"Justice League": Exploring How Superman Returns (Again)
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The 20th anniversary of “Pokémon” should be a time for celebration, but instead it’s become a dark time, marking the downward spiral of the once-great Pikachu and a collective loss of innocence.
OK, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but it’s pretty dire, as more than half a million Japanese Pokémon fans have spoken — and they’ve chosen Greninja as their favorite pocket monster. “Who?” you ask. Exactly.
When Kotobukiya debuted its upcoming Spider-Man ARTFX+ statue this week, it was only the beginning: The Japanese collectibles manufacturer doesn’t just plan to showcase Spider-Man, but also his amazing friends (as well as an enemy or two).
A teaser for the upcoming ARTFX+ collection features the wall-crawler, of course, but also Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, Venom, Agent Venom, Spider-Man 2099 and Carnage. The concept art for the series is by Stefano Casali, with sculpts by Junnosuke Abe.
Yusei Matsui, creator of the hit sci-fi comedy manga “Assassination Classroom,” will appear in October at New York Comic Con for a series of events and autograph sessions.
Published in North America by Viz Media, the action-packed series debuted in 2012 in Japan, telling the story of a class of misfits determined to kill their new teacher — an alien octopus with bizarre powers who has just destroyed the moon and will do the same to Earth … unless his students can stop him. Making the scenario even more complicated, it turns out he’s the best teacher they’ve ever had.
A lot of attention is paid to the jackets, cloaks and boots of the Survey Corps, not not so much the watches — but maybe that’s because they’re not as stylish as these new limited-edition Attack on Titan timepieces.
Produced by Seiko Nextage for its WIRED brand, the watches are inspired by Eren and Levi from the bestselling manga and hit anime. Levi, perhaps predictably, inspires the more impressive (and more expensive) version.
Fox’s Deadpool famously gave a nod to another fourth wall-breaking hero with a post-credits scene in which a bathrobe-clad Merc With a Mouth tells the audience “It’s over. Go home.” Now, however, the Wade Wilson/Ferris Bueller connection has been taken several steps further with “Deadpool’s Day Off.”
Created by Darth Blender, the video is a hilariously perfect mashup of — you guessed it! — Deadpool and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, with Deadpool as Ferris, Negasonic Teenage Warhead as Sloane and Colossus as Cameron.
Beginning this weekend, roller-coaster enthusiasts will be to dive — screaming, no doubt — into Metropolis with the Man of Steel himself on the new Superman virtual-reality coaster at three Six Flags theme parks.
The ride is described as “a fully immersive experience,” complete with six inversions and 70-mile-per-hour twists and turns. Wearing VR headsets, guests will be taken on what starts out as a leisurely journey through Metropolis, courtesy of Metropolis Sky Tours. However, just after departing the station, riders encounter Lex Luthor, who uses an anti-gravity gun and an army of Lexbots to wreak havoc, with cars, taxis and buses left floating in mid-air around the riders.
Following plenty of rumors and a last-minute leak, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has officially announced the addition of 16 new properties to LEGO Dimensions, ranging from Harry Potter and Adventure Time to Mission: Impossible and The Goonies.
The Year 2 rollout begins Sept. 27 with the Ghostbusters Story Pack, Adventure Time and Mission: Impossible Level Packs, Harry Potter and Adventure Time Team Packs and The A-Team Fun Pack. (Yes, The A-Team.)
After a long, exhausting day of lopping off heads, ripping out hearts and snapping spines, there’s no better way to unwind than with an ice-cold beer. A Mortal Kombat X beer.
Poulsbo, Washington’s Sound Brewery has teamed with Warner Bros. to release a beer series inspired by the 10th installment of the blockbuster fighting game.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, Mattel has unveiled its new Barbie line featuring Kirk, Spock and Uhura from the original series.
More than a year after announcing its series of Mego-style action figures based on the classic New Teen Titans, Figures Toy Company has at last debuted Nightwing, Starfire, Cyborg and Raven.
For fans of a certain age, these will press a couple of nostalgia buttons — the toymaker’s specialty — in combining memories of Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line with those of Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s Titans of the early to mid-1980s. As one collector notes, Mego surely would’ve gotten around to the New Teen Titans … had the company not filed for bankruptcy in 1982.
In case you needed a reminder of the march of time, next year will mark the 25th anniversary of Batman Returns, which could explain why we’re seeing so much new merchandise tied to the Tim Burton film. Not that I’m complaining, mind you, because it means we get products like that realistic Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman statue, and now this 18-inch action figure from NECA.
On a scale of 1 to 10, we’ll rate this Big Hero 6/Star Wars cosplay a 10, naturally. How could you not?
The work of Benito Garcia of Wetworks SFX, the Baymax/Stormtrooper mashup is so perfect — and perfectly adorable — that you have to wonder why someone didn’t attempt it before — you know, beyond just cute illustrations.
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will head out to sea as Disney Cruise Line overhauls the Disney Wonder this fall, adding a Marvel Super Hero Academy.
A licensing deal with Universal Studios prevents the Marvel characters from appearing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, leaving Disney to stake out new territories, such as its cruise line. The flagship Disney Magic introduced its own Marvel’s Avengers Academy in 2013 — without the wall-crawler — providing a children’s activity center designed to resemble the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.
Funko’s line of Preacher Pop! vinyl figures was greeted last month with a chorus of “Awwww,” followed immediately by “Hey, where’s Tulip?” Both reactions are understandable because a. the figures are cute as hell (especially Arseface), and b. there’s a history of toymakers ignoring female characters, even while producing multiple versions of the males. But fear not, Funko hasn’t let down Tulip fans.
Since launching in 2010, Snickers’ “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” television ads have been virtually inescapable, with everyone from Betty White to Rowan Atkinson to Danny Trejo encouraging us to chow down on the popular chocolate bar. Yet somehow U.S. audiences have largely been spared the terrifying version featuring the Joker — that is, until now.
Warning: Be prepared to drop that delicious blend of roasted peanuts, nougat, caramel and milk chocolate, and flee to a space place. Preferably, somewhere with a door that locks.