Between its 6" articulated Voltron action figure, deluxe Voltron Force toys and massive 23" tall Voltron assembled from five sizable robotic lions and their 3.75" pilots, Mattel covered a number of toy bases while holding the brand's toy license through 2012. And yet, there was always a sweet spot defined by the Shogun Warriors and Trendmasters toys of the past that only Toynami ever seemed to truly rekindle. Now following up a 25th anniversary Voltron set from a few years ago, Toynami has returned to held defend the universe with an 11" tall diecast Voltron 30th Anniversary Collectors Set.
Just as Comic-Con International is getting going, Dynamite Entertainment has announced it acquired a slew of high-profile TV licenses that will turn into comics in the near future. NBC's Heroes will be making its return as a comic with writer Cullen Bunn, The Twilight Zone will get a new series written by J. Michael Straczynski, and Robotech will cross over with Voltron. But the one I'm really excited about? The Fox animated series Bob's Burgers is coming to comics.
Perhaps the most profound fusion between classic Disney characters and Japanese pop culture since Kingdom Hearts has arrived, and it's a giant combining piloted mecha versions of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto and his dog house, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and a mini Steamboat Willie. Call it
Theme Parks: A Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D ride is coming to Australia's Warner Bros. Movie World in September.
Tech: Wal-Mart has a new Webslinger augmented reality app that shoppers can use to pose with a version of T
Mechs: If you're in Tokyo through May 6, you may be able to scope out this 1:1 scale VF-25 Valkyrie constructed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Macross (a.k.a. Robotech).
Interviews: Moviefone talks with Stan Lee his new documentary With Grea
With its new ongoing Voltron comic series in full swing, Dynamite Entertainment is turning back the clock and digging into the past of the giant robot's five mechanical lion pilots this April in Voltron: Year One. Written by Brandon Thomas, with interior art by Craig Cermak and covers by Admira Wijaya and Jonathan Lau, the
Art: Daniel Clowes comments on the changing shape of book stores on a new cover for The New Yorker.
Eats: Blastr has a list of sci-fi restaurants currently in operation. Sadly, none of them are in my neighborhood -- but the
Frustrated with the lack of progress in development of a live-action adaptation of Voltron: Defender of the Universe, director Alex Albrecht took matters into his own hands with Voltron: The End, a seemingly high budget fan film based on the enduringly popular 1980s animated series. Best known for co-hosting The Screen Savers and Diggnation, Albrech
Art: Flavorwire collects celebrity paper dolls, including Voltron Lady Gaga.
Locomotion: A Doraemon train in Japan run by Odakyu Electric Railway unintentionally broke the law by effectively advertising for the anime character and will remove the decorations in October.
Upcoming: IDW has announced, The Death of Optimus