Saturday, May 19, 2018

LEGO Premieres New Star Wars Sets with a Sandcrawler, Snoke's Throne Room & More

When LEGO calls, you pack your gear and head in their direction! When last we met with our brick building friends, it was to check out their new Roller Coaster set at the TTPM Spring event. Now we get a peek at a number of new sets hitting this Summer. Why? Just because they love us I suppose. We returned that love with around 600 pictures and a stack of videos, so sit back and enjoy as we roll them out over the next week.

We'll begin our LEGO bonanza with Star Wars! Solo sets have just hit retail, and now fans can look forward to a mix of classic vehicle designs, a prequel favorite and a pivotal Last Jedi moment. Let's take a look at what's on tap...

Friday, May 18, 2018

THUNDERCATS ROAR Coming to Cartoon Network in 2019

WB Cartoon Network Thundercats Roar Animated Series Announcement Poster
It’s time again to feel the magic and hear the roar! Production is currently underway on ThunderCats Roar, an all-new, animated sci-fi action comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation. Bursting with over-the-top action and razor-sharp comedy, ThunderCats Roar boasts fresh and vibrant character designs along with a dynamic storytelling tone that promises to reignite the passionate fanbase of these iconic characters and introduce the legacy of Thundera to a whole new generation. ThunderCats Roar will be coming to Cartoon Network in 2019.

Staying true to the premise of the original series, Lion-O and the ThunderCats — Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wilykat and Wilykit — barely escape the sudden destruction of their home world, Thundera, only to crash land on the mysterious and exotic planet of Third Earth. Lion-O, the newly appointed Lord of the ThunderCats, attempts to lead the team as they make this planet their new home. A bizarre host of creatures and villains stand in their way, including the evil Mumm-Ra, Third Earth’s wicked ruler who will let nothing, including the ThunderCats, stop his tyrannical reign over the planet.

The Happytime Murders Trailer Makes Puppets Sexy Again ...Not Really

Set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans co-exist, THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS tells the comedic tale of two clashing detectives, one human and the other a puppet, who are forced to work together to solve the mystery of who is brutally murdering the former cast of “The Happytime Gang,” a beloved classic puppet show.

Melissa McCarthy plays lead detective Connie Edwards opposite longtime Henson puppeteer Bill Barretta who performs Phil Phillips, the puppet detective. Elizabeth Banks portrays Jenny, a burlesque dancer, and Maya Rudolph plays Bubbles, Phil’s secretary.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bluefin Announces Voltron Super Mini-Pla Kit From Bandai Shogukan

Bandai Shogukan Super Mini-Pla Voltron

Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, announces an exciting new release for pop culture, giant robot and anime fans as it opens pre-orders for the Voltron Super Mini-Pla from Bandai Shokugan brand.

Voltron is the newest addition to the Super Mini-Pla product line from Bandai Shokugan and is set for release in September by authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from select leading online outlets.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Deadpool Photobombs Discount Blu-rays at Walmart

As we in the states approach the 1 day mark until the premiere of Deadpool 2, the insane marketing monkeys that have been whipping us into a frenzy have left a trail of merchandise for us to scoop up! You'll find a fantastic stack of this merchandise at Walmart (on sale as of yesterday) in the form of some fan favorite films both iconic and geektastic. Each Blu-ray release features a new slip cover photobombed by Deadpool himself...

Monday, May 14, 2018

Vestron's Beyond Re-Animator Coming to Blu-ray 7/24

Go beyond your wildest fear when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases the third entry in the iconic Re-Animator series, Beyond Re-Animator, arriving on limited edition Blu-ray™ on July 24 from Lionsgate. Directed by horror veteran Brian Yuzna (The Dentist, Faust, Return of the Living Dead III) and starring Jeffrey Combs as Dr. Herbert West, everyone’s favorite mad scientist continues his re-animation research, turning the penitentiary he’s been incarcerated in for the past 14 years into a new branch of hell. Beyond Re-Animator is loaded with all-new special features, including interviews with Brian Yuzna and Jeffrey Combs, isolated score selections, and a production art gallery by illustrator Richard Raaphorst! Region-free, restored, and remastered, the Beyond Re-Animator limited-edition Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.

New Big Hero 6 TV Show Means New Bandai Toys!

