I have a novel concept for companies that make large action figures: design them so they can stand on their own, unassisted.
No? Not happening? Well okay then. These stands are pretty cool in the meantime. They light up, they spin, they hold figures under the arms instead of around the waist, and they give you space to put your own nameplate. $40 may seem like a lot, but we're talking about Sideshow and Hot Toys, so it's really only, like, 1/6 of the price of a figure. And since the figures are 1/6 scale, that's...cute.
But I collect 18-inchers, because size matters. Where's MY Tron stand?
It's amazing the things you learn when you're married.
As a single guy, I would never have set food inside Michael's, the arts/crafts/home decor mega-store chain that always looked like a way to fleece domestic spouses out of disposable decorations. And then I discovered Spooky Town, and became just as willingly fleeced. Spooky Town is a Halloween/horror-themed collection of figurines and accessories that can work with either model train sets, or as miniature villages like the Christmas ones your mom might collect. What's most impressive, though, is that for items exclusively sold at such a family friendly store, they are in many cases about as appropriate for young 'uns as old-school McFarlane Toys. In other words...NOT.
Let's take a look at some of the weirdest ones available...More >>
I was a big fan of Diamond's first two Select Kirk and Spock figures, but I'm now wondering if the cost of materials went up, as their Picard and Worf seem a bit more limited. I'm not talking about their semi-preposed nature, but rather the diorama bits - Kirk came with Khan and a piece of the engine room, while Spock came with a Horta. Worf comes with...the Klingon Empire insignia on a wall? I mean, I know the episode, but couldn't we get a piece of floor to stand him on?
Yes, Worf toy, I know, "I do not require the creature comforts of your other figures. I am a Klingon." I'm just saying foot pegs would keep you from falling over.
Worf will hit stores next spring.
The only man to repeat the role of Jason Voorhees - and who would probably still be playing ol' hockey head if they'd let him - is being honored with his own figurine by upstart toy company DeConte (rhymes with "picante") , who previously made a Behind the Mask Leslie Vernon action figure that I never realized actually came out anywhere.
For a man of action, I feel like Hodder should really be immortalized in a more dynamic pose than "sitting in a chair" - what he brought to Jason that none of his successors have was a coiled-up intensity that made him look ready to strike even when standing still. Similarly, him showing off his lip tattoo would be cool (he has the word "KILL" permanently etched inside his mouth). But it's not like Kane Hodder figurines come along every day, and you go on a kill-spree with the one you have, not the one you wish you had. $65 is a reasonable preorder price for what it is.More >>
Happy birthday, Bob.
There'll be no recap thread Monday - all the Halloween lists need their slots next week. Here are some last things to start your weekend.
-A full-length feature made for the Oculus Rift is available now.
-Tractor beam: ON!
-Tyler Perry just went Full Poochie.
-Shia LaBeouf is a cannibal.
- Sarah Connor vs. Jason Voorhees.
-Jon Voight in a terrible fatsuit for some reason.
-RUMOR: Joel Schumacher to write Batman comic that would showcase his original vision for the Bat-nip flicks.
-Hikari is Groot.
You probably heard about the Florida mom who started a petition to get Toys R Us to ban toys from companies like Mezco and NECA whose figures are aimed at older collectors, specifically because she saw a Breaking Bad figure and thought it might encourage her kid to become a meth addict. Rather sadly, Toys R Us caved and pulled the plastic Bryan Cranstons indefinitely.
Given how long toys take to produce it has to be a coincidence, but a nice one - 12" Heisenberg is now available for preorder at outlets that don't cave to silly demands.
"Putting something that has fake illegal drugs with it next to G.I. Joe or Mario Bros. just morally isn't right," said the mom. Because (a) figures that include fake terrorists with fake lethal weapons are a lot better and (b) nothing about Mario Bros. would ever possibly make you think of drugs. Also, (c), and this is the nerdiest point of all, they aren't next to them. They're on a different aisle, duh. To sign a petition to keep these kinds of figures in Toys R Us, click here.
Remember these ladies? Kotobukiya's bishoujo statue line turns whatever character it interprets into buxom, scantily clad, anime-style babes, which makes more sense when it's, say, Catwoman. But yeah, they made Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.
And now Nerdist and Scream Factory have made a live-action short based on these unique variants, starring Adrianne Curry, and giving Kotobukiya ideas for another figure at the very end. I'm not sure it quite does the toys justice - for that, you'd need Axel Braun. But it comes as close as may be possible to making the female versions somewhat empowering, which, while almost certainly contrary to the intent of the toy, is impressive.
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Big Chief, who make super-expensive 12" Doctor Who figures - their next few include a Matt Smith with bonus Capaldi head, and polystone Weeping Angels with an Amy/Rory tombstone - have finally seen the value in creating the most important diorama accessory for any Time Lord.
The Minions from Despicable Me would seem eminently suitable for a cool, customizable construction toy line, but unfortunately we'll have to settle for Mega Bloks instead. Yes, the Minions will have some interchangeable features, including troll-style rooted hair on the Evil Minions, but the sets shown so far are painfully minimal and feature heavy use of pre-shaped parts.
Don't expect Gru and his girls yet, either...like the second film, the line seems to be ignoring them. There's a pattern here: Mega Bloks has Barbie, Hello Kitty and now Minions...dear God. Everything my wife likes is going to Mega Bloks. If this pattern follows, they'll grab the rights to Precious Moments and vintage Dark Shadows next.More >>
The first batch aren't even out yet, but DC Collectibles knows they have a winner on their hands with this upsized animated line aimed at collectors and sporting considerably more articulation than Kenner. At $25 each, they're also a bit harder on the ol' Bat-pocketbook, but they're branching out with the characters pretty quickly - Killer Croc and Baby Doll come together, while Harley Quinn, New Adventures Robin and the Creeper will join them on the pegs.
Though I was a big fan of the animated series, I am a true child of the '80s in that I like my cartoon-based toys to look more realistic and detailed than the animation, rather than an exact copy of it. I am in the minority in the modern world in that regard, I think. But for those of you who've long wanted and deserved better figures that look like Bruce Timm drawings - here ya go. They're due in stores next May.More >>