RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus Will Jingle Into Theaters December 4th

fathom tnThanksgiving is just right around the corner and a little over a week later, Fathom Events and RiffTrax will present RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus. This event will give the unique RiffTrax treatment to K. Gordon Murray’s Santa Claus. This event will be presented live on Thursday, December 4th at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT and tape-delayed to 7:00 p.m. MT/ 8:00 p.m. PT. Featuring Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) this event will be broadcast from the Belcourt Theater’s magical crystal laboratory and will be your only chance to watch “RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus” on the big screen.

Tickets are available now at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website.

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Penguins of Madagascar Pop!s Available Next Year

POP LOGOThe Penguins of Madagascar movie is set to hit theaters for Thanksgiving and now your favorite Penguins (sorry Chilly Willy!) will be available as Pop! vinyl figures in February. All four Penguins: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private will be released together. A Pop! vinyl of Short Fuse will follow the Penguins with an April release. Look for these to be available for pre-order from your favorite shops shortly.

Power Rangers Battle Hunger This Thanksgiving

power rangers logo tnThe Power Rangers are having quite a Thanksgiving this year. Their Red Ranger balloon will debut in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and yesterday the Super Megaforce Rangers stopped by the New York Common Pantry for a special event. There the Rangers visited with children, lead them in some “Train Like a Ranger” exercises and distributed turkeys to families to cook and enjoy on Thanksgiving Day.

In addition to their visit with the kids, the Power Rangers made a donation that will enable the New York Common Pantry to prepare 6,172 Choice Pantry meals for families in need; provide hundreds of people with access to case management services and help sustain an organization that strives to treat low-income and homeless New Yorkers with dignity and respect.

Major props to the Power Rangers for both their generous donation and for taking the time this Thanksgiving holiday to help those who are in need. If you want to follow the lead of the Power Rangers and do something to address hunger in America you can find a local food bank here.



Diamond Select Toys Pairs With BioWar for Mass Effect Minimates

dst-logo1Mass Effect is one of the gaming world’s most epic franchises and minimates are one of the toy world’s most epic line of mini-figures. It only makes sense that game creator BioWare would partner up with collectibles manufacturer to offer a full line of 2-inch Mass Effect Trilogy Minimates. The first series is exclusive to Gamestop stores and gamestop.com. Series 1 includes 8 blind bagged characters, each featuring 12-14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts.

“The opportunity to work on a world as big as the world of Mass Effect is very exciting,” said Chuck Terceira, President of Diamond Select Toys. “Interpreting such a wide variety of human characters, alien races, armors and technology for the Minimates format inspires our designers and allows them to push the line into new and different areas. Factor in that many of us are big gamers, and we’re like kids in a candy store.”

The characters in Series 1 are:

  • Commander Shepard: a soldier for the Systems Alliance (male version)
  • Commander Shepard: a soldier for the Systems Alliance (female version)
  • Liara: An Asari scientist turned information broker
  • Tali: A female Quarian and mechanical genius who joins Shepard’s squad
  • Garrus:  A male Turian and Citadel Security officer who joins Shepard’s squad
  • Wrex: A Krogan bounty hunter and mercenary; one of the last Battle Masters
  • Ashley: A highly skilled Alliance Marine
  • The Illusive Man: A former mercenary; now leader of the pro-human group Cerberus

Each figure includes a display base, and most come with weapons, including the game’s distinctive orange Omni-Tools. The Illusive Man will be the “elusive” character in Series 1, as he will be the rarest figure in the assortment.

What I Opened Today: 2014 runDisney Vinylmation

rundisney tnLast Sunday I ran the inaugural Avengers Half marathon at DisneyLand, one of the runDisney events. runDisney holds a number of races throughout the year at both DisneyLand and DisneyWorld. Part of the race weekend was the race expo, which featured exclusive merchandise. Among the items I picked up was a 2014 runDisney vinylmation, which I’m finally getting around to opening.

Package Bio: There isn’t one.

Thoughts: The 2014 RunDisney Vinylmation is a blind boxed collectible with there being two colorways – a yellow runner Mickey and a green runner Mickey. The yellow Mickey has a pack ratio of 7/10 with the green runner Mickey being rarer at just 3/10 (but you could probably do the math one that one). The box clearly states “No refunds, exchanges or returns” so what you get is what you get.

