Friday, 25 December 2015

HOARDSMAS 2015: VINTAGE AUSTRALIAN TOY CATALOGUES! EXCLUSIVE!



Oh, hey. Long time no see. Soz. It's been quite a year. I've been a tad tardy with my bloggings.

I just thought I'd pop in and say:

HAPPY HOARDSMAS! 


Ahem.

Now that's out of the way, let me take you on a journey through some vintage Australian toy catalogues from both Zig-Zag and Toyworld, courtesy of my pal Mr. Brendan Ryan.

If you follow the Hoard World page on Facey B, you will likely have run into Brendan or heard mention of him via links. But if not, you will no doubt recall his magnificent toy catalogue collection that was featured way back in 2013 with THIS POST.

But wait, there's more. Quite a bit more. And today we're going to take a look at a bit more of these catalogues that are exclusive to the Hoard World blog. Thanks to Brendan.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

RECYCLED MATERIAL: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS LIGHT HOPE FIGURE by Mattel.


This review was originally published way back in November 2014 on Doomkick.com. It was written specifically for the Doomkick site so may contain specific references to the site etc. Due to the age of the article, some of the information contained within may have dated somewhat. This is the very last of my guest reviews on other sites to date. With the exception of the little piece I contributed to Dinosaur Dracula a billion years ago, all my off-site work has now been republished right here on Hoard World! Yay! You can check out the originally published version of this Light Hope review at the Doomkick site here. Thanks for reading!

Light Hope. Yes. That guy. One of the three extra special BFFs along with Madame Razz and Kowl who knew She-Ra's secret identity. Also pretty much one of the hardest characters to ever make an action figure out of.

Because he's just a beam of rainbow-esque light (see above). You know?


Unless you do something almost cool but mostly awful like NECA's "Lightning Gremlin" action figure, you're really up Snake Mountain without a power sword when it comes to making an action figure of Light Hope.

Yet they did. And here he is.


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

RECYLED MATERIAL: ZOMBIE SUPERMAN KNOCK-OFF by Unknown Manufacturer.


The review included in this blog entry was originally published way back in July 2013 on ThEpicReview.com for their Resident Evil Zombie Celebration Week. It was written specifically for ThEpic Review site so may contain specific references to the site etc; For example my mention of whether Zombie Supes is "epic" or "great" or "good" towards the end is a reference to ThEpicReview's ratings system. Due to the age of the article, some of the information contained within may have dated somewhat (like there aren't as many of these knock-offs floating around on eBay as when this was first written). You can check out the originally published version on ThEpic Review's site here.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

RECYCLED MATERIAL: MARVEL SELECT ZOMBIE CAPTAIN AMERICA (FROM MARVEL ZOMBIES) by Diamond Select Toys


The review included in this blog entry was originally published way back in July 2013 on ThEpicReview.com for their Resident Evil Zombie Celebration Week. It was written specifically for ThEpic Review site so may contain specific references to the site etc. Due to the age of the article, some of the information contained within may have dated somewhat; although this figure came out in 2007 so was already practically a billion years old before it was "reviewed" in 2013. Much like most of us wish George Lucas hadn't, I have also made a handful of changes and edits to this piece; so this is a"Special Edition" if you will. You can check out the originally published version on ThEpic Review's site here.

Monday, 13 July 2015

SDCC 2015 TOY REVEALS: THE STUFF I LIKED.


If you're inclined to pay attention to things like the San Diego Comic Con and its subsequent reveals of nice things you might like to buy in the future, then you might have already seen a lot of what I'm about to show you from other sites.

But there's literally so much stuff on show, a lot of times stuff slips through the cracks. Hoard World isn't just an outlet for me to vent and share my stupid pictures with a few hundred people from time to time. And it's certainly not a viable business. More often than not, it's a public service. Or so I tell myself.

This is one of those Public Servicing times. I already know what stuff I liked from SDCC. I have filed pictures of it forever in my brain meats so I can obsess over said items for the next 12 months or more.

This is for you. The people. And at the end of it, I'm going to offer up some advice that might help those of you who have a genuine fear of "missing out."

Let's begin, shall we?


Monday, 6 July 2015

HOARD WORLD: YEAR THREE - HOW IS THIS THING EVEN STILL GOING? I MEAN, SERIOUSLY.


Monday July 6th 2015 is the third anniversary of the shenanigans that have become known as "Hoard World", so, as per usual, I take this magical moment in time to cast my weary eye-stalks back over the last 12 months. Let's see if we can't learn a thing or two, eh?

Incidentally, as you can no doubt tell by the assorted 3rd Birthday pics that accompany this retrospective blog entry, we had a great time. With Giant Cake. And over-sized celebratory candles. Thanks for asking.



