Retro Review: Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future

Posted on: September 2, 2017













Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future was a groundbreaking toy line that successfully incorporated interactive technology with a live action tv series.

Created by Gary Goddard and Anthony Christopher in the late 80s, Captain Power tells the story of Earth in the 22nd century following the Metal Wars, a cybernetic revolt that resulted in the subjugation of the human race by intelligent machines. Captain Jonathan Power and a small group of guerrilla fighters, called “The Soldiers Of The Future,” oppose the machine forces that dominate Earth.

After Goddard’s success as the director of the live action Masters of the Universe movie, he brought Captain Power to Mattel and created a unique interactive toy line.  Not only could you create your own stories with the action figures and vehicles but you could also play with the tv show as either a Soldier of the future or and evil Bio dread.

If you decided to join the resistance as a Soldier of the Future then your vehicle would be the PowerJet XT-7.


The interactive power jet comes in a sturdy regular box that features a drawing of the jet shows that you can use the jet to interact with the tv show. (Something that has never been done before)

The back of the box show a “top secret” schematic of the ship itself and details the features that the XT-7 can perform.

The top of the box shows other features that the Jet can perform when the tv show is not on.  You can interact and play with other vehicles and playlets that were also part of the toy line.

Besides the instructions the Jet also comes with 

an information card to get acquainted with your new PowerJet.

Outside of the box the PowerJet XT-7 is a Power Jet that has aged very well. This particular jet on the eraser like rubber tip has very minor yellowing.  The Stickers are still attached and have not faded at all.

The vehicle itself can stand alone with the help of the rear handle on the ship to balance it out.  The ship itself must only weigh a few pounds because it is truly a light weight toy.

The red button in the middle lights up and acts as a score keeper.  You can press the button and hear tones as it lights up, each tone represents your score.

One of the nice design features that I appreciate on this Jet is the fact that this is not a gun.  Yes there is a handle and a trigger in the rear of the jet to shoot at objects but the aerodynamic looking wings hide your hand so it looks like you are flying.  Anyone can play with this Jet and get lost with their imagination by “flying” it and not get stuck in reality by seeing your hand as it takes a turn in mid air.

The top of the Jet includes an open and close cockpit (but more on that later) and the bottom features a speaker where you can hear the Jet: fire weapons, your score tones and laser blast “hits”.

On the top of the Jet are two engines, they are the interactive parts of the Jet. The engine on the left shoots out a blast of pulsating light towards your target. (The signal it sends is your laser fire and how you may earn points when playing).  The engine on the right is your signal receiver and how you would get hit by enemy fire.  (If you lose all of your points, you lose the game and it effects your cockpit).

There were different ways you could play with this Jet: you could play when the tv show Captain Power and the Soldiers of the future was on.

You could shoot at the enemy target (The Bio Dreads, the enemy Jet the Phantom Stryker and their base.)

You could play with your friends if they had a Cape. Power vehicle or playset and shoot at each other, or you could have been the lucky kid on your block and watched the 3 training videos on tv anytime you want.

The cockpit on the Jet has a plastic hood over the cockpit to secure your figure in the Jet.   The cockpit itself is made up of a separate plastic seat that you can place your figure.  The cockpit is also interactive during play because you attach the seat to a red lever in the cockpit.  If you are getting hit by enemy fire, enough hits you loose your point and when you lose all of your points…

Your figure is automatically eject from the Jet and the game is over.


Some people over the years have complained that the Jet only does something if you lose.  A cry that creator Gary Goddard heard and agreed with.  If the show and the toy line continued, Goddard wanted to create another jet that would’ve rewarded the player by having more action features as you gained more points.

I enjoyed playing Captain Power as a kid and revisiting this Power Jet has been highlight of my toy collecting.  The Jet itself has held up well over time, even the features still function properly.  If you can find an old tv and one of the videos you can get lost playing as a Soldier of the Future for hours.

Mattel no longer produces these vehicles and the only way to get one is in the aftermarket like E-bay or Amazon but I have seen them at Toy shows.

Gary Goddard and his production company Goddard Entertainment has been trying to bring back the show as Rising Phoenix, hopefully it will happen one day so I can enjoy a new generation of Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future.





Since we have him I might as well review the Captain himself, Captain Jonathan Power.

Captain Power came in a regular card with the figure and weapon featured in a plastic bubble.



Removed from the bubble the figure stands at the 1:18th scale which is about 4 inches which is ideal since he has to fit inside vehicles and other playsets.

On the show Captain Power was portrayed by Actor Tim Dunigan but with 80s toy technology this is as close to the actor’s likeness as you are going to get.  Basically the figure looks like a futuristic GI Joe figure.

The articulation is good for the time this figure was produced:  The head has full rotation and joints at the shoulders, elbows, thighs and knees.

The only downside is that the figure cannot stand on its own.  You would need a stand or just keep him in a vehicle.

The paint application are clean and nice (they held up for a figure that is 30 years old)  The chest has a vac metal gold shine that has also held up nicely over time (no flaking).  The center of his chest is hollowed out with a clear plastic cap in the front that displays the Soldiers symbol.  (This is a nice feature for when the figure is in front of the Power On Energizer, his chest would glow with “Power”.

