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The Rocketeer & Betty Statue

"Soaring from the pages of Dave Stevens' classic comic, The Rocketeer launches into action with his girl Betty by his side! This statue features both characters in comic-faithful outfits and gear, with a semi-translucent rocket exhaust base supporting them in the air. Join these two on a high-flyin' adventure and get yours today!"

 

The Rocketeer & Betty Statue is currently available to pre-order from Mondo for $200.00. Standing in around 13.5 inches in height, the polystone statue is expected to ship and the 3rd Quarter of 2018 (in other words, you'll need to wait a little while). There's also a Mondo Exclusive Version ($205.00), which will be available to pre-order until Friday December 8th 2017 at Noon CT.

MOVIE REVIEW: Santa Claus: The Movie

Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

If I told you that a Christmas movie starts out with Santa Claus, his wife, and two of his reindeer freezing to death in a blizzard...you'd likely think it was a horror flick. Nope. It's the 1985 "classic" Santa Claus: The Movie. Staring The Big Lebowski (David Huddleston) as Santa, John Lithgow as an evil toy tycoon, and Dudley Moore as - what else - an elf, the movie follows several tangential plots. These include Santa's relationship with a homeless lad who's forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. Also, there's the search for Dudley Moore, the elf who ran away after building some shoddy wood bicycles. 

None of this really warrants the film's title. It sounds like either an epic tale of Santa Claus or one of those parody comedy films. Unfortunately, it's neither.

Our Rating: 2/10 Stars

Only watch for the blatant 1980's product placement.

Belladonna of Sadness Statue – Tomenosuke Exclusive

Tomenosuke has announced a new exclusive release. The Belladonna of Sadness statue will be a Tomenosuke exclusive. No word yet on specific details about release date (or pricing), but we will update as it's released.

Pop! Games: Marvel – Contest of Champions

Funko has announced the Pop! Games: Marvel – Contest of Champions series based on the mobile fighting game of the same name. This series includes King Groot, the mystical GuillotineCivil Warrior, and Venompool. Rounding out the series is a 6-inch version of Howard the Duck in his very own Duck Mech.

Also, look for exclusives such as a Secret Empire Version of Civil Warrior (Hot Topic), a scorched version of King Groot (Target), Venompool holding phone (GameStop), and Punisher 2099 (Walgreens).

If you're interested in pre-ordering these, you can head over to Amazon.com.

REVIEW: Hexbug BattleBots Rival (Minotaur and Beta)

There’s something cathartic about watching robots tear each other to scrap metal. But a tragic event happened during the summer of 2017. Someone forgot to air new episodes of BattleBots. I’ve been watching robots fight it out on television for almost 20 years (yes…Robot Wars started in 1998). But, for one reason or another, no one decided to pick up BattleBots for the 2017 television season.

Hexbug hopes to fill that BattleBot void in your soul with several new lines based on the series. For this review, we’ll be taking a look at the BattleBots Rivals line. Specifically, the Minotaur and Beta bot pack.

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Even before taking on this review, I was very familiar with the line. My kids made me pick up the Hexbug BattleBots Arena, which includes Witch Doctor and Tombstone. Okay…I picked it up under the guise that it was for my kids.

The Rivals come packaged as a duo. Each bot includes a mini infrared remote control. The remote has five buttons: forward/backward; left/right; weapon. There’s also a switch that allows you to select one of the four different frequencies. This lets you battle with up to four BattleBots in the arena.

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When the bots hit the arena, the goal is to knock the pieces off of your opponent. Each BattleBot has three pieces that are held on by magnets. They vary in placement. For example, Minotaur has a pair that cover the wheels and one of its’ back. Beta has pieces on three sides of the bot’s body.

The fighting is where the real fun is at. Out of the four available BattleBot Rivals, each one has strengths and weaknesses. It’s up to you to figure out and then attack those weaknesses.

As far as weapons, Minotaur features a spinner weapon on the front of the robot, while Beta has a hammer arm. We would usually turn on the spinner drum and let it go throughout the battle. But every press of Beta’s button either brings the hammer back or slams it down. In other words, they’re very different bot designs.

The one negative is that these things – both the bots and remotes - run through batteries pretty quickly. You’ll need to stock up on both AAA and button cell batteries if you’re going to be playing with the BattleBot Rivals.

These are probably some of the most playable toys I’ve reviewed on the site. And the fact that I had purchased some prior to this review shows you that I’m a fan. If you’re okay with investing in a cache of batteries, you’ll definitely have hours full of fun playing with the Hexbug BattleBots Rivals.

The Facts



BattleBots Rivals (Minotaur and Beta)
Series: BattleBots
Manufacturer: Hexbug
Material: Plastic
Dimensions: About 4 inches in length
Accessories: Two Infrared Remote Controls
Pricing: $49.99

You can pick one up at the following:

Hexbug.com: $49.99
Amazon.com: $49.99

Kickstarter: Lucky Cat Japanese Sofubi Toy

Vincent Scala has taken a new toy project - the Lucky Cat Japanese Sofubi Toy - to Kickstarter in order to raise funds for production. He will only be making 100 of this cat in his true color of Tiffany Blue. (See...he's really unlucky because his number is 13) There are two rewards - Pin and Toy (with a bunch of extras for each). The pin funding levels begin at $20.00, while the toy is available beginning the $50.00 funding level.

This project is 2/3 of the way to funded and it will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

As I say with all Kickstarter project 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.