Saturday, June 29, 2013

SDCC 2013: Kotobukiya Loves Harley

Marching on with the San Diego Comic Con 2013 Exclusives reveals; Kotobukiya checks in with their sole entry..and in this case, one will be quite enough to get them plenty of attention. Their Bishoujo line of sexy geek all-star statues has had stand out moments, but when you give the stage to The Joker's main squeeze, you can pretty much guarantee a sell out.

Harley Quinn Unmasked 2013 Convention Exclusive Bishoujo Statue
As a unique twist to the fan favorite DC Comics Harley Quinn Bishoujo statue Kotobukiya is excited to announce its 2013 convention exclusive, Harley Quinn Unmasked! Inspired from an original illustration by Japan’s renowned Shunya Yamashita, Ms. Quinzel is captured in a candidly playful moment (sans her makeup and headgear) in the Japanese Bishoujo (pretty girl) style.

Friday, June 28, 2013

SDCC 2013: Adventure Time & Regular Show Extravaganzas at Comic-Con


At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Cartoon Network will once again offer the ultimate fan experience both on and off the convention floor. Taking center stage is an Adventure Time themed booth on the convention floor showcasing the Ice King’s iconic castle with an exclusive fan-centric photo opportunity. Fans again have the opportunity to collect exclusive Comic-Con giveaways including five different Adventure Time buttons.

SDCC 2013: Battle Beasts Return

Last year, Comic-Con International attendees were present for ground zero of Diamond Select Toys' new Battle Beasts Minimates toy line, with the first-ever two-pack, the launch of the comic book mini-series and a daily giveaway figure! Now, with Series 2 in development and a new comic in the works, Diamond Select will be giving away a new promotional Battle Beast at this year's show!

Shadow Merk is a new figure of Merk, the deadly falcon who forms one-third of the band of Beast heroes at the forefront of IDW's comic book mini-series. Cast in translucent purple plastic, the figure will be given out each morning at the Diamond Select Toys booth, #2607, in a sealed plastic bag. A limited number will be available each day (but not on Preview Night), so make the DST booth your first stop!

Also, be sure to pick up Series 1 in the store at the DST booth, check out a few Series 2 prototypes in the DST display cases, and come learn more about what's next at the Minimates panel on Saturday at 1:30 in Room 8!

SDCC 2013: Adult Swim Announces Annual San Diego Comic-Con Invasion

This year at San Diego Comic-Con, Adult Swim will be bringing even more entertainment, celebrities and one-of-a-kind fan experiences to their adoring fans. Adult Swim programming panels run from Thursday to Saturday, featuring creators, producers and actors from fan favorites The Venture Bros., Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, Robot Chicken, Aqua TV Show Show, Squidbillies, The Eric Andre Show, The Heart, She Holler, China, IL, and sneak peeks of several new and upcoming series such as Rick and Morty, Hot Package, King Star King, and Mr. Pickles.  Adult Swim stars on hand will include Rob Corddry, Paul Scheer, Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer, Seth Green, Patton Oswalt, Amy Sedaris, Eric Andre, Hannibal Buress, and many more.  Fans can also stop by the Adult Swim booth #3721 to enjoy free mini massages and a place to escape from the hectic pace of the convention floor.

Scientist Killjoys Teach The Realities of Super Powers

Folks like to interject reality into comic book movies to make the situations and characters more relatable. It worked..for a little while..til those situations and characters got long winded and reality proved to be a major downer. It's how we got a Bane who sounds like the cross between a snarky Bond bad guy and the old prospector in an ancient western. Let's face it...if we wanted reality in our comic books...we wouldn't be reading about buff guys and buxom gals in tights, would we? Now, TED-Ed looks to squash our dreams of waking up one sunny day with super speed, flight, invisibility, strength, immortality, and body mass (sorry..do YOU dream of body mass??!!) with a series of videos exploring the realities one wold face if granted these powers. Are they complete creeps for destroying our childhood dreams? Indeed. Are the videos highly educational? Yes. Very interesting if you are nerd inclined, as I am. Hit the jump and take a look...and try not to sob out loud...

