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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Maketoys Reveals Armageddon Upgrade Kit

     Third party group Maketoys has recently updated their website with a teaser for what appears to be an upgrade kit for the recently released Year of the Snake Omega Supreme.




     Dubbed the Armageddon Upgrade Kit, the set includes several attachments for Omega Supreme, including his iconic wings. The set can then unfold into a very familiar base and launch platform Transformers fans are sure to recognize.

     The Armageddon set is the first in Maketoys newly announced Mega City bot series, yet there is no information available at this time as to whether the line will be made up strictly of accessory sets, or complete city-sized characters.

     Again, this is a third party set that is in no way associated with Hasbro or Takara-Tomy...

     More information on this awesome new set as it becomes available!

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Alien vs. Predator: Evolution coming to Android & iOS

     The Alien and Predator franchises may not be the newest on the block when it comes to Science Fiction, but, like Star Wars, Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, it seems that they are here to stay. And, like these other timeless titles, both the Alien and Predator franchises have spawned numerous video game titles over the years.

     That trend will continue this year, in a new title pitting the two alien species against each other, with Alien vs. Predator : Evolution for Android and iPhone devices.



     The newest addition to the AVP gaming library is being developed by Fox Digital Entertainment and Angry Mob Games. It is set on a distant planet in the far future, during the Civil War between Predator clans.

     The story for the game is as follows: The competing Predator clans have set the Xenomorphs (Aliens) loose in an effort to destroy their enemies. Players will have the chance to play as either an Alien or Predator, and each character will have their own separate storyline and game play styles.



     The goal for the Predator, not surprisingly, is to destroy its enemies, while the Xenomorph must fight to save its race from extermination. Predator players will be forced to fight the Xenomorph Queen in an effort to save your clan from total annihilation.

     Alien vs. Predator: Evolution is powered by the Angry Mob Unity engine, which has driven a number of other hugely successful titles with impressive results.



     Players will gain experience points, a la, Pokemon, that will be used to advance their character, allowing for the acquisition of new abilities and skills throughout the course of the game. The game will feature evolution as its main theme, meaning players will start out as an inexperienced version of their chosen character. For instance, this will mean starting as a Xenomorph will see players start out as a face hugger, evolving to a Chestbuster and then becoming an adult Alien.



     Alien vs. Predator: Evolution was slated for release this past November, but was never released. This led many fans, and gamers to wonder if the highly anticipated title had simply skulked off into the sunset, never to be released. However, a new batch of screenshots and a newly released trailer, posted below, informs gamers that the title is indeed Coming Soon to iOS and Android...

     Until then, enjoy the screenshots and trailer!



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JoeCon 2013 Souvenir Set Revealed

      Transformers fans have TFCon, Comic fans have Comic Con and G.I. Joe fans have, what else, JoeCon! This April, G.I. Joe fans will once again come together to celebrate everything Cobra in Indianapolis, Indiana, and, like other years, will have a chance to add an awesome, souvenir set of G.I. Joe action figures to their collections!

     This year, the theme for the souvenir set, available only at JoeCon 2013, is G.I. Joe: Night Force: Nocturnal Fire! The set will come with 16 figures to add to both the ranks of your G.I. Joe: Night Force and Cobra Demolitions Team...

     G.I. Joe: Night Foce

      First on the list of G.I. Joe: Night Force members is Machine Gunner - Repeater. The figure incorporates the 25th Anniversary G.I. Joe style and is fully poseable. Repeater is based off a Toys R Us exclusive figure from 1989 and sports a new head with a molded Army Ranger cap. Figure includes: G.I. Joe logo stand, Backpack with Steadi-Cam, Attached Machine Gun, Ammo Strip with Ammo Box, Removable Combat Vest and Knife.


     Next, is Light Infantryman Hit & Run. Like Repeater, Hit & Run sports the full posebility and style of the 25th Anniversary G.I. Joe line. He is based off an unreleased action figure concept and comes complete with a new head, removable goggles and helmet, harness and backpack. Figure includes: G.I. Joe Logo Stand, Assault Rifle, Grappling Hook, Duffel Bag with Carry Strap, Explosive Mines, Pistols, and Knife. 


