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This Star Trek 50th Anniversary Art Show Drops Out Of Warp in July

This year mstar-trek-50-artists-50-years-hardcover-book_670arks the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, and the latest feature film Star Trek Beyond is just month away.   To celebrate this monumental achievement in pop culture an art exhibition, Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years, will launch this July during San Diego Comic Con and will feature stops in  Las Vegas, Toronto and the UK.

The exhibition will feature 50 artists from all over the globe, including a work from the late Leonard Nimoy who aside from portraying everyone’s favorite Vulcan science officer, was an accomplished photographer and a prolific patron of the arts.  The pieces featured in this exhibition will be gathered in a hardcover book, which is available for preorder now.

For me the standout has to be Tom Whalen’s contribution, U.S.S. Enterprise Spec Sheet (which also happens to be the cover for the book).  I’ve long been a fan of Tom Whalen and have had opportunity to meet him several times.  Hopefully prints will be available sometime soon, because there is no way that isn’t going in my office.

For more information about Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years, be sure to bookmark StarTrek50Art.com and follow @startrek on Twitter.

 

Do You Have $1400? If So, You Can Buy a 6-Foot Millennium Falcon off Craigslist

Do you love Star Wars? Silly question, of course you do. More importantly, do you have $1400 to spare? If you answered yes to both of those questions then there is a guy in Eagleville, PA that wants to sell you a giant, 6-foot wide Millennium Falcon.

This gigantic Millennium Falcon, known as the “Extraordinare” was displayed in Toys R Us stores across the country in conjunction with the Special Edition re-releases of the Original Trilogy and Kenner’s Power of the Force action figure line. Made of a heavy duty styrene plastic, this particular Falcon had a working radar dish, turbo lasers and lights. After the promotion was over, approximately 500 were auctioned off for charity and occasionally surface from time to time on eBay in the $3,000 range.

According to the seller’s description:

“Ship has some wear and is missing things like some of the glued on stickers but all in all it’s in good shape. Comes with original hanging cable and weighs about 30 pounds”

Numbered at #71/500, this Millennium Falcon is probably the lowest numbered one I have seen on the secondary market in quite a while. This one is clearly being sold in as-is condition so there is no telling whether it can still make the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs.

via [Craigslist Philadelphia]

Here’s Our First Look at Mattel’s Ghostbusters Action Figures from the 2016 Reboot

With last year being the 30th Anniversary of the release of Ghostbusters, there was a glut of new merchandise released based on the classic foursome of Venkman, Stantz, Spengler and Zedmore.   We knew that there was going to be a big marketing push for Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, including action figures, role-playing proton packs and all kinds of other plastic collectibles in mass retail and specialty shops.

Up until this point, not much has been known about Mattel’s main action figure line but with Toy Fair 2016 just around the corner, a sneak peek was bound to happen sooner or later.  Director Paul Feig tweeted out an image of the 6″ prototypes for the world to see.

GB2016_MattelProtosOf course the 30 year old men on action figure forums are already blasting the line, but I think these prototypes have done a pretty good job of capturing the likenesses of the actresses.  As father of twin 5 year old daughters who dressed up as Ghostbusters last Halloween, I cannot even begin to express how awesome it will be that they will be able to buy a Ghostbusters toy at retail in 2016.  Let’s just hope that the role-playing proton pack will live up to the greatness of its predecessor.

 

The Captain America: Civil War Trailer Is Here, And It’s Awesome!

The teaser trailer for Captain America: Civil War  debuted last night and it … looks …. AWESOME. The Russo Brothers are back to direct the sequel after the success of Captain America: Winter Soldier and from the 2 1/2 minutes of footage we have here it looks like they are picking up right where they left off.

There is a lot to digest in this trailer.  Picking up after the events of Age of Ultron where there is a movement afoot to hold the Avengers accountable for another international incident involving significant collateral damage.  This movement appears to headed up by none other than General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt reprising his role from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk).  Iron Man agrees, but Captain America does not and what happens is heroes fighting heroes.

Iron Man.  Captain America. Black Widow. War Machine. Scarlett Witch. Falcon. Hawkeye. Ant-Man. Black Panther ….. BLACK PANTHER!!!!

BlackPantherLet’s just talk about Black Panther for a minute. His costume design is fantastic and the trailer gives us our first official look at T’Challa other than concept artwork or leaked set photos (which doesn’t give the suit justice).

I’ve long held a soft spot for Black Panther, when I came upon several old issues of Marvel Premiere from the 1970s. It looks as though the Russo Brothers’ interpretation of the King of Wakanda may be spot on.

Captain America: Civil War will be in theaters May 6, 2016.

 

Here’s Our First (Blurry) Look At The Upcoming LEGO Kwik-E-Mart

Last summer saw the release of (71006) The Simpsons House a 2500 piece behemoth that long time of the fans of America’s first family giddily embraced.  One of the long held rumors within the online LEGO community was that there would be another set based on The Simpsons coming in 2015.  And as early as last fall there were persistent unconfirmed reports that we would see Apu Nahasapeemapetilon’s iconic convenience store in 2015 which many (myself included) were very skeptical of.

Today a user on LEGO fan forum Eurobricks posted a blurry snapshot of the upcoming set, which is believed to be slated for release on May 1st.

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via lego_sid on Instagram

I fully expect this set to come in at a 2500 piece count and $199.99.  There’s so much detail on the front, I just cannot wait to see what the inside looks like.  I will be sure to update as soon as non-potato quality pictures make themselves available.

via [The Brick Fan & Eurobricks]

Here’s Enough “Big Trouble in Little China” Funko POP! To Fill A Six-Demon Bag!

I’m fairly impressed that I’ve been able to avoid the urge to collect Funko POP! figures considering that Funko has licensed everything from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe to The Muppets.  That streak may be ending with the announcement of the Big Trouble in Little China Funko POP! figures.

