AICN Toys: MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE (Classic), WWE, MASS EFFECT, PREDATOR, And More!!
Published at: Dec. 12, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST by John Ary
John Ary here with a quick look at a few action figure lines that are making headlines this week...
Masters of the Universe Classics from Mattel
We have new pics of four upcoming MOTUC figures in package. Sorceress releases in January along with Fearless Photog, Fisto swings into action in February, and The Shadow Weaver figure will only be available to 2012 Club Eternia subscribers later in 2012.
WWE Elite Collection 13 from Mattel
Here's the next deluxe wave of figures featuring Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Rey Mysterio, King Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler and a flashback version of Edge. Personally, I think the paper bag included with Rhodes maybe one of the greatest accessories ever to be packaged with a wrestling figure. These should hit retail in February.
442 Siege Battalion Clone Trooper from Sideshow Collectibles
Another week, another deluxe ⅙ scale clone trooper. This one will feature an articulated armored body with over 30 points of articulation, a detailed fabric bodysuit, a phase II helmet, thirteen interchangable hands, 2 pairs of boots, the BlasTech DC-15A long range blaster rifle, a BlasTech DC-15S blaster carbine, and a figure stand. It’s up for pre-order here for $89.99 with a release date sometime in the second quarter of 2012.
Mass Effect from Big Fish Toys
EA and BioWare will offer 8 Mass Effect action figures to coincide with the 2012 release of Mass Effect 3. Not only will we get DC Direct’s Series 1 figures from last year (Shepard, Tali, Grunt and Thane), but also the previously cancelled second assortment with of Garrus, Miranda, Legion and Mordin. They up for pre-order through BioWare’s online store with an April or May release date. And who do we have to thank for rescuing these figures? Big Fish Toys picked up the license after DC Direct lost it last year.
Erdrick (aka Loto) from Square Enix
A happy 25th birthday to the Dragon Quest video game series. To help celebrate, Square Enix has announced this articulated figure inspired by the first three games. Loto (or Erdrick depending on where you live) stands a little over 7-inches tall and is dressed in his blue armor and a removable helmet. The helmet has a movable visor which can cover his face. He also comes packaged with a sword and shield. He should ship to the states in February. He’s also up for pre-order here.
And finally, check out this insane Predator 2 figure from NECA... Gary Busey would be proud...
but i can tell the predator2 toy is made really well- with the exception of the disk weapon not fitting on the thigh holder.
if i was 20 years younger i'd have to have that. but i have too much shit to worry about now..lol
predator 2 gets unfair hate..as sequels go though, it was fairly solid. the creature design was great, and i still remember being in junior high and almost pissing myself when they showed the alien skull in the trophy room.
mindblowing. and still more powerful than any of the AVP shit that has come since.
Wasn't that the custom entry of a contest winner? I designed a bat creature for the Horde who threw boomerangs; his name was Bat-A-Rang. I didn't realize what I was doing at the time...
I think the ultimate winner was some girl who drew a giant blob or something.
Lamest figure ever in the MOTU like though? I never knew him or that evil female Orko even existed and I thought I had seen every episode as a kid and had a fairly extensive collection myself as youngin.
Was the guy who did that the only one who bothered to enter the contest? Because I can't imagine any entry being worse than that. Shit, even the other poster who mentioned a blob figure would be cooler.
And Shadow Weaver, never heard of her, but that's a cool he-man figure.
And lastly, the Dragon Quest guy, yeah he's ok.
Harry is probably slowly working on an obit that somehow ties jerry Robinson into the early formative years of his coddled childhood. I'm sure harry's own father suggested to the Young Robinson that the Joker should be purple instead of checkerboard. I'm sure they all hung out and camped together and told ghost stories and had movie sleepovers and that Robinson personally based some obscure character off of the young Harry.
but poor Harry is feeling a little cranky and under the weather this week and can't be bothered. he's also received no presents from the Robinson estate.
Loving these AICN Toys articles... Any word on The Avengers toy line that will obviously come out. My guess is sometime Feb or March. Oh and @jmoe.... Yes we are adults who play with our toys... Deal with it!
and hell, if there ISN'T a real and valid connection to Harry, you can bet he will contruct a tenuous one and the Obit will be more about his childhood than the person's actual contribution to entertainment.
it's sad because the Jerry Robinson story is actually pretty COOL. sometimes the concept of 'cool' here is shown to be pretty limited in focus.
