NYCC 2015: day one highlights

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Hasbro had their party and showed off some very impressive Transformers.

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As well as their soon to be released Star wars the force within black series.

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Not to be out done Mezco Toyz once again knocked it out of the park with their one 12 line.

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Nintendo had their Yokai watch in full effect, plus so much more!

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Keep up with everything NYCC here on Alternativemindz.com

Mezco one12: Judge Dredd

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PREVIEWS Exclusive! Ripped from Rebellion’s award winning comic is Mega-City One’s most notorious Street Judge, Judge Dredd. Some time in the near future Mega City One is part of what is left of a dystopian society and the law is upheld by Judges. Charged with the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner Street Judges are on the front line of maintaining order in a post apocalyptic world. Working closely with Rebellion, the One:12 Collective has crafted a finely detailed figure of Dredd with some truly amazing features, along with his Lawmaster Bike. The Judge Dredd figure has a comic accurate, digitally sculpted likeness, a specially silkscreened spandex uniform with a real working zipper to create a realism at this scale not seen before and numerous accessories as well as interchangeable parts.

The set is priced at $259.99. It’s scheduled for release January 27, 2016.

Mezco Reveals Exclusive Toy Fair Gus Fring Limited Edition Preview Figure

Mezco Reveals Exclusive Toy Fair Gus Fring Limited Edition Preview Figure

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New York-  The New York International Toy Fair is the world’s largest and most important industry-only toy show. “Toy Fair Only” collectible items are a proud tradition and Mezco Toyz continues this custom with the introduction of  their Gus Fring Limited Edition Preview Figure.

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Gus Fring is the ruthless drug kingpin with the mild mannered, respectable exterior who dared to do battle with Walter White on the award winning Breaking Bad.

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This unforgettable figure features a raw, unpainted test shot version of Gus Fring that will not be sold in stores. Packaged on an unprinted blister card this is true rarity. Mezco will be offering the figures to select guests of the Mezco Toyz booth at Toy Fair.  Since this event is not open to the public, a small amount of this limited-run figure will be available for purchase via the Mezco Toyz webstore.

This is the 1st time Mezco has ever released an unpainted, packaged test shot for Breaking Bad, making Gus Fring one of the most rare and sought after items at Toy Fair.

Figure stands approx 6 inches tall.

 

Along with the figure, Mezco is also making a limited number of Toy Fair catalogs available to the general public.

The 8.5×11 inch softcover contains 28 full color pages of Mezco product including:

Mortal Kombat X

Sons Of Anarchy

Living Dead Dolls,

Breaking Bad

Child’s Play,

 and more!

 

Additionally, a special 8.5 x 5.5 catalog dedicated to the One:12 Collective  will also be included. This catalog features amazing action shots of upcoming One:12 Collective figures.

 

Both catalogs are printed on glossy #100 paper with a luxurious aqueous coating and a heavyweight #110 matte cover with spot gloss highlights.

 

Lastly, each bundle will include a Judge Dredd soft vinyl Mez-Itz flat back keychain. These limited edition keychains measure 2 inches tall. Dangle one of these from your bookbag or Mega-City One citizen’s ID and show the world you love Judge Dredd.

 

This special bundle containing both catalogs, the Gus Fring Limited Edition Preview Figure, and the Judge Dredd soft vinyl Mez-Itz flat back keychain. The bundle will ship after 2/18/2015.

 

This bundle is not sold in stores and is exclusive to Mezco Direct and Mezco’s Toy Fair booth.

 To pre-order visit:

http://www.mezcotoyz.com/exclusive-toy-fair-gus-fring-limited-edition-preview-figure-bundle

One:12 Collective- Judge Dredd

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One:12 Collective- Judge Dredd

Ripped from Rebellion’s award winning comic is Mega-City One’s most notorious Street Judge, Judge Dredd. Some time in the near future Mega City One is part of what is left of a dystopian society and the law is upheld by Judges. Charged with the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner Street Judges are on the front line of maintaining order in a post apocalyptic world.

Working closely with Rebellion and comic book artist Ben Willsher to design the most accurate figure possible based on the characters current look the One:12 Collective has crafted a finely detailed figure with some truly amazing features. The Judge Dredd figure has a comic accurate, digitally sculpted likeness, a specially silkscreened spandex uniform with a real working zipper to create a realism at this scale not seen before and numerous accessories as well as interchangeable parts.

 

The One:12 Collective Judge Dredd features:

– Iconic helmet with translucent visor

– Real leather-like fabric uniform

– Equipment belt with working compartments for grenades and ammo magazine

– Boots with holster and knife sheath

 

– Boot knife

-Handcuffs

– Lawgiver pistol

– Lawgiver ammo magazine

– Daystick

– Two grenades

– One  set of fists 

– One  gun/holding hand

– One open hand

– One pointing hand

– One choking hand 

– Display base and posing post

 

Each figure is packaged in a deluxe, fifth panel window box with translucent acetate slipcover. Designed for collector convenience, the packaging allows for both maximum protection as well as ease of removal for display.

