Thursday, January 31, 2013

Disney's Paperman

Disney has always been the kind of company that could create an animated moment so sweet and almost painfully moving, it could bring a room full of adults to tears. Paperman; one of their newest shorts, is one such piece of moving art that grabs you by your heart and doesn't let go. For those out there that may not have seen it yet, we are happy to present this short, courtesy of Disney, who are making a bid for an award of some sort.

The World War Z Super Bowl Spot

Mere days ago we announced Jazwares would be bringing a horde of 6 inch World War Z zombies to pegs at your local plastic pusher and now, we get another taste of what this insane movie will be like. I, personally, am psyched...tower of ant-like undead be damned...I'm digging the intensity of this movie. Paramount wants us to get in on the fun without the hardship of sitting through all that foosball nonsense, so we get to watch the World War Z Super Bowl Spot early!! Let's GO...

The world is never prepared for fast zombies. June 21st, watch the whole system come crashing down as the ravenous infected attack in nearly unstoppable numbers. Gerald Lane (Brad Pitt) stands on the front lines recording the unfolding horrors and fighting to survive the experience.

It's Spock! Do you care?

Toy Fair 2013 : The WB Push Looney Tunes

Can you recall the last time you saw Looney Tunes merchandise on the shelves at your local toy stores? Man...was it DC Direct that had a line ages ago? If that's the case, those were only in comic shops and specialty retailers. Warner Brothers stores had some fantastic vinyl figures as well...but those days are long gone and the WB shops are closed, and with a new cartoon on the air that does NOT feature cracked out extreeeeme versions of their iconic characters, we need new toys!

Toy Fair 2013 : Classic Batman is Back

Fans of the Batman Classic TV Series will be doing the Batusi when WBCP and its licensing partners give them a first glimpse at the all-new licensing program for the fan-favorite live-action series.  Sure to ensnare the eyes of collectors and ignite the nostalgia for the 60’s series is the Mattel vintage-styled Batman Ken® and Catwoman Barbie® collection, and a BATMAN™ Classic TV Series 6” Figure Assortment, BATMAN™ Classic TV Series TV Moments 2 Pack, as well as a BATMAN™ Classic TV Series Batmobile.  Rubie’s will introduce a line of costumes based on series favorites including Batman, Robin, Catwoman, The Riddler, and The Joker.  Additional licensees supporting the Batman Classic TV Series include Funko with stylized figures and plush; Mezco with colorfully detailed vinyl figures; NECA with an 18-inch action figure; Round 2 with model kits; Cryptozoic Entertainment with trading cards; and a variety of high-end collectibles from Noble Collection, Sideshow Collectibles, TriForce, Kotobukiya, Medicom and Hot Toys.  The Mattel Hot Wheels® brand will rev-up with a high-end Elite Scale Batmobile inspired by the 1966 hot-rod in the series for the true collector; along with many other toy partners who will help bring to life this cultural phenomenon with a Zap! Bam! Pow!

We've still got a small mountain of UK Toy Fair goodness to sort through as the companies begin to send us all their teasers and pre-show reveals, so keep checking back often and follow us on Twitter at or (if you want your news faster and don't mind mildly psycho chatter.)

You can also dive into our picture galleries as they go live RIGHT HERE!

Toy Fair 2013 : Aardman Superman

We almost never do one whole article for one action figure, but in this instance, we'll make an exception. When they released the Aardman Batman figure as a New York Comic Con exclusive, people were not surprised. It is such a unique thing, surely DC Collectibles had to sell it directly to the uber fans. When they announced a Aardman Batman and Robin 2 pack would be dropping this May, you could practically hear the manic clapping in the distance, but, happy with this wide release and an extra figure to boot, people thought that would be the end of it. Today...we bring you...Aardman Superman. Looking oh so slothenly in the face of all those heroic, barrel chested action figures we showed off earlier today, Aardman Superman looks content to eat cookies and..well..not much else! My kinda guy.

DC Collectibles are sure to show off all manor of PVC Statues, busts and full size statues for Superman: Man of Steel...but nothing will top Aardman Superman. No sir.

We've still got a small mountain of UK Toy Fair goodness to sort through as the companies begin to send us all their teasers and pre-show reveals, so keep checking back often and follow us on Twitter at or (if you want your news faster and don't mind mildly psycho chatter.)

You can also dive into our picture galleries as they go live RIGHT HERE!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

An Iron Man 3 Superbowl Spot Tease

Not much to write about here, but the new image alone was too much to pass up. LOOK AT IT!! 

 Yes yes..all your feels. We know.

