Funko's Amputee Obsession: Armless Wampa, Headless Hershel Toys for Comic-Con

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 2:30 pm


Funko, known for their black-eyed bobbleheads of almost every successful property there is, seem like they're showing a bit of a dark side. For Comic-Con, they're doing not one, but TWO toys based on popular dismemberment scenes. Oh, sure, the Wampa in Empire Strikes Back had it coming, and considering what happened to Darth Maul, the ice beast got off easy.

Not so Hershel Greene on The Walking Dead...

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8 Ways Bronies Are Just Like Anime Fans, as Seen in the New Documentary A Brony Tale

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 6:00 am


One group likes a cartoon about brightly colored ponies with distinctive personalities. The other has a broad interest in animation and comics from Japan. Still, Bronies and anime fans are more similar than you might think. Both occupy relatively small pockets within the greater nerd universe; they may turn up at general events like San Diego Comic-Con, but they have their own conventions and their own way of expressing community. (Those MLP t-shirts that read "20% Cooler" and at least 50% of the costumes at Anime Expo won't make sense to people outside of the scenes.) On top of that, both Bronies and anime fans also face challenges and stereotypes that might not affect other so-called geeks. In fact, sometimes, they're misjudged by their own.

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Holy Buttload of 1966-Style Figure Variants, Batman!

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm


Let's do some math here: Mattel does ONE series of Batman '66 action figures. Charges way too much for them ($22 each at Toys R Us). Has the basic characters and three Bat-variants - Comic-Con Batusi version, surfer version, and two-pack with Robin and huge copyright label version.

Figures Toy Company charges $34.99 for their 8-inch figures, and they not only do more minor (yet cult-fave) villains like Egghead, but they also just announced SIX episode-specific variants. Pink Cowl Batman, Gray Suit Joker. Boxing Batman, Boxing Riddler, Baseball Joker and Opera Clown Joker are all coming in September, and if they do well I can't imagine there won't be more.

Holy variety. Wholly profit.

Check 'em out...

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Playmates Redoes What NECA Did Better, With B/W TMNT Exclusive Figure

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm


Yes, one of this year's Playmates SDCC exclusive figures is a black-and-white Raphael, in the style of the original comics.

"What is this, 2008?" replied NECA, in my imagination.


"Hey, considering most of our toys look like they come from the '90s, that's progress!" responds a smartass Playmates person, also existing entirely in my own head.

via Blast-O-Rama

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: "Ambiguously Gay Duo" Action Figures and Tin Tote Coming to Comic-Con!

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

On the heels of our premiere announcement of the SDCC-exclusive Monitor Mate, we have another excellent Ace and Gary item to reveal!

Saturday Night Live The Ambiguously Gay Duo and Bighead 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures in Tin Tote - Convention Exclusive

Inspired by Saturday Night Live's "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" cartoon, this gift set includes an awesome tin tote and three action figures of key characters from the series! The colorful, collectible 8 5/8-inch wide x 7-inch tall x 4-inch deep tote showcases series-true artwork on all sides, including images of Ace and Gary flying, Bighead on his throne, and "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" logo. Inside the metal tote you'll find three very cool 3 3/4-inch scale action figures of "superheroes" Ace and Gary, and the duo's arch-nemesis, Bighead. Appearing just as they do in the cartoon, they feature articulation at the neck, shoulders, and hips so you can reenact your favorite scenes.

Available at San Diego Comic-Con at the Entertainment Earth booth, #2343, $59.99

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: New Kittens, Beer Cupcakes and Kissing Cartoons

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 8:00 am


Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Happy after-the-4th of July for those of you who celebrate this holiday. This week has been hot and humid in the desert; temps have been reaching 110 degrees during the day and into the 80s at night. We have also been having afternoon thunderstorms and flash floods. Oh, such fun. Just love the monsoon season, but we do need the rain. LYT and Julia came for a visit after their trip to England, where they had way to much fun at Warner Bros studio and the Harry Potter exhibit and also seeing Thomas the Tank Engine park. At my house we celebrated LYT's birthday early and I made the traditional lasagna dinner.

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Determined to Ruin Lego, Greenpeace Video Depicts Emmet, Wyldstyle, Puppies, Santa Drowning in Oil

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm


Yeah, I'm thinking this is going to backfire, big-time.

Regardless of the politics of environmentalism, which I'm not really looking to debate beyond suggesting that Shell does not literally go around drowning people and their puppies, depicting the nasty death of two of this year's most well-liked kids-movie heroes - as a slowed-down, "tragic" version of their peppy, positive theme song plays - is a shitty thing to do just to get people to protest Lego's ties to Shell oil. Plus, how much of that evil Lego did you have to buy to make this anti-Lego comnmercial?

The video's YouTube description says: "Children's imaginations are an unspoilt wilderness. Help us stop Shell polluting them by telling LEGO to stop selling Shell-branded bricks and kits today." Yeah, unspoilt till you just murdered two of their heroes. Hey, I'd like my banks to be better regulated - maybe I'll just rip the head off a My Little Pony plush to make that point. Hasbro probably uses a bank too, right?

UPDATE: Lego doesn't even sell Shell-branded bricks any more. They replaced them a while back with the fictional Octan in the movie by the evil Lord Business. Though it does seem they re-upped recently, so maybe more are coming. (h/t EvilMonkeyPope in comments)

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ROM: Spaceknight Returns to Toys (Briefly)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm


For kids in the '70s, ROM was a pretty cool toy. Even though he had barely any articulation and he looked like he could have been carved out of soap, his "electronic" lights and sounds were groundbreaking for the time, and his aesthetic represented what we had thus far been conditioned to believe robots would look like.

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Todd McFarlane Hilariously Misunderstands Appeal of Lego, Makes Walking Dead Block Toys Anyway

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 10:00 am


if I start zooming in on any photo it starts to become square, right? That's what theirs do. I took my kids to Legoland, and it's fantastic from twenty-five feet. I've been up close and I go, "It's a bunch of bricks." I've always said, "I don't get why it can't look cool from up close." Our will be the opposite. The closer you get to ours, the cooler it's gonna be.
With that, and his constant insistence on referring to the studs on Lego bricks as "nipples," Todd McFarlane introduces his new construction line. Don't tell him about Minecraft, anyone.

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Top-Down Smackdown: Saluting Santino Marella

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm


Before we get to the main topic at hand, I'd just like to point out that the toy above is a real, officially licensed thing that exists. Randy Orton and gorillas in a cage.

Just remember this the next time they refer to Mark Henry as a "Silverback." "Self-proclaimed" or otherwise.

In bigger news this week, Santino Marella announced his retirement from in-ring performance, due to cumulative neck injuries.

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