     Next up is Psy Ops Officer Psyche-Out. Following the style of the 25th Anniversary G.I. Joe line, Psyche-Out is based off a Toys R Us exclusive action figure from 1988. He features a new head with removable sonic emitters. Figure includes: G.I. Joe Logo Stand, Assault Rifle, Pistol, Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) Backpack, Sonic Generator Device and Sonic Emitter Cones.

      
     Next in line is Swamp Fighter - Muskrat. Again, this figure follows the 25th Anniversary G.I. Joe line in style and posebility, and is based off a Toys R Us exclusive figure from 1989. He features a new head with removable bonnie hat and combat fest. Figure includes: G.I. Joe Logo Stand, Tactical Shotgun, Machete, Pistol with Suppressor, and Knife.


     Point Man - Spearhead is also included in the set. Like the other figures, he follows the style of the 25th Anniversary G.I. Joe action figure line. He is based off a Toys R Us exclusive from 1989 and sports a removable helmet, goggles and combat vest. Figure includes: Includes G.I. Joe Logo Stand, Assault Rifle, Machine Gun with Bi-pod, Ammo Strip, Assault Rifle with Strap and Bayonet, and NEW Bobcat.



     Flamethrower - Charbroil concludes the G.I. Joe: Night Force members included in the JoeCon 2013 set. Again, he follows the style of the 25th Anniversary line, and is based off a Toys R Us exclusive figure from 1989. He sports a newly retooled classic-style helmet, which is removable, and a retooled flamethrower backpack. Figure includes: G.I. Joe Logo Stand, Flamethrower, Backpack with Connection Hose, Flame Burst attachment, and Pistol.

  
Cobra Demolitions Team

     Of course, where would the Joes be without the ruthless terrorist organization known as Cobra? Not surprisingly, the JoeCon 2013 Nocturnal Fire set also includes several figures fans can add to their ever expanding army in the form of the Cobra Demolitions Team...

     First on the list is Warlord - Cobra Mortal. He follows the style of the 25th Anniversary G.I. Joe line in both style and posebility and is based off the classic white variant figure released exclusively in Venezuela. Figure includes: Cobra Logo Stand, Crossbow, Knife, Sword, Sub-Machine Gun, and Satchel.


     Next on Cobra's roster is the Frag-Viper Commander - Cobra Letal. He follows the style of the 25th Anniversary G.I. Joe line and is based off the classic green variant figure released exclusively in Brazil. He features a new head, shared with the included Frag-Viper Troopers. Figure includes: Cobra Logo Stand, Bazooka Launcher, Backpack with Removable Shells, Pistol, Knife, and Sub-Machine Gun.


     Cobra Saboteur - Crimson Asp is next in line for the Cobra Demolitions Team. Following the 25th Anniversary G.I. Joe line style-wise, this figure sports a new female head on an all-new female Cobra character. Figure includes: Cobra Logo Stand, Grenade Launcher, Assault Rifle, Explosive Charges, Flamethrower, Connection Hose and Backpack.


     Next up are the Cobra Machine Gunners known as S.A.W. Vipers. Three of these figures, which follow the style and posebility of the 25th Anniversary line, are included in the set. They are modern updates of classic G.I. Joe figures from 1990. Figure(s) include: Cobra Logo Stand, Removable Helmet, Squad Automatic Weapon (S.A.W.) Machine Gun with Removable Ammo Box, Backpack,
Tactical Vest with Radio and Removable Knives.


     And finally, rounding out the roster for this year's JoeCon 2013 set are a trio of Cobra Grenadiers known as Frag-Vipers. Again, three of these troop builders are included in the set and follow the style of the 25th Anniversary G.I. Joe line. The figures sport new, shared heads based on a classic figure from 1990. Figure(s) include: Cobra Logo Stand, Grenade Thrower, Backpack with Connection Hose, Grenades, Sub-Machine Gun, Pistol, and Knife.



     Well, there you have it, Joe fans! Our in-depth look at the 2013 JoeCon Nocturnal Fire souvenir set has come to an end. All in all, this seems like a very neat set, although I have to say, some of these guys are sporting some rather odd colors. Perhaps that's due to the fact that most of these are based off figures from the late 80's and early 90's, a time when you could get away with pink clad Cobra soliders and Joes with teal boots. Still, a neat set that provides a nice, nostalgic trip for fans of that era of Joe figures. 

