Forged under the orders of King Aegon the Conqueror, the Iron Throne was constructed by melting down a reforming the swords belonging to the hundreds of lords who swore fealty to him. For most of us, the only throne we get to enjoy is the porcelain one in our bathroom. However, this wall decal will make you feel like you have a "Game of Thrones" inspired Iron Throne of your own.
In my opinion teleportation is one of the coolest abilities a superhero could have. Especially when we get to see it on the big screen – remember how awesome it was the first time we got to see Nightcrawler teleport in "X-Men 2"? I sure do, and now it looks like there's a gifted individual causing quite a commotion on the web, as she seemingly saved a man from being hit by a truck by teleporting him to the other side of the street!
We've been showing off plenty of adults dressed up as their favorite characters, but the great thing about conventions like Dragon*Con 2012 is that they are also very kid-friendly, so the little ones can have a blast joining in on the festivities (during the day, anyway)! During our time hanging out at the MTV Geek photo booth, a ton of kids stopped by to get photographed so their con experience shall be forever immortalized online! With that in mind, we're gonna keep the chatter to a minimum so we can fit in as many cool costumes as possible. You're looking at the future!
Nothing is more satisfying than building something with your own two hands-- especially when it's a 1:1 scale AK47 assault rifle! Sure, making a replica firearm out of LEGOs isn't going to be useful when surrounded by zombie hordes, but it also doesn't require a background check. Jack Streat has just authored a how-to book titled LEGO Heavy Weapons that is filled with step-by-step guides on everything from an M-4 to the .50 caliber Desert Eagle pistol. Basically, if you loved any of the weapons you've seen in video games or action flicks (and have a little LEGO building skill) then you can re-create your very own version at home. Granted, it might take a while to collect that many black bricks-- but until then, your weapons shall be like rainbows!
Comics and toys go together like peanut butter and chocolate, and today's subject of our Toy Customizer Spotlight has smashed both worlds together through his Mint Condition web comic, which brought to light the highs and lows that befall a toy collector. John Harmon is a talented cartoonist to be sure, but his real claim to fame comes from his craftsmanship of incredible custom action figures. In fact, he's managed to keep so busy with custom commissions that the comic is currently on hiatus. Not to be pigeonholed with any specific line or style, John makes everything from Bat-Vader to Triple Changer Transformers. Read on as we discuss his process, sculpting, paint, and even lacerations!
MTV Geek: John, you make some incredible custom figures. How long have you been customizing, and what got you started?
John Harmon: Well I remember when I was a little kid, I would take some figures apart and try to make something new out of them. I wouldn't call that customizing, but it's certainly helped get me where I am now. I didn't even learn the term "customizing" until about 2003 when my friend introduced me to it. He liked making customs, but at the time I didn't really get it. Once I started doing it myself, I really understood the fun and the artistry behind it.
Masters of the Universe has repeatedly risen like a phoenix since its inception thanks to various comic books, animated series, and action figure incarnations. With the current online-only Masters of the Universe Classics toy line bringing about some of our favorite new action figures, and the recent announcement of DC Comics' upcoming Masters of the Universe comic book, it's a fine time to be a He-Fan! Today, as we continue our series of toy customizer spotlights, we'll be talking with Joe Amato*. He focuses his fan fueled toy-creating efforts on He-Man figures from every era of the franchise, and matches both the figure AND the packaging to suit the look of the time!
*Not to be confused with Joe Amaro, who we interviewed here.
MTV Geek: Joe, How long have been you making custom action figures and what got you started down that path?
Joe Amato: This May will be my 2 year anniversary of making customs and sculpting. I always wanted so many characters from MOTU made into figures when I was growing up in the 80's, and all these years later I decided to finally make them myself. And then a spark was ignited, as I enjoyed making these customs so much that I wanted to pursue it even further and bring all these great figures to all the MOTU fans out there. I am constantly learning more everyday, and hope my skills will continue to grow.
Toy designer and sculptor Joe Amaro is well known in the action figure industry. He's been involved in the toy industry for the last decade and is known for his work with Toyfare Magazine, Robot Chicken, Four Horsemen Design Studios, and Jazwares. Joe still finds spare time to make custom figures and accessories for the lines he's truly passionate about, like Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics, and it just so happens that his friend, and one of the most talented and well-known packaging painters for the Masters of the Universe line (vintage Castle Grayskull, MOTUC Wind Raider, etc.), Mr. Rudy Obrero collaborated on a custom vehicle: The Manta Raider! While this awesome "jet skate" doesn't have much hope of seeing the light of day, it's a sight to behold. Just check out Rudy's original painted concept below!
We took a few minutes to talk to Joe Amaro about the Manta Raider and his plans for future customs:
MTV Geek: How long did it take to complete the Manta Raider, from the time you and Rudy decided to collaborate until the finish piece of awesomeness?
Joe Amaro: We started in August of 2011 worked on it off and on. Mainly when we had enough time...it was more me slacking it than Rudy.
