No, it's not the Death Star EPCOT globe above, though that is a good entry. I asked you to imagine a Star Wars Episode VII Disneyland attraction, and maybe it's because I haven't done one of these in awhile, but it feels like there weren't as many entries that really gave it the old TR spin.
Continue to see the honorable mentions and winner...More >>
The toys were supposed to be under embargo for a little longer, pending a big reveal in Entertainment Weekly (I think), but Mowry, writer of IDW's Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, found an early release of Jakks Pacific's 40-inch (head-to-tail tip) toy and couldn't wait to share, posting this on Facebook.
It looks a lot better than most of Jakks' giant-scale toys, mainly because Godzilla is supposed to be huge. And apparently they're out there now, so start looking!
Obviously, Prime gets a makeover, because this new poster is NOT what I'm talking about.
But in the trailer itself includes the classic, original toy-style vehicle mode. At least for one sequence. Arguably the most fan service we've gotten from Mr. Bay since he gave Megatron back his gun arm in the second movie.More >>
Mattel did their 12". Hot Toys followed. Now Sideshow is building a Premium Format Christopher Reeve, and Mattel will be following with a 3-3/4 inch figure.
I love the Reeve Superman. I have a primal reaction to his first couple of movies like I do to Star Wars. So why not make a figure of him that I will actually buy? One that's 6-8 inches...or a NECA 18-incher that'll cost half of what all these higher-end ones do?
I'll believe a man can fly off toy shelves, just as soon as you can read my mind.More >>
Darth Vader might be pissed if you call him a hollow shell of what he once was, but this holo-version ought to please you as it keeps the cute li'l rendition of the O.G. Sith Lord glowing and head-wobbling after the lights are out. This figure was a shared convention exclusive - ours was procured at the Dallas Sci-Fi Expo by regular reader James.k.Polk, who wants it to find a good home with someone willing to try to win it.
Okay, so here's what you need to do: we've heard that Disneyland is currently renovating to include a Star Wars area, but that it is most likely to be based on Episode VII. In comments below, knowing what little you do about that film, dream up a ride, attraction, food court or whatever else you think Disney's Episode VII-world will install. Points for creativity.
Contest closes at noon on March 5th. Enter as many times as you wish, but you must have a valid email on your commenter profile to win, because if I can't contact you, I'll heed Yoda's words and know that there is always another.
In what kinda-sorta amounts to a stab at self-parody, J.J. Abrams recently put a cryptic countdown online for something called a "mystery box," a literal wooden box bearing the name given to his favorite story device - intense secrecy surrounding something that usually turns out to be a letdown. Indeed, the box, "made of 100-year-old reclaimed wood," now turns out to contain 12 decks of sealed playing cards, "art-directed" by Abrams and Jonathan Bayme, made in partnership with card manufacturers Theory 11.
Each deck of Mystery Box Playing Cards is sealed with a kraft paper, letterpress wrap that inspires intrigue and endless wonder. Keep it closed, tear it open, or share the experience with a friend. The choice is yours.I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that, since the "art direction" on the cards appears to be little more than the insertion of Riddler-like question marks into the design, you won't feel the need to tear them open. At $150 (some proceeds go to programs sponsoring creative writing in schools) this is, like most of the director's metaphorical mystery boxes, perhaps best left closed, lest it reveal too much disappointment. As card-trick magicians are fond of saying, he has nothing up his sleeve.
Hey, you know what he should do next? Flared jeans with pictures of camera lenses all over them.
What other partnerships could sum up JJ's style?
If you happen to be in the Seattle area in March, George R.R. Martin will be presenting a show of artwork inspired by A Song of Ice & Fire at LTD Gallery. And among the items to be displayed and sold there, these caught our eye - hand-painted, wood-carved "action figures" complete with "battle damage" features and their own blister cards, by artist Mick Minogue.
It was a stipulation of the show that the art be based on the books and not the HBO series, presumably to avoid a glut of Emilia Clarke/Peter Dinklage fanfics. Minogue will be revealing 8 figures total, and says he may not stop there - stay tuned to his Facebook for further reveals, but in the meantime, if you want to see the Hound...More >>
Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.
Hi all. Amazing how time flies between my rantings. I guess it is because I am busy, busy. So here is my rant for this week. Went into my local branch of Chase Bank this week. I was making a cash deposit into a friend's account. I am not a signer on the account, just dropping off cash (US currency, green backs, etc). I was informed by the teller that as of March 1, 2014, they (Chase) would no longer accept cash or money orders for deposit unless you are a signer on the account. They would, however, take my personal check and put that in another's account. Then to top it all off they wanted to see my ID to make the deposit. You would have thought I was handing the teller Monopoly Money. Can't believe that a United States Bank will not take US currency.
Frankly, I've been to enough hipster adult parties with semi-ironic bouncy castles. Enough so that I know I don't particularly enjoy them like I did as a kid.
But this? An inflatable cube with a web of crisscrossing ropes like 3D graph paper come to life? This I like the look of. It's only a prototype for now, but here's the logic behind it...More >>
Custom by Pellaeon
I guess this means the right to those block-style UK toys expired, because Lego just posted this on their Cuuso site:
Resolved Past Licensing Conflicts
We now welcome projects based on the following licenses that used to have conflicts:
Dr. Who - February 2014
Presuming they just made a nerd foul and don't specifically mean only the Peter Cushing movies (which we all know are the only acceptable ones to be described with the "Dr." abbreviation), this is cautious good news, but isn't indicative that you'll see any mass-produced sets. Just that, like Ghostbusters and Back to the Future, it has a chance if a good enough fan proposal is made. So steady those wibbly wobbly hands, and get building! Wyldstyle would make a pretty good base for Seven's companion Ace, for starters...