Transformers are going to get “Angry”

I'm pretty sure these Transformers would like some noms too.
I’m pretty sure these Transformers would like some noms too.

“Mom, what’s for breakfast?”

“Well honey, we have pancakes, bacon, potatoes, Decepiticons…”

If you were a kid from the 80’s, 90’s, or still a kid at heart, then you’re most likely familiar with Transformers. You know, “Transformers: More than meets the eye.” In honor of the franchise’s 30th anniversary, Hasbro Toys treated some eager reporters and fans to a breakfast this morning at Southpaw in San Diego’s Downtown Gaslamp area. I’ve heard of character breakfasts, but never one that dealt with robots.

All throughout the bar/restaurant, we were treated to Transformer toy splendor. Arranged along the bar area was private transformers collection that included some originals from the 80’s, Beastwars, and even some rocker themed ones I’ve never seen before (all posed on a 1984 “Planet Cybertron” poster). On the outside dining tables was a selection of the larger ones that transformer as you spin their parts. And there was even a buffet style “Mashem’s” table. Transformers Mashem’s are figures that allow the appendages to be swapped with other robots, allowing for some pretty creative robot making.

What I was most excited about were the videogames that Hasbro has in store for the Transformers brand. A few things are in the works, one of which is an online MMO called Transformers Universe. The computer based game features opened world areas that you can explore either as Autobots or Decepticons that are unique to the game. You can go hunting for Energon, fight wild Terracons, or even participate in 4 versus 4 pvp in either a death match mode, or a modified capture the flag. But instead of capturing flags, you try to steal the opposite team’s Energon.

To add another layer to the game, players can use Energon to craft items, or collect items by defeating enemies. The items can do various things, like boost stats for a continuous duration of time. The game is free to play, but if you are feeling a little impatient and don’t want to wait out the time it takes for your items to be made, you can purchase relics. Relics are in game currencies that are available as pickup items, so you can go throughout the duration of it without having to spend a dime. But like I said, if you’ve got better things to wait on, then they are purchasable with real world money. Currently Transformers Universe is in open beta. There is no set date yet for the actual release. Visit to check it out for yourself.

Even bigger for the video gaming market is the crossover in the works. Transformers will be pairing up with the widely popular, widely recognized Angry Birds franchise. Unlike other Angry Birds games, this won’t be the typical drag and launch game featuring different themes. Angry Birds: Transformers will be a side scrolling shooter where the transforming birds and pigs have to fight enemies along the way. Another interesting addition is the cars that will be available for purchase. These transforming vehicles can be photographed, and then downloaded for use in the video game. The toys themselves will also have physical tracks available for them, so there will be more for them than just as downloads for the game. No release date is yet set for Angry Birds: Transformers.

This year’s DC Collectibles Preview

Mera seems to love the camera.
Mera seems to love the camera.

By: Nick Eskey

DC Collectibles had a fine showing today of toys, figurines, and statues for the upcoming year. Each one meets the fine level of detail that is synonymous with the DC brand. With the variety of collectible shown, it was hard to decide what to talk about in length.

For their action figures, DC will be coming out with series 2 of their designer line. We got a glimpse of Zero Year Batman, Commissioner Gordon, Batgirl, and a fierce Two-Face. All were designed by Greg Capullo, and will be out sometime February of 2015. Also for their action figures and in time with Warner Brother’s TV show, Arrow, DC has unveiled figures based on said show. They featured a couple versions of Arrow (a fight ready, and a bare chest one), Deathstroke, Canary, and others. They also teased with a Flash figurine for the upcoming series The Flash. Arrow will return to the CW on Wednesday October the 8th, 8/7 central time, whereas The Flash will premiere Tuesday October the 7th, 8/7 central time.

Those who are fans of any of the Batman cartoons, you’ll be excited to here DC will be rolling out with additions to the Batman the Animated Series line, and launching The New Adventures of Batman series. For Batman the Animated Series, they showed series 2 Poison Ivy, Robin, The Joker, Man-Bat, a uncolored version of Batgirl that will part of series 4, and teased in the background uncolored shots of The Riddler, Penguin, and Batman. Batman, Two-Face, The Joker, Catwoman, and Mister Freeze were shown for The New Adventures of Batman series 1, and also shown were Harley Quinn series 3, and uncolored versions of Killer Croc and Baby Doll. The New Adventures of Batman series 1 will be out this year November, with series 3 sometime March of next year. Batman the Animated Series series 2 will be out this December.

