Best Toy Packaging Ever? NECA's "Cage-Free" Alien Egg Carton

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 2:42 pm


The safe handling instructions are my favorite part. A shame these didn't hit in time for Easter.

Tags: Alien, NECA

Topless Toy Chest: 18" Pacific Rim Striker Eureka by NECA

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm


I'm semi-infamous for not liking Pacific Rim much the first time I saw it. I recently gave it another try on HBO, and the same things that bugged me about it before still did. But those were all humans - I have no issue whatsoever with the designs of the giant robot Jaegers, so when NECA offered to send me one for review, I was anxious to check it out. Striker Eureka here is the Jaeger that Idris Elba took command of on a final suicide mission, so that makes it pretty much the coolest one.

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DC Collectibles Exclusive Batman Figure Based on Jim Lee's Penciling

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:04 am


You know - whatever issues I have with Jim Lee's whole New 52 piping obsession, I love figures like these. NECA's Ninja Turtles are some of my all-time faves, and this may be a first - a figure painted to look like a pencil drawing.

How have the Sin City toys never done this?

"Blueline Edition" Batman will be a Previews Comic-Con exclusive - which means he's one of the ones you'll actually have a chance to get.

UPDATE: see Jim Lee reveal it below...

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Zenescope's Grimm Fairy Tales Kicks off 1/6 Toy Line With Liesel Van Helsing

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 2:34 pm

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From Executive Replicas, the company that recently announced a 12" Stan Lee doll, comes what would seem to be a no-brainer of a line - 12-inch figures based on Zenescope's busty, scantily clad reinterpretations of fairy tale characters. Each one features a seamless outer skin over an articulated, stainless steel skeleton, and ironically, I think this is one case where business will do well by being full of busts. Up first? Liesel Van Helsing, who features the additional selling feature of being steampunk.

The daughter of the famed vampire slayer has never looked so good or lifelike as she comes dressed in her signature outfit of fishnets and trenchcoat with steampunk accents for optimum hunting. Ready to drive a stake into every black vampire heart, the figure offers a multitude of poses and comes packaged with her signature weapons.

She'll retail for around $160, with preorders starting in June and fulfillment in July. Two more detailed pics are below...

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Dark Horse Announces New Game of Thrones "Inaction" Figures, Incl. Sansa and Brienne

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 11:00 am


While Funko continues to make fully articulated Game of Thrones figures, Dark Horse continues their larger, more-detailed McFarlane-esque line of unarticulated figures, with the announcement of four new figures for fall 2015: Sansa Stark, Brienne of Tarth, Sandor Clegane ("The Hound," who will have a hinged visor on his helmet) and Jorah Mormont. Frankly, given recent events on the show, I'd be afraid of what some collectors would do with an articulated Sansa, so I'm quite happy to see her stay preposed and dignified.

Sandor and Jorah are yet to be revealed, but you can check out Brienne below...and lop off her head to start working on your Captain Phasma customs before the new Star Wars toys come out.

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EXCLUSIVE IN-PACKAGE REVEAL: NECA's Pacific Rim Chibis for Comic-Con

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Oh, happy day! After many years of funneling large chunks of my money to NECA in exchange for little (and not-so-little) plastic people and creatures who silently stare and judge me here in the TR-cave, I get to reveal one of their Comic-Con exclusives in the package.

The figures have been shown, but this is the first look at the final window-boxed product. These chibis, for those who don't remember, are the toys seen within the movie itself; the mini-kaijus and jaegers played with by children, much as the World War II kids had green army men.

Keep reading for more pics and the official description...

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Robert Kirkman Will Write One of the Transformers Movies

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 3:31 pm


The Walking Dead creator is one of several writers coming onboard Akiva Goldsman's expansion of the Bayformers movie universe, and will write either a sequel or a spin-off, which we can only hope will feature zombie Shia LaBeouf getting shot in the head by a Predacon played by Norman Reedus.

Other writers recruited to the shared universe include Incredible Hulk movie scribe Zak Penn, Iron Man and Punisher: War Zone team Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, and Jeff Pinkner (one of four credited writers on Amazing Spider-Man 2). In other words, "a bunch of people who've written Marvel stuff that we want to copy because we're doing that thing that they do, a shared something-or-other," and "That Walking Dead guy whose success we'd like to replicate."

I admit Kirkman's an interesting choice - but even speaking as one who likes some of the Transformers movies, I'm well aware the writing is almost totally irrelevant. Maybe he'll at least make the inevitable robot dick jokes actually funny.

Comic-Con Exclusive Dark Knight Returns Batman vs. Mutant Leader Figure Set by Mezco

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 10:17 am


Assuming everyone isn't so burned out on Frank Miller that they retroactively hate his earlier greatness too, this could be the hot ticket in summer con exclusives. Mezco's 1/12 scale cloth-costumed Dark Knight figure was a hot enough ticket already, and their announcement of the first-ever Mutant Leader at Toy Fair a big deal. Now we get a box set of both with exclusive battle deco, alternate parts, torn Batsuit and a polystone base. At $150 it's not cheap, but that's still only half a Hot Toys or Sideshow figure, and it's guaranteed to look cooler than whatever pale imitation of this scene Zack Snyder puts onscreen.

As with other Mezco Comic-Con exclusives, there are extras available to preorder online directly, starting tomorrow. So there's nothing wring with this offer that you can't fix with your own two keyboard hands.

This Super Mario Bros.-Themed Amiibo Display Base Is Just Perfect

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 12:04 pm


On the offchance that you have actually been able to find enough Amiibo to put in a display, this is the way to do it. BD&A, a company known for third-party game controllers, have recreated the end-of-level scene from Super Mario Bros., and with its staggered blocks, it's able to showcase the figures quite nicely. At a $30 preorder on Amazon, it's also a lot easier to get your hands on.

Side note: isn't it lucky that Mario doesn't have a relative named Bo? "It's-a me, Bo!" would get very confusing, very quickly.

h/t Adam Pawlus

NECA Reveals Pacific Rim Giant Winged Otachi Kaiju Toy

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 8:00 am


"I'm Bat-Monster!" what this thing would say if it could talk and understood pop-culture. NECA's non-flying version of this critter, most prominently seen in the movie squishing its baby out onto Ron Perlman, is already around 18 inches long, and this one looks to have a wingspan almost that wide, along with a flight stand to keep those translucent flappers in the air. The throat, tongue and tail pieces are interchangeable with the other figure, though the wings are not.

Hell, this toy is big enough that, like Perlman's Hannibal Chau, you could conceivably lose your shoe in it.