Beat Bugs: All Together Now

Josh Wakely’s BEAT BUGS is getting a brand new Netflix special that will feature an original cover of “Here Comes the Sun” by Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens. The 48-minute special called BEAT BUGS: ALL TOGETHER NOW will debut on Netflix Nov. 21 http://nflx.it/2mqWHGD. Viewers will see the Beat Bugs go on an incredible journey outside their usual garden to perform in a talent show. In addition to “Here Comes the Sun,” other tracks that are covered in the special include “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “All Together Now,” and “Ticket to Ride.” The special will also feature a new character called The Queen Bee

Beat Bugs: All Together Now

2017 TV-Y 50m

After winning a local talent show, the Beat Bugs journey to compete on “The Bug Factor,” a televised singing contest held in faraway Rocket Ship Park.
Starring: Ashleigh Ball, Lili Beaudoin, Charles Demers
Genres: Children & Family Movies, Movies for ages 0 to 2, Movies for ages 3 to 4, Movies for ages 5 to 7, Family Features, Family Adventures, Family Feature Animation, Kids Music, Animal Tales, Musicals
Director: Josh Wakely

THUNDER WILL STRIKE THE DC UNIVERSE IN JULY 2018 WITH NEW DC COLLECTIBLES BLACK LIGHTNINGSTATUE!

THUNDER WILL STRIKE THE DC UNIVERSE IN JULY 2018 WITH NEW

DC COLLECTIBLES BLACK LIGHTNINGSTATUE!

New DCTV Statue Featuring Actor Cress Williams as Black Lightning Will Debut Alongside New DC Gallery: Two-Face Coin Replica,

DC Essentials Action Figures and More!

DC Collectibles’ electrifying July 2018 lineup will include a stunning DCTV 12-inch statue starring Jefferson Pearce as Black Lighting. The statue is based on the character appearance in the highly anticipated CW show and showcases actor Cress Williams’ likeness. Black Lightning is the latest character to join DC Collectibles bestselling DCTV statue line which already includes figures from hit DC shows The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Gotham.

DC Collectibles will also debut a Two-Face Coin prop replica as part of its DC Gallery line of collectibles. The new line brings to life the most iconic prop and accessories sported by DC’s most popular characters in three-dimensional form. The new Two-Face coin will follow the recently announced Joker Cane replica that hits stores in June 2018 and the already released Wonder Woman Bracelet With Lasso and Tiara set and Bat-signal.

See below for the full lineup of DC Collectibles’ July 2018 releases and above for imagery.

DCTV: BLACK LIGHTNING STATUE

  • Sculpted by Alterton
  • Size: 12.42’’ tall
  • MSRP: $130.00

DC GALLERY: TWO-FACE COIN PROP

  • Sculpted by Steve Kiwus
  • Size: 1.8’’ wide
  • MSRP: $30.00

DC ESSENTIALS: BATMAN, DEATHSTROKE, THE FLASH AND REVERSE-FLASH ACTION FIGURES

  • Size: 1:11 scale/ Average height 6.75”
  • MSRP: $26.00

DC BOMBSHELLS: WONDER WOMAN DELUXE STATUE

  • Designed by Ant Lucia
  • Sculpted by Chris Dahlberg
  • Size: 17.58’’ tall
  • MSRP: $200.00

GOTHAM CITY GARAGE: SUPERGIRL STATUE

  • Tattoo designed by Katherine Brannock
  • Sculpted by James Marsano
  • Size: 13.9’’ tall
  • MSRP $125.00

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE BATMAN BY BECKY CLOONAN

  • Designed by Becky Cloonan
  • Sculpted by Irene Matar
  • Size: 9.38’’ tall
  • MSRP: $80.00

“Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters – ‘Superheroes of Charter City’

Primer on the Flex Power system:

Flex Power is an innovative technology that really delivers the “action” in action figures! Each of the Flex Fighter figures has a fleeeexible body that can be stretched like a rubber band, storing energy that can be then be released to power different things (vehicles, disc launchers, rocket launchers, etc.).

The Flex Power Heroes are the core of the “Flex Power” line. The three Flex Fighter figures are Jake “Stretch” Armstrong, Ricardo “Omni-Mass” Perez and Nathan “Wingspan” Park, each with stretchable bodies that power their equipment. These three are available in the basic opening “Flex Power Heroes” assortment with a very unique flexible “TRY ME” package and select figures are available in the Flex Power vehicles, which include two motorcycle-type Flex Power vehicles and the Flex Power Mobile HQ.