Judge Dredd brings law to stores in 2015 and is available for pre-order at 

http://www.mezcotoyz.com/brands/one-12-collective/

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JUDGE ANDERSON TAKES CENTER STAGE IN NEW SERIES!

Judge Anderson Takes Center Stage In New Series!
Get Inside The Mind Of ‘Psi-Division’

San Diego, CA (June 11, 2014) – This August, IDW Publishing will add a brand-new series to its growing line of critically-acclaimed Judge Dredd titles—Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division, spotlighting the eponymous judge and her early days with the unique branch of the law.

Created by legendary writer John Wagner and artist extraordinaire Brian Bolland, the telepathic and precognitive Judge Cassandra Anderson is well-known to Dredd fans, and her popularity has demanded she get her own series. With events taking place prior to IDW’s ongoing Judge Dredd series, “King of the Six Sectors” kicks off with Judge Anderson having a haunting vision of an attack on the Megapolitan Museum. Shaken to the core, she sets out to prevent the unthinkable.

“Following up his exploration of Judge Dredd’s early career in Year One, Matt Smith turns his keen eye toward defining Judge Anderson for a new generation of readers,” says series editor Denton J. Tipton. “From the halls of the Justice Department, to the galleries of the Megapolitan Museum and swamplands outside Texas City, Anderson will face a trial by fire, forging her into the authoritative Judge we know today.”

2000 AD editor Matt Smith brings his extensive knowledge of the character and lore to the new series as writer. The distinct and eye-catching artwork of Carl Critchlow will be on full display as he handles all of the interior art duties for the series. Matt Haley will provide covers for the series, with issue #1 featuring variant covers by Chris Weston and Mimi Yoon.

‘Psi-Judge Cassandra Anderson is one the great, iconic characters from 2000 AD – an irreverent foil to Dredd, her wit and warmth made her an instant favourite with the fans the moment she was first introduced way back in 1980, and she’s been a mainstay of the comic ever since,’ says Smith. ‘Her position as one of the signature figures in Dredd’s world was cemented by her appearance in the 2012 DREDD movie. So I had a lot of fun writing a new case for her for IDW – and Carl has done a phenomenal job, capturing both Cass and the Big Meg beautifully.’

Exploring a whole new corner of Mega-City One, Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division is the next essential adventure for Dredd-heads! Judge Anderson also can be found regularly alongside Dredd in the ongoing IDW title Judge Dredd.

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About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.

Movie Review: Dredd 3D

Dredd 3D

  “…Ma-Ma’s not the law………I AM THE LAW……”

Judge Dredd ( Dredd 3D )

     While reading the New York Daily News review of the new movie, Dredd 3D , I considered myself proud to be a movie reviewer for AlternativeMindz. The reviewer, who deserves and shall remain nameless, wrote , “Dredd himself is a cypher who resembles Robocop”. Now, anybody who actually is a fan of the Dredd source material knows that Robocop was influenced by Dredd ( and that the character predates Robocop by about 10 years ). I don’t know what it is about mainstream critics. They have no problem writing a clear and concise review when they’re given whatever independent Oscar bait that is being released by the major studios, that year. However, give them something in the science fiction, thriller, ( or worse ) comic book genre and they’ll write a scathing treatise that is not so much a review but an opportunity for them to expound on their condescending views for film genres that they feel are beneath them ( as “serious” critics ).

     Based upon the British comic book character Judge Dredd ( created by writers John Wagner and Pat Mills and artist Carlos  Ezquerra for the science fiction anthology series 2000 A.D. ), the movie is set in the post apocalyptic future of North America. Due to nuclear fallout as a result of war much of the continent is a barren wasteland known as the Cursed Earth. The last remnants of the human population are forced to live in in an overly expanded metropolis known as Mega City One. Due to the highly stressful and overcrowded living conditions, crime in this city is on record levels and requires a legal system necessary to handle it. The government has done away with the stagnant pace of due process and has given its law enforcement officers the power of the courts. These officers or ( as they are called ) “street Judges”, have the power of judge, jury, and ( if need be ) executioner. The most famous of these street Judges is Judge Joseph Dredd.

