Monday, December 19, 2016

NECA TOYS Ultimate T-1000 Motorcycle Cop Terminator

NECA Ultimate T-1000 Motorcycle Cop
Over the past year NECA has been providing us with a large list of "Ultimate" figures from all of our favorite movies, games, and toy lines.  Years ago NECA created a line from the T2 movie based off the many different looks of the characters throughout the movie.  So far we have the Ultimate T-800, Sarah Connor and T-1000, and now we have the T-1000 Motorcycle Cop! Each Ultimate figure NECA provides is absolutely loaded with weapons and extra parts to provide many different looks.  The T-1000 motorcycle cop is no exception and provides his classic look along with the MP-5 I have been waiting for!

Friday, December 16, 2016

NECA TOYS Kenner Aliens Queen Facehugger

Kenner Aliens Queen Facehugger 
NECA toys is really starting to go deep into our childhood toys in a great way.  In the 90's the Kenner Aliens, Predators, and Marines line was a huge hit and provided a ton of unique looks to these characters.  One of the craziest ones was the Alien Queen Facehugger that was a larger, uglier, creepier version of a regular Facehugger.  Based off of the Kenner storyline the Queen Facehugger can't plant Alien larva into a host but is there to defend the Queen eggs and sometimes uses its tail and legs to help hold down a host.  One of the things about the large Queen Facehugger, like other facehuggers, is it reminds me of a nasty spider, and I hate spiders…

Thursday, December 15, 2016

NECA TOYS Kenner Inspired Gorilla Alien (Series 10)

Kenner Inspired GORILLA ALIEN

NECA continues to knock it out of the park (Steve asks me exactly how many homeruns NECA has hit at this point) with their homage figures. They have already brought us many Kenner inspired figures from the PREDATOR line, but now they have brought us our first Kenner inspired ALIENS figures. This is a highly popular line that many people collected in the 90's. NECA really went out of their way to to stay true to the original figure while adding their own special touches to the figure.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

NECA TOYS Toys R Us Exclusive Aliens Genocide 2-Pack

NECA Aliens Genocide 2-Pack

If you are a fan of comics and the Alien's franchise then you have at least heard about the Aliens Genocide story line.  As a kid, this was a thrilling comic to read as I tried to understand why would humans want to go to the Aliens home planet.  It's all about a drug called "FIRE" which consists of sweet Alien juice from the xenomorphs body chemistry.  The military wants the drug (Big Surprise) and sets out to travel to the Alien home planet and steal a Queen.  Talk about a death mission! On top of it when the humans land on the planet the Aliens are in the midst of a Civil War.

Friday, October 21, 2016

NECA TOYS Toys R Us Exclusive AVP 2-Pack

Celtic Predator vs Grid Alien
Go back and watch the fight scene in the Temple between the Celtic Predator and the Grid Alien. As I watched this scene I realized that even after 12 years it's an interesting fight with a surprising winner. The NECA versions of this battle put you right in the middle of this epic fight scene. From the Celtic's helmet getting scratched to the net being shot at the Alien before he pounces on the Predator. It all comes together in this sharp Toys R Us exclusive 2-pack that will be hitting shelves around November.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

NECA TOYS ALIEN Foam Prop Replica Life-Size Facehugger

Life-Size Facehugger
One day recently I was sitting in my office when a surprise package arrived for me. I signed for it from the delivery man and flipped the box over. What did I see? The word ALIEN with a big Facehugger on the side of the box.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

NECA TOYS 2016 SDCC Exclusive Cloaked SCAR Predator Review

As we have grown accustomed to NECA had a whole slew of awesome SDCC exclusives this year. Most years their exclusives are some of the most sought after of the Con. This year was certainly no different. They had three exclusives figures that people were very excited to grab. They were the TMNT Arcade Turtles and Foot sets, the ALIENS Newt figure, and of course the Cloaked Scar Predator! 
Scar is one my favorite Predators and I am also a sucker for the clear "cloaked" Predator figures so this figure is a match made in Heaven for me.

Monday, September 12, 2016

NECA TOYS Pacific Rim Kaiju Hardship Review

Pacific Rim Kaiju 
Pacific Rim is all about Kaiju monsters attacking earth through a portal in the sea.  It starts off with some great action sequences in the beginning of the movie. He is shown in night vision in the prologue of the movie fighting Romeo Blue.  The kaijus from the movie are awesome and we get to see the epic size of these monsters the jaegers have to fight.

