Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Contest: Win a Transformers or WWE figure!

Ladies and gents, boys and gals, this year 3B's Toy Hive is giving away a pair of brand-spanking-new action figures from two of 3B's favorite toy lines: WWE Elite Collection and Transformers: Generations!

The best part is that entering the contest is easy! All you have to do is send me an e-mail at and include your first and last name along with the city and state you live in!

What are the prizes you ask? Click ahead to find out!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

WWE Elite Exclusive, Undertaker (WM28) - Review

I've done pretty well in avoiding the WrestleMania repaint waves exclusive to Toys-R-Us, but I made an exception for this Undertaker figure.

At this year's WrestleMania event, the Undertaker increased his unprecedented winning streak to 20-0 setting a record that will more than likely never be broken in the WWE. A testament not only to the phenomenal abilities of the Deadman, but his popularity as a professional wrestling persona for over twenty years.

Today we're looking at his latest WWE Elite figure by Mattel, based on his appearance at WrestleMania 28. Watching the event back in April, I immediately thought "well, there goes Undertaker's next figure!" when he emerged on the stage wearing a creepy hooded robe covered in spikes. I thought it was a sure bet Mattel would deliver that version of Taker.

They did in a way, but something is clearly missing.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

WWE Elite 17, Zack Ryder - Review

Woo woo woo! You know it!

Zack Ryder's second entry into Mattel's WWE Elite Collection is finally here and this time the "Long Island Iced Z" is carrying gold! Yep, the main Broski comes packaged with his custom "Internet Championship" title belt and it easily ranks as one of the best belt accessories in the line thus far. But does this revised version of Ryder have anything else going for him to make him worth a double-dip?

Find out!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sponsor Announcement!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

WWE Elite Flashback, Mankind - Review

Finally, Mankind has arrived. I've eagerly anticipated this figure since Mattel first announced they picked up the WWE license! That was at the tail-end of 2009! Fast-forward a few years and Mankind (and Mick Foley for that matter) makes his first appearance in Mattel's WWE lines via a Legends-styled "Flashback" figure in the Elite Collection series. Although the figure was inevitable, I wasn't sure how Mattel would execute it. What version of Mankind would it be? Would he have a removable mask? Would he include Mr. Socko? Did I even want a Mr. Socko?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Honeypot: HTF Hot Wheels, TFs, Joes & WWE!

What's that saying about "the best laid plans"? After a steady stream of posts over the past couple of weeks I was derailed by some internet issues, procrastination and toy-hunting!

This week I hoped to pick-up some hard-to-find figures before the Thanksgiving/Black Friday holiday shopping rush starts next week and I was quite successful! New additions from WWE and Transformers plus I finally found some of those damned Dollar General G.I. Joes!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

WWE Elite Flashback, Bret "Hit Man" Hart - Review

CM Punk, Kane, Macho Man and Stone Cold Steve Austin have all received the "exclusive" treatment from Mattel via Ringside Collectibles and for the most part they've all been great releases. Today I'm looking at another one of RSC's 2012 WWE exclusives, Bret "the Hit Man" Hart, appearing in his all-pink attire from the 1993 Royal Rumble pay-per-view event.

There are really two important aspects to any of these WWE exclusives: (1)paint decos and (2)accessories. We rarely see new figure sculpts, although there is the occasional new head scan, but for the most part they reuse a previous release and only focus on a new deco and accessories. The "pink and black attack" version of Hart reuses the "Defining Moments" figure as a base. It does really well in one category, but suffers in the other. Find out which one after the jump!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Honeypot: Accessories, troop building & more WWE!

I thought I picked up a lot of stuff last week... This week's pot swelled rapidly thanks to a Halloween blowout sale, a long-awaited preorder and WWE Elite 17 finally (FINALLY!) hitting my area. Click through to read this week's breakdown and get a preview of what I'll be reviewing in the next couple of weeks!

Friday, November 9, 2012

WWE Elite Flashback, "Macho Man" Randy Savage (nWo) - Review

I should make it clear right now that I was not a fan of "New World Order" back in the '90s. In fact I hated that faction. Not just because they were a major part of WCW (which, I didn't care for either), but also because "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan was part of it and I hated him for leaving the WWF and eventually turning heel. Adding to my disgust of the "nWo" was the fact that they kept recruiting some of my favorite wrestling stars: Razor Ramon (Scott Hall), Diesel (Kevin Nash) and then Randy "Macho Man" Savage ("Macho Man" Randy Savage).

Today I appreciate WCW and the NWO as an important part of professional wrestling history. If not for the rise of WCW and the "Monday Night Wars", we wouldn't of had such awesome programming in the mid-to-late 1990s and early 2000s. Mattel's already released some prominent WCW-era Superstars and they continue with one of their RSC-exclusive WWE Elite Flashback figures this year, Randy Savage!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

WWE Elite Flashback, Kevin Nash - Review

WWE Legends is over at retail and it didn't seem to work out as an online exclusive. That sucks for fans who are interested in the older Superstars. The good news is that the Elite Flashback subline is a great success and is continuing for the foreseeable future, or at least as long as the Elite line proper continues.

It looks like my assumptions about the state of the Elite series in my area were wrong because last week I saw wave 16 figures all over the place! I'm very happy about that because it means I'm not at the mercy of RSC-pricing for retail figures. Legends fans should be doubly excited about series 16 because it contains two "Flashback" figures. Okay, yeah, they're technically the same guy, but he appears in two must-have versions. I'm talking of course about Kevin Nash and his WWE alter-ego, Diesel. So far I've only found Nash in his WCW-era, New World Order "Outsiders" gear, but it's a great addition to the burgeoning WCW section of the collection. Let's see how he turned out!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

WWE Elite Flashback, Stone Cold Steve Austin - Review

This year Ringside Collectibles chose Stone Cold Steve Austin as their WWE exclusive for their annual Ringside Fest event. SCSA isn't a wrestler known for differentiating his entrance/ring attire. He's always worn plain, black shorts, kneepads and boots. What does vary is his entrance vest and with this release Mattel provides his rare, red-lettered "Bionic Redneck" vest.

But that's not the thing that sold me on this exclusive. No, sir. This version of Austin also includes his trademark "Smoking Skull" championship belt along with the "Attitude" era WWE title. Those two belts were enough to bump this latest Stone Cold figure into the "must-have" category.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Honeypot: Transformers, Voltron completed & WWE!

It's been nearly three weeks since my last Honeypot post, but I kept track of my purchases and this week it's back with triple the goods! The first two weeks started off light with some nice surprises at my local Toys-R-Us & CVS, along with the completion of a long-gestating project and an unlikely accessory for my Marvel Universe collection.

The third week was dominated by WWE exclusives from Ringside Collectibles. These were part of the single largest purchase I made all month and delivered some highly-anticipated figures. So let's get to the weekly breakdowns and see what the Hive hauled in!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Transformers Prime, Cliffjumper (FE & RID) - Review

I decided to take a break from snapping pictures for upcoming WWE reviews by posting today's review of Cliffjumper from the Transformers: Prime animated series. This is a bit of a rare review for the Hive where I'll actually be looking at two different action figures based on the same character. So without further ado, here is TFP Cliffjumper. Both of them!

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