Toy Fair 2013 : Jazwares Adventure Time & Regular Show Lineups've got your zombie fix for the week. NOW we take a dip into Cartoon Network waters. Jazwares blew my mind this year with their Regular Show toy line, exploring nearly every awesome episode's key moment in action figure perfection. Why they don't spend that sort of effort on Adventure Time is beyond me. IT'S ONLY THE MOST POPULAR CARTOON ON THE PLANET!! Have they kicked into high gear this year and given Adventure Time the spectacular toy line it deserves? Let's find out! Here are the lineups. We've omitted the stuff we knew was out already...

Toy Fair 2013 : Jazwares on World War Z

Remember that article where we thought NECA might be the perfect company for a World War Z action figure line? Well it seems someone else had their eyes set on the undead prize. Jazwares made a big noise this year with releases of Nicktoons, Hanna Barbera, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter AND Scribblenauts toy lines...all at once. Though their Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat lines turned up in the Boy's Action Figure isles of Toys R Us, Jazwares must have felt an urge to take a slice of the horror action as well.

This is a 6 inch action figure line...providing yet another scale to your mismatched zombie horde. ~sigh~ You'll note all of NECA and Mezco's zombie action figures are in a 7 inch scale while McFarlane's The Walking Dead line is at 5 inches. Good news for the Marvel Legends and DC Universe Classics collectors though, I suppose.

Toy Fair 2013 : Superman: Man of Plastic know how I joke that there won't be one damn surprise left by the time we get to New York Toy Fair in a little over a week? Yea..yea...looks like the PR agents are doing their best to reveal it all before the show even starts leaving nothing but scraps on the show floor. SCRAPS I TELLS YA!! ~end of geek rant~ TODAY, Warner Brothers let loose images of Superman: Man of Steel merchandise from Funco, LEGO and Mattel. Here's the rundown of what we know so far...

Mattel Superman: Man of Steel Movie Masters: 6 inch collector targeted action figures (the last 2 series of these had a Collect-And-Connect perhaps a Build-A-Black Zero?) $14.99 - June release:
Superman (red and blue)
General Zod

Toy Fair 2013 : Factory Entertainment's Archer

You read that right. Now you'll be able to give your kids tiny lil Archer action figures so they can pretend to abuse alcohol, gratuitously shoot down enemy agents and slap that booty at the end of a hard day...or in the middle of it...or do all three while on live television meeting the Queen of England. Such is the way of the Archer. Thanks to a tip from, here's the press release...

Factory Entertainment, Inc announced today that it has entered into a multi-year licensing agreement with FX Networks to produce a line of collectibles from its hit animated award-winning comedy series, Archer. Featuring the exploits of ISIS (International Secret Intelligence Service) agent Sterling Archer, voiced by Emmy nominee H. Jon Benjamin, Archer is hilarious adult animation at its best. The fourth season of the show, which premiered on January 17th, delivered stellar ratings and will run on Thursdays at 10pm e/p for 13 weeks on FX.

Toy Fair 2013 : Star Wars Black Series

If there's one thing action figure fans have been screaming for more years than I can remember, it is 6 inch super-posable Star Wars action figures...beautifully sculpted...expertly painted and no skimping on the accessories. Today, Hasbro ticks 1 dream off our toy bucket list.

(Approximate retail price: $19.99; Ages: 4 & up; Available: Fall 2013)
In 2013, Hasbro takes collectible STAR WARS action figures to the next level with the introduction of the BLACK SERIES action figure line! For the first time ever, Hasbro is introducing a 6-inch scale of the greatest characters from the STAR WARS universe.  This exceptional collection of figures features incredibly accurate design and a high level of articulation. Each sold separately.

Toy Fair 2013 : Sherlock is Coming

Big Chief Studios are getting in on the Toy Fair teaser business you love so much...and by love I mean hate with the passion of 1,00000 burning suns. NO TEASING!!! Anyways, our favorite 12 inch action figure making Brits dropped a teaser today that looks an awful lot like Benedict Cumberbatch sporting his "Sherlock" TV show look. What does that tell us?


Not much more news to it as this is, after all, a teaser. We will note that Big Chief only sells their products online, so if you like what you see, today is a good day to dive into their website HERE and scoop up their amazing 11th Doctor and Amy Pond 12 inch figures, or that 10th Doctor figure we showed HERE that had one female friend of ours clutching her ovaries. I admittedly don't know exactly what that means, but I assume it is a sort of happy feeling. We'll assume this mini Cumberbatch will trigger a similar clutching of womanly parts. A little birdie told us Sherlock will definitely have a friend to solve mysteries with, so keep watching for that reveal!

We've still got a small mountain of UK Toy Fair goodness to sort through as the companies begin to send us all their teasers and pre-show reveals, so keep checking back often and follow us on Twitter at or (if you want your news faster and don't mind mildly psycho chatter.)

You can also dive into our picture galleries as they go live RIGHT HERE!

Toy Fair 2013 : Another Look at Walking Dead TV Series 3

You can't get enough of those shambling, bitey corpses and neither can we, so when Rich from Comics N Toys dropped an email to say he had new images of McFarlane's Walking Dead TV Series 3 action figures, we couldn't say no. To recap what's coming this February...

