July 31, 2011

Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon G1 Style Megatron


This custom Transformers: Dark of the Moon Megatron by frogDNA of TFW2005 gives the design a hint of Generation 1 flavor, and the results are awesome. It's actually quite impressive how well the War for Cybertron Megatron head works on the DOTM body! Head on over to the original thread from the TFW2005 Radicons section for the full gallery!
 

The Dark Knight Rises Full Bane Costume Revealed


Photos taken from the set of The Dark Knight Rises in Pittsburgh have given us a possible look at the Christopher Nolan version of famous Batman baddie Bane in full costume. So, what do you think? Are you full of rage over the mere sight of Bane in a coat, or has your level of excitement raised even higher? If you're not keen on it, keep in mind that there could always be several other variations to Bane's look over the course of film.

The above photo is but one of several recent on-set pics. They were taken at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. I can't imagine this is how anyone involved with the film would have wanted the first full look at Bane to be revealed, especially given their ho-hum broad daylight nature, but this sort of thing is par for the course these days.

This news comes to the GeekSkull from IGN. Head on over to their article to check out the other on-set photos from the shooting of The Dark Knight Rises!
 

July 30, 2011

Optimus Prime Carved in Watermelon!


From 9GAG's timtamcookiejar (we think), it's the Optimus Prime Watermelon carving! Transform and...food up? Get fruity? Make everything else in the fridge taste like watermelon? Insert your own unfunny nonsense here!

While you're here, consider throwing money at some of these fine Transformers products on Amazon:
 

July 29, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens Review


The Jon Favreau directed film adaptation of Cowboys & Aliens hit theaters today. Critical reception thus far is mixed. If you don't mind, I'd like to throw my opinion into the ring. I can sum up my thoughts with one simple question:

Cowboys & Aliens has Sam Rockwell and Clancy Brown. What more could you want?

For full details, plot rundowns, and a crazy as usual message board, check out the Cowboys & Aliens entry on IMDB.com.
 

Custom Transformers Generations Robots in Disguise Scourge (Black Convoy)


Whether you want to label it Transformers Classics, Generations, or Reveal the Shield, this custom Robots in Disguise Scourge (or Car Robots Black Convoy) update by TFW2005's Jarrod is pure bliss. As seen in the digibash I created when the first image of this mold hit the interwebs, this is the most natural redeco of Reveal the Shield Optimus Prime. Why, you ask?

Ok, time to ramble! RtS Prime was an update of G2 Laser Optimus Prime, which was famously redecoed as an "evil Optimus Prime" in black, teal, and grey five years later for the Car Robots/Robots in Disguise series. Initially called Black Convoy, he would become known as "Scourge" in English speaking countries. Yes, Scourge, but no, not the one you're probably thinking of. But enough of all this historical mumbo jumbo...head on over to the TFW2005 Radicons thread for this beauty to get the full effect!

Now let's hope Hasbro or Takara Tomy gives us an official version of this soon! Until then, I highly suggest picking up the base mold, Reveal the Shield Optimus Prime. It's a damn fine toy! Amazon has one, and some other more recent "Classics style" Transformers, for a decent price (given the eligibility for free shipping):
 

Transformers Kre-O Optimus Prime Mini-Review


I'll keep this short and sweet. Perusing Wal-Mart, I finally stumbled across some of the new Transformers Kre-O toys. You know, they're pretty much Transformer legos. They're like the old Built-To-Rule line...without the suck. I picked up the cheap $7 Kre-O Optimus Prime out of pure boredom. It's something to do, right? So, how did it turn out?

Construction was fun and the finished modes look ok. The robot has fairly derp legs and hands, but for the price, I don't feel I can complain. The size was more impressive than I assumed it would be, not too dissimilar from a regular Transformer in large deluxe or small voyager size. I'd say Kre-O Optimus is pretty fun overall. The only bummer is that the cheapest assortment does not include Kreons, the cool ass little Lego minifigures of G1 characters. Shame, but fair enough.

