Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Death By Plastic: Gallery Of LEGO Monsters

From geekology, This is a small gallery of LEGO monsters made by various artists. They are all scary and might kill you. Sure they're really just a bunch of interlocking plastic bits, but has that ever stopped me from choking on them? No, it hasn't. The Hannibal Lecter style mask my mom makes me wear does. I WILL EAT YOUR FACE OFF! Just kidding. NO I'M NOT! Yes, I really am. PSYCHE, JUST PUT YOUR EAR BETWEEN THE BARS. DO IT NOW!

See the rest of the gallery here

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The 10 Most Tragically Unreleased Action Figure Lines

From toplessrobot, Unrequited action figure collections are one of the most pathetic things in all of nerdom. No matter how hard a collector tries to deny it, if they don't gather "the complete set" of their favorite action figures, a seething pain gnaws at their tiny heart with ever glance to the phantom space on their toy shelf. This nagging feeling creeps into nightmares and manifests itself in secret spreadsheets, wish lists and on occasion a locked, leatherbound collection of hand-written free verse poetry. That's why when a toy line is teased at and not delivered, the evening news is littered with reports of spontaneous human combustion. But nerds know better. Each pile of ash represents the remains of a nerd crushed by the allure of what could have been. Read on to regret the toys that could have rounded out many nerdy collections, but be careful not to implode -- there are some heart breakers.

See the list here

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

A slice of toy heaven I don't really give a rat's ass about

For seven of the past eight days I have been working furiously on sets for a Power Rangers toy commercial. We had to make a huge set of a post-apocalyptic urban wasteland on which the colorful members of Power Rangers RPM fought the evil Grinders. The spot is the lead-in for a contest, in which kid fans of the Power Rangers make their own movies completing the story we started.

As toy scoops go, this is fairly huge. I got to see prototypes of the spring line, including one Megazord that still had its pre-production red and green coloration. Unfortunately, if I showed off any groovy pictures of the sets or the prototypes I'd honk off the Bandai bigwigs and damage the rep of my good friends who hired me. So groove on the sheer quantity! The boxes above were actually the second batch of toys we had to wrangle after the batch being sorted in the top pic.

So there were tons of toys, which is cool, but they were Power Rangers toys, which are pretty much universally crap. Lame designs, construction, everything. Still, a fun job.

On a side note, I looked up the Power Rangers on Wikipedia and discovered that every year, instead of renewing the show, they start a new show. So there are sixteen different sets of Power Rangers for kids to clamor for, assuming they would be interested long enough.