Monday, June 30, 2014

Aliens – Xenomorph Queen Ultra Deluxe Boxed Action Figure

Wow! NECA is really delivering with there Aliens action figures. Next up is the monstrous Xenomorph Queen. This thing is HUGE and awesome looking. Definitely a great addition to anyone's Aliens collection. You'll need this one once NECA finally starts making some Ripley's.

SDCC 2014 Exclusive Ninja Turtle SpongeBob and Shredder Plankton POP! from Funko

Funko has announced another SDCC 2014 Exclusive. A Pop! mash-up between SpongeBob SquarePants meets Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! TMNT Leonardo SpongeBob SquarePants and Shredder Plankton come in a collectible lunchbox tin with clear window for displaying. This is a unique offering of two of Nickelodeon's top animated shows.

Watch a Video of Super Mario Bros.Beaten in Under 5 Minutes

A gamer named "Blubber" now holds the current world record for beating Super Mario Bros. for the NES in the least amount of time. His time is exactly 4:57:69. What he does in that time is amazing. There doesn't seem to be anything that could possibly be done to shave any more time off of that record. There is not a misstep made or a jump missed. Oh, and clearly there were some warp zones used.

Six New Big Hero 6 Posters Make One Giant Image

Six new posters debuted this weekend for the Marvel/Disney movie Big Hero 6. In them, we get some clear views of the main heroes of the movie. When combined, the posters make one giant image.

This marks Marvel's first animated movie through Disney Studioes.

Check them out below.

Game of Thrones Lego Minifigures

If you're a fan of Lego and Game of Thrones then Citizen Brick has something your're going to love (and if you're willing to spend a chunk of change, you're going to want to buy).  They have made some custom minifigures of the television versions of the characters from the epic fantasy saga. Citizen Brick doesn't have the license to make official GoT merchandise, but it is very clear as to who each figure is meant to represent. The line is instead given the name Dragon Sword Fighter Force.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Epic (Fake) Transformers Commercial

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction is in theaters this weekend and it's already breaking records and making tons of money. The reception and criticism on the other had, hasn't been so good. Personally, just recently I lost complete interest in seeing this. Nothing I've heard sounds very good. Oh well, maybe I'll get to it someday. For now, here is a cool video the pokes fun at this very movie. It's probably more fun than the movie itself, and it's two and half hours less of your life that you'll have to lose.

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Slash Action Figure Review

Almost all major superheroes have evil counterparts; Superman has Bizarro, Spider-Man has Venom, Flash has Reverse Flash, Captain Marvel (Shazam) has Black Adam, etc., the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are no different.

They have Slash.

Jump the Gun: Transformers - Age of Extinction

Jump the Gun is a semi-weekly article where two or more HiddenLevel contributors voice their gut reactions to upcoming movies. Their opinions are based solely on what trailers, press releases, and information is available around the internet, oh, and of course their own personal bias towards the source material. None of the opinions are based on actually having watched the movie. Each reviewer retains the right to change their view after having watched the movie, if they ever bother to do so. After all, who wants to waste their money on a movie that looks like it’s going to suck? Unless you’re into that kind of thing.

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

(June 27, 2014)

Movie Summary: The Autobots, after defending the earth against the Decepticons, find themselves no longer needed.  Now a new threat has arrived and the Autobots must recruit new friends to face this new menace.

Brunpuppies - They went and made another one.  And they added robot dinosaurs.  And because it’s Michael Bay, they’re way bigger than they need to be.  Like old Godzilla big, not new Godzilla.  I really hope this movie turns out to be at least somewhat good. Based on, the other Transformer movies I don’t have my hopes set too high, but at least the Buff isn’t in this one, so that’s a good start.  If Godzilla fills the big monster craving the Pacific Rim left me with, I guess this will have to fill the big robot hankering.

Verdict - Will see in theaters to see Grimlock SMASH!

