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San Diego Comic Con HOT and NOT – More Weird Toys

The announcements of exclusive toys for San Diego Comic Con 2014 are coming fast and furious. Two more toys for discussion today:

NOT – Diamond Select Toys Spirit Yoda Vinyl Bank

 

 

Checking in at around $30 and limited to 1500 pieces, this is an oddball piece that (in my opinion) will struggle to sell out. I’m not sure that the “collectible bank” crowd is clamoring for a see-through blue Yoda. And it’s not really functional either. If you fill it with coins, it ceases to be transparent.

A weird idea for a toy.

HOT – Hot Wheels® The Homer

 

 

Hot Wheels’ “The Homer”, Mattel

I love this car and I love this episode. While “The Homer” didn’t have “rack-and-peanut” steering, it did have the following features (thanks Wikipedia):

  • The Homer has two bubble domes; one in the front, while the one in the back is for quarreling kids, and comes with optional restraints and muzzles.
  • According to Homer, the engine sound causes people to think “the world’s coming to an end.”
  • There are three horns, as Homer claims that “you can never find a horn when you’re mad.” The three horns play the song “La Cucaracha.”
  • The car also features gigantic cupholders, which actually became a feature on many cars in the 1990s onward.
  • The car has various outdated features such as bubble domes, shag carpeting, and tailfins. It also has a metal bowler as a hood ornament.

While The Homer had a sticker price of $82,000, this one comes in at a much more reasonable $30. At the same price as the Yoda Bank, this is a way cooler exclusive toy to look out for this July at SDCC.

If I can’t snag one in San Diego, I’ll be on the lookout on eBay for this one.

– CCG

San Diego Comic Con Hot and NOT- Weird Toys from NECA

When I say “weird”, I mean it with love. There’s a lot that goes on at San Diego Comic Con. And even though I won’t be there this year, that doesn’t mean I won’t be tracking down the best and funniest weirdness that the Con has to offer. Let’s start with some of the exclusive toys:

HOT! – Super Freddy Retro 8″ Clothed Action Figure

It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s a weird Superman/Wolverine hybrid? According to the description, this version of Freddy is from Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5: The Dream Child (a.k.a Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5: Two Parts After You Stopped Caring).

It’s a bird… Oh, wait. Already did that one.

The Freddy action figure is kinda cool. I always love the ones with the Mego-style clothing. And this one’s got a nicely stitched cloth cape to boot.

But, as any casual collector knows, this thing’s going to be sitting on a shelf in its pristine packaging. So how does that look?

Wowza! I love the illustration and the packaging. I’m not a huge horror fan, but this early in the SDCC exclusive toy race, I gotta rate this one as HOT.

NOT HOT: Marvel Scalers 2-Pack – Silver Centurion Iron Man and “Marvels” Spider-Man

I don’t get these things. My kids are 10 and they’ve already outgrown the “big head, tiny body superheroes”.

And why are the DC in black and white?

These seem like variants of variants for absolutely no reason. Did NECA already produce so many versions of Spider-Man and Iron Man Scalers that they’re down to the “Marvels” and “Silver Centurion” costume variants? Why is Iron man even climbing a rope? Are his rockets not functioning, but the rest of the armor is? You’d think his two choices were:

1. Flying

2. Taking off the armor to climb, because if the armor is out of order, no way he’s hauling it up that rope.

That’s too much thought for a toy. Especially when I was able to buy into the Superhero Freddy so easily.

Stay tuned for more SDCC toy commentary.

Thanks! and Cheers!

– CCG

Weird Toys of the Week – Twilight Zone 3.75 Inch Action Figures from Biff Bang Pow

I can list at least a dozen TV series more deserving of action figures than “The Twilight Zone”. A fanatical collector (or someone willing to look those series up on Google) would probably tell me that those series already HAVE action figures. Toy companies are really scraping at this point.

So, here’s a line of toys I’m not sure anyone really wanted, but that I will remark upon anyway.

