Saturday, January 29, 2011

Jan 2011 Haul

I'm abandoning the clever-but-not-really titles for haul posts. It's just simpler. I should probably start listing what's actually part of the haul, but I figure a picture speaks a thousand words. Should I change my mind about that?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Canceled Action Figure Cavalcade: Men In Black The Series

I've been watching Men In Black: The Series on the Hub lately. I was a big fan of the show when I was a kid. The Worm Guys get a ridiculous amount of screentime but otherwise I think it holds up pretty well. I'm disappointed it never got any toys.


Toysite, the toy company that failed to release those Nintendo toys, previewed Men In Black: The Series action figures at the same Toy Fair. We may never find out just what happened with Toysite. If it were just the Nintendo figures that evaporated I'd chalk it up to a falling out with the licensor. But how do you explain the Men In Black stuff also getting canned?


Of course Toysite's line would have included figures of Agents Jay and Kay. Kay was to come with what looks like a projectile launching gun and Jay with an over-sized version of his Noisy Cricket with silencer. They were also to come with little pack-in aliens, evoking memories of Kenner's Real Ghostbusters figures.

Jay had an additional figure planned, with an alien disguise for Jay to wear.


There were also figures planned of a large red alien that I don't know the name of.


And the series' recurring villain Alpha. Well one of his forms anyways.



The Worm Guys were in a four-pack with coffee cups and a thermos. Unfortunately I couldn't find close-up pics of them.


The coolest piece of Toysite's lineup is the proposed MiB headquarters playset complete with the Twins working at their console. I would have liked to have seen these toys produced and even more beyond that. Agent Elle and a Zed figure to sit at his desk in the playset come immediately to mind. It's such a missed opportunity.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Reveal of the ThunderCats

At the UK Toy Fair someone from the ThundercatsLair forum took some photos of Bandai's booth. This is our first look at characters and Bandai's toyline. The pictures are blurry and it's hard to make out what exactly is pictured. There are 3.75" figures, a ThunderTank, and a Sword of Omens role-playing toy. I think I see a playset in one of them, but a playset of what? The Cat's Lair hopefully? There's going to a 20 cm line od classic ThunderCats figures as well. Really all of this just makes me look forward to the U.S. Toy Fair next month so we can get more details.


I really like the new character designs. Lion-O has a boyish face. I wonder if he's still been rapidly aged in he new series. His outfit looks like they took the look of his leotard from the original series and made it armor instead. The Claw Shield is now metallic, instead of fuzzy. Cheetara looks great. I love her hair ..amongst other notable attributes. I dig Panthro's mutton chops and his number of scars. I don't know if he had to quite as big though. Tygra seems to have been altered the least physically but his new costume is the most radical departure from the originals.


Probably in reaction to the unforeseen reveal, Warner Bros. released their own official image. It gives us a better look at Tygra's front (and Cheetara and Panthro's backs). The promo image is quite brighter than the photographed banner. I'm not sure which is more reflective of the actual animation, though the difference isn't that significant.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Bat, The Cat & The Luchador

Big news has been announced concerning The Dark Knight Rises. Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selena Kyle, more commonly known as Catwoman. And it's been revealed the role Tom Hardy will be playing in the movie is Bane.

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman works for me. She was the best choice of the list of actresses that were bandied about as potential candidates. Tom Hardy as Bane should be interesting but I do have one issue. He's a good actor and all but I don't understand why they couldn't have cast a Latino in the role.

Now assuming Selena actually does put on the Catwoman costume, then I'm personally thrilled about these announcements. If I had to pick two villains for a Batman movie I'd pick uh, Killer Moth and Firefly. But if I had to pick two reasonable choices than I'd pick Catwoman and Bane. Bane in particular works I think because he is a strategist with a personal obsession with Batman while additionally posing as a physical threat.

I wasn't as happy with some of the rumors we'd been hearing. I mean Hugo Strange isn't a terribly exciting choice for the major villain of a Batman movie. Why that's almost like making Hector Hammond the major villain of the Green Lantern movie. Talia al Ghul might have worked if Liam Neeson came back as Ra's al Ghul. I was even okay with Riddler being debunked early on. I've got nothing against Riddler but everyone was counting on him to be in it that it was more interesting to learn that he wouldn't be.

Both Bane and Catwoman have suffered greatly at the hands of Hollywood before. Bane was reduced to mindless lackey in Batman & Robin. And then there's Halle Berry's Catwoman which I had successfully blocked out of my memory until now. It's time they corrected some past wrongs.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Class Photo

An image of the cast for X-Men: First Class was put up on MSN and disappeared soon thereafter. Of course some saved it and the pic has been available on other sites have You can't stop the internet.