Bandai Big Hero 6 Mini-Max Feature Figure


We are just under 1 month away from the return of Baymax and Big Hero 6 to their new home on the Disney Channel! The premiere movie kicking off the series was everything I could have wanted, with all the characters back in place, as they should be, and it all felt seamless. I've got high hopes for the actual series, so June can't get here fast enough!

With anticipation of the new series come the usual geek questions...what's the plot...who are the villains...WHAT CAN WE EXPECT!! Luckily, Bandai's new toy line may reveal little bits of info. Let's check them out...

DC Universe Digital Service Greenlights DOOM PATROL

DC Universe Digital Service DOOM PATROL
Based on DC characters originally written and drawn by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani, the one-hour drama DOOM PATROL is a re-imagining of one of DC’s most beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane, led by modern-day mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder (The Chief). The Doom Patrol's members each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities — but also left them scarred and disfigured.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fortnite Star DrLupo & Find Your Grind Award $45k in Gaming Scholarships

Find Your Grind Gamer Scholarship
On May 12, Find Your Grind (FYG), an organization dedicated to helping kids explore unconventional careers and alternative lifestyles, will team up with one of the most followed Fortnite gamers in the world to award nine gaming lifestyle scholarships to deserving recipients. FYG and Team Rogue’s Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo will announce the winners of the Gamer Grind scholarship at The Bay skatepark in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Four Horsemen Add New Warriors to the Mythic Legions Ranks

Counted among the best toy makers in the United States, any even slightly-seasoned collector has heard of the Four Horsemen. Responsible for some of Mattel's greatest hits and countless other creations of modern plastics. the FH dominate on all levels and even found time for their own creations, their most recent being Mythic Legions! A medieval action figure collector's dream, Mythic Legions includes knights, barbarians, skeletons warriors, vampires and all manor of Lord of the Rings inspired creatures, both minute and massive, along with a robust encouragement of army building and spare parts to customize your own creations. The result? OBSESSION!! We caught up with the Horsemen at New Jersey's ToyConNJ, where they displayed their upcoming releases and very recent additions to the Legions. Since my memory on which ones you may not have seen in person is for crap, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE LOT!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

FAHRENHEIT 451 To Premiere on HBO May 19th

HBO Fahrenheit 451Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”) and Michael Shannon (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”; Oscar® nominee for “Nocturnal Animals” and “Revolutionary Road”; Golden Globe nominee for “99 Homes”) star in HBO Films’ FAHRENHEIT 451. Directed by Ramin Bahrani (“99 Homes”) from a screenplay by Ramin Bahrani & Amir Naderi (“Vegas: Based on a True Story”), the drama is based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel of the same name, depicting an alternate tomorrow in which media is an opiate, facts and history are rewritten, and “firemen” burn books. FAHRENHEIT 451 debuts SATURDAY, MAY 19 (8:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

The film will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and partners’ streaming platforms.

TTPM Spring Showcase: LEGO Creator Roller Coaster

TTPM Spring Showcase 2018 LEGO Roller Coaster
Enjoy the thrills and excitement of the fairground with this chain-lift Roller Coaster featuring a wealth of brick-built details and 11 minifigures.  Upgradable with LEGO® Power Functions and LEGO BOOST for an added movement sensor and realistic sound effects!

Capture the speed, thrills and excitement of the ultimate fairground attraction with this incredible LEGO® Creator Expert 10261 Roller Coaster. This fully functional chain-lift model comes with 2 trains and an array of authentic features and functions, including a ticket booth, cotton candy cart, concession stand, height marker, and a covered boarding station complete with opening barriers and a control panel. Lower the lap bars to secure the riders into the cars and release the brake to send the train to the foot of the first climb. Then activate the chain lift and enjoy the ride as the gravity-driven cars hurtle through the Roller Coaster’s twists and turns.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

DC Universe Digital Service Announces Series for Harley Quinn, Swamp Thing & More

With a world of multi-media enterprises looking to take a bite out of Netflix's massive direct to viewer streaming dollars, DC Comics, or more properly, their uber Daddy Warner Brothers, have announced DC Universe, a first-of-its kind, immersive digital experience designed just for DC fans. One glance at the DC Comics website will reveal pretty title cards for Titans, Swamp Thing, Young Justice: Outsiders and Harley Quinn. Seems a little odd to launch with two shows that are seemingly about the teenage sidekicks of the DC Comic Universe, and odder still they would shove the Young Justice and Outsiders names together, but once you realize Young Justice is the continuation of the mega-popular but ill-fated animated TV series, all is forgiven!

