As editor of this site, Rob Bricken was often best-known for his discoveries of terrible, fetishistic fan fiction.
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I'm not familiar with Gecco Corp, but they just sent me a ton of pics of their new San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, to share with you.
In contrast to the familiar clean shiny black armor of MGRR RAIDEN, this exclusive white version tells the story of his fierce battles, highlighting his damaged armor. His usual weapons, the blades and scabbards, are changed to the giant rocket launcher on his back and the assault rifle in his right hand. The assault rifle can be displayed with or without the suppressor. The base features sandbags piled high and a fallen sign, representing a classic stage of the video game. The eye glows red with a mounted LED in the head. The effect of "Augment Mode" is added on the visor.He'll sell for $195, which seems reasonable for a detailed 12" statue.
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This is what happens to guys who keep staring at cleavage without looking a woman in the face - one day, you find one that has no face. And she murders you.
It positively mystifies me that Silent Hill hasn't gotten better toy treatment over the years, but Figma may be about to remedy that. Having started with Pyramid Head (who's smaller than I'd like, but whatevs), they've moved on to the health-care worker from hell. I don't know whether to be turned on or terrified - but I do know that she scares me less than the actual health-care bureaucracy in the real world.
His name is Freeze. Learn it well, for it is the chilling sound of your...wait, wrong guy. Mortal Kombat's resident ice man is the one who cometh to summer conventions in 6" faux-crystal form. The fact that this is an obvious variant doesn't make it any less cool, and really, I'm happy to see Mezco using their considerable talents to do source-accurate figures - they used the digital files from Mortal Kombat X - rather than the stylization/caricature they're often known for.
Now, let the bitching begin from people who wanted to army-build ice clones - but before that, if you can't make it to Comic-Con, place a preorder on Mezco's website. They're likely to FINISH (having) HIM (in stock) pretty quickly.
Since I came to Topless Robot, one of the publicists it has been a massive pleasure to work with has been Joe Moscone, formerly of Hasbro's publicity agency Hunter PR. If you've ever won a Hasbro toy from me in a contest, it's because of Joe. If you ever enjoyed a Hasbro toy review on this site...again, Joe.
Joe decided to change careers earlier this year, and has lately been cleaning out his closet of exclusive toys from San Diego Comic-Con, Star Wars Celebration and various other retailers and shows over the years. He's auctioning them all off for charity, to benefit the Greg Olsen foundation, which combats cancer and cardiovascular disease.
So if you've missed any of these toys over the years and want a chance to grab them now, this is a wonderful way to do so while supporting folks who are giving others a chance at life. Not to mention giving back to a guy who has one of the most supportive of online communities like ours when he didn't have to be (oh, trust me...there are people I've been dealing with this week who you'd think would like us, but made me want to bang my head against the wall. Joe was always the opposite of that.) If you'd rather not buy anything but would like to make a donation in any amount on Joe's behalf, you can do that too. And given his association with Hasbro for so long, I think it's not inappropriate to wish him a hearty "YO, JOE!"
Fans frequently disagreed regarding the caliber of Mattel's Ghostbusters figures, and Diamond Select has the license now. But for Comic-Con, here's one final toy in the line to warm fans' hearts - officially called "Courtroom Battle Egon," he's a commemorative figure of Ramis in normal clothes with a proton pack, so you can have him either be Egon Spengler or the late writer/actor/director who created one of cinema's all-time great nerds.
And for Masters of the Universe fans - that exclusive will be, as many expected, Rotar and Twistoid, who will come with removable lower torsos with legs. Preorders go on-sale May 28th for Club Eternia subscribers, and June 1st for everyone else.
It's nice of McFarlane Toys to still occasionally do larger things for their regular Walking Dead figures, even as they save the bigger setpieces for Nipple-O. And with Morgan's big return having been both the planting and the payoff of the recent season, he's the perfect guy to get an upgrade. Seen here with one of his season 3 traps, Morgan comes splattered in blood, with a female walker who can be impaled - or not - on his spool o' spikes.
Now, to be recent-season-accurate, you can only play with it for a few seconds at the very end of your figure battles.
Among nerdy modes of transportation, submarines may be underrated. I suppose that the spaceship - or maybe the TARDIS - is the ultimate dream vehicle for nerds, but the submarine would still be high on the list, and it has, abetted by comic book advertising, a sense of plausible attainability the others do not.
So with Black Sea, Kevin Macdonald's heavy-handed but agreeably tense submarine thriller, out on Blu-ray this week, here are a few of the many submarine adventures with nerd appeal. I've focused only on vehicles, by the way, not undersea stations, even though it meant skipping such favorites as Destination Inner Space and DeepStar Six...More >>
The good thing about the rate at which Minions merchandise is being cranked out is that when it comes to buying gifts for my wife on any given special occasion, I no longer have to actually think about it - I just grab the one she doesn't have.
With that said, there will probably be much wailing and gnashing of teeth that this assortment does not include Bee-Do, the siren-headed fireman from Despicable Me 2. Yes, I know his name - I have purchased three different versions of him, after all.
Oh well, better these than the Mega Bloks.
When I was a kid, Transformers were simply out of my price range. In Irish pounds (approximately $1.50 back then), a Star Wars or Action Force/G.I. Joe figure was 2.99, a Masters of the Universe figure (if you knew the right place to shop) was 4.99, and while a Go-Bot/Robo-Machine was officially 4.99, there were some really good knock-offs that used the same molds which could be had for 1.99.
Transformers? If you wanted a Voyager-size one, you were looking at 12.99, easily. In 1985. So I've only indulged as an adult, and without the childhood attachment factor, I've focused mostly on Alternators and movie versions - figures that look like actual, real-world vehicles in their alt modes, and genuinely different robots otherwise. So when Hasbro asked if I wanted to review two new ones, of course I was down. And then came the follow-up question: "Which other ones do you need to complete Superion and Menasor?"
Ummm...all of them?
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