Dad Customizes Barbie and Ken Into Labyrinth Dolls for 7 Year-Old Daughter

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 9:01 am

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uhjess on imgur

Most of us have, at some point or another, wanted to own movie-based toys that don't actually exist yet. The entire reason some companies like Funko even exist is to capitalize on that. But when one seven year-old girl wanted dolls based on the dance scene in Labyrinth, her dad went out and customized them.

Now, typically customs don't last super-long when played with, and going by what my wife tells me, Barbies can get more abused than Jennifer Connelly in Requiem for a Dream. But as with any toy you give your kids, it's the joy on their faces when they first get them that counts most, and this girl has a Nerd Father of the Year candidate in her life.

Check out the full creation of the Labyrinth dolls on his imgur page. Then, the next time you have an argument with your parents, you can show them this and tell them they are inadequate.

h/t shinypb

The Top 14 X-Men Characters That Still Need Marvel Legends Action Figures

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 5:30 am

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With the success of Marvel Studios films, Hasbro's continuation of the Marvel Legends brand seems like it's been marginalizing mutants. While other Marvel properties got their own mass-market Marvel Legends Infinite series to coincide with their 2014 films, the only tie-in for X-Men: Days of Future Past was a Toys R Us exclusive All-New X-Men (the ironic name for the title featuring the original worst X-Men) box set. There was an X-Men Marvel Legends Infinite series exclusive to Toys R Us, but it hit shelves well after the peak movie synergy period. The good news is that it contained neither drably costumed movie figures nor running change character "swaps" where one ends up rare or isn't released at all (the Dani Moonstar variant for Mystique is still M.I.A.).

The bad news is that it contained fewer figures than the other Marvel Legends Infinite assortments last year, and most were uninspired rehashes of previously released characters with no accessories. Ordinarily we would've been delighted to finally get a Jubilee (except that she's a Build-A-Figure and in her uncharacteristically black vampiress outfit), but this disappointing line-up was massively frustrating because there are so many quality X-characters that still haven't been been made into Marvel Legends yet. The only one announced at SDCC '14 was Magik. So this list should guide Hasbro in selecting the right new mutants to unveil at 2015's Toy Far and SDCC. (Or if the chronically unloved Ant-Man's Marvel Legends series yoinks the movieless mutants' annual toy slot, this will be who they definitely need to produce in 2016 to coincide with X-Men: Apocalypse!)


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Weekstarter: Apocalypse Ponies, Cyborg Biker and 18 Other Things You Need to See Today

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Tenacious Toys

Apocalypse ponies! Batmobile stroller! The ferocious frilled shark! Choosing your own adventure on Twitter!

These and 16 more items you may have missed over the weekend are here to start your morning out right.

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Lego Scooby-Doo Is Official - as Toys and TV Specials [UPDATED]

Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8:38 am

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I'm quite happy about the sound of animated specials in particular - Scooby and the gang seem like they could be made more fun with an infusion of Lego's brand of humor. And I'd hazard a guess that if Lego cartoons are happening, a Lego game might be as well. I presume most of the monsters will pop off their heads at the end and replace them with more flesh-toned versions.

In another first, the Scooby Gang will be animated in LEGO form. In 2015, fans can look forward to a 22-minute LEGO special, featuring Scooby-Doo, and produced in partnership with Warner Bros. Animation. In addition, Warner Bros. Animation will also be producing made-for-video movie titles, which will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in the coming years.
I'm sure much hay will be made over the fact that the Mystery Machine set above doesn't come with any female characters, but there are five sets coming, and "the whole gang" is promised.

Now the question remains what they mean by "whole gang." I'm sure the core four humans are included, but what about Scrappy, Yabba, Scooby-Dee, Scooby-Dum, etc.?

UPDATE: There's more - check out the giant haunted house set, as well as an announcement that two of the other sets will be "Mummy Museum Mystery" and "Haunted Lighthouse."

via FBTB

Bryan Cranston, in His Underwear and a Neon Shirt, Yelling at You: The Toy We All Need

Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Okay. Which one of you pervs decided this was a product that the market needed? Anyone?

I'm not opposed to the idea of a quarter-scale, scene-accurate Breaking Bad action figure with sound. When I saw the listing for this, I was hoping it meant Mezco was back in the game of competing head-to-head with NECA for awesome 18-inchers. But no: it means a new toy company, a deformed head, a shirt that hurts my eyes, and the unsettling notion that this is somebody's spank material turned hard plastic.

