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CBS & Viacom Think Star Trek Fans May Be Easily Confused

The prospect of a new Star Trek series in 2017 under the guidance of Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, American Gods) and Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) is enough to make the thorniest Trekkie perk up with excitement. By the time the series premieres next summer, it will have been 12 years since the last iteration of TV-Trek, Enterprise went off the air in 2005. What is yet to be revealed about this new series is what timeline it will take place in. Will it be a part of the NuTrek created by JJ Abrams in the 2009 reboot? Will it be a continuation of The Next Generation? Or will it be a Nu Next Generation in the current movie timeline?

star-trek-1400-1At this point there are more questions than answers, but one thing is certain … both CBS and Viacom think that Star Trek fans are fucking idiots.

In a recent interview, as reported by TrekCore, CBS Corporation President Les Moonves elaborated on the status of the new series and the current state of affairs between CBS and Viacom. As it stands right now CBS owns the television rights and Viacom has the movie rights (and they have historically not played well together).

Moonves went on to say that “our deal with them [Viacom] is that we had to wait six months after their film is launched so there wouldn’t be a confusion in the marketplace”

Confusion.

In.

The.

Marketplace.

Star Trek fans are many things; but they are not easily confused. It was pretty easy to balance watching Star Trek: First Contact at theaters, TNG on SciFi and Deep Space 9 on UPN at the same time. As a consumer I was able to navigate the different incarnation of my favorite franchise AT THE SAME TIME.

The latest film, Star Trek Beyond is due in theaters later this summer and apparently CBS can’t roll out the new series until after the home release which is oddly frustrating. What’s even more frustrating is how this agreement will affect the future films (the cast does have an option for a fourth film) and the ongoing series.  I for one, am confident in my ability to enjoy both iterations of Star Trek without an iota of confusion.

6 Of The Most Ridiculous Jurassic Park Action Figures Ever Made

Since 1993 the Jurassic Park franchise has generated over two billion dollars in revenue at the box office.  Back in the early nineties, Kenner was still king of the action figure aisle and secured the rights to produce toys based on Steven Spielberg’s epic adventure film.  After the demise of Kenner, Hasbro absorbed the rights and used many of the original Kenner molds to produce untold repaints of dinosaurs and their human counterparts.  In that time some truly ridiculous action figures were produced with the six most notorious highlighted here.

6) Mosasaurus Vs. Submarine, Jurassic World Series I (2015)

I have yet to see Jurassic World, but I am pretty sure that at no point does this giant marine dinosaur square off against a submerisble that was a rejected design from SeaQuest DSV 

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5) Dr. Snare, Jurassic Park Series II (1993)

I am guessing that Dr. Snare is the leader of the Evil Raiders. Everything about this action figures drips bad guy. His shirtless-ness, thigh bandolier, duster, and dinosaur skin boots scream everything that was bad about nineties action figure lines.

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4) Military General, Jurassic Park III Series I (2001)

Do you guys remember the whole military presence in Jurassic Park III? Me neither.

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3) Evil Raiders Strike Cycle, Jurassic Park Series II (1993)

Like most action figure lines you can’t have good guys without some bad guys.  Enter the Evil Raiders who stalked Isla Nublar on their bitchin’ tricycles.  This vehicle was featured in the second wave which over the years has become harder to find on the secondary market.

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2) Ajay Sidhu, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Series II (1997)

Do you remember the character Ajay Sidhu at all? He was actually in the movie as the sidekick to big game hunter Roland Tembo as portrayed by the late Peter Poslethwaite.  He may very well be the most obscure character to EVER get an action figure in the history of action figures.

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1) Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park Chaos Effect Series I (1998)

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Image via JPLegacy.com

In 1998, Kenner released a new sub-line of the Jurassic Park line where scientists merged DNA of various dinosaur species resulting in “genetically mutated dines gone bad”.  And who better to combat this threat than mathematician Ian Malcolm?

This version of Ian Malcolm has him in costume than can only be described as a Ghostbuster by way of an Eco Warrior.  This sub-line only had two human figures, a few vehicles, and roughly ten dinosaurs.  Unfortunately a glow in the dark wave called the “Night Hunters” was cancelled and a Battle Mech with an exclusive Ian Malcolm never made it past the prototype stage.