     Very cool, Hasbro!

     Look for the 2013 Nocturnal Fire souvenir set at JoeCon April 4th - 7th, 2013...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Hasbro Reveals Star Wars Black Series Figures

     It appears that Hasbro's Star Wars line is growing up alongside its collectors. According to an article published in USA Today, Hasbro is set to release a new line of 6" Star Wars figures in 2013 that will feature increased articulation and more attention to detail. They will be aimed at adult collectors and be priced at $19.99.

     According to USA Today, a total of eight figures are planned for this year, with the majority of the line made up of characters from the original trilogy, with key players from the prequels thrown in as well.

     The first wave, due out in August, will be made up of four characters - Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing flight suit, R2-D2, Darth Maul and an Imperial Sandtrooper.

     "We consider them the best figures that Hasbro's ever produced for Star Wars that meets the sensibilities of romancing the character as well as the playability and poseability that fans really appreciate," says Derryl DePriest, Hasbro vice president of boys marketing.

Black Series Luke Skywalker
     Hasbro has had success with the 6" action figure niche before, thanks to their hugely successful Marvel Legends figures, based, of course, on heroes and villains inhabiting the Marvel universe. In terms of Star Wars, though, the Black Series will act as a transitional point between the 3¾-inch toys — "which is rooted in the childhood memories of generations of now-grown kids," DePriest says — and the 12-inch Sideshow Collectibles figures for adult collectors.

     The current "vintage"-style line of 3¾ figures will also continue under the Black Series banner.

     In creating something new and different with Star Wars, the color black became an inspiration for toy designers, DePriest says. "It's one of the main colors of Star Wars all the way back to the beginning, and it's the approach that Lucasfilm has taken with their collector-oriented product line. We're bringing that simplicity and essence and focus on the character now to the toy aisle."

     The Black Series appeals to those newbies who want to start a series from the start as well as those hardcore collectors who gobble up anything having to do with the words "Jedi" or "Empire" and "are looking for something new and their interest isn't as piqued by the 15th cantina alien we have yet to do," DePriest says. "We realize folks want their iconic characters delivered up in a new way." 

     With Star Wars: Episode VII coming from new Star Wars director J.J. Abrams in a couple of years, as well as comics, novels and other media adding to the universe George Lucas started in 1977, it's a good time to figure out different scales and toys for the next generation of Star Wars fan, according to DePriest. 

     Before then, however, the Black Series also gives a chance for parents to connect with their own little Star Wars fans.

     "Our focus here is the adult collector, the dad," DePriest says. "We know they have their own generation of youngsters they like to share the adventure with. It can be something for dad, and the 3¾ world can be something for the kids to share."



     Sounds promising to me. Being a collector of other 6" lines, like DC Universe Classics, I can admit that I am very excited for a 6" line of collector oriented Star Wars figures with increased articulation and more attention to detail! I can't tell you how stoked I'll be when we lay eyes on the, no doubt, eventual, Star Wars Black Series Boba Fett figure!

     Thank you, Hasbro! For keeping Star Wars alive for over 35-years and keeping it fresh and new for both new and current collectors and fans!

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Mattel Announces Max Steel

     Yesterday, Mattel sent out a press release for their upcoming Max Steel line. You can read the full release below, or view the Meet Max Steel trailer posted above...


MATTEL LAUNCHES NEW GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT FRANCHISE MAX STEEL™

New Multi-Platform Venture Will Feature Animated Superhero TV Series Broadcast in More Than 100 Global Markets, Turbo-Charged Online Content Hub and Robust Toy and Consumer Products Line

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Max Steel™, a wholly-owned intellectual property from Mattel, makes its global debut in March with an animated superhero series premiere on Disney XD in the United States and globally on major network operators. The multi-platform action-adventure entertainment franchise will also introduce a dynamic web destination, featuring rich content, including interactive gameplay. Additional property support includes a suite of products, spanning action figures, vehicles, role play items and a diverse line of consumer products available summer 2013.

