Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Smaug Action Figure Finally Joining The Hobbit Toy Line

HE IS COMING!!! His wingspan is 22 inches of (scale!) hurricane fury. His 21 inch height allows him to cast a shadow on an entire Schleich Smurf village. 140 painting procedures will ensure his might is recreated in painstaking detail. HE IS SMAUG!! ...and he's finally going to be joining your Hobbit action figure collection!!

From the depths of Erebor and the film The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies comes this detailed, limited edition Smaug the dragon large scale action figure, complete with a surprise 1.5" figure and accessory.  Featuring an impressive 22 inch wingspan, Smaug stands tall, measuring 21 inches.  No details were overlooked as this center piece of any action figure collection was in development.  Smaug boasts ten points of articulation and underwent over 140 painting procedures.  The figure is plastic, but Smaug's tail and wingtips have a wire core, allowing for additional poses.  This item has a limited edition production run of 3000 units and each box will be labeled with a gold sticker indicating the number.  Please note:  no special requests can be made for specific numbers.  Measurements are approximate and some assembly is required.  Note:  the surprise figure and accessory will be revealed at a later date.  Age 8+.

The Care Bears Are Back!

A new partnership between AG Properties (AGP), the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation, and Just Play, a leading children’s toy goods manufacturer, will bring an all-new Care Bears toy line to major retail outlets in fall 2014. The Just Play capture the heart and personality of this endearing evergreen brand that has charmed children for more than 30 years.

The Just Play toyline will feature ultra-soft snuggly plush and an assortment of Care Bears figures and play sets that will give children the chance to create special connections and enjoy make-believe adventures with their favorite Care Bears characters. Ranging from $2.99 to $24.99 and arriving at US retailers nationwide in September, the line which features everyone's favorite Care Bears -- Cheer Bear, Funshine Bear, Share Bear, Harmony Bear, Tenderheart Bear, and even Grumpy Bear -- offers kids lovable friends to help teach them about emotions, empathy and caring.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Condensed Run Through of the Fantasia Film Festival

These days, there is no shortage of news to run for those who look. There are conventions every weekend, and even if you aren't near enough to attend, SOMEONE with a camera is and they'd love to share. What I'm saying geek world is exploding with awesome and between work (the work I hope to be doing for the rest of my life), "real work" (the work I do to feed myself and keep my bills paid) and the little experiment called Idle Hands, there is seldom a second to spare. It's when time is not abundant that we utilize a tool every news writer embraces to give thanks and praise to films that deserve it, a scratch of the head at those that don't and wrap it all up in a neat, QUICK little package. IT'S MINI REVIEW TIME!!

We love indie movies here at Idle Hands, so we cover film fest whenever able, and so we present this nice stack of mini reviews in with hopes you'll discover some titles you'll want to track down when available. Let's get to it...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Explore Venom's Home World

This November, dare to venture where no hero in the Marvel Universe has ever gone before as the Guardians of the Galaxy find themselves stranded on the home world of the Symbiotes! It all kicks off this November in Planet of the Symbiotes, the newest storyline beginning in Guardians of the Galaxy #21, from blockbuster writer Brian Michael Bendis and Marvel All-New Young Gun artist Valerio Schiti!

Ever since the Symbiote bonded with Flash Thompson, he has wielded it as a force for good, making the Earth a safer place as the hero known as Venom. Only the far reaches of space are a little bit out of his depth – even when he’s packing a crazed alien costume!

“Isn’t it interesting after all this time, we’ve never seen the Symbiote’s home planet?” says Executive Editor Mike Marts. “What does the planet look like? How will they respond to Agent Venom? It’s a lot of mystery, which is always fun. But come November, we’ll be adding to the Symbiote mythology in some new and exciting ways.”

Friday, August 15, 2014

What’s All This Then? #3: Rapid Fire Marvel & DC Comics News

What’s All This Then? #3: Rapid Fire
By: Andrew O’Brien

Hey! A lot has happened in the past month or so. I’d love to dedicate an entire article to each and every one of those things, but that would take far too long, so I’m going to go about this a little differently. This will be a lightning round of sorts where I can tell you the bare basics of a few things in the comics media-sphere that have interested me that I think you should also take note of. Sound good? Doesn't matter, that’s what I’m doing, so hold on to your butts. Here we go.

(SPOILER warning: I will be spoiling things. Mostly things involving talking raccoons and turtles, but if you don’t care keep reading.)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

LEGO's New The LEGO Movie Sets for 2015

Yes..redundant, but that's how you name things! Company name, subject and so on. No more lip from youuu. As we wallow in the long long wait for New York Comic Con and all the surprises that event will bring, we scour the globe for new info and images. Sometimes we get one and not the other...but sometimes the other already had a sneak peek at San Diego Comic-Con and ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD!! Yes..I'm hyper today. We all love The LEGO Movie and so more sets for this fantastic piece of hysterical animation was a no brainer. Here's what's on tap for 2015...

Toys "R" Us to Carry Exclusive Sin City Movie Action Figures

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is headed to theaters, and the first assortment of Sin City Select action figures, based on the original 2005 feature film, is in stores now. Captured in the film's trademark black-and-white, main characters Marv, Hartigan and Nancy each feature multiple points of articulation, multiple accessories and a detailed diorama base. And now Diamond Select Toys is proud to announce a pair of exclusive figures only available at Toys "R" Us!

For those who prefer their neo-noir in living color, Marv (Mickey Rourke) and Hartigan (Bruce Willis) are now a pair of full-color action figures in Toys "R" Us stores. Packaged in more streamlined packaging, with smaller street bases, Marv and Hartigan each include their unique accessories and the same high level of articulation. Both the black-and-white Select figures and color Toys "R" Us figures were sculpted by Jean St. Jean. Hit the jump for more images...

40th Anniversary Young Frankenstein Blu-ray & DVD Coming September 9th

The scariest comedy of all time gets resurrected as Young Frankenstein: 40th Anniversary arrives on Blu-ray September 9 (click HERE to pre-order for one $12.98!) from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Comedy icons Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr and Madeline Kahn star in Mel Brooks’ brilliantly outrageous riff on Mary Shelley’s classic story of Frankenstein. After inheriting his grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Wilder) follows in his ancestor’s freaky footsteps as he sets out to reanimate a dead body in Brooks’ “funniest, most cohesive comedy to date.” (The New York Times)

Young Frankenstein was nominated for two Academy Awards* and two Golden Globe Awards**. More than 40 years later, the film has stood the test of time, ranking at lucky number 13 on the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 funniest films.

HBO's True Blood Final Episode Synopsis & Air Times

THIS IS IT! Will Bill have one final chance to say.....Sooooookieeeee. Will that giant blonde Norseman have his moment in the sun...or rather..some other happy moment that doesn't involve him bursting into flames because Vampires. Whether you've been loving every minute of this series or agonizing over every moment of this last run at Television glory, we know you'll be locked in for the final episode...because YOU NEED TO COMPLETE THINGS! and good for you.

Disney Announce Disney Infinity Toybox 2.0 Features

Leading into the Disney Infinity Toy Box Summit, which is being held at Avalanche Software in Salt Lake City, UT from August 15 – 17, Disney Interactive today announced a detailed list of new Toy Box features that will debut in the new Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) (click HERE to pre-order!) when it hits retail stores next month. This weekend, Avalanche Software will allow select super-fans from all over the world to experience first-hand, the new tools that will make it easier and faster for every Disney Infinity fan to build and share custom Toy Box creations with family and friends.