Thursday, July 2, 2015

SDCC 2015 Preview: MONDO's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The 1st Hellboy & Comic-Con Plans

Ohhh Mondo. You are the ridiculously adorable kitten I can't help petting every time I walk past. Your movie prints are so damn cool, I'm positive there are power ballads out there singing their praises. Now you are getting into toys...and I want you to know...I love you. It's a real love. A manly love. Much like the love I have for pizza and the movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. You showed me an art toy rendering of Michelangelo of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and my eyes grew wide with wanting. Then you showed me a massive Iron Giant action figure...and I wept openly...on New Jersey transit. It wasn't pretty sobbing either. It was the kind Peter Griffin rolls away silently from. Now, as San Diego Comic-Con 2015 approaches, we grab some time with Mondo's Creative Director for Toys/Collectibles Brock Otterbacher to see what they'll be unveiling at the biggest geek gathering on Earth...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Build Your Own Game of Thrones Universe with McFarlane Toys

McFarlane Toys schooled a lot of skeptics who gave the side eye to their Walking Dead Construction Sets. Now, they are about to give us the toy line we never knew we were longing for, deep down in our heart of hearts...and when you hear details, your need will be mighty.

Due out just in time for the holiday season (WINTER IS COMING!!!), the McFarlane Game of Thrones Construction Sets will launch with building sets and single blind packs, just like The Walking Dead, no doubt available at Toys R Us and online locations. They'll kick things off with a Banner Pack Assortment featuring the Lannisters and the Starks (naturally!), a Throne Room Set (of course), and blind packed figures (bet you cash money Ned's head comes off)...

SDCC 2015: MEET FLASH GORDON!!

Stop by the Entertainment Earth booth #2343 at San Diego Comic-Con to meet Sam J. Jones, known for his role as Flash Gordon, and Melody Anderson, who portrayed Dale Arden in the popular cult classic movie Flash Gordon. Sam J. Jones is scheduled to appear on Sunday, July 12, 2015, from 10am to 11:30am and Melody Anderson is scheduled to join him on Sunday, July 12, 2015 from noon to 1:30pm. Sam J. Jones is also well known for his role in Ted and Ted 2. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

SDCC 2015: MTV Returns to Comic-Con with Teen Wolf, Scream & More

MTV will take San Diego Comic-Con by storm with the return of Comic-Con favorite and hit drama series “Teen Wolf” for the sixth time and convention debuts of highly-anticipated shows “Scream: The TV Series” and “The Shannara Chronicles.”

For the first time in network history, MTV will be on-the-ground with its own branded booth, giving fans an all-new interactive experience when they hit the floor of the San Diego Convention Center. Fans will be treated to exclusive swag and the opportunity to meet and get autographs from a slew of MTV talent set to stop by.

Boomerang Presents Bunnicula, Be Cool Scooby Doo & Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production

It's always jarring when companies take a beloved cartoon series in a totally new direction, art wise. While we don't expect these shows to look the same forever...DON'T THEY KNOW GEEKS FEAR CHANGE???!! No, fear is not the word. We loathe it. The last time Scooby Doo got a reboot, we approached with cautious optimism, quickly embracing artwork that really nodded to the original show while making things more contemporary. I think the new show's creators are going to have a harder go of it this time around, with art that makes the characters look like they are visiting the Phineas & Ferbiverse. I expect all my friends will freak over the coming of Bunnicula...and that Wabbit art teaser reeks of Ren and Stimpy...which could potentially be MIND BLOWING...so let's take a closer look...

Saturday, June 27, 2015

SDCC 2015: Playmates Exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11" Metal Mutant Leo Figure

No doubt, this was the year of BIGGER IS BETTER. Gentle Giant added super sized figures from Marvel, DC and G.I.Joe to play with their vintage styled Star Wars lineup. Mattel continued their Masters of the Universe giants. Now Playmates adds to their massive mutant army with an 11 inch Metal Mutant Leonardo figure from teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, available at San Diego Comic-Con this year via the Nickelodeon booth!

Nickelodeon will be releasing an exclusive Comic-Con Teenage Mutant Ninja figure by Master Toy Licensee Playmates Toys. The TMNT 11” Metal Mutants Leonardo figure will be available in a limited production run, available only at the Nickelodeon Comic Con booth.

Friday, June 26, 2015

I Survived Pizza Hut's Hot Dog Bites Pizza

Thing like this start out innocently enough. My mom suggests we go pick up my nephew and take him to lunch. Fantastic. Then comes the nightmarish phrase "Wouldn't it be fun..." which was followed by the suggestion of digging into Pizza Hutt's new Hot Dog Bites Crust Pizza. "What do you think?" "Well''..." I replied, "I think it might kill me and I will be very sad I attempted it later tonight...alone..someplace not so brightly lit where I can hang my head in shame and let the memory...pass through me, as it were." GREAT! So it's a plan. And off we went. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

SDCC 2015: Toys R Us Announces "Collector Vector" and Comic-Con Exclusives

Building on its tradition of offering an unbeatable assortment of toys for collectors of all ages, Toys“R”Us today revealed its lineup of exclusive figures and playthings that will be available at the highly anticipated Comic Convention in San Diego next month. Conventioneers and online shoppers will find must-have merchandise based on several fan-favorite entertainment brands, including BATMAN™, MY LITTLE PONY, POWER RANGERS™, Star Wars™, TRANSFORMERS and more at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12.*

In conjunction with Comic Convention, Toys“R”Us has introduced a new shop titled, “Collector Vector,” dedicated to collectible action figures, playsets and more for the mature collector community, available now in its stores nationwide and Toysrus.com. This specially designated destination features nearly 100 highly sought-after collectibles from industry leading manufacturers, including Bandai, Diamond Select™, Mezco Toyz, McFarlane Toys and NECA, among others, as well as items based on hit properties, such as BATMAN™, Godzilla, Sons of Anarchy, Predator, The Walking Dead and more. The company’s new digital “Collector Vector” hub, available online at Toysrus.com, features hundreds of additional product options, including items customers can’t find anywhere else.

SDCC 2015: VIZ Exclusives & Special Events for Comic-Con

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces its return to San Diego, CA for the 2015 Comic-Con International with an impressive roster of manga creator personal appearances, informative panel discussions, interactive activities, promotional giveaways, and a wide selection of special retail products available exclusively at the event.

Attracting more than 125,000 attendees annually, Comic-Con International is one of the nation’s largest comic book, science fiction and pop culture events, and takes place July 9th-12th at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, CA. Complete details on Comic-Con are available at: www.comic-con.org.

SDCC 2015: Anchor Bay Celebrates 20th Anniversary At San Diego Comic-Con

Anchor Bay Entertainment, a leader in home entertainment, is celebrating its 20th anniversary! Stop by Booth 4536 to take pictures with a customized walker from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and the skull helmet from Northmen – A Viking Saga.

Attendees will have a chance to win a limited edition “The Walking Dead” guitar from Artist Series Guitar. Additional swag giveaway items that will be available to con-goers include:

 “The Walking Dead” / “Black Sails” bags
 “Aquarius” buttons
It Follows mini posters
A LEGO Brickumentary buttons