Based off of the upcoming video game from Rocksteady and Warner Bros. Interactive, DC will be releasing highly detailed toys of characters from Batman: Arkham Knight. Shown were Batman, Harley Quinn, Scarecrow, and the new character Arkham Knight. These should be released sometime March of next year.

An interesting addition to this year’s lineup was a few kid inspired toys. We had a couple plush dolls, Deadman and Crow (set to be released October of this year), and a few wooden figures of both Superman and Batman (releasing December of this year). Also coming September of this year will be series 4 of the Scribblenauts mini figures.

One of my favorite collectibles is DC Entertainment’s statues line. In their Bombshells line, we will be seeing a gamut of new faces such as Lois Lane posed as an old-fashion newspaper seller, Hawkgirl complete with chewing gum, a day at the beach ready Mera, and a magical Zatanna. All are set to be released intermittently throughout next year. In addition to the Cover Girl line, vicious Vixen will be added to the roster April 2015. Some other noteworthy statues coming soon will be Shazam, Superman, Wonder Woman, and a new Batman Black & White.

For those who will be attending Comic-Con International, DC Entertainment has a “Con-Exclusive.” At Diamond retailer booths, you can purchase a limited edition Batman: Arkham City Harley Quinn statue. This full color gal stands at 9.25” tall and will retail for $124.95.

Lastly, we’ll talk about some of the things that weren’t allowed to be photographed. Some of the noteworthy ones were a new Cover Girl Harley Quinn, complete with oversized hammer and cork-gun, out by June of 2015. As part of DC Comic’s the new 52 line, we were teased with nicely done renderings of a Roller Derby Harley Quinn complete with pistol, a dressed down Joker wearing a simple buttoned up white shirt, black pants, gloves, his large iconic grin, and brandishing a rather big carving knife, and a John Steward Green Lantern. And there as well was a light up, pulsating Mother Box prop replica. It’s yet unclear what other features it will have when it rolls out aside from lighting up, but it is set to be released sometime July of 2015.

Much is in store for this year and the next for DC Entertainment, and it’s assured that each will make a splash in the collector world. Only unsure thing is how one can afford them all.

SDCC 2014: Funko offers Hikari Friday exclusives giveaway

Funko always has some pretty amazing exclusives at Comic-Con and they are running a contest to give away three cool ones. Tweet to @OriginalFunko for a chance to win. I Think.l These press emails are getting less coherent as the week runs on.

Ay the figures are limited to 500 each and are sweet. Find Funko at Booth #5343!
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Mean & Green Raphael


Ice Freeze Batman

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Red Rain Batman


Frank Miller and Eric So team for HK-style Sin City Marv

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Frank Miller’s stylishly brutal Sin City is coming back with a new film this Summer, and so are the Sin City toys, as Dark Horse has announced an HK-styled Marv figure for September. The figure is designed by Erik So and will retail for $150.

The masters of two mediums come together with an all-new, limited-edition vinyl figure of Sin City’s beloved brute, Marv! This unique interpretation of Marv was created by Eric So, a master of modern design and a leader in the Hong Kong designer-toy movement. With the guidance of Frank Miller, So has sculpted a thirteen-inch vinyl figure that is unlike any that has come before it.
While best known for his groundbreaking toy designs, Eric So is also an accomplished designer in many other areas, such as men’s fashion and accessories. He is a legend in his native Hong Kong, and has made a name for himself worldwide.
In the same spirit as his previous collaboration with Dark Horse (a vinyl figure of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy) or his Nike-commissioned statue of Michael Jordan, So favors a humorous and cartoonish approach over realism. While Marv is depicted in his customary trench coat, he has been transformed through Eric So’s unique approach to angles and features. Still, the influence of Frank Miller’s signature style shines through.
Each figure is individually hand painted and comes with a pack of band-aid stickers, which collectors may affix to Marv as they like. Also included is a certificate of authenticity, signed by both Frank Miller and Eric So.
“Besides the figure itself, the packaqe is innovative and fun” noted Dark Horse vice president of product development, David Scroggy. “Eric has come up with a gray translucent plastic blister that is the flat front of the box. The Marv figure inside is visible in silhouette. The outer surface is over-printed in white, creating the illusion of a shadowy Marv walking in the snow. This was inspired by Miller’s classic Silent Night story. It is a striking package design.”
Frank Miller is widely acclaimed worldwide for his comic work and boasts multiple Hollywood successes, including two adaptations of his masterwork, Sin City. Marv is one of Sin City’s most memorable characters, in both comics and film.
This beautiful thirteen-inch piece will be produced in a limited run of 950 and will arrive just in time for the release of Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Mark your calendars for September 10, when this figure goes on sale for $150.

