Friday, May 29, 2009
These Hellboy Mez-Itz figures are based on the character designs from Hellboy II: The Golden Army and do a great job introducing the new Mez-Itz platform to the designer vinyl community. I’m definitely excited to see what Mezco has in store for its new line of designer vinyl figures. Who knows what pop culture icons might show up next in Mez-Itz form?
Mezco has not yet released a price for its Hellboy Mez-Itz figures, but they are due in stores sometime during July of 2009.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
The Blot’s been a huge fan of the characters that populate A.A. Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood since I was a little kid, so it’s cool to see these childhood “friends” recreated in a new platform.
The Winnie the Pooh 100% Be@rbrick 2 pack featuring Piglet and the Pooh bear is due out in stores on October 11, 2009 and will retail for somewhere around $25-30.
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra premieres in theaters on Friday, August 7th, 2009.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Kidrobot 17: Sgt. Robot emerges from the trenches on June 4, 2009 serious about his pacifist ways. Available in 2 rare colorways, army green or black, this 8” figure includes a removable bazooka, helmet and dove accessory and will retail for $50. Kidrobot is only producing 600 of each colorway, so don’t delay in recruiting one of these killer designer figures into your vinyl collection.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The world’s most famous detective will be available in two limited run action figures. Both will be available on-site at San Diego Comic Con, with the standard issue B&W version also available to non-attendees at www.shockertoys.com/store.php. The B&W variant figure, which features Dick in his traditional trench coat with a Tommy gun will only be available at SDCC for a lucky few collectors.
The Blot has always been a huge Dick Tracy fan, so I am definitely going to try to get one of the B&W variant action figures at this summer’s San Diego Comic Con. Shocker Toys has not released the run size of either figure or a price for the black and white variant Dick Tracy figure, but the standard issue black and white Dick Tracy action figure is $35. Those of you unable to attend SDCC 09 can go ahead and pre-order the standard B&W Dick Tracy action figure now at Shocker Toys’ online store.
Series 2 of Shocker Toys’ Indie Spotlight Comic Book Heroes 6 inch action figure line will feature Dick Tracy colorized in both the standard and variant models along with The Tick, Ignacia, Jack Staff and King Zombie.
The coolest part of Huck Gee’s 20 inch Skullhead Dunny is that everyone one comes hand-signed by the artist! This has to be a first for a Kidrobot production piece, right? The ultra-limited 20” Skullhead has a run size of just 200 pieces and will go on sale Thursday, June 18, 2009 for $400 each at Kidrobot stores, Kidrobot online and select retailers worldwide.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Gone Fishing is the second free mixtape from Midwestern rap duo The Cool Kids in the past 12 months. Last July they released That’s Stupid! The Mixtape and are following it up with their latest mixtape, Gone Fishing. I haven’t gotten to listen to this one yet, but I’m a big fan of The Cool Kids and have really enjoyed their last two albums. So I’m sure Gone Fishing will be getting some heavy rotation as we enter this holiday weekend.
The Cool Kids - Gone Fishing Mixtape Track List
01. Introduction to Ice Fishing
02. Hammer Brothers
04. Gold Links
06. Premium Blends
07. Step Back
08. Jump Rope
09. The Last Stretch
10. The Art of Noise (interlude)
11. The Light Company
13. Wise Words by GLC
14. Pennies (the updated rosters remix)
15. Broadcasting Live
16. Taking A Break (interlude)
17. Tune Up
18. Weekend Girls (interlude)
19. Summer Vacations
20. Words of Wisdom by GLC (cont.)
21. Knocked Down
LeftRightLeftRightLeft will be available as a free download from now until the band plays its final show of 2009. As an added bonus, the band will be giving out official copies of the album on CD to every fan in attendance at one of Coldplay’s upcoming live shows through the end of 2009 (festival shows excluded).
Coldplay - LeftRightLeftRightLeft Track List
1. Glass of Water
4. Strawberry Swing
5. Hardest Part/Postcards From Far Away
6. Viva La Vida
7. Death Will Never Conquer
8. Fix You
9. Death And All His Friends
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I expect Inglourious Basterds to be very bloody, have a killer soundtrack, feature numerous pop culture references and have some ridiculously awesome catch phrases. But then what else would you expect from a Quentin Tarantino film?