Merle Dixon - Left for the dead in Season 1 by Rick and the rest of the survivors, Merle Dixon, the estranged brother of Daryl Dixon, makes his full return in Season 3 and this time he is re-armed and ready for action! This action-figure comes with 20 points of articulation, prosthetic arm w/ removable bayonet, assault rifle, pistol and knife.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Marvel Knights Animation: INHUMANS

This spring, Marvel fans will have the chance to journey into the intriguing, millennia-old city ofAttilan where the extraordinary Super-powered race of Inhumans reside. Developed by the acclaimed Eisner Award-winning team of Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee, the exciting adventures of King Black Bolt and his royal family are brought to life when MARVEL KNIGHTS ANIMATION’S INHUMANS DVD debuts for the first time on home entertainment shelves nationwide on April 23, 2013 from Shout! Factory. A must have for loyal fans, comic book enthusiasts and collectors, this stunning Marvel Knights Animation presentation is packed with insightful bonus content and a graphic rich cover, and features a unique comic book style plastic sleeve that bridges the comic book to DVD concept. MARVEL KNIGHTS ANIMATION: INHUMANS DVD (~Click to pre-order) is priced to own at $14.97.  Fans and collectors can pre-order this collection now at and

Toy Fair 2013 : A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Preview

The curse of the Yeti has stuck again on this lot...which is to say the toys in this room moved too damn fast for us to get our shots in! Could have been the radiation too. We can come up with a lot of excuses. Suffice to say, what we pulled out of this folder is a little grainy..a little out of focus..and shot at a distance...but as always, we'll take what we can get. After all..beggars and all that.

Nothing earth shattering among the items they had on hand at UK Toy Fair in representation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle kingdom. Playmate's "Ooze" theme for this year has already started to hit stores in the states and you'll find several reviews around the interwebs. Their "Flingerz" (Turtles that shoot discs out of their bellies...adorable) assortment has hit stores as well, right alongside the baby turtles swimming in vats of Ooze. New to me was the Mutagen Ooze Drop Copter...which is just what it sounds like..and the Ooze Cruiser, two more new vehicles that look like trikes called the Road Raider (with an exclusive Leo figure) and the Stealth Bike (with an exclusive Raph decked out in his helmet and gloves) which sort of makes him look like a Road Warrior or a cop (can we get a Village People TMNT set going??!!), and a Pop Up Pizza Playset called....(oh man...I love the designers of this)..wait for it...ANCHOVY ALLEY!!!  The set features trap doors, shooting pizzas and sliding doors.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Toy Fair 2013 : Tom and Jerry... Coming.. Soon?

Since we were on the subject of cartoons today, I thought we'd continue the party with a visit from some childhood friends. It is absolutely amazing (and awesome) that Tom and Jerry is still on TV, on heavy rotation on channels like Cartoon Network and Boomerang. With all that horrific violence to blow off the top of any ultra Christian bible thumper's head, you'd think it would have been banned by now. With an announcement from Cartoon Network, it is quite the opposite.

The Tom and Jerry Show: The iconic cat and mouse rivals are back in The Tom and Jerry Show, a fresh take on the classic series. Preserving the look, characters and sensibility of the original, the all-new series shines a brightly colored, high-definition lens on the madcap slapstick and never-ending battle that has made Tom and Jerry two of the most beloved characters of all time. The Tom and Jerry Show is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

The Fate of Your DC Nation

Earlier we ran an article about Cartoon Network's 2013 lineup and all of you eagle eyed DC Comics fanatics immediately realized there was a giant hole in the listings. Young Justice and Green Lantern were missing. This lead some people to believe the shows had finally gotten the rumored axe we'd been dreading, replaced by two new shows, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I dropped my contacts an email and this was the response from Turner...

"Young Justice and Green Lantern are still in premieres and will continue with the current story cycles. We are committed to bringing excellent action fare, and look forward to continuing DC Nation this year with new shorts, interstitials, and of course, Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go!"

So while we may be still mourning the all too soon loss of the Young Justice toy line, it appears the TV show will keep marching on....for nowwww (cue Vincent Price laugh).

Cartoon Network's New Shows & Specials for 2013

Armed with record-setting ratings success as the only top kids’ network to achieve across-the-board growth in 2012 and its most-watched year in Prime in its 20-year history, Cartoon Network is jumping ahead of the customary Kids Upfront season and taking its show on the road with the CARTOON NETWORK ROAD TOUR. With more than a dozen new productions and multiple returning hit series now slated for the 2013 and early 2014 season, Cartoon Network brought its road-show presentation directly to key clients and promotional partners at their respective home bases the week of January 21 and will continue into March.