This figure has held up nicely after 30 years and everyone involved in his production should take a bow because after all this time this figure can still be played with the best of them.

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Mondo TMNT Michelangelo figure review

Posted on: August 24, 2017

The latest figure from the Mondo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle collection is the party chucker himself, the Michelangelo 1:6 action figure.  Michelangelo is based on the original Ninja Turtle’s look from the Eastman and Laird black and white comics.  Like most of the figures in this series there are two versions of the figure, the Monodo exclusive which comes with two pizza slices and a regular version that does not include the slices.  (We will be reviewing the regular version).

Mondo continues to release these figures in a sturdy bookend box where the cover opens to reveal the figure and his accessories through a window.  As with all of the figures in the line, the box features the same artwork on the back from illustrator James Edmiston.  The front cover displays Michelangelo in a action pose with his cartoon signature color in the background.

Opening the front flap of the box you can see a “Blueprint” of the figure, his main weapon the nunchakus and Lil’ Orphan Alien.  On the right side you see the double tray holding the Michelangelo figure with accessories:  Ray gun, baby turtle, alternate head, throwing stars, grappling hook, alternate hand and Lil’ orphan Alien figure.  (The Mondo Exclusive will include two slice of pizza).

All of the figures in this line are in the 1:6 scale which the figure measures to about 10 inches.  The sculpt is based on the same Turtles’s body but with different skin tones and washes. Prototype of the Turtles’ sculpt

Michelangelo’s skin tone is a little darker than that of Leonardo’s skin tone but not as dark as Donatello’s.  There is a dark wash which highlights the different details on his chest.  Again the body sculpt is the same throughout every figure in this series so the articulation is exactly as it was in the previous figures.  The figure has articulation in the shoulders, elbows, hands, double articulation on the knees and includes rocker joints on the feet.  This is a solid figure with a little weight but the feet are the appropriate size to hold the figure upright without any assistance.  The hands are tight enough to hold onto all of his accessories.  His joints are tight and I really didn’t have any problems or concerns posing him like I did on the Donatello figure.



The head attaches onto a ball that is at the top of the body and you have a choice of posing the figure with the Comic (Red bandanna) or the cartoon (Orange bandanna) similar to Leonardo and Donatello.

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Cartoon Head

It seems that Mondo has heard about the troubles that some collectors have had with their Donatello and Leonardo heads and have responded with a change in Michelangelo.  (Leonardo and Donatello heads were very difficult to put on the body and pose them.  Some people have complained that the heads would just fall off when posing).  Instead of using a hard plastic for the head Mondo has changed the head to a almost rubbery plastic head.  These new heads are a very nice change to the overall figure with easy attachment and removal.  Posing the heads are so much easier and they remain attached even when you move the heads to the right or to the left.

The figure as you can see covers up the neck a lot more than the previous figures.  It kind of makes Mikey look more like a body builder.

The belt around his waist is made out of the same sturdy plastic that the other figures utilize.  Now unlike Leonardo and Donatello, Michelangelo does not come with any holders on his belt to store his Nunchakus.  There are spaces on the sides of his body which you can use to store his weapon when not in use.  However I would caution this only because of the trouble with the previous released figures’ belts.  The belts are pliable but they are fragile as well.

I’ve said this before in my previous reviews, I love the custom choices this series offers collectors and Mikey does not disappoint with his accessories:

Nunchakus (His signature weapon)

They’re made from the same plastic as his belt which makes them extremely flexible and are tied together with a real chain.

 Climbing Spike Hands

 (2) Sets of Throwing Stars

Ray Gun

Grabbling Hook

Now I’ve heard from collectors that they had trouble switching the hands, I did not have any trouble changing the hands.  All I simply did was rotate them back and forth while using light pressure to pull them out.  I used the same technique to attach the new hand.

Mikey also includes little extras such as…

 Lil’ Orphan Alien

He appeared in Michelangelo micro series issue 1

Baby Turtle

He also includes a “Surfer, hang 10” hand that will be shown later


The only quality issues I found with this figure is very minimal and may not even be on  your figure but there were two paint smudges.

 If you look closely you can see a smudge on the teeth.

The next was on a bandanna.

Again these are very minimal paint smudges and I only mention them because of the $150.00 price tag these figures command.


Michelangelo looks great in this line and has made me more excited to get Raphael to complete the line.  The paint smudges aren’t even a big deal to me, I could correct those problems myself.   I love the improvements that Mondo has made to the heads and joints which proves that they are concerned about their products and fans.  The playability with this figure is an improvement and I look forward to changing his pose every so often when I have a minute to myself.

Have fun with this figure and I will be back with Raphael (hopefully) soon.






Mondo TMNT Donatello figure review

Posted on: August 8, 2017

Mondo has done it again and released the next figure in their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ line, Donatello 1:6 action figure.

As with all of the figures in this line, it is based on the original Eastman and Laird comics from the 80s.  There are two versions of this figure, a Mondo exclusive (which includes Donatello’s Anti-Gravity Gun from the Micro series Donatello issue 1) and a regular release without.  The version we will be reviewing is the exclusive Mondo version.


