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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The AFB Podcast Episode 127: SDCC 2014 News and Reveals Mega Big Show


Episode 127 of the AFB Podcast is live at iTunes and is now available for direct downloadDownload and subscribe to the podcast at iTunes now! 

Join Ben, John, Justin and Adam for a mega news show this week!

The 2014 San Diego Comic Con has come and gone, and in its wake there is a mountain of news for the guys to work through - so much in fact that we couldn't cover all of it!


NOTE: In place of our normal enhanced podcast, we've put together a list of links to all of the items we're discussion which is below - if you like following along with your eyes as well as your ears, this is the way to do it for this mega-show!

If you don't use iTunes, you can download Episode 127 here now! Click on the link to listen, or right click to save the file! The podcast will always be available from the “Podcast” tab here - but if you can subscribe and give us positive ratings at iTunes, that will help us greatly! 

The AFB Podcast is also on Stitcher Radio!

Have a listen, and please give us some feedback at podcast@actionfigureblues.com - we might even read out your feedback on the next show!

Happy listening!

News Section One Links:


  1. ThreeZero - TMNT
  2. Hot Toys Back to the Future: Marty McFly

News Section Two Links:


  1. Sideshow - Flash and GL 12” action figures



Monday, July 28, 2014

The AFB Podcast's John reviews the Ninja Turtles Michelangelo (Movie Version)


First of all, I want to thank TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com for providing this figure for review. They have TONS of Turtle news and information so make sure to go check them out. I was getting some pretty good nostalgia checking out the video game articles. Some buddies and I fed the 4 person arcade game a bunch of quarters in a Slushee induced sugar frenzy one particularly memorable afternoon.


Besides various game incarnations and few cartoon episode, I kind of missed the Turtles wave. I've always appreciated the property. I intended to go back and read some of the B&W stuff. It's just never happened. So for somebody like me, the new film isn't quite as controversial as it is for some folks. While there are some aspects of the designs that I may not have chose, I can appreciate putting the Turtles in a modern light.

I've been seeing the movie figures in stores and thought they looked okay enough. However, when I got Mikey in my hand and really looked at him through the blister, I noticed more texture and detail than my casual glances had picked up on.

Well, I know Turtles figures are something that is meant to be played with so I ripped him open. My first experience in hand was a fairly decent one. The figure  is solid. No loose joints, and nothing broken. More importantly, nothing felt like it was going to break.

Looking at this as a pure plaything, I'd be fairly pleased. He can hold his accessories, has a fair amount of detail, and looks recognizable enough. Honestly, this figure is probably somewhere between a pure kids figure and a collector level figure.


The one thing that kids and collectors will probably both dislike is the head joint. It's pegged on with a ball, but is essentially a cut joint. Since his neck is at a strange forward angle due to the anatomy, this really limits the usefulness of this joint. To me some of this looks caused by the shell being a bit too high on his back, but we will have to see the film to confirm that.

The shoulders are regular ball joints and not as limited as what I thought they might be. The knees and elbows however aren't double jointed, but single jointed with swivels. They work really well and I was pretty surprised by the poses I could get with them. The lack of wrists and ankles is a bit frustrating, but remember what I said about this being a solid figure? I'm sure that is part of the reason why.

The hips are ball jointed, but are restricted by the piece around his waist. So if you are thinking that Mikey was going to do some ninja high kicks, you might be disappointed.

Detail abounds on this guy. There are chains on his neck that are sculpted. I really loved the metal plate on wraps covering his knuckles. I also like the fact they cut channels into the nicely textured shell for the his straps. It both helps secure them and keeps them from sticking out too far.


For the adult collector the disappointing thing about all of this detail is that it's not painted. The chains are painted on the front, but not behind his neck. There's some beads sculpted into the wraps in his left wrist that you can't see because there isn't any paint on them. If somebody was to sit down and apply washes and detail paint to this guy, he would look pretty dang cool

I'm really not too sure about the ends of his mask. Because of the fashion they are sculpted into the piece, they look more like braids to me. The mask is a separate inset piece that otherwise doesn't have really any flaws.

