[That's the back of the figure. The front is just a tad NSFW so I've hidden it lower down.]
Sometimes you get an announcement that just needs to be shown as-written.
Venezuelan artist Carlos Enriquez Gonzalez has personally fashioned this 7-inch tall rendition of one of his internationally recognized massive works. These "Lips Vagina Monster" sculptures are cast in high-quality 'optically clear' resin with a hand-applied, fade-resistant metallic pink spray to accentuate the form. Limited to an edition of 5 pieces worldwide.Okay, but...why?
We would greatly appreciate your support of his unique artwork by announcing the release of this edition, which will be made available to the general public through Clutter's Online Store on Monday, December 9th, 2013 at 12 Noon Eastern time.
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A recently circulating story suggested that Michael Bay had said something to the effect of the next Transformers movie being more serious and less silly, implying he had taken to heart criticisms of the previous three and understood them. Apparently failing to understand that all of this actually constituted a form of semi-positive buzz, Bay has taken to his own website to deny it.
No I did not 'apologize' for any Transformers movies. I did not say I shot the last three movies "less cool" than the new fourth installment. I was talking specifically about camera style and tone, of the first movie compared to how I shot the new installment with a very big scale, cinematic style. I was very specific in saying the first Transformers was shot in a 'generic suburbia' area, not trying to be cool with any cinematic flashes. I wanted it to feel like this could happen in any backyard in the United States.
He did not go on to add, "Any backyard in the United States, that is, in which average teens look like supermodels, pet chihuahuas wear giant jewelry, and everyone behaves like a broad stereotype. That's what the suburbs are like, right? Because I can't see them from my penthouse so I really don't know."
He also mentions that you'll get your first look at Age of Extinction during the Superbowl.
Somewhere in its show-tuney middle, Disney's animated musical Frozen throws a bone to the young monster geeks in the audience. Elsa, the magically (and literally) frigid young Queen who can freeze fjords and cause climate change and sculpt ice palaces out of the brisk air with a few waves of her hand, conjures up a personal bodyguard: "Marshmallow," a formidable giant made of snow and ice.
He's cool, no pun intended, but only the latest in a long list of terrifying pop-culture monsters confined either to wintry seasons or chilly climes, or both. Some are just grotesque version of arctic or Antarctic fauna, or aliens comfortable at equivalent temperatures on their own planets. A few are actual snowmen, monstrous supernatural versions of Frosty, as in the low-rent 1997 horror favorite Jack Frost or the even creepier wholesome "family" film of the same title that came out a year later. You may recall that even the slow-witted "Abominable Snowman" that affectionately plagued Bugs Bunny melted when he got below timberline.
But most of what falls into the category of "Abominable Snowmen," sometimes known by their Himalayan name of Yeti, are shaggy, burly giants that haunt the cold places, and are generally quite content to be left the hell alone. They're rarely a danger to humans so long as we're sensible enough to stay where it's warm.
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It seems fitting that on Black Friday, this would be my purchase. I've never seen this guy at retail, but Amazon had him at a lower price than most stores: $17.99. That seems a lot, certainly, for those of us who remember figures being $5-$8, but comparably, it's not a bad deal. The most similar line I collect, WWE Elite, has an equivalent level of detail and accessories, yet reuses body parts, and runs about $20 per figure. Masters of the Universe reuse parts constantly, yet go for $27 and up. Star Wars Black hasn't reused any parts yet - though it will, as we'll see. For an all-new sculpt, loaded with accessories and detailed paint apps, featuring lots of useful, hidden articulation, $17.99 is a steal these days.More >>
No, it's not Grimlock or any of the biggies - in fact, it's possible this guy may not end up being in the movie at all. But we do know that he's part of the movie toyline, was temporarily named "Paulie" in development, and leaked on a Chinese website alongside two other non-Dinobot figures, including a new-look Bumblebee. GetSomeGrapeSoda.com is reporting that these are smaller-scale "Power Attacker" figures, along the lines of Scout Class, and probably destined for peg-hogging at your local drugstore's minuscule toy aisle. So if the transformation looks overly simple, well, size matters.
Nobody gets to be a purist about this. In toy form, Hello Kitty has been mashed up with the likes of the Justice League and KISS, while the Turtles got spliced with Universal monsters and Star Trek.
Now, if you want to complain that they're less than six inches tall, cost around $73 and are going to be next to impossible to find, be my guest.
Now, when they get around to doing Hello Kitty versions of Freddy, Jason and Leatherface...ehh, you know what? NECA already made these things. Hard to work up much ire either way. No license is sacred.
I don't know to what extent stereotypically "female" toys are self selected - I live with a grown woman who can fire arrows over the house and is adept with a rifle, yet still goes into prolonged squees over anything deemed sufficiently pink and cute. Your daughters/wives/cousins may not be like that so much, and Goldieblox has a solution - engineering-based construction toys with storybooks that create a purpose to the building (something girls' brains respond to, apparently).
I don't know that the toyboxes themselves scream excitement - but the commercial is one of the greatest things I've ever seen involving toys, as three little girls create and activate a massive Rube Goldberg/Heath Robinson cause-and-effect construction through their entire house. Bonus points for repurposing the early Beastie Boys sexist anthem "Girls" with pro-woman lyrics the later, sensitive Beasties would surely have approved of.
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HPC Toys are known - to they extent that they're known at all - for making 12" figures of popular actors and characters who generally aren't licensed in the particular form for one reason or another. Either the rights simply weren't considered at the time, or the movie in question wasn't really thought of as toy material - previous offerings have included "Jail Hero" (Nic Cage from Con Air) and "A Cop Never Dies" (John McClane).
Their latest choice is a bit of a head-scratcher, however - "True Master" is pretty obviously Ra's al Ghul from Batman Begins. In other words, this is a character who has been seen in toy form before, so it's not like Liam Neeson has an issue with toys existing. And yet...in this scale, at this level of detail, he never has - Hot Toys has gotten so scene-specific as to do a Fear Gas Batman who appears in exactly one scene - but Ra's/Ducard remains a gap in high-end collections. Are they still trying to preserve an 8 year-old spoiler? (Let's be honest: it was never a good spoiler to begin with. Liam always looked exactly like Ra's from trailer #1 onward.)
"True Master" will come in a basic and deluxe set - my guess would be one will have a suit, and the other come with "Legion of Shade" armor or whatever. Here's my question: if you're going to do this kind of thing, and brave the legal wrath of Christopher Nolan, WB and DC Comics...why not really stick it to them and make a knock-off Jaimie Alexander likeness as "Wonderful Woman"? Hell, do Gina Carano or Megan Fox if you like - it's not like anyone's going to critique the acting ability of a toy.
[NOTE: This post has been updated with purchase and price details at the very end]
Okay, since I don't give a toss about team sports, I didn't know this - but Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has the nickname of "Megatron." And rather than fight the association with the leader of the evil Decepticons, Hasbro is totally going with it, creating a new Nike shoe for Johnson featuring the Decepticon logo, signature "Show no mercy" quote and glow-in-the-dark deco. The shoe comes with a special Megatron repaint figure, who has a football as a bonus accessory.
Did I say shoe? Actually, there are three shoes, also available in a special Transformers box set. Read on for highlights from the press release...More >>