SIDESHOW PRESENTS: THE JOKER

It’s about time. DC Comics has offered up the license to Sideshow at long last, meaning we can now expect a ton of amazing figures and Statues to come out in the next few months. Starting with…this:

Standing 24 inches tall, the Joker is the launch statue for the DC Comics Collectibles line. It’s an amazing rendering of the Clown Prince of Crime and represents one of the coolest pieces of merch a Joker fan is likely to find.

Each piece is individually painted and finished to exacting standards, each with its own unique quality and detail that is the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow Collectibles product. Captured in approximately 1:4 scale, with an intricate real fabric costume that features a fully lined topcoat with pose-able tails, The Joker Premium Format Figure is an outstanding addition to any display, the perfect beginning to Sideshow’s DC collection.

The Dark Knight Rises: THE FIRST POSTER

Well, if you’re a geek, you’ve probably already seen the sheer awesomeness that was the Dark Knight Rises poster! But if you missed it, our Sunday geek-out feature will give you your first look. And if you already enjoyed it, well, you’ll probably want to see this thing again!

AWESOME.

HALO 4 OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED!

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen! The official announcement that so many people have been waiting for…HALO 4 IS ON THE WAY!

Naturally, we don’t know a great deal about what specifically is in store for fans of the franchise, but they haven’t let us down yet, so I’m pretty sure this next entry is going to be pretty fantastic.

Naturally, we’ve got a ton of Halo items from Joyride to Play Arts to McFarlane and you should probably check out the collection! 6-inch figures, 3.75-inch figures and even big ol’ 12-inchers are available for almost every character you could possibly want, good or evil, from all the games! Check it out!

Entertainment Weekly FIRST LOOK: CAPTAIN AMERICA

We’ve already seen a couple images from the upcoming CAPTAIN AMERICA film, but now Entertainment Weekly is bringing us something more…

For fans of superhero movies, the most patriotic holiday on next year’s calendar won’t fall on July 4th, but exactly 18 days later. That’s when Paramount Pictures will release Captain America: The First Avenger, a big budget adaptation of the Marvel Comics shield-baring super-soldier. The new issue of Entertainment Weekly offers your first look at star Chris Evans in the hero’s red, white and blue threads — but you can get a peek at the man in uniform right here, right now.

Our story also brings you to the set of the London-based production, directed by Joe Johnston (The Wolfman, October Sky). During a break in shooting, Evans — on his second tour of Marvel duty, having played the Human Torch in Fox’s Fantastic Four films — explained he was reluctant to accept the call of Captain America, in part because he had already portrayed a Marvel-ous mystery man. Of course, he also worried about the potential cost of failure, but he also worried the potential cost of fame should the movie be a hit.

Our story also brings you to the set of the London-based production, directed by Joe Johnston (The Wolfman, October Sky). During a break in shooting, Evans — on his second tour of Marvel duty, having played the Human Torch in Fox’s Fantastic Four films — explained he was reluctant to accept the call of Captain America, in part because he had already portrayed a Marvel-ous mystery man. Of course, he also worried about the potential cost of failure, but he also worried the potential cost of fame should the movie be a hit.

“At the time, I remember telling a buddy of mine, ‘If the movie bombs, I’m f—-ed. If the movie hits, I’m f—-ed!’” After declining the part three times, Evans took a meeting with Marvel execs and Johnston and was dazzled by their plans for the movie. He still felt wary about suiting up for Captain America — but then he had an epiphany. “I was just scared,” he says. “I realized my whole decision making process was fear based, and you never want to make a decision out of fear.’” Evans signed a six-picture deal with Marvel to play the character, and he has no regrets: “I can’t believe was almost too chicken to play Captain America.”

The movie — which also serves to set up Marvel’s 2012 superhero team-up, The Avengers — hews closely to Captain America’s WWII-era origins. The year is 1942, and Steve Rogers is a scrawny lad who desperately wants to fight Nazis for his country but can’t because he’s been deemed physically unfit. His fate — and his physique — is radically transformed when he signs up for Project: Rebirth, a secret military operation that turns wimps into studs using drugs and assorted sci-fi hoo-ha. There’s a love interest (Major Peggy Carter, played Haley Atwell), there’s a sidekick (Bucky Barnes, played by Sebastian Stans), and there’s the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), Hitler’s treacherous head of advanced weaponry, whose own plan for world domination involves a magical object known as The Tesseract (comic fans know it better as The Cosmic Cube).