The mask does look like it has been changed from its' original intent, though. The way it is painted it has only white eyes showing with no pupils. The actual movie turtles have green around the eyes and pupils. Also, and I'm not sure it my figure or not, the controversial "nose" has been covered up a bit to make it less noticeable.

Speaking of areas that need cover up, can we talk? Mikey's midsection is covered up by a hoodie tied preppy style around his waist. And of course, he's wearing some sort of ninja pants causing purists to complain. However, the area of his groin that is not his legs is not painted and shows through as green plastic. This gives the impression that his little turtle is peeking out. I guess he is the party dude.



I always remember TMNT figures coming with a bunch of accessories. Here though, we are a bit light. Mike comes with two different nunchuk accessories. One is the standard two handle version and the other has three segments. I'd have like to seen both the same. Also, for a movie figure, I'd have like to have seen some paint on them.


I have to say I was actually pleasantly surprised by this figure of the pizza hungry Michelangelo. It seems like in recent times companies throw just anything out to make a buck on movie buzz. This particular figure doesn't seem to fall in that camp. Sure the articulation isn't perfect and the paint is woefully underdone, but I'm not going to condemn it. There's of range of motion and detail and the figure seems to fill the need for both collectors and kids.

Engineernerd Score: 7.5 out of 10 dollies.




Friday, July 25, 2014

The AFB Podcast Episode 126: Amazing Heroes Kickstarter / Transformers


Episode 126 of the AFB Podcast is live at iTunes and is now available for direct downloadDownload and subscribe to the podcast at iTunes now! 

Join John and Scott for two great discussions with special guests this week!

First off, Scott chats with Bill Murphy from Fresh Monkey Fiction about the exciting Amazing Heroes Kickstarter which is now live and gathering support. 


Then, John chats with our friend and listener Andy Bentley and Slick McFavorite from the Open Your Toys Podcast about the Transformers Toy Line, as we put it to the test in our ongoing Greatest Toyline Ever Series!

If you don't use iTunes, you can download Episode 126 here now! Click on the link to listen, or right click to save the file! The podcast will always be available from the “Podcast” tab here - but if you can subscribe and give us positive ratings at iTunes, that will help us greatly! 

The AFB Podcast is also on Stitcher Radio!

Have a listen, and please give us some feedback at podcast@actionfigureblues.com - we might even read out your feedback on the next show!

Happy listening!



Thursday, July 17, 2014

The AFB Podcast Episode 125: Funko Domo Batman, Bowen Frankenstein, Earth Two Wonder Woman, Sideshow Catwoman


Episode 125 of the AFB Podcast is live at iTunes and is now available for direct downloadDownload and subscribe to the podcast at iTunes now! 

Join Eli, Tom, Ben and Scott for this week's toy news and reviews as we turn 125 Episodes Old! Be prepared - it's  BIG show!

This week we check out four great items - there's something for everyone!


Funko Domo Batman


Bowen Designs Frankenstein Statue

DC Collectibles Earth Two Wonder Woman

Sideshow Collectibles Catwoman 1/6 Scale Figure

If you don't use iTunes, you can download Episode 125 here now! Click on the link to listen, or right click to save the file! The podcast will always be available from the “Podcast” tab here - but if you can subscribe and give us positive ratings at iTunes, that will help us greatly! 

The AFB Podcast is also on Stitcher Radio!

Have a listen, and please give us some feedback at podcast@actionfigureblues.com - we might even read out your feedback on the next show!

Happy listening!















Monday, July 14, 2014

FRESH MONKEY FICTION LAUNCHES AMAZING HEROES RETRO SUPER HERO ACTION FIGURE LINE




Fresh Monkey Fiction brings classic super heroes to life with Amazing Heroes Kickstarter.