The box is actually pretty nice, with the significant colors being white, blue and a mustard yellow. Parts of the printing (the runDisney logo, the Mickey Mouse) have a glossy sheet while other parts have a matte sheen. Of course at $15, one should expect some luxe finishes. The box also has art of both colorways, so even if you never open it, you have a great idea of what’s in the box.

Opening the box up, you find the figure in a foil bag printed with the Vinylmation logo and a repeated mantra of “no refunds, exchanges or returns”. I guess they mean it.

Naturally, I ended up with a yellow Mickey. The vinylmation does have joints at the neck and shoulders. The deco on my figure is perfect, lines are crisp and details are clear. One of my favorite details is that the bottom of the figure has the designer’s name – this runDisney vinyl was designed by artist Caley Hicks. Another neat feature is that the back of the figure features a white block where you can write your finish time for the race. For previous runDisney races the expo would offer miniature versions of the race medals for your vinylmations – which would let you deck each one out for each race you’ve run. Unfortunately they no longer offer these medals.

Summary: The 2014 runDisney vinylmation makes a perfect souvenir from my Avengers half marathon. I’m not a vinylmation collector, but I appreciate the creativity and unique designs that have been generated since their introduction in 2008. I’ll be running the Star Wars half in January, so we’ll see if I buy the 2015 runDisney vinylmation…

IDW Continues To Celebrate Transformers 30th Anniversary

transformers2014 marks the 30th Anniversary of Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS, which has been celebrated thus far with a blockbuster film and critically acclaimed comic series’ from IDW. But the party isn’t quite over as IDW still has some TRANSFORMERS debuts this year!

The long-running TRANSFORMERS comic, which originally appeared in 1984, came to an epic conclusion as, TRANSFORMERS: Regeneration Oneby IDW reached its 100th issue! Original series’ writer,Simon Furman and artist Andrew Wildman led the illustrious series to its closing chapter earlier this year.

But as one chapter closed, a new one began during the “Dawn of The Autobots.” After the cataclysmic changes of “Dark Cybertron” the Autobots gained unexpected new allies, of whom the breakout star, WINDBLADE, the first ever fan voted character, ventured out on her own critically-acclaimed mini-series written by Mairghread Scott and stunningly illustrated by Sarah Stone.

The smash-hit new series TRANSFORMERS vs. G.I. JOE by Tom Scioli and John Barber made waves upon its Free Comic Book Day debut. With its stylized over-the-top approach, issue #1 sold out before the first issue even hit the shelves! The epic space-romp has not only been praised by the comic community, but has also struck a cord with fans.

“It’s been an amazing year for TRANSFORMERS comics,” said Barber, IDW Publishing’s Senior Editor. “The fans seem to be digging what we’re making, and it seems like there’s more fans every day. It’s been amazing seeing how fast people have come to love WINDBLADE—and especially gratifying to see kids inspired by her. Add to that the phenomenal response to TRANSFORMERS vs. G.I. JOE and the outstanding level of quality on the other ongoing series, and it’s been a banner year. Wait’ll everybody sees what we’ve got coming in 2015!”

Throughout the year variant homage covers have graced the ongoing series’ More Than Meets The Eye by writer James Roberts and artist Alex Milne and Robots in Disguise by writer John Barber and artist Andrew Griffith. Celebrating the rich history of TRANSFORMERS, these covers highlighted monumental moments throughout the history of Transformers.

This year has also seen a number of premier TRANSFORMERS collections released from IDW; from the 30th Anniversary Collection, with highlights from the many iterations of TRANSFORMERS in comics, to TRANSFORMERS Legacy: The Art of TRANSFORMERS Packaging.

The Cybertronian War has been the explosive topic of the TRANSFORMERS series Autocracy andMonstrosity and the final chapter in this expansive storyline, Primacy debuted this fall! Written by Chris Metzen and Flint Dille with art by Livio Ramondeli this epic conclusion can’t be missed!

DRIFT, who made his debut in the pages of IDW comics was featured in the blockbuster hit film TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction, and this month he returns to his comic roots in the new mini-series from creators Shane McCarthy and Guido Guidi! Drift—Empire of Stone sees the fan-favorite character take on a mission to clean up the darkest depths of the galaxy.

