Toy Chest Theater: Miles Morales Takes Flight!

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I adore this shot from Boris Lechaftois. It’s a perfect mid-action shot of Miles Morales leaping out the window and into action as Spider-Man. It’s very cinematic in nature, in that we can practically see Miles sailing through the air and then dropping out of view. Beautiful work!

Spider-Man, Miles Moreles, Toy Chest Theater, Boris Lechaftois

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Toy Chest Theater: Rahzar by tone.toys

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Doesn’t get much more primal than a wolf howling at the moon, does it? Or a mutant wolf, in Rahzar’s case.

Is the animated version of Rahzar in this image from tone.toys somehow less pure than the original version we saw in The Secret of the Ooze? Nah. I’d actually argue this version looks a little more wolf-like than the suit they used in the movie. So it actually works better for the purposes of this shot.

Rahzar, tone.toys

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Toy Chest Theater: Super Mario by Stan Q. Brick

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Is it a little late for a Christmas-themed post? Yes. Do I care? No. I couldn’t help myself with this one from Stan Q. Brick. I just love the idea of a miniature Mario using his fireball powers to light a yuletide candle around the holidays. The scene is also set very well with the out-of-focus tree in the background, and then the ornaments at Mario’s feet. What can I say? I couldn’t resist the charm of it all.

 Or perhaps I’m just secretly drawn to fire. Maybe I want that tree, and the whole damn scene, to burn to the ground…

Super Mario Christmas, Stanley Q. Brick

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Toy Chest Theater: Popeye by Mark Phillips

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Winter has officially arrived, and in some parts of the country was particularly volatile around Christmas. At one point, temperatures dipped below zero up here by PI Headquarters.

Popeye notwithstanding, this shot from Mark Phillips captures what I think many would call the melancholy side of winter. They gray and gloomy background. The sight of the character’s breath in the cold air. His head cast down at the ground. Certainly not a sentiment you’d expect from a Popeye image. But this one has it.

Popeye, Mark Phillips

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A Very Krypto Christmas

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Every year for Christmas, Mrs. Primary Ignition gives me some kind of superhero themed ornament to commemorate another year together. Usually it’s somebody from the Batman family, but Wonder Woman has also been represented. It’s just one of our Christmas traditions.

This year, she told me her character choices came down to the Robert Pattinson Batman we saw on screen in The Batman, or Krypto the Superdog from DC’s League of Super-Pets (shown below). Thankfully, she made the right choice and went with Krypto.

League of Super-Pets did the Justice League better than the actual Justice League movie. That’s a hill I’ll die on.

Krypto Ornament

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Toy Chest Theater: Chip ‘n Dale by Shelly Corbett

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Point blank: This shot from Shelly Corbett Photography is one of my favorites I’ve featured all year.

I have no idea how she pulled it off, and frankly I don’t want to know. I just know there’s a magic to this photo that I’ve rarely seen before. It speaks volumes to her creativity, and her skills as a photographer.

Well done, Miss. Well done.

Chip n Dale, Shelly Corbett

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Toy Chest Theater: Goldar by Anthony Mattea

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Goldar returns to “Toy Chest Theater” once again, as Anthony Mattea allows the character to quite literally spread his wings.

The timing of this image is interesting, as I just watched the “Grid Connection” episode of Power Rangers Beast Morphers for an upcoming review. That episode sees an “upgraded” version of Goldar return to menace the Rangers. But as Mattea’s photo demonstrates, there’s nothing about the classic Goldar design that needed upgrading.

Goldar, Anthony Mattea

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Toy Chest Theater: Spidey and the Symbiote by Alan Parma

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Spider-Man returns to “Toy Chest Theater” this week courtesy of Alan Parma, who does something with this image that I’ve never seen. He uses hot glue for the symbiote goo that gives Spidey his classic black costume, and ultimately turns Eddie Brock into Venom. The texture of the glue actually looks believable as an alien substance.

What’s more, he went through the hassle of removing the glue from the figure. Nobody ever said thinking outside the box was easy…

Spider-Man, symbiote, Alan Parma

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Toy Chest Theater: Iron Man by Dan Williams

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The obvious imagery this pic from Dan Williams evokes is of Robert Downey Jr. forging his Iron Man armor in the original Iron Man movie. I can practically hear the Ramin Djawadi soundtrack in my head as I look at it.

Interestingly enough, however, Williams didn’t use the MCU version of the costume for the background image. Rather, he went with something more akin to the classic look from the comics, right down to the yellow mask we see above the anvil.

The classic never dies, as they say…

Iron Man, Tony Stark, Dan Williams

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Toy Chest Theater: Kevin Conroy Tribute by kneelbeforezod

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I’m normally not a huge fan of toy photographers processing grief or sorrow at someone passing away via their work. Simply put: It often comes off tacky to me. For instance, we saw a lot of that when Stan Lee died.

But once in awhile, you get a shot like this one. On paper, the idea of various versions of Batman saying goodbye to the Kevin Conroy animated Batman as he journeys into heaven sounds like a recipe for a tacky, tone-deaf disaster. But kneelbeforezod (who has appeared in this space with Batman before) managed to do it in a classy way. Not to mention visually appealing, with the contrast between the darkness of the cave and the brightness of the heavenly clouds.

Having the Adam West Batman in the background with the ’66 Batmobile is a great little touch too. It provides a nice sense that the Conroy Batman isn’t going to be alone on his next great adventure…

Kevin Conroy Batman tribute, kneelbeforezod

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