Monday, January 31, 2011

Tonner Doll Company Gets a Jump on Toy Fair 2011

With 2 weeks til NY Toy Fair 2011, news is sliding in from all points as companies hope to harness the power of the GEEK BUZZ to make them stars of the show. So far, its working! Now the Tonner Doll Company throws their tiny doll hat into the ring with some advance images and info for their 2011 toy lines. Here's the skinny...

Cami&Jon™ Collection : This collection will be MADE TO ORDER and there will only be one production run. We have a limited number available for our Tonner Direct and Tonner Company Store customers so RESERVE YOURS. Call Tonner Direct at 1-800-794-2107 or the Tonner Company Store at 845-339-2960 to RESERVE YOURS NOW! Make sure you don’t miss out! This line includes...

- Cami wigged basic featuring inset eyes wearing a jersey two-piece lounging set. Strappy faux-leather shoes and additional blonde wig also included. (She'll come wearing the cropped wig.) Cami Head Sculpt and 16" Antoinette™ Body; Blue Inset Eyes and Cameo Skin tone
- Cami basic redhead wears a jersey two-piece lounging set. Cami Head Sculpt and 16" Antoinette™ Body; Hazel Eyes and Cameo Skin tone, rooted hair
- Jonquil basic brunette wears a jersey two-piece lounging set. Jonquil Head Sculpt and 16" Antoinette™ Body; Brown Eyes and Honey Skin tone, rooted hair
- Cami basic brunette wears a jersey two-piece lounging set. Cami Head Sculpt and 16" Antoinette™ Body; Hazel Eyes and Cameo Skin tone
- Outfits include Play on Words and City Nights
- Wigs include West Side Red Wig, West Side Brunette Wig and SoHo Wig
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Clash of the Titans: IO - Cursed and ageless, IO aides PERSEUS in his quest to defeat MEDUSA. This mysterious protagonist comes dressed in an
asymmetrical dress and faux-leather corset, under a distressed cape with faux-fur trim. Faux-leather bracer, pantyhose, and intricate faux-leather sandals also included. Gemma Arterton/IO Head Sculpt and 16" Convertible Foot Body; Brown Eyes w/ Blended Brunette Hair and Cameo Skin tone
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The DeeAnna Denton™ Collection: DeeAnna is app. 17" tall with a curvaceously athletic body, crafted in fine vinyl/hard plastic with rooted saran hair, hand-detailed painted eyes, and she has an extensive, stylish wardrobe. Note: DeeAnna's 17" body is comparable to the Lara Croft™ athletic body; however, DeeAnna has high-heel feet; also her face features a new sculpt.
Bye-Bye Baby - The alluring chewing gum heiress struts her stuff in a scintillating velvet dress with soft chiffon shirring, smartly accessorized with pointed-toe pumps, rhinestone earrings, necklace, and bracelet. DeeAnna Denton™ Head Sculpt and 17" High-Heeled Female Athletic Body; Brown Eyes w/ Blonde Hair and Bloom Skin tone.
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Disney Princess: Rapunzel - Get tangled in magic! From Disney's whimsical film Tangled comes RAPUNZEL, dressed in a custom-printed satin blouse with lace trim and lace-up detail, paired with a matching custom-printed satin skirt. Matching ballet slippers also included. Rapunzel Head Sculpt and 16" Flat-Foot Ellowyne Wilde™ Body (thank you Wilde Imagination® for sharing); Green Eyes w/ Blonde Wigged Hair and Bloom Skin tone.
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Gone With The Wind:
Strength from Tara - As she strolls across the greens of TARA, SCARLETT™ wears a voluminous organza gown and a striking green vest. Petticoat, panties, socks, and molded shoes also included. Tonner 8" head and body; Green Inset Eyes w/ Brunette Wigged Hair. Stand not included.
Mrs. Charles Hamilton - SCARLETT™ tries to stifle her elation at having brought in a royal sum of money from CAPTAIN BUTLER for a dance at the
bazaar. The recent widow glides across the floor in a voluminous black mourning gown, ample petticoat, pantyhose, faux-leather pumps, short gloves, and veiled hat.
Vivien Leigh/Scarlett O'Hara™ Head Sculpt and 16" Tyler BW Body; Green Eyes w/ Brunette Hair and Bloom Skin tone
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"Gowns by Anne Harper" Collection: Robert Tonner presents a touch of old Hollywood through the eyes of studio designer, Anne Harper. Such great stars of the late 1940's such as Carol Barrie, Patricia Holt and many others pine for Anne's attentions...
