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Primal Clash Wave 1: Dino-Riders Nostalgia

Several weeks ago, I happened across some figures in a Walmart toy aisle that I’d never seen or heard of, but caught my attention.

Though I initially just bought the Raptor, I ended up going back for the other three.

And then last week, came across the two larger figures.

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I was “just” going to get the Triceratops…but went ahead and also got the Mammoth. I reasoned–I’d wind up wanting it anyway, and with my luck, if I didn’t get it then, I’d be hunting a bunch of Walmarts just trying to find the thing, and that’d be a waste of time and gas. (So of course, now I’ll see it every time I’m at a Walmart…)

These figures are from Lanard, a company that apparently has been producing toys for some time. They apparently did the Rampage toys that were out last year for the movie, and they’ve been producing a line called The Corps. I’d seen that line in the toy aisles of Walmart before, and thought it was just some generic cheapo-thing; a low-end GI Joe to capitalize on there NOT being regular GI Joe (specifically A Real American Hero-variety) toys at present (shame it’s not brought back the way the Transformers have been! But that’s another post entirely).

I’ve also figured out that Lanard has produced this particular line outside of the U.S. for at least a couple years, though under other names. The most frequent reference I could find was Jurassic Clash…but that would be obviously “problematic” given Jurassic World having toys and such out.

These figures REALLY spark my nostalgia for Dino-Riders (an ’80s toy line that many folks probably don’t remember or never knew about, but has a definite high-scale collector community, at least on Facebook).

Being able to get these for $7 for a “full size” rider and dino, and only $15 for the larger…that’s a steal! Just the human figure would be $15+ from most other companies, and probably be in the $20-25+ range having the dino; the larger ones would likely be $30+!

I’m definitely onboard for any other figures that show up in Walmart for this line. They’re presently marked as “Walmart exclusive,” but given I have two Walmarts I get to regularly within a 15-minute drive, with a couple more in a slightly broader radius, and 2-3 others that I’m fairly regularly “in the area,” I’m not personally all that bothered by the “exclusivity” since I have the easy access. Chain-exclusive toy lines are generally their own issue to me, though, and the subject for some other post.

Here are the figures individually in their packaging (out-of-package will be another post sometime!)

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The Raptor most caught my attention, given the prominence of the Velociraptors in the Jurassic Park/World films. I also remember having the Dino-Riders velociraptor (or deinonychus, whatever the case, essentially the same visual).

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Titanis is a creature I’m unfamiliar with…whether that’s the name of this one as a creature or as a specific character, I’m not sure. I saw some references to it as a “Terror Bird” or such; and I do like the sculpt!

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The Sabretooth Tiger kinda speaks for itself. I like the sculpt, and it fits the Primal Clash name. May not be a “dinosaur,” but tends to get lumped in with them; certainly doesn’t bother me seeing it in this group.

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I don’t know what a Trimetrodon is, though I’m pretty sure I remember a similar fin/sail-backed dinosaur as a dimetrodon. Given the looks of the riding gear, this could be a “variant” on that…whatever. It’s not a horrible sculpt, but of these first four, it’s probably my least-favorite.

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Apparently for the toy line, there are the Dino WRANGLERS…and Dino COMMANDERS. The wranglers apparently have smaller dinos, while the wranglers have the larger ones.

I really like the Triceratops sculpt!

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I’m less impressed with the Mammoth sculpt…perhaps because the headgear is such a similar color to the tusks, making it look like “just” a hairy elephant with headgear, to me. Once I get it out of the package, we’ll see how my thoughts on it change, though!

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Here’s the card-back for the four. I definitely REALLY like that the entire basic “wave” is shown, so that even if there’s only one figure handy/in-stock, one can see what other ones exist. I’d be even more enamored with it if the larger ones were also shown…but c’est la vie and all that.

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Here’s the card-back for the Mammoth and Triceratops. Same deal…it’s nice to see both represented, though a shame that the other figures aren’t also shown.