For those of you actually interested in the film’s plot, Inglourious Basterds takes place during World War II and features a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" who are handpicked to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by a group of Nazi soldiers, the same Nazi soldiers who killed her parents. (link and link) Sounds good, doesn’t it? If you’d like to find out more about Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds click here.
Inglourious Basterds stars Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger, Daniel Bruhl, Til Schweger, Melanie Laurent, B.J. Novak (The Office), and Samm Levine (Freaks and Geeks).
Inglourious Basterds premieres in theaters Friday, August 21, 2009.
Thankfully blu (a.k.a. Elizabeth Berdann), who has a dunny in the Endangered! 3” Series, posted some pictures of her sealed case on the internet, which included a checklist of the Endangered! Series Dunnys and the figures’ corresponding ratios! (see the above picture or click here) Big ups to Ms. Berdann whose purple appaloosa horse (which comes with its own riding crop) looks killer!
The Dunny Endangered! 3” Series Blind Boxes are $8.95 each and can be purchased here directly from Kidrobot.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Blammoids is a series of 2.5” to 4” PVC mini figures. Each figure is packaged on a blister card and comes with three points of articulation. Thankfully this will not be a blind box series, but some figures will be harder to get than others. Each case of Blammoids will contain 3 Batman figures, 3 Joker figures, 2 Green Lantern Hal Jordan figures, 2 Sinestro figures, 1 Aquaman figure and 1 Firestorm figure. As you can imagine the second tier characters included in Blammoids Series 1, like Aquaman and Firestorm, should be relatively difficult to find.
I think these turned out really well, and I absolutely love the Firestorm Blammoid. It’s great to see DC Direct producing characters mainstream America may be unfamiliar with, especially since this version of Firestorm, Ronnie Raymond, is currently deceased. The fact that Aquaman has no facial features does bother me a little bit, but it works. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing which characters will be included in DC’s Blammoids Series 2! Maybe we'll get a Zatanna, Mr. Terrific or even a Jack Knight Starman.
Blammoids Series 1 will go on sale January 20, 2010, with each figure retailing for around $10.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
After 14 seasons as host of Late Night, Conan will be taking over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno on Monday, June 1st on NBC at 11:35/10:35c. Will Ferrell is scheduled to be the first guest on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien that very same evening.
Oh my god, you just did it again.
You just Mosby’ed me.
“What, I did not!” - Robin
You did, you little minx!
“Oh, ok you’re right I did just Mosby you.” - Robin
Why are you so afraid of giving this a chance?
“Because I am scared of how much I like you.” - Robin
Whoa, this is a bad idea.
“Uch, you’re right this is a mistake.” - Robin
“I love you.”
Lets be friends.
“Ok, friends then.” - Robin
I love you.
“Let’s get married.” - Robin
No, you’re smothering me.
“Ok, forget it.” - Robin
“Arrhh!” - Robin
You know what? We can sort this out later.
How I Met Your Mother
I’m sad to say but “The Leap” (which should have been titled "The Mosby") is the final episode to Season 4 of How I Met Your Mother. It was a great season, but unfortunately it has come to an end. It definitely didn’t answer the main question on everybody’s mind, but we did get a ton of Sarah Chalke and some legen…wait for it…dairy Barney-isms.
While HIMYM has not been officially renewed yet, no one seems particularly worried. That’s a really good thing considering the show was on the brink of cancellation just a year ago. Thankfully Ted, Barney, Robin, Marshall and Lily are off of the preverbal bubble and will be back next year for another awesome season. Hopefully Season 5 will have less real life pregnancies (meaning less horrible prop placement) and more Slap Bets, Robin Sparkles and of course goats! Till next year...
Monday, May 18, 2009
The April O’Neil action figure is the first non-Turtle figure in the NECA Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line. For those of you unable to attend this year’s San Diego Comic Con, NECA will be making a small amount of these figures available online sometime after the Con. The price and run size of the NECA SDCC 09 exclusive TMNT April O’Neil blue variant action figure have not been announced yet.
The JLU Legion of Super Heroes 4 pack includes its three founding members, Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy and Lightning Lad, as well as Braniac 5. The Blot was more than a little annoyed to find out the Legion of Super Heroes cartoon was canceled after just two seasons, but the show can now live on in this new LSH 4 pack.
