DST Stay-puft contest

Posted on: April 30, 2014

Mr. Stay-Puft is back, and this time, he’s not just attacking New York City! Both the “Good” and “Evil” versions of Diamond Select Toys’ new 24-inch Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man bank are in comic shops and specialty stores around the world starting today, and we want the fans to document his rampage! Fan-submitted photos will be posted on the official DST Facebook page, and every month one entry will win awesome prizes, including some sweet Ghostbusters merch!

Here’s what you do: Simply photograph your 24-inch Mr. Stay-Puft (either good or evil variety) somewhere near where you live. It could be the beach, the forest, the desert, the mountains, a city street, or even in front of a sign welcoming people to your town — we just want to see where Mr. Stay-Puft has been! Send the picture off to collectdst@gmail.com, and each month we’ll post a new batch of pictures on our Facebook page. One of the pictures we post will be randomly chosen to win that month’s prize! Prize packages will include $100 worth of toys and collectibles from DST!

Rules: Photos must be at least 600 x 800 pixels. One entry per person per monthly cycle. Duplicate entries will not be included in the drawing. If you do not win, a new photo can be submitted after the start of the new month. A previously submitted picture cannot be submitted again. All entries become the property of Diamond Select Toys, and can be used on various Websites and social media sites. Prize package value is based on suggested retail price of all items combined. Winners are prohibited from entering any DST contest again for one year.

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Charity auction on E-bay for Beastman Bust

Posted on: April 30, 2014

Calling all He-Fans and She-Ravers, Roast Gooble Dinner’s (One of the He-man and She-Ra Podcasts) host is having an E-bay auction to help with some medical bills.

If you would like to bid on this one of kind Beastman Bust and help out a fellow He-man fan, click right here.

 

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New Masters of the Universe Classics

Posted on: April 30, 2014

From Matty Collector’s Facebook Page:

Hey He-Fans and She-Ravers!

Matty Mattel back with some of our latest packaged images of upcoming Masters of the Universe Classic figs! Hot from photo department are two evil characters from the “New Adventures” era, Flogg and Intergalactic Skeletor and another vintage member of the Masters – Extendar! New figures will be available on the 15th of each month only on Mattycollector.com!

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Extendar’s all new bio incorporating the vintage licensor kit info.

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I Geek DIsney: Toy-Lines interviews Brandon Seifert writer of “Seekers of the Weird”

Posted on: April 25, 2014

Toy-Lines: Hi Brandon, thank you for the chance to speak with us regarding the great new comic Seekers of the Weird. How did you get involved with Marvel & Disney Kingdoms “Seekers of the Weird”?

Brandon Seifert: I’d previously contacted Marvel editor Bill Rosemann, hoping to do some writing for him some day. I followed up last summer — and he told me that he’d actually just been considering me for a project! The project turned out to be “Seekers of the Weird.” That’s pretty much the whole story!

TL: Sort of “the right place at the right time”?

BS: Pretty much!

TL: Did you have any nervousness about taking on a project like this?

BS: Not that I remember? I was pretty excited. A little anxious, I guess — but more because I’d never done anything for Marvel before, and I wanted to make sure I put my best work into it.

 

TL: Well, let me just say, the book has been excellent, so you’re definitely putting your best work into it.

BS: Thank you! That’s nice to hear.

TL: How did the plot come about? Did you have a basic idea, or did Rolly Crump’s sketches inspire you, or did the characters themselves help inspire you while you wrote?

BS: The basic plot actually came from my editor, Bill Rosemann. Before he brought me on board, Bill came up with a possible plot for the series. It had most of the basic elements of the series: The kids, their parents, the kidnapping, the Society of Shadows, the swashbuckling uncle. When Bill brought me on board he had me flesh that plot out, and come up with two wildly different takes on what the Museum of the Weird could be and the stories we could tell in it. But I think we all agreed that the plot Bill had come up with was the strongest. Bill’s not just an editor — he’s also quite a talented writer! The Marvel series Deadline that he wrote is one of my favorites.

