Saturday, August 18, 2018

WETA Expands Mini Epics Vinyl Figure Line with Battle Angel Alita, Planet of the Apes and District 9

WETA Mini Epics Vinyl Figures Battle Angel Alita
With an explosion of excited fans and a generous serving of subversive humour, Weta Workshop unveiled its first foray into the world of pop culture vinyls at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. The response to our merry band of Middle-earthlings – Frodo Baggins, Gollum, Gimli, Moria Orc and Uruk-hai Berserker – was immediate: WE WANT MORE MINI EPICS!

Which got us here at the Workshop thinking. What other EPIC worlds could we deliver to film fans and collectors of cool stuff across the globe?

Let’s start with the basics, we said.  We’re tackling the A-team: Apes, Aliens, and Angels! We’ve grown the MINI EPICS family to include not only more figures from The Lord of the Rings, but your favourite characters from Planet of the Apes, District 9, and Alita: Battle Angel – each figure as highly stylised as the next.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Help Teachers to Help Our Kids with TEACHER'S AIDE

Teacher's Aide Logo
For 2 to 7 hours a day, we put our children in the hands of trained professionals who would teach them all manor of subjects. From world history, which shows them how far we have come... and how far we have left to go, to math and science, with which they can unravel the very mysteries of the universe. We rely on special individuals...teachers...for safety, guidance and a strength of character we hope will be reflected back in our children's eyes. Sadly, shouldering all of these responsibilities does not pay the king's wage you might expect. Those left to mold the minds that will carve out the future of this nation often can not meet their own basic needs, and certainly can not afford to endow entire classes with supplies for special projects...or any projects at all. Creativity falls by the wayside. Imagination, stifled. This stands for both student and educational professional. Something must be done.

Star Wars Resistance Animated Series Premieres this October

Star Wars Resistance Animated Series on the Disney Channel
"Star Wars Resistance," a new animated series that takes place prior to the events of "The Force Awakens," takes flight with a one-hour premiere SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD, with subsequent airings on Disney XD.

The high-flying adventure series follows Kazuda Xiono ("Kaz"), a young pilot recruited by the Resistance for a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. Following its U.S. debut, "Star Wars Resistance" will rollout globally on Disney Channels Worldwide.

Prepare Your Children for the Fartist Club!

In a world where "poo" is trending in the toy industry, it was only a matter of time til someone explored the "other" elements that escape from the mysterious realm known as "the butt". Toys that make fart noises are not a new occurrence on the retail shelves, so I'd imagine the thought from creators is "when kids stop laughing at the sound, we'll stop making them!" Today, we visit with Eolo, a company that's completely new to me, and check out their line of gross-out, Garbage Pail Kids-esque toys that are apparently so good at what they do, they are called Fartists!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Masaaki Yuasa's "The Night is Short, Walk On Girl"

Masaaki Yuasa's The Night is Short, Walk On Girl
From the visionary mind of director Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Adventure Time‘s “Food Chain”) comes The Night is Short, Walk On Girl, a comedy about one epic night in Kyoto.

As a group of teens go out for a night on the town, a sophomore known only as “The Girl with Black Hair” experiences a series of surreal encounters with the local nightlife… all the while unaware of the romantic longings of Senpai, a fellow student who has been creating increasingly fantastic and contrived reasons to run into her, in an effort to win her heart.

Funko Gives Us a New Look at The Predator Fugitive, Assassin, Hounds and.. Rory?

Funko Pop Vinyl Figures The Predator Rory Wearing Predator Mask Funko Shop Exclusive
We are back into the Funko news with more on the Horror front, this time with more of a Scifi flavor as we take on the hunt for The Predator! Or is it hunting alongside The Predator? Since one is the Fugitive and one, The Assassin, can we assume this is a battle between aliens and we'd best not get into the middle of things?? From the looks of the trailer, the Fugitive crashes to earth and the Assassin comes to get him. Whoever wins...WE LOSE!! sorry..sorry...I didn't mean to remind you of that movie...

Funko 5 Star Horror Figures Kiddify Freddy, Jason & More

Funko 5 Star Horror Figures Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy Krueger
Funko, devourer of pop culture licences the world over, is no stranger to the darker side of our fandoms. They've fought demons with Hellboy, swatted at tentacles with any number of Anime heroes and walked the darkened streets with our favorite horror icons. Now, their new 5 Star figure line dives back into cinematic horror's greatest moments, celebrating the fiends we love to see go to work!

