BMOG Toyline Roars to Retail! Pre-Orders Now Open!

Pre-orders are now open for the initial retail editions of BMOG: Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalts!

http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=2810&company=1769

http://tfsource.com/BMOG/ursenal-mant-axe/

http://tfsource.com/BMOG/bearium-gamma-ray/

BMOG is a unique building toy system where wild robotic animal characters split apart into independent accessories for a diverse range of action figures. The project roared to life with the help of over 360 backers on Kickstarter, who helped the team at Octavirate Toys meet - and exceed! - its funding goal in December of 2013.

Now, with injection mold tooling fully tested and sticker sheets finalized, Octavirate Toys is proud to announce that BMOG is launching with TWO retail colorways! For the first time anywhere, the all-black Heroic Augmentoid URSENAL Vs. Evil Paraxxoid MANT-AXE set is joined by the “Toxic Spill Green” Paraxxoid team of BEARIUM and GAMMA-RAY!

The first factory order goes into production in early May.  Product is currently expected to be in-hand by June, and the retail editions to ship in the third quarter of 2014. Pre-orders are hugely important for determining the sizes of future production runs, and any word-of-mouth about the items going up for pre-sale is greatly appreciated. Octavirate Toys wants everyone who wants a BMOG to be able to get one - so if you or your friends didn’t have the opportunity to back BMOG on Kickstarter, now is the chance to secure a core black URSENAL/MANT-AXE set or the all-new BEARIUM/GAMMA-RAY set through some of the internet’s most prominent toy retailers. Order both to equip a small army of action figures, or use the FUSION FACTOR system to unite the individual BMOG components into dozens of striking combinations! 

Learn more about BMOG: Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalts at www.bmogtoys.com, or check out its Tumblr here.

Thank you for your time, and your support.

"Oh, hey, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Cryotek! I wasn’t really fond of Beast Wars Transmetals 2 Megatron, but I’ll open this at some point…”

*puts in a closet*

*years pass*

"Oh, hey, Transformers Cybertron Cryo Scourge, homage to Robots in Disguise Cryotek!”

*years pass*

"Oh, hey, Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising Cryofire Predaking, homage to the Cybertron Cryo Scourge toy that was itself an homage to Robots in Disguise Cryotek!”

*digging around old closet*

"… oh. Uh, hey, unopened Robots in Disguise Cryotek.”

*awkward*

monzo12782:

Unique Visionaries mini-poster from the UK Transformers comic, featuring a number of series 2 toys that never came out. Originally (re?)-scanned around 1999 for Rod Hannah’s Visionaries website. Should probably take a crack at it with the new scanner at some point.

monzo12782:

Unique Visionaries mini-poster from the UK Transformers comic, featuring a number of series 2 toys that never came out. Originally (re?)-scanned around 1999 for Rod Hannah’s Visionaries website. Should probably take a crack at it with the new scanner at some point.

monzo12782:

Front and back covers to the VHS release of GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords, starring the voices of Margot Kidder, Roddy McDowall, and Telly Savalas! Yay? Well, I do like Roddy McDowall…

Personal scan.

Front and back covers to the Bionic Six Super Picture Book. That was a show that was way prettier than it had any right to be, owing to some gorgeous animation work by TMS Entertainment. Here and there, the writing wasn’t too bad, either, since it wasn’t afraid to go tongue-in-cheek; the last episode was a straight-up homage to old Warner Bros. cartoons, centered around what may have been a caricature of Friz Freleng.

