DC COMICS SUPERHERO WOMEN New Rock Candy Figures by #FUNKO





Everybody’s favorite toy company, Funko, has plans later in the year to release a brand-new toy line called “Rock Candy”. These will be highly stylized versions of the “girl” superhero characters from the world of DC Comics. These figures are about 5″ tall.


In the first wave it looks like they’re gonna make two versions of Batgirl (I love the “Silver Age” one on the right), one Harley Quinn, one Supergirl, and two versions of Wonder Woman (Yes, the one on the left is the “Batman V Superman” movie version). 


Knowing Funko, I’m sure they’re gonna go totally crazy with this and there will be MANY more characters. Stay tuned to the BAT-BLOG for more information once Funko releases it.




Free Fire Review

Free Fire is in the same stroke an absurdist presentation of the longest gunfight you’ll ever see and one grounded in an odd hyperrealism you don’t see much in action films. What starts as a funny and loose character study with an improbable amount of bullets ends the same way. And while that may sound like a one-note movie, that one note tends to be slick, sassy, and worth your time.

The premise to Free Fire sounds like the answer to the question of what is the least reliable combination of people to enter into a midnight gun deal. Two no-nonsense IRA members with two knucklehead henchmen are attempting to buy several crates of automatic rifles from a slimy South African arms dealer and his commensurate crew of muscle while a couple of (mostly) independent intermediaries grease the wheels in an abandoned factory.

Like I said, a recipe for trouble, and a somewhat overflowing one at that. There may just be three parties involved, but there are a lot of moving parts within each one and as a whole. Writer/director Ben Wheatley (co-writing with Amy Jump), however, manages to condense the entire thing into the base components. By mostly coincidence, one henchmen from each of the two main parties recognize each other after having gotten into a brawl the night before. And slowly but surely, the match inches closer and closer to the powder keg until the shooting starts and doesn’t stop.

This quick introduction performs admirably at setting up exactly what you should expect from the rest of the movie. Everyone—seriously everyone—is there to chew the scenery. The debilitatingly stupid Stevo (Sam Riley), for instance, plays the shady underling who tries to get out from under his rightful retribution with a slithering that Kevin Corrigan would be proud of.

He is the perfect foil to the marginally sharper but equally hotheaded and selfish Harry (Jack Reynor) so when the punches between the two escalate to bullets, it plays believably in a vaudevillian kind of way. And then the bullets start flying, seemingly randomly piercing appendages with little to no consequence, and the movie becomes a delicious pit of absurdity where A-list celebrities crawl around the dirty-covered floor for 90 minutes.

The more recognizable faces rip into their roles with an unfettered savagery that looks like they’ve been wanting for years. Brie Larson as Justine explodes into over-the-top rage at whim while shooting off Liz Lemon-level eye rolls. Cilian Murphy takes his Peaky Blinders Irishness with Chris up to the realm of caricature, stoic and cold for all the worst/best reasons.

Free Fire

And then you throw in Armie Hammer’s Ord, a character that looks like Hammer having the best time of his life in three acts. Ord is like a cherry-picked gestalt of all his favorite parts of his past roles with a little bit Winklevoss propriety, a dash of Illya Kuryakin’s consummate composure, and maybe a sprinkle of the oozing charm of Gabriel Edwards. And showing this against Sharlto Copley’s skeevy and overly, almost inexplicably South African Vernon is like a comedy duo where neither one knows if they’re the straight man or the banana man.

The characters, in fact, are really the only reason any of this works. There’s very little in the way of explosive, eye-catching action, though Wheatley does an admirable job keeping everyone and everything digestible. And as everyone starts taking lead in the legs, there’s even less in the way of standing action, everyone crawling around behind conveniently placed cement blocks like bugs avoiding the light.

With such a robust cast, it’s only natural some would take the lead while others bolster them. But some of them feel a bit like a waste, as the jokes the more prominent characters fall flat. Larson is especially underutilized with her motivations and her principles so clearly defined and immediately appreciable. And the relationship between Vernon and his cohort Martin (Babou Ceesay) would have been fun to play with had Martin not spent most of the movie pretty well removed from the action.

Free Fire

As it is, though, Free Fire knows pretty much exactly what it is, and it doesn’t outstay its welcome. At a lean 90 minutes, it gets in and gets out in a way these hapless underworld criminals just couldn’t manage. It doesn’t have anything new to say or anything extraordinary to hand you, but it does have a lot of fun showing you what it is. And that is a rare thing to find.

Final Score: 7 out of 10

“8 ‘Till Late” Plush Bodega by Lucy Sparrow in The Standard (June 5-30)

Currently launched and open at The Standard (High Line) is a concept solo show titled “8 ‘Till Late” – which features the plush-art of UK-artist Lucy Sparrow, whose “Convenience Store” features EVERYTHING on the shelves made of PLUSH! Exhibiting thru June 30th, all pieces are as well listed online for your purchasing pleasures!

