Batman ARKHAM CITY – Batman, Harley and Robin Figures

Batman, Harley Quinn and Robin (Tim Drake) have now arrived and are in-stock in our awesome Arkham Asylum and Arkham City section. You can grab them individually or as a three-figure set. The Batman figure is notable as it features an unmasked Bruce Wayne suffering from the very same ailment that afflicted the Joker in the game (and in this NYCC Exclusive variant figure), making it a great complement to the more healthy hero in the last game.

New York Comic Con 2011: Hasbro’s Exclusive Compound Hulk Figure

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Hasbro’s Marvel Universe line expands at NYCC 2011–October 13-16 at the Javits Center–with the Marvel Universe Special Edition Compound Hulk figure. You can only get your hands on Compound Hulk, which was inspired by HULK #30 by Jeff Parker and Ed McGuinness at the NY Comic Con 2011.

What does HULK writer Jeff Parker think about seeing his and Ed’s creation turned into a toy? “This is not surprising at all considering how big Ed factored into that character–everything he thinks of makes a great toy,” Parker said. “It’s very cool, and they better send us each one and not make us share just because it’s two Hulks in one!”

“The first cool thing was seeing Jeff take a completely absurd idea and make it work on so many levels,” added McGuinness. “The second cool thing was seeing said absurd idea become a really great looking toy. I can’t believe I get paid to do this!”

What’s more powerful than Hulk and Red Hulk? The two Hulks combined into Compound Hulk! This 3 3/4″ Marvel Universe figure recreates a memorable moment from this year’s HULK #30, when the two hulking enemies were combined into one red-and-green behemoth! The figure is based on the artwork of superstar artist Ed McGuinness, and his artwork adorns the special edition blister card and outer packaging of this one-of-a-kind figure!

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“JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM”‘S AWESOME CAST

IGN has some really great news for Justice League fans! Have a read:

The first DC Universe Animated Original Movie of 2012, Justice League: Doom, will bring back Nathan Fillion and Tim Daly as the voice of Green Lantern and Superman respectively, Warner Home Video has announced. The film will also feature a reunion of the voice actors from the animated TV series Justice League Unlimited, including veteran Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy once again taking on the Dark Knight, Michael Rosenbaum as Flash, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman and Carl Lumbly as J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter. Bumper Robinson joins the cast as Cyborg.

According to the official description, Justice League: Doom finds the heroes on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knight’s “contingency plans” for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waid’s much-heralded JLA: Tower of Babel.

Fillion, a fan-favorite choice who lost out to Ryan Reynolds in last summer’s live-action Green Lantern movie, finally got to play the role of Hal Jordan in the recent DC Universe movie Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. It was actually his second time voicing a character from the DCU on home video; he also played Steve Trevor in the 2008 hit Wonder Woman.

Daly first provided the voice for Superman in the landmark cartoon, Superman: The Animated Series. He went on to play him twice more, in 2009’s Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and 2010’s Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.

The all-star casting also extends to the villains in the film. Three alumni of the Justice League animated series will reprise their roles – Phil Morris (Smallville, Seinfeld) as Vandal Savage, Olivia d’Abo (The Wonder Years) as Star Sapphire and Alexis Denisof (Angel) as Mirror Master. Newly added villains include Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911) as Bane, Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files) as Metallo, and Claudia Black (Farscape, Stargate SG-1) as Cheetah. David Kaufman (Danny Phantom) also reprises his Justice League role of Jimmy Olsen.

The film is executive produced by Bruce Timm (Batman: Year One), and directed by Lauren Montgomery (Batman: Year One), who is also credited as producer alongside Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series). Justice League: Doom is the final script from the late Dwayne McDuffie (All-Star Superman, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths). Casting and dialogue direction is once again in the capable hands of Andrea Romano (Batman: Year One).

Warner Home Video will premiere the Justice League: Doom trailer during its presentation at New York Comic Con on Friday, Oct.14 in our own IGN Theater. Also premiering during that session will be the Catwoman animated short attached to Batman: Year One, the next DC Universe Animated Movie (due out on October 18).

BEYBLADE: METAL FUSION – BATTLE FORTRESS

Fan of Beyblades? Well, we’ve got a ton of ’em: old ones, new ones and some available for pre-order if you want to make sure you guarantee that you get the latest and greatest of the spinning tops. Check ’em out in our BeyBlade Metal Fusion Section!

We’ve got everything from Dark Bull Red to Storm Pegasus Blue, Earth Eagle to the electronic Dark Wolf, plus launchers, assembly chambers, stadiums and more! If you’re a collector, you’ve come to the right place. And of course, if you’re a super-fan, then there’s even more to see in November when a brand new game–BEYBLADE: METAL FUSION BATTLE FORTRESS–hits shelves! If you haven’t gotten a chance to learn about it, here’s a quick demo review from Platform Nation!

Spinning it’s way to your Nintendo Wii and DS November 9, 2010 is Beyblade Metal Fusion-Battle Fortress. This upcoming game that you may recognize from the TV show or maybe you own a few Beyblades yourself is set to be a great game for fans and that is the only targeted audience I can think of. The game follows a game specific story that has characters from the TV show and you find yourself looking for answers as to where the worlds most powerful Beyblades are disappearing to. The game will have 4 player battle mode that will allow you to play with 3 of your friends or AI. The game is set to have customizable stadiums and various terrains to do battle.

I played this game on the Wii and that is where it should be played as you are attempting to knock out other Beyblades and progress the story. The function of the Wii controller is where this game should be played and I think fans that pick it up on the DS will be disappointed. Now don’t count this game out as there are a lot of fans out there of the TV series and the physical Beyblades themselves, but I found out that I am not in that category after playing the game.

