Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The People That Time Forgot film review by Wmpyr

The People That Time Forgot (1977)
Film review by Wmpyr

I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this film and sure enough it started off like a typical oldie classic film, but to my surprise it gradually got better. The plane vs pterodactyl scene was a bit hard to swallow, but then things get a little better once they crash on the island. After seeing the stegosaurus you pretty much realize how things are going to be in regards to the dinosaur special effects. The scenery though is nice, I read that it was shot in Spain, and it shows. I was happy to see Sarah Douglas in it, but she really wasn't used to her best potential, she is good as a wicked woman but here she is a reporter. The cave girl definitely made the film more colorful, while the lead actor definitely fell short for me. Wish he used nunchucks or something to be slightly more interesting. The professor shined when he took out his cane sword and showed his fencing skills. I don't know why the bad guys are in Samurai armor but it definitely kept me interested. It was neat to see the bad warriors live in a Castle Grayskull looking city on top of a blood thirsty volcano. Their green skinned fat leader was cool too in a colorful way, he reminded me of a really incredibly low budget Goro from Mortal Kombat. This film is suppose to be the sequel to "The Land that Time Forgot" (1975) but it really didn't seem to matter that I haven't seen that one, since I didn't feel like I was missing any major parts of the plot. I read a review that The People That Time Forgot is the better of the two. I really liked it and it makes me think of other films from the 60s and 70s that I really enjoyed as well.
Circle of Iron (1978)
Futureworld (1976)
The Fatal Flying Guillotine (1977)
Master of the World (1961)
The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Imaginext Space Station Hauler truck review by Wmpyr

Imaginext Space Station Hauler truck from Fisher-Price
toy review by Wmpyr

I got this online thinking it was for sure going to blow me away. While I don't hate it, I'm not impressed by it either, I kind of don't know what to think of it yet. Is it a good deal or not? So far it's not yet determined. All I can say is that it's not bad, actually nowhere near bad, it's pretty cool.

It comes with a space guy, upper body suit, and laser gun, pretty standard stuff. It also comes with a robot that has working wheels, working clamp for arms, and a WALL-E looking head that makes him quite the keeper. Apparently he hates aliens. And this set comes with 3 mini aliens that hate him back. The 3 mini aliens look pretty cool and steal the show. Apparently they can combine together to form some super alien in order to battle their nemesis the robot. You basically just stack them up, but the example on the back of the box is wrong. The 4-legged alien is the base, but the alien with the mechanical claws should be next, and then finally topped with the tree trunk alien as the head. This way the aliens actually fit onto each other, rather than just balancing on top of each other. If this wasn't cool enough, each alien has the ability to mind control the space guy by docking on his head like a hat. I don't care if the box says ages 3 to 8, mind controlling aliens that can combine to be a super alien this is way too cool just to be a kid's toy. Gremlins, Ghoulies, Critters, whatever they were thinking when they designed these guys, my hat goes off to you!

Now moving onto the truck, which really isn't bad. They went the extra mile by making the wheels move slightly up and down to give you a moon rover effect. I like how the back trunk opens up to become a ramp for the robot, but I do not like how the top of the vehicle is left open and exposed.

Overall not a bad set, I think my expectations were just too damn high. However the Deluxe Orange Alien figure that also came attached with this set completely blew me away. So between the 2 sets, I recommend the Deluxe Space Alien over the Space Station Hauler, plus it should be a whole lot cheaper.

Imaginext Superman Playset review by Wmpyr

Imaginext DC Super Friends Superman playset from Fisher-Price
toy review by Wmpyr

I'm not quite sure why this set costs $8 more than the Ion Alien Headquarters. It must be the DC licensing fee, rolling my eyes.

Overall the set looks good, you can imagine it's some kind of Kryptonian architecture, although I would prefer the Fortress of Solitude look from the Christopher Reeves films. I really like the platform area on the very top for some epic battles. It also comes with a cannon that can be detached and placed on 2 different locations. A cause and effect armory that stores Superman's armored cape, which I think would have been a lot better if it was large enough to store a figure inside and use it as a crystal chamber that can remove super powers like in the 2nd Christopher Reeves Superman film. There is even a prison cell on the backside which does seem a bit odd, since the backside isn't used for anything else, but hey I'm not complaining! There is a small control room looking platform that stores the Superman key. On top of all this, there is an area where you clip on two figures and make them fight each other by pressing on a single lever. This clever feature absolutely steals the show on this playset! It will keep you entertained for a long time, you can relax now because life is now good.

This set comes with Superman and General Zod. I really like how Superman has a removable armored cape, since it makes him look more like a Kryptonian and less like an earthling. General Zod is where it's at for me, you know I'm going to be repeatedly quoting the movie with lines like, kneel before Zod! The son of Jor-El is a coward. I just wish he had that beard, but I do like his outfit.

The set also comes with a ton of accessories. The aforementioned Superman's armored cape, Superman key, plus two lance/sword like weapons, and shackles for Zod.

If you can get this set for $20 or less I think it's a really REALLY good set. Highly recommended!

