Weekstarter: Rodin Action Figures, Fatal Gangbangs, Hitler Pageants, Vertigo and More

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

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"Congratulations, Mr. and Mr. Abraxas...It's an Eldritch!"

It's a new week, and what better way to start than with fatal gangbangs, high-art action figures, fan edits and evil clowns? Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, somcisnout, Gallen_Dugall, DrAbraxas, Anyone00, troi, skrag2112, BrandoLars

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The Slasher Crossover Ninja Turtle Toys That Never Existed (but Maybe Should Have?)

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Leather Leo saws, Donny Krueger kills some teens...Jason Raph is dead but moves/Mikey Myers loves him some Halloween grooves...

I had to do a double-take when I came upon this image last night. Had these actually existed and somehow slipped my mind? Rationally, I figured out the answer had to be no - the '90s still got hysterical if a Freddy Krueger toy made it to shelves, and only Todd McFarlane's Movie Maniacs at the very end of the decade (or was it early in the next one?) managed to bust down that wall.

What makes customizer Dan Polydoris' creations feels so authentic is that they're kitbashes - every piece does actually come from existing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures. And the toy Turtles did cross over with every available license from Universal Monsters to Star Trek.

In an age when CGI turtle nostrils and lips have managed to become even creepier than quaint ol' Freddy, it may be time for Playmates to consider these.

New Disney Short "Feast" Is Going to Make All You Pet Owners Cry. Just Give in Now.

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Look at the puppy. Look at the owner feeding him a french fry.

Look at the puppy eat more food.

Look at time go by, as the puppy gets bigger and starts eating nachos and spaghetti 'n stuff.

And ask yourself...is there any goddamn doubt this won't end with an old and feeble dog licking up the last drops of melted ice cream from a wrinkly hand, or some shit like that?

Maybe. But I don't see how. The short will premiere in full in front of Big Hero 6, and I suggest watching the clip below to get yourself prepared. Not that it'll work.

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91 Things We Saw at the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Exhibit in Downtown Los Angeles

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Hello Kitty turns 40 this year - but just like you're not supposed to call her a cat, don't call it a birthday. Sanrio is very persnickety about semantics, and would rather you called this the 40th anniversary of her first appearance.

In honor of their meowing mascot hitting the middle-age mark, Sanrio is hosting several celebrations, including an exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Yes, we were there, and yes, we have a cat-ton of pictures to show of this part-history, part-art-inspiration exhibit. Let the cuteness commence!

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Mattel Teases Evilseed for Masters of the Universe Classics

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm

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...via this image on their Facebook page. It's pretty clear who it has to be, but many questions remain. Will it be the artichoke-head version from Filmation, or the Swamp Thing-like creature from MYP? And will it be in the main subscription, or an add-on MYP mini-subscription that may or may not even go through? Okay, so that's only two questions.

For those who don't speak Eternian, I'll translate:

Toy of a plant-dude has made it to prototype. He may or may not ultimately be available.

The 18 Strangest Versions of Dracula

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Could Bram Stoker ever have imagined, back in 1897, that the character he created would one day be used for everything from pornography to breakfast cereal? It's hard to imagine that even Bela Lugosi could have guessed that the accent he gave Dracula would still be in use, more than 80 years later, spoofed by George Hamilton, or teaching kids to count, or marketing everything from car insurance to debt-consolidation loans ("because debt sucks!") to throat lozenges. Thus Dracula Untold, the title of the Drac movie that opened this past weekend, seems almost impertinent. Can there be a variation on the Dracula tale left untold?

Here are 18 strong contenders for the most peculiar takes on Count Dracula in popular culture. Note: These aren't just vampires in the Dracula mode; all of them had, at minimum, to have either the title "Count" or the prefix "Drac-" or the suffix "-ula" somewhere in their name.


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Friday Newsbites and New York Comic Con Weekend Open Thread

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm

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Keep following our Twitter all weekend - if news escapes, Jim'll catch it. Monday's morning list will be a recap of the best stuff he's seen - so that means no WeekStarter/Hangover list.

Before we begin, here are a few things we didn't have room for in other posts today:

-Secret Wars returns to Marvel. I'd expect toy tributes too.

-What's the matter with Kansas? Sriracha at Taco Bell.

-Cosplay proves that the U.S. is financially doomed.

-James Earl Jones is still Darth Vader.

-The new Star Wars arcade game looks badass.

-Imagine Pacific Rim as a video game in which both Jaegers and Kaiju get to eat the humans.

-Zombie-animal comic The Other Dead gets a TV series...on Animal Planet.

-Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: The Prequel Series?

-Chinese Star Wars comic from back in the day is insane.

Will Arnett Will Star in Lego Batman Theatrical Movie

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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Will the movie be a total sausage-fest? Looks like we're actually going to have simultaneous different Batman movies in theatrical release, provided Batfleck merits a sequel.

It's a sign of either the times or my age that the Batman movie I most want to see now is the campier, less-faithful version. And by all means, feel free to load it with cameos - I'll take a return visit from Channing Tatum's Lego Superman any day. If we see the origin story, I'm really hoping Bad Cop will turn out to have been his mentor.

Glow-in-the-Dark King Grayskull is 2015 Masters of the Universe Chase Figure

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm

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Because you could watch Scott Neitlich's four-minute video, or we could cut straight to the, em, chase.

This makes the fifth variant of the King Grayskull figure, and notably, it is not made clear whether he comes with an orb for Castle Grayskull or not (as the prior carded one did, but previous boxed versions didn't). He'll be up for sale on Mattycollector at random times starting in 2nd quarter of 2015.

I think they overestimate his popularity - the idea here is to satisfy fans who were mad at the super-rare translucent Spirit of King Grayskull that was auctioned for charity, by giving them a similar-looking version. I'm just glad the annoying "chase" aspect has been given to something I don't care about.

New Transformers: Robots in Disguise Clips Confirm That, Yep, it Skews Young

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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One of the Decepticons is a giant lobster, which is kind of cool.

And then you get Bumblebee saying: "We need to look like something humans will accept. We need to be...ROBOTS IN DISGUISE!" At no point does he seem to notice that a big robotic dinosaur doesn't fit that category. And speaking of Grimlock...he's VERY different than I remember. In fact, I'll bet Michael Bay is watching this going, "Why didn't I think to make him a funny black man?"

See what you think.

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