"As experts in play, we know that the franchise model is no longer strictly about toy making, it's also about compelling content creation," said Tim Kilpin, general manager of Mattel Global Brands. "We developed the Max Steel storyline to be rich enough to live on any platform enabling a deeper engagement with today's multimedia kids."

For the past decade, Max Steel entertainment, toys and consumer products have successfully grown in Latin America, emerging as the No. 1 boys brand*. Leveraging this success as a framework, Mattel is expanding the brand globally:

Animated TV Series: Co-produced by Mattel and FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) — one of the world's largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of content — the Max Steel CGI animated series premieres March 25 in the U.S. on Disney XD, a leading kids entertainment network. The 26-episode series will then roll out in more than 100 territories globally, including Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Hong Kong, Central and Eastern Europe, South and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Turkey, France, Italy, Spain and more. FME manages worldwide distribution of the series (excluding USA), as well as global home entertainment rights.

Online content hub: Fans will be able to view episodes online at MaxSteel.com, which will go live in March timed to the series premiere, as well as on DisneyXD.com. The site has been developed as an immersive experience for kids to engage in the world of Max Steel with exclusive games, video content, music and the latest information on toys and products.

Mobile gaming: The Max Steel side scrolling action adventure game allows kids to experience the Max Steel story on their iOS or Android device. The mobile game will include codes to unlock exclusive content on the platform.

Toys and consumer products: Timed to Max Steel's fall season beginning in August, Mattel will launch a new line of toys that infuses team-up, turbo energy and transformation features unique to the brand. The toy line will include action figures, ride-on and die-cast vehicles, role play items and remote control products.

Publishing: In North America, UK, Australia and New Zealand, Mattel has partnered with VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga (Japanese-themed comics) in North America. As part of the collaboration, VIZ Media will develop and publish a Max Steel original graphic novel series. The graphic novel series will launch in Fall 2013 under VIZ's kids imprint.

"Max Steel is an immersive boys franchise that brings a positive and relatable role model to kids, and is supported by a captivating storyline, allowing them to unlock their own inner superhero," said Doug Wadleigh, senior vice president, global brands marketing strategy, Mattel.

Max Steel Synopsis:

Max Steel is the ultimate aspirational teen hero with a secret. The story revolves around the trials and tribulations of a teenaged boy named Maxwell McGrath and his out-of-this-world alien companion, Steel. Both have super strengths and powers, Max with Turbo energy and Steel with alien intellect. When they combine forces to create Max Steel, the ultimate superhero is unleashed — unlocking their inner heroes. The series draws upon turbo-charged teamwork, laughter and friendship to help kids overcome life's obstacles — from the everyday, to the out-of-this-world.
About Max Steel

Developed by Mattel, Inc., Max Steel is an immersive franchise that brings a positive and relatable superhero to kids, supported by a captivating storyline and compelling multi-platform content for today's tech-forward kid. Featuring an animated superhero series, Max Steel draws upon turbo-charged teamwork, laughter and friendship to help kids overcome life's obstacles — from the everyday, to the out-of-this-world. With worldwide distribution partners, the franchise launches include content and a robust portfolio spanning toys, digital platforms and consumer products. For more information, visit Max Steel...




     Okay, so it's not DC Universe Classics or Masters of the Universe Classics, or Voltron, but, I must admit, this does look kind of neat and I am looking forward to more information as it develops! Keep it tuned to Infinite Earths for the latest updates on this new Mattel franchise!

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Confirmed: J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII...

     In case you have been living under a rock for the past couple of days, it has now been confirmed that Star Trek director J.J. Abrams will be the man in the director's chair for Star Wars: Episode VII! 

     A press release was revealed this past Friday from Disney, stating that Mr. Abrams will indeed be directing the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. 



     During the press release, Kathleen Kennedy was quoted as saying: “It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie. J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

     George Lucas, the creator of all things Star Wars, also had nothing but praise for Mr. Abrams, saying: “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

     Abrams, who considers working on the next Star Wars film an absolute honor, recently told E! Online that he found the whole thing wildly surrell and that he is excited to actually start it. However, some fans may be a little concerned as to the type of direction this new Star Wars film will take with the director of Star Trek taking the helm, especially considering that not everyone has been pleased with what Abrams has done with the Trek franchise.