Ya's funny, but NECA just started selling toys at Target and one location in particular pulled all their horror figures after a mom complained her son wanted a Chucky figure. Has this ever happened with any of the Funko Pop horror figures, I wonder? Probably not! Stand your ground, Target! But I digress...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Matrix Trilogy Arrives on 4K Ultra HD 10/30

The Matrix Trilogy Arrives on 4K Ultra HD October 30th
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that The Matrix Trilogy, featuring 1999’s acclaimed sci-fi action classic The Matrix along with the sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both 2003) will be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD on October 30th, 2018. Written and directed by the Wachowskis (The Matrix Trilogy, Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending, Sense8) and starring Keanu Reeves as Neo, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity, The Matrix Trilogy is widely considered to be one of the most influential film franchises in recent history. The Matrix was released on 4K UHD in May 2018.

Written and directed by the Wachowskis and produced by Joel Silver, The Matrix won four Academy AwardsĂ’* and revolutionized the sci-fi action film genre.  The 2003 sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, were also written and directed by the Wachowskis and produced by Silver.  The films were distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and produced by Village Roadshow Pictures and Silver Pictures.

Moose Toys Jumps on the Fortnite Toy Train

Moose Toys on Fortnite Battle Royale Collection 3 inch figures and playsets
Moose Toys announces a new partnership with Epic Games to create a wide range of Fortnite mini collectibles, in a deal brokered by IMG.

Moose Toys will be the global partner for Fortnite branded figures 3 inches and under, starting with a new line to be unveiled this fall. The Fortnite Battle Royale Collection will give fans the opportunity to collect a huge roster of characters and miniature scale fort building sets.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Imaginext Wages Tiny Undersea Wars with Aquaman

Mattel Fisher Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Aquaman Playset

We are still 4 months out from the premiere of Warner Bros next big screen DC Comics mega throwdown, Aquaman! But as we creep closer, you know there is one thing you can count on seeing. TOYS!! Mattel are still the keepers of DC's Multiverse in plastic form, and as witnessed at San Diego Comic-Con, they've got BIG plans for their Aquaman action figure lines, but today, we get to show you some bits from Imaginext, which reflect the more kid-friendly side of the undersea war to come.

Friday, August 10, 2018


Paramount Players announced today that the motion picture adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Peabody Award-winning children’s animated series, Dora the Explorer, began principal photography on location in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on Monday, August 6, 2018. The production, being directed by 11-time Emmy and four-time BAFTA nominee James Bobin (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, “Flight of the Conchords”) marks the lovable Latina character’s big screen debut (and first live-action adaptation on any platform) after fourteen seasons (2000-2014) and 172 episodes on Viacom’s enduring children’s cable network. The film is a Paramount Players and Nickelodeon production in association with Walden Media. The film is being supported by the Queensland Government via Screenland Queensland. Paramount will release the film on August 2, 2019.

Transformers Arcee and Hot Rod Get Drunk and Sing

Cybertronic Spree Get Drunk and Sing Transformers Theme Song
There are many ways to celebrate our beloved, geeky past. If you are like me, you hunt for toys which trigger a happy place in the brain when eyes meet plastic. Some rewatch cartoons regularly. Some decorate their entire house in "Disney's Gummy Bears" decor and collectibles and no one is the wiser...until the day they die and people come in and neighbors say "he was such a quiet man...who knew?" Fans of Transformers can celebrate year round so long as Hasbro keeps revisiting those classic robot designs (and, as of late, crank out reproductions of the G1 toys) and metal rockers The Cybertronic Spree keep making the world a more awesome place with their energon-fueled performances. You see, the Cybertronic Spree is what happens when your favorite giant robots stop waging war on each other, and start rocking out together. Today, we get to see what happens when you add alcohol to that equation...

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Funko 5 Star Nightmare Before Christmas Figure Line

Funko 5 Star Nightmare Before Christmas Figures Jack Skellington with Zero 001

The beloved and classic tale of the purveyor of Halloween who attempts to hijack Christmas with disastrous results continues at home with poseable figures. The Pumpkin King himself, the rational rag doll Sally, the terrifying Oogie Boogie and his henchmen Lock, Shock and Barrel are all available as poseable figures complete with the necessary accessories to properly reenact the movie at home. Each figure stands 3 ¾ inches tall, perfect for any Nightmare Before Christmas fan!

Red Dead Redemption 2: Official Gameplay Video

Rockstar Games Red Dead Redemption 2 Gameplay Trailer Stills blasting their way out of town
America, 1899. The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb are killed.

After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.

LOVE, GILDA in Theaters September 21, 2018

Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films Documentary LOVE, GILDA in theaters September 21, 2018
LOVE, GILDA opens a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of beloved performer Gilda Radner, whose greatest role was sharing her story. Working with the Radner estate, D’Apolito unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting her childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and ultimately, her struggles with cancer. These never-before-seen-or-heard footage and journal entries form the narrative spine of the documentary, allowing Gilda to tell her own story – through laughter and sometimes tears.

