MARVEL COMICS ANNOUNCES BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA 
from Rob, July 26th, 2016 5:07 am, Comic Book News

All-New Series, Co-Written by Roxane Gay and Ta-Nehisi Coates and Drawn by Alitha E. Martinez, Compliments and Expands Marvel Comics’ Black Panther                                                                                                              Wakanda, the African country and home of the Black Panther, is the most sophisticated and technologically advanced nation on Earth. Its influence reaches across all of the Marvel Universe, and today Marvel Comics is proud to present an all-new ongoing series devoted to the exploring the people of this fascinating locale with BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA! The first arc, co-written by Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist, An Untamed State) and the best-selling Black Pantherseries writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, with artwork by Alitha E. Martinez, will focus on Ayo and Aneka, two members of the Dora Milaje, Black Panther’s elite squad of female bodyguards. “Under the leadership of Ayo and Aneka, the Dora Milaje decide to expand their mission, to not only serve as protection for Black Panther, but to also right wrongs, particularly against women, in Wakanda and around the world,” Gay says. “They also have to deal with the repercussions of Aneka murdering a village chieftain, as well as a threat from within.” As BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDAcontinues, each arc will focus on characters from Wakanda, and the surrounding nations, creating a key companion title to Coates’ current Black Pantherseries. Additionally, the first issue of BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA will feature a 10-page backup story co-written by Yona Harvey (Hemming the Water) and Coates with artwork by Afua Richardson. This story will focus on Zenzi, the mysterious and powerful co-leader of The People, the rebel group that is responsible for much of the strife and chaos seen in the current Black Panther series.“Intelligent and willful, Zenzi’s intimate knowledge of her home and its people drives her belief that her way of revolution will correct the current path of Wakanda,” says Harvey. “This is the story of how Erik Killmonger’s creation learned to master her powers of persuasion at a young age and ultimately use them against the monarchy: only The People can lead the people.”  “BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA offers a new canvas for storytelling in the Marvel Universe where top-tier talent can explore the limitless possibility of the world of Black Panther,” says Marvel EiC, Axel Alonso.  “Roxane, Alitha, Yona and Afua are crafting a series that is essential reading because it takes readers even deeper into the hearts and minds of the rich array of characters introduced in Ta-Nehisi’s groundbreaking story and further positions them for greatness within the Marvel Universe.” On the edge of revolution, the nation of Wakanda stands at a crossroad, defended and challenged by those closest to its heart.  Revolution has arrived and change is coming! Be here this fall as BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA breaks down the barriers and ushers in a new age that will further expand the world of the Black Panther across the entire Marvel Universe.  BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #1 Written by ROXANE GAY, YONA HARVEY, and TA-NEHISI COATESArt by ALITHA E. MARTINEZ and AFUA RICHARDSONCover by AFUA RICHARDSONOn-Sale – November, 2016 

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The Tick returns 
from Rob, July 21st, 2016 3:27 pm, SDCC

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy), Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Barry Sonnenfeld (A Series of Unfortunate Events), directed by Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), and written by Edlund. The Tick is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television.

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Super 7 and Mattel form MOTU partnership
from Rob, July 21st, 2016 8:56 am, Uncategorized

Mattel Expands Masters of the Universe® Partnership with Super7


80s mega-brand is a perfect fit for west coast vintage collectibles company to take over MattyCollector.com
SAN DIEGO, July 20, 2016/PRNewswire/ –Leading into San Diego Comic-Con, Mattel today announced plans for an expanded partnership with Super7 noting they will be developing and distributing an all new range of Masters of the Universe® collectibles beginning in 2017. As a result of the expanded partnership, Mattel will be closing the current MOTU homeMattyCollector.com at the end of 2016.

This week, the two companies will release an all new Masters of the Universe animated short – The Curse of the Three Terrors. This is the first time since 1985 that new MOTU footage has been created in the classic Filmation style. The film follows the original characters on an all new adventure in Eternia® and features voice actor Alan Oppenheimer, reprising his signature role as Skeletor®.

“It is a dream come true for us to be involved so intimately with the Masters of the Universe franchise,” said Brian Flynn of Super7. “We have jumped head first into the MOTU world, with retro 3.75″ figures, M.U.S.C.L.E. figures, the new animation and several other secret projects which we will be revealing soon. I think MOTU fans are going to have everything they could possibly dream of —and more!”

