Friday, August 28, 2009

Toy News: Shifting Gears

NECA announces new BATSU Gears of War figures!

Sure, we've got our regular Gears of War figures and they're awesome, but now things are getting Batsu.

In Japanese, the symbol "batsu," like the English 'X' is used to show something wrong. Like when you get a strike on Family Feud, that's a batsu. For NECA, it's a whole new way of experiencing some of your favorite characters and lines, and we're starting with the three most popular Gears of War combatants in limited production runs (translation: get 'em while you can).

The highly-stylized Batsu versions of Dom, Marcus and The Locust each stand over 5" tall, are poseable at the neck and shoulders and designed with urban vinyl in mind. They also have the Lancer accessory, and you'll know them when you see them because of the window box packaging.

Once again, these are limited runs, which means they won't be around forever. They hit stores next month, so make sure to keep an eye out, and of course they'll be available online at our Amazon storefront. Keep it tuned to for more info on this and other lines from your favorite games and movies.


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Comic News: Hero Initiative at Dragon*Con

Hero Initiative hits

Pop Culture’s largest event:


We’re not breaking the world record dancing to “Thriller,” but we are attending Dragon*Con in Atlanta Georgia, Labor Day weekend September 4th-7th at the Atlanta Convention center. The Hero Initiative will be in attendance with many special guests including George Pérez, Cully Hamner, and Paul Jenkins. For more information about the con, check out the website at

Also check out Hero Initiative’s brand-new Hero Comics on sale at the booth, and our seductive Sachs and Violens perfume oils. You never know who the perfume may attract. For more information on Sachs and Violens perfume oils or to order,

check out .

Hero’s booth schedule at Dragon*Con is as folows:

FRI., 04 SEP (HOURS 1:00 PM-7:00 PM)
1:30-2:30: Paul Jenkins
3:30-5:30: George Pérez
5:30-6:30: Paul Jenkins

SAT., 05 SEP (HOURS 10:00 AM-7:00 PM)
10:30-12:30: George Pérez
12:30-1:30: Paul Jenkins
1:30-2:30: Cully Hamner
2:30-4:30: George Pérez
4:30-5:30: Paul Jenkins

SUN., 06 SEP (HOURS 10:00 AM-7:00 PM)
10:30-12:30: George Pérez
12:30-1:30: Paul Jenkins
2:30-3:30: Cully Hamner
4:30-6:30: George Pérez

MON., 07 SEP (HOURS 10:00 AM-5:00 PM)
10:30-12:30: George Pérez

About Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit or call 626-676-635.

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Comic News: Boom Sudios for September 2nd

Boom! Studios has released what coming out on Spetember 2nd

CARS: RADIATOR SPRINGS #1 - An all-new CARS arc! Lightning McQueen is hanging out with his friends in Radiator Springs when he realizes that everyone knows his story, but he doesn’t know anyone else’s. McQueen wants to know how his friends ended up in Radiator Springs...and why they decided to stay. Issue #1 of CARS: RADIATOR SPRINGS shines the showroom spotlight on Flo and Ramone!

DEAD RUN #4 - "All Speed. No Limits." The end isn't near... it's here. America has become a wasteland, leaving the few cities that remain transformed into impenetrable fortresses. NICK MASTERS is a driver, the best there is. If you need something picked-up, delivered, or disposed of, Nick's your man. But when he fails to deliver… all hell breaks loose. The finale to the epic saga that redefines the science fiction action genre. From the writer of HEXED and FALL OF CTHULHU, Michael Alan Nelson, collaborating for the first time with EUREKA creator Andrew Cosby!

DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP #3 - Worldwide best-selling sci-fi author Philip K. Dick's award-winning DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? - the basis for the film BLADE RUNNER – comes to comics in an innovative, ground-breaking maxi-series with the full text, fully illustrated. Thanks to the Rosen Corporation and its invention, the Nexus-6 android brain, human being’s artificial counterparts are now harder to detect than ever. But bounty hunter Rick Deckard has a special weapon in his arsenal…the empathy test. With backmatter by FARSCAPE creator Rockne S. O'Bannon!

IRREDEEMABLE #6 - The Plutonian’s rampage continues as the Paradigm’s dwindling members regroup and prepare to go on the offensive. Even with new information about the Plutonian’s past, will it be enough to tip the scales against a mad god? A "twilight of the superheroes"-style story that examines super-villains from Mark Waid writer of KINGDOM COME and EMPIRE!

CARS: THE ROOKIE TPB - See how Lightning McQueen became a Piston Cup sensation in this pulse-pounding collection! CARS: THE ROOKIE reveals McQueen's scrappy origins as a local short track racer who dreams of the big time...and recklessly plows his way through the competition to get there! Along the way, he meets Mack, who help McQueen catch his lucky break.

THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS TPB - This action-packed trade collects all four issues THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS. Acclaimed scribe Mark Waid has written the perfect INCREDIBLES story! What happens when Mr. Incredible's super-abilities start to wane...and how long can he keep his powerlessness a secret from his wife and kids?

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Comic News: Radical Comics for September 2nd

Radical Comics has released what coming out on Spetember 2nd.

Based on a story by WARREN ELLIS
Written and illustrated by STEVE PUGH
28 pages, FC, $2.99

4 covers, one each by Steve Pugh, Jelena Djurdjevic and Garry Leach along with a wraparound cover by Alan Brooks

Hotwire #4 Cover A: by Steve Pugh Diamond Code: MAR094396
Hotwire #4 Cover B: by Jelena Djurdjevic Diamond Code: MAR094397
Hotwire #4 Cover C: by Garry Leach Diamond Code: MAR094398
Hotwire #4 Wraparound Cover D: by Alan Brooks Diamond Code: MAR094399

From the revolutionary storytelling of Steve Pugh and Warren Ellis comes the electrifying climax! What do you do when your city is under siege from a riot, your personal war against the "blue lights" has spun into all-out chaos, and all the good choices are long gone? If you're Alice Hotwire, you risk everything to face the horror of Amir Malik and uncover a truth that could both save the city—and destroy it at the same time.

28 pgs, FC, $2.99

Delve into the shadows of a hero as we continue this untold tale from Hercules' dark past. As the son of Zeus and his companions begin their search for the traitors in the Egyptian king’s palace, they long for the excitement of the battlefield. But when military secrets continue to leak from the palace, the Greeks are forced to consider a long shot to gain information. Can even the courage of Hercules withstand a trip to Nakhtkeru the Necromancer?

Featuring covers by Marko Djurdjevic and Clint Langley.

Hercules #2 cover A: by Marko Djurdjevic Diamond Code: JUN091054
Hercules #2 cover B: by Clint Langley Diamond Code: JUN091055


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Toy News: Hot Toys Next Marvel collectible figure


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