ICYMI: Comic-Con "Alien Egg Chamber" Playset Available Online in New Color

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 10:00 am


Because few small companies like to leave money on the table, that Alien Egg Chamber Playset that was so hard to get at Comic-Con has been given a color makeover (black box instead of blue, charcoal-colored base) and is available online for preorder as of this writing with no waiting in line.

I can't decide if this is a dick move or a fan-friendly gesture. If you lined up purely to try and get one for the resale value, I guess the joke's on you - resale value will go down even with the color difference. But if you lined up as a fan, I feel bad for you when this version looks just as good.

Comic-Con: Present and Future Walking Dead McFarlane Toys Faux-Lego

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:00 am


One thing I love about McFarlane Toys is that they really do NOT force their employees to be super-reverent towards the boss. It turns out they're just as amused by the fact that Todd calls the studs on Lego bricks "nipples" as anyone else. In fact, when I suggest that they need a shorter brand name than "McFarlane Building Sets," one of the responses is "Nipple-O."

That said, when finished many of these sets look pretty good in person. And I got a look at some of the next series in the works if these ones do well...

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Diamond Select Toys at Comic-Con: Minimates, Megos, Miramax, More!

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm


For our final video from this year's Comic-Con, we have longtime friend-of-TR Zach Oat, of Diamond Select Toys, with a look at their new in-house products. We discuss their deal with Miramax, the ability to use John Travolta's likeness, why you won't be seeing a toy of X-Men: Days of Future Past's Mystique, and more.

Consider this also your open thread for the rest of the day. I have to go home now.

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Hasbro's Star Wars Comic-Con Toy Reveals, From Black Series to Rebels

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm


There's something for everyone in the Star Wars toy universe, and we went over it all with Hasbro.

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Hasbro's Marvel Comic-Con Toy Reveals, Finally Including Agent Coulson

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 8:00 am


Check out all the new figures, and learn what the toy future holds for X-Men, Agents of SHIELD, Daredevil and more.

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Comic-Con: Hello Kitty's U.S. Director of Marketing Speaks

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:00 am


Forty years after her creation, we sometimes wonder what - if anything - Sanrio won't do with Hello Kitty. With the very first Hello Kitty-Con coming later this year, brand manager Dave Marchi was surprisingly forthcoming.

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Mattel's Live-Action Max Steel Movie Is Ready for Launch

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm


It hasn't yet set a firm release date in 2015 yet, but Max Steel is positioning itself to be the start of Mattel's answer to Hasbro's big recent moves into movies. Director Stewart Hendler, writer Christopher Yost, and ridiculously good-looking leads Ben Winchell and Ana VillafaƱe took a few minutes at Comic-Con to sit and talk to us about it.

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NECA's Randy Falk on Sigourney Weaver, Charlton Heston, Danny DeVito Toys, More..

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 8:00 am


For any discerning toy collector, it's a dream come true to talk to someone like Randy and ask him every question on your mind. Afterward, of course, I can think of even more things I wish I'd asked.

But if you want to know why Sigourney Weaver finally agreed to having a Ripley toy that looks like her, or whether a Christopher Reeve Superman or Lou Ferrigno Hulk are possible, or what ideas might be in store for the Simpsons celebrity line, or even why there's a giant, terrifying E.T. in drag at NECA's booth (beyond ensuring Rob Bricken never sleeps again)...it's all here. Enjoy. I did.

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Morning Read: Sharktopus, Transformers and Billy Barty

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:00 am


-Billy Barty fans rejoice - Mattel will be immortalizing him in plastic as Masters of the Universe's Gwildor, this November. Moo!

-Sam Raimi is making a movie out of The Last of Us.

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Afternoon Open Thread: Comic-Con Day 2

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 4:00 pm


The power of NECA Penguin commands you!