Friday, April 27, 2018

COGS Steampunk Expo Rises from the Ashes

To quote Spike from Notting Hill, "I'm going to tell you a story that will make your balls shrink to the size of raisins." There once was an event called the Steampunk World's Fair. Like many events in the New Jersey area, SPWF was run by seemingly nice people who also appeared to be hopelessly befuddled at every turn. At the best of times, most show operation was chaos, with many an unhappy vendor and volunteer. Speaking of volunteers, also like a lot of New Jersey conventions, SPWF relied heavily on a steady stream of volunteer help to run just about everything, including those things they probably should not. It became clear to most that these volunteers were also highly expendable.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Prepare For Bandai's Neko Busou: Cat Weapons

In a world with folks struggling to keep up with the non-stop deluge of super hero toys alongside the constant rain of movie inspired collectibles releasing every month, one company chose another path. Bandai Japan, ever cognizant of the needs of super collectors, providing them with a fantastic array of effects that compliment theirs and, really, the entire world's action figure releases, allowing them to stand amid fire and lighting and impact the ground like a super hero should, came to a startling discovery. We love cats, and yet, we don't arm them. That's about to change...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Big Hero 6 The Series Premiere Weekend Event Happening JUNE 9

Disney's animated "Big Hero 6 The Series" will launch with a premiere weekend event, featuring two back-to-back episodes on both SATURDAY, JUNE 9 and SUNDAY, JUNE 10 (9:00-10:00 a.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD platforms. Following the premiere weekend, episodes will debut every Saturday through September.

Emmy® Award-nominated Christy Carlson Romano reunites with the creative team of the global hit Disney Channel series "Kim Possible" – Emmy Award-winning producers Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley and Nick Filippi – when she guest stars as bot-fighter Trina.

Additional guest voice cast includes celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay and Alton Brown as cooking competition participant Bolton Gramercy and host Yum Laboughé, respectively; Daniel Henney ("Criminal Minds") and James Cromwell ("The Young Pope") reprise their feature film roles as Hiro's brother Tadashi and Professor Callaghan, respectively; Susan Sullivan ("Castle") as Fred's mother; John Michael Higgins ("Pitch Perfect") as Fred's sidekick robot Mini-Max; Diedrich Bader ("American Housewife") as pompous local TV reporter Bluff Dunder; Sean Giambrone ("The Goldbergs") as Fred's geeky archrival Richardson Mole; Naoko Mori ("Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again") as thief-for-hire Momakase; Lucas Neff ("Raising Hope") as fast-food mascot Noodle Burger Boy; and Mara Wilson ("Matilda") as self-made billionaire Liv Amara.

Venom Trailer Shows Its Teeth ...and So Do The Fans

Sony Venom first movie poster
There's going to be lengthy discussions over this one!! Earlier today, Sony's VENOM trailer leaked out of Russia (via CinemaCon, which is in the US), prompting Sony to release it in full HD for press to get their grubby mitts on and possibly head off a lot of negative talk based on blurry, low res cam footage. NO SUCH LUCK!! The geek forums all over Facebook are already buzzing with both negative and positive points. Some say it's spot on (which it pretty much is) to the comic art and could not be more perfect. They are excited to see more of Hardy, fully suited in action. Others say yea, it looks just like the comic. It didn't work in Spider-Man 3 and it doesn't work now. From there, you'll find more than one comparison to the 97' Spawn movie...which is not meant as a compliment, and some comments about the odd way Hardy seems to be finely tuning every syllable of every word coming out of his mouth. Want to join the conversation? Here's the eye candy...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Diamond Select's DC Comics & TV PVC Statues

Diamond Select DC Comics Gallery PVC Statues Batman Who Laughs
Diamond Select Toys’ Gallery line of PVC dioramas is expanding into new worlds! After exploring the worlds of DC animation and DC television, the Gallery has found a home in the DC comics universe! Capturing the comic-book looks of DC’s greatest heroes and villains, each 9-inch PVC diorama is sculpted in the 9-inch scale, with varying heights depending on pose and environment. Featuring dynamic designs and scintillating sculpts by today’s greatest artists, and the first few in the line are available for pre-order through your local comic shop or favorite online retailer!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Ant-Man and The Wasp Toys Hitting Early

hasbro Marvel Ant-Man and the Wasp Shrink and Strike Ant-Man
We are just under 10 days away from Avengers: Infinity War in theaters, but for toy collectors who are getting used to a completely chaotic, super sped-up release schedule it may seem that the Infinity War collectibles have been on shelves for ages. Bypassing any sort of push Marvel might want to do for the May release of Deadpool 2, it seems Ant-Man and The Wasp toys are already hitting store shelves!! We'd seen listings for 6 different specific listings for toys from this movie, most likely all from Hasbro, but we've only seen three so far. Here's what you may run into on the hunt...

