Monday, August 14, 2017

Superman The Animated Series (Kenner)

Superman The Animated Series
1998 - 1999

We've been meaning to get around to this one for a while now. Sadly, Superman doesn't get much love around here at The Toy Box. We're hoping to change that here rather quickly. There are so many lines that the Man of Steel has had based on him, and the animated series is one of the most commonly known.

When Batman the Animated Series concluded in 1995, Warner Bros. ushered out Superman the Animated Series which debuted on September 6, 1996. The show featured the very noticeable voice talents of Tim Daly, Dana Delany and Clancy Brown. It also featured the music of Batman the Animated Series composer, Shirley Walker.

Midway through the series, The New Batman Adventures aired (1997). It was during this time that the series were combined to create The New Batman / Superman Adventures. This lead to a new spin of series, Justice League. Fans of the DC animated lineup know that this in turn lead to the sequel series, Justice League Unlimited.

Back to what we're here for though - Kenner's awesome line up of action figures based on Superman the Animated Series. While the animated series ran from 1996 to 2000, toy isles only got a variety of related figures from 1998 to 1999. Kenner covered a lot of ground, but still managed to miss the mark on several key players that could have and should have been included. Where was Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen or Perry White (to name just a few)? The animated show featured tons of characters, and even encompassed many of the heroes and villains from Batman the Animated Series.

Capture Net Superman*Deep Dive Superman*Evil Alien Braniac*Lex Luthor

Neutron Star Superman*Quick Change Superman

Capture Claw Superman*Electro Energy Superman

Part of the issue could have been that (much like any Superman series of the past), there's way too many Superman variants. Had Kenner put some of these aside, it could have certainly made more headroom for other characters.

Omega Blast Darkseid

Evil Bizzaro*Metallo*Power Swing Superman

Unfortunately fans of the figures would be forced to specialty shops when series 3 was produced. The wave was distributed strictly via Diamond Distributors, which meant the main people ordering them were comic shops. Since this was based on each individual shop's preference for if they even wanted to order them, the line became rather scarce for casual collectors.

Supergirl*Tornado Force Superman*X-Ray Vision Superman

Anti-Kryptonite Superman

Wave 4 didn't help matters as it was only released in European countries.

Fortress of Solitude Superman*Strong Arm Superman

In addition to the standard figures, Kenner released a handful of deluxe versions. Unfortunately they were all Superman variations.

City Camo Superman*Flying Superman*Kryptonite Escape Superman

Ultra-Shield Superman*Vision Blast Superman

In 1998, ToyFare released an exclusive mail away Superman Eradicator figure. For its time it was a hot collectible, but these days it's rather common, and not very expensive to obtain.

Superman Eradicator (Mail Away)

Kenner produced only one vehicle which featured an exclusive Clark Kent figure. The vehicle was actually a repainted, and re-released piece from the Man of Steel line-up of figures from 1995 - Originally known as the Matrix Conversion Coupe.

Superman Conversion Coupe

Overall the entire lineup of Superman the Animated Series toys isn't difficult to come by. Nor is it very pricey. Even the European exclusives can be grabbed up for as little as $5.00, mint on card.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Smallville (DC Direct)

DC Direct
2000 and 2008

Smallville will go down as one of the most critically acclaimed television series based on a super hero (to date). The series debuted with over eight million viewers, and by it's tenth and final season had a fairly consecutive viewing each week of approximately three million homes. During its ten year run, the show won awards from Emmy's to Teen Choice, and even Leo Awards. The show was so popular that it even lead to spin offs in young adult novels and comic books.

Throughout its run, fans sat on the edge of their seats wondering just when Clark Kent would dawn the iconic Superman costume. The series didn't disappoint with its final episode when in the last moments we finally see Superman burst upwards through the sky.

DC Direct helped to build anticipation for the series with its 2000 release of three figures based on the actors and their characters.

 Clark Kent*Lana Lane*Lex Luthor

It's interesting that the series lay dormant until 2008 when DC Direct once again returned to the line to produce a second series. This time the line focused on the superheros which had made iconic cameo appearances throughout the episodes.