Thursday, June 27, 2013

SDCC 2013: NECA Exclusives

NECA (booth #3145) are gearing up for yet another year on the show floor of the most dangerous geekfest on the planet with ravenous collectors snapping a their heels at every turn! Lucky for them, they are bringing lil Kick-Ass 2 Ax Handles to keep folks in line. That's the way to do it! Here's the run down on all NECA's San Diego Comic Con 2013 Exclusives...

CHUCKY IS BACK!


Do little ginger dolls with a penchant for making with the stabby stabby brighten your day? We thought so. It's why we are friends. Today, the first official images from Curse of Chucky have arrived, and while they don't show much, they certainly set the scene and show Chuck's actual arrival in the film. We've come a long way from hanging with Redman and Jennifer Tilly!

SDCC 2013: Ender's Game at Comic-Con 2013

Summit Entertainment will showcase the studio's highly anticipated film event ENDER'S GAME at Comic-Con 2013, presenting never-before-seen new footage, appearances by cast members and filmmakers, and several massive, interactive fan events. A full slate of activities related to the film to be unveiled at this year's Comic-Con, including:

Hall H Panel - The studio's panel on Thursday, July 18th will feature ENDER'S GAME filmmakers and cast, including producer Bob Orci, director Gavin Hood, and cast members Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin.

Fantasia's 1st Wave of Films Announced


The Fantasia Film Festival is coming back, and coming soon. From July 18 – August 6, Montreal will be home to a showcase of over 100 feature films from around the world, along with a wealth of special events, conferences, and parties. Audiences can look forward to discovering numerous World and International premieres, as well as the Canadian debuts of some of the most acclaimed genre works from this year’s Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, Berlin, and Tribeca film festivals.
Our full lineup will be announced shortly. For now, we are pleased to reveal a small sampling of highlights to whet proverbial whistles.

Without further ado, let’s begin… with the end.

SDCC 2013: October Toys Exclusives

We've been showing off all the San Diego Comic Con 2013 exclusives you'll be able to snap up, online and in person, from the biggest names in collectibles. Now it's time to show off some killer plastics from a crew in a somewhat smaller booth with toys that have been making a big noise and a voice that supports all their fellow independent creators.

October Toys Booth #4951

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

SDCC 2013: Hannibal: Feed Your Fear

With the 2nd season of Hannibal having just been picked-up by NBC, Katie O’Connell, CEO of Gaumont International Television, announced today that the company will be attending the upcoming Comic Con Convention in San Diego, CA and will be hosting a Hannibal-themed panel on Thursday, July 18th from 6:45pm – 7:45pm in Room 6A.

The panel, entitled Hannibal: Feed Your Fear, will feature Emmy-Award-winning executive producer Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), director David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Martha De Laurentiis (Red Dragon), and star Hugh Dancy (playing Agent Will Graham) as they discuss key behind the scenes moments from the first season of the ground-breaking NBC drama. The panel will also discuss the future for Hannibal and reveal a few Season Two elements.

SDCC 2013: Factory Entertainment Exclusives

San Diego Comic Con 2013 is soooo damn close you can practically smell the sweaty man scent already. Hows that for an olfactory trigger?! You can taste it now..can't you....

Marching on, we visit with Factory Entertainment (booth #3351)and get a look and their happy, happy exclusive collectibles for the biggest nerdfest the planet has to offer.


The Beatles - Giant Yellow Submarine Collector Plush - $129.99
Our Giant 3- FOOT LONG Yellow Submarine Plush may be huge in size, but its one of our most limited convention exclusives ever at just 200  pieces.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Vivid’s "Man Of Steel XXX" Online Now; In Stores July 9th

The latest superhero parody from legendary director Axel Braun, ‘Man of Steel XXX,’ will be released online today by Vivid Entertainment, the leading brand of the modern adult era. It is now available at vivid.com and will be in stores nationwide on July 9th.

