Slaughter’s Marauders & Dreadnoks G.I. JOE Exclusive!

November 30, 2011

Shipping in January, but pre-orderable now, we’ve got an awesome box set of Slaughter’s Marauders and the Deadnoks! Check out this roster:

This set includes the evil DREADNOKS-featuring:
ROAD PIG
ZANZIBAR
GNAWGAHYDE
BURN OUT
ZANYA
ZANDAR
THRASHER

The heroic SLAUGHTER’S MARAUDERS featuring:
SPIRIT
RED DOG
MERCENARY (MERCER)
FALCON
LOW LIGHT
BARBEQUE
BULL (TAURUS)

It’s an insane line-up made all the more impressive by the fact that they come with a ton of accessories and weapons, making a set as valuable to in-the-box collectors as for display (or play!) fanatics. They’re all about 3.75 inches tall and feature the articulation and design that has made this line of GI Joe figures true classics among fans.

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NEW Nightmare on Elm Street Figures

November 29, 2011

Nightmare on Elm Street might have been a big success, but the continuation of the franchise and its strange popularity have allowed it to fall comfortably into the “cult classic” zone. And we’ve got two new figures that only serve as a reminder of what this has become.

You’ve got 2 choices of Freddy Krueger right here: Dream Warriors Freddy (including a teeny tiny Elm Street house) and Dream Master Freddy, featuring a number of parts from the bodies of his victims–charming, isn’t he? They’re made by Neca so you can expect some amazing sculpting and great design, plus a post that’s perfectly display-friendly.


NOLAN NORTH : The Video Game Everyman (Or just Every Man)

November 27, 2011

One man seems to appear in basically…every game released this year and that’s Nolan North. The man behind Nathan Drake, Desmond Miles and the Penguin talked to Kotaku about what it’s like to be the “It” Voice Actor.

Two New Perspectives on Nolan North, Video Gaming’s “It” Voice-Actor

Any way you slice it, it’s been a good year for Nolan North. At this time last year, the ever-present voice actor had become something of a go-to joke—people had cottoned to the fact that his voice was featured in 50% of the video games that had been released that year (slight exaggeration), and had started to give him some good-natured jibes.

This year, he’s turned up in four of the biggest games of the year—in addition to his recurring roles as Nathan Drake in Uncharted 3 and Desmond in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, he played the role of The Penguin in Batman: Arkham City and voiced several of the funnier turrets in Portal 2. Both of those last two roles demonstrated North’s versatility—many comments have been made about how so many of his characters sound alike, the sort of “bashful everyman” personified by Drake, Desmond, and North’s take on The Prince from 2008’s Prince of Persia. But to hear him play up Penguin’s menacing Cockney accent or the broken Portal turrets’ bewildered bravado disproves those assertions.

Today we have a couple of fresh looks at North and his process. First up is a fun, short audio clipfrom an interview that Sarah Elmaleh did with North for the new issue of Kill Screen. In it, North talks about how he listens for various accents, and what kind of information is important for him to assume a new role. I enjoy hearing him talk in his actual speaking voice, since it becomes clear how different it really is from that of Nathan Drake.

The second, more in-depth piece, is a large interview that ran today at Grantland. In the interview, Tom Bissell asks North about his work, the process at Naughty Dog, and what gamers look for in their cutscenes. “Gamers have become savvier,” North says. “They’re more sophisticated and they want good performances. When you don’t do performance capture alongside voice capture, there’s always going to be this disconnect.”

North also talks about one of my favorite bits of the game—the part where Charlie’s claustrophobia kicks in. He describes how that character-note emerged organically from a bit of ad-libbed dialogue:

Graham McTavish plays Charlie Cutter, a pal of Drake’s, a tough guy. During one of the first days we were shooting, we had this alley scene, and he said, “Wouldn’t it be kind of funny if Charlie was claustrophobic?” Amy started laughing and said, “Do that. What would that look like? Let’s try it.” Well, in the game, Drake and Charlie are running down a London alleyway. Drake is like, “Charlie, come on. What are you doing?” He’s like, “All right. I’m coming, I’m coming,” but he goes through the alley saying, “It’ll all be over soon, it’ll all be over soon, it’ll all be over soon.” That was completely made up. We all thought it was funny.

North also talks about taking the Penguin, and why he took the role:

I’m sure you’ve heard people say that I only do one voice. Desmond Miles is my voice but a little darker. Nate is another little side of a personality. But they’re not the same person. Penguin wasn’t my way of saying, “See? I can do other things!” But I’d be lying if I said it didn’t cross my mind. You know, I do six different animated shows. I’m doing one of my animated shows on Monday, and in it I’m doing five voices. Three of them talk to one another and you won’t know from one to the next that they’re all me.

I’m proud of the versatility I’ve had since I was in high school, getting in trouble for all these voices. What happened was that there were so many of these big heroes I played – in Dark Void, Assassin’s Creed, Shadow Complex, Uncharted, and Prince of Persia – and they all showed up at about the same time. It got a little ridiculous. When Portal came out, and I was listed in the credits, people were asking me, “Were you really in that?” Yeah! I did three spheres and some turrets.

It’s a fun interview, and covers a lot of ground, including the other roles he played in Uncharted 3, how his oldest son dressed up as Drake for Halloween, and how he got his start as a… journalist, of all things. Hmm. Might have to consider getting into voice-acting.

On second thought, maybe not.


PREDATOR Action Figure SERIES 4

November 27, 2011

Shaman, Boar and City Hunter. No, these aren’t classes you can aim for in Skryim, they’re the brand new Predators that have just arrived and are now in-stock in our growing PREDATOR section. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a fan of the original films, the new ones, the games or just the incredible character design of some of sci-fi’s most enduring monsters, you should definitely check these new guys out.

You can grab them individually or as a complete set and they’re brought to you by the folks at McFarlane, so you can expect some pretty high quality sculpting and design. They’re about 6 inches tall and come with some pretty rad accessories, too!


The Headless Horseman of World of Warcraft

November 26, 2011

The Headless Horseman rides into the Premium World of Warcraft collection and fans of the MMORPG can now snag the 9-inch figure to add to their probably-pretty-awesome display shelf.

He joins the rest of the premium collection and looks fantastic. DC Direct has really outdone themselves with the World of Warcraft action figure line and the detail and accessories are honestly stunning. If you’re a fan, then you should definitely pick this guy up and take your collection to the next level.


DC Universe – Series 19

November 25, 2011

It’s here! The 19th series of DC Universe figures has arrived. You can find Sandman, The Atom, Hawkman, Lord Naga, Magog and Stargirl in this new wave and they’re all looking great at 6-inch figures. As ever, collect them all and you can use the included parts to make the build-a-figure, which is S.T.R.I.P.E. this time around!

And you can already pre-order the next series, which includes Green Arrow, White Lantern Flash, Reverse Flash, Hawk, Dove (Dawn Granger), Red Arrow and Sinestro, plus the build-a-figure NEKRON for fans of the Lanterns. It ships in January, but you can snag it now.


9-Inch Play Arts MASTER CHIEF

November 24, 2011

Imported from Japan, the Play Arts Kai series figure of HALO’s MASTER CHIEF has finally arrived. In celebration of 10 years of Halo (I know, I can’t believe it either!), there’s a brand new rendering of the series’ protagonist and it looks amazing. Standing about 9 inches tall, he’s not just an amazing sculpt with tons of game-accurate detail, but impressively articulated and packing serious heat.

With the original HALO now remastered and ready to go, it might be time to give your display shelf an upgrade, too. It’s a high-end toy and one tailor-made for collectors, but it’s been 10 years and, come on, you’ve earned it.


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