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New York Toy Fair 2013: “Comic Images” Booth

New Jersey based company, “Comic Images” was well represented at NY Toy Fair 2013 at the Jacob Javits Center with a huge booth showing off their wide variety of plush toys coming out this year, as well as previous releases.

Some of the items up for viewing included their Marvel licensed plushies, which includes Thor, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, and Wolverine. Another hugely popular and successful line for them is their Star Wars line, which includes plush versions of your favorite vehicles like the X-Wing, Millenium Falcon, and TIE Fighter ships. You can also get some sweet characters like Yoda, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2, Stormtroopers, Ewoks, Jawas, and Boba Fett. Also unveiled this year were some Star Wars beasts, including the Rancor, Wampa, and Taun Taun.

My personal favorite item of their booth was their new Masters of the Universe line. Featuring the classic Filmation characters in huggable form, their first wave includes He-Man, Skeletor, Trapjaw, Beastman, and Battlecat. “Comic Images” also had larger versions of their plushes, as well as backpacks with these characters and even Chewbacca’s famous saddle bag that you can wear to work. Remember, let the wookie win.

Check out the full gallery below!

Check out Comic Images website for more info on their products.

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Jaina Solo joins Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo line of statues

It’s been a long time coming, but Star Wars is now officially joining Kotobukiya’s lineup of Bishoujo (Japanese for “beautiful girl”) statues! Get ready to see the lovely ladies of all eras of the ultimate science-fiction powerhouse reimagined like never before. First up in the new Star Wars series is ace pilot/Jedi warrior/daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa, JAINA SOLO! One of the most popular characters in the Expanded Universe, Jaina has appeared in numerous novels and comic books that take place after the events of Return of the Jedi and now comes to you in a fantastic Bishoujo statue based on an illustration by master Japanese illustrator Shunya Yamashita.

A skilled pilot who became a member of the illustrious New Republic Rogue Squadron at the age of 18, Jaina Solo strikes a casual pose in her iconic orange flight suit, the same outfit worn by pilots for generations (including Luke Skywalker in the Battle of Yavin). But the pretty young Jedi puts her own spin on the uniform, wearing it stripped down to the waist to reveal her tank top. Meanwhile, Jaina holds her helmet in one hand and her flight vest and lightsaber in the other. Like all Bishoujo statues the cute Jedi has an incredible sculpt, with intricate outfit details like folds and straps. The highlight is of course Jaina’s beautiful Bishoujo-inspired face!

Standing 9 inches tall (1/7 scale) on a special display base incorporating the Rogue Squadron emblem. Not only is Jaina the first Star Wars Bishoujo Statue, she’s also the first Extended Universe character brought to life by Kotobukiya. She looks great on her own, and she’ll make the perfect addition to any Star Wars or Bishoujo collection!

Jaina Solo will be available towards the end of 2012, just in time for the Christmas rush, and has a suggested retail price of $64.99.

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Mimoco reveals series 8 of Star Wars flash drives

Star Wars MIMOBOT Series 8 is here! from MIMOBOT & mimoZine on Vimeo.

Mimoco, makers of the MIMOBOT® line of designer USB flash drives and MIMOMICRO™ card readers, is announcing the release of Star Wars MIMOBOT Series 8 featuring iconic characters from Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The eighth series in the Star Wars MIMOBOT collection includes Jabba the Hutt, Slave Leia, Jedi Luke, Admiral Ackbar, and Biker Scout – a joint 2012 San Diego Comic-Con and Star Wars Celebration VI exclusive – all sporting classic stylized MIMOBOT designs.

“We’re over the forest moon of Endor with this latest in our series of Star Wars MIMOBOT flash drives. It’s one of our best yet with a little something for every fan”, says Scott Seraydarian, Director of Media at Mimoco. “There’s cute, there’s sexy; there are heroes, villains, and even sluglike gangsters. Series 8 continues the tradition of bringing our favorite Star Wars characters to the world of designer personal tech.”

Available in 8GB to 64GB capacities, the Star Wars MIMOBOT Series 8 collection lets you store and transport all your digital music, pics, documents, and more. And with exclusive preloaded digital extras like Mimory™ & mimoDesk™ suites of Star Wars-themed icons, avatars, screensavers, wallpapers, and the mimoByte™ sound software that plays authentic Star Wars audio clips when MIMOBOT is inserted or ejected from your computer, you get a whole lot of function with a whole lot of form.

Check out the gallery below to see all the drives up close and personal!

