Star Wars is being swallowed into the Wonderful World of Disney, giving that company nothing short of what some say is total control of the Childhood Movie Market. If you believe the fans, the Empire has not only struck back, it’s bloated and unstoppable. Walt Disney Pictures has purchased Lucasfilm and plans to make more films in the Star Wars franchise. We will look at the reasons why fans may actually want to embrace the Dark Side. I found some funny pics of this….
An amazing new Hot Toys figure is on its way later this month. The new 12-incher is a stunning rendering of Pirates of the Caribbean’s ANGELICA, played by Penelope Cruz in the fourth entry to the Pirates franchise. Like everything else in the Sideshow/Hot Toys collection, this figure is highly-detailed, features amazing paint work and is clothed in real fabric.
Naturally, there are also a ton of features and accessories, which you can read about right here:
The Sideshow Exclusive version of the Angelica Sixth Scale Figure includes a unique feature available nowhere else: The Angelica Sixth Scale Figure is Hot Toys’ Summer Toy Fair Exclusive, offered to Sideshow Collectibles in a highly limited release!
Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys are proud to present the Angelica – Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides Sixth Scale Collectible Figure!
The Angelica Sixth Scale Figure features:
Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Penelope Cruz as Angelica in the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Approximately 28 cm tall
Over 28 points of articulation
Newly sculpted head with movie-accurate facial expression and make-up
Real fabric hair implantation in brownish black, slightly curly hair
True Type body with tattoo on chest
Five (5) pieces of interchangeable palms with cross tattoo on left palms and rings including:
One (1) pair of palms for holding swords
Two (2) pieces of relaxed left palms
One (1) piece of relaxed gloved right palm
Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
One (1) black hat with feather
One (1) reddish brown patterned long jacket
One (1) patterned long vest
One (1) white long-sleeved shirt
One (1) black girdle
One (1) pair of black pants
One (1) buckled belt
One (1) pair of leather-like black boots
Two (2) swords with holster
One (1) dagger
One (1) pair of earrings
One (1) gold necklace with charm
One (1) compass
One (1) pair of chalices
One (1) Captain Jack voodoo doll
One (1) figure stand with Angelica nameplate and the movie logo
Sideshow Exclusive: The Angelica Sixth Scale Figure is Hot Toys’ Summer Toy Fair Exclusive, offered to Sideshow Collectibles in a highly limited release!
From Play Arts deluxe line, the Kai Series, comes a pair of Arkham Asylum figures perfect for any fan of the game or its sequel, Arkham City: BATMAN and HARLEY QUINN. Take a look!
Each one stands eight inches tall and features a ton of articulation. The Kai series specialises in extra detail, extra articulation and extra accessories, so if you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, these are definitely the figures you should go with. You can pre-order now and they’ll ship out in May!
Straight outta Asgard and looking every bit the hero, The Mighty THOR joins the Marvel Select collection as this Classic Thor Exclusive figure. It was made just for the Disney store, which you might recall is now also technically a Marvel store since the House of Mouse scooped up your favourite heroes and villains a little while back.
He stands about 8 inches tall, sized as a deluxe item, and comes with the great hammer, Mjolnir. Grab it now!
Two older, bearded wisemen/Dads have just arrived from Sideshow and Hot Toys, probably not signalling a trend but at least paying tribute to two awesome characters from films from the past year. Check these guys out!
KEVIN FLYNN (or Clu, if you were an original Tron fan), father of Sam, is the pick for anyone who enjoyed Tron Legacy or wants to custom-make a figure of The Dude. As you’d expect from Sideshow, the 12-inch figure comes with an amazing list of features.
* Authentic, detailed fully realized likeness of Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn in the movie TRON: Legacy
* Stands approximately 30cm tall
* TrueType body with over 30 points of articulations
* Highly detailed hair sculpture
* Hand-painted, movie-accurate facial expression with detailed skin texture and mustache
* Five (5) pieces of interchangeable hands including:
* One (1) pair of relaxed palms
* One (1) pair of fists
* One (1) right palm for holding data disc
* One (1) full white costume, including:
* One (1) long sleeved robe with detachable data disc at the back
* One (1) long sleeved shirt
* One (1) pair of pants
* One (1) full black costume, including”:
* One (1) long sleeved jacket with detachable data disc at the back
* One (1) long sleeved robe
* One (1) long sleeved shirt
* One (1) pair of pants
* One (1) pair of detachable black boots
* Two (2) bracelets, (1) white and one (1) black
* One (1) LED light-up hexagonal figure stand with Kevin Flynn nameplate and movie logo (white light, battery operated)*
Next up, Thor’s father, ODIN, was portrayed in the film by the great Anthony Hopkins and he’s lovingly rendered here by Sideshow and Hot Toys. The head honcho in Asgard, Odin really does look both godly and royal in this great 12-inch figure. Plus, take a look at this feature list:
* Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Anthony Hopkins as Odin in the Thor movie
* Stands approximately 30 cm tall
* Muscular body with over 30 points of articulations
* Two (2) styles of hair sculpture, including one (1) for normal occasion and one (1) for wearing helmet
* Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles, skin texture and beard
* Right eye with undetachable eye mask
* Eight (8) pieces of interchangeable palms including:
* One (1) pair of fists
* One (1) pair for holding spear
* One (1) piece of left palm with pointing finger
* Three (3) pieces of relaxed palms including two (2) left palms with different gestures and one (1) right palm
* Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
* One (1) undetachable red cape
* One (1) brown upper long-sleeved outfit with stripes and faux-leather details on arms
* One (1) pair of brown pants with stripes
* One (1) copper upper body armor with silver circle chest-plates
* One (1) pair of copper forearm armors
* One (1) pair of dark brown boots with brown and silver stripes
* One (1) electroplated movie-accurate spear
* One (1) copper movie-accurate helmet
* Figure stand with Odin nameplate and the movie logo
A British screenwriter is taking legal action in a bid to stop Disney bosses releasing the upcoming sequel to hit animated film Cars, alleging they stole the original movie’s concept from his work in the 1990s.
