TR's Top 10 Action Figures of 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 6:00 am

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Putting together a top ten list of action figures for a given year is a difficult thing even under the best circumstances. Unless you've got an Academy-like cadre of voters to draw from, no single writer is going to be knowledgeable enough to know the best figure from every action figure line. And even if such a thing were possible, that writer would then have to weigh the relative merits of figures of entirely different sizes, shapes, and source material and determine whether one is somehow "better" than another.

If it happened to be a pretty weak year for action figures, one might have a chance. But 2013 was an exceptionally good year. Despite ever-rising production costs and a declining market share, 2013 was a banner year for action figures, with a number of long-awaited, fan-demanded toys finally being immortalized in plastic.

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The Mystery Box Winner, and Response to All the Great Feedback

Monday, December 30, 2013 at 4:57 pm

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All right. That was a good discussion. Having gone through all of your suggestions for new features, I have a lot of thoughts, and rather than list honorable mentions and such, I want to respond to some of the more recurring themes. Please consider this an ongoing conversation rather than the last word.

Some of the suggestions that were made were good but would not work weekly, or on any completely controllable schedule. Review a great new Kickstarter every week, or a new nerdy cocktail every week, new Lego machine, etc....I'm certainly not opposed, but there's no guarantee one will come out every week. As it stands all those things do get mentioned here as part of the general course of things.

Suggestions for new comprehensive features, like a guide to every nerdy show on TV, or every great online deal, simply require more time to do than I have. I'd love to cover everything comprehensively, but without the ability to stop time, I have to filter some of it out. Blu-rays - and specifically, Blu-rays of interest to us - are still a small enough quantity each week that they're manageable in a way many other forms of media aren't

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Mark Evanier and IDW Announce Rocky and Bullwinkle Comic

Monday, December 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm

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With this and the Mr. Peabody movie, I'm getting the sense that Jay Ward's daughter Tiffany has been gearing up for 2014 for quite a while now, and thankfully realized that live-action really isn't the way to go when it comes to reviving the characters. For the comic, I certainly can't think of a better writer than the guy from Groo the Wanderer.

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First Star Wars: Rebels Figure Revealed: The Inquisitor!

Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:39 am

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Vader's new Jedi exterminator heads up the new line, which, judging by what we see, will have basic five-point articulation and be in animated style. If the show does well - and how can it not, really? - I imagine we may see more detailed collector interpretations of some of these characters down the line (my Sideshow Asajj Ventriss tells me so). Meanwhile, the main toys seem like they'll be completely kid-focused.

And it looks like they gave him a repaint of that toy spinning lightsaber packaged for General Grievous - I'm guessing they had a backlog and decided that a quick recoloring would work. I'm kind of betting we never see a new canonical Star Wars baddie with just one lightsaber again, honestly.

Nicely ironed pants, dude. Now how do you fight in those knee-high boots?

The Weekend Hangover: Godzilla Movie Toy, Space Jam Burns, Piss Detectors, etc.

Monday, December 30, 2013 at 8:00 am

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Culling many of the reader-submitted highlights from the weekend open thread, which in this instance also featured SlyDante777 reposting items from all previous threads (and now he knows what my every Sunday night is like). Those reposted items will not be posted a third time in this roundup, but we had plenty of other stuff. In addition to Sly, tipsters this week were troi, skrag2112, FakeAssName, rkwsuperstar, Dr.Gonzo82, DrAbraxas, CobraCommander, James.k.Polk, Anyone00, Gallen_Dugall.

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TR Interview: Going on a Bender With Futurama and I Know That Voice's John DiMaggio

Friday, December 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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Fans of MTV in the '90s may remember a skit show called Red Johnny and the Round Guy, one of several attempts at launching more comedy on the music network, along with such shows as The State and You Wrote It, You Watch It. While not necessarily huge hits at the time, those shows helped launch the careers of the likes of Jon Stewart, Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant...and Red Johnny himself, a.k.a. John DiMaggio, whom you all know better nowadays as Bender from Futurama.

Didn't know that was him? Well, that's part of the point behind DiMaggio's new documentary, I Know That Voice. Lifting the metaphorical curtain of secrecy surrounding the recording booth, DiMaggio (who executive-produced and is heavily featured) and director Lawrence Shapiro introduce the audience to many of the faces behind their favorite cartoon voices. We couldn't not mention Bender in talking to DiMaggio, but our discussion touches on many voice-over topics...as well as what the future may hold for our favorite alcoholic android.

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Geek Apparel of the Week: The My Little Pony/Bob's Burgers Mashup Tee You Need

Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Based on your comments in the various weekend open threads, I'm guessing this T-shirt design is a dream come true:

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But if you want it, you'd better hurry - as of this posting, it's only available for around 7 more hours. It, and one other tee I think you'll like...

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EXCLUSIVE ONLINE DEBUT: Robotech/Voltron Comic Trailer

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 1:50 pm

This was previously only shown at San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con. With issue #1 debuting today in stores and on Comixology, we're premiering it online in association with Dynamite.

Two of the greatest anime legends of all time are about to collide in one epic saga! The Lion Force team face the return of a mysterious ancient adversary that could jeopardize the very existence of Voltron itself. The repercussions threaten to reach across the fabric of time and space, all the way to Earth. How will Roy Fokker and the Skull Squadron cope with such a new menace, especially with the Zentraedi looming over Macross Island? What opportunities will King Lotor pursue in a crisis like this?

Peter Cullen could make the contents of my lunch sound badass, but he has more to work with here, I'm assuming.

Weird Al Yankovic Will Guest-Star on My Little Pony

Monday, December 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm

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It sounds like he's going to be playing a character called Cheese Sandwich, a party planner to rival Pinkie Pie. Or he could just be playing a version of himself as the party entertainment. "Steered" Al YanktheReins, perhaps?

I don't have any investment in the show, but I'm sure his assistance in the songs department can't hurt.

(Image credits: Al by goodrob13; pony by Doug Kline)

Pretty Cool CG Iron Man Fan Film Showcases "Mark Z" Concept

Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

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What's Mark Z? Well, it's basically a code for "transforming car seat."

And you've seen impersonations of Robert Downey Jr. before, especially in fan films - but impersonating his face digitally strikes me as a whole 'nother level. I think filmmaker Anthony McGrath completely "gets" the movie version of the character...and if this is his calling card, I'd be taking a second look if I were Marvel Studios.

I struggle enough with my own car seat, which has that automatic moving seatbelt device every time you open and close the door. I already feel like it hates me - would hate to do battle with a foe wearing it as an armor. But could I trust it as my own armor? Perhaps I am overthinking.

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