On Sale This Week: Star Trek, Star Wars, Marvel, Domo and the Walking Dead!

WalkingDeadMinimates3aTWD3_PrisonHershel-FarmerZHere’s a big shipment coming in to your local comic shop this WednesdNew Toy Day is here, and thay! New items from Diamond Select Toys include offerings from Star Trek, StR2-D2BottleOpenerBox1ar Wars, The Walking Dead, Marvel Comics and Domo, and cover products from action figures to Minimates to banks to bottle openers! You can even pick up a work of art! Check out what’s due, and find your nearest retailer located near you

Domo Metal Bottle Opener
The toothy Japanese phenomenon is teaming up with DST, and the first item on the Domo docket is this solid metal bottle opener! Use his gaping maw to pry the cap off of your favorite beverage, but don’t let him drink it all – he’s thirsty! Opener measures over 3″ long with magnets on the back for refrigerator hanging. Comes in a collector box with a full-color wrap. (SRP: $18.00)

Marvel’s The Punisher Metal Bottle Opener
After a long day of bringing down the criminal underworld, what better way to relax than with a tasty beverage in the back of your unmarked van? This solid metal bottle opener, in the shape of the Punisher’s iconic skull logo, measures 3 inches long and can get any bottle cap to open up faster than Jimmy the Snitch. It even has magnets on the back so you can mount it on your refrigerator, gun safe or ammo case. Comes packaged in a collector’s case with a full-color wrap. (SRP: $18.00)

Star Trek Granix Slate Art Plaque
The USS Enterprise’s five-year mission made the ship a legend in Starfleet history, and made the original Star Trek TV series a legend in sci-fi television history. So why buy a poster when you can set your love for Star Trek in stone? This 7.5″ by 5.5″ slate plaque is emblazoned with a full-color image of the iconic starship Enterprise, and comes with a display stand for shelf or desktop display.  (SRP $29.99)

Star Trek Select Spock Action Figure
It’s an all-new Star Trek action figure line designed especially for collectors! Packaged in display-friendly Select packaging, each 7-inch scale figure comes with a diorama-style accessory and interchangeable parts for a variety of display options. The first offering in this new series is Commander Spock, first officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise, who comes with a cave backdrop and the Horta alien from the classic episode “Devil in the Dark.” Get in on the ground floor of this exciting new line! Sculpted by Patrick Piggott. (SRP: $24.99)
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Star Wars R2-D2 Magnetic Metal Bottle Opener
Everyone knows R2-D2 is the handiest droid in the galaxy, packed to the dome with cool gadgets and top-secret data. But did you know he’s also a bottle opener? Harkening back to R2’s bartender days on Tatooine, this 4″ solid metal bottle opener is a detailed rendering of C-3PO’s boon companion as well as a fully functioning bottle opener. It even has magnets on the back so you can hang it on your refrigerator. Is there anything R2 can’t do? Comes packaged in a collector’s case with a full-color wrap. (SRP: $18.00)

Star Wars Yoda Vinyl Bank
“Save or save not! There is no try!” The latest coin-dispensing vinyl Star Wars bank from DST is the wisdom-dispensing Jedi Master, Yoda! Depicting the little green philosopher as he appears in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, this 9-inch vinyl bank has a coin slot on its back for depositing loose change, and is in scale with DST’s popular R2-D2 and Jawa banks, as well as past Ultimate Quarter Scale action figures. Judge it by its size, won’t you? Sculpted by Oluf Hartvigson! (SRP: $23.00)
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Walking Dead Minimates Series 3 Asst.
The smash hit Minimates series continues with more detailed mini-figures based on Robert Kirkman’s popular Walking Dead comic book! The new assortment of two-packs is all about the famous prison story arc, with Riot Gear Rick wth Guard Zombie, Dexter with Dreadlock Zombie, Hershel with Farmer Zombie and a rare variant Battle-Damaged Tyreese with Farmer Zombie! Each Minimate stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and a variety of removable and interchangeable parts and accessories. (SRP: $9.99Ea.)
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Legends of Chima Premieres on Cartoon Network This July

LEGO_LOCA01-Still075From the creators of NINJAGO comes the LEGO® Group’s newest animated series, Legends of Chima. Premiering on Wednesday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m. (ET, PT) on Cartoon Network, Legends of Chima tells the story of the Chima Kingdom, a magical land ruled by very advanced animal tribes. These creatures walk and talk like humans. They drive vehicles, use machinery and live in amazing castles and fortresses, but still have claws, teeth, tails and/or wings.  And right now, they battle each other.

