Clutter and Popaganda have announced the official release of the Ron English's Heart Skull - Pearl Edition. This third colorway of Ron English's Heart Skull sculpture is a pearlescent masterpiece. Limited to an edition of only 50 pieces worldwide, the sculpture has Ron’s signature engraved into the back. The Heart Skull sculpture is a hand poured, roto-cast resin piece of art, and measures 6 inches tall by 4 inches wide by 6 inches deep. It's been made in NY by Clutter Studios.
Priced at $150.00 per piece, you'll be able to pick up this version of the Heart Skull beginning on Friday August 18th 2017 at Noon ET.
UVD Toys has released their exclusive colorway of Luna by The Bots. 'The Long Night' Luna stands 6.5 inches tall by 9.5 inches wide. This version of the vinyl figure is a limited edition of 75 pieces worldwide. It's currently available to purchase for $60.00 and includes a free 'Long Night' Luna 1.25-inch soft enamel pin (shown below).
Bob Conge has announced his latest creation. From Plaseebo, comes the Black & Blue Gnaw Dog - badly bruised but never beaten. This one-of-a-kind custom vinyl mash-up features a black and blue paint job. Standing in at 8 inches tall with blue glass eye inserts and 2 internal motion activated color-changing LED units with replaceable batteries, the piece comes signed by the artist.
The Black & Blue Gnaw Dog will be available on Friday, August 18th 2017 from the Plaseebo web shop for $350.00.
There are very few things that a 7-year-old and a 39-year-old can agree upon. Just the other day, it took me an hour and a half to figure out where to get something to eat with my child, due to his picky tastes in fine cuisine. Peel and Eat Shrimp or Mac 'n' Cheese - I had to find one of those in the middle of a city I was unfamiliar with. We ended up eating at the hotel across the street from our hotel. On the way out of that fine dining establishment, a pleasant young lady proceeded to hock a loogie in the pathway of my impressionable child. So, why had we traveled two and a half hours away from quiet suburbia to the wrong side of town Richmond, VA? To see the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! Watch Out For Snakes Tour!
I spent way too much time in college, when I probably should have been studying, watching MST3K on Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel. For some reason, random pop culture references stick to my brain like Nietzsche never could. So I loved it when I would get a joke that flew over others' heads. Plus, I found it amazing that people were getting paid to do what people would tell me to shut up from doing.
So when I saw that Joel Hodgson was launching a Kickstarter campaign to attempt to fund three new episodes of the classic show, I was all about #BringBackMST3K. I backed without any trepidation. I supported it for really the same reason I run this toy news site - for a feeling of nostalgia and a glimpse at art being created. Flash forward a few months and Joel and company had raised close to $6 million, secured a deal with Netflix, and released 14 new episodes starring the likes of Jonah Ray, Patton Oswalt, Felicia Day, Baron Vaughn, Hampton Yount, and Rebecca Hanson.
During this time, I had been watching Shout! Factory DVDs of old episodes and my sons got into the show. My youngest loves the robots and spaceship. My oldest laughs at the jokes. It's likely that 75% of the time he has no idea what he's laughing at. I'm pretty sure he's not getting those Spuds MacKenzie references and has no idea who Joe Don Baker is. But was he super excited to go see the new cast of the revived MST3K when I told him they were doing a Live Tour.
So I went all-out and sprung for the VIP package at the Richmond show. While they had riffed on the "classic" film Eegah! at most of their previous spots, we got to see the "Secret Surprise Film". And it was a surprise as I had no idea what it was until the opening credits started rolling (now that the tour is over, I feel okay saying it was a really bad Italian superhero film called Argoman the Fantastic Superman). My son and I got seats in the front row. There was a fairly intimate Q&A with creator Joel Hodgson before the show. And then we got to go up on stage and get our picture taken with some of the cast. I felt a sense that not only was this mind-blowing for the fans, but also for all of those connected to the show (since most of them were fans of the original show's run).
The show itself was excellent. There were some sound issues that I blame on the venue. But the live show was set up just like a regular episode, with sketch breaks taking place featuring Jonah, Crow, and Tom Servo aboard the Satellite of Love. There was also interaction with the crowd (like my son nearly getting a spit-take shower from Rebecca Hanson's Synthia character). And the movie featured an A+ riff. It likely would have been one of my top 5 favorite episodes if it had been included in the revival season (It's going to be tough to top Cry Wilderness). I'm sort of hoping they include it in Season 2 of the Netflix run. Speaking of a Season 2 (or 12), where's that announcement Netflix?
