Classic video games from the 1980s gets the vinyl figure treatment by Funko. This new Mystery Mini series theme is all about Retro Video Games like Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Frogger, Q*bert and Mega Man. The blind box packaging are made like old school video game arcade cabinets. The series features 12 figures: Centipede, Coily (Q*bert), Dig Dug/Taizo, Frogger, Fygar (Dig Dug), Mega Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man, Pookah (Dig Dug), Q*bert, Shadow/Blinky and Speedy/Pinky.
SEGA’s mascot Sonic gets the Kidrobot 3″ blind box figure treatment. Each of the Sonic characters is mounted on the iconic gold ring stand. There are 14 figures including the chase figures to collect.
This year The Loyal Subjects will have their Action Vinyls line-up in many Walmart stores. These collector blind box 3″ action figures will feature Dragon Ball Z, Masters of the Universe and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers “The Movie” characters. The TLS Action Vinyls will also have exclusive Walmart chase figures.
Call me an old fart, but I love my compact discs and vinyl records! I miss going to the various Tower Records in SF and exploring the import section at the Virgin Megastore on Market Street. Specialty retailer Mondo known for their movie tribute posters and vinyl OSTs will sell vinyl LP soundtracks from the popular Marvel Netflix shows Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. The Mondo releases feature awesome artwork and packaging.
Playmates has been pushing out various lines of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures, but if you just want a cool vinyl figure for display or on your workstation, then take a look at the exclusive Kidrobot TMNT 8″ Black Fade Colorway. Each limited edition colorway figure comes with their signature weapon and color.
Over the weekend I had a White Elephant party with my cousins and one of the cool gifts was this Jakks Pacific World of Nintendo MarioKart 8 Mini Anti-Gravity R/C Racer. Who has time in this social media ADD era to build R/C cars like those Tamiya models? This cute MarioKart 8 R/C package is truly plug and play, Just open the item, put the batteries in, turn the R/C & remote on and you are good to go! The MarioKart 8 speeds around the house pretty fast with good range. Old kids and young kids will have fun with this.
I remember as a kid in the 1980s, you were either a Marvel Comics or DC Comics fan, there was no in-between. I didn’t get serious into collecting comics until the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Marvel had an amazing staple of talents like Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefield, Marc Silverstri, Whilce Portacio and Jae Lee, just to name a few. Every week I had a stack of Marvel comic books and a issue was like .75 cents! If you know you have a Marvel fan this Holiday season, then The Marvel Vault – A Visual History will make a great gift item.
Hot Wheels is well known for some of their crazy and wacky car designs. With the life-size build of the Star Wars X-Wing Carship, Hot Wheels also announced the 1/64 scale diecast model for their toy lineup.
I do admit that I find the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Electronic Chewbacca Mask annoying! The “Chewbacca mom” got her 15 minutes of viral fame and let’s move on. This is what I really want – the Hasbro Black Series Imperial Stormtrooper Electronic Voice Changer Helmet. This helmet is aim for adult fans that don’t want to “cosplay.” The adult size helmet has sound effects and electronic voice changer so you can talk like a Stormtrooper.
One of the most popular Star Wars toys was the AT-AT Walker and in the upcoming Rogue One film, a variant version of the AT-AT is introduced, the Imperial AT-ACT. While the AT-AT is a heavy offensive weapon and troop carrier, the AT-ACT carries heavy materials and weapons.
Where to buy & play Magic card games in the East Bay? You might want to head out to Galaxy Games in Dublin, CA. Eddie Ballar takes a look at the shop. Galaxy Games focus is on Magic and card playing events.
HK toy maker known for making detailed collectible action figures makes a collectible work of art – the Star Wars – Stormtrooper – Porcelain Pattern Version. Hot Toys redefines the classic Stormtrooper look with a Chinese porcelain floral pattern on this 1/6th scale figure.
Japanese toy company Bandai is known for their awesome Gundam snap-it plastic model kits. Now they introduce Star Wars Plastic Model kits. Bandai is using new technologies and toy manufacturing process to produce highly detailed snap-on Star Wars plastic model kits.
I have around 300-400 diecast cars in my collection. Its a mix of Hot Wheels, Matchbox and Tomica diecasts, but this guy takes the cake. Toy car collector Bruce Pascal’s Hot Wheels collection is valued at over a $1 million dollars. This guy is hardcore with a Hot Wheels inspired room to put his over 3,500 plus Hot Wheels toys. Bruce also has 175 special Hot Wheels prototypes.
It was the year 1991 when SEGA launched their video game mascot Sonic the Hedgehog on the world. Celebrating 25 years this year, SEGA and Kidrobot releases Sonic the Hedgehog Medium Figure with 2 colorway version and is limited to 200 pieces. The scene is from Christmas Island, the mini-diorama features Sonic getting ready to grab rings.
The Original Stormtrooper Decanter design is based on Andrew Ainsworth’s original 1976 helmet mold. The decanter holds 750ml alcohol and is made from flint glass.
Vinyl Pulp interviews artist Junko Mizuno at Woot Bear on her “Junko Woot Bear” silkscreen print, T-shirt and upcoming projects. You can grab the colorful graphic tee at Woot Bear and the 8×11 silkscreen print is limited to 50 copies, so don’t wait to pick it up.
One of my favorite playset/vehicles is the Star Wars Millennium Falcon. I have memories of looking at the Kenner Millennium Falcon in toy catalogues and watching the TV ads. Disney BOXED takes a look at designing and crafting the Playskool Heroes Star Wars Jedi Force Millennium Falcon Playset. This is the Toys”R”Us exclusive version featuring 4 figures: Han Solo, Chewbacca, C3-PO and R2-D2.
Funko’s popular line of Pop! figures gets some Cowboy Bebop action. One of my all-time favorite animes is Cowboy Bebop. The Pop! Animation line will feature Spike, Jet, Faye and Ed. These figures will drop this December 2016.
Kidrobot is back with another Street Fighter vinyl toy series. This Street Fighter V series features some new characters and new artistic design. Vinyl Pulp host Eddie does an unboxing and review of these new 3″ art toys.
If you have not watch Netflix’s Stranger Things, I suggest you do. Get a Netflix account and then binge watch Stranger Things! I was hoping Super 7 or something would do a ReAction line, but for now – Special Ed Toys and toy artist George Gaspar aka couchgrouch produced this cool Eleven action figure. The action figure also comes with that 1980s-style toy packaging.