Friday, December 31, 2010

New Star Wars figures?

Lately when I see pictures of new Star Wars figures I feel old. How are these "Star Wars"? I know they come from the universe of prequels and cartoons but my brain refuses to accept this idea. I don't recognize anything outside of the original trilogy as cannon and when I see figures like these it just feels weird to me. I'm pleased that Hasbro sort of "gets" that "new" Star Wars is off-putting to the older audience, which is why we're getting the new "vintage" line with old card-backs like this;

I admit that I feel a certain comfort level when I see racks of these vintage card-backs adjacent to the new "foreign" Star Wars figures. I picked up a couple for the great sculpting and because I'm a sucker for the old packaging. Sigh. I guess I have to accept that the Star Wars universe will forever include all the post-trilogy stuff. I don't have to like it though.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Kackel Dackel, The 'Pick Up Dog Sh*t' Game

From geekology, Kackel Dackel is a f***ed up German game that encourages children to feed a plastic dog Play-Doh and then pick up the rainbow turds it craps out (you know how Germans feel about playing with doodie!) Plus the patties are non-toxic, so you can eat them. Alternatively, I'll let you walk my dogs and you can play the real game. Bonus points awarded for catching turds straight out of the butt before they hit the ground! Points deducted if you let my dogs eat stray cat shit and get worms.

Watch the commercial,

Monday, December 27, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Lego has gone crazy with this new theme. I hope to post more on it later but for now just look at the leader of the bad guys in the Ninjagoverse.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Looks like Pirates of the Caribbean Lego sets on the horizon...

This happy fellow caused a stir amongst the Lego freaks at Comic-Con. He was stuck in the corner of a Prince of Persia display but that's clearly Captain Jack Sparrow. Ahoy and all that.

Picture credit goes to Ace at From Bricks to Bothans.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Plastic PEWs!: Stop-Motion LEGO Shootout

From geekology, This is a video of a stop-motion LEGO shootout. If I didn't know better, I'd swear it was pulled straight from a scene in a Hollywood blockbuster. And that I was on acid and my girlfriend's cat was telling me to kill the couple downstairs. DON'T YOU POUND ON THE CEILING WITH A BROOM HANDLE WHILE I'M FANCY FEASTING! Anyway, it's similar to THIS Matrix LEGO stop-motion, but with less recognizable characters. Like walking into a dark bar and thinking you recognize somebody, only to realize too late it's a guy dressed as a woman but you don't care because you're lonely and haven't had a kiss in nine months. Yes, just like that.

Monday, June 21, 2010

I like the droid

From rebelscum, hree new figures from the final episodes of The Clone Wars season 2 have surfaced on eBay. Check out R8-B7, Bossk, and the young Boba Fett images.

The Outer Space Men

I was right! When I read the post below, I wondered if those toys had anything to do with these guys here (mostly because of the distintive tentacly Nautilus guy).

You know when you have a (toy) memory in the recesses of your mind, and you wonder if you'll ever figure out what it's about, and then the second you start investigating the answer shows up? That just happened. (Actually, I've looked these guys up before, and had to search JJP to make sure we didn't already post about them).

The Outer Space Men (or Space Warriors, if you will) were a series of bendy toys released in 1968. I have never, ever seen one. But I did once play with the Colorforms set depicted above, and wondered at the time how I was supposed to be satisfied with vinyl cut-outs of bad drawings of the cool toys pictured on the box.

Googling "action figures colorforms box space" actually got me right to the appropriate Wikipedia page, which in turn led me to the extremely satisfying Outer Space Men annotated archive, which is run by the guy who photographed these weird dudes for their packaging.

So color me intrigued for this new stuff.

Luke, I Am Not Your Spaceship: 2,500 Piece LEGO Imperial Shuttle Coming Soon

From geekology, LEGO is releasing a 2,504 piece Star Wars Imperial Shuttle this September for $260. For reference, that's four days' pay for me (plus two after-hour HJ's).

This beast is bigger than my old model, at 28 inches tall (71 centimeters) and 22 inches wide (57 centimeters) when the foldable wings are fully deployed. The cockpit allows you to sit figures inside, and it includes five minifigs:Darth Vader, Shuttle Pilot, Imperial Officer, Stormtrooper and Luke Skywalker from Return of the Jedi.

