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The Return of X-O Manowar & Valiant’s Universe

In the last couple years, I’ve been reading comics more than I have since the early ’90’s, due specifically to the explosion of creativity that seems to have been sparked in large publishers and indie outfits alike.  It seems appropriate then that my all-time favorite publisher, Valiant, is being has been resurrected to deliver the greatest comic universe ever to a new generation of readers.

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Ask Mattel 5/1/2012: Why Young Justice Died So Young, Future MOTUC Reveals & More

Since last time we checked in with Mattel, we all received the total bummer news that the Young Justice toy line has been cancelled… In memory of that great toy line that left us all too soon, we dedicated more than a few questions this month to some YJ details, including Mattel’s thoughts on why the line couldn’t continue and the fate of the final 6″ waves shown at Toy Fair 2012.

On a more positive note, we also get a few hints on Matty’s plans for WWE deco changes, their new plans to reveal Masters of the Universe between Conventions and more– keep reading for all the answers!

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Torche Unleashes Their Epic New LP “Harmonicraft”

I know, I know, this isn’t a music review site.  We’ve never highlighted any musical acts before and likely won’t again, but this is a special occasion – Miami-based outfit, Torche, released their new full-length LP today and I’d be doing our readers a disservice not to recommend it.  Now, in general, music is an extremely subjective thing and, with so many choices and endless lists of sub-genres out there, it can be tough to gauge what people will respond well to.  But Torche is the one band that I always find myself recommending to people without any inkling of their individual tastes.  The body of work they’ve created has a universal appeal that deserves a spot in everyone’s collection.  I could be off the mark but, if you’re not already familiar with the band, give them a listen and see if you don’t agree.

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What Should Be in NECA’s Prometheus Toy Line?

For me, one of the most exciting reveals at Toy Fair was NECA’s announcement that they would be releasing a toy line for Prometheus. Ridley Scott’s upcoming movie looks incredibly ambitious and insanely cool, and (I hope) may end up being the best film of the Summer. While many details about the movie are still shrouded in mystery, from what we’ve seen so far it looks like there will be no shortage of visually dynamic stuff just begging to be captured in plastic. I though it would be fun to go place some guesses on what the upcoming Prometheus toy line could look like…

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GI Joe Club Confirms Con Exclusive Oktober Guard, Reveal First Russian

The GI Joe Collector’s Club is gearing up for their most exciting year, ever– the 2012 subscription Footloose is in the mail to most Officer Level club members now, the Figure Subscription Service will finally go live soon, and the 2012 GI Joe Con is coming up fast starting June 28th. And with just two months until the Con, the Club confirmed this year’s set will feature fan favorite Russian super soldier team, The Oktober Guard! The first reveal is the Russian sniper Daina, and she looks incredible.

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GI Joe Retaliation and Renegades Amazon Box Sets Revealed

Months before Toy Fair, rumors started swirling around a mysterious listing posted on amazon.com for an alleged exclusive GI Joe Retaliation Preview 4-Pack. While the listing disappeared and Hasbro kept mum of any movie preview sets at Toy Fair, in-hand product shots have now hit the web featuring an Amazon-branded box set… and more exciting is, it’s clearly labelled “Premiere Pack,” so odds are we will be seeing this sooner than later! But the excitement doesn’t end there… Amazon is apparently also releasing a new Renegades 4-pack, too! Get all the latest Retaliation toy news right now.

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Shirt.Woot Disses Mass Effect 3 In Style

Do you love cool t-shirts? I bet you do. Did you hate the ending of Mass Effect 3? I BET YOU DID. Well now Shirt.Woot has the perfect item to cover both– the Mass Effect 3-themed “Shirt of the Day.” Keep reading to see the shirt, and how to pick yours up today!

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Ten Characters That Should Get The Bishoujo Treatment

I’ve never made it a secret how much I love Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo Collection. Combining the stylized Bishoujo (or “pretty girl”) design, courtesy of Japan’s leading Bishoujo artist Shunya Yamashita with classic pin-up girl sensibility, Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo collection offers a unique take on the top ladies of pop culture. The collection started with Marvel and then DC heroes and villains, but has since expanded to include video game characters from games like Mass Effect and Tekken, as well as movies such as Star Wars and Ghostbusters. With the line going strong and the quality and intricacy of the statues improving with each new release, I wanted to present my wish list of the top ten ladies of pop culture who deserve their own Bishoujo statue. From comics to games to movies, Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo collection keeps getting better and here’s my top hopefuls for the future!
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New Classic-Inspired GI Joe Figure Images Leak Online

JoeDeclassified and ace GI Joe reporter Gyre-Viper uncovered some very cool looking new Joe figures recently, and while we won’t know how or when to expect these figures until Hasbro announces them officially, they’re pretty awesome. Check out the new GI Joe mystery images right here…

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Unreleased GI Joe Art Shows Who Could Have Been in Pursuit of Cobra

Mike Thompson, the artist responsible for many of the incredibly cool character package portraits seen in Hasbro’s GI Joe: Pursuit of Cobra series recently shared some unreleased character art on his Twitter feed. The headshots reveal the modern reinterpretations/ POC designs we would have seen for Dr. Mindbender, Zap and Budo, along with the Nano-B.A.T. (who we know was rolled in to the GI Joe Collector’s Club subscription service). Check out more headshots to see what could have been!

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