Hasbro's SDCC Pinkie Pie and the Shrinkwrap Dilemma

Friday, July 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

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From a certain point of view, Hasbro's 2015 Comic-Con My Little Pony exclusive is in very collector-friendly packaging - a box designed to showcase the toy without your having to remove the figure to see and touch it.

From another, it is not, as the whole thing is shrink-wrapped, leaving the buyer unable to slip off the outer sleeve and see the contents.

What will Julia do? Her mom told her yesterday to go ahead and enjoy it. But she is sad that she can't see the toy inside and might have to lessen its value to do so.

Let's see what happens...

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Adult Swim's Comic-Con Trailers: Rick and Morty, Robot Chicken and More

Friday, July 17, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Lots to see here. Rick and Morty's second season, Robot Chicken's third DC special that riffs on Crisis on Infinite Earths, a fun skit about that little devil on your shoulder from Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell, and a look at Bee Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever.

It looks like there'll be plenty to enjoy while I'm desperately trying to wind down for those precious five hours of sleep a night next season.

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EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Concept Art Teaser for Mondo Toys' Masters of the Universe Figures

Friday, July 17, 2015 at 6:30 am

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As you may remember from my Comic-Con feature on Mondo Toys, deluxe 12-inch Masters of the Universe collector figures are coming, starting with He-Man and Skeletor.

While the full figures will be revealed in October at Mondo-Con, the image above is an exclusive look straight from the company at parts of the concept art, with the ram's head on Skeletor's sword a particularly nice touch.

I've seen and heard more detail that I cannot reveal at this time - suffice it to say that if you're a fan of this property and thought Snake Mountain would bankrupt you this year, you're in for a whole new level of wallet pain. Mondo's figures will combine elements from all key interpretations of the core characters to make the ultimate 1/6 Masters collectibles, ensuring your purchase has the power.

(If you want to use this image, please credit and link back, and do not alter the image in any way. Mondo and I would appreciate it.)

Don Hertzfeldt is Kickstarter-ing It's Such a Beautiful Day on Blu-ray

Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 10:27 am

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Well, my favorite film of 2012 is finally coming to Blu-ray...IF enough people chip in. Seems sad, as always, that animation aimed at thinking adult viewers gets stuck in this rut, but Hertzfeldt has always been pretty much a one-man army. Provided the Kickstarter hits the minimum, there will only be slightly more copies made than there are backers.

I fear you folks might be disappointed in the bonus rewards...

HOW ABOUT A REWARD WHERE WE TALK ON PHONE IN REAL LIFE ABOUT THINGS WE LIKE

no, those are really weird. who would want to do that? why do those rewards exist?

HOW ABOUT A REWARD WHERE WE GO SEE A MOVIE AND EAT A DINNER IN REAL LIFE

no

HOW ABOUT A REWARD WHERE YOU COME TO MY HOUSE IN REAL LIFE. PUT ON THIS WIG, I PAY YOU LOTS. WE SIT TOGETHER IN MY DUNGEON. IN REAL LIFE.

no!

OK I COME TO YOUR HOUSE. I FEED YOU GOOD. I STEAL NOTHING. PUT MY MONEY IN YOUR MOUTH.

it is strange that you are able to continue typing on here

If you're unfamiliar with the movie, it's a tough one to describe. Just watch the trailer below.

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Please Stop, Disney: Live-Action Origin Movie for Aladdin's Genie Announced

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Here's an exclusive first image...

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...not.

I'm not necessarily opposed to a movie about a genie who gets trapped in a lamp. I'm opposed to a movie featuring a character who wasn't a character at all, but Robin Williams playing Robin Williams with magic powers, being played by anybody BUT Robin Williams. Who is dead.

Genie will presumably be motion-capture anyway, since he's made of blue vapor. But let's say they pull a Batman Forever redux and cast Jim Carrey - how many blogs out there will immediately be OUTRAGED that a white guy is playing a Middle Eastern character? They could cast Ahmed Ahmed or Dean Obeidallah, but they won't.

I see no way to win here. Creatively, culturally or otherwise. So please, Disney - just don't do it. Or any of the other stupid prequel ideas you have,


(image via Blockbuster Costumes)


All 22 of Our Comic-Con 2015 Video Interviews in One Post

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 5:00 am

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This is a wrap on our Comic-Con 2015 coverage, folks. And I happen to think that on a shoestring budget, with a team of one editor in San Diego, one in New York, and one correspondent in Hall H for one day, we stayed competitive with the big guys, who'll be doling out their coverage in drips and drabs for the next month or so while we're busy moving on.

Thanks to Jim for minding the fort and picking a Twitter fight with Max Landis, to Bryce for battling his way into Hall H, for Jason and Kyle who helped me do research, Julia for her "takeover" posts on social media, and Peggy who does my transcriptions. Being underdogs just means we try harder...and do better. I wish I could pay you all a million bucks.

Now, in case you missed any, here are all of our video interviews.

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Comic-Con Interview Twofer: Regular Show and Uncle Grandpa

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 2:16 pm

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Once again, these were in the roundtable format with multiple blogs participating. First, from Regular Show: JG Quintel, William Salyers, Sam Marin and supervising producer Sean Szeles.

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Comic-Con Danger Mouse Trailer Riffs on The Force Awakens

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 10:46 am

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I know, riffing on Star Wars isn't exactly super-original, but for some '80s kids, this is a comeback just as sweet as Han Solo's.

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EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Justice League #42 - The Darkseid War Part 2

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 9:40 am

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You can buy the whole issue tomorrow, but we've scored a look at the first five pages, along with a very special animation-themed variant cover.

The epic "Darkseid War" event storyline continues with the critically acclaimed team of Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok! As Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor maneuver toward inevitable war, Wonder Woman leads the Justice League against a force that holds the answers on how to stop it - but the price might be Batman's soul! Meanwhile, Mister Miracle faces off against a mysterious hero who has been fighting in the shadows for decades!


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Comic-Con 2015: Steven Universe Cast and Creators

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 8:15 am

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This was, again, a roundtable featuring TR and other nerd sites. Present at the table were creator Rebecca Sugar, supervising director Ian Jones-Quartey, actor Zach Callison, and singer-actress Estelle.

(Thanks to Kyle LeClair for some assists with question compiling.)

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