Kevshiro -  So Optimus Prime is riding Grimlock.  I didn’t even think most dinosaurs were that big back in the prehistoric times as I’m pretty sure Optimus Prime is very large as well, so he can’t ride Grimlock.  None the less, I’m really excited to see this film because well, duh Dinobots!!!  Even though it looks like they skipped one of my favorites Sludge, the Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus for those who think every dinosaur with a long neck has that name).  Also am really glad for the new casting as well.  Bye Bye, Mr. talk so fast that you can’t comprehend what they hell he is saying, I’m sure you know who I mean.  Welcome Marky Mark and his Funky Bunch to the Transformers movies, I’m really hopeful he can add more to the transformers films, as I”m sure they’ll be more to come.

Verdict - My butt is in the theater seat.

SolidMike - You know, it’s getting difficult keeping up with the Transformer films. After seeing the second film and realizing how bad of a movie it was, I couldn’t even bring myself to watch the third entry and now here we are again with the fourth film on the horizon.
With that being said, the trailer looks action packed and even has robot dinosaurs in it that are huge! I would be lying to myself to say that I wasn’t moved by this trailer even though it had Michael Bay written all over it with unnecessary explosions.

Verdict - Will go see in theaters.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Raphael Action Figure Review

When it comes to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I have a hard time picking a favorite Turtle. I guess it really depends on the version of the green teens we're talking about. From the first movie and 2007's TMNT, my favorite would have to be Raphael. From the original cartoon show, I'd go with Michelangelo. As for the arcade and NES games, as well as the new IDW comic, I'd say Leonardo. With the Nicktoon, Donatello has risen to the top. With any version, I've always loved the dynamic between all four.

Friday Funnies for June 27th 2014

Another week has come and gone, and another installment of Friday Funnies has arrived. 

Please enjoy responsibly.

Hot Toys The Dark Knight Rises: 1/12 Scale The Bat

Crap, now I'm in real trouble.

Hot Toys has been making incredible 1/6 scale action figures for a while now that have always been very tempting to me, but because of the price and the face that I don't really collect figures in that scale, I've been able to avoid them. 

Now they're doing 1/12" (6 inch) scale.

That's the scale I collect.

They're doing vehicles and figures. 

Of Batman items.

As I said, I'm in trouble now.

Everything about this offering looks awesome.  I might just have to start saving up and selling some things, because the temptation to get this latest offer is strong. If Hot Toys starts doing 1/12 scale figures regularly, I might have to get a second and third job.

Check out the product information and photos below:

In The Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion to the Batman Trilogy by Christopher Nolan, Batman was presented an all new aircraft by Lucius Fox. During last year’s exhibitions, Hot Toys has showcased the prototype of the 1/12th scale The Bat and fans were already eager for the official reveal of this amazing collectible!

To celebrate Batman’s 75th anniversary, Hot Toys is excited to officially introduce the 1/12th scale The Bat Deluxe Collectible Set to our new MMS Compact Series and it is highly detailed and specially crafted based on the film. In addition to featuring finely sculpted aircraft structure, remote controlled LED light up and propellers spinning functions, and 1/12th scale Batman Collectible Figure, this Deluxe Set will also include a 1/12th scale Selina Kyle Collectible Figure and the fusion reactor Talia al Ghul planned to use to destroy Gotham. Batman fanatics don’t miss out on pre-ordering this remarkable collectible set!

$690 for the standard set
$780 for the deluxe set with Catwoman

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·         PRODUCT CODE: MMSC002
·         HEIGHT: APPROXIMATELY 75CM L X 41.5CM W X 26.3CM H

The 1/12th scale The Bat Deluxe Collectible Set specially features:
- Authentically detailed 1/12th scale The Bat in The Dark Knight Rises
- Approximately 75cm L x 41.5cm W x 26.3cm H 
- Six (6) front LED lights
- Six (6) LED lights in the middle of aircraft
- Two (2) LED light up back engines
- Functional cockpit door
- Two (2) seaters
- Moveable front dual rotors
- Rotatable underside propellers
- Articulated flaps at the back
- Two (2) machine guns
- Two (2) side panel rocket launchers
- Remote control for LED light-up and propellers spinning functions

1/12th scale Collectible Figures:
- One (1) Batman Collectible Figure
- One (1) Selina Kyle (Catwoman) Collectible Figure

- One (1) fusion reactor
- One (1) set of collectible stands for The Bat

Release date: Q3-Q4, 2015

**Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different
**Product details could be subjected to change without further notice
**Battery not included for collectible, 3A batteries required 

TM & © DC Comics.
WB SHIELD: TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

© 2014 Hot Toys Limited. All Rights Reserved. 

Guillermo del Toro Announces Pacific Rim 2 , Along With Animated Series and Comics

Great news for Jaeger and Kaiju fan, Guillermo del Toro has announced plans to go forward with a Pacific Rim sequel. Not only that, but there is a animated series in the the works and a comic book.  The first movie did modestly in the U.S. ($101.8 million), but did very well worldwide ($411.0 million). Right now they are looking at April 7, 2017 as a release date.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

New Godzilla Game To Be Released This Winter

Well ladies and gentleman, Godzilla is making another debut this year, hopefully we see more of him than the new film that was release back in May. In any case, this time around the big radioactive lizard will be making its debut on Sony's PS3 exclusively. So far the game is set to be release this winter in Japan only at moment, no word was given on a western release.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Clip - Apes Do Not Want War

Check out the new clip 20th Century Fox has released from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, showing a confrontation between humans and apes.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in theaters on July 11, 2014, the Matt Reeves-directed sequel also stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo and Judy Greer.

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Hasbro SDCC Exclusive Transformer Kre-o Set

One of Hasbro's many San Diego Comic Con exclusives will be a set of Transformer Kre-o minifigures, Kerons. The set is called "Class of 1984", although many of the characters they represent debuted after that year. The Kerons appear to be a little more detailed than the ones available in past sets. There are 30 minifigures in all, plus an assortment of accessories.

The set will be available exclusively at Hasbro's SDCC booth for $59.99.

CineFix 8-Bit Kill Bill Video

If you've ever wondered what Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2 would look like as an 8-bit video game, then check out this awesome video by Cinefix to find out:

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Introducing the LEGO cast of Star Wars: Episode VII

I was a just a couple of months a go when the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII was announce.  Along with the announcement came this black and white photo of the primary cast doing their first script reading together:

Now Lego has recreated that photo in Lego form, to announce that they are gearing up to start designing sets for the new movie.  They took some liberties and put the original cast in some of their costume from the original trilogy. His is the image and what they had to say:

You've met the actors, now meet the Minifigure cast of Star Wars Episode VII!
It is both thrilling and surreal to start building in a couple of weeks, and we look forward to bringing this new world to life, once again (in 1/48 scale)!

If you want to read more about what the contributors of HiddenLevel had to say after that original announcement, CLICK HERE.

Masters of the Universe Lego by Gregos Thomas

This is something that made the rounds on the internet a few months back, but somehow I missed it entirely.  When I came across one of these images yesterday I was completely floored by how completely awesome it is.  The idea of combining to of my favorite toy properties, Lego and Masters of the Universe, nearly made my mind explode. For those of you that haven't seen this before, don't get too excited.  This is not something that is really being made, {BOOO, HISSS} these are custom figures and illustrations made by artist Gregos Thomas. Simply an amazing job. 

Disney Exclusive Indiana Jones Action Figure Review

I think that, like many children of the 80's, Indiana Jones is one of my favorite movie icons. As an action figure collector, I've always wanted a great plastic representation of this adventuring archaeologist.  With the last, better off forgotten movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, we got a bunch of Indiana Jones merchandise including stuff from the older movies. As far as action figures, a bunch of 3-3/4" and 12" scale figures were released.  That's all well and good, but as a 6"-7" collector, this just didn't cut it.  More recently, the Good Smile Company produced a 6" Figma action figure, but due to some negative reviews and a high price tag, I've held off on getting it.  There was however, another option.