So spot on about the obit. I almost hope he doesn't post one now.
Back in the 70's the Joker was, well sort of a joke - giggle - but not to me. Fathergeek and I knew this character could be used in a menacing and....jerry robinson stopped by to autograph my....when his wife died he called me to help him with his grief...time machine to see if I liked his initial Joker concept...was only one bunk so jerry robinson let me...the plane was going down and me and jerry robinson...etc
Jitsu, I believe? Had a giant golden karate choppin' hand. Pretty sure I quit getting this stuff before they made a Sorceress figure. 2 of those, I never ever heard of . . . Fearless Photog looks retarded.
So his name is Nathan Bitner, and X-E Entertainment had an article about Fearless Photog that lead to an absolutely EPIC discussion wherein people discovered what this guy had done since winning the contest. Long story short, he worked at Bungie and may have created the character of Cortana in Halo. He left to create his own company (Island Four, which never produced a game), and that's when the really sad/weird stuff happens—a long relationship with a hooker named Gemini, massive debts, and mental illness. If you just read one thing about the guy, here's a first-hand account from someone who worked at Island Four with him:
Here's the X-E article where people found out about him (all the detective work is in the incredibly long comments section, so it's a bit hard to read):
Really interesting to see they finally made an actual figure of Photog. The idea of the contest was, they'd actually produce the figure...never did. So congratulations, Bitner. You made it, kid. You made it.
Shadow Weaver was Hordak's right-hand lady. I think there was an episode where Orko comes over to She-Ra's world and gets captured by Shadow Weaver, but no one comments on the pretty obvious resemblance. I assume Shadow Weaver was just ashamed at how puny and worthless the males of her species are and hoped no one would bring it up.
He became an internet legend because his figure was never made into a toy. So a bunch of wankers online started making up stories about him. The only truth is that he was one of the designers on the original HALO, and he created the hologram character CORTANA. The rest of the stuff on that site is just bull.
Holy shit, I didn't know another human even knew about that contest. The internet is a true marvel.
I don't remember my character though, except he had an extended back story. He was part of the Hoard but was secretly working for Skeletor to destroy the Hoard but was also planning to take out Skeletor and take over his crew.
And of course, every one of these threads has to have a "too cool for school" comment about adults collecting toys. I have Star Wars shit all over my office and you can eat my ass about it.
But those wrestling figures....that's just gay.
It was pretty awesome. It involved a guy who would solve your problems by going back briefly in time and stopping you from making the mistake. The guy turned out to be a jerkass but the crew of DS9 couldn't stop him because of his time-jumping abilities. Ultimately they got him when Odo tricked him by becoming his tunic, and therefore able to keep tabs on him. Actually, maybe it wasn't that awesome, although it seemed so at the time to my 14-year old self.
It's all about wanting to feel how we felt when we were kids. We all want that, but it can't be done. We're adults now. Why can't men accept that?
Of course, men are so feminized now anyway. Everywhere I look, men sitting in the passenger seats of cars, being driven by women. Women paying the bills. Women making more money.
The feminists have won. They have emasculated a generation.
The funny thing is... will they be happy? Fine, you won. Now you're driving the car and paying the bills while the men sit on the couch and play Skyrim. Nice job.
Dudes who get pissed off about women making money and having power are all the same. They never get laid. Only dudes who hate women or hate seeing them do well are guys who have never really done well with them. It's obvious.
Oh no women driving men around in cars! Oh no women making more money! Um... Who cares? Why does this even matter or have anything to do with figures and toys? Oh it doesn't never mind. Sorry you don't ever talk to women but get over it.
I designed a guy made out of fire. I thought the winner was the porcupine guy with the pitchfork arm.
First I've ever heard of Fearless Photog but it doesn't seem too much more lame than STINKOR (The action figure that smelled like a skunk!)
The gender lines have become so blurred that men think it's ok to lay around the house all day like a 1950's housewife waiting for your girlfriend/wife to come home. I still think some of the statues/toys released are cool looking but I would never buy or display this stuff. Women got their little momma's boys with low sex drives and Mountain Dew fueled gaming marathons and now they complain they want "real men". Make up you fucking minds...