Friday, September 9, 2016

NECA TOYS Aliens GITD Eggs and Facehuggers Review

GITD Facehuggers and Eggs

If you are a fan of the NECA Toys Aliens line then you are going to want to add these GITD Xeno eggs! NECA has already brought us the Alien egg carton a little while back, and the GITD versions add a special touch to the eggs and facehuggers.  If you are into making your own dioramas like we are then the Alien eggs are a dream come true for you! 

Monday, September 5, 2016

NECA TOYS SDCC Exclusive Arcade TMNT/FOOT Sets Review

Where do I even begin with these? Over and over Randy Falk and the crew over at NECA TOYS find ways to make the unthinkable happen. This year's SDCC exclusive sets are no exception. The Konami arcade styled TMNT and Foot four packs just miiiight be my favorite thing NECA has done to date. (With that said, I am certainly looking forward to the 1/4 scale movie Donatello hitting retail this fall).

Those that know me know that I am one of the biggest TMNT fans out there. When I think about my childhood and toys I think about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Over the last few years I've found some online buddies who share this passion with me such as The Sewer Den and Crooked Ninja (good guys...check 'em out).

Thursday, August 18, 2016

NECA TOYS The Terminator Police Assualt T-800 Review

Police Assault T-800
The "Police Assault" in the Terminator was a scene I relished as a kid.  I always wanted the bad guys to win and take it to the good guys. The Terminator kills 17 police officers after driving a car through the front of the police station.  The music tone is great as he massacres cop after cop trying to find Sarah Connor.  This is a rarity in films as its always the good guys who win, but in this scene it's Terminator 17 - Cops 0. In my opinion, this scene may be the best scene in the entire franchise of the Terminator as it truly shows what a Terminator can do...kill mercilessly and without emotion.
*This is only a fantasy world opinion, not real life.*
"It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead."

Friday, August 5, 2016

NECA TOYS Weyland-Yutani Commando Review

ALIEN 3 Weyland-Yutani Commando
The Commando is not John Matrix, but it is Weyland-Yutani's strong arm fighter.  We don't get to see too much of these Commandos in the movie, but I am happy that NECA decided to make sure they were released.  A lot of action movies try different looks for their "military" ranks, especially movies that are set in the future or a different time.  The movie ALIEN 3 is no different, and for me the Commandos were the highlight of the film. They are hardcore fighters that don't fear much of anything...maybe just a Xenomorph or a rogue Ripley. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

NECA TOYS ALIENS Creature Pack Review

ALIENS 30th Anniversary Deluxe Creature Pack

NECA has always thought of ways to bring us cool accessories for two of their most successful lines, ALIEN as well as PREDATOR. First they brought us the very popular PREDATOR 2 Trophy Wall with skulls. Most recently they brought us the ALIENS Egg Carton with facehuggers. People are always clamoring for more accessories for these lines and NECA listened. They have brought us an ALIENS creature pack!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

NECA TOYS The Terminator Tech Noir T-800 Review

Tech-Noir T-800
The "Tech Noir" club is fictional  of course and was set up just for the scene in The Terminator.  However, during filming people on the street wanted to get in not realizing it was not a real club.  I think the people that wanted to get in changed their minds after seeing the movie.  This figure encompasses more than just the club scene, and I think this is a classic part that resonates with everyone.  Arnold melts the bouncers hand and proceeds to mow down anyone in his way of killing Sarah Connor.

Friday, June 24, 2016

NECA TOYS ROCKY 40th Anniversary Series 1 Review (ROCKY III)

Prediction: PAIN

NECA TOYS has started releasing their Rocky figures, and they look fantastic. Many people missed out on the first Rocky figures so this is the perfect way for many of the newer fans and collectors to catch up on this series without having to deal with the scalpers on eBay! While three of the figures are re-releases one of them is all new, but we will get to that later.

Friday, May 27, 2016

NECA TOYS Series 15 AVP Predators Review

NECA Series 15 AVP Predators

Ancient Warrior - Temple Guard - Masked Scar

NECA TOYS has followed up their wildly popular and successful AVP line with three new additions to the family. Last time they brought us Chopper, Celtic, and Scar Predators. This time we get Ancient Warrior, Temple Guard, and a Masked Scar!

