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

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Very Venture Halloween Reviewed

Venture Bros Junkies....your fix is nigh!! We brave few, starved for animation by our pseudo-adoptive, ultra creative cousins Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick huddle up to the glowing warmth of a flat screen teevee for just a morsel of holiday themed adventure with Doctor Thaddeus S. "Rusty" Venture and friends....and laugh and swoon and then feel empty inside once more ..returning to our lonely love seat to mark the number of days we must wait until a NEW Season of Venture Brothers will fill our lives with purpose. To you, the Venture Bros fan, I give the one fist salute.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Silent Hill Revelation 3D Interviews & Review

Tis the season for spooky..which means I am working overtime for Dread Central these days! I didn't want you to think I was avoiding you..it's just that daddy has another family in LA and they demand his attention from time to time. I wonder if there's a little Golden Book for that?

I stayed up into the wee hours to crank out my Silent Hill Revelation 3D interviews and a review that sums up my major disappointment in a flurry of curse words, Bay Watch comparisons and a nod to Hellboy 2. Having loved the first movie so much, writing this review felt a bit like slaying a horde of demons that had taken residence in my brain. I just can't understand how people that claim to love the first film could make something so completely bad. It boggles the mind.

At any rate, I know a lot of you are Silent Hill fans too, so be sure to READ THE INTERVIEWS (or Part 1 of the interview series where I talk to Director Michael J. Bassett), then DIVE INTO THE REVIEW..in that order, for maximum enjoyment. It also lays out the order of my experience, so you could see how my excitement was pumped up by the director and cast....annnnd then smashed upon the rocks below later that evening. Enjoy!

UPDATE: Read all my Silent Hill Revelation interviews, up now on Dread Central!
Part 2 with Adelaide Clemens
Part 3 with Kit Harington

Quick Note: I'll be leading a Q&A with Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid at a screening of I Sell the Dead tonight in Rahway, NJ, so come join us!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Walking Dead Official Magazine Issue 1 Reviewed

Zombie Mania has gripped the public at large and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon! Did you ever think you’d see a day where the “normal folks” are talking about a TV show where people get eaten now and again?! I…did not. With a new season of The Walking Dead on AMC and October filling the air with thoughts of lovely Halloween spookiness, Titan thought it would be the best time possible to launch The Walking Dead Magazine! I was lucky enough to be sent a copy to pour over and report back to alert the real fans if we had some zombie opportunists trying to infiltrate our wallets. I’m happy to report TWDM wears its love right out there on its sleeve. This is a magazine created to fill in the blanks for new fans, give further detail to those who have been following for years and pack in as much minutia in as wide a range as possible for the die-hards.

Grab Your Wreck-It Ralph Toys


From 8bit zero to fully rendered hero, Wreck-It Ralph is set to teach kids that your lot in life does not define you as a person, and anyone can change the world if they just decide to make things happen. Of course, with great life lessons comes great MERCHANDISING!!! Disney and Thinkway toys have whipped up a plethora of fantastic plastics and adorkable plush, assuring you will be able to recreate your favorite on-screen moments and show the world which characters you want to hug n squish all day long. Ladies and fans of pastel colors will take particular notice of the awesome range of Sugar Rush figures, vehicles and dolls. I can't wait to see these characters cosplayed at the next Disney Convention!! Here's the rundown...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Very Venture Halloween Special

MTV gets the jump on this weekend's long awaited Venture Bros Halloween Special with ...A CLIP!!  No talk. shush. U watch.


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Iron Man 3 Trailer is LIVE



In Marvel's "Iron Man 3", brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man played by Robert Downey Jr., is pitted against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Iron Man 3 continues the epic adventures of "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2", starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, "Iron Man 3" is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on Marvel's iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of "Tales of Suspense" (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with "The Invincible Iron Man" (#1) in May of 1968.

Iron Man 3 is slated for release on May 3, 2013.

