Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pumpkin Cake

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Kreugers, New And Old

Mezco has revealed Freddy Kreuger from next year's A Nightmare On Elm Street remake for their Mighty Mugg-esque Mez-Itz line. This is our best look so far at what Jackie Earle Haley's version of Freddy will look like. Below is a comparison pic between the two different versions of Freddy in Mez-Itz form. I'm dissapointed that New Freddy doesn't look all that different from the original. He's missing a nose. And he seems to look far less pleased about his situation. Granted we should wait to pass judgement until we see what he looks like when he's not a Mez-Itz.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Kids Are Alright

New Super Mario Bros. Wii comes out on November 15th. I consider any release of a new Mario side scrolling game a momentous event. Plus this one features the return of some forgotten faces. Whatever happened to these guys anyways? Well Nintendo is bringing back Wendy, Lemmy, Iggy, Morton, Ludwig and... well I forget the rest of their names.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Cancelled Action Figure Cavalcade: The UnCancelled

It's a special edition of the Cancelled Action Figure Cavalcade. I want to point out that some canceled toys do get a second chance at life, like the Moe's Tavern playset. Moe's Tavern is a pretty important environment in the world of The Simpsons and was planned for the Playmates action figure line early on. But Fox falsely believed children were the primary fanbase for The Simpsons and wouldn't approve of toy of a bar. Moe's Tavern was finally made years into the line as an Electronic Boutique exclusive. The only major difference between the final product and the early control art is that the playset would come with Duff Man and not Moe who had gotten a stand alone release in the third series.

Mattel showed off this assortment of Naruto deluxe action figures at a Toy Fair one year. After that we never saw them again for what I believe was over a year. Then they suddenly began showing up at Toys R Us with little fanfare. There were even other newer Naruto figures revealed and released in between that long wait. I guess they were never really canceled. They just disappeared for a long while.

Mattel originally planned Man-Bat for their DC Superheroes line. It was to be an exclusive for the 2007 San Diego Comic Con. There was going to be a white albino bat variant as well but Mattel decided to cancel the standard brown Man-Bat and only make the white version. What reason was given for this? Because the white Man-Bat looked better in their overdone special packaging. That's pretty typical of Mattel's biazzre practices. Well now the more comics accurate Man-Bat is finally available as part of the much sought after tenth wave of DC Universe Classics. And it's currently going for more money than the three year old Comic-Con exclusive.

Friday, October 23, 2009

What's Up With the Up Steebook

The Up steelbook is a preorder bonus at Best Buy. I have a lot of steelbooks and this one is something of an oddity. It's made for the four disc Blu-ray set and it's width is greater than what is typical for DVD and Blu-ray cases. It's construction uses much more plastic than the average steelbook. I've found that it can be quite difficult to open. Inside there are two flaps for the discs to be stored. These aren't like the flaps I've seen in other DVD packaging or even in other steelbooks. One flap is attached to case with a hinge. The other flap is attached to that first flap but only by a thin fold of plastic. I'm going to be handling this case with kid gloves. I do absolutely love the artwork used here.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Revenge of the Haulin'

I'm sorry about the title. I have too great a weakness for stupid puns. Anyways, here are some recent hauls.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


This is becoming the year of corporations buying my favorite characters from my childhood. Viacom, via their children's network Nickelodeon, has bought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

When I read the news I initially thought Nickelodeon had acquired the TV and movie rights, which would have been good news. I don't think 4Kids has done right by the property lately. That's not the case though. Peter Laird has sold the property outright to Viacom and no longer has any control of it. I respect why Mr. Laird would do this. If someone offered me enough money so I'd never have to work again in exchange for my intellectual property I'd probably say yes too. But I'm a little disappointed for myself and other fans.

When Disney bought the Power Rangers years ago it ensured the Rangers' survival until now. Fox no longer broadcasts children's television so if they had retained control it's extremely likely the Rangers would have ended. That's not the case for the Turtles. They were doing okay until now though they've hit some rough patches. There was a live action movie in development. Now Paramount is in control of the movie. There's also the Turtles Forever special, the current status of which I have no clue. It was produced by 4Kids but will Nickelodeon release it?

Nickelodeon is working on a new CGI Turtles cartoon. I hope the tone of the show is closer to Avatar The Last Airbender than Back at the Barnyard. That's my main concern right now. With Nickelodeon in control I hope the Turtles have a chance to be given a respectful treatment.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

More Domo and Chocula

Here's some quick follow-ups on some recent posts.

First up, Eat Me Daily has some pictures of what you can find at 7-Eleven during their Domo promotion. You can see food packaging, store displays and the awesome Slurpee cup standee. There's also a selection of Domo merchandise for sale that I'm guessing is only available at select locations, seeing as how I haven't see any of that stuff myself.

