Friday, August 31, 2018

Terror Twins Podcast: Treasures!

Ok, this one's a bit late, but I'm sure you can forgive me for the delay.

Today on the Terror Twins Podcast, Stacy of StayStillReviews and I discuss our most treasured collectables and prized possessions. It could be anything! A VHS, a crew shirt, an autograph or two? You'll have to listen to find out what they are and the stories behind them!

You can find Stacy at her site, Stay Still Reviews and her Facebook page, where she's always got something fun up her sleeve! You just never know what fun stuff she has in store on her blog!



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-Chad

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Review: Death of Superman




Synopsis:

"Based on the acclaimed DC Comics graphic novel comes an epic animated movie showcasing Superman’s greatest battle. An asteroid hurtles through our atmosphere and crashes into the ocean, with it arrives an unstoppable force fueled by uncontrollable rage known only as Doomsday! With innocent lives threatened and Metropolis under attack, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League rally to meet this otherworldly menace. But when the dust settles, only an epic showdown between Superman and Doomsday can decide the fate of Metropolis and ultimately, planet Earth!"


Thoughts: 

As a huge DC fan and someone who lived through the original release of this story as a young comic book fan, I feel like I have a somewhat an emotional connection. I've never been a big Superman fan,( even though I did a podcast episode about it with my buddy CT of Nerd Lunch which you can listen to here) but the enormity of this entire saga always remained a favorite of mine. How could I not? Superman finally meets his match is something that piqued everyone's interest, whether they read Superman as a child or loved the Richard Donner movies or tied a towel around their neck like a cape and raced around their yard. It captured the entire world's attention and sold huge numbers. It was a smash hit for DC and in my opinion, it has never been matched in terms of a story that feels larger than life.



When this released was announced a lot of fans were hopeful that it would right the wrongs of the 2007 Death of Superman animated movie, which was an abbreviated version of the story and left a lot to be desired. Of course, we as fans received a pretty epic battle in Batman vs. Superman between Doomsday and Superman but that too left a lot of fans wanting more. DC's animated films are usually something that all fans can usually agree on and enjoy. As we got closer to this release, I got the sense we were finally getting the right adaption.

This movie reflects the true nature of what helped make this storyline so good by depicting all the storylines leading up to the infamous battle. Whether it was Doomsday's arrival on Earth and essentially taking out the entire Justice League, to Lois and Clark's relationship issues, and obviously...the fight to the bitter end between Superman and Doomsday, the bases were covered and we were guaranteed a home run.

The voice cast, lead by Jerry O Connell playing Big Blue himself and Rainn Wilson playing his nemesis Lex Luthor, who at this point have become so adapt at playing these roles, it sounds like they were born to play them. In fact, in terms of a Superman/Lex relationship, this could very well be the most accurate we've seen in an animated movie. Rainn depicting Lex may be my favorite choice to play the famous villain since even Clancy Brown in 1997's Superman: The Animated Series.




There's a lot to take in here emotionally with this movie and if you've been hoping for a comic accurate depiction of Superman's last stand, you're in luck. I've gone on record and spoken about my love of 2016's Batman vs. Superman, but after watching this movie, I do see why people were let down by Doomsday's involvement. This movie provided a more violent battle with more dire consequences. Obviously animation and live action are two different mediums but for a purist of the story, I'd say this is the best choice. The animation, writing and cast all come together for a perfect combination of action, love and tragedy which is really made this story so captivating in the first place. If you're into the storytelling and action of this iconic moment in comics history, this is the movie for you. Just be warned, it is not something you can show your kids unless you watch it first and decide so. It's pretty hardcore and intense and could possibly worry them. This is not your average Superman story, but then again that's what you can expect from these more modern and mature depictions of classic DC stories.


Oh and don't forget about the sequel. The Reign of The Supermen will be here before you know it...


-Chad

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Halloween Skeletor!