In his latest intrepid undertaking, Braun has created an updated spoof of the classic all-American superhero that adult fans will not want to miss. In fact, over 100,000 eager adult fans viewed the trailer on YouTube in the first 48 hours after it was posted.

BOOM! Studios Acquires Archaia

BOOM! Studios, the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic book and graphic novel publisher and two-time winner of Diamond Comics Distributors’ prestigious “Best Publisher” Gem Award, has merged with Eisner and Harvey Award-winning Archaia Entertainment, the publisher of graphic novels including Mouse Guard, A Tale of Sand, Rust, Spera, Cowboy, and Gunnerkrigg Court. BOOM! Studios will be the surviving company and the Archaia brand shall be maintained as a distinct imprint of BOOM!.

The addition of Archaia positions BOOM!’s catalog of intellectual property as the largest independent company-controlled comic book and graphic novel library, behind only industry titans DC Entertainment (Warner Bros.) and Marvel Entertainment (Disney). BOOM!’s comic books and graphic novels pioneer a new business model, sharing intellectual property ownership between the company and the creators who generate the content. BOOM!'s Chief Executive Officer and founder, Ross Richie, noted, "Our creator-friendly model ensures that creatives are rewarded financially as they generate the franchises of tomorrow. Archaia operates with the same philosophy and objectives, which is one of the many reasons this combination is such a great fit."

SDCC 2013: Mattel's Exclusives

...Annnnd we've only begun to scratch the surface! As always, Mattel has assembled an insane array of pop culture collectibles from the worlds of Masters of the Universe, Monster High, Classic TV Batman, DC Comics and more.  Credit to USAToday for filling in some of our image blanks.

BATMAN Classic TV Series Batman™ Batusi Batman™
It’s the dance craze that swept the nation! For the first time ever, this Batusi Batman™ figure recreates the iconic dance from the BATMAN Classic TV series! Sculpted with authentic likeness and featuring a fabric cape, this figure has unique articulation and an internal mechanism that allows it to perform the Batusi. The diorama package features vintage-look art from Shag, and a sound feature plays music with a ‘60s vibe to perfectly capture the scene where Batman™ shows off his unique Batusi moves. The package is designed so the Batusi dance moves can be activated without removing the figure. This product will be available for pre-order at MattyCollector.com on June 4, 2013, to be picked up at San Diego Comic-Con. It will also be available for purchase at the show, then at MattyCollector.com on August 5, 2013.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

SDCC 2013: Super7 Announce Exclusive Alien ReAction Figures

In 1979, prototypes for 3 ¾” action figures for the ALIEN film were developed but never manufactured. Through our network of industry and collector contacts, Super7 (Booth #5245) has unearthed reference material and original 34-year-old prototypes and will now make these “lost toys” a reality.

Under authorization from 20th Century Fox, Super7 will produce the full series of ALIEN toys as part of our ReAction Figure Series (Retro-Action). Each is stylized exactly as items from the “golden age” of action figures with approximately five points of articulation, accessories, and period-authentic blister card packaging.

Super7 will offer FOUR different ALIEN ReAction Figure exclusives at San Diego Comic Con!

A Closer Look at Jazwares World War Z Zombie Figures


Zombies and geeks tend to go together like fat kids and fudge brownies, so it comes as no surprise that Jazwares World War Z line has been one folks have been anticipating since the announcement of their slow, lumbering approach at Toy Fair 2013. With the release of the pre-order images on Entertainment Earth, that anticipation....well...suffice to say it has subsided a bit. Do the actual figures in person redeem the line? Let's find out with a closer look at the Civilian Zombie and the Special Forces Zombie...

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Beware the Batman Swings July 13th

The Caped Crusader will return to television screens this summer when Beware the Batman premieres on Cartoon Network Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m. (ET/PT) as part of DC Nation. Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans.       