Red, White, and YOU! - Carol Barrie proudly displays her patriotism in Red, White, and YOU! This striking ensemble includes a fitted two-toned dress with accent pockets, under a matching jacket with contrasting wide lapels and cuffs. Gloves, beaded earrings, necklace, sailor-style hat, pantyhose, and faux-leather sling-backs with bow trim also included. Carol Barrie Head Sculpt and 16" Tyler BW Body; Blue Eyes w/ Brunette Hair and Cameo Skin tone
Diane Evans – Diane Evans is the film mogul's latest up-and-coming contract player! This rising star mingles with Hollywood's elite in a luscious cocktail dress with shimmering sequined bodice, ruffled tiers, and faux-flower trim. Gloves, rhinestone
earrings, bracelet, pantyhose, faux-leather sling-backs, and faux-flower hair ornament also included. Friday Foster™ Head Sculpt and 16" Tyler BW Body; Brown Eyes w/ Raven Hair and Honey Skin tone
James Collins – From swashbuckling pirate to southern gentlemen, James Collins breathes vitality into every leading role he performs! The dashing actor comes dressed in a masterfully tailored suit with a crisp oxford shirt and printed tie. Socks,
molded shoes, and hat also included. James Collins Head Sculpt and 17" Matt O'Neill™ Body; Brown Eyes w/ Raven Hair and Tan Skin tone
Merli Stimple – Merli Stimple has won the hearts of movie-goers worldwide! Little do they know this little starlet isn't quite as sweet as she appears on screen! Merli Stimple comes dressed in a frothy dress with rows of ruffles and dainty flower
trimmed bows, petticoat, panties, socks, and faux-leather shoes. Merli Stimple Head Sculpt and 8.5" Kripplebush Kids Body; Blue Eyes w/ Brunette Hair and Pale Skin tone. Stand not included.
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Harry Potter: 12" HERMIONE GRANGER™ - HERMIONE GRANGER™ comes in her unmistakable HOGWARTS™ uniform, and features a brand new, highly- articulated body with a specially sculpted hand to hold her wand.
Hermione Granger™ Head Sculpt and New 12" Child Body; Brown Eyes w/ Light Brunette Wigged Hair and Bloom Skin tone
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Hollywood Glamour Collection:
Devil in White – Joan Crawford™ is an elegant seductress in a sleek satin gown and luxurious faux fur trimmed capelet, adorned with a lavish rhinestone brooch. Rhinestone bracelet, pantyhose, and faux-leather shoes also included. Joan Crawford™ Head Sculpt and 16" Tyler BW Body; Blue Eyes w/ Raven Hair and Bloom Skin tone
Stardust – Bette Davis™, shining star of stage and screen, commands the attention of all around her in Stardust. The glamorous starlet comes clothed in a shimmering gown with matching braided trim, gleaming beaded bracelet, pantyhose, and T-strap
high-heeled shoes. Bette Davis™ Head Sculpt and 16" Tyler BW Body; Blue Eyes w/ Platinum Hair and Bloom Skin tone
Hearts Ablaze – Screen legend Ava Gardner™ is sure to set Hearts Ablaze in a radiant red dress of sumptuous lace and frothy tulle. Her dainty waist is cinched in with a satin belt and sparkling rhinestone buckle. Rhinestone earrings, bracelet, pantyhose, and faux-leather pumps also included. Ava Gardner™ Head Sculpt and 16" Tyler BW Body; Green Eyes w/ Brunette Hair and Bloom Skin tone
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MISS PIGGY Collection: Fashion doll creator and aficionado Robert Tonner, crosses new boundaries with his multi-jointed all strung vinyl inspired fashion diva, Miss Piggy. Our beloved piggy stands app. 16" tall with custom-made, changeable wigs and painted facial features. Miss Piggy cannot (and will not) share clothing with other pigs.
WILD FROGS – KERMIT THE FROG gets in touch with his wild side as a member of the WILD FROGS. The daring amphibian comes dressed in
faux-leather jacket with stud detailing. The back of the jacket features the WILD FROGS logo. KERMIT THE FROG Head and Body Sculpts Stand not included.
Hog Wild – Everyone's going Hog Wild for MISS PIGGY! This fierce biker-pig comes dressed in a gleaming faux-leather pant suit with faux-fur collar and cuffs over a shimmering knit bodysuit. Matching hat, faux-pearl necklace, gloves with ring
detail, and faux-leather zip-up boots also included. 16" MISS PIGGY Head and Body Sculpts; Blue Eyes, Blonde Wigged Hair - stand not included.