Los Angeles, CA. (July 14, 2014) – Fresh Monkey Fiction announces the crowdsourcing campaign for their long awaited Amazing Heroes retro action figure line of classic Golden Age superheroes. This 4.5” action figure line brings a handful of cult characters to life, with both collectability and playability in mind.

For most of these characters, it will be the first time they have ever been made into action figure form.

"With The Amazing Heroes line we hope to invoke a bit of vintage nostalgia as we pay homage to the mid '80s super hero toy lines that many of us grew up with," says Fresh Monkey Founder Bill Murphy.

Getting these classic cult heroes made into action figures has been a dream of Bill Murphy’s, going back to his childhood desire to play with them alongside the then-current superhero toy lines.

The inclusion of Captain Action—the first superhero figure, officially licensed by Captain Action Enterprises—brings a gravitas to the line.

“As the Original Super-Hero Action Figure, Captain Action has a unique place in history for licensing comic and toy properties,” Ed Catto of Captain Action Enterprises says. “Arguably the first major toy to leverage multiple licenses, Captain Action created a true “shared universe” that most toy enthusiasts could only get with their own toy-box crossovers. For the first time, with Captain Action, it was ‘official’!”

Series 1 will include the following classic heroes:

Black Terror – “Golden Age Crime Fighter”
Golden Age Dare-Devil – “Avenging Hero”
Stardust – “The Super Wizard”
Captain Action – “The Original Super Hero Action Figure”

Also included is The Blank State, a customizable figure dubbed the “Villainous Copycat”.

The 40 day Kickstarter campaign for Amazing Heroes features two stretch goal figures: the Champion of Mars (“Hero of the Red Planet”) and Silver Streak (“The Red-Clad Speedster”). Incentives include the PDF Amazing Heroes Handbook with essays by comic book historian Christopher Irving (Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, with photographer Seth Kushner) and Golden Age comic stories, as well as a chance for donors to have their own characters customized as either a one-off or for 300 units. Contributors can also order a case of 300 figures of another Golden Age figure—Daredevil in yellow and blue, Vulcan, The Liberator, or Lash Lightning—that will never again be made into an Amazing Hero.

To celebrate the Kickstarter, Fresh Monkey Fiction will run a “Find the Fresh Monkey” contest at San Diego Comic Con. If you find someone with a Fresh Monkey t-shirt, take a pic, then share it with the link to the Kickstarter on Facebook or Twitter, you will be registered to win a variety of prizes—including original art, comics, toys and t-shirts from some of our industry sponsors. Find out more details about this contest on our website this week.

We’ll also be attending the Captain Action Custom Figure Contest, Thursday, at 3:30 in Room: 24ABC to support our pals with Captain Action Enterprises and to answer any and all questions about Amazing Heroes.

The Amazing Heroes Kickstarter launches today, with a goal of $30,000.00, at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/549582372/amazing-heroes-retro-style-super-hero-action-figur



About Fresh Monkey Fiction
Fresh Monkey Fiction LLC is dedicated to telling stories through art and design. We’re building a business model around leveraging the power of crowd funding to bring great products to the collector. Our motto is “If you support it, we will make it”. Our goal is to create amazing collectibles that encourage fans to explore the depths of their imagination and tell great stories. If we can bring a little bit of playful imagination to someone's day, we've done our job.  Discover your imagination at www.freshmonkeyfiction.com

About Captain Action Enterprises
As Retropreneurs, Captain Action Enterprises, LLC specializes in taking old properties and rejuvenating them for a new generation. Captain Action appears in an on-going comic book series, lithographs, statues, action figures, T-shirts, model kits and more. Additional properties include Captain Action Cat, the Zeroids and Savage Beauty. For additional information, please contact Ed Catto at ed.catto@bonfireagency.com.

Captain Action, Lady Action, The Zeroids and related characters are  ©2014 and ™ Captain Action Enterprises, LLC.
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