A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form.  Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordswoman Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

NECA Takes on Simpsons Guest Stars

National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), entertainment conglomerate and global leader in licensed consumer goods, in association with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products (FCP), has announced an exclusive global merchandise program around the groundbreaking animated series, THE SIMPSONS. The limited-edition boutique collection, announced today at Licensing Expo 2013, will feature twenty-five of the greatest guest stars who have appeared as themselves on THE SIMPSONS. The first five guest stars to be featured will include James Brown, Tom Hanks, Kid Rock, Yao Ming and Hugh Hefner.

The Live Action Gatchaman Trailer



My heart was crushed when the animated Gatchaman trailer didn't lead to a full length movie. SO SAD!! Now, the movie making dimension hopes to make it up to me with a live action film. I'm skeptical. I don't want my heart broken again....but this trailer is pretty awesome. Should I open my soul once more? Do I risk further hurt and possibly learn to love again??!! Life is hard.


 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Jazwares World War Z Action Figures


When we last talked about World War Z action figures, it was just a list of possible characters sent to retailers for pre-orders...or to gauge interest at Toy Fair time...or for whatever reason companies send out massive lists of product no one is supposed to know about. While at Toy Fair, there was, indeed, a line of WWZ action figures at the Jazwares booth, but it was under wraps and all we could do was pet the curtain. Today, Entertainment Earth launched pre-orders on the eve of the film's release, and after some begging and pleading, we've got some excellent pictures of the initial release.

Robert Downey Jr Signed for Avengers 2 and 3

There were plenty of rumors surrounding this news. My favorite, and most plausible, was that Robert Downey Jr was a bit disgusted with the pay his Avengers co-stars were getting, so he used a re-negotiation to get them a better rate. Whatever the truth behind the story may me, one thing is for certain today. ROBERT DOWNEY JR IS IRON MAN!! ...at least for 2 more movies.

Marvel.com reports...

Ultimate Spider-Man Clip: Mindswapping with The HULK

The Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon is zooming along in it's 2nd season with guest stars from all points of the Marvel Universe popping in on nearly every episode! This latest clip is for an episode airing this Sunday at 11am with The Hulk and Mesmero front and center...but that's not all...

Ultimate Heroes. Ultimate Villains. Ultimate Responsibility.

Spider-Man must lead his team of teen heroes against the greatest assembly of super villains the world has ever seen!  Season Two of the hit series ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN continues as Spider-Man and The Hulk switch minds in a hilarious new story by superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis! Get ready for smashing like you’ve never seen it before as The Thing of the Fantastic Four ALSO makes a guest appearance. Mesmero is back with a guaranteed, clobberin’, good time that no fan can miss!

Pretty Ugly Get Monstrous With Universal Monsters

Pretty Ugly™, LLC, the official licensors of the popular UGLYDOLL® brand, has partnered with Universal Partnerships & Licensing to develop an all-new series of UGLYDOLL plush dolls based on the Universal Monsters. The Universal Monsters are some of the most iconic characters in cinematic history and have a rich history that spans the past 80 years with a fan base in the millions. The Universal Monsters series of dolls will make their retail debut Halloween 2013.

"The creators of UGLYDOLL have had a lifelong interest in the mythology of the Universal Monsters - they actually named their first child after a character from Dracula," said Alita Friedman, Chief Brand Officer, Pretty Ugly. "We are thrilled to be working with Universal, and to be offering these collaborations in time for Halloween."

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Godzilla Movie Merch Looming

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has signed a slate of renowned global licensees, led by master toy partner Bandai America Incorporated, to capture the adventurous thrills of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ highly anticipated film Godzilla. Returning the character to its epic roots, Godzilla stomps into theaters on May 16, 2014, with a star cast including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston.

