Topless Toy Chest: WWE Debut Mankind by Mattel (Amazon.com Exclusive)

Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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While "Mankind" scaled his greatest professional heights when he acknowledged his name was Mick Foley and was allowed to do goofy stuff with sweatsocks, he had a pretty good run before that as a monster-type character who lived in a boiler room, tore out his own hair, and needed to be soothed with piano music. The very first figure of him in this guise was made in the second series of Jakks Pacific's Bone Crunchers, and was by far the best in that line for a long time. Mattel has finally made him as a classic...but he's only available on Amazon. As you'll see, there are some pluses and minuses to this.

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If Hello Kitty Isn't a Cat, What Is She? I Think I Know!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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Who says the L.A. Times is irrelevant? Today they broke a bombshell story that would seem to just be the result of asking something nobody ever thought of.

"Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty."

Now, if Disney could release a similar statement about Goofy, we'd be getting somewhere. But even if Hello Kitty is a cartoon, she has to have a species. So if she's not a cat, which she looks the most like, what's the next thing in nature that resembles her the most?

See if you can guess before reading on...

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New Funko Howard the Duck Toy Keeps His Pants on

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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The last time there was a Howard the Duck toy, it came with Marvel Legends' Silver Surfer...before disappearing soon thereafter. The problem? It had no pants.

No, this wasn't a concern about Howard having a corkscrew penis on display, but rather an issue that Disney had a problem with any other company's character resembling Donald Duck. Giving Howard pants was a compromise Marvel made to avoid lawsuits. Now Disney owns Marvel, but the pants are staying on, both in his recent big-screen cameo, and this Funko toy that it paved the way for.

Sorry, Beverly.

(Howard and Dancing Groot will be available in December)

Sideshow's 1/6 Scale Imperial Probe Droid Is Reasonably Priced by Sideshow Standards

Monday, August 25, 2014 at 4:41 pm

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How insanely steep is the 1/6 scale collectible market that I see a $250 price tag and decide that's a pretty good deal?

Well, it is. Hot Toys 12" figures go for around that much, and this thing has lights, sounds, articulation everywhere it ought to be, and a base/stand that makes it probably around two feet tall.

I'm still not going to buy it - it looks so movie-accurate that I'd half-expect it to explode after taking a minor hit. But for those of you who will, I have to say you're not getting completely fleeced this time.

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Funko to Make Blind-Boxed Minifigs of EVERY Sci-Fi Character You Like (Seriously).

Monday, August 25, 2014 at 2:07 pm

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Holy, holy crap. We are all going to go broke.

Alien. Predator. Tron. The Rocketeer. E.T. Mars Attacks. Mr. Spock. Mal and Jayne. Judge Dredd. Robocop. Robby the Robot. The Metaluna Mutant. All in the same style and line. And by the looks of it, sporting some articulation. It's like Disney Infinity without having to buy an expensive game.

I'm all out of smartass comments here. It's like you get to be the Beyonder and hold the best Secret Wars ever.

Appliance Heroes! Robots in Really Bad Home-Fixture Disguise

Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Let's say that you're a transforming robot, from the planet (for legal reasons) Shmybershmon, and for some reason you wish to disguise yourself as a rice cooker.

Would you (a) scan a rice cooker and do your best to imitate it exactly so you can hide in plain sight; or (b) paste a gigantic silly face on the side of your alt-mode - which is as conspicuous as a guilty person whistling - so you stand out as the dumbest looking appliance in the house?

I guess if you have made the latter choice, you misguided robot, you, you can always bring along all your pals, so that every appliance in the house has a smiley face. After all, these toys do come in a set of five.

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Weekend Open Thread: Become Robocop, Shake Some Tail and Drone in on Disney

Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

There won't be a Weekend Hangover post on Monday, as Monday morning's list will be Liz Ohanesian's report from Power Morphicon. So let me try to throw as many items as I can out there now:

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-Rob Liefeld just looks like he's blatantly feeding the trolls with that variant cover above.

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Funko's Got Your Dancing Baby Groot Toy Right Here

Friday, August 22, 2014 at 2:29 pm

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It doesn't actually dance; it just bobbles its cute li'l head. But that's how we all got started.

Aside from the accessory figure that comes with the insanely expensive Hot Toys Rocket & Groot, this is the only official version of Dancing Baby Groot in toy form so far. I feel pretty certain it won't be the last.

Per Marvel's Ryan Penagos, pricing and preorder information will be revealed Monday. I hear it's going to retail for $IAmGroot.99, and be available online at IAmGroot. Consider that just a rumor, though.

Smaug Alert - 22" Hobbit-Eating Dragon Figure Flies Home for Christmas

Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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While there have been some issues with the action figure lines from The Hobbit movies, we can be relieved that the one figure fans are likely to want most is indeed going to be available, though he may prove almost as elusive as the Archenstone. A limited run of 3,000 individually numbered Smaug figures will be made available to those who preorder at WBshop.com, and given that he'll come with a mystery 1.5" bonus figure...I think we can safely say that IF said bonus figure is a Hobbit or dwarf, this Smaug will be in scale with the 3-3/4 inch figures released thus far. If not, you'll have to fake it.

Smaug has ten points of articulation, bendy wires in his wings, and multiple paint apps for a detailed color scheme. At $70 he's not super cheap, but for a figure that size in a limited run it's pretty fair. You could try to forge a black arrow and bring down a real one, but really, seventy bucks on your credit card is the safer option. If you can't manage that now, be aware that trying to find him on eBay later might just be..."the greatest adventure."

h/t Matthew Catania

Lego Joker Sings "I've Got the Whole World in My Pants"

Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Technically, this is a trailer for Lego Batman 3, setting up Brainiac as the big bad and establishing that multiple worlds are involved.

But if you're a regular TR reader, trust me- skip straight to the 1:15 mark. It's better without context, much like the image above.

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