Armchair SDCC ’14 — First Look at ‘Arrow’ Season Three

Well that was quick! Our first look at season three of Arrow doesn’t look to let up the pace that was set at the end of last season.  We get our first look at Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer, Oliver and Diggle at odds and a hint that “Olicity” may become Starling City’s new power couple.  We also get quick hits of Canary (who is back?) and Arsenal as well as a newly promoted Captain Lance.

The third season premiere of Arrow will air October 8th on The CW.  There’s a lot we still don’t know yet but I’m sure the panel later tonight will fill us in on the good parts.

[via /Film]

Armchair SDCC ’14 — Batfleck, Thunderbirds, Batman ’66 & The Return of The Real Ghostbusters!

armchairSDCC14It’s Friday and the bigger panels are just starting to get underway.  Throughout the rest of the day expect bigger and better information to start tweeting out of the myriad of panels as well as the show floor.  There’s quite literally something for everyone, and I am only covering a mere fraction of what is out there.  It only gets better from here on out!

It’s Batfleck … Ahem BATMAN

To sate the appetites of DC fanboys Warner Bros. released a full color headshot of Ben Affleck in his Batman cowl from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.  I imagine that we will be seeing quite a bit more of Batfleck before San Diego Comic Con is over.


[via Coming Soon]

Thunderbirds Are GO …. Again!!!!!

Thunderbirds-promo-imageUnbeknownst to me, WETA has been working on a new Thunderbirds project titled Thunderbirds Are Go! which will be a CGI / Live Action hybrid.  Apparently all of the sets will be scaled models and the characters will be full on CGI.  Sadly there will be no puppets in this iteration!

WETA had a model of Thunderbird 1 on display on their booth and it is extremely faithful to the original series.

/Film snapped a few pictures of the Thunderbird 1 model in its super-marionation-less glory. The 26-episode first season will be ready for broadcast in 2015.  [via /Film]


After years of bickering between studios the complete 1960′s Batman television series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin will be coming to Bluray and DVD later this fall.  There will be a couple different versions available including a killer set complete with a Batmobile.

Print[via ToyNewsI



Hasbro is bringing back combiners in a major way in 2015.  Today they unveiled new versions of Menasor and Superion during their panel and they are very faithful to their Generation 1 predecessors.  [via TFW2005]


During the MattyPalooza Panel there was a not so subtle hint that new version of The Real Ghostbusters action figures would be coming in 2015.  I am not so confident in the execution as Mattel really bungled the first Ghostbusters line which tanked due to poor character selection, few accessories, and endless repaints.


[via @Ghostbusters on Twitter

BOOM! Studios Is Planning Another Escape with Snake Plissken

It looks as though that BOOM! Studios is expanding their relationship with Director John Carpenter after the success of their Big Trouble in Little China series and adding a new Snake Plissken title to their catalog.


Expect more details later this week when BOOM! Studios has their big panel on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, 7/26/14
12:30–1:30 We Are BOOM!—Last year was a banner year for us here at BOOM! Studios, highlighted by the release of our first feature film 2 Guns (starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined us as a new imprint, we expanded the all-ages KaBOOM! lineup, and we launched our newest imprint,BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie, Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon, President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik, President of DevelopmentStephen Christy, and creators Paul Jenkins (FAIRY QUEST, DEATHMATCH), Frank Gibson (THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL), Noelle Stevenson (LUMBERJANES), along with some special guests as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us. Room 24ABC


Armchair SDCC ’14: ‘Ant Man’ Concept Art, LEGO Green Lantern, & Marty McFly Hot Toys

armchairSDCC14It’s Preview Night!  Show exclusives start to sell out and companies are getting press releases out at furious pace.  Studios are trying to get their next projects trending on Twitter, He-Man fans are already butthurt about MattyCollector, and the line for Hall H is already starting to form up. IT MUST BE SAN DIEGO COMIC CON!

It’s a quick roundup tonight because I’m tired and I’m not waiting up until 1:00AM EST to finish this thing up.  Expect the big chunks of goodness to start tomorrow and the sorrow that you aren’t there to start setting in.  Enjoy the read!

Marvel revealed a concept art poster for the now Edgar Wright-less Ant Man due out next summer.  I can’t be the only one having a hard time looking at Paul Rudd in a heroic light.  Entertainment Weekly had the exclusive reveal but it is all over the Interwebz now.



