Thursday, July 20, 2017

SDCC 2017: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/ Ghostbusters Comic Book Crossover Sequel Coming

SEQUEL??!! I didn't know there was a first one!!

This November, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Ghostbusters reunite for an inter-dimensional comic book adventure (and probably a large pizza!) in the upcoming weekly crossover event series from IDW Publishing.

Our story begins when an old adversary traps the Turtles in a ghost dimension, as old adversaries are wont to do. However, all hope is not lost for our Heroes in Half-Shell, as New York City’s resident experts on all things spooky quickly answer the call.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SDCC 2017: Dynamite & DC Partner for Batman / Shadow Crossover Event

Dynamite & DC Comics Shadow Batman Crossover Comic
Batman and The Shadow, two of comics' most iconic characters, will again join forces to save the world this October as Dynamite Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Conde Nast partner for a brand new, six-issue crossover event that will unite history's most well-known vigilantes as they confront the World's Greatest Evil! Writer Steve Orlando (Batman/The Shadow, Justice League of America) and artist Giovanni Timpano (The Shadow, Transformers) will team to tell this instantly classic tale of noir, mortality and generational heroes and villains, set to hit stores October 4th!

SDCC 2017: Guillermo del Toro & Fox Searchlight Pictures Present THE SHAPE OF WATER

Fox Searchlight Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water
Oh man...what an excellent way to kick off San Diego Comic-Con. Today, we get to check out a preview for a new Guillermo del Toro movie that looks like he teamed up with Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Can you think of anything more beautiful? Put this one on your "most anticipated" list.

From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes The Shape of Water - an other-worldly fairy tale set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

Jump in below for the trailer...

Sweet Suite 2017: Mattel Launches New Franchise Enchantimals

Sweet Suite 2017 Mattel Enchantimals Doll Line
Mattel reveals a new brand franchise, Enchantimals™, a fantastical world celebrating the special bond between kids and animals, as pets are often a child's very first bestie. Enchantimals joins the Mattel girl's portfolio of well-known brands offering products and engaging storylines that ignite imaginative play.

Launching with 14 small dolls and 3 playsets, Enchantimals product inspires stories of friendship, empathy and compassion towards all living things. The characters and stories come to life through a variety of short-form YouTube content and 60-minute televised special this fall.

"At Mattel we are passionate about introducing properties that are both on-trend and purposeful," said Lori Pantel, SVP and GM for Girl's Toy Box, "We're essentially bringing a popular animal aesthetic inspired by social media filters and marrying it with product and stories encouraging empathy and friendship."

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SDCC 2017: Warner Bros. Booth Events & Signing Info

Comic-Con 2017 is almost here, and with it comes the iconic two-story Warner Bros. booth (#4545), which will not only host the stars from 20+ TV shows and features, but also serve as a must-experience environment, including a re-creation of The Big Bang Theory living room set; a selfie station with Lucifer’s newly found angel wings; life-sized Funko DC Super Hero figures from the hit Warner Bros. Television/The CW series Arrow and Supergirl; and actual production props from the upcoming New Line horror film IT. Always a destination for Comic-Con fans, the Warner Bros. booth will deliver constant activities for visitors to enjoy, including talent appearances, autograph signings and more.

Christmas in the Wizarding World: A New Harry Potter Experience

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and GES, producers of the internationally touring exhibition Harry Potter: The Exhibition, today announced the creation of the newest Harry Potter-themed environment, with a holiday twist, Christmas in the Wizarding World.

Launching fall 2017 in selected shopping venues, Christmas in the Wizarding World is a holiday experience inspired by the Harry Potter film series, which will feature beautifully crafted settings and showcase unique experiences sure to dazzle families of all ages. WBCP and GES will partner with premier retail developers to bring the experience to major shopping destinations during the holiday season.

”This holiday season, we are excited to introduce new Christmas themed experiences that further extend J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World into the lifestyle of our fans and consumers,” said Peter van Roden, Senior Vice President, Global Themed Entertainment, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Christmas in the Wizarding World will be an all-new touchpoint that celebrates this very special time of the year.”

SDCC 2017: NECA Announce LAIKA Lineup

The National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), an entertainment conglomerate and global leader in licensed consumer goods, has signed a deal to produce a multi-category lineup of LAIKA merchandise. NECA will arrive at San Diego with an exclusive for Comic-Con® Coraline Display Box for sale and will be promoting the high end bespoke replicas of LAIKA’S hero puppets from its four Oscar®-nominated films: Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014) and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016). The deal was brokered by licensing agency Striker Entertainment, which represents the rights to the LAIKA library of legacy and future films.