The figure comes in a solid bookend box where the cover opens up to reveal the figure and his accessories through a window.  This box is similar to the Mondo Leonardo box including the rear artwork by Jason Edmiston.  The front cover shows the Turtle’s inventor/genius Donatello.  (As you can see in the lower left corner is the Mondo sticker informing the consumer that this is the Mondo exclusive)

Upon opening the front flap of the figure you can see a “blueprint” of the figure, his main weapon the Bo staff and an Utrom commander.  On the right side you see the double tray holding the Donatello figure with his accessories: Ray gun, baby turtle and alternate head.

These figures are in the 1:6 scale which stands about 10 inches.  The sculpt is similar to the Leonardo sculpt but with a different color scheme.  Donatello has a much darker skin tone than Leonardo.  The body also has a “comic” color wash to represent the original comic book.  The feet are the correct size to hold the weight and girth of the figure.  You won’t need a stand as these figures can stand by themselves.  The sculpt really details the original Eastman and Laird look of the Turtles when they first appeared in their  black and white independent comic.

The belt around his waist is made of a sturdy pliable plastic.

Caution:  Be careful when using the holster on the belt.  It will hold the staff but be gentle when removing and inserting the staff into the belt holster.

(When we removed the figure from its plastic packaging the holster on the belt fell off.  We used some temporary tape to hold it in place when taking the pictures)  We also noticed some cracking on his knee pad.  It didn’t effect his articulation but just be careful when posing the figure.


One of the great features on these figures are the customizing options, specifically the changeable heads and hands.  Included on this figure is the Purple bandanna cartoon head and the Red bandanna comic head.  Both heads can easily be changed by attaching the head to a ball joint on the figure.  Both heads fit snuggly onto the body.  The ball joint feature provides full rotation of the attached head which allows for unique customization.  Rotating the head while attached is not recommended because the head will come off, its best to position the head prior to attaching it to the body.

(Leonardo sculpt shown; same sculpt)




The articulation is similar to that of the Leonardo figure.  You have articulation and joints on the shoulders, bi-ceps, elbow, hands,  thighs, ankle rockers and double joints on the knees.  All this articulation is perfect for getting your figure into some unique turtle poses.

Unlike my Leonardo figure, Donatello’s joints were loose especially on the legs which made it difficult to pose the legs correctly.  It did take some time to rotate the joints to where I wanted them so please be careful when moving the parts around and try not to be forceful.

The hands are tight enough to hold his staff and other accessories such as the ninja stars.


Donatello also comes with interchangeable climbing hands, “thumbs up” hand, ninja stars, grabbling hook and his anti-gravity gun that he used in his micro comic series.




Exclusive to this Mondo set includes Donatello’s Anti-Gravity gun that was featured in his Micro series Donatello -Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle #1

The gun is made out of a very pliable plastic which helps when attaching the gun to Donatello’s arm but its a little tricky to attach it.  (More on that below) It has a nice black wash which compliments the details on the gun.

In order to attach the gun to his hand, you would first remove his right hand from his arm and remove the handle from the gun.

Insert the hand into the gun (this is where the pliability really works to your advantage), next insert the handle back into the gun through the inserted hand.

Reattach the hand to the arm.


Bonus accessories included in both versions are an Utrom commander and a Donatello Baby turtle.


Donatello looks great as part of this line but he does have some quality issues, such as the loose joints, the fragile belt and extremity pads.  Hopefully these will be corrected when they release Michelangelo and Raphael.

The playability on this figure is somewhat disappointing because I will use great caution when I change his pose and hope it will stay and not break.  I will try to glue the holster back onto the belt.

Other than the QC issues this is a great looking figure and the accessories help make up for the negatives.  Donatello has many different ways to customize his look.  He can be a ninja or a ray gun toting mutant hero in space.  You can even recreate scenes from the comics which is always fun to do.  I am still glad I purchased this figure and look forward to completing the set, as always have fun with this figure, just be careful when moving him around.

Similar to Leonardo Donatello is retailing for $150.00 at online retailers as Mondo has sold out of this figure.



Special thanks to Speculative Fiction ( for the speedy service.





Mezco One:12 Space Ghost review

Posted on: June 27, 2017

I grew up watching re-reuns of Hanna-Barberra cartoons in the 80s and one of the most interesting cartoons for me was Space Ghost.  Not only did this show introduce me to the concept of aliens on other worlds (I was 4 years old) but I thought the idea of a black hooded ghost like being was appealing to me visually.

One of the cool unique ideas that I find fascinating is that One:12 creates these incredible figures of characters that aren’t necessarily popular by today’s standards.  Now one may argue that its nostalgia that allows figures like Space Ghost to come to the current market but I believe the One:12 team has a serious love for these characters and it definitely shows in the final product.

Take note that there are two versions of this figure, a Previews Glow-in-the-dark figure that will retail for $80.00 and a regular version which we will be reviewing.  Not much difference between the two versions other than the obvious fact that one glows in the dark and the other doesn’t.

The box is a sturdy representing Space Ghost’s color scheme and font that screams of the 1960s when the show debuted.

The side of the box shows Space Ghost’s symbol and the rear displays the figures in different poses.

One of the great ideas that has become a One:12 standard is the fact that you can remove the figure from the package without damaging the box or tray.  You can also return the figure to the tray without causing damage.