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Finally, here’s the text of “the story” behind the figures. While it’s not much it’s better than nothing at all! I’d really enjoy something more in-depth to “support” these toys…such as individual bits for each rider/dino, if not some sort of publication (novel/comic book/something). And a cartoon series would be quite interesting, especially as an alternate narrative to the Jurassic World side of humans/dinos existing together.

This would be the sort of thing that would be ripe for “fan fiction” or other online content at a site, even if nothing was officially published “in print.”

Stories of the small group of Raiders and their dinos having to survive and fight back against the Final Impact, while looking for a means to take out the “mastermind” Evolution supercomputer…you’ve got your “good guys,” “bad guys,” and “big bad” right there. Plenty of room to fill in with specific characters. Who’s the leader of the Wranglers? The Commanders? Would these be “factions” or “sub-factions” of the Raiders? Do they get along, or is there bickering? How rigid or formal would the titles be?

Are these ones that we have right now–these first six–are they all “good guys?”

This “story” seems almost like an “elevator pitch” for a wider world…and though I know there are several further human characters and another “Dino Commander” dinosaur as well as a couple of larger creatures–a Tyrannosaurus and some sort of giant ape–i’d be curious about additional dinos and riders.

To say nothing of the fact that–as far as I can tell–we don’t have actual names for these humans, and though I questioned Titanis above, that’s likely not a unique/specific/character name…so there’d be room for us to have specific characters in both the humans and the dinosaurs.

Given I only JUST discovered these in January 2019, and know there are several more that could come this year, it’ll be interesting to watch and see what else comes out, and if or how popular these might be.


For whatever it says, though I’ve long been a fan of Jurassic Park/Jurassic World, I did not buy any toys from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and had only bought the Indominus Rex, Tyrannosaurus, and a 4-pack of the main Velociraptors back in 2015.

While perhaps not as pose-able or as specific characters and all that…I find these a lot more interesting than the Jurassic World toys available over the past year or so, not to mention a superior price point! (Especially as figures I appreciate but are bound for display more than “play”!)

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Toys in the Wild: DC Primal Age [Addendum]

I posted the other day about the DC Primal Age toys from Funko.

Regarding the Joker Beast, I’d said

Of all the characters, The Joker is the one who gets a "ride" or in this case, I guess more of a "mount."

In visiting a different Target, I spotted an unfamiliar toy and looked closer!

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Apparently the Joker Beast is the "bad guys’ mount" while the "good guys" get Ace the Bathound. Seems I neglected to look at the back of the box for the Joker Beast, or I’d’ve realized there was one figure I had not seen!

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The back of the Ace the Bathound box shows the eight "solo" figures as well as Ace and Joker Beast (though the art shows the mounts with their riders, the riders do NOT come with the mounts!).

If there are more than the eight figures, two mounts, and Batcave in terms of the toys, I’m presently unaware. And while I’d really like a Superman for this line…if he’s some sort of "exclusive" ANYwhere (convention or otherwise) that will–to me–be a HUGE red slash AGAINST Funko and this line as a whole!

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There’s also a fun little bit that apparently got past whoever approved the box-art/design for print. "Collect the all!"? As opposed to "Collect them all!"

For something of this scale, this mass-market (albeit Target-exclusive), that strikes me as a rather significant error to make it past the QC stages and into production! (Especially given my recent job-hunting and the requirements "asked for" with anything involving editing/proofing/etc.!)

So hey, if this was Bleeding Cool and not a personal blog, I’d urge you to snap these up while you can as–if the mistake is caught for any later waves/printings, these could be "collectors’ items!" (albeit a ridiculously stupid thing to differentiate or make something such).

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NECA TMNT Baby Turtles

For over a year, I’ve been interested in the NECA figures based around the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. I was about to "pull the trigger" on buying one last year when I was laid off outta nowhere, and so that was firmly put on hold.

