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Going Around in Circles

There is a thought running through my head “I have done this already”. It mostly applies to toys but it can apply to almost any collector.

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TV Korner: Mad Men 5.9 – “Dark Shadows”

Continuing the interesting theme of each new episode being centered on some specific human emotion, “Dark Shadows” explores feelings of jealousy.   Even though most of the characters in the show are fairly well-off and happy some of the time, they all have something to be jealous about; someone else’s body, wife, creative talent, recognition, so on and so forth.  While not the most exciting or revelatory episode of the season, “Dark Shadows” serves as yet another brilliant character study of some of the most compelling characters around.

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Jakks Pacific Men In Black 3 Figures Are Really Fun Toys

Men In Black 3 is one of those Summer movies I keep forgetting about. The long-delayed project has been talked about and scrapped so many times the idea of it actually being released seems like a foreign concept. The fact that it’s finally hitting the big screen got a little more concrete this week, as the Jakks Pacific MIB3 action figures started finding their way to retail. And while I have very little doubt the latest adventure of Agents J and K will be awful, the toys are actually pretty neat, for a number of reasons.

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Hasbro’s Big Avengers Problem

The Avengers movie was not only a great blockbuster, but a smashing success– beating records for the biggest opening weekend of all time, and in no danger of losing steam anytime soon.  But Hasbro’s toy line has been suffering, and is under-performing at the worst time imaginable.  The toy company can still course-correct, but they need to get to work right away.

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Comics Korner: Mark Millar’s Superior Review

In a world where superhero comics are often regarded as lowbrow and childish entertainment, it’s nice to see a few writers taking the genre and flipping it on its head.  Dating all the way back to Alan Moore’s Watchmen and, more recently, in Mark Waid’s stellar series Irredeemable, creators have been delving into the minds of superheroes and giving them something much more important than bulging biceps and laser vision (though they often have those too).  They make their heroes relatable and susceptible to emotional strife even if they are physically invulnerable, and this is exactly what Scottish writer Mark Millar accomplishes with Superior.

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PRESSPOP Announces Their Lee “Scratch” Perry Figure

 

Officially approved by The Upsetter himself, Japanese company Presspop Inc (who recently made an awesome vinyl figure of Dr. Bob Moog) has announced a limited vinyl figure of Lee “Scratch” Perry, hailed as the father of reggae and dub music.  Made available domestically through Aggronautix, pre-orders are open now for a July 2012 ship date.

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GI Joe Club Reveals The Iron Grenadiers’ General

Holy $#@!! they actually made Voltar!!!

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Community Is Coming Back For Season Four

All you fellow Humans out there can breathe a sigh of relief– NBC has officially renewed Community for a fourth season!

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More Masters of the Universe Package Pictures (And MAJOR Mythology) Revealed

Mattel debuted some in-package images of the upcoming June releases from their Masters of the Universe series on the Matty Collector Facebook page earlier this week, giving us our first look at the bios for Horde Prime, Snake Man At Arms and the Griffin.  Check out the pix right now…

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Hitman: Sniper Challenge Pre-Order Incentive

Square Enix has issued a press release outlining what is possibly the most awesome pre-order bonus ever.  Any North American gamers who have ordered Hitman: Absolution through GameStop will have immediate access (starting Tuesday, May 15th) to a stand-alone downloadable title called Hitman: Sniper Challenge — a mission tracked by online leaderboards in which players can compete for real-life prizes.  In addition, the Kazo TRG sniper rifle that was previously announced to GameStop customers will first appear in this title and then be carried over into Hitman: Absolution along with any skills and upgrades you had earned in this preliminary title.  Check out the official press release from Square Enix:

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