**As Always with items from upcoming films, SPOILER WARNING!!**

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blu-ray Review

I'm going to start talking about this movie in a completely backward way, and right out of the gate, point out that I had NO IDEA there was a new kind of AT-AT in the film. As a massive toy geek, counting the AT-AT as once of my favorite Star Wars vehicles (I own 4), for me to not notice there was an entirely new AT-AT in The Last Jedi was troubling for me. I didn't have to go far for an answer, as it all stems from one reason. I was disengaged. Let's start from the top now.

**THIS IS GOING TO BE LOADED WITH SPOILERS!! DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU'VE ALREADY WATCHED THE FILM.**

Star Wars: The Last Jedi marks the third moment in history that the gatekeepers of the Star Wars mythos have allowed strangers to, in a word, mess with their sand box...on a massive scale. It was one thing to allow authors to create an expanded universe in novels (which they unceremoniously wiped clean in one pitiless stroke), but quite another to allow creators to impose their vision on such an iconic and, dare I say, revered property, and commit it to film for history to judge. Whenever this happens, we assume Disney will guide a creator along a pre-determined route, allowing the creator to tell a story within guidelines already set up, much like a comic book company would do. You tell your story, but you have to remember rules set down before...behaviors...history. Move along the same time line, advancing the narrative to what is hopefully a new and exciting conclusion.

Or you can just say that everything that happened before was crap and burn it all down.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Bandai Releases 13 New Tamagotchi for the Spring Season

Bandai Releases Tamagotchi Spring Season
Just in time for spring, Bandai America is releasing 13 new mini Tamagotchi devices, each with brand new colors. These new colors are being introduced following the successful winter release of the mini Tamagotchi, which also featured varied colors and the introduction of new flocked versions. And much like the Winter Tamagotchi, the springtime release features the familiar miniature-sized, egg-shaped, pixelated LCD screen and the pocket-sized pet that has been a collector’s item for over 20 years.

Black Panther Arrives Digitally May 8 and on Blu-ray May 15

Marvel Studios Black Panther on Blu-ray
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” the highly celebrated story of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), a young African prince who takes on the mantle of King and Super Hero, has thrilled and inspired generations of moviegoers around the globe. Now, fans can bring home the phenomenon, packed with light-hearted fun, pulse-pounding action and a powerful message, and watch it over and over again, Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere on May 8 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on May 15.  With both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos immersive sound, 4K Ultra HD offers consumers a transformative viewing experience.

Labyrinth Back in Theaters April 29, May 1 and May 2

Labyrinth Back In Theaters from Fathom Events
Movie lovers will journey into Jim Henson’s magical “Labyrinth” when Fathom Events brings the magical 1986 fantasy-adventure back to the big screen for three days only: April 29, May 1 and May 2. To celebrate the nostalgia of this music-filled classic, starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, fans are encouraged to attend the screenings in costume (in accordance with theater costume policies).

Friday, April 6, 2018

KidRobot Proves Adventure Time is NOT DEAD!

Kidrobot Adventure Time Fresh 2 Death Mini Figure Blind Box Series 1
Sure, the shine might be off if this fancy bauble, but Adventure Time is still one of the best and most creative animated series in existence...and to my knowledge...it's still airing! While we are still not getting the ultimate action figure line I had always hoped for, KidRobot is making up for this gaping hole on the toy shelves with some ridiculously fun blind box figures and mind blowing art vinyl that will have you throwing money at the screen.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Stranger Things Happening at Universal Halloween Horror Nights

Stranger Things Happening at Universal Halloween Horror Nights
For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore are partnering with Netflix to bring “Stranger Things” to life at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” events.  Fans of the series will get the chance to brave the Upside Down and confront the supernatural as each park debuts all-new mazes inspired by season one of the critically-acclaimed series.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Z2 Comics Announces Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal Graphic Novel

Z2 Comics APOCRYPHA THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL Graphic Novel


There’s no band in the world like BABYMETAL, the metal dance unit, whose hit songs like “KARATE,” “Gimme Chocolate,” and “Megitsune” have captured the imaginations of fans around the globe. This fall, Z2 Comics, Hollywood film/TV production company Amuse Group USA, and BABYMETAL’s producer KOBAMETAL are collaborating on a brand new, original story for the graphic novel APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL, featuring art by award-winning illustrator GMB Chomichuk.

