Nugget From The Net:

I'm not sure if this was the result of gross incompetence or just someone's idea of a cruel joke. What appears to be some kind of Wolverine pool toy has turned into an opportunity to get to know X-Man, Wolverine's "Origin" all too well.

Let's see if we can help them out with some sales slogans:

  • "After you're done, adamantium won't be the hardest part of his body."
  • "X-Men 3 may have blown, but now you can suck."
  • "Get to know Wolverine's "7th claw" intimately."
  • "Warning: Bite at own risk!"
  • "Works as a whipped cream dispenser too!"

...Oh, you get the idea.


Stan BushWhile "The Times They are a Changin'" may have been the song that sums up the hippie generation, the song that sums up the 80s generation is certainly "The Touch" from Stan Bush. If you're in the right age window, you remember exactly where you were* when Optimus Prime fought his final battle with the Decepticons in Transformers: The Movie, that animated robot classic from the 1980s.

Well guess what, nostalgia hounds, "The Touch," that soaring heroic, cheese metal ballad that accompanies Optimus' last battle, will be available at some point on Guitar Hero and it's going to be free!

From an email sent from Bush himself to Transformers' fan site seibertron.com:

"I've been holding off announcing this, but "The Touch" is going to be in Guitar Hero! Activision will be releasing it as a free download. I'll contact Activision this week to find out the release date and let you know."

Soon, you too, will be wailing: "You got the touch... you got the poweeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrr... yeah!" 

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Despite a prominent Superbowl trailer and numerous leaked pics, we had yet to see a single image of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the iconic Cobra Commander* in the upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  It seems that he has finally been uncovered (sort of.) Thanks to an eBay seller, pictures of an upcoming toy line have allowed us to get our first glimpse of what Cobra Commander may look like. (As a deformed action figure, anyway.)

Hasbro's Galactic Heroes is a line of very small, barely movable, "cutesy" figures that come in packs of two. They debuted as a Star Wars line, and now have been renamed Combat Heroes, crossing over into G.I. Joe (since both lines are made by Hasbro.) We see in the pictures that these figures (along with a proper, realistic 3.75" scale line) are meant to be released in conjunction with the debut of the film on August 7.

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Brand new, toy versions of Halo War's soldiers will be yours to play with and/or admire by the end of the month. 

McFarlane Toys' newest line of Halo figures, the Halo Wars 'Heroic' Collection, will be released to Toys 'R' Us, GameStop, and a third retailer to be announced before the Halo Wars game ships on March 3. They feature all new sculpts and each Halo Wars Heroic Collection 3-pack features 2 1/2-inch figures with different poses and colors, as well as Halo weapons.

Here's the rundown of what's in each package and where you can pick it up:

  • UNSC TROOPS (Blue) --  1 Spartan (with assault rifle) 1 Marine Infantry (with assault rifle) 1 Spartan (with dual magnums) "First Look" retailer to be announced.
  • UNSC TROOPS (Red) -- 1 Spartan (with dual magnums) 1 Spartan (with assault rifle) 1 Marine Infantry (with assault rifle) "First Look" Available at Toys 'R' Us.
  • COVENANT TROOPS (Purple) -- 2 Elites (with Plasma rifles) 1 Grunt (with Needler) "First Look" available at GameStop.


"When I'm finished, the world will never forget."

Let's hope for the right reason, Doctor Wh...I mean, Destro. The long-awaited debut trailer for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra has finally revealed itself at last night's big game. (It did leak earlier in the weekend, though.)

Based on what we see, it is a different film from the casting, as well as various pictures and rumors suggested. The Bond influence that director Stephen Sommers suggested definitely shows in the various over-the-top plots that we see. Cobra has been known to attempt such things like dominate the weather, teleport matter, clone hybrid dictators, and in this case, topple the Eiffel Tower with "killer moss." It  is true to the spirit of the G.I. Joe lore. That is definitely a good thing.

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If you regularly buy used children's toys and clothes or are in the business of selling them, then February 10, 2009 is a day that you will dread. A federal law enacted by the U.S. Consumer Protection and Safety Commission will go into effect, making it illegal to sell any used children's products (toys and clothes.) The act is the result of the plethora of toys that were recalled last year due to content of lead paint, most notably from Mattel/Fisher Price who were forced to recall 55,000 items from their lines such as Batman (pictured), Sesame Street, and Barbie. Upon the day the law goes into effect, manufacturers of new product will be left with more stringent standards for providing testing for lead-based paint, as well as responsibility for providing a sticker validating the item's status of having been tested. The law will affect all children's items (defined as "all products for children under the age of 12.")

So, what will this mean for the secondary market for children's items? Sellers are definitely scared, as the ebay forums are full of topics with sellers openly saying that they are no longer taking incoming used product as they wait out the logistics of the new law. There may be certain loopholes that eventually come out concerning the intended use of a product. The law itself seems to centered on the definition of "children's products" and if sellers can find a way to legitimize the definition of a "collectible," then they may have what they need. The fact remains, it is completely unreasonable to say that you cannot sell vintage toys to collectors who wish to reacquire items from their childhood or to tell people that they cannot clean out their attics to sell potentially valuable items. At some point, as laws render themselves unfeasible after execution, it becomes clear that the law that really needed to be enacted must be embraced. (And it is not this one.)


Pics of the Playmates action figure line for Terminator Salvation have hits "teh interwebs" today. If you are anal about spoilers, you may not wish to click the "Read More" button. On the other hand, for those of you who are NOT weak-willed pansies that eat Kashi cereal in the morning, drink soy milk, and sleep in panic a room, CLICK IT...I DARE YOU!

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A Millennium Falcon...Sled!