I doubt I'll be diving into the more expensive sets with any haste, but I'm sure the praise they're getting is warranted. The other cheaper sets like Mirage might sway me, but I feel I have to pass on anything higher than 20 or 25 bucks. As usual - whether or not you'll be interested probably just depends on whether or not you're into this sort of thing. If you dig Legos and are a Transformers fan or collector open to things that deviate from the norm...you'll probably enjoy Kre-O Transformers a good bit.

If you haven't seen them in stores yet, Amazon has some of the sets for their appropriate retail prices, and eligible for free shipping:
 

July 28, 2011

Get $30 Amazon.com Credit with Purchase of Mario Kart Wii Bundle


Whoa nelly! If you order a qualifying Wii console from Amazon.com, you can receive a $30 promotional credit that can be applied to the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com (though certain exclusions apply, including Kindle books, MP3s, and video rentals and downloads). The promotional credit will be added directly to your Amazon.com account within two days after your order ships. The offer is only valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com, and is limited one per household.

If you're interested, head over to Amazon's product page for the Wii Console with Mario Kart Wii Bundle HERE. For $150 with free shipping and 30 dollars back...if you've been thinking of grabbing a Wii, now is the time!
 

July 27, 2011

Hi-Res Images of Hasbro's Marvel Panel from SDCC 2011


YouBentMyWookie has uploaded high quality images of Hasbro's Marvel panel from San Diego Comic-Con 2011. Personal highlights include:

Marvel Universe Beta Ray Bill:


Marvel Universe Kraven:


Marvel Universe She-Hulk:


Marvel Legends Ghost Rider:


Marvel Legends Hope Summers:


Marvel Legends Build a Figure Arnim Zola:


Marvel Legends Build a Figure Terrax:


Yeah, Marvel Legends returns and they're looking damn good! Marvel Universe looks to continue its current trend of improvement as well. Good stuff. Can't wait to see these things hit the toy aisles!

If you're thirtsy for even more new Marvel Universe and Marvel Legends toys, check out the full article at YouBentMyWookie. There's even a preview of next year's Avengers toyline! Cool stuff all around.

Oh, and if you're like me, you might be having trouble tracking down some of the cooler Marvel Universe figures out there. Amazon has some ok prices if you get tired of searching:
 

July 26, 2011

My Experience with Hasbro's SDCC 2011 Exclusives on HasbroToyShop


As reported, Hasbro's San Diego Comic-Con 2011 exclusive toys hit Hasbro Toyshop this morning. Rather excited to acquire the G.I. Joe Sky-Striker Starscream with Cobra Commander set and the two 25th anniversary Zarana figures, I headed over to the site immediately. The page was being hit with hardcore traffic so it took a few tries - but I finally made it into the exclusives section. All three toys were in stock! Without hesitation, I added them to my cart. Again, I had to refresh a couple of times, but I finally got to the cart page wherein you're able to put it in your promo code and then "Proceed to Checkout." Fuck yeah, time to secure some awesome G.I. Joe love!

Except for...not. At this point, the website began timing out. With each refresh, I saw nothing but the "connection reset" page on my browser. But hey, no sweat. I already knew the traffic was bad, and at least I'd gotten this far, right? I kept at it, figuring I'd get through eventually. Some 15-20 minutes later, this proved true. But...but wait. I was looking at the cart page again. What?

I'll tell you what. As I sat there reloading in hopes of paying for my items, the Sky-striker Starscream set sold out right from under me. I got an error message from the site telling me it was gone and thus needed to be removed from my cart. Fuckin' BLERG, man. Though majorly disappointed, I threw a minor complaint about it on Twitter and kept on. At some point I managed to get the listing of toys to work again, and since I was now 50 bucks lighter, I figured I'd go ahead and add the Spider-Man Mighty Mugg to my cart. Why not, right?