“He-Man, Skeletor and the inhabitants of Eternia could not be in better hands,” said Joe Lawandus, SVP of Mattel Marketing & Design. “Brian and team possess an encyclopedic knowledge of the franchise and an attention to detail that is off the charts. While closing MattyCollector.com was a difficult decision, we’re excited about the expanded partnership with Super7 and where will take the brand in the coming years.”

Check out all of the great MOTU collectibles in person at the Skeletor’s Lair pop-up shop inSan Diego. For more information on location, limited edition product and the premiere of The Curse of the Three Terrors, visit Super7HQ.com.

About Super7

Founded in 2001 as a magazine focused on the minutia of collecting vintage toys, Super7 has since grown into one of the most influential and sought after toy brands in the market today. By infusing their deep knowledge of toys as collectors combined with their detailed attention to manufacturing and design, Super7 creates unique and inspiring toys, apparel, events and experiences not typically seen from other manufacturers. Based in San Francisco, you can find them online at http://www.super7HQ.com orhttp://www.super7store.com as well as their retail stores in both San Francisco and San Diego.
About Mattel
The Mattel family of companies MAT is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. Mattel’s portfolio of best-selling brands includes Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever produced, Hot Wheels®, Monster High®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends®, Fisher-Price® brands and MEGA® Brands, as well as a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2014, Mattel was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Magazine and in 2014 ranked No. 5 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel’s companies employ approximately 31,000 people in 40 countries and territories and sell products in more than 150 nations. Visit us at www.mattel.com,www.facebook.com/Mattel or www.twitter.com/mattel.

Outfit7 “Goes for the Gold” Twice by UnveilingTalking Tom Gold Run, a New Infinite Runner Game, and Reaching 4.5 Billion Downloads
from Rob, July 20th, 2016 5:19 pm, Gaming

Outfit7 “Goes for the Gold” Twice by UnveilingTalking Tom Gold Run, a New Infinite Runner Game, and Reaching 4.5 Billion Downloads

 

Outfit7 Debuts the Worldwide launch of New App, Giving Players the Chance to Experience the Entire Talking Tom and Friends Bunch for the First Time in One Exciting, Fast-Paced Game

 

July 13, 2016 – Outfit7, the entertainment company behind the hugely successful Talking Tom and Friends franchise breaks ground today on two fronts: surpassing the 4.5 billion download mark, making it one of the most downloaded app franchises worldwide, and launching Talking Tom Gold Run.  Outfit7’s new “go for the gold” game immerses players in a way that goes above and beyond the routine of a runner mechanic game, giving players a reason to run. Stunning graphics and intricately designed worlds, boosters, and incentives let players experience an ongoing story through the eyes of Talking Tom and the gang.

 

“Through the limited release test, we saw how receptive gamers were to the unique combination of a runner and builder style of gameplay,” said Samo Login, founder and CEO of Outfit7. “With so many different elements used within this game, several player emotions are evoked, including courage, independence, self-realization and motivation.”

 

Talking Tom Gold Run begins with a robbery, causing the player to run as fast as possible to retrieve the fallen gold bars, dodge obstacles and collect rewards. Each component of the game allows players to ‘Go for the Gold’ as they help Talking Tom and Friends build their dream homes. The game currently has seven worlds to unlock, including the city, woods, beach and more. As the completion of each character’s house progresses, new building upgrades, characters and running segments become available.

 

Talking Tom Gold Run draws the user in with an interactive storyline, top-notch graphics and iconic characters that users have come to know and love,” said Samo Login. “We guarantee the gamer will never get bored with so many unique worlds and segments to unlock.”

 

Talking Tom Gold Run is free to download on all major platforms and includes the option for in-app purchases, which range in price.  The app also contains social features, allowing users to connect with friends through Facebook to see high scores.  For more information, download the app today!

 

Talking Tom Gold Run Trailer.

Talking Tom on Facebook.

Download Talking Tom Gold Run:o7n.co/tomgoldrun.  

Available on: Google Play StoreApple App StoreWindows Store  and Amazon.

 

Since the first Talking Talking Tom and Friends app launched over five years ago, the suite of apps has skyrocketed in popularity worldwide with 4.5 billion downloads.  The franchise has also amassed over 5.7 billion views of its various branded content on YouTube.  In addition, Talking Tom and Friends: The Animated Series, currently in its first season, has cemented a rock-solid audience with over 760 million-plus views alone on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app.  The 52×11 minute series airs weekly and features an all-star voice cast led by Golden Globe® and Emmy®-nominee Colin Hanks (“Fargo”) and Tom Kenny (“SpongeBob SquarePants.”).