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Monica Merrill™ Collection: It’s the early sixties and Monica Merrill™ is on the rise in her secretarial pool demonstrating a clever nature that puts her ahead of the other girls. With a witty disposition, she can charm her way through almost any situation; but it’s her naïveté that can spell trouble! Monica Merrill™ is app. 16" tall and she is crafted in fine vinyl and hard plastic with inset acrylic eyes and hand-painted facial features; she is available in both wigged and rooted hair styles. Monica shares the same body sculpt as such 16" Tonner dolls as Tyler Wentworth® - she has the 16" Tyler regular bust articulated body with bending wrists and convertible fashion feet - she can share clothing and accessories with like dolls.
Monica Merrill™ Wigged Basic – 2011 Monica Merrill™ Wigged Basic comes dressed in her essential pink slip with delicate lace trim, matching panties, and molded shoes. Monica Merrill™ Head Sculpt and 16" Tyler BW Body; Violet Inset Eyes w/ Blonde Wigged Hair and Bloom Skin tone
Evening Twirl – Monica enjoys an evening in Manhattan, sipping champagne and twirling on the dance floor! Her eye-catching ensemble includes a curve-hugging dress with a rhinestone-trimmed bow across the bust and contrast lined peplum. Accessorized with sleek opera-length gloves, a matching belt with rhinestone buckle, and pointed-toe pumps. Rhinestone earrings, bracelet, necklace, and pantyhose also included. Monica Merrill™ Head Sculpt and 16" Tyler BW Body; Blue Inset Eyes w/ Platinum Hair and Bloom Skin tone
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Prince of Persia: Princess in Disguise – The fugitives DASTAN and TAMINA, must disguise themselves in order to get close enough to DASTAN's uncle, NIZAM. Disguised as a slave girl, the princess dons a richly beaded top with flowing chiffon drapes and equally ornate harem pants. Gilded crown, SANDS OF TIME necklace, and slippers also included.
Gemma Arterton/Tamina Head Sculpt and 16" Convertible Foot Body; Brown Eyes w/ Brunette Hair and Tan Skin tone
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Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland Character Figure™ Collection:
UM FROM UMBRIDGE – The apprehensive Alice masquerades herself as UM FROM UMBRIDGE, to protect herself from the malicious Red Queen. This meticulously detailed costume consists of an extravagant dress with layered tiers of tulle and custom printed chiffon overlay. Her arm is bandaged with a matching ribbon trimmed wrap, while her slender waist is wrapped in a tasseled belt. Pantyhose and shoes also included. Mia Wasikowska Head Sculpt and 22" American Model™ Body; Brown Eyes w/ Blonde Hair and Pale Skin tone
Tea Party Crasher – Alice hides in the Mad Hatter's tea pot, after receiving a custom-made dress for her new tiny size. The Tea Party Crasher comes in a chiffon dress with fine lace trim, ribbons around the bodice, and perfectly coordinated fabric
flower. Matching ribbon bandage, pantyhose, and ribbon shoes also included.
Mia Wasikowska Head Sculpt and 10" Tiny Kitty Collier™ Body; Brown Eyes w/ Blonde Hair and Pale Skin tone
FUTTERWACKEN – To celebrate the end of the Red Queen's villainous reign, TARRANT sees fit to perform the FUTTERWACKEN dance! The brave hatter's battle garb consists of a dickie under a gold trimmed vest, plaid kilt with tasseled belt, striped stockings, custom-printed necktie, intricately trimmed jacket, resin "spool" bandolier, faux-leather boots, and signature hat Johnny Depp Head Sculpt and 17" Matt O'Neill™ Body; Green Eyes w/ Red Wigged Hair and Lily Skin tone
TWEEDLE DEE AND TWEEDLE DUM - The curious TWEEDLE DEE AND TWEEDLE DUM have become the Red Queen's latest form of entertainment. Each resin TWEEDLE comes dressed in a striped knit top with black pants held up with red suspenders. Approximately 8 1/2". Their socks and shoes are hand-painted. Matt Lucas Head Sculpts w/ Brown Eyes and 5 Points-of-Articulation
Voyage of Wonder – Now that the battle is over, Alice seeks to discover the wonders of her own world. She sets sail in soft chiffon blouse with a printed tie under a patterned vest and tiered rick-rack skirt. A finely tailored coat, mesh fingerless gloves, pantyhose, and faux-leather lace-up boots also included. Mia Wasikowska Head Sculpt and 16" Ballerina Bust Tyler BW Body; Brown Eyes w/ Blonde Hair and Pale Skin tone
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Vampire Diaries Collection: DAMON SALVATORE – The smoldering DAMON SALVATORE debuts as Tonner®'s first VAMPIRE DIARIES™ TCF™! The conniving vampire sports a jersey t-shirt and dark denim jeans with a faux-leather jacket. Socks, faux-leather zip-up boots, and protection ring also included. Ian Somerhalder/Damon Salvatore Head Sculpt and 17" Matt O'Neill™ Body; Blue Eyes w/ Brunette Wigged Hair and Cameo Skin tone

