FACT: Amazing Spider-Man celebrates Spidey’s 50th Anniversary this week! Which means a double sized issued of “Amazing Spider-Man” with multiple covers is available for sale now!
FACT: Final Fantasy’s 8 protagonist Squall Leonhart birthday is on the 23rd! Um, no new news on the Final Fantasy 8 front!
FACT: My birthday is on Friday. Not toys news at all!
COINCIDENCE? Well, um yes, yes it is. Also I am old.
Speaking of old, I REMEMBER BACK IN MY DAY WHEN THE NINJA TURTLES WERE BLACK AND WHITE, ETC. Then Nickelodeon bought the rights from creators a few years back and apparently a new show is only a few weeks from premiering (IDW has also been doing a bang-up job on their TMNT comic series!). I imagine there are people that are ridiculously excited out there for this, but not as much as Playmates are, as the TMNT toy lines were some of their biggest sellers to date. The company is celebrating by releasing not 1 but 2 different toy lines. The classic line is pretty dope, as Playmates has release the Turtles based as they first appeared in the classic series. Standing over 6′ , these figures each have 35 points of articulation, have their own custom based, and of course rock their signature weapons. Fun fact: Michelangelo’s chains are actually metal, which is definitely an improvement from the plastic of the past. There’s also a line of smaller, less articulate figures based on the new show’s look, which probably appeal to the new generation of fans and completionists. Either way, the classic Turtles go for about $20-25, and the New Generation Turtles are about $15-20. Continue reading
By Chris Troy
52 is a pretty significant number to the DC Universe. Post-“Infinite Crisis” (by Geoff Johns and ton of talented artists), there were 52 different universes established. Then there was the follow up mini-series to IC titled “52“, which was a 52 weekly issue mini series, also written by Johns, as well as a ton of other awesome writers and a bunch of talented artists. They’ll be 52 number 1 comics when the DC relaunches this September. And to bring things full circle, last weekend’s “Green Lantern” film debuted at 52 million dollars, which sounds good, as it was the #1 movie in America, until you realize that the budget and advertising probably cost Warner Bros. about $300 mil. Yikes. I think it’s fair to expect seeing a Ryan Reynolds Deadpool movie sooner than a GL follow up.
I haven’t seen the movie yet, but will soon for the record. But it’s been described as “Toyetic” (amongst other things) which is good for both young children who were excited to see the film, and collectors who are now getting a whole slew of GL Corp members in plastic that we never had before. Hell, there’s a Green Man figure in one of the toy lines. Green Man from Green Lantern, not Charlie Day in a Zentai Suit ( “It’s Always Sunny in Philly” fans know what I’m talking about [WILD CARD, bitches!- ed.]) Continue reading
By Chris Troy
Howdy Forbidden Planet faithful! As you know, this is a HUGE week for DC Comics/ Warner Bros films as “Green Lantern” opens in theaters across America. Aside from Chris Nolan’s Batman stuff, DC hasn’t had much recent success in the movie theaters, whereas Marvel is almost a year away from having the Avengers assembled in movie theaters. With any luck, GL’s sucess could lead to more 2nd tier DC characters also getting solo movies, hopefully resulting in a “Justice League” movie somewhere down the line. Regardless of the film’s/company’s future success, there is a ton of new collectibles ready to satisfy potential/new fan interest in Green Lantern lore. DC’s collected library has a plethora of older Hal Jordan-based adventures from the 60s-80s , as well as everything Geoff Johns has written from the mid-200os to the present, in both Hardcover and the slightly cheaper softcover formats. FPNYC, naturally, has those books as stock, as well as a dozen or so of “Green Lantern Corp”, the sister book to the series. Continue reading