Dec. 12, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST
by Kevin McCormack
Shadow Weaver always seemed a more competent version of Evil Lynn, with an absolutely Bangin' body. LOL. At the time of the original airing of the shows my sister got all the She-Ra figures, while I was (for some, likely, Homophobic reason) restricted only to figures from the He-Man line. This only annoyed me slightly though, because there wasn't a figure for Shadow Weaver. Now that there is, I hate the fact that I don't collect. Also, I REALLY wish that Bandai hadn't been given the liscence to produce new ThunderCats toys. While I think they're doing an OK job, I would love to see the same attention given to them that the MOTU collection recieves. They really go all out with these toys. :)
that idea is itself arbitrary, culturally dictated, and not static. it can also be varied between classes. ultimately, a real man has the confidence to pursue what suits him without insecurity...be it toys, sci-fi, sports, women, men or whatever else may enrich his existence.
Hey, I've bought toys as an adult. I bought mostly World War 2 stuff (R.I.P. 21st Century Toys) but I think the point locke815 was trying to make is that men today aren't the hard working, hard living men of the past. I'm not saying that's good OR bad but there are a lot of men that act like children and refuse to take any responsibility for their laziness (I have friends like this) and THAT point can't be argued. It's fact and it's definately a trend that was less frequent in the past. There are a lot more man-child types and some of this is creditited to the increased divorce rates in the 1970's-1990's. Single moms have raised sons to be sensitive, entitled momma's boys and many kids have no male role models in their lives. There are books written about this. I'm not judging, I personally hate the whole Alpha male personality BUT I feel that all men have a responsibility to take care of business/support your family FIRST. Then buy all the toys you can carry with the leftover money.
you really weren't missing much. it was a very boring dollhouse/carrying case for boys. it had a trapdoor that opened when you turned the throne (that wasn't even designed well enough to seat the figs), came with a weapon rack, and the drawbridge opened. and it had a handle. that's about it, i think. the rest was empty 'rooms' with paper decals on them.one of which was pretty useless because it was the inverse of the skull face, and you couldn't hardly fit anything in it.
i have some fond memories of it, but it didn't make playing with the toys any better.
i still remember the first and few figs i had-
he-man, skeletor, triclops, man-e-faces and mer-man. my mom had a great sense of the figs i'd like. 80's christmases were awesome.
I grew up with some professional bullshit artists. They promise the world to keep you interested in their company when in fact they are complete losers. If that first story is true, I wonder if Bitner is still in the military. And I assume he'll make some money off this new figure release?
Snake Mountain was better than Greyskull but had problems with pieces falling off. If I still had them today I would probably set them out along with my figures I wish I still had. I'm not paying $10 a pop for these figures today though.
started out flourescent green and the more you played with it the browner it got until it was a babyshit olive brown, and thicker than it used to be.
I never had the snakepit but my neighbor did.
i remember him trying to 'wash' his slime clean and the stuff just turning into a mass of writhing liquid shitsnakes in his hands and flying down the sink, to his horror....
it really did have a gross, weird property when wetted.
Got that for my birthday, loved it! Ooh, don't use Moss Man with the Slime Pit, the included booklet warned. Of course, Mattel remade the Slime Pit recently. Got the Fright Zone playset for Christmas, loved that. A tree with grabbing branches, a prison with latched gate, part of the floor could trap a figure's foot, and the main feature, the rubber dragon puppet that came out of a cave. the artwork on the box was pretty impressive too. So earlier this year, I finally got to see the new MOTU Classics figures at a collectibles store... Yeah, they looked awesome, but they cost over Forty bucks. Each!! I kept looking at different figures and thinking 'Is this pricing a mistake?' Nope! Jeez, no wonder I've never seen them at Target.
Seriously what a mess that thing made; I think I ended up just idly playing with the slime (like Gak) more than I actually used it with the playset. Who the hell wants to wash their toys when they're done? Not me, I'll fucking tell you that right now.
And I had Moss Man AND Stinkor, and I conducted a year-long experiment where I swapped their arms (they were so easy to pop out) to see if I could make them smell like each other. I couldn't. I still remember exactly what Stinkor smells like though. Less like a skunk and more like burning dust, that smell you get out of your heating vents the first time you turn the heat on in the winter.
Oh, atheron: I wouldn't know if the stuff on X-E is bullshit; there's no way I have time to read through 100 or so pages of discussion to suss out the truth. But I feel pretty good about the bungie.org link, and if you just look up ''Nathan Bitner'' you can find his response to the X-E article. He's alive and well and out of the military, I believe—I think he writes a sports blog now?