Deadpool Vows to FCancer

Deadpool and Omaze FCancer fundraiser contest
20th Century Fox and DEADPOOL have announced a new epic partnership with the fundraising platform Omaze in support of Fuck Cancer!

Announced during the FX premiere of the original DEADPOOL, the partnership provides fans the chance to receive an exclusive, custom-made pink Deadpool suit. A cause close to the Merc's heart, proceeds will benefit the work of Fuck Cancer, the nonprofit dedicated to cancer prevention, early detection and providing support to those affected.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Modern Marvel Select Thanos Action Figure Surfaces

Marvel Select Diamond Select Thanos Disney Store Exclusive Action Figure
Popping up at the London, UK Disney Store, eagle eyed Luke Spicer spotted a new modern Marvel Comics styled Thanos hanging on the pegs. No fanfare?? NO TRUMPETS??!! Luke took to social media to show off his find and was immediately bombarded with a billion questions...most of which he couldn't answer, save for thinking the figure might be "underscaled", unlike the most recent Ragnarok Gladiator Hulk release which is MASSIVE. Clearly, we can see this Thanos does not take up a ton of space in the packaging...so that's something we'll have to explore when someone gets their hands on the figure itself. Not being overly impressed with the size, Luke left his find behind.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Fingerlings Creator WowWee Introduces UNTAMED Interactive Dinosaurs

Wowwee Untamed Finger Dinosaur ToysWowWee, a leading manufacturer of innovative consumer robotic and entertainment products, today unleashes the newest phenomenon in interactive robotic toys. Introducing UNTAMED by Fingerlings - putting Ferocious at your Fingertips with a line of interactive predators that you can control from friend...to foe! The first of the UNTAMED creatures - the UNTAMED Raptors - roar online and in-stores in Canada, Australia, and the UK this week for their debut launch.

The newest spinoff from WowWee’s wildly successful Fingerlings family, the UNTAMED Raptors are lifelike creatures that are fierce and unpredictable! The UNTAMED Raptors are four different characters, each with its own unique name and personality: Stealth, Blaze, Fury, and Razor. Complete with snapping jaws and gripping claws, these fierce and friendly interactive pets react to touch, motion, and sound with over 40 different sounds and animations. Collect them all to unleash their full ferocity at your fingertips - these pets are yours to tame, and the control is in your hands!

Westworld Season 2 Gets a Full Trailer & Nirvana Cover

HBO Westworld Season 2 art
I can't say enough good things about the first season of HBO's Westworld. It wasn't JUST excellent storytelling...it was the conversations the content could start among any group of people. For me, the most important one would be how humans treat each other when they think no one is looking, or under the anonymity of the internet...or worse, the false bravado one gets when you don't have to stand face to face with the person you are confronting. Westworld brings this slice of "humanity" into question with vacationing rich folks doing whatever they please to robots, knowing there will be no repercussions, despite any disgusting acts they commit. It's all fine and good for them...until the robots develop plans of their own.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Kotobukiya's Bushoujo Evil Dead 2 Ash Williams

Kotobukiya Bishoujo Ash Williams Evil Dead 2 figure


We dare you to ask this girl for some sugar! Illustrator Shunya Yamashita works his magic once again and Kotobukiya renders it in 3 dimensions...with amazing results! The latest entry in Kotobukiya’s Horror BISHOUJO series is the long-awaited Ash Williams from Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn.

Reflecting the violent nature of the film, Ash’s clothes are tattered, exposing her robust form. Ash stands on an exquisitely detailed base modeled after the floor of the cabin from the film, with a decomposing hand peeking out from the cellar door. The Necronomicon Ex-Mortis is detached, allowing you to display it wherever you like. The contrast between the bold, Chainsaw-Brandishing hero and the intricate details in the craftsmanship make this BISHOUJO one you won’t want to miss!

