Toy Spotting will updated on the fly whenever I come across something awesome, so check back often!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Kevin Smith's Cop Out Trailer Goes Live



Two longtime NYPD partners on the trail of a stolen, rare, mint-condition baseball card find themselves up against a merciless, memorabilia-obsessed gangster. Jimmy (Bruce Willis) is the veteran detective whose missing collectible is his only hope to pay for his daughter’s upcoming wedding, and Paul (Tracy Morgan) is his “partner-against-crime” whose preoccupation with his wife’s alleged infidelity makes it hard for him to keep his eye on the ball.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Your Whedon Minute: Dr. Horrible VS The Hero of Canton

Fresh from the labs at Quantum Mechanix! It seems only fitting that the first authorized and fully-licensed Dr. Horrible Animated Maquette is of the man with the PhD in Horribleness himself.

Cast in professional-grade resin and painted by hand, Dr. Horrible is pictured in his moment of triumph, holding his Freeze Ray aloft in one hand and shaking his fist at the world. As with all QMx animated maquettes, Dr. Horrible comes with many screen-accurate details, such as his goggles, the medical symbol on his smock and, of course, the aforementioned deanimation gun. He stands over six inches tall – nine, if you include his weapon. Freeze Ray. Tell your friends.

Dr. Horrible comes in an edition of 1,000 statues and is the first in a series of limited-edition maquettes based on the characters of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.






Third in QMx's hit series of Serenity Little Damn Heroes limited-edition animated maquettes, "Thrilling Heroics" stars none other than the man they call Jayne (Cobb) himself. Standing 4.5 inches tall, the Jayne maquette is cast in resin, hand-painted and comes holding Jayne's very favorite gun, Vera. He's sculpted wearing the cunning hat knit by his ma and wearing his Blue Sun t-shirt. The one what got River so riled.

Offered in an edition of just 1,000 individually-numbered statues and priced at $49.95 each, you best get Jayne before he's gone. We hear he's got a crappy town named after him and that he's skilled at the public relations. Sounds like it's good to have Jayne on your side. Just remember: The living legend needs eggs!

Hot Toys Gears Up For More Terminators

The highly anticipated collectible of 2010 - the T-800 from the Terminator 2 movie is coming soon to turn mission possible by protecting John Connor, the future leader of humanity in a 21st century war against machines! Let’s see how John Connor and his protector survive on their own.

Likeness? NAILED. Hot Toys roars into 2010 the undisputed masters of the 12 inch figure. This one is sure to sell FAST. Enjoy the teaser!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Attack of the Weenicons

The Weenicons characters represent a contemporary, design-led take on pop culture and retro classics. The brand looks at old favorites with new eyes, and gives our cultural icons a 'cute' and modern twist. As the 3.5 inch resin figurines reflect much-loved childhood heroes of our time, the range has longevity that ties in with the characters' long term appeal. Choose from many different Weenicons characters, with an ever expanding lineup. The Weeni world also uses characters on art prints, keychains, magnets, etc; with characters including Abba, Baywatch, The A Team, Ghostbusters and more..of course..none of them named specifically as such.












































For more Weeniliciousness, visit Weenicons World

Karate Kid Goes Full On Kung Fu



Not sure I'm up for this one. I'll be in "wait and see" mode.

Hi..It's Vince..I Rule You

Three nights ago I was taking a break from wrapping presents, watching TV when the usual ShamWOW commercial came on. The usual propaganda about this being a miracle of modern science..will clean your house..keep your kids in line..potty train the baby AND the puppies simultaneously. A product so amazing, NASA kept it locked in an unmarked crate since 1952 after it fell to Earth under very suspicious circumstances...and now...it can be YOURS!! No puddle will ever be safe again. If this product doesn't work to your satisfaction, Vince will come to your house personally and impregnate the family member of your choosing. That's dedication. When it was over, Vince popped up again...but this time..he was ready to JAM.


My Jaw was sufficiently dropped. I literally starred at the TV like a mongoloid until it was over...but there was more...




What can I say? Amazing. Incredible. The bits with the chick dancing around in a white room almost made me fall out of my chair. Soo ridiculous and yet, I'm sure, incredibly effective. I'd love to see the numbers on sales before these vids and after! It's a little slice of brilliance.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

More Highly Requested Marvel Figures Headed Our Way

...though most of them aren't in the scale we've been crying for. First up, here's a new pic of Marvel Select's Deadpool figure, due out the second quarter of 2010. Note that this is Diamond's 7 inch line, putting him out of scale with Marvel Legends.






