Game of Thrones to Get Todd McFarlane "Nipple-O" Construction Toys

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 7:04 pm

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As much fun as I have with McFarlane's weird use of the Lego style to try to make dioramas that ultimately just look like his regular toys, in practice I've found them pretty cool to look at, if smaller than one expects. Game of Thrones strikes me as a perfect license for it, in that many of the most iconic things about the show are its large-scale sets, which simply can't be done for most standard-size figures.

Well, the line kicks off in style with Joffrey's throne room, the wall, and a Mother of Dragons set, as well as the usual blind-bagged figures. As theses sets will also be compatible with the Walking Dead sets, you can presumably trick out an RV with medieval weapons, bolster your walkers with White Walkers, or have Tyrion and Daryl suddenly die a horrible double-death in order to alienate every fan left watching.

EW has more pics, and they look damn good to me.

h/t JasonIsLost

The Twilight Zone Door Decal - Why Did Nobody Think of This Before?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 12:20 pm

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Sometimes, a product just nails it so perfectly you have to wonder why you didn't come up with it yourself. Peanut butter and jelly in the same jar. Salted caramel everything. Cherry limeade. And now...the Twilight Zone door decal, which transforms any standard sized door into a portal to another dimension, not only of sight and sound but of mind.

The next best thing would be a plane window decal featuring both a gremlin on the wing and the reflected face of a terrified William Shatner. But that'd probably land you on the terrorist watch list for using it.

Top-Down Smackdown: I Like Tough Enough, but Not the Version on USA Network

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 8:10 pm

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I really enjoy the new Tough Enough. I just don't enjoy the version of it that's on USA Network. And that's a problem.

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Final Funko Comic-Con Exclusives Include Crystal Meth Heisenberg, First Batman v Superman Toys

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm

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How many toothless truckers do you think will try to smoke this toy by accident? "Blue Crystal" Heisenberg from Breaking Bad has to be the first figure I've ever seen that's designed to look like a drug producer made out of drugs. And ironically, to purchase one, you'll probably have to stay awake all night in line.

Funko also has the first ever Batfleck figure to hit the market, in the form of a Pop Vinyl Batman v Superman set...

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7 Awesome Things We Saw and Heard at the Saturn Awards

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Liz Ohanesian
The Saturn Awards celebrated genre entertainment on June 25 in Los Angeles.
James Gunn, Richard Armitage and Melissa McBride were amongst stars of genre entertainment who were honored Thursday night at the 41st annual Saturn Awards. Essentially a Golden Globes for nerds, the event spotlights television and film of the sci-fi, fantasy and horror varieties.

The full list of winners is available online, but, to summarize, Interstellar and Guardians of the Galaxy were the favorites amongst the film nominees, while Hannibal, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and The Flash secured a good share of TV awards.

Judging from the crowd of autograph-hunters outside the venue late in the night, it was a good place to get a hold of your favorite cult entertainment stars from Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show) to Dawn Wells (Gilligan's Island). Cosplayers, most of whom were dressed in unusual variations of popular characters, were on hand for photo-ops. Read more on who we saw and what we heard at the event.

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The First 8 Minutes of MTV's Scream, and My Reaction

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 6:30 am

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We're among friends here, so can I be honest and admit I never really cared for the Scream movies that much? My favorite is the fourth one, which took itself the least seriously; the rest of the time, I wanted to yell at writer Kevin Williamson, "POINTING OUT YOUR OWN CLICHES DOES NOT STOP THEM BEING CLICHES! AND DON'T POINT OUT NUDE SCENES THAT AREN'T ACTUAL NUDE SCENES!"

But they all had really fun opening scenes - on that, I think most of us can agree. And MTV has just put theirs online, so let's watch and see how it measures up.

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Mattel's 1966 Yvonne Craig Batgirl Figure to Be Toys R Us Comic-Con Exclusive

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 8:43 am

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Mattel basically had a goldmine handed to them when the 1966 Batman merchandise licensing issues were finally cleared up, and they blew it with insanely high price points, ugly conspicuous joints and scarce distribution (I've seen exactly one Penguin and Catwoman, ever). Don't even get me started on the trading cards that are supposed to form a backdrop yet made so there's no way to line them up properly on the included stands.

Nonetheless, they are the only figures of Adam West and company that you're likely to get any time soon in that scale, and if you've been collecting them, you might want to know that Batgirl is coming to Comic-Con - as a tail-ender in a line that isn't doing well, there probably wasn't any other option. I mean, how is it that Figures Toy Company is making the likes of Egghead and Mad Hatter, and even episode-specific variants? Don't just say "parts reuse" - Mattel does that too.

Don't expect to ever get her signature Batcycle, but Batgirl will be available at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12. [also note that the Star Wars "Black Series" exclusive on that page is 3.75" scale, not 6" as listed. So it's all repacks]

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: The Desert, She Burns

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything. Comment below with questions, or email them to boydappraisal at yahoo dot com.

Well, this is the last full week of June; my, how time flies. It is almost Christmas. Soon we will be seeing the decorations going up again in the stores. Sending this week a picture of Mr Frizzy watching all of you from his lair. I think he has that "I know what you are doing" look on his face.

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Hannibal Writer-Producer Bryan Fuller Gets His Own Figure for Comic-Con

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 12:25 pm

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"So, here's the deal, Bryan. We can keep the show going, OR you can have a toy of yourself."

"Hmmmm, let me think about it."

Things probably didn't go down that way. But if they did, I wouldn't blame the guy at all. It's going to be super-exclusive, too:

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Is The CW Working On A Hawkgirl Show?

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 12:23 pm

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You're damn right I'm going to go with a screen from Injustice.
SpoilerTV is reporting that The CW is in early stages of development on a Hawkgirl TV show spinning out of the yet-to-be-aired Legends of Tomorrow show, itself a spinoff of The Flash which built out of Arrow. That is just a biblical series of begats right there.

Normally, I don't care for single-source rumors, but between the Arrow family and iZombie, I can't really imagine how The CW isn't going to try and fill 4 nights a week with more very successful (for them) superhero programming. And that brings us that much closer to my dream situation - a 24 hour DC TV network showing reruns of all their cartoons during the day, live action shows at night and movies on the weekends. Call me, network execs. It can be subscription if you want.