You can open the outer cover of the box like a book and inside you can see a pencil and inked drawing of Space Ghost that looks as if Alex Toth drew it.  (Alex Toth was the HB artist that designed the look for Space Ghost)  The other side shows the tray with the Space Ghost and Blip the monkey figures.  Also displayed on the top tray is the other changeable head, 3 pairs of interchangeable hands and other laser, ice and fire blast effects that attaches to either his wrists or hands.  The second tray underneath; includes a stand and an translucent arm to achieve the best poses you can think of.


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Outside of the box this figure is amazing and is another One:12 achievement.  (Click on each photo for a full screen view)

The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall.  The material on the suit is clean and form fitting and does not hinder or interfere with the articulation.  The head sculpts are accurate but more on that the heads later.  The white plastic boots blend well with the material suit.  The yellow cape is the right size and compliments the white suit as it should.

The paint is clean and applied nicely, the metallic red on the power bands is a cool touch.  the only problem I had was my set of pointed finger hands had some chips on the knuckles but that could be just my figure.

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The figure comes with two interchangeable heads.  One is a serious battle ready portrait while the other is a smiling face.  Both heads are sculpted accurately compared to his animated appearance.  Although the smiling face looks like its a forced smile and doesn’t really look good for my personal taste.

The head falls on a ball joint for full movement and the suit and cape does not interfere at all.





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The articulation comes from the standard male One:12 buck that they use which incorporates all types of mobility including: hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, waist, knees, thighs and feet.  All the joints are tight and easy to move.  The cape includes a wire inside that allows the cape itself to have incredible articulation.  You can get some really great poses using the cape.

The only down side is that the heads come off really easy which is a nice feature but if you are trying to get him to look forward for a flying position it may be difficult to keep the head on.

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Space Ghost comes with a great amount of accessories which is another One:12 standard so you can get a variety of options to pose and play with your figure.  I just love how you can move the cape to get the best poses especially when you want him to appear flying.


The accessories are easy to apply to his fists or you can connect certain blast effects directly to the pegs on the wrists.  (Although you should always use caution when changing hands on the wrists because the peg can break if you apply too much force on the peg.  I like to rotate the pieces on the peg until it goes properly into position.)



Blip the monkey also comes with Space Ghost and limited articulation but enough to get some great action poses.

The colors are solid and bright.  The facial detail on Blip makes him look like a real monkey and far from his cartoony appearance.



Mezco’s One:12 line has raised the bar once again by creating unbelievable pieces of art.  One could argue that Space Ghost walked out of the tv set and into your home with all of the articulation and detail.  The playability (if you have time) is excellent and you can really have a lot of fun by creating your own adventures.  The poses you can create as he stands or flies on your shelf is enjoyable and the accessories he comes with makes this figure a steal at only $70.-$80.00.  I cannot stress enough if you love action figures, please treat yourself to any of Mezco’s One:12 figures.

I highly recommend this figure and if you are incline to, check out Youtube for some classic Space Ghost episodes.  However if the 60s aren’t for you try Googling “Space Stars” for 80s Space Ghost.



Mezco’s One:12 Collective Punisher figure review

Posted on: March 26, 2017

Mezco’s One:12 Collective line is the future of Action Figure collecting and they are not slowing down.  These figures sport a minimum of 30 points of articulation, detail in their sculpting that could rival HOT TOYS.  Real clothing and hyper attention to details to their accessories.  These are the figures that collectors have always dreamed of and now we have them.  Six inch figures with this much fun attached to them without breaking the bank.  Now that they have included licenses from Marvel, DC, 2000AD and Universal Monsters One:12 just keeps on getting better.


Frank Castle also known as the Punisher is One:12″s latest greatest figure in their line of Marvel Characters.  You should take note that there are 3 different versions of this figure.  The regular release which is based on his early comic book appearance.  The second was a Diamond previews release which includes his white skull emblem and the final is the 2017 Toy Fair figure, which is an all black Punisher with some more accessories.  (The one we will be reviewing is the Toy Fair figure.



The box is a regular One:12 Collective sturdy box that features The Punisher Skull logo.  The box is also resealable and Mezco was smart enough not to tape the top of the box.





Inside the box is a tray which secures the figure and all of his accessories, again no tape involved.

The figure comes with 2 interchangeable heads, 4 pairs of different hands, grenade launcher with grenades, knife, machine guns and a Glock hand gun with a bullet firing.



Outside the box you can see the incredible detail and care that is put into his outfit.  His real clothing fits perfectly, not too tight if you wanted to roll up his sleeves and not too loose if you want to get him into any cool poses.  The Punisher can also be displayed on his stand using a peg in his foot or a translucent arm that attaches to the stand.  Punisher stands at 6 1/2″ tall.

The figure has articulation in the head which can rotate fully.  Full rotation on shoulders, articulation on the elbows and wrists.  The twisting waist helps get him into some cool poses.  Articulation on the thighs, knees and boots.


IMG_2481IMG_2503IMG_2432 In all three versions of this figure includes 3 different interchangeable heads.  (Click on each picture for a larger portrait.)  The detail on these heads are incredible, the sculpter and painter have done an amazing job with the details on each of these heads.  The cuts and bruises look fresh over the flesh tone face. The cuts are sculpted into the head while the painter shines with the black eye on the “beaten up” head.  I’m surprised that the band aid is made from real cotton.  The slick back hair is a special touch where you can see almost every strand on his head.


