More Kenner-Style Alien Figures, Including Chestburster Kane

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 5:58 pm

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Some of these were already chase figures in the mystery egg packaging, but now you can own them carded and Kenner style. This series includes two figures I don't think Kenner would ever have made - Kane with the acid-bleeding facehugger raping his throat, and Kane with the baby chestburster emerging and making a bloody mess. Then you also get a metallic xenomorph, and Ripley in a white spacesuit (no Ripley in undies? I mean, if you're gonna go non-PG with the blood, why not?

Like most figures in this style, they're $9.99. Unlike most of the rest, they're based on actual Kenner sculpts...all except these versions of Kane, which are newly done.

You can even pretend one is a Spaceballs figure, if you like.

Topless Toy Chest: Masters of the Universe Classics Rio Blast

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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Rio Blast was one of my favorite figures as a kid, and I think a lot of that had to do with anticipation. I first heard of the character in one of the Star comics, in which he was partnered with Snout Spout - something I of course took as absolute canon from then on, not realizing that the Star comics were mostly just gratuitous plugs for whatever the newest toys were. But point being, I found out about the figure's existence the summer he came out in the U.S. - and had to go back to Ireland before being able to buy him. As Ireland was at least a year behind in terms of what toys they got, that meant I had no chance at getting Rio till Christmas

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Weekend Round-up and Open Thread, Anyone? Bueller?

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 6:23 pm

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SWE Brick

-A Lego Ferris Bueller diorama just won a Swedish "Adult Fans of Lego" contest, where the goal was a build based around a vehicle.

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"Fall of Grayskull": Teaser for Masters of the Universe Fan Film Has the Power

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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This is one of the better looking fan film teasers I've ever seen, and it ought to be - filmmaker Daniel Benedict is a renowned He-Man superfan, having designed Castle Grayskullman and thereby won Mattel's Create-a-Character contest in the Classics toy line.

His movie, funded on Kickstarter, takes most of its stylistic cues from the 2002 cartoon and action figures, though the blonde bikini version of Teela comes from the original minicomics and the modern Classics toys, and Skeletor's voice is closer to Frank Langella's than the nasally whine common to both animated versions. With Mattel dragging their feet on ever approving anything for the proposed live-action movie, this is the next best thing we have...and fortunately, it would appear at this early stage to be pretty decent.

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I READ YOUR FANFIC! "A Song of Fire and Iron"

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 8:00 am

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If you want to submit fan fiction for me to read, please send it - or a link to it - to toplessrobot-at-gmail-dot-com with subject line "Read my Fanfic!"

Title: "A song of fire and iron" by Gabriella5Greene551

Logline: Per reader Anya Glass, who sent in the tip, "You must read A song of fire and iron. It's a transformers fanfic with singing, zombies, xenomorphs, and a terrible Mary Sue named Giselle Yvonne delacriox."

Acts Involved: Skull splitting, zombie biting, interspecies romance, and Optimus Prime considering sex with an underage human, which is to say statutory rape. Guess he didn't get the memo from Michael Bay about carrying a copy of the law around in his wallet.

Participants: Giselle Yvonne Delacroix, Optimus Prime, Aliens, The Walking Dead.

The Live Reading/Performance...

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Some Figures Just Want to Watch Your Money Burn: NECA Heath Ledger Joker in Package

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm

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Oh yeah - when it comes to making toys, they are so serious.

What doesn't kill your bank account will make your toy collection stranger, and, in a curious twist, allow the scar-faced clown to battle multiple in-scale Batmen...none of whom are the one he fights onscreen! Adam West and Michael Keaton may find themselves a little overwhelmed, though the Arkham City Bats is well-equipped for such madness.

Just play nice - the guy already has enough scars.

Lego Batman 3 DLC Lets You Play as Movie Bane and Jor-El

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

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I hesitate to say "Tom Hardy Bane" because presumably Tom Hardy himself won't be doing the garbled voice. But minifigs based on him, Gary Oldman, Heath Ledger, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe will be playable; Crowe in particular seems a good fit for a game that involves throwing things and having them smash. And in a Lego setting, who's gonna object if Zod's head pops off?

As for the Batman 75th pack, you can play as first-apperance Batman with purple hands, as well as the Joker, Harley Quinn, and multiple other iterations of Batman through the years.

My fingers are crossed for a Schwarzenegger Freeze, but I'm very likely the only one.

Pre-Posed 10-Inch Walking Dead Rick Grimes Figure Allegedly Has "Multiple Points of Articulation"

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm

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Says so in the product description: "This figure boasts multiple points of articulation." "Multiple" only has to mean more than one, of course. Aside from the elbows, I don't see where this figure can move. But his right arm does pop off, replaceable with an alternate depending on which weapon you want to have him holding.

It's a better forced-pose than the Daryl Dixon 10-incher that has him pointing the bow downward, anyway. But if McFarlane Toys is going back to less articulation and more detail, I wanna see more old-school dioramas of these guys killing walkers...or people.

Weird Al, Elvis Costello, Aerosmith and More to Get Simpsons Action Figures

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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Following on the heels of having made REM, Kid Rock, Britney Spears and The Who, NECA's celebrity Simpsons line is quietly becoming the best and most diverse source of music action figures since the heyday of McFarlane. In addition to nerd icons Yankovic and Costello, the new series will include Tom Jones - who ought to liven up many a Mars Attacks! display - and the less-musical Buzz Aldrin.

I think my dream celebrity Simpsons figure would be Alan Moore. Can't imagine it would happen, but just take a moment to conceive of the display possibilities.

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New Sons of Anarchy Action Figures Include Blood-Splattered Katey Sagal

Monday, September 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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"Action figure" is a bit of a dubious term - these may prove an exception, but Mezco's previous offerings have not been especially poseable (Gemma features a whopping 2 points of articulation), nor do they really follow the "Todd McFarlane excuse" (McFarlane would claim that sometimes the word "action" referred to the figure's dynamic stance, rather than articulation). But either way, if you want a miniature Katey Sagal that looks like it just stabbed someone with a barbecue fork - and really, who doesn't? - Mezco's latest exclusive figures are for you.

And Al Bundy had best watch his ass. Though honestly, if Peg had been that dynamic, maybe he'd never have lost interest.