The Chima Kingdom that was once a pure and natural paradise has transformed into a land of unrest. Best friends, Laval the Lion and Cragger the Crocodile, turned into enemies. In the forests, vehicles are charging at each other in epic duels. Animal tribes are fighting over the possession of the super-powerful natural energy-source called Chi – which is the source of life and has the potential for unimaginable destruction.

Only a few brave heroes understand the true nature of Chi. Their story, and the stories of those who challenge them, are known as the “Legends of Chima.” These rich stories are filled with conquest, loyalty and rivalry in a world never seen before.

The jman Sayeth…: Discussion: Action Comics #1 – 18

Just an FYI to everyone.  I didn’t plan this article to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Action Comics #1.  It was just happenstance.  And by “happenstance” I totally mean my laziness…

action_comics_1_cover_2011As a comic book fan, I’m more about the art than the writing, which is kind of ironic, considering how much I write.  Your friendly neighborhood jman is just an artist trapped in a writer’s body.  Could be worse, I supposed.  There are worse bodies to be trapped in. Or under, for that matter.

on the other hand, there are some bodies worth being caught under.

Because of this, I can much easily suffer through a terrible story with great art (Justice League 1 – current), than suffer through a great story with terrible art (with all due respect…Frank Quietly’s art).  Why am I blathering on about this?  Because I don’t really follow writers.  I don’t follow artists much, for that matter, either.  I usually just read the characters I like.

And as “uncool” as he’s been over the years, Superman is one of them.  I’m a lifelong fan, religiously picking up Superman titles good or bad.  But, when the New52 started, I was a bit hesitant of what DC was doing. I stayed the course, though, buying my Superman books like the good soldier I am.

For the first few issues, that is.  By issue 5 of Action Comics, I stopped.  Yea.  Not only did I drop a Superman title, I dropped a Grant Morrison title!?!?  It’s unheard of, right?!?  Grant Morrison is every fanboy’s wet dream, amiright?!?  I gave it more than a shot, though.  I gave it a chance, did my best not to initially jump to any conclusions, but man…Action comics was not a fun read. At all.

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When I heard awhile back that Morrison was signing off of Action, I started reading the book again, starting with issue 15.  I wanted to see how Morrison’s swan song for Superman was going to play out.  And having read those last 4 issues, all’s I can say is…WTF?!?!?  For real.  WHAT THE FUCK?!?!  What kind of trippy ass nonsense is going on here?!?!?

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i don’t even know where to begin…

I was actually borderline angry (as if you couldn’t tell) about it all.  This is supposed to be DC’s premiere book, with a premiere writer and premiere artist on it.  They were (are) certainly charging a premiere price of $4.99?!?!?  And for what?  Neither the story or the art live up to that premium price point.

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Some of my comic book peeps suggested to me that perhaps there was something I missed out on.  There were a whole bunch of books I didn’t read between issues 4 and 15.  Perhaps, my comic book associates suggested, I should go back and read those issues, before I pass ultimate judgment; the secret to the whole story may lie in the issues I didn’t read.

Fair enough.  But, rather than just read those 9 or so issues, I decided if I was going to spend my money and time doing this, I’d do it right.  I’d start right at the beginning.  So, I pulled out issue #1 and read on through to issue 18.

Task accomplished, I’ve had some time to digest all 18 issues.  And I still say…WHAT THE FUCK?!?!?

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Look, DC’s premise for creating the New 52 was to bring on new readers.  Let me tell you something, Action 1-18 are not for new readers.  It’s like a misty ode to the past.  Actually, it reminds me of Superman Returns.  It’s just an excuse to be sentimental about what has come before.  The overall story arc is far too complex and steeped in Superman lore for a new/casual reader to care.  The whole Mxyzptlk/ Vyndktvx/ Nyxlygsptlnz is beyond me.  Read those names again.  I defy you to try and pronounce them.  How many different ways have you heard “Mxyzptlk” pronounced over the years?!?!  Those 5th dimension names alone are enough to alienate (as it were) a new reader, let alone a long time one.

and this is just the beginning of the 5th dimension nonsense

Let me digress for a moment, though…

The idea of shorter story arcs within one long arc is a good concept.  It’s how many television shows are done, it brings readers back to the book month after month.  It’s just good story telling.  But, even the individual issues in Action Comics, the shorter story arcs, weren’t that great.  They bounced within timeframes, within individual issues, without letting us know what was going on.

