One, Two, Mego-Style Freddy's Gonna Murder the Crap out of You...

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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This is NECA's second version of Freddy Krueger on a '70s-style body with cloth outfit, and by golly, they may actually make me a convert to this format before they're done. Based on his appearance in Freddy's Revenge, a somewhat campy installment that most fans today see as a barely coded allegory for coming out of the closet, this figure is scarier than the actual movie. Unless you're Orson Scott Card, maybe.

If you have any old-school Megos, they better watch out. Muscular dudes in spandex are particularly likely targets for this particular iteration of ol' Stripy Sweater.

Our Adventures at the First-Ever Hello Kitty Con

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 1:10 pm

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"Hello, Kitty. I want to play a game..."

For those who haven't been following along on Twitter, I've spent the last two days at Hello Kitty Con, which was every bit as strange as one might expect. Unlike at Comic-Con, the press preview night was strictly for press, and gave attendees space to walk around and shop with ease. Like Comic-Con, the next day was utterly insane, with lines that went on forever and Internet/phones getting their signals choked out.

What strikes me as unusual about Hello Kitty - which may be more common for girl toys, such as Barbie - is that even though there are comics, cartoons and such, her strength lies in being a bit of a blank slate for people to project whatever they wish onto her. Nobody at the Con, for example, would have an argument over what Hello Kitty would or would not do, because she can do anything you want. Except NOT sell endless reams of expensive, exclusive merchandise.

I put together a featurette for your entertainment...

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Big Trouble in Little China Is the Latest Step in Funko's Pop Vinyl Dominance of Every Property

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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They gave it their best shot, pal...and we will take it. Good ol' Jack Burton and some of his friends and foes are getting the stylized treatment in the new Big Trouble in Little China line, and we wonder how pissed Lo Pan will be when he realizes that a bride with green eyes is out of the question in this format - it's gonna be the standard black dots or nothing.

Seriously, Gracie Law's eyes are dark black now. Check out all the rest of the images below and you'll see.

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Optimus Prime's PlayStation 1 Disguise Is Decades Late but Still Cool

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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You wanna talk about ethics in gaming? Where are the ethics in my games system secretly being an alien robot, hmmmmm?


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Sideshow Has New Tron-Style Stands for 12-Inch Figures

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm

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I have a novel concept for companies that make large action figures: design them so they can stand on their own, unassisted.

No? Not happening? Well okay then. These stands are pretty cool in the meantime. They light up, they spin, they hold figures under the arms instead of around the waist, and they give you space to put your own nameplate. $40 may seem like a lot, but we're talking about Sideshow and Hot Toys, so it's really only, like, 1/6 of the price of a figure. And since the figures are 1/6 scale, that's...cute.

But I collect 18-inchers, because size matters. Where's MY Tron stand?

20 Disturbing and Funny Lemax Halloween Figurines for Train Sets and Dioramas

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

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It's amazing the things you learn when you're married.

As a single guy, I would never have set food inside Michael's, the arts/crafts/home decor mega-store chain that always looked like a way to fleece domestic spouses out of disposable decorations. And then I discovered Spooky Town, and became just as willingly fleeced. Spooky Town is a Halloween/horror-themed collection of figurines and accessories that can work with either model train sets, or as miniature villages like the Christmas ones your mom might collect. What's most impressive, though, is that for items exclusively sold at such a family friendly store, they are in many cases about as appropriate for young 'uns as old-school McFarlane Toys. In other words...NOT.

Let's take a look at some of the weirdest ones available...

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Diamond Select Reveals New Images of Next Star Trek Action Figure: Worf

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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I was a big fan of Diamond's first two Select Kirk and Spock figures, but I'm now wondering if the cost of materials went up, as their Picard and Worf seem a bit more limited. I'm not talking about their semi-preposed nature, but rather the diorama bits - Kirk came with Khan and a piece of the engine room, while Spock came with a Horta. Worf comes with...the Klingon Empire insignia on a wall? I mean, I know the episode, but couldn't we get a piece of floor to stand him on?

Yes, Worf toy, I know, "I do not require the creature comforts of your other figures. I am a Klingon." I'm just saying foot pegs would keep you from falling over.

Worf will hit stores next spring.

Pay-Pay-Pay, Cash-Cash-Cash! Kane Hodder 10" Figurine up for Preorder

Monday, October 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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The only man to repeat the role of Jason Voorhees - and who would probably still be playing ol' hockey head if they'd let him - is being honored with his own figurine by upstart toy company DeConte (rhymes with "picante") , who previously made a Behind the Mask Leslie Vernon action figure that I never realized actually came out anywhere.

For a man of action, I feel like Hodder should really be immortalized in a more dynamic pose than "sitting in a chair" - what he brought to Jason that none of his successors have was a coiled-up intensity that made him look ready to strike even when standing still. Similarly, him showing off his lip tattoo would be cool (he has the word "KILL" permanently etched inside his mouth). But it's not like Kane Hodder figurines come along every day, and you go on a kill-spree with the one you have, not the one you wish you had. $65 is a reasonable preorder price for what it is.

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Friday Tidbits and Weekend Open Thread - Bob Kane Birthday Edition

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm

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Happy birthday, Bob.

There'll be no recap thread Monday - all the Halloween lists need their slots next week. Here are some last things to start your weekend.

-A full-length feature made for the Oculus Rift is available now.

-Tractor beam: ON!

-Tyler Perry just went Full Poochie.

-Shia LaBeouf is a cannibal.

- Sarah Connor vs. Jason Voorhees.

-Jon Voight in a terrible fatsuit for some reason.

-RUMOR: Joel Schumacher to write Batman comic that would showcase his original vision for the Bat-nip flicks.

-Hikari is Groot.

12" Breaking Bad Toy Announced Just in Time to Really Piss off Florida Mom

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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You probably heard about the Florida mom who started a petition to get Toys R Us to ban toys from companies like Mezco and NECA whose figures are aimed at older collectors, specifically because she saw a Breaking Bad figure and thought it might encourage her kid to become a meth addict. Rather sadly, Toys R Us caved and pulled the plastic Bryan Cranstons indefinitely.

Given how long toys take to produce it has to be a coincidence, but a nice one - 12" Heisenberg is now available for preorder at outlets that don't cave to silly demands.

"Putting something that has fake illegal drugs with it next to G.I. Joe or Mario Bros. just morally isn't right," said the mom. Because (a) figures that include fake terrorists with fake lethal weapons are a lot better and (b) nothing about Mario Bros. would ever possibly make you think of drugs. Also, (c), and this is the nerdiest point of all, they aren't next to them. They're on a different aisle, duh. To sign a petition to keep these kinds of figures in Toys R Us, click here.