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In plenty of time for the second season of the hit Netflix drama, Funko is expanding its Pop! Marvel series with four figures based on Daredevil.
The first wave of 3.75-inch figures features three versions of Matt Murdock — in his civilian clothes, in his black vigilante costume, and in his Daredevil armor — plus Wilson Fisk. Sorry, no Foggy Nelson, yet. There’s also a Daredevil bobble-head keychain.
While they may not be as cutting edge as some of the other Star Wars shoes from Irregular Choice — come on, lightsaber heels? — these Chewbacca boots will certainly make a statement. Most likely, “Rawrrrr!”
Made with brown faux fur (no actual Wookiees were harmed, honest!), the boots feature silver laces, chunky rubber soles, and a digital print of Chewbacca on each heel, ensuring you leave an impression whether you’re coming or going.
Ospreys Rugby and Connacht Rugby have unveiled their new superhero-themed uniforms, designed to resemble the costumes worn by Justice League members Batman and Green Lantern.
The Ospreys’ Dark Knight-inspired jerseys make their debut November 28 when the team takes the field against the Cardiff Blues. After being worn for two games, the jerseys will be authenticated and auctioned off for charity.
Awards | Journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, who’ll write Marvel’s new Black Panther series, has won the National Book Award for nonfiction for his acclaimed memoir Between the World and Me; he was awarded a prestigious MacArthur “genius grant” in September. Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona was shortlisted for the National Book Award for young people’s literature, making the 23-year-old cartoonist the youngest finalist ever. However, Neal Shusterman won in that category for his novel Challenger Deep. [The New York Times]
When a TIE Fighter or an AT-ST Walker isn’t right for the job, there’s always this Star Wars-inspired Dark Force motorcycle from venerable Russian manufacturer IMZ-Ural.
Drawing its influence from the Dark Side, the Ural Dark Force is “fully blacked out to hide you in the shadows,” and comes equipped with a lightsaber (red, naturally) mounted to the sidecar.
The Pokémon theme is so memorable, and so catchy, that its mere mention can trigger spontaneous, heartfelt outbursts of “I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was.” (You’re humming it now, aren’t you?) But no matter how many times you’ve watched the opening of the animated series, and belted out the song along with it, you’re probably never heard it performed quite like this.
Singer Sara Niemietz slows things down with this terrific jazz rendition of the Pokémon theme, backed by Scott Bradlee & Friends, injecting some sophistication into a cartoon about kids training pocket monsters to battle each other.
If, despite all of the Batman comic books, posters, collectible figures, lamps and throw pillows, your personal Batcave feels somehow incomplete, it may be that you’re missing a life-size replica of the Dark Knight to really tie the room together. Thankfully, NECA is here to help.
Based on the Caped Crusader from Batman: Arkham Knight, the foam figure stands 6 feet, 2 inches tall, which means you’ll have a clear out a person-sized space in a corner of the room. Or, hey, the middle, if you don’t mind freaking out guests, and occasionally yourself.
Over the past four decades, R2-D2 has proved himself indispensable, helping with X-wing navigation and repairs, opening locked doors, carrying holographic messages and hiding the occasional lightsaber. And now the little astromech droid can take phone calls and play music.
Officially licensed, the Star Wars R2-D2 Bluetooth speaker phone is exactly what the name suggests — a speaker for hands-free calls or for playing music.
Thirty years ago today, we learned that tigers can be captured using tuna fish sandwiches.
That’s how cartoonist Bill Watterson introduced the world to precocious 6-year-old Calvin and his cynical stuffed tiger (and best friend) Hobbes. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Even after nearly 24 years, Sailor Moon remains wildly popular, which means Japanese company Bibi Lab will likely make a killing with these pajamas for men inspired by the manga and anime. Hey, there are undoubtedly male fans who want to be pretty sailor-suited soldiers, too.
The life of a superhero is hardly a 9-to-5 affair, as you could be called out bed in the middle of the night to stop a rampaging Giganta, or have your breakfast interrupted by the Joker’s latest dastardly plot. (Does the Bat-Signal even work during the day?) So you might as well be comfortable as you stumble from the house to the invisible jet or Batmobile.
That’s where these Wonder Woman and Batman women’s boot slippers come in. They’re cozy, practical and at least moderately stylish for those trips from one disaster to the next, or for those long hours on Justice League monitor duty.
Passings | Michael C. Gross, the artist, designer and film producer best remembered for creating the iconic Ghostbusters logo, passed away Monday following a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. Hired in 1970 as the art director of The National Lampoon, Gross is credited with pioneering the magazine’s approach to comics and illustration; he’s also famed for his notorious cover bearing the headline, “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Dog.” Gross was encouraged by his friends John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd to move in the early 1980s from New York to Los Angeles, where he produced such films as Heavy Metal, Twins and both Ghostbusters films, and worked on the animated series The Real Ghostbusters. [The Associated Press]
Leave it to the Galactic Empire to wait until everyone is busy making their Life Day — fine, Thanksgiving — plans to launch a surprise attack with a TIE Fighter cleverly disguised to look like a Christmas light display.
Although the revelation that Marvel’s Iceman is gay has been widely covered in the mainstream media, it came as a surprise to the character’s co-creator Stan Lee.
“Is Iceman really gay?,” the 92-year-old writer asked BBC Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague, who broke the news to him this morning.
Takara is offering another dose of die-cast “Star Wars” cars — but this time around, their adorable 3-inch masterpieces are based on designs from “The Force Awakens”.