Featuring spectacular creatures, thrilling action, epic battles and a legendary monster, Godzilla provides the backbone for a monstrous merchandise offering for fans of all ages and enables compelling cross-category opportunities across mass and specialty retailers.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Game of Thrones White Walker Statue


Following its “sneak” debut to the industry at this year’s Toy Fair International, Game of Thrones fans have been clamoring for an official release date, and images of HBO® and Dark Horse’s White Walker statue.

Arriving at finer comic shops, bookstores, and specialty retailers on December 18, 2013, the White Walker is a hand-painted, numbered limited edition collectible. Each bust is packaged in full-color collector box, will include a numbered certificate of authenticity. Retail price is $124.99.

White Walkers, or the Others, are a fierce mythological race who are seldom seen as they lurk and prey in their land in the frozen north of Westeros. The Wall was constructed ages ago to keep them isolated.  This evil creature speaks in cracked tones and brandishes a deadly icy weapon, as immortalized in this beautiful collectible piece.

SDCC 2013: The Bridge Direct's Hobbit Exclusive

Nasty, filthy Hobbitses. Always tromping about where they're not wanted. Stealing..sneaksing..chewing on anythings they thinks is foodses. If only there was someones who would put the axe to their skinny Hobbit neckses....

Maybe AZOG will get the job done...

7” tall Orc Commander Azog comes in a numbered, limited edition of 2,600 pieces. Azog is depicted as he appears in the prologue scene from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. In the battle between the dwarves and an army of orcs to reclaim Moria, Azog holds the severed head of the dwarf King Thror up in victory. The figure comes with interchangeable hands – the right hand that holds Thror’s head can be replaced with a hand capable of holding either his dagger or mace, and the left hand can be switched with the prosthetic spikes that replaced the hand he lost to Thorin’s sword.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special On DVD & Blu-ray July 9th

This July, the Robot Chicken television series heads back to Blu-ray™ and DVD – and this time, the DC Comics universe is at the center of its Emmy® Award-winning stop-motion lampooning. Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, in partnership with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, continues to build its repertoire of dishing out hilarious sketch comedy parodies in the all-new Adult Swim Blu-ray and DVD release, Robot Chicken DC Comics Special. The special, which boasts an all-star cast as well as characters Robot Chicken fans have grown to love, provides a unique take on some of the most iconic superheroes from the DC Comics universe – along with others whose powers can’t really be called “super.” It will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 9, 2013 for the suggested retail price of $19.98 and $14.98, respectively.

Exclusive: The Aquabats Vs THE THINGY!!

I love the Aquabats. Their particular brand of insanity allows me to slow my brain down to a crawl and just enjoy. Next week, The Aquabats collide with another one of my lifemates...HORROR!! How do you translate John Carpenter's classic creeper "The Thing" for tiny minds, easily scarred for life? You make...THE THINGY!! It's silly..it's super B movie...it's damn funny.

On the road home from a snowy ski trip, The Aquabats! encounter a body-snatching alien set on turning them into spaceship fuel. Crash evades capture and must overcome his fears to save his friends, on “The Aquabats! Super Show!,” Saturday, June 22 at 1 p.m. ET on Hub Network.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Pacific Rim: Jaegers: Mech Warriors Featurette

July 12th is so close you can feel it deep down in your bones!! As we creep closer to the release date of Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro will be laying down the foundation of the world in which we were forced to build titanic robots to battle mountainous monstrosities looking to scorch the Earth and end our very way of life.

In this, the latest video featurette, del Toro talks more about the Jaegers; robots a tall as city buildings. Where did their design come from? How do you build a mythology around these massive metal warriors without it being derivative of anime that have been addressing this subject for YEARS?! Here's a look inside...

Dark Horse Gets Grimm

Dark Horse Comics’ toys and collectibles imprint, Dark Horse Deluxe, is proud to offer new items based on characters and stories from the hit NBC show Grimm! The Grimm collectibles from Dark Horse are licensed through NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products.