 Aquaman*Clark Kent*Cyborg

Green Arrow*Impulse

These figures are by no means scarce these days. Unfortunately for sellers though, what is rare is finding a buyer. It seems that while the television series was a huge success, the figures themselves are a rather large dud on the world of action figures.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Encyclopedia

Are you a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan? Need another giant coffee table book in your life? Want to support yet another Kickstarter effort? Well, you could very well be looking for THIS. Jay Lawrence is putting together what he is hoping will be the largest collectibles book of its kind, and it's all TMNT related.

Backers can get a copy of the book for $50.00 plus respective shipping for USA or international residents. Backers who give $80.00 will get two books as well as their name and picture in the book.

It's a formidable effort (this is the part where I say, "but") BUT, do we really need yet another coffee table book? I don't know about the rest of you, but I've bought my share of coffee table books in my lifetime. They're expensive, heavy and too large to comfortably handle. Quite frankly with the exception of getting thumbed through once or twice for the first week of owning them, they inevitably end up in a box out of site, out of mind - Eventually thrown out after years of storage.

I mean, with great sites such as The Toy Box (shameful plug), why pay for a book that is going to do all of the above? While I was seriously considering throwing my hat into the pile of Kickstarter pledges, I simply couldn't do it. At the end of the day, I just don't need another expensive book destined for a box or the trash (or both).

Not only that, but in perusing the outline Mr. Lawrence had prepared for his Kickstarter pitch I noticed something quite shocking for someone writing a book - It's horribly written. Spelling errors, grammatical errors, and repeating of the same sentences right next to each other.

How many times are we going to be told in a row the book will have vehicles?
Also, "i" should be "I" - That's just basics.

"in fact", not "infact" and again, capitalize "i".
"I also want to seriously want to submit this book as a guinness..."
Do I even need to explain what's wrong with the above sentence?

Sorry, but if I'm buying a book, I need you to at least be a coherent author. If you can't write a perfect pitch, what confidence do I have you can write a professional book from start to finish? If you can't or won't proof read your own work, then just cut to the chase - Start a Blog instead of a book.

Well...Now that I've completely trashed the book and the writer...Um...Hey, there's a Kickstarter going on for a TMNT encyclopedia if you're interested.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (Galoob)

Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers

Tracking down Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers toys is kind of a pain. Just saying. They're really hard to come by, and the horses - Sheesh. Forget about it. You would think that a toy based on a cartoon that ran for sixty-five episodes would have toys that were a little more commonplace on secondary markets.

The cartoon ran in syndication from 1986 through 1989, and as we mentioned contained a total of sixty-five episodes. The series combined a sci-fi and western theme together, and is credited as being one of the first anime style animated shows to air in America. At the time, the series was considered quite revolutionary for its time.

To help build the momentum of the series, Galoob produced a small line of toys. Six figures, three horses, and one accessory rounded out the entire line of action figures. In addition, there were two toy guns produced for kids to run around and blast each other with. Unfortunately the line was not too successful, and was cancelled shortly thereafter.

Beyond that there's not much to say, so we'll finish this post off with what most of you are here to see; the photos.

 Captain Zachary*Shane "Goose" Gooseman*Walter "Doc" Hartford

 Captain Kidd*Lazarus Slade*Queen of the Crown


Zap Pack

6-Shooter Water Gun*Light & Sound Gun

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

80's Movies With MASSIVE Plot Holes

The 80's churned out some fantastic hits which have become either timeless or cult classics. Many films I was enthralled with as a kid have become mainstays in my library. However, for as much as I love the era of the 80's, I have to admit that some of my favorite movies of all time have massive plot holes which when analyzed from an adult perspective kind of ruin them.


Ah, what could be better than watching a film written by and staring "Weird Al" Yankovic? From start to finish it's a laugh out loud comedy that's so silly its plot is somewhat out of place. George Newman finds himself the head of his uncle's television station, U62, turning it from a late night TV lover's dream into the most highly watched network.

