DC launches Hero Factory app with Lego and kids comics


DC and Lego have teamed for an app that offers all-new, all-free comics.

This could be significant, for reasons explained below.

Sam's Club banned Lego Bible for being too racy


We don’t know HOW we missed this story when it originally broke as we’re such huge fans of The Brick Testament at Stately Beat Manor. Lest you forget, this is one man’s crazy 10-year quest to retell the Bible using Legos a gargantuan task of posing and photographing, not to mention compression. When the book came out in November, we were all over that shit, and so, originally, was massive ass market retailer Sam’s Club and religious bookstores, who thought that a version of the Bible told in colorful brick would appeal to children.

31 Days of Halloween: Ben Cooper costumes


Everyone has been linking to the various Halloween goodies at Wonderful Wonderblog and the pictures of old Ben Cooper kids Halloween costumes from the 70s and 80s.

It’s a pretty remarkable sign of the progress in human evolution that we have gone from a holiday based around molded plastic masks of various characters accessorized with garish nylon jumpsuits to a holiday based around Sexy Nurse.

Lego versions of Road House and the Bible make life worth living


If you have been around the nerdier sectors of the net in the last decade you have surely seen The Brick Testament, by Brendan Powell Smith a loving recreation of the BIble’s most gruesome, perverted and vengeful moment rendered in Lego brick men and women.

What you may NOT have known is that the whole glorious thing is coming out this month in a paperback from Skyhorse.

Attention Angelenos: you still have Powercon/ThunderCon


Anyone in the LA area who is bummed over the postponed Wizard World LA show scheduled for September 24-25 should be aware that Power-Con is still on for those dates. This small two-day fan show is focused on Thundercats, He-Man and She-Ra. It’s a small show but sounds like a swell afternoon if you’re into 80 animation. More info:

Cryptozoic Entertainment signs with Diamond


Founded by Cory Jones (ex Blizzard), John Nee (ex DC) Scott Gaeta (ex Upper Deck) and some other folks, Cryptozoic Entertainment is a newish company with strong roots and, from what we heard at SDCC, lots of things in the works. They’re putting out a Walking Dead board game, and have signed with Diamond for distribution. Could there be more products in the works? Keep an eye on them.

The Watchtower: Comic-Con — Sex, Rock’n’Roll, and Even Crazier Stuff!


Well, the second full day of Comic-Con is coming to an end, and there’s been lots of amazing stuff announced! I’ve diligently sat deep in Stately Beat Manor, watching the news feeds, so you don’t have to! Read on!

Coolest Cowboys & Aliens tie-in: Hipstamatic lens pak


While Captain America’s sugartastic ice cream and donut tie-ins have been causing a lot of comment – and cavities — here’s a new comic book movie tie-in that is frighteningly hip: a lens/case pak for Hipstamatic, the trendy and addictive photo app for iPhones that produces instantly professional looking photos thanks to filters and levels. Director Jon Favreauannounced it on Twitter:

The Daniel Clowes Death Ray toy


Dan Clowes’ seminal THE DEATH RAY is getting a swanky new edition from D&Q this fall and there’s an amazing action figure to go along with it. Limited to 200, this will go fast so hurry! Before your sure-fire chance at indie cred slips away forever.

Product alert: Green Lantern thumb drives


Have you always wanted a Green Lantern themed-thumb drive?


Celebrate Star Wars Day with new Lego prequel recap video, new Blu-ray set


It’s billed as “The Fastest and Funniest LEGO Star Wars story ever told…The Prequel!” and it shows that when you have access to ALL the Lego sets you can make a pretty bitchin’ lego toon .

May 4th is celebrated around the galaxy as Star Wars Day not because it’s when the original STAR WARS opened (that would be May 25, 1977) but because it’s a pun on “May the Fourth Be With You.” It is celebrated by gradually replacing humans with droids and disappointing expectations.

HOW DO PEOPLE FIND THE TIME: Lego South Park Musical


Someone made a Lego version of the song “Do What You Wanna Do” from the “Elementary School Musical” episode of South Park.

In this episode, the boys find that the whole school has gone crazy for musicals because of a cute boy named Briden, and resist attempts to break into song every time there is an emotional moment. It turns out Bridon doesn’t even want to sing all the time and the episode ends with all the roles reversed.

Nice art: Michael Golden's Crystar


They just don’t make ‘em like they used to.


Toy Unfair? Did toy companies do right by fan sites?


As comic-cons become bigger and bigger, pop culture events one things is true: Media members like to complain about things. Nasty publicists, poor access, no Wi-Fi, crappy coffee in the press room. The same is true of the toy sphere, and at this year’s Toy Fair, the toy media felt they got the short end of the pogo stick. It was definitely an odd situation. As big companies rely on fan media to get the word out about their products to the lucrative collector markets, the way they do it is being constantly reinvented.

Valentine's Day special: Barbie and Ken reunite


Also in keeping with this special day of love, after a troubling seven-year stretch in which they were separated, Barbie and Ken are together again. Although they had dated steadily since their days as surfers together in Malibu in the early ’60s, they gradually drifted apart over the years. After Barbie left Ken for Blaine, another, younger surfer dude, Ken entered an “experimental” period that involved Fire Island, waxing, and watching Glee. But it’s been announced — just in time for Toy Fair — that these two dolls are really soulmates in vinyl.

The Toyetic world of Green Lantern


Wandering the halls of the 2011 Toy Fair for even a few moments, it was hard to avoid Green Lantern — not only action figures (for both collectors and actual children) but costumes, board games, mugs, rings, and more, more, more. It’s all by design as this report from Variety details. It’s hard to overemphasize how important this summer’s Green Lantern movie is to Warners. This is potentially their new Star Wars, with a giant universe of aliens and adventure and a wisecracking, aspirational hero at the center. The promotional push at Toy Fair and the upcoming MAGIC apparel show is huge — but it isn’t an automatic slam dunk, hence the push: