The 18 Strangest Versions of Dracula

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:00 am


Could Bram Stoker ever have imagined, back in 1897, that the character he created would one day be used for everything from pornography to breakfast cereal? It's hard to imagine that even Bela Lugosi could have guessed that the accent he gave Dracula would still be in use, more than 80 years later, spoofed by George Hamilton, or teaching kids to count, or marketing everything from car insurance to debt-consolidation loans ("because debt sucks!") to throat lozenges. Thus Dracula Untold, the title of the Drac movie that opened this past weekend, seems almost impertinent. Can there be a variation on the Dracula tale left untold?

Here are 18 strong contenders for the most peculiar takes on Count Dracula in popular culture. Note: These aren't just vampires in the Dracula mode; all of them had, at minimum, to have either the title "Count" or the prefix "Drac-" or the suffix "-ula" somewhere in their name.

More >> Store Exclusive Iron Man Is Plane Crazy

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 11:56 am


There's...something! On the wing of the plane! But this is no gremlin. Bleeding Edge Iron Man, in nanotech armor, is a real fly guy, more likely to save people than push the neuroses of William Shatner over the edge.

Your options for grabbing him are Stark - this figure is only available at as of yesterday. Then in two weeks, he'll move on to being a Disney Store exclusive. Who knew Tony was such a serial monogamist?

Mezco Might Finally Make Mortal Kombat Figures I Don't Hate

Monday, October 13, 2014 at 11:30 am


Mortal Kombat figures have been pretty consistently in toy stores since the '90s, and they have just as consistently been really terrible; in fact, it's hard to think of a license that has been so dependably screwed over.

Look, all we Mortal Kombat fans want are decently sculpted toys that actually look like the characters, and...well, let's just start there, since nobody's even gotten that far yet. Jazwares looked carved out of soap, Infinite Concepts tried to boast more than they had, and the G.I. Joe repaints were downright insulting, but came out in a time when fans would still buy anything (they did, however, yield the one and only custom figure I ever made that I'm proud of - I repainted Liu Kang into a comic-styled Crow).

Mezco's, revealed at NYCC, look to break the mold of suck. They're "pending licensor approval," but since said licensor in the past has apparently never said no to anything, I think we're good...

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New Todd McFarlane Walking Dead Nipple-O Pics and Season Premiere SPOILER Thread

Monday, October 13, 2014 at 8:00 am


I'm currently editing from the mom-in-law's place, where there is no cable and I did not see the season premiere of The Walking Dead.

What I DO have for you is pics from NYCC of new Todd McFarlane Nipple-O construction sets - RV and prison interior - from a proposed series 2 if the first batch does well. Consider this also your SPOILER thread for last night - so if you just want to see the toys but haven't yet seen the episodes - don't read comments.

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Masters of the Universe Classics Angella, Blast-Attak, Sssqueeze, Multi-Bot Revealed

Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm

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The second-quarter figures for 2015 have been revealed. Check out the full video for more (like what Blast-Attak looks like shirtless).

Friday Newsbites and New York Comic Con Weekend Open Thread

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm


Keep following our Twitter all weekend - if news escapes, Jim'll catch it. Monday's morning list will be a recap of the best stuff he's seen - so that means no WeekStarter/Hangover list.

Before we begin, here are a few things we didn't have room for in other posts today:

-Secret Wars returns to Marvel. I'd expect toy tributes too.

-What's the matter with Kansas? Sriracha at Taco Bell.

-Cosplay proves that the U.S. is financially doomed.

-James Earl Jones is still Darth Vader.

-The new Star Wars arcade game looks badass.

-Imagine Pacific Rim as a video game in which both Jaegers and Kaiju get to eat the humans.

-Zombie-animal comic The Other Dead gets a TV series...on Animal Planet.

-Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: The Prequel Series?

-Chinese Star Wars comic from back in the day is insane.

Will Arnett Will Star in Lego Batman Theatrical Movie

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm


Will the movie be a total sausage-fest? Looks like we're actually going to have simultaneous different Batman movies in theatrical release, provided Batfleck merits a sequel.

It's a sign of either the times or my age that the Batman movie I most want to see now is the campier, less-faithful version. And by all means, feel free to load it with cameos - I'll take a return visit from Channing Tatum's Lego Superman any day. If we see the origin story, I'm really hoping Bad Cop will turn out to have been his mentor.

Topless Toy Chest: Two Adults Struggle With a Grimlock Transformer Meant for Five Year-Olds

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 11:30 am


Hasbro has sent me a lot of Grimlock toys this year, but Stomp & Chomp came in a box about as big as my deep freeze. He's a pretty cool giant dinosaur toy with a lot of sounds and some hidden features...

...which it took two grown-ass adults about 13 minutes to figure out. My wife insisted on playing with it first, renaming it "Fred," and frankly we could have used the guidance of a five year-old, for whom the toy is suggested.

Watch and learn...

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Mezco's Judge Dredd Toy Is Just a Rip-off of Their Non-Existent The Raid Figure

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 10:00 am


Let's see how many people become legitimately outraged by that joke headline, or determined to "clarify" the issue with me.

Okay - for all of you who thought the company's 1/12 scale Dark Knight Batman was too lumpy, what do you think of the second figure in the line? While I'm not crazy about that particular version of the eagle shoulderpad, it is still easily looking like the best Dredd figure to date, and it comes in blue or black versions, depending on whether you like yours more traditional or more modern. Like Batman, both versions come with a stand, multiple hands and weapons, with a cloth uniform over a super-posable body.

Now make his bike. I've heard they might.

Hot Toys Somehow Scores Peter Weller's Likeness for Robocop/Murphy Figure Set

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8:00 am


NECA couldn't do it. Kenner didn't exactly try. And the actor is known for being a wee bit eccentric - but maybe he decided he could use the cash. For whatever reason, Hot Toys managed to get Peter Weller aboard, and they're not wasting the opportunity - in addition to a new unmasked Robocop, they're doing a regular Alex Murphy, so that if you want to create your own Buckaroo Banzai or William Burroughs, you'll now have the base figure to do it.

That money you were saving for your kid's college fund? Drop it. Dead or alive, this thing is coming with you. Friggin' baby food accessories, even!