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TOY ART GALLERY TO HOST OFFICIAL RELEASE OF BRUCE LEE’S “TEMPLE OF KUNG FU” FIGURES

Toy Art Gallery, the first gallery to recognize high-end toys and collectibles as fine art, will host the official release of Jeremy “MAD” Madl’s latest blind box creation, Series 1 of Bruce Lee’s Temple of Kung Fu in its Hollywood, California gallery space on September 22nd, 2012.

The release party will be open to the public beginning at 6pm, where MAD will be in attendance to meet fans and sign the Temple of Kung Fu blind boxes which will be going on sale for the very first time at Toy Art Gallery. A cocktail reception will immediately follow the signing.

Additionally, fans that line up early will receive a limited edition Temple of Kung Fu poster showcasing all the characters in the series and signed by MAD.

“We will have 50 autographed posters to give away to the first people in line at the Temple of Kung Fu release party,” says Gino Joukar, owner of Toy Art Gallery. “MAD did an incredible job with this series, and it will be a lot fun to have him onsite when people open their blind boxes and discover all the chase characters and accessories that he and Round 5 included.”

Bruce Lee’s Temple of Kung Fu Series 1 features a 3-inch blind box assortment of 29 characters including a variety of Bruce Lee-inspired characters and will be available at select retailers around the world this Fall.

“I’m excited to meet all the fans and see their reaction to the first series of Temple of Kung Fu,” says MAD. “We worked really hard on this series, and I’m extremely proud of the final product. I hope the fans love it too.”

The official release of Bruce Lee’s Temple of Kung Fu Series 1 will take place at Toy Art Gallery at 6pm on September 22, 2012.

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Enter our contest and win Dolph Lundgren’s new movie, “One in The Chamber”

It’s contest time, and this time you can have a chance to win a Blu-ray/ DVD combo pack of the new action thriller from Anchor Bay, “One in the Chamber“!

In Prague, two skilled assassins make themselves available for hire to the Mafia. However, when one assassin, Carver (Cuba Gooding jr) takes a job with a gang he was once hired to eliminate, it launches into an all-out mob war where survival is about as certain as the number of bullets left in the clip. To make things worse, another assassin (Dolph Lundgren) has been hired to take out Carver and the result will make the streets run red. As Carver battles with his inner demons as well as his very real enemies, ONE IN THE CHAMBER doesn’t let up until the very last man goes down.

Bonus features on ONE IN THE CHAMBER Blu-ray™/DVD combo and DVD include audio commentary with director Will Kaufman.

How do you win this set? Simple – use the power of the force to coax me into sending it to you. No, not really, but it’s the usual twitter contest goodness. All you have to do is tweet to your friends on Twitter to follow my Twitter account to win, using the hashtag #thefightnerd to make sure I see your entry. Here is an example:

“Follow @nerdvolution for the best news, reviews and videos on all things nerdy #nerdvolution”

Feel free to get creative with it too, as long as you have my account and hashtag, you are entered to win! If you want to increase your chances, have those same new followers tweet me back and let me know who sent them to join me. You can enter as many times as you want. Contest ends on September 10, so hurry, hurry, HURRY!

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“The Girl from The Naked Eye” Movie Review

When a high-class escort is murdered (Samantha Streets), her protector, Jake (Jason Yee) stops at nothing to find her killer. Leaving a bloody trail in his path, Jake risks everything to uncover the truth and avenge the death of the woman he loved. “The Girl from The Naked Eye” takes audiences through a thrilling action-packed ride in the underground world of sex and drugs where nothing is what it seems and everything is deadly. NerdNewsToday got a hold off this DVD from Anchor Bay, and here is your low-down on what to expect, and most importantly, if it is worth buying!

Imagine one of the tales from “Sin City” in color, and that is the quickest way to sum up “The Girl from The Naked Eye.” Of course, it’s nowhere near as amazing as Sin City, but what is when it comes to this type of genre? The movie is told with a series of flashbacks alluding to the history of Yee’s character and his relationship with Sandy, and what led him to his search now, along with present-day action and intrigue as he does his best to find the truth behind his quest.

A modern-day film noir, director David Ren did a pretty slick job in putting this film together, especially considering that this is his second film ever. The movie was written by Ren, Yee, and Larry Madill, who is the most experienced in terms of writing scripts. Too many cooks can ruin the soup as they say, and we will get to that in a minute. Visually, the movie is a wonderful throwback to the old noir movies, as well as how it is paced, but with a contemporary look and speed to the sequences. It can be both methodical but then jump from 0-60 when it needs to.

