Final Production Image of Firefly Action Figures May Give You Brown Pants

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 10:30 am

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Reis O'Brien

Up until now, we've been seeing prototypes and mock-ups, but Funko toy designer Reis O'Brien has shared this image of final production samples, and aside from Mal looking a little stoned, they came out about as well as anyone could have hoped.

In keeping with Firefly tradition, of course, watch the line get canceled before the whole crew can be made. And Funko to spend years thereafter being asked when it'll be revived as a limited-edition set.

Shailene Woodley, Whose Appeal Lies in Not Looking Like Barbie, Gets a Barbie

Monday, March 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm

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I guess this is the girl equivalent of Stan Lee getting a He-Man physique and godly bio in the Masters of the Universe line. Shailene Woodley buffed up to play Tris in the Divergent movies, so of course the Barbie version slims her down again to starvation levels.

As I live with a Barbie collector who is not bothered by unrealistic body images, I can't really claim that this is a problem. I just know that if I worked out to get bigger, I'd be pissed if my toy then became a waif.

Weekend Open Thread: Huggable Venom Edition

Friday, March 6, 2015 at 4:42 pm

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As always remember to be good to each other and HUGGS!

R.K. Stein is at PAX East for us and will be Tweeting pictures throughout the weekend, with a full recap Monday. And now, your Comment of the Week:

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Congratulations to another victor in the battle for invisible bragging rights!

NECA Announces Alien: Isolation Figures, Teases Sculpt Development

Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11:39 am

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They've been cagey about doing Isolation video game figures in the past, but never ruled it out. Today, NECA officially announced that an Isolation-themed wave of Alien figures is in development, teasing what are presumably bits and pieces of the game's redesigned xenomorph, which will have "new legs & tail & new deco."

At least one of our regular writers needs to brace for even more anxiety...

Okay, so About That Masters of the Universe Battle Cat Image

Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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I've tweaked it a bit to make the colors a bit closer to the toy, but you get the idea.

A week ago, DeVon Franklin Tweeted a new Masters of the Universe movie logo, and now he's shared this image of Battle Cat. I like it, certainly - it's recognizable as Battle Cat but slightly toned-down for a real-world look, and featuring shoulder pads as tribute to the 200x look. I don't blame the many of you who sent it my way.

Here's why I didn't run with it as fast as some others: Franklin is referred to by some sources as Senior Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures, and others as FORMER Senior VP of production. His Twitter bio says nothing about Columbia, and instead focuses on his ministry and faith-based books. His MOTU Tweets have been responses to people, not general Tweets for all followers.

Not to mention the fact that nobody has been cast yet and no film has been shot. There is a director attached in Jeff Wadlow, but he's the latest in a revolving door of them. This is at best concept art, and may well be concept art for a previous iteration. It is cool, but it's hard for me to be excited about it when the movie remains, as it has for years, in development.

Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart? LEGO!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 11:26 am

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I'm delighted that Lego is not done with The Simpsons yet.

Less delighted that it will probably be exclusive to Lego VIP members. On the other hand, making customers pay the extra mark-up jump through an extra hoop to join is exactly the kind of sales tactic Apu would approve of.

Hasbro Reveals Animated-Style Darth Vader and Older Ahsoka Figures

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 9:34 am

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We knew Hasbro kept Episode VII merchandise under wraps at Toy Fair, but good on them for keeping these a secret too, even though they could have just brushed it off as doing existing characters with an animated look. (As the Rebels finale aired Monday, I don't consider this to still be spoiler-material.)

USA Today revealed them yesterday as part of a lengthier conversation with Dave Filoni, who drops some tidbits about where Rebels is headed.

With Vader especially, "we don't want to diminish this guy,'' Filoni says. "We cannot have him on a TV scenario where he is going to suffer weekly defeats. ''That's just not going to work -- that's not what he's about.''
Sounds like he too grew up sick of moments like in the G.I. Joe cartoon where any regular Joe could just punch out Cobra's supposed master ninjas like Storm Shadow.

via The Mary Sue

The Atari Action Figures You Wish Existed

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 8:00 am

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From customizer Dan Polydoris, who previously rigged up some Ninja Turtle slasher toys so convincing that some of our commenters were certain they had owned them, come some custom Atari action figures based upon the old game cover art.

I always figured Berzerk toys would be headless, but I guess you can rip the heads off if you really want. Dan has several of these for sale on eBay. As with the old Atari games, I suggest you move fast if you're interested in winning.

New Jean-Claude Van Damme Action Figure Will Make Your Other Toys Wanna Split

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 2:32 pm

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He's going to kick your Hot Toys' asses so hard, the next Hot Toys wanna-be is gonna feel it. Now who wants to go home...and who is coming WITH HIIIIM????

Trick question. He's only up for preorder for now. But for BigBadToyStore...it's Tuesday.

Features:

- One newly painted head sculpt (normal facial expression) with authentic and detailed likeness of Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD)

- Accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture

- Newly developed action body with more than 30 points of articulations which can reproduce JCVD signature splits

- Signature costumes includes: a black pvc leather jacket, a pair of black jeans, a grey T-shirt with JCVD logo, a pair of grey socks and a pair of black shoes

Accessories:

- Four pieces of newly developed JCVD signature interchangeable hands

- Sunglasses X 1

- Figurine stand with metal base attached with JCVD logo X 1

First Official Not-a-Magazine Scan JEM Movie Image

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 5:10 pm

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The image that was going around was a terrible-quality blow-up of a magazine scan, and I won't share those. But here's the real deal.

The ladies certainly look more like the Jem I remember than that first teaser poster did, but at the same time, Jem came out in the '80s when this look was the norm of what rock-star cool was supposed to look like. If Jem were a brand new property, Jem herself would have to look more like Lady Gaga to capture the same effect. I may be applying way too much logic to Jem. All I really know is it's a property that puts out expensive Comic-Con exclusive dolls that I buy my wife each year. I guess this year's versions will look like that picture.

And if Axel Braun's smart, he'll get to work right now...

via Nerdist