Concept Art For Voltron Movie Smash Cities To Bits

Rumors of a live-action film revival for Voltron have been around for a while. In fact, just back in June, premature reports of the project's demise were debunked, and it was revealed that the film, titled Voltron: Defender of the Universe was back on track for a 3D release for Summer 2013. After that news simmered for a few months, it seems that some stunning concept art has shown up over at JoBlo. For those of you who were worried about yet another case of retro-80's revivals leaving even more "raped childhoods," you may want to take a look at these pics. The classic look of everyone's favorite giant robot lions segmented into a giant anthropomorphic swordsman has retained its signature elements with a ton of additional badd-assery. (See pics below.)

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New Ninja Turtles Movie Gets Fast-Tracked, Adds Writers

Nickelodeon's sinister plan to relaunch the 90's phenomena of Turtlemania has just taken one more step forward. According to Deadline, sister company Paramount has just fast-tracked the long-in-the-works feature film revival of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, hiring scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, two co-writers of the first Iron Man film. Dropping $60 million last year to acquire the global rights to one of the most popular kid's properties of the last few decades, Viacom Inc.'s Nickelodeon initiated plans for an all-out blitz of all things Turtles. Besides this reboot live-action film, plans are also in the works for a new CGI-based cartoon, as well as an all-new toy line manufactured by old partner-in-crime, Playmates Toys.

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We stop by to talk with Todd McFarlane, award winning creator of the Spawn franchise, to discuss the new Halo: Reach McFarlane toys he created and the hardship of creating toys for the fans. He also dives into the development of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and gives you a sneak peek at his new MMO game that will make you say, "Whoa!" Finally, discover some insightful information about his upcoming R-rated movie, Spawn.

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Comic-Con. To some, the word invokes sheer terror into their souls. To most, it brings love, joy and excitement. And to a very select few, it simply means now's the time I can spill out of my costume and no one will judge me... to my face.

Whether you are in San Diego or not, G4 is dedicated to bringing you the best info flowing from the show. You already saw the line-up of events happening on-air and on-site, but on G4TV.com, turn to us for your breaking news, game previews, trailers and gameplay clips, cosplay photos, video interviews and live blogged panels. 

To see the panels we'll be covering (which include TRON: Legacy, Thor and Captain America, Harry Potter and more), it's as easy as looking below or checking out our main Comic-Con 2010 site. As a bonus feature, sign up to be reminded when the panels start! Good luck, we're all counting on you.

UPDATE: The orange figure is a version of the Spartan "Hazop Gold" and will be a Toys 'R Us exclusive.

I don't have a good answer as to why, but my first McFarlane Toys purchase was of Patrick from Species II. I didn't like the movie, and I didn't even love the character, but I just found myself giddy from the goofiness of the creature. Later, it was very clear why I NEEDED to buy more McFarlane Toys (Ash from Army of Darkness and The Thing figures are still some of my favorites), and when they branched into video games with Metal Gear Solid, I was hooked for life.

A First Look at the Halo: Reach Action Figures Coming this
SeptemberWhich makes it all the more exciting to bring you these two exclusive first looks at McFarlane Toys' upcoming Halo: Reach line. Coming in September, the first wave of 5-inch figures will be upon us and our wallets. Beyond the weapons and more than 20 points of articulation, Series 1 will include the following:

  • Noble 6: the player's character in Halo: Reach with assault rifle
  • Emile: the visually unique, early fan-favorite character, with a shotgun and knife, as well as an etched skull emblem on the helmet
  • Jorge: the largest of the Noble Team Spartans, a heavy weapons specialist with a unique machine gun.  Jorge's 6-inches compared to the other team at 5
  • Spartan: a customized version of the game's main character; features interchangeable armor pieces and an assault rifle
  • Elite: the game's main enemy; perfect for "army building" comes with a Needler and stands at 6-inches as well to be imposing and scary
  • Grunt: a new version of the popular Grunt enemy, features the new armor type and a Plasma pistol and is the shortest of the bunch at 4 inches.

I couldn't keep up with all of the Halo 3 line, but maybe I'll get ahead of the curve in September. To see our two exclusive first look shots at the Halo: Reach Series 1 line from McFarlane Toys, you simply need to click the image or the link above to be rewarded of a much larger shot of Emile and someone who has gotta be one bold MF to wear bright orange in a firefight for survival.  For more Halo goodness, be sure to check out Spawn.com.

Between these and The Venture Bros. toys coming in August, it's going to be a toy-riffic year. What say you? You going to pick up some of these for your desk or room, or perhaps to guard the milk in your refrigerator?

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ANOTHER Star Wars Animated Series In The Works?

It seems that the Star Wars gravy train will keep on chugging with yet another TV series. While the currently-running all-CGI epic, The Clone Wars is actually doing a somewhat good job at legitimizing the canon of the prequel films to irate purists, don't expect this next series to make any inroads on that powder-keg diplomatic process. This one's going to be strictly FOR KIDS. And not just kids, but Pre-Schoolers and Kindergartners.