I love Mattel’s JLU toy line because of its willingness to produce animated versions of DC characters mainstream America may not be familiar with. Some might complain that the JLU line just reuses the same two or three body styles for every character and they don’t all stand up that well, but I try to look past those flaws due to the fact that Mattel has decided (for now) to stick with this toy line even though the Justice League Unlimited cartoon is no longer on the air.
Each 4 pack retails exclusively on MattyCollector.com for $30 each with a maximum order quantity of 10. What’s interesting about this latest exclusive is that all four LSH figures come individually carded but shipped together in one slip case. This is the first time you can get MattyCollector.com exclusive JLU figures packaged this way. The MattyCollector.com Exclusive JLU Legion of Super Heroes 4 Pack can be purchased here now.
Friday, May 15, 2009
I’m not as geeked up about this Transformers sequel as a lot of fans are, but I am looking forward to seeing the movie version of some of my favorite G1 Transformers. I probably won’t recognize them, but I hear Arcee and the combiner Devastator will be making their fist live action appearance in the film. Of course Arcee is red and not pink, and would it really have been too hard to make Devastator and the Constructicons green and purple like they are supposed to be!?!
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen premieres in theaters nationwide on June 24, 2009.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The Dunny Endangered! Series will go on sale here at Kidrobot.com on Thursday, May 21st at 11am EST. Each blind box will retail for $8.95 each or you can purchase a case for $170, which includes a 5% discount!
The print depicts Minosu leaving behind the massive labyrinth-like grounds of the Glorious Soaring Munk's secret mountain retreat, and he looks none too happy about it. Maybe it's the awful weather. With his armor fitted, gear packed, flag mounted and drum strapped, he's all set to go somewhere perched atop his mount, The Golden Bull.
Each “Minosu Travels” print is 16"x12" (plus 1" border on all sides), comes on fine art watercolor paper (225gs), is gold embossed and is hand numbered and signed by Huck. The print is has a limited edition run of 100 prints and will retail for $75 each on Huck's eBay store.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The Where The Wild Things Are 100% Kubrick and Be@rbrick set is expected to hit store shelves sometime in October 2009 to coincide with the release of the live action Where The Wild Things Are movie based on Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book of the same name. The WTWTA Kubrick/Be@rbrick set will retail for $19.99.
Each Where The Wild Things Are Kubrick blind box will retail for $9.99 or you can purchase a case of 24 blind boxes on sale at Urban Collector here for $191.99. I haven’t seen any mention of this set’s ratios yet, but you can be certain some figures will be harder to get than others and I am sure Medicom has a chase or two up their sleeves. Since all of the WTWTA characters are accounted for, I am guessing any variant figures produced will be alternate colorways.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
“Tell me he wrote you a big, fat check!
A check so big it doesn’t take its shirt off when it goes swimming.” - Marshall
Ha Ha! That is a big, fat check.
A check so big if you had sex with it you wouldn’t tell your buddies.
"That is a big, fat check." - Marshall
“A check so big that when you sit next to it on an airplane you find yourself wondering whether the check should have bought two seats.” - Robin
“That...” - Marshall
Is a big fat check.
"As Fast As She Can"
How I Met Your Mother
“As Fast As She Can” featured some great scenes of the HIMYM clique at MacLaren’s bar and a handful of instant classic Barney-isms, but all in all the episode left The Blot wanting more. I can only assume it is setting up something big for Ted in How I Met Your Mother’s Season 4 finale (set to air next week). I can’t decide if they are ever going to introduce us to Ted’s future wife, but who cares when the journey there is this much fun. I figure they’re going to have to have Ted meet her by at least the show’s final episode. Until then…suit up!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and the rest of the Autobots will return to action in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on June 24, 2009.
Friday, May 8, 2009
To be honest, The Blot had no idea that today, May 8, 2009, marked the 25th Anniversary of Transformers, one of my all time favorite toy lines/comic books/cartoons. While I’m a little late to the party, Shortpacked’s David Willis was all over it. I’m not even going to pretend I understand how the date was determined, but if you’re interested in finding out the whos, whats, whens and whys head over to Shortpacked.com and read Willis’ blog entry for today on the official launch of one of Hasbro’s preeminent franchises. While you’re over there, make sure to read Shortpacked’s webcomic for today, which is also dedicated to Transformers’ 25th Anniversary.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
This isn’t exactly The Blot’s favorite custom Huck’s ever done, but then again it would be pretty hard to outdo his last hand painted custom vinyl figure Minosu Ushi-Oni & the Golden Bull. 10 custom hand painted, fur suited SkullBunnys were created by Huck Gee, and each comes signed, numbered and in a bunny suit like the one shown above. The SkullBunny Munnys will be sold for $650 each and go on sale Friday, May 8th at Noon PST at Huck’s eBay store.
