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“Roman Shevchenko. My toys” On IndieGoGo

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 28 November, 2016 - 08:47
“Roman Shevchenko. My toys” is a book featuring a collection of photographs taken by one of the most well-known Russian toy collector and toy photographer, the late Roman Shevchenko, aka “AlPred”. Since his passing in 2014, Maria Kaner (Art direction and design) and Ilya Kaner (Production and design) have taken on the task of collecting his photos and publishing them in a hardcover book, for
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“G.I. Joe: Escape from Doom!” Pack-In Insert from 1990 - 28 November, 2016 - 06:04
In addition to the “Incredible Shrinking Joes” mail-away promotion (posted here), Hasbro also offered up this 1990 pack-in insert for the Escape from Doom. The micro figures are shown in the same photograph in both flyers, but this one also adds the micro vehicles to the mix. Will we ever get tired of these old G.I. Joe marketing inserts? I... Read more →
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White Wizard’s Cyber Monday Sale on Star Realms - 28 November, 2016 - 05:49
If you’ve never played the Star Realms deck building game (find at*) then you’ve been missing out on a masterpiece. Star Realms is super enjoyable just with the $15 two-player base game, and you can expand the game with the various expansions to change things up a bit. And today, since it is Cyber Monday, everything is on sale... Read more →
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2003 ToysRUs Transformers Toy Reissue Advertisement - 28 November, 2016 - 03:03
A few days ago I posted a 2002 TRU advertisement for Hasbro’s reissue of Transformers of the time. I ran across the ad while going through the Transformers: War Within comics* of the time, and that ad was far from alone. Check out this similar ad for Jazz, right out of the last issue of the War Within mini-series. Related... Read more →
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M.U.S.C.L.E. ALIENS by Super7 Drops Dec 9th

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 28 November, 2016 - 02:49
Super7 teases folks with “December 9” release date for their M.U.S.C.L.E. ALIENS figures! First seen circa NYCC, here are a few snaps of the blister-carded figures in “flesh” colorway, each priced at US$20 for 3 figures per pack. (images via WHAT-IS: ”Kinkeshi (キン消し, lit. "KinnikuEraser") is an extensive and popular line of collectible erasers, an instance of the modern
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1987 Watchimals Newspaper Ad - 28 November, 2016 - 02:39
Hasbro’s Watchimals toys (see Wikipedia) were working watches that had one weird gimmick: these were stuffed animal wristwatches that were designed for . . . well, I have no idea who Hasbro intended these toys for. People who wanna run around with totally weird watches and forever have a stuffed animal perched on their wrist? This 1987 newspaper ad shows... Read more →
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Spotted Online – X-Transbots Unofficial Cosmos!!! - 28 November, 2016 - 02:36
I’ve reviewed the original 1985 Cosmos toy (review here), as well as iGear’s unofficial Cosmos (review posted at TFSource), and now it’s time for me to get overly excited for what looks to be the best Cosmos yet! Pics of X-Transbots’ new Cosmos are on Facebook, and what I see tells me I have gotta have this new version of... Read more →
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TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 28 November, 2016 - 02:22
A video posted by Alex Solis (@alexmdc) on Nov 25, 2016 at 11:18am PST After making it’s debut at Shanghai Comic Con and Designer Con, Alex Solis has released his CHUNKY SPIDER-MAN for pre-order online at US$89.99! Standing 7-inch tall, this pre-painted polystone collectible possess zero articulation, and is limited to 150pcs. Purchases online will come with a Chunky Spiderman Enamel Pin (US$10
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Guzu Gallery x Violence Toy x Krotpong Industries Presents ‘Vulgaris Mortem: A Sofubi Art Toy Exhibition’ (Dec 3 - One Day Only)

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 27 November, 2016 - 22:52
EVENT PRESS: ”This December, Violence Toy and Krotpong Industries will team up with Guzu Gallery to bring you a one day only event featuring soft vinyl art toys! The event will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, following the Friday night opening of Strange Beasts IV — the fourth installment of Guzu’s highly successful kaiju & Japanese pop culture themed group art show. The team has assembled
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REVIEW: NECA’s Bill and Ted – Wyld Stallyns Box Set

Plastic and Plush - 27 November, 2016 - 22:42

The iconic film that made the phrase “Party on dudes!” a staple of American vernacular (at least during the early part of the 1990’s) turned 27 years old earlier this year. Yes, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (not to be confused with Bogus Journey) is considered a modern day cult classic, but it never really experienced the collectible figure status the movie license deserved.

So, in steps NECA with their newly released Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – Wyld Stallyns Clothed Action Figure Box Set. NECA sent us the set so we could check out the figures for this review.


As you likely known, Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted “Theodore” Logan make up the Wyld Stallyns. The “band” themed set includes both figures measuring 8 inches in height and wearing fabric clothes similar to toy lines from the 1970’s. Each figure comes with his own guitar and the fingers on both Bill and Ted’s hands are sculpted to be playing a guitar chord and strumming.


NECA went with a slightly stylized face sculpt of both Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves. They’re meant to have that retro feel to them, so that sort of plays into the theme. Each figure has multiple points of articulation (neck, arms, legs, etc) so you can pose them however you feel they would rock out.

The clothing is pretty well made. It’s sort of an odd scale, so the clothing could have gone either way. For those with questions about Bill’s outfit, Bill is wearing the clothes he had on during the school presentation. Although, the purple shirt doesn't have the printed design on it.