Wouldn’t mind seeing the show out on DVD, but I don’t think it’s high on anybody’s priority list…

<Monzo> … oh. So that’s what Swift meant.<Andrew> That’s what he meant by what?<Monzo> Swift, I think, mentioned something about a Hal Jordan Riddler, and I didn’t know what he meant, but I didn’t think more of it.<Monzo> Apparently to send off their DC Universe Classics toyline, Mattel is doing a Super Powers Collection homage set.<Monzo> And as part of the set, they are doing a Riddler repaint of Hal Jordan, based on a South American release that did the same thing.<Monzo> http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/archives/sp/riddle.html<Monzo> Except the write-up I just read suggests it is not actually the Riddler, but Hal Jordan in disguise as the Riddler.<Monzo> So the end result is, I guess, that Hal Jordan is terrible at disguises.<Fifty-Five> I’m not getting that from that writeup at all.<Monzo> “And there’s the one I picked on earlier – Hal Jordan disguised as the Riddler. Produced by Pacipa in Argentina, Super Amigos featured a repaint of Hal Jordan as the Riddler. This is a cute & clever nod. While there are several foreign “additions” to the line, this Riddler has long stood out among them.”<Monzo> Is there an official write-up?<Monzo> I was just going by that IAT one.<Fifty-Five> It’s possible the new one is characterized as a disguise? I doubt it, though.<Fifty-Five> I think that’s just Noisy being cute.<Monzo> “Those looking for basic characters will be pleased to see that there’s handy versions of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, while more hardcore collectors will be excited to see the Gold Superman, Mr. Mxyzptlk and Green Lantern (as The Riddler) action figures — all of which come with a piece of a buildable Kalibak figure in his SP brown colorscheme.”<Monzo> Read More: Mattel Concludes DC Universe Classics With Super Powers Toys | http://comicsalliance.com/matty-collector-dc-universe-super-powers-total-heroes-batman/?trackback=tsmclip<ItsWalky> Isn’t that just how folks describe the figure?<ItsWalky> The “Green Lantern as the Riddler” figure?<ItsWalky> Because it is literally a Green Lantern toy painted as the Riddler.<ItsWalky> I don’t think there are any fictional intentions there whatsoever.<Monzo> http://toyfair14.asmzine.com/gallery/mattel/dc-super-heroes/slides/DSC02348.html<Monzo> The display placard says Green Lantern As The Riddler.<ItsWalky> Not sure how what I said doesn’t still apply.<Monzo> Why would they use verbage like that on a display placard if it didn’t mean something? <ItsWalky> So everyone didn’t ask “don’t you realize that’s actually Green Lantern”?   <Monzo> Also, the actual Riddler toy’s hair was black, and this one has brown, like Hal Jordan. <Monzo> And they went to the trouble of replicating the mismatching green on the legs. <Fifty-Five> The brown hair is a point.<Fifty-Five> And, in fact, I can imagine DC forcing them to sell it as Hal Jordan As Riddler.<ItsWalky> The brown hair is a point, I agree.<ItsWalky> But everything else just sounds like taking things too literally.<Monzo> Your faith in something not being pointlessly dumb is unusual.<Monzo> But we shall see.<ItsWalky> I kind of feel like Riddler is a better sell than Green Lantern.  Nobody likes Green Lantern anymore.  He’s donezo.<Swiftzzzzz> They did identify it at Toy Fair as Hal dressed as the Riddler.<Swiftzzzzz> I assume that’s basically the only way DC would allow it.<Swiftzzzzz> Since it doesn’t really look like the Riddler.<Monzo> Ha HA!<Monzo> Take that, faith in humanity!<Monzo> * Everyone is sad now.
The Hal Jordan As Riddler Saga: a depressing play of action figures in one act.