In 2007-08, if you were willing to travel and go on an adventure, you could track down what was at the time, quite a treasure. By going to Disneyland or Walt Disney World and visiting the gift shop at the Indiana Jones stunt show, you could buy your very own exclusive 7" Indiana Jones action figure.   Not having a time machine or a ticket to a Disney Park, I lucked out and came across my figure at a local collectibles/toy store.  At a fair price of $25, which is twice the original price in parks but less than half the Figma price, I just had to pick it up and add it to my collection.
Does this still hold up as the great figure I was hoping for, or will I have to keep searching?  Let's find out.
Package:  This is one heck of a large toy package, although it's about the size of the Marvel Selects packages, but with a little less cardboard, so it's not that unusual. Considering everything you're getting, a lot of the space is being taken up, but it's still bigger than it needed to be. The package consists of plastic bubble and tray mounted onto a cardback.  None of it is all that exciting, you have the Indiana Jones and Disney logos along with a sketch of Indiana on the front and a big picture of the figure on the back.  There is no text with a description or information anywhere on the card.

If you're one to keep figures in the box, you'll at least have a clear view of the figure, if you take it out, you probably won't be able to reuse the package.  No big loss, it really isn't that great.

Verdict: 3/10

Sculpt:  The sculpt on this figure was handled by Gentle Giants, so that's usually some good news. They have a track record of doing a lot of really great sculpts for action figures and statues. When looking at this figure, there is no question as to who it's meant to be, but there are a few things that are a little wonky about it. The proportions just seem a little off. His feet are really big, at full scale his shoe size would have to be a 20 (in the U.S.) at least.  His arms are maybe a bit too long and his stance is a little wide. The head, especially the chin, doesn't look quite right in profile. None of the proportions look terrible but they do throw off the look of the figure.

Other than those issues, the figure looks pretty good.  The clothes hang well on the figure and have all the appropriate details and folds you would expect loose fitting clothes to have.  That's not to say that his outfit looks too big on him, it's just that typically the action figure characters tend to have more form fitting garb.

Verdict: 7/10

Scale:  At a 6.75" tall, the scale for this figure comes out to be 7"(1:10) scale.  Since there aren't any other characters from this series (although there are other figures of Indiana Jones), there are no other figures to judge him against accept those from other toy lines. He fits in fairly well with most Marvel Selects, DC Collectibles, NECA, and Mezco 7" scale lines.  It's obviously going to vary from figure to figure, but I don't really think he could have been sized any differently to fit in better.

Verdict: 9/10
Paint:  The paint on this figure is all very well applied and looks good. For the most part all the color choices are perfect. The only real issue I have is with the skin tone.  It's not as obvious in the pictures, but in person the skin has a lot of yellow to it.  Side by side with some other figure it really stands out. Other than that, his clothes are all painted properly and there don't seem to be any important paint applications that were missed.

Verdict: 8/10

Articulation:  There is quite a bit of articulation on this figure, but it could have used some more useful joints. Here is a list of what you get:
  • Hinged neck
  • Hinge and swivel shoulders
  • Hinged elbows
  • Swivel wrists
  • Swivel waist
  • Hinge and swivel hips
  • Hinged knees
  • Swivel ankles
The neck being just a hinge rather than ball joint, means that Indy is only able to look up or down, but not side to side.  I have absolutely no idea why they would have designed a figure like this, 99.9% of all the figures I have come across have necks that allow for left to right movement over front to back, yet this one doesn't for some strange reason. It could have easily been done if the neck peg was round instead of square. Just bizarre.

The arms would have benefited from a swivel joint at the biceps or the elbows.  The torso could use a ball joint or hinge, but I'm alright with out it. The legs definitely need another swivel joint at the hips or thighs, with what the figure has, it looks like he's playing hacky sack when his leg is lifted. The right leg is limited by holster, so you can't really bring it forward at all. As for the ankles, you can only turn them side to side a couple of degrees. Even with all these issues, you can still get quite a few nice poses out of this figure, it just could have been so much better.