But the best thing was that my son and I got to enjoy a laugh over the same thing. Nowadays, I don't get their cartoons. When I was a kid, cartoons were made by toy companies intent on selling you their toys. I understood that. However, when we went to see MST3K Live! Watch Out For Snakes! we were able to find mutual humor in a guy and two robots making fun of a 50 year old superhero-Eurospy film about a robe wearing playboy "fantastic superman". Who woulda thought...
Funko has announced a pair of new Stranger Things toy lines. The Vynl.: Stranger Things features two different dynamic duos from the Netflix original series Stranger Things - Eleven and Barb in one 2-pack, and Lucas and Dustin in another.
Also, the Dorbz: Stranger Things series features Eleven and her friends - Will, Mike, Dustin, and Lucas. And the not-so-friendly Demogorgon. Be on the lookout for some chase pieces, including the upside down Will, and closed mouth Demogorgon (both a rarity of 1-in-6). And there will be an exclusive Eleven in Benny's Burger shirt (Target) and Eleven in Hospital Gown (Hot Topic).
You can pre-order these and pick up Funko's other Stranger Things lines over at Amazon.com.
In celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, Hot Toys is pleased to introduce the special 1/6th scale collectible figures of Grand Moff Tarkin from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
Meticulously crafted based on the appearance of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: A New Hope, the figure features a newly developed head sculpt with a finely tailored Imperial uniform, Grand Moff Tarkin’s high back chair, and a specially designed figure base.
Sideshow Collectibles is currently taking pre-orders for the 1/6th scale Grand Moff Tarkin figure. It's priced at $235.00 and expected to begin shipping in Q3 of 2018.
The 1/6th scale Grand Moff Tarkin Collectible Figure features the following:
Authentic and detailed likeness of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: A New Hope
Pair of relaxed hands
Two pairs of gesturing hands
Olive green Imperial officer uniform
Leather-like belt with silver colored buckle
Pair of black-colored leather-like boots
Grand Moff Tarkin’s high-back chair
Specially designed figure stand with character nameplate and Star Wars logo
Threezero has announced that their AMC The Walking Dead 1/6th scale Daryl Dixon collectible figure is currently available for pre-order. The regular version is priced at $168.00 (with worldwide shipping included in the price) and there is a threezero Official Website exclusive, which comes with Long sleeve black shirt and Quiver with arrows, priced at $180.00. All Daryl Dixon collectible figures purchased via threezero's online store will be coming with Free The Walking Dead T-Shirt.
The 12-inch tall Daryl Dixon collectible figure features the realistic likeness of Daryl Dixon as portrayed by Norman Reedus in the critically acclaimed “The Walking Dead” television series. The collectible figure comes with Tailored Weathered Clothing; Faux-leather Vest; Sleeveless Shirt, Poncho and features soft PVC Dermis on the Arms. Crossbow, Pistol with Detachable Magazine and Knife are included with the figure along with multiple Exchangeable Hands.
Also, if you don't get to the threezero pre-order in time, Sideshow Collectibles is currently taking pre-orders for the $168.00 figure as well.
The 1/6th scale The Walking Dead - Daryl Dixon Collectible features the following:
Pistol with Detachable Magazine
Pair of Relaxed Hands
Pair of Gripped Hands for holding Knife
Pair of Gripped Hands for holding Pistol and Crossbow
threezero online store exclusive version: Long-sleeve Black Shirt; Quiver with Arrows.
A collaboration between Doktor A and Tomenosuke, which spawned from the Monsters & Misfits III Show in April 2014. This retrofuturistic robot, which looks like an uncle of Robby the Robot, is called Thomas Nosuke. Yohei of mirock-toy has already started the production of the prototype, so we will be able to see more photos in the near future.
Artist Bubi Au Yeung has announced a new version of her Treeson character in vinyl form. The Golden Treeson celebrates Treeson's 12th birthday. This special edition figure is limited to a run of 300 pieces worldwide. Each box comes numbered and signed by the artist - Bubi Au Yeung. At 5 inches in height, the vinyl figure with golden plating features movable arms and includes a tree branch.
We've known this figure has been on the horizon for some time, but Threezero is satiating those fans of The Walking Dead yet again with the above photo of their upcoming Daryl Dixon 1/6th scale figure. While there aren't yet details on exactly when the piece will go up for pre-order, Threezero usually doesn't make you wait too long between these "Coming Soon" photos and the pre-order window.