Monday, May 23, 2016

NECA TOYS Breaks the Internet with TMNT Announcement

What a freaking way to celebrate World Turtle Day! Randy Falk and NECA TOYS have outdone themselves once again! They have broken Twitter and the Internet with their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle news!

TMNT Teaser
As a hardcore TMNT fan I am ecstatic! Totally freaking excited! This has been many years in the making and Randy's patience and perseverance has finally paid off. A long time ago on one of our visits to the studio we spotted some Konami TMNT arcade game figures. Of course, we inquired and Randy coyly told us "maybe one day." 

Friday, May 13, 2016

NECA TOYS Cinemachines Series 1 Review

NECA Cinemachines
Finally, we are getting highly detailed versions of great vehicles from iconic action movies of the past.  Who else but NECA would be the ones to come through for all of us fans!  The first series of Cinemachines is based off the movies ALIEN and ALIENS. This series brings us four different vehicles.  When we spoke to Randy Falk last summer I asked about the possibility of doing large vehicles for Aliens, Terminator, etc since they had already done the Predator Blade Fighter.  He responded with it being a possibility but in a smaller scale.  I wasn't too sure how I felt about the idea of vehicles in a smaller scale, but I was certainly curious about what NECA could do with it.  

Fast forward to this February when we were able to meet with Randy at NY Toy Fair. That is when we actually got to hold these awesome vehicles in hand.   Yes, we all saw the pictures of what was to come, but pictures just don't do these justice. Once I had the Dropship in my hand and shot out the APC I knew they were cooler than any type of line like this before.  The detail of each piece was evident, and the weight/build of each was equally impressive.  Let's take a closer look at these amazing pieces so you can decide where you want to display them!

Monday, May 2, 2016

NECA TOYS T2 Classic VGA T-800 Review

VGA T2 T-800

My older brother and I logged many, many hours playing T2 when we were kids. Back then we were often beating the crap out of each other so it was nice to have something we could play together...without trying to kill each other. While we loved the movie, the game kind of sucked! We preferred the T2 arcade game version. Luckily, even though the game sucked the figure is very cool!

Friday, April 29, 2016

UPDATE from Playmates Toys: TRU Exclusive TMNT Classic Collection Figures Coming Soon

Last week we reported that there has been sightings of three new TMNT Classic Collection figures popping up on eBay and other places online. At that time, we had no news to report on these figures other than to let you know they've been spotted.

Well, we reached out to Playmates Toys to get clarification. They reached out to the marketing department for us and here is what Paula Billingsley (Consumer/Officer Services Manager at Playmates Toys) had to say:
"These are all TRU Exclusives. The first 3, Skateboardin' Michelangelo, Touchdown Tossin' Leonardo, and Delta Donatello are hitting TRU in 1-2 weeks."
They even gave us some insight into future waves of TMNT Classic Collections that they have planned:
"The others are TBD –Super Mikey -Super Don -Military Leo probably fall 9/1/2016."
Well, there you have it! The three Classic Collection TMNT figures that we spotted online are Toys R Us exclusive items and will be hitting shelves soon! Not only that, but another wave is also planned for the fall. You heard it here first!

Also, now that you know that these are coming to Toys R Us please be sure to NOT FEED THE SCALPERS online who are asking for exorbitant amounts of money for these figures!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Celebrate ALIENDAY426 with a Look Back at NECA ALIENS

To mark the special occasion of ALIENDAY426 we wanted to take a walk down memory lane. 

Celebrate the day with us by checking out all of the NECA TOYS ALIEN(S) reviews we have done over the last few years. Lots of great ones!!!

NECA Toys Alien KANE Figure Review

NECA Toys Dog Alien Review


Monday, April 25, 2016

NECA TOYS Kenner Aliens Ripley Figure Review

Kenner Ripley
Can you believe it's already the 30th Anniversary for ALIENS?  I feel like it was just yesterday when I was freaking out over the Alien Queen and that stuff that was flowing out of the Torn Bishop. One of the ways NECA Toys is celebrating ALIENS DAY on 4/26, is with the Kenner Ripley figure. Ripley is a perfect throwback to the 90's comic version you might have owned as a kid. We were lucky enough to get our hands on one and discuss it just before ALIENS Day!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Three new Classic Collection TMNT Figures by Playmates Toys Spotted Online

While browsing eBay I came across a listing for three new Classic Collection TMNT figures. They are Skateboardin' Michelangelo, Touchdown Tossin' Leonardo, and Delta Donatello.