Jake Mandeville-Anthony has filed a lawsuit against studio chiefs at Disney and Pixar, claiming the 2006 box office hit is based on two screenplays which he submitted to a number of production companies back in 1993.
He allegedly created Cookie & Co., based on the experiences of real life racing driver Michael Owen Perkins, and a second screenplay called Cars, which included animated car character descriptions and sketches.
Mandeville-Anthony claims he sent his ideas to both Disney and Lucasfilm, which has long-standing links to Pixar.
He filed his complaint in a U.S. court this week alleging copyright infringement and breach of implied contract. He is seeking actual or statutory damages and an injunction to halt the release of Cars 2, which is due in cinemas in June.
Mandeville-Anthony is currently locked in a legal dispute with the movie giants in his native U.K., and a recent judgment on the case has remained private, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The first Cars movie made more than $450 million at the global box office.
Disney Hidden Secrets is a Tumblr collecting bits of trivia about your favourite Disney animated movies. A good but highly addictive read (like so many Tumblrs!), it’s put together by someone with a true love of the films and it’ll keep you busy for ages as you discover everything from hidden Mickeys to behind-the-scenes action. Here are a few samples!
In the hotel scene, Stich carrying a rose was inspired by an animation student that was known to give flowers to the animators (and other animation students) at the annual Disney Institute animation classes.
Animator Eric Goldberg supervised the animation of Tiana’s “Almost There” fantasy sequence, which was based on the art of African-American painter Aaron Douglas, one of the major figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Goldberg had previously directed the stylized “Rhapsody In Blue” segment in Fantasia/2000 (1999), which was based upon the work of Al Hirschfeld. The fantasy sequence eschewed the Toon Boom Harmony pipeline of the rest of the film; the animators’s line drawings were scanned into Photoshop and composited using Adobe After Effects.
A bunch of video games, action figures and a hit film are only a few of the incarnations of Prince Dastan, the eponymous Prince of Persia, and here’s a look at one more collection that brings the warrior prince’s adventures to new life. Because now, there’s a new way to get involved and take control over the awesome exploits of the time-bending noble! Bring on the LEGO!
Hidden in their secret lair, the evil Hassasins are busy planning their next assault on the city of Alamut. But Dastan has other plans! Surprising them on their own turf, the Hassansins barely have time to gather their weapons when he pounces!
Creeping into the Valley of the Slaves, Dastan discovers Sheik Amar’s secret gambling den. Starting the wild, out-of-control ostrich race with the fl ick of a lever, the outlaws of the kingdom gamble on the outcome! Can Dastan escape the Sheik in the turmoil?
Battling Asoka for the powerful Dagger of Time in the Alamut market, Dastan might have met his match. Will his amazing ability to run up walls and jump from balcony to balcony be enough to wrestle the dagger from Asoka? He’d better watch out for hidden traps and collapsing balconies!
Time is running out! The evil Nizam has the Dagger of Time and is about to release the Sands of Time to take over the Kingdom! Can Dastan and Princess Tamina jump, dodge and climb their way through the spinning saw blades, swinging swords and other nasty traps to stop him?
Bristling with barrels of dripping oil, catapults and castle guards, Alamut Castle will be a major challenge for Dastan and his new friend, Seso. Nizam and his powerful Hassasin warriors are prepared to do anything to keep the Dagger of Time from the heroic prince! Can Dastan stop them in time?
And if you haven’t gotten a chance to snag the film upon which these items were based, you can get it on DVD or Blue-Ray via the links below!
As storefronts put away the pumpkins and bring out the fake snow, perhaps it’s time to find something to bridge the gap between Halloween and Christmas. And naturally, there isn’t anything better for that kind of thing than Tim Burton and Henry Selick’s classic stop-motion film, The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The newest addition to our tNBC collection is actually from Kingdom Hearts, a video game franchise bringing together the world of Disney and the Final Fantasy universe. And fans of both will be very pleased with the quality and general awesomeness of the new figure:
From the Play Arts series, this gorgeous figure comes complete with alternate heads/expressions and multiple points of articulation in addition to being packaged with his loyal companion, the ghost dog Zero. All hail the Pumpkin King!
And if you want more from the film, check out our Nightmare Before Christmas page and find the likes of Jack, Sally, the Harlequin Demon, Undersea Gal, Dr. Finklestein and more as figure, plush toys and assorted collectibles! Click below to check it all out!
Though rarely considered to be an example of Pixar’s greatest work, CARS does seem to be its most enduring property in terms of merchandise and toys! Every month we get new items and pre-orders for a bunch of great collectibles based on the hit film and fans just keep snapping this stuff up! And when you take something as exciting as Cars and pair it with the equally popular building block toy, LEGO, then you can pretty much bet it’s going to be a success.
Mack’s Road Trip DUPLO set is a 33-piece item featuring a couple vehicles and enough to build a little set-up ideal for display. It’s a great way to introduce the even younger set to a great Pixar adventure.