Hasbro continues their 3.75" onslaught with more Secret Wars 2 packs. The newest waves include:

Thor and The Enchantress
Hawkeye and Piledriver
Mr. Fantastic and Ultron
Absorbing Man and Doctor Doom
Storm and Nightcrawler
Thing and Bulldozer
































Back to Diamond we go with their new Marvel Select Cyclops with an X-Factor uniform variant and a Danger Room base! The sides of the base are slotted to allow for possible future basses to connect to it. Diamond alluded to the fact that Colossus might be next up in this series in their Art Asylum blog. Look for him the second quarter of 2010.

For The Ladies: Little Gyllenhaals for 2010

Those who watch the toy world know the full lineup of toys from McFarlane was revealed some months back, but we've got some early pics to go with the lineup, so let's take a look!





The 4 inch figure line (not 3 and 3 quarters like GI Joe/Star Wars/Marvel Universe?) feature 12 points of articulation, include character specific weapons and accessories and a weighty price tag of $8.99. The series 1 lineup includes:

Warrior Dastan
Desert Dastan
Seso
Lead Hassansin (Zolm)
Double Bladed Halberd Hassansin (Ghazab)
Human Porcupine Hassansin (Setam)











Includes horse and articulated rider character. Horses scaled to fit any 4” figures from the Prince of Persia Sands of Time movie action figure line. Each set goes for $15.99. The line begins with:

Zolm with Akvan
Dastan with Aksh










The Alumut City Gate playset is based on the upcoming Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time movie, in scale with the 4" action figure line. Recreate key action sequence from the movie with a spring loaded catapult, falling rock slide, working gate, hidden escape stairs, a special Dastan figure and more! $22.99







The 6 inch figure line (for those who want to pit Wolverine against Jake) feature multiple points of articulation, character specific weapons, accessories and play action. $12.99 each. Series 1 includes:

Warrior Dastan
Desert Dastan
Lead Hassansin (Zolm)
Double Bladed Halberd Hassansin (Ghazab)







Prince of Persia The Sands of Time: 12" Vinyl Dagger of Time
Detailed sculpt recreates title weapon from the movie so kids can role play and hold their little sisters hostage until they get that extra cookie. Adorable! Safe for kids with soft vinyl blade and a light up jeweled handle. $12.99














NOTE: These are early pictures of prototypes. Finished pieces will likely look different.
Sadly, no word on a strap on six pack for the children. Look for the entire line May of 2010.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!



Some more windows in NYC for you. This time it's Lord and Taylor. Have fun!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Could YOUR Toy Isle Be a RAPE Scene?

Have you ever gone into the toy isle of your favorite retailer and noticed something odd among the figures? A missing head or perhaps a My Little Pony packed into a Transformer box? You have just entered a crime scene. The offense?

TOY RAPE

A segment of the kind folks in my area of New Jersey don't like to work. At all. This accounts for the roving hordes of scalper scum I have to contend with as I scout for my favorite new releases that seemingly never arrive, but lurking just beyond the sight of these brazen asshats is another form of adventurous, arrogant, blatant thief.

THE TOY RAPIST


We warn you. The pictures you are about to see are quite graphic. Viewer discretion is advised.
The package art clearly shows a tranquil little Jawa and his robot buddy. After the Toy Rapist is done, all we have left is an old bounty hunter, a bundle of spare parts from God knows where and two light sabers. No doubt, the Toy Rapist was laughing when he returned this gem, as he wasn't even trying to make it look like there were two figures in there.



These two lady victims of Toy Rape are left without a head to scream out of the injustice happening under our noses every day. Horrific.



Remember when Egon said "don't cross the streams" in Ghostbusters? Well this Toy Rapist is so monstrous, he crosses continuities. Even though both G.I.Joe and Wolverine are Hasbro toys, and on a more specific note, both were Marvel Comics, this scene is no less shocking. I mean...come on. He's got a Cobra symbol on his chest. Wake up Walmart lady.



The Toy Rapist loves to victimize the poor, defenseless Jawas. This one is humiliated and left a double amputee. How will he feed his creepy little children and serve the Tall Man from Phantasm? The robot can't even look at him. It's sickening...and sad.



This next series depicts the furthest extent this horrible act can reach. You've been warned.

This is...TOY GANG RAPE




A sunny day on Endor with Rebel forces greeting their pals from the Empire..ROCKED TO THE CORE. Think this looks normal? Look closer.



The top is a clear case of TOY GANG RAPE. The bottom is unmolested. Gone are R2D2's shiny electro swirlies. Gone are the troopers' petite lady guns. Gone, perhaps, is Han Solo's head. It's Fordicide.

This only leads to many more questions. Does the Toy Rapist do it right there in the isle or does he take them home, dim the lights, put on some Kenny G and go to work? Is he only targeting the sweet, sweet smell of Hasbro figures for a reason? The answers might turn my stomach. Only YOU can help prevent toy rape. If you see an act of toy rape, take a picture with your camera phone and send it to paulnomad@gmail.com , then alert a clerk that someone is quite possibly retarded among their staff. Together we can stop...

TOY RAPE.