Wednesday, 1 July 2015

RECYCLED MATERIAL: RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD TARMAN by Amok Time Toys


The review included in this blog entry was originally published way back in July 2013 on ThEpicReview.com for their Resident Evil Zombie Celebration Week. It was written specifically for ThEpic Review site so may contain specific references to the site etc. Due to the age of the article, some of the information contained within may have dated somewhat; for example the film 'Warm Bodies' is not recent. You can check out the originally published version on ThEpic Review's site here.


Thursday, 25 June 2015

RECYCLED MATERIAL: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS KING RANDOR (ETERNOS PALACE) by Mattel


The review included in this blog entry was originally published way back in June 2013 on Poeghostal.com. It was written specifically for Poe Ghostal's site so may contain specific references to the site etc. Due to the age of the article, some of the information contained within may have dated somewhat. For posterity (in case Poe's site ever goes offline forever) I have included screenshots at the end of the article of a selection of the 20+ comments I received for this guest review; to date, still a comments record for anything I've written. Booooooo. You can check out the originally published version on Poe Ghostal's site here.


Monday, 22 June 2015

RECYCLED MATERIAL: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS SPIRIT OF HORDAK by Mattel - VALE EARL NOREM 1924-2015


The review included in this blog entry was originally published way back in October 2013 on Poeghostal.com. It was written specifically for Poe Ghostal's site so may contain specific references to the site etc. Due to the age of the article, some of the information contained within may have dated somewhat. For example, obviously since the Spirit of Hordak chase figure came out, we've had Loo-Kee and Kowl as well as the recent Spirit of King Grayskull (Which I still don't have! OMC*). This version contains slightly different wording as well as many new links that were originally removed from the final version by the editor. You can check out the originally published version on Poe Ghostal's site here.

Before we begin this recycled review, I'd just like to pay tribute to one of the greatest illustrators who ever walked the Earth: Mr. Earl Norem. Along with the likes of William George and Alfredo Alcala, Earl Norem was an integral element of the Masters of the Universe mythos in its illustrated form. Aside from MOTU however, he was just an all-round wonderful artist. I was literally only just looking at some of his brilliant work and reading the interview with him in the recent Masters of the Universe Art Book a few days before he passed. Here's some footage of the man himself hanging out with Stan Lee at a con a few years back. Rest in peace, Earl Norem. You will be sorely missed but thankfully your decades of amazing work will be with us for generations to come.

VALE EARL NOREM 1924-2015
*Oh My Crom!

Saturday, 30 May 2015

TONNES OF NEW STUFF FOR SALE IN THE ALL STAR COMICS MELBOURNE TOY CABINET! HULK! STAR WARS! SPICE GIRLS! HE-MAN! MAD MONSTER PARTY! SIMPSONS!

Whenever Anti-Venom attends a Mad Monster Party, he always brings some Los Pollos Hermanos chicken.

Hi everybody,

As some of you may already know, for a good while now, I've been fortunate enough to have been given the unique opportunity to host some of my wares for sale in the Toy Cabinet at All Star Comics Melbourne.

Yes, it's all true. If you're a local you totally have a shot at owning items that have been personally fondled by yours truly.

That said, while the allocated shelf space has varied from one to a couple over the last almost three years - All Star Comics move to Queen Street heralded a new age of display option wonderment for this little plastic dog and pony show of mine. An entire cabinet!


As awesome as that is, I have even better news.

For TWO DAYS ONLY this weekend May 30th - May 31st I have been given access to an additional TWO cabinets.

This is a dream come true because not only do I love selling off my pieces from my personal collection to new forever homes, I really dig creating toy displays. During my previous life as a comic shop worker back in the early to late 00s, it was one of my favourite things to do! (Apart from being lovely all the time and obviously spending most of my earnings on STUFF.) Some of my fondest memories at that now defunct store include re-arranging entire walls of action figures to pretty much whatever I felt like. Good Times.

Here's the other two spaces I'm occupying for this very limited period......

90s Star Wars figures! Whoa. They're super rare, right? Right?
And yes, those are Spice Girls dolls.
Is there any other store in Melbourne that has an entire toy shelf dedicated to The Hulk? You're welcome.

And here's the toy section as it looked right before I left it earlier this afternoon.....


So if you're living or staying in Melbourne right now and feel like dropping some coin - there's no better time than now!

But don't take my word for it, check out this special video sneak peek courtesy of The Hoardstagram.

And that's it!


yr pal,



HOARDAX.

TROMA 4 LYFE.


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

MOTU DAY 2015: FIVE THINGS YOU CAN LEARN ABOUT THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE FROM THEIR VINTAGE GOLDEN BOOKS ADVENTURES


FOR THOSE WHO CAME IN LATE.......

MOTU Day is April 28th or so it was decreed back in 1987 by Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.

He might not have meant for anybody to celebrate it in 1988 or ever again, but it's still an absolute fact. 

