Sunday, May 29, 2011

Silents, Wookies and Kaiju

  • The first Doctor Who Series 6 toys have been revealed and they're a little underwhelming. The Doctor wearing a Stetson is just the same Doctor with a new head. Young Amelia is neat but is technically a from Series 5. Nephew is just another Ood figure, but with green eyes. The Silents look great, as we knew they would. Sadly there's still no word of a Rory figure.

  • The floodgates of Clone Wars news have been smashed open. Waves Ten, Eleven and Twelve have been revealed, which probably doesn't leave Hasbro with much to debut at Comic-Con. There's some neat stuff like Seripas and Even Piell but I'm most excited for Savage Opress and Chewbacca. There are two Savage figures, one bare-chested and snarling and one wielding in full armor rocking a double bladed lightsaber. I'm partial to the latter but I sort of want both. And Chewbacca looks fantastic. I want more Original Trilogy characters done in the animated style.

  • Disney exclusive Marvel merchandise was bound to happen eventually. The Disney Store will be carrying a series of Marvel Select figures. The Art Asylum Blog has shared a preview of a Hawkeye figure. He comes with a base featuring a destroyed Ultron and the Wasp perched on an arrow. The image on the back of the box gives a sneak preview of upcoming Thor, Captain America, and Black Widow figures. The character selection is clearly influenced by the Avengers movie, which incidentally will be distributed by Disney. So how long before we get Marvel Vinylmations, or toys of Mickey dressed as Spider-Man?

  • Media Blasters will be releasing classic Japanese monster movies Destroy All Monsters and Godzilla vs. Megalon in North America. Destroy All Monsters was previously released as a non-anamorphic dub-only menu-less DVD by ADV years ago. Godzilla vs. Megalon, which was one of three Godzilla movies I reviewed way back when, has never had a legitimate U.S. DVD release, except as part of a MST3K that was quickly discontinued. A rumor that Media Blasters already had Godzilla vs. Megalon was actually debunked, but because of the rumor Media Blasters decided to inquire about the movie and they ended up licensing it anyways! Plans for Godzilla vs. Megalon haven't been finalized but Destroy All Monsters will be out on DVD and Blu-ray in October.

  • Aniplex USA announced at FanimeCon this weekend that they will releasing the Rurouni Kenshin movie and OVAs on Blu-ray. The Blu-ray discs will be simultaneous releases in Japan and North America which means they'll be sporting Japanese price tags. I know no retailers won't be selling these for full price, but even discounted these won't be cheap. Aniplex also announced that Durarara!! will air on [adult swim] in June. That was a nice surprise.

  • Funimation has licensed the movie Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos. Now Funimation licensing more Fullmetal Alchemist is not very surprising but what's interesting about this announcement is that the movie won't be released in Japan until July 2nd. That's pretty quick to be involved. I wouldn't be surprised if Funi had partially funded the movie's production. Funi will release The Sacred Star if Milos on DVD and Blu-ray in the Spring of next year.

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