Rolly’s sketches were a big inspiration, though. One of the big challenges for me was to figure out how to incorporate as many of Rolly’s designs as possible, in ways that made sense and did them justice.

 

TL: I can see how that would be a challenge. His designs even stumped Walt Disney at first, so to use them in a comic would be twice as tough I would think.

BS: I think Walt’s call to incorporate Rolly’s designs into a “Museum of the Weird” was a good call! It was definitely a convenient way to unify all the stuff Rolly was coming up with.

TL: Did you get to speak with Rolly Crump before or during the writing of the comic?

BS: I didn’t, personally. But the Imagineers at Disney who were working on the project did. After we finished the first issue, they went and visited Rolly at home and showed him everything we’d done so far. Rolly was apparently pretty excited about it all. It meant a lot to me that Rolly approved!

I did get to meet Rolly shortly after the first issue came out. Rolly, the Imagineers and I did a signing at Beach Ball Comics in Anaheim. I briefly got to meet Rolly, and I got to tell him how honored I am to be working on his creation. That was a pretty nice feeling!

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(Cover to Seekers of the Weird 1)

TL: I’m glad you mentioned the Imagineers who worked on the book. How did Jim Clark, Brian Crosby, Tom Morris and Josh Shipley help with the book?

BS: The Imagineers gave notes each step of the way. Mostly early on, during the initial outlines and plotting of the series, and then again on the individual scripts. Brian Crosby also provided variant covers for all the issues.

TL:  Rolly Crump’s first name is Roland. Was the character Uncle Roland Bill Rosemann’s way of paying tribute to him?

BS: Bill’s initial pitch was about 3/4ths of a page for the whole series. So there wasn’t really detail on any of the characters. I don’t remember what Roland’s original name was in Bill’s pitch — or if the uncle character even had a name. I suggested Roland as the uncle’s name, both as a tribute to Rolly, and because Roland’s a name with a heroic pedigree. That’s why the two brothers are named Roland and Arthur, and why their ancestor is named Enkidu!

TL: Did you add anything to Uncle Roland?

BS: I think in the original pitch, Bill described the uncle character as an “occult Indiana Jones” character, but didn’t go into more detail. So everything else about him came about during the creation process. For instance, the dark twist that happens with Roland at the end of #1 came about in one of my outlines.

TL: What was the inspiration for Uncle Roland as a character? Whenever I look at him I get this “occult-Errol-Flynn-vibe”.

BS: Yeah, pretty much. Like I said, the initial idea was “occult Indiana Jones,” but we ended up going in more of a swashbuckling, Errol Flynn direction. A lot of that was our series artist, Karl Moline. “Swashbuckling” was one of the adjectives in my description for the character to Karl. Karl really took it literally, more so than I expected — but I think it really worked well, and now I can’t imagine the character any other way!

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(Cover to Seekers of the Weird 2)

TL: I can see the Indiana Jones idea in there. I like the swash-buckling version though, there’s something about it that just fits the tone of the comic.

BS: Yeah, I think it works well!

TL: Speaking of names, I’ve been trying to figure this one out since I read the issue, where did the name Enkidu come from?

BS: Sumerian mythology! Enkidu was Gilgamesh’s companion in the Epic of Gilgamesh. Basically, the idea was that most people in Roland’s family line have had classically heroic names. So we’ve got the brother Roland and Arthur — as in, “The Song of Roland” and King Arthur — and their ancestor, named after one of the first heroes recorded in literature.

TL: Thank you, that one was driving me crazy. So it is presumable that the Keeps come from a long line of heroic ancestors, or is this something that we just need to wait and read?

BS: That’s pretty much the implication of issue #3, yeah!

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(Cover to Seekers of the Weird 3)

TL: Uncle Roland has an interesting arsenal: the spider-grapple, the gun that shoots skeletons and the sword’s pommel that (freezes or gases?) the taxiderma. Were these original ideas?

BS: Yeah, those were all things I came up with. The weapons in the series were a lot of fun to come up with. But hard, too — one of the remits from the Imagineers was they wanted us to be showing people stuff that they’d never seen before. Which is both great, and time consuming! Roland’s guns, for instance, took me most of an afternoon to come up with. A pair of guns made of stone that snap together to form one double-barreled gun, and fire bones that are haunted by the ghosts of the people they came from? That sort of thing can take a while to dream up!