MARVEL UNVEILS NEW DETAILS ON TRIBUTE STATUE CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF CAPTAIN AMERICA
from Rob, July 20th, 2016 5:18 pm, Comic Book News

 

Heroic 13-Foot Statue Debuts at San Diego Comic Con Before Journeying to Steve Rogers’ Birthplace of Brooklyn, NY

 

Marvel and Comicave Studios also issue new Custom Comic

Integrating the Statue into a new Captain America Story

 

Glendale, Calif. (July 20, 2016) – Since his creation in 1941 by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, Captain America has gone through numerous evolutions, but  always remains as one of the world’s most influential and inspiring Super Heroes. Kicking off a new phase of the year-long celebration of 75 years of Captain America, Marvel Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media have unveiled a slate of heroic activations taking place at San Diego Comic-Con and beyond to honor the First Avenger, along with a wide range of celebratory merchandise.

Headlining the Captain America 75thanniversary celebration, Marvel has collaborated with high-end collectibles maker Comicave Studios to create a one-of-a-kind Captain America statue that will be displayed at the Marvel booth #2329 at Comic-Con International on July 20. Comicave Studios worked closely with Marvel artists in New York and a Brooklyn-based sculptor to design the bronze tribute, standing at over 13 feet and weighing 1 ton. The statue will continue to stand tall on the show floor throughout San Diego Comic-Con for photo ops with fans, and 1/12-scale bronze replicas of the statue will be available for purchase. Plus, a custom comic book was created by Marvel Publishing writers and artists to integrate the statue into new storytelling.  This one-of-a-kind comic will be available in limited quantities at San Diego Comic-Con and future Captain America events.

 Following SDCC, the commemorative statue will journey via truck across the country to Brooklyn, NY – the hometown of Steve Rogers – for a limited engagement in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Fans can follow the truck along its cross-country route through photos on social media sites like Marvel and StyledByMarvel Instagram. The statue will be on display in the Children’s Corner of Prospect Park for a two-week temporary installation, kicking off with a dedication ceremony and community event on August 10th from 1-3pm. In the evening, a special viewing of the recent blockbuster film, Marvel’sCaptain America: Civil War, will take place in Prospect Park as part of the culmination of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams’ “A Summer Movie Under the Stars” program, which will be airing four Captain America-focused movies every Wednesday from July 20th to August 10th.

“To the rest of America and the world, he’s Captain America; to us, he’ll always be Steve Rogers, ‘just a kid from Brooklyn,’” said Borough President Adams. “Brooklyn is proud to be the base of celebrations for Cap’s 75thanniversary, which will be capped by a larger-than-life statue traveling around our borough — befitting of this larger-than-life character. Prospect Park is the place to be this summer to enjoy the Captain America!”

 After the half-month stop in Prospect Park, the Captain America statue will move to the plaza outside Barclays Center on Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues for September, during which several Marvel fan activations take place. From late October through the remainder of the year, the statue will adorn the soon-to-be-opened Bed Bath & Beyond® in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Fans of all ages will enjoy a specially re-designed statue base, for heightened interactivity and photo opportunities with Captain America, as well as see and shop for a variety of unique Marvel items, including limited quantities of scaled replicas of the bronze statue itself.

“Since 1941 Captain America has remained one of the most influential Super Heroes in comic book history,” said Paul Gitter, senior vice president, licensing, Marvel at Disney Consumer Products. “He has evolved as a character throughout the years, but remains constant as a moral compass within the Marvel Universe and leader of the Avengers. The tribute statue and other activations are the perfect way to honor 75 years of this iconic Super Hero and to celebrate the borough of Brooklyn in New York City.”

Also joining the 75th celebration at San Diego Comic-Con are Marvel’s leading merchandise partners including Hasbro, Funko, and Jakks Pacific who will be commemorating “Cap” through new collectibles. As previously announced, Comicave Studios will also be offering different scales of replicas of the bronze statue itself at San Diego Comic-Con.  Additional licensees including Mad Engine, Mighty Fine, Freeze, C-Life, Her Universe, What’s Your Passion, Nick Graham, Café Press, Jay Franco, Kiddesigns, HJC Helmets and more will all feature new Captain America merchandise at major retailers this Fall.  These collections will highlight Captain America’s iconic shield and cover categories including apparel and accessories for kids, women and men, home goods, electronics, and toys. There will even be new Brooklyn-themed artwork available for a range of apparel and accessories.