One of the great contributions to the 200X line was of course the awesome (and sometimes painful to hunt down) chase variants. A lot of cool colors and thought were put into these and it gave us some great looking figures. Of course, one of my favorites in the entire MOTU history was a variant and it's one I wanna dig into today...


There's a lot of names this one goes by: Fruity Pebbles Skeletor, Disco Skeletor, but my personal pick for it is "Halloween Skeletor". Just look at it. Does that not scream Halloween to you? I don't exactly think it's "disco" but I suppose I can appreciate the term. Taking the basic Skeletor and slapping a different coat of paint on him is nothing new. Skeletor already received an inverted skull and crossbones variant but this enters an almost psychedelic level with this. I mean, a golden/orange-ish body with black highlights? That's a new one.


Plus, gold/orange/black weapons? Who's gonna truly fight a guy with a skull and gold weapons? That's straight up out of a horror movie or the CVS Halloween aisle. If they want to really add extra flair, they'd make it smell like a cheap CVS pumpkin candle even if that's Stinkor's gimmick, Skeletor is evil enough to steal that. He's a dick.




Despite what you may believe, a candy corn colored Skeletor was not the most popular figure from the line. He was memorable enough to receive the Funko Pop treatment as a SDCC exclusive years later and has gone on to become a very rare one at that. So while fans didn't embrace him as much, it's pretty awesome to see it left an impression on someone enough to create it!




On top of that, I can't help but think this is the closest we'll ever get to a Golden God Skeletor from the live action movie. Still waiting on that one, Mattel. Until that day comes, I'll be happy to call this my favorite Skeletor figure of all time for it's crazy paint job and the fact that I can use it as a Halloween decoration all year round. I think Skeletor can appreciate that.

-Chad

Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: Hordak Staction

By 2005, the MOTU line was dead. Fans had given up and ready to accept defeat. Even though we hadn't received a lot of characters, we accepted it's fate and were ready to move on. But suddenly a savior appeared in the form of NECA and The Four Horsemen and we were blessed with STACTIONS!


A combination of "statue" and "action figures", these mini statue/figures filled the holes of fans collections with all their favorite obscure characters. NECA, The independent toy company responsible for mini busts and the sculptors behind the 200X series would be in charge of giving us the characters we had dreamed of. Via an announcement in Toyfare, Hordak and Clawful were the first to be announced and suddenly fans got their hopes back up that this could be a resurgence of the line and He-Man could get a second chance. Personally, as a HUUUUGE Hordak and Evil Horde fan, I was so excited to finally get my hands on these characters in this particular scale but I tried not to get my hopes up as to what else we could get. This was just two characters, so it would all depend on sales. But regardless, we were excited for the future.


And what a nice, while brief, future it was. Through 6 waves, characters who were never given a chance to shine were given the Staction treatment and characters like King Randor, a cartoon accurate Evil Lynn and a classic colored He-Man were offered as comic con exclusive while future waves continued the theme of Horde members, gimmick characters, and another He-Man and Evil Lynn. It was pretty wild to finally see a character like Grizzlor and Leech in the Staction format. Finding them in stores became somewhat of a task. For a while, it was said that Suncoast Video was the main source to pick them up, some people even found them at grocery stores. My friend Ryan actually found one at a local Aldi's, which is pretty bizarre but then again, you gotta remember 2005/2006 was a completely different time for finding independent toys. There wasn't a lot of promotion outside the internet either which made it a bigger problem for fans and collectors.



Even though you couldn't move their appendages due to the joints being glued and fused together, the sculpts were fantastic. As you can expect from a Horsemen sculpt, the details were extremely impressive, with his costume getting so much attention. Hordak's famed symbol was given a more serious look. With a darker look and more demonic feel, this symbol is ready to intimidate upon first glance. A flowing cape that shows off some wear and tear from some serious battle was a nice touch, even if fans who aren't the biggest fans of plastic, molded capes can appreciate this.



His pose, considering his permanent positioning, is pretty fantastic as well. He's already a scary sumbitch, so for him to have anything but a commanding would be foolish. Look at him. He's heads and shoulders above the other figures of the line and he knows it. Skeletor? Please. Who do you think taught him everything he knows? This guy. His stance and sculpt are the perfect example as to why I love this era of MOTU.


