Posted by Mike
on May 21st, 2008 in Spiderman Toys
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The Spiderman dollar store toys haven’t run out yet! Spiderman is back and this time he’s riding a skateboard. Oh yes, Spiderman is riding a skateboard. This toy from the dollar store features everyone’s favorite webslinger riding on one of those long skateboards. Actually, it also looks like a surfboard with wheels. A turbo skateboard or surfboard judging by the boxed compartment around the back wheels. But, this isn’t just a skateboard with Spiderman on it you push around, it has a special feature that many toys from the dollar store have. It’s got the infamous pull back action! You might remember this feature from the build a copter toy. The boxed compartment is where the pull back action mechanics are housed. The pull back action is supposed to allow the toy to be pulled back, so the wheels build up some power, then let go to see it propel itself forward. Unfortunately, it sucks just like the helicopter version did. The helicopter toy looks like it has training wheels so when you pull back on it, the wheels don’t roll backwards to get anything charged up, the toy is too light. Even when you push down on the toy, the wheel rod just bends and it feels like it’s going to break. The same is true for the Spiderman toy. Don’t get me wrong, it does actually work, they just need to change the name from “pull back” action to “pick up the toy and carefully turn the wheels as if it’s pulling back” action. He probably spent the money on making the skateboard look instead of building it to work. What good is the look of something if it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do...
Posted by Mike
on Mar 28th, 2008 in Spiderman Toys
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It has been a while since I have posted a Spiderman dollar store toy and it’s the first time in a long time I have posted a racing toy. Yeah, you thought you could forget about the new concept bike, but I brought it back. You can thank me later. So without further delay, let’s take a look at the Spiderman Car. The Spiderman Car is one of those toys you wonder why they decided to make it. It serves no purpose in regards to Spiderman. Unless Spiderman had a car in the comics I am not aware of, he didn’t have on in the movie or the cartoons that I ever saw. All he had in the movie was that moped and he seemed to walk everywhere in the cartoon, when he was not webslinging of course. So why is there a Spiderman Car? Well, I guess after looking at it, it’s probably not Spiderman’s car. It’s most likely a fan of Spiderman who tricked up his ride with Spiderman stickers/decals. The Spiderman Car is one of the bigger toys I could find. It is not like one of the mini Hot Wheels car toys. It doesn’t have the pull back action but it feels like it has some mechanics when you push it, although it seems to make it go slower. All you can customize on the car are the side mirrors. The trunk, hood and none of the doors open. Someone thought that the car actually had suspension but it turns out it was just the plastic bending. How disappointing, but highly expected. This is the windshield of the Spiderman car. Apparently, the dude and his friend decided to dress up as Spiderman but what’s the deal with the skyscraper background? These are just the weirdest looking Spidermen I have ever seen. They give “drive you up the wall” a whole new meaning. Here is the driver side door of the Spiderman car. Both sides are the same. This is the “Sporc Edocion”. I think they mean the “sport edition”. Now you have the Spidermen webslinging through the city on what is supposed to be the window. How about a side view of the drivers? More webslinging on the door and Mary Jane makes an appearance. Totally ripped off from the Spiderman movie. Here is a shot of the City Nimrods next to the car. They just have to fight the two guys already in the car if they want it. I think they can take...
Posted by Mike
on Jan 15th, 2008 in Spiderman Toys
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China has the Power Rangers recruiting Spiderman to be the red Ranger in this 5 pack action figure set. He can’t be the blue Ranger since there is already a blue one. Sure, there are slight differences in the Spiderman costume, like the white spider on his chest instead of black, but it’s Spiderman. I don’t watch the Power Rangers to know which series these comes from, let alone if they’re even correct. This is a set of five action figures. The arms are movable and maybe their heads but the legs are fixed. “Go Go Peter...
Posted by Mike
on Nov 19th, 2007 in Spiderman Toys
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No matter how hard they try to make something look new and original, sometimes it just does not work. Worse is the name they give these altered Spiderman toy action figures. What kind of name is City Nimrod? All I can say is poor Spiderman. I don’t know what Spiderman did to deserve this. Maybe people were disappointed with Spiderman 3. The package includes pictures of Spiderman, Batman, Spiderman on a Beyblade, Batgirl, Spiderman with the black suit, Batman Beyond, Batman Beyond, the animated series Batman and the 11 inch Army Guy. Ok, the 11 inch Army Guy isn’t really on the package, I just needed to fill that space. This is quite the assembly of well known characters all on one box. There is no need for Batman to be on the cover when both characters are based on Spiderman. That is not even including the fact that Spiderman is with Marvel and Batman is with DC. There are 2 toy action figures in there. The one is the red guy that, despite the slight costume differences, is obviously Spiderman. The second guy is a blue version. I don’t know who he is supposed to be. Possibly the black suit Spiderman only, um, blue or maybe Venom. Maybe this is the Spiderman version of Batman Beyond, Spidermen Beyond but call them City Nimrod. There are 2 pieces of equipment that comes in the package so at least they are better off than the 11 inch army guy. The first one is a Sai. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this weapon, it is the weapon Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles uses. Why Spiderman or Venom/Black Suit would use a Sai I have no idea.The second is a defensive web shield. On the positive side, it is something the real Spiderman is more likely to use, but it is not really a weapon. He can still block to his heart’s content; that is, unless he was trying to block a stabbing motion. It might get through one of the many holes in the web shield. The problem is, the handy holes in the fist don’t actually hold the weapons. The weapons were just not made for them. The only way you can get them to fit is to slide them between the fingers of the open hand. Well, at least it leaves their other fist free to lay the beats down on each other. Just don’t expect them to keep a good hold on their weapons...
Posted by Mike
on Nov 11th, 2007 in Spiderman Toys
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Spiderman is fighting back by releasing his own better, safer model of toy phone. Anyway, this is another find at the same dollar store, the Spiderman cellular flip phone. Unlike the toy mobile phone, this one is not painted. It is just colored plastic but they colored it with the Spiderman colors blue and red. No paint means no lead paint. It also has just the cutest little pink wrist strap. Ok, why is “Spider-Man” in the title dripping blood? This is also a battery operated cell phone but this time is uses the smaller watch type batteries, not 2 double A, and they are not already inside the phone. They are packaged so you can see them, that way if they looked damaged you can avoid them.This one also lists features. Talking Phone Different languages or melody for your choice Real telephone sounds “My Spider-phone is ring-a-ling”This one is also a “Try Me!” phone but there are 2 major things wrong with that. First of all, the phone is packaged so that the flip part is down preventing any button pressing whatsoever. The second is the fact that the 2 batteries are not even in the phone to try it. There is no pull tab is visible from the back of the package anywhere. Ok fine, maybe the ones I see are extras but I still can’t press buttons to try it. If they are the only batteries, at least I know they are not used already so I don’t have to get new ones.I take it out of the package and measure it up to my real Nokia phone. Looks like they are about the same size. I then check out where to put the batteries. I open up the casing and find no batteries inside. So the 2 batteries were the only ones. I look at the back of the casing for the proper placement of the batteries. What I need 3 batteries? I only got 2. Well that sucks. I have nowhere else to put the batteries so I will just put them in. Wow, not only is there only enough room 2, those 2 fit nicely and the phone actually works now which is good so you don’t need to go out and buy another battery to get this toy phone to work. Show 3 battery icons and says 3. Only 2 fit. Someone goofed on that one. Now, when I see a toy that makes sounds and is based on a particular thing,...