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Take the first story arc, for example.  The first three issues were a decent start.  Issue 4 was OK.  But, then they shifted to this Rocket Song Interlude, taking us back to Krypton for two issues, that had nothing to do with the story arc we were already in?!?!?  Look, I know they’ve got an overall story to tell, but breaking up a story arc, isn’t a way to attract/keep new readers.  It’s confusing.  It’s jarring.  I’m sure there’s some sort of internal reason for doing it (deadlines not being met, what have you), but if your premise is truly to bring on new readership, this isn’t how you do it.

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The original story arc picks up again on issue 7 and completes in issue 8.  Superman meets/defeats Brainiac in those last two issues of the first arc.  The story started out interestingly enough, but got convoluted along the way with it’s constant introduction of elements from Superman’s pre-52 past.  Lex, General Lane, John Corben, Brainiac, Kandor, blahblahblah.

this guy is supposed to be a high level genius?!?

Speaking of Lex, is it me or is he a real weasel?  And I’m not talking in the super genius way.  I mean, he’s just a lowlife.  I guess they were going for flippant or cavalier, but he just comes across as…weak.   This Lex is no high level genius.  He’s Gene Hackman from Superman:  The movie, without the intelligence.  This Lex is just a common sociopath.

hey! i'm gonna put on this non descript cloth like uniform and see what happens.

We also learn how Superman gets his armor/costume in the last two issues of the first story arc.  When DC first introduced the redesigns for the New 52, I didn’t get too caught up in the hullabaloo.  I prefer the red trunks, but if they’re gonna tell a good story, so what?!?   The thing is, though, it’s not a good story.  Superman cracks open some sort of stasis tube, on Brainiac’s ship, that has a generic looking cloth getup (supposedly Kryptonian) in it.  And Superman knows this is going to protect him, because he remembers it from a dream?  I could go on, but I don’t want to.  It’s just weak.

John Clark?  For real?!?

There are so many moments that are completely WTF?!?!? The sudden introduction of John Clark in issue 11.  Or Superman operating on Lois, at the end of issue 12.  That’s a good one.  If comic book creators want to make these comics more based in reality (which I’m not for, by the way), like having Superman testify in front of a Congressional panel about the Fortress of Solitude, then you can’t be pulling stunts like him learning a lifetime of medical knowledge in 5 minutes.  And then cutting Lois open with this thumbnail.   His thumbnail??!?  Did he sharpen his thumbnail first?  How is Superman not ripping into the flesh of the humans he comes in contact with, with these fingernails of his?  I know it’s real easy for me to sit here and say I would’ve went with heat vision, but c’mon!!?!?  His thumbnail?!?!?

it's hard as diamond doc, duh?!?

That’s not to say there weren’t any bright spots across Morrison’s run.  Issue 13, which weakly introduced more characters that we don’t care about was still pretty moving.  It tied into the Rocket Song Interlude issues 5 and 6.  The issue was told by some unnamed narrator, a departure from all the other issues.  A clever enough device, but why?!?!  What’s the motivation all the sudden for this unnamed narrator?  But, I’m getting off track here again.  What really saves the issue is the bonus story at the end of the book.  Those few pages recounted what happened to Krypto in his years in the Phantom Zone.

probably the best moment of all 18 issues

probably the best moment of all 18 issues

I’m not a reviewer.  I really don’t like to “review” things.  Because a) it’s only my opinion and b) no matter how bad I think something is, whoever created the subject being reviewed spent a lot of time/effort creating it.  Most people don’t set out to create something bad.  And I have no more authority saying something is good/bad, than anyone else does. But, if I’m not enjoying something, and I’ve got to come up with something interesting to write about for my site, then…you can see where I’m coming from.

seriously what the fuck is going on here?

I’m not a comic book creator.  I don’t know what it takes to put a book together, with management on your back.  I am a comic book buyer, though.  And for a book that’s cover price is a steep $3.99/$4.99, I have a hard time putting that kind of money out for a product that’s not living up to the high price point.

Again...5 bucks?!?!  for this?!?!?

I’m not a purist, either.  I know that things have to adapt and change.  So, when DC initially announced these revamps to their universe, I tried not to pass to many judgments.  I’m a fanboy at heart, after all.  I wanted to like Action Comics in the worst way.  I wanted to like ALL the new books in the worst way, actually.   In the end, though, I’m really not crazy about what they did in Action.  The stories were weak, the artwork was even weaker, and what have they done to the character?

and what's going on here?

