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You don’t have to squint too hard to see parallels between the wildly popular animated series Adventure Time and the long-running Marvel comic franchise turned blockbuster film series X-Men.
Adventure Time is about a boy named Finn and his best friend/magical dog Jake who live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where they go on adventures and help those in need. X-Men is about a group of super-powered people who help the very world that hates and fears them while occasionally battling Apocalypse. The parallels are there – squint harder.
Although we won’t be seeing the Hobbit Rivendell playset in stores, LEGO will move into production on the brick-built Adventure Time figures submitted last year to LEGO Ideas.
The news arrives with the results of review of fan proposals that received 10,000 or more supporters between May and September. Of the nine projects, only the Adventure Time figures and the super-realistic Caterham Super Seven cars received greenlights (sorry, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man).
Robotic Industries was clearly blessed By the Power of Grayskull when they came up with their latest action figure — an “Adventure Time”/”He-Man” mashup, combining Jake the Dog with Battle Cat and Fin the Human with He-Man, for a whole new hero dubbed “He-Finn the Human.”
James Freckingham of the U.K.’s Robotic Industries devised the figure, which is being sold on Fugi.me in a limited-edition run of 15 figures. So far, only the Finn figure is being sold, starting at 10am PT on March 11 over at Fugi’s website.
Festivals | More than 40 French publishers, including all the major publishers of graphic novels, have signed on to a press release saying they won’t participate in next year’s Angouleme International Comics Festival without significant, fundamental changes in the way it’s run. The signatories include almost every publisher that was at this year’s festival. Guy Delcourt, head of Delcourt publishing and the president of the BD commission of the national publishers’ association, said there have been problems with the festival for a long time, and attendance has been dropping, but after this year’s omission of any female nominees for the Grand Prix and the unfunny fake awards ceremony, he is fed up with the whole thing. Delcourt stopped short of calling for executive director Franck Bondoux to resign, saying the problem is not with one individual but with the entire structure of the festival, which is overly complex and opaque. The publishers have asked the Minister of Culture to name a mediator to work with them to solve the problema and give the festival, in Delcourt’s words, “the governance it deserves.” [ActuaBD]
Hell’s Kitchen is about to get a heck of lot cuter with the addition Daredevil Dorbz figures to Funko’s series of collectibles based on the hit Netflix series.
And, as if that weren’t enough, the company has also debuted its Adventure Time Dorbz line, featuring Finn, Jake, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Flame Princess of the Fire Kingdom and Princess Bubblegum.
Ugly Christmas-sweater party season is just around the corner. People still throw those, right? If they do, Merchoid has you — and every other geeky guest — covered, in a blend of cotton and polyester.
The online retailer, which specializes in licensed pop-culture merchandise, has rolled out its nerdiest seasonal wear with ugly (but not heinous) sweaters based on characters from DC Comics, Star Wars, Adventure Time and more.
The borders of the Land of Ooo have expanded into the realm of virtual reality with the launch of Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games.
Based on Cartoon Network’s hit animated series, the mobile game allows fans to actually become part of the Adventure Time narrative, with the help of Samsung Gear VR. Boasting an original story and gameplay inspired by classic 3D platformers, Magic Man’s Head Games is voiced by the cast of the TV show.
The announcement of the Adventure Time line of boots from Dr. Martens was made with much fanfare in February, but we nearly missed the stealthy addition of Marceline the Vampire Queen to the line.
Inspired by the 1,000-year-old guitar-playing vampire, the limited-edition design captures a different facial expression on each boot (mouth closed on the right, open wide on the left). Joining the previously released Jake and Finn designs, the Marceline boot is available for women, children and toddlers (prices range from $150 to $105).
WeLoveFine knows what time it is, with a new collection of women’s and men’s clothing inspired by Adventure Time.
Designed by WeLoveFine’s Catherine Elhoffer, the brightly colored (and occasionally imaginatively patterned) pieces certainly wouldn’t be out of place in the Land of Ooo. They range from the expected, like the Jake Pocket Hoodie (you kind of have to, right?), to the bold, like the Lady Rainicorn Leggings.
Oh, my glob! When artist/musician Ryan Murphy created those wonderful mashups of Adventure Time and Mad Max: Fury Road, he not only made us smile, he inspired Egor Zhgun to take the concept a step or two further.
Borrowing music and dialogue from one of the Fury Road trailers, the Russian artist brings us “Madventure Time,” an animated parody that once again casts Finn as the Road Warrior, the Ice King as Immortan Joe, Princess Bubblegum as Furiosa, Marceline as the Doof Warrior and Lemongrab as Nux.
It’s perhaps not a stretch to imagine Mad Max: Fury Road‘s wasteland as part of Adventure Time‘s Desert of Doom, and Finn as a sword-wielding Road Warrior and — OK, maybe it’s a bit of a stretch. But the Ice King makes an amazing Immortan Joe in this series of mashups by artist and musician Ryan May.
In “Mad Max v. Adventure Time,” Princess Bubblegum becomes Furiosa, complete with candy arm, while Marceline the Vampire Queen is, of course, transformed into the guitar-wielding, flame-throwing Doof Warrior.
Cartoon Network is setting off in a different direction with its next Adventure Time game, reteaming with Little Orbit for a story-driven 3D adventure that transforms Jake and Finn into detectives.
Developed by Vicious Cycle, Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations sees Pendleton Ward’s beloved characters follow in the footsteps of Finn’s foster parents and become professional investigators. Faced with mysterious disappearances and strange events in the Land of Ooo, players will interrogate its inhabitants, dispatch evil-doers, solve puzzles and explore new and familiar locations.
If you’re planning a trip to the Land of Ooo, it’s important to travel there in style.
Thai Smile, a subsidiary of Thai Airways, has rolled out its Adventure Time-themed Airbus A-320, emblazoned with Finn, Jake and Princess Bubblegum. The fun doesn’t stop at the exterior, however: As you can see below, inside characters from the beloved Cartoon Network series adorn the headrests, overhead compartments, cups, serving trays and even the air-sickness bags (sorry, Jake).
As cute as Dr. Martens’ new Adventure Time boots are — and make no mistake, they are cute — they pale in comparison to how the venerable British footwear company celebrated the new collaboration: with a bounce mob.
One hundred Dr. Martens and Adventure Time fans dressed as Finn the Human rolled onto London’s Carnaby Street atop Jake the Dog space-hoppers, and, well, hopped, all the way to the Carnaby Street store, which featured a DJ … and the Dr. Martens x Adventure Time collection, naturally.
If you’ve been wishing that Jake, Finn and the rest of the Adventure Time crew would make the leap to LEGO, this may be your chance.
Brick enthusiast aBetterMonkey has submitted a set of 15 brick-built Adventure Time figures to LEGO ideas, where projects that receive 10,000 votes qualify for review and a chance to be transformed into an official LEGO product.