Now, re-employed for some time, I turned my sights back toward the figures, loving their detail and accuracy to the film in a way that other "based on the 1990 film" figures never seemed to truly match.

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I decided to start with the TMNT Baby Turtle Accessory Set. Though they were really only in the film for a brief scene–probably not even a full minute–I liked the look of these figures, as well as the price. They’re a bit more expensive than 4 standard TMNT action figures, though they’re basically the same size. As "premium" figures go, that’s not a bad price…and all the more compared to the "full size" teenage turtles.

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The set comes with the four turtles, as well as a Domino’s pizza box, a bag of chips, several baby-turtle-sized slices of pizza…and apparently to make up for some deficiency in size/etc or to otherwise add some sort of appeal to the pack, a "bonus" hand for the full-size teenage Michelangelo from his show-off-duel with a Foot ninja in the film, spinning his weapon balanced on the tip of a finger.

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I love the detail of the pizza box–it’s a flimsy tagboard sorta thing, but looks like a real pizza box miniaturized down to the grease stains! The pizza slices are a rigid plastic, so a bit off-balanced if put in the box. But they’re decent for having the turtles hold.

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The bag of chips is another nice touch, another "snack" and piece to add scale to these turtles.

"The little ones were crawling into a strange, glowing ooze from a broken cannister nearby. I gathered them up in an old coffee can, and when I awoke the next morning, I received a shock–for they had doubled in size. I, too, was growing…particularly in intellect. And I was amazed at how intelligent they seemed, but nothing could have prepared me for what happened next: one of them spoke.

"Pizza! Pizza!"

"More words followed, and I began their training, teaching them all that I had learned from my master […] And soon, I gave them all names. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello…and Raphael.

So next up for me is the full-size turtles and possibly the Shredder. At minimum, I definitely want to get Raphael and Leonardo, and Shredder. Of course, I’d love to get the entire set, but these things being expensive and going "out of production" (aka "out of print") and such could put a huge spanner in the works on that idea. For their steep, premium pricing, though…it’ll be a longer journey, as I may be willing to sink the money over time, but not in a large, lump sum, for multiple items in the line.

Along with these baby turtles, and the full size turtles, and a Raphael-in-trenchcoat, I believe there’s a Foot ninja, and coming sometime "soon" (or so I’d swear I’ve read) is Shredder.

Then there’s a reproduction of Casey’s facemask, as well as a replica of the ooze cannister.

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Legacy Megazord–Finally!

After several years, I finally managed to find the Legacy Megazord for something trying to be a reasonable price, but being significantly more than I’d choose…though still several times cheaper than anything I’ve seen available online!

I’d come across it at The Exchange a couple weeks ago and passed on it–initially–due to the price. But once I looked online and realized the cheapest it was being offered for, I resolved that since I was going to be in that area again, I’d check–and if the thing was still available, I’d get it; if not…then someone else obviously wanted it more than I did.

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The box definitely shows the wear and tear of being previously-owned. But fortunately, when I opened it, everything I expected was inside. Much as with the Dragonzord last year, it seems to have passed through at least one second-hand seller.

I’d missed out on this some years back, and passed on the Black and Gold edition when I’d seen that (for about half of this thing’s price) at Toys R Us once since then.

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Now, to a degree, I physically have the Legacy collection–I can build the Ultrazord–with the White Tigerzord standing by. Unfortunately, though, my Titanus is that "Limited Edition Black and Gold" edition I’d passed on for Megazord. (Given secondary pricing and "out of print" and other collectability factors, I got Titanus as I did for the clearance pricing it was, for the sake of at least having some version of it!) All things being equal, if I had the opportunity to "trade" that to someone for the regular edition, I’d be glad to.

So physically, I have the Legacy components…just that Titanus is not the right coloring. But that’s something for another time and another post, perhaps!

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Taking a quick photo of the Megazord, I realized it accidentally almost lined up with the box, hence this photo…

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And then here’s a slightly closer-up of the upper body with the sword.