Unfortunately for the now famous station, Uncle Harvey has a gambling problem, and soon finds himself owing Big Louie seventy-five thousand dollars in cash. This leads to a very timely phone call from RJ Fletcher, the owner of the station in competition with U62 who offers to buy the station.

George pleads with his uncle to give him a chance to match the offer, which is where the whole plot goes awry. With the help of his biggest star, Stanley Spadowski, George hosts a telethon to sell shares of the station in a hopes to raise the money. During the opening sequence of this part, Stanley announces operators are standing by to collect people's money. Throughout the final act, numbers are consistently changed on a board to show the dollar amount raised both via in person and telephone donations.

Things come through at the last minute as George collects the last $2,000.00 from a homeless person, and delivers to Big Louie, who arrives on the scene, $75,000.00 in cash.

So what's wrong here? For starters, George is hosting a telethon to sell shares to a station he doesn't own, nor got permission to sell shares of. Not only that, but he's essentially decided overnight to take a privately owned company public. Even if he were the rightful owner, this doesn't happen overnight. This could be overlooked.

However, there is a larger plot hole at hand. If donations were being taken by phone and in person, and both of these sources accounted for the accumulated $75,000.00 how did George have the exact amount of cash in hand to give to Big Louie? If this were the case, the station reached its goal far in advance to the final minutes of the film.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Even blockbuster films can have a plot hole (don't even get me started on Michael Bay's second Transformers film).

We all know Indiana Jones. He's been tromping the big screen since the early eighties as the world's most famous archaeologist. However, the third film should have been his last outing, and no I don't mean that because of how bad the fourth film was.

During the scene where Indy is walking across the letters to spell Jehovah - Or Iehova as it is properly spelled he steps on a "J". Of course the letter collapses, sending Indy falling through the now open space. In an effort to save himself he grabs two more letters, an "L" and a "Y", which he uses to pull himself up.

Not being the correct letters either, shouldn't these tiles have fallen as well?

Back to the Future Part III

Alright, so this one came out in 1990, but it was filmed in the 80's.

Some say the third, and final installment in the Back to the Future series wasn't worth the wait. Personally, I think it's the better of the two sequels...Except for one problem.

Marty goes back to the West to find Doc Brown who will be killed just a few days later. Of course nothing can ever go right, and Marty ends up damaging the DeLorean, resulting in a fuel leak. As Marty and Doc scramble to find a way to get the now sans gasoline vehicle up to 88 MPH, everyone seems to forget one thing...Doc hid a fully fueled DeLorean in a cave for Marty to find in 1955 where he is stranded at the beginning of the film.

Why not take that one, and make tracks for the future?

Sure, you can say, "But then there would be no DeLorean for Marty to find in 1955!" No, not true. They could have hidden the broken one with a note stating what is wrong with it. The vehicle would have been much easier to repair in 1955 with the younger version of Doc who probably could have fixed it in the span of a few hours. Marty then could use it to go back in time completing the circle. Heck, even easier - Put a note in there that says, "Bring a fuel line with you, and spare gas when you come because this one is going to break when you get here."

The Karate Kid

Ah, the Karate Kid. The tale of a bully named Daniel Larusso who moves to California, and picks a fight with another local teen at a beach in the hopes of winning the affections of the ex girlfriend of said teen. After losing the fight, Daniel holds his grudge for months, only to turn a hose on young Johnny in a bathroom stall at a school function in hopes of humiliating him. When this doesn't work, he then challenges the boy to a fight in public at a tournament.

Seriously though - The Karate Kid is a great movie except for the fact that Daniel wins at the end with an illegal move.

Throughout the tournament we're reminded that blows to the face and below the belt will not be tolerated, and repeated disregard for this rule will result in disqualification. So how does Daniel win the tournament? With a straight kick to Johnny's face - To the roaring cheers of the crowd. Shouldn't this have resulted in no point, and a warning of disqualification? Certainly not a win.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. is a beloved family classic for many generations of children and adults. It shows us how a young boy and alien can become the best of friends, and how children in general are smart enough to outwit the entire US government.

