New to the Collection: Giant Size Edition! (December 23, 2013)

“New to the Collection” is a feature where I share what I have added to my own action figure/toy collection. (It has been awhile since I posted any new additions to my collection. Besides my regular job, I’ve been busy assisting in local fund raising activities with the Filipino Association of Nova Scotia for the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. Thank you to all those individuals and groups who have helped and continue to support the Philippines!)

For this “giant sized” edition I have recapped what I had acquired between November 8 – December 23, 2013; over 25 items to cover!

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I had previously owned a number of figures from the Toy Biz’s Marvel Legends line, including a Classic Thor from the Giant Man wave. Sadly sometime ago, that particular Thor figure became victim to the “falling off the shelf and breaking” scenario and has gone to “Toy Valhalla”. While looking for a replacement, there was a Disney Store exclusive Marvel Select Classic Thor that came out in 2011. I had not been able to obtain this Disney exclusive, but when visiting Giant Robot Comics, I discovered this re-issue of the figure! This Classic Thor figure stands at 7″ and comes with a boulder base.

A very good friend was able to visit some Big Lots a little while ago and found a couple of Ghostbusters figures from Matty Collector: Courtroom Battle Ray Stanz and the Rookie!

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While I am a bigger fan of the original Ghostbusters movie than Ghostbusters II, but I have started to pick up these other figures based on the sequel. This Ray Stanz figure stands at 6″ and comes with a non-removable Proton Pack with Neutrino Wand. In addition, Ray is packaged with the Tony Scoleri ghost character.

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The Rookie figure is based from the 2009 Ghostbusters: The Video Game, published by Atari. The video game was set a couple of years after Ghostbusters II and the Ghostbusters have a new recruit to train. As the Rookie, a player works alongside with the original Ghostbusters team in this third-person shooter game. The game featured the likenesses and voices of the original cast (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson), plus a few other actors from both movies. I played the Playstation 3 version of the game and had a great time! (In my opinion, this game represented be the closest that fans would get to seeing a third Ghostbusters movie.) The Rookie figure stands at 6″ and has the following accessories: a non-removable Proton Pack with Neutrino Wand, a Ghost Trap with energy field and Ecto-Goggles. (This is the second Rookie figure I have now; I’m hoping to customize this figure with my head on it at some point.)

Speaking of Neutrino Wands, Matty Collector has on sale for December their Movie Masters Epic Creations Ghostbusters Neutrino Wand! I am holding off opening it until Christmas, but excited to play with the prop. One step closer to completing my Ghostbusters costume for next Halloween or fan convention! Here is a photo that I posted on Twitter:

I admit to only having a few statues and busts as part of my collection, but I definitely wanted to add next this particular item. I purchased up my second Kotobukiya Bishoujo Statue from Giant Robot Comics: Star Wars Jaina Solo! A great design overall. I need to find shelf space somewhere to display this item, along with my Kitty Pryde Bishoujo Statue.

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The wait for Wave 2 of the Star Wars The Black Series 6″ line to arrive in my local area is finally over! I first found Princess Leia, then later Han Solo and Greedo at Walmart. Having missed out on the SDCC Exclusive Star Wars The Black Series 6″ Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite, I finally have a Boba Fett to play and display with the rest of the line. (Thanks to Sean François for finding the Boba Fett at our local Target store!) Great figures all around, with the exception of the Princess Leia. In my opinion, the figure is really too short in comparison with the rest of the line and I would have preferred plastic for the skirt instead of cloth. I will be interesting to see how other versions of Leia will be handled if the line expands further.

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CTA_TOYHAULS_SWTBS6_HanSoloFrom a local Walmart store, I was surprised to find the Bebop and Rocksteady figures from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection line! While these figures may not be 100% cartoon accurate, these are still great figures to have along with the first wave of the TMNT Classic Collection featuring the 4 Turtles themselves.

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From another Walmart, I picked up the Cockroach Terminator and another M.O.U.S.E.R.S. set from Playmates’ Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line! The episode called “Cockroach Terminator” was hilarious! Plus, I’m a Terminator fan too, so I definitely wanted to add this figure to my collection. As for the M.O.U.S.E.R.S., I’m army building for my next TMNT toy photo shoot!

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The next figures (purchased at Giant Robot Comics) are from Funko and Mattel that are based on the Batman 1966 television series created by William Dozier. The series starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. Batman’s TV Rogues Gallery included Cesar Romero as the Joker, Frank Gorshin as the Riddler and Julie Newmar as Catwoman, plus a number of other actors as villains. My earliest memories of watching the Batman ’66 series was on a show called Switchback, hosted by Stan “The Man” Johnson (1981 – 1988). Switchback was broadcasted by the CBC as a children’s show. Originally started in Vancouver, the show was later produced in various regions across Canada, including in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Batman ’66 show was featured on Switchback in segments throughout the program and was fun to watch as a kid. I later discovered other episodes of the Batman ’66 show, eventually finding the TV crossover episodes with The Green Hornet series (starring Van Williams as the Green Hornet and Bruce Lee as Kato). While I prefer a more serious interpretation of the Batman character, I still watch the campy 1960’s Batman TV show now and then.

New figures based the on the William Dozier’s Batman show has been a long time coming. Funko released this year their pop vinyl figure versions of TV’s Batman, Robin, Catwoman and the Joker.

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In addition, Mattel released 6″ Batman ’66 action figures also this year! I picked up the following figures: Batman, Joker, Riddler and Surf’s Up! Batman.

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I received my some of my last few Masters of the Universe Classics subscription items for the year from Matty Collector. Lord Dactus is a character that appeared in the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe 200X series.

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A couple of figures based on Filmation characters came in: Nepthu (appeared in the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe episode “Temple of The Sun”) and Sea Hawk (from She-Ra, Princess of Power). CTA_TOYHAULS_MOTUC_Nepthu

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The 2013 Fan’s Choice figure, Geldor (from the vintage mini comic “Secret Liquid of Life!”) also arrived.

CTA_TOYHAULS_MOTUC_GeldorOne of the best figures in the Masters of the Universe Classics line this year, the updating of the Mantenna figure was amazing!

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And then Standor appeared! Based on comic book legend, Stan “The Man” Lee, Standor is the “Cosmic Creator of Power” and is now part of the Masters of the Universe Classics mythos. I admit, I bought two of this figure. One figure to open and the other figure to be left mint on card. Hopefully, I will be able to get it signed by Stan Lee at some future fan convention.

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Lastly… My Castle Grayskull arrived! I was so very surprised and happy to receive this item before Christmas! I hope to post a review on this item soon! Here is a photo I posted on Twitter:

That’s it for now, friends! Happy toy hunting and Happy Holidays!

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