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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I READ YOUR FANFIC! "Voltron's Hunk and Pidge Swap Genders" Part 2

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 8:00 am

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If you want to submit fan fiction for me to read, please send it - or a link to it - to toplessrobot-at-gmail-dot-com with subject line "Read my Fanfic!"

Title: "Voltron's Hunk and Pidge Swap Genders, Part 2" by 363511

Logline: Hunk wants to have sex with his underage male friend, who turns out to actually be a girl on her first period. But he's afraid to get her pregnant, so he goes to see the witch Haggar, who will know what to do. And then Lotor interferes...

You might want to check out Part 1 first. Or not. This one's way worse.


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By Toutatis! First Look at the Making of the New Asterix CG Feature

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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There's no dialogue on this video, so you don't need to be a French speaker to appreciate it. And since many of you came out of the woodwork as Asterix fans the last time I mentioned this movie, I figured you'd like to see this early look at the pre-viz for Julius Caesar, as well as some scenes that look fully rendered involving his plans for that one small village that still holds out against the invaders.

By Belenos, if this doesn't get any kind of release stateside, I say we dose up on "magic potion" (Red Bull should do it) and drop a few menhirs on those responsible. But I'll try not to be too dogmatix about it.

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New Big Hero 6 Trailer Gives Us a Better Look at San Fransokyo

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm

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Considering all the character images that dropped yesterday, I figured the new trailer would focus on the team, but perhaps smartly, Disney isn't giving us too much too fast - these scenes are primarily still about selling the central relationship between genius kid Hiro and his robot pal Baymax. And since I'm getting some definite Incredibles vibes - and not just because it basically copies the suck-in-your-gut moment from that film - that means it's working.

Crucially, too, the jeopardy feels real, with a genuinely scary-looking villain. I want to see a comic-book movie rather than a traditional Disney cartoon, and I'm getting the good feeling that we will.

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Disney Reveals Big Hero 6 Characters and Their Voice-Actors

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 1:54 pm

First, as a reminder, here's what they look like in the comics. Obviously Fox still owns Silver Samurai so you won't be seeing him.

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Now, the Disney CG versions...

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The Return of Aardman's Original Claymation Character, Morph

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Before Wallace and Gromit, before "Creature Comforts," there was Morph. As a child, I barely interpreted what was going on in his shorts as gingerbread men fighting; as an adult, I see the incredible genius in manipulating clay and adding speeded-up exclamations without specific words.

He's been going since I was three years old, and it's good to have him back. Even if this "update" still relies on that piece of equipment called a "record player" that will confuse the hell out of kids today (as it should; I mean jeez, the degree to which we had to be careful to get our music played properly back then was ridiculous).

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