Arm Chair Toy Fair ’15 – Ultra Magnus Surprises, Terminator Goes MegaBloks & Kotobukiya’s Hulkbuster

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It is proving to be infinitely difficult trying to keep up with the bevy of announcements that came out of Toy Fair.  While many were disappointed about the lack of new Star Wars product due to pending release of Star Wars The Force Awakens, several properties from film, comics and television surprised everyone with some great new product for 2015.

Ultra Magnus Makes a Surprise Appearance – Despite my lifelong love affair with the Transformers, I can honestly say I have not actually purchased one in three years.  That may all change with the Generations Leader Class Ultra Magnus, which is based on his current look from the IDW Comics continuity.

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Of all the reveals at this year’s Toy Fair I may have to say as a HUGE fan of the Generation One inspired Generations line … Ultra Magnus may be my favorite so far, even if he can’t hold onto the Matrix of Leadership for more than five minutes.  [via TFW2005]

Image via Action Figure Insider

Image via Action Figure Insider

Terminator Genisys Goes Mega Bloks?!?

It looks as though Mega Bloks picked up the license for construction sets based on the upcoming film Terminator Genisys.  During Mattel’s “collector’s event” Sunday morning they had a rather impressive T-800 bust on display.

This is a huge step up for the Terminator franchise being that the last construction sets were made by a cheap Chinese LEGO-knock off company.

I have not seen any details regarding the license, but from what was on display it appears that the sets coming out this year are for the new film only.  I will update accordingly as more information makes its way onto the Internet.  As a LEGO loyalist, I have typically veered away from Mega Bloks; but it seems like they have done a good job with their HALO, Call of Duty and Titanfall construction sets. [via Action Figure Insider]

Hulkbuster! Hulkbuster! HULKBUSTER!!!!  From everyone that was on the ground at Toy Fair, it was clear that Marvel is doubling down on Tony Stark’s fan favorite suit of armor to be a big seller later this year.  Of everything Hulkbuster related, I must say that I am completely in lust Kotobukiya’s Avengers Age of Ultron Hulkbuster ArtFx statue.

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Image via Toy News International

 

Release date and MSRP is still to be decided, but figure on the second half of 2015 with a price point around $250.00 [via ToyNewsI]

Finally, A Felicity Smoak I Can Take Home Without Being Arrested – DC Collectibles showed off the latest action figures from the pair of highly successful CW series The Flash and Arrow.  Later this year fans can expect a masked Oliver Queen as Arrow, Arsenal, John Diggle and Felicity Smoak.  On The Flash side of things we will get Barry Allen as The Flash along with Captain Cold. [via ToyArk]

 

 

Michelangelo & Lincoln: History Cops is The LEGO Movie Spin-Off We Deserve

Everything is awesome because The LEGO Movie will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray next Tuesday.  As part of the promotional push we are getting our first look at one of the included special features on the disc, a faux trailer for Michelangelo & Lincoln: History Cops.

Dear Warner Bros. Exectutives … all I ask is that we get more Will Forte as Abraham Lincoln in The LEGO Movie 2.

via [ComingSoon.net]

This Trailer For The Empire Striketh Back Is Already Better Than The Prequels

On March 18th Philadelphia-based publishing outfit Quirk Books is releasing William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher.  A brand new trailer has been released for this genre busting installment, which sold me as soon as Elizabethan Boba Fett showed up.

The saga that began with the interstellar best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars continues with this merry reimagining of George Lucas’s enduring classic The Empire Strikes Back.

Many a fortnight have passed since the destruction of the Death Star. Young Luke Skywalker and his friends have taken refuge on the ice planet of Hoth, where the evil Darth Vader has hatched a cold-blooded plan to capture them. Only with the help of a little green Jedi Master—and a swaggering rascal named Lando Calrissian—can our heroes escape the Empire’s wrath. And only then will Lord Vader learn how sharper than a tauntaun’s tooth it is to have a Jedi child.

What light through Yoda’s window breaks? Methinks you’ll find out in the pages of The Empire Striketh Back!

You can pre-order The Empire Striketh Back right now through Amazon in both Kindle and Hardcover formats.  And be sure to keep an eye out here for more goodness in the coming days from our friends over at Quirk Books!

