91 Things We Saw at the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Exhibit in Downtown Los Angeles

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Hello Kitty turns 40 this year - but just like you're not supposed to call her a cat, don't call it a birthday. Sanrio is very persnickety about semantics, and would rather you called this the 40th anniversary of her first appearance.

In honor of their meowing mascot hitting the middle-age mark, Sanrio is hosting several celebrations, including an exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Yes, we were there, and yes, we have a cat-ton of pictures to show of this part-history, part-art-inspiration exhibit. Let the cuteness commence!

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The Evil Within Foe "The Keeper" Is Like Pyramid Head Meets Dr. Zoidberg

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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"I am here to judge you, why not?"

Gamingheads' new $300, 15-inch statue looks like what might happen if our favorite futuristic crustacean were left too long in a Saw trap, with his mandibles growing out-of-control.

Practically, you'd think this supernatural villain from the new game The Evil Within would have a hard time following you, what with his head being a mass of tentacles crammed into a box and all. You'd also imagine that his bag o'nails would end up stabbing him more often than his enemies.

But somehow I'm betting he's a bit more lethal in the game, and probably screeches enough to distract you from his having no eyes.

Mattel Teases Evilseed for Masters of the Universe Classics

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm

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...via this image on their Facebook page. It's pretty clear who it has to be, but many questions remain. Will it be the artichoke-head version from Filmation, or the Swamp Thing-like creature from MYP? And will it be in the main subscription, or an add-on MYP mini-subscription that may or may not even go through? Okay, so that's only two questions.

For those who don't speak Eternian, I'll translate:

Toy of a plant-dude has made it to prototype. He may or may not ultimately be available.

The 18 Strangest Versions of Dracula

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

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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.


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Marvelshop.com/Disney Store Exclusive Iron Man Is Plane Crazy

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 11:56 am

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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 Marvel.com 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

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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

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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

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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

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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.