Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Toy Fair 2018: LEGO Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Preview

Universal Brand Development (Universal) and the LEGO Group announced today the launch of their largest Jurassic World partnership to date, offering an expanded line of construction sets, all-new animated content, and, for the first time ever, a lifestyle collection. In anticipation of the upcoming global theatrical release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in June, Universal is building upon the success of LEGO Jurassic World, with the debut of construction sets that span every LEGO age category, as well as two all-new, animated videos, and a collection of soft lines and publishing to reach audiences beyond the toy aisle.

Toy Fair 2018: Jazwares On Hotel Transylvania

Here's an interesting moment in toy history. When the collective spite of geeks shuns all Adam Sandler movies to the point where next to no one would license an animated movie filled with monsters!! Everyone loves cartoon monsters, right?!! Not even knowing anything about the movie, from a toy standpoint, you'd say it sounds like a slam dunk.... right? Still, the first installment came and went and not one action figure hung, bat-like, from the pegs of toy stores across the globe. Hotel Transylvania 2 surfaced, and out of blind curiosity, me and Pete hit a screening...and it wasn't bad at all! Sadly, the only cartoon monsters to be found were at Burger King. I grabbed 3. Beggars can't be choosers. Now we've got Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation on the way and an animated series on TV as we speak, so it's high time we got some proper toys, with 10000% MORE MAVIS!!! Jazwares answers the call...

Monday, January 29, 2018

Toy Fair 2018: Schleich Eldrador Creatures

Toy Fair 2018: Schleich Eldrador Creatures
BACK into UK Toy Fair coverage with Schleich, which most people will know as the producers of Smurfs figures for many, many...many years! Soooo many Smurfs. Like...millions of Smurfs. But they also make fairies and dinosaurs and in the last few years, some pretty killer Marvel and DC Comics figures! Schleich have always mixed medieval monsters into these figure lines, but most often reserved those spots for dragons of varying sizes. Now their Eldrador line shows a more elemental creature selection that will make retro monster toy fans very happy...

Living Dead Dolls: The Conjuring 2's The Nun

Mezco Living Dead Dolls The Conjuring 2 The Nun Doll
The cinematic universe of The Conjuring has earned over $1 billion dollars at the box office, and introduced theatergoers to the horrific rouge’s gallery of supernatural villains who tormented paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Nun was introduced in The Conjuring 2 and quickly became a terrifying fan favorite, earning herself a post credit sequence in Annabelle: Creation. This summer, The Nun stars in her own self-titled film exploring the unholy origin and dark secrets in her past.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Dark Horse's Game of Thrones: Jon Snow

Back into our Dark Horse Game of Thrones figure photo series with Jon Snow...because...you know...winter is HERE!! As we dip into the snowy season on the east coast, the weather is providing the most perfect backdrop for a Jon Snow photo shoot, and a recent, wind driven blizzard set the mood. Jon is a complex man, forged by his loyalties and loves, as much, if not more than his hardships.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Toy Fair 2018: The Playstation Totaku Collection

Toy Fair 2018: The Playstation Totaku Collection Video Game Figures
Sometimes, when the rest of the world packs it in and puts all their merchandise on 1 dollar clearance, you gotta say IT'S TIME TO LAUCH!!! It's our time...like the Goonies...and Goonies never say DIE!! Today, Playstation are our favorite Goonies, teaming up with Think Geek for their own line of Gamestop exclusive, interactive video game figures, much like the Skylanders that came before them. Utilizing Sony's rich catalog of iconic video game characters, the Totaku Collection looks to outlast the pack, much like the steadfast Nintendo Amiibo.

We got our first look at this video game teleporting figure line at the Think Geek booth in the upper levels of UK Toy Fair. You'll note the figure packaging states these are "First Edition" figures, perhaps as a gimmick for initial release? No telling if the shipments following will have any discernible differences until they drop.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Toy Fair 2018: JADA Metals Deadpool Taco Truck *UPDATED 1/26

Toy Fair 2018: JADA Metals Deadpool Taco Truck
UK Toy Fair has come to a close but we will be roaring along for some time, fueled by the power of  2 adventurous, eagle eyed reporters, their cameras and the hundreds of pictures they produced! We had no idea Think Geek would be set up at UK Toy Fair, but we found them hunkered down on the second level...and inside...magic. This may have been the only new Jada Toys item in the entire building..and if there was more, it was hiding like a Storm Shadow in a snowstorm.