This actually happened. 

It doesn't matter that it was created for the sole purpose of promoting the POWER TOUR that was running through LA at the time - if it was good enough for Mayor Tom Bradley and the fine people of Los Angeles, it's good enough for you. 

MOTU has an actual day. (See: Los Angeles Times Article April 23rd, 1987 to read it transcribed in print)

So it was declared, so it shall be done. Forever and ever.  He-men.

MOTU DAY 2015 logo by The Toy Box

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

5 CHRISTOPHER WALKEN SCREEN APPEARANCES YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T SEEN

Chris Walken is 72 years young today.

If you've been following Hoard World's adventures for long enough, you will have, no doubt, at some point, come across liberal amounts of references to the triple-threat star of stage and screen that is Chris Walken.

For his 70th birthday a few years back, I even dedicated a blog entry to my love of him, and more recently, the supercut of his dance sequences appeared as No. 1 in my 6 YouTube Videos You Need To See Before You Die extravaganza (which was my mini-tribute to his last birthday).

This year, in lieu of having written any new content whatsoever on this blog for the entire month of March, I figured it was way past due to worship Walken once again.

I mean, I already did it myself in my own time this weekend just past. Each year we host a Christopher Walken's Birthday Party celebration at Hoard World HQ. It's always wonderful and usually goes slightly off the rails in the most unexpected of ways, but as long as there's Walken movies playing on the TV, we all sign his birthday card and we sing Happy Birthday with a nice big cake, we feel we have done everything we possibly can to celebrate.


Let's cut to the chase though, shall we?


Friday, 20 February 2015

RECYCLED MATERIAL: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS HORDAK by MATTEL

This review was originally published way back in April 2013 on Doomkick.com. It was written specifically for the Doomkick site's 1st Anniversary celebrations so may contain specific references to the site etc. Due to the age of the article, some of the information contained within may have dated somewhat. Although this piece was actually published before my "Mosquitor" guest review on Poe Ghostal's site, it is still chronologically (in terms of the order I wrote them) the second guest review I ever did. You can check out the originally published version (that comes with an introduction from Hoard World's "management") on the Doomkick site here.


Hi. I'm Hoardax.

Yes, the Hoardax. Maybe you've heard of me or maybe you've heard of me!

This isn't about me today, though. That was just a formality to set my new audience at ease. I am completely out of my comfort zone. Normally, I'd be talking to the legion of Hoard Worlders over on my Facey B page or on The Blog - to rapturous applause, often a standing ovation.

But today, I talk to YOU - The Doomkickers. Be gentle with me, won't you? Like many artists, or siblings of Evil Dictators who have become estranged due to a conflict of interests (He wanted to murder everybody all the time; I enjoy collecting nice things and sharing my love of said things with the world via the internets), I am very sensitive.


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

NEW YORK TOY FAIR REVEALS: NECA 8-BIT VIDEO GAME FIGURES - MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS - BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES - MARVEL LEGENDS - KOTOBUKIYA SUPER POWERS - BIF BANG POW 3.75" FIGURES - MEZCO 1:12

I weep both tears of happiness and sadness at the New York Toy Fair reveals.
Happiness at the beauty of the nice things.
Sadness at probably only ever seeing about 14% of them in real life and owning about 8% of those. 

Is it that time of year again already? It seems like only yesterday that I was ogling a sample of 2014's New York Toy Fair wares!

Well, it is. It is that time of year. And what a year Toy Fair 2015 has turned out to be!

There was soooooo much stuff displayed this year that it literally gave me anxiety. And I didn't even attend Toy Fair! Frankly, I blame the internet.

While many reputable sites have beautifully delivered massive amounts of footage and pics direct from Toy Fair already, here on Hoard World, I'm borrowing a mere selection of those very same pics and showing you the stuff that I am personally excited about. Ya dig?

Let's start right away, shall we?


Sunday, 15 February 2015

RECYCLED MATERIAL: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS MOSQUITOR by Mattel


This review was originally published way back in May 2013 on Poe Ghostal.com. It was written specifically for Poe's site so contains many references (and links) to his other reviews. Due to the age of the article, some of the information contained within may have dated somewhat.  This is the complete, unabridged version. You can check out the slightly edited version on Poe Ghostal's site here.

The latest addition to The Mighty Horde's army is Mosquitor The Evil Energy Draining Insectoid, who was released last December. He sold out reasonably quickly after he went on sale but has since turned up on Mattycollector for sale as excess Customer Service Stock. Which has also sold out. If you missed out, there's a pretty good chance he's still floating around on eBay for prices somewhere higher than Chief Carnivus or Dekker but much less than Whiplash or Beastman.

