Transforming Optimus Prime Birthday Cake Looks Amazing, Probably Hard to Cut and Eat

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm


I'm not sure how many animatronics I would want in my own birthday cake as a matter of practicality, but a G1 Optimus who can become a robot and go back to a truck, and be (mostly) eaten by kids is impressive indeed.

However, next year I want to see cake creator Rusell Munro step up and make a Bayformers Bumblebee cake that sprays Mello Yello everywhere from its crotch.

But not for his kid. For me.

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Topless Robot Live! Force Friday, and The Fox and the Hound's Gay Subtext

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 6:30 am


You may well wonder how we connect those two topics mentioned in the headline above. I can barely remember, myself. But we got Greg Jones Jr. on as our guest, and things got pretty free-form, with extended digressions on the movie Leprechaun 4, John Oliver, Dragon Ball, Christian Slater's dad apparently sending hate mail to the LA Weekly, and more.

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7 Different Ways One Walking Dead Toy Triggered My Panic Attacks

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 5:00 am


I get panic attacks sometimes.

I don't like to say I "suffer" from them, because I feel like that word should be reserved for people who need serious medical attention. It's enough to say I get them, and I don't like them. I can't imagine there's a person who does. Everyone's are different, but mine often combine the feeling that I have a ton of stuff that needs doing in too little time, while simultaneously holding me in place and keeping me from actually doing any of it, save obsessively checking Twitter to see if new Star Wars news broke.

So when I saw the movie Lego: A Brickumentary, and I heard Trey Parker talking about how he loves to build Lego sets in his free time because they're just about following instructions and that relaxes his mind, I decided it might be a good idea to give that a go. But maybe I shouldn't have substituted a McFarlane Building set in the equation...

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Young Frankenstein Get Vinyl Figures

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 11:00 am


One of the best quirks of the toy industry is that cartoon caricatures, if stylized enough, aren't considered "likenesses," and thus we can get toys based on people like Sean Penn who probably wouldn't give permission to some big capitalist corporation to waste plastic by mass-producing his visage. That's how I imagine him saying it, anyway.

I mean, it's also pretty much a crime that we have more action figures of Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka than we do of Gene Wilder, but again, thanks to Vinyl Idolz, you'll be getting Doctor "Fronkensteen" as well as two other key characters.

Next up, I suggest Vinyl Idolz make non-likeness likenesses of Jack Nicholson and Peter Weller - two actors who notoriously charge such high fees that only Hot Toys has been willing to pay them thus far. This style would be PERFECT for Buckaroo Banzai.

Comicave's New 6-Inch Diecast Iron Man Action Figure Calls Shotgun

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 8:00 am


I'm frequently amazed that collectors exist who will pay top dollar to own every single Iron Man suit ever in toy form, but they do, and the figures keep coming. This particular variant is

the Mark 40 variant, also known by its moniker, "Shotgun," is a hyper-velocity traveling suit and was one a new generation of Iron Man armored suits created by Tony Stark for the Iron Legion. The suit received its nickname, "Shotgun," for the explosive sonic boom it creates when breaking the sound barrier in flight.
This fully articulated figure is 75% metal (sort of like Metallica post-Load), features LEDs in the head and chest, and being the first of many Singapore imports by Bluefin from Comicave Studios, will run you around $140.

As a bonus, if you get bored of it someday you can melt it down to make cutlery. But please only do that if you actually know how.

Topless Toy Chest - McFarlane Toys' Walking Dead Comic Series 4 and Exclusive Grave Digger Daryl

Monday, August 24, 2015 at 9:30 am


WARNING: Walking Dead comic figures may feature potential spoilers for future TV show plot points. There is one I notably left out in the pic above.

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5 Masters of the Universe Characters That Would Work Cinematically (and 5 That Probably Wouldn't)

Monday, August 24, 2015 at 5:00 am

Big Bad Toy Store

The Castle Grayskull gang are makin' a comeback! Masters of the Universe, once Mattel's borderline forgotten in-house brand, has seen a resurgence in public awareness and licensing over the past year. He-Man and Skeletor are popping up in car commercials, video games, designer toys, more designer toys, statues, comic books, shirts and even underoos.

And then there's the long-fabled film. You know which one I mean - the one that seems to go into hibernation every six months, poking its head out of its cave just long enough to announce a new writer.

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How Did I Not Know That Some Amazing Killer Instinct Toys Now Exist?

Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm


I haven't actually played Killer Instinct since the '90s, but I'm really digging this new character based on Kayako from The Grudge.

The line comes from Ultimate Source Toys, a company with whom I'm not super-familiar, and they look to be like old-style McFarlanes - super-detailed with a basic pre-pose and a few points of articulation to customize it slightly. Toyark, where I first heard about these, has some disagreement over whether they're 6-inch or 9-inch.

More pics from Ultimate Source below...

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Masters of the Universe Movie Gets Yet Another Writer, Who Probably Shouldn't Get Used to the Gig

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Real T Dragon

Someday I will do a Daily List of nerd movies we keep hearing about that will never actually be made. On it will be Beetlejuice 2, any Stephen King adaptation that requires a commitment of more than one movie upfront, and the Masters of the Universe live-action reboot.

But still they try. The latest writer to be announced is Christopher Yost, veteran of several superhero cartoon shows, and also the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok and Max Steel, which is to say he has experience working with both Mattel and blonde mystical musclemen with magic weapons.

He seems to have everything going for him, and meanwhile, in the toy world, Mattel is finally licensing out the brand to third-parties like Mondo and Super7 with a vengeance. So maybe this is the perfect moment for it to happen. But this very website, under previous management and my own, has thought that one too many times before.

Jurassic World, in 90 Seconds, in Lego

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 8:00 am


Love the movie or hate it, you'll find that Brotherhood Workshop got pretty quickly to the heart of things. SPOILERS if you haven't yet seen the movie and somehow care about any part of the story other than "there are dinosaurs." [SUB-SPOILER: you shouldn't.]

Lego needs to make high-heel add-ons for minifig feet, though, just so fan-shorts like this can show Brick-Bryce Dallas Howard running in them.

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