Lego mini Simpsons

Posted on: March 27, 2014

The next wave of blind-bagged Lego Minifigures would be based on ‘The Simpsons’ animated series.   The full line up of 16 figures that will make up that assortment will be:

Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Flanders, Apu, Krusty, Grandpa Simpson, Ralph Wiggam, Itchy, Scratch, Chief Wiggam, Mr. Burns, Nelson, and Millhouse

Coming this May!

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I Geek Disney: Celebrations Blog talks new Disney vacation deal

Posted on: March 26, 2014

Thinking of taking a Walt Disney World vacation? Then you’ll want to read Celebrations latest entry on Disney’s new Summer Discounts. While there, don’t forget to sign up for their free newsletter and subscribe to the magazine.

http://www.celebrationspress.com/blog/new-summer-discount-disney-world/

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Toy Guru talks about the Unnamed One

Posted on: March 26, 2014

Toy Guru (Scott Neitlich) recently posted on Matty Collector about the Unnamed One:

unnamed one a love letter?

I must confess I was expecting the unnamed one to be a cross between chthulu darkness from legend and the emperor from star wars.instead we got a trollan.dont get me wrong it really is a nice figure.could you explain how this is a love letter to fans?

Happy to give a few thoughts on this issue!

So for starters, I’ll absolutely be upfront that one man’s “love letter” is another man’s “huh?”. Anytime you are dealing with revealing a 30 year mystery, the build up and anticipation (as well as speculation in different fan’s minds) will inevitably lead to some level of disappointment. Wolverine’s origin anyone? Star Wars prequels? etc..

I remember the final episode of ST Enterprise was billed as a love letter to fans and I was sorely disappointed. Trip died in a holodeck? Whatever. But I do get where the creators were coming from and why they would call the final episode a love letter to fans.

Okay, back to the UNO.

So for starters, the idea of who the figure is and what he looked like was something that was set way back in 2009. His bio was also written back then and has not changed. Which actually debunks the whole “this is the same story as Krona from Green Lantern”. That story by Geoff Johns which revealed that Krona was a fallen Guardian did not come out until 2010/2011. Before that Krona was a different character in the DC universe. The UNO backstory, while written before this new GL story, was published second. So I can see where there is an “argument”, but that “argument” is just factually wrong. Additionally, the “idea” of a fallen character, be is a God like Prometheus or an angel like Satan, is a concept, much like all of MOTU, deeply rooted in mythological motifs. If anything, both Geoff and the MOTU bios are paying homage to mythic themes of a fallen character, not ripping each other off. – in fact, I remember reading the GL story revamping Krona as a fallen Guardians back in 2010/2011 and thinking “wow, this is very similar to the backstory we created last year (and as yet unpublished) for the UNO. Some fans are totally going to jump to the conclusion we ripped this off, even though it was written first!”.

So with that out of the way…

Next, again back in 2009 when we decided who the UNO was and what his story was, we very directly made him an “evil Trolla” because 1: Trollans (Orko) is a VERY recognizable character to casual MOTU fans and would be instantly understood by most casual fans as a MOTU figure/character. A giant Cuthulu type beast might not be. 2: Fans already were using Gorpo (the working name for Orko) as a blue clad Trollan character online and the UNO figure payed homage to that look and name. Heck, He-Man.org, one of the large fan sites even has a “Gorpo” smily face icon that came out well before the figure did. So this was a concept fans had been using for years and incorporating it into the UNO figure was an homage to that. Hence a “love letter” if you will.

Finally, the mini comic included with UNO is just chocked full of easter eggs and surprises for long time fans. And of course the biggest thing of all is the very fact that this figure solves a 30 year mystery for fans; who is the UNO? Doing that in itself, solving the mystery finally, is a love letter to fans. We could have just as easily only done the vintage figures in MOTUC and never expanded the world like this, but by purposely including a toy of the UNO in the line up and writing a bio (back in 2009)it would help resolve 30 years of mystery and plot threads at least finally giving fans an answer they have waited for.

It may not be the answer every fans wants, but it is an answer and providing “an answer” to this mystery, whether you like it or not, is also a “love letter” to our fans. We could have just as easily never addressed this and made a much smaller toy line, but that is not what MOTUC is about! The line has always been about resolving long term plot points and connecting the dots. (Horde Prime figure, the mini comics, etc…) It pushed the brand forward and helps justify the greatest number of figures possible!

Of course, as I noted in the top, this is 100% dependent on your POV. Not every fan will see him this way and that is fine. Again, anytime you are revealing the answer to a long term mystery there will be a contingent of fans not on board with the answer. Spending 30 years *(and especially the last 12 months) wondering what this figure would look like and who he is definitely adds to the hype and raises expectations.

