Posts tagged #toys

CHECK OUT THIS INCREDIBLE WAYNE MANOR/BATCAVE LEGO BUILD!!!

Redditor WetWired's latest update to his Wayne Manor/Batcave MOC all lit up!

Redditor WetWired's latest update to his Wayne Manor/Batcave MOC all lit up!

Legos were a HUGE part of my childhood. They hands down logged the most playtime hours out of any toy I owned. I'd spend countless hours assembling the latest kit in my possession. I never had the courage to go off-book though and create something without instructions. These construction updates from redditor WetWired certainly have me wishing I'd been a little braver and chosen a different career path.

In Update #10, from about a month ago, you can truly see the sheer size of his creation. That lit-up Wayne Manor from the headline photo is literally just the tip of the iceberg.

In Update #10 WetWired has successfully managed to mount Wayne Manor above the BatCave.

In Update #10 WetWired has successfully managed to mount Wayne Manor above the BatCave.

It looks like WetWired has been working on this monster for almost a year now. In the photo below you can see the BatCave in the early stages of construction. It looks as though the BatCave went under some modifications before Update #10 as some of the structures appear to have changed location.

One of our first looks at the BatCave and BatComputer inspired by Lego Batman.

One of our first looks at the BatCave and BatComputer inspired by Lego Batman.

Here's a link to a gallery of photos from Imgur to give you a better sense of scale and detail of the BatCave. 

The level of detail is just INSANE!

The level of detail is just INSANE!

If this beast happens to be on display anywhere close you can bet I'll be there to see it in person! 

Oh, and if these pics have rekindled your Lego obsession check out the new Lego episode of The Toys That Made Us on Netflix! 

Follow WetWired on reddit to see more construction photos! All Lego images above were found on his reddit user page. 

Posted on June 4, 2018 .

BOGLINS

There were all sorts of cool toys back in the 80's and we had more than our fair share.
From the Captain Power action figures that interacted (not very well) with the actual show, to weird ass stoner-looking Pillow People.
None, however, held a candle to Mattel's monsterish puppets; BOGLINS.
Created by toy-maker and fabricator Tim Clarke, these guys where a must have!

Made of some kind of lint-magnetic rubber, BOGLINS came in a crazy variety of color, design and size. Some had moving eyes, some could glow and some had special paint-jobs for Halloween (they looked the coolest). 

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Each BOGLIN came in a cardboard box designed to look like a crate with a hole in the bottom so you could try it before you annoy your parents enough to buy it.
The back of the box had a story about the BOGLINS origins and a scientific description of each one. The care and production in the BOGLINS and the packaging was and is still unlike anything ever produced.

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In 2000 Mattel tried to get the BOGLIN ball rolling once again with the release of two large and several small puppets. Unfortunately, due to their poor quality, they did not sell and Mattel put the BOGLIN to rest once more.

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On a personal note, mine was a small purple guy (incorrectly) called Squidge. Always in my coat pocket, he'd pop out to tell a joke, say something mean I wouldn't have said or sarcastically interrupt somebody trying to talk to me. To school, in church, on vacation, Squidge was always shoved in my pocket causing me to appear as I had some kind of abnormal growth. He was a constant companion, a voice I longed to have... I suppose at some point, as I grew up and more confident, I didn't need Squidge to act as a comedic intermediary anymore and he now resides in some dusty box in my parent's attic.
No matter where he physically is, there will always be a little of that purple guy bouncing around in my head, treating people like an asshole, making well timed irreverent jokes and being wildly inappropriate always at the wrong time. 
He was not my first puppet, he was not my last puppet but he will always be my favorite puppet.
Squidge is, and always will be, in my coat pocket.

To see the amazing stuff the father of BOGLINS, Tim Clarke, has worked on and  is up to now CLICK HERE!

ORIGINALLY POSTED MARCH 28, 2015

Posted on April 25, 2018 .

Todd Toys

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It is undeniable that Todd Mcfarlane revolutionized the action figure industry, moving what were once simple toys to promote a tv show, comic or movie into a new plane of collectible figures. It's not that there were not collectible figures before but never to the level of this quality. Growing up most weapons and included accessories were one solid color and the figures rarely resembled the characters that they represented. 
Case in point, here is Dennis Nedry in the film vs Dennis Nedry from the Jurassic Park toy line. 

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It should be noted that Jurassic Park toys came out one year before Todd Toys hit the shelves. The introduction of Todd Toys raised the bar for the action figure industry and I'd like to take a look at the first line that introduced the world to the next level in action figures.
Below are promotional pictures pulled off the McFarlane Toys website, which is totally worth a visit as they have most every firgure from every line the company ever released.

Spawn

Spawn

Violator

Violator

Medival Spawn

Medival Spawn

Tremor

Tremor

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Overtkill

Beyond the detailed paint and variety of molds the figures just stood out as something truly special maybe because each figure came with an accompanying comic book. Because this was the first outing for Todd McFarlane in the toy game there were some strange accessories that were sold separately, those being the Spawn Mobile, Spawn Alley Action Playset and Violator Monster Rig. 

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So how did Todd Toys eventually become McFarlane Toys? As it turns out, Mattel threatened legal action is the name was not changed stating they believed that people would (here it comes) confused this action figure line with Barbies younger brother Todd. For real. That was their respose to the toy industry changing...
Now here we are 24 years later and McFarlane Toys is making some of the highest quality figures out there. I've been a fan since day one and have large Tupperware bins filled with figures.

Posted on March 27, 2018 .

Masters Of The Box Art

Growing up many of us may have been fans of the art by Rudy Obrero, William Garland, and William George and never knew their names. These three were the men responsible for the amazing box art on the Masters Of The Universe toys. Mainly the larger items such as vehicles, creatures, and playsets.

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In a time when there was no internet and exposure to new figures and items was limited to the commercials played during Saturday Morning cartoons, getting your toy noticed was an uphill battle. Mattel had the amazing idea of making the box art for MOTU pop out and grab young faces by the cheeks and scream "THIS IS WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING!" and when we got home, that is what we did. Through mounds of potting soil and rocks in the back yard He-Man would ride Battle Cat and defend Castle Greyskull from Skeletor and his evil minions.

Below is a slideshow of some of my absolute favorite pieces of art. 

In the off chance that you don't already know, Netflix has an amazing series called The Toys The Made Us. The docu-series covers the history of some of the most influential, inspirational toy lines from years past including Masters Of The Universe. If you haven't already, watch it NOW. 
For more awesomness like these amazing box art pictures hit the link below: 

Just for a little more nostalgia goodness, checkout this amazing 1986 MOTU Toy Tour that visited malls across the country. Man, the 1980's were an amazing time.

Now, lift above your mighty sword and say... You know the rest...
 

 

I HAVE THE POWER!!!!!

Posted on January 11, 2018 .