Sweet Suite 2017: SEGA Sonic Mania! Gameplay Footage, Toys & More

Sweet Suite 2017 SEGA Sonic the Hedgehog products


Back to the floor of Sweet Suite 2017 where SEGA was found nestled in a corner with plenty of Sonic the Hedgehog plush, figures, a new game to play and facial wash to get your pores sonic clean! Below we've got a good look a kidrobot figures, some killer hats, a selection of plush which is in stores now, including a range of Emoji Dolls that have just released and the mega-popular Sonic/San Rio crossover toys... and most important of all, the footage we shot of SONIC MANIA!!

Here's that droolworthy gameplay...

Monday, July 17, 2017

SDCC 2017: NECA Robocop Vs Terminator - Endocop/Terminator Dog 2-pk

Robocop Vs Terminator - Endocop/Terminator Dog Action Figure 2-pk (Dark Horse Comics)

San Diego Comic-Con is drawing every closer...with just 1 more day between us and geekmageddon!!! NECA is already starting their reveals, kicking things off on the 30th Anniversary of Robocop with an awesome Dark Horse Comics inspired Terminator/Robocop mashup. Check out their new Endocop and Terminator Dig action figures 2 pack...

DYNAMITE Signs License for Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Elvira, Mistress of the Dark - the beloved horror icon brought to (after)life by actress Cassandra Peterson - will join their line of licensed pop culture properties courtesy of a new licensing agreement with Queen "B" Productions and DevlinAgency. The publisher will develop and manufacture a wide variety of product categories including comic books, trading cards, posters, lithographs, card games, and board games.

With her signature blend of sex appeal, fearlessness, sarcasm, and smarts, Elvira rose to stardom in 1981 as the nationally syndicated hostess of Elvira's Movie Macabre. Her distinct personality a hit with audiences everywhere, she evolved quickly into a cultural icon and film star (including two motion pictures, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Elvira's Haunted Hills). Becoming a universally recognized brand, Elvira is a hallmark of Halloween costumes, action figures, pinball machines, Halloween decor, model kits, calendars, perfume, and dolls, and over the course of thirty-plus years, has served as a spokesperson for global brands including Coors and Pepsi.

New Blade Runner 2049 Trailer Amps Up The Stakes

Blade Runner 2049
We've seen a fair amount of footage now for the sequel to the cult favorite scifi phenomenon Blade Runner, and up until now, it was pretty standard, familiar territory. Loads of neon..flying cars..space hookers...the usual. Now Warner bros. drop a brand new trailer on us unveiling a more epic film with lush colors, diverse landscapes, their compelling cast doing what they do best ...and I'll be the first to say I'm now completely on board!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sweet Suite 2017: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Gameplay

Sweet Suite 2017 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Game Play Demo
Back into the Sweet Suite 2017 coverage with another visit with LEGO, this time, exploring their video game division and specifically, standing there with my jaw hanging open as I watched a gameplay demo of Marvel Super Heroes 2!! Beautiful visuals..excellent music..nonstop action and a mind blowing villain reveal left me wondering why we can't get more amazing Marvel video games like this one. I know..i'm the demanding fanboy people write about every.damn.day. You can blame it on my passion for all things Marvel or my love of the excellent string of Marvel Studios films, or my lifelong love of Marvel Comics, but whatever the cause, it makes me want everything that gets released with the Marvel name on it to be perfect. Let's check out some damn near perfect video game footage...

Prepare Your Brain Cells for Tim Burton's DUMBO

At first, this seems insane...but those who are loyal to the cult of In Bruges know that boy Farrell can act his ass off...and Eva Green.....o man. I would watch her talk about mayonnaise for half an hour.

Production is underway for the live-action reimagining of Disney’s 1941 animated classic “Dumbo.” Directed by visionary filmmaker Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”), the film stars Golden Globe® winner Colin Farrell (“In Bruges,” “The Lobster”), Golden Globe winner Michael Keaton (“Birdman,” “Beetlejuice”), Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Danny DeVito (“Batman Returns,” “Big Fish”), BAFTA Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Eva Green (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Dark Shadows”), and introduces Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins in their first film roles. The cast also includes Roshan Seth, DeObia Oparei, Sharon Rooney and Douglas Reith. Katterli Frauenfelder (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Big Eyes”), Derek Frey (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Frankenweenie”), Ehren Kruger (“Ophelia,” “Dream House”) and Justin Springer (“TRON: Legacy”) are producing from a screenplay by Kruger. Nigel Gostelow (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Dark Shadows”) is the executive producer. “Dumbo” is slated for release on March 29, 2019.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sweet Suite 2017: LEGO: Marvel Thor: Ragnarok Preview