As IDW comes up on its tenth year with TRANSFORMERS, it embarks on the wildest and most unexpected of crossovers with ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS. Written by John Barber the mini-series will be drawn by Marcelo Ferreira, and debuts tomorrow!

It’s been a huge year for TRANSFORMERS in the anniversary year, and IDW is honored to be involved in the celebrations!

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Preview Diamond Select Toys Items from December Issue of Preview

dst-logo1December is almost upon us, but here’s your chance to get an early glimpse of all the cool, new Diamond Select Toys releases announced in the December issue of Previews. It’s a big month for DST as they’ve announced products from some of fans favorite properties including Aliens, Walking Dead, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Keep reading for descriptions and pictures of all the products listed. If you want to pick up any of these new products be sure to pre-order them at your favorite local comic/specialty shop or online!

Aliens Minimates Series 1 Two-Packs Asst. – Item #DEC142213, SRP: $9.99/2-pack.
A Diamond Select Toys release! Colonial Marines, move out! The first assortment of Minimates two-packs based on the classic 1986 sci-fi movie “Aliens” is getting ready to drop, and it’s simply bursting with all-new Marines and xenomorphs! The four 2-packs include Wounded Cpl. Hicks with Ripley, Pvt. Drake with Battle-Damaged Attacking Alien, Sgt. Apone with Alien, and Cpl. Dietrich with Infected Colonist. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts. Packaged on a blister card.

Batman Classic TV Series Penguin Resin Bust – Item #DEC142214, SRP: $59.99
A Diamond Select Toys release! Batman’s rogues gallery continues to grow as the Penguin joins the Riddler and the Joker in DST’s line of busts based on the Batman Classic TV Series! This 6-inch-tall resin bust captures Burgess Meredith as fowl fiend, wielding a deadly umbrella and an equally deadly sneer. Bust sits atop a colorful base inspired by the show’s animated opening credits, and comes packaged in a full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield! Sculpted by Jean St. Jean!

Dragon Age Minimates Series 1 Box Set – Item #DEC142215, SRP: $19.99
A Diamond Select Toys release! On your next Dragon Age quest, why not keep your companions in your pocket? The legendary video game series kicks off an epic line of Minimates with this debut four-pack featuring the Grey Warden Alistair; the bard, Leliana; dwarf rogue Varric Tethras (with Bianca); and Morrigan, Witch of the Wilds. Each 2-inch Minimate mini-figure features 10-14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts. Packaged on a blister card.

Godzilla 2000 Sculpted Pizza Cutter – Item #DEC142216, SRP: $14.99
A Diamond Select Toys release! Destroy all toppings! A monstrous hunger requires a monstrous slice, and you can cut yourself off a big one with this palm-sized pizza cutter featuring the sculpted face of Godzilla, King of the Monsters. Based on his appearance in “Godzilla 2000,” this menacing utensil will cut a path through a deep-dish pie like Godilla cuts a path through Tokyo! Packaged in a full-color box.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Minimates Series 2 Box Set – Item #DEC142211, SRP: $19.99
A Diamond Select Toys release! Jay and SIlent Bob return in a second box set of Minimates minfigures based on their biggest film, “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”! This time, a mask-wearing Jay and Silent Bob come packaged with Federal Wildlife Marshall Willenholly and notorious jewel  thief Justice — plus a micro-‘Mate of their orangutan friend Suzanne!  Each 2-inch Minimate mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts. Packaged on a blister card.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Monopoly Game – Item #DEC142209, SRP: $39.99
A Diamond Select Toys release! Bring the magic of the movies home with the first board game ever based on the films of Kevin Smith! The cross-country adventure of “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” is now an official, authorized edition of Monopoly, with a game board featuring art and locations from the movie! The game also has new Chance cards, Community Chest cards and game pieces, all set to the same classic Monopoly gameplay! Packaged in a full-color game box with movie artwork.

Jay and Silent Bob Super Groovy Cartoon Movie Ceramic Mug – Item #DEC142210, SRP: $14.99
A Diamond Select Toys release! Why drink your Quick Stop coffee out of a foam cup when you can drink it in style? This double-sided ceramic mug depicts frequent Quick Stop customers Jay and Silent Bob in the animated style of director Kevin Smith’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. With their names on the handle, you’ll know who you’re looking at even before the caffeine kicks in! Comes packaged in a full-color box.