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Toy Sculptor's Journey

When I was just a kid, action figures went from being dolls with cloth outfits to little 3 and 3 quarter inch, not very posable space wariors to the game changing Masters of the Universe line before I took what we'll call my "hiatus" from collecting. Flash forward to McFarlane's Spawn line (another HUGE game changer) and we blast into a whole new universe with celebrity sculptors, rock star art groups and companies making action figures of things we'd never see today. As we hit our current time period, you can easily divide the room of toy makers between companies looking to save a buck at every turn and those who love what modern technology allows, seeking to create the best looking plastics we've ever seen. Though the tools may change, it is the artist who creates those toys we come to love. Maker Magazine shares your love of the arts with a new series "about the people who bring fantasy to life. We will spotlight miniature-making, sculpting, molding, figure-modding, latex mask-making, and much more with tutorials, interviews, reviews, and good stories. www.makezine.com/go/believe

..And This Is Why We Write For Women

..As well as the stereotypical "Fanboy". Here are some interesting numbers from New York Comic Con 2012, pertaining to who did the most chatting in social settings about the mega show...

Stats courtesy of Radian6.com. SO..I officially laugh at any toy company still avoiding making those female characters into action figures, Mattel for not displaying new Monster High dolls on the show floor at New York Comic Con, Hasbro for only featuring an "artistic" display for My Little Pony at their NYCC press event..and not letting anyone know about the actual My Little Pony event happening on another night ..and, just in general, any short sighted fool not selling their geek items directly to women, who quite honestly, are  willing to pay MORE for quality nerdwares than men are. Stick that in your pie chart.

The Iron Man 3 Teaser Trailer

We are a day away from the world premiere of the Iron Man 3 trailer, but folks on FaceBook got a sneak peek for recharging Tony Stark's armor with the power of LIKES!! See..there is hope for alternative fuel sources. This tiny morsel doesn't show much, but it's enough to bring a smile to the faces of many a Marvel freak on a craptastic Monday morning.

Here's the eye candy...

Telltale's Walking Dead Comes to Retail

If you are the type of person that waits til the end of a TV season to watch the whole shebang, uninterrupted...or the kind of character that picks up trades instead of those bite sized comic morsels, then this latest news blast from Telltale games is for you.

Fellow survivors,

Today we would like to share the first official images of the retail version of The Walking Dead, which has a target release date of  December 4th, 2012* in North America.
  
The Walking Dead ($29.99 USD North American Retail- Click to pre-order!)

Make every choice like it's your last...

The Adventures of Fionna and Cake Continue in 2013

This January, KaBOOM! Studios launches ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA AND CAKE, an all-new six issue all-ages limited series. The highly anticipated series will be written and illustrated by none other than the characters’ creator and ADVENTURE TIME storyboard artist Natasha Allegri with a full 32 page first issue.

FAN-FAVORITE ADVENTURE TIME SENSATIONS FIONNA & CAKE ARRIVE TO THE HIT ADVENTURE TIME COMIC! Join Cake the Cat and Fionna the Human in this totally algebraic new adventure! When Fionna rescues a feral flame boy from a pack of wild fire lions, it starts her on a quest she’ll never forget... Don’t miss out on this sure-to-be INSANELY popular new ADVENTURE TIME mini-series!

ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA AND CAKE #1 ships in January with main covers by JAB (ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS), Joe Quinones (The AMAZING SPIDER MAN) and Vera Brosgol (ANYA’S GHOST) as well as Ethan Riley and Frank & Becky limited edition variant covers.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Hanna-Barbera Sin City

The streets are angry and unforgiving. In nearly every shadowed alley and darkened door, it seems someone is crying out for help. Behind the walls of its seedy strip clubs and bars, a plea for mercy would fall on deaf ears. Though the city is a monster, it is not without its heroes..though these men and women aren't exactly your cape and tights folks...and they don't exactly like to leave anyone alive to tell tales. These images set the stage for Frank Miller's Sin City, but today, we ponder..what if. What if Hanna-Barbera's beloved cartoon characters slipped through a crack in the universe and found they had to fight to survive in a world without a laugh track?! ....I didn't say it was a sane What If. Pete Caballero brings us a look at Hanna-Barbera's Sin City....just because we thought it would be pretty damn funny.



Pete offers some thoughts on his re-creations...

Deadpool VS Comic Con

If this next bit of video teaches us one thing...it is this. If Deadpool were real...we'd probably avoid him like crazy. His obnoxigen levels are at about 3,000. Never the less, we love him in the comics...and we will love him in the video game....we just won't invite him to crash on our couch.

Deadpool stormed the comic cons this year to make sure you've all heard about his new video game...and to grab some female cosplayer booty, apparently. Though the videos below may not be very informative, they sure are entertaining.

