This week I had some pretty good luck, finally tracking down some much desired Disney stuff as well as the brand new Toys R Us exclusive Iron Man 3 Minimates, the last Western Playmobil set I need and the highly anticipated Dutch figures from NECA. But what could I possibly think of these!? Spoiler alert - some disappoint, some impress and several inspire undying devotion. And what's this... could one of this week's items already be Rustin's pick for Toy of the Year!?
You probably didn't notice, but we've been reviewing all these Sugar Rush toys in a specific order: using the grandstands shown in the packaging, whichever one was first in line told us which toy to review next. That's finally failed us, because apparently nobody cheers for Candlehead.
Candlehead is a riot who's is able to laugh at herself-even when she's the butt of the joke. Hypnotized by the flame atop on her own head, She get lost in a haze of Happy Birthdays. Sugar Rush and its daily races wouldn't be complete without Candlehead, but she's a few scoops short short of a sundae.
There are few things I love more than Star Trek so with the new movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, opening this week I figured I'd dedicate a Spoils to all of the nonsense Hasbro is forcing me to buy. See, just as with the previous film (released four years ago!?!?), I am getting slammed with a hardcore (nerd/"first world") dilemma – My love of Trek versus my loathing of undesirable toys. Well, in both cases Trek won out, and VERY slimly this time around. What I have to believe is that if enough of this junk moves then Hasbro will see Trek as a viable property and make some proper action figures rather than just ab/using it to push their struggling "we outright stole someone else's idea" products.
I'd also like to take a moment to bemoan the death of the multi-category marketing tie-in program; I had a remarkably fun time collecting up all of the Burger King toys and glasses, the cereal pack-ins and mail-aways and just all of those "special packaging" things. It reminded me of being a kid and how excited for something we were able to become, but nowadays, with a "major" blockbuster opening every week I guess that kind of thing is over. I was really looking forward to a new set of BK toys and glasses.
Lover of adrenaline, Swizzle "The Swizz" Malarkey thinks that life must be lived to the last breath. There is nothing he can't defy, no stunt he can't perform or individual he can't beat. His racing is fast and elegant, just like his philosophy of life.