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    Welcome to Brown Box Reviews! What you'll find here are primarily reviews of toys, collectibles, children's playthings, or what have you. Perhaps something on this site interests you! You might even find something useful! Either way, I hope you like colored plastic. Lots and lots of colored plastic.
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Review: Iron Factory IF-EX11 Evil Lord

Back in my Doombringers review, I mentioned how Legends scale toys were becoming a popular market for third party products, headlined by the companies DX9 and Iron Factory. DX9’s War in Pocket line seems to be focusing on G1 cartoon characters, with their products offering multi-packs of Legends-scaled figures. On the other hand, Iron Factory’s … Continue reading


Review: Transformers Titans Return Hardhead

Just to be up front, with a few exceptions, I don’t have a whole lot of personal attachment to the original Headmasters. I think the concept is really silly, the fictional justifications are nonsensical, and the characters don’t really stand out to me. The few exceptions are characters like Nightbeat, Chromedome, and Brainstorm that are … Continue reading


Review: Transformers Titans Return Galvatron

There are some characters, it seems, that are just doomed to have poor toys. Sometimes it’s an issue of impossible character design, where the cartoon model or fictional appearance cannot physically exist as a toy. Other times it’s just bad luck. For 30 years, the most prominent character suffering from this streak was G1 Ironhide. … Continue reading


Review: Transformers Titans Return Sentinel Prime

First off, my apologies for the long hiatus! My excuse this time is a combination of an increased work load over the summer and my desire to work on a better review set-up. Also, I was getting seriously burnt out on writing Combiner Wars reviews. I’ll certainly go back and put up reviews for Bruticus, Optimus … Continue reading


Review: DX9 War in Pocket Doombringers

The third party unofficial Transformers market has evolved quite a bit over the years. What started as simple upgrade kits evolved into full-on Classics-style figures, then became flooded with combiners, and now the trend seems to be Masterpiece-style figures. If there’s a consistent pattern to be found, it’s that once a certain type of toy … Continue reading


Review: Transformers MP-28 Hot Rodimus

Moving backwards through the Masterpiece line, we come to the second major release of 2016 and the third time we’ve gotten a “2.0” version of a character in the line. Plagued by poor stock photography and a generally unphotogenic appearance, Masterpiece Hot Rodimus (or Hot Rod if you prefer) had a lot of negative buzz in … Continue reading

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Review: Transformers MP-29 Masterpiece Laserwave (Shockwave)

Man, the Transformers Masterpiece line just won’t slow down, will it? It’s only just now April and we’ve already had 4 figures released this year, with 3 more on the way. When it was announced that the line was getting a change in designer, a lot of people expected the releases to slow down a bit, … Continue reading

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Review: Transformers Combiner Wars Onslaught

Well, it’s been almost two months since covering the deluxes, and it’s finally time to finish reviewing the Combaticons! Dropping in at the last minute of 2015 is Onslaught, the Combaticon leader and roaring metamorphin’ dudicus. As with most of the Combaticons (and, well, most individual combiner bots), there’s not a whole lot to discuss about the … Continue reading

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Review: Transformers RID2015 Megatronus (Clash of the Transformers)

Full disclosure: I still haven’t seen Transformers: Robots in Disguise beyond the first 10 minutes of the first episode and a couple of shorts. I enjoyed the little bits that I saw, and I like a lot of the ideas and characters that I hear about from the show, but I still have no desire … Continue reading


Review: Star Wars Black Series Poe Dameron and Riot Trooper

Did you guys know they made a new Star Wars movie? I hear it’s pretty good. Actually, it’s very good and I’ve seen it four times. I considered reviewing the movie here, but at this point I figure I’ll show my fondness for the film by reviewing all the toys I bought. I already reviewed … Continue reading


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