September 30, 2011

CG Renders of Upcoming Perfect Effect Arcee




These CG renders of the upcoming Perfect Effect PE-DX01 RC, a Third Party Transformer updating Generation 1 Arcee, give a good idea of what the final toy might look like, colors and all. We quite like the blend of old and modern here. Hopefully it won't be too long before we can see the final product.

Thanks to TFW2005!

September 28, 2011

Vinyl Figures Sale at Entertainment Earth - Buy 4 Get 5th Free


Vinyl Figures are Buy 4 Get 5th Free this week at Entertainment Earth! Until October 4th, 2011, you can enjoy a free fifth figure when bolstering your vinyl collection. There are plenty of cool choices in stock, from the Halloween-season appropriate Jason Voorhees and Count Chocula Pop! figures to comic related fare such as the high end Batman Mega Scale Mez-Itz Comic-Con exclusive. You can check out their full selection here: Vinyl Figures at Entertainment Earth.

September 27, 2011

Transformers Prime "One Shall Rise" Second Teaser Image


Here's a second teaser image from the Transformers Prime "One Shall Rise" story from the official Transformers facebook page. "One Shall Rise" is of course the season 1 finale, and it airs this coming Saturday, October 1, 2011 on The Hub network.

NES and Sega Genesis Hi-Five Shirt from Teefury


Today's shirt design at Teefury brings us this charming moment in video game history, when the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis set aside their differences and became bros. Ok, maybe it never really happened, but we'd like to think it did. Either way, this is quite a swell design, and as always, it's only available today! Head over to Teefury now if you want a piece of the $10 limited edition action: Hi-Five Shirt from Teefury

September 26, 2011

Transformers Prime "One Shall Rise, Part 1" Teaser Image


This teaser image from Transformers Prime "One Shall Rise Part 1" comes to us from the official Transformers facebook page. This is the first part of the season 1 finale, and it airs this coming Saturday, October 1, 2011 on The Hub network.

S.H. Figuarts Rock Bison Images




These images of S.H. Figuarts Rock Bison from Tiger & Bunny come to us courtesy of CollectionDX. The figure is expected for release this December. Looks rad, eh?

September 25, 2011

New Images of FansProject Casuality Backfiery



Here are some new images of the upcoming Fansproject Casuality Backfiery, a Third Party Transformer produced in homage of the Generation 1 Insecticon Kickback. These come to us from the elljay blog, by way of TFW2005.

"Backfiery." Haha.

September 22, 2011

New Masterpiece Ultra Magnus Concept Image


Hasui Shogo, a designer with Takara Tomy, tweeted this mighty teaser earlier today. Yeah, you're looking at early concept work for an upcoming Masterpiece Ultra Magnus, complete with transforming trailer. No plain white Optimus Prime this time - the next MP Magnus is going to have his full armor! With the excellent new MP-10 Convoy as the base, you can be sure this is going to be a toy worth checking out.

Thanks to TFW2005!

Stephen King's It "I'm Loving It" Shirt from Teefury


Today's Teefury shirt is nightmare fuel approved! It really doesn't need any explanation, but we'll go there: this design is a fun parody of the "I'm Loving It" ad campaign from McDonalds, with Pennywise the Dancing Clown from Stephen King's It taking over mascot duties from that smiley bastard Ronald. If you dig this sort of thing, it's only available on 9/22/11: The Limited Edition Cheap T-Shirt, Gone in 24 Hours! | Teefury

Chrono Cross & Final Fantasy Origins to hit North American PSN


According to siliconera.com, the ESRB has re-rated original Playstation classics Chrono Cross and Final Fantasy Origins for Playstation 3 and PSP, with Sony Computer Entertainment listed as publisher. This can only mean that the two titles will be available for purchase from the North American Playstation Store soon enough, perfect for old fans that wish to replay them or those that have yet to check them out. Hey. Neat.

If you don't want to wait for the downloadable versions, you can still find the games on disc for perfectly fair prices from sources such as Amazon:

Chrono Cross - PS1
Final Fantasy Origins FF I & FF II Remastered Editions - PS1

Transformers Dark of the Moon Striker Optimus Prime Revealed




The Takara Tomy website has been updated with these official images of the upcoming Transformers Dark of the Moon Striker Optimus Prime. Like Jetwing Optimus, the base figure is a remolded Revenge of the Fallen Leader Class Optimus Prime. This time, the big man is equipped with a new grill attachment and firepower that help give the vehicle a Stealth Force mode and new accessories in robot mode. There's no word yet on whether or not Hasbro will release the toy stateside, but it's always possible. We'll keep you informed!