However, there is a problem. E.T. should have never even met Elliot as there was no need.

During the infamous bicycle scene where E.T. and Elliot fly across the sky showing the now famous moonlight bicycle image we are shown one amazing thing - E.T. can fly! If this is the case, why didn't he just fly up to his ship at the beginning when it was (very slowly) lifting off the ground?

He could have easily popped into a hatch, been back on board, and on his way back to his planet - or wherever the ship was going.


I mentioned this one way back when I did a post on LJN's Gremlins toys.

Yes, Gremlins is a timeless classic which introduced us to the species of Mogwai - Specifically Gizmo. However there's a major problem with the rules it imposes.

Don't get them wet? Nope, this is fine.

Avoid light - Especially sunlight as it will kill them? Well...It's arguable that he was in lit areas, but that's not the one I'm talking about.

Don't feed it after midnight? Yeah, that's the one. Since the first day of time it's been after midnight. Not only that, but what time zone do Mogwai associate with? What if I feed my Mogwai at 11:59 PM? If there's food in his stomach come midnight am I in trouble?

This rule seriously breaks an otherwise classic film.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

People love the Star Wars Trilogy. They feel Lucas made such perfect masterpieces that they beg anyone who will listen to release a remastered unaltered edition (an oxymoron if you think about it). What they fail to see is how flawed the films are - and this comes from a huge Star Wars fan.

Return of the Jedi starts out on one of the messiest feet a movie can start on, and somehow manages to still be an entertaining bit of film from start to finish. Lando who has disguised himself has already infiltrated Jabba's palace, and done nothing to free Han from Carbonite.

Enter C-3PO and R2-D2 for no other reason than to introduce Luke Skywalker to Jabba. Luke then gives his droids to Jabba racking up now three heroes in the palace who are making zero moves to free Han.

Enter Leia in disguise with a captive Wookiee she willingly hands over to Jabba to....infiltrate his palace - Didn't Lando already do this? Furthermore, now we have two prisoners to free.

Leia now finds it a great idea to free Han, and bolt for the door - Only to be captured. We now have three prisoners who need rescuing. Not only this, but what was the plan for Lando, C-3PO and R2-D2? Leave them there to fend for themselves?

Enter Luke Skywalker who somehow manages to salvage this totally botched job, and rescue everyone.

What was the plan to begin with? Furthermore, why didn't Leia just call upon the Rebels to send a small force in, and take over Jabba's palace, freeing Han in the process? I love Star Wars, but what the heck is going on here?

I'm sure there are tons more movies out there with holes so large you'll never find your way out of them. Feel free to leave your picks in the comment section.

Monday, July 24, 2017


After our first winner never checked in, we're pleased to announce Tony of 2 Minute Toy Break has won and claimed the Rocket Fizz give away! Congratulations, Tony!

We won't spoil the surprise, suffice to say Tony has a box of good stuff headed his way. Hopefully he'll share some pics on his blog when he gets it. Otherwise we'll throw an honorary post up with some images in about a week's time.

Congratulations once again on winning the prize pack!

Kong (Mezco)


Today will be short and sweet.

One of the most interesting things to note about Mezco's 2008 Kong line is that the packaging is almost identical to that of Playmates Toys line from 2005. Coincidence?

Mezco produced three different variations of a fifteen inch Kong - The only difference being the facial sculpt. The "figure" featured limited amount of articulation - Limited to swivel joints in both the arms and legs. However, this worked rather well considering the poses that one would go for in a Kong figure. Additionally, the paint job was amazing. It showcased high details in particular to the flesh deep scratches all over Kong's body.

Beyond that, there's not much more to say. It's Kong - The eighth wonder of the world.

Kong (Fierce Face)*Kong (Somber Face)*Kong (Rampage Face)

If you're a fan of Kong, and looking to add this particular line you better start saving your pennies now. Loose ones have sold for upwards of $200.00, with mint in the box ones easily going for twice that.

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