Naturally, you’ll have to play it yourself to truly form an opinion, but for now, learn all you can! And check out the trailer right here!

TODAY: THE NEW YORK COMIC CON!!

THE NEW YORK COMIC CON BEGINS TODAY! I’m on my way there to check it all out and see everything from the costumes to the sales tables to the celebrities that are sure to show. It attracted about 77,000 people last year, so I’m pretty excited to see what the crowds are like at the Javits Center once I get down there. Naturally, I’ll be sure to take plenty of pictures and show ’em off once I get myself back home!

But that’s not the only Con news out there! There’s something else that should make a lot of geeks rejoice! I know it’s how I felt when I heard the news from the LA Times

Comic-Con International is staying in San Diego, and a press conference is scheduled for Friday at the San Diego Convention Center where local leaders will symbolically wipe the worried sweat from their collective brow and pat one another on the back for saving the day and keeping the civic bonanza in the city where it was born more than 40 years ago.

But was there every really a chance that Comic-Con was going to pack up its cape and leave for Los Angeles, Anaheim, or even Las Vegas, as had been rumored? Some critics said that the public hand-wringing was pure kabuki that was all about getting a better deal, not planing a divorce.

In a press release, the organizefs of Comic-Con said that a deal to keep the event at the San Diego Convention Center through 2012 has now been extended to 2015.

“We are grateful for the tireless efforts all three cities put into to their proposals,” said David Glanzer, Comic-Con’s director of marketing and public relations. “In the end, we feel this decision is the best for all those who attend Comic-Con and for the organization itself. We are happy that the community has worked with us to ensure that we remain here.”

Comic-Con was first held in 1970 at San Diego’s U.S. Grant Hotel, where it attracted 300 people.

Middle-Earth Meets New York City!

This just in from the organizers behind the New York Comic Con (see our post about this year’s NYCC here): The Lord of the Rings is coming to New York, presented in the form of the first film’s score played live over the movie itself. But that’s not all! What’s even better is that fans are invited to take part in a number of ways outlined below. And maybe the best part of all? There are prizes: props, costumes and replicas will be given away over this 2-day event. If you’re in or near the city, don’t miss it!

On October 9th and 10th, Radio City Music Hall is hosting a concert experience unlike anything you’ve seen or heard — a live performance of the entire score to The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring beneath an immense projection of the film. Previously performed in London and Munich, the concert is now coming to NYC, and the combined effort of over 300 world-class musicians, it’s sure to transform a little bit of Manhattan into Middle Earth. For tickets and future information, please visit theradiocitylotrconcert.com.

And to help celebrate, New York Comic Con is hosting a series of contests and special events in the month leading up to the Radio City concert.

Photo Contest
Look at all that is familiar to you through the lens of Middle Earth, and photograph it. From The Shire and Isengard, to Helm’s Deep, Mordor, and the Eye of Sauron, take photos that are inspired by Lord of The Rings or depict locations or essentials of the story. Be subjective, be creative, and find Middle Earth all around you!

Fan Art Contest
With pen and paper, water color, oils, chalk, inks, or Photoshop, create a piece of art hearkening back to you favorite characters, locations, scenes, elements, or themes of the Lord of The Rings trilogy.

AintItCool.Com Contest
Gandolf the Grey bested the fiery Balrog with an amalgam of magic and ingenuity. How would you do against Balrog? How you fight the monster? In 1,000 words of less, let the good folks at AintItCool.com know! Be creative, be clever, and use proper spelling, and you could win tickets to the concert and more!

The New York Comic Con Review pt.1- WONDER WOMAN: THE MOVIE

From February 6th to the 8th, New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center played host to the New York Comic Con, one of the largest pop culture festival/conventions in the United States and an all-around awesome time for fans and professionals alike. I was able to head down there for the weekend and I had a blast.

There was something for everyone: whether you’re a fan of Battlestar Galactica or Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Both Joss Whedon and Tara Strong were present, the former to promote Dollhouse and the latter to promote her novels), Batman or Bakugan, or even something that doesn’t start with a ‘B’, you could find it at the convention. There will be a ton of pics to come, but for the moment, there’s one event that took place on the first night that definitely deserves a mention here and was of huge importance to a ton of fans of a hero who hasn’t gotten her due.

On Friday the 6th, the World Premiere of the new Wonder Woman film went down at the New York Comic Con, hosted by a panel including writer Michael Jelenic, director Lauren Montgomery and the legendary Bruce Timm (best known for his work on Batman: The Animated Series). I had been lucky enough to be given tickets, and to be quite honest, I probably wouldn’t have gone had I not been invited. Wonder Woman is a character who has never been given a definitive origin story, and who has frequently been cast aside while Batman and Superman got the glory.

Well no more!

When I say that this movie is awesome, it’s really an understatement. It’s not only a brilliant take on the origin of Wonder Woman and the Amazons, but it’s a great story that makes the character into a strong, powerful woman without a hint of stereotypical ‘man-hating’, and keeps the idea that she is a fish-out-of-water in the mortal world without falling into naivete. The dialogue is snappy, the action intense (and I mean intense–this is stuff that you don’t usually see in the DCU) and the voice talent is perfect, featuring Keri Russell, fan-fave Nathan Fillion, Oliver Platt and more. Amazing stuff.

The DVD and Blu-Ray are out on March 3rd, 2009, as we were frequently reminded by panel host Greg Noveck (he also offered the handy mnemonic that 03/03/09 can be recalled as ‘3×3=9′, so carry that with you).

If you’ve enjoyed the DC Animated series’ and features thus far, you will NOT want to miss this. They have finally done justice to the iconic character. Check it out!

NEXT TIME: Con pics and reviews! Plus info on the latest action figures and toys!