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Troy’s Toy: The One when Marvel makes a come back.

Still no Wolverine Legends, or whatever the crap they’re supposed to be called. I’m hearing September at this point, supposedly comics shops exclusives, so that’s cool. Well it’s only cool if I can snag both Emma Frost and Cyclops. Otherwise it’s the WORST THING EVER.

Remember last week when I was a huge liar and said there’s been a severe lack of new Marvel stuff out there? Hasbro’s gone done called me out by releasing a BUTT TON of new Marvel things. First up, what will ultimately phase out the Marvel Universe line (BOOO!) is the initial wave of Avengers Assemble figures. Based on the new animated series currently airing on Disney XD, the first wave consists of Iron Man (not pictured), Captain America, the Hulk, Falcon, Black Widow and the Red Skull. I bought myself the Black Widow because it’s arguably the best Widow figure to come out in the 3.75″ inch scale. Each of these figures posses somewhere between 12-15 points of articulation, fairly good sculpts and all non-Hulk figures come with S.H.I.E.L.D gear aka, spring loaded weapons that you can aim at your cat when she’s being dumb (yes I’m speaking from experience). I’m really digging the Widow figure, which I’m fairly certain it is re-worked movie Avengers figures with a non-ScarJo looking head sculpt. They’re $15 a pop, and I’m sure the short-packed characters are going to be harder and harder to find with every passing week.

The Marvel Legends line gets a HAWKGUY FIGURE BROS, BRO BRO BRO SERIOUSLY BRO HAWKGUY.  That’s Tracksuit Dracula for Rocket Raccoon line, who’s the build a figure for this wave. Includes is Black Panther, 2 members of the Wrecking Crew (I think Wrecker and Pile Driver, hell if I’m gonna google them), 90s Jim Lee Era Jean Grey, the 2012 Scarlet Spider and Hawkguy….Hawkeye if you’ve ignored my sage-like words to buy the book and am not in on the joke. Note, the variant figures will probably ship in the new few weeks- Pile Drive, Heroic Age Hawkeye, White Phoenix Jean Grey, and Age of Apocalypse Jean Grey. I’m not too crazy on Jean’s face sculpt with the final product, but the rest of the line is fine. Obviously I am a big fan of the Hawkguy, which means he too was bought this week. These figures are more in the 20 point range of articulation, and go for about $25 bucks a pop. I’d grab em as soon as possibly, except maybe for 90s Jean, and hope that the Phoenix version is better. Oh, and the Blade/Punisher figure from last year was re-released, now with a red skull on his chest to mirror his current look in Thunderbolts.

And to complete the Marvel trifecta is a quartet of new Marvel Universe figures. Spider-villains Rhino and Mysterio make their Marvel Universe debut with a pair of sharp figures, and are joined by a iconic take on Captain America, and Elektra, who I also think is making her MU debut. I don’t know, I think to ignore Elektra whenever she’s mentioned. But each of these figures are great, ESPECIALLY Mysterio, with his big dumb fishbowl. Not unlike the AA line, these also are going for $15, and are worth buying immediately because they’re gonna be harder and harder to fine as the series is phased out. And again, MYSTERIO PEOPLE, WHY WOULDN’T YOU WANT TO BUY HIM AND HAVE YOUR SPIDER-MAN/MEN ASSAULT HIM?

Yes I’m aware I have some weird criteria for toys to buy. What of it?