Twilight-Zone-Action-Figures-Bif-Bang-Pow

Without peeking at the individual pictures yet, here’s my guess at who these characters are. And remember, I really like sci-fi and used to watch the Twilight Zone on reruns. Left to right, we’ve got Burgess Meredith, Brain guy who has a book that turns out to be a cookbook (50-year old spoiler on that one), creepy little girl, fat alien, Moon Boy, and generic military investigator.

Now let’s see how I did:

Kanamit. From Biff Bang Pow

 

See? The card says “To Serve Man” – nailed it. I also like that his whole robe is articulated instead of him having legs under a cloth robe. Saves production costs and reminds me of the 70s action figures from lower budget films. Comes with cookbook accessory, which is cool.

Henry Bemis Action Figure. Twilight Zone Series. From Biff Bang Pow.

Henry Bemis. Yep, got this one right, too. Maybe if there was an apocalypse and I had all the time in the world, I’d finally be bored enough to recreate classic Twilight Zone with this guy. Until then… not so much. Comes with two books, which seems a little light. Biff Bang Pow should consider making a “broken glasses” variant, though.

Invader Action Figure. Twilight Zone Series. From Biff Bang Pow.

So, the box says this is “Invader” from Episode 51: The Invaders. That doesn’t really help. And I’m still not sure what those accessories are. All I can say is that inside that suit, it’s got to smell awful.

Talky Tina Action Figure. Twilight Zone Series. From Biff Bang Pow.

OK. Seeing this with the card, I remember Talky Tina – which makes me want to own this even less. How are you going to sleep at night if this creeptastic doll is in your home?

Gremlin Action Figure. Twilight Zone Series. From Biff Bang Pow.

Again, seeing this on the card, I get it. The Gremlin of”There’s a man on the wing of the plane!” infamy. Which means that the generic looking white guy from the group photo must be…

Bob Wilson Action Figure. Twilight Zone Series. From Biff Bang Pow.

Yep. William Shatner, er, Bob Wilson. So now you can recreate “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” from the comfort of your own home.  Maybe it’s the fact that I haven’t seen Shatner with a waistline that slim in a long time, but there’s no way I ever recognize this figure loose from the card.

So there you are. Another batch of WTF toys, this time from the crew at Biff Bang Pow. Sometimes the toys are nightmarish hodge-podges of weirdness that seem designed solely to confuse or frighten. Sometimes – like with the Twilight Zone series – it’s simply a question of “does the world really need this property made into toys”?

If you’ve got weird toys that you think the world needs to question, feel free to add them in the comments section.

Until next time…

– CCG

Weird Toys of the Week – Marvel Labbits (Wave 2)

While it’s true that I’ve been a casual comic guy for a long while, I’ve never stopped paying attention to comic and geek culture. Still, it hasn’t crossed my mind how many wacky, strange, and just plain weird comic toys that are being pumped out. Enough that it seems worth a look each week at the weirdest comic toys I’m stumbling upon.

You might recall some of my previous posts on WTF toys like DC’s Sofubi toys. This week, I’m fascinated by the odd Marvel “Labbits” line by kidrobot. I have no idea where the word Labbit originated, and I’ve also discovered that they have Labbits with other licensed lines – like DC comics. I don’t know who is buying these things, though… Ever wonder what Ghost Rider’s Skull would look like if he were a rabbit? Me neither.

Marvel Labbits by kidrobot

Maybe I’m missing the point. Are these supposed to be ironic?

Maybe they’re a modern day critique about the state of modern comic books. Read the rest of this entry

DC frightens children with weird “Sofubi” toys

One of my favorite parts of walking the floor at San Diego Comic Con is checking out the multitude of toys, toys, action figures, and toys.  From the unexpected, like last year’s preview of the Daft Punk action figures, to the absolutely, over-the-top, “how did they think of that” awesome like the Evel Knievel / Boba Fett “EvelFett” mashup – comic toys are better than ever.

Still awesome…

DC Comics, however, has teamed up with Medicom to release the second in a wave of toys designed to frighten children and casual comic fans everywhere. What do you get when you cross:
Casual Fan Favorite “Bizarro”, Read the rest of this entry