If that somebody is you, preorders are up now. You appall me, but I am a generous dude like that.

Mondo's Amazing Iron Giant Action Figure Goes up for Preorder Today

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 5:30 am

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Mondo

If you have a soul in your body and about $315 to spare, you should be keeping your eyes on Mondo's Twitter feed RIGHT EFFIN' NOW, as that's when they're going to announce that preorders are open for this amazing figure that stands over a foot tall and can probably give some of your Pacific Rim toys a run for their money (by making the pilots cry when he says 'I am not a gun," naturally). Here's a reminder of what he's packing:

The figure features over 30 points of articulation and a variety of accessories allowing you to transform the Iron Giant into all of his notable incarnations. You'll receive two interchangeable heads with light-up eyes, a magnetic "S" that can be detached from a Seafood sign and attached to his chest, switch-out "War Arm" when things get tense, a Hogarth mini-figure that sits perfectly in his hand, and of course, a girder to munch on. Additionally, the figure includes a sound feature with favorite Iron Giant quotes from the film. Available exclusively on our site, we'll also have a special limited edition version that comes with the "Hand Under Foot" accessory, modeled after the Iron Giant's detached hand that runs loose in the farmhouse.
If it's anything like Mondo's posters, he'll sell out faster than Gene Simmons at a licensing convention. So look alive.

The 14 Nerdy Things We Most Look Forward to in 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 4:00 am

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2014 ended three weeks ago, but our wrap-ups of 2014's best and worst ended yesterday. It's fair to say we consumed a lot of entertainment, enjoyed many things and had almost as much fun vocally destroying the things we didn't like so much. And as I hope was evident, not every Topless Robot contributor had the same ideas about what those things were.

Which is why, as we look to the year ahead, I've gathered together as many of our regular contributors as possible for this list, in which they all describe what they're geeked out about for 2015. From board games to RPGs, action figures to adaptations - and in one case, even the rumors we long to hear - it's a varied, insightful and excitable sneak peek.

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New Doctor Who and Sherlock Action Figures Revealed at UK Toy Fair

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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They're still in the smaller, 3.75" scale, which is probably going to stay the norm. But on the plus side, they've made pretty much everyone you'd expect. The Skovox Blitzer, two new Claras, Caretaker Doctor, Spacesuit Doctor, Cyberman, Cyber-Danny, Rusty Dalek, the Mummy, and even a Dalek inside a Dalek-shaped spaceship.

No sign of Missy yet, though, unless I - ahem - missed her. The Sherlock figures only have packaging mockups so far, but that's a good start.

The Doctor Who Site has detailed pictures of all of it.

"My Logo on a Bootleg My Little Pony Giant Inflatable Sex Doll, You Say?"

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm

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Hongyi Toys

If we're suppressing our gag reflex long enough to think critically, this "Inflatable Pony Sexy Girl" isn't really a great sex toy. It's one piece and thus does not have the usual orifices.

Not that such a minor complication saved poor Rainbow Dash in the jar, mind you.

But while every other outlet reporting on this unusual (you wish) item is mostly feigning shock, my eye was caught by a very particular product detail:

We can add your logo, slogan or other message
Where, dear readers, would you suggest placement of the logo should be?

No, I'm not getting a TR blow-up pony. It's...um...strictly hypothetical. Yep.

h/t Anyone00 in the weekend thread.

First-Ever ROXY ROCKET Batman Animated Figure Is Coming

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 9:30 am

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I saw an image of this shared on twitter yesterday and figured it had to be a custom. No way Roxy Rocket was actually getting a figure, right? Especially at a higher-end price that included a vehicle?

Wrong be me. She's the first deluxe figure in DC Collectibles' 6"-scale animated line, clocking in at $39.95 suggested retail with a rocket that features working lights. The star of what Bruce Timm considered one of the most risque episodes of the animated series ever (it's likely no coincidence that when she made the leap to non-animated continuity, DC jacked up her cleavage quite a bit just because they could), this thrill-seeking stunt aviatrix is an archetype that probably does have more appeal to older collectors than kiddies.

Girls like that at least in this incarnation, she doesn't wear a cheesy, revealing outfit; boys like that she's riding a giant metal phallus half the time (her description boasts, in all caps, "ROCKET MEASURES 12.25" LONG"). Steampunkers and retro-aviation fans of all stripes probably just lost their collective shit.