Presenting the Deadpool Taco Truck!! I NEED DIS!!! Though Jada have been pumping out metal figures for a little while now, they are fairly new to vehicles, and to my knowledge, have not dipped into the expansive waters of the Marvel Universe...yet. This looks like the first! Let me be "that guy" and ask for Thanos in his Thanos copter. I would love you guys ...ya know...like...forever.

Toy Fair 2018: Action Man Returns

Toy Fair 2017 Art + Science Action Man 50th Anniversary Action Figures
Back into the ocean of UK Toy Fair images our reporters sent back this week! Jenny Wilson was combing the floor with the same hit list and priority notes Matthew had, yet turned in completely unique and awesome work! I love when that happens. Two people in the same place, seeing the world in a completely different way. Not only that, though, but each seemed to get completely different coverage depending on when they went and who they talked to...and THAT is the mystery of UK Toy Fair! We sent Jenny to AB Gee with the fleeting hope something super new from Mattel would peek out. What we got was the return of a hero!

Manufactured by Art + Science, distributed by A B Gee and licensed by Hasbro, Action Man turns 50 this year and returns with a retro line of collector's edition action figures aimed squarely at UK uber collectors. The initial offering kicks off with an Action Soldier, Scuba Diver, British Infantryman, Paratrooper, Ski Patrol,  Footballer and Bobby Moore (who is the ultimate action hero, after all.)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Toy Fair 2018: EXCLUSIVE Images of Wicked Cool Toys Pokemon Line!

Toy Fair 2018 Wicked Cool Toys Pokemon Toy Line
IT'S POKETIME!! UK Toy Fair may have come to a close, but we've still got stacks of images to show off, and among them, an ENTIRE SHOWROOM of Wicked Cool Toys new Pokemon toy line, complete with 3 scales of figures, Poke Balls and plush! Matthew Hawkins bolted into UK Toy Fair on the last day, in the last hours, just for this special shoot, so be sure to shower him with your thanks in the comments! Let's jump right in and get a look at a load of excellent Pokemon product coming this year!!

Toy Fair 2018: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Merchandise

Toy Fair 2018: Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomBack to the UK with Matthew Hawkins who ran the labyrinthine gauntlet of UK Toy Fair with a list of topics and booths he needed to watch for. UK Toy Fair is WAY different than its NY counterpart in that it's a bit of a treasure hunt. If you like to hunt, it can be crazy fun. If you are looking to get showered with attention and expect brand new action figures around every corner, you may be disappointed. Matthew cut his teeth last year and returns to Idle Hands with a better idea of how to work the show...and we believe he rocked it! Let's check out everything Matthew spotted from the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdon movie...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Toy Fair 2018: McFarlane's The Walking Dead Action Figure Lineup

Toy fair 2018 McFarlane Toys The Walking Dead TV Action Figures

It's the show that WOULD NOT DIE!!! ...Ya know...because it's about zombies..and loads of people willing to blow holes in each other, in turn creating more zombies. It's a vicious cycle. McFarlane continues to explore our fascination with the undead and those that occupy a world with them, adding some familiar faces to their list of survivors...

Toy Fair 2018: Stranger Things Still Afoot for McFarlane

Toy Fair 2018 McFarlane Stranger Things Action Figures
When Stranger Things took off on Netflix, the geek world sat in awe and then cried out...WHERE'S THE TOYS??!! Funko shouted back "hold my beer" and shifted into overdrive, cranking out pops, reaction figures and other assorted adorable items to feed that need. Next up came McFarlane Toys with 7 inch action figures, bringing Eleven and Chief Hopper to pegs with a signature eye for artistry that would impress most any toy enthusiast. As those meager 2 figures are selling like mad and the public eagerly awaits the follow ups in Dustin, Lucas and a monstrous 10 inch Demogorgon (all already revealed), we're  left to wonder where McFarlane will take this line next. Let's take a look...

Toy Fair 2018: McFarlane's Video Game Action Figure Lineup *UPDATED 1/30

Toy Fair 2018 McFarlane Destiny 2 Toys
In a world where geekdom has become massive business for Hollywood, taking most dorky pursuits mainstream, it should come as no surprise that something like professional gaming exists, but would it surprise you to know that there are a great many people making a living right now just playing video games while people watch AND THROW MONEY AT THEM??!! The place is called Twitch and when you do the math on what some of these guys make..you will...indeed...twitch. McFarlane knows video games are still as popular as ever and seem willing to jump on game titles even avid players have not heard of yet to stay ahead of the pack. Let's get a look at the crazy impressive lineup of McFarlane Toys' video game action figures, props and construction sets...

