I think we can say with certainty Star Wars licensing has truly reached its nadir with the release of the Star Wars Galactic Village Collection. The first release in this series of fully sculpted illuminated structures is the Mos Eisley Cantina, which is available for only three easy payments of $19.99! The next release will be the Hoth Rebel Base but I’m really holding out for a Rancor pit shortly after that.
Introducing Star Wars Collectibles … for you Grandma
Produced by The Bradford Exchange, who are purveyors of collectibles that only a grandmother would love like Thomas Kinkade Crystal Snowmen, Precious Moments Dale Earnhardt Jr. Fan Figurines, and the always popular Elvis Presley Bath Ensemble Accessory Kit.
While the whole illuminated village phenomena is traditionally limited to your dentist’s waiting room, I think the Bradford Exchange is on to something here because Star Wars fan WILL BUY ANYTHING!
On a recent trip to my local LEGO Store I was surprised to find the latest wave of sets based on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series sitting on the shelves.
This new wave consists of five sets which feature minifig versions from of the Turtle’s rogue gallery like Karai and Spider Bytez as well as more mission specific repaints of the Turtles themselves.
Having gone all out on last year’s wave of Turtle themed sets, I may be sitting this one out. However the two sets that I currently have my eye on are 79121 Turtle Sub Undersea Chase as well as 79122 Shredder’s Lair Rescue.
If you are a child of the nineties there is a great chance that the ToyBiz X-Men action figures were probably your first heavy dose of mutant kind in plastic form. The first wave of figures launched in 1991 (a year before the premiere of the epic cartoon) and effectively changed the action figure industry.
1991 Ad Scan for ToyBiz X-Men Action Figure
The X-Men line eventually ran twenty, yes TWENTY waves all the way through 1997. Granted some of these waves had some repaints but the increased articulation, advanced play features, and integration into the long running cartoon made for an industry titan.
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The questions as to when we will actually see footage from the forthcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has been answered. Last night the teaser trailer was screened at CinemaCon 2014 and io9 was there to see it and provided a great breakdown of what they saw:
… the turtles are MUCH bigger than we ever suspected. They are absolutely giant, and when they land they make a huge thud noise. They are simply massive …
I expected as such given the hulking masses of articulated plastic that we have seen in the leaked images of the action figures over the last few months. While these new look Turtles have met with much fanboy ire and derision I will reserve judgment on the look of the Turtles until I see them for myself.
The rest of the trailer is full of quick glimpses of the Foot Clan, April O’Neil, and The Shredder (whose look is apparently awesome and true to the character). The trailer closes out with the Turtles revealing themselves to April:
April O’Neil is running away from something on a roof. Leonardo crashes down in front of her with a massive thud. She turns around and there’s Michelangelo with his hands up pleading with April to stop, “Woah. It’s just a mask, don’t freak out.” He takes off his tiny little orange mask revealing the face of a anthropomorphic turtle. With, really sweet cute baby eyes and amazing skin. “See?” April passes out. THE END.
This reboot has been in the fanboy’s crosshairs from the start once Michael Bay’s involvement as executive producer was announced. As a child of the eighties the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were a huge part of my life and the first movie hit at exactly the right time.
As a franchise the Turtles have always maintained a high pop culture profile and I am excited to finally see this trailer once it makes an appearance before Captain America: The Winter Soldier.