I can not blame Jason Yee for the movie being not so spectacular. Yee does his best with the material he was given, and being a still young actor, there is plenty of room for growth. He has the look, he has the martial arts skills, and he has the ability to improve his line reading. Sadly for him, the script for this movie generally falls flat, and does not give him much space to expand his skills, but it is a great piece on his resume that left him with a few nice highlights for his sizzle reel. To be totally fair, Yee was won nominated for Best actor at the 2011 Hoboken International Film Fair with his role in this flick, and I can see potential, but this movie was not the best place to spread his wings.

Ron Yuan steals the show for me as Simon, who is essentially Jake’s boss in the film, and is a surprisingly complicated role. He also has one of my favorite scenes in the movie, which is his failed exploits with a hooker in his room when Jake bursts in. It might be one of the best physical and verbal exchanges in a DVD I have watched all year between the trio, and I had to re-watch it after too since it was so awesome. Samantha Streets plays the woman that Jake is hunting for, Sandy, and is your sympathetic young prostitute with nothing in life to lose, and of course, Jake (being the enforcer with a heart of gold) falls for her. Their relationship grows nicely on-screen, even if some of the dialogue is forced.

There is plenty of action through the movie, and it’s not terribly exciting or special in any way, but it gets the job done. The best sequences are the ones with Yee fighting Latiff Crowder. The pair get three fight scenes together, and have great physical chemistry. It’s a clash of styles as Crowder is more of an acrobatic fighter while Yee is more gritty. The final fight scene in the movie is played out to Ravel’s “Bolero”, a very interesting choice, and absolutely one of the best-shot things in the entire film. It reminded me a lot of “Oldboy”, and is a great way to lead into the climax of the storyline.

My biggest complaint is the blatant false advertising. On the cover of the film, both Sasha Grey and Dominique Swain are given top billing and shown full-body on the packaging, yet both barely appear in the movie. Grey has about three lines in the single scene she is in (which is super short and barely worth a mention other than that she is in it), and Swain actually appears twice in the movie in slightly key scenes, but even then, in a 90-minute movie, appearing for a total of 60 seconds has never exactly been a reason to get your name in the credits as leading ladies. Worse since Samantha Streets and Gary Stretch, who have much more crucial roles, get no credit, and that must have been a horrible feeling to those actors to see that once they got their copies of the DVD.

I genuinely like Jason Yee as a leading man and look forward to seeing his work in the future, and there are a lot of very funny moments in this film, but the serious nature of the script hides those well and makes you yearn for more. The writing is nothing special (aside from those very funny scenes that are few and far between), and I commend the actors and actresses for doing so well with what they had to work with. The direction is very good visually, and just like Yee, I can not wait to see what he does next. This is a film with people that right now, might not be the greatest, but they are all going places, and this is your chance to see them now while they are still learning their craft.

You can order The Girl From the Naked Eye on Amazon.com for around $15. If you like film-noir style flicks with modern settings, decent action, and lots of boobs, then this is the movie for you. In a few years from now, I am confident that all of the people involved on this film will look back on it with fond memories of making it, and laugh about how far they have come since then. It’s a flawed movie, but it’s only because it was simply not the right time to make it, and had the crew been more experienced, this could have been a very good movie instead of just a good one.

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The Great Allentown Comic-Con is going down this weekend – meet the promoter, Chris Wertz

This August 4th and 5th in Pennsylvania, “The Great Allentown Comic Con” is going down, and it will be quite the two-day event. Featuring panels with some pretty big names in comics, movies and sci-fi, event promoter Christopher Wertz has been hard at work to put this regional comic con on the map with the big boys.

NerdNewsToday: What was the inspiration for the Great Allentown Comic Con?

Christopher Wertz: Well, put most simply it was a love of comic books and the sequential art form, and a desire to create a show that was fun for kids as well as adults…which is why we are free for children 12 and under.

NerdNewsToday: This is not the first GACC, so tell us a bit about the growth between past events and fan reactions to the show?

Christopher Wertz:Correct, technically this is our Eight show, and with the exception of a bad choice of a Halloween date show our first year each event has had more and more attendees.

Tell us about your background in nerdom and running events?

Christopher Wertz: Well…without getting too detailed I first started selling comic books and collectibles while I was still in elementary school, and while ultimately I did go on to college and have a successful consulting career I decided to get back into this industry. Eventually, I realized that the Lehigh Valley area was ripe for a mid sized show that is usually only found in major cities like New York, Pittsburgh, or Philadelphia.

NerdNewsToday: Who will be appearing at this event?

