Stan Lee, Adam West, Matt Groening to Get Simpsons Action Figures

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

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It is a strange world we live in when Lenny Kravitz and Tom Petty appear side by side in an assortment with three icons of comicdom. This celebrity Simpsons line is starting to remind me more of Groening's other show, Futurama, as these figure sets feel like the equivalent of the heads-in-jars museum.

Does anyone else feel like Stan Lee gets the short end of the stick here, as the only one to be depicted looking his actual age? Maybe it's balance for having been given an unduly perfect physique in He-Man's universe.

Don Hertzfeldt's New Animated Short Looks Typically Amazing

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 8:00 am

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I love Don Hertzfeldt.

From his brilliant shorts like "rejected" and "Billy's Balloon" to the roadshow he did with Mike Judge, and the feature It's Such a Beautiful Day, which I loved so much I named it my #1 film of 2012 (much to the chagrin of readers who wanted a more obvious pick), this guy consistently rules.

He's working on another feature with some actual money behind it, but in the meantime there's a 14-minute short coming in March entitled "World of Tomorrow." He has just released the first look.

As the Oscars will undoubtedly prove, American perceptions of animation have to be dragged kicking and screaming out of a simplistic comfort zone. From the depths of his soul, Don screams back. And that's just one of many reasons why his voice and his stick figures matter.

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Topless Robot LIVE Official Podcast #1 - On Anime, Ascension and Inclusive Casting

Friday, February 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

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if you're wondering why this is "#1," the last one was technically #0. This is the first that will be on iTunes, maybe even by the time you read this. Our guests this week are Peter Paras and Greg Jones Jr., and we discuss Kingsman, Jupiter Ascending, whitewashing vs. color-blind casting, what properties we'd actually LIKE to see remade/rebooted, and as always, answer your questions and comments. If you'd like us to answer yours on the next episode (in two weeks) leave them below.

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Holy Pricetag! DC Collectibles Will Make a 6-Inch Scale Animated Series Batmobile

Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

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So, for those of you worried about weak ankles on this line - does having a vehicle two of them can sit down in sweeten the pot a little?

Oh, and they're also doing a figure of Phantasm. And unlike the original 4" figure, this one has a fakeout "male" build rather than the smaller female physique that was a bit of a giveaway before.

This line really does seem to be turning into the "Masters of the Universe Classics" of Batman. Might just be a matter of time before they try a preorder for some ridiculously huge Batcave...

h/t Marty Day

Mattel Teases Lord Ceratus Figure, 200x Mini-Subscription for Masters of the Universe

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 12:50 pm

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This was a surprise - and backs up the rumors of a mini-subscription based on the 2002 cartoon characters ("news about a new subscription club"). Lest there be any confusion as to who they're teasing, the phrase "all the way from Caligar" is part of the not-all-that-ambiguous description.

Considering that for most of this line's existence, we were told the 2002 style was "retired," (occasional exceptions like Carnivus notwithstanding) this is good news for fans...if enough people can actually be persuaded to buy in and make a go of it at this late stage.

For old-school fans who don't know, Lord Ceratus is the leader of Whiplash's species, the Caligar. For even more casual fans, he's a big green guy with a spiky tail.

Before the Franchise Gets Cooties, You Can Crowdfund a Ghostbusters Game That's All Dudes

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Sorry, but it's hard not to be cynical, knowing full well that if the new all-female Ghostbusters takes off there will be merchandise galore, probably including a board game. And with that in mind, it's equally hard to ignore the fact that none of the proposed figurines for Cryptozoic's Kickstartering board game is a female character - no Dana, Janine, or Gozer in "prehistoric bitch" mode.

That said, it looks like it could be pretty fun - the crowdfunding aspect is apparently so that the game can come loaded with extras that a more corporate-mandated product would have to cut back on. It will apparently feature characters from the comics, movies and cartoons, and the designs are comic-based caricatures to avoid likeness issues.

For extra-realistic fun, declare the Spengler figure unplayable, hide the Venkman somewhere nobody can find him, and let whoever's playing Stantz hog the dice for about 20 years as he tells everyone else his various plans for winning, then fails to execute any of them.

First Trailer for Toy-Based Cartoon Batman Unlimited Is a Cheesy Throwback

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 10:48 am

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Batman in multiple, multicolored Batsuits that are action-figure ready - check.

Fellow heroes chosen based on their maximum media exposure right now and next year - check.

Robot wolf sidekick that transforms into a motorcycle - what? That is some Hanna-Barbera shit right there.

When today's kids grow up, this is what their version of South Park will mock.

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Naked Statue of Bill Cosby With Fat Albert on His Crotch to Be Unveiled in Florida Gallery

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Courtesy of Cory Allen Contemporary Art

Hey hey hey! What's that you say about raping somebody's childhood?

The statue, sculpted by high school freshman Rodman Edwards, is being unveiled at the Cory Allen Contemporary Art Showroom in St. Petersburg on February 20. It's also being proposed as a replacement for Cosby's current busts on display at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Halls of Fame in Orlando and California.
Yeah, somehow I don't think that last part is a super-serious proposal.

If you're into fat, old dudes, though, this is a real Cosby sweater. And like the real Cosby, it assaults...the senses.

You know, because Leonard Part VI was really bad.

(Full body pic is below if you dare)

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TR Review: The SpongeBob Sequel Is Insanely Great. Emphasis on the "Insane."

Friday, February 6, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Take the anything-goes, kitchen-sink approach of Adult Swim, throw in the psychedelic surrealism of the last third of 2001, envision hallucinatory characters and situations to rival the Kroft brothers' shows or Yo Gabba Gabba, make it totally PG somehow and give it a budget to do anything and an experimental use of 3D to rival anything James Cameron's done with the form...and yes, believe it or not, you get The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water. This is not just a good SpongeBob movie - it is a genuinely great use of cinema as a visual medium, funny as hell and utterly random in its dream-logic, which I suppose is to be expected in a reality where magic dolphins who aren't permitted bathroom breaks are in charge of the universe.

The majority of audience members at my 10 p.m. Thursday-night screening were pretty obviously high, and if that's what you're into, I cannot imagine a better movie for it.


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Robert De Niro Movies Redubbed by SpongeBob SquarePants

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 11:33 am

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No, this isn't just a fan mash-up. Actual SpongeBob voice Tom Kenny decided to replace Robert De Niro's lines in many of his most famous movie scenes, for some reason.

I'm guessing Ahmed Best is kicking himself that he never thought to do something similar with Jar Jar and Al Pacino.

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