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  1. On Wednesday, the Hasbro Marvel Legends team held their first Instagram Live show, as opposed to the usual Youtube 'Fan First' livestreams. Announcements, reveals, we didn't know what to expect, but when Dwight Stall and Ryan Ting appeared on our screens, we certainly didn't expect this... As soon as Dwight and Ryan popped up on our Instagram screens, we knew something was off... "Something is different... Did they get a new haircut? No, it's not that..." we thought. "Is it because we see Dwight with a background that doesn't look assymetrical or wobbly? Still not that. Oh, I see! There's a dog filter on!" It was only made worse by the fact that the dog's tongue came out anytime they opened their mouth. No one was safe, as even the action figures had the dog filter on them. It's a good thing that a lot of the figures revealed that day had a mask on (or even a paper bag on !) to spare them the humiliation. Fortunately, it didn't seem to phase Dwight or Ryan, as they pulled through and had a great livestream with tons of awesome reveals. All info about the actual livestream can be found here. Most of the figures are now up for pre-orders, so go get yours! More news at 11:00... Woof woof! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  2. It's Wednesday and you know what that means: ToyFarce reviews! This week, we're having a look at the Bojji and Kagge figures from Ranking of Kings by Bandai Spirits/S.H. Figuarts/Tamashii Nations/whatever they are called this week! Ranking of Kings is a fantastic anime with beautiful animation (reminds me of early Ghibli movies), a great story, nice characters with depth, and a lovely soundtrack (both opening and ending theme are so good). Can you tell I liked it? If you haven't seen it, do try to watch it. I didn't get into it right away, but as soon as I started watching, I knew I would need a plastic representation of Bojji on one of my shelves. The options were either a Banpresto mini statue, a Good Smile Nendoroid figure that comes out in November, or a nice, articulated S.H.Figuarts figure. The choice was easy... Prince Bojji, along with Kagge, comes with 5 different head plates, 7 extra hands, his green cape, his training stick, a sheath and his trusty rapier. The figure has a good amount of articulations, considering his size (tiny), and he's surprisingly easy to balance, even with his big head that I thought would make him 'top heavy'. The facial expressions are great, and allow for lots of different poses and situations. I would say that the white on the eyes could have been more white, though. Also, the head without faceplate is pure nightmare fuel.. Kagge could have also used maybe one ball joint for the mouth/arm, or the possiblity to remove it. Otherwise, a solid set! Hopefully, Bandai does more characters from the show, who has plenty of great designs to choose from. More news at 11:00... AaeeAeuu EeAawua!
  3. "WE'RE SLASHING PRICES!" - Those are the words displayed on the store front of the new toys and collectibles store near Camp Crystal Lake, in Cunningham County, New Jersey. The new store will have its grand opening this Friday 13th, and the locals are hoping for a ton of visitors over the weekend. "We haven't had much tourism since... you know... the events." said Jack B. who lives nearby. "We hope there will be a lot of mother and children visiting the store, especially since Mother's day was last week." "This store is going to ki... ki... kill ma... ma... my wallet!" said Pamela V., a local mother. We hope the prices are the only things that will be getting slashed today... More news at 11:00... 20% off on all hockey masks! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  4. McFarland. MacFairlane. McFreemont. McFragglerock. We've all seen Todd McFarlane's name butchered to death by fans, whether they love or hate him (even if a large part won't ever admit that they like some of his products, to look cool on the internet). The latest wave of spelling mistakes came with the announcement of the Munitions Pack, a weapon pack for all McFarlane Toys 7-inch figures, something that fans had been demanding for a long time, especially with the DC Multiverse figures not being able to have firearms, and 'fans' didn't disappoint: "MacFairlane Toys is finally doing something right, but the weapons should have come with the figures in the first place!" (It has been documented for a while that it is a Warner Bros thing, though). "McFarland's weapon pack is cool, but the weapons won't probably fit with other brands... SMH" (as if McFarlane had an obligation to make weapons for other toy lines...). "McFairmont's weapon pack sucks! Mezco did it better." (This is an actual comment I read. "McFairmont". I hope autocorrect was involved...). As a P.S.A. for future releases, please remember: It's Mc-Far-Lane. McFarlane Toys. More news at 11:00... It's an attitude! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  5. A week ago, the Hasbro Marvel Legends team (Dwight Stall, Ryan Ting and Jesse Falcon) teased on the Marvel Comics podcast that "there might be, perhaps, but likely, a new Haslab project in 2022, allegedly. Maybe. Fingers crossed. But yeah." (Something like that). ToyFarce investigated long and hard, and tried to gather information about all the potential candidates for a Haslab project, and we came to the conclusion that it could only be one thing: the Thanos-Copter. The Thanos-Copter is clearly one of the most important vehicle of the Marvel Universe. Some say it's the Bluebird, the Quinjet or even the Helicarrier, but they pale in comparison to the almighty Thanos-Copter. First, you have to imagine that Thanos, the Mad Titan, took helicopter training classes in order to be able to pilot it. There was a time when the Almighty Thanos took a break from conquering planets in the afternoons to be at his lessons. The Thanos-Copter has even made appearances in the MCU and the Lego Marvel video games. If that doesn't convince you that it's the most important vehicle, I don't know what will. No official announcement date has been given as of writing. More news at 11:00... EVIL TAKES TO THE SKY! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  6. It has been a few weeks now since Hasbro has started to introduce, in their livestreams, the idea of using less plastic on their packaging, with 'window-less packaging'. Fans have been very vocal about not being happy about the change, mentioning that, because of nefarious figure swappers, the new boxes will pretty much be 'mystery boxes', where you won't be able to know what figure is in the box and what you are going to get. Other collectors, who loved to spend 30 minutes at the store staring at each figures to pick the one with the best paint apps were not so keen about it either (What are they going to do with all that free time then?). But a group of collectors may have found the solution... Recycling! "There is no need to make more plastic, when there's already a ton of plastic that is peg warming our shelves at the store." said Bruce B., a collector from Wyoming. "What Hasbro can do is recall the 80,000 Black Series Lando Calrissian figures, along with the entire Eternals wave that are clogging our pegs, melt them down, and re-use that plastic to make the windows for the boxes. For one Constable Zuvio figure, you could probably make 6 or 7 window packagings. So imagine the numbers when we get to the Eternals waves!". We will keep you informed as things develop. More news at 11:00... Life in plastic, it's fantastic! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  7. Robo Force: You might not remember that name, and there is a reason for that. In 1984, Robo Force, by Ideal, was set to be the biggest robot line, with a series of toys and an animated series in the plans. That same year, at the Toy Fair, Transformers was introduced to the world... The rest is history. The line would see a couple of revivals, but never really became big. Fast forward to October 2021, when the Nacelle company (the company behind awesome TV shows like 'The Toys that Made Us' and 'The Movies that Made Us' on Netflix, 'A Toy Store Near You' on Amazon Prime, a ton of great podcasts and stand up comedy specials, and even that Zac Efron travelling show, which was surprisingly captivating!) announced that they bought the Robo Force license and were planning a revival! In order to make the best out of Robo Force, Brian Volk Weiss, the founder of the Nacelle company, would team with toy designer extraordinaire David Vonner, to make the first designs and prototypes for the line. The original figures from 1984 had the particularity of having a suction cup in order to stand up on your table, so that was definitely a component that needed to be implemented in the new figures. You can see Wrecker and Maxx Steele below. ToyFarce got the exclusive scoop from Brian Volk Weiss that a team of the world's best scientist has been hired to improve and bring us the best modern suction cup technology! (Brian replied 'sure lol' when we asked him.) We've all had bad experiences with suction cups. They can sometimes stop to stick on the surface they're on, or not work if wet,... The team of scientists will work around the clock until the suction cup technology is at its optimal! More news at 11:00... FOR PLANET VVRAM! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  8. Just when we thought we'd seen it all... Last week, an ebay listing was brought to our attention: The seller offered a completely empty box from the G.I.Joe Classified Series Spirit figure, for about the same price as if the figure was in it. ToyFarce decided to investigate and found out about a store in Florida (Florida man, again?), who sells only empty boxes, complete with plastic inserts and twist ties. The owner of the store explained us that it can be either for collectors that bought a loose figure but want to keep it "MOC", or for loose action figure collectors who want to convert and become "mint in box" collectors. "Come visit our store, we have it all: Hasbro, Neca, Mezco, McFarlane Toys, Super7, Mythic Legions, SH Figuarts, ... We got all the empty boxes you need. If you got loosies, we got their boxes!" said the owner. "We even sell a "mint scent spray", that you can spray inside the box to give it that "out of factory" smell we all love!" More news at 11:00... Talk about thinking outside the box! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  9. Over the weekend, Todd McFarlane, the ToddFather himself, announced another variant of the Gunslinger Spawn, that will come with a horse, and will be exclusive to Gamestop. First there was the one with the rifle, then the one with the gatling gun, and now one with a horse. But wait, there is more! ToyFarce got the exclusive insider scoop that there will soon be a fourth version, this time with a guitar, that will be exclusive to K-Mart! The Gunslinger Spawn was certainly a hit, just like the Mortal Kombat Spawn before him, that we got in all possible flavors (mint, strawberry cream, mustard...). It made sense for McFarlane Toys to keep releasing cool variants of this one too. ToyFarce received an exclusive first look at the figure, since we did such a good job promoting the Mortal Kombat Spawn with a trumpet a few years ago. You can see that this is a legitimate sample, straight from the factory, because it comes in a tupperware, just like the ones that Todd McFarlane shows in his videos. More news at 11:00... Who will play the drums? *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  10. It's Wednesday, and you know what that means... ToyFarce reviews! This week, we're having a look at the 4 main turtles from the Super7 Ultimates! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line. When the first few waves were announced, I skipped on them since there was only one turtle per wave, and wanted to wait to see how they were in-hand. After a few waves were announced, they started to come out and then, the secondary market prices started to creep up, and I just made my peace with the fact that I missed out on those. I thought I can't really get into a line if I don't have the main characters, right? Thankfully, last summer, Super7 announced that they would sell all 4 turtles as a bundle, with a re-issue of the first one that came out (Raphael). So... I got them! First things first, the packaging. Super7 always does an excellent job with the packaging and the unboxing experience. Each comes with its own shipper boxes, and a nice sleeve for that 'deluxe' effect. The boxes have an amazing design, where you can see the figure with all its accessories through a window (remember those?). Raphael, who used to be my favorite growing up (I lost mine in a river as a kid, so there's some trauma involved). That figure comes packed with accessories: a new and improved head, 8 extra hands, extra sais (the figure already had some on his belt, but there were additional ones), communicators (open and closed), a slice of pizza and the same 'weapon rack' that the original figures from 1988 came out with (along with those same weapons "painted and ready to use!"). Great nostalgia trick! (Can you imagine if today's collector reviewed the original figures? "What? No thigh swivel? No biceps swivel? Complete absence of ab-crunch! The head is soft, this is BS!" Thank god those came out when we were children...). Leonardo was in the second wave of figures, and comes with the same amount of accessories, except that he has katanas instead of sais (duh!), and has one less pair of hands. The articulation on those figures is pretty great, and they really are a love letter to the old ones, all while being a huge improvement/modern version at the same time. Michaelangelo, from wave 3, comes with similar accessories as the other ones, except he has a whole pizza box instead of just one slice, and a grappling hook instead of communicators. He also comes with 2 version of his nunchukus: either all plastic and straight, or with actual chains. Last but not least, the best turtle, Donatello, from wave 4. Donnie comes with the same plethora of accessories, with 2 bo staffs (in case he loses one?). And that finally completes the set of our 4 favorite turtles. Super7 did a great job at making at making those figures look just like the old ones, while being up to modern standards. The old head sculpts are spot on, and the newer versions are definitely nice to look at (Raphael being the best one of the 4, with a bit more details). $45 per figure is definitely not great, but the argument of Super7 being a smaller company and needing to have slightly higher prices also makes sense (plus, it beats paying triple on ebay). Still, I'm happy with them. I don't think I will go all-in on the line, but I do think i might have to go back and look for a couple of them... I hear Bebop and Rocksteady are awesome figures. What did you think of the Super7 Ultimates! TMNT line? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments! More news at 11:00... Radical!