Saner’s Mictlantecuhtli & Xólotl Dunnys will only be sold together as a set and will retail for $75 each here at the Kidrobot online store.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
As we’ve learned more and more about Lost’s central characters over the past five years one common theme seems to pop up over and over in their back stories, they all have daddy issues. Jack, Kate, Ben, Sawyer, Locke, Hurley, Sun, Jin, Walt, Alex, Miles and even Penelope/Desmond all have significant issues with their fathers. Faraday, on the other hand, is the first character (besides arguably Kate and Claire) to have significant issues with his mother and boy does he have some issues with her now.
Ms. Hawking has always seemed to know what is going to and supposed to happen, so there’s no chance she wasn’t aware that one day in the past she would kill her adult son. That must have been some intense guilt to be carrying around all these years. It is interesting to learn that she still pushed Faraday hard to be the best knowing all his hard work would one day lead to his death. What I really want to know is why, why not try to change things. Is she so resigned to the fact that the past and/or the future cannot be changed that she would still lead her son to his eventual death to save herself, the island and its inhabitants? Why is Hawking so intent to save the island when she obviously chose to leave it (unless of course she exiled by force similar to Charles Widmore).
For the longest time I thought Widmore might be Faraday’s father, but when it was revealed that Hawking and Widmore were both former Others and Widmore was funding Faraday’s experiments, I dropped that theory figuring Widmore was just using Faraday’s research to eventually reclaim the island. But all became clear when Widmore and Hawking had that final discussion outside the hospital. It wasn’t shocking to learn Widmore was Faraday’s father, but it does make the relationship between Hawking and Widmore that much more interesting. I’m still trying to fit all the pieces together and figure out the chain events.
Obviously Penny is older so Hawking and Widmore’s affair must have started after she left the island, but why would she leave a place she loves so much and obviously wants to find again? Also, why didn't Widmore just go to Hawking in the first place to find the location of the island. There must be some bad blood between these two characters, chiefly being that he was so willing to sacrifice their son for the good of the island and to fulfill his personal agenda.
What will be really interesting to me is finding out what role the Losties will ultimately play in all of this. There is obviously a reason the island needed the Oceanic 6 to return and why they (and Sawyer, Juliette, Miles and Jin) had to go into the past. I assume we’ll find it all out by season’s end, which sadly is just in a couple of weeks.
One parting shot that has gotten a lot of discussion online recently is the significance of Faraday’s leather bound journal. We learned in one of last week's flashbacks that it was a graduation gift from his mother, but we’ve also seen it pop other places. Earlier this season it was found in “current time” in one of The Other’s abandoned offices, and after getting a good look at it last week it looks just like the journal of the first mate of the Black Rock which Widmore purchased at auction back in “The Constant.” If this were true things would really be coming full circle considering “The Constant” was a pivotal episode for Faraday, Desmond and Widmore. The Blot’s still trying to find some pictures to confirm this, but when I do I will be sure to post them online.
Tonight’s episode is “Follow The Leader” and it looks to be another great one. I expect at some point tonight for Miles to have a long talk with his father, which will eventually lead to the exodus of many members of the Dharma Initiative from the island including baby Miles and a young Charlotte Lewis. The official teaser for tonight’s episode reads: “Jack and Kate are at odds over the direction to take to save their fellow island survivors, and Locke further solidifies his stance as leader of the Others.
While X-Men Origins: Wolverine was dominating the box office last weekend, Johnny Cupcakes’ Wolverine inspired t-shirt Weapon XJC was flying off store shelves. The shirt is almost sold out, so if you want one of these I recommend acting quickly.
The Johnny Cupcakes x X-Men Origins: Wolverine Weapon XJC t-shirt retails for $35.99 and comes in both boys and girls styles, but only select sizes still remain. The Weapon XJC Guys t-shirt only has sizes small and x-large remaining, while Weapon XJC Girls t-shirt only has sizes medium, large and x-large left.