Grimm is a cop drama inspired by the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales, following Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt into a reality he never knew existed. Once he discovers this new world, and his role in it, he has to deal with much more than the usual criminals and investigations. With his partner Hank and ally Monroe (who is also a magical creature called a Blutbad), Nick delves into cases involving bees, bats, bears, and more!

Friday, June 14, 2013

SDCC 2013: Mezco Exclusives

Hang onto your wallet! We've only just begun to dive into the ocean of incredible collectibles and fantastic plastics you'll be able to score at San Diego Comic Con 2013, so start planning your ramen noodle diet so you'll have cash to buy it all. Remember...toys aren't about want. It's about NEEEEEED. ~makes gimme hands~ Let's continue this party with Mezco's (booth 3445) convention offerings...

NOTE: Mezco calls their bits "Summer Exclusives", so if any are still available after SDCC, you'll be able to get them at other shows Mezco are attending. Your gamble! A limited amount are available online at http://www.mezcotoyz.com/exclusives/

Thursday, June 13, 2013

SDCC 2013: Hasbro's Exclusives



It's that time again! We are about a month away from the biggest geek event on the planet, so let's start digging through all the killer collectibles you'll find on the show floor at San Diego Comic Con 2013, or if you're lucky (and not attending), on sale online, for a limited time. We'll kick things off with Hasbro's initial lineup (Booth #3329). I say initial because there are usually a couple more bits than what we've got in front of us at the moment, so keep watching and we'll update when more drops. Here's the lot...so far...

The New Disney Release Schedule with Marvel, Muppets & More

Today The Walt Disney Studios announced a number of release schedule updates. Here is some additional information regarding these projects.

SAVING MR. BANKS (Disney)
(<~ that's not him.)
·         Now opens 12/13/13 limited. The previously announced 12/20/13 wide playdate is unchanged.

·         When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Teen Titans Go! Gets a Season 2

And....wait for it....Young Justice is still cancelled. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???!!! Insert odd faced guy with snot coming out of his face wallowing in anguish. All your childhood are belong to cute.

Cartoon Network announced today it has picked up a second season of Teen Titans Go!, the new half-hour animated comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation.  Since its premiere on the network in April, Teen Titans Go! has been a viewer favorite averaging more than 1.7 million total viewers (P2+) per telecast. In addition, the series is the #1 program (excluding movies) on Tuesday on all TV among kids 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14 and boys 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14. Ratings for the series have outpaced its lead-in and prior four-week benchmarks by double-digits with all key kids and boys, and year-ago time period results among Kids/Boys 9-14.

Marvel LEGO Variants



This September, two of the world's most iconic brands join forces as Marvel Entertainment & The LEGO Group, unite for the greatest variant covers you’ve ever seen –  LEGO® Variants.  That’s right, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Wolverine, Captain America, and so many more of your favorite Marvel heroes are translated into LEGO form! Not only will you get to see so many of Earth’s Mightiest as Minifigures, but over 20 of your favorite Marvel comics will feature these one- of-a-kind variant covers depicting some of the most classic of covers!

Retake The Planet in "Destiny"

Again, we have a common theme; Humans vs Aliens with green guts exploding across a devastated landscape...so..yea...it's not one we are becoming bored of any time soon! Destiny is the latest entry into this pool of scifi military combat carnage and their Gameplay Trailer from E3 is enough to send chills right up your back. Here's the skinny on Activision from E3...

Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is ushering in the next-generation of gaming at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 11 – 13, 2013 with a blockbuster lineup that features some of the industry’s biggest franchises.  On display at Activision’s booth #647 in the South Hall, the company’s slate includes Call of Duty®: Ghosts, Destiny™ and Skylanders SWAP Force™.  

More Deep Space Terror from Europa Report

Seems like "trouble in deep space" is the new favored theme coming out of Hollywood for the next few months! We'll help you weed through these offerings, starting with this traditional sounding thriller, which includes one of our favorites (Sharlto Copley) in the cast.