Check out the videos and images featured here, and score yourselves

MotUC listed in Mattel Shop, currently with free shipping

Matty Collector closed with a whisper rather than a bang late last year (although the final sale — which I stupidly delayed in ordering until it was too late — was an explosion of value), taking with it many of our cherished toy lines. While the Masters of the Universe Classics line is effectively dead (Super 9 is making *some* figures, but so far they just seem like repaints of previously released MotUCs… and I stupidly delayed pulling the trigger there as well), the older releases may briefly live on in Mattel’s shop.

Mattel has added many of Matty Collector’s Masters of the Universe figures to its shop, including the classics and minis. On top of that, the site is offering free shipping on all of its Masters items during this week.

While this seems like great news, many of these figures have been available through Mattel’s ebay sellers store and, in some instances, at a cheaper price. Plus not everything they list is actually in stock, including convention items like the Hover Robots 3-pack.

All the same, I suppose this is good news since it feels a bit less like overstock they’re still trying to get rid of… although that’s almost certainly what these are. And, on the brighter side, it seems to include some things I haven’t seen listed in their ebay seller’s store.

[ Order at Mattel’s shop ]

New #BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Movie Toys and Collectibles Out Now!





Here’s a quick post to share a few photos of some new BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Movie Toys and Collectibles that are in stores now!


Check out this amazing “Boxing Set” of Superman and Batman! This new toy is being made by Mattel and it’s reminiscent of the Vintage “Rock Em Sock Em Robots”, a classic toy of the 1960’s.


Then, FUNKO, is releasing a set of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Dawn of Justice Mopeez Plushes. There are 4 to collect: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman.



We reported awhile back about the special Dr. Pepper Cans that are being issued with a few characters from the film. Well, they’re also selling this larger 16 Oz. Can that features Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman that are all on one can. I saw one of these the other night in one of my favorite convenience stores.





Oh yeah, speaking of “food” items. We also reported about the special bags of Doritios Chips with BvS graphics. Well, TARGET Stores have one exclusive bag that is only available at their grocery area, a SPICY SWEET CHILI Flavor that features an image of Batman and Superman staring each other down.


CHUNK by Jim Chan x Unbox Industries in Two New Editions

Catching up with a bit of CHUNK toy-news, with a look at the two recent colorway editions released/to be released, with the above-left edition being released in Thailand, and the above-right being a Taiwan exclusive released earlier!

CHUNK is a character vinyl designed by Jim Chan (Jim Dreams) and produced by Unbox Industries.

The CHUNK TATTOO KINGDOMCOME Version will be made available at the

Comparison pictures of Art Figures 1/6th scale Judge Dredd and VTS Judge Anderson figures

continued from previous toy blog post

After reviewing the VTS VM-013 1/6th scale New Epoch Cop 12-inch figure aka Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson from DREDD movie (action figure review HERE), let’s see how she fares beside the 2014 released Art Figures AF-015 1/6th scale Heavy Armoured Special Cop “DREDD” 12-inch figure (Reviewed earlier HERE and HERE). These two figures are released by different manufacturers and it’s interesting to see how they look beside each other. Art Figures also released their version of Judge Anderson but she just didn’t make the cut. Art figures’ version looks rushed and certainly not up to standard compared with VTS version. You can see the preview pics of Art Figures AF-020 1:6 Heavy Armoured Special Cop (Female) figure HERE.

These two figures look quite good together, even if they are made differently. The red color on the helmets are different, Judge Anderson’s helmet is a tad brighter than Dredd’s. Other minor differences exist but they are not as obvious. VTS 1/6th scale New Epoch Cop’s (Judge Anderson) Lawgiver Mk. II has more colors than Dredd’s which is mostly black. Knee pads and shin guards are different too.

Scroll down to see all the pictures including group pics of these 2012 movie judges alongside 1995 movie judges of Sylvester Stallone as Judge Dredd and Judge Hershey (NOT the chocolate).

Click on the pictures for bigger and better views.

Dredd strikes a very imposing figure compared to Anderson and that’s a good thing. The height difference works well here as we expect Dredd to be more intimidating and have a commanding presence.
Here are two different versions of the Judges. Medicom Toys released their 1/6 scale RAH (Real Action Hero) movie version Judge Dredd 12-inch figure way back in 1995 when the movie came out and it was my FIRST Medicom figure I ever bought. It also introduced me to the world of high-end collectibles. You can check out the action figure review HERE. Still waiting for an updated version. It’s been more than 20 years. A female Judge Hershey figure by ACE Girls Mission was released in 2010 – see the review post HERE. So there are a total of four Judges from two movies in the picture below.

I am now waiting for the 2000 AD x ThreeA 1/6th scale JUDGE DREDD 12-inch Collectible Figure which is most faithful to the comic 🙂 preview pics HERE