In addition to the core Flex Power Heroes, most every other product in the Stretch Armstrong product line has stretchable and flexible elements to it, delivering authentic flextastic fun.

Product Details:

Stretch Armstrong Flex Power Heroes

Each Flex Power Heroes figure has accessories and a signature action. The three core Flex Power Heroes (Stretch Armstrong, Omni-Mass, and Wingspan) have flexible bodies that allow them to “power” their Flex Power gear, enabling them to streeetch, release, and launch discs and missiles. Stretch Monster throws boulders, while Quick Charge and the ultra-mysterious and ninja-like Blind Strike each have flexible projectiles that launch from their unique accessories. It’s flextastic fun!

Stretch Armstrong Stretch Power Vehicle Assortment

Each Flex Power Vehicle comes with a unique vehicle powered by streeeetch action provided by the Flex Power hero. Just strap the character in, pull back to activate, and release the power of flexibility. Stretch Armstrong’s FLEXYCLE zooms across the floor, while Omni-Mass SMASHCYCLE can pound enemies into submission. It’s flextastic fun!

Stretch Armstrong Flex Power Mobile HQ

The Flex Power Mobile HQ comes with a Stretch Armstrong figure and a whole lot of flextastic action that can be activated in and around the vehicle. By putting the figure into position, kids can streeetch and release to activate the boulder-launcher on the top of the vehicle, the removable disc launcher in the cockpit, or practice their targeting ability on the flip-down doors.

Battle to Survive: Brock Lesner vs AJ Styles

WWE upcoming Survivor Series is happening on Sunday, Nov. 19 from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. With that being stated, we here at Alternativemindz would like to pit the most “current” contestants against each other in complete and total toy supremacy.

Even as this is being written, the card is not yet finalized, but with what we currently know we can set up a battle for survival.

So for this list, we will only pick a single, cross brand match and see if the toy victory can match the actual outcome on November 19.

However, to make this work I didn’t just want to pick the best figures in the line, I went with the purpose of actually seeing if you, the potential customer, could buy the figures legitly on the current toy shelf.

So, I set out on a toy hunt to find these figures. It soon became clear that I needed to just focus on one match and the World Championship would be the figures I’d go with.

So, my journey was to find Brock Lesnar (Universal) vs AJ Styles (WWE) together in the same store at the same time.

Could I find these two in a single store together? The hunt began first attempted at my local toy shop in Brooklyn, NY. Unfortunately, they didn’t have AJ styles or Brock Lesner. Honestly, they had No WWE wrestlers at all.

Sparing you the week long attempt, I was finally able to track down both AJ and Brock in a single store.

Now the Tale of the Tape can begin.

How it works is we pick each figure’s flaws or positives and have them compete against each other. Basically, we line up the packaging, the likeness the articulation, and the scale to declare the winner.

Tale of the Tape Part 1: Packaging

WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar versus Smackdown lives WWE world champion

Brock Lesnar’s packaging is considered special as it represents WWE Network spotlight. What makes this package any different than the standard toy is the WWE Network Spotlight title displayed at the top of the package and it’s shaped exactly like a standard package, nothing more nothing less.

Smackdown Live Championship AJ Styles comes packaged in a standard red packaging with a clear image of AJ Styles himself. The packaging is exactly like Brock’s so, in this regard, they both cancel each other out. No one wins anything in this round. No winner, no loser, so it’s a draw on packaging.

As we take the package and open them up, Brock Lesnar’s figure is wearing a Suplex City shirt, which is different from his standard figure that would regularly have no shirt. As for AJ Styles, since his figure is the standard one, he comes shirtless but wears his blue pants and his signature “Phenomenal 1” boots.

Tale of the Tape Part 2: Likeness

How does the Brock Lesnar vs AJ Styles figures look in actual sculpt. Brock Lesnar, we all know, is the Beast Incarnate, so is figure should look mean, determined, and angry, just like Brock Lesnar always looks like, but the figures face looks kind of complacent. He’s not angry, he’s not bitter, he’s not ready to deliver you to Suplex City. It’s kind of standard. Does it represent the wrestler? Yes, yes it does. Mattel sculpted a look that you know when you see this toy that this is Brock Lesnar. As for the AJ Styles figure, AJ is a guy who’s very charismatic. He’s been in the business for almost 20 years. His figure should represent a man who’s been there, done that, yet has the face of youth. Well, the figure does capture a young-looking face. Unfortunately, the young-looking face looks like that of the famous YouTuber Sean Long instead,

Image courtesy of Sean Long

looking nothing like AJ himself. AJ’s figure has a mouth open ready to yell and scream and be angry, very uncharacteristic of the actual wrestler. It does have AJ’s trademarked hairstyle, but it really doesn’t look like him at all. Round 2, likeness goes to Brock Lesnar.