And the packaging looks great. There’s a definite retro feel to the window-front box. Inside, there’s a cardboard phone booth that you fold and pop together. That, plus the box backing, makes for a great background (as you see, I’ve used it in these photos).


“I am Bill S. Preston, esq.! And I am Ted Theodore Logan! Together, we are: WYLD STALLYNS!” And luckily for fans of the Wyld Stallyns, NECA has come to the rescue with this box set. While some folks might not like the stylized sculpting work, these are the best collectibles based on the film license. Hands down.

So…”Be excellent to each other. And party on dudes”


The Facts

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – Wyld Stallyns Set
Manufacturer: NECA
Authorized Likeness: Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston; Keanu Reeves as Ted "Theodore" Logan
Material: Plastic articulated figures with real fabric clothes
Dimensions: 8 inches tall
Points of Articulation: Multiple points
Outfit: Bill – grey cutoff shirt, purple sweatshirt around his waist, grey pants; Ted – pink jean jacket, black vest, white shirt, black and white shorts
Accessories: Two guitars; Cardboard phone booth
Pricing: $55.99

To pick up the set, check out the following: $49.95

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1982 E.T. Atari Game at K-Mart - 27 November, 2016 - 11:25
Okay, I may have just won Christmas. Poking through the Google newspaper archives I ran across this K-Mart ad for the Atari E.T. game. Only $25, kids!!! Don’t you want a copy today? Related articles “Cross Swords with Champions!” ( 1977 “Star Wars Toys For Christmas” ( 1975: Yule Shoppers and the Six Million Dollar Man (
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"TOYS: New Designs from the Art Toy

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 27 November, 2016 - 10:35
"TOYS: New Designs from the Art Toy Revolution" from MTV Overground Book 3 (2005) for Sale at US$20.00 excluding shipping/handling. (SRP is US$22.50). Folks interested to score this are to email direct ”toysreviler [at]”. One Copy only / Used / No Reservations / PayPal Only / Email Enquires Only - Thank You. A video posted by TOYSREVIL (@toysrevil) on Nov 26, 2016 at 8:23pm PST
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Pikotaro @ #AFASG16 - Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen Invades Singapore at Anime Festival Asia 2016

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 27 November, 2016 - 09:54
#toysrevilafasg16 #PPAP Challenge at #afasg16A photo posted by TOYSREVIL (@toysrevil) on Nov 24, 2016 at 8:35pm PST One of the Celebrity Guests for this year’s Anime Festival Asia 2016 (Nov 25-27), is “Pikotaro” AKA Japanese comedian Daimaou Kosaka - infamous for his PEN PINEAPPLE APPLE PEN viral music video skit that raged over the www not too long ago, and still does (*Check out “CCBC” Edition
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Transformers Armada Comic Book Advertisement from 2002 - 27 November, 2016 - 09:30
If this ad looks familiar then it may be that you’re remembering it from the first issue of Dreamwave’s Transformers: Armada back in 2014. Why, you ask, would I scan an old comic ad that I already scanned and shared once before? Well, the new scanner is better than the old, and that means that this version of the ad... Read more →
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Helix Star Wars School Products in 1978 - 27 November, 2016 - 07:13
Manufacturers learned fast back in the seventies, adapting Star Wars to almost anything and everything shortly after the film reached theaters in the summer of 1977. This ad comes from the UK and Star Wars Weekly, and looking at this I am left wishing that the printing quality was just a little better so that we could clearly see the... Read more →
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Fantastic Four Bubble Gum in 1983 - 27 November, 2016 - 05:56
The Marvel of today may be doing all that they can to bury the Fantastic Four, but back in the eighties, the company was promoting the Fantastic Four right alongside their other superhero teams and characters. Proof? Check out this 1983 advertisement — from an issue of Marvel’s Indiana Jones comic book — and the unusual choice of licensing out... Read more →
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Mugan Scope 79% off at TFSource - 27 November, 2016 - 05:41
I’ve reviewed four versions of the KFC’s not-Perceptor transforming robot toy, and now TFSource has the toy on sale for the weekend at 79% off! Even with the flaws — check my reviews, below — I have to say that $16 is a great price for the little guy. If you have wanted one then now’s your chance. KFC Mugan... Read more →
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“Big As They Come!” 1981 Monogram Advertisement - 27 November, 2016 - 04:02
I posted a 1981 Monogram ad last week, and now we get a look at a different ad from the company . . . and even from the same year! Kids more patient and talented than me were the ones who assembled Monogram model kits (find at*) back when I was a kid, and even today I find that... Read more →
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“The Legend of G.I. Joe” Hasbro’s 1982 G.I. Joe Pack-In Catalog - 26 November, 2016 - 17:38
I was going through papers today when I ran across this 1982 G.I. Joe pack-in catalog. Featuring the very first of Hasbro’s G.I. Joe toys of the eighties, this small catalog is from the time before the brand completely abandoned its military roots and embraced the sci-fi oddness of the mid-eighties. No Zartan. No Serpentor. Just pure military hardware and... Read more →
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Rock Candy: DC Super Hero Girls

Plastic and Plush - 26 November, 2016 - 16:00

Funko has announced their Rock Candy: DC Super Hero Girls lineup. The Super Hero Girls of Super Hero High are the newest additions to Rock Candy. This series features expert gymnast Harley Quinn, happy-go-lucky Bumblebee, the shy genius Poison Ivy, and the leader of the gang - the competent and courageous Wonder Woman.

They're currently available to pre-order over at for $10.99 each.

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