Sweet Suite is an extremely fun yearly event thrown by the fine folks at Toy Insider where we face the unique challenge of scoring free drinks while attempting to hold a camera steady enough to shoot new toys. BATTLE!! Galaxia Siandre accepted that challenge at my side and together, we swept the room clean of any and all scoops and..well..probably shot every toy there too. Just days away from San Diego Comic-Con, let's get a jump on drooling over new toys with LEGO!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SDCC 2017: Playmate's Exclusives for TMNT & Voltron

SDCC 2017 Playmates Exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Samurai Rabbit Usagi Yojimbo Figure


Back into the San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives files with Playmates who have a lineup of collectibles based on the mega-popular Netflix Voltron and Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series! While the Voltron set can be considered a "sneak preview" (as they will pop up in Toys R Us stores soon), the Nickelodeon booth will only be unloading 350 of the Usagi Yojimbo set at SDCC (with no word of where the rest will be on sale), so expect this one to be a piece folks will be battling over...

SDCC 2017: Activision Panels for Crash Bandicoot, Call of Duty & Destiny 2

Amid the aisles of comic books, collectibles and random individuals dancing around like friendly pot flowers, San Diego Comic-Con has an impressive array of video game companies all set to show you their latest digital imaginings, specifically designed to take you out of your humdrum existence and transport you to a place where nazi zombies may eat your face off. FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!! Here's Activision's panel lineup for SDCC 2017...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dark Horse's Game of Thrones: Ygritte

Dark Horse Game of Thrones Ygritte Figure
Let's dive back into Dark Horse's Game of Thrones figure series with Ygritte, the enigmatic spearwife of the wildlings whose fierce conviction would be enough to make any man of the north lay down his weapons and beg for further...debate. In the end, she will tell them plainly. THEY KNOW NOTHING!!

Ygritte was destined to be a favorite with Game of Thrones fans as her desire to be free and "no man owns me" attitude would make her a highly appealing character in a time where we find ourselves needing every warrior woman we can get in popular media. Whether captive or keeper, Ygritte consistently proves she is ultimately in control and stands as the one woman to make Jon Snow question his motives and alliances.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Meet Freeform's Cast for Marvel's New Warriors

Meet Freeform's Cast for Marvel's New Warriors
Marvel Television, Freeform and ABC Signature Studios today have completed casting for “Marvel’s New Warriors,” their previously announced new comedic live-action adaptation of the popular Marvel comic featuring young adult heroes. “Marvel’s New Warriors” marks Marvel’s first foray into comedy for a live-action television series slated to debut in 2018 on Freeform, Disney’s young adult television and streaming network.

Not quite super, not yet heroes, "Marvel's New Warriors" features six young people learning to cope with their abilities in a world where bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.

SDCC 2017: Hasbro REVOLUTION Comic Crossover Preview Mega-Set

SDCC 2017 Hasbro Exclusive REVOLUTION Comic Crossover Preview Mega-Set

Our next San Diego Comic-Con 2017 exclusive comes from Hasbro...and it includes ALL THAT IS RIGHT AND GOOD IN THE WORLD!! Rightly named and will probably forever be dubbed,  simply, "The Mega-Set", this Hasbro exclusive (also available at Fan Expo Canada) contains characters from Transformers, G.I.Joe, M.A.S.K., Action Man, ROM the Spaceknight, Micronauts and Visionaries. DRINK IT IN... and prepare your wallets.

Long Beach Comic Con Announces First Guests

Long Beach Comic Con 2017 Guest Announcements
Looking to get a little more comic in your comic con? Yearning to photograph your favorite Cosplayers without fear of being trampled by roving gangs of exclusives hunters?? Have we got the show for you! Long Beach Comic Con returns to the Long Beach Convention Center this September 2nd and 3rd for a weekend long celebration of pop culture in all the colors of your geeky rainbow! Visit with comic industry icons, discover new comic titles, shop aisles packed with sought after collectibles and superbly talented artists, get a picture with your favorite TV and Movie stars and sit in on inspiring panels with today's most influential entertainment industry professionals... all in one day!

Friday, July 7, 2017

NECA on Blade Runner 2049

NECA Blade Runner 2049 Action Figures
Does your action figure collection have a great big Ryan Gosling shaped hole in it? Do you often complain you don't have enough action figures of Harrison Ford as he ages like fine wine? NECA has the action figure line for you!!