Network, ad sales, marketing and programming executives will travel to more than 15 key cities across the country to visit clients and promotional partners. Along with its presentation, the network also plans to “take over” the building at each of its visits with custom activations that will include the distribution of unique branded premiums to employees.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Toy Fair 2013 : The Bridge Direct's The Hobbit

Back into Toy Fair 2013 with an update on The Bridge Direct's The Hobbit action figure line! We are one film down and 2 to go...and fans have nooooo idea how they are going to stretch that out. While we'd hoped to glean some insight on that from the toy such luck. That Peter Jackson is a crafty mofo. The Bridge's initial 2013 offerings seem to focus squarely on rounding out their first film, but that doesn't mean they aren't going to get out two waves this year. Perhaps one in the second quarter and one right before the next film's release. No actual word on that, but here's what we do know...

Action figures, playsets, mini collectible figures, roleplay and board games all on the way. PLAYSETS!!! Yaaaay. The Mini collectible figures they mention appear to be those we covered HERE. Looks like they will bring them to the US, so Hobbit fans, get ready to share in the pains of mystery figure hunting. aaaannnd...go.

The Lonely Island : YOLO

Toy Fair 2013 : Hasbro's Ultimate Spider-Man

Now that you've gotten the full blast of Iron Man 3 merch, we'll dive into Hasbro's Ultimate Spider-Man Animated Series lineup! Season 2 is just getting started, promising team-ups with Wolverine and the Avengers and battles against Doc Ock, Kraven the Hunter, Rhino and an all star lineup of super powered baddies plucked right from your favorite Spidey comics. If I could give one bit of advice to Hasbro as to their merchandising of this show...there is one character you need to put on T Shirts, hats, bikinis and craft into every figure format you can think of. SPIDER-HAM. Lookit his little piggie face. Pure gold. Go forth and create.

Now here's the lot...

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Big Chief Studios Doctor Who Limited Edition 10th Doctor

The Tenth Doctor is ready to embark on his next time-travelling adventure, in his brown pinstriped suit and trademark trench coat, his ever-present Sonic Screwdriver by his side. The Doctor comes complete with numerous accessories including his spectacles, 3D glasses, fob watch, psychic paper wallet and water pistol. With eight interchangeable hands to adopt various poses and an illuminating display base featuring the Gallifreyan symbol for the number 10, this is the ultimate collectable for fans of the Tenth Doctor.

To develop the most accurately scaled collector’s figure, our artists studied countless reference photographs, to create a realistic and authentic character portrait of the Tenth Doctor so memorabily portrayed by actor David Tennant.  The Time Lord’s trademark costume was hand-tailored in exacting detail, together with his signature accessories.

Toy Fair 2013 : Hasbro's Iron Man 3

We've taken a look at all the irresistible items Funko are cranking out for one of the most anticipated comic book movies of the year, so now we double back and check in with Hasbro who are finally ready to reveal their (very nearly) full line of 2013 Iron Man 3 movie products. Let's go from small to large, shall we?

Superman Unbound

As is tradition when the latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie drops in our lap, we provide you with a preview of the next film in line! Would it kill Warner Brothers to make a movie that isn't Batman or Superman or Batman and Superman at least ONCE a year? Yes...yes it we present...the next Superman epic...SUPERMAN UNBOUND...

The story is loosely adapted from the 5 issue mini series "Superman: Braniac" having something to do with Superman being over protective of the ones he loves, Supergirl finding out her parents are within the Bottled City of Kandor (the last remaining piece of Krypton, miniaturized and kept safe by Superman) and Brainiac treating the man of steel as if he were a minor a gnat to be swatted away. Brainiac is looking to scoop up Metropolis and use it as a source for information about the planet Earth before he destroys it. There's said to be a lot of the powerhouse throwdowns we love to see in these DC animated films, but also a very heavy emotional side to the story. The DC Animation Crew is looking to veer away from following the comic stories beat for beat in the future.

J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

“It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie,” said Kennedy. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

Friday, January 25, 2013

Toy Fair 2013 : New Licenses for New Toys

Once a year I used to have the pleasure of dropping in on the New York Licensing Show to get a look at art for new projects, see what older movies the companies were pushing for new product and sometimes, if we were lucky, see actual toys set to hit shelves in the future. That show moved to a shmoozier location in Las Vegas, so now I am left to beg for images from people who get to attend. At UK Toy Fair, the show is primarily like a smaller version of the US counterpart with rows of new product available for order to shops large and small, but that doesn't mean companies can't tempt those manufacturers showing off their wares with the possibilities of licenses for films they love.

...And with that opening teaser, we present two advertisements that reveal..well..not much...but spark a fire collectors love to poke at and watch grow into reality. It's Possibility. Today's licensing offerings are tomorrows new action figures on the pegs!