You also get a sneak preview of the DC Stars Starfire Doll! Enjoyyyy.
(and now back to the manly Thundercat news network.)

*UPDATED! : Bandai Thundercats Toy Line Pre-Order Listings

Yea, it's clear the flood gates are opened. Seeking to cash in on the rush of links and forum chatter, online retailers have begun listing all Bandai has to offer for pre-orders. Here's the breakdown...

4 Inch Action Figure Line : Based on the ALL NEW ThunderCats animated adventures as seen on Cartoon Network. Crafted with great detail and quality, collectors and kids can play or display their favorite ThunderCats Heroes and Villains in their own environment and recreate scenes from the TV show. All 4” figures include an embedded magnet in the figure for interaction with multiple SKUs across the line, activating unique features. Each of the 4” figures comes with a weapon and/or accessory that is unique to each character. $7.99 each. Series 1 will include the following figures:

- Lion-O
- Tygra
- Panthro
- Cheetara
- Wily-Kit
- Wily-Kat
- Mumm-Ra (Mummy)

Deluxe 4 Inch Action Figures : Each of these 4” Deluxe Figures utilizes the embedded magnet to unlock unique actions! Each figure comes with a base and/or accessory. Series 1 will include:

- Lion-O
- Grune
- Tygra
- Mumm-Ra

Basic Vehicle with Figure Series : Roll into battle with these ALL NEW ThunderCats vehicles. Each of these vehicles comes with a semi-articulated figure (with embedded magnet). The Bikes can combine with the Deluxe ThunderTank for added play. Unique Actions and features activate with magnet. Basic 4” figures can also ride and play with basic vehicle. Series 1 will include:

- Bike with Tygra and LED Accessory
- Bike with Lion-O and Drill Accessory
- Lizard Cannon with Lizard Warrior and Missile-Launching Feature

Deluxe Vehicle : ThunderTank Deluxe Vehicle - Roll into battle with the ALL NEW 2011 ThunderCats ThunderTank! The ThunderTank comes with a 4” scaled Snarf figure, designed to activate the magnetic “ThunderCats Hooo!” sound efx. Launch the Bikes with a simple push of a button. All 4” figures can ride and play with the ThunderTank. MSRP around $29.99

