Tag Archives: Mattel

Hot Wheels Captain America Series

The slew of new Captain America merchandise seems to know no bounds! Hot Wheels is even getting in on the action with this series of 8 vehicles all designed with the Star-Spangled Avenger in mind.

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The series includes four cars dedicated to Cap himself, two for Bucky (WW2 and Winter Soldier), one for the Avengers and one for the sinister Red Skull.

Now I’m no expert, but I’m roughly 100% positive some of these aren’t real cars.

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I really like the 40’s Cap car and the Avengers car and the rest, while not winning any Stranger Awards (I should make that a thing) are still pretty cool. I would have liked some classic Cap stuff- maybe the Turbo Coupe? Or the Skull’s badass ride from The First Avenger?

If I understand correctly, these guys are all Walmart exclusives, but I can’t confirm that- a friend got them for me so I don’t know for sure. Regardless, these 8 autos are my only Hot Wheels toys, so I need to figure out how to display them- any thoughts?

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Mattel Defining Moments HULK HOGAN!!!!!

I decided to stop off at a local Toys R Us on the way home from work this morning just to look around for nothing in particular, when suddenly all the lights in the building began flashing red and yellow! Theme music started to blast over the store’s PA and all the nearby toys began cheering. Seriously, it was the most incredible thing I have get seen in my entire life! Until, that is, I saw what all the fanfare was about.

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I didn’t even know this was a thing!!! When did Mattel get the rights to the Hulkster? Actually, I don’t even care! I was quite the Hulkamaniac back in the day, so the fact that The Champ here gets a new action figure is so cool, I don’t even care what stars aligned to make it happen. He was all alone on the shelf, so I snatched him up right away and ran to the cash register. The only thing I need to do now is decide whether or not to open the package. What am I gonna do, brother, when Hulkamania runs wild on…me…that doesn’t rhyme. Oh well.

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I don’t understand this eBay auction…

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I feel like I must be missing something here. This is one of the least desired He-Man variants from the ill-fated 200x relaunch, one that is easily available on eBay and averaging for around $15.00-20.00. So why is it that this seller is asking for $91.64? Somewhere in the universe this has to make sense, but for the life of me I don’t know where to start looking. At least there’s free shipping.

Masters of the Universe Classics Unnamed One Revealed? Possible Spoiler

So I’m going to start this with a HUGE Spoiler Warning…

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOLIER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!

Bells and whistles and sirens and red, flashing lights!

DO NOT CONTINUE READING IF YOU WANT TO BE SURPRISED IN MARCH!

Okay, so that should just about cover it.

A picture popped up on 4-chan this weekend supposedly originating from a Chinese Website (with no link or name given) that appears to be the super-secret 2014 Club Eternia Subscription Exclusive UNNAMED ONE action figure for the Masters of the Universe Classics line. The photo quickly made its way to He-Man.org and then Mattycollector.com, hitting the forums with a lash of negative feedback that would sink an optimistic ocean liner. Before I continue to my own thooughts on the character, let me stress that this figure was IN NO WAY CONFIRMED by Mattel, and Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich would neither confirm nor deny its validity, he would only say this:

“Spoiler pictures, speculation, customs and everything, we are going to wait until after he ships to make any comments. Some fans want to be surprised so mum is the word until after March.”

Pretty standard answer from Mattel’s MOTU Brand Manager.

I will say that based on what I know of UNO (as the Unnamed One will  be called from this point onward) this figure seems legit. What we know about the figure based on official word from Toy Guru and the Four Horsemen:

  • Almost 100% new tooling with only reused arms
  • 4 Accessories- alternate head, energy blast, staff and another to be revealed
  • Includes mini-comic pack-in
  • Will have a 200X feel to the design
  • Is a brand new character- not a variant or repaint

What we know about the CHARACTER based on what has been revealed in the old mini-comics, the new mini-comics, and what TG has revealed:

  • Original evil in Eternia
  • From the oldest race in the universe
  • Attempted to steal the Power of the Universe (forcing the Trollan Overlords to put it into hiding)
  • Created the Snake Men through Genetic Manipulation
  • Would be a major threat in the “Son of He-Man” storyline

So again, armed with that knowledge I’m inclined to believe this figure is legit. So with that said feel free to jump on past yet another spoiler warning and read my thoughts on this figure, or just scroll down to the bottom of the post to see the image.

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Okay, so here are my thoughts on this guy. I love this toy. I really do hope it turns out to be legit simply so I can get my hands on this thing. I know it isn’t what a lot of people were expecting, but honestly a lot of the theories I read were things I’d hate (Snake Mountain Man? Really?) so I’m psyched that we get something that isn’t a ridiculously, overly demonic monster.

Instead we get an evil Trollan. Makes sense since he is supposed to be the original evil of the universe and (according to Classics mythos) the Trollans are the most ancient race in existence. I think the colors really pop and the purple and blue harkens right back to Ol’ Bonehead. A good choice in my opinion, as color has always played a big part in toy collecting. Another thing I love about the colors are that they are in line with what we’ve seen from Gorpo, the original concept for Orko turned He-Man.org mascot. Many speculated months ago that Gorpo was UNO, but Eric from the Four Horsemen shot that down stating that this character wasn’t Gorpo…though until I read the bio I have to tend to believe he was leading us on the wrong path.

I’ve read people complaining that UNO should have been an enormous monster, but I don’t know that I agree. Knowing that (storywise) UNO is a scientist who genetically engineers an army of Snake Super-soldiers, it might make more sense that he’ small in stature. Well, despite this, I can safely say that based on the picture the character looks bigger than Orko, and since he represents the standard Trollan height, UNO still does tower over him, and from a Trollan standpoint he might look really menacing. Many were stating that they can’t see Skeletor or Hordak answering  to, as he’s been called on the forums, “Drag Queen Orko”, and neither can I, but I don’t remember seeing anything state that UNO was the grand mac-daddy behind everything evil in the universe. He was the first evil, he was the catalyst for evil, but it was never said that he was the one calling all the shots. At least not that I remember.

Since he’s a Trollan, I would assume that his 4th and final accessory would be a much-needed flight stand similar to what Orko got (and what Kowl should have gotten), but we can clearly see that he comes with a golden staff (with a snake wrapped around it) and a GIGANTIC green energy blast that he can’t possibly hold. Some have speculated that this might actually be his flight stand, so that would make more sense given the size of it. At the bottom of the package, under the Son of He-Man sticker, we can see the blue ears poking up from the second head. Possibly an unmasked face? Again, people are hoping for a face that is similar to that of Snake Mountain’s hideous ALF-looking carving. Personally I don’t care since I plan on displaying him with his hood and scarf…well, provided this turns out to be real.

All together I like this toy, and I’ll gladly display him floating above my Snake Men to shout out commands. I really want to read his bio and see just what his deal is- I’ve got my fingers crossed that he doesn’t turn out to be the atrocity that was DC’s “Dark Orko” garbage. I’ll take him as a brand new character, and a worthy addition to the MOTUC line-up. Now, with all that having been said:

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOLIER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!

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