Toy Fair 2018: Mcfarlane on Star Trek Action Figures and Prop Replicas

Toy Fair 2018 McFarlane Star Trek Toys
As the sun begins to rise on the United Kingdom, we jump back into our Toy Fair 2018 coverage with a Scifi phenomenon filled with iconic heroes, fantastically imaginative writing and a sense of the future that has shaped our world today. In a world searching for female heroes, Star Trek always paved the way and continues to do so with their latest TV offering, Star Trek Discovery. Now McFarlane takes the reigns for Star Trek's 7 inch action figure return with characters from every show you love and more than a couple of prop replicas for the hardcore collectors! Here's what's on tap...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Toy Fair 2018: McFarlane Anime, TV and Video Game Action Figures

Toy Fair 2018 McFarlane We Happy Few Bobby Action Figure 01

Good morning!! It's 10am on the East coast, which means it's 3pm in the UK and Toy Fair is already roaring along. We are currently blazing through the show floor, hunting for toy news from your favorite TV, movies, cartoons and video games, but we are also keeping an eye out for awesome new, original toy lines and that next BIG hot product that will set your wallets aflame come the holiday shopping season. As such, we've got some preliminary pictures for you from some killer stands, with a promise of way more still to come. Let's start with our friends at Star Images who are the distributors for McFarlane Toys...

Monday, January 22, 2018

Toy Fair 2018: Playmobil Ghostbusters 2 Toy Preview

Today, we are so damn happy to have awesome friends at Playmobil who know I can say most of the lines to Ghostbusters along with the movie, and so, being such a GB dork, they sent over new Ghostbusters 2 product for us to show off for you, who are also giant GB dorks! Yay Dorks. Hi5. annnd we missed.

We've got pics and an unboxing video with a demo of Playmobil's new app that let's you catch a ghost with your little toy trap, so let's get into it!!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Disney XD Readies Final Episodes of Star Wars Rebels

Disney XD Readies Final Episodes of Star Wars Rebels

The beginning of the end starts MONDAY, FEB. 19 (9:00 p.m. EST) when the critically-acclaimed animated series "Star Wars Rebels" returns to Disney XD with new episodes as the series nears its grand finale.  The final episodes will unfold over three weeks, with two back-to-back episodes premiering every Monday night on Disney XD, until its epic 90-minute conclusion on MONDAY, MARCH 5 (8:30 p.m. EST).

IDW's 25th Anniversary Madman Limited Edition Hardcover

IDW's 25th Anniversary Madman Limited Edition Hardcover
The zippiest, poppy-est, outright ginchy-est comic in the world, Madman, is celebrating its twenty-fifth birthday and IDW Limited is helping ring in the celebration with a special new hardcover limited edition collection hand-curated by series creator and multiple Eisner-winner, Michael Allred!

Madman: Quarter Century Shindig is an oversize hardcover collection and the newest release in IDW Limited’s Artist Select series. Previous Artist Select editions have featured Marvel characters including The Hulk and The Avengers, and now, Allred’s Frank Einsten is joining the party.

Sundance 2018: Nicolas Pesce's PIERCING

Reed (Christopher Abbott) is going on a business trip. He kisses his wife and infant son goodbye, but in lieu of a suitcase filled with clothes, he's packed a toothbrush and a murder kit. Everything is meticulously planned: check into a hotel and kill an unsuspecting victim. Only then will he rid himself of his devious impulses and continue to be a good husband and father. But Reed gets more than he bargained for with Jackie (Mia Wasikowska), an alluring call girl who arrives at his room. First, they relax and get in the mood, but when there’s an unexpected disruption, the balance of control begins to sway back and forth between the two. Is he seeing things? Who's playing whom? Before the night is over, a feverish nightmare will unfold, and Reed and Jackie will seal their bond in blood.