  11. It's Wednesday and you know what that means... ToyFarce Reviews! This week, we're having a look at the Power Rangers x Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Lightning Collection two-packs by Hasbro (minus the Morphed Shredder which has yet to fall in my pile of loot!). For those unaware, those come from a great comic book crossover by IDW Publishing and Boom Studios, where the Power Rangers and the Ninja Turtles cross paths, and eventually the Ninja Turtles end up suiting up using the Power Rangers morphers and coins. It's a fun read! But how about those figures? It's Morphin' Time! The first two-pack released was the Red ranger Raphael with Tommy as a foot soldier. In the comic book, Tommy (yes, that Tommy, the Green Ranger!) has joined forces with Shredder and the Foot clan. Raphael is a great figure, with tons of articulations (double elbows, double knees, etc), and comes with an unmasked head, 4 extra hands, his trusted weapons, the sais and some effects for them. Tommy comes with a regular foot soldier head, a facemask to cover his face, along with a facemask that is pulled down, extra hands, a katana, lightning effects for the katana and a punch effect. The second one had Leonardo and Donatello, as the Blue and Black ranger, respectively (yeah, there was no purple ranger in Mighty Morphin', so black will have to do...). They both come with an unmasked head, 4 extra hands, their weapons (katanas for Leo and a bo staffs/axes for Donnie), along with some effects for them. Just like Raph, they are very cool figures, can be displayed in tons of action poses,... I mean, come on. They're Power Rangers Ninja Turtles! Even if they had 5 points of articulation, they'd probably still be cool! The third two-pack had the Yellow ranger Michaelangelo (once again, no orange, so close enough), and the Pink ranger April O'Neil. The turtle comes with the usual unmasked head, extra hands, weapons and effects, and April also has a camera, a microphone (so she can still fulfill her journalist duties), a bow and arrow + effect, and a blaster. Out of all 4 turtles, Michaelangelo has the most derpy unmasked head, followed very closely by Donatello. The Green Ranger Shredder has started to appear in stores, so it shouldn't be long before he joins the other ones. There's a lot of fun crossovers in comic books these days, and I hope we can get more of those fun 'special events' toys. I'd love a Transformers/Star Trek transforming Enterprise, for example... What other comic book crossover would you like to see figures of? Let us know in the comments! More news at 11:00... Cowabunga! It's Morphin' Time!
  12. Earlier this week, the Hasbro Marvel Legends team held their latest livestream, a "Fan First Tuesday" (Didn't it use to be 'Fan First Friday'? or was it Monday...), where they announced a plethora of new cool figures, along with new packaging and new prices, which were met with quite a lot of controversy from said fans. The new packaging, as shown here, will be more eco-friendly and use less plastic, which means that they will not have a window at the front showing the figure anymore, and will be all cardboard. Now, we are all totally for saving the planet and trying to reduce waste, but a lot of collectors still thought that it was not the best way to handle it. From experience, we can already tell that there are lots of nefarious "figure swappers" that would buy a figure, grab what they want from it, put another lesser figure back in the packaging and bring it back to the store for a refund... and they were doing already doing that when the boxes had windows! To be at the front of that problem, Hasbro unveiled their new idea: the Marvel Legends Mystery Boxes! That way, you won't be disappointed if the thing you find in your packaging is different from the one displayed on the box, since it will always be a surprise! Is it the Spider-man figure that you wanted? Or is it a box full of plastic spoons? A diaper, perhaps? You'll only know once you open it! More news at 11:00... Fan First News Day! *ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!