Toy Fair 2013 : McFarlane's Walking Dead TV Series 3 & Comic Series 2

You know what's the worst thing about doing a show thousands of miles away? You can't point at something and yell GO GET MORE OF THAT!!  Today, that lack of pointy power became apparent while digging through UK Toy Fair images. It seems our cadre of ninja photographers came across McFarlane's Walking Dead TV Series 3 action figures but, not being horror fans and only familiar with pics we had posted, they said "We've seen these before...moving on.." Sad panda. Luckily. I'd asked them countless times to shoot a couple of shots here and there just in case, when in doubt. SO..the good news is we can see what the actual TV Series 3 figures look like in person. The bad news is they are allllmost Yeti shots (a term you should be familiar with by now, referring to an object fleeing the camera, resulting in a blurry blob of varying degrees.) Oh well. They aren't all too bad. For better or worse, here are the goods with our info from a past article...

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Zombie Acting Tips with Rob Corddry

With the zombie phenomenon at an all time high, you've got to step up your game a bit to set yourself apart from all those other shambling brain eaters. To that end, we present Rob Corddry as he shares his zombie acting tips with us lucky folks at home who hope to one day have our acting be as stiff and lifeless as his...

Toy Fair 2013 : Funko on Iron Man 3

Oh...that lovable, huggable multi-millionaire Tony about to get even more squeezable. FUNKO..whom we probably haven't talked about for a whoooole dayyyy...who take the world and make it ridiculously adorkable...have gotten their mitts on the Iron Man 3 movie license. Mr.Funko was quick to point his Maximum Cutification Ray at this one and what was left when the smoke cleared...well...what can we say. As always...painfully adorable..but POP! Vinyl and Plush was not all he had on his plate this day. Oh Noes...but more on that in a bit. FIRST things first, the POPS!

Toy Fair 2013 : LEGO Batman The Movie & Lil Clark Kent

We just got word that LEGO Batman the Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite (the first LEGO Batman movie) will hit the streets May 21st and will come packed with a Clark Kent/ Superman Minifigure exclusive to this release. Wording actually mentions this will be included in the initial shipments only, suggesting later shipments will just be the DVD/ Blu-ray. Here's the story...

When Bruce Wayne receives the man of the year award, fellow billionaire Lex Luthor becomes jealous and decides to run for President. To create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics Lex recruits the Joker to perfect a Black LEGO Destructor Ray which wreaks havoc on Gotham. As Lex destroys Batman's tech, Batman reluctantly turns to Superman for help.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

See 4 Minutes of G.I. Joe Retaliation Before Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions, in association with Hasbro, will release a 4-minute preview of the highly anticipated “G.I. JOE: RETALIATION” in IMAX 3D, RealD 3D and digital 3D theaters in advance of Paramount and MGM’s “HANSEL and GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS.”

This first-look at the film will play across the globe beginning January 24th and run throughout “HANSELand GRETEL: WITCH HUNTER’S” theatrical engagement.

Toy Fair 2013: NECA Prometheus Series 2 and Beyond

Marching on with our Toy Fair 2013 coverage beaming in from the UK, we get another look at NECA's excellent Prometheus Series 2 action figures. Following the release of the Engineer in the "chair suit" and the Engineer in a pressure suit come David 8 and Deacon, slated to drop late February. David comes with an alternate "geared up" head to slip under his space helmet and a flashlight and Deacon comes with a dissected Engineer head and bendy Hammerpede accessories. David stands 6 3/4" tall and has over 20 points of articulation. We were told Holloway was bumped to a later series, but his presence on the back of the series 2 packaging must mean he is coming SOON! I'm sure we'll learn more at the US Toy Fair in February.

Toy Fair 2013: LEGO Minifigures Series 10

As we continue our Toy Fair 2013 coverage across the pond for the UK portion of the festivities, we've had a selection of images not unlike those we see of that damned Yeti who won't stand still long enough to shoot him (pictures I mean...we'd never kill a Yeti. I loved Harry and the Hendersons.) Pictured are the newest batch of LEGO Minifigures..series 10 we all their glory..albeit from a puzzling angle. Hell, we'll take what we can get!

We've squinted hard over the images sent in, selected the least ghost like one and can make out the following (feel free to laugh at our names)...

Toy Fair 2013 : Mezco's Breaking Bad

 Mezco Toyz is thrilled to announce it will be creating a line of collectibles for the acclaimed groundbreaking AMC series Breaking Bad. Mezco will be offering an assortment of merchandise for the Breaking Bad license including: Mez-Itz, action figures, bobbleheads, accessories, paperweights and plush.