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FREE IDEAS

The top picks for this week on many reviewer’s lists will probably include IDW’s X-Files Season 10 #1, the comic book continuation of the hit paranormal investigator drama which started it all. It will probably also have Age of Ultron #10, the top secret finale to Marvel’s latest crossover which will introduce a new status quo to the Marvel Universe and feature art drawn by the EiC himself, Mr. Joey Q.
Might I also call to your attention the always fun A+ X, which drops this week with #9, featuring a back-up story by Adam “Empowered” Warren? Might I also recommend the new 100 Bullets comic from the original creators, 100 Bullets Brother Lono #1, which picks up right where the old title left off? OR the ALWAYS ENJOYABLE Sergio Aragone’s Funnies #8?
I can? Super! You folks should really buy those books…and while we’re addressing each other, dear reader.
Occasionally I try to give back to my community by supplying to you, my loyal and trustworthy readers, FREE ideas you may utilize to make yourselves millions. True, many of these ideas are only applicable to the rich and powerful, but they say one should write for the audience you’d like to have, and they will find your words through the prism of time.
BIEBER COMICS
Someone needs to negotiate the comic book rights to Justin Bieber…and not just the Beeb, but One Direction, Little Mix and the rest of those garbage no talents. WHY? HOW many times do you hear the comic book press and publisher complain about the girls comics market?
Yet the idea to publish comics young ladies might want to read seems to never get used. I can only think this is because everybody on the planet Earth HATES young girls and doesn’t want them to have any fun…and Cindy Lauper says that that is all they really want. Some fun.
That last idea was so good, I can coast on the next couple…let’s see now:
EDIBLE COMICS
How many times do you hear the comic book press and publishers complain that nobody is eating their comic books anymore? Never? That’s because you can’t…yet! If we start printing comics on edible tortillas or ultra-thin sheets of soy, we can add a new dimension to the experience: TASTE!
Did you ever wonder what Wolverine TASTED like?! Well now you can find out, without having to have to stalk Hugh Jackman, tackle him at a movie premier and lick his pits. (Btw, he tastes like smokey canadian maple bacon.) Blood could taste like real blood to boost sales on vampire titles, and everybody will want to lick their favorite super heroes and super sheroes…in public. to see what Wonder Woman tastes like.
Wow, I really phoned that last idea in. This NEXT idea is going to be a smash!
SEQUEL COMICS
You know what was a great comic? Batman and Robin #20! When did that come out, like about a month ago? I’ve got a great idea! How about a sequel to that fine comic book. They could call it Batman and Robin #21! It could come out this week, and it could be about Batman fighting Batgirl because he wants to resurrect Damien. While we’re at it, let’s make sequels to Wonder Woman #20, Justice League #20, and Supergirl #20 this week as well. And let’s have a comic book that is going to kick off DC’s summer event, staring the mysterious Pandora! We can call it Trinity War Pandora #, and we can also make it come out this week!
Well, I don’t know if those ideas are going to make anyone a million dollars, but these NEXT ideas might!
PREQUEL COMICS
This week, let’s make some prequel comics! To set up the stupendous events of next month’s super comics, such as Indestructible Hulk #10Kick-Ass 3 #3 and Superior Spider-Man #13, why don’t we release titles this week so people will know what happened before? We can call them Indestructible Hulk #9, Kick Ass 3 #2 and Superior Spider-
Ah, you get the idea.

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AN APPETIZER OF APOLOGY

Age of Ultron continues to improve, though it had little room to get worse. Issue six was very good, and shows what this series could be. I have to print a mild retraction: I gave issue four a real shellacking over the (And there will be AoU SPOILERS from here on in) casual death of She-Hulk.

Brian Michael Bendis decided to kill Shulkie by shooting her in the head with a laser, which I found a bit foolish as heroes with less constitution than She-Hulk, such as Hawkeye, Spider-Man and Captain America, have been heroing for years without getting shot in the head from the ever preset barrel of a laser pistol.
Until Age of Ultron #6, where Cap gets killed from a laser to the head. *SIGH. Anyone who wants to argue “Who would win in a fight” now has the answer. “Whoever has a laser.”
That’s Right. Han Solo can kill the entire Marvel Universe!
MAIN CORSE OF COMICS
A great week to be a comics fan! Free Comic Book Day is RIGHT around the corner, and Forbidden Planet will be the place to catch the goods! Till then, may we suggest you pay money?
Adventure Time Originals Vol. 1 Playing with Fire is a brand new graphic novel from the Adventure Time team which focuses on Flame Princess doing some solo adventureing. COULD be great!
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 was well done, and I’ll buy my ticket for #2 this week. I want to see where this ride goes. Also from Marvel is FF Now #6, some X-Books, some Spider-Books and some Avenger’s books…and one more thing.
Powers Bureau #1 and #2 are getting second printings this week…I think I’ll take a nibble. Brian Michael whatshisname is a writer you either love or hate, but credit where credit is due, homeboy writes some nice dialog. Powers was a tight title. Let’s see if Powers Bureau can live up to its predecessor.
DC will be entertaining us all with Aquaman #19 and Justice League Dark #19, among others. Aquaman’s going to fight an Ice King! I hope Gunther is in this issue!
Some top third party titles include Image’s Invincible #102 (YAY!), Dark Horse’s The Massive #11 and IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #21. This last title gets my money because, once again, Original artist Kevin Eastman is making a visit back home for art detail. That man can draw some stealthy Japanese murderous terrapins.
That should be the new title of the book!
AND FOR DESSERT?
As they say in Ratatouille, “How about a little perspective.”
Convention season is firing up, not to mention the oncoming crop of comic book movies, events and Free Comic Book Day. In Short, the Summer is almost here! At the same time, recent world event, whether it be shootings, bombings, earthquakes, fertilizer plant explosions, monster attacks or the Zombie apocalypse can make one feel like a gnat at a Nascar race.
One of the things that makes comics and geek culture so great is its ability to take us away from the pain and tragedy of the real world. It’s called “Escapism.” That doesn’t mean the badness goes away. How do we take bad our society from the crazies, global warming, destruction and Yetis?
We have a s much fun as we possibly can and try to make sure everybody else is doing the same!
Let’s make this Summer the best Summer in recent memory! Share your comics! Bring friends to the movies! Celebrate everything that makes life worth living, and share that passion with those around you. LET the Summer of FUN begin!

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Rather be playing Bioshock Infinite, but I guess I can talk about Iron Man for a bit.

