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]

 

 

Arm Chair Toy Fair 2015 – TMNT LEGO No More, NECA’s Power Loader, Diamond Select Takes on “Ghostbusters” & More

ArmchairSDCC14Toy Fair International is running throughout off the weekend at the Jacob Javitts Center in New York City and lots of press releases and photographs of the latest and greatest in nerd culture is hitting the Interwebz.

The collector’s event for Hasbro is taking place Saturday afternoon with Mattel’s big event scheduled for early Sunday morning.  Until then, I have gathered some of the biggest surprises and reveals to date.  Keep an eye out here all weekend for the latest and greatest from Toy Fair 2015!

TMNTlegonomoreTMNT LEGO NO MORE!!! – Mattel and Nickelodeon announced in a press release that beginning in 2016 Mega Bloks will be producing construction sets based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  LEGO will obviously sell out their remaining stock based on the current animated series as well as the lackluster sets based on the 2014 live action movie.

I fully expect the first wave of TMNT LEGO sets will see their secondary market prices increase in the coming months. [via The Brick Fan]

“Get away from her you bitch!” — After much anticipation NECA revealed the prototype for of Lt. Ellen Ripley and her Power Loader from the science fiction classics Aliens.

Image via Toy News International

Image via Toy News International

The folks at Toy News International have a really good look at everything NECA has in the works, including their continuing Pacific Rim, 8-bit tribute figures and a 12″ Christopher Reeves as Superman.   [via Toy News International]

Diamond Select Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost! — It looks as though the good people at Diamond Select Toys quietly picked up the license to make action figures based on Ghostbusters!  In their booth they had prototypes of Ray Stanz and Winston Zedmore on display and from the initial look it appears they learned from Mattel’s  bungling of the license are doing everything right. [via The Fwoosh]

Gordon’s Alive!?! — Bif Bang Pow is rolling out a line of 3.75″ scale action figures based on the characters of the 1980 cult classic Flash Gordon.  The first wave will include: Flash Gordon, Prince Vultan, Prince Baron, Ming the Merciless and Princess Aura.

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As a youth my GI Joes would have done unspeakable things to a 3.75″ Princess Aura … just saying.

[via Action Figure Insider]

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.

 

Zoinks! Scooby Doo Has Gone LEGO

It’s not even Toy Fair yet and there is some huge LEGO news breaking!  Earlier this week during the UK Toy Fair there were reports of a whole line of licensed Scooby Doo sets on display.  LEGO has notoriously strict photography policies when it comes to these reveals, but the spy reports indicated that ALL fans of Scooby Doo would be pleased with the results.

Earlier this morning USA Today had the first official look at (75902) Mystery Machine featuring the gang’s iconic van along with Fred, Shaggy, and Scooby.

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The Mystery Machine will hit retail for $29.99 in August 2015 along with four additional sets: (75900) Mummy Museum Mystery,  (75901) Mystery Plane Adventures,  (75903) Haunted Lighthouse, and (75904) Mystery Mansion.

At this time there is no word as to whether or not Scrappy Doo may be making an appearance in one of these sets.  With New York Toy Fair just around the corner, I’d expect the full wave to be unveiled very shortly. I can’t even begin to describe the pure joy I experienced upon seeing the Mystery Machine in LEGO form … all I can say is INSTABUY!

These 80’s Villains Took A Break From Evil & Went Pop!

I stumbled upon the work of Rocky Davies late last year when his Predator / Guns N’ Roses mashup “Welcome to the Jungle” ended up on TeeFury.  Since then Davies has expanded his lineup to include the likes of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, The Baroness, Shredder, Freddy Kreuger and even Skeletor.

I’m a huge fan of Rocky’s work, which you can follow on Deviant Art, Instagram or you could snap up some of his latest designs over at Age of Nerd.  You can also nag him incessantly on Twitter @Rocky_Davies … because I’m sure he takes requests.

Sylvester Stallone’s Action Figure Lines, Ranked

Throughout his Hollywood career Sylvester Stallone has given us truly iconic performances.  Despite his nearly $2 billion in lifetime box office gross attempts to turn his likeness into action figure gold like his contemporary Arnold Schwarzenegger has most fallen flat.  Because I hate myself (and most of my readership) I’ve scoured the dark corners of the Interwebz to bring your the most authoritative ranking of plastic Stalloneness.

5) Demolition Man (Mattel, 1993) — Sylvester Stallone’s future cop flick got a tie-in action figure line consisting of 8 figures and 2 vehicles that were mostly repaints/retools from Mattel’s The New Adventures of He-Man line from 1990.

As someone who stalks toy shows and the depths of eBay quite regularly I can honestly say that no one has truly thought about these action figures since the days of KB Toys.  The general awfulness of this line has made it oddly collectible and economically feasible to own. Sadly enough this may have been the closest we may have ever gotten to an honest to God Denis Leary action figure if there had been another wave produced.

4) Over The Top (LEWCO, 1987) — The greatest movie ever made featuring competitive arm wrestling received a full treatment of action figures as well as role playing gear.  This line had a total of six figures all of which aside from Stallone’s Lincoln Hawk had characters like John Grizzly, Johnny “Ice Man” Walker and my personal favorite Cleve “Armbender” Dean.  The action figures even had an honest to goodness arm wrestling play feature which required the purchase of the official arm wrestling table (figures sold separately).  overthetop_figure

3) Rambo and the Freedom Force (Coleco, 1985-86) — This kid friendly adaptation of Rambo was supported by a cartoon that turned the PTSD suffering Vietnam veteran into the leader of GI JOE-like team battling the evil forces of S.A.V.A.G.E. The cartoon barely lasted a year but COLECO was able to put out two full series of action figures and vehicles before the end of 1986. Despite the preposterous storyline, COLECO did a hell of a job on this line.

rambo_colecoWhat is most notable about this line is that is gave us what may be consider to be the definitive “movie style” Rambo action figure until NECA’s turn with the property in 2014.