Marvel Infinity Gauntlet Silicone Tray – Item #DEC142217, SRP: $14.99
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Infinity Gauntlet is the most powerful weapon in the Marvel Universe, allowing the bearer to control time, space and reality. And now it can cool your drink! Cast up six ice cubes in the shape of the Infinity Gauntlet using this 6″x8″ silicone tray, or fill the tray up with chocolate to make six tasty treats! Your guests won’t know what hit them! Packaged in a full-color window box.

Marvel Minimates Series 61 Avengers Age of Ultron Movie Asst. – Item #DEC142219, SRP: $9.99/ea.
A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s almost here – the most anticipated Marvel movie since the last Marvel movie! With the trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” already shattering records, DST is preparing the first assortment of Minimates based on the movie! Four two-packs will feature Iron Man with Black Widow, Thor with Captain America, Hawkeye with Ultron and a rare one-per-case variant pack of Hawkeye in his long coat with a Sub-Ultron! Each 2-inch Minimate mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum!

Marvel Minimates Avengers Age of Ultron Movie Single Pack Display – Item #DEC142220, SRP: $5.99/ea.
A Diamond Select Toys release! For a movie as big as “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” one assortment is not enough! This colorful countertop display holds 18 individually blind-bagged Minimates based on the movie, including multiple types of Ultrons, Iron Man’s Iron Legion, plus one-per-case Minimates of Baron Strucker and Nick Fury! Every bag contains one 2-inch Minimate mini-figure, featuring 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts.

Marvel Select Avengers Age of Ultron Movie Hulk Action Figure – Item #DEC142218, SRP: $24.99
A Diamond Select Toys release! Hulk smash puny toys! The Hulk returns in a new look for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and DST is revisiting their award-winning action figure from the first Avengers movie with all-new sculpted details! Standing almost 10 inches tall, this Hulk figure sports 16 points of articulation and a spot-on likeness of the Hulk from the film, and comes packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant!

Walking Dead Minimates Series 7 Asst. – Item #DEC142212, SRP: $9.99/ea.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The newest series of Walking Dead Minimates is here, and this time it’s war! Featuring characters from more recent issues of the hit comic book series, this assortment includes three different two-packs: Rick with Jesus, Negan with Dwight, and Hunters leader Chris with Zombie Holly, plus a one-per-case variant set of Scavengers leader Derek with Zombie Holly. Each 2-inch Minimate mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and interchangeable parts and accessories, including an alternate head for Holly. Packaged in a full-color window box.

Entertainment Earth Premieres Star Trek: The Next Generation Pop! Vinyl

POP LOGOThis past Friday, online retailer and AwesomeToyBlog sponsor Entertainment Earth debuted the first series of Star Trek: The Next Generation Pop! vinyl figures from Funko. This first series takes care of most of the bridge crew with Picard, Riker, Data, Geordi, Worf and Troi all included. Also in the series is a Klingon and Locutus of Borg, who should be renamed Lo-cutest! Neither of the Crushers made the cut for this first wave, but I’m sure Bev and Wes will be announced in no time. This first series is available for pre-order now from Entertainment Earth and is set to ship in March 2015.

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Work It! Dragolpolis 2.0 To Be RuLeased December 4th

rupaul iconSo Much Drama Studios, the company behind the app sensation RuPaul’s Drag Race: Dragopolis, The Morning Line and Fireflies!, announced today that RuPaul’s Drag Race: Dragopolis 2.0 will launch Thursday, December 4 on the App Store and Google Play. Based on the hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race, the app features Alaska, Jinkx Monsoon, Jujubee, Ongina, Shangela, Sharon Needles and Raven in 60 levels of puzzle-action gameplay. Tucked in the game are all the fashion, humor, wigs, beads and baubles that Drag Race is known for.

Check out the latest screenshots below and stay tuned as  RuPaul’s Drag Race: Dragopolis 2.0 launches Thursday, December 4 on the App Store and Google Play. To discover your inner glamazon, please visit www.somuchdramastudios.com or ‘Like’ it on Facebook.

