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Ask Mattel 5/15/2012: Lots of New SDCC Exclusive Details

A few weeks back, Mattel announced their 2012 San Diego Comic Con exclusives, and the assortment certainly left some questions for fans of Matty’s top lines… so we decided to dedicate an entire round of Ask Mattel questions to this Summer’s SDCC Exclusives!  Mattel sheds some more light on their new Death statue, eases some availability concerns about Vykron and addresses the chances of SDCC exclusives for missing lines like Voltron and WWE… Get all the answers right here!
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Zartan & The Cobra Trooper Join The Retaliation Ranks

We’re only a few weeks away from the release date of Hasbro’s GI Joe Retaliation toy line, but some shipping snafus meant some figures were shipped early via toysrus.com, and I was lucky enough to score Zartan and the Cobra Trooper before they were pulled from the website. Check out a sneak peek at both villainous Cobras in their latest figure versions!

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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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