Popular Culture Collectibles Reviews

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Holdouts

It's that time of the year again.

Manufacturer and publisher review copies have trickled to a crawl.

Which is understandable.  After all, it is the holiday season.  Products need to sell and companies are concentrating their efforts on reducing inventory.

And that's the way it should be.  As much as I like receiving review material I realize that business comes first.

I look at it this way.  If companies don't sell their good,s they'll go out of business.  If they go our of business then  NO review samples will come my way when things cool down after the holidays.

So, sell, sell, sell! The more the better, for the companies and me.  Capitalism-it's a great thing.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Max Traxxx



Are you ready for some serious RC (remote control) fun? 


How about miniature race cars that travel 500 miles per hour if you take their scale into account?



How about an Infinity Loop Set of 46 feet dual tracks that glow in the dark and can be configured anyway you like with curves, straight-aways, elevated areas and loops?



If you are then Skullduggery’s new ‘Max Traxxx Tracer Racers’ is the RC set for you!



Imagine yourself.  You’ve lined up your RC racer at the starting line.  Your finger twitches on your remote IR controls.  Your opponent sits next to you, finger poised on their controls and --- you’re off!



You pull ahead in your red racer as it heads into the first curve, you straighten the wheels and prepare for the next elevated curve, you barely make it and for an instant you fear you’ve lost the game.



Miraculously you pull out of the curve, your opponent hot on your heels in their blue racer.



Up ahead you see the treacherous loop.  Picking up speed you suddenly find yourself upside down and your racer successfully completes the loop, but so does your opponent’s car. 



You both rev up the speed and hit another straight stretch.  An unexpected raised curve and section of road catch you both unawares.  You make it.  Your opponent also just manages to hang on.



Now’s your chance!  You pull the remote control trigger all the way in and whoosh!—your car crosses the finish line with a light trace swishing behind it!  You’ve won!



Max Traxxx Infinity Loop Set has everything you need for indoor or outdoor racing fun.



Both cars’ batteries are rechargeable and there's plenty of track, connections, a loop and corners along with 20 X-BLOX pieces, two risers, four hinges and a full set of instructions.



Max Traxxx is great for RC racers six years old and up.  The set comes packaged in a heavy duty box perfect for storing your Max Traxx.  Play it during the day or at night or in a dark room-no problem-it glows!  RC--Really Cool!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Peanuts Christmas, Alien and Fantastic Beasts


What better way to celebrate Christmas than by joining Running Press as it presents ‘The Peanuts Guide To Christmas’?


Snoopy takes center stage on the book’s cover as he holds his candy cane decorated food dish in his mouth.



Inside readers celebrate the holiday season with whole Peanuts gang as they put up Christmas decorations, write Santa, take part in Christmas fun and festivities and much more as illustrated by classic Peanuts comic strips.



It’s a holly, jolly Christmas with everyone’s favorite group of kids with Snoopy and Woodstock along for the ride.



Without a doubt the ‘Alien’ movie changed science fiction and horror movie genres forever.



The ‘Alien Deluxe Mega Kit’ features a miniature Xenomorph head, complete with transparent skull top and jaws that open and extend inner jaws with a slight downward tug on one of its back spines.



The creature howls, screeches and looks as every bit as frightening as its movie namesake.  A small full-color photo mini-book is also included filled with scenes from the classic movie.



A modern day classic film: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, introduced a pre-Harry Potter world populated by magic and monsters.



The ‘Newt Scamander’s Case Deluxe Mega Kit’ includes a miniature suitcase that when opened pops out two beastly clawed hands and shrieks!



It also comes with a small book filled with full-color photos from the movie.


Christmas or creatures—whatever one you choose you can’t lose this holiday season.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Harry Potter Match The Crazy Cube Game


Harry Potter- what a phenomenon.  It’s hard to imagine that author J. K. Rowling created Harry Potter from such humble a beginning. 


Harry Potter has gone to be a worldwide success, spawning movies, merchandise, amusement parks and a plethora of pop culture collectibles like the world has never seen before.



Harry Potter tackles the gaming world with Top Trumps new ‘Harry Potter Match The Crazy Cube Game’ that brings a whole new dimension of fun to the franchise.



Children four years old and up, along with adults, can play.



Here’s how to play.



Two players face off against each other on either side of the golden Harry Potter game grid.



Twenty five slots contain 25 Harry Potter six-side cubes with characters from the Harry Potter movies on each side.



Players mix up the character cubes making sure none of the same characters line up with each other.



Each player draws two Harry Potter character cards, placing them face down in their respective card spaces.  Do not look at the cards!



The youngest player starts by pushing out the top left character cube out of the grid and replacing it with any cube on the grid.



Their opponent does the same trying to match up five of the same characters in a row.  The first player to do so yells, ‘match!’



But they haven’t won yet, their opponent turns up their two cards.  If one of them matches the winning five characters match, they win!



Talk about a game of chance!



Can you match up five cubes and win without your opponent taking away your victory?  All you need is a little luck and a little magic.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Dodge Ball


I never cared much or participated in sports growing up.  As a kid I played the occasional game of baseball and football, but the truth be told I never cared for either sport that much.

I liked throwing a Frisbee and riding a bike.  That was pretty much the extent of my sports activities.

Except for playing Dodge Ball.  I was the bomb, the master, the king of the hill, the top dog.  No one could beat me.  Really, I was that good.

At school during recess or in gym I was always the last guy standing when we played Dodge Ball. 

My Dodge Ball days are pretty much over.  I’m not as young as I used to be and dodging, running, sliding, jumping and throwing a ball take just a little too much out of me.  And that’s OK, because Identity Games has brought Dodge Ball indoor with its ‘Dodge Ball’ tabletop game.

Up to four people can play-from kids to adults.

It’s simple, fun and usually lasts no more than 15 minutes.

Here’s how it’s played.

Each player gets a Dodge Ball Goblet and several Mini Dodge Balls depending on how many play. 

The balls are placed in the Goblet.

In the center of the action is the Dodge Ball Arena.

In the middle of the Arena is a blue clad player with a Dodge Ball head who wears a blue cap.

Each player sits behind their green Dodge Ball player perched on a movable platform/handle.

As the blue player turns with his thrown Dodge Ball in front of him players must press their handles to make their players dodge the swirling ball.

Before the pitched ball comes around again players who managed to miss getting their players heads knocked off add a red ball to their Goblet pole.

If they lose their head they start over again.

The first player to successfully place all their balls on their Goblet pole wins!
Its fast, challenges players’ dexterity and reflexes and skill.

There are several ways to play, as outlined in the instructions.  Whatever way you choose to play, Dodge Ball is a great, family-friendly game.