His weapons also reflect a very different era of MOTU. Instead of the simple crossbow he previously came with, Hordaks newest weapon is somewhat of a cyberpunk/scifi/Transformers hybrid. His staff, which was featured in the Filmation series, was also a worthy addition. As much as I love the design of Skeletors Havoc Staff, this was definitely the cooler of the two. Also, you gotta love that Hordak is so vein and narcissistic that he'd rather use his symbol on the end of a staff than a giant animal skull. That's ego right there and he knows it.


In terms of scale to other figures, he's pretty on point. Standing next to She-Ra, who I'd assume would've been close to about 5'11 in real life, is towered by the giant vampire/demon, who I'd assume would clock in arou  7 or 8 feet which works for me! A larger than life, frightening villain is just one of the things what makes a series like MOTU so fantastic and memorable. Imagination and pure insanity at it's finest and boldest.

The entire Horde crew would eventually be completed thanks to the stactions and the Horsemen's amazing efforts. But in my opinion, no figure in the entire line shone brighter than Hordak. In fact, I'd even argue this is the best Hordak figure. No offense to any other, but there's no competition. Of course, if there is any debate, I'd love to hear it! Is this your favorite Hordak? Least favorite? Share in the comments!


-Chad

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Mosquitor Doesn't Suck!

Some of the most unique and craziest characters released in the MOTU line was offered in the last wave or two. Whether it was a new costume for He-Man, a firefighter with an elephant head or ninjas, Mattel really beefed up the line to keep fans interested. A lot of crazy ideas, but the one that stands out the most is none other than Mosquitor!

Mosquitor, the blood sucking pest of The Evil Horde was one of the more gimmicky characters of the final lines. A giant mosquito with the power to drain his enemies blood via his giant nose? Yup. Mattel was really stepping up their "WTF" game and really hit a homer with this one. And people say Mattel was out of ideas come 1987. I beg to differ. A 6 foot blood sucking mosquito? That's either out of a David Cronenberg movie or some serious drugs. I'd like to believe both but who am I kidding, Mattel knew what they were doing. The more insane the figure was, the cooler it was. Like you didn't want a giant lobster with a muscular lobster arm or a giant fire-ant/demon with 80 arms and legs.
Check that out! Not only is he a weirdo with a thirst for blood, but he's a snappy dresser who wears boots that once belonged to a Cylon. While the other Horde members focused on how monstrous and frightening they'd appear to others, this guy right here wanted to maintain some style. If you're gonna stand out, fancy 1970s moon boots are the way to do so.




The most memorable aspect of this figure, other than his giant freakin' head and smart-ass looking face, is obviously the window on his chest that shows him pumping his enemies blood through his body. Eventually, his tummy fills with yummy blood and he's a happy mosquito and flies off to stop the next hero. Genius idea and in all the underutilized MOTU characters, Mosquitor is probably up at the top. But that's not by design, it's mainly because he was introduced so late.


Mosquitor is a perfect addition to The Horde. How could he not? His design is pretty memorable and a unique power could've lead to some real fun in both He-Man or She-Ra cartoons. Maybe he'll appear in the new She-Ra series on Netflix. Time will tell!


-Chad





Sunday, August 5, 2018

Stinkor Smells Like A Winner!

Last year's San Diego ComicCon exclusive MOTU Pop was a big winner. Scare Glow, an obscure character with such a unique gimmick? Totally made for a Funko Pop! If ScareGlow was such a huge success, how would they follow it up the next year?

Stinkor! Of course! I smell a giant pile of money. At least I hope that's what I smell.