Hot Toys Justice League Movie 6th scale Superman Collectible Figure

Hot Toys - MMS 465 - Justice League - 1/6th scale Superman Collectible Figure
“The world needs Superman… the team needs Clark.” – Bruce Wayne

Justice League was released in last fall and went on to break numerous box-office records around the world! As a direct continuation to the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Son of Krypton, Superman returned from dead and battled against the formidable super villain intruder Steppenwolf and his hordes of Parademons to prevent an invasion of the Earth.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama: The X-Men's Savage Land Rogue

Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama: The X-Men's Savage Land Rogue
Diamond Select is always good for creating figures and statues from characters that are "in the spotlight" at the time of release. Luke Cage...Deadpool...Spider-Gwen... Even if they don't make the character exactly in the style we are seeing in the new media thrust upon us, you can be sure it will be the truest comic version Diamond's artists can muster. ...And also, every now and then, they just bust out a piece that reminds you how ridiculously fun comics can be. Here's their new Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama of Rogue in her skimpy, silly ass Savage Land swimsuit because why the hell not.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Squarriors’ “Team Ash” to Publish New Webcomic Series: Cigarettes & Carrot Juice

Team Ash Webcomic Series Cigarettes & Carrot Juice
From the creators of the hit comic book series, Squarriors, comes a brand new webcomic: Cigarettes and Carrot Juice!  Illustrator Ashley M. Witter (Squarriors, Doctor Aphra, Scorch, Interview with a Vampire) and writer Ash Maczko (Squarriors, Squarriors: The Card Game) deliver an intense webcomic lovingly described as “The Lost Boys meets The Warriors meets Riverdale.”

Legion Season 1 Arrives on Blu-ray & DVD March 27

FOX Legion Season One Blu-ray
For those of you who scream that all the super hero fare in theaters and on TV plays the same, LOOK NO FURTHER!! Legion is based on the X-Men story line where, basically, the hidden, mentally damaged son of Charles Xavier has to be reigned in, lest he literally tear reality apart. Insane AND mega-powered?? Awesome fruit for further story lines. I'm often very hard on what FOX does with my beloved X-Men, but in this case, they took something the comics I read as a child barely touched on and jumped into it like a cannon ball, utilizing an indie art house aesthetic, music and a number of imaginative story telling devices to roll out a killer narrative. I'll save further gushing for the review, but strongly consider popping for this series!! Here's the announcement...

Monday, January 15, 2018

Nickelodeon and WWE's John Cena Prep Three Projects for 2018

WWE John Cena on Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon announced today that WWE Superstar John Cena is returning to host the 2018 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for the second time, while also breaking new ground at the network with two firsts: Cena will get into character by lending his voice to an original villain named Baron Draxum in the brand-new 2D animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, premiering late 2018; and is executive producing the brand-new competition series, Keep It Spotless, where teams of kids go head-to-head in a battle to stay clean.

IFC’s Stan Against Evil Renewed for Season 3

IFC announces horror-comedy series Stan Against Evil has been picked up for a third season slated to air in Fall 2018. Created by Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation) and starring John C. McGinley (Scrubs) and Janet Varney (You’re the Worst), Stan Against Evil has grown its dedicated fan base since originally debuting in 2016, with The New York Times calling it a “gruesome, deadpan delight.” Season 2 concluded in November 2017 with Stan Miller (McGinley) and Sheriff Evie Barret (Varney) accidentally opening a portal into the past, allowing the 17th century demons to create new mayhem in their quaint town of Willard’s Mill.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Skelton Crew Studio Serves Up Itty Bitty Hellboy

Skelton Crew Studio Itty Bitty Hellboy Mini-Bust by Baltazar and Franco
Skelton Crew Studio, a comic book replica studio based in the wilds of Maine, has teamed up with Art Baltazar to cook up a new limited edition itty bitty Hellboy mini-bust. Baltazar and Franco are behind the Eisner-winning “itty bitty Hellboy” comic, based on Mike Mignola’s iconic Hellboy, only cuter. This officially licensed collectible measures 3.75-inches tall and features itty bitty Hellboy standing, with his trademark smirk, giving a thumbs up, on a big stack of buttery, syrupy pancakes. It’s beautifully sculpted by Arlen Pelletier.

Skelton Crew Studio has been collaborating with Mike Mignola since 2012 when it launched the B.P.R.D. Artifact Archive Collection, but this is its first collaboration with “Aw Yeah! Comics”’ Art Baltazar. “It really captures Art’s style and the feel of ‘itty bitty’ — I couldn’t be happier,” said studio head Israel Skelton. “You can tell everyone in every step of the process really cared and really knocked it out of the park.”