The Imperial Shuttle also has rotating double laser wing cannons, landing gear, and a display stand.

DO WANT. And not kinda want either. I'm talking really really want, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna really really really wanna zigazig ha. Now I know what you're thinking, "Jesus, did the GW really just quote Spice Girls lyrics?" And the answer, my friend, is f*** no. They stole that shit from me.

See more here

Toy coolness!

From onlinedesign, The first test shots for the OSM materialized from parts unknown (or China) this week! The fit and feel on these spacey little beings are really great! Our boys in the Far East spent solid time capturing that inimitable Four Horsemen look and the initial results look awesome. We've been playing around with them for the past few days and putting each figure through the regular torture test. The most fun though, has been swapping the parts. Blending all the little bits up and putting a whole new spin on what we're used to. As crazy as it seems, the look of the two lines matches right up! Pheyden can finally try out for cosmic basketball without making deals with a Buildman for the season. And Exellis can stroll around with an all new look. And those OSM heads...they are so fun to stick on the scrunchy Glyos bodies! Total Battle Beast city with Astro Nautilus!

We are all so excited to share these new guys with all of you. The custom mania just got major reinforcements, all thanks to the unparalleled craftsmanship of the Four Horsemen and the truly visionary mind of Mel Birnkrant. Bring on SDCC!!!

Seem more coolness here

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Friday, June 04, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

New Starspeeder 1000

From miceage, "In the merch shop was a preview of an item from Celebration-V:
the StarSpeeder 1000, which awaits us with the updated Star Tours."

Monday, May 24, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Lego blind boxes

From toplessrobot, It's been a long time since we saw just part of wave 2 of Lego's blind boxed figures -- back in February at Toy Fair, specifically -- but Lego has finally released the full line-up. Obviously, Lego Dracula, Lego Spartan and Lego Maracas-Player are still the stars, but we can't dismiss Lego 19th Century Explorer, Lego Mime or Lego Ringleader, if only because he has a look of sheer panic and terror on his little yellow face. Still no word when these things will come out, but you can see a better look of the figures (in their actual toy forms, as opposed to the inaccurate yet fun promo art I posted above over at The Brothers Brick.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dump Ronald? No way!

By Ashley M. Heher, AP Retail Writer
CHICAGO — Retire Ronald McDonald? No way.
That's the message McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner gave Thursday to critics of the red-haired clown, who say the character promotes unhealthy eating to kids and should go the way of Joe Camel.

"The answer is no," Skinner told a room full of shareholders gathered for a meeting at the company's headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, Ill.

"He is a force for good," Skinner said, adding that the nearly 50-year-old clown is an ambassador for the McDonald's brand and its Ronald McDonald House Charities. "He communicates effectively with children and families around balanced, active lifestyles. He does not hawk food."

Shareholders applauded Skinner. And they unleashed a chorus of boos when representatives of the advocacy group Corporate Accountability International requested the famous icon be shelved — for good.

"Ronald McDonald is a pied piper drawing youngsters all over the world to food that is high in fat, sodium and calories," said Alfred David Klinger, a retired Chicago physician who volunteers with the organization. "On the surface, Ronald is there to give children enjoyment in all sorts of way with toys, games and food. But Ronald McDonald is dangerous, sending insidious messages to young people."

The Boston organization, which calls itself a nonprofit corporate watchdog, has spent the past two months mounting a "Retire Ronald" campaign.

So far it has received support from about 10,000 people, said senior organizer Deborah Lapidus.

I love my Lotso's Dump Truck

You really can't ask for more satisfaction than what you get out of this twenty dollar set. There are three really cool characters (four if you count the driver), and this gorgeous little dump truck, which includes some cool new wheels and that great bucket piece. I highly recommend it.

Thanks to hawk2009 on flickr for the pic.

I so wish I had stolen this thing from that kid

I mean, the robot is pretty damn cool by itself, with it's reel-to-reel tape eyes, but it also says "brain" on it. Phat.

JLU Lobo!

From martycollector

But the best news seems to be on the back of the card!