I love the attention to detail they give to Frank’s Belt and chest symbol.  Unfortunately for the Toy fair version its all in black so it will  not be so obvious unlike the other two versions which is painted in white and really stands out.  The knife accessory fits in perfectly in his scabbard and the detail on his pouches and boots really adds to the figure’s realism.



Once again Mezco has proven that with these figures you can have all the fun you want.  30 points of articulation and interchangeable hands make the playability on this figure superb.  You can have him go up against any villain or hero your imagination wishes.  You really get a full range of movement to get him into some really cool poses.



The standard One:12 male body that features interchangeable hands slides onto the arm with a peg going into the hand.  Now it was easy to change out the hands but always use caution, the peg could snap off if forced.


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Again the attention to the detail on his artillery is amazing.  Each gun comes with its own magazine that you can place into his weapons but my favorite is the tail explosion as the bullet is fired from his gun.  Its amazing how you can just freeze a moment with that accessory.


Mezco One:12 is proving to the action figure collecting world that this is the future of action figures. The care and thought that they instill into every figure elevates these figures into works of art. I have to confess, I am not a big fan of the Punisher but I enjoy having this figure on my toy shelf. As for cost one could argue that you could go and get a highly detailed import but you would be shelling out hundreds of dollars per figure. The Punisher figure retails for $80.00 at Mezco’s online store which I believe is reasonable for this type of figure.

This is a fantastic figure and if you are a Punisher fan or a fan of fine comic art, I Highly Recommend this figure.


Thank you to the fine people at Mezco Toys for this figure.



Skybound Invincible Figure from Mcfarlane Toys

Posted on: March 20, 2017

Skybound Entertainment and Mcfarlane Toys are proud to present the Invincible Action figure currently on sale at the Skybound Store.


Invincible is the Skybound/Image Comics super hero character created by Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead) and Cory Walker (Shadowpact).  The story of Invincible is the story of Mark Grayson who as a teenager gains incredible super powers and finds out that is half alien.  He developes his powers and throughout the series becomes a hero in his own right.  Think of it as early Spider-man while having some fun with the super hero comics genre.  The series is one of my favorites and I highly suggest reading it if you get the opportunity, you will not be disappointed.

I have been waiting for an Invincible figure since the series began but I’m thinking they created this figure because the Invincible comic is coming to an end.  (Invincible is currently on their last story arc)  The figure is from Mcfarlane toys who also produces the Walking Dead figures.


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The figure is in a resealable window card with scenes from the comic book.





The figure also has a “Bloody” variant which is the same figure but with a different paint scheme.


The articulation on this 5″ figure has full rotation on his head and includes tilting up and down to get him to look up if you get him in a flying pose.  The shoulders rotate, elbows bend and full rotating wrists.  The legs bend front to back and there is articulation in the knees and feet.  There is no articulation on the waist.   The joints are very, very tight (at least on my figure) so you may need to work them a little.



The sculpting is good on this figure, not much detail but it captures the look of Invincible.

Again the figure is very tight and hard to put in certain poses and you will need to get a stand of some kind because it is difficult to have the figure stand on its own.





The paint application is fine with little smudges on his abdomen and wrists.  The rest of the paint is smooth and translates perfectly from the comic.

Not much playability with this figure but when you do pose him, it does not disrupt the paint.


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The flying pose with the interchangeable hands will be an easy pose to get the figure in if you have a way to suspend him in the air.  Changing the hands is very easy but just be careful when changing because of the tightness you may have to work on the hands to loosen them up.



It is unfortunate that the comic series is coming to an end not only because it is a fantastic series but I would’ve also liked to have seen more figures from the series, even at this scale.

Finally Invincible fans have an action figure of their favorite protagonist but they should keep him carded and hung on the wall as a tribute to a great comic series.


Both the regular and variant figure are retailing for $25.00 at the Skybound Store 





MONDO Leonardo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Posted on: January 11, 2017


Now shipping from MONDO and other toy outlets, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Leonardo 1:6 Action figure.  This is the figure that is based on the comic version from Eastman and Laird and reflects on the cartoon version as well.  There are two versions of this figure, the MONDO Exclusive (which includes a piece of Shredder’s Armor) and a regular version which we featured here.



The figure comes in a box which contains beautiful artwork by artist Joe Allred.  The front cover showcases the Turtles’ leader Leonardo in his cartoon version.  The back of the box shows the Eastman and Laird version of all four Turtles sporting their red bandannas.


As soon as you open the front flap you see the figure and accessories.

On the opposite side is a schematic by Joe Allred.




The figure stands at about 10 inches tall.  This is a big figure with a incredible sculpt.

The feet are the right size to hold the weight in a variety of poses (More on that later)

The sculpt really captures the early comic look which is complimented by the great paint and shadowing on the figure.



The belt and pads on the figure are a very hard rubber but pliable enough to look real.




You have the choice to change between the RED Comic version head or the BLUE cartoon version head.  Which is fully poseable but unfortunately both heads are very, very tight when they attach to the body so if you are posing the head I recommend attaching it to the figure in the position you would like and not rotate it.





The articulation is well done have articulated wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees, thighs and rockers on the ankles.