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UNCLE MILTON DEBUTS MIND READING 20Q TOY AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO
from Rob, July 19th, 2016 6:52 pm, SDCC

UNCLE MILTON DEBUTS MIND READING 20Q TOY AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO

 

Test Your Doctor Who Knowledge and Find Out if Your Brain is Bigger on the Inside!

 

Attention Whovians! Uncle Milton is excited to introduce Doctor Who TARDIS 20Q, debuting to fans at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego, under license from BBC Worldwide North America.Collectors will have the opportunity to see if they can use their Doctor Who knowledge to outsmart the TARDIS, and be the first to purchase the Doctor WhoTARDIS 20Q before it hits store shelves in September. Both Uncle Milton (booth #1034) and BBC AMERICA (booth #4129) will have limited quantities available for purchase at the show.

 

Doctor Who TARDIS 20Q utilizes the hugely popular online artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology and the electronic game from 20Q that can “read your mind.”Fans can travel through time as they test their Doctor Who knowledge from the TV show over its more than 50-year history! First, think of any being, place, or thing from the Doctor Who universe. Answer the questions on the TARDIS digital screen and be amazed as a real algorithm with artificial intelligence guesses what you’re thinking in 20 questions or less. If not, you win! The authentic TARDIS design features a light-up lantern and makes a great collectible display piece.

The Doctor Who TARDIS 20Q will be available nationwide beginning September, 2016. SRP $29.99. Ages 8+.

Uncle Milton Social Media Channels:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/unclemilton

Twitter: www.twitter.com/unclemiltontoys

YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/UncleMilton1

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/unclemilton

Instagram: www.instagram.com/unclemilton

 

Visit Uncle Milton at Comic-Con International: San Diego booth #1034 and BBC America at booth #4129.

 

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Tech4kids Gemmies and fright factory
from Rob, July 19th, 2016 3:26 pm, Toys

Gemmies™

Gemmies are the next evolution of the popular 3D beading craft. Following a simple process, kids clip Gemmies crystals to elastic rings then join completed rings to create a 3D sparkling creation! Design templates are intuitive and use a repetitive pattern that lets kids develop their cognitive abilities and progress to designing their own creations.

You can make anything out of Gemmies crystals. starting series include animals, flowers and more! Store all your Gemmies crystals and accessories in the Gemmies Design Studio and display your favorite creation on the light up pedestal.

MSRP: $24.99

Age: 6+

 

Fright Factory

Make scary 3D creations with Fright Factory! Use the special light curing EwwGoo gel to fill creepy molds and then flash them with the eerie light from the Fright Factory Creature Creator. Kids can create insects, reptiles, rats, bats and more! Fright Factory uses ultra-safe LED light to develop your creations. Gels are quick curing, non-toxic and kid friendly. 

MSRP: $29.99

Age: 6+

 

 

 

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Top 10 Worst WWE Draft Moments 
from julian, July 19th, 2016 10:52 am, Entertainment

10. Muhammad Hassan and Davari drafted to Smackdown (2005)

To this day, Many fans and wrestling journalists cite the Muhammad Hassan gimmick to have the most genuine heat since Sgt.Slaughter back in 1991. Hassan and Davari made their main roster debut in December 2004 on the Raw brand as they got over with the crowd the minute they cut their first promo. During the 2005 Draft, they were drafted to Smackdown and then the terrorist angle happened between Hassan and Undertaker. It was made worse when WWE could not edit the skit off their show due to the real life London Train Station Bombing that happened a few hours before Smackdown aired. The Network told WWE to remove the Hassan Character off TV as his next appearance was on The Great American Bash PPV as Undertaker beat him in a match and he was never seen again on WWE TV. Hassan being drafted to Smackdown killed his career.

9. NWO drafted to Raw (2002)


Raw’s second pick in the first Draft was the trio of Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and X-Pac as the NWO. This choice could have done great for them but Hall got fired after the “Plane Ride From Hell” incident two months later, X-Pac being sidelined with an Neck Injury in July during that year, and Kevin Nash tearing his quad during a match. Lets just finish off with the NWO in WWE was doomed the minute Hulk Hogan turned babyface.

