Darkseid Is Weirdly Turning Japanese

Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

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This is what happens when you let Square-Enix redesign your comic-book characters - they do waaaay more than add piping and collars. In Darkseid's case, it looks like they amputated both arms below the bicep and replaced his forearms with leftover Gundam bits.

Either that or Darkseid is attending an intergalactic comic-con and trying to cosplay as a Super Saiyan who forgot the spiky blond wig. I'm usually all for Play Arts Kai screwing around with designs, but I really think they went a little too busy on this one. It's like a fashion Apokolips.

The Simpsons' Town of Springfield, to Scale, in Lego

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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A guy with too much time on his hands...or a guy who knows how to use his time exactly right? That Lego Simpsons house just wasn't enough for Matt De Lanoy, who previously built a minifig-scaled New New York from Futurama. While you can check out individual stills on his Flickr feed, it's the video below that really shows it off the best...and reveals fun easter eggs like Lego Movie villain President Business paying Mr. Burns a visit at the office.

And now you know that when everything is awesome, there's no need to have a cow, man.

Cue obligatory "better than the show is nowadays" in comments in 3...2...

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Weekend Hangover: Anne Rice Rebooted, Milli Vanilli and Mario, Rubber Duck and Bondage

Monday, August 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

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What stories might you (and we) have missed over the weekend? Fear not, dear readers, for many of them have been gathered here for your perusal via reader submissions, and the assistance of Kyle LeClair.

This week's tipsters include James.k.Polk, SlyDante777, NebulaJack, troi, DrAbraxas, Gallen_Dugall, Dr.Gonzo82, rkwsupserstar, donnaryoko, Timely-Tardis-Lego

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This Isn't a Photo of Zoe Saldana as Gamora

Friday, August 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Regular readers know I'm always quite impressed with Hot Toys - but this is a new level even for them. The only reason I know that's not a photo of the actress is because I got it from the Facebook gallery for the Guardians of the Galaxy toy.

Zoe's long overdue for some good toys - the Star Trek figures from Playmates and Mattel's Avatar figures were not exactly masterpieces. But what with this and the excellent Marvel Legends likeness, I have hopes for some decent Neytiri stuff when James Cameron finally stops diving and starts filming blue cat people again.

This doesn't make up for the weird Gamora omissions in a lot of the mass-market merchandise. But if it's any consolation, this crushes them all.

Would You Pay $500 to Cuddle Godzilla?

Friday, August 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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From Steiff, the company that basically invented the teddy bear, thereby assuring that children the world over have a distorted, overly cute view of large ground-based predators, comes this new high-end Godzilla, because if you try and hug a reptile in real life, it hurts and you can catch all kinds of nasty bacteria from their mouth.

Don't ask how I know that. Just assume the worst. Anyway, despite being $500, this 19.5 inch tall plush has sold out of its first run already, but they're taking advance orders for the next shipment - for a grand total of 1,954 units produced.

That's pretty limited...Hey, it's almost as limited as Godzilla's actual screen time in the recent movie, amirite? Don't look at me like that. Y'all were the ones who complained.

h/t troi

Drug Droid, Kirk Stormtrooper Highlight "Space Madness" Bootleg Art Toys

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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Sure, R2 units have a useful tool for almost every job...but have you noticed how they can never keep their companion protocol droids from being hopelessly neurotic, or their owners from being tempted by the dark side?

That has changed. RX-DX is ready to dispense capsules for space madness. Now, if only we'd had him around in the prequel era, maybe Anakin's nightmares and mommy issues would have faded away into a happy haze of antidepression.

Failing that, one of Junk Fed's other "Space Madness" un-articulated art pieces could have been sent in to clean up...

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Assassin's Creed to Get Mega Bloks

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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I'm surprised Todd McFarlane didn't snap this license up for his Nipple-O sets, but like Halo, I guess it got away from him. The video game often abbreviated, completely unironically as far as I can tell, to "AssCreed" will be getting its Lego-esque rendition from Mega Bloks, where it joins Halo, Hello Kitty, Call of Duty and Barbie. And with Mattel owning Mega Bloks, is it a matter of time before they take Todd's major licenses not called The Walking Dead away from him?

I'd love to see the reverse of that, with McFarlane getting Masters of the Universe. Total pipedream, but you know his She-Ra would be smokin' and his Skeletor would be scary as shit.

via Figures.com

12" Matt Smith Doctor Who Figure Is on the Way to Hurt Your Wallet

Friday, August 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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Big Chief Studios, known for high-end, limited edition runs of Doctor Who and Sherlock figures, are finally acknowledging that fezzes are cool. But when can you own one to place atop the perfectly coiffed head of #11?

Well, WHO can say?

Batman Memories: Homecoming, Heroes and Hype in the Summer of '89

Friday, August 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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In celebration of Batman's 75th, and the Tim Burton movie's 25th, many people have been writing about what Batman has meant to them. I thought I'd give it a go.

While I thought Chris Cummins did an excellent job summing up the significance of 1989's Batman on its official anniversary date of June 23, its significance to me is a little different. See, 1989 wasn't just the summer of Batman for me - it was my first summer in over 12 years as a U.S. resident. Yet when I first heard there was a Batman movie being made - a long overdue one given that there were already four Superman films - I had no idea that the year it would come out would be a year I'd live three different places. Nor that the hype surrounding a dark-toned comic-book movie would be the milieu that would come to define my career over a decade later. What did I know? I was 14, and had grown up in a country and culture (the Republic of Ireland) that neither my parents nor I fully understood, even though we all allegedly spoke the same language.

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The 5 Most Frustrating Moments From Game of Thrones Season 4 (And 5 Ways to Wait for Next Year)

Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 6:00 am

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It's been a little while since the 4th Season Finale of the TV sensation based on George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels aired on US television. That means we're now at the point where it's more or less okay to talk about the season as a whole, provided that readers understand that an article like this requires ONE BIG ENTIRE SPOILER WARNING! IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ALL THE SEASON FOUR EPISODES AND STILL WANT TO BE SURPRISED THEN YOU SHOULD STOP READING

Just to be clear, this article is aimed primarily at people who watch the show but don't read the books. Thus, there won't be any discussion of material from the books that has not yet been worked into the show. First up will be a look at the changes from the source material that were frustrating for those of us who have read the novels, so that the rest of you can understand why we're wigging out on some things. Following that will be some helpful tips for curbing your cravings for more Game of Thrones stuff during the long wait for next years episodes.

So if you haven't seen all 10 episodes of Season 4, turn back now (or at least don't get pissed at being spoiled).

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