Tale of the Tape Part 3: Articulation

Brock Lesnar’s articulation and AJ Styles’ articulation are exactly the same. There is nothing special or unique about either of these figures. They are both standard, super basic. That would work for Brock Lesnar, who is more of a grounded UFC style professional wrestler,

but AJ Styles is a high flyer. He’s an innovator. He is unique in the professional wrestling ring. He does the Pele kick.

He does things that most wrestlers don’t and that includes Brock Lesnar. If you’re playing with these toys, they should represent the wrestler. So, unfortunately, once again the point goes to Brock Lesnar with articulation.

Tale of the tape part 4: Size Comparison

Brock Lesnar is a beast, he’s over 6 foot something inches tall. AJ isn’t he is a small wrestler, but these two figures almost share the same exact size. This is a gripe with Mattel personally when wrestlers are depicted being all the same size as toys. It seems like they aren’t trying to make a new sculpt and wrestlers come in all shapes all sizes. That’s what makes them so special and unique. I don’t want to give the point to Brock Lesnar in this one so I’m calling this a draw since they are exactly the same.

With the final tally coming in to 2 to 1 for Brock Lesnar. Unfortunately, AJ Styles, you lose your match against the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar.

Being the Smackdown Live Champion is a great honor. AJ Styles is carrying his title like he has earned and deserved for so many years. His work in the business from TNA to New Japan and now in the WWE has earned him all the accolades in the world, but as for an action figure, his is lackluster. It does nothing to be considered “phenomenal,” and with that you have to give it up to Brock Lesnar. As simple as a figure is, it represents who he is and how he wrestles and what he does, it’s simply conquers.

Rhode Island Comic Con 2017-Luke Cage Panel

The cast of Netflix’s and Marvel’s Luke Cage stops by Rhode Island Comic Con over the weekend to discuss the second season of the show (spoiler free) and answer fan questions.

The panel featured Mike Colter, Theo Rossi (who also briefly mentions Sons Of Anarchy and whether if he will appear in the long rumored prequel), Simone Missick and Frank Whaley.

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Rhode Island Comic Con 2017

We had the opportunity to cover Rhode Island Comic Con last weekend and it was a blast. Over 20,000-50,000 attendees arrived at the show for cosplay, table top gaming, video gaming, panels and buying collectables and merchandise during the show.

The panels ranged from The Walking Dead, Luke Cage, Power Rangers, Star Trek, DR. Who, Stranger Things and much more as they celebrities talked about their upcoming projects and seasons along with answering fan questions

And finally, i have took photos of many cosplayers. Check them out

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Playfair 2017 Photos

I had the chance to cover Playfair 2017 last weekend which took place at the Javits Center. There were many toy publishers and companies over there such as Spin Master, Lego, Leap Frog, Toys R’ Us, Hasbro and much more.

There were also many activities that children can do there over the weekend from face painting, making slime, trying out the Nerf products in the arena and etc.

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Rhode Island Comic Con is one more week away.

One of the biggest events of the year is the annual Rhode Island Comic Con, a celebration of pop culture, Comics and video games and it is one week away where it will begin on Nov. 10-12 in downtown Providence.

Having filled both the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Comic Con is expanding again, to the adjacent Omni Providence Hotel, where it will use at least one of the ballrooms.

The press relations manager Susan Sores, has estimated that it will attract over 100,000 people for the three days the event will take place and myself and Fidelina Roman will cover the show and bring you the latest news from Rhode Island Comic Con for the days that we will be there.

The show will also have panel discussions with many of the stars of TV and movies such as The Walking Dead, Star Wars, Stranger Things, Luke Cage, The Power Rangers, Star Trek and much more.

There will also be autograph and photograph opportunities, Gaming (video games and table top), kids activities, collectables and toy vendors too.

Rhode Island Comic Con will have a film festival for the first time this year called Geekfest and it will have its own panel, screening and awards.

It is the biggest show of the year in the smallest state of the United States and it will attract a huge widespread of fans and cosplayers.

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