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Cartoon Network Announces New & Returning Series, but no ThunderCats

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, along with double-digit growth and its #1 status with boys 6-11 on all of television, Cartoon Network announced today several new and returning series to its programming line-up.
Having its best first quarter with kids in prime in five years (up 28% vs. 2011) and showing the most gains compared to the competition in the kids space, the network’s afternoon Upfront presentation held at New York’s Roseland Ballroom paid tribute to the past and present with a full orchestra playing classic Cartoon Network television theme songs and live performances from the creative talent behind the hit animated comedy series Adventure Time and Regular Show.

Announcements included a new sketch comedy show from entertainer Nick Cannon; the world premiere of DreamWorks Dragons: The Series, based on the critically-acclaimed feature film, How to Train Your Dragon; an original series based on Web sensation, Annoying Orange; a brand new animated series from the global franchise powerhouse, Ben 10: Omniverse; and a new CG-animated series from Warner Bros. Animation, Beware The Batman. Also, on the heels of the hugely successful Ninjago launch in 2011—currently the #1 show across 1st Quarter 2012 with all boys—a new partnership with LEGO for a second series was announced by the network as it continues to build on its slate of diverse content.

“We are executing a brand vision and content strategy that is fueling tremendous results for Cartoon Network,” said Stuart Snyder, president and chief operating officer, Turner Broadcasting’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media (AYAKM). “Today, with a re-invented and thriving prime time, along with overall double-digit growth in total day, we are building the kind of momentum that is making this a great 20th anniversary.”

Ranking #1 in early evening prime time (7-9 p.m.) among boys 6-11 throughout 1st Quarter this year, Cartoon Network also announced new upcoming seasons of its original hit animated comedy series Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, MAD and The Looney Tunes Show. A 2nd season pick-up for the live-action comedy series Level Up, which debuted as the most watched live-action series in the network’s history, and a 5th season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, also was announced.

Combined with top-performing acquisitions and specials, these programming anchors not only fueled 2011’s prime time performance as Cartoon Network’s most-watched in five years, they also set the stage for a record breaking first quarter in 2012. New seasons for more than a dozen additional series also will premiere across the 2012-13 programming timeframe.

“For 20 years, Cartoon Network has cultivated truly original voices from a diverse array of artists and producers, making us the great alternative to everything else out there,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. “Cartoon Network Studios has grown to become the most supportive and creative environment for a new generation of creators.”

Cartoon Network also announced its ongoing commitment to its shorts program with ten original 7-minute shorts to be produced this year with a wholly dedicated production unit at Cartoon Network Studios. With production already underway on many of these projects, this continuing investment in diverse and unique talent has resulted in many of the network’s hit animated series.

Additionally, the network revealed that a third Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards special has been slated for early 2013. The second annual telecast (Feb. 20, 2012), hosted by Shaquille O’Neal, ranked as the #1 program of the day among all boy demos, and out-performed the inaugural Hall of Game special by double and triple-digits—between 64% and 103%—across all kid and boy demos. Online voting for the celebrity sports awards also nearly tripled in participation, from 37 million votes in 2011 to more than 100 million votes in 2012.

“Cartoon Network enters into the upfront season with strong momentum and a programming foundation that is resonating with our audience, as well as advertisers,” said John O’Hara, executive vice president and general sales manager, Cartoon Network. “The ad sales team is committed to developing ideas that extend the reach of an advertiser’s message and connects their brands across multiple screens with an engaged audience. As brands look to deliver measurable return on their investment, we believe it’s a good time to reassess plans and for advertisers to strategically increase their media budgets with Cartoon Network.”

Building off of the success of CartoonNetwork.com ranking as the #1 domain in the kids category among kids 6-11*, the network announced that its next big foray into on-line gaming would be the global roll-out of Formula Cartoon, a huge on-line racing game which will let players race against their friends or favorite Cartoon Network characters.

Further details of Cartoon Network’s programming announcements include the following:

CARTOON NETWORK NEW SERIES

Nick Cannon Sketch Comedy Series: The series is a live-action, half-hour, sketch comedy show rooted in raw mischief, high energy and slapstick humor. You’ll never know what will happen next! Some of the silliest kids you know will make up this wild comedy troupe led by teen stars Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time), Brandon Soo Hoo (Enders Game, Tropic Thunder), Shameik Moore (Joyful Noise), Shauna Case (American Horror Story) and Chanelle Peloso (Level Up). Nick Cannon will bring the funny as creator and executive producer along with executive producers Michael Goldman and Scott Tomlinson. The series is being produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with NCredible Entertainment.