Damien Glonek, Project Manager at Mezco Toyz, says, “From the moment I watched the first episode, I knew that Mezco Toyz should be making collectibles for this series. Mezco’s award winning Design Team is working around the clock, watching episodes and designing product. We are truly capturing the spirit of Breaking Bad and turning it into collectibles that both hardcore fans and casual viewers will enjoy.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Toy Fair 2013: Funko: Adventure Time Pop! Vinyl

Day one down for UK Toy Fair and here in the states, Funko was feeling left out, even though we feature them 3 times a week. ATTENTION HOGS!! In an effort to retake center stage, Funko sent over images of something I couldn't say no to in a million year. ADVENTURE TIME POP! VINYL FIGURES!!!

The Adventure Time line WAS slated to hit Hot Topic stores in February as a 90 day exclusive, but as it happens with nearly everything due to hit in February, they are in stores NOWWWW. The line kicks off with Finn, Jake, Lumpy Space Princess, Ice King and Marceline. Pictures of this lot have been creeping around toy news circles for some time now but we are betting most of you uber fans haven't seen them yet you go!

Toy Fair 2013 : Day 1: Show Floor

UK Toy Fair is under way with the first day being press day, so all the companies with mascots suited their characters up and sent them out into battle for your consumer dollars ...and your hearts. Aww. We've just started cracking the surface of this show, so consider this the warm up! Here's what went on..

Toy Fair UK (aka THE Toy Fair) is celebrating its 60th birthday. They kicked things off with a speech from Frank Martin, BTHA Chairman...

"As the Chair of BTHA I’m delighted to be making these opening remarks today – at this, our 60th Toy Fair. I’ll tell you more about how we plan to mark this anniversary year later on. But first, let’s deal with the year just past, and our sector’s performance. You do not need me to tell you that this has been a difficult trading year, both at home and abroad, and the toy industry, just like other sectors, has had to share some of that pain. The good news is that, even in these difficult times, the resilience of the toy sector continues. Last year, the overall entertainment industry declined in sales value by 12%, by contrast the UK Toy Industry declined by 1%.

Toy Fair 2013: 5th Annual Best New Toys Revealed

After all that pre-show...TOY FAIR STARTS TODAY!!  Before we hit the main event in New York next month, we begin in the UK where companies are shaking hands with buyers to get you Brits the plastics you desire..all done while the lazy Americans sleep. Shameful. Let's kick things off with some pats on the back peppered with new toy reveals, shall we?

The fifth annual Toy Fair Best New Toy Awards winners were announced this morning predicting some of the top new toys for 2013. Winners range from classics like Scalextric (Hornby) and Star Wars (Hasbro) to state of the art futuristic technology such as HolograFX (John Adams) and TESKSTA – the robotic puppy (Character Options).

The twelve categories - which produced 34 winning toys from 24 different toy companies - were unveiled by Toy Fair organizers the British Toy & Hobby Association on the first day of the show this morning. Toy Fair is the UK’s only dedicated toy, game and hobby trade exhibition and is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Toy Fair 2013: Hot Toys Tease Iron Man 3

One of the most anticipating blockbusters of the year - Iron Man 3 is coming soon in end April! A series of collectibles from this exciting movie will be launched very soon which you can match with our Hall of Armor Collectible Set including the Tony Stark Collectible Figure in his workshop, so that you can easily create the scene when he is putting on his armor in the trailer.

More exciting photos of this and many collectibles from the Iron Man 3 movie are coming very soon. Iron Man fans, please stay tuned!

Black Milk Gone Hobbit Crazy

The time has come for all good nerdling females to freak the hell out...for the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Black Milk clothings are here. I'll allow you several minutes to scream.

 Wizards, Hobbits, Elves, exiled kings, epic villains and more than a few terrible things that live in dark places. We've found 'em all and bound them into a couple of killer collections, sneak peeked right here just for you.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Toy Vault's Firefly Games & Plush

The crew of Toy Vault, Inc. is thrilled to announce a licensing partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to create table-top games, plush, and novelty items for the fan-favorite television show, “Firefly.”  The first items will arrive in late Spring 2013.

Currently celebrating the tenth anniversary since its premiere on Fox, “Firefly” has maintained a strong position in the hearts of science-fiction fans all over the world.  Starring Nathan Fillion as Captain Malcolm Reynolds with a ragtag crew aboard the spaceship Serenity, “Firefly” is best known for its unique spin on classic sci-fi tropes, witty dialogue and memorable characters, courtesy of beloved creator Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers).

Funko Masters of the Universe, Disney Minis & The New 52

My you think Mr. Funko ever sleeps? Do you think he is like Willie Wonka, just sitting at a giant control panel all day dreaming up new ways to cutify the world while swarms of diminutive toy making imps dance around him? That's the way I picture it. Makes me smile.

ANYWAYS..I think these things because Funko seems to be on a non stop assault to fill my email in-box to the top with news of their newest fantastic plastics...every other day! Today, we add three more waves to the pile...

