I Love This Proposed Lego Frozen Palace and Won't "Let It Go."

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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I've never had the desire to buy a My Little Pony (for myself, at least - the wife insists sometimes), and my Princess of Power purchases in Masters of the Universe Classics are highly judicious. But this could convert me to Lego Friends in their pink packages - perhaps because it reminds me of Crystar as much as it does Frozen.

It's being pitched on Cuusoo under the notion that despite having the rights to Disney Princesses, Lego may not choose to do a big-ticket action playset item if they perceive such a thing to be more of a boy-skewing concept (that kid in The Lego Movie needs to have one of these conversations with his sister in the sequel).

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18 Fictional Bunnies That Haunt the Dreams of Nerds

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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When we learn that the Martians are predatory toward humans in War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells offers us a bit of perspective by having his narrator remind us: "how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit."

No doubt, but this time of year even the vegans enjoy eating rabbits, of the chocolate and marshmallow variety delivered by the Easter Bunny. Perhaps it's an attempt to steer humankind away from our repulsive carnivorous habits? Although his ancestry is in pagan folklore - a fertility symbol, probably - the E.B. is an unthreatening sort. But it's striking how many of his fictitious cousins from nerdy pop culture are fiercely formidable, even sinister and scary, and how often they even the score with humankind for our lapine cruelties.

A few examples...


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Scarecrow - Creepiest Comic-Book Mego-Styled Figure Yet?

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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Figures Toy Company, which is making 8-inch, cloth-costumed figures in the Mego style of comic Batman and 1966 TV Batman (they're the ones finally doing Egghead), just revealed their Scarecrow headsculpt. And it's seriously scary-looking.

Maybe it's just that Robot Chicken conditioned me to expect something more Super-Friendsy, but this looks like something Cillian Murphy could have busted out. They're also doing Ra's al Ghul, but whatever...great character, with a head that just looks like a caricature of a caveman-browed rich dude with weird mustache bits. Sure, it's accurate enough, but it's not like something I'd be terrified to have on my nightstand lest I wake up and find it looking my direction.

Lego Greenlit the Ghostbusters - Now How About This Amazing Marshmallow Man?

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

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At 13 inches tall, fully articulated, and pretty much to scale with minifigs, this would not only be an outstanding Lego piece...it would also be the best action figure of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man ever made. He's more poseable, durable and correctly sized than any other toy figure of this Gozer guise has been in the past.

The only problem is that he doesn't yet exist in purchasable form - he needs Cuusoo votes and ultimate Lego approval. As a Capitalist Gozer might say, "Choose...and buy!" Because if anyone asks you if this is godly, you will say "YES."

Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Lifesize Lego Hatsune Miku Builder Takes Panty Shots

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 4:26 pm

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You can't call this NSFW when it's a Lego model of a person who has never been real, right? Anyway, a Lego fan on Twitter named ChaosBrick built this model of the virtual pop idol, and it seems that more than merely a love of construction was on the mind (this isn't even the most extreme closeup posted). So ironic that building a fake girlfriend this way takes you so much further in the direction of never, ever getting a real one.

Taking a page out of '90s McFarlane Toys Angela action figures in reverse...how long do you think it'll be before another fan imitates the build, but replaces the "underwear" colored bricks with "flesh" colored ones?

Hell, the Japanese aren't Republic Serial villains (any more)...I reckon somebody did it thirty-five minutes ago.

h/t Kotaku

Extreme Jenga, With Excavators and 600-Pound Blocks

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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Proof positive, if you needed it, that theoretically dorky games of balance can always be made bigger and manlier.

Also proof positive that "In the Hall of the Mountain King" needs to be retired as theme music. I know it's supposed to be shorthand for escalating tension, but whenever it comes on, all I hear is "Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb; Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow."

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NECA's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Figures in Action

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm

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These are final production figures, posed in one of those display dioramas toy companies make to essentially mock you for the fact that the market does not support dioramas. It would appear that apes learn to read and write in this one, judging by the accessories.

Anybody hoping for any humans to call out these damn dirty apes for what they are, though, may be waiting forever, as there are no plans to make, say, Gary Oldman or Jason Clarke. There aren't even plans as yet for Heston in their classic line, though NECA has mentioned they'd like to do Troy McClure as Taylor in their Simpsons guest-star series.

Weekend Hangover: Superhero Furries, Spider-Politician, Sharknado 2 and More

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

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While I am certain - not - that most of you were either partying at Coachella or gettin' down to the MTV Movie Awards, many of your fellow readers were scaring up the usual mess o' stories that we didn't have room for last week. Compiled from the weekend thread with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are your weekend highlights of hilariousness.

Tipsters include: donnaryoko, Anyone00, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, Citrus_King, troi, andre_morello

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First Sights and Sounds of Splinter in New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Plus Spider-Man, Hercules

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 8:00 am

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In a new TV spot that aired during the MTV Movie Awards, we got our first look (from behind) of Splinter, in a trailer narrated by Tony Shalhoub, who was just cast as the master's voice.

It's not terrible, as giant rodent voices go. Check it out and a couple more, including a bullet-time bit from Amazing Spider-Man 2 that's actually decent, and slightly newer trailers for Hercules and Transformers: Age of Extinction.

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Overnight/Weekend Open Thread - The Toys of Summer

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

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"Out in the stores today, I saw a Spawn head sticker on a Nicktoon pack..."

In other last-minute stuff...

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