Dark Horse's Buffyverse Sampler for 2013

If there was ever a "gateway drug" to the world of Dark Horse's Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics universe, this is it. It never ceases to amaze me the number of die hard Buffy fans out there who still haven't even heard of the comic, and apparently, despite overwhelming success, Dark Horse has taken notice and aims to get you hooked.

Following the success of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, Dark Horse launched four separate series for the anticipated Buffy Season 9. Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith are direct follow-ups to Season 8, while Spike and Willow are spinoffs from those two ongoing series.

Collected here are all four #1 issues, with all-new cover art by C. L. Bradley! Coming in at 96 pages, this issue carries the low cover price of only $4.99!

Look for this at your local comic shop on January 23, 2013!

The Arrow Footage from New York Comic Con 2012


Fresh off its triumphant series premiere which was the most-watched new show debut on The CW Network in over three years and also the most-watched telecast of any kind on the network in three years, the new series Arrow (Wednesdays 8/7c on The CW) struck a Gotham bulls-eye today during its first-ever appearance at New York Comic Con.

Just days after the show’s launch, Arrow stars Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen), Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance) and Willa Holland (Thea Queen) appeared at the show’s panel session and unveiled an exclusive, action-packed highlight reel created specifically for NYCC, featuring a sneak peek at footage from the show’s first nine episodes.

For a look at the action-packed reel, click below:

See I Sell The Dead with Cast and Crew in NJ

JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN! An event ALL AGES will dig!

Tired of tortured Tommy Hilfiger teens being passed off as horror? Looking for a smart, rollicking throwback to the heyday of Hammer & Channel 11's Chiller Theater? Look no further...
Spend the evening in one of the oldest theaters in New Jersey with the coolest guys in modern horror!

Raconteur Ventures & UC PAC Present
An Evening with Glass Eye Pix Founder LARRY FESSENDEN, Director GLENN MCQUAID & I SELL THE DEAD! On Stage Conversation/Screening/Q&A/Meet&Greet
8 PM, Fri. Oct 26 - The Union County Performing Arts Center (UC PAC)
1601 Irving Street Rahway, NJ 07065 (Just three blocks from the Rahway station & only 30 min from New York Penn Station via NJ Transit’s NE Corridor Line)
All tickets: ONLY $10. For advance tix visit: http://ucpac.org/html/event_popup.cfm?id=289
For more info contact Danni Rumsey @ danni@ucpac.org or call (732) 499-0441

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New Mattel Superman Movie Toy Commercials

Or as we call them in the industry..."Sizzles"! Saucy, eh? These Superman toy teasers were most likely put together for the toy buying season, which has begun! There is one giant sized round of buying in October where the major toy companies meet the major buyers, then another round in February, which most of you will identify as Toy Fair in New York City. There are other shows in the UK and such, but these two massive events most likely account for 85% of the toy buying business done across the planet.

NYCC 2012: Costumes Round 1..FIGHT!


At this point, anyone who recognizes me at a show (all 3 of you..and I thank you) knows I do both San Diego and New York Comic Cons, so I am often asked if there are any outstanding differences between the two. I will name one glaring one. ETHNICITY!! Mirroring the many colored skins of the many different races across New York City, the show floor of New York Comic Con has a fantastic range of people from all walks of life donning costumes purely for the love of it. That's not to say SDCC doesn't draw folks from across the planet...just at NYCC, it stands out a bit more. Also extremely relevant; those old stereotypes about agro New York people go out the window and I can honestly say every damn one of you was incredibly awesome to me every second of the show. At any rate, we proudly present the first round of Costume/Cosplayer pictures from New York Comic Con 2012.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Civilian Justice

We've been neck deep in amazing new teasers and trailers from San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con for movies that will stroke your geek-lobes into a frenzy of wanting. Now, we thought we'd show you another trailer...no less amazing, but clearly for other reasons. For as long as I have known him, it seems Graig Weich has had the super power to will himself into any situation. He can be found in the backgrounds of movies like Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises and when he is not taunting big box office comic heroes, he is playing Doctor Frankenstein to his own creations. One such hero is Civilian Justice. When we first met this character, he was standing alongside Graig's booth in motorcycle racing leathers..his head wrapped in an American flag and brandishing another as if ready to skewer himself a kebob full of terrorists. We were told this hero was born from the ashes of 9-11 and, indeed, had a mad on for dispatching extremist bombers. To say more would only add as extra padding, so why bother when I can just show video of what could have been..or still might be...I'm not sure which is accurate. Pardon the low rez.