The joints are tight enough to hold any pose while all the weapons fit perfectly into his hands.


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Leonardo comes with a variety of different accessories


(2) Claw climbing hands and (1) pointer hand that is exclusive to Leonardo

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The figure comes with a ULTRON laser gun not shown in this review.

The figure also comes with two unique accessories:


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Splinter is non articulated but the sculpt and color are so accurate you would think he fell out of the comic page.

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Pre-mutate young Leonardo (Non-Articulated)

Concept art bonus (Not included)


This is amazing figure and I highly recommend this figure for any Ninja Turtle fan.

This is a poseable statue that does justice to the original Eastman and Laird comic.

I love the bonus accessories which is nice different treat for the fans.

The only problem I had with this figure was the head on the body being so tight but that is the only problem.

The figure retails for $150.00 but it is worth every hard earn cent and I look forward to getting the rest of the Turtles.

The figure is available now at on-line retailers.



Thanks for reading and enjoy.





Mezco’s One: 12 – Judge Dredd Collector’s Figure review

Posted on: November 19, 2015

From Mezco’s One: 12 Collection comes the Fully articulated figure of Mega City-One’s toughest Law man Judge Dredd.  Based on his original black and white comic book appearance from 2000AD and not the original colorful release.   Mezco enlisted Rebellion and comic book artist Ben Willsher to design the most accurate figure possible based on the characters current look the One:12 Collective has crafted a finely detailed figure.

(*Note this is the NYCC ’15 exclusive figure, so like Clerks 2 we’re going to do a little color adjustment.)


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The box features the badge of Dredd on the front and some cool looking artwork of the Lawman himself.  Another excellent feature on this box is that the figure can be repackaged but it is tricky to do that with all the plastic that separates certain pieces.  The artwork is very nice and can be displayed separately if you would like.

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As you can see right out of the package he comes with 11 accessories which we will discuss later but the packaging is reusable you just need to be careful with the plastic pieces that protects the figure.


Right out the box this figure looks amazing, highly detailed as if he walked right off the comic page.  He also comes with a stand showcasing his badge.  The stand can be used as a peg which can fit in the holes of his heels or you can use a clear arm stand for more intense posing.



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The articulation is incredible, the head has full rotation as well as back and forth.  The arms get full rotation at the shoulders articulation at both the elbows and wrists.  There is also articulation at the thighs, knees and ankles.  The torso also rotates right and left to get the best poses.

One thing about posing him, because of his skin tight spandex uniform you should be careful and try not to push the elasticity for fear it may rip.  However we did have him in some extreme poses and the “Real leather-like fabric” did not rip; just use caution.







Speaking of poses, this figure utilizes magnets to hold his shoulder pads and badge in place to his body in case you ever wanted to pose him with some sort of battle damage.  The magnets make customization easy and trouble free.




Judge Dredd has outstanding detail including which separates these high quality figures from standard figures.


The fabric representing his spandex uniform is made from a real life leather like fabric that covers the figure.  His zipper is made from a real metal which is used as an actual zipper for customizing.  Use caution when zipping up and down his uniform.


The paint is a two-tone shade of grey and black with a nice black wash on his armor accessories.  The little details are huge with this figure.  Dredd’s face sports his usual grimace with some scaring.  His helmet sports a reflective glaze for that realistic look.

Both his boots sport pockets for his Lawgiver (Gun) and knife.


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His belt is made out of a soft rubber with pouches and holders.

As always use caution when filling these pouches and holes as the rubber is very pliable.


Let’s talk about accessories:

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Judge Dredd comes with 7 interchangeable hands, a day stick, knife, Lawgiver, magazine cartridge, hinged handcuffs and two bombs.  Here is one of the reasons why this figure is so cool, the hinged handcuffs have so much detail, I’m surprised that they don’t lock.  The beauty of the hands are the details you see on them from the knuckles to the finger tips.  This is a powerful figure.

The hands are simple to change and rely on a outer peg system.


Most of the hands are just for show and you will have a difficult time holding anything in his left hand.



As I mentioned before you can stand Dredd on the base with a peg or an actual clear plastic stand.

The stand wraps around his waist nicely and holds him perfectly for any type of pose you would like the Judge in.




This is a fantastic figure but playability in my opinion would be tough because of the tight fabric.  Have you ever wanted a highly detailed statue that you could move and change poses.  This is what you will get with this collectible.  You can change his pose everyday but I would handle him with care.  Make no mistake though, this figure is not fragile but use a little caution with his fabric.


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I can’t stress this enough what an amazing figure this is especially if you are Judge Dredd fan.  The detail along with the real life accouterments has raise the standard of what collectible figures should be.  I would definitely recommend this figure to anyone who enjoys Judge Dredd or is an avid action figure adult collector that would appreciate the finer figures in life.  After enjoying this figure, I may purchase the Batman figure from Mezco’s One:12 Line.

Don’t forget Judge Dread’s Lawmaster is available for pre-order from the Mezco store.  (Yes, there will be a black and white version to go with your Con Exclusive Dredd.)

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T. Romero





Jazwares Adventure time Jake the Dog Figure

Posted on: March 24, 2014

From the Land of Oo comes the Adventure Time Hero Jake the Dog along with his apple pie making friend Tree Trunks by Jazwares.

