Thursday, May 31, 2018

Ride Brute Force Studios' Fallout Vespa Into the Apocalypse

Brute Force Studios' Fallout Vespa

Our quest to battle boredom in the great state of New Jersey is never-ending, so we are always on the hunt for conventions with a flair for originality. Luckily, the COGS Steampunk Expo provided just such an oasis at the top of this month. While roaming the grounds in Somerset, NJ, we spotted Thomas Willeford of Brute Force Studios, who you might remember from the TV show Steampunk'd! Thomas had his table loaded with hand made leather works, but the most impressive item on hand was his custom Fallout Vespa!! Get ready to drool...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

DC Collectibles & Clutter Studios Team for Batman: Double-Cast Smoke & Bone Art Figure

DC Collectibles & Clutter Studios Batman Double-Cast Smoke & Bone Art Figure
Batman is meant to be nightmare fuel for the criminals he chases down, but Art Toy experts Clutter Studios conceived something waaaaay darker than any comic book artist may have ever dreamed of.

One of DC’s most iconic Super Heroes of all time is finally double cast in glass-like resin with a glow-in-the-dark inner demon! Standing an impressive 8” tall, this beautifully evil Dark Knight glows in a smoke and bone colorway.

Sculpted and modeled by American Gross (@american_gross), based on a Batman drawing by DC Executive Creative Director (and one of my favorite people on the planet) Jim Fletcher, and lovingly produced in NY by Clutter Studios (@clutterstudios), this piece is releasing for the first time at Five Points Festival this coming weekend, June 2nd & 3rd!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

It's Official: Jamie Foxx is SPAWN

It seems like we've been waiting a lifetime to hear about Todd McFarlane's further adventures for his SPAWN comic book character on the big screen...or a reboot..or a reimagining...ANYTHING!! Horror heavyweights Blumhouse saw the potential there and backed efforts to get the ultimate anti-hero back onto the big screen and after that...well...we waited some more. UNTIL TODAY!! McFarlane has quite gleefully announced Jamie Foxx will take on the role of Al Simmons (aka Spawn) along with the squirmy cape, the strangle-hungry chains, the one club foot....the whole damn thing....

Medicom Comes To the US for DesignerCon 2018

medicom toy company logo
DesignerCon, the leading design and art toy show in America, and famed Japanese toy company MEDICOM TOY today officially announce their new and exciting partnership for DesignerCon 2018.  This will be the first time in MEDICOM TOY’s history, that they will participate as an exhibitor at a show in the USA on a full scale.  Apart from bringing an array of exclusive products of their own to the show, MEDICOM TOY will help to curate a pavilion of Japanese artists, to help expose them to audiences here in the West.

Monday, May 28, 2018

SDCC 2018: Factory Entertainment Wonder Woman God Killer Sword Exclusive

SDCC 2018 Factory Entertainment Wonder Woman God Killer Sword Prop Replica 01
O Dam. Here we go. San Diego Comic Con is still a ways off, but with the weather getting warmer, it is surely time to start saving your pennies and crisp hundred dollar bills (y'all) for all those amazing exclusives!! Factory Entertainment fires the first shot with a weapon perfect for home defense in the bleak world of the DC Cinematic Universe...

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Pop Culture Shock Conjures Dungeons & Dragons VENGER

Saturday mornings in the 1980’s were amazing times to be a kid. Every week the colorful adventures of your favorite heroes and villains were broadcast right into your living room, and in 1983 the classic tabletop game DUNGEONS & DRAGONS added its own animated series to that storied lineup.

The series followed the adventures of six children, thrust into a realm of fantastic monsters and magic by way of an enchanted roller coaster in their local amusement park. In this realm, they meet the kindly Dungeon Master who bestows upon each of them a magical weapon they can use in their quest to find the way back home.

Take Home Lucas the Spider!

