Because few small companies like to leave money on the table, that Alien Egg Chamber Playset that was so hard to get at Comic-Con has been given a color makeover (black box instead of blue, charcoal-colored base) and is available online for preorder as of this writing with no waiting in line.
I can't decide if this is a dick move or a fan-friendly gesture. If you lined up purely to try and get one for the resale value, I guess the joke's on you - resale value will go down even with the color difference. But if you lined up as a fan, I feel bad for you when this version looks just as good.
One thing I love about McFarlane Toys is that they really do NOT force their employees to be super-reverent towards the boss. It turns out they're just as amused by the fact that Todd calls the studs on Lego bricks "nipples" as anyone else. In fact, when I suggest that they need a shorter brand name than "McFarlane Building Sets," one of the responses is "Nipple-O."
That said, when finished many of these sets look pretty good in person. And I got a look at some of the next series in the works if these ones do well...More >>
For our final video from this year's Comic-Con, we have longtime friend-of-TR Zach Oat, of Diamond Select Toys, with a look at their new in-house products. We discuss their deal with Miramax, the ability to use John Travolta's likeness, why you won't be seeing a toy of X-Men: Days of Future Past's Mystique, and more.
Consider this also your open thread for the rest of the day. I have to go home now.More >>
It hasn't yet set a firm release date in 2015 yet, but Max Steel is positioning itself to be the start of Mattel's answer to Hasbro's big recent moves into movies. Director Stewart Hendler, writer Christopher Yost, and ridiculously good-looking leads Ben Winchell and Ana Villafañe took a few minutes at Comic-Con to sit and talk to us about it.More >>
For any discerning toy collector, it's a dream come true to talk to someone like Randy and ask him every question on your mind. Afterward, of course, I can think of even more things I wish I'd asked.
But if you want to know why Sigourney Weaver finally agreed to having a Ripley toy that looks like her, or whether a Christopher Reeve Superman or Lou Ferrigno Hulk are possible, or what ideas might be in store for the Simpsons celebrity line, or even why there's a giant, terrifying E.T. in drag at NECA's booth (beyond ensuring Rob Bricken never sleeps again)...it's all here. Enjoy. I did.More >>
-Billy Barty fans rejoice - Mattel will be immortalizing him in plastic as Masters of the Universe's Gwildor, this November. Moo!
-Sam Raimi is making a movie out of The Last of Us.More >>