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Hasbro offers exclusive Infinity Gauntlet at Comic-Con


Hasbro’s Marvel exclusive are EXCEEDINGLY “cosmic” this year:

Priced at $99.99, a set of Marvel Legends Infinite Series 6-inch figures is based on the Marvel story line “The Thanos Imperative” — included are theInhumans’ Black Bolt and Medusa, Gladiator, Blastaar and Star-Lord from theGuardians of the Galaxy. They all arrive in a special-edition box designed to look like the Galactus Engine from the comics.

Another pack of 3¾-inch figures ($74.99) comes from the classic miniseries TheInfinity Gauntlet and features Nebula, Starfox, Mistress Death and the cosmic villain Thanos, who comes with his own Infinity Gauntlet. But he’s not the only guy who gets one — Marvel’s looking out for fans, too, by including a wearable foam Infinity Gauntlet glove in case you want to rule outer space yourself.

You’ll want to have these around when AVENGERS 2 opens for sure.

Toys that poo will never lose their appeal


For those longing for the days of Barbie’s crapping toy dog Tanner, we have very good news: there is a new generation of toy animals that take little toy dumps on command. Although this being 2014, the girls who own the pets are fashionable “Moxie Girls” and the lovable pets with “the silly poo” are a bunny a koala and a unicorn. It turns out unicorn poo looks a lot like a small plastic ball, which is a huge relief for all. Turns out the main varieties of toy turds are glitter, rainbows and jewels.

These toys have been around for a while, but it reminds me that I should have investigated this phenomenon at Toy Fair more thoroughly. Dolls that wee and poo never really go out of style for children of any age who like to laugh.

Toy Fair 2014 Part 1: Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, My Little Pony in a mustache and Play-Doh heat up Hasbro


Yep, Toy Fair is here again and The Beat trekked over icy veldts to bring  our reads only the VERY FINEST artsy iPhone photos of all the cool stuff. NO LIe. I managed to take like 600 photos in two days…what was I thinking?   But I guarantee I got some news NO OTHER toy outlet did! So plunge on!

The first stop was Hasbro, where we were given a fairly brisk 1 hour presentation on new toys, then allowed into the show room to take photos and quiz Hasbro execs. This was much better than in past years where we sometimes had to squirm in our seats for two hours. However, there was even more toy press than ever before, meaning I couldn’t always get close to the toys! However I found many places no one wanted to go, and was able to get you total scoop!

For Hasbro’s Marvel line, it’s Guardians of the Galaxy all the time! I seriously think you will be sick of Groot by the time his is over. You can see the branding for the line above—all five Guardians front and center. This is, as Avi Arad would have agreed, EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY toyetic.


BUT First, back at the ranch, Hasbro is releasing its regular line of Marvel Legends action figures to tie more in with the MOVIE universe. Hence this Avengers line.




The Black Widow comes with two heads to she can have tousled hair day, and I used my flat iron hair day. Don’t know what she uses her hands for.



There are several Captain America playsets including a shield-thing that shoots darts and reloads with a snapping sound. But no one was really interested in Captain America 2. It was all GUARDIANS.



Here is part of the Rocket Raccoon playset with disturbing mask and weapons.



Starlord is extremely steampunk-y and his playset has a mask and a gun which fires two missiles at once.



Rocket standee. Is America going to embrace a violent, alien raccoon?



While the Legends line will include five Guardians figures, it will be rounded off by Outer Space Iron Man and Nova. More Marvel space heroes, you see? Toyetic.




Gamora, Starlord and Groot.



Drax and Rocket.



A better shot of Groot.



More branding. ROCKET RACCOON. Remember that name.




GotG also comes with vehicle playsets, including the Milano, a delicious kind of cookie, Starlord’s space ship, and Rocket’s Warbird. These playsets revealed Ronan and Korath from the movie, and if you squint maybe you can see their toys below.



Dynamite to Expand with ‘Dynamite Toys and Games’ Division

Dynamite Entertainment have announced that they will be launching a new division, Dynamite Toys and Games, which will be producing board games, action figures, card games and other merchandise based on their comics.

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Kickwatcher: The Scary Godmother Doll by Jill Thompson

Okay this is one project that really truly deserves all your support! IT’s The Scary Godmother Doll designed by creator Jill Thompson. As you can see from the pictures the detail and appearance is amazing. And for $5 you get A BRAND NEW JUST FOR THIS KICKSTARTER SCARY GODMOTHER COMIC.