     Yet, Abrams also recently spoke with the Huffington Post. In the interview, Abrams attempted to put Star Wars fans' concerns to rest by saying: "I want to do the fans proud. I want to make sure the story is something that really touches people." These words may be all well in good, in theory, but we'll have to wait for the finished project to see just how well Abrams lived up his word.

     Yet, I must admit, I have faith in the man and eagerly look forward to what he brings to my favorite Sci-Fi franchise.

     Of course, as to when we'll take another trip to that Galaxy so far, far away remains to be seen. Back in October 2012, it was announced that Lucasfilm, now a division of Disney following a massive buyout late last year, was aiming to have Star Wars: Episode VII out on the big screen by 2015. Yet, shortly after the announcement was made that Abrams would be directing, sources claimed that he wasn't entirely committed to the planned 2015 release date. This really isn't all that surprising, considering the amount of big budget blockbusters set for release in 2015, which includes such heavy-hitters as Justice League, Avengers 2, Ant-Man and Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Does this mean we may see Episode VII sooner? As of right now, we are forced to simply wait and see.



     All in all, however, this is very exciting news to this writer. I love Abrams past work on Lost and am really loving what he has done to reintroduce the Star Trek franchise to a new generation of fans, so I have nothing but faith in what Mr. Abrams will do for the Star Wars saga. Of course, right now is much to early to being discussing specifics of what is planned for the new trilogy, but, in my honest opinion, Jar Jar Binks has been around now for over 10 years, so how could J.J. Abrams possibly make the Star Wars saga worse?

     Guess we'll just have to sit back and wait...

     More on this exciting news as it develops...
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A Look Back: Club Infinite Earths: Part 2 - Atocitus

     Earlier last week, we started a look back on Mattel's Club Infinite Earths 2012 line-up with a look at Jay Garrick - The Golden Age Flash! This figure was nothing but pure awesomeness, and proved that Mattel wasn't afraid to start their new mail-away service off with a big bang!

     Now, we'll move on to the next figure in the 2012 line-up - Atrocitus, leader of the Red Lanterns!

      Artocitus, and the Red Lantern Corps for that matter, is another one of Geoff Johns' creations. Like his work with the Flash, Johns churned out some truly amazing stories in the Green Lantern mythos and, I must admit, it is because of such stories as Secret Origins that I became such a huge Atrocitus fan right from the get-go. Whether it was because he was such a mysterious new addition to the DC universe, or because I liked the idea of other colors of the Lantern spectrum being introduced, I can't say for sure. All I know for certain is that Atrocitus has become one of my favorite DC Comics characters since his debut in 2007. As such, I was thrilled when Mattel revealed the Atrocitus figure during their sign-up campaign! First, Jay Garrick, and now Atrocitus? It was like Mattel had tailored this club specifically for me!

     At least that was how I felt up until I got my hands on the Red Lantern leader...

     Now, don't get me wrong, Atrocitus is another awesome figure! He was another very appropriate choice for Club Infinite Earths and adds some much needed variety to any DCUC collection. Plus, the Red Lanterns have been needing numbers added to their ranks since the first figures were released in Green Lantern Classics. It's just that, while I saw Jay Garrick as a pretty much flawless offering, Artocitus seemed not without his faults.

     But, more on that later...




 













  

  
     The figure in general is awesome! Artocitus was built using the larger male body, which gives him the type of build we've come to see within the comic books. Some fans have complained that a larger chest, like that used for Etrigan in the first wave of DC Universe Classics, should've been used to make this piece, but in all honesty, I see nothing wrong with the sculpt Mattel decided to use. Unless you go by his current appearance in Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Atrocitus was never a huge, hulking character.

     There is a lot of really nice detail on the figures head, which has a good range of motion, despite the high collar, and he is one of the few figures that actually looks good with that 'opened-mouth-screaming' look. His newly sculpted hands are also highly detailed,  sporting sharpened black fingernails, the comic accurate knuckle circles, and a sculpted ring done up in some very nice metallic paint! Mattel has always bested DC Collectibles (formerly DC Direct) when it comes to the area of Lantern rings, and the Club Infinite Earths Artocitus figure is no exception in this regard.

