Weird Al, Elvis Costello, Aerosmith and More to Get Simpsons Action Figures

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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Following on the heels of having made REM, Kid Rock, Britney Spears and The Who, NECA's celebrity Simpsons line is quietly becoming the best and most diverse source of music action figures since the heyday of McFarlane. In addition to nerd icons Yankovic and Costello, the new series will include Tom Jones - who ought to liven up many a Mars Attacks! display - and the less-musical Buzz Aldrin.

I think my dream celebrity Simpsons figure would be Alan Moore. Can't imagine it would happen, but just take a moment to conceive of the display possibilities.

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New Sons of Anarchy Action Figures Include Blood-Splattered Katey Sagal

Monday, September 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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"Action figure" is a bit of a dubious term - these may prove an exception, but Mezco's previous offerings have not been especially poseable (Gemma features a whopping 2 points of articulation), nor do they really follow the "Todd McFarlane excuse" (McFarlane would claim that sometimes the word "action" referred to the figure's dynamic stance, rather than articulation). But either way, if you want a miniature Katey Sagal that looks like it just stabbed someone with a barbecue fork - and really, who doesn't? - Mezco's latest exclusive figures are for you.

And Al Bundy had best watch his ass. Though honestly, if Peg had been that dynamic, maybe he'd never have lost interest.

Weekend Odds & Ends & Open Thread - The Phanfic Menace, Spider-Dog & More

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 5:45 pm

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-Here's a Kickstarter for an Episode I fanfic novel supposedly based on George Lucas' original drafts.

-Kimota! New Miracleman stories are coming, including one whose mere proposed existence pissed off Alan Moore back in the day.

-The finalists for the next fan-submitted Lego ideas include massive builds of Ghostbusters HQ, General Grievous' flagship and Wayne Manor...so you know they'll end up picking the Hubble Telescope.

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Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Hello Kitty Crotchless Panties for Your Phone

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

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I think somebody tried to explain the concept of "phone sex" to the Japanese, and they got confused. Or maybe the phrase "Hello Pussy" was mistranslated.

Either way, your phone just gained the ability to get a lot more slutty. And you thought setting it to "vibrate" was suggestive.

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Stealing NECA's Idea, Funko Does Nintendo-Colors Freddy and Jason Reaction Figures for NYCC

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10:00 am

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I admit. there was a time when I still played with G.I. Joes, that I would have loved Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees in that scale. I can look at these now and say the sculpt isn't great, but the version of me that was buying Joes also had Bob the Goon, so clearly it wasn't all about looks.

Given NECA's success with repainting their Freddy and Jason base bodies in Nintendo colors, and recently releasing a Mego-style version of that Jason color scheme as well, it's not too surprising any other company with toy rights to the characters would take note - and these guys are now New York Comic Con exclusives, available at the Toy Tokyo booth.

And really, NECA has no room to complain - they did a Death Row Marv based on McFarlane's, for example. The upstart has become the big dog.

Fantastic Mr. Fox Is Not a Movie I Ever Thought Would Get Action Figures, but...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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...they're here. Funko, the company that normally makes bobbleheads with black eyes, is following up their more realistic Game of Thrones figures with some Wes Anderson toys, a sentence I never thought I'd be typing. Time to bust out the blueberries and cider in celebration.

At long last, those games I've wanted to play in which toys stare at each other delivering ironic dialogue can truly happen. It didn't work out so well with Spawn and the Iron Sheik.

Now Your 12" Action Figures Can Kill Sean Bean as Often as They Like

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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Ned Stark is coming to 12" scale from threezero toys, and while price and details have yet to be fully revealed, my guess is that if you want to take his head off, you'll have to unleash your inner three year-old and do it the old-fashioned way.

Yes, I know Toy Biz did Boromir in 6" - but let's be honest, that figure really kinda sucked.

The Captain Planet Theme, a Cappella, Is Something We've Always Needed

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 10:00 am

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There are many, many reasons to hate cartoons that are so calculatedly put together to make kids favor a particular political agenda.

BUT...

There is NO reason to hate the theme song of one such cartoon that has maintained itself as an earworm through the decades.

Or maybe there is. Perhaps you're upset that you cannot maintain the self-control to remove it from your brain. But you know what they say...

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New Star Wars Lego Ultimate Collector Series Slave I Belongs in Your Cargo Hold

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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It's not the first time the Fett family vehicle has been produced in Lego, but it may well be the last time it ever needs to. With pop-out weapons held over from Jango's generation, a stand to hold it in upright flight position for display, and a new, more detailed Boba minifig, this is a bounty that's it's own reward...and assuming you don't lose the instructions, disintegrations are entirely acceptable.

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Lego bounty hunters? You DO need that scum. Yes sir.

via Legosip

What the Hell Happened to TMNT's Bebop?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm

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Rocksteady's got the same military vibe going, but what's up with his piggy pal? Did he raid Megan Fox's wardrobe? Or Olivia Wilde's from Tron? Maybe the cartoon explains it.

I'd like to think that is an extremely elaborate in-joke - a sort of Hawkeye Initiative dig at the way the New 52 redesigns female superheroes. Because I'd say Jean Grey wore it slightly better:

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The Epic Toy Company

I feel like the ladies maybe deserve someone better looking than a pig in their version.

h/t TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com