Jackson the Cat Reviews Playmobil Dragons

Over my 20 something years of writing for websites and trying my best to recruit top talent to report and take pictures for us, it's always been a challenge keeping people on board. It seems like everyone wants to come to the party, but no one wants to help set up before, and everyone peaces out before it's time to clean up...but everyone wants a gift bag!! In dealing with this challenge, we often have to think outside the box, recruiting talent from all walks of life who at least have our geek loves in common. Last year...we hired a cat.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Toys R Us Teases a Marvel Legends Days of Future Past Boxed Set

Toys R Us Teases Future Marvel Legends Days of Future Past Boxed Set
As we crawl into 2018 with a Marvel Legends Hydra action figure 2 pack in Toys R U stores, heralding a promise from Hasbro that they've heard our cries for army builders and will deliver, there's one army that loads of collectors would like to take a stab at, with cost being a major factor. SENTINELS!! Die-hard collectors will note the Sentinel Build A Figure from Toy Biz is the benchmark for this X-Men robot nemesis. Hasbro have tackled Sentinels in the Marvel Universe series, utilizing a more classic style and, sadly, a Galactus body, complete with abs and a belly button. ROBOTS DON'T GOT NO MOMMAS!! Now, a friendly vid from Toys R Us teases another round of Sentinel madness on the toy shelves...

VIZ & Fathom Taking Mazinger Z: Infinity Feature Film to Theaters

VIZ Mazinger Z: Infinity Feature Film

Toei Animation Inc. and VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, have jointly announced the acquisition of the MAZINGER Z: INFINITY feature film.

MAZINGER Z is one of Japan’s most revered sci-fi properties. The new film, which was produced by Toei Animation, takes place ten years after the conclusion of the famed Mazinger Z TV series. VIZ Media has secured the theatrical, broadcast, digital streaming, EST, and home video rights for the U.S. and Canada from Toei Animation.

Friday, January 12, 2018

HBO Film's FAHRENHEIT 451 Coming This Spring

Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”) and Michael Shannon (“The Shape of Water,” HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”; Oscar® nominee for “Nocturnal Anmals” and Revolutionary Road”) star in HBO Films’ FAHRENHEIT 451. Directed by Ramin Bahrani (“99 Homes”) and written by Bahrani & Amir Naderi (“Vegas: Based on a True Story”), the film is based on Ray Bradbury's classic novel of the same name, depicting a future where the media is an opiate, history is rewritten and "firemen" burn books. The film debuts this spring, exclusively on HBO.

Conan Returns to Marvel

Marvel Comics Conan the Barbarian
Marvel Entertainment and Conan Properties International are excited to announce the iconic CONAN franchise will return to Marvel next year.

With over 650 issues from 1970 to 2000, Marvel brought fans the adventures of Conan The Barbarian, Conan the Adventurer, Conan the Savage and Savage Sword of Conan among other popular titles.

“From Barry Windsor-Smith to John Buscema to Neal Adams, a legendary line-up of amazing artists brought Conan to life in the pages of Marvel comics,” said C.B. Cebulski, editor-in-chief of Marvel. “It's a legacy we're now going to live up to with the talent we have lined up for the Cimmerian barbarian's homecoming in early 2019. We’re excited!”

New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition in Stores Jan 26

Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition
On Jan. 26, an adorable New Nintendo 2DS XL system featuring Pikachu’s iconic face launches in stores at a suggested retail price of $159.99. The New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition system is just as electric as the Pokémon itself, with an eye-catching yellow design featuring a stylized close-up of Pikachu’s face. This special edition system is a must-have for Pokémon fans! As with all Nintendo 2DS systems, the New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition system plays Nintendo 3DS games in 2D.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Flight of the Conchords Special Debuts this May

Musical comedians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement will return to HBO this May with an hour-long Flight of the Conchords comedy special, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming. To tape before a live sold-out audience during their United Kingdom tour, the exclusive presentation will feature the duo performing their classics and new original songs from their “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour.”

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Marvel Studio's Thor: Ragnarok Strikes February 20th

Marvel Studio's Thor: Ragnarok on Blu-ray
Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” the God of Thunder’s third installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, electrified both audiences and critics alike reaching over $845M at the global box office. Now the colorful cosmic adventure, loaded with action, humor, drama and spectacle, bursts into homes Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™, and Movies Anywhere, on Feb. 20 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on March. 6.

