Now That's a Black Widow Action Figure! Play Arts Kai Meets Demand

Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 1:30 pm

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This may be a first - an anime-styled version of an American-created comic-book heroine who's less objectified than the original. Fully zipped up so as not to show cleavage, Natasha comes with more intricate battle armor, as is the norm for Play Arts Kai interpretations, and articulation that actually seems designed for action poses rather than erotic ones.

I don't know that the Thompson Twins haircut is an improvement, though. Unless it's designed to catch people off guard and not take her seriously.

Image via ToyArk

Gentle Giant's Holiday Exclusive Will Be Jumbo Vintage Salacious Crumb (in Xmas Gear)

Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 12:30 pm

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Though he looks and sounds more like the Grinch than Santa, Salacious Crumb is getting festive for Gentle Giant Premier Guild members. This blow-up of the vintage accessory figure that came with the very first Jabba toy now comes with a fabric holiday hat and scarf, as well as a toy bag containing packages and a severed Threepio head. So he's like Santa's elf AND Seven's John Doe in one.

He does have experience working for an obese taskmaster that goes "Ho ho ho" a lot. And pointy ears.

Hear a Real, Live Parrot Sing The Lego Movie Theme Song

Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 8:00 am

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The image above is for illustration only. This parrot is not deceased. This parrot is not an ex-parrot.

This parrot, however, DOES seem to have better taste in original songs than the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. You've never known how awesome life can be until you've heard a bird sing about how everything is.

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Cobra and Assassin's Creed Join Toy Soldiers: War Chest

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 10:48 am

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Sorry, My Little Pony fans - "Equestria" wasn't one of the final two armies revealed for the action-figure-inspired tower defense game.

Frankly, I think they cheated a bit - most of us assumed, probably, that "GI Joe" included Cobra, Dreadnoks and every other faction. But no: Cobra's it's own thing, which I suppose means that "Masters of the Universe" also doesn't include Princess of Power or the Evil Horde, or even Skeletor. What is cool is that if you're a good enough player, an animated Cobra Commander can finally win a battle.

And the other army is Assassin's Creed. Is it NECA or McFarlane's? I don't know, and I suspect Ubisoft doesn't care. Check out the trailer below.

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Lego Dimensions Confirms Midway Arcade License, Shows New Story Trailer

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 9:38 am

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LEGO Dimensions features an original story that combines characters and worlds from 14 of the most popular entertainment brands including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie, The Wizard of Oz, LEGO Ninjago, Back to the Future, Scooby-Doo, LEGO Chima, Doctor Who, Jurassic World, Ghostbusters, The Simpsons, Portal and Midway Arcade.

Oooh...so we won't just be seeing Gandalf, Batman, Scooby-Doo and friends playing Portal, but maybe Joust, Defender, Tapper and Paperboy too? Great Scott!

Beyond that, the new trailer gives us a look at new villain Lord Vortech, who is stealing characters from various realities and apparently making Sauron look like a chump, Riddler riding a Balrog, Superman looking like he might go Man of Steel on the Emerald City (watch your neck, Wicked Witch!),and a Batman vs. Batman slap-fight.

I'm maybe thinking that the Scooby-Doo tie-in will lead to Lord Vortech having a true identity as someone we've already come across, but that's just a hunch...


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The Perfect Toy for Your Friend Who Has Sex Fantasies About Aliens

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Meet Hot Angel. The xenomorph with boobs. Or, if you prefer, a Witchblade wielder with an Aliens fetish. Either way, it's an articulated figure of a mostly naked anime woman who somehow crawled inside an alien shell and thought it was hot - and not the kind of "hot" that involves left-over acidic blood burning your flesh off. Or maybe this is what happens when Facehuggers impregnate body-pillows.

And this is officially licensed. Watch the video below for an English guy at Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong (ACGHK) 2015 rather flatly describing her without a single "huh-huh." He's, like, civilized.

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Official Book Guide to Lego Minifigs Comes With Exclusive Zombie Skateboarder

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 2:04 pm

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Brainssss, duuuude! A mash-up of two characters from the first collectible Minifig series, this li'l guy is aces at both gleaming the cube and eating your skin. He can also double as an Iggy Pop action figure, in case you need one.

But the skating dead isn't the only reason to pick up the upcoming I Love That Minifigure - the fact that it's a detailed visual guide to over 200 of them is the main one. Even though you know by now that everything is awesome, you need to know the specifics of exactly how awesome, and why, because anything less is a nerd fail. So feed your geek brain - that way it'll be nice and plump for Zombie Skater to enjoy later.

GI Joe-Scaled Aliens Power Loader Is Pricey but Nifty

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 10:49 am

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For $99.99 - it is an import toy, after all - at least you're getting an awesomely weathered look. I miss dirty washes on things - McFarlane still does them, but they were the biggest loss we suffered when Hasbro took over Marvel Legends from Toy Biz.

This Power Loaders is fully articulated, scaled to the 4-inch xenomorph figures Hiya Toys already makes, and is specifically made for their ugly, off-model Hicks figure, but if you're like me, you're imagining what Duke or Roadblock could get up to in that thing. Or maybe Jar Jar, who could use it to exterminate the entire alien race by accident.

3.75-Inch Figures WILL Be Made for Star Wars Episode VII, Plus More Hints [SPOILERS]

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 6:30 am

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If you saw our interview with Hasbro's Star Wars team at Comic-Con, you know that they're trying to keep completely secret which new toys will be revealed on "Force Friday" in September. You also know that apart from the 6-inch scale TIE fighter they revealed, we coaxed some tidbits out of them, like that an all-chrome figure isn't happening yet (sorry, Captain Phasma!) and an environment/playset probably is.

But over at the Jedi Temple, they found a Meijers that put out its shelf tags early by mistake. Assuming this is genuine - and it seems to be - we now know a few more things. If you want to remain unspoiled, don't click onward for more...

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The Sights, The Sounds, The Hentai: 17 Weird And Cool Things From Otakon 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Conventions, once reserved only for discussion in the most heated of USENET discussion boards, have become something of a pop-cultural force this past decade. No cognizant man, woman, or child isn't aware of San Diego Comic-Con, for good or ill.

Myself, though? You dumb nerds can stand in line for 5 hours to blurrily watch the Game of Thrones cast get asked terrible questions; I'll be at places like Otakon and making jokes about hentai.

I had a blast this weekend at Otakon in muggy, sunny Baltimore, so here are 30 things I saw, to mark the occasion!

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