2016
01.02

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“What are we supposed to use?  Harsh language?”

— Private Ricco Frost

One of the frustrating things about many of the toylines based on Aliens is the overall lack of any of the human characters.  The film has quite a rich cast of colorful characters, and only a small handful of them ever made it into plastic form.  Most lines avoided humans all together, and those that didn’t, such as Kenner’s line from the 90s, quickly abandoned the film’s actual characters for characters of their own creation.  Fortunately, through the efforts of DST, the lack of character selection from the film is quickly being resolved.  Today, we’ll be looking at one of my favorite Marines, Pvt Frost, as well as another variant of the titular creature.

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2016
26.01

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“They mostly come at night.  Mostly.”

-Rebecca “Newt” Jordan

Aliens is oft remembered for the Colonial Marines, but they’re just part of the film’s small group of survivors.  One of the most important characters in the movie is Newt, the lone surviving colonist following the initial Xenomorph attack on LV-426.  She’s found her way into the latest wave of Aliens Minimates, alongside a Ripley variant.  Let’s see how this set turned out!

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2016
20.01

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You can’t have the Xenomorphs from Aliens without a few Predators to fight, can you?  Of course not!  Jungle Extraction Dutch and the Battle-Damaged Jungle Predator are the Toys R Us exclusive set from the first series of Predator Minimates two-packs, which were just released back in November. This set has the notoriety of being the only two-pack in the first series not to share either of its figures with the first set of blind-bagged figures.

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2015
29.12

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Coulson lives! Marvel return to walgreens with a wave between waves! Wave 1.5 sees another Spider-Man as well as the first new Agent Coulson since 2011’s Thor assortment. Is this Coulson better than the original, and does this new Spidey warrant a purchase? Let’s find out.

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2015
21.12

NYCC NBX 00

Kidnap the Sandy Claws, lock him up real tight
Throw away the key and then
Turn off all the lights

I figured this would be a fitting week to check out an exclusive set from the New York Comic Con. This set includes three mischief makers from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas; Lock, Shock & Barrel, along with a battle-damaged Jack Skellington. Will they be a holiday treat … read on to find out!

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2015
26.11

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Boy, I’m stuffed! Mmmm, that was tasty, who’s up for seconds/thirds?? Stay Puft looks happy now … and HUGE!! What did he eat; well, more like what didn’t he eat?

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2015
26.11

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~snif~ ~snif~ Have you checked the oven? The turkey’s not burning, is it? Something smells toasted! Perhaps it’s our next stuffed friend; the Toasted Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Vinyl Bank.

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2015
26.11

Happy Holidays! We hope everyone is having a safe and fun week and enjoying some time with family…. now on to business.

Choose! Choose the form of the Destroyer!

PuftA00

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2015
16.11

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No matter how great the change, a change in comics will always even out in enough time. In the last decade Marvel and DC have both become very entrenched in doing their best to convince everyone that this change will be the one that sticks, before inevitably resetting everything back to where it was. Ultimately, Bruce Wayne will always be Batman again, Tony Stark will always be Iron Man again, Bruce Banner will always be the Hulk again, and Steve Rogers will always be Captain America again. But, it’s certainly okay to let others who take up those identities have their time to shine, especially if they’re a good fit, such as Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, as the newest Captain America. I’ll be looking at the first official figure of him in the role today, along with pack-mate Red Onslaught.

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2015
11.11

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The Avengers line-up in Age of Ultron was a pretty sizeable one, and that’s proved a bit difficult for the toy makers who have licensed the film. Marvel Minimates has done seemingly the impossible, actually offering the whole Avengers: Age of Ultron team, add-ons and all. Today, let’s take a look at the team’s resident synthezoid, the Vision, who is packed alongside a Hydra Soldier.

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