2013 Marvel Movies Taking Shape

Raise your hand if you are still crazy happy we got an Avengers movie this year that blew minds!! Disney/ Marvel plans to keep that momentum going into "Phase 2" in 2013 and has solidified that lineup with some minor detail changes...

IRON MAN 3 will now be available in 3D – previously announced 5/3/13 wide playdate is unchanged (Marvel)

THOR: THE DARK WORLD is final title of previous “Thor 2” and will now be available in 3D – previously announced 11/8/13 wide playdate is unchanged (Marvel)

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER is final title of previous “Captain America 2” – previously announced 4/4/14 wide playdate is unchanged (Marvel)

The Evil Dead Trailer!

The best horror trailer I've seen in a very long time has been leaked...as is the way of the interwebs! Take a look before it gets disappeared! Thanks to NuketheFridge for the scoop...
UPDATE: The Nuke the Fridge bootleg has been sacked. All responsible have fled the country. IGN has the goods though!

As you can see, the new film promises to be a meaner, crazier, more visceral animal. Bruce Campbell himself, when I inquired as to how violent the new film was going to be, asked me what I thought about a Nail Gun and a whooooole lot of nails? The trailer confirms an iconic possessed hand, plenty of demonic activity and even alludes to TREE RAPE!! What more could you ask for? Evil Dead promises to mirror those moments you love while presenting the entire experience in a whole new light. "Fucked Up" seems to have been the magic phrase while shooting! I can't wait for more.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Carrie Teaser Trailer





It was a mere day ago that I banged out a description of the Carrie teaser trailer on my teeny, tiny cell keyboard seconds after seeing it at New York Comic Con 2012...and now, as if to say ALL YOUR GOOD WORKS WERE FOR NAUGHT!! ..Sony has released that very same teaser to Yahoo! Movies!! Bastards. CommingSoon tipped us off and now, we can show you the blazing glory that is the coming of a mentally unbalanced Chloe Moretz!! Let's watch...

New York Comic Con Live

This is the part where we break off the top feed and let it float away down the tranquil waters of post-con melancholy. This slideshow was updated as often as possible LIVE from the show floor at New York Comic Con 2012 with supplemental images and info shot over to my Twitter (https://twitter.com/nomadixxx)

Quick Tip: To see the full pics in all their glory, hit the full screen button on the bottom right.
 

More to come!

The Greatest Event in Television History


Robot Chicken Up for Season 7

Adult Swim announced today it has ordered another season of Robot Chicken, the Emmy® winning series by creators and executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. Season six is currently airing all new episodes on Sunday nights at midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim, featuring an all-star voice cast. Robot Chicken season seven will premiere in 2013.

Alfred Hitchcock Demands Phone Silence at the Movies!

We are making a difference. For once in our lifetime...we may just win at something. Yes, friends, one of the tiny tiny places in our little universe is sloooowly being altered so that generations of folks will be conditioned to turn around, upon hearing cell phone noise, beeping or that wondering blast of blue light, and say "Pardon me..but kindly turn off your fucking phone. Please and Thank You." Now Alfred Hitchcock himself joins the cause with this latest "STFU at the movies" PSA...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

NYCC 2012: Back into the Fray...with Geeks

It's the last day of New York Comic Con and as per usual, I am a little worse for wear, but there was hot water in the shower, a happy round Brit on my couch and Vodka still in my system, so all is right with the world. Those of you who are new to the site may have thought I took the weekend off, but if you've been watching the feed up top, I'd done my best to periodically dump some pics into Flickr to curb your fiendish dorkly appetites. Failing that, as was the case yesterday as I was locked in the interview rooms all day where you can't hope to get an upload signal, I switched over to Twitter whenever I could get a tenth of a bar on the cell. You can see that handy work here - https://twitter.com/nomadixxx - and pay particular attention to the pics..which where pretty much what was all around me all day. YOU GET TO BE MY EYES!! How creepy.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

