NECA's Aliens Figures to Include New Ripley and Torn-in-Half Bishop

Friday, February 13, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Figures.com

They've nailed Sigourney Weaver's likeness (image via Figures.com, who have more pics), but the chance to own a dismembered Lance Henriksen? PRICELESS.

Series 5 will debut with:

Ellen Ripley - As seen in Aliens w Flamethrower/Pulse Rifle combo

Bishop (Torn in Half) - Packed with an Open Egg and Facehugger w/ Bendable Tail

Genocide Warrior (Red)

Genocide Warrior (Black)

The Genocide warriors are repacks on single cards - you may remember my review of the two-pack.

Sadly, Ian Holm has never granted likeness rights, so Ash's head will probably not happen. Nor John Hurt with busted-open chest. So cheers to Lance, whose violent death in plastic will not be in vain. We should see pictures this weekend at Toy Fair.

Holy Pricetag! DC Collectibles Will Make a 6-Inch Scale Animated Series Batmobile

Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

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So, for those of you worried about weak ankles on this line - does having a vehicle two of them can sit down in sweeten the pot a little?

Oh, and they're also doing a figure of Phantasm. And unlike the original 4" figure, this one has a fakeout "male" build rather than the smaller female physique that was a bit of a giveaway before.

This line really does seem to be turning into the "Masters of the Universe Classics" of Batman. Might just be a matter of time before they try a preorder for some ridiculously huge Batcave...

h/t Marty Day

Geek Apparel of the Week: The Lego Movie Oscar Snub Shirt

Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 1:09 pm

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Okay, now I actually want to sand down the hand on an Emmet minifg to reproduce this.

But what happened to his legs?

h/t Jeff Sneider

Mock-ups of Funko Legacy Firefly and Rocketeer Figures Revealed

Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Via the Facebook Funko Toys Legacy page, we have our first looks at two long-demanded licenses. The Rocketeer figure appears to be a near-finished design (I really hope his head can pivot to look upward, because otherwise we are so close yet so far away), while the Firefly figure designs (below) look like concepts based on photos of the actors and proposed points of articulation.

The real question is whether there are enough people to buy these nowadays. And if there are, why the hell can't the big companies give us original sculpts for each character in their far-more-demanded lines? (Don't even answer that. I'm sure your logic will disgust me.)

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Mattel Teases Lord Ceratus Figure, 200x Mini-Subscription for Masters of the Universe

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 12:50 pm

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Mattel

This was a surprise - and backs up the rumors of a mini-subscription based on the 2002 cartoon characters ("news about a new subscription club"). Lest there be any confusion as to who they're teasing, the phrase "all the way from Caligar" is part of the not-all-that-ambiguous description.

Considering that for most of this line's existence, we were told the 2002 style was "retired," (occasional exceptions like Carnivus notwithstanding) this is good news for fans...if enough people can actually be persuaded to buy in and make a go of it at this late stage.

For old-school fans who don't know, Lord Ceratus is the leader of Whiplash's species, the Caligar. For even more casual fans, he's a big green guy with a spiky tail.

Official Chewbacca Furby Is Like Something out of My Nightmares

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 10:48 am

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Mashable

The last Furby purchased in this household, because my wife wanted it SOOOOO badly, is now stuffed under a cabinet, out of reach of hands and out of range of any stray rays of light, lest it activate and be unable to shut up with its zombie-Mogwai incantations.

And now Hasbro has made a Star Wars version that chants the Imperial March despite being a Wookiee hybrid (is that the sci-fi equivalent of descendants of slaves signing "Dixie"?), has spaceships float through its eyes, and via an app, gives birth to Han Solo Furby babies, which implies a fan fiction backstory I don't even want to think about.

Let the Wookiee win? No. Let this Wookiee be KILLED WITH FIRE. Watch the embedded Vine video with sound for more than ten seconds and I think you'll agree.

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Hot Toys Movie Ultron has No Strings Attached...Except the Price Tag

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 9:30 am

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"I've got no cash
To buy this toy
For bragging rights
To bring me joy
I had cash
but now I'm broke
My assets up in smoke

Hi-ho, I'm nerdy-o
Wanna wanna own this toy
I want rich friends to know
Nothing more would bring me joy!

I've got no cash
Throw up my hands
Collection's dull
Figures be bland
If I were
Rich as can be
Hot Toys would get my money!"


Toy Sculptors the Four Horsemen Launch Disappointing-Looking Fantasy Figure Kickstarter

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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I've given Four Horsemen products a LOT of my money over the years, from their early Spawn figures to the $300 Castle Grayskull they made because they could. They've allowed unprecedented collector input with their FANtastic Exclusive program, and single- (or quadruple-) handedly revived obscure toy lines like Outer Space Men and Power Lords just because they could.

So why am I pissing in their Kickstarter cornflakes today? Mainly because I don't think it serves anyone to just be a booster all the time. Other sites do that. I don't have to. And to me, Mythic Legions looks like evidence that great sculptors for hire sometimes need somebody else's great creative talent to work off of.

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Diamond Select's Zombie Sabretooth Action Figure, More Hideous Than Liev Schreiber in Fake Fangs

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Marvel

It's hideous in a good way, though.

Also value-added - unlike most oversized characters in Diamond Select's Marvel line, he'll come with a base, shaped like a crashed Goblin Glider. To the Victor the spoils, after all, leaving his jealous foes to go Howlett the moon.

Okay, okay, just one more...This zombie will sabre the taste of every brain, and that's the tooth.

Evolve Action Figures Revealed: Monster Is Cool, Humans Are Meh

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 3:30 pm

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Entertainment Earth

I never quite understand how Funko's legacy figures can be so varying in quality. They've done a Khal Drogo that looks like Jason Momoa just stepped off the screen, yet most of these humans look carved out of soap. I guess the Duck Dynasty dude has cool clothes, but the Quake-ish cyborg looks like bargain-bin fodder, and Black Judy Greer looks like she belongs in a Dr. Seuss movie.

Winged Woman looks like Brian Williams' daughter - the Peter Pan one who had some dude put his face in her butt on Girls. Maybe you can reenact that scene with these if you so choose. And while that is the monster's spiky tail between its legs, the photography is a little...shall we say...awkward.

Anyway, you can preorder them if you like. I probably won't.