At the end of the day, we are really proud of this figure and honestly he has become one of the single most popular figures around the office. Everyone seems to want one! Not every fan will be 100% satisfied and we never expected to please everyone.

For what our goals were, we couldn’t be prouder of this amazing figure!

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Voltron wants to hear your stories

Posted on: March 26, 2014
This was posted on the Voltron 30th FaceBook site:
Calling all Voltron fans! We want your childhood memories of Voltron in 50 words or less! If you send us your best Voltron memory, we might select it for inclusion in the upcoming 30th Anniversary book from VizMedia! Send us your memory to voltronis30@gmail.com by APRIL 4! Be sure to tell us where you’re from! Are you outside the U.S.? No worries! Feel free to share your thoughts in your native language!–The writer grants VIZ Media/WEP/DreamWorks Animation a perpetual, worldwide license to use your statement in the Voltron 30th anniversary tribute book.
–Submission of your statement does not guarantee that it will be used in the book.
–VIZ Media/WEP/DreamWorks Animation will not provide payment for the use of your statement.
–VIZ Media/WEP/DreamWorks Animation may use the person’s name in connection with the statement.
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Batman and Son Clip

Posted on: March 26, 2014

From DC Entertainment comes the first released clip from the next DC Animated movie Batman and Son based on the story arc by Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert.

 

 

 

 

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Power Lords are in Production

Posted on: March 26, 2014

We got in packaged samples of the upcoming Power Lords releases and although there are a few minor tweaks here and there to be made, we think these things are looking amazing and we’re really looking forward to hearing your opinions as well. We just sent our responses back and they’re going into full production now, so it won’t be long…

Pictured below are Adam Power, Lord Power, Ggripptogg, Ggrabbtargg and the Ggrapptikk Trooper – all fully painted and in the usual Four Horsemen collector friendly blister card (the figures can be removed from the cards for play, and then replaced back on the cards for packaged display).

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The Ggrabbtargg figure is a Power Lords Fan Club exclusive and was only made available to the fans who purchased either the Power Ship level membership or the Volcan Rock level membership. That figure will no longer be available for purchase through Store Horsemen, but the remaining stock after PL Fan Club members allotment have been distributed may at some point be used as promotional give aways or for non-profit charity purposes.

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The Ggrapptikk Trooper (also known as the “Ultimate Edition Barlowe Tribute Ggripptogg”), was made available to those who purchased the Volcan Rock level of the Power Lords Fan Club. This figure is not an exclusive item and will be for sale later on through Store Horsemen. This thing’s being referred to as the “Ultimate Edition” for a reason, and you’re seeing those reasons revealed here for the first time. This figure comes with four different variant heads, including one of Ggripptogg dine in the style of Wayne Barlowe’s original vision of the character without a reversible head. It also comes with three sets of forearms, one of which is an alternate version of the classics Ggripptogg arms. It comes with both a short loincloth and a long loincloth, and it also comes with both a long and short handle for his weapon. WHEW! That’s a lotta’ toy!

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Interview with Dan Vado: Supreme Commander of SLG Publishing

Posted on: March 26, 2014

It’s not often that the “Supreme Commander” of an Independent Comic Company takes the time out of his busy schedule to talk with a fledgling blog, but that is just what Dan Vado of SLG Publishing recently did.  Honest and humble, Mr. Vado is one of the nicest guys in the comic industry, and after reading the interview, you’ll agree as well.

Toy-Lines: How did SLG comics come about? What kind of struggles did you have to make to get started and did you ever imagine the success you would one day have, and how did you settle on the name?

Were comics something you always wanted to do with your life?

Dan Vado: Comics were always a huge part of my life. English is not my first language; my parents are both Italian immigrants and spoke mostly Italian around me. By the time I got to school I was speaking well enough but not reading. I was in danger of being held back (this is the early 1960’s and there was no such thing as English as a Second Language (ESL) type of teaching.

The principal of my school was so stupid he thought my family was Mexican and tried speaking Spanish to me, which I guess made ME look stupid because I didn’t understand him. His Spanish was apparently terrible and he seemed un-apologetic when his mistake was pointed out to him. My first grade teacher told my parents (who clearly were unable to help me as they were challenged by the language as well) to just give me anything that I would read. So, at first I gravitated to Dr. Seuss books then went onto comic books.

Had it not been for that, I might never have really gotten the hang of the language.

