Topless Toy Chest: Two Adults Struggle With a Grimlock Transformer Meant for Five Year-Olds

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Hasbro has sent me a lot of Grimlock toys this year, but Stomp & Chomp came in a box about as big as my deep freeze. He's a pretty cool giant dinosaur toy with a lot of sounds and some hidden features...

...which it took two grown-ass adults about 13 minutes to figure out. My wife insisted on playing with it first, renaming it "Fred," and frankly we could have used the guidance of a five year-old, for whom the toy is suggested.

Watch and learn...

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Mezco's Judge Dredd Toy Is Just a Rip-off of Their Non-Existent The Raid Figure

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Let's see how many people become legitimately outraged by that joke headline, or determined to "clarify" the issue with me.

Okay - for all of you who thought the company's 1/12 scale Dark Knight Batman was too lumpy, what do you think of the second figure in the line? While I'm not crazy about that particular version of the eagle shoulderpad, it is still easily looking like the best Dredd figure to date, and it comes in blue or black versions, depending on whether you like yours more traditional or more modern. Like Batman, both versions come with a stand, multiple hands and weapons, with a cloth uniform over a super-posable body.

Now make his bike. I've heard they might.

Hot Toys Somehow Scores Peter Weller's Likeness for Robocop/Murphy Figure Set

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

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NECA couldn't do it. Kenner didn't exactly try. And the actor is known for being a wee bit eccentric - but maybe he decided he could use the cash. For whatever reason, Hot Toys managed to get Peter Weller aboard, and they're not wasting the opportunity - in addition to a new unmasked Robocop, they're doing a regular Alex Murphy, so that if you want to create your own Buckaroo Banzai or William Burroughs, you'll now have the base figure to do it.

That money you were saving for your kid's college fund? Drop it. Dead or alive, this thing is coming with you. Friggin' baby food accessories, even!

Glow-in-the-Dark King Grayskull is 2015 Masters of the Universe Chase Figure

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm

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Because you could watch Scott Neitlich's four-minute video, or we could cut straight to the, em, chase.

This makes the fifth variant of the King Grayskull figure, and notably, it is not made clear whether he comes with an orb for Castle Grayskull or not (as the prior carded one did, but previous boxed versions didn't). He'll be up for sale on Mattycollector at random times starting in 2nd quarter of 2015.

I think they overestimate his popularity - the idea here is to satisfy fans who were mad at the super-rare translucent Spirit of King Grayskull that was auctioned for charity, by giving them a similar-looking version. I'm just glad the annoying "chase" aspect has been given to something I don't care about.

NYCC: The $65 Sam Raimi Action Figure

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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I'm almost willing to pay that just so I can have all my Venom action figures give it a long-overdue ass-kicking.

Almost. But not really.

What's with the Mega Man arm cannon?

New Transformers: Robots in Disguise Clips Confirm That, Yep, it Skews Young

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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One of the Decepticons is a giant lobster, which is kind of cool.

And then you get Bumblebee saying: "We need to look like something humans will accept. We need to be...ROBOTS IN DISGUISE!" At no point does he seem to notice that a big robotic dinosaur doesn't fit that category. And speaking of Grimlock...he's VERY different than I remember. In fact, I'll bet Michael Bay is watching this going, "Why didn't I think to make him a funny black man?"

See what you think.

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7 Years in the Making, NECA to Finally Release Devil May Cry's Dante

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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I used to love Devil May Cry, but feel like Game May Be Dated. Nonetheless, NECA showed a prototype of this figure back around 2007, and recently went back to the drawing board to give it new and improved articulation. I guess Capcom finally got on board with it.

I'd think that huge coat might limit potential poses - if not practically, then at least in what looks like a reasonable position for a person to be in and maintain that swirling action.

NYCC: Official Hi-Res Hasbro Product Photos and Info: Transformers and Star Wars Black

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Looks like they're pretty much done with movie stuff already - the next Leader Class figure is Generations Thundercracker.

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Minecraft Lego Has to Remind Kids What Lego Is Actually for

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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"Build your own creations"? With Lego? The hell you say?

Why, back in my day, this is how all Lego sets came. Or maybe just all the ones I got. We didn't need the Lego to be based on a game that was probably based on Lego anyway in order to tell us what to do with them.

I know nowadays Lego is primarily seen as a medium to build pre-planned playsets based on stylized interpretations of current movies and comic books. But it's only been a few months since The Lego Movie, and we already need to be reminded not to be President Business?

Minecraft Lego also does come with more pre-planned sets than this. All with a reminder that you can, if you choose, build something else. I await a similar disclaimer on Star Wars toys that you can enact tales other than those previously told by Lucasfilm...but only if you want to.

WHOA: Hasbro to Make Superhero Figures With YOUR Face

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 5:26 pm

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This kinda merits its own post, I think.

It's the equivalent of a mic drop - after revealing a ton of new toys (see post below), Hasbro leaves us with this: a Marvel booth where you can get 3D scanned and become an Iron Man or Captain America action figure. No info on price yet, but we do know that they have the booths open at the Times Square Toys'r'Us starting tomorrow, & at FAO Schwartz starting Fri.

Given all the licenses Hasbro owns...just think of the possibilities. Custom heads on toys aren't entirely new, but this is the first time a major toy company is offering something of the kind as anything other than a premium prize.