Morning Read: Sharktopus, Transformers and Billy Barty

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

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-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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EXCLUSIVE: Entertainment Earth Reveals Upcoming Toys From Twilight Zone, Big Bang Theory, More

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Check out the video below. We even got an answer about the Ambiguously Duo's Penismobile.

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Comic-Con 2014: Mattel WWE and Masters of the Universe.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

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More will be revealed as the show goes on, but here are some initial offerings (the Skeletors above are just art projects for fun).

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Sharknado, Volleyball and Zombies

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 8:00 am

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A veteran of the LAPD, widow of a Green Beret and self-described crazy cat lady, Luke's Mother-in-Law fears no questions. Ask her anything in the comments section - no issue is too big, too trivial or too weird for her to tackle, but if you get out of line, she will let you know!

All questions and answers are real.

Hello all. We are in another excessive heat warning period. Weather is, they say, 116 degrees for today thru the end of the week - joy of joys. Still have not heard anything from Contact in the Desert as to if I am going to volunteer. I almost assume by now that I am not. I really hate, however, that people have gotten really rude and or stupid. If you ask for volunteers would not it be nice to let people know that they are not needed? Another pet peeve: I waited to pick up a key to do an appraisal for a sale this week. Had asked the agent if she could put a lock box on the property and she said no. So I pick up the key, it is already 100 outside, get to the house and guess what there is a lock box on the back door. How rude. Anyway, it has been one of those weeks in the appraisal business.

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The 10 Nerdiest Moments of the 2014 Summer TCAs

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Gotham, Det. Jim Gordon vs. Batman Villains
This is gonna be a big year for television. Three new comic book shows, Game of Thrones catching up to the books, and digital platforms giving us more new shows in an instant are things I never would have imagined growing up programming my VCR to record The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and taping a note on the TV warning my parents not to change the channel. We're going to get a peak at a lot of these shows this weekend at Comic-Con, but for an even more in-depth television preview, I spent the last two weeks with the Television Critics Association.

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Ooooh Yeah! Todd McFarlane Brings Macho Man Randy Savage Back to Life in Sculpture Form

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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Following the limited-edition Undertaker from last year, McFarlane Toys and WWE's second 20-inch resin statue was expected, based on a listing at Bigbadtoystore, to be Stone Cold Steve Austin. But while we waited for pics, WWE Shopzone just quietly went ahead and revealed the tower of power, too sweet to be sour, funky like a monkey, oooh yeah! Dig it!

Featuring a rotating base and a piece of arena banner from WrestleMania V, this statue runs around $300 and that price ain't slim, Jim. But if you wanna get hearts a' pumpin' and the party jumpin', this Mega Power will certainly impress on your shelf.


Will Ferrell Will Star in a Manimal Movie. Can We Get Automan Next?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm

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Right in the childhood...I always remembered this particular show as actually being popular, though apparently it was not at the time. Then again, in Ireland we'd get these things after they'd already been not-renewed - had my childhood friend been the arbiters, Automan and the Blue Thunder TV show with Dana Carvey would also have been huge hits.

Will Ferrell and his Anchorman director Adam McKay will presumably not be 100% faithful, but can they be funnier than the actual intro of the original show (which also flirts with borderline racist mumbo-jumbo at one point)? Check it out below...

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Top-Down Smackdown: Putin Your Eggs in One Basket

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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I found myself wondering the other day if The Iron Sheik could make it if he started in the wrestling business today.

Wait, wait, wait. Before anybody tries to break my back or fuck my ass en route to making me humble, hear me out. Khosrow Vaziri has the natural charisma and athletic ability to make it in any era of sports-entertainment; hell, he's built an entire post-ring career based on the fact that he writes "Go fuck yourself" multiple times a day on Twitter. It's the gimmick of Iron Sheik that might be troublesome. Wrestling in the '80s relied on what we could call the Rocky IV effect, and our current culture of insta-offense may kill that dead.


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Mike Mignola's "Toy Story That Time Forgot" Poster Has Hellaciously Great Dinosaurs

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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Tell me you would ever have known this was for a Toy Story TV special, if not for the logo that says it must be. One thing the franchise has always been lacking is toys that look like I would collect them - but that appears to have changed in what looks like Toy Story: Age of Extinction. It seems "Buzz (voiced by Tim Allen), Woody (Tom Hanks) and the gang find themselves in uncharted territory when 'the coolest set of action figures ever' turn out to be dangerously delusional." Well, at least its not like in Small Soldiers, where the cool monster toys turned out to be dorky pacifists.

The poster will be given out at Comic-Con - TVline has all the details on how to get one. Or you could wait for eBay, where they'll feature a mark-up of infinity...and beyond.

h/t Christian Lindke

Mondo Expands Into Toys With Iron Giant, TMNT, Hitchcock Action Figures

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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Mondo, the art company that until now has been known primarily for intricate, stylized posters based on your favorite movies, is branching out into toys, because they finally figured out that there were holdouts like me not giving them money yet. I was concerned when I first read the headline that their offerings would just be designer vinyl, but no - check out the specs on Mr. Not-a-Gun, above:

The 16" tall figure will have over 30 points of articulation, light features, and other fun surprises! Accompanying The Iron Giant will be a Hogarth figure, scraps of metal for him to munch on and a Seafood sign that has a removable "S" to put on his chest. He will also include an interchangeable head and gun attachment, giving a choice of displaying the figure as the regular version, or the "War" version! The figure was designed from the actual CG files used in the film, for ultimate accuracy.
Price goes unmentioned, so fingers crossed that it isn't Hot Toys-level. And there's more...

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