Bits & Pieces

Is it a Madball? NO!

SQUIRTDEVIL AIN'T MADBALLS

But given that the Madballs' 1980s heydey saw scores of spherical pretenders to the gross-out crown, the recent appearance of the Squirtdevil is arguably an encouraging sign. And for $1 wannabes, they're not half bad!  (1/5/09)

His drill is the drill that pierces the heavens.

REVOLTECH GURREN LAGANN!!!

When it comes to poseability, Revoltech figures are tops -- and guest writer Sixshot shows us that the Yamaguchi Series #50 Gurren Lagann is no exception. But whereas Trix are for kids, this fig is for collectors only.  (11/19/08)

An Action Figure We Can Believe In

BARACK OBAMA, ACTION FIGURE

Barack Obama's been many things: community organizer, professor, senator, presidential candidate... and now he's even a novelty action figure! Read on for a closer look at the 6-inch representation of an inspiring leader.  (9/8/08)

For the GLORY of Megatron!!!

LUGNUT IN YOUR HAPPY MEAL!!!

Or maybe not in your Happy Meal, since apparently we've failed to post this in time for you to catch the McDonald's "Transformers Animated" promotion. Don't feel too bad, though -- mini-Lugnut is kinda lame.  (7/29/08)

Never underestimate a pretty face.

CVS2 MAI SHIRANUI & CHUN-LI!!!

Although the SDCC 2005 Exclusive Capcom vs SNK 2 Mai & Chun-Li 2-pack was a "limited" set, it's still fairly cheap and easy to find. Yes, it's a risky purchase due to quality concerns... but those sculpts sure are lovely.  (7/18/08)

Let's see you endure six months in the gutter.

MIA: QUALITY CONTROL

Seriously: whereas defects used to be relatively rare, too many toys today are plagued with sloppy paint jobs, stuck and/or broken joints, and other quality issues. So in What Happened to Quality Control?, we talk about it.  (6/6/08)

Kong, Kong, bo-bong, banana-fanna...

THE RETURN OF KONG!!!

Mega-monkey mania comes to a head as we conclude the King Kong action figure review! Climb on in for a look at the remaining 6" Playmates Kongs as well as the 15" figure from Mezco -- but mind the falling barrels.  (6/2/08)

He is Darkseid, lord of Apokolips!

NEW GODS DARKSEID!!!

Jack Kirby's New Gods are currently enjoying a surge in popularity -- and to capitalize on that interest, DC Direct is releasing new action figures of these classic characters! Here, we review the New Gods Darkseid.  (5/13/08)

The 8th wonder of the world!

DISCOUNTED KONG FIGURES!!!

King Kong returns to Scary-Crayon -- this time in the first of a two-part Kong figure review! Here, we look at three of the 6" Kongs as well as the 11" Roaring Kong. Don't be fooled: some Kongs are better than others!  (4/7/08)

Take that, Trypticon!

METROPLEX IN MINIATURE!!!

In this awesome guest review, Tresob Yr of the Star Wars Action Figure Theater gives us a firsthand look at the unlicensed Kabaya Transformer Metroplex model. There's even a bonus mini-comic, so check it out!  (3/18/08)

The 2008 Series 2 Madballs!

THE 2008 SERIES 2 MADBALLS!!!

The new Series 2 Madballs aren't in stores yet -- but since Basic Fun was kind enough to send us a preview set, we're bringing you an advance review! This wave has its pluses and minuses, but the kids should dig it.  (2/18/08)

Freaky fun for everyone in 2007!

THE MADBALLS ARE BACK!!!

The Madballs have finally returned, and we couldn't be more thrilled. Sure, they've changed over the years -- as seen in this review and comparison piece -- but they're still the same ghastly globes at heart... head.  (12/18/07)

The epic battle between evil and eviler rages on...

CHOOSE YOUR RIDE... OR DIE.

Okay, Street Blazers doesn't threaten death, but the toyline does inspire despair by offering no heroic sides in the race to decide the fate of Earth. In addition to discussing the line, we review the Dante 7" tractor trailer.  (12/12/07)

Rawr will murder Decepticon kneecaps.

QUICK CHANGE DINOBOTS! (Part 2)

Yes, Rawr and Ultra Gunk finally return in Part 2 of the Quick Change Dinobots review! This time, we compare them to their cousins from the Transformers universe. It's not exactly a fair comparison, but still...  (11/7/07)

O'Ryan has lovely hair.

GROOVY GIRLS MINIATURES!!!

Yes, Scary-Crayon likes more than just boys' toys! Wes braves the awkwardness of buying tiny bendable girls and amazing technicolor beds in public so you can read about that groovy O'Ryan and her Bombastic Bed.  (10/1/07)

The Quick Change Dinobots Review: Part 1 of 2!

QUICK CHANGE DINOBOTS! (Part 1)

In the first part of this two-part toy review, Scary-Crayon looks at two members of the four man machine Quick Change Transforming System Dino Robots team. Swoop wishes he had a cheap Big Lots counterpart too.  (9/7/07)

Face Flippin' Chris Benoit!

FACE FLIPPIN' CHRIS BENOIT!!!

Over the weekend of June 23, 2007, Chris Benoit shocked wrestling fans by killing his wife, his son, and himself. Yet in 2005, the Face Flippin' Chris Benoit figure prophetically depicted the two sides of the late WWE star.  (8/7/07)

Shanghai has tons of Ultraman toys.

TOYS FROM SHANGHAI!!!

As noted previously on Scary-Crayon, Wes spent a few days in China in May 2007 -- and in Toys from Shanghai, he describes his experiences in the foreign toy shops and reviews his spoils. Toys have little holes, too.  (6/21/07)

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