We have reached out to Playmates Toys for word on these new figures since Delta Don is not listed on their website, and I have not seen any news about these figures. So far we have been unable to get a response.

I hope these will find their way to TRU very soon and that we will continue to see more Classic Collection figures in the future. We will keep you posted if/when we hear back from Playmates.

More pictures after the jump...

Monday, April 4, 2016

Vintage TMNT Haul from Half Shell Toys

Everyone who follows us knows that we each have very diverse toy collections. With the said, we each still have our all-time favorites. Steve's favorite always has been and will be the original G.I. JOE: ARAH line from Hasbro. My personal favorite is the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle line by Playmates.

As a kid I had so many of the figures and the playsets. I spent countless hours pretending to battle Shredder and the Foot Clan with my TMNT figures on the Technodrome and Sewer Lair. A few years back I was digging in the attic of my parents house and came across some of my original TMNT collection. Lots of it was missing and most weapons and accessories were long gone. Even then, finding those figures that I cherished as a kid was like finding gold. I scooped them up and displayed them in a room at my house. Around this time, my interest in collecting was already starting to grow due to Steve's toy collection. From this point on I decided that I wanted to complete my figures and rebuild the collection I had as a kid. Since then I have not only built it up to that point, but have surpassed what I had. A collector's job is never finished though.

I recently went on a little bit of a vintage TMNT splurge. First, Steve hooked me up with an excellent deal on some great pieces such as complete set of the Storage Shell Turtles, Toon Shredder, and many  more! A big thanks to him as he has helped me tremendously with building my collection up! 
In the past I have purchased a few much needed pieces for my collection from Tim at Half Shell Toys. Each time I have gone through him I have been extremely satisfied. This transaction was a few months in the making as both of us have been extremely busy with the daily grind of life! In the end, I bought three complete vehicles (Turtlecopter, Pogocopter, and Knucklehead) as well as fifteen complete figures from Tim.

Monday, March 28, 2016

A Sneak Peak Into the G.I. JOE Room

We will let the video speak for itself, but here is a quick sneak peak at a big part of Steve's vintage G.I. JOE ARAH collection. Enjoy!

Feel free to chat with us on Twitter @cobrashadowjoes

Friday, March 25, 2016

NECA TOYS AVP Grid and Warrior Alien Review

Grid and Warrior Aliens

When you think about an Alien fighting a Predator most people will think that the Predator wins hands down.  In a true one on one battle this could be the case, but the Aliens in AVP show nothing is certain.  In the movie, one of the last things you start to see are the Aliens attacking humans and Predators.  At this point in the movie it looks as if the Xenos are truly the best.  The GRID Alien picks apart two Predators before finally being taken out by the Scar Predator.  We will cut the Predators some slack as this was their chance to prove themselves by defeating a Xenomorph.  Let's take a closer look at NECA's GRID and Warrior Aliens from the movie Alien vs Predator.

Monday, March 14, 2016

NECA TOYS ALIEN Concept Figure Review

Translucent Prototype Xenomorph Suit

Although it never made it to the movie, the first Xenomorph (Big Chap) from the original ALIEN movie was supposed to be translucent so that you could see its inner workings. However, due to several unsuccessful attempts to make a translucent Xeno suit the color of it was changed to the dark colored version that we all know and love. The backstory about this is fascinating. If you have the time and the desire to learn more and see pictures of the original prototype suit then head over to the Strange Shapes blog. There are two articles in particular on this topic which you can find here and here. If you are a fan of the ALIEN franchise then you will want to give them a look.

Monday, February 29, 2016

New York Toy Fair 2016

For a host of reasons Steve and I thought that we would not be able to attend New York Toy Fair this year. However, we figured it costs us nothing to register so let's do that at the very least. Well, in the end we were able to make it up to New York City on Saturday the 13th for Toy Fair.