In my defense, it’s an incredible game. Also expect a full review of the “Art of Bioshock Infinite” artbook (published by  Dark Horse comics!) in a week or two when I can look at it without fear of spoilers.
Happy Easter FP faithful, assuming you celebrate it, or happy Game of Thrones season 3 premiere day, assuming you have taste and cable. I’m excited for the premiere today, as I will most likely pre-game by drinking heavily and making out-dated “House of Tony Stark” jokes because I’m that type of jerk at parties. I can’t even being to tell you how much GoT merch we have in stock at the store, so if you wanna throw money at the franchise at our store, that would be super great.

So thinking I was clever, I set up this article to discuss the various Iron Man 3 toy lines a few weeks back.  While googling images to use earlier today, I came across what seems to be this years Iron Man 3 Halloween costume and MAN, that female Iron Man 3 thing is definitely one of the weirdest takes on the whole “sexy version of super hero costumes” fad. Sexy Ninja Turtle still takes the cake. Anywho, now that I’ve pointed out that train wreck/soon to be popular bar costume come Halloween,  let’s get to the toy discussion.

It shouldn’t come to a surprise to anyone when I say Iron Man is the face of the Marvel Universe right now. It’s probably a combination of the fact that Robert Downy Jr (RDJ if you’re nasty) is a dreamboat, and since Iron Man (now appearing in his 4th movie, suck it Green Lantern) is a film property 100% own by Marvel/Disney, the company can push him like there’s now tomorrow for maximum profits. What this means is that Hasbro is pushing the hell out of the tie-in toylines this year. Also considering the fact that “The Avengers” film made hojillion dollars for everyone involved, this make sense, especially with Iron Man being so toyetic.

One of the first new toy lines Hasbro’s debuted in 2013 is the Assemblers line. Why man-children everywhere will complain about limited articulation, the premise of this line sound cool, especially if you are a childrens (willing making a grammatical error here, don’t care), as you can swap out arms/ spring-loaded weapons with the various figures in the line to make your own “customed” Iron Mans/War Machines/Iron Patriots. They’re about $9 a pop, and again, aimed for younger audiences.

Apparently joints are expensive, because the vast majority of the toys released so far as limited in the articulation department. The “Titan Heroes Series” 12″ Iron Man figure (with the Iron Patriot on it’s way) has a whopping 5 points or articulation, the Super Hero Squad IM3 set has wee figures with like 3 points of articulation and the 3.75″ “Iron Man All-Stars” line also rock like 5 points and half the line is the same figure with a different paint job. Whack, I know, but since this is aimed at the kids and their parents like cheap, there’s a market for it.

And while these early figures aren’t exactly collector-friendly, fear not. There’s a wave of Legends-esque figures due out soon, as well as some faux-vinyl figures. And the eventual Hot Toy tie-ins. But we’ll look at those as they drop, because I hit the 500 word mark and that means BIOSHOCK TIME!

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The Semi-annual big ol’ look at Marvel toys

HUMBLE BRAG: PAX East is in a few days, which means next week I’ll have a fun little write up about the show next week. Insert your jealousy/rage/apathy/excitement here.

Happy St. Paddy’s day FPNYC Faithful! I thought about doing a special themed article tied into the holiday, but doing an all-green or all-Irish toy list would be lame, and writing up posts drunk is genuinely frowned upon. So instead the theme I’m going with will be “Oh man, lookit new Marvel toys”, a topic I am certainly super-familiar with.

We’ll start with taking a look at a pair of newish Non-Hasbro made Marvel figures! NCA is producing a line of 1/4th scale Avenger figures and is starting off with Captain America himself. It has the best likeness to Chris Evans to date (excluding the Hot Toys stuff) and stands at a whopping 18″. Articulation wise we’re looking at about 25-30 points overall. and when it comes to accessories, you get a pair of alternate hands and Cap’s iconic shield with functional straps. Not bad for about $90, but I wish the shade of blue they went with was a little darker.

And if you want something a little more high end, the Hot Toys Black Widow figure is currently in stock. Hot Toys could have been lazy and just reused their Iron Man 2 Widow, but no, the figure is all-new and rocks a super-eerie likeness to ScarJo herself. It’s actually a far superior figure overall when compared to her IM2 counterpart, and may be one of the BEST female Hot Toy releases to date. This amazing figure comes with a stand with her name on it, a Chitauri weapon, extra hands, 2 pistols, and alternate “Widow Bite” fists/gauntlets. It will set you back about $200, but these are Hot Toys. You pay for what you get.

