Saturday, 29 January 2011


A new feature to this blog to encourage a little more interaction. I post in a toy pic (or maybe a reader could send one in) and will open it up for creative caption fun.

Today's entry features Transformers characters Windcharger, Ravage and a pile of giant cutlery...

Friday, 21 January 2011

REVIEW: Star Wars, 'The Clone Wars', Yoda

From: Hasbro

Retail: around £4 - £7.99

Accessories: Walking Stick, Green Lightsaber

I came across Yoda on my travels and just had to get this figure. The £4 reduction sticker also lured me in. I must admit that I have not watched much of the CG Clone Wars TV series, but I have enjoyed what I have seen.

I have not owned a Yoda figure (aside from the ‘static’ Galactic Heroes version) since the mid-80’s and even that was a second hand acquisition. What attracted me to buying this Yoda was the amazing detail for such a small figure. This toy kind of reminds me of the original - only more polished up, and with equipped with a Lightsaber! (And brand new!)

Clone Wars Yoda wears a nifty little Jedi cloak. The cloak in itself looks proportioned correctly as if tailor made for the figure itself. Clothes on action-figures are normally a big no-no because they tread into dolls territory, but the accessory of a cape, cloak or weapons belt are an exception. Usually some garments on toys look out of place and disproportioned, but the cloak on this figure works well and a good fit.

The cloak hood also fits over Yoda’s head optionally.

Expression-wise, Yoda isn’t portrayed as the mellow hermit of the Dagobah swamps... Instead, this Yoda is the serious spring-to-action Jedi General Yoda of the Star Wars prequels. The determined and serious expression on this figures design captures that character well and shows how important a head sculpt has to be. Yoda’s hands are also well sculpted and can wield both the walking stick and lightsaber with adequacy. The claws are also a nice little detail too.

As for articulation, Yoda does not require so many points of it being a little guy. However, there is a lot of poseability there with the hands, feet, legs and waist all able to move. All of this is quite impressive for a figure this small in design. Asking for the ears to move would be too much.

I feel almost obligated to buy a sparring partner for this awesome little fellow. Time to search the bargain bins for a Count Dooku I think…

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Christmas Fun with Big Trak

Some toys are just meant to be played with... Big Trak is no exception. Despite being quite a busy guy this holiday season, I found a good hour or two to tear up the living-room with my Big Trak.

My dad owned a Big Trak when it first came out and I played with it all the time. When news broke out that the Big Trak was being reissued through Hawkins Bazaar, I just had to add it to the top of my letter to Father Christmas.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Werewolf Sighting

I recentley came across another cool item at the pre-school. This time a 1989 Ghostbusters figure!

I've posted an article about it on our sister-blog

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Custom Figure Tree

Every Christmas I have a custom Christmas tree boasting several characters from various things.

Throughout the year I gather stuff to make newer and more interesting decorations.