Here's Hasbro's New 6-Inch Black Series Ahsoka Tano Figure

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:28 am

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Something tells me she'll be tough to find at retail.

Keep checking out the Twitter today - it's where most of my work will be for the next couple of days.

[edit: if I can get the damn thing to connect with Convention wi-fi]

Topless Toy Chest: Masters of the Universe Hover Robots (Convention Exclusive)

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

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In the current Masters of the Universe line, one of the ways used to maximize tooling budgets has been to release two-packs of "army builders," allowing for some unique sculpt pieces to be used for two figures rather than one, and letting collectors build up larger infantries if they wished. Thus far, all of the faction leaders from the vintage Masters line have had such a pack - He-Man got Eternian Palace Guards, King Hiss got Snake Warriors, Hordak got Horde Troopers...and Skeletor, until now, had nothing. But with every available slot in the regular monthly subscription already filled, the only way to get to his army was with a traveling convention exclusive, which will be available at Comic-Con and other shows, and was briefly made available to subscribers this week. Was it worth it?

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Lego's Star Wars Celebration Exclusive Is a Teeny Tiny Tatooine

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 9:30 am

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Basic Lego not minimalist enough? This "purchase of the droids" set reduces Luke, Artoo and Threepio to the barest minimum of color suggestions, with super-mini-Landspeeder and, for some odd reason, a normal minifig-scaled C-3PO. For the element of surprise, I guess, they didn't reveal this until the very last minute. Like Hasbro should have done...with anything (seriously, no figure exclusive from the primary maker of same?)

It's going for $40, despite the fact that Lego's own Facebook page calculates its value at $5.99. Now you know what the Lego markup really is.

Hello Kitty Can Be What She Wants. So Now She's Optimus Prime.

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 8:00 am

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And you thought flames on Optimus were a radical redesign. If I didn't know better, I'd say this was part of a very clever ploy by Takara to convince Michael Bay that Transformers have girl cooties and he might catch teh gay if he keeps being associated with them.

Unfortunately the toy's only two inches long, so somebody as nearsighted as Bay won't even see it. But on the plus side, you can actually afford it, since it's a mere twelve bucks.

And hey, in their truest forms, both Kitty and Prime have no mouths.

Lego Might Have Made the Best (Affordable) General Grievous Figure Yet

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm

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I've always felt that Lego's Bionicle-style licensed figures were a bit weird, especially when trying to capture actual human beings in a form more suited to articulated scarecrows.

General Grievous, on the other hand, is a tough figure to capture in anything other than a large-scale premium format, with his spindly, split-apart limbs and multiple bodily contortions. But by the Maker, I think Lego might have nailed it in this format (despite the apparent lack of cape...oh well, time for a third-party to step up on that).

The Wall Street Journal, of all places, has the full reveal. The figure itself will be on display at Star Wars Celebration, along with Clone Wars Obi-Wan, Commander Cody and Jango Fett. A Vader and Luke are coming later.

Oh My God! Hot Wheels Killed Wicket! You Bastards!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 10:32 am

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It's one thing to make a car that's vaguely shaped like Darth Vader or Stormtrooper armor as a cool tie-in. But this might be where somebody should have said, "Hey, ya know what? Skin isn't a costume." Yeah, this new Hot Wheels looks like somebody murdered Return of the Jedi's primary Ewok and stretched his pelt across the hood of a vehicle because they could. Now, if you were a Stormtrooper on Endor, driving this around might be one way to intimidate the locals into ceasing their log barrages of your Scout Walkers - or, like Achilles with the body of Hector, it could lead to your imminent vengeance-killing demise.

Also, those beady eyes and that grill make it look more like a tarantula with all its legs ripped off than an Ewok - and that may even be a less disturbing notion.

Shogun Warrior Boba Fett Launches More Than His Rocket (Star Wars Celebration Exclusive)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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That's right - he fires his FIST! Put that in your cargo hold and cram it. Looking like the original Kenner figure if Rita Repulsa had hit him with a grow ray, Super Shogun Boba stands two feet tall and has wheels in his feet. If you bring the bucks to Celebration, he can be your slave one day.

There's also a Super Shogun Shadow Trooper from Funko. I think the big question, though, is "Where's Hasbro?" One would have thought this the perfect opportunity to debut something new, but I've heard nothing yet.

It's Time for You to Vote for the Transformers Hall of Fame Again!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00 am

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It has been an absolute honor every year to be one of the sites chosen to vote on inductees to the Transformers Hall of Fame - and it's time to do it again. But this year...THE RULES HAVE CHANGED!

There are three categories to vote in: FAVORITE TRANSFORMERS CHARACTER (Fictional Robot Character), BEST COMBINER ROBOT (Fictional Robot Character), BEST MUSICAL ACT USED IN TRANSFORMERS BRANDED PRODUCTION (REAL-LIFE HUMANS). With the Combiner Wars theme, it seems they really, REALLY want to be sure a combiner gets in this time (Devastator was a runner-up last year).

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Die Antwoord Figures Are Coming, and Are Dressed as Furries (of Course)

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 8:00 am

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If you don't know Die Antwoord as the weird-ass, fake street-thug South African performance artist-rappers, then you may know them as the weird-ass, fake street thug South African actors in Chappie. You probably didn't think they'd see toy form in Pikachu and pink bear costumes.

Though if you know them, you'd likely guess that nothing is too out there. 3A Toys, who do the elaborate Titanfall figures, are doing the honors, with more details to come down the line.

I fink they freaky and I like dem a lot.


Uber-Realistic Bryan Cranston Figure Is the One Who Knocks You Out

Friday, April 10, 2015 at 9:45 am

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There have been a surprising amount of Breaking Bad toys in the past, for better and (absolute) worse. But until now, never quite one that screamed "We have stolen Bryan Cranston's soul and put it inside this plastic totem so convincing you'll be scared of catching cancer from him."

(Yes, I know you can't "catch cancer." I also know that I have to explain "that's the joke" because at least one person in comments will think they're informing me of that fact for the first time.)

3A Toys, who usually make nothing under $300, are charging a relatively reasonable (for them) $140, so if you've been looking for a good Heisenberg, there should be no uncertainty.