Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hasbro's 12" Marvel Legends Captain America Reviewed

Hasbro Marvel Legends 12 inch Captain America action figure
By Darian S. Kovach

This is my first review for Idlehands. This is a really good thing. Why? Because I REALLY like discussing myself, things I like, things I don’t like, things I may like… really, the list goes on and on. Honestly, if you’ve spoken to me in the last few decades, there was a 50-50 chance I was waiting on you to stop talking so I can talk more about me. So this idlehands thing is huge, because I love action figures and I really enjoy talking about them.

My first review: The brand new Marvel Legends 12 inch 1:6 scale Captain America. Let’s start with the first thing you notice; the box. As boxes go, it’s very shiny and is square. You can imagine my shock when they went for a more traditional box. I thought by now, holographic Tupac would be delivering action figures to me personally. This didn’t happen, so I went ahead and took matters into my own hands and inspected the box. As with most modern day action figure boxes, there is a nice preview panel in front with a few pieces of tape I had to cut to get into the plastic goodness found inside. Pretty standard fare these days, catering to both the collector and the 12 year old who happens to have $50 cash on them. Did I say $50? I paid $39.99 for mine on preorder because I’m special (and by “special” I mean “someone else told me about the deal and I jumped on board”). However, the standard msrp seems to come in at the $50 mark. Which, when you consider a 1:6 scale Hot Toy averages around $225, it isn’t too shabby.

Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe This October

It’s a story so HUGE, we needed an entire Original Graphic Novel to tell it! Yes she’s unbeatable. Yes she talks to squirrels. But this October, she becomes something entirely new – the star of her very own OGN! But first, get a brand-new look inside THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL BEATS UP THE MARVEL UNIVERSE! OGN – coming at you from the award winning team behind the monthly Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series – Ryan North and Erica Henderson!

She’s beaten Thanos. She’s bested Galactus. She’s thwarted Doctor Doom (twice, but who’s counting?). But in this all-new graphic novel, she’ll take on her most dangerous, most powerful and most unbeatable enemy yet: HERSELF! Specifically, an evil duplicate created through all manner of mad science (computer and regular type). So what happens when two Unbeatable Squirrel Girls clash? You’ll have to wait to find out, but believe us – it’s going to be NUTS!

Friday, July 29, 2016

SDCC 2016: Batman: Arkham VR Hands-On

San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Hands-On at Warner Bros Interactive with Batman: Arkham VR
As late-July rapidly approaches, most people associate this time as a last minute hoorah before school returns and the laziness of summer soon turns to the dull drag of "normal" life. As a young adult still dealing with the dilemma of school and maintaining a full-time job, Summer is a season one definitely looks forward to months in advance, much like Halloween or Christmas. Being a non-traditional and somewhat unspoken holiday, Summer also brings with it another cherished celebration for dorky people worldwide - COMIC CON! The stench of mint-condition comics, freshly painted cosplay materials, overpriced hot dogs, and occasional whiff of B.O. fill the air. Everyone is giddy with hopes of spotting celebrities, hearing the latest news on their favorite television or movie series, and waiting in line after line, after line, making friends along the way. Standing in those lines lies one man whose soul purpose is to provide the masses with as much info on the latest video games coming out this year. His name - Spencer Camarda. His mission - play the hottest and highly sought after treasures you’re all dying to hear about. Have no fear - I have exactly what you’re looking for! So, let’s dive in!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Eye Candy: McFarlane Building Five Nights at Freddy's: The Office

McFarlane Toys Building Sets Five Nights at Freddy's The Office Set
The phenomenon of Five Nights at Freddy's is a very modern thing, much like Adventure Time's rise to popularity among younger viewers. When we first talked to the Adventure Time crew, we asked who their weird little show was meant for. Unanimously, they said US. Older folks..25-40, who are bizarre and love to laugh at odball characters being completely random. Surprisingly, the super intelligent while still profoundly silly, often very thoughtful show struck a chord with kids and so, the content needed to be chilled out a bit and rendered "safe" for little minds. That...seeeeems to be what's happening to Five Nights at Freddy's?? I can't speak to the future of the license, but I can say that creepy children pulling at the purse strings of their parents has created a MIGHTY NEED for merchandise, making it's way to you...right...meow.