<Monzo> … oh. So that’s what Swift meant.
<Andrew> That’s what he meant by what?
<Monzo> Swift, I think, mentioned something about a Hal Jordan Riddler, and I didn’t know what he meant, but I didn’t think more of it.
<Monzo> Apparently to send off their DC Universe Classics toyline, Mattel is doing a Super Powers Collection homage set.
<Monzo> And as part of the set, they are doing a Riddler repaint of Hal Jordan, based on a South American release that did the same thing.
<Monzo> http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/archives/sp/riddle.html
<Monzo> Except the write-up I just read suggests it is not actually the Riddler, but Hal Jordan in disguise as the Riddler.
<Monzo> So the end result is, I guess, that Hal Jordan is terrible at disguises.
<Fifty-Five> I’m not getting that from that writeup at all.
<Monzo> “And there’s the one I picked on earlier – Hal Jordan disguised as the Riddler. Produced by Pacipa in Argentina, Super Amigos featured a repaint of Hal Jordan as the Riddler. This is a cute & clever nod. While there are several foreign “additions” to the line, this Riddler has long stood out among them.”
<Monzo> Is there an official write-up?
<Monzo> I was just going by that IAT one.
<Fifty-Five> It’s possible the new one is characterized as a disguise? I doubt it, though.
<Fifty-Five> I think that’s just Noisy being cute.
<Monzo> “Those looking for basic characters will be pleased to see that there’s handy versions of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, while more hardcore collectors will be excited to see the Gold Superman, Mr. Mxyzptlk and Green Lantern (as The Riddler) action figures — all of which come with a piece of a buildable Kalibak figure in his SP brown colorscheme.”
<Monzo> Read More: Mattel Concludes DC Universe Classics With Super Powers Toys | http://comicsalliance.com/matty-collector-dc-universe-super-powers-total-heroes-batman/?trackback=tsmclip
<ItsWalky> Isn’t that just how folks describe the figure?
<ItsWalky> The “Green Lantern as the Riddler” figure?
<ItsWalky> Because it is literally a Green Lantern toy painted as the Riddler.
<ItsWalky> I don’t think there are any fictional intentions there whatsoever.
<Monzo> http://toyfair14.asmzine.com/gallery/mattel/dc-super-heroes/slides/DSC02348.html
<Monzo> The display placard says Green Lantern As The Riddler.
<ItsWalky> Not sure how what I said doesn’t still apply.
<Monzo> Why would they use verbage like that on a display placard if it didn’t mean something?
<ItsWalky> So everyone didn’t ask “don’t you realize that’s actually Green Lantern”? 
<Monzo> Also, the actual Riddler toy’s hair was black, and this one has brown, like Hal Jordan.
<Monzo> And they went to the trouble of replicating the mismatching green on the legs.
<Fifty-Five> The brown hair is a point.
<Fifty-Five> And, in fact, I can imagine DC forcing them to sell it as Hal Jordan As Riddler.
<ItsWalky> The brown hair is a point, I agree.
<ItsWalky> But everything else just sounds like taking things too literally.
<Monzo> Your faith in something not being pointlessly dumb is unusual.
<Monzo> But we shall see.
<ItsWalky> I kind of feel like Riddler is a better sell than Green Lantern.  Nobody likes Green Lantern anymore.  He’s donezo.
<Swiftzzzzz> They did identify it at Toy Fair as Hal dressed as the Riddler.
<Swiftzzzzz> I assume that’s basically the only way DC would allow it.
<Swiftzzzzz> Since it doesn’t really look like the Riddler.
<Monzo> Ha HA!
<Monzo> Take that, faith in humanity!
<Monzo> * Everyone is sad now.

The Hal Jordan As Riddler Saga: a depressing play of action figures in one act.

A couple of scans featuring the Laker Brothers, Blue Laker and Green Laker, and their combined form Ultra Laker. The Laker Brothers hail from 1990-1991’s Brave Exkaiser, and showcase a curious trait of Japanese culture: naming stuff after popular English words whether it makes any sense or not. In their case, the Laker Bros. were apparently named after the Los Angeles Lakers, a team that was famous enough in Japan to receive an officially licensed manga series at one point (according to Frederik L. Schodt’s Dreamland Japan, IIRC).

Similarly affected by this unusual naming trend was 1950s Japanese hero Super Giants (a single man of normal stature apparently named after the Yomiuri Giants baseball team), and, uh, Seishoujo Sentai Lakers, a series of superheroine hentai games also evidently named after the Los Angeles Lakers.

Scans sent to me some time ago by the Transformer fandom’s own Doug Dlin, who I think made them from issue(s) of TV Magazine.

A big ole&#8217; ad page scanned from an April 1987 issue of Japan’s Comic BonBon! I&#8217;ve previously featured close-up scans of the Dragon Ball, Machine Robo, SD Gundam, and Transformers segments. Also on the page is merchandise from GeGeGe no Kitarou, what I presume to be BonBon mascot characters, and Mario Mario his own self.