To my knowledge, Mosquitor never made an appearance in the Filmation cartoon or the 200x version. He did, however, get his own front cover fighting He-man in one of those Marvel Star Comics of the late 80s. Issue 8, I believe it was.

As such, we've never really known that much about him. All we know is that he's one of The Horde, he has a Mosquito head and he sucks blood. Oh, and that he's actually FEMALE thanks to The Fwoosh and their magnificent, fact-based logic.

It's well documented that Mosquitor is Pixel Dan's favourite MOTU character EVER. This was irrefutably proven once and for all by this video where Dan's celebration of finally receiving a MOTUC version results in a Kafka-esque Metamorphosis....and Gangnam Style Dancing. These days it's hard to even think about Mosquitor without thinking about Pixel Dan. (Or do I have some kind of problem?) In fact, Poe talked to him just the other day about the concept of a Toy Fan's favourite obscure character being called "My Mosquitor."

The "My Mosquitor" definition revolves around a "guilty pleasure" character that isn't popular with everybody. Now, there's a chance Pixel Dan might read this but this isn't why I'm saying what I'm about to say.....

WHO DOESN'T LOVE MOSQUITOR? Seriously. I want a show of hands.

He/She is a MOSQUITO-headed vampire that SUCKS BLOOD! The vintage figure had a blood-pumping chest action! Are you kidding me? That's objectively the best thing that ever happened.

But is the MOTUC re-imagining of Mosquitor a piece of black plastic recycling? Let's find out.


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

VIDEO SPOTLIGHT ON: "ETERNIA IS EVERYWHERE" MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE FAN ART PROJECT featuring Webstor & Grizzlor

A beautiful quality screenshot from the wonderful quality video you are about to watch.

A little while ago, I came across a guy on eBay who was selling lovely photos of vintage Masters of the Universe figures. I was intrigued to say the least!

I'll let him explain it himself:

(excerpt from his eBay listings) "My name is Marlon. I am a hobby artist and realized my childhood dream in 2011-2013 creating my version of the beloved MotU 80´s advertisement leaflets we all love. In total I took 87 pictures of the vehicles and characters of the MotU 80s toy-line all over Germany and France.

All my pictures are framed and ready for display! Only 1 produced and signed by the artist and together with the GPS-Co-ordinates where it was taken and a picture on the other side  of the displayed motive showing the very place in human perspective.

The whole idea is not new and some of you made similar projects. Anyhow it was and is my dream that all of my 87 pictures will find a new home somewhere in the world. Maybe with you?"




Before long I had some of my very own, you can watch what happened in real time here:


You can visit (and buy) Marlon's remaining one-off pieces right here on eBay and take a look at the Eternia is Everywhere Facebook page here if you're interested in viewing more of his work with some history and commentary behind them.

One thing is for sure, thanks to artists like Marlon: Eternia really is everywhere!


yr pal,





HOARDAX.


Friday, 2 January 2015

VIDEO SPOTLIGHT ON DC UNIVERSE CLASSICS GREEN ARROW by Mattel



It's 38 degrees celsius today on Hoard World (which is just over 100 degrees fahrenheit for people that don't do celsius), so it's important that you keep your fluids up, stay out of the sun and, where necessary, share your refreshments with your pals, just like I am here with Five Dollar Hulk. I'm lovely.

No, you're not imagining things. This is already the second blog entry of 2015: one in which I continue to wow the YouTube-o-sphere with more poor quality gonzo-style toy videos that involve elongated attempts to open a simple action figure package, surprise cats and royalty free rap music.

I can't believe you're not already watching it.



In case you can't be bothered, here's two pictures that I lazily took with my phone and no enhancements which give you some idea of what a Green Arrow action figure looks like; almost opened and out of the pack.



At this rate, I expect I will be the next Pixel Dan in no time.

Stay cool.



yr pal,


HOARDAX.

Total Heroes Ultra Firestorm comes with three interchangeable heads
plus a floating transparent Professor Stein head. That's just about the
best accessory that Firestorm could ever have. I love it.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

TOP 5 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015! A DRUNK VIDEO MANIFESTO! VIDEO SPOTLIGHT ON THE FLASH DC UNIVERSE CLASSICS ACTION FIGURE BY MATTEL!



Nothing says Happy 2015 like a blurry screenshot from the Hoard World 2013 NYE fireworks video.

Happy New Year everybody!

I hope, whether you've already had NYE or are about to, or are still having it, that this finds you in good health during a celebratory time.

I have a few resolutions for Hoard World in 2015 that you might care to know about but first let's take a look at NYE 2014 on Hoard World. It wasn't a huge production but it did result in Hoard World's very first Video Manifesto.

A drunk video manifesto. As (sort-of) requested by YOU.

Screenshot from 1 of 2 videos that contained a shadowy figure and a drunken manifesto.

The original text that introduced the video manifesto on Facey B.