The most odious member of the MOTU mythology was a perfect choice to be given the Pop treatment! Brilliant! If you're gonna do a gimmicky character, why not go with one who smells?!? Stinkor, was the most hated skunk on Eternia with a rather controversial history. Stinkor was a character that actually had a smell to him. Not just a figure that you press a button and emanates a smell. Nope, I'm talking straight up patchouli mixed with the plastic. A rather genius idea because once kids heard they could own a figure that smelled like a dirty fart, they wanted it even more. Parents weren't too thrilled to purchase their kids a figure that stunk up their house. A lot of parents said no with their wallets and Stinkor went forgotten for a long time outside of the "oh yeah, I remember that" discussion. Of course, Funko was happy to exploit the gimmick this with one of this years most popular exclusives. Stinkor was announced as a SDCC exclusive a few months ago and fans were already to call in favors and try to get their hands on this at all costs. Thankfully, a limited amount of figures were released on FYE.com and in stores, but it didn't take long for those to sell out.

Thankfully I got my hands on TWO. Two great friends helped me out and...here we are...

First thing I noticed was the head. I'll be honest, when this was announced I expected a repaint of MerMan's head just to keep tradition but giving Stinkor his own head sculpt helps add to the unique release. Anytime we can see an exclusive figure with an original sculpt, I'm ok with it.

The body armor and accompanying shield provide a great look and was done very faithful to the original figure. But let's not fool ourselves. We're here for one reason and reason only: his smell...

Oh man, that odor. No mistaking that one. It smells exactly like he smelled back in the day mixed with a cheap dollar store air freshener and maybe some English Leather. Of course writing about it isn't the easiest. I don't think you truly understands how bad it is. It's so bad that if you were to hide this in someone's laundry, they'd be shunned for about a month. Imagine having morning breath, coffee breath and smoking about 80 cigarettes, blow into a tupperware container and then open it in about a month to see how it smells. Essentially it smells like if Mickey Rourke fell into a giant vat of Brut and emerged as some weird Brut Beast.


Yet, I'm ok with that. I wouldn't have my Stinkor any other way. It stands out just based off its beloved look alone, but it's smell really makes it memorable. I'm kinda tempted hide this in random spots in my apartment and hold in my laughter as my wife tries to figure it out. It'll be funny. I swear.


-Chad

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A Trip To The...SLIME PIT!

Both He-Man and Skeletor got their time in the sun with their respective playsets, but what about Hordak? Surely he can't be left out in the cold! The line changed for the better once the Evil Horde debuted so it was pretty much guaranteed that The Evil Horde had their own playsets too. Fair is fair! If Skeletor gets Snake Mountain, shouldn't Hordak get SOMETHING? Well, he did! In fact, he got two playsets: The Fright Zone (which I'll be covering later this month) and obviously today's subject: The Slime Pit.


If you were a kid and played with He-Man, it was a sure bet you were into weird stuff. Sword, sorcery, horror, monsters and of course slime. As a child, I couldn't get enough of the stuff, no matter how messy it was. Of course, most of the times, I wasn't the one cleaning it up if it got stuck in the carpet (sorry, mom) but it was worth the mess. In fact, I'm pretty sure every successful (read: weird) toyline had some form of slime. Ghostbusters, Ninja Turtles, Toxic Crusaders all featured their own variant of this amazing green glop. While I had my share of other toys that featured it, Slime Pit was always the one that eluded me. Until now. I finally own it and can experience it as I had always wanted to. I had the Flushomatic from the TMNT line which was somewhat similar, but this was always on my toy grail list. Why wouldn't it be? Just look at it!



To paraphrase Evil Lynn "After all this time...The Slime Pit...is mine...". Impressive. I've only seen photos of it, but never actually held it, studied it, played around with it. For such an iconic piece in the line, I always thought it would've been bigger in scale. Now, that's not a knock on it at all. It's a pretty awesome piece to behold. I guess in my mind, I always figured it to be much larger since it's legend is larger than the actual toyline itself. But that's allright. It's still a fun piece to own. And...yes, ok...play with. You think I bought this and had no intention on playing around with it? Don't be ree-dic-u-lous. The main gimmick of The Slime Pit is to turn anyone you place in the chamber into a mindless slave to serve Hordak in his battles against He-Man and Skeletor. Of course, there were obvious exceptions according to the instructions that came with it:





