NECA's Toy Fair banner reveals a facehugged Kane from Alien (John Hurt, apparently more than willing to sign off on his likeness for Doctor Who toys, does not want an Alien figure that looks like him) and a silhouette of the new movie Godzilla they're not allowed to reveal yet.
This is but the first big toy reveal of the weekend. You like?
It is not only Valentine's Day and President's Day weekend, but we also have both the New York Toy Fair and Gallifrey One happening. Monday is a holiday for me, but stay tuned to Topless Robot on Twitter, as we have a guy at Toy Fair over the weekend.
In the meantime, before you all unleash the hounds, here are some last-minute items that got cut for time...
-TOPLESS ROBOT MERCHANDISE is coming! Just bumper stickers for now. All sold at cost.
-Kickstarter for "Period Panties" that feature slogans like "Cunt Dracula" and "Bleeder of the Pack. Also a possibly actionable Grumpy Cat flipping you off.
-The Equestria Girls sequel is coming this year.
-A Catwoman-themed fashion show that somehow manages to be totally unsexy.
-K*Nex does Lego ripoff with Family Guy minifigs. You tink daaat's bad? Why yes, yes I do.
-'90s MTV Alternative Nation fixture Maggie Estep has died.
-Biplanes versus Tripods in new animated War of the Worlds movie.
-Sorry fellas, Ellen Page is forever off the market to you. Ladies - we have some good news...
- "Angry Birds Stella"? Is Marlon Brando suggesting new game names from beyond the grave?
Tipsters included Greggory Basore, Eric Diaz, SlyDante777, and possibly others I'm forgetting.
Remember when Pixar used to add stuff like this to the end credits after a week or so, to get kids to keep coming back to see their movies again and again? I guess The Lego Movie folks are confident they don't need that (they're right - I've seen it twice, which I rarely do with any movie nowadays).
So if you want to see Vitruvius, Unikitty, Emmet and Batman screw up even more than they do in the movie itself (Wyldstyle is apparently gaffe-free), along with Lego versions of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, check this out...More >>
"Animated-style" toys generally aren't for me, but if you liked the old Bruce Timm designs, it's getting a makeover that puts the Kenner figures to shame. DC Collectibles will be putting out a series of figures from the Dini/Timm era, including Catwoman, Mr. Freeze and Two-Face.
And they're going to be $24.95 each. Ouch. That's not the price tag we deserve.
Via MTV, we also have a video look at the rest of DC Collectibles' Toy Fair offerings, including a pretty cool Greg Capullo line of Bat-figures, and a disturbing "slumber party" Harley Quinn in PJs with an open butt-flap to reveal Bat-undies. DC has learned nothing from the whole "naked and suicidal" thing, it seems.More >>
Yahoo got hold of a Toy Fair poster today showing the core characters, in 6-inch scale. Rocket Raccoon will come individually, and Groot is the Build-a-Figure; two characters other than the core team are yet to be announced.
I'm disappointed in Gamora - Marvel Legends have always had a little trouble with beautiful women, and Zoe Saldana, alas, isn't faring a whole lot better here than her alter-ego Neytiri did at Mattel's hands. The rest, however, look pretty solid, and I think it's great that they're leading with 6-inch detailed figures rather than 3-inch Happy Meal-esque junk.
Get an even closer look at all of them on Yahoo. Who would have thought even a year ago that toy-wise, this would be the year of the Chris Pratt action figure?
She won't actually be on the cover - the above is a promo handout for the New York Toy Fair. But she will have her own photoshoot inside, as well as several other SI tie-ins like a special collector doll.
I like the precedent of toys being legitimate models, though. Can we get He-Man on the cover of regular Sports Illustrated?
When a movie soundtrack problem comes along, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh must whip it into shape, and with The Lego Movie, he most certainly has. "Everything Is Awesome" hasn't left the head of anyone who has seen the film, and the new Batman theme might be the best thing since the sixties gave us "Duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh."
We got the chance to talk to Mark about how you score when faced with a plastic brick wall. The answers may surprise you.