SDCC 2016: Preview Night with Fantastic Beasts, Walking Dead, X-Men & More

by Saniyat K Choudhury

Well it’s that time of the year again! San Diego Comic-Con’s preview night kicked off this past Wednesday with the bustle and energy that we’ve come to expect. It was preview night so the crowd wasn’t overwhelming. I got in line to pick up my badge and received the standard literature with an awesome tote bag. This being my first year at the show, commonplace things like the giant Warner Bros tote bag and such were all new to me. There were different themes to all the bags but the coolest part was the flap that goes over the top of the bag. If you don’t secure the flap with the Velcro, it looks like a cape! With bags featuring the Flash or Supergirl TV logos (just to name a couple), you could express your geek loves for all of Comic-con to see. My bag contained the poster image from ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’ It wasn’t exactly cape-worthy, but I still think Eddie Redmayne looks pretty heroic flapping in the wind on my back.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

M. Night Shyamalan's SPLIT

It's been a long road back from hell for the man who directed some excellent films...and then...some terrible ones...and one abomination against all cartoon loving folk worldwide. With The Visit, he recaptured the hearts and mind of a horror loving public. Now SPLIT looks to be the psychological thriller we've been waiting for ...and perhaps, it will have a twist!

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.

SHARKNADO: The 4th Awakens on Syfy July 31st!

An Enigma. A product of our times. The result of one overly excited viewer on a horrific acid trip igniting a monster loving public's imagination to the extent that a movie that would probably have just been another oddball Syfy Saturday night becomes a phenomenon, spawning sequels and merchandise that baffles the mind of marketers across the planet. Use whatever logic you like to explain the popularity of the salt water juggernaut known as SHARKNADO, but the crew behind these hilarious monster battles are a bunch of great people and we'll cheer for them for as long as this lasts!

The fourth installment of the SHARKNADO franchise will take place five years after the East Coast was ravaged in last summer's SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO!. Fin (Ian Ziering), his family and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in the intervening years, but now sharks - and 'nados! - are being whipped up in places (and ways) least expected.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

SDCC 2016: Warner Bros Destroys Comic-Con with Wonder Woman, Justice League, LEGO Batman, Fantastic Beasts & More

HOLY DAMN!! Warner Bros got the message after the massive debbie downer that was Batman V Superman underwhelmed long time comic book fans across the globe and GREW A SENSE OF HUMOR!! THERE ARE FRAKKIN JOKES IN THE JUSTICE LEAGUE TRAILER!!! IT'S PRETTY DAMN CHARMING!!!! I can't be happier, if you couldn't tell. While Marvel is a great love of mine, my entire childhood belonged to Batman, Superman and the Justice League. When film makers ignore that past...those character notes...and just make what they feel like making, it makes all the comic fans like me very depressed. We drink heavily, pick fights with Anime kids (damn u Homestuck) and yell at PokemonGo players to get off our lawn...well..any lawn. The newest footage shown at San Diego Comic-Con is guaranteed to turn those curmudgeony frowns upside down.

Friday, July 22, 2016

SDCC 2016: THE TICK Lands August 19th!!

We went from "Is this thing really happening??" to "IT'S HERE!!! OMG!!!!" in a matter of seconds. While August 19th isn't exactly tomorrow, it's way closer than most people probably though the premiere of Amazon's new pilot would be. Here's the announcement from the big A himself...

Amazon today announced the lineup for its 2016 comedy pilot season which will debut August 19 in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan. Amazon customers can expect more variety than ever in an Amazon pilot season, including shows I Love Dick, based on the renowned feminist novel about a couple’s marital struggles in the artistic and academic community of Marfa, Texas; Jean-Claude Van Johnson, where martial arts film star Jean-Claude Van Damme operates under the alias of “Jean-Claude Van Johnson” to serve as the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world; and The Tick, an offbeat and dark superhero tale based on the acclaimed comic.