Thanks to TFW2005 for pointing us towards the news.

Facebook Changes: Darth Vader Did It!


The interbutts are alight with complaints regarding the recent changes to social networking mega-site Facebook. If you're among the masses shouting "WHY?!" and need to know whose responsible this - look no further than the Dark Lord himself...Darth Vader. We're not sure of the source of this clever-damn reference to The Empire Strikes Back right now (it was seen floating around on...Facebook, as these images tend to) but you can be sure we wish we'd made it. We'll update as soon as we've found its origin!

September 21, 2011

Miyamoto's Angels Shirt from Teefury


Surprise surprise, Teefury is continuing its streak of featuring absolutely awesome daily t-shirts. For September 21, 2011, the featured shirt design is Miyamoto's Angels - seen above. This is a clever take on the old Charlie's Angels title card, with silhouettes of legendary female Nintendo characters Zelda, Peach, and Samus. Crazy fun. Again, it's only available today, so if you want in, head on over to Teefury and grab it while you can: The Limited Edition Cheap T-Shirt, Gone in 24 Hours! - Teefury

PS - If you're nutting up because Samus is there, stay cool! The artist doesn't think Samus is Miyamoto's. The description at Teefury says it all, really:

“Once upon a time there were three beautiful girls who went to the Nintendo academy, and they were each assigned very hazardous duties. But I took them away from all that and now they work for me. My name is Miyamoto”

This is just a fun little bit of make-believe. Go with it!

September 20, 2011

TFC Toys Hercules Transformers Constructicons Team Image

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As seen on TFW2005 and originating from Jeffryzhong's weibo account, here's our first image of the TFC Toys Hercules team together in robot mode. These third-party Transformers Constructicons updates have sparked considerable fan interest, and it's quite a treat seeing the full team together - even if most are still only in prototype form. From left to right, the image above shows Heavy Labor, Neckbreaker, Structor, Dr. Crank, Madblender, and Exgraver. The four unreleased toys have the following release dates:

Structor: November 2011
Dr.Crank: December 2011
Neckbreaker: March 2012
Mad Blender: April 2012

It's going to take half a year for your shiny new Devastator to be complete, but not to worry - we all know time flies. We'll keep you posted on further info as it comes!

If you haven't seen them, we posted several images of the unreleased prototypes, as well as Hercules' combined mode:

TFC Toys Hercules (Third Party G1 Devastator) Combined Mode Prototype
TFC Toys Dr. Crank Protoype Images
TFC Toys Neckbreaker Prototype Images
TFC Toys Madblender Prototype
TFC Toys Structor Prototype Images

September 19, 2011

Custom Transformers Sailor Moon Toy




Man, check out this custom Transformers Sailor Moon toy from jicco of TFW2005! The toy is of course based on Transformers Animated Arcee, with various alterations such as a detachable back pack, extra articulation for the wrists, and removable bow tie and ponytails. Ah. All of a sudden...we feel so pretty.

Source: Arcee attending 20th Sailormoon Anniversary Party

September 18, 2011

Custom Transformers Classics Rotorstorm



MissingSea of TFW2005 brings us this awesome custom Transformers "Classics" Rotorstorm toy. It's a straight up repaint of Hunt for the Decepticons Tomahawk, which works quite well. If you're scratching head as to who the hell Rotorstorm is, he was one of those European exclusive Autobots from the very ass end of the Generation 1 toyline in 1992. He was more recently popularized in IDW's Last Stand of the Wreckers. Fine readin, if you haven't already checked it out. Right now - it's only 7 bucks on Amazon.com!

Source: TFW2005 Radicons - Minor/Repaint Rotorstorm

Robot Dogs Playing Poker Shirt from Teefury


Today's Teefury shirt features the "Robot Dogs Playing Poker" design seen above. Yes. YES. Included robo-pups are: Gofdard from Jimmy neutron, Muffit II from Battlestar Galactica, Preston from Wallace and Gromit, K9 from Doctor Who, RIC from Power Rangers SPD, Hasbro's iDog, and Sony's AIBO. As always, this shirt will only be available today - 9/18/11 - and costs all of $10. Head on over to Teefury if you're interested: Teefury - The Limited Edition Cheap T-Shirt, Gone in 24 Hours!