I didn't know what X-Men: First Class was going to be about when it was first announced. Was it a follow-up to X-Men Origins: Wolverine focusing on a team featuring a young Cyclops? Was it a "next generation" type of story with a new cast of mutants? Was it a trussed up version of the long in-development Magneto origin movie? It's sort of the latter. That's Michael Fassbender as Magneto on the far right. James McAvoy on the far left plays a not-yet-bald Charles Xavier.

Where this movie falls on the timeline is still hazy to me. I suspect some plot holes are in the cards. I can use my geek powers to explain some things away. Let's assume Hank McCoy has been blue and furry since he was a teen, wore a disguise in his public life such as when he did a TV interview during X2 but came out as a mutant before the events of X-Men: The Last Stand. And maybe there just happens to be two blonde mutants named Emma Frost, the one seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and this new one played by January Jones. I think that works. With great geek power comes sad justifications.

Update: 1/19: MSN has put the picture back up and added an interesting interview with Michael Fassbender. Some details shared are that the film is set in the 1960's and Fassbender will don a costume that is more typical of what Magento traditionally wears.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

DCUC Rehashes I Want

I've created a list of DC Universe Classics action figures that I wish Mattel would produce. However because I like to aim low this isn't a list of brand new figures I want Mattel to make. That would be a much longer list. These are figures that have been made before but I want to see tweaked with a new deco or headsculpt. There are a couple of others, such as a lighter blue Superman and Detective Batman without the black on his mask, that I don't have a whole lot invested in but I still think Mattel should release.

Penguin

The Penguin was part of the first wave of DCUC figures. I passed on it partly because the face was too ugly even for the Penguin. I also didn't care for the orange vest and purple pants, but I'd give the figure second chance if they re-release the suit in different colors. The most obvious alternate deco would be one based on Penguin’s Super Powers figure, but I'd also like to see a figure of Penguin's white suit. But the deco I'd most like to see is one based on the not movie-remotely-movie-accurate Batman Returns action figure. I know there's no way that would happen but hey I can dream.

Here's some pictures for reference:


Sinestro in Sinestro Corp Uniform

Man what kind of an egomaniac Sinestro must be to name a Lantern Corp after himself. Sinestro's first pair of figures in DCUC wave 3 were aggravatingly undersized. Mattel has recently released a taller Sinestro in a two-pack with Hal Jordan, but that Sinestro is wearing the classic blue costume. I'd rather have an unstumpy version of the character wearing his yellow Sinestro Corp uniform.

Harley Quinn

Harley was first released in wave two with a blue paint wash on her face. Paint washes are a tricky thing. Sometimes they really bring out the details in a sculpt but in this instance (and others where I've seen blue used on a white base) it did not look good. She should get a re-release with a plain white face.

Since I'm making requests anyways, how about a new headsculpt for Harley? There’s nothing wrong with the existing one but I always liked the way the way Jim Lee drew Harley in Hush with the tips of her jester hood being longer and droopier.

Supergirl

Of all of my requests this is the one least likely to happen. Mattel released a modern Supergirl in the DC Superheroes line and re-issued it in a DCUC two-pack. I want a modern Supergirl figure but not that one. It's not an entirely bad figure. I just don't like the face. It's a bit too mannequin looking to me. I wish they'd give her a new headsculpt. A new Supergirl figure is on the horizon but it’ll be of a different version like the headband sporting Supergirl from Crisis on Infinite Earths or her V-neck and hot pants wearing Supergirl from the Seventies. I think the modern Supergirl ship has sailed.

Cassandra Cain as Batgirl

I actually don't care if they alter this figure. I just want it re-released so I could actually have a chance to buy one!

Two-Face

The DC Superheroes Two-Face was is another from that line I wanted but never so much as saw in stores. Mattel released a repaint of Two-Face in Silver Age colors. I like that version even better. Problem is that it was only available in a boxset with four figures I have no interest in. If they should get around to producing any of the figures on this list I hope Mattel doesn't package them with other toys I don't want. It's a plea doomed to fall on deaf ears.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

And Now Another Costume

It seems when it comes to images of superhero costumes when it rains it pours.