     Another area where the figure shines is when it comes to his uniform. The paint is flawless, at least on my figure. Like Jay Garrick, there are no issues when it comes to paint smears, bleeds or blotches. Rather, Atrocitus sports very crisp, clean paint work and the Red Lantern logo in the centre of his chest is equally neatly applied, with very crisp, straight lines.

     Like I said, this was another awesome figure.
     Yet, that doesn't mean it wasn't without its faults.



     First, my biggest issue has to do with the fact that both Atrocitus' hands have been sculpted into fists. Okay, so this isn't something new, many DC Universe figures from back in the day were sculpted with dual fists, like Wildcat or the Classic-style Martian Manhunter. Yet, neither of those two figures were packed alongside any additional accessories other then a Collect-and-Connect piece. The Four Horsemen, however, went to the trouble of giving Atrocitus a brand new, accurately sculpted Red Lantern power battery - a battery that he is unable to hold! Okay, okay, I know that not everyone displays their Lantern figures holding their included batteries, yet isn't it nice to have the option? Again, as I look around at my DC Universe Classics collection, I can't spot a single Lantern who isn't holding his included power battery - except Atrocitus.

     Also, while we're on the subject of accessories, I must admit I was a little upset this figure didn't include any rage vomit. However, this issue can be fixed if you got the 3-pack from Green Lantern Classics Wave 2. That set came with Red Lantern Dex-Starr, who included some rage vomit that actually works better for Atrocitus as it always seemed too out of scale for use with the smaller figure it was meant to go with.   

     Second, there is a slight issue with the height on this figure. Again, I am not saying he has to be some towering hulk like in Green Lantern: The Animated Series, but when the figure ends up being smaller then his fellow corps members (most notably, Skullox), something just seems oddly out of place, considering he's the leader of the group.



     In the end, however, I know these small imperfections can be overlooked. Mattel gave us another great figure with the Red Lantern leader, there is no denying that. And, he does look really good within the ranks of any DC Universe Classics display. So, again, these small issues can be overlooked. Atrocitus was another strong entry into the Club Infinite Earths 2012 subscription, and I wouldn't have had it any other way.

     If anything, the Atrocitus figure offered by Mattel did teach me one thing: that, even your most favorite action figure line isn't always going to be perfect - but that doesn't mean it still isn't a totally awesome action figure line that is a total blast to collect!

     Next in our look back at Club Infinite Earths 2012 - The Chronicler, Metron!

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Joe Schreiber's Next - Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown

     The guy who put zombies in the Star Wars universe is now sending Darth Maul behind bars for his next book Maul: Lockdown.

     Joe Schreiber, author of Death Troopers and Red Harvest is once again returning to the Star Wars universe, but this time, he is trading in zombies for a more classic "infiltrating a prison full of criminal scum" storyline for Maul: Lockdown. 

     Here is the synopsis for the book, which comes out in hardcover at the end of 2013... 

     From the mind of Joe Schreiber, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Death Troopers, comes the delirious follow-up to last year's Darth Plagueis. In a tale of retribution and survival set before the events of The Phantom Menace, Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious dispatch Sith apprentice Darth Maul on a secret mission to infiltrate a criminal empire operating from inside Cog Hive Seven-a hidden prison teeming with the galaxy's most savage criminals. There, he must contend against the scummiest and most villainous in gladiatorial death matches while carrying out his masters' clandestine commands. Failure is not an option; success will ignite the revenge of the Sith against the Jedi Order...

     Sounds good to me. I must admit that I am loving all the attention Maul has been getting over the last little while, what with the re-release of The Phantom Menace last February, his return in the Clone Wars animated series and now this new novel! Pretty descent for a guy who was supposedly killed off from the Star Wars universe over ten years ago, wouldn`t you say?

     Again, this new novel won`t be out for a while still, but at least we have the cover revealed to keep us tie over until then, right?

     Enjoy! 

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Coming soon to a bookstore near you...


 

Super Alloy Justice Leage New 52 Figures Announced

     Play Imaginative has announced a premium lineup of collectible figures featuring characters from the DC Comics: The New 52 comic books. In 2013, the Super Alloy Collectible Figure product line will grow to include New 52 Superman, Green Lantern, Batman, and The Flash. The figures will be produced in 1/6 scale, at approximately 12 inches in height.
  
