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.
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?
This Saturday (September 9th 2017), the newest unpainted Apalala - Silver Silver Glow Glow Apalala - goes up for sale in the DHP webshop. The marbled silver and glow-in-the-dark vinyl will be released early in the morning (no exact time was given). And each figure will retail for $130.00.
Zica Toys has announced the latest figure reveal from their highly-anticipated Sectaurs: Warriors of Symbion toy line. This figure is Commander Waspax, the Evil Sectaur of The Dark Domain. These will be produced in a 4-inch tall (1/18th) scale. Still no word as to when these figures will be available to purchase. Right now, I'm assuming they will be run as a Kickstarter project, as Zica's previous series were released via the crowdfunding site.
Creepy Co. is getting close to shipping one of our most anticipated collectibles - the My Pet Monster 30th Anniversary Vinyl Figure. The 6-inch tall figure features articulation at the head, arm, and wrist joints. It's available in both the Classic Colorway, with colors true to the original plush, and the "Shackles" Orange Variant, which is colored similar to the original shackles.
The Classic Colorway is a limited edition of 500 pieces, selling for $59.99 each. And the "Shackles" Orange Variant is a limited edition of 100 pieces, retailing for $74.99 each.
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).
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...
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.
You can pick one up now from Fluffy House for $65.00.
Hollywood creature designer and filmmaker Sandy Collora has taken to Kickstarter to raise funds to produce figures based on characters his short film - Shallow Water. This lost tribe of reptilian prehistoric sea creatures is called the Tiburonera - The Shark Hunters. The figures stand approximately 7.5 inches tall. The figures will be available in five different color patterns (matching those from the film) with the figures named Drones, the Scout, the Tracker, the Monarch, and the Shaman. The sculpt is the same for all of the figures except for the Monarch, who shows the age and battle damage he's sustained over the millennia.
Currently, an individual figure is available at the $35.00 funding level. There will be weapon packs available. And there's a variety of different packages you can choose from. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tuesday, August 29th 2017 at 1:35AM ET.
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.
Devil's Head Productions has a fairly significant figure drop taking place this Saturday - August 5th 2017.
APALALA X HELLOPIKE
Apalala is back in this microrun painted by sofubi customizer extraordinaire Hellopike. Half the run is on a pink vinyl base with tons of metallic colors and a bit of black, white and tan too. The other half is on white vinyl and features an earth tone paint rub with swampy green and blue tones complemented by hits of silver, purple and brown. They will be limited to one pice per person and sold blind bagged.
JIZO-ANARCHO X HELLOPIKE
Hellopike also threw down some paint on DHP's Jizo. Metallic tones are complemented by a splash of red and a splatter of black. Unlike Apalala X Hellopike, there is not a limit on this release.
DHP X HOGADA
DHP has teamed up with Chinese vinyl maker Nomiwa for this mircorun of Hogada. This strange merging of Buddhist imagery and insectoid structure creates quite a presence with the lights on or off. Cast in blue GID vinyl, a pink rub has been applied with pink, black yellow, green and bronze paints overtop.