Will You Pay $75 for a Cardboard Playset for 3-3/4 Inch Figures?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Toys
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 9:45 am


This throwback playset designed for the retro Kenner-style Reaction figures is cool and all, but $75? Eh, forget it, Luke, it's Comic-Con town.

Our biggest playset to date, the Haunted House is designed to fit any and all 3 3/4 ReAction figures new or old. Measuring in at a whopping 25" wide and 20" tall, this three storied macabre mansion is packed with sinister secrets at every turn. From trap doors, concealed entrances, hidden rooms and secret passages, this playset packs a punch in every room. The Haunted House is three stories of fun and terror for your entire collection! Super7 spent almost an entire year developing this playset just like the vintage playsets of the 1970's. Packed with over 60 individually painted panels and countless custom double-pass die-cuts on both sides of every board, the Haunted House may look simple, but this was the most complex toy Super7 has ever produced.
It's also CARDBOARD! You didn't have to make any molds or nuthin'. I presume the price is to buy extra carbon credits or some such.

TR Interview: Ray Stevenson Talks Big Game, the Punisher and the Transporter Reboot

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 8:00 am


He has been both the Punisher and Volstagg in Marvel movies, but oddly enough it's in a movie from Finnland, of all places, that Ray Stevenson gets to punish Samuel L. Jackson. In Big Game, Jackson is an unpopular and weak U.S. president whose plane goes down over Finnland, and Stevenson is the Secret Service agent gone bad who helped orchestrate the whole thing. For the first time in years, Jackson is the underdog.

The movie is currently out in limited theatrical release and on-demand, but when we got an opportunity to talk to the big man, we couldn't resist asking him about some of the other properties near and dear to our hearts as well.


By Jim Dandeneau in Comics, Daily Lists
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 6:30 am


We're a week out from San Diego Comic Con, and everybody and their mother is pushing out enormous comic news. Conveniently timed, too, since DC is a month past their post-Convergence launches, so following the latest happenings in comic books right now is like trying to follow election news the week of Halloween. In that spirit, we've got a SPECIAL DOUBLE-SIZED NEW COMIC BOOK DAY COLUMN WOOHOO! *throws confetti at monitor*. As soon as I shake all this glitter out of my keyboard, we'll start with an interview with Dan Jurgens and Bernard Chang about Batman Beyond, their ongoing series about Tim Drake in the now-hard-canon future of the DCU. Then we'll get to some reviews, because there were some awesome comics out this week. Join us below the fold for the column equivalent of a summer BBQ!

The 7 Types of Comic Book Panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 (and Which Ones to See)

By Jim Dandeneau in Comics, Daily Lists
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 5:00 am


San Diego Comic Con is about a week away, and it is packed full of incredible programming. Everyone is incredibly excited about the biggest geek event of the year, and with so many great comic book-related panels, it's hard to pick through what's worth your time and what's superfluous fluff. Fortunately, that's what we at TR are here for.

Comic panels tend to fall into several broad categories, and not everyone will be interested in every type. We've broken them down into 7 different kinds of comic panels you'll see at SDCC, and picked out the best from each one. Take a look!

TheStar Wars Black Series Characters You Voted for Are...

By Luke Y. Thompson in Toys
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm


Who'll be joining these fine folks above in the 6" line?

Well, if you have your way, it'll be:

1. Mara Jade
2. Grand Admiral Thrawn
3. Wedge Antilles
4. Asajj Ventriss
5. Darth Revan
6. Galen Marek/Starkiller

These will be averaged out on an equal playing field with the choices of every other site participating, and Hasbro will take the top choice. I strongly suspect most of these characters will be favorites across the board, myself.

TR Review: Terminator Genisys Is Like the Marvel Comic Spin-off Version of Terminator

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 11:48 am


Having viewed Terminator: Genisys twice now - a rare luxury for critics - I can state from a position of some authority that it works a lot better once all "spoilers" are out of the way. The "shocking" revelations - the biggest of which has been given away in the trailers and recent posters - feel as cheap as they are, yet once that's all out of the way, there's time to appreciate the action for what it is, and even notice the little touches that help make some of the more ridiculous moments somewhat logical in context.

At Last, Comic-Con Offers a Way to Get in Hall H Without Camping All Night

By Luke Y. Thompson in Nerdery
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:34 am


Last year, Comic-Con had the right idea but wrong execution in giving out wristbands. You had to be in line before 1 a.m., they gave you a wristband, but you still couldn't leave the line - it just let them count how many people were there.

This year, you can get a wristband at a reasonable hour the night before, leave, and if you come back before 7:30 a.m. you get to go right back in line, behind other wristband holders but in front of anyone else. And that, friends, is how it is supposed to work.

Thank you for listening, Comic-Con. Now please tell your security people to stop harassing anyone leaning against the walls of the convention center, and we'll be awesome again.

Ben Affleck's Lego Batmobile Revealed

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:17 am


The Wall Street Journal got to debut this image, from a set that seems reasonably priced at $29.99, especially since it'll include another vehicle and minifigs to be announced.

Given Funko's reveal earlier, it seems the time to keep all the merchandise hidden has passed. I suspect we'll see Mattel reveal some of the main action figure stuff very soon.

"Real Fake History" Recounts the Battle of Endor, Ken Burns-Style

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Nerdery
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 9:21 am


"Real Fake History," a new online series from Machinima, looks at great historical battles in nerd fiction, and gives them the full PBS documentary treatment (for a few minutes, anyway). Narrated by veteran voice-over actor Phil Morris, future episodes will include the likes of Kill Bill and Starcraft.

But first - Return of the Jedi. Rebel pilots remember it well, even if they still don't understand what the hell Nien Nunb was saying.

Paul Feig Has Feminized the Ghostbuster Proton Packs in a Way That'll Drive Haters Nuts

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 8:19 am


Do you see it? Look closely.

SPOILER after the jump...