The Sights, The Sounds, The Hentai: 17 Weird And Cool Things From Otakon 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

otakonsign.jpg

Conventions, once reserved only for discussion in the most heated of USENET discussion boards, have become something of a pop-cultural force this past decade. No cognizant man, woman, or child isn't aware of San Diego Comic-Con, for good or ill.

Myself, though? You dumb nerds can stand in line for 5 hours to blurrily watch the Game of Thrones cast get asked terrible questions; I'll be at places like Otakon and making jokes about hentai.

I had a blast this weekend at Otakon in muggy, sunny Baltimore, so here are 30 things I saw, to mark the occasion!

More >>

Weekend Open Thread and Links: Gorilla Lovin' Edition

Friday, July 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm

gorillalove.jpg

-Japan's newest dating sim involves gorillas, because they've run out of every other animal.

-I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys R Us Optimus.

-Shakespeare, performed by real sheep.

-Funko is making WWE Mystery Minis, but it seems doubtful Hulk Hogan will make the lineup now.

Now, if you'll pardon me, I have to get a birthday party ready for myself. Talk about whatever you like below.

It Must Be Toy Poll Day: Hasbro Marvel Legends Fan Poll Is Down to 4

Friday, July 24, 2015 at 3:10 pm

marvelfigurepoll.jpg

If you pick Angela, you finally get to see what happens when McFarlane Toys and Hasbro make the same character. The other choices are Mysterio, Symbiote Spider-Man and Darkhawk. Mysterio and Black Spidey have been done before so I don't know why you'd vote for them again - but it's up to you.

You can also win an Ant-Man figure set signed by Stan Lee, and you don't even have to enter an art contest. That's a pretty sweet tupper, er, TOPPER of a deal.

h/t Matt Catania

When Crossbows Are Outlawed, Only Outlaw Lamps Will Have Daryl Dixon's Crossbow

Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 9:30 am

daryldixonlamp.jpg

Now here's a light fixture that will make me bolt...straight to the bank so I can get the money to own this Walking Dead illuminator. If I were the dad in A Christmas Story, this is the lamp I'd want as a very special award.

It is decorative only, so if a real zombie attack happens, don't just think you can break the base off and use it as a weapon. But feel free to daydream to that effect.

For $71.99, it seems like it ought to come with a light bulb. I'm guessing it doesn't because the manufacturers are concerned that if Daryl's light dies, you riot...and they don't want it to be against them.

Watch This Legoland Commercial Instead of Pixels

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 2:45 pm

legolandpixels.jpg

It's totally the same idea, but much, much shorter and nobody gets hurt - either in the ad or emotionally from watching it.

(Having been to Legoland, however, I would posit that "Awesome Awaits" is a misleading statement if you're over the age of, say, 7.)

More >>

Finally, a Gwyneth Paltrow Action Figure to Lecture All Your Other Toys About Their Diet

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 9:00 am

hottoysgwyneth.jpg
click to enlarge

Pepper Potts is long overdue for an action figure, especially since she actually donned the Iron Man suit in part 3, and now she finally gets a deluxe set of both her and the suited version of her, with an open Iron Man helmet head featuring her face.

Can she beat Black Widow? With Extremis and an iron suit, I wouldn't bet against her. However, with her dependence on Tony Stark to define her, I would bet against sympathetic blog posts. Me? I'd make a custom Flesh and Bone figure out of this if I had unlimited money and any customizing talent whatsoever.

Building Darth Vader Armor out of Sex Toys

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 8:00 am

sextoyvader.jpg

File this under "because we can" - with the help of some special effects gurus, adult film actress Kayla-Jane Danger has created a Dark Lord out of a dick horde. 300-plus vibrators, butt plugs, paddles, latex fists and more went into creating this battery powered, vibrating Anal-kin Skyfucker - and like the real Vader, you're gonna want to keep him away from younglings.

Weirder still for me - one of the FX guys, Tom Devlin, once made me into a zombie on a movie set. Now I'm starting to worry where his hands had been before he stuck contacts in my eyes. Not blind yet, at least.

I can't embed the video for obvious reasons, but if you can claim to be 18, you can watch it online pretty easily. Umm...Yippee?

2016 GI Joe Collector's Club Figure - 12" Mike Power the Atomic Man

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 9:45 am

atomicmanmikepower.jpg

All men are made up of atoms. Only one has clear limbs and an LED eye (and a face that coincidentally resembles Mads Mikkelsen).

The NEW Atomic Man from the G.I. Joe Collectors' Club will feature kung fu grip hands, clear legs, a clear arm and an ALL-NEW head design which will include an electronic LED light up eye activated by tugging on his Adventure Team dog tag! The figure will come dressed in tee shirt, shorts, and white shoes based on the RARE vintage uniform from the Secret Mountain Outpost for Atomic Man produced in the 1970s. To add to the fun there will be an accessory uniform set for Atomic Man available for separate purchase!
Don't go tugging on his dog tag too much - I hear it can make you go blind. He's already halfway there.

Sign up for the club HERE.

10 (More) Examples of How Kick-Ass Clint Howard Is For Nerds

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

ClintHoward.jpg

Clint Howard abides. He's spent his whole career, which in his case means his whole life, in the shadow of his more famous brother Ron Howard. He's been derided at times as the Roger Clinton of the Howard clan by nitwits who don't notice that he's had every bit as busy a showbiz career as Ron, even if you remove the numerous credits he gained working for Ron.

But discerning fans, otherwise known as nerds, recognize that Clint Howard is a character-acting treasure. Back in 2011, TR writer Brian Heiler listed his picks for "The 10 Greatest Nerd Roles of Clint Howard," which included such essentials as his turns on Fringe and in Rock n' Roll High School, or in the teen shocker Evilspeak, or, of course, as Balok in the original Star Trek's "The Corbomite Maneuver." But we've decided that a sequel list of cool Clint credits is warranted, just because, well, Clint Howard.

More >>

Hot Toys Have Gone Insane, Making 18-Foot, 1/6 Scale Millennium Falcon

Monday, July 20, 2015 at 9:45 am

hotoysfalcon.jpg

WHAT.

The cockpit alone was nuts. An entire Falcon scaled to 12-inch figures is madness. Wonderful madness, but still. Let's try to extrapolate the cost.

Regular 3-3/4 inch Star Wars figures are around $10, and the Hasbro-scale Falcon is $150. Let's assume (a stretch, maybe, but why not) the same differential for Hot Toys.

Hot Toys figures are around $300 each. 15 times 300 is $4500. And somehow that still sounds like a lowball price when all is said and done. The prototype will be on display at Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong this week. If I have any readers going, please send me pics.

One of these days, Hot Toys are just going to sell an actual Batcave you can live in, aren't they?