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Kickstarter: The Deadly Spawn Vinyl Figure

The Deadly Spawn is a 1983 science-fiction horror flick that attempted to "cash-in" on the popularity of Ridley Scott's ALIEN film. And now there's a Kickstarter project that's goal is producing a 9-inch tall vinyl figure based on the film's iconic monster. The project has enlisted the sculpting abilities of veteran sculptor James Groman. In addition, they're looking to produce a 2.5-inch tall version of The Deadly Spawn Larvae. 

As with other Kickstarters, there are various funding levels. The Deadly Spawn Unpainted Set is available at the $120.00 level. The Deadly Spawn Painted Set is available at the $185.00 level. In addition, there are a number of other options. They're anticipating the finished vinyl product to begin shipping in March 2019.

This project will be funded if it reaches its goal by Thursday, September 27th 2018 at 3:01AM ET.

As I say with all Kickstarter projects I post about. Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods. So back all Kickstarters with caution.

Green/Purple Milky Karakasa Tattoo Man Release

Toy Art Gallery will be releasing a new edition of the Secret Base x Three Tides Tattoo x Toy Art Gallery's Karakasa Tattoo Man. This Green/Purple Milky edition features intricate decal work on the arms, legs and face on clear vinyl. The figure stands 7.5 inches tall.

The Green/Purple Milky Karakasa Tattoo Man is available today - Friday September 7th 2018 -  at Noon PT for $95.00.

Alavaka Vanaprastha Micro Run at Lulubell

Alavaka Vanaprastha is a new micro run of Alavaka by Devils Head Productions, painted by Dski One. This release marks the start of journey to the bodhi tree for a long rest for Alavaka, who made his debut back in 2013. Alavaka will be making a few last appearances in Fall of 2018 before resting undisturbed and contemplating his future for some time.

Sold blind, with 2 GID vinyl chase figures possible in this micro run, each toy comes with the standard body and both heads. The Alavaka Vanaprastha will be available exclusively from Lulubell's online store today - September 7th 2018 - at Noon PT for $80.00 plus shipping (includes alternate head - shown below).

The Art of MST3K The Comic #1 Pop-Up Party

On Saturday September 1st 2018, there was a super-secret pop-up Mystery Science Theater 3000 party at Space2 in Atlanta, GA. Actually, they were handing out invites to those folks who asked a question at the Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Panel. When I heard that...I decided to ask the cast a question.

The Saturday night mingle featured The Art of Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Comic #1 (from Dark Horse), with large posters featuring pages from the comic book adorning a single brick wall. Several members of the cast were in attendance. Jonah Ray and Joel Hodgson were donning those iconic Gizmonic jumpsuits (yellow and red, respectively). Rebecca Hanson, Tim Ryder, and Grant Baciocco were also there, albeit in much more pedestrian (and comfortable) attire. The only cast member in attendance at Dragon Con that was missing was Felicia Day (there was a girl dressed up as her character...if that helps).

The event had Bottomless Totino's Pizza Rolls (the bottomless being negated by the fine print - *While supplies last). When you read Issue #1, this will make a little more sense.

In all, there were about 30 or so people in attendance...nerding about over Mystery Science Theater 3000, art, and bad movies/comics. I took some photos along with a very short video. **I am afraid of taking Joel's picture, because - at a live event - I was told he's not a fan of having his photo taken (I can totally understand...I mean look at my photo alongside Jonah Ray below).

But what I really wanted was to snag one of these giant prints...

    Kickstarter: MST3K Trading Cards Series 2

    Richard Parks of RRParks CARDS has launched the Kickstarter campaign to fund the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Trading Cards Series Two. Series Two picks up right where Series One left off...with cards based on original seasons four, five, six and seven (plus a special subset covering the KTMA episodes). Series Two sees the end of the Joel era and the start of the Mike Nelson era...the end of the TV's Frank era and the start of the Pearl era.

    The series will feature over 500 cards to collect, with various subsets, such as:

    • 118-card "Invention Exchange" base set (every invention of seasons 4, 5, 6 and 7 episodes of the show)
    • 78-card "Experiment" base set (every experiment from those seasons)
    • 47-card special subset featuring MST3K iconic mini movie posters from the Shout! Factory DVD releases
    • 99-card 'Riff It' subset featuring a scene from a movie featured on the show along with a hilarious riff
    • 36 different Anaglyph 3D cards (with 3D glasses)
    • 22 cards featuring the KTMA episodes
    • 9 different Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie 'promo cards'
    • 63 Sketch Card Artist Gallery Promo Cards
    • BONUS mini-clipout card panel BOX TOPPER
    • 24-card limited edition Macarie Claudiu MST3K art card series
    • 9 different GLOW IN THE DARK Mystery Science Theater 3000 trading cards
    • Genuine, unique printing plates
    • Unique original art 'sketch cards'
    • Unique 'Faux Film Cell' cards
    • 9 different Full Metal box topper cards

    So...if you want everything, back at the $160.00 level. A full box, with 40 10-card packs, is available at the $75.00 level. And the nice thing...these are expected to begin shipping at the end of October 2018.