Verdict: 6.5/10

Accessories:  This area is a real highlight for the figure. There is no shortage of items for Dr. Jones to interact with.  Here is what he comes packed with:
  • Hat
  • Whip
  • Revolver
  • Satchel (strap goes under jacket and is not easily removal)
  • Gold idol
  • Journal
  • Antidote vial
  • Scimitar (curved sword)
  • Ruins display base w/ bamboo (separate piece)
All of these items are really great to have and are excellent to display with Indy.  They are each very well sculpted and painted with the exception of the vial which went unpainted and just looks like a little brown tube. (It's sure to be lost very soon.) I was a little surprised the base didn't have pegs, but the figure doesn't have peg holes anyway.  Luckily the figure has large feet and stands fine on his own. The gun, whip, book, and sword all fit nicely in his hands. I'm disappointed that the gun can't go in the holster though. Overall, a very nice assortment of accessories.

Verdict: 9/10

Quality Control:  No real issues here. I wish the hat fit his hat better, but as fare as quality, everything is just fine.

Verdict: 9/10

Overall:  Not a perfect figure, but I'm still very happy to have him. Just a few slight changes, especially with some of the articulation, and a would have loved him. For now I will continue to display him along with my other 7" scale figures and just appreciate that fact that I have this figure at all. It's not a one I'm likely to come across again at a reasonable price, so I'm glad I got him.

Verdict: 8/10

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Click Here for a review of the DC Collectibles Batman action figure.
Click Here for a review of the DC Collectibles Nightwing action figure.
Click Here for a review of Talon and other action figures.
Click Here for a review of the DC Collectibles Bizarro action figure.
Click Here for a review of the DC Multiverse '89 Batman action figure.
Click Here for a review of Link from Legend of Zelda.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Gotham: 8 New Character Posters

FOX and Warner Bros. Television have debuted eight character posters, through Entertainment Weekly, for their upcoming series "Gotham" which feature all of the major characters. They include familiar faces like James Gordon and Bruce Wayne, as well as new characters like Fish Mooney. There are also characters we can assume to know, but have new names like Ivy Pepper who may become Poison Ivy.

Iconic Villains on 80's New Wave Style Album Covers

The following illustrations, by Rocky Davies, of iconic villains on some new wave style album covers are some of the most awesomely 80's things you'll ever see! I love the pop look that he gave each character, which include Dr. Doom, Joker, Shredder, and an Alien Xenomorph. The backgrounds, the fonts, the colors, everything just perfectly captures the era. 

Be sure to check out more of his totally excellent artwork on his deviantart page: 

Mecha Nations Megatron and Black Convoy

This very cool looking Transformers Mecha Nations Megatron is available for preorder right now. There is also a Mecha Nations Black Convoy (Nemesis Prime) available. I really love the design of the Megatron, it looks like the classic 80's version. The price for these however is WAY out of my price range at arond $139.99 each for 7" tall figures, but it's still cool to look at. The light-up features for both really look outstanding. Unfortunately they do not transform.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


From now until Jun 29th at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, an exhibit called LEGO MEMORIES (Or A Man-Child's Recollection of the 80's Through Lego) will be on display.  The artist responsible for this work in this show is Dan Shearn. The work itself consists of prints depicting different 80's era pop icons as Lego MiniFigures. Simply put, these pieces are stunning!

In Comic Book Stores the Week of June 25, 2014

Here are all the comics and related merchandise available the week of June 25, 2014. Check your local comic store for availability.

New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer and Character Posters!

The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer and character posters have been released! They give you a much better look at all the characters and gives you more fuel to either love or hate it. These are definitely going to be Turtles unlike any we've seen before.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" has an August 8, 2014 release directed by Jonathan Liebesman, produced by Michael Bay starring Megan Fox as April O'Neil, William Fichtner as Shredder, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick, and Whoopi Godberg as Bernadette Thompson.

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