Playset : Tower of Omens Deluxe Playset - Recreate iconic moments as seen in the all NEW ThunderCats animated cartoon with the Tower of Omens playset. Set comes with an exclusive 4” figure. All 4” Basic figures can play and interact with the Tower of Omens, unlocking amazing features. MSRP around $41.99

6 Inch Collector Action Figures : Based on the ALL NEW 2011 ThunderCats animated show! Each of these 6” figures includes 18 points of articulation and comes with each characters iconic weapons. Series 1 is set to include:

- Lion-O
- Panthro
- Mumm-Ra

8 inch Classic Collector Action Figures : Based on the classic 1980’s animated ThunderCats cartoon! Each of these 8” figures includes 18 points of articulation and comes with each characters iconic weapons. Series 1 is to include the following figures:

- Lion-O - with long Sword of Omens, short Sword of Omens, ThunderClaw
- Tygra

(no mumm-ra?! bummer) It may be notable to collectors that Wily-Kit and Kat are only 1 per case in any assortment offered, so be prepared to battle the scalper hordes for them and perhaps Cheetara as well.

ThunderCats Deluxe Roleplay Sword : Wield the power of Lion-O and become a ThunderCat with the mystic Sword of Omens! With an extendable blade, lights and sounds, kids can let their imaginations roar with Lion-O on his destined path to become king. $19.99.

UPDATE: New figure pics courtesy of Frosty over at Collider, who rules at such things.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mezco Mega-Scale ThunderCats Lion-O

Tis the season for THUNDERCATS NEWS!!! Fresh from the buzz of UK Toy Fair where Bandai's new toy line made a sneaky splash while news on the new cartoon made fans smile big time ..and two days of trending on twitter, the worlds most famous battle kitties are solidly in the spotlight...something Mezco are about to take full advantage of.

ThunderCats Ho! Straight from the ThunderCats’ Lair on Third Earth, it’s Lion-O and the legendary mystic Sword of Omens. This mega-scale figure measures over 20 inches tall from the tip of his upraised, extended sword to the soles of his Thunderian boots. Featuring 7 points of articulation this mega figure is superbly detailed, perfectly capturing not only the iconic look of Lion-O as he appeared in the classic television series, but the essence, of Lion-O as he proudly raises the mystic Sword of Omens towards the heavens and roars out “Thundercats, Ho!” He comes complete with his impressive Claw Shield and a removable mystic Sword Of Omens. Lion-O is packaged in a collector friendly window box that allows him to be displayed while remaining Mint In Box.

If Mezco is following their past successes, this mega-scale figure should be a roto-cast piece (meaning heavy duty hollow plastic.) The figures have a great feel to them, are very durable and allow for some excellent detail and paints while keeping costs down. Retail should be around 39.99. Look for him this July. ...and if giant Thundercats are wetting your appetite, be sure to have a look at Pop Culture Shock's massive Lion-O statue and their teaser for the upcoming Mumm-Ra piece!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

True Grit Comic Will Mock Your Men in Tights

Did you love the quirky humor and extremely realistic feel of True Grit so much that now, you want MORE??!! Never fear..comics are here to save you. Adapted from the novel and screenplay for the major motion picture remake blowing up the awards circuit as we speak, The True Grit comic "Mean Business" was made on commission from Paramount to promote the international release of the film. This is an expanded look into the courtroom scene where Rooster Cogburn retells his version of events that unfolded when attempting to apprehend the Whartons..and the bloody mess that day turned into. It's an excellent addition to the film and you can read it FREE, right now from the fine folks at Glass Eye Inc!

2011 UK Toy Fair Info Center

As there are now reports coming in from all over the globe as every detail is leaked from a show that used to be ..well..fairly leak proof! I thought I'd put up this article to share the info with those who want it without bogging the site down with 300 individual articles that are 2 paragraphs each. I'll also update this one as new info comes in and provide links to bigger articles.