Posted December 24, 2008 - By Frank Meyer


I knew in my heart that if I kept praying, it would come to be. And it did.

Some Lucas-y genius finally built a Millennium Falcon sled! Yipee!!!

Yes, this shaped saucer sled features hand levers help to control speed and direction; double-webbing foam handles, and is only $35!

Unfortunately, neither Amazon nor Target appear to have it in stock at the moment, but it looks like it’ll be available in about 2 to 6 weeks.



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Four new character posters have been released for the upcoming film GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. We see images of classic Joe characters Snake Eyes, Baroness, Ripcord, and Duke in their re-imagined (or in the case of Ripcord, ethnically re-imagined) live-action glory. (Click the source link to view them in full.)

As child of the 80's who didn't give two craps about "kung-fu grip," but intimately knew "swivel-arm battle grip," as well as the perils of broken crotches (total insider reference), I spent a good deal of childhood building armies, and clipping file cards. That being said, what we're seeing from this film sends chills down my spine. (Not in a good way.) Stylistically, it seems to echo the debacle that was the 1994 Street Fighter film. I was half-expecting to see Jean-Claude Van Damme among these posters. (The again, who knows? Are they casting for Serpentor yet?)

However, we still have yet to see so much as an image of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the iconic Cobra Commander. So in that respect, it's too early to tell. Sometimes a memorable and career-making performance can save what on paper is a crime against humanity. This is one situation where I would LOVE to be proven wrong.


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Bid on an original drawing by comic and toy legend Todd McFarlane! All proceeds from the auction go to the Child's Play charity!

It's the Holidays. That means it's time to do something nice for a change. You know what you should do? You should give money to charity. There's this organization called "Child's Play" and they give gaming stuff to sick kids. That sounds pretty dope, doesn't it?

But that's not all...what if you could give money to Child's Play and walk away with an original drawing by the one and only Todd McFarlane? BONUS!

On last Firday's episode of X-Play McFarlane did a one-of-a-kind drawing that we're auctioning off. All the proceeds go directly to Child's Play to help those kids feel better. It can be yours and your American dollars will go to a very awesome cause.

So what are you waiting for? BID BID BID!

Click here to bid on X-Play's Todd McFarlane Original Spawn Art Work!


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Fresh Ink Online With Guest Host Todd McFarlane »

Legendary comic book icon and toy impresario Todd McFarlane stopped by to guest host Fresh Ink Online this week, treating us to a history lesson in the comics that inspired him and giving fans a sneak peak at the upcoming issue of his influential comic Spawn (issue #187). You'll even see vintage issues of X-Men, The Tomb of Dracula and Akira from Todd's own personal collection!

Make sure to check Todd out on Attack of the Show tonight at 7 p.m. and get an exclusive tour of his amazing McFarlane Toys factory. They even make an action figure of AOTS correspondent Alison Haislip!

Watch this and other episodes of Fresh Ink Online, with regular host Blair Butler every Friday at www.g4tv.com/freshink. Join us on Facebook and MySpace too!



Lego Hip Hop


Posted December 12, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

Sometimes people do things that no one can explain but are simply incredible. Case in point, Format Magazine’s genius pictorial “20 Classic Hip Hop Album Covers Recreated in LEGO,” on stands now in the Nov. 30th issue (#54) and online here. It’s a must see….

Tags: Music, Toys

Hot Black Friday Deals


Posted November 26, 2008 - By TylerColfax

There's tons of great deals out in our favorite stores set to roll for Black Friday. Will you be in position at 5am, fist full of dollars, ready to pounce on these fantastic economy resuscitating purchases? We hope so.

- Best Buy has got some good deals on electronics.
- You'll have to do some digging at Circuit City because we can't find a page dedicated to Black Friday, but the deals are there.
- Get yourself those Dark Knight PJs even if they don't fit you over at Wal-Mart.
- Also, keep an eye on KeepCash.com which updates daily with great deals.

And be sure to watch Attack of the Show later today for a special Black Friday edition of Attack This.

Tags: Products, Tech, Toys

There's a theory: People who dress in theme and men who wear make-up--ever--qualifies them in the category of freak.

Case in point: 32 year old woman who is so fixated by Pikachu that not only does she go by the name Pikabellechu, but this two-legged yellow furry mouse also happens to be in the Guinness World Records.

She owns over 8,000 Pikachu-themed items, even has a yellow car she calls the Pikabug and had the smarts, if you will, to own the copyrights to a line of Disney princess/Pokémon costumes called PokéWomon Princess Creations.

"I attend many anime conventions, car shows and do lots of events for children," explains Pikabellechu. "Official Pokémon Events, Birthday parties, School events and so on mostly as the Pokémon Character Ash cause I can do his voice dead on ... I am also a cartoonist and paint many murals around my town and teach children art classes at a local craft store."

While Ms. Pikabellechu is doing an honorable thing by bringing mousy cheers to children everywhere, riddle me this: Who in their right mind would date Pikabellechu? It will most definitely have to be another aberration that lurks in the Viridian forest that is his own mind.




Resembling more of a gruesome trophy obtained in the vicious Gears of War 2 multiplayer world, this in actuality, is a collectable bust of a Locust Drone.

Today, New York-based 1:1 scale replica specialist, TriForce Sales, announced that it has reached a final design maquette for their Locust Drone bust. Standing 19 inches tall and weighing in at around 15 pounds this baby will be available in Q1 of 2009. Epic Games' Art Director Chris Perna and industry creature creator Jordu Schell combined their talents to produce the piece. 

Gears of War 2 launched last night for the Xbox 360 and we've got some pictures from L.A. to prove it.

Click the image below for the Gears of War 2 image gallery.

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