Toy Fair just happened to be on one of the coldest days of the year. The last few years we had snow for Toy Fair, but this year we battled bitter cold and brutal winds. We took the train up from our neck of the woods of NJ up to Penn Station. Once we got there we took a look at the line for taxis and said "f that", manned up, and walked our asses to the Javits Center.

Friday, February 26, 2016

NECA TOYS Pacific Rim Ultimate Striker Eureka Review

Pacific Rim 
Ultimate Striker Eureka 

     The Pacific Rim line may be coming to a close after 2 1/2 years, but NECA has made sure that we receive Ultimate versions from the icons of the movie.  The Ultimate Striker is a very nice upgrade from the first version NECA released.  The Striker is the strongest and fastest of all the Jaegers, and he really knows how to brawl. The Ultimate version comes with a lot of updates that make it worth buying even if you have the original.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

NECA TOYS Dynamic Figure Stand Review

NECA Dynamic Figure Stand

        NECA, creator of all kinds of awesome figures and so much more, has added another nice piece to their collection.  The NECA Dynamic Figure Stand isn't your run of the mill stand.  This stand allows not only dynamic poses for ALL of your action figures, but it can also stick to glass/mirror for a unique look.  We were lucky enough to receive one of these brand new stands and try it out on our NECA figures as well as some other figures from our collections.  Let's just say the results were not only great, but we had a ton of fun playing with it. I was pulling figures out left and right to try on the stand. So what exactly are you getting with this dynamic stand?  Let's take a look below.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

NECA TOYS AVP Predators Review

Chopper-Celtic-Scar Predator

If you haven't purchased NECA's AVP Predator line yet, you will want to after you read this review.  I think most people have the same opinion about the movie...the Predators looked like they were on steroids, and the actors were just plain boring.  The movie is truly about the Alien vs Predator battles throughout, but they were hard to follow and not exactly "non rubber suit looking".  I'd sit here and write about the entire movie premise, but at this point all that matters is the amazing figures NECA has created from a PG-13 Alien/Predator movie. I decided for this series, I would review all three Predators together to compare and contrast their differences.

Monday, January 18, 2016

NECA TOYS Retro Iron Maiden - 2 Minutes To Midnight Eddie Review

Retro Iron Maiden - 2 Minutes to Midnight

"2 minutes to midnight,
The hands that threaten doom."

Following The Trooper, The Mummy, and the Piece of Mind Eddies, NECA has brought back the iconic mascot of Iron Maiden again for another kick ass figure. This time NECA brings us the 2 Minutes to Midnight retro format Eddie! Besides my Snake Plissken and VGA Freddy this is now my third retro format figure, and I continue to like them more and more with each one I buy.

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Loyal Subjects 8" Battle Damaged and Metallic Leo's Review

The Loyal Subjects 8" Battle Damaged & Metallic Leo's

As many of you know, I am a huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan. This has always been my favorite toy line since childhood. A few years back I found a small chunk of my collection that I had as a kid at my parents house. From there, I got the itch to get all of the retro stuff I had as a kid and then some. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

NECA TOYS Ultimate T-1000 Terminator Review

NECA Ultimate T-1000 Terminator

"Have you seen this boy?", a line Robert Patrick laid out with conviction as a T-1000.  I actually believe Robert Patrick was just as good as any of the other characters in Terminator 2.  He really gives a performance that makes you believe he is literally a liquid machine with one job...TERMINATE!  I could almost make a case that he stole the movie from the entire cast...only because of his kills and demeanor throughout the movie. OK, enough about the movie, let's jump into this awesome figure!

Monday, January 4, 2016

NECA TOYS 7" Friday the 13th VGA Jason (Theme Music Packaging) Review

NECA TOYS VGA Jason (Theme Music Packaging)

I just recently got both the new NES Jason as well as the Ultimate Jason figures by NECA. Both of these are awesome, but today's review will focus on the VGA Jason. A similar version of this figure came out in 2013 as a SDCC exclusive figure. Many people missed out on this figure at that time, and  it has since become a highly coveted action figure. I have wanted one for years, but refused to feed the scalpers on eBay and pay their outrageous prices. As usual, patience and perseverance pays off. 

NECA knew that many collectors really wanted a crack at this figure. They didn't just merely re-release the same figure. They made some awesome improvements. The original version came with the iconic mask and a hatchet and had glow in the dark features.