Annoying Orange: Boasting more than 1 billion YouTube online views to date, Annoying Orange is the Web sensation transformed into a new television series that follows Orange and his buddies as they go on a wide range of adventures that take them from the fruit stand to parts unknown and everything in between. The television series was developed and will be produced by The Collective. Dane Boedigheimer co-created the television series with Tom Sheppard (Emmy Award-winning writer for Pinky and the Brain). Conrad Vernon (director of Madagascar 3 and Monsters vs. Aliens) will serve as executive producer for the series along with Gary Binkow and Dan Weinstein of The Collective. The series will premiere on Cartoon Network this summer.

DreamWorks Dragons: The Series: Picking up where the critically-acclaimed feature film, How to Train Your Dragon, left off, this weekly animated series follows the continuing adventures of Hiccup and his dragon Toothless on the island of Berk, along with the band of dragon trainers, all of whom now have dragons of their own!

Through their training, the kids are finding out the cool things dragons can do. Not only will they learn more about their dragons, they’ll also discover new ones and battle against enemies as they explore worlds they never dreamed existed. In addition, the talented cast from the feature film—Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), America Ferrera (Astrid), Christopher Mitz-Plasse (Fishlegs) and T.J. Miller (Tuffnut)—will lend their voices to the series, which is produced by DreamWorks Animation and premieres this fall.

New LEGO Project: Following the instant ratings success of the CG-animated Ninjago, LEGO and Cartoon Network plan to expand their partnership with an all-new series from LEGO for 2013.

Ben 10: Omniverse: In the brand-new animated series, Ben 10: Omniverse, Ben will have a new character design that pays homage to his past, and he’ll have a whole new batch of aliens to battle. Beating the bad guys is just part of the superhero gig. With a little help from his new, by-the-book rookie partner, Ben explores the quirkier side of things in the alien underground and discovers enemies from his past looking for a re-match, all while a mysterious hunter is hot on his trail! With 10 new aliens at his disposal and a brand new lease on life, Ben 10 is back and more fun than ever! Matt Youngberg is supervising producer for the series, which will premiere on Cartoon Network this fall.

Ben 10 is Cartoon Network’s most successful original global franchise. Since the premiere of the original Ben 10 series, created by Man of Action Studios, in 2006, the franchise has spawned four animated series, one animated movie, two live-action movies, a CG movie, a feature film currently in development, a widely-popular consumer products line and has captured the imaginations of viewers on a worldwide scale.

Beware the Batman: A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.” Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans. With WBA’s Sam Register executive producing, and Batman Beyond’s Glen Murakami and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated’s Mitch Watson producing, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming soon to Cartoon Network!

Total Drama: Revenge of the Island: It’s back to the island where Total Drama began with an all-new cast! Since the series’ host Chris took the show worldwide, Camp Wawanakwa has been abandoned and turned into a toxic nuclear waste dump—the perfect place for new and painful, cringe-inducing challenges! Fighting for the million dollar prize are thirteen wild new players. Total Drama: Revenge of the Island is produced by Fresh TV and will premiere on Cartoon Network this summer.

SPECIALS AND MOVIES

Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards: Hall of Game is Cartoon Network’s signature venture into the broadcast awards arena, created and produced in association with IMG Media, the production arm of global sports, entertainment and media company, IMG. This high-energy, multi-platform experience lets viewers decide who’s got game, by honoring their favorite sports stars and sports moments of the year. From the red carpet, to the never-before-seen stunts and surprises on stage, this unconventional celebration in 2013 will be led by a celebrity host and feature icons from television, film, music and sports, as kids experience an evening of humor and fun at the most raucous and biggest sports awards show ever presented on television.

RETURNING SERIES
Adventure Time
Regular Show
MAD
The Amazing World of Gumball
The Looney Tunes Show
Ninjago
Level Up
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Young Justice
Johnny Test
Pokémon
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Almost Naked Animals
Casper’s Scare School
Hero 108
Scaredy Squirrel
Sidekick

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NY Toy Fair 2012 Coverage: Kotobukiya Photo Gallery

Japanese figure and statue-maker extraordinaire, Kotobukiya, was at NY Toy Fair 2012, showing off some goods from earlier in the year, as well as what is new for this year.