Doctor Who - We seem to go from one extreme to another with this license. On one end, we have Kids@Play's Battery Operated Ride-in inflatable Dalek powered by a re-chargeable 6v battery motor! It features a removable head, 10 authentic Dalek phrases, 360 degree steering and movable manipulator and exterminator arms. Coming Summer 2011. At the other end of the spectrum are Character Options Character Building Doctor Who mini figures and construction sets! CLICK HERE for lots of info and images on that line.

Street Fighter - Prototypes were on display with no articulation added as yet, so you'll have to wait until the NY show for that info. Fighters included Ryu, Ken, Akuma, Chun Li, Guile, Vega, Bison, Seth, El Fuerte and Sagat.

Star Wars - Didn't seem to be much to speak about as reports are few and far between. We do have this quick video showing a new General Grievous mask that only sits on the front of your face, unlike the full helmets from the past. A new Vader and Rex mask will be released as well. Also in the vid is a new Republic Attack Shuttle! This features several missile launchers, a detachable cockpit for quick escapes, wings that open up, lights and sounds.

New Vintage Figures were revealed with an AT-RT Driver, a Clone Trooper, Weequay, Dagobah Luke in X-Wing Gear, General Lando and Jedi Knight Fi-Ek Sirch. Thanks to Jedi News for that last bit. There was also talk of a Star Wars Ultimate Force Tech Lightsaber Assortment, but past a mention of the reveal, I've yet to turn up info. I'm told you'll know eeeeverything by Friday.

Thundercats - Check out the art from the new show and all the details we've been able to squeeze out of the UK team RIGHT HERE

Transformers - Dark of the Moon is the new movie and your favorite bots will be centered around that logo this year, but not to worry. Not all the bots are movie designs! CLICK HERE for the skinny.

more to come!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon Toy News from UK Toy Fair

More news flooding out of UK Toy Fair at this point, and if you've been watching over the years, you know this is the first year we've gotten so much before the big International Toy Fair in New York! Moonbase2 mentions there were no pics allowed but activated their cyber brains to memorize every detail of the products we are set to get from the upcoming Transformers movie "Dark of the Moon." I don't want to rip all of their news so here are some highlights...

If I'm reading right, there seem to be three main categories..

MECHTECH - featuring attachable, deployable weapons that work in both modes of transformation and supposedly can be used on other figures in the assortment. As usual, you'll get the Deluxe, Voyager, Leader and Ultimate classes (ranging in size and complexity, as well as price for you newbs). The highlight of the line is Ultimate Optimus that comes with a trailer!

CYBERVERSE - This reads like the Legends line, delivering the characters and designs fans are always going berserk over. The mind blowing highlight of this line is the Ark Playset. I'll give you a moment to process this as you realize the Ark is the giant ship the Autobots live in. It's about time Hasbro got around to making a giant vehicle/playset for the Transformers line! There is also mention of an action set assortment of 6 that can connect together with weapons, ramps, gunner stations and more. Could these possibly be add-ons for the Ark? We'll find out soon enough!

STEALTH FORCE - Seem to be the kiddified Transformers with pop up transformation featuring the core characters.

The New York International Toy Fair 2011 starts February 12th, so keep watching as we spoil as much as we can before the big show!

Mondo Celebrates Guillermo del Toro with New Hellboy Posters!

And you can't say Del Toro on a geek site without saying HELLBOY!! Mondo drops this bit of news on us along with word of two new prints coming this Friday morning. We'll be getting Hellboy by Florian Bertmer -24"x36" Edition of 240, $45 and Hellboy 2 by Ken Taylor - 24"X36" Edition of 360, $45. Maaaaaaaan are they pretty. Follow @MondoNews on Twitter for the "on sale now" announcement. Here's the skinny on the event...

Mondo, the collectible art boutique arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is pleased to announce the first ever “Director’s Series” from visionary director Guillermo del Toro. Mondo has worked with the celebrated filmmaker to craft unique artistic interpretations of the Hellboy films, Blade 2, The Devil’s Backbone, Cronos & Pan’s Labryrinth from world famous artists.

