Small & Furious: Mega Hot Wheels Showdown

A couple of years ago, my son Alex (now 13) was inspired to make a 1/64-scale diecast car race using the most iconic vehicles we could muster. We started filming during the ’17/’18 holiday season, but quickly life happened, and it went on the shelf for a while. Fast forward to March 2020, when a…

Flashback: Mixel Stop-Motion Adventure

Five years ago, my son and I dove into the stop motion deep end.  He was 8 years old at the time and really into Lego Mixels, so that was a no-brainer for the subject of our project.  It’s not perfect, but for a first try, we were pretty proud of it.  We learned a…

Mega Joe Project: HISS

While recent Mega Joe builds have focused on getting the GIJoe motor pool filled out, Cobra was hard at work on some new hardware too.  Not to be outdone, they needed an upgraded HISS tank to replace the sad Kreo version. While the scale is a bit on the large side, I wanted it to…

G.I. Joe – Mega Bloks: AWE Striker

More MB Joe vehicles!  Don’t ask me why, but the AWE Striker was always a favorite vehicle of mine.  It didn’t have much use in a battlefield setting, but for small recon teams and harsh terrain, it made a tad more sense.  My grandfather had a street-legal dune buggy when I was a kid, and…

G.I. Joe – Mega Bloks: Killer WHALE

After a healthy break to focus on some other priorities, the long winter gave me ample time to get motivated to pick back up with the Mega Bloks G.I. Joe motor pool project.  I had barely begun on the base of the WHALE when I took some time off from customizing, and I wanted to…

Gone, But Not Forgotten: Part 4 – 1985

Before I get into the pictures of Part 4, I want to share a little story.  Recognizing that nostalgia is a powerful drug, I would argue that 1985 was the high-water mark of GI Joe.  Not that I didn’t love additions to the lore that came before or followed in subsequent years, but 1985 was…

Toyworld Constructor – Box Set Review

While the number of choices for a Masterpiece size/style Devastator seems to grow with each passing week, my previous experience with 3P combiners was less than stellar.  Bot’s like TFC’s Hercules and Uranos didn’t have the look or quality of a masterpiece team, and Fansprojects Intimidator was a fiddly nightmare.  I had come to the…

Star Wars: 6″ Black Series Landspeeder

When we heard that Hasbro was giving us a 6″ scale Landspeeder, it was hard not to be excited.  This is the perfect size vehicle for this scale, as compared to the all-too-large for a display collection TIE Fighter that came out previously.  It will fit on the shelf and look good without being an…

Articulated Icons – 6″ Feudal Series

When I learned of The Fwoosh’s attempt to make their own line of Marvel Legends-esque figures, I was intrigued.  This was quite an undertaking that had the potential to be great or a spectacular mess.  They wisely made the figures distinct and tried to build their own mythology, yet simultaneously made the figures modular and…

Revoltech Transformers – Wheeljack

Continuing the revoltech G1 love, Wheeljack proved to be exceptionally difficult to make in revo form, as his proportions in the cartoon shift substantially from what a real car would.  His chest and feet become car parts that are completely different scale from his legs/shins.  I ended up casting parts from two different sizes of…

Gone, But Not Forgotten: Part 3 – 1984

1984 was one of the best years for toys in the history of time.  GIJoe 3-3/4″ was really hitting it’s stride, G1 Transformers were introduced, and all was right with the world.  These are my (former) Joes.  You can find Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.  Let the nostalgia wash over you 😉