Sigh...all these years, we heard that John Travolta was the holdout...and it looks like he still is. Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis have been toys multiple times, but I don't think there has been a prior Ving Rhames toy to get medieval on their asses. In keeping with Diamond Select's usual style, expect these to come with diorama bases.
A bigger surprise from Diamond's 2014 catalog, perhaps, is that DST is also doing Kill Bill, which NECA did pretty thoroughly and well (though Lucy Liu was a significant holdout, likeness-wise). We have an early look at them too...More >>
Get ready to, uhh, brew some brown Boba tea as you crap in Carkoon with the Toilet Sarlacc sticker sheet that turns your tidy bowl into Star Wars' most famous vagina dentata! It's enough to make Han Solo go blind again. Creator Robbie Rane has this to say:
One day I was making poop jokes with a buddy, you know the kind: "go drop the kids off at the pool", "end the search for Brown October", and someone said "toss Boba Fett in the Sarlacc", ever since I've wanted to make this.More >>
You ever notice how toy company logic doesn't seem to hold from one company to the next? Like, Mattel will say, "Oh no, we can't do a new Castle Grayskull, that would cost $250," and then Icon Heroes makes a tiny one for $300 that people actually buy? (Mattel learned on that one.) Or Hasbro might say, "We can't do a large Sandcrawler; it would cost over $100, and it's not a dynamic enough vehicle for kids to play with, especially in a non-movie year," and now Lego busts out a $300 version featuring mini-vehicles, secret compartments, working winches, steering column, secret cockpit and more?
This thing rules - it is the droid transporter you're looking for. We've got more pics and a video that showcases everything it can do...More >>
You lost an hour, but don't miss out on these stories from the past two days! Highlighting some of the Weekend Open Thread's top tips, compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.
Toy collecting can be one pisser of a hobby...
FUCK THE #DaylightSavings— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) March 10, 2014
This week's tipsters include: troi, Anyone00, SlyDante77, Gallen_Dugall, skrag2112, DrAbraxas, Dr.Gonzo82More >>
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?