Guillermo del Toro said, “it is a rare privilege to be included in this mind-blowing poster series. These images enshrine and preserve the energy of the films they depict in a way that no square marketing could!!! More power to them!!!"

Guillermo del Toro is a filmmaker whose passion for horror, fantasy and science fiction is as boundless today as it was when he began his incredible career. His respect and deep knowledge of genre films contribute to an impressive filmography that ranges from horror high art to grand scale popcorn entertainment, many times straddling both simultaneously. “Whether producing or directing, the Alamo Drafthouse & Mondo look forward to each Guillermo del Toro film as the name carries that rare seal of quality. We are deeply honored to have him be a part of our first Director’s Series,” said Mondo Creative Director, Justin Ishmael.

Alamo Drafthouse & Mondo celebrate the very best of classic, cult and contemporary films with stunning works of art, printed on high quality, hand numbered screen prints. Their licensed poster series for Star Wars and Star Trek have become some of the most popular collectibles for film and pop culture connoisseurs.

Warner Brothers' Green Lantern Movie Products Sneak Preview

Flush with overwhelming positive reactions to Thundercats toys and cartoon images they never meant to show, Warner Brothers follows up their official TCats image with an International Toy Fair Green Lantern sneak preview bonanza!! WOOOO. Get psyched!!

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) is teaming up with a leading group of global licensees at Toy Fair in support of the Summer 2011 blockbuster film, “Green Lantern,” highlighted by DC Entertainment’s master licensee, Mattel. The June 17, 2011 release of “Green Lantern,” from Warner Bros. Pictures, marks the live-action theatrical debut for the legendary comic super hero, and licensees worldwide are gearing up to help fans fight evil’s might.

“Green Lantern is among the greatest super hero characters in popular culture, and we are proud to unveil a merchandise program befitting this Summer’s highly anticipated film as well as the perennial comic book franchise,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President of Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Led by an incredible toy line from Mattel, fans of all ages around the world will be able to capture the excitement of Green Lantern.”

Along with the release of the “Green Lantern” film, global licensee Mattel will debut an out-of-this-world toy line, including the Green Lantern Ring Blast™ Jet Figure & Vehicle, the Green Lantern Battle Shifters™ Figures, and the Green Lantern Movie Masters® Figures, as well as engaging role-play items including the Green Lantern Colossal Cannon™ Blaster. A rich and comprehensive line of products based on the film for both kids and adult fans alike, Mattel’s multi-category toy line includes Basic and Deluxe Action Figures, Figure/Vehicles and Role Play, along with Playsets, Games, Puzzles and Vehicles. Additionally, each Basic Action Figure comes complete with a Green Lantern ring in order for kids to feel as if they, too, have been “chosen” to be a Green Lantern. (I pretend this every day.)

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this property and to deliver a toy line that authentically brings the characters to life,” said Doug Wadleigh, Senior Vice President Global Entertainment and New Franchise Development, Mattel. “Our designers have worked closely with WBCP to translate the movie into an innovative multi-category product line that gives kids of all ages the ability to play within the Green Lantern universe and to be their new favorite hero.”

Additional key licensees include Rubies, with a line of Green Lantern costumes and costume accessories; the Noble Collection, offering high-end ring and lantern prop replicas; and NECA, with a Green Lantern Projection Ring and other accessories. Licensees also supporting Green Lantern include: Pressman Toy, Hewlett-Packard, Funko, Horizon Group USA, Hy-Ko Products, Kidz Toyz, LPG International, Mezco Toyz, SRM Entertainment, Toy Factory, Trend Setters Ltd, Formation Marketing Canada Ltd. and University Games.

Pictured are..

Mattel Green Lantern Movie Masters® Figure: For the first time, Green Lantern comes to life with Movie Masters® figures, sculpted using digital files from the film to create toys with superior accuracy and details.

NECA Green Lantern Projection Ring: This incredible projection ring is based on the prop from the upcoming film and projects the iconic Green Lantern symbol over 50 feet!

Pressman Green Lantern: Power of the Ring Game: The path is filled with excitement and danger- will you master the constructs that you need to defeat the villain?