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I must admit to a bit of buyer’s remorse on what I paid for this one. I’d seen stuff online last year and took comments for granted about the Legacy Dragonzord not being compatible with the all-plastic 2010 Megazord. Which I did already have…from 2010.

Can you tell the difference?

I barely can–but then, I know which is which and what I’m looking for.

(Legacy’s on the left, 2010’s on the right).

I’ve yet to take either of them apart for any fine, up-close comparisons; I might disassemble 2010 to have the five component Zords out, while Legacy displays as-is. Of course, I also plan to assemble Ultrazord at least once, just to be able to do so–that’s something that feels 25 years past-due for me.

Finding the time and patience amidst other stuff, though…that’ll be a different story.

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TMNT Toys in the Wild: Rise of the TMNT 1st Wave

I already posted about the Raphael figure I bought over the weekend, with the new Rise of the TMNT toy line starting to make its appearance.

I came across a display of the entire first wave of basic figures, and got photos of them "in the wild" (actually at a Walmart). Including the not-in-the-wild Raphael, here are my photos of the figures "on the card" as well as their "profile" from the back of the card, a la the old "clip-and-collect" profiles from the ’80s line.


Raphael:

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Leonardo:

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Donatello:

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Michelangelo:

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Splinter:

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April:

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Meat Sweats:

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Baron Draxum:

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Origami Ninja:

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Until seeing the figures for myself, I hadn’t realized the Origami Ninja had a foot slapped on its face…which does somewhat "qualify" it as a Foot Ninja…so against prior expectations, I may (eventually, perhaps) try to get several.

And Baron Draxum seems rather obviously a stand-in for Shredder, so there’s a good chance I may (again, eventually, perhaps) try to get one.

I’d figured Meat Sweats would be "worth it" for bulk alone…but I think I’ve pretty much decided that if I want a large pig muant…I’d rather go with a 30+ year old classic in Bebop.

Time will definitely tell. And I suppose I’ll be curious as to what other figures will make their ways out for this line.

I remember the 2012 line rolling out by early August 2012, and 3-4 more figures by Christmas. Given we’re at early October for these, I think I’d be sorta surprised to see a second wave in 2018, though not too surprised if another makes it out in early 2019.

I have issues with the extremely-limited nature and high prices on the Neca figures…and I think it would be absolutely fantastic if Playmates were to produce a line of figures based on the IDW comics…ideally in the style of Mateus Santolouco. The four turtles, Splinter, April, Casey, Shredder, Krang, (human) Baxter Stockman (with mousers), maybe a multipack of named Utrom characters; the Neutrinos, the Mutanimals…Bludgeon, Koya, Bebop, Rocksteady…Alopex, Agent Bishop, The Pantheon…

To borrow a phrasing style…I’d buy the heck outta those, at under-$10/figure!

But that wishlist and topic is surely a topic for some other post.

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New Rise of the TMNT Figures are Out

For the first time in over six years…there’s a new "main" line of TMNT toys out.

BEING that it is the Ninja Turtles–my core "exception" on stuff in comics–that bleeds a bit into the toys.

I’m not a fan of Rise of the TMNT. I was NEVER the best at "keeping up" with the 2012 animated series–nor ANY animated series, PERIOD, in the last 15 years or so, no matter how much I love the series itself. But I’ve always HATED the "optics" of Rise–namely, that the 2012 series was flat-out cancelled TO MAKE WAY FOR this new series. Whether that was actually the case or not, I don’t know–but it’s certainly how I FEEL on the thing.

I watched the first episode some time back now, it was "free"–and while it wasn’t as "bad" as I’d expected (perhaps my view has softened since I watched it), I did not like it, and I really do not like a number of elements from it, particularly the character designs.

But somewhere along the way, I got it into my head that when the new toys came out, I’d probably "at least" try getting Raphael. "Traditionally" Leonardo was always my favorite of the turtles, and the one I’d claim as a kid and growing up. But over the last 10-15 years, I’ve found a newer preference for Raphael.