Koto unveiled new statues from Star Wars (including Darth Maul and Darth Vader), Batman, Superman, and their Bishojou line, with sexy anime statues of Miss Marvel, Harley Quinn, Power Girl, Black Widow, Black Cat, and many more. Plus, magnetic Darth Maul chopsticks and awesome Star Wars ice cube trays! Lastly, check out the world debut of the new Mass Effect bishojou statue, which features a ball jointed neck for the character, a first for their line.

Check out the full photo gallery below!

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NY Toy Fair 2012 Coverage: Think Geek booth Photo gallery

This week in New York City, the 2012 edition of Toy Fair is going down at the Jacob Javitts Center, and Team NerdNewsToday is there with the goods! Up first is this gallery from Think Geek, which includes pictures of some of their new licensed items from Minecraft, Portal, Star Trek, and Star Wars, as well as some original zombie and general gamer items.

I, for one, can not wait for the companion cube cookie jar, but the real show-stealer is those zombie slippers that chow down on your feet!

Check out the gallery below for all the images!

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Comic Review- “Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm”

Dark Horse Comics is releasing the prequel of all prequels within the Star Wars universe.  John Ostrander and Jan Duursema of Star Wars: Legacy fame return together again to tell the tale of  the Jedi’s beginnings.  In this origin story, we’re introduced to the ancient warrior monks known as the Je’Daii (go figure, huh?). We follow through their trials and sacrifices as they come to reach an understanding of a new mysterious energy. This strange force seemingly called upon them to gather on the planet Tython, in the center of the galaxy to learn how to harness its power as well as the balance between light and dark.

Or so you’re lead to believe when you read the teaser description on Dark Horse’s website. Roughly two thousand years of origin history (and potentially dozens of issues worth of story making material) are explained, in a nutshell, in about eleven pages. From there, the reader is introduced to a few characters, both hero and villain, residing in places familiar to Star Wars fans.

That’s a bit of a letdown. The first six of those eleven pages are dedicated just to the gathering of the very first Je’Daii, which consists more of visuals than reading. Then in another five pages, the reader is handed another two thousand years of civilization creating, heartache, war and loss with Je’Daii holding it all together while becoming more sophisticated in their use of the Force. You’re shown images of families, tyrants and others tied together by these fighting monks, but it’s just passed over as though, in the grand scheme of things, all that is irrelevant.

Maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t. It’s the first issue, so it’s difficult to gauge from this point. It’s not just a first issue, but it’s a first issue of an origin story that starts before a ton of other stories in just about every sort of media you can think of. Honestly, with all the bases they cover in just these twenty four pages, if I were to go more into detail, I’d be spoiling a lot for you.

The artwork for this series isn’t terrible, but it’s not likely to be a vocal selling point for this comic. Though it’s easy to follow the story, the page design here is uninspiring. At times, Jan Duursema makes attempts to create dynamic panels, but falls short half heartedly. This is most evident when presented with action sequences. There’s a scuffle at the end of the comic where, no matter how any times I look back to it, I can’t tell what’s going on. It really feels like the characters lost track of the floor and are just floating and flipping around, while trying to understand the concept of space they’re presented with.

The inking isn’t the best either. Dan Parsons’s ink work is used to create many a necessary texture with heavy lights and darks, but there isn’t much of anything as far as proper line weight to express stress, mood or lighting. That task was left upon the colorist, Wes Dzioba. Despite color seeming somewhat redundant with the heavy inking job done on most of these pages, it ties everything together, more so with the backgrounds. The figures, however, feel a bit bland. Still, the artwork isn’t bad. It’s just not award winning, but I should mention that the cover art by Gonzalo Flores is very attractive, as it should be. True, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but this cover would spark the interest of just about any Star Wars fan to pick this book up.

If you are a Star Wars fan, you should definitely pick this one up. The potential is there for a good series. Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm is currently available for pre-order on Dark Horse’s website or you could just wait until it hits the stands on February 15th.

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“Star Wars Han Solo Carbonite Ice Cube Tray” Review

Star Wars merchandise has always been unusual. The license has been used by so many companies to make great things like books and action figures, and more unique items like chopsticks and cookie jars. Made by Kotobukiya, the “Star Wars Han Solo Carbonite Ice Cube tray” is one of those more peculiar items, and today we are going to take a look at this novelty item and see if it is worth spending your hard-earned cash on.

The silicone rubber tray measures six inches long and four and 1/4 inches top to bottom, with the small spots for the cubes just under half-an-inch deep and the large spot under 3/4″ deep. The underside of the tray has flat portions where the molds are, to ensure that your ice cubes retain the shape of Han Solo without being crushed by the interior of your freezer.