Second, the monster cereal characters seem to be using their brief time in the spotlight to branch out into some new fields. At Target I saw Boo Berry flavored Fruit By the Foot snacks. More bizarre is that Count Chocula and his friends have put out a CD. Judging by the title "Spooky Sounds form Count Chocula's Castle", I'm guessing the CD has little to do with the characters and is just a mix of generic background music to play at Halloween parties. Too bad because I would much rather hear these guys belt out a few tunes. (Okay, not really.)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Monster In My Bowl

I'm not really a cereal person. I was as a kid, but save for the occasional bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch I rarely eat the stuff. Part of the problem is that Count Chocula is my favorite cereal and it isn't regularly available in my area except for this time of year. So I get a box about once a year at most. Well this year I've just picked my second box of Count Chocula in weeks. I even bought a box of my second favorite cereal, Boo Berry. Boo Berry turns milk blue so I'm guessing it's a popular choice in Mos Eisley as well. I figured I might as well take advantage while I can. I love the monster cereals. It's a trait I share with one of my favorite directors.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Play Misty For Me

Late last night I went outside to turn off a light and noticed something odd about the sky. Everything was hazy. My neighborhood was covered in what I'm assuming was mist. It's weird to get this fascinated by mist, but it wasn't something I'm used to. It made for a great moody atmosphere. I fought the temptation to walk around the block just to experience it. I did try to take some pictures and filmed a video. Of course all you can see is a street lamp on the corner, so it was kind of pointless.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Domo Eleven

7-Eleven has a Domo promotion this month. They're selling collectible Slurpee cups and straws and are offering a Domo inspired Slurpee flavor called "Fuji Frost". Their coffee even comes in Domo cups. I picked up a Slurpee cup and straw myself. The "Fuji Frost" flavor isn't bad, but it's no "Darth Dew" or "Woo Hoo Vanilla".

Monday, October 12, 2009

Night Gallery

I went to a Halloween themed art show this weekend. There was a lot of great artwork in a lot of different mediums including some unnerving sculptures that remind me a little too much of A Bucket of Blood.

Monday, October 5, 2009

No End In Sight For The Turtles

Playmates' future with the Ninja Turtles was looking a little questionable and mostly due to their own questionable management of the brand. They didn't have a toy line out for the Back to the Sewers cartoon, and the one they had planned was little more than retools of the 2007 movie line. What they did release was reissues of some of the original figures. They also planned a line based on the Mirage comic books. So basically Playmates was going to copy what NECA was doing, except their efforts wouldn't have been as nice. Now via Toy News International, comes this announcement:

Turtle Power is in full force with the dynamic 2010 line of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES toys available exclusively at Toys R Us. After a quarter of a century, kids of all ages still love to play with Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael. A brand new live action movie that traces the Turtles back to their origins is in the works and is tentatively slated for October 2011, with Galen Walker (TMNT) and Scott Mednick (300) producing. The product line will reflect the special blend of action and humor which makes this franchise so unique and popular. Playmates will introduce new products and re-introduce original products and packaging to focus on the retro style which first popularized the TMNT in the late 1980’s and early 90’s. ORIGINAL MOVIE STAR FIGURES of all four Turtles will be available, along with the Classic Party Van, Sludge Runners and Ninja Gear Role-Play in Retro Packaging. In addition, fall 2010 will see the launch of the CLASSIC COMIC BOOK FIGURES as seen in the very first comic book from 1984. Cowabunga!

It seems like they're scaling way back and yet I haven't been this excited for Ninja Turtles figure in over a decade. I wasn't too impressed with the reissues at first. The ones I wanted were the ones I never had, like Slash and the Foot Soldier and those haven't even been released yet. The distribution hasn't been great which is likely why the line is becoming a Toys R Us exclusive. Reissuing the Movie Star Turtles is a great idea though. Those were excellent figures even back then. I'm a big fan of the live action movies myself and I'd like to have a set. (As a kid I only had a Leonardo, who I would carry around in my coat pocket. I "lost" the figure for a long time when I hung up the coat in the closet with the figure still inside.)

I'm also very happy about the vehicle reissues. If there's one thing the action figures of yesterday have over the ones of today, it's awesome vehicles and playsets. It seems we'll have a better chance of getting that Party Van reissue. I'm not entirely sure what the Sludge Runners are, but a Google search implies they're ATV-like vehicles from the modern line. That's disappointing considering all of the much cooler stuff from the Turtles' past they could have re-released.

It also seems Playmates are still planning on releasing some Mirage figures. We'll see how that goes. This all seems like a way to keep the presence of the Turtles brand out on store shelves before the planned 2011 movie. If this is what it takes than I won't complain.

In other Playmates news they'll be continuing their Star Trek line with figures from The Original Series. No such continuation seems to be planned for the Terminator line, which is a shame. Granted I'm partly to blame as I didn't buy any Terminator Salvation stuff but I liked what Playmates was planning more than what Playmates had released.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Cover Art Isn't This Cool... In America

Check out these DVD and Blu-ray covers set for release soon in the United Kingdom. They're all pretty sweet, not to mention superior to their North American counterparts.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Morphenomenal News

Bandai has announced that they will be revisiting the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers theme for next year's toy line. There will also be a new series to premiere on ABC in January. The popular belief is that this "new" series is just a remastered version of the original MMPR episodes. I was little skeptical about how modern kids will receive the unabashed Nineties-ness of the original series but supposedly a good deal of the kids who buy Power Rangers toys don't even watch the TV show. And if shows like Full House and Saved by the Bell can live on forever in reruns, then why not the MMPR? And this way they can hang onto those kids while catering to older fans as well. Bandai is just broadening their consumer base. This seems to be a clever work around the issues the series has been having lately. Remastering the older series also means they save money by not having to film an adaptation of Shinkenger. The remastering will have to involve replacing the music because Saban retained the music rights when they sold the show to Disney, so say farewell to "Go Go Power Rangers".

Toy News International has the press release and pictures of two of the new figure. The press release even has a quote from the actor who played Bulk. I like the toys. I can't wait to see what other new stuff they have planned. I'm hoping for an even bigger Megazord.