The most horrible toy-related story of the year, the Pony Cum Jar Project is the gift that keeps on giving. In case you missed it, it involves "self-love," a My Little Pony toy in a jar, and some accidental radiator overheating.
And now, courtesy of Krista Johnson, we have a song about it. Is "enjoy" the right word?More >>
Considering the legal hoops they leaped through to get just the one Michael Keaton Batman figure made, NECA will probably not be releasing further variants unless hell freezes over and Mattel gives up the license. But enterprising and skillful customizers have been going to town.
Here, Twitter user @DiaboliRex showcases his tributes to Kenner's old Keaton-based creations, in color schemes both classic and creative.
I would buy them. So it's probably better that they will only ever exist as images to admire, and save me some cash. Of course, NECA could conceivably do these in 18" scale, and utterly bankrupt everyone.
Yes, Hot Toys originally offered a Baby Groot accessory only to people who bought the gigantic, wallet-busting Groot and Rocket figure set. But now he has bendy articulation, three different head sculpts, and is available separately for a mere $44.99.
Ooooooh child, things just got easier. This guy can make your toy collection into an awesome mix of its own.
From the same German catalog that leaked possible Age of Ultron spoilers comes proof that indeed, a Lego version of Wonder Woman's signature vehicle is coming out - and you CAN see it.
It's perhaps a bit more limited than some of us would like, probably due to clear Lego bricks costing more to make than opaque ones (hence why Lego Friends' version of Elsa's Frozen castle isn't as transparent as you might hope either). But still - following on the heels of an Internet joke about Lego doing it, it's cool to see any version. And who knows; if sales are through the roof, maybe we can get a better one without a stupid-looking Bat-mech packed in for sales security.
I used to label myself a feminist.
I was a teenager, and inspired by Kurt Cobain, who did the same. I agreed then, as I do now, with the original meaning of the word - one who believes in treating both genders equally, and is opposed to discrimination against women.
It only became a problem when others who embraced that f-word - my mother among them - started telling me what, based on that word, I was and was not supposed to think beyond the basic definition. Action movies were to be bad. Porn was flat out. Gangsta rap and heavy metal, forget about it. I decided then that I would keep the beliefs but ditch the label.
I still believe that we need more great female characters in movies. I don't pretend that we're at a level playing field on that score yet. But when I see feminist critiques of something like The Lego Movie, I find them counter-productive. Let me take a moment now to strap a gigantic bullseye to my face, as I write about pro-feminist themes from the point of view of a guy who possibly has no right to.More >>
The way movie-based toy lines seem to continually reveal film details must drive studios mad. In this case, a German LEGO catalog has images and descriptions of what are possibly scenes from Avengers: Age of Ultron. And to the victor go the spoils! Or something. The victor being miscommunication between studios and licencees and spoils being minor tidbits about a film we're all going to see anyway, I guess. Moving on.
Here's what we got:
Hulkbuster Rescue Mission
Hulkbuster Rescue Mission LEGO Set
This is the biggest reveal here. It's unlikely that LEGO would name the set "Rescue" if it wasn't somewhat descriptive of the scene from the film, and probably a key action sequence. So that battle between Iron Man and Hulk in the trailer that has everyone in a tizzy will more likely be the team rescuing Hulk (from Hydra?) but he happens to be a bit out of control. So much for the speculation that Banner is upset with the team and fighting against them for some reason, which was kind of a stupid leap to begin with. He's clearly punching Stark for fun in that scene.More >>
In the kitty litter box, in the land of the Shire, lives a brave little Hobbit in a stench so dire. The cat took a shit, in his Hobbit hole; 'twas something encouraged, and now he knows his role...
BILBO! Bilbo Baggins. His home's a toilet now...
BILBO! Bilbo Baggins. His least favorite sound is now "Meow."
And that's how we introduce a new "Super-Fan Builds," in which a Hobbit hole litter box and Eye of Sauron scratching post are created.More >>
$110 is a pretty steep price for a 7-inch figure. But this guy strikes a pose that's tough to resist, armed with both a katana and a flintlock blaster.
He also seems to be designed for cold weather, because even disarmed, he could probably put an eye out with those nipples. Yes, Bandai has hit upon a design that will actually please both toy nerds AND Joel Schumacher. The impossible dream...
It certainly looks like Iron Man, all right - but with the red, gold and silver even more diffuse than ever. And the damaged Ultron Mark I it comes with indicates that perhaps evil was born when Tony Stark's usual sense of color coordination just fell the fuck by the wayside.
The figure is made of diecast metal, and
...specially crafted based on the image of Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Mark XLIII in Avengers: Age of Ultron, featuring a newly painted Tony Stark helmeted head sculpt, metallic red, gold and silver armor with weathered effects, LED light-up functions, and a specially designed diorama base with a damaged Ultron Mark I. A special edition will be available for selected markets which includes a LED lighted battle damaged helmet as bonus accessory.And if you think this'll be expensive, just wait till they do the Hulkbuster suit. Enjoy your window-shopping boner while it lasts.
With the first of these hitting stores now, mostly to popular acclaim (though there has been talk of brittle ankles that need hairdryer treatment first), MTV News just revealed the next series, due out in July. It includes perhaps the most iconic version of Batman from the animated shows, plus Riddler, Penguin and Batgirl.
I've never been one for the animated style, but even I kinda want that Batman. So they must have done a pretty good job.
Check out the other figures over at MTV.com.
h/t Justo Fajardo