I’m pretty sure Ant Man is going to be a hard sell.  With Wright off of the project, a lot of fanboys are sure to throw some shade at this project.   [via io9]

LEGO announced one of the first DC Comics Superhero sets for 2015 Green Lantern vs. Sinestro!  Green Lantern was released as a San Diego Comic Con exclusive mini figure a couple of years back and fans were upset they were never going to be able to complete their Justice League.

gl-setThis set looks really great and features a Green Lantern Jet and Space Batman!  Expect it on store shelves next January for $19.99 [via FBTB]


Hot Toys unveiled their 1/6th scale Marty McFly and DeLorean Time Machine and it is a thing of beauty. Word is they also have a prototype of a 1/6th scale Ellen Ripley and Power Loader from Aliens.  


Armchair SDCC ’14 — Here’s Our First Look at Roy Harper as Arsenal from ‘Arrow’

armchairSDCC14If anyone had any doubts after last season about the direction that Roy Harper was taking heading into season three of Arrow, this picture should definitely put them to rest.

With Thea out of Starling City, Harper has fully embraced his new alter ego of Arsenal.  Entertainment Weekly had the exclusive first look of Colton Haynes in his crimson uniform which is entirely badass.

On Saturday night Warner Bros. will be having their huge television panel hosted by Arrow’s Stephen Amell.  I’m sure we will get our first look at Arsenal in action when the first footage from season three is screened for the fans for the first time.


[via Coming Soon]

Armchair SDCC ’14: Life-Size Pizza Throwers, Batman Merch, and Star Wars: Rebels

armchairSDCC14It’s the calm before the storm as nerds from across the nation begin to converge upon the city known whose Germanic origin is quite literally “Whale’s Vagina”.

The flow of information has slowed a bit as most of the media outlets are traveling today to get ready for the non-stop onslaught of all things pop culture.


Pizza Hut commissioned a real-life Pizza Thrower based on the truly awesome vehicle from the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle line from Playmates Toys.  It will be on display at San Diego Comic Con and will most assuredly be throwing pizzas. [via Jalopnik]


8-Bit_Batman__scaled_600NECA is making a 7″ scale Michael Keaton Batman action figure based on his appearance as Batman in the official video game for the 1989 Tim Burton film.  It should be noted that the video game was truly awful. The cell shading and endless jumping made for a very poor gaming experience, even by 8-bit standards.

Regardless of my video game prejudice this prototype looks great and should be in stores in October.

[via ToyNewsI]


In more Batman news, LEGO unveiled another exclusive set for San Diego Comic Con, a midi-style 1966 Batmobile with Batman and Robin minifigures.  The set will retail for $39.99 and only 250 will be available each day beginning Thursday.


Fans are upset that this set is being released as a convention exclusive and not a mass market release. Ultimately I’m hoping that we will see a full size ’66 Batmobile sooner rather than later.  Until then I guess there’s always eBay?  [via FBTB]


A full trailer for Star Wars: Rebels was released upon the Interwebz today and gives us a better look at this new animated series that will bridge the prequel trilogy to the trilogy that everyone actually likes.  I’m digging the McQuarrie-inspired designs and Freddie Prinze Jr. as a Jedi.  Let’s hope this isn’t as forced as that whole Shadows of the Empire thing from the mid 1990s.


Arm Chair SDCC ’14: LEGO Dark Knight Tumbler Revealed

armchairSDCC14USA Today got a jump this weekend on a big piece of pre-San Diego Comic Con news with the announcement of the Ultimate Collector Scale Tumbler based on the beast of a Batmobile that was featured in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.

This set has been rumored among AFOL circles for quite some time and from our first look … it does not disappoint.   This monstrous construction set comes in at 1,869 pieces and will retail for $199.99 and will be available at and in LEGO brand stores in September.


This highly detailed model will come with two exclusive minifigures a Christian Bale inspired Batman as well as a Heath Ledger as Joker.  As popular as this set will be, I imagine that the Joker-Ledger minifigure will command a huge price on the secondary market.

3-9b6fbf2472If you are planning on attending San Diego Comic Con this week you will be able to see this model on display at the LEGO booth.

via [USA Today]


Has The Plot to ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Finally Leaked?

