Square Enix Delivers Star Wars Figures on Steroids With Their Take on Boba Fett and Stormtroopers

Monday, March 30, 2015 at 9:48 am

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"Make one more joke about how I can't hit you, motherfucker. I DARE you."

When it comes to their toy redesigns, Square Enix is like an impersonation of '90s Image comics by a Japanese animator on hallucinogens. DC has given them relatively free reign to redesign their characters over the years, but I never thought Star Wars would allow them quite so much leeway.

A jazzed-up Darth Vader had been previously shown, but Vader was already a badass - the perennial cannon-fodder troops and the awkward jet-packer who got killed by a blind guy could use the extra-frightening armor and arsenal, however.

Check out Boba below...

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Weekend Open Thread: Dennis Rodman Wedding Dress Edition

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 6:48 pm

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The toy that comes with all kinds of accessories, except for a replica Kim Jong Un ass he can practice kissing.

After the jump, our Catwoman/Robin contest winner. Because of how it ended up breaking down, I WILL be placing a limit on number of entries next time, if only to focus your own efforts on quality over quantity.

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Oh BOY! Batman and Robin Writer to Create Expanded, Shared Universe for Bay's Transformers!

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 1:07 pm

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My enjoyment of Age of Extinction notwithstanding, I feel like the nerdpocalypse just happened. Akiva Goldsman is being hired to develop sequels AND spin-offs in the Bayformers universe. Let's just get Johnny Depp and the cast of The Big Bang Theory to star, hire M. Night Shyamalan and Tim Burton to direct, and Adam Sandler and Mike Myers to voice the new robots while we're at it.

Disney has been ultra-aggressive since it bought Marvel, which has cranked out superhero films with regularity, and it has done the same since buying LucasFilm. It created the infrastructure for three main Star Wars films-one with JJ Abrams directing and two with Looper helmer Rian Johnson. It also has spinoffs aplenty starting with Rogue One, the Gareth Edwards-directed film to star Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn.

It's not hard to see why Paramount covets more Transformers installments.

How do you even do spin-offs? Aside from Optimus and Bumblebee, each movie already has very different robot rosters every time. I guess with Optimus going into space at the end of the last one, we could get Quintesson spin-offs or something. And you will almost certainly get to see someone other than Michael Bay direct at least one.

If Lars von Trier does a Sam Witwicky solo film where he's a drug addict who punches himself in the head nonstop, I might be persuaded.

The Alien: Isolation Amanda Ripley Figure Is Coming Along Nicely

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:00 am

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It's nicer looking than the actual game version, even, as - in stills at least - it has some serious uncanny valley issues going on. (The best thing about CG'ing the xenomorphs is that by definition they will never suffer from "dead eyes.")

Amanda Ripley is not to be confused with Moe's Bar patron Amanda Huggenkiss, for whom the proprietor is still looking, based on an anonymous tip.

SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson and Maria Hill Action Figures Now Available as Toys R Us Exclusive

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 10:00 am

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In an interesting reversal of stereotypes, it apparently takes a big-name black superhero-type to sell the white guy in a suit, as Agent Coulson - previously made by Hot Toys - hits Marvel Legends scale in a SHIELD three-pack also featuring Nick Fury and Agent Hill. According to my sources at Hasbro's PR company, this three-pack is the only way to get Coulson and Hill at this time, with no future releases currently scheduled. You can order it online now.

It's important to note that these are the movie versions of Coulson and Hill - as of the last time I talked to anyone at Hasbro, there were no plans to make figures based on any Marvel TV shows, so if you want Kyle MacLachlan - as we all do, right? - keep fingers crossed that his character lives to see the Inhumans movie. I suspect that may change if Daredevil, as rumored, does ultimately end up in a kickass red costume.

via The Daily SuperHero

A New Muzzle Takes All the Embarrassment Out of Karaoke, Replaces It with Sadness

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm

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Do you love to sing, but know you have an awful, awful singing voice? Japan, bless their hearts, have come up with the ultimate solution: A Karaoke Muzzle.


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Diamond Select's Nightmare Before Christmas Action Figures Revealed

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Diamond wouldn't be the first to take on this license, but the diorama bases are a boon to those of us who could never get previous Jack Skellingtons to stand up straight. Sally will even come with alternate kneeling legs so the dress sculpt looks right in either signature pose. Oogie Boogie has a removable face and a stone floor base (not pictured), and Jack just has a base that pretty much rules.

And I say that not even being much of a fan of the film. So I can't imagine how badly all the goth couples who used Jack and Sally as wedding cake toppers are foaming at the mouth right now.

Ya might wanna preorder, pronto.

via ToyNewsI

The Boondock Saints Get Retro Action Figures, Because Something Something Ireland

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 10:00 am

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Boondock Saints director Troy Duffy may have shot his Hollywood career in the metaphorical foot by arguing with Harvey Weinstein, but the man is a feckin' genius when it comes to marketing, having somehow convinced Hot Topic stores nationwide that The Boondock Saints should be synonymous with Saint Patrick's Day. Nowadays, with one of the Saints having gone on to become Daryl Dixon, the deal only gets better for both parties.

So of course today is the day to announce Kenner-esque figures, or really, we should say "figure" - they're clearly the same body, just with different heads. But considering you're not likely to see an official Daryl in this scale for a while, I think you're going to see a lot of surrogate purchases. And I think Duffy is counting on it.

Give the guy another shot, Harvey. Of whiskey if nothing else.

Topless Toy Chest: Oo-Larr, the "Original" He-Man

Monday, March 16, 2015 at 10:26 am

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Masters of the Universe as a property is plenty homoerotic and always has been, but Oo-Larr here might just be the gayest He-Man figure ever made. And I don't mean that as a pejorative - I mean it as "If this were not the exclusive subscriber figure that will never be available again except for ridiculous amounts on eBay, I would buy multiples as gag gifts for every gay male friend I have."

[N.B. at least one gay friend tells me the Burt Ward Robin action figure is gayer, but that this comes close]

Strap in - not on - because we're about to dive into some serious geek-level He-mania to explain this figure and the comic he comes with.

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"Ooh...Ahhh..." That's How Lego Jeff Goldblum Starts in Jurassic World Game Trailer

Monday, March 16, 2015 at 8:30 am

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LEGOldblum is here, and nothing will ever be the same again. I think it's time to make some memes. Not just because you could...nay, in this case you definitely should. Chris Pratt's cool, but there's only one El Jefe of Jurassic Park.

Also: DINOSAURS IN BANANA HATS! And a Lego Richard Attenborough, who can presumably get your Lego Tony Stark figure to pretend to be Charlie Chaplin.

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