Jake the Dog is the magical sidekick to Finn the Human in the Adventure Time animated series.  Taking place in a time on Earth where the planet was ravaged by an atomic war.  The series follows a somewhat Medieval adventurer teenager and his magical dog as they go on adventures and help those in need.  Jake the dog has special shape shifting abilities that help Finn on their journeys.


The packaging on this 3″ figure is the basic blister card with bubble packaging.

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The back of the card show other figures available in this series.




Now you have to understand that this 3″ figure is made for a child.  The body is one solid piece and twists in the middle.  The arms are a soft rubbery plastic and can only move up and down.  The articulation is only on the legs and is similar to Jazwares’ Sonic the Hedgehog figure, hinged Knees and Legs.  The ankles are also articulated to move the foot around.  The sculpt looks looks exactly like the animated Jake.  No paint or plastic problems.


Jake has very little articulation and is really just made for play.



Jake comes with an accessory, the Apple Pie baking Tree Trunks.



Tree Trunks has no articulation but is a very nice figure in her own way.  The sculpt is accurate and the paint apps are clean and smooth and do not hinder any detail.


Jazwares has done a great job creating an Adventure Time series of toys and this Jake figure does not disappoint.  These are figures created for play, they can take whatever rough and tough adventure your  child’s imagination will feature them in.  As for collectibility, I would proudly display these figures on my shelf but as an “Adult” collector I prefer a more poseable figure for my shelf.  (Jazwares does have a Adventure Time 6″ line that has more articulate figures.)

As far as parents are concerned if their child enjoys Adventure Time, I would recommend purchasing these figures.  They are safe and tough enough to handle child’s play.  Just watch out for the small Tree Trunks.  (They are intended for play by children ages 4 and older).




The fact that these figures are specifically for children is nice.  Simple enough to get kids interested in action figures and they can use their own imagination when the TV is off.  So parents when you want to take an interest in what your young child is enjoying, sit by them and create your own Adventure Time with their favorite characters.



Special thanks to Kelly Tarver and Jazwares for the samples.

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Jazwares’ Sonic the Hedgehog figure review

Posted on: March 24, 2014

The speedster Sonic the Hedgehog from the Sega Genesis has found a renewed popularity including a new cartoon series coming to cartoon network and a new toy line coming soon.

But if you can’t wait and need a Sonic fix then try out Jazwares’ line of Sonic the Hedgehog 3″ figures.


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The package is a basic card and bubble that shows the figure in a normal position.  The back of the package shows the rest of the characters in this series.  A lot of interesting characters from the franchise including some that have never had an action figure before.




Outside of the packaging, the 3″ figure has a great sculpt and very good paint applications.  Bright colors that do not disrupt the details or poses.  The plastic seems to be somewhat soft which is good to get him in certain poses but the arms and legs are somewhat brittle, so please be careful when playing with these figures.

The articulation is amazing for this 3″ figure which includes Ball Joint Shoulders, Hinged Elbows and Knees, Twisting Hips, Wrists, Ankles and Head.  The Spikes on his head somewhat interfere some of the poses you can put Sonic in but with this much articulation it really doesn’t matter because you have so many other poses to choose from.



I love the sculpt on this figure, it really captures the look and feel of the video game Sonic himself.  There are also nice details on his face including his signature smirk.



Sonic comes with a stand to help him pose to any way you like.



The hole on his foot just sits on top of the beg.



One of the only problems I encountered with this figure is the size and weight of his head.  The arms and legs have to be in just the right balance to pull off some poses.  His head is just too heavy to maintain certain action poses on his body.  If you are purchasing this figure for a child, you should caution them not to play too rough with this figure.  The arms and legs are thin and the joints are just right for posing with little to no resistance.  I like the fact that he includes a stand to help him maintain a stance.

I love this figure it did take me some time to place him in these simple poses but after playing with him, I did have some fun with him and can’t wait to get others in this line.

He’s small enough where he does’t take much space on my shelf and I could never get bored of him because I could just change his stance.  This is a wonderful figure and I would highly recommend him to any Sonic fan.



Jazwares, take a bow because you have created a great 3″ figure of a fan favorite classic.  If you love Sonic the Hedgehog then go out and get a Jazwares Sonic the Hedgehog 3″figure.


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Funko’s Game of Thrones Daenerys Targaryen review

Posted on: March 13, 2014

Funko’s new Game of Thrones Legacy collection.  Based on the hit HBO show Game of Thrones comes one of the players that is trying to claim the Iron Throne – Daenerys Targaryen.



The packaging is a window box similar to what we are seeing in the Star Wars Black series.

The back of the box shows the character as she appears on the HBO show and the side of the box is made to look like the side of a George R.R. Martin Game of Thrones novel.



We see the figure in her Dothraki garb, standing at about 6 inches.  Right out of the box you notice that her paint on her skin is on kind of thick but I did not see any rub or scrape marks on her.  The rest of the paint only enhanced her sculpt.

The sculpt is incredible from the Masters at Gentle Giant Studios.  The detail on her outfit is spot on.  Her clothing is made out of a really soft plastic that does not hinder her articulation.



I also wanted to point out the amazing detail on her hair. Every twist and curl exactly how it appears on the show.  You have to give extra credit to Gentle Giant for added touches like this.




