Are We Finally Getting a Decent My Little Pony Movie?

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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It looks like there's a chance for something more than the '80s movie, which wasn't well-liked even by the standards of '80s toy-commercial cartoons, and the Equesstria Girls films, which feel like what they are - attempts to launch a spin-off doll line and keep it alive, regardless of such petty concerns as story and logic.

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Ian McKellen as Gandalf Threatens Schoolchildren Who Don't Study

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 11:30 am

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"Sir Ian McKellen came to visit Chew Valley School on 17th October 2014. He had this important message for the students gathered outside the library"

Note to Americans not overly familiar with "English-English" - "revision" means "studying."

With that in mind...here's Ian yelling at kids.

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Ultron to Be 8 Feet Tall in Age of Ultron; Hulkbuster IM 11'. Hot Toys Making Both

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 10:00 am

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This leaked promo art, purportedly from Hot Toys, demonstrates how the Avengers characters stand in scale to one another (before you nitpick about the heights the actual actors are, bear in mind that via visual trickery and such, the characters may be intended to be slightly different onscreen).

We kinda knew Hulkbuster armor would be included, but this adds further confirmation; Ultron being eight feet tall is new, but presumably he will have multiple iterations and this is just the most toyetic.

No Elizabeth Olsen toy confirmed yet, though? Sad face.

Weekstarter: Rodin Action Figures, Fatal Gangbangs, Hitler Pageants, Vertigo and More

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

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"Congratulations, Mr. and Mr. Abraxas...It's an Eldritch!"

It's a new week, and what better way to start than with fatal gangbangs, high-art action figures, fan edits and evil clowns? Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, somcisnout, Gallen_Dugall, DrAbraxas, Anyone00, troi, skrag2112, BrandoLars

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Weekend Open Thread - Jena Malone Superhero Edition

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7:20 pm

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There aren't a lot of desk-clearing items this week, save one popular rumor based on scraps and the word of a Batman v Superman extra. It concerns Jena Malone being seen on set, the description of a character in the script and some extrapolation based on an existing comic. None of it is as "confirmed" as some would have it, but if you want to read what the speculation is...

Also, Fox apparently wants Tom Hardy for the role of Apocalypse...

...and the makers of that Hatred game might be actual neo-Nazis.

Happy weekend, y'all!

Topless Toy Chest: Diamond Select Universal Monsters Son of Frankenstein, Gill-Man, Van Helsing

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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First, my apologies to Diamond, who sent the samples, for taking so long on this.

Second: as you all who read regularly know, I love figures with dioramas. I like displaying figures out of package, and if there's a little piece of their world to stand in, it makes the display that much better. Like prior Universal figures, these will be available at Toys R Us with no-frills stands, but any fan of these ought to go for the exclusive versions if possible.

I've been mixed on Diamond Select's output lately - love the Star Trek, don't love the Sin City. But they've been doing these monsters in Select style longer. How do they fare? Let's find out...

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The Slasher Crossover Ninja Turtle Toys That Never Existed (but Maybe Should Have?)

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Leather Leo saws, Donny Krueger kills some teens...Jason Raph is dead but moves/Mikey Myers loves him some Halloween grooves...

I had to do a double-take when I came upon this image last night. Had these actually existed and somehow slipped my mind? Rationally, I figured out the answer had to be no - the '90s still got hysterical if a Freddy Krueger toy made it to shelves, and only Todd McFarlane's Movie Maniacs at the very end of the decade (or was it early in the next one?) managed to bust down that wall.

What makes customizer Dan Polydoris' creations feels so authentic is that they're kitbashes - every piece does actually come from existing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures. And the toy Turtles did cross over with every available license from Universal Monsters to Star Trek.

In an age when CGI turtle nostrils and lips have managed to become even creepier than quaint ol' Freddy, it may be time for Playmates to consider these.

Scarlett Johansson Offered Ghost in the Shell Live-Action Lead

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Deadline buried the lead in their story about possible Suicide Squad movie casting yesterday, with a late-breaking addendum that ScarJo is being offered $10 million to play Motoko Kusanagi (or whatever horribly Americanized name they'll give her so as not to appear to be whitewashing - Moe Cuse, perhaps?). If you're not going to go Asian, it makes sense - Johansson's recent Lucy ripped off and dumbed down quite a bit from Akira, and proved she could open a movie at the box office. And having already played an alien uncomfortable in human skin, playing a mechanical body with an existential crisis shouldn't be a huge stretch.

While I doubt the movie won't be fucked up somehow, I actually think this might be a good first step. And if it all falls apart, the originals are still there.

91 Things We Saw at the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Exhibit in Downtown Los Angeles

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Hello Kitty turns 40 this year - but just like you're not supposed to call her a cat, don't call it a birthday. Sanrio is very persnickety about semantics, and would rather you called this the 40th anniversary of her first appearance.

In honor of their meowing mascot hitting the middle-age mark, Sanrio is hosting several celebrations, including an exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Yes, we were there, and yes, we have a cat-ton of pictures to show of this part-history, part-art-inspiration exhibit. Let the cuteness commence!

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Warwick Davis Reveals Whether or Not He's in the New Star Wars

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 12:47 pm

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As his most famous character might say: "Yep-yep!"

Davis has played at least four characters in the saga so far, so there's no guarantee this means a return for Wicket. But it does mean that there will be at least one short alien.

Let Hornswoggle have the Leprechaun role. Warwick's got some spacefaring to do. And given the way he announces his participation in what looks and sounds like a Brian Blessed imitation (beard and all), maybe he can be the new Gungan Boss.

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