A big ole’ ad page scanned from an April 1987 issue of Japan’s Comic BonBon! I’ve previously featured close-up scans of the Dragon Ball, Machine Robo, SD Gundam, and Transformers segments. Also on the page is merchandise from GeGeGe no Kitarou, what I presume to be BonBon mascot characters, and Mario Mario his own self.

A Real (Preliminary) American Roll-Call, Pt 6

So let’s end this, eh? Mark Bellomo’s The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994 collects a bunch of Larry Hama’s proposed G.I. Joe character/toy names that didn’t make the cut. I went through the book, jotted them all down, and have been listing them here. Last time, we looked at the releases from 1990 (and before that, 1983 to 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1988). Apparently, the final “classic” era Joe years that Hama worked on were 1991 and 1992, which is where my notes end; I know he also wrote the filecards for at least a year or two of the “new sculpt” era (2002-2006ish), but IIRC Bellomo’s book doesn’t cover those releases, so I got nothin’ on em.

So, for our final round of unused Larry Hama G.I.Joe/Cobra character names, we have…

1991

Cloudburst: Spindrift
Heavy Duty: Cinder-Block, Bulwark, Brick-Wall
Major Altitude: Air-Cav, Updraft, Whirlwind
Skymate: Digger, Jackaroo, Dingo
Tracker: Bloodhound
Ozone: Fresh-Air

Sludge-Viper: Sludge Slinger
Incinerator: Salamander
Interrogator: Probe, Third Degree, Inquisitor
Night Vulture: Owlhoots
Sky Creeper: Sky Skull, Nightwing

1992

Big Bear: Skulker
Air Devil: Sky-Snake, Vector-Viper
Headman: Big Man, High Roller

Somebody was dead-set on Skymate having an Australia-themed name, huh? I guess he must’ve already had his boomerang by that point in development. Funny coincidence - the Australian reprint publisher for G.I. Joe used an original character named Digger (based on Recondo) to host their issues. The scans I remember seeing of Digger gave him a ridiculously stereotypical Australian accent, despite the fact he was presumably being written by Australians for an Australian audience. (I’ll have to prod my friend Andrew into putting those scans up on Tumblr.) Mind you, I still don’t know what a “Jackaroo” is.

Besides that derailment, there’s not too much here in terms of weirdness. “Spindrift” and “Bulwark” are solid names… “Skulker” is a bit more menacing than I would expect from the sympathetic portrayal of the Oktober Guard team that was concurrent with the toy release, I guess.

With the 50th anniversary of the G.I. Joe brand as a whole upon us, it was fun to look back at this part of its history; in its prime, the Real American Hero line was both a retail juggernaut and real product innovator. These days… well, it’s a hard swallow, but with the near-total absence of the line from store shelves following Retaliation (depending on how you count Kre-O), the fact the 2014 collector’s convention set is themed around zombies comes off like biting commentary on the franchise that no one picked up on.

Welcome to 2014, G.I. Joe. Hope you survive the experience…

Up, up into the sky goes your Pinkie Pie figure! Your beautiful Pinkie Pie pony pal wants to take off into fun adventures in her colorful, heart-shaped helicopter vehicle! Dress her up in her propeller helmet and skirts, and pack her suitcase for her next “flight.” Spin the propellers on her fancy helicopter and send your pony pilot into her next escapade! Includes helicopter, pony figure and accessories.

Pinkie Pie’s Rainbow Helicopter playset includes a helicopter and a pony pilot. Pinkie Pie figure has skirt and suitcase accessories for fashion fun. Rainbow helicopter has spinning propellers. Ages 3 and up. My Little Pony and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

… not sure you want to entrust Pinkie Pie with a helicopter. Especially after she’s hit the hair dye and body paint, if that package art in the corner is anything to go by. I’m just saying. (The propeller beanie is a great touch, though.)

Found while searching the Hasbro Toyshop website.