The eighth series of Toynami’s Futurama action figures has now arrived and it in stock over at CmdStore.com. As usual, of course, the series is a mere two figures (they do like to keep us wanting more) and this duo consists of Chef Bender and the megalomaniacal CEO known only as “Mom”. Each one comes with a part of Roberto, the collection’s latest Build-a-Figure, and stands about 7 or 8 inches tall. The design of the figures is naturally very simple, but as such very faithful to the show. Check out the new ones here, along with previously-released items.
And what else is new in the world of Futurama? Well, as you probably already know, the show’s coming back for an all-new season. But with details scarce, Newsarama turned to voice actor Phil LaMarr (Hermes) to fill them in on what the new shows will bring! His answers weren’t exactly revelatory, but it’s always good to hear it’s actually happening.
Newsarama: What is the deal with the new season of Futurama? When is that starting up again?
Phil Lamarr: Not positive. I believe either Summer or Fall of this year. I mean, I don’t know for certain, but it should be ready. Just technically, from when we started recording to the amount of time it usually takes these things to get done. Whether they start airing when they’re ready, I don’t know.
Nrama: When did you guys start recording?
Lamarr: We started last fall. Fall of 2009…the new episodes, in my opinion, are the best yet. They’re really, really funny. Some of them are really, really thoughtful as well. The guys have come back to the show with renewed energy. The writers and producers. And they’re happy to be back, and know the world and the characters so well that they’re able to…it feels like they’re better at it. They’re able to do more with it than they were before.
Nrama: Any hints you can drop? Is there anything you’re allowed to say?
Lamarr: The question is, is there anything I remember? [laughs] They haven’t actually said, ‘Don’t say this.’ Are there any super surprises that come back? Hmm, well, I don’t want to ruin any of the guest stars. There are some topical episodes, but topical a thousand years in the future.
Nrama: Any returning characters we might not be expecting?
Lamarr: So far I don’t think there is anyone you wouldn’t be expecting, except maybe a Vice President or two. [laughs]