Well how about that? Khobra Khan,  Dragon Blaster Grizzlor and MossMan should NOT be included in your twisted, kinky torture. And somehow Panthor? I mean, ok the figures I get, but there's no way you'll fit Skeletor's giant panther in that thing. The last thing you truly wanted to do permanently damage those figures. At the same time, this sounds more like a dare on Mattel's part. They're no fools, they know how to get their money. You just know they were hoping kids would disregard the rules (more like a suggestion) and slime the heck out of these two just so they'd buy more. MossMan was rather inconsequential to the rest of the line, so no loss there, but Grizzlor was a big deal and almost a semi-main event guy, so kids were more likely to want him again.

So here we are. The moment I've waited all these years for, has finally arrived. It's slime time. So sorry Stinkor, I love ya, but I need a patsy for this.

The claw is an interesting choice as a restraint. Although, considering all the weird gloom and doom, it totally makes sense.  Hordak and his boys aren't gonna have the time to strap someone to that wall or something. By the time they'd be done holding their prisoner, they'd be slimed too!



Whew! Look at that slime. If Stinkor loved his foul odors before, he's gonna love this. The slime I used wasn't the original slime, obviously, but it's just as gooey and smelly as the old slime was 30 years ago. Now, I'm not the biggest fan of the clean up after, but watching this is super cool. I feel like a kid again. Even if it means messing up my sister's lawn and having to clean it up afterwards. Worth. It.


Love watching the sliming process take place. Especially since this was a somewhat windy day, so watching it sway around and cover Stinkor was extra fun. It was like watching snot pour from some sick nose all over their toys, which I'd find hilarious.


So that's pretty much it. Other than a medieval/gothic design, it only has one function. The notoriety and legend is based upon it being the first slime based playset as well as just being so cool looking . We've seen Mattel return to this concept multiple times in multiples lines, including an unreleased repaint/retooling for their King Arthur And Knights of Justice and even a Slime Pit inspired playset for their Harry Potter line. But this wouldn't be completely the end of the MOTU/Slime Pit connection...



The 200X series also got a fun and different take on the original. This time around it was used for Skeletor to torture his enemies. Instead of an electric chair type gimmick,  it was more of a trap door/pit including a Mutant figure! While this was a cool playset and add-on to the line, it wasn't as popular as I'm sure Mattel had hoped, even though it did retain it's horror/monster feel, but I thought it was a lot of fun and a nice take on an old classic. To date, there has yet to be a Slime Pit for the Classics line or the Super 7, but who knows, kids love slime and destroying their toys without actually destroying them. Afterall...Mattel (through their Fisher Price brand) did just release this for their Imaginext line...

Hmm...Interesting...So you're telling me there's a chance?


-Chad

(Box and instructions photo credit: He-Man.org)

Welcome To MOTU Month 2018!

Has it really been a year?

Welcome to MOTU-Month here on the HorrorMovieBBQ.com! Last year I decided to try something new and dedicate a month to my one of my favorite toylines, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Of course, while I had fun with the writeups and podcasts, it didn't exactly take off like I had hoped. I completely blame that on my lack of planning and ideas. So here we are a year later. A little wiser. A little smarter. And definitely more prepared!




This years theme is: BRING ON THE BAD GUYS! I'll be taking a look at the best of the bad from the MOTU line and giving my thoughts on what made them so great to hate! Hordak, Skeletor,  Faker, Stinkor, Catra and so much more! After all, isn't it time your favorite villains from the line get the spotlight instead of their buffed arch nemesis? Of course! So what do I have in store? Some fun toy reviews, some fun memories, some cool artist spotlights, and some more fun surprises! I'll be looking at some modern series, some classic, even some Funko Pops, it'll be all fun! The only things I won't cover are the New Adventures line, mainly because that's being saved for next year! Until then, strap in, hold on and hold up your Power Sword, because this blog will have the Power all this month!



-Chad