New York Comic Con 2012 Kick Off

Just a quick post to tell you that, as well as the pics at the top of the site and the extra bits I threw onto Twitter last night, we managed to forgo a little sleep and post 3 folders to Flickr! Up now we've got the Show Floor Day 0 (as technically, the show hasn't even started yet), DC Direct and Hasbro Angry Birds Star Wars for our Jedi inclined viewers. Watch the feed at the top of the site for new pictures all day today and then later tonight, there will surely be loads more heaped into the Flickr monster. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fourth Castle Media Zombies Storming NYCC 2012

New York Comic Con 2012 is about to set this unsuspecting city ablaze with overwhelming geekiness, but it is still October, and Fourth Castle Media wants to make sure the horrors at this show are pumped up to a respectable level! With that in mind, we’ve made sure our booth is overflowing with all manner of undead collectibles you won’t be able to pass up and backed that up with a sampling across all our brands AND a sprinkling of free swag just for saying hi. Here’s the skinny…

-         Cinefantastique Presents "Can You Survive A Zombie Apocalypse?" Saturday, October 13th @ 7:45 at the Variant Stage : Cinefantastique, the most respected name in genre journalism since 1970, throws all that out the window for a look at surviving the eventual Zombie Apocalypse. Members of the NJ-based "Zombie Survival Course" (zombiesurvivalcourse.com) will show you what you need to know, right from their actual camp curriculum!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

DC Entertainment's NYCC 2012 Exclusives Lineup

DC Entertainment is making it easier than ever to pick up some of your favorite items at New York Comic Con. For the first time fans will be able to purchase certain products in the DC Entertainment booth, #1238.  The merchandise line-up includes various items from DC Collectibles, the We Can Be Heroes giving campaign, and a variety of DC Entertainment books.

DC Collectibles 
DC  Collectibles will offer two products that were previously available for sale online only, the Flash Exclusive Flashpoint Action Figure Box Set ($40) and the Sinestro as Green Lantern Bust ($25).

The Tarantino XX 8 Film Collection Trailer



arantino XX contains eight films chosen by Tarantino to illustrate the first 20 years of his career, featuring the films that helped define his early success, including Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds. To complete the stunning high definition 10-disc set, the Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection also features two discs with five hours of all-new bonus material, highlighted by a critics’ retrospective on Tarantino’s groundbreaking catalog of films and “20 Years of Filmmaking” that contains interviews with critics, stars and other masters of cinema.

CLICK HERE for the full specs...
and CLICK HERE to pre-order this set for 30% off!

Minimates 10th Anniversary Event & Battle Beasts at NYCC

In celebration of ten years of Minimates, Diamond Select Toys will be holding a 10th Anniversary Minimates celebration in the toy line's birthplace, New York City! Reed Exhibitions' New York Comic-Con will host the event October 11-14, and the festivities will include an exhibit, a panel, a signing and three separate Minimate giveaways!

Located in room 1B02 of the Jacob Javits Center, the exhibit will showcase Minimates, artwork and animation from throughout the line's 10-year run, from their rock-and-roll beginnings at the NYC-based Art Asylum in 2002 to their multi-brand empire with Diamond Select Toys today. It will be open during Comic-Con show hours all four days, and attendees will receive one free promo Minimate from the company archives, while supplies last. (One per person for the weekend.)

Spy Hunter Returns

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces today the North American launch of Spy Hunter for PlayStation®Vita and Nintendo 3DS™. A reboot of the original combat racing series, the game is specifically designed for a handheld experience.

True to the original Spy Hunter released in arcades in 1983, the player once again assumes the role of the “Agent,” the driver of the high-tech G-6155 Interceptor supercar, armed extensively with advanced weaponry and ready to take on a global terrorist organization set on world domination.

Monday, October 8, 2012

ESC Toy at New York Comic Con 2012

We will be at ESC booth #3015! Here is the breakdown for all of our releases at New York Comic Con 2012! All items will be sold on a first come, first serve basis starting Thursday 10/11/12! Cash payment & credit cards welcome "processed through SQUARE." Just click on any product below to enlarge. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you. You can also access our ESC x NYCC price list here.
1. Chap-Lynn Ringleader
7" hand painted resin figure by Erick Scarecrow. Limited to only 18pcs worldwide! For ages 15 & UP! 
Retail: $130
2. Aldara x Sama Ghoul
3.5" hand painted resin figure by Erick Scarecrow. A part of the ESC x Frombie crossover collection. For ages 15 & UP!
 Retail: $20
3. S.Maria 3 YRS Later
6.5" hand painted resin figure by Erick Scarecrow. Limited to only 8pcs worldwide! For ages 15 & UP! Available online only at the ESC shop 10/12/12 at 10am EST!
 Retail: $200

Ice Scream Man (Dork Night Edition) at Clutter's NYCC Booth

Clutter Magazine are pleased to announce that we'll be showcasing Brutherford at this year's New York Comic Con, with not only a signing schedule but also the release of a very special Ice Scream Man: the Dork Night Edition. Priced at $110 (tax included), it will be available at Clutter Magazine's NYCC Booth #3004!

