When I saw the above image, I had to do a double check to make sure we somehow hadn't catapulted all the way to April 1st. It seems like ThinkGeek decided to get the jump on you April Fools with the release of their Breaking Bad RV Incense Burner. This 11-inch long ceramic recreational vehicle burns incense cones inside the door...so it looks like the guys are cooking up a fresh batch of...incense, of course. Pick one up - it'll look perfect in your parents' basement - for $29.99.
If you've followed the goings on at Tomenosuke, then you likely know how long they've been working on perfecting and producing their Tomenosuke Blaster. The replica of Deckard's Blaster from Blade Runner has been a passion project for Shinji and the other folks at Tomenosuke.
Now, according to them, there has been some suspicious quotes made by Blade Runner 2049's Prop Master Doug Harlocker. He claims that he tracked down the original blaster from an unnamed individual who purchased the item at auction. Tomenosuke claims that the Blaster featured in this Wired article and the VICE piece below show the Tomenosuke Blaster and not one produced by the prop master.
There is a pretty detailed rundown with photographic evidence over at this Tomenosuke blog post. Personally, I know how long and hard Shinji has been working on this project. The Tomenosuke Blaster not only bears the company's name...but in a little bit, its soul. So I'm sure all of those involved are devastated that their hard work will not be recognized within the film. I'm here to recognize that hard work and craftsmanship right here.
The nature of the toy and collectible game is that you are going to see a lot of stuff that will just never get produced. Good ideas come and go...as do cool figures. There are those few pieces that just stick in your head. You never totally give up hope that they’re actually dead. For me, that one is Warpo Toys’ Don’t Cuddle The Krampus.
Run as a Kickstarter campaign, Don’t Cuddle The Krampus raised $66,571 out of the necessary $70,000 goal. That’s over 95%. (I backed for several of them) Alas, they never produced the nod to My Pet Monster (and the demon goat thing that terrorizes naughty children at Christmas). For some reason, I have never given up hope. The Kickstarter project ended in December of 2015 and I continue to hold out that maybe Warpo will see just how close they actually were...and give it one more try.
C’mon guys...do it for me.
I was about 12 years old when, in 1990, the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie hit theaters. I still remember going to the movie without any parental supervision (or maybe it was that my friend’s parents sat the row behind us). Either way, there was one character that stood out in TMNT - Casey Jones. He was like a vigilante Jason Vorhees who beat up bad guys (rather than killing teenage campers). And his unique hockey mask is what always appealed to me.
Luckily, NECA has announced that they will be released the Prop Replica – Casey Jones Replica Mask around January of 2018. For the first time, the full-size, movie-accurate, wearable replica of Casey Jones’ mask from the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will be available to purchase. There’s no word yet on pricing for this ABS plastic piece, but you can pencil me in for my 2018 Halloween costume.
ʻUmi Toys Hawaiʻi is taking pre-orders for their exclusive Aqua King colorway of the Silent Stage Gallery x Angry Woebots Panda King III mini resin figure. This clear aqua colorway (it sort of reminds me of solid mouthwash) is cast in resin and available in a run of 100 pieces. Preorders are currently underway, and the retail price for this version is $59.99. They're saying to allow between 4 and 5 weeks for delivery.
Lulubell has announced that the SECRETOY Met Death Golem by Splurrt will return for a new fall release this Saturday - September 30th 2017 - at 9AM PT. The piece has been cast in light tangerine vinyl with multi-colored spray detailing and gold handpainted facial accents. It includes a removable club accessory - so he can apparently beat baby seals with it. (He does look very angry) Thee 11-inch tall Met Death Golem will be limited to one piece per person and sell for $200.00 plus shipping.
The 1990's Nickelodeon license is getting all sorts of action as two companies have announced lines based on cartoons from the era that time forgot. First off, Kidrobot has released the all new Nick 90’s Blind Box Mini Series. Featuring fan favorites from Spongebob Squarepants, CatDog, The Angry Beavers, The Wild Thornberrys, Hey Arnold!, Ren & Stimpy, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Rugrats and Rocko’s Modern Life, this collection features a total of 19 figures that run $9.99 per blind box.
Next up, the Pop! Television: 90s Nickelodeon Series 2 from Funko. This wave of figures features the beaver brothers - Norbert and Daggett - from Angry Beavers, the gang from Rocko's Modern Life (including everyone's favorite wallaby Rocko, his faithful dog Spunky, and his best friend Heffer), and from Hey Arnold! - Arnold, and his not-so-secret admirer, Helga. There will also be some limited chase variants, including an ill Rocko - complete with a runny nose - and a Halloween version of Heffer (both a rarity of 1-in-6). And look for the flocked 2-Pack of Norbert and Daggett from Angry Beavers, available only at FYE.
