Dec 26, 2007

TDJ002 - Goomba Vinyl - Super Mario Bros. DX3 by Nintendo

That's right, we're back!

The camera was beyond repair but they sent us a gift card for the full amount and we went that day to replace it. Here's the ironic part now, we have a camera and can take tons o' pictures, but after a extensive search (looked in one box in the hall closet) I can't seem to find the Goomba Vinyl figure anywhere. It's been packed up since I changed offices and brought a bunch of toys home.

So we did the only thing the only thing we could think of, we stole pictures. That's right! But we also watermarked the images with the logo of the store that these were taken from, and we're going to link to the store's site as many times as we can in this posting. So head on over to, they can't find their Goomba Vinyl right now either, but there's a huge selection of vinyl on their site to choose from.

Our Goomba came to us about a little over a year ago after our friend, Sean came back from his home town of Ann Arbor bearing gifts. The vinyl quality is some of the best I've ever seen - I'm guessing Nintendo doesn't skimp when it comes to things like this.

He stands about 6 inches tall and though he lacks articulation, he has a very good sculpt giving him a powerful presence that makes displaying him in any spot a focal point once he's there.

I really like that the fact that the plastic that makes up his eyebrows extend from the main body as separate pieces. There was a lot of attention to detail with this figure and with such a basic design, it's a testament to the sculptor's work. I got all that from an eyebrow.

So when I actually locate this guy, he's definitely going up for display again.

The sub-level Goomba photoshop job was just a prediction on my part, and not too far off if I know repaints like I do. At least I hope so, I'm a sucker for repaints. :)

Hey. This is Liz. I was trying to fall asleep on the couch when I had one final urge to roll over and check my myspace. Lo and behold! An unfinished blog posting! Don't mind if I do.

Although Sam uses the terms "our" and "us" to describe this toy we "share," I have yet to spend more than five minutes with this Goomba. He kept Sam company at work everyday. Out of jealousy of the time they shared day after day, I gave the Goomba to a friend's dog and tattooed a few of him on my arm to remind Sam what I am capable of.

  • Plastic/Material - 5/5
  • Poseability - 1/5
  • Packaging - 2/5
  • Design - 5/5
  • Playability - 4/5
  • Price (value) - 3/5
  • Overall - 4/5
  • Chew Toy - 10/5

Dec 8, 2007

Camera Update 2

We received another update today on our camera!

Below is your status update on your Circuit City Advantage Protection Plan service request:

We have completed the repair of your product and have shipped the unit back to you.

Thank you for purchasing the Circuit City Advantage Protection Plan!

So it will be here soon - and the pictures shall flow like the blood of the innocent! Here's another photo to tide everyone over: G.I. Joe Collector's Club Action Team Exclusive Figure riding Dinosaur.

Dec 4, 2007

Camera Update!

We received an email today updating us on our camera:

"Below is your status update on your Circuit City Advantage Protection Plan service request:

We are in process of repairing your product.

Thank you for purchasing the Circuit City Advantage Protection Plan!"

But in the mean time - here's a picture of two cavemen riding the dragon, Warlock from Blackstar.

Nov 22, 2007

Down for the count

Okay so not just the holiday, but we also are dealing with our broken camera.

This isn't ours, but you get the idea. We'll try to find a way around the camera thing while ours is being repaired. I think I may have bought the wrong protection plan after looking at the details. Ours apparently doesn't cover "wife falling down the stairs". How does that make sense?!

Well regardless - Happy Thanksgiving and we'll be up and running soon! Until then take the poll on the left <----- and let us know which toy to review next!

Sam + Liz

Nov 14, 2007

TDJ001 - Kill Bill Be@rbrick 400% by Medicom

For our first review, we've chosen the 400% Kill Bill Be@rbrick by Medicom. This piece was originally sold in Japan in 2004 at the WF toy show. The official product number given by Medicom is 000KB400, and was also available in a blood splattered version.

Liz gave me this for X-mas in 2005, along with a power drill... a pretty good year if you ask me.

I really like this Be@rbrick, and all Be@rbricks for that matter. I don't however, enjoy having to type the "@" symbol in the middle of a word. But that can just be expanded upon on

Liz has collected Be@rbricks since series 3 I believe, something picked up by her and our old roommate Matt. I love to feed into the collection any chance I get, though I'm not too into the whole blind box thing - I like to pick them up when I think about it from the comic shop or wherever for her.

So getting one myself was a nice surprise. The figure displays great and we keep it on a shelf with it's box, just on the off chance that someone would have trouble placing the yellow jumpsuit motif - or mistakenly call it a Bruce Lee figure. ;)

Though it's not displayed with our other Be@rbricks, you can just imagine the fear that they all feel seeing this big guy (or girl mind you) leering at them from across the room. It's from the 400% series of Be@rbricks, which means it's 4 times the size of a regular Be@rbrick, those being from the 100% series. I know that there are larger Be@rbricks than the 400% series, but I believe for normal retail this is as large as they get.

The last picture in the set is of our cat, Shadow laughing at something ridiculous that this thing said when I first got it. I don't speak Japanese so I have no clue what it was. I'm sure it had something to do with how dirty our house is.

For those of you interested in this figure you can check eBay here. I'll try to post links to either sites that have the figure(s) for sale or at least an eBay search for them.

Liz - I know I said that Liz would (and will) be commenting on these, but she's sleeping right now so she'll have to catch up on this one. She did take the photos though. Must have been tiring.

Nov 6, 2007

Toy Reviews Daily(ish)

When I get a second. We're going to get this site rolling.