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So I did indeed go ahead and get Raphael, finding the figure available this weekend at a local-ish Walmart.

And on the surface, the figure itself doesn’t look totally horrid or such…this one, at least, actually more or less looks like a decent TMNT figure, albeit the character does not come with the sais that have been associated with this character for 34 years. But the "new/different weapons" thing is a whole other matter I’m not getting much into right now.

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The back of the figure is more or less what I would expect, if slightly more basic-looking. The bulk of the back is the "profile" of the character. It makes sense of course, for that to dominate…it just seems almost "too" dominant to me. With a new series, new toy line, I’d somewhat expect the part showing the figures available in this first wave to be a bit bigger, to better emphasize and show off THAT there are other figures!

Even so, I’m not enamored with most of these other figures as shown. Leonardo is dominated by the giant sword and seems scrawny; as does Donatello with a more proportionate staff weapon; and Michelangelo also seems rather scrawny for a Ninja Turtle.

I’ll be curious about Splinter as he looks rather small, but could be interesting.

This is the first "main" TMNT toy line that I’m aware of that has NOT included a Shredder in its premiere wave. On one hand, that’s a bit refreshing; on the other–and in context of these toys–I find it rather lame.

The butcher character might be interesting for size…it looks like a nice, bulky character that’ll at least be worth its price for that bulk; where the ninja doesn’t look like it’ll even stand on its own.

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As a TMNT guy, as a collector…not having a Shredder and not having any Foot ninjas does this line a real disservice. I’m not invested in any of the villains…and with neither Shredder nor Foot, there’s not even the notion of having a new version to "match up with" the previous versions.

I’m reluctant on the other turtles, but have NOT ruled out the idea with myself that I’ll get the other turtles and Splinter to at least have the "set."

I appreciate the idea of having new characters and NOT merely regurgitating the past. That said…I’m NOT invested in the new show. I’m not invested in the particular new characters. I may get the other three turtles and Splinter–at least eventually–but I don’t really see getting much into this iteration of the toy line.

I could wind up eating those words, though.

Time will tell.

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New DuckTales Toys in Target!

The other day, I was clued in that there is a new line of DuckTales toys at Target!

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I zipped out intending to get several. The first location did not yet have them out–an employee suggested they had them "in" but didn’t know when they’d be "put out." (this, despite the Target site AND app both saying they were "in stock"–something I’d take as meaning shelved and available for walk-ins).

So I went to another nearby Target where I had some actual success!

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Of course, it wouldn’t be DuckTales without Scrooge McDuck himself!

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And then, following behind, other primary characters like Huey and Dewey…

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Also Louie and Webby, rounding out "the kids" (how did I get old enough for that phrasing to seem most appropriate?)

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The single-figure cards were $8.99, while the two-packs of the kids were $12.99.

I also saw the single-card Donald Duck and Flintheart Glomgold, but passed on them, only having so much to spend. I do intend to get those eventually, assuming these are not a one-shot flash-in-the-pan for the store.

There are also a couple of "playsets"–the Suncatcher (plane) that comes with Launchpad McQuack (I suspect but have not confirmed it as the ONLY way to get the character, but I did not see a single-figure card for him!). There’s also some sort of Money-Bin playset.

And while not part of this line, there’s a HUGE Pop figure–like a "statuette"–of Scrooge on a pile of coins from his Money-Bin.

I also saw a pack of "inaction" figures with most of the key characters, and they had the first two graphic novels from IDW on the endcap as well. There was also a box/pile of talking plush characters, and though I didn’t see them, something for what I believe is a set of blind-pack figures.

All in all…a nice-size roll-out for a line of toys based on an excellent cartoon!

I have GOT to get caught up…they "lost" me last year with their HUGE hiatus, and I’ve yet to get back to the show since (and the DVR didn’t pick up any of the newer episodes, so I suspect the usual random quackery going on that seems to plague ALL cartoons I try to keep up with).

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