So, now I was 30-40 minutes in. I hit "proceed to check-out" once more. No surprise, but the site began to time out again! In a mirror of my first attempt, I sat and refreshed for 10-15 more minutes. Now a bit before 1PM, the cart page decided to show itself again. Hey, guess what, another of the items I wanted sold out while my order was in the void of the unloadable checkout page! Cold Slither variant Zarana had also sold out. Awesome.

Around this time, I visited TFW2005 and saw that the Transformers Prime Matrix of Leadership Optimus Prime had finally been listed. I wasn't initially interested, but hey, it's only 20 bucks, and given the fresh spot in my cart post-Cold Slither Zarana, I went ahead and added the thing once I finally got the page to load. Round 3...fight!

I pressed on to the cart page and hit "proceed to check out" yet again. No surprise at all, but it went absolutely nowhere. Refreshed. Refreshed. Refreshed again. Sometimes it would take me back to the "exclusives" page for some reason, meaning I had to go back to the cart and start the process all over again. It just didn't want to work. That "Proceed to Check Out" button offered nothing but empty hope. Even the main page of the HTS site refused to load during much of this. At this point, I felt...why bother?

I had now sat through an hour and thirty minutes of timed out connections, refreshing, starting over, items in my cart selling out before I could get through to pay, and so on. I saw no reason to continue and decided to call it a day. Besides, two of my most wanted items were long gone and all I was left with was a cart of three seemingly un-purchasable toys, only one of which I even cared for that much. (PS, the standard Zarana is gone at this point too!) Any interest I had was pretty much gone. Sorry that you didn't seem to want my money, HTS.

From what I've read, there are people that have gotten through, but most have struggled with the issues I've listed here and others that arose further along in the process. One guy got to the payment confirmation page, only for it to stop loading before the confirmation button actually came up. Ha. I'm certainly not "raging" over this, but it's a real shame that this couldn't have gone more smoothly. At this point though, I'm embracing the money it's saved me.

Somewhere down the road, I might still try to track down the two Zaranas and a Sky-Striker Starscream set on eBay or some buy/sell/trade toy forum. Perhaps they'll be out there for fair prices once the buzz has died down. But if not, hey, they're just hunks of plastic. I'm pretty sure I'll be ok without them. Still...I certainly would have enjoyed them. Too bad.
 

ThunderCats 2011 Wave 1 4-Inch Figure Photo Gallery: Lion-O, Panthro, and more!


ThunderCats.WS has uploaded a hilariously extensive gallery of photos showcasing Wave 1 of the 4 inch figures from Bandai's new ThunderCats toyline. The assortment includes Lion-O, Panthro, Mumm-Ra, Wilykat, and Wilykit. You can check out the full gallery of these awesome new ThunderCats toys HERE!

ThunderCats HO and what not.
 

SDCC 2011 Play Arts Kai Street Fighter Figure Display

From ToyArk.com, here's a lovely look at the Square Enix Play Arts Kai Street Fighter figure display from San Diego Comic-Con 2011:

Play Arts Kai Akuma:


Play Arts Kai Cammy:


Play Arts Kai Chun-Li:



Play Arts Kai Ryu:



Damn! These guys are crazy gorgeous. They're easily the best Street Fighter figures I've ever seen. I'll definitely be tempted once they're released.

Head on over to the Play Arts Kai Street Fighter post on ToyArk for more images and discussion! Oh, and if you're new to the Play Arts series, Amazon has some great prices to help get you started:
 

July 25, 2011

Transformers Dark of the Moon Jetwing Optimus Prime Glider Custom

UPDATE: Check out a new Jetwing Optimus based custom from xaviercal!

From SIN of HKTF.com, here's a custom Transformers: Dark of the Moon Jetwing Optimus Prime in the "glider action version" configuration:

Transformers toys

It's pretty much a flying chair of death! This is of course based on the following unused concept art of Optimus Prime's trailer from the Dark of the Moon film:

Transformers toys

For more images, check out the original thread at HKTF.com HERE.
 