Kick Your Thanksgiving Off With the Red Ranger in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

power rangers logo tnYour Thanksgiving morning will be a little more morphin’ this year as the Red Mighty Morphin’ Power Ranger makes his helium balloon debut. As one of this year’s longest and tallest balloons, the Red Ranger is 77 feet long, 26 feet wide and 56 feet tall. Rita will think twice before messing with this Ranger! The 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air this Thursday, November 27th, LIVE on NBC from 9AM to 12PM.

The parade is just the latest in a number of big events for the Power Rangers. Looking forward, the 22nd season of the franchise – Power Rangers Dino Charge – will debut February 2015 on Nickelodeon. And of course, the Rangers make their highly anticipated return to the big screen in 2016.

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Gentle Giant Debuts Jumbo Secret Wars Figures – Line Starting with Black Costume Spider-Man

GentleGiantLtdLogoFirst they upsized Star Wars figures, then they bumped 3 3/4″ Joes up to 12″ and now the fine folks at Gentle Giant have jumbo’d Marvel Secret Wars figures. Secret Wars was a Mattel toy line released in 1984 and 1985. Two series of figures were released in the US, a third series saw international release.

Gentle Giant is kicking off their jumbo line with Spider-Man in his black costume. Digitally scanned, this figure is an upsized to a fully-articulated 12″ figure and includes a faithfully re-produced lenticular shield. Gentle Giant is taking pre-orders now, with delivery slated for the third quarter of 2015. He is priced at $90.

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Free Shipping on a $50 or More Purchase of BMOG from Octavirate Toys

BMOG TNOctavirate Toys, the maker of BMOG: Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalts is offering free shipping to the United States and Canada on orders of $50 or more through their online store http://bmogtoys.ecrater.com/. Each BMOG can serve as a small robot animal sidekick, separate into multiple accessories for other toys, or be rebuilt into endless combinations with itself and other BMOGs.

Each BMOG figure comes as a model-kit style sprued set with a sticker sheet and the instructions for the default build. The online Octavirate storefront is the only place on the entire internet to get the “Piratical Purple” direct-purchase exclusive. Figures are intended for collectors aged 16 and up.

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Dark Horse Digital Comics Black Friday MegaBundles Announced

Dark Horse LogoDark Horse Comics have announced Black Friday special digital comic MegaBundles. Priced at $99.99 each, these five bundles offer tons of comics. These bundles will be available only for one weekend starting Black Friday (November 28th). These bundles will be available at Digital.Darkhorse.com and they are:

Star Wars MegaBundles

This year we are giving Star Wars fans two different options! Get 200 digital Star Wars comics or get everyStar Wars Omnibus. Purchase these MegaBundles, you should. Too late will it be if you wait!

Whedonverse MegaBundle

Joss Whedon has created some of our favorite worlds to play in. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel & Faith,Serenity, Dollhouse, and even Dr. Horrible are all included in this limited time MegaBundle.

Mignolaverse MegaBundle

Dive into creator Mike Mignola’s dark worlds. Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Baltimore, Witchfinder and evenSledgehammer 44 are all included in this limited time MegaBundle.

REHverse MegaBundle

Acclaimed writer Robert E. Howard created worlds of adventure. Conan, Kull, and Solomon Kane are all included in this limited time MegaBundle.

Project Black Sky MegaBundle

Jump into Dark Horse’s superhero universe, Project Black Sky. Ghost, X, Captain Midnight, Skyman, The Occultist, and Brain Boy are all included in this limited time MegaBundle.

The free Dark Horse Digital comics app is now available worldwide through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both Google Play and iOS apps.

Hikari Friday on Saturday!

hikari logo tnLet’s call it Hikari Saturday this week, as yesterday I failed to post Funko’s latest reveals in their premium vinyl figure line. The two new additions are the ‘Original Creature‘ and ‘Grey Skull Frankenstein’. The ‘Original Creature‘ is, of course a green version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon and is limited to 500 pieces and will be available at all Funko retailers. The ‘Grey Skull Frankenstein’ is limited to 750 pieces and will only be available at ToyZoo.com.

As always, Funko is giving this pair away – full details can be found on their social media sites: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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