This special edition Ice Scream Man sports vintage Batman colors, a zip atone cone wrapper and domino mask sure to fool anyone. Limited to only 30 pieces made ever, each Dork Night Edition includes a special sticker too.

Brutherford will be on hand at the Clutter Booth for a signing on Friday, October 12th from 4 pm to 7 pm and on Sunday, October 14th from 12 Noon to 5 pm. In addition to the new edition, he'll have a pile of special goodies available too.

For those unable to make it to Comic Con, a very limited number of the Dork Night Edition will be made available through www.brutherford.com on Saturday, October 13th…

More images of the Ice Scream Man (Dork Night Edition) can be found right here.

The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 Reviewed

Some comics change everything. You are going to hear this over and over if you know anyone who loves Batman enough and perhaps is old enough to remember when The Dark Knight Returns set the geek universe ablaze. For me, there was always some love of Batman. I’d read of his super deeds with Robin in the pages of Justice League America when I was just a little boy, and even though the somewhat dumpy Adam West Batman was a hokey facsimile, I watched every episode of the TV series and yearned for more. By elementary school, my love had shifted to the Uncanny X-Men, and by high school I may have stopped collecting all together. What I do remember so keenly in those days of mullets and ripped jeans was the coming of the Dark Knight. The word was out. Batman was COOL now!

The OFFICIAL Star Wars Angry Birds Reveal!

I feel like it should have a tag line like "This Time...It's Personal", but the line "Defeat The Pork Side!" on some of this packaging more than makes up for the two hours of editing I just did. This past weekend, we blew young minds with the announcement of Star Wars Angry Birds and teased your wallets with merchandise to come. Today, Hasbro gets in on the action with official pics of their lineup that confirm two things...

1. There WILL BE a Star Wars Angry Birds App
2. They will be merchandising the hell out of it

and as an aside...

3. They sure do love Jabba and the Rancor Monster, as they have featured them in two of the game sets....but no Leia in any, unless you count Leia Bousch. Everybody knows girls don't play Angry Birds. Pish Posh. Sarcasm, ended.

FIRST UP!!  Let's meet the cast of characters revealed so far!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

McFarlane's Walking Dead TV Series 3 Action Figures

It's almost Walking Dead time again on AMC, so McFarlane Toys is revving up their creep engines to bring you all the nasty undead plastics you crave..and happily, alongside an extremely well rounded cast of human characters from the show! It's been months since we showed off Series 2 RIGHT HERE. Those are due to drop the end of October. Now we get a peek as the Walking Dead TV Action Figures Series 3...which seem to have bypassed another comic series all together. McFarlane know where the money is. Would the money have been there in spades at 7 inches??!!  Yes ...yes...but we can cry over that later. Right now, we have new toys to look at.

Star Wars Angry Birds Revealed


Well that was quick! From teaser to product in what...8 hours? The reveal was set to be Monday in Times Square, but if you are Star Wars obsessed, you need it NOWWWW...so we sent our robots to storm Rovio Castle and pillage Hasbro Keep and come back with some preview images for you..because we love you. Hugs all around.

In my first article on the subject...I was a bit harsh. Now, I must admit, the designs are growing on me. Feast your trembling eyeballs on the following...





Star Wars Angry Birds Jenga Death Star - Said to feature an exclusive Chewbacca figure. (the pic to the left is not it.) I'm pretty much dying to see this thing in person. The art of the Piggy Dead Star is enough to make me want. Ohh...the wanting. Commence gimme hands.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Angry Birds Assimilate Star Wars

It's the mash up....practically no one asked for...or dreamed about!!!

But there will be toys...and jenga...and most likely a Star Wars edition of the game amid all the plush and T Shirts. .....maybe a game...but after the T Shirts.

