Friday, November 26, 2021

Be Legendary

As a kid with a very limited weekly allowance, the only toys I collected on a large scale were Star Wars and G.I.Joe action figures. At 3.75” in height, these guys were more affordable than say a Transformer or He-Man figure. I got my fix for those more expensive toys through birthday and Christmas gifts. So yeah for the longest time these 3.75” dudes were my jam.

Friday, November 19, 2021

The End Of A Universe

In 2010, I was working as a web designer in Singapore. Before I made my move to the Lion City the year prior, I was basically just a Transformers collector. But being in Singapore with a fairly decent paying job opened me up to delving into more toy lines. I had already recently fallen for the G.I.Joe 25th Anniversary line, and I was about to fall HARD for yet another one.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The New Collecting Normal

I remember it quite clearly, it was Thursday March 6, 2020 and I was sitting in my office looking forward to the weekend. As usual, I had plans to go to Manila’s toy mecca, Greenhills shopping center to pick up some pre orders that arrived and just make my rounds to see what else was there. And then the news broke that the first positive COVID case was identified from a man who was known to have regularly visited a Musilm prayer hall guessed it, Greenhills.

Friday, October 15, 2021

The Best Of 2021: Third Quarter

Amazing how time flies when you’re having fun. At this point we’re closer to the end of the year than the start and before long I’ll be finalizing my top ten list for 2021. But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves as we have another quarter of new toys to integrate into my ever changing list. So let's see what new plastic goodness the last three months have brought to the shelf.

Friday, October 8, 2021

The Bruticus Wars Part 2: A Collector’s Dilemma

In 2017, two 3rd party companies battled it out on who would make the better Bruticus. Both companies seemed to be taking different approaches to their sets. Unique Toys focused more on aesthetically superior individual Combaticon, while Zeta Toys was banking on their larger and more solid combined mode. And as impressed as I was with Zeta’s Bruticus, at the end of the day, I decided to go with Unique Toys.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The Bruticus Wars Part 1: It’s All In The Hips

Due to the finite number of “G1” characters out there vs the infinite number of companies in the world of 3rd party Transformers, it’s not uncommon to have multiple versions of the same character all competing for our money at the same time. For many collectors, these are fondly referred to as the “(insert character's name) wars”. While for the most part, this wealth of options is a great thing, for those with a more limited budget this basically means a lot of careful discernment and self rationalization to defend to ourselves the choices that we ultimately make.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Back In Black

Back in the 90’s grim and gritty heroes such as the Punisher and Wolverine rose in popularity in the comic book world. As such, writers of more traditional heroes like Superman and Captain America were being pushed to follow suit in order to “keep up” with the times. Fortunately, the late great Mark Gruenwald, who at the time was writing the Captain America series didn’t buckle to the pressure and instead came up with an effective solution to his problem.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Cap No More

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier may not be the best MCU based series released on Disney+ to date. But for all its faults and shortcomings, what it does have in my opinion is one of the most unforgettable moments in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. And no I am not referring to the debut of Sam Wilson as the new Captain America.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Well...That Was Quite A Revelation

On July 23, 2021 the new Kevin Smith series “Masters of the Universe: Revelation” made its long awaited debut on Netflix. This was supposed to be a moment celebrated by all MOTU fans who grew up on the original cartoon and who had been starving for years for new content. Unfortunately, just like Two-Bad, this new series ended invoking the Spell of Separation and fractured the fandom right down the middle with many professing their love and approval for the new show and another equally vocal portion of fans outright hating it. Oh well….I guess you can’t please everybody.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Best Of 2021: Second Quarter Part 2

Despite staying home about 99% of the time for over a year now, I’ve sort of returned to my pre-pandemic toy collecting ways. While weekly toy hunts in Greenhills and other malls have been replaced by a steady stream of deliveries to my front door, new toys have still managed to find their way to my hands on a regular basis. And so here we are at the midpoint of the year and it’s time for another update to my running list of top ten toys for 2021

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The Best Of 2021: Second Quarter Part 1

We’ve now hit the midpoint of 2021 and it's time once again to take stock of what new toys have been added to the shelf. Things haven’t really slowed down at all these past 3 months so it was quite the challenge trying to figure out how my running top ten list would evolve for the 2nd quarter. But that’s really what I think makes this exercise fun. So let’s get to it shall we?