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – and grapple with his silver-tongued adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the eccentric Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

Amazon's The Tick Season One: Part 2 Trailer with 100% more SPOON!

Amazon's The Tick Season One: Part 2
For die hard fans of Ben Edlund's The Tick comic book series and cartoon show, the announcement of a new Tick TV series was met with both confusion and celebration. Someone else loves The Tick enough to bring him back to TV?? HOLY DAMN!! We had no idea what to expect and were happily greeted with the dark comedy with a heart we knew Ben must be incredibly proud of. Now, the second half of Season One is quickly approaching and we've all got our antennae on, waiting.. patiently...

The Tick returns February 23rd with more action-packed episodes! Evil is on the march, and The City is right in its way. Something terrible is going to happen, and Destiny needs her champions now more than ever. The Tick and Arthur round up the gang in a crash collision course between justice and villainy.

Call of Duty: WWII Nazi Zombies - The Darkest Shore Trailer

Call of Duty: WWII Nazi Zombies - The Darkest Shore Trailer
The Resistance DLC for Call of Duty: WWII brings three new multiplayer maps to Call of Duty: WWII, along with a new War Mode mission - Operation Intercept, and the next chapter in the Nazi Zombies saga – The Darkest Shore. Available first on the PlayStation 4 beginning on January 30, check out what The Resistance has to offer.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Toy Fair 2018: Lanard Shows Off RAMPAGE Action Figures **UPDATED 1/13

Toy Fair 2018 Lanard Rampage Movie Toys
About a month ago we were mulling over Toy Fair plans and someone from my crew asked if Lanard was going to have a booth now that they've dipped their plastic toes into the warm waters of licensed action figures. Of course, I had no idea, and while we did have new contacts at the company from our Kong coverage, what they did month to month was, sadly, still a mystery. Not having anything to add to the conversation, I offered the shot in the dark disguised as fact "Maybe they'll get in touch when they are ready to show off their Rampage toys!" The call went silent. "They are making Rampage toys? WHY AREN'T WE WRITING ABOUT THIS RIGHT NOW??!!" I explained I was kidding, but really, it was the obvious next step for the company. That said, I thought I'd throw the idea out there and see if anyone knew anything. I got a lot of people who wouldn't talk about anything and then one smirking "Paul...NO COMMENT." ...Which made me happy dance. Unfortunately, between then and now, Lanard was unreachable for confirmation and juicy monster pics, but they clawed their way onto the internets anyway, and today, we can show them off!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hot Toys Iron Man 2 Mark IV with Suit-up Gantry Collectible Set

Hot Toys Iron Man 2 Mark IV with Suit-up Gantry Collectible SetIf you've been to Idle Hands more than a few times, you know we crave PLAYSETS!! Give us environments to shoot toys in! Give us diorama pieces we can use to build a city street, on which we can WAGE WAR!! Hot Toys knows you want your display setups to be as immersive as possible, and with that dynamic design in mind, they've created Iron Man's Suit-up Gantry!

Making a grand and spectacular entrance in the opening of Marvel Studios’ blockbuster Iron Man 2, Tony Stark’s Iron Man Mark IV suit has become a fan-favorite armor throughout the years! As we enter the year of 2018, Hot Toys is elated to add this beloved armor to our MMS Diecast Series and proud to present the new 1/6th scale Mark IV with Suit-Up Gantry collectible set!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Stan and Me

On the occasion of Stan Lee's 95th birthday, I thought it was time I tell the story of my history with the man who watched me grow up amid an ocean of geeks and only very vaguely knew it (because I told him).

Our story begins sometime in the 80's with a little Paul and his father (larger Paul) attending a comic convention in Manhattan, perhaps at the Roosevelt Hotel? I seem to remember attending a lot of mini comic cons there. Stan Lee and Jim Shooter were doing a signing (most likely for free!!) and lil Paul proudly approached the table with an X-Men Files book...not at all published by Marvel Comics. Stan looked at the book, apparently his first time seeing it, flipped through it a bit, showed it to Jim, and then, with an extra big, super amused grin said "Are you SURE you want me to sign this??" I said Yes, Please and he replied OK THEN! I've got that dumb book somewhere and, to this day, don't have anything Stan Lee actually wrote, signed by Stan Lee.