The Marvel Universe line comes out swinging in 2013, with not only a new wave, but with 2 new 3-packs as well. The first MU wave has a few re-releases (Golden Age Cap, the Hulk in both classic and World War Hulk flavors, Beast and Ultimate Spidey), but makes up for it with some really obscure characters. There’s classic Angel (with a red and white variant), Nova (the Rich Rider Nova-Prime version), Nighthawk, the 80s version of Hercules (with a mace!) and Puck (with Snowbird in bird form). I’m a big fan of the Nova figure myself, but for a wave consisting mostly of B and C-listers, this is a solid set. For the “Greatest Team” 3-packs there’s 2 classic team being represented. The West Coast Avengers set comes with classic Hawkeye (a retooled Dark Avenger Hawkeye if I’m not mistaken) his then-wife, now ex, Mockingbird and War Machine ( a repaint from the IM2 comic line). The other team is the late 80s/early 90s X-men with brown and yellow Wolverine ( I think a reworked Dark Wolverine or one from that Cap/Logan two pace from a few years back, but  I could be wrong), Art Adams-era Longshot, classic Jim Lee era Rogue and X-baby Cyclops. Considering it’s 3 figures for a price that’s cheaper than buying them separately, it’s quite a deal.

Look at that, we’ve ran out of time and we didn’t even get a chance to even look at all the new Iron Man 3 stuffs! It’s like I planned it out this way for a future article or something…. (hehehe I r smart!).

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Talking Comics with the Jersey Devil

Power STILL hasn’t been restored in my cave deep in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, but this is probably due to the fact that it never had any. I knew this was going to be a bad storm when the Jersey Devil showed up at my cave and asked if he could plug his phone into my charger.

I never knew the Jersey Devil was into comics. He had dropped by my cave a few times in the past to borrow sugar, and one time because his friends had baked him some brownies and couldn’t eat them all. When he saw Before Watchmen Silk Spectre on my coffee table, he freaked out.

“YEAH!” he hooted. “I had heard about these! Are they any good? Is there, like, an overall plot?”

Some are great, I said, some aren’t. NO, I said, they follow their own narratives. I told him I was getting pretty excited about Before Watchmen Moloch #1 coming out this week because it was drawn by Eduardo “100 Bullets” Risso.

“I liked that Spaceman book he just did. I used to love seeing his stuff in Heavy Metal,” said the Devil.

“That’s getting a deluxe hardcover edition this week from Vertigo,” I mentioned. “Wow! I didn’t know you liked comic books, The New Jersey Devil,” I said. He likes being called by his full name…he’s oddly formal like that.

“Bigfoot is really into them and he lent me some stuff,” he said.  “I’m really looking forward to Avenging Spider-Man #14 this week. Spidey’s going to team up with Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur!”

The New Jersey Devil has a pretty good point. Devil Dinosaur is awesome.

QUICK PICKS

Marvel is launching a new Iron Man title with a new #1 this week. Tony seems to be sporting his new Black and Gold armor he’ll be wearing in the most of the Marvel Now titles. I’m on board.

Few talk about Vertigo these days, but this week Vertigo is bringing a top tier table of titles. The first of their authorized Stieg Larsson graphic novel adaptations hits the shelves with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo TP, as well as the sequel to the comic which inspired the film Road to Perdition, the aptly named Return to Perdition.

The debut graphic novel Black Lung from Chris Wright and Fantagraphics books also looks intriguing. Black Lung is already garnering critical praise and getting some great press. ‘Tis a story of love and loss, and one man’s quest to commit as much unspeakable sin as he can in order to be reunited with his dead wife in Hell.

BOOKS WORTH A LOOK

There are also a couple of sweet art books hitting the shelves this week. Famed fantasy artist Brom has an original art novel called Krampus: The Yule Lord featuring everybody’s favorite Christmastime crazy, the Krampus! PLUS, a brand new book from Scott C. in the form of Great Showdowns.

Scott C. is a wonder! If you haven’t picked up Amazing Everything, Scott C.’s first book of fantastic illustrations, NOW would be a great time! The holidays are fast approaching, and there ain’t nobody that you know who wouldn’t want this book for their very own!

NEXT WEEK: The Disney/Lucas merger and what it means for us all. Till then, stay dry!

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More musings from Unkiedev, Earth’s own sidekick, can be read at unkiedev.blogspot.com

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Comic Books!

New York Comic Con, like a vestigial tail, is now behind us. Maybe you were one of the lucky ones on the Con floor and know firsthand of the amazing announcements, projects and previews which just went down. I’ve heard the Evil Dead remake footage was impressive. I hear both Brian Michael Bendis and Iron Man will be joining Guardians of the Galaxy, that Dan Slott is changing Spider-Man for 2013, that the ATMs didn’t work, that the cosplay was top-notch and the LEGO was cool.

Above all else, the biggest stories, surprises and revelations were almost all Comic BOOK based. SDCC is great, but SDCC is to comics as Playboy is to articles. The New York Comic Con remains a very hands-on, fans-on comic book show.

HOW ‘BOUT COMICS?

This week, DC is launching their new “The Cheetah” super-villainess in Justice League #13. Traditionally, The Cheetah has been a crazy lady who dresses up in a catsuit and harasses Wonder Woman due to her being empowered by Jungle Cat Gods or some such. In the new 52, The Cheetah is poised to get a real chance at iconic super villain stardom!

I think the new angle is that The Cheetah is an empowered Amazon, much like Wonder Woman herself, but that she was pushed off of a building by Christopher Walken and was brought back to life by cats.