    This project will be funded if it reaches its goal by Monday October 1st 2018 at 1:01AM ET.

    As I say with all Kickstarter projects I post about. Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods. So back all Kickstarters with caution. (I've backed several RRParksCARDS Kickstarters and have received everything with little/no delays. And I'm backing this one.)

    Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Comic #1 – The Review

    On September 12th 2018, Dark Horse will be releasing Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Comic #1. The 32 page first issue bring the riffing of MST3K off of your television screen and onto the pages of a comic book. Created for comics by Joel Hodgson, the comic book finds some of your favorite occupants of The Satellite of Love foisted into the 1962 (thankfully, now, public domain) comic book Johnny Jason Teen Reporter. But Johnny Jason is played by Tom Servo.

    I've been a big MST3K fan for a very long time. The show got me through many a year of college. And since then, I've turned my kids onto the show, back their Kickstarter project, and seen the first of two live shows. And even I was a little skeptical about how the concept (bringing MST3K to comics) would work. After reading the first issue...I'm sold.

    Dark Horse, Joel, the other writers and artists have cobbled together something I've never seen before. It's a property that works equally well on the screen as the page...taking advantage of entirely different formats. Instead of sitting in front of the film and riffing, the characters are within the comic book making jokes. And you can see what's been changed by mark of the speech/thought bubbles.

    My opinion: This is a must buy for Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans. Or fans of classic comic books. Or fans of things that are funny. 

    For a look at some of the pages, check out below. There's also a variant cover by longtime MST3K DVD artist Steve Vance. And if you're in the mood to read the original public domain comic Jonah and The Bots invade, check out Johnny Jason Teen Report #2 at ComicBook+. Spoiler Alert: the original isn't nearly as funny as the MST3K version.

    MST3K at Dragon Con 2018

    If you attended Dragon Con 2018 and were a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, there was plenty of time to "get your nerd on". While I missed Sunday's double feature event, I was able to make it to the "semi-official" unveiling of Mystery Science Theater 3000 the Comic #1 from Dark Horse.

    The panel included MST3K regulars Joel Hodgson, Jonah Ray, Felicia Day, Rebecca Hanson, Tim Ryder, and Grant Baciocco. And they did a reading of the entire first issue. They played to a packed crowd, even taking several questions after concluding with the comic reading. Yours truly braved the masses and asked a question of the panel - after making a comment about Felicia Day's Twitch.tv alter-ego. The basic gist of my question was "has anyone run into a director or actor that they made fun of during an episode, and, if so, what was their reaction".

    (Unfortunately I wasn't positive about recording policies in the panels...so I only snagged about 13 seconds of the read)

      Mystery Science Thursday 2018

      I have so many posts about Mystery Science Theater 3000 today, that I had to create a whole new category. So get ready to be inundated with all things MST3K. 

      And while you're preparing, remember that you can pick up tickets to the MST3K Live 30th Anniversary Tour. This year they'll be riffing The Brain and Deathstalker II. Plus, Joel will be donning the red jumpsuit and joining Jonah on stage with The Bots. I went last year's show in Richmond, VA and it was excellent. Had lots of fun. Brought my (then) 7 year old son to the show. The tour starts on October 9th 2018.

      Also, there is still limited time to take part in the Season 12 Pledge Drive. A number of rewards are no longer available - because they're getting close to actual season - but you still have a shot at picking up some exclusive Season 12 swag.

      Dragon Con 2018: My Experience…

      I had never been to a Dragon Con before this past weekend. But I was one of the more than 80,000 to make the pilgrimage to downtown Atlanta, Georgia for this annual event that was founded in 1987. I've been to the other big events (San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, American International Toy Fair) in my 15 years of reporting about toys, collectibles, and art...but never to Dragon Con.

      Maybe it's the name - a misnomer. I thought it was a convention solely focused on the fantasy genre. Not true. With five days of events around various downtown Atlanta hotels, you'll definitely find your niche. Of course, there's the infamous parade (you can watch that below). But there are also panels, signings, retailers...even a wrestling event. 

      Listen...it's still miserable and muggy in Atlanta in late-August/early-September. But the entire atmosphere is so chill that you might hardly notice (until you realize you've sweated through your 3rd shirt of the day). People are just there to have fun. I saw some of the best Cosplay I've ever seen at this event. I was clearly in the minority, dressed in awkward dad attire.

      But, you know what, I think I've found a new favorite convention.

      Steven Harrington Gotcha – (Fluorescent) Release

      ToyQube and Steven Harrington will be releasing a new version of their Gotcha sculpture in a fluorescent green colorway. Produced in a limited run of 200 pieces, the 11-inch tall Gotcha sculpture is made of holystone, paint, and metal and weighs in at 4.5lbs. Look for this version to be available on Thursday September 6th 2018 at Noon ET from ToyQube. (No word on pricing, but the previous version ran $195.00)