Kick-Watcher: Michael Moreci on MINI COMICS INCLUDED

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One of the ways many people stumbled onto their first comic was through the promotional comics that used to come bundled in with action figures. You know the ones – you buy a He-Man figure, and in the box comes a comic which shows him in action, fighting against all the other characters who coincidentally […]

Resurgent TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES among Toy of the Year winners

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While we sort through our 600+ photos from Toy Fair, here’s the Toy of the Year winners, which includes both Lego’s girl-centric Friends line and Playmates’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line, which we saw previewed yesterday. It’s huge and no doubt the Turtles are back— although now owned by Nickelodeon and not creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Still, it’s a property that has stood the test of time to become a true perennial for kids — if Michael Bay’s live-action version doesn’t somehow kill it again, that is.

First Look Toy Fair 2013: My LIttle Pony, Star Wars Black, One Direction, Iron Man, etc

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We’ll have captions in a bit but here’s a look at the Hasbro showroom some new stuff and classics and the biggest Transformer ever!

Rhino rampages in Marvel Select

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Just in time to celebrate the Raimi-esque casting of Paul Giamatti as The Rhino in the next Spider-Man movie, Diamond Select Toys has released 9-inch Rhino action figure.

Must See: The 1992 X-Men Cartoon Intro in stop motion

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Wow, come crazy nutters spent four months and 4000 photos to make this action figure stop motion recreation of the 1992 X-men cartoon’s opening. That bit where Logan morphs in Wolverine– TOTALLY BOSS. It’s the work of Kyle Roberts and Nathan Poppe, who have made several other stop motion intro sequences which you can see […]

Last minute shopping advice: Hazarai!

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Here’s a new social media/commerce site that has an interface geared at people who collect: Hazarai!. Let’s call it Etsy meets eBay for nerds—you can list stuff you want to sell with no fees. They also have a blog with such useful content as a holiday gift guide, a good interview with David Lloyd about […]

Shopping list: Diamond to start carrying Tezuka merch

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Diamond has announced that they have signed an agreement to distribute merchandise from Tezuka Productions — which means you can now get your Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor Leo and other vinyl, resin and apparel items. “Tezuka Osamu often said that manga and animation were just like the international auxiliary language of Esperanto, which increases understanding […]

Uglydolls finally get their own graphic novel line from Viz

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The long-running Uglydoll franchise, which was one of pioneers of the whole “designer toy” category, are finally getting their own graphic novel line, which will be published by Viz as part of the Viz Kids imprint. The line will launch in Summer 2013

Lego Batman Review: Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape!

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As an early Christmas present for my cousins, who live far away in the south, ugh, I decided to give their mum a break and buy them some Lego Batman. They’re both 7, which means they’re old enough to not eat the caped crusader, but young enough that it took them a good afternoon to assemble […]

Walking Dead gelatin molds allow us to consume wobby zombies

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If just watching the feel-good, life affirming adventures on THE WALKING DEAD isn’t enough for you, maybe buying these officially sanctioned jello molds from Diamond Select Toys will enable you to extend the brand right in your own home. You can make ice cubes or jello shots in the shape of disembodied limbs, or for the piece de resistance make a big, gloppy head—preferably in cherry or orange flavor. Perfect centerpiece for a viewing party.

Disney and Hasbro in talks to what end?

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Rumors that Disney is completing its march to mono-corporation by purchasing toy titan Hasbro have been going around. We have no dog in that hunt, so we reached out to our pal Paul Nomad who has his finger on the pulse of the toy biz like no one else, and his sources confirm the two companies are in talks.

Weekend distraction: Biggest Crackerjack Toy Auction in history about to go down

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It’s been a crappy horrible day, but here’s something to end it on that should make you smile. The kids today may not be aware that Cracker Jack gifts weren’t always lame-of pencil toppers (seriously — who the hell needs a pencil topper???) but were once an array of tiny toys and gadgets all assembled from die cast plastic. And now it seems largest collection of Cracker Jack toys ever assembled going up for auction. It’s all part of the Dreier Collection, a massive pop culture collection which is being auctioned off by Profiles in History on July 28th. You can view the whole thing below.

SDCC12: Watchtower Friday

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Lotsa headlines from Google’s finest news sources!

SDCC 2012: outside report– Cryptozoic Store

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Stopped by the Cryptozoic pop up at 411 Market Street and things are hopping with free zombie make-up, game demos and signings. Tonight there’s a big launch party for The Look-outs. It’s a good spot for chillaxing and chatting and gaming.

SDCC12: Watchtower Thursday: The Rest of the Story

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The other links from Thursday! Mitt Romney and the Mayor of San Diego! Science Fiction Libraries! E-books from Abrams! Finally, a sonic screwdriver which can open your car! LEGO superhero exclusives!

SDCC 12: Cryptozoic demos DC game

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We got a chance to look at Cryptozoic’s latest project, the DC Comics Deck Building Game on Thursday morning. Cryptozoic has been a strong presence building geek culture games, adopting Penny Arcade, The Walking Dead, and The Big Bang Theory. Now their aim is to adopt DC’s comic universe into the next big game.