TL: Now that is seriously cool. So, the gun, the sword, the umbrellas, they all do things. You created ideas for what they can do for all of these? The guns alone are really detailed in what you just said, and from what we see of the Warden’s Armory, I can only imagine what these things can do. Information like that is the kind of stuff I like to hear, Roland’s gun was so cool when he first appears using it, I was trying to figure out if that was a Crump or something original. Very cool, indeed.

BS: Thank you!

TL: How many years apart are Melody and Maxwell? They’re not twins are they?

BS: Melody and Maxwell are about a year and a half apart. They aren’t twins; we decided that would be too Gravity Falls.

TL: Maxwell really likes working in “Keep it Weird” while Melody seems to hate it. Will she eventually become more involved with the family business or rebel?

BS: Spoilers. In all seriousness, I think Melody’s always going to look down her nose at the rest of the family. No matter how much better-suited than she is for the exercise their work involves.

TL: I have a copy of Jason Surrell’s book “The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies”. In the book it tells of Crump’s involvement with the Haunted Mansion, the creation of the Museum of the Weird as well as shows some of his sketches (pages 26 & 27). Whenever I read an issue of Seekers of the Weird, I always pore through these two pages and then the comic to see what of Rolly’s was included. How much did you include and did you stick any in there that even fans might not know of, sort of Museum of the Weird “Easter Eggs”?”

BS: We had… I’d estimate around two dozen of Rolly’s concept sketches on-hand when we were developing the project. The goal was to include every single design! And I think we succeeded. We may have missed a chandelier design or two, but otherwise I think we found a place for everything.

 

I didn’t consciously include any Easter Eggs, myself. The idea was to put Rolly’s designs front and center — rather than to hide them or anything like that. Still, some of his designs are less well-known than others, and some designs ended up being more prominent than others. So there may well be Rolly designs in the series you didn’t catch!

 

TL:  What was a-day-in-the-life for you while writing Seekers of the Weird?

 

BS: That really depends! I wrote the first two issues back-to-back, in the course of about a week. And at the same time I wrote about half of issues #4 and #5. I tend to write things out of order — and the work I’m happiest with is the work I’m “writing across,” working on scenes that are connected in some way but that don’t necessarily happen in chronological order. Like, I’d write a scene in issue #5 — and then go back and write a scene that set it up in an earlier issue.

TL: With Seekers of the Weird ending in May, will we be seeing more of Uncle Roland and the Keep family?

BS: I hope so! I’d certainly be down to write a sequel — or an ongoing series. But that’s up to Marvel and Disney!

TL: Was there anything you wanted to include in Seekers of the Weird but didn’t get to?

BS: My editor Bill Rosemann’s original pitch for the series involved a subplot with a second group of villains. I was pretty partial to it, but Bill wisely decided it’d make things too complicated for the series. I’d still like to see that plot happen at some point!

TL: Perhaps the second group of villains would make for a sequel to the series? I can hope.

BS: I hope so, too!

TL: Brandon, I’d like to thank you for your time for this interview, wish you the best of luck in your career, and remember, “Keep it Weird”.

BS: No problem! Thanks for talking to me!

You can check out more of Brandon’s work at  http://brandon-seifert.com

 

The Toy-Lines Crew

 

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Funko’s Sharknado, Arrested Development

Posted on: April 24, 2014

Pop! Television: Sharknado

Sharks. I never saw that coming.

We are so excited to debut our Sharknado Pop!
It’s a shark in a tornado. A Sharknado.

Sharknado looks particularly terrifying… even in Pop! form!

Sharknado 2: The Second One will premiere July 30th on Syfy!
The original Sharknado was a swimming success with a debut of 1.37 million viewers!

Learn more about Sharknado 2: The Second One right here!

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Available in June!

Pop! Television: Arrested Development

Now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything,
and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.
It’s Arrested Development.

