Toy news roundup, 2/2/09


  • G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra Super Bowl clip (TNI)
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Super Bowl clip – I doubt I’ll see either of these films in theaters, unless you guys really want me to. I suppose a review or two might be fun, but be warned, I’m not particularly well-predisposed to these movies. (ENI)
  • If you haven’t seen it, here’s the Mr. Potato Head ad from the Super Bowl. It’s pretty cute. (Hulu)
  • I can’t get the video to work, but if you can, check out what is possibly my favorite Robot Chicken skit ever, starring MOTU’s Faker. (adult swim)
  • Since I’m such a whore for brown costume Wolverine, I’m toying with ordering the BBTS Marvel Select variant. Articulation looks like crap, though, and I hate that pre-posed torso. Also: why can’t anyone make non-warped Wolverine claws? SOTA got it right with Vega years ago. (
  • NECA to make Dead Space figures. Anyone played this game? Is it good? (
  • A nice history of Watchmen action figures. It sucks we never got those comic-based ones. Has it ever been confirmed that a falling out with Alan Moore was the reason the line was shelved? Also, I’d love a retro-styled Watchmen line like the one depicted in the original comic. (Cool Toy Review)
  • Something weird is going on over at Sideshow Toys. That’s all I know.
  • Jesse Falcon claims 6″ Marvel Legends line not dead. It’s just pining for the fjords. (Fwoosh)
  • Hasbro’s 66th Star Wars Q&A round-up. (Rebelscum)


Review > Nathan “Rad” Spencer (Bionic Commando, NECA)


Pic of the Day


  1. Frowny McBeard

    Well, if they're upping the "realism" factor the same way Bay did with Transformers (weird ass/non human faces, no mass-shifting, etc.) it's kind of a hard sell to say the Army has ninjas. And there was no way they were making a GI Joe movie without Snake Eyes.

    Just sayin'.

  2. I should mention that I'm not saying they won't be a military unit… But they might as well be called the Power Rangers.

    Instead of being the US's best and brightest soldiers, they're our secret group of dudes in superarmor.

    That's a lot more like Hellboy or X-Men than GI Joe.

    Anyway hopefully they make a decent 3 3/4 CE so I can make a 3 3/4 Doctor Who.

  3. I pretty much know it. That's what every indication has given us. The commercial was supposed to rest those fears. Instead all we got were scenes of guys running around in super suits jumping through explosions and cars.

    I'd love for them to prove me wrong. I just know they won't.

  4. @Newt: But with Joe they’ve completely scrapped the military part and instead made them a rogue group of superheroes. You don't know this yet.

    @Poe: At this point, I think it’s a foregone conclusion that any movie adaptation of any franchise is going to be its own beast that may or may not appeal to fans of the earlier incarnation. Very true. Shit, they're movies about cartoons, why does everyone get their panties in such a bunch over these things?

  5. Dead Man Walking

    IGN gave Dead Space an 8.7/10 and gamespot gave it a 9/10. I haven't played it so I can't render my own opinion.

  6. Ryan Aston

    Ditto on Misterbigbo's sentiments. Dead Space is a Resident Evil 4 rehash with some interesting new gameplay features but its weak story (an unpleasant and gory rehash of Aliens, Event Horizon and literally every sci fi movie ever since) and lack of genuine scares, alongside a weak final boss and not-a-lot-of-actual-storytelling make it above average at best. Nothing in the game – particularly disturbing creatures aside – cry out for figures.

  7. Misterbigbo

    I played Dead Space and it had some interesting space combat features. Certainly worth a rental, or from the $17.99 bin. But toys from that obscure game? I'd rather see a Battletoads redux line 😉

  8. Yeah I guess Resolute will be nice. I knew the Joe movie would be a disaster because Hollywood likes to remake things into something so completely wrong. Maybe it'll be entertaining, but we'll have to see.

    But I actually think a more military Joe would have worked better. Appealing to more people than just kids, while still hitting those demos. Oh wells.

  9. Poe

    Well, at least the diehard fans get Resolute, right?

    At this point, I think it's a foregone conclusion that any movie adaptation of any franchise is going to be its own beast that may or may not appeal to fans of the earlier incarnation.

  10. That Joe clip actually made me feel WORSE about the movie. They've tried to pretend like their "super-suits" were just a section of the movie… But it's clearly obvious that the whole movie is about GI Joes clad in all black super suits running around being superheroes.

    Would it have been that hard to try and stick even a little to the Joe mythos? At least with Transformers they basically kept the premise right, robots that disguise as vehicles…

    But with Joe they've completely scrapped the military part and instead made them a rogue group of superheroes.


    At least Eccleson looks cool as Destro.

  11. Tom-Tom

    Did anyone watch the new Robot Chicken last night? The Arkham Asylum skit was hilarious…

  12. Frowny McBeard

    DC has all the rights to Watchmen until it goes out of print, according to the original contract. I think in this case they were respecting Moore’s wishes in order to keep him writing for ABC. Moore had intended never to work for DC again, so his America’s Best Comics imprint was with Jim Lee’s Wildstorm. Shortly afterward, Lee sold Wildstorm to DC, effectively making Moore their employee again. The figures may have been casualties of Moore not wanting anything to do with the Watchmen anniversary and not wanting a hoopla made over the anniversary in the first place.

    Again, not 100% sure, but it’s not like they needed Moore’s permission.

  13. J_Stone

    I'm a sufficient mark that I'll probably see the Joe movie, even though I'm equally sure it will disappoint.

    TF, on the other hand, can stay home. I didn't like the first one, and this one does not look to be much different/better.

  14. I have extremely mixed emotions about GIJoe and TF2. I will see them both but I'm trying to reserve any judgement for after seeing them.

    I somehow missed the Mr. Potato Head spot, but its hillarious!

    That RC Faker skit is hillarious!

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