2) Rocky (Pheonix Toys, 1983) —  While many argue that Rocky IV may be the peak of the Balboa saga, I’ll always partial to Rocky III if only for Clubber Lang. This line featured a total of three figures Rocky Balboa, Apollo Creed and Clubber Lang all with surprisingly decent likenesses.  rocky3

1) Rambo/Rambo First Blood: Part II (NECA, 2014) — Over the last few years NECA has necarambobuilt a reputation of landing huge licenses and putting out tremendous action figures in terms of paint, sculpts and attention to detail.  It should come as no surprise that their turn with Rambo comes out on top of this list.

NECA turned out several versions of John Rambo with my favorite probably the Frist Blood: Part II edition.  They even went so far as to produce a variant based on the 1988 NES video game, with paint applications meant to mimic the cell-shading graphics.

So there you have it … the definitive ranking of Sylvester Stallone themed action figures.  Did I miss something? Am I totally off base? Sound off in the comments or find me on Twitter.

Has The Identity of Reverse Flash Been Confirmed?

Despite only being halfway through its debut season the rogues gallery on the The Flash is already quite prolific.  So far Barry Allen has gone up against Captain Cold, Plastique, Heatwave, Captain Boomerang and Reverse Flash.  Fans were left with the pressing question at the mid-season finale was if Dr. Wells was truly the Reverse Flash … or was that closing scene another bit of misdirection? reverseflashcwThis weekend during the Television Critics’ Association press tour, The Flash star Tom Cavanaugh went on to say that “He [Dr. Wells] is the man in the yellow suit.  Yes, I am Reverse Flash“.

Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg went on to elaborate that there is “only one Reverse Flash” (dispelling several fan theories) and that before the season is out we why he murdered Barry Allen’s mother.

The Flash returns on January 20th, until then you can sate your appetite for the scarlet speedster with this quick preview.

via [Entertainment Weekly]

Check Out These 6 Unreleased RoboCop Toys From Kenner

RoboCop remains one of the all time bloodiest and violent movies of all time, which my good friend Vincent over at The Robots Pajamas points out makes for an excellent basis for a kid friendly toy line. The RoboCop and the Ultra Police toy line ran in conjunction with a syndicated cartoon series from 1988-89.

The third series of action figures, vehicles and role play items never made it to production; however they did make it to prototype stage and were even featured in trade publications.

Robo Holster — This role playing item was meant to mimic RoboCops’s thigh-holster and came with a cap-firing gun … because everything in the 1980’s fired caps.

Robo Laser -- This role playing gear was designed after RoboCop's thigh holster mechanism and would feature a cap firing pistolUltra Police Role Playing Gear — This modular playset never made it to production, but the concept was later incorporate into Kenner’s Batman Dark Knight Collection “Crime Control Kit“.

Ultra Police Role Playing Gear -- This modular system made it to the concept stage but would later be incorporate into Kenner's Batman lineRobo-Tank – This cap-firin’ plastic death machine was featured prominently on the packaging on nearly all of the first series of figures and vehicles.

Robo Tank -- this rolling death machine was featured on card backs but was cancelled before it could be produced for series 2

Robo-Glove — If you stalked the aisles of KB Toys in the early 1990’s surely you saw the knock off versions of this role playing item; but this version had a missile launcher and data spike … because stabbing computers is always the best way to get information.

robogloveRobo-Hawk — Much like the Robo Tank, this chubby little VTOL aircraft was featured in promotional material never saw retail.

Robo Hawk -- This VTOL aircraft was never producedVandal-1 — Of all the prototypes the only one that went on to new life was the Vandal-1 Roadster which was repainted as the Mobile Assault Vehicle in Kenner’s Terminator 2 line.

Vandal-1 was a very 90's bad guy ride that found its way into Kenner's Terminator 2 line.

Kenner had a tremendous run and their designers had an incredible knack of re-purposing molds and getting the most bang for their buck.  The novelty of the Robocop and the Ultra Police line is intoxicating and it remains a highly collectible and fun line.  I happen to own two of the glow in the dark Nightfighter RoboCop action figures and they are prominently featured in my collection.

via [RoboCop and the Ultra Police Facebook]

The Only “Krull” Documentary Narrated By Tom Bosley You’ll Ever Need To Watch

Recently I found myself in one of those weird YouTube loops whereupon I found myself completely engrossed in a documentary chronicling the making of the 1983 science fiction-fantasy classic Krull.  I never had the opportunity to watch Krull in theaters during its theatrical run, but grew to love the film during my childhood during it’s constant run on cable.

Coming in at 22-minutes Journey to Krull – Making the Film provides an interesting look at the work that went into making the cult classic film.  But what makes this documentary just a little strange is that Tom Bosley of Happy Days and David the Gnome provides the narration for the film.

If you have never had a chance to watch Krull, don’t let it 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes deter you.  While it may not be a movie for everyone it has a lot going for it: a fantastic score by James Horner, a Cyclops, Fire Mares … and the amazing Lysette Anthony!

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]