I think it was the double-whammy of The Horror Show and Pumpkinhead that made me a Lance Henriksen fan, and in the years before the Internet, he was that one guy whom it seemed that only I knew about. Ironically, I had completely forgotten his most famous role as a point of reference - when I saw Aliens I wasn't yet at the stage of remembering actor names, and Bishop was a character to me. It blew my mind to go back, re-view it, and realize it was him. And then to revisit The Terminator and see him in that too.
When he got Millennium in the '90s, I spent most of the first few episodes not even registering the plot; I was too busy going "HOLY SHIT SHIT SHIT THEY GAVE LANCE HENRIKSEN HIS OWN SHOW." And so, to finally get a proper Lance Henriksen action figure is a life achievement unlocked. But can it possibly measure up after all these years?More >>
I'm pretty sure the BB-8/Kylo Ren battle you see here won't be a setpiece in the movie, but I'm not saying I'd necessarily complain if it were.
I am saying these are less disappointing than most of the initial Hasbro waves are looking to be.More >>
I'm not sure how many animatronics I would want in my own birthday cake as a matter of practicality, but a G1 Optimus who can become a robot and go back to a truck, and be (mostly) eaten by kids is impressive indeed.
However, next year I want to see cake creator Rusell Munro step up and make a Bayformers Bumblebee cake that sprays Mello Yello everywhere from its crotch.
But not for his kid. For me.
You may well wonder how we connect those two topics mentioned in the headline above. I can barely remember, myself. But we got Greg Jones Jr. on as our guest, and things got pretty free-form, with extended digressions on the movie Leprechaun 4, John Oliver, Dragon Ball, Christian Slater's dad apparently sending hate mail to the LA Weekly, and more.
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I get panic attacks sometimes.
I don't like to say I "suffer" from them, because I feel like that word should be reserved for people who need serious medical attention. It's enough to say I get them, and I don't like them. I can't imagine there's a person who does. Everyone's are different, but mine often combine the feeling that I have a ton of stuff that needs doing in too little time, while simultaneously holding me in place and keeping me from actually doing any of it, save obsessively checking Twitter to see if new Star Wars news broke.
So when I saw the movie Lego: A Brickumentary, and I heard Trey Parker talking about how he loves to build Lego sets in his free time because they're just about following instructions and that relaxes his mind, I decided it might be a good idea to give that a go. But maybe I shouldn't have substituted a McFarlane Building set in the equation...More >>
One of the best quirks of the toy industry is that cartoon caricatures, if stylized enough, aren't considered "likenesses," and thus we can get toys based on people like Sean Penn who probably wouldn't give permission to some big capitalist corporation to waste plastic by mass-producing his visage. That's how I imagine him saying it, anyway.
I mean, it's also pretty much a crime that we have more action figures of Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka than we do of Gene Wilder, but again, thanks to Vinyl Idolz, you'll be getting Doctor "Fronkensteen" as well as two other key characters.
Next up, I suggest Vinyl Idolz make non-likeness likenesses of Jack Nicholson and Peter Weller - two actors who notoriously charge such high fees that only Hot Toys has been willing to pay them thus far. This style would be PERFECT for Buckaroo Banzai.
I'm frequently amazed that collectors exist who will pay top dollar to own every single Iron Man suit ever in toy form, but they do, and the figures keep coming. This particular variant is
the Mark 40 variant, also known by its moniker, "Shotgun," is a hyper-velocity traveling suit and was one a new generation of Iron Man armored suits created by Tony Stark for the Iron Legion. The suit received its nickname, "Shotgun," for the explosive sonic boom it creates when breaking the sound barrier in flight.This fully articulated figure is 75% metal (sort of like Metallica post-Load), features LEDs in the head and chest, and being the first of many Singapore imports by Bluefin from Comicave Studios, will run you around $140.
As a bonus, if you get bored of it someday you can melt it down to make cutlery. But please only do that if you actually know how.
The Castle Grayskull gang are makin' a comeback! Masters of the Universe, once Mattel's borderline forgotten in-house brand, has seen a resurgence in public awareness and licensing over the past year. He-Man and Skeletor are popping up in car commercials, video games, designer toys, more designer toys, statues, comic books, shirts and even underoos.
And then there's the long-fabled film. You know which one I mean - the one that seems to go into hibernation every six months, poking its head out of its cave just long enough to announce a new writer.More >>
I haven't actually played Killer Instinct since the '90s, but I'm really digging this new character based on Kayako from The Grudge.
The line comes from Ultimate Source Toys, a company with whom I'm not super-familiar, and they look to be like old-style McFarlanes - super-detailed with a basic pre-pose and a few points of articulation to customize it slightly. Toyark, where I first heard about these, has some disagreement over whether they're 6-inch or 9-inch.
More pics from Ultimate Source below...More >>