Kirk and Scotty Join DST’s Latest Star Trek: The Original Series Action Figures

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Jun 30, 2010 in Hobbies and Collections, Star Trek

DST Series 5 Star Trek: TOS Kirk in green

Diamond Select recently announced the latest individual additions to their “”Series 5” Star Trek: The Original Series action figure line. This time around, Kirk sports his seemingly comfortable season 3 Green Dress shirt –I’ve always suspected it was a result of Shatner complaining about the standard tunics being way too stuffy. He’ll be joined by Scotty, whom I believe was previously released as part of a Spock/Scotty two-pack, and a random Romulan officer, all of which should retail for about $15.99 each. Read more…

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Samurai Wars: Custom Toys From a Galaxy Far Far to the East

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Apr 24, 2010 in Hobbies and Collections, Star Wars

samurai wars logo

Wait until you get a load of these. Custom Toy artist, Sillof, recently completed his latest series of custom figures, entitled Samurai Wars, in which he took the cast of Star Wars, and re-imagined them as characters in a Akira Kurosawa masterpiece. The details on the figures are absolutely fantastic, from Obi Wan’s eye patch to Vader’s burnished iron clad armor — it’s clear that a lot of work went into these. Read more…

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Is Ritsu Tainaka the Ringo of Anime?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 22, 2010 in Animation, Hobbies and Collections

Ritsu Tainaka figurine from K-on!

I’m really impressed with the level of detail on the drum kit that accompanies this K-ON! figurine which is due out in May. The figurine also does a nice job of capturing the personality of Ritsu Tainaka who plays the drums because she doesn’t quite have the dexterity to handle more complex musical instruments: Read more…

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Dead Rock-and-Roll Action Figures: Plastic Corpse Collectables!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 17, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections

Dead Rock-and-Roll Action Figures!

For kids action figures represent an idea of who you might grow up to be in the future. However recently I’ve started to realize that there is an entire genre of action figures that are based on dead rock-and-roll stars: My theory is that these collectables represents the mourning of our lost youth. As most of these rock stars die in their youth, we’ve never known them to grow old — and by extension this allows us to do the same. Read more…



Mad as a Hatter Merchandise

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 21, 2009 in Cinema, Hobbies and Collections

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Doll

The first toys for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland film are starting to be announced: Shown above is a Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Doll for Johnny Depp fans — although at $200 you’ll have to be a hardcore fan. More to my own aesthetic and financial liking are the Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat Kubricks below which are $19 for the pair. Sadly these goodies won’t be out for Christmas, but you can pre-order them for April 2010. Read more…

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Are You Really Sure You Want to Legalize This?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 10, 2009 in Cinema, Hobbies and Collections

Cheech & Chong Action Figure Series 2 Set

The unintentionally ironic thing about the Cheech & Chong Action Figure Set is that it strikes me as being the most effective anti-drug statement I’ve ever seen: And of course that irony goes even deeper as pretty much all anti-drug advertising always seems to make drug use somehow cooler. Read more…



Cylon Centurian: Evil Warrior from a 70s Space Saga

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 6, 2009 in Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica Cylon Centurian three and three quarter inch action figure  from 1978

I for one didn’t mind the original Battlestar Galactica series, there was s little sci fi on television (and so few choices in retrospect) that a fanboy had to be grateful for what he got. In fact looking back at it there was a high level of craftsmanship given that Galactica was a TV show and not a film. The Cylons are a good example of this: They’re clearly lifted from the Star Wars stormtroopers, but there’s been enough added to make it different. Even the red light swaying back and forth is a nice little touch, they could have just have easily skipped that given the budget. Read more…

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Dagobah Sure is Strange Place…

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 4, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections, Star Wars

From 1981 (well this commercial aired in 1982, but you know what I mean) comes this spot for the Kenner’s Yoda and R2-D2 sensor-scope action figures from the Empire Strikes Back collection. As why poor Luke Skywalker and poor old Obi-Wan Kenobi don’t get a mention at the end of the advert I don’t have a clue. Although with some research I did discover that some lucky kids from this era could actually get a Dagobah action playset if they didn’t want to get dirty in the backyard: Read more…

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The Alien Action Figure in Action

Posted by Michael Pinto on May 10, 2009 in Cinema, Hobbies and Collections

I won’t give away my age but at the time I couldn’t see Alien because i was an R rated movie and i was too young — so what funny about this commercial was that they had a toy for the film which was clearly aimed a kids. It should be noted that a bit after the film came out that it was very popular in the early days of cable television, along with other R rated science fiction films I discovered from that era like Mad Max and the Warriors. Read more…

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Found on Ebay: A Collection of Freaks, Celebrities and Conceptual Art

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 13, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections

Found on Ebay — a collection by olga-saglo: freaks, celebrities, conceptual art, and high concept sellers. plus stuff I was too cheap to buy!

Found on Ebay is a delicious collection of “freaks, celebrities, conceptual art, and high concept sellers. plus stuff I was too cheap to buy!” curated by digital archivist olga-saglo. This kitsch themed virtual museum has informal focus on femme icons from the 60s and 70s and what’s interesting is that through dolls you can see how the idea of role model changed in just two decades: Read more…

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Watching the Watchmen Whatnots

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 18, 2008 in Comic Books, Hobbies and Collections


Watchmen fanboys can sleep soundly at night knowing that there will be tons of collectable knickknacks to coincide with the release of the feature film. My favorite of the goodies is a nifty 1:24 scale replica of the Owl Ship (shown above) and of course there are plenty of action figures too: Read more…

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