Mattel's WWE Superstars Get Monstrous

Mattel WWE Monsters Jake the Snake Roberts
It's becoming an annual thing now! Or a bi-annual thing? Not entirely sure. The fact is this...Mattel loves surprising us with wrestler-creature mashups. We walk into a local Walmart and bam, there they are, with no warning...crazy and ridiculous and ...hey only 12 bucks. SOLD! This year, we kick things off with our favorite WWE superstars genetically spliced with the most iconic monsters from film and literature. Some utilize color and design in an impressively engaging way. Others are just so damn funny, you'll want to insta-buy. Let's check out the monsters!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

MOHAWK Comes to Blu-ray and DVD April 10th

Dark Sky Films Mohawk on Blu-ray
After its hit festival run, Dark Sky Films is proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Ted Geoghegan's MOHAWK on April 10th. The release will feature reversible box art (pictured above). MOHAWK is a no-holds-barred action-thriller marking the second team-up between writer-director Ted Geoghegan, producer Travis Stevens, cinematographer Karim Hussain and Dark Sky Films after their award-winning 2015 horror hit, We Are Still Here.

After one of her tribe sets an American camp ablaze, a young Mohawk warrior finds herself pursued by a contingent of military renegades set on revenge. Fleeing deep into the woods they call home, Oak and Calvin, along with their British companion Joshua, must now fight back against the bloodthirsty Colonel Holt and his soldiers - using every resource both real and supernatural that the winding forest can offer.

Funko Sandlot Pops You Can Own Forrreeeeverrrrrrr

Funko Pops The Sandlot Smalls


YOU'RE KILLIN ME, SMALLS!!! And once again, Funko is killing my wallet with a stack of Funko Pops created in the image of movie character NO ONE ever expected anyone to make toys from. Obviously, WE HAVE UNDERESTIMATED FUNKO ONCE MORE!! Sorry...we were non believers. ...To be honest it's probably going to happen again.

Check out these upcoming Funko Pop Sandlot figures, including your favorite scruffy lil Baseball players (black eyes and all), one object of a boy's desire and a monster who's name we dare not speak...

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Star Trek: The Next Generation Returns to Comics

After the stellar success of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken, which introduced the alternate “Mirror” villainous version of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew to comics, and the excitement around the upcoming five-week mega-event Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through The Mirror, IDW now returns to the original, or “prime,” universe this August in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita, beginning a brand-new wave of episodic miniseries!

This six-issue miniseries reveals unique, focused stories where beloved characters find themselves in new, unfamiliar situations, in a format echoing the “done-in-one” nature of the television series. However, each issue also features a subtle throughline of an evil Mirror Universe crewmember established in the Mirror Broken and Through the Mirror series remaining on the ship, wreaking havoc while posing as his prime universe counterpart. Featuring the best of both the Mirror and original universes, Terra Incognita is a unique new step in this riveting saga.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Deadpool 2 Trailer Reveals X-Force

FOX Deadpool 2 Trailer X-Force RevealTechnically, I suppose this is the FIRST FULL trailer, but hell, the first one wasn't exactly 3 seconds long, was it? NOPE! This go around, we get some chunky bits from Ryan Reynolds playing your favorite merc with a mouth...and the usual shenanigans that follow him.

We've got::
Marvel Team-Ups
Ultraviolence
Gratuitous Language
Breaking the Fourth Wall

IT'S ALL HERE!! Let's watch...

Build the Ghostbusters Firehouse with Diamond Select Toys!

This week, construction continues at comic shops across North America, as more pieces of the Ghostbusters Firehouse arrive as part of Ghostbusters Select Action Figures Series 7! Continuing the new collection based on Ghostbusters 2, these three new figures deliver all-new costumes, accessories and diorama pieces for Ghostbusters fans and collectors, plus one never-before-made character! Read on for more info, then reserve yours at a comic shop near you!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Metal Gear Orchestral Concert Series Coming this October

The official METAL GEAR orchestral concert series will premiere outside of Japan in 2018, starting in Los Angeles (Oct. 10) before moving to New York (Oct. 13) and Paris (Oct. 28). The concert will feature more than 70 musicians on stage, including METAL GEAR singer Donna Burke, HD footage from the game will be projected on a giant screen in perfect sync with the music. Reviving the most memorable moments of the game, the concert will feature the best music from the METAL GEAR Solid games, with background music (BGM) like the “Main Theme,” “Encounter,” “Father and Son,” not to forget memorable songs such as “The Best is Yet to Come,” “Snake Eater,” and “Heavens Divide,” which will be sung live by Donna Burke.