“The interesting thing about this character is that he’s an everyman who in the course of a few minutes become a perfect human specimen. That has to create some interesting personal issues,” says Johnston. “I saw it as an opportunity to make a superhero movie that felt real, that didn’t have to rely on an overabundance of fantasy elements.”

If you’re a Captain America fan counting down to the film, then here are a couple figures you might enjoy in the mean time–you know, until the movie brings a boatload more!

MARVEL SELECT CAPTAIN AMERICA
An 8-inch figure sculpted by Sam Greenwell, it features a gargoyle base that makes it awesome for display and can be posed in a ton of different ways thanks to its 14 points of articulation.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 1: CAPTAIN AMERICA
From the first series of the amazing Marvel Legends line, this Cap figure is based on his first appearance in 1941, when he was created by Simon and Kirby to stand as both character and icon in the Marvel Universe and the American consciousness.

KOTOBUKIYA CAPTAIN AMERICA STATUE
The brilliant designers at Kotobukiya present this 12.5-inch statue of Cap holding his iconic shield aloft and looking ready to face whatever enemy of his nation should come his way.

CAPTAIN AMERICA vs RED SKULL TWIN PACK
From Marvel Legends comes a 2-pack that represented one of Marvel’s greatest conflicts: that between Captain America and the villainous Red Skull. The arch-enemies come with a 32-page comic that explores their long-lasting feud!

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 8: ULTIMATE CAPTAIN AMERICA
The modern-day costume for Steve Rogers comes to life in this Ultimate Captain America from Marvel Legends’ eighth series. Standing about 7 inches, he comes with a Marvel TCG card!

MIGHTY MUGGS RED SKULL
The hyper-stylized MIGHTY MUGGS line brings us this Previews exclusive RED SKULL 7-inch figure. Looking surprisingly adorable for…well, a red skull, he still possesses a withering glare and that cruel smile.

New Screens from ARKHAM CITY

Kotaku recently posted a ton of new screenshots from the upcoming game, BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY. So far, the game looks amazing (even if I do question why they’ve brought Harley Quinn even further away from her comic book costume) and these screenshots are probably going to make the wait even harder. Here’s a look at Catwoman and Two-Face–the rest of the pics can be found here).

And, of course, as this is an action figure blog, if you’re looking for Arkham Asylum figures, we’ve definitely got a bunch of those. Available for pre-order and shipping in January and February of 2011, look for Batman, Joker, Harley, Scarecrow and more!

CiNG Goes Down

When I first heard about the game Hotel Dusk for the Nintendo DS, I knew that it was exactly the kind of thing I’d been missing: a story-driven game with mystery elements and a point-and-click interface that would be as close to the Lucasarts collection as I could hope to get. When I got my hands on it, I was not disappointed in anything but the brevity of what was a very well put-together game. It had some of the best dialogue writing the Nintendo has seen in years and truly lovable characters who genuinely felt real and interesting.

They’ve announced an upcoming sequel and I look eagerly forward to its release, hoping it will provide answers to the questions that remained at the end of Hotel Dusk. Unfortunately, though, if I finish the next game without closure, I might never get it. Why not? Well…

Here’s the unfortunate news from The Nintendo World Report:

On March 1, developer Cing began the process of declaring bankruptcy in Japan. The company currently lists a debt of 256,000,000 yen (2.5 million USD), and their case is being handled by Japanese legal firm Mihoko Kido.

Cing is best known for creating the DS titles Hotel Dusk: Room 215 and Trace Memory. They also produced a Wii sequel to Trace Memory (released in Japan and Europe, but not the Americas), and co-developed Little King’s Story for Wii along with Town Factory. Their last DS titles, Hotel Dusk sequel Last Window: Midnight Promise and Again: Eye of Providence, will be released later in the year.

NEW Okami Images Released!

Fans of the wildly creative epic Okami will be thrilled to hear that a new game in the world of Okami is coming to the Nintendo DS! Called Okamiden, it’s just been officially announced after months of speculation and there are not only images like the one above, but check out this video!

The gameplay looks just beautiful, especially for a DS platformer, and the stylus will lend itself perfectly to a game like this, allowing players to draw and craft their world. But the real story here is Chibiterasu. HE’S SO CUTE. Look at him! He looks so serious! Yet so adorable! Augh, I love him already.

To grab a copy of the original Okami, look no further!
Okami for the Wii
Okami for Playstation 2
Okami Wii Official Strategy Guide (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames))