Hot Toys – Star-Lord – Guardians of the Galaxy

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Aloha! It’s a been a little bit since our last review. Life has been crazy this past few months with a move and a baby on the way, as well as taking my first official steps into toy design! All good things of course, but sadly they’ve taken a lot of my time and attention away from kicking out the quality reviews you guys and gals have come to expect from RtR.

Believe it or not, I’ve actually written about 10 different, almost complete reviews in my spare time over the past couple months. Toys from 3A, Hot Toys, Acid Rain and a few others have all been met with my critical eye and slathered with my remarks. I just haven’t had time to take the photos/shoot the videos and publish the darn things.

With life showing zero signs of slowing down, I decided I needed to bite the bullet and do whatever it took to find the time to get a new review published! I was so excited to finally have Hot Toys Star-Lord pop up on my front porch last week, I figured if there’s ever a good excuse to stay up into the wee hours just so I can break the wheel, this is it! Continue reading

SDCC 2013 Photos pt 2 – Toy Action!

Here’s part II of our SDCC 2013 coverage. We finally went through the wheat and tossed out all the chaff, leaving only glorious toy photos for your enjoyment. Admit-ably, some of the prototype shots you’ll see in the gallery are no longer prototypes and have since moved on to full-on production. I still think you’ll find plenty here to start building an early Christmas list from. Check thing out after the jump! -> SDCC 2013 Toy Action

As I went through our remaining shots, I realized we didn’t have a ton of content for our “SDCC: Everything Else” category so in the name of efficiency, I decided to go ahead and toss the link for that gallery in this article as well. You can check out a few of the peeps and scenes we ran into at Comic Con last year right here- > SDCC 2013 Everything Else

That’ll do it for our SDCC 2013 Coverage. Maybe one day I’ll have the steeled nerves to revisit the long hibernating video project I started last July and release that. Maybe as an intoxicating siren leading up to this year’s SDCC. Or maybe I’ll just use that time to better plan what we’ll do for our 2014 coverage so it comes around as it should, when it should.

If you missed our last post and dig Cosplay, click the following jump to check out our newly uploaded SDCC 2013 Cosplay photos.

While you’re at it you can jump even further back to check out what sorta antics we got up to at SDCC 2012 

 

BEST OF SDCC TOY EXCLUSIVES

We’re super excited about SDCC 2012! The countdown has it hitting us in the face in just over two weeks! I’m not sure we’re ready.

Crap. Where’d I put my to-do list?

Any-who we wanted to bring you (in no particular order) a quick short-ish list of some of our favorite SDCC 2012 Toy Exclusives. Some of which you can pre-order RIGHT NOW! Some you may have a shot at in the near future and some of which you sadly missed the boat on.

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Venture Bros. Brock Samson (Bloody)

Price: $14.99

Where: Entertainment Earth

Status: available NOW! here!

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IDW’s Zombie VS Robot 1/6th Zombs

Price $100 (2 versions. blind)

Where: IDW’s Website

Status: Sold Out :(

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Mike Egan’s Bones

Price: $45

Where: Comic Con 2012

Status: Coming Soon

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3A and Valve’s Square Companion

Price : $40

Where: Bambaland

Status: Sold Out :(

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Play Arts Kai and Square Enix – Black and White Batman

Price: $65

Where: Square Enix Website store

Status :Preorder here, now!

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NECA’s Evil Dead 2 Ash figure

Price: $25

Status: ?

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Kotobukiya/ArtFX and Action Figure Xpress’s Black Widow Covert Ops Bishoujo Statue w/ Hawkeye Mask! Bishoujo Statue

Price: $65

Status: Preorder June 29th. More info here

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Kotobukiya’s NON-Attendee X-23 X-Force Version Bishoujo Statue

Price: $65

Status: Already out of stock.. but if you enjoy torturing yourself, read more here.

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McFarlane Toy’s Walking Dead Blood Hooded Michonne

Price: ?

Status: info here.

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Diamond Select’s Walking Dead Minimates two-pack

Price: $8.99

Status: Preorder here!

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Sideshow Collectible’s Captain America Rescue edition.

Price: ?

Status: On sale July 3rd 2012 here.

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Squadt gohst s003 [PLAYGE] by Ferg.

20 figures a day. 125 total.

Price: $125

Status: more info here!

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Luke Cheuh’s – Target

250 pieces

Price: ?

Where: here

Status: Available soon

We only scratched the surface here and there’s sure to be a ton more random toy goodness to talk about once we hit the gates.
See you in San Diego!

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Miller talks “Thoughts on Earth’s most Mightiest Heroes: The Avengers”

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It’s best not to think too much about The Avengers and just enjoy it. However, if you do start mulling the Marvel movie melange of mighty men and woman, try to think back to the early nineties. The late eighties/ early nineties was a heyday of comic book glory. Chris Claremont was writing X-Men and X-Men spinoffs. Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, and [that bastard] Rob Liefeld were wowing us with highly stylized versions of our favorite characters. Infinity Gauntlets were being formed, Atlantis was attacking, and there were Acts of Vengeance being carried out. It was the dawning of the Age of Apocalypse. We were young, hungry, and eagerly anticipating every new issue as they sold in record numbers.

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But alas, where were our young minds to turn for such quality entertainment and stimulation outside of the comic page? On TV we could satiate our rabid desire with “X-Men: The Animated Series,” but if we wanted a super hero fix on the big screen we were stuck with DC, and let’s be honest DC just isn’t Marvel. I’m not knocking Tim Burton’s “Batman.” It is an underrated classic that changed super hero movies forever, but it just wasn’t Marvel. We needed Spiderman. We needed Wolverine. We needed Steve frickin’ Rogers on the big screen and quite honestly, the handful of Marvel movies made by that point were wretched. If you did convince your Mom to rent that one dusty VHS of the Captain America movie that starred J.D. Salinger’s son, you were kindly rewinding that sucker just feeling ashamed for ever having loved Cap to begin with. It was a sad state of affairs.
So, we gave up. We grew up. We drank our first beers, tried smoking, got laid (Well, some of us anyway. I almost forgot what website I was writing this for). We stopped worrying about Wolverine on the big screen and started worrying about college, and how to make a gravity bong. Then it happened. Out of nowhere somebody turned a third tier Marvel character into a hit action movie and even though it wasn’t Spidey or Daredevil it was still a Marvel character and it was actually a decent movie. Blade, who’d a thunk it, right?
Next, came the mind-blowing cinemagasm of Bryan Singer glory called X-Men and everything just got awesome. Sure, you were at least 20, but don’t you see? Our generation never grew up for a reason. Those dum dum baby boomers came back from Nam with one mission left, coddle the crap out of your children and trip balls until you design the coolest toys, cartoons, comics, and video games the world has ever known. They still make our toys. Transformers, Care Bears, Star Wars action figures, and 80’s style G.I. Joe are still rocking the toy shelves, because they were the apex of childhood indulgence. Our generation of men keep reading comics, watching cartoons, and playing video games on our parents’ basement couches because the generation before us perfected the art of spoiling their kids, and thank the heavens for that.
Our development was just arrested enough for us to enjoy the crap out of Sam Raimi’s Spiderman, Jon Favreau’s Iron Man, Bryan Singer’s X-Men, Kenneth Brannagh’s Thor, and now Joss Whedon’s Avengers. Marvel and whatever studios they are affiliated with decided to hire REAL film makers who brought us “Evil Dead,” “Swingers,” “The Usual Suspects,” a bunch of Shakespeare movies, and “Firefly” to make real good movies using what we already knew were real good characters and real good stories.

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Sure, Ang Lee’s Hulk movie was a misfire, but he bounced back with a couple of amorous cowboys and Mark Ruffalo is a great Bruce Banner. No harm no foul. Even the steaming pile that was the Daredevil movie was just a speed-bump to what is now paying off as the investment in entertainment magic beans called comic books of the late eighties and nineties that paid off with at least five genius superhero movies in the aughts and teens.
Avengers is a really fun movie, but even if you don’t like it (and you are a sad little person if you don’t), just think back to those days of the super hero cinema depression and kick yourself for not realizing just how lucky you are.
 Miller still has his entire comic book collection from when he was an 8 year bifocal sporting youngster. That was over 70 years ago. If he’d sold them 15 years ago, he could of retired a rich man. Instead, he held onto them like a scrooge. With the comic book boom well behind us, those same comics are practically worthless. Instead of retiring rich, fat and happy.. he writes for us.
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