Man Surprises Girlfriend With Giant Painting of Bumblebee, Which Is a Great Relationship Test

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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I think this is how you know you've found the one. You're with someone who says she's a fan of a particular action figure, so you commission a ginormous painting of the toy.

If she sticks around, you done good.

Let's take a look at what went down in this case...

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These Custom Playmobil Zombies for Sale Might Just Make You (Yes, Even You) Sick

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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Playmobil has done many different themes from multiple historical periods and modern scenarios, but I think it's safe to say they'll never do zombies. Fortunately for those of you who like taking toys aimed at educational child's play and perverting them into sick, horrible jokes for adults to amuse ourselves with, that's where Zombiemonkie comes in.

The fast food worker above is one of the tamer ones - there's another, based on a popular urban legend, that I can't even bear to actually show here. It involves a baby, and...well, let's just say it might make Todd McFarlane go, "Huh. That's kind of in bad taste for a toy even when aimed at adults, don't you think?" The guy pictured, though, appears to be doing a funny take on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom's dessert offerings, and as a fan of that much-maligned installment, I can't not appreciate the effort. And he's yours for $50.

7 Ways Blizzcon 2014 Rocked

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Blizzcon has been the (mostly) annual videogame convention for all things created by Blizzard Entertainment since 2005. (They skipped putting on a show in 2006 and 2012.) Fans of Warcraft, Diablo and more converge at the Anaheim Convention Center for two cosplay-dressed days. Like a younger, just-as-caffeinated kid brother to LA's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Blizzcon delivers more hang time with game developers, competitive gaming tournaments, and, obviously, more orcs. Here are the seven things that rocked along with a few that felt a bit out of tune...


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Lego Announces Big Bang Theory Set; Still Considering Doctor Who

Friday, November 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm

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Um..."Bazinga"? That's what they say on that show, right?

Behold what I believe to be the very first Lego set based on a sitcom. Big Bang Theory and "Birds" were two winners selected in this round of Lego Ideas for production, with a third being considered - one of two Doctor Who submissions. The big loser was the Back to the Future time-traveling train.

Here's what the birds submission looked like:

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Ooooh, Rock for Dr. Zaius! NECA Unveils Planet of the Apes Lawgiver

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm

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As part of the 7" figure line for the original Planet of the Apes movies, NECA just revealed a diorama piece for the line - this 12" statue of the Lawgiver, in front of which Dr. Zaius can pontificate his orang-utanny heart out.

I'm going to hold out for a bleeding variant, myself. As much as I like the Apes, I fear we're never getting the removable-face mutants or Charlton Heston that would make the line complete.

The cool thing about a Heston toy would be that you could constantly take weapons from his cold, dead hands. And then put them back. Or replace them with Lego.

UPDATE: NECA responded to my query...

Bandai's Samurai Sandtrooper is My Favorite 6" Star Wars Figure so far

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm

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I showed you Samurai Vader back in June, as I wondered whether he was a statue or a figure. Well, there are definitely figures in this style, and his legions are being bolstered with samurai Stormtroopers, Sandtroopers, Snowtroopers and Royal Guards.

I thought about trying to make a Last Samurai joke, but if Bandai keeps making these I hope we never get to a "last" one. And by the way...NIPPLES ON SANDTROOPERS! (That's not why I like them. But now that I've said that, you are utterly convinced that it is. I know you.)

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This Should Be the Cast of the New Ghostbusters

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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I know they're not all-female, but...wait. Are they? Does Domo have a gender?

[wikis it] Apparently a "he." Never mind.

Fun fantasy while it lasted.

They'll Fight for Freedom to Make Huge Figures, Gentle Giant Is There!

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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It was the inevitable next step. After reproducing vintage Star Wars figures in a 12" scale for eighty bucks a pop, Gentle Giant has started with G.I. Joe, though they've curiously chosen to start with Rock 'n Roll instead of, say, Snake Eyes. I guess it's so that when you do dirty deeds to scrape the money together, you can say you sold your soul for Rock 'n Roll.

Looks like this is a full-on trend now, with Mattel doing the same thing for vintage Masters of the Universe. Yet I don't know one person who's actually buying them.

I'll consider it if they do Visionaries, though. Giant holograms would be cool.

One, Two, Mego-Style Freddy's Gonna Murder the Crap out of You...

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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This is NECA's second version of Freddy Krueger on a '70s-style body with cloth outfit, and by golly, they may actually make me a convert to this format before they're done. Based on his appearance in Freddy's Revenge, a somewhat campy installment that most fans today see as a barely coded allegory for coming out of the closet, this figure is scarier than the actual movie. Unless you're Orson Scott Card, maybe.

If you have any old-school Megos, they better watch out. Muscular dudes in spandex are particularly likely targets for this particular iteration of ol' Stripy Sweater.

Our Adventures at the First-Ever Hello Kitty Con

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 1:10 pm

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"Hello, Kitty. I want to play a game..."

For those who haven't been following along on Twitter, I've spent the last two days at Hello Kitty Con, which was every bit as strange as one might expect. Unlike at Comic-Con, the press preview night was strictly for press, and gave attendees space to walk around and shop with ease. Like Comic-Con, the next day was utterly insane, with lines that went on forever and Internet/phones getting their signals choked out.

What strikes me as unusual about Hello Kitty - which may be more common for girl toys, such as Barbie - is that even though there are comics, cartoons and such, her strength lies in being a bit of a blank slate for people to project whatever they wish onto her. Nobody at the Con, for example, would have an argument over what Hello Kitty would or would not do, because she can do anything you want. Except NOT sell endless reams of expensive, exclusive merchandise.

I put together a featurette for your entertainment...

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