In trying to make Superman more “relevant”, they’ve alienated him from his human counterparts.  But, what they’ve really done is alienate us instead.  They’ve made Superman into an almost unlikable character.  Superman is not dark, or brooding, or whiny (and neither should Clark Kent, either).  He’s not Batman or Wolverine.  Superman is the light.  He’s what we all should strive to be.  That doesn’t mean he doesn’t get pissed or second guess himself, or have a bad day(s), it simply means no matter what the circumstances, he gets back up on his feet and finds a way.

some other dimension's Doomsday.

That applies to whether he’s putting on the cape for the first time or taking his dying breath at the hands of whichever version of Doomsday is running around these days…

Images courtesy of:

Kate Upton:  www.movieweb.com

Superman:  www.thefoxisblack.com

Covers:  www.kpbs.org

The Creature From the Black Lagoon 9inch Black & White Variant

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The Creature From the Black Lagoon 9inch Black & White Variant

 

Mezco’s award-winning design team journeyed deep into the unexplored depths of the Amazon jungle searching for fossils…instead they discovered The Creature! Mezco Toyz brings to life The Creature, from Universal’s sci-fi, horror gem, The Creature From The Black Lagoon.

 

In tribute to the classic film, this Creature variant features a “black and white” paint scheme that perfectly replicates the look of the infamous Creature in his cinematic masterpiece!

 

This iconic scaled terror from the deep stands 9″ tall and captures the intricate detail of the pre-historic gill-man; from his mysterious amphibious eyes, to his claw tipped webbed hands.  With 11 points of articulation he’ll be able to take out any scientist who dares to come between him and his true love.

 

The Creature is packaged in a full color, collector friendly window box perfect for display.

 

 

 

This Mezco Summer Exclusive is a Limited Edition of 100 pieces. A limited amount are available online

 

starting at 1pm on 6/12/2013

 

 , but don’t delay because once they are gone, they are gone forever!

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TEEN TITANS GO! Is A Go For Second Season On Cartoon Network

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Highly-Rated Original Animated Series from Warner Bros. Animation Gets Order For More Episodes

Cartoon Network announced today it has picked up a second season of Teen Titans Go!, the new half-hour animated comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation. Since its premiere on the network in April, Teen Titans Go! has been a viewer favorite averaging more than 1.7 million total viewers (P2+) per telecast. In addition, the series is the #1 program (excluding movies) on Tuesday on all TV among kids 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14 and boys 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14. Ratings for the series have outpaced its lead-in and prior four-week benchmarks by double-digits with all key kids and boys, and year-ago time period results among Kids/Boys 9-14.

A reimagining of the beloved Teen Titans series based on the characters from DC Comics, which also aired on Cartoon Network, Teen Titans Go! stars the original principal voice cast, along with a remixed theme song by legendary DJ and Beastie Boys member Mix Master Mike. Season one is currently airing and new episodes will continue to premiere on Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m., with Johnny Test at 7:00 p.m. and The Looney Tunes Show at 8:00 p.m.

The character-driven comedy series Teen Titans Go! focuses on the funny that happens in between saving the world and living together as teenagers without adult supervision. The comedic mayhem of the animated series is punctuated by pranks and the occasional need to fight crime, but it will also deal with the everyday issues of adolescence. With epic staring contests to decide who does the laundry, a series of quests and battles to construct the perfect sandwich or fighting crime in Jump City, one thing is for sure, these Titans will always be ready for an adventure inside the house and out.

Teen Titans Go! is produced by Warner Bros. Animation with Sam Register (MAD, Teen Titans, Batman: The Brave and The Bold) serving as executive producer with Michael Jelenic (ThunderCats) and Aaron Horvath (MAD) as producers.

Prometheus Series 3 goes back before the beginning!

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Sound complicated? It is, and that’s the whole point of the movie.

When exploring the planet LV-223, the crew of the Prometheus uncovers archival holographic footage of Engineers fleeing some invisible threat. The crew doesn’t find out what it is until it’s too late, and that’s where we come in.

Series 3 of our Prometheus line captures the Engineers in their holographic form. Exquisitely detailed and presented in a painted translucent blue plastic, the new Engineers come in two versions: Pressure Suit and Chair Suit.

Of course, we all know the horrors that awaited both the Engineers and the Prometheus crew — what with the zombie disease, the facehugging, and so on — but at the time, the ominous holograms only held a vague warning of death to come.

Grim times for the Prometheus, but a bonus for fans and collectors of our Prometheus line!

Stay tuned for more updates on Prometheus Series 3 as we get closer to the release, and for the exact shipping dates.

Build Up Your Variant Collection With Marvel LEGO® VARIANTS!