If you're interested in pre-ordering these, or picking up some of the already released 90's Nickelodeon Series 1 Pop! figures, check out Amazon.com here.
ESC-Toy has released their all new 9DKP Micro Animated Series over at the ESC Toy Youtube Channel. "Immerse yourself in the world of 9DKP filled with Kats, Zombies, and Survivors told in a cute, funny, and retro way. Watch your favorite 9DKP characters come to life and find out what they are up to."
I checked out the first two episodes (there are 10 total episodes as of posting of this article). They've created the series with an early 90's retro video game style. Think Super NES style graphics. Based on the card game (which also now has an app), each episode runs about 3 minutes in length.
Since the 9DKP concept was created by Erick Scarecrow, I'm wondering how long before we see some toy series based on it. Personally, I feel a blind box line would be perfect.
There was a time there in the mid-90’s where it seemed like Michael Rooker played the villain in almost every film. Okay, so it was really only Cliffhanger and Mallrats, but the man known as Mr. Svenning was also in Days of Thunder, JFK, and Tombstone. And it wasn’t until playing Merle Dixon, in the comic book turned AMC television series The Walking Dead, that Rooker was able to seemingly become a household face (if not name) once again.
Rooker’s character – Merle Dixon – was one of the primary antagonists in the third season of The Walking Dead. Also, he’s the older brother of series favorite Daryl Dixon, making for some awkward zombie apocalypse Thanksgiving dinner conversations.
Being one of the main characters, Merle is also one of the first characters to be released as a 1/6th scale figure from Threezero. The company’s The Walking Dead series continues to grow, with several character announced over the past year.
The 1/6th scale Merle Dixon sports a striking resemblance to the veteran actor. Threezero is a high-end collectible company, and much of that can be seen in the face sculpt. The lone sticking point, for me, is that they chose to paint Merle’s eyes sort of looking upwards. While head-on shots look fine, he looks a little zombified when viewing from angles.
As far as accessories, Merle comes packed with six hands (fists, gun holding, open palms), a prosthetic right arm with a bayonet, and a pistol with removable magazine. There’s really only one option – you sort of have to go with the prosthetic bayonet hand. We only see Merle on the show with a right hand for a few minutes. Plus, that prosthetic is the perfect weapon for a zombie apocalypse (I guess if you must chop off your own hand).
The outfit is fairly plain (you probably wouldn’t want to be super flashy when there are flesh-eating zombies after you). Merle is wearing a brownish button-down t-shirt, a white undershirt, green military pants (with lots of pockets and zippers), and a pair of brown boots. The clothes are given a weathered look, and the undershirt might even have some coffee stains on it.
Overall, the 1/6th scale Merle Dixon is a good grab for this price point. While all of the other high-end 1/6th scale collectibles are inching towards $250 per figure, Threezero continues to hold in there below $175. That is definitely appreciated by my pocketbook – err…wallet (I carry a wallet and not a pocketbook, I swear!).
So if you’re a fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead, or maybe you’re a Michael Rooker fan who has wanted to complete your 1990’s 1/6th scale Cliffhanger collection, I recommend you picking up Threezero’s Merle Dixon figure. Just make sure to look at him straight-on, or else he will likely give you the evil eye.
1/6th scale Merle Dixon
Series: The Walking Dead
Material: Articulated plastic body
Authorized Likeness: Michael Rooker
Dimensions: 1/6th scale
Outfit: Brown short-sleeve shirt; White tank top undershirt; Green military pants; Belt with holster; Brown boots
Accessories: Pistol with removable magazine; Pair of fists; Pair of relaxed hands; Pair of hands for holding gun; Prosthetic right arm with bayonet
Threezero provided this figure for review.
To pick one of your own up, check out the following:
There are three genres of films that I will undoubtedly watch if they are on television. Combined, they take up probably 1/3 of my Plex library. And my wife hates them. They would be Kaiju, Kung-Fu, and Spaghetti Westerns. So when I randomly came across Chicken Fried Toys' Dime Novel Legends, I was shocked to see that it had already been funded on Kickstarter (and that I had not heard anything about it).
Based on archetypes from Westerns, the 1/18th scale series features characters like The Marshall, The Cow Puncher, The Man In Black, The Badlands Vigilante, and plenty of others. Then, there are build-a-figure options, with bodies, heads, weapons, and garb available. Luckily - for those slackers amongst us - Chicken Fried Toys is currently taking pre-orders via their BackerKit page.
Figures range from $28.00 to $40.00, depending on the character. The pricing might give some folks pause, given that these guys measure about 4 inches in height. But where else will you be able to get a little mustachioed bartender who can serve up your G.I. Joe guys a round of ale?