Toy Chest Theater: Mario’s Dinosaur Chase

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Super Mario has been intrinsically linked with dinosaurs since Super Mario World in 1990. Wait, do Koopa Troopas count as dinosaurs? If so, then it goes back even further.

Either way, this mash-up of Super Mario Kart and a very angry-looking T-Rex is a perfect fit. The kicking up of the rubble under the cars gives the image a great sense of speed.

Our photographer, Mark Phillips, tipped his hat to Mitchel Wu for inspiration. I assume he’s talking about this image from Wu, which presents a very similar chase. Phillips did a nice job putting his own spin on the idea, though.

Mario Kart, Dinosaur, Mark Phillips

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Toy Chest Theater: Logan by Cap Wolf Photos

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a black and white cut of Logan, right? It’s on the Blu-Ray, isn’t it?

Either way, this shot from Cap Wolf Photos delightfully captures the spirit of James Mangold’s film, and Hugh Jackman’s final performance as the character. Is Logan talked about as one of the better comic book movies of the last decade? If not, it should be…

Logan, Wolverine, Cap Wolf Photos

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Toy Chest Theater: Hulk vs. Godzilla

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Does Hulk stand a chance against Godzilla? I say he does. He’s probably the only (relatively) normal-sized being that could be a physical threat to the King of the Monsters.

Either way, @toystorys_ puts up a pretty convincing argument with this image. A nice tight shot of our two characters, milliseconds before Godzilla tries to blast Hulk into oblivion. The lighting effect is great, and the scale difference between Godzilla and Hulk is spot on. A beautifully done image.

Hulk vs Godzilla, toystorys_

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Toy Chest Theater: Goldar in the City

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s just something about Goldar. The gold armor, the fierce face, the broad wings, the big sword, that scary voice from Kerrigan Mahan. When you put it all together, it made for one of the most intimidating and formidable villains in Power Rangers history. And he wasn’t even one of the main villains!

Panoramic Toys presents us with this great shot of Goldar making his way through (presumably) Angel Grove as the sun sets over the city. That lighting is what really makes the image. It sets a sort of mood and tone one might not normally associate with Power Rangers.

Goldar, Panoramic Toys

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Toy Chest Theater: TMNT in Black and White

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created in a black and white comic book. So they’re perfectly at home in such a cinematic setting.

What’s more, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s TMNT originally all had red bandanas, as we saw on the color covers. So this image from Choi June is that much more authentic as a result of the red accent, which is a little reminiscent of Schindler’s List or Sin City.

TMNT Black and White by Choi June

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Toy Chest Theater: Spock’s Little Friend by @toyfanatic

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There isn’t a heck of a lot to this shot from @toyfanatic. But in this case, there doesn’t necessarily need to be. The juxtaposition of these two characters and the perspective of the shot are enough.

It pitches an interesting story too. Imagine if Spock, not the Mandalorian, had discovered Grogu…

Spock, Grogu, by @toyfanatic

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Toy Chest Theater: Darth Vader by Ash Betton

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This is one of those shots that made me wonder, “How’d they do that?”

Ash Betton shows us Darth Vader as we saw him at the end of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Pretty quick turnaraound, too. That episode is only a couple weeks old.

No, but seriously. How’d he do this? It’s not like they have a “Vader with his mask broken” action figure out…yet.

Darth Vader by Ash Betton

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Toy Chest Theater: Ant-Man by @pepitocarnvalj

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Ant-Man is something of a regular here at “Toy Chest Theater.” We’ve seen him play with Baby Groot, confront Covid-19, and help the Statue of Liberty mask up.

This time, @pepitocarnvalj brings us Ant-Man at the breakfast table. Why he’s hiding I don’t know. But I can’t necessarily blame him for being cautious. How often do you want company before breakfast?

Ant-Man by @pepitocarnvalj

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Toy Chest Theater: Obi-Wan and Leia by Victor Garcia

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I couldn’t help but dip back into the “Toy Chest Theater” bag this week when I saw this shot of Obi-Wan and Princess Leia from Victor Garcia.

Garcia has an entire page filled with Star Wars shots using the figures by Hot Toys. But this shot spoke to me because of Leia’s unexpectedly large role in the Obi-Wan Kenobi show, which ends today. Obviously Ewan McGregor and Vivian Lyra Blair have played the roles there. But this shot of Obi-Wan and Leia as we first saw them has a nice, vintage, classic Star Wars feel to it.

Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, Victor Garcia

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