Is some kind of action figure model kit renaissance in on the horizon? First Bandai America announces its upcoming Sprukits line (which includes importing Japan's LBX buildable robot warriors, plus new DC Comics and Halo characters) and now Bandai Japan distributor Bluefin has announced that Barnes and Noble is set to start selling Gundam model kits a.k.a. GunPla in its 400+ U.S. retail locations and its online store beginning in April.
Back in 1990 when John Wesley Shipp suited up to be a TV version of The Flash, his costume looked exactly like something out of the comic books of the time. It also looked downright impossible to run in.
The new Flash series on The CW starring Grant Gustin looks to be striking something of a balance between fealty for the look of the source material and functionality in the first image of the full suit released Tuesday by DC comics. Check out the full image after the jump.
On the off chance that you haven't heard the single most important piece of news of our entire generation, there may or may not be a sequel to Space Jam in the works that would star LeBron James. The jury's still out on whether this particular Shrödinger's cat is dead or not, with the news being debunked by ESPN just as quickly as it was originally reported, but one thing is certain: We will always have the original Space Jam.
And, if you're me, and you've spent your entire life gathering up as much weird and forgotten comic book ephemera as you can, you will also always have the 1996 comic book adaptation of Space Jam. Seriously, I can't get rid of this thing, so since now is one of exactly two times in the past 18 years that there has been renewed interest in Space Jam, we might as well have a look back to see how it translated to the comic book page.
We've highlighted a few videos from Man At Arms, the web series where master swordsmith Tony Swatton recreates famous weaponry from movies and TV before, but to be honest, they're not usually my thing. Don't get me wrong, it's super neat to see the forging process that goes into recreating, say, Thor's hammer, and I can certainly appreciate the craftsmanship, but that's about it. Unless, of course, you tell me that they have made a real life Pokémon, in which case I am suddenly very interested.
That's what happens in the latest installment, where Swatton and his team recreate Honedge, the sentient sword that was introduced to gamers in Pokémon X and Y, and it's pretty awesome. Check out the video below!
First it was Adventure Time. Then it was Regular Show. Now it's Steven Universe, and there's definitely more on the way. If it didn't seem like it before, Boom! Studios' lightning-quick licensed comic book relationship with Cartoon Network has now been made official with an exclusive first look deal. CN's licensing and merchandising arm Cartoon Network Enterprises has partnered with Boom!, giving the publisher the first option to license "all-new Cartoon Network original comedies for adaptation into comics and graphic novels."
It looks like Hot Toys is wasting no time in rolling out its Captain America: The Winter Soldier figures. With the film's April 4 opening just weeks away, the Hong Kong toymaker's following a fairly comprehensive teaser image up with a baker's dozen new press images of the latest 1/6 scale Black Widow figure. Like previous Marvel movie versions of the superspy, this one looks to be the spitting image of Scarlett Johansson and come packed with everything a red ledger-wiper needs to shatter S.H.I.E.L.D. enemy spines.
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U.S. District Judge Manuel Real has determined that toymaker Mattel owns the franchise and all its characters lock, stock and barrel, just in time for a proposed movie reboot from Sony.
Following complaints from bloggers and retailers, the organizers of Captial City Comic Con in Austin, Texas, have apologized for handing out a flier that depicted cropped, close-up art of Power Girl's breasts and had the slogan, "Everything is BIGGER in Austin."
On Saturday, Richard Neal of Zeus Comics in Dallas tweeted about the flier, asking whether he should refuse to display it or ask for another. That led blogs including DC Women Kicking Ass to bring further attention to the flier. The designer who made the ad has reportedly been fired.
Listen, I understand wanting to do nice things for your kids, and that's great, but I have to imagine that as a parent, the absolute last thing you want to do is give your children something that makes them more like Batman. You know what that dude's origin is, right? You know how his parents end up, right? I mean, I'm just an uncle, and I can assure you that I have never once attempted to give my nephews any advice about power and responsibility, just in case.
But alas, my thoughts on self-preservation come too late for one father, who has gone out of his way to give his kids one of the Batman's's wonderful toys: an "experimental electric vehicle" that is a straight up child-sized Batpod from The Dark Knight.