ThinkGeek always seems to have some of the coolest superhero gear around. Whether it's awesome Marvel hoodies or stylish Art Nouveau character tees, we usually never have a hard time finding new threads over there. Now, they've even got some novelty socks for us comic book nerds. Read More...
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Welcome back to our coverage of Toypocalypse 2: Futuretro! while the first part concentrated on the party itself and the amazing Outer Space Men customs, this round we're concentrating a little more on the darker side of things-- the Gothitropolis side of things, to be exact! In 2011, Scarabus (the first figure from the line) made his presence felt in our annual Top Ten Toys list, and the two new figures unveiled during the Toypocalypse show at TT Undergound will be hot on his heels hooves! While Toy Fair 2012 allowed us to see many, many great new action figures at the Javits Center, this gallery show blew us away. Long live the independents!
Read on for a photo-filled look at some incredible toy sculpts and upcoming releases from Gothitropolis!
Before Toy Fair 2012 officially began, the Four Horsemen and Toy Tokyo started things in style with the second annual Toypocalypse show at TT Underground Gallery in New York City. The show titled "Futuretro" kicked off with an exclusive set of "Cosmic Creators" Outer Space Men with a special color-scheme by original O.S.M.-creator Mel Birnkrant, a print from Horsemen-collaborator Nathan Baertsch, and signatures from the Horsemen themselves along with Mr. Birnkrant! While we attended and had a helluva time, we also managed to snap a ton of photos so those of you that weren't able to attend could feel like you did-- minus the open bar.
Read on for photos of all the unabashed awesomeness!
Oh the humanity! With Toy Fair around the corner College Humor is busting out the toy box. Perhaps inspired by the just announced Avengers Minimates, this Ultra-Violent LEGO Captain America Video crosses the cuteness of LEGO Mini-figures with Inglorious Bastards-level gore to show just how badass a tiny Captain America can be! If your squeamish at the site of Play-Doh blood or awesomeness, then we implore you not to watch. Our favorite part is the sound of an eagle screeching as Cap jumps up for an attack-- oh, and when he pulls that Nazi's arms off.
Courtesy of CollegeHumor.com:
Stay tuned to MTV Geek! for all your coverage of insanely violent superhero toy antics!
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Spy Monkey Creations Inc. is bringing an arsenal of new weaponry to your toy collections, specifically Masters of the Universe Classics! The company is no stranger to fans of MTV Geek or toy collectors thanks to their high-quality aftermarket weapons, and after temporarily shutting down their online operations, Spy Monkey is back and better than ever with a new line of Glyos-system based customizable swords, hammers, shields, and whatever your mind can think up! We were recently sent a review set of Spy Monkey's Armory Series 1 in the Bloodlust color-scheme, so we invited Hordak (evil despotic ruler of Etheria) over to gives his take on these new tools of the trade!
MTV Geek: Hello your Lordship... Majesty...errr, how would you prefer to be addressed, Hordak?
Hordak: *snort* Damn your eyes, feeble Earthling! I'd much rather have Leech drain the silly incompetence from your skull *snort* than be talked down to by a pale recluse like yourself!
Geek: Ah, this is going just as swimmingly as we figured it would! Well, we asked you here to weigh in on these weapons from Spy Monkey Creations. What are your initial thoughts?
Read on for more of what is sure to be a violent end for us all:
We here at MTV Geek love lots of things. Two at the top of our list are "parties" and "toys". Put those two things together, and you've got something magical in the 2nd annual Toypocalypse gallery show compiling some of the very best work by toy sculptors The Four Horsemen! This year's Toypocalypse 2: Futuretro will surely top last year and takes place during the 2012 New York Toy Fair at the gallery of one of our favorite toy stores: Toy Tokyo!
Read on for more on the show, along with a few photos from last year to better give you an idea on what you'll be missing out on!
The Four Horsemen are known to some as the bringers of the apocalypse. For others, they are the greatest stable in professional wrestling history. To us, they represent a group of our favorite toy sculptors, currently known for Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics and DC Universe lines. While sculpting for major corporations allows them to re-imagine some of our childhood favorites, the Horsemen also release their homegrown toy brands through their own website! The FANtastic Exclusive website features options that fans can vote on in order to see the winner made into action figure form. This last year saw the release of Scarabus from the Gothitropolis line with it premiering during the 2011 Toy Fair! Join us as we take a look at one of MTV Geek's Top Ten Toys of 2011!
It's that time of year again for another installment of our annual Top Ten Toy List here at MTV Geek! Last year's list was far easier to make with the standout toys being easily prevalent, but we also excluded the high-end section of the market. This year that all changes! After much drinking deliberation, we decided that the only rule for this list would be that only one figure per toyline could be represented, i.e. only one Masters of the Universe Classics figure, Marvel Universe figure, etc. As you'll see, it turned out to be a very mixed bag. Will you be surprised? Will you balk at our pics? Will your rage cause you to projectile vomit blood all over your keyboard?! Only one way to find out--read on!