Hasbro's Star Wars Comic-Con Toy Reveals, From Black Series to Rebels

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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There's something for everyone in the Star Wars toy universe, and we went over it all with Hasbro.

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Comic-Con: Hello Kitty's U.S. Director of Marketing Speaks

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Forty years after her creation, we sometimes wonder what - if anything - Sanrio won't do with Hello Kitty. With the very first Hello Kitty-Con coming later this year, brand manager Dave Marchi was surprisingly forthcoming.

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Morning Round-up: Comic-Con's Last Day

Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 9:04 am

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(Thanks as always to Kyle for helping with this, big-time)

-It wasn't the big Dr. Strange announcement we were expecting, but Marvel has greenlit and set Guardians of the Galaxy 2, with James Gunn returning. Also, the cartoon showcases new details.

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Morning Read: Sharktopus, Transformers and Billy Barty

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

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-Billy Barty fans rejoice - Mattel will be immortalizing him in plastic as Masters of the Universe's Gwildor, this November. Moo!

-Sam Raimi is making a movie out of The Last of Us.

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GIVEAWAY: Strange Kids Club "Turtle Kong" Limited-Edition T-Shirt Boxed Set

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Like fan clubs of old, the Strange Kids Club has this special set inspired by your favorite martial-arts reptiles, featuring a T-shirt of the foursome paying tribute to a classic New York-menacing monster, mutant stickers, green "gooze" and a special pizza box case.

After today, this will no longer be available to buy anywhere. But until next Friday at noon, you have a chance to win one. You must have a U.S. mailing address and a comment account with an email; if that's done, the next step is, in comments below, to describe the most Michael Bay scene you can imagine being in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Bring your best Bayhem, and the winner gets a version of the sewer-dwelling foursome that is undeniably cooler.

Help Them, Obi-Wan Kenobi: New Star Wars: Rebels Full Trailer Bridges Eras

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Holographic Obi-Wan, who has apparently been trapped with Cenobites in the Hellraiser box, is not the only hope for these rebels - Stormtroopers, TIE fighters and Wookies look to give this show a lot of the old feelings, not to mention that everything seems better with classic Star Wars music behind it. Yes, the line about "A New Hope" is too on the nose...but the fact that I know Freddie Prinze Jr, is that Jedi's voice, yet can't hear the annoyingness, is a damn good sign.

And now you wait till October. THAT's annoying.

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28 Things To Do and See at Comic-Con That Aren't Movie, TV or Comics Panels

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Well, we've spent the past week giving you detailed previews about what to expect from this year's San Diego Comic Con when it comes to films, television, comics, and various exclusives, but now it's time to take a step back and look at everything else this show has to offer...as written by a man who admittedly has never been to any incarnation of Comic Con before.

But now that I've had an insane load of various panels, programs and events dumped into my lap to look at, it actually did get to me thinking that as a first-timer of sorts, what could the behemoth that is SDCC offer that tickles my fancy the most? Where would I go there, assuming I also had infinite money and could be in two places or more at the same time? Well, let's take a look and find out, and maybe highlight some places all of you had best check out as well...

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Mike Mignola's "Toy Story That Time Forgot" Poster Has Hellaciously Great Dinosaurs

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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Tell me you would ever have known this was for a Toy Story TV special, if not for the logo that says it must be. One thing the franchise has always been lacking is toys that look like I would collect them - but that appears to have changed in what looks like Toy Story: Age of Extinction. It seems "Buzz (voiced by Tim Allen), Woody (Tom Hanks) and the gang find themselves in uncharted territory when 'the coolest set of action figures ever' turn out to be dangerously delusional." Well, at least its not like in Small Soldiers, where the cool monster toys turned out to be dorky pacifists.

The poster will be given out at Comic-Con - TVline has all the details on how to get one. Or you could wait for eBay, where they'll feature a mark-up of infinity...and beyond.

h/t Christian Lindke

Mondo Expands Into Toys With Iron Giant, TMNT, Hitchcock Action Figures

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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Mondo, the art company that until now has been known primarily for intricate, stylized posters based on your favorite movies, is branching out into toys, because they finally figured out that there were holdouts like me not giving them money yet. I was concerned when I first read the headline that their offerings would just be designer vinyl, but no - check out the specs on Mr. Not-a-Gun, above:

The 16" tall figure will have over 30 points of articulation, light features, and other fun surprises! Accompanying The Iron Giant will be a Hogarth figure, scraps of metal for him to munch on and a Seafood sign that has a removable "S" to put on his chest. He will also include an interchangeable head and gun attachment, giving a choice of displaying the figure as the regular version, or the "War" version! The figure was designed from the actual CG files used in the film, for ultimate accuracy.
Price goes unmentioned, so fingers crossed that it isn't Hot Toys-level. And there's more...

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Jason Isaacs is Star Wars Rebels Archvillain Inquisitor, in Most Perfect Cartoon Casting Ever

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11:30 am

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From the moment I first saw Isaacs as Evil English Arch-Baddie #1 in The Patriot, getting bayonetted in the neck by the Mel Gibson, I knew he'd be a perfect addition to the Empire. It only took 14 years to happen, but after proving himself as Captain Hook and Lucius Malfoy, the most killer Jason not named Voorhees couldn't be denied any longer.

Entertainment Weekly debuted his intro video, which confirms both that he's not officially a Sith and that he's a Pau'an. I also like this particular quote from Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo: "This isn't like cartoons I grew up with in the '80s where you'd have the villain lose every week and yet every week we'd have to believe he's some sort of threat."

Given that we know the Empire's still in control when the series ends, I should hope not. Although Hordak acted the fool in cartoons and still somehow held on to power.

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