By the power of Grayskull, Funko's POP! Masters of the Universe Vinyl Figures give fans of the classic animated series a unique new way to collect their favorite characters. These 3 3/4" tall figures have a stylized and urban design. These figures of He-Man, She-Ra, Spikor, Hordak, and Skeletor are ready to bring the struggle for Eternia into your collection! Window box packaging.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Toy Fair 2013: Official Iron Assemblers Figure Images

Hasbro has buzzed in to share beautiful, delicious high rez goodness with us today in the form of their Iron Man 3 Iron Assemblers Action Figure line! Yes, the ones on ebay. Yes...the ones up for pre-order across the planet already. Maybe now Hasbro can cancel their Cease and Desist letters and tell Google to put back the articles they had taken down ...hmmm? Would be nice. Pretty pic to the left courtesy of USA Today..where all toy geeks go for news. (Wokka) with super double de-classified wordage...

Iron Man 3 Iron Assemblers 3.75 inch Action Figures Series 1: (~click the link to pre-order!) (Approximate Retail Price: $9.99; Ages: 4 & up; Available: Spring 2013) In 2013, kids and fans can recreate the excitement of the IRON MAN 3 film with the buildable ASSEMBLERS action figure line. Each figure features an Interchangeable Armor System, allowing one figure to create more than 25 armor combinations and allowing armor to be switched out between the 16 available figures in the line to create 100’s more combinations. Each figure sold separately.

Toy Fair 2013: Power Rangers Megaforce

I could swear that, in past years, the Power Rangers theme for the new year would be announced right before Toy Fair and then they'd roll out all the toys for the first time at the big show...but this year, they've done it a bit different. Everything we are about to show you is available for sale NOW. Since we are sure to see the lot at the New York Toy Fair, we thought we'd get a jump on things and give you the whole shebang. Here we gooo...

NOTE: We apologize in advance if we get any names wrong. The sites conflict on some items and we pieced it all together across the some dodgy wordage too. Counting on our Power Rangers Mega Fan Friends to set the info straight in the comments!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Funko's Series 2 Walking Dead & Game of Thrones

Loved those Walking Dead Pop! Vinyl Figures? Died over the Game of Thrones Pop! Vinyl lineup? Funko knowwwws your deepest desires and is willing to feed them.....for a PRICE!! Actually, the price is pretty cheap, so you are compelled to buy hundreds of the little buggers. Then people will call you a hoarder, but since you are surrounded with adorable little pop culture icons with soulless black won't care. It's a vicious cycle.

Let's start with your favorite carnivorous cadavers and the humans who like to dismember them.

Walking Dead Series 2 - shipping to Funko customers 04/04 - Lineup includes Glenn, Michonne, Michonne's Pet 1 and 2 and the Tank Zombie

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Alphas Cancelled

"Syfy has decided not to renew Alphas for a third season. We’ve been proud to present this entertaining, high-quality series for two seasons and to work with an incredible ensemble of talented actors, producers and creatives as well as our partners at BermanBraun Television. We’d like to thank the show’s dedicated regular viewers for their tremendous support."

This was the official statement from the Syfy channel earlier today (via Deadline) as they sounded the death gong for a fairly excellent super hero show cut down before its prime. I did watch Alphas when I still had cable and though the show had its problems, I enjoyed it quite a bit. There was great room for improvement...but the fact that any time I mentioned the show in public, every geek around me said "What the hell is Alphas?" was always a very bad sign. In a world where super hero movies dominate the box office, shouldn't a channel called Syfy kick everyone's ass in that arena??!! Sad sad sad.

Ultimate Spider-Man & The Lizard

Marvel sent over another teaser for the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series Season 2! This one shows Spidey conversing with a young Curt Connors ( Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. it seems by the patch peeking out of his jacket ), waving around a mysterious syringe. We all know what happens next! There's the arm growing back...then the pain...then the shedding...then the scales...then the teeth...
Hit the jump for the clip!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


I was wondering how long it would take someone to knock off the Skylanders video game and figure model! Let's face's a brilliant idea and a proven money maker. My money was on Pokemon to swipe the concept first but it seems the masterminds at Disney have it covered...

Disney Interactive today unveiled its most ambitious gaming initiative ever, Disney Infinity. This all new game platform unlocks the freedom to create stories and play experiences starring beloved characters from The Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios. Disney Infinity allows players to both experience original adventures in some of their favorite Disney and Pixar worlds and to build their own worlds using the power of their imagination.

    “Disney Infinity combines prominent Disney and Pixar characters and scenarios in a way that mimics how kids play in real life”

Bendis Talks Guardians of the Galaxy in Marvel Now

We don't talk a whoooole lot about comics here on Idle Hands, but I thought, what with a Guardians of the Galaxy movie being one of the most talked about topics in the geekiverse at the moment, let's take a closer look at this book and get some insight into the big screen event!