A brand new, 10 page, painted Scary Godmother story created specifically for this Kickstarter. Follow the Scary Godmother and her Monster pals as they make their way to the Spectral Six Convention! The first new story in quite a long while! Plus cool pinups by some of comicdoms most excellent artists! Like Jaime Hernandez, for example!! Available to you as a digital PDF! (Wanna be IN this comic? Check out the I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE UP incentive below!)

The project has raised some money but has a bit to go, so if you want to see one of indie comics most distinctive characters get a fantastic doll, go check out all the incentives.



MUST HAVE: Fletcher Hanks’ Stardust the Super Wizard gets an awesome figurine

If you are a fan of bizarre, pseudo-naive comics which actually reveal the terrors and struggles of our very subconscious in fantastic form—and who isn’t?—then you are already are wise to Fletcher Hanks, the obscure yet beloved cartoonist whose rare work was lauded in RAW magazine and collected in two books from Fantagraphics, I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets! and You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation!, both curated by Paul Karasik. Loopy and cosmic, brutish and yet profound, its easy to see why Hanks’ work is a cult favorite.

But for those Fletcher Hanks completists, you can finally get a tchotchke!, a new collectible company dedicated to Golden Age comics, has released a hand-painted polyrsein figurine of Stardust the Super Wizard, holding aloft the head of his enemy, “Master-Mind” De Structo.

This figure was the subject of an unsuccessful Kickstarter last year, so we’re thrilled to see that the creators were undaunted by that setback and have given the world the Stardust statue it deserves. (That said, this Stardust is a bit more heroic looking that Hanks’ disturbingly simplistic version.)

Priced at $27.95, the figurine is 1/21 scale and stands 4.3″ tall (Ealemoss size) and comes in three versions:the standard Grey Boots Edition (180 pieces produced); Yellow Boots Edition (75 pieces); and Red Boots Edition (45 pieces – almost sold out). Each variant has its own label, is individually numbered, and comes in a custom full color box. Details on buying it here.

We’re told Golden Age Figurines plans several more releases from the gonzo era of superheroes, including the figurines of other Hanks creation Fantomah, Mystery Woman of the Jungle, The Black Terror (both seen below); and Basil Wolverton’s Spacehawk.









SDCC’13: Lego Time! Batman Lego, Star Wars Lego, Hobbit Lego…

Lego have been making quite the splash at SDCC so far, as you may have seen from some of the various photos people have been taken. There’s a scale version of Hobbiton on-site, along with lifesize models of characters like Batman, Catwoman, and Joker. But Lego have also announced some new sets this weekend – featuring Batman, The Flash, The Hobbit, and Star Wars.

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Marvel is free from paying web shooter toy inventor royalties


Chalk up another legal win for Marvel Enterprises. Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Courts of Appeals ruled that Marvel no longer has to pay Tucson attorney Stephen Kimble—inventor of the Spider-Man web shooters—royalties after 2010. Continue reading Marvel is free from paying web shooter toy inventor royalties

Marvel show off screenshots from Lego Marvel Super Heroes

After two games spent with Batman and chums, this year sees Lego turn their attention to Marvel’s roster of heroes. Coming later this year, Lego Marvel Super Heroes will feature all kinds of characters, and Marvel have released a whole load of screenshots showing off one of the many locations in the game – Asgard.

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Review: All The Iron Man 3 Lego Sets

Seen Iron Man 3 but want more? Looking to replay the best scenes over and over again? Or at the very least, do you want to put Pepper Potts into War Machine’s suit of armour and stick Tony Stark’s head onto a woman’s body? With the release of Iron Man 3 came three sets from Lego, all featuring different characters and locations from the film. But are they any good?

Mild spoilers here, but no major ones. I will talk about James Badge Dale’s hair a little bit.


The main set of the Iron Man 3 brand is Malibu Mansion Attack, which features Pepper Potts, Tony Stark, the Mandarin, a goon, one of those cute claw robots who’re in all the films, and an Iron Man suit. The set is made up of the mansion itself, along with a helicopter. Now, I far prefer the sets to the vehicles, when it comes to Lego – I don’t care for cars or planes or those sorts of things, but I do appreciate an exploding window.

For your money, this set gets you a rounded corner of Tony Stark’s mansion, with three windows looking outwards and a sort of white shell-shape roof. There’s a rotating computer station alongside a kitchen, presumably where the now-sober Tony Stark makes his health smoothies. Limes, kiwis and apples, preferably!

