Thursday, March 31, 2016

Here is the answer to the February 2016 Trivia .

Unfortunately no one won the February 2016 Contest . Here is what was shown.
And here is the answer .
It's The Bossman action figure from the Happy Worker toy line .

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

March 2016 Contest !!! Win 10 Dollars !!!

Win 10 dollars via PayPal if you get this month's Trivia correct
Name the toyline and the name of the character these feet belong to .

This contest expires April 30, 2016 . Good luck to all !!!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Old Toy Ads Part One !!!

If you have some old Marvel or Dc comics from the 1970s , 80s , and 90s, then you know they are full of toy advertisements . Unlike today's comics, a lot of these ads have drawn some of the toys as you'll see, instead of just taking pictures of them . Here are three ads for your reading and viewing pleasure , or for just taking a trip down memory lane for nostalgic reasons .
If you were a child of the 1980s, then I'm sure many of you remember Mask . The Boulder Hill playset still looks good even by today's standard of toys . Now for a look at the last two ads, in which the toys are drawn not  photographed .
I do not remember the Morph O Droids , however from reading the advertisement it seems that they have Transformer like features and that they require batteries .
The little green army men many of us are familiar with . I miss these kind of ads, where you can order the toys from a company rather then going to a store and purchasing in person. Well there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this short flashback. Be on the lookout for more of these flashback ads in future posts .

Saturday, March 26, 2016


For the Easter Tribute action figure style , WWE Mattel came out with an action figure just in time for the Easter holiday . Although he's packaged with Adam Rose . I do not know the story line behind the Bunny character, however below is a pic that I've taken with my camera while in a local Walmart . I had no desire to purchase this toy at the time but I may change my mind later, because I just realized that the hat Rose is holding looks like a Magician's hat .
Also , here are links to the past Easter tributes - Here's a link to the 2015 tribute - . And here is a link to the 2014 tribute -


Sunday, March 20, 2016

WWE Elite Flashback Collection -Irwin R. Schyster AKA I.R.S. Review !!!

Just in time for TAX SEASON , I.R.S. is here !!! I purchased this figure of Irwin R. Schyster at a local Walmart for around 19.99 . For those whom may not know the background of this character , he is supposed to be a former Internal Revenue Service employee turned pro wrestler . Not the real man, whose real name is Lawrence Michael  Rotunda, but his character of Irwin applies to being a former government worker . As noted on the packaging , this is the first appearance of I.R.S. in the line . Another well known and popular wrestler from the 1990s, fans seemed to love poking fun at him with chants of " Irwin , Irwin " . Ha haa, I'm sure many WWE fans remember those moments.

I've been wishing for a figure of this guy for a while , now he's finally here. Irwin is interesting because he's different. And by that I mean it's not too often that wrestlers in office attire are made into action figures. Now let's take a look at Irwin out of the packaging , both with and without his glasses.

There is quite a bit of information to be discussed about this figure . Depending on how you view things, one could say that he comes with either two or three accessories. The packaging just mentions his glasses and briefcase, however his suspenders can also be removed if you choose to do so . Just like with Masters of the Universe figures, there is a loop in the back where you can unhook and then remove the suspenders, similar to removing armor from MOTU figures . His tie is a soft rubbery plastic and can be moved around, it is not sculpted onto the figure . If you look closely on the left side of his chest, you can see the initials IRS on his shirt . The letters are not separated by dots. So neither the suspenders or tie are sculpted on .
As for Irwin's appearance, while wearing the glasses he kind of reminds me of Clark Kent, Superman's secret identity. The glasses and the jet black hair makes him resemble Clark Kent with his hair combed backwards . Speaking of the glasses, they are a nice accessory and they look nice, however they can easily fall off of his face if you move the figure around too quickly. They are not easy too keep on when moving the figure, which makes me wish Mattel should have done something to make them remain on Irwin's face more securely .
Irwin is also the first WWE Mattel figure to come with just plain regular eye glasses, and not shades or sunglasses. There are a lot of figures out there with sunglasses and shades, but Irwin becomes the first with regular glasses in this line. However he is not the first action figure ever to wear regular removable glasses, to be honest I'm not sure what figure holds that honor. However the most recent is
Mezco's  Hiro Nakamura from the Heroes toy line .
The glasses on both of these figures feel as if they are made of the same material , even though these two action figures were made years apart from one another . The main difference here is that Irwin's glasses can easily be placed off or on , whereas with Hiro if you want to remove his glasses you would have to cut them off with some scissors maybe. Also if you want to display Irwin like he is on the packaging, with the glasses hanging below his eyes on the bridge of his nose, you may have some difficulty with this task as they may easily slide off. This is why I think Mattel should have done something similar to what Mezco did with Hiro's glasses . Therefore it is easier to display I.R.S. with his glasses the normal way, at eye level . For those of you that are worried about losing Irwin's glasses, they can easily be stored in his briefcase as shown below. A perfect place to keep them for those who would rather display the figure without the glasses .
As you can see the briefcase opens and closes . Like all WWE Mattel figures, Irwin's face and hair are highly detailed . For the face you can see wrinkles, bags under the eyes, etc, and for the hair he has that waved back look like it's been greased and combed . I love the realism with all of these figures, not just I.R.S. I also love the " Elite Flashback Collection ". Below are just three figures produced under this title.
Three members from the Elite Flashback Collection, The Godfather, I.R.S. , and Doink the Clown . Notice that all of these guys are from the 1990s WWE era. So for those of you collectors that are looking for figures of wrestlers from the 1990s or earlier, then now is the time to visit your local Walmarts, Targets , Toys R Us or wherever you buy your action figures from because these guys are coming out in droves .