I was curious about any multi-purpose uses for this ice cube tray, like using it as a mold for chocolate. However, it is recommended that you not use hot liquids in this since it may warp the shape of the tray. More importantly, who knows what chemical reactions might be caused from the heat with the rubber, so even if you made a chocolate mold of Han Solo without ruining the tray, you might be poisoning yourself instead. On the plus side, your epitaph would be “Han shot first.” I can not condone it, but I will investigate further using this as a mold, but if you really want a chocolate Han, you might as well buy one from ThinkGeek directly!

I filled the tray up with water and stuck it in the freezer to see how long it would take to freeze. If you are in a rush to use this ice in a short time frame, it should be noted that the larger slot will take at least twice as long as the other slots to completely freeze solid, but within an hour or more, all the spots should be ready to go (unless you feel like setting your freezer from the medium level to a higher one).

Here we are once everything was frozen! The ice cubes perfectly pick up the tiny likeness of Harrison Ford, although with water it will be harder to see this. In later photos, I used red gatorade to make the image easier for you to see. I was surprised by how well the detail looks on these tiny ones, and especially on the larger ice cube. This is definitely Han Solo in carbonite in ice form. I imagine this is what the bartender in the Mos Eisley cantina puts in his cold drinks, or would have if he was not from a time long, long ago.

Using the red gatorade, the detail becomes a bit clearer. The problem with freezing plain water is that you will get “freezer burn” which will make your ice more opague. Colored water will make Han be more visible, and I recommend using that instead of uncolored water. The cubes, or ice rectangles to be more accurate, easily pop out thanks to the soft silicone tray, meaning you don’t need to get rough with the tray to yank them out after they have froze.

Overall, this is a fun novelty item with a lot of uses. If you like to throw parties, the Han Solo ice cube tray will be a great conversation-starter, especially with its two different sizes, and be a cute addition to alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages.

This tray sells for $10 on ThinkGeek at this link here, and makes for a perfect stocking-stuffer, gift for an office party, or something for your favorite Star Wars fan. I give this two thumbs up for the fun factor and practicality of this far-fetched item. If only they had a book on how to make Star Wars-themed mixed drinks to complete this item…

You might also like these other products we reviewed from ThinkGeek – the Han Solo Carbonite chocolate bar, and the Joystick-It Mobile smartphone arcade stick!

Check out the photo gallery below for more images of the Han Solo Carbonite Ice Cube tray!

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“Star Wars Han Solo Carbonite Chocolate Bar” Review

When I first reported about this Han Solo Carbonite Chocolate Bar, I was head over heels for the concept. Star Wars + Chocolate= Amazing. The centerpiece of the Star Wars universe could now be the main event in my dessert of sugary cocoa cravings! Man, this smuggler really does get around.

The fine folks over at ThinkGeek were cool enough to send me a bar for me to try out and review, so that I could pass on the info to all of my hungry readers. The idea is great, but how is the execution on this treat? Is this nothing more than a quick sugar rush, or is this packed with levels of deliciousness, the magnitude of which you can not repel? Take a look at the review and find out for yourself!
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Han Solo has been frozen in delicious chocolate Carbonite

Over on ThinkGeek, the company is now distributing the only smuggler that can make the Kessel Run in six parsecs or less or your cargo is free, Han Solo, in chocolate form.

Shaped to resemble Han from the end of “Empire Strikes Back” and the beginning of “Return of The Jedi,” this chocolate bar is the closest thing to having Han pressed in carbonite since a time long, long ago. This item is exclusive to ThinkGeek, each bar is 4.5 oz of premium dark chocolate and measures 6 inches in length.

Here is the official description from them:

“It’s tough being a crime lord. You need to keep track of your bounty hunters, your smugglers, your assassins, your bodyguards, your dancing girls, your droids. You need to rig the gambling games to be sure the house keeps an advantage. It’s a pretty rough life. Lucrative, sure, but rough. Sometimes, you just want to escape to a simpler way of doing business.

Which is why Jabba has opened his own sweets factory. A little side venture where he makes Lightsaber Popsicles, Wookiee Cookies, Candy Rancorn, Twi’lek Dancer Lollipops, and the ever popular coconut Wamparoons. Getting these Han Solo in Carbonite Chocolate Bars shipped in from a galaxy far, far away took a long, long time, but they’re finally here! Enjoy this rich chocolate bounty from Tatooine’s Tasty Treats.”

Talk about a great stocking stuffer! Grab one of these now, and when you do, let me know how they taste!

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