Christopher Wertz: My goodness, it is probably easier to say who isn’t appearing…alright, that might be a stretch, but here we go. For our comic book fans our biggest names are going to be Neal Adams and Jim Steranko, both legends in the comic art field. For more Pop Culture fans we have guests like Brandon DiCamillo of CYK/Jackass fame, Tron/Caddyshack actress Cindy Morgan, Star Wars actor Jeremy Bulloch, Wrestler Brimstone, Kung Fu Legend Jim Kelly and Taimak, Power Ranger David Yost, and voice actor Kirby Morrow. We of course have dozens more guests who are talented fan favorites!

NerdNewsToday: As a comic fan, have you been able to have any of your idols appear at your conventions?

Christopher Wertz: Well I have to admit it has been fun getting to know many of the guests we have had, such as Lee Weeks, Mark Mckenna, Jamal Igle, and of course Tom Kane, Peter Mayhew and Robert Picardo.

NerdNewsToday: Are there any local comic artists or companies that event-goer’s should pay special attention to?

Christopher Wertz: We have local publisher High Evolution Studios who have supported us greatly the last few shows by hosting an after party for us. Scott Hanna, who has just recently founded a new art school, and well dozens of great local artists.

NerdNewsToday: As a man who has surely gone to many other comic cons in his lifetime, what has been the best thing you ever bought or saw at a con?

Christopher Wertz: I have seen some amazing costumes over the years, and probably the best was an Iron Man at NYCC a few years back that looked like it came right off the movie screen.

NerdNewsToday: You are also working with a charity for this event, tell us about what you are doing with them and how they are linked with this convention?

Christopher Wertz: Well we have tried to help good causes at our larger shows, last year we raised awareness of Epilepsy and the Toteman comic book, this year we are helping The Tomorrows Children’s Fund – which helps fund research and assist families with children fighting cancer and bloodborn diseases at Hackensack University Hospital.

NerdNewsToday: What are the plans for future events?

Christopher Wertz: We are looking at least two shows next year in the Lehigh Valley, and if things work out possibly more shows elsewhere in the country…wish I could say more right now!

NerdNewsToday: Why should people come check out the Great Allentown Comic Con?

Christopher Wertz: Because they want to have an exciting time with fellow lovers of comics, sci-fi, kung-fu, anime and general POP CULTURE…and at a decent price too!

The Great Allentown Comic Con goes down this August 4th and 5th at the Merchant’s Square Mall. Head to their official website for more details on all of the panels and how to get there. Team NerdNewsToday will be there, so say hi when you see us!

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Hot Toys reveals Iron Man Mark VII 1:6 scale action figure

Hot Toys is proud to present the 1/6th scale Mark VII Limited Edition Collectible Figurine from the smash hit The Avengers movie. The movie-accurate Mark VII collectible is highly detailed and fully deployed, specially crafted based on the image of Robert Downey Jr. as the iconic character Mark VII in the movie, highlighting the highly detailed head sculpt, light-up functions and well equipped armor.

Check out the full photo gallery after the specs!

MMS185 – The Avengers: 1/6th scale Mark VII Limited Edition Collectible Figurine

~ Movie Masterpiece Series ~

The 1/6th scale Mark VII Limited Edition Collectible Figurine specially features:

– Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Mark VII in the movie

– Interchangeable head sculpt of Tony Stark with authentic likeness of Robert Downey Jr.

– Approximately 30 cm tall

– Over 36 points of articulations

– Special features on armor:

– LED-lighted eyes and circle-shaped RT on chest (white light, battery operated)

– One (1) interchangeable battle damaged mask

– One (1) pair of damaged shoulder armor

– One (1) removable chest armor

– One (1) damaged chest armor

– One (1) pair of detachable forearm rockets

– One (1) pair of wrist laser on forearm armor

– Two (2) pairs of interchangeable palms including:

– One (1) pair with improved articulations, movable fingers and light-up repulsors (white light, battery operated)

– One (1) pair of forceful fists

– Improved articulations on waist armor which allow flexible movement

– Three (3) sets of interchangeable thigh armor (missile, armor & normal styles)

– Fully deployed air flaps at back of the armor with built-in metal flaps

– Articulated flaps at the back of armor on left and right legs

– Metallic red and gold-colored painting on armor

Accessory: Figure stand with Mark VII nameplate and movie logo

Special Edition: One (1) Holographic Mark VII collectible (approximately 3 inches tall)

(This special edition is for selected markets only.)