8. Every ECW draft pick (2007-2010)
ECW was the worst offender of the WWE Draft since their brand was revived in 2006. In 2007, The Boogeyman got drafted to ECW, feuded with Big Daddy V, and then he got an injury that took him off TV for almost two years. In 2008, the United States Champion Matt Hardy got drafted to ECW and he had minimum success as he won the ECW Championship in September 2008 but by the time his reign started, he was an afterthought as Jeff Hardy was chasing for the WWE Championship on the Smackdown brand in which he eventually won it.

7. Triple H traded back to Raw (2004)


When Triple H got drafted to Smackdown in 2004, it was an shocking and unpredictable move. Everyone thought that his “Reign of Terror” on the Raw brand ended but then we find out the next morning that he was traded back to raw for Booker T and The Dudley Boyz. The only Superstar that benefited from the trade was Booker T as he turned heel and feuded with John Cena, The Undertaker and JBL as the Dudleyz were taken off TV by November of that year and HHH’s Reign of Terror continued on Raw for the rest of that year.  

6. Kane Drafted to Raw (2008)


Kane was the ECW Champion (repeat those words in your head) when he got drafted to Raw and he had to drop the belt to Mark henry who was traded to ECW the day after. While Kane was on Raw during this period, he had an terrible feud with Rey Mysterio, costed an DQ finish to the CM Punk vs. Batista match on PPV, and relegated to just another body on the roster within the next year. Another waste of an draft pick.

5. John Morrison, R-Truth, Edge and Chris Jericho drafted to Raw (2010)


2009 was the first full year of the “PG Era” and while Raw was extremely hard to watch that year due to the weekly guest hosts crap, Smackdown was the best TV show that year due to the top stars like CM Punk, Undertaker, Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho and much more. In the 2010 Draft, Raw’s picks were John Morrison, Edge, Jericho and R-Truth while Smackdown barely got any top stars. This was bad because Smackdown’s viewership before the 2010 Draft has been the highest since 2002-2004 and they took away their 4 biggest Stars away from their brand and what did that amount to? Edge returned to Smackdown later that year, Jericho left the company 5 months later, R-Truth became an joke and John Morrison was in mid card hell until his feud with Sheamus during the King Of The Ring Tournament later that year. What an crappy way to treat the Blue Brand in 2010.

4. The Announcer switch (2008)


So here is how this happened. Melina vs. Mickie James ended via no contest due to Melina receiving an legitimate injury thus we went from one pick to two picks. Jim Ross drafted to Smackdown while Michael Cole was drafted to Raw and from that day on, the commentary team on Raw has not been the same since. Although Jim Ross was about to quit the company, he chose to stay on Smackdown as him and Matt Striker made an very good announce team that year.

3. Kelly Kelly as the first draft pick to Smackdown (2010)


I will go short with this one. Kelly Kelly was the first overall Pick for the Smackdown Brand in 2010 and did anybody cared? no. did anybody got excited? no. It was extremely pointless and that is all i have to say.

2. The 2005 draft structure (2005)
The Draft picks for that year’s draft was not actually bad. But the problem was the way it was structured and i am glad that this only happened once. The Way it was Structured was that once an week, each respective brand has one pick for the entire month of June. During the first week, John Cena was drafted to Raw and Chris Benoit was drafted to Smackdown 3 days later. The Final week, both brands switched it up as they had two picks on their show as Raw drafted Big Show and Rob Van Dam as Smackdown drafted Christian and Batista. Again, not bad picks at all but both brands could have done their picks in one night instead of a span of 5 weeks. 

1. John Cena drafted to Smackdown but then back to Raw later that night (2011)


I do not think anybody who has written an list for the worst WWE draft picks/moments has chosen this moment within their top 5. We all thought that Cena being on Smackdown can boost up its relevance and star power but to only find out that he got drafted back to Raw at the end of the night infuriated me. I remember shutting my TV off when i seen that graphic on the Television as Michael Cole was laughing on commentary. But in retrospect, it was an good move that Cena did not stay on Smackdown or else the best rivalry on Smackdown in 2011 would have not happened (Randy Orton vs. Christian). I hope WWE never pulls off another stunt like that in future drafts.
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