Sounds strange, I know… No stranger, however, than The Zaucer of Zilk #1, a weird new Image book with some British talents behind it. Image is still one of the best creator-owned American comics publishers, so it is no surprise that some UK talents would take advantage of the free atmosphere to work out a book that sounds completely bonkers.

The Zaucer of Zilk centers around a wizard traveling through realities with his assistants trying to save multiple realities, but with a bunch of “Zs” thrown in for extra weirdness. It all comes off as a tribute to the classic Dr. Strange tales of the ‘60s. SOUNDS GOOD!

Speaking of nostalgia, Image is also hoping you’ll take a ride on a Cyberforce reboot. Once Image’s top seller, Cyberforce harkens back to a time when it was cool to have a team whose superpowers included “having as much metal on your costume as super-humanly possible” and “whatever the X-Men are doing, only more extreme.” AH, the ‘90s!

It’s getting hard to tell what is happening between the lines of publisher, online publisher, digital comics and print comics. This reboot of a once-huge Image comic was funded by fan donations through Kickstarter to Silvestri’s “Top Cow” studio. Image is acting as printer and distributor for a comic funded through the internet, famous ‘cause of print.

SWEET WEEK

Boy, there sure are some great books out this week! IDW has the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2012 #1, which achieves “Must Have” status in my book as it’ll be written and drawn by Kevin Eastman. Fans of the AVENGERS movie will want to check out THANOS Son of Titan #1 (or just go buy any of the many copies of Infinity Gauntlet available at Forbidden Planet) in order to get an idea of who that purple alien guy at the end of the movie was.

AND let’s all have a good chuckle with those wacky funsters, the Marvel Zombies, in the sure-to-be-classic holiday one-shot, the Marvel Zombies Halloween Special #1! Yay!

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More musings from Unkiedev, Earth’s own sidekick, can be read at unkiedev.blogspot.com

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Injustice for all: Super Hero Lego sets are killing my wallet.

Back from Maine suckers, you miss me? No? That’s….fair. The vacation was fun, but now I’m back, pimping out toys to the masses (and peeing myself in terror at those giant crab photos, what the hell is wrong with Australia???). And man, do I have some dope toys to pimp out.

In the early 2000s, Lego began to experiment with superhero-based sets after hitting a gold mine with the Star Wars and Harry Potter licenses. They managed to secure the rights to both Spider-Man (based on the 1st two Sam Raimi movies) and the Batman universe (mostly comic stuffs) and they sold alright, but the Spider-Man line died out within a year. Batman on the other hand would go on to inspire a hit video game, which saw a sequel earlier this summer. However, the time between those releases saw the superhero movies take over the box office, thanks in part to the Marvel Movie Universe and Nolan’s Batman trilogy. So 2012 saw the return of both Marvel and Lego DC sets, but instead of focusing only 1 character per universe, Lego decided to go for each respective universe. The results are, unsurprisingly, awesome.

Instead of starting off with Spider-Man again (although he’s on the way). Lego decided to start the Marvel line off with some Avengers tie ins. This was a genius move; it’s the 3rd highest grossing movie of all time, there’s a ton of Avengers, and WHY WOULDN’T YOU, RIGHT? There are currently 3 sets on the market. The Captain America Bike set with Cap and 2 “Alien Soldiers” ((still trying to be spoiler free! )) and Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape set with the God of Mischief, Iron Man, and Hawkeye go for about $25 each. There’s also the massive Quinjet set, which comes with 3 vehicles, an alien soldier, Loki, Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow. That set is pushing the $80 dollar range, but seeing how you’re getting nearly 750 Legos plus 5 mini-figs, that’s pretty good. There’s also an X-Men-related set available, featuring Magneto, Deadpool, Wolverine, and a helicopter. That’s another set in the $25 range, but you can’t put a price on the happiness one gets from a Lego Deadpool. Continue reading

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Merch Point

The Avengers movie is AWESOME, you have to go see it right now! Well, it was alright. Actually, I kinda’ didn’t like it. I know that’s strange, I mean, the director has done such impressive work, and it had that REALLY hot girl in it…what was her name? Dang it, it’s on the tip of my tongue. You know, she has the crazy red hair and the skin-tight cat suit. UMA THURMAN, that’s the gal.

I don’t see what all the fuss is about…folks have said that the Hulk steals the show, but he wasn’t even IN this picture. Plus, and let’s be honest, it was cool seeing Sean Connery, but the whole weather dominator thing was a little hokey.

I just felt like I wasn’t seeing the same movie as the critics.

WHAT NOW?

Did you know that the Forbidden Planet has a plethora of other, totally fun and non-Avengers related products that you can purchase and enjoy while you try to fill the empty shell that is the wasted time in your life between rewatchings of the Avenger’s movie?

