The Lego Batman Movie Casts an Unlikely Joker

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 2:08 pm

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"Unlikely" is of course the point in a Lego Movie spinoff, and the fact that Zach Galifianakis doesn't seem like a laugh-out-loud sort of person may indicate the way he might be going for a new take. He joins Will Arnett as Batman and Michael Cera as Robin, a tandem that made me hope it might be entirely cast with Arrested Development alumni. If David Cross were Lego Riddler, I think I'd like that a lot.

Some guys just can't handle Gotham...

And the D-23 Expo Exclusive Star Wars Figure Is...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 9:00 am


...R4-D23

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In other words, no, you do not have to start panicking that a canonical character from the upcoming new movie will be the rare Disney convention exclusive. Just a Disneyland Droid Factory repaint dressed as the Sorcerer's Apprentice. I presume he uses the Force to get a bunch of lightsabers to come to life and start carrying buckets of blue milk, only to have the stunt go horribly wrong and Nicolas Cage star in the remake. (Dammit, now I want a toy of Nic Cage as Threepio.)

Also, they won't be showing any new Star Wars footage, so don't feel too left out if you're not going.

Unless you wanted to buy a bunch of Disney pins, that is. Here are the rest of their exclusives.


"Dead or Alive, I'll Be Back" The EndoCop Action Figure Is Coming!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 8:00 am

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No, RoboCop did not have procreative sex with a T-X and pop this nightmare baby out - Murphy had his junk shot off and can't do that (I've no idea what the T-X can or can't do, since it utterly depends on what the plot calls for). This is the hybrid creation from the old Dark Horse RoboCop vs. Terminator comics, in which RoboCop himself begat Skynet by being the first true cyborg. Having rights to both movies' toys and the mashup video game, NECA has now revealed a mock-up of the embodiment of mash-ups, along with the phrase "A new nightmare you might see in 2016."

Well, it's not like anyone wants more Genisys figures. And by "more" I mean "any."

Newest Samurai Star Wars Figure by Tamashii Nations is Boba Fett

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 9:42 am

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We've seen them take amazing samurai liberties with Darth Vader and Stormtroopers - now witness the power of this fully armed and operational bounty hunter.

Given Boba's general incompetence onscreen, I have to assume this version somehow commits seppuku by accident. Still, he's a stylin' toy, even if I'm not quite willing to shell out the $79-$90 he'll cost.

via Figures.com

Topless Toy Chest: First Order Stormtrooper - Star Wars Black Series

Monday, August 10, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Here he is - the first Force Awakens action figure, and one who caused acts of violence on Comic-Con's preview night. The privilege of the Comic-Con version is really just having him first, as you pay $5 more to get a booklet and have him a couple months early. Undoubtedly, regular editions in more standard packaging will be available everywhere starting September 4th, but for now, you get a look at this one to see if he's worth buying.

The Trooper comes with two guns - a typical Stormtrooper blaster and a smaller pistol, both with heavy amounts of white detailing that will make them easier to translate into toys, and both with a tab on the side that allows them to plug into the guy's right leg, though he can hold both at once with ease.

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Official Lego Ghostbusters Stay-Puft Minifig With Terror Dog!

Friday, August 7, 2015 at 11:53 am

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As a form of the Destructor, this guy's just a tiny bit out of scale, so I like to imagine he's some dude in a corporate mascot costume who goes to stores promoting the actual marshmallow brand in the Ghostbusters universe. Except now, his appearance basically represents that reality's version of 9-11, so he got canned, went crazy, and still walks around in the costume, assaulting random Times Square tourists.

It's the only possible explanation. ONLY POSSIBLE, I say.

You can also get Slimer and Venkman sets for Lego Dimensions.

via TheBrickfan

Wait...The Jem Movie's Not Done Shooting? And They're Fan-Casting AGAIN?

Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 12:06 pm

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According to the official Jem Facebook page, there is still time to be in Jem, if you submit a video by August 10th. Jem is a movie that is coming out in October.

But wait, you ask: didn't they try this before, saying they were going to cast unknowns? Ummm...yeahhhh...sure...that's the ticket.

Based on the qualifications for video submission - "Before you record your video, make sure you are not wearing any brand logos and make sure you do not have any materials around you with identifiable brand logos" - it sounds like "being in" the movie simply means that your YouTube video will appear somewhere, possibly over the end credits or in a montage of fans. Because it doesn't matter if logos appear in audition videos - but it does if they appear in the movie itself.

Look, I know the film probably would not even have been made if the budget were big, but giving it to Blumhouse and having them cut corners on so many aspects just really, really seems like the wrong move in hindsight. Sort of like letting Roger Corman make a Fantastic Four movie - though I'd somehow be less surprised if this all turned out to be one big scam to sell the rights off.

thanks to Julia for the tip

I Did See This Coming: Hot Toys Age of Ultron Quicksilver Figure

Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 8:00 am

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They saved the worst for last: the most boring member of the Avengers - assuming you count him as one at all - gets a relatively no-frills Hot Toys figure, but completists will need him to complete the line-up anyway. Outshone by a competing version from another movie who will probably never get a toy, Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Pietro was basically an accent, a sweater and a catchphrase. The sweater is included, but you'll have to supply the others.

Some sort of motion-blur effects or light-up features would have been nice, but then you would see him coming, all the time

Topless Toy Chest: 18-Inch Christopher Reeve Superman by NECA

Monday, August 3, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Lex Luthor did not want me to complete this review.

I mean, what would YOU think if you went to UPS.com to track your package, and it actually told you flat out that a train derailment had caused an interruption in your delivery? It's a good thing Superman lived up to his billing as "more powerful than a locomotive" and made it here anyway.

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Now That's a Black Widow Action Figure! Play Arts Kai Meets Demand

Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 1:30 pm

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This may be a first - an anime-styled version of an American-created comic-book heroine who's less objectified than the original. Fully zipped up so as not to show cleavage, Natasha comes with more intricate battle armor, as is the norm for Play Arts Kai interpretations, and articulation that actually seems designed for action poses rather than erotic ones.

I don't know that the Thompson Twins haircut is an improvement, though. Unless it's designed to catch people off guard and not take her seriously.

Image via ToyArk