Sherlock Reads and Rewrites Green Eggs and Ham in Stop-Motion Parody

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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While the accent's not quite perfect, Kenny Childers' short film captures the mannerisms and speech patterns of our favorite high-functioning sociopath (as played by his Big Chief Studios' action figure). Naturally, he finds Dr. Seuss' text insufficient, and looks for the subtext.

In the end, his analysis of Sam I Am's character is quite Gordon Ramsay-like.

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Lesbian Musical Dyke Hard Looks like the Jem Movie We'll Never Get

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

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It was our own Eric Diaz who suggested that a Jem movie ought to be cast with drag queens, but it looks like Swedish director Bitte Andersson has taken a similar idea and run with it. Except that the Holograms in this version are all gay, and they have to face off against cyborgs, ghosts and ninjas in order to get to the battle of the bands.

Set in 1986, Dyke Hard looks every bit as micro-budgeted as the typical Blumhouse film (which the official Jem movie will be), but actually living up to the "truly outrageous" description. It may not spell it quite the same way, but the trailer is certainly a gem. I'm used to seeing similar stuff pitched on Kickstarter - I guess in Sweden they just say fuck it and make movies like this unassisted.

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Stan Lee, Adam West, Matt Groening to Get Simpsons Action Figures

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

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It is a strange world we live in when Lenny Kravitz and Tom Petty appear side by side in an assortment with three icons of comicdom. This celebrity Simpsons line is starting to remind me more of Groening's other show, Futurama, as these figure sets feel like the equivalent of the heads-in-jars museum.

Does anyone else feel like Stan Lee gets the short end of the stick here, as the only one to be depicted looking his actual age? Maybe it's balance for having been given an unduly perfect physique in He-Man's universe.

A Better Look at the New Firefly Action Figures

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 1:42 pm

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I know a LOT of people have been waiting for a line like this, and while it's not the complete crew in one series, it does provide you a Nathan Fillion head that you can pop on a Green Lantern body if you really want to, and an Adam Baldwin figure that certain aggrieved fans can use as a voodoo doll.

As a matter of fact, there are TWO Jayne figures - a Previews exclusive will come with his knit hat. You can complain about the Malibu Stacy-ness of it if you like, but it's a bad idea to debate anything associated with Adam Baldwin on either capitalism or ethics in nerd hobbies. Like, worse than trying to explain to hardcore Browncoats that there really won't ever be another season, anywhere.

"I might get the Tudyk figure to stand next to my Transformers and be that annoying German character he played in Dark of the Moon"...is something I would never say with any level of seriousness. I like the toy dinosaur accessories


Yeah, This Rocketeer Figure Is Pretty Much Everything I Need

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 10:30 am

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That is rather obviously a digital mock-up of the packaging, but the figure photos are legit - we're getting Cliff Secord's alternate head, removable front flap and his Han Solo-ish pistol. (I'd have preferred a removable helmet because I always do, but at least we have options.) Funny that there's a large number "1" on the package - does anybody actually think there'll be a series 2, when you've just essentially included everything to make variants in one package? (Props for that, by the way. Other companies would have sold the unmasked version separately.)

The only test left is to see if the figure can stay immune from breakage when flung through the air by kids trying to make him "fly." As my then-three-year-old cousin used to say of his rubber toy Rocketeer: "He fwied. He died."

Twenty bucks. Not too bad nowadays.

The 7 Worst G1 Transformers (and Their Best Variants) [UPDATED]

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Real talk: Transformers were (and for some of us still are)where it's at as far as action figures are concerned. It's like two toys in one, with an awesome engineering conundrum between states.

Even-more-real-talk: Some of the original G1 (a term we may be using a little loosely) figures suck pretty bad. Part of the reason is because of the original Japanese toyline blah blah blah I want a car that's a goddamn robot and it needs to look cool as balls! As we know, cool is measured it balls (in the metric system at least) so let me guide you around the less-than-spectacular G1 line and point you toward the coolest goddamn versions of your old favorites. And I want to give a big shout-out to the crew at Seibertron.com for letting me use the amazing photos they have on their site. Thanks guys!


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Top-Down Smackdown: For Wrestling Toys, It's All About the (Custom) Base

Monday, February 16, 2015 at 2:19 pm

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As has been the norm for Toy Fairs since Mattel took the WWE license, there were no massive new line-up reveals - those tend to be saved for Ringside Fest and Comic-Con. But between Mattel and other companies, what was revealed ironically allows the fans to finally do what Vince McMahon has such trouble with - create new stars and situations.

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"Desert Dens" - Custom Mos Eisley-ish Cantina Booths for Your Trigger-Happy Figures

Monday, February 16, 2015 at 11:00 am

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We're past arguing whether Han or Greedo shot first. What happens if Firefly's Jayne and Flash Gordon get into it over drinks? Or Destro decides to seduce Zarana? Now that there are 3-3/4 lines of figures for almost every license, you can decide what was or wasn't "always intended" in the original movie, thanks to these custom cantina dioramas, available with or without light-up features.

Custom toymakers Twelfth Parsec previously funded a popular Indiegogo campaign to make Endor-like tree playsets for displaying figures, and this is their next step. I'd have to assume "Ice Cave" or "Cumulus Town" might be next, but you never know - with all the Reaction lines, some branching out ought to be in order. Like, the same pieces could double for Dagobah and Arboria, especially if you can mix in the previous "Space Trees."

I don't really do 3-3/4 any more, myself - it takes a whopping 18 inches to fully satisfy my figure cravings nowadays. But if I did, I think these would be essential.

Here Are All Our Toy Fair Gallery Links in One Place

Monday, February 16, 2015 at 9:14 am

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Whether you've been following us on Twitter or just read this morning's Best-of list, chances are there are a whole lot of new toy reveals you haven't seen. Luckily for you, we have galleries of every picture Jim took at the show, grouped by company. So if you missed out on any of the following, just click and see.

Keep in mind not every picture is a masterpiece, and one man can't get everything. Our goal was to grab as many as possible rather than to nail all-too-few perfect shots.

All companies we covered are listed alphabetically, after the jump....


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Worthy Cause? Foam Trays and Storage Boxes for Action Figures on Kickstarter

Monday, February 16, 2015 at 8:00 am

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I like the thinking behind this concept. Really, I do. You don't get to be my age and go through college and major life changes without multiple occasions of boxing action figures up, and usually coming away with at least a couple broken.

My only question is: why make them for Star Wars and GI Joe figures, two of the sturdiest lines there are? The figures that break most easily are McFarlanes, and mini-statues. THOSE need foam. And the larger scales are, of course, the final stretch goal in the Kickstarter.

Actually, when I saw the name "Action Figure Foam," I was hoping for something out of a spray can that would fill all empty space and cushion everything. Make THAT a stretch goal and I'm in for sure.

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