     Play Imaginative states that they been working closely with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to produce truly exceptional products that will excite both fans and collectors alike. With additional accessories and various electronic functions within the figures, The New 52 Super Alloy Collectible Figures will be among some of the top-of-the-range quality products in the action figure industry.

     Mr. Jacky Teo, Business Development Director at Play Imaginative commented as follows on the upcoming line, "We are very excited with our upcoming Super Alloy Collectible Figures for DC Comics. There is currently a void of die-cast metal alloy collectible figures, especially of western comic characters. This multi-territory licensing deal is a start in expanding the high-end action figure market, and providing consumers and retailers with more choices.”

     The New 52 Super Alloy Collectible Figures will be released according to the following approximate release dates:

The New 52 Super Alloy Superman – May 2013
• The New 52 Super Alloy Green Lantern – August 2013
• The New 52 Super Alloy Batman – October 2013
• The New 52 Super Alloy The Flash – December 2013
     According to the company's press release, Play Imaginative has an official multi-territory licensing deal with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, for the DC Comics Justice League Super Alloy 1/6 Scale Collectible Figures product line. The territories included in the licensing deal are United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, India, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, all of South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, with exception of the key region of Latin America.

     To give you an idea as to what Play Imaginative has in store for DC Comics fans and collectors, check out the Super Alloy Batman figure shots posted below. This figure was recently released and was designed by Jim Less.

     Enjoy! 

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Hot Toys Reveals Predator 2: City Hunter Predator

     Last month, Hot Toys revealed the first offering for their upcoming Alien Vs. Predator line in the form of the Scar Predator and, to be perfectly blunt, it looks mind-blowing! Now, Hot Toys has once again dipped their hands into the Predator universe to bring fans the Predator 2 City Hunter Predator collectible figure and, once again, the figure looks simply amazing!

     Completed in 1/6 scale, the City Hunter Predator is set to feature an authentic, detailed and fully realized likeness based off the City Hunter Predator from the Predator 2 film. He will stand about 14-inches tall and feature over 22-points of articulation.

   The City Hunter Predator will also feature a complete, newly developed head sporting rubber hair and a net on his body. The figure will also come with several interchangeable parts including - One (1) exchangeable expanded mandible, one (1) interchangeable left cut-off forearm, and six (6) pieces of interchangeable palms including: 

.One (1) right palm for holding spear
.One (1) right palm for holding disc
.One (1) pair of fists
.One (1) pair of relaxed palms

      Weapons-wise, this new Predator collectible figure will feature an extendable spear and disc on his right thigh. A detachable face mask, with light-up LED function, detachable oxygen mask, set of forearm armor, with an expandable metal blade on right side, shoulder, waist, thigh, knee and leg armor, a trophy skull, medical kit with tools and a display stand will also be included with this amazing addition to any Predator collection.

     The figure is set for release soon, and will come encased in very beautiful and eye-catching collector oriented packaging. Until then, enjoy the images posted below...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

A Look Back: Club Infinite Earths: Part 1 - The Flash

     2012 was a very uncertain time for us DC Comics fans. When it was announced that the current DC universe would be rebooted with the launch of the New 52, many fans, myself included, were both upset and uneasy. As fans, we'd all grown accustom to a certain world within the pages of our favorite comics, and here, we were being told, almost everything we'd come to know and love over the years was about to change forever.

     Then came a second announcement that set the DC Comics fan community on edge - Mattel would be pulling their DC Universe Classics line of 6-inch action figures from store shelves! Once again, fans were both upset and uneasy. Mattel had been giving fans collector oriented DC Comics figures since the DC Superheroes line from 2004 and here, once again, fans were being told something they had become accustomed to was about to change forever.

     Or so we thought...  

