Hey guys, have you heard about zombies? You know, the slavering undead hordes that hunger for brains and also function as a metaphor for consumerism or whatever? Apparently they are very popular these days -- so popular, in fact, that they've become a pretty prominent element of pop culture over the past few years. Well, as far as I'm concerned, you can keep all the movies, comics, video games and concept albums about zombies, because the genre has reached its new apex, and it came in the form of a neon orange toy revolver.
Yes, the 2014 NERF guns are here, and this year, everyone's favorite toy arms manufacturer is lining the shelves with a new line of apocalyptic toys called Zombie Strike. And they are probably my new favorite thing.
Back in 1997 Toy Biz released the first-ever Classic X-Men box set modeled after the team's debut 1963 appearance in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's X-Men #1. I loved that set so much that I managed to go through two of them (Angel lost his wings after some dangerous aerial maneuvers, Iceman accidentally shed a few arms, etc.). Some 17 years later Hasbro will assemble action figure versions of the team yet again with its own All New X-Men Marvel Legends Box Set, putting a more modern 6" spin on the blue and yellow-suited lineup of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Angel and Beast.
Fans may be saying farewell to Hasbro's 3.75" Marvel Universe action figure line, but pretty much in name only. This spring the line is reborn Infinite style, with an Avengers subline debuting Marvel Universe compatible versions of The Wasp, "Marvel Now" Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, The Grim Reaper and Hyperion.
As much as we all loved Mattel's Secret Wars action figure line with its lenticular hologram shields, here 30 years into the future, Hasbro maaaaaay just have topped them with its new Marvel Super Hero Mashers. Comprised of removable body parts and accessories, the new Super Hero Mashers toys can be popped apart and reconfigured so that users can "make their own hero mash-up." You want a Hulk with Captain America's shield, Spider-Man's webs, Dr. Doom's cape and a righteous Iron Man helmet? With this line, mixing and matching is the name of the game and encourages just that kind of combo.
Knowing what to buy anyone during the holidays can make for a pretty dicey season of giving. But toy collectors with discerning tastes? That's usually gift card territory. But it doesn't have to end that way! We're here to help with a guide breaking down some of the most awesome action figure and toy options for the young and young at heart (mostly the latter). Whatever your articulated plastic budget is this year, we've got recommendations sure to please. Hit the jump for ComicsAlliance's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide to Awesome Action Figures.
Hasbro and Linkin Park have teamed up to produce a special edition figure of the Transformers character Soundwave. The Linkin Park Soundwave Transformers action figure is the first celebrity designed Transformers toy since Hasbro first teamed with Takara to bring the robots-in-disguise to America 30 years ago. The figure was previously only available at the Suru store in Los Angeles, but ComicsAlliance is teaming up with sister sites Loudwire and Noisecreep to give one away for free!
Hasbro revealed a number of new 6" Legends-scale action figures and 3.75" toys last night at its pre-New York Comic Con party. Among them? New Captain America: The Winter Soldier action figures, plus The Amazing Spider-Man 2movie toys including Electro as portrayed by Jamie Foxx. Ultimate Spider-Man was also represented with a new 6" Ultimate Green Goblin build-a-figure as part of the Spider-Man Legends Infinite series, which also includes new Black Cat, Beetle, Carnage and Superior Spider-Man. Cap fans will be happy to learn that the upcoming movie line will also include plenty of comic toys, including a Hydra soldier and a massive S.H.I.E.L.D. Mandroid build-a-figure. You can see all of our photos, plus Hasbro's official images, after the jump.
Never let it be said that Dave Johnson isn't good to his Twitter followers. After last week's reveal of the five connected covers for Vertigo's 100 Bullets Omnibuses, today the artist, who promised something special when he reached 10,000 followers, posted his designs for a criminally unproduced animated version of Micronauts, inspired by the 1980s Marvel comic from Bill Mantlo and Michael Golden, considered by many to be a standout series from that era.
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