SDCC 2016: Invader Zim's Jhonen Vasquez on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Children of the future, I would like to introduce you to our pal, Dark Lord and Master, Jhonen Vasquez. Jhonen created a comic book called Johnny the Homicidal Maniac which taught us all how to get in touch with our true feelings of blind, unadulterated hatred for mankind and to channel that positive energy toward craft projects which would one day open a door to a black universe where the old ones sleep. It's good to have goals. Jhonen also made a comic called Squee which personified all of our rightful fears in the tiny, quivering body of a small boy tormented nightly by all the evil this reality has to offer. It's a classic. Later, Jhonen would move onto a little indie cartoon series called Invader Zim which was about a green alien boy that just wanted to be loved. Blind, unwavering, relentless love that comes with no questioning or resistance. It's the most American thing he's done to date....UNTIL NOW!! Watch Jhonen Vasquez out-crazy Teen Titans Go in a special San Diego Comic Con exclusive cartoon short...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Luke Cage Teams with Ol Dirty Bastard for New Trailer

Get ready for one of the most fun trailer you'll ever see for a TV series...maybe in your lifetime!! What's better than a big man walking down a hall thumping bad guys with awesome music playing in the background? Make the music from a member of the Wutang Clan...and give the big man an unforgettable prop to get his job done. A+ for resourcefulness. LET'S WATCH...over and over and over...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

SDCC 2016: DC Collectibles New Bombshells, Animated Series, Wonder Woman & More

San Diego Comic-Con 2016 DC Collectibles Bombshells Harley Quinn Action Figure

Nicole Marrokal is storming the gates of San Diego Comic-Con right now, but earlier, she very politely stormed the entryway of the DC Collectibles Collector Preview where she got to oogle many a Bombshells Action Figure, Statue and Bust, survived getting stabbed by a Wonder Woman statue and gasped at the snazzitude that always comes with Team DC. Seriously...look at these dudes...

SDCC 2016: LEGO Giveaways, Exclusives and NEW Items!

LEGO Systems, Inc. announced LEGO BrickHeadz, a new product line for fans to collect, build and showcase LEGO versions of iconic characters and super heroes in conjunction with San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC), the world’s largest comic and entertainment convention. The company will participate at SDCC for the 16th year and will delight show attendees with extraordinary life-sized LEGO models, exclusive sneak peeks of 2017 LEGO building sets, one-of-a-kind minifigure giveaways, and hands-on building fun with thousands of LEGO bricks at booth #2829 in Hall D at the San Diego Convention Center, July 21-24. The company also detailed the special activities, product giveaways and exclusive retail offerings which will be available for all San Diego Comic-Con International attendees.

SDCC 2016: MEZCO Preview Night Teases & Exclusives *UPDATED!*

Mezco One:12 Collective DC Comics The Joker Figure
Who's going to be first on center stage, showing off all their new plastics? MEZCO!! With their unstoppable One:12 action figure line flanked by the every growing undead legions of Living Dead Dolls and other licenses like Beetlejuice, Trick R Treat, Marvel, DC Comics, Thundercats and more....I'd go out on a limb and say Mezco is having a pretty awesome year. Let's take a look at some sneak previews Mezco let loose for preview night at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, and then recap all the killer exclusives they've got for sale on the show floor...

Attack on Titan Season 2 Coming in 2017

FINALLY!! Fans of giant babbling naked people chewing on tiny innocent Asians rejoice at the news Attack on Titan season 2 finally seems to have a round-about date of arrival in 2017. No overly dramatic, super cheesy live action film could satiate fans who were originally told they'd see more Titan animated action in 2016 and so..we waited...and drew pictures...and bought toys...and made costumes...and went on theme dates where we stayed in character the whole time only breaking to do mundane things like pay checks and go to the bathroom. No one goes to the bathroom in the Attack on Titan world.

SDCC 2016: The FOX Home Video Lineup with Deadpool, Archer, Aliens & More

SDCC 2016 FOX Exclusive Deadpool Pop-Up Blu-ray with VHS
San Diego Comic-Con 2016 is UPON US!! In a short span of days, after a flurry of activity, we'll be waking up in a sweaty bed, wondering where our pants are with no recollection of what happened. That's the magic of SDCC. FOX Home Video joins in on the madness with Deadpool merch signed by Mr. Pool himself, A Dazzler (!!!) Album Cover giveaway, Archer and Family Guy Fan Boxes, photo opportunities and moooore! Let's jump in and check things out...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hold Onto Your Butts; Mattel Gets Jurassic World License

Building on an ever-expanding list of strategic collaborations with many of the world’s best-known entertainment companies, Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) today announced that it has been awarded worldwide master toy licensee for Jurassic World beginning in July 2017. Under the terms of the deal, Mattel will design, produce and bring to market a wide variety of toys and consumer products inspired by the franchise and its multiple feature films, including the highly-anticipated next film, set for release in 2018.