September 17, 2011

I Cast Magic Missile Dungeons and Dragons Shirt from Teefury


Wow. This is the nerdiest thing we've ever seen. Today's design at Teefury is this Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Edition homage, attributing the common Magic Missile spell to the game logo! If ever you wanted to display your geekdom...we can't think of a better way. As always, the shirt is only 10 dollars, and only available today (9/17/11) - so if you want it, head on over to Teefury and grab it while you can!

September 16, 2011

List of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Blu-ray Changes


From hothfreeze-1 of IMDB, here's a list of the changes made to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope for the Star Wars Complete Saga Blu-ray release:

-After C-3PO and R2-D2 begin wandering in the desert you can notice in the first shots of the crashed escape pod that the lid of the pod is now much darker in color. In the 2004 version the lid is vivid blue. The lid is blue again when the Stormtroopers find it.

-For the first time since 1977, Aunt Beru speaks proper English in her opening lines. In all previous versions Beru says; "Tell Uncle if he get's a translator be sure....". For the 2011 version she now says; "Tell your Uncle if he get's......"

-While Luke is cleaning the droids in the garage the echo effect of his voice has been heightened.

-Beru's lines have been altered a second time for this version. In the 2004 version her final line was slightly altered when she says; "He has too much of his Father in him." In the 2004 there was a slight pause added before she says the word; "Father" in an attempt to change her attitude about Anakin. It was strange, didn't achieve it's purpose, and so the original line was restored for the 2011 version.

-When R2-D2 is hiding from the Sandpeople in all previous versions there is nothing in front of him. In the 2011 version CGI rocks have been placed in front of the droid. In later shots when he comes out away from the wall to meet Obi-Wan the rocks that were in front of him disappear.

-Obi-Wan Kenobi's Krayt Dragon call he used to scare off the Sandpeople has been changed again for the 2011 version. This is the third version of that call.

-Computer sounds can now be softly heard in Obi-Wan Kenobi's dwelling.

-The subtitle text for the Greedo sequence has been greatly improved from the 2004 version.

-Han vs. Greedo has been altered for a third time for the 2011 version. Frames of film were removed just prior to Greedo firing his blaster to make the exchange even more tight than it was in 2004.

-The subtitle text for the Jabba sequence has been greatly improved from the 2004 version.

-In the original film, Luke Skywalker's lightsaber blade would often shift from blue to sea green in a number of effects shots. Despite fan murmuring, the blade was never completely blue in the original release to begin with. The 2004 version caused a number of problems in making the blade an intense vivid green in some shots. The 2011 version has attempted to correct this mistake during Luke's training with the remote aboard the Millennium Falcon, however the green and white effects can still be seen in other shots.

-An effects shot error dealing with the Millennium Falcon's duel with the TIE-Fighters has been corrected for the very-first time. Upon very close inspection, when Han is firing at one of the TIE-Fighters his orange laser blast coming in from the right-hand side of the screen had been obstructed. In a little known detail, the edge of the frame was cut short on the right side of the screen in this shot causing a dead black area between the laser bolt and the edge of the frame. The 2011 version extends the bolt clear to the edge of the screen for the very-first time.

-An effects mistake made by the 2004 version has been corrected in the 2011 version. In the wideshot of Darth Vader's TIE-Figher along with his two pilots on either side screeching down to the Death Star's surface a botched effect in 2004 caused a strange ribbed effect across the Death Star's surface briefly in this shot. This issue has been corrected.

-Due to color issues with the 2004 version, a strange wall of solid dark blue color emanated out from the Death Star's explosion. The 2011 version has removed the blue blob created in 2004.

-The classic John Williams fanfare that plays as the Rebel X-Wings make their first dive attack against the Death Star has been restored. The 2004 version had the music drop off to make room for engine noise.

Interesting how many changes were put into place to fix screw-ups from the 2004 DVD release! Hothfreeze claims he will have changes for the other two original trilogy films posted within the next few days, so keep a look out. Until then, may the force be with you...or something.