  13. It's Wednesday and you know what that means... ToyFarce review! This week, we're having a look at the first wave of new Spawn figures, from the Spawn's Universe line of McFarlane Toys! Spawn is Todd McFarlane's creation, and the very reason why he started McFarlane Toys in the first place nearly 3 decades ago (as other brands did not want to do Spawn figures for him). In the late 90's/early 00's, you couldn't go to a comic book store without seeing a ton of Spawn figures. Then, suddenly, it stopped. Sure, we got the Mortal Kombat Spawn figure in recent years, along with the Kickstarter Spawn, a new and improved version of the very first figure, but this is the first actual wave of Spawn figures. Exciting! First off, odd choice, but instead of going with a classic look for Spawn on that first wave, McFarlane Toys went for the Gunslinger Spawn instead, most likely because there is a new comic book about this Spawn coming out as well. The Gunslinger Spawn comes with 2 revolvers, a rifle and a rifle bag. The sculpt is amazing and the colors are great, with really vibrant red and green. You might hurt yourself while handling the figure with all those spikes. Still, a triumphant return for Spawn in toy form. The Redeemer, or Anti-Spawn, the heaven's equivalent to hell's Spawn, is also a nice figure, even if not my favorite from this wave. The details on the sculpt and the wings are stunning, and the Redeemer comes with his sword. The wings do leave a little to be desired, the articulation on them does not allow a lot of movement, and the peg is really thin, and one of the wings of my figure is 'locked' in a pose, and it looks like trying to move them more will break the peg. Raven Spawn also looks amazing in its creepiness. The dark colors and details, along with the axe/scythe and chains accessories will look perfectly gloomy on any shelf! The contrast with the bright green of the eyes is a nice touch. This is another figure that you might need gloves to pose, as the spikes on the gauntlets and legs are not pleasant. The Clown, a classic Spawn villain, looks just as creepy and evil as when we last saw him. This one comes with a gigantic backpack rocket launcher full of weapons, which can be a little heavy and make the figure fall backwards a lot. I don't think I know anybody who will display him with it anyway, it's kind of a weird accessory. He also comes with a knife and a razor blade. The figure itself is small, but because of the giant backpack accessory, its packaging ended up being one of the biggest of that wave... ...apart from Violator. That thing is a BEAST. Seriously, this is not a toy, it is a weapon. It is heavy, has horns and spikes growing all over and looks amazing. One of McFarlane Toys' strong suits has always been big monster figures, and we are very far from the first Violator figure, which was basically a glorified bend-em figure. This Violator looks more like the one in the modern version of the comic book (#beefy). Definitely the highlight of that wave. All that plastic for only about $50 is insane. Which was your favorite Spawn figure that you hope to see in that Spawn's Universe line? Let us know in the comments! More news at 11:00... WANDAAAA !
  14. It's Wednesday and you know what that means... ToyFarce review! This week, we're having a look at 'The Batman' first wave from the McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse line. With the movie out on HBO Max since monday, I felt it was a good time to check those out. Several other toy brands have since announced their versions of it since (Hot Toys, Mezco, SH Figuarts,...), but one thing that is for sure is that Todd McFarlane beat everybody to the punch, with these figures being available everywhere right as the movie came out, with gigantic themed end-caps full of action figures, 12-inch 'posed statues', etc.. being found all over the place. First off, Mr. Vengeance, The Batman himself. If you're familiar with the dozens of other Batman figures from that line, you won't be very surprised. It's a good figure with the usual McFarlane Toys articulations ("nO tHiGh sWiVeL? UrGh!") and it will certainly do the job at looking like the Batman from the movie on your shelf, side-eyes and all. The details on the suit and the likeness are very good. Mine came with the seemingly common defect of having a double cowl (basically, the figure came with the cape that the unmasked figure should have, so he has the cowl on his head, and the cowl folded in his back), which sucks but I'll try to get that sorted out. He comes with his grapple gun. The Catwoman figure is a bit more of a mess. The female body and articulation is okay, the details, how minimal they are, are good, but the only issue I would have with that figure is that she never really wore the mask that way in the movie. The mask did not cover her mouth in the movie, and she either had it not covering her mouth, or not at all, so that version is kind of a weird choice. Based on concept art, maybe? Also, she comes with a whip as an accessory, which has to be one of the thickest whip of all time. Finally, the Riddler, which also looks exactly like he does in the movie, regardless of if you like or don't like the design of his suit. He's using some sort of military thermal facemask to hide his face, along with some saran wrap (the figure has transparent plastic around the hair, great detail). Basic articulation as well, which fits here, since we didn't really see him do any acrobatics in the movie. He comes with the carpet tucker he used in the movie to kill his first victim. I watched the movie again on monday and I still really loved it. Are you going to watch it? How many times? Let us know in the comments! More news at 11:00... I'm Vengeance!
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