According to IESB, the series, which is already in pre-production, will apparently be inspired from the existing line of Star Wars figures called Galactic Heroes. You may have seen them hanging in the toy aisles next to the REAL Star Wars figures as the impish, cartoonish-looking figures that come in packs of two. However, the working title for the show is said to be "Squishies." (Maybe my mind is hopelessly in the gutter, but that sounds very provocative.) 

As of now, Lucasfilm is searching for a director to give the "Squishies" some solidity. However, there are no details on the exact form and method in which the show will air. Now, if I were to speculate, I would say that DVD sales may be a leading motivation. The "impulse buy to silence screaming rugrats" marketing strategy has been the bread and butter of Disney for decades, so why wouldn't it work for Lucas? I can already see the copies placed strategically by the register at the Wal-Mart checkout.

That leaves us with an imortant question: What era of the Star Wars mythology will be covered?

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Details About The G.I. Joe Sequel

The inevitable follow-up to last year's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra have procured the talents of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the scribes behind the recent hit, Zombieland. Did Storm Shadow survive? Will Scarlett hook-up with Duke or Ripcord? Will we ever find the identity of Destro's tailor? These are all questions that burn in the minds of eager fans. (Somewhere, surely.)

In a recent interview with MTV, the duo revealed as much details about their plans for the upcoming effort as they could. (Within legal bounds, anyway.)

“We’re excited,” explained Wernick. “Rhett was such a huge ‘G.I. Joe’ fan growing up, as was I." Adding: “We can say that we will be faithful to the first film,” Reese explained of their plans for the sequel. “We will not be ignoring events from the first in the second.”

I think it's safe to say that, while it was a mega-hit with a world-wide gross of over $300 million, The Rise of Cobra was not exactly met with high universal praise. Personally, as an old-school "A Real American Hero" fan, it was kind of a mixed bag. On one hand, I went into it with a set of realistic expectations about how it would be adapted in its overtly-modernized style, and of course, the "accelerator suits." For what it's worth, it was a solid action film with great stunts, worthy of the movie ticket that I purchased. On the other hand, it seems like they actually went out of their way to butcher the G.I. Joe mythos in favor of derivative storyline devices. ("Brainwashed Baroness?" Really?!) I wasn't expecting a purist's wet dream, but I still feel like there was NO effort to meet loyal fans even half-way. Larry Hama's original G.I. Joe comic series was a treasure-trove of deep, realistic story ideas that unfortunately went untapped.

So, in what camp do Reese and Wernick fall? Surely it would affect what we'd get to see on that big screen.

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Night Vision Goggles Review

Odds are, if you're a gamer, you spent this past weekend destroying your friends in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer. The $60 you spent were well worth it, but do you sometimes think to yourself, "Should I have spent a little more money and gotten the Prestige Edition, which features, among other things, the cool looking night vision goggles?"

For those of you pondering this important question, AOTS Correspondent Blair Herter has your answer. Check out his review of the unique gaming peripheral right here on Attack of the Blog and find out if you should rush to your local game retailer and trade in your copy for the whole kit and caboodle.

JJ Abrams To Prodcue Micronauts Movie?

Will Lost and new Star Trek mastermind, J.J. Abrams be trying his hand at reviving an old-school toy line with an updated movie? Possibly. It is being reported that Abrams is in talks to produce a film adaptation of late 70's, early 80's toy line, turned Marvel Comics title, Micronauts.

While one does not typically think of The Wall Street Journal as a regular source for breaking news in the entertainment biz, they may have (and I'll stress "may have") done just that. The Journal ran a piece today about the continuing trend of toy franchises being transformed into major blockbuster films. However, in an almost passive way, they briefly drop the bombshell:

"J.J. Abrams, who created the TV show 'Lost' and directed this summer's 'Star Trek' film, is in discussions to produce a movie about Japanese toy line Micronauts, which Hasbro just acquired."

Unless this tidbit is some kind of serious typo that will be retracted at the bottom of tomorrow's edition, this will be a major project. Abrams would actually have quite a bit of raw material to work with. Micronauts was, ironically enough, a rather deep comic title for something that was essentially a monthly commercial for a toy line. (Although the same could be said of Larry Hama's tenure on G.I. Joe.) However, other than Gen-X'ers, I'm sure there are quite a few other generations of people thinking of a rather obvious question: What the hell is Micronauts?

It's time for a Cliff Notes-like history lesson:

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The great (unconfirmed) Derek “The Blizzard” Snowden came into work today flossing a plastic guitar he bought at 7-11. The whole office was obviously impressed with the bleeding-edge tech, but when Derek took a sip out of a straw protruding from his axe, a legend was born. Please enjoy Mr. Snowden’s in-depth review of 7-11’s amazing cup/guitar hybrid. Or, gup.


Who Likes to Rock the Gulp?

I'll admit it. I enjoy a nice fountain drink now and then. I like guitars and things shaped like guitars.

