Okay, so About That Masters of the Universe Battle Cat Image

Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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I've tweaked it a bit to make the colors a bit closer to the toy, but you get the idea.

A week ago, DeVon Franklin Tweeted a new Masters of the Universe movie logo, and now he's shared this image of Battle Cat. I like it, certainly - it's recognizable as Battle Cat but slightly toned-down for a real-world look, and featuring shoulder pads as tribute to the 200x look. I don't blame the many of you who sent it my way.

Here's why I didn't run with it as fast as some others: Franklin is referred to by some sources as Senior Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures, and others as FORMER Senior VP of production. His Twitter bio says nothing about Columbia, and instead focuses on his ministry and faith-based books. His MOTU Tweets have been responses to people, not general Tweets for all followers.

Not to mention the fact that nobody has been cast yet and no film has been shot. There is a director attached in Jeff Wadlow, but he's the latest in a revolving door of them. This is at best concept art, and may well be concept art for a previous iteration. It is cool, but it's hard for me to be excited about it when the movie remains, as it has for years, in development.

Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart? LEGO!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 11:26 am

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I'm delighted that Lego is not done with The Simpsons yet.

Less delighted that it will probably be exclusive to Lego VIP members. On the other hand, making customers pay the extra mark-up jump through an extra hoop to join is exactly the kind of sales tactic Apu would approve of.

Hasbro Reveals Animated-Style Darth Vader and Older Ahsoka Figures

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 9:34 am

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We knew Hasbro kept Episode VII merchandise under wraps at Toy Fair, but good on them for keeping these a secret too, even though they could have just brushed it off as doing existing characters with an animated look. (As the Rebels finale aired Monday, I don't consider this to still be spoiler-material.)

USA Today revealed them yesterday as part of a lengthier conversation with Dave Filoni, who drops some tidbits about where Rebels is headed.

With Vader especially, "we don't want to diminish this guy,'' Filoni says. "We cannot have him on a TV scenario where he is going to suffer weekly defeats. ''That's just not going to work -- that's not what he's about.''
Sounds like he too grew up sick of moments like in the G.I. Joe cartoon where any regular Joe could just punch out Cobra's supposed master ninjas like Storm Shadow.

via The Mary Sue

The Atari Action Figures You Wish Existed

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 8:00 am

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From customizer Dan Polydoris, who previously rigged up some Ninja Turtle slasher toys so convincing that some of our commenters were certain they had owned them, come some custom Atari action figures based upon the old game cover art.

I always figured Berzerk toys would be headless, but I guess you can rip the heads off if you really want. Dan has several of these for sale on eBay. As with the old Atari games, I suggest you move fast if you're interested in winning.

New Jean-Claude Van Damme Action Figure Will Make Your Other Toys Wanna Split

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 2:32 pm

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He's going to kick your Hot Toys' asses so hard, the next Hot Toys wanna-be is gonna feel it. Now who wants to go home...and who is coming WITH HIIIIM????

Trick question. He's only up for preorder for now. But for BigBadToyStore...it's Tuesday.

Features:

- One newly painted head sculpt (normal facial expression) with authentic and detailed likeness of Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD)

- Accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture

- Newly developed action body with more than 30 points of articulations which can reproduce JCVD signature splits

- Signature costumes includes: a black pvc leather jacket, a pair of black jeans, a grey T-shirt with JCVD logo, a pair of grey socks and a pair of black shoes

Accessories:

- Four pieces of newly developed JCVD signature interchangeable hands

- Sunglasses X 1

- Figurine stand with metal base attached with JCVD logo X 1

First Official Not-a-Magazine Scan JEM Movie Image

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 5:10 pm

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The image that was going around was a terrible-quality blow-up of a magazine scan, and I won't share those. But here's the real deal.

The ladies certainly look more like the Jem I remember than that first teaser poster did, but at the same time, Jem came out in the '80s when this look was the norm of what rock-star cool was supposed to look like. If Jem were a brand new property, Jem herself would have to look more like Lady Gaga to capture the same effect. I may be applying way too much logic to Jem. All I really know is it's a property that puts out expensive Comic-Con exclusive dolls that I buy my wife each year. I guess this year's versions will look like that picture.

And if Axel Braun's smart, he'll get to work right now...

via Nerdist

Like a Real Superhero Movie (Almost), Birdman Is Now Promoting With Toy Commercials

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 1:07 pm

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The toy is actually real - a few of my colleagues got one in the mail, and while it's not articulated nor equipped with laser-blast action, it does utter that hilariously inappropriate soundbite.

Also, good to know (via the YouTube description) that the giant creature he fights is called The Condor. Which makes him a kind of Condorman...

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DC Marvel vs Transformers Fan-Edited Trailer Is Awesome Blasphemy

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 2:54 pm

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Given the way most people feel about Marvel movies versus how they feel about Man of Steel and Bayformers, a mash-up flick probably doesn't top anybody's wishlist. But if it did, I'd want it to look something like this. "Alex Luthor," who brought us that outstanding fake Marvel vs. DC trailer this past December, has now gone and added Optimus, Megatron and the crew. If nothing else, it's an effective critique of how limited the environments for big action movies are, and how easy it is to match angles of projectiles being fired at things.

Though I love the way he throws in fan film and video-game footage super-quickly before you can really process what it is. If Mr. Luthor isn't a pro, as I suspected last time, somebody needs to hire him.

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Here's a Solid Gold Telescoping Lightsaber Scaled to Vintage Star Wars Figures

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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If Luke Skywalker ever has to fight Cybermen, this would be the way to do it. And if you know anyone who wants to pay a thousand dollars for an accessory that forces you to modify the figure first, well, bless 'em. Because...

The Farm Boy Luke that is being used to display this saber had to be altered at the slot/elbow end to allow "line of sight " to the hand hole in order to slide the saber into the forearm. Plastic sabers have to be bent considerably to get them out of a standard Luke arm slot, this is not an option with a precious metal saber. This is not an issue with Darth and Ben since they have line of sight as a stock figure. Please take note of this and there is a photo showing the alteration as a reference.
But of course, it's neither as clumsy nor as random as a gold blaster. Which vintage Tatooine Luke couldn't hold at all, anyway.

via ActionFigureInsider on Twitter

Final 3 "Club 200x" Masters of the Universe Figures Announced

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 3:34 pm

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The add-on subscription for six new figures, which will go on-sale Monday, now has a full line-up. Joining Callix, Ceratus and Evilseed, who were shown at Toy Fair, will be Prahvus, Veena a.k.a. Queen Grayskull, and Kulatak Elder a.k.a. King Chooblah.

Who? Well, Prahvus is a demonic bad guy who pre-dates Skeletor and is integral to the origin of Odiphus, who becomes Stinkor. Veena is the original Sorceress of Castle Grayskull, and wife to King Grayskull, ancestor of He-Man. Chooblah is the leader of a Yeti-like race that live in icy mountains, and the only one of these three to be a contemporary of He-Man and Skeletor. But as with anything Masters of the Universe related, most backstory takes a backseat to whether or not a cool toy can be made. I think all three will translate pretty well.