OF COURSE YOU KNEW. You had to walk in the door just to pick this newsletter up, right (or maybe you’re reading this on our blog, between reviews for many of these fine non-Avengers related products)? You must have seen all the kick-ass stuff littering the display cases, shelves and walls. Did you need Doctor Who TARDIS salt and pepper-shakers? Do you need an officially licensed Hellboy or Buffy Ouiji Board? Do you need recreations of old hot rod plastic model kits?

You need it as much as you need this week’s Wonder Woman comic, or the new issue of Amazing Spider-Man. If only there was a place which had new comics AND fun, geeky chotskis, plus t-shirts, GI Joes and spiffy card games.

UPSTAIRS, and yes, I am aware that, to some of you, it is news there is an upstairs; there are card games, role playing games, dice games and MORE! In fact, the upstairs alone is a role playing game…you pretend that you’re a customer looking for nifty manga, and we pretend that we’re clerks. In reality we’re hard-light holograms, and the entire store is one giant holodeck. Continue reading

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The Summer of Marvel (part 2)

When we last talked, “The Avengers” wasn’t in theaters, and as of today, it has made ALL the money. Well at least a billion dollars worldwide. Will this mean cheaper Marvel comics for fans and an office with more than one bathroom for their employees? No and no. Does this mean a ton of tie-in merchandise? Yes and yes.

First off, there’s the comics “Fury’s Big Week” is one of 2 tie-in books, which ships in trade format this week. Collecting the 4 issue Avengers Prelude comic, is details Nick Fury’s actions prior to the Avengers flick. The 2nd tie-in series is “Black Widow Strikes“, and issue 2 ships this week as well. Written by Fred Van Lente, it’s an insanely great book (let alone tie in) and is worth a read if you dig the Black Widow/Avengers movie-verse. “Fury’s Big Week” retails for $14.99, and “BW Strikes” goes for about $2.99 per issue, and will be on shelves this Wednesday.

Moving on to the toy ends of things, we have the inexpensive Avengers Mini Figures. Standing at 2″, these $4 figures consist of the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Loki all sporting their movies designs. Granted the lack of Phil Coulson, Black Widow and Nick Fury sucks, these are small inexpensive figures, so what do you expect. They’re good for the kids or desks, otherwise I would go with the the 4″ inch figures, which we’ll look at soon. There’s also  a 6″ line in the “Marvel Legends” mold, but those are Walmart Exclusives, so screw that. Diamond Select is also coming out with a whole slew of Minimates that tie into the movie, and they’ve just announced that Agent Coulson will be getting the Minimate treatment, making it the best toy to be released this year. Continue reading

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Initiative War Machine Review

By Loran

For reasons I can’t explain, I just… love War Machine. He’s one of the few, if only, cases I can think of where a sidekick has a cooler uniform than the main hero. Heck, if anything, Iron Man should be HIS sidekick! War Machine is Iron Man plus guns with a slavish black and silver or black and white color scheme. This is just way too cool to me! I’m sorry, I have a weird obsession with War Machine. I’ll stop now.

In the six inch Iron Man: The Armored Avenger toyline, Hasbro experimented with new comic series designs and a bunch of (pretty heinous) repaints of the Iron Man 2 figures. On the comic side of things, Hasbro gave us some great-looking figures like Crimson Dynamo, Titanium Man, and what we have here: Initiative War Machine.

I wasn’t sold on this design originally. I tend to prefer War Machine in black and silver, but I picked this figure up on impulse because hey, when WILL we get another six inch War Machine. I figured he would be a good counterpart for the new Marvel Legends Iron Man, because I think if you need one, you gotta have the other.

When comparing him height-wise to the new Marvel Legends Iron Man, he actually comes up a little short. I think this is mostly due to the Iron Man figure’s height, not War Machine’s.

Like many other War Machine figures, one of his shoulder guns is spring-loaded. It’s… an interesting design, to say the least. The launcher extends after the missile is fired, making it go from huge to comically huge. I really wish Hasbro would make the missile launchers on War Machine swappable instead of making the missile one the default configuration.

Both launchers are mounted on hinges like the four inch figures. It manages to not hurt much of the design, although his chest feels a little long and he kind of leans backwards. That could be a design choice, however. What I DO have a problem with are these stupid cables attaching to the guns and limbs. I hate these. They always pop out and just look so intrusive. I just took them off.

The paint applications are pretty lackluster as well. The while is so sloppily applied it feels more like he’s a Toybiz-era legend than a Hasbro one. I do like the spray apps on his arms and gun, however.

His articulation is thankfully standard for a figure of this type, using the old-style hip joints. Again, those weird circle things get in the way but can be moved. Unfortunately his head doesn’t have a hinge joint in it so he can’t properly look up, but it’s not as bad as the first Iron Man movie figures.

He manages to avoid having intrusive shoulders, as well. The metal bolts in the shoulders actually look pretty cool, in my opinion, and add to the overall appearance.

I like this rendition of War Machine. He isn’t perfect, but he’s definitely worth getting, especially if you have the new Extremis Armor Iron Man. I’d recommend getting him from FPNYC if you plan on doing just that!