Talking Toys with Jackson: NECA's Bat Gremlin

As we ready ourselves for San Diego Comic-Con 2016, we thought it was the perfect time to relax and introduce you to our newest toy reviewer... Doctor Jackson Powers Wigglebutt!! To my knowledge, Jackson is the first feline toy reviewer and we wish him the best of luck! Jackson's first review takes a look at NECA's Bat Gremlin action figure, the latest in a long, amazing line of Gremlins action figures that has explored everything from Mogwai to Spider, Electric and plain ole evil Gremlins with their evil, evil, evil lil faces. Let's jump in and see what Jackson has to say in his first review video and check out some killer pics as well!

Captain Power Rebooting!

Deadline has the exclusive on the return of CAPTAIN POWER!! Don't remember Captain Power amid the He-Mans, Thundercats, Transformers, Silverhawks, Inhumanoids, Madballs, GIJoes, Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Smurfs? We'll bring you up to speed.

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the future was a Canadian-American scifi TV show lasting 22 episodes which boasts the earliest instances of live action and CGI characters interacting. For most of us toy junkies, we remember how the toys by Mattel interacted with the TV show...which made us all insane with the wanting. Here's a quick synopsis...

BATMAN - The Telltale Video Game Series Strikes August 2nd

Telltale Games Batman the Telltale Series Video Game
Today we can unveil the digital release date and world premiere trailer for BATMAN - The Telltale Series.

The first of five episodes in the season, Episode 1: 'Realm of Shadows' will be available digitally worldwide starting Tuesday August 2nd on PC and Mac from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One® and Xbox 360®, for compatible iOS devices via the App Store, and for compatible Android-based devices via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Wolfcop Comes To Dynamite Comics

The Canadian horror comedy Wolfcop follows the exploits of a small town cop with a big time secret: he's a werewolf! Now, Dynamite Entertainment will have everyone's favorite alcoholic, lycanthropic lawman tearing out of the big screen and into the comic shop with an all-new series! Written by Max Marks with art by Arcana Studios, the Wolfcop comic book series will pit Lou Garou against bigger, badder, and meaner monsters than anything that has threatened Woodhaven before!

Ever since hard-drinking local Woodhaven police officer Lou Garou had a late-night bender and stumbled onto dark magic, his life has been turned upside down. Now he moonlights as WolfCop, a rage-fueled, bourbon-swilling, magnum-toting, rabid warrior for justice!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sweet Suite 2016: LEGO Dimensions Fall Preview & Ghostbusters Story Pack Demo!

LEGO Dimensions Video Game Fall 2016 Preview Adventure Time  Sweet Suite! The enigma of the toy industry bringing a room full of blogger mommies together ...and maybe 4 more guys. This year's toy preview was held on a boat...which wasn't the greatest environment for steady pictures or great lighting, but what the scene lacked in optimal photographic circumstance, it more than made up for with an abundance of amazing toys (and loads of food and drinks! Everyone knows the quickest way to a poor reporter's heart is through his stomach...and to get him drunk. Always get reporters drunk.) LEGO was on hand to show off their latest LEGO Dimensions wave featuring Adventure Time, The A-Team, Harry Potter, Mission Impossible and the female lead Ghostbusters 2016 movie crew! Only LEGO could bring a group like that together, allowing geeks to live out their wildest fantasies where Jake the Dog teams up with BA Baracus, Marty McFly and Batman to destroy the fiendish plot of Lord Business!!! ....Now that's a movie I'd watch for the rest of my life. Let's check out the new buildable video game pieces and dive into a demo of the Ghostbusters Story Pack!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

SDCC 2016 Exclusives: Applehead Factory's EXCLUSIVE MAN!!

applehead factory san diego comic-con 2016 exclusive man action figure
In the spirit of exclusives made specifically for San Diego’s Comic Con, Applehead Factory Design Studio has created the ultimate of all exclusives… Stealth Commando Ninja Master Exclusive Man! The earth-shattering debut of the greatest action figure to ever grace toy shelves or the known universe will be at this year’s Comic Con!

