NECA and McFarlane toys used to be the two rival kings of horror and cult-movie toys, a rivalry escalated by the fact that NECA's Randy Falk and Kyle Windrix used to work for Todd. But in recent years, McFarlane ceded that crown to focus on licenses he knew he could get into mass retail: sports and Halo.
And guess who came knocking. McFarlane still owns the 4-6 inch action figure category, but NECA just scored the rights to minifigs, Heroclix, 18-inch figures, Spartan motorcycle helmets and more.
The new line will be available to consumers beginning in April 2014, and will include a wide assortment of products, including 1:4 scale action figures, mini figures, DOT-approved motorcycle helmets, prop replicas, board games, and HeroClix miniatures games for a variety of platforms.
What with Joyride and McFarlane having exhausted most possible variants, I'm not sure what's left - but an 18" Master Chief sounds about right. And no, I'm not talking about the one in your pants.
I was looking forward to the Diamond Select action figure of Jane Foster from Thor: The Dark World; whatever else people can say about Natalie Portman, she's a beautiful woman. The prototype looked good...but something happened along the way...
Today Diamond revealed her secret accessory - a bonus "Aether-possessed" head. Apparently somebody told their sculptors that the Aether actually turns you into a different actress.
Okay, you might be thinking that's just the alternate head - the regular one has to be better, right?More >>
The alien abduction lamp is for those who want to believe that nightlights need not be boring, and like a good milkshake...before the milk's even out of the host cow. Technically, the "Bovine Abductee" is removable, so if you want to make a tiny effigy of Fox Mulder's sister and put her inside the light beam instead, you could. But that would be obsessive. If you're going to those lengths, you might as well build the tiny anal probe as well...and I've said too much.
I am impressed with this novelty lamp. But am I $80 worth of impressed? The truth is out there...
h/t Dean Haglund (of course)
Yes, if you put that thing on a shelf above you, and it falls, prepare to be a knifed head.
Actually, that's just NECA's 7" figure. They haven't yet released images of the 18" version - which you can preorder for $150 - but since they worked off of the actual digital models for the film, you can expect the bigger one to look similar, and probably have a bit more articulation.
Not having been the biggest Pacific Rim fan, I'm relieved I don't have to add this burden to my wallet, even as I relish the cool factor of the toy, and recognize that it has a more expressive face than Charlie Hunnam ever will.
I think I need to apologize for every time I made fun of what I perceived to be a really stupid Spider-Man variant in your extensive action figure line (please pass this apology along to the Ghost of Toy Biz past, if you would). Marc Webb has surpassed you on this day.
Dear Marc Webb,
Did Hasbro put you up to this because they WANT to make the figure that badly? If so, I will take back everything I just said above.
Dear Toy Collectors,
Behold the future Pegwarmer of the Year.
It's about a kid and his dad teaming up to play Lego together. But if it were done here in the U.S., it would all be glowy fireplaces and some song like "Holding Back the Years" on the soundtrack. We're prepared for that. We're muthaphukkin' immune to that stuff.
No, this is the United Kingdom, where, when dads and kids collaborate, they build a shark that has legs and wheels. And crowns and glasses for each other. Plus giant robots. And then the kid bitches about bedtime and brussels sprouts.
This is the father-son team that all of us guys want to be part of. And women would be proud to be related to, I think. And that's why it gets us...right in the geek.
Watch after the jump.More >>
The actual movie Gollum never existed in physical form, but this sucker does, though it'll cost you more than the price of one gold ring to grab him for yourself. Three thousand dollars, in fact. Hell, I'll bet for less than that you can probably pay Andy Serkis to come to your house and stand still for a couple hours.
But you know how people sometimes hate the way you decorate your place at first, and then feel pity for it? With Gollum, you can finally evoke those emotions for the RIGHT reasons.
It's just a proposal, but a highly symbolic one - an idea for a Lego set based on the allegorical novel The Little Prince turns a symbol of Imperial power into flower power.
When put up against properties like Ghostbusters, I can't imagine that this story - which was made into a movie long before special effects could do it justice - will be seen as a potential bestseller with the kids today. But given that it's about the inner child in all of us, it would be appropriate, perhaps.
If you agree, go vote for it!More >>