He won your hearts in those quick lil videos burning up the internet. With four big doe eyes, the fuzziest little body and a voice that will turn your feels to mush in an instant, Lucas the Spider has had "MERCHANDISE ME!!" flashing above his head from day one. And may start throwing your money at the screen.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Hasbro Named Master Toy Licensee For Overwatch

Hasbro, Inc. today announced that they have signed a licensing agreement with Blizzard Entertainment to become the global master toy licensee for the Overwatch franchise. Hasbro will create a wide range of play experiences including NERF products, games and more, based on the growing Overwatch universe and its characters.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Uglydolls Land At Hulu

Hulu is further expanding its library of family programming, inking a deal with Robert Simonds' STX Entertainment for the Uglydolls franchise. The deal includes a 26-episode series order of Uglydolls to be developed and produced as an animated kids series for Hulu, as well as the exclusive SVOD rights to the upcoming animated feature film following its theatrical run. Hulu will be the streaming home to both the series and the film in the U.S., with STX retaining the international rights.

Sony Pictures Consumer Products Announces First Wave of Men in Black Licensees

Sony Pictures Consumer Products (SPCP) is developing another comprehensive 360-degree program for the Men in Black franchise. The new program will include the classic franchise and the studio’s new Men in Black spin-off. The new film is tentatively set to release June 14, 2019 in the U.S. and F. Gary Gray, who previously helmed The Fate of the Furious and Straight Outta Compton, is on board to direct.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hotel Artemis' Blood Soaked, Curse Fueled, Final Red Band Trailer

Hotel Artemis Movie Poster
You know what I love about the world we live in right now? Among the piles of re-makes, re-boots and re-imaginings, there is still an ocean of producers and film companies willing to take a chance on a never-ending parade of top quality scifi and horror titles oozing with originality, style and charisma. Hotel Artemis is one such title that also stacks the deck with a cast of actors you can't say no to!

Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, HOTEL ARTEMIS is an original, high-octane action-thriller starring Jodie Foster as The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only hospital for criminals. Jodie Foster is joined by an all-star cast that includes Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista.

Check out the Red Band Trailer!! I probably don't need to say this, but turn down the volume a bit if you are at work. Many, many curses incoming...

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 on DVD & Blu-ray 8/21

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 on Blu-ray 8/21
Legendary horror icon Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead Franchise) stars in the “truly insane, awe-inspiring, and gruesome” (Merrill Barr, Forbes) final season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3, arriving on Digital May 25 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) and DVD August 21 from Lionsgate. Experience the final season of the hilarious, critically acclaimed, most-watched comedy series on Starz® that follows-up the classic horror film The Evil Dead. Alongside Campbell, “Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3 also stars Lucy Lawless (TV’s “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Spartacus: War of the Damned”), Ray Santiago (Meet the Fockers), Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas), and newcomer Arielle Carver-O’Neill (TV’s “Worst Year of My Life, Again!” and “Suburbs”).

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

LEGO's Summer 2018 Harry Potter Lineup

Back into coverage from the show that proved I could still do 100 squats (whilst taking photos on the floor because we must) and only needed 3 days recovery to stop walking funny. ACCOMPLISHMENT!!! Our Summer 2018 LEGO release preview continues with Harry Potter sets that will make you cheer if you've been wanting those past sets that are a bit pricey now...or cry if you are the folks who have been sitting on those sets for future investment. This year's releases include the previously revealed Great Hall alongside a Quidditch Match, Howgarts Express and the Whomping Willow from the original series, and Grindelwald's Escape from the Fantastic Beasts movie series...

Lighthouse International Film Festival Announces 2018 Lineup

The Lighthouse International Film Festival (LIFF) has announced the complete lineup for its tenth annual event, which will take place June 7-10, 2018 on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. The Festival will open with Madeleine Olnek’s acclaimed WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY, a rousing Emily Dickenson comedy starring Molly Shannon that brought audiences to their feet at SXSW 2018.

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!