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]

Appetite for Pizza is The Guns N Roses/TMNT Mash Up You Never Knew You Needed

There are a lot of genre mash-ups that fall short in execution, but this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed take on Guns N Roses’ iconic album art for Appetite for Destruction is awesome.


Thanks goes out to CobraShadowJoes on who shared this on Twitter a couple of days back.  If anyone knows the artist(s) who created this piece let me know, I’d love to give proper credit where it is due.

‘ROM The Spaceknight’ Inexplicably Returns For San Diego Comic Con

Hasbro has announced some crazy awesome exclusives for this years San Diego Comic Con.  And yesterdays unveiling of the return of the 35th Annivesary ROM The Spaceknight Mighty Mugg is truly astounding and confusing.


I love the fact that we are getting some official ROM merchandise, but why would they bring him in on the Mighty Mugg format?  The format is all but dead at retail which is even more puzzling.

I imagine that tooling a Marvel Legends scale figure for what would essentially be a one off would be prohibitively expensive.  Bringing ROM back as a Mighty Mugg is easy and cheap, it’s a matter of slapping paint on the Mighty Mugg blank.

With the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy is Hasbro letting us know that more ROM The Spaceknight is on the way?

This item will be available at the Hasbro Booth at San Diego Comic Con for $29.99 and at after the show.

via [MTV News]

Book Club: An Early Look at Ben H. Winters’ World of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III

worldoftrouble_cvrOver the last three weeks I have devoured Ben H. Winters’ The Last Policeman Trilogy at a near reckless pace.  The final installment, World of Trouble, will be released by Quirk Books on July 15th. Fans of the series will not be disappointed by the conclusion which pulls no punches or takes any shortcuts.

World of Trouble picks up several months after the events of Countdown City, and former detective Henry Palace is out to solve one last mystery before the doomsday asteroid Maia makes landfall and wipes humanity off the map.  Palace is out to find his sister who had joined up with a group who believed that they had the answers to stopping Maia’s collision with the Earth. Unfortunately time is not on his side as he only has a few days left before humanity is wiped off the face of the planet.

Throughout the series we come across people who have gone “bucket list” who have decided to live out their remaining days in Caligulan debauchery.  Others have hunkered down in their basements and Cold War era bomb shelters hoping that they could somehow live out the nuclear winter after Maia makes landfall in the Pacific Ocean with their hoarded provisions.  Palace could very well have rode out his end days in relative comfort and seclusion; but that is not how he his wired.  Years ago he made a promise to always look after his little sister and nothing, not even Maia will stop him from fulfilling that commitment.

When you are reading World of Trouble you almost hope that Palace is somehow going to stumble upon a scenario which Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck somehow end up saving the Earth.  By the climax of the book you truly and desperately want Winters to just take the easy way out. World of Trouble is just the type of no-win scenario that Captain Kirk just cannot abide.  The end is coming, but how are do you make those last days count?

I cannot recommend this final, sobering entry into The Last Policeman Trilogy enough.  World of Trouble, will be released by Quirk Books on July 15th.  You can pre-order it through my Amazon link (wink wink) or directly through Quirk Books

**A review copy of World of Trouble was provided the good people at Quirk Books.  


Are The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figures Really That Bad?

Today during a quick toy hunt I made my first sighting of merchandise for the soon to be released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.  There was a full end cap of movie themed action figures, vehicles, and role play items.

Playmates Toys has had master toy license for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles since well … forever.  I must say, despite my love of their Classic Collection and the detail to their reissues I find the execution on this movie line lacking.

The worst offenders in the first wave have to be the Foot Soldier and The Shredder.  The sculpts are very soft and the joints are hideous.  The final product is not something I would expect coming from a company with a such a strong track record.

I’ve always been good for picking up at least Raphael during each TMNT iteration; but I think I will be sitting this line out entirely.  Nothing I have seen in person or online has convinced me that these figures are worth picking up … let the flame war commence!