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1  The Collector's Life / The High End / Star Ace Steve McQueen review, Toy Fair Coverage on: February 17, 2015, 05:03:09 pm
Let's start out with tonight's review - it's a great new figure that you might not know much about. Star Ace is an up and comer in the sixth scale market, and fans have been raving about their Harry Potter work so far. Tonight I'm looking at a different license, but one that pleases us old timers. It's their Steve McQueen figure from the film The Great Espcape.  He's top quality, and bodes well for their upcoming releases.

You can find my review here:

http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_021815a.htm

or with the rest of the reviews at the usual:

http://www.mwctoys.com

Also, I've got a good chunk of Toy Fair coverage up at this point, including Mezco, NECA, Spinmaster, Toy Tokyo, McFarlane, Factory Entertainment, GoodSmile, Jakks, Lego, and a few misc companies. You can find the main page here:

http://www.mwctoys.com/tf2015/tf2015_main.htm

Also, I mentioned that I've moved my hosting, so if you see anything weird, please let me know. If you've had trouble accessing the site in the past, or know someone who has (particularly people in countries like Brazil, Chile, Singapore, etc.) please give it another try and let me know what happens.

Thanks for reading, and watch for more Toy Fair updates over the next couple days!

Michael
MWC
2  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / Walking Dead Hershel and Carol action figures review on: February 15, 2015, 05:36:51 pm
Toy Fair is in full swing, and I'll be posting coverage from Chris M over the next few days.  But in all our fascination with things to come, we can't forget things that are, like the new wave of McFarlane Walking Dead figures. I'm checking out the Hershel and Carol tonight, with the others soon to come. You can find the review here:

http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_021615a.htm

or with the rest of the reviews here:

http://www.mwctoys.com

BTW, I've just switched hosting providers. That means there may be weird issues here and there with the site and with my mail, until all the kinks get worked out. If you see anything off, please let me know asap. Also, if you or someone you know had trouble accessing the site from a location, please try again. The new provider should have less trouble with blocking IP's.

Thanks for reading!

Michael
MWC
3  The Collector's Life / The High End / Hot Toys Robocop/Mechanical Chair review on: February 12, 2015, 10:00:29 pm
Back to sixth scale tonight, where I still have a half dozen figures to go before I even get close to caught up.  I'm checking out the Hot Toys die cast Robocop with his Mechanical Chair, aka the Docking Station.  This guy is sweet - not perfect, but damn sweet nonetheless. You can find my review here:

http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_021315a.htm

or with the rest of the reviews at the usual:

http://www.mwctoys.com

Thanks for reading, and be safe on this Friday the 13th!

Michael
MWC
4  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / Re: Celebrity Simpsons wave 4 review part 1 on: February 12, 2015, 03:52:48 pm
Yep, he's playmates.
5  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / Celebrity Simpsons wave 4 review part 1 on: February 10, 2015, 08:52:49 pm
Let's take a detour from sixth scale tonight and check out the latest wave of the Celebrity Simpsons from NECA.  Or at least part of the wave, because with 12 figures in this set there was no way I was going to go at them all head on. Tonight I'm checking out Elvis Costello, Buzz Aldrin, Weird Al and Tom Jones. You can find the review here:

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or with the rest of the reviews at the usual:

Michael Crawford's Review of the Week - the number one source for action figure, toy and pop culture reviews!

Thanks for reading!

Michael
MWC
6  The Collector's Life / The High End / Snake Plissken review on: February 08, 2015, 06:31:20 pm
Sorry about missing out on last Thursday night's update - my hosting company is once again an issue. That won't be the case much longer, as I have a change planned, but be patient with me this week.

Anyway, I do have the Snake Plissken review up tonight, and I'm not particularly thrilled. However, it's not for the same reasons as a lot of people - you can find my review here:

http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_020615a.htm

or with the rest of the reviews at the usual:

http://www.mwctoys.com

Thanks for reading!

Michael
MWC
7  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / Re: Poppies 2014 results are in! on: February 04, 2015, 07:04:37 am
No probs - it's always fun.  I'm shocked that Vader won, but it is very telling I think.  Hot Toys lost in two of the categories they were nominated in, and they've never lost in one before. Even in categories where they won, the spread is much smaller, and there's a lot of new companies hot on their heels. Of course, with what they have planned for Star Wars and Marvel, they could have a huge year in 2015...but with their rising prices, I see a big opportunity for companies working in the under $200 range.
8  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / Poppies 2014 results are in! on: February 03, 2015, 10:06:42 pm
Last week, there were my picks for the best and worst of 2014.  Then this week started off with the People's Picks, the results of your votes. Now tonight, we wrap it all up with the Poppies, the industr pop culture collectibles awards! And there's some pretty big surprises...you can find the results here:

http://www.mwctoys.com/poppies_14.html

Let the discussion begin!