     The movie begins when Dredd ( played by actor Karl Urban ) is assigned a rookie Judge to take out and evaluate. However, Judge Cassandra Anderson ( played by Olivia Thirlby ) is no ordinary cadet. Anderson is a mutant ( as a result of radiation exposure at birth ) with exceptional psychic abilities that makes her invaluable as an early warning system and an interrogator. Dredd is ordered by a Chief Judge to take Anderson and throw her into the “deep end of the pool”  to see if she can handle the pressure of being a Street Judge. We soon find out how deep the water runs when Dredd and Anderson answer a report of a triple homicide at a 200 story housing project called Peach Trees. The triple homicide was ordered by an ex-prostitute turned drug lord named Madelaine Madrigal or “Ma-Ma” as she is known ( and played by actress Lena Headey ), Months back, Ma-Ma cornered the drug trade when she introduced a new drug on the market called Slo-Mo ( a drug, that when taken, gives the user the illusion of time slowing down ). She also consolidated her hold on Peach Trees by killing off all the members of the rival gangs residing in the building. As Dredd and Anderson make their way through the housing project during their investigation, they come across Kay ( one of Ma-Ma’s inner circle ). This proves to be a problem for Ma-Ma because Kay knows the full inner workings of her Slo-Mo business. Not wanting Kay to be taken in for interrogation, Ma-Ma places the entire housing complex on lockdown. She then takes to the building’s PA system and orders every gang member to arm themselves and take the two Judges and their prisoner down. Dredd realizes that the only way he and Anderson will survive this turn of events is if they make their way up to Ma-Ma’s level and take her out before her clan takes them out.

     Overall, I have to say I loved the film. However, if I had to state which film was the better adaptation of the source material….this one…..or 1995’s Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone….I’d have to say it would be a mixture of the two. I think the Stallone version ( directed by Danny Cannon ) retained many elements of the feel of Mega-City One and its eclectic cast of characters ( ranging from ABC robots to Mean Machine and the Angel clan ) as well as the exaggerated uniforms of the Judges ( designed by Versace ). Unfortunately, Stallone never quite convinces as Judge Dredd. To Stallone’s credit, he has acknowledged ( in interviews ) that the fans had a problem with him taking off the helmet ( which is considered a taboo for Dredd purists ). And Stallone is one of those stars, like Jack Nicholson, whom the audience cannot seem to overlook those original mannerisms and traits that make them such standout personalities. In short, Stallone didn’t not portray Judge Dredd…. Stallone played “Stallone”.

Karl Urban on the other hand is mainly considered a supporting actor. This film was one of those rare occasions where he was the headliner ( as in 2007’s Pathfinder ) and his limited exposure to general audiences actually works in his favor. This frees him up to go in whatever direction and how far he chooses to portray Dredd. And unlike Stallone, he never takes off the helmet. You might think this places limits on him as an actor ( in conveying a complicated character as Dredd ), but surprisingly his performance is nuanced and registers on several levels of subtle emotion. He is perfectly matched by Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson. The filmmakers were smart not to go with a straight up adaptation to an already existing 2000 A.D. plotline and instead focused the plot on Anderson’s first day on the “job”. Thirlby ‘s Anderson passes from fearful rookie, guilt-ridden killer,  and, finally, to hellbent and determined officer of the Law. It is a believable “baptism of fire” and Thirlby never rings a false note. Lena Headey as Ma-Ma offers a nice turn in the villain role, which traditionally ( in action films ) would have gone to a male actor. Her Ma-Ma is a vicious killer and her disregard for Life matches the jaded outlook of the character. This is one villain that actually looks forward to being offed by the hero.

     The gritty tone of the movie reminded me of director George Miller’s Mad Max trilogy. It is a realistic take on the Judge Dredd character. However, in the comics , Dredd is not just a figure of the action drama genre, but also a satire on right wing politics. A commentary on an idea of a society so out of control that it justifies the need for a police state. And it is, in this case, where Robocop got it right. Thank God this review was written by fanboy who “gets it”.

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Swierczynski and Daniel to Helm JUDGE DREDD

The acclaimed creators will take readers to Mega-City One this winter!

[Judge Dredd Image]San Diego, CA (July 14, 2012) – After announcing their partnership with the legendary 2000 AD at WonderCon 2012, IDW Publishing is proud to announce Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel as the creative team for their brand-new JUDGE DREDD series! The announcement was made to a capacity crowd during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 celebrating Dredd’s 35th anniversary.

”I’ve loved the work both Duane and Nelson have done for us separately—they’ve both been responsible for some amazingly action-packed and thrilling comics like Godzilla and The Cape,” said IDW’s Chief Creative Officer, Chris Ryall. “So partnering them on Judge Dredd is only going to amp up the excitement here.

“What’s more,” Ryall continued, “while Nelson will be running point on the main story’s art and colors, we’ll also be doing back-up stories in each issue that are tied to the ongoing storyline and that will be illustrated by some big-name talents as well. Folks like Paul Gulacy, Jim Starlin, and many others. Add to that covers by people like Ashley Wood, Carlos Ezquerra, Zach Howard, Whilce Portacio, and so many others, and there will be lots of exciting new artistic interpretations of Dredd to come.”