The Angry Birds Tumblr says to be at the Times Square Toys R Us at 8am...or 10am..they aren't really clear on the point. I'm betting we'll be seeing some merch when we do drinks with Hasbro right before New York Comic Con 2012 next week. STAY TUNED...if not for this earth shattering announcement...then for stuff you really care about.

Marvel Back to Animated Features

It's been a very long time since Thor: Tales of Asgard. Did you catch that film? Neither did I. That was 2011. Now, fresh from the success of The Avengers with legions of fans wondering what a company like Disney might do with a blockbuster stable of characters and access to animation technology that is, no doubt, the best on the planet..Marvel answers the call for new direct to DVD animated features....or ANYTHING awesomely animated!

The project is called "Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United". ~snore~ The title just smacks of the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes cancellation in favor of something more kid friendly...even though they also cancelled Super Hero Squad..which was specifically for kids. ~grumble~ EW.com reports the pair of heroes will take on Zzzax, a creature of pure energy you may remember from pas Hulk comics.

Aim For the Head..or Not..with The Walking Dead

It's October, and while the air might not be as crisp as we'd like just yet, all the good people of the world should have one thing on their minds right now. HALLOWEEN!!! You've started putting your favorite monster movies on heavy rotation in the DVD player, broke out your Monster Mash vinyl and draped fake cobwebs around your whole house. Sure, a cat went missing in the process...but it's HALLOWEEEEEEN!!! She'll turn up. Now the only thing missing is a creep filled, gore soaked episodic video game on your computer screen. Not to worry...Telltale Games has just what you need with their Walking Dead epic. Here's the latest...

Celebrate Frankenweenie's Birth with New Clips

HAPPY TIM BURTON DAY!!! Friends are saying Frankenweenie is the best movie Burton has done in year. Better than the somewhat depressing Alice in Wonderland. More fun than The Corpse Bride. High praise all around! To celebrate, we've got new clips to put you in a stop-motiony mood!

First up is a little featurette on bringing the puppets of Frankenweenie to life...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Mars Attacks the Transformers!!


 IDW are masters of the pop culture mash-up, having proved themselves with an all out war between the living dead vs the Ghostbusters, Star Trek Universe, Transformers and G.I.Joe!! Now, they seem set to launch an invasion of another sort. Those glass domed Martians are ready to pounce on Autobot and Decepticon alike as MARS ATTACKS THE TRANSFORMERS!! It's the stuff of your 5 yr old crayon drawings, no? So far, we've only got a teaser image, but we'll be sure to pester at New York Comic Con next week and bring back more info.

The Crow Returns

IDW Publishing is thrilled to announce that The Crow’s original creator, James O’Barr will be launching a brand-new story featuring the vengeful avian guide, THE CROW: SKINNING THE WOLVES, a three-issue miniseries set to debut this December. Fans of O’Barr’s dark signature style will be delighted to see him backed by co-artist Jim Terry with a story woven of the same supernatural mystique that made The Crow a favorite of fans worldwide.

“I’ve been wanting to see a new Crow project from James O’Barr for a lot longer than we’ve had the Crow license,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief, “and what James has lined up for Skinning the Wolves and beyond is definitely delivering on those expectations.”

Set in a European concentration camp in 1945, Skinning the Wolves investigates a world where the dark harbinger of vengeance is dispatched in response to one of history’s greatest atrocities and the ultimate evil that perpetrated it.

Prometheus Blu-ray and DVD Specs


Renowned director Ridley Scott takes fans on a gripping sci-fi adventure that “kicks ass so hard and often that it's impossible not to be thrilled by it” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). Launching into space to discover the mysterious creators of the human race, the “genuinely epic” (Tom Long, Detroit News) film, PROMETHEUS, debuts globally on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD October 9 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. An unmatched home entertainment experience, watch the highly-anticipated blockbuster hit in the format it was meant to be viewed, stunning 3D high-definition.

Written by Damon Lindelof (“Lost”) and Jon Spaihts, PROMETHEUS features outstanding performances by Academy Award® winner* Charlize Theron (Monster), Golden Globe®-nominee* Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), Guy Pearce (Memento), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Logan Marshall-Green (Devil).

