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Amid heated controversy, the Hugo Awards ceremony went down on Saturday evening. The year has garnered a lot of press attention due to the Sad Puppy/Rabid Puppy campaigns launched by some who thought certain creators and works were being overlooked in favor of “liberal bias.” As the Hugos have an open nomination process, the result was that several categories were completely dominated by works put forth in the Sad Puppy’s slate. (Read some great in depth analysis of the who, what, how, and why of all this over at Wired and ICv2.)
However, voters appeared to reject the Puppies’ plan, as five categories that were identical to the group’s nominations slate –Best Novella, Short Story, Related Work, Editor Short Form, and Editor Long Form — ended up being given “No Award.” According to their official website, that number matches the amount of No Awards given out in the entire history of the Hugo Awards, and the first time any have been given since 1977. According to i09.com’s full live blog of the event, the applause at each No Award announcement was uproarious.
While we know we’re not supposed to touch Lola, Funko is making it tough to resist with this upcoming addition to its Pop! Rides line.
Arriving in October, the new Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. collectible features Director Phil Coulson with his prized possession, the high-flying, flamethrowing 1962 Chevrolet Corvette better known as Lola. And, yes, Director Coulson, we realize Lola’s not just a collectible.
Just when it seemed we might never see an Avengers: Age of Ultron Quicksilver collectible figure from Hot Toys, a prototype has been spotted in the wild — or, rather, at Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong — alongside Nick Fury and Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Drax the Destroyer.
There’s no word yet when the 1/6th-scale Quicksilver figure, based on the likeness of actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, will be available, but considering the recently revealed Scarlet Witch isn’t expected to ship until the end of this year or the beginning of the next, we may be waiting a while.
Whether you’re off to save the galaxy or simply heading to class (or, y’know, a convention), this Rocket Raccoon Backpack Buddy seems like the appropriate — and appropriately adorable — accessory.
Sold exclusively by ThinkGeek, the officially licensed backpack features plush head, arms, feet and tail, and a zipped compartment that measures 9.75 inches by 8 inches. Although it’s not intended to hold electronics, the website notes the backpack can fit an iPad2.
The Dancing Baby Groot sequence from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy sparked a pop-culture sensation that launched a seemingly endless parade of merchandise and introduced a new generation (or two) to The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” It also inspired stop-motion filmmakers Kyle Roberts and Nathan Poppe to collaborate on a new video.
Using a hand-drawn background and more than 1,000 photos of Hot Toys 1/4th-scale Groot and Marvel Legends 6-inch Drax, Roberts spent “dozens of hours” to recreate that scene (with a Jackson 5 cover by Denver Duncan). The result caught the attention of “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, who commented this morning on their YouTube page, and then tweeted his appreciation for their work.
When it comes to decorating Easter eggs, I never progressed beyond the messy mix of hot water, vinegar and food coloring. However, artist Barak Hardley is operating on a far higher plane.
In this video from AWE Me, he showcases dozens of his holiday creations, from the cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (with appropriately larger Groot and smaller Rocket) and Baymax from Big Hero 6 to Hellboy and Hobbes. In between, you’ll spot the likes of Homer Simpson, Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie, Saul Goodman and Ehrmantraut, the Powerpuff Girls and the Deathstar.
The rivalry that’s been building for a while — at least since the pair met in the Mos Eisley cantina — finally boiled over into an intense, and surprisingly expressive, rap battle between Groot and Hodor.
Backed by Rocket Raccoon, Bran Stark and Osha in this new video from The Warp Zone, the gentle giants of Guardians of the Galaxy and Game of Thrones throw down some mad … not rhymes, exactly. However, they do appear mad, or at least mildly perturbed.
If ever there were an appropriately named toy line, it’s the pint-sized Guardians of the Galaxy Dorbz series from Funko and Vinyl Sugar. Dorbz!
Showcased last month at Toy Fair and now available for preorder, the collection of 3-inch vinyl figures not only includes the team from Marvel’s 2014 blockbuster — Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Groot, Drax and Star-Lord, with and without mask — but also Ronan, Nebula, Korath, The Collector and Yondu (who resembles Sam the Snowman from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer). That’s a refreshingly broad lineup, even without Thanos or, say, Nova Prime (come on, who doesn’t want a Glenn Close collectible figure?).
In the post-Guardians of the Galaxy licensing onslaught, we’ve seen a dancing Groot bobblehead, a Baby Groot that actually dances to “I Want You Back,” a “movie-accurate” Little Groot and an absolutely terrified Potted Groot, and that’s only for starters. But now we have something a little different, and a little more eco-friendly.
Entertainment Earth is accepting preorders for a dancing Baby Groot solar-powered bobble head that not only wiggles his little body but never requires batteries. Alas, it’s not accompanied by the sounds of the Jackson 5, so you’ll have to hum the tune yourself:
If NBC’s Parks and Recreation has taught us anything, it’s that 1.) jogging is the worst; 2.) at least once a year you have to treat yo self; and 3.) seven years from now, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will still be wildly popular.
After pitting Marvel against DC and the Empire against the heroes of both companies, Alex Luthor has turned his attention to another sci-fi franchise, using the Tesseract to draw in the Decepticons for a fan trailer that mashes together all of the mass destruction of Michael Bay’s Transformers series with all of the … mass destruction of superhero films.
When Megatron & Co. attack, it creates a threat so big that not even the combined powers of the Avengers, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Green Lantern, Spider-Man, Arrow and The Flash aren’t enough to stop them. That’s when Nick Fury calls in some help …
First came the cameo in The Avengers, then came a full-fledged appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, along with the promise of a larger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What could possibly be left for Thanos? How about movie-accurate figure from Hot Toys?
The high-end collectibles company has revealed its 1/6th-scale figure of the Mad Titan, based on his appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy. He comes complete with two sets of interchangeable hands and a throne with LED light-up function.
However, there’s no mention of price or release date, so stay tuned.
The good-natured Super Bowl rivalry between Captain America star Chris Evans and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has moved beyond a charity bet to inspire a charity T-shirt.
As CBR noted last week, Boston native Evans and Seattle resident Pratt dug in for their own Civil War: If New England wins Super Bowl XLIX, Pratt will don a Patriots jersey and make an appearance at Christopher’s Haven in Boston, which provides a home away from home for young cancer patients and their families while they undergo cancer treatments at nearby hospitals. but if the Seahawks win, Evans will dress as Captain America and visit Seattle Children’s Hospital while carrying a 12th Man flag.
Few characters in modern sci-fi and fantasy are as misunderstood as Chewbacca, Groot and Hodor. It’s not that their motives indiscernible, mind you; they’re all upright guys. It’s that two of them have incredibly limited vocabulary — namely, “I am Groot” and “Hodor!” — while the third, well … how many people actually speak Wookiee?
So, you can imagine when these kindred spirits get together, they have a lot to talk about. A lot. That’s the premise of “No One Understands,” a video from Brotherhood Workshop that finds LEGO versions of trio from Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy and Game of Thrones drowning its sorrows in the Mos Eisley cantina.
Given the sheer amount of Guardians of the Galaxy apparel, toys and collectibles on the market, you’d think Disney and Marvel Studios covered all the merchandising opportunities for the 2014 blockbuster. However, CineFix’s 8-Bit Cinema spotlights one they overlooked — and that we desperately need: an old-school side-scrolling video game.
In the video below, CineFex effectively retells director James Gunn’s space adventure using 16-bit technology, complete with snippets of dialogue and — best of all — a new, and totally appropriate, rendition of the film’s hit soundtrack.