John Landis' SCHLOCK Coming to Blu-ray

Turbine Media Group in association with director John Landis present John Landis' long out-of-print first feature film, the cult comedy SCHLOCK, in its Blu-ray world premiere in an exclusive dual-format mediabook Blu-ray/DVD worldwide-playable combo set limited to 2000 copies, releasing April 27th, 2018.

A love stronger, and stranger, than King Kong and Fay Wray! The long-slumbering banana monster Schlock wakes up after 20 million years and escapes from his cave, befriending a blind girl who thinks he's a dog, and causes mass panic in the small town with a shocking bloody massacre setting the scene. Schlock tries to escape but the military is fast approaching…

Friday, March 16, 2018

Ready Player One "Dreamer" Trailer

My brain is screaming. No. Every fiber of my being is shouting DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE!! The cringe inducing "parody" posters. The non stop barrage of imagery of all the easter eggs you'll find in the film, flashing across screens like the dirty little apocalypse kids in Thunderdome shouting "MEMBER' THIS??!!" YES...I FEKKIN REMEMBER!! PLEASE STOP!! And still, through it all, Ready Player One premiered at SXSW and all my journo friends who lead much more interesting lives than I do watched...and went slack jawed...and then gushed all over the internets. They say it's great. Amazing. Everything you want from Spielberg. Ok..ok...I'm getting a little excited now.

Black Panther’s Dora Milaje Meet The Marvel Universe in WAKANDA FOREVER

After their scene-stealing theatrical debut in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, Wakanda’s fiercest warriors are traveling outside of their country to fight new threats and new troubles, in an all-new story by award-winning science-fiction and fantasy author Nnedi Okorafor.

A Hugo and Nebula Award winner whose best-selling books include the Binti trilogy, Who Fears Death and Akaka Witch, Nnedi first brought her storytelling to Marvel in the digital comic series Black Panther: Long Live The King and in the Vernomverse anthology story “Blessing In Disguise.” With art by Alberto Jimenez Alqurquerque (Jean Grey), WAKANDA FOREVER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 brings the Dora Milaje out of their vibranium city and into New York in the first of a three-part story when a Wakandan threat falls upon Manhattan – and they meet webslinger Peter Parker! The Dora Milaje’s adventures continue in WAKANDA FOREVER: X-MEN and WAKANDA FOREVER: AVENGERS in July and August.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Teaser Trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Goes Live

The Harry Potterverse sagas continue within the Fantastic Beasts story line kicked off in the 2016 film. The Crimes of Grindelwald continues the tale of an awkward Newt Scaramander struggling to prove to the magical world that supernatural creatures should be studied, respected and, of course, loved.

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Damned Announce Double A Side Single "Look Left"/ "Devil in Disguise"

Following a hugely successful UK tour which saw British punk legends The Damned rev up 2018 by playing to over 23,000 rabid fans, including two back-to-back sold-out London shows, the band return this month with a double A side single available to stream/download now at Spotify.

Culled from their forthcoming ‘Evil Spirits’ album, released April 13th via Search And Destroy/Spinefarm Records, the single features the tracks Look Left and Devil In Disguise two songs that perfectly represent the albums many shifting moods and styles.

‘Look Left’ is The Damned at their most epic and grandiose; a sweeping sugar-coated mind-grenade, addressing post-millennial society’s “media-induced coma” over lush vocal melodies and show tune theatrics. Written by drummer Pinch as a love song to the human race, the lush balladry holds a heavy lyrical theme within. “While everybody's looking left, what the hell is happening right? Tough subject matter is easier to digest when coated in honey rather than vinegar and the message in this song is so important, I couldn’t risk it being a throw away aggro punk tune that was immediately overlooked,” explains Pinch. “The future is here, and until you awaken your mind, I’ll wait for you.”

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Mermaid Museum Coming to Hollywood

Open to the public from March 22 to the 25; come celebrate with a free ticketed event in honor of the mythological, mysterious, and beloved creatures with over five activations and take part in the upcoming International Mermaid Day, which coincides with the series premiere of Freeform's "Sirens" on March 29.  Featuring a live mermaid, a speakeasy-inspired fishing store, numerous photo structures and a 360° underwater immersive experience; the museum will celebrate and bring mermaid culture to life.