From the hotly anticipated Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the legendary sci-fi movie! Bring home the action with these highly articulated action figures depicting the characters as they appear on screen. Series 1 includes Deckard (featuring the likeness of Harrison Ford) and Officer K (featuring the likeness of Ryan Gosling). Each action figure stands approximately 7” tall and comes with a gun accessory.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition Going Worldwide This Fall

Inspired by and filled with the breathtaking images and enthralling artifacts from the hit HBO series GAME OF THRONES, this all-new exhibition will drop fans in the center of the Seven Kingdoms for an up-close and personal look at authentic props, costumes and set decorations from the show.  In collaboration with HBO Global Licensing, global events provider GES is designing and building the new 10,000-square-foot interactive experience, and will exclusively tour the exhibition to worldwide destinations starting Fall 2017. The tour will kick off in Europe, with the first location to be announced soon.

SDCC 2017: Shout! Factory's Lineup

A mainstay at San Diego Comic-Con International, pop-culture purveyor Shout! Factory returns to the convention in 2017 with a dynamic lineup, featuring captivating panel events, a showcase of new and upcoming theatrical and home entertainment releases, new official Mystery Science Theater 3000 merchandise, Comic-Con exclusive items and engaging booth activities, including a signing with the cast of the critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series Mystery Science Theater 3000. Fans and convention attendees are invited to join in on the excitement at the Shout! Factory booth (#4118) on the main convention floor.

Fantasia International Film Festival : July 13 - August 2nd


The unbelievable 21st edition of The Fantasia International Film Festival runs from July 13 - August 2.


Highlights in our final announcement include the North American Premiere of Cannes sensation GOOD TIME, with directors in attendance; a Lifetime Achievement Award for Mexican luchador film legend Mil Máscaras; a visit from martial arts superstar Scott Adkins (who stars in two films in this year's Action! section); the International Premiere of A TAXI DRIVER (our official closing film) with director Jan Hoon in attendance; a Special Screening of ATOMIC BLONDE; Canadian Premieres of PATTI CAKE$, BUSHWICK, FASHIONISTA, MOST LOVELY ISLAND, and PREY (many with directors in attendance); the North American Premiere of TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY 3D; the World Premieres of the female-driven exploitation films BLOOD HEIST and BLOOD RIDE (both produced by James Franco); and the World Premiere of Synapse Films' long-awaited 4K restoration of Dario Argento's legendary SUSPIRIA.

We've also got "Paperbacks from Hell", a hotly-anticipated multimedia presentation by best-selling author Grady Hendrix that ties into his new novel; Spectrumfest, an amazing new short film block made completely by youth on the Autism spectrum; a sneak peek at the TV series Untold Horror, which chronicles unmade genre films throughout the years; and Claymation Horror, an in-person appearance by the UK-based stop-motion animator Lee Hardcastle, who will take audiences on a journey through his incredible process. Read on for the newly-announced attractions, and visit fantasiafestival.com to browse the festival’s complete programming, consisting of over 150 features and more than 300 shorts.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Return of The Power Lords



Four Horsemen Studios is happy to once again announce the return of Power Lords to your action figure collections! After an extended hiatus we have been granted an extension of the Power Lords license so that we may continue to recreate the revolutionary designs created for the original action figure line. Our goal with this extension is to not only complete the original lineup of 4″ scaled Power Lords characters, but also to delve into the amazing concept characters that were to be part of the proposed third wave, and beyond.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

SDCC 2017: NECA's Full Exclusives Lineup

Let's get down to business with the miles long list of this year's SDCC exclusive collectibles, comics and other various awesome thingies! Technically NECA's lineup are "Convention Exclusives", making them available online to those not able to attend San Diego Comic-Con and are fast enough to grab their fill when the sales went live, and the actual attendees of the greatest, largest. most brain-melting comic con on the planet. Here's what's on tap...

Monday, July 3, 2017

SDCC 2017: Voltron Legendary Defender Season 3 Premiere & Show Activities

DreamWorks Animation Television and Netflix will present a jam-packed Voltron Legendary Defender panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, with series showrunners and voice talent debuting the premiere episode of the highly-anticipated third season of the critically-acclaimed Netflix original series.

Fans will be treated to a first look into the exciting third season of the pop culture phenomenon Voltron Legendary Defender. Join executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery, Bex Taylor-Klaus (voice of Pidge), and Tyler Labine (voice of Hunk) in 6BCF for a special screening and a sneak peek at what’s to come for Team Voltron. The panel will be moderated by Kyle Anderson, Associate Editor of Nerdist.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Mattel Rolling Out WWE Superstars Women's Wrestling Toy Line

Building on the massive popularity of their DC Superhero Girls Doll and "action doll" line (no idea if they are still running with that latter product name), Mattel appears to be ready to take the next step and acknowledge, to the horror of prepubescent men of all ages, that WOMEN WATCH WRESTLING!! Following very near to the game plan of the previously mentioned DC Superhero Girls line, we can expect dolls with cloth outfits and action figures along with a playset and a roleplay set.