 

Armchair Toy Fair 2014: LEGO Ghostbusters, NECA Has Gone Crazy, Jetfire Returns & Star Wars Black Goes Deluxe

TF-14_logoAnd I’m back with the Sunday afternoon edition of Armchair Toy Fair 2014.  Last night Hasbro had a premier event for its product lineup for the coming year and bloggers were invited to eat some bagels and see some toys in the wee morning hours.

There have been some really great announcements so far, many of which will have a negative impact on your wallet … enjoy!

The LEGO Group officially unveiled the Ghostbusters (21108) set which is slated for a June 2014 release with a MSRP of $49.99 (I called it!). It doesn’t look like we will be getting a Slimer with this release, but I’m sure customizers will be all over that one for us.  The Ecto-1 looks extremely faithful to the film version and I really can’t get enough of those little minifig-scaled Proton Packs. [From Bricks To Bothans]

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Image via FBTB.net

There really is not stopping NECA when it comes to tremendous reveals.  How about a Jetpack RoboCop from RoboCop 3?  Of course it’s a terrible movie, but a flying RoboCop is really the best RoboCop.  Their Predator line continues in 2014 with a vehicle … yes … you read that right an in-scale vehicle the Blade Fighter.  And let’s not forget that for their Aliens line they announced a Power Loader.  A FUCKING POWER LOADER. With that reveal I can only assume a Lt. Ripley is coming, because it’s pointless to have a Power Loader without her.  I would expect that announcement sometime this summer, maybe before San Diego Comic Con.  Seriously NECA … shut up and take all of my money!  [The Toyark]

Fans of the Star Wars Black series should be excited for two of the big announcements for 2014. The line is expanding with two “Deluxe” offerings, a Scout Trooper with Speeder Bike and Jabba The Hut.

Image via ActionFigurePics.com

Image via ActionFigurePics.com

The Scout Trooper with Speeder Bike will hit retail in August with a MSRP of $49.99.  No pricing on Jabba yet but he will have an action feature if you will, by moving his arms his mouth will open and slobber all over you.  Some great reveals here, I pity you Star Wars collectors and your wallets.   [Action Figure Pics

 

Image via TFW2005.com

Image via TFW2005.co

While Hasbro has been unveiling the various lines for Transformers: Age of Extinction I can only marvel at the greatness that is the Transformers Generations Leader Class Jetfire.  I like many of you out there had G1 Jetfire which is arguably one of the all time best Transformers figures ever released.

The original Jetfire was actually a repaint of a Macross VF-1S Super Valkyrie with an Autobot sticker slapped on the nose.  This new figure will pay homage with a removable helmet reminiscent of the original figure.  This is one sick looking Autobot and I expect it to be in the $59.99 to $69.99 when it hits retail (if it ever does because scalpers will be all over this one) [TFW2005]

Collection Spotlight — May The Fourth Be With You

While I may not be the biggest Star Wars fan, I certainly have an appreciation for the original Trilogy.  So in celebration of Star Wars Day, here are some of my favorite Star Wars related pieces in my collection.

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From (L-R) Vinylmation Star Wars Series 1 R2D2, Disney Star Wars (Park Exclusive) Donald Duck as Stormtrooper, Vintage Collection Boba Fett, Mini Muggs Darth Vader

Admiral Robocop & Space Babes: The New Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer Is Here

With roughly two months to go until the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, a new international trailer was released yesterday. This trailer featured a few more action shots and an insight as to what exactly the background of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character is. Oh yeah, and Alice Eve in space lingerie.

There are some huge some spoilers included in this trailer, one of which is a call back to Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. I’m not on the Cumberbatch = Khan bandwagon, but Im going to do my best to stay spoiler free from here on out. All I can say is the next trailer needs more Scotty.

via [TrekMovie]

Game Genie Made The Rules, Well … Until The Internet Existed

Remember Game Genie? That magical device that allowed you to skip levels on Kid Chameleon on your SEGA Genesis.  It was a magic dongle that allowed you to bypass those pesky bosses that plagued your 16-bit nightmares.

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I vividly remember getting Game Genie for Christmas only to discover that the new games that I just got didn’t have cheat codes published in the accompanying booklet.  In order to get those codes I needed to purchase a subscription to get updated booklets.  Those bastards at Galoob really had a good thing going … until that whole Internet thing came around.

 

 

 

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