Who Likes to Rock the Gulp?Today, I learned that I can appreciate a soda in a guitar-shaped beverage container.  That's it, really.


Holds 54 oz. of your favorite beverage
Available in red or blue
Has an adjustable strap with metal buckle
The raised plastic strings have surprisingly nice action
Good conversation starter
Comes with rad stickers and a handy ice cone


Does not hold 64 oz. of your favorite beverage
Not available in black or Fender
Guitar-stand-slash-hot-dog-warmer not included
Lefty flip is surprisingly unsatisfying
‘Rockin’ the Coffee’ can be fatal
I don’t like stickers or ice


Mmm, tasty and refreshing.  However, do not attempt to plug into an electrical source.  Results may vary.  For those of you wondering why this is on a videogame blog, here's an HTML hyperlink to our Lego Rock Band review.


Nickelodeon Purchases Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Franchise

Once ubiquitous kid's franchise Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been acquired by cable's Nickelodeon. The Viacom-owned network has purchased the global rights to the Turtles from The Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment (that produces the current-running TMNT Saturday morning show) in a deal that is estimated at around $60 million.

Additionally (perhaps, most notably,) the deal will also give Nickelodeon complete rights over merchandising, as it continues its decades-old relationship with toy manufacturer, Playmates. (Who made the original Turtles figures back in the late 80's-early 90's heyday.)

The acquisition could be a huge coup for the iconic network, who during the 90's, peaked with franchises like The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rugrats, All That, Doug, among a plethora of others that defined the childhoods of "mid-to-late 80's babies." (Personally, I jumped ship after Pinwheel and Today's Special. Anyone remember those shows?) According to Cyma Zarghami, President of Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group:

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shares a comedic sensibility with the Nickelodeon DNA, with added layers of action and fantasy that have kept this property an evergreen favorite with multiple generations of audiences. We are extremely happy to have the opportunity to be able to focus on this property and creatively re-introduce it to a new generation of kids."

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Michael Bay Drops Details On 'Transformers 3'

In his latest blog entry, director, Michael Bay has revealed that Transformers 3 is a-go.

Contrary to reports that the third part of the blockbuster franchise would be set for a 2012 release, Bay cut through the ambiguity by stating that the film will be released on July 1, 2011. Additionally, he has already been meeting with George Lucas' Industrial Lights and Magic, and is meeting (as of today) at Rhode Island with representatives from Hasbro Toys to discuss new characters. (Because, to paraphrase Mel Brooks, at the end of the day, it's all about "merchandising, where da real money from da movie is made.")

In regards to Bay's recent series of public spats (if you want to call it that) with his star, Megan Fox, Bay also wanted to clear the air a bit when he stated:

"P.S. Megan Fox, welcome back. I promise no alien robots will harm you in any way during the production of this motion picture. Please consult your Physician when working under my direction because some side effects can occur, such as mild dizziness, intense nausea, suicidal tendencies, depression, minor chest hair growth, random internal hemorrhaging and inability to sleep. As some directors may be hazardous to your health, please consult your Doctor to determine if this is right for you."

You have to hand it to Bay. He may be a regular target of fanboy wrath, but he's definitely a guy that knows where his bread and butter reside. There's nothing delusional about the man; he's clearly ready to lay the gauntlet down and throw some giant f*****g robots back on that screen, and he doesn't give a crap if you like it or not. You have to respect the man for that. (Besides, I don't know if you've heard, but his films make a few buck here and there.)

I'm not a huge fan of the Transformers films, but more power to him.


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'He-Man' Movie To Start Fresh At New Studio

The long-planned Masters of the Universe film has finally found itself a home. Columbia Pictures is now looking to pick up the embattled Mattel Toys franchise and should now move forward with the project.

He-Man may be the hero of Eternia, but lately, he hasn't been treated as such. After two years in developmental purgatory, and being cancelled more times than Scrubs, the film was recently abandoned by Warner Bros. Originally attached to direct, was John Stevenson, who while best known as a director of animated features, such as the recent Kung-Fu Panda, also had design roots with artistic credits on the sets of 80's fantasy classics like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. While it is still unknown what the main point of contention was for Warner, many have speculated that the vision of the film in which Stevenson was to direct may not have met eye-to-eye with theirs.

With Columbia holding the property, it appears that Stevenson will be out of the picture (which had been tentatively titled Grayskull,) and the film itself will be restarted from the ground up. Not knowing Stevenson's vision for the film, it's difficult to gauge whether this was a good or bad revelation. The Masters of the Universe franchise has certainly known its share of silliness and ill-conceived reboot attempts over the years. (Although, the sparsely-promoted 2002 animated revival was pretty good.) Stevenson's resume as a director did not seem to point to this being the serious project that is likely needed for this film revival.

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I filmed the video above while navigating the largest toy store I've ever been to. There are no words for the disturbing toy creature thing in this post, but I have contemplated going back to the store and buying it for a friend. Should I? Imagine this thing in your bathroom...the stuff nightmares are made of.

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