Friday, December 30, 2011
In 2006 Mattel launched a line of toys based on Eiichiro Oda's One Piece. Unfortunately 4Kids' adaptation of One Piece somehow didn't attract much of an audience, and the Mattel line didn't last long. But they had more planned including new figures of Monkey D. Luffy, Sanji and a bare-chested Roronoa Zoro (or rather Zolo as he likely would've been on the package). There's also new characters Portgas D. Ace, Arlong brandishing his teeth in his hands, and Tony Tony Chopper in his Arm Point form. What figures weren't planned were Robin and Nami, in keeping with Mattel's girl-unfriendly policy. That's a reason why I can't say I miss the line all that much.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
These lists are always a chore to put together. It's hard to figure out which movies I'm excited for when they're still months away. However this year it seems like I had a lot more to choose from. That's a good thing, and hopefully there's some movies I don't see coming that I end up enjoying a lot. Honorable-ish Mention: Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace 3D 10. Lincoln 9. Skyfall 8. The Amazing Spider-Man 7. Prometheus in the trailer are awfully familiar. Prequel or not, the movie looks amazing and I'm looking forward to it. Will there be Space Jockeys? Do I want there to be Space Jockeys? I have no idea. 6. Dark Shadows 5. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D 4. G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey fantastic trailer that it really hit home for me. I know nothing of the novel so I didn't know what to expect. The Hobbit already addresses my problem with the Lord of the Rings trilogy; not enough dwarfs. Clearly that's not going to be an issue with The Hobbit. 2. The Dark Knight Rises 1. The Avengers
Monday, December 12, 2011
G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer is up. There's the Rock as Roadblock, Ray Stevenson as Firefly, the actress who was supposed to play Wonder Woman as Lady Jaye, Jonathan Pryce as Zartan as the President, Bruce Willis sleepwalking his way to another paycheck and ninjas. Lots of ninjas. The trailer kind of gives away Channing Tatum's death without actually depicting it. Then again maybe he'll just fall into a coma that he'll wake up from off-screen.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
New posters have been revealed for both The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man. The new DKR poster matches the feel of the first one and oddly enough so does the Spider-Man poster. Looks like dark and shadowy is in.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
These things are running later and later. The fallout from that is I included some stuff that was ordered in November but that arrived in December. Hey it still counts.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
So apparently this is what Rhys Ifans as The Lizard will look like in The Amazing Spider-Man. It looks like a skinny Killer Croc. Or Voldermort with a tail. What it doesn't look much like is the Lizard as he's been depicted in the comics. He's far too humanoid. It kind of takes some of the fun out of the idea of a lizard man. Lately in the comics he's been depicted as even more monstrous than in previous incarnations. I thought they would push it even further in the movie but it seems like they went in the other direction.
- There's new DragonBall animation in the works. It's an adaptation of Episode of Bardock, the spin-off manga published in V-Jump. Episode of Bardock is a sequel to the TV special starring Goku's father Bardock. The animated Episode of Bardock will be screened at Jump Festa next month. The DragonBall Jump Festa special from 2008, The Return of Son Goku and Friends!!, has yet to be released in North America so I'm expecting a long wait for Episode of Bardock as well.>
- And here are some more new Thundercats toys including a set of chibi figures. I suspect these will be showing up in stores very soon. Bandai's 2012 Power Rangers Samurai toys are already being found.
- Toy News International has a look at some of NECA's Evil Dead 2 action figures. I'm really looking forward to these. They look great especially the possessed Ash with the tape player and Linda's severed head.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
MTV Geek has the exclusive first look at upcoming six inch ThunderCats figures from Bandai. The new figures include Cheetara and Tygra from the modern series and Lion-O and Mumm-Ra from the classic series. Now the previous classic figures, Lion-O and Tygra, were eight inches. Bandai decided to restart the line at a different scale. I loved the eight inch figures so the scale change is personally disappointing. I understand why Bandai did it. Six inch is a popular scale amongst collectors, and Bandai even chose to use it for the modern ThunderCats figures. Both lines will probably benefit from being compatible scale-wise. The new Lion-O has a head sculpt that looks like he's roaring. It was a good idea to make this Lion-O different from the eight inch one, to lessen the feeling that we're buying the same figure again. Unfortunately the roaring face isn't nearly as good as the one from the eight inch Lion-O. All that said, the scale change isn't necessarily a deal breaker for me. Hey that Mumm-Ra is awesome. And I do like the idea having both eras of ThunderCats in the same format. Also Bandai did hint that the eight inch line isn't done yet. They hinted at a new figure in the works and that "she is a fan favorite". Fingers crossed for Pumyra! (I know it's Cheetara. Let me have my delusions.) Updated 11/16: MTV Geek has updated with more new ThunderCats toys. This time they have images of Mumm-Ra's Storm Charger vehicle and the Armor of Omens, a giant lion themed battlesuit for Lion-O.