2000 AD’s Matt Smith echoed Ryall’s excitement “Ever since we announced the deal with IDW, Dredd fans all over the world have been eagerly awaiting news of which writer and artists will be coming to Mega-City One. We’re really pleased with the creative line-up, which will bring a new dimension to Dredd for a whole new generation. It’s been great to see the reaction 2000 AD and Judge Dredd have had at SDCC 2012–and with the new film out in September, 2012 really is the year of DREDD!”

IDW’s JUDGE DREDD series will see new adventures from the legendary character—originally created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra for the lauded British anthology magazine 2000 AD—who has seen a long and storied career as one of comics’ most popular and enduring characters. For this take on Dredd, IDW and 2000 AD wanted to put creators behind the wheel that hadn’t worked with the character before, creating new stories that would appeal to new Dredd fans, as well as long-time lovers of the rich world of Mega City One.

“I discovered Judge Dredd at the tender age of 15 through a somewhat unlikely source: a bootleg Commodore 64 game where you move Dredd through a digital Mega-City One and pretty much shoot everything in sight. Jonesing for more, I realized that Dredd was a UK import, and super-tough to find here in the U.S. Over the next 25 years, I snapped up all the Dredd stories that I could, savoring them like exotic treats smuggled through customs,” Swierczynski enthused. “When IDW announced an American version a while back, I was over the moon — never even thinking that I would be approached to write this new version. Needless to say, this is the opportunity of lifetime, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. The 15-year-old in me may never recover.”

Daniel shared in the excitement “Judge Dredd is one of my three favorite characters, I’m really excited. Everything in Megacity is amazing, everything is possible, and that’s something I want to draw.”

Citizens, consider yourselves advised; this November, comics are the law!

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books. IDW can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/idwpublishing and http://tumblr.idwpublishing.com/ and on Twitter at @idwpublishing.

About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coasts Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

About 2000 AD

2000 AD is the legendary multi-award winning 32 page, weekly anthology – an explosive cocktail of sci-fi and fantasy, infused with irony and wry black humour.

The home of iconic characters such as Judge Dredd, Halo Jones, Strontium Dog, and Rogue Trooper, it launched the careers of some of the top names in global comics, including Alan Moore, Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, Brian Bolland, Steve Dillon, Jock, and Peter Milligan.

2000 AD, its monthly sister publication The Judge Dredd Megazine, and its extensive range of graphic novels are available to buy online, from major magazine retailers in the UK and Europe and from all good comic stores across the US.

Visit the online home of 2000 AD at www.2000adonline.com, ‘like’ us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/2000-AD/146588986365 or follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/2000AD

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Here Comes the Judge

Here Comes the Judge
IDW and 2000 AD join forces to launch an all-new Judge Dredd comic-book series

IDW Publishing has partnered with 2000 AD to launch a line of Judge Dredd comics starting later this year.

Details and creative teams will be announced at a later date, but the partnership includes the creation of all-new Judge Dredd comics as well as deluxe reprints of classic Dredd material.

“Judge Dredd turns 35 this year, and it’s great to help him celebrate his birthday like this,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “It was great to meet up with the 2000 AD team at the recent London Super Con and cement the partnership on this one. My interest in Judge Dredd far predates my tenure at IDW, so it’s a real drokkin’ pleasure for us to now be the first American publisher in 18 years to create new tales of Dredd.”

Judge Dredd was created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra, along with editor Pat Mills, and made his debut in the second issue of the science fiction anthology 2000 AD. He remains that title’s longest-running character and is one of the best-known British comic-book characters of all time.

“IDW are renowned for their ability to create new comics for existing characters with both respect and imagination,” said Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion, “so we at Rebellion were intrigued when they approached us. Their familiarity with Dredd and passion for the character were vital components in making this partnership happen. With 2000 AD’s longest-serving, and multiple award-winning, editor Matt Smith working with IDW on establishing the new series, we’re delighted to make 2012 an even more spectacular year for Judge Dredd and 2000 AD.”

Dredd is the toughest Judge in Mega-City One, a city-state located on the East Coast of America and surrounded by radioactive wastelands in a dystopian future. With criminals, thugs and mutants swarming the streets, as judge, jury and executioner Judge Joseph Dredd delivers justice with exacting, and sometimes lethal, force.

In the character’s 35 years of existence, many of the biggest and best British comics creators have told his tales. 2012 also sees the release of a big-budget motion picture based on the lawman. Dredd stars Star Trek’s Karl Urban, who will be donning the helmet and wielding Dredd’s “Lawgiver” pistol.

IDW’s first Judge Dredd series will debut this fall. Until then, remember… he IS the law!

 

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