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Playmobil and JLU
Posted by: Casimir at 10:03 am on Saturday, May 25, 2013

Everybody knows I love playsets. Real playsets that is, like Kenner and Hasbro used to make for Star Wars and G.I. Joe back in the seventies and eighties. Not the small chunks of plastic with a cardboard wall that passes for a playset these days. A real, honest to goodness playset is hard to find […]

Batman Live
Posted by: Casimir at 3:53 pm on Sunday, December 16, 2012

By sheer chance, the Batman Live show would be in Dallas on my birthday. If that’s not a sign, I don’t know what one is. So I decided to take my son and see what all the hubbub was about. When this show was announced in England, I was skeptical. To this Bat-fan’s eyes, it […]

Customizing Mr. Conroy
Posted by: Casimir at 11:17 pm on Monday, November 26, 2012

Some time ago I crafted a custom action figure of the multi-talented Kevin Conroy, and presented it to him as a gift. You can read all about that tale here. This is the sequel. About three months ago Mr. Conroy contacted me and asked if I could produce additional copies of the Kevin Conroy custom. […]

Nora Fries cryongenic chamber Nora Fries Cryogenic Chamber
Posted by: Casimir at 2:35 am on Monday, August 27, 2012

A few weeks ago I came across the cryogenic chamber playset that’s part of the Halo line. I don’t know the first thing about Halo, but judging by the size, I knew what that toy was perfect for! My first thought was to use this as an accessory for my Arkham City Mr. Freeze, but […]

Toy Review: Minimates Vehicles (M.A.X. Tech Stealth Jet, Calico Jack’s Pirate Raiders, Knight Rider K.A.R.R. and Back to the Future II Mini Time Machine – whew!)
Posted by: Casimir at 9:20 am on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Minimates! The line that just won’t die! How many years has it been now? 12? That’s impressive by any toy line’s standard. In recent years Diamond Select has expanded into Minimate-scaled vehicles. Let’s take a look at a few. Most Minimates are licensed properties, but Diamond has been developing their own brands lately. The M.A.X.-Tech […]

Toy Review: The Avengers (Movie) Minimates
Posted by: Casimir at 8:45 am on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Marvel Minimates are not unlike bunnies. They spawn and spawn with no end in sight! Generic versions, story-specific versions, alternate costumes, screen versions! It never ends! Fortunately these guys are tremendous fun, so why should they stop? I recall years ago someone describing these as the toy equivalent of an addictive drug. Best be careful […]

The Amzing Spider-Man and The Avengers: Hawkeye Toy Reviews: Marvel Select The Amazing Spider-Man & The Avengers: Hawkeye
Posted by: Casimir at 2:18 pm on Sunday, August 12, 2012

It’s been awhile since I had some Marvel Select figures in hand for any purpose other than customizing fodder. As a result, I’m really impressed with how far they’ve come in terms of quality and play value. There’s a lot to like about the recent Marvel Select movie Spider-Man and movie Hawkeye. But there is […]

Video Toy Review on the TMNT Sewer Playset
Posted by: Casimir at 4:30 pm on Sunday, July 29, 2012

As an addendum to my recent TMNT Sewer Playset review, my son and I shot a video of him demonstrating the features. (I thought he’d be more interesting than me.) Please excuse my lousy videography.

Toy Review: Playmates Toys’ TMNT Vehicles and Secret Sewer Lair Playset
Posted by: Casimir at 4:24 pm on Sunday, July 29, 2012

Before we tackle the Big Kahuna, let’s review two of the smaller “vehicles” in the line. The first is the “Sewer Spinnin’ Skateboard” and stunt ramp. The skateboard is an oversize motorized device. Like the motorized toys of yore, you simply push the toy forward a few times to rev up the engine, and then […]

Toy Review: Playmates Toys’ TMNT Basic Figures
Posted by: Casimir at 8:02 am on Sunday, July 29, 2012

Before I start, let me explain my background with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I jumped on the TMNT bandwagon shortly after the original black and white comic by Eastman and Laird premiered, around issue 10 or so. I loved it! My middle school friends and I would rush home every night and copy the […]


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