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Hot Toys’ Armored Batman is the figure we deserve (and need)


If you’re saving up to buy just one higher-priced Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice collectible, it’s likely going to be this: Hot Toys’ Armored Batman 1/6th-scale figure. That’s not meant as a slight toward any of the other releases, it’s just … come on, this Armored  Batman looks pretty spectacular.

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Trailer for ‘Batman: Death of a City’ fan film marks return of Phantasm

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There have been plenty of Batman fan films, but I can’t recall any that focus on The Phantasm, the killer introduced in the 1993 animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, let alone the pairing of Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock. However, “Batman: Death of a City” aims to fix that.

Directed and co-written by Nicholas Kedrock, the short unfolds over one night, as Gordon and Bullock investigate a series of grisly murders, only to uncover the return of the infamous Andrea Beaumont, aka Phantasm.

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This MIllennium Falcon shed has a few surprises left in her


It’s definitely not going to outrun an Imperial Star Destroyer or make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, but this Millennium Falcon-inspired potting shed has definitely got it where it counts.

The “Space Shed,” as it’s called, was recently introduced by the U.K. company Waltons, which donated one of the buildings to Stonebridge City Farm in Nottingham, England. While the urban farm intends to use its structure as a potting shed for children — “We are so excited about it, we’re expecting it to take off at any moment,” said manager Marie Rogers — you can probably use it for just about anything.

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Patrol the streets with style in these incredible superhero cars


Aside from the contents of Batman’s subterranean garage, and Ghost Rider’s motorcycle-turned-low-rider, superhero vehicles are pretty rare these days. However, there was a time — let’s call it “the 1970s” — when every other costumed character seemed to have their own custom wheels, whether it was Superman’s Supermobile, Spider-Man’s Spider-Mobile or The Punisher’s Battle Van … mobile.

But if the work of WrapStyle Singpare is any indication, perhaps superhero cars are poised to make a high-priced comeback.

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$75,000 in ‘Magic: The Gathering’ cards stolen from gaming store

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Thieves broke into an Austin, Texas, gaming store early Sunday and walked out with an estimated $75,000 worth of Magic: The Gathering cards.

Security footage shows two men using a water meter key tor tear open the door of Pat’s Games at about 1 a.m. Sunday, and then leaving  less than a minute later with three display cases containing about 300 of the store’s most valuable Magic cards. “They knew exactly what they were looking for,” Jim Hughes, the store’s business operations manager, told the Austin American-Statesman.

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‘Harley Quinn,’ ‘Lumberjanes’ among GLAAD Media Awards nominees

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The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has announced the nominees for its 27th GLAAD Media Awards, which recognize media — including comic books — for their “fair, accurate and inclusive” representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

After being shut out in 2015 for the first time since the comic book category premiered in 2003, DC Comics returns with two titles — Harley Quinn and Midnighter — while Lumberjanes earns its second nomination in as many years. They’re joined by Angela: Queen of Hel and The Wicked + The Divine, which make their GLAAD Media Awards debuts.

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This Death Star grill will fire up a steak like it’s Alderaan


Summer may seem far, far away, but soon enough Emperor Palpatine, Grand Moff Tarkin and the gang will be dropping to eat a few burgers, enjoy warm weather and plan the destruction of the Rebellion. So, you’ll want to be fully armed and operational with this Star Wars Death Star grill.

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‘Famous Detective Pikachu’ is basically ‘Sherlock’ meets ‘Pokémon’


As fun and inspirational as Pokémon‘s Super Bowl spot is, it’s nothing compared to the sheer awesomeness of this trailer for Nintendo’s Famous Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Partnership.

You see, it depicts a Pikachu donning Sherlock Holmes’ signature deerstalker and teaming with a young boy to solve crimes. What’s more, this fuzzy little pocket monster talks in full sentences.

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Jim Lee returns to the X-Men … for Geoff Johns’ birthday present


DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee, who rocketed to stardom in the early 1990s with his runs on Marvel’s X-Men comics, has returned to the franchise — if only for a birthday present.

This morning Geoff Johns revealed an illustration of Colossus, a gift from Lee to the DC chief creative officer for his 43rd birthday. The drawing depicts the X-Man in his classic uniform, standing in front of the hammer and sickle symbol; it’s signed “For Tovarish Geoff!” Johns wrote on Instagram that Colossus is his favorite Marvel character.

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These ‘Batman v Superman’ figures face off in a battle for cutest


After teasing us last month with shots from the floor of Toy Soul 2015, Hot Toys has released the first official images of the figures from its Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Artist Mix Collectible Set.

Standing 13 centimeters tall, the Batman and Superman figures combine the look of the two heroes from the upcoming Warner Bros. film with the distinctive style of Japanese character designer Touma: While boasting oversize heads, arms and hands, they also sport highly detailed costumes.

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UK’s MCM Comic Con expands to Germany and Belgium

mcm logoThe organizers of the MCM Comic Con events across the United Kingdom have announced plans to expand this summer into Germany and Belgium.

The MCM Expo Group will stage MCM Hannover Comic Con on June 4-5 at Hannover Messe in Hanover, Germany, followed June 11-12 by MCM Belgium Comic Con at Brussels Expo in Brussels, Belgium. The official announcements will be made Wednesday and Thursday in each city at press conferences attended by veteran Iron Man artist Bob Layton.

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Captain Phasma’s first order of business? This deluxe ‘Star Wars’ watch


If that enormous $28,500 Darth Vader watch didn’t fit your budget or your wrist, perhaps you’ll find this Captain Phasma timepiece more to your tastes.

Produced by Hong Kong watchmaker Memorigin, this limited-edition tourbillon timepiece has a face that resembles the chrome-plated First Order commander from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It features 12 black diamonds as hour markers, a black-and-red leather strap and a sapphire crystal glass caseback.

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This 18,000-piece LEGO Arkham Asylum is downright crazy


As impressive (and desirable) as LEGO ‘s 2,500-piece DC Comics Super Heroes Batman: Classic TV Series – Batcave may be, it’s dwarfed by this mammoth 18,000-brick fan-built Arkham Asylum.

Built for Brickvention 2016 in Melbourne, Australia, it took LEGO enthusiast Dayton more than a year of planning and three months of actual construction.

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‘X-Men: Danger Room Protocols’ shut down after one episode


“X-Men: Danger Room Protocols,” a fan-made animated tribute to the 1990s cartoon and comics, has ended after just one episode, purportedly due to legal pressure from Marvel.

“When I set out to make this project, I never really thought this was going to be an issue,” creator Joel Furtado said in a video posted this morning. “I didn’t think that Marvel was going to react this way, and this outcome, for me, is a little bit shocking.”

When contacted by ROBOT 6, Marvel declined comment.

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‘Pokémon’s’ Super Bowl spot tells fans to ‘train on’


Ahead of the big game on Feb. 7, the Pokémon Company has unveiled the extended version of its first-ever Super Bowl spot.

The commercial, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, shows young trainers from across the globe (each of whom vows, “I can do that”), before settling on two players facing off in an arena with CG pocket creatures. It ends with what the company characterizes as a call to action: “Train on.”

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