Artists:
– Head Sculpted by Kojun

– Head Painted by JC. Hong

– Head Art Directed by JC. Hong

**Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different

**Battery included for collectible figure, AG1 batteries (6 pieces) and AG9 (3 pieces) are required

Release date: Q1, 2013

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Hot Toys shows off 1:4 scale Batman from “Dark Knight Rises”

The Dark Knight Rises movie is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Celebrating the launch of this highly expected The Dark Knight Rises movie, Hot Toys is proud to present the movie-accurate 1/4th scale Batman Collectible Figure from this movie.

The Batman collectible is newly developed and highly detailed, specially crafted based on the image of Christian Bale as the iconic character Batman, highlighting the movie-accurate head sculpt, Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS) on Batman’s head, specially made fabric costume with armor based on the costume design in the movie, weapons and specially made figure stand imitating the movie scene.

Check out the full gallery on the bottom of this page!

The 1/4th scale Batman Collectible Figure specially features:

– Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Batman in The Dark Knight Rises movie

– Approximately 18.5 inches / 47 cm tall

– Three (3) interchangeable heads including:

– One (1) Batman head with patented Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS)

– One (1) alternate Batman head featuring the sonar vision device with light-up eyes (button cells operated)

– Three (3) interchangeable lower part of faces capturing his classic facial expressions, which fit for both functional heads mentioned above

– One (1) newly developed head sculpt of Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in the movie with accurate facial expression, detailed wrinkles and skin texture

– Batman body with over 32 points of articulation

– Three (3) pairs of interchangeable gloved palms including:

n One (1) pair of fists

n One (1) right relaxed palm

n One (1) left open palm

n One (1) right palm for holding grapnel gun

n One(1) left half open palm

Costume:

– One (1) newly developed complex Batsuit featuring fabric costume covered with armor

– One (1) cape

– One (1) utility belt with buckle with partial die cast feature and accessories

– One (1) pair of forearm gauntlets

– One (1) pair of black boots

Weapons:

– One (1) grapnel gun

– One (1) transformable sticky bomb gun with partial die cast feature

– One (1) functional ultrasonic cutter

– One (1) functional radiation detector

– One (1) light-up EMP gun (button cells operated)

– Three (3) batarangs with partial die cast feature

– One (1) miniature mine

Accessories:

– One (1) flight pack

– One (1) figure stand imitating the movie scene with the masks of Bane, Joker and Scarecrow, as well as the movie logo

Exclusive Bonus Accessory for Special Edition:

– One (1) 1/4th scale Batman mask

(This special edition is for selected markets only.)

Artists:

– Head Sculpted by Kojun & Kim Yong Kyum
– Head Painted by JC.HONG
– Head Art Directed by Kojun

Release date: Q1, 2013

**Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different

**Battery included for collectible, button cells are required

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Hot Toys announces 1960’s Batman toys, starting with Batmobile

Maker of amazing 12″ action figures, Hot Toys announced at San Diego Comic Con 2012 this past weekend their newest license, which is actually one of their oldest.

Hot Toys has revealed that they now have the license to make 1:6 scale figures from the 1960’s retro “Batman” TV show. Starring Adam West and Burt Ward, among a rogues gallery of famed character actors to round out the villains, fans can expect a lot of high quality toys coming soon, starting with an in-scale Batmobile.

No official release date has been announced yet, but expect this bad boy in time for Christmas this year, if not first quarter in 2013.

Check out the gallery below for huge images of this car!

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SDCC reveals Iron Man Mark 8 armor: Photo Gallery

There were plenty of huge reveals at SDCC 2012, but one of my favorites was the sweet unveiling of a new mech suit from the upcoming “Iron Man 3” movie.

Robert Downey Jr. will don the predominantly gold-colored mark VIII armor in the third installment of the Iron Man film franchise, which was busted out on the second day of San Diego Comic Con. This suit is a huge departure in terms of color and appearance from the previous suits, resembling a stripped down mark V armor, with much more yellow than red.

Some fans believe this to be similar to his armor from the Michael Bendis “Extremis” storyline, while this reporter theorizes it could also just be an alternate suit, since it resembles, at least in color more than shape, his underwater suit. What do you think?

Check out the full photo gallery below!

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Mezco reveals SDCC 2012 exclusives

As the world prepares for San Diego Comic Con (July 12th-15th) Mezco Toyz adds to the excitement by revealing their 2012 Summer Exclusive lineup:

Dark Knight Mez-itz Mega Scale Batman-

Perhaps the greatest summer exclusive in the universe, Mezco proudly presents the Mega Scale Dark Knight Batman Mez-Itz. This 300% Batman Mez-Itz is based on Batman’s look from the award wining blockbuster trio of films from Christopher Nolan. He measures 20 inches from the tip of his ears to the soles of his boots.