The articulation on this figure is incredible, she has a ball joint on her head which allows her to move back and forth.  Her hair is also made from the same soft plastic as her clothes and does not interfere with her head moving side to side.  Her shoulders and arms have full range of motion.  Elbow articulation (which I will discuss in detail later on).  Her hands are also articulated but not her fingers.  There is no waist movement with this figure but that is common with these Legacy figures.

Her ankles are articulated which also helps keep these figures standing.  All the joints on this figure are very tight and I had no problem keeping her standing.



You’ll notice the extra joint in her knee to get a full range of movement.



Daenerys also comes with one of her baby Dragons which you can punch on her shoulder.  He is made of the same soft plastic but you should be careful on how you handle him because he is very fragile and I have heard that his wings break easily.




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One of the things that I was surprised about was the sculpt of the figure’s face.  It sort of resembles actress Emilia Clarke who plays Daenery but it looks more like comedienne Amy Shumer.


The Plastic Truth:

There have been reports of quality issues with these Legacy figures.  My figure unfortunately was no exception.  Aside from the face sculpt and the thick paint, you should be careful when you handle this figure.


Upon taking the figure out of the box her forearm fell off of the figure.  I gently placed the crossbar back into her elbow but as you can see, her elbow is still somewhat loose.

The joints on these figures are very tight and you should use caution when trying to put them into poses. I have also heard of paint scratches and rubs on these figures.  Just be careful when you are handling them.  After speaking with some people, I can tell you that Funko is aware of the quality issues and they are fixing them on later assortments of series one figures.



Aside from the quality issues, this really is a great figure.  The amazing amount of detail and the box itself are all worth the price.  However if you are a Mint in Box type of collector than getting these as soon as possible is the way to go.  If you do plan on taking these out of the box and creating your own scenes, I would wait for a later assortment.

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Funko’s Game of Thrones Legacy figures assortment one is available now at Barnes and Noble Bookstores until March 17th then they will be available at retail stores.

This is Funko’s first try at action figures and they should be proud along with Gentle Giant with their amazing detailed sculpts.  Any Game of Thrones fan should get excited for these figures and the series to come.  This is a great effort and I am excited for the soon to be released Funko Re-action figures.




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Posted on: January 20, 2014

Hey Toy Collectors this is a review of Jada Toys Robocop 3.0….

Based on the rebooted Robocop movie that will be in theaters this February Jada toys has released a six inch figure as well as other figures in the line but more on that in a moment.


The figure comes in a Blister card and Bubble packaging. On this particular figure has a light up option that when you press a button on his chest his visor lights up.  On the backside of the card gives a little history of who Robocop 3.0 is in the new movie.  The card also shows other figures in this line.  Robocop 1.0 (Silver), Police cruiser with Robocop, Radio controlled police cruiser and Talking Robocop 3.0.


Outside of the package Robocop 3.0 is a six inch figure and is mostly all black and his suit is rubber looking just like the movie.  The paint is standard flat black and the paint on his face and hand drown out any detail.

The figure has an action feature that when you press a button on his chest his visor lights up.  The battery to this figure can be replaced if after long term use dies out.  Simply unscrew his back and remove and replace the 2 LR4 button cell batteries.  This is Robocop’s only action feature.


Robocop comes with two accessories, his guns that are used in the feature film.  They fit perfectly on both of his hands.

Disappointingly Robocop only has 9 points of articulation, he’s almost like a statue at 6 inches.  His head has limited movement (probably because of the light up feature) his shoulders have very limited range and his elbows are articulated but really does not contribute anything to the figure.  His legs and knees are also limited and do not bend well.

The detail on his Black Armor is very nice but with the limited articulation it’s hard to enjoy the amount of detail.

Playability is limited because of the stiff articulation, all he really is good for is to hold and point his gun and light up in the dark.

You may find this review to be a bit bias because I do not believe in reboots and I thought that the Original Robocop Feature was perfect and a reboot to the franchise is an insult to the original.  I believe they should have continued the story of Alex Murphy instead of restarting the whole thing over again.  (I’m sure Frank Miller has some new ideas.)  With that said after speaking with some people (Mr. Nostalgia) I will give this new Robocop reboot a fair and honest try.  Now on to the figure…

This six inch rendition is very disappointing.  The limited articulation damages not only the playability for kids but limits the adult collector to try and place him in some different poses.  I guess the adult collector will have to shell out some big bucks for the Gentle Giant version.

The light up feature is a nice touch but it really doesn’t add anything to the figure, its just a cheap gimmick to catch kids attention.  I like how Jada tried to make an affordable 6 inch line for this movie but they failed in their execution.  Less gimmicks and more figure movement is what I would suggest.

My suggestion wait until the movie comes out, if you enjoy it by all means make yourself happy and get  it.  If you are looking for a gift for a child, I would suggest something else.  Who knows if the movie is successful, then maybe Jada will release a more articulated figure for the adult collector.  Look how long it took for the original figure to get the Adult Collector treatment.  If you are feeling nostalgic about the original Robocop may I suggest the ‘Neca’ Robocop figure or if you can find it on E-bay the ‘Mcfarlane Toys’ Robocop (My favorite).

Happy Collecting


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