Toy Fair: Fall of Cybertron Metroplex Mocks Your Toy Shelf, Wants His Own Room

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News from the Hasbro presentation is that they’ll be introducing a new bot this fall to decimate both your wallet and shelf space. Fall of Cybertron Metroplex will clock in at 2 feet tall, have his own separate helper bot, … Continue reading

Toy Fair: NECA Previews Pacific Rim’s 6-inch Apocalypse

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Sit down chilin’ and let me tell a tell. Once upon a time, in the snow-bound city of New York, there was a gathering of magical toy makers. These beings came from far and wide once a year to gather … Continue reading

Toy Fair: LEGO Iron Man 3 Spoiler Alert!

imlego2So I saw these earlier today via Bleeding Cool; but it wasn’t until Bricken over at io9 picked up the story that I realized the leaked set pics didn’t just showcase the most ridiculous LEGO set to ever feature the “Ultimate Showdown” moniker (because, everyone knows, there’s nothing more “Ultimate” than a suped-up ATV); we were looking at full-blown legitimate spoilers for Iron Man 3.

Remember this gem that kicked things off on our fair blog?

Now take a look at the pic of the figures we get with the Malibu Mansion Attack (and try not to get distracted by the adorable Dummy fig in LEGO form). See Pepper?

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Good. Now take a look at the box art. See Pepper?

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No? Let me help you out there…

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Boom.

Transformers Geeks Assault Hasbro, Take Over Production

Really, it’s the only explanation for the news of the Target Exclusive that dropped earlier today. Y’see; back in 87 we had Transformers characters that looked like this:

Children of the early 90s! Fear me!

Children of the late 80s! Fear me! For I am your neon doom!

Except their toys didn’t look like that at all, they looked like pink and yellow atrocities like this:

Abominus struck fear into his enemies by his shocking lack of fashion sense.

Abominus struck fear into his enemies with his shocking lack of fashion sense.

Abominus was the combined form of the Terrorcons, a team of dragons and monsters that couldn’t even be controlled by their own faction. In concept, they were pretty cool. In execution…you know who loves hot pink toys that transform into sentient robotic monsters? If you raised your hand and said that one kid in middle school Science who liked to make the frogs “dance” when you dissected them, you’d be right. So how in the Allspark is THIS getting made:

Target Abom

Coming this Fall exclusively to Target, with fairly accurate homage colors. I’m not going to question it; but I sure will buy the hell out of it.

(pics are care of the ridiculously detailed TFwiki.net)

Axe Cop Invades Your Toy Shelf

File this under things I never expected to happen, but am supremely glad that they are (rereads that slowly to himself, outloud, backwards, trying to parse meaning…gives up): Axe Cop is getting official toys!

Your shelf can't handle this much awesome

Your shelf can’t handle this much awesome

Kick-ass versions of Axey, Wexter, Baby Man, Avocado Soldier, and…Dr. Doo Doo? look to make up the first wave. Even better, we’re getting Avocado Soldier and Wexter plushies! I know that I will sleep better at night knowing my daughter is cuddling up to a T-Rex with rail-gun arms and sunglasses (and she will too).

You’re a Little Short to be a Stormtrooper: Hasbro Unveils 6-inch Star Wars Figures

Finally realizing that the kids that bought their toys in the 80s are now adults that are STILL buying toys (in the…aughts? …teens? What the hell do we call this decade?); Hasbro has announced that they’re going to be releasing an adult collector line of “Star Wars” figures.

The Black Series will clock in at 6-inches and feature better details and articulation than the (increasingly unarticulated) 3.75-inch figs. And unlike those Hot Toys figures you see coming out of Japan, these will only set you back $20 instead of $200. Yay for mass marketing! The first wave will include X-Wing Luke, R2-D2, Darth Maul (grumble), and an Imperial Sandtrooper.

All we’ve seen so far is Luke; but damn if this isn’t the prettiest Luke action figure I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

Just like Beggar's Canyon back home!

Just like Beggar’s Canyon back home!

If the Sandtrooper looks half as good, I’m buying an entire troop. Release Dewbacks to go with them and I’ll buy a freaking platoon.

Greatest Shirt of All Time

Is this the greatest shirt of all time? You could say “No.”

…you’d be wrong; but you could still say it.

8DTronIt’s available over at Ript for less than 24 hours. I suggest you don’t tarry.

In Space, No One Can Hear You Build

OK, I wasn’t going to post YET ANOTHER awesome LEGO build so soon after the amazing Firefly from the other day; but, but…just look!

Nostromo

Intrepid builder Mihe Stonee didn’t just build a USCSS Nostromo, they built the USCSS Nostromo; going so far as to reference original blueprint drawings and the actual model from “Alien.” It’s absolutely gorgeous and deserves to be ogled from every possible angle. I’m in awe. Click here for more detailed shots of the completed work.

Keep Buildin’

Well if this isn’t the shiniest gorram LEGO set in all the rutting ‘verse, I don’t know what is. Sadly LEGO, denied this brilliant Firefly CUUSOO project; but the intrepid builder has teamed up with Etadyne to offer it to the masses. It’ll set you back a fair bit of coin; but considering the piece count and the stellar design (hur, hur, hur), it’s worth it if you’re a fan of LEGO or Firefly! Check out all the interior details at the project’s home page. All we need now are some custom crew minifigs.

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Update: Well holy shit – they DO have the minifigs! That’s about the cutest little Jayne ever.

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The Threeway: Top 3 ThinkGeek Products (Anthony’s Take)

Me and ThinkGeek go way back. It was there that I cut my teeth on my burgeoning t-shirt addiction (sad was the day when the 1-Up Mushroom shirt finally gave up the ghost and was relegated to car-drying duty). But quickly I learned that ThinkGeek.com is a veritable Bag of Holding (in canvas or dragon skin) for all those geeky items that you don’t ever really need; but you really need. Looking for last minute plush microbes for the kid’s stockings? ThinkGeek’s got it. Need chopsticks fashioned after Alien Chestbursters? TG has got you covered. Want to dress up like Slave Leia and pose provocatively on a Wampa-skin rug? Amazingly, the helper monkeys have anticipated your kink and have exactly what you need.

I could make a list based on the t-shirts alone (Ed Note: next week’s Threeway, we’re totally doing this); but I decided to branch out and take a deeper look into the catalog. Of course, as my colleagues have noted, nearly every page is going to have something you want. These just happened to tweak the brain chemistry tonight. Continue reading