Kidrobot made good on its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles teasers in a big way this weekend at Toy Fair 2014 with a bodacious display of its three classes of upcoming vinyl figures. Rather than basing the toys off of the new Nickelodeon CG animated series or this summer's live action TMNT film, Kidrobot's toys are callbacks to the late 1980s and early '90s action figure designs popularized by Playmates and the 1987-1996 cartoon. The colors are bright, the sculpts are slick-yet-silly and the packaging is plainly radical.
Like robots that punch each other with the intended goal of knocking their opponent's head up a few notches? Like Transformers and Marvel Comics characters? Hasbro's got just what the mechanical chiropractor ordered with its upcoming line of Transformers and Marvel Super Hero Slam Battle Masters action figures and we've got video from Toy Fair 2014 demonstrating their mashy moves.
Thor: The Dark World arrives on Blu-ray (and every other form of home video) next week, but for hardcore Marvel movie fans the hook isn't just getting access to Asgard on-demand, it's the all-new All Hail the King short the release includes starring Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin/Trevor. In anticipation of the universe-expanding material, Marvel Studios has released one more clip of Kingsley depicting Trevor during his post Iron Man 3 stay in prison. You can check it out after the cut.
If you weren't quite satisfied with the initial wave of heavily watermarked prototype images teasing Funko and Super7's 60+ figure strong line of Kenner-style 3.75" action figures, we've got you covered. Every one of the announced toys was on display at Funko's Toy Fair 2014 booth (albeit heavily backlit), so we put together a quick video that scans all of the plastic versions of characters from The Rocketeer, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Predator, The Terminator, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Back to the Future, Escape from New York, Firefly, Scream, The Goonies, Universal Monsters, Pulp Fiction, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Hellraiser, Trick 'R Treat, Halloween and The Crow. You can take a look after the cut.
If there is one living musician I would give anything to see in concert, it might just be Bill Withers. Sadly, he rarely performs, but this video may be the next best thing. Created by Reagan Hawkins (and brought to our attention by the Manhunter of Mars tumblr), the video features the DC Universe 6" Classics figures of Green Lantern and Hawkgirl out on a stroll, enjoying each other's company, until Hawkgirl's eye wanders over to a passing Martian Manhunter. Suddenly, the rest of the Justice League is consoling a jealous John, as he learns the meaning of heartbreak and betrayal, while Bill Withers' iconic "Who Is He? (And What Is He To You)?" plays in the background. The whole thing is better than I could ever describe, so I recommend you just check out the video below.
As horrifying as it is has become to utter the words "Dragon Ball" and "Evolution" in the same sentence since the 2009 live action film, I've got to say, Viz's new Dragon Ball Color (which begins at Dragon Ball chapter 195 a.k.a. Dragon Ball Z chapter 1) feels like the natural next step for Akira Toriyama's beloved 30-year-old manga. After reading the story of Goku in almost half a dozen different formats since Viz began localizing the manga in 1998, I was skeptical about whether reprinting the manga in color would do anything for me -- especially since the anime served to bring the story to life in living color already. Turns out, it scratches a certain kind of Saiyan itch. You can watch my full video review after the cut.
We've been paying close attention to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's work in Zero Year, the current Batman storyline that looks back at one of the Dark Knight's earliest adventures in Gotham. But the upcoming issue #28 offers a brief intermission, jumping out of Batman's past and into his near future. Written by Snyder and James Tynion and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen, the issue offers an early look at what's to come in Batman Eternal, the weekly series starting in March. Taking to Twitter back in December, Snyder described it as a "spoiler issue": “We agreed that with all the crazy stuff that's going to happen in 2014 - and my goal above all in 2014 is to keep things daring and fun - it'd be a thrill to do a total spoiler issue," said Snyder "A stand-alone issue that takes place in the near future and reveals all sorts of massive surprises coming to Gotham.”
Snyder will be a guest on DC All Access, DC Comics' web series that features interviews with creators, editors, and more. The publisher has provided ComicsAlliance with a sneak peak at the interview, which includes a look at some of Nguyen's art, that you can check out below.
Hey, remember the first time you saw Superman flying? It could have been in the Christopher Reeve Superman films, the Super Friends cartoon, Superman: The Animated Series, or heck, maybe even in a comic book.
Whatever the case, the reaction from kids tends to be universal: It's the best thing they've ever seen. Eventually those people become grown-ups who maybe like other superheroes more or stop caring about superheroes at all, but it's worth being reminded of the effect seeing a handsome guy in a blue suit blast through the sky can have on an impressionable mind. It's all in the face of a 16-month-old boy seeing a scene from Man of Steel for the first time in the video after the jump.
In what may simply be a loving tribute to one of the most popular shows on TV or a very subtle commentary on Jay Leno's last episode as host of The Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien got in full zombie makeup Thursday night to commemorate the premiere of the second half The Walking Dead's fourth season on AMC.
Check out the Conan video, which led into an interview with TWD cast members including Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun and Melissa McBride, after the jump.