Thursday, March 29, 2018

Fingerlings Creator WowWee Introduces UNTAMED Interactive Dinosaurs

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

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

Westworld Season 2 Gets a Full Trailer & Nirvana Cover

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

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Kotobukiya's Bushoujo Evil Dead 2 Ash Williams

Kotobukiya Bishoujo Ash Williams Evil Dead 2 figure

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

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

Mattel's WWE Superstars Get Monstrous

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

MOHAWK Comes to Blu-ray and DVD April 10th

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

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

Funko Sandlot Pops You Can Own Forrreeeeverrrrrrr

Funko Pops The Sandlot Smalls

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

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

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Star Trek: The Next Generation Returns to Comics

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

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

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Deadpool 2 Trailer Reveals X-Force

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

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

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

Build the Ghostbusters Firehouse with Diamond Select Toys!

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

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Metal Gear Orchestral Concert Series Coming this October

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

John Landis' SCHLOCK Coming to Blu-ray

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

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

Friday, March 16, 2018

Ready Player One "Dreamer" Trailer

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

Monday, March 12, 2018

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

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

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

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

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Mermaid Museum Coming to Hollywood

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

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

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Ōkami HD on Nintendo Switch This Summer

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

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

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

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

Spin Master Announces Acquisition of GUND

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

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

Factory Entertainment Announces Limited Edition Jurassic Park Gates Sculpture

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

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

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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

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

Thursday, March 1, 2018

8 Days Til Jessica Jones!!

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

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