Arrested Development fans are in luck today…
Seriously… we have eight new Pop!’s from the Bluth clan!
You could run your own Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand with these guys!
…Or perform a magic show with Gob.

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Wait! There’s more…
BLUE TOBIAS FUNKE CHASE PIECES!
It seems he may have stumbled upon an acting opportunity…

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Available in June!!

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Happy Earth Day from Toy-lines

Posted on: April 22, 2014

Treebeard the Ent says Happy Earth Day.

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Funko’s new releases including Disney

Posted on: April 22, 2014

Pop! Disney: Beauty and the Beast Series 2

Ma chere Mademoiselle, it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight.
And now we invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair as the dining room proudly presents…
your dinner!

Be our guest and feast your eyes on Beauty and the Beast Series 2 Pop!’s!
We’ve added some of the most iconic Beauty and the Beast characters to our Disney collection.
Peasant Belle, Cogsworth, and Lumiere look adorable in Pop! form!
Mrs. Potts even comes with an extra special addition… Chip!

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Available in June!

Pop! Custom: DIY

We recently debuted our new DIY Pop!’s at Emerald City Comicon to a wonderful response!
The Pop!’s were inspired by the amazing custom work created by Funko fans.

The DIY Pop!’s can be transformed with almost anything…
Sculpting clay, paint, glitter, glue… you name it!

It’s up to you to create your own masterpiece!

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Avengers Stickers

Posted on: April 22, 2014

Found these stickers in a dollar store the other day while shopping with my wife.  42 stickers for one dollar I just couldn’t pass by, especially when it’s Marvel comics. With two action posed stickers of Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Iron Man, one circular sticker of each hero, and two Avengers logo, it’s a pretty cool sticker set.  As a kid, stickers were quite the collectible and sticker books were very popular to have.  Mine were always a mess the way I put the stickers in.  My wife recently showed me her sticker book from when she was a kid and everything was put in nice and neat and perfect. My wife’s collectibles from her childhood are all in great shape, she really took care of her toys.    If I had a sticker book today, these guys would join the pages, but for now, they will stay sealed and on my Marvel shelf.  Not sure if I will ever use them or not, but they’re pretty cool to look at.

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Disney announces Star Wars books for children

Posted on: April 22, 2014

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) announced today the upcoming global release of four new books based on the original Star Wars film trilogy. The classic Saga will come to life like never before through adaptations by bestselling children’s authors Tom Angleberger, Tony DiTerlizzi, Adam Gidwitz, and R.J. Palacio. Each of these celebrated authors will bring their contemporary, unique voice to the galaxy far, far away, bridging the multi-arc storyline in anticipation of the release of Star Wars Episode VII in December 2015.

The Star Wars Saga program will hit stores beginning in October of 2014, with THE ADVENTURES OF LUKE SKYWALKER, JEDI KNIGHT a picture book written by New York Times bestselling author Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles), illustrated with concept art created by Ralph McQuarrie, for the original Star Wars films. This winning collaboration, combining the entire storyline of the original trilogy, is bound to delight dedicated Star Wars fans and enthrall readers new to the series.

Additional titles to follow include new retellings of STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE by R.J. Palacio (Wonder), STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK by Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm) and STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI by Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda series), which will be illustrated by award-winning Star Wars concept artist Iain McCaig. The new series will be published in the United States under Disney-Lucasfilm Press, an imprint of the Disney Book Group.

We continue to explore ways to introduce new fans to Star Wars,” said Carol Roeder, Director of Lucasfilm Franchise Publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “By publishing dynamic interpretations of classic Saga stories written by authors who speak directly to this generation, we will give young readers a great entry point into this universe.”

 

“Disney Publishing couldn’t be more thrilled to have the opportunity to publish these books globally and to work with such an array of celebrated talent,” noted Jeanne Mosure, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher of Disney Publishing Worldwide. “There’s a genuine sense of enthusiasm and affinity that these authors have for this classic material, which makes this collaboration feel fresh, instantly synergistic and effortless.”