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Marvel Legends Extremsis Iron Man

By Loran

Just like Hasbro promised, the Marvel Legends line has returned to shelves across the country! I can’t same I’m surprised by the fact that some people thought we were just going to get Marvel Universe from now on. While I like MU, they’ll never be Legends, and the Legends line just has way too much of a following to stay dead. Wisely, Hasbro started the line out with a plethora of new characters and new outfits, rather than giving us ones we’ve seen time and time again. For the time being, it seems as though the Legends line is off to a good start.

Unsurprisingly for Hasbro, one of the figures in Wave 1 was of course, Iron Man. Hasbro seems to put out at least one Iron Man figure in every wave these days. I’m not complaining, but it just gets a bit annoying when you see five thousand Iron Man figures sitting on the shelves and nobody buying them. He’s now joined the ranks of Spider-man and Wolverine, for serious.

Anyway, this new Iron Man figure comes in the Extremis Armor, which we actually haven’t seen in the scale yet! So yes, while it may be YET ANOTHER Iron Man figure, Hasbro was kind enough to do something that hasn’t been done before.

The figure is very tall and lean, much different than the other Iron Man figures I have, who typically come on the more muscular side. I actually like it a little more here, but only with the comic-styling. I prefer the bulkiness of the movie figures overall.

His paint job is very well done, much better than the typical Legends fare in my opinion. The red is shiny and striking, and the accompanying gold only accentuates that. Even the work on the helmet is pretty decent.

One problem I’ve had with a lot of Iron Man figures is how intrusive the shoulder armor can be. Thankfully that isn’t a problem here! There’s enough “give” in the design that it doesn’t get in the way and moves pretty freely. It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly an improvement.

His head retains the classic hinge-style joint ML figures are famous for, and thanks to that and his torso joint he can do a “flying” pose without any issues.

I do have some problems with the legs, however. Instead of using the typical ML-style hip joint that even most 4” figures have these days, he has a more traditional hinge joint. I’m just not into it that much, and the circles on his hip armor get in the way, though those can be moved easily enough. The swivel joint is now at the thighs, which works from a design standpoint, but personally, I’d rather have the old hip style back.

Only two hands are included with him (open palm and fist). I don’t know why, but I was expecting a little more. Maybe I’m just spoiled by the 6” Iron Man 2 figures.

I welcome the return of Marvel Legends. I don’t “use” them as much as Universe, sure, but they make great display pieces. I give him my recommendation. Come to FPNYC for all your new Marvel Legends needs!

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Earth’s Mightiest Tie-Ins

By Chris Troy

The internet is a crazy place FPNYC Faithful! After checking some of my Twitter followers, it turns out Avatar Press’ co-founder Mark Seifery is following me, which is all sort of cool, despite the fact that “Crossed” is something I don’t have the stomach for. But their books (strictly for the 18+ crowd) are rad, so if you like writers such as Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, Gath Ennis and Jamie Delano, I recommend checking out some of catalog, which you can obviously find here at FPNYC.

So anyone with half a brain can probably tell by this article’s title that we’ll be discussing some of the new Avengers toys that have come in this past week. Hasbro’s going all out once again, offering action figures of various sizes, as well as a variety of roleplaying props. This is only the first wave of collectibles, so expect a ton more as May get closer.

I would usually give Nerf/Hasbro some crap for repacking some older toys from the previous Avenger solo movies, but when Hulk Hands are added to the equation, I really can’t hate on that. Although they replaced the electronic sound effects for a plastic Hulk mask, which is WHACKKKKK, because it means I’m going to have to yell “Hulk Smash” and provide my own sound effect noises. I mean kids will. Yes, that is what I meant.

Aside from that, you have Cap’s shield which is pretty much a large frisbee (nothing wrong with that) as well as another reissued toys from last summer, the Nerf Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer). There’s also the re-released Iron Man Electric Helmet from the 2nd Iron Man film. Prices range from $12-$30, depending on the item. We also carry a line of Avengers masks/helmets (Thor, Iron Man, Cap) that run for about $15 each. And keep an eye out the the Hawkeye version of  the Nerf Bow and Arrow, which will be out soonish I imagine.

Next up we have the “Ultimate Electric Avengers”, focusing of course on the Avengers’ trinity. As a nerd, I find the use of the word “Ultimate” humorous, because of how influential the “Ultimate” version of the characters were to the movie designs and eventually vice versa. All the characters have the ability to “make sounds and noises from the film” and each have a unique action figure. Cap can throw his shield,  Thor can swing his hammer and Iron Man’s…has a light up chest. Huh.  That’s…..something. Anyway, each of them retail for about $30 per figure, which for a 12″ figure that have lights and sounds and action functions, aren’t so bad.

Wrapping things up, we have the 3.5″ inch figures, in which Hasbro has hit the floor running with the volume of figures released so far. The single carded figures consist of a few comic and movie versions of the characters, mostly variants of Thor, Cap and Iron Man, as well as a Hulk, Loki and Ultimate Hawkeye. Obviously more characters will be released as the line progresses. There’s also some deluxe figures, packaged either with some air assault accessories that go for $20, or with vehicles, that go for $30. Expect more coverage on this figures as time goes on.

