool of sea monkeys? Actually I think that would be kind of cool 😉

Now, Go Play?

Jim 05/08/2014

Entertainment Earth

Looking back and forward at the Venture Bros.

Entertainment Earth

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

8 Inch Venture Bros.
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3&3/4 inch Venture Bros.
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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

Thank God for toys and toy pals on tough days.

Some days it just seems like the world is not only on your shoulders but also your head and neck region too. I’ve been having one of those.  Mountain after mountain, glitch after glitch, annoying humans… I’m sure you can all relate. But thankfully I have my toys and my toy pals.

IMG_20140210_141635_387While there have been some annoyances going on lately, when the burden gets so heavy I turn to my Toy Box and take a look inside. At the moment Sheldon Cooper from Bif Bang Pow and Entertainment Earth helps me smile a little. Then I get on facebook and a conversation begins between myself and my toy pal Tom Hagar about the possibilities of doing custom Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Mego style action figures. The wheels start turning.



8 and 12 inch versions of my all time favorite comedy team would be so much fun to have around the house, office, car, everywhere. I have a vintage two sided hand puppet that could be cast or 3D scanned and worked into separate heads. Hmmmm. And then use the S-Type bodies from Castaway / ZICA. And then create or have the very talented Anthony Durso create custom card backs, individuals and of course a two pack. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. And then seal ’em up in a clamshell for display. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.  AND THEN (let’s dream really big shall we, get the lickeness / license rights and release them world wide!  HMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!

deanjerry1Sure it’s just a pipe dream but still its a fun daydream that really took my mind off the pressures of the real world. Imagination. Conversation. Inspiration. They all happened thanks to my toy pals and real pal Tom.

Thanks buddy for helping me stop, dream and breath. At this juncture I shall take my own advice and order myself to : Now, Go Play!

Jim 2/12/14

Sheldon Cooper on the CHEAP!

Good morning gang! The review should be up later today but trust me, you want this figure! PLUS through this particular listing you can get him for $5 less than the regular MSRP of $21.99!
Order Big Bang Theory Sheldon Batman Shirt 8-inch Figure, Not Mint from Entertainment Earth!


The 1st Lip Lock Louder than the Big Bang!

What seemed preposterous, turned into a very beautiful and touching television moment that IMO is just as memorable as Lucy having the baby… Samantha having the baby… and even Wilma Flintstone having the baby. It was so great it didn’t need a baby. No Bazinga.


How hot was this episode? This Thursday (February 6, 2014) the kiss heard round the world garnered a 15 share for CBS in the 7PM (CST) time slot. If not for those pesky Winter Olympics kicking off I believe it is totally possible that the hit show would have picked up an additional 8 share easy. Still, 17 Million viewers felt this monumental moment where Sheldon not only instigates the kiss with Amy Farrah Fowler, for the first time in the brainy couples relationship, Sheldon liked it!

To commemorate and recreate this magical moment (tell me you didn’t tear up a little) get your officially licensed Sheldon Cooper 8-inch, classic style action figure today and pre order the  Amy Farrah Fowler from Bif Bang Pow and Entertainment Earth today!
Big Bang Theory Sheldon w/Vintage Batman Shirt 8-Inch FigureThe Big Bang Theory Amy Farrah Fowler 8-inch Action Figure
You can also pre-order the whole gang! Leonard, Penny, Raj, Howard and of course the cute as a button Bernadette. Plus there are still SDCC Exclusive Sheldon’s featuring the Teen Titans Go bag (ya’ll should know how much I love that show)  as well as another variant Sheldon with Green Lantern and Flash shirts!

If this is your first time to my Toy Box, be sure to bookmark this site… in the very near future I’ve got something to share with you Big Bang Theory fans that you won’t want to miss! Now, Go Play! – Jim 02/08/14

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