 

For over a 35-year period, Star Wars is still one of the most powerful and successful film franchises in the world. During that time, the Star Wars publishing program has spawned an incredible 125 New York Times best-sellers with more than 125 million books in print, in over 30 languages.

 

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Diamond Select and Marvel Presents Mego-esque figures

Posted on: April 22, 2014

This week’s New Toy Day brings something a little different to comic book shops across North America —  Diamond Select Toys’ new line of movie-based lifestyle items: Reelware! This week is all about Sin City, as the stylish comic book movie inspires a line of pint glasses and shot glasses (under the Glasses to Go name) and a flask gift set! Everything a citizen of Sin City needs to survive! Order through your local comic shop or your favorite online retailer!

Sin City Reelware Movie Logo Flask Gift Set
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Sometimes, it’s dangerous to stay in one place for too long. Take your party on the road with this Sin City-inspired flask gift set, including an 8 oz. stainless steel flask bearing the Sin City logo, plus two stainless steel shot glasses and a stainless steel funnel to fill it with. Even the coldest alley will seem cozy when you have something warm in your belly! Comes packaged in a display box. (Item #MAR141949 , SRP $29.99)

Sin City Glasses to Go Movie Logo Pint Glass
A Diamond Select Toys Release! From Old Town to the Projects, from the Tar Pits to the Docks, drink deep of Sin City in this traditional pint glass. Branded with the Sin City movie logo, you’ll feel like you’re bellying to the bar with Marv himself. Whether you’re in need of a pint of courage or you’ve lost a pint of oil, this will bring you back up to level! Comes packaged in a full-color box. (Item #MAR141954, SRP $9.99)

Sin City Glasses to Go Kadie’s Club Pecos Pint Glass
A Diamond Select Toys Release! Getting over a bad break-up or an unsuccessful hit? What better way to drown your sorrows than in a pint glass emblazoned with the logo of Kadie’s Club Pecos? Just the sight of the Kadie’s logo (plus whatever’s in your glass) is enough to cheer the sorriest soul. Tip the bartender, or else. Comes packaged in a full-color box. (Item #MAR141952, SRP $9.99)

Sin City Glasses to Go Kadie’s Club Pecos Shot Glass
A Diamond Select Toys Release! There are good shots and bad shots, but this is the best kind of shot! The dancers will look even prettier when you’re drinking out of this 2 oz. shot glass featuring the logo of Kadie’s Club Pecos, a popular watering hole in Sin City. Comes packaged in a full-color box. (Item #MAR141953, SRP $5.99)

Find your local comic shop at comicshoplocator.com!

 

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Designed and sculpted for DST by the retro-toy craftsmen at EMCE Toys, the set will also contain a miniature booklet outlining the history of Spider-Man. Future sets in the line will turn the spotlight on Captain America, Iron Man and Wolverine, who was never included in the original 1970′s line. Each set will be limited to just 3,000 pieces, and retail for approximately $80.

Pre-orders will open for Spider-Man shortly, and he will be on store shelves (although probably not for long) in late 2014! And for more from Diamond Select, visit their website.

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I Geek Disney: Seekers of the Weird 2 & 3

Posted on: April 19, 2014

I’m not going to review the two latest issues, but thought I’d share some of Rolly Crump’s sketches that appear in the issues.

Please note all Rolly Crump sketches are from Jason Surrell’s book “The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies” pages 26 & 27. Comic panels are from issues #2 & 3 of Seekers of the Weird by Marvel Comics Disney Kingdom banner)
Issues 2
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(Cover to issue 2)
From Jason Surrell’s book: “…otherworldly chair that stood up and chatted with guests…”
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(Rolly Crump sketch of chair)  (Chair from comic)                                                                 (Chair speaking & running)
Issue 3
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mshrooms   comic mushroom
(Rolly Crump sketch of Mushroom People)          (Mushroom people from the comic)
1      orb
(Rolly Crump sketch of orb)          (Comic orb)
Just a few Rolly Crump/Seekers of the Weird “Easter Eggs” for you.
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Cool Captain America toys

Posted on: April 19, 2014

Saw these at Target the other day

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Red Skull

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