There are a lot of factors that go into loving a toy. Some are tangible, others less so. Being awesome can't hurt, though, and ComicsAlliance saw plenty of that quality manifest across toydom in 2013. One theme that stood out this year especially, though? New spins on old favorites. From the mighty Titan Class Metroplex to the NES-inspired Jason of Friday the 13th fame, toymakers went beyond kicking out mere nostalgia cash-grabs and elevated familiar characters with state-of-the-art toy tech. Hit the jump to browse some of CA's favorite toys from 2013.
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Hot off the heels of the release of the video game LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, the toy brand and the comics publisher are teaming up once again for a five-episode Web series that will be available on the Disney YouTube channel as well as Disney's Roku and XBox-connected TV apps.
Maximum Overload, which finds Loki amassing an army to take on all of Marvel's heroes, went online today with all five episodes. It's loaded with cameos (look out for J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson and Stan Lee in episode 2). You can hit the jump to watch all five shorts in full right now.
I don't think I'm blowing anyone's mind here when I say that Arkham Asylum has more personality than any other building in comics. Heck, it's got more personality than a lot of characters. I can't think of any comics or video games named after, say, The Daily Planet Building or even Avengers Mansion, but something about Arkham keeps drawing people back to obsessing over it. My guess is that it's the interior gargoyles.
What will blow your mind, though, is a LEGO creation built over the course of a year by Thornsten Bosch, alias Xenomurphy, depicting a mass breakout at the Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane. It's one of the most beautifully crafted, painstakingly detailed and flat-out massive LEGO sets I've ever seen, based loosely on Chicago's Tribune Building. Check out some amazing shots below!
From the looks of it, The LEGO Movie tells the classic hero's journey story. An ordinary guy finds himself in extraordinary circumstances, and he rises to them.
There are just a couple twists on that: First, he's a LEGO man. Second, he is routinely assisted by Batman (and Wonder Woman, and Superman, and maybe Abraham Lincoln, though he seems to be on the fence). Check out the brand-new trailer for the movie after the jump.
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