With Appearances By Andrew Alexander, Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Bill Hader, Janis Hirsch, Judy Levy, Melissa McCarthy, Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman, Marcus O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Michael Radner, Maya Rudolph, Stephen Schwartz, Paul Shaffer, Martin Short, Rosie Shuster, Cecily Strong, Jordan Walker-Perlman, Pam Zakheim, Alan Zweibel

Mondo's Fight Club: The Home Game

Mondo's Fight Club The Home Game Deck Building Card Game

Become “complete” or “hit bottom” in Fight Club: The Home Game, a 2-player competitive deck-building card game. You will choose to embody one side of a split personality competing for control of a single mind.

Take on the role of either The Narrator or Tyler Durden as you play a game of tug of war with dual-use cards available in a shared draw row. The Narrator side feeds the need to collect, gather, and nest, while the Tyler side enables destruction, mayhem, and ultimately letting go by hitting bottom on a shared tracker both players struggle to dominate.

Target's Disney Princess Comic Collection

Disney Princess Comics Collection Target Exclusive Products The Little Mermaid Ariel and Friends Figures
Tales as old as time get a modern twist with the new Disney Princess Comics line at Target. Disney announced today the launch of the Disney Princess Comics line featuring hardcover graphic novels from Joe Books, figures from Hasbro and apparel from Hybrid Promotions, all available exclusively at Target and The collection is based on the art style from the popular Disney Princess Comics from Joe Books.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

IDW Magic: The Gathering Comic Book Series Launches This Fall

IDW Magic The Gathering Comic Book Series
Wizards of the Coast and IDW Publishing revealed today details for an all-new Magic: The Gathering comic to be published beginning this November. Magic: The Gathering: Chandra is written by Vita Ayala (Supergirl, The Wilds) with interior art by Harvey Tolibao (X-Men, Green Arrow) and features all-new adventures of fan-favorite pyromancer Planeswalker Chandra Nalaar. This is the first Magic: The Gathering comic in four years and will introduce an all-new approach to storytelling as the franchise marks its 25th year.

"Think of a character that you love. From any story, from any property. There is an excellent chance that you were introduced to that character by some kind of page, or some sort of screen," said Jeremy Jarvis, Magic: The Gathering Franchise Director. "We are thrilled to have Vita and Harvey introduce you to Chandra, to her story, her quirks, and her incredible powers. Set in the near future of the Multiverse, these never-before-told stories will breathe life into Chandra, her cohorts, and her enemies in new and visually striking ways. Knowledge of cards is optional, love of characters required."

McFarlane Offers a Stranger Things Dart Creature for Every Home

McFarlane Toys Stranger Things Squeezable Dart
Stranger Things season 2 provided us with many memorable moments, but one section in particular played on our love of monsters and fondness for a certain film about creatures that don't like bright light and multiply when they get wet. Who doesn't love a story about a boy and his (potentially) man eating monster? When McFarlane looked for opportunities to create collectibles from this extremely nostalgic universe, they didn't have to look much further than DART!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Fathom Events Bringing Transformers The Animated Movie Back to Theaters

Fathom Events Transformers the Animated Movie in theaters September 27th
Fans of the TRANSFORMERS will get a rare opportunity to see the world-renowned 1986 TRANSFORMERS animated feature film when THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE returns to U.S. movie theaters for a special one-night event, on Thursday, September 27, in a special presentation from Fathom Events, Hasbro Studios, and Shout! Factory.

THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE has been meticulously remastered, restored from the original film elements, and transferred in HD.  This special one-night event will catapult audiences into the super-charged, action-packed TRANSFORMERS universe, and enables lifelong fans to relive the excitement and awe of this 1986 animated feature. Fans will also glimpse at a sneak peek behind the making of the BUMBLEBEE movie, and a brand-new interview with singer-songwriter Stan Bush including recent performances of the theme songs “The Touch” and “Dare.” Fathom attendees will also receive a poster of THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE (quantities limited, while supplies last).

The First Purge on Digital September 18th & Blu-ray October 2nd

The First Purge on Blu-ray
The origin story to the worldwide phenomenon that redefined horror, THE FIRST PURGE, the fourth chapter in the thrilling franchise, arrives on Digital and the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on September 18, 2018 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on October 2, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. When the New Founding Fathers of America look to push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, a radical sociological theory that vents aggression is tested among an isolated community. But once the violence of oppressors clashes with the rage of the marginalized, the contagion of the experiment explodes and rapidly spreads, leading to a revolution. THE FIRST PURGE takes audiences back to where the nightmare all began in this timely and relevant horror-thriller, including gripping bonus features appealing to fans of the franchise.

John Carpenter's THE FOG 4K In Theaters for Halloween

John Carpenter's THE FOG 4K In Theaters for Halloween
New York based Rialto Pictures will release John Carpenter’s landmark horror movie THE FOG on October 26, in its first-ever major restoration. The horror classic, in a full 4K restoration from Studiocanal, opens October 26 for limited runs at the Metrograph, in New York, Landmark’s Nuart in Los Angeles, and The Music Box Theatre in Chicago.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Jazwares and Epic Games Partner on Fortnite Toys

Jazwares on Fortnite Toys
Jazwares today announced a new partnership with Epic Games to create a wide range of Fortnite toys, in a deal brokered by IMG.