Imaginext Castle Wizard Tower playset review by Wmpyr

Imaginext Castle Wizard Tower playset from Fisher-Price
toy review by Wmpyr

Tentaclor blew me away, Ion Alien Headquarters is a must have. Sadly the Wizard's Tower is mediocre at best, even the construction feels a bit flimsy compared to my other Imaginext playsets. Fortunately I was able to get it at a discounted price, and I would recommend this set if it's for $20 or under. For $30 I have to say pass.

The first problem is that the back part of the tower is made as the display side. The wall side is just an unattractive plain wall. This may not seem like that big of a problem, but compared to some of the other sets, this set just doesn't look as good. Maybe it's not a big deal to you as long as you like the black cage as the center piece of the playset. The other problem is the so called dragon. You get this humanoid snake dragon looking thing, that really isn't bad but to call it a dragon is a disappointment. A dragon should be at least 3 times bigger than this thing.

The good thing about this playset is that the wizard does look pretty cool even though he is a little on the generic side. I like his robe shaped legs, his staff, and his hood. I'm not a big fan of the telescope accessory simply because I would have preferred the magical book instead, because the book as an item has way more playability. I like that the Tower has a dungeon crawl space.

The main gimmick is that you can place any number of creatures inside the cage area to have them light up via black light. While the light up feature doesn't work all that great, since I have many of these not included creatures, Imaginext must have done something right. Too bad I'm more excited about the add-on material rather than the actual playset.

The hood piece for the wizard has a symbol that is similar to the one on Skeletor's chest armor. The bottom of the Tower has graphics like Castle Grayskull. Paying these kinds of homage to toys of yesteryear is a genius move and will eventually win over more and more adult toy collectors such as myself, which would only be a win-win situation for Imaginext.

At the end of the day this is still a playset that I got at a discount, so I definitely do not regret it. And it would make a nice addition to any castle playset.

Imaginext Fisher-Price adult toy collector reviews

Fisher-Price Imaginext
toy reviews by Wmpyr

IMAGINEXT TOY REVIEWS by an adult toy collector. Every Youtube video I've seen that was suppose to be an Imaginext toy review was terribly unsatisfying, I hope to change that, and share with you the world of Imaginext through my eyes.

Tentaclor giant alien monster review

Ion Alien Headquarters playset review

Wizard Tower playset review

Superman Playset review

Space Station Hauler truck review

Imaginext is the most underrated toy line available in the market today. Marketed towards children from the age of 3 to 8, some adult toy collectors are now just starting to take notice after Imaginext started to make DC superhero characters. There is much more to it than just that though, some of the Imaginext toys are nicely detailed like their skeleton figures which could satisfy adult toy collectors. Just about any adult toy collector would recognize that the Ion Crab and Alpha Blade are direct homages to He-man Masters of the Universe vehicles. Hopefully Imaginext will produce more toys like this that can satisfy adult toy collectors and they can market towards kids and adults which would only be a win win situation for them.

Since they are already making DC comic book licensed toys I wish they would make toys based from the Kenner Swamp Thing line, complete with the Un-Men who had mutant finger puppet looking masks. Another line I wish they would make is The Lost World of The Warlord from DC comics made into a toy line by Remco back in the day. I bet many He-man MOTU fans would jump the fence and get into the Imaginext bandwagon if they made Warlord toys complete with the Remco Warrior Beasts toy line that featured dinosaur headed warriors riding dinosaurs.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Imaginext Ion Alien Headquarters playset review by Wmpyr

Ion Alien Headquarters play set from Fisher-Price Imaginext
toy review by Wmpyr

To me this set is a must have if you like the Imaginext space and alien line. There is really nothing bad I can say about it. The price of $20 for a playset to me is a good deal. Yes I know that Imaginext has reused the base mold for this play set many times, but to me that just means that your getting a tried and tested solid play set. Alright the only bad thing I guess would be if you have the other play sets with the same base mold, things are gonna feel a bit redundant.

The look of this play set is awesome. From the movable mechanical tentacles to the translucent cyclops dome, the Headquarters itself looks alive and menacing. The eyeball scanner gimmick and the revolving door are a nice touch. If had to be super picky then I can say that I would have preferred another action gimmick over the eyeball scanner, but hey I'm not complaining. There is also a cyclops alien cannon that reminds me a lot of Slimer. A cannon that can also double as a floating alien ghost, pure genius! The set comes with an alien commander who looks like a cyclops cyborg. He is very cool looking, but he also comes with a laser rifle and a translucent cyclops tentacle armor that steals the show. When he puts it on, he looks a bit like a mini version of the play set, maybe to control the headquarters in a more direct way, like to be one with the headquarters or something, which is nice and bizarre and it would probably make Stanley Kubrick proud. The back of the box actually suggests that you put the alien armor on a human astronaut (not included) and try to sneak him into the base. Conveniently there is an alien prison area which to me looks more like a torture chamber, so I guess the human is suppose to get caught.

Definitely one of the best play sets I have ever owned, and that includes all the Kenner Star Wars ones that I had as a kid back in the day. I highly recommend the Ion Alien Headquarters, most of it's actual sculpt not cardboard inserts or decals, okay there is actually one decal, but like I said the majority is all sculpt, and it's quite sturdy Unlike some of the legendary play sets from yesteryear. It's easily one of my favorite Imaginext toys probably because it reminds me of the sci-films from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.