Thursday, April 19, 2007

Playin’ in the Sandbox: Another Pee-Wee’s Playhouse re-release figure review.

Back again with yet another look at Neca's Pee-Wee's Playhouse line. Last time, we took a look at Pee-Wee himself, that review can be found by simple scrolling down, you lazy fuck.

Anywho, another trip to Spencer's, netted yet another figure, let's see who I got.

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"I'm trying to free your mind."

Yes friends, it's Morpheus as seen in Keanu Reeves recurring wet dream "Moo Moo Buckaroo". Or...It's a Cowboy Curtis figure, fuck if I know.

Yes, upon the suggestion of my lady friend Alex, I did indeed pickup Curtis here from Spencer's today. The picture of Pee-Wee and Curtis on the carding suggests Paul Reubens is tryin not to laugh while Fishburne is explaining how he totally nailed the Dream Warriors screen test.

The Cowboy here is a nice looking figure considering how long ago it came out, and seems like he's made of heavier plastic. The paint is pretty clean, and the detail is surprisingly cool, especially on the vest and boots. Anyway, get a good look at the figure by clicking on the pics below. Or don't, see if I give a shit.

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Now anyone reading this is thinking: "Hey asshole, last time you bitched about the price of these things, and you went and bought another one?" You'd be right, it is kind of hypocritical of me, however I came to the conclusion I couldn't own just one of these. I mean shit, you can't just have Pee-Wee standing there by himself, with his thumb up his ass.

These still retail for 13 bucks, and they still aren't really worth it, but hey, that's 13 bucks you might've sent to Feed the Homeless, and fuck them. Spencer's is still the only place that carries these right now, so prepare to to weave your way around big, cock shaped daiquiri blenders on the way to re-capturing your childhood.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Playin'; in the Sandbox: Pee-Wee's Playhouse Series 1 Re-Release

So, I'm going to be honest right up front, I'm not the most diehard Pee-Wee fan in the world, but the show does have a special place in my heart, being a kid from the 80's.

When I heard NECA Toys had accquired the rights to release Playhouse inspired toys, I was excited. When I heard Paul Reubens had asked them to re-release the original '87 Matchbox line, I was more excited. Now having bought one, am I still as excited? We'll see.

A casual jaunt into Spencer's brought me face to face with the re-releases. Present were Pee-Wee, Miss Yvonne, and Cowboy Curtis, though Jambi & The Puppetland Band, and Pterri are also in the first wave of re-releases.

After some debate, I bought one figure. Why just one? We'll get to that. But I think it's pretty obvious who I purchased.

Yep, the man himself, Pee-Wee Herman.

First off, NECA went to great lengths to recreate the look and feel of the Matchbox line. The carding is pretty much dead-on, including the big "AS SEEN ON TV" that was present on the original packaging.

Now we'll move to the back of the packaging, and we'll see why I only bought one figure.

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Hmmm..Collect 'em all, wave one, 12.99...HOLY SHIT, WHAT? Yeah, that's not an illusion folks. This little piece of nostalgia ran me 13 dollars. Granted, I'd pay more for the original online, and NECA has to pay for the licensing fees, but Jesus.

So once we get past that, let's take a look at the figure itself.

As you can see, Pee-Wee here retains every detail of the Matchbox version right down to the crazy red cheeks, and squishy head. He comes with no accessories, but then, neither did the original, so I can't gripe too much. In the end, it's going to be up to the individual whether or not they want to collect a line with such a steep price tag. Part of me suspects the prices will vary, because Spencer's has a nasty habit of jacking up prices simply because they can, but I would guess 10 bucks a pop is about as cheap as you'll find them. In my case, I kind of balked at the price, but since I never had the original figures, because my parents simply didn't care for the show (and this was pre-masturbatory Pee-Wee too), I'm not gonna lose sleep over it.

And note that the words "Series 1" are featured very prominently, so there's a chance we'll see others from the original line, like Reba, Globey and Randy, and my personal favorite, the King of Cartoons. So was it worth it the money? I can't say that it was, but I do know that a Pee-Wee figure, with an added touch of a wasted ball of tinfoil put a smile on my face.

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