FU_BTiLC_JBMost of the main players from John Carpenter’s cult classic will be available in this highly collectible format including Gracie Law and David Lo Pan along with the Three Storms: Thunder, Rain and Lightning.  It does make me a little sad that Wang Chi and The Chinese Wildman did not get any love this time around.

You know what is even better? Funko also announced a series of Big Trouble in Little China retro-styled ReAction action figures.  These limited articulation figures are a call back to the Kenner-era Star Wars action that so many Gen X-ers melted, maimed and otherwise abused.  The standout for me has to be Lo Pan which features his little eyeball covered sentinel … looks like an instabuy for me!

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Sponsor and friends of the site Entertainment Earth has the first round of Big Trouble in Little China Funko POP! and ReAction figures up for preorder with an estimated release date in February.

 

And Here’s Our First Good Look at “Thunderbirds Are Go!”

Back in July at San Diego Comic Con it was announced that WETA Workshop was working on a reboot of the classic 1960s series Thunderbirds.  Now we have our first look at Tracy Island and the (backs) of the Tracy brothers who make up International Rescue in the new series Thunderbirds Are Go!.

thunderbirds_newWith this new series, fans of supermarionation will be disappointed as WETA Workshop will be utilizing live-action sets and CGI characters this time around.  As a kid I watched a ridiculous amount of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlett and Stingray thanks to the endless reruns during the early years of the SciFi Channel.

The briefest of teaser trailers was also released this past week giving fans a look at the new Thunderbird-5 space station.

Thunderbirds Are Go! is set for air in 2015 on ITV in the United Kingdom.  There is no word as to whether it will find a (legal) distributor in the United States; but rest assured I will be sure to pass that information along as soon

via [io9]

Throw Away Your Cassette Tapes, ‘Coming Out of Their Shells’ is on iTunes

Twenty four years after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles traded in their signature weapons for keytars and drum machines you can now relive the unholy terror that was the “Coming Out of Their Shell” tour, in its entirety, thanks to the magic of iTunes.

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The long out of print soundtrack features ten tracks including the over the top “Pizza Power” to the Splinter slow-jam “Skipping Stones” and can be had for a bargain at $9.90. Many of you may be too young to remember the living nightmare that was “Coming Out of Their Shells” but thanks to the magic of the Internet the entire concert film is available on YouTube.

 

The 5 Best ‘Ghostbusters’ Products Ever Released

With Ghostbusters returning to theaters this weekend in celebration of the films thirtieth anniversary this would be as good a time as any to look back at some of the best Ghostbusters themed merchandise ever released.

The Real Ghostbusters Proton Pack (Kenner, 1987) – There are few role play toys that could even compare in terms of screen accuracy when the Proton Pack was released in Kenner’s third wave of merchandise based on The Real Ghostbusters cartoon.  I had a Proton Pack and pretty much every kid on my block had one too.  Hind sight being 20/20 I wish I would have treated it with care based on the prices it now garners on the secondary market.

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Ghostbusters Breakfast Cereal (Ralston, 1986-1989)

There was a period of time where licensed breakfast cereal was king!  Everything from Gremlins and E.T. to Batman and G.I. Joe could be consumed in sugary form.  The Ghostbusters breakfast cereal was essentially Fruit Loops … but spookier.  Ralston went on to rebrand the cereal for Ghostbusters II and The Real Ghostbusters at times with ‘special edition’ hologram boxes.

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Ghostbusters Series 1 (NECA, 2003)

Back in 2003 NECA secured the license to Ghostbusters.  However, they were unable to secure the likeness rights of the actors.  The first and only series of figures consisted of non-human characters from the film: Gozer, Slimer, Vinz Clortho Terror Dog, Zuul Terror Dog, and Stay Puft.

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 If you ever happen to find any of these figures in a flea market pile … snap them up!  They had a short run and their prices on the secondary market are legendary.

MattyCollector’s Ghostbusters Prop Replicas (2011-2013)

While Mattel’s collector specific brand MattyCollector may have bungled the Ghostbusters 6″ Action Figure line, they excelled in the prop replica department. During the run MattyCollector produced a ghost trap, PKE Meter, ECTO Goggles, and Neutrino Wand.  While the line is all but dead, there are hopes that someday they will produce a full scale proton pack to round out the cosplay needs of today’s Ghostbusters fans.

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Hi-C Ecto-Cooler (Minute Maid, 1986-2001) – In the history of high-fructose beverages there is only one that has truly enjoyed cult status.  Starting in 1986 Hi C rebranded their Citrus Cooler by plastering the image of Slimer from The Real Ghostbusters onto the packaging and viola … Ecto-Cooler was born.  Ecto-Cooler went on to be sold under two different names until 2001.  Unfortunately the only way to enjoy it these days is to home brew your own.

 

Did These Stormtroopers Escape JJ Abrams ‘Mystery Box’?

No one keeps a secret in Hollywood better than JJ Abrams.  On every project he works on there is a frustrating level of secrecy where nothing gets out unless he allows it.  When he was announced as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII there was a concern that a franchise that has thrived for so long among the fans would be locked away from them.

Overnight Star Wars fans got a look at the next generation Stormtrooper helmets that are said to featured in Episode VII.

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The above is being referred to as the “Jungle Trooper” as he’s been seen around the Pinewood Studios lot.  Others are speculating that it is a modern update on the original designs for the Snowtroopers as seen in Empire Strikes Back.

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If this updated Stormtrooper design is legitimate I am very, very excited to see what JJ Abrams has in store for Episode VII.  Also, I foresee Hasbro selling a veritable shit ton of action figures.

via [ Indie Revolver ]

 

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