Monday, November 14, 2011
That Peter Venkman plush in yesterday's post was something I won in a claw machine of all things. Claw machines are like slot machines, in that you have to accept that you're about to throw money away if you're going to play them and enjoy it. And maybe there's an infinitesimal chance that you'll get ridiculously lucky and win some money or better, a stuffed doll. I came across some Ghostbusters plush in a claw machine at a Toys R Us. I noticed that Peter seemed close enough to the opening hatch to be winnable. It was in my second attempt, that I not only won Peter but on it's way to the hatch, it knocked over a Cat-popping-out-of-a-Jack-O-Lantern plush. So I won two prizes at once. That was insane. (I gave the Cat-popping-out-of-a-Jack-O-Lantern to my sister.) I tried a third time to win a Slimer and lost. That's why you walk away when you're ahead. Later I sae a claw machine at my local supermarket that was just filled with Ghostbusters plush including Egon, Winston and most enticingly the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. I think this is how gambling problems get started.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Here's October's haul, and it is very late. I've completely abandoned any sense of timeliness. I still have a post from Halloween that doesn't seem worth completing now. I guess I haven't been in a blogging mood lately. Blogger's new layout isn't very encouraging either.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
- There can be no argument, Mark Hamil is the best Joker we've ever had and may ever have. He debuted in the role on Batman: The Animates Series and was perfect for it from the get-go. Hamil has since voiced the Joker in Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventure, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Justice League, DC Universe Online, Batman: Arkham Asylum, even Robot Chicken, an animated storyboard on the 1989 Batman movie DVD and the live action Birds of Prey. Hamil has said that Batman: Arkham City will be his last time as the Joker and has even Tweeted as such. It's sad but I respect his decision to hang up the purple trousers. Now I'm not one of those guys who throws a hissy fit any time there's a DC project that doesn't use the original DCAU voice actors. Why the last time I read a Batman comic I was surprised to hear Bruce Greenwood in my head instead of Kevin Conroy. Still Hamil as Joker seems like it's going to be particularly hard to follow up. I'm not crazy about Jeff Bennet's Joker on Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Now that's a different type of Joker and it shouldn't sound like Hamil's but I preferred Michael McKean's taken on the classic Joker from an epsiode of TNBA. And I'm really not a fan of Brent Spiner as Joker from last Friday's new episode of Young Justice. Now part of it might be the awful dialogue they gave him but it just struck me as particularly notable in light of the news of Hamil leaving the role.
- The Criterion Collection will unleash the original Godzilla film on DVD and Blu-ray next January 24th. Their release will include Gojira, the 1954 Japanese classic and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the 1956 re-edit featuring Raymond Burr. Criterion's cover artwork uses neither title. It just says Godzilla, which is technically the name of the 1998 Tristar movie. Yes it bugs me and yes I'm a huge nerd.
- And just as a reminder, we're getting some other Godzilla movies on Blu-ray. Destroy All Monsters is set to be released next Tuesday. Media Blasters has posted the cover art on their Facebook page. Godzilla vs Megalon will follow on November 22nd
- And to further the discussion of giant lizard movies on Blu-ray disc, Best Buy will have an exclusive version of the Jurassic Park trilogy this Tuesday. It's a combo set with Blu-ray, DVD and digital copies. The artwork matches that of the Future Shop exclusive steelbook leading some online to speculate that Best Buy's is also a steelbook. We'll learn for sure when Best Buy updates their weekly ad. Updated 10/20: Ok it's a steelbook.