“At Freeform, our goal is to defy expectations and bust stereotypes of theme for our programming,” said Tricia Melton, senior vice president, Marketing, Creative & Branding at Freeform. “Mermaids have long been portrayed as timid objects of desire, but our new series ‘Siren’ flips the narrative quite literally on its tail, and we can’t wait for consumers to immerse themselves into the experience at The Mermaid Museum.”

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Ōkami HD on Nintendo Switch This Summer

Ōkami HD, one of the most visually breathtaking action video games ever made, is coming to Nintendo Switch with high definition graphics updated for modern HD televisions. Originally released in 2006, Ōkami brought the Japanese Sumi-e ink style art to video games, marrying art with action and an epic tale, making it one of the most unique and beautiful video games ever.  Ōkami HD will be available as a digital download for Nintendo Switch this summer.

Seoul Electronic Pop Sensation CIFIKA Releases "PRISM" + SXSW & Show Dates

Following yesterday's 24 hour exclusive premiere with Popcrush, today
Seoul’s underground electronic pop sensation CIFIKA releases her widely anticipated sophomore EP "PRISM" which is now streaming globally. Listen HERE

With PRISM, CIFIKA is making history and broke tremendous news via Billboard when she announced the largest ever North American tour for a Korean artist to date with stops in 20+ cities from coast to coast including SXSW, Chicago, NY, LA, Nashville, and Boston.

Spin Master Announces Acquisition of GUND

Toy Fair 2018 Gund Pusheen Plush
Spin Master Corp. (TSX:TOY; www.spinmaster.com), a leading global children's entertainment company, is pleased to announce the purchase of GUND, the oldest soft toy brand in the United States, from Enesco LLC, a portfolio company of Balmoral Funds, a private equity firm.

Established in 1898, GUND is one of the leading plush toy manufacturers in the world, recognized by the American Brand Council as one of the most trusted toy brands in the U.S. Universally known and loved for its iconic "Gotta Getta GUND" campaign, the brand connects effortlessly with multiple generations of people who have shared special moments of their lives with this affordable luxury.

Factory Entertainment Announces Limited Edition Jurassic Park Gates Sculpture

Factory Entertainment Jurassic Park Gates Environment Sculpture
Factory Entertainment, Inc., the Concord, California-based producer of licensed toys and collectibles is thrilled to officially announce that their long awaited Jurassic Park Gates Sculpture is now available for pre-order, just in time for the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park!

Like eccentric entrepreneur and founder of the dinosaur sanctuary, John Hammond, the company spared no expense in producing this highly detailed 11 inch tall heavyweight polystone/mixed media limited edition collectible. Featuring the park vehicle and illuminated flickering torches*, this stunning fan-favorite tribute will make the perfect addition to your collection, whether a couple of years or 65 million in the making!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Transformers Original Television Series Score on Collector’s Edition Vinyl March 9

Transformers Original Television Score on Vinyl
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), Enjoy The Ride Records and Sony Music/Legacy Recordings announced today the release of Hasbro Studios Presents '80s TV Classics: Music from The Transformers on vinyl in three different color variants, available at select retailers Friday, March 9.  This is the first official release of the score in any format and includes the iconic opening theme song and more than 45 minutes of unreleased music by composers Robert J. Walsh, Johnny Douglas, Anne Bryant and Ford Kinder.  The album features music from seasons 1-3 of “The Transformers” animated series which debuted in 1984.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

8 Days Til Jessica Jones!!

The comic Alias both confused and floored readers. At the time, there had not been a lot of Marvel books that showed a more "real" side of being a hero in a world with villains that might do more than tie you to the train tracks, as it were. Also, there was a show called Alias on TV and that drove people away....maybe just a bit. Suffice to say, the book about a one time Avenger, ptsd coping rape survivor turned private detective struck a chord before the first #MeToo was uttered from anyone's lips. While the Netflix show bearing Jessica Jones' name may be light on the "super" heroics, it is deftly crafted and superbly acted...and I can't wait for another round.

Go behind the scenes of Marvel’s Jessica Jones with stars Krysten Ritter, Carrie-Anne Moss, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg in this action-packed preview of the long-awaited second season. There’s more to Jessica’s story, and it takes a talented group of women on- and off-camera to do it justice.