I have not been particularly concerned with the development of JJ Abrams led Star Wars Episode VII.  His detractors can make all of the lens flare jokes they want, LucasFilm knew exactly who and what they wanted when they were looking to kick start the franchise.

Star-WarsWith every casting announcement and leaked set photo Star Wars fans and whipped into a frenzy, about practical effects vs. GCI and OMG the Millienium Falcon!$%^~!  And now, courtesy of Badass Digest we may have our first real insight to the plot of Star Wars Episode VII


Imagine the standard Star Wars crawl, and when it ends the camera pans up to the stars. But instead of a spaceship zooming into frame we see… a hand! A severed hand, tumbling through space. A severed hand gripping a light saber.

That hand falls onto a desert planet, where it is discovered by characters who will be our heroes. One is Daisy Ridley. The other is John Boyega, who is playing someone trying to change his path in life (again, I’m keeping it vague here). They recognize the light saber as a Jedi relic and decide to return it to the proper people.

There has not been an official rebuttal to Devin Faraci’s piece, but I imagine that we are going to hear something sooner rather than later being that San Diego Comic Con is mere days away. If this ends up being the plot of Episode VII I am entirely okay with it, or this just ends up being part of JJ Abrams’ infamous ability for misdirection and secrecy.


Arm Chair SDCC ’14: The Exclusives That I Want, But Will Certainly Never Have

armchairSDCC14While I will not be in attendance for next week’s San Diego Comic Con, I will be sure to do my damnedest to keep up with the latest and greatest from the city whose Germanic translation is “Whale’s Vagina”.

San Diego Comic Con kicks off Wednesday, July 23rd with a Preview Night which will surely gobble up a significant portion of all those exclusive toys, statues, and t-shirts that the rest of us nerds will never have a chance at owning.

While my good buddy Matt Guzy from AwesomeToyBlog has published a rather exhaustive list of exclusives that will be available at the show, I’ve narrowed down my want list rather substantially.

Transformers Knights of Cybertron Set – [Hasbro Toy Shop]


I’ve already documented the inherit awesomeness of this exclusive, I never thought I’d see that day where Optimus Prime would be channeling Steven Tyler in a leopard print deco accented by fur.  The packaging really sells this exclusive and I’m truly hoping that I will be able to make this happen.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ”Original Comic” Rapheal –  [Playmates Toys] 


Several years ago NECA took a turn at doing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as they appeared in the original Mirage Comics.  While the line was cancelled, their popularity has remained strong.  Now, Playmates Toys is giving fans another chance with Rapheal (who has always been my personal favorite).  This figure will be available for purchase at the Nickelodeon Booth (no word if he’ll be available online after the show).

ROM: The Space Knight Mighty Mugg – [Hasbro Toy Shop]


As documented here last week, this announcement came out of nowhere and delighted me to no end.  I have a feeling that this may be the most accessible Hasbro exclusive once SDCC is over.  He’s a niche character that may wind up lost on a good number of the speculators that seem to be over taking the pop culture world.

Pulp Fiction’s Gimp In a Box [Super7/Funko]


When Funko announced that they had licensed Pulp Fiction for their ReAction line of throw back action figures, never in a million years would I have expected this release.  Of all things Tarantino the concept of a submissive living in a box in the basement of a pawn shop is probably the most terrifying.  This is easily one of the most fun exclusives we have had for San Diego Comic Con in years.


What San Diego Comic Con exclusives are you looking to score? Sound off in the comments below!.

Infuriating LEGO Math: Guardians of the Galaxy Edition

This week LEGO announced their first San Diego Comic Con exclusive, Rocket the Raccoon’s War Bird from Guardians of the Galaxy.  The 145-piece set is a midi-scale space craft will come with a Rocket minifig with an all new deco and is priced at $39.99.  



The Rocket included in this set is unique from his mass market counterpart which can only be found in 76020 Knowhere Escape.  So for those of you want to have the complete Guardians lineup in their coordinating uniforms, expect to spend an exorbitant sum after next week.

LEGO has made a habit of releasing fan favorite licensed minifigures.  Last year at San Diego Comic Con they gave away Spider Woman, Black Suit Superman, Green Arrow, and an alternate suit Spider-Man.  Understandably the current secondary market value of these minifigures is obscene.  Infuriating LEGO math strikes again!

via [The Brick Fan]