- The new Halloween pails are now available at Mcdonalds. And the Monopoly game is currently ongoing. And the McRib is back. Congratulations McDonalds, you are in full-on God mode.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Hostess is currently running a tie-in with Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The promotion includes Chocwave, Hostess Cupcakes themed after Shockwave, and Snoballimus, Sno Balls themed after Optimus Prime. It's the latter that I was intent on finding. Sno Balls are the best thing made by Hostess, well after Chocodiles but those are rare. Snoballimus wasn't easy to find either. I looked everywhere. I kept seeing Twinkies and Cupcakes, which despite having Transformers pictured on the box are just the standard snacks. I finally found Chocwave and Snoballimus at a Target. So what is Snoballimus exactly? It's pretty much a Sno Ball with some wacky food coloring. Sno Balls are chocolate cake filled with creme and coated in marshmallow. The marshmallow is covered in coconut flakes. I know coconut scares off a lot of people and I am among them. I couldn't eat a Mounds bar if my life depended on it, but the coconut on a Sno Ball tastes fine. It's a flaky shield protecting you from getting marshmallow on your hands. Here's where the wacky food coloring comes in. The coconut is blue and the creme is red, evoking (with a little imagination) Optimus Prime's color scheme. It tastes the same as a regular Sno Ball. That's all there really is to it. I really didn't need an excuse to buy Sno Balls but having Optimus Prime on the box sure didn't hurt.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Promotion for the Avengers is starting to ramp up. official photos have been released and footage will be shown at New york Comic Con. If you're keeping track, that's one panel at D-23, one at NYCC and zero at San Diego Comic-Con. Me, bitter? Uh, how about that picture of Loki being escorted at gunpoint? That looks cool.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
And here's September haul. The long awaited Rita Repulsa figure looks pretty much like she did when Bandai first revealed her. Despite that I was surprised at how happy I was to find her. I guess waiting eighteen years will do that. I wonder if the reason it took Bandai so long to make a Rita so long was because of likeness rights, and their way around it was to intentionally make the figure not resemble any human being who ever lived. Okay now it's time to campaign for a Scorpina figure. I also picked up all of Jubei-Chan, a series I've wanted for years. After being reminded of the ephemeral nature of anime DVDs, I decided I had waited long enough. I've been in situations before when DVDs I had my eye on go from easily attainable to impossibly rare almost overnight.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Hey remember when manga used to be published in the U.S. in "comic book" form with the artwork flipped left to right? Neither did I until I found my Gundam Wing comics back when I was moving. It was like I had a colony of nostalgia dropped on me. I decided to share the thrill on AFOS. Because it's awesome. And I just wanted to post something today since the monthly haul post is going to be late.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Transformers: Dark of the Moon comes out on Blu-ray this Friday, on September 30th. Friday releases seems to becoming a regular trend lately. A downward trend on the other hand are retailer exclusives for movies. There doesn't seem to be any crazy transforming cases for the third Transformers movie. But hey you get your choice of what Transformer you want on the cover. The standard release is a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy combo pack and has Optimus Prime on the cover. Best Buy will have an exclusive double sided slipcover with Bumblebee and Shockwave. Wal-Mart will have a single disc edition. It doesn't come with the DVD or the Digital Copy, but it does have Sentinel Prime on the cover. It's probably the better choice for fans of Leonard Nimoy and/or firetrucks. However you might want to hold out for the 3D Limited Edition coming out later. It's existence was confirmed when the HD Room got an early copy of Dark of the Moon with a $10 off coupon packed inside. At least Paramount is trying to take some of the sting off for those who will double dip. The 3D Limited Edition will have "never before seen content" which means it will have the extras that Friday's release does not, so that's something else to keep in mind.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Toys R Us will be selling imported Japanese figures based on Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, the series currently being adapted into Power Rangers Samurai. The figures are from Bandai's Figuarts line. The website currently has Shinken Red and Shinken Gold listed for sale for $34.99 each, although neither is actually in stock. They will eventually be sold in stores. In Japan the other Shinkenger Figuarts were only available as exclusives. I hope Toys R Us carries the exclusives as well just so that more people can get a chance at them. This is pretty awesome. If it were the Gokaiger Figuarts that were being imported I'd probably buy them. Of course we're only getting Shinkenger because of the Power Rangers Samurai tie-in. However there are a lot of Figuarts I would buy if they were less expensive and available locally, such as One Piece and DragonBall Z. Does Bandai of America still have the DragonBall license? I always thought it was odd that Bandai seemed to give up on Dragonball just around the time the series returned to TV in the form of DragonBall Kai.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Fisher-Price's Hero World toyline is sort of a successor to their classic Rescue Hero toys, but Hero World also includes the DC Super Friends sub-line. I like the Super Friends toys. They may not have the character selection of DC Universe Classics, but they seem a lot more fun. Until now DC Super Friends were mostly focused on Batman and his rogues with Superman and Hal Jordan thrown into the mix. But yesterday I spotted several Green Lantern vehicles at Toys R Us. I saw Hal Jordan with a jet, Kilowog on a motorcyle and Tomar Re with ...well the website just calls it a vehicle. It looks like a helicopter without a rotor. On the back of the packages are pictures of some single carded figures, Green Lanterns Sinestro with B'Dg and Red Lanterns Atrocitus with Dex-Starr. I don't think they're out yet. They're not even listed on the website. Sinestro would have been much cooler as a Yellow Lantern but I guess B'Dg makes up for it. Atrocitus and Dex-Starr are insanely awesome. Would it be too much to wonder if Fischer-Price included a blood vomiting feature? Update 9/30: Here's a slightly better picture of the new figures.