We are so behind

Tons of photos of new Star Wars toys

See it all here


I recently purchased this DVD set, which has tons of cool vintage commercials on it. One section entitled "toys" advertised these "Ding-A-Lings". I think they look awesome and I'm going to look into finding them. Check out the ad,

Screw Copyrights: More Action Figure Ripoffs

From geekology, From the second installment of cheap action figure ripoffs come GaoRanger DinoThunder: hands down the awesomest thing I've ever heard in my entire life, and I've heard angels doing it. Kidding, it was actually the heavyset couple upstairs and it sounded like they were gonna crash through my ceiling LIKE A CHOIR FROM HEAVEN. I recorded it. It's my ringtone.

See more ripoffs here

See the first installment here

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pure Awesome: LEGO Beach Scene Tattoo

From geekology, This is somebody's back. Somebody's back covered with a tattoo of a LEGO beach scene. It's a lot like a picture of a hand drawing a hand if you really think about it. Except nothing like that. It's more like the Mona Lisa.

I don't know why but I kind of want this stuff

From mattycollector, SDCC Exclusive Version With Color-change Feature

"Orko® includes magic wand, stand, and magic book. This SDCC-exclusive version of Orko® changes color in warm water to all clear -- except his face and the "O" on his chest. His magic book has a color-change sticker that reveals the SDCC logo. Orko® also includes a fully articulated Prince Adam® figure, complete with angry and smirk heads, purple Power Sword®, and Half Power Sword® in purple. The bio on the back of the pack is for Orko® because Prince Adam® is the accessory, Orko® is the figure!"

I think this "Justice League of America presents Starro the Conqueror" is hilarious. I might have to pick it up just for the Starro.

I'm also kind of digging this Plastic Man set

New JLU!

From mattycollector

Future JLU Superman with Starro Spore — In a double dose of firsts, this release will mark the initial availability of an all-new figure, plus it includes fan-favorite Starro Spore as a never-before-offered accessory!

Barry Allan as The Flash with Lightning Bolt — It’s the first time this figure is offered, so you’ll want to catch him before he’s gone in a… well, you know…

Power Ring — Evil twins everywhere will rejoice when Power Ring joins their ranks for the first time as an action figure. Features a giant green hand construct.

Batman Beyond with Batarang — Available for the first time as a single, Batman is ready to battle the bad guys when stocked with this staple from his arsenal.

Mr. Terrific — Also making his big debut as a single, the ever-present T-spheres have been completely redesigned.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

All LEGO Pac-Man Arcade

From geekology, This is a tabletop Pac-Man game made entirely out of LEGO blocks. Except for the electronics, those were made from sugar and spice and everything nice. Or are they snips and snails and puppy dog tails?? Neither moron, they're metal and plastic.

Aside from the obvious electronics, everything is LEGO. It uses a Jamma 48-1 board to play a variety of 80's arcade game including Pac-Man, Donky Kong, Space Invaders and many more.

No LEGO pieces were cut or altered to make this.

I'm not even gonna lie, I'm impressed. And I'm not just saying that because I plan on smashing the back out and stealing all the quarters, but I'm not standing here with a hammer just because it looks good. It really does though. Go on, take a picture. That'll be $5. I HAVE A HAMMER.


From yakface, The brickmasters at have posted a new images today revealing a Special Edition Clone Wars set featuring Cad Bane's Speeder (8128). This set, coming exclusive to Target, contains 318 pieces and include mini figures of Cad Bane, the Assassin Droid, Shahan Alama, a Senate Commando and Senate Commando Captain* (aka Captain Jayfon). Click the image above for a closer look.

*Could this be the same Senate Commando Captain included in the rumored Senate 2-pack we posted this past weekend? Time will tell but I'd bet yes.

Burger King JLU toys, who knew?

There wasn't too much going on at that toy show I attended on Sunday. I stumbled across these JLU toys from Burger King that I never saw before. They seem to be from 2003. I passed on the Hawkgirl and spaceship toy because I didn't want to spend the $ and they were pretty lame. Actually, they're all pretty lame. I just got caught up in the moment a la, "Wow, more superhero toys from Burger King!"

This was one of those things where you have to push the button really fast to get the object (cloud?) to open up to reveal an object (Martian Manhunter). After many attempts to photograph it this was the best that I could do.