A unique blend of documentary-style film-making, alternative history and science fiction thriller, EUROPA REPORT follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter's moon Europa to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system. When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa's icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discoveries that may lie in the Europan ocean. After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crew member, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel, and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined.

DC Comics Characters Get Pretty Ugly

Pretty Ugly, LLC. and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, announced today that they have entered into a co-branded collaboration with DC Comics Super Heroes and UGLYDOLL characters. GUND, a division of Enesco, will produce a diverse range of colorful and collectible Super Hero plush based on the DC Comics and UGLYDOLL character universes. The initial release this fall will be a trio that includes two versions of Ice-Bat™ as Batman™ and Babo™ as Superman™.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Agent Coulson Meets Lil Agent Coulson

It never fails. Show an action figure to the person the toy is made after and a look of childlike glee spreads across their face. Well..it did fail once. I was at the press junket for The Amazing Spider-Man and was able to bring Andrew Garfield together with his first ever likeness on an action figure in the Diamond Select Minimates line. He seemed...less than enthusiastic. Never the less, we expected no small amount of ridiculous cheer from Clark Gregg as he held his Hot Toys 12 inch action figure for the first time. Hot Toys sent over some words on the meeting...

The Walking Dead Minimates Come to Un-Life

The third series of The Walking Dead Minimates hits comic shops and specialty stores on June 12th, and has already been spotted at Toys "R" Us. To commemorate the occasion, Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum have put together a short film starring all of the TWD Minimates to date, and it's not for the faint of heart!

With photography and editing by Alex Kropinak (Marvel's What the...?!), a voiceover by Chris Ward (the band Acorns to Oaks) and music by Matt Takacs, the film draws on Rick's famous speech from the prison arc of the groundbreaking comic book, setting it to some of the most horrifying Minimates images you have ever seen. Check out the film below, and look for Series 3 in your local store!

Ultimate Spider-Man Marvel Team Up Clips

Love it or leave it, it seems the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon isn't going anywhere for the foreseeable future. His world is only a couple of steps away from the Mighty Marvel Cinematic Universe, and so, you must suck up all those moments where Spidey turns into a fat lil Spidey and hide your tears over the loss of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. I'M STILL NOT GETTING OVER THIS!!! Today, Marvel sends over a couple of clips from upcoming Ultimate Spider-Man episodes, and while he is perpetually teamed up with his hodgepodge teen super team, these clips show your favorite wall crawler going back to back with members of the Marvel elite. MARVEL TEAM UP!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Transformers: The Covenant of Primus

Further exploration into the world of little mysterious black books from BookExpo America 2013! First,  we took a look at Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Code, featuring a sort of study manual from your favorite Mandalorian, Boba Fett! This time, we'll be delving into the world of the Transformers. I've always appreciated when writers provide for a rich back story, even as an add on to material that has been around for years, so long as it follows a logical path in reference to what we know already. The Covenant of Primus looks to do just that. Will this book reveal anything the big bot die-hards don't already know? Let's find out.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

NECA's 18 Inch Pacific Rim Gipsy Danger

The main hero Jaeger receives the deluxe 18" treatment including enhanced sculptural details, attachable chain-sword weapon, and lights on the chest and head.

Stands an impressive 18" tall with articulated neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees. Gipsy is very
poseable and includes intricate paint detail to replicate all the battle damage and wear and tear seen on screen. The over 8" long chain-sword weapon attaches at the forearms and can be wielded on the right or left side.

Look for the 18 inch Gipsy Danger this September! CLICK HERE to pre-order!

Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Code: From the Files of Boba Fett

Deep in the darkest corners of BookExpo America...far from the steely gaze of your average geek on the hunt, there sat a little black book...plain..unassuming..thin. It was the word Bounty Hunter that caught my eye, and now I'm glad it did! You see, last year at BEA, there was a big display for these super deluxe orgazmo edition books with sounds and lights and enough zazz to fill your zazz jar for 15 years. The Book of Sith slid open like some deflowered ancient Egyptian tomb while the Star Trek Federation book..well...it promised to sound like Sulu when it was all said and done. This year...little, black, almost invisible sampler books. Go figure. Quick note...the best part of this package? The section on "How to Hotwire a Landspeeder". Pure Gold.