At any rate, I read comics all through school, started buying and selling them in high school and had a comics shop after I graduated. I never intended on making my entire life about comics, being in the business was just something I was going to do until I figured out what else I wanted to do with my life.

TL: SLG has been around for 25 years, what have you seen in the comic field that has come and gone as a gimmick, and what are you most proud of for SLG?

DV: I guess I am most proud of still being here. Lots of people come and go; I managed to stick it out for a lot longer than most people thought I would. I am also proud that at one point we had a decent sized business going on, with staff who were paid decently and in a couple of cases got health insurance from us.

TL: Currently, what books are SLG putting out?

DV: We are in a transitionary period, so the books we are doing are mostly digital. This year we will only publish three actual books, one of them being a collection of the Filler Bunny comics by Jhonen Vasquez.

TL: Can you tell us about Shirt Designer and how that came about?

DV: We have a side business, which is actually becoming our main business, of an apparel line. In addition to our own designs we do printing and fulfillment for a couple of people who have their own apparel ideas. That company is called Tee Geniuses (www.teegeniuses.com)

TL: For several years SLG released the Disney Haunted Mansion comic. Can you tell us what it was like choosing the artists and writers for each story?

DV: The Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland is one that literally spoke to me when I first rode it when I was 10. I started making up stories in my head about how all the ghosts got there and why, of all places, they hung out there.

I was scarcely the only person to feel that way, although maybe I was a little more intense about it, so I just talked to people who had been on the ride and asked them to either tell a story about one of the ghosts, or to tell a ghost story set in the mansion. Lots of people had a load of great ideas.

TL: You wrote three of my personal favorite stories in the series: Mystery of the Manse, The Interview series, and Misery of the Manse. Where did your ideas for these come from?

DV: These came from the back story I created for the ride when I was a kid. The Haunted Mansion in Disneyland is right near Pirates of the Caribbean. There are more than a couple of nautical references in the Haunted Mansion ride; I kind of spun the back story out of that.

The Interview was based on the idea that anyone can be obsessive about anything, even death, and combines it with the passion that some people felt about the ride. That spun into another story where the 999 ghosts thing was a botched curse and developed an idea of a love triangle between The Bride, Leotta and The guy hanging from the rafters.

One of the best and most touching stories in the entire series was Christopher Higginson’s story about the Groundskeeper and why he keeps such good care of the graveyard. I ended up taking from that story in my ending to Interview/Misery stories.

TL: The Groundskeeper is a great tale.  I really enjoyed that one as well.

TL: Your web site has a section for comics and graphic novels that are from other companies, things like Maus to Santa Versus Dracula and everything in between. Is this something you always intended to do, help market other companies? Or is this a new direction SLG is going in?

DV: This is kind of a new direction; mostly it is a more retail strategy for the company, trying to generate more revenue without as much of the risk associated with publishing.

TL: I’m quite the Wizard of Oz fan. I enjoyed the trailer for Royal Historian of Oz. Who made the trailer and can you tell us a bit about the book?

DV: Royal Historian is a different kind of OZ book. It does not retell or rehash the old material and instead sort of makes fun of all the people doing OZ stuff today. We cut our own trailers back then.

TL: I also see you have a collection titled “Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz” which are rare Sunday comics that L. Frank Baum himself wrote. Can you tell us a bit about this?

DV: This was published by someone else; we carried it to compliment our OZ book.

TL: The Beachcomber Polynesian Restaurant (Hurricane Cove Tiki Bar Matchbook Shirt) and The Islander Tiki t-shirt are really nice. Do you plan on selling more Tiki-inspired shirts like these?

DV: Yes, there is an entire line of these shirts coming and will include some original designs.

TL: On your web site it says, “SLG Publishing: Better Comics Through Superior Firepower”. Can you tell us what that stands for?

DV: The Firepower are the comics and the talent that produces them. The slogan was a takeoff on Eisenhower’s “Peace Through Superior Firepower” slogan.

TL: What is a normal day-in-the-life for you at SLG publishing?

DV: There is no normal day in comics publishing. Every day brings a new challenge and rarely are two days alike. In recent years we have been running an all-ages music venue in our space, so on top of everything else I spend a good portion of every day booking music.

TL: Is there anything you’d like our readers to know about SLG? Future products?

DV: We are still here, although kind of quiet right now. We could really use some support from our fans right now so maybe go and get that t-shirt you were always thinking of buying.

TL: You sign your emails, “Success is not a goal, it’s a byproduct”. Can you explain that?

DV: I stole that from Friday Night Lights. It is something I say to myself every day.

