On a previous Dungeon Review, we discussed Playmates’ 2021 reissue of Donatello from the 1987 TMNT line. Today, we’re gonna look at all four original turtles.
For me there are few sets of toys that bring me more joy to see on a shelf than these four original turtles with their varied greens, battle-ready stances, and toothy grimaces. Let’s go into what makes each of these ninja teens so special.
Jetfire is the original Transformers holy grail. Even to this day his name is spoken with an aura of reverence, of Christmases and birthdays and Toys “R” Us top shelves remembered. Let’s take a look at why the Autobot air guardian was so beloved.
Jetfire was released in 1985, the second year of the Transformers toyline. The toyline was experiencing such unprecedented success that Hasbro began buying up licensing rights for other transforming toy robots beyond the foundational Diaclone and Microchange lines. While most of these robots’ source material remains obscure, Jetfire hails from The Superdimension Fortress Macross, a famous mecha anime and film series that was later repurposed into Robotech.
If you were an American kid cognizant during any of the late 1980s or early 1990s, you remember the Turtles hype. The heroes in a half-shell were literally everywhere, particularly in the toy box. And for many of us, the most highly prized figures in the original Playmates line were the four standard turtles.
In 2021, Playmates reissued all four of the original 1987 Turtle boys, but how well do these 80s relics hold up in the 21st century? And how do they stack against the original ninja teens? In today’s Dungeon Review, we’ll try to answer those questions using Don here as a test subject.
You can’t have an iconic hero without an iconic villain. And there are few more iconic toy villains than Megatron.
Megatron was released in the first wave of Transformers toys in 1984. The toy has its origins in Takara’s Microman line, where it was part of the “Microchange” subline imprint. Microchange featured a variety of household objects that could convert into humanoid robots.
We’re kicking off Dungeon Reviews with one of the most iconic action figures of the 20th century: the original Optimus Prime.
Optimus Prime was released in the first wave of Transformers toys in 1984, repurposed from the Diaclone Battle Convoy figure as the leader of the heroic Autobots. For this review, we’ll be looking at the 2019 Hasbro reissue of the classic toy, paired with a vintage trailer.