Admittedly it's sometimes hard to get us too fired up about Batman. Batman is already a comic book legend, and that has been certified for decades and decades. He's been crushing it in the box office pretty much since the beginning and that doesn't look to be ending anytime soon. His action figures generally look great on the shelves, and when they go our of print, a new line arrives as reinforcements. His storyline has survived years and years, and is very well known in the mainstream. So why such Batman apathy sometimes over here at Radar Toys?

When it comes to Batman, you know what you're getting. You know the story, you expect the results, you still grin from ear to ear the entire time in the theater, but generally there is no surprise. Batman has a franchise storyline that is fairly intact, having been drummed out over years and years. There are very few options when it comes to changing or tinkering with the story that wouldn't weaken or be a disservice to what we all love as Batman. That means that the Batman franchise can seem stagnant to us here at Radar Toys sometimes. We keep thinking, "Wouldn't it be awesome to see another part of the Batman story that was completely fresh? Completely original?" And then....this:

 

ZipBin's are a great example of a progressive and well thought out toy design. Made by the company Neat Oh!, ZipBin's are certainly new school. So what are they exactly? ZipBin's are unique totes for kids that let them pack around their toys and goodies. But to simply call them just a tote, would be a disservice to the awesomeness that is a ZipBin. They're way cooler than just a tote.

A ZipBin is essentially a kid's command center for travel playtime. First, they pick out the toys cherished enough to go on this great adventure of Mom and Dad's errand list. Then they pack their ZipBin with the goodies and they're good to go. Lastly, they locate the best real estate and set up shop for playtime by unzipping their bin and turning it into an awesome playmat with all their goodies. 

When playtime's over it's just a few zips from becoming a portable tote of imagination once again. It's both unique and cool. Let's take a quick look at what they look like:

In the world of G.I. Joe, vehicles can be hit or miss in terms of both quality and awesomeness. Rarely, does it seem, that the two features overlap. It's either super awesome for the concept, or great quality for what it is. That's where the 30th anniversary Sky Striker reissue comes in. It's pure awesome collector level quality redux. Before we brush up on some G.I. Joe history, let's take a look at the reason why we're here:

 



Transformers - The Golden Child

by Radar Toys
Sometimes when we are extremely lucky, great franchises and product lines will culminate together creating an awesome brew of a decade. There is no better example of this than perhaps the 1980’s. Anchored by Transformers, it is perhaps one of the most revered decades of franchises. Cartoons, blockbusters, comic books, and of course, stellar action figures - Transformers is the golden child of the 1980’s.

One great thing about Transformers is that Hasbro has always been  great about making sure that releases have an adequate spread of price points, quality levels and sizes. What this means is that there is ample opportunity to stumble into a unique and affordable Transformer. A prime example, and the purpose of this article, is to promote and shed some light on the 2010 Transformers line of figures called the Reveal The Shield.

A great example of how fast some lines of Transformers come and go, Reveal The Shield featured the expected staple characters and a sprinkle of unique subsidiary ones. Based on the “classic” styling’s of original Transformers, Reveal The Shields was Hasbro’s goal of generating some interest in the origins of the franchise, albeit in a low key way. Nowhere near reissue or replicas, there is altered paint schemes and the use of “rubsigns” to show each character’s true allegiance. Hence the Reveal The Shield. aspect.

Let’s take a look at what we here at Radar Toys enjoyed the most about this here - and - then - gone line of Transformers, the subsidiary characters:

 
 
To sum things up, the Reveal The Shield line hit a sweet spot for us. An easy, medium price point, combined with a unique rubsign feature harkening back to the Transformer roots. You can find all three of these figures on our website at the best prices online, as always. Thanks for reading and I hope that you enjoyed  the article.

- Radar Toys Team

Thundercats: Way Overdue

by Radar Toys

Since reviving franchises from the 1980's is all the fashion these days, we thought we'd take a moment and celebrate the moment that we've been waiting for since the 1980's became "cool." Thundercats! Thundercats! It's about darn time that this franchise got a second look and perhaps, if we're lucky, some new life. Lot's of storied franchises from that decade have gotten some new life and a second wind. G.I. Joe, Transformers, and heck, even the Smurfs are coming back. While we are somewhat satiated by the Masters of the Universe releases over the years, we are still waiting for more He-Man. That chapter had better not be closed...laugh.

Thundercats, however, has been deserving it's due credit for some time now. One reason that Thundercats is so deserving of a re-release and revival is that it was one of the franchises that helped make the 1980's become so "cool." Reprint Thundercats tee shirts were among the first vintage remade apparel celebrating that decade. So it is definitely about time.

Thundercats was not some weird flash in the pan 1980's cartoon, as many people who missed it believe. It ran from 1985 - 1990 and had a television movie. It was a huge success in the merchandising arena. The action figure lines actually lasted longer than the syndication of the cartoon. Not to mention apparel, lunchboxes, and games. Thundercats was big time. It's seems like some kind of error that the Thundercats franchise has somehow been left behind in all this. 

Metal Lunchboxes and Americana

by Radar Toys

Here at Radar Toys we spend a lot of time doing one thing - time traveling. Epic nostalgia adventures into times gone past, until we wake up and it's time to pay bills. The great franchises of story, television, and movies from the last five decades have been aging very well and holding their own against the media of today. And given the media of today, originality, it seems, is harder than it appears. The fashion the last few years is to revisit, re-make, and reinvent things that were revered in the past. So, it seems these days that anything good is actually only "recycled good." We could insert a very long list here that could go like, Transformers, Willy Wonka, and about a dozen superhero movies. And you know what....

That's okay. People enjoy seeing their revered franchises see the light of day again, and they cross their fingers that the new spin will do the franchise justice. It gives people the opportunity to share something that was special to them at one time, with someone that they care about and experience it once more. If done well, it can be a very good thing for beloved franchises. So what's the point of all this, you say?

The other day we were time traveling again and sharing stories. The conversation turned to a product that we all had as kids, and yet they were all different. What was it, you say? It was something awesome, something functional, and something we loved and yet, beat up on with healthy amounts of abuse. Drum roll please..we give you... metal lunchboxes. At Radar Toys we are certainly all unique and different individuals, and yet, we laughed at how amazing it is that we all had this one product in common.