Made from the remnants of crappy 80s cartoons and the tears of lonely fan boys, Stealth Commando Ninja Master Exclusive Man has it all! Super blast battle fists, Vesuvian death toe-grip, a disintegration ring, and an Andromeda codpiece allow him to handle whatever comes up day or night! With over 3,141,996 points of articulation no action figure in this or any parallel reality compares. S.C.N.M.E.M. is packaged with exquisite full-color cardboard backing that tells his mind-blowing back-story and sports the official San Diego Comic Con exclusive seal! He’s packaged in a blister bubble to preserve his worth, which is filled with real, Comic Con, collectible, exclusive air!

Monday, July 11, 2016

A Second Chance to Catch RiffTrax Live: The MST3k Reunion Show

Catch the special encore showing of RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show in select cinemas nationwide tomorrow (July 12) at 7:30 p.m. (local time). Join the men of RiffTrax -Mike, Kevin and Bill- along with your favorite MST3K stars: Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, Bridget Nelson and the host of the revived MST3K, Jonah Ray. The cast riff on a cavalcade of goofy, educational short films and comic interludes before concluding the evening with a grand finale for the ultimate “SUPER RIFF-A-PALOOZA.”

Friday, July 8, 2016

Pop Culture Shock Collectibles Sons of Anarchy 12 Inch Figures

One of FX’s all-time biggest hits, Sons of Anarchy ran for 7 seasons and 92 episodes, with a following that continues to grow, binge-watching new fan after binge-watching new fan. It tells the story of single father Jax Teller, who finds his loyalty to his outlaw motorcycle club, the Sons of Anarchy — AKA SAMCRO — tested by his growing unease with the group's lawlessness. This puts him in conflict with his own stepfather, club president Clay Morrow, who prefers things be done the Old School way. Theviolent way.
Pop Culture Shock Collectibles is proud to launch their inaugural line of high-end 1:6 scale figures with Jax and Clay, as memorably portrayed by Charlie Hunnam and Ron Perlman, respectively.

SDCC 2016 Exclusives: Toys R Us In Store Deals & Entertainment Earth Lineup

Building on our long-standing tradition of offering an unbeatable assortment of toys for kids and the mature collector community, Toys“R”Us has revealed its lineup of exclusive playthings that will be available at the highly-anticipated 2016 Comic Convention taking place next month in San Diego (products/descriptions below).

Conventioneers and online shoppers will find must-have merchandise based on several fan-favorite entertainment brands, including GHOSTBUSTERS, Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TRANSFORMERS and more at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) and online at from Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24. Convention-goers will also have the opportunity to receive special gifts with purchase exclusively with select products on the show floor.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

New Teaser Trailer for Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2

Starz TV Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2 teaser with Bruce Campbell as Ash and Lucy Lawless as Ruby
STARZ released a new teaser trailer and photo today for the highly anticipated 10-episode second season of the half-hour series executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, Ivan Raimi, and Craig DiGregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner.

The second season roars back into action with Ash leaving his beloved Jacksonville and returning to his hometown of Elk Grove. There, he confronts Ruby. The former enemies have to form an uneasy alliance as Elk Grove soon becomes the nucleus of evil.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cosplayer Maki Roll is Iron Man

This is not the story about a girl who dreamed of being a super hero, though i'm sure she has. This is also not the story of a cosplayer making a costume so awesome we geekfreaked the hell out, though we have (hnng Gamora). This is the story of Maki Roll, who woke up today ready to give a hearty middle finger to a world constantly screaming "All Lives Matter!" and found out she was the new Iron Man. Live that dream lady. Of course, in the official press release, you'll find no mention of Maki, but pictures don't lie. LOOKIT!!

One-Punch Man Coming to Toonami July 16th

One-Punch Man Anime Cartoon on Cartoon Network's Toonami Block
You know all those dumb tough guy legends they tell about Chuck Norris? They all describe Saitama perfectly, minus all beard related humor. Saitama made the noble, selfless choice to become a defender of the weak, subjecting himself to insane workout practices like sit-ups and push-ups (SO MANY PUSH-UPS!!) Now he walks the streets, ready for the call to battle... which generally lasts about 20 seconds. 40 is he lets the bad guy yell about how tough he is for a bit. He's not called One-Punch for nothing! If it sounds've got the idea! This Anime is IMMENSELY silly and incredibly ridiculous and that seems to be why we love it. Tired of those 3 month long battles on Dragon Ball Z, or even the 1 month battles on Naruto? One-Punch Man provides Anime action for the ADD generation. FINALLY!! ...And now you can follow his adventures on Cartoon Network!