Hasbro is going all out for “The Avengers” which makes sense, as it’s a license to print money. If you like what I’ve shown ya, come by the store, or check out the store on our website, where you can probably save some $$$!

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The Return of Marvel Legends

by Chris Troy

Happy President’s Day FP Faithful! Was that wish an excuse to use an overplayed Marvel-based Abe Lincoln image? Yes, possibly, but hey, it’s the thought that counts right? Hopefully those of you who had the day off did something rad with it, as I slept for about 10 hours and spending most of Saturday drunk. Good times.

Anywho, let’s buckle down and talk toys. Toy Fair was last week and a TON of new offerings for 2012 were shown off. I was happy to see that Square Enix ended up with the Mass Effect license, and will end up making a plethora of rad figures later this year. The new GI Joe stuff looks great, and I’m sure Loran will be happy to talk about that soon. NECA is FINALLY making toys based on Valve products and I for one am excited for them. And Hasbro is going to make a killing off of that Marvel license, between the Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, and their comics stuff. Which brings us to today’s topic….

After what seems like like an eternity (despite the existences of several retailer exclusives), the fan-favorite 6″ Marvel Legends line has returned. As cool as the Universe line has been over the last couple of years, this is the line collectors has always preferred. Granted the quality and articulation took a bit of a hit when the licenses went from Toy Biz to Mattel, it improved greatly before the line’s “death” a few years back. Luckily fan demand called for its return and it’s back, complete with the build-a-figure pieces that it made famous first.

For the most part, the line is solid in terms of sculpt, paint, and variety. However there are some faults.  First being the price. When the line first debuted back in 2002, you could pick up your average figure at about $7.99 at retail. Now? $20 is the CHEAPEST you’ll be finding them. Yes I know the economy and inflation and what not, but damn, that’s pretty expensive, especially when half the figures don’t come with accessories. And while the articulation is there, it’s still not on the level that it was when Toy Biz was calling the shots. But enough with me bitching, let’s take a look at the figures.

Let’s start off with the Avengers trinity. Here we have Steve Rogers, rocking his “Heroic Age” era outfit. It’s not a bad figure, but the head sculpt is a little whack. Iron Man is rocking his Extremis -era outfit, and why I’m not crazy about the wrist joints, it’s a pretty solid figure overall. Both Cap and Iron Man have variants, Cap with his Ionic shield and black paint job, Iron Man with a blue stealth version. Rounding out the trio is Thor, wearing his modern costume, and is easily the best of the bunch, at least in terms of the Avengers. He’s slightly larger than the others, has a great sculpt, and comes with his hammer Mjolnir (or “Mew-Mew” if you will).  The only downside is that Thor does not come with a Terrax built a figure piece, whereas Cap comes with his lower torso, and Stark with his right leg.

I have no idea which version of Ghost Rider this figure is based on, as it’s certainly not the modern female, or Nicholas Cage. But it’s slightly smaller than Thor, exists in both a blue flame and orange flame version and comes with both Terrax arms. Why he didn’t he come with a bike instead of the arms is beyond me. Hope, the only mutant and female figure in the line, is my personal favorite. She comes rocking a huge-ass gun, which would make her adopted daddy Cable proud. She also comes packaged with Terrax’s head and axe.

Rounding out the wave are 2 villains, Constrictor and Klaw. Both are accessory-less, like Iron Man, but both are crazy articulated and well sculpted. Also I’m fairly certain that,  much like Hope, this is the first time either one of these dudes got the Legends treatment. In terms of build of figure pieces, you’ll get  an upper torso from Constrictor and a right leg from Klaw.

The return of the ML line isn’t perfect, but hey, it’s a start right? The first shipment is nearly sold out, so needless to say, there’s a demand. If you want em,  be ready to grab ‘em upon sight.

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I hope you like Tiny Avengers

by Chris Troy

Alright so Marvel has literally dropped the release mic this past week, unleashing a plethora of new product related to the upcoming Avengers movie (go look at that extended Super Bowl trailer now!) and I want to talk about them, because they ARE RAD. But we’ll get back to that later.

Alright, so the next wave of NECA Gears of War 3 figures is in stock and again, I’m a fan of them. NECA’s female sculpts aren’t always the best, but their angry buff guys and monsters are usually solid toys. This applies to the 2nd wave of Gears figures, which are some of their most articulate figures to date (what with 30 some-odd points or articulation each). The wave consists of Dom Santiago, Damon Bard (my personal favorite!), and Augustus Cole aka THE COLE TRAIN BABY WOOOOOOOOOO! I’m assuming anyone who’s played any of the Gears games got that reference. Anywho, each figure goes for about $18 bucks a pop for each 6″ figure, which also come with various weapons from the games. For less than $20 bucks it’s a solid deal.

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