Jazwares' new Fortnite branded collection will feature true to game figures, Domez, loot boxes, playsets, environments, game-replica weapons and tools, plush, vehicles, and so much more!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

UDON to Release Hardcover Editions of Mega Man and Mega Man X Art Books

The iconic Mega Man video game franchise continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary throughout 2018 with the recently released Mega Man X: Legacy Collection, a new animated series - Mega Man: Fully Charged - premiering in August, and all-new game - Mega Man 11 - hitting consoles in October. UDON is likewise giving the blue bomber some special birthday treatment with prestigious new hardcover editions of two previously sold-out Mega Man art books.

MEGA MAN: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS Hardcover Edition is the ultimate collection of classic Mega Man game covers, character art, enemy & boss designs, rough concepts, tribute pieces, and much more. The book covers all 10 games in the classic Mega Man series, plus spin-offs, remakes, re-releases, and crossovers, all supported by a heaping amount of exclusive creator commentary. Likewise, the MEGA MAN X: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS Hardcover Edition gives the same treatment to Mega Man’s even more futuristic successor, and covers all 8 core games and spinoffs from the Mega Man X series.

Friday, August 3, 2018

NEW Yummy World Attack of the Donuts Keychains by Kidrobot

NEW Yummy World Attack of the Donuts Keychains by Kidrobot
Donuts, Donuts, and more Donuts! When it comes to sweet decadence, you can never get enough. Donuts are the perfect super food for any occasion; and now you can enjoy them as keychain series with the new Yummy World Attack of the Donuts Keychain Series. Take these individual Yummy World doughnut friends with you everywhere and add a little color and funky sweetness to your life with 16 different delectable and collectible donut characters. Each donut keychain comes foil bagged and sealed in a blind box to preserve the rarity and collectibility of each piece.  Even we don't know whats in each blind box adding to the surprise and delight of each unboxing.  This donut keychain series come in a wide array of collectible colors and patterns, guaranteed to level-up your accessory game when you collect them all. Ready or not, here comes Attack of the Donuts!!!

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich

In PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH, Edgar (Thomas Lennon), recently divorced, returns to his childhood home to where he finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother’s room. He decides to sell the doll for some quick cash at a small-town convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time

The film made its World Premiere earlier this year at the Overlook Film Festival and will be released in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD on August 17th.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Nickelodeon Launching Virtual & Augmented Reality TV Series

Nickelodeon Launching Virtual & Augmented Reality TV Series
Nickelodeon today announced the development of Meet the Voxels (working title), an original TV, virtual reality and augmented reality series conceived by Chris Young, Senior Vice President of Nickelodeon’s Entertainment Lab. The animated sitcom, created in a game engine, marks a first for Nickelodeon in its use of cutting-edge virtual cinema technology, including real-time full body and facial performance capture, bringing an innovative approach to immersive storytelling. Nickelodeon’s Entertainment Lab is the network’s division established to spearhead long-range research and development around emerging platforms and new technology. Meet the Voxels is being developed to air across Nickelodeon’s channels globally.

Avengers: Infinity War on 4K & Blu-ray Aug 14th

Box office history was made when Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” shattered all opening records, surpassed the $2 billion mark at the global box office in just 48 days, and remains the fourth highest-grossing film of all time. Now, the cinematic event ten-years in the making comes home Digitally on July 31 and Blu-ray on Aug. 14 with over two hours of bonus.

“Marvels’ Avengers: Infinity War” is a must-own addition to every in-home film collection and is packaged several ways so that fans get the most out of their viewing experience. Consumers who experience the ultimate showdown Digitally will join a 30-minute roundtable with Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, James Gunn, Ryan Coogler, Peyton Reed and Taika Waititi who reflect on how their movies contribute to the MCU’s larger storytelling adventure.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Supersuckers Celebrate 30 Years with "Suck It" Coming September 21st

Supersuckers celebrate 30 years with "Suck It" coming September 21st
"We've finally become the band that we've always threatened to be," says singer-bassist Eddie Spaghetti, calling, as ever, from the road. With the Supersucker odometer clicking on three decades this very year, the self-proclaimed Greatest Rock n' Roll Band in the World is marking the occasion with a loud, resounding Suck It. Off the blocks, this 12th studio album from the band showcases a ruthless, get-it-done trio that sounds rebuilt from Motorhead parts, with a singer-bassist transmuting Lemmy's mojo to rasp "You said to grab it / Just hook or stab it / And now I gotta have it - All of the time."