TRANSFORMERS will be celebrating their 30th Anniversary next year (I have many Transformers stories to share), and to kick things off, for the first time ever, Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is inviting kids and longtime fans to help design a new Transformers character that will forever become a part of TF lore. The "Fan Built Bot" promotion officially starts today, and in the end... the new character created with input from the world will be made into an action figure that will be offered in the 2014 "Thrilling 30" line of toys.
Steven Spielberg's classic film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released 31 years ago this June. I thought it was pretty cool when I found a 20th Anniversary Edition Collectors' figure on clearance at Toys "R" Us (it was an exclusive to them) back in 2002... and to this day, the 12" figure sits in an acrylic display case here in my office. Now, my E.T. is a little less-cool, as the folks at NECA Toys are releasing an E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Stunt Puppet Prop Replica. It's nearly life-size, at almost three feet tall. I think that I my daughters need this.
One of the most popular articles here on The Rock Father last month was about the new line of BATMAN CLASSICS 1966 Action Figures from Mattel. While I mentioned a forthcoming wave set to feature the Caesar Romero version of THE JOKER and the Julie Newmar version of CATWOMAN, details were scarce. Now, things are a little bit clearer.
I know a lot of you that read The Rock Father are fans of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC. Even if you're not a fan yourself (Perhaps you're a Brony? Maybe you're a Pegasister?), there's a strong likelihood that your kids are (like mine), so the world of Equestria is still a part of your life. Knowing that a lot of Rock Father friends are into MLP, the folks over at Mimoco sent over a brand-new Rainbow Dash MIMOBOT - an 8GB USB Flash Drive customized as the colorful pony, complete with her prism-spectrum mane, lightning-cloud cutie mark, and undeniable charisma. If you're lucky, Rainbow Dash will soon make a journey from Rock Father HQ to your house.
The headline to this post is completely misleading. Yes, the much-touted remake of the EVIL DEAD has hit theaters, but no - there is no kids' version on the way. But characters from the third installment of the original trilogy (ARMY OF DARKNESS) are getting a pretty cute makeover when they become a part of Funko Toys' ever-growing line of Pop! Vinyl Figures later this year. Bruce Campbell will be there as ASH, and you might find a DEADITE or two. But they won't be alone come September...
Is it Halloween in April? Weird to follow-up a post about toys based on THE MUNSTERS with this...
I've known about these for a bit, but now that photos for all of them have surfaced online, it's time to discuss a forthcoming wave of the Hot Wheels "Pop Culture" cars... UNIVERSAL HORROR.