It’s a surprisingly cramped set, mirroring Lego’s preference to make their recent sets fairly tight and restrictive to free play. You can see the set above – it doesn’t fold out from that position, if you follow the building instructions. But within this space they do fit in a lot of little features, which helps. For one thing, various switches allow you to act out an attack on the mansion. You can blow up the Iron Man suit you get with this set by flicking a switch that pushes up the floor. Another switch lets you knock out the most prominent window.

Now, bear in mind that all these sets come with a comic that tells a story. The story is different to the plot of the movie, meaning the sets don’t spoil the film – but at the same time, they don’t reflect it. If you’re considering getting these for a friend who likes the films, see the film first! It might affect your decision.


I do so love a good interactive feature in my Lego sets, and you get a few here. That the set is cramped means that blowing up the Iron Man suit doesn’t have quite the impact it should, though. Everything else is well designed, though, and good fun. TOP TIP! The set comes with a goon who pilots the Mandarin’s helicopter, and I chose to pull his hair off in order to pretend he was James Badge Dale’s bald character from the film. That way you get a bonus figure, rather than a fairly basic goon figure! You can also put the hair back on and sit him at a Lego desk for HOURS AND HOURS, if you fancy recreating Rubicon in Lego.

There’s only one Iron Man suit in the set, meaning you need to buy another set including an Iron Man suit in order to complete the mansion. That’s a little shifty. Pepper Potts also looks a little generic – from what I can tell, the forthcoming Lois Lane present in the Man of Steel sets is her EXACT twin. This is by far the best of the Iron Man 3 sets though! If you get any of them, get this. It’s a fairly easy build, although I chose to take out a piece which hinges the two piece of floorboard together – it opens up the set and gives you more space.


Iron Man Vs The Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown gives you an Iron Man figure, another Mandarin figure, and a little battle kart thingy. This set is one of the ‘battle’ brands that Lego have introduced across their range, each of which feature a hero, a villain, and a device. Here the device is a small car which has flames firing from it, alongside those gosh-darling flick missiles once more. There’s barely anything to this set – and at the price it’s sold for, this is a fairly obvious rip-off. You can get the Iron Man figure from either of the other two sets, whilst Mandarin is in the Mansion set. There’s no reason to get this – it’s tiny, disappointing, boring, and with fairly limited use.

I mean, look at it! It’s itsy bitsy.


The final of the three sets is Extremis Sea Port Battle – this one’s a boat with Guy Pearce in it, along with Iron Man, War Machine, and a buoy you can blow up. The boat is one of the niftiest vehicles I’ve yet seen from lego, with a lovely green sheen to it. It also features superior flick missiles – you only have to push a lever to fire them, rather than flick ’em with your finger.

Guy Pearce looks suitably grumpy, and it should be noted this vehicle fits into the Lego continuity more than it does the movie itself. You can open the front hatch to stick hostages or weapons inside, although that does make the set rattle when you move it. It’s a nice kit – the best, if you like boats, I guess – although the main draw here is War Machine.

This is the first time you get your hands on Rhodesy, and he comes with two facial expressions: sullen and angry. Two small pieces snap onto his back in order to form his cannon, and he has red lasers rather than Tony’s blue ones. He’s fairly adorable.

The Iron Man 3 Lego sets are pretty decent, all in all. If you buy the mansion and the boat, you have everything you need – an Iron Man, a Rescue, a War Machine, a Guy Pearce and a Mandarin. The sets take a satisfyingly long amount of time to put together, but without being fiddly or irritating. Once you see the movie, the replay value might diminish a little, but it’s clear Lego have already planned ahead – that’s why the toys don’t follow the continuity of the movie. Also, some of the characters glow in the dark. Yay! Shiny things!

Kick-Watcher: Michael Moreci on MINI COMICS INCLUDED

One of the ways many people stumbled onto their first comic was through the promotional comics that used to come bundled in with action figures. You know the ones – you buy a He-Man figure, and in the box comes a comic which shows him in action, fighting against all the other characters who coincidentally also have action figures available too.

Well, if you do remember those comics, then here’s a kickstarter for youMichael Moreci, Steve Seeley, and Tim Seeley’s MINI COMICS INCLUDED.

Mini Comics Included will be a set of six mini-comics, which replicate the sort of comics which used to come packaged in with action figures and board games. Each drawn by a different artist, with Moreci and the Seeleys writing all six issues. And if you pledge towards the project, you can get your hands not just on the comics – but also on action figures which have been custom made to go along with the comics.

I spoke to Michael Moreci about the project, and how it came into existence.

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