September 15, 2011

Batwoman #1 Review


Just in from The 52 Review is an depth look at Batwoman #1 by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman. As a title that was announced long ago but delayed time and time again, how does it fare now that's it finally come to fruition under the DC Relaunch? Thanks to The Masked Ndi, any concerns you may have will be addressed. Head on over and check it out: Batwoman #1 Review from The 52 Review

September 14, 2011

BABY SALE - Internet Ads: Stealth Lulz II


Here at Castle Geek-Skull, we've been known to delight in the occasional suggestive or "off" nature of internet ads. Today's internet surfing brought us the above image. If you act now...you can obtain an entire baby for the affordable low price of 5 smackers! There are HUNDREDS of styles available! Thanks Old Navy!

September 13, 2011

New Transformers MP-10 Masterpiece Convoy Images

TFW2005 (by way of The Allspark) has posted some gorgeous images of the upcoming MP-10 Masterpiece Convoy from the Transformers Generations 2011 Volume 2 book. Included are comparisons to the original MP-01 (or MP-04) Convoy and MP-09 Rodimus Convoy, as well as tons of robot mode images, some design sketches, and even a random appearance by Huffer! Check 'em out:





September 12, 2011

Transformers Chronicle Dark of the Moon Megatron In-Hand Images



The Transformers Galaxy group of Facebook have brought us these in-hand images of Transformers Chronicle voyager Megatron, the "modern" half of the upcoming set pairing G1 Megatron and Dark of the Moon Megatron. When the official product images were first released from eHobby, we were unsure if the deco of DOTM Megatron would truly be improved, and these images prove that it has been indeed. Fans who felt the existing Dark of the Moon Voyager Megatron was a bit too bland should be much happier with this new more elaborate paint job.

Chronicle Megatron and Optimus Prime are still available for pre-order from BBTS if you're interested: BigBadToyStore.com: Transformers Chronicle by Takara

Doctor Who "Access-Who-Rize" Shirt from Teefury


Today's limited edition 10 dollar t-shirt from Teefury is graced by the "Access-Who-Rize" design seen above, a nod to the Doctor Who series. The artist attempted to include elements of all 11 Doctors thus far. Wonderful job, and a lovely idea.

If you'd like to purchase the shirt, you'll have to do so before the end of September 12, when the design will be officially retired! Head on over to Teefury and grab one while you can.

September 11, 2011

DC Relaunch Hawk and Dove #1 Review from The 52 Review


Concerning "Hawk and Dove" from the DC Relaunch, there's only two things you need to know:

1) Rob
2) Liefeld

Got it? Good. Keep that in mind. Now venture over to The 52 Review where Electric Nerd will tell you whether or not Hawk and Dove #1 managed to stay readable despite the Liefeldian horrors within: Review: Hawk & Dove #1 ~ The 52 Review

TFC Toys Dr. Crank Protoype Images





From the TFC Toys Weibo, here's another set of prototype images from the TFC Toys third-party Transformers Generation 1 Constructicon updates. As SPOILED by the title, this guy is called DR. CRANK. Haha. If you weren't aware, the good doctor here happens to be TFC Toys' version of Hook: surgical engineer, second in command of the Constructicons, and yes - Devastator's head and shoulders. He'll also tell you in a hurry: Soundwave is fucking boring.

As for what's special about Dr. Crank...do we really have to say it? Ok: EXTENDY BITS. If only he had his "sunglasses"...

If you missed it, we posted the prototype of the combined form of the "Not" Constructicons yesterday: TFC Toys Hercules (Third Party G1 Devastator) Combined Mode Prototype

And here's Neckbreaker (Bonecrusher): TFC Toys Neckbreaker Prototype Images

Madblender: TFC Toys Madblender Prototype

and Structor: TFC Toys Structor Prototype Images

lol..."crank"

TFC Toys Stuctor Protoype Images



From the highly active TFC Toys Weibo, here are the prototype images of Structor from the TFC Toys third-party Transformers Generation 1 Constructicon updates. Structor is the TFC Toys version of Scrapper, the Constructicon engineer - and leader - that became Devastator's right leg. He also happened to be voiced by the truly bad ass Michael Bell. YEAH!

There doesn't appear to be any grand special feature on Structor aside from transformation and the ability to help form "Hercules" - but he matches the design of his official Transformers counterpart fairly closely. Out of the six Constructicons, Scrapper is one of the most memorable, so this will likely be a popular choice for collectors.

If you missed it, we posted the prototype of the combined form of the "Not" Constructicons yesterday: TFC Toys Hercules (Third Party G1 Devastator) Combined Mode Prototype

And here's Neckbreaker (Bonecrusher): TFC Toys Neckbreaker Prototype Images

and Madblender: TFC Toys Madblender Prototype