NECA's Toy Biz Tribute: Exclusive Keaton Batman Figure Coming With Blu-ray

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Holy...wow. NECA just announced the actual Batman figure I wish I'd gotten in 1989. In almost the same packaging, to boot.

They've found some very clever ways to get around the loopholes that give Mattel most of the rights to DC figures in that scale, and I suspect you can thank the deal that was made to allow DC Direct to do Superman and Batman figures for specialty retailers (remember that they couldn't at first). It seems this figure will only come as part of a deluxe Blu-ray set for the 1989 movie, thereby technically not infringing on Mattel's exclusive mass-retail toy license.

The real tribute, of course, would have been Bob the Goon, the only figure anyone found on the pegs for about a year.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Hard Work, Cats and Food, Food, Food!

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Martha Boyd - ex-cop, real-estate appraiser and crazy cat lady - has an answer for everything. Even the strangest questions her son-in-law's readers can come up with. Every week, she handles whatever issues and queries you've got in her own unique fashion.

Hi all!

Last weekend we took another hike into the National Park (I have included some pics from the Jumbo Rocks area). Very pretty rock formations. The rest of the week I was pretty busy doing appraisals as this next week time will be taken with 2 continuing education classes and a meeting at Fannie Mae headquarters. They have a yearly meeting that they like us to attend, so I have to try to do 2 weeks work in 1 week to take off for this other stuff. In Calfornia we have to get 56 hours of continuing education every 4 yrs, or generally 14 hours a year. Most of the classes we can take online, so that is pretty good.

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Topless Toy Chest: Masters of the Universe Classics Battle Ram

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 3:16 pm

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A couple of years ago at Comic-Con, sculptors The Four Horsemen showed off a prototype of a resculpted Battle Ram vehicle, scaled to Masters of the Universe Classics figures. As fans themselves, it was something they wanted to do, but Mattel kept saying it was cost-prohibitive and the resources of the line could be better spent elsewhere.

And then fans proved they'd buy a $300 Castle Grayskull. So here's your $110 Battle Ram.

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Right in the Childhood! Gentle Giant Is Making 12" Marvel Secret Wars Figures

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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If you can find any of the Marvel Secret Wars toys from the '80s today, the plastic has generally collapsed into the kind of softness generally associated with a 100 year-old dude's manhood (Stan Lee excepted - you know that dude does Viagra 24-7). But back then, it was a kid's entryway into comics that went deeper than just Spider-Man and Captain America - less familiar characters (for the time) included Wolverine, Kang and Baron Zemo, and it was the first time young me ever became aware of them. (Yes, Wolverine was once a lesser-known character. Strange, but true.)

And now Gentle Giant is upsizing them into the $90, foot-high price range...and including the lenticular shields that were the central gimmick of the line! Black costume Spider-Man is first, fittingly, as the Secret Wars comic was the origin of that outfit and Venom by extension. For today only, Marvel's even offering a discount code. Hobgoblin will follow, and it looks like Wolverine and Kang are next.

Yes, Kang is apparently popular enough now to merit a $90 figure. Never thought you'd see that day, didja?

Finally, There's a Threepio Action Figure That Can Flip People Off

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Thank you, Sideshow Toys - your picture doesn't quite show it, but it implies it.

And now I can finally reenact my own Special Edition scene I've always wanted to see.

"Never tell me the odds!"
"Sir, go fuck yourself."

For more details on Sideshow's new Threepio figure, who'd probably never dare to actually make an obscene gesture in your presence, check out the video below. It's a cool toy.


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Fisher-Price Is Making the Only Super Friends Hall of Doom Playset We're Ever Likely to See

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Damn it! Why are the best toy ideas wasted on kids?

It looks like if you want to reenact the cartoons of your childhood or the new-classic Robot Chicken DC parodies, you might have to get yourself a toddler first, or at least walk shamelessly into their section of the toy store. The Legion of Doom's swamp headquarters, which also looks suspiciously like a giant Darth Stewie helmet from Family Guy (repaint possibility!) will NEVER be made in scale to your $20 Mattel DC Universe figures, but Imaginext, which already got a kickass action-loaded Batcave, now has a place for the baddies to hide out.

Because a bright blue saucer in a green swamp screams "hiding." Of course, the kids this is aimed at think putting their hands over their faces equals hiding, so they're not too hard to fool when you think about it.

Friday Round-up and Weekend Open Thread

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm

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-"Their defense is down!" It's San Antonio Spurs Ackbar.

-PlayStation is working on a TV on-demand device. I feel old for not quite understanding why I need it.

-Val Kilmer is selling some really awful "art" online.

-Video riff on "The Force Awakens" features Jar Jar taking a shit. Ahh, Internet.

-Underoos were cool for us as kids because regular T-shirts weren't cool back then. Adult Underoos seem like too little too late.

-The race to be the first zombie movie to exploit Ebola fears has begun.

-Tattooed scientist wears a shirt designed by the wife of his tattoo artist. Lands a goddamn probe on a comet. People online go into offense overdrive, prompting a tearful apology. This is why we (sometimes) can't have nice things.

But what would you like to talk about? There WILL be a recap thread this week, so go crazy.

Lego Plants vs. Zombies Concept up for Vote on Lego Ideas

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 10:04 am

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The idea has been tried before, but Jin Kai Soo's concept for a Plants vs. Zombies set is by far the best execution of it yet. Even if Lego doesn't ultimately approve the playset, I for one could go for a series of those zombies as blind-bagged minifigs.

Some might say it's dead on arrival, but I think there's growth potential, y'know?


Red and Blue Terminator Figures, in Case You Wanna Simulate Gang Wars or Political Debates

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Whether you'd like to see the Crips and the Bloods battles as cyborgs, or enact Team R vs. Team D political debates with a more definitive, plasma-rifle-enhanced ending, this new toy two-pack gives you one red T-800 endoskeleton, and one blue to represent whichever primary color faction battle you wish.

They're based on the Robocop vs. Terminator 16-bit video game - or as we might call it today, Robocop vs. Terminator Sega Genysis - which by necessity had simpler color palettes, and hues designating different strengths. It's too bad there's no white one for a Fourth of July three-pack.

Scary thought - with both movie franchises rebooting, the crossover could actually happen now. Meanwhile, let these figure kick the red and blue out of each other when they show up shortly at Toys R Us.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Remade With Funko Reaction Figures and Kitten Heads

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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True, this film parody from the Pet Collective features annoying narration, bad voice-acting, and is best watched with the sound down so you can just be mesmerized by the bizarre images...but can't you also say all those things about the ACTUAL Nightmare Before Christmas?

Please note that the cats are alive. Nobody decapitated any feline friends to make this happen. That's just what we call movie magic (and I'd buy toys of these versions in a meowtherfucking heartbeat).

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