He features a real cloth black cape. Just like the standard Mez-Itz, he features 5 points of articulation and 1000 points of fun. Mez-Itz Mega Scale Batman is securely packed in a sturdy full color box. This is a non-numbered limited edition item. Edition size TBD.

6″ Metallic Wonder Woman Mez-itz –

Mez-Itz Wonder Woman is the first female character in the DC Universe lineup and the first to feature sculpted hair.

The Princess of the Amazons stands 6inches tall and features 5 points of articulation and a 1000 points of fun! This Summer Exclusive version features an exclusive metallic finish and a real rope Lasso of Truth. This is a non-numbered limited edition item.

Catwoman Key Ring 2″ Mez-itz –

Catwoman joins the Mez-Itz DC lineup. This feline fatale was voted #11 on the list of Best Villains ever, yet she still holds the key to the heart of Batman…or does she?

Catwoman stands 2inches tall and features 5 points of articulation and a sturdy metal clasp. This is a non-numbered limited edition item.

Glow-in-the-Dark Mumm-Ra and Decayed-form Mumm-Ra 2-Pack-

Now, for the 1st time, Mezco offers Mumm-Ra in both his forms!

From the secret chambers of the black pyramid on Third Earth comes Mumm-Ra, old and decrepit, he transforms himself into the powerful Mumm-Ra the Ever Living by reciting the incantation “Ancient spirits of evil, transform this decayed form to Mumm-Ra, the Ever-Living!”

Based on the the original animated series, this mega-scale figure is 14inches of evil ancient fury! Mezco’s Mumm-Ra is superbly detailed, perfectly capturing the essence of his villainy as he spreads wide his arms and swears to destroy Lion-O. Mumm-Ra features 8 points of articulation as well as a real cloth cape and bandages.

This Summer Exclusive features a glow-in-the-dark blue skin and comes packed with a Decayed Form Mumm-Ra, created from an entirely new sculpt, showing him in his decrepit natural state. Both come packaged together in an oversized collector friendly box. This is a non-numbered limited edition item.

Metallic Earthworm Jim Action Figure

Evildoers beware as Mezco brings the intergalactic hero Earthworm Jim to life as an articulated figure! Jim comes complete with a game-accurate plasma blaster as well as his famous ultra-high-tech-indestructible-super-space-cyber-suit. The 6inch scale Earthworm Jim features 8 points of articulation. He comes complete not only with his plasma blaster, but with an alternate “bendy” unsuited worm body as well.

This Summer Exclusive edition features a special metallic finish ultra-high-tech-indestructible-super-space-cyber-suit. He also sports a special “groovy” head sculpt unique to this Summer Exclusive. This is a non-numbered limited edition item.

Living Dead Dolls Resurrection Set : Series 6

The Living Dead Dolls Resurrection Set claws it’s way from the grave for 2012.

The latest dolls to be reimagined for the collection are:

Demonique- With the wings of a night creature.

Blue- With an elaborate new outfit,

Schitzo- With reimagined facepaint and a shocking new hairstyle.

Ms. Eerie- With a stylish new hat and period dress

All four feature glass-like eyes that seem to peer into your very soul. Each member of this limited edition quartet of the damned comes with its own death certificate, and entombed in its own coffin. This is a non-numbered limited edition item, limited to 300 sets worldwide.

All of Mezco’s Summe Exlusives will be available for purchase on their new website, as well as at San Diego Comic Con at booth 3445.

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Michael Bay’s “Ninja Turtles” reboot delayed

Following a few other big budget pics of nerdy franchises, another film has just been pushed back for a long period of time. This time, it would be Michael Bay’s hideous abomination of a TMNT adaptation (which he re-titled to just “Ninja Turtles”, the blasphemer).

Paramount says it has pushed back the film’s starting date by 10 weeks in order to cut the budget down to $125 Million (originally the film was budgeted for around $20 million more). This also means that the release date will be pushws back from Christmas 2013 to May 16, 2014.

Initially, Paramount hired the Iron Man writing team of Art Marcum and Matt Holloway for close to $1 million to revamp “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” for a fast-tracked live action feature film to be released in summer 2012. At the time, the studio was looking at this as its next huge franchise like Transformers. Then the Jonathan Liebesman-directed live action-CGI combo’s release date was pushed to Christmas 2013, and now it’s pushed again to May 16th, 2014 — presuming that the studio’s cost target is achieved.

Not much else is known about the film, but let’s all hope it continues to be delayed – indefinitely.

Image by BiggCaZ

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