The original sign-up campaign for Club Infinite Earths
     
     As things eventually turned out, 2012 may have seen the cancellation of the popular DC Universe Classics action figure line at retail, but it also saw the launch of Club Infinite Earths. With the launch of this club, by Mattel, subscribers would have a monthly 6-inch figure shipped right to their doorstep, for a price. For me, this actually was taken as good news! You see, I live in Ontario, Canada. And, although I am a huge fan of Mattel's 6-inch DC offerings, the chances of tracking something down at retail here is pretty much slim to none. In fact, as I sit here and scan my rather sizable DC Universe Classics collection, I've come to the conclusion that I've probably only ever picked up 4 figures for the collection at retail. Sad, I know.

     Yet, all was forgiven once Club Infinite Earths went forward following the initial sign-up period, and two additional grace periods, offered by Mattel. No more would I be forced to go out on fruitless toy hunts hoping to add another JSA member or Batman Rogue to my collection, and be forced to come home empty handed. Now, instead of having to track down these amazing figures online or at conventions, they would be coming to me! And, on a monthly basis! And the first figure shipped out to fans in 2012? Jay Garrick, the Golden Age Flash...

     To be perfectly honest, although I would've signed up for this new club regardless, when Mattel first revealed Jay Garrick during their campaign to get fans to sign up, I was sold right then and there. I am a big Flash fan, especially once Geoff Johns got a hold of the title and gave us such amazing stories as Rebirth, The Dastardly Death of the Rogues and, dare I say it, Flashpoint. Yet, the only Speedsters Mattel had given us up to this point were Barry Allen (Flash) and Wally West (Kid Flash). Where was Jay? He was the original Flash, a founding member of the JSA and former member of the All-Star Squadron during World War II. He was Barry Allen's hero, inspiration and mentor. He was a great DC Comics hero, one who was long past the deserved time to get his due figure wise.

     And Mattel's first Club Infinite Earths offering respects this fact in a big way!





     Something that was nice about the launch of the new club was that, although the figures came in new packaging, and under the new name of DC Universe Signature Collection, was that the figures remained almost identical to their DC Universe Classics counterparts. So, although the DC Universe Classics line is done, the figures we are currently getting have a very nice sense of familiarity about them.

     To be perfectly blunt, Jay looks amazing! The pictures Mattel released really didn't do the figure proper justice until I was holding it in my hand. Taking a nice, close look at the figure, he appears to be based off the work of Dale Eaglesham. He sports greying temples, which gives Jay a sort of nice, distinguished look about him. His trademark helmet is cast in a very nice silver and gold vac metal finish that really makes the figure stand out in your collection. Now, the helmet does have a small seam running down the centre, due to the way it was cast, but it's not all that noticeable and by no means affects how awesome this figure really is.

     The figure is made of some very strong plastic. He feels of a very nice quality and the joints are nice and tight. His articulation is what you'd come to expect if you're a collector of DC Superheroes or DC Universe Classics, so I won't be running down the list for this one. His paintwork is top notch, with no major issues with bleeds, smears or smudges. The lightening bolt painted onto his costume is very crisp and sharp, as is the paint detail on his belt. In a nod to the DC Universe Classics figures of the past, Jay has some nice, subtle air brushing on his shirt, pants and shoes.




   












   
    
    

     Sculpt-wise, Jay's build, again, is an area where I feel the figure shines. He is very lean and well proportioned for a runner. I do agree with other reviewers who claim Jay's build is better for a Speedster then those used for Barry Allen and Wally West, however, there are also those who claim he is just too tall, but honestly, it isn't all that noticeable when situated on a shelf with other DCUC figures. If he is looking too tall to some, my guess is he is simply getting some added height thanks to his helmet, and nothing more. Yet, if that still doesn't change your point of view, you can always put him in a running pose to differ some of the additional height.

     All in all, to me, Jay Garrick, the Golden Age Flash, was the perfect way for Mattel to launch the first year of Club Infinite Earths! He is an integral part to any Justice Society of America collection, and is a figure fans have been demanding for a long time! Mattel delivered big time on this classic character and finally answered the prayers of many fans who were crushed that their beloved DC Universe Classics line would be riding off into the sunset. Jay easily gains a perfect score with those of us here at Infinite Earths! Now, all we ask, Mattel, is that more JSA-ers like Liberty Bell and Golden Age Mr. Terrific find their way into our mail boxes in the near future!

     Next on our look back at Club Infinite Earths 2012 - the Red Lantern Leader Atrocitus!

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