I can still remember my best friend coming over the day after I got it—for my birthday I assume—and dropping to the floor in amazement to look at it. ''YOU GOT ROADRIPPUH?'' he sort of slurred. Road Ripper was this green...motorcycle sort of thing shaped vaguely like a dragon or snake. Your He-Man figures could ride it, and you propelled it with this plastic ripcord thing that I could get to work maybe 30% of the time. I just didn't have the fine motor skills necessary to load it into the slot, yank it smoothly, and let go of the toy at the right time to get it to sail across the kitchen floor. But it didn't matter. All that mattered was that I had it and none of the other kids in my class did. That day. I imagine it was probably like a week tops before other kids got it, but for those few days I was immortal. I was perfect. I was the master of the universe.
Never did get Snake Mountain though. I really wanted Snake Mountain. That voice-changing microphone attachment? FUCK, you guys. I want that still.
Bitner was paid for the design back in the 80s (he was given an $80,000 scholarship). Mattel owned the rights, so they didn't have to pay him again. They did contact him though about the new figure (it was mentioned at "Mattypooloza"). What he got was a bunch of free Photog figures for him and his family and friends.
Yeah, some of the Bungie stuff is true, but a lot of it isn't. He did leave their company to start a new company, but it didn't work out. Shit happens. The guy he was going to start the company with got pissed, and so he started venting online and saying some crazy shit. Very unprofessional, to say the least! This is where fact from fiction gets blurry. After that, people started making up crazy stories online, like he was killed in action, abducted by aliens, drugs, hookers, ... all that stuff. Just a lot of bull.
Nathan was in Iraq and couldn't defend himself with all the bull being said about him online (he didn't evn know). He joined the forces and worked as a medic. The website He-Man.org did an interview with Nathan recently that is being put on line in January. It should be an interesting read! Hopefully it clears some of this stuff up.
...I'm guessing you don't want to back up anything about what you're saying? I just haven't seen anyone refute this stuff before. It sounds like you know him or know people who know him, (or run He-Man.org) and that's fine, but can you say anything about why we should believe you? I'm curious to know the truth about Mr. Bitner, after all this time.
In the meantime I am going to try to remember how Moss Man smelled.
Another He-Man toy memory: I once got in trouble with my mother while my grandma was visiting. I was playing with Buzz-Off (heroic bee...guy) and my grandmother asked who it was. I said the name, timidly (I barely knew her; she lived on the other side of the country and we saw her maybe once a year). My mother started yelling at me. I'll never forget the way Buzz-Off fucking betrayed me that day.
Oh, I have no problems backing up anything I say. The best can be found here: http://rsparlourtricks.blogspot.com/2005/11/nathan-bitner-saga.html
I've read the little meme that his former partner Tim Wilk wrote online. Classy guy, Mr Wilk. I've read a lot of the stuff on X-Ent (some of it is very amusing). Only Tim and Nathan know if it is true or not. The rest of us can only guess and speculate. But Tim's letter was written in such a mean spirited way, and so one sided, that who can say what is real and what isn't? He comes across as a disgruntled man who didn't get his dream job. I'm curious to know what Tim Wilk ever did with his life, if anything.
The unique scent was achieved by mixing the plastic used in the mold with patchouli oil. It was done this way, instead of being sprayed or coated, to prevent the smell from wearing off over time. Many toy collectors mention that, even 20 years after its original purchase, the Stinkor toy still retains its smell.
I just read the stuff written about him online there. I know a few people who have talked to Nathan that work with the site. I know that he wasn't paid for Photog being released in MOTUC, because Mattel owned the rights. I know that Mattel invited him to go to SDCC, but he was unable to go because of work. I also know he was really happy that they finally made his figure, even though he isn't a big He-Man fan anymore.
I saw that when I was looking for links to post about Bitner here. Interesting.
Anyway, I was starting to think you had a connection to the guy and it sounds like you don't—not that I do either! I guess we'll never know what the real story is and we have no right to expect otherwise; ultimately it's a private matter. I think you agree there.
I probably came across as being definitive about the whole story when really I'm as clueless about anyone else. If I misrepresented myself I apologize. I felt like Wilk's story was largely believable because I'd read some corroboration from other people at Bungie—none of which I can find at the moment and which may be lost to the sands of (internet) time. But as you say—really only Tim and Nathan know how much of that is completely correct.
Anyway, um, toys are neat, right? He-Man toys?