"This will be the most surprising chapter of Marvel NOW! This is a brand new #1 that starts these characters off in a place for new readers but doesn't rob them of what made them great in the first place. It's also a great place for you to hop on and see why we're excited for these characters to be in a movie and why it's as good a franchise as Marvel has. This ties into a lot of things already happening in the Marvel Universe. The things that have happened on Earth in the past few events have had a butterfly effect through the galaxy. The abuse of time travel, the use of the Infinity Gems...these things have costs. The Guardians are the first line of defense for Earth. If you're looking at Earth in the Marvel Universe from a distant, it looks like an insane asylum! It's a place where the Phoenix Force doesn't destroy the world, where Galactus doesn't feed. It's the scariest place anywhere to the rest of the galaxy! Wait until Earth joins the cosmic community... A lot of big time cosmic players are on stage right from the beginning.

Another Look at Iron Man 3 Figures

Yeesh...have we gotten through a week for the last 3 months without giving an Iron Man 3 movies toys update? Probably not. Today we got tipped off on more IM3 figures popping up across the water on ebay (this time from viperskingdom). I picture folks over there like farmers picking just breeze in and pluck whatever new figures you need, remarking "OOhh! They are still warm!" Truly, it must be paradise. To recap on details we laid out in our last article...since these appear to be the same kids...

"Iron Man 3 Iron Assemblers Action Figure Assortment: 14 "Connectable" figures (wave 1, Feb 2013) with multiple interchangable pieces to deliver maximum customization. Wave 2 in March and Wave 3 in April." The lineup includes Iron Man Mark 42, War Machine Movie Version, Iron Patriot, Stealth Tech Iron Man, Hypervelocity Iron Man and Starboost Iron Man

New DC Collectibles Pre-Orders Reveal Man of Steel and Aardman Batman & Robin

As we inch closer to Toy Fair 2013, all our favorite toy companies will be teasing the hell out of our wallets with silhouetted images, close up shots of elbows and blurry simulated action shots as if Spider-Man were the last surviving Sasquatch in America. Today, DC (is it Collectibles now??) cuts through all the pretense and slight of hand to show off five new items with enough style to blow your fragile geek mind. Let's start with the biggest mammajamma, shall we?

MAN OF STEEL: SUPERMAN 1:6 SCALE ICONIC STATUE: Before the highly anticipated summer movie, Man of Steel, hits theaters, be sure to pick up these new definitive 1:6 scale statues from DC Collectibles.

Sculpted By : Gentle Giant Studios
U.S. Price: 129.95
On Sale Date: May 2013
Statue measures 13.25” high x 8.5” wide x 5.75” deep.

I Am Bruce Lee on DVD Today

Despite his sudden death in 1973 at the age of 32, legendary icon Bruce Lee continues to influence the world of martial arts, popular culture and entertainment to this day. On January 15, 2013, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), the commercial and brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, will release the acclaimed documentary feature I AM BRUCE LEE on Blu-ray and DVD. Boasting a wide array of special bonus content, captivating interviews and archived materials, I AM BRUCE LEE is a must-have for Bruce Lee fans, collectors and pop culture enthusiasts. (SRP: Blu-ray $26.97; DVD $19.93)

Produced by Derik Murray, Network Entertainment, Bruce Lee Enterprises and Leeway Media Group, and directed by Pete McCormack, I AM BRUCE LEE delves deeper into the compelling saga behind Bruce Lee than ever before and deftly unravels Lee’s fascinating life through his own words and visually stunning actions, as well as through the eyes of his family, close friends and luminaries from the world of sports and entertainment. The film also examines Lee’s connections to the modern field of Mixed Martial Arts.

An Idiot Abroad 3

Karl Pilkington has experienced things many only dream of. He’s gained notoriety for his pilgrimage to see the Seven Wonders of the World and to conquer the ultimate “Bucket List.” But after all of that, Karl is just as annoyed and unhappy as ever. Now, Ricky Gervais has convinced Karl to embark on another ambitious expedition; from Italy to China following in the footsteps of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Joining Karl on the excursion is Ricky’s diminutive friend–film and television star Warwick Davis (“Life's Too Short”, “Return of Jedi,” the “Harry Potter” franchise)–who tries to raise Karl’s spirits while broadening his perspective on AN IDIOT ABROAD 3, premiering Saturday, January 19 at 9 PM ET/PT on Science Channel.

Ghost Team One

In a world where nearly every concept has been done to death, you can honestly say the "Ghost Comedy" has been sorely overlooked. A Haunted House has just landed in theaters to dismal reviews, but that is a straight forward spoof of other films. Ready for something original??!!

Brad and Sergio are what wimps refer to as wussies. They don't want to see a ghost. But the girl they want to have sex with sure does. The housemates set out to film their own version of a Paranormal Activity as an excuse to be near her, but quickly find themselves much closer to a demon whore than the woman of their dreams. GHOST TEAM ONE is a comical spin on the found footage genre that delights in the dream space between a man's heart and his balls.