BEHOLD!! Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Code

Steampunk World's Fair 2013

Ah yes...a day among the dandies and mechanics and robo-armed outlaws and faeries and ...Batmans...and apes....and Mothers of Dragons and Hogwarts Professors.....so naturally, I went as Finn from Adventure Time...Steampunked up of course. Emi is a recovering Goth, so her wardrobe contains slinky little black mini skirts and epic hellraisery jackets, and that would do just fine, so we packed up our leather pouches and Jake shield and headed out for the far off land of Piscataway, New Jersey. Exotic, I know.

The show is a familiar one, so navigation wasn't so difficult. Let me break it down for you. Two Hotels (or Towers to make it fancier) encapsulate the Steampunk world with shenanigans spilling over into outside courtyards and some parking lot space. As you wander the halls, you'll find hotel rooms transformed into mini Shoppes (with an E!) selling everything from corsets to the essential goggles to sheriff's badges and little tiny top hats the ladies seem to love. Larger ballrooms swing open to hold more vendors with ray guns, taxidermied cryptozoology, jewelry and the recordings of any musical act on tap that weekend.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Trailer

The world is turned upside down as one of earth’s greatest super heroes – Flash – wakes up devoid of his super powers in the all-new Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox – the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Original Animated Movies. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, this all-new, PG-13 rated film arrives July 30, 2013 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP), DVD ($19.98 SRP) and Digital Download. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack will include UltraViolet™*.

When time travel allows a past wrong to be righted for Flash and his family, the event’s temporal ripples prove disastrous, creating a fractured, alternate reality where the Justice League never formed, and even Superman is nowhere to be found. Amidst a new world being ravaged by a fierce war between Wonder Woman’s Amazons and Aquaman’s Atlanteans, Flash must team with a grittier, more violent Batman and government agent Cyborg to restore the continuity of Flash’s original timeline.

Bookexpo America 2013


How exactly do you cover a show with so much book porn per square inch, your fragile mind would explode mere minutes after entrance??!!?? One row at a time, I suppose...but that's boring for you to watch, so we are going to hit the high notes, take in all that was geeky and girl geeky, steampunky, comic booky, crafty, oddly interesting and just plain awesome, and drool over every new Star Wars offering. Deal? Deal. Let's begin..with STAR WARS!!

Over at DK, we found theYoda Chronicles (complete with a Special Forces Commander LEGO Minifigure), Star Wars Mega Models, Clone Wars Episode Guide, Star Wars Angry Birds Sticker Collection and Battles of the Clone Wars.

Venture Bros. Season 5 Premiere Reviewed

The long wait is over...so long I'd forgotten the events that transpired just before this new hour long episode which seems to take off right where the last landed, as not to lose any steam. Taking a cue from Jackson and Doc, I'll jump right in with no further babble...

Following the events of Operation PROM where all the hookers were transformed into giant insect creatures, Brock loses the love of his life (or so it seemed) and we finally learn what a "Rusty Venture" is, the world of the Venture Bros. is understandable shook up...but SCIENCE MARCHES ON!! Doctor Venture is nearing a deadline to complete a shield array for his brother's space station and, as usual, has pissed the seed money away and is clueless as to how he might complete the project on his own, so it's all hands on deck. Dean is in a "black" phase, but helps to recruit kids from the nearby college to get the shield up and running. Sloppy science and an overabundance of radiation changes their outlook on life very quickly. While that is the bulk of the plot, you'll also see bits with The Monarch going through Henchman 21 withdrawal (so sad!!) and Billy Quizboy's new Arch Nemesis!! The only die hard complaint you'll probably hear is that the episode is severely Brock-light, but I've got a few other bones to pick myself.