This is a scan from Entertainment Weekly showing Chris Evans in costume for Captain America: The First Avenger. It looks like the concept art but seeing it made out of actual material makes it look a lot better. The concept art was too sleek. I complained about the use of black in the concept art. On the real outfit it's gray instead of black, and there's less of it. Now had I not seen the concept art and had time to get used to it than I might have ended up liking the real thing less than I do. Even the gloves look nicer than they did in the artwork, where they looked pretty generic. The helmet chinstrap is straight out of the Ultimates comics. Oh and the helmet has wings. They're just painted on but it's probably better that way. I don't know what those guys in the background are. Hydra solders?

Updated 1/14/11: Higher quality picture from Entertainment Weekly's website added.

Spider-Man's Costume Reboot

Ever since the 2012 Spider-Man reboot was announced one of the major questions I had about it concerned Spidey's costume. The costume Tobey Maguire wore was already as well designed as one could reasonably hope for in a live action movie. Yet the reboot costume would need to be different, and therefore it was guaranteed to be a step-down by comparison. The only way to stay true to the comics and still be different from the first movie, and possibly even better, is if they went with cloth homemade-looking costume. Well turns out Sony didn't go in that direction. Here's a picture of Andrew Garfield wearing the new Spider-Man costume.

It's pretty much your standard live-action-adaptation-of-a-comic-book costume. It certainly doesn't reach the highs of Iron Man or the first Spider-Man costume but at least it's better than what we've see in the X-Men movies. Its different for the sake of being different. There are two things in particular that bug me. One is the lack of red wrapped around his waist simulating a belt. The othe is the spider insignia on his chest and how its legs extend down the front of the costume. It's like they're trying to draw attention to his crotch. Beyond that it's hard to judge further. I'm assuming this picture shows Spider-Man after a battle and it doesn't always look this dirty. Plus we're still missing out on a key feature: his mask. I can't wait to see what that looks like.

Monday, January 10, 2011

On Ice

  • As the world knows by now Star Wars is coming to Blu-ray Disc. It's coming this September in a nine disc boxset of the complete saga for $139.99 MSRP. There will also be separate three disc sets for the prequel and original trilogies for $69.99 each. I think it's better to buy the complete set for the bonus discs. That being said I'm not positive I'll be buying any of these sets. I'm holding out until we learn more details about what's being included. There isn't even an exact release date yet.

  • Speaking of Star Wars, new episodes of The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network resumed on Friday night. The first episode felt very different from what had come before in this season. We seem to be moving away from the ponderous senatorial deliberations and into a really exciting direction. There are events that happen in the latest episode that forward the overall plot of the series greater than anything we've seen before in a single episode. Still I'm a little wary of them delving too deep into the mythology. I'd prefer some thing to stay mysterious.

  • What do Jason Bateman, Alyssa Milano, Mr. Belvedere, and the Super Mario Bros. have in common? They're all a part of the most insane show ever preformed. ON ICE.

  • Concept art for Captain America's Red Skull and the Cosmic Cube is online. Don't click on the link if you don't want to be spoiled. I'll just say it looks good to me.

  • One subject I considered featuring on Canceled Action Figure Cavalcade was Godzilla: The Series, the animated continuation of the 1998 movie. The disappointment of the movie killed the chances for the series' toyline. Well an article on Sci-Fi Japan has taken a far more in-depth look at this toyline than I ever could have. I highly recommend it.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Twenty Eleven

So 2010 ended. How was your year? Mine was actually pretty decent. I've been busier though and I haven't worked on the blog as much. I made 112 posts this year which is way less than the 183 I made in 2009. This is where I would make a resolution to do fix that but I can't do that. I promise nothing! But hey have a nice 2011.

  • Toys R Us.com has an exclusive Green Lantern movie preview action figure up for pre-order. It's a four inch figure with a numbered base and what I assume is a wearable ring. It's pretty pricey at $24.99. There's also a six inch Tomar Re that's been auctoined on eBay. That character design looks like a rubber chicken in green spandex.

  • Jedi Temple Archives has an article about which figures from the vintage Star Wars have yet to be receive an update in the modern line. To me the most fascinating part is the gallery that compares the vintage figures to their modern counterpart. I love seeing these types of comparison shots, especially with the figures from the last few years. Some characters that haven't had a figure since the Nineties could use a new one.

  • Apparently there's an animated Tron series in development. Hey I totally dug Legacy so I'll look forward to this. There's a lot of animated series with built-in geek appeal coming next year. There's a new Voltron, Thundercats, Young Justice, Transformers Prime, the CGI Green Lanern, Ultimate Spider-Man and that's just off the top of my head. Is the new Ninja Turtles show coming next year? Man I kind of liked the fact I was watching fewer cartoons. I almost started to feel like an adult.