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ild Up Your Variant Collection With Marvel LEGO® VARIANTS!
Dive Deep Into The Marvel Universe in Minifigure Form With Over 20 One-Of-A-Kind Variant Covers
 
New York, NY – June 11, 2013 – This September, two of the world’s most iconic brands join forces as Marvel Entertainment & The LEGO Group, unite for the greatest variant covers you’ve ever seen –  LEGO® Variants.  That’s right, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Wolverine, Captain America, and so many more of your favorite Marvel heroes are translated into LEGO form! Not only will you get to see so many of Earth’s Mightiest as Minifigures, but over 20 of your favorite Marvel comics will feature these one ofakind variant covers depicting some of the most classic of covers!
 
·         All-New X-Men #17
·         Avengers #21
·         Avengers A.I. #4
·         Captain America #12
·         Daredevil #31
·         Fantastic Four #13
·         Guardians Of The Galaxy #7
·         Hawkeye #15
·         Indestructible Hulk #14
·         Infinity #3
·         Iron Man #17
·         Marvel Universe: Avengers Assemble #1
·         Mighty Avengers 1
·         New Avengers #11
·         Nova #8
·         Secret Avengers #10
·         Superior Spider-Man #19
·         Thor: God Of Thunder #14
·         Uncanny Avengers #12
·         Wolverine & The X-Men #36
·         X-Men #5
“Working with the folks at The LEGO Group to do these homage covers is an absolute blast!  As soon as we came up with the concept of doing the covers, I couldn’t wait to get an idea off the ground that really does justice to both the Marvel heroes and the LEGO brand,” explained David Gabriel, SVP of Sales, Print & Digital. “This program is the best blend of both worlds and we know it will really excite our fans and hope that Lego fans also find their way into comic shops to pick these up!”
 
The LEGO variant covers complement the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes construction toy collection, which brings the characters, vehicles and action of Marvel’s renowned universe to the world of LEGO build-and-play adventure. There are currently eleven iconic scenes from the Avengers, Iron Man and Spider -Man franchises available including construction sets tied to Marvel’s  Iron Man 3 feature film. The covers also celebrate the new LEGO® Marvel™ Super Heroes videogame which will be available beginning Fall 2013 and is the first instalment in the highly successful LEGO videogame franchise to feature a breadth of famous characters from the Marvel Comics Universe.IndestructibleHulk_14_LegoVariant
 
To celebrate this Marvel Team-Up, Marvel has pored through the vaults and selected the best images for artists Leo Castellani, Christopher Jones and Adam DeKracker to bring you a set of covers that will be forever awesome in your collection! Be sure to head on over to your local comic shop immediately and tell your retailers which one you want because all of these limited LEGO Variant covers are going to go fast!
 
Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on these hotly anticipated variant covers as the fan interest in the months to come can only increase. No fan will want to miss the chance to see their favorite Marvel heroes in a whole new light when the LEGO Variants hit store shelves worldwide!
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The Walking Dead Minimates Series 3 is Breaking Out in New Photos!

Dexter2This week sees the release of The Walking Dead Series 3 Minimates at comic shops and specialty stores, and they’re all from the famous prison story arc of the hit comic book by Robert Kirkman!

Rick, Hershel and Dexter face off against a trio of zombies in three different two-packs, and be on the lookout for a short-packed Battle-Damaged Tyreese! Hershel and Tyreese (both with Farmer Zombie) are exclusively at comic shops and specialty stores, while Rick and Dexter (with Guard and Dreadlock Zombies) are shared with Toys “R” Us stores. Two additional sets, Glenn and Carol (with Vest and Pole Zombies), are exclusively at Toys “R” Us.

 

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The Fanboy Factor – Ep 35 – Man Of Steel, DC Exodus, and NECA

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This is The Fanboy Factor.

This week on the Fanboy Factor we are joined by Randy Falk, Director of Product Development for NECA.

We try to predict if Man Of Steel will live up to the hype.

And talk about what’s going on at DC Comics with all the exodus of writers and artists.

Plus, joining us as a permanent panel member is Khalil Quotap from Kastor’s Korner – http://kastorskorner.com

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Twitter us at https://twitter.com/Fanboy_Factor

THE LONE RANGER – Behind-the-Scenes Video “Spirit Platform”

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Disney has released the new first video in a series of on-the-set featurettes, “Spirit Platform,” from THE LONE RANGER.

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

“The Lone Ranger” also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.

“Like” The Lone Ranger on Facebook: Facebook.com/theloneranger

“Follow” The Lone Ranger on Twitter: @loneranger

Visit the website: www.disney.com/theloneranger

THE LONE RANGER releases in theaters on July 3, 2013!