Top-Down Smackdown: Putin Your Eggs in One Basket

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 5:01 pm


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


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


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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The Strain SPOILER Thread - Dead Girl Walking

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 8:00 am


Okay, so is EVERY episode going to end with creepy dead girl, then not get back to her until the final minutes of the subsequent episode?

Are y'all still watching this? Worth talking about each week? Let me know below.

Exclusive Doctor Who Action Figures to Pegwarm at Walgreens Forever

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm


Okay, whoever's the main toy buyer for Walgreens is a serious nerd. I haven't seen this much of a push to grab exclusives by a retailer since that time during the '90s when every week would see a new indie toy company debut some big-breasted, sword-wielding chick with three variants.

Having previously taken on exclusive McFarlane variants and an all-white Boba Fett, Walgreens will now be carrying 4"-scale Doctor Who figures, including a chain-exclusive Genesis Dalek and the new Peter Capaldi Doctor.

Fans of Underground Toys have been giving the company hell about the smaller scale, but I can offer this perspective - while US toy stores tend to carry all scales, my recent trip to the UK introduced me to toy stores where only the smallest, cheapest scales were carried...and they were still twice the price they'd be here. Be glad if you can afford larger, and don't begrudge a company for serving the home market with something affordable.

Damn, that got serious all of a sudden. Can Walgreens maybe carry NECA stuff next?

The 21 Best TV Panels at Comic Con for Fans and Future Professionals

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 6:00 am


The San Diego Comic-Con is the premiere pop-culture convention with over 130,000 fans making the pilgrimage each year to attend panels discussing their geek obsessions. To put it another way, a population the size of Pasadena travels to San Diego to live for a week. This has the effect of increasing San Diego's population by 10%. More people attend SDCC than attend the Super Bowl - it is a big deal in fandom. So much so that it has outgrown its name, and more people will attend SDCC than purchased copies of the new Amazing Spider-Man issue #2.

In fact, for television it has become vital for building buzz and creating and maintaining meaningful connections with fans. Like most conventions, it is a great place to network and develop relationships that can lead to jobs in creative fields, with opportunities to not only learn about what is happening in your favorite entertainment media, but also to learn best practices. There is no medium where this is more true than television. Not only are there panels highlighting new shows and fan favorites, but there are also workshops where attendees can acquire skills and learn from established pros.

Here are 21 panels you might want to attend at SDCC if you are a television fan or looking for how to break in.

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Adam West Hits the Lego Batman 3

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2:34 pm


So often, we seem to say that Marvel is doing everything better than DC, but I have to say...when it comes to playing a Lego game as a campy old man riding on past glories who shamelessly mugs at all times, I'll take Adam West over Stan Lee any day. But man, those Lego minifigs have the best plastic surgeons in the world, don't they?

This isn't the only Lego news involving Adam West - another of the company's Comic-Con exclusives will be the 1966 Batmobile. Given the $40 price tag, however, and knowing Lego, I'm guessing it won't be minifig scaled, as a set big enough to seat Batman and Robin would probably run around $60 at least.


via Joystiq

New Funko Comic-Con Exclusive Game of Thrones, Goonies, Nightmare before Christmas Figures

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 6:07 pm

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Sigh. Just when we finally print our list, they go and announce this stuff.

Battle-damaged Tyrion with helmet. Glow-in-the-dark Billie puppet from Saw. Jack Skellington with Zero and Superman Sloth retro-action figures. I'm not sure that I'll actually buy any of them - we'll talk if they start giving some of these retro properties a similar action figure treatment as that Tyrion (I'd buy a whole range of Saw characters in traps) - but they're all from properties people don't stop talking about.

If there's ever another Saw movie, there should be a trap lined with all these exclusives, but you have to cut off a hand to get one. That wouldn't be too far off of real life.


The Pokemon Pick-up Lines You Probably Shouldn't Use

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm


With Comic-Con coming up, I thought this could serve as a useful reminder.

Rehearsed pick-up lines generally don't work too well anyway...but basing them on your mutual cosplay, though it might seem like a good idea for a milisecond, can lead to disaster - especially since the male nerd mind will often gravitate to bad sex puns without even thinking about it too hard.

Huh-huh. "Hard." See?

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The Room's Tommy Wiseau Is Now an Underwear Salesman

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm



For a guy who supposedly made his mysterious fortune selling clothes, I'll say this: Tommy Wiseau's fashion sense is certainly the equal of his directorial talents. But at least for all of you who demanded to own garishly colored briefs with the name "Tommy Wiseau" on them, which is exactly nobody, the product exists now.

Here's why this is yet another instance of the unlikely auteur coming off clueless: as fans of The Room know, there is an ENTIRE SCENE centered around underwear in the movie, which culminates in the creative use of the phrase "me underwears." If, instead of putting his name on these undergarments, Wiseau had simply had the sense to write "Me Underwears," people would actually buy that.

Instead, he has made a joint commercial for both the briefs and his never-gonna-happen sitcom The Neighbors. Like everything he does, it's hilariously overacted and paced about as well as a drunk running the New York marathon, featuring Wiseau as a character named "Ricky Rick" who likes "Tommy Wiseau" products. But you have to see it...

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