TL: What would readers and fans of SLG find the most shocking about you?

DV: Shocking? Maybe that I am not a vicious drunk? That I play hockey? That I am over 50? That I am taller (or shorter or fatter) than people imagined? That would be a good poll for people who have met me.

TL: Do you have a favorite movie? What do you do to relax from a day of stress at SLG?

DV: Any Coen Brothers movie is my favorite. I have no spare time, but when I unwind I watch a lot of TV and sports.

TL: Dan, thank you so much for your time in answering these questions. I wish you and SLG the best of luck and hope the next 25 years are as successful as the past 25.

To check out all the great products SLG sells head on over to their website at:  http://www.slgcomic.com/

Toy-Lines Crew

 

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I Geek Disney: Celebrations Blog: This Week in Disney History

Posted on: March 26, 2014

Check out the latest update over at Celebrations blog for “This Week in Disney History” which tells how Cast Members were finally allowed facial hair. Personally, I like a clean shaven face myself, but that’s just me.  Follow the link to read and don’t forget to sign up for their free newsletter and subscribe to their great magazine:  http://www.celebrationspress.com/blog/secrets-tips/week-disney-history-cast-members-allowed-mustaches/

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Funko POP! Movies – Pulp Fiction

Posted on: March 25, 2014

Pop! Movies: Pulp Fiction

From Quintin Tarantino’s classic film Pulp Fiction, we bring you all of your favorite characters!
We even have Quintin Tarantino himself as Jimmie…
With his seriously GOURMET coffee!

Who knew a couple of hitmen could be so cute?
We did, of course!

Now…
Do YOU know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France?

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Available in April!
Also Available…
Butch Coolidge Pop!

He’s busy preparing for his boxing match, but he’ll be here in June!

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Early released Ninja Turtle footage is disappointing

Posted on: March 25, 2014

According to Badassdigest.com:

I’m at CinemaCon, the theater owner trade show in Las Vegas, and Paramount just revealed the first look at the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – which revealed that April O’Neil’s dad helped create the turtles.

Seriously.

At first the trailer hides the turtles – there’s voice over from William Fichtner’s Shredder explaining the city has gone to shit. We see criminals with automatic weapons and buildings exploding and maybe – just maybe! – it seems like this could be a Hobo With A Shotgun version of a city in decline.

It turns out that this version of Shredder hates that crime and violence, and so he started a program to create heroes. That’s juxtaposed with TCRI ooze canisters and experiments. You know, the ooze that created the turtles. The ooze that Shredder made… with April’s dad. Yes, the VO is Shredder telling April he and her dad made the turtles.

There’s flash footage of the Turtles fighting guys in the subway and April films on her phone. Then the turtles are revealed… and they’re kind of bad? Meredith Woerner of io9 was sitting next to me and said they looked like babies with penis heads, and she’s right. They’re not turtle-y enough and they’re not anthropomorphized enough. They’re a terrible middle ground.

They do crack wise, though. We see the turtles sliding down a mountain and one yells “Batter up!” and is thrown into a Hummer, shell first, crushing the door of the vehicle.

I imagine this will hit the web soon and you’ll get to make up your own mind.

Devin Faraci

 

 

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Cybertronian Knight announced for Botcon

Posted on: March 25, 2014

Devcon – The Cybertronian Knight that made an appearance in the G1 episode The Gambler has been announced as one of the Botcon Exclusive figures for this years Botcon in Pasadena.

 

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Botcon 2014 will be on June 19-22 in Pasadena California – For  more information go to www.botcon.com

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Monster High on DVD Today

Posted on: March 25, 2014

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–()–Today, Monster High™ launches its 4th direct-to-DVD release – Monster High™: Frights, Camera, Action! – with new monsterfied characters and a scary-cool new plot! Led to believe she’s the rightful heir to the vampire throne, Draculaura™, along with her best ghoulfriends, is whisked away to Transylvania for a royal coronation to die for. Soon, the ghouls discover that the hunt for the Vampire queen is not over and it’s up to them to uncover the truth in a fangtastic adventure that takes them from the Tower of Londoom, to a haunted river boat in New Goreleans™ and finally to the glamorous boovie lots of Hauntlywood™. The mystery-filled film also introduces new ghouls – Elissabat™Honey Swamp™Viperine Gorgon™, and Clawdia Wolf™ – and girls can have their own screamplay with a line of new character themed dolls accented and accessorized with touches of Hauntlywood™ glam. Available at retailers nationwide, the Monster High™: Frights, Camera, Action! DVD retails for $19.99. Visit www.monsterhigh.com for more information.

 

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