Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Buzz: NYCC & Ringside Fest 2012

I tried to have this post up last Friday, but time wasn't on my side. I was busy prepping for my trip to Orlando, specifically Lake Buena Vista, this past weekend where the family and I attended the 2012 International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot in the Walt Disney World resort. It was great, but way too many people (and by people I mean drunken adults making asses of themselves) and we'll have to make sure to make alternate arrangements for the children if we decide to return.

So anyway, I thought this would be a great time to look over some of the reveals from two recent events: New York Comic Con and Ringside Fest.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Perfect Effect, MotoBot RC - Review

Since 2006, Transformers fans have enjoyed the classics. Updated versions of G1 characters issued by Hasbro throughout the Classics, Universe, "Reveal the Shield" and Generations lines. That also includes remolds and a few exclusives from Hasbro's Asian counterpart, Takara, via the "Henkei! Henkei!" and United lines. These lines have appeared between movie & animated TV show tie-ins lines so it can be understandably frustrating to complete the line. While you can find modern versions of nearly all the major G1 characters, you would be hard-pressed to find a "classics" Arcee figure.

That's where the third party market steps in and gives you a few options. Previously, iGear and Impossible Toys have delivered versions of "G1" Arcee, Delicate Warrior and Valkyrie, respectively. By the time I started assembling my classics TF collection last year obtaining iGear's Arcee homage was too costly. I gave Impossible Toys version a shot, but it was a turd and ended up going back to BBTS. It seemed all hope for a classic Arcee was lost, until Perfect Effect unveiled their "MotoBot" series...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Transformers Generations, Swerve - Review

I'm postponing this week's edition of "The Honeypot" because I only picked up two items and felt it would make for a pitiful group shot. Instead I'm jumping right into a review of one of those purchases, Swerve from the newly released (at least in my area) Toys-R-Us exclusive "GDO" series. Just like fellow GDO release, Wheelie, Swerve is a remold of a previous release, in this case, Kup (masterfully reviewed at It's All True last year).

You may notice some differences in the Kup figure pictured below, those are mostly attributed to modifications I've made with Repro Labels, but also includes the IDW-inspired iGear head and painted wheels. So don't freak out if you think you missed a better version of Kup on shelves. It's all "after-market" upgrades! Now, on to Swerve!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

League of Extraordinary Bloggers: A Nice Place to Visit

This week's assignment:

Take a trip to anywhere in pop culturedom. What fictional town, time, or world would you want to visit?

I should note that as I'm writing this I haven't read any of the other Leaguers responses (well, except Brian's at Cool and Collected) to avoid being influenced by their choices. So if my response is the same as someone else's, rest assured it is purely coincidental. So the fictional town I would most like to visit is...

Friday, October 19, 2012

Currently on Display: Halloween 2012

I started rearranging my display in late September and was almost done before I realized we're heading into October and Halloween. Dammit! So I decided to change it up and include some "spooky" toys for a more appropriate display.

Of course, I don't have enough ghost/monster toys to fill up all my displays, so there are still plenty of superhero items around the room. Let's jump to it!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Honeypot: Transformers, Iron Men & the Demon's Head!

This week's haul is heavy (really heavy!) on the transforming robots with a few comic & movie-based toys tossed in for good measure! Hit the "SWARM" button and see what all filled the pot during the second week of October!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

League of Extraordinary Bloggers: State of the Hive

This week's assignment for the League of Extraordinary Bloggers is:

Write a “State of the Site” for your web site. How’s it going? What exciting things have happened this past year? Where do you want your site to be in a year’s time?

Well, I think the time is just right for this topic. There have been lots of changes at 3B's Toy Hive, both on screen and behind the scenes. Click ahead and get I'll give you the rundown of how it's going!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

WWE Elite Flashback, Yokozuna - Review

It's been two months since my last WWE review and I'm sure some of you will agree that's just too long. So today I'm back with a new WWE action figure review, this one takes a close (and I do mean CLOSE) look at another Legends Elite Flashback release, Yokozuna.

In the old WWF, Yokozuna was known for being a particularly monstrous heel. His grudge matches with the Undertaker led to the inclusion of the devious casket match as a WWE signature event. In fact, Yoko is the reason for the over-sized casket used in a lot of those matches. To say he's big is an understatement. "Just how did Mattel pull off such a massive body style?", you ask? Jump ahead to read the review!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

League of Extraordinary Bloggers: Halloween Costumes

This week's LoEB assignment allowed to look back on some of the fun Halloween costumes I've had over the past 30 years. The assignment:

Remember when Halloween was a big deal? I mean, a BIG deal? What was the most legendary costume you ever wore? What would you dress up as this year?

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Honeypot: Marvel, G.I. Joe & TF!

We've reached then end of the first week in October and the "gets" are off to a great start! This week I finally found some Marvel Universe wave 19 figures, a second Vehicon trooper for my Transformers: Prime collection, a hard to find (at retail prices, anyway) Joe figure and a couple more Marvel mini-busts from Bowen!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Beezleboss, "Growing Pains" Custom Kit - Review

Last week I featured the Cliffjumper custom I created using Beezleboss' Devil Horns kit. Today I'm taking a look at another one of their upgrades, this one serving to transform Takara's gold-finished Bumblebee figure from the United line into a modern version of his upgraded G1 self, Goldbug.

I didn't have a United Bumblebee and wasn't willing to pay upwards of $60 to obtain one (undoubtly in higher demand due to the release of this kit) and a regular Universe Bee just wouldn't live up to the GOLDbug moniker, so I settled on the next best thing...

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Buzz: FansProject Assaulter, Win a SDCC Shockwave/Destro set & more

We're a week and a half out from New York Comic Con and there's sure to be some sweet reveals for the coming year. But before that news starts trickling in, I'm taking a little time today to cover some interesting items from around the 'net.

Jump ahead to read about some Third Party toy news and how you can win a SDCC Shockwave H.I.S.S. tank!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Transformers: Generations, Wheelie - Review

In today's review I'm taking a look at Wheelie from the Transformers: Generations line. He's part of a series that was originally going to be an Asian market exclusive (referred to as the "GDO" series), but was eventually picked up as a Toys R Us exclusive here in the States. Now, if you're expecting me to come up with clever rhymes for this review, you're out of luck. However, you can refer to Wheelie's TF Wiki entry which is entirely written in rhyme. I can't gaurantee you won't go insane after reading it, though, so proceed at your own risk.

Read on to find out why I added Wheelie to my collection!

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