8/6/22

Pig Man on Campus

 

I found the Masters of the Universe Origins Pig-Head at Target today!

Pig-Head was originally a villain in the 80s Sun-Man toyline, which was not a Mattel creation and other than being similarly styled, had nothing to do with MOTU. 

By the time of the Sun-Man line, I had moved on from MOTU and similarly styled toys, so while I may have had some awareness of their existence, they weren't anything I sought out as a kid.

I of course would love to have any of the original Sun-Man figures now, but somehow have never come across any in my decades long toy collecting career. Fortunately the creators of Sun-Man have teamed up with Mattel and they are now part of the MOTU, via these new Origins releases!

I have not seen Sun-Man at retail yet, but will grab him when I do. A few of his teammates are also in the pipeline, but Pig-Head is by far the best of the bunch. The neon colors and odd helmeted boar head, along with his medieval weaponry, really recall the wild west cobbled together feel of the 80s toylines that took their inspiration in equal measure from the likes of Conan, Star Wars, and "what pieces do we have left over in the shop that we can slap together and call a villain?"



Pig-Head is beautiful, surprising addition to the Origins toyline. Who could have ever predicted this collab between He-Man and Sun-Man would happen in the 2020s? 

Now, if I could only find Sun-Man! 

8/5/22

Thunder Rosa!

 Thunderrrrrrr Rosaaaaaaa!!!!



I've gotten into Professional Wrestling more in recent years than I have ever been in my entire life. AEW is a big reason, I really enjoy how they put on a show. One of my favorite wrestlers today is Thunder Rosa, and I'm happy to have found her debut (as far as I know) action figure at Target the other day!

I haven't opened this one yet but I intent to. The sculpt and face paint look incredible!

Ok, you may have noticed that I've been away from this blog for years. Or you didn't/don't care. Cool either way. But the internet, and how we interact with it, has changed in many ways since I started this blog, and while some of those changes have been flashy and fun for a while, most have been at best antithetical to the reason(s) I started doing this blog in the first place, and at worst completely lacking in any soul or emotional value whatsoever.

Since moving away from blogger, I've lost a lot of the comraderie and brotherhood that came from this format. Not that returning to this format now will ever bring back the glory days of old, but it's not going to be found on Instagram either, so what the heck. Might as well put my effort over here for a minute or two again, and if nothing else, someone might be able to use a search engine and actually find some real heartfelt toy loving content for a change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/30/19

My Little Pony Stranger Things Upside-Down Applejack


Target has been in the reissued My Little  Pony game for a while now. I've been paying them mild attention because my youngest daughter is getting into MLPs, but prefers the original styling. Luckily I find them pretty often at the flea market or garage sales for cheap so I've not yet had to actually buy one for more than a buck or two.

But then I found out that for some yet unknown reason (Season 3 drops this week) they made a Stranger Things Applejack, with the packaging and figure all 'Upside-down'-ized, literally and figuratively.

The pony and package are all blues and faded, and her cutie mark is printed upside-down too.

I love Stranger Things, and this level of left-field marketing hits all my buttons. I was able to find Upside-down Applejack at Target today, and even got her on sale because the retro ponies are a buck-fifty off! Sadly I only found one - I'll either give this to my daughter when she can appreciate keeping it in package or I'll buy a second one for her to open (if I find it again). But for now, I'm keeping Upside-down Applejack for myself.

FYI here is what Right-Side-Up Applejack looks like, which my daughter would probably prefer anyways:


6/27/19

IDENTIFIED:: Who is this guy? TOMY Die-cast/plastic Sweeping Garbage Can

Update: IDENTIFIED at http://ghostofthedoll.co.uk/Forum/index.php?topic=5693.0 - it's a TOMY Whimsical Wheels from 1982.

Original post: I have no idea who/what this guy/gal is, and so far neither does anyone I've shown it to on every online source I have. I even, out of desperation, showed it to my wife!


He is die-cast and plastic, approximately the size of a Hotwheels/Matchbox car or most standard wind--up Tomy toys, but he is not a windup, he is just a rolling toy. Only marked "TOMY © Japan".

He's an anthropomorphic rolling Trashcan with arms, pushing a broom. When you roll him the oblong wheel under the broom makes it bob up and down.

Is he a character from a TV series, or something from a specific or random toyline?

There's one on eBay (not my auction) but the seller doesn't know anything about him either.


I have a feeling he must be a bit character from a preschool show like Thomas the Tank or Bob the Builder, but so far I've found nothing like him anywhere online. He doesn't look old or vintage, I'm sure he's less than ten years old at most.


Can anyone identify him, or lead me in the right direction? Maybe the wheels look familiar to something else TOMY made? Or the diecast/plastic combo reminds you of another TOMY toyline?

HELP!