(1) ARTICULATION - Irwin has the same basic normal excellent articulation that all WWE Elite figures always have, with the only thing being limited is the up and down head movement .

(2) STANDING  ABILITY - The figure stands very well with no balance issues.

(3) WHAT  I  LIKE  BEST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? - The glasses. The briefcase opens and closes plus it fits well into either hand. The idea of the suspenders being removable is also nice, even  though I have no desire to remove them from Irwin. However having the option of removing the suspenders from Irwin and placing them onto another figure is a nice luxury to have .

(4) WHAT  I  LIKE  LEAST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? - The glasses can easily fall off of his face .

(5) WHAT  COULD  HAVE  BEEN  DONE  TO  IMPROVE  THE  FIGURE ? - Come up with a way to make the glasses stay on easier .

(6) GRADING  SCALE - Despite my gripe about the glasses not fitting securely, I still give this figure a Perfect 10 . After all, the glasses are optional for display , so without them this is a flawless figure in my opinion .

(7) FINAL  ANALYSIS - Rather you decide to display Irwin with or without the glasses , I think he looks cool standing next to the other wrestlers from his era. It's great to finally have I.R.S. in this toy line .

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


I could not think of an action figure tribute this year however here is a link to last year's St. Patty's tribute ....  . Also the 2014 Tribute , there is a link to it from the 2015 post , so that you can view both past tributes with the above link .

Sunday, March 13, 2016

WWE Mattel Elite Collection Flashback - Sycho Sid Review !!!

I purchased this Sycho Sid figure at a local Walmart for a discounted price of 18.84 . This guy has undergone different names throughout his career . He was also known as Sid Vicious when he first appeared on the wrestling scene . He would later be known as Sid Justice , and then finally the name used for this toy , " Sycho Sid" . Now on to the pics of the figure .

Despite his alter egos, Sid wore practically the same attire for each of his namesakes. So for the kids that may have this figure, this figure could be Sycho Sid , Sid Vicious , or Sid Justice . Now for a look at Sycho Sid out of the packaging.

Depending on how you look at things, one could say that Sid comes with four accessories instead of one . If you count four accessories, than the two knee wraps along with the one arm sleeve combined with the vest makes four accessories. With the vest as the packaging indicates than it is just one accessory . I think this is a great action figure overall . My only complaint with this figure is his facial expression . In my opinion, this does not look like the look of a psycho , it looks like a regular grinning smile. I'd prefer the expression he has on his face on the back of the packaging , with both of his hands clutching his hair along with the gritted teeth. I think that look on the back of the packaging fits the character's persona / personality more, since he is considered a psycho .
 Some more accessories that should have been included with Sid are three championship belts. As noted on the back of the packaging, Sid is a former WWE , WCW , and United States Champion . It would have been a nice bonus to have all three of these championship belts packaged with Sid, unfortunately they are not.
Sid is listed at 6"9 , so therefore his action figure is almost seven inches tall. Above is a comparison shot to one of several WWE Mattel figures of Hulk Hogan .
                                                         FINAL  THOUGHTS
( 1 ) ARTICULATION - Excellent all around articulation . Sid has the usual articulation of any WWE Elite figure . Up and down head movement is almost basically non-existent .

( 2 ) STANDING  ABILITY - The figure stands very well with no balance issues.

( 3 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  BEST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? Adding any former world champion to the collection is a luxury within itself , and that is what Sid was .

( 4 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  LEAST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? The expression on his face.As already mentioned, I prefer the look he has on the back of the packaging .

( 5 ) WHAT  COULD  HAVE  BEEN  DONE  TO  IMPROVE  THIS  FIGURE ? Make his facial expression resemble the look on the back of the packaging . Include the three championship belts he has won over his career .

( 6 ) GRADING  SCALE - A cool action figure but not a perfect score . I give it a 9.8 on a one to ten scale. The minus is for the facial expression . If not for that a perfect ten would have been given.

( 7 ) FINAL  ANALYSIS - Despite missing his championship belts, it is a great luxury to add this Sycho Sid figure to the collection .