Lego, What Have You Done? A Barbie Movie Is Coming

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

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I knew it. I knew once Mattel saw that there could be a successful hit film based upon a brand with multiple possibilities, they'd push Barbie. The hitch in the past always was that they didn't want to define Barbie as one thing when the idea of the toys is that she can be anything, from astronaut to politician to mermaid...but indeed, so can Lego, and focusing on lowly Emmet didn't hurt that brand any.

It seems the story they've come up with

allows the character Barbie to use her personal and professional skills to step into the lives of others and improve them, almost like a modern-day Mary Poppins
I hate the idea that I reflexively recoil at this, because in theory, there's no reason a brand for girl toy collectors need suck as a movie any more than a brand for boys, or both. But then I see that the screenwriter's biggest credit to date is What a Girl Wants, and I remember having to see that movie, and I wonder why they can't find the equivalent of a Chris Miller and Phil Lord in somebody like Kristen Wiig or Any Schumer or Tina Fey.

Now, as Beavis and Butt-head long ago posited, they just need to find a dude with no wiener to play Ken. Any suggestions?

Godzilla Trailer, Sweded: Featuring GI Joes, Toy Cars and Spot-On Cranston

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

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These keep getting better and better. Cinefix's latest "Homemade Trailer" recreates the epic moments and the human drama of Godzilla with an outstanding Bryan Cranston-by-way-of-Harrison-Ford impersonator, lotsa toy cars, G.I. Joe figures for wide shots, a less-good David Strathairn, and many creative ways to replicate each individual shot.

You might say it's more convincing than some of the Toho films. While that would be a cheap shot, you wouldn't necessarily be wrong. Also: MAN IN SUIT!

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WonderCon in 20 Photos: The Great, the Genius and the Disturbing

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

Number 1: Furry's a Jolly Good Fellow.

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WonderCon used to be the wholly reasonable, doable, manageable, less-crowded version of San Diego Comic Con...but that's gradually going away as more and more people figure it out. Yes, you can still get into some panels easily, and yeah, parking nearby is quite attainable if you're an hour early...and yes, most of the exclusive clips of movies shown here have been shown at prior festivals (seriously...how many people out there were STILL surprised that the new Godzilla has more than one monster in it? More than you'd think).

I took a few pictures. I thought you might like to see them.

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Princess Peach as Miley Cyrus, Wrecking Ball Style...Can Be Yours!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Action figure customizer Kody Koala would appear to share Mario's crush on a certain princess...but instead of risking life, limb and wild mushroom poisoning, he simply customized a scantily clad rendition of her royal highness in a 'shroom-themed "Wrecking Ball" setting.

But you can "party in the USA" with her in the privacy of your own home if you win it. I'm not judging. Heavily drinking, yes. Despairing, maybe. But not judging. All you have to do is go to his post on Facebook for free entry instructions.

I guess in the movieverse, this makes Billy Ray the Fungus. That seems accurate.

h/t SlyDante777

Weekend Hangover: Godzilla MUTO, Batman Beyond, Farscape, Star Wars Rebels, More...

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Diligently combing through all the online clips frame by frame, Kotaku Japan has put together a decent look at Godzilla's newest foe, the MUTO. Keep reading for the rest of the weekend highlights, compiled with the help of Ky6le LeClair.

This week's tipsters include: Dr.Gonzo82, SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, donnaryoko, skrag2112, andre_morello, Hawkeye_Pierce, rkwsuperstar, Anyone00

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Topless Robot at WonderCon 2014! With Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Rob Liefeld and More [VIDEO]

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Instead of a list today, I give you my video adventures at WonderCon, featuring special appearances from the likes of Tommy Wiseau, Will Poulter, a cat lady, a Jesusy protester and more.

Full footage of the Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman and Will Poulter interviews will go up tomorrow. For now, enjoy the best bits all at once.

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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."