VIZ at New York Comic Con


VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, returns to New York City for the 2012 New York Comic Con with an array of events, special booth appearances, insightful panel discussions and promotional giveaways. New York Comic Con takes place October 11th-14th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. VIZ Media will be located in Booth 2042.

New York Comic Con is the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture convention and plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. More information on New York Comic Con is available at: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com.

The Presidential Debate..Autotuned

There are some things we don't bother to talk about on Idle Hands. Politics is one of them. Nightmare on Elm Street 2 is another. We do realize how important this Presidential Election is, so we thought we'd make it easier for you hard working folks to sort through the double-talk and get the the meat of matters. With that in mind, we present highlights from last night's Presidential Debate...in song.


NJ Zombie Walk This Saturday


The Zombie Walk is on Saturday and is (as always) TOTALLY FREE! We’ll have a Base Camp set up on the Asbury Park Boardwalk beginning at 10AM. Our team of professional artists will once again be offering Zombie Makeovers for a nominal ticket fee, or you can get bloody in the DIY makeup area and Blood Bath on the beach. The Zombie Walk will begin at 5:00PM as we shamble towards Downtown Asbury Park!

THE UNDEAD FESTIVAL IS ALL DAY LONG!
The Asbury Park Boardwalk will be transformed into a post-apocalyptic wonderland for the day as the Undead Festival takes over the entire Boardwalk, including the Casino and Grand Arcade! We’re working on a final schedule for the event that will include dozens of horror-themed vendors, zombie costume & cosplay contests, haunting music.. thrilling dance performances.. special screenings and sneak peeks at some of the hottest new zombie films, shows and video games.. after parties and MUCH MUCH MORE!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Beware...The Vampire Dog

No seriously. BEWARE!  This looks...just...just horrible....but perhaps with a bottle of Vodka at a Halloween party...


Flavor Monsters Coming to New York Comic Con

TRUTH will make its first ever appearance at New York Comic Con, a four-day extravaganza that attracts top talent and major artists from all areas of the pop culture universe including comics, film, television, music, books and gaming. Through an interactive installation, truth will bring to life its new mobile title - Flavor Monsters - available on select iOS and Android devices.

As part of a larger tour, truth will visit more than 80 cities across 31 states this summer. At New York Comic Con, visitors to the truth installation '45 Flavors' will be able to:

Make Something Unreal LIVE 2013

Epic Games, Inc., creators of award-winning games and game technology, announces the launch of Make Something Unreal Live (MSUL) 2013, the international game development competition open to all students enrolled full-time at any European higher education establishment.

Epic is accepting game pitches until 2nd November that cleverly play on the theme of Mendelian inheritance, which spans concepts such as variation, mutation and other behaviors of the human genome. Teams making it through to shortlist rounds will use Epic’s Unreal Development Kit (UDK), the free edition of Unreal Engine 3 (UE3), to create new PC games based on their pitches, with the ultimate goal of winning a commercial Unreal Engine 4 licence for PC digital distribution.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Super 7 Tackle NY Comic Con & APE



 Super7 will be rocking it simultaneously on two coasts as we exhibit at both major events the weekend of October 11~14th.

APE in our home town of San Francisco
Alternative Press Expo - http://www.comic-con.org/ape/ -  Booth #311

NYCC in Manhattan
New York Comic Con - http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/ - Booth #3009




The Lone Ranger Taking Shape

 
We've got a long way to go until that July 3, 2013 release date, but that doesn't mean the fine folks at Disney won't torment you with beautiful imagery until then! This first round has it all...a teaser poster, lush cinematography, action and Johnny Depp!

 From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes.  Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

Post-Apocalyptic Horrors Strike in "The Day"

The Day, from WWE Studios and Anchor Bay Films, comes to Blu-ray™ and DVD on November 27, 2012. A film which Variety called, “…one of the most effective horror movies made in years,” The Day stars Shawn Ashmore (X-Men 2&3, The Ruins, Frozen), Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism), Cory Hardrict (Battle Los Angeles, Gran Torino), Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, “Lost”), Shannyn Sossamon (One Missed Call, 40 Days and 40 Nights), and Michael Eklund (The Divide, Hunt to Kill). After a successful world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, the film was theatrically released by WWE Studios and Anchor Bay Films earlier this year. The Day is available as a Blu-ray™/DVD Combo for an SRP of $29.99 and on DVD for an SRP of $26.98. Pre-book is October 31st.