Michael
MWC
9  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / People's Picks for 2014 results! on: February 01, 2015, 03:36:16 pm
I know you don't really care who wins the Super Bowl tonight...so how about who wins the People's Picks! That's right, the tallying is complete and the results are now live right here:

http://www.mwctoys.com/peoplepicks_14.htm

My picks are here as well:

http://www.mwctoys.com/mwc_picks_2014.htm

And on Tuesday night we'll wrap things up with the grandaddy - the Poppies results! Stay tuned to see how your favorites (and the winners of the People's Picks) do with the industry judges.

Thanks for reading!

Michael
MWC
10  The Collector's Life / The High End / Hot Toys Iron Man Silver Centurion review on: January 29, 2015, 05:19:54 pm
I'm busying tallying, and I have the numbers all wraped up for the People's Picks. Now the task of writing that one up, which is going to take until Sunday night. Until then, I thought I'd squeek out another Hot Toys review, this time of the Iron Man Silver Centurion.  This is a great looking figure, but it's also $250 worth of been there, done that. You can find my review here:

http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_013015a.htm

or with the rest of the reviews at the usual:

http://www.mwctoys.com

Have a great weekend!

Michael
MWC
11  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / MWC/Captain Toy's picks for Best/Worst of 2014 on: January 27, 2015, 05:45:27 pm
No review tonight - instead, it's that time of year when awards get handed out.  The Poppies and People's Pick voting has completed, and it's now time for me to get busy tallying. I expect to have the People's Picks results ready for Sunday night, with the Poppies finishing up on Tuesday. But first there's my picks, and my picks are not just for Best, but also Worst.  It's a long read though, so sit back with a cup of tea, or a tasty beer, and settle in for my list:

http://www.mwctoys.com/mwc_picks_2014.htm

I'll have another review on Thursday night, before we get to the full results of the other two contests. Thanks for reading!

Michael
MWC
12  The Collector's Life / The High End / Captain Rex sixth scale figure review, People's Picks wrapping up! on: January 25, 2015, 02:42:46 pm
I'm getting back to sixth scale tonight - I still have a dozen back logged - but it's I'm sticking with the Sideshow theme. Tonight I'm looking at the new Captain Rex, the latest release in their Star Wars Troopers. You can find my review here:

http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_012615a.htm

or with the rest of the reviews at:

http://www.mwctoys.com

And don't forget - voting for the People's Picks wraps tomorrow - get your votes in now!

http://www.mwctoys.com/poppies_peoplespicks_2014.htm

Thanks for reading,

Michael
MWC
13  The Collector's Life / The High End / 1989 Batman Premium Format statue review, People's Picks voting on: January 22, 2015, 05:48:06 pm
I still have a huge pile of sixth scale figures to review, but this bad boy just started to hit and I wanted to get him covered. It's tne new 1989 Batman Premium Format statue from Sideshow!  I own a lot of PF's, but it's been a long time since I bought my last - this one was well worth breaking the dry spell. You can find the review here:

http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_012315a.htm

or with the rest of the reviews at the usual:

http://www.mwctoys.com

Also, don't forget that you only have four more days to vote in the People's Picks!  I've been working on my lists for best - and worst - of 2014 and will be posting that next week, but get your votes in now!  The ballot is here:

http://www.mwctoys.com/poppies_peoplespicks_2014.htm

Thanks for reading and participating!

Michael
MWC
14  The Collector's Life / The High End / Hot Toys die cast Iron Man MKXLII figure review, People's Picks! on: January 20, 2015, 07:46:00 pm
It's back to Hot Toys tonight with a look at one of the contenders for Best Male Figure 11 - 17" of 2014 - the Iron Man MKXLII die cast!  This is a sweet figure, no doubt about it. You can find my review here:

http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_012115a.htm

or with the rest of the reviews at the usual:

http://www.mwctoys.com

Thanks for reading, and don't forget - the People's Picks voting is currently open! Find the ballot right here:

http://www.mwctoys.com/poppies_peoplespicks_2014.htm

Michael
MWC
15  The Collector's Life / The Pegs / 1/4 scale 1966 Robin review, People's Picks voting continues on: January 18, 2015, 06:26:31 pm
I'm taking a little break from the sixth scale world tonight, but have no fear - the next two reviews will be more Hot Toys. But tonight I'm checking out a figure I've been waiting for, praying for, ever since the 1/4 scale NECA 1966 Batman came out a little more than a year ago - the Boy Wonder to go with him! Check out my review of the 1/4 scale 1966 Robin right here:

http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_011915a.htm

or with the rest of the reviews at the usual:

http://www.mwctoys.com

And just a reminder - the People's Picks voting will only go on for one more week, so get your votes in now! Make sure your favorites get honored, and see how your picks match up with the industry judges for the Poppies! The ballot is here:

http://www.mwctoys.com/poppies_peoplespicks_2014.htm

Thanks for reading,

Michael
MWC
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