July 24, 2011

Mezco Lion-O and Mumm-Ra Mega Scale ThunderCats at SDCC 2011

As seen at San Diego Comic-Con 2011:


These huge ass Mega Scale ThunderCats figures are from toy giants Mezco. Mega Scale Lion-O is already out there, and Mumm-Ra is coming next year. Do you think you can you handle a full 14 inches of evil mummy goodness? Oh, god...

Thanks to ThunderCats.WS and ToyArk.com for the image!

If you're itching to spend, Amazon has some sweet ThunderCats swag in stock:
 

The Avengers SDCC 2011 Concept Art Posters


The Marvel Booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 has been releasing exclusive posters (by Ryan Meinerding, Charlie Wen and Andy Park) for next year's big-damn movie event The Avengers. The posters feature conceptual art of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in stunningly gorgeous detail. When combined, the individual images create this beauty of a promo image:

Click to view in full size!

Damn. There you have it, the live action Avengers...assembled. Can you say excite?

Thanks to TheHDRoom for the combined poster, and Marvel.com.
 

July 22, 2011

Kotobukiya Bishoujo Statue Display from SDCC 2011

Thanks to MWCToys.com for this extensive gallery of the Kotobukiya Bishoujo Statue display at San Diego Comic-Con 2011:

Click any photo to view in full size!

DC Poison Ivy Bishoujo Statue:


Ghostbusters Lucy Bishoujo Statue:


Marvel Emma Frost Bishoujo Statue:


Marvel Emma Frost Diamond Version Bishoujo Statue:


Marvel Elektra Bishoujo Statue:


Marvel Invisible Woman Bishoujo Statue:


Marvel Ms. Marvel Binary Version Bishoujo Statue:


Marvel Mystique Bishoujo Statue:


Marvel Scarlet Witch Bishoujo Statue:


Marvel X-23 Bishoujo Statue:


Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Christie Monteiro Bishoujo Statue:


Eww, girls. If you're looking to kick start or bolster your collection of Kotobukiya Bishoujo Statues, Amazon.com is a good place to start:
 

July 21, 2011

San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Hasbro Transformers Panel Photos

The Hasbro Transformers panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 is going on now. TFW2005 is working on uploading pictures, but it's hard to get in there due to a heavy influx of traffic! I'll do my best to mirror them here as I receive them:

For better download speed - these are only thumbnails. Click any picture to view it in full size!

Transformers Generations Junkheap:

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Generations Sky Shadow (Black Shadow homage):

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Dark of the Moon Deluxe Air Raid:

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Dark of the Moon Deluxe Autobot Armor Topsin:

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Dark of the Moon Deluxe Dark Steel:

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Dark of the Moon Deluxe Evac (Transformers: The Ride):

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Dark of the Moon Deluxe Soundwave:

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Dark of the Moon Deluxe Wheeljack:

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Dark of the Moon Voyager Cannon Force Ironhide (G1 deco):

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Dark of the Moon Human Alliance Soundwave w/ Mr. Gould & Laserbeak:

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Prime Deluxe Cliffjumper:

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Prime Deluxe Knockout:

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Prime Deluxe Soundwave:

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Prime Deluxe Wheeljack:

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Prime Voyager Skyquake:

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Prime Voyager Starscream:

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Also shown in clearer pictures from IGN: Deluxe Terrorcon Cliffjumper, Deluxe Vehicon, Voyager Bulkhead, & Voyager Optimus Prime.

Transformers Cyberverse Legion Arcee (Transformers Prime):

Transformers toys

Transformers Cyberverse Legion Bumblebee (Transformers Prime):

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Cyberverse Legion Evac (Dark of the Moon):

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Cyberverse Legion Soundwave (Dark of the Moon):

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Cyberverse Legion Wheeljack (Transformers Prime):

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Cyberverse Commander Ironhide:

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Transformers Cyberverse Action Set Wheeljack Starship Concept (Transformers Prime):

Transformers action figures by Hasbro Toys

Some neat things in there! Again, though I've cropped them - full photo credit goes to TFW2005.