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Best of 2011: Super late edition part 1

By Chris Troy

My 2012 is off to a brutal start, as the first day of the year started with me having no power in half of my apartment for 4 days, but rebounded when I went down to DC for MAGfest 2012 for another 3. The latter was rad, but explains my absence. NO WORRIES, NOW I’VE RETURNED, I CAN TALK ABOUT TOYS THAT CAME OUT LAST YEAR, SEVERAL OF WHICH YOU CAN STILL PURCHASE AT FPNYC!! So without further delay, my ultimately meaningless list:

Let’s start off with some import goodness shall we? While not the strongest year for Figma as a brand (IMO, people who love them some Madoka may disagree), Max Factory managed to pop out a few rad figures this year, one of them being the Figma based on Evangelion 2.2 ‘s Mari. In a sea of Asuka/Rei merchandise, Mari was a welcomed addition and her Figma, which came with a cockpit and a ton of variant parts and accessories, was great. In addition to that, the Dorothy (of Big O fame) Figma dropped as well, and I am bias as hell towards Big O merch, so that makes the list. Also Robocop, because, well, he’s Robocop; why wouldn’t he, right? 2012 looks solid too, as we’re expected to get a Figma based on Guts from Beserk, as well as Samus Aran of Metroid fame. This is best in life. We still have the Eva girls and Dorothy in stock BTW, as well as several other characters I couldn’t tell you about.

Revoltech had a stellar year, especially if you’re into giant robots. Evas? A ton of them, all of them rad. Zone of the Enders finally got some love, with the release of Jehuty, and more are on the way apparently, which pleases me to no end. A ton of American properties got some love as well, including the likes of Iron Man, War Machine, Optimus Prime, and Bumblebee, rocking their Michael Bay designs. 2012 looks to be full of more giant robots AND more movie stuff, including the likes of Pixar movies NOT named Toy Story. In the words of Achewood‘s Ray Smuckles “That’s alright, coz that’s okay.” And wrapping up the super pose-able import toy trinity is SH Figuarts: which, while delivering awesome Godzilla, Gundam, Dragon Ball Z, Megaman X, and One Piece figures, stole my heart with the release of their Tiger and Bunny line. This line is hot, and I think we had the Tiger and Bunny Figuarts in for like a few hours before they sold out. We do have a nice variety of non-T&B Figuarts still in stock though, so hey, it’s not a complete loss if you come in looking for some. We also got a ton of new Gunpla in this year, including kits from the new series Gundam Age. Continue reading

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A WALL-E Comic? Sign me up.

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More WALL-E goodness is good for everyone.  The Oscar winning animated movie had to be one of the most beautiful movies across the board in years, and likely will continue to be.  (Sorry, Jim Cameron, I simply do not have any faith that Avatar will be able to challenge WALL-E in visual beauty, as well as characters that people can relate to and adore).

Boom! Studios is bringing this Pixar property to you, and from what I understand their Incredibles book is pretty awesome too.  J. Torres is writing it with art by Morgan Luthi.  Good guy, Shaun Manning (who is now a dad! Congrats dude!) of Comic Book Resources spoke to Torres about the book:

The new series will take place before the events seen in “WALL-E.” CBR News caught up with Torres to discuss the new comic.

Pixar’s “WALL-E” began on an inhospitable Earth, where even the robots assigned to clean up the ecologically devasted planet have ceased to function. One WALL-E model robot survives, though, carrying out his duties in his own idiosyncratic fashion, with only a friendly cockroach to keep him company. Eventually, circumstances lead the robot to meet a more advanced droid named EVE and venture to a spaceship where the last human survivors dwell lazily.

One notable feature of “WALL-E” was that it was largely without dialogue, as the two main characters communicated using only a select few words, including their names. “‘WALL-E’ is a very visual comic, much like the first act of the movie in which there’s very little ‘dialogue,'” Torres told CBR. “So, think of comics like ‘Gon’ or ‘Owly’ or ‘Actions Speak’ by Sergio Aragones. Although, I do use more sound effects. The sound design in the movie was terrific and I actually love using sound effects, especially in comics aimed at kids. Makes them fun to read out loud.”

WALL-E also had some of the smartest political commentary in cinema, how that is going to translate to this book will be extremely interesting to see. Torres tackles that aspect as well:

The thing is, the creators of ‘WALL-E’ have said that they didn’t really plan on making any political statements with the film. It apparently all started with the simple concept of ‘the last robot on earth,'” Torres explained. “They decided he would be a trash compacting robot and it went from there. I’m not saying there isn’t a message there, one that’s become more and more relevant since they started developing ‘WALL-E,’ but the lesson is really more about the character’s arc and growth, you know what I mean? It’s the same in the comic book. Despite the title ‘Trash Planet,’ it’s more of a coming-of-age story for WALL-E than a morality play about the environment. But I do drive a hybrid and use reusable shopping bags and bins!”

Though one thing I must mention now with Disney’s deal with Marvel and Disney owns Pixar, I hope that Boom! does not get the shaft, as they have been producing some wonderful adaptations of Pixar properties.

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