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.

Lego Versions of Every Star Wars Movie Poster to Be Given Away at Celebration

Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8:45 am

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By "every," I suppose we do have to point out that we mean just the ones with "Episode" in the title, since more and more people nowadays are becoming semantic sticklers for something I pointed out just to be annoying way back in my original Attack of the Clones review - there are also spin-offs, and have been since the first Ewok movie was released theatrically as Caravan of Courage in Europe.

If you can't make it to Star Wars Celebration, these will also be available later at Lego stars and shop.lego.com somewhere around May the 4th.

And incidentally - who'd be down for Lego Caravan of Courage? In any form? Even if only so we'd get the sequel and a Wilford Brimley minifig?

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(Almost) All the Lego Licenses Combine for Collectible Figure Video Game Dimensions

Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 8:30 am

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Talk about your timing! Mere hours after we rant about amiibos, Lego jumps in the fray with a new launch trailer for Lego Dimensions, a cross-license game that involves buying collectible minifigs that come with DLC.

Starring Gandalf, Batman and Wyldstyle from The Lego Movie. And already including The Wizard of Oz, Ninjago and Back to the Future as additionally announced licenses - with a hint of Ghostbusters to come. I'm guessing you won't see Marvel characters alongside DC, but other than that, presumably the possibilities are as open as in The Lego Movie itself.

You can bring up to seven characters into the game at once - for $99.99, the starter pack comes with dimensional portal, mini-Batmobile, and the three aforementioned lead characters (curiously, Gandalf and Wyldstyle sound like their respective normal voice actors, while Batman does not - you wouldn't think Will Arnett would be the heard one to get). So yeah, this collectible figurine DLC trend is only going to get worse, y'all - it's the '90s collectible comic cover market all over again. At least Lego toys will always be compatible with one another, so you have something left at the end of all of it.

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Geek Apparel of the Week: Body-Hugging Transformers Outfits by Mitmunk

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 10:59 am

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I wish I had the figure to pull that look off. Wait, no, what do I care? I'll pull that shizz off if I feel like it. Just like Tron Guy, you cannot body-shame a dude who is shameless.

What look like bodysuits here appear to be combinations of leggings and longsleeve tees, which will go on-sale at Mitmunk's website starting tomorrow. The company is not new to form-fitting robotic attire, but the official license from Hasbro adds a substantial shot of Energon in the arm for their designers.

I feel like the Optimus windows are a little high - they usually represent his pecs - but if the goal is to draw one's gaze to a level higher than the inappropriate one, I can respect that.

h/t Dr.Gonzo82

This Star Wars Celebration Jack in the Box Is a Bit Sluggish

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 10:30 am

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Suggestion for future Star Wars merchandise: make one of those long, strap-like things that holds a person's pants up, and decorate it with images of large space rocks. Et voila - you have yourself an asteroid belt.

In the meantime, and speaking of asteroids, here's an awesome jack in the box that will be available at Star Wars Celebration. When you find yourself forking over the money for it, just keep saying "This is no cave. This is no cave. I always planned to buy it. I am not caving..."

Hey, I'm not (My)nockin' ya for it.