MEZCO Mez-Itz Figure: Based on the film, Mez-Itz 6” rotocast vinyl collectibles feature five points of articulation and come individually packaged in collector-friendly window boxes.

Mattel Green Lantern Colossal Cannon: Kids can become their hero, Green Lantern, by slipping on the movie-inspired Colossal Cannon for the ultimate battle experience.

Mattel Green Lantern Deluxe Battle Shifters™ Figure: Recreate the Green Lantern universe in four-inch scale with Green Lantern Battle Shifters™ figures featuring popular Green Lantern characters.

Pop Culture Shock Collectibles' Mumm-Ra

The Bandai UK Toy Fair leak caused a bigger buzz than anyone could have expected with the name THUNDERCATS trending on Twitter half the day!! Let's make that a habit, shall we? While you are all still hot with TCats fever, I thought I'd take this opportunity to show you the next quarter scale, mixed media Thundercats statue from Pop Culture Shock... Mumm-Ra! This piece stands 26 inches tall. So far the only piece to compare it to is the 32 inch Lion-O (now available for pre-order from Sideshow Collectibles), but you've got to allot for his standing on a rock and holding his sword in the air. The line is based on an 18 inch scale, with all characters falling in line according to their specs from the original cartoon. This early look at Mumm-Ra is, of course, missing a paint job and his cloth costume. An exclusive version will be released as well with some light up feature incorporated, so keep watching here for more pics and that Sideshow pre-order!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

*Updated!: Character Options Character Building Doctor Who & H.M. Armed Forces Sets

More news from the UK Toy Fair front as Character Options announce their new range of construction figures and playsets!

Character Options (UK) has announced a new construction line called Character Building, kicking things off with the licenses Doctor Who and H.M. Armed Forces. These are set to launch Spring 2011 with a full line available by Fall/Winter. Currently the plan includes figures sold as singles, so you aren't forced to buy a whole playset to get your favorite denizens of Whoville. Unfortunately, Character has caught the dreaded blind bag virus. Figures will come blind packaged with a stand, an accessory and a little sheet showing the rest of the line for 1.99 (gb). The line starts with 10 figures including 2 Daleks, A Weeping Angel, Angel Bob, 2 11th Doctors, Amy Pond, a Smiler Robot, a Cyberman and a Silurian Warrior (most likely Alaya). The HM Armed Forces figures start with an 8 figure set including troops from all branches of the military that I'm too lazy to identify.

If you do go in for the sets, you may want to note the addition of sculpted bricks like rock formations comprising of 5 to 6 custom pieces that join to create the shape with a textured effect to complete the look. Six playsets will start the line ranging from 9.99 to 19.99 (UK fun bucks, natch'.) A deluxe Tardis playset will also be offered for 99.99 with the Fall/Winter 2011 waves as well as a Time of Angels and Dalek Spaceship set. HMAF won't be left out, as we'll see the release of a deluxe Field Adventure set around the same time as well as a RAF Regiment Quad Bike set, a Navy Assault RIB set and a Merlin Helicopter set. PLEAAASE if you repost this news, give us credit and a link as this article was a bitch to write up. Thanks much.

Jon Diver, Character Group’s Joint Managing Director, commented: “This new project represents a major investment for us and we are delighted to be increasing our Doctor Who Portfolio. In doing so we will also be supplying a new option to the child constructor who will now have the choice of a construction toy that has all the excitement and appeal that Doctor Who brings with it.” Now if all of this is compatible with modern LEGO figures, the news is sure to send those collectors into fits of hysteria (from happiness of course), as they'll now have a wider range of playsets for their collections and new bodies to kit bash for their customs. Enjoy!

UPDATE: shot a stack of awesome pictures at UK Toy Fair revealing a bunch of new product. We've spotted all 10 previous Doctors in little figure form, an army of Daleks in yellow, blue, red and white, a Tardis Console Room playset, figures of a Roman Auton, River Song, Rory Williams, a "Vampire" Girl and Amy Pond in her kissing cop outfit and 5 packs of Cybermen and Weeping Angels.